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The Great Green Fleet

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Last week the U.S. Navy took part in the 22-nation Pacific Rim training exercises off the coast of Hawaii. Different for the U.S. Navy in this year’s exercise was the fact that its warships and fighter jets were powered by a 50-50 blend of biofuel and petroleum-based fuels. It was the operational debut of drop-in advanced biofuels in the Navy ships and aircrafts and the demonstration proved the green-fuels blend to be safe and effective. Read More >

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See for Yourself: New BIO Book Showcases Visible Progress in Industrial Biotech

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BIO recently introduced a picture book of biorefineries across the United States, “Visible Progress in Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products and Renewable Chemicals”, which showcases commercial, demonstration and even new pilot facilities. Some of these facilities have been in operation for as long as a decade while others are new plants under construction. They include the first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel production biorefineries and facilities for ongoing research and development of industrial biotech products. Biorefineries Read More >

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Business Confidence with the RFS Under Attack

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This week, Biofuels Digest and BIO launched the quarterly Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey. Results from the first quarter of 2012 showed that industry optimism remained high earlier in the year, even though companies still reported difficulty in raising the capital needed for ongoing research and development and construction of demonstration and commercial biorefineries. Now that the petroleum refiners have launched a multi-million dollar pr campaign against the biofuel industry, it will be interesting to take Read More >

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PlantBottle Takes the Petroleum Out of Packaging

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Today’s breakout session at the 2012 BIO Convention, Petroleum, PET and PlantBottle – Reducing Dependence on Oil Imports for Plastics, featured Scott Vitters from the Coca Cola Company, Kieran Furlong of Virent and Bob Bernacki of Gevo. The three talked about PlantBottle, a commercial solution already on the market that reduces petroleum in plastic bottles and other PET products by 30 percent. Vitters said Coca Cola does not want to stop there so they are Read More >

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Michigan Event Promotes Positive Impacts From 2012 Farm Bill

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On Wednesday, BIO and MichBio co-hosted an event at the 2012 Mackinaw Policy Conference featuring Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.); Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio; Pete Pellerito, Senior Policy Consultant for BIO; and Marcos Dantus, co-founder of KTM Industries. Senator Stabenow announced new initiatives in the 2012 Farm Bill to advance Michigan’s emerging biobased manufacturing industry. The 2012 Farm Bill recently passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 16-5 vote. It supports emerging technologies Read More >

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