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Galva, IA Coop Breaks Ground on Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
July 30, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson  (  A Siouxland cooperative is getting into the cellulosic ethanol game.
Quad County Corn Processors broke ground on an $8.5 million bio refinery in Galva, Iowa today.
The plant will be built next to …

The Right to Blend
July 30, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law last week legislation that preserves an Iowa petroleum marketer’s right to blend with Iowa manufactured ethanol and biodiesel. This, according to Dawn Carlson, president …

D.C. Circuit Hinges EPA GHG Power On ‘Tailoring’ Rule Foes Aim To Scrap
July 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental NewsStand Climate Policy Watch)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in two recent rulings has reinforced its position that EPA had adequate Clean Air Act authority for its rule …

A New Use for Algae in Biofuel Production
July 30, 2013 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  According to an article in the journal Phycologia, a recent research study examined a promising freshwater algal strain for possible genetic engineering applications that could make it a viable biofuel. The research, conducted …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels
Projects open …

Rip up the Mortgage: Sapphire Energy Pays off USDA Loan Guarantee in Full
July 30, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire raises new round of equity, pays off USDA Loan Guarantee: “Sapphire Energy is very grateful to the USDA for supporting algae crude oil,” says CEO C.J. Warner.

Reached by telephone, …

A Patchwork of Biofuels
July 30, 2013 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Lawrence Ulrich  (New York Times)  With diesel engines and their ultra-low-sulfur fuel now green enough even to meet California rules, one remaining environmental objection is that the fuel still starts from a barrel of …

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise
July 29, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer …

A.I.M. Interview: Sara Volz on to MIT
July 29, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …The Colorado Springs native got into alternative energy in the seventh grade when she heard some neighbors were making their own biodiesel in their basement, she says. “I thought …

Lake Erie Algae
July 29, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Funded by a $30,000 Rochester Institute of Technology grant, David Blersch, a University at Buffalo environmental engineer, and his students built a system that pumps water from Lake Erie ashore down two, …

Growing First and Second Generation Renewable Fuels
July 29, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Anna Rath and Adam Monroe (The Hill Congress Blog)  While there is a lot of back-and-forth in Washington about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), there is just one fundamental choice at the heart of …

Renewable Fuels Debate: Cutting Through the Hype–Conflict on Capitol Hill over the Renewable Fuel Standard
July 26, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jared Anderson (Breaking Energy/GreenTechMedia)   Congressional hearings this week focusing on the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard brought together impassioned speakers representing the U.S. biofuel constituency, traditional fossil fuel interests, major food companies and other stakeholders. With so …

EWG Has No Love for Corn Ethanol
July 26, 2013 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  During the recent Subcommittee on Energy and Power’s hearing to review the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as well as during a recent RFS briefing sponsored by the Advanced Biofuels Association last week in D.C., the Environmental Working …

Refiner Valero Sees Profit Recovery if Discounts Widen
July 26, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Hays (Reuters)   … Rising costs of ethanol credits mandated by the U.S. government also weighed on profits, Valero said. The company warned on July 11 that its second-quarter profit would be lower than …

Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation
July 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stepp (The Energy Collective)  Both the left and the right use inspiring and lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating economic growth, and spurring innovation. But this messaging often fails to translate …

EPA Tier 3 Proposed Regulations A Common-Sense Change that Could Triple the Market Size for Biomass Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations,, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol …

Advanced Biofuels, Climate Change and National Security
July 26, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The direct relationship between Climate Change effects and National Security was recently summarized in testimony at a Congressional hearing:
Competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security …

The Lock-In Duo and Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Nelson Mojarro  (The Energy Collective)  … Together, the auto industry and the oil producers have combined to set and maintain for decades the direction and rate of improvements in the engine and fuel technology along a …

American Ethanol Brings Home a Victory for Farmers with Dillon Win
July 26, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  American Ethanol sped into Victory Lane last night as spokesman Austin Dillon held off challengers during an exciting green-white-checkered finish to win the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at the Eldora …

Ottawa’s Support for Biofuel Industry Cools
July 26, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Barry Wilson (The Western Producer)   The federal government is closing the tap to increased support for the biofuel industry after more than $1 billion in support, says agriculture minister Gerry Ritz.
“I think the investments …

The Top 10 Jet Biofuels Advances of the Year
July 26, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are the biggest pacts and advances, tests, investments and grants with the likes of Amyris, Total, Airbus, Solena Fuels, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, AltAir Fuels, the US Navy, Emerald Biofuels, Natures BioReserve and Fulcrum Biofuels, Virent, …

Biofuels Market in China Is Expected to Reach USD 16.88 Billion by 2016
July 26, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(SB Wire)  Biofuels market in China to grow at a CAGR of 16.88 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the rapid growth of the Transportation …

Jackson Landfill Helps Produce Ethanol
July 26, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

bySam Doerr (KCAU TV)  …You see all that garbage produces methane, a flammable gas that Siouxland Ethanol can use just a mile down the road.
“Currently the methane we are capturing and sending to the ethanol …

Corn-Based Ethanol RINs Drop on Speculation Law May Be Adjusted
July 26, 2013 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  The value of certificates that track compliance with a U.S. law to use corn-based ethanol dropped the most since March on speculation Congress will adjust biofuel consumption targets.
Renewable Identification Numbers, or …

Demonstration of Leading Technology from NEF for Establishment of Fuel, Feed and Fiber Crops Using CEEDS TM Technology September 19, 2013 Leamington, Ontario, Canada
July 26, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment
Demonstration of Leading Technology from NEF for Establishment of Fuel, Feed and Fiber Crops Using CEEDS TM Technology     September 19, 2013   Leamington, Ontario, Canada

19th September 2013 – For farmers, end users and project developers requiring feedstock.  A first opportunity to see
the solution for utilizing the highest yielding crops for your project. Low cost precision establishment of Napier Grass,
Miscanthus, Arundo …

House Moves to Block DOD Buying Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillen (Politico)  The House late last night approved by voice vote a measure to block the Defense Department from buying most biofuels. The measure was an amendment to the chamber’s defense spending bill …

Rochester Institute of Technology Students Learn About Sweetwater’s Plant-Sugar Mixture for Production of Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech)  A collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and Sweetwater Energy Inc. will give students experience with the Rochester-based company that has a sweet and sustainable niche.
Sweetwater Energy …

Gevo Supplies U.S. Coast Guard With Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline
July 26, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Gevo)  Fuel to be Used for Testing in Marine Engine Applications
Gevo, Inc., has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing.
“Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended …

Ethanol Responsible for This Year’s Expected Record Dead Zone, Researcher Says
July 26, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Sonoran News)  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone will be the biggest ever. According to researchers, corn production in the Midwest is a large reason why.
As if …

Switchgrass Shows Biofuel, Farming Potential but Still Costs More than Coal
July 26, 2013 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Dan Dickson (Business Lexington)  … “[Switchgrass is] one of four or five native, warm-season grasses used on farms in Kentucky. Those grasses were here when the first European settlers came to Kentucky,” said Ray Smith, …

$2.86/gal Algal Bofuel Now Possible
July 26, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PRLog)  The National Algae Association congratulates the National Alliance for Advancement of Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts for their research efforts. We are anxiously waiting to see the new Department of Energy Peer review …

New Innovative Technology for Low Cost Monatomic Hydrogen and Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(Advanced Plasma Industries Inc. /Phys.Org)  Hydrogen fuel cells are emerging as key players in the clean energy landscape of the future, except for one problem: it takes a lot of energy to make hydrogen (H2-molecular), …

Alaska Airlines to Advance Use of Sustainable Biofuel
July 26, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Del Nero (Frequent Business Traveler)  Alaska Airlines said it would begin to purchase sustainable biofuel for use in its aircraft from Hawaii BioEnergy.
The raw material for the biofuel will likely be woody biomass-based …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

Is the US Awash in Oil? The Data Says ‘No’
July 25, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US domestic oil production cannot bring energy independence alone; renewable transportation fuels are contributing and must increase their contribution in order to achieve that policy goal.
From the pronouncements of …

EADS Launches Algae to Kerosene Project in Germany
July 25, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) has announced plans to build an algae technical center, to produce biokerosene from algae. One of three projects sharing a €11m ($14.6 million …

Alternative Biofuel Crops to Fuel the Future of the Poor
July 24, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF))   The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean …

API’s Anti RFS Ad Campaign – Trick, or Treat?
July 24, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthan (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Halloween is not for another 3 months, but the costumes and scare tactics are already out in the form of a new ad campaign from the American Petroleum …

The US Renewable Fuel Standard and Repeal, Reform: The Digest’s 5 Minute-Guide
July 24, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday in DC, the House Energy & Commerce committee convened a major hearing on the US Renewable Fuel Standard — primarily on the short-term impacts of the ethanol blend wall …

Possible to Conserve World’s Last Great Forest
July 24, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass)  The Canadian boreal forest is one of the world’s great natural treasures. Stretching from the Yukon in the west to Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, this ecologically diverse region contains the largest …

Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op Asks for Council Support in Moving along with Water Reuse Project
July 24, 2013 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by  Terry Lehrke (Morrison County Record)  For the past 15 months, the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op (CMEC) has been working with the city of Little Falls on a wastewater reuse project.
The CMEC’s proposed facility will recycle …

Native Algae Biofuel Could Make Australia Oil Rich
July 24, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Sydney Morning Herald)  Australia could become a major oil exporter like the Middle East if it starts farming native algae, researchers say.
University of Queensland experts say Australian algae species hold great promise in the race …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Energy, Utility and Environment Conference February 25-27, 2014 Phoenix, AZ DEADLINE: July 31, 2013
July 24, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

EUEC is an annual energy, utility and environment conference organized with a team of directors from the US DOE, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Edison Electric Institute.
The next EUEC 2014 will be the 17th annual conference, to …

Energy, Utility and Environment Conference February 25-27, 2014 Phoenix, AZ
July 24, 2013 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
Energy, Utility and Environment Conference   February 25-27, 2014   Phoenix, AZ

EUEC is an annual energy, utility and environment conference organized with a team of directors from the US DOE, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Edison Electric Institute.
The next EUEC 2014 will be the 17th annual conference, to …

OnSite Energy Conference & Trade Show September 23-25, 2013 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
July 24, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment
OnSite Energy Conference & Trade Show   September 23-25, 2013   Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

the OnSite Energy Conference & Trade Show gathers stakeholders of the solar, wind, biomass, algae, anaerobic digestion and biofuels industries in a strategic two-day event designed to carve a path forward for clean energy on a micro …

Biofuels: Fuelling Our Future with Slime and Cooking Oil – Video
July 24, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

A team of students from Bodmin College in Cornwall make biofuel from algae and waste cooking oil – with a little help from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and a farm that uses only sustainable and renewable energy sources. This film …

Big Oil Attempt to Mislead Congress, Consumers Knows No Bounds
July 24, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  …“Big Oil is following the old tactic of attempting to repeat something enough that people mistakenly believe it is true,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “In reality, Big Oil constantly …

New Ad Campaign Reminds Congress, Public There Is a Fuel Choice
July 24, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Biodiesel Magazine)  Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of a new ad campaign.
The ads highlight the fact that there is a choice when it comes to our energy future: we do not have …

Study Shows Diesels Save Owners Money over Gasoline Versions
July 24, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute recently published a study that shows the total cost of ownership (TCO) is lower for diesel vehicles compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts. The …

Vilsack Says Congress Only Works During Crisis
July 24, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Ames, Iowa this week and while there gave remarks during the Iowa Farm Bureau’s (#IFBF13) 2013 Economic Summit. The standing room only …

New Ethanol Process under Study in Iowa
July 24, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Producer)  While other biofuel producers work with cornstalks or switchgrass to make cellulosic ethanol, the people at Quad County Corn Processors are working to pull cellulosic ethanol out of the corn kernel.

The idea started …

Northey Sees Promising Future during Ethanol Plant Visit
July 24, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Russ Mitchell (Dickinson County News)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was the featured speaker at the Green Plains Superior open house held Wednesday, July 17, in Superior. The company invited suppliers to hear …

Boulder County Could See More Vehicles on Alternative Fuels
July 24, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Brennan (Daily Camera)  Boulder County is one of nine Colorado counties that will participate in a pilot project announced Tuesday aimed at increasing the use of vehicles powered by alternative fuels in both …

Report Details NC Forestry Resources
July 24, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has completed a statewide woody biomass assessment in cooperation with Gelbert, Fullbright & Randolph Forestry Consultants and North Carolina’s seven economic development regions.
The resulting report, titled the …

Funding Axed, N.C. Biofuels Center to Close
July 24, 2013 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Chris Bagley (Triangle Business Journal)  The N.C. Biofuels Center will shut down “within weeks,” a spokesman said Tuesday morning as lawmakers moved to vote on a state budget that cuts off its $2 million in …

Turning Agriculture into Oil, Bio Oil, That Is
July 23, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service) The process dates to ancient Egypt. Now, it’s being studied here by the USDA as a way to fuel farms.  Pour a few handfuls of chopped- up corn stalks …

Beyond Ethanol: Drop-In Biofuels Squeeze Gasoline From Plants
July 23, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Patrick J. Kiger and Marianne Lavelle  (National Geographic)  … KiOR’s breakthrough is one part of a wide-ranging effort by a number of companies and government-supported researchers to develop and perfect “drop-in” biofuels—fuels so similar to …

Swedish Project Aims to Produce Bio-Oil from Pulp Mill Black Liquor Lignin
July 23, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, biorefinery R&D project number 100 has now started in the Swedish Processum cluster, aimed at thermochemically converting lignin from black liquor to bio oil. It is run by …

Routes to the Summit: 3 Keys to First Commercial Advanced Biofuels, and Beyond
July 23, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …It’s become an cliché of late that “financing is tough” and that “the US is slowing” while “China is speeding up” on advanced biofuels. It’s also become a cliché that …

Ethanol Mandate to be Debated for Two Days Before House Panel
July 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  After a year battling over the airwaves and strategizing behind closed doors, the legions of lobbyists fighting over a federal biofuels mandate will finally get the chance to present their …

Summer Gas Prices Climb as 1 Gallon Costs an Average of $3.69 in Utah
July 23, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Kirby Brown (Deseret News) According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Utah runs about $3.69. By comparison, AAA says the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in …

London Mayor Calls for Waste Oil to Be Used as Biofuel for Buses
July 23, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)  The UK biofuel industry has been urged to process more of London’s waste cooking fats and oils into biodiesel to fuel the city’s buses, by the Mayor of London, …

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis
July 23, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.
“The purpose of …

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!
July 23, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Smolker (Huffington Post/BiofuelWatch)  Having spent the past eight years or so of my life fighting back against large-scale commercial and industrial bioenergy, it feels good to finally see the tides turning, albeit slowly, maybe …

Viesel Fuel Completes Upgrade at Enzymatic Biodiesel Plant in Stuart, FL
July 23, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Viesel Fuel/Biofuels Journal)   Viesel Fuel, LLC announced that they have completed the upgrade of the Viesel Fuel facility to produce biodiesel using an enzymatic process developed by Novozymes of Denmark.
Viesel Fuel has obtained approvals from the …

Rhode Island Passes Statewide Bioheat Requirement
July 23, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  State’s oil heat to contain 2 percent biodiesel by 2014
The governor of Rhode Island signed landmark legislation recently that will ensure all of the state’s heating oil becomes Bioheat® by 2014.  Starting July 1, …

For Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs, Mandatory Funding Is Crucial
July 23, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter and Ryan Stroschein  (Agriculture Energy Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  Now that both the U.S. House and Senate are moving toward a conference on the Farm Bill, it’s time to emphasize to both chambers the need …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.
Their technologies? Closed …

Biofuel Groups Swing Back at Oil Industry, Defend Federal Blending Mandate
July 23, 2013 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Zack Colman (The Hill E2Wire)  Biofuel groups are swinging back at oil industry attacks on a federal biofuel-blending mandate with an ad campaign targeting lawmakers and viewers inside the Beltway.
Fuels America, a coalition of …

Biodiesel CEO Highlights Advanced Biofuel Success
July 23, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Cites Consumer Benefits, Job Creation at House RFS Hearing
National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe told Congress Tuesday that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is helping consumers by stimulating the production of advanced …

IOC-DBT Centre and LanzaTech Sign Agreement for Development of Micro-Algae Technology
July 22, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(The Economic Times/India Times)  In a significant development aimed at boosting research in bio-fuels in the country on micro-algae technology, Indian Oil and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have jointly set up a Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy …

Connecticut Innovations Awards $150,000 to AgriFuels
July 22, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Rocky Hill, CT-based Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, has awarded a Connecticut Innovation Challenge grant of $150,000 to AgriFuels LLC …

Food and Drinks Companies Are Seeing Worth from Their Waste
July 22, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Mike Scott (The Guardian)  There’s a growing recognition that waste can be a resource in its own right. Companies must step back and look at the bigger picture
…Meanwhile, McDonald’s, through a programme called Fries to …

Africa: Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity
July 22, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Makhtar Diop (AllAfrica)  Few development challenges in Africa are as pressing and controversial as land ownership and its persistent gap between rich and poor communities.
With a profound demographic shift in Africa from rural areas …

Africa: Algae Biofuels Deemed Unsuitable for Developing Nations
July 22, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Joel Winston (AllAfrica)  Significant uncertainties about the development of algae biofuels and a lack of research and development capabilities make this potential energy source an unsuitable option for developing countries, according to researchers from …

Brazil’s UNICA Welcomes Parts of European Parliament Biofuel Vote, Cautions about Threat to WTO Compliance
July 22, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(UNICA)  The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement on the European Parliament Environment Committee’s vote Thursday on biofuels and the issue of indirect land use change, or ILUC:
“UNICA welcomes European Union policymakers’ …

Inventure International (Pte) Limited Closes $7.2 Million Financing Round
July 22, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Inventure/PR NewsWire)  Inventure International (Pte) Limited, holding company of renewable process technology leader Inventure Renewables Inc., recently closed a $7.2 million round of financing that the company will use to establish a plant for the conversion of …

Renewable Energy Finance Forum – West September 16-17, 2013 San Francisco, CA
July 22, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Finance Forum – West  September 16-17, 2013  San Francisco, CA

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 Part of the global REFF series that includes REFF-Wall St, the nation’s largest annual event for renewable energy finance, REFF-West has been uniting senior financiers, investors and clean …

How Biobased Energy, Consumer Goods Will Become the Biggest Vertical in Cleantech
July 22, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Richard Herbert (Biofuels Digest)  Portfolios may be littered with the bones of first generation biofuels startups, but for strategic investors, the biofuels industry as a whole is far from cold in the grave. In fact, …

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares
July 22, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also …

Growth Energy, RFA Respond to Latest API Attack
July 22, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has been quick to criticize the new anti-renewable fuels standard (RFS) advertising campaign launched by the American Petroleum Institute this week. The message of the API’s …

North Dakota Group Educates FFV Owners, Promotes Use of Higher Blends
July 22, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Thanks to a promotion by North Dakotans for Energy Independence, flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) owners in the state can receive coupons for discounts on higher ethanol blends and enter to …

John Deere Introduces Mower that Runs Efficiently on E0 to E85
July 22, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  John Deere has introduced a flex-fuel model to its ZTrak line of commercial lawn mowers.  The new, industry exclusive, Z925M Flex Fuel is compatible with the full range …

EPA Comment Period Closed on Corn Fiber as Ag Residue, Biobutanol
July 22, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In all, the U.S. EPA received 117 comments on a proposed rule on renewable fuel standard (RFS) pathways, including corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol and issues relating to biobutanol. The comment period ended …

Court Rules to Uphold California LCFS, but Requires Corrective Action
July 22, 2013 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 15, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in the lawsuit filed by Poet LLC against the California Air Resources Board. The lawsuit, originally filed …

Oil Companies Break with Trade Group on Renewable Fuel Mandate
July 22, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy  (Fuel Fix)  The oil and gas industry’s top trade groups doggedly insist that Congress must completely scrap a federal mandate that forces gasoline makers to blend in ethanol and other renewable …

Corn Ethanol Use in Gasoline under Review
July 22, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Landers  (Dallas News)  …If many refiners had their way, the law would disappear. Ethanol is the primary octane booster for gasoline, but that market is worth only about 4 billion gallons a year.

Heather …

Prominent Dem Prepares Climate Bill as Others Seek Business Support for Carbon Tax
July 22, 2013 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Evan Lehmann (E&E Publishing)  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is crafting a climate bill that would cap greenhouse gases on upstream emitters while providing payments to the U.S. public, a design that’s meant to deflate …

Lawmakers Concerned New Carbon Metric Developed in Secret
July 22, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Jullian Hattem (The Hill Reg Watch)  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that an Obama administration decision to increase the value used to calculate costs and benefits of carbon emissions was …

Biofuel Investment Could Reach $69B over 10 Years, Says Report
July 22, 2013 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Cathy Proctor (Denver Business Journal)  Investment in a new wave of biofuel technologies is expected to total $69 billion over the next 10 years, and revenues from the new fuels are expected to hit …

White House Steps up Biofuel Support amid Escalating Attacks
July 22, 2013 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Zack Colman (The Hill E2Wire)  The White House on Thursday doubled down on its support of a biofuel-blending rule that’s drawing intense attacks from the oil industry and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Heather Zichal, President …

Leaf-Cutter Ants May Reveal Secrets to Creating Biofuels
July 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Laaser  (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)
Look at a leaf-cutter ant colony, and it’s a bustle of activity, with ants bringing pieces of leaves in, spreading them around on a honeycomb-like bed of fungus, and …

Stora Enso Aims to Move into Biofuel Sales
July 22, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(Yle)  Finnish-Swedish forest products giant Stora Enso, which announced lower profits on Friday, plans to begin producing biofuel for sale to other manufacturers.
Stora Enso, Europe’s second-largest paper manufacturer, said on Friday it will invest 32 …

Enerfuel’s 7.5 MMgy Biodiesel Plant in Portugal Begins Operations
July 22, 2013 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After years in the works, Enerfuel S.A.’s 25,000 ton (7.5 MMgy) multifeedstock biodiesel plant in Sines, Portugal, has officially begun production. …
The newly operational biodiesel refinery is using animal fats …

Canadian Partnership Will Offer LNG, CNG and Propane Autogas Refueling
July 22, 2013 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(NGT News)   Canada-based energy companies Gaz Metro Transport Solutions and La Coop federee are partnering to build public-access alternative fuel stations in eastern Canada.
The companies say liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be the priority, along …

Applications of Acceptorless Dehydrogenation and Related Transformations in Chemical Synthesis
July 22, 2013 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Chidambaram Gunanathan, David Milstein (Science Magazine)  Conventional oxidations of organic compounds formally transfer hydrogen atoms from the substrate to an acceptor molecule such as oxygen, a metal oxide, or a sacrificial olefin. In acceptorless dehydrogenation …

Chip Energy Breaks Ground on Prototype Pellet Plant
July 22, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Goodfield, Ill.-based Chip Energy recently broke ground on a biomass recycling and pelletizing plant. Once complete, the prototype plant will be capable of producing 100 tons per day of …

DuPont Seeks Cellulosic Ethanol Joint Ventures
July 22, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Owen Fletcher  (Dow Jones Business News)  –DuPont seeks partners for joint ventures in production of cellulosic ethanol
–Company is talking with potential partners in U.S., China, Brazil, Europe, Southeast Asia
–DuPont is investing more than $200 …

AAA Taking Heat for E15 Position
July 22, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Advanced Ethanol Council/Biofuels Digest)  In case you missed it, a skirmish broke out last week between AAA South Dakota and AAA National over AAA’s position on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator
July 20, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin  (The WashingtonPost)   After fielding an unprecedented number of questions and coming under sharp attack from several Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy won Senate confirmation to head the agency in a …

Oil Industry Predictably Blames Ethanol as Prices Spike Again
July 18, 2013 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In fact, ethanol actually reduces gas prices, as multiple analyses from a variety of sources have shown in the last few years. A 2008 government study showed, for …

House GOP Push Repeal of Government ‘Big Thumb’ Biofuel Program
July 18, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem (The Hill Reg Watch)  A group of House Republicans are urging an end to the federal program that calls for gasoline to be mixed with renewable biofuel like ethanol.

The lawmakers heard from …

Corn Growers Talking RFS in DC
July 18, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  …(NCGA President Pam ) Johnson says a gas station in her little community of Floyd, Iowa boasts the lowest price of fuel in the United States right now. “And it’s E85 and …

Will We Ever See $3 Gas Again?
July 18, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Keith Wagstaff  (The Week)  Despite skyrocketing domestic oil production, petrol prices are unlikely to drop any time soon
This has been a painful week at the pump. The national average gas price hit $3.64, up …

“Tanks-a-Lot” Could Mean Free Gas for WI Flex-Fuel Vehicle Owners
July 18, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Public News Service–Wisconsin)  Wisconsinites who drive a flex-fuel vehicle could get a free fill-up because of the Wisconsin Clean Air Choice program’s “Tanks-a-Lot” promotion. “We thought it would be nice to recognize the people who …

Running on Corn
July 18, 2013 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Brown (Creston News Advertiser)  E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline will be available this fall in Creston, according to Darin Schlapia, Farmers’ Cooperative location manager in Creston.
Farmers Cooperative …

Ad Against Ethanol Causes Controversy
July 18, 2013 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Brady Mallory (  A new television ad that slams ethanol is fueling some controversy. The 30-second TV commercial, paid for by the American Petroleum Institute, features someone dressed as a mechanic criticizing the increased use …

Cellectis Engineering Genome of Diatoms for Biofuel
July 18, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  At the recent “Molecular Life of Diatoms” meeting in Paris, France, genome engineering specialists, Cellectis, announced that they have successfully used engineered nucleases to genetically reprogram diatoms with a view to producing …

Tennessee State University to Demonstrate New Mobile Biodiesel Lab
July 18, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(News Observer)  Researchers at Tennessee State University will demonstrate how to turn oilseed crops into biodiesel with a new mobile lab at the school’s Small Farm Expo.

After the expo, researchers will be taking the lab …

In Quest for Energy, Biofuels Gaining Ground
July 18, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne  (Dallas Morning News)   For more than 130 years, Darling International has operated in a little-known corner of U.S. industry, breaking down the leftovers of the meat industry for products including cattle feed …

Collective Biodiesel Conference August 15-18, 2013 Breckenridge, CO
July 18, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment
Collective Biodiesel Conference    August 15-18, 2013   Breckenridge, CO

Collective Biodiesel Conference Mission:
To provide a mechanism for information sharing between members of the Biodiesel community. The CBC hosts a exceptional variety of speakers, workshops, and activities that allow participants to directly put what they …

Biodiesel Can Solve the Ethanol Debate, Supporters Say
July 18, 2013 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Zain Shauk (Fuel Fix)  Amid the oil industry’s all-out blitz to kill a government mandate for corn-based ethanol, biodiesel producers say they have a solution that could help everyone involved.
It goes like this: Buy more biodiesel.
That …

Zambia Sugar to Set Up Ethanol Plant
July 18, 2013 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Maimbolwa Mulikelela (AllAfrica)  ZAMBIA Sugar Plc has pledged to support Government’s efforts in mitigating the high cost of fuel and help create employment opportunities through the establishment of an ethanol plant in Zambia. This follows …

Elevance and Wilmar Begin Commercial Shipments of Biobased Chemicals from Newly Commissioned Refinery
July 18, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Singapore, Wilmar International and Elevance Renewable Sciences have just announced that they have begun shipping commercial products, including novel specialty chemicals, to customers from their first world-scale joint venture …

Chemtex Picks Duplin County Firm for Ethanol Plant Supplies
July 18, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Chris Bagley (Triangle Business Journal)    A fuels and chemicals company said it has nailed down a major supplier for its planned $200 million ethanol plant near Clinton.
Wilmington-based Chemtex said Murphy Brown LLC, a hog-farming company headquartered …

EU Parliament ENVI Committee Approves Biofuels Cap, ILUC
July 17, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(The European Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  On July 11, the European Parliament’s committee for environment, public health, and food safety (ENVI) adopted its opinion on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on biofuels and ILUC.
Although in past …

Worcester Polytechnic Uses Syrris Technology to Teach Biodiesel
July 17, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kortrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chemical engineering students at Worcester Polytechnic University in Massachusetts have been investigating biodiesel production using the Globe jacketed reactor system from Syrris. “As part of their senior thesis, some of …

BASF, National Prawn Co. Cooperate on Algae Technology
July 17, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kortrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Saudi Arabia-based National Prawn Co. and the German chemical giant BASF have signed an agreement to work together in developing algae technology. NPC is experienced in designing, building and operating …

United Is a Key Partner in Biofuel Advances
July 17, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(United Hub)  As a major airline, we have made a commitment to take actions today that shape an environmentally sustainable future. A key component of that promise is to advance the use of environmentally responsible …

CO2 and Commercial Algae Production July 25, 2013 Webinar
July 17, 2013 – 4:40 pm | No Comment
CO2 and Commercial Algae Production   July 25, 2013   Webinar

In this webinar sponsored by the Algae Biomass Organization leaders from the algae industry, major energy companies, and climate policy experts will discuss how algae can transform carbon emissions into a valuable feedstock that will …

Drought Resistant Biofuel Plant Tested for Potential Large Scale Production
July 17, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by ANI (Yahoo! News)  …”It is thought that Jatropha’s future lies in further improvement of Jatropha for large-scale production on marginal, non-food croplands through breeding and/or biotechnology,” John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics at Penn …

Options Sought on Dealing with Increased Ethanol Truck Traffic
July 17, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Uriah Kiser (Potomac Local News)  Increased truck traffic with tankers carrying ethanol has become an issue facing commuters, residents, and Dumfries town officials and residents.
The trucks would travel from U.S. 1 in Dumfries to the …

Understanding the Pricing of Distillers’ Grain Solubles
July 17, 2013 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  Distillers’ grain solubles (DGS) are a co-product of ethanol production from corn and have become an important feed source for the domestic livestock industry in the U.S. While it …

Tuning a Renewables Portfolio for your Risk Appetite
July 17, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  Interested in the renewables sector, but want to heavy-up on pure-plays, or keep your exposure light?  Our four-quadrant matrix can help.
In looking at investing in the biobased sector, a four-quadrant …

RIN Academy August 26, 2013 Des Moines, IA
July 17, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment
RIN Academy   August 26, 2013   Des Moines, IA

This year, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) annual conference in Des Moines, Iowa, will kick off with an opportunity to dig deeply into the confusing world of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) with a day-long …

Magellan Midstream and Vopak Jointly Assess Development of Houston Gulf Coast Storage
July 17, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Magellan Midstream/PR NewsWire)  Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Royal Vopak announce today (July 15, 2013) they are jointly assessing the development of a deep water storage and handling facility in the Houston Gulf Coast area.
Under …

American Petroleum Institute Launches New Campaign
July 16, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new campaign featuring print and TV ads taking aim at E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ethanol industry responded and Bob Dinneen, …

E15 Success Stories from South Dakota, NASCAR
July 16, 2013 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I heard some interesting and fun E15-related stories recently, about what the fuel has done for a South Dakota station owner as well as some on-track testing of what …

US Ethanol Credits Soar to Fresh High
July 16, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Gregory Meyer (Financial Times)  …The credits, known as renewable identification numbers, jumped to a record $1.25 per gallon early on Monday, surpassing previous levels reached in March, according to Starfuels, a broker.
US federal law …

Ethanol Groups Comment on RFS Path Forward
July 16, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Both the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week on pathways forward for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The comments highlight …

Sapphire Energy and Linde Group Expand Partnership
July 16, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Sapphire Energy/PR NewsWire)  Companies Partner to Commercialize Hydrothermal Treatment Technology Used to Upgrade Algae into Crude Oil
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and the technology company The …

A Basis for Biofuels: Making a Difference Today
July 16, 2013 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Lars Peter Lindfors (  A more level playing field is required if the true potential of biofuels is to be realised, argues Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President of Technology at Neste Oil Corporation…
Biofuels have …

‘Zero-Gravity’ Fire Experiment To Test How Biofuels Burn With Help Of NASA’s ‘Vomit Comet’
July 16, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Rod Pyle (Huffington Post)  A team of university students is counting down toward the ultimate science ride, a weightless flight aboard a modified NASA jet to see just how certain fires burn in zero …

Refiners Backed Against E10 Blendwall
July 16, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) highlight the testimony of Valero Energy Corporation Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer William R. Klesse who testified before the Senate Committee …

Getting to the Root of the Matter
July 16, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan (Michigan Tech News)  Working to identify key genes in the root development of poplar trees, three Michigan Technological University scientists have come up with a new model for how genes interact and …

Government and Noranda Collaborate on Biofuel Project
July 16, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Jamaica Information Service)  The Government is collaborating on a project with Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, to demonstrate the viability of the biofuels industry, using mined out bauxite lands to grow oil-producing crops.
Minister of Science, Technology, …

Auditor General Questions Effectiveness of Alberta’s Biofuel Incentives
July 16, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Darcy Henton (Calgary Herald)  Programs may have increased emissions
Alberta handed out $200 million in biofuel incentives that may have actually increased — rather than reduced — greenhouse gas emissions, says the auditor general.
Merwan Saher …

Armies Get Smart on Energy
July 16, 2013 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Energy costs are a significant drain on defence budgets. This could impact on the resources available for Allies to acquire and maintain defence capabilities as well as limit their capacity to undertake …

Gas Price Spikes Have Consumers Wondering, When Will We Be Energy Independent?
July 16, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The United States is beginning a domestic energy boom and could become a net energy exporter within the next two decades. But U.S. consumers don’t expect to see …

54.40 or Fight: the Cost of Biofuels, Emissions, Energy Security and Economic Development
July 16, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …The financing of biofuels is founded, to put it as simply as possible, upon the economics of substitution. On the one hand, there’s the price of energy currently locked inside …

Friends of the Earth and Searchinger Still Wrong about Biofuels
July 15, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Today (July 12, 2013) the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance slammed a new study by Friends of the Earth for its glaring omissions and use of a controversial theory on land …

ANALYSIS-New EPA Rules Could Cripple Brazil-U.S. Ethanol Trading
July 15, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters/CNBC)  Importing cheap Brazilian ethanol into the United States could become much less profitable next year if a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand tough documentation and transportation rules to …

Iowa City Wants Proposals on Trash-to-Ethanol Project
July 15, 2013 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Gregg Hennigan (The Gazette) One company could reduce waste going in landfill by up to 80%
Iowa City is ready to hear from companies interested in partnering with it on a project that would take garbage from …

Stop the Nonsense
July 15, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I see article after article pertaining to world hunger and how biofuels are one of the root causes. It is time to stop this nonsense. Biofuels are not causing …

Firefighters Train for Ethanol Blaze in Modesto
July 15, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Nan Austin (The Modesto Bee)  Firefighters got a crash course in battling ethanol blazes Friday and Saturday, thanks to the industry that makes the fuel and the railroads that move it.
The Renewable Fuels Association …

UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up
July 15, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil …

What Breakthroughs Do Biofuels Need?
July 15, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Lavelle  (RoiloGolex/National Geographic)  What inventions and technical innovations are needed for biofuels to become a true challenge and sustainable alternative to petroleum-based transportation? This is one of the questions we put before two dozen …

Embraer and Boeing Preparing to Use Biofuels
July 15, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(World Footprints)  The aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer announced their partnership to implement the use of biofuels in aviation. Through this partnership, they will be supported by a Brazilian regional research agency.
“The idea of this …

U.S. Court Says Biofuel Producers Must Face Carbon Emissions Rules
July 15, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Mica Rosenberg (Reuters)  Biofuel producers will be subject to rules regulating carbon emissions, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday, in a decision hailed by environmental groups.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …