Mascoma confirms strategy shift, outlines plans for technology

Although a recent court ruling could allow Mascoma Corp.'s Frontier Renewable Resources LLC project to move forward, that project is unlikely to break ground. Rather, Mascoma is now focused on deploying its consolidated bioprocessing technology.
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Cummins gets 50-85% GHG reduction with new E85 optimized engine

Cummins Inc. announced the development of an E85 optimized engine and powertrain that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by as much as 50 to 80 percent when compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck.
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Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology

Edeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products.
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USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products.
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OECD-FAO outlook report predicts growth in ethanol production

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predict that global biofuel consumption and production will increase significantly through 2023.
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Legislation would require country-of-origin labeling for fuels

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the "Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act," was introduced July 16.
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'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer.
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Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions.
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UNICA reports increased ethanol production, lower export sales

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new harvest update, reporting that the south-central region of Brazil produced 1.89 billion liters (499.29 million gallons) of ethanol during the second half of June.
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Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

Viaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass.
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Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil

Ceres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil.
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Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program.
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$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan

BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages.
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RFA: Ethanol safety seminars coming to Oklahoma, Missouri

The Renewable Fuels Association will host six free Ethanol Safety Seminars this month across Oklahoma and Missouri. Oklahoma seminars are scheduled for July 21, 22, 24 and 25, while Missouri seminars are scheduled for July 22 and 24.
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October 13-14, 2014
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