Our Philosophy and Actions If you can imagine a future powered by sustainable food and fuels; if you can imagine a future where globalism means that appropriate technologies are employed where they work best to the globe's greatest advantage; if you can imagine a future of cooperation and collaboration to work out humankind's tensions, then you see a future envisioned by Advanced Biofuels USA.
The future of the advanced biofuels industry is at a critical crossroads. In the US, the Renewable Fuel Standard has created a demand of 15 billion gallons/year of corn ethanol, an amount which covers about 10% of the US market and provides renewable octane by replacing carcinogenic MTBE. US and Brazilian sources have filled this demand. However, the US seems stuck on the 15 billion/year plateau providing no meaningful demand for advanced motor vehicle biofuels. Even the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has little impact since it has not been used by the government to push for more investment in advanced biofuels. Once corn ethanol filled the market for MTBE replacement, the oil industry fought giving up additional market share. International advanced biofuel markets are at similar crossroads with large markets such as the European Union and international aviation tied up in tangled discussions about carbon credits and sustainability which delay transition to renewables in the marketplace.
Advanced Biofuels is working to overcome these roadblocks through education and public advocacy. Here are the issues we are working on:
• Create increased demand for cellulosic ethanol by vehicle manufacturer use of existing technology flex-fuel engines that use E85; and promoting development of more efficient engines that benefit from high octane/high ethanol blends of E25-E30.
• Refocus government biofuel energy programs on getting innovative technologies from the lab to the market. Late stage research and early stage pilot plant investments would do this.
• Use government transportation fuel user fee increases (“gas tax”) to improve the biofuel delivery infrastructure. This is also important in the sustainable alternative jet fuel sector and shipping.
• Fully fund the transformation of the US, NATO, and allied security transportation sectors to advanced, sustainable fuels.
• Use motorsports to push the edge of what is possible with new fuel and engine technologies.
Advanced Biofuels USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Its purpose is to promote:
• Public understanding, acceptance, and use of advanced biofuels;
• Research, development and improvement of advanced biofuels technologies, production, marketing and delivery; and
• Sustainable development, cultivation and processing of advanced biofuels crops, and agricultural and forestry residues and wastes.