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A Visit to Advanced Biofuels USA from a Chinese Government and Industry Delegation

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA was pleased to host a meeting with a dozen government representatives and business leaders from Jiangsu Province, China to discuss implementation of biofuels policies and promotion of biofuels in the US and China. In the US for a brief educational tour,

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Naval Academy Plans to Raise Seawall as Annapolis Sea Level Rise Looms

by Danielle Ohl (Capital Gazette)  The Naval Academy will raise one of its walls to combat sea level rise up to 3 feet in three decades, an environmental threat the institution shares with neighboring downtown Annapolis. At the quarterly Board of Visitors meeting Monday, Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter announced the

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Fiberight Now Expects Hampden Waste Plant to Start up in April, a Year after Scheduled Start

by Charles Eichacker (Bangor Daily News)  The company developing a state-of-the-art waste processing facility in Hampden says the project will probably be completed by the end of March — nearly a full year after the facility was supposed to begin receiving waste from more than 100 Maine towns and cities. Officials

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

2019 Energy Innovation Seed Grant Announcement

(University of Maryland)  The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) is focused on translating university energy research into new clean energy companies in the State of Maryland and thus simultaneously benefiting our environment and creating high paying jobs to help our State economy. MEI2 proposes a unique opportunity through the following seed

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

How Maryland Is Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay: LiveBIG 2018-19

(BTN Live BIG) With a specially-built algae growth system, University of Maryland researchers are scrubbing excess nutrients from Chesapeake Bay waters, a process that will help restore oxygen levels in the troubled coastal ecosystem. The algae, in turn, can be used to produce methane, a renewable resource for green energy. WATCH

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Session Summary Report Now Available

(Georgetown Climate Center)  In November 2017, member jurisdictions from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) began a public conversation inviting stakeholder input on the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of a modern, low-carbon transportation system, and what policies catalyzing these benefits might look like. Between March and August 2018, TCI hosted a series of

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an effort to fight climate change by mandating that companies using or selling fossil fuels pay taxes equal to $15 per metric ton

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Presentations Available from the Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience

(University of Maryland)  Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience Topics •Anaerobic Digestion: Where We Are Today •Digester Systems in the Northeast–Successful Case Studies •Federal Biogas Policy •MD State Biogas Policy •Use of Biogas: Scrubbing, RNG, GenSets, and Use of Excess Heat •Food Waste

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Bird’s Eye View of Bioenergy

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX) was held on September 12 and 13 at the Convene at CityView in Philadelphia, Pa. The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council did well in selecting this terrific skyscraping venue. It provided a wonderful bird’s eye view of the city

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

California Urges Trump Administration to Abandon Fuel Rule Plan

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  California’s top air regulator urged the Trump administration on Sunday to abandon a plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards through 2026, as automakers urged state and federal regulators to reach agreement to extend nationwide rules. Mary Nichols, who chairs the state’s Air Resources Board, asked the U.S.

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion: Maryland and the Northeast US Experience   —   October 2, 2018   —   Annapolis, MD

Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion: Maryland and the Northeast US Experience — October 2, 2018 — Annapolis, MD

In the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic US, anaerobic digestion (AD) is set to become increasingly important as a source of renewable source of energy that results in odor control, large greenhouse gas emission reductions, and transformation of nutrients. As a result, the renewable energy from biogas sector will play an increasingly

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Partner to Form Point Breeze Renewable Energy

(Philadelphia Energy Solutions)  RNG Energy Solutions (RNG Energy) and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES) announced today that they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable natural gas sales agreement and site lease agreement to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility. The facility will be named

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Maryland Listening Session for Clean Transportation Charts Course For Regional Initiative To Reduce Motor Vehicle Pollution

(Sierra Club Maryland Chapter)  Leading environmental, scientific, community, business and labor organizations working to advance clean transportation in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States assembled today in Largo, Maryland for a meeting organized by Maryland Departments Of Environment, Transportation And Energy (MDE), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Georgetown Climate Center.

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article
    Listening Session for the Transportation and Climate Initiative   —   August 27, 2018   —   Largo, Maryland

Listening Session for the Transportation and Climate Initiative — August 27, 2018 — Largo, Maryland

(Georgetown Climate Center)  On behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in a Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland University College Academic Center at Largo, Maryland.

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Maryland Seeks Applicants for Alt-Fuel Infrastructure Funding DEADLINE December 31, 2018

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  From July 1 through Dec. 31, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is accepting applications for its competitive Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP). The program is designed to aid in the development of alternative fuel refueling/recharging infrastructure in Maryland, says MEA. Each applicant’s cost share must be at

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Anti-Fossil Fuel Candidates Come out Winners in Party Primaries

by Mark Hand (ThinkProgress)  Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.  —  An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues could receive greater attention in this fall’s general elections, especially as lawmakers devise plans to

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

June 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the mess, a sky-vacumming organism and much more. As we reported last week here, the U.S.

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article
    Maryland Clean Energy Summit “Gearing up for the Future”  —   October 8-10, 2018   —   College Park, MD

Maryland Clean Energy Summit “Gearing up for the Future” — October 8-10, 2018 — College Park, MD

Your gears will be turning at this thought-provoking conference that focuses on cutting-edge technologies, modern business models, and innovative regulations and financing solutions that will ensure a secure, resilient and transactive modern power grid. Join industry experts, policy makers, regulators, utility representatives and business leaders — bring your voice to

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would qualify Laufer’s lab for larger grants for commercialization. The grant is through the Agriculture and

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Leaders in Advanced Diesel Technology Outline Innovations to Deliver Cargo and Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … The other thing you’re looking at with renewable diesel – since it is diesel fuel – you don’t have a lot of logistical handling problems that you have with other alternative fuels out there.  —  At the inaugural GreenPort Congress America, held May 15 to 18 in Baltimore, Md.,

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces Rutter’s as Newest E15 Retailer

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy and Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s announced that the convenience store chain will begin selling E15 – a fuel with 15 percent biofuel – at seven of its locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. “The success of Prime the Pump in opening the marketplace for E15 has opened

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it all down, but now California and 16 other states suing to stop him. … …

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane regulations. The coalition announced its plans on March 23 when it submitted a 60-day notice of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Extravaganza Sponsors Provide Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Challenges

by Ryan Block (Leaders in Energy)  At the fourth annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) on February 23, 2018, attendees learned about the types of services and products offered by private sector companies to promote sustainability. Moderated Dr. Lynn Abramson, Executive Director of the Clean Energy

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

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

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Waste-to-Energy Plant Proposed for Jessup

by  Lorraine Mirabella (Baltimore Sun)  An Italian company that operates waste-to-energy plants around the world plans to build its first U.S. facility in Jessup near dozens of food distribution businesses that could supply its fuel. BTS Biogas established its North American headquarters in Columbia last fall and now hopes to

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

IBBR to Investigate How to Protect Poplar from Disease

(University of Maryland IBBR/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance for this important, second generation biofuel crop. … The research is supported by

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they would be forming a coalition to help pass carbon pricing at the local level, citing the importance of state-level policies

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article
  4th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza –  February 23, 2018   — College Park, Maryland

4th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza – February 23, 2018 — College Park, Maryland

Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at University of Maryland, Friday, February 23rd, 11 am – 8 pm Join us for our Fourth annual “Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza,” February 23rd at the University of Maryland – College Park.  Our partner will be

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol and renewable compressed natural gas as core products.

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Tech Waste-to-Energy Facility Set to Open in May

by Alex Acquisto (Bangor Daily News)  The company behind a state-of-the-art solid waste disposal facility in Hampden designed to convert trash into biofuel has secured enough funding to begin operations in May. Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO of Maryland-based Fiberight LLC, announced this week that his company has secured $70 million for a municipal solid waste

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Northeast States Tap the Gas Pump for Carbon Emissions Cuts

by Gerald B. Silverman (Bloomberg)  Motor fuel could be the next target for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast, as seven states that have already clamped down on power plants train their sights on the transportation sector. The states are considering a new cap-and-trade program modeled after the Regional Greenhouse

January 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae right off of the Chesapeake Bay and convert it into oil, simultaneously cleaning up deadly algae blooms and providing the precursor for clean, renewable fuels. Manta licensed its harvesting technology from the University of Maryland Center for

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years. Most technologies have fallen victim to high capital and development costs, changing political winds and economic recession. Many

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Governors Announce New Collaboration to Reduce Transportation Emissions

(Union of Concerned Scientistst)  Statement by Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists  —  Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded the announcement by seven states and Washington, D.C. of plans to develop a regional policy to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector. The move was endorsed today by the

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Tire Trash-to-Cash in the Aussie Outback

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There are no tires in Nevertire because Green Distillation Technologies, some 20 clicks up the road in Warren, is operating its Destructive Distillation technology at pilot scale and is recycling used tires into oil, carbon and steel wire cord. … Tires are a potent source of raw material.

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Volunteers Needed for Maryland Science Bowl Competition on Jan. 13

(Montgomery College)  Montgomery College will again host the Maryland High School Science Bowl Competition for 2018 on Jan. 13 at the Rockville Campus. The winner of this regional competition advances to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.  Without the help of volunteers, science bowl competitions could not thrive. Accordingly,

November 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Maryland’s Hood College Looks for Biofuels/Bioproducts Scientist/Teacher

(Hood College)  Hood College is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity, funded in part by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Hodson Foundation. The Department of Biology is seeking to fill an endowed chair full-time tenure-track faculty position specializing in

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). DOE awardees are part of a new program called “Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

J. Craig Venter Institute-led Team Awarded 5-year, $10.7 M Grant from U.S. Department of Energy to Optimize Metabolic Networks in Diatoms, Enabling Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

(Synbiobeta)  Research builds on a series of recent landmark studies, at JCVI, which have led to transformative new methodology for synthetic biology and functional genomics  —  Scientists, led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, were recently awarded a 5-year, $10.7 million grant by the United States

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

FY18 Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program

(Maryland Energy Administration)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is excited to announce the opening of the FY18 Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program (AWE Grant Program). MEA has made $3,500,000 available in two Areas of Interest (AOI) – on-farm/pilot scale and a community/regional scale. For details regarding the grant program requirements and restrictions, please see the FY18

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article
  UMES Small Farm Conference   —   November 3-4, 2017   —   Princess Anne, MD

UMES Small Farm Conference — November 3-4, 2017 — Princess Anne, MD

The 2017 Small Farm Conference will be held again in the Student Services Center (SSC). The SSC is the heart of the UMES Campus. Spanning some 147,000 square feet, the length of two football fields, this state-of-the-art two-story building is equipped with a theatre, ballroom, classrooms, exhibit hall, lounges, dining

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA: Thumbs-up to ‘Energy Beet’ Idea

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The Environmental Protection Agency predicted it might take six months to do an initial evaluation of “energy beets” for their environmental footprint as a feedstock for biofuels. Six years — not months — later the agency has a thumbs up on energy beets as a feedstock

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise

by Pam Radtke Russell (Engineering News Record)  From Seattle to Cape Cod, see what’s being done at 18 different locations  —  … In this special report, Engineering News-Record’s team of editors and reporters look at how Tangier and other coastal communities around the country are tackling problems, including erosion, subsidence

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

National Study Puts Timeline on Impact of Sea-Level Rise in Maryland and Virginia

by Joe Heim (The Washington Post)   On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, rising seawater levels and chronic flooding threaten to disrupt daily life, damage homes and businesses, and swallow land in the relatively near future, according to a new study. For some parts of the Eastern Shore, there soon may be

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit the Environment if Managed Correctly

(Phys.Org/Michigan State University)  Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article
  Propane & Biodiesel Pupil Transportation Workshops   —   May 23, 2017   —   Fairfax Station, VA;    AND   —   May 25, 2017   —   Landover, MD

Propane & Biodiesel Pupil Transportation Workshops — May 23, 2017 — Fairfax Station, VA; AND — May 25, 2017 — Landover, MD

School districts face many challenges with pupil transportation. Cost is certainly one of them. Diesel prices ebb and flow, making it difficult to accurately budget fuel costs. Health issues are also of concern for both the student passengers and the technicians who maintain them. Diesel fuel is a known carcinogen;

May 19, 2017 Read Full Article
  Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings    —   June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017   —   Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD

Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings — June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017 — Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  A Notice by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on 05/18/2017  We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting a series of public meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to offer comments on proposed revisions

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with the most favorable conditions for enacting a statewide carbon tax. Joining the report is a

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Two PA Companies Partner to Fuel Economy

(Gant News)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing Corn Merchandiser, Brian Kelly, was a little doubtful four years ago when he first approached Sheetz Inc. about selling new blends of ethanol at its fuel station near Interstate 80 in Clearfield. “Truthfully, I didn’t think we would get too much of a response. I

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Court Upholds State Environmental Permits for Controversial Fiberight Waste Plant

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The decision by a Superior Court justice marks the end of the Fiberight project’s last legal battle and one of its major hurdles.  —  A Maine Superior Court justice on Wednesday affirmed state environmental permits for a controversial solid waste plant that would serves dozens

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Maryland Grain Producers Promote E15 across Mid-Atlantic

(Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has launched a four-month ethanol advertising campaign in the Mid-Atlantic. This includes postcards, bus, video, internet and radio advertising designed to highlight ethanol fuel and local stations offering higher ethanol blends. The “You Have a Choice” campaign

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Exploring The Symbiotic Relationship of Lichens Could Make For Better Biofuel Production

(Biofuels Journal)  Researchers at John Hopkins University, USA, have created artificial lichens using bacteria and yeast that are capable of producing materials for biofuels directly from sunlight and CO2. The research is published in the open access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels next week. … In the current study, the researchers

March 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Study: Climate Change May Hurt Nation’s Agricultural Productivity

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … Lead author Xin-Zhong Liang, a professor at the University of Maryland, says both

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Hood College Receives almost $2 Million Endowment for Biofuels Professor

by Allen Etzler (Frederick News Post)  A near $2 million endowment will be used to help Hood College continue developing its biology department and build collaborations with the biotech industry. The college recently received $944,000 under a matching endowment for the “Endowed Chair in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education” from

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Gov. Hogan Visits Local Poultry Farm Turning Manure into Energy

by Dani Bozzini (WMDT)  The governor of Maryland toured the Eastern Shore today and one of his stops was to a farm in Dorchester County with a ground breaking new program, converting animal waste into energy. Governor Larry Hogan, along with several other state and industry leaders, got a good

February 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. Just two and a half years ago, Powell was researching the technology. Now, he is

February 18, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

January 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Farmers Can Help Clean up the Chesapeake

by Chip Bowling (U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance/Washington Post)  I consider myself an environmentalist, a conservationist and a farmer. This is an identity I share with many farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which spans more than 64,000 square miles in six states and the District of Columbia and is

December 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%, will develop

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World”   —   February 27-March 1, 2017  —   National Harbor, MD   DEADLINE: January 13, 2017

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World” — February 27-March 1, 2017 — National Harbor, MD DEADLINE: January 13, 2017

(ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit)  Do you have a novel idea that can help solve our nation’s energy challenges? If you have a great idea and are willing to share it with the world, apply to the “Energy Ideas to Change the World” Pitching Session at the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation

December 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Business America Highlights Advanced Biofuels USA in Planet Green Section

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Global Business America, part of Global Business Publishing, highlighted Advanced Biofuels USA’s study of the feasibility of an energy beet project for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delmarva Peninsula with a photo-packed spread in the Planet Green portion of it’s English edition. Global

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Maryland’s TEDCO Funds 19 Technology Start ups Including Algae Crude Producer

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the state’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that 19 companies have received over $1.9 million in funding from the organization’s Seed Investment Fund in the last six months. The funding will be used to advance the companies’ technology and product commercialization efforts.

December 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

November 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  BioCycle East Coast17 — April 4-7, 2017 — Ellicott City, MD    DEADLINE:  December 15, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: BioCycle East Coast17 — April 4-7, 2017 — Ellicott City, MD DEADLINE: December 15, 2016

BIOCYCLE EAST COAST17, April 4-7 2017 in Ellicott City, Maryland, is accepting abstracts for presentations. The Conference theme is Growing The Organics Recycling Industry. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Deadline for abstract submittal is December 15, 2016. Due to the volume of abstracts submitted by equipment vendors

November 10, 2016 Read Full Article
  BioCycle East Coast17   —   April 4-7, 2017   —   Baltimore, MD

BioCycle East Coast17 — April 4-7, 2017 — Baltimore, MD

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November 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands

by Roger Real Drouin (Yale Environment 360)  A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Sheetz And The U.S. Department Of Agriculture Bring Cleaner Burning Fuel To Virginia

(Sheetz/PR Newswire)  Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, Sheetz completes its 10th E85/E15 refueling station in Virginia  —   Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers, celebrated the impact of the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Biofuel Infrastructure Project Grant with the opening of its 10th E85 and E15

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

On the Acetic Prowl: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Green Plains-Fleishmann Acquisition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a $250 million transaction this month, including working capital, Green Plains acquired Fleischmann’s Vinegar, financed with $135 million of debt with the balance paid from cash on hand. A group of lenders led by Maranon Capital, L.P provided a $130 million term loan and a $15

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article
  13th Annual Small Farm Conference   —   November 11-12, 2016   —   Princess Anne, MD

13th Annual Small Farm Conference — November 11-12, 2016 — Princess Anne, MD

Former U.S. Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest is keynote speaker for the 13th annual Small Farm Conference to be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12. An event that is popular on the Lower Eastern Shore and beyond, the two-day conference promises

October 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Can Beets Provide Wealth for the Shore and Fuel the World?

by Jeremy Cox (DelmarvaNow)  …   The beet plants bred by his (Frank Turano’s) company, meanwhile, appear to be largely free of disease. And they’re producing tubers up to twice the size of the commercial varieties growing in the same rows. Turano, the head scientist for the Baltimore-based Plant Sensory Systems, is partnering

October 24, 2016 Read Full Article
  0PIC’s Expanding Horizons: Workshops for Small Businesses Entering Emerging Markets  —   November 18, 2016   —   Baltimore, MD

0PIC’s Expanding Horizons: Workshops for Small Businesses Entering Emerging Markets — November 18, 2016 — Baltimore, MD

Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Discover how you can take advantage of all the products OPIC has to offer to expand internationally while supporting growth at home. Participants will also

October 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Studies Link Biofuel Demand, Habitat Loss

by Brad Rich (Coastal Review Online)  As the U.S. and other countries have ramped up development of bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, demand is rising for trees for wood pellets, or biomass, and agricultural products for liquefied biofuels. A recent multi-year study by researchers at North Carolina State University and

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

October 1, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships and aircraft are now certified to run on up to 50-50 blends of conventional and

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on CAFE Standards Midterm Review

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports meeting the 2022 CAFE standards.  It is our understanding that the key to vehicle manufacturers meeting these standards rests on the ability to use high levels of low cost octane to operate their advanced technology turbo-charged engines at the highest level of

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article
  ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   —   February 27 – March 1, 2017   —   National Harbor, MD

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit — February 27 – March 1, 2017 — National Harbor, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its eighth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational

September 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Several Bioenergy Projects Receive SBIR Funding

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program to support research related to food security, natural resources and agricultural issues. … Bioenergy related awards include: Infinite Energy LLC: Infinite Energy

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Navy Tests 100-Percent Advanced Biofuel

by Andrea Watters (Naval Aviation News)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G “Green Growler” completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The U.S. Navy is a leader in incorporating alternative fuel into operational

September 17, 2016 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Successfully Powers EA-18 Super-Hornet Surveillance Aircraft

(Sputnik News)  The US Navy successfully tested a new advanced biofuel this month on a Boeing EA-18 “Green Growler” aircraft, a surveillance version of the Super-Hornet, the US Naval Institute reported on Friday.  —  The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat

September 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Turning Beets to BioFuel on Delmarva

by Todd Karli  (WBOC)  …  A group of students and scientists are exploring the idea that sugar beets, what they’re calling energy beets, can be converted into jet fuel, with the Navy keeping a watchful eye. “This is so exciting because it hasn’t been done before,” said Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels

September 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has made alternative energy a top priority since taking office in 2009, but this week he took his commitment to new heights, literally.  The civilian leader for the Navy climbed aboard an EA-18G Growler fighter jet as a passenger on

September 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Important

by Jay Douthit  (Kent County Farm Bureau/My Eastern Shore) To the editor: The Kent County Farm Bureau stands with the Maryland Farm Bureau in support of the National Corn Growers Association’s opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed reduction of the corn-based ethanol content in gasoline. We opposed this proposed regulation because it

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article
  University of Maryland Eastern Shore   —   September 24, 2016   —   Princess Anne, MD

University of Maryland Eastern Shore — September 24, 2016 — Princess Anne, MD

Agriculture Field Day at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus is set for Saturday, September 24.  Themed “Addressing Food Security,” the day offers a host of educational, informational and recreational activities for the family.  The fun starts with a brief check-in at 8 a.m. at the Student Services Center. 

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. And it is actually a few cents cheaper—cheaper!—than regular, old regular-grade gasoline. Its name? Unleaded

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

September 7, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that would displace millions of people and result in property losses in the hundreds of billions

September 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Boating on Biofuels

by Chip Bowling (Capital Gazette/National Corn Growers Association) Letter to Editor:  As a boater from Southern Maryland, I read Chris Dollar’s latest column with interest (The Capital, July 17). But he cited some inaccurate claims from BOATUS about ethanol-blended fuel. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency is not asking boaters to

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes the potential demand for higher blends in each state, compiles the incentives for retailers available

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article
  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference & Expo   —   October 9-12, 2016   —   Baltimore, MD

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference & Expo — October 9-12, 2016 — Baltimore, MD

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is a membership association of colleges & universities, businesses and nonprofits who are working together to lead the sustainability transformation. AASHE’s educational program covers the higher education sustainability community’s most relevant and timely topics – providing leadership and change agency

August 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Grant to Result in More Ethanol Refueling Stations

by Bruce Hotchkiss (The Delmarva Farmer)  A $5 million grant from the USDA is providing the financial foundation for the installation of 30 ethanol refueling stations across Maryland and Virginia. As originally conceived, the work — which has been underway in Maryland since the first of the year — will

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) Funding Opportunity Enrollment Open

(Maryland Energy Administration)  The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) is intended to aid in the development of public access, alternative fuel refilling/charging infrastructure in the state of Maryland. As such, MEA anticipates issuing one or more grants to applicants for installation of alternative fuel refilling/charging stations in Maryland. … Moreover,

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Maryland Launches AFV Incentive, Infrastructure Programs

(NGT News)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) says that it is now accepting applications for the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program, which intends to provide incentives for various alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), over the 2017 fiscal year. … As reported, eligible vehicles include on-highway dedicated compressed natural gas, dedicated liquefied

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday. Nonprofit group the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations that

August 1, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Fiberight Project Wins State Permits, but Controversy Still Abounds

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits after finding no ‘credible, conflicting technical information’ that merited a public hearing. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued the final permits for a first-of-its-kind waste management plant in Hampden that would convert trash from more than

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel Governors Tout E30

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Coalition Sees Opportunity in Higher Fuel Economy Standards  —  Leaders and founders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition see a push for higher fuel-economy standards as the next opportunity to spur more biofuels production around the country. The group met Saturday at the National Governors’

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with the German automaker in June. Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said in a news

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Manta Biofuel Awarded $1 Million from DOE

(Algae Industry Magazine) Manta Biofuel, of Bethesda, Maryland has won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its algal technology. A member of Bethesda Green’s business incubator, Manta Biofuel LLC is a biotechnology firm that has developed a patent-pending method for producing renewable crude oil from algae.

July 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Research Assesses AD’s Ability to Remove Drugs, Germs from Manure

by Charlotte Hsu (University at Buffalo/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, genes tied to resistance, and antibiotic residues—traces of

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

MGPUB Announces Flex Fuel Video Contest DEADLINE: July 25, 2016

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) has launched its Drive Flex Fuel video contest to kick off its 2016 Maryland Drive Flex Fuels advertising campaign. Winning-worthy videos will be 30 seconds and educate and encourage drivers to choose ethanol fuels including E15 and E85 at the

June 3, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

May 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CAB-Comm Final Report Documents Accomplishments from Six Years of Algal Research

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award from the

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

FY 2017 MAERDAF Now Open for Applications

(Rural Maryland Council)  Established in 2000, the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) offers important financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. The Fund also provides targeted financial assistance to community colleges

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

University of Maryland Publishes Study: Considering the Cost of Clean: Americans on Energy, Air Quality and Climate

(University of Maryland Program for Public Consultation) … To find out what Americans would recommend when given facts and arguments, the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland developed an in‐depth survey instrument called a ‘policymaking simulation’ to be used for a Citizen Cabinet survey—a survey of a representative panel of registered

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic these natural services, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article
  Climate Action Forum 2016  —  May 4, 2016  —  College Park, MD

Climate Action Forum 2016 — May 4, 2016 — College Park, MD

Climate change and sustainability are defining issues of our age; and a robust, multi-sector response will be required to pivot societies toward a more sustainable future for all. As a global leader in environmental research, policy analysis and climate action; as a co-sponsor of Climate Action 2016; and in line

April 19, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ Help Clean Baltimore Harbor, Fuel Cars

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic these natural services, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Clean Diesel Delivers Greenhouse Gas Reductions Targets for Maryland

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Legislation signed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 relative to emissions generated in 2006. “As Governor Hogan signs legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions from Maryland, clean diesel stands ready to deliver significant fuel savings

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Company Plans Expansion to Fort Pierce

by Keona Gardner  (TCPalm)   … Indian River Bio Diesel is seeking city approval to operate a plant that would process 250,000 gallons of its product a month in the now-vacant Egan packinghouse, 1103 N. Second St. The plant is a subsidiary of Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., which already operates a facility

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

March 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Cardin and Delaney: Clean Energy Rising

by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md. 6th) (The Hill) … Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay communities of Smith Island and Tangier Island could be two of the first U.S. communities displaced by the effects of climate change. Economically, the number of manufacturing, construction, maintenance and other

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

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

For Immediate Release February 11, 2016—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the sixth consecutive year, recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy. “Recognition by the readers and editors of Biofuels Digest,

February 11, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Clean Diesel Buses to Power Maryland’s Transit Future

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Maryland Approves Nearly $100 Million for New Clean Diesel Buses  —  The Maryland Transit Administration is now in line to receive almost $100 million to invest in 172 advanced clean diesel buses after receiving approval by the state’s spending board on Wednesday. The Baltimore Business Journal reported

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

E85 Retrofit Project: Getting Started, Choosing a Retrofit Kit

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

January 18, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

January 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators for our next generation of algae scientists and business leaders. The Algae Ambassadors have inspired

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Garrett County Board Mulls Gas Drilling Restrictions near Deep Creek Lake

(Associated Press/Frederick News Post)  The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict drilling for natural gas in the resort area. … The plan was drafted in 2014. It would prohibit wellheads on 41,000 acres around the lake. Some of that acreage overlies part

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Electrofuels Update: Patent Granted for CO2-to-Gasoline Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to the electrofuels family — technologies involving microorganisms that could use hydrogen or electricity to convert

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Climate Change Could Leave Chesapeake Bay Island Uninhabitable in 50 Years

by Oilver Milman (The Guardian)  Effects of sea level rise hit close to home for Americans as US army corps of engineers report finds that Tangier Island is crumbling into the sea  —  You don’t have to travel to a balmy Pacific island to hear the anguish of people whose

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

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

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

December 9, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

December 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity from chemical reactions that work less efficiently as temperatures drop. In tests conducted by the

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Patent Awarded for Cellulose-Digesting Bacteria that Make Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, The US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,193,979 for ethanol-tolerant microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol. The patent describes using the microorganisms to produce ethanol from crop or waste biomass like food waste, crop residues (e.g. corn stalks), algae, or

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Pelosi to Obama: Boost U.S. Biofuels Program ahead of Paris Talks

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and three other lawmakers are pressing President Barack Obama not to back-peddle on the country’s biofuels program just days ahead of global climate change talks in Paris. The Democratic Representatives – Pelosi from California, Steny Hoyer from Maryland, Collin Peterson

November 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Virginia and Maryland Awarded Nearly $5 Million in Federal Funds to Install Ethanol Pumps

(Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2015) that Virginia, in partnership with Maryland, was selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol refueling infrastructure in Virginia. The states will work with private sector stakeholders to add at

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Urbanna High School Environmental Science Classes Share Insights about Biofuels

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

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Coming Soon: Story of Installing FlexFuelInternational Software at Advanced Biofuels USA’s 2002 Ford Focus

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Bob Kozak, board member, biologist, mobile source air pollution expert and backyard auto mechanic, just installed the FuelFlex International Ethanol Upgrade System in the 2002 Ford Focus we use for business and personal trips. She just got her first sip of ethanol–E85 added to

November 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Featured in Frederick County, Maryland Sustainability Newsletter

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

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund Invests $150,000 in Manta Biofuel

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute/PR Newswire) The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund has invested $150,000 into Manta Biofuel LLC, a company that produces crude oil from algae at a cost that is competitive with traditional petroleum, University of Maryland officials announce today. The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae

October 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Aemetis Distilled Biodiesel Solves India’s Unhealthy Air Quality

(CNN Money/Market Watch/Aemetis)  New Delhi Has the Worst Air Pollution in the World — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced that distilled biodiesel produced by its subsidiary in India reduces major causes of air pollution by 80%. Prime Minister Modi has set a target of

October 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Algenol on Mission to Change World

by Casey Logan (News-Press)  … (Algenol CEO Paul) Woods isn’t on the mission alone. Algenol employs more than 200 people in Lee County, he said, and the company has invested $260 million here. … “This is the first week we will be able to sell our fuel” to refineries, he says.

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable

September 14, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve Sustainability of Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This funding supports the Department’s efforts to

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article
  3rd Science Symposium “Innovation of Science, Nanotechnology, Human Health and Environment for a Global Society”  — September 17-18, 2015 — Baltimore, MD

3rd Science Symposium “Innovation of Science, Nanotechnology, Human Health and Environment for a Global Society” — September 17-18, 2015 — Baltimore, MD

The Symposium has been designed to provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in the areas of science, nanotechnology, human health and environment. We encourage all students, fellows, technicians, faculty and others to present their work at this meeting, as one important purpose of the meeting

August 18, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article
  ARPA-E 2016 Energy Innovation Summit — February 29 – March 2, 2016 — National Harbor, MD; Includes Student Program

ARPA-E 2016 Energy Innovation Summit — February 29 – March 2, 2016 — National Harbor, MD; Includes Student Program

As the preeminent energy innovation event, the annual conference gathers a unique audience of technical experts from a variety of disciplines, influential policymakers, business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. This year’s Summit will focus on “Celebrating the Energy Entrepreneur” with programming geared to:

August 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Propose 2nd Law of Thermodynamics-Based Process to Select and Develop Microorganisms for Optimal Biofuel Production

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at the University of Maryland are proposing a new process to isolate and to direct the evolution of microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass or gaseous CO2 and H2 to biofuels such as ethanol, 1-butanol, butane, or hexane (among others). The approach is based on the theory

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biofuel-Producing Bacteria Discovered

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scientists from the University of Maryland will report in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that they have isolated several different strains of bacteria that make high concentrations of biofuels from cellulosic biomass or from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas. The authors isolated bacteria that make

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals —  April 25-28, 2016 — Balitmore, MD  DEADLINE:  EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 6, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — April 25-28, 2016 — Balitmore, MD DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 6, 2015

Due to popular demand, the deadline for abstracts has been extended to Sunday, December 6!  Abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 38th SBFC are being accepted in the following research topics: Feedstocks (3 sessions) Pretreatment and Fractionation (3 sessions) Enzyme Science and Technology (3 sessions) Microbial Science and Technology

August 14, 2015 Read Full Article
  Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals —  April 25-28, 2016 — Baltimore, MD

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — April 25-28, 2016 — Baltimore, MD

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). Technical talks and posters make up the majority of presentations, however detailed and informative presentations regarding commercial- and demonstration-scale endeavors

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Plant Sensory Systems Forms Subsidiary Company, Just Beets LLC

(Plant Sensory Systems)  Just Beets LLC to Sell Plant Sensory Systems’ Proprietary Beet Seeds  —  Plant Sensory Systems, LLC (PSS) announced the formation of a subsidiary company, Just Beets LLC, to produce, sell and distribute PSS’ proprietary beet seeds. Beets are an ideal crop for growing on marginal or underused

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Poultry Industry Critical of O’Malley’s Stance on Biofuel

by John Fritze (Baltimore Sun)  … Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is winning praise from corn farmers in Iowa for his support of a federal mandate to blend biofuels into gasoline. But the stance does not sit well with the poultry industry in

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