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Switchgrass Could Help China’s Air Quality
September 21, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois ACES/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
“China’s poor air quality is caused by …

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit the Environment if Managed Correctly
June 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Michigan State University)  Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at …

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits
May 22, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Pittsburg/R&D Magazine)  Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol’s ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

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 …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.
“While water and wind …

Giant King Grass and Its Bioconversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Viaspace
August 23, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

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 composition like corn stover or …

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools
June 20, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

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, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help …

Farmers to Have Role in Changing Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Rose Spangler (Lancaster Farming)  Ethanol isn’t a new concept. Using corn to make it isn’t either. And Pennsylvania even has a plant to create it, Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield, which is capable …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.
Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild Biorefiners based on Plantrose™ …

ORNL Hosts Southeast Bioenergy Meeting, Study Tour
April 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National …

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Talks GMOs And Ethanol
February 26, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robin Young (NPR’s Here and Now)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the only member of the cabinet who’s been there since President Obama took office. He heads a department that oversees a wide swath of …

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth
February 24, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(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 biofuel but also in demand …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

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 detailed models to examine impacts …

IIT-Roorkee Scientists Patent Low-Cost Biofuel Tech
February 1, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Tapan Susheel  (Times of India)  Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) have achieved remarkable success in generating low-cost biofuel using a perennial weed, Kans grass. This grass, native to the subcontinent, …

Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?
January 13, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(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 microbes promote prairie grasses to …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release by AgriLife Research Next Year
November 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

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 to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes …

DOE Warns That Climate Change May Disrupt Growth of Biomass Feedstocks
October 17, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 9, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report about the threats posed by climate change to the U.S. electricity and fuels sector, U.S. Energy Sector: Regional Vulnerabilities …

Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn
July 7, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(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 energy, and other biomass) to …

USDA: New Switchgrass Variety Promises More Biofuel at Lower Cost
November 6, 2014 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on …

Balancing Birds and Biofuels: Grasslands Support More Species than Cornfields
October 17, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

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 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers
As scientists around the …

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Releases Report on Grass Heating Energy Potential in Vermont and the Northeast
June 14, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(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 usage potential of grass as …

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks
June 9, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

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 enthusiasm.
…To bring you up to …

California Council on Science and Technology Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California
May 14, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(California Council on Science and Technology)  Advanced biofuels have the potential to provide California with economic opportunities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the state’s climate and clean air policies. However, the state may …

Integrating Perennial Grasses for Sustainable Agricultural Systems to Maximize Farm Profitability
March 27, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(North Central Regional Center for Rural Development) Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development
A free webinar series designed for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about university developed technology that may be relevant to your current or future …

Australian Biofuels Project Another Step Closer
March 7, 2013 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Australian research company Agritechnology has found a location as it further develops a biofuels demonstration plant.
A site for the plant has been chosen in Orange, New South Wales and it will aim to …

Hot Sauce! 5 Lessons Louisiana Can Teach Us about Advanced Bayoufuels
March 7, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Louisiana — hot as cayenne pepper in biofuels capacity development, but some cautionary tales there in the sauce.
When it comes to the first generation of ethanol and biodiesel-based biofuels, Louisiana …

Arundo Donax Safe from Noxious Weed Designation in North Carolina
March 6, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(SFN Today)  At the North Carolina Board of Agriculture’s meeting on Tuesday, whether or not to classify Arundo donax as a noxious weed in the state was at the top of the agenda. Vernon Cox, …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: The Perennial Grass Grower Assistance Program
March 6, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Perennial Grass Grower Assistance program was established in 2011 by N.C. State University with funding by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to support the expansion of biomass acreage …

Recent Land Use Change in the Western Corn Belt Threatens Grasslands and Wetlands
February 19, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Christopher K. Wright and Michael C. Wimberly (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   In the US Corn Belt, a recent doubling in commodity prices has created incentives for landowners to convert grassland to …

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field
February 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established industries in the U.S. While they provide significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits for our …

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost
January 25, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The USDA estimates that farmers in the U.S. will plant nine million more acres in corn in 2013 than they did in 2011, an increase of almost 10 …

Knocking $40 Per Ton out of Biomass Costs, the Green Way
January 24, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Maryland, The Wildlife Society released a Technical Review, “Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat,” to provide answers to questions on bioenergy development and wildlife so that …

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit
January 11, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar
Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, welcomed …

25x’25 REsource: Standard Definition of Biomass Needed
December 9, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … In any strategy aimed at meeting America’s soaring energy demand, biomass must be considered a principal among the several renewable, sustainable solutions that make up the fastest growing domestic energy sector since …

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development
October 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be grown sustainably, avoiding competition with food crops for land resources. A new renewable energy research project being …

Expert: Southeast Has Potential to Become ‘Saudi Arabia’ for Biofuels Crop Production
October 24, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Blair Fannin (Texas A&M University)  Dr. Bill McCutchen sees the potential for the southeast to become the ‘Saudi Arabia’ for production of dedicated energy crops.
“It’s the Bioenergy Belt,” said McCutchen, executive associate director of …

$10M Grant Will Fund Research into Biofuel-Based Economic Development
October 16, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.
That’s the goal of …

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener
October 16, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like …

Establishing Energy Grasses in Sprayfields
October 2, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the state on hog lagoon sprayfields and verify the economic opportunities for biofuels, the Biofuels Center …

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

Native Plants Fuel Ethanol Plant
September 5, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News)  Applied Ecological Services, The Earth Partners, LP, and POET team up to apply science to industry: Cross-sector demonstration showcases the potential of conservation biomass as an alternative energy source.
It’s a very good week for the United States alternative energy …

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up
August 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many outside the industry seem to think. At least three new, advanced biofuel biorefineries are being …

U.S. Energy Crops Resisting Drought so Far
July 17, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  While the drought in the U.S. is beginning to take a significant toll on some of the nation’s crops—particularly in the Midwest and the Corn Belt—it seems most energy crops …

Growing Better Biofuel Crops
July 5, 2012 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville  (The Scientist)   Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
…Conversion of biomass is currently the most …

The Future of BioFuels
June 11, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(California Academy of Sciences)  The future of biofuel technologies needs to take a whole-picture approach.  WATCH VIDEO

Cenusa Bioenergy Receives $25 Million Grant from USDA
March 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Madsen (IowaStateDaily.com)  The Iowa State University-led Cenusa Bioenergy project works to develop a biofuel with both a Midwestern and environmental focus.
Through a five-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National …

Bioenergy Crops Could Have Wide Range of Effects on Climate
February 2, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Skip Derra (Arizona State University/Western Farm Press)  A team of researchers from Arizona State University, Stanford University and Carnegie Institution for Science has found that converting large swaths of land to bioenergy crops could …

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study
January 19, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making profits for producers.
A multi-state, interdisciplinary …

VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels
December 12, 2011 – 7:33 am | No Comment

(Reuters/VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels:  Presents at the Biomass West & Central Africa Congress in Ghana
VIASPACE, Inc., a clean …

Genome-scale Network of Rice Genes to Speed the Development of Biofuel Crops
November 4, 2011 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Create RiceNet for Predicting Genetic Functions in Rice
The first genome-scale model for predicting the functions of genes and gene networks in a grass species has been developed …

Testing the Water for Bioenergy Crops
August 30, 2011 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Liz Ahlberg (University of Illinois)   Many energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining more efficient large-scale biofuel production by using large grasses like miscanthus or switchgrass rather than …

University of Illinois Students Receive BP Grant to Study Biomass Engineering Properties
August 22, 2011 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Five undergraduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received a $5,000 grant from British Petroleum to research the engineering properties of biomass.
The students wrote the grant to develop a virtual database that will …

A Quick Way to Grade Grasses for Ethanol Yields
August 22, 2011 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Don Comis (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have developed an inexpensive way to grade the ethanol potential of perennial grasses at the biorefinery’s loading dock.
That future …

Cellulosic Biofuel Could Revive Farmlands Conservation Program
August 11, 2011 – 7:19 am | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker (ClimateWire/Scientific American)  A study looks into giving farmers permission to harvest cellulosic feedstocks on land set aside for wetlands and wildlife conservation
Growing cellulosic feedstocks on federally subsidized conservation land could balance the biofuels emissions …

3 Things You Need to Know about Biofuels
August 10, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Maggie Koerth-Baker (BoingBoing)  …In a nutshell, that’s why liquid fuel is so valuable. So far, it’s the clear winner when we need energy for transportation—especially air transportation and heavy, long-distance shipping—because it allows you …

Future Prospects for Cereals That Fix Nitrogen
July 25, 2011 – 6:06 am | No Comment

by Perrin H. Beatty and Allen G. Good (Science Magazine)  Nitrogen availability is limiting to plant growth and has long been overcome through applications of synthetic nitrogen-rich fertilizer. This has revolutionized crop yield and food production worldwide, but …

Energy Crops Could Be Answer to Increased Insecticide Use
July 14, 2011 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  The link between increased insecticide use and landscape simplification has now been documented by a team of researchers from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
…But, while the research showed the …

Switch from Corn to Grass Would Raise Ethanol Output, Cut Emissions
July 13, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and …

Chain, Chain, Chain – Chain of Fuels: Birth of a Global Supply Chain for Biomass
June 27, 2011 – 7:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mendel CEO Neal Gutterson talks about miscanthus, and the role of the power sector as the driver of a global supply chain for biomass.
…The company’s IP lies in its understanding …

Perennial Corn Holds Hope for Cutting Environmental Damage
May 9, 2011 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The time could come when farmers aren’t getting on their tractors every spring to plant their crops, or even plowing their fields, exposing them to erosion.
At least that’s the …

$1.6 Million in Biofuels Center Grants to Accelerate Commercialization of Renewable Fuels
May 2, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has awarded $1.6 million for 15 projects statewide to accelerate the commercialization of renewable liquid fuels. Awards are made through the 2011 Statewide Biofuels …

A Field of Promise
April 18, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biorefining Magazine)  Viaspace reports independent test results of Giant King Grass evaluation.
Data gathered during independent evaluations of Viaspace Inc.’s Giant King Grass demonstrate the crop has essentially the same properties as corn …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
April 13, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(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. …

Bioenergy Crops Could Lower Surface Temperatures, Stanford Researchers Say
March 18, 2011 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(Stanford University News)  Concerns about the impact of corn ethanol on global warming have raised interest in more eco-friendly perennial grasses. A new study finds that large-scale cultivation of perennials could actually reduce regional surface …