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Leading San Diego research institutes top national algae programs

In California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego are taking the lead in developing an energy source that has the potential to be both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels: algae biofuels. A new report issued by the U.S. DOE ranked algal biofuels research programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the […]

April 15, 2014 More

Stanford research co-locates solar with agave for biofuel production

In California, growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. This co-location approach could prove especially useful in sunny, arid regions such as the southwestern United States where […]

April 14, 2014 More

Cargill to source palm oil responsibly

In California, Cargill has sent a letter to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil indicating it will commit to a new and improved responsible palm oil policy to address the issues of deforestation, human rights violations and carbon pollution documented within its palm oil supply chains. Nearly a decade after being made aware of serious […]

April 14, 2014 More

Stanford researchers produce ethanol straight from carbon monoxide gas

In California, Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. Their results are published in the April 9 advanced online edition of the journal Nature.

April 9, 2014 More

Amyris strikes R&D deal with BASF

In California, Amyris announced that it is entering into a collaborative research and development agreement with BASF. Under the agreement, Amyris will use its strain engineering technology to develop a microorganism capable of producing a target molecule identified by BASF. Based on success of the initial development program, the companies expect to collaborate further on […]

April 3, 2014 More

Pacific Ethanol issues stock offer at $16

In California, Pacific Ethanol announced it has priced an underwritten offering of 1,750,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $16.00 per share, for gross offering proceeds of $28.0 million. Lazard Capital Markets LLC and Cowen and Company, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. The net […]

April 3, 2014 More

Springboard Biodiesel donates unit to non-profit research organization

In California, biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel has selected the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming (CfSEF), a Torrance, California-based nonprofit research organization, to receive its industry-leading biodiesel processor as a charitable donation. The processor, a BioPro™ 380, is an appliance that converts a wide variety of vegetable and animal oils into premium-grade biodiesel. This fully […]

April 2, 2014 More

Amyris extends deal with Kuraray for Biofene

In California, Amyris and Kuraray announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene®, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene. Under the transaction agreements, the parties have extended the duration of the research and development portion of their collaboration for at least two more years. The parties also reaffirmed their […]

April 1, 2014 More

JBEI discovers microbial resistance to ionic liquids

In California, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids and successfully introduced this resistance into a strain of E. coli bacteria for the production of advanced biofuels. The ionic liquid resistance […]

March 31, 2014 More

California bill seeks to crack down on yellow grease theft

In California, the state Assembly’s transportation committee overwhelmingly approved a bill that would combat the increasing amount of yellow grease theft. The bill would seek to give law enforcement the tools needed to defer the theft by increasing the penalties for theft, creating stricter rules for grease haulers and granting police the right to impound […]

March 25, 2014 More