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Europe’s Sugar Beets Produce Twice as Much Ethanol in the Tropics
May 30, 2010 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(  Sugar beets from Europe can help solve the conflict between food and bioenergy in the developing world.  “Sugar beets have greater energy content than sugar cane but require rotation with other crops,” explained Jan Öhrvall …

Michelin and Porsche Hybrid Come Close to an Exploit in the ‘Green Hell’
May 30, 2010 – 8:15 am | No Comment

(Michelin)  The new Porsche GT-R Hybrid/Michelin led for a significant amount of last weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours before being sidelined with an hour remaining. Victory in the FIA Alternative Energies Cup went to Volkswagen’s biogas-fuelled Scirocco …

Mississippi State University Wins Top Honors in Year Two of EcoCAR Competition
May 28, 2010 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(General Motors)  Student-Designed and Built Vehicles Put to the Test; Virginia Tech, Penn State Finish Second and Third.
Students from Mississippi State University placed first in the 2010 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge finals in San Diego …

Benefits of Sugarcane Ethanol to Hit U.S. Airwaves in New TV Ads during ‘Indy 500’ Telecast on ABC
May 27, 2010 – 6:19 am | No Comment

(  Sugarcane ethanol is a clean, renewable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 60% compared to gasoline and can save money at the pump. These are just a couple of the points delivered by …

DeltaWing Takes DC!
May 25, 2010 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Our friends at DeltaWing Racing brought their DeltaWing Prototype to the Indiana Society of Washington DC for their annual Indy 500 reception last week. “Senior Green Motor Sports Correspondent” and …

Funded with a Grant, Sullivan’s Station’s New Pumps Offer Drivers a Choice of ethanol Blends
May 25, 2010 – 1:40 pm | One Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald-Review)   Motorists driving through Sullivan (Illinois) now have a place to easily fill up their vehicles with their choice of ethanol blends.
The renovated E-K Petro Mart at 305 S. Hamilton St. offers three …

Anheuser-Busch Rejects $1.1M grant
May 25, 2010 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Pat Ferrier (  The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins has rejected a $1.1 million experimental energy grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to replace lead-acid batteries on its fleet of forklifts with cleaner …

Gene Discovery Potential Key to Cost-Competitive Cellulosic Ethanol
May 25, 2010 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Lab)  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are improving strains of microorganisms used to convert cellulosic biomass into ethanol, including a recent modification that could improve the efficiency of …

Scramble’s on in London to Snag Biodiesel
May 25, 2010 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Howard Mustoe   (Seattle Times)  …
Cabbies, who collectively spend almost $634,000 a day on diesel, are starting to switch to biodiesel, a fuel derived from vegetable oil, to cut costs. Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is also …

Freedom Environmental Rolling Out Biofuel Model to Existing Commercial Clients Developing New “Green” Revenue Stream
May 25, 2010 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Market Watch)  Freedom Estimates 30,000 Gallons of Grease Collected From Existing Commercial Clients Per Month to be Sold to Processing Facilities at $1.75 Per Gallon.
Freedom Environmental Services announced May 19, 2010, its biofuel consultant, Homestead Inc., has …

A New Way to Make Methanol Fuel
May 25, 2010 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(New Energy and Fuel)  University of Oxford researchers are developing a method for the homogeneous conversion of CO2 to methanol, with methanol as the only resulting C1 product.  With momentum building in the methanol powered fuel …

Methanol: Biofuel to love or hate?
May 25, 2010 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A lot of people refer to methanol as wood alcohol – referring to the ancient process of extracting methanol from wood, using pyrolysis. In recent years, it has been primarily …

Hanford Land Has Potential after Cleanup, Leaders Say
May 25, 2010 – 8:28 am | No Comment

by Annette Cary (  The Hanford nuclear reservation is getting cleaned up, and some of its land will be available for new uses in 2015, just when Hanford employment is dropping, said Gary Petersen, Tri-City Development …

S**t Hits the Fan(Belt): Manure, Sewage as Biofuel Materials
May 25, 2010 – 8:20 am | No Comment

by John Timmer (ars technica)  If you look at any single source of biofuels, the numbers can seem depressing, as it’s very difficult to obtain enough raw material to account for more than a small percentage …

Khosla Ventures Announces Tony Blair Associates as Senior Advisors
May 25, 2010 – 8:11 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  Khosla Ventures, a venture assistance firm that focuses on cleantech and information technology startups, today announced a strategic partnership with Tony Blair Associates. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his team will leverage …

Imperial Acquires E-Biofuels for $19.15 Million in Stock, Debt
May 25, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Wilson indicated in an exclusive Digest interview that the company intends to qualify its biodiesel under the current specifications for Jet A, based on proprietary technology that has reduced the …

Mascoma’s Plan for Ethanol Plant in Michigan Likely Delayed, CEO Says
May 25, 2010 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Ryan McBride (  Lebanon, NH-based Mascoma has made strides with its process for producing ethanol from non-food plants such as wood chips and grass. Yet the firm is likely to delay the start of production …

90 US Scientists Demand Revision of Biofuels Carbon Accounting
May 25, 2010 – 7:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, 90 US scientists wrote to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to fix accounting standards for greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy projects.
The …

What’s Next for Oil Spill Affected Areas? Advanced Biofuels?
May 24, 2010 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Grand Isle State Park’s beaches on the tip of a Louisiana marsh sticking into the Gulf of Mexico hosted over 100,000 visitors per year.  After Hurricanes …

Dynamic Fuels Hosts Investor Plant Tour
May 24, 2010 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From time to time, you hear people complain that you can’t make money off of recycling.  Dynamic Fuels gives the lie to that statement.  Not only has it already …

Michelin Green X Challenge Returns to Mazda Raceway
May 22, 2010 – 6:41 am | No Comment

(American LeMans Series)  Environmental Race Within the Race Continues to Grow.
The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge returns to the hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (May 22) for the second season of competition having dramatically grown …

Helping DC Drivers Save Money at the Pump this Memorial Day
May 21, 2010 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Joel Velasco (  …One reason for higher fuel prices is a lack of competition in the market for ethanol.  Economics 101 is pretty clear: consumers win when businesses compete in an open market, because …

Ethanol and Bio-Diesel Could Help in Achieving Import Substitution: Neelam
May 21, 2010 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Online International News Network)  Pakistan Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Punjab Neelam Jabbar Ch. has said that the government is paying full attention to develop the alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel to overcome …

Sewage Sludge Could be a Competitive Feedstock for Biodiesel
May 21, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection)  
Existing technology can produce biodiesel fuel from municipal sewage sludge that is within a few cents a gallon of being competitive with conventional diesel refined from petroleum, according to the article, “Biodiesel Production from …

Novozymes and Ceres Partner on Biofuel Crops
May 21, 2010 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)   Companies take step towards commercialization of low-carbon biofuels from switchgrass and other energy crops.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. and Novozymes, the world’s largest enzyme provider, have entered a research collaboration to co-develop customized plant …

Virginia Barley Plantings Surge, Ethanol Plant Credited
May 21, 2010 – 8:56 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg Business Week, AP)   …Federal statistics show barley acres jumped from 67,000 in 2009 to 105,000 this year.
David Coleman with the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation says Osage Bio Energy’s plant in Hopewell has created a …

Ethanol Pump Opening Celebrations
May 21, 2010 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(  …Illinois legislative officials and corn ethanol representatives will be opening the first blender pump in southern Illinois. The pump in Sullivan is the first of 20 such pumps planned in the state in a …

Indirect Land Use: One Consideration Too Many in Biofuel Regulation
May 21, 2010 – 8:49 am | No Comment

by David Zilberman, Gal Hochman, and Deepak Rajagopal  (Agricultural and Resource Economics Update — University of California)   …While including Indirect Land Use Effects in assessing the impact of biofuel seems appealing, we will argue here against an …

OAS to Provide Technical Assistance for Biofuels Development in Jamaica
May 21, 2010 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Caribbean Net News) The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Sustainable Development, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, launched in Jamaica a project that supports the development and implementation of biofuels policies and programs in the …

EPA’s ‘Tailoring Rule’ and the Biomass Industry
May 21, 2010 – 8:21 am | No Comment

(  …Including biomass power plants under the EPA’s tailoring rule is a clear policy shift and may imply a change in position for future policy.  The lack of distinction between renewable biomass as an alternative fuel …

Co-Firing Biomass with Coal
May 21, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Kevin Sullivan & Ronald Meijer, KEMA (   …Co-firing may indeed make sense, from cost and environmental perspectives, for many coal-based electricity producers. Co-firing makes use of existing power generation assets and infrastructure with the …

Algal Industry Magazine Interview: Algal Biomass Organization’s Mary Rosenthal
May 21, 2010 – 7:59 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algal Industry Magazine)   …”Our near term goals are to continue to be the leading voice for the algae industry, to provide our members resources and networking opportunities, such as the 2010 Algae …

Sen. Susan Collins: Great Care Needed in Introducing New Fuel Blends
May 21, 2010 – 7:48 am | No Comment

by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)  (  …While ethanol does cut our use of fossil fuels and reduces some harmful air emissions, it also raises some serious concerns. It is a powerful solvent that can damage …

Cost of Oil-Spill Cleanup Could Have Fueled Growth in Advanced Biofuels
May 21, 2010 – 7:43 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … One of the industries most affected is the fishing industry that has been all but shut down. And while fisherman are out of work, seafood prices have already risen more …

Gonzalez Gets Award for Finding Way to Turn E. coli into Biofuel
May 21, 2010 – 7:30 am | No Comment

by Christine Hall (Houston Business Journal)  Escherichia coli, E. coli for short, is best known as the bacterium that can cause foodborne illnesses, but to researcher Ramon Gonzalez, E. coli can also be an alternative energy …

Indiana Farmers Are Producing Ethanol for the Middle East
May 21, 2010 – 7:22 am | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana corn is regularly exported as food and feed; but, now, more and more Indiana corn is moving onto the world market as fuel. The US ethanol industry is …

Growing U.S. Export: Corn ethanol
May 21, 2010 – 7:20 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher  (Des Moines Register)  
The United States has a growing new export – ethanol fuel – and a lot is going to of all places the Middle East. New government data shows that nearly …

Missouri University Researchers Turn Coffee to Biodiesel Fuel
May 20, 2010 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Samantha Sunne (The Maneater)   Researchers at the biofuel lab have found a way to skip the drying step.
MU researchers have found a way to convert the coffee grounds commonly found in beverages into biodiesel …

Avantium Launches YXY, the New Green Building Block for Materials and Fuels
May 20, 2010 – 8:19 am | No Comment

(24-7 Press Release)  Green solutions are the holy grail of industrial innovation today. Every company is anxiously looking for answers to the renewable challenges our world is facing. However, most of these solutions are not …

Debunking Myths on Biofuels
May 20, 2010 – 8:11 am | No Comment

by Angie Chui (Manilla Bulletin)  Biofuels should not be viewed as a threat to food security. Instead, it should be considered a boone to the industry if the Brazilian experience is any indication.
According to diplomat Andre …

The Paradox of Rising U.S. Ethanol Exports: Increased Market Opportunities at the Expense of Enhanced National Energy Security?
May 20, 2010 – 8:07 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  An industry founded in part on its ability to enhance national energy security is being forced to look beyond U.S. borders for new market growth opportunities. For three decades, the U.S. ethanol industry …

Project Jatropha
May 20, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) Winner:  Adarsha Shivakumar, Apoorva Rangan, and Callie Roberts   Pleasant Hill and Martinez, California   –   The Project Jatropha Team promotes the cultivation of Jatropha curcas, a perennial shrub with …

Oak Hall School Biodiesel Project
May 20, 2010 – 7:53 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) Winner:  Oak Hall School   Gainesville, Florida   –  The Oak Hall School Biodiesel Project began as a science fair project to collect and process used vegetable oil (UVO) into biodiesel …

Project T.G.I.F.: Turn Grease Into Fuel
May 20, 2010 – 7:49 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)   President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) Winner:  Westerly Innovations Network/Westerly Middle School, Westerly, Rhode Island    – This group of middle school students, who are passionate about community service, decided to do their part in …

Doyle Signs Renewable Fuels Bill into Law
May 20, 2010 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A legislative proposal that would encourage the development, production and use of renewable fuels in Wisconsin is now the law of the land. On Tuesday, Governor Jim Doyle signed SB 279, also …

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Find More Use among Fleets
May 20, 2010 – 7:40 am | No Comment

by Dan Olson  (Minnesota Public Radio)  …Coca-Cola started using alternative fuel vehicles in 2001. It has more than 250 fleet vehicles in the Twin Cities, and 10 of them are the hybrid-electric delivery trucks, along …

Munching Machines: Robots that Forage for Fuel and Run on Steam Power
May 20, 2010 – 7:31 am | No Comment

(The Economist)  …(A) team of American researchers is developing a machine to power a vehicle that will fend for itself by gathering material like wood, leaves and grass to be used as a biofuel to run …

Lignol Achieves Important Pilot Plant Milestone
May 20, 2010 – 7:25 am | One Comment

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation, a leading technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Ltd. has successfully completed integrated production campaigns and met operability targets for …

Chempolis Develops a Unique Technology for Bioethanol Production
May 20, 2010 – 7:18 am | One Comment

(Chempolis)  Chempolis Oy, engaged in the development and delivery of environmentally sustainable biorefining technologies, has expanded its biorefinery and R&D centre in Oulu (Finland) to the production of bioethanol. This enables the company to strengthen its position …

Dresser Wayne Continues Warranty for E15
May 20, 2010 – 7:17 am | No Comment

by Michelle Kautz  (  Dresser Wayne has announced that all of their standard dispensers have always, and will continue to, cover the use of ethanol blends up to 15 percent ethanol. Warranties on higher blends …

Next-Generation Biofuels: Near-Term Challenges
May 20, 2010 – 6:32 am | No Comment

by William Coyle  (Amber Waves)  Next-generation biofuel companies are using a variety of strategies to overcome high initial capital costs, limited access to low-cost biomass, and other hurdles to remain financially viable during pre-commercial development.
…There …

Algal Biomass Organization Publishes Annual Report
May 20, 2010 – 6:00 am | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal  (Algal Biomass Organization)  It was a great year for algae – and a great year for the Algal Biomass Organization.  In the past 12 months, the algae industry has reached a number of …

North Wales Algae Farm Aims to Feed the World
May 19, 2010 – 7:34 am | No Comment

by Andrew Forgrave (Daily Post North Wales)  Waste food and even cow slurry could be used to feed the world using a farm-scale process being pioneered in North Wales.
Start-up company Merlin Biodevelopments has devised a …

Electronic Waste Produces Algae for Biofuel
May 19, 2010 – 7:27 am | No Comment

by Aniqa Hasan  (Discovery News)  Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created Bio-Grow, a device made from various computer parts that serves as a reservoir to cultivate algae.
The algae can then be used in …

Profit Margin: Algae-to-Biofuel Venture Says It’s Solved Industry-Vexing Puzzles
May 19, 2010 – 7:18 am | No Comment

by Steve Clark (The Brownsville Herald)  …Brad Bartilson, Photon8’s president and CEO, says the Traveling Wave Tube technology boosts algae growth by 500 percent, representing a major advance in the profitable conversion of algae to biofuel …

Alltech to Create Large Algae Farm in Kentucky
May 19, 2010 – 7:12 am | No Comment

(  Alltech President Pearse Lyons said Monday that his company will announce in August the creation of a large algae factory in Kentucky to make bio-fuel and research new approaches for mitigating climate change.
Lyons declined to …

Lehigh Valley International Airport Gets $700,000 Grant
May 19, 2010 – 7:01 am | No Comment

(   …The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority today received a $700,000 state grant to promote cleaner transportation through the production and use of alternative biodiesel, natural gas and electricity.   …The money comes from an Alternative Fuel Incentive …

Algae: The New Oil June 17 Fairless Hills, PA
May 18, 2010 – 5:29 pm | No Comment
Algae: The New Oil June 17 Fairless Hills, PA

Come learn about algae oil as a potential feedstock to help biodiesel producers become self-sustainable.  It’s one solution to help the US reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create new green jobs.
The National Algae Association, a 501(c)6, …

Jatropha World 2010 October 6-7 Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 18, 2010 – 5:24 pm | No Comment
Jatropha World 2010 October 6-7 Rotterdam, Netherlands

Conference Theme: Jatropha Commercialization Challenge – Charting the Right Way Forward
Key Issues
§         Experiences of Jatropha Growers in: Africa, North & South America, Asia
§         A-Z of Jatropha Production: Propagation, Cultivation, Pruning, Harvesting, Oil Extraction
§         Advances in …

Durban Company Flies High on Biofuel
May 18, 2010 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Times Live)  A Durban company has unveiled a light aircraft engine which can operate on biofuel or liquid petroleum gas.
“Our technology benchmarks South Africa against the finest aviation engineering in the world,” said Andre Schoeman, chairman …

China Integrated Energy, Inc. Procured $12.7 Million of Production Equipment for the New 50,000 Ton Second-Generation Biodiesel Production Facility
May 18, 2010 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  China Integrated Energy, Inc., a leading non-state-owned integrated energy company in the People’s Republic of China, announced today that it has secured production equipment for its new 50,000 ton biodiesel production facility currently …

Antibiotics Clarified in Grainy Picture
May 18, 2010 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(   The burgeoning alternative fuels industry has led to a paralleled increase in related industries based on the side products of fuels processing. A prime example of this is the production of bioethanol from corn in …

Gulf Oil Spill Fuels Cries for Replacements, but Can Biofuels Industry scale Up?
May 18, 2010 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Still (Wisconsin Technology Network) The April 20 explosion onboard the Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 workers and unleashed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, has renewed public calls …

Louisiana State University AgCenter Announces New Sugarcane Variety
May 18, 2010 – 4:08 pm | One Comment

(Louisiana State University)  Louisiana sugarcane farmers will have a new sugarcane variety this fall with the release of L 03-371 from the LSU AgCenter and others on May 5.  
Developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of …

Wine-Making Yeast Shows Promise for Bioethanol Production
May 18, 2010 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Science Centric)  Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae that might be important for ethanol production from plant material, providing insights into the bioethanol alternative to …

Ethanol Has Pushed Up Meat Prices? Bull
May 17, 2010 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Larry and Judy Kay  (Des Moines Register)  Letter to the Editor   Bloomberg ran a story about the rising price of meat on April 26, suggesting that the demand for ethanol was to blame. This …

Firms Eye Profits in Leftover Corn Plant Products
May 17, 2010 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  …Now, agribusiness companies Monsanto Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Deere and Co. see profits in stover and are collaborating on research into economical ways of harvesting, processing and …

Corn, Ethanol and the War on Terrorism
May 17, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)   American farmers are producing enough corn to meet food needs, livestock feed needs and to provide a start for the country’s effort to develop a sustainable energy source to …

Sunoco Inc Ethanol Plant To Start-Up By July 1 -Spokesman
May 17, 2010 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Susan Daker (Dow Jones Newswire)   …Sunoco has signaled that it would be interested in delving into other biofuels ventures.
On Friday, Golembeski said the company is conducting feasibility studies on whether or not it can …

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy December 11-14 Honolulu, HI
May 17, 2010 – 9:20 am | No Comment
Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy December 11-14 Honolulu, HI

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a leader in industrial biotechnology, is pleased to announce the fifth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The latest issues in industrial biotechnology will be featured, algae, …

Thailand Biofuels: Feedstocks and Market Opportunities
May 17, 2010 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Ben Lazarus  (Biofuels Digest, American World Services)  Looks at cassava, sugarcane, cellulosic feedstocks (rice husks, bagasse), spare production capacity, and export opportunities in Thailand.  READ MORE

The Name is Bond, part II: Financiers Find Biofuels Financing Options in Bond Market
May 17, 2010 – 7:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …Although equity investors (primarily strategics and venture capitalists) and the government grant market has continued to participate strongly in biofuels investing, the debt market that typically represents up to 80 …

Academics Urge Radical New Approach to Climate Change
May 17, 2010 – 7:14 am | No Comment

by Richard Black (BBC News)  A major change of approach is needed if society is to restrain climate change, according to a report from a self-styled “eclectic” group of academics.
…The academics advocate concentrating first on …

Ethanol Industry Approaches the Blending Wall – Cellulosic Ethanol Investments Severely Threatened
May 14, 2010 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

Dr. Robert Wisner (AgMRC)   A fuel ethanol blending wall has been anticipated for the last three years.  When reached, it would halt growth of the ethanol industry or initially would cause demand growth to fall …

Ethanol Helps Cut Imports of Foreign Oil
May 14, 2010 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Merle Anderson (Grand Forks Herald)  …Basically, three types of energy are used to produce ethanol: natural gas, electricity and fossil fuel. Most of the energy used to produce ethanol comes from natural gas and electricity.
By …

Three Mile Island for Big Oil?
May 14, 2010 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Michael Vaughan  (Globe and Mail)  The ever worsening ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and on U.S. shorelines has undermined political support for offshore drilling and is focusing attention on greater reliance on renewable …

EcoCAR Finals Fast Approaching May 17-27 Yuma, AZ; San Diego, CA
May 14, 2010 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Car Challenge)  Year Two of the EcoCAR Challenge has proven to be a test of wills for the 16 North American universities participating in this fierce competition. Over the last academic year, EcoCAR teams have spent …

U.S. Clears a Test of Bioengineered Trees
May 14, 2010 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Andres Pollack   (New York Times)  Federal regulators gave clearance Wednesday for a large and controversial field test of genetically engineered trees planned for seven states stretching from Florida to Texas.
The test is meant to …

Biofuel Project Sparks Wrangle
May 14, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  A planned biofuel project in Magarini District (Kenya) has put Malindi County Council and ecologists on a collision course.
This follows a request by the National Environment Management Authority for residents’ views on the project, …

USDA’s Vilsack Says Biofuels Plant Is Future of U.S. Energy
May 14, 2010 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Debra Schell  (Press and Journal)  The Obama Administration’s quest to wean the nation off foreign oil by turning to renewable energy sources brought U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Middletown Friday.
Vilsack, along …

The Name is Bond: New Concepts in Bond Financing May Break Biofuels Finance Logjam
May 14, 2010 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A team from the investment bank Stern Brothers, the law firms Mintz Levin and Kreig DeVault have developed a bond-oriented approach that has received favorable initial reaction from the USDA, and …

Renewable Fuel Standards — RFS2
May 14, 2010 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by B.A. (Ben) Thorp and Masood Akhtar  (Ahead of the Curve, TAPPI)  …The first question to ask is, why do I need to know any of this? Reasons can range from increasing one’s knowledge to helping …

2010-2011: Pivotal Years for Next Generation Biofuels
May 14, 2010 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire)  The number of next generation biofuels projects reached 200 globally, a report from the Global Biofuels Center (GBC) recently announced, beyond the more than 100 Brazilian bioethanol facilities that will qualify as “Advanced Biofuels” in …

Air Transport World’s Eco-Aviation Conference June 23-25 Washington, DC
May 14, 2010 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
Air Transport World’s Eco-Aviation Conference June 23-25 Washington, DC

ATW‘s Eco-Aviation Conference was the first and still is the only conference in North America devoted to addressing a broad cross section of topics arising from commercial aviation’s impact on the environment.
We invite students to …

Ethanol: Affordable, Clean and We Don’t Have to Wait
May 14, 2010 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings   (The Hill)  …Today, conventional oil supplies are being tapped out and maintaining our current level of addiction forces us to hunt for scarce deposits in deepwater wells or in the Canadian tar …

AFVI Show in Full Swing
May 14, 2010 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Kautz  (   The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI) 2010 Conference is now in full swing in Las Vegas. The 16th annual event is offering its attendees a wide array of workshops and sessions …

Report: More Work Needed on Minnesota’s Green Economy
May 14, 2010 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Lee (Star Tribune)  With its university research, sources of biomass and track record of innovation, some people think Minnesota has the tools to become a major leader in the green economy. But will it …

BTL & Bio-Based Chemicals October 6-7 Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 14, 2010 – 11:49 am | No Comment
BTL & Bio-Based Chemicals   October 6-7   Rotterdam, Netherlands

“Innovations to Improve Conversion & Optimize Mass Yields”
“Commercializing BTL Biorefinery Projects for Production of
Diesel & Jet Fuels”
Advancements in catalyst and membrane technology are increasing the productivity and efficiency of Biomass to Liquids production in the …

Energy from Waste 2010 (Waste to Energy) October 6-7 London, UK
May 14, 2010 – 10:43 am | One Comment
Energy from Waste 2010 (Waste to Energy) October 6-7 London, UK

The question of how to efficiently utilise residual waste has become imperative for numerous reasons – increasing landfill taxes, the drive for a low carbon economy, the requirements of resource efficiency and the search for …

Senate Climate Bill Clears First Hurdle
May 14, 2010 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biomass Intel)  …While aggressive with GHG reduction provisions, the American Power Act (APA) is short on biofuel-specific provisions…
Some of the key strategies for incentivizing low carbon fuels under the bill include increasing …

Biofuel Combustion Chemistry More Complex than Petroleum-Based Fuels, Say Sandia and Lawrence Livermore Researchers
May 14, 2010 – 10:20 am | 2 Comments

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Understanding the key elements of biofuel combustion is an important step toward insightful selection of next-generation alternative fuels.
And that’s exactly what researchers at Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are doing.   The journal …

Argentine State of the Biofuels Industry Report Published
May 14, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber has released its latest study in its State of the Biofuels Industry series, covering the B5 and E5 mandates that began this year.
Ethanol highlights: …

Novozymes Again Sues Danisco
May 14, 2010 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(the Cophenhagen Post)  Danish companies Danisco and Novozymes retread infringement issue, but this time over a different patent.
Patent infringements over enzymes used in biofuels are again at issue between Danish companies Danisco and Novozymes, with the …

Advanced BioFuels Association Applauds U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s Leadership as Biofuels Tax Incentives Bill Is Introduced
May 14, 2010 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  The Advanced BioFuels Association applauded the leadership of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as he recently introduced a biofuels tax incentive bill that extends the Investment Tax Credit to advanced biofuels.  
The Nelson bill, S. …

Scientists ID Bacterial Genes that Improve Plant Growth
May 14, 2010 – 9:42 am | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  You might think bacteria that “invade” trees are there to cause certain destruction. But like the helpful bacteria that live within our guts, some microbes help plants thrive. To find out what …

Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter
May 14, 2010 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Ariel Schwartz  (Inhabitat)  Plenty of airlines are testing out biofuels in passenger jets, but helicopters have largely been ignored — until now. Australia-based Delta Helicopters is developing what it says is the first biofuel-capable diesel …

Impact Assessments to Orient Sustainable and Inclusive Biofuels Production in the Amazon
May 14, 2010 – 9:18 am | No Comment

(SNV)  …SNV together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) implemented a project to analyse the socioeconomic and environmental risks and benefits caused by the production of biofuels and energy crops in (agricultural areas within) the Peruvian …

Shell Says Share of Renewables in Transport Fuel Set to Double
May 14, 2010 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Eduard Gismatullin  (Bloomberg Business Week)  
Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, expects the share of renewable energy in transport fuels worldwide to double over the next 10 years.
The portion of renewables is already …

The Presidential Biofuels Directive: One Year Later, Where Are We?
May 14, 2010 – 8:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The invite-only meeting, which attracted more than 100 attendees, was structured around two panels, one focused primarily on policy and led by USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber and featuring biofuels …

Vilsack: USDA Needs to Take Chances
May 14, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom  (Ag Week)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at a White House clean energy forum May 6 that USDA may have to take bigger chances with its business loan guarantees if it is …

What If There Is No Climate/Energy Bill? Civil Society Institute Report from Synapse Shows Clean Energy Future Still Possible for US
May 13, 2010 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(The Clean)  With Uncertainty Mounting About Climate/Energy Bill, Major New Study for CSI Details Path for Breaking Away From “Business As Usual” in the Electric Power Sector.
What happens if Congress fails to pass a climate or …

EPA Awards Small Businesses to Develop New Environmental Technologies
May 13, 2010 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $2.5 million to 11 companies to support their work in eight key environmental areas: monitoring and control of air emissions, biofuels, green …

South Dakota State University Research: Re-Using Enzymes in Industry
May 12, 2010 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(South Dakota State University)  A South Dakota State University scientist is exploring ways to re-use enzymes in processes such as making cellulosic ethanol.
The research could lead to big financial savings for industry.
“Enzymes are usually very …

NC State Wins ARPA-E Grant To Study Extremophile Production Of Biofuels
May 12, 2010 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) has awarded a grant for more than $2.7 million to North Carolina State University to support research into the creation of biofuels …

OPXBIO Wins $6 Million Department of Energy Grant
May 12, 2010 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Marketwire)  Award Accelerates Development of Advanced Biofuels
OPX Biotechnologies Inc., a renewable biochemical and biofuel company, has been awarded a $6 million grant for the development of advancement biofuels by the U.S. Department of Energy through its …

Grants for Blender Pumps Are Available
May 12, 2010 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(AP,   State officials say federal stimulus money is still available to help South Dakota retailers install ethanol blender pumps at gas stations.   Blender pumps allow motorists to select the amount of ethanol in their …

Ethanol Terminal Opens in Shreveport
May 12, 2010 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman  (  A terminal to provide the ethanol needs of northwest Louisiana and the surrounding area has opened in Shreveport.
Eco-Energy, Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee recently started operations at the ethanol distribution terminal, which is …

Honeywell UOP Named Among Boeing’s 2009 Suppliers of the Year
May 12, 2010 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(UOP)  UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected as one of Boeing’s 2009 suppliers of the year. One of just 14 companies chosen from a pool of 10,500, Honeywell’s UOP business unit has played a …

Algae: A Mean, Green Cleaning Machine
May 12, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry  (USDA ARS)  …Agricultural Research Service microbiologist Walter Mulbry has been finding out there’s more to algae than just stringy masses that muck up streams and ponds. Though some scientists believe algae might …

LL Biofuels Namibia Produces Biodiesel
May 12, 2010 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   LL Biofuels Namibia is set to produce its own biodiesel after signing an agreement that will see the cultivation of jatropha on 300,000 hectares of land located in the north-eastern Caprivi Region, Namibia.
The …

Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels is Formed
May 12, 2010 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport News)  At a meeting held last May 6, in São Paulo, Brazil, the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels (Aliança Brasileira para Biocombustíveis de Aviação – ABRABA) was formed. To start with, the group has …

To Fix Carbon, Food, Energy: Fix RuBisCO (The Mother of All Biofuels Challenges)
May 12, 2010 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …It was the biochemist Dr. Ganesh Kishore, now the CEO of the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund and formerly Chief Biotechnology Officer of Dupont, who raised the issue at a …

Vilsack Tours Pennsylvania Biodiesel Plant
May 12, 2010 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Middletown Biofuels in central Pennsylvania on May 7, where he highlighted biodiesel production as a critical component in America’s strategy to create jobs and revitalize the rural economy. …

National Algae Association and Algae Industry Magazine Announce Algae Innovation Awards
May 12, 2010 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  With an eye toward young talent leading the future of algaebioenergy development, the National Algae Association, in cooperation with Algae Industry Magazine, announces the launch of the Algae Innovation Awards, a scholarship competition …

Construction Complete on Commercial-Scale Photobioreactor Demo for Algae Production
May 12, 2010 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)   The National Algae Association is pleased to announce that construction has been completed on a commercial-scale photobioreactor (PBR) demo located at Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas. “Thanks to donations of …

Biofuels Industry Eyes Growth
May 12, 2010 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Thom Gabrukiewicz (  …Tom Vilsack, the president’s agriculture secretary, said Thursday that much progress has been made – but more must be done. 
“We’re conducting the first national on-energy production survey to find out among …

Southeast Asia – the Bio-Based Arabia?
May 12, 2010 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Per Dahlen (Biofuels Digest)   …Putting all this data together we seen that Southeast Asia requires some 2.7Mbpd, or 135 million tons per year to eliminate oil imports and to increase energy security. With second …

Lufthansa to Use Biofuel on Flights by 2012 – CEO
May 12, 2010 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  Lufthansa is set to become one of the world’s first airlines to mix biofuel with traditional kerosene on commercial flights as carriers seek ways to cut soaring fuel costs, its chief executive said.
The German flag …

Seaweed-Based Biofuel Farm to Rise in Aurora
May 12, 2010 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Manny Galvez  (The Philippean Star)  The government plans to develop a $5-million (P220-million) ethanol farm at a 100-hectare site in the province using the Korean technology of extracting ethanol from seaweed.
Sen. Edgardo Angara told The …

Clean Energy and the Oil Spill: 3 Facts You May Not Know
May 12, 2010 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Bryce Covert (New Deal 2.0)  …Fact #1: Burning oil to generate electricity makes up a tiny percentage of overall generation in the US. …Fact #2: Electricity generation accounts for almost 40% of US greenhouse …

A Sea Change For Biofuels
: Peak Oil, Fresh Water Shortages, and Food Challenges Are Driving Innovations in Aquatic Feedstocks

May 12, 2010 – 8:33 am | No Comment

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest)  As we enter a new decade in 2010, leagues of prescient scientists , businessmen, politicians, commodity traders, defense hawks, activists, NGOs and social entrepreneurs are taking on future challenges by …

VIASPACE Presents Giant King Grass at International BIOMASS Conference in Minneapolis
May 12, 2010 – 7:46 am | No Comment

(VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Inc., a clean energy company growing Giant KingTM Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, announced that  Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen made an invited presentation at the International BIOMASS Conference and Expo held …

An Interview with Chris Cassidy, Business and Renewable Energy Advisor to the USDA
May 11, 2010 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  …When we look at the markets, it will come down to transportation as the deal killer on biofuels, including algae. The longer the distance from the production site to …

Sandlin to Propose Biofuel Development Tax Credit
May 11, 2010 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(AP, Bloomberg Businessweek)  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she will propose a tax credit aimed at encouraging investment in development of the next generation of renewable fuels. …She says her bill would create a …

Plant Makes Fuel from Waste and Fiber
May 11, 2010 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  An Iowa corn ethanol plant has been converted to produce commercial cellulosic biofuels from fiber and municipal waste.
Clean technology company Fiberight announced today that it has started “commenced production at the nation’s …

Cellulosic Ethanol Future of Sorghum
May 11, 2010 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Cary Blake   (Delta Farm Press)  The long-term growth of the U.S. sorghum industry depends in part with scientists unraveling paths to produce cellulosic ethanol economically.
“We are very excited about the future of energy (forage — …

International Conference for Biodiesel Manufacturers May 31-June 1 Berlin
May 11, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment
International Conference for Biodiesel Manufacturers May 31-June 1 Berlin

The 4th International Conference for Biodiesel Manufacturers focuses on three topics:

Biodiesel Market in constantly changing political frameworks
Quality management detecting traces of problematic substances
Production technology aiming to meet current and future standards

In order to provide the …

Enerkem Announces Funding from Alberta Energy for Its Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels Facility
May 11, 2010 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)   Enerkem announced that it has been selected by Alberta Energy to receive funding for its future Edmonton waste-to-biofuels facility, operated under the name of Enerkem GreenField Alberta Biofuels.
The $3.35 million funding will come from …

Novozymes and Nedalco to Improve Biofuel Production
May 11, 2010 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  Novozymes, the world leader in biofuel enzymes, and Royal Nedalco, a leading yeast developer and ethanol producer, collaborate to develop a new fermentation process that can efficiently ferment C5 and C6 sugars. Fermentation of both …

Push Is on for Higher Ethanol Blends
May 11, 2010 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (   …(T)he Illinois Senate has approved a measure that will eventually allow higher blends of ethanol to receive the state sales tax exemption. Marketers can sell ethanol blended fuel with a sales …

Pumping Up Fuel Alternatives
May 11, 2010 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Anne Tazewell (  The ruptured well and unfolding catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico are reminders that we can’t afford to wait for the perfect fuel to replace petroleum.
The easy stuff is gone; U.S. oil …

Ethanol Plant Funding Delayed
May 11, 2010 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Ed Baldridge (   County commissioners voted 5-0 to withdraw their application for a grant supporting the new ethanol plant project, but it was merely a formality according to County Administrator Michael Wright.
The Community Development Black …

Smith Advocates Stronger Energy Focus in New Farm Bill
May 11, 2010 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore  (The Independent)  The 2012 Farm Bill was the focus of attention Tuesday in Cheyenne, Wyo., as members of the House Agriculture Committee, including U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., heard from farmers and …

Tea Party With a Difference
May 11, 2010 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Friedman (New York Times)  …I’m sure like all such protest movements the Tea Partiers will get their 10 to 20 percent of the vote. But should the Tea Partiers actually aspire to break …

New DOE Video Highlights Impact of Biofuels on Rural Communities
May 11, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  DOE also released May 6, 2010, a new video which showcases how cellulosic biofuel technologies can help decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur growth in the domestic biofuels industry, and provide new revenue …

DOE, USDA Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
May 11, 2010 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) today jointly announced up to $33 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value …

Spill Response Should Include Comprehensive Oil Savings Policies
May 11, 2010 – 6:54 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder of the true cost of America’s oil dependence, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said today. The federal government’s …

Duckweed a Possible Solution to Energy Needs, Researchers Say
May 11, 2010 – 6:40 am | No Comment

by Daniel Walsh (  Mike Smith wants to bring the green energy revolution to Vineland. He plans to take the world’s fastest growing plant and make it grow even faster. Then burn it to create a …

Layered Algae Ponds Improve Biofuel Yield
May 11, 2010 – 6:35 am | No Comment

(ChemInfo)  OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae into a true competitor to petroleum, May 4, 2010, announced a breakthrough direct-solar growth design that uses growth layers to harness the sun’s energy more …

The AIM Interview: Dr. John Benemann
May 7, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (  As pioneers go, in the modern business of algae biofuels and co-products, possibly no one has built a longer record of accomplishment than Dr. John Benemann. Involved in algae biofuels and related …

Indiana Biodiesel Operation Could Lose USDA Incentives
May 7, 2010 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank  (Hoosier Ag Today)  USDA Rural Development has a proposed rule on the table that would exclude the Louis Dreyfus biodiesel plant from USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program eligibility because of its foreign …

American Soybean Association Advises NRC that Soy Oil Can Fulfill Demand for Food, Feed and Fuel
May 7, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The American Soybean Association (ASA) provided comments today to the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production. ASA told the Committee that biodiesel made from soybean …

Funding for Next Wave of Biofuels Trickling In, Finally
May 7, 2010 – 2:43 pm | One Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher  (earth2tech)  It was about this time last year that the economic downturn’s effects on the ability of next-generation biofuel companies to raise funds became really apparent. Companies that could have more easily snagged …

Ethanol Co-Product Boosts Nutrition in Asian Flatbread
May 7, 2010 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(  South Dakota State University food scientist Padu Krishnan said it is one example of the ways in which distillers dried grains with solubles, or DDGS, can help improve human nutrition worldwide. DDGS is produced as …

Automakers Seek to Delay Ethanol Blending Raise
May 7, 2010 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald  (New York Times)  Citing new test data, the auto industry says the federal government’s plan to raise the amount of ethanol mixed into gasoline will damage cars and increase the amount …

Biomass to Biofuels Summer Course at University of Vermont, 4-week, 4-credits July 6-31
May 7, 2010 – 12:21 pm | One Comment
Biomass to Biofuels Summer Course at University of Vermont, 4-week, 4-credits July 6-31

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Vermont, faculty from the University of Vermont and experts from the biofuels industry will conduct the 4-credit “Biomass to Biofuels” course at UVM, July 6-July 31, a course open to …

Biofuels No Conflict with Food Prices – Update
May 7, 2010 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Association of Australia)  The Biofuels Association of Australia fired back at claims made by the Australian Lot Feeder’s Association that biofuels are diverting crops away from food sources or pushing up food prices in Australia.
“These …

Till, Baby, Till: Syngest CEO Offers “Cornucopia” Vision for Food, Feed, Fuel, Fertilizer from Corn
May 7, 2010 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“It allows us to produce a greater abundance of all three which are at the heart of the intersection of energy and agriculture.  We can put an end to the …

Ford Delivers on 2006 Pledge to Double Flexible-Fuel Vehicle Production in America by End of 2010
May 7, 2010 – 11:15 am | 2 Comments

(The Ford Motor Company)  Ford is delivering on its 2006 pledge to double the number of flexible-fuel vehicles produced in the U.S. by the end of 2010. Ford produced nearly 185,000 2006 model year flexible-fuel vehicles. 
The …

Update for Boat Owners: Ethanol-Blended Fuels for Use in Marine Equipment
May 7, 2010 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  The Renewable Fuel Association has put together an informational boating document concerning ethanol-blended fuels and marine equipment. Many areas across the country successfully utilize only ethanol-blended fuels year-round and across all octane …