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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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National Associations Refuse Commission’s Proposal on iLUC
April 30, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Asociación de Productores de Energías Renovables Biocarburantes – Spain; Associação Portuguesa de Produtores de Biocombustíveis – Portugal; Krajowa Izba Biopaliw – Poland; Renewable Energy Association – United Kingdom; Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie – Germany)  We support the current target …

Method to Oxidose Renewable Chemicals from Biofuel Byproducts
April 30, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger  (Waste Management World)  A method of using oxygen to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could replace fossil fuels as a source of renewable chemical feedstocks has …

EU Fiddling while Oil Burns – Time for Proactive Biofuels Policy
April 30, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by by Francis X. Johnson (Public Service Europe)  Policies should focus on long-term approaches to a sustainable biofuels market development, rather than short-term reactive approaches
Europe’s relationship with biofuels has been marked by dramatic turns. Biofuels for …

China Eastern Airlines to Run Commercial Flights on Biofuel
April 30, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Joao Peixe (  China Eastern Airlines has just announced that it will begin operating commercial flights which run on 100% biofuel, having completed a successful trial of the renewable aviation fuel on Wednesday.
After an 85 …

Community Fuels Is the First Biodiesel Producer in the Nation to Secure BQ9000 Laboratory Certification
April 30, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Community Fuels)  Community Fuels earned BQ9000 Laboratory certification on March 14th making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that biodiesel with reliable …

New Cab in Boise Will Run on French Fry Oil
April 30, 2013 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Glen Beeby (  …Recab will soon have older model Mercedes Benz cars that have been converted to run on bio-diesel. One of the owners James Orr got the idea from his love of vintage …

Brisbane Picked for Green Fuel Study
April 30, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Steve Creedy (The Australian)  Brisbane Airport has been earmarked as the site of Australia’s first sustainable aviation fuel “bio-port”.
Virgin Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation and sustainable fuel company SkyNRG today announced a feasibility study that …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II
April 30, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and …

Advanced Biofuels to Retrofit Moses Lake Plant for Cellulosic
April 30, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advanced Biofuels Corp. has bought a legacy 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Moses Lake, Wash., with plans to retrofit existing systems and install new pretreatment process equipment, converting …

National Labs Release New Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing Study
April 30, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have released a joint study on biochemical biorefinery sizing. “Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and …

Bioenergy Benefits across the Supply Chain
April 30, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On Earth Day and every day, BETO is working to improve the sustainability of the transportation industry in the United States through the development and deployment of commercially viable, high-performance, domestic …

Wall Street Transcript Interview with the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Dyadic International (DYAI), Mark Emalfarb
April 29, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal/Dyadic)  …We are using that technology to produce enzymes for converting biomass into cellulosic sugars to produce second-generation fuels and chemicals, like ethanol, butanol, succinic acid, lactic acid, etc. We are also …

State College Mayor Urges Fossil Fuel Divestment
April 29, 2013 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/  The mayor of the central Pennsylvania borough of State College has endorsed a campaign that urges municipalities to divest from fossil fuel companies, the environmental group said in a release Thursday.
Borough Mayor …

Hyundai Tech Center Expansion to Allow More Emissions Testing
April 29, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Alisa Priddle (Detroit Free Press)  An expansion of Hyundai’s eight-year-old technical center in Superior Township, east of Ann Arbor, will require 50 new jobs and enable more vehicle emission testing.
…The new testing chambers can …

DF Cast: Researchers, Advocates Clash on Algae Biodiesel Feasibility
April 29, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Some researchers say that, at current production levels, algae biodiesel is not a commercially viable product. But some algae advocates believe researchers might have some ulterior motives for coming to that …

Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
April 29, 2013 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Promising results are a step toward a range of renewable energy strategies fueled by Nature
In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Energy & Environmental Science (now available online), …

University of Missouri Gets $2 Million Grant for Sustainability Research from Rental Car Company’s Foundation
April 29, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Kansas City Star/Associated Press)  A St. Louis-based rental car company has announced a $2 million gift to the University of Missouri.
The donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of St. Louis-based Enterprise car-rental company, …

UPM and VTT to Initiate Fleet Tests of Wood-Based Diesel Using Volkswagen Cars
April 29, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

UPM, VTT and VV-Auto Group will start fleet tests of renewable domestic diesel.  Biofuel will be produced by UPM, fleet tests will be coordinated by VTT and cars will be supplied by VV-Auto Group. Fleet …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, part I of II
April 29, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Though there are exceptions among the archipelagoes with access to offshore oil assets — Indonesia comes to mind— but these are, in the main, exceptions to what might be described …

Researchers Examining Fertilizers for Algae Biofuels
April 29, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  One of the major roadblocks to mass-producing algae for biofuels, observes researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, is the need for fertilizer. Although algae have trouble reusing the nitrogen …

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform
April 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

By Paul Brown (Climate News Network/  Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Help Meet Nation’s Energy, Economic Needs
April 26, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  …But the growth in new, clean energy is only just beginning, driven in large part by the energy programs first enacted in the 2002 Farm Bill and renewed again in 2008. Now …

Energy Committee Seeks Stakeholder Comments on the Impacts of the RFS on Agriculture
April 26, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is continuing its assessment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Committee has issued its second white paper focusing on “Agricultural Sector Impacts.” …

Biomass Battles
April 26, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  …It referred to a report by North Energy Associates (NEA) and Forestry Research (FR) produced for DECC, which tried to answer the question: ‘Is it better to leave wood in the forest …

Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us
April 26, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Lederer (Huffington Post) … One thing I’ve noticed over the years: The changing face of the clean energy industry. Increasingly, clean energy business leaders come from rural areas. They are farmers. They are community …

Joule Announces BNEF Award, and Progress with Gasoline, Jet Fuel
April 26, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 23 Joule Unlimited announced it was selected as a 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The award aims to recognize game-changing clean energy companies. …

NASA Measures Effects of Biofuel on Jet Engines, Environment
April 26, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (Associated Press/The Washington Post) NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.
Scientists …

CME, ICE Rivalry Enters Biofuel Arena
April 26, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  The battle between CME Group Inc. and the IntercontinentalExchange moves to the market for biofuel credits next month.
CME will launch contracts to trade renewable identification numbers (RINs) on May 13, two weeks after …

Irreversible Does Not Mean Unavoidable
April 26, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by H. Damon Matthews, Susan Solomon (Science Magazine) Understanding how decreases in CO2 emissions would affect global temperatures has been hampered in recent years by confusion regarding issues of committed warming and irreversibility. The notion that there will …

NASCAR Launches Initiatives Further Inspiring Fans to Positively Impact Environment
April 26, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(NASCAR) NASCAR Race to Green™ Will Rally Fans, Industry and Partners around Sustainable Behavior
NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program™ Delivered by UPS to Neutralize Carbon Emissions of All NASCAR National Series Racing in 2013
NASCAR Releases …

Liberty Tire Recycling Joins NASCAR Green® To Bolster Largest Recycling Program In Sports
April 26, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(NASCAR) Official Tire Recycler Of NASCAR Green To Recycle Approximately 120,000 Goodyear Tires Annually
As part of NASCAR Race to Green™, a month-long, industry-wide effort to reduce the sport’s carbon footprint, NASCAR and Liberty Tire Recycling has …

Biofuels Deal Helps SeQuential Play Ball with Heady Seattle Businesses
April 26, 2013 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Andy Giegerich  (Sustainable Business Oregon)  A top Portland biodiesel producer has landed waste cooking oil recycling agreements with several landmark Seattle institutions.
It helps that those institutions, particularly the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field and the …

Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion
April 26, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(US Senate Finance Committee)  This document is the fourth in a series of papers compiling tax reform options that Finance Committee members may wish to consider as they work towards reforming our nation’s tax system.  This …

New R&D Strategies for a New Era
April 26, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to take the initiative and chalk up a new comprehensive game plan, reflecting the new reality …

Biodiesel’s Big Comeback and Bigger Prospects
April 26, 2013 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Darling of the mid-2000s, still beloved by its many fans — biodiesel is increasingly a key to delivering advanced biofuels volumes now — and even more so between now and …

Aviation RFJ: Are You Getting on Board? Technical Pathway Development–Expanding Supply and Reducing Cost
April 26, 2013 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Steve Csonka, as director of Enviro Strategy and Ecomagination, GE Aviation, the world-leading provider of jet engines, gave an overview of the importance of renewable jet fuel specifications leading …

Kinder Morgan Generating 700,000 RINS Per Month from Transmix Ops
April 25, 2013 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(  April 22, 2013 [OPIS] – Thanks to its transmix operations, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is seeing only upside from the steep escalation in the value of RINs, having reaped nearly $2 million from their …

Evers Wins Ethanol-Free Gas Victory
April 25, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(  Sen. Greg Evers is applauding the passage of his bill that allows Florida consumers to choose gas that is ethanol free.
…The bill passage prompted a joint statement from a joint statement, Bob Dinneen, President …

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy
April 25, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (The New York Times)  …Possibly profound changes are taking shape right now. Newly mandated corporate average fuel economy standards are expected to double the number of miles that the average car travels …

CME Group Announces New Futures Contracts for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)
April 25, 2013 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(CME Group/PR NewsWire)  CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of nine new futures contracts for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). These contracts will be listed with, and subject …

Increase My MPG!
April 25, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(The PEW Charitable Trusts) High gas prices may give us pause before taking a long road trip, but we still need to drive to work, the grocery store or school. This Pew Clean Energy Program video …

Why Hydroponic Growers Could Hold the Key to a Biofuel Technology Future
April 25, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Erik Biksa  (Rosebud Magazine) … Hydroponics growers could hold the key to really driving biofuel technology forward thanks to our proven ability to produce ten times the yield of conventional agriculture in the same amount …

China’s Self-Developed Biofuel Test Flight Successful
April 25, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(China Daily)  Sinopec, China’s top oil refiner, announced the success of the first test flight powered by the company’s newly developed aviation biofuel product on Wednesday.
An Airbus A320 owned by China Eastern Airlines landed at …

Holiday Experimenting With Its Ethanol Pricing
April 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Holiday Stationstores launched a fuel promotion intended to determine at what price point flex-fuel customers are willing to fill up their vehicles with E85.
According to WCCO, the convenience store chain is conducting …

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review May 20-23 Alexandria, VA
April 25, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review    May 20-23   Alexandria, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel from Monday, May 20, 2013, to Thursday, May 23, 2013. The peer review process will …

Toray Succeeds in Production of Bio-Based PBT
April 25, 2013 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Toray demonstrates products made from renewable PBT — another landmark step in “replacing the whole barrel of oil”.
In California, Toray Industries announced that it has successfully made a partially bio-based …

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes
April 24, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult.
…The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation is basic: produce the physical gallons and fill in the required information to generate the RINs …

Corn Oil Makes The Grade
April 24, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Revenue from corn oil has become an important part of the bottom line at the majority of U.S. ethanol plants.
During the past two years, the U.S. ethanol industry has …

The Battle Continues
April 24, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Member states, however, are faced with the reality of an economic crisis and cannot think of any good reason to kill investments and opportunities for more investments in agriculture.
Maybe …

Ending the Century of Subsidies
April 24, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The industry has matured and is operating freely without any federal subsidies.
Yet, 100 years later, Big Oil refuses to give up its excessive tax subsidies.
The petroleum industry continues …

Tap, Enhance, Process Stream to Create Value-added Products
April 24, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Dil Vashi   (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Solutions 4 CO2)  Stillage, CO2 become valuable inputs in synergistic design
Many ethanol producers look for additional revenue streams beyond the core ethanol and distillers grains to extract corn oil …

Q&A: A Man of Science Wears Many Hats
April 24, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Tom Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eric Sumner’s lifelong fascination with science spans from his youth to the cutting edge of ethanol plant bacterial control and the growing importance of coproducts for long-term industry viability.
Helping …

RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill May 8, 2013 Webinar
April 24, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment
RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill    May 8, 2013   Webinar

This webinar (First in this series) will focus on the current and past policies which drive or hinder (as the case may be) the emerging biofuels industry. In this webinar, participants will explore the similarities …

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Launches YouTube Video Series
April 24, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A series of short videos covering five years of Vermont Bioenergy Initiative projects and the farms and people involved are now up and available to watch on YouTube.
The initiative is a project …

Farmers Recognize Need for Sustainability
April 24, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Given the recent rounds of misinformation, if not downright disinformation, that passes as criticism of renewable energy, it might be a good time to point out the obvious: Meeting increased demand for …

6. International Conference on Biodiesel. Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move May 7-8, 2013 Berlin, Germany
April 24, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
6. International Conference on Biodiesel. Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move   May 7-8, 2013   Berlin, Germany

Biofuels are and will remain an issue that is controversial, and although often unfairly attacked, they remain an important component in maintaining our mobility and the fight against climate change.
The biofuels “first generation” today represent …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference April 21-23, 2014 National Harbor, MD
April 24, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference  April 21-23, 2014   National Harbor, MD

ABLC has become one of the largest gatherings of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals operating company CEOs and senior executives, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers and industry suppliers.
The conference brings decision-makers together to showcase …

Stop the RINsanity! May 22, 2013 Webinar
April 24, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment
Stop the RINsanity!  May 22, 2013    Webinar

The unfolding RINs drama is much like watching two unstoppable trains collide in slow motion. From one direction comes the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) with its unwavering and increasing mandate for blending ethanol. On …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference September 16-17, 2013 San Francisco, CA DEADLINE August 16
April 24, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference September 16-17, 2013 San Francisco, CA  DEADLINE  August 16

This two day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in establishing a major transformation in the global chemical and energy industries – from petroleum to bio-based.
The conference will look to examine new supply …

4th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference September 16-17, 2013 San Francisco, CA
April 24, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment
4th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference   September 16-17, 2013   San Francisco, CA

This two day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in establishing a major transformation in the global chemical and energy industries – from petroleum to bio-based.
The conference will look to examine new supply …

Algae Technology Platform AMERICAS – 4th Practical Short Course (June 27 & 28): Algae Harvesting and Downstream Processing for Value Added Applications – Extra day (June 26); Investors meet Developers – Phoenix, AZ
April 24, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment
Algae Technology Platform AMERICAS – 4th Practical Short Course (June 27 & 28): Algae Harvesting and Downstream Processing for Value Added Applications – Extra day (June 26); Investors meet Developers – Phoenix, AZ

Day 1 Algae Technology Platform AMERICAS: Investors Meet Developers.
Day 2 & 3: Practical short course on Algae Harvesting and Processing for Value Added Applications
In this program, Smart Short Courses joins forces with Algae entrepreneur Dr. …

REG Makes Case that Biodiesel Helps Food Supply
April 24, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Apparently tired of false claims that biodiesel takes from the food supply, biodiesel maker Renewable Energy Group has put out a whitepaper that actually shows how the green fuel is helping …

Ten Ways Renewable Fuels are Enviro
April 24, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has unveiled a list of 10 ways the renewable fuels industry is helping to improve the environment. According to IRFA, renewable fuels offer positive impacts …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Next October 10-11, 2013 San Francisco, CA
April 24, 2013 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Next   October 10-11, 2013   San Francisco, CA

he Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Series has become one of the largest gatherings of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials Operating Company CEOs and senior executives, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers and industry suppliers in …

Waste Conversion Congress East Coast June 17-18, 2013 Boston, MA
April 24, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment
Waste Conversion Congress East Coast   June 17-18, 2013   Boston, MA

Deliver a profitable and operational waste conversion project by securing finance, feedstock and approval
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY: Select the most suitable, reliable and commercially viable conversion technology for the needs of your locality
OPERATIONS: Evaluate all …

Brazil Throws Troubled Ethanol Industry Tax Breaks, Credit
April 24, 2013 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Alonso Soto and Reese Ewing (Reuters)  * Brazil cuts PIS/Cofins tax, extends credit for ethanol
* Ethanol industry says measures do not go far enough
* Measures will help industry’s margins, competitiveness
Brazil’s government threw its sugar-ethanol …

Minnesota Bill Would Allow Other Biofuels to Meet Ethanol Mandate
April 24, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Pending legislation in Minnesota could alter the state’s ethanol mandate, allowing for the use biofuels under than ethanol to meet the current 10 percent renewable content requirement for gasoline.

Current bill text posted …

Institute for Energy Research’s Response to Politico Op-Ed Smells Like a Skunk
April 24, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … (Robert) Murphy simply regurgitates Big Oil’s false argument that the RFS is driving up fuel costs. There’s not a shred of evidence to support that notion, but that’s never …

Fuels Battle Heats up as Congress Mulls Law Change
April 24, 2013 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The battle between U.S. ethanol producers and oil companies has reached a turning point, with the winners poised to gain an advantage over the future of the country’s energy …

Parliament Report Flags Major Changes to EU Biofuels Proposal
April 24, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

A European Parliament report into the EU’s proposals for addressing the problem of indirect land use change (ILUC) in its biofuels policy will propose today (17 April) the application of unique ‘factors’ to account for …

EU Biodiesel Terms Increasingly Complex
April 24, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Biodiesel trade terms are becoming increasingly complicated as buyers and sellers haggle over sustainability clauses, payments terms and water content.
Much of the wrangling has appeared over Fame 0 biodiesel compliant with the EU …

Enogen Corn Hybrid’s Amylase Enzyme Boosts Ethanol Plant Efficiency
April 24, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Blacksea Grain)  Jim Peterson’s corn contains a magic ingredient: alpha amylase. This ethanol-fermenting enzyme arrives at the plant on the cob, along with the starch for brewing ethanol, as part of Syngenta Enogen corn hybrids.
Peterson …

Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers in Africa’s Food Crisis
April 24, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, PANGEA (Partners for Euro-African Green Energy) launched an update to its report “Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers Behind the 2010/11 Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
The report demonstrates …

Zero Mix Thirty: Heliae Debuts Volaris, for Algae at Scale
April 24, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Heliae emerges from stealth with Volaris — its next-gen algae platform — “This technology will unlock the industry,” the company says.
…Volaris is the result of five years of targeted innovation, …

EERE Transportation Energy Futures Study: Deep Reductions in Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions
April 23, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Studies Institute (EESI) and the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) held a briefing on the conclusions of the newly released …

Dinoflagellate Microalgae Show Biofuel Potential in Spanish Study
April 23, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), in Spain, have analyzed the potential of different species of microalgae for producing biodiesel, comparing …

Ceres Releases Q2 Financials, Reports Progress with Sweet Sorghum
April 23, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …According to information released by Ceres, commercial harvests of its newest sweet sorghum hybrids have started in Brazil, with the majority of hectares expected to be harvested within the …

New Catalysts to Convert Ethanol to Butanol Fuels
April 23, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Researchers from U.K.’s University of Bristol reported the development of new catalysts that are able to convert ethanol to butanol at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical …

Researchers Turn Corn Stover into Amylose Starch
April 23, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A team of Virginia Tech researchers have adapted existing technologies to make a new product, transforming cellulose into amylose. One target market for the amylose would be functional foods, said …

Differing RINs Estimates Creates Confusion, Market Spikes
April 23, 2013 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Confusion remains over how to interpret and compare various estimates of renewable identification number (RIN) availability, said Nick Paulson, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics …

TMO, Usina Form Joint Venture for Brazilian Cellulosic Plant
April 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(TMO Renewables/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   TMO Renewables, the leading British developer of second generation biofuels technology,  and Usina Santa Maria Ltda have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture to build the first commercial …

Groundwork Begins on Florida Sweet Sorghum-to-Ethanol Plant
April 23, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Site preparation has begun and plans are being finalized for a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held in the next few weeks at the country’s first sweet sorghum-to-ethanol …

BlackGold Biofuels Opens Charlotte Recycling Facility
April 23, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(BlackGold Biofuels/PR Newswire)  They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This Earth Day, it certainly rings true for a newly open recycling facility converting wastewater into fuel. BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte has opened an …

National Algae Testbed Kicks off at Arizona State University
April 23, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) members from across the U.S. gathered at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus April 15-18 for their national kickoff meetings to discuss strategies for advancing research and …

Japan’s JX to Start Selling ETBE-Blended Gasoline in Northeast from May
April 23, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Takeo Kumagai (Platts)  Japan’s largest refiner JX Nippon Oil & Energy is set to start selling ETBE-blended gasoline from its branded service stations in the northeast of the country, taking the number of outlets at …

Growth in Asia, Climate Change Weigh on Biofuels – US Executive
April 23, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Dang (ICIS)  Population growth in Asia, climate change and shifting geopolitics are all issues that will impact the future of the biotechnology and renewable fuels industry, an executive at a life sciences investment firm …

ICE to Launch D4, D5, D6 RIN Futures Contracts
April 23, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), an operator of global markets and clearing house, has announced the introduction of new North American environmental futures contracts for three categories of renewable energy numbers (RINs), …

EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards
April 23, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings in April on the Tier 3 proposed rulemaking aimed at addressing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public …

A Key to Mass Extinctions Could Boost Food, Biofuel Production
April 23, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vince Stricherz (University of Washington)  Hydrogen sulfide, the pungent stuff often referred to as sewer gas, is a deadly substance implicated in several mass extinctions, including one at the end of the Permian period …

Could Biofuels Help Power Jets?
April 23, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Charles Q. Choi (TechNewsDaily/LiveScience)   A new synthetic type of biofuel created by mixing and matching bits of DNA from different organisms could one day replace diesel and jet fuel, scientists say.

…The researchers devoted a …

KSC Introduces Biofuel for Cars in Sudan for the First Time
April 23, 2013 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Sudan Tribune)  Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) will launch the first Sudanese project which uses ethanol as a gasoline additive to increase octane and improve vehicle emissions.
The Managing Director of KSC, Mohamed El Mardi El-Tijani, said …

Food, Fuel and Feed: Market Impacts of a Growing Biodiesel Market April 29, 2013 Webinar
April 23, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Food, Fuel and Feed: Market Impacts of a Growing Biodiesel Market   April 29, 2013   Webinar

Food production and distribution are dependent on energy, and some say renewable forms of energy make food production more sustainable in the long run.  In this webinar, part of a National Biodiesel Board webinar series, we’ll …

Kinder Morgan to Blend Biodiesel in Las Vegas, Phoenix in Early Q2
April 23, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Beth Evans (Platts)  Kinder Morgan expects to begin biodiesel blending at its terminals in Las Vegas and Phoenix “in the early part of the second quarter,” the company said Wednesday.
Recently completed modifications at those …

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants
April 23, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to …

Ethanol Recall
April 22, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Ken Root (High Plains Midwest Ag Journal)  …But there were sectors of agriculture that saw a dramatic change in the cost of their feedstock and began to align with each other and any other …

Renewable Fuel Standard Under Attack
April 22, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad appeared together recently defending the Renewable Fuel Standard from recent attacks from people like Robert Bradley Jr. who writes for Forbes. Bradley, an adjunct scholar …

Powers Warns of Possible Lawsuit Following Cancellation of Trash-to-Ethanol Deal
April 22, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  Potential lawsuits are brewing in Lake County’s trash-to-ethanol saga, according to a motion by solid waste officials and statements from the developer who had contracted to build and operate …

Bob Dinneen Gives the WSJ a Failing Grade
April 22, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  If the editorial writers of the Wall Street Journal consider themselves students of mine, “An Ethanol Spring,” (April 17), I am saddened to report to you that you’ve failed.  …

U.S., Israel Could Collaborate on Advanced Biofuel Development
April 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation/Biomass Magazine)  After a briefing by senior White House staff on April 17, following their arrival in the U.S., an Israeli delegation of top academic and industrial biofuels research scientists and …

Air Liquide Signs Biofuel Research Contract
April 22, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by  Stuart Radnedge (GasWorld)  Air Liquide has just signed a partnership agreement with the CEA (Commission for atomic energy and alternative energies in France) aiming to develop a second-generation biofuel production pilot unit in France.
As part …