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Posted April 30, 2010



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Green Hornet flies supersonic on camelina blend

In an effort to confirm no difference in performance exists between a 50/50 camelina biofuel blend and standard petroleum-based JP-5, the U.S. Navy will log 23 test flight hours with the biofuel in an unmodified F/A-18 Super Hornet dubbed Green Hornet. The most recent flight was on Earth Day, April 22, when the aircraft broke the sound barrier, travelling at 1.2 mach, according to Billy Ray Brown, public affairs officer for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.READ MORE

Oil giant invests in Coskata

French oil supermajor Total S.A. has invested in Warrenville, Ill.-based cellulosic ethanol company Coskata Inc., leading the company's Series C-Prime funding round. Total attributes the investment as part of the company's strategy to prepare for an energy transition, which involves supporting the development of innovative start-ups through its Corporate Venture Activity. Also participating in the transaction were several of Coskata's prior investors, including Blackstone Cleantech Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, and Arancia.READ MORE

Obama's ethanol plant visit a boost for the industry

President Barack Obama's had some very positive words to say about biofuels during his April 28 visit to the Poet Biorefining plant in Macon, Mo. "There shouldn't be any doubt that renewable, homegrown fuels are a key part of our strategy for a clean energy future," he told a crowd of 133 invited guests. Besides about 200 people traveling with the President, those in attendance were various media-including Ethanol Producer Magazine-plus Poet employees, key staff and board members.READ MORE

New York biofuel roadmap released

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority has released a renewable fuel roadmap for New York that indicates there is potentially 1 million to 1.68 million acres of nonforest land that can used for bioenergy feedstock production in New York.READ MORE

Extreme Forest develops biomass collection, power machines

Alabama-based Extreme Forest, a five-year old company that has previously been focused on contracts for private land clearing, has developed new biomass collection equipment and is working to perfect a mobile biomass power generator.READ MORE

DOE develops biomass in Colombia

As part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the U.S. DOE and some of its national laboratory experts will team up with scientists and technology experts in Colombia to optimize the production of biochar from palm residues and sugarcane for power generation.READ MORE

International Biomass Conference & Expo opens with policy panel

Policy will take center stage next week at the 3rd annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, the largest, fastest growing biomass event in North America. Nearly 2,000 attendees from all over the world will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the event, which will feature 27 panels and more than 120 presentations May 5 and 6.READ MORE