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Forest Products Society Journal Publishes Special Biofuels Issue
December 31, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Forest Products Society)  Biofuels made from high-yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to …

Sorghum Acres to Grow Due to Drought Tolerance, New Varieties
December 31, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sorghum is poised to come into its own as an alternative to corn. It proved its mettle in the 2012 drought, producing decent dryland yields with very little …

Research Targets Cells to Reduce Lignin, Boost Fermentable Sugar
December 31, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are exploring new ways to meet the challenge of recalcitrant cellulosic feedstocks and lower the cost of biomass-based biofuels. The group recently published …

Kansas Ethanol Plant Poised to Start up Anaerobic Digester Soon
December 31, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If all goes as planned, a 50 MMgy ethanol plant in Oakley, Kan., will someday produce advanced biofuel from sorghum. To qualify as advanced biofuel, the company will power …

Biofuels Digest Announces Awards for Achievement in Development of Bio/Renewable Fuels, Chemicals, Materials
December 31, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest announced its annual awards for achievement in the development of biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials – all available with background on the who, what and why of each award – today at …

Direvo Scales up BluZy-D, BluZy-P Enzyme Trials with ISU
December 31, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Germany-based enzyme developer Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH has announced the successful scale-up of its BluZy-D and BluZy-P enzymes. Lab-scale and pilot-scale trials to test the effects of the technology …

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use
December 30, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (IOP Science/Argonne National Laboratory)  Globally, bioethanol is the largest volume biofuel used in the transportation sector, with corn-based ethanol production occurring mostly in …

National Academies Press Publishes “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels”
December 30, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Committee on the Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council) …

Plant Sensory Systems Awarded $1.8 Million from ARPA-E to Engineer Beets for Biofuel
December 30, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Plant Sensory Systems, LLC)  The Award Will Support the Development of High-Output, Low-Input Energy Beets, Optimized for Biofuel Production
Plant Sensory Systems, LLC today announced the award of $1.8 million in funding from the US Department of …

BioFuel Enzyme Kit
December 27, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Vernier)  Bio-Rad Laboratories has developed an exciting new kit for investigating enzyme action as part of making biofuels that can be used with our SpectroVis Plus spectrophotometer. This is an excellent investigation for AP biology and …

Central Carolina Community College: Sustainability as a Central Tenet
December 27, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(SEED Center)  Sustainability has been a central tenet of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) (NC) since the 1990s, and for the past five years, has been an institutional value in the college’s long-range plan. The …

Community College Internships (CCI) DEADLINE January 10, 2013
December 27, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy Office of Science)  The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE …

WASDE Report
December 27, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Total global grain supplies were raised slightly to 2705.6 MMT, the second-largest on record.

The U.S. ethanol industry is projected to use 78.9 MMT (net DDGS), meaning just 2.92% …

Characterisation of Jatropha curcas Seeds and Oil from Mali
December 27, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Josef Rathbauer, Andrea Sonnleitner, Roland Pirot, Rudolf Zeller, Dina Bacovsky    (Science Direct)  This publication deals with the characterisation of Jatropha curcas seeds and the oil obtained hereof. The analyzed seeds have been harvested from hedges and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 16-19, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada DEADLINE February 15, 2013
December 27, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment
CALL  FOR PAPERS: The 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 16-19, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada  DEADLINE February 15, 2013

We’re pleased to announce the first five confirmed speakers for the 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts. More speakers will be added to this list so please check the website regularly for …

The 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 16-19, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 27, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
The 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts    June 16-19, 2013    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 10-13, 2013 St. Louis, MO
December 27, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo    June 10-13, 2013   St. Louis, MO

Now in its 29th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

Growing Algae with Concentrated Desalination
December 27, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers from Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Brazil, are investigating how well microalgae can grow using concentrated desalination from inland desalination of brackish water.
Dr. Ernani Sebastião Sant’Anna and research assistant Ângelo …

Consumers Take Action on Global Warming
December 27, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new national survey conducted by Yale finds that in the last 12 months, three of of 10 Americans (32 percent) have given business to a company as a reward for their steps …

What Do People Think About Biofuels?
December 27, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  What do people in the Southeast think about biofuels? Do they support biofuel ventures? Who will grow the biomass? Will those in established industries fight against it? These are just a …

Govt Urged to Empower Small Farmers in Biofuel Production
December 27, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kitabu  (IPP Media)  The government of Tanzania has been urged to localise biofuel commercial production by empowering small farmers in terms of training, loans and marketing.
The call was made by Tanzanian researchers and …

Iran Plans to Produce Biodiesel
December 27, 2012 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(FARS News Agency)  Head of Iran’s Fuel Conservation Company (IFCO) Abbas Kazzemi announced that his company has set up a specialized workgroup in cooperation with Ministry of Agricultural Jihad to produce biodiesel.
…”With regard to increasing …

Top 10 Biofuels Predictions for 2013
December 27, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As the sunset of 2012 gives way to the dawn of 2013, here at the Digest we resist the holiday temptation to look back over the challenges and highlights of …

Evolving Ethanol to Meet Challenges
December 27, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Emily Bruns (Ashton Gasette)  In an effort to evolve with the constant changes and challenges within a $50 billion industry, Rochelle’s Illinois River Energy ethanol plant began producing and industrial corn oil on Nov. …

Biofuels – Bringing Sexy Back?
December 27, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … The opinion piece, “How to properly promote biofuels,” was authored by Alkol Bioenergy and focused on a new TV advertising campaign running in Brazil. The campaign was developed for UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association) …

Termites May Hold Biofuel Potential
December 27, 2012 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Wheeler (The West Australian/Yahoo!)   New bacteria found in the gut of a WA termite could be used to develop biofuels, according to research by a University of WA honours student.
Ghislaine Small, from …

Gov’t to Offer NIS 400m in Loans for Alternative Fuels
December 27, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Yuval Azoulai (Globes)  The Office of the Chief Scientist is planning a NIS 1.5 billion program to create a new alternative fuels industry.
The Office of the Chief Scientist has a new program of loans for …

Local Company Recognized for Biofuel Testing
December 27, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Randal Yakey (The News Herald)   … Popular Science magazine has named Applied Research Associates and their partners among the 25 science stories of the year for their research work with biofuels.
On Oct. 29, …

Energy Cane for Biomass Promising in South Carolina Testing
December 27, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Roy Robertson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Steve Kresovich is part of a team of USC researchers looking for crops that can be adapted to less productive and often under-utilized South Carolina soils.
• The end …

E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority
December 27, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by John M. Broder (New York Times)   Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year tenure that began with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate …

Ethanol Makers Get Creative With Corn
December 27, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Owen Fletcher (The Wall Street Journal)  …U.S. ethanol producers are finding creative ways to earn more money as demand for their flagship product stagnates. These companies are using corn not only to make ethanol …

New Plant-Based Cellulase Enzyme
December 27, 2012 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Infinite Enzymes has launched IE-CBHI, a single activity, plant-based cellulase enzyme. The enzyme is available for research and development projects through Sigma-Aldrich Corporation.
…According to Infinite Enzymes, their technology produces enzymes in …

Biodiesel Business Academy Starts Campus Biodiesel Initiative Launching Nonfood Biodiesel Science Kit
December 26, 2012 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Business Academy/ for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP)) …The students now have the opportunity to make biodiesel from the nonfood oil . The Nonfood Biodiesel Science Kit developed by BBA scientists and education professionals. The kit is an …

West Virginia University Researchers Explore Use of Wood Biomass
December 26, 2012 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(The State Journal)  Researchers from West Virginia University are exploring the economic and environmental impacts of wood biomass utilization in rural central Appalachia.
The Morgantown school says the team was recently awarded a nearly $350,000 grant …

Finger Nicking Good: Thieves Stole 220,000 Litres of Cooking Oil from KFC Stores to Sell on as Biodiesel
December 26, 2012 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by James Rush  (Daily Mail)  Two men who stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores and supermarkets across the UK and sold it on as biodiesel have been jailed for a combined total …

SEMA Joins Forces to Repeal E15 Ethanol Mandates
December 26, 2012 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Specialty Equipment Market Association)  SEMA has joined with a number of other trade associations to sponsor “Smarter Fuel Future,” a website intended to raise awareness about the economic and environmental threats posed by the United …

Biodiesel Facility Opens in Cherokee
December 26, 2012 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(Cherokee One Feather)  The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is making its own biodiesel fuel from waste oil and grease in a new facility located behind the Cherokee Transportation Center.  The facility, which can make …

Willows as Energy a Growth Industry
December 26, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Times Union)  Energy from willows is moving out of the experimental stage and into commercial production in New York.
Farms are growing willow shrubs and selling them to a utility, a nursery sells them commercially and …

The 50 Big Biofuels Questions for 2013: Your Say
December 26, 2012 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, we asked you for your thoughts about the big policy issues facing biofuels in 2013.
But we were (pleasantly) overwhelmed with your response, which ranged far beyond the …

USDA Funds Mississippi State University Biofuel Study
December 26, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(  A team of Mississippi State University agricultural economists recently received U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to study policies impacting biofuel supply chains.
Keith Coble is the principal investigator for a project to develop a model …

Could Biofuel Stoves Cut Carbon and Fuel Costs in Nigeria?
December 26, 2012 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Responding to Climate Change)  Switching from kerosene to biofuel powered cookstoves could save the lives of thousands of women in Africa and reduce harmful emissions, a Nigerian microfinance expert has told RTCC.
Amina Junaid Sani, Green …

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency May No Longer Require Minimum Gas Purchase at Certain Pumps
December 26, 2012 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(American Motorcyclist Association)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is apparently scrapping its requirement that all consumers buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps that dispense the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend, the …

Asia Special Biofuels Report
December 26, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia.
We’re …

Boosting Galactan Sugars Could Boost Biofuel Production
December 26, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(  Galactan is a polymer of galactose, a six-carbon sugar that can be readily fermented by yeast into ethanol and is a target of interest for researchers in advanced biofuels produced from cellulosic biomass. Now …

Chemtex Officials Offer City Timeline that Points to 2015 Plant Opening
December 26, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Chris Berendt (The Sampson Independent)  Chemtex International Inc. is currently involved in a permitting process that will see a $200 million biofuels refinery production plant open at the start of 2015, creating around 350 direct …

Researchers Work to Unlock Secrets of Cellulose Production
December 26, 2012 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …University of Virginia researchers Jochen Zimmer, Jacob Morgan and Joanna Strumillo  wrote a paper entitled “Crystallographic snapshot of cellulose synthesis and membrane translocation.” It was published online in December …

Cars Fueled by Air?
December 23, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Bailey (Planet Forward)  It’s not magic, it’s chemistry!  That’s what the chief executive of Air-Fuel Synthesis says about their fuel that’s made, literally, out of thin air!
The company says they’ve developed technology that creates …

Next-Generation Renewable Fuels to Play Crucial Role in Canada’s Transition to a Bio-Based Economy
December 21, 2012 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada/MarketWire)  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is issuing its Annual Call for Applications under the NextGen Biofuels FundT, which was created by the Government of Canada to support the establishment of first-of-kind …

South Africa – Sugar Companies Waiting for Biofuel Policy Move
December 21, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(  South Africa’s sugar companies and the planners of two sorghum-based ethanol plants are anxiously awaiting the government’s next move to allow a biofuels industry through the publication of the regulated price of ethanol, said …

Cuba Expands Biofuel Production
December 21, 2012 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(NewsTrackIndia)  Cuba has opened its second biodiesel plant and plans to build three more to produce green fuel from inedible plants, the state-run TV reported.
The new plant is now having trial run in the town …

Pacific Biodiesel Fuel to Run HECO Plant
December 21, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nanea Kalani (Maui News)  State regulators have approved a multiyear contract for Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply Hawaiian Electric Co. with 250,000 gallons a year of locally produced biodiesel.
The green fuel – made by …

Reborn Qteros Rises Again with New Plan to Develop Technology to Make Ethanol
December 21, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Kinney (The Republican/MassLive)   Qteros and the “Q microbe” discovered byUMass researchers and valued for its ability to digest plant waste into ethanol fuel is making a comeback.
…But the money dried up early in 2012. …

Can KiOR Soar?
December 21, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier  (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  Last month KiOR announced the start of production of biocrude from their Columbus, Mississippi plant. KiOR CEO Fred Cannon stated in an earnings call that when the product shipped …

Vilsack; POET, Beta Renewables, Solazyme, KiOR Execs Top Top 100 People in Bioenergy Poll for 2012-13
December 21, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the annual poll, voters reward milestones met, steel in the ground and Capital Clout.
In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy” as …

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study
December 21, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which …

Discovery May Pave Way to Genetically Enhanced Biofuel Crops
December 21, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(  …Pectic compounds decorated with β-1,4-galactan (a chain of six-carbon sugars) are of considerable interest to the biofuels industry, because six-carbon sugars are readily converted into ethanol (biofuel) by fermenting microorganisms. A new study published …

Obama Energy Chief Backs Effort to Encourage Renewable Investments
December 21, 2012 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  The Obama administration lent its support Wednesday to a congressional effort that would open a financing structure for renewable energy.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu called on Congress to approve legislation …

Clemson, ArborGen Combine for Biofuel Research
December 21, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The State)  Clemson University researchers are joining with a commercial forestry company to try to figure out what variety of poplars are best to make biofuels.
ArborGen planted four species of poplars last year at …

Green Plains Subsidiary Opens New Terminal
December 21, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Ethanol producer Green Plains Renewable Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary BlendStar has commenced operations at its newly built 96-car train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama.   READ MORE

University of Southern Mississippi Researchers Working to Turn Algae into Fuel
December 20, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Clarion Ledger)  …Today, Redalje’s Marine Science lab at Stennis Space Center is studying algae, grown from Mississippi coastal waters, and recreating that ancient process.
“We now look for one that produces large oil droplets that what …

The Year That Was and Will Be
December 20, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  …E15 is now for sale in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
…As if that weren’t enough, the fierce battle to protect the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is already underway. Fortunately, the …

Teaching Biofuels in School
December 20, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Shane Robinson, associate professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership wants to teach students math and science through green energy and biofuels. He is partnering with the …

Ethanol Doubles Corn’s Food Production
December 20, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze  (AgWeek)   Both sides of the food versus fuel debate assume ethanol wastes food and the debate simply circles around how much food is wasted. Compared to what?
Before determining informed judgments, both …

Energy Advisor: Host of Factors Affect Food Prices
December 20, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Bittleman (Dairy Herd/USDA)  Rob Green’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed “The cause of higher grocery bills isn’t the drought. It’s the failed federal ethanol policy” fails to take into consideration a host of factors, other than …

Iowa View: Big Oil Thrives on an Unfair ‘Century of Subsidies’
December 20, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Des Moines Register)  …The issue of fueling choice is in the news again because the American Petroleum Institute recently called for the complete repeal of the renewable fuel standard, one of the …

Central America Studying Ethanol Use to Reduce Oil Consumption
December 20, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Fox News Latino)  Energy officials from Central America met on Tuesday in this capital to study the use of ethanol as an alternative to fuels derived from crude oil.
The coordinator of the Energy Unit within …

Bangchak Invests to Ride E85 Wave
December 20, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  Majority state-owned Bangchak Petroleum Plc (BCP) will invest about 100 million baht to double the number of its petrol stations selling gasohol E85 to 100 nationwide, cashing in on a substantial rise in …

Clean Fuels Are the Way forward for Oregon
December 20, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Carpenter (Oregon Live/The Oregonian)  As a growing Oregon company committed to creating jobs and propelling our state’s transportation industry into the future, we were disappointed to see The Oregonian’s shortsighted stance on the …

Competing with China
December 20, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hart Energy’s Tammy Klein wrote a piece, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Election is finally over; now let’s lock in an energy policy.”
…To blend all the ethanol required …

EC Dismisses Claims It Aims to Cap First-Generation Biofuels Use
December 20, 2012 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The European Commission does not plan to “cap the production and consumption” of first-generation biofuels as it moves to overhaul its biofuels policies, but it will “cap the incentives” for their production, Hans van …

Can Flex-Fuel Cars Put US on the Road to Low Oil Prices?
December 20, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Barack Obama is in the market for creative ways of combating climate change, and Eyal Aronoff thinks he has one – involving the US’s beloved motor car
Eyal Aronoff identifies himself …

DDGS Nutrient Profiles Showing Greater Variability
December 20, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent distillers grains nutrient survey shows some change from a similar one done 10 years ago, although perhaps not as much as might be expected, given the number …

Renewable Fuel Standard Benefits Consumers, Economy
December 20, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Tadd Nicholson  (Chillicothe Gazette)   …Blending corn ethanol into gasoline reduces our reliance on foreign oil, helping to meet our nation’s goal of energy independence. In 2011, thanks in part to corn ethanol, the …

Iowa State University Researchers Growing Algae in Poultry Houses
December 20, 2012 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A research project conducted by several Iowa State University (ISU) researchers is studying the feasibility of growing algae in poultry houses. Poultry manure generates ammonia, a health and safety concern for both animals …

Cellulosic Ethanol Is Coming, Future Uncertain
December 20, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (  Since the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005, the EPA has had to radically reduce expectations. Today, there still isn’t a single commercial-scale plant producing cellulosic ethanol.
Several plants are being built …

Ethanol Plant Gets Clean Environmental Report
December 20, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Ethanol plant gets clean environmental report
A major ethanol research facility in Cornwall, P.E.I. is one step closer to opening.
At a public meeting Tuesday night, Stantec Consulting said it found there is would be …

API Lawsuit on 2011 Cellulosic RFS Volumes Dismissed by Court
December 20, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute against the U.S. EPA. The …

NNFCC Review of the Year: 2012’s Biggest Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bio-Based Products News Stories
December 20, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  NNFCC take a look back at the bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products stories making the headlines in 2012.
…  In Europe, both Vivergo and Ensus started producing bioethanol made from wheat this year …

Transpetro to Build Ethanol Barges in 2013
December 20, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media/Transpetro) Transpetro, the logistics unit of state-controlled oil company Petrobras, is close to launching operations at its new shipyard in Aracatuba, in Sao Paulo state, which will build barges to carry ethanol along the …

Eco-Energy to Partner with NuStar in Development of Ethanol Unit Train and Storage Facility in Northern, VA Market
December 20, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Energy/BusinessWire)  Eco-Energy Holdings, Inc. (“Eco-Energy”) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership L.P. (“NuStar”) to jointly develop an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Northern, VA …

The Old Switcheroo — the “Now” of Cellulosic Biofuels vs “Five Years Away” in Oil & Gas
December 20, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As renewable fuel developers put steel in the ground, oil & gas points to a fossil-based transformation in transportation fuels just “five years away”.
Today, it is the oil & gas …

Ethanol Production Continues for E Energy
December 19, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Scott Koperski   (Beatrice Daily Sun)  … One key to E Energy Adams’ success has been finding uses for byproducts in ethanol production.
(Carl) Sitzmann (CEO of E Energy Adams) said the starch from corn is the …

Ethanol Still Faces Choppy Seas
December 19, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Caldwell (  …Though Friday’s ruling, on paper, should keep ethanol production chugging along, that doesn’t mean the sector — which has itself been under pressure from drought-fueled higher corn prices — will see choppy …

Refining Chiefs Expect More Regulations under Obama
December 19, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian  (FuelFix)  …A number of federal rules that seek to cut emissions and expand biofuel use were passed or discussed during Obama’s first term. Chief executive officers of Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum say that …

Citgo Gets Town OK to Build 270,000-Gallon Biofuel Tank in Braintree
December 19, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Neal Simpson  (The Patriot Ledger)  Citgo Petroleum Corp. has won town approval to build a 33-foot-tall tank that will store almost 270,000 gallons of biofuel at its Quincy Avenue facility in Braintree.
The town’s planning …

Reaping a Mainland Fuel Harvest
December 19, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)  Projects to convert agricultural waste into ethanol are at an early stage on the mainland, but could provide new sources of this clean energy
Novozymes, the world’s largest industrial …

Fundamentally Bullish on Cellulosic Ethanol
December 19, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cobalt Technologies is the latest company to announce its second generation technology will be developed in Brazil.  The final piece in the n-butanol technology developer’s financing came with a commitment from …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium DEADLINE: January 15, 2013
December 19, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium   DEADLINE: January 15, 2013

The 9th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from Wednesday June 5 until Friday June 7, 2013.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium
December 19, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
9th International Conference on  Renewable Resources & Biorefineries    June 5-7, 2013    Antwerp, Belgium

The 9th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from Wednesday June 5 until Friday June 7, 2013.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

NIA in Joint Cassava Ethanol Plant Project
December 19, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  The National Innovation Agency (NIA) joined hands with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to support the first pilot plant for ethanol production from cassava pulp in Thailand.
…A feasibility study …

EU Goes Big-Game Hunting: Brussels Grants €199M to Dutch Biorefinery Project
December 19, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Counting the EU out in biobased development?  Not so quick, pilgrim — BioMCN, Siemens, Linde and Visser & Smit Hanab land a whale, grant-wise.
In the Netherlands, a consortium consisting of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals
December 19, 2012 – 5:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii  DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii
December 19, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress   September 9 – 11    Honolulu, Hawaii

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

Biodiesel Business Academy Releases 2013 Calendar of Events
December 19, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  India-based Biodiesel Business Academy presents its calendar of events and training programs scheduled in 2013 on nonfood oil-based biofuels. The training portfolio was developed specifically to focus on the needs …

Neste Oil to Produce Biojet as Part of EU-Funded ITAKA Project
December 19, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has joined the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project, which is being funded by the EU to support the commercialization and use of renewable aviation fuel in Europe. …

New Television Campaign Shows the ‘Cool’ Side of Bioheat
December 19, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Heating oil consumers in the Northeast are learning how making a small change will support American jobs, domestic energy security and cleaner air. It’s thanks to three television commercials airing to promote …

Oregon Energy Plan Calls for Shift in Biomass Investment Approach
December 19, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber believes energy is the issue of our time, and to address the issue, he has released a 10-year Energy Action Plan. The 48-page plan, put together …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Biofuel Company, Emera Setting up Shop on Mill Site
December 19, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Nick Moase (The Advance)  The Bowater mill site will soon see activity again, as two businesses take up tenancy.
…Cellufuel will be doing research and development, with plans to create a diesel biofuel demonstration plant …

Last Call for Student Biofuels Campaign Ad
December 19, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  This could be you at your video premier of your biofuels campaign ad debuted during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s 7th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show being held on January …

Verdezyne’s Xylose Isomerase Technology Acquired by DuPont Industrial Biosciences
December 19, 2012 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Patented Technology Enables Conversion of Biomass Sugars to Fuels and Chemicals
Verdezyne, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals, announced the sale of its proprietary xylose isomerase technology, enabling the metabolism of …

Program Launched to Authenticate Feedstock as ‘Renewable Biomass’
December 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …While the biodiesel industry is working with EPA, obligated parties under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and third-party verifiers to ensure valid generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs)—credits generated with …

Contamination! and Other Crises: 12 Signs That Your Favorite Biofuels Venture May Be in Trouble
December 19, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is your favorite biofuels venture in trouble? — or might look in trouble but actually be just fine.  Here are 12 tell-tale signs if you’ve “got trouble, right here in …

Defense Bill Done: Biofuels Survive
December 19, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unofficial reports indicate that biofuels provisions have survived a House-Senate conference over the Defense bill.
According to sources, House and Senate conferees have finished work on their conference report on the …

Soy Biodiesel Education Kit Available Free to Indiana Teachers
December 18, 2012 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Indiana Soybean Alliance)  Indiana high school students now have the opportunity to make soy biodiesel from the vegetable oil found on grocery store shelves right in their science classrooms, thanks to the Indiana Soybean Alliance …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) August 4-7, 2013 Nottingham, UK
December 18, 2012 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry  (GSC-6)    August 4-7, 2013  Nottingham, UK

The Local Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham, “The Home of Robin Hood” during the summer of 2013 (August 4-7) to …

Special Forest Products Journal Biofuels Issue
December 18, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  Biofuels made from high yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to energy …

Saudi Firm to Invest $650m on Sugar, Ethanol in Sudan
December 18, 2012 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Saudi Gazette)  Sinnar state signed a partnership with the Saudi Tala Company to produce sugar, ethanol and bio-fuel in Sinnar state from the Jatropha tree to be cultivated in an area estimated at 165,000 acres …

Time for Bold Action on Biofuels
December 18, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Dave Juday (Hawaii Reporter)   President Obama’s re-election paves the way for him to actually pursue the “all of the above” energy strategy he has promised. After a series of government-backed green tech companies …

National Biodiesel Board Joins Diesel Technology Forum
December 18, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The National Biodiesel Board, which represents more than 260 U.S. and international companies that produce and distribute renewable biodiesel fuel, is the newest allied member of the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF).
DTF is …

Sahara Forest Project Launched
December 18, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad Shoeb  (The Peninsula Qatar)  Qatar has launched a novel pilot project, ‘Sahara Forest’ in collaboration with a Norwegian company, which will help produce food crops (such as tomatoes, cucumber, melon), fodder crops, freshwater, …

Making Sugars, Not Extracting Them: Proterro’s Technology
December 18, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But very few are working in solid phase – where essentially instead of working with a liquid vat, microbes are growing on a fabric or film — and the …

Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize
December 18, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we could use a good five-cent renewable sugar, suitable for microorganisms that, from sucrose, make affordable renewable fuels and chemicals. The technologies of companies like Virent, Solazyme, LS9 and …

A Sugar Fix: Proterro, Biofuels and Affordable, Renewable Sugars
December 18, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is making affordable renewable sugars potentially big business? Which intrepid investors have targeted biofuels’ biggest bottleneck?
News has been circulating that Proterro raised $3.5 million for a demonstration-scale of their …

Washington Auto Show February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Washington Auto Show    February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC

Presenting the very latest in thinking, technology, design, innovation, alternative fuel solutions, automotive safety and state-of-the-art prototypes, The Washington Auto Show is a global consortium of power, exploration and automotive frontiers that can only be …

SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting January 30-February 1 Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment
SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting     January 30-February 1   Washington, DC

If you want to know how current and future automotive technology, regulations and legislation will affect the design of automobiles in terms of safety, environment and energy conservation you will not want to miss the …

ANSYS Drives Design Of New Mazda SKYACTIV-D Racing Engine
December 18, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Yahoo!/PRNewsWire)  Mazda racing teams will zip around the track with greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions thanks to the motorsports version of its new revolutionary SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel engine, designed by SpeedSource Race Engineering using ANSYS …

Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 April 7-10 Wageningen, The Netherlands.
December 17, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013    April 7-10   Wageningen, The Netherlands.

In the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) the whole biorefinery value chain is considered, from where biomass cultivation is linked with biomass processing steps to the individual applications and recycling …

5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference May 28-29, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
December 17, 2012 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference   May 28-29, 2013  Bangkok, Thailand

As developing nations accounts for more than 70% of total sugar production, so these nations are the key players in global trade of sugar and its allied products as well. Other industries like Alcohol, Ethanol, …

17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD
December 17, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20, 2013 in the Washington DC area, is an opportunity for you—whether you’re a scientist, decision-maker, student, or advocate—to propel your understanding of green chemistry and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD DEADLINE March 1, 2013
December 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013  Rockville, MD   DEADLINE March 1, 2013

This year the conference theme will explore green chemistry and engineering advancements that will help us meet the challenges of the 21st century and design for a sustainable future. During three days, a wide array …

State Incentives for Alternative-Fuel Projects Linked to Success and Failure
December 17, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Ayres  (Clarion Ledger)  Mississippi alternative-energy development projects that have received more than $400 million in state backing through loans, grants and other incentives in recent years have seen widely varying degrees of success.
KiOR, a …

House Republicans Plan to Put Fuel Standard on Trial in Next Congress
December 17, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.
Committee staff is gearing up for hearings …

RFA Helps Santa with Naughty/Nice List
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News for America)  …“It’s actually fairly easy this year,” said (Bob) Dinneen (President/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association). “Just a few weeks ago the American Petroleum Institute (API) came out against the Renewable …

PTT to Offer E20 Gasohol at 1,000 Stations Next Year
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Watchara Pussayanawin (The Nation)  PTT will expand to 1,000 the number of petrol stations pumping E20 gasohol, from 600 currently, after the removal of 91-octane petrol from the market next year.
Sarun Rungkasiri, senior executive vice …

Ethanol Imported as Advanced Biofuel Competes with Biodiesel
December 17, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol imports from Brazil have surged into the U.S. in recent months, University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out, but not because it …

Kansas Fed Economist Says Markets, Not Mandates, Drive Ethanol
December 17, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Markets shape ethanol production, Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, argues in the most recent issue of the Main Street Economist. In a …

Oregon to Implement Phase One of Clean Fuels Program
December 17, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Dec. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission elected to begin implementation of the state’s Clean Fuels Program. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the commission …

National Corn Growers Association Offers Ethanol Facts Resource, Designed for Mobile Platform
December 17, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association has launched a new web-based resource,
…The home page of EthanolFacts offers links to short articles on hot topics in ethanol circles: flex-fuel vehicles, …

Company Eyes Hemp as Feedstock for Biofuel, Power Generation
December 17, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules …

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Extreme Weather Events
December 17, 2012 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing …

U.S. Agricultural Research Is Faltering, Report Warns
December 17, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Strom  (New York Times)  A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up …

DE-FOA-0000812: Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways(CHASE BIO-OIL PATHWAYS)
December 17, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called “Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels” (CTAB) and from …

Fertile Soil Doesn’t Fall from the Sky
December 17, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research – UFZ/The AlphaGalileo Foundation)  The contribution of bacterial remnants to soil fertility has been underestimated until now.
Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around …

Growth of Ethanol Fuel Stalls in Brazil
December 17, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Claudio Angelo (  …Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. …

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013
December 17, 2012 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)   …Throughout his campaign President Obama proclaimed himself an oil and gas supporter even while talking about federal “investments” in green energy. And, while much ink has already been spilled in …

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels
December 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Goal is to develop new catalysts to lower costs for producing biofuels
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn
December 17, 2012 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in …

McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel
December 17, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Tafline Laylin (  It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. Officially launched in July, 2011, the …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

46% of You Expect to See Biofuels IPOs in the Next 12 Months
December 17, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(World Biofuels Markets)  The Biofuels Industry Survey Results: Key findings ahead of the World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition
In a recent survey we conducted to bioenergy leading industry experts ahead of the 8th annual World …

Can Algae-Derived Oils Support Large-Scale, Low-Cost Biofuels Production?
December 14, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(  …John Benemann, Ian Woertz, and Tryg Lundquist, MicroBio Engineering, Inc. (Walnut Creek, CA) and California State Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo, CA), present the results of an engineering and economic study of vegetable oil …

Tanzania: Villagers Cry Foul On Bio-Fuel Investments
December 14, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Ashery Mkama   (   Villagers from Kilwa and Rufiji districts have requested the government to involve them in implementation of bio-fuel projects and investments in which huge tracts of land is used.
They told members …

New Algae-Based Biodiesel Meets State Fuel Quality Standards
December 14, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Kristin Macey (CDFA Division of Measurement Standards/Imperial Valley News)  The Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) has tested samples of a new 20 percent biodiesel blend fuel made from algae …

Solazyme Crosses the Rubicon
December 14, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen renewable oils producer achieves first linear scale-up to 500,000 liter fermenters — clears path for large commercial production volumes.
…To date, no next-generation producer had successfully achieved linear scale-up in …

EESI Discusses Biomass, Bioenergy, and Sustainability With State Environmental Legislators
December 14, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Ned Stowe recently gave a presentation on biomass, bioenergy, and sustainability to the 11th Annual Great Lakes Environmental Legislators Forum of the National Caucus …

Green Restaurant ‘Grease’ a Good Thing
December 14, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Diana Nelson Jones (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   … Ting Yen stores about 35 pounds of used oil a day in the basement of Sushi Fuku on Oakland Avenue, including contributions from the owner of Oishii Bento …

FRIM Ready to Produce Biodiesel
December 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(The Star Online)  SETIU: The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been successful in growing 6,000 ‘Jarak Pagar’ (Jatropa Curcas) trees, and now, it is ready to plant these trees on a large scale.
The …