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Secretary Chu Announces up to $184 Million Available for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development
December 31, 2010 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today(December 16, 2010) the Department is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new …

Department of Energy Issues RFI on Algae Biomass Supplies for Advanced Biofuels RD&D Efforts
December 31, 2010 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, and other biofuels stakeholders regarding supply systems and services for the production, handling, storage, transport and delivery of algae via a …

Researchers Develop Reactor to Make Fuel from Sunlight
December 31, 2010 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Scientists raise hopes for a large-scale renewable source of liquid fuel with a simple reactor that mimics plants
A simple reactor that mimics plants by turning sunlight into fuel has been …

Sea Water as a Social Resource: Significance of Vedaranyam Salt March
December 31, 2010 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by M.S. Swaminathan(The Hindu)  …  On December 26, 2010, which marks the sixth anniversary of the tsunami which caused severe damage in Tamil Nadu and other States, a Salt Satyagraha Memorial Programme is being launched …

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Industrial Partners to Build Floating Offshore Algae Farms
December 31, 2010 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The Nikkei reports that Tokyo Institute of Technology, Takenaka Corp. and other partners are planning to build an offshore pilot plant to grow algae for use in biofuel production. …The wide-ranging project aims …

Top 10 Biofuels Predictions for 2011
December 31, 2010 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …For our 2010 batch of predictions, we give ourselves 6 marks out of 10.
We gave ourselves 1 full mark for predicting the spread of Low Carbon Fuel Standard activity, the …

Farmers Encouraged to Plant Switchgrass
December 30, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(AP/The Ledger Independent)  A new program to explore the viability of biofuels is seeking to establish 700 acres of switchgrass fields and is offering financial assistance to Kentucky farmers.
The project follows another that began in 2007 …

The Impact Of A Renewable Electricity Standard & A Carbon Payment Program
December 30, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

By Don Hofstrand (Iowa State University Extension/   U.S. energy policy has recently moved into the background due to concerns about the current economic downturn. However, the importance of the two major drivers of energy policy …

Ethanol from Sugar Beets: A Process and Economic Analysis
December 30, 2010 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Emily Bowen, Sean C. Kennedy, Kelsey Miranda  (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) The aim of this project was to design a process for producing bioethanol from sugar beets as a possible feedstock replacement for corn. Currently eighty-five percent of …

A Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels
December 30, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

By: Sara Krauskopf  (The Science Teacher)  A life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used by engineers to make measurements of net energy, greenhouse gas production, water consumption, and other items of concern. This article describes an …

John Block: Encouraging Ethanol:Good for Rural America
December 30, 2010 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(State Journal-Register)  …As a former secretary of agriculture, I know that continuing to encourage the ethanol industry is good for rural America and the entire nation. Ethanol generates jobs, preserves the environment, and protects our …

Algae-Based Biofuels Closer to Reality?
December 30, 2010 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Willie Vogt  (Farm Futures)  …Cellana, an algal biofuel research company based in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, is leading a consortium that includes Cornell, Duke University, San Francisco State University, the University of Hawaii and the …

Wilmar: US, EU Biofuels Laws Favor Domestic Producers
December 30, 2010 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Nicholas Zeman  (Associated Content/Yahoo!)  Asia’s Largest Ag-Firm Discusses the Global Biodiesel Market
…New Diesel Magazine spoke with an official from Wilmar, on the condition of anonymity, about the implementation of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive …

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom
December 30, 2010 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Miscanthus will see a giant leap in acreage in 2011, thanks to Soperton, Ga.-based Repreve Renewables LLC. The company currently has 500 acres planted in five locations in …

Discovery Means More Plants in Less Space
December 30, 2010 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(UPI)  U.S. scientists have uncovered a gene responsible for plants’ key growth characteristics, specifically their density, a finding that could improve agriculture.
Researchers at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma say denser plants have more biomass …

China to Exempt Consumption Tax on Biodiesel
December 30, 2010 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  China’s Finance Ministry has retroactively exempted consumption tax on pure biodiesel made from waste animal fats or vegetable oils, and will refund taxes already paid over the last two years.
The policy is backdated to January …

Team Overcomes Major Obstacles to Cellulosic Biofuel Production
December 30, 2010 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana)  A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, researchers report. The sugars are glucose, a six-carbon sugar that is relatively easy to …

2010: Asia’s Biofuels Boom Charges Ahead
December 30, 2010 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink  (Biofuels Digest Asia)  2010 is sure to be remembered as the year Asia’s biofuels boom became self-sustaining. Double digit Asian economic growth, government and private investment, international business collaborations and research networks drove …

2010 Year in Review of Biofuels
December 30, 2010 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher  (New York Times/GigaOM)  Biofuels took a step away from the limelight in 2010, replaced by the buzz surrounding electric vehicles. But there were still a variety of policy decisions, and economic milestones …

China Starts Anti-Dumping Investigation Into U.S. Distiller Grain Imports
December 30, 2010 – 9:11 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  China, the world’s biggest grains user, has started an anti-dumping investigation into U.S. shipments of dried distillers’ grains, an animal feed ingredient, adding to tensions in ongoing trade disputes.
The government will probe for unfair trade …

The True Brew – Answers to Your “Biofuels Fact or Fiction” Questions
December 30, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’ll reach into the mailbag and voicemail box and shed some light on topics both important and bizarre, in our occasional “Biofuels Fact or Fiction” series.
Q. Will the USDA …

Revenue Bonds to Help Finance South Sioux Biodiesel Plant
December 30, 2010 – 8:30 am | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen  (Sioux City Journal)   The South Sioux City Council on Monday agreed to issue $25 million in revenue bonds to help finance the proposed Nature’s BioReserves plant at the Roth Industrial Park…  The 60-million-gallon-per-year …

NRC Proposes Committee for Algal Biofuels
December 30, 2010 – 8:09 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The National Research Council has proposed to the National Academies to appoint a committee to examine the promise of sustainable development of algal biofuels, identify potential concerns, unforeseen sustainability challenges and unintended …

Catch Cans Removed from NASCAR’s National Tours
December 30, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Dave Rodman   (NASCAR)  NASCAR is trying to make pit road safer in all three of its national tours in 2011 as the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series will now adopt the refueling system …

China Has Seen the Future, and It Is Coal
December 30, 2010 – 7:42 am | No Comment

by George Will (The Washington Post)  Cowlitz County in Washington state …approved construction of a coal export terminal from which millions of tons of U.S. coal could be shipped to Asia annually.
Both Oregon and Washington …

$5 Gas Prices On the Horizon
December 29, 2010 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  According to former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, Americans will be paying $5 per gallon for gas by 2012 due to growing demand for oil, tighter supplies and inadequate responses …

Feed Ops Could Help Commercialize Algae
December 29, 2010 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Confined Animal Feeding Operations and algal biomass may have a unique link that could help move algae-to-energy developments closer to commercialization. Why? According to Thomas Byrne, president and CEO of …

BIO: Advanced Biofuels Would Receive Critical Support from Proposed Legislation
December 29, 2010 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Futures and Commody Markets News)  Proposed legislation would create or extend a diverse array of federal programs necessary to help advanced biofuel producers secure financing for construction of first-of-a-kind projects.
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanked …

Can a Shell Be a Biofuel?
December 29, 2010 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Newsvine/Just4ThePlanet)   When we think of the brand Shell, we see a global group of energy and petrochemical companies in more than 90 countries and territories. We do not associate the Shell brand with Biofuels or …

Algae Growth Sensor Developed at Texas A&M
December 29, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  According to Texas A&M University’s Robert Burns, writing in the Western Farm Press, Texas AgriLife Research engineer Dr. Alex Thomasson has developed an optical-electronic sensor to automatically measure algae growth stages and …

Study Finds Autothermal Reforming with WGS Reactor Preferred Option for On-Board Reforming of Biodiesel and Bioethanol
December 29, 2010 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/FavStocks)   A study by a team at the German Aerospace Center (Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) identified autothermal reforming in combination with a water gas shift reactor as the preferred option for …

Investors with over 3 bln birr Capital Developing Biofuel
December 29, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Walta Informatin Center)  The (Ethiopian) Ministry of Water and Energy said that 18 investors and enterprises with over 3 billion birr combined capital have been engaged in biofuel development.  
Ministry Public Relations and Communications Directorate Director, …

Swiss Study Urges Support to Second Generation of Biofuels
December 29, 2010 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Khabrein) A new Swiss Study by the federal office of power and environment assured that the so-called “second generation of Biofuels” has good chances for the environment and development as well.
“Second generation biofuels impress, because of …

Both Sides: Ethanol Plants are Key to Rebuilding Rural Economies
December 29, 2010 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Mychal Wilmes   (Agri News/Post-Bulletin)  …The conservative and liberal think-alikes want to kill the ethanol tax credit for different reasons. The liberals say that ethanol, at best, is environmentally neutral. The conservatives argue is that …

Enzyme Cocktail Could Eliminate a Step in Biofuel Process
December 28, 2010 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(NewsGuide)  Conversion of biomass to fuel requires several steps: chemical pretreatment to break up the biomass – often dilute (sulfuric) acid, detoxification to remove the toxic chemicals required in pretreatment, and microbial fermentation to convert the …

Forum Editorial: Ethanol from Beets Promising
December 28, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(The Forum of Fargo-Morehead)   The use of a specialized sugar beet to produce ethanol could be a breakthrough in weaning the industry off corn. An announcement a few days ago of plans to build a …

10 to Watch: GOP Freshmen on Energy
December 28, 2010 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Robin Braverder (Politico)  …Cory Gardner (Colo.) — Like many of his colleagues, this newcomer with strong agricultural ties hopes to advance “hearty oversight” of the EPA from his new perch on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
On …

Excise Cut May Leave Ethanol in a Pickle
December 28, 2010 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Mathew Murphy (The Sidney Morning Herald)  …NSW and Queensland’s attempts to increase the local ethanol industry are being stymied by the federal government’s planned reduction in excise for foreign ethanol from 38¢ to 25¢ …

Florida Algae-preneurs – Making Fuel from Algae
December 28, 2010 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Cynthia Barnett (Florida Trend)   Some Florida businesses are squeezing a trickle of fuel from algae, claiming they can help power the world. But right now, a few expensive drops in the bucket are all they …

Green Biologics Strikes Deals in China
December 28, 2010 – 8:20 am | No Comment

by  Fiona Harvey   (Financial Times)  …Green Biologics, an unlisted company, has signed deals with two Chinese biochemical businesses – Guangxi Jinyuan Biochemical and Lianyungang Union of Chemicals.

Under the deals – expected to be worth about £10m …

Future Shock and the War over Biofuels
December 28, 2010 – 8:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The technologies are, in many cases, ready to scale. Coskata CEO Bill Roe declared a year ago now that “Coskata is open for business, ready to scale,” but the financiers we …

Department of Energy Taps Kettering University for $125,000 Research on How Older Cars React to Ethanol
December 27, 2010 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Beata Mostafavi    (Flint Journal/  Just two months after the government allowed more ethanol in gasoline, the ongoing debate about how the greener fuel affects older cars continues to be studied in Vehicle City.
The Department of …

Biofuels Ad Banned by Advertising Standards Authority after George Monbiot Complaint
December 27, 2010 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sweney   (The Guardian)   A complaint to the advertising watchdog by Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner George Monbiot has caused a national press ad claiming biofuels offer a sustainable alternative to oil to be banned.
The …

Brandon Pulls Plug on Biodiesel Processor
December 27, 2010 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Allison Dowd  (Winnepeg Free Press)  The City of Brandon is saying goodbye to its biodiesel processor.
Getting the proper licensing from Manitoba Labour to run the processor proved too expensive and time-consuming, said Rod Sage, Brandon’s …

Researcher Has New Energy Solution
December 27, 2010 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Robert Behre  (The Sun News)  As Janice Ryan-Bohac looks on, Jonathan Edwards steers straight over a long row of dying vines while his tractor’s rear chain digger unearths sweet potatoes as big as bowling balls.

These …

Another Wonder Down Under: Ignite Energy Develops Low-Cost Biomass Conversion Using Supercritical Water
December 27, 2010 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But there’s another boundary, right around 374 degrees C of temperature and 218 atmospheres of pressure. At that point, the boundary between liquid and gaseous phase water disappears, and what …

Vilsack’s Emphasis: Make Ethanol More Available
December 27, 2010 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(IStockAnalyst/Cedar Rapids Gazette)  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack thinks soon-to-be announced federal grants for cellulosic ethanol plants are helping boost flagging ethanol support in Congress.
Vilsack said the government plans to announce measures in …

Global Algae Biodiesel World India 2011 April 5-6 Jaipur, India
December 27, 2010 – 11:45 am | No Comment
Global Algae Biodiesel World India 2011    April 5-6  Jaipur, India

In the India, CJP is set to hold Global Algae Biodiesel World India Programme 2011 in India from APRIL 5 to 6 , 2011. CJP’s Global Algae World India 11 focuses on the entire algae …

2010—The Year in Algae
December 27, 2010 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   …(W)e decided to go right to the experts and see what was on their minds over this past year. It’s pretty easy to do this in the Internet Age. Through analytics we …

‘Beauty’ Project Developing Better Biofuel Engine
December 27, 2010 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(  An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry is overcoming limitations in current technologies to develop new bioethanol engines.
Driven by the need for more sustainable and less polluting sources of energy, the European Union is now …

Industrial Biofuel Collaboration Heating Up
December 27, 2010 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(PR-Inside)  Hunt Global Resources Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tombstone Technologies Inc., (OTCBB: TMCI) announced today (December 23, 2010) that its BioSolutions Division has launched an exclusive research and product development project with Carbon Green Inc, …

Biofuels Executives Increasingly Bullish for Industry Growth in 2011; Loan Guarantees, Renewable Diesel Gain Popularity in Business Outlook Survey
December 27, 2010 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest reports that 80 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic both about their organization’s prospects for growth  and industry growth, than 12 months ago, and that confidence about industry …

Palm Oil-into-Biodiesel is Heart of Hawaii’s Green Energy Future
December 27, 2010 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Tom Tanton (Hawaiian Star Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. has announced plans to build a facility to convert palm oil into biodiesel. The biodiesel will contribute badly needed and affordable fuel for the utility to provide …

Mission NewEnergy and JOil to Collaborate in Growing New Elite High Yielding Jatropha Varieties
December 27, 2010 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(Mission NewEnergy)  Mission NewEnergy Limited, a vertically integrated biodiesel producer and one of the world’s largest Jatropha plantation companies, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with JOil (S) …

DuPont Working on 10-Year Plan for Thailand
December 27, 2010 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Nalin Viboonchart (The Nation(India))  US science company Dupont is working on a 10-year investment plan for Thailand, saying it does not want to miss the opportunity to expand in one of Asean’s key drivers …

2011 Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association Annual Meeting January 27-28 Orlando, FL
December 27, 2010 – 8:54 am | No Comment
2011 Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association Annual Meeting   January 27-28   Orlando, FL

The SSEA is a global organization whose purpose is to promote and develop the use of sweet sorghum, a renewable and sustainable resource, for processing into ethanol and other bio-derivatives. The objectives of SSEA are:

To …

Biomass May Hold Partial Solution to Global Energy Needs
December 23, 2010 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Cary Blake (Western Farm Press)   A growing U.S. agricultural biomass industry can help meet the catapulting energy and fuel demands of a global population that the United Nations predicts could reach 9 billion by 2050.  “We …

Strong Ethanol Industry an Important Step
December 23, 2010 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Bill Jones (San Francisco Chronicle)  …Separating fact from fiction in the ethanol debate is not easy. “Food versus fuel” is a nice catch phrase, but worldwide, biofuel production accounts for less than 1 percent of …

NASCAR Gives Ethanol Green Flag; Who Will Follow?
December 23, 2010 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jessica Naudziunas  (NPR / KBIA / Harvest Public Media)  …Starting next season, NASCAR will use a 15 percent ethanol-gas blend. It has a bit more ethanol than E10, which many gas stations today offer …

Fuel Vs. Food: Ethanol Helps Boost Meat Prices
December 23, 2010 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Masterson   (NPR / WOI / Harvest Public Media)   …And according to USDA data, meat now costs as much as 12 percent more than last year.  …But let’s get out of the kitchen for …

“Green Genes” in Yeast May Boost Biofuel Production
December 23, 2010 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(Innovations Report)  An effort to increase biofuel production has led scientists to discover genes in yeast that improve their tolerance to ethanol, allowing them to produce more ethanol from the same amount of nutrients.
This study, published …

Biofuels from Algae Report Released by IHS
December 23, 2010 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(AZOCleantech)   IHS, a pioneering leader providing critical data and insight, has published its first study comparing process designs and the financial side for the production of 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel from three …

Biofuels: Europe Adopts Report on Indirect Land Use Change
December 23, 2010 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by S.C.  (TeatroNaturale International)   The Commission published today (December 22, 2010) a report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids. The report acknowledges that indirect land use change can reduce greenhouse gas …

Turbine Bio Fuel: the “Future of Modern Flight”
December 23, 2010 – 10:02 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  Compact Contractors for America (CCA) has developed a dry process biofuel from algae which the company hopes will power military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles such as Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk in the not …

Novozymes Sees Delay to Breakthrough of 2G Ethanol
December 23, 2010 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Teis Jensen  (Reuters)  Industrial enzymes producer Novozymes does not expect a major breakthrough for second-generation bioethanol in the United States for another four to five years, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
Novozymes’ marketing director …

Researchers Study Benefits of Barley as a Biofuel Crop
December 23, 2010 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry (Hoosier Farms)  The benefits of using barley for bioenergy production don’t stop at the gas pump, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies.
Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that …

Closer than Thought
December 22, 2010 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cellulosic ethanol costs rapidly decline, barriers are surmountable
The race to commercial viability for cellulosic ethanol may be coming to a close, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. Alternative …

Bioheat 2011 in the ‘New Normal’ Economy
December 22, 2010 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Michael Devine  (Biodiesel Magazine)   …Now more than ever, the oilheat industry must recreate its brand image. Integrating biodiesel into the existing petroleum infrastructure provides the oilheat marketer a new, improved liquid fuel for the …

Changing of the Guard at National Biodiesel Board
December 22, 2010 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine)  …(Ed) Hegland, (soybean grower from Minnesota, served as the NBB chairman for the past 3 years): One thing discussed at the November board meeting was the need to re-launch and redefine biodiesel as …

National Sorghum Producers Teams Up with Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association
December 22, 2010 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(National Sorghum Producers)  National Sorghum Producers and the Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association (SSEA) are happy to announce a formal collaborative agreement between the two organizations.
While NSP and SSEA have worked together in the past, the …

College Students Work to Turn Algae into Fuel
December 22, 2010 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Kassia Micek (The Courier of Montgomery County) Instead of trying to get rid of that slimy, green substance that habitually grows in water, Lone Star College-Montgomery students are are growing large amounts of the organism …

The Signs: Good News for the Aces of Bio-Based May Spell Trouble for the Renewable Fuel Standard
December 22, 2010 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The USDA’s Sarah Biddleman speaks in terms of “standing up a biofuels industry” like a pop-up children’s book, in that all the pieces have to rise up, in the right …

Navy Drives Biofuel Production With Goal to Buy 336M Gallons a Year by 2020, Enhancing San Diego’s Role as Center for Algae Biofuels
December 22, 2010 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Bruce V. Bigelow (  The U.S. military’s interest in developing algae biofuels dates back at least three years, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began to assess the technical capabilities needed to produce …

Los Alamos National Laboratory Announces Top 10 Science & Technology Developments of 2010
December 22, 2010 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory) … Gaining insight to more efficiently convert plant biomass into biofuels
LANL scientists and University of New Mexico collaborators discovered chinks in the armor of lignin, the component of plant cell walls that …

Bahamas Waste Biodiesel Hit by ‘Poor’ Oil Quality
December 22, 2010 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Alison Lowe  (The Tribune)  Bahamas Waste’s biodiesel production has been delayed after the company discovered used cooking oil donated for conversion was “in far worse shape” than expected.
Having expected the first batch of biodiesel to …

State DNR Selects University of Washington Researchers to Assess Forest Biomass Supply Statewide
December 22, 2010 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Washington State Department of Natural Resources)  …DNR today announced that the University of Washington, School of Forest Resources was selected as part of the research team to study the supply prospects of Washington’s working forests. It …

Ethanol Gets A Boost; Will It Return The Favor?
December 22, 2010 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Frank Morris (NPR / KCUR)   …  Factoring in dramatic technical advances in both fields, most researchers figure that corn ethanol now delivers an energy gain — of about 40 percent.
“But that’s not really good enough,” says …

Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel Close to Certification but Scale-Up Challenges Remain
December 22, 2010 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Decker (FlightGlobal)    Commercial production of jet biofuels could find authorisation in December under fuel specification amendments being considered by certificating body ASTM International.Enormous investments and economies of scale are far behind testing that …

Do Biofuels Compete with Food?
December 22, 2010 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Matt Cunningham (How Stuff Works)  …The myriad of factors that go into the food-versus-biofuel equation are complex and vary from situation to situation. While one region’s farming infrastructure, climate and fuel use may make …

A Push to Make Air Travel More Environmentally Friendly
December 22, 2010 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Dana Hull (Mercury News)  …For reluctant fliers like Mellor, the recession has brought a bit of good news. It has pushed airlines to find ways to save money on jet fuel, by far their …

Finnair Aims to Become a Launch Customer for Commercial Airline Jet Biofuel Flights in 2011
December 22, 2010 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(  Following the recent announcement that Lufthansa is set to become the world’s first airline to use biofuels on commercial flights, it has emerged that Finnair is also in discussions with the same biofuel supplier, …

New Miscanthus Hybrid Discovery in Japan Could Open Doors for Biofuel Industry
December 22, 2010 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Science Blog)  In the minds of many, Miscanthus x giganteus is the forerunner in the race of viable feedstock options for lignocellulosic bioenergy production. But researchers believe “putting all their eggs in one basket” could be …

Political Winds
December 22, 2010 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  How will the new leadership impact ethanol policies?
Some strong ethanol advocates lost in the November election, including Earl Pomeroy and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, acknowledges Bob Dinneen, president of the …

Refiners Balk at Selling New Ethanol Blend
December 22, 2010 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Ben Lefebvre (Wall Street Journal)  Several major U.S. oil refiners said Tuesday that they won’t sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol despite recent government authorization for fuel makers to start distributing the fuel blend.
Valero Energy Corp., …

Court Rejects Refiners’ Challenge to EPA Biodiesel Blending Rules
December 22, 2010 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jenny Mandel (New York Times/Greenwire)  An appeals court rejected a challenge today (December 21, 2010) by petroleum industry groups to U.S. EPA’s biodiesel blending requirements, in a move affirming the agency’s implementation of the renewable fuel …

BIOLYFE Newsletter Announces Preliminary Research Results of EU Second Generation Ethanol Production Project
December 21, 2010 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(BIOLYFE)  The BIOLYFE project aims at improving critical steps of the second generation bioethanol production process and at demonstrating the whole supply chain, from feedstock sourcing via fuel production to product utilisation. The main result will …

POET Cellulosic Ethanol Efforts Could Have Nearly $38 Billion Impact on Iowa
December 21, 2010 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(POET)  New analysis outlines jobs, economic output of Project LIBERTY work
POET’s Project LIBERTY will generate as much as $37.8 billion in economic activity over 20 years and could employ more than 2,800 people, an independent analysis …

Coffee-Based Fuel Set to Burgeon in Ontario
December 21, 2010 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Joan Delaney (The Epoch Times)  Biodiesel made from waste coffee grounds and flax oil solves the ‘food for fuel’ dilemma, says manufacturer.
Spotting a thin layer of oil around the edges of a cold cup of …

The Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy November 7-9 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
December 21, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment
The Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy    November 7-9  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Where “East meets West” in the rapidly expanding application of industrial biotechnology. Highlighting recent advances in biotechnology for bioenergy, biobased products, manufacturing and processing. Technical tracks, plenary sessions and private one-on-one business partnering meetings.  READ …

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing May 8-11 Toronto, Ontario
December 21, 2010 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing    May 8-11    Toronto, Ontario

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. Entering its eighth year, the event …

Grassley Says Unity Is Vital to Ethanol Interests
December 21, 2010 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)   The ethanol industry needs to stop its infighting to preserve its government support beyond next year, says Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia.
“We can’t stand any more division within biofuels,” said Grassley, …

U.S. Gasoline Demand May Have Peaked for Good
December 21, 2010 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey  (AP/Salt Lake City Tribune)  … After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, Americans will burn at least 20 percent less …

Legislation Could Ensure National Security by Encouraging Development of Domestic Advanced Biofuels
December 21, 2010 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization/MarketWire)  A newly introduced bill will authorize the Department of Defense (DOD) to continue its leading role in helping to commercialize next generation biofuels. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Rep. Jay Inslee …

Ford, GM Join Legal Fight against E15
December 21, 2010 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Steve Gelsi and Jeffry Bartash (MarketWatch)   Blend of 15% ethanol may cause problems, group warns
A trade group that includes automotive giants Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. has joined forces with other vehicle and …

European Biodiesel 2011 June 15-16 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
December 20, 2010 – 1:26 pm | No Comment
European Biodiesel 2011    June 15-16  Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Now in its 4th year, European Biodiesel has established itself as Europe’s premier event dedicated entirely to the biodiesel industry and European Biodiesel 2011 will be taking place on 15-16 June in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Faces Subsidy Battle Next Year
December 20, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers face a battle over reforming subsidies next year after current incentives are rolled over in the tax package signed into law by President Barack Obama on …

First E85 Station with Protec Fuel Imaging Opens
December 20, 2010 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(  Mr. Pete’s in Brunswick, Ga., teams up with Clean Fuels Foundation
Protec Fuel has announced the opening of an E85 pump in Brunswick, Ga. Mr. Pete’s is the first station to have Protec Fuel’s imaging …

E15 fears: More Ethanol in Gasoline is Bad News for Power Equipment, Critics Say
December 20, 2010 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Adrian Higgins (The Washington Post)  …But a push to add another 50 percent to the ethanol content of some automobile fuel has opened a barrel of worms. Automakers say they don’t know how it …

Analysis Shows Camelina-Based Jet Fuel Cuts Emissions
December 20, 2010 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Western Farmer-Stockman)  A life cycle analysis of the carbon footprint of camelina-based biojet fuel concludes that the renewable fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 75% compared with conventional petroleum-based jet fuel.
A pee-reviewed paper published in Environmental Progress …

Switchgrass Pilot Program Concluding
December 20, 2010 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Misty Maynard  (Maysville Ledger-Independent)  A multi-year pilot project researching the possibility of using switchgrass as a biofuel is drawing to an end, but a new program is seeking to establish 700 more acres of switchgrass …

Kanchanfur Forests Farm Jatropha for Bio-Diesel
December 20, 2010 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(The Himalayan Times)  Two community forests of Kanchanpur district have started growing Jatropha (Sajeevan) from which biofuel can be produced.
Basanta Community Forest and Sri Krishna Community Forest are into sajeevan farming with the technical and financial …

Baltimore to Test Biofuels in City Boilers
December 20, 2010 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg/AP)  …The city’s spending panel on Wednesday approved a deal with New Generation Biofuels to start burn tests at three city facilities.
If the tests are successful, the clean-burning, vegetable-based biofuels would replace heating oil in …

Indiana County Won’t Own Ethanol Plant After All
December 20, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by  (AP/The Republic)  …The Lake County Solid Waste Management District board unanimously adopted a revised contract Thursday that strips away the county’s ownership of the plant that Powers Energy of America wants to build near the …

The Charge of the Capital Light Brigade
December 20, 2010 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of companies has come along with new ideas about how to develop scale in a world of empty wallets. You might have heard of them as …

Agrivida Announces Collaboration with Syngenta Ventures to Deliver Low-Cost Sugars for Cellulosic Biofuels and Biochemicals
December 17, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Agrivida)  Agrivida, Inc. announced a collaboration with Syngenta Ventures to develop advanced crop technology that will provide low-cost sugars for a variety of industrial applications. Under the terms of the agreement, Syngenta licenses to Agrivida …

Beyond the Valley of Death, the Sunny Lands of Tractionville
December 17, 2010 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …ZeaChem CEO Jim Imbler and Elevance’s Andy Shafer gave updates on their progress towards commercialization.
Elevance, of course, has been at it a while longer, and is generally exclusively focused on …

Butamax Advanced Biofuels Receives Key U.S. Isobutanol Patent
December 17, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC announced Dec. 16 that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent number 7851188 encompassing Butamax’s isobutanol producing biocatalyst.  
The patent entitled “Fermentive Production of Four Carbon …

Look Out — Oil Prices to Hit $200 a Barrel by 2035, Projection Shows
December 17, 2010 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by John Funk  (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)  Americans who are upset about $3 gasoline won’t like the latest long-term projection from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Over the next 25 years, even as the nation’s thirst for …

Unraveling Plant Cell-Wall Construction for Biofuels Research
December 17, 2010 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen McNulty Walsh  (Brookhaven National Laboratory/RenewableEnergyWorld)   Understanding how lignin building blocks are transported could break down barriers to biofuel production.
One big challenge in converting plants to biofuels is that the very same molecules that …

Military Signals Advanced Biofuels Demand: 336 Million Gallons per Year by 2020
December 17, 2010 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …This week in Honolulu, Chris Tindal of the US Navy joined advanced biofuels CEOs Jason Pyle of Sapphire Energy and Jonathan Wolfson of Solazyme at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit, to …

Biofuels to Power the Future
December 17, 2010 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(China Daily)  China’s bioethanol production will reach 10 million tons a year by 2020, resulting in a 10 percent drop in oil imports, according to COFCO group, China’s largest grain trader.
…COFCO, Novozymes and China Petroleum …

State Aid: Commission Authorises Sweden to Grant SEK222 Million (€24 Million) for Biofuel Research Project «GoBiGas»
December 17, 2010 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(Europa)  The European Commission has authorised under EU state aid rules a support of SEK222 million (approximately € 24 million) that Sweden intends to grant to the Gothenburg Biofuels Gasification (GoBiGas) research and development (R&D) project. Göteborg …

Novasep and Danisco Announce the First Betaine Industrial Production Process from Bioethanol Side-Stream
December 17, 2010 – 9:43 am | No Comment

(Novasep)  Joint project will offer a cost-effective, environmentally friendly process to produce betaine, an animal feed ingredient in short supply
Novasep Process, the bioprocess division of Novasep, a leading supplier of manufacturing solutions to the life sciences …

State Aid: Commission Approves Aid for Waste CO2 Pipeline in The Netherlands
December 17, 2010 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Europa)  The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, a €5 million investment aid for a pipeline infrastructure to transport waste CO2 from a bioethanol plant in Rotterdam to greenhouses in the “Zuidplaspolder”. The …

House Votes to Extend Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Tax Credits; Senate Drops Biofuels-Slashing Omnibus Bill
December 17, 2010 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US House of Representatives voted by a 277 to 148 margin to approve the Obama tax deal, which extends the ethanol tax credit through 2011, and retroactively extends the biodiesel …

Panel Urges Oversight of Synthetic Biology
December 17, 2010 – 9:28 am | No Comment

(UPI)   A report says the U.S. federal government must take a lead oversight role in the emerging field of synthetic biology to balance the risks and benefits.
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues issued …

Seaweed as Biofuel? Metabolic Engineering Makes It a Viable Option
December 17, 2010 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(   Is red seaweed a viable future biofuel? Now that a University of Illinois metabolic engineer has developed a strain of yeast that can make short work of fermenting galactose, the answer is an unequivocal …

Drop-In Biofuel Developer Dorsan Joins ATI-Clean Energy Incubator
December 17, 2010 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), a not-for-profit unit of The University of Texas at Austin, announced today that Dorsan Biofuels, Inc., joined as a member company of the ATI-Clean Energy Incubator.
Dorsan …

Logos Technologies Receives Phase-2 BioJET™ Fuel Award
December 17, 2010 – 8:06 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Cellulosic biomass from agricultural wastes converted to low-cost jet fuel
Logos Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded the second phase of BioJET™ from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to …

USDA Joins Effort to Increase FFV Awareness
December 16, 2010 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Surveys show that as many as 75 percent of flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) owners don’t know they can fill their vehicles with E85. Now, a new public awareness campaign will …

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Calls on Cancun to Recognize Biofuels as a Way to Lower GHG’s
December 16, 2010 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling on the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Cancun to do what could not be done in Copenhagen and recognize biofuels as a viable alternative …

Senate Tax Bill a Major Step Backwards for the Environment
December 15, 2010 – 8:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Presswood (Switchboard)   The tax bill agreed to last Thursday by Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell contains an energy package that would cause substantial environmental harm.
…The bill extends a 50 cent per gallon tax …

Scientist: Ethanol the Wrong Path for Lake County, Alternative Fuels
December 15, 2010 – 8:12 am | No Comment

by Marc Chase   (The Times/  Lake County’s public-private plan to transform trash to ethanol would generate an inferior fuel with a questionable future, a former National Science Foundation official and energy adviser to the federal government …

Finnair Set to Fly with Biofuel
December 15, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

(YLE)  Finnair is set to become the first airline in the world to use fuel produced from renewable sources on regular flights. The airline aims to start fuelling its planes with biofuel next spring.

Finnair airplanes …

Canada’s Renewable Fuel Standard Takes Effect
December 15, 2010 – 8:00 am | No Comment

(Scottrade)  On December 15th, the federal government’s landmark Renewable Fuels Standard officially comes into force. This will add some two billion litres of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, into the Canadian gasoline pool each …

Lawsuit Opposes Permit for Michigan Ethanol Plant
December 15, 2010 – 7:59 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg/AP)  Environmentalists sued Michigan regulators Tuesday over an air quality permit issued for a planned refinery in the Upper Peninsula that will produce ethanol fuel from wood chips.
The Sierra Club lawsuit contends the Department of Natural …

Secretary Chu Announces up to $30 Million for Research to Advance the Next Generation of Biofuels
December 15, 2010 – 7:43 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced the Department is now accepting applications for up to $30 million in total funding for small-scale process integration projects that support the development of …

Maine Gets Most Federal Biofuel Help of Any State
December 14, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Mal Leary (Capitol News Service/Bangor Daily News) Maine has received more cash from the federal government for the development of biofuels than any other state.
The Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was started in 2009 to …

Corporate U: Industry’s Reach into Academia Renews Fears of Undue Influence
December 14, 2010 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Bohan (Contra Costa Times/Center for Genetics and Society)  Stanford University researcher Thomas Jaramillo is overseeing a million-dollar research project that explores ways to create liquid fuel from sunlight and carbon dioxide. A Stanford colleague, Yi …

Spain: Citrotecno to Produce First Litre of Ethanol from Citrus Waste
December 14, 2010 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(  Two years ago Citrotecno took its first steps with the help of a group of businessmen linked to the agriculture and livestock sector in Valencia (Spain). The main objective of the company was to …

North Dakota Group Looks to Make Ethanol from Sugar Beets
December 14, 2010 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Dave Kolpack (AP/The Daily Republic)   A North Dakota group said Monday it plans to open a test plant that would turn dry land sugar beets into ethanol, with hopes of building a dozen processing facilities …

A.I.M. Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Greg Mitchell
December 14, 2010 – 9:42 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Dr. B. Greg Mitchell is a research biologist and senior lecturer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
…For more than two decades Greg has promoted mass culture of …

Bioengineers Develop Bacterial Strain That Could Increase Ethanol Production
December 14, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment

(Wiley Press Room/Renewable Energy World)  A team of Bioengineers in the United States have modified a strain of bacteria to increase its ability to produce ethanol. The research, published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, reveals how …

Hydrogen Should Take Priority over Biofuel in Aviation: World Wildlife Fund
December 13, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Reals  (FlightGlobal)  The aviation industry should focus research and development programmes on liquid hydrogen rather than third-generation biofuels in the quest to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to World Wildlife Fund director for global …

Corn Growers Push for Tax Credits to Expand Ethanol Industry
December 13, 2010 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Amy West  (KHAS TV)   Want to see more ethanol blends at the pump? Well, the American Corn Growers Foundation has a plan and they’re challenging Congress to help the industry by redirecting more than …

Price of Ethanol and Price of Oil According to the New York Times
December 13, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Raymond J. Learsy (Huffington Post)  In a classic example and contender for the Alfred E. Neuman “I Don’t Get It” prize of the year the New York Times‘ editorial page of December 9th outdid itself.
First …

Long Shots: Why Throwing Money at Today’s Clean-Energy Technologies Could Keep Us from Discovering Tomorrow’s.
December 13, 2010 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Vinod Khosla (Foreign Policy)  …A mid-2009 report by the reinsurance giant Swiss Re found that climate change could shave off anywhere from 1 to 12 percent of GDP in many countries thanks to shifting …

WSJ: Biofuels Get Test At Danish Pumps
December 13, 2010 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jens Hansegard (Dow Jones/Fox Business)  Danish companies see a big business potential in helping to curb the world’s reliance on petrochemicals.
Danisco A/S (DCO.KO) and Novozymes A/S (NZYM-B.KO), which together cover 70% of the world market …

2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium January 12, 2011 Columbia, MO
December 13, 2010 – 11:33 am | No Comment
2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium   January 12, 2011   Columbia, MO

Experts from across the country will discuss the role of bioenergy crops for meeting renewable energy goals at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry’s second annual symposium, Jan. 12, 2011.
The program, “Meeting Renewable Energy …

U.S. Poised to Pump in More of Canada’s Dirtiest Oil
December 13, 2010 – 11:20 am | No Comment

By Renee Schoof   (Star-Telegram/McClatchy)  At the climate talks under way in Cancun, Mexico, the U.S. has assured the world it’s not backing away from its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, however, …

Biodiesel RIN Prices Trend Higher
December 13, 2010 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine) Although the U.S. biodiesel industry has struggled since the lapse of the $1 per gallon tax credit, renewable identification number (RIN) prices are currently trading high enough to fill that void. …

DOE and Seven Other Agencies Launch Energy Export Initiative
December 13, 2010 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today joined seven other U.S. Government agencies in launching the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative, a coordinated effort to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency …

Bi-Partisan Support for Biofuels Can Help to Achieve Energy, National Security Objectives
December 13, 2010 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Steve Maddox  (The Hill)  …Although conventional, corn-based ethanol is not the darling of the environmental movement, it does have certain national security benefits that cannot be overlooked. And the next generation of biofuels being …

Draft Contract Puts Ethanol Plant in Private Hands
December 13, 2010 – 9:19 am | No Comment

by Christine Kraly  (NWITimes)   Citing what’s best for Lake County residents, a draft revised contract to bring a waste-to-ethanol plant to Schneider now puts the facility in the hands of its private operator.
A proposed revision to the contract between …

SynGest’S Bioammonia Project Completes Award Contract with Iowa Power Fund and Iowa Office of Energy Independence
December 13, 2010 – 9:10 am | No Comment

(SynGest/BusinessWire)  Mini plant will make 150 TPD of nitrogen fertilizer from biomass
San Francisco, CA – (Business Wire) December 13, 2010 – SynGest Inc. announced that the Iowa Power Fund and Iowa Office of Energy Independence have …

NASA Research Park to Host World’s Largest, Greenest Airship
December 13, 2010 – 8:50 am | No Comment

(National Air and Space Administration) NASA has entered into a lease with E Green Technologies, Inc. (EGT) Kellyton, Ala., to bring the world’s largest airship to NASA Research Park at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett …

Researchers Engineer New Methane-Production Pathway in Microorganism
December 13, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

(University of Arkansas)  A University of Arkansas researcher and his colleagues have created the first methane-producing microorganism that can metabolize complex carbon structures, which could lead to microbial recycling of waste products and their transformation into …

AfDB Group Approves Euros 65 Million to Finance Markala Sugar Project in Mali
December 13, 2010 – 8:39 am | No Comment

(  The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Monday, 6 December 2010 in Tunis, a €30-million senior private sector loan and a €35 million loan from the public sector window to …

Specialty Pipelines for Renewable and Alternative Energy Substances
December 13, 2010 – 8:33 am | No Comment

(SBI Energy)  The world is rushing to harness alternative and renewable energy sources, and global specialty pipeline infrastructure is jumping to keep up. SBI Energy estimates that the total global market for specialty pipelines will show …

IPT Reduces Biodiesel Capex to $0.10 per Gallon for 60 Mgy Project
December 13, 2010 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nevada, International Procurement Tools  announced that they had developed a biodiesel construction platform that would bring down ‘pipe to pipe’ installed costs for a 60 Mgy biodiesel system (100,000 …