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Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape
April 3, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares …

Springboard Biodiesel Donates Processor to Nonprofit Organization
April 2, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel has donated a BioPro 380 processing unit to the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Torrance, Calif.-based nonprofit research organization. The BioPro 380 converts a wide variety of …

PCJ Biofuel Research Favours Chinese Castor Bean
March 11, 2014 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Avia Collinder (The Gleaner)  The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) research on oilseeds from three geographical sources as biofuel has so far favoured the Zibo 8 variety of castor bean from China that was …

Biocombustibles y Mercado
February 10, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness) The main problem in the biofuels industry is the lack of understanding about the market in general. The publications on biofuels being offered do not also tackle this problem, focusing too much on …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

Obtained a Biofuel that Extends the Life of Vehicles
January 2, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Iberio-American Agency for the Diffusion of Science and Technology)  Entrepreneurs get a biodiesel with higher qualities traditionally  …
However, the Mexican firm entrepreneurs Der Tek, managed to get biofuel superior to traditional biodiesel qualities. According to Jonathan …

Start-Up Uses Plant Seeds for a Biofuel
December 26, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (New York Times)  … Hailed about six years ago as the next big thing in biofuels, jatropha attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, only to fall from favor as the recession …

JOil Demonstrates Strong Trend of Improving Yields from Large Scale India Field Trials
December 18, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(JOil) JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy crop developer of a new generation of Jatropha, has achieved an average seed yield of 3.53 metric tonnes per hectare in the third year of its large scale …

AFAI Initiates 3-Phase Trial Production Run of Jatropha Biodiesel
December 16, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Alternative Fuels Americas Inc. announced it is beginning a three-phase trial production run of jatropha-based biodiesel to verify its processes and procedures. The jatropha oil feedstock for biodiesel production in …

Alternative Fuels Americas Initiates Jatropha Based Biofuel Production Trials
December 11, 2013 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Sacrament Bee)/PR NewsWire)    Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (OTCQB: AFAI) announced today that it has initiated trial production runs of Jatropha based biodiesel to verify the Company’s processes and procedures. The trial production runs will …

Alternative Fuels Americas’ Planned $20+ Million Annual Biofuel Operation Advanced by 150 Supply Contracts
December 5, 2013 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Alternative Fuels America)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (OTCQB: AFAI), an advanced biofuels company, confirmed the extension of 150 agreements with private landowners in Costa Rica, providing immediate access to sufficient raw material for up to …

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

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

Industrial Biobased Ventures Raise $364M in Q3 2013; 5-Minute Guide to the Bioinvesting Landscape
October 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased investing continues surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised …

Pacific Biodiesel, HIPPO Host Hawaii Sustainable Agriculture Tour
October 22, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)   On Oct. 10, Pacific Biodiesel, Big Island Biodiesel and Hawaii Pure Plant Oil hosted a tour to exhibit the community-based biofuel production model that is developing on Hawaii Island—a model that …

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 …

Alternative Fuels Americas To Launch Project Jetropha, Completes DTC Eligibility
October 17, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal/Alternative Fuels America)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI), an advanced biofuels company, announced today that it is launching Project Jetropha, a campaign to encourage and promote the use of Jatropha based biofuels …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.
… (see these slides and …

Solazyme, LanzaTech, KiOR, Sapphire Energy and Gevo Take Top Slots in The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2013-14
October 11, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “This year, the voters went global in picking four companies out of the top 10 founded outside the United States,” said Biofuels Digest editor and publisher Jim Lane. “Feedstocks and …

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 …

Energy as Easy as Waffles
September 26, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long-term, there are numerous opportunities for developing the right kind of renewable feedstocks based on careful development of agricultural markets and gaining grower adoption. But anyone who has been through …

Trains to Be Trialed on Jatropha Biodiesel
September 19, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biodiesel made via jatropha has been cleared for field trials on trains in India.
The Research Design Standard Organisation, a division of Indian Railways, has passed the fuel developed by the Central Salt Marine …

Southeast Asian Airlines Drafting Biofuel Roadmap
September 19, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Boonsong Kositchotethana  (Bangkok Post)  Airlines in Southeast Asia have begun to draw up plans to develop affordable and sustainable aviation biofuels.
On Friday, the first workshop under the Southeast Asia Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative (SEASAFI) …

Project on Bioenergy in Africa Successfully Completed
September 19, 2013 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe)  The ERA-ARD project “Bioenergy in Africa: Opportunities and Risks of Jatropha and Related Crops” was officially closed at the end of March 2013. Within this project the coordinator published 5 Policy Briefs with …

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, …

Agreement Set to Boost Jatropha Growth in Ghana
August 29, 2013 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Ghana-based Smart Oil, active in the production of renewable energy from jatropha curcas and subsidiary of Italian company Smart Oil 2, has signed a license and services agreement with Quinvita, a developer of …

SGB Germination, Direct Seeding Drive Improved Jatropha Economics
August 28, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Energy crop company SGB Inc. (SG Biofuels) announced it has achieved consistent germination rates of more than 95 percent with its top-performing JMax jatropha hybrids in a range of high-stress growing conditions. …

Canadian Scientists Unravel Camelina Biofuel Genome
August 28, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(UPI)  Saskatchewan scientists have sequenced the camelina sativa genome.
Saskatchewan scientists say they have sequenced the camelina sativa genome, an important step in the development of sustainable biofuels.
The genome sequencing discovery was announced by scientists from …

UK to Request Extradition of Biofuel Company’s Chairman
August 28, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Simon Lewis  (Cambodia Daily)   The U.K.’s fraud office plans to request the extradition of a British national currently detained in Cambodia, after it brought charges against four people for their part in a $36 …

The Hurtlin’, Tumblin’, Twistin’ of the Big Energy Rollercoaster
August 23, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But is the real RINsanity the focus on RINsanity itself?
We might be more focused on the insanely huge amounts of energy demand that are coming, and what the heck we …

Puna Farm to Supply Jatropha Feedstock to Big Island Biodiesel
August 22, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jatropha harvesting began last week at the Hawaii Pure Plant Oil (HIPPO) farm founded in 2008 by father and son partners Christian and James Twigg-Smith. HIPPO has planted a total of …

Bio Diesel Fuel Project Gains Momentum
August 15, 2013 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Keikantse Lesemela (The Monitor)  In support of the bio diesel fuel project in Botswana, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated equipment worth an estimated P2 million.
The research project was carried out in April 2011 …

Thailand Plans to Raise Biodiesel Output Target to 7.3 mil liters/d by 2021: source
August 14, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Esther Ng (Platts)  Thailand is planning to revise upwards its biodiesel production target to 7.3 million liters/d by 2021, compared with an earlier target of 5.9 million liters/d, under its Alternative Energy Development Plan …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?
… Just when you start feeling great …

Greengold Ray Energies Responds To Increased World Jatropha Oil Demands: To Become One Of The Global Jatropha Feedstock Growers And Producers
August 7, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Virtual Strategy Magazine)  GreenGold Ray Energies, Inc. {GREENGOLD} is “Fueling the Future” on the brighter side of GREENGOLD the Company is looking forward to a solid and increased profitability by becoming one of the major …

Alternative Biofuel Crops to Fuel the Future of the Poor
July 24, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF))   The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean …

Routes to the Summit: 3 Keys to First Commercial Advanced Biofuels, and Beyond
July 23, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …It’s become an cliché of late that “financing is tough” and that “the US is slowing” while “China is speeding up” on advanced biofuels. It’s also become a cliché that …

Drought Resistant Biofuel Plant Tested for Potential Large Scale Production
July 17, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by ANI (Yahoo! News)  …”It is thought that Jatropha’s future lies in further improvement of Jatropha for large-scale production on marginal, non-food croplands through breeding and/or biotechnology,” John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics at Penn …

South Korea to Build Biofuel Plant in Aceh
July 9, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(The Jakarta Post)  PT Goca Enc, a subsidiary of a South Korean company, plans to build a biofuel processing plant and a biofuel-fired power plant in Pidie Jaya regency, Aceh.
Goca Enc president director Jang Eun …

Flight Plan: 14 Practical Steps towards Commercial Aviation Biofuels Now
July 5, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every 5% in global shift to aviation biofuels — create 72,000 jobs and avoid 3 million tons of carbon emissions.   How to get from available field to affordable fuel …

Commercial Aviation Biofuels: Translating Green Ambitions into Green Miles
July 5, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to get from available field to affordable fuel in 14 steps. The MASBI report is out, and that’s good.

Last week, the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative, led by United …

Biofuel Project in Kenya Ignites Land, Environmental Disputes
June 25, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times)  Foreign firms seeking land in Africa for biofuel crops run into opposition from communities and environmental activists despite promising jobs and development.
With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic …

Alternative Fuels Americas Successfully Concludes Biodiesel Research Trials, Moves Towards Production
May 28, 2013 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Alternative Fuels Americas/PR NewsWire)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI) announced today (May 22, 2013) that it has successfully completed research trials targeting Jatropha trees as a feedstock source for profitably produced, sustainable biodiesel, and is …

Community Level Production and Utilization of Jatropha Feedstock in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
May 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Enos Shumba, et al (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)  The bio-fuel debate has largely focused on large feedstock plantations that produce products for the export market. It has not acknowledged and seriously considered the …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, part I of II
April 29, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Though there are exceptions among the archipelagoes with access to offshore oil assets — Indonesia comes to mind— but these are, in the main, exceptions to what might be described …

Academic Study on Jatropha in Cooperation with the Leuphana University, Lueneburg
April 12, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(INOCAS)  The production of plant oils based on oil-bearing trees such as Jatropha could provide an alternative pathway to a more sustainable plant oil production in the future. Planting oil-bearing trees can mitigate the effects of …

SG Biofuels Sees Deal in Southeast Asia or Africa in Six Months
April 5, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by  Louise Downing (Bloomberg)  SG Biofuels Inc., the green fuel biotech company working with Airbus SAS, is seeking a partner in Southeast Asia or Africa and expects to complete a cooperation deal within 180 days to expand its …

Uganda to Get Quality Biodiesel
April 5, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Eriosi Nantaba (AllAfrica.com)  A private Firm African Power Initiative Limited (API) recently announced its plans and commitment to start mass production of bio diesel in Uganda with a capacity of more than 4000 litres. …

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 …

SGB Confirms Genetic Diversity of Jatropha Is Comparable to Corn
March 20, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Through the use of new genetic technologies, SGB’s scientists have revealed that the company’s germplasm collection can be divided into a number of distinct heterotic clades, or genetically related groupings of plants. In …

MOU Signed to Develop Jatropha Plantations in West Africa
March 13, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Jatropha developer JOil Pte. Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with West Africa alternative energy grower and jatropha processor Agritech Faso SA. JOil and Agritech will explore the development …

Brazilian Sustainable Jet Biofuel Plans Boosted by Promise of a New Generation of Jatropha Hybrid Crops
February 28, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Once touted as a wonder-crop that would become a staple feedstock for jet biofuels, jatropha suffered a fall from grace as yields failed to live up to overblown claims. However, California-based alternative energy crop …

Global Greenhouse Gas Implications of Land Conversion to Biofuel Crop Cultivation in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands – Lessons Learned from Jatropha
January 29, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by W.M.J. Achten, A. Trabucco, W.H. Maes, L.V. Verchot, R. Aerts, E. Mathijs, P. Vantomme, V.P. Singh, B. Muys  (ScienceDirect.com/Journal of Arid Environments)  Biofuels are considered as a climate-friendly energy alternative. However, their environmental sustainability is …

Jatropha Loves to Fly and It Shows
January 29, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the near-term, acute demand for aviation biofuel is going, one way or another, to result in heavy demand for jatropha and jatropha oil-based …

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset
January 14, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Anonymity and people’s  requests that no pictures be taken were prerequisites for attaining interviews. …

No End in Sight to Rwanda’s Wait for Biodiesel Plant
January 11, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

By Kabona Esiara (The East African)   A biodiesel project that was seen as one of Rwanda’s solutions to its high energy bill has run into trouble.
The government launched the pilot biodiesel and bioethanol production plant …

Characterisation of Jatropha curcas Seeds and Oil from Mali
December 27, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Josef Rathbauer, Andrea Sonnleitner, Roland Pirot, Rudolf Zeller, Dina Bacovsky    (Science Direct)  This publication deals with the characterisation of Jatropha curcas seeds and the oil obtained hereof. The analyzed seeds have been harvested from hedges and …

Govt Urged to Empower Small Farmers in Biofuel Production
December 27, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kitabu  (IPP Media)  The government of Tanzania has been urged to localise biofuel commercial production by empowering small farmers in terms of training, loans and marketing.
The call was made by Tanzanian researchers and …

Biodiesel Business Academy Starts Campus Biodiesel Initiative Launching Nonfood Biodiesel Science Kit
December 26, 2012 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Business Academy/EnvironmentalExpert.com/Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP)) …The students now have the opportunity to make biodiesel from the nonfood oil . The Nonfood Biodiesel Science Kit developed by BBA scientists and education professionals. The kit is an …

Asia Special Biofuels Report
December 26, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia.
We’re …

Cuba Expands Biofuel Production
December 21, 2012 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(NewsTrackIndia)  Cuba has opened its second biodiesel plant and plans to build three more to produce green fuel from inedible plants, the state-run TV reported.
The new plant is now having trial run in the town …

Biodiesel Business Academy Releases 2013 Calendar of Events
December 19, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  India-based Biodiesel Business Academy presents its calendar of events and training programs scheduled in 2013 on nonfood oil-based biofuels. The training portfolio was developed specifically to focus on the needs …

Saudi Firm to Invest $650m on Sugar, Ethanol in Sudan
December 18, 2012 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Saudi Gazette)  Sinnar state signed a partnership with the Saudi Tala Company to produce sugar, ethanol and bio-fuel in Sinnar state from the Jatropha tree to be cultivated in an area estimated at 165,000 acres …

FRIM Ready to Produce Biodiesel
December 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(The Star Online)  SETIU: The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been successful in growing 6,000 ‘Jarak Pagar’ (Jatropa Curcas) trees, and now, it is ready to plant these trees on a large scale.
The …

Kenyan Biofuel Dream Proves Elusive for Alberta Firm
December 3, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Sara Mojtehedzadeh  (Edmonton Journal)  Bedford Biofuels’ plantation is stalled, and along with it the company’s promise to provide jobs and cash for community development
…Though this is an arid and unforgiving area, the land surrounding Garsen …

SGB’s Jatropha Vision: Jet Fuel Grown from Seeds
December 3, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Alsever (CNN Money)  …  While most of its rivals raced to commercialize the fuel, San Diego-based SG Biofuels took a different path: It hired plant geneticists. They hunkered down in the laboratory to come up …

Global Clean Energy Holdings Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification
November 26, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation/Global Clean Energy Holdings)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased …

False Hope: The Harmful Promotion of Agrofuels in Asia and Canada
November 17, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jack Litster  (CCCI-CCIC)  When the price of agrofuel production finally became economically competitive with the high price of oil around 2005, a debate soon opened up about whether transport fuel produced from crops (such …

Everyday Low (Fuel) Prices: Drop-In Advanced Biofuels for under $100 per Barrel
November 12, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brent Crude trades this past week at a transorbital $109 per barrel (West Texas Intermediate at a suborbital, if high, $85).  It puts the conventional wisdom that biofuels are too …

Transportation Uses Only 20% Biodiesel: Sabines
November 8, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(La Prensa)  Given the questions that has challenged the production of biodiesel in Chiapas, and the use of this fuel in transportation Tapachulteco (Tapachula) and Conejobús (Tuxtla Gutierrez), the governor of Chiapas, Juan Sabines Guerrero, …

Venter: Biofuels ‘Dead’ without U.S. Aid
November 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes  (North County Times)  Famed genomics researcher J. Craig Venter, who is working to develop biofuels from photosynthetic algae, acknowledged this week that alternate fuels are “dead” unless the federal government mandates …

SG Biofuels Expands Jatropha Platform; Confirms $99 Per Barrel Crude Jatropha Oil
October 31, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jatropha 2.0 crude oil costs drops below Brent crude petroleum price
In California, SG Biofuels announced at Advanced Biofuels Markets that it has expanded its global network of hybrid trial and …

Will Global Biofuel Investments Continue?
October 29, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Historically, 2009 was a hard year for biofuels. Biofuel spending was down to $5.6 billion from $15.4 billion in 2008. Investments in the industry focused on cellulosic technologies and sugarcane. This …

Lufthansa Suspends Biofuel Test Flights
October 16, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle)  Lufthansa has stopped testing biofuel in its aircraft because it has exhausted its stocks of biosynthetic kerosene and no other reliable supplies are available. The final test flight was a long-haul service to …

Algae Are a Growing Part of San Diego’s Appeal
October 15, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Karen E. Kline (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  …The 150-employee company (Sapphire Energy), backed by more than $350 million in public and private funds, is a leader in a rapidly growing cluster of 40 biofuels ventures around …

Global Clean Energy, Inc. Continues Its Algae Development Projects
October 4, 2012 – 10:05 pm | No Comment

(Energy Digital/MarketWire)  Global Clean Energy, Inc., continues to develop its plan to provide the most efficient feedstocks for biomass fuel production. The company has begun to provide for production of Jatropha and switch grass in rural …

Researchers Win Grant to Assess Impact of Bioenergy Projects
September 13, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of researchers will spend the next five years assessing the social, economic and ecological impacts of bioenergy projects happening in Michigan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Led by …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

2012 United Biofuels of America Sustainable Energy Conference November 7-10 Costa Rica
August 28, 2012 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
2012 United Biofuels of America Sustainable Energy Conference   November 7-10  Costa Rica

Planned Topics Addressed
Jatropha Market Potential

Opportunities for achieving commercial success of jatropha production
Production costs and environmental impacts
Oil characteristics
Latest status of research and development

Plantation & Cultivation (Jatropha and other feedstocks)

Improving plantation methods and productivity yields
New systems of …

Breakthrough Process for Making Renewable Jet Fuel, Diesel and Gasoline at Costs Competitive to Fossil Fuels Is Ready to Begin Commercial Scale-up Phase
August 26, 2012 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/AlphaJet)  …Having successfully demonstrated its cost-effective catalytic process for making jet fuel, diesel and high-octane gasoline from renewable plant oils or animal fats, AliphaJet is beginning its commercial scale-up program.
…The company has launched a …

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel
August 21, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are scientists, entrepreneurs developing to take us beyond the old debate?
…1. Feedstock diversification.  In biofuels, it …

JOil Sees Transformation of the Economics of Jatropha with Biomass Fuel Cake and Animal Feed Meal Production
August 13, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(JOil) JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy crop developer of a new generation of Jatropha, sees the potential to double the product revenue per hectare from Jatropha plantations with biomass fuel cakes and animal feed meal. This …

Biofuel Expansion in Central America and the Myth of Vacant Land
July 25, 2012 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(World Watch Institute/Environmental News Network)  …In response to global criticisms that biofuels drive deforestation and threaten food security, Central American governments and interest groups specify that biofuel expansion will occur on “tierras ociosas”�—or vacant, unproductive …

IN FOCUS: Lufthansa Details Biofuel Strategy
July 25, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Michael Gubisch (FlightGlobal/Flight International)  …Between 15 July and 27 December 2011, Lufthansa deployed a newly delivered Airbus A321 (registration D-AIDG) on the route between Hamburg and Frankfurt, with one of the two International Aero …

Cuba Begins Production of Biodiesel Plant “Physic Nut”
July 18, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Expansion.com) The first biodiesel plant that uses Cuban bush inedible oilseed “Jatropha curcas”, popularly known in the island as “physic nut” began to produce today, according to local media reported.
The facility, located in the eastern …

The Digest’s Special Report on Drought
July 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Dire US media headlines abound: “Drought!”  What’s real, what’s hype, and what are the impacts?  More importantly, what alternatives does science give us now, and in the future, with more …

Face the Truth: Europe’s Biofuels Bonanza Causes Hunger in Africa
July 4, 2012 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by David Cronin (New Europe Online)  …The production of biofuels is a central factor behind the grabbing of land in Africa. Yet rather than using food crops, many of the players in this murky game …

Bio-Kerosene GHG Emission Cocktail: Fast Forward Into Clean Air – Against All Odds
July 4, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Christoph Weber, CEO JATRO AG, Frankfurt & Mitchell Hawkins, CEO BioJet Corp, Santa Barbara, CA (JATRO/BioJet)  Biofuels provide a viable alternative to conventional fuel and enable airlines to reduce their environmental impact. Over the last …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Cameroon: Investors Seek to Boost Biofuel Production
June 14, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Elias Ntungwe Ngalame (AllAfrica)  Biofuel production initiatives are gaining ground in Cameroon as the government seeks to reduce the Central African country’s energy deficit while fighting climate change.
Although biofuel production has not yet reached a …

5th Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme September 5-9. 2012 Rajasthan, India
June 13, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
5th Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme    September 5-9. 2012   Rajasthan, India

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Singapore Partnership Develops GM Jatropha with High Oleic Acid
June 6, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/JOil)  Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and JOil Pte. Ltd. have successfully developed genetically modified jatropha plants with high oleic acid content in seeds.
“Oleic acid is the most desirable oil component for the purpose of …

Aviation Biofuels: Which Airlines Are Doing What, with Whom?
June 5, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(M)ore than 30 airlines now trialing, deploying biofuels – but who’s doing what, exactly?
In Brazil, Azul Airlines announced that Amyris’s innovative renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane has passed all required testing …

Jairam Has No Faith in Jatropha Biofuel
June 5, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Archana Jyoti (Daily Pioneer)  The Planning Commission hailed it as a future fuel and the industry projected it as a viable biofuel crop. But the Union Rural Development Ministry led by Jairam Ramesh feels otherwise.
Citing …

Ceci Api Biomassa Mozambique to Harvest It’s First Crop of Jatropha
June 4, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Macauhub)  The first crop of jatropha of biofuel company Ceci Api Biomassa Mozambique is due to be harvested by July, the company’s chief executive told Mozambican news agency AIM.
Domercico Manfredi also said that the harvest, …

GM Jatropha Hopes to Break into Biodiesel Market
May 30, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Kristie Neo  (ChannelNewsAsia)   The world’s first genetically modified Jatropha plant can produce biodiesel faster and better.  Plans are in the pipeline to start field trials and commercialise it in three years.   With genetic modification, …

Government Told to Decide Fast on Bio-Fuels Programme: Parliament Panel
May 21, 2012 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(NYDailyNews)  Rapping the rural development ministry’s land resources department for the “inordinate delay” in finalising a bio-fuels programme, a parliamentary panel has sought for the matter be placed before the cabinet at the earliest for …

Rwanda: Private Sector Should Embrace Bio-Fuel, Says IRST Boss
May 3, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Eric Didier Karinganire (AllAfrica.com)   For some years now, there has been talk of locally producing biofuel to make the country less dependent on petrol imports. But until now, production levels are still insignificant.
Yet …

Jatropha Trials Planned to Help Boost Rural Panamanian Economy
May 2, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Panama Green Fuels, an entity working to establish biodiesel infrastructure within Panama, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the director of the country’s National School of Agriculture (IDIAP) to …

GEM Biofuels Assess Unsatisfying Jatropha Results in Madagascar
April 18, 2012 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(GEM Biofuels) … Based on the internal review it is clear that, having planted very large areas of land, totalling 55,737 hectares, with Jatropha between 2007 and 2009, a lack of resources has resulted in …

India Official Sheds Light on Local Biodiesel Industry
March 29, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) …Although India’s biodiesel industry is small, it does show potential for growth. This week World Health Energy Holdings announced plans to establish algae biodiesel production in two areas of the country are …