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Commercial-Scale Production of Algae Biodiesel: Using Existing Resources to Spawn a New Era in Renewable Energy
March 30, 2009 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Drew Casey  (Biofuels and Bio-Based Carbon Mitigation) Recently, we have experienced increasing uncertainty about the threat of climate changes due to increased carbon emissions as well as volatility of global oil prices. Fossil fuels have …

Ceres CEO Promotes Cellulosic Biofuel by Plant Breeding
March 30, 2009 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Richard Hamilton (Ceres)  This presentation was part of “Growing Energy” at Biomass 2009 in March.  The President and CEO of Ceres, Hamilton promoted breeding hardier plants, resulting in more efficient harvesting of their stems, …

Green Earth Technologies Inks Deal Naming G-Oil(TM) as Official Motor Oil of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA
March 30, 2009 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

Green Earth Technologies announced March 19, 2009, that they have signed a two-year contract that will name their Ultimate Biodegradable “green” motor oil, G-OIL(TM), the official motor oil of The American Le Mans Series and the International …

Biofuels in Asia: An Analysis of Sustanability Options
March 30, 2009 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Asia)  The purpose of this report is to provide an objective and comprehensive regional analysis summarizing the benefits and risks of biofuels development in Asia, and examining the istribution and use of biofuels …

New Possibilities for Hydrogen-Producing Algae
March 30, 2009 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

Photosynthesis produces the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe ― could it also help satisfy our future energy needs by producing clean-burning hydrogen? Researchers studying a hydrogen-producing, single-celled green alga, Chlamydomonas …

Gulf Alternative Energy Corporation Expands Pre-Processing Technology
March 30, 2009 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

Gulf Alternative Energy Corporation announced that it is expanding its strategic development to other forms of alternative energy beyond its ethanol pre-processing technology. It is now exploring additional alternative energy projects to add value to its …

An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 29, 2009 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Peter Halling (Novozymes, Inc.) He talked about an industry perspective, from the point of view of Novozymes, a company that actively pursues sustainability in its business practices. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial enzymes and …

Challenges and Science Needed to Describe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 29, 2009 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Steiner (Agricultural Research Services, USDA). In this talk he points out the importance of rural landscapes and ecosystem services.
·         The success of the supply chain depends on productive, profitable, and good resource …

Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 29, 2009 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jacobs (Meridian Institute). He represented the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP).
CSBP is developing the standards to indicate sustainability issues through principles, criteria, and indicators. These address the climate change, biological diversity …

Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 29, 2009 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by moderator Dr. Virginia H. Dale (Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Lab.) who emphasized the components that make up sustainability.  
·         The challenge is to find “bioenergy options that facilitate smooth interactions of …

Furanics: A Refreshing New Take on Biofuels from Avantium Technologies
March 29, 2009 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Simon Bennett  (CleanTech Investor)  ‘Furanics’ are a new class of biofuels, named after the furan rings in the fuel’s molecules. The molecule contains six carbon atams and one oxygen atom and has a high …

Honeywell’s UOP and Ensyn Launch Envergent Technologies to Offer Second-Generation Biomass Technology
March 24, 2009 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that it has launched Envergent Technologies, LLC, a joint venture with Ensyn Corp., to offer technology and equipment to convert second-generation biomass into pyrolysis oil for power generation, …

Developments in Algal Harvesting, Dewatering and Drying
March 23, 2009 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

Univenture, Inc. and AlgaeVenture Systems, announced the details of a disruptive solid liquid separation and dewatering technology specifically designed for microalgae which reduces the cost barrier for harvesting, dewatering, and drying by over 99.75%.  Prototype …

Caltech Scientists Create New Enzymes for Biofuel Production
March 23, 2009 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

In a paper published  in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Frances H. Arnold, the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, and her …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
March 20, 2009 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

Barbara Bramble  (National Wildlife Federation), in her talk, emphasized the importance of sustainable biofuels and developing strategies to reduce GHG  emissions through the energy security, stabilization of commodity prices, and promotion of rural development.
But the problem …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 20, 2009 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Peter Halling (Novozymes, Inc.) He talked about an industry perspective, from the point of view of Novozymes, a company that actively pursues sustainability in its business practices. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Challenges and Science Needed to Describe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 20, 2009 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Steiner (Agricultural Research Services, USDA). In this talk he points out the importance of rural landscapes and ecosystem services.
·         The success of the supply chain depends on productive, profitable, and good resource …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 20, 2009 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jacobs (Meridian Institute). He represented the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP).
CSBP is developing the standards to indicate sustainability issues through principles, criteria, and indicators. These address the climate change, biological diversity …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 20, 2009 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by moderator Dr. Virginia H. Dale (Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge  National Lab.) who emphasized the components that make up sustainability.  
 
 

·         The challenge is to find “bioenergy options that facilitate smooth interactions of …

University of Illinois Begins New Bioenergy Master’s Degree
March 19, 2009 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

Interest in bioenergy and renewable energy sources continues to increase and now students can earn a Master of Science degree in bioenergy from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of …

Enerkem Brings Next-Generation Biofuels Project to Mississippi
March 19, 2009 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

Enerkem Inc., a leading advanced biofuels and green chemicals technology company, announced plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels production facility in Pontotoc, Mississippi, USA. 
It is expected to produce 20 million gallons per year …

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Posts Biofuels Guide on Senate Web Site
March 19, 2009 – 11:03 am | No Comment

To help individuals and corporations navigate and access the various federal programs and grants available, Senator Cantwell has released a comprehensive biofuels guide. READ MORE

An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

Peter Halliing, Novozymes, discussed the value of using enzymes and microbes in production of advanced biofuels to increase efficiency and yield–to produce more with less.  From the “Devining Sustainability: Science, Standards and Scorecards” session of …

Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Virginia Dale and Keith Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discuss the elements of sustainability from a environmental, economic and social perspectives.  Download PDF

Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

Barbara J. Bramble, National Wildlife Federation, described this international multi-stakeholder initiative to develop principles and criteria for sustainable biofuels production that will be simple, accessible and implemented worldwide; generic to all crops; adaptable to new information; efficient …

Challenges adn Science Needed to escribe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

Jeffrey Steiner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, describes the current circumstances of developing criteria and indicators for sustainable biofuels production as comparable to building a plane and flying at the same time.  He is optimistic that today’s …

Modeling Land Use and Land Use Change in Brazil
March 17, 2009 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

Leila Harfuch, Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations, presents studies of land use patterns and changes in Brazil with attention to pasture, rain forest, sugar cane and other crop cultivation.  From the “Devining Sustainability: Science, …

A Systems Approach to Biomass Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

M. Christina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory, presentation for the “Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards and Scorecards” session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  The goal of the project is to develop and analyze …

Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

Barbara Stinson, Meridian Institute, explains the creation of and purpose of a Council on Sustainable Biomass Production.  From the Defining Sustainability:  Science, Standards adn Scorecards session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.   …

The Coskata Syngast-to-Ethanol Platform
March 17, 2009 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

Bill Roe, Coskata, describes Coskata’s “feedstock flexible” ethanol production process and provides and update on commercialization developments.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research& Development session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Where We Are and Where We Are Going
March 17, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

Jim Imbler, Zeachem, provides a view of the world of cultivation and production of advanced biofuels–illustrated with Zeachem’s experiences so far.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development sessions at the US Department of Energy’s …

Targeting Plant Cell Walls at Joint BioEnergy Institute
March 17, 2009 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

Josh Heaslewood, JBEI at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explains issues of biomass recalcitrance and work being done to convert hemicellulose, pectin and cellulose into the building blocks of advanced biofuels.   From the Advanced Biofuels Research …

Fuel Synthesis and Sustainabilty Activities in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
March 17, 2009 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

Tim Donohue, GLBRC, explains the work being done to promote and develop the conversion of biomass to fuels.  Includes illustration and discussion of catalytic and enzymatic processes.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development session …

The BioEnergy Science Center: Initial Results in Overcoming Biomass Recalcitrance
March 17, 2009 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

Brian Davison, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides an in-depth look at the challenges to breaking down cellulose so that it can be used to produce advanced biofuels.   From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development session …

State of Technology Assessment
March 17, 2009 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

Andy Aden, National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an assessment including biochemical and thermochemical pathways, and a review of sustainability challenges.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research and Development session at the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  …

Abengoa Bioenergy: Hybrid Biorefinery Concept
March 17, 2009 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

Gerson Santos-Leon, Abengoa Vioenergy New Technologies, presents a combination enzymatic and gasification process as part of the Biofuels Commercialization session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.   Download PDF

Biofuels Commercialization: The Federal Role in Fostering Investment
March 17, 2009 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

William F. Hagy, III, USDA Rural Development, describes programs available under the 2008 Farm Bill to promote and support development and implementation of biofuels projects. From the Biofuels Commercialization session of the US Department of Energy’s …

Creating a Sustainable Biofuels Future
March 17, 2009 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

Jennifer Holmgren, UOP, gives an international view of the future outlook for biofuels and engines technology integration from an industry perspective.  She touches on a variety of feedstocks and uses from jet fuels to auto …

Outlook for Biofuels in Brazil
March 17, 2009 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

Emerson Kloss, Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC, summarizes biofuels production and use in Brazil as part of the International Outlook session at the US Department of Energy Biomass 2009 conference.   Download PDF

Biofuels Policy Update: The European Union
March 17, 2009 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

Laurent Javaudin, Delegation of the European Commission to the US, summarizes EU legislation and activities regarding biofuels.  Download PDF

Commercial Challenges Facing Cellulosic Ethanol
March 17, 2009 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

Jack Huttner, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, explores the current science and financial situation of cellulosic ethanol production and commercialization.  From the plenary session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

A DOE Perspective on Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Zia Haq, US Department of Energy’s Office of the Biomass Program, describes DOE’s programs with regard to sustainable biofuels development and implementation.   From the plenary session of DOE’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Growing Energy
March 17, 2009 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

Richard Hamilton, Ceres, discusses indirect land use change theories and development of improved energy crops and cultivation around the world.  Download PDF

Overcoming Barriers to Growth of the Biofuels Industry
March 17, 2009 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

Brent Erickson, Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Includes discussion of the “blend wall.”  From the plenary session at the US Department of Energy Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Promise vs. Potential of Sustainable Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD6th), known as “Congressman Peak Oil” presents the problem of peak oil and analyzes the potential of sustainable biofuels.  Download PDF.

Greenhunter Biofuels Announces Distillation Capabiliites in Advance of Cold-Soak Filtration Test Effective Date
March 12, 2009 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

In October of 2008, ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, added the “Cold Soak Filtration Test” procedure to its mandated biodiesel testing methods.  The stated goal of the Cold …

$2.77 Million Boost from NC Biofuels Center
March 11, 2009 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, which is tasked by the General Assembly with developing a biofuels sector in North Carolina, sets aside more than half its annual budget for grants to accelerate the technologies …

Michigan State and Michigan Tech Share Trees-to-Biofuels Grant
March 10, 2009 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

Research to turn trees into liquid fuel gets a boost with approval of the $410 billion federal omnibus spending bill today. The bill allocates $1.4 million for a new biofuel research program at the Michigan …

Shell And Codexis Deepen Collaboration To Speed Arrival Of Next Generation Biofuel
March 10, 2009 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Codexis, Inc., announced an expanded agreement to develop better biocatalysts that could accelerate commercialisation of next generation biofuels. … As part of the agreement, Codexis will work closely with Shell …

Growth Energy Policy Brief: California’s Dangerous Gamble with Indirect Land Use Change
March 10, 2009 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

Carbon accounting will play an important role in comparison of greenhouse gas emissions related to various transportation fuels.  The federal Renewable Fuel Standard requires lifecycle GHG emissions analyses of biofuels as compared to those for …

Advanced Biofuels USA Comments on CA Waiver Review
March 7, 2009 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

A public hearing concerning this reconsideration was held on March 5, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Deadline to submit written comments was April 6, 2009. READ MORE.

Advanced Biofuels USA Executive Director, Joanne Ivancic, attended the hearing.  …

New Trade Association Formed for North America Camelina Industry
March 4, 2009 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

GREAT FALLS, Mont., — Thirteen seed companies, processors and researchers of camelina have formed the first trade association focused on camelina production and processing in North America. The North American Camelina Trade Association (NACTA) will …

UW-Green Bay to Research Marginal Lands for Energy Crops
March 2, 2009 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

Planting agricultural crops in poorly drained or marginal soil areas may be delayed, prevented or unprofitable for traditional farming. However, these areas may be ideally suited for native, mixed-species grasslands that can withstand harsher conditions, …

University of Minnesota Reports on Life-Cycle Analysis Related to Corn Stover
March 2, 2009 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

Research shows that, as a fuel for heat and power applications, corn stover reduces the life-cycle fossil-fuel emissions of carbon dioxide by factors of approximately 15 and 25 compared to natural gas and coal, respectively. …

Doubling a Gene in Corn Results in Giant Biomass
March 2, 2009 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

University of Illinois plant geneticist Stephen Moose has developed a corn plant that yields corn that would make good silage, due to a greater number of leaves and larger stalk, which could also make it …

110 Scientists Complain that California Promotes Fossil Fuels; Are Opposed to Selective Enforcement of Indirect Effects in California’s Proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard
March 2, 2009 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

In a letter to California Governor Schwarzenegger, biomass to bioenergy researchers warn that this field of studying indirect land use change effects is in its nascent stage, is controversial in much of the scientific community, …

French Aerospace Lab, Onera, Heads Alternative Aviation Fuel Study
March 1, 2009 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

 

 
Onera has been chosen by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Transport) to conduct a strategic feasibility and impact study on alternative fuels for aviation, called SWAFEA: Sustainable Way for Alternative Fuel and Energy …