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University of Wyoming Scientists Part of $6 Million Biofuel, Carbon Capture Project
October 9, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented.
UW is part …

UT Algae Research
September 15, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration
June 29, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key slides presented by AquaFiber, Pacific …

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location
June 5, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.
The end …

Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Blue Marble Biomaterials
May 18, 2017 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) When it comes to Blue Marble’s coordinates in the bioeconomy star-field, think advanced flavorings made from seemingly impossible materials. Most recently we reported that Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis this past summer released …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

India Complains against US at WTO over Subsidies
February 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(LiveMint) India has complained against the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for what it calls illegal subsidies and domestic content requirements for the renewable energy sector in eight American states, even as the Donald …

Montana State University Scientist Wins Grant to Improve Camelina Seed Qualities
January 20, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University/Biomass Magazine)  A Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient …

Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+
November 30, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+,  a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer …

MSU Awarded Grant to Research Biofuel, Carbon Capture Technologies for Upper Missouri River Basin
November 4, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Evelyn Boswell  (Montana State University)  A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems while training the …

Study Finds Biomass Harvesting Techniques with Minimal Impacts
October 7, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

( USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station/Biomass Magazine)  A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found …

Guest Opinion: What’s Good about Ethanol in Montana
September 19, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Gary Schaff  (Billings Gazette)  … My target is consumer issues. Ethanol is high octane (115) and is used to take low-octane gasoline and make it higher (value enhanced). Thus, it is an octane enhancer. It …

Several Bioenergy Projects Receive SBIR Funding
September 19, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

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, …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Clean Fuels Law Brings Ethanol to Oregon — But Mostly from the Midwest
August 15, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Hillary Borrud (The Oregonian)  Supporters of Oregon’s controversial low-carbon fuels mandate, newly approved last year, hailed it as a chance to grow a local biofuels industry and reduce drivers’ reliance on imported fuel.
But six …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

Cessna 182 Crosses Country on Biofuel
May 4, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)  Ross McCurdy, a science teacher from Ponaganset High School in Glocester, Rhode Island, has flown to Santa Monica, California, and back in a 1980 diesel-powered Cessna 182 owned by a …

Rivertop Renewables, DTI Blast thru Nameplate at First Commercial
March 31, 2016 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Benchmark tests prove higher volumes than initial forecast; plant receives “Recommended” rating after first customer audit
In Montana, Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced it exceeded the nameplate capacity …

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
February 29, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
“The green technologies that …

Biofuels, Trade Latest Hot Ag Topics for Presidential Candidates
January 26, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(NorthernAg.Net)  The Montana Farm Bureau is closely following the “Rural Route to the White House,” U.S. presidential election coverage produced and distributed by Agri-Pulse. The American Farm Bureau is officially the exclusive sponsor of this …

Insurance for New Biofuel Crop Now Available
January 19, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/PRMediaRelease) Carinata Producers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon — USDA’s Risk Management Agency today announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata by written agreement under the …

Six Students Win Young Algae Researcher Awards at ABS
October 22, 2015 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Six student scientists were presented with the fourth annual Young Algae Researcher Awards earlier this month for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference …

Alaska Airlines Partners with NARA on Alternative Jet Fuels
August 25, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Sokolow (Frequent Business Traveler)  Alaska Airlines announced a new partnership with Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, or NARA, that is aimed at furthering the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from leftover …

Growth Potential: Camelina Tested as Possible Fuel Source and Cash Crop.
August 5, 2015 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Energizing Arkansas)  A nonprofit is trying to grow camelina, which can be combined with vegetable oil to produce
an alternative fuel source, to encourage economic and biofuel development in DeWitt.
Tami Hornbeck made the best of it during a recent field day …

Feeding Cattle with Post Lipid Extracted Microalgae
August 5, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Jacquelyn Prestegaard (Algae Industry Magazine)  Livestock scientists see microalgae’s potential as a sustainable, high-energy feedstuff as well as a protein supplement. Among those scientists are Dr. Megan Van Emon, Assistant Professor at Montana State University, …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

Bozeman-Based Group Creating Bio Diesel from Other’s Waste
February 17, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Keele Smith  (KBZK)  Cheap gas prices have been in the headlines recently, but there’s a greener fuel being made in our own back yard.  A Bozeman-based group is using other people’s waste and taking …

Crop Outlook Reveals Lower Corn Prices, Shrinking Demand from Biofuels
January 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The crop demand outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year is a mixed bag, according to Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Westhoff gave attendees of the American …

Gevo Issues Plant Update, Transfers Common Stock Listing
January 9, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Jan. 8, Gevo Inc. issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The …

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also …

Rivertop Renewables to Start Commercial-Scale Production in 2015
December 11, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Contract manufacturing agreement with DTI speeds Rivertop’s time to market for its novel performance chemicals
In Montana, Rivertop Renewables announced that it has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at …

4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables
September 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A couple of years ago, the combination of a great lifestyle and a highly promising technology lured Mike Knauf to the Bitterroot Mountains and to Rivertop Renewables.
You probably know him …

Montanans Turn Barley into High-Value Feed, Ethanol
July 25, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers in Montana are looking at an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.
Feed barley has been an important …

Montana State University-Led Team Receives $10 million to Pursue Innovative Research in Energy
July 9, 2014 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University) Montana State University is the lead institution on a new $10 million, four-year project to form a research center focused on innovative energy research.
The Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis (BETCy) Energy Frontiers …

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs
June 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

A Rivertop Runs Through It: Rivertop Renewables lands $26M as Cargill, First Green Partners climb aboard
April 14, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop to accelerate commercialization of novel, sustainable chemicals for consumer products and industrial applications.  How does an early-stager get to the next level? Try a hot anchor product, innovative technology, …

This St. Patrick’s Day,Choose a Truly “Green” Beer
March 14, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Before you lift that green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, why not select one that comes from a “green” brewery? Many breweries throughout the U.S. and Canada have robust sustainability initiatives that include …

Endophytics, LLC Announces an Advanced Biofuel and Green Chemicals Technology Platform Utilizing Fungi
March 4, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Virtual-Strategy.com)   Changing the way the world looks at the source of hydrocarbons for biofuels and sustainable green chemicals, Endophytics LLC announces a new technology platform in Bozeman, Montana that is receiving attention from many throughout …

Montana State University Research into Algal Biofuels Keys Larger Study
December 31, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (MSU News Service)  … Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National …

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce?
Funded by a $10 million …

A Design Viewpoint
November 27, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University)  … NARA (Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance) is developing regional aviation biofuel solutions, since the aviation industry is in need of a viable and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. IDX’s specific role within NARA …

Feds Launch CSU-Run Research into Tapping Forests for Liquid Fuel
November 8, 2013 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (Denver Post)   The federal government is launching a $10 million, five-year project to tap overgrown and beetle-ravaged Western U.S. forests as a new source of non-oil liquid fuel that could power cars, …

American Petroleum Institute Launches New Campaign
July 16, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new campaign featuring print and TV ads taking aim at E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ethanol industry responded and Bob Dinneen, …

BSCS Seeks Teacher-Collaborators for Research Project Funded by the National Science Foundation DEADLINE March 31, 2013
March 25, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  Teacher-collaborators will field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Teacher-collaborators and …

For Montana Biofuel, It’s Not Easy Being Green
March 12, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Tom Lutey (Billings Gazette)  When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.
Acres planted …

Montana State University Graduate Launches Biofuels Startup, Partners with University
February 22, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)  A Bozeman biofuels startup is partnering with Montana State University to turn a fungus discovered in the highly acidic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park into sustainable energy.
The discovery …

Ohio Researchers Trying to Turn Algae into Fuel
November 27, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)  Researchers already know how to turn algae into fuel. The challenge is how to make that profitable.
A group from the University of Toledo is trying to make the process more efficient and says …

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 …

Camelina Researchers on Cutting Edge of Biofuel, Nutraceutical, Livestock Possibilities
October 29, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Heidi Gaiser (Daily Interlake)  The four partners of Clearwater Biologicals are working to turn a crop popular in the Bronze Age into a 21st-century source of fuel and nutrients — and they are beginning …

New Advanced Fuels Center Dedicated
October 26, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Tim Leeds (Havre Daily News)  A standing-room-only crowd filled a newly re-opened building at Montana State University-Northern to hear dignitaries and university representatives talk about the latest addition to its cutting-edge alternative fuels laboratory.
…The …

Tough Races: 9 Friends of Energy Independence in Tight 2012 Political Campaigns
October 3, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s a year of low congressional approval and not much congressional action. But every election is an important one, and there’s lots of unfinished business from this past cycle. Here are …

Industry Launches “Fuels America” Campaign
September 27, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the …

Ohio Project Receives $4 Million for Algae Research
September 14, 2012 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jon Strunk reports that over the last two months, University of Toledo (UT) researchers have won $4 million in nationally competitive awards from the federal government to explore ways society can benefit …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

New West Memphis Center Leads Push to Renewable Energy
August 28, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Risher  (The Commercial Appeal/Equities.com)  Mid-South Community College officials are betting East Arkansas has what it takes to be a leader in alternative fuels: Fertile fields, a world-class transportation hub, and, as of this …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

Ethanol Blends Overtaking Gasoline Supply Chain
March 23, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(OPISNet.com)  It’s been a long time coming, but ethanol now dominates the U.S. gasoline blending landscape. The number of wholesale terminals supplying only conventional clear gasoline for truck loadings has trimmed down to just nine …

Flip-Side to Biofuels Story
March 22, 2012 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by  John Maday  (Drovers Cattle Network)  A couple weeks ago, we ran an article titled “Feeding the biofuels beast,” which documented a University of Montana study suggesting current production methods and policy for biofuels are unsustainable. The …

Montana State University-Northern’s Bio-Diesel Now Available Commercially in Havre
March 8, 2012 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Kay Rossi   (KRTV.com)   MSU-Northern’s bio-diesel product is available commercially for the first time for engines in Havre.
With the possibility of more distribution in the future, the school’s Bio-Energy Center is working to …

Research Shows Promise in Converting Camelina Oil into Jet Fuel
February 15, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University)  Researchers at Montana State University-Northern have developed a process to convert camelina oil to jet fuel and other high-value chemicals. MSU has applied for a U.S. patent and research is ongoing.
Using a …

Fungus Research at Montana State University Could Help Biofuels Production
January 23, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jason Bacaj  (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)  …(Mark) Kozubal found the fungus could survive in an acidic habitat with a pH of 6, an acidity level similar to cow’s milk. What was really amazing, though, was …

Risk Management Agency Announces Pilot Crop Insurance Program for Camelina
December 30, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has developed a pilot program to insure camelina. The program, which will be available in selected counties in Montana and North Dakota for the 2012 …

Visionary Group in Montana Tells Us Their Rural Transit Success Story
December 23, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by David Goldberg (Transportation for America)  …To fill gaps in service, Opportunity Link two years ago led the creation of North Central Montana Transit.
NCMT is miraculous for a number of reasons.
First, it offers fixed-route service. Many …

U.S. Biofuel Camelina Production Set to Soar
December 6, 2011 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by John Daly (OilPrice.com)  Biofuel sources currently under development include algae, jatropha and camelina. Of the three, camelina is increasingly emerging as the frontrunner in attracting initial investment worldwide, as global demand for aviation fuel …

USDA Announces New Insurance Pilot Program for Biofuel-Friendly Oilseed Crop with Potential to Create Jobs, Stimulate Rural Economies
December 5, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a new pilot program of insurance for camelina beginning with the 2012 crop year. Camelina is an oilseed crop …

From Paperboard to Green Jobs, Mill Gets Makeover
September 7, 2011 – 7:12 am | No Comment

by (Chron.com)  An Illinois investment company that bought an old container manufacturer west of Missoula hopes to turn the 3,200-acre site along the Clark Fork River into a magnet for green jobs.
…The site has officially been …

A.I.M. Interview: Montana State University’s Dr. Keith Cooksey
August 23, 2011 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Although veteran research scientist at Montana State University, Dr. Keith Cooksey, describes himself modestly as a biochemist that works with microorganisms, his algal biofuel-driven discoveries from the ’80s and …

Steaming Ahead to a Better Fuel: Railroad Companies Investigate Benefits of Using Biodiesel-Blended Fuels
August 23, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The railroad is already considered one of the most environmentally sustainable and efficient ways to transport freight. Although most railways address fuel efficiency in terms of gallons-per-mile rather than miles-per-gallon, …

Farmers Sought for Biofuel Project
August 23, 2011 – 6:34 am | No Comment

(The Record)  Farm officials, hoping to get California farmers to plant as much as 25,000 acres of camelina, an oilseed, for a biomass start-up project are offering incentives to growers in San Joaquin County and …

USDA Awards $45 Million to Four New BCAP Projects
July 29, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states to expand the availability of non-food crops to be …

Greenhouse Packs A Power Punch
July 19, 2011 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Joan Melcher (BioCycle)  Closed loop system utilizes gasification, algae ponds and anaerobic digestion to convert wood waste to a variety of products, including biofuel, biogas and a soil amendment.
Michael Smith is supervising the first …

The Island of Misfit Materials
June 29, 2011 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Over at Blue Marble, think spent waste grains from the alcoholic beverage distillation process, and spent coffee grounds. Generally, these are materials that pile up in landfills.
By contrast, at Blue …

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 …

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil
May 6, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

Projects will help develop sustainable, renewable biofuels in the U.S.
As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest
May 5, 2011 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Climate Solutions)  Alaska Airlines, The Boeing Company, Port of Seattle, Port of Portland, Spokane International Airport, and Washington State University have initiated a strategic stakeholder process to develop a “Flight Path” (action plan)  to produce …

Montana Farmers Planting Less Camelina for Biofuel
April 29, 2011 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Tom Lutey (Billings Gazette)  Camelina, the biofuel that five years ago Gov. Brian Schweitzer called his new girlfriend, now struggles for a planting date with Montana farmers.
“The biggest challenge of all is the price of wheat,” …

AE Biofuels Gets Grant for Co-Located Cellulosic Pilot Plant
April 28, 2011 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  AE Advanced Fuels Keyes Inc. is aiming for the future. At the same time the company is working to restart a 55 MMgy ethanol plant located in Keyes, Calif., …

Budget Cuts May Target MSU-N Biodiesel Facility
March 25, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Kay Rossi    (KXLH.com)  …Five years ago, Montana State University-Northern received $800,000 in grant funding for infrastructure and staffing for a new biofuel lab at the MSU-N Bio-Energy Center
Now the nationally-certified facility performs a …

Central Agricultural Research Center Tests Rotation Merits of Oilseed, Pulse Crops
February 21, 2011 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Terri Adams (The Prairie Star)  The Central Agriculture Research Center (CARC) near Moccasin, Mont., uses 600 acres of land to test cropping systems, plant varieties, soil fertilities and other issues that affect producers in …

10 to watch: Senators on Energy
February 5, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  With Republicans controlling the House and ramping up oversight and investigations of the Obama administration, focus at least initially in the next Congress will be on the Senate to lay a …

Montana Advanced Biofuels: Past, Present and Future
February 3, 2011 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(KRTV.com)  Plans for a wheat and barley based ethanol plant near Malmstrom Air Force Base first began 20 years ago.   Although Montana Advanced Biofuels nearly started construction in 2006, the project was stalled by financing …

Great Falls Misses Out on Federal Ethanol Funding
January 24, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Richard Ecke  (Great Falls Tribune)  …A proposed Great Falls ethanol plant would be the country’s first to use wheat and barley to create ethanol, according to developer Gary Hebener of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Project officials …

Hypoxylon sp., an Endophyte of Persea indica, Producing 1,8-cineole and Other Bioactive Volatiles with Fuel Potential
January 4, 2011 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(National Institutes of Health/Department of Plant Sciences, Montana State University)      An endophytic fungus of Persea indica was identified, on the basis of its anamorphic stage, as Nodulosporium sp. by SEM. Partial sequence analysis of ITS rDNA …

Montana State University Using Baking Soda for Algae
November 12, 2010 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  From Dan Boyce at Montana State University comes word that researchers there have found a way to get four times as much biofuel from a given amount of algae by adding baking soda, …

Algae Project Gets $350,000 Boost
November 3, 2010 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Shelley Ridenour   (Daily Inter Lake)   Whitefish-based Algae Aquaculture Technologies has received a $350,000 grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to build a commercial algae greenhouse that converts waste wood chips into organic fertilizer.
The …

Biofuels Boon Means Big Opportunities for Big Sky Country November 16 Butte, MT
October 21, 2010 – 8:40 am | No Comment
Biofuels Boon Means Big Opportunities for Big Sky Country November 16 Butte, MT

The Montana Ener-Tech Alliance will present its first event on Tuesday, November 16 at 3:30PM at Front Street Station in Butte.  Margaret McCormick, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of Seattle-based Targeted Growth, Inc. will speak about …

Montana State University Researchers Discover Chemical Trigger that Doubles the Yield of Algal Lipids for Biodiesel from Farmed Algae
October 8, 2010 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(MSU News Service)  Algal biofuel production could double in yield and in far less time, thanks to a chemical trigger discovered at Montana State University.
The chemical trigger is a well-timed dose of bicarbonate, a low-cost, …

Montana Senators Push Military Option on Biofuels
September 27, 2010 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by James Cartledge  (BrighterEnergy.org)  As the Senate debated and ultimately failed to pass reforms in the military this week, two Senators from Montana introduced legislation to boost markets for biofuel.
Sens. Max Baucus and John Tester’s bill, …