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Happenings on Capitol Hill, at the White House and in Federal Agencies

EPA Comment Period for RFS2 2014 Volume Announcement January 28

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a lower level of renewable fuel to be blended into the national transportation fuel supply in 2014, lower than the agency had required for 2013.  In the process, EPA officially asserted its belief in a "blend wall" as the justification for the proposed levels.  

This proposal ignores the potential for growth in the higher ethanol blend markets. It also ignores the growing biodiesel market for advanced biofuels, as well as that for Brazilian ethanol.

A press release describing the volume requirements also explains that the EPA requests input to address how that "E10 blend wall" might be surmounted. 

To many, it signals this administration's desire to side with fossil fuel industry interests against those of renewable transportation fuel advocates. READ MORE
The proposal has a 60 day public comment period ending January 28, 2014. The request is also for comments on how to surmount the "E10 blend wall." EPA can adjust the proposed volumes as appropriate based on the latest information.  Here are the proposed reguations, along with instructions for submitting comments.
Keep up with the latest developments on federal legislation related to advanced biofuels via our web site.  READ MORE

Volunteer Profile: Ritambhara Singh

... Dr. Ritambhara Singh earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics and currently works as a consultant to the livestock industry in Ahmedabad, India. She is now working for the Livestock Industry Association by conducting the 2013-2014 livestock survey. Dr. Singh earned her Bachelors of Science from Rohilkhand University, India in 2000, her Masters in agricultural economics in 2002 from one of the most prestigious Agriculture Universities in India and finally got her Ph.D. in 2005.

Dr. Singh first became interest in the field of biofuels in 2007 when the debate over food vs. fuel became a global issue due to the crisis over food prices. She developed particular interests in livestock economics, commodity prices, biofuels, agricultural price and trade policies, economic analysis, and farm management. She began looking for ways to get involved in the industry.

In 2009, Dr. Singh found the Advanced Biofuels USA website and decided it would be a valuable experience to intern. ...

Her time spent with Advanced Biofuels USA helped Dr. Singh gain experience interacting with a global audience by conducting interviews and writing articles. Dr. Singh said that her favorite part of her internship was meeting different people through interviews, conferences, and telephone conversations.    READ MORE

The third in an occasional series written by Nicholas DeFilippis.  We wanted to help our readers get to know better the organization and the volunteers who make it work.  We hope to enhance your appreciation for the professional skills and dedication of our volunteer staff and to inspire your support.
You will meet volunteers at all stages of professional life, from high school students to retirees; from college graduates building job skills to those of us who are "in between" job opportunities.  All contribute rich experiences and talents and, like ripples in a pond, extend the reach of this organization where ever they go. which includes places around the world.---Joanne Ivancic

On the Road: Conferences  and Events

Aino Siirala Reports on Finland Corporate Cleantech Venture Day: Panel Discussions, Pitches and Speed Dating

Aino Siirala, civil and environmental engineering student at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, represented Advanced Biofuels USA at the Corporate Clelantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland and reported on her experience of the nitty-gritty of developing business relationships that can lead to financing and investment.

Advanced Biofuels USA understands that scientists who can grasp what it takes to move innovation from bench to commercialization and encourages students and professional researchers to observe and participate in these events.  Siirala attened  panel discussions as well as observed dealflow sessions with pitches from companies and start-ups and a speed-dating session arranged before the actual event. Hot topics of the panels were venture capital investments, corporate spin-offs, acquisitions, joint R&D and cleantech startups.  READ MORE

Got Biochar?  2013 North American Biochar Symposium: Science, Passion and Practice

Danilo Gusamo de Quadros, a research scholar in bioenergy at the University of Florida and a professor of agronomy at Bahia State University in Brazil, traveled north to find the beautiful countryside of Massachusetts, attending the 2013 North American Biochar Symposium at the U-MASS (University of Massachusetts) auditorium in Amherst, from October 13-16.

In addition to providing a review of sessions and the Tech Field Day, he provides exclusive interviews with Dr. Johannes Lehmann, professor of soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management at Cornell University in New York; with Dr. Eric Eddings, a professor at University of Utah, College of Engineering and collaborator at Amaron Energy doing research and development in the general areas of practical combustion devices and the utilization of solid and liquid fuels; and with Tom Gardner with Business Development at Amaron Energy.

His conclusions? "(T)he benefits of biochar are unquestionable in many aspects. However, there many variables, such as kind of feedstock, process of production, interaction with soil type, and specie of crop, which affect the benefit:cost ratio. So, biochar is not the miracle powder some people expect. Still to be studied, case by case, is the utilization for long term benefit, considering the environmental benefits and profit for biochar producers and crop growers.

As a co-product of bioenergy production from biomass pyrolysis, where syngas and bio-oils are relevant, biochar is an important component of this equation, contributing positively to the profit of the business.    READ MORE

Advanced Biofuels USA at OBIC Bioproduct Network Annual Meeting

Advanced Biofuels USA executive director, Joanne Ivancic and treasurer, Robert Kozak (shown right with Ohio State's Dr. Fred Michel (second from left) and others at the PENRA rubber pilot plant), participated in the OBIC Bioproduct Network's annual meeting December 2-3 in Wooster, Ohio.  Taking advantage of the pre-meeting opportunity to re-visit in-process development of bioproducts from new ways to make real rubber to Dr. Yebo Li's (pictured at right in lab below) work on anerobic digestion processes, algae and a number of other innovations; it was invigorating to watch visions become realities.

The OBIC Bioproduct Network embodies OBIC's mission of expediting bioproduct commercialization.  Using a cluster approach to bring together interdependent organizations that draw advantage from mutual connections, OBIC is successfully transitioning from an Ohio-centric emphasis to a business-centric organization focused on the bioproducts industry.

Attendees at the meeting ranged from academics related to Ohio State University, which hosts OBIC, to entrepreneurs from Quasar, EMC2, T2e, Team Gemini, Innovative Plastics & Molding, and others; to multinational  and US business leaders such as Battelle, Pepsi, Goodyear, Bridgestone, ADM, Novozymes, Chemtex, Tarkett, The Andersons, Sherwin-Williams, Scotts MiracleGro, Ashland and many more.  All looking for bio-based solutions for their business future.

Seated together, the education-oriented group initiated new relationships. Contributing to the educational expertise, Dr. Larry Walker brought his ground-breaking leadership of teach-the-teacher biofuels education programs from Cornell University. Carol Warkentien discussed the recently published online educational resources for the Ohio Soybean Council.  And Ivancic answered questions and introduced the organization to those not already acquainted with it. 

Advanced Biofuels USA looks forward to continuing and building relationships with OBIC and members of its Bioproducts Network.

Future Events:  Come Visit with Us at---

Join us at the Keystone Farm Show January 7-9 in York, PA. See below for information on Free Admission.

Stop by our booth at the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) Expo January 28-29 in Washington, DC.

Education Opportunity

The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for summer research opportunities. An accepted scholar receives a stipend to help cover living costs during the program.
This program is a great opportunity to work with researchers from Penn State University, Delaware State University, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, and other participating institutions. You also will be interacting with other students like you, especially during the one week orientation program held at the start of the summer.
The next round of applications opened on 01 November for the 2014 program. For more information, please contact Dr. Kalpalatha Melamee at Students can come from any part of the country, but positions will be at Northeast US universities.  READ MORE

Upcoming Advanced Biofuels Conferences and  Activities: Some Details

Keystone Farm Show January 7-9, 2014 York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in size! The Keystone Farm Show has been extended to 3 days to accommodate the increase in attendance.

This show targets only full-time farmers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Since it’s inception, the Keystone Farm Show has tripled in number of exhibitors and uses all available space at the York Fairgrounds including the newly refurbished Heritage Hall.

This show is only marketed to full-time farmers through the agricultural print media in the geographical area covered by Country Folks weekly farm newspapers. You can expect an audience of 10,000 quality buyers at this show, ask any one of our past exhibitors!   READ MORE  Visit our booth #H308  For free admission, contact 

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2014 Washington, DC

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational ”Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in a forum for the discussion of current and future energy and power initiatives.

Several areas this Summit will address:
DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit allows for civilian and military users across the energy and power spectrum to come together to learn, discuss, debate, and help advance  several key areas within the mobile power community such as:

- Advanced fuel cell and battery systems for ground, air & space applications
- Performance metrics and measurements development
- Portable energy harvesting
- Biofuels and advanced “drop in” fuels
 -Optimization of microgrids
- Energy integration in data-to-decision: Intelligent power management
- R&D in waste-to-energy conversions for FOBs
- Tactical renewable energy programs
- Streamlined  acquisition & commercial item procurement    READ MORE
Use the following code when registering for a courtesy discount of 15% : “energ15″

2014 CAAFI General Meeting and Expo January 28-29 Washington, DC

The 2014 CAAFI General Meeting on January 28 and 29, 2014 will include presentations and white papers covering key issues facing the alternative aviation fuels industry as well as panels providing industry and stakeholder perspectives.

The 2014 CAAFI General Meeting will be bigger than ever and is taking place at a specatular and convenient venue – the Washington Marriott.

CAAFI Expo – Two days of concurrent exhibition opportunities for entities from across the supply chain to exhibit displays to explain and promote their capabilities and approaches to an audience of public and private sector decisions makers.

The exhibitor space will provide a way for fuel producers and others in the industry to showcase the products they offer and the approaches they are taking.  READ MORE  The general meeting is for members and invited guests only, however, the EXPO is free and open to the public.  .Come visit our booth.  

3rd Starch World 2014 February 17-18 Jakarta, Indonesia

Starch World is recognised as an important event for the industry and generally targeted at companies involved in Plantation , Agriculture / Agro Industrial Crops, Fermentation, Enzymes Suppliers, Companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – food, textiles, paper , pharmaceutical industries, Starch manufacturers from various feedstocks including rice, cassava, corn, wheat, tapioca ,financial institutions, Ethanol Producers, Fertiliser Cos, Sugar Plantations Co, Equipment & Technology suppliers.

The leading starch event promises thorough discussions on:
  • New developments in resistant starch
  • GMO vs. non GMO debate
  • New applications and value added products including bioplastics
  • Cassava to Bioethanol… and much more
Newly added to the 2014 event is a Site Visit to Cassava Plantations and Starch factory in Bogor.  READ MORE

ACI’s Carbon Dioxide Utilization Congress February 19-20, 2014 San Diego, CA

The perception of COâ‚‚ as a waste product is being challenged by the emergence of new industrial applications. COâ‚‚ utilization is now set to play an important role in the development of alternative fuels, ways to tackle climate change and the synthesis of high value chemicals.
Spread over two days in San Diego (AKA America’s Finest City), ACI’s Carbon Dioxide Utilization Congress will examine a wide range of CO₂ applications, featuring reports on the latest technologies along with fresh perspectives on established processes such as enhanced oil recovery. There will also be a focus on the implications of CO₂ utilization for the environment and the energy sector as a whole, with speakers coming from international corporations, renowned universities and regulatory bodies.
Key Topics
  • Global trends in commercial COâ‚‚ applications
  • Cost-benefit analysis of Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Harnessing COâ‚‚ as a waste stream
  • COâ‚‚ as a primary raw material in the synthesis of high value chemicals
  • Supercritical COâ‚‚ as an extraction solvent
  • COâ‚‚ conversion in the production of biofuels
  • CO2 as a petrochemical feedstock
Readers of Advanced Biofuels USA’s web site receive a special discount: 15% off till the date of the event.   In order to claim this discount,  email Justyna Korfanty ( ) and quote : CCO2MP READ MORE

2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26 National Harbor, MD

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has hosted the Energy Innovation Summit for the past 4 years. It brings together the nations most innovative minds to team together on potential breakthroughs in energy technology. This push for innovative technology is critical to securing the nation’s global technology leadership.

We gather the best minds in academia, business, and government to advance energy technology innovation. Join us to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and build relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. Meet with key representatives from the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and other government agencies who are actively supporting energy technology development.

The ARPA-E Technology Showcase features 280+ breakthrough technologies, expert entrepreneurs and researchers ready to collaborate, tangible innovations on display, and decision makers looking to invest. We are currently accepting applications to participate.  READ MORE

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia February 25-26, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand

Bringing together ethanol and biofuel producers, sugar millers, traders, technology companies, shipping and logistics companies and users of fuel, industrial and beverage ethanol, F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia 2014 will be a unique opportunity to network and hear from key industry players from a regions that offers huge potential for expansion, trade and investment.
By attending F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia 2014, you will get the insights and contacts you need to successfully do business in this part of the world.  READ MORE

World Bio Markets 2014 March 4-6 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

World Bio Markets 2014, 5th March in Amsterdam offers a fully integrated look at the vast opportunities open to bio-based industry stakeholders within the end user markets of:
  • Renewable Transport Fuels
  • Bio-based Chemicals
  • Bio-based Products
Returning for a 9th consecutive year there is no other event that provides the breadth of content in the depth covered at WBM. Our dedicated research team have been working non-stop in order to bring you an agenda covering the issues you want to hear about.  READ MORE

Green Polymer Chemistry 2014 March 18-20 Cologne, Germany

AMI is pleased to announce the dates for the 3rd international conference on Green Polymer Chemistry 2014. The event will take place from 18-20 March 2014 at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany. The conference will start with an evening welcome reception on the 18th March, followed by a 2-day technical and market programme.
The Green Polymer Chemistry conference provides an ideal forum for today’s market, as the polymer industry looks at alternatives to petrochemical sources to ensure a viable long-term future. Green Polymer Chemistry 2014 is a forum to examine the latest developments in producing conventional polymers from sustainable sources including plants and biorefineries, algae, waste and CO2. What is the LCA and availablility of the alternative sources, and is there competition with food and bioethanol for automotive? What polymers are already available in the marketplace?
Green Polymer Chemistry 2014 conference offers an excellent networking and sourcing opportunity for brand owners, environment and sustainability managers, business development and innovation professionals, chemical engineers, plastics manufacturers, agriculture specialists, biorefinery experts, biochemists,  researchers, and suppliers to the industry to debate sustainable, economic solutions for polymer synthesis.   READ MORE

Cassava World Africa March 20-21, 2014 Lusaka, Zambia

“Transforming Cassava in Africa – Enhancing Food Security to Agro-Industrial Products!”
  • Global starch market outlook & feedstock economics
  • Cassava projects update in East, West and South Africa
  • Cassava agronomy/best practices and pest management
  • Value addition & market prospects
  • Mechanizing production and processing technology
  • Infrastructure plans to support cassava value chain development
  • Case studies in South America and Asia
  • Cassava commercialization financing scheme
Companies involved in plantation – sugar and starch based feedstock, agriculture/agro industrial crops, fermentation, enzyme suppliers, companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – food, brewery, paper, textile, pharma, livestock feed, Manufacturers and suppliers of tapioca starch, trading companies, venture capitalist, financiers, ethanol producers, agrochemicals producers, fertilizer, farm equipment & technology suppliers, Research Institutes and Agriculture Ministries  READ MORE

International Biomass Conference and Expo March 24-26, 2014 Orlando, FL

Organized by BBI International and produced byBiomass Magazine, this event brings current and future producers of bioenergy and biobased products together with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. It’s a true one-stop shop – the world’s premier educational and networking junction for all biomass industries.

International Biomass Conference & Expo is where future and existing producers of biobased power, fuels and thermal energy products go to network with waste generators and other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers converse with utility executives; where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists; and where Fortune 500 executives and influential policy makers sit side-by-side with American farmers and foresters.

Once again, the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo program will include 30-plus panels and more than 100 speakers, including 90 technical presentations on topics ranging from anaerobic digestion and gasification to pyrolysis and combined heat and power, all within the structured framework of five customized tracks:
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals      READ MORE   Use discount code: ABUSA250 to receive the $250 off full registration!  

European Algae Biomass Conference May 5-7, 2014 Seville, Spain

ACI’s 4th annual European Algae Biomass Conference will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae value chain.

The conference will have a heavy focus on case study examples of latest technologies in operation in the global algae industry and also includes an exclusive site visit on Monday 5th of May 2014. Discuss the technical challenges faced when optimising the cultivation of algae. Study the current and future commercial markets for algae products and the challenges faced during the commercialisation process including the views from different end markets.  READ MORE

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 9-12, 2014 Indianapolis, Indiana

Now in its 30th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and the only event powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine.  READ MORE

Use discount code: ABUSA250 to receive the $250 off full registration!

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition June 23-26, 2014 Hamburg, Germany

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E) ranks as one of the top world leading events in the Biomass sector, combining a highly respected international Conference with an Industrial Exhibition. It highlights progress in research, technological development and production processes and brings together all key specialists to make it the most important international platform for dialogue between research, industry, research and industry, and policy in the biomass sector.
This event is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy and further organisations.
The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre.   READ MORE

7th Biofuels International Conference September 24-25, 2014 Ghent, Belgium

  • Key sponsors the Port of Ghent, hosting the networking reception
  • Potential tour to be held by the Port of Ghent 23 September 2014
Focusing on the latest developments in biofuels policy, international biofuels trading, sustainability, solutions for first generation producers, progress in advanced biofuels and information on feedstock pricing and trends. This 2 day conference will both educate and stimulate.
The event attracts a senior audience from around the world – one where you are able to interact with speakers, pose your own questions and create new business relationships.
With so much happening in the biofuels market the main aims of this event will be to:
  • Update delegates on the latest changes to biofuels legislation and policy
  • Provide information on international biofuels trade, including biofuel and feedstock prices, risk reduction and trade activities
  • Inform attendees about the latest research into sustainability, ILUC and multiple counting strategies
  • Aid first generation producers continue profitable production and add retrofit solutions
  • Drive second generation production forward, scaling up commercial scale advanced biofuels plants and hear from producers around the globe   READ MORE

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo October 13-15, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals—technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more—with a core focus on the industrial, petroleum and agribusiness alliances defining the national advanced biofuels industry. With a vertically integrated program and audience, the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is tailored for industry professionals engaged in producing, developing and deploying advanced biofuels, biobased platform chemicals, polymers and other renewable molecules that have the potential to meet or exceed the performance of petroleum-derived products.   READ MORE

Use discount code: ABUSA250 to receive the $250 off full registration! 

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