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Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory)  With growing environmental concerns on the rise in recent years, more companies and individuals are becoming

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

United States Biochar Initiative 2018 Conference: “The Carbon Link in Watershed Ecosystem Services” Stories from Stockholm to Virginia

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   My wife checked my fishing gear upon learning that I was attending the Biochar 2018 Conference in Wilmington, Delaware. Why? She thought I made up “biochar” and the conference as a way escape to a few days of fishing on and off Cape Henlopen,

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania’s Next Biorefinery: Discussion Held at the Penn State Energy Days Annual Conference, 2018

by Anahita Bharadwaj (Pennsylvania State University for Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy Days, 2018 at The Pennsylvania State University- University Park, brought together leading researchers, government agencies, industries, non-profit organizations and academics in the field of energy to understand the current challenges in this area. This year saw some inspiring and enthusiastic

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

The EnergyPath toward Renewables

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) EnergyPath.  It’s like nothing else. Funded by a lawsuit settlement more than a decade ago, EnergyPath has become the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia from across the United States. Scholarships enable people with a wide range of interests

August 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

GAF 2018: From Precision Farming to Fuel Cell Challenges

by Laís F. Thomaz*(Advanced Biofuels USA) The Global Agribusiness Forum event took place on July 23 and 24 2018 at the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo, Brazil, and brought together leaders from more than 60 countries. In its fourth edition, the special theme was “Science from the field to the

August 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Brief Thoughts on the 2018 Bio World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (July 16-19, 2018, Philadelphia, PA)

by Craig Laufer* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After hearing from many speakers at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, one recurring theme from the sessions I attended was the application of digital biology, synthetic biology in silico modeling, machine learning and robotics to the R & D of biofuels/bioproducts production. 

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative, hallmark-of-Scandinavia, hyper-modern structures in downtown Copenhagen. The city provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE 2018), where European and international companies and organizations promoted

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Georgetown Climate Center and Northeast States Listen to Public’s Ideas about Future of Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Recently, the Georgetown Climate Center facilitated the third in a series of Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Sessions designed to “(cast) a broader net to obtain input on strategies our states (CT, DE, DC, MD, MA, NY, RI, and VT) should consider to reduce

June 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel’s Role in the Circular Economy: Key Lessons and Actions for the Industry

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) When it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling our goods most people associate consuming less of what we already have with a ‘circular economy’. What is rarely, if ever discussed at conferences concerning changing behaviors in resource management is finding a sustainable alternative to

June 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

An Evaluation of Brazil’s RenovaBio Program

by Bill Brandon* (Advanced Biofuels USA/ Industrial Ecosystems) According to the Paris Accords on Climate Change, each country is to develop its own goals for CO2 reductions and develop a program to meet these goals.  Brazil is an interesting case study in this effort.  Unlike other countries, Brazil has chosen

June 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Unloading Sustainability in the Most Unlikely Places: Germany’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Realizing Closed Photo-Bioreactor Systems

by Michael Eggelston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The excessive water evaporation of open pond photo-bioreactors (PBRs) seriously limits the geographical applicability of algae as a catalyst for bio-based products. As a result, these industries in Europe have turned to closed PBR systems which only use a fraction of the water consumed

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Hidden Costs Behind the IMO’s New Regulations For Marine Biofuels: EIA Webinar Review

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Challenged by strict, binding international targets to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and sulfur levels in fuels it is estimated that by 2020 the marine sector will need to modify or change about 80% of their current inventory. Making up half the cost of

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On the transportation side, these include reviewing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; threatening to take away California’s authority to set their own mileage and pollution controls, including CO2 (carbon dioxide)

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them into the emerging bioeconomy. The grant was split between nineteen partnering universities across the country.

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Are We There Yet? Europe’s Nagging Call for Sustainable Mobility

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it comes to getting from point A to point B, getting to our destination has unfortunately overshadowed the process of how we should get there. As a result, resolving issues such as resource management, population growth and climate change are found at the

May 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have sparked concerns that Paris’ target of holding global warming below two degrees (2DS) won’t be achieved. Curious to get an

May 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be massively scaled up, according to every climate-economic modeling effort, in order to reach the Paris

May 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development of a bio-based economy is actually trying to accomplish.  On one side there is a

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Is the EU Killing the Magic Plant? The Emerging International Consensus on Low Carbon Fuels Takes Center Stage in (Spite of) Brussels

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At one of a series of bioenergy conferences in Brussels, April 10-12, 2018, some combination of hearty guffaws, inward chuckles and solemn nods greeted the predictable but well-delivered punchline from Miguel Ivan Lacerda de Oliveiras of the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy. “Do

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel 2018 (26-27 February 2018): A Report

by Gunjan Mukherjee (Advanced Biofuels USA/Chandigarh University Institute of Biotechnology (UIBT))  The International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel was held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India. The concept of the conference was that use of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. On the

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Talking Carbon: Europe’s Prejudice towards Carbon Capture Utilization (CCU) Technology

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With over 260 million cars on the road in Europe, industry leaders and governmental representatives alike are putting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) under fire for its lack of clarity surrounding its impact on defossilizing the transportation sector. Carbon Capture and Utilization Included

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Short-Term Bioenergy Solutions for Meeting the Two Degree Celsius Scenario (2DS)

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA) Highlighting how policy makers, investors and scientists can jointly work together to transform the global energy system, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Technology Roadmap for Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy investigates a considerable strategy to increase modern bioenergy use within the heat, electric and transport sectors.

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Impressions of the State of the Industry from ABLC 2018

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “A smidgen more hopeful that it has been for a few years,” said one advanced biofuels industry long-timer.  “I don’t understand why it feels so pessimistic,” asked an attendee from the EU, noting that pessimism contrasts with the optimistic news during presentations about technological

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) Friday in Washington, DC.  This annual gathering of hundreds of international leaders, C-level business executives and federal

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event with news of new US national standards for biomass supply chain risk that intend to

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA joined 14 other exhibitors at the University of Maryland College Park recently to bring education about biofuels to students, faculty and businesses interested in sustainability and engaged in renewable energy and efficiency. As part of the fourth annual “Council on Women

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f anyone asks what will be the economic incentive for a revised, more effective CO2 GHG reduction plan that uses renewable

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant issue since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Besides the Administration’s near religious fervor against Climate Change and the reduction of Green House Gases (GHG),

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we may in fact facilitate mother nature in breaking the lock-out of her dominant species,” wrote Stephen L. Bi in The Path Dependent Road to Sustainable Personal Transport: Increasing returns economics

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Five Steps for Successful Sustainable Fuel Fleet Integration and Vehicle Use

by Michael Eggleston*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Since switching to B20, we’ve had no engine issues. We haven’t had any issues with fuel filters. And the lubrication from biodiesel has been a good thing given the lack of lubricity in modern diesel fuel,”  Roger Ritchie, Manager at Rochester Public Transit, stated

February 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Greening Gas: Conference of the European Biogas Association Presents Emerging Technologies for European Energy Transition in a Circular Economy

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Antwerp, Belgium, is known for diamonds and fine chocolates. But what shined there a couple of weeks ago was the Conference of the European Biogas Association (EBA). In my last article about biogas in Europe (advancedbiofuelsusa.info/biogas-in-europe-current-situation-and-perspectives/), I provide an overview to give us a

February 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Europe’s Polarized Transport Future: A Shift in Biofuel Quality

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 22, 2018, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility titled “Fuels of the Future” was opened up by a discussion with Members of the European Parliament, as well as representatives from the European Commission and the German government, that addressed setting the

January 29, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Webinar Review: Preparing to Harmonize Methane Emission Measurements for Biogas Applications

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On January 18th, 2018, the Canadian Institute of Forestry hosted a webinar for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 which publically addressed that there is a need to harmonize methane emission measurements for biogas applications. Part of IEA Bioenergy’s vision, to achieve

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares to support a high volume of fully electric, autonomous vehicles in the coming future. In order to prepare for the rise in EV consumer demand, Daimler AG, the largest manufacture

January 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Old and New at the Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has three overlapping reasons to attend and exhibit at the Keystone Farm Show: Educate attendees; Educate ourselves; Connect with people interested in joining the biofuels world. For one, the organizers, Lee Publications, invite us to be there to provide information about

January 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Insights from IEA Task 36

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 36 to share and promote research and development (R&D) findings oriented for the energy recovery

January 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) on November 16th to discuss plans to scale up

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the future of de-fossilizing the transport sector might look. Representing the interests of European renewable ethanol

December 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Chris Tindal Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors

For Immediate Release November 15, 2017—Frederick, MD  Chris Tindal, former Director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, has joined the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors.  Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels,

November 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Citizens Taking Charge: Germany’s Buzz over Maize

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2012, Energiegenossenschaft (energy cooperative) Starkenburg e.G. (ES) has been serving the Starkenburg region as independent non-partisan citizens’ cooperative supporting Germany’s grassroots movement by promoting renewable energy projects to advance the standard of climate protection financed by their members. Located in Lorsch, Germany, ES

November 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Report from EUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Participants from over 70 countries gathered at Stockholm’s Älvsjömässan for the annual European Biomass Conference, EUBCE 2017 in June 12-15. In the field of advanced biofuels two years is a long time, so it was interesting to see how the topics and focus points

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based on the data developed for the study are organized in a 6-pager to highlight items

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a central meeting place for policy and business communities to discuss how to harness the full

November 1, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in a stakeholder workshop held by the European research project COSMOS which aims at reducing the dependence of imported plant oils

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”.  BBEST had 385 registered participants with 153 academics, 141 students, 55 invited speakers and 37

October 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) says that analysis has shown that

October 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
  Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave the participants an opportunity to attend both events at the same time. The conference gave a comprehensive outlook of the

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Files Comments on CAFE Midterm Evaluation

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Regarding the Midterm Evaluation Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Year 2022–2025 Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions and CAFE Standards, Advanced Biofuels USA offered the following comments and recommendations. Current EPA CAFE Fuel Mileage Regulations Are Not an Expedited or Cost-Efficient Method for Achieving Motor Vehicle GHG Reductions Advanced

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids – Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions” presented by Elina Hakkarainen. Designed to optimize the potential of a variety of different energy sources, an integrated bioenergy hybrid is an energy conversion process that

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic ground transportation markets. With Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in the area, could Maryland’s Eastern

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Welcomes Todd Campbell to Its Expanded Board of Directors

For Immediate Release September 8, 2017—Frederick, MD  During this summer, Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels, decided to expand its board of directors from seven to nine members and elected Todd Campbell, former Senior Advisor for Energy and the Biobased

September 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz Joins Advanced Biofuels USA Board of Directors, Bringing International Perspective to the Organization

For Immediate Release August 14, 2017—Frederick, MD  Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz, a researcher at Sao Paulo State University (Unesp) specializing in International Relations and Foreign Trade, is joining the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors.  Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced

August 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Small Scale, Self-Contained–Key Concepts at EnergyPath 2017

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “The goal of EnergyPath is to increase in knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow.”  Every region, if not every state, should follow Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Energy Fund’s lead on this event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia

July 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Thoughts from the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and National Advanced Biofuels Conference and Expo

by Douglas Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From the Welcome Reception on Monday to the last session on Wednesday, there was new information presented and new developments reported. At the opening of the expo, many vendors were not able to participate in the beverage service because of the number of producers

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Boating, Biofuels and Dirty Politics

by William Delahunt* (Special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Washington, D.C. is full of advocates. Some are very effective champions for important causes, but others get sucked into the maelstrom of competing special interests. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of the latter type represented among those who claim to serve boating enthusiasts

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Have Faith that US Leadership in Advanced Biofuels Development Will Continue Regardless of Trump Administration Policy

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) For the record, Advanced Biofuels USA has faith that the world will continue to develop technologies and products to address climate change, improve air quality, and develop truly sustainable, renewable fuels for transportation, cooking, heat and power with or without the US government’s formal participation

June 2, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

OPINION: Reflections on the Marches for Science and Climate

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) 200,000 people joined the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29, 2017; with another 100,000 at sister marches around the country. 40,000 Marched for Science on Earth Day in the rain in Washington, DC, and 40,000 also in Chicago, with another 20,000

May 8, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Big Equipment and Politics at the International Biomass Conference and Expo

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shredders, chippers, conveying systems, balers, and pellet mills were the highlights of the International Biomass Conference and Expo held recently in Minneapolis.  The big equipment is aimed at the big sources of biomass feedstocks that are available at the right price. Many conversations were

May 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on the agenda of the 2018 Global Agribusiness Forum. Big Data was the main topic in

April 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Survival at a Crossroads

by Larry R. Knight* (Reciclaje Pura Vida for Advanced Biofuels USA) There are those who would argue that global warming is not occurring.  While the evidence suggests otherwise, it would be political and intellectual suicide to argue that our global population is not outgrowing the neighborhood.  In the process, the availability

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Education and Outreach Activities in India: A Report

by Gunjan Mukherjee* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Working on Education and Outreach for Advanced Biofuels USA, I, as Professor of Biotechnology at Chandigarh University, conducted a few seminar lectures where the activities of Advanced Biofuels USA were presented and discussed with senior faculty members and students. The talk was titled Advanced Biofuels:

April 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective of biofuels; rethinking the value of using dedicated crops as compared to a focus on

March 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Heard in the Hallway at ABLC–Science from Scientists, a Teacher Resource

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It’s the personal connections you make at conferences that provide that added value that webinars and online learning just can’t beat.  That’s how I found out about Science from Scientists, an educational nonprofit that puts scientists into classrooms in a structured program. A critical

March 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Brian Foody Receives Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement Award

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Iogen’s Brian Foody receives Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement Award at Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  Leading Iogen from a 2004 biochemical company to a leading supplier of cellulosic ethanol in the US market, Foody might attribute part of the reason that he

March 2, 2017 Read Full Article

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 by June, on schedule. Moderated by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest publisher and editor, the panel

March 2, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Sees Greater Collaboration with DOE Office of Fossil Energy in Its Future

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This morning at the “Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project Round 2 Industry Roundtable” held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, Zia Haq, Senior Analyst and DPA Coordinator for the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office provided information

March 1, 2017 Read Full Article

A First-Hand Report: Competing in MIT’S THINK Science Competition

by Erika Tan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Let me introduce myself – my name is Erika Tan, and I’m a current sophomore attending Freehold High School in New Jersey. If someone had told me at the beginning of this year that I would be writing an article for a nonprofit biofuel

February 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Low Energy Conscientiousness at DC Auto Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy use hid in the background of nearly all presentations at the DC Auto Show’s 2017 Policy Day whether visions of the future or descriptions of the present or near-term. It became clear that autonomous vehicles and electric drive trains will require substantial increases

January 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Welcomes Shannon Hollis to Its Board of Directors

For Immediate Release January 24, 2017—Frederick, MD  At its annual meeting on January 19, 2017, Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels, elected and welcomed Shannon Hollis, Program Director at the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University to the board of

January 24, 2017 1 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security

by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference,” Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases,” the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed to come up. The conference, held at the Pew Charitable Trust building in Washington D.C.,

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz at the Keystone Farm Show, “The Farm Show for Farmers,” in York, Pennsylvania from January

January 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Jatropha Oil: Ghana’s Next Potential Source of Biofuel

by Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the issue of biofuels and renewable energy making waves all over the globe, it is therefore not surprising when Africa (particularly Ghana) is not left out on investing in the future of energy. Biomass is the primary source of energy in African countries,

November 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Small Farm Conference–A Seriously Knowledge-Intensive Activity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “I want to make this land productive again,” was a common refrain at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 13th Annual Small Farm Conference November 11-12.  Whether returning to a disused family farm or starting on a new venture, many attendees shared a desire

November 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

BIO Latin America Conference 2016: Innovation, Investors and Institution in new Global Markets

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) promoted its first Latin America Conference in Sao Paulo October 26-28, 2016, co-hosted by Biominas and with the support of the Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI). The theme of this event was: “Accessing new global markets”. Innovation, Investors and

November 5, 2016 Read Full Article

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies were the key issues discussed.   Nissan new technology promises a revolution The main highlight

October 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Carbon Pricing in North America – Leading a New Era of Climate Policy

by Tamaki Stiles * (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Reducing greenhouse emissions is a shared goal in North America.  In fact, presidents of the United States and Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada met in June this year to establish partnerships on clean energy and the environment.  One of the important

October 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Navy Displays Military Use of Biofuels and Great Green Fleet at Commissioning of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Electricity.  When describing the USS Zumwalt, which was commissioned in Baltimore Harbor Saturday, the first characteristic to mention is the new age design (can’t miss that); followed by the key role played by electricity (a bit less obvious).  From the “all-electric” propulsion system to

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Ag Field Days Are Always about Learning–We Were So Sure, Then We Found We Were Wrong!

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The purpose of Ag Field Days, education, goes both ways.  Those doing demonstrations and exhibits often learn just as much from those attending the events. True again at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore/University of Maryland Extension 1890 Program/US Department of Agriculture Ag Field

October 1, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced biochemicals, bioproducts, biomaterials and biofuels, with an emphasis on forest resources. The no-nonsense attitude is

September 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Energypath 2016: This Is What I Am Talking about! Penn State University Delivered a Complete Multifaceted Week about Renewable Energy and Biofuels

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* and Joanne Ivancic** (Advanced Biofuels USA) After Dan Quadros’ oft-repeated criticism about biofuels education and the big gap between research and the job market, he was pleased to experience the best example of how to bring them closer together, demonstrated by the Sustainable Energy Fund organizing,

September 13, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Rural Business Development Grant for Feasibility Study of Eastern Shore Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project

For Immediate Release, September 7, 2016:  Frederick, Maryland — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a Maryland based  501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jetfuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The study will look

September 7, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss the importance of agribusiness supply chains in the world. GAF is held every two years.

July 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Insights About Green Jobs from Bioenergy 2016

by Janine Finnell (Advanced Biofuels USA/Leaders in Energy) I attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference held in Washington DC from July 12-14, 2016.  There were 17 breakout sessions on topics including bioenergy jobs; startup companies pitching business propositions to investors; advanced feedstocks;

July 26, 2016 Read Full Article

The Huge Unexploited Potential of Generating Biofuels from a Food Processing Residue, Palm Kernel Oil (PKO), with Ghana in Perspective

By Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy is a great determinant in ensuring the growth of the economy of every country. Ghana, as a country, has faced some instability in the supply of energy for domestic and industrial use owing to the fact that it has over–relied on hydrothermal power

July 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Thoughts at Bioenergy 2016: What Are We Doing Here?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The substance of the on-going US Department of Energy renewable energy-related conferences this week comes down to “How do we get customers to buy what we are making?”  It’s the question at the root of getting investors into early stage and first-commercial projects.  It’s

July 13, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainable Transportation Summit–Day 1 Bits and Pieces

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it’s called the “inaugral Sustainable Transportation Summit,” you know the organizers anticipate more to come.  Discussed for the past four years or so, the US Department of Transportation’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy finally incorporated the vehicle and driver perspective into

July 12, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

2016 Energy Efficiency Forum

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The U.S. Energy Association and Johnson Controls sponsored a conference on strategies and data analysis of energy efficiency which took place on Thursday, June 23 at National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event focused on how improving efficiency in buildings, district energy systems

June 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The UN Foundation, PCI, USAID and Tetra Tech sponsored a afternoon of stories and solutions from the sponsors’ Women and Climate Change project which took place on June 23 in Washington, DC as part of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security programs. Stories

June 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

A Disappearing Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/BiofuelNet Canada)  If we are serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Greenhouse Gases (GHG), then we need serious action. First, include the price of Greenhouse Gas effects in the non-renewable portion of fuels and commit serious funds to renewable fuel research and infrastructure development.

June 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Consider the Fully Burdened Price of Fuel over Memorial Day Holiday

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As we watch transportation fuel prices rise as we celebrate the beginning of Northern Hemisphere summer and, in the US, as we memorialize those who have died in service to their country, let us consider the fully burdened price of fuel. Consider not only

May 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Be Part of the Future for “Delmarva: A Region of Possibilities”?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Don’t come to listen, come to act.”  That’s what the invitation from the Rural Maryland Council, USDA Rural Development office and Maryland Broadband Cooperative said.  We were invited to connect for a day with other public innovators interested in moving Delmarva forward as a thriving

May 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

[Opinion] Advanced Biofuels: Nothing’s Perfect, but There’s a Lot of Good

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/The Biomass Monitor)  Is the glass half full or half empty? Is a feedstock sustainable or harmful to the environment? Is a conversion technology efficient or too complex? Is a familiar process too expensive or on the way to affordable? Or too expensive at small

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: What’s Next? Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape Explores a World of Clean Power Plans and Favorable Tax Incentives; Exposes Potential Cracks

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For a meeting about renewable energy held on St. Patrick’s Day, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, began her address with appropriate words from an old Irish blessing: May the wind be always at your back. May

March 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

An Open Letter to the New US House of Representatives Free Market Green Coalition – Without a Price on Pollution, There are No Market-Based Solutions to Clean Up the Environment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  We welcome US Representatives Adam Kinzinger, Barbara Comstock, Joe Heck, Chris Gibson, Ryan Costello, Kevin Yoder, Richard Hanna, Dave Reichert, Elise Stefanik, Carlos Curbelo, Tom Reed and Bob Dold to the fight against climate change and pollution with the founding of the House Republican Energy,

March 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Hybrid Truck: How This Came About, How It’s Used, Experience with Performance

by Jennifer Horrillo (Diesel Direct/Special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  At Diesel Direct, we are proud to have the nation’s first hybrid diesel electric fuel delivery truck.  The truck was put into use in the fall of 2010.  At the time, diesel prices were very high and the diesel hybrid electric

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short course and a symposium.  Posted after the article are two interviews with important researchers in this

March 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Using Data to Project Future Results: What Do Super Tuesday Primary Numbers Say About the General Election?

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Editors Note: We usually don’t write about election results, but today’s mainstream media coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries seemed to call for some analysis. In some ways it’s very similar to trying to tease out the reality of the US energy economy from

March 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Benefits and Ordeals of a Biofuel Project in Nigeria

by Oladunjoye A. Waleola (Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria; special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria is a company deeply involved in Jatropha curcas cultivation as well as biofuel production. We have been on the ground and researching  Jatropha since 2009. In line with our mission statement

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Zeitgeist at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference

  by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You might think that annual conferences feel the same year after year. Not true.  One of the reasons to attend conferences is to get an update on the dynamic ‘feel’ or zeitgeist of an industry, a movement, a community.  Gatherings such as Biofuels

February 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Price of Oil Crushes Liquid Transportation Fuels–Renewable and Not — Now What?

Editorial by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Europe should promote the development of home-grown alternatives to imported oil and gas,”  according to former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was Danish Prime Minister from November 2001 to April 2009 in an interview with Bloomberg’s Ewa Krukowska about Russian domination of

February 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term growth of renewable sustainable clean, low greenhouse gas emissions liquid transportation fuels. In this insightful

February 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

After the Fall: Rebuilding US Liquid Fuel Production – Invest in Our Land or the Shale Oil Fields? (Part 2 of 2)

Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other eco­nomic benefits in the medium term. If we look at the larger picture, we can see that more diver­sified and innovative forms of production which impact less

February 12, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton heaping all the blame on Michigan Republicans while not saying one word about the deficiencies

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out the importance of alternative fuels to achieving the climate change goals of the Paris COP21

January 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Honda VP Says NSX Probably Racing in 2017 Le Mans GT Class

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  John Mendel, Executive Vice President, American Honda Motor Co., in answer to a question at the DC Auto Show said there would be an announcement soon about the Honda NSX racing in 2017. “You know the old adage,” he said,

January 21, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Florida Treasure Coast Farm-to-Fly Aviation Biofuel Project Starts Feasibility Study

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 7th, the Florida Treasure Coast Education, Research and Development Authority (TCERDA) held a Kickoff Meeting in Ft. Pierce for their Farm-to-Fly Aviation Biofuel feasibility study. This study is funded by a grant from the USDA Farm-to-Fly rural development program. The study

January 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

E85 Retrofit Project: Getting Started, Choosing a Retrofit Kit

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Once we decided to go forward with the E85 conversion, Bob Kozak researched options for retrofitting my bright yellow 2002 Ford Focus ZX3.  He decided that the kit offered by Fuel Flex International would probably meet our needs. Getting Started with the Right E85

January 18, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Cleantech Summit: Business and Strategies 2015, September 8-10, Helsinki, Finland

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Global Cleantech Summit 2015 concentrated on cleantech strategies and business cooperation. Some venture capitalists have already declared cleantech dead as it has undergone the typical innovation life-cycle and has suffered somewhat from hype. However, based on the presentations at the conference, it seems cleantech

January 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Beginning the new year with a few days steeped in agriculture proved a great winter tonic, raising optimism that the seemingly ordinary people tromping through the York County Fair buildings at the Keystone Farm Show (“A farm show for farmers”) hold the keys to

January 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Bob Kozak Writes about Green Racing Developments from The Roar B4 the Rolex 24 in Daytona

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Ed note: Here are some initial notes from Bob Kozak, covering green racing developments at the Daytona International Speedway’s Roar before the Rolex 24.  Sounds like we are racing backwards instead of forwards.  To begin: Corvette The front of the Corvettes no longer have

January 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Modeling Climate Change and its Social Costs

by Osaretin Oghomwen Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On November 13th, the National Academies of Science’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education convened with its board of Environmental Change and Society to assess current trends in monitoring climate change as well as the social cost of carbon emissions. Additionally,

December 17, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Collection and Use in Finland

by Aino Siirala* and Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Current UCO market:  In Europe, UCO (used cooking oil) collection and reuse has increased steadily during the past decade, reaching its peak in 2016. The most significant UCO producer in Europe is Germany, where 140 000 tons of UCO is collected

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Walking the Walk in Advanced Biofuels USA’s “E30 and Beyond Retrofitted” Focus

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Here at Advanced Biofuels USA we’ve been banging the drum for E30 for a number of years. Equal fuel mileage, better performance, you know the facts. Well, all that time we never had a Flex Fuel car, either factory built or retrofitted. This

December 9, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

You, Too, Can Have a FlexFuel Vehicle (or, Your Favorite Car Can Go Vegetarian)

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Since retrofitting a 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 to a FlexFuel vehicle in mid-November, we have substituted use of home-grown renewable fuel for  63%  of a barrel of fossil fuel oil. It was a bit of an adventure.  Here at Advanced Biofuels USA, we decided

December 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future. A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations, caught my eye as a fitting topic for a Thanksgiving editorial–capturing

November 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Commercializing Biobased Products: Opportunities, Challenges, Benefits, and Risks (RSC Green Chemistry)

by Seth W Snyder (Editor, Contributor), James H Clark (Editor), George Kraus (Series Editor), Gene Peterson (Contributor), Beth Calabotta (Contributor), Stephen Hughes (Contributor), Robert E. Kozak (Contributor) & 14 more (Royal Society of Chemistry) Biobased products offer substantial economic and environmental benefits, but understanding how to  commercialize this requires a

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Urbanna High School Environmental Science Classes Share Insights about Biofuels

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Education encompasses a core part of Advanced Biofuels USA’s mission.  We meet this is many ways.  Attending conferences, meeting with Congressional staff, exhibiting at a variety of events from the Keystone Farm Show to university science symposiums to Extension Field Days to local environmental

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Featured in Frederick County, Maryland Sustainability Newsletter

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Frederick County, Maryland, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) featured local nonprofit Advanced Biofuels USA in its Fall 2015 newsletter.   “So many people only know about corn-based ethanol.  And many list solar, wind and geothermal as substitutes for petroleum.  We want to remind them that although

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Why Oil Is Cheap in October 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Conventional wisdom about declining oil prices, mostly originating from US Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA), says the fall of oil prices over the past fifteen months is simply a result of an increase in oil supply, mostly from Saudi Arabia. As is

October 27, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

What Is the Future of Ethanol in Brazil? Perspectives from Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Conference

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The effect of increased consumption of ethanol due to the reduction of state tax called ICMS (Tax over Merchandise and Services Circulation) has been the reason for celebration by all the energy agro supply chain where the states’ governments had adopted this measure.

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Statement from Advanced Biofuels USA in Response to International Climate Science Coalition Press Release

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the spirit of Pope Francis, and in response to press release from the International Climate Science Coalition’s (ICSC) we invite the ICSC to join Advanced Biofuels USA and the biofuels community to find and institute ever better ways to replace petroleum-based and fossil natural gas-based transportation

September 24, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

How Much Is the US Really Investing in Biofuels Research?

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I, like many of you reading this, am working on a concept paper for the US Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s recent Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity (DE‐FOA‐0001320). This is a very important program that could produce major

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Is Launched in Sao Paulo, Brazil

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 2, 2015, at the Brazilian Rural Society in Sao Paulo, DATAGRO and its partners launched the Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF). This event will take place on July 4-6, 2016 at Grand Hyatt in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The release included the presence

September 4, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Grease Collection in the US: Feedstock for Biodiesel

by Ian Winner* (Optimus Technologies/special guest author for Advanced Biofuels USA)  Grease Collection Overview  —  When we talk about grease, what do we mean? Grease can refer to yellow grease, choice white grease, edible or inedible tallow, lard, trap grease (also known as brown grease), poultry fat, and hydrogenated vegetable

September 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Promising Projects: A Report from BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2015

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  If one is looking for an international gathering of leaders in industrial biotechnology to expand their professional network and form new partnerships, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the place to be. “I have been attending this conference for years because this is

July 31, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Prioritizing the Bioeconomy: Observations on USDA’s 9003 Loan Guarantee Program

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biobased products are a new innovation that are gradually contributing more to the U.S. economy in the forms of alternative fuels, packaging,  plastic substitutes and more. An Economic Impact Analysis report was recently submitted to the U.S. Congress from the Director of Sustainability and

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution must be accelerated to save our prized planet from imminent destruction – among several other

July 16, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels — Press Release

“If we’re serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Green House Gases, then we need serious actions,” said Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. “The first steps are including the price of Green House Gas (GHG) effects in non-renewable carbon fuels and

July 14, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA introduced a new idea for capturing externalities of non-renewable fuels at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum held in the Caucus Room of the US House of Representatives Cannon Office Building last week. As part of a

July 13, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Exhibits and Presents at Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This year’s CREEE EXPO + Forum brought together 46 organizations showcasing a cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies, including at least three organizations representing advanced biofuels (Advanced Biofuels USA, POET, National Biodiesel Board). Thanks to The Environmental

July 13, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars on the road and a cleaner environment. Agencies operating public transportation systems are encouraged to use

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article

WTHU Focuses on Advanced Biofuels in “Eye on Our Community” Call-In Show

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the foot of the presidential Catoctin Mountain retreat, Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, met with WTHU (AM1450, The Source) talk radio host Katherine Heerbrandt during drive time on July 1 to talk about biofuels–what they are, why they are important, how

July 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Getting the Word out about Biofuels and Green Racing

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  No special Green Racing events at the Detroit Grand Prix this year because most of the cars racing for the DEKRA Green Challenge Award have opted out of this race to prepare for the 24 Hours at LeMans. The Green Challenge Award recognizes the

May 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Basic Research for Cellulosic Biofuels in the US

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This reports on part of a trip to Wisconsin to visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), University of Wisconsin (UW), a dairy farm that uses biogas production and the World Dairy Expo. I traveled across the US from South to

May 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations from industry professionals and researchers from various bioenergy projects. The presenters came to the Washington,

May 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules which Impede Advanced Biofuels Development

(American Council on Renewable Energy)  ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules — Industry leaders and ACORE members take up issues with co-location requirements under the RFS which impede advanced biofuels development. Today, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has submitted a white paper to the U.S.

May 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to identify college level biofuels education opportunities in the US. We were interested in finding out

May 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Another Biofuels Production Technology Heads to the Fracking Hills for Development: KmX Chemical Corp Looks to Fracking Industry for Business

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Another in our series of stories about promising technologies applicable to the development of a robust advanced biofuel economy diverting to fossil fuel use for research, development and deployment. This time it’s not a conversion technology or a bioproduct, but an element of production

May 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum

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 and events, and got into the weeds, leading some Renewable Fuel Standard policy implementation and

April 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as well as on the financing options for projects in those niche industries. Organized by Infocast,

March 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of the late 2000’s, the atmosphere filled with optimism, visionary ideas, hope and more than hope–certainty

March 16, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol production chain in the States and other countries such as Brazil, Germany, Canada, Italy, Peru,

February 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama. by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of cutting-edge research that were presented there. But which novelties will be applicable to the

February 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Falling Oil Prices

By Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Falling oil prices is a popular topic amongst conversations spawning all over the U.S.  Many base their opinions on the relief that this price drop has given their wallets. Many applaud the policies behind increased domestic oil production which is one of the factors

February 17, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Report from the 3rd Platts Biofuel Conference, Prague, 17-18 June 2014

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuel regulation with initiatives like ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) and RED (renewable energy directive) were some of the key issues as the speakers in the 3rd Platts biofuel conference in Prague presented their views and concerns on the current state of the European

February 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest

For Immediate Release January 30, 2015—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the fifth consecutive year, recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy. “I’m thrilled with this continued recognition from a select

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able to sustain output from their resource base over a number of years. The other is

January 27, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

The Words that May Not Be Said: Biofuel, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Jetfuel

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Absent from President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Message and from remarks made by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the DC Auto Show, the words “biofuel,”  “ethanol,” “biodiesel,” “renewable jetfuel” or any variation of those.  Except for a quick obtuse mention in a

January 23, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

Emerging Technology and Global Energy Demand: A Conversation at AAAS

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This discussion about Emerging Technology and Global Energy Demand was hosted by the award-winning reporter, David Kestenbaum of NPR Planet Money. The featured panelists were: Dan Arvizu, Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Sarah Ladislaw, Director of the Energy and National Security Program.

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Briefing: Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) recently held a briefing on the technologies involved in commercial cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as corn stover and wheat straw and can be also obtained from organic landfill waste, algae,

December 1, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

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