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The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, Day 3: What Would You Say You Do Here?
May 31, 2011 – 5:27 pm | One Comment

by Will Dalen Rice (Earth Science Erratics)  …The final day of the conference was all about being “feedstock agnostic” in terms of what you give to your genetically engineered, “proprietary organisms.” This was the really …

Truckers Want Limits on Biodiesel
May 31, 2011 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Dana Flavelle (The Star)  Canadian truckers say new biofuel requirements for diesel that come into effect July 1 will cost taxpayers $2.5 billion over the next 25 years and do little to curb greenhouse …

EnAsia 2011-Enabling Energy Dialogue December 5-6 New Delhi, India
May 31, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
EnAsia 2011-Enabling Energy Dialogue   December 5-6   New Delhi, India

Green World Conferences Ltd and Cerebral Business Research (CBR) will be holding the prestigious EnAsia 2011 – Enabling Energy Dialogue conference and exhibition in New Delhi on 5-6 December 2011. The event will include
AWARD: Advanced …

Request for Proprosals: EnAsia 2011-Enabling Energy Dialogue December 5-6 New Delhi, India Abstracts Due June 30
May 31, 2011 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
Request for Proprosals: EnAsia 2011-Enabling Energy Dialogue  December 5-6   New Delhi, India  Abstracts Due June 30

Green World Conferences Ltd and Cerebral Business Research (CBR) will be holding the prestigious EnAsia 2011 – Enabling Energy Dialogue conference and exhibition in New Delhi on 5-6 December 2011. The event will include
AWARD: Advanced …

Military Sets Its Sights on Sustainability
May 31, 2011 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Richard Baillie (Renewable Energy World)  A host of renewable technologies are now winning the hearts and minds of military planners.
…But the military’s adoption of new technology had its greatest and most enduring impact in 1912 …

How Manomet Got It Backwards: Challenging the “Debt-then-dividend” Axiom
May 31, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Dr. William Strauss (Renewable Energy World/FutureMetrics) This short article challenges the assumption that there is always a carbon debt incurred first and then a carbon dividend realized later (debt-then-dividend) when using woody biomass for …

JatrophaWorld June 27-28, 2011 Hainan Island, China
May 31, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment
JatrophaWorld June 27-28, 2011  Hainan Island, China

(PRWeb/CRT)  From Asia to Latin America there’s renewed interest in Jatropha oil and its cultivation. CMT’s JatrophaWorld Asia on 27-28 June in Hainan Island hones in on Jatropha as sustainable feedstock option for biofuel. Armed with …

More Advances in Producing Inexpensive Hydrogen
May 31, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Meyers (CleanTechnica)  There is now more good news on producing hydrogen, the clean-burning fuel that leaves behind water as an emission.
An international scientific team has announced creating hydrogen using ambient temperatures and pressure …

DEINOVE Achieves the First Key Milestone in the DEINOL Project and Receives €1.6 Million from Oseo
May 31, 2011 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(DEINOVE)  Oseo has validated the first key milestone in the DEINOL project (on the production of  second-generation ethanol using Deinococcus bacteria) with Deinove and its partners. As a result, Oseo has paid Deinove a second tranche …

MIT Researchers Increase Algal Hydrogen Production
May 31, 2011 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is …

Biodiesel Plantation to Be Established near Hughenden
May 31, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Amy Phillips (ABC Rural)  Australian PhytoFuel aims to establish hundreds of thousands of hectares of ‘kulpa’ plantations across northern Australia in the next five to seven years.
Spokesman Marshall Mackay says trees will be grown …

Stop Moving the Goal Posts, and Two More Principles for an Advanced Ethanol Policy that Works
May 31, 2011 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Advanced Ethanol Council/Biofuels Digest) …Often lost in the counter-productive and backward-facing public obsession with corn ethanol are the clear attributes of the ethanol molecule itself.
A recent study, “Ethanol – the Primary Renewable …

Ethanol from Seaweed Project to Get a Major Boost
May 31, 2011 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Jagran Post)  The project of deriving ethanol, a bio-fuel for blending with petrol, from a seaweed is all set to get a major boost, with the Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI) deciding …

Middle Eastern Airlines Studying Biofuels as Efficient Alternative
May 31, 2011 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Ivan Gale  (The National)  Middle Eastern airlines are being urged to invest in biofuels programmes to help their industry achieve ambitious targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Aviation produces about 2 per cent of global …

E85 Ethanol in the US: Dead or Alive?
May 31, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …According to, Iowa E85 fuel is priced just about on the money, compared to gasoline. Overall, E85 gasoline sells for an average of $2.97 per gallon, or 76 percent of …

Romney Hearts Ethanol Subsidies
May 31, 2011 – 11:28 am | No Comment

By Jonathan Weisman (Wall Street Journal)  It was an odd setting for a policy pronouncement, but on the sidewalk outside the Historical Building here, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney embraced ethanol subsidies. It came just days …

UNL Feedlot Research to Look at Ethanol Byproduct
May 31, 2011 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Matt Luebbe  (The Fence Post)  University of Nebraska researchers plan to conduct a study this summer at the Panhandle Research Feedlot to determine the effects of including a common ethanol plant byproduct, condensed distillers …

Saudi Prince Calls for Lower Oil Prices
May 31, 2011 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(CNN) …In an interview broadcast Sunday on “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS,” the grandson of the founding king of modern Saudi Arabia said the oil price should be somewhere between $70 and $80 a barrel, rather …

Mina-Made Ethanol Heading to Brazil
May 31, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees  (Aberdeen News)  Export options help facility weather weaker domestic demand
Ethanol produced in Mina is helping Brazil avoid a fuel crisis after a weak sugar cane crop cut that country’s ethanol production.
When the …

EU Rules on Biofuel Concern Soybean Growers
May 31, 2011 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The European Union has set new environmental and labor standards for the crops used to make biofuels there, angering U.S. farmers who worry that such restrictions could spread to …

Vilsack: Food Price Hike More than Ethanol
May 31, 2011 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom  (AgWeek)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a gathering of international agricultural development activists recently that U.S. biofuels should not blamed for most of the increases in food prices in recent years. “With …

Counterpoint: Gas Prices Would Double without Ethanol
May 31, 2011 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Ken Field (Financial Post)  The myths that smear a superior fuel
…A recent study released by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) states that adding ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average …

Algae Included in Fuel Feedstock Freedom Act Introduced to Senate
May 31, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) …The Fuel Feedstock Freedom Act (S. 1085), gives individual states the option not to participate in the corn ethanol portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It also expands the cellulosic biofuel …

Video tour: Pond Biofuels Turns Cement Plant Emissions into Algae
May 30, 2011 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Tyler Hamilton (Clean Break)  I had the opportunity this week to visit a St. Marys Cement plant in the small and scenic town of St. Marys, Ontario. A subsidiary of Brazilian cement giant Votorantim Cimentos, the …

Iowa Becomes First State to Incentivize E15
May 27, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to sign a bill today, May 26, which will provide a boost to the state’s renewable fuels producers and distributors. The bill, S.F. …

U.S. Relies Less on Oil Imports to Meet Fuel Demand-Govt
May 27, 2011 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by  Tom Doggett   (Reuters)  U.S. dependence on imported oil fell below 50 percent in 2010 for the first time in more than a decade, thanks in part to the weak economy and more fuel efficient …

Green and Lean: Secreting Bacteria Eliminate Cost Barriers for Renewable Biofuel Production
May 27, 2011 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(  A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing low-cost, renewable biofuels from bacteria. The team has reprogrammed photosynthetic microbes to secrete high-energy …

European Commission Sued for Lack of Transparency on Biofuels Policy
May 27, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Client Earth)  The European Commission has been sued, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the …

Malaysia and Indonesia Bolster Defence of Palm Oil Industry to West
May 27, 2011 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(The Guardian/Eco-Business)  Malaysia and Indonesia, which together account for about 90% of the world’s palm oil production, have launched a joint PR offensive to defend the industry’s environmental record.
…(M)inisters from the two countries agreed to finalise plans for …

Defense Energy Reform Efforts Divorced From Political Reality
May 27, 2011 – 10:18 am | No Comment

(National Defense)  The Obama administration essentially has given up on sweeping energy reform. But the U.S. military nonetheless is plowing ahead with an ambitious agenda aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption, switching to renewable energy …

New Sustainable ‘Bio-Derived’ Jet Fuel Industry Is Achievable
May 27, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(CSIRO)   Establishing an economically and environmentally beneficial, ‘bio-derived’ Australian and New Zealand aviation fuels industry is a viable proposition, according to a report compiled by CSIRO in collaboration with the region’s major aviation industry …

Sunoco Offering Biodiesel Blends on N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway
May 27, 2011 – 9:15 am | No Comment

(CSPNet)  Ultra-low-sulfur diesel provided along toll roads will contain 2% biodiesel
Sunoco Inc. said yesterday that customers are now able to refuel with biodiesel blends at several New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway service plazas. …

Vermont Heating Oil to Contain Biodiesel
May 27, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Vermont continues the momentum for clean air policies in the North East by passing a requirement for renewable, cleaner-burning biodiesel to be used in home heating oil throughout the state.
…The broad-based …

Cellulosic Fuel Production: One Step Closer to Standard Refining
May 26, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Ed Olson (Biorefining Magazine)  The advanced renewable fuel standard (RFS2) requires aggressively increasing amounts of cellulosic biofuels to be included in the fuel pool each year, and it is likely that there will be …

WikiLeaks: Saudis often Warned U.S. about Oil Speculators
May 26, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Kevin G. Hall (McClatchy Newspapers)  When oil prices hit a record $147 a barrel in July 2008, the Bush administration leaned on Saudi Arabia to pump more crude in hopes that a flood of …

FAO and GBEP: Biofuels an Opportunity—Not a Threat—for Developing Nations
May 26, 2011 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …Luddites and Malthusians have suggested that crop-based biofuels simply can’t provide significant volumes of energy for transportation without starving the world’s poor.
…Of course, these ridiculous charges have been disproven time …

25x’25 Alliance Responds to ‘Draconian’ Cuts to Farm Energy Program
May 26, 2011 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25) The 25x’25 Alliance recognizes that all sectors must make sacrifices to achieve true reductions in spending and the national deficit. However, draconian cuts to a number ofUSDA renewable energy programs included in a larger …

ESF Produces ‘Next Generation of Biofuels’
May 26, 2011 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)  Researchers work to make biobutanol from sustainable resource: wood
…(S)cientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are researching ways to turn wood into sustainable biobutanol.
Researchers …

3-Way Partnership Formed to Commercialize Biodiesel-Fueled Genset
May 26, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  A three-way partnership between Angel Labs LLC, Industrial Green Power Inc. and Titan Biodiesel was forged whereby Angel Labs will deliver to market its ultra-efficient, six-inch “Massive Yet Tiny” (MYT) …

Biofuels and the Uncle Sam: How Much Can You Produce and When can You Produce It?
May 26, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(T)he US Navy released an RFI that indicated that it will fuel the first 450,000 gallon fuel order for the Great Green Fleet via the small hamlet of Manchester, Washington, …

Taking It to the Hill: Making the Case for Advanced Biofuels to Congress
May 26, 2011 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Mike McAdams (Biorefining Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  I recently had the privilege of testifying before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and share with its members the …

ARPA-E Fellows Program: An Energy Think Tank
May 26, 2011 – 7:52 am | No Comment

The ARPA-E Fellows Program consists of highly technical scientists and researchers who will actively help create the strategic direction and vision of the country’s first agency devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development. …

Opportunities for Australia as Europe Seeks More Biofuel
May 26, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

(ABC Rural)   The European Union wants more of its transport fuel to be made from renewable biomass like canola oil.
…EU member states can’t supply enough canola or soy oil to meet the demand, so …

New Report: Chemical Policy Reform Creates Jobs, Drives Innovation
May 25, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(BlueGreen Alliance)  Economic Study Shows Shifting a Fifth of Plastics Production to Bioplastics Could Create More than 100,000 Jobs; New Markets in Sustainable Chemistry Enable Chemical Industry to Remain Competitive in Global Economy that Requires …

Groundbreaking Study Details Viable Pathway to Develop Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Industry in Northwest
May 25, 2011 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest)  Political support needed to jumpstart growth of domestic biofuels industry
The Pacific Northwest has the diverse feedstocks, fuel-delivery infrastructure and political will needed to create a viable biofuels industry capable of reducing …

Delivering Cleantech to Market June 15, 2011 Ottawa, Ontario
May 25, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Delivering Cleantech to Market   June 15, 2011  Ottawa, Ontario

Come here how Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is helping Canadian companies move their technologies from demonstration to commercialization at our 2011 Annual Public Meeting.  READ MORE

National Tractor Pullers Association Benefiting from Biodiesel
May 25, 2011 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  In the past 20 years, the National Tractor Pulling Association has never seen as much excitement over a tractor pulling class as it did during the 2010 inaugural season for …

PetroVietnam to Export 85% of Fuel Ethanol Production over 2011-2013
May 25, 2011 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ho (Platts)  State-owned refiner PetroVietnam plans to export around 85% of its fuel-grade ethanol production upon its startup until 2013, when it expects the Vietnamese government to implement a mandate that requires 5% …

Next Generation Fuel Economy Labels Arm Consumers with Information They Can Use
May 25, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Ray LaHood (Department of Transportation)  …Because of President Obama’s efforts and automakers’ innovations, Americans today have many more options for fuel-efficient vehicles than ever before.  And the new labels will help us make sense …

Biofuel Push Stalls In ‘Car Crazy’ Germany
May 25, 2011 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Eric Westervelt (NPR)  …And even though it’s cheaper, the new 10 percent ethanol gas is not something she’d risk putting into her car, the 32-year-old says.
“You bet I’m worried about my car — most …

Could This Be the Farm of the Future?
May 25, 2011 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Tom Quaife (Dairy Herd Network)  “Pretty amazing,” commented one man standing next to a demonstration model at the Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium this week in Lexington, Ky.
The large-scale model, measuring approximately …

California Fuels Report Released
May 25, 2011 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new report, “Projected Outlook for Next Generation and Alternative Transportation Fuels in California 2010-2030,” has been released. The report concludes that with current investments and advances in alternative fuels over …

Biofuels…Moving Alabama Forward May 26, 2011 Florence, AL
May 25, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
Biofuels…Moving Alabama Forward   May 26, 2011  Florence, AL

This one-day workshop will take place on Thursday, May 26th.  Its first time in Florence, will provide background and utilization prospects for a range of fuels including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), propane, biodiesel, ethanol and …

Zambia: Investor Sets Up Biofuel Plant
May 25, 2011 – 7:12 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  Black Power Investment has set up a refinery plant which produces 3,000 litres of biofuel a day.
…Mr Sheriff said the firm spent US$250,000 to acquire equipment which produces 3,000 litres of fuel a day. …

BioPro Takes DIY Approach To Biofuels
May 25, 2011 – 7:05 am | No Comment

(TechCrunch/Washington Post)  …The BioPro 190, made by Springboard, is a tall stainless steel box containing a biodiesel processor that that mixes, heats and separates used cooking oil, producing ready-to-pump biodiesel in about 48 hours. Both animal …

Veggie Oil Shortage Slows County Biodiesel Plan
May 25, 2011 – 6:59 am | No Comment

by Laura Johnson (Anniston Star)  Inside the Calhoun County Highway Department’s complex at McClellan, Eric Feemster brews batches of biodiesel fuel.
…It’s a program that has garnered Calhoun County two awards from state associations in the …

Ceres Files $100M IPO – The Complete Digest Analysis
May 25, 2011 – 6:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, energy crop breeder Ceres has filed for a $100 million IPO on Nasdaq, with Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital as underwriters.
…From the S-1: “We are an agricultural biotechnology company …

OriginOil Receives Order for Large-Scale Algae Extraction System
May 25, 2011 – 6:37 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  MBD Energy places an order for a large-scale algae extraction system to be installed at the first of three commercial ‘CO2 to Energy’ power station projects in Australia.
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to …

Presidential Memorandum–Federal Fleet Performance
May 24, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(The White House)  The Federal Government operates the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America.  We owe a responsibility to American citizens to lead by example and contribute to meeting our national goals of …

Majestic Muck: Can Pond Scum Revive Airlines?
May 24, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Booton (Fox Business)  …Many aviation and renewable-energy experts have expressed optimism that biofuels made from algae and certain plants will one day lessen airlines’ dependency on petroleum, while lowering painfully high operating costs …

As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway
May 24, 2011 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Lavelle   (National Geographic News)  …The standards-setting body ASTM International is set to vote this summer on certification of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel.
Tests both in the laboratory and in the air (led …

Brazilian Jet Biofuel Ventures Blossom as Jatropha ‘Field to Wing’ Platform Adds a New International R&D Partner
May 24, 2011 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Global industrial crops technology company Quinvita is the latest to join a new biofuel alliance that has come together to produce sustainable jet biofuel from Brazilian-grown jatropha. The Brazilian Bio-Jetfuel Platform is a collaboration …

World Economic Forum Report Identifies Biofuels as the ‘Game Changer’ to Achieve Aviation Emissions Targets
May 24, 2011 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  An aviation sustainability report from the World Economic Forum finds that achieving the industry’s target of halving its carbon emissions by 2050 will be a significant challenge given an 85 per cent CO2 emissions …

Worldwide Biofuels Production Guidelines Set by G8-Led Group of Nations
May 24, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg)  The U.S. and China led 23 nations in agreeing on the the first guidelines for producing biofuel from crops such as palm oil, an agricultural commodity used for cooking and to …

EdeniQ Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony in California
May 24, 2011 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Brian Sims (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  State, county and city dignitaries were on hand to witness the official groundbreaking last week of EdeniQ Inc.’s Corn-to-Cellulosic Migration pilot plant at EdeniQ’s headquarters in Visalia, Calif.
EdeniQ had …

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
May 24, 2011 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee) The House Appropriations Committee today (May 23, 2011) released the subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which will be marked up in the Agriculture Subcommittee …

Survey Says Consumers Consider Ethanol A Green Product
May 24, 2011 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  In a study released by Genencor during the BIO World Congress in Toronto, when U.S. consumers were asked to name a product they considered green, 39 percent of them named ethanol first …

Biomass ’11: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Conference July 26–27, 2011 Grand Forks, ND
May 24, 2011 – 10:19 am | No Comment
Biomass ’11: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Conference July 26–27, 2011  Grand Forks, ND

Biomass, such as agricultural residues, straws, grasses, wood residues, animal wastes, and algae, is increasing as a marketable renewable resource for production of electricity, heat, and transportation fuels. This will be the ninth conference dealing …

USDA Chief Touts Ethanol’s Benefits
May 24, 2011 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Andy Humbles (The Tennessean)  He lauds TN’s key role in development of rising biofuel
…U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Nashville on Monday, speaking at a Thorntons gas station in West Nashville on the …

Ethanol Subsidy Phaseout is Necessary, Pawlenty Says
May 24, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Jason Clayworth (Des Moines Register/Juice)  What once would have been considered a bold, even politically suicidal, call to do away with ethanol subsidies has become the position of some key industry trade groups, paving …

Biodiesel New Zealand Establishes Nelson Distribution Hub
May 24, 2011 – 7:42 am | No Comment

(Scoop)  Biodiesel New Zealand is establishing a bulk distribution facility in Nelson to supply upper South Island customers with both its Biogold™ NZ20 renewable fuel blend and Biogold™ NZ100 pure biodiesel.
General Manager Andrew Simcock says …

Extreme Biodiesel Contracted With a Algae Oil Company to Produce Biodiesel Fuel for a “Million Mile Test” With Major Trucking Company
May 24, 2011 – 7:07 am | No Comment

(Agoracom)  BookMerge Technology, Inc. , through its wholly owned subsidiary, Extreme Biodiesel, has contracted with a Algae Oil Company to produce biodiesel fuel from algae oil for a “million mile test” for a major trucking …

Extreme Biodiesel Selected to Produce Biodiesel for Two Major Supermarkets
May 24, 2011 – 7:04 am | No Comment

(Agoracom)  BookMerge Technology, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Extreme Biodiesel, has been selected to produce biodiesel for two major supermarkets. The preliminary agreements are that, on an ongoing basis, Extreme Biodiesel will collect and …

Osage Bio Energy Cancels Startup, Puts Barley Ethanol Plant up for Sale
May 24, 2011 – 6:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Osage Bio Energy announced that its board of directors has decided to market the company for sale.The company has also decided not to start production at its Appomattox Bio …

“The $1.01 a Gallon Tax Credit Will Help, but We Could Live without It”: Genencor
May 24, 2011 – 6:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genencor CEO Tjerk de Ruiter says, “As long as they create a mandate, the $1.01 a gallon cellulosic tax credit will help, but could live without it.”
Last week, Genencor released …

Big Food Shifting the Blame Higher Grocery Costs
May 24, 2011 – 6:20 am | No Comment

by Chris Thorne (Growth Energy/NewsOK) letter to editor:  Regarding “Corn ethanol is burning up food budgets” (Point of View, May 13): J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of the American Meat Institute, misled readers about the …

Setting the Record Straight: Ethanol is Best Solution
May 24, 2011 – 6:14 am | No Comment

by Mark Borer (Mansfield News Journal) Letter to Editor:  …Importantly, all of corn’s high-value components, protein and fat, are returned to the feed supply. Ethanol production only converts the low-value component of corn, starch, into …

Brazil´s Biofuel Drama Goes Global
May 24, 2011 – 5:55 am | No Comment

by Eric Ehrmann (Huffington Post) Speculators hedging uncertainty in world energy markets are again making renewable fuels derived from corn, cane sugar and soybeans the drivers of food price inflation, just as they did on the …

European Commission Funds Global Project to Produce Ethanol, Biodiesel and Bioproducts from Algae
May 24, 2011 – 5:38 am | No Comment

(PR-Inside)  Nine partners from seven countries have joined in an innovative project to show that ethanol, biodiesel and bioproducts can be produced from algae on a large scale. The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by …

Reaction Engineering and Catalysis Training (REACT) Workshop August 10-11, 2011 Rapid City, SD
May 23, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment
Reaction Engineering and Catalysis  Training (REACT) Workshop   August 10-11, 2011    Rapid City, SD

(South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)  The REACT workshop will provide attendees with a basic foundation in chemical reaction engineering and catalysis. Participants will learn basics of applied chemical kinetics and catalysis, how to design …

Expanding Market and Future Use for Diesel Fuel and Vehicle Technology, Greater Use of Biodiesel in the Southeast and Prospects for Second Generation Renewable Diesel Fuels
May 23, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  A near-capacity room of Congressional staff members, industry and energy representatives gathered on Capitol Hill on May 13th to hear a diverse group of speakers – including U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett – …

Improving Ethanol Production Economics
May 23, 2011 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(  Iowa State University’s Hans van Leeuwen has moved his research team’s award-winning idea for improving ethanol production from a laboratory to a pilot plant.
Now he knows the idea, which produces a new animal feed and …

E85 Holds Price Edge over Traditional Gas
May 23, 2011 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jon Chavez (Toledo Blade)  The price spread isn’t as much as it was a week ago, but ethanol-blended gasoline in the area is still at least 40 cents a gallon cheaper than regular unleaded …

Ethanol Proponents Say Pump Up Its Benefits
May 23, 2011 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

( …High fuel costs are once again fueling the debate about alternative energy sources. And with ethanol one of South Dakota’s biggest industries, both politicians and ethanol supporters say now’s the time to pump up …

A.I.M. Interview: NASA Ame’s Dr. Leslie Bebout
May 23, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …Dr. Leslie Bebout (who goes by “Lee”) heads the team of microbial ecologists at NASA’s Moffett Field, CA-based research facility, though much of their work is done in far …

UPS Begins Using Renewable Biodiesel at Major U.S. Hub
May 23, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PRNewsWire)  What can Brown do for you?  For a start, it’s making your world greener by using cleaner burning biodiesel.  The United Parcel Service began using biodiesel blends at its most vital hub …

Biofuels Digest Community Debuts Online: Social Media for Biofuels
May 23, 2011 – 9:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Today, the Digest is launching our new online Biofuels Digest Community, going to the next level in connecting you with contacts and opportunities in the bio-based world. Plus, a …

Agrivida Teaches Biofuel Crops to Self-Destruct
May 23, 2011 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (CNET)  … Agrivida is using genetic engineering and other techniques from the biotech industry to create proteins with specific traits designed for rapid, and cheaper, biofuel production from sorghum, switchgrass, and corn stover, the …

Should Government Keep Financially Supporting Ethanol? (The Debate 5/23-5/27)
May 23, 2011 – 8:41 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Public Radio News)  The Assertion: The state and federal government should continue subsidizing ethanol
Ethanol’s promise as America’s path to energy self-sufficiency once seemed strong. But in recent years, that attraction has been tempered. Even …

Do Biofuels Reduce Greenhouse Gases?
May 20, 2011 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis  (MIT’s Technology Review)  A new study fuels the debate over the impact of growing crops for fuel.
Greenhouse-gas emissions from biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, may be lower than many researchers have …

Scheub Says $600 Million Committed to Ethanol Production
May 20, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Bill Dolan (Northwest Indiana Times)  Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Merrillville, announced Thursday that an out-of-state investment firm is committing $600 million to the construction of trash-to-ethanol production.
“The groundbreaking will be sometime after Memorial …

Start up of Osage Plant a Concern for Hopewell, Va, Officials
May 20, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly a year after Virginia’s first ethanol plant was scheduled to be producing ethanol, the grounds of Appomattox Bio Energy stand quiet, with very little activity. In fact, the …

The American Ethanol Racecar Making Its Debut in Kansas!
May 20, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  The American Ethanol NASCAR racecar is making its grand entrance.
At the June 5th NASCAR Kansas Speedway Sprint Cup race, the No. 33 Chevrolet racecar, driven by Kansas native Clint Bowyer of Richard Childress …

The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, Day 2: We Need the Money
May 20, 2011 – 12:06 pm | One Comment

by Will Dalen Rice  (Earth Science Erratics)   … The ALBC was more of a business conference than it was a technology conference. Many technologies have been able to prove viability in the laboratory. Step two, …

MIT Adds to the Cap-and-Trade Debate
May 20, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by James Ott (Aviation Week)  A report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) should be required reading for environmental policymakers. “The Impact of Climate Policy on US Aviation” was issued this week by the …

U.S. Scraps Letter Grades for Cars
May 20, 2011 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power (Wall Street Journal)   The Obama administration has scrapped a proposal to assign new passenger cars a letter grade from A to D based on their fuel efficiency, according …

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course September 2-October 8, 2011
May 20, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment
University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course   September 2-October 8, 2011

Dates: September 2 to October 8, 2011
Days/Time: Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM – 4:30PM; 2 of the Saturday field trips from 8:30am to 1:30
Location: UVM campus & throughout Vermont
Lead Instructor: Lead Instructor Anju Dahiya
Register for Academic Credit: …

DOE Announces Funding for U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center
May 20, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  As part of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Singh of India last November, the Department of Energy has committed $25 million over the …

Eucalyptus Tree Genome Deciphered
May 20, 2011 – 6:55 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Key to new possibilities for renewable bioproducts
The key to the survival of forestry in South Africa as well as many new possibilities for renewable bioproducts like biofuels and biopolymers may now be available with …

Bio Energy of Malawi to Build $18 Million Jatropha Plant, Daily Times Says
May 20, 2011 – 6:46 am | No Comment

by Frank Jomo (Bloomberg)  Bio Energy Resources Ltd. of Malawi plans to build an $18 million plant to produce bio-fuels from jatropha seeds, the Daily Times reported, citing Chief Executive Officer Lourie Webb.
The company plans to start …

Portland-Area Sea Scouts Learn All Things Nautical, from Sailing a Ketch to Converting a Mine Sweeper to Biodiesel
May 20, 2011 – 6:38 am | No Comment

(The Oregonian)  …the Tsunami, recently won the most prestigious national honor awarded by Sea Scouts: the position of National Flagship. The award recognizes program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment, and is given to just …

Propel Fuels Opens Station in Hometown of Redwood City, CA
May 20, 2011 – 6:29 am | No Comment

(Awake at the Wheel)  Residents and passersthrough of CA’s Bay Area Peninsula have a new choice in fueling with the Grand Opening of Propel Fuels’ newest renewable fuel location in Redwood City, CA.
…As with all …

Development Showcase: Champagne-Ardennes, France
May 20, 2011 – 6:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Ben Lazarus (Biofuels Digest)  …To be an ideal location for bioenergy projects, a site must have an advantaged combination of feedstock, infrastructure for production and distribution. Access to local markets is …

National Advanced Biofuels Consortium: How Biomass Fits into the Petroleum Infrastructure
May 19, 2011 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(National Advanced Biofuels Consortium)  This 55-slide presentation from a National Advanced Biofuels Consortium Webinar describes the organization and work of the consortium using many valuable charts, graphs and illustrations, including those that depict existing infrastructure.
One …

Algal Harvesting Progress Update from DOE
May 19, 2011 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Joyce Yang, Technology Development Manager for the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, has revealed recent progress made in algal harvesting technology by the …

Scientists to Grow Experimental Biofuel Grass at Chernobyl
May 19, 2011 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Monsters and Critics)  Scientists are to plant and harvest grass inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in an experiment to determine if biofuel can be safely produced in the region, an alternative-energy company said Monday.
PhotoFuels, a Belgian-Ukrainian …

Australia and India Tie the Knot on Biotech Research and Free Trade
May 19, 2011 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  …(T)wo of the world’s major biofuel producing nations, India and Australia, announced a joint multi-million dollar biotechnology research program intended to lead to more temperature tolerant crops, better vaccines, …

Talking Tubers—Energy Beets to Ethanol
May 19, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Cole Gustafson  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/North Dakota State University)  …Why beets? The Northern Plains is the nation’s lowest-cost producer of sugar due to a favorable growing climate and cold winters that extend feedstock storage and …

Ending the Enzyme Enigma
May 19, 2011 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Figuring out how to produce enzymes at a feasible cost is just part of the puzzle
A decade ago, the cost of enzymes was at the top of the …

DGs Could End up in Plastics if Biocomposite Facility Is Built
May 19, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillers grains as a component in plastics? You bet, if two Nebraska companies achieve their goals.
It will start by building a manufacturing facility, Laurel BioComposite LLC, in Laurel, Neb. …

India Could Replace Gasoline Imports With Ethanol by 2020, Study Shows
May 19, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

By Natalie Obiko Pearson   (Bloomberg)   …India can potentially harvest enough bagasse, rice husk and sugar waste to produce as much as 50 billion liters (13 billion gallons) of ethanol without relying on food crops …

Vietnam’s Dung Quat Ethanol Plant Set for October Start
May 19, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  State-owned Vietnamese oil firm PetroVietnam is on track to start production at its 100mn litre/yr (1,700 b/d) Dung Quat ethanol plant on schedule in October this year.
Work is said to be 75pc complete. …

Air Force Thunderbirds to Demonstrate Flights with Biomass Fuels
May 19, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(WJLA TV ABC7)  The United States Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team has been testing the use of “green” biomass fuels.
The public is invited to watch flights burning the alternative fuel for the first time …

Everett Boatbuilder’s African Ferry Almost Ready for Service
May 19, 2011 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Kurt Batdorf  (Snohomish County Business Journal)  Thain Boatworks’ effort to bring reliable ferry service back to east Africa’s Lake Victoria is about to bear fruit, albeit two years late.
Rob Smith, chief executive and president …

Analyser Detects FAMEs in Aviation Turbine Fuel
May 19, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment

(Laboratory Talk)  PAC has released an analyser that is designed to detect traces of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), more widely known as biodiesel, in aviation turbine fuel.
…(T)here is concern that other products, using the …

Brazil: Attitude before Altitude, Part 3
May 19, 2011 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In part 3, we look at 12 companies and compare and contrast the Brazilian and US paths to advanced biofuels. Does Brazil have a “must emulate” model?
…What we found is …

Vantage Point: Views on Food, Fuel and Land Use May 24, 2011 Webinar
May 19, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment
Vantage Point: Views on Food, Fuel and Land Use   May 24, 2011    Webinar

It wasn’t long ago that the World Bank debunked the report that claimed biofuels cause food prices to increase.  Still, the issue is resurfacing, as can be seen in a flury of recent news reports.  Food prices …

ATAG’s Steele: Airline Industry Needs Biofuel
May 18, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Karp (ATW)  Air Transport Action Group Executive Director Paul Steele said the airline industry failing to achieve its stated goal of a 1.5% improvement in fuel efficiency/carbon dioxide emissions annually through 2020 and …

Bill Would Extend Defense Dept.’s Biofuels Contracting Ability
May 18, 2011 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On May 11, Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., introduced legislation that would authorize the U.S. Department of Defense to engage in 15 year contracts for advanced biofuels. The bill, titled the …

Vote to Hike Taxes on Oil Fails in Senate, 52-48; Dems Vow to Revive It
May 18, 2011 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia (The Hill/E2Wire)  The Senate on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have ended $21 billion worth of tax breaks for large oil companies, but Democrats vowed to revive the measure as part …

Oops! DOE Goofs Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel
May 18, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s Energy Blog identified the Diamond Green renewable diesel project as “a biodiesel refinery that will triple America’s domestic biodiesel production.”
US biodiesel capacity, which is at 2.2 billion …

NAA Launches Commercial Opportunities Webpage
May 18, 2011 – 8:30 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The National Algae Association has launched a Commercial Opportunities page on its website in response to a growing number of inquiries from throughout the algae supply channel and the investment community about …

Korea Leads Marine Biofuel Industry
May 18, 2011 – 8:19 am | No Comment

(Arirang News)  Marine plants are being cultivated in waters off the southwestern coast of Korea.
This is seaweed named gracilaria, which was used generations ago to treat fevers.
However, nowadays, this plant is primarily used as a …

40% ethanol, 60% diesel buses offer 6% fuel savings, says Iveco
May 18, 2011 – 8:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Iveco is testing its new 40% ethanol, 60% diesel bus engines to see how well they can run in industrial applications. The engines, which have to separate tanks for …

An Update on the US Energy Department’s Loan Programs
May 18, 2011 – 7:45 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Silver (US Department of Energy)  …One of the three types of loans or loan guarantees offered by our office – Section 1705 loan guarantees from the Recovery Act – will expire by statute …

Lignofuels 2011 September 28-29 Copenhagen, Denmark
May 17, 2011 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
Lignofuels 2011 September 28-29 Copenhagen, Denmark

Lignofuels 2011 – Optimising the Production of Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Join us once again at ACI’s 2nd Annual Lignofuels Summit, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 28-29 September 2011.  The event will provide you with …

The Comprehensive Certification and Documentation of Biodiesel
May 17, 2011 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(UFOP)  From the field into the tank and back again
According to legislation in effect since the beginning of 2011, biofuels can only be sold in the German market if it can be demonstrated that the …

Why It’s Wrong to Agree with the Malthusians about Ethanol
May 17, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Zubrin   (Pajamas Media)  Rising food prices are the result of rising oil prices, not a growing market for ethanol.
…There is not a fixed amount of grain in the world. Farmers produce in response …

UK Renewable Energy Review: Another Acceptance of International Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Arguments Without Analysis
May 17, 2011 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The UK Committee on Climate Change, an “independent statutory body which was established under the Climate Change Act (2008),” recently published their recommendations on future renewable energy in the …

Study Finds 11-Year Gap Between Announced Wood Biofuel Production and Commercial Viability of In-Development Technologies; Cellulosic Ethanol Won’t Materially Contribute to EPA Renewable Fuel Targets by 2022
May 17, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Forisk)  A new study evaluates the viability of the wood-based transportation fuel sector in the United States.  Wood biofuel projects attract strong private and public investment, and advance federal energy policy objectives.  Published by Forisk …

TiECON East 2011 June 2-3 Waltham, MA
May 17, 2011 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
TiECON East 2011   June 2-3   Waltham, MA

TiECON East is one of the largest annual entrepreneurship conferences started in 1998 in Boston to facilitate sharing of best practices and networking among entrepreneurs, angle investors, venture capitalists, want-to-be entrepreneurs and others. This year’s …

World Biofuels Markets September 28-29, 2011 Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 17, 2011 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
World Biofuels Markets     September 28-29, 2011    Sao Paulo, Brazil

Join us at World Biofuels Markets Brazil 2011 to drill down to the key opportunities in this region right now.  With a focus on technological advances, innovation, finance and investment and the culture of partnerships in …

Aviation Biofuels July 4-5, 2011 Geneva, Switzerland
May 17, 2011 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
Aviation Biofuels    July 4-5, 2011     Geneva, Switzerland

IATA Training:   Learn the challenges of integrating aviation biofuels with conventional jet fuel and their potential to reduce carbon emissions.
Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

Identify the benefits of biofuel for …

$70 Billion Investment Required to Meet Aviation Biofuel Ambitions, although Industry denies Setting Target
May 17, 2011 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  An investment of up to $70 billion will be required to meet aviation biofuel targets, and is needed now, said Mitch Hawkins, the CEO of BioJet International, a company that aims to become a …

Letter to Congress From U.S. Biofuels Leaders: Don’t Mess With RFS
May 17, 2011 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association/PR NewsWire)  Sending a significant signal of industry unity to Capitol Hill, the leading advocates of the U.S. biofuels industry sent Congress a message today that urged lawmakers “to stand firm in the …

The Big Science Challenge With Biofuel: A Chat with ISB’s Nitin Baliga
May 17, 2011 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Luke Timmerman (Xconomy Seattle)   …Scientists have been working for a long time on various alternatives to fossil fuels as the fundamental unit of energy, without much success. No one person or institute has …

The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference: Summarized by a Newbie to the Field
May 17, 2011 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Will Dalen Rice (Earth Science Erratics)  When looking at ways to reduce our energy dependence on foreign countries, biofuels are one solution. In an attempt to learn more about biofuels, I subscribe to and …

New U.S. Institutes Help Tackle Cleantech Workforce Shortage
May 17, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Maria Gallucci (SolveClimate News)  Training academies are cropping up to steer students and professionals into clean energy industries that lack manpower to match growing opportunities
The San Diego green crude producer typically hires from within …

New Study Breaks Link Between Land Use, Biofuels
May 17, 2011 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  In a new study released today (May 16, 2011) by Michigan State University (MSU), biofuel production in the United States through 2007, “probably has not induced any indirect land use change.” The …

Hoover Institution Press Today Releases Book Highlighting the Implications of Federal Corn Ethanol Policy Corn Ethanol: Who Pays? Who Wins? By Ken G. Glozer
May 17, 2011 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  Hoover Institution Press today released Corn Ethanol: Who Pays? Who Wins? by Ken G. Glozer. In Corn Ethanol, Ken Glozer presents the history, the promises, and the truth about federal corn ethanol policy. The book is …

A&M Developing BioFuel from Island Plants
May 17, 2011 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Curtis (KZTV10)  … The algae is harvested at the plant and spun down into a concentrated gel. Dr. Tzachi Samocha, Director of Research says, “The micro-algae concentrated in this bag that basically will provide …

Port of Vancouver, USA First to Step up to Biodiesel Challenge
May 17, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Port Technology International)   The Port of Vancouver, USA is one of the first pots in the United States to replace regular diesel fuel with environmentally-friendly biodiesel for use in almost all of its own vehicles …

Project to Turn Nearly Any Organic Waste into Biofuels
May 17, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Melissa O’Neil Perdue (Washington State University)  An innovative idea for making advanced biofuels such as jet fuel, diesel and gasoline from regional resources is moving forward with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy …

ZeaChem Signs Binding Feedstock Agreement with GreenWood Tree Farms to Supply its First Commercial Biorefinery
May 17, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(Yahoo!Finance/BusinessWire)   ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has signed a long-term binding term sheet with GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF), managed …

10 Hot Algae Extraction Technologies (and 5 Stealth Projects to Keep an Eye on)
May 17, 2011 – 9:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …AER Sustainable Energy – enzymatic hydrolysis This Ireland-based group, set up in 2006, applied for license to supply ethanol into the Irish market, and by 2010 was supplying up to …

Formidable Fungal Force Counters Biofuel Plant Pathogens
May 17, 2011 – 7:31 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute)  Fungi play significant ecological and economic roles. They can break down organic matter, cause devastating agricultural blights, enter into symbiotic relationships to protect and nourish plants, or offer …

Beyond Food vs. Fuel: FAO Finds Integrated Food and Energy Farming Could Save the Poor and the Planet
May 17, 2011 – 7:14 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  Before the advent of cheap petroleum, farmers often had their own “fuel patch” of local oilseed crops that served as feedstock for the biodiesel needed to power pumps, generator …

Campaign against Biofuels Stops at DfT Office
May 17, 2011 – 6:56 am | No Comment

(Green Car Website)  Anti-poverty charity ActionAid has launched a new anti-biofuels campaign targeting Transport Secretary Philip Hammond by using adverts on buses which stop outside his office.
The adverts urge Mr Hammond to consider the impacts that biofuels …

Food v. Fuel Revisited
May 16, 2011 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer  (Daily Yonder)  …As we listen to this debate, the implied assumption is that the sole purpose of farming is to provide food and certainly that has been …

A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels
May 16, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse …