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Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) is a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, the civil aviation industry, and Agrisoma Biosciences and Applied Research Associates (ARA) from

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueling Change: A Family Business Transforms Fuel Supplies and Its Community

by Jordon DeGroote and Alex Gerard (Clean Energy Business Network)  In 2007, as gas prices were passing $4 a gallon, Joe and Beth Renwick were looking to cut costs in their family budget. They decided to experiment with making their own fuel in their garage, working with bio-based products. What they

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

More than 100 SC Farmers Apply for Permits to Grow Hemp

by Lisa Weismann (Live5News)  … The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will select 40 farmers to receive industrial hemp permits. These permits will allow farmers to grow up to 40 acres of hemp. … Hemp can be used to make products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel, according to

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Crop Producers Eye Favorable Marketplace

by Sarah Wurzbacher (Penn State Extension)  The Association of Warm-Season Grass Producers (AWSGP) has had a busy year, and now voices market optimism for perennial grass products. One of the group’s primary efforts from the start has been to welcome businesses to its ranks, particularly in an effort to connect buyers

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. These projects will work to solve critical research and developmental challenges encountered

September 21, 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

Study to Measure Biofuels’ Impact on Climate from the Field to the Power Plant

by Scott Miller (Clemson University) Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change. Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature and carbon sequestration can aid the development of effective land-use policies and is the

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina. The Asheville, N.C.-based company collects over 700,000 gallons of used cooking oil annually from nearly

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Made in the USA Biodiesel Supports Jobs, Fourth of July Values

(National Biodiesel Board)  America’s Advanced Biofuel powers energy independence and clean energy  —  As the nation celebrates its independence, American-made biodiesel is powering fleets across the country and supporting more than 64,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. “Biodiesel showcases the heart of July 4th – American independence. We are proud to

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Industrial Hemp Coming to South Carolina

by Graham Abbott (Ganjapreneur)  Shortly after the close of South Carolina’s legislative session earlier this month, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill legalizing the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, according to a report by The State. Next, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the State Law Enforcement Division

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is expected from RAPID’s partners, including companies, universities, laboratories and other organizations. The new institute will

May 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Allendale Wins $6 Million Biomass Investment, 35 New Jobs

(South Carolina Promise Zone)  Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, according to news releases. The company is planning to invest $6 million in the project, creating 35 new jobs. … At the new facility, Thunderbolt Biomass will

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

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 vehicles should be incentivized rather than taxed. States with new EV-fee bills include Indiana, South

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research

January 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Those improvements could include combining processes such as mixing,

December 27, 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

New Sweetpotatoes-Food, Feed,& Fuel

(StartUp Compete)  Even though sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) has been rated as a very healthy alternative to potato, there are very few convenience foods available from the vegetable type of sweetpotato compared to potato. Despite being the 7th largest world crop, there are few processing and industrial uses of this crop

September 30, 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

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Working as Intended?

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … With a potential omnibus spending package on the table this fall, the oil industry and some environmental groups have raised again the proposition of RFS reform.  Two major claims made by RFS-reformers are that biofuels, especially corn-based biofuels, don’t reduce GHGs, and that the RFS

August 12, 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

How Much Wood Could a Woodgrower Grow if a Woodgrower Would Grow Wood? Relaunched Wood2Energy Site Has the Answers.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Carolina, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities relaunched a revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site is the most comprehensive database of its kind in North America. The vision for Wood2Energy.org was to develop a database and mapping tool

July 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Premium Ethanol-Free Gas No Longer Available in S.C.

by Gene Zaleski (The Times & Democrat)  … SCDA (South Carolina Department of Agriculture) spokeswoman Stephanie Sox says consumers will still be able to purchase ethanol-free gasoline at an octane of 90. In order for ethanol-free gasoline to be labeled premium, it needs to have an octane rating of 91 or higher.

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA Projects Seek to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Crop Development

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Kinder Morgan Halts Work on $1B Pipeline

(Longview News Journal)  Kinder Morgan is halting work on the $1 billion Palmetto Pipeline after Georgia lawmakers approved a one-year moratorium on permits for petroleum pipelines in the state. The Texas-based energy company said in a statement it “suspended further work” on the project, which would have carried gasoline, diesel

April 4, 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

College Professor Patents Products that Could Change the Way Biofuels React to the Elements

by Katherine Grandstrand (McClatchy/Vehicle Service Pros)  A South Carolina college professor has procured a patent for a product that changes the way biofuels react to the elements. That product could make the fuels more popular in cold northern climes. Traditional biofuels — the type of diesel made from vegetable oil, for

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

ADM Announces Agreement to Develop New Ethanol Hub in Selma, North Carolina

(Archer Daniels Midland Company) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement with Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) and Bailey Feed Mill to construct a new unit train rail facility and ethanol offloading system in Selma, North Carolina. KMI will invest in and construct the new facilities, which will be

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

US Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/EurekAlert!)  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to strategies to increase plant biomass as well as more water use- and nutrient-efficient sorghum crop

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Linde Hydrogen Fueling System Surpasses One Million Fills at BMW South Carolina Plant

(Fuel Cells Works)  … “Because of the way it is produced, the hydrogen supplied to BMW is sustainable with only a small carbon footprint incurred during shipping,” said Dave Read (Business Development Manager – Hydrogen Fuel Markets). “The hydrogen is a by-product of a sodium chlorate plant which Linde purifies, compresses and liquefies

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

B3C Fuel Solutions Awarded Two Patents for New FUEL LIFE Technology

(B3C Fuel Solutions)  B3C Fuel Solutions, LLC, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly solutions for ethanol and bio-fuel related problems, was awarded two patents for its FUEL LIFE technology, including patents for fuel preservation technology (Patent no. 9,149,788) and fuel drying technology (Patent no. 8,828,104). The FUEL LIFE fuel preservation technology

December 14, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Payne Leads House Members in Calling on EPA to Protect Biofuels Volume Requirement

(Office if Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.)  As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes proposed rules under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and 15 of his House colleagues urged the agency not to reduce the biofuels volume requirement, which annually mandates how much

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Moderate GOP Senators Form Green Coalition

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Four centrist Senate Republicans are banding together to call for policies to protect the environment. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) describe the group as a loose coalition that will meet regularly to come up with Republican

November 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Common Ground: SD Farm Groups Differ on Policy, but Support Ethanol

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) … Agweek visited with the presidents of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union, the two general farm organizations that aren’t specific to a commodity or a species of livestock. The organizations differ in emphasis, but agree on certain things. Significantly, both say

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Grant to Improve a Sustainable Biofuel Source

by Lauren Klamm (Source)  Colorado State University is one of 10 institutions in a $13.8 million research grant to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. … Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the five-year grant takes a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact,

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Letters: Ethanol Good for Economy, Environment

by Warren Woodrow Carothers (The State)  In his Sept. 18 letter, “Renewable fuel standard doing more harm than good,” U.S. Rep. Tom Rice says ethanol emissions are 33 percent higher than with gasoline. He is using research data that is highly disputed. Recent articles indicate that using large amounts of

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this five-year grant takes a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact,

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Grease Collection in the US: Feedstock for Biodiesel

by Ian Winner* (Optimus Technologies/special guest author for Advanced Biofuels USA)  Grease Collection Overview  —  When we talk about grease, what do we mean? Grease can refer to yellow grease, choice white grease, edible or inedible tallow, lard, trap grease (also known as brown grease), poultry fat, and hydrogenated vegetable

September 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Making Tires From a Desert Shrub Found in the U.S.

by Diane Cardwell (New York Times)  For years, tire industry executives, as well as government officials and scientists, have sought a domestic source for natural rubber to escape the price fluctuations of imports and, more recently, to avoid petroleum, which is used to make synthetic rubber. Now, Cooper Tire and

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Door Closing on Tapping into South Carolina’s Wood Waste

by Sarita Chourey  (SavannahNow.com/Savannah Morning News)   A biofuels company that has been sizing up South Carolina’s wood waste potential will not build a biofuels operation in the state, according to a statement Tuesday from Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels. “At this time, Red Rock has no active plans for a refinery

August 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture–ARPA-E Grants

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for the development of improved varieties of energy sorghum, a crop

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M for Big Data Research Program to Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop

(Danforth Plant Science Center)  Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts to bring products to market  —  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA–E TERRA program. Funds will be used for research to accelerate breeding

June 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture In Washington, ARPA-E announced awards totaling $30 million for projects seeking to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. The projects

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Clemson Receives Grant to Research Crops for Energy Use

by Scott Miller (Clemson University)  A new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing global demand for renewable energy. In forming the Carolina Energy

June 8, 2015 Read Full Article

South Carolina Tapped for New Pipeline, Tank Farm

by Tonya Maxwell (Greenville Online)  Groundwork for a proposed underground pipeline is beginning in South Carolina, one that would carry fuel from Florida to a tank farm near Belton, where company officials expect to construct a new facility to handle the expanded load.  Construction on the pipeline is expected to

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in Renewable Project Development

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?  This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward. In July 2014, Biofuels Digest had published an article titled “Connecting The Dots” that describes how we reached a

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth

(U.S. Department of Energy )  The Energy Department announced today $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning. By removing barriers to market growth, these projects will expand Americans’ transportation options,

March 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Five Myths about Gas Taxes

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. At the federal level, Congress hasn’t increased the tax in more than 20 years, leaving

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Quality Farms Plans Waste Alcohol-to-Fuel Ethanol Plant in S.C.

(South Carolina Department of Commerce/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A processor and convertor of wine and beer waste into fuel-grade ethanol and livestock feed is establishing operations in Marion County. Quality Farms is investing $1.9 million resulting in the creation of 27 new jobs in Mullins, South Carolina. Founded in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio,

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sklar & Associates is a South Carolina based consulting firm now specializing in Biofuels project development. … S&A is actively engaged in development of a biorefinery converting 360,000 dry tons per year (~1,000 dTPD) of Refuse Derived Fuel’ (“RDF”) derived primarily from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW”)

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE and our highly focused an energetic “farm to fly 2.0″ State focals, local feedstock providers,

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

2 SC Firms to Celebrate Nat'l Bioenergy Day via New Collaboration

(Midlands Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and expanding across the state. … ATP-SC LLC, an Allendale-based operating affiliate of Columbia, S.C.-based Agri-Tech

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Meetings to Examine Biofuel Production

(GSA Business) The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance will host two meetings this week as part of a $150,000 federal grant program aimed at linking economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon counties with industrial biofuel companies. The first meeting will be held Wednesday at the offices of the Colleton County Economic Alliance,

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

A Biodiesel Family Affair

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Renwicks of South Carolina, owners of Winnsboro-based Midlands Biofuels, persevere through the biodiesel industry’s instability with ingenuity, passion and teamwork. This is their story. What do an emergency room medical doctor, gardening and a community-scale biodiesel plant have in common? The answer is “Bio”

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

South Carolina Nets Grants for Transportation Biofuels

by Chuck Crumbo   (GSA Business)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance aimed at developing transportation biofuel investments for commercial and military use. The alliance, which announced the grants at Wednesday’s S.C. Clean Energy Summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention

July 11, 2014 Read Full Article

New Crops Get Green Thumbs Up

(GreenvilleOnline) Officials at Clemson have released 21 new crop varieties that will help meet the needs of farmers growing food, fiber and fuels needed by South Carolina’s economy. These varieties include four Roundup Ready varieties of soybeans approved by the S.C. Crop Improvement Association Review Board, nine varieties of sorghum for

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Georgia Tech Students Top Clemson and UMD in DOE $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge Final Four

(University of Maryland/PR Newswire)  A team of four students from the Georgia Institute of Technology developing a new electrical power grid technology with an Internet-like control architecture won the third annual ACC Clean Energy Challenge and the Department of Energy’s $100,000 grand prize, competition officials announce today. The Georgia Tech team presented their technology to a panel of

April 1, 2014 Read Full Article

$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie To Reach Final Four

(University of Maryland/Yahoo! News)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States to develop business plans for new clean energy companies, today announces its Elite Eight Plus

March 13, 2014 Read Full Article

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel. In the early days, the quality of crude glycerin produced at biodiesel

March 12, 2014 Read Full Article

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research

Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.  READ MORE

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article
  Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Spring Event   March 26-27, 2014     Charleston, SC

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Spring Event March 26-27, 2014 Charleston, SC

The U.S. Department of Energy will be presenting an Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop in recognition of the progress made across the industry in the five years since the Department convened the National Algal Biofuel Technology Roadmap workshop. This technical strategy workshop will provide a forum to discuss and prioritize research

February 14, 2014 Read Full Article

North Carolina's Growing Strengths: The Solar Center's Clean Transportation Projects

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Celebrating 25 years at N.C. State University, the N.C. Solar Center continues its commitment to outreach, demonstration, and deployment of technology and policy solutions for a sustainable energy future. One  project led by the Clean Transportation team aims to enhance the distribution and use of

October 17, 2013 Read Full Article
  South Carolina BioEnterprise Rural Economic Development Summit    September 19-20, 2013   Florence, SC

South Carolina BioEnterprise Rural Economic Development Summit September 19-20, 2013 Florence, SC

Agriculture and forestry are the two leading industries in South Carolina with the Coastal Plain counties along Interstate 95 being the breadbasket of the State. The mission of the BioEnterprise Summit is to enhance agribusiness and agricultural manufacturing opportunities along the I95 Corridor of the Southeastern USA. Enhancing rural economic

September 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Researchers Look to Grass to Make Gas

(Clemson University)  Clemson University researchers focusing on switchgrass as a renewable fuel source are looking to fungi and bacteria — nature’s specialists in decomposing plants and animals into elements that can be reused to support life — to help make cost-competitive biofuels from plant biomass. The process of breaking down the parts

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats to Nation’s Estuaries

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA research report from the National Ocean Service. The national study, Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System,points to three East Coast reserves, Sapelo Island NERR in

August 19, 2013 Read Full Article

ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie to Reach Final Four

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute/PR NewsWire)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States to develop business plans for new clean energy companies, today announces its Elite Eight

April 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Cane for Biomass Promising in South Carolina Testing

by Roy Robertson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Steve Kresovich is part of a team of USC researchers looking for crops that can be adapted to less productive and often under-utilized South Carolina soils. • The end goal, Kresovich says, is to develop biomass crops that can be used to produce

December 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Clemson, ArborGen Combine for Biofuel Research

(Associated Press/The State)  Clemson University researchers are joining with a commercial forestry company to try to figure out what variety of poplars are best to make biofuels. ArborGen planted four species of poplars last year at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center. Scientists from the company and the university

December 21, 2012 Read Full Article

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. Vilsack highlighted the announcement with a visit to Michigan State University, a grant

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy

(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 information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producer Pitches Partnership with Pickens County Cities

by Vince Jackson (Independent Mail)  Commercial algae grower said process could someday recycle municipal sewer sludge Members of the Pickens County Municipal Association learned this week that biofuels produced from algae could provide needed revenue streams for cash-strapped cities. Phillip Lowery, regional manager for Honeywell Building Solutions, told 20 mayors

October 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Slip Sliding Away: Grease Thieves Strike East Tennessee

by Jamie Satterfield (Knoxnews.com)  Every month in the Southeast, thieves rob Griffin Industries of $1.6 million. So why does Mike McCombs struggle to get law enforcers to care? Because what law enforcement sees as greasy waste is actually liquid gold. “A lot of police officers, through no fault of their

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more than 10 billion gallons of advanced biofuels each year, nearly a third of the 36

September 19, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel Company To Test Algae-to-Fuel Pilot Plant at Forsite Development's ReVenture Industrial Park

(CoStar Research)  South Carolina Firm To Test Commercial Viability of Algae-based Biofuel Process at Former Textile Dye-Manufacturing Site Later this month if all goes as planned, Renewed World Energies (RWE), an alternative energy development company based in Georgetown, S.C., will throw the switch on what it claims will be the

September 11, 2012 Read Full Article

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such fields as biomedicine and catalysts. Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, the Illinois Institute of Technology,

September 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, including waste products. “Advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock emerges that is so compellingly bizarre that we file the story away in our “yecch,

June 4, 2012 Read Full Article

University Converting Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

By Caroline Baity (Daily Gamecock)  Program aims to offset fuel cost, turn profit    Thanks to two grants worth a combined $89,090, USC’s Sustainable Carolina program now has the ability to turn all that greasy oil from Chicken Finger Wednesday into diesel fuel. Tom Syfert, associate vice president for Environmental Health

April 12, 2012 Read Full Article
  Ethanol Safety Seminar     May 7, 2012    Spartanburg, SC

Ethanol Safety Seminar May 7, 2012 Spartanburg, SC

Where:  Spartanburg Community College Health Sciences Building − Community Room 800 Brisack Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29303 Times: 9:00 am − 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm − 10:00 pm Register: www.rfa.traincaster.com Who Should Attend: Emergency Responders Fire Departments EMTs Local Emergency Planning Committees Police Safety Managers   READ MORE

March 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Innovation Heats Up: Unique Process Heat Solutions Offer Biodiesel Producers Options to Increase Efficiency and Cut Costs

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Development on innovative heating solutions will continue, but several unique heating systems are already in operation at plants across the U.S. In North Carolina, Patriot BioDiesel LLC has installed a system featuring ceramic elements that greatly improve safety by nearly eliminating the risk of methanol

March 2, 2012 Read Full Article

A Conservative’s Search for Solutions to Climate Change: Speaking with Former Congressman Robert Inglis

(Univerisity of Chicago/Energy Policy Institute at Chicago)  By all outward appearances, former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis is a conservative’s conservative. …At a lecture sponsored by the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), Mr. Inglis said he believed that in order to effectively address climate change we must “end all

February 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Sunn Hemp Shows Promise as Biofuel Source

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)  Work by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that farmers in the Southeast could use the tropical legume sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in their crop rotations by harvesting the fast-growing annual for biofuel. The study, which was conducted by Agricultural Research Service

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Robinson Remains Believer as Biofuel Projects Move Ahead

by Gene Zaleski (The Times and Democrat)  …Orangeburg County (South Carolina) Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson said while there are challenges in alternative fuel production, they can be overcome. He remains bullish on alternative fuels’ future in Orangeburg County. “It comes down to price,” Robinson said. Energy costs are

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Lincoln Energy Nearly Triples Ethanol Transport Fleet

by Matt Soberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lincoln Energy Solutions will nearly triple its ethanol and biodiesel transportation services, increasing its current fleet to 16 tankers with seven additional units scheduled to arrive by year end. With over 30 years of experience in the biofuels industry, the expansion creates the company’s

November 8, 2011 Read Full Article

UT Center for Renewable Carbon Named as Lead Institution for $15 Million USDA Grant

(University of Tennessee)  Center to coordinate woody biomass production and utilization studies The Center for Renewable Carbon, a program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been named by the USDA as a recipient of one of five coordinated agricultural research projects to support the development of sustainable

September 30, 2011 Read Full Article

Streamlining Downstream Delivery

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Selling direct can improve a small-scale producer’s bottom line …Aside from producing biodiesel, however, producers are faced with unpredictable swings in feedstock price and availability as well as fees associated with equipment maintenance, transportation, administration, permitting and numerous other ancillary expenses. Not only can upstream

September 26, 2011 Read Full Article

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance

(Clemson)  By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds now used to manufacture the components. Known as alginate, the material is extracted from common,

September 16, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Award 10 R&D Grants for Advanced Bioenergy Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA and DOE have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy crops.  The USDA and DOE projects are designed to improve special crops to be grown

August 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Queensland's Push to Sell the US Biofuel

(Co-Generation and On-Site Power Production)  …Queensland wants to be a Pacific leader in biofuels. That’s the message Premier Anna Bligh has delivered at a biotechnology conference in Washington. She’s says Queensland researchers are bidding to supply the US Navy with biofuels for their ships and planes. …ANNA BLIGH: What this

June 29, 2011 Read Full Article
  2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

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 of 2011. The process will begin with platform reviews of the Program’s six technology areas between February

June 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol Potential in Giant Sweet Potatoes

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  At the International Biomass Conference and Expo last week, Dr. Janice Ryan-Bohac attracted a lot of attention carrying around a sweet potato the size of a newborn baby. Ryan-Bohac is president of CAREnergy, Carolina Advanced Renewable Energy, located in South Carolina and dedicated to the development of

May 11, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America's Reliance on Imported Oil

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 a total of $47 million to fund eight research and development projects that will

May 6, 2011 Read Full Article

SC State University Professor Looks to Make Biofuel Cheaper

by Adam Pinsker (MidlandsConnect.com)  A South Carolina State University professor is leading a team of engineers and economists on a three-year study into how to make biofuel cheaper. Professor Jae-Dong Hong says one of the biggest reasons biofuels aren’t taking over from traditional gasoline and diesel is because transporting, storing

April 28, 2011 Read Full Article

U.S. Foodservice Moves into Biofuel

by Coral Beach  (The Packer)  U.S. Foodservice officials plan to fuel trucks at their Columbia division in Lexington, S.C., with biodiesel made from used vegetable oil that the company originally sold to customers in the region. U.S. Foodservice, headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., recently announced the purchase of WVO Industries of

April 15, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Roger

April 13, 2011 Read Full Article

10 to watch: Senators on Energy

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 potential pathway for legislative compromise on energy and environmental policy. …Oil-state lawmakers will continue to

February 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Guest Post: Kicking Oil Addiction With Windfuels

by Dr. F. David Doty (GreenTechMedia)  A startup proposes using off-peak excess wind energy to recycle CO2 into standard transportation fuels. For many years, greentech leaders have been saying renewables are never going to make a major contribution to our energy needs until we have a better method for storing

February 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Researcher Has New Energy Solution

by Robert Behre  (The Sun News)  As Janice Ryan-Bohac looks on, Jonathan Edwards steers straight over a long row of dying vines while his tractor’s rear chain digger unearths sweet potatoes as big as bowling balls. These are not meant for anyone’s dinner table. …The tubers being unearthed are a special

December 27, 2010 Read Full Article

Giant Sweet Potato May Be Viable Ethanol Feedstock

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …Letterman was doing a special featuring giant vegetables and North Charleston native and horticulturalist, Janice Ryan-Bohac, was selected to showcase her 15 pound sweet potato. She did, only she threw a few extra messages into the mix. She told the crowd that Carolina Advanced Renewable Energy has

October 18, 2010 Read Full Article

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation Qualifies for Biofuel Tax Credit

(GlobalPaperMoney)  KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) announced that the company was notified that its registration as a producer of cellulosic biofuel for the tax year 2009 has been approved. With this registration, KapStone may apply for a nonrefundable income tax credit of USD 1.01 per gallon of qualified cellulosic

September 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Will Fuel City Trash Truck

(Free Times) … “It won’t smell like chicken. It may smell like fries,” said Columbia City Councilman Daniel Rickenmann at an event Monday announcing a new city program to collect used cooking oil and convert it to biofuel. When restaurants need to get rid of used cooking oil, they can usually

September 6, 2010 Read Full Article

Switchgrass Highlighted at Farm and Field Day

by Carlton Purvis  (SCNow.com)   Native grass burns cleaner than coal and promotes wildlife. The Pee Dee Research and Education Center announced the next step in its study of switchgrass as an alternative energy source during its annual Pee Dee Farm Field Day on Tuesday. Later this year, the center will introduce a torrefaction system

August 12, 2010 Read Full Article

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