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American Ethanol and NCGA to Roll Out Big Promotion at Talladega Race
October 12, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) will be partnering with corn farmers from across the U.S. – including Alabama, Kansas, Iowa and Michigan – to promote E15 American Ethanol all …

Canadian Bio Fuel Company Announces Significant Collaboration with University of Florida
October 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Agrisoma Biosciences Inc./PR Newswire)  Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the United States.

The Quebec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

Airbus Demonstrates Regular Customer Delivery Flights with Sustainable Jet Fuel
June 2, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Airbus)  15 A350 XWB deliveries already dispatched to Cathay Pacific all with jet fuel blend  —  Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

Tuscaloosa’s Inventure Is Changing the Way We Look at Waste
March 8, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by William Thornton (  In a non-descript 40,000-square-foot building not far from the popular Tuscaloosa restaurant Waysider, a group of chemists and engineers are finding uses for the world’s industrial food-related waste.
Inventure is making industry …

Hero BX Offers Branded Bioheat Distributor Program
January 16, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Erie, Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Hero BX announced a new business enterprise Jan. 12, the Hero BX-branded Bioheat program. Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and heating oil in varying concentrations. …

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 29, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization …

Gas Station Owner Says Don’t Confuse Non-Ethanol Fuel for Price Gouging
September 22, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Thomas (ABC33/40)   …   ABC 33/40 followed up on a complaint from an ABC 33/40 viewer about price gouging in Odenville in St. Clair County.

He learned the gas station owner sells non-ethanol gas, …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy
March 4, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and …

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad
January 13, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments.

“Taxation, …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release
December 11, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbette (Texas A&M AgriLife)   …  Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, …

2016 SouthEast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship Program — 10 Week Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (MAY 23 ‐JULY 23, 2015) App. DEADLINE Nov. 23, 2015
November 2, 2015 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

The Southeast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‐Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program under the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) project.
The SEED Fellows will:

Work in …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Drought Stress in Plants
October 26, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology)  Jeremy Schmutz, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how switchgrass plants adapt to drought stress. Schmutz, who co-directs …

China! Boeing, Algenol, Inventure Deals Propel Industrial Biotech Momentum
September 28, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As President Xi visits North America, China signs 3 major deals in industrial biotechnology.  The East is Red, it’s been said, and the future looks that way too.  The US …

State-of-the-Art Algae PBRs
August 10, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Photobioreactor manufacturers detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. … Whether through open ponds, raceways or closed photobioreactors (PBR), growing algae is both …

Clean & Green: A Comprehensive Review of “Syngas” Cleanup for Biomass Gasification
August 4, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  Contrasting with ethanol production with microorganisms to ferment raw material into liquid fuel, biomass materials can be directly “gasified” through controlled burning (called pyrolysis, literally “fire splitting”). Gasification releases …

What’s up with Algae Now?
July 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project …

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
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

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 …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

DOE Accepting Comments on Engineered High-Energy Crop Proposal
February 6, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) Programs …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 15, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
December 12, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use     February 2-4, 2015    Auburn, AL

On February 2–4, 2015, the Southeastern Sun Grant Center hosts its 2015 Regional Conference, Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use, at the Hotel at Auburn University, AL. The …

Governor Bentley to Visit Algae Systems, Inc.
December 4, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Hal Scheurich (  A biochemical company based in Daphne is ready to expand from its small research facility. Algae Systems, Inc. has spent the last few years perfecting waste water treatment using algae common …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 1, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 1, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific progress …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
October 20, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use    February 2-4, 2015   Auburn, AL

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific …

Algae Systems Eyes Biofuels Commercialization
September 26, 2014 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Bonaire Le (Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Systems, a five-year-old start-up, announced last month that it has completed a pilot plant in Daphne, Alabama, and demonstrated the ability to produce algae biofuel at a price lower …

Alabama Gets First-In-World Carbon-Negative Algae Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)   …What you do is you take long, durable plastic bags, fill them with a nutrient-rich growing medium (wastewater, in this case), throw in some algae, and let sunlight work its magic. The …

Marsha Folsom Bringing Bamboo to Bama
August 26, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Tiffeny Owens (Cullman Times)  On Friday, the former Alabama First Lady shared how her company, Resource Fiber, plans to make the Asian plant the state’s new cash crop at the Cullman Area Chamber of …

Ethanol on the Rails
June 2, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman ( In the last couple of weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia on April 30 and one in Colorado on May 9. These incidents …

Ethanol from Energy Beets: A Viable Option?
April 24, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Fuel World)  US farmers are exploring the use of energy beets to produce ethanol. Requiring less water and containing more sugar than corn, they could be just what the market needs.
Corn …

Can This Birmingham Company Kickstart the Alternative Fuel Revolution?
February 13, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Davis (Birmingham Business Journal)  The race to discover a viable alternative fuel to gasoline has slowed down some in recent years, and that could be because the fuel source everyone is looking for …

Gevo Biofuel Produced in Luverne, Minn., Passes Army Helicopter Test
December 26, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Gevo Inc., which produces an alternative alcohol in a former ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., said Monday that the Army has successfully flown a Black Hawk helicopter using a 50-50 …

Bioenergy Research Tour Rolled 900 Miles through Southeast
October 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  “Green diesel” is on the move, and a recent demonstration tour showed Southeastern audiences just how far the biobased fuel can go.
Coordinated by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS), …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels
Projects open …

Inventure International (Pte) Limited Closes $7.2 Million Financing Round
July 22, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Inventure/PR NewsWire)  Inventure International (Pte) Limited, holding company of renewable process technology leader Inventure Renewables Inc., recently closed a $7.2 million round of financing that the company will use to establish a plant for the conversion of …

Public Invited to Bon Secour Farm for Rare Glimpse into the Potentially Sweet Future of Alternative Fuels
May 9, 2013 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Dute (  Corporate America does not often invite the public into the research and development process of products that could potentially revolutionize how their vehicles are fueled, how plastics are made and even …

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels
March 25, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels …

Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain, the Algae Biofuels Angle
February 22, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Nature hasn’t (so far) selected algae for long life. Generally, the little one-celled growth factories survive by blooming slightly faster than they get eaten. Making a world that’s safe for …

Bridges to Commercialization
February 14, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased DIgest)  Bringing your biobased technology forward through the Valley of Death may require a bridge over troubled waters.  Here are partners worth knowing.
… Bioenergy commercialization is long, expensive and risky. Derisking …

New Ethanol Terminal in Birmingham Could Mean Cheaper Gas, CEO Says
February 14, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Stan Diel (  A new $17 million ethanol terminal near I-65 and Finley Boulevard could lower the cost of gasoline at the pump for Alabama consumers, the CEO of the terminal’s owner said today.
The …

Alabama Inventors Patent Algae Extraction Method
January 3, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Streamline Automation, of Huntsville, Alabama, has been assigned a patent (8,303,818) developed by four co-inventors for a “method and apparatus using an active ionic liquid for algae biofuel harvest and extraction.” The …

What Do People Think About Biofuels?
December 27, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  What do people in the Southeast think about biofuels? Do they support biofuel ventures? Who will grow the biomass? Will those in established industries fight against it? These are just a …

Green Plains Subsidiary Opens New Terminal
December 21, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Ethanol producer Green Plains Renewable Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary BlendStar has commenced operations at its newly built 96-car train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama.   READ MORE

NASA-Rooted Biofuel Project Aims for Shores of Mobile Bay
November 16, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc D. Anderson (  A company using NASA-licensed technology is looking at a small patch of bayfront property to launch what one day could be a revolutionary wastewater-treating and biofuel-creating endeavor.
Since 2009, Algae Systems …

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy
November 12, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy …

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit
October 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock …

Professor Wins Bioenergy Grant, Fuels Change
July 31, 2012 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Simone (The Auburn Plainsman)  Sushil Adhikari, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, recently received a $335,748 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct bioenergy research, specifically Adhikari’s speciality, the conversion of biomass into …

Coskata Switches Focus from Biomass to Natural Gas; to Raise $100M in Natgas-Oriented Private Placement
July 20, 2012 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Coskata, looking at CAPEX opportunities, political uncertainty, and the investor climate — switches to an “all natural gas” feedstock strategy.  Initiates a $100M private placement, puts Alabama project on hold. …

New E85 Fueling Stations in Birmingham
July 17, 2012 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Bryant Sommerville  (ABC3340)  …City vehicles will now be able to fill up at one of the two E85 ethanol fuel stations.
One is at the Equipment Management Facility on Sixth Avenue South and the other …

Entrepreneur at University of Alabama Eyes Kudzu as Ethanol Source
June 5, 2012 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Birmingham Business Journal)  Scientists at the University of Alabama’s manufacturing technology center are looking at kudzu, the non-native leafy vines that have spread across the South’s fields and forests, as one of several sources that …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.
• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

American Jianye Greentech Holdings in Marketing Partnership with Gulf Coast Energy Ltd. to Accelerate Retail Expansion in United States
March 5, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journals/American Jianye Greentech Holdings, Ltd.)  American Jianye  Greentech Holdings, Ltd., a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of alcohol-based automobile fuel and civil-use fuel in China, today announced that it has signed a marketing partnership …

Fueling Education Loud and Clear: AIDB’s Biodiesel Program Provides Unparalleled Work Experience for Its Students
March 2, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Alabama native Helen Keller once said, “No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it.” The same could be said of biodiesel at the Alabama Institute for Deaf …

Company Advocates for the Use of Biodiesel at Power Plants
January 30, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)   Alabama-based Clean Energy Pathways Inc. is working to help coal-fired utilities meet state and federal compliance standards by helping to identify methods to increase efficiency and produce a portion of …

Soybean Checkoff to Partner with Nine Clean Cities Coalitions
January 19, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Jackson County Times-Journal)  The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff have announced the participants in the 2012 biodiesel and Bioheat® communications program, which helps cities across the United States spread the word about the …

Wayne Keith Sets a New World Wood Gas Speed Record
December 28, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by David Bransby(Auburn University/Biofuels Digest)  We hear a lot about “drop-in” fuels these days. While this term typically means an infrastructure-compatible liquid transportation fuel, Wayne Keith has come up with his own version of a …

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100 million IPO.  Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, with a translation of the risks …

Cooking Oil, Anyone?
December 14, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(  The City of Smyrna plans to open a biodiesel processing plant, designed to cut fuel costs and reduce fossil fuel consumption, by January 2012. The use of biodiesel results in the substantial reduction of unburned …

Green Plains’ BlendStar to Build New 96-Car Unit Train Terminal
November 15, 2011 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Green Plains Renewable Energy)  Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc., announced today (November 10, 2011)  that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BlendStar LLC, will build, own and operate a new ethanol unit train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama on …

YouTube Video Documents Alabama Biodiesel Success Stories
November 10, 2011 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  For several years the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition has been providing informative workshops, seminars and just about everything else to help Alabamans understand the benefits of biodiesel. Now, led by …

CEP Markets Biodiesel as Energy Substitute for Coal
October 28, 2011 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dothan, Ala.-based renewable energy solutions firm Clean Energy Pathways Inc. has introduced a new line of custom-blended biodiesel for use as a Btu-substitute in coal-fired utility and commercial boilers, or for …

Coskata, Inc.’s Semi-Commercial Facility Demonstrates Two Years of Successful Operation
October 17, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

(Coskata)   With More than 15,000 Run Hours, Company Focus Turns to Commercial Scale Facilities
Coskata, Inc., a developer of technology for the production of advanced biofuels and biochemicals from biomass and waste materials, achieved two …

UT Center for Renewable Carbon Named as Lead Institution for $15 Million USDA Grant
September 30, 2011 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  Center to coordinate woody biomass production and utilization studies
The Center for Renewable Carbon, a program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been named by the USDA as a recipient …

MAPCO Puts Another E85 Pump on the Map in Alabama
September 12, 2011 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Flex-fuel vehicle owners in Madison, Alabama now have more choices in filling up with E85, thanks to MAPCO Express and Protec Fuel.
This is the first location for the multi-state MAPCO Express to offer …

Construction of Ethanol Fuel Stations Begins in Birmingham
August 22, 2011 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Melynda Sides  (  Construction of two new E-85 ethanol fuel stations in Birmingham began today. One of the stations will be located at 515 6th Avenue South.
…A grant from the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition …

Phase Shift: 12 Hot Gas-Based Biofuels Technologies
August 9, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of technologies is coming along fast, primarily in advanced biofuels, which is gasifying biomass at the front end along its path towards making fuels, chemicals or …

Hoover Algae-to-Oil Fuel Plant Fails to Get Grant
July 19, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Steve Irvine (The Birmingham News)  The Ohio-based company seeking to put a pilot plant in Hoover that would harvest oil from algae to form an alternative fuel didn’t receive the $45 million grant it …

Biofuels Arrive in Tarrant, Alabama
July 6, 2011 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …Pacific Pride Services, a subsidiary of Wright Express Corporation, has announced that in partnership with Quality Petroleum of Alabama the opening of the first Commercial Fuel Center offering both biodiesel for …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Biofuels…Moving Alabama Forward May 26, 2011 Florence, AL
May 25, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
Biofuels…Moving Alabama Forward   May 26, 2011  Florence, AL

This one-day workshop will take place on Thursday, May 26th.  Its first time in Florence, will provide background and utilization prospects for a range of fuels including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), propane, biodiesel, ethanol and …

Veggie Oil Shortage Slows County Biodiesel Plan
May 25, 2011 – 6:59 am | No Comment

by Laura Johnson (Anniston Star)  Inside the Calhoun County Highway Department’s complex at McClellan, Eric Feemster brews batches of biodiesel fuel.
…It’s a program that has garnered Calhoun County two awards from state associations in the …

KiOR Breaks Ground, and Draws Customers, for Columbus Biofuels Plant
May 16, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Garthia Elena Burnett (Commercial Dispatch)  FedEx is the latest company to sign an offtake agreement with Kior, a biofuels plant slated to begin production in Columbus in 2012. FedEx plans to use oil produced …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
April 13, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. …

Ethanol Lowers Food Costs
February 23, 2011 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (Ag Week)  America’s corn crop is a miracle crop that, on a sustainable, per-acre basis, grows three times as much grain and creates three times as much soil organic matter by capturing three …

Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit: Conference Report
February 21, 2011 – 10:19 am | No Comment

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.  …

New Eco-Friendly Fuel Pumps Arrive in the Wiregrass
February 4, 2011 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Cook (Dothan Eagle)  Local drivers of flex fuel vehicles can enjoy the benefits of their eco-friendly rides now that two E85 fuel stations have opened in the area.
On Thursday, the Inland Food Stores …

Company Developing Fuel for Future
February 1, 2011 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jenette Sturges  (Naperville Sun)  In only a few short years, it could be fueling cars and trucks while producing 90 percent less greenhouse gas, providing energy security for the nation, and creating high-tech jobs in …

Bugs Might Convert Biodiesel Waste Into New Fuel
January 28, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(NewsWire/University of Alabama)  A strain of bacteria found in soil is being studied for its ability to convert waste from a promising alternative fuel into several useful materials, including another alternative fuel.
A graduate student at …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America
January 21, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the …

Southeastern Alabama Gets E85 Pumps
January 21, 2011 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Flex fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers in southeast Alabama now have two new locations to get 85 percent ethanol fuel with the opportunity to get mid grade ethanol blends in the future.
Inland …

Coskata Supported Biorefinery Selected To Receive $250 Million Loan Guarantee From USDA
January 20, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Coskata)  Guarantee will support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Alabama
Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, was notified by the USDA of their intent to provide a …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Outlines Progress on Effort to Advance Renewable Energy Production in America
January 20, 2011 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  Expansion of Biofuels Reaches All Regions of the Country
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced January 20, 2011, that biofuels and biomass energy projects across America have been selected for funding to continue the Administration’s support …

Country-Fried Biofuels
December 12, 2010 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Brescher Shea  (U.S. Department of Energy)  But a more humdrum risk of deep-frying is improperly disposing of the grease. Pouring it down the drain, which can clog municipal pipes and pollute local waterways, is …

Remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Biofuels as Prepared for Delivery at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
October 22, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

(EIN News/USDA)   …USDA announced assistance under the Recovery Act for 334 broadband expansions designed to reach more than 6 million people and 250,000 businesses in rural and remote areas.
…By launching the USDA led effort “Know …

Hoover Eyed for Site to Grow Algae for Biofuel
September 22, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Val Walton (The Birmingham News)  Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos wrote a letter of support last week for the SouthEast Region Algae Consortium (SERAC) — a group of scientists, engineers and experts in biofuels and algae …

DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 Million for Biomass Research and Development
September 9, 2010 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced September 8, 2010, the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation …

Governor Riley Visits Enterprise, AL on Thursday
August 12, 2010 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(WTVY)   …Governor Riley will join local officials to celebrate the grand opening of a biodiesel facility that uses cooking oil collected from area restaurants to produce fuel for city vehicles and equipment. The project was …

Auburn Researchers Finding Ways to Turn Waste Into Fuel
July 30, 2010 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Travis Herrmann  (TheAuburn Plainsman)  Auburn University researchers have patented a new process for producing ethanol from paper (m)ill waste materials through biological conversion.
With research funded by the Masada Resource group, the new conversion process …

Oil Spill Boosts Local Ethanol Sales
July 29, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Sherer  (Times Daily)  The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is changing the driving habits of some north Alabama motorists.
Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April and dumped millions of gallons of …

EPA Still Betting on Cello Energy to Meet Next-Gen Biofuel Target
July 19, 2010 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Josie Garthwaite  (Earth2Tech)  Cello Energy, a startup run by Alabama’s former ethics chairman and backed by Khosla Ventures that has been beset by production delays and fraud allegations, still ranks among the companies that the …