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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  (  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 (  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 …

Better Plants for Biofuels
May 4, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  An article in F1000 Biology Reports ( published today (May 2, 2012) argues that recent advances in knowledge mean that plant-derived biofuels could meet about 30% of the global demand for liquid transportation fuels, …

TMO Renewables Expands Production of 2G Ethanol with Cassava Stalk
May 4, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire)  TMO Renewables (“TMO Group”), a leading technology provider for cellulosic biofuels production, today announced the company has advanced to demonstration scale on cassava stalk feedstock with major Chinese fuel and food producers. TMO …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.
• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to Develop an Integrated Algae Growth and Harvesting System
May 4, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Origin Oil)  Algasol, collaborating with NASA and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, will bundle its offering with OriginOil’s Algae Appliance™
OriginOil, Inc., developer of breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, and Algasol Renewables, a technology …

Advanced Algae Heads for Asia: Indonesia Food Giant Invests in Heliae
May 4, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Heliae announced a capital raise of  $15 million in funding from international conglomerate Salim Group’s agribusiness company, PT. PP London Sumatra Indonesia, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Agri Investments.
This …

CORE BioFuel Inc. Selects Technip to Engineer the World’s First Wood to Gasoline Biorefinery
May 4, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(CORE BioFuel, Inc.)  CORE BioFuel Inc. announced today (May 2, 2012)  that it has selected Technip, a world leader in engineering, construction and project management in the energy industry, to complete the construction engineering of …

National Council for Science and the Environment Launches New Environmental Internship Clearinghouse Portal
May 4, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(National Council for Science and the Environment)  As an extension of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE’s) Campus to Careers (C2C) program, NCSE has created an environmental internship clearinghouse with support from …

A.I.M. Interview: Dao Energy’s David DuByne
May 3, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  In 2008 David DuByne helped start and run an algae biodiesel company, Dao Energy, LLC, in Chengdu city of Sichuan Province, in western China. Their concept was to use …

Measuring the energy and greenhouse gas balances of biofuels and bio-based chemicals using LCA, NNFCC 12-023
May 3, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(UK’s National Center for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials)  This report investigates the importance of allocation procedures in reporting and understanding energy and greenhouse gas balances from life cycle assessment of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.
Life …

Rwanda: Private Sector Should Embrace Bio-Fuel, Says IRST Boss
May 3, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Eric Didier Karinganire (   For some years now, there has been talk of locally producing biofuel to make the country less dependent on petrol imports. But until now, production levels are still insignificant.
Yet …

National Farmers Union Attacks Government Biofuel Policy
May 3, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(  Latest government figures reveal that the vast majority of biofuels supplied in the UK are made from imported feedstock, with almost nine out of every 10 litres of foreign origin.
The NFU have said that …

BioWillie Branding Marks Willie Nelson’s 79th Birthday
May 2, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson’s birthday, the fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump on Maui will be sold as the trademarked BioWillie Biodiesel. The branding is the brainchild of superstar Willie …

Smoking Out Potential: Repurposing Tobacco for Biofuels
May 2, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …According to LBNL, the work focuses on transferring a hydrocarbon-synthesizing gene from cyanobacteria into a tobacco plant. The resulting plants would be able to produce fuel molecules within their leaves. …

Jatropha Trials Planned to Help Boost Rural Panamanian Economy
May 2, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Panama Green Fuels, an entity working to establish biodiesel infrastructure within Panama, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the director of the country’s National School of Agriculture (IDIAP) to …

Case No. 3: EPA Issues Green Diesel Violation for 60M Bad RINs
May 2, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30 for generating more than 60 million invalid biomass-based diesel (D-Code 4) renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources
May 2, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining industry is hungry for a low-cost, high-quality and readily available supply of sugar feedstock from nonfood biomass sources. A number of pure-play sugar technology developers and manufacturers like …

An Analytic Advantage: A New Model Developed by University of Illinois Researchers Can Help Increase Biomass Supply Chain Efficiencies
May 2, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …The BioFeed model is the product of University of Illinois researchers funded by BP’s Energy Biosciences Institute under a research program titled Engineering Solutions for Biomass Feedstock Production. According to …

Sustainable Production of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (FF21) May 11-13, 2012 LaJolla, CA
May 2, 2012 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Production of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (FF21)  May 11-13, 2012   LaJolla, CA

The symposium “Sustainable Production of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (FF21)” will be held May 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. This symposium will focus on the potential …

INTERVIEW-U.S.-Israeli Firm to Launch Algae Biodiesel in India
May 2, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Tova Cohen (Reuters)  Algae-based biodiesel producer World Health Energy Holdings (WHEN) plans to begin two commercial projects in India this year and is targeting over $200 million in sales in 2013.
The first project, with Prime …

India, Brazil to Tie up for Bioenergy
May 2, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Prashant Rupera  (Times of India)  India and Brazil will forge research collaborations in the area of bioenergy. As the first step towards this, professor Bharat Chattoo from M S University (MSU) recently led an Indian …

Biodiesel Wants Its Tax Break Back
May 2, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller  (Des Moines Register)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Thursday asked Congress to reinstate the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax incentive “to avoid further disruption to an emerging American industry that is creating …

RFA Answers Anti-Ethanol Speculation from Joint Economic Committee Hearing
May 2, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/  …Specifically, (Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob) Dinneen noted two driving factors that have led to refinery shutterings on the East Coast:
First, most East Coast refineries cannot process the lower-cost types of …

EU Biodiesel Makers Expect to Boost Sales in Spain
May 2, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Martin Roberts (Reuters)  …European biodiesel makers will be able to sell an additional one million tonnes a year in Spain after new measures which effectively shut out Argentine and Indonesian imports, an industry spokesman …

The Three Main Obstacles Facing the Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels: Price, Price and Price
May 1, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  According to Finnair’s VP Sustainable Development, Kati Ihamäki, biofuels are the fastest route to meaningful long-term reductions in aviation greenhouse gas emissions but supply chain problems need to be overcome and the major hurdle …

Biopower and Biofuels: State of Disarray or Opportunity?
May 1, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Chris Zygarlicke (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  …The RFS2 rule is the only federal incentive remaining for biofuels, and corn ethanol and vegetable oil-derived biodiesel are the only commercially available biofuels in the U.S. Compounding …

China New Energy Building Waste-to-Biofuel Plant in China
May 1, 2012 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  China New Energy Ltd., a maker of biofuel technology, signed a letter of intent to develop a facility in northeastern China that will use non-edible plant waste to produce clean …

Innovation Turning Wood Waste into Bio-Fuel for Transportation
May 1, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Denise Deveau (Financial Post)   {ISSUE} Soaring energy prices are thinning profit margins in the transport sector and increasing operational costs in many manufacturing industries
{SHIFT} Turning wood waste into bio-fuel helps industry find a …

IEA Urges Governments to Seize the Opportunity to Accelerate Clean Energy Deployment
May 1, 2012 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  While progress is being made on renewable energy, most clean energy technologies are not being deployed quickly enough, the International Energy Agency(IEA) said today in an annual progress report presented to ministers and …

Shell, Iogen, and Cancellation in Manitoba: Answers to Your Questions
May 1, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell and Iogen cancel their long-contemplated Canadian cellulosic ethanol project, and announce 150 layoffs.
…In Canada, Shell and Iogen announced that they will not pursue the jointly owned 23 million gallon …

United States Leads World in Exports of Ethanol
May 1, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Hart Energy/PR NewsWire)  Hart Energy study insists U.S. production mandates are out of sync with market reality
Hart Energy’s newly released study, U.S. & Brazil Ethanol Outlook to 2022, finds the United States has vaulted over Brazil to lead the world in …

Fifth Stop: Sustainability
April 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Broeren  (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …Much more than a buzzword, “sustainable” means that trade-offs—social, environmental and economic factors—have been measured, modeled and validated against actual “boots on the ground data” measured at agricultural …

EU Biofuels’ Indirect Carbon Emissions Debate To Move Forward
April 30, 2012 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal/Governors Biofuels Coalition)  Top European Union policy makers will next week be faced with one of Europe’s most controversial climate policies, as they consider whether biofuels do more harm than good when it …

E15 Gas Brings Conflict to Pumps
April 30, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  A new blend of ethanol and gasoline may soon show up at the gas station pumps — along with mixed messages on whether it’s safe to put it in your …

Sustainable Biofuels? From Agro-Fueled Land Conflicts to Algae
April 30, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jack Eidt (WilderUtopia)  Fossil Fuel Alternatives: Our Way Out of the Heat and Smog
…Institutionally-Supported Industrial Monocrop Supercedes Peasant Agriculture. The search for alternatives to fossil fuels has created a land boom in Latin American-African- and …

Green Cars Take Top Prize in U.S. Racing Series
April 30, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Julia Pyper (E&E/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  The Audi R18 Ultra, a turbocharged-diesel prototype running on bio-to-liquid fuel, won the 2012 Sebring race and the Michelin Green X Challenge.
The checkered flag dropped at the Le Mans …

Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant, and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus May 3, 2012 Oxford, NC
April 30, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant,  and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus  May 3, 2012   Oxford, NC

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  A new sector and a new technology, biofuels necessarily requires places for discovery, interaction, and assistance to new companies and projects. Newly upfitted in spaces and equipment, the Biofuels Company …

Energy Department Announces up to $15 Million to Research Biomass-Based Supplements for Traditional Fuels
April 30, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  As part of President Obama’s blueprint for an economy fueled by homegrown and alternative energy sources, the Energy Department announced today up to $15 million available to demonstrate biomass-based oil supplements …

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves
April 30, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

The Energy Department announced up to $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. The funding will support the development of innovative cookstove designs …

PRAJ & F.O. Licht Present a One-Day Pre-Conference Workshop at ‘F.O. Licht’s Biofuels in Central and Eastern Europe 2012′ for the Bioethanol / Beverage Alcohol Sector June 12-14, 2012 Budapest, Hungary
April 30, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment
PRAJ & F.O. Licht Present a One-Day Pre-Conference Workshop at ‘F.O. Licht’s Biofuels in Central and Eastern Europe 2012′ for the Bioethanol / Beverage Alcohol Sector  June 12-14, 2012      Budapest,  Hungary

“With increasing focus on sustainability in the European Union and the need to drive down operating costs, organizations need innovative technologies and solutions. This directly applies to the ethanol and alcohol industry. This workshop promotes …

Diesel Cars Make a Comeback in the U.S.
April 30, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Julia Pyper  (Scientific American/ClimateWire)   Sooty, finicky diesel engines are a thing of the past, boosting prospects for the fuel-efficient automobiles in America
…On average, about 85 percent of the particle matter emitted from diesel trucks is …

Biofuels International Expo and Conference November 21-22, 2012 Antwerp, Belgium
April 30, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International Expo and Conference  November 21-22, 2012   Antwerp, Belgium

Now in its fifth year, Biofuels International 2012 attracts high-level companies involved in biofuel production, the operation of biofuel plants, transportation, aviation and storage, as well as attracting policy developers, R&D departments, company CEOs and …

Santa Fe Community College to Offer OSHA Biofuels Training June 1-2, 2012 Santa Fe, NM
April 30, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Santa Fe Community College to Offer OSHA Biofuels Training   June 1-2, 2012    Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Community College will be offering an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) two-day course providing basic information regarding hazards, regulations, health and safety training for workers and entrepreneurs entering the biofuels industry. Completion …

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy October 10-12, 2012 Vancouver, BC Canada
April 27, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment
Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy    October 10-12, 2012   Vancouver, BC Canada

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a leader in industrial biotechnology, is pleased to announce the seventh annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held in Vancouver, Canada from October 10th – …

Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
April 27, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Diane Wagner   (Rome News Tribune)  The Floyd County Commission is expected to decide at its May 8 meeting if it will allow local farmers to make a limited amount of ethanol onsite, for use as …

Senate Ag Committee OK’s $800M for Farm Bill Energy Programs; DOE OK’d to Move $100M for Advanced Biofuels
April 27, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee has approved $800 million in mandatory biofuels-related funding for the proposed energy title in the upcoming Farm Bill.
…Yesterday, Senators Kent Conrad of North Dakota …

The US Bioeconomy Blueprint: the 10 Minute Guide
April 27, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Obama Administration releases its long-awaited, historic strategic plan for the bioeconomy, and US economic revival from advances in health sciences, agriculture, industrial biotechnology and advanced biofuels.    No time …