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The Sustainable Energy Coalition, in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, invites you to the 14th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum.
Private financial support for technology acceleration continues to be important, and certain technologies are becoming clear favorites for investors, according to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis of financial investments made in biofuels projects since 2004.
Energy, film incentives scheduled to expire in January 2012
Everyone in agriculture continues to help the United States work toward energy independence with homegrown energy, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Reaching a key milestone in the quest for a better biofuel, Virent Energy Systems has produced "biogasoline" from crops that aren't part of the nation's food supply.
Laidlaw Energy Group LLC has executed a final purchase and sales agreement to acquire a 14-megawatt biomass power plant in Susanville, Calif.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based energy crop seed developed Ceres Inc. filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 23 for an initial public offering, hoping to raise up to $100 million to fund the expansion of its business. Specifically, the company is seeking to expand its operations in Brazil, establish additional collaborative agreements to commercialize cellulosic biofuels and continue to develop intellectual property for further product improvements.
A new study by the Michigan State University branch of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, which is led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that biofuel production in the United States in recent years has likely not resulted in any indirect land use changes.
In Colorado, ZeaChem announced a binding multi-year joint development agreement with Procter & Gamble. The agreement will accelerate development of ZeaChem’s product platform beyond C2 through the commercialization of “drop-in” bio-based chemicals and other products.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a gathering of international agricultural development activists recently that U.S. biofuels should not blamed for most of the increases in food prices in recent years. “With respect to food prices, corn-based ethanol does not deserve the scapegoat reputation that folks often attempt to assign it,” Vilsack told a May 24 conference sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “During the great run-up in food and commodity prices in 2007 and 2008, biofuel production played only a minor role — accounting for about 10 percent of the total increase in global prices.”
On May 11, Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., introduced legislation that would authorize the U.S. Department of Defense to engage in 15 year contracts for advanced biofuels. The bill, titled the “Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011,” or H.R. 1847, was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Armed Services. According to information published in the Congressional Record, DOD contracts for advanced biofuels are currently limited to 5 years.
Local scientists have turned San Diego into the research capital for an alternative fuel that could be the solution for America's pain at the gas pump.
The Bipartisan Policy Center released a study [last week] showing that simply handing cash to clean energy developers is twice -- yes, twice -- as effective as supporting them through tax credits.
A Department of Energy grant will pay for a pilot project to test a promising new way to produce biofuel and use Mid-Columbia ag and other waste to do it.
ZeaChem Inc. has signed a long-term feedstock agreement with GreenWood Tree Farm Fund LP for its first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefinery.
Margaret McCormick has been dreaming of ways to make microorganisms do big things since her grad school days in biology at MIT. Years later, the scientist-turned-venture capitalist is now in a position to act on those dreams as CEO of a Seattle-based startup called Matrix Genetics.
The number one challenge the emerging algae industry faces today, according to Arizona State University professor Qiang Hu, is algal culture protection. Hu recently received a $1 million, five-year grant from the USDA to study how, why, when and where bugs like zooplankton can negatively affect or contaminate an algae culture.
Projects will help develop sustainable, renewable biofuels in the U.S.
WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a total of $42 million to fund eight research and development projects that will support the production of biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources.
The following Western Regional project has been selected for award:
The National Biodiesel Board applauded the state of Oregon on its progressive upgrade from a B2 biodiesel blend requirement to a B5 requirement. The increase went into effect April 1st in Oregon-now the second state to require that all diesel fuel sold is a B5 biodiesel blend.
The National Biodiesel Board will host a 60 minute webinar, "Vantage Point: Views on Food, Fuel and Land Use" Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT.
Dr. Stephen Kaffka - University of California, Davis
Keith Kline - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Moderator: Don Scott - National Biodiesel Board
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., 1302 Longworth House Office Building
This briefing will examine some of the opportunities and challenges faced by pioneering biomass feedstock producers and current federal efforts to support the development of sustainable biomass feedstocks and feedstock systems - such as the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, the Sun Grant Initiative, the Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership, and sustainability research and development. Speakers will include:
Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.
Congratulations to the following Western Region universities:
Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., $996,962 – This research will examine the factors associated with algae contamination by zooplankton in commercial cultures and develop rapid diagnostic methods to ensure sustainable production of algal crops for biofuels.
University of California, Davis, Calif., $999,920 – This research will generate the basic genomics knowledge needed for breeding improved switchgrass varieties that are disease resistant.
University of California, Davis, Calif., $998,791 – The overall goal of this project is to develop the new route for co-production of isobutanol and gluconate using poplar as the feedstock. Isobutanol is a potential substitute of gasoline and an intermediate for diesel and jet fuel.
University of California, Riverside, Calif., $967,679 – This project will investigate the ecosystem of sugarcane to determine the sustainability of using it as a biomass crop and advance the technology needed to commercially develop the crop.
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $599,210 – This project addresses creating enhanced-value products from oilseeds, a feedstock of particular importance to the Pacific Northwest.
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, $999,874 – The overall goals of this project are to develop strains of Lactobacillus casei tailored for lactic acid fermentation at low pH of low-value substrates derived from algae and switchgrass feedstocks after biofuels production.
Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $953,196 –This project investigates the ability for switchgrass and hybrid poplar to co-exist and remain highly productive to achieve high bioenergy from each crop and each acre of production.
For anyone looking for a piece of land to start an algae production site, Mark Wigmosta from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory might be the person to speak with. Wigmosta and a team of researchers have completed a study titled, “National microalgae biofuels production potential and resource demand,” which outlines the best regions throughout the lower 48 U.S. states for algae biomass growth potential given both land and water footprint concerns.
In Washington, Paul Bryan, program manager of the DOE’s Office of Biomass, said at the Advanced Biofuesl Leadership Conference that the DOE is shifting gears from focusing solely on replacing the gasoline fraction of refined crude oil, but likened the process to “whitewater rafting in a battleship.
Take a look at eight platform inventions that would turn the bio-based fuels and materials industry upside down.
The biodiesel section of eXtension’s Farm Energy Resource Area now contains 41 articles, 20 Frequently Asked Questions, and the latest news and information from extension experts.
To access the biodiesel articles, see: http://www.extension.org/pages/Farm_Energy_Biodiesel_Table_of_Contents
eXtension, pronounced “E-Extension,” is a wiki by and for extension professors and agents from universities around the country.
Some articles are for real beginners—those who don’t even know what biodiesel is. Other articles are more technical in nature, for those who want to deepen their knowledge of biodiesel production and use.
Right now some of our most popular articles include: Oilseed Crops for Biodiesel Production; Used and Waste Oil and Grease for Biodiesel; and Reactors for Biodiesel Production.