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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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CTi’s Application for Biodiesel Production Approved by USPTO
November 15, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(PRWEB/CTi)   Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (“CTi”) (OTCBB: CVAT) (Berlin: Stuttgart: WTC) announced today that the Company’s U.S. Patent Application, entitled ‘Process for Producing Biodiesel through Lower Molecular Weight Alcohol-Targeted Cavitation’, has been approved for patent issuance.
This …

Biofuels, True North, Natural Gas, and Primus Green Energy
November 15, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Primus Green Energy recently completed a landmark technology demonstration — and heads off to scale with a catalytic technology for making $2.00 gasoline.  But, in shifting to natural gas as …

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away
November 14, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey (Associated Press)  The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation’s energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel …

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start
November 13, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest maker of ethanol used for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing …

Codexis Exits Cellulosic Biofuels Space
November 13, 2013 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Codexis signaled the end of its cellulase enzyme adventure in cellulosic biofuels with the wind-down of its CodeXyme business.
CEO John Nicols said, “Given the market’s undervaluation of the …

Young Scientist Delivers Clear Results with Lumenera INFINITY Camera
November 13, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Lumenera)  Lumenera is pleased to offer its support to Canada’s next generation of life science researchers by providing high-end digital scientific imaging solutions to 13 year old multiple gold medal winner (see below) Mikaela Preston. Mikaela’s award winning …

Co-Location of Torrefaction, Power, Biofuel Plants Reduces Costs
November 13, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Douglas Tiffany, assistant extension professor at the University of Minnesota, discussed the economics of co-locating torrefaction, ethanol and coal power plants at the University of North Dakota on Nov. …

Ethiopia: Sugar Factory to Commence in January
November 13, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Addis Fortune (AllAfrica.com)  The Tendaho Sugar Factory will commence production in January, according to the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. Some 85 pc of construction of the first phase of the factory has so far been completed, …

NASCAR Reaches Five Million Miles on Sunoco Green E15
November 13, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  NASCAR announced today that during the NASCAR Nationwide Series™ race in Phoenix this past weekend it surpassed more than five million competition miles across its three national series on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel …

Peyton Pace: As a Soap Opera Bubbles over KiOR’s Speed-to-Profits, Revenues and Production Triple
November 13, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Slow pace, low yields have depressed KiOR’s share prices, but tripled production and revenue has recently delighted the markets.   What’s up with the cellulosic biofuels leader? Good news, bad news?

You …

AP Investigation: Obama’s Green Energy Drive Comes with an Unadvertised Environmental Cost
November 12, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

By Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/StarTribune)  The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer …

Sudanese Sugar Company to Begin Exporting Ethanol to the U.S.
November 12, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Grace Wanene (East Africa News)  Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) could soon begin exporting Ethanol to the U.S.  The trade is set to begin once the potential American buyer receives the necessary clearance from the …

Birth of a Feedstock: SGB, Yulex Set to Double Guayule Rubber Yield via Accelerated Breeding Platform
November 12, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … That’s pronounced “Y-U-Lee” for those outside its heartland in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Guayule is a distant relative of the sunflower and the zinnia, originating from the genetic hotbed …

Iowa Farmers Blast AP Ethanol Story, Allege Bias, Misrepresentation
November 12, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association responded to an Associated Press ethanol story that’s set to be published in news outlets around the country tomorrow. The IRFA was able to …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Reckless Use of Public Funds
November 8, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC News) The world is spending half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies every year, according to a new report.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says rich countries are spending seven times more …

Battelle Develops Mobile Technology to Produce Bio-Oil
November 8, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Battelle/Biomass Magazine)  Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit …

Research: Fracking Uses and Loses More Water than Previously Believed
November 8, 2013 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Matthew McFeeley (The Energy Collective)  Fracking’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is …

Effects of Genetic Modification on Non-Target Traits that Confer Defense in Hybrid Poplar (Populus tremula x Populus alba)
November 8, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Buhl, Christine, Ph.D., (University fo Wisconsin-Madison)  Genetic modification may be utilized to enhance various traits in trees for forestry and biofuel applications. Among these modification targets are gibberellic acid and lignin. Gibberellic acid (GA) is …

INSIGHT-Lord of the RINs? Vitol’s Ethanol Credit Bonanza
November 8, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Swiss trading company Vitol SA is among the biggest beneficiaries of an opaque U.S.-government-mandated trading scheme established to help boost the share of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, market sources …

E85 Sales Would Soar If Fuel Was Priced On Parity With E10 And Had Full Access To Flex Vehicle Market, According To CARD Economists
November 8, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(The Center For Agricultural And Rural Development/Sacramento Bee)   Meeting demand is key to achieving federal renewable fuel volume mandates
A new paper by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot identifies a bottleneck of too …

GE Aviation Pursues Alternative Fuel Sources For Testing
November 8, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Aviation Pros/GE Aviation)  A 10-year agreement calls for GE’s baseline commitment of 500,000 gallons of cellulosic synthetic biofuel annually.
GE Aviation, which consumes more than 10 million gallons of jet fuel annually at its engine testing …

EPA Authority to Reduce the RFS
November 8, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (FarmDocDaily)  … The statute provides EPA with the authority to waive a requirement for an individual calendar year by “reducing the national quantity of renewable fuel required.” The RFS is housed in the …

Feds Launch CSU-Run Research into Tapping Forests for Liquid Fuel
November 8, 2013 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (Denver Post)   The federal government is launching a $10 million, five-year project to tap overgrown and beetle-ravaged Western U.S. forests as a new source of non-oil liquid fuel that could power cars, …

DOE’s Most Promising New Tech: Bioenergy
November 8, 2013 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  Bioenergy has shown the best results of the new energy technologies embraced by the Department of Energy in the last decade, the acting head of DOE’s Office of Science said in …

Reduction to 2014 RVOs Would be a Financial Windfall for Big Oil
November 8, 2013 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Big Oil has developed a laundry list of excuses for failing to break through its self-imposed “blend wall” and refusing to embrace the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Among the …

New Map Contains Data on Minnesota Corn Yield, E85 Stations
November 8, 2013 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Minnesota Corn Growers Association recently announced the creation of a new, interactive map that pulls together data that was previously tracked but not pulled together in one easy …

RIN Market Is Working Well To Enforce Biofuel Mandates, According To CARD Economists
November 7, 2013 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Center For Agricultural And Rural Development/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!Finance)  A new analysis by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot of the EPA’s ethanol market system finds that it works effectively and as intended …

Sugarcane Diesel Tests Yield Positive Results in Brazil
November 7, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  It has been reported auto manufacturer MAN Latin America has completed tests on diesel made from sugarcane.
The company is believed to have performed over 500 hours of testing on Euro 5 engines within …

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor’s Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection
November 7, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Ennovor/PR NewsWire)  Customers seeking premium quality, reliable and sustainable biofuels will have greater choice. This follows a $12m investment in expanding the supply chain, production and feedstock capabilities of sustainable energy sector leader Ennovor Group.
The enhancements are …

Request for Information: Demonstration and Deployment Strategies
November 7, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in information technologies that are …

Need Leg Work to Transport Real Information on GM Crops: Bayer
November 7, 2013 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Press Trust of India/Business Standard)  There is a need to educate, communicate and spread more information about Genetically Modified crops in India to quell people’s apprehensions about their safety, according to Bayer Crop Sciences CEO,Liam Condon.
“I think it is …

Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States
November 7, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert, Rebecca L. McCulley (Science Magazine)  Tallgrass prairie is extinct across much of its …

Dust Unto Dust
November 7, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Mary C. Scholes, Robert J. Scholes (Science Magazine)    In the past, great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded (1). The modern world could suffer …

Iowa Governor Makes Case to Washington on Ethanol Requirements
November 7, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad made an aggressive push last week to defend the country’s ethanol policy during three calls with members of the Obama administration as the White House …

A Cleaner Way to Go Green with Biodiesel
November 7, 2013 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Chris Berry (Yorkshire Post)  Green energy may well have its place in our future but it seems it doesn’t come without creating one or two problems along the way. One of those is of …

The Four Horsemen of the Financials: Gevo, Solazyme, Amyris Report for Q3
November 7, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In years gone by, it was not too hard to write up a summary of Gevo, Solazyme and Amyris — all aimed at fuels, all in the development stage, all …

Crafting a Better Enzyme Cocktail to Turn Plants into Fuel Faster
November 6, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Tom Rickey (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like corn stalks and wood chips into fuels have developed a test that should turbocharge their …

Chennai Garbage Can Generate 12 Crore Litre of Aviation Fuel
November 6, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by C Shivakumar  (New India Express)  The 5,000 tonnes of garbage generated in the city per day has the potential to be converted to 12 crore litre of aviation fuel and 4.5 crore litre of …

Indigenous Group Gets Help to Expand Biodiesel Scheme
November 6, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(ABC Online Indigenous)  A Pilbara Aboriginal group has been granted Western Australian Government funding to expand its biodiesel program.
The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation program, AshOil, processes used cooking oil from the Pilbara mining industry to produce …

Extreme Energy, Supercritical Water, Nanostuff and Biofuels
November 6, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the frontier of exotic temperature and pressures, even everyday materials like water begin to act strangely in ways that can drive energy transformation.   New work in nanocatalysts may make …

Biofuel Seed Developer Ceres Looks to Cash in on 16 Years of R&D
November 5, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by  Ronald D. White (Los Angeles Times)  The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.

Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified …

Future Valmet to Supply a LignoBoost Plant for the New Biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila Mill in Finland
November 5, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Metso)  Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka in the south east of Finland. The order is one part …

Algasol Renewables Launches First Commercial Project, in Egypt
November 5, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Egypt, Algasol Renewables announced the launch of its first commercial algae project. Led by Biodiesel Misr, based at the First Industrial Zone in Giza, the project will convert algal …

Stakeholders Tell Congressional Leaders To Reauthorize and Fully Fund Farm Bill Energy Title That Supports American Ag, Benefits Entire Nation
November 5, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(25 x’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance has joined more than 130 other national, regional and state stakeholder groups devoted to farm, ranch and forest-based energy solutions in a letter to congressional agricultural leaders urging them to …

US Producer Takes Trip to African Ethanol Plant
November 5, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A two-week trip to help out at an African cooking fuel ethanol plant yielded some interesting experiences.

Matthew Dutka, currently works as operations manager at Golden Grain Energy LLC, in …

Algae to Biofuel Technology Deal for Planned Australia Waste to Energy Plants
November 5, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)  Australian algae based biofuel specialist, Algae.Tec (ASX: AEB, OTCQX: ALGXY) has signed a binding agreement with Victoria, Australia based waste to energy developer, Phoenix Energy Australia to provide its …

Innovation in Feedstock Transport, Testing
November 5, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In August, Ernest Moniz, secretary for the U.S. DOE, announced more than $22 million in new investments to develop a more efficient feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels, in …

Biofuel Groups Seek to Intervene in Latest Legal Challenge to RFS
November 5, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the Biotechnology Industry Organization filed Friday a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the …

Gas Gap: Changes Make E10 Cheaper, Regular Pricier
November 5, 2013 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner  (Cedar Valley Business Monthly online)  Motorists across the Cedar Valley are seeing the lowest gasoline prices of the year, as the price of unleaded with a 10 percent blend of ethanol — …

Fuel-From-Soy Makers Mount Last-Ditch Lobby Push on EPA
November 5, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Companies that make biofuels from corn husks, soy and other materials are mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to prevent a weakening of the U.S. renewable-fuel mandate, saying a lower requirement would set …

10 Time Machines for Making Biofuels and Chemicals
November 5, 2013 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The new technologies that come along have to provide pressure, temperature and feedstock at their own cost. So it’s the cost of those three elements, competing against the cost of …

Carbon-Negative Biobutanol for $2 per Gallon? ITRI Says Its ButyFix Technology Has the Right Stuff
November 4, 2013 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seeking low-carbon fuels, even negative carbon? Or, looking for a low-cost, cellulosic renewable fuel? Or, in search of a capital-light, bolt-on technology to drive better economics for first-yen ethanol plants? …

How to Apply: Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Call For Expressions Of Interest EOI
November 1, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation )  Submission due: February 21, 2014
The CCEMC is now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for innovative projects that will reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions, or enhance carbon sequestration, …

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives
November 1, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal waste as feedstocks for advanced biofuels. But these promising abundant non-food sources lack either the …

Debunking the Myths of Biofuel
November 1, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jackie Ward (WCSH6.com)  One Maine company is helping turn leftover restaurant grease into a valuable fuel that’s helping other businesses, and the environment, thrive. There are a lot of myths out there about the …

Only Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol Can Keep U.S. From Oil Dependence | Commentary
November 1, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Roll Call)  … The most recent data shows total U.S. oil consumption at a whopping 18.5 million barrels per day and domestic production at 6.48 million barrels per day. So, even during …

USDA Agroforestry Effort Shows Ag, Forestry Sector Commitment to Sustainability
November 1, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The U.S. agricultural and forestry sectors have drawn some questionable, if not contradictory, criticism for their production of renewable energy feedstocks. In some circles, for example, it is claimed that corn production …

Farm Bill Conferees Urge Energy Funding
November 1, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Senate version of the farm bill includes $800 million in mandatory funding for energy programs while the House version contains zero – one of the relatively minor differences in the …

Ontario Plant to Recycle Beverages into Ethanol, Other Products
November 1, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Energentium Inc. is finalizing tests before entering into full production in a few weeks at its new 15 MMly (4 MMgy) plant in Brantford, Ontario, to recycle waste …

More than 70 Percent of Top Selling Cars Approved for E15 in 2014
November 1, 2013 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 70 percent of the Top 20 best-selling cars as identified by Edmunds/AOL Auto have been explicitly approved by automakers to use E15 in 2014 models. This includes all Ford, GM and Volkswagen …

National Cheng Kung University : NCKU Transnational Research Team Converts Waste Cooking Oils to Biodiesel
November 1, 2013 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders.com)  Prof. (Emeritus) Aharon Gedanken from the Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, who is currently a visiting chair professor at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, has developed a microwave-based process …

Chickens to Benefit from Biofuels Bonanza
November 1, 2013 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Chickens could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the growing biofuels industry, feeding on proteins retrieved from the fermenters used to brew bioethanol, thanks to research supported by the Engineering and …

CQ Biofuel to Fly
November 1, 2013 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

Inga Stunzer (Queensland County Life)  Instead of spending money on controlling regrowth, Central Queensland graziers could soon be profiting if a new biofuel project goes ahead.
The CSIRO is looking at ways to produce aviation fuel …

Prices and Values: Lincolnfuel and Biofuel
November 1, 2013 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alternative ways to think about alternative fuels. Is it merely a substitute for hydrocarbons to be embraced on the grounds of price, emissions, or energy security?   Or, perhaps, just a …

The DIY Renewable Fuel Standard
November 1, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobutanol, ethanol, renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and biodiesel — five renewable fuels.   By what combination could they meet the titanic US target of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by …

Danish Conference Considers Macroalgae Economy
November 1, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  More than 80 experts, industry representatives and entrepreneurs gathered in Grenaa, Denmark, recently to share knowledge and inspiration at the third Danish Macroalgae Conference, hosted by the Nordic Algae Network, a project …

IntercontinentalExchange Announces Launch of 64 New Futures Contracts
November 1, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch.com/IntercontinentalExchange)  New contracts will launch on November 18 and include Oil, Biodiesel, Natural Gas Liquids and Environmental products
IntercontinentalExchange ICE +0.92% , a leading operator of global markets and clearing houses, today announced the introduction of …

Ethanol, Oil Groups Blitz White House as Biofuel Rule Nears
October 31, 2013 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters) Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of …

Study Highlights GHG Reduction Potential of Butanol, Drop-In Biofuels
October 31, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  U.K.-based Element Energy recently published a report finding that advanced biofuels offer a more cost-effective means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next 17 years, when compared to electric vehicles. The …

Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol A “Killer”
October 31, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) are introducing legislation to eliminate conventional biofuels from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a story first published by Greenwire, the impending bill would …

Biofuel Breaththrough
October 31, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(KyivPost)  Ukraine’s government-owned ethanol producer Ukrspyrt and several smaller private producers announced on Oct. 29 that they’re prepared to produce enough bioethanol to meet the need for biofuel as of next year. In 2014, a …

Exclusive: Algenol to Build in Florida
October 31, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Dave Elias (NBC2/ABC-7.com)  Months after a multi-million dollar company said it won’t build a state-of-the-art ethanol plant in Florida we’ve learned plans have changed. The owner of Algenol says he now plans to build his ethanol …

Cassava for Ethanol Promotion Encouraged in Thailand
October 31, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  In Thailand, the ministries of Commerce and Energy are reportedly set to cooperate to develop a strategy to promote the production of ethanol from cassava.

In addition to this, the minister has also been …

Biodiesel to Become Available in another Indian State
October 31, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The first biodiesel pump in the state of Maharashtra, India is set to arrive by the end of the year.
It will be operated by My Eco Energy in the city of Pimpri-Chinchwad and the …

Abu Dhabi Institute Aiming to Produce Aviation Fuel from Plants
October 31, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Scientists at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have acquired 200 hectares of coastal land in the Western Region to set up a demonstration farm with aims to start producing sustainable jet fuel …

Biofuels Feedstock Research Extended
October 31, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US-based technology provider Monsanto and plant genomics company Evogene are to extend and expand a research and development collaboration involving biofuels feedstocks up to August 2016.
The collaboration, initially signed in 2008, has focused on …

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop November 19-20, 2013 Mesa, AZ
October 31, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop   November 19-20, 2013   Mesa, AZ

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Program  will host two complementary workshops to discuss research and development needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. The first …

A Systematic Review of Biochar Research, with a Focus on Its Stability in situ and Its Promise as a Climate Mitigation Strategy
October 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Noel P. Gurwick, Lisa A. Moore, Charlene Kelly, Patricia Elias (PLOSone)   Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting “biochar” to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits …

Commentary: Don’t Blame Ethanol for the Dead Zone
October 30, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Rich Keller (Ag Professional)  Every year, nitrogen used to fertilize corn fields in the Midwest leaches into the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Experts say the fertilizer feeds a giant algae …

Ethanol Plant Offering Blending Pump Grants
October 30, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Little Sioux Corn Processors (LSCP), a 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant based in Marcus, Iowa, is offering financial assistance to Iowa retailers who install blender pumps. The LSCP board …

Being Solid and Liquid: The Screwy, Upside-Down World of Renewable Fuels Financing
October 30, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Cowcookies”, the lost Marx Brothers script
Scene, an office on Wall Street. Enter a lender, Harold P. Cheesebreath — and his prospective borrower, Al Cohol.
Cohol: (confidently) See here, it’s a no-brainer. Mandated …

Tri-State Biodiesel’s Triple Play: Fashion, Tribute, Heating
October 30, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Dehran Duckworth, a managing partner at Tri-State Biodiesel, said this was the first year Tri-State Biodiesel won the contract to supply the Aggreko plc generators and temperature control equipment for …

Safety From the School of Hard Knocks
October 30, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lyle Estill (Piedmont Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  At Piedmont Biofuels we came by our culture of safety the hard way. We’ve been making biodiesel since 2002 and we have lots of “thrills, chills and excitement” to show …

Cold Flow Treatment: FAME, HVO & Diesel Blends
October 30, 2013 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

By Werner A. Reimann and Bettina A. Siggelkow (Clariant OMS/Biodiesel Magazine)   … The major part of the biodiesel quota in Europe is still covered by first-generation fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel, but recent fiscal …

Black Swans, White Swans, Shell’s Shale, Waste Management and Biofuels
October 30, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of venture capital, black swans are a big deal. For example, Khosla Ventures in describing “what we look for” refers to its continuing search for “black swan ideas …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

HLPE Refuses to Release Sources of Funding for Report: GRFA
October 30, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) annual Plenary gets underway in Rome, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is demanding the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security …

Journey to the Center of the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 30, 2013 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pressure has risen to 30 atmospheres and the temperatures are rising into the hundreds of degrees.  You think: “I’m in a dream, on a journey to the center of …

Ceres and Syngenta Extend Market Development in Brazil
October 29, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Sacramento Bee/Ceres)  Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) and Syngenta announced today that they have extended a joint market development agreement in Brazil. The companies will move forward with their efforts to promote the …

Alternative Fuels Americas Successfully Recruits United Biofuels of America for “Project Jetropha”
October 29, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Alternative Fuels Americas/BusinessWire)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI), an advanced biofuels company, announced today that United Biofuels of America (UBA) has joined AFAI’s Project Jetropha.
“UBA has been recognized by Shell Oil as a top biofuels …

Elevance Planning Another Biofeedstocks Plant
October 29, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Frank Esposito (Plastics News)  Less than a year after opening its plant in Indonesia, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced plans to open another bioplastics feedstock plant in Natchez, Miss., by 2016.
Current customer interest in …

EPA Announces Funding for Students’ Innovative Green Technologies
October 29, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the 2013 recipients of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants. Forty teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across …

Renewable Natural Gas 2013 Conference December 9-11 Coronado, CA
October 29, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment
Renewable Natural Gas 2013 Conference   December 9-11   Coronado, CA

The RNG 2013 conference  will do a dive deep into the issues that affect the natural gas industry- fuel, heat power and public policy. At RNG 2013 you will get real, candid analysis from the …

3rd Starch World 2014 February 17-18 Jakarta, Indonesia
October 29, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
3rd Starch World 2014    February 17-18    Jakarta, Indonesia

Starch World is recognised as an important event for the industry and generally targeted at companies involved in Plantation , Agriculture / Agro Industrial Crops, Fermentation, Enzymes Suppliers, Companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – …

Stanley Signs Draft Pact with Biomass Company
October 29, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Dohms (Chippewa Herald)  A draft developer’s agreement between Stanley and a biomass company out of New York has been approved by the city council and is expected to bring more jobs to the …

Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction
October 29, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

N. Butt, H. L. Beyer, J. R. Bennett, D. Biggs, R. Maggini, M. Mills, A. R. Renwick, L. M. Seabrook, H. P. Possingham (Science Magazine)  Despite a global political commitment to reduce biodiversity loss by …

Cheaper E-15 Gasoline Debuts in Twin Cities
October 29, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jay Kolls (KSTP.com)  There is a new and less-expensive ethanol-blend gasoline available for the first time in Minnesota, according to the new owners of an independent oil company called “Minnoco.” It’s called E-15 and is …

Declining Corn Prices Hurting South Dakota Farmers
October 29, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees (Aberdeen News)  Corn is about one-half the price it was a year ago, a movement that will dramatically impact farmers’ bottom lines.
The cash price for corn at North Central Farmers Elevator in Ipswich …

Ethanol Industry Refutes AAA Claims
October 29, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Automobile Association (AAA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline for 2014″ in order to “protect drivers by preventing …

Isobutanol to the Rescue
October 29, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is testing isobutanol gasoline blends in its marine engines.
Since its founding in 1790 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has had a …