1. Biofuels - MIT Club of Northern California


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    Biofuels: How Biotech is Changing the Energy Industry Featuring the top executives of the Bay Area's leading Biofuels companies! John Melo - CEO, Amyris Jonathan Wolfson - CEO, Solazyme Bob Mayer - CEO, Cobalt Technologies Noubar Afeyan - Chairman, LS9 Moderator: Don Keller - Partner, Orrick SV Despite widespread interest in electric cars, the EIA projects that liquid fuels will provide more than 90% of US transportation energy through 2035. There is an urgent need to find renewable sources, to provide a reliable supply for US consumers and to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions created by fossil fuels. Biofuels look well-positioned for this role, but face daunting challenges in raising capital for facilities and competing with volatile commodity prices. Biotechnology offers firms the promise of meeting these crucial challenges by improving the yields of feedstocks, reducing processing costs and producing high-value outputs. But will this be enough? * How effectively will biofuels compete with other transportation fuels, such as ethanol or natural gas? * What are the major challenges biofuels firms face as they attempt to scale up to compete with petroleum and what are their strategies to deal with them? * What federal policies are most important to the industrybfuture? Hear first-hand how these executives will tackle these and other key challenges to build their companies for success!

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    • Don Siefkes Presents a Case for E-100 Vehicles Optimized for Mileage on Ethanol


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      Don Siefkes presents a case for E-100 vehicles optimized for mileage on ethanol at the Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group Meeting in Fort Bragg, California. Don talks about how the current 2017 - 2025 fuel standards, 54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy(CAFE)," will not eliminate concerns about pricing and supply of crude oil / gas and the effect on the U.S. economy. He also notes that CO2 emissions cannot be significantly reduced without addressing the 135 billion gallons of gas used in the U.S. Annually. The simplest and lowest cost solution to oil independence and lower CO2 emissions is an E-100 engine mandate where mileage is optimized for ethanol not gas. Don also points out that ethanol is a carbon neutral fuel that adds zero CO2 to the atmosphere.

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      • What's Driving My Car? 2050 Biofuels and Other Sustainable Energy Sources


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        In his "Wisconsin 2050: Pioneering the Future" Academy Evenings talk Tim Donohue, professor of bacteriology and head of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison, discusses the growing field of bioenergy, the production of energy from such renewable sources as plants, trees, and agricultural waste. With fears of global warming and increased pressure to reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels, Wisconsin's pioneering efforts in bioenergy may transform the way we live a generation from now. Recorded on March 16, 2010, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall, Madison, WI.

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        • Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update


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          Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/091814biofuels The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining recent research regarding the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of transportation fuels, such as crude oil and ethanol. The panel also considered the economic costs and benefits of renewable fuels as a CO2 reduction strategy. Speakers: Dr. Michael Wang Senior Scientist, Energy Systems, Argonne National Laboratory Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Michael-Wang-091814.pdf Dr. Steffen Mueller Principal Economist, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Steffen-Mueller-091814.pdf Dean Drake President, Defour Group, LLC Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Dean-Drake-091814.pdf There is a growing body of research concerning the carbon intensity of both petroleum-derived and renewable fuels. Carbon intensity refers to the amount of greenhouse gases (including CO2, nitrous oxide, and methane) that are released per unit of fuel. “Wells to wheels” assessments are calculated by adding the emissions at each production step. For biofuels, this includes emissions and/or carbon sequestration as well as impacts to land use associated with growing biofuel feedstocks.

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          • Carl Petzold Still in North Carolina


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            This video is not about the fact that Carl lives in North Carolina... He does still. This video is about the still Carl built while still living in NC. Carl's still is pretty impressive and does a great job, for a reasonable cost.

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            • July 22, 2010 - Blogger Conference Call (Energy Issues Post-Deepwater Horizon)


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              On July 22, 2010 API hosted a conference call with 11 bloggers to discuss pressing energy issues following the Deepwater Horizon incident, including the drilling moratorium, the potential economic impact of new taxes being considered by Congress, oil spill liability issues, and new ethanol standards proposed by the EPA.

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              • Robin Graham - A reflection on the evolution of estimating future U.S. cellulosic biomass feedstock supplies


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                Robin L. Graham from Oak Ridge National Laboratory speaks on estimating future ligno-cellulosic biomass feedstock supplies in the U.S.

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                • Toledo Rotary Mike Anderson 06022014


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                  Mike Anderson — The Andersons: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Mike Anderson will discuss the company’s origins, recent growth and current composition, and plans for the future. Mike Anderson is chairman and chief executive officer of The Andersons, Inc. Mike began his career with The Andersons in 1978. He held various positions within the agriculture group including grain buyer, grain purchasing manager, grain division manager and vice president and general manager of the Grain Division. Between 1994 and 1996 he served as vice president and general manager of the Retail Group. In September 1996, he became the president and chief operating officer of The Andersons, Inc. He was named president and CEO in January 1999 and as chairman in May 2009. Mike graduated from Northwestern University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then achieved his MBA from Northwestern in 1975. From 1975 to 1978, he was an auditor for Arthur Young & Co., earning his CPA in 1976. Mike is on the board of directors of The Andersons, Inc. and First Energy Corp. He is a trustee for life of the YMCA of Greater Toledo. Mike also serves on the boards of the Toledo Community Foundation and Toledo Museum of Art. He is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable and Rotary Club of Toledo. The Andersons, Inc. is a diversified company rooted in agriculture. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company conducts business across North America in the grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient sectors, railcar leasing, turf and cob products, and consumer retailing.

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                  • EcoReview 7/23/13 AREDAY Founder Chip Comins/ & Summer Fire Prep w/ SC Cal-Fire & SC Equine Evac Unit


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                    An Interview with American Renewable Energy Institute and AREDAY Forum founder and Chairman Chip Comins Program overview and background for one of the top global impact renewable energy events AREDAY 10th Anniversary - Aspen Co. Aug 15 - 18, 2013. Chip provides an overview of programs and talks addressing issues and providing solutions to energy poverty and climate change with alternative energy choices that can safely replace fracking and fossil fuel extraction and use as well as how those solutions can get visibility and funding Summer Fire Prep: With drought conditions prevalent across California and much of the US, Santa Cruz/San Mateo Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Jake Hess and Santa Cruz County Equine Evacuation Unit Co-Coordinator Kenneth Coale provide safety tips and strategies to protect lives, pets and property. a must watch for the fire season. Links www.areday.net, www.equineevac.org, http://www.santacruzcountyfire.com/

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                    • VM0019 Fuel Switch from Gasoline to Ethanol in Flex-Fuel Vehicle Fleets


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                      The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) hosted a webinar to discuss the recently approved methodology VM0019: Fuel Switch from Gasoline to Ethanol in Flex-Fuel Vehicle Fleets. Methodology VM0019 may be used by projects that substitute E100 ethanol for at least 95 percent of the gasoline consumed by an existing fleet of commercial flex-fuel vehicles. Staff from methodology developer Keyassociados and methodology assessor First Environment, Inc hosted the webinar to answer stakeholder questions about the methodology and its approval process.

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