Biofuel
February 4, 2013, Berkeley, CA – Winemakers have long known that blending different grape varietals can favorably balance the flavor characteristics of the wine they produce. In the future, makers of advanced biofuels might use a similar strategy, blending different feedstock varieties to balance the energy characteristics of the transportation fuel they produce.
January 29, 2013, Washington, DC - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is overestimating the amount of fuel that can be produced from grasses, wood and other nonfood plants in an effort to promote a fledgling biofuels industry.
January 11, 2013, Berkeley, CA – Galactan is a polymer of galactose, a six-carbon sugar that can be readily fermented by yeast into ethanol and is a target of interest for researchers in advanced biofuels produced from cellulosic biomass.
January 8, 2013 Ottawa, ON — Results from the world’s first flight powered by 100 percent biofuel that met petroleum fuel specifications without blending revealed a 50 percent reduction in emissions and reduced fuel consumption.
January 7, 2013, Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, Washington, Maryland, and Texas that will develop new technologies to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts like plastics and chemical intermediates.
January 2, 2013, Charlottesville, VA – Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have deciphered the secrets of the production of cellulose, the most common natural polymer on Earth, in a discovery that could have major ramifications for both biofuel production and the battle against bacterial infections.
December 20, 2012, Washington, DC – The Advanced Ethanol Council has released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
December 14, 2012, Golden, CO – The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks, the federal laboratory announced.
December 11, 2012, Toronto, ON – The MaRS Cleantech Fund announced the completion of a venture deal with Woodland Biofuels, positioned to become North America's lowest-cost producer of ethanol.
December 10, 2012, Hattiesbury, MS – Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are participating in an international research project aimed at turning marine micro-algae into fuel.
December 10, 2012, Rotterdam, NL – In a recent survey conducted with bioenergy leading industry experts ahead of the 8th annual World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition, 51% of those who responded rated their government’s policy as supportive, while 15% rated them as very supportive.
December 6, 2012, London, UK – British Airways says it is on the verge of beginning construction of a $500 million biofuels facility that will divert about 500,000 tonnes of waste per year from area landfills and use it to create 50,000 tonnes of sustainable low carbon jet fuel.
December 5, 2012, Collingwood, ON — The owners of Amaizeingly Green, which started out as Collingwood Ethanol in 2007, taking over the former Nacan starch plant, filed for receivership of the plant on this week.
December 5, 2012, Hamilton, ON – A major Ontario industrial operation is making a bet that algae might solve its greenhouse gas emissions problems.
December 4, 2012, Washington, DC – A new report released in the U.S. by the National Council of Chain Restaurants generated a swift response from the organizations representing the ethanol and advanced biofuels industries.
December 3, 2012, Des Moines, Iowa - Industrial giant DuPont has jumped into the cellulosic ethanol game in a big way, with a groundbreaking ceremony on a $200-million plant here.
November 26, 2012, Golden, CO – Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.
November 19, 2012, Washington, DC – The U.S. EPA announced Nov. 16 that it would not waive the renewable fuel standard (RFS), as had been officially requested in mid-August. The EPA had been considering the request for more than 90 days following its submission.
November 13, 2012, Madison, WI – Using a biomass-derived solvent, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineers have streamlined the process for converting lignocellulosic biomass into high-demand chemicals or energy-dense liquid transportation fuel.
November 9, 2012, Berkeley, CA – A fermentation technique once used to make cordite, the explosive propellant that replaced gunpowder in bullets and artillery shells, may find an important new use in the production of advanced biofuels.

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