Tag: California

California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

March 22, 2017 |

In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks including potential updates to CA-GREET and other model changes. Presentations from last month’s meeting on inclusion of aviation biofuel in the LFCS as well as […]

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Stanford researchers discover how grasses breath leading to more efficient production

Stanford researchers discover how grasses breath leading to more efficient production

March 16, 2017 |

In California, Stanford University scientists have now confirmed the increased efficiency of grass stomata and gained insight into how they develop. Their findings, reported in the March 17 issue of Science, could help us cultivate crops that can thrive in a changing climate. Grasses developed different stomata, which may have helped them spread during a […]

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Alliance BioEnergy says it can get cellulosic ethanol production costs down

Alliance BioEnergy says it can get cellulosic ethanol production costs down

March 15, 2017 |

In California, Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. highlighted the Company’s research on the economics of its patented Cellulose to Sugar (CTS) conversion process compared to traditional corn-based cellulosic ethanol production and the financial benefits of its recent efforts to establish a local cellulosic ethanol production plant. To adhere to RFS2 federal program standards, ethanol-producing companies are […]

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NASA research proves aviation biofuels reduces GHG emissions by up to 70%

NASA research proves aviation biofuels reduces GHG emissions by up to 70%

March 15, 2017 |

In California, using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from […]

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National Farmers Union calls for higher blends through E30

National Farmers Union calls for higher blends through E30

March 14, 2017 |

In California, National Farmers Union called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the National Farmers Union annual meeting held in San Diego last week. The resolution brought forward by the South Dakota Farmers Union delegation to the convention promotes the […]

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New Leaf Biofuels up for $3.8 million CEC grant to double production capacity

New Leaf Biofuels up for $3.8 million CEC grant to double production capacity

March 9, 2017 |

In California, the California Energy Commission has proposed a $3.8 million grant for New Leaf Biofuels to double its biodiesel production to 12 million gallons per year as part of the “Community-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities” funding program. The grant requires the company to match the funds with another $4.5 million. If the […]

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California could get additional cold season cop including canola and camelina

California could get additional cold season cop including canola and camelina

March 1, 2017 |

In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project scientist Nic George, explored growing cool-season crops in the same areas. These are grown from October to June. Why? “Warm-season crops require a lot of irrigation water,” Kaffka […]

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Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

February 22, 2017 |

In California, through a letter, President Donald Trump assured participants at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego this week that ethanol remains an important part of the national energy strategy despite the appointment and confirmation of an EPA administrator who in the past has been a legal opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]

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Pacific Ethanol and Edeniq announce agreement to install Pathway and Cellunator in Madera

Pacific Ethanol and Edeniq announce agreement to install Pathway and Cellunator in Madera

February 16, 2017 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol and Edeniq announced they have entered into a technology licensing and purchase agreement to enable the production of cellulosic ethanol at Pacific Ethanol’s Madera, California plant using Edeniq’s Pathway and Cellunator™ Technologies. The Madera plant has a total annual production capacity of 40 million gallons, and is expected to produce up […]

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JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

February 7, 2017 |

In California, the discovery of a specialized enzyme that is highly effective at breaking down rigid plant cell wall components could be harnessed to solve this major challenge. A multi-institutional team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) combined comparative proteomics with biochemical measurements. They then […]

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