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Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned

June 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

UMass Becomes First Major Public University to Divest from Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by

May 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Mass. Top Court Says State GHG Rules Not Good Enough

by Keith Goldberg (Law 360)  Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision backing the state’s approach to greenhouse gas regulations, saying the state’s climate change law requires officials

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Supermarket Chain Opens AD Facility

(Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC/Biomass Magazine)  The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC celebrated the opening of its green energy facility in Freetown, Massachusetts, on April 15, just in

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA Honors Two Biodiesel Champions

(National Biodiesel Board)  Harvard University & NJ’s Medford Township Public Schools Reduce Carbon Emissions with America’s Advanced Biofuel  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored two long-time biodiesel leaders

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research

(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

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Investigation Broadens into whether Exxon Mobil Misled Public, Investors on Climate Change

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  More than a dozen state attorneys general gathered in New York earlier this week, ostensibly to announce their support for President Obama’s efforts to

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Company Given Permission To Carry On

by Tao Woolfe (The Sandwich Enterprise)  Cape Cod Biofuels, Inc. has been cleared by all local regulatory boards and agencies and given the Sandwich Board of Selectmen’s blessings—a happy ending

March 31, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The United States’ Shifting Approach to Ethanol and other Biofuels Is a Case Study in Short-Sighted Decision Making.

by Alexis Bateman and Yossi Sheffi (MIT Sloan Management Review)  How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy — … In 2011, a combination of market conditions and

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Hybrid Truck: How This Came About, How It’s Used, Experience with Performance

by Jennifer Horrillo (Diesel Direct/Special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  At Diesel Direct, we are proud to have the nation’s first hybrid diesel electric fuel delivery truck.  The truck was put

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioprocess for Conversion of Gaseous Substrates to Liquids

by Peng Hua, Sagar Chakraborty, Amit Kumar, Benjamin Woolston, Hongjuan Liu, David Emerson, and Gregory Stephanopoulos (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  In the quest for inexpensive feedstocks (cost-effective

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

A Strong, Sustainable Step in the Green Direction for On-Site Fuel Provider Diesel Direct

(Diesel Direct/PR Log)  Diesel Direct announced the acquisition of all assets of Pure Energy, Inc.  The strategic purchase includes all mobile fueling customers, a full portfolio of biodiesel products, and

February 26, 2016 Read Full Article

The Problem with Biofuels

by  Richard Martin and Michael Reilly (MIT Technology Review)  The U.S. Navy is touting its “Great Green Fleet,” but why haven’t biofuels made a bigger splash despite a decade of

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Strong 2015 Places Joule as a Global Leader in Scalable Ultra-Low Carbon Fuel Technologies

(Joule/BusinessWire) Major milestones include acquisition of Red Rock Biofuels, expanded partner relationships, continued strong technology development backed by strong financing partners  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

First Community-Owned MA Biodiesel Plant to Open Early 2016

(Public News Service)  Sometime next month a new plant in Greenfield should start cranking out clean biodiesel fuel that is manufactured from recycled cooking oil. Co-op Power CEO Lynn Benander

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Chemist Receives NSF Grant to Enhance ‘Grass to Gas’ Biofuel Technology

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  University of Massachusetts Amherst computational chemist Scott Auerbach has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve basic understanding and optimize

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates

November 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels Announce Intent to Merge, Creating an Industry-Leading Carbon-Neutral Fuel Production Platform

(Joule/Red Rock Biofuels/BusinessWire) Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, today announced their intent

November 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy?

November 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim at the federal corn ethanol mandates and calls on congressional

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

MIT Rejects Demands to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks, Joining Yale

by Michael McDonald  (Bloomberg Business)  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rejected demands from a student-led group to divest its $13.5 billion endowment of fossil-fuel investments, joining universities such as Harvard and

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Carbon Pricing Beats Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

(Environmental Leader)  Currently planned fuel economy standards (extended to the year 2050) would cost 10 percent of the economy’s global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2050, compared with only 6

October 16, 2015 Read Full Article

MBTA Purchases Dozens of Diesel-Hybrid Buses

(NGT News)  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says its fiscal and management control board has unanimously approved the purchase of 44 diesel-hybrid buses for its Silver Line and other

October 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Making Money from CO2

by Jeremy Plester (The Guardian)  Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as fuels, building materials or even baking powder. At a stroke

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design for their novel technology for converting alcohol to renewable gasoline,

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Home Heating Oil Industry Using Biodiesel to Revive and Reinvent Itself

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The heating oil market is well established along the East Coast with approximately 6.2 million homes relying on it during the winter. But progressive

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Minnesota Biodiesel Demand Getting Warmer

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Representatives of the East Coast home heating fuel market are begging for biodiesel produced in Minnesota. The state Soybean Growers Association and Research and Promotion

August 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Meet the Companies Trying to Break our Plastic Addiction

by Phil McKenna (Green Biz)  The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

MassCEC Awards $1.1 Million to Biogas Projects

(Massachusetts Clean Energy Center/Biomass Magazine)  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton recently announced $1.1 million in funding for three projects across Massachusetts that will convert organic materials into

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce more ethanol from sugars: Spike the mixture they’re growing on

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”. It’s common

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers

May 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Factory Project Needs Final $850K

(The Recorder)  Co-op faces June 1 deadline on construction bids.  The member-owned co-op that’s trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward

May 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule, Audi Confirm Revolutionary Sunflow Fuel Meets US, EU Specs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, news arrives from Joule that the company’s CO2-recycled  ethanol meets US and European fuel specifications. No one is dying of surprise that they

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol

May 8, 2015 Read Full Article

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and

April 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed. The unusual spike in sea level

March 2, 2015 Read Full Article

“Bionic Leaf” Uses Bacteria to Convert Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel

by Elizabeth Cooney (Harvard Medical School/Wyss Institute)  Harvard scientists have created a system that could speed adoption of solar-generated fuels as a power source … Now scientists from a team

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a good chance that the electric battery of the future will have biobased aspects to them — or may even be powered by a biofuel.

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae

(Phys.Org/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX chemicals. In New York, Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and its

January 20, 2015 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

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate

January 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Bridj Launched a New Mobile App & Evening Bus Service

by Nick DeLuca (Bostinno)  On Monday, January 5, pop-up bus service Bridj launched a new mobile app as part of its beta testing. The sleek new platform is available for

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Lignin Research Sheds Light on How Plants Adapt to Environmental Stress

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, new research may advance our understanding of “how the relative proportions of biopolymers,” like lignin, “are controlled in plant tissue”. The study, led

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Harvard Researchers Report Bacteria Breakthrough in Mass-Chemical Production

by Jessica Bartlett (Boston Business Journal)  A Harvard geneticist may have unlocked the code to large-scale chemical and biofuel production, saying that researchers used the theory of evolution to trick

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that examine wastewater as a resource. Two of the projects seek

December 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and transport used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island

December 12, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Thomas Leue, President, Homestead Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Homestead Engineering has been a biodiesel producer and for the past 14 years has sold Yellow Brand Biodiesel, always B-100, retail throughout Western Massachusetts, both

December 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed “the silent killer.” According to the World Health Organization, more

November 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover New Digestive Strategy in Shipworms

by Greg St. Martin (News@Northeastern)  An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New Eng­land Bio­labs at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has dis­cov­ered a

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to Lallemand Inc., a privately owned company that researches, develops, produces

November 5, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Winning P3 Student Teams for Pioneering Projects to Solve Environmental Problems

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  “Each year, the projects and designs created by the P3 teams surpass expectations,” said Lek Kadeli,

October 15, 2014 Read Full Article

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

by Anne Trafton (MIT News Office)  Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.   Yeast

October 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the

July 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Microbes Chow Down on Latest Fuel-Cell Tech

(MIT News)  Cullen Buie manipulates micro-scale phenomena to optimize energy conversion devices. … Buie’s work on microbial fuel cells is

June 6, 2014 Read Full Article

The Sugar Producers

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar

March 12, 2014 Read Full Article

E85 Fueling Station Availability Is Increasing

(US Department of Energy Energy Information Administration)  The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up

March 10, 2014 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Could Lead to Cleaner Energy

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short

by Martin LaMonica (MIT Technology Review)  The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from

February 6, 2014 Read Full Article

What Role for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Mitigation Policy?

by J. K. Shoemaker, D. P. Schrag, M. J. Molina, V. Ramanathan (Science Magazine)  Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4),

December 13, 2013 Read Full Article

This Is No Time to Cut Back on Ethanol Targets

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Boston Globe) letter to editor:  … But oil companies, as the Globe’s editorial acknowledges, “never

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

2013 North American Biochar Symposium: Science, Passion and Practice

by Danilo Gusmao de Quadros (Advanced Biofuels USA)*  Biochar is a black matter produced by pyrolysis of biomass (burned without

November 25, 2013 1 comment Read Full Article

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a

November 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Boston Parks and Recreation Department Partners with Bioheat

(CBS EcoMedia/Biodiesel Magazine) The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the installation of new oil tanks in the

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Unlocking the Universe of Biobased (and Not So Biobased) Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Massachusetts, applied mathematicians Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will share

November 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Water Environment Research Foundation Awards UMass Professor for Algae Research

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has announced that University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Professor Dr. Chul Park has

October 15, 2013 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Awards $34M in R&D for Advanced Liquid Fuels from Methane

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced that 15 breakthrough energy projects will receive

September 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Scientific Symposium on the Toxicology of Alternate Fuels

(EurekAlert)   “Biofuel” has become a global buzzword, with cars and trucks powered by fuel made from corn, corncobs and stalks,

September 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Flagship VentureLabs Launches Midori Renewables

(Flagship Ventures/PR NewsWire)  New Venture is Commercializing a Novel Catalytic Process to Convert Non-Food Biomass Into Sugar Flagship VentureLabs announced

September 6, 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

August 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy,

July 30, 2013 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Interview: Sara Volz on to MIT

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …The Colorado Springs native got into alternative energy in the seventh grade when she

July 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Worcester Polytechnic Uses Syrris Technology to Teach Biodiesel

by Ron Kortrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chemical engineering students at Worcester Polytechnic University in Massachusetts have been investigating biodiesel production using

July 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Legislators: Global Partners Will Not Pursue Ethanol Transport by Train

by Erin Baldissari (Wicked Local Cambridge)   Facing pressure from legislators and residents, representatives from Global Partners LP said they would

July 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Irreversible Does Not Mean Unavoidable

by H. Damon Matthews, Susan Solomon (Science Magazine) Understanding how decreases in CO2 emissions would affect global temperatures has been hampered in recent

April 26, 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

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)

April 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Anellotech and the Advent of the Green ‘Enes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fast pyrolysis developer plans to rapidly expand green benzene and toluene production in 2013 for

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Former Energy Secretary Urges Scientists to Get More Involved in Setting Energy Policy

by Kelly Harrington-Andrejasich  (SNL)   Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has a message for scientists: get involved in politics

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Making Superfuels Affordable, via Biofuels: The JP-10 Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a switch to biofuels make super-dense JP-10 military aviation fuels affordable? Could F18A Super

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineered Yeast Makes More Biofuels

by Helen Tunnicliffe (TCE Today)  Moving process to mitochondria ups production 260% Chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have engineered

February 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineer Gets NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuel Process

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst NewsWise)  Paul J. Dauenhauer, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year,

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Reborn Qteros Rises Again with New Plan to Develop Technology to Make Ethanol

by Jim Kinney (The Republican/MassLive)   Qteros and the “Q microbe” discovered byUMass researchers and valued for its ability to digest plant

December 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Citgo Gets Town OK to Build 270,000-Gallon Biofuel Tank in Braintree

by Neal Simpson  (The Patriot Ledger)  Citgo Petroleum Corp. has won town approval to build a 33-foot-tall tank that will

December 19, 2012 Read Full Article

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Game-Changers: Could Electrofuel Euphoria Exceed Natural Gas Glee?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first patent issued out of ARPA-E’s electrofuels program suggests that this technology class is

December 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Fuel From Waste, Poised at a Milestone

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  For years, scientists and engineers have been juggling various combinations of acids, steam,

November 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Students Rock Ethanol

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  High school senior Jason Girouard from Brimfield, Massachusetts has won the Ethanol Rocks video contest sponsored by the

November 7, 2012 Read Full Article

E85, the Cleaner-Burning Fuel for Cars

by Peter DeMarco (Boston.com)  A reader from Stoughton was suspicious: A gallon of gas for $3.20? There had to be

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Saving the Environment…and Some Money: Sandwich Company Recycles Waste Cooking Oil

by Mark Burridge (Wicked Local/Sandwich Broadsider)  Cape Cod Biofuels (CCBF) works with restaurants across Cape Cod and the South Shore

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Study Finds a LCFS in Minnesota Would Create Nearly 32,500 Jobs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study recently published by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

UMass-Amherst Team Solves Mystery of Cellulose Chains Breakdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What exactly happens in depolymerization, as hydrogen bonds break down?  How could that revolutionize the

September 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Citgo Proposes Biodiesel Tank Construction

by Joseph Markman)  (Braintree Patch)  The Braintree Planning Board continued Citgo’s request for construction of a 270,000-gallon tank until its

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Westborough I-90 Service Plaza Gets E85 Flex Fueling Pump

by Brian Benson (Metro West Daily News)  Service plazas along Interstate 90 in Westborough and Charlton now feature the first E85

September 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Bioengineered Bacteria Pump Out Fuel for Cars

(Innovation News Daily)  A humble soil bacteria has become a genetically engineered factory capable of making fuel for cars. But the project

August 27, 2012 Read Full Article

POET And Agrivida Sign Technology Collaboration Joint Development Agreement

(PR NewsWire)  POET Research Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of POET LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, and Agrivida,

August 22, 2012 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Law Delays Rail Transport of Ethanol through Boston

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new law in Massachusetts will delay allowing ethanol to be transported via train

August 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Death Valley Days: The Biofuels Financing Saga

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As bio-based companies race across the Valley of Death, in the dash for scale, who’s

July 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Dealer Uses Truck to Wave Bioheat Flag

by John Davis (DomesicFuel.com)  A Massachusetts Bioheat dealer believes there’s no better way to show patriotism this 4th of July

July 4, 2012 Read Full Article

New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching (Parts 1 and 2)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by (Why? See

June 25, 2012 Read Full Article

ReCommunity Recycling, UMass Team up on Trash-to-Fuel Project

by Jim Kinney (Gazette)   A company that runs recycling centers all over the country has researchers in UMass’ biofuels program

June 11, 2012 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Researchers Work to Improve Camelina Yields

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine)   A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is working to significantly increase

June 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Waste Lines: The Hottest Trends with Bio’s Coolest Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of its naming deficiencies, waste has been hot and getting hotter as a

May 29, 2012 Read Full Article

ThermoEnergy’s Sugar Recovery System Meets Key Environmental Demands

(PRNewswire) — At a time when regulatory agencies are increasing pressure for the disposal of wastewater containing soluble sugars, ThermoEnergy Corporation’s

May 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Sets Strict Regulations for Biomass: Will This Influence Further Restrictions?

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released a new set of strict standards for

May 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Rail Plan to Ship Ethanol Is Decried

by Katheleen Conti (The Boston Globe)  Eight firefighters are seen dousing a couple of rail cars, as bright flames and

March 9, 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

Two Become One for Bio-Oil Upgrade

(RSC Chemistry World News)  The development of a couple of new and improved catalysts for upgrading bio-oil is bringing this

February 2, 2012 Read Full Article

Return of the Pyromaniax

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You just can’t turn your back for very long, around the Pyromaniax – the researchers

January 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Qteros Lives, Says New CEO

by Kyle Alspach (Boston Business Journal)  Despite layoffs and the removal of its CEO, venture-backed ethanol firm Qteros says it’s moving

November 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Coping with the Cost of Heat: Alternative Energy Sources Available

by Thomas Caywood  (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)  Rising heating oil prices and dire forecasts predicting the most expensive heating season

November 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Post Oil: Electrofuels Are an Oil-Substitute Minus the Eons

(Christian Science Monitor)   … Pamela Silver and her colleagues aim to compress the oil-forming process to nearly instantaneous, with

October 19, 2011 Read Full Article

New Sources Near for Biofuels

(Harvard Science)  Chris Somerville, director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, said global biofuels are already mainstream, with ethanol from corn totaling

October 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Jobe, Huber Kick off Northeast Bioheat Workshop

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  The biodiesel and oilheat industries have a long-standing history working alongside each other respectively serving

October 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $2 Million for National University Clean Energy Business Challenge to Jump Start Young Entrepreneurship

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $2 million over three years for six regional

October 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects

(Department of Energy/ARPA-E)  ARPA-E Projects in 25 States Will Accelerate Innovation in Clean Energy Technologies, Increase America’s Competitiveness and Create

September 30, 2011 Read Full Article

A Better FFV?

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Single nozzle, dual fuel injection could work in heavy-duty trucks, too What if

September 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Technologies and Fuels of the Future – A Panel Discussion

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Artificial leaf, Nanowires and Biomass – Are these the fuels and technologies of the

September 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Mascoma’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrigued by cellulosic ethanol and a new product called MGT, in Mascoma’s IPO? …Mascoma Corporation

September 20, 2011 Read Full Article

State, Local Officials Prep for Ethanol Trains

by Mariah Sondergard (Commonwealth Magazine)  Global’s trains will bring in 3.6m gallons a week MOST OF THE ethanol that is mixed

September 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Metabolic Network Reconstruction of Chlamydomonas Offers Insight into Light-Driven Algal Metabolism

by Roger L Chang, Lila Ghamsari, Ani Manichaikul, Erik F Y Hom, Santhanam Balaji, Weiqi Fu, Yun Shen, Tong Hao,

August 9, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol Transport Raising Concerns: Ballot Vote Focuses on Rail Shipments

by John Laidler (Boston.com)  A plan by Global Partners to begin shipping ethanol by rail to its Revere terminal is

August 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Oozing Biofuel: Algae Could Solve World’s Fuel Crisis

by Von Philip Bethge (Der Spiegel Online)  Genetically modified blue and green algae could be the answer to the world’s

August 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Joule Awarded Patents for High-Volume Ethanol Production from Sunlight and CO2

(American Fuels)  Joule Unlimited Technologies today (July 27, 2011) announced the issuance of its first two U.S. patents covering its

July 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Power Shifts

by Erin Ailworth (The Boston Globe)  …“One of the big challenges with the federal budget is whether ARPA-E is going to

July 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Qteros and UMass Amherst Bolster Patent Portfolio for Ethanol-Producing Microbe With Issued and Allowed Patents in the United States and Japan

(PR NewsWire)  Qteros, Inc., the developer of a unique and highly efficient Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP) platform for the lowest-cost production of

June 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Bacteria as Biofuel: It's Coming

by Jason Kennedy (IT World)  One company figured out a way to turn the byproduct of a genetically modified bacteria

June 9, 2011 Read Full Article

MIT Researchers Increase Algal Hydrogen Production

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules

May 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Agrivida Teaches Biofuel Crops to Self-Destruct

by Martin LaMonica (CNET)  … Agrivida is using genetic engineering and other techniques from the biotech industry to create proteins with specific

May 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Ag Secretary Touts Agrivida

by Donna Goodison (Boston Herald)  Greater Boston doesn’t usually rate as a Hub of agriculture but yesterday U.S. Agriculture Secretary

May 16, 2011 Read Full Article

Quantifying Variability in Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Inventories of Alternative Middle Distillate Transportation Fuels

Russell W. Stratton, Hsin Min Wong, and James I. Hileman  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)   The presence of variability in

May 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Joule Picks New Mexico Site for Solar Fuel Project; Now Competitive with $20/Barrel Diesel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule reported that they have signed a lease for 1,200 acres in Lea

May 6, 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

May 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Agrivida Reports Increased Glucose Yields from Cellulosic Biomass for Fuel and Chemical Production

(Agrivida)   —New Data Presented at Annual American Chemical Society Meeting— Agrivida’s engineered feedstock and proprietary low temperature, low cost

April 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Qteros CEO John McCarthy Offers Space in New Chicopee Plant for Biofuel Start-Ups

by Kyle Alspach  (Boston Business Journal)  With the major costs associated with proving out new biofuels technologies, John McCarthy says

March 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Novogy Gets $750K, Targets Waste Paper Biofuel

by Galen Moore  (Boston Business Journal)  Stealthy cleantech startup Novogy Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. has raised $750,000 more from venture backers General

March 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Paper Maker Turns Waste Wood to Biofuel, Jobs

by Tony Dobrowolski (Berkshire Eagle)  Crane & Co. is planning to employ a rarely used, clean-energy technology to reduce the

March 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Quantum Leap for the Q Microbe: Qteros closes $22 Million in New Financing; Global Partnership with Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Qteros and Praj will collaborate on a highly focused, multi-year development program with the objective

January 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol from Sugar Beets: A Process and Economic Analysis

by Emily Bowen, Sean C. Kennedy, Kelsey Miranda  (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) The aim of this project was to design a process for

December 30, 2010 Read Full Article

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