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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Advanced Biofuels USA office closed
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The Advanced Biofuels USA office will be closed from March 30 to April 6.We will not be providing daily updates at this time.
Until we are back, here are resources you can use to continue to …

2nd Algae World Australia April 16-17, 2012 Perth, Australia
January 18, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
2nd Algae World Australia   April 16-17, 2012    Perth, Australia

Scaling up to the next level & developments inprocessing technology from harvesting,separation to extraction
Key Highlights

Assessment of the possible scale of algae cultivation & biocrude potential across Australia
Open Pond systems with high saline algae – Muradel …

RETECH 2012 October 17-19 Washington, DC
January 18, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
RETECH 2012    October 17-19   Washington, DC

CONNECT with the World’s Renewable Energy Leaders from Government, Utility, Finance
and Technology
RETECH 2012 is the only event dedicated to delivering coverage on EVERY discipline of renewable energy technology.  RETECH is THE renewable energy industry’s meeting place for over 3,000 …

CALL FOR PAPERS: RETECH 2012 October 17-19 Washington, DC DEADLINE February 17, 2012
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CALL FOR PAPERS:   RETECH 2012   October 17-19   Washington, DC   DEADLINE  February 17, 2012

CONNECT with the World’s Renewable Energy Leaders from Government, Utility, Finance
and Technology
RETECH 2012 is the only event dedicated to delivering coverage on EVERY discipline of renewable energy technology.  RETECH is THE renewable energy industry’s meeting place for over 3,000 …

16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2012 Washington, DC
January 18, 2012 – 2:47 pm | No Comment
16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference    June 18-20, 2012    Washington, DC

The Premier Green Chemistry Event of the Year!

One location
Three Days
More than 20 sessions

A full day of programming devoted to registered students
Who should attend
Chemists, engineers, researchers, policy analysts, managers/directors, venture capitalists, chemistry and engineering students. In …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 US Biochar Conference July 29-August 1 Rohnert Park, CA DEADLINE March 10, 2012
January 18, 2012 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  2012 US Biochar Conference   July 29-August 1   Rohnert Park, CA   DEADLINE  March 10, 2012

To be held July 29th to August 1st in the center of Sonoma County’s world-class wine country, we are focusing on the practical use and production of biochar at the community level and what will …

2012 Biochar Conference July 29-August 1 Rohnert Park, CA
January 18, 2012 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
2012 Biochar Conference  July 29-August 1    Rohnert Park, CA

To be held July 29th to August 1st in the center of Sonoma County’s world-class wine country, we are focusing on the practical use and production of biochar at the community level and what will …

Ferrari Running E-85 Ethanol: Bellissimo!
January 18, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Ferrari is the world’s premier builder of expensive beautiful cars. But, Ferraris are not simple pretty car show models. From the 250 GTO of 1965 to the current …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference – October 23-25, 2012 Helsinki, Finland DEADLINE March 31, 2012
January 18, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference –  October 23-25, 2012    Helsinki, Finland   DEADLINE March 31, 2012

The organisers wish to invite abstracts for oral papers and posters, to be reviewed by the Programme Advisory Committee. The submission deadlines are March 31, 2012 (for papers) and May 15, 2012 (for posters). Although the …

Conference Keynote: Landfills Will Become a Thing of the Past
January 18, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal)  …(Sierra Energy CEO Mike) Hart was the keynote speaker at the third annual Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show in San Francisco, Calif., Jan 16-18. He delivered a …

Want Cheap Biofuel? A Startup Makes It with Natural Gas
January 18, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  Virent says supplementing biomass with fossil fuel could increase yields and lower costs.
Virent, a biofuels company based in Madison, Wisconsin, has developed a potentially inexpensive way to make gasoline …

U.S. Became World’s Top Ethanol Exporter in 2011
January 18, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian (FuelFix)  The United States became the world’s leading exporter of ethanol in 2011, selling a record level of the biofuel into overseas markets, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
The nation has made a …

LUFT: Market-Based Future for Ethanol
January 18, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Gal Luft (The Washington Times)  …At current oil prices, ethanol is more costly than gasoline while the alcohol fuel methanol, primarily made from natural gas, is cheaper than gasoline on a per-mile basis. But …

Can Bacteria Produce “Drop-In” Biofuels?
January 18, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Umair Irfan  (ClimateWire/Scientific American)Scientists are seeking help from microbes to produce road-ready biofuels
…As they move, breathe, eat and reproduce, bacteria produce byproducts like ethanol and hydrogen while feeding on simple sugars, starches and sunlight. …

Algae-Based Fuels May Soon Gush from the Desert
January 18, 2012 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by by Kevin Robinson-Avila  (New Mexico Business Weekly)  Algae ponds are starting to color New Mexico’s desert landscape green.
Sapphire Energy Inc., which uses a proprietary process to turn algae oil into renewable gasoline to replace fossil …

Ferrari FF Adds Horsepower, Lowers Emissions With E85 Ethanol
January 18, 2012 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Christopher Demorro (  …And if you’re into horsepower (like me) than stories like this Ferrari FF making an extra 225 horsepower on E85 is music to your ears.
Ferrari’s are notoriously expensive cars, where something as …

Green Fuel Fails to Meet Emissions Standards
January 18, 2012 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by James Robertson and Jessica Wright  (The Sydney Morning Herald)  THE NSW government’s plan to ban regular unleaded fuel has been thrown into doubt by the revelation that the state’s only ethanol producer, Manildra, has failed …

Boardman’s Next Life May Depend on Giant Cane Plant
January 18, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Sean Meyers (Sustainable Business Oregon)  Arundo donax has passed its first test as a possible biofuel alternative to coal being burned at Portland General Electric’s Boardman power plant.
Farmers and researchers in eastern Oregon and …

Whiskey from Soda: Jraises $70M, Heads for Commercialization
January 18, 2012 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …So, along comes Joule. It’s a known fact that some microorganisms could be modified or evolved to ferment gaseous carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. Combine that with some hydrogen taken …

Lufthansa Biofuel VP: Eco Flights Will Be Standard in Seven Years
January 17, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Karen Walker (Air Transport World)  Biofuel-powered commercial flights could become standard operations within five to seven years, according to Lufthansa’s (LH) head of aviation biofuel.
Speaking in Washington Jan. 13, LH VP aviation fuel Joachim …

Highwater Ethanol Looking toward Something Better
January 17, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Troy Krause (Redwood Falls Gazette)  …The Highwater board recently approved a move to a new product called butanol through a letter of intent it signed with  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels. The agreement, which was announced …

Get Ready To Pay More For Gas
January 17, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(  Analysts Predict Higher Prices Ahead
…AAA said Monday that both gasoline and crude oil prices are at historic highs for this time of year.
The national average for regular gas climbed four cents a gallon last …

A New “OPEC” Energy Source: Biofuel from Brazilian Orange Peels
January 17, 2012 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Loreto Urbino  (AMÉRICAECONOMÍA/Worldcrunch)  A London-based project dubbed OPEC (Orange Peel Exploitation Company) aims to make biofuel from the waste from the more than 10 million tons of oranges that Brazil squeezes into juice each …

Why Biofuels Are Not a Good Idea
January 17, 2012 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Mario Giampietro (Cassandra’s Legacy)  …(Y)ou may find a lot of help in the recent book “The Biofuel Delusion” by Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi. If you are unsure about why exactly biofuels are the disaster …

Moving from Jatropha 2.0 to Jatropha 2.$
January 17, 2012 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, SG Biofuels has completed a $17 million Series B financing led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners with participation from Finistere Ventures and current investors Flint Hills Resources and …

Biofuels Will Fly High, U.S. Officials Predict
January 17, 2012 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by  Jon Hilkevitch  (Chicago Tribune)  The Obama administration is committed to “help buy down the cost” of building refineries and growing feedstocks for use in producing clean, renewable aviation fuels, even though the …

Ethanol’s Octane Provides Proactive Opportunity
January 16, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  … The new CAFE standards apply to light-duty vehicles beginning in model year 2017, requiring a nationwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025. …

A Pragmatic Approach to Fuel Taxation
January 16, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One would think that a relatively easy way for governments to promote biofuels would be to tax biofuels less than fossil fuels—avoid lengthy debates on mandates and simply change …

Reaping the Benefits of a Strong Biofuels Industry
January 16, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …The intent of Congress when it wrote the renewable fuel standard was to grow an American fuels industry that would help us break free from this addiction …

Certifying Sustainability: Ethanol Bound for the EU Undergoes New Scrutiny
January 16, 2012 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In July 2011, the European Union belatedly approved the first seven voluntary sustainability schemes for biofuels as required by the Renewable Energy Directive. The directive, commonly referred to as …

Golden Possibilities: Corn Oil Forges a Link between Ethanol and Biodiesel Production
January 16, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers are adding corn oil extraction to their technology arsenal in increasing numbers, providing an ideal opportunity for the ethanol and biodiesel industries to cooperate or even co-locate. …

Pieces of the Puzzle
January 16, 2012 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry’s understanding of hedging has evolved over the years, making it a vital puzzle piece in profitable operation
…One common hedging practice is for ethanol producers to also …

2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference October 17-19 Savannah, GA
January 16, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment
2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference   October 17-19   Savannah, GA

TAPPI’s International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference will focus on technical advancements and commercialization of bioconversion technologies that leverage the forest products manufacturing infrastructure.
The conference will include technical presentations, expert panels, case studies, and reports from …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference October 17-19 Savannah, GA DEADLINE extended to: March 30, 2012
January 16, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference   October 17-19   Savannah, GA   DEADLINE extended to: March 30, 2012

TAPPI’s International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference will focus on technical advancements and commercialization of bioconversion technologies that leverage the forest products manufacturing infrastructure.
The conference will include technical presentations, expert panels, case studies, and reports from …

Bringing Bioproducts to Market: Overcoming Risks to Commercialization March 26-28, 2012 Sarnia, Ontario
January 16, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment
Bringing Bioproducts to Market: Overcoming Risks to Commercialization    March 26-28, 2012    Sarnia, Ontario

Join us in the home of Canada’s emerging hybrid chemistry cluster to share up-to-date information about best practices in the bio-economy.
Presented by the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre, this International Conference will provide a unique and outstanding …

Innovation Award to Stimulate and Accelerate Innovations in Biofuels and Bioenergy for Local Development
January 16, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(FreePressRelease/FACT Foundation)  On April 13, 2012, the FACT Innovation Award will be held for the first time. The objective for the innovation award is to stimulate and accelerate innovations in biofuels and bioenergy for local …

Federal Cutbacks Not Stopping MFA Biofuels Plan
January 16, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (Columbia Tribune)  Despite large cuts to the federal program supporting it and concerns from some groups about environmental impacts, a project to begin growing a giant perennial grass to serve as a …

Ramboll Investigates Use of Biofuel for Civil Aviation in Norway
January 16, 2012 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Construction & Maintenance)  Ramboll Energy and Ramboll in Norway’s Climate Department in Oslo have been appointed by the Norwegian airport operator, Avinor, to investigate the possibilities of utilising sustainable and profitable biofuel for civil aviation …

Ethanol Tax and Tariff Changes Likely to Affect DDGS Value
January 16, 2012 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Steve Meyer  (National Hog Farmer)  … In a recent newsletter, Rob Musser of NutriQuest, Mason City, IA, ( lays out the economic proposition for ethanol plants removing corn oil from DDGs. First, corn oil …

“No One Country Can Do This Alone.”
January 16, 2012 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We cannot relax now; we must work harder.
Because, in growing as fast as it has, the industry has frightened those who only believe in a failed yesterday of “fossil fuels …

Aurora Algae: Making It Happen in the Never-Never
January 16, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The company was founded as Aurora Biofuels – solely to do biofuels. As time went on, and the company came closer to realizing its performance targets, it discovered that its …

OriginOil and Department of Energy to Develop Direct Conversion of Algae into Renewable Crude Oil for Existing Oil Refineries
January 16, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Company partners with Idaho National Laboratory to enable algae growers to enter the global crude oil market
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the …

Mid-State Energy Brings E85 to Ft. Myers, Fla. Drivers
January 16, 2012 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (  …The Ft. Myers Marathon station, opened the E85 station last week. Mid-State Energy also opened up a Circle K E85 fueling station in 2010 in Lake Wales, Fla., with partner Protec Fuel.
…Protec …

USDA Fuel Pump Grant Seen a Plus for Marcus Junction
January 16, 2012 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jolene Stevens  (Le Mars Daily Sentinel)  A”great marketing tool” is how Carl Nelson, of the Marcus Junction board, describes the new flexible fuel blending pump he says is expected to be installed at the …

Fuel Testing Reveals Higher Octane in Ethanol: Addition of Ethanol Shows Improved Performance Benefits
January 13, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anne Marie Edwards (  Last July, the government announced plans to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 MPG by 2025. The automotive industry responded saying the MPG number was an attainable goal …

BBI International and NEAtech Form Joint Venture to Develop an International Bioenergy Consulting Service
January 13, 2012 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(BBI International/Marketwire)  BBI International and NEAtech announced this week a joint venture to develop a new international consulting service called BBI Consulting Services. Utilizing existing resources, the service will allow BBI International and NEAtech to …

Clean Energy Investment Hits Record $260 Billion
January 13, 2012 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jeff Coelho (Reuters/Baltimore Sun)  Global investment in clean energy hit a record $260 billion in 2011, up 5 percent from the previous year as investment in solar grew by more than a third despite …

EPA Releases First GHG Emissions Data Reporting Results
January 13, 2012 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Power plants were found to be the largest stationary source of direct emissions, producing a combined total of more than 2,300 million metric tons of CO2e from 1,555 facilities …

Vilsack Comments on RFS and Biodiesel Tax Credit
January 13, 2012 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  …During a press conference at AFBF (American Farm Bureau Federation) on Monday, (Agriculture Secretary Tom) Vilsack said he believes it is important to keep the RFS2 in place for multiple reasons. “One, …

Sebago Farms Plans Massive Greenhouse, Algae Biofuels Facility in Maine
January 13, 2012 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Lori Valigra (Massive High Tech)  In an area of Maine generally known for its strip malls and big box stores, newcomer Sebago Farms plans to build a 1.7 million square foot mixed-use facility that …

Brewing up Power: Beer Maker Finalizes Biofuels Project
January 13, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Grass (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
Alaskan Brewing Co. has entered the final stage of a 16-year process in setting a precedent in renewable energy. The Juneau-based brewery has a new boiler to make its …

Abengoa Selected by the Brazilian Development Bank to Develop a Second Generation Ethanol Plant in Brazil Based on Sugar Cane
January 13, 2012 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(Abengoa)  Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and FINEP, the promotion and investment agency …

Tell Them Willie and Ike Are Here
January 13, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, turned attention to free market principles and market access, after the New York Timesran astory on cellulosic biofuels mandates, titled “A Fine …

Clean Energy Pathways Teams With Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association to Promote Biodiesel for Co-Firing Utility Boilers
January 13, 2012 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire)  Clean Energy Pathways, Inc., has received early support for its concept to co-fire coal utility boilers with liquid biofuel, forming an alliance with the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association to promote the solution for utilities …

Partnership Facilitates Grease Recycling for Biodiesel Production
January 12, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(BlackGold Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Through a partnership between BlackGold Biofuels and SLM Facility Solutions Nationwide, restaurants around the U.S. will soon be able to more easily recycle greasy kitchen waste while saving money.
BlackGold and SLM have …

Avoiding Fraudulent Biofuels RINs February 1, 2012 Webinar 2:00pm ET
January 12, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment
Avoiding Fraudulent Biofuels RINs   February 1, 2012   Webinar   2:00pm ET

Fraudulent biofuel blending credits have flooded the marketplace.
Bad Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) have already cost private industry hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and absconded revenue. On top of EPA-imposed penalties, oil companies and …

Next Up: Abengoa in Early Planning for Second Cellulosic Plant
January 12, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s only been a few months since Abengoa Bioenergy broke ground on its 23 MMgy multifeedstock cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., but so far, construction of its first …

University of Florida, Buckeye Dedicate Ethanol Production Facility in Perry
January 12, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences – University of Florida)  Many building dedications feature a ribbon-cutting; this one included a front-end loader ceremoniously dumping a scoopful of pulverized sugarcane stalks.
It was an appropriate way to …

Oil Prices to Reach All-Time High
January 12, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Even without VEETC ethanol is still making gasoline cheaper
In its monthly short-term outlook, the Energy Department expects U.S. benchmark crude oil prices to average over $100 a barrel in 2012 and touch an …

Editorial: Uncle Sam and Ethanol — Small Steps toward a Genuine Market
January 12, 2012 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Chicago Tribune)  …Congress and the federal agencies responsible for managing the biofuel industry need to stop trying to artificially create a market for a high-tech product that may never exist on a commercial scale.
…At current …

The ILUC Debate, Four Years Later
January 12, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dineen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …The scientific community has better data, improved modeling tools, and a better appreciation of the uncertainty and complexity involved in ILUC analysis. But, above all, they …

Deepwater Horizon’s Missed Lessons
January 12, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Richard G. Steiner (Los Angeles Times) OpEd:  Not two years after the Deepwater Horizon debacle, the U.S. is proceeding with plans to expand oil drilling instead of pushing alternatives.
…And after making only modest reforms, many …

Biofuel Company Stumbles onto Cosmetics Discovery
January 12, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by David Louie (ABC Local)   Solazyme, a company that focuses on biofuels, recently made an interesting cosmetics discovery.
Algae is turning out to be a very versatile product. Solazyme can turn it into jet fuel. And …

Feeders Explore Implications of Low-Fat Distillers Grains
January 12, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The cost to remove corn oil from distillers grains (DGs) is high, but even so, an increasing number of ethanol producers are expected to begin extracting the valuable product …

Ethanol Remains a Bargain
January 12, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …In recent weeks, many headlines have trumpeted the argument that gas prices will be higher as a result of expiration of the VEETC. As is often the case, a …

Biodiesel Production Method Could Reduce Fuel’s Drawbacks
January 12, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A new method of producing biodiesel from microalgae aims to overcome some of the previous drawbacks of the fuel.
Using a novel catalyst, the researchers at the Technical University of Munich were able to …

Next-Generation Biofuels Driving the Growth of Global Biofuel Market
January 12, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Pangea/World of Bioenergy)   Social and environmental benefits of next-generation biofuels, mainly cellulosic ethanol, Algae fuels, Drop in fuels, and biobutanol, are fuelling its rapid growth momentum, says RNCOS.
According to our recent report, “Global Biofuel …

Algae Biofuels Inject Money Into The Southwest’s Economy
January 12, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Erik Anderson  (KPBS)  A survey by the San Diego Association of Governments found the algae biofuels industry is responsible for 466 local jobs. That’s a significant jump over the 210 jobs that existed two …

Construction: Begins Operating in Antarctica with Ethanol Supplied by Petrobras
January 12, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(  Began operating today (10), with fuel supplied by Petrobras, the Construction: ethanol that will illuminate the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station. With this initiative, Brazil will be the first country to use biofuel for energy …

Mascoma Implements Commercialization Strategy for Drop-In MGT™ Yeast Product to Improve Economics of Corn Ethanol Production
January 12, 2012 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Mascoma/BusinessWire)  Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company, announced today that it has implemented key components of the commercialization strategy for its Mascoma Grain Technology, or MGT™, yeast product, which is the first commercial application of …

Cool Planet BioFuels Announces Road Testing of Negative Carbon Gasoline Begins in California
January 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet BioFuels/MarketWatch)  Cool Planet BioFuels announced today it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin fleet-testing its negative carbon gasoline. Cool Planet BioFuel’s technology converts low-grade biomass — such …

Gen2 Biofuel Feedstocks: The Coming Surge in Energy Crops and Cellulosic Sugars
January 12, 2012 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James)  As energy investors know well, it is much better to own the oil than to refine it. In other words, the bulk of the value is in the upstream of the …

Who’s in the Lead? Algae around the World
January 12, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Williams (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s in front in the development of algal-based fuels and biomaterials? India, China, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Israel, the EU, or the US. The NAABB’s globe-trotting chief parses it out.
In New …

Oil-Yielding Algae Show Promise as Domestic, Export Energy Trove
January 12, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Not many people imagine that resource-poor Japan might one day become an oil exporter. But someone who does is Makoto Watanabe, a leading expert in research on producing oil from microscopic algae.
Research into …

Boeing and CSIRO Partner on Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Australian Aviation)  Boeing and CSIRO have launched a year-long study on the potential for growing new feedstocks in northern Queensland that could be turned into sustainable aviation biofuels.
The first phase of the study will focus …

Clearing a Potential Road Block to Bisabolane: Key Enzyme Structure Identified
January 12, 2012 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (   JBEI researchers determined the structure of the AgBIS enzyme and found it to consist of three helical domains, the first three-domain structure ever found in a synthase of sesquiterpenes. This …

Deciphering the Black Box of Next-Generation Biofuels Chemistry
January 12, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Mike Salciccioli (Frontiers in Energy Research)   Researchers combine experiments and fundamental models to unveil the previously unknown mechanisms for how biofuels are generated from biomass
A series of complex processes fracture large biomolecules containing millions of …

Biofuels Become a Victim of Own Success – but Not for Long
January 12, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (Government Online)  For the first time in a decade, the vast biofuel industry has stalled. But with crude prices still high, charting a course towards biofuels that do more good than harm is …

Biomass Power to Help Push Mitr Phol Revenue to Bt100 bn in Three Years
January 12, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Nalin Viboonchart   (The Nation)  Mitr Phol Group targets revenue of Bt100 billion within three years, driven by sugar-related businesses such as ethanol and the biomass power plants it is investing in here and in …

ACES 409 Bioenergy Systems – Online
January 12, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois  Urbana-Champaign)  The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is offering an online class in bioenergy …

Council of Energy Resource Tribes and BioJet form Strategic Alliance
January 12, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(BioJet)  The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) today announced formation of a strategic business relationship with BioJet International. CERT is comprised of 57 sovereign Indian tribesas members. CERT members collectively own and manage more …

Gevo and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Sign Off-Take and Marketing Agreement
January 12, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Market Watch/Gevo)   Plans Include Working with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed’s Renowned Research Center to Explore Opportunities to Upgrade Value-Added Applications in Animal Feed Products
Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today (January 10, …

Sundrop Fuels Plans $450M Investment to Make Gas from Wood
January 12, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Rich Christianson (Woodworking Network)  Sundrop Fuels Inc. has selected Rapides Parish, LA, as the site of its first gasification plant to produce gasoline from forest waste.
The company is purchasing about 1,200 acres of land …

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from INEOS Bio and Enerkem, located in Florida and Alberta. Europe’s largest biosuccinic acid project, scheduled …

Finding a Way to Put a Zebra in Your Tank
January 10, 2012 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Guy Gugliotta (New York Times)   …Dr. (David A.) Mullin (a professor of molecular biology at Tulane University)was collecting manure from giraffes and other exotic ruminants at the zoo, a few blocks from his laboratory. …

Lufthansa Ends Biofuel Trial with U.S. Flight
January 10, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Bryan  (Reuters)  German carrier Lufthansa is ending the trial use of a biofuel mix for its planes because it has used up stocks of certified biofuel and no other reliable supplies are available.
The trial, …

Former Sheriff Seeks Proof of Financing for Trash-to-Ethanol Plant
January 10, 2012 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana)  The former Lake County sheriff is seeking answers regarding the absent financing for a proposed south county trash-to-ethanol plant.
And the chief political champion of the plan, Lake County Commissioner Gerry …

Algae Production Workshop, Networking and Tour January 30, 2012 Los Angeles, CA
January 10, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Algae Production Workshop, Networking and Tour     January 30, 2012     Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California (University Park Campus – downtown LA)
*Includes tour of OriginOil’s facility after workshop – Los Angeles, California

Algae biofuel has the potential to meet the world’s growing energy demand.  Due to its high …

Cellectis Launches a Partnership with Total for Exploratory Research into Microalgae-Based Substitutes for Oil Products
January 10, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Cellectis)  Cellectis (Alternext: ALCLS), the French genome engineering specialist, is today announcing that it has signed an agreement with Total to develop microalgae-based oil substitutes. The research program includes an initial one-year phase, which may be …

Poland to Allow Blenders to Cut Biofuel Mandates by 15%: Source
January 10, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Polish transport fuel producers can decrease their biofuel-blending requirements by 15% if they buy supplies from approved producers, according to a government source, citing a blending provision effective January 1.
In order to take advantage …

Tiger Cars for Tiger Fuels: E100 Group Calls for More Ethanol-Tuned Engines
January 10, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  To The Editors of the Wall Street Journal:   Cellulosic ethanol has been a debacle, but not for the reasons stated in your editorial “The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle” of …

International Case Challenge and Delhi Sustainable Development Summit January 31, 2012 Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Delhi, India
January 9, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
International Case Challenge and Delhi Sustainable Development Summit   January 31, 2012   Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Delhi, India

Case Competitions have emerged as a vital learning opportunity for students. ISEEESA has identified this, and will host its 1st Annual International Case Challenge in Calgary, Canada. This Challenge is offered to all students in …

Bioenergy Processes & Technologies March 13, 2012 Rotterdam, Netherlands
January 9, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Processes & Technologies     March 13, 2012    Rotterdam, Netherlands

A comprehensive 1-day briefing on how Fuels and Energy can be created from Biomass feedstocks
13 March 2012, World Biofuels Markets, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Note: The course can be attended as a stand-alone session but also provides an …

2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program February 27-29 National Harbor, MD
January 9, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program   February 27-29     National Harbor, MD

(Collegiate Energy Association)  The Collegiate Energy Association is organizing a special student program at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (February 27-29, 2012). Participants in the program will have their registration fees for the conference …

Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Identification of Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways Under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
January 9, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is issuing a direct final rule identifying additional fuel pathways that EPA has determined meet the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel or cellulosic biofuel lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements specified …

US EPA Publishes Direct Final Rule for Camelina RFS2 Pathway
January 9, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Jan. 5, the U.S. EPA issued a direct final rule regarding RFS2 pathways for four new biofuel feedstocks, including camelina oil, energy cane, giant reed and napiergrass. While the …

DDGs Use to Exceed Supply
January 9, 2012 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(AllAboutFeed)  …Despite initial concerns about the capacity of US or foreign livestock feeders to utilise DDGs, they are now the second largest category of processed feed used in the US, amounting to an estimated 29.1 …

Retailers Not Ready For Ethanol
January 9, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Jay Berry, with Central Indiana Ethanol in Marion, says many stations do not have the equipment to handle higher ethanol blends. He told HAT there are no regulations that …

National Cattlemen’s President-Elect Says Group Is Not Opposed to Ethanol
January 9, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Heather Thornstensen (AgriNews)  While they had a leader from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at their recent annual convention, the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association brought together a panel to discuss whether the ethanol and …

Biodiesel a Concern as Renewable Fuel Subsidies End
January 9, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Steil (Minnesota Public Radio)  A couple of key federal subsidies for the renewable fuel industry are about to end, cutting billions of dollars tax credits for the ethanol and biodiesel industries.
Congress could renew …

After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires
January 9, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pear (New York Times)  …“We are in a fairly prosperous period for agriculture,” said Dean C. Taylor, a former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. “Agriculture has not been as much of a …

DuPont, NexSteppe Collaborate on Sorghum Development
January 9, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  NexSteppe, a feedstock development company focused on servicing the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries, recently announced a collaborative agreement with DuPont to develop sweet sorghum and high biomass …

The Value of Ethanol
January 9, 2012 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by General Wesley Clark (U.S. Army, Retired)   …But without those 13 billion gallons of ethanol, motorists in the U.S. are all part of a captive market that is controlled by Big Oil. The alternative …

New Renewable Energy, Public Policy Graduate Certificate Offered to Professionals
January 9, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Mike Wolterbeek  (University of Nevada-Reno)  An online graduate certificate in renewable energy that provides an opportunity to study the policies and practices in the diverse fields of renewable energy is being offered at the …

Biodiesel Plant Turns Poppies into Power
January 9, 2012 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  A new biodiesel plant in Tasmania’s northern midlands is producing alternative fuel from poppy seeds.
Mike Henry’s family has been working on plans for a biodiesel factory for five years, using waste from poppy …

Are Flex Fuel Vehicles a Viable Answer to Global Oil Crunch?
January 9, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Balakrishnan Ramachandran (DownstreamToday)  …Auto makers have demonstrated that multi-fuel vehicles are possible and practical in various sizes of passenger cars. Two of the auto majors had displayed concept cars in auto shows of 2006 …

ACT Completes 20kW Crude Glycerol Burner, Using Biodiesel By-Product
January 9, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Applied Combustion Technologies announced the completion of a DOE grant to build and test a prototype crude glycerol burner. The 20 kW burner utilizes a novel spray atomization, …

ZeaChem, and the Renewable Fuel Standard
January 9, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ZeaChem launches its 250,000 gallon per year core process.  How could this possibly matter, in the context of a 500 million gallon cellulosic biofuels target for 2012, that was waived …

FORUM: Ethanol Needs Infrastructure in Absence of Tax Credit
January 9, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Rapid CityJournal/South Dakota Farmers Union)  …What the ethanol industry needs now is investment in improved infrastructure to get ethanol closer to being equal in the marketplace with regular gasoline.
For decades, big oil …

The Road for E85 Fuel Just Got Rougher
January 9, 2012 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  The 85 percent ethanol blend has always faced challenges as a motor fuel. Now, the end of a federal tax credit poses a new one: higher prices.
The high-ethanol fuel known …

Ethanol Makers Shrug off Expiration of Key Tax Credit
January 9, 2012 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Chris O’Malley (Indianapolis Business Journal)  …But it looks like motorists, rather than ethanol makers, stand to feel the pain.
The reason is the survival of another federal measure, known as the Renewable Fuels Standard. It …

RFA: Industry Will Fight for Cellulosic Tax Credits
January 9, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)The federal ethanol blenders’ tax credit for grain-based ethanol expired without protest from the ethanol industry at the end of 2011.
But the head of the Renewable Fuels Association—Bob Dinneen—says the …

Florida Agriculture Seeking to Enter Ethanol Business
January 9, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Aaron Deslatte (Orlando Sentinel)  …Since 2006, Republican lawmakers and governors have created and disbanded an energy commission; funded and de-funded solar initiatives; and created tax incentives for renewable energy producers that expired before the …

Ocean Robots Could Sail Seas and Farm Fuel from Algae
January 9, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Hsu (MSNBC)  Engineer says cheap biodiesel can be made on any scale year-round — he just needs cash
The biofuel farm contained only a small wind turbine, solar panel and container of green scum …

Financial Trends: Evaluating Investments in Advanced Biofuels Projects in the U.S.
January 9, 2012 – 8:08 am | No Comment

by Rakesh Radhakrishnan (Navigant Consulting/Renewable Energy World)  …The current technology maturity-level for several advanced biofuels concepts is too low and therefore poses a significant investment risk. There is a potential for large changes in fuel …

2012 BioPlastek Forum March 28-30 Arlington, VA
January 8, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
2012 BioPlastek Forum   March 28-30   Arlington, VA

Bioplastics represent an opportunity for the chemicals and materials industry to take a major step forward in sustainability and environmental stewardship.
While there is much excitement, there is much confusion. Where will the growth be: biosourced, …

Biomass and an Integrated Supply-Chain Model for Cost-Effective Bioplastics Production
January 8, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(2012 BioPlastek/Atlantic Biomass Conversions)  Because of their polymeric structures, C-5 and C-6 sugars produced from plant and woody biomass are a potential feedstock for the production of bioplastics. Second generation non-food sources of biomass avoid …

Lee Enterprises Consulting Announces 2012 Expansion Plans
January 8, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Lee Enterprises Consulting/24-7 Press Release)  Lee Enterprises Consulting of Little Rock, Ark., the world’s largest biodiesel consulting group, recently announced its plans for expansion in 2012. The plans include expansion of the group’s services into …

World Subsidies for Fossil Fuels 5x Larger than for Renewables
January 6, 2012 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(ELMIA/World Bioenergy)  Something is wrong in the world of energy subsidies. According to statistics gathered by the International Energy Agency (IEA) the worldwide subsidies to fossil fuel consumption in 2009 amounted to no less than …

Algenol Biofuels Inc. Establishes Florida Gulf Coast University Scholarship Fund
January 6, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Eagle News)  The Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation has received a $250,000 pledge from Algenol Biofuels Inc. to create theAlgenol Biofuels Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Fund.
Juniors and seniors at the University who are majoring in …

University of Georgia Scientists ‘Hijack’ Bacterial Immune System
January 6, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Sam Fahmy  (University of Georgia)  …Now, a team of University of Georgia researchers has discovered how to harness this bacterial immune system to selectively target and silence genes. The finding, published today in the …

Fuelling Tomorrow with the News of Yesterday
January 6, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Manuel Arias  (The Starfish)  …One alternative, proposed by researchers at Tulane University, explores the ability of a new bacterial strain named TU-103, which can effectively convert cellulose from paper into butanol biofuel. When you …

Virent Announces Issuance of Five U.S. Patents
January 6, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Company Increases Protection of its BioForming® Technology
Virent announced the issuance of five new U.S. patents covering aspects of its catalytic BioForming® platform. Three of the patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,053,615, 8,017,818 and 7,977,517, cover …

Zambia: CEC Starts Bio-Diesel Blending
January 6, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.coom)  Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) has this year projected to produce 600,000 litres of bio-diesel from crude jatropha oil to meet its own fuel requirements.
The company will next month start blending the fuel from jatropha …

Springboard Biodiesel Teams With Pinnacle Capital to Provide Schools With Attractive Clean-Tech Financing Options
January 6, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Springboard Biodiesel)  Springboard Biodiesel and Pinnacle Capital announced this morning (January 5, 2012) a new and innovative financing program designed to help US educational institutions — public and private — establish small-scale biodiesel production programs …

Taking Bio-Based Products to the Next Level: MGP Ingredients, Inc. teams up with Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, Universities
January 6, 2012 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(MGP Ingredients)  MGP Ingredients, Inc. (MGP), an expert in wheat- and corn-based ingredients, is teaming up with the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy (KABB) and four Kansas universities to develop new technologies and products that …

The Bio-Based Economy: A Renewed and Renewable Vision for 2012
January 6, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  …To be clear, the bioeconomy is the total economic activity from all sectors of the biotechnology industry – pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture and industrial biotechnology. With biotechnology we can help, …

Eye-Catching Rape Crop Fuelling the Country’s Future
January 6, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by John Lewis (ODT)  Large colourful crops of oil-seed rape may become a more common sight on Otago farms in the future as the biofuel revolution gathers momentum.
A warm growing season has turned a 23ha …

The Blunder Down Under
January 6, 2012 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  In Australia, it’s Back to Petroleum for the ethanol producers, blenders and users of New South Wales if BP gets its way.
…Rather than go back to selling the ethanol …

University of Manchester Team Solves Glycerol Problem
January 6, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(MenMedia)  …Dr Constantinos Theodoropoulos and Prof Colin Webb from the University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science decided to tackle the issue of a worldwide glut of glycerol.
Growing global demand for biodiesel means markets …

Fuelling Your Car With Falafel Oil
January 6, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Tal Sandler (ShalomLife)  Israeli scientists developing process of turning leftover oil from fast food restaurants into biodiesel
…Dr. Sobhi Basheer and Dr. Ahmed Tafesh of TransBiodiesel, have developed a new process by which any oil, …

The 7 Paths of the New Agriculture
January 6, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But the New Agriculture has arisen in recent years, with new solutions to the old dilemma: how do you produce, and afford, and haul, and utilize enough feedstock to make …

Sunn Hemp Shows Promise as Biofuel Source
January 6, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)  Work by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that farmers in the Southeast could use the tropical legume sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in their crop rotations …

Santa Cruz Nonprofit Hopes to Make Fuel from Ocean-Based Plastic
January 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy E. West  (Mercury News/Santa Cruz Sentinel)  …It sounds like an environmentalist’s dream. But it’s the ambitious mission of the Santa Cruz nonprofit Clean Oceans Project, which six months ago teamed up with a …

BASF Participates in US American Technology Company Renmatix
January 6, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix)  BASF is participating with $30 million through BASF Biorenewable Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG in the American technology firm Renmatix Inc. The BASF subsidiary led a $50 million financing round, joined by new and …

LanzaTech to Convert Acquired Ethanol Plant for Biochemicals
January 6, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  LanzaTech NZ Ltd., a closely held biofuels company backed by billionaire Vinod Khosla, will convert a U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant it bought from Range Fuels Inc. to produce chemicals from biomass.
The $5.1 million deal completed …

Range Fuels Sells Government-Backed Biofuel Plant to LanzaTech
January 6, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Range Fuels, Inc.,…, a closely held U.S. cellulosic ethanol company that was offered $156 million in federal government backing, sold its only factory to LanzaTech NZ Ltd. as part of a government-approved liquidation.
The U.S. Department …

Overcoming the Challenge of Cheap Sugars: Unmarketable Hawaiian Papaya Used to Produce Green Fuels
January 6, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Biotork)  BioTork has successfully converted unmarketable Hawaiian papayas to fatty acids that can be refined into green fuels. This result is a first milestone in a developmental research project conducted in collaboration with the US Dept of …

Evogene to Establish Evofuel Ltd. for Developing Advanced Feedstock for Biofuel
January 6, 2012 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Evogene)  Wholly Owned Subsidiary Expanding Castor Bean Activity in Brazil
Evogene Ltd.  announced that it is establishing Evofuel, a wholly owned subsidiary, to focus on developing seed for advanced second-generation feedstock for biofuel.
Included in the activities …

Profiles in Scale-up: China, Nigeria Ink Deal to Invest $2.55B in 15 Integrated Biorefinery Projects
January 6, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, Bloomberg and several local outlets are reporting that the Nigerian government has signed a $2.55 billion development deal with Global Biofuels, to construct 15 integrated biorefineries throughout the West …

Researcher: Low Corn Oil DDGS Less Competitive in Canada
January 2, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With U.S. ethanol plants adding corn oil extraction in increasing numbers, about half the distillers grains coming into Canada is a low corn oil product, said Eduardo Beltranena, feed …

Clean Cities Publishes Guide to Alternative Fuel Lawn Equipment
January 2, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  A single commercial mower can use as much gasoline or diesel fuel each year as a commercial work truck does. Fortunately, petroleum-based fuels aren’t the only options when it comes to …

Top 10 Biofuels Predictions for 2012
January 2, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …10. Advanced biofuels capacity surges to 1 billion gallons, globally. We see 570 million gallons in capacity from Neste Oil alone; 137 Mgy from Diamond Green, 75 Mgy from Dynamic …

ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards Ceremony June 20-21, 2012 Crystal City, VA
December 30, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards Ceremony     June 20-21, 2012   Crystal City, VA

ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference looks at the strategies and technologies being implemented by the air transport industry as it strives to create a greener, sustainable future.
ATW’s Annual Eco-Aviation Conference was the first and still …

Cassava Starch World 2012 February 22-24 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
December 30, 2011 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
Cassava Starch World 2012   February 22-24  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Centered around the theme on Finding Value Added Applications for Cassava, CMT’sCassava Starch World conference is a must attend event for the entire supply chain of the industry.
Find out key issues on

Cassava Starch outlook – markets, economics and its …

Risk Management Agency Announces Pilot Crop Insurance Program for Camelina
December 30, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has developed a pilot program to insure camelina. The program, which will be available in selected counties in Montana and North Dakota for the 2012 …

Algae Perspectives: A Look Back…a Look Forward
December 30, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  …Many of you will remember that 2011 began with a discouraging report that claimed algae biofuels could never play a role in US energy security. We at the Algal …

New Mexico State University Advances their Algae Test Bed Research
December 30, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Since early October, New Mexico State University’s Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) researchers have been transitioning from algae operations in the IEE water and energy lab to the Algae Test …

Japan: New Venture to Pursue Mass Production of Algae Biofuel
December 30, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  rom the Denki Shimbun Electric Daily News comes a story about three Japanese companies: IHI Corporation, Gene and Gene Technology (G&GT), and the Neo-Morgan Laboratory Incorporated (NML) that have just announced establishing …

UK Companies to Invest £2.5bn in Renewables
December 30, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Angela Monaghan (The Telegraph)  The plans, announced in the financial year so far, could create almost 12,000 jobs across the country according to research by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

It came as …