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Initial Positioning of Biofuels in North Carolina Counties
August 31, 2012 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Gaining large biofuels production capacity across the state will require realistic juncture of feedstocks and production technologies. Grown or secured from waste materials, feedstocks must be directed to a centralized …

The Lowdown on Making Jet Fuel and Diesel from Biomass
August 31, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  Distillates are petroleum products that includes diesel, jet fuel, and fuel oil. Renewable distillates may be categorized as substitutes or drop-in replacements. The most common distillate substitute is …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Announce Megainversión to Generate Biofuels
August 30, 2012 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

(El Universal)  Biofuel producers announced the investment of over $ 100 million to plant oilseeds and grasses that will be employed in the industry biocumbustible whose consumption is increasing in the world.
In the meeting with …

Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment – Interactive Web Conference September 13th, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM BST
August 30, 2012 – 9:16 pm | No Comment
Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment – Interactive Web Conference  September 13th, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM BST

Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment-Market Potential, Current State of the Art and Future Directions
About 10 years ago, algal biofuel was a hot topic, but not a viable source of renewable energy. Today, that’s changing. The …

Tulare Plant Exploring Algae for Jet Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

by Ben Keller  (The Business Journal Now)  The wastewater from Tulare County dairy operations may soon be used to power jets zooming overhead thanks to a brand new facility converting moist algae into biofuel.
Recently, the …

Israel’s Univerve Working to Commercialize Algae
August 30, 2012 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) new company from Tel Aviv, Israel, called Univerve is working to turn algae into a clean third-generation renewable fuel. Ohad Zuckerman, the CEO and co-founder of Univerve in 2009, is devising a systems process to …

Proposed Canadian Plant Gains Approval, Local Community Objects
August 30, 2012 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The community of Oshawa, Ontario is taking action against the recent approval of a proposed ethanol plant. On Aug. 9, the Oshawa Port Authority announced its approval for FarmTech …

Novozymes, Terranol Partner on Yeast to Boost Biofuels Industry
August 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB) agreement to market Terranol A/S’s yeast technology as the world’s biggest maker of enzymes seeks to make biofuels from energy crops and agricultural waste commercially viable.
…Novozymes supplies enzymes …

Beyond the Biofuel-bashing Editorials: Ethanol Really Reduces Prices at the Pump
August 30, 2012 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  The following editorial was submitted to the Wall Street Journal, but was rejected by the Editorial Features Staff. Beyond the Biofuel-bashing Editorials: Ethanol Really Reduces Prices at the Pump  By Bob …

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
August 30, 2012 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A. Dixon (New Phytologist)

The major obstacle for bioenergy production from switchgrass biomass is the low saccharification efficiency …

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass
August 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon, and Zeng-Yu Wang  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Switchgrass is a leading dedicated bioenergy …

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HCT) in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leads …

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Stems of dicotyledonous plants consist of an outer epidermis, a cortex, a ring of secondarily …

What Does a Brazilian Ethanol Producer Weigh?
August 30, 2012 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cressey (Green Power Conferences/World Biofuels Markets News)  I am a Brazilian ethanol refinery. I am not very big but I am happy and I make a comfortable profit. I have one nice big …

Neste Oil Completes First Phase of Its Microbial Oil Pilot Plant
August 30, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has completed the first phase of its project to build a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. Construction of the plant is on-schedule and on-budget. The first phase will …

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 30, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.
During the next …

Michigan Tech Leads International Study of Social, Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production
August 30, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan  (Michigan Tech News)  Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment?  What policies need to be put in place to help that happen?
Nearly …

UC Riverside Developing Biofuel Formulations for California
August 30, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon  (UCR Today)  Research supports several California measures that aim to increase the use of renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gases
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering – Center for Environmental …

Kitchen Grease Haulers Now Required to Register with Maryland Department of Agriculture
August 30, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Southern Maryland Online)   Kitchen grease may not seem high on the list of valuable items a thief might steal, but the practice has become so widespread and potentially dangerous that the Maryland Department of Agriculture …

Brazilian Ethanol Exports to U.S. Likely to Grow – Datagro
August 30, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Reese Ewing  (Reuters Africa)  Exports of Brazilian ethanol to the U.S. market are likely to grow, while still allowing Brazil to increase its blend of the biofuel in gasoline in early 2013, local sugar …

EPA, DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Rule, Address Biofuel Comments
August 30, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation finalized new fuel efficiency standards on Aug. 28. The new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards will increase fuel economy to …

Discovery of Plant Gene Lays Groundwork for Improved Biofuel Processing
August 30, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (UGA Today)  Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …

Online Courses: New Stanford Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
August 29, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Stanford University- Stanford Center for Professional Development 
Name of Course: New Stanford Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
Part of a Certificate Program
Course description: 
Take courses in energy topics such as biofuels online at …

Obama Fuel-Economy Rule Gives Sweeteners To Honda, Tesla
August 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  Honda Motor Co. (7267), which last year complained that a proposed fuel-economy rule was unfair to non- U.S. automakers, got a boost when the final version added extra credits for …

South Dakota’s Biofuels and Economic Boom
August 29, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South Dakota has become one of the fastest-growing states in the US, at the same time as it has achieved energy independence through development of its biofuels fleet.  Coincidence, or …

2nd Annual Accelerating Sustainable Performance Summit September 7, 2012 Sonoma, CA
August 29, 2012 – 9:55 am | No Comment
2nd Annual Accelerating Sustainable Performance Summit    September 7, 2012    Sonoma, CA

Through its Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, the raceway has established itself as a North American hub for emerging technologies related to sustainability and performance in motor sports.
Whether it’s a 1,700-panel Panasonic solar installation or electric …

25x’25 Statement on the Obama Administration’s Final 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
August 28, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance’s preliminary review of the final rule outlining 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards reveals that it does not provide …

2012 United Biofuels of America Sustainable Energy Conference November 7-10 Costa Rica
August 28, 2012 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
2012 United Biofuels of America Sustainable Energy Conference   November 7-10  Costa Rica

Planned Topics Addressed
Jatropha Market Potential

Opportunities for achieving commercial success of jatropha production
Production costs and environmental impacts
Oil characteristics
Latest status of research and development

Plantation & Cultivation (Jatropha and other feedstocks)

Improving plantation methods and productivity yields
New systems of …

White House Finalizes 2025 ‘Historic’ Fuel Rules for Automakers
August 28, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by David Shephardson  (Detroit News)   The Obama administration has finalized the landmark 2017-25 fuel economy rules that will nearly double the efficiency of the nation’s cars and trucks over the next 13 years to …

EPA’s 2017-2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use
August 28, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Boyden Gray & Associates (25 x ’25)   While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-duty vehicle …

New West Memphis Center Leads Push to Renewable Energy
August 28, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Risher  (The Commercial Appeal/  Mid-South Community College officials are betting East Arkansas has what it takes to be a leader in alternative fuels: Fertile fields, a world-class transportation hub, and, as of this …

Ethanol Stays in Gasoline Even If Mandate Ends
August 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol, the best-performing energy commodity this year, is cheaper than gasoline, encouraging refiners to use the biofuel even if President Barack Obama’s administration ends a requirement to do so.
A 49 …

Biofuel Research: Possibilities Still Growing at University of Georgia
August 28, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Ledger-Enquirer)  …Researchers at the University of Georgia may be close to finding it. A report by Susan Mittleman on Georgia Public Broadcasting and transcribed on the Public Broadcasting Atlanta website ( describes a promising new …

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards/ Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025
August 28, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/The White House)  The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with …

Kudos to Chemtex
August 28, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In one of those interesting ironies of renewable fuels, Chemtex’s North Carolina proposed cellulosic ethanol project puts a sector of the hog industry rooting for the success of advanced …

Specialty Equipment Market Association Slams Ethanol
August 28, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), has slammed ethanol saying it opposes the use of E15 based on scientific evidence that it causes corrosion with incompatible parts.
…The court has ruled in favor of …

Ethanol Industry Hits Back over Food Price Claims
August 28, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  Europe’s biofuel producers are hitting back at claims that they are at fault for this summer’s high food prices and challenge assertions that crops grown for fuel production are a threat to food supplies.

Food prices rose …

In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage
August 28, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Josh Vorhees (Slate)  The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict new fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks later.

The expected new fleet-wide average come …

Wall Street Transcript Interview with Pavel Molchanov of Raymond James (RJF): Niche Opportunities in Solar Energy and Biofuels Despite Sector Headwinds
August 28, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Wall Street Transcript)  …In the following excerpt from the Utilities, Alternative Energy and Water Services Report, an expert analyst from Raymond James discusses the outlook for selected alternative energy stocks:
…In the context of the Raymond …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

Urbee – The Documentary
August 28, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association)  We’ve mentioned Urbee here before; unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll know that this exciting made in Manitoba green vehicle has been making headlines in recent times due to it’s unique …

Energy, Utility and Environment Conference January 28-30, 2013 Phoenix, AZ
August 27, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
Energy, Utility and Environment Conference   January 28-30, 2013   Phoenix, AZ

What is EUEC?

EUEC 2013 is the 16th annual energy, utility and environment conference held the end of January of each year, in Arizona since 1995.
EUEC is the USA’s largest, longest-running, professional networking and educational event …

A Waiver that Wouldn’t Be Wise
August 27, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (News Observer)  Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue filed a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, one of the nation’s most successful energy policies and of critical importance to North Carolina’s economy, …

Bioengineered Bacteria Pump Out Fuel for Cars
August 27, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Innovation News Daily)  A humble soil bacteria has become a genetically engineered factory capable of making fuel for cars. But the project still has to get out of the lab and scale up to industrial-size production.
The MIT project aims …

Can Ethanol Cut Foreign Oil Imports?
August 27, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  …By most standards, the hope that is such first-generation fuel additives are supplanted by next-generation ones, or those produced from cellulose. Worth it?
Such fibers are abundant and could supply 130 million …

Nebraska Corn Growers Funding Blender Pumps
August 27, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Nebraska corn growers are on a mission to get more blender pumps installed in their state, especially in the larger cities.
Kim Clark, director of biofuels development for the Nebraska Corn Board, gave …

Oklahoma Researchers Look to Refuel Ethanol
August 27, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (News OK)  The extended drought has reduced the country’s corn supply and driven up corn costs, affecting the price of ethanol and gasoline. Oklahoma researchers are working to solve both problems.
Researchers in …

Methylation by a Unique α-class N4-Cytosine Methyltransferase Is Required for DNA Transformation of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii DSM6725
August 27, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Joel Farkas, Jennifer R. Huddleston, Estefania Olivar, Janet Westpheling  (PLoS ONE)  Thermophilic microorganisms capable of using complex substrates offer special advantages for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and bioproducts. Members of the Gram-positive bacterial genus Caldicellulosiruptor are …

Biofuels Group: Big Oil Also behind Ethanol Waiver Requests
August 27, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Monte Shaw, executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, credits the uptick in gubernatorial and congressional interest to oil groups viewing 2013 as the last chance to nix the …

US Ethanol Imports under Scrutiny by the EU
August 27, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

The European Commission has today published its decision to proceed to the registration of ethanol imports coming from the USA by issuing a new regulation (n°771/2012)1. The decision comes in response to a request within …

Minnesota: The Bioeconomy’s “Get it Done, Make it Happen State”
August 27, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You see, other states can match Minnesota for its wealth of agricultural and forest resources (though ample they are), or its foundational base in agriculture and energy (via giants like …

Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational
August 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: US and Brazil Bilateral Collaboration on Biofuels
August 27, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

Presentation by Helena Chum (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) US led by its State Department, and Brazil led by Department of Energy of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, have entered into an MOU to advance cooperation …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: CleanStar Mozambique – A Case Study
August 27, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

Presentation by Sagun Saxena (CleanStar Ventures) CleanStar is an early stage developer of sustainable food and energy ventures with a global presence. Strength lies in finance, technology and local execution capacity. The urban need in …

Breakthrough Process for Making Renewable Jet Fuel, Diesel and Gasoline at Costs Competitive to Fossil Fuels Is Ready to Begin Commercial Scale-up Phase
August 26, 2012 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/AlphaJet)  …Having successfully demonstrated its cost-effective catalytic process for making jet fuel, diesel and high-octane gasoline from renewable plant oils or animal fats, AliphaJet is beginning its commercial scale-up program.
…The company has launched a …

SoCalGas, Scripps to Develop Algae Carbon Capture
August 26, 2012 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego (Scripps) have entered into an agreement focusing on the design of an innovative system in which algae consume …

Issue Brief: Renewable Biomass Can Help Reduce U.S. Petroleum Dependence: Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key
August 26, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Renewable biomass has a significant potential to improve U.S. energy security, advance rural economic development and energy security, protect and restore water quality and other environmental resources, and …

Biofuels Approval Boost to Scottish Oilseeds
August 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) have welcomed the announcement that the European Commission has accepted SQC into the sustainability certification scheme for biofuels. That recognition is a huge boost ahead …

AFS BioOil Is on Track to Produce Biodiesel at $2 per Gallon in a Commercial System.
August 26, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/AFS BioOil)  AFS BioOil has announced that initial tests conducted by the company since startup of the system confirm that production costs of biodiesel will be in the range of $2 per gallon when produced …

Minn. Biodiesel Plant First to Pass RIN Integrity Network Audit
August 26, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Minnesota Soybean Processors is the first biodiesel plant to pass Genscape’s RIN Integrity Network audit.
… The passing of its audit gives MnSP the first green icon on Genscape’s dashboard map of …

Biofuels and Agricultural Commodity Prices
August 26, 2012 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  IEEP, the Institute for European Environmental Policy, has produced a review of the evidence base on the impacts of EU biofuel policies on global agricultural commodity prices, commissioned by ActionAid. Following up on the …

NAA Announces Breakthrough in New Algae Production Growing System
August 26, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Algae News/National Algae Association)  National Algae Association is pleased to announce a new commercial production growing system has been developed at its test center. The new growing system will eliminate contamination and low production issues …

Soybean Quality, Yield Susceptible to Manmade Materials in Soil
August 26, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials—now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens—may be detrimental to the quality and yield of crops, as reported in a paper in …

A Value Proposition for Success in the Local Grease Market
August 26, 2012 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Jeff Rola of Go Bio is a grease collector in central Oregon who has beaten out much bigger competitors such as Baker to secure 50 percent of the used cooking …

Jon Van Gerpen: Looking at the Biodiesel Process in a New Way
August 26, 2012 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  “There are a lot of things we don’t know about the biodiesel process.” This is not a comment expected from one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the biodiesel industry, …

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up
August 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many outside the industry seem to think. At least three new, advanced biofuel biorefineries are being …

Farm Bill Now Coalition Pushes for New Farm Bill
August 25, 2012 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(Delta Farm Press)  A coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations has formed in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before …

Microbial Engineering for the Production of Advanced Biofuels
August 24, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Pamela P. Peralta-Yahya, Fuzhong Zhang, Stephen B. del Cardayre, Jay D. Keasling (Nature)  Advanced biofuels produced by microorganisms have similar properties to petroleum-based fuels, and can ‘drop in’ to the existing transportation infrastructure. However, producing these biofuels in …

Africa’s Water-Bioenergy Nexus Ensuring Sustainable Water Management in Africa’s Biofuel Sector
August 24, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Pangea)  Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) published a new report, Africa’s Water-Bioenergy Nexus. Ensuring Sustainable Water Management in Africa’s Biofuel Sector. The report describes ways to ensure a low water footprint in the African …

Aemetis Announces Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel Technology License Agreement With Chevron Lummus Global
August 24, 2012 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Aemetis)  Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process licensed by Aemetis to produce 100% drop-in renewable jet and diesel fuels from plant oils
Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, announced today that the company signed a …

Waste Management and Renmatix Announce Agreement to Explore Conversion of Urban Waste to Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugar
August 24, 2012 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix)  Companies embark on program to explore viability of MSW as inputs for PlantroseTM process
Waste Management, Inc.
, the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, and Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of biobased sugar intermediates for …

Iowa Aims for Next-Gen Biofuels Leadership: 18 Hot Projects
August 24, 2012 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In our investigations in Iowa this week, we noted 6 trends worth carefully watching, which take us from opportunities with existing feedstocks to exotic newcomers like algae.
Our thesis now is …

Romney’s Support of Biofuels, Bioenergy Is too Vague
August 24, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a white paper outlining his energy policy this week. In that paper, in order to facilitate private-sector-led development, he said that is would “support …

Mitt Romney Says Plan Will Achieve North American Energy Independence by 2020
August 24, 2012 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Philip Rucker (The Washington Post)  …While Romney stressed the idea of independence, the plan relies heavily on imports from Canada and Mexico, two of the world’s biggest oil producers. Hence the use of the …

St. Cloud State University Teams up with Minnesota Business to Grow, Study Algae
August 23, 2012 – 10:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave Aeikens  (St. Cloud Times)  In the basement of Brown Hall at St. Cloud State University, specially-designed water tanks are used to grow algae.
It’s part of a research project for a southeastern Minnesota company …

Entrepreneurs Cook Up Biodiesel Formula for a Greener Windsor
August 23, 2012 – 9:55 pm | No Comment

by Phoebe Ho (MetroNews)  With barely any background in chemistry, a University of Windsor nursing grad and her business partner spent the last two months experimenting with animal fat and vegetable oil in hopes of creating …

Brazil Will Import U.S. Ethanol If Fuel Mix Raised, Bunge Says
August 23, 2012 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

by  Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Brazil, the biggest ethanol producer after the U.S., will have to import the biofuel if authorities raise the mandatory level mixed into gasoline this year, according to commodity processor and trader Bunge …

Researchers Seek New Strains for Biofuels
August 23, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone (Defense News)  With the U.S. Navy spending an increasing amount of cash on alternative energy — including biofuels — researchers at South Dakota State University have embarked on a project that could …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

University of Arkansas at Monticello Scientists Receive National Science Foundation Grant; Research May Impact Biofuels Industry
August 23, 2012 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(My Monticello News)  The study of microscopic algae may seem to have little practical application to those unfamiliar with the science, but a current project being conducted by two University of Arkansas at Monticello scientists …

Chemtex Lands $99M USDA Loan Guarantee for North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Project
August 23, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Chemtex announced that it has received a $99 million conditional loan guarantee from USDA, under the USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program for the engineering and construction of …

Missouri Organizes for Energy Independence
August 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like many states (or countries) that have limited oil reserves or reserves that are economically unfeasible to extract at this time – the path to energy independence lies generally in …

Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 22, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On August 20, 2012, EPA issued a request for comment on letters seeking a waiver of the volume requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Governors of Arkansas and North Carolina …

Ethanol RINs Slide on Waiver Fears
August 22, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty  (Reuters) Renewable fuel credit prices fell across the board on Tuesday as fears of an ethanol waiver roiled the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
Benchmark E12 RINS, referring to RINs created in 2012, …

Queen’s Researcher Looks for Key to Improve Biofuel Production
August 22, 2012 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

Alison Shouldice (The Whig)  Piecing together “molecular Lego” is helping Queen’s University researchers explore more efficient ways of producing biofuels.
The research team has been looking at a certain bacterial complex, cellulosome, under the microscope.
Cellulosome is …

Energy Independence Comes to Nebraska
August 22, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Recently, with the boom in drilling operations in Wyoming and Colorado in the Niobrara shale – and some tentative exploration of the Kleinholz field – there have been renewed hopes …

Berkeley Lab Scientists Develop New Way to Study Inner-Workings of Algae Cells
August 22, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Molecular transporter could advance development of algae-based biofuels, pharmaceuticals
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have developed a way …

U.S. Army Examines Smaller, Flex-Fuel Generators
August 22, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone  (Defense News)  The U.S. Army is testing new power packs that could run on virtually any fuel, including gasoline, ethanol and diesel.
Developed by INI Power of Morrisville, N.C., the alternative energy power …

Iowa City Trash Could Become Ethanol
August 22, 2012 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

By Gregg Hennigan (  Iowa City is considering participating in a trash-to-ethanol project that could result in an 80-percent reduction in the amount of solid waste going to its landfill.
City staffers have been talking with …

Local Business Saves Money with E85
August 22, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(   …A local family fun park is trying to beat these costs. They’re the first in the U.S. to use E85 in their go-karts. E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gas. The …

Kansas Drivers Have New E15 Retail Station
August 22, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Drivers who live and travel through Ottawa, Kansas now have access to E15. The Zarco 66 station located at 2518 E. Logan (intersection of I-35 & HWY 68) has become the …

Chrysler Helps “Tell the Story” of Ethanol
August 22, 2012 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Chrysler sees great value in ethanol. James Frusti, Chrysler Group manager of Fuels, Energy and Regulatory Affairs, presented the company’s ethanol strategy as part of the auto industry’s greater efforts of collaboration during the 25th Annual …

Ethanol Biorefining Innovations
August 22, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …Steve McNinch with Western Plains Energy said his company is looking at how to move into the advanced biofuels category of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The biorenfinery, which produces ethanol …

Ethanol Production in U.S. Low Enough to Drain Surplus, CME Says
August 22, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol production in the U.S. has fallen enough to drain a stockpile glut of the biofuel, CME Group Inc. (CME)said.
Output has declined 15 percent to 819,000 barrels a day from a …

US EPA Seeks Input on Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests
August 22, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  * EPA to gather public comment for 30 days
* EPA must make decision on ethanol waivers by November
* Petitioners must show mandate causing severe economic harm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it …

POET And Agrivida Sign Technology Collaboration Joint Development Agreement
August 22, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  POET Research Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of POET LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, and Agrivida, Inc., a developer of biotechnology platforms for feedstock and feedstock processing, today announce the signing …

Flying on Woody Biomass and Camelina: Consortium Seeks Biofuel Answers
August 22, 2012 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by  Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  Aviation remains as much a part of Washington State as its eastern dry-land agriculture or the rain-soaked forests on its mountainous western fringes. But only the alternative energy industry proposes …

Genetically Engineered Algae for Biofuel Pose Potential Risks that Should Be Studied: Ecologist
August 21, 2012 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  Algae are high on the genetic engineering agenda as a potential source for biofuel, and they should be subjected to independent studies of any environmental risks that could be linked to cultivating algae for …

EPA Awards Kuehnle for Innovative Algae Work
August 21, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Honolulu, Hawaii-based company that develops algae for use in biofuels, is receiving a clean technology award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has formally …

Venice 2012 Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste November 12-15 San Servolo, Venice, Italy
August 21, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
Venice 2012 Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste   November 12-15    San Servolo, Venice, Italy

The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards …

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel
August 21, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are scientists, entrepreneurs developing to take us beyond the old debate?
…1. Feedstock diversification.  In biofuels, it …

New Biorefinery Finds Treasure in Starbucks’ Spent Coffee Grounds and Stale Bakery Goods
August 21, 2012 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/American Chemical Society) With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, scientists today described development and successful laboratory testing of a new “biorefinery” intended to …

Minister: Ban Biofuel, It Boosts Famine
August 21, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(The Local: German’s News in English)  Biofuel containing corn should be banned from German petrol pumps, a minister has demanded, as droughts and a dramatic rise in food prices mean more of the world population is going hungry.
“Rising …

Bio-Diesel Jet Car Makes a Pit Stop in Wetaskiwin
August 21, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Nichole Goetz (The Wetaskiwin Times)  Not many people can say they have taken a car down a quarter-mile track in 6.3 seconds going more than 250 kilometers per hour.
But jet car driver Kevin Therres …

Biofuel Company Interested in Tupper Lake
August 21, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jessica Collier  (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)  A Seattle-based company is interested in opening a biofuel facility in the Tupper Lake area.
John Tubbs, head of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency, said he’s been in regular …

International Seagriculture – Sea (Weed) Farming Commodities Conference September 18-19, 2012 Zeeland, The Netherlands
August 20, 2012 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
International Seagriculture – Sea (Weed) Farming Commodities Conference  September 18-19, 2012   Zeeland, The Netherlands

DLG BENELUX, ECN & Wageningen UR are happy to announce the 1st edition of Seagriculture; Sea(weed) Farming Commodities, an international conference that will take place in Zeeland, The Netherlands from 18-19 September this year.
At this international …

Drought Sparks Intense Fight over RFS Waiver
August 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Talk of a possible renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver request became a reality in mid-August, when the U.S. EPA was officially petitioned. The clock starts on a 90-day deadline …

2013 SAE Collegiate Design Series Season Various Dates and Locations March-June 2013
August 20, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
2013 SAE Collegiate Design Series Season  Various Dates and Locations March-June 2013

The 2013 Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competition schedule, registration fees, maximum number of teams accepted for each event and the registration opening and closing are listed below.
You must read and follow the registration requirements and …

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Team to Use E85 in SAE Competition
August 20, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (  University racing teams participating in the Formula SAE Collegiate design and performance racing series have the opportunity to develop race cars with alternative fuels. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln team has chosen to compete in the …

Yeast Technology Deal Struck for Bioethanol Use
August 20, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Bioethanol yeast developing company Lesaffre, and its business unit Fermentis, has acquired xylose isomerase technology from yeast technology providers Butalco.
…According to Butalco, the xylose isomerase technology enables an improved production of lignocellulosic biofuels …

Court Ruling Paves Way for E15 Gas Use
August 20, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  Higher ethanol blend could be used by nearly two-thirds of vehicles on road
On Friday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Environmental …

Garnero Supports Dilma Rousseff’s Infrastructure’s Plans by Launching BOB – Brasilinvest Oil, Gas and Biofuel
August 20, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Brazil quickly took one of the leading roles at the energy sector with the worldly rising interest on sugarcane biofuel and with the discovery of the massive pre-salt layer at the Brazilian coast.
By …

Nestle Chief Calls for End to Using Food in Biofuel Production
August 20, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  The chairman of the world’s biggest food group Nestle, Peter Brabeck, has called on politicians to lobby to end the use of food in the production of biofuels.
“This does not mean that biofuel should …

The Summer of Algae, Part II
August 20, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Launching today – and stretching into early Fall – the Algae Biomass Organization is coordinating a series of events billed as “The “Summer of Algae II” to raise awareness about …

Advanced Biofuels USA Finds Clean Energy Victory Bonds (HR 6275) Lacking
August 17, 2012 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A bill to establish a US Treasury funding mechanism that would finance “clean energy” projects has been introduced as part of a renewable electrical energy bill (HR 6275) …

Entrepreneur-Grower Developing a Blueprint to Make Sugarcane a Fuel
August 17, 2012 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Sunshine State News)  Picture a fuel that doesn’t come from the Middle East, costs as much as six times less to produce than corn ethanol and could actuallyhelp the environment.
That’s ethanol from sugarcane, which grows like weeds in …

Rocklin Chamber Offers Businesses Free Alternative Fuel
August 17, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Turner  (Sacramento Business Journal)  Rocklin businesses that have diesel or flexible-fuel vehicles are being offered free fuel — no strings attached.
The Rocklin Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a fuel card good …

Syntroleum Announces Dynamic Fuels Receipt of Renewable Gasoline Registration From EPA
August 17, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Syntroleum)  Syntroleum Corporation,  a renewable and synthetic fuels technology company, today announced that Dynamic Fuels, LLC has been granted Part 79 registration for its Renewable Gasoline Blendstock 10 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). …

Updated Assessment of the Drought’s Impacts on Crop Prices and Biofuel Production
August 17, 2012 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Babcock (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development)  …The sharply lowered production estimates suggest the preliminary assessment of the impact of the drought on crop prices and biofuel production that I conducted last month …

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants
August 17, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   USDA announces the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for Fiscal Year 2012. Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds for FY 2012 is available to …

Why Sugarcane Bagasse is the Most Promising Pathway for Cellulosic Ethanol
August 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest)  …Because of the extra steps involved relative to corn or sugarcane ethanol, capital and operating costs are higher for cellulosic ethanol than for ethanol derived from carbohydrates. But the ongoing …

Shorter Showers Are Not Awesome: Green Marketing Goes under the Microscope
August 17, 2012 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Brand marketing, as it turns out, appears to be more than just a function of budget and “having a good story to tell” – and there’s considerable evidence that the …

COMAC of China, Boeing Open Energy Conservation Technology Center
August 16, 2012 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Aviation News Portal/PRNewsWire)  – Companies to Work on Refining Cooking Oil into Aviation Biofuel
– Collaborative Effort Will Support Growth in Commercial Aviation
Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) and Boeing today opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Industrial Green Chemistry World December 6-8, 2013 Mumbai, India
August 16, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Industrial Green Chemistry World   December 6-8, 2013   Mumbai, India

What is IGCW?

A context beyond the theoretical understanding of ‘green’ chemistry
An attempt to bring forth technical know-how of green chemistry applications from the corridors of laboratories to the cauldrons of Industry
A platform to familiarize green …

EPA to Approve Sorghum for Cleaner Ethanol; Experts Say Grain Has Less Impact on Food Prices
August 16, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post/Associated Press)  The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a …

Mizzou Researchers Win $5.4 Million Biofuel Grant
August 16, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Amir Kurtovic (St. Louis Business Journal)  …A team of University of Missouri researchers has won a $5.4 million grant to study alternative biofuels that do not impact the already strained food supply.
…Shibu Jose and his …

EPA to Propose US Biofuel Fraud Fix by End of 2012
August 16, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (Hydrocarbon Processing)  …The US Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday made its first specific promises to address fraud in the alternative fuels market, a signal that months of negotiations with industry representatives are …

Restaurants Fuel Retail Biofuel Station
August 16, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(NACS Online)  The station converts used fryer oil into biofuel, which it then sells at retail.
A group of restaurants has partnered with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Clean Energy Biofuels to provide used …

Assistance for Action – Aviation and Climate Change Seminar October 23-24, 2012 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 15, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment
Assistance for Action – Aviation and Climate Change Seminar  October 23-24, 2012    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ICAO will be convening the “Assistance for Action – Aviation and Climate Change” Seminar at its Headquarters, in Montréal, Canada from 23 to 24 October 2012.
During the 37th session of the ICAO Assembly in October …

Greener by Design Annual Conference: Biofuels for Aviation – Overcoming the Barriers October 16, 2012 London, UK
August 15, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
Greener by Design Annual Conference: Biofuels for Aviation – Overcoming the Barriers   October 16, 2012   London, UK

Future emissions of CO2, the principal greenhouse gas from fossil fuels will have to be reduced to meet global climate concerns. This pressure and the decreasing availability of fossil fuels will bring different challenges for …

Alltech Installs Ethanol Distillation Tower
August 15, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Alltech has installed a 60-foot ethanol distillation tower at its production facility in Springfield, Ky. The plant produces natural animal health and nutrition products. The company invested $4 million dollars in …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: Biomass without Borders: Lessons from International Ventures
August 15, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

By Liliana Diaz (Navigant Consulting) Opening with the report on repeated failure of a biomass based Idaho power company’s ability to meet delivery deadlines because of the non-reliable source of fuel, Diaz effectively made her …

Certificate in Biofuels Financing & Valuation September 12-13, 2012 London, UK
August 15, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
Certificate in Biofuels Financing & Valuation    September 12-13, 2012   London, UK

A biofuels-focused introduction to investment strategy, capital sourcing and business valuation

A clearly explained, experience-based course accessible for those without finance expertise
Aligning financial investment strategy with business planning goals (expansion, sale, IPO etc.)
Costs and sources of …

Editorial: Use Biodiesel and Improve the Air Quality on Your Farm
August 15, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Willers (Biodiesel Magazine/United Soybean Board)  I know how much time I spend around diesel-powered vehicles, equipment and machinery, and I’d bet that most farmers around the U.S. spend similar amounts. That’s why I’m …

Yokayo Awarded $1.86M to Expand, Retrofit Process to Enzymatic
August 15, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The California Energy Commission approved $1.86 million in grant funding for the expansion and upgrade of Yokayo Biofuels Inc.’s Ukiah, Calif.-based biodiesel facility, increasing biodiesel production capacity from 1,400 gallons …

Genuine Bio-Fuel to Open Biodiesel Refinery in Lincoln Park, NJ
August 15, 2012 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Genuine Bio-Fuel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., headquartered in Indiantown, Fla., expands its operations to Lincoln Park, N.J., with the build-out of a state-of-the-art biodiesel refinery at the Lincoln Park Airport, while creating15 to 30 new …

Butamax Granted Biobutanol DHAD Enzyme Patent 8,241,878; Files Additional Lawsuit against Gevo for Patent Infringement
August 15, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Butamax™ Patent Number 8,241,878. This patent provides early protection for high activity enzymes that perform a key …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: How Global Partnerships Are Clearing the Way to Achieve America’s RFS2 Goals
August 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Corle (Leifmark LLC, Inbicon Technology Marketing Partner) Opening his presentation with imposing nature images of pristine beauty, Corle’s presentation lays Denmark’s aspirations on the table – to move from 2006’s 15/85 (CO2 emission) …

Massachusetts Law Delays Rail Transport of Ethanol through Boston
August 15, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new law in Massachusetts will delay allowing ethanol to be transported via train through Boston and several other cities until a public safety study is conducted. The legislation, …

Local View: Gas Pain at the Pump
August 15, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Todd Sneller (Journal Star)  The petroleum mandate forced on U.S. motorists prevents consumers from choosing less costly fuel options at the pump. Artificial impediments imposed on the fuel market restrict the use of less …

Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Contractors Strike Deal with Developer
August 15, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Northwest Indiana Times)  A group of contractors planning to build a proposed trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider announced Monday it has reached an agreement to purchase assets from developer Powers Energy of America.
The group, SMC LLC, …

Ethanol May Get a Boost through Breakthrough Process
August 15, 2012 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Angie Bergenson (Hydrogen Fuel News)  …A team of researchers from Michigan State University have been working to make ethanol a more attractive source of fuel for the country. The team has made a breakthrough …

Ethanol Plant Closures Cause DDGS Supply Issues
August 15, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Drovers Cattle Network)  The 2012 drought is not only taking its toll on U.S. Midwest crop and livestock producers. Ethanol plants also are succumbing as high corn prices dry up their operating margins. Suspension of …

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: NAA’s 5th Annual Algae Production Certification Program and Commercial Algae Production Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Networking Workshop October 19-20, 2012 The Woodlands, TX DEADLINE September 14, 2012
August 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTERS: NAA’s 5th Annual Algae Production Certification Program and Commercial Algae Production Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Networking Workshop October 19-20, 2012 The Woodlands, TX  DEADLINE September 14, 2012

The National Algae Association (NAA) is calling for presentations for their 5th Annual Algae Production Certification Program and Commercial Algae Production Networking Workshop, October 19-20th, 2012, in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas.
To be considered, presentations of …

EPA Should Reject NC Gov’s RFS Waiver Request, Says RFA
August 15, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Responding to an official waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement:
“The Environmental Protection Agency should reject …

Biodiesel Powers Truck to Pulling Win
August 15, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  The power of biodiesel was on display in Wisconsin for all to see as Herb Blaser’s 2011 Dodge Cummins Diesel 3500 roared to a win at the 2012 Almena Fun Days …

Researchers Feed Pigs, Chickens High-Protein Fungus Grown on Ethanol Leftovers
August 15, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  In separate feeding trials, nursery pigs and chickens have eaten high-protein fungi that Hans van Leeuwen and other Iowa State University researchers have produced in a pilot plant that converts ethanol leftovers into food-grade …