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Laila Padi ‘Waste’ Found to Have Great Potential as Biofuel
January 12, 2011 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Ubaidillah Masli   (Brunei Times)  LAILA, the rice variety heralded as the answer to Brunei’s food self-sufficiency woes, might also fuel the Sultanate’s cars in the future as an efficient and more environment-friendly biofuel. This …

U.S. Car Czar: Industry Faces Massive Change by 2023
January 12, 2011 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Nick Carey and Deepa Seetharaman   (Reuters)  The American auto industry will change more in the next dozen years than it has during the past 50, said the U.S. Treasury official charged with overseeing the …

Much-Touted Cellulosic Ethanol Is Late in Making Mandated Appearance
January 12, 2011 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Dina Fine Maron (ClimateWire/New York Times)  …U.S. EPA figures indicate that in the second half of 2010, not a drop of cellulosic ethanol — a much-touted fuel that taps the sugars from farm wastes …

Ethanol Industry Faces High Corn Prices
January 12, 2011 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (The Progressive Farmer)   …(P)ressure from rising corn prices at the start of 2011 is expected to test ethanol producers’ ability to manage risk. …Rabobank said ethanol would remain profitable with corn …

New Service Station to Offer Alternative Fuels
January 12, 2011 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Vikki Broughton Hodges (The Dispatch)  The first local retail sales of ethanol and biodiesel fuels are scheduled to begin in April at Sparky’s Marketplace, a new service station, convenience store and car wash being …

On-Farm Energy Prices May Rise as Economy Improves
January 12, 2011 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

By Christine Souza  (California Farm Bureau Federation)   As the nation attempts to recover from the economic downturn, farmers and ranchers realize this kind of positive movement in the economy will lead to higher energy …

Eastern Gain Biofuels Project to Be Headed by Military Veteran
January 12, 2011 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Retired U.S. Coast Guard veteran Captain Terry Carter has joined the Biofuels Center staff as director of eastern and military partnerships. He will lead a significant large project, Eastern Gain: Biofuels Enrich …

Kingdom Considers Producing Ethanol from Waste
January 12, 2011 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Querubin J. Minas  (The Saudi)   In line with the Saudi government’s initiative to diversify energy resources and promote clean environment at the same time, a US company is introducing an innovative, versatile biofuel …

Raptor Fabrication and Equipment Announces Completion of New Biodiesel Plant
January 12, 2011 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Raptor Technology Group, Inc.)  Greenwave Biodiesel Facility in Fort Lauderdale Operational
Raptor Technology Group, Inc.  announced that the company it is in the process of acquiring, Raptor Fabrication and Equipment, Inc. (“Raptor”), has started up its newest …

View from the Top: Federal Investments in Energy Infrastructure: What’s Worked before Can Work Again
January 12, 2011 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)   …The federal government must follow its long history of investing in national energy initiatives.
…Recently, any call for increased government funding or involvement in this nascent industry has …

Farm Bureau Supports Change in Biofuels Policy
January 12, 2011 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting a new direction in biofuels policy away from the blenders tax credit and toward increasing infrastructure.
“The whole discussion has been evolving within the industry and within …

Bright Future for Biodiesel Gains Focus at North American International Auto Show
January 12, 2011 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Automakers Back Biodiesel, America’s First Commercially Available ‘Advanced Biofuel’
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit has long been known as THE event of the year for the latest vehicle technologies …

Green Dream Team Memories: Gunnar Jeanne
January 11, 2011 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(ALMS)  GETG’s ace pilot talked green with students from UW-Madison
Gunnar Jeannette did not hesitate to raise his hand last season when personally invited by the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón to become …

RETECH Conference and Exhibition 2011 September 20-22 Washington, DC
January 11, 2011 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
RETECH Conference and Exhibition 2011   September 20-22   Washington, DC

RETECH 2011 continues the tradition of assembling all of the renewable energy technologies, industries and applications in one place; providing government officials, executives, engineers, financiers, and other professionals a one-stop annual update on renewable energy.
RETECH’s …

Study Estimates Land Available for Biofuel Crops
January 11, 2011 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana)  Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world’s current fuel consumption – without affecting food crops or …

Broomfield’s Range Fuels Cuts Staff
January 11, 2011 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Wallace   (DailyCamera.com)   CEO says he’s optimistic about future of firm, technology
Range Fuels, a company based here that specializes in producing fuel from slash and feedstock, has pared back its local work …

Norway Backs Ethanol Plant
January 11, 2011 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Norwegian chemicals and technology specialist Borregaard has secured a government grant of 58mn kroner ($9.8mn) to build a 400m³ pilot ethanol plant in Sarpsborg, southeast Norway.
…The Sarpsborg plant will use a diverse array …

The Top Five Heating Oil Stories to Watch in 2011
January 11, 2011 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Josh Garrett (HeatingOil.com)  …Fitful economic recovery in the US and around the world, looming fights over financial and environmental regulation, and the continuing advancement of alternative fuel technologies are certain to make 2011 an …

The Hidden Cost of Oil at the Grocery Store Checkout Counter
January 11, 2011 – 8:43 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Dreyer (Renewable Energy World/Growth Energy)  …The cost of crude is a major inflator of grocery prices, because transportation, manufacturing and packaging cost more as oil prices go up. In 2009, when diesel was …

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Announces Summer Programs for Teachers and Undergraduates
January 10, 2011 – 11:32 am | No Comment

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) (UW):   The RET allows grade 6 -14 science or agriculture teachers to spend 6 weeks on campus in the summer to develop a classroom lab or activity related to bioenergy. RET …

National Energy Security: U.S. Government Eyes Biofuels
January 10, 2011 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(BiotechNow)  …Paul Bryan, biomass program manager for the Energy Department, who also spoke at the Pacific Rim Summit, points out that the government’s transition to biofuels must be careful and deliberate.
“We get a lot of …

Philadelphia Eagles Go Greener with Eco-Friendly Stadium
January 10, 2011 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Neela Banerjee  (Los Angeles Times)  …(Jeffrey) Lurie and his wife, Christina Weiss Lurie, are retrofitting Lincoln Financial Field with wind turbines, solar panels and a biodiesel-reliant power plant with the goal of making it the …

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines Power Biofuel Tests for U.S. Air Force
January 10, 2011 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(Pratt & Whitney)  A Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 engine recently powered its first biofuel test flight of a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  This flight test, powered by alternative …

Four Clear Lake-Area Inventors among Team Patenting New Process to Make Ethanol
January 10, 2011 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by  Andrew Benedict-Nelson (Ultimate Clear Lake)   Four inventors in the Clear Lake area are among a team receiving a U.S. patent for a new way of producing ethanol on an industrial scale.
According to the …

Ethanol ‘All about National Security’
January 10, 2011 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)   To farmers who pioneered the ethanol industry, the goal was creating another market for corn. To retired General Wesley Clark, it’s about patriotism and national security.
Clark, who is co-chairman of the …

Biofuel Grasslands for the Birds
January 10, 2011 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Tim Wall (Discovery News)  Picture the vibrant wildflowers and swaying grasses of prairies covering the Midwestern United States once again, teeming with wildlife and requiring very little management from people, yet providing a renewable …

Household Sewage: Not Waste, but a Vast New Energy Resource
January 10, 2011 – 9:52 am | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  In a finding that gives new meaning to the adage, “waste not, want not,” scientists are reporting that household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought. …

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance: Biofuels Can Ease the Impact of Hazardous Oil Prices
January 10, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  This week the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a wakeup call to the world that high oil prices pose a threat to the stability of an already fragile recovering global economy. …

The Formation of The Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Non-Profit Research Foundation, Was Announced by Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., a Leader in Jatropha and Energy Farming
January 10, 2011 – 9:30 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire)  Global Clean Energy Holdings announced the establishment of a new non-profit research organization: The Center for Sustainable Energy Farming (www.CfSEF.org). The Center’s mission is to perform cutting-edge plant science research in genetics, breeding and …

The New Economics of Next-Gen Gasification: ClearFuels Technology
January 10, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(S)team reformation, a process by which gasified biomass is converted into a useful balance of hydrogen and carbon monoxide … itself has struggled with high costs associated with the high temperatures …

International Algae Competition DEADLINE October 11, 2011
January 10, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

The First International Algae Competition was launched at the World Algae Congress held in San Francisco, CA, December 6-8, 2010.
Algae Competition objectives are to create an open source collaboratory that expands and shares a vision …

Effort under Way to Restore BCAP Funding in 2011 Appropriations Bill
January 7, 2011 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Sue Sterling  (The Daily Star-Journal) Agricultural and environmental groups hope to convince legislators to restore funding for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program in the Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill that will be considered in March.
The …

EcoTrek 2011 Best of America Tour Fueled by Cellulosic Ethanol
January 7, 2011 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(EcoTrek)  “We’re taking a regular American-made pickup truck, outfitting it with American-made accessories and powering it with American-made biofuels in order to emphasize our ability to be gentler to the environment, while bolstering American’s economy, …

POET Helps 4th Graders Study Alternative Energy
January 7, 2011 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(POET)  Partnership with Dakota State University adds renewable fuel/energy component to ‘South Dakota Road Trip’
The history of alternative fuel is deeply rooted in the Midwest, and POET is helping to bring that proud history to …

Tax Holidays, Cheap Loans: Why Mississippi is Attracting Greentech
January 7, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechSolar)  In the past year, the state of Mississippi has convinced an impressive array of green tech and other companies to open factories in its borders.
How exactly is it pulling this off, considering that …

Crops to Be Turned into Fuel on Big Island
January 7, 2011 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Mark Niesse  (AP/Washington Examiner)  Crops grown on Hawaii’s Big Island will be converted into liquid fuel as part of a deal announced Thursday between Hawaiian Electric Co. and renewable energy company Aina Koa Pono.
The …

With a Little Help From My Friends
January 7, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …Yet while we lament about high energy costs, we downright howl over the higher costs of alternative energy and try to push today’s development aside for future progress and cost competitiveness.
Let’s talk …

How Oil Could Kill the Recovery
January 7, 2011 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Derek Thompson (The Atlantic)  …(E)xpensive oil is poisonous to an oil-driven economy. Every severe oil spike in the last 50 years has been followed by a deep recession.
…The United States imported $400 billion of …

Plug-in Vehicles and Their Dirty Little Secret
January 7, 2011 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by John Petersen  (Renewable Energy World)  …The dirty little secret of plug-in vehicles is that they’ll all charge their batteries with inherently dirty night-time power and be responsible for more CO2 emissions than a fuel …

China’s Biofuels Market Grows, Remains on Subsidy Life-Support
January 7, 2011 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(GCiS China/PR.com)   China’s pricing controls, subsidies and cultivation policies have played a critical role in shaping this USD 2.3 Bn market, but over-regulation has made it unattractive for profit making ventures and the much …

The Big Price Build-Up: Are You Ready?
January 7, 2011 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US economy is just now showing signs of revival, and already we are seeing signs of runaway oil and grain prices that may bring unwanted inflation and dangerous instability …

EU Wants Answers over German Animal Feed Dioxin Scandal
January 7, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Gregg Benzow (Deutsche Welle)  …The poisonous chemical dioxin was discovered in eggs and poultry last week and is believed to have stemmed from animal feed contaminated with industrial fats.
…The German feed manufacturer Harles & Jentzsch …

Banned Four Loko Gets New Use as Auto Fuel
January 7, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Zinie Chen Sampson  (AP/MSNBC)  Virginia company turns  alcoholic drinks into ethanol
Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages …

Biomass For Power, Fuels, and Chemicals March 21-22, 2011 Minneapolis, MN
January 6, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
Biomass For Power, Fuels, and Chemicals    March 21-22, 2011   Minneapolis, MN

Biomass is already being utilized for a variety of purposes, including biofuels, biopower (electricity), biomaterials, biochemicals (“green chemistry”), and biopellets. The different categories of biomass are all interrelated, and of all the sources of renewable …

Confederation of Indian Industry Proposes Bio-Diesel Price Hike
January 6, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(The Economic Times)   The government should raise the price of bio-diesel obtained from the jatropha plant to support the bio-diesel industry’s sustainability efforts, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) says.
…The study estimates that if …

Biofuels Not Sustainable as Fuels for Automobiles in India: Ramesh
January 6, 2011 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(India Transport Portal)  While biofuels are being considered as the alternative fuel for the vehicles in number of countries, they are not the sustainable option as the fuel for automobiles in India, said Jairam Ramesh, …

Firm Asks Restaurants to Be Part of the Green Network
January 6, 2011 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Liza Agoot   (Baguio Midland Courier)  …Nathan Angara of the Noble Trends Unbound (NTU) together with Biodiesel Philippines have launched the green network, a group of restaurants and other establishments using oil and lard …

Ten Asian Trends to watch in 2011
January 6, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  …#1 It’s a breakthrough year for Asian biofuels science and technology. Many scientific and technological developments that simmered away in Asian labs and pilot plants in 2010 are set …

German Study Shows Rapeseed GHG Potential
January 6, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  The German Biomass Research Center has conducted a study on optimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rapeseed-based biodiesel. The goal of the study was to analyze the current default values …

Biofuels: A Market of Political Opportunities
January 6, 2011 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In Europe, much more than in the United States, green (but not just) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are engaged loudly and aggressively in the biofuel debate. For several years now, …

Another Biofuel Coalition Forms
January 6, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims  (Biodiesel Magazine)  A newly-formed coalition, American Biofuels Now, has been formed in Florida with the mission to educate policymakers, media and consumers about the economic and environmental benefits of biofuels. The group …

Firm Plans to Generate Electricity from Ethanol
January 6, 2011 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Xinhua  (Business Daily)    A Kenyan green energy firm has announced plans to generate ethanol-based electricity.    Gravitas Ltd managing director Lorna Omuondo said the company will introduce ethanol-powered cells into the market by mid …

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Reports Investments Totaling $2.5 Million in 2010
January 6, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Several Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, pushing the total investments made through the Fund to over $11.6 million.  To date, 52Michigan companies have received seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital …

Popping the Hood on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: A Digest Special Series
January 6, 2011 – 9:03 am | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (NewFuelsAlliance/Biofuels Digest)   …(W)hat’s good and what needs to be fixed in the LCFS? Where should the biofuels industry be happy, be  hopeful, or be hopping mad? Brooke Coleman of the New Fuels Alliance …

The USDA Loan Guarantee Program and the Congressional Deficit-Reducing Drive
January 6, 2011 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …At risk in that budget process is the entire funding for the Section 9003 loan guarantee program – in the omnibus spending bill proposed in December by the outgoing Congress, …

Back to Basics: Three Reasons the Biofuels Message Has Gone Bad January 26, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CSTWebinar
January 5, 2011 – 4:02 pm | No Comment
Back to Basics: Three Reasons the Biofuels Message Has Gone Bad   January 26, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CSTWebinar

A webinar on messaging for the biofuels industry will be held Wednesday, January 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST.
The webinar, “Back to the Basics: Three Reasons the Biofuels Message Has Gone Bad,” will discuss how …

INEOS Bio JV Receives Commitment for $75 Million USDA Loan Guarantee
January 5, 2011 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Funding will create jobs through the construction and completion of advanced commercial facility in Florida
INEOS Bio and its joint venture partner, New Planet Energy, today announced they have received a conditional commitment for …

RFA Proposes Alternative E15 Label to EPA
January 5, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
RFA Proposes Alternative E15 Label to EPA

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed label for E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) “will do little, if anything, to promote the successful introduction of a new fuel to the marketplace” the Renewable …

U.S. Lacks Infrastructure to Consume More Ethanol
January 5, 2011 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Brian Wallheimer (Purdue University/Western Farm Press)   The United States doesn’t have the infrastructure to meet the federal mandate for renewable fuel use with ethanol, but could meet the standard with significant increases in cellulosic and …

Bioenergy International Asia expo & conference December 7-8, 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 5, 2011 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy International Asia expo & conference     December 7-8, 2011   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hosted annually, Bioenergy International expo & conference attracts biofuel producers and plant owners.  Organised by the publishers of leading industry titles, Biofuels International (www.biofuels-news.com) and Bioenergy Insight (www.bioenergy-news.com), the event is now celebrating its third …

Fill Her up with Super Pine
January 5, 2011 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Rose Stirling (Dargaville News)   Pine plantations in the Kaipara can be converted into biofuels as part of a nationwide proposal which will save the economy billions of dollars each year.
Scion, formerly the New Zealand Forest …

Growth Energy Proposes New E15 Label to EPA
January 5, 2011 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
Growth Energy Proposes New E15 Label to EPA

(Growth Energy)  In formal comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday, Growth Energy proposed a new label for E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) that will more …

Thorntons Adds E-85 to 36 Locations
January 5, 2011 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Thorntons is now offering E-85 Flex Fuel in 36 store locations — seven in Illinois, 11 in Indiana, 11 in Kentucky and seven in Tennessee, the company reported.  READ MORE

Tennessee Switchgrass Initiative Looking for Investors
January 5, 2011 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Nashville Public Radio)  The state’s switchgrass initiative is looking for new investors. The program aims to turn crops of the tall perennial grass into ethanol to fuel cars. Now it’s using a new East Tennessee biorefinery …

Quantum Leap for the Q Microbe: Qteros closes $22 Million in New Financing; Global Partnership with Praj
January 5, 2011 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Qteros and Praj will collaborate on a highly focused, multi-year development program with the objective of rapidly developing and commercializing Process Design Packages (PDPs) that enable cellulosic ethanol production using …

A Primer on Algal Genomics
January 5, 2011 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Integrated Gemomics   (Algae Industry Magazine)   To the untrained eye, microalgae are typical photosynthetic, unicellular organisms. Most species are characterized as green, red, or brown in color with a moderate growth rate and size as …

Protec Fuel Opens Three E85 Sites in Atlanta
January 5, 2011 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Protec Fuelalong with Indore Oil Company announce the opening of three new E85 sites in the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity. The three facilities will assist in fueling the nearly 25,000 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) in …

Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict Part 2: The Misinformation Campaign
January 5, 2011 – 9:40 am | One Comment

by Christopher Klug (Tiny Green Bubble)  …According to the Renewable Fuels Association data, the United States produced and used approximately 10.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2009, making the US the largest producer of ethanol …

Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict Part 1: The Biofuel History
January 5, 2011 – 9:22 am | One Comment

by Christopher Klug (Tiny Green Bubble)  In the United States, domestic ethanol production and motor fuel additives are becoming more and more common. However, a bevy of misinformation campaigns surround the use of resources for …

Virent and HCL CleanTech Receive Grant to Demonstrate Cellulosic Sugars as Feedstocks for ‘Drop-In’ Biofuels and Bioproducts
January 5, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment

(Virent)  BIRD Energy Grant Will Support Virent’s Conversion of HCL CleanTech’s Pine Tree Sugars Into Hydrocarbon Fuels and Products That can be Sustainable, Cost-effective, and Compatible With Existing Infrastructure
Virent Energy Systems Inc. and HCL CleanTech announced …

National Algae Association End of Year Report
January 4, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Barry Cohen (National Algae Association)  … Some of the accomplishments include:  
–               Construction of commercial-scale demo PBR at Lone Star College 
–               Delivery by NAA Engineering Consortium of plans and design for the 100-acre challenge 
–               Delivery by NAA …

Will Biogenic Emission Regulation Curb Biomass Growth?
January 4, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)  …In December 2010, Forisk Consulting released a study titled, “Economic and Regional Impact Analysis of the Treatment of Biomass Energy Under the EPA Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule.” According to NAFO, the …

Growing Willows as Biofuel
January 4, 2011 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jane Milliman  (Democrat and Chronicle)  Normally the word “willow” brings to mind those huge weepers that hug stream banks or the sticks with big fuzzy buds you can harvest in the early spring. But here …

A Nanoscale Biofuel Cell for Self-Powered Nanotechnology Devices
January 4, 2011 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Berger  (Nanowerk)   Nanotechnology researchers working on self-powered nanodevices – nanoscale systems that scavenge energy from their surrounding environment – have been experimenting with various power sources ranging from piezoelectric systems (“Electricity-generating silicone implants could …

Seaweed: The New Trend in Water Purification
January 4, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)   Charles Yarish is, by his own definition, a seaweed enthusiast. Over his 35-year career, the Stamford professor of ecology and evolutionary biology has followed his marine algae instincts around the world, studying seaweeds’ relationships, their …

China Automaker JAC Sends First Batch of Ethanol-Powered Cars to Brazil
January 4, 2011 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/FavStocks)  Chinese carmaker Jianghuai Automobile Co.,Ltd. (JAC) shipped 500 ethanol-powered cars to Brazil at the end of December, the first batch resulting from a deal signed in August with Brazilian dealer SHC to export …

Fears over Impact of £200m Biofuel Refinery due to Open at Saltend
January 4, 2011 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(ThisIsHullAndEastRiding)   FEARS have been raised over the environmental impact of a new £200-million biofuel plant due to open early this year in Saltend.   The refinery will convert about one million tonnes of wheat every year into …

San Francisco Falling Short on Use of Biodiesel for Public Vehicles
January 4, 2011 – 3:33 pm | One Comment

by Katie Worth  (San Francisco Examiner)   In late 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that every diesel-powered vehicle owned by The City — 1,500 in all — had been converted to run on a 20 percent …

Biofuels Developers Get a Taste for Waste
January 4, 2011 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …a lot of strong commentary from the readership on the potential for Fischer-Tropsch technologies. And brought out some very strong feelings about waste.
On F-T, one reader wrote:   “Expansion of FT? …

Oil Industry Tax Issues in the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal
January 4, 2011 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pirog (Congressional Research Service)  …These proposals included repeal of the enhanced oil recovery and marginal well tax credits, repeal of the expensing of intangible drilling costs, repeal of the deduction for tertiary injectants, …

Biodiesel Industry Primed to Flourish
January 4, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher  (Des Moines Register)  Boom times are ahead for a biodiesel industry that struggled just to stay alive in 2010.
The industry could produce as much as a billion gallons in 2011, nearly triple …

Canada Pulls ahead with Biofuels
January 4, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(WBCB TV/Driving Today)  Although the Obama administration slowed U.S. efforts on biofuels in favor of electric vehicles, a new report card on the renewable fuels industry shows that ethanol and biodiesel are delivering tangible economic …

Vilsack Pushes to Turn Waste into Ethanol
January 4, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by David DeWitte (Sioux City Journal)  USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expects a forthcoming round of federal grants to help start non-corn-based advanced biofuel plants outside the nation’s traditional ethanol heartland boosting support for ethanol.
The government plans …

Hypoxylon sp., an Endophyte of Persea indica, Producing 1,8-cineole and Other Bioactive Volatiles with Fuel Potential
January 4, 2011 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(National Institutes of Health/Department of Plant Sciences, Montana State University)      An endophytic fungus of Persea indica was identified, on the basis of its anamorphic stage, as Nodulosporium sp. by SEM. Partial sequence analysis of ITS rDNA …

Malaysia’s Sime Darby, Japan’s Mitsui Engineering Sign Biofuel Deal
January 4, 2011 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Japan Today)  Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation is collaborating with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co to construct and operate a bioethanol demonstration plant in Malaysia’s Selangor State. The plant will convert oil empty palm fruit branches, …