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High Potential in North America for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels but Unlikely to Make Impact on ICAO Emissions Goal
June 15, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  North America has a higher potential for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuels than other regions of the world because of its available resources but it is unlikely that switching to low-carbon …

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport
May 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Biofuels – When, Where and How?
May 5, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on cellulosic ethanol, featuring in-demand industry consultants Michele Rubino  and Michael Schultz, on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond on hand to detail the very latest in a …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?
April 10, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved?

The Renewable Fuel …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Second-Generation Biofuels ‘More Cost-Effective’ than First-Generation Biofuels, New Study Suggests
March 14, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International) Investment in ethanol production from waste biomass could have great economic environmental benefits, according to a new study from researchers from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory.

In this study, the …

Camelina, Canola Show Promise as Cool-Season Crops
March 7, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Science Society of America/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project …

Germany’s Environment Minister Says ‘Excessive’ Use of Land for Bioenergy Crops Was a ‘Mistake’
March 7, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  There has been excessive use of land for bioenergy crops in Germany which has led to a loss of species, according to the German environment minister Barbara Hendricks.

Hendricks, speaking to the magazine Mehrwert, …

Biofuels Could Cut Transport Emissions – But Food May Be at Risk
March 6, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Maina Waruru  (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, …

UK Biofuels Industry Faces Shutdown Due to Government Crop Cap
March 6, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(FG Insight)  Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1m tonnes of feed-grade wheat a year into bioethanol, has said it could face closure if the Government ploughs on with plans to restrict crop-based biofuels in petrol.

The UK …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
February 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part …

Expert: Clear Sustainability Framework Needed for Advanced Biofuels
February 24, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  If the EU wants to avoid a U-turn on advanced biofuels, then it has come up with a “clear and robust” sustainability framework that will provide policy certainty and investment security, …

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California Draws Midwest Farmer Interest
February 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power …

DfT Proposals Risk £1Bn of Investment in the North-East
December 7, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association)  DfT publishes consultations on the future of renewable transport, setting out long term targets towards 2030.  Consultation proposes capping fuel crops to below EU levels, risking existing UK plants and supply chain. …

6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks
December 7, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Proof positive on the “best is yet to come” — check out the Danforth Plant Science Center. It’s tucked away in the major agri-complex that built up around Monsanto …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Optimization of Integrated Biorefineries
December 5, 2016 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
November 10, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell, Sinopec
September 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  his 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 …

Alternative Jet Fuels Tackle Rising Aviation Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires …

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes
September 9, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of testing and data collection on dozens of lignocellulose feedstocks utilizing the patented CTS conversion process.  …

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Rural Business Development Grant for Feasibility Study of Eastern Shore Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project
September 7, 2016 – 1:00 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release, September 7, 2016:  Frederick, Maryland — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a Maryland based  501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing …

Biofuels versus Gasoline: The Emissions Gap Is Widening
September 3, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Many respected laboratories, agencies, and researchers have used a lifecycle analysis to show that biofuels, particularly advanced biofuels, provide significant carbon benefits compared to gasoline. These benefits have increased in …

Petroleum Today, Bio Tomorrow, BIOFOREVER
September 2, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the BIOFOREVER  consortium of 14 European companies emerged from stealth with the news that they have started their demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value …

Finland: The Deployment of Biomethane in the Finnish Transport Sector Hampered by Limited Amount of Gas Vehicles
September 1, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(European Biogas Association) A report on different scenarios and their cost-efficiency in reducing national transport emissions by 40% by 2030.  —  The most cost-efficient scenario to reduce transport emissions would be to invest in domestic drop-in …

Switching to Switchgrass? Study Models Soil Impact of Biofuel Crops
August 30, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The Argonne modeling shows that when grassland, cropland and pasture in the Midwest are converted to corn for biofuels, the level of carbon sequestration in the soil stays roughly …

Aemetis Provides Update on Edeniq, LanzaTech Transactions
August 23, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Regarding the Edeniq acquisition, McAfee indicated Aemetis is in the process of completing the documentation and approvals required to close the transaction. He also said Edeniq is expected to …

Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels
August 22, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Renewable biofuel alternatives can help replace conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. — New White House reportoutlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuels.  —  Bioenergy …

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report
August 9, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the Billion Ton report, looking not only at the economics of biomass but also the environmental …

Working the Calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock
August 8, 2016 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

Advanced Breeding: The Digest’s Updated 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
August 1, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe …

Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Concept
July 27, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hudman (Renewable Energy World)  … For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.

The concept of the biorefinery embraces this standard by …

Bioenergy Crop Modeling Predicts Soil Carbon Increases
July 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties in Illinois could see increases in soil organic carbon from crops such as …

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.”

Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers …

Scientists in US State of Florida Develop Military Grade Aviation Biofuel
July 21, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  A team of scientists at West Palm Beach, Florida-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories have developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel.

The team is reportedly …

CTS Process Continues To Expand Product Pathways With Advancement To Military Grade Jet Fuel JP-8, An Advanced Cellulosic Aviation Biofuel
July 19, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(The Street/Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”) , is pleased to announce that as the scientific and engineering team at subsidiary Ek Laboratories continues to optimize the CTS process for dry distiller’s …

Researchers: Generically Improving Sorghum Could Benefit Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Genetics Society of America/Biomass Magazine)  The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy …

UK Plant Hosts Scientists, Farmers Interested in Miscanthus
July 17, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(BWSC North Lincs/Biomass Magazine)  This month the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Preview
June 29, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Alison Goss Eng, of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, Tim Theiss, Laboratory Relationship Manager of the Bioenergy Technologies Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Tim Rials, Director …

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools
June 20, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock.

The library provides tools to store, record, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help …

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami
June 13, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016.

The Conference, organized by Biofuels Digest …

Could Fertilizer Use Negate the Climate Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels?
June 8, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University/AgProfessional.com)  … The study, conducted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, found that using nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops sharply  increases the amount of nitrous oxide emitted. Switchgrass has …

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks
June 8, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged than we have seen previously — a wave of technology development that once took place …

Sorghum Checkoff Announces $500,000 Investment
June 3, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by  Jennifer Blackburn (United Sorghum Checkoff Program/MyPlainView.com) The Sorghum Checkoff announced Thursday a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program field day at the University of …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products
May 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy …

Biofuels Driving Emissions Cuts thru 2030, Says Lux: But Which Feedstocks?
April 27, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural …

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?
April 18, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture  —  …  In Essex, David Eagle is growing acres of sea buckthorn, a salt-tolerant plant that …

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping
April 15, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy …

DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA Projects Seek to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Crop Development
April 6, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s ARPA-E 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 …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

NexSteppe Inc. CEO Selected to Receive the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award
April 4, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Businesswire)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced today that President and CEO of NexSteppe, Anna Rath, has been selected by a committee of her peers to be the recipient of the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin …

Shock Rise in Corn Production Leads to Price Plunge
April 4, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In grains, the big news has been the USDA prospective plantings report, which has corn up to 93 million acres in 2016, up 5 million over last year, and it …

Key Projects and Trends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Fuels 2020
April 1, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the second slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from …

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States
March 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon …

Biodico Trains Future Bioenergy Leaders To Excel in Green Economy, Drive Local Job Growth
March 9, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/BusinessWire)  Program Part of Commitment to Spur Job Growth in San Joaquin Valley; Train Engineers in Next-Generation Bioenergy Technologies — Internship Program Aligns with Curricula at University of California Santa Barbara and West Hills Community College

To …

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives
March 4, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short …

BETO-Funded Study Offers Methods to Support a Water-Sustainable Bioenergy Industry
January 29, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Argonne National Laboratory released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States
January 29, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A primer worth knowing is “The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States”, prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory . It evaluates …

Florida Treasure Coast Farm-to-Fly Aviation Biofuel Project Starts Feasibility Study
January 19, 2016 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 7th, the Florida Treasure Coast Education, Research and Development Authority (TCERDA) held a Kickoff Meeting in Ft. Pierce for their Farm-to-Fly Aviation Biofuel feasibility study. This …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release
December 11, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbette (Texas A&M AgriLife)   …  Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, …

Energy Crop Miscanthus in Trials to Restore Flood Plain Soils
December 8, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenegy Insight)  The Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK and the supply chain specialist Terravesta are running new trials to examine how the energy crop miscanthus survives in water-logged land and its effect on the soil …

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 …

VIASPACE Reports Progress On Giant King® Grass Animal Feed
November 16, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(VIASPACE/PRNewswire)   VIASPACE Inc. (OTC: VSPC) has been working intensively on growing Giant King®Grass (GKG) in California at the VIASPACE nursery, the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center, and with our partner Almaden …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release by AgriLife Research Next Year
November 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes …

Genera Energy, Precision Hawk Launch Drone/Analytics Partnership for Sustainable Biomass
November 4, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC NEXT,  PrecisionHawk and Genera Energy announced a partnership to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The …

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
October 28, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and …

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 14, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? …

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future
September 14, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more.

Nevertheless, …

Grant to Help Increase Biofuels Yield while Limiting Fertilizer Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer …

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Benzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green chemicals production  —  T he synergistic technologies are expected to provide techno-economic benefits in the …

IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Features New Zealand Biofuel Prospects
September 4, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy Task 39, a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels, recently released its latest newsletter, featuring an update on opportunities for biofuels in New Zealand.

Newsletter …

The Gas Rush: Could the US Switch Fuels over to 51% Renewable Natural Gas?
September 3, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

University of Vermont Offers Online Bioenergy Certificate Program
August 11, 2015 – 10:56 pm | No Comment

UVM’s Bioenergy Professional Certificate provides alternative approaches to traditional energy sources in Biofuels, including:

Liquid Biofuels (seed-based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuels)
Solid Biofuels (wood and grass energy)
Biogas (farm-based energy)

This Certificate Program offers college graduates, farmers, teachers,and entrepreneurs technical exposure to Biofuels science and …

Yep, There’s a Biomass Crop Planning App for That, Says Genera Energy
August 10, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Genera Energy has launched its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass, developed to serve as a tool for planning, selecting and calculating biofuel crop needs, for use with Android …

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 …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

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 …

Clemson Receives Grant to Research Crops for Energy Use
June 8, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University)  A new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina …

Researchers Study Benefits of Double-Cropping Camelina, Soybeans
June 3, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(The American Society of Agronomy/Biodiesel Magazine)  In the U.S., federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows …

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy
June 2, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support …

New Web-based Tools for Biomass Mapping and Biomass Crop Production Decisions
May 15, 2015 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Southern Bioenergy Network News/SAFER Alliance/University of Tennessee) Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service (IMS)–The Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) allows you to explore the woody resource market in the southeast (currently North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama), …

BioTfuel: A Project to Produce Biofuels via Thermochemical Conversion
April 7, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Total) The BioTfueL project focuses on producing second-generation biodiesel and bio-jet fuel via thermochemical conversion. Total is working with five partners to bring the process to commercial-scale production.

In the BioTfueL project, Total is working with five …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

Biofuel Beets Meetings Scheduled in 3 North Dakota Cities
March 18, 2015 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(The Washington Times/AP)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn sugar beets into ethanol are holding educational meetings in three cities this week.  KOVC radio reports that the Green Vision Group …

Maui Sugar Plantation Still Looking for Biofuel Crop
March 3, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(SunHerald.com/Associated Press/Maui News)  Hawaii’s last sugar cane plantation wants to transition to growing plants for energy. But it hasn’t found another crop that grows as well as sugar cane in a variety of soils or …

WEBINAR: Can cover crops play a role in shrub willow establishment for weed and nutrient management? March 10, 2015
March 2, 2015 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Can cover crops play a role in shrub willow establishment for weed and nutrient management?       March 10, 2015

Speaker:  Eric Fabio, Cornell University:  Controlling weed competition is a critical component of shrub willow establishment due to low planting density and initially poor competitive ability.  Recommendations formed in the US fifteen years ago stress …

Will Low Oil Prices Be the Downfall of Cellulosic Biofuels?
February 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Wally Tyner (The Conversation/Purdue University)  … One challenge to commercializing biofuel made from non-food sources — called cellulosic biofuels — has been cost.

Unlike ethanol made from corn, cellulosic biofuels are made from the inedible parts …

Energycane Varieties Look Promising for North Louisiana
February 6, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Denise Attaway (Louisiana State University)  LSU AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock.

About 1,000 experimental varieties of …

Unearthed: A Rallying Cry for a Crop Program that Could Change Everything
February 6, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Tamar Haspel (The Washington Post)  …It’s crop-neutral insurance. But, dull as it sounds, it might be the key to getting our agriculture policy more in line with public health priorities.

That goal is getting some attention. …

DOE Accepting Comments on Engineered High-Energy Crop Proposal
February 6, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) Programs …

NEWBio Funds Five Seed Grants to Advance Project Goals, Expand Northeast Bioenergy
February 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio) Five cooperative projects have been funded that advance NEWBio goals and fill in key knowledge gaps related to bioenergy crop expansion in the Northeast U.S:

Abandoned Ag. Lands in the Northeast U.S.:  A GIS-based Analysis …

Improving the Way We Harvest And Deliver Biofuels Crops
January 12, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Breaking Energy)  America is the largest biofuels producer in the world — accounting for 48 percent of global output. To remain the global industry leader, the Energy Department is investing in projects …

Biotech Energy Crop May Be Regulated as Weed
January 7, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Mateusz Perkowski (Capital Press)  Ceres Inc. has developed a biotech variety of sorghum for ethanol production but USDA is thinking of regulating it as a noxious weed.

Genetically modified sorghum used for ethanol production doesn’t fall …

Grant Funds Research into Nanomaterials Effect on Feedstock Yield
January 5, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Arkansas at Little Rock/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a UALR biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of …

The DOE’s Shifting Worldview for Biofuels Deployment, Now through 2030
December 29, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too.

Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The …

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
December 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best
November 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.

Researchers at …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

4 minutes with…Sam Jackson, VP, Business Development, Genera Energy
November 13, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of the conversion technology or end product, the biomass must still be produced in an economic and environmentally sound method for the industry to be successful. I believe …

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue
November 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a …

DuPont, Ethanol Europe Renewables Ink Pact for Cellulosic Ethanol in Macedonia
October 17, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Macedonian government joins as signatory for MOU. 100 million liter cellulosic refinery could start construction in 2016.

… (N)ews arrives from Skopje, Macedonia that the Republic of Macedonia today joined a MOU …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

DE-FOA-0001211: Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)
October 2, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry
August 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Doria Gordon (The Nature Conservancy/Biofuels Digest)   Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers

As scientists around the …

Improving Commercial Viability of Biofuels
August 6, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon (UCR Today) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can …

Not Just Koala Chow: Genetic Secrets of Eucalyptus Tree Revealed
August 6, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Will Dunham (Reuters) Eucalyptus leaves are the main food supply for Australia’s koalas, but there is a lot more to the tree than that.

An international team of researchers this week unveiled the genetic blueprint of …

Ceres Initiates Field Evaluations of its Biotech Traits in Sugarcane
July 1, 2014 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE), an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, will evaluate a number of its biotech traits in sugarcane in South America. Plantings were recently completed and preliminary performance observations will be available …

Bioenergy Sorghum May Be a “Sink” For Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Texas A&M Study Finds
June 9, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Rafaela Relvas  (BioNews Texas) Researchers at Texas A&M University conducted a study that brought new insights regarding bioenergy sorghum, finding that, more than an energy supply, it may offer a “sink” for greenhouse gases.

The team …

California Soil Toxins Worsened by Drought
March 18, 2014 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Pollock (Western Farm Press)  Salinity and scarcity of water were very much in the spotlight at the 2014 California Plant and Soil Conference in Fresno.

Multiple speakers showed pictures of what they labeled “California snow,” …

Dually Renewable
March 17, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … Not only is Abengoa Biomass Energy LLC forging the path to commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol, it is taking a new road when it comes to fuel.

Besides cellulosic ethanol, the Hugoton, Kan., …

New Markets for Bioenergy Crops May 20-21, 2014 State College, PA
March 6, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
New Markets for Bioenergy Crops     May 20-21, 2014    State College, PA

A healthy and resilient bioenergy economy needs to include a diverse market for biomass crops, including non-energy uses of these materials.  Fortunately, many opportunities exist for utilizing cellulosic bioenergy crops in a variety of markets.

Join …

Pan-American Congress on Plants and BioEnergy 2014 June 4 -7, 2014 Guelph, Canada
March 6, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment
Pan-American Congress on Plants and BioEnergy 2014      June 4 -7, 2014    Guelph, Canada

Supported by the American Society of Plant Biologists from its inaugural congress in 2008, this meeting is designed to initiate Pan-American research collaborations in energy biosciences.  The 4th congress, the first held in Canada, aims …

Erie Region’s Farmers Consider Energy Crops
March 5, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Myers (Erie Times-News)  Local farmers soon might be planting crops that previous generations would have plowed under.

That’s the goal of a $10 million, five-year project to convert perennial grasses and other “throwaway” plants …

Why We Are Producing Biofuels
February 11, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown (The Gazette) In the face of criticism about ethanol, delays in the commercialization of advanced biofuels and the recent development of domestic supplies of fracked gas and petroleum, some …

Establishment and Short-term Productivity of Annual and Perennial Bioenergy Crops Across a Landscape Gradient
February 7, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Danielle M. Wilson, Emily A. Heaton, Lisa A. Schulte, Theodore P. Gunther, Monika E. Shea, Richard B. Hall, William Landon Headlee, Kenneth J. Moore, Nicholas N. Boersma (Iowa State University/Bioenergy Research/Springer)    Cropping systems that …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

Hot Sugar! Sweetwater Energy to Supply Pacific Ethanol with Industrial Sugars for Cellulosic Ethanol
December 20, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy and Pacific Ethanol announced a project to supply customized industrial sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic …

Biofuels Manufacturer to Create 65 Jobs in Sampson County, N.C.
December 4, 2013 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Thrive in North Carolina/North Carolina Governor’s Office)  Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in North Carolina

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Biochemtex will be …

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 …

Ethanol Research May Move Insects to Pest Status
October 23, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Rapid City Journal/Associated Press)  It’s 2004, and South Dakota State University forage crop breeder Arvid Boe is trying to figure out what insect has been wreaking havoc with his switchgrass plants in an experimental plot …

Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon
October 14, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)  It’s not that companies don’t know how to make cellulosic ethanol or biofuel from algae. It’s that they’ve struggled to do so cheaply and at a scale large enough to …

Turning Wood Chips into Gasoline? NJ Firm Hopes to
October 11, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(CNBC)  A New Jersey company has opened an energy facility that converts cheap natural gas into gasoline, and the firm hopes to eventually convert biomass—wood chips or switchgrass, for instance—and even to make jet fuel.

The …

World’s Largest Cellulosic Biofuels Plant Opens: Beta Renewables, in Pictures
October 10, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy to produce 75 million liters of cellulosic ethanol per year from agricultural waste.

In Italy, Beta Renewables and Novozymes marked the official opening in Northern …

Shell Biofuels Take Vehicles Back to the Future
October 4, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Zain Shauk (Fuel Fix)  …  The fuel, which Shell has produced from waste and inedible crops through at least two different methods, is being developed at a test plant in Houston and a small-scale …

What Biofuels Can Do
October 2, 2013 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by José R. Moreira  (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)  Over the last three decades, the amount of land devoted to food crops has increased at a very modest rate, but worldwide food production has expanded significantly. The …

Tulare County Farmers Hear about Raising Sorghum for Biofuel
October 2, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by David Castellon (Visalia Times Delta) When the subject of biofuel comes up, chances are you’ll think of corn converted to ethanol.

But on Wednesday, representatives from a Chicago-based seed manufacturer tried to change that way of …

Energy Crops Could Cover Energy Demand in Surplus Agricultural Lands
September 27, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(BioenergyCrops.com)  A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. The study, from the Department …

Call Waiting, Biofuels, Genetics and You
September 4, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The company (Kaiima) started up in 2006, and by 2009, the results were starting to show in castor beans. Castor oil is a good source for a variety of applications, …

Growing Energy the Holistic Way
August 29, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin Foundation)  Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working …

Sonamar and VayuGrid to Develop BioEnergy Zones Across Haiti
August 22, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(MoneyLife/PR NewsWire)  BioEnergy Zones Will Lead the Way Towards Socially Inclusive and Economically Sustainable Livelihood

Haiti based Sonamar S.A. and Bangalore based VayuGrid have signed a joint venture agreement for developing BioEnergy Zones across Haiti. These …

Alberta Has Potential to Be Canada’s Biggest Biofuel Producer
August 20, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  Alberta could lead the country toward replacing about half its necessary transportation fuel with non-petroleum products, says a global expert on biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts.

“We now have ethanol from grain …

EPA Screens More Than 66,000 Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Potential
August 5, 2013 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels

Projects open …

Chip Energy Breaks Ground on Prototype Pellet Plant
July 22, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Goodfield, Ill.-based Chip Energy recently broke ground on a biomass recycling and pelletizing plant. Once complete, the prototype plant will be capable of producing 100 tons per day of …

Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production June 20–21, 2013 Ithaca, New York
June 15, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment
Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production   June 20–21, 2013    Ithaca, New York

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a conference on expanding commercialization of products incorporating mutualistic microbes in order to increase biomass production. The conference will be held on June 20–21, 2013, …

Ceres Releases Q2 Financials, Reports Progress with Sweet Sorghum
April 23, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …According to information released by Ceres, commercial harvests of its newest sweet sorghum hybrids have started in Brazil, with the majority of hectares expected to be harvested within the …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought & Other Harsh Conditions
April 19, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston  (Bioenergy Connection)  … If you drove around certain parts of the Midwest this summer, you might have seen patches of energy grass or tall, green sorghum flourishing amid the ruined corn and soybeans. …

Crop-Based Biofuels: A Complex Issue
April 11, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Sam Fenwick (E2B Pulse)  In this article, E2B explores the benefits of crop-based biofuels to the UK, the potential impact of a recent EU proposal and the wider issues associated with their adoption.
In October …

Cellulosic Technology Must Use Existing Cropland — Study
April 5, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (Governors Biofuel Coalition)  Cellulosic biofuels can become profitable for farmers and help displace oil, but they must use already-available agricultural land, according to a study released by a nonprofit yesterday.

Commissioned by the …

Ministers Block EU Proposal to Limit Some Biofuels
March 26, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  Several European ministers are blocking the EU’s proposal to curb the use of conventional biofuels, while some dispute claims the demand for crop-based oils drives deforestation and food insecurity in other parts of the …

How to Ensure Biofuel Crops Don’t Become Weeds
March 7, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A Virginia Tech researcher, along with several others, have offered a way to ensure that plants grown for biofuels do not become an invasive weed. According to Jacob Barney, an assistance …

Sustainable Bioenergy and Grasslands on the Edge
February 15, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Crops)  There is an increasing interest worldwide on developing sustainable bioenergy alternatives for low competitive lands where food production profitability is scarce or where soils and climates  are not suited for traditional activities or …

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use
February 8, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (US Department of Energy/IOP Science)  corn-based ethanol production occurring mostly in the US and sugarcane-based ethanol production occurring mostly in Brazil. Advances …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.

The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …