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Department of Energy Releases Inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review Report
September 30, 2011 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Report Provides a Roadmap for Advancing Key Energy Technologies and Outlines a Clear Vision of the Department’s Goals for Energy Innovation
The Energy Department today released it’s inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review report (DOE-QTR) …

Logum Logistica Wins $924 Million Loan for Ethanol Pipeline
September 30, 2011 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Logum Logistica SA, a joint venture backed by Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), won a 1.7 billion real ($924 million) loan from development bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social for a project to transport …

Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects
September 30, 2011 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/ARPA-E)  ARPA-E Projects in 25 States Will Accelerate Innovation in Clean Energy Technologies, Increase America’s Competitiveness and Create Jobs
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced …

UT Center for Renewable Carbon Named as Lead Institution for $15 Million USDA Grant
September 30, 2011 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  Center to coordinate woody biomass production and utilization studies
The Center for Renewable Carbon, a program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been named by the USDA as a recipient …

Joint BioEnergy Institute Scientists Identify New Microbe-Produced Advanced Biofuel as an Alternative to Diesel Fuel
September 30, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today’s standard fuel for diesel engines but …

Government of Canada Invests in Feasibility Study for Bio-based Jet Fuel
September 30, 2011 – 8:43 am | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Oilseed producers can look forward to tapping into a new emerging industry with a study that will assess the feasibility of producing renewable bio-based jet fuel. Saskatoon – Humboldt Member of Parliament Brad Trost …

DOE Finalizes $132 Million Loan Guarantee to Support the Abengoa Bioenergy Project
September 30, 2011 – 7:59 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Groundbreaking Cellulosic Ethanol Project Expected to Fund Over 300 Jobs and Build Nation’s Capacity for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department finalized a $132.4 million …

Gevo Awarded Contract to Supply Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force
September 30, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Yahoo!Finance)  Air Force Purchase is for Jet Engine Testing and Feasibility Flight Demonstration
Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) …

Gevo, the Panicked Investor, and the Aviation Fuels Opportunity
September 30, 2011 – 7:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  30 billion gallons of aviation fuels demand, and Gevo’s got a technology to produce it, using retrofitted ethanol plants, and a path to fueling planes at parity with conventional jet …

Commodity Traitors: Financial Speculation on Commodities Fuels Global Insecurity
September 29, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Eric Michael Johnson  (Scientific American)   …But new financial instruments have now been introduced that have taken food inequality to levels unheard of in the eighteenth century. As it turns out, there is a downside …

Molasses Can Help Philippines’ Ethanol Producers Cut Costs, Fight Imports
September 29, 2011 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Platts)   The use of molasses instead of sugar cane as feedstock for ethanol production could offer hope to ethanol producers in the Philippines as they struggle to cut production costs in a bid to …

Grass to Fuel: Study Aims to Grow Energy Crops on Marginal Lands
September 29, 2011 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Phil Brasher (Des Moines Register)  Researchers at Iowa State University have won a $25 million federal grant to figure out ways to make it economical for farmers in the region to grow switchgrass and …

Corn Marketing Council Grants to Help Pay to Install Flex Fuel Pumps
September 29, 2011 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Megan Banta (Evansville Courier & Press)  Hoosiers will soon see new flex fuel pumps at a handful of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations funded by a grant program launched Wednesday by the Indiana …

Greenergy Digs Deeper into Waste to Make Biodiesel
September 29, 2011 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Hunt and Ikuko Kurahone (Reuters)   Major British independent oil firm Greenergy sees its future as an exploration company, but one that hunts for fuel in piles of stale pork pies and cakes rather than …

European Association Formed to Promote and Standardize Waste to Renewable Biodiesel Production
September 29, 2011 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Zlokower Consulting)     Four major European waste to biodiesel producers, each representing a different country, have announced the formation of The European Waste to Renewable Biodiesel Association (WtoRB).
The founding members are Veolia Environmental Services (France), …

The Traditional Engine Is Alive and Thriving and Will Continue to Dominate the Automotive Market in the Next Decades
September 29, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Delphi)  The IAA International Motor Show from Sept. 13-25 will feature the theme “The Future Comes Standard” and in conjunction with the event, Delphi Automotive is releasing a position paper outlining why the internal combustion …

Lignin Biojet Project Wins DARPA Funding
September 29, 2011 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  A researcher at Washington State University has been selected to receive a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award to support the development of a technology to produce …

Search for Sugars
September 29, 2011 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Breaking down the cellulose in wood isn’t easy. But—as two Canadian students and their science teacher discovered—bark is a different story.
James Ross and Isaiah Saunders, who are today graduates …

A Better FFV?
September 29, 2011 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Single nozzle, dual fuel injection could work in heavy-duty trucks, too
What if there were a flex-fuel engine on the market that was more efficient, and provided more power …

Life After VEETC
September 29, 2011 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Ron V. Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …And, we need to make their customers comfortable buying new blends of fuel such as E15, E85 or other midlevel blends.
A gasoline retailer recently told …

Comprehensive Miscanthus Commercialization Model Needed
September 29, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by David R. Robbins and Stephen S. Tam  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Earth Sense Energy USA Inc.)    Miscanthus x Giganteus (MxG) has great potential to become the energy crop of choice in the United States. It …

Ethanol: One Market for a Growing Corn Supply
September 29, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …According to the USDA, corn farmers produced an average yield of 152.8 bushels of corn per acre in 2010, up 30 percent from the average 20 years ago. Most …

EcoEngineers Warns Against RINs Fraud and Proposes Best Management Practices
September 29, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

(EcoEngineers)  The EPA is out to prosecute cases of RIN fraud. They have launched a national initiative to investigate irregularities in RIN generation, separation or transfers. Of particular interest are cross border trade in fuel …

Arab Bioenergy November 29-30, 2011 Amman, Jordan
September 29, 2011 – 8:21 am | No Comment
Arab Bioenergy     November 29-30, 2011   Amman, Jordan

With a view to moving forward renewable energy action plans and developing the prospects of the region’s biofuels industry, the Arab Renewable Energy Commission is proud to announce the Arab Bioenergy Congress in partnership with …

Aeromexico Plane to Use Biofuel on Costa Rica Flight
September 29, 2011 – 7:53 am | No Comment

(Fox News Latino)  Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest airline, will begin offering service Tuesday from Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica, using planes that burn a 25 percent biofuel mixture, the ASA airport network said.
The plane will use …

Algae Farming Boosted for Biofuel Production
September 29, 2011 – 7:49 am | No Comment

(  BAL Chile SA is dedicated to farming algae on the island of Chiloé, and in a second stage, plans to produce biofuels for industrial use.
This was announced by Benjamin González, the company manager of …

Madagascar: Don’t Revoke Jatropha Licence, Tana Leaders Plead
September 29, 2011 – 7:43 am | No Comment

by Henry Wanyama  (  Tana River councillors have asked the National Environmental Management Authority not to revoke a biofuel project licence in the area. Led by Tana River County Council chairman Salim Golo, they said …

Extreme Biodiesel Announces Nationwide Waste Virgin Oil Collection Contract for Production of High Grade Bio-Diesel Fuel
September 29, 2011 – 7:36 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  Book Merge Technology, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Extreme Bio-diesel, has been selected by a New York warehousing company to be its exclusive vendor to acquire all expired virgin oils from all regional warehouse …

The (Next) Next-Gen Cellulosic Biofuels
September 29, 2011 – 7:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Discussions about the 2016-2019 cellulosic biofuels fleet of manufacturing sites – what they will look like, and how they will change – are less common. Yet the second generation is …

The Subsidy Debate: Oil vs. Ethanol
September 28, 2011 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Kate Bechen and Porter J. Martin (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …But what often is missing in criticisms of ethanol is an acknowledgement that the oil industry significantly benefits from a variety of tax credits, incentives …

Wood Climbs from Supporting Role to Center Stage
September 28, 2011 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   ….But as it turns out, trees guard their precious C5 and C6 sugars, those necessary to produce cellulosic ethanol and biochemicals, with a nearly impenetrable system of natural …

Alberta-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill Transitions to Biorefining
September 28, 2011 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Beginning as far back as 1998, mills like Alberta-Pacific began experiencing tighter profit margins, some down to three percent, while mills in places like India or Brazil averaged nine and …

Blue Horizon Expanding into Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel Markets
September 28, 2011 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Red Deer, Alberta, Canada-based Blue Horizon Bio-Diesel Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Horizon Industries Inc., has entered into an exclusive license agreement with two undisclosed third parties to utilize …

Imperium Renewables Helping Bring Biojet fuel to the Northwest
September 28, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Seattle, Wash.-based biodiesel producer Imperium Renewables and the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have reported positive results in a joint development for the production of biomass-based drop-in jet fuel …

RFA Urges Super Committee to Look at Oil Subsidies
September 28, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  In a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called “super committee” assigned to find ways to cut the deficit, the Renewable Fuels Association today urged …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Major Investments to Spur Innovation and Job Creation in Research, Development and Production of Next Generation Biofuels
September 28, 2011 – 12:17 pm | One Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year …

ZeaChem and Partners Awarded $40 million USDA Grant
September 28, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(ZeaChem)  ZeaChem Will Produce “Drop-In” Advanced Biofuels at Boardman, Oregon Biorefinery
ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable feedstocks into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today (September 28, 2011) announced it has been …

Brazil-US Ethanol Tariff Discussions Pick Up as Expiration Nears
September 28, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the U.S ethanol industry confronts the reality that the 45-cent-per-gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and 54-cent ethanol import tariff will end on Dec. 31, some industry representatives …

Green Racing Marks Its 25th Competition
September 28, 2011 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Lee Slezak (US Department of Energy)  The Green Racing program, a motorsports competition geared toward raising awareness of fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, recently hit a major milestone as the state …

Biodiesel Tax Incentive Creates Jobs
September 28, 2011 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The biodiesel tax incentive is helping to create jobs across the country, according to testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee today by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).
“While we understand …

Third Annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27-29, 2012 National Harbor, MD
September 28, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment
Third Annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit      February 27-29, 2012    National Harbor, MD

The event is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem – researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials – to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of …

Technologies and Fuels of the Future – A Panel Discussion
September 28, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Artificial leaf, Nanowires and Biomass – Are these the fuels and technologies of the future?  Emerging from the BP Gulf Oil spill, and witnessing the post-quake-tsunami nuclear-reactor incidents in …

National Algae Association Denounces Recent DOE Claims
September 28, 2011 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he National Algae Association (NAA) Executive Director Barry Cohen has further commented on algae’s exclusion from the DOE’s Billion Ton Update because of a lack of data.
According to the NAA, algae have been …

Report Says Vehicle Fuel Should Be the Priority, Not Electricity
September 28, 2011 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  Research on solar and wind power is all well and good, but a self-assessment by the Department of Energy has found that in the great scheme of energy …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments to Producers in 41 States to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels
September 28, 2011 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (September 27, 2011) announced that USDA will make payments to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support and ensure the production and expansion …

Milligan to Quintuple Production with Expansion
September 28, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

by Bruce Johnstone (Leader-Post/Star Phoenix)    Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. is proceeding with an $8-million expansion of its biodiesel plant in Foam Lake, which will increase production five-fold — making Milligan the largest biodiesel producer in …

Renewable Energy Technologies LLC Predicted to Produce Ethanol – 8,000 Gallons Daily – by End of Year
September 28, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

by Annette Manwell (Holland Sentinel)  Renewable Energy Technologies LLC had hoped to produce ethanol in Holland by now, but building issues sent the company back to the market to find a new home.
Now ethanol could …

The Future of Biorefining Policy
September 27, 2011 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …While some in the industry doubt that a Congress so focused on debt reduction will extend VEETC and the biodiesel tax credit, Greg Jenner, a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s …

Argonne National Laboratory Report on Life-Cycle Analysis of Algal Lipid Fuels
September 27, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment

Edward D. Frank, Jeongwoo Han, Ignasi Palou-Rivera, Amgad Elgowainy, and Michael Q. Wang  (Argonne National Laboratory)   A life-cycle analysis (LCA) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use was performed to study algae-based pathways for producing biofuels such …

Renmatix Reveals Supercritical Hydrolysis as Lowest-Cost Pathway to Cellulosic Sugar
September 27, 2011 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Renmatix)  Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and Amyris CEO John Melo laud company’s novel use of super critical water
Renmatix, the leading producer of cellulosic sugars, today unveiled the Plantrose™ process, the …

PHL May Produce Sweet Sorghum Bioethanol by 2013
September 27, 2011 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(GMA News)  By 2013, the country may start producing the first sweet sorghum-based bioethanol, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) said Monday.
According to the bureau, the Philippine National Oil Co.-Alternative Fuels Corp. (PNOC-AFC) is now …

A Way to Make Motor Fuel Out of Wood? Add Water
September 27, 2011 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  A Georgia company says it has overcome a major roadblock in turning agricultural waste into vehicle fuel and other useful chemicals by experimenting with a technology that treats …

Breaking Oil’s Monopoly on Transportation
September 27, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles  (Energy Outlook)   I’ve been thinking about an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times written by a former National Security Advisor and a former CIA chief.
…The op-ed was apparently timed to mark the …

Spanish Bank of Algae Inaugurated
September 27, 2011 – 8:59 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Minister for Science and Innovation of the Spanish Central Government, Cristina Garmendia, along with Paulino Rivero, President of the Canarian Government and José Regidor, Rector of the University of Las Palmas …

Still Needed: More Ethanol Fuel Pumps
September 27, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  But it’s unclear where money will come from to install them around U.S.
…(Dave) Hicks, who’s getting a $28,000 federal grant and additional money from the state of Iowa to …

USDA Awards Flex Fuel Grant in Geneseo
September 27, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Lisa Depies (Geneseo Republic)  Judith Canales, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service Administrator, visited Geneseo on Sept. 15 to highlight one of the agency’s first funded flexible fuel pump projects in …

House Bill Would Lower Mandate to Use Ethanol
September 27, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

by Charles Abbott (Reuters)  Legislation was being drafted in the U.S. House that would reduce the federal mandate to use fuel ethanol when corn supplies are tight.
…According to consulting firm MF Global, the legislation would …

EPA Mandate Waivers Create New Uncertainties in Biodiesel Markets
September 27, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Seth Meyer and Wyatt Thompson  (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)   …Biofuel mandates are directly relevant for biofuel producers, and indirectly important to feedstock markets. Biofuel refiners sell outputs that serve fuel blenders in two ways. …

The Third Way: Advanced Biofuels as a Systems of Systems
September 27, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But underneath all the excitement, one feels just a little bit of desperation – oh, perhaps not just from these companies but their competitors. Everyone knows at some macro level …

Some Clean-Energy Firms Found U.S. Loan-Guarantee Program a Bad Bet
September 27, 2011 – 6:46 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson and Carol D. Leonnig    (The Washington Post)  …The Obama administration’s vaunted initiative to catalyze the U.S. clean-energy industry — under attack for betting half a billion dollars on the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, which closed …

World Bank: Ditch Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Address Climate Change
September 26, 2011 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal  (The Guardian)  Leaked World Bank documents propose that rich countries should eliminate the $50bn a year they give in fossil fuel subsidies, in order to financially help poor countries address climate change.
The documents, due …

Project Costs Are Most Vulnerable During Early Stages
September 26, 2011 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  The project life cycle for second- and third-generation biofuels and biobased chemical facilities has changed from the traditional model. That life cycle, which commonly begins at the pilot phase led …

Continued Progress in Advanced Biofuels Relies on the RFS
September 26, 2011 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Greenwood   (Biotechnology Industry Organization/The Hill’s Congress Blog)  There is widespread agreement among experts, policy makers and the public that the United States must overcome its addiction to fossil fuels to protect the …

Texas Farm Starts Growing Energy Cane for BP Cellulosic Project
September 26, 2011 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Carol Skewes  (The Vindicator) A farm in Liberty County, Texas, has started growing energy grasses as part of a BP project to produce cellulosic ethanol. BP is planning to build a 70-million-gallon cellulosic-ethanol plant, …

Stillwater Gas Station 1st in Metro to Offer Flex Fuel Blend
September 26, 2011 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(  A Stillwater gas station has opened the first “blender pump” in the Twin Cities.
Yocum’s Holiday at 2500 Orleans Street is giving its customers a choice for the first time.
A blender pump dispenses high-blend ethanol …

North Dakota Grant to Coax Motorists to Use More Ethanol
September 26, 2011 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(  A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don’t even know it.
They’re among the people who are the intended targets of a proposed marketing campaign to increase ethanol sales.
North Dakota’s Industrial Commission has …

More than Just an Incentive
September 26, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)   Illinois, B11 and Vehicle Warranties
…Specifically, the state employs a sales tax exemption for biodiesel blends of B11 or higher sold by retail stations in the state, which is good …

Biodiesel Reaction and Separation Technology
September 26, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Christina Borgese and Marc Privitera  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel reaction and separation methods range from the time-honored large batch tanks with long residence time reactions and water washes for product separation to intensification, enzymatic, and …

Building Out for Bioheat
September 26, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The market for biodiesel-blended heating oil is growing swiftly as oilheat dealers look for ways to green their offerings and supply a product that offers comparable economic benefits to natural …

Streamlining Downstream Delivery
September 26, 2011 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Selling direct can improve a small-scale producer’s bottom line
…Aside from producing biodiesel, however, producers are faced with unpredictable swings in feedstock price and availability as well as fees associated with …

The Complexities of Biofuels Logistics
September 26, 2011 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Professor Jae-Dong Hong of South Carolina State University and his team are getting closer to having the information they need to create a tool that will help fleet managers calculate …

UK Biodiesel Producer Looking to Expand Capacity
September 26, 2011 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  When the founders of Organic Drive, a U.K.-based biodiesel producer, decided to leave their industrial and operational consulting positions, the team wanted to find an industry that was growing. They …

Linnaeus Lands Funding for Oilseed Crop Development
September 26, 2011 – 8:58 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)   Vancouver-based Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc. has been awarded $1.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, an arm’s length, nonprofit corporation created by the Government of Canada, to advance the …

2 Alternative Biodiesel Processes Unveiled at Biorefining Show
September 26, 2011 – 8:52 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  The International Biorefining Conference & Trade Show in Houston wasn’t exclusively about biobased chemicals and next-gen biofuels. In fact, the event featured two speakers who presented novel biodiesel technologies that …

Filta Expands Waste Oil Collection Network
September 26, 2011 – 8:43 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  A growing number of restaurants and other industrial facilities that use cooking oil will be frying green as Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions opened three new franchise locations in the U.S.—North …

25 x ’25 Releases Green Jobs Report
September 26, 2011 – 8:15 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The  25 x ’25 Alliance released a report from the University of Tennessee’s Bio-Based Energy Analysis Group demonstrating that millions of new jobs could be created over the next 15 years by …

DOE Grants Final Approval on POET Cellulosic Ethanol Loan Guarantee
September 26, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET closes on loan to keep construction on pace for 2013 plant start-up
POET today (September 23, 2011)  received final approval for a $105 million loan guarantee issued through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan …

The Food Crises: A Quantitative Model of Food Prices Including Speculators and Ethanol Conversion
September 26, 2011 – 7:45 am | No Comment

by Marco Lagi, Yavni Bar-Yam, Karla Z. Bertrand, Yaneer Bar-Yam  (Cornell University)   Recent increases in basic food prices are severely impacting vulnerable populations worldwide. Proposed causes such as shortages of grain due to adverse weather, increasing meat …

Food, Biofuels and the Environment October 5, 2011 Asheville, NC
September 26, 2011 – 7:40 am | No Comment
Food, Biofuels and the Environment    October 5, 2011     Asheville, NC

David Pimentel, author of “Food, Energy and Society,” will speak Oct. 5 at Warren Wilson College as part of the Environmental Leadership Center’s Fall Speakers Series. His free public presentation, titled “Food, Biofuels and the …

Singapore Airlines Looks to Biofuels as It Becomes Latest Airline to Join Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group
September 26, 2011 – 7:28 am | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Singapore Airlines has become the latest member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) that was set up in 2008 to accelerate the development and commercialisation of lower-carbon renewable aviation fuels derived from …

COFCO Accelerating Construction of Cellulosic Ethanol Producion Line
September 26, 2011 – 7:23 am | No Comment

(SBWire)   COFCO’s first phase of the cellulosic ethanol production line will lay a foundation in Zhaodong, in December 2011.
The first phase of the cellulosic ethanol production line with capacity of 50,000t/a in COFCO Corporation …

Government Gives Hope for Ensus Plant
September 26, 2011 – 7:15 am | No Comment

by Rob Merrick (The Northern Echo)  Production at one of Europe’s largest biofuel plants will soon be “up and running again” after the Government pledged to come to its rescue, an MP vowed yesterday.
In May …

Fulcrum Bioenergy’s $115M IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 26, 2011 – 6:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first zero-cost feedstock biofuels company comes to the public markets with its IPO.
…Fulcrum becomes the 12th company to file for an IPO in the industrial biotech boom, which began …

Military Spearheads Clean-Energy Drive
September 26, 2011 – 6:24 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin   (The Washington Post)   …As the nation’s single biggest energy consumer, the Pentagon has many reasons to want to diversify its fuel sources.  (Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus and others say the move toward alternative …

SDTC Cleantech Challenge 2011: Student Competition to Win the Ultimate Cleantech Experience DEADLINE: October 15, 2011
September 25, 2011 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

Canadian post-secondary students are FULL of great ideas! Starting today, they can share their original cleantech ideas by entering the SDTC Cleantech Challenge 2011. Students can submit a 200 word pitch of their cleantech idea …

Geithner Slams China’s Intellectual Property Policies
September 23, 2011 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Fox News/Reuters)  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Thursday that China is holding to its decades-old strategy to steal American intellectual property, in a pointed statement reflecting U.S. officials’ growing impatience with Beijing.
“They <China> have made possible …

Groups Challenge 15% Ethanol Rules and Label
September 23, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Groups representing small engine, automakers and marine manufacturers announced a formal legal challenge to regulations and labeling proposed for the use of 15% ethanol blends (E15) in older model vehicles.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute …

From Feedstocks to Finance: Upscaling Sustainable Biofuels
September 23, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe News)  Deployment of innovative biofuels technologies, possible, but requires strong political commitment, say European biofuels stakeholders. The annual meeting of European biofuels stakeholders stressed that advanced biofuels technologies are now available and called …

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Discusses Energy Policy “Then and Now” on Platts TV
September 23, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Platts TV)  Watch streaming video online for a candid conversation with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. From the Carter Center in Atlanta, the 39th president discusses the energy challenges he faced more than 30 years …

Salk Institute Researchers Have Built Artificially Enhanced Bacteria Capable of Producing New Kinds of Synthetic Chemicals
September 23, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(Salk Institute)  Bionic bacteria may help fight disease and global warming
A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may pave the way for new synthetic drugs and …

Ethanol Logs a Million NASCAR Miles
September 23, 2011 – 9:55 am | No Comment

(Western Farm Press/National Corn Growers Association)    …”Jobs, less air pollution and reduced dependence on oil imports are all good reasons to use more ethanol.”
…The ‘white paper,’ “One Million Competition Miles on Sunoco Green E15” …

Forum das Americas: At Harvard University, Mario Garnero Highlights Brazil´s Competence in Biofuels
September 23, 2011 – 9:42 am | No Comment

(Energy News Reports)  Mario Garnero, Chairman of Brasilinvest, Brazil’s pioneer merchant bank, stated yesterday during a conference at Harvard University´s Faculty Club thatBrazil’s leadership in biofuels is driving it to a prime position in international relations.
Garnero’s address …

Fraunhofer Opens Center for Systems Biotechnology in Chile
September 23, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  The Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology is the first research center to be launched by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation which was established on October 4, 2010. The research carried out at the new …

Algae Scale-Up Equipment Speeds Time-to-Commercialization for Researchers and Biomass Producers
September 23, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/BioVantage Resources, Inc.)  Biomass Production Made Easy, From Milligrams to Kilograms to Commercial Scale
BioVantage Resources, Inc. has announced the availability of algae scale-up bioreactors to reduce time-to-commercialization, facilitating small-to-large volume production of phototrophic cultures.
Products …

Lighter Vehicles are One Way to Reduce Fuel Consumption
September 23, 2011 – 8:40 am | No Comment

by Mike Omotoso (J.D. Powers and Associates)   Automakers at this year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show agree that future cars and light trucks are going to have to become lighter for better fuel economy, according to most …

The End of Commodity Crops?
September 23, 2011 – 7:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Earlier this week in California, Constellation Energy and Chromatin announced a memorandum of understanding to supply of renewable sorghum grown specifically for use as fuel, to two of Constellation’s California power …

FuelChoiceNow’s FFV Statement and Focus on Methanol for Cars Needs Correction Says Advanced Biofuels USA
September 22, 2011 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Correction posted 9/22/11.    The nonprofit educational organization, Advanced Biofuels USA, advocates for the adoption of renewable sustainable advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and …

President Obama’s Green Losing Streak
September 22, 2011 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Darren Samuelsohn  (Politico)   With Solyndra’s collapse, the GOP is promising to make green jobs politically toxic.
…Obama arrived in the White House embracing the green jobs mantra that previously existed mainly in California environmental …

SAFER Makes Information about Farm Bill Energy Program Proposed Cuts
September 22, 2011 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance)  As you know, Congress is in the midst of negotiations regarding FY2012 appropriations for the Farm Bill. Of particular interest to SAFER is the proposed cuts to the …

Bio-Based Chemicals Summit March 13-14, 2012 Rotterdam, Netherlands
September 22, 2011 – 12:09 pm | No Comment
Bio-Based Chemicals Summit     March 13-14, 2012    Rotterdam, Netherlands

A growing number of bio-based chemicals are already in commercial production with several additional products expected to reach commercialisation in the next few years. With advances in conversion methodologies and developments in achieving economies of …

Nigeria: Varsity Develops Equipment for Producing Biodiesel
September 22, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(  The University of Benin through its National Centre for Energy and Environment (NCEE) has developed an equipment for the production of biodiesel.
The Director of NCEE, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, made the disclosure in an interview on …

Neste Oil Starts Up Europe’s Largest Renewable Diesel Plant in Rotterdam
September 22, 2011 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  Neste Oil has successfully started up Europe’s largest renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Production of NExBTL renewable diesel at the new plant will be ramped up on a phased basis. …

Agriculture Biofuel Forum Set
September 22, 2011 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Central Valley Business Times)  The future possibilities of a larger biofuel industry in California and how that could offer opportunities and challenges to the state’s farmers and ranchers is to be discussed later this month …

Novozymes Invests in CleanStar Mozambique for Food, Fuel Production
September 22, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes announced its investment in CleanStar Mozambique at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. CleanStar Mozambique, a company founded by Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures, will work with smallholder farmers to …

Elevance’s $100M IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 22, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like to quickly understand the surge in renewable chemicals and one of the hottest companies in the hottest sector of the bioconomy?  Here’s our 10-minute version of the IPO from Elevance …

Biorefinery Yeast Research Shows Promise
September 22, 2011 – 8:16 am | No Comment

by (Western Farm Press/US Department of Agriculture)  Cornstalks, wheat straw, and other rough, fibrous, harvest-time leftovers may soon be less expensive to convert into cellulosic ethanol, thanks to USDA scientists’ studies of a promising new biorefinery …

ecoLogicStudio Designed an Ecocity in Sweden that Revolves around the Algae Industry
September 22, 2011 – 7:33 am | No Comment

by Lucy Bullivant (domus)   …Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, the architects and co-founders of London-based ecoLogicStudio, feel that ‘using and interacting with natural elements in a symbiotic way can become a game with ecological benefits.’ …

Global Spending on Biofuels in 2011 Will Total $46.63bn Says visiongain Report
September 22, 2011 – 7:21 am | No Comment

(PRLog/visiongain)   During 2010-2011, the biofuels market gained increased interest as the price of oil increased rapidly. Many developed countries, such as the US and countries in the European Union, reconsidered their energy policy.
On the other …

Green Earth Technologies Awarded Two New API Motor Oil Certifications on Proprietary Formulations
September 22, 2011 – 7:15 am | No Comment

(Green Earth Technologies/PR NewsWire)  Reformulated 5W-20 and 5W-30 Ultimate Biodegradable Bio-based Motor Oils receive API certifications
Green Earth Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GETG), a leading manufacturer and marketer of “green” environmentally safer consumer packaged goods and …

INKUD, Lestari Pasifik to Build 616 Bio-Ethanol Plants
September 22, 2011 – 7:08 am | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)   PT INKUD Exchange signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday with Malaysian biotechnology firm Lestari Pasifik Berhad to establish a joint venture aiming to set up 616 bio-refinery factories to process …

OriginOil to Collaborate with DOE on Algae Feedstock Standard
September 22, 2011 – 6:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  OriginOil, Inc. has announced it will begin to work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to develop standards for converting biomass, including algae, into biofuels and other products.
…One of the Program’s …

Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Report on Department of Defense Renewable and Alternative Energy Programs
September 21, 2011 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Today Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, joined by  John Warner, former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and senior policy adviser to the Pew Project on National Security, …

Turkey Demands Domestic Additives for Biofuels From 2013
September 21, 2011 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Ercan Ersoy  (Bloomberg)  Turkey’s energy regulator will require domestically-produced additives for biofuels from 2013, in a decision aimed at lowering the country’s current account deficit and encouraging production of biofuels.
At least 2 percent ethanol must …

Market Access Will Save US from $4 Gasoline, Says FuelChoiceNow
September 21, 2011 – 8:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a coalition called FuelChoiceNow has opened for business one worth taking a very, very close look at.
The pitch: that advanced fuel companies are developing new, affordable and commercial-ready alternatives …

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Cellulosic Bioproducts–Virent is Replacing the Crude Oil
September 20, 2011 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

Andrew Held (Virent)  Andrew Held, Director of Virent Feedstock Development, explained that Virent creates gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and chemicals from biomass feedstocks. Virent, founded in 2002 and based in Madison, WI , has a …

Moving Algae Biofuels from “Potential” to “Practice”: Commercial Application of Microalgae
September 20, 2011 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Greg Schwartz  (Kent BioEnergy Corporation) Greg Schwartz, Ph.D., Director of Systems Engineering, explained that Kent BioEnergy (KBE) is active in Aquatic research and development in several fields, such as aquaculture system design, water treatment …

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Upgrading of Intermediates: Hybrid Routes to Fuels and Chemicals
September 20, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

Laurel Harmon (LanzaTech Inc.) LanzaTech, Inc., was founded in January 2005 by CSO Dr. Sean Simpson in New Zealand. Funds were mainly from New Zealand government US$ 10M, Khosla Ventures US$ 12M in …

Solyndra Flop Fails to Slow Obama Team’s $9.2 Billion Push for Wind, Solar
September 20, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg)  The Obama administration, defying congressional Republicans after the failure of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, is working to award as much as $9.2 billion in government financing to renewable energy companies …

Biodiesel Plants Back from the Brink
September 20, 2011 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer  (Los Angeles Times)   Across the nation, biodiesel plants have been restarting or ramping up production, spurred by a revived federal tax credit and renewable energy mandates.
…At least 52 of the nation’s 170 …

Global Energy Use to Jump 53%
September 20, 2011 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(CNN Money)  Global energy use is expected to jump 53% by 2035, largely driven by strong demand from places like India and China, according to a report Monday.   Combined, developing nations currently use slightly more …

Uttarakhand to Replicate Kiwi Biofuel Experiment
September 20, 2011 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Shishir Prashant (Business Standard)  Ruchi Soya, an oilseed company, with a Rs 13,000-crore turnover, wants to replicate the experiment done by New Zealand — of using biodiesel as an alternative green fuel from Jatropha plants, …

Biofuel Producer Increasing Production
September 20, 2011 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  Pilbara biofuel producer ASHOIL says it is looking to double its production by next year.
The subsidiary of the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation turns waste cooking oil from Rio Tinto’s mining camps into biodiesel for …

Italy Should Link Up With Latin America On Biofuels -Official
September 20, 2011 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Liam Moloney   (Dow Jones NewsWires/Fox Business News)  Italian companies should invest in Latin American biofuels as the continent is at the forefront of an expanding sector, a top Italian ministry official said Thursday.
The Italian government …

‘Salty Dogs’ Prowler Undertakes Its First Biofuel Flight
September 20, 2011 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave Allport (Key.Aero/military)  A US Navy EA-6B Prowler has made the type’s first flight on a biofuel blend at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.
An EA-6B Prowler successfully completed its inaugural biofuel flight at NAS Patuxent …

CSX, Kinder Morgan Team up for Ethanol Hub at Port of Tampa
September 20, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)  Kinder Morgan Energy Partners , CSX Corp. and the Tampa Port Authority finalized an agreement to bring ethanol into the Tampa market via the nation’s first ethanol unit train-to-pipeline distribution …

Mascoma’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 20, 2011 – 8:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrigued by cellulosic ethanol and a new product called MGT, in Mascoma’s IPO?
…Mascoma Corporation announced that it has filed an S-1 registration statement relating to a proposed $100 million initial …

Fast Food Chains Place Order for No New Ethanol Subsidies
September 19, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Anti-ethanol interests have launched their latest campaign focused on ensuring the demise of ethanol subsidies with a letter sent Sept. 15 to all members of Congress urging them not …

Congress Needs Courage to End Oil, Gas Subsidies
September 19, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Alexander (Taxpayers for Common Sense/  …For 16 years, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been advocating for the elimination of federal spending that does not deliver a fair return to taxpayers. Topping our list …

Future of Biofuels Seen as Hinging on Long-Term Strategy
September 19, 2011 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Matt Glynn  (  ‘Green’ consistency is needed to succeed, Noco chief says
James D. Newman calls it the “green-versus-green debate” in biofuels.
People want to be environmentally conscious, but they hesitate to part with more green …

Street-Legal Cars Burn E85 on Kearney Racetrack
September 19, 2011 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Lori Potter (  More than 200 cars will roar down the Kearney Raceway Park track Oct. 1-2 during the 2011 National Hot Rod Association Division 5 National Open, with events for dragsters, super stocks …

N.J. Company Eyes Plainfield Township as Potential Site for Biofuel Plant
September 19, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Tom Shortell (  A New Jersey company is considering building a biorefinery in Plainfield Township that would convert tall grass and wood pellets into fuel, but no official plans have been submitted to the township.
Primus …

USDA Gives $2 Million for Blender Pumps in 22 States
September 19, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Thirty-three projects in 22 states have been approved for blender pump grants in the latest round of funding to be dispersed through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. …

The A.I.M. Interview: Sandia and DOE’s Ron Pate
September 19, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A Principal Member of the Technical Staff of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories, serving in the Earth Systems Analysis – Energy, Resources, and Systems Analysis division, Ron Pate has been on M&O …

Members of the European Parliament Call for Cuts in Non-CO2 Greenhouse Emissions
September 19, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment

(European Parliament)   Great efforts have been made to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe and internationally, but a number of other substances are also causing Arctic ice-melt and on Wednesday MEPs called for action against …

Crapo, Udall Introduce Bill to Level Playing Field for Advanced Biofuels
September 19, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

(Senator Mike Crapo)  Would make renewable fuels standard more “technology neutral”
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)and Tom Udall (D-NM)recently introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would help level the playing field for advanced biofuels like …

“Synthetic” Chromosome Permits Rapid, On-Demand “Evolution” of Yeast
September 19, 2011 – 7:13 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/Johns Hopkins University)  Johns Hopkins researchers create man-made system with built-in diversity generator
In the quest to understand genomes—how they’re built, how they’re organized and what makes them work—a team of Johns Hopkins researchers has engineered from …

Modified Motorcycle Burns Vegetable Oil in Record-Setting Run
September 19, 2011 – 7:06 am | No Comment

by Eric Loveday (AutoBlogGreen)  At the Loring Timing Association in Maine, John Petsche drove a highly modified motorcycle into the record books.
Powered by a six-horsepower industrial diesel engine and fueled by store-bought vegetable oil, Petsche’s two-wheeler hit …

Filta Introduces Cooking Oil Micro-Filtration and Fryer Management Service Franchise to Fargo, ND
September 19, 2011 – 7:02 am | No Comment

(PR Web/Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Franchise)   One of the truly unique services being introduced to the Fargo market is Filta’s FiltaBio service, which is essentially waste oil collection and recycling without the traditional collection bin. Once …

US, Australia Sign Key Aviation Biofuels Accord
September 19, 2011 – 6:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MOU covers feedstock readiness, sustainability, data sharing, fuels certification, plus development of new alternative fuel pathways in alcohol conversion, pyrolysis and synthetic biology.
Is the agreement, driven by the private sector …

2011 Kentucky Agricultural Summit and Pre-Summit Symposium Bioenergy: A World of Opportunity November 17-18 Louisville, KY
September 16, 2011 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
2011 Kentucky Agricultural Summit and  Pre-Summit Symposium   Bioenergy: A World of Opportunity    November 17-18   Louisville, KY

Kentucky Agriculture reflects all the unique features of the Commonwealth’s varied landscape: from the forests of eastern Kentucky, to the Bluegrass region’s horse farms, to the soybean and cornfields of the western parts of our …

The U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry September 22, 2011 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Webinar
September 16, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
The U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry    September 22, 2011 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT  Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program invites you to attend a webinar about the 2011 “U.S. Billion Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry”, a report detailing biomass feedstock potential nationwide. …

Brazil Sugar Industry Needs $490 Billion in Investments by 2030
September 16, 2011 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Tony C. Dreibus  (Bloomberg)  Brazil may need as much as $490 billion in investments to meet rising demand for sugar and ethanol, C. Czarnikow Sugar Futures Ltd. said in a report.
Improved equipment and roads and …

Driving a Pill: Winnipeg Inventors Roll Out Oddly Shaped, Low-Powered Car of the Future
September 16, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Bartley Kives   (Winnipeg Free Press)  …(A)t the Winnipeg Art Gallery, mechanical engineer Jim Kor unveiled a nearly complete prototype of the Urbee Car, an electric-ethanol hybrid vehicle he and 11 other engineers and …

Bentley ‘Is Achieving Flex-Fuel Targets’ but Demand is Limited
September 16, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  Bentley has said that is achieving its flex-fuel targets but that demand is being restricted by a poor infrastructure for E85 bio-ethanol.
Engineering chief Ulrich Eichorn said that by next year all Bentley models …

How To Choose What To Plant For Biofuel
September 16, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

By: Sarah Zielinski  (Smithsonian Magazine)   If one of the goals of growing plants for biofuel is to be kinder to the environment than you are by extracting oil from the earth, you wouldn’t want to plant anything …

Soil Nitrites Influence Atmospheric Chemistry
September 16, 2011 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Markku Kulmala,  Tuukka Petäjä (Science Magazine)  Public discussion of climate change typically revolves around greenhouse gases, aerosol particles, and the role of human actions (1–3), but it is just beginning to reflect an awareness …

Looking to Tall Grass to Fuel Future in Asheville Area
September 16, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(  About 50 interested farmers, academics, and biofuels experts toured the five acres of energy crops under study at N.C. State University’s Mountain Research Horticultural Research Station Wednesday for the first Western North Carolina Bioenergy …

University of Minnesota Study Highlights Potential for Boosting Biofuel Crop Production
September 16, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jeff Falk (University of Minnesota/Hutchinson Leader)  New research published online this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, by a team from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, shows that closing agricultural …

‘Microwave Waste’ to Get Biofuel
September 16, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment

By Leila Battison  (BBC)  Microwaving waste food products could be used to produce important chemicals and biofuels, new technology has shown.
…Using highly focused microwaves, the scientists believe they can input any organic waste, and extract …

White Paper Answers Questions About Ethanol
September 16, 2011 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new white paper released by Gold Eagle Co aims to answer questions about ethanol blended gasoline. Gold Eagle sells aftermarket fluids and additives such as STA-BIL Ethanol Performance Improver. “Petroleum Production, …