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Incbio and DC Biofuels Have Signed an Agreement for the Supply of a 7.5 MGY Biodiesel Plant
January 11, 2013 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Incbio)  Incbio, has just secured an agreement to supply DC Biofuels with a 7.5 million gallon per year (28.000 MT/year) Biodiesel plant. It will incorporate Incbio’s ultrasonic reactors, as well as solid catalyst acid esterification …

Up, Up and Away: Aviation Biofuels Players Start Building Capacity
January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now – it’s all about organizing sustainable, affordable feedstock and building capacity. And, airlines providing capital for the first commercial projects — to ensure that capacity building reaches levels in …

ENEnergy Gets Ethanol, Butanol Project Support from Australian Government
January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, ENEnergy Australia (ENA) announced approval has been received from the Australian Government for its first project in Northern Australia under the R&D tax incentive scheme. The project approval …

LSU AgCenter to Open Pilot Biofuels Plant Jan. 25
January 11, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Town Talk)  The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.
The centerpiece of the AgCenter’s sustainable bioproducts …

The Biggest Biofuels Myths, DeMythtefied
January 11, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When headlines run dire, ask yourself: are they real?   In today’s Digest, we give you a guide to managing the myth minefield — and the roaring trade in disinformation …

Don’t Believe Everything You Read. Fact check on NYT’s Guatemala Corn/Ethanol Story
January 11, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here is a fact check of the January 6th New York Times article “As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs” by Elisabeth Rosenthal:
NYT: In the tiny tortillerias of …

Chisumbanje Ethanol Set for Mandatory Blending
January 11, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Brian Chitemba  (The Independent)   The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project is set to resume production on Monday after the adoption of recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
…After a series of …

Delayed Flowering Results in up to 50 Percent Increase in Biofuel Crop Yield
January 11, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(  Researchers working on the biofuel crop Miscanthus sacchariflorus, commonly known as Asian Elephant Grass, have shown that delaying flowering in the plant can result in a 50% growth increase.The discovery could have important implications for …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Not Expected to Spread Alternative Fuels in Region
January 11, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Tom MacDonald (  … Norm Woolley of Woolley Fuel Company in the North Jersey suburb of Maplewood has been pumping the alternative fuel for four years.
He says most of the diesel he pumps now …

The Cellulosic Biofuels Tipping Point
January 11, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As cellulosic biofuels reach commercial-scale, is the tipping point for wide deployment near – and will it be based on breakthroughs in capex, opex or yield? Actually, it may be …

E85 Availability Boosted in Nebraska, California
January 11, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska now has about 80 flex-fuel pumps with the addition of two new ones at the Stop N Go in Hartington, Neb., and in California, Pearson Fuels just …

How The Fiscal Cliff Bill Might Void Your Car’s Warranty
January 11, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Pete Bigelow  (AOL Autos)  Legislation could widen use of E15 fuel blend, which automakers say can corrode your engine
Thanks to the fiscal cliff bill signed into law last week, a blend of fuel that …

Maine DEP Working on Plan to Ban Gas Blends with More than 10 Percent Ethanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stone   (Bangor Daily News)  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to wade into a national debate surrounding gasoline blends made up of more than 10 percent ethanol.
The state agency is …

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report) …DuPont is currently engaged in two major projects to commercialize advanced biofuels.
The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont  has been working on …

Analysis of 100 Percent Biofuel Tested in Flight by NRC Reveals Reduction in Emissions
January 11, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(National Research Council Canada/  Results from the world’s first civil flight powered by 100 percent biofuel released by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) show that the biofuel used in the flight last October …

Does the Biodiesel Tax Credit Change the Advanced Biofuels Landscape?
January 11, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(FarmDocDaily)  …The RFS for 2013 is expected to require a minimum blending of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel and 2.75 billion gallons of all advanced biofuels. The difference between the minimum biodiesel requirement and the …

A Busy Year for Alt Fuels, Thanks to Congress
January 11, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Anya Litvak (Pittsburgh Business Times) Rick Price is gearing up for a busy year, thanks, in part, to Congressional compromise.
As executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a group that works to promote alternative transportation fuels, Price’s …

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit
January 11, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar
Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, welcomed …

Lower Nitrogen Losses with Perennial Biofuel Crops
January 11, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences)    Perennial biofuel crops such as miscanthus, whose high yields have led them to be considered an eventual alternative to corn in producing ethanol, are …

BenchMark Energy Corporation and Energy Partners LLC Launches New Glycerin Logistical Distribution Division
January 11, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!/BenchMark Energy Corporation) BenchMark Energy Corporation through its subsidiary Energy Partners LLC is pleased to announce it has launched a new division named Energy Partners Logistics and Transportation Management.
Mark Bateman, CEO of BenchMark Energy states, “With …

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas
January 7, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Tollefson (Nature)  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental
Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about …

State Building Changes Ordered to Avert Flood Damage
January 7, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (Baltimore Sun)  Declaring that Maryland’s coastal areas are increasingly at risk from a rising sea level, Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered state agencies to weigh the growing risks of flooding in deciding …

Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not as Green as Thought – Study
January 7, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a …

Biofuel – The New Wizard of Aus?
January 7, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(  The race to produce a sustainable, scalable form of biofuel has become ‘wacky’ – literally. There are articles printed daily heralding the latest method of producing fuel, be it converting whiskey waste, recycling cooking …

Tax Credits Are a Valuable Tool in the Biofuels Policy Toolbox
January 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  It is not often I disagree or take issue withBiofuels Digest; however, the recent article and analysis on cellulosic tax credits left out some key points. There are a number …

Fungi, the Rodney Dangerfield of Biofuels
January 7, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now, yeast is a fungi, but fungi as a Kingdom is a lot broader than our friend yeast and, like Rodney Dangerfield, it been getting, by and large, no respect, …

Iowa’s Second E15 Retail Station Opens in Fredericksburg
January 7, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg, Iowa now offers E15 as a registered fuel to 2001 and newer vehicles, joining Linn Coop Oil …

CARD Analysis Considers Outlook for RINs in 2013, 2014
January 7, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development recently published a policy brief on the outlook for ethanol and conventional biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) through 2014. The …

Greenhouse to Utilize CO2, Waste Heat from Adjacent Ethanol Plant
January 7, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Across the road from Greenfield Ethanol-Chatham, construction on Truly Green greenhouses is ongoing. The innovative project will utilize the waste heat and CO2 from the 195 MMly ethanol plant …

Future of Green Racing in US Unclear after 2013
January 6, 2013 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The future of the American Le Mans GreenX ChallengeTM in particular and Green Racing in general is uncertain past the 2013 racing season. On Friday, January 4th 2013, NASCAR GRAND-AM …

Sustainability Trends to Watch for in 2013
January 4, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Pat Lorentz (Shelton Group)  It’s a new year! So after you’ve headed to the gym, put down your smokes, taken up a new hobby and willed yourself to stick to your resolutions for a …

USDA’s Senior Energy Advisor Explains BCAP after Cliff Deal
January 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biomass Crop Assistance Program may have been extended through 2013 with the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, but the program’s usefulness in the coming …

Ethanol Tax Breaks to Help Later than Sooner
January 4, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The extension of a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol will  help the fledgling industry later this year or in 2014 when plants now under construction in …

Biofuel Market for Switchgrass Fails to Materialize
January 4, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Larisa Brass (  Van Shaver got into the farming business by planting switchgrass on 90 acres in Loudon County for a brand new biofuels market.
This year’s crop will be fed to his cows.
Four years …

Energy Department Awards $10 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bio-based Products
January 4, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American energy, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, …

5 Biofuels Trends for 2013
January 4, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …The Retreat of Oil Majors … Trend: Oil Majors double down on “Golden Age of Gas” while narrowing investments across the advanced biofuel space. …
Mind the Gap … Trend: Although installed …

Sweetwater Energy, Ace Ethanol Sign Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Deal
January 4, 2013 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $4/gallon capex, low opex, $15 million upfront. Existing offtakers. Cellulosic RINs. Expandable. Product diversification. Operating next year.   What’s not to like?
…There’s a side door opening into cellulosic ethanol. Costs you …

Green Star to Build Algae Facilities in China during 2013
January 4, 2013 – 10:11 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  …In October 2012, the Green Star delegation (which included Biotech Research, Inc.) was received by high level local and central government representatives in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. Video of these negotiations …

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States
January 4, 2013 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Bradley Frieze (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera and Dr. Mark Jones of the National Academy of Science Division on Earth and Life Studies gave a public webinar on November 27th, 2012 about the …

BioGrace – Extending Its GHG Calculation Tool
January 3, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In the project BioGrace (I) running from 2010 to 2012 a greenhouse gas (GHG) calculation tool was developed for liquid biofuels. The project BioGrace-II now aims to harmonise GHG calculations for electricity, heating …

Study Shows Policy, Not Economy, Drives Future Carbon Reductions
January 3, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  Existing Local, State, and Federal Policies — Not Cheap Natural Gas or Economic Downturn — Identified As Largest Driver Behind Declining Carbon Emissions Projections
20 New Federal, State, and Local Actions Also …

Alabama Inventors Patent Algae Extraction Method
January 3, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Streamline Automation, of Huntsville, Alabama, has been assigned a patent (8,303,818) developed by four co-inventors for a “method and apparatus using an active ionic liquid for algae biofuel harvest and extraction.” The …

Taiwan Pursuing Microalgae Bioenergy
January 3, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Edwin Hsiao reports in Taiwan Today that the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Pingtung County, in southern Taiwan, has just released the results of a joint microalgae bioenergy development program, …

Chlamydomonas Shown to Break Down Cellulose
January 3, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Douglas Main reports on OurAmazingPlanet that researchers at Germany’s University of Bielefeld have discovered that when the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtiiis deprived of carbon dioxide, it can cannibalize other plants’ materials. According to the …

Driving Algae Sustainability
January 3, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Biomass Magazine)  Just a few weeks ago, the National Research Council released its report on the sustainability of biofuels derived from algae, affirming the potential of our industry to meet global fuel …

The Beltway Biochemist: Valerie Reed
January 3, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  Valerie Reed, acting manager for the U.S. DOE Biomass Program, is leading a federal government initiative of nearly $200 million to expedite the commercialization of next-generation, biomass-based fuels and chemicals. …

Petrobras Helps Launch Fish Oil Mechanical Extraction Equipment
January 3, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Following an October partnership between Petrobras Biofuel and the Brazilian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to intensify research into producing biodiesel from waste fish oil, Petrobras Biofuel recently participated in the release …

Brazil Doubles Down on Biofuel
January 3, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Vinod Sreeharsha (IEEE Spectrum)  Later this year, northeastern Brazil will host one of the most ambitious biofuel experiments ever. There, in the small town of São Miguel dos ­Campos, surrounded by sprawling sugarcane fields, a commercial-­scale ethanol plant is …

BRAZIL: BP Invests in Higher Flexibility Ethanol
January 3, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Fernando Calmon  (Just-Auto)  …BP Biofuels (a subsidiary of the BP oil company) has decided to pour in US$345m at Usina Tropical in Edeia, state of Goiás in the country’s mid-west. The move will create 7,600 …

Advanced Biofuels USA Volunteer Posts Fossil Fuel Subsidies Petition — Add Your Voice
January 3, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bradley Frieze, a student at Hood College in Frederick, MD and Advanced Biofuels USA volunteer has posted a petition to stop funding of oil subsidies.  The petition is on …

University at Buffalo Incubator Program Welcomes Seven New Companies in 2012
January 3, 2013 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Niagara Frontier Publications)  From algae-based renewable energy to a restaurant point-of-sale app, new incubator clients are developing or marketing a range of technologies
The University at Buffalo’s business incubators welcomed seven new tenants in 2012, including …

The Force: The Cellulosic Biofuels Tax Credit Is Back, but Is It Really Needed?
January 3, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Finding it hard to explain to taxpayers why the PTC is needed, for the jump to cellulosic biofuels lightspeed, or to ward off predatory fossil-fuel evildoers?
…So, although the “fiscal cliff” …

Farm Bill Contains No Mandatory Funding for Energy Title Programs
January 3, 2013 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The bad news is, all mandatory funding for energy title programs were stripped from the farm bill at the last moment. “The programs have lived, but they don’t have …

Iowa Gains Second E15 Station
January 3, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  …Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg becomes the second station to offer the blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol to owners of 2001 and newer vehicles.
…Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels …

Crystal Flash Named as Exclusive Dealer of Alternative Autogas in Michigan
January 3, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Kloosterman (The Holland Sentinel)   The Grand Rapids-based Crystal Flash Energy is now the exclusive dealer in Michigan for autogas, an alternative fuel.
…Autogas, a liquefied version of propane, can run in mechanically modified gas …

New Year Means New North Carolina Laws
January 3, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Israel Balderas (  Silly or serious, the first day of 2013 means a new set of state laws in North Carolina. They range from child care protection to stealing old restaurant grease.
Here’s what you …

Advanced Biofuels Deployment Investing in Europe’s Future February 6-7, 2013 Brussels, Belgium
January 3, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Deployment Investing in Europe’s Future   February 6-7, 2013  Brussels, Belgium

The Fifth Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of EBTP (SPM5) is a conference for all European biofuels stakeholders to be held at the Diamant Conference Centre in Brussels. The conference will run from 12:30-20:00 on 6th February 2013 and 9:00-13:30 on …

David Lester, CERT Executive Director & Visionary Tribal Leader Passes
January 3, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(BioJet)  It is with great sorrow that BioJet notes the passing of David Lester, Council of Energy Resource Tribes Executive Director and BioJet Advisory Board Member.
For the past several years, David has been the Visionary …

ABO Clarifies Algae Producer Credit in “Fiscal Cliff” Legislation
January 3, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  According to the Algae Biomass Organization, as part of the bi-partisan “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on January 1, 2013, algae-derived fuels are, …

API Mounts Another Attack on RFS, Ethanol Industry Fights Back
January 2, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Less than two weeks after the U.S. EPA denied the request to waive the renewable fuel standard (RFS), the American Petroleum Institute is calling on Congress to repeal it.
During a press call …

Scientists Analyze Optimum Load Rate for Vinasse-to-Biogas System
January 2, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of Mexican scientists recently published the results of a study that aimed to determine the optimum organic loading rate for operating an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket …

UC San Diego Researchers Demonstrate Marine Algae Potential
January 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(University of California-San Diego/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biologists at UC San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing biofuels.
The scientists genetically engineered marine …

G20 Fails as Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Half a Trillion Dollars
January 2, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Global Renewable Fuels Alliance criticized G20 leaders for failing to hold up their commitment to phase out the costly fossil fuel subsidies that hurt developing economies and slow the development …

REG Expands Biodiesel Positions to 4 New York City Area Terminals
January 2, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. has expanded its terminal locations to serve the largest population center in the U.S., the New York City metropolitan area, with REG-9000-branded biodiesel and Bioheat.  READ …

UK Green Investment Bank Opens for Business
January 2, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills recently declared the U.K. Green Investment Bank plc open for business. The entity is the world’s first investment bank dedicated solely …

Setting the Example
January 2, 2013 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Hopefully, European regulators will take note of what has happened. If they are intellectually honest, they should acknowledge that if the U.S. biofuel policy has no real …

Ferm Assurance: Keeping Bacteria in Check for Quality Fermentations Requires Close Attention to Hygiene
January 2, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An old-time plant manager once said he could tell there was trouble brewing by the smell when he arrived at the plant in the morning. A sudden contamination event …

Acclaimed Movers & Storage Leads by Example with Biodiesel Fleet
January 2, 2013 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(Acclaimed Movers and Storage/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Acclaimed Movers and Storage, Los Angeles’ leading luxury, residential and commercial moving company, is doing just that with the conversion of all of its trucks to an ecofriendly biodiesel fuel.
…As …

The New Milo-naires: Corn, Milo and the Biofuels Market’s Invisible Hand
January 2, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  An obscure EPA ruling may change the economics of ethanol production, forever — who wins, who loses, what’s the investor’s bottom line?
Just before Christmas, the EPA issued a final rule, …

Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board?: Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Unified, Focused Transport Leaders Ready for Takeoff!
January 2, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Richard L. Altman, Executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI),  gave a presentation to DOE Biomass 2012.
CAAFI is a coalition of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, …

Hawaii Petroleum Loads First Tanker of Distilled Biodiesel
January 2, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies (Biodiesel Magazine)  Hawaii Petroleum loaded the first tanker of fuel produced at the Big Island Biodiesel facility in Kea ’au. The fuel is bound for its nearby Hawaii Fueling Network station …

Amyris Hits the Comeback Trail
January 2, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But Amyris is still there, and this week achieved what, for many, was the last-chance, must-hit milestone. The company’s purpose-built, 50 million liter industrial fermentation facility in Paraiso, Brazil has …

Hartington’s Flex Fuel Pumps Give the State a Total of 80
January 2, 2013 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Janice Podsada  (   Two new flex fuel pumps offering E85 and E30 flex fuels — blends of 85 percent or 30 percent ethanol with gasoline — are now open at the Hartington Stop …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Petitions EPA to Waive 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate
January 2, 2013 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire)    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to waive the 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, citing a lack of domestic supply available …

Green Ideas Shaping the Future of Renewable Energy
January 2, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Paul Spackman  (Farmers Weekly)  Algal Biofuels It works by exploiting the natural ability of algae to fix carbon dioxide using just sunlight and seawater, to produce oil. This oil can then be refined into ethanol for …

What’s the Real Problem?
January 2, 2013 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …George, a longtime family friend, brought up a problem in starting his lawnmower last spring. Someone had finally asked him if he had old gas in it still, which …

Oklahoma State University Using Sweet Sorghum to Develop Biofuels
January 2, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Sean Hubbard  (  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program have taken note and funded the majority of the research of Danielle …

Smyrna Is First Metro City with Biodiesel Program
January 2, 2013 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Griffies  (  Smyrna becomes the first city in metro Atlanta to start a biodiesel program.  Construction on the project, which makes its own fuel for its vehicles, began about a year-and-a-half ago when …

US Congress Passes “Fiscal Cliff” Deal
January 2, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Four tax provisions were in the bill that directly impact biofuels.
Cellulosic biofuels producer tax credit.  … The provision would extend this production tax credit for one additional year, for cellulosic biofuel …

Biofuels 2013, The Year of Capital
January 2, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Technology, market, price, management, feedstock, and policy – these are always vital. But here in Digestville, we see capital as the overwhelming issue for 2013.
Capital-raising activity is increasing sharply, and will …

Plan to Produce Ethanol from Cashew Apple, Coffee Pulp
January 2, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Y.B. Ramakrishna, Executive Chairman, Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board, said on Saturday that the board was planning to set up pilot plants for production of bio-ethanol from cashew apple and coffee pulp in …

E15 Could Save Iowa Drivers $69M
January 2, 2013 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Based on gasoline sales data released today (December 28, 2012)  by the Iowa Department of Revenue, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) said that Iowa motorists could have saved $69 million …

Fermentalg Tests Algae Biodiesel on Production Vehicle
January 2, 2013 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Fermentalg, a Libourne, France-based industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae, has unveiled a production model vehicle with no specific adjustments that runs on algae biodiesel.
…The …

IKCO Adapts Engines for Ethanol
January 1, 2013 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(  A mutual collaboration between IKCO (Iran Khodro) and Bio-energy Research Center of Tarbiat Modares University, has provided the ability of using ethanol in IKCO cars.
Mehrdad Elyasi, design manager of powertrain and control systems in IKCO …

Delta BioRenewables Company Hits Milestone
January 1, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Jackson Sun)   A Tennessee producer of sustainable feedstock has hit an important milestone by delivering its product to a plant in western Kentucky.
Officials say Delta BioRenewables, which is located in Memphis, Tenn., delivered …

Kansas City Turns Sludge into a Pile of Cash
January 1, 2013 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Kansas City Business Journal)  Kansas City isn’t exactly flush with cash, but it has managed to make $2 million the past few years through its innovative handling of sludge, The Kansas City Star reports.
The city has turned …

Villagers, Police Clash over Disputed Land
January 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Obey Manayiti (News Day)   Dozens of angry villagers last week fought running battles with Zimbabwe Republic Police officers over disputed land between villagers and Green Fuel in Chisumbanje.
The clashes started last Monday, but turned …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013
January 1, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels’ detractors and supporters.  Mirage or reality? Completion of 6 key projects 2012 decided much of the debate. …

80% CO2 Reduction Targeted by Joint Audi-Joule Fuel Program
January 1, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  It was announced in September 2012 that Audi and Joule Unlimited had formed a joint effort to commercialize Joule’s unique synthetic diesel & ethanol fuel technology based on microorganisms ( …

Forest Products Society Journal Publishes Special Biofuels Issue
December 31, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Forest Products Society)  Biofuels made from high-yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to …

Sorghum Acres to Grow Due to Drought Tolerance, New Varieties
December 31, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sorghum is poised to come into its own as an alternative to corn. It proved its mettle in the 2012 drought, producing decent dryland yields with very little …

Research Targets Cells to Reduce Lignin, Boost Fermentable Sugar
December 31, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are exploring new ways to meet the challenge of recalcitrant cellulosic feedstocks and lower the cost of biomass-based biofuels. The group recently published …

Kansas Ethanol Plant Poised to Start up Anaerobic Digester Soon
December 31, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If all goes as planned, a 50 MMgy ethanol plant in Oakley, Kan., will someday produce advanced biofuel from sorghum. To qualify as advanced biofuel, the company will power …

Biofuels Digest Announces Awards for Achievement in Development of Bio/Renewable Fuels, Chemicals, Materials
December 31, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest announced its annual awards for achievement in the development of biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials – all available with background on the who, what and why of each award – today at …

Direvo Scales up BluZy-D, BluZy-P Enzyme Trials with ISU
December 31, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Germany-based enzyme developer Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH has announced the successful scale-up of its BluZy-D and BluZy-P enzymes. Lab-scale and pilot-scale trials to test the effects of the technology …

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use
December 30, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (IOP Science/Argonne National Laboratory)  Globally, bioethanol is the largest volume biofuel used in the transportation sector, with corn-based ethanol production occurring mostly in …

National Academies Press Publishes “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels”
December 30, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Committee on the Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council) …

BioFuel Enzyme Kit
December 27, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Vernier)  Bio-Rad Laboratories has developed an exciting new kit for investigating enzyme action as part of making biofuels that can be used with our SpectroVis Plus spectrophotometer. This is an excellent investigation for AP biology and …

Central Carolina Community College: Sustainability as a Central Tenet
December 27, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(SEED Center)  Sustainability has been a central tenet of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) (NC) since the 1990s, and for the past five years, has been an institutional value in the college’s long-range plan. The …

Community College Internships (CCI) DEADLINE January 10, 2013
December 27, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy Office of Science)  The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE …