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How Algal Biofuels Lost a Decade in the Race to Replace Oil

by Alexis Madrigal (Wired Science)   For nearly 20 years, a government laboratory built a living, respiring library of carefully collected organisms in search of something that could grow quickly while

December 31, 2009 Read Full Article

IEA Biomass Task 40 Publishes “2nd Generation Biofuels and Trade: An Exploratory Study

 A new study by Douglas Bradley, Luc Pelkmans and Dieter Cupyers examines the potential supply and demand of 2nd generation biofuels up until 2030, and discusses various impacts on biofuel

December 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Future Biofuels

by Herman Trabish (New Energy News and REnewable Energy.com)  … Despite enormous amounts of money poured into research and development, a way to economically produce second-generation (non-crop) biofuels at commercial scale

December 30, 2009 Read Full Article

GE, Embraer, Others Studying Sugarcane-Based Jet Fuel

Embraer, General Electric, and Amyris announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate thetechnical and sustainability aspects of Amyris’ No Compromise® renewable jet fuel. The initiative can culminate in

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Group Wants Government to Jump-Start the E.V. Revolution

by Jim  Motavalli (New York Times) Calling for what amounts to a Marshall Plan to start manufacturing plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars, a group of executives from the auto and utility

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

The Hidden Cost of Electric Vehicles

(Environmental Leader)  Although electric vehicles show higher non-climate damages than many other technologies, they will not be significantly cleaner than cars powered by fossil fuels until they rely less on

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Washington DC Auto Show Includes Biofuels Section

America’s greenest “tier-one” auto show just got greener. The Washington Auto Show®, which houses more green cars than any major U.S. auto show, is redoubling its efforts in 2010 with

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Idaho Sustainable Energy Highlights Weaknesses of US Department of Energy Grant Review Process

Consistentwith other examples of questions raised about the qualifications of reviewers and quality of reviews, Idaho Sustainable Energy details in a letter to supporters their experience with the DOE Intergrated

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

EU Green Protectionism = Economic Madness

by Carpe Diem  (benzinga.com)   Some excerpts from the new study “Green Protectionism in the European Union: How Europe’s Biofuels Policy and the Renewable Energy Directive Violate WTO Commitments” from the

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Biorefinery Demonstration Plant Planned for Upson County, Georgia

Governor Sonny Perdue announced that Thomaston in Upson County will be home to a new biorefinery demonstration plant, the result of a partnership between Diamond Alternative Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Ethanol Groups Sue California Over Low-Carbon Rule

by Stephen Power  (Wall Street Journal)  Two groups representing ethanol producers asked a federal court on Thursday to strike down a California rule that calls for a reduction in the

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Cellulosic-Ethanol Mandate Faces Snags

by Naureen S. Malik (Wall Street Journal)  Cellulosic-ethanol production, a cornerstone of the U.S. government’s plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, is earmarked to overtake corn ethanol over the next decade. But the

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fuels from Sunlight Hub is Issued.  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined the Department’s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Major Report Released at “Bioenergy Australia 2009”

(EnvironmentalExpert.com)  Australia’s bioenergy industry – which uses biomass for heat, power (bioelectricity) and liquid fuels (biofuels) – is relatively small. However, in the future it has very significant growth potential,

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Gascoyne Biofuel Project Could Help Miners

(ABC Rural) Western Australia’s mining sector could be one of the first to reap the benefits of a biofuels trial in the state’s north-west.   The Gascoyne Research Station is halfway

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Clean Algae Biofuel Project Leads World in Productivity

Australian scientists are achieving the world’s best production rates of oil from algae grown in open saline ponds, taking them a step closer to creating commercial quantities of clean biofuel

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Algae a Source of Biofuel

by Greg Kelton (Adelaide Now)  THE U.S. parent company of uranium producer Heathgate Resources has held talks with the State Government over developing a renewable energy fuel in South Australia

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Australia is Pushing Biofuels from Low Cost, Non-Food Materials

by Simon Grose  (TCE Today)  Algae, wood and sugarcane shared the honours in the bidding for funding through the Australian government’s Second generation Biofuels research and development program.  Announcing matching grants

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

The Wonders Down Under: Special Report on Australia

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A progressive culture, declining fossil fuel reserves, an emissions challenge, considerable sugarcane resources, native feedstocks such as moringa and the Australian Beauty Tree, a nexus

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Jamaica Seeking to Boost Ethanol Production for Export under CBI

(Caribbean Daily News) The Jamaica government says it will continue to develop the biofuels industry so as to boost exports under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Cereplast Expects U.S. Bio-Plastics Market to Top $10B by 2020

Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, announced today that it expects the U.S. bio-plastics market to top $10 billion in sales by 2020. As of 2007,

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Cyanobacteria: The New Biofuels Platform?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 2009 has taught us that the excess of emissions in the skies and shortage of land on the ground may well be solved underwater,

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Environmental and Regulatory Sustainability of Genetically Engineered Bioenergy Feedstocks: Switchgrass

by C. Neal Stewart, Jr. (Sun Grant Initiative)  This presentation reviews the benefits and challenges of using switchgrass as a biofuels feedstock.  It includes good graphs of cell wall structures,

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Ethanol from Cellulose Faster

by J.W. Walkinshaw and S.E. Poniatowski (University of Massachusetts and Terrasonics)  This presentation illustrates the usual process of breaking cellulose into sugars for ethanol fermentation by using an enzymatic process and,

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading

Robert C. Brown and Jennifer Holmgren (Iowa State University and UOP)  This presentation describes the fast pyrolysis process and products.  READ MORE

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

State of the Argentine Biodiesel Industry

(Camara Argentina de Energias Renovables/CADER)     · In the last few months the Argentine biodiesel industry has stabilized output, if not profitability, and in August 2009 produced some 109,000

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change Effects: the Debate Continues

by John A. Mathews and Hao Tan, (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia) While debate on biofuels and bioenergy generally has sparked controversy over claimed greenhouse gas emissions benefits available with a switch

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

The European Directive to Include Aviation in the European CO2 Emission Trading Scheme, Consequences and Strategic Options for the Aviation Industry

by Vadim Bespertov, et al.  This document is the production of a team of aviation and aerospace industry experts who have joined efforts and know-how for a 4 month strategic

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Annual Energy Outlook 2010 Reference Case

by Richard Newell (SAIS for the US Energy Information Administration)  The EIA’s annual energy outlook.  Charts, graphs depicting current status and projections of energy use. Included are: “Biofuels meet most

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

UK’s Renewable Fuels Agency Report on Biofuels Use 2008-9

To encourage suppliers to source sustainable biofuels, the RFA requires fuel suppliers claiming Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates to submit monthly reports on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) saving and the

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Policy

Elizabeth Doris, et al. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)   As U.S. states increasingly focus on developing renewable energy resources, there is a need to track the progress of development, as well

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

An Integrated Strategy to Understand and Overcome Biomass Recalcitrance

Martin Keller, Ph.D. (BioEnergy Science Center) Presentation details biomass recalcitrance and various methods being researched to break down cellulose, hemicellulose, pectins, lignins into sugars as an intermediary step to ethanol

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Algae as a Biodiesel Feedstock: A Feasibility Assessment

by Ron Putt (Auburn University)  Alabama has an immediate opportunity to lead the nation in becoming self sufficient with respect to liquid fuels for transportation. Mass cultivation of micro-algae in

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Growth Stage Financing for an Algae Company

by Todd A. Taylor (Fredrikson & Byron)  From his presentation at the Algae Biomass Summit in October 2009, Todd Taylor outlines the process, challenges and expectations of finding funding for

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Federal Policy Opportunities for the Algae Biofuel Industry in 2010

by Curt Rich (VanNess Feldman)  Presentation from the Algae Biomass Summit, October 2009 reviews federal grant and loan programs, climate change legislative proposals from an algal biofuels perspective.  READ MORE

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

NASA Uses Algae to Turn Sewage Into Fuel

by Jeremy Hsu (Space.com) NASA may concern itself largely with space exploration, but it also wants to keep Earth on a steady course in the face of rising energy costs and

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

The Ethics of Biofuels

by Joseph Milton  (Financial Times)  … The prospect of a second generation of biofuels, derived from waste materials rather than food crops or palm oil, has recently been raised. It

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Land Access and Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania

by Emmanuel Sulle and Fred Nelson  (Tanzania Natural Resource Forum’s Forestry Working Group and the International Institute for Environment and Development)  In recent years, biofuels have rapidly emerged as a

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Zenergy International, Inc. Plans to Double Production Capacity at Recently Acquired Biofuels Plant

Zenergy International, Inc.  intends to expand the current facility recently acquired from its current capacity of 5 Million Gallons Per Year to 10 Million Gallons Per Year, literally doubling the

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Sugar Ethanol in Florida: Economic, Agricultural, and Environmental Aspects

by Joshua F.  Berger Ethanol production has been widely perceived as a solution to the global energy crisis, with the added benefit of reinvigorating declining agricultural economies. Moves towards dedicating crop

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Dynaflow Announces DOE Small Business Innovation Grant for Cavitation-Based Algae Harvest, Oil Extract System

Dynaflow, Inc.®, a leader in R&D services and products in fluid dynamics and applied sciences, today announced that it has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Phase I Small

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Pond Biofuels Inc., CO2 Remediation and Renewable Fuel Production Demonstration Plant for GHG Emitting Industries Receives Support From the Asia Pacific Partnership

On December 3rd 2009, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced approval of the project proposal submitted by Pond Biofuels Inc. under the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Bio-Ethers as Transportation Fuel: A Review

by Mritunjay Kumar Shukla†, Thallada Bhaskar, A.K. Jain, S.K. Singal, M.O. Garg (Indian Institute of Petroleum Dehradun)  A presentation that details the emissions, yields, costs and advantages of bio-based DME,

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Canada’s GV Energy to Produce Little-Known Biodiesel

by Charlotte LoBuono (heatingoil.com)  A Canadian energy company has proposed building a biorefinery to produce dimethyl ether, or DME, the CBC reported Wednesday. In November, Calgary-based GV Energy signed a

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Brazil Warns EU on Biofuel Sustainability

(EurActiv)  EU rules for calculating indirect land-use changes caused by biofuel production would not be legitimate without an internationally-accepted methodology, a group of developing countries has told the European Commission. 

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Mendel Biotechnology and Speedling Announce Development and Commercial Collaboration for Miscanthus Products

Speedling Incorporated and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. today announced a collaborative agreement to jointly research, develop, and commercialize a cost-effective propagation and production system for Mendel’s advanced Miscanthus product candidates. Speedling

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Company Wants to Turn Fat into Fuel at Iowa Plant

by Amy Lorentzen  (AP)  A central Iowa plant could soon begin producing jet fuel from poultry fat.  Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Elevance Renewable Sciences plans to build a $15 million plant in

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

The Hottest 50 Companies in Bioenergy and the DOE Integrated Bioenergy Grants, in Maps

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest has prepared several maps which help to visualize the distribution in the US of advanced biofuels development. Maps include: 1. Locations of the

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Hemicellulase Production in Chrysosporium lucknowense C1

Sandra W.A. Hintz, et al. (Journal of Cereal Science)  Filamentous fungi are widely used for enzyme production for the biofuel industry. The ascomycetous fungus Chrysosporium lucknowense C1 was isolated as

December 26, 2009 Read Full Article

Green Racing Documentary To Follow Only Diesel Racing Series in U.S.

by Nick Chamber (Gas2.0) Volkswagen has announced that the documentary “Racing Under Green”—detailing the trials and tribulations of the Jetta TDI Cup, the U.S.’ only professional green racing series—will premiere the

December 17, 2009 Read Full Article

EIA Energy Outlook Projects Moderate Growth in U.S. Energy Consumption, Greater Use of Renewables, and Reduced Oil and Natural Gas Imports

The Annual Energy Outlook 2010 (AEO2010) reference case released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for U.S. energy consumption and production through 2035. “Our projections show

December 17, 2009 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Claims Underwriters Laboratories Uses Inappropriate Testing Fuel

 From a letter to Underwriters Laboratories from Renewable Fuels Association:  I am writing to express the Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) position that Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has selected an inappropriate

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

Stanford Researchers: Ethanol Results in Higher Ozone Concentrations than Gasoline

by Louis Bergeron (Stanford University)   Ethanol — often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil — would likely worsen health problems caused by

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

InterAmerican Development Bank Provides $25 Million Funding Boost To Peru’s Biofuel Project

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $25 million loan to support an innovative private biofuels project currently being developed in the department of Piura, Peru. An initiative of Maple

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

ENVIROTEK’s “Extreme Bio-Diesel” Division Completes Phase I of Bio-Diesel Refinery Expansion

ENVIROTEK announced the company’s Corona, California-based Extreme Bio-Diesel (EBD) division has successfully completed the first phase of its refinery expansion and is in full production of Bio-Diesel fuel, ahead of the

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

Valero Renewables to Purchase Three Ethanol Plants

Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation , announced today that it has signed an agreement with ASA Ethanol Holdings, LLC to buy two

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

15 Airlines Take Groundbreaking Step in Alternative Fuel Deployment, Sign Comprehensive MOUs to Negotiate Purchase of Fuel from AltAir & Rentech

The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced that a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding

December 16, 2009 Read Full Article

Audi Exec: Obama’s Love for Electric Vehicles Premature

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  Audi’s top U.S. executive said here Monday that political leaders have “fallen in love” with electric vehicles even though widespread use may be two decades

December 15, 2009 Read Full Article

International Technology Action Plan on Bioenergy Released

Bioenergy includes any kind of chemical energy accumulated through photosynthetic processes in organic plant matter (i.e., biomass). Example sources of bioenergy include dedicated energy crops (short rotation wood, perennial grasses),

December 15, 2009 Read Full Article

US Dept. of Energy Secretary Chu Announces Climate REDI

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the launch of a new initiative to promote clean energy technologies in developing countries.  Secretary Chu also welcomed progress under the Major Economies Forum on

December 15, 2009 Read Full Article

Verde Biofuel Building One-of-a-Kind Mobile “Seed to Fuel” Biodiesel Processor

North Carolina’s traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated

December 15, 2009 Read Full Article

The Who, What and When of Cellulosic Ethanol Commercialization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest provides a summary of various cellulosic ethanol production technologies; and who is using

December 15, 2009 Read Full Article

L.A Auto Show: 2010 Audi A3 TDI Named Green Car of the Year

(Los Angeles Times)  The 2010 Audi A3 TDI was named Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show

December 14, 2009 Read Full Article

Inside DOE: A Look at How the $564 Million Integrated Bioenergy Grant Process Operated

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “What you win is the right to negotiate,” chuckles Jim Imbler, CEO of ZeaChem, reflecting on

December 14, 2009 Read Full Article

INEOS Bio JV Selected for $50 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant for Commercial BioEnergy Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has selected INEOS Bio and its partner, New Planet Energy, for

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Market Interactions, Farmers’ Choices, and the Sustainability of Growing Advanced Biofuels: a Missing Perspective?

by Yong Jiang  and Scott M. Swinton  (International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology)  Advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

What Motivates Farmers to Participate in Sustainable Agriculture? Evidence and Policy Implications

by Yan Ma, et al.  (International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology)  Sustained growth in agricultural productivity has become

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Groundbreaking Cellulosic Biofuel Technology Moves Toward Commercialization

(Biomass Magazine)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation and Whole Energy Fuels Corp., headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., are poised

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

California Company Sees Potential in Its Miscanthus Trials

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California-based Mendel Biotechnology Inc. has more than 2,000 varieties of miscanthus under development on

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Bayer and Dow Sign Worldwide Biodiesel Technology Licensing Agreement

(Biodiesel Digest)  Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), and Bayer Technology Services

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

New Mexico Leaders Announce Strategic Initiative to Develop Sustainable Biofuels Industry

Gov. Bill Richardson and the New Mexico congressional delegation today launched an initiative to develop a statewide strategic plan to

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Study: Global Biofuels Reduce GHGs by 123.5 Million Tonnes

Just in time for the critical climate talks now underway in Copenhagen, new data once again confirms the significant greenhouse

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Valero & Mission NewEnergy Execute US$3.5 billion Biofuels Offtake Agreement

Mission NewEnergy Limited (“Mission”) a biodiesel refiner and one of the world’s largest Jatropha plantation companies by acreage announced that

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Pawlenty Touts Ethanol on Trade Mission to South America

by Jon Vomhof (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)  … “Ethanol, I think, is going to be a global commodity in the

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Bacteria Engineered to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

by Matthew Chin (Science Daily) In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Breaks Down Walls for Biofuels

by Heather Lammers, NREL (Renewable Energy World)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ethanol producers are racing

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Solazyme Awarded US $21M Grant for Algae Refinery in Pennsylvania

(Renewable Energy World)  Solazyme Inc. will build its first integrated algae fuel refinery in Pennsylvania. The biorefinery will be built

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

PetroAlgae Announces Strategic Partnership with Foster Wheeler to Create End-to-End Biomass-to-Fuel Solutions

 PetroAlgae Inc., announced today that its has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Bloomberg Acquires Data Provider New Energy Finance

Bloomberg L.P., has acquired New Energy Finance, a global leader in providing news, data and analysis on renewable energy, carbon

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Niagara, Wisconsin Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Supply Studies

New North contracted with Resource Analytics to conduct a biomass supply analysis within a fifty mile radius of Niagara, WI

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

FINLAND: Biodiesel Breakthrough or Environmental Nightmare?

by Linus Atarah (IPS)  As Finnish energy major Neste Oil scales up production of its ‘green’ diesel NExBTL, environmental activists

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Petrobras CEO Highlights Performance in 2009

(Pre-Salt)  The president of Petrobras, José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, … presented an overview of activities in 2009 . …

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Blender Pump Tax Fix Supported by 152 Groups

Growth Energy’s request to Congressional tax writers to fix a program intended to promote the installation of fuel pumps that

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Clemson Researcher Makes Biofuel from Rotten Peaches

What’s brewing in Caye Drapcho’s bioreactor may well be a fuel of the future. Drapcho, a biosystems engineer at Clemson

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

LOGOS Technologies and EDENIQ Awarded Cellulosic Bio-ethanol Grant from US Department of Energy

Logos Technologies, Inc. and EdeniQ, Inc. announced that they have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to modify and operate

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

US GAO Asked to Study Impact of Higher Ethanol Blend

by Tom Doggett (Reuters)  Two key Republican lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday to study the impact of

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

U.S. Sen. Harkin Pushes for Extension of Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit

by Grant Gustafson / Kate Cyrul (IowaPolitics.com)  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today wrote to Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

House Approves Extension of Biodiesel Credit that Industry Calls Vital

by Ben Geman (The Hill)  The broad $31 billion tax extenders package the House approved Wednesday afternoon includes a one-year

December 10, 2009 Read Full Article

Research Shows Promise of Low-Cost Biofuel Production from Sugar Beets

Research reported in the December issue of the American Society of Microbiology’s journal Applied and Environment Microbiology on the development

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

Synterra Fuels to Commercialize Next-Generation Biorefineries

(Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)  Pacific Renewable Fuels (Sacramento, California) and Red Lion Bio-Energy (Toledo, Ohio) have announced that they

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office to Accelerate Review of Green Technology Patents to Speed Deployment to Marketplace

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain “green”

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

VIDEO: Brazilian Government Tackling Climate Change in Brazil

The Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change, launched in December 2008, comprises a set of over one hundred actions and

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

Report: Moving to Clean Energy Would Drive Job Growth and Economic Recovery in Arkansas

Shifting to renewable energy sources, such as wind and bio-energy, would bring significant job growth, economic investment and revenues to

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

UN Seen Backing Biofuels in Carbon Mechanism

(Economic Times, Reuters)  A United Nations panel has approved the inclusion of biofuels in a global scheme to reduce cargon

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces Fellows Program

ARPA-E announces the creation of the “ARPA-E Fellows Program” and invites America’s next generation of leading energy innovators to help

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Wheat-Based Biofuel Refinery Opens on Teeside

by Tom Young (Business Green)  The world’s biggest refinery for making biofuels from wheat was unveiled at Wilton on Teeside

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

Amyris Signs Letters of Intent Agreements with Bunge, Cosan and Guarani

Amyris Brasil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. today announced that it has entered into letter of intent

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American Voters Prefer a Carbon Tax to Cap-and-Trade by a 2-1 Margin

The U.S. Climate Task Force (CTF) and Future 500 recently released a new survey conducted by Hart Research, which demonstrates

December 8, 2009 Read Full Article

International DME Association Launches North American Affairs Group, Chemrec’s LeBlanc Named as Director to Lead Growth of DME

To actively promote the awareness and use of dimethyl ether (DME) as an ultra-clean, renewable, low-carbon diesel substitute throughout North

December 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Small-Engine Makers Voice Worry As EPA Weighs New Ethanol Rule

by Mark Long (Wall Street Journal)  Boaters and small-engine-industry groups are worried their concerns about engine damage will be overlooked

December 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Self-Destructing Bacteria Improve Renewable Biofuel Production

(Science Daily)  An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost,

December 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Grant to Fund Construction of Biomass Gasifier for Production of Renewable Synthetic Fuels at Rentech’s Demonstration Plant in Colorado

Rentech, Inc., and ClearFuels Technology Inc. (ClearFuels) jointly announced that they have been selected to receive up to $23 million

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PetroSun Announces the Selection of the Gas Technology Institute’s Integrated Biorefinery Proposal by the DOE

PetroSun, Inc.,  announced that the Department of Energy has advised Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, Illinois that its Integrated

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ADM Receives $24.8 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Develop and Commercialize Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy today awarded Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) a $24.8 million grant to develop and

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Secretary Chu Announces $100 Million for Advanced Research Projects: EXCLUDES Funds for Biomass to Transportation Fuels

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that a second round of funding opportunities for transformational energy research projects will

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Department of Energy Issues Final Rule on Loan Guarantees

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the issue of a final rule amending the Department of Energy’s regulations for its Loan

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Honeywell’s UOP Green Diesel Fuel Powers Vehicles at United Nations Climate Change Conference

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that its Ecofining process technology was used to convert second-generation, renewable feedstocks to

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

COP15 Limo Fleet Powered by Ethanol Made from Straw

The climate change summit got off to a good start with a fuel change.  For the first time ever, the

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Department of Energy Increases Funding to $81 M for Phase II of BlueFire Ethanol’s Planned Fulton, MS Biorefinery

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of ethanol from

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Algenol, Linde Partner On CO2 Management Technology

Algenol Biofuels, in partnership with The Linde Group, have agreed to collaborate in a joint project that will attempt to

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Enerkem Awarded $50 Million Funding by U.S. Department of Energy for Its Mississippi Biorefinery Project

 Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Myriant Technologies LLC Selected for $50 Million Award for Succinic Acid Biorefinery Project

Myriant Technologies LLC (as successor to BioEnergy International), a leading biotech developer and manufacturer of renewable biochemicals, has been selected

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

SEC Slaps Nova Gen with Charges

by Onell R. Soto (San Diego Union-Tribune)  A La Jolla company bamboozled investors out of $2.3 million with promises of

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

Mississippi State University Lets “Freedom” Ring as Viable Biofuel Feedstock

by Patti Drapala (MSU Ag Communications)  … One focus of MSU’s research is giant miscanthus, or Miscanthus x giganteus, a

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

No New Regulations Announced, Reasonable Causes For Challenges Abound: EPA’s Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  EPA’s much ballyhooed finding that CO2 and five other greenhouse gases (GHG) meet

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Uganda to Extract Biodiesel from ‘Wonder Plant’ Jatropha

by Halima Abdallah  (East African)   The National Forestry Research Institute has embarked on a project to test the viability of

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Nanofarming Offers a Kinder, Gentler Way to Get Biofuel from Algae

by Tina Casey  (CleanTechnica.com) One barrier to cost-competitive biofuel from algae is about to fall, and we may have nanofarming to

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

Secretaries Chu and Vilsack Announce More Than $600 Million Investment in Advanced Biorefinery Projects

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 19 integrated biorefinery

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Green Protectionism in the European Union: How Europe’s Biofuels Policy and the Renewable Energy Directive Violate WTO Commitments

by Fredrik Erixon (European Center for International Political Economy)  This paper examines the trade-policy consequences of current approaches in the 

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Discovery May Lower Cost of Algae Biofuel

by Christain Macavei (Daily Californian)  UC Berkeley researchers now have a better understanding of algae, which may have implications for making biofuels

December 4, 2009 Read Full Article

Closed Loop Energy System in Germany

by Neil Billinger (CheckBiotech, Saskatoonhomepage.ca) Verbio is based in the former East Germany and has a plant located at Zorbig.

December 4, 2009 Read Full Article

Global Biodiesel Demand to Double in 5 Years

by Susanne Retka Schill (Biodiesel Magazine)   The driver for biofuels usage is not limited to the United States and Europe,

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The Movement to Mechanized Sugarcane Harvesting in Brazil

by Joanna Schroeder (AgWired)  … (In Brazil) This year the industry harvested 471.5 million tons, an increase of 7.5 percent

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We Are Green: “Always Clean 110″ Project Is an Example of a Growing Trend in Biofuels: “Symbiosis” Project Produce Biodiesel, Using Recovered Methanol, Cooking Oil

by  (Biofuels Digest)  …Here is an under funded grad student (with a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University) who,

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Synthetic Bio Could Cure Energy Woes

by Ph.D. Angelo DePalma (CheckBiotech, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)   …“It is about systems,” says A. Malcolm Campbell, Ph.D., professor

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City’s Solid Waste Management Division Offers Oil and Grease Recycling Service for Santa Monica Restaurants

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and curb the growing number of clogged sewers plaguing

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Algae-based Renewable Fuel Promotion Act of 2009 Introduced

Reps. Harry Teague (D-N.M.), Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) introduced H.R. 4168 to amend the Internal Revenue Code

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CPO Biodiesel Production Plan May Lift Regions

(Jakarta Globe)  The government is planning to develop regional centers for processing palm oil into biodiesel and other products to

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Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI) and the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) of the Inter-American Development

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Jatropha Takes Root in Brazil

by Robert P. Walzer (New York Times)  A Brazilian start-up is testing the possibility of implementing a large-scale biofuels project

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GAO: Energy-Water Nexus: Many Uncertainties Remain about National and Regional Effects of Increased Biofuel Production on Water Resources

The extent to which increased biofuels production will affect the nation’s water resources depends on the type of feedstock selected

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DTN Guest Editorial: EPA Appears Caught in a Catch 22

by Clayton McMartin (DTN Ethanol Center)  Two key timing issues have essentially paralyzed the Environmental Protection Agency at this point

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EPA Indicates E15 Blending OK is Likely, But Delays Ruling to Mid-2010

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the EPA announced that it will delay its determination on E15 ethanol blending

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School Club’s Biodiesel Project Going Global

by Joel Hood (Chicago Tribune)  Some time ago, Brian Sievers picked up a crazy notion that one simple idea might

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NBB Calls on EPA to Implement RFS2 Biodiesel Targets

From a letter from the National Biodiesel Board to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:   By statute, the Biomass-based

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Purdue to Lead Second-Generation Biofuels Impact Analysis

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Purdue University has been awarded a $933,000 USDA grant to conduct analysis of the

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Canadian Biofuel Cuts Emissions Sharply: Report

by Rod Nickel  (Reuters)  Canadian ethanol emits 62 percent less greenhouse gas than conventional fuel, taking into consideration all stages

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Advanced Biofuel Capacity Expected to Increase from 6.88 Mgy in 2009 to 640.18 Mgy in 2012

Biofuels Digest released a downloadable, consolidated table of cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuels production, including current production as of December

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Biofuels: Growing toward Sustainability

by Bryan M. Jenkins, Chris Somerville, James J. Stapleton  (California Agriculture)  Biofuels — fuels derived from plant materials and other

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Can Feedstock Production for Biofuels Be Sustainable in California?

by Stephen R. Kaffka (California Agriculture)   The use of crops and crop residues as feedstocks for biofuels increases domestic and

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Model Estimates Food-Versus-Biofuel Trade-Off

by Deepak Rajagopal, Steven Sexton, Gal Hochman, David Roland-Holst, David Zilberman (California Agriculture)  Biofuels have been criticized for raising food

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Biofuel Policy Must Evaluate Environmental, Food Security and Energy Goals to Maximize Net Benefits

by Steven Sexton, Deepak Rajagopal, Gal Hochman, David Zilberman, David Roland-Holst (California Agriculture) The biofuel industry has received billions of

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Cellulosic Biomass Could Help Meet California’s Transportation Fuel Needs

by Charles E. Wyman, Bin Yang   (California Agriculture)  Cellulosic biomass, which includes agricultural and forestry residues and woody and herbaceous

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Origin Oil CEO Develops New Ideas for Financing Biofuels

In a presentation called “This is 1992,” Riggs Eckelberry compares the state of the advanced biofuels industry to that of

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Group Helps Small Cities Go Green

by Larisa Brass  (Knoxvillebiz.com) A number of new organizations are springing up across Tennessee with a green glint in their eye.

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A Global View from this Capitol Hill Powwow

by Sam Hopkins  (Green Chip Stocks)  … Hermann Scheer is something like a Founding Father of international clean energy policy

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Plant and Microbial Research Seeks Biofuel Production from Lignocellulose

by Laura E. Bartley, Pamela C. Ronald (California Agriculture) A key strategy for biofuel production is making use of the chemical

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Sustainable Use of California Biomass Resources Can Help Meet State and National Bioenergy Targets

by Bryan M. Jenkins, Robert B. Williams, Nathan Parker, Peter Tittmann, Quinn Hart, Martha C. Gildart, Steve Kaffka, Bruce R.

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CP Rail Tests Animal-Fat, Vegetable-Oil Biodiesel

by Susan Taylor  (Reuters)  Animal fat, restaurant grease and vegetable oil will help power four Canadian Pacific Railway locomotives this

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Biofuel Bugs

(Living on Earth)  University of Minnesota biochemistry professor Larry Wackett’s team won support from the US Dept. of Energy for

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