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Algenol Biofuels: Harnessing the Sun to Fuel the World

(Algenol Biofuels)  In this presentation, Algenol Biofuels provides a description of it's developing Direct To Ethanol TM technology, taking algae, sunlight, salt water and CO2 to make ethanol and other bio-based products.   Illustrations and diagrams generally explain the process of

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Canadian Biofuel Seen Rising 76 pct in Two Years

(Reuters)  Canadian biofuel production should rise 76 percent in two years, as government subsidies for production plants and renewable-fuel requirements take effect.  Total biofuel production will reach 2.5 billion litres (660 million gallons) annually by 2011, including 2 billion litres

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Fuel Requirements for Diesel Fuel Injection Systems Diesel Fuel Injection Equipment Manufacturers Common Position Statement 2009

The continuous world-wide tendency to increase engine performance and reduce emissions has necessitated the development of new generations of enhanced diesel fuel injection equipment, supporting the achievement of stringent legislation targets. Rising injection pressures and multiple injections result in higher

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Novel Biogasoline Group Suggests Jojoba Plant as US Energy Crop

Dr. Osayed S.M. Abu-Elyazeed, an Egyptian researcher posits the following reasons, among others, for choosing the Jojoba plant for plantation in the US: 1. The shrub can be grown in virtually un-arable land -typically the deserts available in the US, leaving the fertile

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Road Atlanta: Michelin Green-X Challenge and Dyson BioButanol Racing Reports

(Motorsport.com)  "The competition to win the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge continues to grow," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsport manager. "Seeing manufacturers like Audi, Porsche and Mazda; energy producers like Shell and BP, and teams like Audi, Flying Lizard Motorsports and

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OriginOil Execs Unveil New Algae Productivity Model at National Algae Association’s Quarterly Conference

...  “We knew that the first company to actually come out and openly document the real productivity picture would face a tough challenge,” said Barry Cohen, executive director of the National Algae Association. “OriginOil did it and now we have

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B10 Biodiesel Tests to Start in Thailand

by  Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  Local field tests will start soon on biodiesel B10, a blend of 10% methyl ester with 90% diesel fuel, according to an Energy Ministry official. PTT Plc and the ministry's Department of Energy Business are

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Urban Algal Biofuel Project Proposed for Boston High-Rise Exterior

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Massachusetts, algae biofuels have been proposed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Squared as an answer to the stalled Filene’s construction site at Downtown Crossing in Boston. The Eco-Pod, as designed, is a vertical algae bioreactor

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Connecticut Biodiesel Manufacturer BioPur Launches Green Power Project

A joint project between the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, BioPur and the Department of Energy (DOE); BioWatz provides multiple benefits and solutions for future alternative energies. The project not only yields a new and innovative way to generate

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Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan

by Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power (Wall Street Journal)  A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell

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Chinese Ethanol Demand Lifts Vietnam Cassava Exports

(Alibaba.com)  Vietnam's cassava chip exports are soaring because of demand from China to make ethanol and earnings for the whole of 2009 could be $800 million, nearly double those in the first eight months, state-run Vietnam Television said.  China, which

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Pursuing a Roadside Harvest: Researchers Work to Grow Biofuel

by Joseph M. Dougherty (Deseret News)  ... The test plot of ground where the seeds were harvested Wednesday is designed to mimic the side of Utah highways, which could be used to grow safflowers instead of the grasses that the Utah

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Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announce Value-Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development welcomes projects that highlight innovative uses of agricultural products. This may include using existing agricultural products in non-traditional ways and/or merging agricultural products with technology in creative ways. As with all value-added efforts, generating new products, creating

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Obama Wants Worldwide End of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

by Seth Borenstein (AP)  President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming.   The president, who is set to host the G-20 economic summit opening

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U.S. Tax Breaks Subsidize Foreign Oil Production

(Environmental Law Institute)  The largest U.S subsidies to fossil fuels are attributed to tax breaks that aid foreign oil production, according to research released by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The

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EPA Rule Will Reflect 'Uncertainty' on Indirect Biofuels Emissions, Fending Off Amendment

Letter from EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson to Senator Tom Harkin, former chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee (below).  Upon receiving these assurances, Senator Harkin and co-sponsors withdrew an amendment to the EPA's fiscal 2010 spending bill that

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Chevron Invests in LS9; Microbe Diesel by 2011?

by Michael Kanellos  (Greentech Media)  With an investment from Chevron, LS9 joins the small club of biofuel startups getting support from big oil. It hopes to prove its case in two years. In biofuels, the contestants for the next round

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PARC’s Solution for Algae Fuel: Going Down the Drain

by Michael Kanellos  (Greentech Media)   A technology for water purification and toner cartridges could cut the onerous cost of getting algae out of water. It started as a way to purify water, but the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) believes

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Are Biofuels Ready for a Comeback?

by Stephen Lacey (REnewableEnergyWorld.com)   ...   Biofuels typically get a lot of attention as gas prices go up in the summer driving season. This year was different. After the love affair with biofuels throughout 2006 and the bitter attack on biofuels

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Bill Introduced to Include Algae-Based Biofuels in Renewable Fuel Standard

Representative Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and a bipartisan group of representatives introduced HR 3460, an amendment to the Clean Air Act to include algae as an eligible feedstock in the Renewable Fuel Standard (as amended by the Energy Independence and Security

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Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects will speed the

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DOE Selects Biofuels Projects to Receive up to $21 Million in Funding

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on August 31, 2009, that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic

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Red Algae to Ethanol Project in the Philippines

by Natalia Real (FIS)  Korean scientists have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bohol governor to test the waters of Bohol for growing red algae for ethanol production.  READ MORE

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Data Management in the Clean Energy Economy

by Aaron W. Perry  (Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises)  While much attention is currently being paid by policy makers, financiers and industry to the development of advanced biorefining and bioprocessing technologies (and for good reason), many of which contain data-intensive, precision controls

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Bond Commission Renews St. Rose Biodiesel Project Bonds

by Matt Scallan  (NOLA.com)  The Louisiana state Bond Commission has renewed its approval for $100 million in GO Zone bonds to continue construction of a biodiesel refinery in St. Rose.  REG Destrehan stopped construction of a 60 million gallon per year

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Mafuta Sasa Goes into Biodiesel Production

by Zaynab Turuku  (The East African)   In the wake of efforts to clean up the environment and mitigate against climate change through a reduction in the burning of fossil fuels, Dar es Salaam-based Mafuta Sasa Ltd is now producing biodiesel

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See-O-Two Seeing Potential from Algal Biomass Tech

(Cleantech)  Austrian startup says it can grow algae at three to six times higher productivity and at about 80 percent of the cost of competing systems. Vienna, Austria-based See-O-Two has developed what it says is an industrial scale system to

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ADM Says Crop-Yield Gains Enough to Meet Food, Ethanol Demand

by Alan Bjerga and Peter Cook  (Bloomberg)  Archer Daniels Midland Co., the world’s largest grain processor, expects improved yields will deliver enough crops during the next 40 years to supply rising demand for ethanol without hurting the food supply.   Archer

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Rwanda Develops Biofuel Production

(Biofuels International)  ... Since 2007, the Rwandan Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (ISTR) has experimented with a number of feedstocks including palm, jatropha, moringa, castor and soy oils, in a 2,000 litre per day pilot facility at Kigali, Rwanda’s

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Biofuels Digest Publishes 5-part Series on the New Rules for Financing Bioenergy

Biofuels Digest published a 5-part series on where the industry is obtaining financing in the year since the seizure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the global financial meltdown.   In Part I of the series,

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White House Eyeing Phasing Out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

(Chattahbox)  The new study released by the Environmental Law Institute entitled, “Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008,” provides the Obama administration with an additional weapon for the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies in the United States.  According

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Pioneer Explores Alfalfa’s Role in Cellulosic Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel)  The lowly alfalfa crop could play a role in the future of cellulosic ethanol.   Alfalfa is the nation’s most popular legume and actually our third most valuable crop, but it is often taken for granted and

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World Wildlife Fund Releases Report on Positive Effects of Industrial Biotech

With this report (Industrial Biotechnology: More than Green Fuel in a Dirty Economy?), the World Wildlife Fund sets out to explore the magnitude and nature of this (industrial biotechnology) sector in (its) search for pathways toward a green econo­my and

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Ethanol Plants Using Hops To Eliminate Bacteria

(WCCO) ...  Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration said it was finding antibiotic residue in an ethanol byproduct. That byproduct is sold as feed for cattle and other livestock, which is a problem. For the ethanol industry, the findings

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A Conversation on Southern Energy—The 2009 Report on the Future of the South—Now Available

A Conversation on Southern Energy describes the current and future role of energy in Southern economic development. The report is full of regional and individual state data about existing and alternative energy sources. The report also includes recommendations necessary to

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Council on Sustainable Biomass Production Invites Comments on Draft Standards

The Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) is a multi-stakeholder organization established in 2007 to develop comprehensive voluntary sustainability standards for the production of biomass and its conversion to bioenergy.  CSBP intends for its Standard to serve as the foundation

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Brazil Increases Environmental Preservation Measures With Sugarcane Zoning Proposal

In an unprecedented initiative, Brazil proposed a new bill of law that will restrict the  lands permissible for sugarcane farming and processing. If passed, the bill sent today to the National Congress by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will

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DOE Secretary Chu Examines Modular Ethanol Production System

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu examined three Minnesota renewable energy projects in August, including a mobile self-contained ethanol plant developed by Welcome, Minn.-based Easy Energy Systems Inc.   The technology, trademarked as the Modular Ethanol

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Algae as Fuel of the Future Faces Great Expectations -- and Obstacles

by Anne C. Mulkern  (New York Times/Greenwire) ... It is a big bet with high stakes. Venture capitalists, including Bill Gates' financing arm, infused Sapphire Energy with a combined $100 million. Exxon Mobil Corp. this summer invested $600 million in a

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Greater Distinction Needed for Biofuels as Fuel Component under Cap and Trade

(25 x '25)  As Congress continues its debate on comprehensive climate legislation, any measure adopted must adequately recognize and incentivize the extensive benefits biomass and the production of biofuels can provide to address global climate change. The 25x’25 Carbon Work

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Freeways-to-Fuel Harvest Paves the Way for Biodiesel Production on Unused Municipal, Military and Other Lands

Twenty miles north of Salt Lake City, a flowery, red and yellow safflower crop is being harvested. These test plots at the roadside simulation lab at Utah Botanical Center are part of an innovative “Freeways-to-Fuel” project sponsored by the Utah

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Ohio's Meigs County Commissioners Back U.S. 33 ‘Biofuels Corridor’

by Brian J. Reed   (Pomeroy Daily Sentinel)  Meigs County Commissioners have agreed to work with Rural Action of Trimble and other organizations to develop a “biofuels corridor” between Columbus and the Ohio River.   Robin Kinney, a volunteer with Rural Action, met

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Trans-Asia Junks Biofuels Venture

by  Amy R. Remo  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. has dropped its alternative fuels operations, citing the problems it encountered with its pilot jatropha project.  “We found out early in the game that there was a problem on

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Inter-American Development Bank Releases New Version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change,

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Interest in Algae's Oil Prospects is Growing

by Tiffany Hsu (Los Angeles Times)  Firms and scientists are racing to figure out how best to separate the oil produced in algae organisms for biofuel. The San Diego area has become a hotbed for these efforts that are drawing investors.  To

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Arizona Public Service Co Gets $70.5 mil for Emissions Study

by Ryan Randazzo (Arizona Republic)Arizona Public Service Co. will get $70.5 million in stimulus funds to study cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from coal power plants that contribute to global warming, the Energy Department said Tuesday. APS will use the money for a

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Mid-level Ethanol Blend Bill Introduced in Senate

(Trade Only Today) Legislation designed to protect boaters and manufacturers from the problems associated with mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline was introduced Monday in the U.S. Senate.   The Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Act of 2009, S. 1666, was introduced by U.S.

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Enerkem Announces Construction Start on Advanced Energy Research Facility in Edmonton, Alberta

Enerkem, a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company, today participated in the sod-turning event held by its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, to signify the start of construction on their joint advanced energy research

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Iowa Interstate Railroad to Test Biodiesel; Special Railroad Biodiesel Update

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Iowa, the Iowa Interstate Railroad in Cedar Rapids, Iowa announced it has commenced testing B10 and B20 biodiesel blends supplied by Renewable Energy Group. As part of the study, REG, IAIS and Kansas University are

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DOE Provides Loan Guarantee Application Tips

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Magazine)   ... DOE Program Manager Michael Fraser identified characteristics to strengthen the financial review of project applications. Information on third–party supply and off-take agreements to support revenue and cost projections, or having a reliable source of

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State of the Argentine Biodiesel Industry Report Explains Biodiesel Relationship with EU

Europe has established a floor of 35%, i.e., any biofuel entering Europe must reduce emissions by at least that amount when compared to a diesel  benchmark. According to the European analysis, using palm oil to make biodiesel results in GHG

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Manitoba Truckers Brace for Flawed Biodiesel Rule

(Today's Trucking)  In just a few weeks Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to mandate biodiesel.  ...  All diesel fuel sold in the province as of Nov. 1 must contain a B2 average (2 percent biodiesel), Energy Minister

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Biofuels to Be Made Out of Rotting Dates

(Reuters)   Iraq's prime minister has approved a project by a United Arab Emirates-based company to make biofuel from dates that would otherwise be wasted because they have started to perish, Iraqi officials said.  Iraq has the world's third largest oil reserves

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Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Urge Study of International Indirect Land Use Change Analysis

... We believe scientific data aren't available on a global basis to be able to accurately determine the extent to which biofuel production causes land use changes in remote locations or the greenhouse gas emissions that might exist. The possible

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Comet Biorefining Develops Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugar Technology with Focus on Pre-Treatment Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Comet Biorefining announced its patent pending cellulosic sugar technology, which will produce cellulosic sugar from a wide range of cellulosic sugar from a wide range of cellulosic materials including wood chips, switchgrass and corn cobs.  The company, founded by former Mascoma CTO Dr. Andrew Richard,

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Kentucky Sets Biomass, Biofuel Production Goals

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kentucky has developed a 21-member executive task force to facilitate the development of a statewide sustainable biomass and biofuels industry and to educate state legislators on the ability to utilize local biomass to achieve

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BP Comments at Society of Petroleum Engineers Offshore Europe Conference

by Katrina Landis, CEO BP Alternative Energy    ... Biofuels provide a useful case study to illustrate some of the most important factors involved in developing renewable sources of energy.   While demand for oil is projected to remain strong in most

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Sarkozy Unveils New Carbon Tax for 2010

 (AFP)French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced plans to impose a new carbon tax next year on oil, gas and coal as part of a drive to combat global warming.  The plan would make France the biggest economy in Europe to impose

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Manitoba to Mandate Biodiesel Blends

(CBC News)  Manitoba is about to become the first province in Canada to mandate the use of biodiesel.  Starting Nov. 1, all diesel fuel sold in the province must contain an average of two per cent biodiesel, Energy Minister Jim

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Looking for a Biofuels Breakthrough in Boardman, OR

by Amy Hsuan (The Oregonian) ... former oil executive Jim Imbler, who now heads a Colorado biofuels company called ZeaChem Inc., thinks he might have found the key to profitability in Oregon.   And it lies in Boardman, home to one

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Penn State Energy-Crops Field Display is Now Open to Visitors

 The Penn State energy-crops field display, created by Penn State Farm Services, is now open to visitors on land across from the old armory building on Fox Hollow Road, University Park, Pa., showing a variety of energy crops in production.  

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Energy, National Security and Defense Department Solutions

On September 10, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing about the national security threats posed by our reliance on fossil fuels and efforts underway by the U.S. armed services to reduce total energy use and transition

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Charlotte gets $55K for biofuel project

(Charlotte Business Journal)  Fourteen organizations, including one in Charlotte, have been awarded grants totaling $950,000 from the 2009 N.C. Green Business Fund.  The Charlotte area has received $55,000 to help develop a Greater Charlotte Region Biofuel Facility that will turn

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New Fuels Alliance and 20 Companies Send ILUC Letter to Senators Kerry and Boxer

... The New Fuels Alliance submitted a letter co-signed by 20 leading advanced biofuel companies to Senators Boxer (D-CA) and Kerry (D-MA) asking for balanced carbon accounting in any upcoming climate legislation.   The letter comes in the wake of the

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Sustainable Oils to Supply Navy with Camelina-based Jet Fuel

Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, environmentally clean, and high-value camelina-based fuels, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based jet fuel. The fuel will be delivered to

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To Make Better Biofuels, Researchers Add Hydrogen

by Martin LaMonica  (Green Tech)   Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products.   Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory have been working for

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Far North Canada Embraces Biodiesel

by tbnewswatch staff     Remote communities in Ontario's far North are increasingly turning to biodiesel as its source of energy.   Last year, Hydro One started using biodiesel in the fly-in community of Deer Lake for power generation. Now, almost all

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Florida Sugar-Based Ethanol Company Projects 80 Percent Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions than Gasoline

Highlands EnviroFuels LLC has completed a life-cycle analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that demonstrates that the company’s planned sugar–based ethanol process will result in 80 percent lower GHG emissions than the equivalent petroleum-based gasoline.   The detailed study, completed by Life

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Solazyme Signs U.S. Department of Defense Contract to Develop Navy Fuels from Algae

Solazyme, Inc., the renewable oil production company and leader in algal synthetic biology, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to research, develop, and demonstrate commercial scale production of algae-derived advanced biofuel that meets the United States

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25 x '25 Offers Recommendations to Make Cap & Trade Work with BioSequestration

 The 25x'25 Carbon Work Group (CWG) has been engaged for more than a year in a process of identifying key policy options for delivering climate change solutions from the land and allowing the agricultural and forestry sectors to be rewarded

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German Researchers Target Winter Sugar Beet as Biofuel Feedstock

In Germany, researchers from Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel have commenced a project, titled “Bioenergy 2021: winter sugar beet as energy crop” , to improve breeding of winter sugar beet as a biofuel feedstock. The Institute of Plant Production and Plant

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Announces New Governance System

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels is an international initiative bringing together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing.  The Roundtable is hosting a series of meetings, teleconferences, and

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Two EPA Administrators Tour Farms, Visit Biorefinery

by O.Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Two top officials in the Environmental Protection Agency who've never visited an American farm were in Iowa today, at Senator Chuck Grassley's invitation. They toured Grant Kimberly's farm near Maxwell.   ...  Senator Grassley says he wants

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Minnesota Project Releases New Report: Transportation Biofuels in the United States: An Update

"(W)e do intend for Transportation Biofuels in the United States to act as a tool to provide an overview of the current status of major developments in the biofuels industry. We highlight recent changes in biofuels production processes, biomass development,

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Vietnam Produces First Batch of Ethanol

(ChinaView.cn)  Vietnam successfully produced the country's first batch of 2,000 tons of ethanol, a bio-fuel for motor vehicles, local newspaper the People reported Friday.    The fuel is made from sugar cane and cassava.  ...The plant is expected to turn out 100,000

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Taiwan Oil Firm Signs Deal to Produce Biofuels in Indonesia

(M&C Business)  Taiwan's state-run Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) signed an agreement Wednesday to plant 100,000 hectares of crops for biofuels in Indonesia.  ... Under the MOU, in the next five years, CPC is due to plant 100,000 hectares of Jatropha

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World's First Racing Car Made from Cashew Nut Shells

(Belfast Telegraph)  The world's first racing car made from cashew nut shells has been assembled with the help of Northern Ireland researchers.   Potato starch and recycled bottles were also used in the construction of the Formula 3 vehicle. It can

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LanzaTech Develops Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Technology

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  New Zealand-based LanzaTech NZ Ltd. recently announced it has developed a proprietary fermentation technology that can be used to produce ethanol using the carbon monoxide and hydrogen components of industrial waste gases and biomass-based

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Fulcrum BioEnergy Makes Ethanol from Garbage

 Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a leader in the next generation of advanced biofuels, announced today that it has successfully demonstrated the ability to economically produce renewable ethanol. This milestone – achieved at the company’s TurningPoint Ethanol Demonstration Plant – confirms the

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US DOE Funds Research on Novel Energy Initiatives

Washington University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have received two awards totaling $35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to do research on novel energy initiatives. At $20 million, the Washington University research award is the

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Funding Available for Clean Technology Projects: SDTC Calls for Statements of Interest for its Sixteenth Round of Funding

Clean technology developers from across Canada are invited to submit Statements of Interest to the $550-million SD Tech Fund(TM), as Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) opens its sixteenth funding round.  ... SDTC is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government

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NBB Applauds Ford's B20 Approval in 2011 F-Series Super Duty(R) Trucks

Biodiesel supporters are cheering Ford Motor Company's announcement that its all-new Ford-built 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty(R) diesel pickups will be fully compatible with a 20 percent biodiesel blend (B20).  Ford's new diesel engine -- equipped with the latest technology

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Sugar Cane to Return to Angola in Biofuel Move

by Louise Redvers  (AFP)  Angola will begin planting sugar cane for the first time in more than 30 years this month as the oil-rich country takes its first step toward biofuels.  A 30,000 hectare (74,000-acre) site in Malanje province, hundreds

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Swiss Aid Study: „Jatropha! – A Socio-Economic Pitfall for Mozambique“ - Review by the Jatropha Alliance

The study “Jatropha! – A socio-economic pitfall for Mozambique” prepared by UNAC and JA for Swiss Aid (referred in the following to as Swiss Aid Study) provides a very one-sided and negative picture of the Jatropha sector in Mozambique. The

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Odessa Biodiesel Firm Celebrates Plant Completion

... "With the addition of the crusher, (Inland Empire Oilseeds) becomes the first biodiesel company in Washington to fully integrate all production steps into one place - from crushing to rail tank car," said Steve Starr, company general manager. "Our new crush line

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Farmers Raise Biomass Logistics and Legislative Issues

By Todd Neeley (The Progressive Farmer) Cattleman Bill Couser hit on the crux of the matter when it comes to the future of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol, during a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing on biofuels Tuesday. Couser, from

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Grant: Value-Added Producer Grants for Alternative Uses of Agricultural Products

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) help independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop strategies to create marketing opportunities and to help develop business plans for viable marketing opportunities.   This may include

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Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol

(Journal of Industrial Ecology)  Corn-ethanol production is expanding rapidly with the adoption of improved technologies to increase energy efficiency and profitability in crop production, ethanol conversion, and coproduct use. Life cycle assessment can evaluate the impact of these changes on

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Leading Brazilian Organizations Unite in Alliance to Fight Climate Change

Fourteen major Brazilian organizations representing the agribusiness, planted forests and bioenergy sectors announced today the creation of the Brazilian Climate Alliance, to provide concrete, constructive proposals in global climate change negotiations. The group's main focus is Brazilian government's positioning in

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How Extremophiles Might Help Us Save Our World

by Asrat Kebede (Ethiopian Review)  Perhaps they are the superheroes of tomorrow. Living and thriving in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, tiny bacteria-like microbes known as extremophiles might soon have an oversized effect on our human world. We currently

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As Hybrid Cars Gobble Rare Metals, Shortage Looms

by Steve Gorman (Reuters)  The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods.  That

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DME as Diesel Fuel Alternative Gaining Ground as Engine Manufacturers, BioDME Biorefineries Gear Up for Renewable Motor Fuels

... DME or dimethyl ether, a diesel fuel alternative made from a variety of renewable materials and fossil fuels, burns soot-free, produces almost no GHG upon combustion and is very energy efficient. With a high cetane number (the measure of

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An Innovative New Technology to Reduce Recalcitrance of Cellulose

An innovative technology developed by Cellulose Sciences International (CSI) dramatically reduces the recalcitrance of cellulose so that lignocellulosic biomass can be more rapidly converted to glucose. The glucose can be fermented to ethanol or any of the other advanced biofuels.

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DOE Selects Biofuels Projects to Receive up to $21 Million in Funding

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels

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Memphis' and the Mississippi Delta's Opportunity in the $140 Billion Bioeconomy Highlighted in 5-State Regional Study

The Memphis Bioworks® Foundation announced the conclusion of the "Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta," a 5-state, 98-county examination of the potential for agriculture and forestry revitalization through the development of new markets, and the related industrial

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