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Energy Self-Sufficiency in Brazil

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The global energy demand will rise 35% by 2035 due to population and economic growth, taking into account environmental and countries’ regulations. Brazil’s part of this forecast growth in energy demand can be significantly provided by electricity production from renewable sources and also by

December 9, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

2013 North American Biochar Symposium: Science, Passion and Practice

by Danilo Gusmao de Quadros (Advanced Biofuels USA)*  Biochar is a black matter produced by pyrolysis of biomass (burned without or with a little amount of oxygen), which can be used as a soil amendment. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical process that has been used to produce biofuels from feedstock through

November 25, 2013 1 comment Read Full Article

Finland Corporate Cleantech Venture Day: Panel Discussions, Pitches and Speed Dating

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It is natural that a cleantech company requires capital and time to reach markets. A speaker at the 20th November 2013 Corporate Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland, compared cleantech start ups to IT start ups such as Twitter and noted that to get

November 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Intern Profile: Kyle Sherry

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Engineers have come up with many wonderful things from the ships used to explore the world during the Age of Exploration to cars used every day in modern society. With the advancement of technology, engineering has expanded into the chemical industry. Chemical engineers,

October 29, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Got Algae?: The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  During four days, from September 31st to October 3rd, people from 34 countries were reunited at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a wide-ranging discussion of the advances and challenges of algae. The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit hosted by the Algae

October 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Producing Biofuel from Seaweed Biorefinery: Conference Report from Seagriculture, Exploring the Seaweed Chain

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The second international conference on Seagriculture (exploring the seaweed chain) took place in Den Helder / Texel, the Netherlands, on September 25-26, 2013. The conference attracted about 130 people from 13 countries. This conference put a spotlight on seaweeds (also referred to as marine macroalgae),

October 11, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

More Than a Vacation: Visiting an Ethanol Biorefinery in Brazil

by Amanda Ferreira (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This past summer I had the opportunity to go to Brazil to visit some of my family whom I hadn’t seen for more than five years.  A lot had changed since the last time I had visited and there was much I didn’t know

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Volunteer Profile: Peter Davey

By Nicholas De Filippis  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Successful pioneers have been remembered for ages for their discoveries. Christopher Columbus, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie were all pioneers in their fields. Peter Davey, the first intern at Advanced Biofuels USA to write articles on energy conferences, was also a pioneer. He

September 17, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Responds to Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodrick’s column: Should the Grand Prix be a symbol of Baltimore?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Klaus Philipsen, quoted in Dan Rodrick’s recent column about the Grand Prix of Baltimore, dislikes what the Grand Prix does, objects to its “heavy-metal aesthetics” and concludes that “racing big, stinky and noisy cars” does nothing to move the identity of Baltimore closer to

September 3, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Action Plan for a Sustainable Advanced Biofuel Economy

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Status Quo US Policies Need to Change Orchestrated, well funded opposition from the non-renewable fuel industry and growing governmental inertia has stalled biofuel R&D innovations and market expansion. Climate Change isn’t going away, nor are petroleum imports. It’s time to get back on the

August 8, 2013 2 comments Read Full Article

Biomass 2013: How The Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On July 31 experts on bio-based products from around the world converged on the Washington Convention Center to attend the two day Biomass 2013 Conference hosted by the U. S. Department of Energy and co-hosted by Advanced Biofuels U.S.A. The conference was uplifting

August 8, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Tier 3 Proposed Regulations A Common-Sense Change that Could Triple the Market Size for Biomass Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol gasoline to the marketplace. Advanced Biofuels USA, as well as major vehicle manufacturers, fuel producers,

July 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels, Climate Change and National Security

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The direct relationship between Climate Change effects and National Security was recently summarized in testimony at a Congressional hearing: Competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security threats. Many countries important to the United States are vulnerable to natural resource shocks

July 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Is the US Awash in Oil? The Data Says ‘No’

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US domestic oil production cannot bring energy independence alone; renewable transportation fuels are contributing and must increase their contribution in order to achieve that policy goal. From the pronouncements of President Obama to reports in the mainstream media one would think that the US

July 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Conversation with Racing Legend Bobby Rahal at Detroit Grand Prix

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) While attending the Detroit Grand Prix races earlier this month, we had the opportunity to spend some time with racing legend Bobby Rahal. Bobby is the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner, a three-time IndyCar series Champion, and a winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring

June 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session on the conference’s first day, several common themes emerged from the four presentations on this

June 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Urges Introspection on Climate Change at Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Robert E. Kozak, Advanced Biofuels USA founder and board member began his remarks at the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C June 12, with the unpleasant reminder of the 2011 Harris poll which reported that only 44 percent of

June 13, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Biomass for Energy and Transportation Fuels: An EU Perspective

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 21st European Biomass conference and Exhibition was held in Copenhagen on June 3-7, 2013, gathering almost 2000 attendees. Denmark, one of the world’s leading countries in the green energy sector, was an optimal location for the conference. Cycling is a remarkable part of

June 11, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Announces Plans to Exhibit and Speak at Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO and Forum June 12

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA, an internationally respected nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution announced it will participate in the 16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy

June 11, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Can Advanced Biofuels Help Revitalize IndyCar?

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The car racing carnival came to Detroit this past weekend. The venue was Belle Isle, once a beautiful island park in the Detroit River that served as a verdant escape for the residents of that great city. The Detroit Grand Prix, a two day

June 5, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Mazda Wins Again with SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel: Is It Renewable?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  NASCAR’s sportscar racing division, GrandAm, and Green Racing aren’t words that you see together.  For one thing, GrandAm competitors race on all-petroleum race fuel. Yet, GrandAm and the American Le Mans Series, the series which brands itself as the “Leader in Green Racing,” are in the

June 4, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Sugar for Food, Fuel and Power: The ISO Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference in New York City

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What used to be known as “The New York Sugar Conference” has become “The ISO and Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference” with a record-setting number of attendees (350 from 25 countries) demonstrating the growing interest in the dual subjects by sugar growers/ethanol producers, investment

May 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Supports Proposed Tier 3 Higher Octane Vehicle Fuel and Emissions Regulations, with Recommendations for Implementation

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA had included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol (E-30) gasoline to the marketplace.  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports this idea. “This should  not be an issue

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Bashing The Oil Industry at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference: Offense and Defense in the Game of Whack-a-Mole

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Although conference convener, Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane, insisted that he “discouraged industry bashing,” the first morning of this 3-day conference was replete with unveiled references to The Oil Industry, Oil Interests, Big Oil and such. The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s executive vice president, Brent Erickson,

April 15, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Co-Hosts DOE’s Biomass 2013

Advanced Biofuels USA, co-hosting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to be a supporter of Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy. This year’s conference will be held July 31-August 1, 2013, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, in downtown Washington. For companies and

April 10, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article
  Advanced Biofuels USA Teams with Hood College with Panel Discussion of Documentary, ‘FREEDOM’    April 22,2013    Frederick, MD

Advanced Biofuels USA Teams with Hood College with Panel Discussion of Documentary, ‘FREEDOM’ April 22,2013 Frederick, MD

ADVANCED BIOFUELS USA TEAMS UP WITH HOOD COLLEGE ON EVENT CONCERNING OUR NATION’S OIL DEPENDENCE Advanced Biofuels USA and the Hood Environmental Advocacy Team to Host Showing of Documentary Film, ‘FREEDOM,’ followed by Local Expert Panel Discussion In the midst of our nation’s continued dependence on fossil fuels, Advanced Biofuels

April 10, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Security Trust Counterproductive Says Advanced Biofuels USA Preferring a True Carbon Tax and Apollo Program Scale Efforts

Advanced Biofuels USA, an internationally respected nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution finds the Obama Administration’s proposal for an Energy Security Trust counterproductive, insufficient and inconsistent with previous Administration

March 19, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

The Outlook: Biofuel Expansion in China and the U.S.

By Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) In a recent webinar hosted by the American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE), biofuel experts from Dupont, POET, Novozymes, and China’s Tsinghua University convened to discuss the next five years of biofuel development in the US and China. Speakers agreed that, growing gas prices

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Impressions on Conference Style in Asia and Challenges Facing the Biofuel Industry in Asia

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Sugar & Ethanol Asia 2013” conference organized by F.O. Licht took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 26-27, 2013. This event attracted 125 people representing 20 countries (mostly private sector in Asian countries). The focus of presentations stayed on worldwide trends and the

March 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Clean Cities Coalition for Energy Neutral Sustainability

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) At a recent Greater Washington Green Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) reception, I had the chance to reflect on many passionate environmentalists who perceive Big Oil/gas companies as blind-eyed industrialists, caricaturizing fossil fuel affiliates as capitalistic forces without scruples or concern for their surroundings. Through their

March 6, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Biodiesel Industry Celebrates 20th Birthday in Las Vegas; Lives to Fight Again

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The National Biodiesel Board celebrated its 20th anniversary in the wild west of Las Vegas, Nevada, with video and live reflections from the pioneers in the industry. Awards and Battles Awards to current industry leaders included John Maniscalco of the New York Oil Heating

February 7, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Never a Waste; No Longer a Residue—Soy Oil for Biodiesel until Something Better Comes Along

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Why,” I asked an expert audience at the National Biodiesel Conference in Las Vegas this week, “if you have to take the oil out of soybeans to make your main product, soy meal for animal feed, why don’t you market biodiesel from this as

February 7, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

“Good Bye to All That” Secretary Chu Leaves Department of Energy (With Apologies to Robert Graves)

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation today (February 1st) in a 3,700 word “Dear Colleague” address. While this is the time usually reserved for valedictory addresses or sentimental remembrances, I for one cannot do that. For me, and I’d

February 1, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Ignores Biofuels at DC Auto Show and in Resignation Remarks

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In yesterday’s address on Policy Day at the Washington, DC Auto Show, Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke passionately about the need for the US to reduce dependence on foreign oil.  He listed the ways that the Department of Energy was working to accomplish this

February 1, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency” framed a public discussion of automotive issues for Capitol Hill staff which ranged from fuel efficiency and the new CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards to increasing gas taxes (highway user fees) at state and local levels;

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Transforming Transportation 2013

By Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Transforming Transportation ’13 conference, held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, proved to be an exciting event for sustainable industry everywhere. During one of the primary plenary sessions it was announced that, over the next ten years, a cooperation of eight

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Keystone Farm Show: Lessons Learned

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Thanks to Lee Publications, the organizers of farm shows up and down the mid-Atlantic, for donation of booth space at the “farm show for farmers,” Keystone Farm Show 2013.  This provides an opportunity for Advanced Biofuels USA volunteers to bring information about advanced biofuels

January 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Future of Green Racing in US Unclear after 2013

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The future of the American Le Mans GreenX ChallengeTM in particular and Green Racing in general is uncertain past the 2013 racing season. On Friday, January 4th 2013, NASCAR GRAND-AM and American Le Mans (ALMS) officials held a press conference to announce “the Conceptual Class

January 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States

by Bradley Frieze (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera and Dr. Mark Jones of the National Academy of Science Division on Earth and Life Studies gave a public webinar on November 27th, 2012 about the sustainable development of algal biofuels in the United States. The study was commissioned by the

January 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Volunteer Posts Fossil Fuel Subsidies Petition — Add Your Voice

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bradley Frieze, a student at Hood College in Frederick, MD and Advanced Biofuels USA volunteer has posted a petition to stop funding of oil subsidies.  The petition is on MoveOn’s SignOn web site. At Advanced Biofuels USA, we have been discussing the unfair advantage

January 3, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) brought together

December 14, 2012 Read Full Article

What a Treat: Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of its mission to bring together people who feel that policies (and not just government policies, but policies of companies, of universities, and indeed of all kinds of institutions) should be informed policies, the Policy Studies Organization, an outgrowth of the American

December 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Standards: Assurance of Quality or a Path toward Exclusion?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You know you have benefited from a conference when you come away from three days of presentations, panel discussions and a solid dose of audience participation with new understandings and clarifications; and with a hearty amount of new questions. The 4th International Conference on

November 15, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Reflections on Developments in the Biorefinery Industry: 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery conference held in Helsinki, Finland (October 23-25, 2012) brought together over 300 people from around 30 countries. The organizers successfully achieved the goal of having a stimulating event with solid representation from industry as well as from academia. As

October 29, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

RETECH 2012: Policy and Planes

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA)   RETECH 2012, an international conference on the business, policy, and technology of renewable energy, took place this year in DC at the regal Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. Under the luxurious chandeliers and in the stately presentation rooms, the addresses from the

October 24, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Congratulations DeltaWing!!! "Best Fifth Place Ever!"

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From hopes that it would be the new IndyCar, to a wild ride at the 24 Hours at Le Mans, through a frightening crash during practice on Wednesday at Road America, to a spectacular 6th place finish (upped to 5th after the checkered flag

October 21, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

More Questions than Answers about the Future of Green Racing at Road Atlanta

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the American Le Mans Series race in Baltimore over Labor Day weekend, in reaction to the news about the GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series merger, we wrote, “Future of Green Racing Uncertain,” worried that the emphasis on technology development and green racing

October 21, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Flybrid Mechanical Hybrid System Powering Dyson Racing Prototype at 10 Hour Race on Saturday

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid energy storage systems will play some part in the effort to meet the new 54.5 mpg CAFE standards. Their importance will be dictated by their weight and efficiency. We thought you’d be interested in a lightweight alternative to the electric battery that is

October 18, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Logo Gets Prominent Placement at Petit Le Mans

by Joanne Ivancic (AdvancedBiofuelsUSA)  Donations to Advanced Biofuels USA come in many shapes and sizes.  Financial support is always welcome.  We also accept “in kind” contributions. This weekend, the Advanced Biofuels USA logo may be seen on international coverage of the Petit Le Mans race from Road Atlanta in Braselton,

October 18, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

What’s a Biodiesel Guy Like You Doing in a Spark Ignition Place Like This?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  That’s the question that Greg Murphy wants you to ask as he pilots the year-old Dublin-based Murphy Prototypes endurance race team to contention in European Le Mans and American Le Mans Series’ races. His passion, he explains, is motorsport .  He drove in a

October 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: Pew Charitable Trusts Holds Clean Energy Action Plan Workshop

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As a member of the PEW Charitable Trust’s Clean Energy Business Network, Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels USA executive director,  participated with innovators, investors, manufacturers and policy experts at the “Innovate, Manufacture, Compete:  A Clean Energy Action Plan” workshops held in Washington DC October 4-5.  Focused primarily on electrical power

October 14, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Finds Clean Energy Victory Bonds (HR 6275) Lacking

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A bill to establish a US Treasury funding mechanism that would finance “clean energy” projects has been introduced as part of a renewable electrical energy bill (HR 6275) in the US House of Representatives. The Clean Energy Bond is included in a very

August 17, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

E85 + Small Displacement Turbocharged Engine = High Efficiency and Mileage: Proof from the Racetrack

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “2 more laps on 4 or 5 less gallons.” Mid-Ohio Honda Indy 200 Winner Scott Dixon in post-race interview Abstract  We added Green Racing to the Advanced Biofuels USA website to show how racing technology combined with biofuels helps improve production car efficiency. In

August 7, 2012 1 comment Read Full Article

Fuel Efficiency and Cellulosic Ethanol Fuel MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Winners at ALMS Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Racing with E85, BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Wins Mid-Ohio MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge.  Nissan Wins For First Time. In its fourth season, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge awards the “cleanest, fastest, moste efficient” American Le Mans Series’ Ptototype and GT category cars.  Racing with E85, the

August 4, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Updates Next Generation Engines White Paper

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With Ford’s Ecoboost engines in about 40% of F-150 fleet and three shifts working in Cleveland, Ohio to keep up with demand, along with the increasing popularity of GM’s Ecotec engines, it was time for Robert Kozak to again revise the Advanced Biofuels USA

August 2, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Student Biofuels Projects at EnergyPath 2012 Science Fair: From Energy Grasses to Enzyme Fuel Cells with Cellulosic and Biodiesel Research inbetween

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  He was dressed like an executive; dark suit, white shirt, tie, and struggling to get a poster board out of the back of an SUV as his mother tried to help.  I glanced the word “Bio diesel” on the poster and approached the two.

June 30, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

EnergyPath 2012 Full of Inspiration

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  EnergyPath, a project of the Sustainable Energy Fund, provides a unique conference/workshop event to promote implementation of sustainable energy in Pennsylvania, in the broadest sense. Founded in 1999 via a settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility commission during the state’s electric deregulation proceedings,

June 28, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

DeltaWing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

By Bob Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Senior Green Racing Editor Bob Kozak has been following the breakthrough DeltaWing race car since the project started. He thinks it has a lot to teach us as we try to bring advanced biofuels to life. 15:23:12 : Sadly the only ” New Technology ”

June 17, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

If 90% Acknowledged Their Belief that the Middle Class Are the Job Creators….

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the conclusion of the Center for American Progress’s special presentation on “Competing Visions for the U.S. Economy and Implications for the 2012 Elections,” featured presenter, Nick Hanauer summed up the gist of the program.  Currently, he said, economic orthodoxy as stated by both

June 4, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Editorial: Use of Advanced Biofuels Achieves Goal of Using Less Oil for Transportation Fuel

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In a recent editorial, What Keystone Won’t Do, the Washington Post mused about “the best way to insulate Americans from oil-price volatility and other drawbacks of oil use,” concluding that it “would be to use less oil.” It continued with a list of “sensible

May 21, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

National Farmers Union Leads Broad Coalition to Urge Senate to Bring Farm Bill to Floor Vote; Includes Advanced Biofuels USA

(National Farmers Union)  National Farmers Union (NFU) and a coalition of agricultural, conservation, environmental, energy, forestry, hunger, and rural stakeholders sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging them to bring the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 to the Senate floor as soon as possible. NFU led the effort,

May 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Take Courage! Develop a Comprehensive, Strategic Meaningful Energy Policy that Answers the Tough Questions–or Not…

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In an interview with Kris Bevill of Ethanol Producer Magazine, John Eichberger, National Association of Convenience Stores vice president of government relations and author of the paper, titled “The Future of Fuels: An Analysis of Future Energy Trends and Potential Retail Market Opportunities” said, “We

April 26, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

George Washington University Reinvigorates Sustainability Conscientiousness

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Coinciding with Earth Week, The George Washington University announced the launch of its new Sustainability Minor, a preview of degree and graduate programs to come; and, hosted “GW Moving the Planet Forward: An Innovation Summit,” a symposium highlighting solutions to power/heat challenges of a

April 18, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Tidbits from the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Four days of total immersion in advanced biofuels’ language and culture at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, 107 presentations, leaves one’s mind spinning and stomach churning.   So, in the spirit of Twitter and fortune cookies, here are some nuggets of insight

April 6, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Joins Over One Hundred Groups to Urge Support for Farm Bill Energy Programs

(FarmEnergy.org)  More than 100 diverse groups representing agriculture, energy, rural development and conservation called on Congress today (April 5, 2012) to renew and fund core energy programs in the Farm Bill that push forward clean, homegrown energy. These programs advance energy efficiency, wind, solar, new energy crops, biomass energy and

April 6, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

The Distributed/Centralized BioProduction Approach: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts Are Possible Through the Significant Reduction of Biomass Transportation Costs

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Problem Definition:  The production of biofuels in the US is at a substantial roadblock. Due to the high cost of transporting large quantities of low density, low value biomass to biorefineries, the economies of scale that allow the US petroleum industry to minimize production

March 27, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainability Focus at World Biofuels Markets Conference in Rotterdam

by Stefaniya Becking  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The World Biofuels Markets conference that took place on March 13-15, 2012 in Rotterdam provided an excellent environment for attendees to network with decision-makers from 80 countries and learn about prevailing concerns in the biofuel industry. In the multitude of presentations and discussions, two

March 26, 2012 1 comment Read Full Article

No Farm Bill, No Tier 3—Not until after the Election; Sundrop Fuels Presents an Alternative

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the March 21 Bioenergy Day on Capitol Hill, discussion focused on the need for a continued Renewable Fuels Standard, reviews of the history of biofuels, assessment of current questioning of biofuels as viable future transportation fuels; and of the role of biomass as

March 23, 2012 Read Full Article

DeltaWing: The Future Has Arrived

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The future arrived yesterday (March 15, 2012) at about 1:00 pm EDT. It arrived in Sebring, Florida. It came shrouded in a black tarp. By the time it drove away, it had shattered every conception of what a future high performance car should be.

March 16, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Sebring Runs on Advanced Biofuels

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In keeping with their commitment to imposing the lowest environmental impact possible, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is providing 2nd generation “cellulosic” ethanol for all competitors using gasoline/alcohol fuels in the 60th Anniversary of the 12 Hour race this Saturday, March 17th. And

March 16, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

PEW Group Briefing on Advanced Biofuels Progress in the Public and Private Sectors

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Throughout our country’s history, the U.S. Navy and military proper have played a key role in developing and adopting alternative energy sources. They pioneered the switch to coal as an alternative to reliance on wind power in the 1800s; they headed the switch to

March 14, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Algal Biomass Organization Briefing on Industry Accomplishments and Policy Needs

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) As host of an annual legislative hearing on Capitol Hill, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) used this year’s presentation on March 1st to give a clear outline of where the industry stands on reaching commercial scale and to point out specific policies being discussed

March 12, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Policies of Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America in a 2012 Farm Bill

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) With a refreshing sense of focus, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, opened the hearing on Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America by stating the importance of passing a Farm Bill later this spring. This bill would

February 21, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

2013 Administration Proposed Budget: Biofuel/Biomass Impact Analysis — Or — We Read the Fine Print so You Don’t Have To

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As required by the Constitution, the President submitted to Congress today his proposed budget for the operation of the United States government for the coming year (FY 2013). The Republican Congressional leaders on the Sunday shows and most other talking heads and bloggers have

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

The World’s Fastest Vehicle Fueled by Vegetable Oil Showcased at DC Auto Show

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dave Schenker, founder and president of  the Greenspeed club came to the DC Auto Show to showcase the 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup, modified by Boise State University students to achieve two record-breaking runs in November 2011 at the Mojave Desert

January 26, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

“ALL-of-the-Above” Except Biofuels

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Here’s the President’s new energy policy.  “This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs”.  Okay that sounds good. “All-of-the-above” surely sounds like that would include

January 25, 2012 Read Full Article

2012 Farm Bill Biomass/Biofuel Recommendations

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Retain Agricultural Land: Agricultural and forest lands are vulnerable to loss due to reduction of the dairy and pulp/paper industries and conversion to residential or commercial development.  They could retain their agriculture and forestry value if retained as biomass/biofuel production areas. Land retention

January 24, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

A Plan for the Future of Biofuels in America or The Real Economics of Fuels (Bio and Otherwise)

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In last days of the 2011 session the US Congress, with a job approval rating of 11% , cancelled the VEETC ethanol subsidy and dropped the tariff on Brazilian ethanol imports. These major events have caused soul-searching on how the renewable fuel industry

January 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Ferrari Running E-85 Ethanol: Bellissimo!

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Ferrari is the world’s premier builder of expensive beautiful cars. But, Ferraris are not simple pretty car show models. From the 250 GTO of 1965 to the current 458 Italia, Ferrari has combined heart-stopping styling with pulse-pounding performance. I think their key to

January 18, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Society of Biological Engineering’s Conference on ElectroFuels Research

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A clear view of coppery miniature treetops, brilliant skies and shimmering coastline.  This is the sight that welcomed the attendees of the first ever conference on ElectroFuels, conducted by the Society of Biologigal Engineering, under the auspices of the two-year-old agency ARPA-E, held in the

November 15, 2011 Read Full Article

RETECH 2011: Conference Overview

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As I walked off the Metro’s yellow line and into the Washington Conference Center for this year’s renewable energy technology convention, RETECH, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The tech geek inside of me expected there to be displays of cutting edge waste

October 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Technologies and Fuels of the Future – A Panel Discussion

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Artificial leaf, Nanowires and Biomass – Are these the fuels and technologies of the future?  Emerging from the BP Gulf Oil spill, and witnessing the post-quake-tsunami nuclear-reactor incidents in Japan, we are rightly poised to look at the kinds of opportunities for the entrepreneur

September 28, 2011 Read Full Article

FuelChoiceNow’s FFV Statement and Focus on Methanol for Cars Needs Correction Says Advanced Biofuels USA

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Correction posted 9/22/11.    The nonprofit educational organization, Advanced Biofuels USA, advocates for the adoption of renewable sustainable advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution. In addition, activities of the organization are geared to bringing together

September 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Report on Department of Defense Renewable and Alternative Energy Programs

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Today Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, joined by  John Warner, former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and senior policy adviser to the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate; Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the navy for energy installations and the environment; and

September 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Questions that Anyone Discussing the Future of Personal Transportation Should Be Able to Discuss Knowledgeably

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Background: With the understanding that if auto makers selling in the US intend to meet new 54.5 mpg CAFÉ standards, it is likely that they will build lighter weight, high performance engines that require high octane fuels.  If domestic fuel producers, especially the renewable

August 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Is Disappointed in White House Plan for National Security Drop-In Biofuels Investment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As a tie-in to President Obama’s current bus tour promoting his job creation plans, the White House has issued a press release promoting a three-year $510 million dollar plan to fund “drop-in” biofuel production. According to the release, this project would be jointly

August 16, 2011 Read Full Article

The Racer’s Edge: More Ethanol! Muscle Milk Aston Martin American Le Mans Team Goes from E10 to E85 and Wins

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In car racing these days, sanctioning organizations set rules to try to equalize the performance of all of the cars racing in the same class to provide close, exciting racing for fans. In the American Le Mans prototype class, restrictions are placed on

August 7, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

2011 Green Racing Takes More Steps Forward Than Back

by Joanne Ivancic and Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Funding is tight in 2011, so efficiency and cost-consciousness are the watchwords 2011 started out pretty weak for green racing.  We celebrated NASCAR going to E15 this year with fuel injection which will enable higher ethanol blends coming in 2012.

August 7, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Dario Franchitti Looks Forward to Using “Street Fuel” and Developing Engines with IndyCar

By Joanne Ivancic and Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The buzz at this weekend’s motorsport races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course focuses a bit on it being the 50th anniversary of the track; and a bit on the transfer of ownership from the late Jim Trueman’s family to the

August 5, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

First Cut Analysis: Effect of “Debt Extension” Legislation on Dept. of Energy Budget

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Passage of the “Debt Extension” legislation by the US Congress will cause reductions in the fiscal year 2012 budget that is scheduled to take effect on October 1 of this year. Guidance from the Speaker of the House calls for a $7 Billion reduction

August 2, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Argonne National Laboratory and Circle Track Racing Propose Green Racing Muscle Car Challenge

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, the American Speed Association and Hot Rods Performance Group began seeking sponsors for a stock car racing series focused on renewable fuels. “Our goal is to use next-generation production cars built with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) advanced echnologies fueld

August 1, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Releases Pathway to Build a Sustainable “Total Biomass” Advanced Ethanol Industry

(Advanced Biofuels USA) Advanced Biofuels USA July 25, 2011, detailed an action plan for creating sustainable markets for advanced ethanol in the automotive/light duty truck sector.  The paper, “The Pathway to a Sustainable “Total Biomass” Advanced Ethanol Industry ,”itemizes six steps cellulosic and advanced ethanol producers could take to build a long term

July 25, 2011 Read Full Article

House Science Subcommittee for Energy and Environment Holds Hearing on EPA E15 Waiver

by Aaron Hull (Advanced Biofuels USA) On July 7, 2011 the House Science Subcommittee for Energy and Environment held a hearing to discuss the EPA’s decision to issue a waiver for E15 usage in light-duty motor vehicles. The hearing on Capitol Hill was scheduled in response to the Environmental Protection

July 15, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

In Search of A Biofuel El Dorado: The Quest for Brazil’s Energy Independence Future

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In 1568, a Spanish Conquistador by the name of Pedro Maraver de Silva led his men on a mission to capture Incas who had escaped with their gold. Journeying north of Peru, they encountered the headwaters of the Amazon and the great plains (gran

June 20, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

University of Vermont's Biomass to Biofuels Course Brings Real World to Academia and Visa Versa

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Whoever thought of inviting “degree and non-degree seeking students, farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others” to a university course on biomass to biofuels? Anju L. Dahiya , Ph.D., did in 2009 as Research

June 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Syngas Fermentation: The Third Pathway for Cellulosic Ethanol

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  …(T)here is a third, hybrid process which combines both biochemical and thermochemical elements, capturing the benefits of each pathway while mitigating some of their deficiencies.  This process, called syngas fermentation, is a process where a biomass feedstock is gasified to produce syngas. The syngas is then fermented

June 8, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Fuels of the Future: The Bioalcohol Paradigm

by Drew Sowersby (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Fuels of the Future: The Bioalcohol Paradigm This slide presentation has been created by Drew Sowersby to inform a broad audience about the importance and potential dominance of bioalcohols in the transportation industry as the global transition from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable advanced

June 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Open Fuel Standard Legislation Is Bad for the Environment; Bad for Biofuels

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shale Natural Gas Does Not Belong in Pro-Environmental Legislation A new legislative analysis by Advanced Biofuels USA concludes that the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) is bad for advanced biofuels and will add to environmental damage if passed and implemented. HR 1687, being promoted at a press conference

June 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Is the Open Fuel Standard Good for Advanced Biofuels or for the USA? Don’t Think So!

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A proposal called the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) has recently been included in a number of bills (HR 1687 is one example) submitted for consideration by the US Congress. These OFS provisions go beyond the current voluntary Flex-Fuel vehicle (FFV) programs to mandate that

June 2, 2011 Read Full Article

UK Renewable Energy Review: Another Acceptance of International Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Arguments Without Analysis

by Robert Kozak  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The UK Committee on Climate Change, an “independent statutory body which was established under the Climate Change Act (2008),” recently published their recommendations on future renewable energy in the UK, Renewable Energy Review, May 2011. The Climate Change reduction energy future called for in

May 17, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

‘Go Green Expo’ Plants Environmental Seed at Hagerstown Community College

by Andrew Schotz (Hagerstown Herald-Mail)  A “Go Green Expo” sponsored by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett drew about 200 people Tuesday to Hagerstown Community College. “On a rainy day, that’s great,” Bartlett said. The expo, held for the first time in Hagerstown, included more than 50 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit

April 22, 2011 Read Full Article

US Navy Spartan Energy Ethos Means Biofuels (Four Commercial-Scale Biorefineries) and Energy Efficiency for the Fleet and the Country. For How Long? In Perpetuity …

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On April 12th at the Navy League’s 2011 Sea-Air-Space Exposition, the leaders of the US Navy’s 50% petroleum reduction by 2020 program honed in on what it means for the Navy and for the nation. At a seminar called “Energy Opportunities: Creating Corporate

April 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Board Member Works toward Renewable Energy

by Ike Wilson (Frederick News Post)  Donald C. Erbach recently became the newest board member of Advanced Biofuels USA in Frederick. Erbach has clocked 40 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service with a focus on technologies related to improving soil management and crop production. …Effectively addressing

March 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Proposed Senate Bill S.559: Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act Comment on the Bill from an Advanced Biofuels Perspective

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) recently introduced Senate Bill S.599, the “Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act” or SAFESTA. This bill contains numerous amendments to existing Energy legislation and is being advertised as a comprehensive approach

March 23, 2011 Read Full Article

National Security Interests Require Tax Incentives for Biofuels and Advanced Biofuels

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With the oil industry, a 150-year old mature enterprise, still receiving at least 2.5 times the subsidies of the renewable fuel industry ($72 billion 2002-2008, Environmental Law Institute 2009 study), it is disingenuous at best to say the ethanol industry is unique in

March 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Have You Heard the Ethanol Production Efficiency Story?

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When I was looking at this “Well-to-Wheels” CO2 Emissions From Alternative Fuels graph produced by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) I was impressed by the decreasing CO2 emission trendline for the various ethanol production options. Starting with their value of about 22 lbs

March 13, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article
  Planet Forward on TV.  An Earth Day Special. Coming April 8, 2011.

Planet Forward on TV. An Earth Day Special. Coming April 8, 2011.

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs project, Planet Forward, provides an Internet forum for experts and interested public to provide their ideas for solutions to energy, climate change and sustainability challenges.  Partnerships with the National Geographic

March 11, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?

This remains here for historical purposes.  See updated and expanded version:  https://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/advanced-biofuels-usa-publishes-updated-whats-the-difference-between-biodiesel-and-renewable-green-diesel/  editor’s note:  We have observed confusion in conversations about biodiesel and renewable diesel.  Just as many people ask for a “Kleenex” when they have a cold, many people say “biodiesel” for any kind of diesel derived in part

March 8, 2011 1 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Paper and Slide Presentation on Truly Optimized Flex Fuel Vehicles: Benefits and How to Achieve Them

Meeting two parts of its mission, to increase the 1) understanding and 2) use of advanced biofuels, Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, published a paper and accompanying slide presentation.  A revised version of Robert E. Kozak’s paper on new engine technologies that could produce similar mileage regardless of

March 6, 2011 Read Full Article

E-15 for NASCAR: Facts are Facts: Dealing with Biofuel Controversies

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Part II: An Interview with Mike Lynch, Managing Director of NASCAR’s Green Initiative When we met with Mike Lynch last week at Daytona Speedway we spoke with him about some of the controversies, such as international indirect land use change (ILUC), that have

February 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit: Conference Report

by Bill Brandon (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On February 10 & 11, about 120 participants gathered in chilly Chicago for the first Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit presented by the British firm, Eye for Energy.  The conference drew participants from across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and internationally from

February 21, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

E15 for NASCAR: Cellulosic Ethanol is on the Table

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Part I: An Interview with Mike Lynch, Managing Director of NASCAR’s Green Initiative When millions of people watch the NASCAR Daytona 500 this Sunday they will see all 43 cars running on E15 produced from corn grown in the Northeast and Midwest. This

February 19, 2011 1 comment Read Full Article

From Farm to Fuel to a NASCAR Track

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Transitioning to unleaded gasoline at NASCAR occurred only a few years ago.  NASCAR race cars still use carburetors without fuel injection.  The move to Sunoco Green E15 represents an enormous cultural shift in NASCAR Nation.  Or does it?  On reflection, maybe NASCAR is just

February 17, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon Say E15 Good for the USA, Good for the Environment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Use of E15 in NASCAR vehicles is so new that Top NASCAR drivers, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., are still giving pretty much unpackaged, sincerely candid answers about it. When asked if driving at NASCAR using E15 meant anything to them as

February 13, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Chevy VP of High Performance Vehicles Says No Racing without Biofuels

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  NASCAR is kicking off their season next week with the Daytona 500. This year all 43 cars in the 500 will be running on E-15 for the first time. At Advanced Biofuels USA, we think this is a significant landmark in the history

February 12, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

American Le Mans Series Teams Up with Go Green Auto Rally

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the American Le Mans Series annual 2-day Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway, Go Green Auto Rally ran interested motorsport journalists and photographers through the paces of their new program to teach drivers to reduce their carbon footprint, save money through less fuel

February 9, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Cost of Electricity Will Not Rise: Dr. Joseph Romm at the Green Car Summit. Bartlett Proposes Open Fuels Act

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Produced by the Green Car Journal and the Washington Auto Show, each January the Green Car Summit convenes a panel of experts “to address the critical issues of the day for a smarter, greener, cleaner and safer automotive future.”  The sponsors and moderators make

January 31, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

DOE Federal Lab Says Life Cycle Analysis Does Not Factor in Rare Earth Metals or Mountain Top Removal

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the Green Car Summit on Capitol Hill on January 26, 2011, Don Hillebrand, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory spoke about the process for assessing how much carbon is emitted as a greenhouse gas due to the production

January 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Donald C. Erbach, Ph.D., Joins Advanced Biofuels USA Board of Directors

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Donald C. Erbach, Ph.D., was welcomed as a new member of the Advanced Biofuels USA’s board of directors at their annual meeting January 19, 2011, in Frederick, Maryland.  “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Erbach join us at this time.  He brings rich experience gained from

January 20, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday: Why the Advanced Biofuel Industry Needs to Embrace “Real” Green Racing–The American Le Mans Series

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Back in the glory days of car racing (the 1960s), “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” was the mantra of all car manufacturers. From NASCAR, where the Plymouth Richard Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 was powered by a “426 hemihead” much

December 5, 2010 1 comment Read Full Article

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels Summit Day 2: Taking Biofuels to the Next Level

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Technologies proven at the bench scale and biofuel feedstocks developed or identified are worthless until they come together at a successful biorefinery.  Getting there involves a series of choices: new, “greenfield” construction “from scratch” or renovation of existing “brownfield” or distressed assets; stand-alone or bolt-on;

November 21, 2010 Read Full Article

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels & Biorefineries Summit Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuesl USA)  The Renewable Fuel Association’s Bob Dinneen started the Cellulosic Biofuels & Biorefineries Summit with a call to the biofuels community–ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, renewable and biodiesel–to realize their common bonds and interests. Particularly, he emphasized that controversies such as the current use of

November 16, 2010 Read Full Article

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels Finance & Investment Forum

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Faith and Belief.  Most impressive about the 2010 Cellulosic Biofuels Finance & Investment Forum, as compared to the 2009 event, was the whiff of positive belief that somehow, some  way, cellulosic biofuels are becoming a reality– and somehow, some way production will be financed.

November 15, 2010 Read Full Article

Utilities’ Perspectives on Biomass-to-Power Opportunities

by Cindy O’Connor  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Washington, DC Biomass Finance & Investment Summit, October 13-15 2010:  Friday Session Highlights The physical location of the utility plants determines the biomass –to –power opportunities.  Reed Willis, President, ADAGE (Duke Energy investor) said currently power is being generated with nuclear, coal, gas, and solar

November 12, 2010 Read Full Article

2010 Biomass to Fuels Summit Summarized: Waste Should Not Be Ignored

by Pete Davey (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Scientists, Engineers, Lawyers, Politicians and Businessmen/women alike descended upon Vancouver, WA for the 2010 Biomass Fuels Summit on October 12th. The summit’s first panel was introduced by the moderator John Plaza of Imperium Renewables based in Hoquiam, WA. He introduced USDA members from both Washington

November 8, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Found in the 1978 Archives: President Thanks NASCAR for Converting to E-15 “Gasohol”

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Just looking into the deep recesses of emails and found this: October 16, 1978 Office of the President, Washington DC  On behalf of the American public I’d like to congratulate NASCAR on their recent decision to use a mixture of 15% ethanol and

October 18, 2010 Read Full Article

American Le Mans Series Cuts Carbon Footprint by Over One Third

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  According to Robert P. Larsen, Director Emeritus of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, the results of the 2010 Petit Le Mans race showed more than a 38% displacement of oil through the use of advanced biofuels. The carbon footprint was also

October 5, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

2010 Petit Le Mans: Cellulosic E85 Powers Champions

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For the first time in any race anywhere, all the cars using E85 used cellulosic ethanol racing fuel. At Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda2 at Road Atlanta, on Saturday, October 2, 2010, cellulosic E85 powered all podium finishers in the GT class from

October 3, 2010 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Chemicals East Conference Review—Reason for Optimism

by Kyle Sherry  (Advanced Biofuels USA)     The Bio-Based Chemicals East conference brought together members of the emerging biochemicals industry—world-class scientists, global agribusiness and chemical industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and governmental representatives—to create the connections necessary for the renewable chemical industry to grow.  The conference was held from September 13-15, 2010 at

September 22, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series: The Last of the Privateers Show How It’s Done. Jonny Cocker Puts the Cellulosic Ethanol Drayson Lola on the Pole

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  We’ve written a fair amount about Lord Paul Drayson’s Green Racing efforts and for good reason. Since joining the ALMS circuit in 2008 Paul and Elspeth Drayson, and the team led by Dale White, have effectively shown how sports car racing can be

August 12, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series: The Little Team That Could! Dyson Lola Wins Emotional Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Race with Bio-Isobutanol (From BP)

By Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Imagine. Imagine you’re a small but very smart racing team with a history of innovation and success.  Following your strengths, you spent a considerable amount of money modifying your turbocharged engines to run on bio-isobutanol, testing them extensively on a dynamometer to maximize

August 11, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series: Ferrari Wins GT Class with Added E-85 Performance

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  During Friday’s qualifying, the E-85 powered number 61 and 62 Ferraris fielded by Risi Competizione of Houston, Texas, stormed to the 1st and 2nd positions in qualifying.  Ferraris are known for their great balance and handling but when it comes to pure power, the

August 10, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series: A Great Weekend for Biofuels

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Green Racing fans have been waiting for a weekend like this – a big-time race where biofuel powered cars just dominated. We’re big supporters of the American Le Mans sports car series (ALMS) for its leadership in promoting the combination of performance and

August 10, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Policy on Federal Energy Subsidies

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Background    At the request of New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman (D), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently produced a superficial and misleading report on US government financial subsidies for the development of a US biofuels industry. (“Using Biofuel Tax Credits to Achieve Energy and Environmental

July 20, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Does Biofuel Have a Friend in the White House? Not if Actions Speak Louder than Words

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Washington Post business section today included an article on President Obama’s latest push on behalf of “Clean Energy.”    The paper also helpfully included a list of the eight (8) “Clean Energy” events the Obama Administration had scheduled for this coming week. Let’s see what’s

July 13, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Going for the Green

(Frederick News Post Editorial)  …Last week’s Go Green Energy Conference at the Frederick Fairgrounds, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, is further proof, judging by the crowd of visitors and the greater-than-expected number of exhibitors that showed up. The conference was designed as a way to bring together private

June 14, 2010 Read Full Article

DeltaWing Takes DC!

by Bob Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Our friends at DeltaWing Racing brought their DeltaWing Prototype to the Indiana Society of Washington DC for their annual Indy 500 reception last week. “Senior Green Motor Sports Correspondent” and former Capitol Hill denizen Bob Kozak went to DC to see how it was received.

May 25, 2010 Read Full Article

What’s Next for Oil Spill Affected Areas? Advanced Biofuels?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Grand Isle State Park’s beaches on the tip of a Louisiana marsh sticking into the Gulf of Mexico hosted over 100,000 visitors per year.  After Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, the number fell to “4000-8000, depending on if there was a

May 24, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Dynamic Fuels Hosts Investor Plant Tour

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From time to time, you hear people complain that you can’t make money off of recycling.  Dynamic Fuels gives the lie to that statement.  Not only has it already saved tens of MILLIONS of dollars by recycling a closed Uniroyal plant, and giving new

May 24, 2010 Read Full Article

The US Should Not Exchange Reliance on One Kind of Transportation Essential for Another

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It doesn’t make sense to exchange reliance on one kind of imported transportation essential for another.  This is as true for foreign oil; fossil fuels; batteries and rare earth metals for electric cars; as for ethanol or other advanced biofuels. Brazil has done wonderful

April 13, 2010 Read Full Article

Washington Post Supplement Highlights Advanced Biofuels

“Advanced Biofuels: Your Guide to Sustainable Energy Sources” was published on March 31, 2010, by MediaPlanet as a supplement to the Capitol Hill editions of the Washington Post and will be distributed at coming advanced biofuels conferences and events.   As part of Advanced Biofuels USA’s educational mission, Joanne Ivancic consulted

April 1, 2010 Read Full Article

The DeltaWing Indy Race Car Is Not Only the Future: It’s Important!

by Bob Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)   It is Memorial Day Weekend 2013, the annual Indianapolis 500 car race is attracting the largest crowd in years. The televison audience is also looking to be a record, and not everyone is tuning in just to see if Danica Patrick can win her

March 4, 2010 1 comment Read Full Article

Put Transportation Biofuel Commercial Deployment Where It Belongs: USDOT

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Contemplating the continued inability of the US to meet the biofuels and advanced biofuels production and sales expectations codified in the Renewable Fuels Standard, the Advanced Biofuels USA board passed a resolution to introduce some new thinking about federal interests and potential funding sources.

February 25, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Would Things Be Different without RFS1or2? Not Really.

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Since the provisions of the RFS were written into the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 without a realistic funding provision, RFS and RFS2 are, as a practical matter, “Sense of the Congress” provisions stating accepted aspirations.   In reality: 1) market

February 25, 2010 Read Full Article

Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit Review

by Pete Davey (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Currently many of the world’s chemicals originate from petroleum based sources, causing a major dependence on petroleum that encompasses more than transportation fuels. Some of the chemicals currently derived from non-sustainable sources are the building blocks for, but are not limited to, plastics, detergents

February 22, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

New Engine Technologies Could Give New Life (and Larger Markets) to Ethanol

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The use of E-85 (85% ethanol) fuel in “Flex-Fuel” vehicles has been limited by its 25 percent lower energy content than gasoline. When used in engines designed for only gasoline, this results in approximately 25 percent less mileage for a fuel that costs as

February 15, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel and Fun

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I’ve taken to adding “fun” to the quartet sung by many when speaking of the uses served by our crop land and forests:  food, feed, fiber and fuel.  The song began as a duet (food vs. fuel) and moved to a trio when people

February 9, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review Gives Insight to Biofuels Priorities for Next 4 Years

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The QDR (Quadrennial Defense Review), which sets the Department of Defense’s priorities for the next four years, came out February 1, 2010.  The QDR, because it is much more detailed than the FY 2011 budget request and reflects the Administration’s national defense policy, is

February 1, 2010 Read Full Article

Quick Analysis of US Budget Request Items Related to Advanced Biofuels

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The FY 2011 US Budget request is so long, cumbersome and detailed, that we’ve read it and pulled out some salient points related to biofuels so you don’t have to.  But, if you want to read them, referenced budget request documents are available for

February 1, 2010 Read Full Article

Washington Auto Show Emphasizes Electric Cars. Where’s DOE, Tesla, Fisker? Novozymes Represents for Advanced Biofuels Industry

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Conspicuous by their absence from the Washington Auto Show was the US Department of Energy (except for a brief press conference by Energy Secretary Chu at noon on Thursday) and its latest BILLION dollar protégées, Tesla Motors($465 million loan agreement closed on January 21, 2010)

January 28, 2010 Read Full Article

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