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The Cobalt Pipeline: Tracing the Path from Deadly Hand-Dug Mines in Congo to Consumers’ Phones and Laptops
September 30, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Todd C. Frankel  (The Washington Post)   …  This remote landscape in southern Africa lies at the heart of the world’s mad scramble for cheap cobalt, a mineral essential to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles made by companies such as Apple, Samsung and major automakers.

The world’s soaring demand for cobalt is at times met by workers, including children, who labor in harsh and dangerous conditions. An estimated 100,000 cobalt miners in Congo use hand tools to dig hundreds of feet underground with little oversight and few safety measures, according to workers, government officials and evidence found by The Washington Post during visits to remote mines. Deaths and injuries are common. And the mining activity exposes local communities to levels of toxic metals that appear to be linked to ailments that include breathing problems and birth defects, health officials say.

It moves from small-scale Congolese mines to a single Chinese company — Congo DongFang International Mining, part of one of the world’s biggest cobalt producers, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt — that for years has supplied some of the world’s largest battery makers. They, in turn, have produced the batteries found inside products such as Apple’s iPhones — a finding that calls into question corporate assertions that they are capable of monitoring their supply chains for human rights abuses or child labor.

Lithium-ion batteries were supposed to be different from the dirty, toxic technologies of the past. Lighter and packing more energy than conventional lead-acid batteries, these cobalt-rich batteries are seen as “green.” They are essential to plans for one day moving beyond smog-belching gasoline engines. Already these batteries have defined the world’s tech devices.

Smartphones would not fit in pockets without them. Laptops would not fit on laps. Electric vehicles would be impractical. In many ways, the current Silicon Valley gold rush — from mobile devices to driverless cars — is built on the power of lithium-ion batteries.

But this comes at an exceptional cost.

“It is true, there are children in these mines,” provincial governor Richard Muyej, the highest-ranking government official in Kolwezi, said in an interview. He also acknowledged problems with mining-related deaths and pollution.

But, he said, his government is too poor to tackle these issues alone.

Cobalt is the most expensive raw material inside a lithium-ion battery.

That has long presented a challenge for the big battery suppliers — and their customers, the computer and carmakers. Engineers have tried for years to craft cobalt-free batteries. But the mineral best known as a blue pigment has a unique ability to boost battery performance.

Worldwide, cobalt demand from the battery sector has tripled in the past five years and is projected to at least double again by 2020, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.

This increase has mostly been driven by electric vehicles.

While a smartphone battery might contain five to 10 grams of refined cobalt, a single electric-car battery can contain up to 15,000 grams.

But while Congo is a minor supplier of the four designated conflict minerals, the world depends on Congo for cobalt.

Analyst Simon Moores at Benchmark said he thinks this is one reason that cobalt has so far been excluded.

Any crimp in the cobalt supply chain would devastate companies.

Tesla, more than any other automaker, has staked its reputation on “ethically sourcing” every piece of its celebrated vehicles.

“It is something we do take very seriously,” Kurt Kelty, Tesla’s director of battery technology, said in March at a battery conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “And we need to take it even more seriously. So we are going to send one of our guys there.”

Six months later, Tesla told The Post it is still working on sending someone to Congo.

Current studies are looking at thyroid conditions and breathing problems. But doctors are most concerned by possible connections to birth defects. One study the university doctors published in 2012 found preliminary evidence of an increased risk of a baby being born with a visible birth defect if the father worked in Congo’s mining industry.

The Lubumbashi doctors also have issued reports on birth defects so rare — one is called Mermaid syndrome — that they are the only cases ever known in Congo. All occurred in children born in heavy mining regions.

For Kayembe, the study that stood out most looked at babies born with holoprosencephaly, a usually fatal condition that causes severe, distinctive facial deformities. It is almost unheard of. Entire medical careers pass without seeing one. But last year, doctors in Lubumbashi recorded three cases in three months.

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API Says Biodiesel Groups Can’t Weigh In On EPA Fuel Row
September 30, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Adam Lidgett  (Law360)  The American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday a swath of biodiesel industry groups shouldn’t be able to chime in on a set of consolidated appeals in the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program.  READ MORE



The Cobalt Pipeline: Tracing the Path from Deadly Hand-Dug Mines in Congo to Consumers’ Phones and Laptops
September 30, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Todd C. Frankel  (The Washington Post)   …  This remote landscape in southern Africa lies at the heart of the world’s mad scramble for cheap cobalt, a mineral essential to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that …

Mexico Looking at Tax Breaks to Boost Biodiesel Consumption
September 30, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Mexico, the government is exploring the potential introduction of tax stimuli to boost consumption of biodiesel in the next 2017 fiscal year. The plan seeks to create an offset …

European Biodiesel Supply Chain Organizes Sustainability Debate at European Parliament
September 30, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the European Biodiesel Board along with FEDIOL and the European Oilseed Alliance is organizing a dinner event in the European Parliament on October 12 discussing the future of …

Commissioners Updated on New Factory Coming to Clearfield
September 30, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Corcino (The Progress)  …  Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Continental Carbonic Products Inc., a producer and distributor of solid and liquid carbon dioxide and dry-ice blasting machines, is establishing a manufacturing …

Indian Company Ready to Invest €20 Mln in Armenia Biodiesel Plant
September 30, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(PanArmenian.net)  An Indian company is ready to invest about 20 million euros in the construction of a biodiesel production plant in Armenia, Andranik Aleksanyan, the director of the Yerevan Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday, September …

Louis Dreyfus Opens Glycerin Facility
September 30, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(World-Grain.com)  Louis Dreyfus Company LLC opened its new glycerin refinery on Sept. 28. The refinery is located at the company’s subsidiary’s soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, U.S.
The refinery is the second largest …

DC Water Taps into Biodiesel’s Sustainability Benefits
September 30, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Sustainability is more than a buzzword at DC Water. Ingrained throughout the agency, sustainability is in high gear at DC Water’s fleet division where biodiesel fuel powers all 230-diesel vehicles, and emissions …

Gasification: The Flexible Answer to Biomass Conversion
September 30, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting)  Biomass is a rich salad of chemicals that contains many highly valuable materials that are precursors to fine chemicals, nutrients, and pharmaceuticals. But this strength is also a weakness of …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Valero, Volvo
September 30, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

The New Bio-BDO Era: Novamont Opens First Commercial-Scale Facility for Bio-Based BDO
September 30, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Italy word has arrived that Novamont have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol, in Bottrighe (Adria), North East Italy. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, …

The Rise of Organic Manufacturing: Ginkgo, Amyris, Genomatica’s Circle of Innovation Is a Trend to Watch
September 30, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The factories of old — a technological wave that swept in with the Industrial Revolution — these were inorganic manufacturing centers, and they are now the wave of the past.
They …

Sensenbrenner Extends RFS Debate to Number of Hoses at Gas Stations
September 30, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jack Fitzpatrick (Morning Consult)  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is concerned that drivers who want to avoid a 15 percent ethanol blend of gasoline won’t be able to, he said in a letter to Environmental …

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?
September 30, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  With biofuel potential limited and emissions rising, the need for industry to act is urgent. Hopes rest on a global UN carbon offset scheme to be negotiated at the ICAO …

Alage in the Carbon XPRIZE Competition
September 30, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Paul Mullen (Algae Biomass Organization)  NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition which aims to develop breakthrough technologies relating to carbon dioxide. The competition aims for the team to convert the most carbon …

Expanding Algae Education
September 30, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has shown a commitment to algae and its future by funding a project to expand education in the algae industry. More specifically, BETO is …

ARPA-E Funding More Innovation in Algae Based Fuels and Chemicals
September 30, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is moving forward with a significant new funding opportunity.
ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, …

Algae Industry Map Shows ABO Member Activity Across the US and Globe
September 30, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  An updated map published online by the Algae Biomass Organization shows algae production facilities and research projects by ABO members around the world, illustrating the leaders of an industry that are moving …

IBBESS SymbioSUM
September 30, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(IEA Task 42)  Task42 supported the 1st International Bio-Based Economy Student SymbioSUM in Wageningen, the Netherlands, 29-31 August 2016. In this SymbioSUM – organised by students for students – the attendees were involved in an …

Global Biodiesel Production and Consumption Statistics
September 30, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(IEA Task 39) Global biodiesel production and consumption is forecast to rise by 14% from 2016 to 2020, driven by the fulfillment of current biofuel policies in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and the EU, according …

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Publishes Regular GAIN Reports on Biofuels in Countries around the World
September 30, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service publishes regular GAIN reports on biofuels in countries around the world. Some of the recent reports included the European Union (download), Japan (download), Philippines (download), Brazil (download), Colombia (download), Canada (download), Thailand …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were …

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles
September 30, 2016 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Peter Stone (The Huffington Post)  … A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies …

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs
September 30, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  EPA and DOJ allege Chemoil exported biodiesel, but failed to retire RINs.  —  Chemoil Corporation is required to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on CAFE Standards Midterm Review
September 30, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports meeting the 2022 CAFE standards.  It is our understanding that the key to vehicle manufacturers meeting these standards rests on the ability to use high levels of …

#Ethanol Groups Submit CAFE Comments
September 30, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Comments regarding the goals of the CAFE-GHG standards were due yesterday  (September 26, 2016) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ethanol organizations made their voices heard.
Comments submitted by the …

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biobased Materials
September 30, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced …

Global Bioenergies, Clariant Produce Isobutene from Wheat Straw
September 30, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies/Biomass Magazine)  Global Bioenergies and Clariant are proud to announce the first isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate, in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This success is the result of a collaboration …

Novamont Opens Plant for Production of Biobased 1,4-butanediol
September 30, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Novamont/Biomass Magazine)  Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced it has opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the biobased production of a major intermediate chemical in …

St Paul Drivers Choose Minnesota-Produced E15
September 30, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM today teamed up to reward drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) at St Paul Minnoco during an hour-long promotion.
From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, …

The War against Ethanol Began in the 1920S
September 30, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Big Oil has been fighting the ethanol industry for a long time. Since the 1920s, to be exact.   —  In a recent feature by Automobile Magazine, the publication traces the roots of …

Eaton’s New GH100 and GH101 Biodiesel Hose Products Feature Exceptionally High Performance in Extremely High Temperatures
September 30, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Eaton)  Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of the GH100 and GH101 hoses for high-percentage biodiesel blend and high-temperature oil applications. Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last 1-2 years, Eaton’s GH100 and …

World Needs Transport Biofuels
September 29, 2016 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  … The transport sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases (GHGs), estimated to be approximately 25 to 30 percent of global emissions, but has …

ACE’s New E15, Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap
September 29, 2016 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With high-profile convenience store chains announcing the addition of E15 and flex fuels to their traditional fuel slates, other chains and individual station owners increasingly are …

At the Heart of the Ethanol Process
September 29, 2016 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Long-time ethanol lab manager, Jennifer Roepke, wears many hats while striving for overall plant success.  —  Jennifer Roepke recognizes her work is just part of the process. The lab …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

Argus Biomass 2017 — April 25-27, 2017 — London, UK
September 29, 2016 – 8:04 pm | No Comment
Argus Biomass 2017   —   April 25-27, 2017   —   London, UK

Biomass remains a key commodity within the renewable energy mix and the industry is working hard to manage current low prices, optimise the supply chain and explore new opportunities abroad as new capacity comes on …

EU-Canada CETA Agreement Could Devastate European Ethanol Industry, ePure Warns
September 29, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is a major threat to the EU ethanol industry, the European renewable ethanol association ePure warns.
The agreement, which is to be discussed by the EU’s trade …

Velocys Presses Ahead with Envia GTL Plant as It Announced HY Results
September 29, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that it is pushing ahead with the operational start-up of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US.  The company recently announced that it completed the …

Pakistan-Based Trade Organisation Calls for Worldwide Ban on Biofuels Production
September 29, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) has called for a worldwide ban on biofuels production, claiming that it contributes to world food shortages.
Using crops to produce fuel in a bid to reduce …

Supercar Champion Mark Winterbottom to Drive Australian Biofuels Campaign
September 29, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  V8 Supercar champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom is the face of a new advertising campaign encouraging motorists to increase their use of biofuels in Queensland, Australia.
Minister for Energy and Biofuels Mark …

Biofuels International 2016: Industry Experts Outline 2030 EU Biofuels Vision
September 29, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference.  By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come …

Greenpeace Blocks IOI’s Palm Oil Refinery at Port of Rotterdam
September 29, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International) Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns.
A …

New Ethanol Blend Now Available In Sioux Falls
September 29, 2016 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Heidi Kronaizl (KDLT News)  E-15 now sold at four Kum & Go locations  —  A cheaper, cleaner blend of fuel has made its way to Sioux Falls.  E-15 pumps made their debut at four Kum …

Letter: Energy Relies on Free Market
September 29, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Smith (The Telegraph)  … With the EPA set to exercise complete control over the RFS program in 2023, traditional corn ethanol may be at risk. Congressman John Shimkus is among those questioning whether the …

Will Changing the Point of Obligation Improve the RFS?
September 29, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by John Campbell (Biodiesel Magazine/Ocean Park Advisors)  The U.S. EPA has set off a debate within the petroleum industry by suggesting that the point of obligation for compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS) be moved …

Capitol Digest: Ethanol Incentives Announced
September 29, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Ethanol Incentives: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Wednesday about $350,000 in uncommitted funds are now available to interested retailers in Iowa seeking cost-share funding to help buy and …

BioenergizeME 2017 Infographic Challenge Kicks Off DEADLINE: February 3, 2017
September 29, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Mark your calendars: the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge kicks off tomorrow (September 30, 2016)! Give your 9th–12th grade students an opportunity to learn about topics in biofuel and bioenergy and to share their …

National Bioenergy Day 2016 — October 19, 2016 — Nationwide
September 29, 2016 – 5:05 pm | No Comment
National Bioenergy Day 2016   —   October 19, 2016   — Nationwide

We’re uniting organizations across the country that support bioenergy.  On October 19, 2016, participating organizations will open their doors to their communities to demonstrate the many benefits that bioenergy provides on the local level.  List …

Ethanol Share in US Fuel Market Rises to Record 10.2%
September 29, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The share of ethanol in the US petrol market rose to 10.2% last week, according to a report published by the US Energy Information Association (EIA) on Wednesday.  The increase in market share …

Kuwait Biofuel Plant Aims to Export to EU and US
September 29, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kuwait, the Mina Al-Ahmadi biofuel plant has its sights on the European and US markets for exporting the fuel it will produce when online in 2018. The facility is …

Gain Insight into the Rising Global Demand for Biomass-Based Diesel
September 29, 2016 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(Genscape)  Over the last year, biomass-based diesel mandates for blending in transportation fuel have increased in many nations worldwide. Several of these countries are net exporters and underutilize domestic biodiesel production. These increases do not …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — May 1-4, 2017 — San Francisco, CA DEADLINE: December 2, 2016
September 29, 2016 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS:  Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — May 1-4, 2017 — San Francisco, CA    DEADLINE:  December 2, 2016

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). Technical talks and posters make …

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — May 1-4, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
September 29, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals   —   May 1-4, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM
September 29, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at …

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology
September 29, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  On September 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., (“KiOR”), and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to …

Industrial Biotech Employment to Triple to 1.5 Million in the EU by 2030: New Report
September 29, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, EuropaBio released a report concluding that Industrial Biotech contributes over €30 billion to the EU economy and around 500 000 jobs. The new study was launched in the …

Finland Proposes Nordic Countries to Lift Biofuel Target
September 29, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/The Western Producer)  Finland has proposed that Nordic countries should set a joint target on biofuels and increase the minimum proportion of bio-based raw materials in all fuels, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila told reporters …

Henrik Erämetsä from Neste to Co-Chair EU Initiative for Advanced Biofuels in Aviation
September 29, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  Henrik Erämetsä, Head of Aviation Regulation at Neste has been appointed Co-Chair of the EU initiative ‘the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath’ as a representative of the biofuels industry. Mr. Erämetsä will co-chair together with …

USDOJ: Owner of Biofuel Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Obstruction
September 29, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(MediaAlerts)  The owner and manager of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction for his role in a scheme that generated over $6 million in fraudulent tax credits and …

CSMCRI Scouts for Alternative Uses of Jatropha Crop to Make Bio-Fuel Production Viable
September 29, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Sohini Das (Business Standard)  Bhavnagar-based research institute Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), that has a US patent for manufacturing jatropha-based bio-fuel and has already partnered with automotive original equipment manufacturers for testing …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota
September 29, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears
September 29, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … The U.S. biodiesel industry, through its trade association the National Biodiesel Board, joined a broad coalition of 50-plus industry groups calling for action on tax extenders this year by sending …

UT-ORNL Team Hopes to Ease Path from Vegetation to Biofuel
September 29, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  A UT-ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel.
A huge barrier in converting plant polymers to biofuel lies in …

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State
September 29, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried …

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield
September 29, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels.
GreenWood, …

Minister Announces Ethanol Plant for Kochi
September 29, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(The New Indian Express)  Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said a green refinery, a second-generation ethanol plant, would be launched in Kochi under BPCL-Kochi Refinery.
“Agricultural waste and …

Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments Is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability
September 29, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Janeczko (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc./Biofuels Digest)   Whatever your thoughts regarding the future of the world’s energy supply, it is clear biofuel production and its clean implications are here to stay. …  Enthusiasm for …

Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura Merger
September 29, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, we reported today (September 26, 2016) that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, …

Lanxess to Acquire Chemtura for $2.69B
September 29, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to …

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective
September 28, 2016 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced …

NatureWorks Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Achievement Award
September 28, 2016 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored NatureWorks LLC with the organization’s Fall 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to the commercialization, with their Ingeo materials portfolio, of plastics and chemicals derived …

Biodiesel Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple’s Carbon Emissions
September 28, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PR Newswire)  New York City passes legislation to increase cleaner-burning biodiesel in heating oil  —  The City of New York has taken another significant step in reducing the region’s carbon footprint by passing …

Congress Should Not Be Allowed to Gut Fuel Efficiency Standards
September 28, 2016 – 7:29 am | No Comment

by Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) …  Automakers have adapted innovations more quickly than anticipated. They implemented technology that wasn’t even anticipated just four years ago and exceeded regulatory targets. As of last year, vehicles sold under …

Sandia: Turning Ubiquitous Lignin into High-Value Chemicals
September 26, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion—lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an …

BIO Releases Report on Renewable Chemical Progress, Opportunities
September 26, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.
The report, titled …

The Car-Emissions Sleuth Who’s Costing Chrysler $5 Billion
September 26, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Lippert and Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  … As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office, (Chris) Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than …

Biofuels International 2016: Industry Experts Outline 2030 EU Biofuels Vision
September 26, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference.  By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country …

Biofuels And Jet Travel
September 26, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Steven Cohen (Huffington Post/Columbia University’s Earth Institute)   …    Even though we can provide information and interact via phone, web and video, there is no substitute for humans sitting together and breaking bread. …

Growth Energy: Tom Buis Receives America’s Fuel Award
September 26, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 19, former Growth Energy CEO and current co-chairman of the Growth Energy board of directors, Tom Buis, was presented with the America’s Fuel award. The award is the highest …

Aviation Industry Urges Governments to Show Climate Leadership
September 26, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  Negotiations to complete the first global agreement on capping a single sector’s climate impact are due to resume in Montreal on Tuesday as the world’s governments meet for the International Civil …

Global Bioenergies Joins Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog in the “Bio-Based Gasoline Project” in Sweden
September 26, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Alternext paris: ALGBE), Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announce having joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel entirely based on forest resources. The consortium has signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a …

Ethanol-Blended Petrol Push
September 26, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(tenplay.com)  A new advertising campaign has the government pushing for the use of biofuels in more vehicles, after statewide declines in usage. VIDEO

New Hy-Vee Gas Station Will Use Ethanol from Big River Resources
September 26, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by William Smith (The Hawk Eye)  The new station will use ethanol from Big River Resources blended on site.  READ MORE

Airlines Are Cozying Up to Biofuels, but Don’t Expect Ethanol to Propel Flights Anytime Soon
September 26, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  The airlines industry is heavily committed to reducing emissions, but success in renewable fuels has historically been elusive.  —  The global airlines industry has committed to reducing its carbon …

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give Ethanol Credit
September 26, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Bushong (Northern Virginia Daily)  I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, …

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program
September 26, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  A report out by a former EPA official says that the RINS market or renewable identification numbers may be ripe for fraud or abuse. In order to comply with the RFS, refiners are required …

Distributed Biogas: $11.8 Billion Market Hidden in Plain Sight
September 26, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The mountains of bureaucratic red tape involved in urban food waste biogas projects, where this hidden $11.8 billion market lies, can be easily avoided or greatly reduced by …

Seattle Adopts UCS’s Oil-Saving Plan, Aims to Cut Oil Use in Half
September 26, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The Seattle City Council is expected to pass legislation today (September 19, 2016) that requires staff to develop a plan to cut the city’s oil use in half by 2035. Seattle …

New €3.8M SUPERBIO Project to Support Industrial Bio Innovation in EU
September 26, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Theo Kumah (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the new SuperBIO project worth €3.8 million primarily targets developing promising industrial value chains in the bio economy. The innovative project is supported through the EU Horizon2020 …

Breakthrough in Salt-Tolerance in Plants Research
September 26, 2016 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Univesity of Adelaide)  University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.
The …

Popeye Was Right: There’s Super Energy in that Spinach
September 26, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Theo Kumah  (Biofuels Digest)  Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology came up with what could pose as one of the most interesting discoveries from plants. The researchers came up with a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) …

New DOE Study: Gasoline Becomes Stale before Ethanol Phase Separation Occurs
September 26, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the petroleum components of ethanol-blended gasoline become degraded and unfit for use in an engine long …

European Ethanol’s Greenhouse Gas Savings Increase 8.5% in 2015: New Report
September 26, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Theo Kumah (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, ethanol’s direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuel have increased from 59% in 2014 to 64% in 2015, an increase of 8.5% against the …

New Bio Plastics and Resins
September 26, 2016 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Consulting Enterprises/Biofuels Digest) …  Some of the more significant develops in the biopolymer and plastics development in the past year are included the table below.
The latest trend is the production of monomers …

Advanced Enzymes for Lignocellulosic Conversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
September 26, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Shaping the future of bioenergy and renewable chemicals,” that’s the lofty technological goal which MetGen has set for itself. The company has made a name for itself via participation as …

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct
September 26, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the …

The Fight Must Go on to Protect the EU’s Right to Continue with Its Own Aviation Emissions Scheme
September 23, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Gazzard (European GreenSkies Alliance/GreenAir Online)  Over the next couple of weeks, the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be holding its 39th Assembly in Montreal. One of the key items up …

KLM and Lufthansa Sign Long-Term Agreements with US Sustainable Biofuel Producers AltAir and Gevo
September 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking …

Environmental NGOs Fear Voluntary Participation in Global Aviation Scheme Will Undermine Carbon Neutrality Goal
September 23, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Environmental NGOs have expressed strong reservations with elements of the proposed global market-based carbon scheme that will shortly be presented for approval by ICAO’s Member States at their upcoming Assembly that starts on …

Paris High Ambition Countries Call for Urgent Action on Aviation Emissions and a Robust Global Carbon Scheme
September 23, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Members of the High Ambition Coalition, which played a pivotal role in the successful outcome of the global climate negotiations last December that resulted in the Paris Agreement, have joined forces to call …

Design Features of the EU’s Aviation ETS Should Be Strengthened to Deliver Real Emissions Reductions, Finds T&E Report
September 23, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Despite imperfections, the inclusion of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has functioned well and enjoys a high degree of compliance, finds a new report by Transport and Environment (T&E) …

Lockheed Martin Opens Advanced Bioenergy Plant in New York
September 23, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Lockheed Martin/Biomass Magazine)  Lockheed Martin opened a new bioenergy facility in Owego, New York, at a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 21. The system, which is now completing commissioning, uses Concord Blue’s advanced technology that will convert …

California’s E85 Sales Top 14M Gallons in 2015
September 23, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Research shows consumers are loyal to low-carbon fuels.  —  California led the nation with 14.77 million gallons of E85 sold in 2015, according to a consumer research study published by fuels retailer …

Do We Still Need a Renewable Fuel Standard?
September 23, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  Headlines tell us the world is awash with oil. Gas costs less than bottled water in many places, and petroleum markets are in a prolonged slump that’s wreaking …

Summer Is Over: Bring on the Pumpkin Spice and the E15
September 23, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  September 22 marks the autumnal equinox and the official end of summer. But for approximately 330 gas retailers, the season ended last week, on September 16—a day …

Court Rules Several GS Cleantech Patents Unenforceable
September 23, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sept. 15, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued an order finding problems with certain GS CleanTech Corp. patents that are subject to multiple lawsuits …

Making the Case for Young Farmers
September 23, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union legislative fly-in that returned from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Members of the group met …

City’s Clean Fleet Reaches 500 Vehicles
September 23, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by David Giambusso (Politico)  New York City’s fleet of vehicles is getting cleaner.  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration will announce on Wednesday morning that it has deployed 500 electric vehicles since it launched its clean fleet …

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines
September 23, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)     National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion engines and validates Mercury Marine’s 2011 findings  —
One of the top myths used by the …

Letter to the Editor: Biofuels Defended
September 23, 2016 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Doug Berven (POET/Boston Herald)  Jonah Goldberg’s column parrots the tired talking points of the oil industry (“Research proves ethanol’s only useful to pols,” Sept. 5). Ethanol is a clean-burning, American-made biofuel that is lowering greenhouse …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Visits Lamberton Area Solar Community Garden Near Ethanol Site
September 23, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erik Posz (Redwood Falls Gazette)   Thoroughly impressed.   That was the feeling United States Senator Amy Klobuchar left with after a visit Friday morning to the Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC) Community Solar Array located adjacent …

Trump Backs off Plan to Eliminate EPA
September 23, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  Donald Trump appeared to back off his proposal to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency as president, instead promising to “refocus” the agency on a less regulatory-heavy mission.

He promised to …

CETA Threatens to Trigger US Ethanol Exports to EU through the Back Door – ePURE
September 23, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(e-PURE)  The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which is to be discussed by the EU’s Trade Ministers during the informal Council meeting in Bratislava on 23 September, is a major threat to the EU …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Fuel
September 23, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by  Gary C. Young (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Bio-Thermal Energy Inc.)  A new process for the economical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels such as ethanol has been developed. The proprietary noncatalytic process combines CO2 with a …

Green Fuel Ramps up Production at Its Chisumbanje Site
September 23, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Ndakaziva Majaka (Nahanda Radio)  Green Fuel is moving to ramp up ethanol production at its Chisumbanje site through a hectarage increase exercise anticipated to see the group with about 13 000 hectares (ha) of land …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell, Sinopec
September 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  his season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Breakthrough in Biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice Reaches Commercial-Scale, with Signature Advances in Cost-Reduction, Feedstock Flexibility
September 23, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern Nebraska, with the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant, which is and the first …

Gas Station Owner Says Don’t Confuse Non-Ethanol Fuel for Price Gouging
September 22, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Thomas (ABC33/40)   …   ABC 33/40 followed up on a complaint from an ABC 33/40 viewer about price gouging in Odenville in St. Clair County.

He learned the gas station owner sells non-ethanol gas, …

Future of Near-Zero Emissions Technology Showcased At Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference
September 22, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Advanced Clean Diesel Equipment Provides Immediate Large-Scale Emissions Reductions . . . And Will Lead Clean Air & Efficiency Improvements into The Future  —  With several hundred environmental reporters and policymakers gathering …

Global Biofuels Market Will Grow Steadily At A CAGR Of 5.87% During The Period 2016-2020: ResearchMoz
September 22, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/ResearchMoz)  Across the world, there has been an unprecedented interest in biofuels over the past decade. The main reason for this is the volatility in crude oil prices, which is affecting the economic condition …

Making Biofuel a Cost-Effective, Renewable Source of Energy
September 22, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Seguin (AltEnergyMag.com/COMSOL)  … Such fuels are renewable, clean-burning, and carbon-neutral, producing no more carbon dioxide than is sequestered by its original plant source. However, biofuel availability is still fairly limited for its most common use—in …

Rep Black Intros Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill
September 22, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Another federal bill has been introduced to extend the biodiesel tax credit. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016” (H.R. 5994). The …

Controversial B10 Biodiesel Hits Snag
September 22, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Yamin Vong (The Sun Daily)  A proposal to push through a controversial B10 bio-diesel next month hits more snags, much to the relief of car and oil companies that want validated testing of the palm-oil …

Ethanol Industry Advocates for Tax Credit Extensions
September 22, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and Advanced Biofuels Business Council are among 52 organizations that signed a Sept. 20 letter addressed to congressional leadership advocating for a seamless, …

3 Siouxland Locations Offering $1.15 E15 Fuel Friday
September 22, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Ian Richardson (Sioux City Journal)  Area drivers can fill up on E15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at select locations across Siouxland during a special promotion Friday.

Kum & Go stations at 3803 Dakota Ave. …

Poet CEO Says Clinton, Trump Know Importance of Ethanol
September 22, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The head of ethanol giant Poet is optimistic presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton back renewable fuels despite recent developments that have left some in the industry uncertain about their positions.
Jeff Broin, …

Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver — December 1-2, 2016 — London, UK
September 22, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver   —   December 1-2, 2016   —   London, UK

Structured debate on the creation of thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains  —  Created in partnership with Bonsucro, this forum is designed for all stakeholders in the sugar value chain to discuss …

NRDC Recommends Airlines Source Only RSB Certified Biofuels
September 22, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2016 Aviation Scorecard report recommends that airlines should make public commitments to source only RSB certified aviation biofuels, and communicate this to fuel and feedstock …

ASSOBARI First Sugarcane Farmer Organization in Brazil to Earn RSB Certification
September 22, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) is the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB …

Farmers Earn First RSB Smallholder Group Certification in Brazil
September 22, 2016 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  For the first time, a smallholder group with 20 family farmers and a cooperative earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification in Brazil. The project in the Montes Claros region, …

Higher Ethanol Blends Can Alleviate Gasoline Shortages and Price Spikes
September 22, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A September 9 leak in the Colonial pipeline, which supplies gasoline to many states in the southeast and east coast has resulted not only in gasoline shortages, but also price spikes at the …

Jet Fuel May Be Grown on Iconic Aussie Gum Trees
September 22, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Australian National University)  Scientists are a step closer to using Australia’s iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel.
Dr Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University (ANU), a lead researcher in an …

Ozinga Installs CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology
September 22, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Cure)  Chicago family business known for quality and service reinforces its commitment to sustainability  —  Known for its iconic red and white striped concrete mixers, the Ozinga name is synonymous with providing the highest …

Ethanol Europe Deem Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Damaging to Production
September 22, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by George Griffiths (Platts)  The European Commission’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy would lead to the “permanent loss of 133,000 rural jobs supported by the ethanol industry,” Mark Turley, CEO of Ethanol Europe, said Wednesday.
Speaking at the Agro-Inno …

Petrobras Mulls Lowering Brazil Fuel Prices in 2016
September 22, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui (Business Recorder)   State-controlled Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is considering lowering wholesale gasoline and diesel prices by year-end, which would be the first time since September 2015, O Globo newspaper …

CEC to Commercialise Biodiesel Plant
September 22, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Njombo (Zambia Daily Mail)  THE Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to commercialise its biodiesel plant after approval from Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS). ZABS has issued CEC with a product and process certification which demands …

Vietnam Fuel Giant Asks for Tax Support to Keep Unpopular Biofuel in Business
September 22, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(VN Express International)  The government continues to miss its targets for the cleaner, cassava-based fuel. State-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam has asked the government for tax support to save its new biofuel business from going bankrupt due …

Take the Test: Evaluating Commercial Readiness, Parts 1 and 2
September 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …  The focus of this series will be to provide a framework to allow ventures to assess their current state of process development and whether they are ready …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes, P&G
September 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides here.
During the webinar, we received …

Northey: E15 an Affordable, Clean-Burning Option at the Pump
September 21, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill Northey (Globe Gazette)  … This significant growth in access to E15 is thanks in part to the “Fueling our Future” initiative, which is a collaboration between the governor’s office, Iowa Department of Agriculture …

Export Exchange 2016 Presents Great Opportunity
September 21, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Export Exchange 2016 is essential. It brings together international buyers and end users of coarse grains and other products, including DDGS, with U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives.  — …

Like Consumer Choice at the Pump? Don’t Back Blend Wall Bill
September 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz  (Renewable Fuels Association) If legislation was introduced that would prevent the latest iPhone from being sold and instead require users to return to the days of big brick phones and other technology relics, …

The Definition of Insanity Is…
September 21, 2016 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Pam Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Siouxland Ethanol)   Ethanol can replace the toxic compounds used to increase octane in gasoline, which are directly related to the harmful emissions identified in several studies.  —  I think most …

New DOE Study: Gas Becomes “Stale” Long Before Water Uptake Becomes a Concern
September 21, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  As millions of Americans say goodbye to summer and prepare to store their boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other equipment for the winter, a new study by the Department of …

UK’s Argent Energy Wins Awards for Waste-Based Biodiesel Supply
September 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Argent Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Argent Energy, one of the U.K.’s leading suppliers of sustainable biodiesel, has won two awards at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016: the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative …

Building the Northeast Bioeconomy: Making Connections — July 24-25, 2017 — State College, PA
September 21, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Building the Northeast Bioeconomy: Making Connections   —   July 24-25, 2017   —   State College, PA

SAVE THE DATE  Website coming soon.
Host: Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium
Location: The Penn Stater Hotel, State College, PA
Dates: July 24-25, 2017

ACE Ad Buy Urges Congress to Act on RVP Legislation
September 21, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign today in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a …

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol Fuels
September 21, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Kellie  (Phys.Org)  Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon …