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Renewable Energy R&D Should Be A Priority in the Stimulus Package
December 30, 2008 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

In order for the “green-collar” jobs component of the Economic Stimulus package to be sustainable, the technologies needed to produce inexpensive sustainable renewable energy have to be available. Unfortunately, because of a lack of government …

DOE Announces Funding Opportunity of up to $200 Million for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Biorefinery Projects – Projects Will Demonstrate Continued Commitment to Develop Sustainable, Cost-Competitive Advanced Biofuels
December 26, 2008 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy, December 22, 2008      The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the issuance of a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $200 million over six years (FY 2009 – FY 2014), …

Clean Cities Solicitation Seeks Projects for Biofuels Outreach and Education
December 23, 2008 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

Area of Interest 3 (DE-PS26-09NT01236-03): Education and Outreach Workshops for Petroleum Reduction Fuels and Technologies Educational information and materials developed under this award will be used to establish a special Clean Cities learning program. This …

50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy of 2008 Published by Biofuels Digest
December 22, 2008 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

Among the top 50, 17 are active in cellulosic ethanol development, nine are developing algae-to-energy systems, and nine are producing other advanced biofuels or waste-to-energy technologies. The companies range from start-ups, funded by venture capital …

New Mapping Tool Models Nutrient Pools in Forests Harvested for Biomass
December 20, 2008 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

University of New Brunswick forestry professor Paul Arp has devised a tool that shows how removing the forestry sector’s leftovers – the biomass – will affect how much wood the Crown forests produce sustainably by …

New Crop Modeling Tool for Predicting Sorghum Production
December 19, 2008 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

Researchers at Texas A&M have developed a new modeling tool to help prospective biofuel producers better estimate sorghum crop yield potential in a given region under various conditions. READ MORE.

Study Shows Bioenergy Could Become Major Energy Source in 2030
December 19, 2008 – 7:36 am | No Comment

Two German scientists investigated the feasibility of replacing fossil fuels with biomass as the primary energy supply. Their paper, published in the journal Naturwissenschaften, posited a scenario in which degraded lands were planted with fast …

Ethanol, Biomass May Fuel Fuel Cells
December 17, 2008 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are exploring the use of biomass or ethanol as a primary fuel in fuel cells instead of hydrogen to produce energy from electrochemical reactions with fewer emissions and …

Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source Of Biodiesel Fuel
December 15, 2008 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering cars and trucks. READ MORE.

Diverse Crops Better for Sustainable Biofuel Production
December 15, 2008 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

Shifting more acreage to corn production may not be the best way to meet increasing renewable fuel production requirements, researchers at Michigan State University and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center are finding.  Growing a …

Ceres, Inc., Introduces Dedicated Energy Crop Seeds
December 11, 2008 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

California-based crop company Ceres Inc. has introduced two varieties each of switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum specifically designed to boost energy crop yields.  Early buyers of the seeds include DOE-backed biofuels companies building demonstration cellulosic ethanol …

Study Finds That Without a Price on Carbon, Regular Hybrids can Lower Lifecycle CO2 Emissions As Effectively as Plug-in Hybrids, and At Lower Cost
December 11, 2008 – 10:36 am | No Comment

A new working paper from Duke University finds that in the absence of a price signal for CO2, regular hybrids can lower lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions as effectively as plug-in hybrids, and at a considerably …

Scientists Seek to Turn Waste Glycerol Biofuels into High-Value Gas
December 10, 2008 – 11:17 am | No Comment

For every tonne of biodiesel made from vegetable oil, 100kg of thick, viscous glycerol is produced as a byproduct. The annual 6.8 billion liters of biodiesel production in the EU yields around 680,000 tonnes of …

UGA Researchers Looking to Turn Fruit into Fuel
December 10, 2008 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by April Sorrow (University of Georgia)  Half of all the fruit grown in Georgia is never eaten by people or animals. It rots in the fields. A University of Georgia researcher says that spoiled fruit …

Modified Lignin Has Potential Benefits for Ethanol, Advanced Biofuels, Paper, and Feed
December 9, 2008 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists, in partnership with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), have synthesized a new form of lignin that breaks down more readily than that which occurs in nature. Lignin is the mortar that …

USDA Offers Guaranteed Loans for Commercial-Scale Biorefineries
December 7, 2008 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to guarantee loans of up to $250 million for commercial-scale biorefineries that produce biofuels from something other than corn starch. One company that plans to apply for …

Critique of the Obama/Biden Energy Plan
December 6, 2008 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak, Advanced Biofuels USA Board Member
(I was quite disappointed to see no mention of low GHG biofuels and quite a reliance on oil, gas, and coal, for a plan that is being …