The U.S. Department of Energy announced openings for its Biomass Research and Development Committee, The European Union dropped an antidumping duty on U.S. ethanol imports, a report found that biofuel use can support food security, and a new “bionic leaf” turns sunlight and water into fuel. Read on to get full details for each of these top biofuel headlines from the past week.

Report: Bioenergy can support food security

A new report finds that the development of biofuels does not, as critics have suggested, threaten access to food. The report, produced by an international, multidisciplinary team of experts from 10 institutions, confronts some of the public’s biggest misconceptions about the impacts of biofuels on global hunger. While environmentalists and others have long made the case that food supplies will suffer as the use of ethanol increases, the report’s results suggest the two are actually complementary goals. Read more at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

 

DOE accepting nominations for new committee members

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is seeking new members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The committee advises the DOE on various issues related to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, in addition to facilitating consultation and partnerships among various government agencies and agricultural producers. The committee is looking for candidates affiliated with commodity trade and who have expertise in agricultural economics. Read more on the committee and what it entails in Ethanol Producer Magazine.

 

New bionic leaf turns CO2 back into fuel

Harvard researchers have recently developed a “bionic leaf” that mimics the process of photosynthesis, and converts water and carbon dioxide into fuel. The technology uses solar panels to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, then uses bacteria to convert the hydrogen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into fuels. The leaf provides a reliable and cost effective way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as creating a useful byproduct. Learn more about the bionic leaf on Popular Mechanics.

 

European market now open to the U.S.

Ethanol supporters received great news this week from the European court, which has decided to rule against the European Union’s countrywide 9.5% antidumping duty on all ethanol that is imported from the United States. The law has been in effect for more than 3 years and, in its absence, there opens a huge market for the U.S. ethanol industry. The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are both pleased and excited about the ruling. Read more about it on AgWired.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.