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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 20, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  ... When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal uses the ZEV designation, it should be followed by the phrase “at the tailpipe only.” You have to make the electricity to run electric vehicles and that process emits CO2.  READ MORE


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Due to "updates" by WordPress that are not compatible (yet) with our specialized GoDaddy server and/or the "theme" of our website, the appearance and legibility of the articles posted on this site is terrible. We are working to fix this problem.  In the meantime, I suggest that you click on the READ MORE at the end of articles that interest you to find something easier to read.  I do hope this is fixed soon.  --  Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director


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Reporters Curious About #Ethanol Issues
February 22, 2017 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Reporters covering the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego had questions about a number of topics when given the opportunity to have a press “scrum” with Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen. The first questions centered on the discussion Dinneen had on stage at the NEC with petroleum industry representatives and how the industries can work together. “I’ve been trying to move the dialogue to a different plane where we’re talking about the future growth and certainty for both our industries,” he said.  READ MORE includes AUDIO or "press scrum"


QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 20, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  … When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal …

Apologies for Illegibility of Articles
December 20, 2016 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

Due to “updates” by WordPress that are not compatible (yet) with our specialized GoDaddy server and/or the “theme” of our website, the appearance and legibility of the articles posted on this site is terrible. We …

Dinneen: ‘Ethanol Lifts Ag’
February 22, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest …

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil to Combat Electric Car Threat
February 22, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.

The two …

Penn State Forest Economist Helping to Propel African Croton Biofuel Effort
February 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem  (Penn State News)  Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson’s blood, and the combination has helped shape …

RFA Statement on Senators’ Letter to EPA on E15 Volatility Regulation
February 22, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renwable Fuels Association) Today (February 17, 2017), five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more …

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology
February 22, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in …

Biodiesel Sees the Sea: New Sailing School Vessel Fueled with B20
February 22, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Newport Biodiesel provides 6,000 gallons of B20 for voyage ending in Cuba  —  A one-of-a-kind ship with a special mission is now fueled with 20 percent biodiesel as it begins a voyage …

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements
February 22, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  Truck Drivers, Railroads, Highway Users, Renewable Fuel Groups and Fuel Retailers Unified in Opposition to Fuel Program Changes  —  As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Trump Reaffirms RFS Support
February 22, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Trump sent a letter to the National Ethanol Conference Tuesday again reiterating support for renewable fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. “Rest assured that your …

CALL FOR POSTERS: RRB-13, the 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries — June 7-9, 2017 — Wroclaw, Poland DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
February 21, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  RRB-13, the 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries — June 7-9, 2017 — Wroclaw, Poland    DEADLINE:  March 15, 2017

The 13th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from Wednesday June 7 until Friday June 9, 2017. Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference …

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.


On its surface, the dispute …

Ethanol Expansion: Mo. Department of Agriculture to Offer Grants to State Fuel Retailers to Install Biofuel Infrastructure
February 21, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Hannibal Courier-Post)  The Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2017 Extended Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant program to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuel as clean burning, …

Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery
February 21, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.  —  A Canadian company that …

New Enzyme From Novozymes Can Boost Ethanol Yields
February 21, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Novozymes is launching a new line of advanced enzymes to increase ethanol yields by converting sugar that would otherwise be wasted.

The Spirizyme® T Portfolio is an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes …

Dipping a Toe into RFS Reform
February 21, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A bipartisan group of lawmakers have begun discussing how to craft a compromise to update the decade-old rules governing the nation’s biofuel market and hope to draft a bill …

Singapore Budget 2017: 6 Things to Know about the New Carbon Tax, Tweaked Vehicle Emissions Schemes
February 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Lydia Lam (Straits Times)  Singapore plans to implement a carbon tax from 2019, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 20) as part of his Budget 2017 speech. Mr Heng also …

Boat and ATV Owners, Others Seek Rollback of E15 Mandates on Fuel
February 21, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mike Schoonveld (Outdoor News)  … The new administration ran on a plank of rolling back or eliminating federal regulations. It would make sense for the Renewable Fuel Standards’ ethanol mandate to be one of the first …

Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon
February 21, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Europe’s promise to lower greenhouse-gas emissions looked bright a dozen years ago, when its leaders created the first big market for trading carbon permits. Sadly, though, its system has failed to encourage investment in …

$185M Biofuel Agreement Will Mean ‘Major Changes,’ Botwood Mayor Says
February 21, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Chris Ensing (CBC News) Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighbouring communities for decades to come.   The Newfoundland and Labrador …

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program
February 21, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

Work Underway on Kenyan Biogas and Drinking Water Plant
February 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Waste recycling company Asticom K reports that construction is underway on a biogas plant in Kenya on a five acre plot of land donated by a local housing co-operative.

The plant is being built …

Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title
February 20, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of …

Navigating the American Carbon World — April 19-21, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
February 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Navigating the American Carbon World    —   April 19-21, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

NACW is North America’s largest and most comprehensive gathering for information and discussion around climate change policy and carbon markets. In its 15th year, NACW 2017 will offer a comprehensive program agenda exploring the most …

2016 DDGS Exports Reached Second Highest Level on Record
February 20, 2017 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. exports of distillers grains totaled 11.48 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, down 10 percent from 2015’s record-high but still the second-highest on record, according to a 10-page summary …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Passing the Test with Flying Colors
February 20, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. …

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California Draws Midwest Farmer Interest
February 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power …

ZEVs Don’t Have Zero Emissions: Letter
February 20, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes  (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  In an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal, Don Siefkes, Executive Director of the E100 Ethanol Group writes:

Regarding Mike Spector’s Feb. 13 article, “Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules …

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

The Republican Carbon Tax Is Republican, Say Republicans
February 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic) There’s just one problem: other Republicans.   …  But in an unregulated market, there’s no mechanism  to keep people from emitting carbon dioxide, because it is cheap.

So, et voilà, you invent …

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing
February 18, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks.
Audience
Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, …

Investor to Build N5.2bn Biofuels Refinery in Kogi State
February 17, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Festus Okoromadu (Leadership)  The managing director of Biodiesel Nigeria Limited, Engr. Hussaini Solomon, has said his company has concluded arrangement to establish a mini-biodiesel refinery in Lokoja, Kogi state worth N5.2 billion.

In an exclusive chat …

RFA Suggests Retool for REGS
February 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said the proposal fails to address key regulatory …

New Willow Harvester In Action
February 17, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO) Something new happened in the bioenergy willow world this week in Pennsylvania.  A new type of willow energy crop harvester got its first run on a willow crop in Pennsylvania.  The machine, a 2 row …

Cattle Pastures and Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations
February 17, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in …

MECO on Track to Beat Renewable Energy Goals–State Aims to Be 100 Percent by 2045
February 17, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Chris Sugiduno (Maui News)  … MECO’s updated Power Supply Improvement Plan calls for Molokai to reach the renewable energy benchmark by 2020, with Lanai completing it by 2030 and Maui by 2040. The plan submitted …

Iowa to Pruitt: Don’t Change RFS Point of Obligation
February 17, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “We have a slogan in the renewable fuels family that says ‘Don’t mess with the RFS,’” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Let me make this perfectly clear: changing …

Scott Pruitt, Longtime Adversary of EPA, Confirmed to Lead the Agency
February 17, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant
February 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, …

The USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program) Is currently Accepting Applications
February 17, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  This program assists in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for …

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)
February 17, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or …

Technology Roadmap: How2Guide for Bioenergy
February 17, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy today, providing heat and electricity, as well as transport fuels. Yet, more so than for other low‑carbon energy technologies, the complex and multi‑faceted supply …

POET-DSM Plans On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility at Project Liberty
February 17, 2017 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.  The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

RISI North American Conference — October 16-18, 2017 — Boston, MA
February 16, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
RISI North American Conference   —   October 16-18, 2017   —   Boston, MA

Helping the forest products industry make better decisions.  —  Join industry colleagues in Boston for the Thirty Second Annual RISI North American Conference. This is the premier forum to immerse yourself in all aspects of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland DEADLINE: uncertain
February 16, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland     DEADLINE: uncertain

Do you want to meet more Biofuels producers and be part of our 10th year celebrations?

Now that the European Commission has released its plans for biofuels post 2020 with RED II, the industry can plan …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS: Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy DEADLINES: February 28, 2017 (abstracts) and June 30, 2017 (posters)
February 16, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS:  Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy     DEADLINES:   February 28, 2017 (abstracts) and June 30, 2017 (posters)

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow …

Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy
February 16, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications   —   August 20-25, 2017   —   Alba, Italy

When organic materials (woody or agricultural materials, organic residues, food waste, sewage sludge, digestate) are thermally decomposed in the absence of oxygen, one of the resulting products is biochar, a solid compound rich in carbon …

Preparing Alberta’s Municipalities – The CleanTech Transformation — March 23-24, 2017 — Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
February 16, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
Preparing Alberta’s Municipalities – The CleanTech Transformation   —   March 23-24, 2017   —   Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada

A gathering of Alberta’s municipal innovators in clean technologies: policy and business leaders, researchers and citizens! All engaged in the bottom up transformation of Alberta’s economy and jobs, communities and life-styles  —    Expertise … …

Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit — October 3-5, 2017 — Tampa, FL
February 16, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit   —   October 3-5, 2017   —   Tampa, FL

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter. Showcase your company or technology to key military and corporate leadership prospecting for national security, …

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, ABSTRACTS: Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit — October 3-5, 2017 — Tampa, FL DEADLINES: June 29 and June 9, 2017
February 16, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, ABSTRACTS:   Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit   —   October 3-5, 2017   —   Tampa, FL    DEADLINES:  June 29 and June 9, 2017

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter.

SUBMIT YOUR INNOVATIONS:

Energy & Resilience Challenge
Cyber Security Challenge
Medical & Biotech Challenge
Electronics & Systems Challenge
Space Technologies …

10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland
February 16, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment
10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo   —   October 4-5, 2017   —   Edinburgh, Scotland

Do you want to meet more Biofuels producers and be part of our 10th year celebrations?  Now that the European Commission has released its plans for biofuels post 2020 with RED II, the industry can …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
February 16, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!  The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held at …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar & Ethanol Brazil — April 24-26, 2017 — Sao Paulo, Brazil
February 16, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar & Ethanol Brazil   —   April 24-26, 2017   —   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil’s Opportunity and Global Markets

> Moving Towards a Long-Term Ethanol Programme in Brazil

> The latest information for 2017/18 season on sugarcane availability, the sugar/ethanol split and prices

> Increasing capacity by 25% – how Brazil is …

Advanced Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification – Focus On Sunflower Seed — April 12-13, 2017 — Izmir, Turkey
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Advanced Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification – Focus On Sunflower Seed   —   April 12-13, 2017   —   Izmir, Turkey

In collaboration with YABITED Annual Meeting, April 13-15, 2017

PROGRAM

Day 1: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:50
Opening remarks
9:00
Chemistry of Oils and Fats, Dr. Roland Verhé, Ghent University – Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium
Session 1: Advanced Oilseed Processing
9:30
Energy …

My Voice: Renewable Fuel Standard Problems after 2022?
February 16, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Merle Pochop (Argus Leader)  …  Currently, stakeholders have a say in how the current RFS is operated through their congressional delegates since the program is overseen by federal lawmakers. However, in 2022, the RFS will be …

EPA Answers Renewable Fuel Standard Lawsuit – DTN
February 16, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer/AgFax) In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how the Renewable Fuel Standard is implemented, attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contend in …

EPA Staff Told to Prepare for Trump Executive Orders: Sources
February 16, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis  (Reuters)  Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be …

Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Early Career Academic Grants
February 16, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

Early Career Academic Grants are open to early career academics employed by ACU member universities, enabling them to participate in a conference held in a Commonwealth country other than their own.

A minimum of 30 grants are on …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

INTERVIEW-Argentina Could Double Percentage of Ethanol in Fuels -Official
February 16, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina in the next two to three years could double the proportion of ethanol used in gasoline from the current 12 percent of the blend, a government official told Reuters. If the …

Praj Industries Unveils ‘Steady’ Financial Results and Raves about Cellulosic Ethanol Opportunities
February 16, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  …  “… We are highly excited to participate in the domestic cellulosic ethanol opportunity, which has the potential to redefine energy matrix for the country,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman at Praj Industries.

The company …

A New Hydrocarbon Brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion
February 16, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

Global Biofuels to Rise to 67 Billion Gallons in 2022 as Next-Generation Technologies Take Over
February 16, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years to 9.6 billion gallons per year as first-generation fuels like traditional biodiesel lose out to newer low-carbon fuels, says Lux Research  —  New biofuel …

G20 Urged to Ditch Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020, Go Green
February 15, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)   Investors and insurers with more than $2.8 trillion in assets under management on Wednesday called on the Group of 20 economies to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 despite U.S. …

Ethanol Still Big Player in Renewable Energy Game
February 15, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Kearney Hub)  … Across the United States, about 70 percent of all gasoline burned in everyday vehicles like cars and light trucks is blended with ethanol, and of that ethanol, about 2 billion gallons is produced …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Is a ‘Win-Win’
February 15, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/The Courier)  … Back in 1996, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was ever implemented, corn was $3.67 a bushel. Today it is $3.64 a bushel.
Why? Thanks to technology and improvements …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

UK Grocer First in Europe to Use New Trucks Fuelled by Food Waste
February 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Umberto Bacchi (Reuters)  A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice …

A Step toward Renewable Diesel: Chemical Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils.
February 15, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

Health Effects Institute Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics
February 14, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Candid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol’s positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in …

Will Bioplastics Repeat the Biofuels Saga?
February 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Meadhbh Bolger (Friends of the Earth Europe/EurActiv)  It took years for politicians to wake up to the destructive impact of biofuels, in no small part because of their green-sounding name. With bioplastics we risk …

Biodiesel Volumes Challenged
February 14, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  A biofuels group and two petroleum interest groups have asked a federal appeals court to review the final 2017-2018 biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuels Standard published in …

Dems Probe Trump Adviser Icahn’s Role in Ethanol Policy
February 14, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Senate Democrats are investigating the role that President Trump’s adviser Carl Icahn is playing in setting the administration’s ethanol policy.

The Democrats are concerned that Icahn, a prolific investor whose holding …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …

Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

India’s Numaligarh Refinery Signs Biorefinery Contract with Chempolis
February 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  India state-controlled oil and gas company Bharat Petroleum’s Assam based facility Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has signed a term sheet with Chempolis, a Finland -based bio refining technology for setting up a biorefinery unit.

NRL is implementing India’s first biorefinery in Assam …

Alberta Awards More than C$6 Million in Grants for Biofuel Companies
February 14, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, the provincial government of Alberta awarded four biofuel companies just over C$6 million in grant funds under the Climate Change Program’s Bioenergy Producer Program. Both Permolex Ltd. and ADM …

Aviation Firms Turn to Seaweed, Sugar
February 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(AFP/China Post)  The air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change. But adoption has been delayed due to a lack of incentives and low oil prices.

Even …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

Microbial Fuel Cells: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to KeegoTech’s MudWatt and MFC technology
February 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  KeegoTech aims to catalyze the development of emerging technologies by employing the talent and creativity of the greater public — in this case, giving a basic backgrounder about microbial fuel …

How to Reduce Aviation Emissions, On the Ground and In the Sky
February 13, 2017 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  The number of commercial airplanes in service is projected to nearly double by 2030. At the same time, international agreements and individual countries’ laws require the aviation industry to …

Montclair State University Professor Receives PECASE Award
February 13, 2017 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

(Montclair State University/Biomass Magazine) Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

The Ethanol Action Team Discusses Demand
February 13, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT) gathered last week in Savannah, Ga. to review programs aimed at expanding demand for corn ethanol. “Our agenda covered topics …

500,000+ BoatUS Members Asked to Petition New Administration and Congress to Fix Ethanol Policy
February 13, 2017 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

(BoatUS)  Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is asking its more than half-million members – and any recreational boat owner concerned with having a safe fuel supply – to petition the new Trump …

BP Predicts 100 Million EVs on the Road by 2035. But They ‘Won’t Be a Game-Changer’ for Oil Demand
February 13, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Mike Stone (GreenTechMedia.com)  BP’s annual report on the global energy market is notoriously conservative when it comes to alternative technologies—and this year is no different.  —  Despite a massive increase in electric vehicles and …

Recipe to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Fuel
February 13, 2017 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Carolyn Khew (Straits Times)  Firm recycles waste from shopping mall into biodiesel at onsite facility in pilot project  —  A Singapore recycling firm is imagining a future where a shopping centre’s used cooking oil transforms …

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae
February 13, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the best biofuel possible. Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher, said algae is a promising clean energy …

Global Automotive Biofuels Market Competition by Manufacturer, Regions, Application, Type 2017
February 13, 2017 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(ABC6.com) Top manufacturers include Diester Industries, Neste Oil Rotterdam, ADM, Infinita Renovables, Biopetrol, and Cargill.  —  Global Automotive Biofuels Industry  This report studies Automotive Biofuels in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia …

Small Business Biodiesel Grants
February 13, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Magloff (Chron)  Small Business Innovation Research Program– The purpose of this Department of Food and Agriculture-sponsored grant program is to fund small American firms in developing projects that feature innovative solutions to problems facing …

Rwanda Abandons $35m Biodiesel Pilot Project
February 13, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Johnson Kanamugire (The East African)  More than $35 million was initially invested in setting up the pilot plant for biofuel mass production plant, a diesel station and a bus, but these facilities have not been …

American-Made BioEnergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics — February 17, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment
American-Made BioEnergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics   —   February 17, 2017   —   Washington, DC

(PR Newswire/C_FARE)  The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and the USDA Office of the Chief Economist Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) have joined together to host a discussion entitled: “American-Made BioEnergy from …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Comment Periods on 2 EPA RFS Proposals to Close in Mid-February
February 13, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month. Members of the public have until Feb. 16 to weigh …

Ending Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 37 Gt over 2017-2050; Study
February 13, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(International Institute for Sustainable Development/PressReleasePoint)  A complete removal of subsidies for the production of fossil fuels today would result in a steady decline in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2050 as more oil, gas …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

The $40 Carbon Tax Is Dead as a Doornail, and Here’s Why
February 13, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a group headed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker proposed dramatically to introduce a $40 per ton carbon tax in order to address …

#Ethanol Report on Export Picture
February 9, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol exports are in the news this week. First we heard about record net ethanol exports for 2016 in a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), followed quickly by …

Putting the Ethanol into EMV
February 9, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Associatio/SIGMA’s Independent Gasoline Marketing)  Many retailers face infrastructure costs that are simply out of reach. Financing is not as easy as it used to be, and upcoming challenges like EMV …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 9, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by  Steffen Mueller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in many regions, can only …

NDSU Scientists Study Distillers Grains as Fertilizer
February 9, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(North Dakota State University)  Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles increased corn and spring wheat yields.  —  Distillers grains could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota …

Indian River County Approves Mulch Agreement with Biofuel Company
February 9, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Colleen Wixon (TC Palm)  If Alliance BioEnergy buys the defunct INEOS biofuel plant, the West Palm Beach company will continue getting the county’s mulch delivered on site.

On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a 90-day option agreement that …

Mixotrophic Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioProcess Algae
February 9, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BPA designs, builds, and operates commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors that enable efficient conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. BioProcess Algae LLC is based in Omaha, …

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha
February 9, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Living Ink aims to replace petroleum-based inks with algae-ink, and this week they signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable …

Biodiesel Plant Opening up in Eastern Cuba
February 8, 2017 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

(Radio Havana Cuba)  Industrial scale biodiesel production will begin this year in the Cuban province of Granma, where a bio-fertilizer, bio-stimulant and bio-pesticide factory will also be built.

Engineer Ídel Marrero, director of the local branch …

French, German Farmers Urge EU to Keep 7 Percent Biofuel Target
February 8, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  … UFOP and FOP focused their meeting in Berlin on the last energy proposals from the European Commission. In its “winter package,” the commission proposed to limit first-generation biofuels from 7 percent in 2020 …

Report: Global Biodiesel Market to Surpass $41 Billion by 2021
February 8, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets is offering a new 168-page report, “Biodiesel Market—Global Forecast to 2021,” in which the analysts find that the global biodiesel market is projected to surpass $41 …

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
February 8, 2017 – 8:14 pm | No Comment
2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN

The 7th annual National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo will take place June 19-21, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 24, 2017
February 8, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN   DEADLINE:  February 24, 2017

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo through February 24, 2017.

The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is actively seeking abstracts and presentation ideas from experts interested in …

Biodiesel Benefits ‘Global Food System’ as GHG Profile Improves
February 8, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The food and livestock industries have railed against biofuels for years, based on the argument that corn ethanol and soy biodiesel raise food prices. More recently, some have suggested that …

Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military
February 8, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Laura Parker (National Geographic)  Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, floodwaters …

WEBINAR: Ecosystem Service Payments for Switchgrass Production Could Improve Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay — May 9, 2017
February 8, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Ecosystem Service Payments for Switchgrass Production Could Improve Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay   —   May 9, 2017

Peter B. Woodbury, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University  —  Producing perennial bioenergy feedstocks like switchgrass can provide ecosystem service benefits in addition to bioenergy production. If paid for, such services could increase the financial return …

WEBINAR: Improving Switchgrass for Marginal Land Growth and Disease Tolerance through the NEWBio Initiative — February 14, 2017
February 8, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Improving Switchgrass for Marginal Land Growth and Disease Tolerance through the NEWBio Initiative   —    February 14, 2017

Speaker:  Dr. Lindsey Hoffman, Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology  —  Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a warm-season, perennial grass that is native to most of North America and has been identified as a viable alternative …

New Investigative Report Launched on Nidera’s Biofuels Trading Loss
February 8, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new investigative report has been unveiled revealing more information about Nideria’s biofuels trading loss, often dubbed as one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Dutch market.

Last year, the Dutch …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work
February 8, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drewes (The Courier)  The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a reference to the EPA, Greg Lawson (letter, Feb. 6) states that they should discontinue the …

It’s Buffett vs. Icahn as Lobbying Heats Up Over U.S. Ethanol
February 8, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Association of American Railroads argues against Icahn efforts; Renewable fuel paper credits trading at one-week high — U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett’s BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits …

Global Bio-Alcohols Market Expected to Reach $11,574 Million by 2022 – Allied Market Research
February 8, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Allied Market Research)  According to a new report published by Allied Market Research titled, “Bio-Alcohols: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022,” the global bio-alcohols market was valued at $6,404 million in 2015, and …

FG Planning $50bn Funding for Domestic Biofuel Industry – CBN
February 8, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Ifeanyi Lawrence-Agbai (Today)  The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Tuesday disclosed that the federal government would invest about $50 billion to the development of a domestic biofuel industry which would serve as an alternative energy …

Brazilian Techies Close In on Biofuel Vehicle Distance Record
February 8, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  Two Brazilian researchers are expected to arrive Thursday in Montevideo, setting a distance record for a vehicle powered by biomethane, a gas obtained from anaerobic digestion of organic matter.

On arrival, the …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.

What makes it …

Two Students Receive Scholarships to #RFANEC
February 7, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce two students are receiving scholarships this year to attend RFA’s 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference: Building Partnerships, Growing …

RFA to Offer FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course
February 7, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has scheduled a training course to help ethanol plants meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This class, scheduled for March 8–10 in downtown …

More Lancaster County Gas Stations Are Selling ‘Cleaner’ Fuel; Here’s What You Need to Know at the Pump
February 7, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Chad Umble (LancasterOnline)  … Two gasoline-ethanol blends, Unleaded15 and E85, are now available at four of the 13 county locations of convenience store chain Sheetz. … Altoona-based Sheetz says it wants to give customers more options …

Outlook 2017: Rapid Adoption of E15
February 7, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association/Biofuels International)  …  Some of the largest markets in 2016 were China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and India, and with more countries around the world recognising the numerous benefits of ethanol, …

Piedmont Natural Gas Inks Agreement to Connect Duke to Swine-Gas Project
February 7, 2017 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal)  Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of natural gas lines that would put swine-waste gas on Piedmont’s system for use by Duke Energy …

Unleaded with 10% Ethanol Near to Become the Preferred Gasoline of Motorists
February 7, 2017 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(RTL (Google Translation)) Unleaded petrol containing up to 10% ethanol (SP95-E10), is about to become the first gasoline used in France, in front of the traditional SP95, estimated Thursday the Collective of bioethanol by presenting its …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would …

Transport CO2 Isn’t Slowing Just Yet
February 7, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Global carbon dioxide emissions in 2050 are expected to be at the same level as in 2015 – at around 7.5 gigatons – as the use of cars doubles …

Catalyst for Green Biodiesel Production from Unrefined Feedstock
February 7, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(South China Morning Post/sponsored)  … This new Catalyst for Green Biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock such as waste cooking oil, with no aqueous treatment steps required. Ethanol or propanol extracted …

IPO-bound Global Green to Set up Biochem Complex in Thailand
February 7, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul (Deal Street Asia)  Global Green Chemical Pcl (GGC), a subsidiary of Thailand’s leading chemical manufacturer PTT Global Chemical Pcl (PTTGC), is reviewing a plan to set up a multi-billion-baht biochemical complex in Thailand.

“We …

Sugar Farmers Back Bioethanol Industry
February 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Manila Bulletin)  With farmers looking to maximize profits for their harvest of sugarcane farming communities in Batangas came out in droves to attend the Farmers Festival for Bioethanol held in Sta. Teresita this province.

The sugarcane …

A Taxing Issue for Ethanol Producers?
February 7, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl and Donna Funk (K·Coe Isom) Will a possible US tax reform and border adjustability affect ethanol producers in the US? —  … There is a high likelihood that comprehensive tax reform legislation will become …

Finland’s Neste Mulls U.S. Biofuels Investment Amid Trump Uncertainty
February 7, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish oil refiner Neste is considering investing in U.S. production of biofuels in a move seen as a response to possible policy changes by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

Neste, which derived 48 …

Air Force Opens Funding Opportunity for Drop-In Biofuel Facility
February 7, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Lab recently opened a grant funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel production. One $55 million award is expected to be made under funding …

First Production in History of Fully Renewable ETBE
February 7, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)   In a historic first, Global Bioenergies today announces the production of ETBE purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline.

Current standards limit …

Lignin: Technology, Applications, and Markets
February 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(RISI)  Lignin could become a new profit center for the forest products industry – and perhaps for your business.  —  This study provides a primer and forecast for a material that has many current applications, …