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  • 2013
  • June
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Happenings on Capitol Hill, at the White House and in Federal Agencies

Advanced Biofuels USA Urged Introspection on Climate Change at Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C

Robert Kozak (left), board member and co-founder of Advanced Biofuels USA started off the biofuels panel at the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Forum on June 12 opining that the current administration’s emphasis on an  â€œAll-of-the-Above” energy policy merely restates support of the status quo and is premised on the misconception that the solution to climate change is natural gas or other non-renewable fuels. He emphasized that the only real, effective solution on the fuel side is renewable and exhorted the audience to take another look at their priorities and activities; and to demand an Apollo-type project to reach a truly sustainable renewable future.

This year the Forum was webcast enabling more than just those who could fit into the 100-seat hearing room to watch all the Forum presentations.  They will also be available online at in a week or so.

In addition, Advanced Biofuels USA staffed an information table at the EXPO, one of five biofuels-related organizations, including Solena Fuels Corporation which recently announced a 10-year off-take agreement with British Airways from the biorefinery it expects to open in 2015 just outside of London, UK.

Shown at the EXPO with Advanced Biofuels USA executive director, Joanne Ivancic are (left) Pernille Hager, Solena's Vice President of Business Development  and (right) Dr. Robert T. Do, Solena's President and CEO.

We appreciate the opportunity provided by the U.S. Sustainable Energy Coalition in cooperation with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses to address the sometimes controversial issues regarding biofuels face-to-face with members of Congress, their staff, lobbyists, other exhibitors and interested members of the public.  READ MORE
Notice: If you want to exhibit, advertise or sponsor breakfast or lunch at the Department of Energy's Biomass 2013 (see below), you must contact Advanced Biofuels USA.  Click Here for more information.  Deadline for exhibit space reservations is July 1.  

Green Racing

Can Advanced Biofuels Help Revitalize IndyCar?

Our coverage of Green Racing continued at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix the first weekend in June.  

Right now IndyCar holds the potential to be the best public showcase for how the combination of renewable fuels and up-to-the minute technology can provide the efficiency improvements needed to significantly reduce petroleum use and mitigate climate change effects.

The race cars at Detroit were fueled with E-85 and were powered by small turbocharged V-6 engines equipped with direct fuel injection. In other words, the same technology found in Chevy Ecotech, Ford Ecoboost and other production car engines.

It was great to see large groups of students of all ages come for a special education day, Thursday before the races.  

Part of a new STEM initiative, IndyCar hopes to show students how science, technology, engineering and math are applied in exciting ways; to give context for their studies and to inspire them to see the importance of science in their daily lives and in their future.

Bob Kozak's coverage of the race, "Can Advanced Biofuels Help Revitalize IndyCar?" is here.  

And, coming soon, watch for another article about former IndyCar champion and race team owner Bobby Rahal's thoughts about transformative developments happening now in engine technology.

Does GrandAm Have Green Racing?  Only Sunoco Can Say--And the Cat's Got Their Tongue.

One of the reasons we hold out hope for IndyCar to take on leadership in green racing is the merger of NASCAR’s sportscar racing division, GrandAm, with the American Le Mans Series, the series which brands itself as the “Leader in Green Racing”.

"GrandAm" and "Green Racing" aren’t words that you usually see in the same sentence.  For one thing, GrandAm competitors race on all-petroleum race fuel.

For another, when we tried to get confirmation that there was an exception to that rule, we ran into brick walls.

In January 2013, the reports were that the Mazda6's racing in a GrandAm class were using renewable diesel.  There were a number of articles published on that subject.  So, we wanted to report on how those experiments were going.

We found ourselves playing "Nancy Drew," trying to put together clues .  Even now, after numerous requests through many channels, no one from the official race fuel provider, Sunoco, has called to talk about what could be a very exciting green racing story.  Click here for the details.

Telling YOUR Story:  Requests for Speakers/Papers/Posters

Deadline June 2013

REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS Energy, Utility and Environment Conference February 3-5, 2014 Phoenix, AZ DEADLIINE June 30, 2013

Deadline August 2013 

Deadline Unclear


Upcoming Advanced Biofuels Conferences and  Activities: Some Details

17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20, 2013 in the Washington DC area, is an opportunity for you—whether you’re a scientist, decision-maker, student, or advocate—to propel your understanding of green chemistry and engineering forward, build valuable connections, and share your research and insights with others.
GC&E offers three days of programming including world-renowned keynote speakers, 3 poster sessions and more than 25 technical sessions on subjects such as catalysis, green chemistry in medicinal science, measurements and metrics, and curriculum innovations. Attendees will have ample time to network, browse the Green Expo and meet with vendors, or get out and enjoy a night with colleagues. Brought to you by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and our conference sponsors, GC&E continues to grow as and evolve as we enter our 17th year.   READ MORE

Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street June 25-26, 2013 New York, NY

10 years of REFF Wall Street – Join the celebrations and determine the shape of the USA renewable energy market for the next 10 years.
Policy and the development of shale gas continue to create uncertainties for the prospects of renewable energy in the USA. And yet recent events, such as Hurricane Sandy, have highlighted just how important the development of integrated systems and diversified power supplies are for the utility companies. As the market overcomes these barriers and matures as an industry, REFF Wall Street creates the opportunity to hear from those that are defying the existing challenges to create innovative financing solutions and offers you the chance to share your perspectives throughout the discussion on the direction of the market.
Featuring the latest themes and topics under discussion across the US renewable energy market, the agenda for 2013 will provide interactive discussions and comprehensive answers to ensure you can guarantee your projects produce their proposed financial returns. READ MORE

U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum   July 18, 2013   Washington, DC

The ACORE U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 2013. Join us to participate in the discussion with military and industry leaders, as the military services and renewable energy industry continue to strategize ways to address the challenges that remain for renewable energy in military operations, transportation, and at bases – focused and well informed discussion is critical.
Use 20% Off Discount Code SPT20ABU and Register Now.  READ MORE

US Department of Energy's Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy  July 31-August 1   Washington, DC

Being held at easy-to-access Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC, this US Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office event will showcase the accomplishments of DOE's BETO featuring high-profile speakers from Congress, federal agencies, industry, and environmental organizations.  Hear the people directly involve talk about the achievements made, particularly with funds invested by government leveraging private contributions.  Many of those featured agencies, companies or organizations will be available for one-on-ones in the Biomass 2013 Exhibit Hall, situated in the open area between the general sessions room and the break-out sessions and managed by Advanced Biofuels USA again this year.


  • Senior executives and decision makers from the public, private, and nonprofit sector to hear about, see and touch evidence of real seeds-and-steel-in-the-ground progress toward  renewable bio-based energy.
  • Leading researchers and experts in policy, finance, agriculture, technology, and sustainability issues from the national labs, federal agencies, academia, and industry talking about bringing vision to life
  • Members of the media, state, and local government, congressional staff, international participants, teachers, professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public to further informed, reasoned discourse on these topics

1)  Attend the conference.  
2)  Exhibit at the conference.
3)  Sponsor lunch or breakfast
4)  Advertise in the Exhibit Program
5) Contribute to attendee take-aways with environmentally friendly and useful conference supplies and educational materials

For conference information, go to:
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For the Department of Energy's Conference Website go to:
OR, call Joanne Ivancic at Advanced Biofuels USA 301-644-1395; or email for information about exhibits and sponsorships.

Download BIOMASS 2013 Exhibit Application

5th Palm Oil Summit August 20-21, 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia

The key going forward is “how can Indonesia can maintain its competitiveness and increase production” Finding solutions to increase yield for Palm Oil Production as the only sustainable solution can no longer be ignored as opposed to expanding land for new plantation.
In March 2013, a high-level official at the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry decreed that Indonesian government is ready to revoke the licenses of palm oil companies in the country if they do not have an Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil certificate by 2014 “Because it is a mandatory, there will be sanctions. We could revoke the licenses of palm oil companies that do not have the ISPO,” said Gamal Nasir, director general for plantations at the ministry.
Winds of change are fast sweeping across the plantation landscape in Indonesia the world’s largest palm oil producer.What is the impact to the Malaysian companies in the republic? Many are grappling to obtain ISPO approval and at same time looking elsewhere for their new land bank expansion namely Africa & Central/ South America.
Key highlights
  • CMT’s 5th Palm Oil Summit is timely and has a well balance panel of authoritative speakers to give you updates on key issues affecting the industry.
  • Cargill’s Journey & Approach Towards Responsible &  Sustainable Palm Oil
  • ISPO implementation and challenges
  • Yield Intensification in Oil Palm Plantations, A Process Approach
  • PalmElit/ CIRAD’s R & D in Palm Oil Breeding for Yield Intensification and Resistance to Disease
  • Ganoderma Management, Irrigation control from Malaysia
  • Mechanization And FFB Evacuation In Oil Palm Plantations
  • Sustainable Integrated Waste Treatment & Bio-Organic Fertilisers Production
  • Sustainable expansion of oil palm plantations in Brazil
  • Perspectives on oil palm cultivation in Central and South America
Plus a one and half hour intensive and interactive session on A-Zs of ISPO Certification.  READ MORE

3rd Algae World Australia August 26-28, 2013 Adelaide, South Australia

This year’s 3rd AlgaeWorld AUSTRALIA convenes in Adelaide – a strategic and timely venue with Muradel developing its algal biofuel demonstration plant at Whyalla after winning a $4.4 million federal government grant.

Join A/Prof David Lewis and his team at the lab visit to the University of Adelaide on the 26th August.

i) Progress of Australia algae companies moving towards large scale production

a. Aurora
Scaling and Commercializing Algae Production for Food, Pharma, and Supplement Markets

b. Muradel
Progressing from a concept to demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of producing crude oil from algae

c. MBD Energy - shifting into macroalgae, find out what the plans are for the company to develop this further

d. Algarythm - update on the project

e. Solar Biofuels Research Centre developed by University of Queensland
Taking on the challenge to produce algae with highly effective PBR systems

ii) Developments in Macroalgae & microalgae for Food, Pharma, Supplement markets

iii) Leading airlines – Qantas perspective on sustainable aviation biofuels and the support for algae-to-biofuels research

iv) Genetically modified Microalgae for High Value Added Products

v) Algae based waste water treatment with new developments from US and Japan

Plus opportunities to visit the labs in University of Adelaide, SARDI Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University which is working on macroalgae.   READ MORE

tcbiomass2013 September 3-6, 2013 Chicago, IL

Plan to connect with many of the world’s leading researchers, scientists, and engineers in gasification, pretreatment, pyrolysis, and upgrading. This premier 3-day forum for technology exchange will not only be informative and educational but also provide networking opportunities and actionable insight to accelerate progress towards the maturity of bioenergy technologies.

The use of biomass as a renewable and sustainable fuel is growing as industry experts move advanced conversion processes along the path to commercialization—and the world toward a cleaner, more diverse, and affordable energy future. The thermochemical conversion pathway will continue to be critical for maximizing biomass resource utilization for the production of heat, power, and fuels. Participants attending tcbiomass2013 will be at the center of international collaboration, hearing the latest research, development, and deployment results for thermal biomass conversion technologies and systems.  READ MORE

2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   September 10-12   Omaha, NE

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.
Attendees will include hundreds of professionals in key sectors including finance (venture, private and institutional equity); petroleum and petrochemical refining; pulp and paper milling; biofuels and biobased products manufacturing; agricultural processing; waste management; auto manufacturing; aviation; government/military; research and academia.
The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is a premier educational and networking junction for all industry stakeholders. From agriculture to project finance, forestry to biotechnology, this conference is a one-stop shop for compelling speaker presentations on a wide array of topics including:
  • Petroleum industry perspectives on advanced biofuels
  • Converting existing industrial assets into next-generation biofuels
  • Forging symbiotic agribusiness alliances
  • Aviation and military industry positions on biobased jet fuel
  • Venture capital and private equity viewpoints
  • Overcoming barriers to market entry
  • The national market outlook for biobased fuels and chemicals
  • Exceeding the performance of petroleum-based products
  • And more!  READ MORE
Biofuels International 2013 September 11-12 Antwerp, Belgium

Now in its sixth year, Biofuels International 2013 attracts high-level companies involved in biofuel production, the operation of biofuel plants, transportation, aviation and storage, as well as attracting policy developers, R&D departments, company CEOs and management.
With so much change happening in the European biofuels market, it is more important than ever to keep up-to-date. An in-depth and thought provoking agenda will stimulate debate amongst delegates on topics such as:
  • What is going to happen beyond 2020? How do we create the stability the industry needs?
  • What impact will a 5% cap on first generation ethanol counting have on key industry stakeholders? What are the other options?
  • Scaling up and de-risking second generation technology
  • Bio-based chemicals: how can biofuels producers benefit from market demand?
  • Finance – how to secure investment for expansion, what are the best project financing options?
  • Indirect land use change: the latest research, what factors still need to be addressed?
  • Ensuring a stable second generation feedstock supply. Which feedstock are the winners for sustainability, availability and price?
  • Taking a closer look at feedstock price volatility  READ MORE

ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit    September 25-26, 2013    London, UK

Advanced Biotechnologies for Cost-Competitive Biorefineries
ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit will be taking place in London, UK on 25th & 26th September 2013.  The two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss ways of advancing biotechnologies for cost-competitive biorefineries in the face of political & economic uncertainty within the sector. 
Key Topics Include
·         Lignofuels Production Update – What’s Next?
·         Sustainable Biofuels: Effects of Policy & Legislation
·         Financing the Bio-based Economy
·         Advances in Biochemical Pathways & Enzymes
·         Thermochemical Treatment: Opportunities & Challenges
·         Production Case Studies: Cellulosic Ethanol
·         Case Studies: FT-Liquids, Drop-in Fuels & Bio-based Chemicals
·         Wood Industry Perspective
·         Biotechnology for the Transport Sector

Who Will Attend?

Technical, strategic and business development executives from first and advanced generation biofuels producers, oil refiners, process technology providers, enzyme developers, engineering firms and agribusiness as well as traders & brokers, automotive & aviation industries, financiers, investors, consultants and chemical companies.

Advanced Biofuels USA readers/subscribers are entitled to a discount on registration. For more information, full agenda and discounted registration please contact Dimitri Pavlyk on +44 (0)207 981 2503 or quoting EEF4ABU     READ MORE

Algae Biomass Summit September 30-October 3, 2013 Orlando, FL

The 7th annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place September 30 – October 3, 2013 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s algae utilization industries including, but not limited to, financing, algal ecology, genetic systems, carbon partitioning, engineering & analysis, biofuels, animal feeds, fertilizers, bioplastics, supplements and foods.

Organized by the Algae Biomass Organization and coproduced by BBI International, this event brings current and future producers of biobased products and energy together with algae crop growers, municipal leaders, 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 algae industries.

The Algae Biomass Summit is where future and existing producers of algae products go to network with other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers converse with utility executives; and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest, fastest-growing algae event of its kind. In 2012, this event is expected to draw nearly 900 attendees and exceed the previous year’s attendance by almost 20%. This growth is powered by the current strength of the industry and the positive outlook for future algae producers.  READ MORE

PalmEx Indonesia 2013 October 2-4 Medan, Indonesia

The 5th PALMEX Indonesia 2013 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the capital city of North Sumatera, Medan to showcase the latest developments in the palm oil industry.
North Sumatera, home to one of Indonesia’s largest concentration of oil palm plantations and also the presence of many supporting facilities such as palm oil processing plants making its capital Medan the perfect venue for the show. This unique event seeks to educate the public on the importance of the palm oil industry in Indonesia and the future trends of palm oil in the region. More than 5,000 industry professionals from more than 10 countries would be expected to turn up at this event. The international character and regional audience of PALMEX Indonesia 2013 provides unparalleled marketing, education and networking opportunities.  READ MORE

World Bio Markets USA October 29-30, 2013 San Francisco, CA

Previously fully focussed on advanced biofuels, World Bio Markets USA 2013 will extend it’s coverage to include coverage of feedstocks, conversion technologies, advanced biofuels, bio-based chemicals and materials and sustainable aviation.  To learn more or get involved, click here

  • Meet: 700+ attendees
  • Hear from: 120 world class speakers – 50+ CEOS
  • Choose from: 6 streams of thought-leading content
  • Connect with leaders: 2 keynote plenary panel sessions
  • Benefit from: 25% increase in exhibition hall capacity
  • Pack in those key meetings: Partnering networking suites
  • Network more: enhanced peer-to-peer networking software
  • Get the word out: exclusive press area

Fuels and energy applications are just one aspect of a universe of bio-based products and technologies which encompass market opportunities from chemicals to pharmaceuticals to foods. Indeed such are the commonalities of feedstocks and conversion pathways in many cases, to discuss these different markets independently is to ignore a growing and business-driven focus on multi-product pathways, biorefinery concepts, business flexibility and economic scalability that such diversity of bio-opportunity provides.  READ MORE

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels November 4-7, 2013 Munich, Germany

Now in its 16th year, F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels is the must attend event for the global ethanol and biofuels community. Recognised as the best forum for in-depth analysis and as the biggest week of trade and business in the year, this really is the annual global meeting place where fresh ideas, lots of business and new contacts are made.    READ MORE

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy December 8-11, 2013 San Diego, CA

The annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is the original conference dedicated solely to the growth of the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. This year's event will be held in San Diego, California from December 8-11, 2013.

Programs will address the latest in advanced biofuels, alage, biomass production,  biopolymers , bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, renewable chemicals, marine bio-resources and synthetic biology.

The event annually brings together delegates from:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • China
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • India
  • Thailand
  • New Zealand
  • And more  READ MORE

You Can Help, too!

Currently, the people putting this together for you are all volunteers.  We live all over the US and abroad and come from various corners of the world. As you see from the volunteers working at the main office, the work can be fun as well as educational.

Please join us in whatever way YOU can.  See the Volunteer Job Openings pages on our web site or just give us a call (301-644-1395) or send an email:  We can put together a way for your talents to help us achieve our mutual goals

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You are welcome to host a fundraiser for us while telling our story. Have a house party to educate family and friends about advanced biofuels and take up a collection for us.  Even $100 helps pay for ink for office printers. Let us know!

Watch for our annual summary of activities and plans for 2013; coming soon with a request for your financial support.

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