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Government May Find Ethanol Fix for Liquor, Oil Companies
December 31, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Rajeev Jayaswal & Madhvi Sally (Economic Times) The battle for alcohol between the liquor industry and oil companies is likely to end. The government plans to allow petrol blending with ethanol produced from non-edible …

Government Relaxes Fuel Blending Rules
December 31, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(New Zimbabwe)  Government has further reduced the mandatory fuel blending with ethanol to 5% from 15% owing to low sugar cane supply.
Mid this year government increased the mandatory blending level to 15% [E15] from 10%.
In …

Cusat Scientists Isolate Algae Capable of Producing Biofuel
December 31, 2014 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Times of India) The highly polluted backwaters of Cochin estuary could be a rich source of biofuel, as a research team of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has managed to isolate a micro-algae capable …

China Biodiesel Industry Report, 2014-2017: The World’s Ten Largest Biodiesel Producers Contribute to Nearly 75% of Global Production
December 31, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

( … During 2006-2013, global biodiesel output grew rapidly from 6.5 billion liters in 2006 to 24.6 billion liters in 2013, at a CAGR of 20.9%. There are little changes in the global distribution of biodiesel …

The Warning Signs Are There: Finite Fossil Fuels Will Continue to Cost More
December 31, 2014 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Tim Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Historical price charts tell some contrasting stories about the average retail price of gasoline over the last eleven years.  A gallon of gasoline skyrocketed from a low of $1.44, when …

Immobilized Enzyme Technology Enters Commercial Stage
December 31, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Ahmed Tafesh (TransBiodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  TransBiodiesel supplies its flagship product to the biodiesel production industry under the brand name TransZyme A, providing the best use cost when dealing with high-FFA feedstock, delivering greater yields and efficiencies …

Darling to receive $65 Million from Reinstated Tax Credit
December 31, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Darling Ingredients Inc. announced that it expects to receive about $65 million from the reinstated $1 per gallon federal blenders tax credits for renewable diesel and biodiesel signed into law by President …

Continual Improvements to Continuous Flow Production
December 31, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Ming Chai and Gus Kellogg (Greenleaf Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)   As most biodiesel start-ups will find, the relatively simple academic theory of converting triglycerides into alkyl esters is not so simple in the real world. Add …

Ever-Evolving Biodiesel Technology Developments
December 31, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) … Even so-called conventional chemical processing is riddled with original approaches and unique twists. A cookie-cutter industry biodiesel is not. While too many technologies exist in this field to report on, …

In Face of Uncertainty, Industry Must Fight On
December 31, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joe Jobe (Biodiesel Magazine)  As we put another year in the books, I am extremely proud of how the biodiesel industry came together to respond to the adversity faced in 2014. We have certainly …

Prof. Publishes Paper on Microbial Biofuel Production
December 31, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Hofstra University)  Javier A. Izquierdo, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, has co-authored a research paper for the publication Biotechnology for Biofuels. The work reported in this paper is of high relevance to the field of microbial …

4 Minutes with…Karl Seck, President, Mercurius Biorefining
December 31, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … converts any biomass into drop-in, hydrocarbon jet fuel and diesel as well as green chemicals. The technology is called REACH which stands for Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating, describing the three …

4 Minutes with…Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell
December 31, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. focuses on chemical product regulation, including renewable and biobased products regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), emerging chemical product technologies (bio, nano, and synthetic …

4 Minutes with…Gert Caspritz, CEO, Rho Renewables
December 31, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Rho’s R&D efforts are directed towards the generation of genetically modified yeast capable of making various high value aromatic specialty chemicals, the high energy/high octane biofuel Rhoctane(TM), styrene and selected …

4 Minutes with… Chukwuemeka Kanu, Owner, Global Creks Resources Nigeria
December 31, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We undertake the representation of foreign firms willing to establish in this Africa, and Nigeria in particular. Our major areas are mainly marketing of products, establishment of cottage industries and …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Donald L. Smith, McGill University, CEO and Scientific Director of BioFuelNet
December 31, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  BioFuelNet is a not-for-profit company whose objective is to network all elements (academic, industry, government) of the advanced biofuels community in Canada in order to accelerate development of a …

4 Minutes with… Barry Farquharson, CEO, Nova Green
December 31, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Nutrition products are edible, functional fibre, and diabetic safe sugars. Remnant becomes activated biochar, ultimately for super-capacitors.

Improved private investor participation is the big roadblock. Established, profitable industries that don’t need …

Croda Investing in 100% Sustainable Non-ionic Surfactants by Consuming Bio-ethanol
December 31, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Croda)  Croda International Plc, manufacturers of speciality chemical ingredients that enhance everyday consumer and industrial products, today announced its plans to make a significant investment at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware, North America …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

In Colombia, a Palm Oil Boom with Roots in Conflict
December 31, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Nick Miroff (The Washington Post)  Long before the massacre, when Mapiripan was just a faraway little place not worth fighting for, Aida Gordilla and her family came to the wide-open grasslands outside town and …

Cantwell Says She’ll Play Defense as Ranking Dem on Senate Energy Panel
December 30, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Kyung M. Song  (Seattle Times)  U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is set to take over her party’s top seat on the Senate Energy Committee. But Cantwell’s pro-environment agenda likely will find little traction under Republican …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 30, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue News)  A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and …

Harvard Researchers Report Bacteria Breakthrough in Mass-Chemical Production
December 30, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Bartlett (Boston Business Journal)  A Harvard geneticist may have unlocked the code to large-scale chemical and biofuel production, saying that researchers used the theory of evolution to trick bacteria into mass-making useful chemicals.
Reported …

Groundbreaking Biofuel Project Brings New Life to Cornish Mine
December 30, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Doward (The Guardian)  Scientists hope clean-up operation at tin mine will lead to global environmental benefits
A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the …

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also …

2014 Brought Ethanol Both Ups and Downs
December 30, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  This year has been one of both good news and bad news for the ethanol industry. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen says there was enough positive happening to …

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator Celebrates Opening
December 30, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(County of Ottawa, Michigan/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator.
The incubator, a non‐profit corporation, will specialize in helping …

USDA Says Corn Acres to Decline, Yields Increase in Decade Ahead
December 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA long-term projections call for slightly lower corn acres to be planted over the next decade while corn yields steadily climb. The USDA will release the complete long-term …

Minnesota Ethanol Plant to Produce N-Butanol, Acetone in 2016
December 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The sale of Central MN Ethanol Co-op, a 21 MMgy corn-ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, closed on Dec. 23. Green Biologics Inc. plans to continue ethanol production until …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Aided by Controversial Federal Program
December 30, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Capital Press/Associated Press)  The refinery in Hugoton, Kan., built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest cellulosic biorefinery in the world.
At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of …

Poll: More Americans Say They Prioritize Alternative Energy to Fossil Fuels
December 30, 2014 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Holeywell  (FuelFix)  A new survey shows vastly more Americans think the country should prioritize developing alternative energy sources over expanding fossil fuel production.
Survey respondents favored developing alternative energy sources like wind, solar and …

You Can Turn E.Coli Bacteria into Microscopic Fuel Factories
December 30, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Hay (Good Magazine)  At some point in your life, Escherichia coli has probably brought you to your knees topray to the porcelain god. Common bacteria that often live harmlessly in the guts of …

Using 90% Biodiesel Reduce Pollution, Say Experts
December 30, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(La Journada – google translation)  Juan Pablo Rangel Chavez, researcher Celaya Institute of Technology conducted a study that indicates that using biodiesel in public transport is cheaper than diesel and help reduce the 90 percent …

4 Minutes with… Joel A. Balbien, Consultant, TechNavi
December 30, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 1. Technological breakthroughs and supportive public policy for economical CO2 recycling at massive scale;
2. Burying the Food vs Fuel and chemicals issue through energy & chemical cropping on marginal …

Petroleum Marketers Ask for State Help to Replace Underground Fuel Tanks
December 30, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Owners of the state’s gas stations and convenience stores are asking Iowa lawmakers to set up a state grant program to replace aging underground storage tanks for gas and …

FEATURE: Taiwan Regressing in Biofuel, Waste Oil Policy
December 30, 2014 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by  Elizabeth Hsu (Taipai Times) … At a time when most industrialized countries have found bright solutions for dealing with waste cooking oil, Taiwan seems to be stuck in the dark ages, with unethical businesses …

Raizen, Iogen’s Brazilian Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures
December 30, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility utilizing (waste) sugarcane bagasse as a feedstock. And the first of what Raizen says will be a network of seven full commercial-scale …

Crop Technology Day January 20, 2015 Vonore, TN
December 30, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment
Crop Technology Day          January 20, 2015     Vonore, TN

The IBSS Partnership in cooperation with Genera Energy, Inc., will host a Crop Technology Day event. The event will be held on January 20, 2015 at the Color Wheel Farm (2632 Niles Ferry Rd., Vonore, …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

Emission Factor for Tropical Peatlands Drained for Oil Palm Cultivation
December 29, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  In January 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an analysis of the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with palm oil–based biodiesel and renewable diesel. The results of the analysis …

Yellow Hose Program Brings Price Stability to E85 in Michigan
December 29, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Michigan ethanol plant has had success with its Yellow Hose program, blending E85 and supplying area retailers, as well as sales at an on-site fuel pump.
Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Forget “Policy Reform”, “Messaging” Says Industry: Surprises Abound in the 2015 Bioeconomy Agenda Poll Results
December 29, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Instead, you pointed to “bolt-ons”, “policy stability”, “financing”, “supply chain” and  “focusing on winners” as the advanced bioeconomy imperatives for 2015.
You’ve told us, in many communications, that the industry needs focus — …

4 Minutes with… Sam Burkett, President, BioBlend Renewable Resources
December 29, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BioBlend makes and sells high performance industrial lubricants that are biobased, biodegradable and ultra-low toxicity.

While we do not have the answer to every application today, in many cases the Bio …

PacificAg Can Save Ethanol Plants Time & Money
December 29, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Talia Bang (Ag NewsWire)  PacificAg, the country’s largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country, can help ethanol plants developing or expanding operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol, save time and …

Q-RINs Emerge in the Renewable Fuels Market
December 29, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Genscape/Biodiesel Magazine)    After the U.S. EPA’s final Quality Assurance Plan rule established a new, unified QAP program over the summer, Q-RINs have been successfully transferred in the RIN market. “[In December] we received confirmation …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

Biofuels Program under Review
December 29, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Riza T. Olchandra (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  Energy authorities are calling for more investments in biofuels as officials review a current program mandating the blending of biodiesel and ethanol in locally distributed diesel and gasoline.
There …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

U.S. Navy Flies Supersonic With Gevo ATJ
December 29, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Multiple Test Flights Conducted on F/A-18 “Hornet” Using a 50/50 ATJ Blend
The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today the …

4 Minutes with…Oleg Padalko, Director, N-f-P Partnership
December 29, 2014 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Main areas of activity:waste minimization programs for industrial enterprises planning and implementation,MSW flows,incl. landfills, analytical description and management programs, pyrolysis, gasification and hydrothermal liquefaction of waste and not usable biomass …

U.S. Department of Energy Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program
December 29, 2014 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Dawnbreaker/PR NewsWire)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from …

The DOE’s Shifting Worldview for Biofuels Deployment, Now through 2030
December 29, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too.
Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The …

Innovative Integrated Microalgae Cultivation to Be Demonstrated at One-Hectare Unit in Southern Portugal
December 23, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research)   A consortium of biotechnology experts, including experts of Wageningen UR, has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. This unit will demonstrate …

Small but Tough: Iridium Nanoparticles Resist Deactivation in Biofuel Production
December 23, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists characterized catalysts to determine ability to convert methane to more valuable fuels
Results: Steam reforming turns methane from biomass into a mixture that can be further converted into transportation fuels. By …

Biodiesel Academy Releases Calendar of Advanced Biofuel Events for the year 2015
December 23, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment
Biodiesel Academy Releases Calendar of Advanced Biofuel Events for the year 2015

(The Alternative Energy e-Magazine)  Biodiesel Business Academy (BBA) is proudly presenting its calendar of Events and training Programmes scheduled in year 2015 on nonfood oil based biofuels. The BBA has proud to present the industry’s …

4 Minutes with… Hans van Klink, Director Project Development, Dutch Sustainable Development BV
December 23, 2014 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Betaprocess is a vacuum extraction technology which opens cells of organic material. Ideal for the production of green chemicals.
NewFoss is a technology which via acidification and filtration split organic …

Two Biorefinery a Total of EUR 33.3 Million to Support Energy
December 23, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Finland Ministry of Employment and the Economy)  The Ministry of Employment and the Economy granted 17/12/2014 Bioethanol Finland Oy, EUR 30 million to support energy Kouvola Myllykoski planned bioethanol facility investment. Neste Oil Corporation was granted, respectively, …

West Sacramento Says No to Ethanol Trains
December 23, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Tony Bizjak  (Sacramento Bee)  The city of West Sacramento and a Texas-based gasoline company are battling over whether it’s riskier to ship large amounts of ethanol through city streets on trains or on tanker …

To Clean up Air in Cities, Government Plans Biofuel, Electric Buses
December 23, 2014 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Times of India Economic Times)  The government is set to come out with policies to introduce clean fuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and electricity for public transport vehicles and school buses in big cities to …

Lawsuit Puts Biodiesel Use under Spotlight
December 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(China Daily/  Yingding Biofuel Technology Co Ltd, the privately owned Chinese biodiesel producer, has won its monopoly case against the country’s biggest oil refiner, China Petrochemical Corp Ltd.
The company had accused the industry giant of …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Conventional Gasoline Models are Expected to Represent Less Than Half of Vehicles Sold Worldwide by 2017
December 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Stop-start capability anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency, report concludes
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging global market for technologies that improve fuel economy, including global …

USDA Announces Fellowships for Future Agricultural Scientists
December 23, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $15 million for fellowships to train and develop the next generation …

Powerdyne to Deliver Jobs and Investment to Terre Haute
December 22, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Powerdyne/PR NewsWire)  Powerdyne Renewable Fuels (“Powerdyne”), a frontrunner in the national renewable fuel industry, announces it will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars to construct a Sewage-to-Diesel Fuel Facility in Terre Haute, IN …

$3M Grant Supports Bioenergy Development
December 22, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)   Work focuses on making renewable feedstocks more affordable
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental …

RFA Comments on FDA Animal Food Supplemental Rulemaking
December 22, 2014 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration last on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety …

USGC Ethanol Assessment Team Finds Potential in the Philippines
December 22, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council recently led a delegation of industry leaders representing the USDA, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy to the Philippines to assess factors contributing to the large …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 22, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel …

Request for 2015 Research Proposals— DUE Feb. 28, 2015
December 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association)   The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association is requesting proposals for 2015 soybean research and education. Proposals must be received no later than 4 pm on February …

Can Brazil Get Its Ethanol Mojo Back?
December 22, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Mac Margolis (Bloomberg View)  Brazilian airline Gol set out earlier this year to launch the world’s first commercial flight powered partly by renewable fuel made from sugar cane.
Fermenting ordinary sugar into jet fuel ended …

House Oversight Committee to Feature New Energy, Cybersecurity Subcommittees
December 22, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Esther Whieldon (SNL)  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will feature a new subcommittee in 2015 dedicated almost entirely to energy issues and another that will examine cybersecurity, incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced …

EPA: Nearly 6 Million Cellulosic RINs Generated in November
December 22, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic …

Sorry, Mr. Matthews, Fossil Fuels Are Not the Way to Go: PennLive Letters
December 22, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/PennLive)  In a recent diatribe on Pennlive, (“Don’t subsidize renewable energy; fossil fuels are the way to go,” Dec 15), Merrill Matthews wrongly states that corn ethanol is more expensive …

E15 Ethanol Blend Arrives in Sioux City
December 22, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)  Motorists in Sioux City now have another choice of ethanol-blended gasoline.  The Murphy USA station next to the Walmart Supercenter at 3400 Singing Hills Blvd. recently became the first …

Ethanol Report on RFS Anniversary
December 22, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  December 19, marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In this Ethanol Report, Renewable …

4 Minutes with…Dr. Isaac Berzin, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Qualitas Health
December 22, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Qualitas Health develops nutrition ingredients based on microalgae using proprietary technologies for strain selection, sustainable algae farming, harvesting and oil processing. The first product, Almega PL, is already on the …

Second Generation Biofuels Market is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion, Global, by 2020 – Allied Market Research
December 22, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Allied Market Research/PR Web)  According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, “Global Second Generation Biofuels – Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 – 2020”, the global second generation biofuels …

Financing, Supply Chain Are Top Advanced Bioeconomy Priorities for 2015, Say Readers in New Digest Poll.
December 22, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Blend Wall Busters, R&D Bang for the Buck and Policy Stability rate slightly behind. Better Technical Readiness Assessment rates much lower.   Readers come up with 63 alternative “calls to …

Fancy Writing on Paper Made from Seaweed?
December 22, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Allan Koay (The Star Online)  The Algae Research Lab in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, smells like the sea. …  Prof Dr Phang Siew Moi, director of the university’s Institute Of Ocean And Earth Sciences, …

New report available: Biorenewables Financing Under the Microscope
December 22, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Nextant)  Broadly felt concerns about the long-run economics of petroleum-based feedstocks, the future of the global economy, and the environment have motivated industries and governments to pursue avenues to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.  Consequently, some of …

Five Myths about Gas Taxes
December 22, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. …

Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout
December 19, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has …

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices
December 19, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  … International Energy Agency director Maria van der Hoeven and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appeared together Thursday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, where van der Hoeven presented the …

Biomass Feedstock Survey – Producer Participation Wanted
December 19, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Blog)  The Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics is reaching out to agricultural producers in the Southeast region and asking them to participate in an on-line survey. The survey is part of a …

To Clean up Air in Cities, Govt Plans Biofuel, Electric Buses
December 19, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  The government is set to come out with policies to introduce clean fuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and electricity for public transport vehicles and school buses in big cities to tackle air …

UPDATED: Finland Provides Money to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
December 19, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million (€30 million) to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller …

Battle Resumes over Clean Fuels Program
December 19, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  Another showdown looms in Salem between Big Oil and environmentalists, but this time environmentalists appear to have the upper hand.
Heavy lobbying last year by the Western States Petroleum Association helped …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Indresh Mathur, Director, Research and Development, Haltermann Solutions
December 19, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Develop high energy rocket propellants for the private companies under NASA contracts to fly missions to the space station. Develop endothermic fuels for hypersonic vehicles for the military.  READ MORE

Shanks Awarded Preferred Proponent Status for Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility Project in Canada
December 19, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Shanks)   International waste-to-product business, Shanks Group plc (LSE: SKS) announces that Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey …

New York State Awards Bioenergy Projects with Economic Development Grants
December 19, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New York state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) …

UNICA Says Hard for Ethanol to Compete with $60 Oil as Nine More Mills Shut
December 19, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, UNICA says that ethanol and all renewable energies become a challenge with oil at $60 per barrel, but that the choice of ethanol over gasoline has to be about …

Leifmark and New Holland Run Stover Harvest Trials in Western Iowa to Cut Investor Risk for Cellulosic Ethanol Refineries
December 19, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Liefmark/PR NewsWire)   In two Iowa cornfields in early November, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after …

Bipartisan Policy Center and It’s “Fix the RFS” Recipe, or Lack thereof
December 19, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg.  Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS …

BNDES OKs $116M in Financing for Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Sao Paulo State
December 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved $223.38 in financing for four sugarcane projects.
The largest announced financing is for Abengoa Bioenergy SA Agribusiness, which will receive …

Finnish Study Identifies Locally Sourced Green Diesel as a Route to Aviation Biofuel Use if Price Can Be Met
December 19, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A study commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and national aviation and biofuel companies has indicated the country is well positioned to start production of aviation biofuels but there are challenges over …

2015 China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit (BBS 2015) May 21st-22nd Shanghai, China
December 19, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
2015 China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit (BBS 2015)   May 21st-22nd  Shanghai, China

On the global scale Bioenergy is the most important renewable energy source and a further strong growth of bioenergy is needed to make the energy system more sustainable and climate compatible.
In the last five years, …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

REG Newton Unveils $13.2 Million Upgrade
December 19, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jamee A. Pierson (Newton Daily News)   …The upgraded process, including distillation, removes impurities and leaves behind a very pure form of biomass-based diesel. The final product exceeds industry quality standards and also performs …

Brazil’s Cosan Sees Brighter Future for Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Reuters America Latina) Cosan SA, Brazil’s biggest producer of sugar and ethanol, said on Wednesday that two potential upsides in 2015 could brighten the outlook for the country’s ethanol sector, which has struggled with government …

4 Minutes with…Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources
December 18, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We specialize in assisting companies with new or emerging technologies that are ready for commercial financing. … I am also interested working with developers in key areas of the world that …

KSG Agro Expert Believes the Production of Biofuels Should Not Disturb the Eco-Balance of Land
December 18, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(KSG Agro)  In the production of biofuels one should take into account the need to maintain soil fertility. This was mentioned by KSG Agro Holding’s CEO Mr. Sergey Mazin during the V Ukrainian Grain Congress, …

Military May Have to Tell Lawmakers Before Filling the Tank
December 18, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Roll Call) … The legislation would allow the Defense Department to continue buying biofuels in bulk but raises the threshold for qualifying purchases. The department has to consider “the fully burdened cost” of the fuels and …

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on …

York’s Contribution to International Biofuel Research Is Recognised by Brazil.
December 18, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewables Development Centre)  Brazil’s National Laboratory of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (CTBE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), based in York. Brazil is the world’s largest producer …

From Flushing to Fuel: How Bioenergy Spectrum Solutions Will Change Waste Disposal
December 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire) … BioEnergy Spectrum Solutions, or BESS, has a plan based on technology developed by Mississippi State University that can take the sludge from waste water facilities and use it to make fuel that can …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

BETO Releases Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop Summary Report
December 18, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On June 11–12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to discuss research and development …

The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Is Hosting aVirtual Science Fair.
December 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) is hosting a national virtual science fair that engages 9th–12th grade students in learning about bioenergy and educating their peers. The students will research a bioenergy …

Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair
December 18, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student …

U.S, China Making Progress on Biotech Crop talks: USDA’s Vilsack
December 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek (Reuters)  The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing’s acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
The countries are “moving toward an …

4 Minutes with… Gernot Trolf, CEO of AATIC
December 18, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Seeking additional funders/investors for our WTE, Algae to Fuel and other renewable energy projects.  READ MORE

Renmatix Acquires Sweden-Based REAC Fuel’s Intellectual Property
December 18, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renmatix Inc., the architect of affordable cellulosic sugars for the global renewable chemicals markets, recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has …

China Biofuels Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2010 – 2017
December 18, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Digital Journal) Transparency Market Research Report Added “China Biofuels Market” to its database.
The research report provides insights into the global and China biofuels market with detailed overview and statistical data. The growing demand …

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil
December 18, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on …

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters
December 18, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Katie Valentine (ThinkProgress)   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.
On Tuesday, Inslee …

Biofuels Economic Outlook
December 18, 2014 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Back again by popular demand this year at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo was AgResource Company president Dan Basse giving his economic outlook for the year …

Seeds of Cellulosic Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  … During a presentation at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago, John Pieper with Dupont Industrial Biosciences talked about the importance of seed …

Algae Industry Tackling Global Malnutrition
December 17, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  We produce enough food to feed the world.  Malnutrition and acute hunger seen across the globe are not problems of availability, but of access and inequality.
The algae industry has been hard at …

ABO and EABA Agree to Share Member Benefits
December 17, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This week marks a new era in international algae cooperation: the US-based Algae Biomass Organization and the European Algae Biomass Association have agreed to a partnership that extends the member benefits of …

RSB Auditor Training January 21-23, 2015 Viterbo area, Italy
December 17, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
RSB Auditor Training   January 21-23, 2015    Viterbo area, Italy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterils production and processing. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with numerous organizations and individuals …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

IEA International Bioenergy Conference October 26-29, 2015 Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
IEA International Bioenergy Conference   October 26-29, 2015  Berlin, Germany

Realising the world’s sustainable bioenergy potential
Under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the bioenergy conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will take place from 26 to 29 of October 2015 in Berlin.
The …

Algenol Wins Global Energy Award
December 17, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 February 21 & 22, 2015 Jaipur, India
December 17, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015    February 21 & 22, 2015   Jaipur, India

The Advanced Biofuel Center is happy to Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 in India from February 21-22, 2015. CJP has the privilege to provide most authoritative Knowledge platform known as Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training …

The Year That Wasn’t
December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

A Black Hole for Our Best and Brightest: Wall Street Is Expanding, and the Economy Is Worse off for It.
December 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Tankersley (The Washington Post)  … Years later, she (Deborah Jackson) would come to see it differently, growing disenchanted with an industry she didn’t think was fixing much anymore.
Economic research suggests she was onto something. …

Rautenbach’s Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod
December 17, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Godfrey Mtimba (Daily News)  The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi.
Zanu …

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability
December 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that examine wastewater as a resource. Two of the projects seek to show that materials in …

4 Minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group
December 17, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Technology Development to convert biomass sugars to high value chemicals like THF, Furfural Acohol Funding and Commercialization of the Pronghorn Technology

Adoption of bio-refinery approach with a mix of fuels and …

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Receives Regulatory Approval in Brazil
December 17, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Amyris)  Brazil Now Cleared for Flying With Locally-Produced, Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel as Study Indicates That Amyris’s Renewable Fuels Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Fossil Fuels
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) welcomed the approval of its renewable …

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Proposed in Hampden
December 17, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Terry Stackhouse  (WABI TV)  A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.  Developers from the Municipal Review …

A New Three-Legged Platform for the Advanced Bioeconomy? The Castor, Jatropha, Pongamia Strategy.
December 17, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based …

Think Tank Proposes 40 Options to Change Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2014 – 10:45 am | One Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill)  The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published a report outlining 40 different options that it said could improve the country’s ethanol mandate.
The BPC said it set out to find a “middle …

SS Lootah Subsidiary to Collaborate on Green Fuel Initiative
December 16, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Khaleej Times)  Lootah biofuels, a fully owned subsidiary of SS Lootah group and Emirates Transguard, a leading security service provider will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable fuel produced from used cooking …

In Denmark We Continue Sustainable Biomass
December 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Denmark Climate, Energy and Building Ministry / google translation)  The Danish energy industry today launches a new voluntary industry agreement on sustainable biomass. The agreement must ensure that we are now applying sustainable biomass in …

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
December 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop …

Study: All-Electric Cars May Not Be so Green
December 16, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Fix)  People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

The key …

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red
December 16, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons of feedstock available, costs may be too high, says Lux Research
Most bio-based fuels and chemicals …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

OriginOil, Inc. Report to Shareholders: As Oil Falls, Biofuels Take Off
December 16, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil, Inc./PR Web)  A potential bonanza for algae-based fuels and proteins as oil prices slide
OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, …

Abu Dhabi Pushes forward with Second Generation Biofuels Efforts
December 16, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management, have signed a two-year research agreement.
This research will focus …

Feds Leave $321-million Unspent for Green Programs, Overspend on Oil and Gas Research, Ads
December 16, 2014 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Tim Naumetz  (The Hill Times Online)    The federal government failed to spend a total of $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year—nearly one-third of the money that was available for that …

4 Minutes with… Phillip D. McFarran, President, McFarran Group
December 16, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We firmly believe that biofuels combined with the unconventional drilling techniques now being utilized will give the U. S. the option to be totally energy independent. However, when one analyzes …

Does the Oil Glut Spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for Alternative Fuels?
December 16, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels?  The going assumption is that low oil prices are bad for alternative fuels — but …

NDSU: New Plastic Disappears When You Want It to
December 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to …

4 Minutes with…Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
December 15, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Time for Teddy Talk
December 15, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, …