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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Attorney General Says EPA Action on Ethanol Not Legal
February 5, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Matt Kelley  (RadioIowa)  Legions of people lately have pleaded in public hearings for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline, but Iowa’s top lawyer …

New Technique Makes “Biogasoline” from Plant Waste
February 5, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(UC Davis)  Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new …

Ennovor Secures Tolling Contracts With Specialist Biodiesel Refineries Across Europe
February 5, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Ennovor Group/PR NewsWire)  Ennovor Group, a global sustainable biofuels company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a rolling tolling contract with one of Spain’s largest biodiesel refiners.
An innovator of feedstock procurement, supply chain development and …

Aemetis Announces Commissioning of Biodiesel Distillation Unit at India Plant
February 5, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India has been upgraded to …

Answers to Your Questions about the Renewable Fuel Standard: Your Guide to the Comments Received by EPA
February 5, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … More than 15,000 comments were received by EPA.  What is the problem that led to a waiver petition? Why does EPA propose to act and how, and when, and in …

EnergyPath 2014 June 16-20 Reading, PA
February 5, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath 2014   June 16-20   Reading, PA

Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy …

F.O. Licht’s Ethanol Latin America December 1-3, 2014 Panama
February 5, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Ethanol Latin America   December 1-3, 2014  Panama

F.O. Licht’s Ethanol Latin Amercia is a unique opportunity to network and hear from key industry players from a region that offers huge potential for expansion, trade and investment. Bringing together ethanol and biofuel producers, sugar …

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels November 3-6, 2014 Budapest, Hungary
February 5, 2014 – 12:24 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels  November 3-6, 2014   Budapest, Hungary

Now in its 17th year, F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels is the must attend event for the global ethanol and biofuels community. Recognised as the best forum for in-depth analysis and as the biggest week of trade …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar Africa September 9-11, 2014 Durban, South Africa
February 5, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar Africa   September 9-11, 2014   Durban, South Africa

Following on from the success of last year’s event, we are pleased to announce that F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol  Africa is once again taking place in Durban, South Africa from the 9-11 September 2014 …

F.O. Lichts’s World Biofuels June 3-4, 2014 Seville, Spain
February 5, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment
F.O. Lichts’s World Biofuels   June 3-4, 2014   Seville, Spain

Organised by F.O. Licht and Focus-Abengoa, World Biofuels 2014 is one of the most important fixtures in the biofuels calendar.  A dynamic and highlyauthoritative global biofuels conference, the 2 days in Seville are dedicated to giving you …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar Ethanol Brazil March 24-26, 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
February 5, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar Ethanol Brazil   March 24-26, 2014   Sao Paulo, Brazil

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Brazil offers vital commercial insights into all aspects of the industry, bringing together experts and senior executives from across the industry – producers, millers, buyers, traders, equipment suppliers, oil companies, shipping …

Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop March 12-13, 2014 Chicago, IL
February 5, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment
Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop   March 12-13, 2014   Chicago, IL

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a Demonstration and Deployment strategy workshop on March 12-13, 2014, at Argonne National Laboratory’s conference center in Chicago, Illinois.
As the bioenergy industry advances commercial …

The Economics of Willow in Poland: Lessons Learned from an Entrepreneur
February 5, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Michael Jacobson (NEWBio)  Michael Jacobson, Professor of Forest Resources at Penn State, recounts his October 2013 visit and conversation with bioenergy entrepreneur and willow grower Stanislaw Dolata, whose willow business is located in northwestern …

Introducing the Local Impact of Woody Biomass Energy Projects: Quick Assessment Tool for Planners and Community Leaders
February 5, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Wood Education and Resource Center)  The Local Impact of Woody Biomass Energy Projects: Quick Assessment Tool for Planners and Community Leaders (the Quick Assessment Tool), developed by the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, and the New York Farm Viability Institute, …

Sustainable Poplar Plantation Provides Biomass Feedstock for the Emerging Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
February 4, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Greenwood/PR Newswire)  GreenWood Resources Earns both Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Forest Stewardship Council Certifications
The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the …

Novozymes Says India Biofuel Interest Doubled
February 4, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Obiko Pearson  (Bloomberg)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), the biggest producer of enzymes used for biofuels, says Indian interest doubled in the past year as costlier oil spurs demand for alternatives.
“India could be one of …

Open University Algae-to-Fuel Project Blossoms after Government Go-Ahead
February 4, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Cheung Chi-fai (South China Morning Post)   Government gives green light to scientists’ ‘brilliant idea’ to turn sewage into biofuel that could one day power aircraft and vehicles
A top research team from the Open University has …

Nonsugar Sugar Beet Promo Prompts Interest
February 4, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  “Industrial beets” is now the preferred moniker for beets being promoted for growing outside the Red River Valley to make things such as industrial sugar components or “green” ethanol, but not …

Ethanol Blender to Build Facility Near Airport
February 4, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Rausch (Augusta Chronicle)   The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Monday that a biofuel company will build a terminal near Augusta Regional Airport.
Eco-Energy Inc., headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., will spend $10 million and hire five …

Ethanol RIN Prices Near Four-Month High Amid 2014 Uncertainty
February 4, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin (Platts) Current-year corn-based ethanol (D6) RINs were assessed at their highest level in nearly four months Monday on firming buying interest and continued uncertainty regarding the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, sources said.

RIN prices skyrocketed …

The Truth Behind E15 and Vehicle Warranties
February 4, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  … To start with, E15 is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for vehicles 2001 and newer. But, this higher level fuel blend wasn’t approved by EPA when many …

17 Foundations Join Forces to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks
January 31, 2014 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Ben Gose (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)  Seventeen foundations with nearly $2-billion in assets have vowed to divest the fossil-fuel stocks in their endowments and invest at least 5 percent of their assets in clean-energy companies, and …

Obama Skips Biofuels in State of the Union, Touts Clean Energy
January 31, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Barack Obama stressed the need for the nation to “double-down” on clean energy during his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, but neglected to include biofuels in …

Obama Touts All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy in State of the Union Speech; Draws “Trying to have it both ways” Ire from Biofuels, Environmental Groups
January 31, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Draws fire from biofuels, environmental groups for emphasis on fossil fuels, back-off on renewables; 110,000 sign VoteVets.org  petition in support of RFS

Biofuels reaction: rhetoric nice, but reversal on RFS hits …

ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum March 27-28, 2014 Washington, DC
January 31, 2014 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum   March 27-28, 2014   Washington, DC

Join renewable energy leaders and policy makers from Capitol Hill and across the country as we assess renewable energy market growth and make the case for a coherent, long-term and consistent federal policy framework to …

Info Meetings on Energy Beets Set around North Dakota
January 31, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Bismark Tribune)  Informational meetings are being held in several North Dakota cities this week to update farmers on the effort to develop a biofuel sugar beet industry in the state.
The development of beets as a …

DE-FOA-0000991: FY 2014 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
January 31, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies …

UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel
January 31, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin) Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast …

Native Plant May Be Next Source of Biofuel
January 31, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Antoine Abou-Diwan  (Imperial Valley Press)  It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but research at a small field here may one day yield a domestic source of biofuel.  Researchers at the University of …

Porsche Wins First IMSA Green Racing Challenge at Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
January 26, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Porsche 911 (running as #911),fielded by Porsche North America,  and driven by Porsche works drivers Richard Leitz, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, won not only the GTLM class …

Green Racing Challenge Is Back
January 25, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

By Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Green Racing 2.0 was announced today just before the start of the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Atherton, President and COO of the race’s sanctioning …

Future of Green Racing Looks Bright
January 25, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When the organizers of the American Le Mans Series announced the merger with NASCAR’s GRAND-AM series, we noted that the future of green racing was uncertain.  GRAND-AM vehicles never …

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel Provider of IMSA
January 24, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(VP Racing Fuels)  Multiple Green Fuel Formulatins to be Utilized across Multiple Series: The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today (January 20, 2014) named VP Racing Fuels the Official Fuel Provider and a Proud Partner of …

Yulex Corporation Opens Guayule Seed & Genetics Center
January 21, 2014 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(Yulex/Reuters)  Yulex Corporation, an agricultural biomaterials company, today announced the opening of a Seed & Genetics Center focused on plant breeding, molecular genetics and development of agronomic best practices to support the global cultivation of …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on EPA’s RFS RVO Proposed Rule
January 20, 2014 – 10:38 pm | One Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In regard to the determination of the Applicable Volume of ethanol and other biofuels allowed for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA finds that EPA …

Study Suggests E30 Biofuel Offers Huge Efficiency Improvement
January 20, 2014 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(The Green Car Website)  How much of an impact could a mid-level biofuel blend have on the efficiency of the vehicles we drive? According to researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the improvements could be …

Governor’s Climate Report Estimates Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Add $1.17 Per Gallon
January 20, 2014 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Todd Myers (Voice of the Valley)  According to The Seattle Times, Governor Inslee is upset at a Republican claim that a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) would increase the price of a gallon of gas …

LANXESS Introduces New Stabilizer Baynox Extra for Biodiesel
January 20, 2014 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS/NewsWire Today)  Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has added Baynox Extra, a highly concentrated liquid stabilizer for biodiesel, to its range. The easy-to-meter additive effectively prolongs the shelf life of biodiesel, even when it contains polyunsaturated …

Boeing Joins New BIOjet Abu Dhabi Team to Grow Biofuel Supply Chain in United Arab Emirates
January 20, 2014 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

(Boeing/PR NewsWire)  – Collaboration focuses on research, feedstock production and refining capability  – Announcement follows Etihad 777 biofuel demonstration flight in Abu Dhabi
 Boeing [NYSE: BA], Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science …

Jolt! Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota aims to boost Chems and Advanced Biofuels Industries with New Policy Initiatives
January 20, 2014 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota, who announced their 2014 Minnesota legislative agenda today at the Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference, is proposing the creation of a new production incentive …

Evaluating EPA’s Arguments for RFS Waiver Authority
January 20, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (FarmDocDaily)  …The heart of the matter is whether the waiver authority Congress provided to the EPA allows it to waive the specific RFS requirements on the basis of the infrastructural challenges posed by …

OBIC’s Dr. Barbara Vieira Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors
January 20, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At its sixth annual meeting on January 14, 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA elected and welcomed Barbara Vieira, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University to …

2014 BIO International Convention June 23-26 San Diego, CA
January 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
2014 BIO International Convention   June 23-26    San Diego, CA

Thousands of companies from around the world and all industry segments will be at BIO, ready to build strategic partnerships. Attend the Global Event for Biotechnology and you will reap the benefits of an efficient four …

Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2014 October 15-16 London, UK
January 17, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2014     October 15-16     London, UK

The Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2013 addressed major issues shaping the European business.
The conference focused on European biofuels trading, but also addressed biofuels policy, risk management, sustainability, pricing, market growth, the hot topics …

Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 April 9-10, 2014 London, UK
January 17, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
Argus European Biomass Trading 2014   April 9-10, 2014    London, UK

The global biomass industry is entering a key period of transition with production of industrial wood pellets increasing and a thriving heating market. The Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 conference is an ideal forum for …

World Bio Markets Asia June 17-18, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 17, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Asia    June 17-18, 2014    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recent times have seen rapid economic growth and industrialisation in Asia. With its enriched feedstock resources and high consumer demand, there has never been a better time to develop an Asian bioeconomy and promote the …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) June 17-19, 2014 North Bethesda, MD DEADLINE: February 28
January 17, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)   June 17-19, 2014   North Bethesda, MD   DEADLINE:   February 28

In 2014, the conference theme, “Advancing Chemistry, Innovating for Sustainability,” highlights innovations in the science and application of greener chemistry & engineering needed to build a more sustainable future. Over three days, a wide array …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop February 28, 2014 Richmond, CA DEADLINE: January 28
January 17, 2014 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop    February 28, 2014   Richmond, CA   DEADLINE:  January 28

NAA is all about collaboration between commercially-minded algae researchers, commercial algae producers, commercial algae production equipment providers, water process engineers, private industry, students, vets, investors, lenders and IP attorneys, and when they all get together, …

SAE High Octane Fuels Symposium: Where CAFE and RFS Meet January 21, 2014 Washington, DC
January 17, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
SAE High Octane Fuels Symposium: Where CAFE and RFS Meet        January 21, 2014   Washington, DC

The 2014 High Octane Fuels Symposium will feature discussions among industry leaders focusing on two key aspects of high-octane fuels that were identified during the 2013 symposium.
The first session will explore whether high-octane fuels can …

World Leaders Promote Sustainable Production to Meet Global Food Challenges
January 17, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is currently underway in Berlin and those attending are grappling with a formidable challenge: finding ways to insure food security around the world as …

Power Surge: Energy Security and the Department of Defense
January 17, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(The PEW Charitable Trusts)  How the Department of Defense Leverages Private Resources to Enhance Energy Security and Save Money on U.S. Military Bases
The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to …

Nonenzymatic Sugar Production from Biomass Using Biomass-Derived γ-Valerolactone
January 17, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy S. Luterbacher, Jacqueline M. Rand, David Martin Alonso, Jeehoon Han, J. Tyler Youngquist, Christos T. Maravelias, Brian F. Pfleger, James A. Dumesic (Science Magazine)    Widespread production of biomass-derived fuels and chemicals will require …

Obama Administration Launches Quadrennial Energy Review
January 17, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(The White House)  First QER Will Focus on Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure  —  President Obama signed a Memorandum directing his Administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).  This first QER will focus on the …

BP Sees Renewables Outpacing Fossil Fuels, Eclipsing Nuclear
January 16, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg)  Renewables will continue to be the fastest-growing energy source, supplying a bigger share of the world’s needs than nuclear by 2025, according to BP Plc.

“While the OECD economies have led in …

Webinar: The Role of the Renewable Fuels Standard and Renewable Identification Numbers in Driving Biofuels Production and Technology Development January 24, 2014 2:00PM ET
January 16, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment
Webinar:  The Role of the Renewable Fuels Standard and Renewable Identification Numbers in Driving Biofuels Production and Technology Development   January 24, 2014    2:00PM ET

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most effective policy tool to date to simultaneously reduce our dependence on foreign oil, expand production of renewable fuels and give future generations a nation that is stronger, …

France’s Largest Multifeedstock Biodiesel Plant Opens
January 15, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced that it has completed commissioning of the largest multifeedstock biodiesel plant in France, Estener’s 75,000 ton (22.5 MMgy) plant in Le Havre. The plant processes used cooking …

Corn Farmers Eye Other Crops for Next Year
January 15, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kai Ryssdal (MarketPlace.org)  … Keith Alverson, a sixth generation ethanol corn farmer in Chester, South Dakota, says it’s all about supply and demand. Corn prices were up last year thanks to two years of drought …

Akash Energy to offer B100 at 2 Newly Acquired Houston Stations
January 15, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Akash Energy Inc., a new player in the Houston energy sector, recently acquired two Houston GasCard stations that currently offer E10 and B20. Akash will be rebranding the stations as …

Neil Young Responds to PMO’s Defence of Oilsands
January 15, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Trinh Theresa Do  (CBC News)   Singer takes aim at government spokesman’s suggestion that even rock stars rely on the oil industry
When it comes to Canada’s oilsands, Neil Young isn’t keen to let the Prime …

The Cruze Offers B20 Mass Appeal
January 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Higgins Rose (Biodiesel Magazine)  MTV brought music videos to the masses. Can the diesel Chevy Cruze do the same for B20? The Cruze is a potential game changer because it bridges the gap …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The company says …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

Elegant Engineering
January 15, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recently issued U.S. patent, the culmination of more than five years of lab-scale and pilot-plant research at Texas Tech University, provides simplicity and holds great promise for economical, large-scale …

New Technique May Reduce Biofuel Production Costs
January 15, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost …

Rift over New EU Energy, Climate Policy Deepens
January 15, 2014 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis  (Reuters)  European Commissioners clashed on Friday over what the European Union’s climate and energy policy goals for 2030 should be, with time for agreement running short ahead of their planned publication this …

RTA Powers 11 Buses By Biofuel, 60 In 3 Years
January 15, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Middle East Events)  The number of Green Buses powered by biofuel within the fleet of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)has risen to 11 buses under a plan based on the Green Economy initiative launched …

IHI Biotech Unit Succeeds in Cutting Cost of Growing Oil-Producing Algae
January 15, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Biofuel research firm IHI NeoG Algae LLC, a unit of major heavy machinery maker IHI Corp., has succeeded in cutting the cost of producing oil from algae, an alternative to crude oil-based fuel. …

EU Sees Rising Food Output by 2023 on Export and Biofuel Demand
January 15, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg)  European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc …

Boeing Seeks Approval for Green Diesel as New Aviation Biofuel
January 15, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Stephen Trimble (FlightGlobal)  Boeing will seek approval by the end of this year to clear a green diesel blend as an alternative to Jet-A for turbine-powered aircraft.
If approved, Boeing believes this emerging source of …

GranBio’s Alagoas Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures and Video
January 15, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Down in the northeast of Brazil, a signature cellulosic biofuels project nears completion.  What does it look like? Here’s our biggest picture set ever. It’s the GranBio first commercial project …

Aphios Granted Patent for Cellulosic Biomass Pretreatment
January 14, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Aphios/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aphios Corp. has announced that it was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,540,847 entitled “Methods and Apparatus for Processing Cellulosic Biomass,” for its Aosic enabling technology platform.
… Trevor P. Castor, inventor of the Aosic …

The Time Is Now for Farmers to Comment
January 14, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner (Browfield Ag News)  There’s just a few weeks left for farmers to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The Indiana Corn Growers Association and the …

Record Corn Crop Gets Little Reaction
January 14, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For all the media melodrama displayed at this time last year when the USDA released its tally on the drought-suppressed 2012 corn crop, there’s been predictably little ado over …

Webinar: Implementing Best Practices in Corn Stover Harvest & Collection January 23, 2014 3:00 PM ET
January 14, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Implementing Best Practices in Corn Stover Harvest & Collection   January 23, 2014    3:00 PM ET

This webinar will offer a comprehensive discussion on the evolving best practices for gathering, storing and handling corn stover for later use in biofuel production. Given the near completion of Abengoa’s cellulosic plant in Kansas …

The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy February 5, 2014 Meadville, PA
January 14, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy   February 5, 2014     Meadville, PA

This Farm Energy Day program, to be held on February 5 at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA, will provide overviews of a sampling of sustainable and renewable (“green”) energy issues as they relate to …

Local Company Uses Biofuel for Transport
January 14, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Nelson Star)  For the first time since the horse and carriage, BC organic fruit is again being delivered without fossil fuels.
Kootenay foodies and entrepreneurs Paul and Clare Kelly of Winlaw are helping shoppers at organic …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.
“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

Hydrogen, Gasoline, Solar Panel Hybrid or Cellulosic Ethanol: What’s Better, What’s Best?
January 14, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, we’ve had the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Plenty of opportunities for new automotive technologies to strut …

Boeing Finds Significant Potential In ‘Green Diesel’ As A Sustainable Jet Fuel
January 14, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(AviationPros.com/PR NewsWire)  Boeing [NYSE: BA] has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than …

Timberland, Seventh Generation Take Green Chemistry Mainstream
January 14, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Monica Becker and Amy Perlmutter (GreenBiz.com)  … Now 10 organizations from the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), including Timberland, Valspar and Seventh Generation, will spearhead a one-year collaborative project aimed at bringing green chemistry into the mainstream.
The development follows …

Chillin’ at the Keystone Farm Show
January 10, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Thanks again to Lee Publications, Inc., the Keystone Farm Show organizers, for donating exhibit space to Advanced Biofuels USA at the York, PA “Farm Show for Farmers” January …

Sourcing the Force
January 6, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Recruiting employees isn’t currently a problem for advanced biofuel companies, but as the industry grows, a lack of engineers may pose problems.
Despite being met with a number of hurdles including …

NEWBio Webinar – The Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines February 11, 2014 1:00 PM ET
January 6, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment
NEWBio Webinar – The Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines     February 11, 2014  1:00 PM ET

Evans will present a comprehensive review of existing biomass harvesting guidelines from Maine to South Carolina, which demonstrates commonalities across regions and some important differences. In addition to state level guidelines, Dr. Evans will present …

NEWBio Bioenergy Scholar Program Application Deadline February 15, 2014
January 6, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, and …

NEWBio Webinar – Biofuel Industry Economic Impacts and Analysis: Reporting the Facts in an Environment of Hype January 14, 2014 1:00PM ET
January 6, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
NEWBio Webinar – Biofuel Industry Economic Impacts and Analysis: Reporting the Facts in an Environment of Hype   January 14, 2014    1:00PM ET

While we often articulate the overall benefits of biofuels development in the U.S. along lines of environmental improvement coupled with a vague notion of energy security, most state and regional interest in biofuels development hinges …

Students at ACTC Study the Power of Soy
January 6, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike James (The Independent)  Looking at the tiny vial of golden soybean oil on his desk reminds Shannon McCarty that technical education must keep up with technology.
In this case, it means the diesel mechanics …

New University Analysis: No Changes Needed to 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Requirements
January 6, 2014 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(KTIC Blogs)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements is unwarranted and economically irrational, according to a new analysis released today by Iowa State University’s Center for …

Gilbert Company Grows Algae with Hope of Profiting from Its Many Uses
January 6, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Randazzo  (The Republic/AZCentral.com)  Inside a greenhouse operated by Heliae Development, paddle wheels tranquilly push along green-tinted water in a large, oval raceway, gently churning the water and ushering it through a continuous loop …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Renewable Fuel Standard Is Working, So Why Change It?
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

Senator Amy Kolbuchar (D-MN) (Post Bulletin)  … Unfortunately, a recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the biofuel targets for 2014 threatens the progress we have made.

The EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule would, …

Council Will Consider Fuel Storage Facility
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Gould (The Free Lance-Star) Fredericksburg City Council will hold six public hearings on Jan. 14, including a request from Lincoln Terminal Co. to convert the Quarles Petroleum site into a storage and distribution facility …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The …

US Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Energy Push for Cost-Competitive, Drop-In Advanced Military Biofuels Program
January 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Energy delivered four co-signed letters to the heads of key House and Senate committees and subcommittees, in support …

Wyoming May Act to Plug Abandoned Wells as Natural Gas Boom Ends
January 6, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Dan Frosch (New York Times)  Hundreds of abandoned drilling wells dot eastern Wyoming like sagebrush, vestiges of a natural gas boom that has been drying up in recent years as prices have plummeted.  The …

Americans’ View of Clean Energy Rebounds
January 3, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Americans’ views toward clean and renewable energy improved in 2013 from a year earlier, following a few years in which support slipped, according to a new report from Boulder-based Navigant …

Are Natural Gas Suppliers Purposely Overproducing?
January 3, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Ron Adams (The Energy Collective)  On December 27, 2013, Matt Wald published a piece in the New York Times titled New Energy Struggles on Its Way to Markets that points to the predictable consequences of having …

Cold Flow Properties for Blends of Biofuels with Diesel and Jet Fuels
January 3, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Anne L. Lown, Lars Peereboom, Sherry A. Mueller, James E. Anderson, Dennis J. Miller, Carl T. Lira (Fuel)  •We report cloud point temperatures of diesel, jet fuel, and biofuel mixtures.
•Compound classes included alkanes, ethers, ketones, …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo March 18-19, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia.
January 3, 2014 – 11:46 am | No Comment
Third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo   March 18-19, 2014    Atlanta, Georgia.

We are pleased to announce that the third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, March 18-19, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in …

Growdiesel Summit 2014 February 28 Raigad, Maharashtra, India
January 3, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment
Growdiesel Summit 2014   February 28    Raigad, Maharashtra, India

Growdiesel is the sole renewable oil and gas exploration and production organization in India working on next generation cleanfuels. Our specialization lies in developing high-risk ideas into high-value businesses. Growdiesel has developed cutting edge technologies, …

Top Five Energy Stories for 2013
January 2, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Barron-Lopez (The Hill E2Wire) … 5. Retreat on Ethanol   —  The debate over the country’s renewable fuel mandate, which determines how much ethanol and biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel supply, raged …

Improved Margins Could Support Ethanol Production Despite the EPA
January 2, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Xun Yao Chen  (MarketRealist.com)  The EIA’s proposal to cut use of ethanol in oil has also negatively impacted corn prices this year. A significant portion of corn is used to produce ethanol, so a …

Happy New Year Ethanol Report
January 2, 2014 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen takes a look back at 2013 for the ethanol industry and a look ahead to what 2014 may have in store.
…Among the topics …

Ethanol’s Story
January 2, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Missouri Corn Growers Association has produced a video that tells “the greatest story never told” – Quiet Revolution: The Ethanol Story. READ MORE    WATCH VIDEO

Effects of Piston Bowl Geometry on Combustion and Emission Characteristics of Biodiesel Fueled Diesel Engines
January 2, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by J. Li, W.M. Yang, H. An, A. Maghbouli, S.K. Chou (Fuel)  This paper presents the numerical study of the effects of piston bowl geometry on combustion and emission characteristics of a diesel engine fueled with …

Castor Production in Bahia Will Grow 560% in 2013/2014
January 2, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by alana Fraga (RevistaGlobalRural)  Petrobras and the state government invested over £ 10 million in cultivation for biodiesel production
The castor production in Bahia should have an increase of over 560% in the 2013/2014 harvest in …

Obtained a Biofuel that Extends the Life of Vehicles
January 2, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Iberio-American Agency for the Diffusion of Science and Technology)  Entrepreneurs get a biodiesel with higher qualities traditionally  …
However, the Mexican firm entrepreneurs Der Tek, managed to get biofuel superior to traditional biodiesel qualities. According to Jonathan …

How Much Will You Pay for Renewable Fuels?
January 2, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In early December, The Digest undertook a voluntary survey on renewable fuels and pricing, inviting its global readership to answer four questions relating to the price of ethanol, biodiesel, jet fuel …

Students See Algae Biomanufacturing In Their Future
January 2, 2014 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  When the National Algae Association opened its test center for algae production technologies and methods to high school and college students, many interesting things started to happen! Students are given the opportunity …

State, Nat’l Soy Boards Tour NYC Depts. Using Biodiesel, Bioheat
January 2, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  As you can imagine, a lot goes into powering the city that never sleeps. Whether it’s helping to fuel America’s largest city fleet, clearing snow off the runway at JFK in …

Troubling Advanced RIN Carryover Scenario under RFS Proposal
January 2, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In a recent farmdocDaily post, Nick Paulson, assistant professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, addresses renewable identification number (RIN) stocks and the implications of the U.S. EPA’s …

York Scientists’ Significant Step forward in Biofuels Quest
January 2, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(University of York) Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels.  Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of …

Field Trial with Lignin Modified Poplars Shows Potential for Bio-Based Economy, but Also that Work Still Needs to Be Done
January 2, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(VIB)  The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way. These …

Ethanol Plunges Most in Two Weeks as Cheaper Corn Reduces Costs
January 2, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Ethanol futures plunged the most in two weeks as cheaper prices for corn, the worst-performing commodity this year, made it more profitable for distillers to increase output. … Ethanol’s discount to gasoline …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.
The bulk of mandates …

Bio-Energy Forest Plantations for the Southeastern United States
January 2, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Jeff Wright (ArborGen Inc./Renewable Energy World)  Bio-energy forest plantations will supplement woody biomass from other sources such as logging residues. In the southern U.S., projections are for an increase of up to 25 million …

Brazil’s Ethanol Sector, Once Thriving, Is Being Buffeted by Forces Both Man-Made, Natural
January 2, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Juan Forero (The Washington Post) … The allure for these giants is Brazil itself, where most cars are built to run on the biofuel. An even bigger, largely untapped market awaits in the United States, where …

Scientific Results Presented at 2013 ASA Annual Meeting Indicated: The Environmental Benefits of Biofuels Are Much More than We Had Thought
December 31, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The substitution of fossil fuels by advanced biofuels per se has a huge impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, consequently mitigating global …

EU Proposal to Unilaterally Regulate International Flights in EU ETS Puts Global Scheme at Risk, Says ‘Shocked’ IATA
December 31, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The proposal by the European Commission to include international aviation in its ETS without any international consultation could re-open the threat of trade wars and distract States from focusing on working together to …

Purti Signs Pact with Praj Industries for Ethanol
December 31, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Ramu Bhagwat (Times of India)  Pune-based Praj Industries which is a pioneer in developing new technology for ethanol production from agricultural waste has signed an agreement with Nitin Gadkari-promoted Purti Sugar to set up a new generation …

Most Automakers on Board with E15
December 31, 2013 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Overcoming the E10 blend wall is priority No. 1 for the ethanol industry, and progress is being made on two fronts. The number of retail stations offering E15 is …

Montana State University Research into Algal Biofuels Keys Larger Study
December 31, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (MSU News Service)  … Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National …

Beating the Drum for Industrial Beets
December 31, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Forum News Service/Ag Week)  The promoter of an idea to raise sugar beets to be converted into energy and chemicals says 13 communities in central North Dakota could be home to processing …

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 100 People in the BioEconomy by Biofuels Digest
December 31, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release December 31, 2013—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the fourth year recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 100 People …

Vilsack; POET, LanzaTech, Beta Renewables, Genomatica, DuPont, Solazyme, KiOR, Raizen, REG Execs Win Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy poll for 2013-14
December 31, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the annual poll, voters reward key fighters on the RFS2 front, companies reaching scale, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. Top 300 recognized.
In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack …

Ethanol Loses Friends and Influence as Reform Movement Grows
December 30, 2013 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Javier E. David  (CNBC)  Ethanol requirements for U.S. gasoline appear to be losing friends and influencing the wrong people, with calls growing to reform or scrap the government mandates altogether.
The Environmental Protection Agency in …

ARB Delays New Biodiesel Rules To Address South Coast NOx Concerns
December 30, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Inside EPA)  State air board officials this week postponed until March the possible adoption of new rules for biodiesel and other “alternative diesel” fuel blends, in order to consider last-minute concerns raised by South Coast …

Cellulose Fibre Chain Initiative Creating a Long-Term Future for SA’s Forestry Industry
December 30, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(South Australia Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy)  Developing higher-value forestry products is the key to creating a sustainable future for the forestry industry.
A new study into developing more sustainable and higher-value products …

Viji Sitther Wins Maryland Innovation Grant for Biofuel Research and Development
December 30, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Morgan State)  Maryland may soon delve into a new way of sustainable biofuel production, thanks to the research of Morgan State Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Viji Sitther. Last month, Dr. Sitther received a $100,000 Maryland …

Research Aims to Expand Brazil Sugarcane Acres Further South
December 30, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil ethanol producers are looking for new areas for future expansion of sugarcane production. Petrobras signed a technical cooperation agreement with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp., to …

GTL Resources, QTI Partner to Develop NextGen Frac Technology
December 30, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(GTL Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  GTL Resources USA Inc., owner of Illinois River Energy LLC, and Quality Technology International Inc., through its subsidiary, QTI-AMG LLC, announced that they have formed a partnership to collaborate on a …

Agriculture Secretary Reports Progress at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
December 30, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reported progress on a number of trade issues with China as a result of the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which wrapped …

Solon Wants House to Probe Biofuel Compliance
December 30, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by  Butch Fernandez (Business Mirror)  … A lawmaker has filed a resolution asking the House Committee on Energy to probe the performance and impact assessment of the Biofuels Act of 2006 and the development of alternative sources …

Changes in Land Use Promotes Biodiversity
December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Bern, Switzerland)  If grassland used intensively, biodiversity decreases. Particularly affected are rare species, a new study headed by Berner plant scientists shows. Such negative effects could be reduced if farmers would vary the …

DOE Pulls Funding for Bluefire Mississippi Project over Financing Woes; BFRE to Appeal
December 30, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following notice was filed Friday with the SEC by Bluefire Renewables:  On December 23, 2013, Bluefire Renewables received notice from the Department of Energy indicating that the DOE would …

EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners
December 30, 2013 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The Obama administration appears ready to give the oil refining industry the perfect gift this Christmas. If left unchanged, EPA’s proposed RFS rule for 2014 could result in …

Report Addresses Compliance Costs of California’s LCFS
December 27, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A recent report authored by two University of California, Davis researchers examines the economics of the California low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. According to information released by the UC …

New Study Exposes Flood of Dark Money Feeding Climate Change Denial
December 27, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(EcoNews)  A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever …

Cellulosic Biofuel, Cellulosic Diesel RINs Generated in November
December 27, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.
According …

YEAR-END WRAP: Exports to Underpin US Refinery Output in 2014
December 27, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Platts)  Infrastructure will remain the watchword as US refiners look to further cement their role as world class product exporters in 2014, improving export capacity and rejigging refineries to increase their output of …

Grass as the New Biofuel
December 27, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Deeney (Agriland)  A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops.
According to the researchers, grass could be used to …

Study Provides Comparison of Biomass Crop Growth in the Midwest
December 27, 2013 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois evaluated woody and grassy biomass feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production at Illinois. Twenty-one species of short-rotation woody biomass …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

Algenol Produces “Algae Sex Tape”
December 27, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … Algenol Biofuels has released its “Algae Sex Tape,” a sensual, pro-alternative energy, take on making ethanol from algae…with a passion.
Using sophisticated graphics, slow motion and provocative angles, the Algenol video exposes the …

Time for Rebranding: We Are Protein Producers!
December 26, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At the yearly F.O.Licht’s World Ethanol Conference, two speakers spoke about ethanol as a coproduct, focusing on front-end separation of high-value protein from the corn, or recovering the yeast to …

NREL Report Counters Big Oil’s False E15 Claim
December 26, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The concept of the blend wall is based on a controversial study that has been called into question, most recently by a National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis that identified …

10-Year Trials Show 10-ton Yields for Miscanthus in Illinois
December 26, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus, the first plots to be planted in the U.S. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown …

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce?
Funded by a $10 million …

Start-Up Uses Plant Seeds for a Biofuel
December 26, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (New York Times)  … Hailed about six years ago as the next big thing in biofuels, jatropha attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, only to fall from favor as the recession …

EIA Updates State Profiles, Adds Data on Renewables
December 26, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and …

Israel’s New Motor Fuels Strategy Leans on Gas
December 26, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Ari Rabinovitch (Reuters)  Israel plans to cut oil use in transportation by 60 percent by 2025, an aggressive target by world standards, and will tap into its newfound natural gas deposits to make it …