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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

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels at the Heritage Foundation

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Derrick Morgan, Vice President for the Institute for Economic Freedom & Opportunity hosted a presentation on the moral case for fossil fuels November 17, 2014 at the Heritage.  According to Morgan, there should not be any concern about diminishing resources of traditional fuels nor

December 1, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Challenges which Hinder the Growth of the Sugar and Alcohol Sector in Brazil

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As discussed at the recent F.O. Licht’s conference, Sugar and Ethanol Brazil, the current status of the installed capacity in Brazil has grown enormously in recent years with the launch of 29 new power plants between 2008 and 2009. Meanwhile, due to the 2008 economic

November 26, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Villanova Center for the Advancedment of Sustainability in Engineering Invites Advanced Biofuels USA

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What a wonderful day, talking from dawn ‘til dusk about the past, present and future of biofuels with faculty and students excited about their work in this area. It was a real treat to immerse myself in academia on the beautiful autumn-colored Villanova campus

November 13, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Signs on to Letter to EPA Urging the Agency to Adopt Volkswagen of America’s Proposal for Establishing the E85 Weighting Factor (“F factor”) for Model Year 2016-2025 Dual Fuel Vehicles.

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA signed on to a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to  adopt Volkswagen of America’s proposal for establishing the E85 weighting factor (“F factor”) for model year 2016-2025 dual fuel vehicles. The letter was signed by over

November 12, 2014 1 comment Read Full Article

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In January 2006, President George W. Bush said “switchgrass” in his State of the Union Address as he enthusiastically envisioned a renewable transportation fuels future.1 Within weeks, the price of switchgrass seed soared, along with the value of seed producers’ stock.  The public believed

November 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Roussef Re-Elected: How It Impacts the Ethanol Sector in Brazil

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The final round of the Brazil election happened on October 26th, 2015, and Dilma Roussef, from the Workers Party (PT), was re-elected with 51.4% of the votes. This election was full of unexpected events and many scenarios were projected but in the end the

November 6, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

McCarthy and the New Catalytic-Converter-Moment for Energy

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the event  “The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change,” held at Georgetown University, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pointed out that “This is our new catalytic-converter-moment. As we work to build

October 27, 2014 Read Full Article

What I Can Do to Lessen Our Addiction to Oil? Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Some Suggestions

What I Can Do to Lessen Our Addiction to Oil? George W. Bush urged the US to “get off our addiction to oil.”  He talked about biofuels made from switchgrass as one solution.  So, how are we doing?  OK, but we still have a ways to go.  We have replaced

October 9, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Press Release: “Should Corn Land Be Used for Bioenergy/Biomaterial Crops?” Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Thought-Provoking New Approach to Food, Feed, Fuel and Fiber Crop Land Use

October 6, 2014—Columbus, OH —  Robert Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions contributes his thoughtful approach to answering these questions* posed by Biofuels Digests’s Jim Lane: “As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to

October 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career progressed, he was drawn to renewables. Initially working as a dispatcher of ethanol for fuel,

September 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

The Absurdity of Zero GHG Formula-E Racing or Advanced Biofuel Racing is the Real Deal

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This past weekend the first race of the much hyped Formula-E electric car series was run in Beijing, China. http://www.racer.com/f1/formula-e/item/108558-formula-e-di-grassi-wins-as-prost-triggers-last-lap-crash The 45 minute race, which required two electric cars (with top speeds about 80 mph less than E85 powered IndyCars) per driver because of

September 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Officers Met with Brazilian Presidential Candidate, Marina Silva

In the fall of 2010, Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Robert Kozak (in photo at left) and executive director, Joanne Ivancic (far right) met Marina Silva, currently a leading Brazilian Presidential candidate, at a presentation sponsored by the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington,

September 12, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

VIII Annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference: Report

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It was fitting that the VIII annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference took place in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event is sponsored jointly by two distinct organizations. The International Sugar Organization (ISO) offers

September 8, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Innovations in PLA Technology: Review of OBIC Webinar

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a polyester derived from renewable raw materials such as corn, cassava (tapioca) and other plants. Compared to other bio-based polymers (such as PET, PE) PLA is considered a greener alternative because it is biodegradable. Due to PLA’s compostable property it

August 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Building a Long Term, Sustainable Supply Chain for Cellulosic Biofuels Industry

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) On Tuesday, July 15 2014, Biofuels Digest hosted a webinar discussing creating sustainable supply chains for cellulosic biofuels – a germane issue that will ultimately determine the commercial viability of cellulosic biofuels. One of the biggest challenges that we face in the world today

August 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Platts Webinar – European Road Fuels

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) Tim Worledge, the Associate Editorial Director of Platts Agriculture relayed some of the history and the status quo of the biofuel industry in Europe during a webinar hosted by Platts and Aspect Enterprise Solutions on the 1st of July, 2014. He attempted to answer

July 9, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

BP June 2014 Statistical Review of World Energy: 53 Years of Oil Left

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) BP’s  63rd annual  Statistical Review of World Energy was recently released. Some key findings. Oil Prices Stay Above $100/Barrel for Third Year In the face of these disruptions and heightened risks to supply, average oil prices exceeded $100 per barrel for a third consecutive

July 9, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Prospects of Utilising Biomass in Europe

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)The 22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition took place in Hamburg, Germany in June 2014. The conference gathered 1085 attendees from 66 different countries: researchers, policy makers, industry and business people to communicate and learn the latest news and achievements in the biomass sector. This

July 3, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Path 2014 – Path towards Sustainability

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) The 2014 edition of the Energy Path convergence which took place at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, delineates the path that we should take for the betterment of the populace and posterity – the sustainable path. The definition of energy sustainability was echoed fervently

June 30, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Summary of World Bioenergy Association Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014

by Milsa Vijayadharan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bioenergy is considered to be an important source of energy for the next decades for several reasons. Most important reasons are: bioenergy can contribute to the reduction of CO2, and therefore decrease the greenhouse-effect; bioenergy can reduce dependency on foreign sources of energy–in a

June 27, 2014 Read Full Article

OBN West Coast Partners- California Bioproduct Innovation and Commercialization

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Developments of OBN west coast partners was the focus of the latest presentation by OBIC Bioproducts Network. The presentation is a part of the bioproducts commercialization webinar series. The webinar was conducted on May 30th. Malama Composites, Biosynthetic Technologies and Verdezyne were the three

June 13, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals: NEWBio Webinar Report

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The June edition of the Northeast bioenergy webinar series by Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) featured Kwesi Boateng – Lead Scientist at the United States Department of Energy, Agricultural Research Service, (USDA-ARS) Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He discussed the thermochemical conversion of

June 13, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

An Open Letter to Tom Steyer

Dear Mr. Steyer: According to a Washington Post article on June 9th 2014, you will be divested of all your investments in fossil fuel enterprises by the end of this month. As the article discussed, that meant you continued to make considerable sums of money from these high CO2 producing

June 10, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 people would probably be dead just because of the simple act of cooking. It has

May 30, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Managing Climate Risks in the Southeast

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA). The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a briefing, on May 22, on Capitol Hill, examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Southeast, and efforts to manage these risks. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),  “The

May 28, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Walking a Rough Road to a World Free of Non-Renewable Sources of Energy: Memories of 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo

By Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine a world without non-renewable energy sources, where we just use sun, wind, and biomass to generate our electricity for industries and homes, and fuel for transportation. Is it a dream? I do not think so. We have walked a rough road

May 27, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Climate Panel and Years of Living Dangerously

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Enlightening and Shocking are apt words that describe the eighth episode of the Years of Living Dangerously that was screened on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 20. The event, hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force and the House Sustainable Energy and Environment

May 27, 2014 Read Full Article

Aftermath of Climate Change: National Landmarks at Risk

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the impact of climate change becoming evident by the day, many of the United States iconic landmarks are at risk as never before. On the 20th of May, 2014, The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

May 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Where is Blue Carbon Going?

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, a panel of experts discussed the importance of blue carbon and the ramifications of its release in a “Managing Our Planet” seminar series developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute, and the Environmental Change and Security Program

May 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

ACT Expo 2014- North America’s Largest Clean Fleet Expo

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   ACT Expo 2014, co-located with NVG Global 2014, was held on May 5-8 in Long Beach CA. It was the largest clean transportation industry gathering in North America. The four day program was on the key alternate fueling, equipment, technology and policy advancements in

May 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Opportunities and Synergies of the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference (BWSC)

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  OBIC hosted a webinar on Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference on April 25th 2014. OBIC at Ohio State University integrates academia and industry and creates bioproduct clusters. OBIC’s mission is to accelerate commercialization of bioproducts which enhances Ohio’s economic growth. The webinar was focused

May 12, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Teachers’ Perspective – Green Team Algae Project

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Sid Harwood and Shannon Helzer both have a military background, both are physics teachers at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA, and both are committed to the success of the Go Clean, Go Green, Go Algae Project that developed biodiesel from algae.  The

May 9, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Discussions at Annual China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Concerns about air pollution in China were voiced by a number of speakers at the 2nd International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit. The Summit that drew 500+ delegates took place in Shanghai, China, on April 23-24, 2014. At this conference, energy derived from biomass

May 6, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   After Day 1 at Biofuels Digests’s ABLC which served up depression, aggravation and despair; the group of intrepid travelers on the journey to a bio-based economy pulled themselves together and renewed what a number of speakers called their fight for the Cause. It helped

April 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Rumblings of Discontent

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the meetings, hallways and conference sessions at Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference near Washington, DC, the following issues, rumblings, lessons and congratulations abounded. Criticism of the Obama administration and its lack of enthusiastic support, not to mention perceived undermining, of advanced biofuels

April 21, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Celebrates Earth Week with 10 Excellent Reasons to Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels

(Advanced Biofuels USA)   “Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?” asks Advanced Biofuels USA, providing as an answer, 10 Excellent Reasons in a one-page Earth Week handout for use by civic organizations, church stewardship groups, environmental organizations, teachers, students and anyone interested in renewable transportation energy. “By publishing this easy-to-understand handout,

April 18, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet Oy, covered extensively the future of the bioeconomy in Finland. However, according to Ojaniemi, the

April 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Taking the Next Step: The Growing Production of Bio-Based Chemical Intermediates Enables New Opportunities

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Luxresearch conducted a webinar on March 4th 2014 about new opportunities for downstream producers due to the growing production of bio-based chemical Intermediates. The basic science of bio-based material and chemicals has advanced. As startups entered the space, average capacity dropped, but it

April 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over the course of millions of years, then got compacted and heated and transformed into petroleum.

March 4, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Sees Conditional Victory for Ethanol in Tier 3 Final Ruling

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread; but at least there’s dough in the machine,” said Advanced Biofuels USA’s vehicle emissions expert, Robert Kozak upon reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 3 vehicle emissions standards rules released this morning. “We didn’t get everything

March 3, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article
  Hansa Green Tour     June 25-28, 2014   Netherlands, Germany, Denmark

Hansa Green Tour June 25-28, 2014 Netherlands, Germany, Denmark

by Bradley Frieze* (Advanced Biofuels USA)        The Hansa Green Tour, although not a race, is a business-boosting automobile event to promote sustainable technology in northern Europe. The Hansa Green Tour is a business-networking event that promotes clean and green technology to establish new contacts in The Netherlands,

February 24, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program which will provide a format for making biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use

February 19, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

2013 Pacific Rim Biofuels and Biotechnology Summit Report: the Golden Age of Advanced Biofuels Is Coming

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Good news for mankind worried about getting a more sustainable world: it is expected that the next few years will be decisive for the future of advanced biofuels and bioenergy with the establishment of a growing industry. For many years, scientists have studied

February 13, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Porsche Wins First IMSA Green Racing Challenge at Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Porsche 911 (running as #911),fielded by Porsche North America,  and driven by Porsche works drivers Richard Leitz, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, won not only the GTLM class at the world-famous Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona endurance race, but also won the first

January 26, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Green Racing Challenge Is Back

By Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Green Racing 2.0 was announced today just before the start of the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Atherton, President and COO of the race’s sanctioning body, who had introduced renewable fuels and resource sustainability to sports car racing back in

January 25, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Future of Green Racing Looks Bright

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When the organizers of the American Le Mans Series announced the merger with NASCAR’s GRAND-AM series, we noted that the future of green racing was uncertain.  GRAND-AM vehicles never took even a sip of ethanol, while the Corvettes had been drinking E85 for years,

January 25, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on EPA's RFS RVO Proposed Rule

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In regard to the determination of the Applicable Volume of ethanol and other biofuels allowed for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA finds that EPA has disregarded the intent of both the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy

January 20, 2014 Read Full Article

OBIC’s Dr. Barbara Vieira Joins Advanced Biofuels USA's Board of Directors

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At its sixth annual meeting on January 14, 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA elected and welcomed Barbara Vieira, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University to the board of directors. Explaining the unique value Vieira brings to Advanced Biofuels USA, executive

January 20, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Chillin' at the Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Thanks again to Lee Publications, Inc., the Keystone Farm Show organizers, for donating exhibit space to Advanced Biofuels USA at the York, PA “Farm Show for Farmers” January 7-9.  See our tweets (@AdvancedBiofuel) for some of the fun volunteer research associate Bradley Frieze

January 10, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Scientific Results Presented at 2013 ASA Annual Meeting Indicated: The Environmental Benefits of Biofuels Are Much More than We Had Thought

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The substitution of fossil fuels by advanced biofuels per se has a huge impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, consequently mitigating global warming effects by the transportation sector. However, the environmental benefits of the substitution are much

December 31, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA's Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 100 People in the BioEconomy by Biofuels Digest

For Immediate Release December 31, 2013—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the fourth year recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2013. Advanced Biofuels USA, an internationally respected nonprofit educational organization, is dedicated

December 31, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Give the Earth the Gift of a Bio-Based New Year's Resolution

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) As the old year bows out, we greet the new year with wishes for happiness, good health and renewal. It’s a time for resolutions to make us better people; to make this a better world. Advanced Biofuels USA has a few suggestions to offer

December 24, 2013 1 comment Read Full Article

Volunteer Profile: Ritambhara Singh

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Doctors are some of the most highly respected people in the world. They help cure the sick and research ways to prevent cancer and disease. Dr. Ritambhara Singh is a doctor of a different sort. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics and

December 15, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

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