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The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on April 7 and 8, 2015. The workshop brought together twenty-eight of the world’s leading experts from the fields of policy, science, and business for an intensive two-day session (see the Appendix for a list of the participants). The discussions were off-the-record, with each participant present in his or her own capacity, rather than representing his or her organization. This report is a summary of the main points and issues raised over the two days. It has been reviewed by all the participants. The summary is intended to reflect the breadth of the discussion, rather than to suggest any form of overall consensus among the participants.

Highlights

  • Several fuel options exist to steeply reduce net carbon emissions from road transport. They include electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources and sustainable, low-carbon biofuels. However, none of these fuel options can presently compete with conventional fossil fuels, and in the short term marginal emission reductions appear easier to achieve through engine efficiency improvements, including partial electrification in the form of hybrid electric vehicles, and selected first-generation biofuels. One of the key challenges is therefore to attract continued investment in R&D to bring down the costs of alternative-fueled vehicles and low-carbon biofuels.
  • Second-generation biofuels are now being produced at limited commercial scale in the United States, mainly in the form of cellulosic ethanol from different feedstocks. But investments in cellulosic bio-refineries will continue to depend on government subsidies for years to come. Consumers have not been prepared to pay a price premium for biofuels, as evidenced by low uptake of E85 by owners of flex-fuel vehicles. At the same time, with full production cost still above 5 USD per gallon, cellulosic biofuels are unlikely to become competitive with conventional gasoline and hybrid electric vehicles in the mass market for road transportation for the foreseeable future. Hence the need for direct government subsidies to make investments in cellulosic biofuels attractive.
  • There is a vigorous debate on the size of the carbon footprint of biofuels and, while there has been some convergence between regulatory bodies in the United States, this debate is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The environmental uncertainty surrounding biofuels has led some to question the basis for support, while low gasoline prices and record U.S. production have reduced public enthusiasm for direct government subsidies. Participants expected that the politically powerful agricultural constituency will continue to play an important role in supporting biofuels policies. But investors will have to accept the risk of further decline in the societal legitimacy of biofuels during the lifetime of their investments.
  • A number of participants argued that direct government subsidies for second-generation biofuels are justified because of the technology’s option value. Should the impacts of climate change worsen, society will value the ability to rapidly scale-up low-carbon biofuels. Especially for heavy duty, long-range vehicles and aircraft, few alternatives to low-carbon biofuels exist. But without government support in the short and mid-term, the option of switching to cellulosic biofuels is unlikely to be available. If direct subsidies to second-generation biofuels are to be justified on the basis of the technology’s option value, the subsidies will need to be made conditional on demonstrated climate benefits and the pursuit and maturation of innovative technologies. If direct subsidies are only used to deploy mature technologies, no new option value will be created.
  • Biofuels can be integrated more easily into the existing vehicle and fuel distribution infrastructure than electricity or hydrogen. Bio-ethanol, mostly from first-generation feedstocks, now contributes roughly 10 percent to U.S. gasoline demand by volume, far more than electricity or hydrogen combined. But any growth beyond current levels will be more difficult, because increased use of higher ethanol blends will require investments in compatible vehicles and distribution infrastructure. A number of strategies exist to breach this ‘blend wall,’ but pursuing any one of them effectively requires a high level of coordination between investment decisions made by farmers, fuel producers, retailers, car manufacturers, and consumers—a coordination that does not currently exist.
  • Mid-level ethanol blends (E20-E40) appealed to many participants as economically and technically attractive options to breach the blend wall, because they allow engine and vehicle designers to exploit the octane properties of ethanol without incurring the lower energy content penalty of high-level blends. However, capturing the benefits of ethanol requires blend-specific engine optimization and vehicle designs. Flex-fuel vehicles may only partially be able to take advantage of the properties of mid-level blends.
  • The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is at a crossroads. First, many participants emphasized that stable, predictable demand is the highest near-term priority to develop second-generation biofuels. But the overambitious targets under the RFS, in combination with controversy about the EPA’s implementation strategy, have created large uncertainty about the future of the RFS blending mandates for cellulosic biofuels. For the RFS to attract further investments in cellulosic bio-refineries, EPA will need to shape new, more realistic expectations for the development of cellulosic blending mandates in the medium term, and create regulatory certainty for investments to fulfil these new expectations. Second, breaching the blend wall will require complementary investments along the supply chain, including farmers, fuel producers, retailers, vehicle manufacturers, and consumers. This will require the federal government to set strategic priorities and, possibly, provide additional policy support for specific actors along the supply-chain. If ethanol mandates are raised without such coordination and policy support, the cost burden on consumers might rise sharply.
  • Besides bio-refineries, participants highlighted two links in the supply-chain—farmers and retailers—that may become critical bottlenecks if production and consumption of cellulosic biofuels are to be expanded. Participants argued that production is hindered by the lack of commoditized cellulosic feedstocks, and that the current policy environment does not provide sufficient incentives for farmers to switch to dedicated cellulosic feedstocks on a large scale. Consumption, meanwhile, is hindered by the fact that fuel retailers are reluctant to invest in fueling infrastructure for higher ethanol blends, because they face significant uncertainty about future consumer demand for different biofuel blend products, the compatibility of different blends with existing infrastructure, and the actual cost of introducing new products. Attracting significant investments by these two groups of actors will require a strong consumer pull as well as innovative, regionally focused policy approaches.

Statements and views expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors and do not imply endorsement by Harvard University, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.



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San Francisco Mayor Says City Fleet to Use Renewable Diesel
July 29, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

( The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee/Biodiesel Magazine)  San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced July 21 that his city will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.

“By changing our fleet’s fuel from petroleum to renewable diesel, we’re taking action that is good for the global climate, and at the same time promotes environmental justice in our community by leading to cleaner, healthier air for some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Lee. “And, because of the state and federal governments’ incentives to producers to manufacture low carbon fuels, this switch can potentially reduce our city’s fuel costs. The city of Saint Francis is answering the Pope’s call for local action on global climate change.”

Mayor Lee made the announcement in Vatican City at the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences’ Modern Slavery & Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, joining Pope Francis, Governor Jerry Brown, representatives of the United Nations and mayors and local governors from around the world to drive awareness, dialogue and action at the local level on climate change and modern slavery—two pressing, interconnected issues highlighted in the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Using renewable diesel also reduces the emissions of soot and other air quality pollutants that harm the health of local residents, and which disproportionately hurt San Francisco’s low-income communities because so much of the heavy duty vehicle traffic occurs in and near those communities.

“The SFFD piloted the use of renewable diesel fuel for our fleet over a period of six months last year,” said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “Our fleet ran cleaner and more efficiently, and we are completely supportive of the Mayor’s call to switch to renewable diesel to improve the environment and create a healthier future for our residents.”

San Francisco started on the path of transitioning away from petroleum diesel and using cleaner forms of diesel fuel a half-dozen years ago by transitioning to a blend of biodiesel. Currently, most of the municipal fleet uses B20, which is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

Although renewable diesel is more expensive to produce at this time, it qualifies for valuable credits under federal and state programs, which allows renewable diesel to be available at or below the price of conventional petroleum diesel.  READ MORE



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How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping to Save the Environment
July 29, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Padma Nagappan (TakePart)  … Now researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory think they have a solution that allows farmers to profit from growing both food and advanced biofuels while benefitting the environment.

They planted willow on a portion of a corn farm in the Illinois town of Fairbury where the poor soil would have required a large amount of fertilizer and pesticides to grow corn. Fast-growing willow trees produce large amounts of cellulosic material that can be converted into biofuels. Morever, willows thrive in poor soil and require little nitrogen-rich fertilizer, which pose threats to aquatic life when it runs off into rivers and streams.

“This would work for any farm that grows any crop,” said Cristina Negri, principal agronomist and environmental engineer at Argonne National Laboratory.

“We’re testing portions of a field of arable land that are usually cultivated but are not very productive because of poorer soil,” she said. “We argue that growing bioenergy crops can be a better fit than corn. Adding fertilizer to this land would create even more water quality problems, as the soil is not able to retain them and thus they are leached into the water.”

Nitrogen is a primary component of fertilizers. And the difference in crop productivity comes from how different soils absorb nitrogen—rich soil soaks it up like a sponge, while poor soil lets it leak like a colander. READ MORE and  MORE  Abstract (Biomass and Bioenergy/Science Direct)



The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

San Francisco Mayor Says City Fleet to Use Renewable Diesel
July 29, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

( The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee/Biodiesel Magazine)  San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced July 21 that his city will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions …

Despite Drawbacks, Watsonville Sold on Biodiesel
July 29, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Masters (Santa Cruz Sentinel)  A Watsonville street sweeper has been running on a potent biodiesel mix produced from beef tallow for the past year.
“Our fleet has used a 5 percent mix for years, …

Biodiesel Used as Home Heating Fuel
July 29, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is developing a marketplace for biodiesel as a home heating fuel. CEO Tom Slunecka says while many homes in the U.S. are heated by natural …

Sensenbrenner Bill Would Limit Biofuel Blends
July 29, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced legislation this week that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the volume of cellulosic biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply to what is …

The Race to Meet Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Targets Could Put Human Health and Food Crop Production at rRisk unless It Is Carefully Planned, According to New Research.
July 29, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new study, led by Professor Nick Hewitt of Lancaster University, examined changes in ground level ozone in response to projected land use change associated with future biofuel cultivation.
Publishing in the journal Environmental …

Algae Biomass Organization Applauds U.S. Reps. Peters and Salmon for Bi-Partisan House Bill to Increase R&D Funding for Carbon Capture & Utilization
July 29, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded U.S. Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ) for introducing a bill designed to amend the Energy Policy Act …

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Is Cleaner Cement Production Possible?
July 29, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Korky Koroluk (Daily Commercial News)  … The cement industry alone accounts for about five per cent of global CO2 emissions, a fact that the cement/concrete industry has long known. The construction industry it serves knows …

Renewable Energy in Rockland: Hearing on Stony Point Biofuel Plant
July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Akiko Matsuda (Lohud.com)  …  New Planet Energy, which specializes in renewable-energy production using waste materials, along with local developer MBC Contractors, wants to build a waste-to-energy facility in an industrial zone off Holt Drive.
The proposal …

Chemical Firms Seek Better Grasp of Biomanufacturing
July 29, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Andy Extance (Chemistry World)  Hope and expectation surround the chemical industry’s increasing adoption of biotechnological manufacturing – but today, their lengthy development times and complex processes mean frustration is a major by-product. ‘The process of …

Utah-Based Biodiesel Firm Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
July 29, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Logan, Utah-based Argo Fuels announced it is launching an Idiegogo crowdfunding campaign July 21 to raise money for the purchase of feedstock and preparation for large-scale biodiesel production using its …

Winners Announced in Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Contest
July 29, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2015 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship. Brianna Bredeson, a recent graduate of Willmar Senior High School, won first place for her …

E85 Promotion Offered at Poynette Cenex Station on Friday
July 29, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Flex fuel vehicle owners have another opportunity to fill up with E85 for just 85-cents per gallon at a participating Cenex stations this summer. This Friday, flex fuel vehicle drivers will be …

4 Minutes with… Gert-Jan (G-J) Gruter, CTO, Avantium
July 29, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Avantium developed a novel process for the production of PEF (brandname YXY), a 100% biobased polyester with enhanced barrier, thermal and mechanical properties. Together with Coca-Cola, Danone and ALPLA we …

Aston University Bioenergy Technology Embarks on European Tour
July 29, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Aston University)  Pre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was underway today ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste across north-west Europe. The Pyrofab is based on PyroformerTM …

China Voters Mull Support for Fiberight Waste-to-Energy Project (China, Maine, that Is)
July 29, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maine, the Board of Selectmen for the township of China are looking at supporting the Fiberight waste-to-energy project planned for Hampden, Maine, when their trash contract with Penobscot Energy …

Ecobank Disburses CBN’s N50 Million Facility to Boost SMEFunds’ Clean Energy Innovations
July 29, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(SMEFunds/PR.com)  Today, SMEFunds, Africa’s foremost Social Enterprise based in Nigeria is first to receive N50 million (approx. $300,000) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Ecobank Ltd. into its Cellulosic Bio Ethanol Gel for …

Refiners, Former White House Official Ask EPA to Tweak Biofuels Program
July 29, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Independent oil refiners and a former White House official have urged U.S. regulators to tweak the U.S. biofuels program to shift responsibility for complying from refiners to fuel blenders, according to …

UPS Makes Substantial Move To Renewable Fuels
July 29, 2015 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(UPS/Globe Newswire)  UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest …

Seeking Success in Succinic, Succinctly, Sustainably
July 29, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The real deal is succinic acid and polybutylene succinate. The latter found in everything from boxes, bags, tableware, even mulching films. If we haven’t seen SucciniMania quite yet, well, it’s …

Prioritizing the Bioeconomy: Observations on USDA’s 9003 Loan Guarantee Program
July 29, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biobased products are a new innovation that are gradually contributing more to the U.S. economy in the forms of alternative fuels, packaging,  plastic substitutes and more. An Economic Impact …

Critics Pound RFS in House Hearing– Growth Energy Slams Decision to Exclude Ethanol Industry Groups From Hearing
July 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Tom Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  Though odds are slim Congress will take up legislation to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard anytime soon, a combined hearing of the House subcommittees on energy and oversight Thursday …

International 100% Renewable Energy Conference — May 26-28, 2016 — Istanbul, Turkey
July 28, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
International 100% Renewable Energy Conference  —  May 26-28, 2016 — Istanbul, Turkey

“Transition to Ecological and Democratic Societies Using 100% Renewable Community Power.”
Transition of communities, islands, countries and regions to 100% Renewable Energy (RE) can be realized only by the local, national and regional governments which are …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income …

Poultry Industry Critical of O’Malley’s Stance on Biofuel
July 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by John Fritze (Baltimore Sun)  … Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is winning praise from corn farmers in Iowa for his support of a federal mandate to blend …

Branstad & Vilsack Discuss Boosting ‘Biochemical’ Production in Iowa
July 28, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa to become the first state to offer a tax credit for transforming the “biochemicals” that are a byproduct of ethanol production. Branstad discussed the issue …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

Minnesota Electric Co-op Opens Ethanol Plant in North Dakota
July 28, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  … Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, 78 percent owned by a Minnesota cooperative power company, is a 65 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant built next to one of the ­electric utility’s coal-fired power plants. It …

Saudis Expand Price War Downstream
July 28, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by By Gaurav Agnihotri (OilPrice.com)  The undisputed king of oil and gas is making some moves that could change the face of the global refining sector.  In June 2015, Saudi Arabia pumped a record 10.564 million …

Bank of America Announces Industry-Leading $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative
July 28, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Bank of America/MarketWatch)  Bank of America Recognized for Its Support of the Environment at the White House’s American Business Act on ClimatePledgeEvent — Bank of America has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative …

United Airlines Invests in Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off?
This summer, United Airlines begins …

Funds Bolster Algae Biofuel Development
July 28, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Greg Watry (R&D Magazine) Rotifers are semitransparent microscopic animals. Watching them feed under a microscope, one can’t help but feel a sense of awe at nature’s complexity. Its oval-shaped body rotates as it ingests small beads …

Omani Scientists Working to Produce Biofuel from Agricultural Waste
July 28, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by M Najmuz Zafar (Muscat Daily)  A group of scientists and academics are undertaking a research on producing biofuel from biological and agricultural waste, which they say, will lay the foundation of biofuel industry in …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Utilization Language in Senate Energy Legislation
July 28, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Latest bill to encourage using carbon dioxide as a feedstock for valuable products — The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package …

4 Minutes with… Susan Seagren, Director, AMCREF Community Capital
July 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  AMCREF invests in projects and business located in the Southern U.S. that generate high quality jobs and provide environmental benefits. We provide low cost capital via a federal program …

200,000 Comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard Delivered to EPA: “Stand by Me” Says Rural US to Washington
July 28, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the …

Efficient Electrochemical CO2 Conversion Powered by Renewable Energy
July 28, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Douglas R. Kauffman, Jay Thakkar, Rajan Siva, Christopher Matranga, Paul R. Ohodnicki, Chenjie Zeng, and Rongchao Jin (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces)  The catalytic conversion of CO2 into industrially relevant chemicals is one strategy for …

The Digest Adds Six, Drops Nine from Digest Bioeconomy Index, Reflecting Diversification, Market Cap Shifts
July 28, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced six additions and nine drops from the Digest Equity Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks. Corbion, Deinove, Global Bioenergies, Green Plains Partners, …

Research and Markets: Pine-Derived Chemicals (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols) Market 2015 – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020
July 28, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire) Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hjlj3s/pinederived) has announced the addition of the “Pine-Derived Chemicals Market by Type (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols), Application (Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Surfactants, Printing Inks), …

Import Tariffs to Keep EU Biofuel Industry ‘Stagnant’
July 28, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Agrimoney.com)  The European biofuels industry is to stagnate next year, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture’s bureau in The Hague, unless import tariffs are relaxed.
The bureau noted that the EU has …

CSIRO’s Tobacco Oil Project: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A game-changing new platform — in tobacco?  Controversial by its feedstock role for the cigarette industry, tobacco’s been unjustly overlooked. Yet, according to Australia’s CSIRO, “tobacco can greatly expand global capacity …

What’s U(o)P at UOP? The Renewables Story, Revealed.
July 28, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For a decade, it’s (UOP’s) been an unquestioned leader in renewable fuels and chemicals development. Technologies like its HEFA jet fuel conversion (the first certified renewable jet fuel), its Ecofining …

ACORE Submits Comments on Renewable Fuel Standard
July 28, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy) Calls for EPA to revise 2014-2016 renewable volume obligations to more accurately reflect the production capabilities of the biofuels industry. — Today (July 27, 2015), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) …

Big Oil and Big Corn Blitz EPA on Biofuels Plan
July 28, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. farmers, biofuel makers, and oil companies have mounted last-ditch efforts to push regulators to overhaul a controversial plan for biofuel use, homing in on the price Americans pay for gasoline …

National Biodiesel Board Submits RFS Comments
July 28, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Calls for Additional Growth in Biodiesel Sector — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Monday called on the EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In extensive …

Ricketts, Reynolds Rally against Feds’ Plan for Ethanol Cut
July 28, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by  Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  In a seldom-seen cross-border stand in support of ethanol, the governors of Nebraska and Iowa on Friday urged an embrace of the corn-derived motor fuel as a crucial local industry …

SkyNRG and Partners Take the Development of Sustainable Jet Fuel in Sweden to the Next Level
July 28, 2015 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  Things are coming together for sustainable jet fuel in Sweden; co-funding mechanisms, political buy-in, development of regional supply chains, engagement of key stakeholders in the aviation sector and even involvement of single end-users.
First of …

21st Century Farming: Local Farms Consider Generating Energy
July 28, 2015 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Sylvia Carignan (Frederick News Post) The future of Frederick County agriculture sits in a plastic tank in a dusty, cow-scented barn outside of Middletown.
South Mountain Creamery’s soybean press takes soybeans and creates soy oil, stored …

Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice
July 28, 2015 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by  Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz (Associated Press) The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

NCGA Invests an Additional $500,000 in Prime the Pump
July 27, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association took another big step toward providing the driving public with lower gas prices and more fuel choice including better access to higher blends of …

Trialing Innovation
July 27, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry is known to be innovative.  But, whether it’s testing a new feedstock, incorporating a new enzyme, yeast or other fermentation aid, or perhaps tweaking a …

RFA: Boat Racers Return to Kansas for ‘Shootout’ on the Water
July 27, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12–13 event, which was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, East Kansas …

RFA: Motorcyclists Celebrate 75 Years at Sturgis
July 27, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3–9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.
This year’s …

Liquid Light, Coca-Cola Sign Technology Development Agreement
July 27, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Liquid Light/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Liquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol …

4 Minutes with… Mitrajit Mukherjee, President, Exelus
July 27, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Exelus is developing a first-of-a-kind process to convert virtually any type of ligno-cellulosic biomass into a clean, environmentally friendly “Bio-naphtha” a paraffinic hydrocarbon similar to fossil-based light naphtha. Bio-naphtha …

Spain Increases Biofuel Targets to Meet European Standards
July 27, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(PetrolPlaza)  Spain´s government is setting an increased national target for biofuel or ethanol composition of gasoline and diesel fuels to 8.5% by the year 2020, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism  —  In an …

Engineering the Future of Biofuel: UC Santa Cruz iGEM 2015
July 27, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(University of California Santa Cruz)   We are the UC Santa Cruz iGEM team! We are a team of 24 bioengineers, biochemists, and MCD biologists and overall a group of passionate undergraduates involved in an exciting international …

Scientist: The Ethanol Mandate Harms Air Quality, ‘Leads To Increased Mortality’
July 27, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

B100 Available at Root Fuel’s Wallisville Road Station in Houston
July 27, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Six months after opening its Wallisville Road fuel station in Houston selling B20, Root Fuel is now offering B50 and B100 at the same location. “It’s a big, big day,” …

RFS Deadline Nears / Move to Expand Biodiesel Questioned
July 27, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Todd Nealey (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  … Both biofuels and oil industry officials offered hints as to the direction potential lawsuits could take once EPA finalizes the rule that would provide a bump to biomass-based diesel …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
July 27, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto …

4 Minutes with…Pramod Kumbhar, CTO, Praj Matrix R & D Center
July 27, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj provides technology and EPC for ethanol plants and has > 600 references across continents. The focus of Praj Matrix is biotechnology. After seven years of development we have LC …

“The Time Is Ripe” for a Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit
July 27, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem))  … Buoyed in wake of our successful Farm Bill expansion of USDA 9003 loan guarantees to renewable chemicals/bioproduct manufacturing and progress toward …

BIC Project Aims at Commercialization of Cellulosic Sugar Production in Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has completed phase 1 of a project to assess the economic viability of the agricultural biomass to cellulosic sugar value chain in Canada.
The Cellulosic Sugar …

OFA – LCF Reduce Cornstalk Supply Chain Cost Projections up to 40%
July 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and La Coop fédéréem, after two years of work with value chain players, including farmers, have been able to reduce projected corn stalk …

New Holland Partners with State University of New York on Biomass Research
July 27, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(New Holland)  Following the United States Department of Energy’s announcement to award State University of New York up to $3.5 million to fund a research project that seeks to develop ways to reduce the cost …

Ginkgo Bioworks: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are they? “Nature’s biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more,” they say. “Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that …

Veterans: Renewable Fuel Law a National Security Issue
July 27, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Carol Hunter (Des Moines Register)  Three retired military officers made the case Wednesday that development and use of renewable fuels is a key component of national security.  Specifically, the officers argued that Congress should …

Biogas! The Big Cellulosic Fuel Breakthrough?
July 27, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Already, biogas as a renewable fuel is accounting for 90% of all cellulosic RIN production under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Food and paper manufacturers, ethanol & biodiesel plants, cities, landfill …

Study: Lifting US Crude Export Ban Could Lead to Layoffs
July 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Downstream Today/The CRUDE Coalition)  Exporting U.S. crude oil would raise gasoline, diesel and home heating prices, cutting into the vast benefits Americans are enjoying from lower crude oil prices, according to a new report by …

American Ethanol Heads to the Brickyard
July 24, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  … Fans will also be able to learn more about American Ethanol or show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway …

Surplus Biodiesel Equipment Scheduled for Online Auction Ending on Tuesday, August 18
July 22, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Maas Companies)  Maas Companies will auction surplus Biodiesel Process Equipment on Tuesday, August 18  via a timed online auction.  The equipment is located at 6683 Cow Creek in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Maas Companies specializes in …

UCSC Students Seek Solutions in Salt
July 21, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Masters (Santa Cruz Sentinel)  The salt ponds of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just north of San Jose International Airport, may hold the key to a sustainable energy source.
For more …

State Board Grants Provisional Charter for NY Climate Museum
July 21, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Fitzgerald (Associated Press)  The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved …

American Energy Alliance Scorecard
July 21, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(American Energy Alliance) The American Energy Scorecard educates lawmakers about the most important energy votes of the year and empowers the American people to hold their elected officials accountable for the decisions they make in Washington.

Eliminating …

4 Minutes with… Robert E. Fogg, President/CEO/GM, Q-Team Tree Service
July 21, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … we are interested in using our 2,000+ annual tons of wood waste in the off-season to create a product that we can sell for a profit. We have 27 acres …

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes for Ethanol
July 21, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Tierneyn (Syngenta)  Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. … Sourcing alpha amylase enzyme directly from area corn growers and working with them to enhance grain quality …

New IMO Biofuels Regulation May Catch Product Tankers Unawares
July 21, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Birket (Splash24/7)  New IMO regulations for the carriage of biofuels may lead to a shortage of product tankers eligible to carry the cargo if shipowners are not ready to meet the new requirements, an environmental consultancy …

In Stunning Spectacle, RI Tall Ship Sails for First Time
July 21, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schieldrop (Bristol-Warren Patch)  Narragansett Bay was graced by the mighty presence of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Thursday as she set sail for the first time on wind power alone on a …

Technologies Pitch The Public To Help Them Win SAFE Energy Security Prize: SeaChange Group
July 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Securing America’s Future Energy) Today’s low prices at the pump may have many people believing our nation’s energy security problem has been solved, but don’t be fooled. The truth of the matter is energy security …

Lagosur Breaks New Ground – Exporting Biofuel to Latin America
July 21, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Lagosur) Lagosur is proud to announce the first business focused on the exportation of biodiesel to Latin America. As part of a two-part strategy and innovative business model, Lagosur has launched part one of the business …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA
July 20, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment
6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA

We welcome you to GTCbio’s 6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference, which will be held on November 16-17, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. This two-day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in …

4 Minutes with… Kaisu Annala, Strategic Director, Cleantech Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland
July 20, 2015 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The new government of Finland has included in its strategy a total chapter for bioeconomy and clean solutions (=cleantech). The targets has been set for 10-year and governmental 4-year timeframes.

The …

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value Products
July 20, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. The achievement is noteworthy not simply because of the increased …

BioPower Operations Corporation’s Subsidiary Green3Power Wins Award to Build a $175 Million Renewable Energy Facility in St. Lucie County, Florida Using the G3P Gasification Technology
July 20, 2015 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corporation)  BioPower Operations Corporation (OTCQB: BOPO) (“BioPower” or the “Company”) announced today (June 30, 2015) that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won the award to build a $175 Million renewable …

Waste Cooking Oil From Mexico City’s Restaurants Could Power the City’s Buses
July 20, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Kate Wheeling (Pacific Standard Magazine)  Biodiesel from the waste cooking oil produced by the capital city’s restaurants could help to power the cities public transit system, and reduce emissions in the process.
… A team of researchers …

Special China Report: 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories in China and Taiwan
July 20, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 10 Biggest Advanced Bioeconomy stories of the year we reported from the world’s second-biggest economic region.
1. DuPont, New Tianlong Industry Co. ink Cellulosic Ethanol pact; China’s first Advanced Renewable …

Iran’s Algiran Teams with Indian Scientist
July 20, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgiran, an Iranian algal biotech company, has recently established a pilot scale algal cultivation demonstration facility at the Chabahar Free Zone, in the Baluchistan Province of Iran. …

The team is looking at …

Fields of Gold Transform Into Biodiesel at Wastewater Treatment Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(City of Raleigh)  Deep in the southeastern corner of Wake County are a series of rolling fields that look like they are more suitable for a Van Gogh painting than part of the Raleigh landscape. …

EgyptAir Plans to Launch Its First Bio-Fuel-Run Jet in a Year
July 20, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Egypt Independent)  EgyptAir plans to launch its first plane run on biofuel, replacing traditional jet fuel, in one year, said Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal during a graduation project ceremony for students of the Engineering …

Advocating for Ethanol: Walz Visits Janesville Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Philip Weyhe (Janesville Argus)  First District Congressman Tim Walz, D-Mankato, stopped by Guardian Energy in Janesville Friday morning with his sights set on highlighting ethanol production as an “all-American” and efficient energy solutions service.
After …

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited
July 20, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Austin DuVall (Arkansas Business)  Arkansas’ biodiesel industry has failed to live up to its early promise, and Troy Hornbeck says he knows why.
Hornbeck, who with his two brothers, Jon and Jeff, founded Arkansas SoyEnergy …

First Ethanol Powered Bus Taken for Final Test
July 20, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Anjaya Anparthi  (Times of India)  As a step towards launch of ethanol-run buses on commercial basis throughout India, the first ever bus running in the city on pilot basis has been taken for final test. …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

Ethanol Organization Dreams Big, Values Grassroots
July 20, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The man who led the effort to form ACE was 67 years old when he took on the project. Today, the organization is still fighting for farmers and all …