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U.K. Algae Biofuel Co. BioMara Launches
April 30, 2009 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

Researchers funded by a consortium of European governments and institutions to investigate algae strains most optimal for remote rural biofuel production.   BioMara, a Scottish-Irish research project, has secured €6 million ($8.1m) to produce biofuel from …

Camelina Information from Sustainable Oils
April 28, 2009 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

Camelina sativa is a member of the mustard family, a distant relative to canola, and the new darling of biodiesel production. Camelina plants are heavily branched, growing from one to three feet tall producing seed …

Life Cycle Analysis of Camelina-based Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuels Shows 84-89% GHG Savings Compared to Petroleum Fuels
April 28, 2009 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

A life cycle analysis (LCA) comparing camelina-derived renewable jet and diesel fuels to petroleum fuels and biodiesel found that the green jet and green diesel fuels are lower in fossil energy demand and also lower …

Can 100% of Jatropha Plant be Commercially Viable?
April 28, 2009 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

Most Jatropha growers currently plant and harvest Jatropha curcas primarily for its pure plant oil (PPO) for use as biofuel and biodiesel. However, it is shown that PPO only accounts for a mere 14% of …

Biosynthetic and Metabolic Pathway Engineering at Novacta Biosystems
April 28, 2009 – 10:47 am | No Comment

Commercially valuable products can be generated from different microorganism such as bacteria, yeasts and algae. These include biofuels, bulk chemicals, natural products, antibiotics, pharmaceutical drugs and healthcare fragrances.  READ MORE and MORE

The Volt: Not Ready to Roll
April 28, 2009 – 9:24 am | No Comment

… Boston Consulting Group found that the total cost of ownership of existing hybrids and advanced internal combustion engine cars is more attractive than that of electric cars as long as oil prices are below …

California to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Vehicle Fuels
April 24, 2009 – 6:59 am | No Comment

LA TIMES:  Margot Roosevelt   April 24, 2009    California took aim Thursday at the oil industry and its impact on global warming, adopting the world’s first regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the fuel that …

CHEMREC gasification technology – turns pulp and paper mills into biorefineries
April 24, 2009 – 6:52 am | No Comment

CHEMREC is helping pulp and paper mills transform into Biorefineries with a unique, proprietary black liquor gasification technology. Opening up new markets in sustainable, low-carbon chemicals and fuels will be a step-change in the industry. Full …

California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Proposal: Comments Urge Rejection
April 23, 2009 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

Robert Kozak, President of Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Inc., and a founder and board member of Advanced Biofuels USA, urges the California Air Resources Board to reject the proposed low carbon fuel standard. 
He writes, “At first …

Commendable Movement toward Decrease of Greenhouse Gases
April 17, 2009 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

Two announcements today should spur interest in the development of advanced biofuels:  EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases (including CO2) pose a threat to public health and welfare, and movement on ethanol producers’ request for EPA …

EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health, Welfare
April 17, 2009 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday, April 17, 2009, that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public …

Notice of Receipt of a Clean Air Act Waiver Application to Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 Percent; Request for Comment
April 17, 2009 – 9:37 am | No Comment

On March 6, 2009, Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers submitted an application for a waiver of the prohibition of the introduction into commerce of certain fuels and fuel additives set forth in section 211(f) …

Canadian Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program
April 16, 2009 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

The ABIP is a multi-year program designed to support new and existing research networks and encourage the development of clusters for the advancement of a sustainable and profitable Canadian bioeconomy.  The program seeks to increase …

12th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum May 14, 2009 Washington, DC
April 10, 2009 – 4:06 pm | No Comment
12th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum  May 14, 2009 Washington, DC

FREE  9 AM to 5 PM  The Sustainable Energy Coalition—in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses—presents the 12th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & …

Polyculture of Wild Grasses
April 9, 2009 – 7:52 am | No Comment

(Green Transport and Energy)  …  But the problems of degradation and soil erosion by intensive monocultures must also be taken into account.
To solve these issues, in the last few decades researchers have studied the advantage …

Advanced Biofuel Companies Ask Congress to Provide Comprehensive Biofuels Policy and Stimulate Investment in Advanced Biofuels
April 7, 2009 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

Biofuelproducers and biotechnologycompanies today asked Congressional leaders to help them overcome economic obstacles to obtaining financial backing and bring commercially ready advanced biofuels to the marketplace.  READ MORE and MORE

Southern Bioenergy Industry Could Create Thousands of Jobs
April 7, 2009 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

The Southern Bioenergy Roadmap, a project of the Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER) and the University of Florida, shows that the South has abundant natural resources and intellectual capital to produce electricity …

IEA Report Confirms Growing Green House Gas Reduction from Ethanol Use Warns Against Ignoring Future Innovation in Policymaking
April 7, 2009 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

TORONTO – April 1, 2009 – A new report commissioned by the IEA Bioenergy (IEA) underscores the importance of ethanol in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. f1The extensive research paper commissioned …

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
April 7, 2009 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is an international federation representing over 60 percent of the world’s renewable fuels production from 30 different countries. Through the development of new technology and best practices, its members are committed to …

Biofuels Center of North Carolina
April 6, 2009 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

The long-term task of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina is to develop a statewide biofuels industry to reduce the state’s dependence on imported liquid fuels.  The goal of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels …

Lincoln High Students Fuel Biodiesel Effort
April 6, 2009 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

June 19, 2008    The Lincoln County High School Future Farmers of America club has started the first biodiesel production center at a public school in the state.   HAMLIN — With diesel prices in West Virginia …

Green Ambassadors: Laguna High School Students Research Biofuels
April 6, 2009 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

May 1st, 2007    Linsay Hassett (aka Betty Biodiesel) leads a group of Laguna High School students in the Green Ambassadors program on a tour of Dave Erikson’s home brew biodiesel lab. The Green Ambassadors program …

Central Carolina Community College
April 6, 2009 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

In Fall 2008 Central Carolina Community College began offering an associate degree in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels. This program is designed to equip students with the skills needed for a career in the growing biofuels …

University of Georgia: Biofuels, Biopower, and Biomaterials Initiative (B3I)
April 6, 2009 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

UGA’s Biofuels, Biopower, and Biomaterials Initiative (B3I) unites the University’s legacies in agriculture, forestry, environmental science and engineering with its strengths in carbohydrate science, genetics and microbiology to provide a scientific and practical foundation to support an economic …

Colorado State University Graduate Program in Biofuels Development
April 6, 2009 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

It is widely recognized that substantial technical advances must be achieved in all aspects of the bioenergy industry, including developing new energy crops; new biological, chemical, and thermal conversion technologies; and new byproducts. The goal …

UOP Renewable Energy & Chemicals BioChemicals Technology Info
April 6, 2009 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

UOP is focused on developing profitable and efficient ways to convert biofeedstocks, such as oils from plants and algae, greases and certain waste products into valuable fuel and chemicals.  UOP focuses on technologies that maximize …

Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre opens at University of Guelph
April 6, 2009 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

The University of Guelph officially opened the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre researchers will use agricultural products, turning soy, wheat, corn and other crops into everything from car parts and furniture to fuel. “This discovery …

Michigan State University Office of Biobased Technologies
April 6, 2009 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

Michigan State’s Office of Biobased Technology aims to integrate innovations in the lab with advances in the marketplace to enhance the economy, the environment, and the quality of life in Michigan and around the globe.  “There …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program
April 6, 2009 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency, under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, is responsible for revising and implementing regulations to ensure that gasoline sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable …

Jatropha curcas as Fuel Source for Multi-Function Power Unit
April 6, 2009 – 11:12 am | No Comment

Providing a local source of fuel is a critical element of energy independence and the jatropha plant has several qualities that make it an ideal choice as a fuel provider for a multi-function power unit …

Solazyme’s Microbial Conversion Technology Applied to Algae
April 6, 2009 – 11:03 am | No Comment

Solazyme’s unique microbial conversion technology process allows algae to produce oil in standard industrial facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils are tailored not only for advanced biofuel production, but also as replacements …

Virent Bioforming® Catalysis Process Makes Bio-Jetfuel, Bio-Gasoline
April 6, 2009 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Virent’s BioForming® process pioneers the commercial production of biofuels and bioproducts which are both sustainable and economical.  This technology can convert a wide roster of feedstocks, including non-food and home grown energy sources, into the …

National Biofuels Action Plan
April 6, 2009 – 10:06 am | No Comment

This plan, published in October 2008, was designed by the Biomass Research and Development Board to help industry achieve aggressive national goals enumerated in the “Twenty in Ten” initiative, the Renewable Fuel Standard of the Energy Independence …

ASES Green Collar Jobs report forecasts 37 million jobs from renewable energy and energy efficiency in U.S. by 2030
April 6, 2009 – 8:53 am | No Comment

A new Green Collar Jobs report from the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) based in Boulder, and Management Information Services, Inc (MISI), an internationally recognized economic research firm based in Washington D.C., provides a …

Chicken Manure and Paper Waste as Biofuels Feedstock
April 6, 2009 – 8:28 am | No Comment

MixAlco™ is a biomass conversion technology that transforms low-cost, readily available, non-food and non-sterile biomass into carboxylic acids, the chemical precursors to valuable industrial chemicals and transportation fuels. READ MORE.

Hawaiian Agricultural and Municipal Waste Turned Into BioCarbon, Biofuel, Bioenergy
April 6, 2009 – 8:20 am | No Comment

Carbon Diversion, Inc., has been operating for two years at the Campbell Industrial site in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, testing and refining the CDI Carbonization™ equipment for managing various feedstocks including rubber tires, macadamia shells and …

Agricultural and Municipal Waste Feedstocks for Biofuels, Biochemicals
April 6, 2009 – 8:16 am | No Comment

Many technologies have been used over the years to destroy troublesome waste, including incineration, but at an expense to the environment. Now, technological development at Changing World Technologies, Inc., has produced a new process that …

Mascoma Plans Research Beyond 2nd Generation Ethanol
April 6, 2009 – 8:12 am | No Comment

Mascoma’s R&D team is focused on developing biofuels from non-food biomass wood, straws, fuel energy crops, paper pulp and other agricultural waste products. The knowledge and expertise being generated by Mascoma’s R&D activities can be transferred …

Coskata Makes 2nd Generation Ethanol from Agricultural and Municipal Waste
April 6, 2009 – 8:07 am | No Comment

Coskata’s biology-based technology enables production of ethanol from a wide variety of input material including biomass, agricultural and municipal wastes, as well as other carbonaceous material. Using proprietary microorganisms and patented bioreactor designs, the goal …

Genencor Launches Accellerase 1500, Next Step toward Scale-up of Cellulosic Ethanol
April 6, 2009 – 7:10 am | No Comment

Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, launched Accellerase® 1500, the next generation of its cellulosic ethanol enzyme product, which has significantly improved formulation and higher activity resulting in higher ethanol yields and robust operation in …

Scientists Seek to Turn Waste Glycerol into High-Value Gas
April 5, 2009 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

The Taipei Times reports that scientists from the Universities of Leeds and Cardiff in the UK are exploring ways to convert glycerol, a ubiquitous waste-product of biodiesel production, into high-value hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide. …

Korean Team Extracts Useful Chemical From Biodiesel By-Products
April 5, 2009 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

South Korean scientists have developed a high-tech process to extract commercially viable chemical compounds from a biodiesel by-product that can help cut costs of making the synthetic fuel, according to the South Korean government.  READ …

The Woody Biomass Program at SUNY-ESF
April 5, 2009 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

Willow Biomass is an environmentally sound, locally produced, renewable source of energy and bio products.   Driven by concerns about global warming, air pollution, rural development, and national security, research conducted by SUNY-ESF has reconnected the …

Federal Interagency Biomass Research and Development Board Releases Biofuel Feedstocks Report
April 5, 2009 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

Feedstock Production for Biofuels: Economic Drivers, Policy Implications, and the Role of Research advises on the economic feasibility of developing both farm- and forest-derived biofuel feedstocks for expansion of the national fuel mix. The report …

Brewing Biohydrogen from Beer, Food Waste
April 2, 2009 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. and Brazil’s state-run oil producer, Petrobras, will execute a trial – beginning as early as September – to make hydrogen gas from sugar cane waste and other farm leftovers. They will use …

National Algae Association’s Fifth Quarterly Conference for Commercialization of “Algae: The New Oil,” April 30 – May 1, 2009, Houston, TX.
April 1, 2009 – 11:04 am | No Comment

Origin Oil will be providing process details of its innovative single-step process to extract oil from algae. BioCentrics will be unveiling its algae pro closed loop photobioreactor, and a prototype commercial-scale vertical closed-loop photobioreactor will …