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Gates Foundation Extends Sorghum Research with a $6.1 Million Grant to the Danforth Center
February 3, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, today announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to …

ROOTS, REFUEL, MARINER & Algae: DOE Invests $100M for 4 Big Shots at Liquid Transportation Fuels & Feedstocks
December 19, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be a sign of the times, a sense of worry that R&D for renewable transport fuels may lose all their popularity under the incoming Trump Administration. Whatever the cause, …

A Giant Crop-Scanner Is Turning Heads in Arizona
October 13, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Dennis O’Brien (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  With its 30-ton frame and 50-foot-high catwalk, the newest scanner for measuring crop plants in Maricopa, Arizona, can be seen for miles. It looms over …

ARPA-E Funding More Innovation in Algae Based Fuels and Chemicals
September 30, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is moving forward with a significant new funding opportunity.

ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit — February 27 – March 1, 2017 — National Harbor, MD
September 20, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   —   February 27 – March 1, 2017   —   National Harbor, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now …

Advanced Biofuels at End of Obama Administration
September 11, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  For advanced biofuels under the Obama administration, what started out with a boom in 2008 ended with a whimper in 2016. … As the nascent industry began to develop, …

Researchers Garner Grant to Study Innovative Biofuels Production Technology
August 30, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Robert Mills (Iowa State University)  A team of researchers from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute is investigating a new technology for converting biomass into biofuels and chemicals. With a $371,000, one-year grant from the …

Grant Helps Project Realize “Ultra-Productive” Biofuel Crops, Attract Investors
May 10, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Claire Benjamin (University of Illinois) … The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to realize …

Wassup, ARPA-E? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s AgroEnergy projects
May 6, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE’s ARPA-E unit — the Advanced Research Projects Agency? Technology to Market advisor Krishna Doraiswamy answered the question in this update, given at the Biomass R&D …

How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels
April 26, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Christina Couch (MIT Technology Review)  Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties …

US Agency Sets Sights on Grass in Bid to Make a Better Biofuel
March 21, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Arpa-E project deploys drones and robots to breed fast-growing, drought-resistant and greener biofuel from sorghum which could replace corn ethanol — A US government agency is trying to build a better …

Popular Government Energy Program Seeks a Big New Twist
March 2, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune)  …  The ARPA-E Summit is meant to highlight lab research, startups, and corporate R&D projects that the Department of Energy has supported with small grants through its ARPA-E program. That program, …

Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting — March 8-9, 2016 — Arlington, VA
February 27, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting  —  March 8-9, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.
Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:
Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities
Update on …

University of Illinois Awarded Grant to Support Sorghum Research
December 18, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E OPEN). Under Principal Investigator …

Bioenergy Projects Receive DOE ARPA-E Grants
December 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or …

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute …

Hardier Cane Hybrids Could Increase Sugar Production
August 5, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Candy & Snack TODAY)    Two new hybrid species of sugarcane capable of maintaining productivity in temperatures as low as 50 degree F could potentially allow cultivation beyond the current region and expand sugar yield …

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture–ARPA-E Grants
August 5, 2015 – 9:28 am | No Comment

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design …

Ginkgo Bioworks: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are they? “Nature’s biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more,” they say. “Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that …

Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit
July 7, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which …

Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M for Big Data Research Program to Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop
June 25, 2015 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Danforth Plant Science Center)  Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts
to bring products to market  —  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department …

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops
June 19, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture

In Washington, ARPA-E announced awards totaling $30 million for projects seeking to accelerate the development of …

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D
May 30, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers in the world of making …

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

(Chromatin/Biomass Magazine)  Chromatin Inc., an agriculture technology company, has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene.

“We have demonstrated that sorghum can be modified to produce significantly elevated …

Bio Architecture Lab, EcoShift Make Waves with Seaweed-Based Biofuels
November 21, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Mulvaney (EcoShift Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … EcoShift Consulting (www.ecoshift.com) recently conducted a GHG intensity analysis of a seaweed-based ethanol product that performs significantly better than gasoline as well as ethanol made from other feedstocks. The …

Meet Me at the World’s Flare; Methane Gas Flaring, and the Role of Biobased Tech
November 19, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The flares — Dakota fireflies — dot the landscape like pin-lights. They burn natural gas escaping from the unconnected Bakken oil field wells, which are coaxing energy out of 9,000 …

Can Electrofuels and Electrosugars Save the Day?
May 28, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is the ultimate industrial fuel system going to be based on electricity, waste CO2 and brackish water – to return society to the days of energy abundance?  It will take a …

University of Georgia Discovery May Allow Scientists to Make Fuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere
March 27, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over …

ARPA-E Launches $20M Project REMOTE – Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Liquid Fuels
March 27, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ARPA-E aims to drive liquid fuel production from abundant, affordable methane — and sees biobased technology as the path forward.

In Washington, ARPA-E released its long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for Project …

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 …

Solyndra Critics Back U.S. Lab Seeking Biofuel From Germs
February 26, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg)  People attending a Washington event this week may witness something almost unheard of in political circles: Republicans praising a clean-energy program supported by President Barack Obama.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, …

Technology-to-Market Summer Scholars
February 25, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development. ARPA-E’s mission is to:

Enhance U.S. economic security by identifying technologies with the potential …

Plant Sensory Systems Awarded $1.8 Million from ARPA-E to Engineer Beets for Biofuel
December 30, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Plant Sensory Systems, LLC)  The Award Will Support the Development of High-Output, Low-Input Energy Beets, Optimized for Biofuel Production

Plant Sensory Systems, LLC today announced the award of $1.8 million in funding from the US Department of …

Tennessee Continues Leadership in Energy Crops Research
December 9, 2012 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee/Southeast Farm Press)  A genetic engineering research effort led by a University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture plant scientist is among 66 award-winning projects selected by the U.S. Department of …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.

A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Natural Gas and Electrofuels: One-Stop Shopping for Energy Independence
August 8, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Fewer people know that natural gas is a platform for producing ethanol – either through fermentation or catalytic conversion (typically via methanol) – and drop-in fuels using the methanol-to-gasoline method …

Ohio State Partner in $5.7M Grant to Develop New Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Mauricio Espinoza (Ohio State University/North Texas d-News) Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will play a key role in the engineering of a novel plant-based fuel, funded by a $5.7 million grant …

At ARPA-E Summit, FedEx CEO Smith Sounds an Optimistic Note
February 29, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Yoni Cohen (GreenTechMedia)  The United States absolutely, positively has to wean itself off foreign oil.

“Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, activity for activity, it is hard to find a thing the United States has …

Hemingway’s Cats and Tobacco Road
February 29, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New ideas on growing hydrocarbons directly in the field tap ancient ideas of agriculture, and ancient capabilities trapped deep in the genome

…A good part of the work of modern genetics …

President Announces Funding for Algae Biofuel Breakthroughs
February 24, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  President Obama has announced new funding to catalyze breakthrough technologies for biofuels—as part of his all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and provide American families new choices for …

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Requests Industry Comment on Future Funding Solicitations Totaling More than $100 Million
February 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)  The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently released three Requests for Information (RFIs) related to more than $100 million in anticipated future funding opportunities. The RFIs encourage …

US Loses $10.4 Million After Failures in Clean-Energy Research
February 16, 2012 – 8:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Wingfield (Bloomberg)  The United States lost $10.4 million on six clean-energy projects, including biofuel research at Iowa State University, that were suspended for missing performance milestones, according to the Energy Department.

…Iowa State spent about …

DOE to Fund High-Risk Wind, Other Clean Energy Technologies
February 9, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Kessler  (RechargeNews.com)  The Energy Department (DOE) expects to award up to $150m in its latest funding round to support high-risk transformational concepts and technologies that can reduce US dependence on fossil fuels and …

Time to Assess Biomass Project Funding Options
January 20, 2012 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Emily Chad and Todd Taylor (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A veritable alphabet soup of government funding programs exist that can help you get your project off the ground. These programs include:

• USDA Biorefinery …

2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program February 27-29 National Harbor, MD
January 9, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program   February 27-29     National Harbor, MD

(Collegiate Energy Association)  The Collegiate Energy Association is organizing a special student program at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (February 27-29, 2012). Participants in the program will have their registration fees for the conference …

Society of Biological Engineering’s Conference on ElectroFuels Research
November 15, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A clear view of coppery miniature treetops, brilliant skies and shimmering coastline.  This is the sight that welcomed the attendees of the first ever conference on ElectroFuels, conducted by the …

Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects
September 30, 2011 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/ARPA-E)  ARPA-E Projects in 25 States Will Accelerate Innovation in Clean Energy Technologies, Increase America’s Competitiveness and Create Jobs

Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced …

Power Shifts
July 25, 2011 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Erin Ailworth (The Boston Globe)  …“One of the big challenges with the federal budget is whether ARPA-E is going to be funded,’’ said Peter Rothstein, president of New England Clean Energy Council, a trade group …

ARPA-E(mpty): Fantastic Program, Not Enough Money
March 11, 2010 – 6:28 pm | One Comment

by David J. Leeds (GreentechMedia) After sitting through presentations from a “who’s who” of the energy world these past two days at the DOE’s inaugural ARPA-E Innovation Summit, any one of the more than 1,700 individuals …