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Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?
December 2, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is there something to get deeply informed about? Let’s look into it.

#1. The Point of Obligation RFS Crisis.

The issue. 

Several parties petitioned the US EPA to shift obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard from them to someone else. Basically, to anyone else. The petitioners want relief from buying RINs, thinking about renewables, or experiencing any pain associated with the change in the fuels marketplace which the Congress mandated in the 2007 EISA Act.

The Bottom Line: 

Unless EPA goes completely insane, it’s a no-brainer to ignore.

#2 The US GAO Report: “Renewable Fuel Standard, Program Unlikely to Meet its Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

The issue: 

Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, chairing a Senate subcommittee, requested a report from the Government Accounting Office on the issues related to advanced biofuels R&D. Specifically, how the federal government has supported advanced biofuels R&D in recent years and where its efforts have been targeted and expert views on the extent to which advanced biofuels are technologically understood and the factors that will affect the speed and volume of production.

Lankford, in case you were wondering, introduced a bill to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in 2013 with the Ghost Fuels Deletion Act and again in 2014 with the Phantom Fuels Elimination Act. He again called for repealing the RFS in June 2015. So, if you regarded this report as a political exercise, you wouldn’t be alone.

The Bottom Line:

You can safely ignore this 38-pager.

Why You Can Safely Ignore: 

Everyone already knows all this, the GAO report is a statement of the obvious. We might add, the entire report was written based only on talking to academics and government officials. This is a political haymaking and not much more.

Consider this as a Warning Label for the Report: “No Actual Fuel Producer, Oil Refiner, Technology Developer or Investor was disturbed during the Making of this Report.”  READ MORE (Renewable Fuels Association)

#3 The European Commission’s new Clean Energy Package proposes to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe.

The issue: 

In the proposed Renewable Energy Directive for the period post-2020, the European Commission proposed to reduce the maximum contribution of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol made from corn, wheat and sugar beet, to the EU 2030 renewable target – from a maximum of 7% of transport fuels in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030. The Commission also proposed a binding blending obligation of 6.8 % to promote other ‘low emissions fuels’ such as renewable electricity and advanced biofuels used in transport.

The Bottom Line: 

Sorry, this one you have to pay attention to.

Why We’re Talking About it:

As Novozymes Vice-President for Biorefining Thomas Schrøder summed it up perfectly: “The proposed gradual phase out of all conventional biofuels would only increase the share of fossil fuels in transport and add GHG emissions. By 2020, the aim was to have 10% renewables in transport, by 2030, the ambition is lowered to 6.8%. The European Commission failed to reflect in its proposal the latest science and evidence that demonstrate the very high sustainability profile of a series of conventional biofuels. For example, conventional ethanol effectively reduces GHG emissions today (by 64% on average compared to petrol) even when indirect impacts are accounted for. They have a legitimate role to play in the EU energy mix.”

Why You Can’t Safely Ignore: 

EU regulators hope to secure food for Europeans by phasing out the conversion of grains and oils to fuels. Yet, what happens when supply outstrips demand? Commodity prices fall, and production exits the market, reducing the very grains and oil supply that the new directive is supposed to secure.

#4 The Canada Course Correction

The Issue:

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission recently released a report entitled Course Correction, which calls on the Canadian government to rethink its biofuels policies.

The Bottom Line.

Skip it. Everyone else did. Including the Canadian government, who celebrated the report’s criticism of biofuels policies but announcing an expanded national Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Why You Can Safely Ignore:

As Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario told the National Post: “As I see it, Ecofiscal’s Course Correction report, if embraced, would have the following net result: greenhouse gas emissions would increase, urban air quality would deteriorate, and consumers would pay more for fueling their vehicles.  Moreover, all access to the liquid transportation fuel market for current and future renewable or alternative fuels would be eliminated, and research and development of biofuels would be shut down. If anything, it’s Ecofiscal’s work that needs a thorough review from a broader perspective.”  READ MORE



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Nigeria Plans Biofuel Production with Juicy Investment Incentives
December 2, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Offgrid Nigeria)  A draft national policy on biofuel production and distribution likely to be signed into law very soon by Nigeria, has proposed very mouth-watering incentives for investors willing to go into biofuel business in the country, OGN has learnt.

Obtained by OGN in Abuja, the policy document seeks to open up a competitive biofuel business in the country.

It is being fine-tuned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). Both agencies are driving the document and have held consultations with stakeholders in the sector.

Parts of the incentives proposed in the draft document include the setting up of an appropriate funding arrangement of up to $100 billion for the establishment of a Biofuels Industry Equity Fund by the federal government.

It also proposed that all registered businesses engaged in activities related to biofuels production or the production of agricultural feedstock for the purpose of biofuels production and co-generation within the country shall be accorded pioneer status within the provisions of the Industrial Development (income tax relief) Act.

There will also be a preferential loan arrangement made available to investors in the biofuels industry to aid the development of large-scale out-grower’s schemes and large scale integrated operation including a feedstock plantation, a plant and within-the-gate co-located power generating plants, cattle feedlots and fruit canning.   READ MORE



Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?
December 2, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is …

Green Nano-Chemistry: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Sylvatex
December 2, 2016 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sylvatex is a green nano-chemistry company utilizing renewable non-toxic inputs to create a nanoparticle that can be used in multiple applications. The company’s alternative fuel product MicroX, when blended into ULSD …

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research
December 2, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research.
The team has successfully demonstrated a new, …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

RFA Statement on Senate Hearing Focused on GAO RFS Reports
December 2, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management is holding a hearing examining two reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Renewable Fuel …

Death of Castro Could Free Cuba to Produce Biofuels
December 2, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Voice of America)  The death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, a fierce critic of biofuels like ethanol, has raised hopes among industry experts that some of Cuba’s vast tracts of fallow land may soon be …

BETO Announces Notice of Intent for the Development of Algae-Based Biofuels
December 2, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy‘s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up …

Industrial Enzyme Market (Food and Beverage, Cleaning, Biofuel, Animal Feed) Size & Share Analysis Industry Overview & 2016-2020 Forecasts Research Report
December 2, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(OrbisResearch.com/ABNewsWire)  OrbisResearch.com has published “Global Industrial Enzyme Market (Food and Beverage, Cleaning, Biofuel, Animal Feed): Industry Analysis and Outlook (2016-2020)” market report to its research database. The key factors driving the growth of industrial enzyme …

Japan’s First Private Rocket Nears the Launch Pad
December 2, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  A startup founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie is poised to launch a test rocket as early as January. If successful, it will be Japan’s first private rocket to reach an …

Court Accepts $48.5M Bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio
December 2, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Kansas district bankruptcy court approved the top bid for Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas in an order signed Nov. 29 by Judge Robert Nugent. Synata Bio Inc. …

Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal
December 2, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Zeedyk (Glycerin Traders/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Anyone who has produced biodiesel knows that glycerin can set up like wax if the process is over-catalyzed and/or animal fats are used as feedstocks. More than …

Hi-Performance Tech Package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
December 2, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Iowa E15 Retailers’ ‘Pink at the Pump’ Campaign Raises $12,000
December 1, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers filling-up their cars with cleaner-burning E15 during the month of October raised $12,000 for breast cancer awareness as part of the “Pink at the Pump” Campaign. Nearly 30 E15 …

OPEI’s “LOOK BEFORE YOU PUMP” Ethanol Education and Consumer Protection Campaign Gets Facelift
December 1, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Outdoor Power Equipment Institute /PR NewsWire)  The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the trade association representing power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, updates its free consumer and dealer education materials for its …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Unlocking Willpower and Ambition to Meet the Goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (Part One): Shifting Needs of Law, Policy, and Economics
December 1, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies) Since 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) used the term ambition formally in agreements to implement activities and address the need for expanded environmental goals and …

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market
December 1, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters) Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector said.
The …

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future — July 11-12, 2017 — Arlington, VA
December 1, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future   —   July 11-12, 2017   —   Arlington, VA

On July 11–12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office will host its tenth annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future. Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key …

New Research Could Make Ethanol Production More Efficient and Economic
December 1, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.
“There are currently more …

North America’s Grasslands Are Slowly Disappearing — And No One’s Paying Attention
December 1, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Great Plains lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that …

Global Biobased Business Competition (G-BiB)
December 1, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(BE-Basic Foundation)  The Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) is a competition for Master and PhD students from universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. The objective of G-BiB is to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation producing a biorenewable …

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2017” DEADLINE: End of February 2017
December 1, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

For the tenth year running, the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will be granted, at the 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany,  to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials …

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Bio-Based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: Unclear
December 1, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  International Conference on Bio-Based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany    DEADLINE: Unclear

The 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and …

International Conference on Bio-based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany
December 1, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Bio-based Materials   —   May 10-11, 2017   —   Cologne, Germany

The 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and …

EPA Rushes to Finish MPG Regs before Trump Takes Office
December 1, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to quickly finalize stringent gas mileage rules that require automakers to produce car and truck fleets averaging more than 50 miles per …

GAO RFS Reports Paint Incomplete Picture of Advanced Biofuels
December 1, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding …

Oil and Biofuels Trade Bodies Make Unprecedented Move to Link Together to Call on EPA Not to Change RFS Point of Obligation
December 1, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biofuels and oil trade bodies have written a letter to the US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  urging the organisation not to redefine the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Industry Welcomes Updated Department of Energy Biodiesel Guide
December 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NREL report a comprehensive guide for biodiesel users —  The biodiesel industry welcomed the publication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fifth edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide, developed …

Employee of Biofuel Feedstock Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
December 1, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company’s receipt of a …

Biodiesel Leaders Take Jobs, Energy Security Message to D.C.
December 1, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to champion America’s Advanced Biofuel.
“We have a great message to share with our elected …

EU Pits Conventional Biofuels against Advanced Biofuels in New 2030 Policy
December 1, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Novozymes came out swinging against the European Commission’s 2030 biofuels proposals, saying it’s a move backwards rather than forward, while the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels from Clariant to …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

Vietnam to Replace Most Popular Petrol with E5 Biofuel
December 1, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Tuoi Tre News)  Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade will force consumers to switch from the popular A92 gasoline to the ethanol-mixed biofuel E5, but has yet to decide on an official timeline for the …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in More than 80% of New 2017 Vehicles
December 1, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 80 percent of new 2017 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to an analysis of warranty statements and …

Great Results from Testing UPM’s Wood-Based Diesel in Buses
December 1, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels.
The …

Fortress Paper Announces Hemicellulose Separation Project at Its Dissolving Pulp Mill
December 1, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Fortress Paper/Lesprom.com) Fortress Paper Ltd. announces a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project (the “Birch Project”) at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch (the …

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
December 1, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

Busting the Mythology of Food vs. Fuel
November 30, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate) Making ethanol doesn’t rob the hungry of needed nutrition …  Ethanol has long been recognized as an additive to increase octane and help internal combustion engines burn cleaner. Until 2005, the chief …

Why Trump Needs to Embrace Obama’s Fuel Rules to Make America Energy Independent
November 30, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Jason Bordoff (Reuters)  Since the Arab Oil Embargo four decades ago, every president has promised to wean the United States off the need for foreign oil. President-elect Trump is no different, promising in his speeches and …

RFA Welcomes New Member Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC
November 30, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce the addition of Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, to its membership.
Valero is one of the largest biofuels producers …

Commission’s Proposal to Phase out Conventional Biofuels Ignores Science and Jeopardises Biofuel Investments
November 30, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) regrets the European Commission’s intentions to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe, contained in the proposed Renewable Energy Directive for the period …

Queensland RFA Allays Fears over Ethanol Mandate Concerns
November 30, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) …  Rose (Larissa Rose, managing Director of the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association) said the comparison of the Queensland and NSW mandates was misleading.  “When NSW introduced its mandate in 2007, consumers were unsure …

EC Releases RED II, Proposes First-Generation Biofuels Phase-out and New Sustainability Criterion for Forest Biomass
November 30, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.
The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It …

E10 Education Key to Delivering Benefits for Motorists
November 30, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Association of Australia)  Many motorists are opting for expensive premium fuels unaware that E10 is compatible with their car, the Biofuels Association of Australia said today.  Chief Executive Officer, Mark Sutton, said E10 delivers …

New Chemical Enhances Biodiesel, Ethanol Production
November 30, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  BASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing.

MSA has gained popularity in …

Europe Doesn’t Have Enough Sustainable Wood and Cow Dung to Meet Its Unrealistic Bioenergy Projections – New Analysis
November 30, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups …

America’s Rural Voters Are Ready for Renewable Energy Too
November 30, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter (The Hill/Agriculture Energy Coalition)  … Rural energy’s potential is strong. Farmers, ranchers, farm coops and businesses want to minimize costs or generate new income through energy. They can do this by investing in …

EU Considering Halving Crop-Based Biofuels by 2030: Draft
November 30, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Robert-Jan Bartunek, Sybille de La Hamaide and Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters)  The European Commission is considering halving the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transport after 2020 over concerns they increase rather than …

Proposed Determination: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 — Comments due December 30, 2016
November 30, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On November 30, 2016, the Administrator proposed to determine that the MY 2022-2025 standards remain appropriate and that a rulemaking to change them is not warranted. This proposed determination is based on the robust …

Renmatix Turns Biowaste into Plastic. Can the King of Prussia Firm Help Save the Planet?
November 30, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Aswin Mannepalli (Philadelphia Inquirer)  The King of Prussia company takes biowaste and converts it into useful materials such as bioplastics. So far, it counts Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates as a backer. He led a $14 …

Petrol Prices Fall in Five Largest Cities, NSW Forks out $85m More on Ethanol mandate
November 30, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hyam (ABC)  The competition regulator has found Australian petrol prices fell 3.8 cents in Australia’s five largest cities during the September quarter, but New South Wales’ ethanol mandate forced motorists to fork out an …

Mumias Sugar Steps up Regional Molasses Imports on Biting Cane Shortage
November 30, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Andae (Business Daily Africa)  Mumias has been importing molasses — the raw material used in ethanol production — from Uganda for over eight months now but, has now extended this to Tanzania.
The loss-making …

The Wine Tram: The Best Wine Route in South Africa?
November 30, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by John Malathronas (CNN) … Using a narrow gauge rail track built more than 100 years ago, the Wine Tram was the brainchild of avid railway fan David Blyth who modeled his green bio-diesel-fueled tram on …

DC: The Road Ahead for Renewable Chemicals & Materials
November 30, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem Alliance/Biofuels Digest)  … From our vantage point, it is – and has always been – about innovation, performance and the chance to grow advanced manufacturing in the US, so that …

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge
November 30, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast …

ABLC 2017 — March 1-3, 2017 — Washington, DC
November 30, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
ABLC 2017   —   March 1-3, 2017   —   Washington, DC

“Performance and Value in the Trump Era” and more than 200 organizations and technologies will be covered on stage. Policy, finance, technology – from the opening session with the heads of all the manor trade …

European Ethanol Industry Calls for Ethanol Support
November 30, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The European ethanol industry is coming together in defense of ethanol as the European Commission has publicly announced that it is considering a gradual phase out of first generation biofuels produced …

Shell Studies Green Energy Deals to Prepare for Future after Oil
November 30, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder …

Open Consultation — Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Amendments
November 30, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(UK Department for Transport)  Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to motor fuel greenhouse gas reporting regulations.
The changes suggest:

creation of a certificate trading scheme to reduce the greenhouse gas emission levels of transport fuels
allowing suppliers …

Open Consultation — Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Proposed Changes for 2017
November 30, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(UK Department for Transport)  This consultation seeks the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO).  In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the …

Food Scientist Aiding Fuel Ethanol with New Engineered Bacteria
November 30, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by David Tenenbaum (University of Wisconsin-Madison) … (James) Steele, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Winder-Bascom professor of food science, specializes in food, beverage and biofuel fermentation. Understanding how bacteria and yeast convert biomass into products has been …

Renewable Fuel Standard: Low Expected Production Volumes Make It Unlikely That Advanced Biofuels Can Meet Increasing Targets
November 30, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard program calls for greater use of advanced biofuels—fuel made from waste fats and oils or crop residues, for example—in the transportation fuel supply through 2022.
Yet, there is …

ICSA Slams Latest EU Commission Leaked Proposals on Biofuels
November 30, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association) … According to Mr Kent (ICSA president Patrick Kent), this strategy flies in the face of logic. The Commission which was supportive of biofuels has now decided to reverse its …

Biodico Zero Net Energy Farm Delivers 1st Biodiesel Batch to UCSB
November 30, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Biodico/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodico Inc. announced Nov. 29 that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the …

A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up
November 30, 2016 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors, LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In my previous series “what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult” (here), I introduced the concept of not pushing the rope. This notion involves identifying commercial scale …

Gigabase Is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9
November 30, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs in biology.
Founded by pioneering scientists …

Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+
November 30, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+,  a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer …

WEBINAR: Sustainable Bioenergy Systems: Unlocking the Power of Renewable Plant Biomass — December 1, 2016
November 29, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Sustainable Bioenergy Systems: Unlocking the Power of Renewable Plant Biomass   —   December 1, 2016

Humankind requires food as well as sustainable bioenergy, however, these two needs may conflict. Thus we must envision, design and implement sustainable bioenergy systems for our successful future. Tune in as Bruce Dale shares how …

Frost & Sullivan Recognises Biogreen Diesel as Top Producer of Biodiesel in the South African Market
November 29, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/PR Newswire)  Biogreen has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and society by actively removing harmful waste oils from the food chain  —   Based on its recent analysis of the biofuels …

Will the Artificial Leaf Sprout to Combat Climate Change?
November 28, 2016 – 10:17 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bourzac (Chemical & Engineering News)  Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges — READ MORE and MORE (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)
 
Excerpt from Environmental and Energy …

Forecast Dreary for Farmers
November 28, 2016 – 9:56 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Abbott (The Mercury)  … EPA will take full authority over the RFS after 2022 with the power to remove corn ethanol from the mandate completely.
This news is alarming considering that the EPA has already begun …

Biofuel Discovery: Start-Up Company Breathes New Life into Old Tyres
November 28, 2016 – 9:08 pm | No Comment

by Lexy Hamilton-Smith  (ABC)  A green start-up technology company has surprised scientists by producing a biofuel from old rubber tyres that can run turbo-charged diesel engines while reducing emissions by 30 per cent.
Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) …

Following Growth Trajectory, US Market for Biofuels Maturing
November 28, 2016 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

(The Freedonia Group/PR NewsWire)  The US market for motor vehicle biofuels is forecast to total 395 million barrels in 2020, representing annual increases of 0.7% from 382 million barrels in 2015. Advances will primarily stem …

Petition for rCCU Integration in the RED Presented to European Commission
November 28, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, a petition for Carbon capture and use support was presented to Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission DG Energy; 86 renowned companies and …

UPM Biofuels Wins Pulp and Paper Industry’s Bio Strategy Award 2016
November 28, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM has received the PPI Bio Strategy Award 2016 for its biofuels business in Brussels, Belgium.The PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”
November 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bryan (Biofuels Digest) Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully reduce those emissions,” said Paul Bryan at ABLC Next in San Francisco. Agree, disagree? Former …

Canada to Adopt National Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 28, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt a national clean fuels standard, as an important step for climate action and the growth of …

Jatropha Oil: Ghana’s Next Potential Source of Biofuel
November 28, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the issue of biofuels and renewable energy making waves all over the globe, it is therefore not surprising when Africa (particularly Ghana) is not left out on investing …

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
November 28, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these crops, and you would never put them on your table for Thanksgiving; however, together they …

US’ New Biofuel Mandate Boon to M’sia’s Plantation Sector
November 28, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Yvonne Tuah (Borneo Post)  The United States increasing its biofuel mandate by six per cent to 19.28 billion gallons in 2017 – the highest ever recorded –  is expected to benefit crude palm oil (CPO) …

A Bipartisan Opportunity to Move Forward on Biofuels Policy
November 25, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by James H. Stock (The Hill)  … In establishing the 2017 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the EPA finally passed a major RFS milestone that will allow moving beyond the fruitless and acrimonious debate …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 25, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  A Trump administration and new leadership of the Senate’s environment committee may breathe new life into efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard, lawmakers and advocates say.
House …

Preliminary Approval to the Project to Reuse Cooking Oil for Biodiesel
November 25, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(30 Dias de Noticias (Google translation))  It aims to boost production of biofuels and avoid contamination.  —  The bill the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Antonio Bonfatti, which establishes the reuse of vegetable oils …

Biotech’s Biggest Breakthrough: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to CRISPR and Caribou Biosystems
November 25, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Caribou Biosciences provides solutions for cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for gene editing — a technique where DNA is inserted, replaced, or removed from a genome using …

Indonesia Sticks to Its Guns on B20 Biodiesel, Despite Rising Palm Oil Prices
November 25, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Ooi Tee Ching (New Straits Times)  Indonesia is keeping to its B20 biodiesel despite palm oil prices surpassing RM3,000 per tonne, this week. The biodiesel B20 is a blend of 20 per cent palm …

Survey Identifies More than 100 Million Dead Trees in California
November 25, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(USDA/Biomass Magazine)  The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of …

Renewable Diesel Powers Hamburg Airport’s Heavy-Duty Ground fleet
November 25, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Neste Corp. announced that Hamburg airport in Germany has started using its renewable diesel to reduce the airport’s reliance on fossil fuels and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
Renewable diesel will power heavy-duty …

CWS to Buy Western Biodiesel Plant, Convert to Renewable Diesel
November 25, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. has signed a commercial purchase agreement with XR Resources Inc. to buy property in High River, Alberta, near Calgary, which includes a 16 MMly (4.2 MMgy) …

Finnish Government Lifts Biofuel Targets
November 25, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finland’s centre-right government said on Thursday it planned to lift the share of biofuels blended in transport fuel to 30 percent by 2030 to help meet the country’s emissions reduction targets.

Paper …

Transport Industry Wants More Tests on B10 Fuel
November 25, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Noel Achariam (Free Malaysia Today)  Hauliers and lorry owners fear adverse effects on their vehicles if B10 fuel programme is forced on them without adequate tests to show it won’t cause any problems.  —
The Association …

Turning Sugar Waste into Light, and Job Opportunities
November 25, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  An alternate use for sugarcane waste has been proposed by a research team in India. While sugar is falling out of favor around the world, sugarcane residue is becoming a useful commodity, they …

Costa Ricans Seeking to Produce Biodiesel from Whey
November 25, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Revista Summa (Google Translation)) In order to generate an alternative and friendly fuel with the environment, a group of graduates biotechnologists Technology of Costa Rica (TEC) is, for four years, conducting research with whey and its …

AM Markets: US Biofuel Boost Sends Palm Oil to 4-Year High
November 25, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney) …  “That larger-than-expected lift [to the EPA target] fuelled ideas that already tight vegetable oil supply would become even tighter in 2017,” said Tobin Gorey at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
At Chicago broker Futures International, …

A Thanksgiving Message from The Digest
November 25, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Pilgrims didn’t have fossil fuels. They grew all their own food, fuel, fiber and herbs and plants for their medicines. Well into the 20th century, farmers preserved long traditions …

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Flint Hills Resources
November 25, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flint Hills Resources is a major force in US ethanol and biodiesel markets — and most recently in the bioeconomy news stream for its JV with and investments in Benefuel …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Masdar Institute Faculty Wins 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Award
November 25, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Clarence Michael (Masdar Institute)  Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi Presents Award to Dr. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi for Research in Designing A NEW Novel System for Enzymatic Biodiesel Production – Her Excellency …

Growing Algae Faster, Better, Cheaper: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s algae biomass project
November 25, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has had an Algae Biomass project underway, under the direction of Dr. Phil Pienkos, aimed at “reducing algal biofuel production cost by developing …

How an Effective Risk Management Strategy Can Contribute to Unlocking the Full Potential of a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy
November 25, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biofuels Digest/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd.)  The procurement of low-cost feedstock has been the focus of the pioneering bio-conversion technology developers in commercializing their first industrial-scale projects. Low-cost feedstock is critical in such …

Truck Emissions—Survey Gauges Trucking Industry Attitudes
November 25, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org) As the U.S. trucking industry faces new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, a University of Michigan team surveyed fleet managers to gauge their views on fuel usage, fuel economy and fuel-saving technologies.

Every heavy-duty fleet …

Martin County Wants to Beef up Regulation for New Biofuel Producers
November 25, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Lidia Dinkova (TC Palm)  The county is following through on its promise to up safety regulation over biofuel producers after a fire and explosion in a local facility last year.
According to the county, new rules would …

Lost Generation: ICCT’s Financing Scheme to Jump Start Advanced Biofuels at Scale
November 25, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One thing that is clear in hindsight from the flow of energy project investment between 2010 and 2014 is that investors believed in three predictions that didn’t come true:

All of …

New Study Finds Clean Cookstoves May Improve Women’s Heart Health
November 25, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves)  Shifting from a cookstove that burns traditional woodfuel to a stove that uses a cleaner-burning fuel such as ethanol may mitigate cardiovascular health risks in pregnant women, according to a …

Bristol ‘Poo Poos’ Number Two Bus Plan
November 23, 2016 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Plans to roll out a fleet of “poo buses” have gone down the toilet after the government turned down a funding bid, according to media reports.
The UK’s first “Bio-Bus” launched on the number …

Comment Period Opens on EPA Rule to Update RFS, Fuel Regulations
November 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are …

$150,000 Grant to Help Yarmouth’s Biofuel Efforts
November 23, 2016 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(CapeCod.com)  The town will receive $150,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Organics Capacity Project.  …  Yarmouth’s efforts to disposing grease trap waste by generating it into biofuel will directly benefit …

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation
November 23, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline …

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market
November 23, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector …

Ocean Going Vessels Going Green
November 23, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by  Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Currently over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that maritime …

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing
November 23, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services, or with the Port of Seattle and Alaska …

CABC Sees Future in Marine Microalgae
November 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A group of educators and researchers from Cornell University, the Cornell Algal Biofuel Consortium (CABC), has published a comparative commentary in the December, 2016 issue of Oceanography, the quarterly journal of The Oceanography …

Back on Track: EPA Issues On-Time, Robust Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2017-18
November 23, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the 2017 renewable fuel volume obligations (and the 2018 volume obligations for biomass-based diesel), with a strong push beyond what has been …

EU Transport Will Spew out Extra CO2 the Size of the Netherlands’ Emissions Thanks to Draft Biofuel Plan
November 23, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  The European Commission’s leaked draft proposal to continue supporting land-based biofuels until 2030 will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport over the period 2021-2030 by an amount equivalent to the …

Aviation Alternative Fuels Market – 4.29% CAGR Grow to 2020
November 23, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(ReportsNReports/Free Press Release Center)  ReportsnReports.com adds Global Aviation Alternative Fuels Market 2016-2020 latest research report, this analyst forecast the global aviation alternative fuels market to grow at a CAGR of 4.29% during the period 2016-2020.
2016 …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

Improved Vehicle Performance with Fuel That’s Better for the Environment
November 22, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Alicia Lindauer (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  Is it possible to increase vehicle performance and fuel efficiency while also slowing climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions? New research by Oak Ridge National …

Game Plan for Capital Project Financing Discussions with Lenders
November 21, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jason Johnson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/AgStar Financial Services)   …  When discussing a capital infrastructure project with a lender, be prepared to discuss the short- and long-term benefits and risks.  Prepare a three- to five-year projection …

2016: Looking Back on a Busy Year
November 21, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vandergriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM) … At the Urban Air Initiative, we have been relentless in our efforts to open the market for higher ethanol blends.  …   During 2016, we have worked hard to …

Biofuels Play Central Role in Brazil’s Climate Goals
November 21, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (Ethanol Producer Magazine/UNICA)  UNICA spokesperson describes Brazil’s climate change strategy and its reliance on biofuels —  … Brazil’s INDC targets 37 percent lower emissions by 2025 compared to 2005, with further reductions …

What’s in a Name?
November 21, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  … Two-thirds of consumers say price is the most important factor when they buy gas, and 25 percent buy based on location or ease of getting in …

Our Work to Engage Consumers Expands
November 21, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  Access to higher blends is good for Americans’ pocketbooks, their engines and the air we all breathe. Since I became CEO in May, Growth Energy has started …

A California Company Develops Nanotechnology Combining Ethanol with Corn Oil for a New Blendstock that Reduces Diesel Emissions
November 21, 2016 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  One of the biggest technology upgrades for the ethanol industry in the past decade has been corn oil extraction. If Virginia Klausmeier and the team she leads at …

Good Chemistry
November 21, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol plants and chemical companies work together to improve profits and enhance industry.  —  As the ethanol industry has evolved and grown, so, too, has the response of the …

Bio-Based Jet Fuels Consortium Recognizes USDA Leaders
November 21, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan its 2016 Partnership Award.
An industry initiative sponsored by airlines, aircraft and …

Argonne Researchers Study How Reflectivity of Biofuel Crops Impacts Climate
November 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Joan Koka (Argonne National Laboratory)  … The new analysis, published in The Royal Chemistry Society’s Energy & Environmental Science, incorporates the additional effect of changes in reflectivity, or “albedo.” Albedo effects sum up the amount …

Car Clinic’s Bobby Likis Talks #Ethanol & Mechanics
November 21, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  As more and more consumers choose ethanol at the pump, Bobby Likis, host of Bobby Likis Car Clinic, says there is a continued need to educate mechanics about ethanol. Likis is …

Leon Walls Takes GLBRC on Mission to Transform Science Education
November 21, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenegy Research Center)  on Walls knows, loves, and wants to transform the science classroom. An associate professor of elementary science education at the University of Vermont (UVM), Walls is working to …

Classroom Activity–Data Dive: Farming for Beetles, Bees and Biomass
November 21, 2016 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  What effect does growing millions of acres of corn have on the plants and insects living in agricultural landscapes? Can we balance biomass production and biodiversity by using a variety …

Research Brief: Students’ Understanding of the Carbon Cycle and Global Climate Change
November 21, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Craig Kohn, Joyce Parker and Andy Anderson (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Global climate change is a serious problem that requires the involvement of a scientifically literate public to solve. But what does the public …

Classroom Activity: Analyzing Fuel Carbon Footprints: Gasoline, Ethanol, and Electricity
November 21, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Burning gasoline, a fossil fuel, in cars produces the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide contributes to global climate change. We have several options besides gasoline for powering our cars …

EU Politicians Say ICAO Carbon Offsetting Scheme Lacks Ambition and Will Push for Reforms to Aviation EU ETS
November 21, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The head of the European Parliament delegation to COP22 in Marrakech said action to address growing CO2 emissions by the international aviation and shipping sectors was insufficient and could jeopardise action elsewhere to …

Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
November 21, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (November 18, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange …

New Flyers 60-foot Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses to Be Tested at Altoona Pennsylvania
November 21, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(FuelCellsWorks) … New Flyer’s innovative XE60 battery-electric bus, and its sister XHE60 hydrogen fuel cell bus, are both powered by Siemens electric motors with rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology manufactured in Michigan.

New Flyer’s XHE60 model is a …

Scientists Find Way to Turn Waste Gas into Biofuel
November 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by  Brooks Hays (UPI)  Chemical engineer Jae Sung Lee said the research will offer a “new opportunity for recycling CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.”  —  Researchers have developed a new way to turn captured …

Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative Forms for Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks
November 21, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario,  the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre at Lambton College and Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park – collaboration with the OSGA and its partners – completed a techno-economic modelling feasibility study. …

Why Sustainable Chemicals? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partner’s Sustainable Chemistry Fund
November 21, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge …

What Does it Take? The Experts Report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy
November 21, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling …

Don’t Forget about the Agriculture Sector
November 21, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Washington Post)  The Nov. 13 Business article “Mr. Business goes to Washington. Now what?” gave an analysis of how 15 business sectors, including marijuana and private prisons, would fare under President-elect Donald Trump. …

Emails Show Collusion against Ethanol
November 18, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … This one’s about the U.S. EPA and a Freedom of Information Act request that uncovered emails providing evidence of collusion between EPA and the oil industry to …

Q&A: Alcogroup Says Ethanol Is Key to GHG Targets
November 18, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Belgium-based ethanol producer Alcogroup’s chief executive Charles-Albert Peers spoke to Argus about near-term prospects for the European ethanol market following the introduction of gasoline with a maximum blended volume of 10pc ethanol (E10) …

Oil Demand Won’t Peak before 2040, Despite Paris Deal: IEA
November 18, 2016 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Cooper (Reuters)  The International Energy Agency expects global oil consumption to peak no sooner than 2040, leaving its long-term forecasts for supply and demand unchanged despite the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement entering into …

Dems Shouldn’t Toss-Out Clean Energy Options. Especially Not Now
November 18, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Real Clear Energy)  …  The latest attempt to tie our own hands behind our back is H.R. 5180, a bill that would neuter America’s most effective mechanism for bringing low-carbon liquid fuels …

U.S. Navy Using Biofuels to Power Fighter Jet Fleet
November 18, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(CBS)  Some of America’s best fighter jets can soar without using a drop of oil for fuel. New technology is helping the U.S. Navy power its fleet with cooking grease and plant seeds. Don Dahler …

Food Security Benefits Found in African Biofuels Production
November 18, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study.
Irish university research is adding to the body of knowledge …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 18, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg BNA)  A Trump administration and new leadership of the Senate’s environment committee may breathe new life into efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard, lawmakers and advocates say.
House …

White House’s Mid-Century Climate Change Strategy Includes Biofuels
November 18, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the White House released a mid-century strategy (MCS) that envisions economy-wide net GHG emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. …  Second-generation biofuels …

A Prototype Microalgae-Based Produces Biofuel and Solar Energy in Ensenada
November 18, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(Iresiduo (Google Translation)) Specialists of the Center for Research Science and Higher Education of Ensenada ( CICESE) develop a prototype version biodiesel plant that will produce from microalgae and work with solar energy.
Pilar Sánchez Saavedra, Department …

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy
November 18, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means financing for scale.
The opportunity is massive. As the OECD wrote in its Bioeconomy 2030 report, “The Bioeconomy …

Canada Showcases New Algae Biorefinery to Reduce CO2 Emissions
November 17, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

(The National Research Council of Canada/Biodiesel Magazine)… Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research Council of Canada’s Algal Carbon Conversion program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement, …