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Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass, Biomass and More Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Association of Warm Season Grass Producers Meeting Goals

by Will Brandau (Association of Warm Season Grass Producers)  The Association is experiencing success meeting our primary objectives. 1. Promotes the planting and use of warm-season grasses I know of 4

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO? You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government —

April 10, 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

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way. The work will implement the findings of

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Rice Aids in the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

(U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rice is a staple food for over half of the world’s population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Viable Biomass for Hawaii

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Giant King Grass and Its Bioconversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Viaspace

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Direct Combustion, Anaerobic Digestion, Cellulosic Biofuels, Biochemicals, and Animal Feed: these are just some of the markets envisioned for a fast-growing grass known as Giant King Grass.  With

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008,

July 22, 2016 Read Full Article

UK Plant Hosts Scientists, Farmers Interested in Miscanthus

(BWSC North Lincs/Biomass Magazine)  This month the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy

July 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then

June 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock. The library provides tools to store, record,

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016.

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel Producers with Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Salt-affected land is not useful for producing food crops, but biomass producers could take advantage of salt-tolerant perennial grasses to make use of

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth

(Phys.Org) … Today, scientists are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation’s biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Best for Biofuels

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A primer worth knowing is “The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States”, prepared by the National Renewable

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?

(Agri-View/Renewable Energy World)  The relationship between a prairie grass such as switchgrass and naturally occurring microbes may help shed light on growing hardier plants for livestock and humans. Understanding how

January 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Crop Miscanthus in Trials to Restore Flood Plain Soils

(Bioenegy Insight)  The Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK and the supply chain specialist Terravesta are running new trials to examine how the energy crop miscanthus survives in water-logged land and

December 8, 2015 Read Full Article

VIASPACE Reports Progress On Giant King® Grass Animal Feed

(VIASPACE/PRNewswire)   VIASPACE Inc. (OTC: VSPC) has been working intensively on growing Giant King®Grass (GKG) in California at the VIASPACE nursery, the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center,

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release by AgriLife Research Next Year

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar

November 4, 2015 Read Full Article

It’s Time to Stop Thinking in Terms of Food versus Fuel

by Carl R. Woese (Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Science Daily)  How farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity’s growing demand for food, fuel — Experts predict farmers

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

University of Vermont Offers Online Bioenergy Certificate Program

UVM’s Bioenergy Professional Certificate provides alternative approaches to traditional energy sources in Biofuels, including: Liquid Biofuels (seed-based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuels) Solid Biofuels (wood and grass energy) Biogas (farm-based energy) This Certificate Program offers

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article

How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping to Save the Environment

by Padma Nagappan (TakePart)  … Now researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory think they have a solution that allows farmers to profit from growing both food

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of

July 16, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Scientists Study Ways to Integrate Biofuels and Food Crops on Farms

by Payal Marathe (Argonne National Laboratory)  We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our

July 8, 2015 Read Full Article

The 35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply” rankings, announced today by The Digest, the world’s most

June 30, 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

June 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Waste-Biogas Is at Least Ten Times More Effective than Crop-Biogas at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Bangor University)  In a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and

March 6, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Elsevier Science Publishes "Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels" by Anju Dahiya (Editor)

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass

December 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects Boosted by Research

(The Crop Site)  US – The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the US Department

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Balancing Birds and Biofuels: Grasslands Support More Species than Cornfields

by Kelly April Tyrrell (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  In Wisconsin, bioenergy is for the birds. Really.  In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin

October 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of

July 10, 2014 Read Full Article

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Releases Report on Grass Heating Energy Potential in Vermont and the Northeast

(Vermont Bioenergy Initiative)  A new report evaluating grass biomass energy as a potential heating fuel has been released. Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast summarizes current research on the agronomy and

June 14, 2014 Read Full Article

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought you knew everything there was to know about some of biofuels’ favorite feedstocks?  Here are 18 free reports that may dampen or re-ignite your

June 9, 2014 Read Full Article

VIASPACE Signs Giant King Grass Contract for Bio Electricity and Advanced Biofuels In Imperial Valley California

(VIASPACE) VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that the company has signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC to provide Giant King Grass for a biomass power plant

April 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Hydro Dynamics Cavitation Reactor Installed at Pilot Plant

(Hydro Dynamics/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Hydro Dynamics Inc. of Rome, Ga., has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor has been purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The

March 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Erie Region's Farmers Consider Energy Crops

by Valerie Myers (Erie Times-News)  Local farmers soon might be planting crops that previous generations would have plowed under. That’s the goal of a $10 million, five-year project to convert

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

The Renewable Energy Academy Program's Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy February 5, 2014 Meadville, PA

  The Renewable Energy Academy Program's Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy   February 5, 2014     Meadville, PA

This Farm Energy Day program, to be held on February 5 at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA, will provide overviews of a sampling of sustainable and renewable (“green”) energy

January 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Grass as the New Biofuel

by Lisa Deeney (Agriland)  A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops. According to the

December 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Provides Comparison of Biomass Crop Growth in the Midwest

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois evaluated woody and grassy biomass feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production at Illinois. Twenty-one

December 27, 2013 Read Full Article

10-Year Trials Show 10-ton Yields for Miscanthus in Illinois

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus, the first plots to be planted in the U.S. The average

December 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Koehlmoos Reaps Awards from Cellulosic Ethanol Research

by Jean Caspers-Simmet (AgriNews.com)  Eric Koehlmoos’ research on cellulosic ethanol led to national champion honors at the National FFA Science Fair last month in Louisville. The 17-year-old junior at South

November 27, 2013 Read Full Article

CQ Biofuel to Fly

Inga Stunzer (Queensland County Life)  Instead of spending money on controlling regrowth, Central Queensland graziers could soon be profiting if a new biofuel project goes ahead. The CSIRO is looking

November 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Turning Wood Chips into Gasoline? NJ Firm Hopes to

(CNBC)  A New Jersey company has opened an energy facility that converts cheap natural gas into gasoline, and the firm hopes to eventually convert biomass—wood chips or switchgrass, for instance—and

October 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Crop in Need of Insurance Protection, Says University Professor

by Claire Everett (Daily Illini)  … Jody Endres, professor in environmental, natural resources and energy law, said while the USDA and other government agencies employ a variety of methods to encourage the

September 20, 2013 Read Full Article

State Budget Cuts Threaten Future of Biofuels Research in North Carolina

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  …Researchers say Southeastern North Carolina is uniquely poised to become a national leader in biofuel production for two primary reasons: The coastal Bermuda grass now

September 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels on the Verge

by Herman K. Trabish (GreenTechMedia) A photo tour of the biofuels industry The Environmental Protection Agency just announced it expects only 6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels to contribute to the 16.55

August 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Government of Canada Encourages Innovative Biofuel Production in Sarnia

(Digital Journal/FedDev Ontario)  Woodland Biofuels Inc. is receiving a contribution to operate a plant that will produce low-cost biofuel from waste. Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, announced the

June 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Enzymes from Horse Feces Could Hold Secrets to Streamlining Biofuel Production

(Science Daily)  Stepping into unexplored territory in efforts to use corn stalks, grass and other non-food plants to make biofuels,

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought & Other Harsh Conditions

by Chris Woolston  (Bioenergy Connection)  … If you drove around certain parts of the Midwest this summer, you might have seen

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

The Future of Biofuels in 10 Charts and Maps

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The good news is that biofuel production can responsibly continue to grow if we switch from

March 30, 2013 Read Full Article

The Bayou State Will Benefit from a Beefed-up Biofuels Sector

Dr. Mike Strain (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry/25 x ’25) … However, many do not realize that Louisiana’s strong

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Australian Biofuels Project Another Step Closer

(Biofuels International)  Australian research company Agritechnology has found a location as it further develops a biofuels demonstration plant. A site

March 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Hot Sauce! 5 Lessons Louisiana Can Teach Us about Advanced Bayoufuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Louisiana — hot as cayenne pepper in biofuels capacity development, but some cautionary tales there

March 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioenergy and Grasslands on the Edge

(Bioenergy Crops)  There is an increasing interest worldwide on developing sustainable bioenergy alternatives for low competitive lands where food production

February 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (US Department of Energy/IOP Science)  corn-based ethanol

February 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established

February 1, 2013 Read Full Article

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The USDA estimates that farmers in the U.S. will plant nine million more

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Knocking $40 Per Ton out of Biomass Costs, the Green Way

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Maryland, The Wildlife Society released a Technical Review, “Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioenergy Production from Marginal Lands in the US Midwest

by Ilya Gelfand, Ritvik Sahajpal, Xuesong Zhang, R. César Izaurralde, Katherine L. Gross & G. Philip Robertson (Nature)  …An alternative

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

LSU AgCenter to Open Pilot Biofuels Plant Jan. 25

(The Town Talk)  The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Lower Nitrogen Losses with Perennial Biofuel Crops

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences)    Perennial biofuel crops such as miscanthus, whose high yields

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Grass for Biofuel Could be the Next Cash Crop in Aroostook County

by Julia Bayly (Bangor Daily News)  …The Center for Rural Sustainable Development at the University of Maine at Fort Kent last week announced

December 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Why Cellulosic Ethanol Depends on a Renewable Fuel Standard

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … 3p: If you look at where we today relative to the RFS, it says that by the

October 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Expert: Southeast Has Potential to Become ‘Saudi Arabia’ for Biofuels Crop Production

by Blair Fannin (Texas A&M University)  Dr. Bill McCutchen sees the potential for the southeast to become the ‘Saudi Arabia’

October 24, 2012 Read Full Article

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

BP Site Finally Sees Activity

by Gary Pinnell  (Equities.com/Highlands Today)  After four years of talk, British Petroleum still hasn’t built that ethanol production facility on

October 12, 2012 Read Full Article

How Do Second-Generation Biofuels Work?

by John Perritano (HowStuffWorks)  At first glance, the fields of miscanthus that blanket Sampson County, N.C., seem of little importance.

October 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Establishing Energy Grasses in Sprayfields

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the

October 2, 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

September 19, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle. This, farmers

September 7, 2012 Read Full Article

BP Biofuels Targets Gulf Coast for Energy Crop Production

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  A new research effort by BP Biofuels has reaffirmed the energy giant’s role in the

September 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Native Plants Fuel Ethanol Plant

(Yahoo! News)  Applied Ecological Services, The Earth Partners, LP, and POET team up to apply science to industry: Cross-sector demonstration showcases the potential

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Announce Megainversión to Generate Biofuels

(El Universal)  Biofuel producers announced the investment of over $ 100 million to plant oilseeds and grasses that will be

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many

August 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are

August 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Danforth Center Part of Biofuel Study

by Tim Bryant   (STLToday.com)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among five recipients of a $12.1 million

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Crops Resisting Drought so Far

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  While the drought in the U.S. is beginning to take a significant toll on some

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Clean Technology: US Policy Aids Second Generation Biofuel Push

by Guy Chazan (Financial Times)  In the world of biofuels, all eyes are on the tiny northern Italian town of

June 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Fifth Stop: Sustainability

by Margaret Broeren  (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …Much more than a buzzword, “sustainable” means that trade-offs—social, environmental and economic factors—have

April 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Navy Plan Benefits Biomass

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Fuel for carriers, jets adds demand for biofuel source other than corn A Missouri

March 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Cenusa Bioenergy Receives $25 Million Grant from USDA

by Kelly Madsen (IowaStateDaily.com)  The Iowa State University-led Cenusa Bioenergy project works to develop a biofuel with both a Midwestern

March 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Growing Ambitions

by Pamela Glinski (Highlands Today)  Vercipia is no more. The name has been changed to BP Biofuels, Highlands Ethanol LLC,

March 8, 2012 Read Full Article

‘Mini-Cellulose’ Molecule Unlocks Biofuel Chemistry

(Science Daily)  A team of chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a small molecule that behaves

February 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Scientists Discover Genes to Better Grass to Energy Production

(Biofuels International)  Scientists from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) have uncovered a series

February 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated

January 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Gen2 Biofuel Feedstocks: The Coming Surge in Energy Crops and Cellulosic Sugars

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James)  As energy investors know well, it is much better to own the oil than to

January 12, 2012 Read Full Article

VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels

(Reuters/VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and

December 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Genome-scale Network of Rice Genes to Speed the Development of Biofuel Crops

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Create RiceNet for Predicting Genetic Functions in Rice The first genome-scale model

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover New Process for Biofuel

(R&D)  Researchers have long been interested in waste products as sources of biofuel. In Maine, those waste items could include

October 28, 2011 Read Full Article

BP Commits $Billions to Biofuel Development and Production

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  A BP executive was quoted recently that biofuels are obtained from “renewable wells” which is

October 26, 2011 Read Full Article

Biorefinery Feedstock and Fuel for Bioenergy

by Dr. Carl Kukkonen  (Viaspace) At the September 2011 Biorefining Conference,Dr. Kukkonen spoke about the properties of Giant King Grass.

October 17, 2011 Read Full Article

Mutant Maize Genes May Help Harness Switch Grass for Biofuels

by Alex Morales (Bloomberg)  Mutant maize genes can be inserted into switch grasses to increase their viability as a biofuel

October 11, 2011 Read Full Article

BP Biofuels Goes for Full Vertical Integration, in US Cellulosic Ethanol Expansion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Susan Ellerbusch:  Now, at BP there are dozens of BP people who are experts in

October 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Comprehensive Miscanthus Commercialization Model Needed

by David R. Robbins and Stephen S. Tam  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Earth Sense Energy USA Inc.)    Miscanthus x Giganteus (MxG)

September 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Testing the Water for Bioenergy Crops

by Liz Ahlberg (University of Illinois)   Many energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining

August 30, 2011 Read Full Article

POET Partners with Ecological Restoration Firm on Energy Grass

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Poet LLC is venturing into the realm of energy grasses with a newly launched

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

A Quick Way to Grade Grasses for Ethanol Yields

by Don Comis (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have developed an inexpensive

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuel Could Revive Farmlands Conservation Program

by Tiffany Stecker (ClimateWire/Scientific American)  A study looks into giving farmers permission to harvest cellulosic feedstocks on land set aside for wetlands

August 11, 2011 Read Full Article

3 Things You Need to Know about Biofuels

by Maggie Koerth-Baker (BoingBoing)  …In a nutshell, that’s why liquid fuel is so valuable. So far, it’s the clear winner

August 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Giant King Grass Pellets Tested By Korea Forest Research Institute

(PRNewsWire/Viaspace)  – VIASPACE Inc., a clean energy company growing Giant King™ Grass as a low-carbon, renewable biomass crop and its subsidiary

July 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Switch from Corn to Grass Would Raise Ethanol Output, Cut Emissions

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in

July 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Chain, Chain, Chain – Chain of Fuels: Birth of a Global Supply Chain for Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mendel CEO Neal Gutterson talks about miscanthus, and the role of the power sector as

June 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Valley Plants Plan to Make Corn-Free Ethanol

by Tim Sheehan (The Fresno Bee) Two plants aim for biofuels made without corn. With corn prices up and demand

June 20, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Projects to Provide Increased Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil

(US Department of Agriculture)  Projects Further Obama Administration’s Effort to Produce Clean Home-Grown Energy, Create Sustainable Rural Jobs Agriculture Secretary

June 17, 2011 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Biologist Will Improve Ethanol Yields from Energy Crops with Energy Department Grant

(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Detecting the genetic mechanism for how certain strains of the energy crop model systemBrachypodium can produce

June 13, 2011 Read Full Article

OpEd: A Diverse Biofuels Economy

by Tom Vilsack (USDA/The Daily Mail)  …Last year, the United States produced more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol with

May 4, 2011 Read Full Article

$1.6 Million in Biofuels Center Grants to Accelerate Commercialization of Renewable Fuels

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has awarded $1.6 million for 15 projects statewide to

May 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuel Research Could Lead to New Source of Ingredients

(ManufacturingChemist.com)   Researchers at Glyndwr University looking at the commercial potential of high-sugar perennial rye-grass as feedstock for the production

April 29, 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

April 28, 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

April 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Farmers Urged to Grow Grass for Use as Biofuel

by John Colson (The Citizen Telegram)  A new kind of economic development is being pursued in the West. Area ranchers

March 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Crops Could Lower Surface Temperatures, Stanford Researchers Say

(Stanford University News)  Concerns about the impact of corn ethanol on global warming have raised interest in more eco-friendly perennial

March 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Steel in the Ground

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   But this week in the little burgh of Boardman, Oregon (population 3,300), which happens

March 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Genetically Modified Prairie Grass Yields Cheaper, More Abundant Ethanol

By Elizabeth Lopatto (Bloomberg)  Switchgrass, the prairie plant that once fueled the buffalo herds of the American Great Plains, may one

February 23, 2011 Read Full Article

VIASPACE Reports Independent Test Results for Giant King Grass as Feedstock for Renewable Bio Ethanol and Other Cellulosic Biofuels

(Viaspace/PRNewsWire)   High Per-Acre Productivity of Giant King Grass Promises 40% Reduction in Biofuel Feedstock Costs VIASPACE Inc., and its subsidiary

February 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Vinod Khosla on Biofuel Feedstocks

by Vinod Khosla  (GreenTechMedia)  Imagination is in shortest supply when it comes to agronomic econometrics that extrapolate the past instead

February 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Field Day Promotes Giant Miscanthus

by Cheree Franco (Mississippi State Ag Communications)   On a January morning in Soperton, Ga., southeastern farmers mingled with investors and

February 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Penn State Demonstrates Biofuel Crops for PA

by Kelsey McNeeley and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/Lancaster Farming)  In 2002, Penn State University began using 20 percent (B20) biodiesel

January 25, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Chromatin’s Yield Machine: Is Instant Gene-Stacking a Game-Changer for Energy Crops?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Chromatin announced the successful first demonstration that genes can be assembled, stacked, and

January 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Study Estimates Land Available for Biofuel Crops

(EurekAlert/University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana)  Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce

January 11, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuel Grasslands for the Birds

by Tim Wall (Discovery News)  Picture the vibrant wildflowers and swaying grasses of prairies covering the Midwestern United States once

January 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Farmers Encouraged to Plant Switchgrass

(AP/The Ledger Independent)  A new program to explore the viability of biofuels is seeking to establish 700 acres of switchgrass fields

December 30, 2010 Read Full Article

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Miscanthus will see a giant leap in acreage in 2011, thanks to Soperton,

December 30, 2010 Read Full Article

Biomass May Hold Partial Solution to Global Energy Needs

by Cary Blake (Western Farm Press)   A growing U.S. agricultural biomass industry can help meet the catapulting energy and fuel demands

December 23, 2010 Read Full Article

New Miscanthus Hybrid Discovery in Japan Could Open Doors for Biofuel Industry

(Science Blog)  In the minds of many, Miscanthus x giganteus is the forerunner in the race of viable feedstock options for

December 22, 2010 Read Full Article

BIOLYFE Newsletter Announces Preliminary Research Results of EU Second Generation Ethanol Production Project

(BIOLYFE)  The BIOLYFE project aims at improving critical steps of the second generation bioethanol production process and at demonstrating the whole

December 21, 2010 Read Full Article

Switchgrass Pilot Program Concluding

by Misty Maynard  (Maysville Ledger-Independent)  A multi-year pilot project researching the possibility of using switchgrass as a biofuel is drawing to

December 20, 2010 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Power the Future

(China Daily)  China’s bioethanol production will reach 10 million tons a year by 2020, resulting in a 10 percent drop

December 17, 2010 Read Full Article

2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium January 12, 2011 Columbia, MO

  2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium   January 12, 2011   Columbia, MO

Experts from across the country will discuss the role of bioenergy crops for meeting renewable energy goals at the University

December 13, 2010 Read Full Article

Grass Could Turn Toxic Waste into Energy

by Carl Holm  (ABC Science)  A team of Australian and Chinese scientists claims to have pioneered a method to decontaminate polluted

November 8, 2010 Read Full Article

BP Sees Biofuel Growth from U.S. Grass, Brazil Sugar

by Laura MacInnis   (Reuters)  BP is focusing its biofuel efforts on Brazilian sugar cane and U.S. energy grasses, holding off on

November 8, 2010 Read Full Article

The Pros & Cons of Miscanthus

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  …The potential of miscanthus and switchgrass has been studied extensively by researchers Greg McIsaac, Mark B.

September 14, 2010 Read Full Article

Piper Jaffray Monthly Bio-Industrials Update: Energy Crop &

(Piper Jaffray) …Energy crops are designed to use marginal land, or in the case of Brazil, extend the growing season.

September 10, 2010 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 Million for Biomass Research and Development

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced September 8, 2010, the investment of up to $16.5 million for

September 9, 2010 Read Full Article

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