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ARPA-E 2017: Optimism Turns to Tension as Sector Prepares to Protect Energy R&D Funding
March 6, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Krysti Shallenberger (Utility Dive)  … At stake is funding for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, more commonly known as ARPA-E. Created in 2007 as a technology incubator under the purview of the Department of Energy, ARPA-E’s …

White House’s Proposed Cuts to NOAA Will Undermine Science and Weather Forecasting Vital for Businesses, Military and States
March 6, 2017 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)   According to news reports, the Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent budget cut for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the country’s premier scientific institutions, whose research is …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

Crazy. Sexy. Risk.
December 27, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On any list of 10 Colossal Failures of the Finance sector in this century, we’d put the failure of bankers and commercial-scale investors to get behind the advanced bioeconomy in …

Maryland’s TEDCO Funds 19 Technology Start ups Including Algae Crude Producer
December 16, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the state’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that 19 companies have received over $1.9 million in funding from the organization’s Seed Investment Fund in the last six …

Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?
December 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Sklar and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  Take-aways from Rana Foroohar’s Article Titled  “Saving Capitalism” (Time Magazine, May 23, 2016) and her book titled ”Makers and Takers, The Rise of Finance and the Fall of …

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
December 13, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including: their inherently low-cost, at least from a theoretical standpoint; their potential for drastically reducing carbon …

Iowa E15 Retailers’ ‘Pink at the Pump’ Campaign Raises $12,000
December 1, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers filling-up their cars with cleaner-burning E15 during the month of October raised $12,000 for breast cancer awareness as part of the “Pink at the Pump” Campaign. Nearly 30 E15 …

Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+
November 30, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+,  a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer …

Costa Ricans Seeking to Produce Biodiesel from Whey
November 25, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Revista Summa (Google Translation)) In order to generate an alternative and friendly fuel with the environment, a group of graduates biotechnologists Technology of Costa Rica (TEC) is, for four years, conducting research with whey and its …

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy
November 18, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means financing for scale.

The opportunity is massive. As the OECD wrote in its Bioeconomy 2030 report, “The Bioeconomy …

Nigeria Releases Guidelines for N78b Green Bonds Projects
November 17, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Chinedum Uwaegbulam (The Guardian)  … Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of guidelines for the Green Bonds that target N78 billion in climate finance.

Under the guidelines, some …

Global Bioenergies Completes Construction of German Demo-Scale Plant
November 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Global Bioenergies has completed construction of its 100 tons/year demonstration-scale plant, a project which commenced in mid-2015.

It is located in the facility owned by the Fraunhofer CBP, on the …

HORIZON 2020 – ZELCOR – Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation”
November 7, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(nova-Institute)  Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion via termites, within a biorefinery integrated approach. The project is conceived to avoid waste production by recycling waste bio-based products and …

State of the Industry, November 2016: A Digest ABLC Next Special Preview
November 4, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The advanced bioeconomy is making a far more broad assault on everyday norms and materials than back in the days when biofuels were, just about alone, the break-out application.

Shift to …

Changing Off-Take to Achieve Take-Off: Sea-Tac, SkyNRG, Carbon War Room Partner to Shake up Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain
November 2, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room have signed a partnership to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport …

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research
October 21, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research.

The funding – £3.5 …

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris
October 19, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has …

Climate’s Growing Role in Presidential Race
October 6, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …   YOU BUILD ME UP: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report today that found $90 trillion in infrastructure investments will be needed over the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan
October 5, 2016 – 12:09 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, …

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use
October 4, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, and a progress report was presented at Biometa 2016, held in Barcelona in …

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future
October 3, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that invest in the second and …

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

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

ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, …

To Raise Capital, Show How You Convert Investor Dollars into Enterprise Value (Not How You Convert Feedstocks into Products)
September 12, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  …  I’ll share how to reframe your thinking and your pitch to speak directly to one of an investor’s key concerns – how you’ll create value. That’s especially important …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

National Biodiesel Foundation Teams with Amazon for Donations via School Supply Purchases
August 12, 2016 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The National Biodiesel Foundation, the foundation arm of the National Biodiesel Board, has linked with Amazon so that 0.5% of eligible items purchases will go towards the NBF to fund …

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd
August 1, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the Associated Press hit piece on ethanol in late 2013. But an ethanol hatchet job by …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
August 1, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox)  … I’m going to break this down as a series of numbered lists — not one, not two, but five lists of three:

The three key facts the campaign took as starting points

Biodiesel Firm Eyes Expansion
July 19, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Tennessa Wild (The Western Producer)  Processor developing second generation biofuel with opportunity for wider use  —  Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand.

Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces …

Business Owner, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Hope to Create Jobs, Ecosystem with Biorefinery
July 5, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(El Paso Herald Post)  … On June 15, through a LEDA grant from the City of Tucumcari, ERD purchased the former ethanol plant at 1600 Rock Island Road. In partnership with Robert Lopez, a Tucumcari farmer, …

Sorghum Checkoff Announces $500,000 Investment
June 10, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Sorghum Checkoff/Biomass Magazine)   The Sorghum Checkoff recently announced 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 Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center in …

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery
June 6, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle this …

Ontario Slates $100 Million toward Renewable Natural Gas
June 6, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Ontario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province.

On May 26, the Ontario Ministry …

Examining the Latest Developments in Converting Organic Waste into Renewable Energy
June 2, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) With municipalities increasingly collecting organic waste, finding ways to convert that waste into clean energy is a hot topic in the solid waste industry.

A multitude of techniques are in use or being …

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets
June 2, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal …

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 …

California Biofuel Industry Calls on State to Allocate Funding
May 26, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(BIODICO/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California’s biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. For the first time, biodiesel, …

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment
May 13, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132:

None …

Green Energy & Biofuels Gets Acumen $800,000 Investment for Clean Cooking Solutions
April 29, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Development Diaries)  Acumen, the nonprofit social venture fund, announces its new investment in Green Energy & BioFuels (GEB), a Nigerian company creating cleaner, more cost-effective cooking solutions for West Africa’s low-income households. In Nigeria, more …

California Wants Back $1.7M From Biofuel Project
April 13, 2016 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courthouse News Service)  California sued a bioenergy company, claiming it improperly spent as much as $1.7 million in public money targeted for equipment purchases for a project to refine sugar beets into …

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production
April 12, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating the development of the advanced biofuel industry.

The …

Ethanol: For the Rubber or the Road? New Russian Tech Advances for One-Step Alcohol-to-Butadiene
April 12, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Russia, ETB Catalytic Technologies has received $0.6 million from ZAVKOM and Skolkovo Fund as a series A investment to build a pilot plant for the production of 1,3-butadiene from …

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 …

A 21st-Century Investment in Productive, Sustainable Agriculture
March 22, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Margaret M. Zeigler (The Hill/Global Harvest Initiative)  … Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and Congress understand how farmers grow safe and affordable food, and underscores the essential role of …

RSB Certification of Jatropha Oil from Manabi/Ecuador as Sustainable Fuel for Combustion Engines on Galapagos Islands
March 21, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) In the small country of Ecuador, all environmental risks of the production and consumption of fossil fuels can be observed by damages through oil exploration in the amazon rainforest and tank …

Momentum Builds behind Researcher’s New Biomass Process
March 11, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  For a world hooked on fossil carbons, the vials of amber syrup in Jim Dumesic’s lab are full of sweet potential.  Dumesic’s group caused a stir in research circles and the media …

Sustainable, Affordable Biomass: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative
March 8, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) and the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Golden Field Office, Bioenergy …

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

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

Ethanol Fuels Missouri Corn Checkoff Success
February 26, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Benjamin Herrold (Missouri Farmer Today)  Gary Marshall has seen how the Missouri corn checkoff has shaped the industry and impacted farmers. Marshall, the CEO of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising …

Apply to Sustainable Development Technology Canada
February 24, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) Continuing to support and invest in Canada’s cleantech sector—and the companies that strive to improve the environmental and economic impacts of technology through innovation and entrepreneurship —Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy
February 10, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look to financially assist first mover investment in the biofuels industry.

According to local news website Daily …

Leonardo DiCaprio Takes on ‘Corporate Greed’ and Climate Change at Davos
January 25, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Proma Khosla (Mashable)  … “Together we are fighting to preserve our fragile climate from irreversible damage, and devastation of unthinkable proportions,” (Leonardo) DiCaprio said in a speech at the Davos Crystal Award Ceremony.

“We simply cannot …

Reports from IMF and French Economists Call for Climate Taxes on International Aviation Fuel or Air Travel
January 15, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Two reports, one an International Monetary Fund (IMF) internal discussion note and the other by the Paris School of Economics (PSE), suggest taxing international aviation fuel or air travel could provide an equitable …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

What $6 Trillion Could Do for Renewable Energy or “The Cost of War”
December 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  What if the nearly $6 trillion spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been spent to generate economic activity for the ethanol industry, asks Mike Bryan. —   …

In Santa’s Stocking: 3 Big Wins for Renewable Fuels, Feedstocks
December 21, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $1 biodiesel tax credit extended through 2016, and much more.

In Washington, lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation for retroactive reinstatement of the $1 per gallon biodiesel mixture …

After Weeks of Negotiations, Congress Finalizes 5-year Transportation Bill
December 2, 2015 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post) … The long-sought bill protects funding for transit from those who argued it should be cut loose from the highway bill, increases money for pedestrian and bicycle programs that also …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Biotechnology Company Seeks $26 Million in Public Funding
October 30, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Bill Hanna (Mesabi Daily News)  Mountain Iron intended home for Sweetwater Energy project  —  The Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board on Friday will consider authorizing $26 million in public money for a startup …

Views from Napa Valley: A Peak at California’s Low Carbon Fuels Program
October 26, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Michele Rubino (Biofuels Digest)  … AB 32 is now implemented covering the entire economy in California. Markets for carbon allowances and offsets are established and in full swing. The law is unmistakably driving change and …

Seeking Better Biofuels
October 26, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —   ..  JBEI researchers are zeroing in on concepts that others have decided are too …

Hawaiian Electric Pilot Algae Fuel Supply Deal Falls through – Report
October 21, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Plamena Tisheva (See News)  A pilot contract for the supply of algae-derived biofuel to Hawaiian Electric Co by Ohio-based Phycal Inc has been terminated after the algae project was never finished, a spokesman for the …

Introducing the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
September 29, 2015 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bunje (NRG COSIA)  More than a decade ago, a group of researchers published a landmark study showing the correlation between human development and energy consumption. The conclusion? Industrialized countries and those that have …

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by Boskalis, Wärtsilä, and GoodFuels Marine and supported by Carbon War Room, Zero and both the …

California’s Legislature Drops Petroleum Reduction to Pass SB 350; Approves Escalating State Procurement of Very Low Carbon Fuels; and Leaves Nearly $1B of Cap and Trade Revenue on the Table
September 22, 2015 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Biofuels Digest/Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  The first year of California’s legislative session ended dramatically with a mix of successes and setbacks for the low carbon fuel industry. California leads the nation on …

Oberon Fuels, Ford and FVV Partner to Build, Fuel, and Test the World’s First Production Passenger Car Powered by DME
September 16, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Oberon Fuels, Ford Motor Company, and FVV have partnered on a 3-year, €3.5M project to research, analyze and test the potential of dimethyl ether and OME fuel in …

Regenis Application Wins Dairy Digester Grant in CA
September 15, 2015 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Merlo Farming Group)  California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the AgPower Visalia, LLC project in Tulare Co. has been awarded a three million dollar dairy digester research and development grant yesterday.

The project, developed by …

How Much Is the US Really Investing in Biofuels Research?
September 10, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I, like many of you reading this, am working on a concept paper for the US Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s recent Bioenergy Technologies …

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

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

NSF Awards Maximum Support to Iowa State-Based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
September 8, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University.

That brings NSF’s total …

Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  California’s politicians and people are responding to the state’s increasingly dire symptoms of climate change with innovation, resolve, and biofuel policies.

California’s determination to recapture its milder and …

IFAD Funding for Karnataka’s Bio-Fuel Development Programme
August 21, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jaideep Shenoy (Times of India)  Karnataka’s much touted bio-fuel development programme is set for a $50 million funding from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). Being given in the form of a soft loan with …

Fuel from Garbage
August 17, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Venkatesha Babu (Business Today)   … A catalyst being developed by Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB), one of the three tech hubs of Shell besides the ones in Houston and Amsterdam, holds out the promise of …

Fly Green Fund Launched to Help Kick-Start Sustainable Jet Fuel Market in Nordic Region
August 10, 2015 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  In efforts to kick-start a local sustainable jet fuel market, aviation and biofuel interests in the Nordic countries have launched the Fly Green Fund, which will enable organisations and individuals when taking flights …

Pacific Biodiesel Looks to Help Big Island Achieve 100% Renewable Energy
August 5, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Maui’s Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is looking to help move the Big Island to 100 percent renewable energy through the use of its renewable fuel, the company’s vice president confirmed to …

Bank of America Pledges $125 Billion for Biofuels and Environmental Business
July 31, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … BoA has provided more than $39 billion in financing for low-carbon activities since 2007, including $12 billion in 2014 alone, of which 40% was given to renewable energies – advanced biofuels, solar, wind, …

Engineering the Future of Biofuel: UC Santa Cruz iGEM 2015
July 27, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(University of California Santa Cruz)   We are the UC Santa Cruz iGEM team! We are a team of 24 bioengineers, biochemists, and MCD biologists and overall a group of passionate undergraduates involved in an exciting international …

DEINOVE Reaches the Third Milestone of the DEINOL Program and Receives € 1.2 m from Bpifrance
July 13, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(DEINOVE)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone …

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.328 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 5.2%
July 10, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 45 deals, 37 companies; deal size jumps 7 percent and Q2 2015 is 15% up over 2014 and 138 percent up over Q1.  Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.

Notable …

House Appropriators Shortchange Rural America on Jobs and Economic Growth, AgEC Says
June 22, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Agriculture Energy Coalition/BusinessWire) The House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill would reduce mandatory spending levels for important Energy Title programs, including the Renewable Energy for America Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Private Funds to Make Investments in Rural America
April 29, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of two new private funds, known as Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money
March 23, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Governors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher …

Good Policy Should Float All Bio-Boats
March 9, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine/Great Plains Institute)  Exciting biobased industry developments are occurring across the U.S. Although there are challenges, there are also opportunities at the state and local level. Minnesota is one state with …

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market
February 26, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A Scottish company has revived a defunct fermentation technology to create biofuel from the residues of whisky production.  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables said it now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland …

First Biofuels Test Lab in Southeast Open at A-B Tech
January 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cronin (Citizen-Times)   The Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab will open Wednesday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality …

Gorilla Sized Opportunity Blindness
January 12, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (Biofuels Digest)  … Just barely less than a year ago, I was working with a volunteer “mentor” we had drawn into a working group who wanted to find financing for a pair …

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator Celebrates Opening
December 30, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(County of Ottawa, Michigan/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator.

The incubator, a non‐profit corporation, will specialize in helping …

B.C. Company Greasing the Wheels with Biodiesel Push
November 19, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada/CanadianManufacturing.com)  Greasecycle Inc. has found a new deep-fry devotee in the University of British Columbia (UBC).  When the school’s kitchens are busy pumping out French fries and chicken wings to warm bellies this winter, …

The Strange World of Super-Strong, Super-Light Nanocellulose
October 30, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor?  That’s just a sample of the …

$15 Million Available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program
August 28, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine) The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels.

According to the NOCP, …

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies
August 28, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in …

Bio Revolution America Uses Crowdfunding
August 13, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Crowdfunding is coming to biofuels. On August 3, 2014, Bio Revolution America launched a 45 dayIndiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund its biofuels projects in Appalachia and within one week is reporting reaching 30 percent …

A Biodiesel Family Affair
August 12, 2014 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Renwicks of South Carolina, owners of Winnsboro-based Midlands Biofuels, persevere through the biodiesel industry’s instability with ingenuity, passion and teamwork. This is their story.

What do an emergency room medical …

Jet Fuel or Liquid Natural Gas: Now Available from a Trash Bin near You, Parts I and II
July 22, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Anyone that has followed the evolution of processes that are used to make fuels out of waste recognizes that the permutations and combinations of processes that can be used has …

Minn. Funds 5 Biofuel and Bioenergy Projects, Thermal RFP Soon
July 1, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named five in-state bioenergy projects as recipients of NextGen Energy grants.

Grant recipients include:

-Easy Energy Systems, Welcome, Minn. – $500,000

The project builds a showplace biofuel production …

Mauritius: The EU Will Provide 4 Million Euro to Support the Use of Ethanol as Fuel
May 27, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(AgenceEcoFin.com)  … But Mauritius will now demonstrate strong commitment, after blowing 10 million euros for non-compliance with EU indicators relating to the production of electricity.

”  With regard to the use of ethanol in Mauritius, we make no …

Draft Appropriations Bill Aims to Cut Funding for BCAP, REAP
May 22, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims to reduce funding levels for several Farm Bill Energy Title programs. A markup session on …

‘Green Bank’ Would Fund Private Eco-Energy Projects
May 15, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Hamish Rutherford (Stuff Business Day)  Increased royalties from oil and gas would be used to create a profit-oriented Green Investment Bank under Green Party proposals.

Co-leader Russel Norman has unveiled plans for “an enduring, government-owned, …

Ethanol Producer Brings Biodiesel to Cambridge
May 13, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Cole Epley (Omaha.com) The Michigan-based parent company of a southwestern Nebraska ethanol plant has opened a new travel center in Cambridge, Neb., adding to the state’s short list of retail locations where consumers can purchase …

Biofuels and the Debt Offensive: Parts 1, 2 and 3
May 7, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  Interested in transforming liquid fuels – and wondering “where are the gallons”?   The secret lies in re-structuring the financing of alternative fuels. Today, in part I of three: the Situation.

A …

New Gift Helps Caltech Address Global Challenges in Clean Energy and Sustainability
May 6, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(California Institute of Technology)  A new $15 million gift by Lynda and Stewart Resnick in support of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech will help scientists and engineers advance research aimed at helping humanity sustainably meet its …

Alternative Financing Options Subject of Calif. Workshop
April 28, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner on the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update conducted a workshop aimed at alternative financing options and strategies to support the development and …

Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation
April 17, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. …

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CCEMC Grand Challenge Hands $500K Seed Grants to 24
April 17, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alberta’s Grand Challenge on carbon — Liquid Light, Enerkem among 24 winners picking up $500,000 seed grants in first round.   Next round will result in up to five $3M grants …

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy
April 11, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet …

Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans
April 4, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Legislative Summit. The …

Biofuel from Cane ‘Reliant on Subsidy’
April 1, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Nompumelelo Magwaza  (Independent Online/Business Report)  he Local sugar industry would need to be highly subsidised to kick-start the production of fuel grade ethanol, the SA Sugar Association (Sasa) said last week.  Production had been …

SDTC Looking for Canada’s Next Cleantech Innovators
March 25, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.  The SD Tech Fund™ is open for applications from February 19th to April 16th, …

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand
March 19, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of …

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science
March 17, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by William J. Broad (The New York Times)   … Absent from his (President Barack Obama’s) narrative, though, was the back story, one that underscores a profound change taking place in the way science is …

PeaceEnergy Launches Crowd-Sourced Fundraising to Fuel Motorbikes with Ethanol in Vietnam
March 7, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(PeaceEnergy)  Mobile Payment Technology for E-85 Fuel KIOSK Vietnam 40 million motorbikes

Vietnam’s mandate is to reduce Green House Gases for a cleaner Planet. PeaceENERGYs Mobile Payment Fuel KIOSK will use E-85 & E-100 for 40 …

DE-FOA-0000974: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator
March 5, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator”.

BETO’s mission is to engage in research and …

State May Issue $50M in Bonds for Biofuel Effort
March 4, 2014 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Tom Callis (Stephens Media Hawaii/West Hawaii Today)  Hawaii could issue up to $50 million in special purpose revenue bonds to support a company’s plans to turn agricultural waste into biofuel and animal feed.   Since …

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available
February 19, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program …

Green Banks, Green Bonds, Green Principles: 3 New Paths for Renewable Project Financing
February 11, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Developers: is affordable project finance tough to find?  Lenders: want to support green projects, but find that traditional deal structures defeat your best intentions?  Help is on the way, via …

DOE Pulls Funding for Bluefire Mississippi Project over Financing Woes; BFRE to Appeal
December 30, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following notice was filed Friday with the SEC by Bluefire Renewables:  On December 23, 2013, Bluefire Renewables received notice from the Department of Energy indicating that the DOE would …

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

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

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

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

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Cowcookies”, the lost Marx Brothers script

Scene, an office on Wall Street. Enter a lender, Harold P. Cheesebreath — and his prospective borrower, Al Cohol.

Cohol: (confidently) See here, it’s a no-brainer. Mandated …

Got Algae?: The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit
October 25, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  During four days, from September 31st to October 3rd, people from 34 countries were reunited at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a wide-ranging discussion of …

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
October 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020
October 21, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(GlobalBioBusiness.com)  “Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020” is the latest report from industry analysis specialist GlobalData, offering comprehensive information on the global cellulosic ethanol market. The report …

Jatropha Project in Guatemala Gets Additional Funding
October 17, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  SG Biofuels (SGB), an energy crop company has signed a mandate letter with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the debt financing of its 25,000 acre jatropha bioenergy project in Guatemala. The project …

Lack of Soybean Crushing Facilities in Wisconsin Costly for Farmers
October 16, 2013 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Rick Barrett (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  It’s a bountiful harvest, but every year Wisconsin soybean growers pay a hefty price to have their crop processed at out-of-state facilities because there isn’t a bean crushing …

Poet Venture Primed for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 27, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Brenda Wade Schmidt  (Argus Leader)  South Dakota-based Poet and its partner in producing ethanol from leaves, cobs and cornstalks plan to open their first cellulosic plant early next year.

By summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should …

PSC Facing Key Decision on Solar Energy Incentives
August 19, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Mike Ivey (The Capital Times)  Will Gov. Scott Walker’s Public Service Commission reverse course on renewable energy development in the state?

Clean energy advocates hope so and are reporting a “massive outpouring” of support for …

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 …

Rip up the Mortgage: Sapphire Energy Pays off USDA Loan Guarantee in Full
July 30, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire raises new round of equity, pays off USDA Loan Guarantee: “Sapphire Energy is very grateful to the USDA for supporting algae crude oil,” says CEO C.J. Warner.

Reached by telephone, …

Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation
July 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stepp (The Energy Collective)  Both the left and the right use inspiring and lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating economic growth, and spurring innovation. But this messaging often fails to translate …

Advanced Biofuels, Climate Change and National Security
July 26, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The direct relationship between Climate Change effects and National Security was recently summarized in testimony at a Congressional hearing:
Competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security …

Advanced Biofuels Come of Age
May 27, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Dan Seif (Mother Earth News/Rocky Mountain Institute)  Advanced, non-food biofuels are gaining momentum in 2013 as several new plants have gathered the capital and momentum for large-scale production.

Despite sparse media coverage, significant volumes of …

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)
May 7, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US …

New R&D Strategies for a New Era
April 26, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to take the initiative and chalk up a new comprehensive game plan, reflecting the new reality …

President’s FY2014 Budget Boosts DOE Vehicle Technology Spending 75% to $575M; $282M for Advanced Biofuels
April 11, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(EV-olution.org)  President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal submitted to Congress provides $28.4 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Energy, an 8% increase above the 2012 enacted level. Among the direct transportation-related highlights of the department’s …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

Consortium Dumps Schneider Trash-to-Ethanol Deal
March 28, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon (Post-Tribune/Chicago Sun-Times)   The deal to transfer ownership of the long-delayed trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider has been scrapped.

SMC LLC, the local construction consortium established to purchase the technology rights and contract for …

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing
March 25, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the next wave look like – from technology to financing? We explore the trends in our …

Biodiesel Growth Opportunities
March 23, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A sit-down with Dave Elsenbast, vice president of supply chain management for Renewable Energy Group Inc.  For more than 25 years, Dave Elsenbast has been a leader in agricultural business …

Next-Gen Biofuels Making Slow, Slow, Slow Progress in 2013
March 20, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Katie Feherenbacher  (Gigaom)  Companies that are still looking to produce biofuels from plant waste (and not corn) are making slow, but steady progress on milestones in 2013.

On Monday, KiOR, which was largely funded by …

Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets 2013
March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Neste Oil confirmed that they are using 65% virgin oils, primarily palm oil, and 35% waste residues, but that they are seeking to increase that percent of waste supplied, Neste’s …

Carbon Tax from 2015, as New Biofuels Incentive Is Unveiled
March 6, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terence Creamer   (Polity.org.za)  The South African government has confirmed that a carbon tax will be phased in from January 1, 2015, as part of South Africa’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate …

Unleashing the Power of the Bio-Economy
March 6, 2013 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recommendations from the Milken Institute — and a group of industry heavyweights — to accelerate the bioeconomy revolution.

In California this week, the Milken Institute released a good read on the …

Biodiesel Exec Pushes to Keep State Biofuel Mandate in Place
March 6, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Domrzalski (Albuquerque Business First)  One of America’s largest producers of biodiesel said it might walk away from its unfinished biodiesel plant in Clovis if the state Legislature rolls back a mandate that all diesel …

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam
January 15, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals

Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. …

Algae.Tec Gets Green Light for $12.15 million from Australian Government
January 14, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Algae.Tec/PR NewsWire) Algae.Tec today announced approval from the Australian Government for an AU$12.15 million cash refund on Australian and overseas development expenditure for the financial year 30 June 2012 to 30 June 2015.

The terms of …

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

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

Capital-raising activity is increasing sharply, and will …

Affordable Naval Biofuel: First Comes the Feedstock
November 29, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Is the US government right in aiming to commercialize aviation biofuels production – or should it be aimed at ensuring affordable feedstock?

Pain at the pump. $5 gasoline in California. $8 …