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Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

Do Biofuels Still Have A Place In The Global Energy Mix?
April 30, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

By Alexis Arthur (  Less than a decade ago, biofuels were set to take the energy world by storm. They promised a low-carbon alternative to gasoline, while advances in algae technology were taking biofuels beyond …

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Minnesota’s Biodiesel Mandate
April 30, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Trucking Association) A coalition of vehicle and fuel industry organizations have stood up for Minnesota consumers and small businesses by filing suit in federal court alleging that Minnesota’s Biodiesel Content Mandate could create significant harm …

We’re Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate
April 30, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Harry Saunders (The Energy Collective)  The natural and immediate inclination of emissions reduction practitioners and policy-makers is to substitute gas directly for coal in the power generation sector. But this is a deeply flawed …

California Is Smiling On Renewable Diesel HPR Fuel
April 30, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Cobb (Hybrid Cars)  … More than a pilot project, last month’s launch of 18 stations for the diesel alternative is being propped by a few laws including California’s Low Carbon Fuel standard described by …

Algal Progress Report
April 30, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Reed (US Department of Energy/Industrial Biotechnology) (D)etails the promise of algae as a renewable energy source and describes the BETO-funded research, development, and demonstration projects that have resulted in significant technological advances to …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online
April 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management …

South Carolina Tapped for New Pipeline, Tank Farm
April 30, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Tonya Maxwell (Greenville Online)  Groundwork for a proposed underground pipeline is beginning in South Carolina, one that would carry fuel from Florida to a tank farm near Belton, where company officials expect to construct …

Commodities: DDGS Priced out of Domestic Market
April 30, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With planting season right around the corner, the conversation about grain prices this time of year normally focuses on soil moisture, and temperatures.  This year, though, conversations about DDGS …

This Modified Hummer Hybrid Will Go to the South Pole on Biofuel
April 30, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (AutoBlog) Zero South Has Been Planning This Trip For At Least Seven Years — One modified Hummer H1, traveling with another vehicle that looks like a modified Hummer H1, will spend six to 10 …

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana
April 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris …

Local Biodiesel Use to Reach up to Four Million KL This Year
April 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Linda Yulisman (The Jakarta Post)  … Biodiesel consumption in Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, may reach between 3 million and 4 million kiloliters from the second quarter to the end of the year, according …

Harvester Banking on Ethanol Distillery
April 30, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by John Anderson (Townsville Bulletin) Burdekin sugarcane harvesting contractor Michael Hodder has welcomed moves by the State Government to consider an ethanol mandate for Queensland.
Mr Hodder, who plans to build an ethanol distillery to supply fuel …

WEBINAR: BBI Project Development Webinar Series: Part 2: Developing a Successful Plan and Attracting Investors to Your Biofuels Project — May 13, 2015
April 30, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  BBI Project Development Webinar Series:  Part 2: Developing a Successful Plan and Attracting Investors to Your Biofuels Project — May 13, 2015

Join us for Part 2 in a series of webinars focused on how to develop a successful biofuel or bioenergy project. Part 2 will focus on how to develop and finance a Biofuels Project – …

California’s New Goal: 40% Lower Emissions by 2030
April 30, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(  … California will cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, below 1990 levels, making it possible to reach the ultimate goal of 80% cuts by 2050, he says.
These goals are the same as the European Union and are …

Biodiesel from Waste Grease
April 30, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(National University of Singapore) A team of NUS researchers from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed a set of environment-friendly techniques to produce biodiesel entirely from waste grease more cheaply and efficiently.

Traditionally, the …

4 Minutes with… Len Rand, CEO, xF Technologies
April 30, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Company produces a family of fuorate esters from biomass feedstock, including sugar, starch and cellulose, using a low cost thermo-chemical process. Uses include industrial solvents, plasticizers, coalescers as well …

EPA Opens Comment Period on Carinata Oil GHG Analysis
April 30, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is accepting comments on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil feedstock for the use in …

Canola Growers Want Province to Push Biodiesel
April 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Blair (Alberta Farmer Express)  Effort would create more demand and help with reductions in greenhouse gases — The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on …

Green Plains Sees U.S. Ethanol Retaining Export Advantage vs. Brazil
April 30, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Green Plains Inc sees U.S. ethanol retaining its export advantage versus Brazil in 2015 and into the beginning of 2016, even as exports from the United States have slowed this quarter, the company’s …

Cargill Acquires OPX Biotechnologies
April 30, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Moguls of Minneapolis pick up an advantaged route to key renewable chemicals.
News has filtered out from Cargill that the agricultural giant has acquired OPX Biotechnologies’ proprietary fermentation-based processes and …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Private Funds to Make Investments in Rural America
April 29, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of two new private funds, known as Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and …

Parliament Votes to Approve EU Biofuels Cap, Provides Closure
April 29, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the cap on first-generation biofuels and provide a degree of closure to the long-debated measure.
The new law caps first-generation biofuels from …

Scania India Announces Order of 42 Buses at Busworld 2015
April 29, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Nabanita Singha Roy  (    Scania Commercial Vehicles India is showcasing its ethanol engines at Busworld 2015 Expo between April 28 – 30.  The company also showcased its premium range of Metrolink 13.7 m …

World-Herald Editorial: Ethanol Comes into Its Own
April 29, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  For years, Nebraskans wondered whether the state’s fledgling ethanol sector would amount to much. Now, the answer is in, as explained in a new report from University of Nebraska economists.  From small beginnings …

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food
April 29, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Mark Lynas (The New York Times)    … As we squatted in the muddy field, examining the lush green foliage and shiny purple fruits, he explained how, for the first time this season, he had been able …

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Supercomputer Helps Identify Materials to Improve Fuel Production
April 29, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Newswise/Argonne National Laboratory)  With access to supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, a research team from the University of Minnesota and …

4 Minutes with… Michele Bremer, Technical and Executive Recruiter, Bremer Associates
April 29, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I recruit technical and executive talent for companies in biofuels, bio-based chemicals, and related industries. Clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, with searches from specialized technical expertise to …

XTRM to Produce Residential Hemp and Cannabis Oil Extractor
April 29, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Extreme Biodiesel Inc.)  Extreme Biodiesel Inc. (XTRM) today (April 28, 2015) announced the company’s wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures is designing a plant and seed oil extractor.
XTRM is proud to announce that the …

Biodiesel Plant Retrofitting Underway
April 29, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Scott Koperski  (Beatrice Daily Sun)  A massive retrofitting of the Duonix biodiesel plant in west Beatrice is underway and on schedule to put the plant into production later this year.  Duonix Beatrice, a joint …

Big Ox Energy Breaks Ground in South Sioux City
April 29, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (Sioux City Journal) … Big Ox Energy, a Denmark, Wis.-based firm, has begun construction on a $30 million plant that will take organic waste from industrial plants and turn it into methane. …
Big …

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.262 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 3.2%
April 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  44 deals, 37 companies; deal count jumps 16% but deal size drops 17% Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.  In Florida, The Digest reports that 12 advanced bioeconomy …

Blog: Smartphone App, on the Racetrack for Ethanol Education
April 28, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation.
I had previously heard the name Hydro Dynamics Inc., …

Counterpoint: E15 Good for Car Owners and Environment
April 28, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Joel Hennen (Chicago Sun-Times)  … Unfortunately, I’ve heard a lot of misinformation during the debate about the Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance, which would free Chicago fuel retailers from the oil industry’s burdensome restrictions, allowing them …

Kum & Go to Offer E15 at More than 65 Stores in 7 States
April 28, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than …

Discovery of New Plant Switch Could Boost Crops, Biofuel Production
April 28, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
Photosynthesis …

Biofuels Need Public Support to Compete: European Biodiesel Board
April 28, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  European Biodiesel Board Secretary General Raffaello Garofalo said Wednesday that the renewable fuels industry needs public support to compete properly in the road fuel sector.
Garofalo described electric transportation as “a chimera” which was not …

Holden Drops E85 from Commodore
April 28, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Toby Hagon  (   Ethanol-based fuel touted as the next big thing has been quietly dropped from the Commodore range.  Holden has quietly dropped the ability for its top-selling Commodore to run on environmentally-friendly E85 …

Tribe to Convert Abandoned Ethanol Plant into Wood Pellet Production Facility
April 28, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Dave Flessner (Times Free Press) The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut wants to turn one of Tennessee’s biggest renewable energy failures into a business success with another type of renewable product in growing demand around the …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

4 Minutes with… Christian Delahouliere, Business Development and Quality Director, Raizen Trading Geneva Branch
April 28, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Raizen is the world largest sugar cane processor. We produce 2 million tons of ethanol and consume more than 4 millions in our petrol stations. … Demonstrate that electric vehicle are …

Indian Railways to Use Diesel Produced from Recycled Plastic
April 28, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, Indian Railways announced it wants to produce biodiesel for use in its trains using technology patented by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. The technology breaks down plastic waste, …

Urban Air Initiative: New EPA Studies Regarding Ethanol Flawed
April 28, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

China Steel Green-Lights Commercial-Scale LanzaTech Advanced Biofuels Project
April 28, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling …

The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course — June 20-22, 2015 — Ravello, Italy
April 28, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course —  June 20-22, 2015  —  Ravello, Italy

The course is partially based on the newly released text, The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets, by Harry de Gorter, Dusan Drabik and David R. Just.
This workshop …

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment
April 28, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab Researchers Perform Solar-powered Green Chemistry with Captured CO2 — A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can …

4 Minutes with… Neil Burns, CEO, P2 Science
April 28, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … P2 makes renewable specialty chemicals from vegetable feedstocks, using a proprietary form of ozonolysis, a chemical process. We are operating on the Kg scale using a continuous reactor system developed …

Renewable Fuels Association Poll: Over Six in 10 Voters Support the RFS
April 28, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Morning Consult)  Morning Consult conducted a national poll on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The survey of 2,047 registered voters took place from April 5-7, 2015. Results from the full survey have a …

New VERBIO Plant for the Production of Biomethane from 100 Percent Straw Commissioned as Scheduled
April 28, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(VERBIO)  New VERBIO plant for the production of biomethane from 100 percent straw commissioned as scheduled.  Jörg Vogelsänger, Minister in the government of the Federal State of Brandenburg, and Kerstin Lichtenvort, EU project coordinator, witness …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

Introducing the New EnergyFactCheck
April 27, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Kyle McGuiness (American Council On Renewable Energy)  … Half of the electricity capacity added in the U.S. over the last 3 years came from renewable sources. Our energy portfolio – and the debate shaping that …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

4 Minutes with…Roger Kilburn, CEO, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
April 27, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The IBioIC’€™s strategic focus is to support industrial membership, develop technical capabilities, support the development of bio-refineries and pilot facilities and provide a skilled workforce for the Scottish IB industry.
We …

EU Research Project on Underutilised Oil Crops Kicks off: COSMOS – Camelina & Crambe Oil crops as Sources for Medium-chain Oils for Specialty Oleochemicals
April 27, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News)  On 24-26 March 2015, the eighteen partners involved in the EU funded research project COSMOS held their kick-off meeting in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Led by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, this 4.5-year …

NASCAR and American Ethanol Celebrate Five Year Partnership
April 27, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (HoosierAgToday)  For five years and more than seven million miles, American Ethanol and NASCAR have worked together to increase horsepower and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent with …

Surfing into a Greener Future
April 27, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(University of California — San Diego)  World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students  —  UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental …

Propel Fuels Relocates Headquarters to Sacramento
April 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels)  Announces new management and directors, strategic focus and operating milestones.   Propel Fuels, California’s largest retailer of low-carbon liquid fuels, has announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s …

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals; Part 2, Reportable Substances across the Manufacturing Process; Part 3, Call to Action
April 27, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. (Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group)  When I meet people from bioeconomy companies, I ask them about their products’ status under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The most …

Local Elementary, High School Students Exhibit Algae Projects at Arizona State University
April 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Arizona State University)  Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus hosted the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 20, an occasion to highlight clubs and organizations that dedicate themselves to science. The Arizona Center for Algae …

Keystone Farm Show — January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA
April 24, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —  January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

AgEnergy USA, Perdue Farms Partner on Clean Bay Biogas Project
April 24, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) … Anaerobic digester developer AgEnergy USA and Perdue Farms, a major chicken processing company based in Salisbury, Md., recently signed a letter of intent for a project that will use poultry waste …

Prospects of Producing Bio-Diesel from Oil Palm Sludge to Be Explored
April 24, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  The prospects of extracting bio-diesel from the oil palm sludge will be explored at the proposed new oil palm factory at Apparaopeta in Dammapeta mandal, said Minister for Roads & Buildings T. Nageswara …

Audi Produces Its First Batch Of E-Diesel
April 24, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, carbon dioxide levels are at an 800,000-year high, but what if we could pluck CO2 particles out of thin air to use as a raw material …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis
April 24, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million …

Bill Aims to Alter RVO Process, Definition for Cellulosic Biofuel
April 24, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and …

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae
April 24, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(J. Craig Venter Institute)  Results have important implications in developing algae-based products such as biofuels and chemicals  —  Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published a paper today …

Algae Biomass Exchange(tm) on Linkedin
April 24, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

The National Algae Association encourages you to participate in its Linkedin group, Algae Biomass Exchange.
Recent Examples of needs and wants:
Buyer: Botryococcus Braunii UTEX 2441 aka SAG 30.81 Powder – Bulk quantity with COA.
Buyer: Nanochloropsis – …

Algae Industry Moves Beyond Research to Commercialization
April 24, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(  … This crucial industry has the potential to address many of the challenges facing the world today – it can fuel vehicles and airplanes, recycle carbon, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. Substituting algae for palm …

Editorial: Bright Future ahead for Local High School Student
April 24, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Deming Headlight)  Like other high school seniors, Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Mayfield High is weighing her options as she considers where she will go next. … Sánchez-Maes was a photonics research intern at the University of New …

Scientists Employ Algae as Biofuel, to Mop up Pollutants
April 24, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

By Chukwuma Muanya (The Guardian)  Scientists have expanded the frontiers in the use of micro-organisms such as bacteria and algae for biofuel and in bioremediation with the utilization of wastewater algae.
Scientists, in one of the …

How Scientists Are Engineering Algae To Fuel Your Car And Cure Cancer
April 24, 2015 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

By Jessica Dineen (Forbes)  … Once (UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology Director Steve) Mayfield’s lab created cancer-fighting human antibodies, there was no looking back. “We said, what other products can algae make? Fuel? …

4 Minutes with… Parikshit Dhingra, Head – Public Affairs & Communications, Novozymes South Asia
April 24, 2015 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our job is to help the Governments understand the benefits a bio-based economy has (especially in Agrarian economies like India)in terms of rural jobs, energy security & environmental benefits. … Establishment …

World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program: Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development — May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 24, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program:  Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development  —  May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC

​The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to mark your calendars for an annual joint program focusing on the energy sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions, including The World Bank Group, Inter-American …

Algae Sees Profit Where EPA and Industry See Cost
April 24, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments related to its review of three consolidated cases regarding the EPA’s regulation of toxic emissions from power plants: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 14-46; Utility …

Ending International Aviation’s $65 Billion Fuel Tax Exemption an Essential Step towards Decarbonisation
April 24, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Murphy (Transport & Environment (T&E)/GreenAirOnline)  … The airline industry predicts a massive increase in the use of alternative fuels, although most experts predict an uptake of only a few percentage points in the coming years. …

“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA
April 24, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals”  — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA

Chuck Coe, Department of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University will speak on “Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” at this month’s MAREA meeting at 7:00PM.
Biomass is the only renewable source of organic carbon …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …

As EPA Finalizes Rule, Klobuchar, Grassley, Durbin, Thune, Franken, and Kirk Lead Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators in Calling for a Strong Renewable Fuel Standard
April 24, 2015 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) The Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize the proposed rule on biofuels volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard; the latest proposal would create uncertainty for biodiesel producers and …

New Studies Link Earthquakes With Oil, Gas Drilling
April 22, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Miguel Bustillo adn Dan Molinski  (The Wall Street Journal)  Scientists say practice of wastewater injection has caused seismic activity in Oklahoma, Texas, other parts of the U.S.
New scientific findings released Tuesday linked earthquakes to …

NexSteppe Takes Biomass Sorghum to Commercial-Scale in Brazil
April 21, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen feedstock developer records 1000% year-on-year growth for its Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum hybrids in Brazil.  Sustainable, available, reliable and affordable? Yes, as the Digest discovers.  In California, NexSteppe announced …

4 minutes with… Dr Tushar Patil, Lead – Energy Crops R&D and Supply Chain, PRAJ Industries
April 21, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj has the unique capability to design a bioethanol plant. be it fuel grade, beverage alcohol or industrial grade alcohol plants, With over 600 references in more than 60 countries. PRAJ …

Smith Introduces Legislation to Increase Fuel Options for Consumers
April 21, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE))  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced legislation today to broaden consumer fuel choice by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid vapor pressure of motor …

Fuel What Matters Campaign Drives Clean Transportation Choices
April 21, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/NC Clean Energy Technology Center)  Focus of Air Quality Education Effort are Consumer and Commuter Options  — The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced the start …

Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company Announce Plans to Open 13 E85 Flex Fuel Stations in Southern California in 13 Months
April 21, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Pearson Fuels)  Pearson Fuels of San Diego, CA and G&M Oil Company of Huntington Beach, CA (held) a grand opening of their newest E85 Flex Fuel location on April 15 at 499 Sandalwood Drive, Calimesa, …

Driving Sustainable Agriculture through Improved Qualities in Eucalyptus and Poplar Trees
April 21, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Intreson/PR NewsWire)    Intrexon and FuturaGene Collaborate to Develop Unique Attributes and Agronomic Properties in Significant Plant Species
Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano …

Sweetwater Energy Raises $10M; Begins Ramp-Up to First Commercial
April 21, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction …

Truckers Sue to End Biodiesel Mandate
April 21, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Minnesota truckers and other interests sued Minnesota on Friday seeking to end the state’s requirement that diesel sold at the pump contain 10 percent biodiesel.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District …

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Develops Bio-Renewable Rubber to Reduce Carbon Footprint
April 21, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

( With the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock.
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development …

4 Minutes with Bill Levy, CEO, Pacific Ag
April 21, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We are partnered with more than 600 growers across the country, will harvest more than 450,000 tons of biomass alone in 2015, own the single largest fleet of harvesting equipment, …

4 Minutes… Jeff Kelley, Director of Marketing, Airstream Innovations
April 21, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (F)ully-automatic customizeable greenhouses maximize photosynthesis and use the physics of ventilation to optimize transpiration resulting in the fastest growth possible.

We offer algae growers laboratory conditions – optimal growing environments …

Trash-to-Biofuel Takes New Turn in Marion
April 21, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.  So it is that Craig Stuart-Paul, president and chief executive officer …

Navassa Ordinance Would Allow Biofuel Production
April 21, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynda Van Kuren (StarNews Online) The Navassa Town Council recently tabled a decision on a proposed ordinance that would allow biofuel production in its heavy industrial districts and conditional production in its light industrial district.

The council …

Earth Day: 3 Big Reads for a Sustainable BioFuture
April 21, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Three reports have arrived this week that help – especially in the corner of sustainability relating to biobased energy, fuels and products. One led out of Brazil, tapping the efforts …

The British Authorities Impose More Stringent Requirements for the Biofuel Use
April 21, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  In April 2015 the companies using biofuel set-ups will be obliged to prove that they use exclusively ecologically clean fuel. Otherwise, they will be deprived of the financial support. In the framework …

The Production of Biofuel as a Single Possible Way to Rescue of SE Ukrspirt
April 21, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  According to official statistics, in 2014 the production volumes and alcohol sales exceedingly declined, which posed the menace for the domestic industry existence.
Last year the export volume of alcohol reached only 200 …

An Economic Case for Ethanol
April 21, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Industry growth is likely to come as higher blends such as E15 and E85 become more widely available and more widely used.
A recent analysis by the Iowa Renewable …

WEBINAR: Outlook on the Global Renewable Fuels Markets — April 28, 2015
April 20, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Outlook on the Global Renewable Fuels Markets — April 28, 2015

Tuesday April 28, 2015 10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT / 3:00 PM GMT
Using its own intelligence and independent research from sources in the U.S. and abroad, Genscape will present an analysis of the …

World Sugar Conference — October 28-29, 2015 — Bangkok, Thailand
April 20, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
World Sugar Conference — October 28-29, 2015 — Bangkok, Thailand

Now into its 2nd successful year, World Sugar Conference 2015 has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for sugar and bioethanol industry players in Thailand and South-East Asia. It remains the dedicated conference …

BIT 5th Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology — November 6-8, 2015 — Qingdao, China
April 20, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment
BIT 5th Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology — November 6-8, 2015 — Qingdao, China

The main theme of WCMB 2015 is the Blue Biotechnology-Securing Our Future. The WCMB 2015 will bring together scientific leaders from all over the world, as well as business executives and scientists to the field …

Algae Biomass Summit 2015 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grants
April 20, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Foundation, ABO’s sister organization, is pleased to announce that it is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, DC, USA, from September 29 through …

4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC
April 20, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC

You can attend the largest celebration of STEM for FREE! On April 16-17, 2016, the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival returns to the nation’s capital along with some of your favorite performers and hands-on …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa
April 20, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture  — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

Countries in Africa already face semi-arid conditions that make agriculture challenging and in fertile regions, dependence on traditional farming methods means yields are far below what would be expected.

GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect …

Smart Plantation — June 18-19, 2015 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 20, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment
Smart Plantation —  June 18-19, 2015 —  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Farming the smart way is the way to stay ahead of game. To keep up with future demand, planters and farmers will need to work in smarter ways to increase productivity. Given the lack of …

From Food Waste to Fuel, CEAS Does Energy Sustainability Better
April 17, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

By: Ashley Duvelius (University of Cincinnati)  CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the United States’ annual 40 percent of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.
The …

Analysis of State Report Shows E15 Could Save Iowans $50 Million Per Year
April 17, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  If Homegrown E15 Were More Widely Available, Iowa Consumers Could’ve Pocketed Millions
In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today …

Scientists a Step Closer to Developing Renewable Propane
April 17, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Manchester)  Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a …

“Repeal the RFS – All of It,” Koch Companies Writes to Senators
April 17, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip Ellender (Koch Companies Public Sector)  On behalf of Koch companies, I am writing to urge you to oppose S. 577, a bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Toomey that seeks to reform, not repeal, …

2015 Ethanol RINs Prices Rise to Three-Month High after EPA Announcement
April 17, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin and Wes Swift (Platts)  Corn-based (D6) ethanol RINs for 2015 firmed up to their highest level in more than three months Tuesday as the market continued to show a revival of aggressive bid …

Bill Would Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Roads
April 17, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by  Keith Laing (The Hill)  A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill.  The measure would …

Total La Mede Crude Refining to Cease: Update 3
April 17, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Argus) Total will cease crude refining at its loss-making 160,000 b/d La Mede refinery and convert it into a 500,000 t/yr biofuels facility, the company confirmed today in its French refinery strategy plan.
La Mede will cease …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward
April 17, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by James H. Stock* (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  America’s renewable fuels policy is at a crossroads. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is derided by some as an inefficient program that is driving up …

EU Reshapes Its Biofuels Policy
April 17, 2015 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to 7%; limits proposed Directives to 2020.   In Brussels, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee has voted …

Carmakers Worry Higher Biofuel Mix Could Damage Engines
April 17, 2015 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Raras Cahyafitri and Linda Yulismann (The Jakarta Post) … “The usage of biodiesel is good. However, we are still worried about the impacts. There are engines that can accept 15 percent or even 20 percent …

4 Minutes with… Ron Rebenitsch, CEO, Bioenergy Fuels
April 16, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bioenergy Fuels is a project developer, focused on development of biomass-to-liquid projects of mid-size scale (5-10 MGY). We are a start-up, founded by team of seasoned professionals, with decades of experience …

4 Minutes with… Chris Brown, CEO, Environmental Proteomics
April 16, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are biochemists/entrepreneurs making products for basic and applied research into methane production.   …   We want to put our technology in the hands of anyone who takes a rigorous …

Ethanol (ETOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019
April 16, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Blackbird PR News/PR Newswire/ Research and Markets)  Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Ethanol (EtOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019″ report to their offering.

The report covers data on global, regional …

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws
April 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Lutho Mtongana (  PhytoEnergy International Holding AG said it will only proceed with a plan to build a 5 billion rand ($418 million) plant to convert canola into diesel in South Africa if the government …

U.S. Industrial Production Falters as Oil Sector Weighs
April 16, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Eric Morath (The Wall Street Journal)  Quarterly decline is first since end of recession in 2009 — U.S. industrial output fell in March and posted the first quarterly decline since the recession ended, signs that …

TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels
April 16, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group/The Oil Price Information Network)  (The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

Liberal Groups Aim to Register a Million Climate Voters
April 16, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia  (Politico)  A coalition of environmental, civil rights and progressive groups aims to register a million climate-conscious voters by Election Day.
The goal, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest indication that liberals view …

Biofuels: What’s Happened and Where Are We Going?
April 16, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Scott Chabina (Fierce Energy)  The transformation of Gen 1.0 to 1.5 and the reality of Gen 2.0.  Advanced, commercially viable biofuel facilities no longer “unicorns on the horizon” … Conventional, or “Gen 1.0”, corn ethanol …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement
April 16, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas …

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels, they say.

Today …

Iowa Lawmakers Ride-and-Drive on Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Lawmakers in Iowa got the chance to experience the power of biodiesel for themselves. The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB)held its its first ever Ride-and-Drive event at the capitol in Des Moines …

Top of Biofuels Class
April 13, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

Report: 2,000 People in East Kansas Employed in Biofuels
April 13, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Megan Hart (CJ Online) More than 2,000 people are employed in the biofuel industry in the Congressional district including Topeka, according to a report from Fuels America.
The group is made up of major players in …

Nebraska Corn Representatives Tell Ethanol’s Story on Capitol Hill
April 13, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(  Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, DC in late March as part of a “Biofuels Beltway March” to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for American …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

( Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

US Navy’s 2015-2016 Solicitation for Biofuel Blends Now Posted
April 13, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The US Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) has posted the Rocky Mountain/West Coast/Offshore (RMW) solicitation (SPE600-15-R-0711) on behalf of the US Navy for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. …

Direct Conversion of Plant Biomass to Ethanol by Engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii
April 13, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss, and Janet Westpheling (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The ever-increasing demand for transportation fuels, the decrease in global petroleum reserves, and the negative impact of greenhouse …

University of Rostock Project to Investigate Biodiesel for Stage IV Engines
April 13, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, a project at the University of Rostock is investigating the technical feasibility of using certified sustainable rapeseed oil to produce biodiesel. In order to pave the way for …

4 Minutes with…David Glass, principal, D. Glass Associates
April 13, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My technical training was in molecular biology, and throughout my career I’ve worked to promote the development, government approval and public acceptance of the uses of advanced biotechnologies in agriculture, …

ARF Challenges Confirmed Candidates
April 13, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The America’s Renewable Future campaign is challenging the two confirmed Republican presidential candidates to take a stand for renewable fuels.
In a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has been forthcoming …

WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel — April 30, 2015
April 13, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel  —  April 30, 2015

Cellulosic ethanol production isn’t happening in a vacuum. Corn-ethanol producers are already producing advanced biofuel alongside grain-based ethanol and other producers have their sights set on doing the same thing. Join us as we hear …

What If the Water Can’t be Stopped? Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 13, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
What If the Water Can’t be Stopped?  Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing during Earth Week examining the impacts of sea level rise and oil and gas extraction on Native American communities. Across the United States, …

High-Yield Hydrogen Production from Biomass by in vitro Metabolic Engineering: Mixed Sugars Coutilization and Kinetic Modeling
April 13, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

Joseph A. Rollin, Julia Martin del Campo, Suwan Myung, Fangfang Sun, Chun You, Allison Bakovic, Roberto Castro, Sanjeev K. Chandrayan, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W. W. Adams, Ryan S. Senger, and Y.-H. Percival Zhang (Proceedings of …

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production
April 13, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

FFV Fleet Can Serve as Bridge to More Efficient, E30-Burning Vehicles
April 13, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … The latest report, which is from experts at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), describes a study that explores the potential performance benefits of high-octane ethanol blends in the legacy fleet …

EPA to Finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS Rules by November
April 10, 2015 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume …

New Study Raises Possible Link between Gas Drilling and Radon Levels
April 10, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips  (  Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Tranforming Energy: Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World — April 30, 2015 — College Park, MD
April 9, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment
Tranforming Energy:  Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World   — April 30, 2015 — College Park, MD

Dr. Julio Friedmann, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Clean Coal and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Fossil Fuels have re-emerged as a critical component of the US and global energy economy, including advances in unconventional oil …

4 Minutes with… Brian Sefton, Founder, Chief Scientist, President, Oakbio
April 9, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oakbio has developed highly versitile microbial platforms and processes for waste carbon conversion. We have fluegas capture microbe, proven fluegas resistant, which producing PHAs and n-butanol. We also have an …