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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-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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Green Skies Ahead: Airbus Partners with EFT to Promote Aviation Biofuel Research
December 7, 2014 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Van Wagenen  (Avionics Magazine)  Airbus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation.

“Our belief is …

Ethanol Production and Profits Are Through The Roof
December 7, 2014 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Emily Cassidy (Environmental Working Group)  Corn ethanol production has soared to record heights this year, and with large harvests and low corn prices, that means record profits for the industry. …

… Production has soared …

Biofuel Promise Evaporates as Algae.Tec Moves Offshore
December 7, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wright (South Coast Register)   In December 2013 Algae.Tec announced plans for an $80 million facility at South Nowra that would employ 100 people.

The company signed a long-term lease with Shoalhaven City Council …

The Old Man and the Rising Sea
December 7, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain …

‘Stranded Assets’: Will Efforts to Counter Warming Render Energy Reserves Worthless?
December 7, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter …

Fossil-fuel Lobbyists, Bolstered by GOP Wins, Work to Curb Environmental Rules
December 7, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Hamburger (The Washington Post)  Oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions of dollars to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state …

Bioasphalt Made with Lignin under Development in the Netherlands
December 5, 2014 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research/Biomass Magazine)  Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the …

Researchers Find Way to Turn Sawdust into Gasoline
December 5, 2014 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(KU Leuven/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in …

Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft Concept Aims to Quietly Rule the Skies
December 5, 2014 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Colin Jeffrey (GizMag)  Touted as the world’s first true hybrid aircraft, the Faradair BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft) is a triple box-wing design concept that combines electric motors and a bio-diesel engine. Fitted with a range of …

Entrepreneur Makes Fertilisers, Extracts Biofuel with Locally Made Oil Palm Trunk Pulveriser
December 5, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Joy Lee (The Star)  Malaysia is home to a thriving palm oil industry and we are the second largest palm oil producer in the world.

And with some 5.1mil ha of oil palm plantation land …

How Much Will Falling Gasoline Prices Affect Ethanol and Corn Demand?
December 5, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  In a recent farmdoc daily article (November 12, 2014) we initiated a discussion of whether the decline in gasoline prices had been large enough to threaten the …

4 Minutes with…Jeff Lievense, EVP Process Technology, Genomatica
December 5, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our engineering team — numbering 30 and growing — translates biology into 100 kiloton fermentation-based chemical plants that perform. We speak both languages — biology and engineering — fluently.

If you …

Quehenberger Group Chooses Biodiesel and SafetyPackage with Purchase of New MAN TGX
December 5, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Automotive World)  The Austrian logistics specialist Quehenberger has placed an order for 350 of the new 440 hp and 480 hp MAN TGX semitrailer tractors. Based in Straßwalchen near Salzburg, the company is a pioneer …

All I Need is the Air That I Breathed: Microbial Dairies Using CO2, Sunlight and Water
December 5, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take CO2, add water and an energy source: voila, Fuels & Chemicals from Microbial Dairies.  We revisit 3 top practitioners of the art and one outlier, and their progress.

There are a …

EU Encourages Action on Advanced Biofuels
December 5, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on 4 December at the European Parliament with Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, and stakeholders in Brussels. …

Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market: Energy
December 5, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.
Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest …

Flight Test by Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 787 Marks First-Ever Use of Green Diesel as an Aviation Biofuel
December 5, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Boeing yesterday conducted the first-ever flight using green diesel as a biofuel component. The blend of 15 per cent green diesel and 85 per cent conventional jet fuel was used in one engine …

4 minutes with…Peter Keeling, Innovation and Industry Collaboration Director, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (Iowa State)
December 5, 2014 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional …

Troll the Ancient Waste-Oil Carol : FFA la la la la la la la la la
December 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “On the way” forever, talked up by all, deployed by some – technologies that handle high free fatty acid feedstocks like used cooking oil are coming into their hey-day, via …

Governor Bentley to Visit Algae Systems, Inc.
December 4, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Hal Scheurich (Fox10TV.com)  A biochemical company based in Daphne is ready to expand from its small research facility. Algae Systems, Inc. has spent the last few years perfecting waste water treatment using algae common …

The Environmental Pros and Cons of Feeding Dried Distillers Grains
December 4, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Alma Release (Alberta Farmer)   Cattle fed DDGs produce less methane and more nitrogen, Lethbridge Research Station scientists have found

Feed is one of the highest on-farm costs and when the price of barley, corn and …

New Castle Plant Lines up $170 Million Green Upgrade
December 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Montgomery (The News Journal)  An international specialty chemical manufacturer plans what state officials described Wednesday as a $170 million green upgrade to its plant near New Castle.

It is a move that will save …

New Ethanol Gas Pumps Open in Fort Myers
December 4, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Weiner (ABC-7)  Lee County is now home to one of the first ethanol gas stations in Florida.  The higher-octane gas is cheaper and better for the environment, but we found local mechanics who …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference March 11-13, 2015 Washington, DC
December 4, 2014 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference   March 11-13, 2015   Washington, DC

ABLC is the gathering point for the top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced Fuels, Chemicals & Materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, …

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Develop Advanced Logistics for Bioenergy Feedstocks
December 4, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.  Examples of bioenergy …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Finance for Climate Action Flowing Globally Stood at $650 Billion Annually in 2011-2012, and Possibly Higher
December 4, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)   Publishes 2014 Biennial Assessment and Overview
of Climate Finance Flows Report.  Annual public and private flows from developed to developing countries ranged from $40 to $175 billion.   …

Novozymes’ Eversa Enzymatic Biodiesel Solution Ready for Market
December 3, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After working with a handful of producers over the past several years to prove the technical and economic viability of liquid enzymatic biodiesel processing, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic …

France’s Total Developing Advanced Biofuel Sugars from Plant Waste
December 3, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by David Brough (Reuters)  Total SA is exploring ways to convert sugars from plant waste that could be used to fuel aircraft while cutting greenhouse gases, the French oil major said on Tuesday.

As commercial production …

Vertimass Receives Up to $2 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Energy to Convert Ethanol Into Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline
December 3, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass)  “Green” Catalyst Technology Will be Commercialized Into Stocks Compatible With Current Transportation Fuel Infrastructure

Vertimass LLC announced today the company has received a grant of up to $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. …

Ethanol Industry Looking beyond Incentives
December 3, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Jamieson  (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Executives from Canada’s biofuels industry are looking at efficiencies and diversification as tools to ensure the sector’s continued growth.  That was the main message shared with a packed room …

Sweet Smell of Success: JBEI Researchers Boost Methyl Ketone Production in E. coli
December 3, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two years ago, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, …

4 minutes with…Basil Karampelas, President, American Process
December 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We’ve developed 2 proprietary biorefinery technologies producing low-cost cellulosic sugars from non-food based biomass. Our Green Power+ technology produces low-cost cellulosic sugars from the hemicelluloses. AVAP technology produces cellulosic sugars …

Ethanol Facility Proposed in Southwestern Idaho
December 3, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  A proposed ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho would convert barley and tubers into fuel. It’s not the first ethanol facility proposed in the Treasure Valley and two others have failed to …

Road-Map to Multi-Million Pound Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry Launched
December 3, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation)  Sustainable Aviation (SA), a coalition of the UK’s airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service provider NATS, has launched its latest Road-Map, which considers the opportunities for sustainable aviation fuels. The Road-Map identifies …

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
December 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more …

Edeniq Heads down Success-at-Scale Avenue, in China
December 3, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Virtuosos of Visalia land a major contract with China giant Global Bio-chem — a 50KT cellulosic sugars plant is underway in Jilin province.

In California, Edeniq announced a Joint Development Agreement …

Ho Chi Minh City Switches to Biofuel
December 2, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Thanh Nien News)  Filling stations across Ho Chi Minh City will begin selling biofuel this week.  Under a government plan that went into effect in December, the city will gradually replace 92-octane gasoline (A92) with …

Iowa Novices Expected to Join Republican Chorus of EPA Critics
December 2, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishing)  The two new members headed to the House from Iowa are so far untested in a political office but are likely to add to the GOP voice against environmental regulations.

David …

EPA Puts RFS In Jeopardy
December 2, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Futures)  Actions taken by EPA to help keep RFS alive have actually backfired and brought more attacks in defending Congress’ intent.

Wally Tyner, Purdue University ag economist, said it’s quite ironic that …

Flex Fuel Awareness Campaign Completes Mid-Atlantic Road Show Promiting High Level Ethanol Blends
December 1, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign completed a highly successful tour of several key locations in Maryland and Virginia last week as part of the Mid Atlantic Alternative Fuel Road Show.

The tour featured exhibits and …

Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard
December 1, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Kalhoefer and Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to …

IRFA Reminds Diesel Users Biodiesel Can Stretch Supply
December 1, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Following Gov. Branstad’s Emergency Proclamation Due to Diesel Shortages, IRFA Reminds Users Biodiesel Can Help

Following Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s emergency proclamation to allow for more transport of diesel products, the Iowa …

Inside OPEC Room, Naimi Declares Price War on U.S. Shale Oil
December 1, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Alex Lawler, Amena Bakr and Dmitry Zhdannikov (Reuters)  Saudi Arabia’s oil minister told fellow OPEC members they must combat the U.S. shale oil boom, arguing against cutting crude output in order to depress prices …

14 for ’15: The Bioeconomy Agenda, 2015
December 1, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  14 perspectives on policy, technologies and geographies of compelling interest in the new year —  At ABLC Next this year in San Francisco — naturally, the focus is on “what’s …

Briefing: Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update
December 1, 2014 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) recently held a briefing on the technologies involved in commercial cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as …

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels at the Heritage Foundation
December 1, 2014 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Derrick Morgan, Vice President for the Institute for Economic Freedom & Opportunity hosted a presentation on the moral case for fossil fuels November 17, 2014 at the Heritage.  According …

The Radical Re-Sourcing of Tires, Nylon, Parachutes and Balloons
November 30, 2014 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies achieves one-step renewable butadiene via fermentation.  Who’s in the global chase for a process to make one of the world’s Big 7 industrial chemicals via a renewable process …

Area of Crops Grown For Bioenergy in England and the UK: 2008 – 2013
November 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)  Key Messages
 An estimated 51 thousand hectares of agricultural land in the UK were used for bioenergy in 2013.
 The area of crops grown for bioenergy equated …

Who’s Ready for Prime-Time, Who’s on the Way? The Cellulosic Biofuels Survey
November 30, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this Digest survey, we asked you to rate a representative selection of cellulosic biofuels technology providers — primarily, which technologies you feel have are the most commercial viability, either …

Billionaire Vinod Khosla’s Big Dreams for Biofuels Fail to Catch Fire
November 30, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Just over a year ago, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was bubbling with optimism about one of his latest investments: KiOR, a biofuel outfit he said would turn wood …

Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time
November 26, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(K-State Research and Extension)  Converting cooking oil into fuel – the Biodiesel Initiative at Kansas State University allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The sound of a diesel engine …

New Audi E-Fuels Project: E-Diesel from Air, Water and Green Electricity
November 26, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Audi)  New Audi activity in the development of CO2-neutral fuels; Pilot plant for e-diesel production opened in Dresden; Audi partnership with Climeworks and sunfire
Audi is active in the development of CO2-neutral, synthetic fuels. The latest project is …

High Turkey Prices: Don’t Blame Ethanol
November 26, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Alan Neuhauser  (U.S. News and World Report/MSN.com)  No clucking way.   Turkey prices are still higher than average, the American Farm Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics found last week – but don’t blame the Environmental …

Impasse over RFS Underscores Need for Biofuel Value Chain and Partner Unity
November 26, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Federal regulators have stumbled again in following the congressionally approved roadmap for expanding and accelerating biofuel development and use, announcing Friday they will not finalize 2014 blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels …

Challenges which Hinder the Growth of the Sugar and Alcohol Sector in Brazil
November 26, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As discussed at the recent F.O. Licht’s conference, Sugar and Ethanol Brazil, the current status of the installed capacity in Brazil has grown enormously in recent years with the launch …

Biodiesel Benefits Livestock Producers
November 25, 2014 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  While some have tried to pit the biofuels industry against livestock producers, the folks at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) explain their green fuel is actually helping those producers.

“The livestock industry …

Ethanol Proponents Anticipating a Fight
November 25, 2014 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Bergin (Lincoln Journal Star)  The biofuels industry is gearing up for a fight, a national industry spokesman said Monday.   Doug Durante, executive director of Bethesda, Maryland-based Clean Fuels Development Coalition, predicted lawsuits …

Pacific Ethanol Receives $3 Million Grant
November 25, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Reed Fujii (Recordnet.com)  State energy officials awarded Pacific Ethanol Inc. $3 million to help develop grain sorghum as a low-carbon feedstock, replacing some of the corn traditionally used, at its plants in Stockton and …

Message to Rental Car Companies: FFVs Matter
November 25, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I recently attempted to rent a FFV for a work trip and had a less than satisfactory experience. … It was renting a car to drive the 75 miles to …

Biofuels Sector on the Edge
November 25, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Parkinson (Financial Review) Australia’s struggling biofuels industry has had an annus horribilis.   First came the budget decision to scrap the excise-free status the sector believed would be in place until 2021.

“It threw …

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best
November 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.

Researchers at …

Gevo Signs Letter of Intent With Highlands EnviroFuels to License Isobutanol Technology for Florida Plant
November 25, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Plant to Convert Sugar Cane and Sweet Sorghum to 20-25 Million Gallons Per Year of Isobutanol

Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC (“Highlands”) has signed …

Consortium Creates Sugarcane Research Center in Spain
November 25, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  The EunergyCane Consortium officially started operations with the signing of an agreement with the city of Motril in Spain which will create Europe’s first sugarcane research center.

The consortium is a group of public …

4 Minutes with…Graham Noyes, Attorney, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman; Acting Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
November 25, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My regulatory work focuses on the RFS, LCFS, and Cap & Trade. My transactional work involves maximizing the value of environmental attributes, and developing and negotiating various agreements including joint …

Government Gives Tax Relief for Biodiesel Production
November 25, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Correio do Brasil) The  Official Gazette  published on Friday normative instruction suspending the incidence of PIS / Pasep and Contribution to Social Security Financing (COFINS) in the acquisition of raw materials for the production of biodiesel. …

Brooke Renewables, Hock Lee Group, Beta Renewables, Novozymes Ink LOI for Commercial-Scale Malaysian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
November 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Malaysia, Brooke Renewables and Hock Lee Group presented a Letter of Intent to the Sarawak State Government marking their intention to invest in the 2G Bioethanol and Bio chemical …

White House Threatens to Put Brakes on Alternative Fuels
November 25, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected …

Hagel Resigns as US Defense Secretary
November 25, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who’s on the short list to succeed the embattled Nebraska Republican, and what does that mean for Advanced Biofuels? …

The Good News: Support for the Navy’s advanced biofuels program varies within …

Evolva Acquires Allylix in $59M All-Share Transaction: What’s the Impact for Industrial Biotech?
November 25, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But in the meantime, it appears to be an open-and-shut case that “new sugars” are the new sugar — and specifically that stevia might be the new sugar.   …

Top 10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Biodiesel Supporters on Thanksgiving
November 25, 2014 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  This holiday season, we’re giving thanks to the thousands of businesses that choose biodiesel, a sustainable, green form of American energy. Here are the top 10 ways to show your gratitude to …

Fossil Fuels Reap $550 Billion in Subsidies, Hindering Renewables Investment
November 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Alex Morales (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Fossil fuels are reaping $550 billion a year in subsidies and holding back investment in cleaner forms of energy, the International Energy Agency said.

Oil, coal and gas received more …

California Lead Commissioner Workshop and Availability of the Draft 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update
November 24, 2014 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

The California Energy Commission (CEC) held a workshop November 24, 2014, in Sacramento regarding its 2014 Draft Integrated Energy Report Update (2014 IEPR).  The CEC prepares this biennial report to assess major energy trends in California …

Students Power Up in Classroom with Biofuels Video Game
November 24, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Mary Sussman  (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  High school students wrestle with the sustainability challenges of making real-world decisions about biofuel agriculture while playing Fields of Fuel, an educational video game developed by WID …

Cellulose Conversion Lab Featured in The Science Teacher
November 24, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s student lab activity, “Converting Cellulosic Biomass to Ethanol (CB2E),” appeared recently in an issue of The Science Teacher, a peer-reviewed practitioners’ journal published by …

Study: Ethanol Use in Michigan Reduces Pollution by Reducing GHGs
November 24, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study released by Michigan State University researchers Bruce Dale and Seungdo Kim shows ethanol use by Michigan drivers and boaters reduces pollution by cutting down on greenhouse …

Vitruvian Energy Crowdfunding to Make EEB, a Trashy Biofuel
November 24, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

By John Beltz Snyder  (AutoBlogGreen)  When sewage is treated at a wastewater treatment facility, biosolids are the byproduct. After being separated from the water, biosolids are usually sent to a landfill or incinerated. That doesn’t …

4 Minutes with…Ben Thorp, Chairman, Bioenergy Deployment Consortium
November 24, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Currently we are evaluating the underlying technologies that are involved in the 85 million annual gallon cellulosic ethanol that will be on-stream in the US this year. We have …

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold
November 24, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  …EPA should formally withdraw the proposed rule and issue a final rule as soon as possible, fully correcting their misinterpretation of waiver authority and methodology for setting the …

The Challenge of Finding a Legal Vehicle to Enforce Compliance with a Global Aviation Emissions Scheme
November 24, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  By agreeing to develop a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for international civil aviation, ICAO’s 38th Assembly has set the expectation that such a scheme will be adopted in 2016 and that it will be …

France Champions Bioethanol Industry in Europe
November 24, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Euractiv)  The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. …

The Downside of the Boom
November 24, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff  (The New York Times)   North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.

Blowouts represent the riskiest …

Algae in Aquaculture
November 24, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Marine biologist and fish reproductive endocrinologist Yonathan Zohar, PhD gives a tour of his aquaculture laboratory at the University of Maryland Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Dr. Zohar and his team …

Carbon Fee Bill Would Benefit Algae Industry
November 21, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, which calls for …

Biomass Industry Triumphs in EPA’s Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 21, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Anne Simet (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency’s updated biogenic emissions framework.

At …

Elemental, My Dear: Audi’s E-Fuels Project Creates Diesel from Air, Water, and Electricity
November 21, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Hard (Digital Trends)  … Now Audi has announced the development of “e-diesel,” a CO2-neutral fuel made from sustainable raw materials like air, water, and electricity.

Like e-gas, e-diesel is created by combining hydrogen and CO2. Using …

Biodiesel Production, Activity Impressive Despite Uncertainty
November 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Policy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise.

There have been numerous reports …

House Passes Bill that Would Impact EPA Rulemaking
November 21, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not …

Brazilian Biofuels Policy Under a Second Rousseff Term
November 21, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine) UNICA is looking forward to working with Brazil’s newly re-elected President Dilma Rouseff on putting the right policies in place for the country’s future, writes Leticia Phillips.

Brazil’s sugarcane ethanol industry has …

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.

When ethanol plants …

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants
November 21, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite the headwinds of skeptical investors …

Analyst: KiOR Columbus Plant May End up Sold as Scrap
November 21, 2014 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jack Weatherly (Mississippi Business Journal)   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based …

Plant to Create Jobs
November 21, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Doug Carder (The Ottawa Herald)  In Anderson County where agriculture is king — accounting for 72 percent of the county’s economy — a group is preparing to make a $12 million to $16 million …

What the EPA’s Latest Announcement Means?
November 21, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The EPA’s long-awaited announcement on the RFS targets for 2014 were finally announced today. And the announcement? No decision on the 2014 RFS targets would be made in 2014.

But what does this …

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 April 13 Washington, D.C
November 21, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015  April 13  Washington, D.C

Good Jobs, Green Jobs is the nation’s leading forum for strategizing and implementing environmental solutions that create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs and ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and communities.

This year’s Conference …

WEBINAR: Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee March 19, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee   March 19, 2015   10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Ethanol Myths & Facts: Engine Experts Talk Ethanol February 3, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Ethanol Myths & Facts: Engine Experts Talk Ethanol    February 3, 2015    10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Changes in the Biodiesel Specs: Trusting Today’s Spec Biodiesel January 6, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Changes in the Biodiesel Specs: Trusting Today’s Spec Biodiesel    January 6, 2015   10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Government Biodiesel Success Stories from East TN December 2, 2014 10:00AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 2:57 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Government Biodiesel Success Stories from East TN   December 2, 2014   10:00AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: RFS II: Where Do We Stand Today? November 25, 2014 10:00 ET
November 21, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  RFS II: Where Do We Stand Today?   November 25, 2014   10:00 ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Frets over Washington Green Fuels Study
November 21, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins (Capitol Press)  A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions.

Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard.

An …

Biofuels Initiative Shifts Gears
November 21, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins  (Capital Press)  Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is three years into a five-year, $40 million project to produce a green alternative to petroleum fuel.

… Three years into a five-year, $40 million program, a …

Guest Opinion: Ethanol Policy and the Economy
November 21, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (North Platte Bulletin)  Recent reports from the University of Nebraska clearly document the impressive economic benefits that occur when the corn, cattle and ethanol industries are efficiently integrated. Economists describe the economic …

What Is the White House Policy on Biofuels?
November 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Sloan (The Hill)  Late last year, without warning, the White House did a 180-degree shift on its renewable fuels policy.  But until the spring of this year, no one had any idea why.

In …

EPA November RIN Data Shows Increased Cellulosic Production
November 21, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five categories.

Nearly …

EPA Abandons RFS Rulemaking for 2014
November 21, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.

The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of …

To Use Sewage Sludge to Obtain Bioenergy
November 21, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News) Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers.

The Agroenergy Group from …

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI
November 21, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE …

UK’s First Ever Bus to Run on Human and Food Waste Launched
November 21, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Geneco)  The UK’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road today which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport – cutting emissions in …

Beet Ethanol Demonstration Project to Begin Next Month
November 21, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Ben Keller (The Business Journal)  A new source of transportation fuel may soon flow from the Central Valley if a pilot-scale biorefinery wrapping up later this year in Fresno County proves successful in converting …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

Can Algae Be the Next Biofuel?
November 20, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by William Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The lure of the oceans has always had a special appeal for advocates of biofuel. The vast reaches of the deep speak of a promise that unlimited amounts of space …

Close, But No Cigar: Greenspeed Truck Apparent Record-Breaker Doesn’t Count
November 20, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

from a note from Mike Shipman (Blue Planet Photography, LLC) The Greenspeed truck broke their previous El Mirage record of 155mph with a run of 156.182 mph on Sunday, the second day of racing. But …

2 Airlines Are Already Using Biofuels, So Why Aren’t We All Flying Green?
November 20, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

By Reuben Brewer (The Motley Fool)  In July, Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline to use a new type of biofuel to power a commercial flight. The fuel in question was farnesene, which is …

Scientists Come Together to Use Renewable Energy in Villages
November 20, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Komal Gautham (Times of India)  Eleven scientists from across the country are back in school in Coimbatore — this time to brainstorm, collaborate and come up with ideas to use renewable energy to mitigate climate …

Norwegian Operates Its First Biofuel Flight on November 11
November 20, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(AirSoc.com)  Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) on November 11 operated its first biofuel flight. The airline issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Norwegian for the first time operated a flight with biofuel on November 11, 2015. …

Cornstalks Aren’t Just for Scarecrows Anymore
November 20, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Reanna Trudell and Daniel Adams (US Department of Energy) …  Our scientists have identified corn stover, which includes the corn plant’s stalks, husks, cobs, and leaves, as a plentiful and reliable feedstock for producing bioenergy. The …

WEBINAR: Genetically Modified Algae: A Risk-Benefit Assessment
November 20, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) As the algae industry continues to invest in the research and development of genetic modification (GM) to optimize biofuels production, biocontainment systems and regulatory policies will play key roles in avoiding …

Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production
November 20, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development

… Trying to understand the chemistry that …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Issues Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update
November 20, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  This Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over …

PMO Discusses Clearing Hurdles in Ethanol Blending Programme
November 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(The Economic Times)  Keen to ensure success of ethanol blending in petrol, the Prime Minister’s Office held parleys with the ministries of food and petroleum to clear bottlenecks to ensure adequate supplies so that the …

New Food Safety Rules Mean Big Changes
November 20, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Anderson (Faegre Baker Daniels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Although several new requirements in the FSMA may impact ethanol plants, writes Andrew Anderson of Faegre Baker Daniels, the preventative control rule is likely the one that …

EPA Releases Updated Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 20, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources. According to a notice published by the EPA, the …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.

Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy
November 20, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ann M. Thayer  (Chemical and Engineering News) Scottish startup to make biobased chemicals 
from the leftovers of whisky production

The process for making Scotch whisky uses three ingredients: water, yeast, and a grain, primarily barley. About …

Advocates: Minnesota Needs More Alternative Fuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Logan Wroge  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)   … “A token amount of renewable energy isn’t going to cut it. We need a total transition,” said Simone Childs-Walker, a member of the student group Fossil …

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of …

4 Minutes with…Heather Youngs, Senior Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute and Executive Editor, Bioenergy Connection
November 20, 2014 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Energy Biosciences Institute explores the application of biology to the energy sector. … I would change the perception that the advanced bioeconomy is somehow at odds with conservation and that …

Feed Food Fairness Campaign – Not Big on Transparency
November 20, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 18, 2014), the Feed Food Fairness Campaign, backed by members of the livestock and fast food industries, ran a one-sided advertisement in the popular Beltway publication “Politico” inaccurately blaming the …

Study Underway to Select Local Crops for Biofuel Production
November 20, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Jamaica Observer)  A study is underway to select local crops for biofuel production, in an effort to expand Jamaica’s sources of energy supply.   Manager for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Petroleum Corporation …

From Table To Truck: How Food Waste Could Run Your Car
November 20, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (Northwest Public Radio)  … 21-year-old Matt Coffman is a formula drift race car driver. This year, he switched to a new fuel that’s made from fermented food waste. …

“People are just all …

Righteous Heat: 10 Hot Slides from ABLCNext Do the Show-and-Tell on Who’s Got the Magic
November 20, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, The Young Fresh Faces, the Later-Stagers, the Out-of-the-Box Thinkers – who is challenging the status quo and how and why?

Here are new slides from the Advanced Biofuels …

EPA Wrong Again on Biofuel Enabling Policies
November 20, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As often and as vigorously as the Obama administration pronounces its support of cleaner forms of energy and efforts to curb global climate change, the failure of EPA in its rule-making process …

Help the Algae Biomass Organization Illustrate How Far the Industry Has Come.
November 19, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The ABO is looking for new algae technology projects, demonstration facilities and commercial operations to showcase in the next edition of the Algae Industry Project Book.  The Project Book details the diverse …

Tulsa Man Leverages Biodiesel to Change Food Truck Industry Image
November 19, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Tulsa, Okla.-based food truck entrepreneur Wil Braggs, known as The Cheese Guy, is working to change people’s perceptions of the food truck industry by going green.

“There is a reputation among …

Springboard Intro’s Methanol Recovery, Soap-Casting Equipment
November 19, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that’s produced when making biodiesel. …

Safety Your Way
November 19, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing.

A philosophical problem …

Buster Biofuels to Employ Viesel Fuel Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
November 19, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A 5 MMgy plant under construction in San Diego, Buster Biofuels, will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production.

Buster Halterman, CEO of Buster Biofuels, told …

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again
November 19, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals for model year 2014 and 2015 cars, conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 …

IEA Says Oil Supplies May Not Keep Up With Demand
November 19, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.

In its latest annual World …

Biotech Program Inspires Interest in Science at Splendora ISD
November 19, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Buckner (Cleveland Advocate)  Splendora High School is continuing to stress the importance of career and technical courses by bringing students in on a cutting edge program and innovation in science.

The multifaceted Biotechnology Program, …

GRFA: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Discourage Investment in Renewables
November 19, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency has released its annual World Energy Outlook, revealing that fossil fuel consumption subsidies reached $550 billion in 2013. According to the IEA these subsidies are …

Global Biodiesel Additive Research Roundup
November 19, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recent report issued by Grand View Research indicates the global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020. Clearly there is money to be …

Oslo to Become 5% Biohub for Lufthansa, SAS & KLM – Powered by SkyNRG Nordic and Avinor
November 19, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG Nordic/Statoil) SkyNRG Nordic, the partnership between SkyNRG and Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation, announced the supply of the first commercial quantities of sustainable bio jet fuel to Avinor’s airport Gardermoen in 2015. Lufthansa has signed …

UBC Research Looks to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy
November 19, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Two new Genome BC-funded projects led by UBC researchers will harness microbial community research to help tackle sustainable development challenges in biofuel and BC shale gas development.

The initiatives, led by UBC microbiologist …

Enerkem, Akzo Nobel to Explore European Market
November 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Enerkem Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.

“Enerkem’s global expansion follows the launch of our waste-to-biofuels …

USDA Looks to Get Ethanol from Kudzu
November 19, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  It might be the scourge of the south, but kudzu could become the next feedstock for biofuels.  “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” says Lewis Ziska with the U.S. …

Let the Facts be the Facts
November 19, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  It is never acceptable to sensationalize the facts to the point where they are no longer facts. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) learned this lesson when …

Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks
November 19, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Art Krugler (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do …

Pricey Ethanol Threatens Late-Year Corn Demand Pick-Up: Maguire
November 19, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Maguire (Reuters)  The final quarter of the calendar year is typically the busiest for U.S. ethanol manufacturers as the large swell in local corn supplies help to lower the cost of their chief …