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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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ASTM Efforts Provide Backbone for OEM Biodiesel Support
August 29, 2013 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Over the past two years, both with biodiesel production exceeding 1 billion gallons, problems from the field have been no more than those of conventional petrodiesel alone—maybe even less. All the …

Study Shows Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity in Germany’s Fuel
August 29, 2013 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil with 25 percent, and …

Loyola University Chicago Upgrades Biodiesel Lab
August 29, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Loyola University Chicago is expanding its biodiesel laboratory with much-needed additional space, and a new processor and analytical instrumentation. Lab manager Zach Waickman says Loyola built the school’s biodiesel program …

Biodiesel’s Quality Evolution
August 29, 2013 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Biodiesel emerged on the U.S. alternative fuels radar in the early 1990s, and for the next decade it slowly gained recognition as a real-world, here-and-now replacement for diesel fuel before …

Algae Biomass Summit Adds Young Innovators Lounge
August 29, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced the addition of a Young Innovators Lounge to this year’s Summit, taking place September 30–October 3, in Orlando, Florida. Specifically aimed at connecting young ABO …

Improving Access to Capital Markets
August 29, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leo (Biodiesel Magazine/BrownWinick Law Firm)  Let’s be honest, despite the fact that the biodiesel industry is experiencing arguably its most successful year, it is still difficult for biodiesel producers to raise capital in …

New Bioprospecting Activity: Students Can Collect and Share Data with GLBRC Scientists
August 29, 2013 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting for Cellulose-Degrading Microbes: Filter Paper Assay Method
Students collect samples that they predict will contain communities of cellulose-degrading microbes and test for the ability of microrganisms in their samples to …

Growing Energy the Holistic Way
August 29, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin Foundation)  Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working …

Professional Development Provider Institute
August 29, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  The Professional Development (PD) Provider Institute is a 4-day experience designed to support you as a PD provider by deepening your knowledge, increasing your confidence, and enhancing your abilities to support …

Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar September 10, 2013 Omaha, NE
August 29, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment
Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar    September 10, 2013    Omaha, NE

The Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar at the 2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Omaha will offer a comprehensive discussion on the impending opportunities and questions surrounding the use of corn residue from farms in America’s …

California Energy Commission Seeks Proposals for Centers for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology
August 29, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Tom Saidak (BioInvest Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission is asking for proposals to either develop or expand three new centers for both alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.  READ MORE
Excerpt from the Centers for Alternative …

Gevo Opens Biorefinery for Fully Renewable Paraxylene
August 29, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  What does the Gevo complex in Texas mean for jet fuel, for renewable clear plastic bottles…and for the Gevo investor?   In Texas, Gevo held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its …

GOP May Attach Ethanol Mandate Reform to Debt Ceiling Package
August 29, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may attach legislation to reform the ethanol mandate to a debt ceiling package, the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) reports.
…“The Majority Leader listed a …

Farmers Cooperative Fuel Pumps Near Completion
August 29, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Creston News)  The first E85 gasoline pump in Creston is opening as early as Tuesday at the Farmer’s Cooperative fuel pumps on 304 N. Osage St. … The pumps will also have 87 E10, E15, E30 …

US RINs Prices Continue Slump Despite Looming Blend Wall
August 29, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  US RINs prices continued to slide Wednesday, reflecting a widespread morning market selloff and despite a later bounce after US gasoline stocks data was released.
All current-year RINs assessments fell for the sixth time in …

Cheap Corn Deters Buyers in U.S. Sugar-for-Ethanol Program
August 29, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Marvin G. Perez  (Bloomberg)  A glut of corn has damped interest by biofuel makers in a U.S. government program to sell surplus sugar for ethanol, potentially decreasing its effectiveness in propping …

RFA Letter Urges EPA to Deny Big Oil’s Contrived RFS Waiver Petition
August 29, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In a letter sent today (August 28, 2013) to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) urged EPA to reject the petition for a partial waiver of …

Corn Growers Place Policy Priorities On Legislators’ Desks
August 29, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Janell Baum (Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers President Pam Johnson says NCGA membership ready to move forward on the farm bill; reinforces stance on Renewable Fuel Standard
It’s a common refrain at the 2013 Farm …

Agreement Set to Boost Jatropha Growth in Ghana
August 29, 2013 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Ghana-based Smart Oil, active in the production of renewable energy from jatropha curcas and subsidiary of Italian company Smart Oil 2, has signed a license and services agreement with Quinvita, a developer of …

Republic of Indonesia to Cut Oil Import, Promote Use of Biofuels
August 29, 2013 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Antara News)  “Right now, we need an immediate solution to the current account deficit. The government will overcome the deficit by reducing imports, particularly fuel oils,” Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said.
Indonesia is taking steps …

UNAM Researchers Constructed Pilot Plant for Biodiesel Production
August 29, 2013 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(La Prensa)   UNAM researchers are in the process of design and construction of a pilot plant for the production of quality biodiesel, edible oil from waste collected from restaurants and hotels of the Federal District, …

Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit November 12-13, 2013 Tel Aviv, Israel
August 29, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit   November 12-13, 2013   Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel has the world’s most ambitious target to change its transportation system – replacing 60% of its oil consumption with new technologies by 2025.  It is a bold goal, and one with profound implications for …

California, Federal Methods to Push Renewable-Fuel Use Stir Conflict
August 29, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  It’s even possible that conflicting state and federal policies on renewable fuels, both aimed at reducing global warming, could actually make things worse, some scientists say.
California and the federal …

Biodiesel Refinery — in a Box
August 29, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Shipping container with a portable unit is on display at the fair.
One of the more unusual farm implements at the Minnesota State Fair is a big metal box with no …

Biodiesel Plant Reaches Capacity in US
August 29, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Diamond Green Biodiesel, a joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling International, has reached capacity during its start-up phase.
The plant, based next to Valero’s St Charles refinery in Louisiana, began operations in June …

Advanced Biofuels Passes 1 Billion Gallons in Capacity: E2 Study
August 29, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Advanced biofuels capacity for 2013 is 1 billion gallons gasoline equivalent. Capacity for 2015 is between 1.4 and 1.6 billion gallons gasoline equivalent.  160 commercial scale facilities planned, under construction, …

SGB Germination, Direct Seeding Drive Improved Jatropha Economics
August 28, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Energy crop company SGB Inc. (SG Biofuels) announced it has achieved consistent germination rates of more than 95 percent with its top-performing JMax jatropha hybrids in a range of high-stress growing conditions. …

Green Fuels Urges UK Restaurateurs to Consider Making Biodiesel
August 28, 2013 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Green Fuels Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  As U.K. diesel prices sit at around £1.40 a liter, it continues to make biodiesel at around 30p a liter a very attractive alternative, not to mention the benefits to the …

New Case Study Shows Rapid Growth of Biodiesel Industry in Calif.
August 28, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund/Biodiesel Magazine)  A case study released today from Environmental Defense Fund and E2 examines the benefits of biodiesel, profiling six companies in California helping to revolutionize the industry. Growing production in the state shows California companies have started …

Cool Planet for Biogasoline
August 28, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets and Fuels)  Vehicle in Ventura ‘Brings Us One Step Closer to Commercializing’
Camarillo, Calif.-based Cool Planet is talking up the successful trial of its biomass-derived synthetic gasoline with the Ventura County Parks …

SDTC Looking for Canada’s Next Cleantech Innovators
August 28, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(MarketWired/Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs. Its SD Tech Fund™ is open for applications from August 28th to October 16th, 2013.
“Cleantech is the …

Report: Southwest Ontario Can Support Biomass-to-Sugar Plant
August 28, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish …

Moves to Commercialize Cellulosic Ethanol March Ahead
August 28, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Farm Industry News)  Soon after hearing about Big Oil’s numerous challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard, attendees of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop this summer, heard from producers forging ahead to commercialize cellulosic …

GRAY: Critics Driving Spurious Campaign against Ethanol
August 28, 2013 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray  (The Washington Times)  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  A media campaign is underway to malign a cleaner, cheaper challenger to gasoline’s virtual monopoly on transportation fuel. If it succeeds, this campaign will deprive American drivers of …

City Runs into Problems during Test Burn of MFA Biofuel
August 28, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (Columbia Daily Tribune)  A giant grass grown through a federal program with MFA Oil didn’t work out too well as a biofuel at Columbia’s municipal power plant.
A report sent to the Columbia …

Court Green Lights Changes to Proposed Ethanol Plant
August 28, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Allyson Horn  (ABC)  The Planning and Environment Court has accepted changes made to a proposal to build an ethanol processing plant in north Queensland. Austcane is planning to process one million tonnes of sugarcane each …

Famers Left in the Lurch over Mallee Tree Plantations
August 28, 2013 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Diss (ABC)  “I was led to believe that after about five years when these mallee trees matured, that we would be able to move forward with this and there would be a facility in …

Canadian Scientists Unravel Camelina Biofuel Genome
August 28, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(UPI)  Saskatchewan scientists have sequenced the camelina sativa genome.
Saskatchewan scientists say they have sequenced the camelina sativa genome, an important step in the development of sustainable biofuels.
The genome sequencing discovery was announced by scientists from …

UK to Request Extradition of Biofuel Company’s Chairman
August 28, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Simon Lewis  (Cambodia Daily)   The U.K.’s fraud office plans to request the extradition of a British national currently detained in Cambodia, after it brought charges against four people for their part in a $36 …

Wholesale E85 Price Listing
August 28, 2013 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  The IRFA posts Thursday wholesale E85 prices every Friday.  The prices below are for wholesale use, and therefore restricted to wholesale fuel distributors and retailers, not end users.
The intent of IRFA’s …

Growth Energy Launches “You’re No Dummy” Pro-Ethanol Blitz
August 28, 2013 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ethanol industry advocacy group Growth Energy has launched an advertising campaign called “You’re No Dummy” in an effort to help Americans better understand that the oil industry is …

Smarter Food: Does Big Farming Mean Bad Farming?
August 28, 2013 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jane Black (The Washington Post)  In high summer, fields of wildflowers bloom at Tony Thompson’s Minnesota farm: gray-headed coneflowers, phlox and white prairie clover. Those plants are designed to do more than just beautify. …

Injection of Fracking Fluids Linked to Ohio Earthquakes
August 27, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  …So let’s take a look at specific regulations which were designed to protect the public from injection wells used to dispose of fracking wastes … but because they weren’t comprehensive, …

Researchers Revise ‘Overestimated’ Biofuels Subsidies
August 27, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  Experts, who estimated that the biofuels industry received the equivalent of a €10-billion “Cyprus bailout” in public support in 2011, have shaved the figure by a fifth.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an …

Farm Bureau: RFS Bendable, Just Don’t Break It
August 27, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Farm Bureau officials are making the case that the Renewable Fuels Standard has some flexibility… but just don’t break it. In this story on its newsline, American Farm Bureau energy economist Matt …

Difficult but Important Conversation at a Craft Fair
August 27, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Talking to someone that has negative views about the ethanol industry isn’t always easy. But if the conversation stays respectful it’s possible for both parties to come away with …

Ethanol-Free Fuel Will Cost More, May Be Scarce
August 27, 2013 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Piersol   (Lincoln Journal-Star)  Demand for renewable credits helps change market
Prices of premium and regular grades of gasoline without ethanol are likely to rise in Nebraska and Iowa, and those fuels may become harder …

Patented Bacteria Capable of Producing Biodiesel More Efficiently and Cleanly than Current
August 27, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(University of Seville)  The invention, jointly owned by the University of Seville and Cordoba University, identifies in a mill gender microbial strain that produces biodiesel Terribacillus cleanly, with higher performance and lower production cost than …

Refiners, Ethanol, and You. Time to Worry?
August 27, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Maxxwell A.R. Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  To blend or not to blend? That is the question refiners will need to answer in 2014 as they cope with falling gasoline demand and strict ethanol blending mandates …

Corporate Cleantech Venture Day November 20, 2013 Lahti, Finland
August 27, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Corporate Cleantech Venture Day   November 20, 2013  Lahti, Finland

Cleantech Venture Day has become the meeting place for cleantech companies looking for investors. We will expand this concept to include the industrials with our first Corporate Cleantech Venture Day. The event highlights the demands …

Ethiopia: Nation Blends Ethanol With Benzene, Saves U.S. $7.6 Million
August 27, 2013 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Nesru Jemal (All Africa)  Over 8.6 million liters of ethanol has been blended with benzene and supplied to local market over the concluded fiscal year, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said.
According to Bizuneh Tolcha, public …

Ministry of Agriculture of Guyana : Guyana on Path to Agro Fuel Revolution – as President Commissions Bioethanol Demonstration Plant G
August 27, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(  Guyana’s first ever bioethanol demonstration plant was commissioned today at what was regarded the start of an agro fuel revolution in a country that is leaning aggressively towards a renewable energy pathway.
The plant located …

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
August 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Tullis (The New York Times)  …But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification …

The Biodiesel Explosion
August 27, 2013 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Scott Clevenger  (Biofuels Digest/FuelQuest) … Thanks to a strong Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the reinstatement of the $1/gallon biodiesel blender tax credit, and the State of Iowa’s record breaking production records, national biodiesel output is …

Biofuels, Whiskey and Me
August 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In China, Dr. Martin Tangney recently appeared at the TEDxWanChai meet-up in Hong Kong, with a talk entitled “Biofuels, Whiskey and me”.
It reflects on Tangney’s experience of establishing the UK’s first …

How to Sell Renewable Jet Fuel to Airlines
August 27, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Dr. Bruno Miller and John Heimlich  (CAAFI/Biofuels Digest)  … CAAFI has unveiled its Guidance for Selling Alternative Fuels to Airlines to serve as a roadmap for potential producers and other supply-chain participants contemplating purchase agreements with airlines …

Algae Cultivation System Developed at NAA Test Center
August 27, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The National Algae Association (NAA) has announced that a new commercial algae production cultivation system has been developed at the NAA Test Center in The Woodlands, Texas. The new Algae Growth Cell …

NSF Accepting Grant Applications under BBBE Program
August 26, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Science Foundation recently opened a new funding opportunity under its Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering program. According to the grant notice, the program supports fundamental engineering research …

Poet Plants Donate to Fly Iowa 2013 Airshow
August 26, 2013 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Poet/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Poet Biorefining plants in Gowrie and Coon Rapids, Iowa have donated $1,000 each to support the Fly Iowa 2013 Airshow, which will feature the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron.
…The Vanguard Squadron flies a four-plane …

Annual EU Report Projects Increased Ethanol Production
August 26, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agriculture Information Network, reporting that approximately 20 percent of transportation biofuel used …

Ditch Ethanol Mandates. Try a Carbon Tax.
August 26, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post) Washington is seeing a great fight between two extremely powerful lobbies, Big Ethanol and Big Oil. Neither should win.

Ethanol backers are right that it’s firmly in the nation’s interest to …

Obama’s Ethanol Mandate Causes Fuel Prices to Soar
August 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Senator Jim Inhofe (The Edmond Sun)  … The worst impact of RFS on the consumer is beginning to be seen at the grocery store. As demand for corn increases because of the government-subsidized ethanol market, …

When Energy Dreams Fall Short
August 26, 2013 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  …Part of the problem for any upstart technology comes from the vast scale and long lifespans of the nation’s energy systems. Even moderately successful technologies such as wind, solar power and …

Columnist Shenk Omitted a Host of Benefits from Using Ethanol in Gasoline: PennLive letters
August 26, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Patriot News/Renewable Fuels Association)  I am writing in response to Jerry Shenk’s column, “Federal government’s ethanol mandate hoses you at the gas pump.”
Mr. Shenk claimed, “adding ethanol to fuel is meant to …

Fire Stations Work toward Better Training for Ethanol Fires
August 26, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Matt Groves (WREX)  … Fire departments from across the region trained in Kirkland Saturday afternoon for ethanol fires. Cars doused in ethanol were set fire to, then firefighters worked to put them out.

“Utilizing the correct …

Michael Bennet, United States Senator for Colorado, Visits Gevo, Advocates for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals
August 26, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Gevo)  United States Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado toured and met with Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO) today to discuss the importance of renewable fuels and chemicals for Colorado and the U.S. economy.
Senator Bennet met with …

The Ethanol Mandate and the Interests of Consumers
August 26, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to Editor: Cellulosic ethanol’s time is just beginning. It will lower gasoline prices and extend the supply.
Your editorial “Put A Corn Cob in Your Tank” (Aug. 17) calls cellulosic ethanol …

Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Alcohol for Fuel and the Current Prosperity
August 26, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig (Ohio State University/FarmDocDaily) … Corn processed into alcohol for fuel was not a factor in the 1970 period of farm prosperity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) data series on …

Turning Grass into Gas
August 26, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Barcott  (  Imagine a future in which airliners run on cornstalks and Navy ships ply the oceans on tanks of switchgrass. That day may at last be inching closer.
The promise of cellulosic biofuels …

LAN Celebrates Second-Generation Biofuel Flight
August 26, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Maryanne (Airline Fleet Management)  LAN as flown Columbia’s first flight using second-generation biofuel.  It operated an A320 between Bogota and Cali using fuel from a plant called (camelina)

LAN flew its first camelina biofuel flight …

Interactive Map Shows Biofuel Friendly Policies
August 26, 2013 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), 62 countries now have biofuels friendly policies in place that have driven global demand to over 1 million barrels per day. To help people around …

Marion Approves Deal for Garbage-to-Ethanol Facility
August 26, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith  (The Gazette)  Solid waste recycling facility could divert waste from landfills in the region
… The Marion City Council Thursday unanimously approved a deal with waste-to-energy firm, Fiberight LLC, which gives the Maryland-based …

Cool Planet to Invest $168M in Louisiana – Stealthy Biotechnology Heads for Scale
August 26, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete Cool Planet story. What is it? Why transformational? What are the next steps?  New venture will convert wood waste to gasoline.
In Louisiana, Cool Planet Energy Systems CEO Howard …

Utah State University Students Run Dragster with Algal Fuel
August 26, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  After a successful 2012 race season powered with yeast biodiesel, the Aggie A-Salt Streamliner, as the dragster is officially known, topped 73 miles per hour this week during its algae-fueled debut. The …

Cosan Shareholder May Build $150 Million Paraguay Ethanol Mill
August 23, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Lucia Kassai   (Bloomberg)  Roberto Rezende Barbosa, one of the largest shareholders in Cosan SA Industria & Comercio, is considering building a $150 million ethanol mill in Paraguay, where profits are higher than in Brazil.

Rezende …

TMO Renewables to Produce PLA
August 23, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman  (Green Chemicals Blog)  An official from UK-based cellulosic ethanol developer/producer TMO Renewables announced today it is expanding its portfolio to include polylactic acid (PLA) that will be produced at their Dunsfold …

Ethanol Production Benefits Farmers’ Wallets, Officials Say
August 23, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Erik Tyger (   …Ethanol plants tend to offer farmers a better price for their corn and use more of the plant, putting corn at a constant state of high demand.
Once the alcohol has …

Wildomar Becomes First City In Area To Offer Flex Fuel E85 Option
August 23, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Toni McAllister (LakeElsinore-Wildomar Patch) Flex Fuel E85 is now available at the Chevron gas station located at 23805 Clinton Keith Road.
Motorists who want to fill up on ethanol now have the option to do so …

Rising RINs Price Is Driving Some Companies to Boost Their Ethanol Activities
August 23, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Platts)  …This month PBF Energy and Alon USA both told analysts they had new plans to blend renewables like ethanol and biodiesel with gasoline and petroleum-based diesel as a way to fend off high prices …

Carinata: Valuable Biofuel Potential for Florida Farmers
August 23, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Les Harrison  (SouthEast Farm Press/UF Extension, Wakulla County)  A canola cousin, carinata produces oil seeds that can be used to make an alternative fuel which is virtually indistinguishable from petroleum counterparts.  Researchers at the …

Ethanol Plant Tour
August 23, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flanigan (  The huge ethanol plant in Clearfield County is currently running near capacity.  A number of farmers who help supply the plant with all of the corn it uses got an up close …

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 Clearwater Beach, FL
August 23, 2013 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals      April 28-May 1, 2014    Clearwater Beach, FL

The Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemical covers topics such as:

Enzyme Science & Technology
Biomass Supply & Sustainability
Plant Science & Technology
Algae Science & Technology
Biomass Recalcitrance
Pretreatment & Fractionation
Bacterial Science & Technology
Yeast and Fungal Science & Technology
Bioprocessing & Separations …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 DEADLINE: November 17, 2013
August 23, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  April 28-May 1, 2014  DEADLINE:   November 17, 2013

Abstract submission is now open for the 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). The 36th SBFC will be held April 28-May 1, 2014 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel in Clearwater Beach, …

Tennessee Researchers Develop 5 ppm FAME Detector for Jet Fuel
August 23, 2013 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Millions of dollars and years of testing have already been invested in the attempt to increase ASTM’s allowable amount of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) contamination in jet fuel, which …

Graph of Top Global Biofuels Producing Nations in 2012
August 23, 2013 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by K. McDonald  (Big Picture Agriculture)  As you can see in the above graph, the leading nations in biofuel production in 2012 were the U.S. followed by Brazil, Germany, Argentina, France and China. All other individual …

The Texas Whale
August 23, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Too many oil companies bet on risky strategies for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Now, they turn to the US government for a bail-out on their obligations.
Judging that the …

The Hurtlin’, Tumblin’, Twistin’ of the Big Energy Rollercoaster
August 23, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But is the real RINsanity the focus on RINsanity itself?
We might be more focused on the insanely huge amounts of energy demand that are coming, and what the heck we …

Will the Draft European Biomass Policy Repeat Biofuel Mistakes?
August 23, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Tildy Bayar (Renewable Energy World)   In a leaked draft proposal for a European biomass policy, seen by REW, the European Commission has laid out sustainability criteria for the Union’s future biomass use.
The proposal would …

Water + Sunshine = Fuel as Lab in California Chases Dream: Cars
August 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Alan Ohnsman (Bloomberg) …Mimicking the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology is in a race to …

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Research Fueling Start-Up Venture
August 22, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Johnson  (UW Oshkosh Today)  Tiny blue-green algae have big potential for using the sun’s energy to turn carbon waste into bio jet fuel, according to University of Wisconsin Oshkosh researchers.
In July, UW Oshkosh …

The U.S. Tight Oil Boom: Geopolitical Winner or Long-Term Distraction?
August 22, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/American Security Project)  New ASP Report examines geopolitical effects of the surge in U.S. oil production
The American Security Project released a new report analyzing the geopolitical effects of the boom in tight oil production. The major findings are …

National Ethanol Conference February 17-19, 2014 Orlando, FL
August 22, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
National Ethanol Conference   February 17-19, 2014   Orlando, FL

Since 1996, the RFA’s National Ethanol Conference (NEC) has been recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry.  With numerous networking opportunities, more business meetings …

Reflections on Hot Biofuel Issues: August 2013 Pull Off Those Big Oil Blinders!
August 22, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Tim Rudnicki (Minnesota BioFuels Association)   Race horses can’t remove their blinders, but thoughtful, engaged people can remove their metaphorical blinders to understand energy issues and ideas that surround them.  When it comes to fueling our …

Ethanol Quotas Pump Money From Your Pocket: Our view
August 22, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(USA Today) Editorial:  When members of Congress decided in 2007 to require that Americans put 36 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels in their gas tanks annually by 2022, they must have thought there was an …

New Frontiers: Now It’s Crude Oil from Algae that Is Being Tested
August 22, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts/The Barrel) It’s hard to get excited over a producer making a scant 2 barrels/day of crude.
But in the case of Sapphire Energy, those barrels represent the beginnings of a potential revolution that …

FTC Examines Allegations That Oil Industry Blocks Greater Ethanol Use
August 22, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Tennille Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  The Federal Trade Commission said it was looking into assertions by some members of Congress that oil companies are using their influence over retail gas stations to block …

Puna Farm to Supply Jatropha Feedstock to Big Island Biodiesel
August 22, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jatropha harvesting began last week at the Hawaii Pure Plant Oil (HIPPO) farm founded in 2008 by father and son partners Christian and James Twigg-Smith. HIPPO has planted a total of …

UMS Researchers Produce Biofertiliser from Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunches
August 22, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  The Microbiology Research Group at the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Biotechnology Research Institute has developed a simple and easy way to produce biofertiliser from oil palm fibre empty fruit bunches (EFB) within 40 …

SCV Energy Company Starts Producing Biodiesel
August 22, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(SCV News)  U.S. Energy Initiatives Corp. announced Tuesday that it  has begun producing biodiesel in through its joint venture partner relationship.  This partnership is designed to help meet California’s Mandated Requirement for biodiesel under the …

4C-Able Future: Biobased Butanol, Butadiene and BDO Are Having a Hot Year
August 22, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been quite a year on the four-carbon platform — also known as C4, 4C, buta-something, Fantastic Four, or what have you.
Though two-carbon fuels such as ethanol have long dominated …