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A New Chloroplast Role for Making Biofuels
August 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, the …

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC Call for Coherence in EU Strategy for Enhancing Soy Production
July 20, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(European Feed Manufacturers Federation)  COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC members rely on the EU production of oilseeds, soy and other oil- and protein-containing crops. We share the objective of an increased production of soy in Europe. …

A New Chloroplast ‘App’ for Making Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  … What we do know is that the precursors for seed oil come from many sources in a plant cell. And Kun (Kenny) Wang and the Benning lab have recently identified a new, potentially significant one.
The …

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development
June 29, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed.
The …

Researchers Develop High-Oleic Safflower Strain
May 31, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Mary Hernandez (Olive Oil Times)  Researchers from Hyderabad’s Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Institute of Oilseeds Research have cultivated three non-genetically modified varieties of safflowers with an oleic content comparable to olive oil. …

Scientists Finally Crack the Sunflower’s Genetic Code
May 31, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Katie Horowitz (Mental Floss)  Take that, sunflowers. The convoluted genetic code that has thwarted scientists for so long has finally been cracked. Scientists published their findings in the journal Nature.

Previous attempts to dissect the full …

Canadian Ag Company Scores Landmark Food Security Deal with Uruguay
May 24, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Canadian Newswire/Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.)  Today, Canadian based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. signed a new partnership with the country of Uruguay introducing a new, renewable, low carbon cash-crop for farmers.
The deal gives the Quebec-based company the opportunity …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

More More RHD: REG Expanding Drop-In Diesel?
May 8, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Iowa we received news that Renewable Energy Group has agreed to acquire approximately 82 acres of land at its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery from Lion Copolymer, for $20M. The goal? …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

With Air Traffic on the Upswing, Global – and Indian – Interest Picks up in Aviation Biofuels
April 25, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Sapna Gopal (The Wire)  Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.  —  People in this industry are looking for ways …

Mustard Seeds without Mustard Flavor: New Robust Oilseed Crop Can Resist Global Warming
March 23, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Copenhagen)  University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is …

The Role of Biodiesel in Curbing Pollution
March 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Sandeep Chaturvedi (Biodiesel Association of India/Financial Express)  Rapidly increasing vehicular pollution and complete neglect by the authorities to take pollution-reduction measures over the past few decades have resulted in deterioration of ambient air quality …

The Carinata Kings: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
February 28, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

French, German Farmers Urge EU to Keep 7 Percent Biofuel Target
February 8, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  … UFOP and FOP focused their meeting in Berlin on the last energy proposals from the European Commission. In its “winter package,” the commission proposed to limit first-generation biofuels from 7 percent in 2020 …

New Sunflower and Sorghum Crop Growth Models in ClearAg Platform
October 24, 2016 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(Iteris)  Predictive Agriculture Analytics and APIs from Iteris Now Cover Sorghum and Sunflower Crops —  Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced the addition of growth …

Monarca BioFuel Project in Mexico Expands, Adding Another 33,000 Hectares of Jatropha
October 1, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Monarca BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan of Mexico is adding another 33,000 hectares of Jatropha to produce seed oil feedstock so they can export directly to the US to supply BioFuel refineries …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.
In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

Using Genetics to Domesticate Pennycress as New Cover Crop
September 2, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Illinois State University)  Illinois State Associate Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook is collaborating on a $1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop genetic resources that can be used to …

Welcome to Aviation Biofuels Math Class with Mr. Mercutio
August 31, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you were reading BBC’s coverage of the aviation biofuels space yesterday, you would have seen the provocative headline:
Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as ‘pipe dream’
Then would …

Biodiesel Association Seeks VAT Relaxation on Blending of Biodiesel
August 12, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) has sought Value Added Tax (VAT) relaxation on blending of biodiesel from States for promoting green fuel Blending and energy security in the country. —  Currently VAT on …

Indian Students Build Machine to Convert Cooking Oil to Biodiesel
June 16, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A team of three Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) students have come up with a prototype called FAME One to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel.
The invention, which outwardly resembles a washing …

More than Two Thirds of Palm Oil used in Germany Is Sustainably Certified, Trade Group Finds
June 16, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of the palm oil used in Germany is sustainably certified, according to German biofuels industry group VDB (Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie.
Around 1.5 million tonnes of palm oil has been …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Chance Finding Could Transform Plant Production: U of Guelph Study
May 19, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/University of Guelph)  An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland.
By tweaking a plant’s genetic profile, the researchers doubled the plant’s …

What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.
Let’s look at the responses, …

Earth Gen-Biofuel Plans Expanded Operations for Renewable Energy Castor Bean Crop
April 28, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Marketwired/Earth Gen-BioFuel)  Earth Gen-BioFuel (OTC PINK: EGBB), “EarthGen” or “the Company,” today announced that it has finalized plans for expanding castor bean operations in Laos.
George Shen, Chairman, commented, “Castor beans, a key ingredient in …

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 …

SDSU Works toward Ground-Breaking Way to Fuel Planes
March 24, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Gerry (The Collegian)  South Dakota State researchers are working to perfect a process that could allow them to turn mustard seeds into jet fuel for Navy fighter planes.
If people like Bill Gibbons are successful, …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel
March 15, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Tyton/Digital Journal)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a major technological advancement in the production of sustainable jet fuel. Tyton filed a patent application for a new method and system of converting oil extracted from plant …

Analysis: ‘TTIP Would Benefit US Biofuels’
February 23, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, currently being negotiated by the United States and the European Union becomes reality, a recent analysis by the Center for Agricultural …

Renewable Accounts: Big News for Biodiesel
December 28, 2015 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (North Dakota State University)  The domestic level of biodiesel use is mandated to increase to 2 billion gallons a year by 2017, double the minimum amount required by the original law.
How much …

The Birth of New Bioeconomy Supply Chain & Feedstock: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma and Resonance Carinata
October 23, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

Scientists Clone Punnai Tree Varieties Rich in Biofuel
October 5, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  Popularly known in our old Tamil folklore as the ‘Tree that cures’ or as the ‘Tree that protects’, the Punnai tree’s population along our coastal and river belts has been dwindling in …

First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval
September 30, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The South African ‘Project Solaris’ initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials …

Why Airplanes Could Soon Be Flying on Seeds
September 24, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC.com)  In 2012 – almost 100 years since the Wright brothers made history – another historic flight took place when the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) flew what it described as, “The …

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, …

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 …

Gulf Bay Consulting Applauds Indian Government Decisions Regarding Biodiesel
August 21, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Gulf Bay Consulting/PR.com)  With the rapid growth of global biodiesel consumption, emerging market countries like India are paving the way for higher usage of sustainable fuels.
According to a recent report published by Economic Times, India …

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 …

UF/IFAS Researchers Turn Seed into Jet Fuel for Navy and Crops into Cash for Farmers
August 19, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Beverly James (University of Florida)  Imagine jet fuel made from a crop that’s renewable, brings in income and can feed cattle. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have found …

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

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

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 …

Commentary on the Recent Development of Price Indices for Oilseeds and Meals
August 11, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  In July, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and meals rose by 3–4 percent compared to the previous month, gaining, respectively, 4 and 7 points. By contrast, …

Advancing Alongside Ag
August 3, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  An example of sheer innovation over time, farmers today grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s, on 20 percent less land. As science and farming …

India Closer to Nod for 100% Biofuel
August 3, 2015 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Dipak K Dash  (Times of India)  Setting the stage for manufacturing of vehicle engines that can ply on 100% bio-diesel soon, the road transport ministry on Friday came out with draft notification for mass …

Emails Show Inslee Administration Discussions With Energy Company On Columbia River Oil Refinery
June 30, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Conrad Wilson & Tony Schick (Northwest Public Radio)  … A Texas-based energy company wants to site a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery in Longview, Washington. The company’s goal is to capitalize on low carbon …

4 Minutes with… Will Steiner, General Manager, Hawaii Oil Seed Producers
June 16, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  HOSPRO is dedicated to battle the 95+% import of petroleum for energy and electricity generation by promoting the development of tree based oil seed crops. We are focusing on oil …

4 Minutes with… Richard Palmer, President & CEO, Global Clean Energy Holdings
April 7, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We develop non-food based oil seed crops to be used as a feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. Our crops do not take away from food land and when grown …

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 …

Look, up in the Sky! The Best of the Aviation Biofuels Slides from ABLC 2015
March 30, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best.  At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton …

St. Louis Startup Turning Weeds into Biofuel
March 10, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Bafaro (St. Louis Business Journal)  Some call it the “stinkweed.”   Yet despite that inglorious moniker, there’s an awful lot to like about pennycress, say officials with one St. Louis startup company. That’s because …

A New Three-Legged Platform for the Advanced Bioeconomy? The Castor, Jatropha, Pongamia Strategy.
December 17, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based …

Government to Promote Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Engines
November 6, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Speaking during the Conference on Biofuel 2014 here today, the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Godkari said that his Government would take all efforts to remove hurdles in the increased …

WEBINAR–Black Sea: New Production and the Hunt for New Markets September 23, 2014 3:00PM GMT
September 17, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR–Black Sea: New Production and the Hunt for New Markets   September 23, 2014     3:00PM GMT

The Black Sea region has seen significant investment and development undertaken in the agriculture sector – with Russia and Ukraine driving huge growth in export volumes, primarily of wheat and corn. Looking beyond the region, …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

Boeing and South African Airways to Fly Planes on Tobacco Fuel
August 7, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Eduard Gismatullin (Bloomberg)  Boeing Co. (BA) and state-owned South African Airways SOC Ltd. agreed to cooperate to produce jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant to reduce environmental pollution.
The partners will use …

Pass the Mustard: Why Carinata Is Taking Root as Biofuel
July 2, 2014 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Don Konantz (Calyx Bio-Ventures/Renewable Energy World)    Navigant Research forecasts that the “global biofuels production will reach 61 billion gallons by 2023, replacing nearly 6 percent of global transportation fuel production from fossil sources and …

Pass the Mustard; Why Carinata Is Taking Root as Biofuel
April 17, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Don Konantz (Calyx Bio-Ventures/R&D Magazine)  … The “Holy Grail” of non-food feedstocks has arrived with a proprietary non-food energy feedstock crop called carinata which yields oil that is being refined into fuel that meet the specifications …

Grants Available for Biomass Energy on W.V. Surfaced-Mined Land
December 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University has expanded its partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Office of Coalfield Community Development to explore the reuse and …

PGF Biofuels Ltd. Is Awarded Canada’s First Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Certification for Resonance Carinata
December 3, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  PGF Biofuels Ltd. (“PGF Biofuels”), in conjunction with Paterson Grain, and the RSB Services Foundation are pleased to announce that PGF Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (“RSB”) certification for Resonance® carinata. …

Canola Could Be New Biofuel Crop for Central Great Plains
October 25, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Ag Professional/USDA Agricultural Research Service)  Farmers in the semiarid central Great Plains have traditionally used a two-year, no-till, dryland, winter wheat/fallow cropping system, which stretches scarce soil water supplies and minimizes crop failure from water …

Carinata: Valuable Biofuel Potential for Florida Farmers
August 23, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Les Harrison  (SouthEast Farm Press/UF Extension, Wakulla County)  A canola cousin, carinata produces oil seeds that can be used to make an alternative fuel which is virtually indistinguishable from petroleum counterparts.  Researchers at the …

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 …

World Cooking Oil Production Seen Exceeding Demand by Oil World
June 27, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Production of vegetable oils and fats will probably exceed demand in 2013-14 on rising output of sunflower-seed oil and soybean oil combined with “sluggish” biodiesel demand, Oil World forecast.
…Unchanged biodiesel mandates …

International Energy Agency Publishes Global Update of Advanced, Cellulosic Projects
May 8, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide. The report, titled “Status …

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Launches YouTube Video Series
April 24, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A series of short videos covering five years of Vermont Bioenergy Initiative projects and the farms and people involved are now up and available to watch on YouTube.
The initiative is a project …

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 …

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. …

The Carbon Fix? Think Carbon Suit. ZeaKal Raises $3.8M in Series A Financing
April 2, 2013 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Crop yield and oil content increases of up to 50% and 34% seen from ZeaKal’s HME technology.  Though in early days — what’s going on?
… A successful Series A is …

Camelina on the Move: Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Sustainable Oils
March 15, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Global Clean Energy Holdings announced that it has acquired Sustainable Oils, a leader in Camelina genetics and production. The acquisition includes 100% ownership interest of Sustainable Oils and the …

Flying the Aussie BioSkies
February 27, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of biofuels there is no sector as active as military and aviation biofuels in terms of willing customers. At the Low Carbon Fuel Conference, held over …

Fresno Biodiesel Plant Gets $6M Grant
February 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)  A planned biodiesel production facility will begin operating next year thanks to a $6-million grant approved this week by the California Energy Commission.
The facility is one of six projects throughout the state …

Soybeans Could Be Next Chapter of Biofuels Boom
February 12, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Tom Doran  (AgNews) …Under the current Renewable Fuels Standards, continued growth in corn-based ethanol use is uncertain do to several factors, including the 10 percent blend wall, slow implementation of higher blend, declining total …

Tree Seeds Offer Potential for Sustainable Biofuels
January 18, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Tree seeds, rather than biomass or fuel crop plants, could represent an abundant source of renewable energy, according to research published in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. The study suggests that …

Center Awards Funds for Biofuel Advancements
January 17, 2013 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schulman  (BlueRidgeNow.com)   The Biofuels Center of North Carolina awarded $766,256 to 14 entities led by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group to advance biofuels in the region and create jobs, support sustainability, agribusiness, diverse education …

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 …

In Race to Develop Aviation Biofuels, Midwest Wants to Win
November 30, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …Commercial-scale development of aviation biofuels is still in the early stages, and as experts explained at the Airports Going Green conference in Chicago earlier in November, viable aviation biofuel industries would look …

NRC Flies the World’s First Civil Jet Powered by 100 Percent Biofuel
October 30, 2012 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(MarketWire/National Research Council of Canada)  Historic Milestone for the Aviation and Sustainable Energy Industries
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry today as it flew the first civil jet powered …

Castor an Oilseed CropThat Can Cure, Kill You
October 15, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Harry Cline (Western Farm Press)  Castor beans are back in California as a possible source crop for making biofuels; Castor’s main toxic protein, ricin, is so potent that a single milligram is sufficient to kill …

Getting Into the Business of Biofuel
October 2, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Fox  (Water Environment Federation/WEF Highlights) Most wastewater treatment plants do not support acres of sunflowers, rapeseed, or sorghum. However, a grant-funded pilot program at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Raleigh, N.C.) could …

Fight over Expanding Canola in Oregon Pits Organic Food Lovers against Biofuels Advocates
September 30, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  Wet winters and cool, dry summers make Oregon’s Willamette Valley one of the best places on the globe to produce seeds for organic broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and a variety of …

Canada Launches First Ever 100% Biojet-Fuelled Flight
September 25, 2012 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the first flight in the world to ever be entirely powered by biojet fuel will depart from Ottawa in late October. In partnership with Applied Research Associates and Agrisoma …

EPA Biodiesel Mandate Get a Boost From Repurposed Imaging Equipment
September 24, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jason Mick (Daily Tech)  New method could repurpose existing equipment, improve the efficiency of biodiesel extraction
Biodiesel production tends to boil down (no pun intended) to one of two methods –repurposing waste oil to auto-capable fuel or …

Announce Megainversión to Generate Biofuels
August 30, 2012 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

(El Universal)  Biofuel producers announced the investment of over $ 100 million to plant oilseeds and grasses that will be employed in the industry biocumbustible whose consumption is increasing in the world.
In the meeting with …

Researchers Seek New Strains for Biofuels
August 23, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone (Defense News)  With the U.S. Navy spending an increasing amount of cash on alternative energy — including biofuels — researchers at South Dakota State University have embarked on a project that could …

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 …

Growing Better Biofuel Crops
July 5, 2012 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville  (The Scientist)   Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
…Conversion of biomass is currently the most …

Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Fly: Aviation Biofuels Advance, Attract Opponents over Costs
April 19, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Honeywell and Agrisoma collaborate to pioneer aviation biofuels from a new carinata-based feedstock, critics wonder exactly why the military is paying so much for the biofuels it is utilizing …

Intensive 3-crop Rotation May Boost Biofuel Economics
April 16, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Vicky Boyd (The Grower)  Growing a biofuels crop on old citrus ground or rotating it with vegetables just doesn’t pencil out, even with today’s high fuel prices.
But add in a legume cover crop and …

EBI Network and Pennycress Energy to Explore Alternative Energy Source
April 13, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(City of Galesburg)  Pennycress Energy and the EBI Network are promoting Pennycress as a renewable, alternative energy fuel crop for the Galesburg/West Central Illinois Region. The project, generating interest among growers, will identify possible investors …

Awareness Camps on Biodiesel in Villages
February 7, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  The Biotechnology Engineering Department of Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), Nitte, Karkala, has contacted 500 to 1,000 people in villages near Nitte regarding the production of biodiesel from locally-available seeds.
Venkatesh …

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

(Department of Energy/ARPA-E)  ARPA-E Projects in 25 States Will Accelerate Innovation in Clean Energy Technologies, Increase America’s Competitiveness and Create Jobs
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced …

Building Out for Bioheat
September 26, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The market for biodiesel-blended heating oil is growing swiftly as oilheat dealers look for ways to green their offerings and supply a product that offers comparable economic benefits to natural …

Linnaeus Lands Funding for Oilseed Crop Development
September 26, 2011 – 8:58 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)   Vancouver-based Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc. has been awarded $1.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, an arm’s length, nonprofit corporation created by the Government of Canada, to advance the …

US, Australia Sign Key Aviation Biofuels Accord
September 19, 2011 – 6:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MOU covers feedstock readiness, sustainability, data sharing, fuels certification, plus development of new alternative fuel pathways in alcohol conversion, pyrolysis and synthetic biology.
Is the agreement, driven by the private sector …

Bedford Biofuels Threatens Kenya’s Tana Delta
September 8, 2011 – 8:30 am | No Comment

(Nature Canada)  Nature Canada is concerned that a Canadian company – Bedford Biofuels – plans plans to set up a jatropha tree plantation in Kenya’s Tana Delta, an area that provides refuge for 350 bird …

Industrial Biotechnology in China Amidst Changing Market Conditions
February 27, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The increasing use of industrial biotechnology by the Chinese liquid biofuels and chemical industries is expected to help offset energy security and environmental concerns generated by China’s robust economic …