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Cresco’s Fast Stop Becomes Iowa’s Newest E15 Station
March 18, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa, is now offering E15 as a registered fuel, joining Kountry Korner in Baxter to be the second station to offer the fuel to 2001 …

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels
March 18, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments
Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels area, the paper does not have any analysis of critical issues of energy systems including petroleum …

Another Voice Calls for E85 as a Solution to the RINs Conundrum
March 18, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by John Kingston  (Platts)  The idea of using E85 as a way out of the blendwall/RINs issue in the US has another backer.
But it’s not a new backer. Well-known energy economist Phil Verleger several years …

National Biodiesel Day Puts Spotlight on America’s Advanced Biofuel
March 18, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  From the delivery of food and goods, to city fleets and transit systems, to construction and other heavy equipment, diesel-power is driving our economy and with it biodiesel use is on the …

Clean Edge Report Projects Growth in Global Biofuel Industry
March 18, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Regarding biofuels, the report found that wholesale pricing of ethanol and biodiesel reached $95 billion in 2012, an increase from $83 billion the previous year. Production also increased from …

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?
March 18, 2013 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  …Now two bills recently introduced into Congress seek to delay or ban altogether the sale of E15 gasoline, which contains 15 percent ethanol rather than the 10-percent maximum standard …

Profitable Time to Venture into Biodiesel
March 18, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Intan Farhana Zainul (The Star)  …I was given a chance to attend the Palm and Lauric Oils Conference & Exhibition Price Outlook 2013/2014 (POC 2013) recently. More than 2,000 participants from over 50 nations …

Two New Biofuel Tilapia-Based Plants Built
March 18, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(FIS)  In late March, the opening of two biofuel tilapia- based plants in the towns Jaguaribara and Morada Nova, in Vale do Jaguaribe, was announced by Joacir Moreira, one of the coordinators of the project …

Island for biofuel
March 18, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Fiji Times)  THE people of Rabi are trying to uphold the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities’ (SPC) dream of replacing normal fuel with biofuel by 30 per cent in the year 2015.
…”Analysis has been carried …

Ethanol Surplus May Lift Gas Prices
March 18, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) A glut of ethanol in the gasoline supply is threatening to push up prices at the pump and may have exacerbated the growing cost gap between regular gasoline and …

Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide to the Obama Administration’s New Energy Policy
March 18, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major push from Obama on energy.  From DOE: “Liquid fuels demand can be sufficiently reduced so that biomass can meet all liquid fuel needs.”  What’s up? 
…“I’m proposing that we take …

Sugar Beet Feedstock Use Increases in Germany
March 15, 2013 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft (BDBe), a German ethanol trade organization, has released production statistics for 2012. According to the organization, German ethanol production increased by 7.4 percent last …

ETH Bioenergy, Inbicon Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol in Brazil
March 15, 2013 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

(ETH Bioenergy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil-based ETH Bioenergy, a company of the Odebrecht Group, which operates in the production of ethanol, sugar and electricity from biomass of cane sugar, and Inbicon, a Danish company owned by …

Algae from UAE Desert Saltflats Could Be Biofuel of the Future
March 15, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Hector Hernandez (The National)  …One area of particular interest is the energy potential of algae that live in the desert’s saltflats – known as sabkha.
Algae is one of the many forms of plant …

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin
March 15, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic …

Time to Stop Subsidizing Status Quo
March 15, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It came as no surprise that the American Petroleum Institute recently called for a repeal of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), the most successful energy policy this nation …

Global Warming: We’d Better Get A Move On!
March 15, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ironically, the effort to reduce global warming through the reduction of CO2 is one of the clear advantages of biofuels. Ethanol has been demonstrated through multiple studies to …

Six Sigma Provides Analytical Tool for Ethanol Producers
March 15, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by  James Frugé and Raul Gamboa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With corn costs comprising over 87 percent of the cost of ethanol production, a small improvement in corn-to-ethanol yield can have a large impact on plant profitability. …

ARA Partners for Biojet Demonstration
March 15, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  Applied Research Associates Inc. and Blue Sun Energy Inc. are partnering to develop a demonstration-scale facility to scale up the Biofuels Isoconversion Process system using technology developed by ARA and Chevron Lummus Global. …

Pixley Plant to Recover Ethanol Emissions
March 15, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)  A new facility opening in Pixley this year will use emissions from a nearby ethanol plant to make liquified carbon dioxide.
The plant will be the sixth carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in California …

Growing Biodiesel Use in the Existing Consumption Model
March 15, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Just because the availability of U.S. diesel passenger vehicles is limited, it doesn’t mean that biodiesel growth is
I often hear people say that the U.S. biodiesel industry is held back …

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Announces Commissioning of Biomass-to-Biofuel Pilot Plant
March 15, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) In early March, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany announced the successful commissioning of the second stage of its bioliq pilot plant. The achievement was made in cooperation with …

Palm Oil Palembang 2013 June 27-29 South Sumatra, Indonesia
March 15, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment
Palm Oil Palembang 2013     June 27-29  South Sumatra, Indonesia

27 – 29 JUNE 2013
Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province, also the island’s largest city, is a deepwater port on …

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2013 Conference June 19-22 Pittsburgh, PA
March 15, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2013 Conference   June 19-22    Pittsburgh, PA

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 conference will be held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, co-hosted by Chatham University. Taking advantage of the tremendous social, geographical, and environmental opportunities that the greater Pittsburgh …

16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum June 12, 2013 Washington, DC
March 15, 2013 – 11:45 am | No Comment
16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum   June 12, 2013   Washington, DC

On Wednesday-June 12, the Sustainable Energy Coalition – in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses – will host the 16th annual Congressional Renewable …

Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2012
March 15, 2013 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA’s annual report that tracks the fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States is signaling a significant 1.4 mile per gallon (mpg) increase for 2012 cars and trucks – along …

2013 Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Spring Symposium April 22-24 Greensboro, NC
March 15, 2013 – 10:22 am | No Comment
2013 Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Spring Symposium  April 22-24   Greensboro, NC

Tours are set for TRI on Monday afternoon and for Piedmont BioProducts on Wednesday morning.  Symposium presentations and discussions will take place all day Tuesday.
Preliminary Agenda:
Monday, April 22:

Arrival to the hotel and check in.

Make sure …

Funding Bill Amendments Target Military Biofuels
March 15, 2013 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) filed two amendments to a $984 billion government funding bill on Thursday that would gut the military’s alternative fuels program.
The amendments already are drawing criticism …

Camelina on the Move: Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Sustainable Oils
March 15, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Global Clean Energy Holdings announced that it has acquired Sustainable Oils, a leader in Camelina genetics and production. The acquisition includes 100% ownership interest of Sustainable Oils and the …

The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking
March 14, 2013 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)  In a recent Nation piece, the wonderful Elizabeth Royte teased out the direct links between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the food supply. In short, extracting natural gas from rock …

Beta Renewables CEO Declares Cellulosic Ethanol Now ready
March 14, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Interest in the Beta Renewables SpA commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant undergoing commissioning in Crescentino, Italy, has been high. “I was surprised,” said Guido Ghisolfi, CEO. “I expected perhaps 10 …

Domtar Inaugurates Commercial Lignin Production
March 14, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Plymouth Mill to produce bio-material with wide range of industrial applications as petro-chemical alternative – the first of its kind in over quarter century
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced that it has successfully …

Teenager Wins Science Talent Search for Algae Biofuel
March 14, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Sara Volz, a 17-year old high school senior from Colorado Springs, CO, won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for her research of algae biofuels. Honoring high school seniors …

Biodiesel Industry Poised to Help Fill Advanced Biofuel Requirement
March 14, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board recently welcomed the proposed rule from the U.S. EPA establishing the 2013 advanced biofuels requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) at 2.75 billion …

Positive Results from Long-Term Stability Study
March 14, 2013 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory chemist Earl Christensen presented preliminary results from an ongoing B100 and biodiesel blends stability study at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Feb. …

Latest NREL Quality Survey Shows 97 Percent on Spec
March 14, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Feb. 4-7. NREL …

All Eyes on DeltaWing in Season Opener for ALMS
March 14, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Olson (USA Today)  …Designed by Ben Bowlby, former technical director for Chip Ganassi Racing, the DeltaWing’s appeal lies with its fuel savings and raceability. It’s about half the weight of a typical prototype and …

Overview of Wastewater Regulation for Biodiesel Processing
March 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Gary D. Colby (Biodiesel Magazine/Dilworth Paxson LLP)  Preventing discharge of biodiesel processing wastes into the environment contributes significantly to production expenses. Processors incur these costs, rather than discarding waste products more cheaply or easily …

Ion Exchange Resin as Dry Wash Media
March 14, 2013 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Yawn (Biodiesel Magazine/ALX Enterprises LLC)  …At a time when even bad feedstock is expensive, more plants are running animal fats and yellow grease. More plants are using acid esterification, many without adequate drying …

The City of FOG
March 14, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A bourgeoning solution to illegal dumping of fats, oils and greases in Atlanta’s sewers
Mayor Kasim Reed has a vision for his city of Atlanta: green the sprawling metropolis and make …

The Many Faces of Distillation
March 14, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Since 2004, there have been 15 modifications to ASTM D6751, the biodiesel quality specification, according to Teresa Alleman, senior chemist at National Renewable Energy Labs in Golden, Colo., providing evidence …

Raizen to Spend $102 Million on Brazil Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
March 14, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen  (Bloomberg)  Raizen Energia SA, a Brazilian joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Cosan SA Industria & Commercio (CSAN3), will invest 200 million reais ($102 million) in a plant that …

Governors Tell Congress to Support RFS
March 14, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition met in Sioux Falls Wednesday and sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The letter from the 30 governors represented by the Coalition, led by …

General Wesley Clark Accuses Oil Majors of Trying to Kill off Biofuels Industry
March 14, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Will Nichols (Business Green)  ‘Money flows in a million different ways to finance studies and misinformation that prevent the emergence of this sector’
The biofuels industry must join together to combat the negative “studies and …

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Partners Explore Next-Generation Biofuels
March 14, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Olga Rosca (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)  Next-generation biofuels produced from waste and agricultural residues can help save energy and improve the sustainability of companies operating in the agribusiness sector. The EBRD region offers …

HGCA Helps Reopen Market Opportunities for Arable Crops in the Biofuels Supply Chain
March 14, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Home Grown Cereals Authority) An HGCA-led review of regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions figures has reopened market opportunities in the biofuels supply chain potentially worth several million pounds each year. 
Revised GHG figures, supplied by HGCA, …

Chromatin Signs Pact with POET to Use South Dakota-Grown Sorghum in Ethanol Production
March 14, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Chromatin)  Chromatin, Inc., a leading provider of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and feedstocks, said today it has entered into an agreement with POET, LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, to …

BP Biofuels: Time for “The Really Hard Yards” in Biofuels Commercialization
March 14, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At World Biofuels Markets, BP CEO Phil New delivered a keynote speech which attempted to turn the industry’s attention towards “the hard yards” of operational excellence, saying that “it is arguable …

Davy Process Technology Ltd and SEKAB E-Technology Form Strategic Partnership
March 13, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(SEKAB/Davy Process Technology)  Davy Process Technology Limited (Davy), a Johnson Matthey company, andSEKAB, a leading player in the field of the ethanol based chemicals and biofuels, today announced at World Biofuels Markets that they are …

Stop the RINsanity: Fact-Checking Big Oil’s Claims on RIN Price Effects
March 13, 2013 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Oil companies have suggested that increased prices for conventional ethanol RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are leading to higher gasoline prices at the pump. Some have even deceptively claimed RINs …

Auto Show’s Biodiesel Green Room Revs up Minnesota-Made Fuel
March 13, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The American Lung Association in Minnesota/Biodiesel Magazine)  While it has no oil wells, Minnesota is a motor-fuel-producing state. Minnesota has an annual production capacity of 63 million gallons of biodiesel, made primarily from the oil …

Biodiesel Algae: Research Suggests Starvation Diets Damage Health
March 13, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(University of Sheffield/Biodiesel Magazine)  It may be better to tolerate lower oil content in algae grown for biodiesel to boost growth and overall productivity, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The research shows …

MOU Signed to Develop Jatropha Plantations in West Africa
March 13, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Jatropha developer JOil Pte. Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with West Africa alternative energy grower and jatropha processor Agritech Faso SA. JOil and Agritech will explore the development …

Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets 2013
March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Neste Oil confirmed that they are using 65% virgin oils, primarily palm oil, and 35% waste residues, but that they are seeking to increase that percent of waste supplied, Neste’s …

Biofuel from Date Palms ‘Possible’
March 13, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Gulf Daily News)  A Scientific research study in Bahrain has concluded that it is possible to extract biofuel oil from the nuclei of date palms. Ten per cent is then turned into diesel after chemical …

Aviation Industry Takes Positive Step in Ensuring Biofuels Deliver on Promise of Sustainability
March 13, 2013 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Hammel (National Resources Defense Council) The aviation industry has made reducing carbon emissions and moving away from fossil fuels key strategic priorities. A number of airlines are now entering the biofuel marketplace, working to …

Direvo Reaches Milestone in Consolidated Bioprocessing of Lignocellulose to Lactic Acid
March 13, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Direvo)  Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH (Direvo) today announced that it reached an important milestone in developing a consolidated bioprocess for lactic acid production from lignocellulose.
Up until now, there has not been any known consolidated bioprocess …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Workers Appeal to President
March 13, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(  Villagers and workers in Chisumbanje and surrounding areas want President Mugabe to intervene and save the US$600 million Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant from total collapse.
The plant, owned by Green Fuel, had become the main source …

Company: New $15 Million Plant at Grain Facility in Owensboro Set for Fall Completion
March 13, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(WCHS/Associated Press)  Work on a new $15 million glycerin refinery at Owensboro Grain Co.’s facility is set for completion by the fall and in full production by January.
Company Vice President John Wright told the Owensboro …

Who’s Ahead Now in Enzymes? Codexis Launches Next-Gen CodeXyme4
March 13, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Compared to prior generations, CodeXyme 4 and CodeXyme 4X significantly reduce the cost of cellulosic sugar production for biofuels and bio‐based chemicals.
…Codexis’ latest generation of advanced cellulase enzymes, CodeXyme 4 …

Fix the Broken Biofuels Mandate
March 13, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Scott Faber (Environmental Working Group/The Hill E2Wire)  It’s time to face facts: the biofuels mandate Congress established in 2005 is creating too much bad biofuel and not enough good biofuel.
This year, that mandate requires …

Instigate Change, Generate Joy: An Eco-Performing Arts Contest Environmental Performance/Performance Art/Dance
March 13, 2013 – 1:02 pm | No Comment
Instigate Change, Generate Joy:  An Eco-Performing Arts Contest Environmental Performance/Performance Art/Dance

Are you a college, grad school or professional dancer, actor, playwright, director or performance artist with a social conscience?

Are you passionate about using your art to increase awareness and instigate change on environmental issues?
Then we’ve …

Clean Fuel From Trash, Crop Waste to Match Corn-Ethanol by 2016
March 13, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg)  Ethanol made from inedible matter such as crop waste and household trash will match the price of corn-based ethanol by 2016, potentially spurring output of the motor fuel, according to data compiled …

EPA Zeros Out 2012 Cellulosic RVO – Recognizes Phantom Fuels
March 12, 2013 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement following the withdrawal of its Petition for Waiver of the 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements:
“We appreciate the …

Des Moines Company Keeps Tabs on Biofuel Production, Sales
March 12, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  EcoEngineers tapped by EPA to help audit RFS compliance.
In a small office in the East Village of Des Moines, a handful of engineers and statisticians are hard at work …

ZeaChem Begins Production of Cellulosic Chemicals and Ethanol, Advances Toward Commercialization
March 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/ZeaChem)  Facility will prove biorefining process for commercial-scale production
ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) biorefinery in Boardman, …

UK Should Rely Less on Ethanol for Transport Biofuels
March 12, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  Britain should reduce its reliance on corn ethanol for renewable fuels and encourage the use of cheaper and more sustainable biofuels such as used cooking oil, a report by a UK think …

For Montana Biofuel, It’s Not Easy Being Green
March 12, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Tom Lutey (Billings Gazette)  When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.
Acres planted …

Algae Energy to Invest 75M€ in Serbian Algae Farm
March 12, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Greek biomass-from-algae producer Algae Energy is ready to invest 75 million euro ($98.4 million) over the next two and a half years in an algae farm in the southern Serbian town of …

The Outlook: Biofuel Expansion in China and the U.S.
March 12, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

By Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) In a recent webinar hosted by the American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE), biofuel experts from Dupont, POET, Novazymes, and China’s Tsinghua University convened to discuss the next five …

Kountry Korner in Baxter, IA Offering E15
March 12, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Kountry Korner in Baxter, Iowa has become the third retail location in the state to offer E15 as a registered fuel. E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, has been approved by …

Debate Rages over Who Is to Blame for Rising RIN Prices
March 12, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Prices for renewable fuel credits cracked the $1 barrier Friday and RBOB prices settled sharply higher as the war of words over who is to blame for skyrocketing credits prices also escalated.
…RINs have shown …

Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035
March 12, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Lavelle and Thomas K. Grose (National Geographic)  The amount of fresh water consumed for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects.
And even …

State Cuts Fossil Fuel Use by 19.9%
March 12, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Bagley (Triangle Business Journal)  Universities and other state government agencies have cut their use of fossil fuels by 19.9 percent since 2004, according to an analysis by the Clean Transportation Program at N.C. State University’s Solar Center.
…Much of …

Gasoline Quality Greatly Affects Fuel Systems; Not Ethanol Content
March 12, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  EPA’s decision to grant the use of E15 in 2001 and newer automobiles and light duty vehicles was based on multiple-year, multiple-aspect testing of more than 88 vehicles.  The …

Phycal Captures CO2 Funding for Biofuel
March 12, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Debra Fiakas (Alt Energy Stocks)  As part of its program to promote beneficial reuse of carbon dioxide, the Department of Energy awarded a total of $27.2 million ($3.0 million in the first phase and $24.2 …

Masdar Institute Presents Experts Details on UAE’s Biofuel-from-Algae Potential
March 12, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(  Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies announced it presented details on the UAE’s growth and export potential in the biofuels-from-algae sector to …

Recent Advancements in Various Steps of Ethanol, Butanol, and Isobutanol Productions from Woody Materials
March 12, 2013 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Pedram Fatehi (Biotechnology Progress)  In this review, the recent advancements and technical challenges associated with the production of ethanol, butanol, and isobutanol via bioconversion routes from celluloses of woody materials are reviewed. Physicochemical processes, e.g. …

Algae to Biofuel
March 12, 2013 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Bioenergy)  Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel R&D in the Northeast  WATCH VIDEO

Air Liquide Makes Biofuel Progress
March 12, 2013 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Stuart Radnedge  (GasWorld)  Air Liquide, in a joint project with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany, has successfully completed the second stage of a second generation biofuels pilot unit at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe.
This pilot …

KLM Begins Biofuel Flights Between New York, Amsterdam
March 12, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(AIN Online)  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in partnership with the Schiphol Group, Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey christened the first in a series of biofuel-powered flights between Amsterdam …

Enerkem: Committed to Pontotoc Ethanol Project
March 12, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/   Four years after announcing plans for an ethanol plant in Pontotoc, a Canadian company has yet to begin construction.
Enerkem Inc. spokeswoman Annie Pare tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ) the company …

Anellotech and the Advent of the Green ‘Enes
March 12, 2013 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fast pyrolysis developer plans to rapidly expand green benzene and toluene production in 2013 for downstream product development purposes.   Opens new pilot plant, R&D facility in New York; green …

As Brazil Ramps up Sugarcane Production, Georgescu and Colleagues Foresee Regional Climate Effects
March 12, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Skip Derra (Arizona State University)  Conversion of large swaths of Brazilian land for sugar plantations will help the country meet its needs for producing cane-derived ethanol but it also could lead to important regional climate …

UK Releases Open Source Data on Biofuels Usage Since 2008
March 12, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the government has made available open source data regarding the country’s use of biofuels through April 14, 2013 (despite the fact that it’s still a month away), the fifth …

Korsair Holdings Announces Access to Innovative Waste to Energy Technology
March 12, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Digital  Journal)  Korsair Holdings AG (BERLIN: NOM) has signed a sales and marketing license agreement for a Russian waste to energy technology. The agreement guarantees to Korsair exclusivity for the territory of the Balkan States. …

Amyris Embraces Bonsucro Sustainability Standard for Sugarcane
March 12, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Sustainable Plant)  Renewable chemicals company Amyris, Inc. has joined the Bonsucro sugarcane sustainability standard. Amyris is the first advanced biofuels and chemicals company of its kind to join Bonsucro, paving the way for certification of …

Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa
March 12, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, PANGEA (Partners for Euro African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the …

Algenol Hits 9K Gallons/Acre Mark for Algae-to-Ethanol Process
March 12, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae pioneer now at 50% above original productivity target — aims to complete demo in 2013, head for commercial-scale in 2014.
In Florida, Algenol confirmed that the company had exceeded production …

Renewable Energy Vehicle Club Has Optimistic Goals
March 8, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Molly Craig (Iowa State Daily)  In the spring of 2012, Tyler Cain had an idea. A year later, his idea has grown into his passion project: the REV club.
REV stands for Renewable Energy Vehicle. …

Group Says U.S. Energy Policy ‘Like an Orchestra without a Conductor’
March 8, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Energy News)  To achieve true energy security, the United States badly needs a single federal energy policy and a new White House council to make it happen, retired Marine Corps General Jim Jones said …

Ethanol – The Biggest Rural Success Story
March 8, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  According to Robert White, the Market Development Director for the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol is the biggest rural success story for American farmers in the past decade. White discussed with Jamie Johansen …

U.S. Ethanol Makers Eye Pros and Cons of Corn Alternatives
March 8, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Carey Gillam and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Short supplies of U.S. corn are causing ethanol makers to look at alternatives to the high-priced feedstock, with everything from wheat to sugar under consideration as a possible …

Big Oil’s Self-Inflicted Blend Wall and Its Impact on RIN Pricing
March 8, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Prices for conventional renewable fuel RINs (Renewable Identification Number)[1]have increased significantly in recent weeks. Oil companies and various media outlets have suggested the increase in RIN prices is due …

SkyNRG First Jet Fuel Supply Chain to Earn RSB Certification
March 8, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, which is responsible for the distribution and implementation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) global sustainability standard for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that SkyNRG is …

Thermochemical Conversion of Duckweed Biomass to Gasoline, Diesel, and Jet Fuel: Process Synthesis and Global Optimization
March 8, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Richard C. Baliban, Josephine A. Elia, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Xin Xiao, Zhijian Zhang , Jie Li , Hongbin Cao, Jiong Ma §, Yong Qiao, and Xuteng Hu (Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research)  Duckweed biomass is …

Iowa Could Be Energy Independent Today
March 8, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …Iowa is also the largest producer of corn-ethanol in the world with 41 plants producing between 3.5 and 4 billion gallons of fuel per year. This is enough fuel for the state to …

Answers to Your Questions about Parity-Priced, Algae-Based Fuels
March 8, 2013 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wondering when affordable algae-based transportation fuels might arrive at your local retail outlet?   Might be sooner than you think. Here’s the lowdown.
…Further, we have to take into account that, …

Exxon at Least 25 Years Away From Making Fuel From Algae
March 8, 2013 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg) Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)’s $600 million foray into creating motor fuels from algae may not succeed for at least another 25 years because of technical hurdles, said Chairman and Chief Executive …

Report: Flaws in EPA Drilling Pollution Data
March 7, 2013 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle)  Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s …