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Commercialization of Drop-in Biofuels

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This morning, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology attendees had the opportunity to hear about the future of drop-in Biofuels in the Commercialization of Drop-in Biofuels track during Tuesday’s Breakout Sessions. The track was kicked off by moderator and presenter, Glenn Johnston of Gevo who gave an overview of drop-in biofuels and how they are substantially similar to gasoline, diesel, or jet fuels. Because of this drop-ins minimize infrastructure compatibility issues. Johnston then handed the panel Read More >

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Philadelphia Proclaims Energy Independence During BIO’s World Congress

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The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology began in Philadelphia, with an expected 1,100 attendees from 35 countries coming to the city. The city provided a warm welcome to the attendees, declaring Monday May 12, 2014 “Energy Independence Day.” The official proclamation, signed by the Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, “urge[s] all citizens to be aware of the importance of sustainable energy,” and recognizes Novozymes, who, “with the help of biotechnology, has enabled the Read More >

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Big Oil Asks Congress to Do What the Courts Denied

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“This contention is meritless.” Doesn’t “withstand scrutiny.” “Ignores salient facts.” That was the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monroe Energy and PBF Energy’s challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The companies asked the Court to vacate the entire RFS for 2013, claiming the blendwall makes it impossible for them to comply with the RFS and EPA did not use its waiver authority to reduce biofuel use. “Neither Read More >

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USA Today Misses the Point on Biofuel Development

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A recent USA Today article, picked up from content provider Ozy.com, mischaracterizes the message of a research article on land use changes. In their 2012 study on grasslands, South Dakota State University ecologists Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly try to convey that the opportunity for cellulosic biofuel production to take root in the Great Plains and Western Corn Belt is in danger of being lost. The authors correctly note that public policy and economic incentives Read More >

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Unrealistic Assumptions Lead to Unsustainable Results for Corn Stover

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There is a growing body of independent research reporting the results of practical field trials for corn stover harvesting, switchgrass production, and other sources of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. This research has led to guidelines and measurement tools for sustainably harvesting crop residues, in order to ensure soil health. The main point of this decade-old area of research is to help farmers know their fields and to engage in sustainable harvesting practices. Companies planning to Read More >

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