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Global Mapping of Jatropha curcas Yield Based on Response of Fitness to Present and Future Climate
June 30, 2010 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Antionio Trabucco, Wouter M. J. Achten, et al.  (Global Change Biology)  Although acclaimed as a biofuel crop with high potential to sustainably replace fossil fuels, Jatropha curcas L. remains a poorly studied plant. Reliable yield assessments with …

Are You Driving Your Last Gasoline Powered Car?
June 30, 2010 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(  Vehicle owners now understand the ever dwindling supply and higher expense and risks of extracting petroleum will continue to increase the price at the pumps.
For over 100 years we have enjoyed this cheap energy …

Le Mans 24h – Strakka Wins the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge
June 30, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

(Michelin)  Victory in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge at the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours ended up going to the HPD-ARX 01c N°42 run by Michelin’s partner Strakka Racing whose exceptional energy-efficient performance earned it a …

Report Predicts Biorefineries Will Offer a Solution to Significantly Reducing CO2 Emissions and Creating Economic Growth
June 30, 2010 – 7:18 am | No Comment

(World Economic Forum)  Biorefineries have a major role to play in tackling climate change, according to the World Economic Forum report The Future of Industrial Biorefineries launched today(June 29, 2010). The report, produced in collaboration with …

CORE BioFuel Inc. Considers Montana for Wood-to-Gasoline Plant
June 30, 2010 – 7:09 am | No Comment

(CORE Biofuel)  CORE BioFuel Inc., a Canadian biofuel company that is commercializing an advanced biomass to gasoline production process, today announced that it will pursue an additional production facility to be possibly located in northwest Montana. …

When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Ethyl Acetate
June 30, 2010 – 7:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing is underway, and by the time you are reading this, it may well be over. More than 700 industry professionals …

DoD Seeking Commercial Quantities of Aviation, Marine Biofuels: RFI Issued
June 29, 2010 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) posted a Request for Information (RFI) on FedBizOpps this past Friday.  This is DESC’s first step toward procurement of commercial, as opposed …

Zimbabwe: Chiefs Embrace Ethanol Project
June 29, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Lorraine Mandebvu  (All Africa)  Traditional leaders have embraced the US$600 million Chisumbanje ethanol project which they believe will bring much-needed development to the area.
Speaking at a meeting of traditional leaders with Arda officials last weekend, Chief …

BioMCN Opens Largest 2nd Generation Biofuel Plant
June 29, 2010 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(BioMCN)  June 25, 2010, the Queen’s Commissioner of the Province of Groningen, Sir Max van den Berg, together with Rob Voncken, CEO of BioMCN, has officially opened the largest second generation biofuel plant in the world. With …

Biofuel Venture Hasn’t Paid Off for Snohomish County
June 29, 2010 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Noah Haglund (Herald)  A plan to lessen Snohomish County’s dependence on fossil fuels while helping local farmers has fallen well short of expectations.
Supporters urge patience. In time, they say, an improved economy will boost …

Department of Energy Releases National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap
June 29, 2010 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Despite algae’s potential, many technical and economic challenges must be overcome for algal biofuels to be commercialized.
To identify these hurdles and guide research and development activities, DOE convened the National Algal Biofuels …

Department of Energy Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research
June 29, 2010 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced June 28, 2010, the investment of up to $24 million for three research groups to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels. The selections will …

San Diego Region Awarded $4 Million Workforce Development Grant to Support Expanding Biofuels Industry
June 29, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Sun Herald)  The California Department of Labor today (June 29, 2010) awarded the San Diego region a $4 million grant to implement new workforce training programs for careers in the emerging biofuels industry.  The San Diego Biofuels …

ZeaChem Confirms Ethanol Biorefining Process
June 29, 2010 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(ZeaChem)   Company to Demonstrate Integration of Processes at Boardman Biorefinery
 ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced the successful production of ethanol at a …

RFS2 & RINs Forum October 14-15 Chicago, IL
June 29, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
RFS2 & RINs Forum October 14-15 Chicago, IL

A comprehensive course detailing the new policy and economic drivers of biofuel supply and demand.
Top experts in the fields of biofuels production, marketing, risk management, RINs accounting and environmental compliance will give you all the …

Advocating Advanced Biofuels
June 29, 2010 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine)   With their extreme versatility and often complicated nature, it isn’t easy for most people to wrap their brain around advanced biofuels, and the definitions in the renewable fuels standard 2 …

Mission Achieves First Commercial Scale Jatropha Crush
June 29, 2010 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Mission NewEnergy Ltd., a vertically integrated biodiesel refiner, and one of the world’s largest Jatropha plantation companies, is pleased to announce that it has aggregated, crushed and shipped commercial quantities of Jatropha oil from its …

Amyris Enters Into Off-Take Agreement With Shell
June 29, 2010 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Amyris) Amyris, Inc. announced June 25, 2010, that it has entered into an off-take agreement with Shell for the supply of Amyris No Compromise® diesel. The parties have agreed to the terms under which Shell may purchase the …

US Air Force Confident of Meeting 2011 Blended Fuel Target
June 29, 2010 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Decker (FlightGlobal)  …Biomass can be gasified and converted to fuel through the Fischer-Tropsch process as well, but the USAF has focused on coal-to-liquids to confirm that chemically identical fuels perform alike no matter …

Energy of the Future? It’s Green and Slimy
June 29, 2010 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Penni Crabtree  (  Algae’s potential vast, but the cost so far is immense.
…Scientists agree that the science to turn algae into fuel has arrived. It’s just the economics that remain elusive.
“We all complain about …

EADS Undertakes First Aircraft Flight Powered by Algae-Derived Biofuel and Signs Brazilian Production Venture
June 29, 2010 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The first public flights of an aircraft with an engine fully powered by algae-derived biofuel took place last week during the ILA Air Show in Berlin. The demonstration flights of a twin-engined Diamond DA42 …

Using Synergies to Save: Cellulosic Ethanol & Power Plant Co-Location
June 29, 2010 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Frances Williams (Biofuels Digest and Novozymes)  …Co-location of a cellulosic ethanol facility and a coal-fired power plant is one strategy that holds promise.  Joining these industries in the same location can result in significant …

DSM and Roquette to Start Bio-Based Succinic Acid Joint Venture
June 29, 2010 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(DSM)  At the 7th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, taking place this week in Washington D.C. (United States), DSM and Roquette will elaborate on a recent technical breakthrough and proprietary process for the manufacture of …

University of Toledo to Add $1M Facility for Algae Biofuel work
June 29, 2010 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Toledo Blade)  By early next year, the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus for Energy and Innovation will be home to a nearly $1 million facility to research and develop algae biofuels in hopes of accelerating …

US Politicians Oppose 2,000-Mile Oil Sands Pipeline
June 29, 2010 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Stacy Feldman  (The Guardian)   Nearly 50 members of Congress warn State Deptartment against rubberstamping 2,000-mile tar sands pipeline as Obama insider John Podesta says fuel source “cannot be our energy future”.
…In a letter to …

Ethanol Industry Uses Gulf Disaster to Press Feds for More Support
June 29, 2010 – 7:08 am | No Comment

by David Sterrett (Chicago Business)  Capitalizing on the Gulf oil spill, ethanol makers are launching a bold public relations offensive touting their clean environmental image as they lobby the Obama administration to allow more of the …

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation by Agricultural Intensification
June 26, 2010 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by  Jennifer A. Burney, Steven J. Davis, and David B. Lobell  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  As efforts to mitigate climate change increase, there is a need to identify cost-effective ways to avoid emissions of …

Super-Yeast Generates Ethanol From Energy Crops And Agricultural Residues
June 26, 2010 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Red Orbit)  A new type of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed which can efficiently ferment pentose sugars, as found in agricultural waste and hardwoods. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biotechnology for …

Amyris: Farnesene and the Pursuit of Value, Valuations, Validation and Vroom.
June 26, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biotech Digest)  …Amyris had its technological foundation nine years ago in the Keasling lab at Berkeley, when Jay Keasling and his team of post-docs pioneered a methodology to produce isopentenyl pyrophosphate, at …

Amyris Announces $133 Million Equity Sale, Partnerships, Investments, JVs with Total, P&G, Cosan, Soliance, M&G
June 26, 2010 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris Biotechnologies unveiled this week a stunning series of partnerships and investments from Proctor & Gamble, Total, Soliance, Cosan and M&G Finanziaria for the production and off-take of …

Inhofe to Unveil Bill Allowing States to Opt Out of Ethanol Mandate
June 26, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Michael O’Brien  (The Hill)  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) will offer legislation next week that would allow states to opt out of federal law requiring a certain level of ethanol be blended into gasoline.
Inhofe says …

Novozymes Says Demand for Crop-Residue Biofuel ‘Uncertain’
June 26, 2010 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Jeremy van Loon   (Bloomberg)  Demand for fuel made from crop residues including straw and wood is “uncertain” as U.S. and European officials consider regulatory changes, Novozymes A/S energy strategist Anders Lau Tuxen said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection …

North Carolina Highway Canola Plants May Provide Biofuel
June 26, 2010 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(  A small field of bright yellow flowers planted by the N.C. Department of Transportation along Interstate 40 may look like any other bed of wildflowers, but in the case of this crop, there is …

E85 Pumps Get UL Approval
June 26, 2010 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  After nearly four years of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) testing, certifications have finally been issued to both the Gilbarco Veeder-Root Encore® E85 fueling dispenser and the Dresser Wayne Ovation® Eco fueling E85 …

As Ethanol Booms, Critics Warn of Environmental Effect
June 26, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Erica Gies   (New York Times)  …One group, Growth Energy, has blanketed the Metro subway station closest to the U.S. Capitol with ads that send a pointed message: “No beaches have been closed due to …

California Energy Commission Approves $114.3 Million for Electric and Ethanol Vehicle Infrastructure
June 26, 2010 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Los Angeles Times)  …The California Energy Commission approved three awards to help set up electric- and ethanol-powered vehicle infrastructure around the state. Of the funds, $15.4 million comes from state coffers, $49.6 million is federal …

Honeywell Wins $27 Million Contract To Develop New Technologies To Reduce Fuel Burn And Emissions From Jet Engines
June 26, 2010 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(Honeywell)  Agreement Includes Testing of Bio-Based Renewable Fuels 
Honeywell announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop mature technology for Fuel Burn Reduction and test aviation biofuels …

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling October 18-20 Des Moines, IA
June 26, 2010 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

Biogas • Anaerobic Digestion • Biofuels • Food Waste • Compost • Markets
This Conference, organized by the editors of BioCycle magazine, brings together project managers and developers; local, state and federal policy makers and …

Arizona Makes Tax Credits Available for Solar-to-Biofuel Projects
June 26, 2010 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed new legislation that makes tax credits available for projects that use algae to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into biofuels.
…The new legislation specifies that qualified research includes only …

France’s Total to Buy 17 pct Stake in U.S. Amyris
June 26, 2010 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Dominique Vidalon(Reuters)  Total, Amyris to build biomass-based fuels partnership.
French oil group Total said on Wednesday it will buy a stake of around 17 percent in US. biofuels producer Amyris to expand its reach in …

SCENARIOS-Outlook for US Ethanol Market as EPA Delays
June 26, 2010 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators have delayed decisions on whether to allow higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline, a blow to ethanol producers who face a glut of supply but a relief to automakers …

First Commercial-Scale Algae Production Incubator
June 25, 2010 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  The National Algae Association, a 501(3)6 non-profit association, located in The Woodlands, Texas is starting a new algae production incubator to help lower the cost and risks in the algae production industry. It will be …

Ireland – Biofuel Debate
June 25, 2010 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Meat Trade News Daily)  BIOFUEL producers want the Government to protect jobs by prioritising home-produced fuels over exports under its new green fuel usage scheme.
The IFA is enraged that the new Biofuels Obligation Scheme (BOS) …

Biofuels Are Growing Up Quickly
June 25, 2010 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Dunlop (Herald)  It wasn’t supposed to happen so quickly.
But the development of aviation biofuels has occurred at a speed that has surprised everyone.
Just a few years ago, aviation biofuel looked to be decades …

Beyond Petroleum: An Investor’s Response to Oil Stocks
June 25, 2010 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(CSR Press Release)  Portfolio 21 Mutual Fund Favors Investing in Energy Efficiency and Green Technology
In response to a growing number of queries from investors and journalists, Portfolio 21 Investments June 16, 2010, explained why the selection criteria …

Albemarle Partners With Louisiana State University Students to Become a Key Sponsor of LSU’s Biodiesel Tiger Truck
June 25, 2010 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Albemarle Corporation)  Albemarle Corporation, a leader in providing innovative and sustainable chemistry solutions to its customers and communities, partners with LSU students to become a key sponsor of LSU mechanical and biological engineering students’ 2010 senior …

USDA Issues Landmark Plan for Achieving 36 Billion Gallon Renewable Fuel Standard Targets by 2022
June 25, 2010 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the USDA released its highly-anticipated “Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022.”…
USDA identified dedicated energy crops, primarily switchgrass, as the practical …

BioEnergy Markets Turkey September 30-October 1 Istanbul, Turkey
June 25, 2010 – 2:25 pm | No Comment
BioEnergy Markets Turkey September 30-October 1 Istanbul, Turkey

This is the inaugural launch event of the Bioenergy Markets Turkey conference and exhibition and forms part of the Bioenergy Markets Global Series. This leading global series of events, now in its 6th year has …

Artificial Blood Vessels Developed from Jatropha
June 25, 2010 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(CSIR India/The Economic Times)  …The Central Salt Marine Chemicals and Research Institute (CSMCRI) located in Bhavnagar district of the state has hit upon a process by which biodegradable polymers can be developed at almost zero-cost …

Digest Special Report on India: Indian Biofuels Shining
June 25, 2010 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biomass Digest Asia)  …On the science and technology front it has an excellent technical education system in the IITs and access to  the 39 advanced research laboratories of the Council of Scientific …

Le Mans Looks to the Future
June 25, 2010 – 8:05 am | No Comment

(Michelin)  As part of the festivities programmed in parallel to last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the race organisers included a parade lap of a certain number of high-tech vehicles round the French venue’s full circuit. …

New Yeast Can Ferment More Sugar, Make More Cellulosic Ethanol
June 24, 2010 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University) Purdue University scientists have improved a strain of yeast that can produce more biofuel from cellulosic plant material by fermenting all five types of the plant’s sugars. Nathan Mosier, an associate professor of agricultural …

Zero Carbon Britain 2030 Study Published
June 24, 2010 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Center for Alternative Technology)   zerocarbonbritain2030 is a fully integrated solution to climate change. It examines how we can meet our electricity and heating requirements through efficient service provision, while still decreasing carbon dioxide, methane, …

LPP Combustion Generates Clean, Green Power Using Bio‐ethanol
June 24, 2010 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(LPP Combustion)   LPP Combustion, LLC, a Columbia, MD based innovator in liquid fuel technology, has successfully demonstrated the clean generation of green, dispatchable, renewable power on a 30kW Capstone C30 gas turbine. LPP Combustion has developed …

ICM to Begin Construction on Pilot Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
June 24, 2010 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(ICM)  ICM, Inc. Signs Contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for $31 Million Cooperative Agreement.  Construction to Commence August 2010 on Pilot Plant in St. Joseph, MO for Production of Fuel Ethanol from High-Impact …

With a Little Kelp from my Friends
June 24, 2010 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like other sectors in advanced biofuels, macroalgae is a world of pilot projects and proposals – commercial scale projects are several years away, even if funding were to appear almost …

Using Carbon to Fight Carbon
June 24, 2010 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Janneke Pieters (REnewable Energy World)  …CO2 — along with sunlight and water — is needed to grow algae, which can in turn produce oil, otherwise known as “oilgae” or “green crude.” While in its …

Lewis: A Digital Revolution – for Engines
June 24, 2010 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Al Lewis (Dow Jones Newswires/Denver Post)  Eddie Sturman wants to kill the electric car.
Electric cars were all the buzz this week (September 19, 2009) at the latest auto show in Frankfurt, Germany, but Sturman says …

Will the BP Gulf Tragedy Spur Faster Adoption of Biofuels?
June 24, 2010 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Kagan (GreenTechMedia)  …Although first-generation biofuels account for more than 99% of U.S. biofuel production, there are several hundred companies developing third- and fourth-generation “drop-in” biofuels whose chemical compositions mimic the molecular characteristics of …

Green Steel: LanzaTech to Turn Chinese Mill’s Emissions into Energy
June 24, 2010 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Camille Ricketts   (Green Beat)  Five years after its founding, LanzaTech, a company that transforms waste gases released by steel mills into fuel ethanol, is finally commercializing its technology through a new partnership with China’s …

Poll Finds Deep Concern About Energy and Economy
June 24, 2010 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by John M. Broder and Marjorie Connelly  (New York Times)   Overwhelmingly, Americans think the nation needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and most expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source …

World Biofuels Markets March 22-24 Rotterdam, Netherlands
June 24, 2010 – 12:45 pm | No Comment
World Biofuels Markets March 22-24 Rotterdam, Netherlands

Meet, listen to and question 250 global biofuels leaders
Over 250 industry leading speakers will share their expertise on all aspects of the biofuels value chain during three days of interactive conference sessions.
Tailor your own agenda from a …

USDA Releases Corn-Ethanol Industry Report Showing Improving Energy Efficiency
June 24, 2010 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(USDA)  USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber today announced the publication of a report by the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses that surveyed corn growers for the year 2005 and ethanol plants in 2008, which …

World’s Largest Ethanol Bus Fleet Grows by 85 New Scania Buses
June 24, 2010 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Scania)  Scania is delivering 85 ethanol-powered buses to Nobina, which operates on behalf of the Stockholm regional public transport company, Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL). Ethanol buses will help SL fulfil its decision to invest only in …

The Song That Never Ends: the Financing of Cellulosic Ethanol
June 24, 2010 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Infinite Loop in financing cellulosic ethanol is the setting of conditions for loan guarantees by the Department of Energy which cannot be fulfilled; the insistence of project financiers that, …

Biomass Better than Coal? War over Carbon Accounting Erupts
June 24, 2010 – 8:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biomass Digest)  In Washington, the Environment Working Group has released a study that claims the impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA)—which has already passed the House of Representatives—would …

Ethanol Plant Will Have Official Opening in October
June 24, 2010 – 8:16 am | No Comment

by Markus Schmidt  (Progress-Index)  The official opening of the Osage Appomattox Bio Energy plant has been pushed back to at least October because of construction delays due to inclement weather.
“Our grand opening got put behind because …

ABFA President to Congress: Advanced BioFuels Will Drive America’s New Economy and Fuel the Future
June 24, 2010 – 7:18 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams briefed the House Agriculture Committee this afternoon, telling its members, “It’s time to take politics out of renewable fuels and let sound science and sound energy …

ZeaChem Breaks Ground on a Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery in Oregon
June 21, 2010 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(EERE)  ZeaChem, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 2 for a new cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. Cellulosic ethanol is ethanol produced from non-edible biomass sources, such as agricultural residues, trees, or grasses. The …

Southeast Bioenergy Conference 2010 August 3-5 Tifton, GA
June 21, 2010 – 10:39 am | No Comment
Southeast Bioenergy Conference 2010  August 3-5   Tifton, GA

Our group of global and local renewable energy experts and businesses will share with you what is happening now, what is possible and what is promising for the Southeast. The information you hear will help …

NASA Boss Investigated for Possible Conflict of Interest on Biofuel Project
June 21, 2010 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Robert Block and Mark K. Matthews (Orlando Sentinel)  Charlie Bolden asked Marathon Oil for its opinion on Project OMEGA — but he has financial interest in Marathon, which has a competing project.
While millions of barrels …

Fungus Among Us Could Become Non-Food Source For Biodiesel Production
June 21, 2010 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Chemical Online)  In the quest for alternatives to soybeans, palm, and other edible oilseed plants as sources for biodiesel production, enter an unlikely new candidate: A fungus, or mold, that produces and socks away large …

Toyota R&D Unit, Hitachi Join Algae-Biofuel Study
June 21, 2010 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Shigeru Sato  (Bloomberg Business Week)  Toyota Motor Corp.’s research and development unit, Hitachi Ltd. and more than 40 other Japanese companies and institutions have joined a national study into algae’s potential for producing biofuel …

China Corn Purchases Could Exceed 1 Million Tonnes
June 21, 2010 – 9:41 am | No Comment

(Farm Chemicals International)  The US Grains Council (USGC) says China could increase its corn purchases from the US to more than 1 million tonnes during the next 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Thomas Dorr, USGC president, …

Oil Spill Reminds Us Again of Need for Renewable Energy
June 21, 2010 – 9:28 am | No Comment

(Prairie Star)  Editorial     Age and experience has its benefits. Many of us involved in agriculture have witnessed past oil spills and the devastation they cause and leave behind. Another result is that citizens become more …

LS9 Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
June 21, 2010 – 9:08 am | No Comment

(LS9)   Renewable Petroleum(TM) technology efficiently converts renewable raw materials into low-carbon fuels and chemicals.
LS9, the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), today announced that it has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest environmental honor for its …

High-Yield Agriculture Slows Pace of Global Warming, Say Stanford Researchers
June 21, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Louis Bergeron  (Stanford University)  Advances in high-yield agriculture over the latter part of the 20th century have prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere – the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons …

Southern Online Eyes Rs 75-cr from Biodiesel Exports
June 21, 2010 – 7:01 am | No Comment

by K Rajani Kanth  (Business Standard)  Southern Online Biotechnologies Limited, a Hyderabad-based Internet services provider (ISP) and biodiesel manufacturer, is tapping the biodiesel export market and is expecting to garner Rs 75 crore forex revenues in …

Industrial Ethanol Consumption in Brazil to Rise
June 21, 2010 – 6:56 am | No Comment

(   Ethanol demand by the chemical industry in Brazil is forecast to reach 2 bln litres in 2011, according to Antonio Padua Rodrigues, the technical director of Unica. This compares with 1.5-1.8 bln in 2010.  …

PTT Widens E85 Availability, Prepares for Boom in E20
June 21, 2010 – 6:51 am | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan   (Bangkok Post)   PTT Plc plans to increase the availability of ethanol-based E85 to 15 stations over the next one to two years from only four available now, and is also considering more E20 …

The Impact of Linking Ethanol and Beef Production on Economics, Carbon, and Nutrient Budgets
June 21, 2010 – 6:44 am | No Comment

by  C.G. Carlson, D.E. Clay, C. Wright, K.D. Reitsma (South Dakota State University)  This publication uses a case-study approach to investigate the impacts of linking corn production, ethanol, and backgrounding calves on economics and soil sustainability. The …

The Effect of Landscape Position on Biomass Crop Yield
June 18, 2010 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

(e! Science News)  …Scientists at the University of Minnesota led by Gregg Johnson investigated differences in woody and herbaceous crop productivity and biomass yield as a function of landscape position at the field scale. Results …

The Universitat Jaume I and the UBE Group Optimise the Use of the Waste Generated by Biodiesel Production
June 18, 2010 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo)  Producing alternative fuels to petrol, such as biodiesel, is not exempt of generating waste. This is the case of glycerine, which is generated in huge amounts when obtaining biodiesel from vegetable fats. Researchers …

First Commercial Biodiesel Produced in Alaska
June 18, 2010 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine)  Alaska Green Waste Solutions begins production in its new biodiesel plant designed and built by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies.
On June 9, the first commercial biodiesel was produced in the state of Alaska. Alaska Green …

Portrait of a Transformative Technology: Qteros and Its Q Microbe
June 18, 2010 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …McCarthy arrived less than a year ago from a long stretch at Verenium, where he was the key executive in the strategic partnership and investment from BP. Before Verenium, he …

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Approves Biofuels Testing at Hawaiian Electric’s Kahe Power Plant
June 18, 2010 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(HECO)  The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Hawaiian Electric Company’s plan to test biofuel blends in a 90-megawatt steam turbine generating unit at Kahe Power Plant that presently runs on low sulfur fuel oil …

Aviation an Environment Summit 2010 September 16-17 Geneva, Switzerland
June 18, 2010 – 6:03 pm | No Comment
Aviation an Environment Summit 2010 September 16-17 Geneva, Switzerland

This will be another important year for aviation from an environmental perspective with climate change at the top of the political agenda. The inconclusive outcomes of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the …

Silver Nanoparticles Mitigate the Cell Damage Caused by Ethanol, Study Suggests
June 18, 2010 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Digest)  A new article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) describes how nanoparticles formed by very small numbers of silver atoms can protect against the cell damage caused by ethanol.
The study …

Enerkem Awarded $1.8 Million Funding by Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation for Demonstration Project
June 18, 2010 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)   Enerkem Inc., a leading waste-to-biofuels and advanced chemicals company, today announced that it has been chosen by the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) to receive $1.8 million in funding for a market demonstration …

Soon, Fuel Out of Date Palms
June 18, 2010 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

byFahad Al Mukrashi    (Times of Oman)    Date palms that have provided food to desert caravans for centuries could soon be the fuel for cars. An Omani entrepreneur, Mohammed bin Saif Al Harthy and his partners …

A New, Improved Outlook for Biofuels
June 18, 2010 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Martin Mittelstaedt  (Globe and Mail)  The mania over ethanol as fuel didn’t play out so well for investors last time, but there might be a new way to profit from the renewable energy industry …

SunBelt Biofuels Business Acquired by REPREVE Renewables
June 18, 2010 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(REPREVE Renewables) SunBelt Biofuels, LLC, a leader in bioenergy crops, and Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), makers of the REPREVE® family of recycled fibers, have announced the formation of a joint venture between certain of their affiliates …

Bioenergy International Asia November 10-11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June 18, 2010 – 4:44 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy International Asia November 10-11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This year’s Tank Storage Asia expo & conference has moved from the traditional storage hub of Singapore to the up and coming region of Malaysia.
Singapore may be one of the largest oil refining and trading …

Tank Storage/Biofuels International Canada Conference September 28-29 Calgary, Alberta
June 18, 2010 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Tank Storage/Biofuels International Canada Conference September 28-29 Calgary, Alberta

After 2009’s hugely successful combined Tank Storage/Biofuels International Canada expo & conference in Montreal we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be held on 28 -29th September in the new location of Calgary, …

AIM Interview: National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Al Darzins
June 18, 2010 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  … I’ve heard a lot of people say that developing algal biofuels is just an engineering issue, that is, all we have to do is engineer more efficient growth ponds …

Biofuels Trading in Asia July 7-8 Singapore
June 17, 2010 – 6:23 pm | No Comment
Biofuels Trading in Asia July 7-8 Singapore

A dedicated event focusing on biofuels trading, pricing and risk management in Asia and beyond.
The Asian biofuels industry is growing rapidly. With many of the countries in the region aiming to increase mandatory blending targets …

Guidelines To Implement EU’s Renewable Energy Drive Adopted
June 17, 2010 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(  The European Commission on Thursday (June 10, 2010) adopted guidelines to implement the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive which forms part of its 2008 climate and energy package.
“The adopted package gives clear guidance to the …

Soon, Green Fuel for Indian Cars?
June 17, 2010 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  In a major eco-friendly step towards renewable energy generation in India, seaweed sourced ethanol (ethyl alcohol), a biofuel additive in transport fuel, has been used to run a car for the first …

Protectionism as Environmentalism
June 17, 2010 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest Asia)  As if the global trade in biofuels wasn’t already fragmented enough, last week Europe weighed in with draconian legislation that effectively bans Asian producers of biodiesel that use what …

Smart Bioenergy: Guiding Sustainable Bio-Based Energy and Fuels Development
June 17, 2010 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The Billion Gallon Challenge: Advanced Biofuels from diverse sources such as grasses and agricultural waste hold the promise of sustainably reducing U.S. oil dependence and global warming emissions. Unfortunately the advanced biofuels …

New Microbial Genetic System Dissects Biomass to Biofuel Conversion
June 17, 2010 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Broeren   (University of Wisconsin)  A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical …

Ethanol Industry Counters Environmental Stall Tactics
June 17, 2010 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today countered the tired claims of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that …

Transformative Technology: SynGest Cornucopia BioRefinery
June 17, 2010 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jack Oswald (SynGest, Biofuels Digest)  …The SynGest Cornucopia model takes an entire ear of corn and simultaneously produces The Three F’s: food, fertilizer and fuel.     This is why we have adopted the slogan: “You …

Lord Paul Drayson’s Comments to the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) Conference – Long Beach
June 17, 2010 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Paul Drayson (Drayson Racing)  …Consider the first round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring last month.  Peugeot triumphed in the LMP1 category using bio-diesel power, and all 36 entrants ran on E10 …

Renewable Fuels Association Writes to USDA on Proposed Rule on Biorefinery Assistance Guaranteed Loan Program
June 17, 2010 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  …The technology exists to process ethanol from cellulose feedstocks; however, the commercialization of cellulose ethanol remains a question of economics. The capital investment necessary to build cellulose facilities remain …

Hard Choices Now: Financing the Renewable Fuel Standard
June 17, 2010 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Bottom line – if you make the ethanol blender credit go away, but stand behind the mandate and Shift the spending towards investment tax credits and loan guarantees, it is …

Advanced Biofuels Workshop Precedes FEW
June 17, 2010 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  All biofuels producers- from biobutanol to renewable diesel plus cellulosic ethanol and more-must work together to promote the biofuel industry interests, said Michael McAdams. The president of the Advanced …

The Fuel that Could Lower Foreign Oil Dependence
June 17, 2010 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ken Suarez (   With images of oil-slicked beaches along the Gulf Coast and millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf, the demand for alternative fuel sources like E85 may soon break wide open.
E85, …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) Powers Royal Netherlands Air Force Helicopter
June 17, 2010 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(UOP)  Fuel produced using Honeywell’s UOP process technology will power the first helicopter flight on sustainable biofuels.
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced June 16, 2010, that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) produced using its Green Jet Fuel process technology …

Biomass Derived Pentoses November 14-16 Reims, France
June 17, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Biomass Derived Pentoses November 14-16 Reims, France

The term biorefining embraces a wide range of processes that are designed to transform biomass into a variety of products, including fuels, chemicals and materials. The development of the technologies that will underpin future biorefining …

POET Cellulosic Ethanol Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 111 Percent over Gasoline
June 17, 2010 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by POET (  Biogas production highlighted in lifecycle analysis for Project LIBERTY.
Ethanol produced by Project LIBERTY, POET’s first planned commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, will reduce carbon emissions by 111 percent over gasoline, an independent lifecycle …

“Most Sustainable Building in London” to Use 25% Recycled Biodiesel
June 15, 2010 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Philip Reynolds (MRW)  The PricewaterhouseCoopers More London building, near Tower Bridge, will use biodiesel powered ‘tri-generators’ to generate 25% of the electricity, heating and cooling requirements for the 48,000m2 office.
The generators will require 45,000 litres …

Microbes Reprogrammed to Ooze Oil for Renewable Biofuel
June 15, 2010 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Using genetic sleight of hand, researcher Xinyao Liu and professor Roy Curtiss at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have coaxed photosynthetic microbes to secrete oil — bypassing energy and cost barriers that have …

Novozymes and Lignol Sign Deal to Make Biofuel from Wood 
June 15, 2010 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  Partners to develop a commercially viable process for making ethanol from forestry waste. Aiming for a cost down to $2 per gallon, a price competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol.
Novozymes, the world’s leading producer of …

Novo Energies Corporation Enters Into Collaboration Agreement With Novo Energies International, Ltd.
June 15, 2010 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Agreement to Focus on the International Commercialization and Implementation of Waste to Energy Technology
Novo Energies Corporation, an alternative energy company, announced June 4, 2010, that it has entered into a Technology Co-Operation Agreement (“Agreement”) with Novo Energies …

Biobutanol – the Fuel to Leap the Blend Wall?
June 15, 2010 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Digest readers who closely analyze the Advanced Biofuels Tracking Database will have noticed that, commencing in 2012, biobutanol is scheduled to grow rapidly from pilot stage today to more than 500 …

New Technologies Can Result in Significant Fuel Savings for Passenger Vehicles, But at Higher Purchase Prices for Consumers
June 15, 2010 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(National Acadamies)   Various combinations of commercially available technologies could greatly reduce fuel consumption in passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles, minivans, and other light-duty vehicles without compromising vehicle performance or safety, says a new report by the National …

ICM to Begin Construction on Pilot Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
June 15, 2010 – 8:47 am | No Comment

(ICM)  , Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive $25 million to fund the construction and operation of its cellulosic ethanol …

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ethanol USA Reunite for Iowa Corn Indy 250
June 15, 2010 – 8:41 am | No Comment

(ICM)  “Reunited and it feels so good.” Those may be the lyrics to a classic song by Peaches and Herb, but one may suspect they’re whistling the tune in Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Ethanol USA-Team IZOD® pit at …

Think Gas Is Too Pricey? Think Again.
June 14, 2010 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Ezra Klein (Washington Post)  …Most of us would call the BP spill a tragedy. Ask an economist what it is, however, and you’ll hear a different word: “externality.” An externality is a cost that’s …

Big Oil Can’t Get Beyond Petroleum
June 14, 2010 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Gordon and Daniel Sperling  (Washington Post)  …To hear President Obama tell it, the old 20th century economy, fueled by more than 1 trillion barrels of easily accessible and relatively cheap oil, will be …

Going for the Green
June 14, 2010 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Frederick News Post Editorial)  …Last week’s Go Green Energy Conference at the Frederick Fairgrounds, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, is further proof, judging by the crowd of visitors and the greater-than-expected number of …

Grant Support for Teesside Bioethanol Plant
June 14, 2010 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Evening Gazette)  An advanced bioethanol from waste plant, set to be developed on Teesside, has received a multi-million pound boost.
INEOS Bio has been awarded a £7.3m grant from regional development agency One North East and …

Sustainable Oils Opens Expanded Camelina Research Facility in Bozeman
June 14, 2010 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Oils)  North America’s Largest Camelina Research Program Expands to Deliver Improved Varieties to Growers Even More Quickly.
A new, larger camelina research facility in Bozeman will allow Sustainable Oils to deliver improved camelina varieties to growers …

Airline Industry’s First-Ever Carbon Footprint Assessment Carried out on North American Regional Carriers
June 14, 2010 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Sustainability measurement and environmental risk management company EQ2 has conducted the first-ever airline industry carbon and environmental footprint assessment in conjunction with the Regional Airline Association (RAA). Using EQ2’s web-based Evolution sustainability management system, …

Producing and Using Biodiesel in Afghanistan
June 14, 2010 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(  On December 1, 2009, at West Point, President Obama announced to the nation that the U.S.will send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as soon as possible. These additional troops will bring the U.S. total in Afghanistan to around 100,000. The additional …

Company Says Biofuel Can Replace Off-Shore Oil
June 14, 2010 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Tampa Bay Online)   Low carbon ethanol and renewable power produced from Florida grown sugar – biomass crops can help displace off-shore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and contribute to energy independence, according to …

Genencor Launches New Enzyme for Ethanol Production
June 14, 2010 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Genencor)  Genencor June 14, 2010 launched SPEZYME® Robust Starch Liquefaction (RSL) at the 2010 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) in St. Louis, Mo. The latest in the company’s liquefaction product line, the enzyme more efficiently liquefies dry …

ADM Receives $99 Million in Federal Aid for Second Carbon Capture Project
June 14, 2010 – 11:20 am | No Comment

( Archer Daniels Midland Co. has been selected to receive funding for a second carbon sequestration project that is in addition to one that could begin injecting carbon dioxide deep below ground next year.
The U.S. Department …

Ending Fossil-Fuel Aid Will Cut Oil Demand, IEA Says
June 14, 2010 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Ben Sills (   Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist, called on leaders of the Group of 20 Nations to fulfill their pledge to end fossil-fuel subsidies, a move he said will cut oil …

Algae BioReactor Project Wins National K-12 School Science Competition
June 14, 2010 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Richard Ira and Brian Niguidula, sixth grade students at Scofield Magnet Middle School, in Stamford, CT, won the National Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Award, for their original science project, a Community Algae BioReactor that extracts …

European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels
June 11, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Climate-L)  To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability …

New Enzyme Increases Yields in the Biofuel Industry
June 11, 2010 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  New enzyme from Novozymes increases yields in ethanol production. A typical ethanol plant can gain at least $1 million per year.

June 10, 2010, Novozymes, the world leader in the production of biofuel enzymes, announced the …

Biomass Now Generates 32% of All Energy in Sweden, Causing Increased Competition for Pulpwood, Reports the Wood Resource Quarterly
June 11, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  Biomass has now surpassed oil to become the number one source for energy generation in Sweden. The increased competition for logs and wood chips between the pulp industry and energy sector has pushed wood …

A Call to Triple U.S. Spending on Energy Research
June 11, 2010 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by John M. Broder (New York Times)  The United States is badly lagging in basic research on new forms of energy, deepening the nation’s dependence on dirty fuels and crippling its international competitiveness, a diverse …

Waste Management’s Far Out Trash-to-Energy Plans
June 11, 2010 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey  (Forbes)  …Waste Management Chief Executive David Steiner thinks that the 110 million tons of waste his company handles every year can do more than fill landfills and generate electricity. He’s placing a …

Ethanol Co-products Boost Nutrition in Asian Flatbread
June 11, 2010 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Innovations Report)  South Dakota State University research shows a traditional Asian flatbread called chapathi, or chapati, gets a big boost in protein and fiber when fortified with food-grade distillers grains.

SDSU food scientist Padu Krishnan said it …

Africa Heralds Biofuel Pipeline
June 11, 2010 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Michael Dynes  (The New Economy)   Of the billions of dollars that have been ploughed into the biofuel sector around the world over the past decade, only a tiny fraction has ever found its way …

Closed Down Methanol Plant Turned into the World’s Largest Biofuels Production Plant
June 11, 2010 – 9:17 am | No Comment

(Chemrec)  On the northern coast of the Netherlands a few driven entrepreneurs transformed a closed down methanol factory into the world’s largest second generation biofuels production unit in less than three years. By changing the feedstock …

Bioenergy International Asia Expo and Conference November 10-11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June 11, 2010 – 8:40 am | No Comment
Bioenergy International Asia Expo and Conference November 10-11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bioenergy International Asia expo & conference is now in its second year in the brand new location of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The potential for biodiesel production across Asia is enormous. As well as Malaysia and Indonesia …

The Environment Friendly Biodiesel Fuelled SUV Mahindra Scorpio
June 11, 2010 – 8:34 am | No Comment

(Xomba)  Megha Rathee’s mint green Scorpio sits like any other car in a corporate parking lot in Gurgaon, Delihi’s suburb of global companies. There’s no indication that is a remarkable vehicle – India’s first commercial car …

Ignore The Brickbats
June 11, 2010 – 8:12 am | No Comment

by Pramod Chaudhari  (Business Outlook India)  Leadership isn’t a popularity contest. It involves taking tough decisions that may not go down well with other stakeholders.
…Green leadership comes with its share of brickbats as also rewards. …

Marine Corps Base Hawaii Testing B20
June 9, 2010 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine) Pacific Biodiesel Inc. announced that the Marine Corps Base Hawaii is using a B20 blend of biodiesel for the first time as of May 28, part of the Biodiesel Demonstration in Tactical Vehicles Project. …

‘Psychedelic’ Maize May Help Increase Crop and Biofuel Yields
June 9, 2010 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  …(S)cientists from Pennsylvania State University have identified new genes in maize which promote carbohydrate export from leaves. These genes are called psychedelic because of the yellow and green streaks they cause in the …

Seaweed Biofuel – How It Can Be Done
June 9, 2010 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(YouTube)  Seaweed biofuel could be the largest renewable energy source of the the 21st century. This video by Mr. Kaare Bækgaard, Designer,  demonstrates how.  WATCH VIDEO

Importance of Biofuels in Rural Revitalization
June 9, 2010 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

Cindy Zimmerman ( The expansion of biofuels will play a significant role in the revitalization of rural America, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
“Why not create biofuel refineries and renewable energy plants that create …

World’s First Integrated Algae Bio-Refinery Has Just Opened Near Carlsbad
June 9, 2010 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Reid Wright (Currrent-Argus, CEHMM)  It takes hundreds of thousands of years for fossil organisms beneath the earth’s crust to simmer into crude petroleum. It takes a single day to make 1,000 gallons of crude …

Get off the Dope: Supporting Biofuels Prices without Taxes or Subsidies – a Biofuels Digest Special Report
June 9, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest) …  (A)n overview by Digest special correspondent Tim Sklar, “Supporting Biofuels Prices without Taxes or Subsidies,” which examines the potential of subsidy-free programs to achieve the same price normalization goals as biofuels subsidies which …

What Role Does Ethanol Play as an Alternative Fuel Source?
June 9, 2010 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(New Hampshire Public Radio Earth Talk)  Ethanol—a biofuel derived from corn and other feedstocks—is already playing a major role in helping to reduce emissions from many of the traditional gasoline-powered cars on the road today. According …

Battery-Only Cars Face Avalanche of Negatives
June 9, 2010 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  …The only way that unaffordable, impractical, battery-only cars will sell is because of huge government subsidies, and a few early-adopter zealots with too much money who don’t mind being stranded …