September 12, 2012

Starbucks Looks to Turn Food Waste Coffee and Baked Goods into Something Useful

Starbucks stores in Hong Kong generate 5000 TONS of waste coffee grounds and bakery materials yearly.  Researchers in Hong Kong are trying to create a "biorefinery" (picture below right) to turn the waste into a raw material that can then be used to make new products.

Using fungi that …” excrete enzymes that break down carbohydrates (like the ones in those coffee grounds) into simple sugars, which then go into a fermenter to become succinic acid. … used as an ingredient in a wide variety of products, including detergents, bio-plastics, and medicines.”

There are legitimate concerns using food crops as a bio raw material as this could drive up food prices.  By using otherwise waste material to generate raw materials this is no longer a problem.

Benefits are expected to include less waste and less pollution from waste incineration.


Via:  Good LINK

June 28, 2011

Airbus Sets Biofuel Goal for 2020

AIRBUS logo Airbus along with major European Airlines and producers are crating an initive called the ‘Biofuel Flightpath’.

The goal is to bring 2 million tonnes of biofuels to the European market by the year 2020.

The fuels will be make in Europe from local raw materials. Biofuel Flightpath " ... aims to establish appropriate financial mechanisms to support the construction of industrial ‘first of a kind’ advanced biofuel production plants."

" ... create the first industrial venture ever introducing sustainable biofuels for commercially competitive operations. ..."


Via:  European Commission SETIS  LINK

May 18, 2011

Renewable fuel standards enable biofuel investment

Industry group urges sustaining the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to provide the stability that enables investment in the development of advanced biofuels.  …

…   “The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today joined the Advanced BioFuel Association, the Renewable Fuel Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council and the American Coalition for Ethanol in a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works urging protection of the federal RFS.”   …


BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.

Federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

Renewable fuel standard amendments (PDF).

RFS compliance details.

RFS amendment responses.

RFS whitepaper (PDF) by BIO.

BIO group on renewable fuel standard

May 16, 2011

United Airlines Eco-Skies Committment

United's eco-skies logoUnited has a green sustainability program called eco-skies.  Among the highlights of the program are ...

... over 300 planes with winglets that reduce emissions by up to 5% ... 3600+ service vehicles that are either electric or alternative fueled ... recycling over 3 millions lbs plastic and aluminum from flight service over a 5  year period ... 

"First U.S. biofuel and synthetic fuel demonstration flights and signed letters of intent to advance cost-efficient and environmentally responsible alternative jet fuels derived from biomass feedstock ..."


Via:  United  LINK

April 11, 2011

Gas prices make biofuels more competitive

and we need to make sure that the production of renewable fuels is efficient.  Codexis focuses on biofuel production through the commercialization of an effective catalyst.  …

…   “Codexis produces biocatalysts, which create ethanol faster and cleaner than traditional methods.”   …

Via Money Show: Rising Gas Prices.

Codexis Biocatalysis.

March 11, 2011

Joule Pioneers Biofuel Producion from CO2, Water and Sunlight

Joule Unlimited, Inc., logo

"Joule's Helioculture™ platform combines ... sunlight and waste CO2 directly into clean, fungible diesel fuel, bypassing the limitations of biofuel production...."

" ... SolarConverter® ... scaling to desired output levels with no dependence on raw material feedstocks, agricultural land, fresh water or crops."

Joule's "platform" makes fuel from sun and CO2 w/o biomass or raw materials.  Basically they have engineered organisms that take in CO2, water and sunlight and spit out bio-fuel - basically unlimited fuel.

Joule has it HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Via:  Joule Unlimited, Inc.  LINK

March 08, 2011

Isobutanol bioprocessing from cellulose

UCLA scientist leads BESC team in research that streamlines the synthesis of isobutanolBiofuel from cellulose biomass from cellulose based materials.  The key to the process is development of microbes through genetic engineering.  The research team will continue to pursue genetically engineered strains that convert cellulosic materials well.  …

…   “Using consolidated bioprocessing, a team led by James Liao of the University of California at Los Angeles for the first time produced isobutanol directly from cellulose.

The team's work, published online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, represents across-the-board savings in processing costs and time, plus isobutanol is a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol.”   …

Via Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Cellulose based isobutanol.

January 10, 2011

Bird compatible biofuel grasses

could serve dual purpose.  …

…   “Native perennial grasses might provide an opportunity to produce biomass in ways that are compatible with the conservation of biodiversity … ”   …

Via Futurity: Grasses.

Biofuel from grasses

December 19, 2010

3G Biofuels Power Military Green Strategy

Military is on the brink of a green revolution as it shifts energy strategy to green technology and renewable sources.  …

…   “The Navy is only testing fuels like camelina and algae that do not compete with food, that have a total end-to-end carbon footprint cleaner than fossil fuels … ”   …

Via New York Times Op-Ed: Green Strategy.

U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter tests a 50/50 Camelina seed-based biofuel blend at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  …


December 16, 2010

Kristianstad Sweden Uses Biofuels Not Fossil Fuels for Heat and Electricity

 Kristianstad SwedeKristianstadn uses no fossil fuels for heating.  Instead they uses biomass from farming leftovers.  80,000 homes heated by biomass and not fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas!  And this is an area of the world where it gets VERY COLD !

Since solar and wind would not be effective in Kristianstad they worked with biomass.  " ... remains from farming ... manure, potato peels, pig intestines, and even cookies, .... to create biogas  ... a certain type of  methane, ... heat of the entire city, and to provide electricity for the city as well."

The driving force for the move away from fossil fuels was to protect their environment and they did not want to import fossil fules from abroad.


Via:  Metrolic  LINK

November 14, 2010

Biofuel reactor production

using microfluidic technology could enable consumers to generate their own bio-derived fuel.  …


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Professor Frank Jones discusses fuel production using technology that enables micro bioreactors. 

November 02, 2010

Bio Route to Hydrogen Fuel through Bacteria, Biomass, and Solar

Can bacteria power the hydrogen economy?  University of Washington professor will explore the opportunity and insights from research projects at this local lecture.  …

…   “Caroline Harwood, a distinguished microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss microbial production of hydrogen gas as a biofuel in a lecture at UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday, November 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 240, Physical Sciences Building. ”   …

Via University of California at Santa Cruz: Bioenergy Lecture.

October 25, 2010

Biogasoline uses catalysis for plant sugar conversion

Virent Energy raises profile of its biogasoline through supply deal with Scuderia Ferrari racing.  Virent, Shell, and Scuderia Ferrari collaborated to optimize the performance of the biofuel component.  …

…   “The Virent process uses catalysts to convert plant sugars directly into gasoline and gasoline blend components, like those produced at a petroleum refinery. The sugars can be sourced from more sustainable non-food raw materials such as corn stover, wheat straw and sugar cane residue, or from conventional biofuel feedstocks such as sugar beet, corn, wheat and sugar cane.  The energy content of Virent’s biogasoline is the same as or better than premium gasoline and can be blended seamlessly into conventional gasoline. In the future this could eliminate the need for any specialized infrastructure, engine modifications or blending equipment for use by Shell’s customers.”   …

Via Virent Energy: Racing Fuel (PDF).

October 23, 2010

Yo Buddy, Where’s the closest biodiesel station?

Hold on, let me check my iPhone.

October 22, 2010

Biofuel process efficiency through enzyme recycle

Clarkson University research will optimize the cellulosic pathway to ethanol biofuel with grant from the National Science Foundation.  Clarkson chemistry professor Sergiy Minko will lead the investigation.  …

…   “grant is for finding a way to bring the costs of the process down to a more competitive level. 

The major idea of this project is to make this process less expensive just by recycling the enzyme. 

Normally, he said, the enzyme is thrown out with the plant waste.

The point is to learn how we can selectively extract the enzymes from this biomass and reuse them …”   …

Via Clarkson University: Biofuels Research.

October 05, 2010

Bioenergy mapping tools enable opportunity analysis

DOE’s NREL creates BioEnergy Atlas that features two bioenergy analysis and mapping tools for visualizing bioenergy data on maps to understand biomass Biomass mapping using the Atlas feedstocks, biopower and biofuels potential, production and distribution.  …

…   “Users of the tools can select and apply a multitude of geographic data layers including a variety of biomass feedstocks, existing biofuels, biopower and traditional power plants, alternative and traditional fueling stations and energy use statistics.

The BioPower updated functionalities include query, analysis and state view. 

The query function allows users to access data behind the map and to select and download data from a selected region or single point on the map.

The analysis function offers common conversion factors that allow users to determine the potential biopower or biofuels production for selected feedstocks in a specific area.”   …

Via National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Biomass Atlas.

The Bioenergy Atlas Tools.

September 29, 2010

Solar power biofuel reactor

at Swarthmore, as students seek to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.  TheBiofuel process project team is working on the ideal recipe.  …

…   “The entire process is staged in Hicks basement, where solar power is heating up a reaction chamber in which the transesterification process occurs. Once these measurements have been found, Mrozewski and Zarate will be able to create a formula for making biodiesel fuels that others can follow. ”   …

Via Swarthmore College: Recycle Cooking Oil.

September 10, 2010

Biofuel Dinner Waste

New dining facility integrates sustainable practices in its operations.  …

…   “Organic food waste will be composted, extra food will be donated to Feed St. Louis, and waste oil will be converted to biofuel to fuel a dining services truck … “   …

Via Washington University in St. Louis: Dining Facility.

July 25, 2010

Biotechnology Role in Future Biofuels

McKinsey's analysis showed that on a land use efficiency analysis, electric vehicles powered by biomass achieved 37 miles per acre while biofuels achieved 30.

July 08, 2010

Cyanobacteria optimized to produce biofuel

ASU research looks to understand cyanobacteria to boost production of biofuel.  The research is working on optimizing the conditions that control growth of the cyanobacteria such as CO2 and phosphorus levels and light irradiation levels.  …

…   “cyanobacteria are much easier to re-engineer because we have a lot of knowledge about them. We can control their growth so that we can produce large amounts of biofuel … ”   …

Via Arizona State University: Benchtop Biofuels.

Cyanobacteria produce biofuel

July 06, 2010

Biochemical research focus on commercializing algae biofuel process

ASU receives research grant of three million dollars to support investigation into the challenges to commercializing algae-derived biofuels.  …Biofuel is generated from algae

…   “Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium, will focus on testing the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-derived fuels.

The group will investigate biochemical conversion of algae to fuels and products, and analyze the physical chemistry properties of algal fuels and fuel intermediates. ”   …

Via Arizona State University: Biofuel Research Grant Program.

June 17, 2010

Wallenius Lines Test Fuel Cell for Auxiliary Ship Power

walleniuslines logo

 Wallenius Lines, a Swedish owned car carrier vessel is testing a fuel cell for auxiliary power.  Fuel cells are clean power sources - in this case fueled by methanol (alcohol).  Wallenius Lines has a major commitment to being green (using non toxic paint to reduce barnacle drag, handling bilge water carefully, reducing impact overall, etc.) and this is the next step in the journey.fuel cell

"Wärtsilä’s WFC20 fuel cell ... onboard the ’Undine’,  ... is the first of its kind in the world ... during the test period provide auxiliary power to the vessel while producing close to zero emissions...."

Methanol can be made from biomass so can be a renewable fuel ... in addition to providing clean power.  The trails started in May 2010 and extend until November 2010.


Via:  Wallenius Lines  LINK

June 07, 2010

Biofuel R&D Program targets algae photosynthesis

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil are collaborating to research and commercialize biofuels from photosynthetic algae.  Dr. Emil Jacobs, vice president of research and development, sees the algae pathway to biofuel as a promising experiment for ExxonMobil.  The research partnership has established stages of investment with milestones that could see ExxonMobil invest over $600 million.  …Algae research program

…   “After considerable study, we have determined that the potential advantages and benefits of biofuel from algae could be significant.

Among other advantages, readily available sunlight and carbon dioxide used to grow the photosynthetic algae could provide greenhouse gas mitigation benefits.

Growing algae does not rely on fresh water and arable land otherwise used for food production.

And lastly, algae have the potential to produce large volumes of oils that can be processed in existing refineries to manufacture fuels that are compatible with existing transportation technology and infrastructure. ”   …

Via ExxonMobil: Biofuels Program (Link).

Algae Biofuel Commercialization Challenges: Large-scale algae production sites, for example, could use carbon dioxide from nearby power or manufacturing plants that generate large amounts of the gas.

Synthetic Genomics Inc.: privately held company, founded in 2005, is dedicated to developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global energy and environment challenges. Advances in synthetic genomics present limitless applications in a variety of product areas including: energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

June 05, 2010

Biodiesel production via algae at optimum growth conditions

PhD candidates discuss their research programs for biofuel.

June 01, 2010

Kudzu - Possible Route to BioFuel (ethanol)

Kudzu covering a carKudzu is a very aggressive fast growing vine that is invasive ... if it could be turned into a source of ethanol ... it might kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  And it does not compete with food crops as a route to ethanol.

"... invasive weed called kudzu. ... grows all over the southern states at a rate of about one foot per day. ... literally covers ... anything in its path ... Agro*Gas Industries, LLC can use this undesirable plant to make clean burning, renewable fuel."

" ... otherwise useless pest can be kept in check and turned into a useful "renewable" environmentally friendly and cost effective fuel!"

" ... utilizing unwanted or currently useless plant and waste products we can produce a "Bio-Fuel" (ethanol) that can compete favorably with fossil fuels (petroleum). We do not use commodity crops, such as corn, currently grown for human or animal consumption! "

Via: Agro*Gas Industries, LLC LINK

May 31, 2010

Bacteria generate alternative fuel in bioreactor

Michigan State University chemical engineering professor works on collaborative research project to create fuel from bacteria strain.  MSU brings strengths in bioreactor design to address challenges in managing optimum fermentation conditions, appropriate concentration levels, and delivery systems.  …Bioreactor expertise

…   “Worden has to overcome two major challenges in developing the bioreactor system.

Once Ralstonia eutropha is engineered to produce isobutanol, the isobutanol eventually will build up to a toxic level and kill the bacterium.

So he must create a way to harvest the isobutanol without interrupting the fermentation process. 

Secondly, because the bacterium’s energy source – hydrogen gas – is not very water-soluble, Worden must figure out how to feed it to the bacterium in a water-based system.”   …

Via Michigan State: Harvest alternative fuel (Link).

May 27, 2010

HP's Cow Powered Data Center ... Manure to the Rescue

manure to power drawingIt might be a marriage made on the farm .. with data centers being located in rural areas that have lots of farms using manure to power data centers is a way to be green

cow"Data centers need a lot of energy. Dairy farms create a lot of methane. ... HP Labs has done the math to show that one could be used to support the other."

cow / manure / data center cycle

" ... data centers ... increasingly being located near existing power generation or cooling resources. ... untapped source of energy, however, is the methane generated by manure on farms around the world."

" ... HP ... paper shows how a farm of 10,000 dairy cows could ... power a typical modern data center and still support other needs on the farm."

" ... turning data centers from being energy hogs into energy neutral facilities ... goal ... see if we can take the data center completely off the grid."


Via:  Hewlett Packard  LINK

May 25, 2010

HP Uses Bio Fuels for Rural Data Center Power

CowData Centers are moving to rural areas where land and labor are less expensive.  There are often farms and lots of cows ... and therefore lots of cow manure.

A significant cost of operating data centers is the electric bill.

" ... Hewlett-Packard ...simultaneously help dairy farmers get rid of cow manure and help data center operators procure relatively cheap fuel: Use the manure to power servers."

" ... data centers ... building them in rural areas, which happen to have an excess of animal waste. The heat from a data center could be used to improve the process by which the waste turns it into methane, which can be used in place of natural gas or diesel, HP's researchers maintain. "

"... average dairy cow, ... produces approximately 120 pounds of waste a day. It would take 10,000 cows to produce enough energy for a data center big enough to support a bank.  "


Via:  Fierce CIO LINK

May 24, 2010

Kraft / Philly Cream Cheese Sustainability Efforts

 phiil logo


" ... Philly plant in Lowville, NY ... making to reduce our carbon footprint. ... almost ¼ of the Lowville’s total energy use now comes from alternative sources."

" ... converting the waste stream from Cream Cheese production (whey) into methane gas. ... replaces about 1/3 of the natural gas usage and prevents virtually 100% of whey land-spreading. Annual energy savings are approximately 87,000 mm BTUs, or enough energy to heat around 1,100 average sized households for 1 year. ... In early 2008, ... Lowville ... replaced its interior lights with energy efficient T-8 lighting fixtures. ... saves 1,350,068 KWH of usage per year. That’s enough electricity to light 2,164 homes for a year."

" ...  In 2008, ... cut its total water use by 9%. ... [and] sent 33% less garbage to the landfill. ..."


Via:  Kraft  LINK

May 23, 2010

Amerigreen Gas Stations: E85 and other BioFuels

Amerigreen logo

While driving through Chester County, Pa to pick my son up from a camping trip I saw an Amerigreen gas station and thought I should check it out ... in addition to gas they sell diesel, propane and heating oil.  In addition to biodiesel and bio heating oil they have  E85.

"E85 Ethanol (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) is a clean fuel with superior performance characteristics. It burns cleaner than gasoline, is renewable, and environmentally safer."

 "... we became one of the first oil companies in the United States to provide our customers with 100% North American made fuel--drilled, refined, and sold exclusively in North America. ..."

"In addition ... every gallon of our heating oil contains 5% soy oil, a renewable American farm product. ..."
" ... your heating oil and propane purchases will benefit the American economy, American jobs, ... we urge other energy companies to do the same. Because, ... it's simply the right thing to do...."



Via:  Amerigreen  LINK

May 08, 2010

Biofuel Jet at Pax River NAS: FA-18

May 04, 2010

Biotechnology route to energy

Joule focuses on biotech synthesis approach to creating fuel.  The method is moving into the pilot phase before commercialization.  …

Joule Unlimited, Cambridge, Mass., has developed several patented gene-altered organisms that absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide and combine these into hydrocarbons.

Via New York Times: Fuel-Sweating Flora.

April 29, 2010

Electrofuel research project portfolio seeks biofuels from electricity

Research will target innovation into new pathways to renewable energy.  DOE spreads the love with funding across a number of energy themes, such as this one: electrofuels.  …

…  “Electrofuels - Biofuels from Electricity --- Today’s technologies for making biofuels all rely on photosynthesis – either indirectly by converting plants to fuels or directly by harnessing photosynthetic organisms such as algae.  This process is less than 1% efficient at converting sunlight to stored chemical energy. Instead, Electrofuels approaches will use organisms able to extract energy from other sources, such as solar-derived electricity or hydrogen or earth-abundant metal ions.  Theoretically, such an approach could be more than 10 times more efficient than current biomass approaches. “   …

Via Department of Energy: Transformational Energy Research Projects.


Sampling of organizations and their electrofuel research topics:

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst: Electrofuels via Direct Electron Transfer from Electrodes to Microbes
  • Pennsylvania State University: Development of Rhodobacter as a Versatile Microbial Platform for Fuels Production
  • The Ohio State University: Bioconversion of Carbon Dioxide to Biofuels by Facultatively Autotrophic Hydrogen Bacteria
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Engineering Ralstonia eutropha for Production of Isobutanol (IBT) Motor Fuel from Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen & Oxygen
  • Ginkgo BioWorks: Engineering E. coli as an electrofuels chassis for isooctane production
  • Harvard Medical School-Wyss Institute: Engineering a Bacterial Reverse Fuel Cell
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Bioprocess and Microbe Engineering for Total Carbon Utilization in Biofuel Production

April 22, 2010

Amtrak's Biodiesel "Heartland Flyer"

Amtrak logoAmtrak is experimenting with a bio-diesel fueled train ... called the Heartland Flyer.  

" ...  nation’s first-ever test of a cleaner and renewable biodiesel fuel blend to power a daily interstate passenger train between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth ... research project ... on the daily Heartland Flyer train operated by Amtrak ... biodiesel blend includes beef byproduct and is provided by a Texas-based vendor."

" ... the biodiesel blend known as B20 (20% pure biofuel and 80% diesel) reduced hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide each by 10 percent, reduced particulates by 15 percent and sulfates by 20 percent. ... measurements will be taken ... at the end of 12 months so any impact of the biodiesel on valves and gaskets can be measured...."


Via:  Amtrak LINK

April 01, 2010

Green Hornet Biofuel Jet

US Air Force Test Bio-Jet Fuel in A10C

Bio fuel is being looked at for cars and commercial jets ... now the USAF is looking to see if J8 jet fuel can be supplemented or even replaced by bio-jet fuel.

"... Air Force consumes 2.4 billion gallons of jet fuel each year ... 40th Flight Test Squadron is on a mission to change that.  ... climbing into the cockpits of jets filled, in part, with alternative fuels."A-1o jet

" ... A-10C Thunderbolt II took off from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida powered by Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) and JP-8 (Jet Propellant 8, the military standard and kerosene-based). ... mission is being considered a success: a fighter jet can fly on a synthetic fuel blend."

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

March 18, 2010

Biofuel Sustainability Teach the Teachers

Michigan State University receives NSF grant to develop teaching competence in biofuels and spread the education to the elementary school level. ...
... "The grant will fund eight graduate fellowships per year focusing on biofuel sustainability. The MSU Graduate School is providing funding for another fellowship, for a total of nine per year. The project is part of the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education program and also will support science activities for the K-12 students and teachers. " ...
Via Michigan State University: NSF grant to develop better scientists

March 08, 2010

Algae Biofuel Future

University of Vermont will host algae biofuel discussion on March 17 and 18: "Foremost algae biofuel researchers and entrepreneurs will present on the current state and projected future of algae as a biofuel feedstock."

February 24, 2010

Chile Algae Biofuel Investments

Chile commits to algae-based biofuels technology by making a public-private investment of $31.6 million on research and development of biofuels produced from algae, via SciDev.Net.

February 14, 2010

Tobacco Biofuel Role

A number of gasoline alternatives are explored at the Chi Town Auto Show, with an interesting twist on biofuel with tobacco as feedstock. ...
... "Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found a way to boost biofuel production from tobacco leaves. If the research pans out, tobacco could prove extremely useful since it’s not a food crop. " ...
Via Medill Reports:

If the seeds and leaves generate oil, tobacco could have a role as a biofuel feedstock. ...

... "According to Vyacheslav Andrianov, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cancer Biology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, tobacco can generate biofuel more efficiently than other agricultural crops. " ...
Via TJU: Engineered Tobacco Plants Have More Potential as a Biofuel

e. coli Possible New Route to BioDiesel

e. col.Scientist have long suspected they could modify an existing microbe to produce biofuel from plant products.  They may now be one step closer with a strain of e. coli.

"Scientists with the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) recently published a paper in the journal Nature explaining how they engineered the e. coli strain to spit out fatty esters (basically biodiesel) ... tweaked the e. coli so that it produces more fat than it normally would in a form it normally wouldn't, and they also made sure the bugs didn't eat their own fatty production. ..."

"Ideally ... would lead to a tiny, self-contained oil well: In comes plants, out comes fuels or chemicals. ..."

"... biofuels breakthroughs are published with some regularity. But no one has been able yet to turn these breakthroughs into industrial processes that can produce something useful on a large scale at reasonable cost. ..."


Via:  Forbes  LINK

February 06, 2010

Pioneering Algae Biofuel

Santa Fe, New Mexico provides the envronment for creative artists and renewable energy pioneers. ...
... "he uses wastewater to feed algae, pumping carbon dioxide emissions through them to make them grow faster, then harvesting them for biofuel. " ...
Via New York Times: Santa Fe, NM

February 05, 2010

Weyerhaeuser Biomass Strategic Ventures

Weyerhaeuser discusses the company's financial performance and its growth strategies, which includes biomass and biofuel ventures. ...
... "On Tuesday, we announced that we are collaborating with Mitsubishi Corporation to explore the possibilities of a strategic solid biofuel venture. Catchlight Energy, our joint venture with Chevron to develop liquid fuel from biomass remains on track. " ...
Via Seeking Alpha: Weyerhaeuser Q4 2009 Earnings Call

Continue reading "Weyerhaeuser Biomass Strategic Ventures" »

January 02, 2010

Prince Charles Runs His Aston Martin on BioEthanol

Prince Charles in his Aston Martin

" ... Prince Charles, the U.K.'s version of Al Gore, has taken another step in a green direction: his 1970 Aston Martin DB6 has been converted to run entirely on bioethanol ... fuel ... made from a white wine produced near the prince's Highgrove Estate, itself a showcase for organic farming ..."

" ... goal of reducing emissions from his planes, trains, and automobiles 25% by 2018 ... European Union limits annual wine production, so any leftovers from England's current vintage can be converted to bioethanol by Green Fuels Ltd.... company has previously provided bioethanol to power the royal train. The prince's other vehicles, which include a smattering of Jaguars, a Range Rover, and an Audi, have been converted to run on bioethanol made from cooking oil...."

Via: RiverWired LINK


January 01, 2010

Green Fuels Ltd.

FeulPodGreen Fuels Ltd makes it possible to produce your own biodiesel ... with one of their FuelPod products ...

They are the " ... world leading biodiesel equipment supplier, ... design and manufacture ... affordable biodiesel processing equipment ... for small-scale, domestic usage - right up to commercial production.  ... currently more than 6,500 Green Fuels and Green Fuels America processors world wide. Between them they produce more than 350 million litres of biodiesel every year"

"If you want ... ‘green’ biodiesel, but don’t want to produce it yourself, you can buy high quality fuel from one of our Green Fuels approved dealers nationwide will always save money compared with standard garage fuels ... "

"Biodiesel is a clean-burning biofuel produced from domestic renewable resources such as used cooking oil, oil seed crops such as rapeseed, or unused vegetable oil. It is biodegradeable, non-toxic and carbon neutral ... has 80% lower emissions than mineral diesel, it dramatically reduces pollution. It is inexpensive and easy to produce at home and is safe to use in any diesel vehicle without any modifications to your engine."

" ... two models in the Fuelpod range by Green Fuels - the safest way to produce high quality biodiesel at home. Both are supplied as complete systems and have minimal operating costs, with exceptionally low electricity consumption."

Via: Green Fuels Ltd. LINK


December 13, 2009

Biofuel Isobutanol

UCLA researchers use bacteria to convert carbon dioxide to isobutanol fuel using solar photosynthesis. Isobutanol can be used as tranportation fuel using the existing gasoline infrastructure. ...
... "In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which holds great potential as a gasoline alternative. " ...
Via UCLA: Bacteria to liquid fuel

December 08, 2009

The Case for Biofuel from Algae

William & Mary Chesapeake Algae Project scientists endorse algae pathway to biofuel as a sustainable approach to production. ...
... "algae feedstocks can be grown with low greenhouse-gas emissions and without competing for arable land and water that might otherwise be used to grow food crops. Bioalgae also is efficient. ... " ...
Via William & Mary: ChAP algal biofuel

November 29, 2009

Bio Truck Expedition - 2tonnesofcarbon

Andy Pag - bio expedition team leaD

Andy Pag has set off on a trip around the world - but with a low carbon twist.  He is travelling on a "budget" of 2 tonnes of carbon per person per year.  You can follow his progress and story on his blog 2tonnesofcarbon BioTruckand see some of the technology he is using as well as ways to cut your carbon footprint.

"The Biotruck Expedition is a 12 month expedition to drive around the world to discover how people are using and generating energy, and their attitudes t0wards carbon emissions."

" ... I'll be trying to conduct the whole project with a carbon emissions budget of 2 tonnes per person ... doing this because I'm curious about energy use around the world, and I want to see if I can travel on a sustainable carbon budget myself."

"Over the next 10 years, I predict recreational travel will either change dramatically, or become as socially unacceptable as drink driving or smoking is today."


Via:  Bio Truck Expedition  LINK

November 20, 2009

Fuel From Sugar Cane - Power for Sugar Producing Nations

claren power logo

Bio fuel from Sugar Cane is a good source of renewable energy.  Claren Power, Srlington, Virginia, works with nations rich in sugar cane to develop renewable power using bagasse - the waste material from sugar cane after the sugar has been extracted.

" ... Sugar cane bagasse, the waste pulp that remains after raw cane has been processed, has been a fuel source for decades ... much of the energy is lost to ... inefficient and unproductive technology and suboptimal operating practices ...  effectively using bagasse as a fuel source, Claren is helping to unlock the massive potential for clean and renewable power, creating huge benefits for individual mills,investors, and citizens of the developing world."

"... capitalizing on new regulations that open up national electricity markets as well as the exploding world-wide demand for certified carbon credits, Claren is able to generate tremendous returns for our clients and institutional investment partners."



Via:  Claren Power LINK

November 11, 2009

The Biofuel Supply Chain

Michigan Tech and Michigan State will conduct sustainable biofuel research through funding by Frontier Renewable Resources. Frontier will construct a biofuel plant in Michigan. ...
... "Development of a model of the biofuel supply chain, tracking biomass from tree to the plant gate. Lead researcher is David Watkins, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech. " ...
Via Michigan Tech University: Biofuel Research Contract

November 08, 2009

Biocatalysts for Green Fuel

Arizona State receives a five million dollar grant through the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program to fund its research into modified-cyanobacteria. The project will create bacteria as a bio-catalyst to produce fatty acids for biofuel production. ...
... "The project essentially uses the cyanobacteria as biocatalysts for generating the fatty acids which, in turn, are secreted by the cyanobacteria. Fatty acids, a biofuel feedstock, then are used for producing jet fuel, gasoline, even green diesel fuel, said lead researcher Wim Vermaas, a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences and the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis. The advantage of the new process is getting the cyanobacteria to secrete the fatty acids, Vermaas said. " ...
Via Arizona State: Renewable Energy Grants

August 29, 2009

Watermelon Biofuel from Mobile Brewery

Farmers may be able to convert off-grade watermelons into biofuel if mobile brewery trucks could visit. ...
... "Rather, Fish envisions mobile breweries that go from farm to farm. " ...
Via National Geographic: Watermelon Juice Fuel

August 07, 2009

A GREENER Toilet Uses no Energy and Turns Poo into BioFuel

Toilet made from Poo

Imagine a toilet that uses no energy and turns waste into compost.

Virginia Gardiner is doing just that ... check out the VIDEO of this interesting GREEN device.

" ...working on a new waterless toilet system  ... create a toilet for city dwellers that uses no energy, and turns waste "into a commodity.""

" ... portable, low-tech LooWatt effectively captures odor and allows human waste (... to  be turned into a source of energy via anaerobic digestion. With 40 percent of people globally in need of sanitary facilities, it's well worth imagining a solution that doesn't flush drinking water down the toilet."


Via:  SustainLane  LINK

August 05, 2009

Cape Cod Bioreactor Will Use Algae to Convert CO2 to Biodiesel Fuel

Plankton Power will leverage consortium collaboration to build a bioreactor on Cape Cod to produce fuel from algae. At pilot scale, the saltwater algae bioreactor is expected to produce approximately one million gallons of biodiesel per year. When fully scaled up, the facility could produce up to one hundred million gallons annually. ...
... "The new facility will focus on pilot- and commercial-scale development of algae biodiesel (a type of biofuel) that is cost-competitive with existing petroleum- and vegetable-based fuels, with improved performance characteristics. The planned biorefinery is proposed for construction on five acres of land on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) in Bourne, Massachusetts, supported by the Massachusetts National Guard pending legal and regulatory reviews. The pilot facility will provide the required infrastructure for testing commercial scale-up of a breakthrough algae-growth technology resulting from 20 years of cold saltwater species research and production. The biodiesel from Plankton Power algae is a drop-in replacement for home heating oil and petroleum diesel and will be produced for commercial distribution. " ...
Via Plankton Power: Algae-to-Biofuels Pilot Facility on Cape Cod (PDF)

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July 31, 2009

New Belguim Brewing - Environmentally Friendly Brewers

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New Belgium Brewing is a green brewer ... read about some of their efforts and innovations in green brewing ... there are many many more on their web site.

Green building ... " ... using UV blocking windows, sun-tubes, and light shelves. .. evaporative coolers, we can condition our 55,000 square foot packaging hall with no compressors, using much less energy ... "

Green energy ... " ... methane produced by process water treatment is used to fuel a ... co-gen—which creates electricity and heat for the brewery. ... co-gen ... full-time, it can supply 15% of our electrical needs ... In 1999, New Belgium became the first wind-powered brewery ..."

Walk the Talk ... " .... members of 1% For The Planet ... through donations and fund-raisers, 1% of our revenue goes to environmental non-profits ...  encourage sustainable transportation, every employee gets a custom cruiser bike after one-year of employment."

Via:  New Belgium Brewing   LINK

July 27, 2009

Liquid Fuel from Solar Energy and CO2 using Biotech Process

Joule Biotechnologies adds leadership talent as it prepares to commercialize a biotechnology process that uses solar energy to convert CO2 into liquid fuel, called Helioculture. The company's proprietary technology uses bio organisms and the photosynthesis process to transform CO2, using sunlight, into fuels. Joule Bio will work towards commercial scale production in the 2010 timeframe. ...
... "On the appointment of Bill Sims, as president and CEO: In addition to his proven leadership and record of operational excellence, Bill has direct experience bringing new technologies to market against long-established incumbents --- in Joule’s case, fossil fuels. We’re thrilled to see the company emerge and build a successful path to energy independence under his guidance. " ...
Via Joule Biotechnologies: Solar Startup

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July 10, 2009

Algenol Biofuels - Direct to Ethanol Technology

algenolbiofuels logoMost of the bio fuel processes are require significant amounts of petroleum energy (i.e. to grow the basic crop like corn) or to power the process.  Algenol is totally different ... it does not compete in a food vs/ biofuel stock like corn.

"...introducing its DIRECT TO ETHANOL™ technology ... an innovative algae to ethanol compaAlgenol process flowny ... advanced 3rd generation biofuels technology producing ethanol from algae through a process powered by the sun ... industrial-scale, low-cost ethanol using algae, sunlight, CO2, and seawater.... does not use food, farmland, or fresh water."

Some of the advantages of the Algenol process are"  ...  [can] use desert land and marginal land ... make fresh water from seawater during the process. ... an energy balance over 8 : 1 (energy output : fossil fuel input) ...".


Via:  Algenol Biofuels  Link



June 19, 2009

Aviation Biofuel Performs Well

Boeing collaborates with industry and government to demonstrate the performance of bio-derived aviation jet fuels and to enable the transition for the industry. ...
... "In addition, the study showed the Bio-SPK fuel blends used in the test flight program met or exceeded all technical parameters for commercial jet aviation fuel. Those standards include freezing point, flash point, fuel density and viscosity, among others. The tests revealed that using the Bio-SPK fuel blends had no adverse effects on the engines or their components. They also showed that the fuels have greater energy content by mass than typical petroleum-derived jet fuel - which potentially could lower fuel consumption per mile. Renewable jet fuels from bio-derived sources are being considered because of their ability to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. " ...
Via Boeing: Biofuels Perform Effectively as Jet Fuel

June 04, 2009

Biofuel Chemical Process Improvement Leads to Chemistry Student Recognition by ACS

University of Wisconsin chemistry grad student, Joseph Binder, will be recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry this month in Washington, D.C. ...
... "Binder came up with a two-step chemical process to turn raw biomass into the promising biofuel 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF). To make it work, Binder developed a unique solvent system with an extraordinary capacity to dissolve cellulose. The solvent system is considered green because it's a nonhazardous alternative to existing solvents. " ...
Via University of Wisconsin-Madison: Graduate student recognition

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June 02, 2009

Nebraska Senator pushes for Biogas Legislation

Nebraska cowsNebraska Senator Ben Nelson has introduced legislation to produce energy from bio-waste.  Nebraska has the potential to make great use of this given the large number of cattle in the state ...using what is today a waste products to generate power serves to reduce waste disposal costs, help keep water sources clean and reduce consumption of oil ... as animal waste is likely to be a renewable fuel source for t he near if not long term.

"... already have the technology to break down these wastes to create biogas but it needs encouragement from the federal government to become a commercially-viable alternative to natural gas.  ... would benefit rural communities and the environment while lessening our dependence on fossil fuels ...We shouldn't waste the waste; we should promote biogas development."Nebraska Senator Ben NelsonNebraska on US map

" ... produced through technologies such as anaerobic digestion (AD) that can convert animal wastes and other agricultural or organic wastes into at least 50% methane (the principal ingredient of natural gas).  Biogas can be used as is on the farm or co-located with another facility such as an ethanol plant, or as a renewable substitute for natural gas, propane or other fossil fuels. "

"... would encourage greater production of biogas for energy purposes by providing ... a tax credit of $4.27 for every million British thermal units (mmBtu) of biogas produced. This could mean more jobs and a boon for rural communities. ... offers environmental benefits such as a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of both carbon dioxide and methane and improved water quality through better manure management."


Via:  LINK


June 01, 2009

Improve Cellulose Breakdown for Biofuels

Penn State Agricultural Science professor, Jeffrey Catchmark, will lead a new Center for Lignocellulose research to more fully understand how cellulose is assembled and, ultimately, broken down in an biologically or chemically efficient manner. ...
... "The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation will be one of few places where research is truly focused on unraveling the secrets of lignocellulose. We believe we can answer the basic questions that to date no one has been able to answer, Catchmark explained. " ...
Via Penn State University: Mysteries of plant cellulose

May 19, 2009

Combined Heat and Power Systems Lower Costs and Improve Efficiency

Ener-G has increased its production capacity to meet rising demand for its sustainable power systems, called CHP or combined heat and power. The company offers a portfolio of cogen solutions. ...
... "ENER-G’s CHP systems create electricity and heat simultaneously and reduce carbon emissions by around 20% while cutting electricity costs by approximately one third. They can be powered by natural gas or renewable biogases and ENER-G has installed and operates in excess of 120MW of biogas generation, primarily from landfill gas. " ...
Via Energ-E: Manufacturing Capacity Expansion

May 08, 2009

Bio Diesel via Mushrooms

enlared view of fungusMany crops have been considered / experimented with as a source of bio fuel or bio diesel.  Some carry risks of causing unintended consequences as land is cleared for farming -- Now the mushroom is looming large!

" ... biofuels from corn and soy ... destructive to the planet in certain ways as farmers in developing nations slash and burn forests to grow new crops. ... alternative: a ... genetically-modified mushroom that yields a large biomass which can be converted into a first-rate biofuel."

" ... genetically-engineered them to be ... more sustainable in culture during fermentation, and have both enhanced growth rate and spore production...."

Via:  TreeHugger  LINK

April 21, 2009

Smithsonian (Washingotn, DC) Goes Green was in Washington DC this past weekend and saw some small buses with the Smithsonian log on the side - promoting them as green hybrids.  This prompted me to see what else our nations museum is up too in the green space. 

Turns out quite a bit ... Read on for more >>>

" ... in 2008, 3.7 percent of our electricity came from renewable energy sources. ... reducing our carbon footprint [by]... 4.2 metric tons of greenhouse gases..."

" ... Smithsonian manages a fleet of over 700 vehicles ... As we finished 2008, over 76 percent of that fleet is now either hybrid electric or capable of working off of alternative fuels."

" ... have several people on staff who are LEED accredited professionals, ... design managers, architects and some engineers and are there to assist Smithsonian in seeking these LEED certifications."


Via:  LINK


April 01, 2009

Time for Biofuel Education?

University of Wisconsin-Madison national survey shows that Americans are aware of biofuels and want to learn more. ...
... "The national survey showed that 67 percent of respondents were interested in learning more about renewable biofuels. On the positive side, a majority of respondents perceive some clear benefits of biofuels, with 66 percent agreeing that using them can help the United States reduce reliance on foreign oil. " ...
Via University of Wisconsin-Madison: Interest in Biofuels

Clemson Bio Fuels Research

                                                                                                                                                                 Clemson University and the US DOE Savannah River National Lab are working together on the South Carolina BioEnergy Research Collaborative. The expectation is to advance the development and use of biofuels in agriculturally rich S.C. SRNL logo

Clemson University Restoration Institute

Read on for more info >>>

" ... Clemson University Restoration Institute and the ... Savannah River National Laboratory are founding members of the S.C. BioEnergy Research Collaborative, ... will enhance the exchange of ideas and the development and use of new technologies. ...  the agreement, the Restoration Institute and the laboratory will ... Research crop development and harvesting, including switchgrass, sweet sorghum and pine ... Study emerging energy alternatives, such as algae; and ... Research crop-processing techniques to yield viable energy and chemical products, including ethanol, biodiesel and energy briquettes.

The project has the potential not only to enhance South Carolina's reputation as a leading alternative-energy researcher, but also boost Palmetto State agriculture, said Karl Kelly, director of corporate operations at the Restoration Institute.

The pilot plant will allow researchers to "scale up" new biofuel technologies, a crucial step between small laboratory experiments and full-scale production, he said.

"It's a project that addresses the entire process, from the field to the production of ethanol," Kelly said. "We'll look for gaps in the technology and fill them."

Initial funding was provided by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The collaborative is actively seeking funding for construction of the plant, which will take about 12 months to build.



Via:  Clemson University  LINK

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March 24, 2009

Improve Biomass Conversion

Baylor chemistry professor Kevin Chambliss discusses the university's research efforts to improve the conversion of biomass into ethanol. Current investigations are funded by grants from the USDA and NREL. ...
... "These compounds could have two potential roles in the whole biomass to bio-fuel conversion. One is they could be inhibitors to enzymes or microbes that ultimately help us get to ethanol. If we could identify them and subsequently understand their role in inhibition and you could get around it, you could improve efficiency. " ...
Via Baylor University: Bio-fuel Research

March 22, 2009

Cellulosic Biofuel Research Efforts

Clemson's Restoration Institute will research biofuel crops, such as switchgrass, evaluate algae paths to biofuels, and identify techniques to produce energy products. ...
... "This includes its expertise in microbial and enzyme technologies to break down chemical compounds. The laboratory is playing a lead role in research into the pretreatment of plant matter prior to fermentation and in the discovery of effective new cellulose enzymes. The entire senior class of Clemson chemical engineering professor Charles Gooding is working on a project to design a switchgrass-to-ethanol plant. Thirty-four students are looking at alternatives to the process, which could prove useful to the plant design, Gooding said. " ...
Via Clemson University: Collaboration to develop bioenergy

March 11, 2009

Shell Partners with Codexis on BioFuel Research

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"Royal Dutch Shell plc and Codexis, Inc. today [10-March-09] announced an expanded agreement to develop better enzymes that could accelerate commercialisation of next generation biofuels. ...Shell also increased its equity stake in Codexis ..."
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" ... enhance the efficiency of enzymes used in the Iogen cellulosic ethanol production process.  The world-leading Iogen demonstration plant in Ottawa, Canada currently produces hundreds of thousands of litres of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residue, such as wheat straw. "

" ... aims to enhance the Iogen process and shorten the timeline to its full-scale commercial deployment. ..."


 Via:  Shell  Link

January 15, 2009

Bio-Fueled Flying Car

"British adventurer and pilot Neil Laughton poses in his Parajet Skycar ... on Wednesday kicking off a 3,600-mile journey from London to Timbuktu ... essentially a dune buggy with a fan motor and paragliding wing attached. Creators call it the "world's first bio-fuelled flying car."" " ... travel by land and air through France, Spain, Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, returning home via Senegal. Joining Laughton for part of the trip will be engineer Gilo Cardozo, the brain behind the Parajet Skycar. The pair has participated in past flying expeditions to the Himalayas, Alps, and Venezuela." Via: Link

January 08, 2009

Eco-nomics Forum

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" ...  uniquely interactive format and high caliber of participants, ECO:nomics debuted last year as the premier forum for CEOs and entrepreneurs driving growth at the intersection of business and the environment...."eco-noics venue


Snippets of the Program ... "... Green People - What do consumers want, and what will they pay for it? ... Power Play - What will keep the lights on: nuclear energy or "clean coal"? ... Fresh Juice - Can wind and solar grow big enough to matter? ... The Future of Coal ... The Future of Biofuels ... The Future of Solar ..."



Via:  eco-nomics LINK

January 02, 2009

Liposuctioned Fat used for BioFuel

Here is an idea that is slightly out of the ordinary ... and a bit "unique".  A Beverly Hills surgeon is suspected of using the lipoosuctioned fat from patients to make biofuel to power his car.  Since being investigated the practice has closed ..

Read on for more ...

" ... Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator ... Fat--whether animal or vegetable--contains triglycerides that can be extracted and turned into diesel. ... Bittner's lipodiesel Web site is no longer online."

" ... it's definitely illegal in California to use human medical waste to power vehicles, and Bittner is being investigated by the state's public health department."

Via:  Forbes.Com  LINK

December 30, 2008

Air New Zealand Jatropha Biofuel Test Flight

Air New Zealand conducts test flight with biofuel blend derived from the Jatropha plant. ...
... "The airline has said it plans to eventually power its entire fleet of domestic and international aircraft on 100 per cent biofuel. " ...
Via Jetropha flight

November 13, 2008

Boeing Biofuel Flight Testing

Air New Zealand and Boeing are targeting the 3rd of December for a 747 flight using jatropha-based biofuel. One of Rolls-Royce engines will be powered by the bio-based fuel. ...
... "Boeing, Air New Zealand and UOP have worked diligently with growers and project developer Terasol Energy to identify sustainable jatropha in adequate quantities to conduct thorough preflight testing. Using proprietary UOP fuel processing technology, the jatropha crude oil was successfully converted to biojet fuel, marking the world's first large-scale production run of a commercially viable and sustainable biofuel for aviation use. As part of the fuel verification process, UK-based engine maker Rolls-Royce's technical team conducted extensive laboratory testing to ensure compatibility with today's jet engine components and to validate the fuel meets stringent performance criteria for aviation fuel. To process the jatropha crude, the team relied on UOP's green jet fuel processing technology based on hydroprocessing methodologies that are commonly used to produce transportation fuels. During processing, hydrogen is added to remove oxygen from the biomass, resulting in a bio-derived jet fuel that can be used as a petroleum replacement for commercial aviation. " ...
Via Boeing: December Date for Sustainable Biofuels Test Flight

October 23, 2008

AMERIgreen Bio Fuels

AMERIGREEN bio fuels logoAMERIgreen provides biofuels in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

"... Biofuels are alternative fuels as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. ... burn cleaneAMERIgreen coverage in western Phila suburbsr than gasoline and standard home heating oil. ... completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuels that enhance the nation's economy and energy independence."

" ... is a national leader in distributing branded and unbranded Ethanol, Biodiesel, Bioheating Oil, and Biokerosene! ... provide Blended Biodiesel at our two blending terminals in Highspire and Sinking Springs. PA...."


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Via:  AMERIgreen   Link

October 07, 2008

Algae Powered Car!

Many are looking at the humble algae as a possible biofuel. Unlike corn it does not (yet) compete as "food or fuel" and does not require lots of irrigation water to grow. See the video to learn more >>> " ... algae is becoming the new go-to ingredient for a myriad of products. On a visit to Solazyme, a South San Francisco-based biotech company, CNET's Kara Tsuboi rides in a 100 percent algae-fueled car and samples surprisingly tasty algae cooking oil that rivals any extra virgin olive oil." Via: ZDNet Link

September 22, 2008

Exelon Using Boidiesel and Hybrids

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Exelon, a major energy supplier in the northeast and in Philadelphia (via PECO), has committed to using Biodiesel and Hybrids.  

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"Exelon continues to be a major voluntary user of B20 biodiesel  ... the main source of fuel for more than 2,500 of the company's  vehicles—or 65 percent of its fleet. ... Exelon uses in excess of 2 million gallons per year. ... In 2005, Exelon purchased 50 Ford Escape Hybrids, the first production hybrid sport-utility vehicle (SUV).  ... about 25 percent of the company’s overall SUV fleet. ... expects to procure 50 hybrid SUVs and 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles each year and to use biodiesel for all diesel vehicles by the end of 2006."

Via:  Link

September 05, 2008

Eco-Sol LLC - Renewable Energy

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"... Eco-Sol provides a unique integrated approach to renewEco-Sol able energy and sustainable agriculture while emphasizing solutions that are truly environmentally friendly when compared to current “Green” industry practices."

" ... eliminating unnecessary processing, transportation, and chemicals, but to minimize our environmental impact and carbon footprint as well. ...  careful selection of oilseed feedstocks from area and climate suitable ecosystems, with an eye to reducing the water and energy used in all aspects of production. ... will provide a value added, locally grown, low maintenance/low input source of raw material for biodiesel production while driving agricultural economic development."

Via: Eco-Sol, LLC Link

August 26, 2008

Algae Jet Fuel

Algae may offer the best approach to aviation biofuel production when compared to alternatives, such as biomass-to-liquid. ...
... "Algal jet fuel also has its fans in civil aviation, including Virgin and Boeing, which is no surprise since it seems to offer the best bet in a gamble where the stakes are literally sky-high: nothing less than the survival of aviation as we know it. " ...
Via David Strahan: Airline industry

August 12, 2008

Algae Biofuel Technology Will Be Commercialized

Allied Minds will invest in the University of Washington process for the production of biofuels from specific strains of algae, creating AXI, LLC to bring the technology to market. ...
... "AXI is developing algal strains that will bridge the gap between the promise of clean energy generation and the reality of economical biofuel production systems. Of the many feedstocks that can be used for biodiesel, algae are emerging as the clear winner because significant biomass can be produced on non-arable lands (thus avoiding the food vs. fuel debate) and CO2 (a greenhouse gas) supports their growth. " ...
Via AXI: University of Washington Algal Biofuel Technology

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July 14, 2008


FryOdiesel logo

fryOdiesel takes a waste produict - one that restauratns and other inductries have to PAY TO get ride of and turns it in to a profitable fuels ... reducing wates and turning trash into cash.

"PFoD has developed patent-pending technology for the production of high quality diesel fuel from fats, oils, and greases. ... produce ASTM-grade biodiesel from sewer trap grease and other waste greases."
" ...fats, oils, and grease in the wastewater system is a costly problem ... causi
fryOdiesel pilot plantng sewer backups and resulting in millions of dollars of fines and billions of dollars of forced infrastructure upgrades."

"PFoD solves the problem of grease in the sewers by providing a beneficial reuse of what is now a costly pollutant."

fryOdiesel is based in Philadelphia, Pa.

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June 25, 2008

Water Bottles Made from Corn based Plastic...

Plastic Bottles from Corn

Here is an interesting product ... plastic bottles made from Corn ...  bottles that are made from a renewable resource ...  PRimo Logo

"Primo is the first nationally available bottled water whose bottle is made from plants, not crude oil! ... a bottle that's friendly to the environment."

" ... Ingeotm, the world's first and only performance plastic made from 100% annually renewable plants. ..."


Disposal options include traditional recycling as well as incineration for power and composting ...  

Click HERE to see the 1st of several You Tube Video with details ... 



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June 19, 2008

Algae Biofuel from CO2 Emission

Inventure Chemical and Seambiotic will collaborate on a joint venture to build a pilot-scale commercial biofuel plant to demonstrate algae created from CO2 emissions as feedstock. ...
... "The plant will utilize high-yield oil-rich algae strains that Seambiotic has developed and grown in its open pond system coupled with Inventure's patent-pending conversion processes to produce ethanol, biodiesel and other value-added chemicals. " ...
Via Inventure: Inventure Chemical and Seambiotic Enter Joint Venture to Build Commercial Algae to Biofuel Plant

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June 05, 2008

Algae Biomass Research and Education

Algal Biomass Organization is formed under the charter is to accelerate the development and commercialization of algae biomass, which has potential to positively impact climate, pollution, alternative fuels, and global economic development. ...
... "Algae are an ideal low cost, renewable and environmentally progressive raw material that can be converted into biofuels. They can grow rapidly (doubling in biomass in as little as a few hours), require limited nutrients, and can annually deliver up to 2,000-5,000 gallons of fuel per acre of non-arable land. Algae do not require fresh water to thrive and so they will not compete for limited supplies of fresh water. In addition, they can also be used to clean wastewater and to recycle greenhouse gases such as CO2, NOx and SOx. " ...

May 18, 2008

Green Jet Biofuels to be Studied through Team Collaboration

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, and Honeywell Aerospace will collaborate with Airbus, JetBlue Airways, and International Aero Engines to study sustainable biofuels for use by commercial aircraft. Honeywell's UOP has developed process technology that produces green jet fuel as a direct replacement for traditional kerosene-based aviation fuel and meets all of the performance specifications for flight. ...
... "The effort will focus on developing and testing renewable energy technology to convert biofeedstocks to commercial aviation fuels, with specific focus on "second-generation" feedstocks such as algae which do not compete with food or water resources. " ...
Via Honeywell: Honeywell, Airbus, JetBlue Airways And International Aero Engines To Study Biofuels Use For Commercial Aircraft

May 16, 2008

DuPont Danisco J.V. to Make BioFuelds from Non Food Sources

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Delaware based DuPont and Copenhagen based Danisco announced a 50/50 JV to produce ethanol from the non food parts of plants - IE corn cobs and not corn.

May 14, 2008 - " ... DuPont and Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S,... an agreement to form DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC, ... to develop and commercialize the leading, low-cost technology solution for the production of cellulosic ethanol -...biofuel produced from non-food sources –..." Danisco Logo

" ... will initially target corn stover and sugar cane bagasse. Future targets include multiple ligno-cellulosic feedstocks including wheat straw, a variety of energy crops and other biomass sources."

" ... goal is to maximize efficiency and lower the overall system cost to produce a gallon of ethanol from cellulosic materials ..."

"... The global joint venture expects its first pilot plant to be operational in the United States in 2009, and its first commercial-scale demonstration facility to be operational within the next three years. ..."

Via:  DuPont Danisco   Link

May 05, 2008

Renewable Diesel Biofuel

Amyris and Crystalsev, a Brazilian ethanol distributor, will commercialize renewable fuels made from sugarcane. Diesel, jet fuel and gasoline will be formulated biologically through fermentation of sugar. The Amyris-Crystalsev partnership will distribute renewable fuels globally, but will initially focus on Brazil and the United States markets. ...
... "The first product, a renewable diesel that works in today's engines, is targeted for commercialization in 2010. Scale-up and testing work to date indicate that this fuel scales more quickly and economically than currently available biofuels, and reduces emissions by 80 percent over petroleum diesel. Using Amyris' breakthrough technology platform, the new joint venture, Amyris-Crystalsev Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Biocombustiveis Ltda, will work with Brazilian sugarcane mills and fuel producers to quickly scale production of the Amyris renewable diesel fuel. Amyris will hold the majority stake in the Amyris-Crystalsev venture, and Crystalsev will hold the remaining stake and contribute commercialization expertise. " ...
Via Amyris Biotechnologies: Innovative Renewable Diesel from Sugarcane by 2010

March 17, 2008

Energy from Switchgrass Ethanol

Switchgrass shows promise as a source of cellulosic ethanol according to study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which demonstrates this crop producing 540 percent more energy than is needed to grow, harvest and convert it. ...
... "In the future, perennial crops, such as switchgrass, as well as crop residues and forestry biomass could be developed as major cellulosic ethanol sources that could potentially displace 30 percent of current U.S. petroleum consumption, Vogel said. Technology to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol is being developed and is now at the development stage where small commercial scale biorefineries are beginning to be built with scale-up support from the U.S. Department of Energy. " ...
Via University of Nebraska, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Major Net Energy Gain from Switchgrass-based Ethanol

February 24, 2008

Virgin and Partners Test Biofuel Jet

Virgin collaborates with its aircraft partners to test a biofuel mix powering its jet. The experimental test results will be analyzed and be used to support Virgin's journey to reducing its carbon impact. ...
... "Virgin Atlantic spokesman Paul Charles predicted this biofuel would produce much less CO2 than regular jet fuel ... " ...
Via New York Times: Virgin Jet Uses Biofuel

February 15, 2008

A Green Biofuel Ferrari!

Ferrari 430 SpiderFerrari LogoEveryone is talking about Biofuels and Flexfuels.  Most of  the cars that fall into this category are ... not so cool.  Here is a new take on "green" biofuel cars ...

Biofuel cars?  Seen that.

Biofuel Ferrari?  A biofuel Ferrari Spyder 430?  Really? 

Take a look!  This is a 4.3 liter V-8 with close to 500 horsepower so this is certainly not your average green car ...

See a video Link to down load a BIG zipped file to your PC

Via:   Link 

February 13, 2008

Bio-Diesel Flight Around the World

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Green Fuel for airplanes! 

Green Flight International has made history buy having "... completed the world's first Jet aircraft flight powered by 100% biofuel ..."Bio diesel jet

They are planning an around the world approx. 22,000 nautical mile flight to further demonstrate their capabilities.  The date has not yet been set but he flight will "... set an example to the International community that it is possible to implement Alternative energy into mainstream transportation sources."

Green Flight International is based in Apopka, Florida.

Via:  Green Flight International Link


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February 07, 2008

Saab 9-4X Optimized for Bio Fuels

Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept Car 

"... Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept demonstrates the potential ... a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine optimized for bioethanol (E85) fuel to give 300 hp and 400 Nm (295 ft.lbs.) of torque - ..." saab logo

"... Its current BioPower models are the top-selling flex-fuel vehicles in Europe, ... offering both more power and producing less CO2 emissions when operating on E85 fuel compared to when fueled by only gasoline. ..."

"...  engine is optimized for E85 fuel (85% bioethanol, 15% gasoline) ..."

"Engine efficiency is also improved by the use of direct injection (DI) and continuously variable valve timing (VVT) on both the inlet and exhaust sides. ..."

Via:  Link

February 06, 2008

Bio Diesel Jet Plane

Czech L-29 Bio-Diesel Jet

Bio-Diesel is an alternative fuel used in lqwn movers and cars.  But what about airplanes?

Read on to learn about a bio-diesel jet ...>>>

"Biodiesel ... recently power a 1968 L-29 Czechoslovakian jet—dubbed BioJet 1—up to 17,000 feet (5,180 meters) over 37 minutes. A three minute, 15-second test the day before was the world's first flight entirely fueled by cooking oil."

"... the fuel for the historic October flight: fresh canola oil refined into biodiesel. ...""

"As little as 20 percent biodiesel in petroleum diesel fuel will reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent,... "

"...  plans to fly the experimental jet from Reno, Nev., to Orlando, Fla.—the first transcontinental biodiesel flight, in eight stops. And, eventually, he hopes to fly a similarly fuelled plane around the world. ...""


Via:  Scientific American   Link

December 20, 2007

Boeing Biofuel Analysis

Boeing sees biofuel blends in jet fuels in the medium term horizon. Technical hurdles will have to be overcome. The low temperatures of higher altitudes can cause the biofuel to freeze. And, other stability challenges must be remedied. However, the science is steadily advancing as bio-jet fuels are beginning to reach minimum freeze requirements. ...
... "The major challenges of using pure biofuels in a commercial aircraft are its propensity to freeze at normal operating cruising temperatures, its poorer high temperature thermal stability characteristics in the engine, and its storage stability over time. " ...
Via Boeing: Alternative Aircraft Fuels (PDF)

December 07, 2007

Brewery Water Treatment Produces Methane!

Water Treatment Plant The New Belgium Brewery has many green aspects to their business ... In addition to their own waste water treatment plant ... they product their own methane!

"...  installation of its own process water treatment facility. ...  allows us to clean our process waters ...  without burdening the municipal system.... "

" ... byproduct of this process is the production of methane. ... capture this methane and pipe it back into ... a combined heat and power engine that produces both electrical and thermal energy. ... power about 10% of the brewery with this byproduct ..."



Via:  New Belgium Beer   Link


November 16, 2007

Algae Generated Biofuel

November 06, 2007

Biofuel Car Conversions

Lovecraft Biofuels, a west coast firm that specializes in conversion of cars to biofuels, can be seen on CNN in this video. ...

Continue reading "Biofuel Car Conversions" »

October 22, 2007

Waste Heat Engine

Cyclone Power Tech tests its Waste Heat Engine. ...

... "The WHE is a self-starting, external combustion engine that operates in a low pressure, low temperature range. This feature allows the engine to run on waste heat emanating from an external source, such as the exhaust from an internal (or external) combustion engine, or the direct burning of biomass (i.e., processing garbage into methane is not required). The WHE is also designed to run efficiently on solar heat without the installation of costly photovoltaic panels. " ...


Continue reading "Waste Heat Engine" »

October 21, 2007

Algae Process Path to Biofuel

Algae converts CO2 to biofuel. This process technology farms algae and extracts algae oil on a production scale in a bio-reaction. The oil is then refined into a cost-effective, non-polluting diesel biofuel. ...

Via Valcent Products: Vertigro Technology: "The Vertigro technology was developed by Valcent in recognition and response to a huge unsatisfied demand for vegetable oil feedstock by Biodiesel refiners and marketers. "
UNH Biodiesel Group: "The more efficient a particular plant is at converting that solar energy into chemical energy, the better it is from a biofuels perspective. Among the most photosynthetically efficient plants are various types of algaes. "
Via MIT: Algae: "Thanks to photosynthesis, the algae will consume the CO2 and pollutants, grow in volume and give off oxygen and nitrogen."
Cal-Poly Algae and Biodiesel Presentation (Powerpoint)
Via Arizona State, Research: Algae into Fuel: "It's not quite that easy, but it is possible to extract usable fuel from algae. Sommerfeld and Hu are working on a way to produce algae-based biodiesel for cars and trucks. "

October 07, 2007

Artificial Life For Friendly BioFuel

DOE biofuels project yields controversial results, an artificial lifeform. ... Dr Venter
... "The project, which Venter has been working on for five years along with a team of researchers, has been partially financed by the US Department of Energy in the hopes that it could lead to the creation of a new environmentally friendly fuel. " ...

Via Yahoo! News: Artificial life


September 21, 2007

Turnkey Biodiesel Production

Demo of commercially-available biodiesel operation ...

September 12, 2007

Biofuel E85 Speed Record

Video of biofuel-powered Dodge Viper setting speed record. ...

August 21, 2007

New Zealand Produces Ethanol - From Milk

New Zealand Milk Ethanol 

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Corn!

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Milk?

Read on to learn more ...

"Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy cooperative, has started producing 30,000 liters of ethanol a day, which are being sold in Gull petrol stations around the country."Gull Force 10 BioFuel - Helen Clark at the Pump

"New Zealand has had quite a few successful eco-initiatives in the past, ... plan to be the first carbon-neutral country ...".

"They also set a national target of 3.4% biofuel content for gas and diesel by 2012."

Via:  AutoblogGreen   Link

August 14, 2007

European Union on Biofuels

EU discusses the biofuel opportunity - both biodiesel and bioethanol made from a variety of sources, such as rapeseed, beets, etc. ...

August 13, 2007

Catalytic DeOxygenation of BioOil

University of Kentucky is researching catalysts that process bio-oil into a stable intermediate, so that the logistics costs of moving biomass in the supply chain are minimized. ...
... "To date, the upgrading of bio-oil has been achieved using either hydrotreating, which is not economical, or cracking, which is not currently feasible on a production scale. Therefore, a low severity method for bio-oil deoxygenation is needed. We are examining two alternative concepts aimed at catalytic deoxygenation of bio-oil to a stabilized product, utilizing mild cracking over base catalysts and metal-catalyzed deoxygenation. " ...

Via College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky: Energy Projects


August 09, 2007

Alternative Biofuel Crops Research

Texas A&M's biofuel research will focus efforts on crops that can generate high-tonnage biomass for biofuel. Insights are provided by Dr. Bill McCutchen, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. ... Dr. Bill McCutchen, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station photo by Kay Ledbetter
... "As an example of such alternatives are sorghum cultivars that have been bred to produce either a high tonnage of biomass or high sugar content, McCutchen said. One sorghum, developed by Dr. Bill Rooney, Experiment Station plant breeder, can produce from 15 to 20 dry tons of biomass per acre, McCutchen said. " ...

Via Texas A&M University: Research in Review (PDF)


July 29, 2007

Biogas Energy Project

UC Davis is performing research into the conversion of organic matter into energy through an anaerobic digester at its demonstration facility.  The university is researching a variety of clean and green technology solutions, such as additives that increase the yield of anaerobic digestion.  ...
... "The Biogas Energy Project is the first large-scale demonstration in the United Zhang UC Davis Professor researches green technologiesStates of a new technology developed in the past eight years by Ruihong Zhang, a UC Davis professor of biological and agricultural engineering. The technology, called an anaerobic phased solids digester, has been licensed from the university and adapted for commercial use by Onsite Power Systems Inc. The goal of this innovative public-private alliance is to divert organic matter -- stuff made from plants and animals, such as food waste and yard clippings -- away from landfills and into the energy grid. That reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and turns trash into a substantial source of clean energy. " ...

Via UC-Davis: Food Into Electricity


July 15, 2007

Tennessee Biofuels Research

UT researchers will lead Tennessee's biofuels initiative, which will emphasize cellulosic path to Dr. Kelly Tiller, University of Tennesseeethanol. ...
... "Tiller will serve as director of external operations. Her duties will include general oversight of the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative and managing development of the pilot biorefinery as well as managing relationships with external partners interested in collaborative projects associated with the plant or working to develop a bioenergy industry in the state. Rials will serve as director of research for bioenergy initiatives. He will oversee activities associated with refining the biomass conversion process and the development of co-products - valuable commercial products expected to result as part of the biomass-to-ethanol conversion process. Rials will also continue in his role as director of the federally funded Sun Grant Southeastern Regional Center, which coordinates some $7 million in federal research allocations for alternative energy research throughout the region. " ...

Via The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture: Researchers Appointed Directors for Tennessee Biofuels Initiative


July 05, 2007

Biofuel Nanotech Reactor

Josh Brown, Louisiana Tech, discusses nanotech catalysis for biofuel production. ... Louisiana Tech: Top Dawg Recognition: "The Clean Fuel Solutions team won first place and $8,000. Team members are Jeremy Pardue, Joshua Raley, Joshua Brown, Kalum Bolton, Chris Bourgoyne and Semhar Araya. "

July 01, 2007

Biofuel Research at Univ Tennessee

University of Tennessee Biofuel research initiative is discussed in this video. ...

May 21, 2007

Woodchip Biofuel Process

University of Georgia research team develops biofuel derived from wood chips, that can be blended University of Georgia: Woodchips to be convereted in biofuelwith biodiesel and petroleum-derived diesel to power conventional engines. ...
... "Here's how the process works: Wood chips and pellets - roughly a quarter inch in diameter and six-tenths of an inch long - are heated in the absence of oxygen at a high temperature, a process known as pyrolysis. Up to a third of the dry weight of the wood becomes charcoal, while the rest becomes a gas. Most of this gas is condensed into a liquid bio-oil and chemically treated. When the process is complete, about 34 percent of the bio-oil (or 15 to 17 percent of the dry weight of the wood) can be used to power engines. The researchers are currently working to improve the process to derive even more oil from the wood. " ...

Via University of Georgia: New biofuel from trees, Dr Tom Adams (picture below), Engineering

Via ACS: Pyrolysis of Wood/Biomass for Bio-oil Research Wood Biofuel Process at Univ of Georgia

Via ERIC: Wood pyrolysis is a process that burns wood without air, producing gas and oil that are then burned for heat.


May 20, 2007

Brazil Biofuel Success Story

Via AutoChannel: Brazil's success story with ethanol-based biofuel. ...

Ethanol Production Implications

Recent study evaluates the impact of corn-based ethanol production on other markets. ...
... "If oil prices are permanently $10-per-barrel higher than assumed in the baseline projections, U.S. ethanol will expand significantly. The magnitude of the expansion will depend on the future makeup of the U.S. automobile fleet. If sufficient demand for E-85 from flex-fuel vehicles is available, corn-based ethanol production is projected to increase to over 30 billion gallons per year with the higher oil prices. " ...

Via CARD, The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development: Emerging Biofuels: Outlook of Effects on U.S. Grain, Oilseed, and Livestock Markets


May 16, 2007

Biofuel BioWillie PBS Segment

See this PBS segment featuring Willie Nelson on biofuel. ...

April 30, 2007

Bioprocess For Monomer From Cellulosic Materials

Ceres and Rohm and Haas link up to research a cellulosic path to acrylic monomer that has synergy with biofuel production. This would enable traditional products, such as paint, to be derived from plant materials. ...
... "Funded by a $1.5 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the three-year project will determine if energy crops planted for cellulosic ethanol could simultaneously produce methacrylate monomers, a key raw material used in Bioprocess for monomer production to be researched by Ceresthe manufacture of many products including paint and coatings, building materials, and acrylic sheet and resins. The economics are attractive. More than 1.5 billion pounds of methacrylate monomers are produced annually in the United States, a market worth $780 million. Though in its early stages, the science looks promising. Molecular biologists and biochemistry experts at Ceres say that some plants naturally produce compounds similar to methacrylate monomers, but do not necessarily accumulate them in extractable forms or quantities. They believe it may be feasible to alter the way plants produce these compounds so that they can be extracted from the dried stalks, stems and leaves before these are fed into biorefineries producing ethanol from cellulose. " ...

Via Rohm and Haas: Bio-Products Research


March 30, 2007

Virgin Air Wants to Become a Green Airline

Virgin Fuels
Virgin Air's Sir Richard Branson wants to become green by taking into account the energy use and corresponding carbon output from air travel.

"... we must rapidly wean ourselves off our dependence on coal and fossil fuels. Our generation has the knowledge and the financial resources and, as importantly, the willpower to do so."

from:  Richard Branson, Clinton Global Initiative, September 2006.Cooling Global Warming

"Virgin Fuels has been created to invest in new products and technologies that will help reduce CO2 emissions and slow global warming. Our aim is to become a leading player in the global renewable energy sector."

To halp achieve this ... Virgin has stakes in 4 bio-fuels companies:

Cilion | California, USAVisit Cilion Website

  • "Formed in June 2006 to build and operate ethanol plants that will be cheaper and greener than standard corn to ethanol plants ...plans to build seven plants by 2009 with a total of 440 million gallons per year capacity"

VBV | A joint venture with Bioverda (wholly owned subsidiary of NTR)Visit Bioverda Website

  • "Origination strategy for ethanol with five plants strategically located in the US mid-west ...future strategy to move into other geographies (other US, UK and Europe) and other sectors (such as bio-diesels)".

Ethanol Grain Processors | Tennessee, USAVisit EGP website

"Ethanol Grain Processors LLC (EGP) has plans to construct a 100 million gallon per year corn-to-ethanol plant in Obion, Tennessee; construction to start Q1 2007".

Indiana Bio-Energy | Indiana, USA

Indiana Bio-Energy logo
  • "Indiana Bio-Energy LLC (IBE) plans to construct a 100 million gallon per year facility"



Via:  Virgin Fuels.Com   Link 

March 18, 2007

Biofuel Production: Storage Challenge

Storage of the biomass materials,, such as corn stover, will be a challenge for sustained biofuel production. These challenges are being identified and worked out. ...
... "But researchers are still trying to figure out the best way to economically transport the stover and store it so that it doesn't decay. " ...

Via DesMoines Register: Challenges Associated with Biofuel Production


March 11, 2007

BioEnergy Fermentation Genome Sequenced

Fungus is efficient fermenter of wood sugar xylose, which is abundant in cellulosic materials. The genes can be engineering to increase biofuel production. ... Bioenergy conversion process
... "For cellulosic ethanol production, one major detour has being addressed with the characterization of the genetic blueprint of the fungus Pichia stipitis, by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) and collaborators at the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). The research, entailing the identification of numerous genes in P. stipitis responsible for its fermenting and cellulose-bioconverting prowess, and an analysis of these metabolic pathways ... " ...

Via DOE Joint Genome Institute: Genome Sequenced For Biofuel Production


March 03, 2007

International Biofuels Forum

Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United States and the European Commission have created the International Biofuels Forum, a joint project to develop a world market for alternative fuels. ...
... "He added that the introduction of biofuels would benefit developed countries through increasing energy security by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions. For developing countries, greater use of biofuels would significantly reduce dependence on imported oil, redressing trade imbalances and freeing up income for investments in health, education and social programmes. " ...



UN Recommends Biofuels to Manage Climate Change

United Nations report makes a number of recommendations to deal with climate change, ranging from improving transportation systems, embracing green building codes, and investing in energy-efficiency. The UN Foundation and Sigma Xi present the report: Confronting Climate Change: UN Secretary General sees climate change as a top priorityAvoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable.
... "It also recommends expanding the use of biofuels through energy portfolio standards and incentives to growers and consumers. The report outlines a role for the international community, through the UN and related multilateral institutions, including helping countries in need to finance and deploy energy efficient and new energy technologies while accelerating negotiations to develop a new international framework for addressing climate change and sustainable development. " ...

Via UN: United Nations on Climate Change


February 27, 2007

Florida Renewable Energy Investments

Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp announces the winners of Florida's renewable energy technologies grants. For example, Citrus Energy receives $2.5MM investment to enabled ethanol production from citrus waste biomass. Citrus Energy plans to build four-million-gallon-per-year Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp on renewable energy investments in Floridaethanol bio-refinery to transform citrus waste, abundant in Florida's agriculture, into a clean biofuel. ...
... "Through the 2006 Florida Energy Act, the Florida Legislature appropriated $15 million for renewable energy technologies grants to stimulate capital investment in the state and promote and enhance the statewide utilization of renewable energy technologies, including ethanol and bioenergy. The funding was awarded to eight organizations with at least $5 million to support bioenergy projects and $10 million for projects that generate or utilize other renewable energy resources, including hydrogen, biomass and solar energy. " ...

Via Florida Governor Charlie Crist: State Awards Grants for Renewable Energy Technologies


February 26, 2007

Dupont Biofuel Update: Leader Shares Plans

Biofuels Division Vice President John Ranieri updates industry analysts on Dupont's plan to commercialize alternative energy, such as biofuel enablers, biobutanol production, and cellulosic ethanol pathways. Dupont's portfolio of biofuel technologies are at various stages of development and impact on the company's growth rate. The company sees alternative energy as a growth platform for the future and is making long-term investments. ...

... "At the Piper Jaffray Alternative Energy Symposium which focused on industry and investment trends in solar, cleantech and biofuels, Ranieri reviewed global biofuels Dupont Biofuels Executiveopportunities, the future of cellulosic ethanol and next generation biofuels, such as biobutanol, as replacements for gasoline transportation fuels.

Sample of Dupont's progress in biofuels:

DuPont had more than $300 million in revenues in 2006 and growing at greater than 20 percent per year from seed and crop protection solutions that increase yield per acre and enhance ethanol yield of grain through biotechnology.

DuPont and the U.S. Department of Energy are jointly funding a research program to develop technology to convert corn stover into ethanol.

DuPont's partnership with BP to develop biobutanol is based on its strategy to bring advanced biofuels to market to expand the use of biofuels in gasoline. Biobutanol will be the first product available and offers improved performance. " ...

Via Dupont: DuPont Biofuels Leader Provides Business Update at Alternative Energy Symposium


February 25, 2007

Alternative Fuel Autos: Bush Demo

President Bush views demonstration of plug-in hybrid automobile technology as he strives to confirm if his Twenty in Ten vision is achievable.  ...

... "I also met with people that are working to help us develop a fuel industry that will Bush Demos Hybrid Automobilebe able to have ethanol derived from produce other than corn. In other words, I'm talking with people on the leading edge of change. And the reason why I've asked them to come in to see me is because I want to make sure that the goal I set by reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent over a 10-year period is a realistic goal. I know it's a necessary goal: it's necessary for national security purposes; it's necessary for economic security purposes; and it's necessary in order to be good stewards of the environment. My question is, is a practical goal, can we achieve that goal. And the answer is, absolutely. Now, it's going to require continued federal research dollars, and I call upon the Congress to fully fund my request for alternative sources of energy. " ...

Via White House: President Bush Alternative Fuel Automobile Demonstration


February 21, 2007

Biomass Ethanol Challenge: Conversation Continues

Ethanol conference attendees discuss challenges, such as efficient synthesis route, and opportunities confronting the cellulosic path to ethanol. ...
... "Although ethanol can be produced from virtually any plant substance, more intensive chemical processes are required to make the fuel from fibrous materials like grass or wood than from starch materials like corn or sugar cane ... " ...

Via Arizona Daily Star: Bioethanol Challenges


February 18, 2007

Farm Waste Forms Fuel Tank: Corn Has Dual Role

Researchers have developed carbon briquettes with nanopores that store natural gas at a extremely high density, 180X, and at low pressure, 1/7th of conventional tanks.  This research effort is aimed at enabling automobiles to run on methane, an abundant domestic fuel, as a cost-effective alternative to gasoline.  National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Corn's role in alternative energyInnovation program funded the research project with a $600,000 grant.  Corn's role in the alternative fuel economy would range from bioethanol production from corn kernels and natural-gas tanks from corncobs.   ...

... "The carbon briquettes contain networks of pores and channels that can hold methane at a high density without the cost of extreme compression, ultimately storing the fuel at a pressure of only 500 pounds per square inch, the pressure found in natural gas pipelines.

In addition to efforts to commercialize the technology, the researchers are now focusing on the next generation briquette, one that will store more natural gas and cost less to produce. Pfeifer believes this next generation of briquette might even hold promise for storing hydrogen. " ...

Via US National Science Foundation, NSF: Farm Waste to Fuel Tanks


February 14, 2007

Biofuel Car Conversion

Convert your car to use vegetable oil as fuel. Via Lovecraft Biofuels, see video ...

February 13, 2007

BioEthanol Industry Consolidation

Diversa and Celunol Corp sign definitive merger agreement to create leadership in the emerging cellulosic approach to ethanol production.  Each partner brings leadership capabilities to the merger. ...
... "The combined company will be the first within the cellulosic ethanol industry to possess integrated end-to-end capabilities in pre-treatment, novel enzyme Ethanol production from cellulosic materialsdevelopment, fermentation, engineering, and project development. It will seek to build a global enterprise as a leading producer of cellulosic ethanol and as a strategic partner in bio-refineries around the world. At the same time, the company will continue to pursue broad market opportunities for specialty industrial enzymes within the areas of alternative fuels, specialty industrial processes, and health and nutrition, with a primary focus on enzymes for the production of biofuels. The combined company will be headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and have research and operations facilities in San Diego, California; Jennings, Louisiana; and Gainesville, Florida. Celunol has recently commenced operations of the nation's first cellulosic ethanol pilot facility in Jennings, Louisiana and expects to complete a 1.4 million gallons-per-year, demonstration-scale facility to produce cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and specially-bred energy cane by the end of 2007. " ...

Via Diversa Corporation: Diversa and Celunol Announce Merger to Create a New Biofuels Industry Leader ...


February 09, 2007

Hybrid Supercar in Philadelphia


Philadelphia Auto Show Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

February 8, 2007

Almost live from the Philadelphia Auto Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center ...

Along with the expected Hybrid cars offered by Honda, Toyota, Ford and Saturn was a unique vehicle ... The "World's First Hybrid Supercar".  

The Hybrid Attack was developed and built by students from the Academy for Automotive & Mechanical Engineering at West Philadelphia High School.

Hybrid Attack



Fuel:              100 % Biodiesel
Performance:   0 - 6- in less than 4 seconds
Economy:        50+ MPG
Power:            Modified VW 105 HP TDi and AC motor
Weight:           2290 pounds


hybrid AttackThe car won t he 2006 Tour De Sol.

According to students and booth attendees the total cost of the car was approx. $100,000.  Components were donated by Toyota and Suburu via dealers and board members.

Still ... Quite amazing for students ... a challenge for Detroit and the rest of the auto industry????





Via:  The Green Dude   Link

February 04, 2007

Farm Bioenergy Research

BP invests $500 million in research program that will bring farm bioenergy production to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Illinois will collaborate with the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in forming the Energy Biosciences Institute. ...
... "As part of the EBI, some 340 acres of farmland at the Urbana campus will be devoted to the study and production of feedstock for biofuel production. Researchers will explore the potential benefits of using corn crop residues, switchgrass, Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganticus: a hybrid grass that can grow 13 feet tall), and other herbaceous perennials as fuel sources. The initiative will explore how adequate supplies of high quality plant biomass can be sustainably produced and utilized in facilities that convert the biomass to fuels. " ...

Via University of Illinois: Initiative will put Illinois at forefront of farm bioenergy production


February 02, 2007

Philadelphia's First E85 and B20 Station Opens


Shell E85 PumpPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

E85 flex fuel is a blend of 85% ethanol (derived from corn or soy) and 15% gasoline.  Only E85 capable cars can use this fuel. 

B20 is a of 20% biodiesel and 80 % regular diesel fuel.

Fuel stations that carry E85 and / or B20 have been slow to emerge in the northeast part of the U.S.


B20 logoE85 logo


>>>> Today, Feb 1st, 2007 at 1:30 pm EST, Philadelphia gets its first E85 / B20 Station.  The Shell station is at 12th and Vine Sts in the Chinatown section of the city.

Via:   Link

January 30, 2007

Wisconsin Energy: Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Energy IndependenceWisconsin to create declaration of energy independence.  $30 million in funding, plus up-to-$300 million from private investors, is targeted for research into new technologies to increase renewable energy and accelerate commercialization of these innovations, enabling energy independence.  In addition, tax credits are planned to support the creation of 400 new renewable fuel pumps, E85 Wisconsin Governor issues Declaration of Independence ethanol or biodiesel.  ...
... "creation of the Governor’s Office on Energy Independence, which will coordinate the state’s efforts to grow Wisconsin’s bio and renewable economies and advise the Governor and cabinet agencies on ways to meet the goals of Wisconsin’s Declaration of Energy Independence. The office will be led by an Executive Director who will report directly to the Governor and include staff from the Departments of Administration Division of Energy (DOA-Energy), Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Natural Resources (DNR), and the Public Service Commission. " ...

Via Wisconsin Office of the Governor: Major Investment to Achieve Energy Independence and Fight Global Warming


January 29, 2007

Biobutanol Transportation Biofuel Research

Green Biologics receives funding for research into green synthesis path for butanol from biomass.  Green Biologics is partnering with EKB Technology, a process technology specialist.  They are collaborating on an advanced fermentation process for butanol with improved yields and lower production costs.  Green Biologics Ltd was founded in 2003 by Dr Edward Green, Chief Executive Officer.  Green Biologics is an industrial biotechnology company aiming to become the world's leading supplier of advanced fermentation techniques for conversion of lignocellulosic plant material to renewable biofuels and chemicals.  ...
... "GBL and EKB have been awarded grant funding of GBP250,000 from the dti technology programme for collaborative R&D. This matched funding will enable GBL to speed up development of an advanced fermentation process for the production of butanol, a renewable liquid biofuel for transportation. " ...

Via Green Biologics: Grant funding awarded


January 24, 2007

Dupont Biofuels: Bush Visit

Dupont shares its biofuel innovations with President Bush a day after he delivers his state of the union address, which emphasizes renewable energy progress. ... Bush Tours Dupont Biofuels Research Facility in Delaware
... "The President toured DuPont’s biofuels research programs and met with scientists Bill Hitz, Mark Emptage, Lisa Laffend and Armando Byrne and business director Bill Frey. His tour spanned efforts to market seed that produces higher yields of ethanol to work underway to develop and integrate a BioRefinery that converts corn stover to biofuels and biobutanol - a next generation biofuel that has uncompromised performance attributes. " ...

Via DuPont: President Bush Visits Dupont; Discusses Biofuel Research


January 23, 2007

Biofuel Growth: StatOil Sweden Sets E85 Record

Statoil sees stellar growth rate of 270% for E85 ethanol biofuel in Sweden as distribution channels increase and the number of flex-fuel vehicles increases. E85 will be available at 260 Swedish Svenska StatOil sells E85 ethanol biofuel service stations by the end of 2007. ...
... "Svenska Statoil’s stations sold 19.5 million litres of E85 in 2006, and 170 of its sites currently offer the product. Another 90 outlets will be added over the coming year. A total of 36,711 of these environmental cars were purchased in Sweden during 2006, an increase of 156% from the year before and 13.5% of all newly-registered cars in the country. " ...

Via StatOil: Swedish record for biofuel


January 21, 2007

Cornell Biofuel Research Grant

Larry Walker, Cornell professor of biological and environmental engineering, receives $10 million grant from the Empire State Development Corp. to upgrade labs in support of biofuel research Professor Larry Walker, Cornell Univusing perennial grasses and woody biomass as raw materials.  Empire State Development is New York State's lead economic development agency.  ...
... "The grant will be used to renovate laboratories in Riley Robb Hall and to purchase fermenters, incubators and state-of-the-art analytical equipment. It also will improve researchers' abilities to overcome the physical, chemical and biological barriers to liberating sugars from such energy crops as switchgrass, miscanthus and other perennial grasses as well as woody biomass, and to biologically convert these sugars into such biofuels as ethanol, butanol or hydrogen. " ...

Via Cornell Univ: $10 million for biofuel research


Cargill Biofuels Drive Earnings

Cargill sees earnings accelerate, influenced by biofuels market.  Cargill makes ethanol at two production facilities in Iowa and Nebraska and produces biodiesel from a new facility in Iowa.  ... Cargill's Blair Nebraska Ethanol Facility

... "Cargill delivered outstanding results in the second quarter, said Warren Staley, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer. Similar to the first quarter, we experienced fast-changing markets in the second period, brought about by the interest in biofuels, investor flows into commodity futures and other markets offering diversification, and expansionary economies in many parts of the world. " ...

Via Cargill: Cargill reports second quarter fiscal 2007 earnings


January 16, 2007

China Biofuel: Forest Developments

PetroChina implements agreement with the State Forestry Administration to develop forest bio-fuel and initiates the construction of forest bio-fuel tree breeding bases in Yunnan and Sichuan. This marks a significant step forward in the cooperation of forest bio-fuel development between these two parties. ...
... "Forming an essential part of China's alternate energy strategy, the development of forest bio-fuel offers enormous potential in the energy resources sphere and is a win-win solution in benefiting the growth of the industry and protection of ecological environment. Forest bio-fuel not only facilitates an improvement in peasant income and new rural construction in an effective way, but also alleviates the emission of greenhouse gases. It helps ease the shortage of energy supply and optimize the energy resources matrix, playing an important role in the sustainable development of society and economy. PetroChina and the SFA will work hand in hand in the cultivation and development of forest bio-fuel resources, cooperate in the area of carbon sequestration and bring into play the respective strengths of the government and the enterprise to accelerate the pace of integration of forests and fuel, with an aim to mutually promote the forest bio-fuel industry of China and contribute to the country’s energy and ecological development as well as efforts to mitigate greenhouse effects as a whole. " ...

Via Petrochina: Petrochina Enters into Framework Cooperation Agreement With The State Forestry Administration on Forest Bio-Fuel Development ...


January 15, 2007

Biodiesel Homebrew Class Upcoming

Learn how to homebrew your biodiesel ...
... "This class will be serve as both an introduction to biodiesel and a hands-on experience for those interested in learning how to make biodiesel from used restaurant oil. " ...

Via BioLyle: Upcoming Class ...


Biofuel From Halophytes

Dennis Bushnell, NASA Langley Research Center, sees the use of halophytes for biofuel production. Salt Marsh Grass, a halophyte, has potential for use in biofuel...
... "The advantage of developing biofuel from halophytes as opposed to other types of biomass is that saltwater plants are not dependent on fresh water, which is in increasingly short supply ... " ...

Via Flight International: Fuel-yielding plants ...

Halophytes are ...

Via Wikipedia: Halophyte: A halophyte is a plant that naturally grows where it is affected by salinity in the root area or by salt spray.  An example of a halophyte is the salt marsh grass. " 


January 14, 2007

Sustainable Biodiesel Event

Upcoming event ...
... "Sustainable Biodiesel Summit in San Antonio, TX this Feb. 4th, Theme: Sustainability is about reverence of interconnections " ...
Via Sustainable Biodiesel Summit: Event Details ...

January 10, 2007

Algae Biofuel Research

New Mexico State University researchers focus on algae role in the production of biodiesel.  University photo of algae stock tankColorado State and Solix are also collaborating to use excess carbon dioxide from a local brewery to pilot algae bioreactor to produce biodiesel.  ...
... "The research is focused on developing the potential of growing algae as an oil-producing feedstock for biodiesel production. " ...

Via Las Cruces Sun: Algae route to biofuel

NMSU announcement on the research through the Agricultural Research Center at Arteisa.  ...

...   "The project is investigating the best ways to grow and harvest certain species of algae, which produce a much higher level of oil than more traditional crops like soybeans or canola. "   ...

Via New Mexico State University: Biodiesel Research Announcement


January 08, 2007

Cellulosic Biomass Enzyme Research

Research partnership targets development of innovative enzymes for cellulosic biomass conversion into ethanol. Both companies benefit from the new arrangement. Enzymes will be a key technical differentiator for companies to gain a competitive advantage in the production of ethanol biofuels. Syngenta and Diversa are positioned to benefit from this commerical arrangement. Diversa has depth in enzyme research and Syngenta has the strength to commercialize enzymes in production facilities. ...
... "Syngenta and Diversa Corporation announced a new 10-year research and development partnership focused on the discovery and development of a range of novel enzymes to convert pre-treated cellulosic biomass economically to mixed Diversa Enzyme Technologysugars - a critical step in the process of biofuel production. The new agreement allows Diversa to independently develop and commercialize fermentation-based enzyme combinations from its proprietary platform. Syngenta will have exclusive access to enzymes from Diversa's platform to express in plants for enhanced cost-effective production. Converting biomass to biofuels requires breakthrough developments in three areas: chemical preparation of the cellulosic biomass (pre-treatment), conversion of pre-treated cellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars by combinations of enzymes (saccharification), and the development of novel micro-organisms to ferment the sugars to ethanol or other fuels (fermentation). Developing cost-effective enzyme systems is essential to economically converting biomass to biofuels. " ...

Via Syngenta: Syngenta and Diversa agree on new R&D partnership to discover enzymes for biofuels ...


January 03, 2007

Biofuel Source Animal Fats

Entrepreneurs invest in biofuels production, using chicken fats as a raw material in partnership with Tyson Foods. ...
... "As meatpackers enter the field, they bring massive amounts of fuel stock that could make biodiesel cheaper and more plentiful. " ...
Via Rockford Register Star: Read

December 21, 2006

Exasis Concept Car: Bioethanol Power

Rinspeed shares concept car that is powered with bioethanol.  Its engine is a Weber Motor MPE 750 Weber 750 Turbo MotorTurbo.  ... Rinspeed Exasis
... "A compact and powerful two-cylinder 750-cc engine provides some 150 environmentally friendly horsepower for swift conveyance. Bioethanol that reduces CO2 emissions powers the tiny supercharged engine. With a projected vehicle weight of just 750 kilograms thanks to plastic lightweight construction each horsepower has to account for just five kilograms ... " ...



December 14, 2006

Two Biofuels from one Crop: Ethanol and Biodiesel

VeraSun EnergyVeraSun Erergy Corporation (NYSE: VSE)  has a process to get more energy from each bushel of corn.  They can make both ethanol and biodiesel from corn.  VeraSun is "the nations second largest ethanol producer". 

Here's the process.   "VeraSun identified an opportunity to utilize oil extracted from distillers grains, undervalued as a feed component, as an excellent feedstock for biodiesel. Removing the oil from distillers grains both increases the value of the oil for fuel use, and enhances the resulting distillers grains as a livestock feed by concentrating protein and reducing fat content."

"Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel to run in all existing diesel engines."  Production has grown from "75 million gallons in 2005" and is expected to "more than one billion gallons by 2010 and double to two billion gallons by 2020."


Via:  VeraSun Energy   Link   Link

December 07, 2006

Ethanol Production: MIT Enhances Yeast

MIT engineers strain of yeast that has tolerance of higher ethanol concentrations, making it sutiable for biofuel production. In addition, this yeast performs at a higher rate of fermentation, yielding 50% more ethanol during a control period. ...
... "By manipulating the yeast genome, the researchers have engineered a new strain of yeast that can tolerate elevated levels of both ethanol and glucose, while producing ethanol faster than un-engineered yeast. The key to the MIT strategy is manipulating the genes encoding proteins responsible for regulating gene transcription and, in turn, controlling the repertoire of genes expressed in a particular cell. These types of transcription factors bind to DNA and turn genes on or off, essentially controlling what traits a cell expresses. In this case, the researchers targeted two different transcription factors. They got their best results with a factor known as a TATA-binding protein, which when altered in three specific locations caused the over-expression overexpresion of at least a dozen genes, all of which were found to be necessary to elicit an improved ethanol tolerance, thus allowing that strain of yeast to survive high ethanol concentrations. " ...

Via MIT: Engineered yeast speeds ethanol production


October 28, 2006

BioEnergy Ethanol: Dyadic Investment ...

Abengoa Bioenergy will invest $10 million in a new issue of Dyadic stock to support their research and development collaboration, which will focus on efficiencies in bioethanol production. ...
... "Dyadic will use the proceeds from this private sale to fund its R&D obligations under the R&D agreement, which has as its objective the development of a cost-Abengoa BioEnergy Bioethanol Planteffective enzyme production system for commercial application in Abengoa Bioenergy’s bioethanol (cellulosic ethanol) production process. The R&D agreement, which does not become effective until the private sale closes, calls upon Dyadic to use its proprietary technologies to develop one or more enzyme mixture manufacturing systems customized to ABRD’s proprietary biomass substrates. The R&D agreement contemplates that Dyadic will perform both foundational research of general application to the cellulosic ethanol field and specific applications research for the achievement of the goals of ABRD’s program. " ...
Via Dyadic: Dyadic Enters Into Research and Development Agreement with Abengoa Bioenergy in the Area of Cellulosic Ethanol Production ...

October 17, 2006

Poplar Tree Biofuel

Purdue researches genetic alterations to poplar trees to accelerate growth and lignin concentration, which would make fast-growing poplar tree a viable biofuel and off-set the country's need for foreign oil. ...
... "To advance production of non-fossil fuels, Chapple and Meilan are using genetic tools to modify the poplar and then study how the alterations changed the plants' cell walls. Meilan also is attempting to find ways to produce trees that are reproductively sterile so they are unable to transfer introduced traits to wild trees. Researchers believe that using the hybrid poplar in its present form could produce about 70 gallons of fuel per ton of wood. Approximately 10 tons of poplar could be grown per acre annually, representing 700 gallons of ethanol. Corn currently produces about 4.5 tons per acre per year with a yield of about 400 gallons of ethanol. Changing the lignin composition could increase the annual yield to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre, according to experts. Planted on 110 million acres of unused farmland, this could replace 80 percent of the transportation fossil fuel consumed in the United States each year. " ...
Via Purdue: Fast-growing trees could take root as future energy source

October 11, 2006

Ethanol Production: Chevron Ethanex Partner

Chevron's Energy Solutions subsidiary plans to leverage its engineering, procurement, and construction strengths to construct three high-efficiency ethanol production facilities for Ethanex Energy, a renewable energy company.  ...

...   "Under an agreement with Ethanex, CES will perform engineering, geotechnical studies, site and civil design work in order to prepare a detailed proposal for developing and building ethanol plants that use advanced technology to maximize the plants' efficiency. The proposal will include details necessary for CES to negotiate contracts to engineer, procure and construct for Ethanex at least three biofuel plants by 2008. The plants, to be located in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, will each produce Chevron will build ethanol production facilitiesabout 132 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol annually.  Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, is a renewable biofuel produced from the starch and sugar in agricultural crops, primarily domestically-produced corn. Currently, the total production capacity of ethanol facilities in the United States is about 5 billion gallons per year.  In moving ahead with this work, CES has determined that its experience in planning, project managing and constructing energy-efficient facilities is well-suited for building energy-efficient ethanol plants. In addition, this work is consistent with Chevron's support of biofuels development in its efforts to help expand and diversify the world's energy supply.  Chevron is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of today's alternative and renewable energy technologies. "   ...

Via Chevron: Chevron Energy Solutions to Prepare Proposal to Develop High-Efficiency Ethanol Plants for Ethanex Energy

October 08, 2006

Alternative Fuel: Auburn Bransby Updates President ...

Researcher, David Bransby, updates President Bush on alternative energy projects at Auburn University. Bransby is a champion of the switchgrass biomass path to biofuel. ...
... "David Bransby, an Auburn University expert on alternative fuels, briefed President George W. Bush on Auburn's research and technology development that supports the Professor David Bransby, Auburn UniversityPresident’s initiative to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Bransby is an AU professor, researcher and nationally-recognized expert in developing switchgrass as an alternative fuel source. He was among five Alabama leaders who met in Hoover with President Bush, who promoted the potential of switchgrass in his State of the Union address in January. AU President Ed Richardson earlier this year committed $3 million to a new AU alternative energy initiative, capitalizing on the university’s research expertise in forestry, engineering and agriculture and positioning AU as a national leader in converting natural resources into fuels. Biomass, technology for conversion, biofuel technology and switchgrass are key areas of that research, all of which complement Bush’s energy initiative. " ...



October 01, 2006

BioEnergy: Global Partnership Accelerates Deployment

Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, shares his thoughts on the bioenergy partnership to create biomass and biofuels markets.  The G8 sponsored the Global BioEnergy Partnership to enable deployment of cost-effective biomass and biofuels.  ...  Bioenergy Plan

...   "Biomass has the potential to supply a very large share of the world's energy needs – by one analysis, as much as 60 percent of total worldwide energy use. Renewable agricultural resources are readily available to meet this level of energy production. Biotech breakthroughs mean that agricultural fields could become the energy fields of the future. With the help of agricultural and industrial biotechnology, farmers can harvest two crops from every field—a food crop and a biomass crop for fuel production. The United Nations can do a great deal to promote biofuels development worldwide. "   ...

Via Biotechnology Industry Organization: BIO Statement on the Launch of the Global Bioenergy Partnership ...

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Biofuels Initiative Canada

Canadian biofuels initiative will help agricultural producers to develop viable business plans for projects that have significant producer ownership of biofuel production facilities.  The goal of the initiative is to produce transportation fuels that are made from agricultural inputs, such as corn, wheat or other cereals for ethanol and vegetable oils or animal fat for biodiesel.   ...Canada Biofuels

...   "To help meet the 5% target, AAFC is making available funding of $10 million dollars in fiscal year 2006/2007 through the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI). Greater involvement in biofuel production facilities will allow agricultural producers to become participants in the value chain and increase their share of the benefits from renewable fuels production beyond delivering feedstock. "   ...

Via Saskatchewan Council for Community Development: Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI) ...

Biomass Energy Facility: Local Choice for Green Future ...

School makes smart energy choice by investing in an on-site biomass energy facility to reduce its carbon footprint.  Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs, outlines Middlebury College's plan to construct a biomass plant, which will cost up to $11 million.  The facility will generate power from wood chips rather than fuel oil, which is something that the surrounding forests have an abundance of.  Construction is slated to begin in 2007 and start operations in late 2008.  When placed into service, the biomass facility will cut the college’s greenhouse gas emissions by 12,500 metric tons annually.  The school will leverage suppliers of wood chips that use sustainable practices.  ...

...   "Middlebury’s primary objective for the biomass facility is to provide a sustainable, local and renewable fuel source for heating, cooling and electricity for the campus. According to Jenks-Jay, the college’s long-range goal is to obtain wood chips harvested in an environmentally friendly manner from local sources. Our hope is that the college’s entry into biomass will greatly stimulate the growth of the local, sustainable wood chip market and bioenergy economy in Addison County and Vermont, she said. The college estimates that it will require 20,000 to 21,000 tons of chips per year.

The biomass plant will cut the college’s use of number six fuel oil in half, from about two million gallons to one million gallons a year. Increasing the diversity of Middlebury’s energy sources, the facility will leave the college less dependent on the global oil supply and subject to the fluctuating price of oil. Use of the plant will also make it unnecessary to pay for the transportation by ship and truck of one million gallons of oil a year from thousands of miles away to Middlebury. There will be a reduction of carbon emissions produced in the fuel delivery process as well. Most of the money previously spent on the oil and its transport will continue to be spent on energy costs, but now these dollars will remain in Vermont and New England. "  ...

Via Middlebury College: New biomass facility to reduce greenhouse gases by almost 12,500 tons a year ...

Middlebury is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. It offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.  It is located in the Champlain Valley of central Vermont, with Vermont's Green Mountains to the east and New York's Adirondacks to the west.

September 19, 2006

Biofuels: Chevron UCDavis Collaborate ...

Like the Honda and RITE collaboration, Chevron and UCDavis will collaborate on the cellulosic biomass approach to alternative fuels, from agricultural waste such as rice straw.  The Chevron, UCDavis collaboration will research the current state of California biofuel feedstocks, identify and develop future feedstocks, design the production of cellulosic biofuels, and build a pilot facility to demonstrate the process design.  ...

...   "Chevron Corporation and the University of California, Davis have formed a strategic research collaboration to pursue advanced technology aimed at converting cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels. The joint research effort will coordinate with the California Biomass Collaborative to focus on renewable feedstocks available in California, including agricultural waste such as rice straw.

Chevron Technology Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, plans to support a broad range of UC Davis scientists and engineers with funding of up to $25 million over five years for research into and development of these emerging energy technologies.  The objective of the Chevron-UC Davis research is to develop commercially viable processes for the production of transportation fuels from renewable resources such as new energy crops, forest and agricultural residues, and municipal solid waste. The collaboration calls for research in biochemical and thermochemical conversion, as well as a demonstration facility to test the commercial readiness of these technologies. "   ...

Via Chevron: Chevron and UC Davis to Pursue Joint Research Into Next-Generation Biofuels ...

Interesting statistics, according to Chevron:  Chevron is the largest renewable energy producer among global oil and gas companies, producing 1,152 megawatts of renewable energy, primarily from geothermal operations in Indonesia and the Philippines.

UC Davis is a global leader in solving problems related to air and water quality, water and land use, agricultural practices, endangered and invasive plants and animals, climate change, resource economics, information technology, and human society and culture.

The goal of the California Biomass Collaborative is to enhance the sustainable and effective use of biomass as an energy source in California.

Via UC Davis: Chevron to Fund Major Biofuel Research Projects at UC Davis: "UC Davis already has a lot going on in the field. Since 2005, the campus has received more than $7 million in funding and funding commitments for studies by the more than 100 scientists and administrators in seven major campus units that comprise the UC Davis Bioenergy Research Group.  UC Davis professor Bryan Jenkins, an expert in converting biomass to energy, leads the Bioenergy Research Group. He also directs the California Biomass Collaborative.  "

September 17, 2006

Maine Biomass Biofuel Conference This Week ...

Upcoming conference this week on biomass and biofuels in Maine ...

... "Maine Biomass and Biofuels Conference, Towards Energy Independence for Maine, September 20 - 22, Bangor Ramada Inn " ...

Maine Association of Conservation Districts: Biomass Conference ...

September 07, 2006

Rudolf Diesel Biofuel Pioneer

Rudolf Diesel was a pioneer of the biofuel movement at the turn of the century as he designed his engine to be powered by peanut oil.  His vision is positioned for a comeback. ...
... "Diesel demonstrated his engine at the Exhibition Fair in Paris, France in 1898. This engine stood as an example of Diesel's vision because it was fueled by peanut Rudolph Dieseloil - the original biodiesel. He thought that the utilization of a biomass fuel was the real future of his engine. He hoped that it would provide a way for the smaller industries, farmers, and commonfolk a means of competing with the monopolizing industries, which controlled all energy production at that time ... " ...
Via Yokayo Biofuels: History of Diesel Engine

September 04, 2006

B20-BioDiesel Rusty Supports BioWillie ...

Rusty Wallace joins Earth Biofuels advisory board with Julia Roberts to promote the awareness of clean fuels, such as Biowillie B20 biodiesel.  Star endorsements should go a long way to raising the profile of biofuels.  ...Rusty Wallace joins biodiesel company's advisory board ...

...   "Earth Biofuels, Inc. announced that legendary NASCAR-driver Rusty Wallace has joined the company's Advisory Board and will also act as a spokesperson for the company. Mr. Wallace joins fellow advisory board member Julia Roberts and Board of Directors members country music legend Willie Nelson and actor Morgan Freeman in promoting the use of renewable fuels such as Earth Biofuels' biodiesel and ethanol. The Earth Biofuels Advisory Board, which is chaired by Julia Roberts, was recently formed to provide guidance to senior management on broadening biofuels awareness on a national scale.

Mr. Wallace is still active in the racing world. As a team owner, he has taken his knowledge and experience to his auto racing team that competes in the NASCAR Busch Series. The team is in its second full season of competition. Additionally, Mr. Wallace has taken his knowledge and his charismatic personality to the broadcasting booth as lead auto racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports.  Biodiesel is refined from vegetable oils such as soy, canola, and recycled restaurant grease. Today, B20 is the most common and fastest growing biodiesel blend in the United States. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel certified by the Environmental Protection Agency that fulfills the requirements of Section 211 (B) of the Clean Air Act. Earth Biofuels is the Willie Nelson BioWillie Biodieselexclusive distributor of BioWillie, Willie Nelson's brand of premium B20 biodiesel. "   ...

BioWillie B20-BioDiesel Rusty Supports: Via Earth Biofuels: Renowned NASCAR Driver Rusty Wallace Joins Earth Biofuels, Inc. as Advisory Board Member and Company Spokesperson ...

B20 Biodiesel is a mix of bio and petro fuels ...

Via Willie Nelson Biodiesel: Mixing Biodiesel with Petro-Diesel: "A blend of 20 percent by volume Biodiesel with 80 percent by volume petroleum diesel called B20, has demonstrated significant environmental benefits with a minimum increase in cost. "

August 30, 2006

Ethanol Biofuel Pumps: Michigan Invests ...

Governor Jennifer Granholm invests in an increase of ethanol biofuel pumps throughout Michigan in order to reduce foreign oil dependency

...   "Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that the state of Michigan will work to have 1,000 biofuel pumps by 2008 to make ethanol and biodiesel fuel more accessible to Michigan motorists.  To reach that goal, the governor announced a $250,000 grant program to help service station owners defray the costs of installing Michigan Governor Invests in Biofuel Pumps ...or converting infrastructure at public service stations to provide ethanol and biodiesel fuel to Michigan consumers.  This is the second round in a series of grants being made available by the state. 

Five ethanol plants are already in production in Michigan, with two more under construction.  Two biodiesel plants are also beginning production, with another plant in the works.  In addition, the legislative package signed by the governor in July cut the gas tax by 36 percent for the purchase of ethanol and 20 percent for biodiesel.  Granholm said that Michigan's investment in alternative energy production and use will benefit consumers in the long-run as increased use of ethanol and biodiesel helps reduce the demand for foreign oil.  In the short-term, Granholm said the state is doing everything in its power to protect consumers at the pump, including doubling the number of inspections this year to ensure that consumers are receiving the quantity and quality of gasoline they are paying for.  The governor said that President Bush could provide short-term relief, as well, by capping outrageous oil company profits. "  ...

Via Michigan Office of the Governor: Granholm Announces Goal of 1,000 BioFuel Pumps by 2008; Announces $250,000 Grant Program ...

August 29, 2006

Soy Biodiesel DuPont Plans ...

DuPont plans collaborative effort to explore the potential of soy for biodiesel production.  ...

...   "DuPont and Bunge yesterday announced the expansion of the companies' soy collaboration beyond food and nutrition products to include industrial applications, biofuels and other opportunities.

Carl Hausmann, president and CEO, Bunge North America: We are excited about the potential of new soy products that will build on this success in the food sector and enable us to better serve feed and industrial customers including the growing soy biodiesel industry.  Soy Lubricant

DuPont has a significant effort to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels market, which includes improving biofuel production through improved seed and crop protection products; developing new technologies to allow conversion of cellulose to biofuels; and developing next generation biofuels, including biobutanol.  In addition to developing corn hybrids for ethanol, DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., is characterizing Pioneer brand soybean varieties for oil content to determine impact on biodiesel production. "   ...

Soy Biodiesel DuPont Plans: Via DuPont: DuPont and Bunge Broaden Soy Collaboration to Industrial Applications, Biofuels

Via Agriculture Online: Soy biodiesel gives bigger energy bang than ethanol: "Jeff Stroburg quoted USDA statistics that say biodiesel has a stronger energy balance than either ethanol or straight petroleum fuel. "

August 28, 2006

Alternative Fuel Automobiles Increasing ...

American consumers are increasing their consumption of automobiles that leverage alternative-fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol,  according to latest industry trends.  ...

...   "The number of alternative fuel automobiles on U.S. roads has reached 9 million, according to new figures released by R.L. Polk & Co.  The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said that there were approximately 8.3 million alternative fuel autos on the road at the close of 2005, and over 700,000 hybrids, diesel and ethanol vehicles have been purchased in the first half of 2006, putting automakers on track to reach their goal of sales of a million. Automakers have set a goal of selling 1 million hybrids, diesel and ethanol vehicles in 2006, and 2 million by 2008.

Automakers are now selling 46 models of alternative fuel autos, including ethanol vehicles capable of running on 85 percent ethanol (or E85 vehicles), clean diesel autos and hybrid electric vehicles.  Another 35 models of alternative fuel autos are in development for future introduction. "   ...

Alternative Fuel Automobiles Increasing: Via Auto Alliance: 9 million Alternative Fuel Autos on US roads ...

August 16, 2006

Biofuel Ethanol Investment: Illinois Pacesetter ...

Illinois Governor Blagojevich invests in biofuel production to lower state dependence on foreign oil and to spur economic growth through new plant construction, operations, and maintenance.  A number of companies will benefit from this investment in biofuels: Central Illinois Energy, Illinois River Energy, Center Ethanol Co., Biofuels Company of America, and Stepan Company.  The governor has demonstrated his committment to a sustainable future through his support for biodiesel tax exemptions.  Illinois has established itself as a pacesetter in biofuel investments.    ...

...   "Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced more than $25 million in new Opportunity Returns grants and additional support to help build five new ethanol and biodiesel production facilities across Illinois. The new plants will spur about $334 million in private investment, produce 225 million gallons of biofuels each year, create almost 150 new jobs and reduce Illinois' dependence on foreign oil.    Central Illinois Energy ...

Central Illinois Energy (CIE) will build this 37 million gallon per year ethanol production facility and an associated coal-fired, combined heat and power plant (CHP). The plant will use about 13.1 million bushels of corn annually and produce about 111,000 tons of livestock feed (distillers dried grains) each year. Because the facility uses CHP technology, the plant will be very clean and energy efficient.

Gov. Blagojevich also announced today that Illinois River Energy LLC in Ogle County has received a $5.5 million Opportunity Returns grant to build its new 50 million gallon per year ethanol production facility on Illinois River Energy ethanol plant 81-acre site near Rochelle. This project will boost demand for Illinois corn by almost 18 million bushels a year, produce about 160,000 tons of livestock feed (distillers dried grains) each year and create about 45 new jobs. The total cost of the facility is approximately $80 million.

Center Ethanol Co., LLC in St. Clair County is receiving nearly $5.7 million in Opportunity Returns support to build a new $100 million ethanol production facility. The new biorefinery, which will be built near Sauget, will create about 35 new permanent jobs, as well as 250,000 worker-hours of construction jobs. The state's support is coming from a variety of DCEO's business development programs, including a Renewable Fuels Development Program grant, Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credits (based on job creation projections over a ten-year period), Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) job training funds to help enhance the skills of its workforce, and additional financial benefits, such as sales tax exemptions and tax credits for job creation resulting from the company being located within an Enterprise Zone.  The facility will produce a 54 million gallons of ethanol per year ethanol, use more than 19 million bushels of corn annually and produce about 160,000 tons of livestock feed (distillers dried grains) each year.

Gov. Blagojevich also announced today that Biofuels Company of America, LLC in Vermilion County is receiving about $4.8 million Opportunity Returns grants to construct a new $30 million biodiesel production facility in Danville. This project will create about 15 new jobs. Additionally, operation of this facility will help secure up to 100 existing jobs at an adjacent soybean crushing plant. This project is commonly known in the area by the name of one of its major investors, Bunge North America.  This new plant, developed by Biofuels Company of America, LLC, as a partnership between Bunge North America and Biodiesel Investment Group, LLC, will be a 45 million gallon per year biodiesel production facility. In addition to the biodiesel fuel produced, the soybean oil the plant will use as feedstock is equivalent to about 30 million bushels of beans annually.    Illinois Governor ...

The Governor announced that the Stepan Company in Will County is a receiving a $3 million Opportunity Returns grant for a nearly $24 million expansion of its existing biodiesel production facility near Elwood. Current production at the facility is about 10 million gallons per year, and this expansion will more than quadruple production to 49 million gallons per year. This project will create six to eight new jobs. In addition to the biodiesel fuel produced, the plant will use about 35 million bushels of soybeans annually.

Gov. Blagojevich signed into law a complete state sales tax exemption for biodiesel blends of 11 percent or higher, as well as for the high-ethanol blend known as E-85. When diesel fuel costs $3 per gallon, the value of the exemption, at 6.25 percent, is 18.75 cents per gallon. Consumers have saved more than $200 million as a result of these exemptions on B-11 and E-85 since 2003. This valuable tax exemption has multiplied the size of the biodiesel market by 30 times since 2003 - making the biodiesel market 30 times larger than it was before. This demand is now creating the demand for new ethanol and biodiesel plants. "   ...

Via State of Illinois: GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES A NEW $25 MILLION INVESTMENT TO HELP BUILD FIVE STATE-OF-THE-ART ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL PLANTS ACROSS ILLINOIS: Grants Will Spur About $334 Million in Private Investment, Produce 225 Million Gallons of Biofuels Each Year, Create About 150 New Jobs and Lessen Illinois' Dependence on Foreign Oil ...

Central Illinois Energy is a cooperative ethanol production facility located in the Buckheart township of Fulton County, Illinois. It processes approximately 13-million bushels of its members' corn annually, producing 37-million gallons of ethanol, 125,000 tons of distiller grains and other useful byproducts.

Illinois River Energy, LLC is building a dry mill, corn-based processing facility that will produce ethanol, three forms of distillers grains, and carbon dioxide (CO2).  The ethanol plant is located in Rochelle, Illinois and will process in excess of 18 million bushels of corn per year.  Upon completion, the ethanol plant will produce 50 million gallons per year of denatured fuel grade ethanol, 160,000 tons of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and 120,000 tons of CO2.  Illinois River Energy, LLC was founded in 2002 by a group of farmers to develop a fuel grade ethanol facility utilizing Illinois corn in the production of ethanol.  Sixteen sites were evaluated by IRE with Rochelle chosen as the site due to its' economic advantages and excellent infrastructure.  The IRE facility will have a positive economic effect on the entire community due to the increased value of corn, real estate taxes, and 32 new jobs created with an annual payroll of approximately $1.5 million.

Stepan Company is a global manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemicals used in consumer products and industrial application. Stepan is a leading merchant producer of surfactants, which are the key ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning compounds. Manufacturers of detergents, shampoos, lotions, toothpastes and cosmetics depend on surfactants to achieve the foaming and cleaning qualities of their products.

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich was sworn in as the 40th Governor of Illinois on January 13, 2003. As Illinois' chief executive officer, Gov. Blagojevich is working aggressively to create jobs, build stronger communities, provide Illinois families the tools they need to improve their lives, and restore the people's confidence in state government.

August 03, 2006

E85 Biofuel Get Boost Through Legislation ...

New York legislation will enable gas stations to more easily offer alternative biofuels, such as E85, to their customers.  The existence of exclusive contracts with distributors made it impossible for gas station owners to offer biofuels.  Before long, owners of flex-fuel vehicles in New York will be able to fill up with E85 biofuel.  ...

...   "Governor George E. Pataki has signed legislation that will prohibit the use of exclusivity contracts between fuel distributors and gas stations that have limited the availability of renewable fuels for consumer use in their vehicles.  The new law will exempt renewable fuels from the provisions of any future motor fuel franchise agreements between fuel providers and retail service stations. Under these Pataki on E85 biofuels ...agreements, service stations are not allowed to purchase or sell fuels from a source other than the main distributor. Since most major petroleum fuel distributors do not offer E85 or other renewable fuels in New York State, many service stations are contractually prohibited from offering renewable fuels to their customers. With the Governor's signing of this bill into law, future contracts cannot prohibit or discourage a service station from selling alternative fuels.

The new law applies to E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), biodiesel fuel, hydrogen, and compressed natural gas (CNG). Distributors who violate the law by entering into exclusivity contracts will be subject to a penalty of $1,000. If the distributor does offer renewable fuels, they are allowed, under franchise agreements, to require the stations to use their brands. The law takes effect immediately and applies to all subsequent franchise agreements.  There are an estimated 200,000 flex fuel vehicles registered in New York State, and automakers have announced their intentions to dramatically increase their production of these vehicles, which can run on E85 or gasoline. However, at the present time there are only a few services stations in the State where drivers can purchase renewable fuels. "   ...


July 21, 2006

Biodiesel Production Facility

NewGen is making investment in the biodiesel production and distribution infrastructure.  It has not reported any revenues yet.  ...  NewGen Technologies ...

...   "NewGen also made progress in finalizing the engineering and construction plans for the company's first two 60-million gallon biodiesel production facilities in Iowa and Georgia.  The company is pursuing a number of potential options to finance these plants at the project level; construction is expected to begin during the second half of 2006. "   ...

Biodiesel Production Facility: Via NewGen: NewGen Announces First Quarter Results: Making Progress Towards Start of Operations ...

Diesel Ethanol Fuel: Diesenol

XcelPlus International will produce and distribute Diesenol, an ethanol-based substitute for traditional diesel and BioDiesel fuel, and FlexTek bi-fuel converter for gasoline powered vehicles.  ...

...   "Diesenol is NOT a blend of diesel fuel and gasoline. Diesenol is a blend of ethanol and a specially engineered proprietary chemical. The chemical additive was designed specifically to provide combustion and to maintain the integrity of the injector system. Diesenol has better cold start characteristics than conventional diesel fuel and does not require any special equipment or fittings. Diesenol is designed to combust at the same compression as ordinary diesel fuel. Field tests of Diesenol showed none of the problems associated with E95: Trucks running on Diesenol had more power, better torque curves and no injector failures. The test vehicles were city buses and trailer trucks, each of which logged over 400,000 Kilometers of use with Diesenol fuel. "   ...

Diesel Ethanol Fuel: Diesenol: Diesenol Substitute for Conventional Diesel and BioDiesel Fuel ...

July 16, 2006

FlexFuel Vehicles: Ethanol Fuel Availability Expands ...

FlexFuel Vehicles: Ethanol Fuel Availability Expands in Pittsburgh area.  VeraSun Energy is expanding its initiative with General Motors to increase the availability of E85 fuel, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.  ...

...   "Together with convenience store retailer Sheetz, Inc. and the State of Pennsylvania, the companies announced plans for the addition of three new fueling stations offering VE85, VeraSun's branded E85, at select Sheetz locations in the Pittsburgh area.  VeraSun will be supplying VE85 to select Sheetz stores, beginning this week at the new Pleasant Hills location (on Route 51 and Lewis Run Road), and expanding to two additional stores by later this year.  E85 Fuel availability increases ...

Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pa., is one of America's fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than $3.4 billion in revenue in 2005, 322 locations and more than 10,000 employees.  Today's announcement marks the fourth collaboration in four states that GM and VeraSun have entered with a third-party retailer since the companies began working together to promote awareness of E85. The first initiative, launched last May in Sioux Falls, S.D., put VeraSun's VE85 pumps in seven prominent local stations. In the Chicago metro area, what began as a 20-location effort in February has already expanded to include 32 sites, and the initial four outlets in Minneapolis-St. Paul have grown to 16 in the last four months.  VeraSun is committed to developing markets for renewable fuels and helping consumers realize a future that includes renewable energy. "   ...

FlexFuel Vehicles: Ethanol Fuel Availability Expands: Via Verasun Energy: VERASUN AND GENERAL MOTORS COLLABORATE TO BRING E85 ETHANOL-BASED FUEL TO PITTSBURGH: Governor Rendell welcomes E85 availability ...

June 21, 2006

BioButanol Green Gas Component ...

BP and Dupont link up to produce biobutanol as a biofuel component for gas in the UK.  ...

...   "BP and DuPont have been working together since 2003 to develop advanced biofuels with properties that can help overcome the limitations of existing biofuels. That work has now progressed to the point where they are able to bring the first jointly developed product to market. The companies' joint strategy is to deliver advanced biofuels that will provide improved options for expanding energy supplies and accelerate the move to renewable transportation fuels which lower overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The companies are leveraging DuPont's world-class biotechnology and bio-manufacturing capabilities with BP's fuels technology expertise and market know-how. By pooling their knowledge and expertise, the two companies aim to be the world leaders in the development and production of advanced biofuels, driving the growth of biofuels, which today account for less than two percent of global transportation fuels. Current projections show that biofuels could become a significant part of the transport fuel mix in the future – possibly up to 20-30 per cent in key markets.

The first product to market will be biobutanol, which will be introduced in the United Kingdom as a gasoline bio-component. Initial introduction is targeted in the UK in 2007 where BP and DuPont are working with British Sugar, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc, to convert the country's first ethanol fermentation facility to produce biobutanol. "   ...

BioButanol Green Gas Component: Via BP: DuPont bio-based science and BP fuels technology expertise will bring next generation biofuels to market ...

June 20, 2006

Biodiesel B20: Engine Test Specification ...

Engine Manufacturers Association releases test spec for biodiesel impact on engine performance, looking to baseline performance using B20 biodiesel blend.  ...

...   "The Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) announced the release of a test specification for biodiesel fuel to facilitate testing and evaluation of how blended biodiesel fuels perform in today's clean-burning diesel engines. The EMA specifications establish technical requirements for blends of petroleum fuel and biodiesel fuel that can be used to assess the effects of such biodiesel fuels on engine performance, durability and emissions.  The EMA specifications – Test Biodiesel engine test spec ...Specifications for Biodiesel Fuel – defines a biodiesel blend fuel with the properties and characteristics that engine manufacturers believe are needed to ensure good performance in today's engines. Engine manufacturers consider the specifications a critical and necessary first step in further testing and evaluating fuel blends with biodiesel content greater than 5%.

The EMA Test Specifications for Biodiesel Fuel establish a baseline B20 biodiesel blend that can be used for further testing and evaluation. EMA encourages vehicle owners interested in using biodiesel blends to request that the fuel meet the EMA specifications and that biodiesel fuel providers also produce blends meeting the EMA requirements and BQ 9000 production standards. Importantly, the EMA specifications are not an approved national fuel standard, and should not be used as such. "   ...


June 15, 2006

Biofuel: Strategic Alliance Seeks Renewable Transportation Fuel ...

Chevron and Georgia Tech collaborate to create new bio-based and hydrogen-viable fuels from renewable resources.  They will create a strategic alliance to perform research and commercialize the new processes.  ...

...   "Chevron Corporation and the Georgia Institute of Technology have formed a strategic research alliance to pursue advanced technology aimed at making cellulosic biofuels and hydrogen viable transportation fuels.  Chevron Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, plans to collaborate with Georgia Tech's Strategic Energy Institute and contribute up to $12 million over five years for research into and development of these emerging energy technologies. Ehtanol Biofuel ..

The focus of the joint research is to develop commercially viable processes for the production of transportation fuels from renewable resources such as forest and agricultural waste. This is viewed as an important advancement over first-generation biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, which are made from agricultural crops such as corn, sugarcane and soybeans. 

Cellulosic Biofuels: Through a process called aqueous phase reforming, researchers will develop processes to directly convert biomass such as wood or switchgrass into hydrogen or hydrocarbon transportation fuels. The study will help researchers determine the feasibility of producing commercial volumes of cellulosic biofuels or hydrogen from biomass and also understand the conditions needed for large-scale production facilities.  Another focus area will be to understand the characteristics of biofuels produced from different feedstocks and their effects on biofuel production processes. Defining the properties of various biofuels will help in the design of equipment and procedures to accommodate different feedstocks. "   ...

Biofuel: Strategic Alliance Seeks Renewable Transportation Fuel: Via Chevron: Chevron Partners With Georgia Tech to Pursue Next Generation of Renewable Transportation Fuels ...

Chevron is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of today's alternative and renewable energy technologies. Since 2000, Chevron Corporation, through its various subsidiaries, has spent more than $1.5 billion on renewable energy projects and on delivering energy efficiency solutions. Focus areas include geothermal, hydrogen, biofuels and advanced batteries as well as wind and solar technologies. Chevron is the largest renewable energy producer among global oil and gas companies, producing 1,152 megawatts of renewable energy, primarily from geothermal operations in Indonesia and the Philippines.

June 11, 2006

E85 Biofuel Dispenser ...

E85 biofuel dispenser is available for gas stations.  ...

...   "Dresser Wayne has introduced the industry's first approved E85 dispenser – the Dresser E85 Gas Pump by Dresser WayneWayne Vista 387. The pump is both approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Weights and Measures Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The corrosive nature of the higher blend of alcohol in E85 requires its equipment to be different to that of gasoline equipment. Dresser Wayne is partnering with CleanFUEL USA, both members of the NEVC, to offer this certified E85 compatible dispenser to retailers. "   ...

Via NEVC: First Industry Approved E85 Dispenser Now Available ...

Ethanol Gasoline E85 Stations in Texas ...

 Kroger invests in green E85 fuel in the Texas market.  Gas stations need upgrades to enable serving E85 to customers.  Kroger is offering E85 at competitive prices.  ...

...   Texas leads the nation with more than 250,000 E85 flexible fuel vehicles on the road, and Kroger's rollout of pumps that sell E85 fuel will provide convenient access for Texas motorists.  E85 flexible fuel vehicles can use both traditional gasoline and E85. E85 is a blend of 15 percent E85 Biofuel ...gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, which is a renewable, domestic fuel; the use of it may reduce greenhouse gases and the nation's dependence on petroleum.

Kroger is making the station improvements needed to offer E85 in Dallas and Houston this summer, and more Kroger fuel centers could offer E85 as consumer demand grows. Kroger will price E85 ethanol lower than regular, unleaded gasoline, and Kroger Plus Card customers will enjoy the additional per gallon savings offered on all types of fuel. "   ...

Via Kroger: KROGER TO OFFER TEXAS MOTORISTS E85 ETHANOL FUEL: Eighteen Kroger fuel stations in Houston and Dallas will offer the renewable fuel ...

June 10, 2006

Biodiesel Plant: BQ9000 Quality Certification ...

Minnesota company, SoyMor Biodiesel, achieves BQ9000 certification.  BQ9000 certifies that the biofuel is handled in a quality way from production to distribution.  ...

...   "The state that took the lead by requiring a two percent blend of biodiesel in its diesel fuel supply, continues to lead the biodiesel movement by ensuring high quality product. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that SoyMor Biodiesel, LLC, of Albert Lea, Minn., has achieved BQ-9000 accreditation under the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program. BQ-9000 is a voluntary fuel quality program adopted by both NBB and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

BQ-9000 is a quality assurance program that includes procedures for fuel storage, SoyMor ...handling and management aimed at ensuring fuel quality throughout the distribution system. The program creates a comprehensive quality system whereby fuel is consistently produced in accordance with ASTM specifications and maintains its quality all the way to the customer's fuel tank. SoyMor is one of three operational biodiesel  plants in the state, and the first in Minnesota to become BQ-9000 accredited.

Accreditation under the BQ-9000 program is open to all companies that produce, distribute or market biodiesel either in its pure form or for use in blending with petroleum diesel fuel. There are two types of designation under the program: Accredited Producer and Certified Marketer. The Certified Marketer category applies mostly to petroleum distributors, who play a critical role in fuel quality management through proper handling and storage.Biodiesel Certification

Biodiesel is a cleaner burning fuel that can be made from domestic renewable resources such as soybean oil. The alternative fuel can be used in any diesel engine with few or no modifications, in pure form or blended with petroleum diesel at any level. Biodiesel significantly reduces emissions while offering similar performance to diesel. Today, it is the fastest growing alternative fuel in America, and about 600 major fleets use biodiesel nationwide."   ...

Biodiesel Plant: BQ9000 Quality Certification: Via National Biodiesel Board: Minnesota Biodiesel Producer Becomes First in State to Achieve Accreditation: BQ-9000 Quality Control Program Helps Ensure Consumer Confidence in Minnesota and Beyond ...

June 05, 2006

BioDiesel Alternative Fuel Tax Breaks ...

Details on the tax breaks for biodiesel investment in the tax code.  ...

...    "Biodiesel/Alternative Fuels:  Small producer biodiesel and ethanol credit. This credit will benefitsmall agri-biodiesel producers by giving them a 10 cent per gallon tax credit for up to 15 million gallons of agri-biodiesel produced. In addition, the Biodiesel tax code credits limit on production capacity for small ethanol producers increased from 30 million to 60 million gallons.  This is effective until the end of 2008.  Credit for installing alternative fuel refueling property. Fueling stations are eligible to claim a 30% credit for the cost of installing clean-fuel vehicle refueling equipment, (e.g. E85 ethanol pumping stations).  Under the provision, a clean fuel is any fuel that consists of at least 85% ethanol, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or hydrogen and any mixture of diesel fuel and biodiesel containing at least 20% biodiesel.  This is effective through December 31, 2010. "   ...

BioDiesel Alternative Fuel Tax Breaks: Via Department of Energy: The Energy Policy Act of 2005: Tax Breaks ...

May 18, 2006

Biofuel Greentech Investment: KPCB ...

KPCB makes investment in biofuels through Altra ... 

...   “KPCB's commitment to and leadership in Greentech makes them an extremely helpful and well-networked investor, Gross said.  We share a common goal of innovating to create new, green sources of energy. We believe Altra's strategy and national footprint enables us to better serve consumers than smaller, local competitors.  Altra has invested in five biofuels plants, which will have the capacity to produce 175 million gallons of ethanol and 80 million gallons of biodiesel each year. The total financing of over $50 million included funding from KPCB, The Angeleno Group, Khosla Ventures, Omninet Private Equity and Sage Capital Partners. "   ...

Biofuel Greentech Investment: KPCB: Via Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Announces Greentech Investment in Altra Inc. and $100,000 KPCB Prize for Green Innovation ...

May 16, 2006

China BioFuel Plans ...

China plans investment in biofuels to offset the high costs of energy and to fuel its growth.  China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) sets the tone for renewable energy.  ...

...   "By 2020, China's production capacity of bio-liquid fuel such as fuel ethanol and bio-diesel will reach 12 million tons, which could substitute some 10 million tons of China NRDC ...refined oil products, said Han. "   ...

Via People's Daily: China plans to substitute bio-fuel for 10 million tons of refined oil products in 2020 ...

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is a macroeconomic management agency under the State Council, which studies and formulates policies for economic and social development, maintains a balance of economic aggregates and guides the overall economic system restructuring.

Via NRDC: BEIJING DECLARATION ON RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: By developing local sources of energy such as hydro, wind, solar, geothermal and modern biomass including liquid biofuels, countries can create diversified energy portfolios that are less vulnerable to wide price fluctuations. There is considerable scope, for example, for deploying biofuels in support of rural development and the transport sector.


May 09, 2006

Biodiesel Definition ...

Biodiesel defined ...

...   "What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel replacement fuel made from vegetable oil. Using biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine substantially Biofuel in Washington State ...reduces emissions of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfates and particulate matter. Biodiesel is also much less toxic to the environment than petroleum-based diesel and biodegrades much faster. "   ...

Biodiesel Definition: Via Wasington State Department of Ecology: Biodiesel in underground storage tanks (PDF) ...


May 08, 2006

Cellulose Ethanol Biofuel: Iogen Investment ...

Goldman makes investment in green technology through Iogen.  Iogen plans commercialization of an ethanol plant that will be based on raw materials from cellulose sources, such as switchgrass.  ...

...   "Goldman's investment gives it a minority stake in Iogen, the only company to be operating a demonstration facility that converts agriculture materials like straw, corn stalks, and switchgrass to ethanol.  Goldman joins the Royal Dutch/Shell Group as a major investor.  The funds will be used to accelerate Iogen's commercialization program.  Cellulose ethanol will allow a much greater expansion of U.S. domestic alternative fuel supply because there is a substantial untapped existing biomass resource.  A joint study by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy (USDA and DOE) has concluded that the land resources of the US could produce a sustainable Clean fuel cyclesupply of biomass sufficient to displace 30% (60 billion gallons of renewable fuel per year) of the country's present gasoline consumption.  Cellulose ethanol is a fully renewable, advanced biofuel that can be used in today's cars.  It is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. "   ...

Cellulose Ethanol Biofuel: Iogen Investment: Via Iogen: IOGEN GETS BOOST FROM GOLDMAN SACHS:  Wall Street firm invests $30 million in cellulose ethanol leader ...

Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in cellulose ethanol - a fully renewable transportation fuel made from agricultural residue that can be used in today's cars. The Company also develops, manufactures and markets enzymes used to modify and improve the processing of natural fibres within the textile, animal feed, and pulp and paper industries. In operation since 1974, Iogen is a privately held company located in Ottawa, Canada.


Biofuel Source for Island Nations: Coconut Oil ...

Coconut oil is being evaluated as a source of biofuel for Pacific island nations.  The South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) has studied the effect that coconut biofuel would have on the region's trade imbalance.  ...

...   "Coconut oil - extracted from copra, or coconut meat - can be used to make biodiesel to directly substitute diesel, or be blended with diesel. "   ...  Coconuts may be source of biofuel

Biofuel Source: Coconut Oil: Via Taiwan News: Pacific islands see coconuts as potential biofuel source ...


Coconut Oil Biofuel – Clean and Competitive (PDF, by Jan Cloin, Energy Adviser, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission): "The substitution of diesel by coconut oil fuel in power generation can lead to great cost reduction and diversifies the fuel options of power utilities in Pacific island countries. ... "

April 29, 2006

Switchgrass BioFuel: Green Energy ...

DOE program supports ethanol production from switchgrass ...

 ...   "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) believes that biofuels - made from crops of native grasses, such as fast- growing switchgrass - could reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, curb emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and strengthen America's farm economy. Switchgrass is big and it's tough - after a good growing season, it can stand 10 feet high, with stems as thick and strong as hardwood pencils.  It grows fast, capturing lots of solar energy and turning it into lots of chemical energy - cellulose - that can be liquified, gasified, or burned directly. It also reaches deep into the soil for water, and uses the water it finds very efficiently.  One reason BFDP researchers are confident that switchgrass can become an important feedstock for ethanol production is the groundwork that's already been laid by corn growers. U.S. ethanol production from corn currently totals nearly 2 billion gallons a year. Some of this ethanol is blended with gasoline to make gasohol;  Switchgrass Biofuelsome is further refined to make gasoline octane boosters; and some is burned, either in pure (neat) form or mixed with a small percentage of gasoline, in fleets of research and demonstration vehicles. "   ...

Switchgrass BioFuel: Green Energy: Via ORNL: Biofuels from Switchgrass: Greener Energy Pastures ...

April 27, 2006

Biofuel from Willow Tree ...

Ethanol biofuel to be created from willow.  Regional jobs will be created in this green initiative.  ...

 ...   "The owners of the plant, Northeast Biofuels, will be taking willow tree byproduct from nearby paper mills and turning it into ethanol. "   ...

Biofuel from Willow Tree: Via AutoBlogGreen: Old beer plant now brewing ethanol ...


April 26, 2006

BioDiesel B100 Produced for Blends ...

Heartland Biofuel produces B100 biodiesel ...

 ...   "The Flora plant produces B100, or 100% biodiesel. Its first customer, earlier this month, was Countrymark Cooperative, headquartered in Indianapolis. Countrymark supplies local coops, and blends 2% biodiesel in all its diesel fuel. "   ...

BioDiesel B100 Produced for Blends: Via Carrol County Comet: Local biofuel plant takes off ...

April 25, 2006

BioEthanol CO2 Impact Neutral ...

Bioethanol has a neutral CO2 impact ...
... "The use of bioethanol is considered helpful to control carbon dioxide emissions, whose reduction is required under the Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming. This is because the plants grown to produce the biofuel absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which cancels out the CO2 produced when the fuel is burned. " ...
Via TMCNet: Government, private sector to fuel case for using bioethanol ...

April 23, 2006

Biodiesel Alternative to Petroleum Diesel ...

Biodiesel fuel is becoming a viable supplement to petroleum-based diesel ... Soy Biodesel Tank ...

...   "Biodiesel is oil from vegetables such as soybeans that has been processed into a less viscous fuel to make it usable in a conventional diesel engine. With conversion kits, such as those installed at PrairieFire, engines can be modified to handle vegetable oil without processing.  "   ... 

Via AutoBlog-GreenWisconsin State Journal: Biodiesel use grows as energy prices rise ...

Additional facts on biodiesel from Journey to Forever: "Biodiesel is much cleaner than fossil-fuel diesel ("dinodiesel"). It can be used in any diesel engine with no need for modifications ... "

DOE on Alternative Fuels: "Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics. ... "

Conrad Announces $50 Million Biodiesel Plant: Senator Helps Bring World-Class Production Complex to North Dakota: "Biodiesel is a fuel that is derived from renewable crops, like canola. It provides the same fuel mileage and engine power as petroleum-based diesel, but has lower health risks and is considered environmentally friendly because it is cleaner burning and biodegradable. ... "

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April 14, 2006

Biofuels Support Greenhouse Gas Reduction ...

Biofuels, such as ethanol, can displace the use of non-renewable energy sources in transportation.  ...

...   "Keys to the Future: An important way to limit future transportation greenhouse gas emissions is to increase reliance on fuels made from renewable resources. For example, Argonne National Laboratory has estimated that it is possible to achieve emission reductions of up to 25 percent by switching to corn-based ethanol fuels now; and, with wider use, a reduction of about 30 percent might be possible ...

An emerging issue only beginning to be discussed by the public in 1975 was the potential for global climate change resulting from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  One of the most important of these greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, and transportation is a major source of this. In 1975, transportation produced 350 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and the atmosphere  carried 330 parts per million CO2 by volume. Today, transportation produces nearly 500 million metric tons of CO2 per year, and atmospheric loading is estimated to be about 370 parts per million—1.3 times pre-industrial levels. Corn-based Biofuel ...

Transportation will always require energy. Achieving sustainable energy for transportation will require that pollutant emissions fall faster than traffic grows, that greenhouse gas emissions are controlled to acceptable levels, that dependence on oil is reduced, and that energy resources for transportation expand faster than they are consumed.

The USDOT is laying the foundation for this broad-based approach to sustainability as related to transportation. The Department has formed a Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting, which is conducting research and development solutions that can address long-term environmental problems while accomplishing other national transportation goals. The Center is the USDOT’s focal point for technical expertise on  transportation and climate change. One of its primary goals is to develop compliance and multimodal approaches to reduce transportationrelated greenhouse gases. The USDOT also has launched Smart Growth initiatives focused on the interaction between transportation investments and land use. These, and related initiatives, will address both current and future challenges in enhancing and preserving communities and the natural environment. "   ...

Biofuels Support Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Via U.S. Department of Transportation: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: The Changing Face of Transportation (PDF), BTS00-007 ...