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BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M Cap Raise Is Feeding It
March 24, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round …

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks …

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges
February 28, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology
February 22, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha
February 9, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Living Ink aims to replace petroleum-based inks with algae-ink, and this week they signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable …

Phasing out Cookstoves a ‘Win-Win’ for Climate and Health, Study Shows
February 6, 2017 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Roz Pidcock (Carbon Brief)  Replacing traditional wood and coal-burning cookstoves with cleaner technology could trim nearly a tenth of a degree from global temperature and save more than 10 million lives by 2050.

This is …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Growing Algae Faster, Better, Cheaper: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s algae biomass project
November 25, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has had an Algae Biomass project underway, under the direction of Dr. Phil Pienkos, aimed at “reducing algal biofuel production cost by developing …

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Gevo Enters On-Road Automobile Gasoline Market in Houston
November 14, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Expands on Previously Announced Partnership with Musket Corporation  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that gasoline blended with its isobutanol and marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area. …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

National USDA Official Highlights Biofuels Investments in Colorado
November 7, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Russ Baldwin (The Prowers Journal)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini on Monday highlighted the USDA’s recent biofuel-infrastructure investments in Colorado during a stop in Greeley.

Joined by Colorado …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels
November 4, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable …

For Cars of the Future, the Fuels They Need, Today, from Algae
October 28, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector …

Sponsler: There’s More to the Story When It Comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 24, 2016 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Greeley Tribune)  … In spite of its supporters being hugely outspent, the RFS passed based on the common-sense approach of diversifying fuel sources beyond the effective monopoly of petroleum interests, lessening our dependence …

Turning Brewery Wastewater into Battery Power
October 12, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Colorado Boulder)  CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.

This unique pairing …

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading
October 7, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale …

New DOE Study: Gasoline Becomes Stale before Ethanol Phase Separation Occurs
September 26, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the petroleum components of ethanol-blended gasoline become degraded and unfit for use in an engine long …

KLM and Lufthansa Sign Long-Term Agreements with US Sustainable Biofuel Producers AltAir and Gevo
September 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking …

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines
September 23, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)     National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion engines and validates Mercury Marine’s 2011 findings  —

One of the top myths used by the …

Making Biofuel a Cost-Effective, Renewable Source of Energy
September 22, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Seguin (AltEnergyMag.com/COMSOL)  … Such fuels are renewable, clean-burning, and carbon-neutral, producing no more carbon dioxide than is sequestered by its original plant source. However, biofuel availability is still fairly limited for its most common use—in …

New DOE Study: Gas Becomes “Stale” Long Before Water Uptake Becomes a Concern
September 21, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  As millions of Americans say goodbye to summer and prepare to store their boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other equipment for the winter, a new study by the Department of …

Several Bioenergy Projects Receive SBIR Funding
September 19, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program to support research related to food security, …

Debating the Value of Ethanol as a Viable Fuel (3 Letters)
September 12, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Denver Post)  Re: “EPA dodges responsibility on ethanol,” Sept. 3 editorial.  The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on …

High-Octane Hopes: Biofuels Want Level Playing Field
September 9, 2016 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries …

Gevo (GEVO) Enters ATJ Supply Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa
September 9, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEVO) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) from its first commercial hydrocarbons facility, intended to …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 8, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

A Breakthrough in Algae Harvesting
August 22, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One of the more perplexing problems of the advanced bioeconomy is getting algae out of the water or the water out of the algae. It simply isn’t a problem in traditional, …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.

Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 11, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says.

Growth Energy is urging …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects …

Biofuel Governors Tout E30
July 19, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Coalition Sees Opportunity in Higher Fuel Economy Standards  —  Leaders and founders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition see a push for higher fuel-economy standards as the next opportunity to …

Hyundai And U.S. Department Of Energy Extend Fuel Cell Vehicle Loan Partnership In Concert With New D.C.-Based Hydrogen Fueling Station
July 17, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Cells Works)  Latest, Phase II of current program prepares for rollout of fuel cell vehicles nationwide in near future  —  Hyundai and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are extending their fuel cell vehicle …

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae
July 17, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon …

Transform the marketplace: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
July 15, 2016 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the heart of the United States focus on bioenergy R&D is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado — supporting feedstock development, bioconversion and understanding markets for new …

Gevo Turns to Marine, Off-Road Markets With Latest Biofuel Deal
June 17, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Carleton English (The Street)  The Colorado biofuels company announced a partnership with Musket Corp. a week after a similar collaboration with Alaska Air.  —  … The Colorado-based biofuels company announced that it partnered with Musket …

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
May 27, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2
May 18, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world.

A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in …

Courier Giant Ushers in ‘Future of Aviation’ with Biofuels Drive
May 11, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by George Ogleby (EurActiv)  The world’s largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood …

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision
April 25, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Karen Batra (Biotech Now)  As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

Cool Planet Partners with J.R. Simplot Company to Distribute Innovative Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ Product to Improve Soil Health
April 11, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(Cool Planet)  Cool Planet is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agricultural companies in the nation. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra …

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success
April 8, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization …

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking
April 7, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity.
Released …

Study Undermines EPA, Blames Rising Methane Levels on Farming, Not Fracking
March 15, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Valerie Richardson (The Washington Times)  A newly released international study finds that farming, not fracking, is the likely culprit behind rising global methane levels, undermining the Obama administration’s crackdown on methane from oil-and-gas production …

Arizona High School Students Take Part in Biodiesel Project
March 3, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Arizona Charter Academy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy and a group of enthusiastic high school students, a diesel bus will …

Team Explains the Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism
February 10, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and …

Algae Fuels Boosted by NREL Process
February 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research.

The process, dubbed …

NREL Conducts Biodiesel Stability Study in HPCR Fuel Systems
February 3, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  National Renewable Energy Lab principal engineer Robert McCormick presented results at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 25-28, from a recent study on biodiesel stability …

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal
February 3, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Market Assessment
January 26, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past month, NREL published a critical assessment on the viability of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends and the impact on US energy options. The complete assessment is here.

NREL writes:

The introduction …

Algae Foundation Collaborates with SFCC on DOE Grant
January 26, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about algae, its biology, ecology, cultivation and commercial potential, has been awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Energy to …

Power to the Poop: One Colorado City Is Using Human Waste to Run Its Vehicles
January 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Melanie Sevcenko  (The Guardian)  Renewable natural gas is a growing industry for fuel, electricity and heat, but advocates says it’s a largely untapped market in the US  —  No matter how you spin it, the …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January 11, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators …

Gevo to Supply Biofuel for Alaska Airlines Commercial Flight
January 8, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Steve Wilhelm (Denver Business Journal)  Alaska Airlines says it will will partner with Gevo Inc., a leading maker of plant-based jet fuel, as the Seattle-based airline progresses from previous demonstration flights using Gevo’s aviation …

US Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/EurekAlert!)  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

NREL’s Min Zhang Keeps Her “Bugs” Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs
December 15, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Scientist Min Zhang has a special relationship with Zymomonas mobilis, a rod-shaped bacterium that has bioethanol-producing capabilities. Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents …

A Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels and Bioproducts from Photosynthesis
December 14, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and …

DOE Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop Summary Report Now Available Online
December 10, 2015 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted the Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop in Westminster, Colorado. The purpose of the workshop was to get stakeholder input …

BETO-Funded Projects Win at the 2015 R&D 100 Awards
December 3, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Two projects funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) have received awards at this year’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The annual “Oscars of Invention” awards recognize excellence in innovative technologies; BETO …

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest
December 3, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, …

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”
November 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by …

Lifting Sustainable Transportation: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
November 16, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales.  READ MORE

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels Announce Intent to Merge, Creating an Industry-Leading Carbon-Neutral Fuel Production Platform
November 12, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Joule/Red Rock Biofuels/BusinessWire) Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, today announced their intent to merge. Red Rock adds …

Gevo Targets Marine Market, Cuts to Isobutanol Production Cost
November 9, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Based on the clarity provided by the resolution of the lawsuits, and based on the most recent results of the isobutanol fermentation campaigns conducted at the company’s production plant in …

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State
October 29, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about …

Grant to Improve a Sustainable Biofuel Source
October 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Lauren Klamm (Source)  Colorado State University is one of 10 institutions in a $13.8 million research grant to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. … Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, …

The Birth of SuperDuper Gasoline via Earth-Friendly Renewable Hydrocarbons
September 30, 2015 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Move over Super, here comes SuperDuper. All the high octane and performance, and the renewability too, at a price you can afford.  Biofuels are adding options for drop-in, low-carbon, super-perfornance …

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
September 29, 2015 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this …

ZeaChem and Pure Cultures Announce Product Development and Supply Memorandum Of Understanding
September 15, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Zea Chem/PR Newswire) Collaboration Will Accelerate Commercialization of Agricultural Animal Feed Probiotics — ZeaChem Inc., a biorefinery developer, today announced a Product Development and Supply Memorandum of Understanding with Pure Cultures, a producer of high-quality probiotic products. …

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts
September 14, 2015 – 4:44 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive …

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
September 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since …

Peppler: Renewable Fuel Standard Remains Critical to Colorado
September 8, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Kent Peppler (Colorado Statesman/Rocky Mountain Farmers Union)  …   Rocky Mountain Farmers Union supports a strong RFS, and so should Colorado’s congressional delegation. … Closer to home, the RFS has been a boost to Colorado …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.

Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

Butamax, Gevo Settle, Will Work Together on Market Development
August 24, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Butamax/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Plastic with Algae? It May Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds
August 18, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Niina Heikkinen (E&E Climate Wire)  … But ethylene’s ubiquity as a building block in plastics and chemicals masks an underlying environmental cost. The cheap hydrocarbon is made using petroleum and natural gas, and the way …

Biochemist Studies Oilseed Plants for Biofuel, Industrial Development
August 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Kansas State University)  A Kansas State University biochemistry professor has reached a milestone in building a better biofuel: producing high levels of lipids with modified properties in oil seeds.

Timothy Durrett, assistant professor of biochemistry and …

FedEx, Southwest Airlines Combine to Buy Entire Jet Fuel Output of Red Rock Biorefinery, through 2024
August 11, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) FedEx joins Southwest Airlines to buy out Red Rock’s entire 8-year jet fuel inventory — key milestone for project construction.  In Colorado, Red Rock Biofuels will produce approximately three million gallons …

50 Grassroots Events Planned in Support of Renewable Fuel Standard
August 10, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than fifty grassroots events are now scheduled take place at state and county fairs throughout the month of August, starting August 7th. Farmers and consumers will have …

Ethylene Production via Sunlight Opens Door to Future
August 5, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Here’s the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. “We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 …

Voters Want Pro Clean Energy Prez Candidates
August 4, 2015 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  NextGen Climate has released the results of a survey that finds voters in key presidential swing states support transitioning to at least 50 percent clean energy by 2030. Hart Research conducted …

The Race to Meet Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Targets Could Put Human Health and Food Crop Production at rRisk unless It Is Carefully Planned, According to New Research.
July 29, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new study, led by Professor Nick Hewitt of Lancaster University, examined changes in ground level ozone in response to projected land use change associated with future biofuel cultivation.

Publishing in the journal Environmental …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work
July 20, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Eckhardt (Colorado Corn Growers Association/Pueblo Chieftan) … Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.  It’s helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, ethanol lowered CO2-equivalent GHG emissions from transportation by 39.6 million …

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants
July 14, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that’s been …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae
July 10, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon …

Virent, Coca-Cola Hit Key Production Milestone with the 100% Biobased Plant Bottle
June 8, 2015 – 9:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Production goes from pilot to demonstration scale as Coca-Cola “makes it happy,” showcasing its newest Plant Bottles at Expo Milan

News has arrived from Europe that Coca-Cola is displaying 100% bio-based …

Drive Your Car, Help Fight Climate Change? The New Biofuel that Claims to Be Carbon Negative
June 3, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Shemkus (The Guardian)  Colorado-based startup Cool Planet says it has created a fuel that mixes seamlessly with gasoline and actually removes carbon from the atmosphere

The entrepreneurs and innovators at Colorado-based Cool Planet are betting …

New NREL Report: Most Retail Fueling Equipment is Already E15 Compatible
May 29, 2015 – 9:05 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new study today that found most of the existing fuel dispensing infrastructure components — including underground storage tanks — are compatible with E15. The …

4 Minutes with… Philip T. Pienkos, Ph.D. Principal Group Manager Bioprocess R&D National Bioenergy Center, NREL
May 8, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NREL is the only national lab devoted solely to the development of technologies applied to renewable energy and energy efficiency. In the National Bioenergy Center, we are focused on conversion …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Kum & Go to Offer E15 at More than 65 Stores in 7 States
April 28, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

PureVision to Scale up Biorefining Technology at ZeaChem Site
April 6, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(PureVision Technology Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public …

Biofuels Maker Gevo Boosts Revenue; CEO See Profit within Reach
March 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Colorado biofuels company Gevo Inc. reports sharply higher revenue and narrower losses in both the fourth quarter and full-year 2014.

And in an earnings call with analysts late Thursday, Gevo’s CEO, …

The Cellulosic-RIN Revolution
March 3, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Expanded cellulosic fuel pathways have led to a surge of biogas-based fuel credits, and producers are taking advantage of a significant boost to project economics.

Traditionally, the biogas project end market …

Small Ethanol Plants Struggle for an Edge
March 2, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As production plants have grown larger and more efficient, small, older ethanol plants risk being left behind.

Most vintage ethanol plants, including Buffalo Lake, expanded over the years, but that isn’t …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

Alliance Congratulates Winners of Pilot Innovation Fund
February 10, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves)  This year marks the third round of the Pilot Innovation Fund (PIF), which provides funding and capacity building to organizations and entrepreneurs to develop and test game-changing ideas for the …

Scientists Develop Higher Yielding Sorghum Plants
February 10, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Dennis O’brien And Sharon Durham (Phys.Org)  … It is drought tolerant, can thrive in poor soils, requires little or no fertilizer, and will grow in a wide range of temperatures and altitudes. Sorghum grain is …

PNNL Awarded for Algal Biofuel Innovation
February 9, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Developing renewable fuel from wet algae is one of the latest innovations Richland, Washington-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As …

Enzyme Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods
January 14, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to …

Colorado’s Red Rock Biofuels Investing $200M in Jet-Fuel Project
January 13, 2015 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal/Denver Business Journal)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, based in Fort Collins, is investing $200 million in a biofuel refinery in the rural southern Oregon community of Lakeview.

The Red Rock project …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol the Next Big Thing in Renewable Fuels?
January 6, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Sena Christian (EarthIsland.org)   For a long time it seemed like turning the inedible parts of plants into a commercially viable biofuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, was nothing more than a pipedream. The enzymes needed …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
December 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent …

Conservative Swing! Udall, Hagan Fall as US Republicans Take Control of the US Senate
November 5, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The most prominent casualties of the night, in terms of the Advanced Bioeconomy, were Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagen of North Carolina, whose crucial support in …

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead
November 5, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

ZeaChem, Leaf Resources Sign Collaboration Agreement for Leaf Glycell
October 20, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, ZeaChem has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Leaf Resources. The agreement covers ZeaChem’s evaluation of the Leaf Glycell process for the production of fermentable sugars at ZeaChem’s demonstration plant at …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 14, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (October 9, 2014) up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, …

Beginning in 2016, Southwest Airlines Will Use Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Dallas Morning News)  Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.

To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is …

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210M for 3 Biorefineries and Mil-Spec Fuels
September 19, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in …

Meetings to Examine Biofuel Production
September 16, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(GSA Business) The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance will host two meetings this week as part of a $150,000 federal grant program aimed at linking economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon counties with industrial biofuel companies.

The first …

Cool Planet to Award Contract for $56 Million Biofuels Plant in Alexandria
August 15, 2014 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune )  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a Colorado energy startup that aims to turn woodchips and other organic waste into gasoline as well as a crop-boosting soil enhancer, says it has …

New Co-chairs Selected to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel
August 12, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  James Anderson helped work his way through college behind the wheel of a diesel semi-truck, where he became interested in biodiesel. He began to wonder if he could contribute to the body …

Some Steam in the Summer of Algae 2014
July 21, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Every summer ABO members and supporting organizations make announcements, host events, and tell the story of the algae industry’s exciting growth that is creating new jobs, new sources of domestic fuels, food, feed …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

How Two Small New York Towns Have Shaken up the National Fight over Fracking
July 3, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in …

Converting Biomass to Fuels
July 2, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Dubrow (National Science Foundation)  Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion

Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining …

ICM Announces Agreements for Cellulosic Technology, Selective Milling Technology (SMT)
June 9, 2014 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …Annawan, Illinois-based Patriot Holdings LLC has signed a letter of intent for ICM’s patent-pending FST and Gen 1.5. According to ICM, the FST is a value-added platform technology that …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

Making Money from Lignin: Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Biorefining
May 27, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Brett Israel (Georgia Institute of Technology)  When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has …

Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery
May 16, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gregg T. Beckham, Mary J. Biddy, Richard Chandra, Fang Chen, Mark F. Davis, Brian H. Davison, Richard A. Dixon, Paul Gilna, Martin Keller, Paul Langan, Amit K. Naskar, Jack N. Saddler, Timothy …

CIRES, NOAA Study Finds More Methane, Ozone Precursors and Benzene than Estimated by Regulators
May 8, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(CIRES)  During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times …

Renewable Fuels, Such as Ethanol, Put Billions into Colorado Economy, Report Says
April 25, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Denver Business Journal)  The renewable fuel industry puts billions of dollars into Colorado’s economy and supports thousands of jobs, according to a new study from The Fuels America coalition.

Renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel made …

GeoSynFuels Purchases, Retrofits Idle Demonstration Plant
April 16, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Golden, Colo.-based GeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.

People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Vertimass Licenses ORNL Biofuel-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion Technology
March 17, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.

The ORNL technology offers a …

This St. Patrick’s Day,Choose a Truly “Green” Beer
March 14, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Before you lift that green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, why not select one that comes from a “green” brewery? Many breweries throughout the U.S. and Canada have robust sustainability initiatives that include …

Cellulosic Ethanol Fights for Life
March 13, 2014 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Nature)  Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.

…Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize …

E85 Fueling Station Availability Is Increasing
March 10, 2014 – 11:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy Energy Information Administration)  The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up to 85% ethanol, known as E85, has grown rapidly since 2007. According to the Alternative Fuels …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …