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4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions
September 30, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are the largest producer of utility poles in the U.S. We are trying to develop an alternative solution for the disposal of treated utility poles other than landfill, and …

Total to Decide French Refinery Plan by Next Spring – Sources
September 30, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Michel Rose  (Reuters)   * Reviewing options for French refineries – sources   * La Mede/Lavera plant merger project failed – sources   * Total may invest 300 mln euros in La Mede near Mars
Total, Europe’s biggest …

Lufthansa Operates Commercial flight using new sugar-based biofuel and signs jatropha agreement
September 30, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Following its recent approval by international fuel standards body ASTM, the sugar-based biofuel developed by the Total oil group and US-based biotech company Amyris was used by Lufthansa on a commercial flight from …

API: EPA Lacks Authority to Change Biodiesel Mandates
September 30, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(American Petroleum Institute)  The Clean Air Act explicitly prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from increasing the biomass-based diesel mandate for the 2014 compliance year, wrote American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director Bob …

Cuba’s Sugar Industry to Use Bagasse for Bioenergy
September 30, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Inter Press Service)  Cuba’s sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part of a programme to develop renewable sources aimed at reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels …

Algae: Will Bossie Like It?
September 30, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Most algae strains — though far from all — have protein content in the 40-60% range. Which, at the end of the day, puts any algae farmer into the meal …

DE-FOA-0001162: Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB)
September 30, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001162, entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts …

Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts FOA Webinar October 8, 2014 1:00PM EDT
September 30, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment
Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts FOA Webinar    October 8, 2014   1:00PM EDT

The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office will present a live informational webcast on the Targeted Algal Biomass and Bioproducts Funding Opportunity (DE-FOA-0001162) on October 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Algae biomass can …

Is Switchgrass the Biofuel Source of the Future?
September 30, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Sergei Blair  (Town and Country)  Although it may look like an ordinary tall grass, scientists from Penn State’s Cooperative Extension, Montgomery County, said switchgrass—commonly found across much of the eastern and southern Unites States—can …

Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update October 6, 2014 Washington, DC
September 29, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update     October 6, 2014     Washington, DC

Monday, October 6, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue SW and South Capitol Street
Free and open to the public
Please RSVP to expedite check-in
A live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM …

Clariant’s Demonstration Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Germany: The Complete Facility, in Pictures
September 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Producing enzymes and yeasts on site, as part of the complete biomass-to-fuels manufacturing process. …
In recent years — the region around Straubing turned to biotech to access the high returns …

Countries, Companies Mobilize around Carbon Pricing ahead of UN Summit
September 29, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  The World Bank said Monday that 73 national and 11 regional governments and some 1,000 companies will join forces to push for policies setting a price on carbon emissions to encourage …

Clariant Announces Results of Cellulosic E20 Fleet Test
September 26, 2014 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have tested a fuel of the future in a fleet test since January. Initial results prove the high quality and excellent properties of sunliquid 20 fuel (contains 20 percent …

4 Minutes With..Valerie Reed, Deputy Directory, Bioenergy Technology Office, Department of Energy
September 26, 2014 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  She’s officially listed as Deputy Director of the Bioenergy Technology Office at DOE — but I count at least two terms as interim director, and totaling I believe over a …

VECOPLAN Opens World’s Largest R&D Facility for Mechanical Recycling Technologies
September 26, 2014 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Germany, Vecoplan opened a new 17,000 square-foot Technology Center in Bad Marienberg, Germany.
The first-of-its-kind facility is equipped with more than 25 machines representing a comprehensive range of mechanical technologies …

The Digest Interview: Guido Ghisolfi, CEO, Beta Renewables
September 26, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The project that got the ball rolling in so many ways was the Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy — a 20 million gallon first commercial project that officially opened …

Cellulosics and the EU: Chasing Higher Rates, Yields, and More Value from Lignin
September 26, 2014 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The cellulosic scene in the EU is lively and well — greatly cheered by news of commercial-scale openings by POET-DSM, and Beta Renewables and the impending openings at Abengoa Bioenergy …

Algae Systems Eyes Biofuels Commercialization
September 26, 2014 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Bonaire Le (Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Systems, a five-year-old start-up, announced last month that it has completed a pilot plant in Daphne, Alabama, and demonstrated the ability to produce algae biofuel at a price lower …

Branstad: EPA Chief Misled Ethanol Producers, Farmers
September 26, 2014 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Chris Doering (Des Moines Register)  As the White House moves closer to a decision on how much ethanolshould be included in the gasoline supply, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad charged the head of the agency overseeing …

Purdue Study Uncovers Details on Plant Building Blocks
September 26, 2014 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Purdue University researchers said Wednesday they have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could make it easier to break down plant materials used to …

Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping November 5-6, 2014 Arlington, VA
September 25, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment
Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping   November 5-6, 2014   Arlington, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the Department of Energy aims to identify and address key technical barriers to the commercial deployment of liquid transportation fuels from waste feedstocks.  As a part of this effort, …

Impact of Ethanol Mandates on Fuel Prices when Ethanol and Gasoline are Imperfect Substitutes
September 25, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Sébastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa State University)  Past studies that examine the impact of ethanol mandates on fuel prices make the assumption that ethanol and gasoline are perfect substitutes because they are both sources …

Bacteria Found in Cow Rumens Could Be Harnessed to Process Biofuel
September 25, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  What do biofuels look like on the Wisconsin landscape? Some might think of corn or switchgrass. But what about that herd of cows?  What you can’t see might fool you. Cows are …

4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s typical Steve (Hartig) — rarely in the limelight, but always in the know…
We are focused on taking the strengths of POET in ethanol and DSM in biotechnology and focusing …

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology
September 25, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (Bunge), will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil.
Under a joint …

Farmers Supply 1 Crore Litre Ethanol to IOL, BPCL, Says Nitin Gadkari
September 25, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(IBN Live) Efforts are on to promote ethanol to cut the huge Rs 6 lakh crore bill on import of crude and farmers have already supplied 1 crore litre of ethanol to Indian Oil and Bharat …

Collaborative Aviation Climate Action Takes Flight
September 25, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  The aviation sector joined other business and government groups at the United Nations Climate Summit today to announce a commitment on climate action between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a …

Estimated GHG Increase from Obama Administration Inaction on the 2014 RFS
September 25, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  In November 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed waiving a substantial portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandated volumes for 2014 and reducing the use of biofuels in U.S. …

KLM Picks Amyris-Total Renewable Jet Fuel as Climate Takes Center Stage in NY and at the UN
September 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable jet fuel makes another remove forward — as a new study concludes that delay on implementing RFS2 could be the equivalent of building 5.5 new coal-fired power plants in …

GranBio Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production at 21 Million Gallon Plant in Alagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time.
In Brazil, GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern …

Beginning in 2016, Southwest Airlines Will Use Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Dallas Morning News)  Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.
To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is …

Natural Gas Usage Will Have Little Effect on CO2 Emissions, UCI-Led Study Finds
September 25, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(University of California-Irvine)   Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career …

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210M for 3 Biorefineries and Mil-Spec Fuels
September 19, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in …

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Incentives
September 18, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled “Reforming America’s Outdated Energy Tax Code,” to …

Renewables Industry Unifies around Key Tests for Next Government
September 18, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Renewable UK)  Leading renewable energy trade bodies have come together to launch “key tests” for the political parties ahead of the next general election. The grouping, which includes ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association), BHA …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Advocates Demand Answers from Biden
September 18, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register) Renewable fuels advocates want Vice President Joe Biden to tell them if it’s true that he pushed to reverse the Obama administration’s support for a mandate they believe aids Iowa’s …

University of Wyoming Researchers Advance Biorenewable Energy Prospects
September 18, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and accounting, Allen Morris decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Wyoming for two primary reasons: the Rocky Mountain …

Vermont Sunflowers to Help Provide Power
September 18, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Green Mountain Power)  GMP collaborates on Innovative Farm-to-Energy Biodiesel Test
Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed.  The …

Recoleo Professionalizes Vegetable Oil Recycling In Brazil
September 18, 2014 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Julie Pham (Forbes)  Recoleo vans, with their signature cartoon oil drop, collect over 400,000 liters of vegetable oil from 1,500 homes and 3,500 businesses each month across four Brazilian states to process into biodiesel …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Selects Murex LLC as Marketing Partner for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(PR WEB)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) today announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30-million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa. Upon completion, the facility will be the largest cellulosic …

4 Minutes With…Blake Simmons, CSTO, VP-Deconstruction Division, Joint BioEnergy Institute
September 18, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This is Blake Simmons — known primarily as the Vice President of Deconstruction at JBEI — which sounds like he’s the Galactic Master-Blaster of lignocellulose. And, yes, he is indeed, as …

Up in the Air: Can Aviation Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?
September 18, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  Declining gasoline demand, blend walls, lack of blender pumps, a fight over E15 ethanol, food vs fuel — it all looks pretty dire for the US Renewable Fuel Standard target of …

Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities
September 18, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks  (Center for American Progress)   …   This report quantifies the level of investment required for the United States to align emissions reductions with international goals …

Climate Change Is Real. Want to Live? It’s Up to People Like You
September 18, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jarvis Cocker (Creative Time Reports/The Guardian)  … You whisper now, but could it be that there is a higher power than … THE ECONOMY? I know that sounds a bit sacrilegious, but could it be that …

Kultevat Obtains License of Gene Switch Technology
September 18, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Kultevat/PR Newswire)  U.S. biotech company Kultevat has strengthened its technology portfolio by signing an exclusive license for technology developed by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to control gene expression in plants, including for applications in production of natural …

Minnoco Expanding to Offer Lower Cost, Better Performing Biofuels Like E15, E30 and E85
September 18, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Minnoco/WNEM)  Expansion plans will make Minnoco one of the largest fuel retailers in the Twin Cities
Minnoco announced today (September 18, 2014) an expansion program that will bring more of the locally owned fuel retail outlets …

The Chemistry Book I Wish I Had in College
September 18, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by CBriddell  (Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog)  Dr. Anne E. Marteel-Parrish of Washington University and Dr. Martin A. Abraham of Youngstown State University have put together a new textbook for general chemistry titled, “Green Chemistry …

19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 North Bethesda, MD
September 18, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment
19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)   July 14-16, 2015     North Bethesda, MD

The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held July 14-16, 2015 in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, …

Lufthansa Conducts First European Scheduled Flight Using Sugar-Based Biofuel
September 17, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Lufthansa)  Memorandum of Understanding signed with JatroSolutions GmbH on the cultivation of jatropha

The Lufthansa Group has marked another milestone in its pioneering work in the testing of alternative fuels. Today, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from …

Illinois Corn Marketing Board Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to Bring Ethanol to Retailers
September 17, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(MarketWired)  Illinois Corn Marketing Board Will Provide Incentives for Retailers to Adopt Ethanol
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the American Lung Association (ALA) recently chose Gilbarco Veeder-Root as their partner to help drive the …

Frost & Sullivan: Backward Integration Crucial for Profitability in the Growing Automotive Biofuels Market
September 17, 2014 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Manufacturer-distributor partnerships will determine success as efficient logistics becomes a key competitive factor
The increasing sales of commercial and passenger vehicles, especially flex-fuel vehicles that allow end users to choose customised biofuel-fossil fuel blends, …

4 Minutes With…Bill Radany, CEO, Verdezyne
September 17, 2014 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you’ve seen Bill Randany’s face lately, it’s probably in a photo opp recently in Malaysia with the Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak and US President Barack Obama — at …

4 Rules for Becoming an Investment Winner in Industrial Biotech
September 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s hard to make a valuable molecule out of low-value biomass. And even harder to make money out of it.  What are the rules of the road, as understood by …

Biofuels in Brazil
September 17, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Antonio Maria Bonomi, Paulo Barbosa and Susan van Dyk  (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter #37)  Brazil was the leader in biofuels production and exports until the USA became the world’s largest biofuel producer in 2006 and …

WEBINAR–Black Sea: New Production and the Hunt for New Markets September 23, 2014 3:00PM GMT
September 17, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR–Black Sea: New Production and the Hunt for New Markets   September 23, 2014     3:00PM GMT

The Black Sea region has seen significant investment and development undertaken in the agriculture sector – with Russia and Ukraine driving huge growth in export volumes, primarily of wheat and corn. Looking beyond the region, …

QAP 2.0: The Final Rule
September 16, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Traversing the maze of U.S. EPA’s proposed RIN Quality Assurance Plan was daunting, but after 16 months, the final rule provides a simpler pathway to getting markets back on track.
After …

Renewable Fuels Standard Spurred Ethanol Breakthroughs
September 16, 2014 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Delayne Johnson (Des Moines Register/Quad County Corn Processors)   This month, our company, Quad County Corn Processors, will debut an innovative new technology that promises to make one of Iowa’s signature agricultural products — corn …

Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help ‘Save Civilization’
September 16, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Fulton  (Common Dreams)  Could world’s wealthy philanthropic foundations spur a ‘tipping point’ on climate action?
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world’s philanthropists and foundations to use their money to …

University of Tennessee Publishes Learning Materials–Biochar Module for Middle and High School Students AND Online Course for Biomass Procurement Specialist-Switchgrass
September 16, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

The University of Tennessee’s  Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems has published learning materials for students and professionals in their Learning Materials web pages.
Using Biochar as a soil amendmentThe UT conversion team has created an …

Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour October 10, 2014 Knoxville, TN
September 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour   October 10, 2014    Knoxville, TN

During the tour, IBSS will feature Auburn University’s mobile biomass gasifier, demonstrating how to turn biomass into electricity on a small scale.  On Friday, October 10, the tour will stop at the University of Tennessee …

Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour September 30, 2014 Columbus, MS
September 16, 2014 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour    September 30, 2014   Columbus, MS

During the tour, IBSS will …

New NASA Probe Will Study Earth’s Forests in 3-D
September 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Zubritsky (NASA)  A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle.
Called the Global …

NFR BioEnergy to Develop Bagasse Pellet Projects in Louisiana
September 16, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Office of the Governor Bobby Jindal)  Governor Bobby Jindal and Chief Operating Officer Frank Randazzo of NFR BioEnergy announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 …

Meetings to Examine Biofuel Production
September 16, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(GSA Business) The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance will host two meetings this week as part of a $150,000 federal grant program aimed at linking economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon counties with industrial biofuel companies.
The first …

Taurus Energy in collaboration with a French company on the application of EU funds for ethanol Projects
September 16, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Taurus Energy participates in an application to the French company CIMV submitted to the EU Commission on the construction and operation of a larger demonstration plant for the production of ethanol from biomass. The …

Taurus Offers a Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly Production of Ethanol
September 16, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Cost effective and environmentally friendly production of ethanol – the future of fuel.​
Taurus Energy AB commercializes extensive development on ethanol production. The research is conducted and has been conducted by world-leading researchers and …

New Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Website Helps Public Learn About America’s Exciting Fuel Cell Technology
September 16, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association) With interest in fuel cells growing around the nation, the
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) today launched its new website to help the public understand the many benefits of …

Marion Trash-Sorting Facility Delayed
September 16, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Fiberight opening pushed later into 2015
Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol …

Shift to Low-Carbon Systems to Save Future Financial, Environmental Costs: Report
September 16, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(RIA Novosti)   Shifting to a low-carbon economy over the next 15 years could save worldwide financial and environmental costs, a report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate said on Tuesday.
“The next 15 …

Quang Ngai Offers Biofuel
September 16, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Business)  All 150 petrol stations in the central province of Quang Ngai began selling a new, cleaner brand of petrol since the beginning of this week.
Known as E5 Ron 92, it will eventually replace the standard …

To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
September 16, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Wenonah Hauter  (Food and Water Watch)  … Over the next few years, scientific evidence mounted, showing not only that fracking won’t help moderate climate change, but that it has the potential to unleash massive amounts of …

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, Industry Financier
September 16, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Innovative finance? We think that’s John May’s middle name; it’s certainly his trademark. Stern Bothers rolled up a tremendous clientele in the Advanced Bioeconomy — primarily on its innovative bond …

A Looming Cellulosic Feedstock Shortage?
September 16, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk?

It’s not …

M&A’s in Animal Fat Market: How Much Is Too Much?
September 16, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

(GreenEA Team)  Vertical and horizontal integration trends in Europe will significantly limit trading and brokerage activities on the animal fat market. TME producers acquire the entire suply chain to prevent supply problems and price volatility but, …

Used Cooking Oil Collection: A Market Worth 470 Million Euros, with France Representing Only 5%
September 16, 2014 – 9:36 am | No Comment

(GreenEA Team)  The market of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) collection is relatively young, however, with high growth potential and very positive outlook. The oil used in the food industry (restaurants, canteens, fast-foods etc.) is then collected, …

The Next Government’s Blueprint for Green Energy
September 15, 2014 – 7:55 pm | One Comment

(Renewable Energy Association) REA sets out comprehensive manifesto for renewable heat, power and transport
The next government will be responsible for the UK succeeding – or failing – in meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets. It could …

Celtic Renewables Wins Top Motor Vehicle Sustainability Award
September 15, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables) Celtic Renewables has been recognised by the motor industry, winning a top honour at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)’s annual Low Carbon Champions awards.
The company won the Low CVP’s award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME at …

Honolulu City Council Adopts Resolution for Biodiesel Initiative
September 15, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Sept. 10, the Honolulu City Council adopted a resolution requesting the development of a biodiesel initiative for the city’s existing mass transit diesel vehicles.
Introduced by Stanley Chang, Chair of the …

Fuels America Debuts USA Today RFS Ad as API Gears up for Media Blitz
September 15, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Fuels America has debuted their USA Today full-page advertisement which warns that the EPA’s proposal to fundamentally alter the Renewable Fuel Standard would seriously undermine his Administration’s efforts …

Chempolis and NRL Teams up for Cellulosic Ethanol Production from Bamboo in Assam
September 15, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis)  Chempolis Ltd, a Finland based biorefining technology corporation signed yesterday Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL, A Government of India Enterprise). Parties have agreed to jointly study to build a world …

4 Minutes With…David Dodds, President, Dodds & Associates, Tech Diligence Guru
September 15, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you’ve been to ABLC, you’ve likely seen a hugely-popular session where we turn the tables — instead of having CEOs present their companies and technologies, we have technical diligence …

4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables
September 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A couple of years ago, the combination of a great lifestyle and a highly promising technology lured Mike Knauf to the Bitterroot Mountains and to Rivertop Renewables.
You probably know him …

PUMP debuts Sept. 19 in NY and LA. Elon Musk, Jason Bateman, Lula Head a Star-Studded Documentary on Energy Choice
September 15, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Friday, a new movie debuts — billed “the movie that will change your attitude about fuel forever” — and specifically, about ending oil addiction
It’s PUMP — an eye-opener directed …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 9-11, 2015 Oxon Hill, MD
September 15, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit      February 9-11, 2015   Oxon Hill, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit brings together the very best minds in business, academia, and government to advance cutting-edge technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use and store energy.
The 2015 Summit will …

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit March 24-26, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic DEADLIINE: uncertain
September 15, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit March 24-26, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic    DEADLIINE: uncertain

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit, taking place on the first quarter of 2015 in Europe, will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities, providing an ideal setting to convene …

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit March 24-26, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic
September 15, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit    March 24-26, 2015   Prague, Czech Republic

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit, taking place on the first quarter of 2015 in Europe, will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities, providing an ideal setting to convene …

Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update September 18, 2014 Washington, DC
September 15, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update     September 18, 2014   Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining recent research regarding the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of transportation fuels, such as crude oil and ethanol. The panel will also consider …

Richard Branson Failed to Deliver on $3bn Climate Change Pledge
September 14, 2014 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg  (The Guardian)  New book by Naomi Klein claims that Virgin founder gave less than a tenth of cash promised to develop low carbon fuel
Richard Branson has failed to deliver on his much-vaunted pledge …

The Absurdity of Zero GHG Formula-E Racing or Advanced Biofuel Racing is the Real Deal
September 13, 2014 – 11:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This past weekend the first race of the much hyped Formula-E electric car series was run in Beijing, China.
The 45 minute race, which required two electric cars (with …

Advanced Biofuels USA Officers Met with Brazilian Presidential Candidate, Marina Silva
September 12, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

In the fall of 2010, Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Robert Kozak (in photo at left) and executive director, Joanne Ivancic (far right) met Marina Silva, currently a leading Brazilian Presidential candidate, at a presentation …

The Changing Course of the Brazilian Elections September 16, 2014 Washington, DC
September 12, 2014 – 11:30 am | One Comment
The Changing Course of the Brazilian Elections    September 16, 2014   Washington, DC

Viewed from the start by leading pollsters and analysts as the most difficult election to predict since the reinstatement of democracy in Brazil in the mid-1980s, next month’s presidential race will likely be resolved between …

USU Researchers Blazing Trails with Car Fueled by Algae, Safflower Seeds
September 12, 2014 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Mike Anderson (Deseret News)  Utah State University researchers are using the Bonneville Salt Flats to market what they believe is the fuel of the future: a biofuel made with algae and safflower seeds.
For some, salt is …

More Trouble Brewing at KiOR
September 9, 2014 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key figure and company director Paul O’Connor resigns. Allegations relating to possible inside trading, suppression of 3rd party technology report laid by the Board against O’Connor.
O’Connor makes allegations concerning “KiOR’s …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry September 14-16, 2015 Florida DEADLINE: Young Researchers Forum and General Presentations–Unclear;
September 9, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry September 14-16, 2015 Florida  DEADLINE:  Young Researchers Forum and General Presentations–Unclear;

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry during Sep 14-16, 2015 Florida, USA.
Green Chemistry-2015 takes immense pleasure to invite you all to be a …

Bio-Markets Asia – Biomass Supply Chain & BiofuelsWorld January 26-29, 2015 Jakarta, Indonesia
September 9, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
Bio-Markets Asia – Biomass Supply Chain & BiofuelsWorld   January 26-29, 2015    Jakarta, Indonesia

Biomass Supply chain- 27th Jan 2015 
Maximizing the Potential of the Green Feedstock for Export or Domestic Power“
CMT’s Bio-Markets Asia to be held in Jakarta is timely with the country’s expected reforms in natural resources including …

ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015 February 25-26 San Antonio, TX
September 9, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015     February 25-26     San Antonio, TX

ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015 will explore commercial aspects of carbon dioxide applications in several industries such as chemical, oil & gas, power and cultivation. The conference will evaluate potential benefits and challenges of investments …

World Future Energy Summit January 19-22, 2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
September 9, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit    January 19-22, 2015    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu …

6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit February 3-5, 2015 New Orleans, LA
September 9, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit    February 3-5, 2015    New Orleans, LA

Infocast’s 6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit debuts in New Orleans, LA, co-located with informEx for the first time to provide attendees with unparalleled networking capabilities  and access to exhibitors. Bio-based tech start-ups, brand owners, chemical majors, …

Fuels of the Future 2015 January 19-20 Berlin, Germany
September 9, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
Fuels of the Future 2015   January 19-20    Berlin, Germany

On 19-20 January 2015, the biofuels industry from Germany and around the world will come together for the 12th edition of the “Fuels of the Future” conference, which will be held for the first time at …

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy March 11-13, 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria
September 9, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy      March 11-13, 2015   Sofia, Bulgaria

The 11th South-East European Forum and Exhibitions on Energy Eficiency, Renewables and Smart Cities will be held from 11 to 13 March 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Taking the key role of the sustainable development into account, …

Is Algae the Future of Fuel?
September 9, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Chase Ezell (Earth911)  … Currently most of those emissions are being emitted directly into our outdoor environment. Now what if there was a way to capture those emissions, use photosynthesis and turn the byproduct into usable fuels? Still …

The President’s Biggest Enemy
September 9, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself.
To the great …

USDA Develops Switchgrass with Bigger Yield, More Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by John Davis ( Researchers working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a variety of switchgrass that produces bigger yields and more biofuel. Rob Mitchell with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in …

Africa, ME, Asia to Drive Global Biofuels Demand to 115 mn Tonnes by 2018
September 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Growth in 2013-18 period likely to be moderate compared to 2008-13 period as demand from the US stagnates, says the Freedonia Group report.
Asia-Pacific region, Central and South America, and the Africa/Mideast region are …

Alabama Gets First-In-World Carbon-Negative Algae Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)   …What you do is you take long, durable plastic bags, fill them with a nutrient-rich growing medium (wastewater, in this case), throw in some algae, and let sunlight work its magic. The …

Consumers: Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
September 9, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(  Consumers look at alternative fuels and vehicles the same way that they look at traditional fuels: economics drives the purchasing decision.
Consumers say that they consider fuel economy and the cost of the vehicle far …

Extending Ethanol Into the South: Protec Fuel Introduces E15 to Major Metro Areas, Adds more E85
September 9, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(CSP Daily News/  A multiphase rollout of ethanol blends is taking place over the next several months in the South, as ethanol distributor Protec Fuel seeks to bolster the availability of E85 and introduce E15 …

Braskem Joins Amyris and Michelin to Accelerate the Industrialization and Commercialization of Renewable Isoprene
September 9, 2014 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Amyris)  Partnership aims to develop and produce renewable isoprene for production of tire and other rubber applications

Amyris, Braskem and Michelin announced today that Braskem is joining a collaboration already launched in 2011 between Michelin and …

EPA ‘Tier III’ Test Change May Complicate Achieving Fuel Economy Goals
September 8, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Lori Nicholson (IWP News)  EPA’s recent decision in its “Tier III” vehicle emissions rule to increase the amount of ethanol in certification fuel used to determine an automobile’s compliance with the standard could complicate …

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?
September 8, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week – today, we have a recap of the major other activities, including the Biodiesel Fuel Education …

Vietnam Province Widely Sells Biofuel Three Months ahead of Schedule
September 8, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(TUOI TRE NEWS)  All filling stations in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday began selling E5 RON 92, a biofuel intended to replace the commonly used RON 92 gasoline, three months ahead of …

What We Know about the Brazilian Presidential Situation and Ethanol Prospects?
September 8, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s a long ways until October 5th — but here’s why ethanol-oriented stocks are already rising on the prospects. (President Dilma) Rousseff has been attempting to battle inflation by …

On the Mend: Why INEOS Bio Isn’t Producing Ethanol in Florida
September 8, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The INEOS Bio cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida officially opened last year but has been reporting only spotty production of ethanol in the EPA’s EMTS transaction system for …

Fighting Va. Flooding Linked to Rising Seas Will Be Complicated, Costly
September 8, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Rex Springston (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Panel assessing rising seas holds first meeting, discusses action plan
Col. Paul B. Olsen, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, showed a slide of Holland Island.
The once-populated spot in …

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy
September 8, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $328 million in conservation …

VIII Annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference: Report
September 8, 2014 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It was fitting that the VIII annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference took place in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The …

$60M Biomass Plant to Tap into Lafourche Bagasse
September 8, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(New Orleans City Business)  A Lafourche Parish mill will be the site of a $60 million biochemical facility that will turn the waste product of the sugar refining process into a useable product.
Virdia Inc. announced …

Oberon DME Receives EPA’s First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 8, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oberon DME/GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oberon Fuels Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (“DME”) fuel production in North America, announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) …

A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America
September 8, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Michael T. Klare (Huffington Post)  … U.S. oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone — and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next.

Accompanying all …

Funding Available for Projects Reducing Transportation-Related Emissions in North Carolina
September 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center ) Third call includes up to $1,300,000 available to award.
The North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced a final request for proposals for over …

New Study: E15 Would Reduce Smog & Cancer Risk
September 8, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(  Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago’s air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research by the Department of Energy, …

Methes Energies Signs Catalyst Supply Agreement for Its New Pre-Treatment Process
September 8, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Methes Energies)  Methes Energies International Ltd. (NASDAQ: MEIL), a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, announced the introduction of Methes PP-MEC catalyst. Dorf Ketal Speciality Catalysts LLC (“Dorf Ketal”) …

E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.
September 8, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel)  Protec Fuel to Bring Dozens of E15, E85 Stations to Metro Areas
The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with …

Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK Research Team Reports Progress toward Renewable Propane, Global Media Goes Gaga
September 8, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, If you look this week in your Google News alerts, you’ll see an awful lot of breathless headlines around a meme something like “Researchers have engineered the harmless …

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel
September 8, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery …

4 Minutes With…Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
September 8, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you’ve known her as the globe-trotting CEO of LanzaTech — managing an enterprise based in Chicago, with lab operations (and historic ties to) in New Zealand, and progressing towards scale-up …

Virent to Expand Demo Plant Capabilities to Scale Plant-Based Paraxylene
September 8, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent announced today that The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in the company’s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX™. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification …

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY Opens, as Fantasy Becomes Real
September 8, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) POET-DSM’s 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant opens with hoopla, and heartfelt messages about the spirit of innovation, and a time for technology change and policy firmness.
“Once, we all lived …