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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.
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Boeing, South African Airways Explore Ways for Farmers to Grow More Sustainable Biofuel Crops
March 6, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Boeing) Collaboration with Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials supports greater market access for “smallhold” farms
Boeing [NYSE:BA] is launching an initiative with South African Airways (SAA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to expand opportunities for “smallhold” …

Springboard Biodiesel Opens Buyer’s Club for Local Biodiesel Consumption
March 6, 2014 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/PR Web)  Chico-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer, Springboard Biodiesel, continues to diversify with launch of local fuel sales.
Springboard Biodiesel, a leading provider of small-scale biodiesel processing systems, has announced the creation of a local biodiesel …

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
March 6, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
March 6, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System   April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Workshop on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the resource expansion potential for conventional refineries …

Petrixo to Invest $800 Million in Fujairah Bio-Fuel Refinery
March 6, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Arab News)  Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas has decided to invest $800 million in bio-fuel refinery in Fujairah. The company, which has been investing in the green fuels for several years, has plans to be …

Study Published for Siting Algae Cultivation Facilities in U.S.
March 6, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Locating sites for new algae cultivation facilities is a complex task. The climate must support high growth rates, and cultivation ponds require appropriate land and water resources as well as transportation and …

New Catalyst Could Lead to Cleaner Energy
March 6, 2014 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful organic compounds, using a simple metal complex.
More work is needed to understand and optimize the …

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation
March 5, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (BBI International/Biomass Magazine) Genera Energy is applying a systems approach to developing customized energy crop supply chains.

Genera Energy aims to help clients answer those questions using a systems approach to developing customized supply …

University of Texas Austin Engineer Rewires Yeast Cells For High Lipid Content
March 5, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

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

2013 Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Peer Review Report Released
March 5, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In 2013, BETO implemented a comprehensive external review of its project portfolio through a Project Peer Review and Program Management Review. Results of this peer review process inform the Office’s strategic …

DE-FOA-0000974: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator
March 5, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator”.
BETO’s mission is to engage in research and …

BETO Announces Launch of the Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library
March 5, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) resource: the Legislative Library. Using this database, site visitors can track federal legislation …

Erie Region’s Farmers Consider Energy Crops
March 5, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Myers (Erie Times-News)  Local farmers soon might be planting crops that previous generations would have plowed under.
That’s the goal of a $10 million, five-year project to convert perennial grasses and other “throwaway” plants …

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?
March 5, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  While the Highway Trust Fund did a fine job of funding infrastructure maintenance for decades, it now is sorely lacking. The taxes collected are nowhere near enough to fund what is …

White House Proposes Cuts to 2015 USDA Budget
March 5, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The White House proposed Tuesday nearly $24 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Agriculture Department in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, a decline of close to $2.5 …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Outstrip Renewables Funding by Billions
March 5, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Deutche Welle)  Back in 2009, at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, leading heads of state decided that subsidies for oil, gas and coal would slowly have to be cut worldwide. The closing statement of the …

Budget Proposal Extends Biofuel Tax Credit, Cuts Oil Subsidies
March 5, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies.

The …

Ethanol Rule Set to Take Effect
March 5, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Columbia Daily Tribune) Expansion driven by ruling change.  Missouri motorists could be able to buy a higher blend of ethanol gasoline as early as this summer because of a new policy pushed by Gov. Jay …

Mackay Could Be Port of Call to Refuel Australian and US Navy
March 5, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kim Waters (Daily Mercury)  MACKAY has been flagged as a potential location to supply the Australian and US Navy with biofuel.
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning’s Lindsay Pears said if an investor jumped …

Edo Signs MoU Worth N85.5 Billion to Develop Agricultural Projects
March 5, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Edo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) worth N85.5 billion (€380 million), with four investors from the agricultural sector.  Keen to expand and develop their agricultural practices, two of …

Zimbabwe: Another Ethanol Plant for Zimbabwe
March 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by George Maponga (AllAfrica.com)  Zimbabwe Bio-Energy has announced plans to set up the country’s third ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi, where the firm wants thousands of locals to start sugarcane plantations using water …

The Race to Capture, Use and Monetize Waste CO2
March 5, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reduce carbon? Rid the world of excess CO2? Not so fast, buster. A new generation of technologies has come along that capture, re-purpose and monetize CO2 emissions. Will they realize their promise? As …

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research
March 5, 2014 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Department of Energy report rates Scripps Institution of Oceanography lab and UC San Diego consortium as country’s best in algae technology research
A new report issued by the U.S. …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.
There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Legislative Committee Supports Biodiesel as Clean Air Tool
March 4, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy Joi O’Donoghue (Deseret News) A company in the northern reaches of Box Elder County is churning out 10 million gallons of biodiesel fuel each year, crafting the product from the used vegetable oil generated by …

AFM-IR Used to Study and Optimize Biofuel-Producing Microbes
March 4, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(AZONano.com)  Anasys Instruments reports on the publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters demonstrating the use of AFM-IR used by French researchers to identify best microbes for biofuel production.
While the debate over using crops …

Governor Cuomo Announces Funding for Eastman Business Park Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester
March 4, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York)  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park (EBP) Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester which will begin construction …

Endophytics, LLC Announces an Advanced Biofuel and Green Chemicals Technology Platform Utilizing Fungi
March 4, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Virtual-Strategy.com)   Changing the way the world looks at the source of hydrocarbons for biofuels and sustainable green chemicals, Endophytics LLC announces a new technology platform in Bozeman, Montana that is receiving attention from many throughout …

Bio Fuel Project in the North
March 4, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Fiji Broadcasting Corporation)  Fiji could soon reduce fuel imports if a new bio fuel project takes off in Vanua Levu.  Biofuel International has a quarter million Pongamia trees growing in the province of Bua.  Chief …

Will the EPA Reverse Itself on the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014? The Message from the RINs Market
March 4, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  … The purpose of today’s post is to show that the recent behavior of prices in the RINs market suggests the odds of the EPA reversing the proposed write down …

POET-DSM Says Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Running by June
March 4, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in …

Big Plans to Power the Future with Microscopic Algae
March 4, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Christian Ludwig (The National)  … In order to offer a viable alternative to oil or natural gas, the microalgae have to be produced sustainably, and fuels derived from them have to be compatible with today’s distribution …

Growth Energy Features Two Retailers Expanding E15 Offerings
March 4, 2014 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It was five years ago that Growth Energy petitioned for the E15 waiver, attendees at the organization’s fourth annual leadership conference were reminded in Phoenix, Feb. 27. “And …

Seeing beyond Ethanol
March 4, 2014 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Biofuels Digest/Alkol)  … So, the idea I’m spreading here is that we should produce ethanol from many sources? No, that is only PART of the idea. And a small one, in fact. The …

Why We Are Producing Biofuels
March 4, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by  Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown (The Gazette)  In the face of criticism about ethanol, delays in the commercialization of advanced biofuels and the recent development of domestic supplies of fracked gas and petroleum, some …

Obama Signs Farm Bill, Announces Made in Rural America Initiative
March 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Regarding the new Made in Rural American initiative, Obama said the program will help more rural business expand, and hire, and sell more products that are made in the U.S.A. …

Alkol, U of Madrid to Develop Sugarcane Varieties for Spain
March 4, 2014 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Alkol Bioenergy and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have signed an agreement to develop a Brazilian sugarcane variety for Spain.  The School of Forestry, ETSI, at UPM, will conduct …

EPA Tier 3 Rule Sets E10 as New Test Fuel
March 4, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel, finalized specifications for E85 test fuel for flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) and left …

Arming for a Fact-Based Fight Over Ethanol
March 4, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  It’s not always fact-based arguments proponents of ethanol are up against when battling Big Oil. But that’s why it’s all more important to make sure you have good facts on your …

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments
March 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over …

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?
March 4, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global supply of commercial-quality ethanol …

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae’s Sweet Spot
March 4, 2014 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (Renewable Energy World/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A unique bioreactor at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete …

Team Converts Sugarcane to a Cold-Tolerant, Oil-Producing Crop
March 4, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Diana Yates (University of Illinois)  A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.
These are …

Targray to Market Biodiesel from Bakersfield, Calif., Terminal
March 4, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Targray Technology International Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  Targray, a leader in North American biodiesel supply, is pleased to announce a new inventory location for biodiesel in Bakersfield, Calf. Service for B99 and B100 began in mid-February. Targray …

State May Issue $50M in Bonds for Biofuel Effort
March 4, 2014 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Tom Callis (Stephens Media Hawaii/West Hawaii Today)  Hawaii could issue up to $50 million in special purpose revenue bonds to support a company’s plans to turn agricultural waste into biofuel and animal feed.   Since …

Solazyme and the Year of Living Dangerously
March 4, 2014 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So — widening losses, falling annual revenue. So, why the excitement amongst most of the analysts?
2013 Highlights
Scale-up: Completed construction at 20,000 MT Archer-Daniels-Midland Company facility in Clinton, IA; downstream companion …

Colorado Adopts Tougher Air Rules for Oil, Gas Industry
March 3, 2014 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (The Denver Post)  Colorado adopted tougher air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry — the first in the nation to cover methane, a gas linked to climate change.
State air quality …

UPM BioVerno Diesel Works Exactly Like Any Regular Diesel
March 3, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech.com/UPM)   The first fleet tests of UPM’s renewable diesel proved that UPM BioVerno works in cars just as well as any regular diesel. The fleet tests were conducted by the VTT Technical Research Centre of …

Feedstocks, Techniques, and Enzymes: The Critical Trio in Any Cellulosic Ethanol Project
March 3, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Global Business)  It may be surprising to know that, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as “cellulosic ethanol”. Instead, there is cellulosic “sugars”. That because it is often forgotten that the cellulosic process (also …

Renewable Carbon Fiber Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0000996
March 3, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the Renewable Carbon Fiber Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which seeks to develop a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from …

Iowa Saves $23 Million by Using E10 Blends
March 3, 2014 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced that Iowa motorists saved more than $23 million in January alone using E10 ethanol blends, according to data recently released by the …

A Biofuels Inflection Point
March 3, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Huge stock rallies in first-gen and next-gen biofuels last week — and tension over Ukraine with the potential for oil price spikes.    Is this a turning point in the …

Summer 2014 NEWBio Graduate Bioenergy Scholarships Available – Apply by March 20, 2014
March 3, 2014 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)    Scholarships are available for two online courses that will be offered this summer: ABE 884: Bioenergy Systems and ABE 885: Bioenergy Harvest & Logistics. The courses are 3 credits each, and scholarships are …

WEBINAR: In Field Drying of Woody Biomass: A NCSU Project to Transform Forest Economies with a Value Added Fuel March 7, 2014 2:00PM ET
March 3, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: In Field Drying of Woody Biomass: A NCSU Project to Transform Forest Economies with a Value Added Fuel    March 7, 2014     2:00PM ET

In Field Drying offers the opportunity for woody biomass energy to increase in supply and decrease in cost. Landowners, loggers, and producers all stand to benefit from natural drying processes. NCSU has worked to document …

Advanced Biofuels USA Sees Conditional Victory for Ethanol in Tier 3 Final Ruling
March 3, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread; but at least there’s dough in the machine,” said Advanced Biofuels USA’s vehicle emissions expert, Robert Kozak upon reviewing the Environmental …

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands
March 3, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission …

CEO Todd Becker Has Faith in the Future of Ethanol Producer Green Plains
March 3, 2014 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by John Lppert and Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  … Political challenges are piling up, too. Big Oil lists minimum ethanol requirements as its top policy concern for 2014 and wants to eliminate them. Government officials …

Origin Oil Algae Harvester at National Algae Association’s Center for Live Demonstration’s Fridays in March and April 2014 Woodlands, TX
March 3, 2014 – 11:04 am | No Comment
Origin Oil Algae Harvester at National Algae Association’s Center for Live Demonstration’s    Fridays in March and April 2014     Woodlands, TX

(National Algae Association)  NAA announces the Origin Oil Algae Harvester will be demonstrated on Friday’s during the month of March and April for students, algaepreneurs, private industry and equipment lenders interested in learning about commercial …

Vessel Loads Rotterdam Ethanol for Export to UAE: Sources
February 28, 2014 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Chemical tanker Bochem Oslo is preparing to load a substantial volume of ethanol from Rotterdam before heading to Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, as multi-year low European prices beat competition from the US …

Vilsack Renews Endorsement of Ethanol in Phoenix
February 28, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment to the ethanol industry in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 27. The ethanol producers, farmers and …

Levin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Encourage Production and Use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
February 28, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Senator Carl Levin)  Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today teamed with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to introduce a bill that would provide regulatory incentives for companies to produce alternative fuel vehicles and establish benefits for consumers …

Combative Oil, Ethanol Industries Find Common Ground over Tank Cars
February 28, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Blake Sobczak and Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishers Energy Wire)  Orlando, Fla., was home to a rare occurrence last week: The oil and ethanol industries, usually at each other’s throats, publicly agreed on something.
Addressing an …

Super-Sized Hogwash: Examining the Chain Restaurants’ Rhetoric about the RFS and Food Prices
February 28, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)   It has been reported that chain restaurant executives and franchise owners are on Capitol Hill this week pushing for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Despite the …

Cool Planet Breaks Ground on Commercial Facility
February 28, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet/Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. Permits have been received …

Duckweed Genes Left Exposed for Future Biofuel Research
February 28, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine) Greater Duckweed, which holds potential for biofuel production, had its genes analyzed by Rutgers University researchers.
Duckweed, also known as Spirodela polyrhiza, is characterized by a small, bean-shaped leaf with thin roots …

Lignocellulose Shown to Have Potential in Bioplastic Production
February 28, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen University/Biomass Magazine)  Chemical building blocks from lignocellulosic feedstock form a huge potential for the production of bioplastics. More specifically, they have potential for biodegradable plastic polylactic acid (PLA). The building block for PLA – …

New Holland Provides Tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm
February 28, 2014 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University/Biomass Magazine)  The loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects.
The BioCentury Research Farm combines biomass feedstock …

Chromatin Announces Production of Farnesene in Sorghum
February 28, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin/Biomass Magazine)  Chromatin Inc., an agriculture technology company, has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene.
“We have demonstrated that sorghum can be modified to produce significantly elevated …

Carbon Sequestration Not So Simple in Biomass Crop Production
February 28, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (USDA/Biomass Magazine)  Findings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at the Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s chief …

How to Make Cheaper Second-Gen Biofuel
February 28, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Anderson   (TGDaily)  Producing second-generation biofuel from dead plant tissue is environmetally friendly – but it is also expensive because the process as used today needs expensive enzymes, and large companies dominate this …

Farmers: On-Farm Biofuel Production a Viable Option
February 28, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Massey (The Country Today)  The idea of producing biodiesel or running straight vegetable oil through his farm machinery came to Jake Wedeberg about nine years ago in the form of a truck.
“A truck …

Ethanol Industry Enjoying Resurgence
February 28, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(NACS) Higher corn prices in 2012 forced the industry to “discipline” itself, which led to strong earnings in last year’s final quarter.
Biofuel producers reported strong earnings for last year’s final quarter, attributing the gains to lower …

Advanced Ethanol Here at Last
February 28, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  During the National Ethanol Conference, representatives of four leading companies talked about how advanced ethanol is here at last. Moderated by Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman, the panelists included Chris …

House Tax Proposal Would Alter Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits
February 28, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” …

Michigan State University Advances Algae’s Viability as a Biofuel
February 28, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert! / Michigan State University)  Lab success doesn’t always translate to real-world success. A team of Michigan State University scientists, however, has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross …

Waste-Based Biofuels Sector Needs Smarter EU 2030 Package to Realize Its High Potential
February 28, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(UPM/GlobeNewsWire)  UPM participated together with a coalition of technology innovators and green NGOs to a project which results were published today.  Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and …

Iberdrola-Backed AlgaEnergy May Build Mexico Biomass Plant
February 28, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Stefan Nicola (Bloomberg)  AlgaEnergy SA, part-owned by Spain’s Iberdrola SA (IBE) and Repsol SA (REP), is in talks with potential partners to set up a plant in Mexico to supply the American markets with …

Amyris: Out of the Doghouse, But Can the Stock Rally Continue?
February 28, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In April, International Flavors & Fragrances and Amyris announced a collaboration to develop and commercialize a specific set of renewable fragrance ingredients. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, IFF …

RPT-EU Policy Gap Choking off Next Generation Green Fuel-Industry
February 28, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  * New research underlines benefits of new generation biofuel    * Commission 2030 policy outline omits transport goals   * Research has questioned credentials of first-generation fuels
Projects to deliver a next generation …

Can You Make a Wind Turbine Without Fossil Fuels?
February 28, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Robert Wilson (The Energy Collective)  Various scenarios have been put forward showing that 100% renewable energy is achievable. Some of them even claim that we can move completely away from fossil fuels in only couple of …

International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit April 23-24, 2014 Shanghai, China
February 27, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit    April 23-24, 2014     Shanghai, China

In the last five years, Bioenergy in China has achieved great progress. According to the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) on Bioenergy, by the end of 2015, China’s bioenergy production is estimated to exceed 50 …

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers
February 27, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon  (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Tiny wood borers known colloquially as gribbles make their own enzymes and use them to eat through docks in harbor towns, earning enmity from fishermen all around the …

Supercomputer Exposes Biofuel Enzyme’s Secrets
February 27, 2014 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Heather Lammers (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World Magazine) Thanks to newer and faster supercomputers, today’s computer simulations are opening hidden vistas to researchers in all areas of science. These powerful machines are used for everything …

Sale of Ethanol Plant’s Waste Heat Will Eliminate Smokestack
February 27, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Epp (QMI Agency/Chatham Daily News) It might not happen this year, but plans are in place for GreenField Ethanol’s smokestack at its Bloomfield Road production facility to be removed once the energy company starts …

Traditional Fuels to Remain Viable, But Chain Will “Not Ignore” Diesel, E85, Especially CNG
February 27, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Samantha Oller (CSPnet.com)  As one of the highest-volume fuel retailers in the United States, it would be easy to assume that Speedway LLC, the retail arm of Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), has little to no …

13th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites & Biorefining: Moving towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy May 19 – 24, 2014 Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
February 27, 2014 – 10:18 am | No Comment
13th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites & Biorefining: Moving towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy   May 19 – 24, 2014     Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 13th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites & Biorefining: Moving towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy May 19 to 24, 2014 taking place in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  ISBBB 2014 is a continuation of …

2nd International Symposium on “Sustainable Science, Technology, Human Health and Environment for a Global Society May 1-2, 2014 Baltimore, MD
February 26, 2014 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
2nd International Symposium on “Sustainable Science, Technology, Human Health and Environment for a Global Society   May 1-2, 2014   Baltimore, MD

During this two-day event, scientists and professors will gather on Coppin State University’s campus to discuss the latest innovations in their respective fields, participate in workshops, and attend technical presentations. There is greater consciousness today …

Bright Future for Diesel in the Natural Gas Revolution
February 26, 2014 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by (Diesel Technology Forum/GE Ideas Lab)  While natural gas enjoys a per-gallon equivalent savings over diesel today, chances are that advantage will be significantly reduced in the future
…(A)ccording to international and U.S. energy and transportation …

Regional Industry Cluster Opportunity (RICO II) Grant Awarded to Fresno State
February 26, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Cluster San Joaquin Valley)  The Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State was awarded $158,013 from the California Workforce Investment Board for a Regional Industry Cluster of Opportunity II (RICO II) grant.
Through …

High-Mileage Beans: Slick New Uses for High-Oleic Beans
February 24, 2014 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

By Emily Unglesbee (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)   … Biosynthetic Technologies, a synthetic oil manufacturer that uses bio-based ingredients, has produced synthetic motor oil made from Monsanto’s Vistive Gold high-oleic soybeans. The company just finished a successful …

Engine Experts Talk Ethanol
February 24, 2014 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Specialists in the areas of auto, motorcycle and small engines presented their experience with ethanol fuels in the real world during the National Ethanol Conference.
The panel was moderated by …

‘There Needs to Be a Market’
February 24, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The future of the cellulosic ethanol industry depends on convincing investors that the market for its product will grow.
The EPA has proposed cutting separate requirements for …

Ethanol Industry Booming Again
February 24, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Bergin (Lincoln Journal Star)  … Biofuel producers reported strong earnings for last year’s final quarter, thanks to lower corn prices, healthy ethanol exports and robust demand for byproducts like corn oil and livestock feed …

First Production Scale Test of Giant King Grass Grinding Equipment for Nicaragua Power Plant
February 24, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Viaspace/PRNewsWire)  VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) conducted a full production scale test of Giant King Grass grinding equipment on February 18, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. 6,000 pounds of 18 foot tall Giant King Grass stalks were cut and shredded …

Lowe’s, Walmart and True Value Retailers Bring OPEI’s ‘Look Before You Pump’ Ethanol Message Direct to Consumers
February 24, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Outdoor Power Equipment Institute/PRNewswire) — As consumers head to retail stores this spring to purchase mowers, chain saws, generators, blowers, trimmers, power washers, and a host of other small engine equipment, they will see an important …

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO
February 24, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Photobioreactor is a key innovation in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process now deployed at the company’s pilot plant in Orlando, Florida
In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has …

Square Pump, Round Fuel
February 24, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Flash-forward to today: the American Petroleum Institute rallies the Panzers to repel the landing of renewable fuels — bringing alternative choices for consumers at affordable prices, via a counter-assault on …

Bio-economy in 2014 April 3 Helsinki, Finland
February 24, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
Bio-economy in 2014  April 3      Helsinki, Finland

The bioeconomy is Finland’s a great opportunity. We’re heading toward a bio-based economy: in 2040, the bio-economy related activities are expected to create more than half of Finland’s GDP. Bio-based economy of renewable natural resources is sustainable …

Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad: Don’t Mess with the RFS
February 24, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad (Winona Daily News)  We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don’t agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs …

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program
February 24, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title IX (9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program or the program) are the most substantive and have been …