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Big Oil’s Big in Biofuels
May 30, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Wells (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  …In the last decade, the industry says, it has put $71 billion into zero- and low-emission and renewable energy technologies. The U.S. government, by contrast, has spent about $43 billion on similar …

USDA Projects Record Corn Crop in 2012—What Does it Mean for Ethanol?
May 30, 2012 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  USDA released its first estimate of the 2012 corn crop–and it is a big one.  According to today’s USDA projections, record U.S. corn production of 14.79 billion bushels is …

Ethanol Backers Push Back against Anti-Renewables PAC
May 30, 2012 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  …The executive director of the Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, said AFP should “stop the hypocrisy and to get its facts straight when it comes to ethanol and oil …

DOE Offers $5 mln for Work on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
May 30, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday (May 8, 2012) it will make $5 million available in 2012 to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric models.
The Energy …

BioTork Develops Xylose-Fermenting Yeast for Ethanol Facilities
May 30, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After nearly two years of collaborative research, biotechnology company BioTork LLC and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center have developed a yeast strain capable of fermenting the xylose found in …

Will US Federal Fleet Help Alternative Fuel Switch?
May 30, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by John Kemp (Reuters COLUMN)  Widespread use of alternative motor fuels has been hampered by lack of fuel distribution infrastructure, despite strongly favourable economics for alternatives to gasoline and diesel, and a range of financial …

ASTM Lowers E85′s Minimum Ethanol Volume to 51 Percent
May 30, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientific standards development body ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) recently made significant changes to its E85 specification, lowering the approved minimum ethanol …

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers
May 30, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Blair Fannin (Texas AgriLife Research/Algae Industry Magazine)  Texas AgriLife Research scientist, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, and graduate student, Merritt Drewery, have been conducting feeding trials of algae leftover products (after oil extraction, in powdered form) …

Pure Gasoline Options Shrink: Subgrade Blends Soon Will Spread Eastward in S.D.
May 30, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Cody Winchester (Argus Leader)  Sometime this summer, already-scarce blends of pure gasoline will become more rare in western South Dakota.
That’s because the largest refineries that supply the Plains Rocky Mountain Pipeline terminal in Rapid …

Molecular Sponge Absorbs Toxins, Produces Biofuel

May 30, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by William DeKay (The Western Producer)  Lee Wilson thinks he has found a cost effective way to help produce biofuel using wheat straw.
In a lab at the University of Saskatchewan, the chemist and his team …

Human Waste-to-Biodiesel Plant to Create Sanitation Revolution in Ghana
May 30, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(JoyOnline)  Human waste could soon be a precious commodity in Kumasi and other parts of the country with an ongoing solution to transform fecal sludge treatment into a profit-making venture.
Waste Enterprisers Limited, a sanitation and …

Munster Council Sets Hearings on Trash-to-Ethanol Agreement
May 30, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Lu Ann Franklin (Northwest Indiana Times) The Town Council will hear public comments about signing the interlocal agreement with Lake County Solid Waste District for the proposed trash-to-ethanol facility in Schneider on June 4 and …

Sorghum Goes Epic, or Is That EPEC? A Primer on Biofuels’ Underdog Feedstock
May 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up? What’s next? New pathways, plus country-by-country yield data.
Sorghum. It’s a feedstock right out the pages of the old South –  sorghum syrup served with corn bread and Lowcountry …

Illovo Pulls out of Mali Sugar Project on Security Concerns
May 29, 2012 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cohen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV), Africa’s largest sugar producer, said it has ended its involvement in the Markala sugar project in Mali because of incomplete funding and a deteriorating security situation …

Wait’ll Next Year: Advanced Biofuels and the Military
May 29, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, heartbreak came early in the season when the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to nix the purchase of aviation biofuels, should they cost more than conventional fossil …

General Electric To Invest BRL500 Million In Brazil Technology Center
May 29, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Fox Business)  General Electric Co. (GE) said Thursday it will invest 500 million reais ($245.5 million) in a research-and-development center in Rio de Janeiro.
The center, which should be operational in the second half of 2013 …

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Higher-Speed Locomotive
May 29, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S. Hill (CleanTechnica.com)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced Tuesday plans to create the world’s first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive.
The plan is simple: “create the world’s cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the …

Party in Minnesota: Gevo Starts up Commercial Scale, Advanced Biofuels Plant, Ahead of Schedule
May 29, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo announced it has begun startup of the world’s first commercial biobased isobutanol production plant located in Luverne, Minn.
“At 1 p.m. MDT yesterday we made history by initiating production of …

Agri Investment Forum June 27, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 29, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Agri Investment Forum    June 27, 2012   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Agri Investment Forum is the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging and growth stage agri-businesses. The Forum brings together active institutional and private investors with leading edge …

4th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum October 18-19, 2012 Chicago, IL
May 29, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment
4th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum     October 18-19, 2012    Chicago, IL

A comprehensive course detailing the new policy and economic drivers of biofuel supply and demand.
Top experts in the fields of biofuels production, marketing, risk management, RINs accounting and environmental compliance will give you all the answers you …

Video: BYU Students Win Formula Hybrid Competition
May 29, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Gas2) … The annual SAE Formula Hybrid competition challenges teams of college engineering students to build fast and efficient hybrid racers. …
BYU’s Hybrid Blue can go from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds, and it dominated …

Aviation and Clean Technology Leaders Launch Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiatives
May 29, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(MASBI)  Regional Initiative with National Reach Working to Achieve Energy Security
United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust today announced the formation of the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels …

GraalBio Investimentos Plans to Invest $724.5 Million in Five Cellulosic Ethanol Projects in Brazil
May 29, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, GraalBio Investimentos plans to invest $724.5 million in five cellulosic ethanol plants during the next few years. The first 21.6 million gallon facility in Alagoas that will use sugarcane bagasse …

Mallee Harvester Reaches Milestones
May 29, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Stock Journal)  The prototype mallee harvester developed by Biosystems Engineering and Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has exceeded expectations in the final stages of its development.
During trials near Casino in New South Wales, …

The Wilmington Express: The 10-Minute Guide to Dupont and Advanced Biofuels
May 29, 2012 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he company’s metrics in cellulosic biofuels are starting to look compelling. Not only is commercialization a lot less than five years away – a massive breakout in capacity building …

When, Where and How Wood Is Used Impact Carbon Emissions from Deforestation
May 29, 2012 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions.
The study, published May 13 in the advance online …

Only Biofuels Will Cut Plane Emissions
May 29, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ben Caldecott  (The Guardian)   We need something that can deliver emission reductions from existing fleets of planes – and the solution already exists
…The positive progress on including aviation in Europe’s carbon trading scheme this week is welcome, …

Current and Projected Costs for Biofuels from Algae and Pyrolysis
May 29, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report)   A reader recently called my attention to a new and very interesting presentation from the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program:
Biofuels Design Cases
The presentation explored the question of whether …

Evogene’s Subsidiary, Evofuel, and T6 Industrial to Collaborate on Biodiesel Feedstock Production in Argentina
May 29, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Evogene)  Collaboration represents expansion of Evofuel’s Latin American operations, currently focused on Brazil
Evogene Ltd.  and T6 Industrial S.A., a leading biodiesel producer in Argentina, today announced that Evofuel Ltd., Evogene’s wholly owned subsidiary, and T6 …

Why We Need a Greener Military
May 29, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Fred Kaplan (Slate)  …The rationale for barring the Navy from buying the 450,000 gallons of biofuels necessary for the experiment is economic: These fuels are too expensive—about four times more costly than conventional fuels.
To …

AFS BioOil Invites Strategic Partners to Tour Its Algae Commercial Module
May 29, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/PRNewsWire)  AFS BioOil has announced that its state-of-the art facility located at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay Area is open for tours for strategic partners and customers. The volume of the …

Husky Energy Unveils Carbon Capture and Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative
May 29, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Husky Energy)  Husky Energy unveiled its carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and liquefaction project in Lloydminster, a facility that allows the Company to recover more oil from existing fields while reducing emissions at its ethanol plant.
“This …

U.S. Military Deploying Advanced Biofuels | Better Fuels Moment
May 29, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

As Capitol Hill works to identify smarter investments in clean energy fuels, the Better Fuels Moment takes a closer look at the robust and effective partnership advanced biofuels has with America’s Armed Services, building better …

Ethanol Plant Set to Begin Production Soon, Job Opportunities Available
May 29, 2012 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Boyer (WJAC TV)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing has officially closed on the purchase of the former Bionol Ethanol plant in Clearfield.
According to a news release obtained by 6 News, production at the plant is …

Waste Lines: The Hottest Trends with Bio’s Coolest Feedstock
May 29, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of its naming deficiencies, waste has been hot and getting hotter as a bioenergy feedstock because it solves three of the most pressing problems blocking capacity expansion.
1. The feedstocks …

Princeton Senior Exploring Solution Of Bamboo As Biofuel
May 25, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

(Climate Central/OPB.org) …But a Princeton University senior named Amanda Rees may have come up with the most promising solution so far. Rees, 22, is convinced that an important part to the world’s energy future may …

Biofuel Production Facilities Spotlight Next Generation
May 25, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Daily (Reuters/Huffington Post)  After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line.
The new …

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin
May 25, 2012 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 …

US Warplanes Can Fly Faster, Carry Additional Weapons Load Using Advanced Fuels and Biofuels: New Data
May 25, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New tests conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including …

US Military Looking at Wood-Based Biofuels
May 25, 2012 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Western Farm Press)  The U.S. military is very interested in alternative fuels — in particular, the wood-based biofuels being researched and produced at the University of Maine. Three methods, or pathways, to producing biofuel for …

China Takes Off
May 25, 2012 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by James Fallows (Popular Science)  The largest nation on Earth is flying more people more places than ever before. Its struggle to do so without (further) destroying the environment could show the rest of the …

CleanStar Launches First Cooking Fuel Facility in Mozambique; Alternative to Charcoal Cooking, Health Risks, at Hand in Africa
May 25, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mozambique, the first sustainable cooking fuel facility was inaugurated by Federal Minister of Agriculture José Pacheco. The CleanStar project will produce ethanol-based cooking fuel for sale with the company’s cookstoves, …

15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum June 21, 2012 Washington, DC
May 25, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum    June 21, 2012     Washington, DC

The Sustainable Energy Coalition - in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses - will host the 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum.
This …

Memorial Day Gas Prices and Fuel Efficiency
May 25, 2012 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(PEW Charitable Trust)  …More than 31 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from their homes over the Memorial Day weekend. With gas averaging $3.67 per gallon, consumer fuel costs will exceed $171 million …

Is the Long Ethanol Boom Coming to a Close?
May 25, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois)…The rise in ethanol production has recently run up against what is known as the “blend wall.” Domestic ethanol consumption is almost entirely in the …

What’s Up in Brazilian Biofuels? The 10-Minute Guide
May 24, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, we pull together the strands in a 10-Minute Guide that looks at the 20 top stories this year out of Brazil, and adds context.
Overall, we see 3 …

Storm Breaks out over E15 Ethanol Engine Test
May 24, 2012 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What engines failed, and when and why. Was this test designed to fail?
In Washington, the Coordinating Research Council, a non-profit research organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and a …

Virgin Uses Biodiesel at Brisbane Airport
May 24, 2012 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance) Virgin Australia says it has started trialling the use of biodiesel to power some ground vehicles at Brisbane Airport.
The fuel for the eight-week trial will contain 80 per centconventional diesel and 20 per cent biodiesel made from …

Biofuels Company to Repay County
May 24, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Noah Haglund  (The Weekly Herald)  The company has agreed to compensate the county for $143,000 in goods and services it didn’t deliver for a canola project.
Snohomish County’s experiment helping farmers turn crops into biodiesel …

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider NDAA Amendments Blocking Military Use of Alternative Energy
May 24, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts today expressed disappointment that the Senate Armed …

Summary Report of Stakeholder Responses to USDA’s Regional Biofuel Roadmap
May 24, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  On June 23, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a strategic biofuels production report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by …

Ethanol Fuel Prices Explained
May 24, 2012 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Zimbabwe Independent) Green Fuel has dismissed claims by government that it has not furnished it with the cost structure into its wholesale price of E10.
Senior officials of the company outlined its cost structure at a …

Energy Station of the Future: Propel Launches First Clean Mobility Center
May 24, 2012 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Free tire air for improved fuel economy; bicycle tuning; renewable fuels; on-demand carbon offsets; at-pump recycling; community transit info; Propel’s got it all going in the Golden State.
In California, Propel Fuels …

The $6 Gasoline That Almost Was
May 24, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mad as heck about $5 gasoline? According to new research from Iowa State, the price could have hit $6 per gallon, if the US had not had its ethanol supply.
A …

East Africa: U.S. Firm to Turn Hyacinth Into Ethanol
May 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by David Muwanga  (AllAfrica.com)  As the East African Community (EAC) was planning to release a total of Ksh1b for the removal of the water hyacinth from Lake Victoria, a United States based technology company has …

Pacific Nations under Threat from Rising Seas Vow to Abandon Diesel
May 24, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand International)  Pacific nations which are most under threat from rising seas have vowed to abandon diesel and other dirty, expensive fuels and replace them with clean sources of energy.
Using coconut biofuel and …

Ethanol Benefits Thrown into Doubt
May 24, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nicholls  (Sydney Morning Herald/New South Wales)  THE value of the NSW ethanol mandate has been questioned by the NSW Treasury in documents that describe it of questionable benefit to motorists and a policy …

Nature Highlights Advancements in Biocatalysis and its Potential Impact on the Production of Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals
May 24, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  Nature published a paper that discusses the recent advances in biocatalysis, and the impact it is having on the commercial development of biofuels, renewable chemicals, and pharmaceutical products. The paper was published by researchers …

NCERC Researchers Produce First Cellulosic Ethanol From Corn Kernel
May 24, 2012 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(PRWEB)  Researchers at The NCERC today announced that they have successfully produced ethanol from the cellulosic portion of the corn kernel. “This research is demonstrated proof of the viability of ‘generation 2.0 ethanol,’” NCERC Director …

E15: The New Ethanol Blend Webinar May 29, 2012 1:00PM CT
May 24, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment
E15: The New Ethanol Blend Webinar   May 29, 2012   1:00PM CT

EPA’s recent announcement on E15 being a legal fuel has created many questions about the path to E15 implementation. There are still obstacles that stand in the way of this fuel being available to consumers, …

Biofuels at the Tipping Point
May 23, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOL Energy)  While the “food versus fuel” debate has grabbed headlines, biofuels technology worldwide has been accelerating down the learning curve and is at a “tipping point” for commercialization.
That was the consensus of an …

Consumer Reports Survey: Americans Say Fuel Economy Most Important Car Buying Factor
May 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Consumer Reports)  Nearly three-quarters of drivers would consider an alternative fuel vehicle for their next car
…Some two-thirds of owners surveyed said they expected their next vehicle to get better fuel mileage than the one …

Republicans Blowing up Military’s Plans for Alternative Energy; Democrats Fighting Back
May 23, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Troy Hooper  (The Colorado Independent)  …House Republicans passed a pair of provisions Friday that would stymie the military’s efforts to incorporate more renewable fuels into its supplies. The defense authorization bill now heads for …

Navy to Demonstrate Great Green Fleet This Summer
May 21, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(CNN)  The U.S. Navy for the first time will demonstrate what it calls a Great Green Fleet, a carrier strike group operating in large part on nonfossil fuels, during a larger, 22-nation exercise this summer.
The …

Government Told to Decide Fast on Bio-Fuels Programme: Parliament Panel
May 21, 2012 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(NYDailyNews)  Rapping the rural development ministry’s land resources department for the “inordinate delay” in finalising a bio-fuels programme, a parliamentary panel has sought for the matter be placed before the cabinet at the earliest for …

BRISK Accepting Proposals for Biofuels Research
May 21, 2012 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Billinghurst  (KTH)  The KTH-led, 26-member consortium BRISK has begun accepting proposals from researchers studying improved production methods for biofuels and thermal biomass conversion. Financed by €11 million in EU research funds, the project …

Iran to Start Making Bio-Ethanol from Cellulose Material
May 21, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Payvand Iran News) Iran will start producing industrial bio-ethanol from cellulosic material soon.
Bio-ethanol can be used as petrol supplementary and it will increase the octane number of petrol as it is added to the fuel. It will lead to the …

Enough Corn? USDA Says “Abundantly so”, Forecasting Record 2012 Harvest
May 21, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …The first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for 2012, from the US Department of Agriculture, give us an opportunity to review that debate.
Let’s go back 10 years ago, before the …

Model Forecasts Long-Term Impacts of Forest Land-Use Decisions
May 21, 2012 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg) The drive to develop crops for use as biofuel, continues to raise questions about additional uses of forest land. A cutting edge computer model developed at North Carolina State University offers detailed insight to predict …

Colombia’s Biofuels Ready for International Market: Study
May 21, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Rosemary Westwood (Columbia Reports)  Colombia’s biofuels exceed international standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – advancing the country’s goal to become a leading ethanol producer, according to a new government report.
The study commissioned by the …

Call for Papers: 3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries: Ideas for a Sustainable World November 19-21, 2012 Pucon, Chile DEADLINE: June 30, 2012
May 21, 2012 – 6:44 pm | No Comment
Call for Papers:  3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries: Ideas for a Sustainable World   November 19-21, 2012   Pucon, Chile   DEADLINE: June 30, 2012

The Organizing Committee of the “3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries: Ideas for a Sustainable World”, invites all those interested in participating as an exhibitor to submit their papers. Both oral and poster presentations are …

3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries November 19-21, 2012 Pucon, Chile
May 21, 2012 – 6:39 pm | No Comment
3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries    November 19-21, 2012     Pucon, Chile

3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries: Ideas for a Sustainable World

The 3rd Latin American Congress on Biorefineries is the leading meeting in Latin American on new uses of forest, agricultural and microalgal biomass as a …

Green Dragon: 20 Signs that 2012 is the Year of China
May 21, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …It doesn’t take a casual observer very long to see the China’s activity in industrial biotechnology accelerating, as more and more technologies develop there, or transfer there via JVs or …

Agri Praised for Liverpool Biodiesel Investment
May 21, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Amy North (LetsRecycle.com)  The UK’s ‘largest’ biodiesel plant was opened in Bootle, Liverpool today (May 9) by transport minister Norman Baker.
The plant, developed by renewable energy firm Agri, will process used cooking oil to …

“Biofuels Fuelling Europe’s Economic Recovery”, Echoes ePURE
May 21, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  The European renewable ethanol industry is contributing substantially to the European economy according to ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, in response to a new report published today.
The report “Contribution of Biofuels to …

Parabel, Inc. and CECEP – Chongqing Industry Co., Ltd. Sign Master Framework Agreement
May 21, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Parabel (formerly PetroAlgae)) Parabel, Inc.  new, economical sources of feed, food, and fuel, today announced that it has finalized a restated Master Framework Agreement with CECEP – Chongqing Industry Co., Ltd. (An absolute holding subsidiary of China …

Teacher to Launch Biodiesel Fuel Plant
May 21, 2012 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Perkins (Traverse City Record-Eagle)  Bill Koucky will soon produce biodiesel fuel, after years of planning, experimenting and jumping through regulatory hoops.
…Traverse City will be home to a biodiesel fuel plant when Koucky’s Northwest …

Renewable Diesel Surges: Emerald Biofuels Announces Major Project in Louisiana
May 21, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Emerald Biofuels announced that it will build an 85 million gallonrenewable-diesel refineries at a Dow Chemical site in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The company will use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni EcoFining process technology for the …

Contribution of Biofuels to the Global Economy
May 21, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Association/Cardno ENTRIX)  …As is the case with virtually all other emerging and developing countries, biofuels offer the prospects of a new cash crop for farmers, increased employment in rural areas, expanded manufacturing output, reduced …

Enel Signs Agreement with Enea and Roma Capitale to Build Biomass Bi-Generation Plant
May 21, 2012 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   A memorandum of understanding has been signed by Italian power company Enel to build a 1-5MW concentrated solar power and biomass bi-generation plant, which will produce electricity for the city of Rome.
…The biomass …

Plant-Based Biofuels Expand with Tech Advances
May 21, 2012 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  Amid the push to develop clean energy, new research suggests plant-based biofuels could meet 30% of global demand for transportation fuel and slash the greenhouse gas emissions that come from …

ThermoEnergy’s Sugar Recovery System Meets Key Environmental Demands
May 21, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire) – At a time when regulatory agencies are increasing pressure for the disposal of wastewater containing soluble sugars, ThermoEnergy Corporation’s CASTion® Sugar Recovery System is a proven, cost-effective technology to capture and recover sugar in …

Biodiesel Makers Hope New Audit Program Thaws RIN Market
May 21, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Small biodiesel makers hope an outside firm brought in to authenticate fuel production will thaw a renewable identification number (RIN) market chilled by two years of fraud.
Genscape’s RIN Integrity program – set to …

An Institute of Industrial Commercialization
May 21, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If you invest $2 million, $10 million, and $30 million every other year in bringing a technology forward to the commercial threshold (and you’d be a miracle worker in …

Editorial: Use of Advanced Biofuels Achieves Goal of Using Less Oil for Transportation Fuel
May 21, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In a recent editorial, What Keystone Won’t Do, the Washington Post mused about “the best way to insulate Americans from oil-price volatility and other drawbacks of oil use,” concluding …

Iowa Dedicates $1 Million More for Renewable Fuels Infrastructure
May 15, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board is accepting applications through May 18 for cost-share funding to assist with the installation of ethanol and biodiesel equipment at retail stations and wholesale distribution …

From Global Conference: Challenges Facing Biofuels
May 10, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by James daSilva (SmartBlog on Leadership)   I attended the 2012 Milken Institute Global Conference last week in Los Angeles, where a panel of company advisers and a Department of Energy official discussed financing and scale challenges facing …

Massachusetts Sets Strict Regulations for Biomass: Will This Influence Further Restrictions?
May 9, 2012 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released a new set of strict standards for biomass in early May that have the potential to cut subsidies for developing plants. According …

Long Quest for Multi-Fuel Power Source Yields Army Interest
May 8, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by John Murawski  (News Observer)  The U.S. military’s quest to outfit American soldiers with an all-in-one power source could lead to a nondescript office in a Morrisville technology park where Triangle startups toil away in …

Increasing Our National Security with New Technology
May 7, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC, American Security Project  (The Hill/Congress Blog)  The United States military is the single largest purchaser of petroleum fuel in the world, burning through about 325,000 barrels of fuel …

Mack and Volvo Trucks Join Growing List of B20 Supporters
May 7, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)   The B20 domino effect continues! Two more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have formally expressed approval for B20. Heavy-duty truck makers Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks Inc. have confirmed …

Delaying the Move to B10
May 7, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota waits until 2013 to bump up the state mandate from 5 to 10 percent biodiesel, instead of this year as scheduled
…Language in the regulations stipulates that before the mandate …

The Final Treatment: Washing or Polishing Followed by Distillation Offers the Purest Biodiesel Around
May 7, 2012 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Raj Mosali  (Jatrodiesel Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel is traditionally produced via esterification of fatty acids and transesterification of triglycerides with an alcohol such as methanol and sodium methylate. The transesterification of triglycerides is comprised of …

National Farmers Union Leads Broad Coalition to Urge Senate to Bring Farm Bill to Floor Vote; Includes Advanced Biofuels USA
May 7, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)  National Farmers Union (NFU) and a coalition of agricultural, conservation, environmental, energy, forestry, hunger, and rural stakeholders sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging them to bring the Agriculture Reform, Food and …

Refiners Worry Lack of E15 Stations Will Cause RFS Non-Compliance
May 7, 2012 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …API has legally challenged every step of the U.S. EPA’s approval of E15, claiming that more scientific research should be completed before it is allowed to be used in …

Gulf Coast Restoration Summit June 11, 2012 Destin, FL
May 7, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Gulf Coast Restoration Summit    June 11, 2012    Destin, FL

More than $30 billion is soon to be infused into Northwest Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast! This is a game-changer for the region, providing enormous new economic and business opportunities. Be an important part …

From Soil Microbe to Super-Efficient Biofuel Factory?
May 7, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab-led team explores a way to create biofuels, minus the photosynthesis
Is there a new path to biofuels hiding in a handful of dirt? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley …

UniVerve Chooses Microalgae For Award-Winning Biofuel Business
May 7, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Shifra Mincer (Green Prophet)  …UniVerve has gained international recognition for its microalgae technology, including at an apperance this March at the World Biofuels Markets, which can succesfully produce bio-oil from third generation biomass. If any waste biomass …

Biofuel Demand Fell in 2011,Outlook Bright – Czarnikow
May 7, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by David Brough (Reuters)  Global biofuel demand fell in 2011 due to the impact of government requirements and greater incentives in food markets, but usage is set to grow driven by new technologies, commodities house Czarnikow said …

Los Angeles Water Dept. Seeks Algae Information
May 5, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biorefining Magazine)  Get in early on Los Angeles’ interest in developing algae production demonstrations on Owens Lake far north of the city.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is opening a …