BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFPresident Obama has called upon the U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to develop critically important new fuel economy standards for millions of semi-trucks, large vans, buses, and other large trucks that ply America’s highways. A new report from the Consumer Federation of America, Paying the Freight: The Consumer Benefits of Increasing the Fuel Economy of Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks, finds that efficiency improvements for big trucks could save the average American household $250 dollars per year in the cost of consumer goods and services.
  • This year 1412 students around the world are participating in the Valeo Innovation Challenge. A total of 969 teams of engineering students from 55 countries and representing 455 universities have submitted their projects, with the goal of winning the €100,000 first prize. Nearly 60 Valeo experts and a number of independent scientists will review each of the submitted projects to select the 20 teams that will continue on to the next stage of the contest. The 20 short-listed teams will be announced on April 15, 2014, and Valeo will grant each of them €5,000 to create a functioning prototype.
  • BBI is calling for proposals for its upcoming International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana June 9-12, 2014. Tracks include: Production and Operations; Leadership and Financial Management; Coproducts and Product Diversification; and Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol. Deadline to submit proposals is February 26, 2014.
  • Microgrid Solar, headquartered in St. Louis, announced that is has received certification as a B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. These B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

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