Report: Airlines Should Use 80% Biofuels by 2050

John Davis

The airline industry should shoot to have 80 percent of its fuels come from ethanol and biodiesel by the year 2050. This post on the Web site says the “Green Skies Thinking” published today by right wing think-tank Policy Exchange pushes the phase-in of an EU Sustainable Bio-Jet Fuel Blending Mandate by 2020, leading to aviation companies having to …


IFMA 17 Delegates Travel on Bio-Fuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The International Farm Management Association (IFMA) was not kidding when it came up with its concept for the second Congress ever held in the U.S. Conference planners have woven the theme of “Food, Fiber and Energy” throughout the past few days of the Congress. However, it may surprise a few of the international delegates to learn their transportation is also …

biofuels, IFMA

Efficient Irrigation Can Improve Biofuels ROI

Cindy Zimmerman

Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic® irrigation systems, has produced a new biofuels brochure called “Improving Biofuel ROI Through Efficient Irrigation Solutions.” The eight-page full-color brochure includes information on key biofuel crops, the benefits of biofuels, market growth opportunities for biofuels, and irrigation management recommendations to help growers optimize the yield, size distribution and quality of biofuel crops. “Several factors are …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Irrigation

Synthetic Biology for Next-Generation Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

The 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, is in full swing in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and I had the opportunity to listen in to a webinar sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). The session focused on the technical and commercial advances in the use of synthetic biology for next-generation biofuels. Four companies participated in the panel and …

BIO, Biodiesel, biofuels, conferences, Ethanol

Researchers: Biofuels Can Be Beneficial

John Davis

A group of researchers, many from Princeton University, say that biofuels can solve many of the problems related to non-renewable fossil fuels… without creating more problems of their own. This article from Princeton says the key is making the green fuels from sustainable sources: “The world needs to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, but recent research findings have thrown …

biofuels, food and fuel, Research

Rabobank Launches Renewable Energy Finance Team

Joanna Schroeder

It appears that some of the concern over the difficulty to secure financing for biofuels projects may be a worry of the past. Rabobank recently established a Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Finance (REIF) team in the Americas. Tomas Emmons has been selected to head the department with teams in Europe, Asia and now New York. Also in the states, the …

biofuels, Company Announcement, Ethanol News

Florida Farm to Fuel Summit Registrations Up

Cindy Zimmerman

Organizers of the 2009 Florida Farm to Fuel® Summit report that registrations for the event on July 29-31 are running ahead of last year. The fourth annual summit will feature addresses by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson, USDA Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager, “Fuel” documentary producer Josh Tickell, and many others. There will also be a …

biofuels, conferences, Ethanol News

Exxon to Invest Millions in Biofuels

Michelle Kautz

Despite the widely publicized “moonshine” remark a few years ago by Exxon’s chairman and chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, the company has spent several years exploring various fuel alternatives, according to one of its top research officials. “We literally looked at every option we could think of, with several key parameters in mind,” said Emil Jacobs, vice president for research …

biofuels, Ethanol News

Missouri Could Be Wind, Biofuels & Biomass Center

John Davis

A new report says Missouri could become a real center for wind power, biomass, biogas and other sources of renewable energy, while creating thousands of jobs and more tax revenues, especially in rural areas of the state. This story in the St. Louis Business Journal says the Natural Resources Defense Council report points out that Missourians spend more than $18 …

biofuels, biogas, biomass, Ethanol, News, Wind