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Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report
April 28, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a stakeholder listening day last June to concurrently investigate the optimization of fuels and vehicles. Formerly called “Optima,” this work is now called “Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines” or “Co-Optima.” Outcomes from the listening day are now available online in the Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report. See the report and visit the Co-Optima Web page for up-to-date information on these emerging efforts.  READ MORE   Download report

Excerpt from report:  Co-Optima aims to provide DOE and stakeholders with the research and development (R&D) and analysis to enable (1) a definitive technical assessment of biofuel options that enable advanced SI engines, (2) new “market-pull” drivers that convey the value of advanced biofuels to consumers, (3) fuels that have lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expand the stable operating conditions for ACI (advanced compression ignition) drive cycles, and (4) a reduction of the technical barriers required for ACI vehicle market penetration. Co-Optima will also help enable the United States to meet 2013 Climate Action Plan goals on an accelerated time frame, serve as a catalyst to reinvigorate U.S. technology competitiveness, encourage job creation, provide lasting environmental benefits, and increase energy security.

The effort includes two thrusts:
Thrust I—Improve near-term conventional SI engine efficiency. High research octane number (RON) fuels enable more efficient, higher-performance operation via engine downsizing and boosting. Many biofuel blending components exhibit high RON and can be introduced into the market in the near to medium term for engines optimized to operate on those fuels. Fuel properties beyond RON, such as heat of vaporization, burn rate, viscosity, volatility, and energy density will also be characterized, and the complexity of their interactions mapped to evaluate the full value opportunity.
This thrust has lower risk relative to Thrust II because SI engines are in use today—although not tuned to take advantage of the potential new fuels.
Thrust II—Enable full operability ACI engines. Thrust II will provide the science and technology underpinnings needed to make new fuels compatible with commercially viable new ACI engine technologies. This engine platform, which includes kinetically- controlled and low-temperature combustion approaches, offers the promise of significantly greater thermal efficiencies with lower criteria-pollutant emissions, and presents attractive options for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Fuel research will focus on low-GHG, advanced biofuel/petroleum blends. In addition, already-efficient,
conventional compression ignition (CI) engines can realize fuel economy increases enabled by improved,
low GHG-intensity fuels. Thrust II, to be conducted in parallel with Thrust I, presents a more complex technical challenge with higher potential risk and reward.
The research cycle for each thrust will include identifying fuel candidates, understanding their fuel characteristics and combustion performance, and determining market transformation requirements such as cost, GHG reduction, feedstock requirements, scalability, and infrastructure compatibility.
Isobutanol is an important fuel to consider due to its compatibility with current infrastructure, but
its importance as a building block for chemicals and higher-value products may diminish the case for its use as a fuel. There was considerable debate about how easy a move to higher ethanol blends and associated higher octane might be. Clarification is needed on the octane levels Co-Optima plans to target.
Concurrent Availability of Fuels and Engines:
Constant octane levels have prompted engine designers to be more creative; now it is time for octane to
play a bigger role in efficiency improvements. Cooptimization requires changes coordinated between
engine and fuel producers, which will rely upon market certainty as well as industry cooperation. When it comes to research octane number (RON), it will be necessary to consider factors including whether 100 RON is E10, E20, or E30; which fuel is right; and which fuel properties have the correct specifications. Some participants said that if 100 RON was available today, manufacture of compatible engines would be a given.
Identifying Combustion Mode and Fuel Candidates:
The goal of Co-Optima is to design the fuel and vehicle together to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. A key function of Co-Optima will be to downselect technologies and fuel options, identifying the most promising scheme and associated fuel.
Participants also discussed the following:
• When new fuels are introduced to the market, the incumbent fuel is typically favored, due to engine changes required by new fuels. This may provide a convincing argument for using the same new fuel for Co-Optima’s Thrust I and Thrust II.
• An optimized system of fuels/engines might prove more tractable by blending fuels. Using two highly refined fuels (e.g., diesel and gasoline) can result in a less-refined fuel. However, the use of straight run gasoline and/or natural gasoline in advanced compression ignition engines may benefit refiners, and this fuel could be blended with ethanol to produce a high-octane fuel that also meets the needs of advanced SI engines. E0 is 50/50 regular/premium, but it is unclear if E0 meets drivability requirements.
• Ethanol has the distinct advantages of being present in the fuel supply now (comprising 10%
of gasoline) and being rapidly scalable. The fuel property requirements of naphtha with additives
would depend on the specific Thrust II technology. There is a diesel engine Thrust II technology
that is insensitive to fuel properties. Octane is controlled in the manufacturing process.
• If there is a very tight fuel specification, then the engines can be optimized for it. For example, more stringent diesel and biodiesel standards could improve heavy-duty engine fuel consumption and emissions. However, tighter specifications come at a well-to-tank CO2 and financial cost.
• All of the fuel streams need to optimize carbon reduction. Cultivation of different feedstocks produces different carbon footprints, but the fuels derived from these feedstocks are not significantly different.
• From the international standpoint, optimizing one engine in the United States would put pressure on other countries to adopt similar technology.     READ MORE

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BETO Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Bioenergy with 4-H Youth Leaders from Across the Nation
April 28, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12, 2016. The roundtable, which was part of the larger National 4-H Conference, addressed the role of bioenergy in a sustainable global energy system. The student group discussed three applications of bioenergy:  (1) the potential of algal biofuels, (2) hydrogen production from biomass for use in fuel cells, and (3) utilizing biogas (primarily a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the bacterial decomposition of organic materials in the absence of oxygen) systems to produce electricity, heat, and vehicle fuels. The roundtable participants also shared perspectives on the importance of bioenergy in their local communities and offered suggestions on how BETO could engage more with youth in the community.

The group emphasized the importance of energy literacy in helping people make informed decisions on energy use through an understanding of impacts and consequences. The students recommended the use of social media as a platform to engage the public on these topics—a goal the students are already working towards by developing  a video short entitled “Bioenergy Grows Here,” which is intended to provide an overview about the use of bioenergy in a changing energy landscape. Overall, the roundtable provided a great opportunity for the students to share their ideas and perspectives with a group of federal decision makers.  READ MORE

Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report
April 28, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a stakeholder listening day last June to concurrently investigate the optimization of fuels and vehicles. Formerly called …

The Growing Problem of Patent Trolling
April 28, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

Lauren Cohen, Umit G. Gurun, Scott Duke Kominers (Science Magazine)  The last decade has seen a sharp rise in patent litigation in the United States; 2015 has one of the highest patent lawsuit counts on …

Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars
April 28, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how …

Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts
April 28, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  Biomass is a very versatile energy resource. While it can be converted to biofuel for vehicle use, it can also serve as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
April 28, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition for …

The U.S. Oil and Gas Boom Is Having Global Atmospheric Consequences, Scientists Suggest
April 28, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  Scientists say they have made a startling discovery about the link between domestic oil and gas development and the world’s levels of atmospheric ethane — a carbon compound that can both …

Mercedes-Benz Proposes to Shift Its Cars to Biodiesel in India
April 28, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  German automaker Mercedes-Benz is probing the possibility to shift its diesel cars and other vehicles in India to biodiesel.
“Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% biodiesel in their cars …

Future Unclear for $700m Project
April 28, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Andersen (Townsville Bulletin)  …  The Pentland Bio-Energy Project has been sidelined by the State Government’s draconian new Vegetation Management Reinstatement Legislation Bill. Land clearing around the State has been stopped pending a vote on …

Earth Gen-Biofuel Plans Expanded Operations for Renewable Energy Castor Bean Crop
April 28, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Marketwired/Earth Gen-BioFuel)  Earth Gen-BioFuel (OTC PINK: EGBB), “EarthGen” or “the Company,” today announced that it has finalized plans for expanding castor bean operations in Laos.
George Shen, Chairman, commented, “Castor beans, a key ingredient in …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 7th International Conference & Exhibition on Metabolomics 2016 — November 14-16, 2016 — Orlando, FL DEADLINE: unclear
April 28, 2016 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  7th International Conference & Exhibition on Metabolomics 2016 — November 14-16, 2016 — Orlando, FL   DEADLINE:  unclear

Metabolomics 2016 will be a global platform to share knowledge and expertise with the eminent personalities and for session talks, B2B meetings, poster presentations, workshops, symposia and much more. It will provide a platform wherein …

7th International Conference & Exhibition on Metabolomics 2016 — November 14-16, 2016 — Orlando, FL
April 28, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
7th International Conference & Exhibition on Metabolomics 2016    —   November 14-16, 2016   —   Orlando, FL

Metabolomics 2016 will be a global platform to share knowledge and expertise with the eminent personalities and for session talks, B2B meetings, poster presentations, workshops, symposia and much more. It will provide a platform wherein …

Latest Diesel Quality Trends Revealed in Biennial Survey
April 28, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Infineum International Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Infineum has revealed the initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace.
The …

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0
April 28, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness 2016, Mark Warner presented this highly-praised slide deck on Fermentation 2.0. You can access the recorded webinar here.  And Mark’s latest Thought Leadership column in …

USGC Promoting US Ethanol for Mexico’s Energy Policy Reforms
April 28, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the US Grains Council (USGC) is working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.
Last year, Pemex, …

One Step Closer to the Biosynthesis of Renewable Propane
April 28, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Dodgson (Power-Technology.com)  … The pressure is on to reduce the environmental impact of transport fuels, particularly after the climate change agreement in Paris. With that in mind, researchers from the University of Manchester and Imperial …

USTR Releases Special 301 Report on Protection of American Intellectual Property Rights Across the World
April 27, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Office of the United States Trade Representative)  Obama Administration unveils list of the world’s most significant challenges facing American intellectual property rights alongside bipartisan members of Congress and business community leaders  —  On the heels …

Fifth Bio-based Jet Fuel Approved by FAA
April 27, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Curt Epstein (AIN Online)  The FAA recently approved a new, alternative bio-based jet fuel that meets ASTM International standards. Known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK), the new aviation fuel is created …

DOE to Offer Funding for Biorefinery Projects
April 27, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office to support technology …

Pipestone Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
April 27, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Close to 70 high school students from Pipestone Area High School visited Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.
During the tour, the students were briefed …

A Cellulosic Ethanol Milestone
April 27, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that during the first quarter of 2016, just over 1 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol were produced. In fact, production for the month …

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas
April 27, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million vehicles per year,” moderator Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer at Schaeffler Group USA, says in …

$30 Oil Is Changing the World and Washington
April 27, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama, Julian Hattem and Devin Henry (The Hill)   …  The oil industry and its supporters in Congress still have a long wish list. The federal ethanol blending mandate continues to anger oil refiners, …

Indiana’s Family Express Awarded Blender Grant
April 27, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Indiana fuel retailer Family Express has been awarded more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program. The retailer will be using the monies to install 45 dispensers at 37 stations. …

Stanford Rejects Student Request to Divest Fossil Fuel Holdings
April 27, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Lyons (SF Gate)  Stanford University’s board of trustees says it will not fully divest from the fossil fuel industry following a nearly four-year battle with a student organization campaigning against the practice.
The school’s …

CALL FOR POSTERS AND PAPERS: 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain
April 27, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS AND PAPERS: 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany  DEADLINE: uncertain

In the last years the explosion of interest in CO2 has led to a new awareness at industrial, societal and scientific levels with the result that CO2 is no longer a mere waste product, but …

5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany
April 27, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment
5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

One of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in Europe 2016  —  In the last years the explosion of interest in CO2 has led to a new awareness at industrial, societal and …

Define Your Problem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Partnering in Advanced Biotechnology
April 27, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month, we held a well-attended webinar on renewable chemicals intermediates and cellulosic sugars, with the sugars slide deck presented by industry consultant Vonnie Estes — whose latest Digest column is here. Vonnie’s …

Ethanol Groups Criticize US Climate Plan for Excluding Biofuels
April 27, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “It is beyond baffling that biofuels or the RFS were not included in the U.S.’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “The …

Biofuels Driving Emissions Cuts thru 2030, Says Lux: But Which Feedstocks?
April 27, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural …

RFA Issues New Equipment Guidance for E15 Retailers
April 26, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … In a new RFA communication about how to properly offer E15 at retail, we highlight several items retailers should consider before ordering equipment, including:
– What are the equipment options to legally offer …

Cellerate + Enogen = More Ethanol Production
April 26, 2016 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to Syngenta, the combination of Cellerate process technology with Enogen can increase ethanol production by 20 percent. The 18 day trial was conducted at the Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) …

Biodiesel Worse for the Environment than Fossil fuels, Warn Green Campaigners
April 26, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by James Crisp (EurActiv)  Instead of reducing them, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.
Biodiesel …

Bahamas Waste: Biodiesel Deal ‘Huge Win-Win’
April 26, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Neil Hartnell (Tribune 242)  Bahamas Waste yesterday said it had created “a win-win” for all stakeholders by selling a majority 51 per cent interest in its fledgling biodiesel business to a local partner for …

Argentina Ethanol Blend Hike to 26% in 2017 ‘Impossible’: Industry Group
April 26, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  Argentina’s ethanol sector needs more time and investment in order to meet potential significant increases in the country’s gasoline ethanol blend, Claudio Molina, executive director of the Argentine Biofuels and Hydrogen Association, …

WestJet Supporting Development of Canadian-Made Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
April 26, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(WestJet/PR Newswire)  Airline teams up with Alberta’s Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC)  —  WestJet today announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel …

Not just CH3-CH2-OH: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced
April 26, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from industry consultant …

C-Sharp: Spring’s 3 Hottest Markets Start with C
April 26, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  California and the green premium  —   One of the biggest myths running is that there is no green premium, which is to say that customers will not pay a cent …

Pacific Biodiesel Certified by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance
April 26, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Energy Global Hydrocarbon Engineering)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s award winning and internationally recognised producer of renewable fuels and the only commercial biofuel producer in the state, …

Muradel Refocuses Whyalla Biofuel Venture
April 26, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it …

How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels
April 26, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Christina Couch (MIT Technology Review)  Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties …

Hawaiian Electric Interested in Renewable Energy Projects on A&B’s Maui Sugar Lands
April 26, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Hawaiian Electric Co. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. may be working on a deal where the Honolulu-based utility would utilize A&B subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co.’s land for possible …

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision
April 25, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Karen Batra (Biotech Now)  As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, …

Market Study: Global Biofuels Market to Grow to $246bn by 2024
April 25, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The global biofuels market was valued at $168.18 billion (€149.05bn) in 2016 and is projected to reach $246.52 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 4.92%, a new market study finds.
According to Transparency Market Research’s new …

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project
April 25, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn …

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
April 25, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since …

Availability, Use, and Removal of Oil Palm Biomass in Indonesia
April 25, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Christopher Teh Boon Sung (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Reviews the environmental impacts of removing palm residues from plantations and estimates how much of this resource could potentially be used for advanced biofuels in Indonesia.

Clariant’s Sunliquid Technology Price Competitive with Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
April 25, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, testing on Clariant’s sunliquid technology has confirmed that the cost per liter of cellulosic ethanol can achieve price competitiveness with sugarcane ethanol prices in Brazil. Clariant’s testing evaluated …

RIMS 2016: Sea Level Rise Will Be Worse and Come Sooner
April 25, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Don Jergler (Insurance Journal)  … Sea levels could rise by much more than originally anticipated, and much faster, according to new data being collected by scientists studying the melting West Antarctic ice sheet – a …

The RITE Bioprocess: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Green Earth Institute
April 25, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. is focused on producing carbon-neutral biofuels and green chemicals derived from non-food biomass, such as leaves and stems of plants, instead of using food and …

A New Obama Emissions Play
April 25, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Michael Grunwald (Politico)  The administration floats a rule governing transportation projects.  —  Administration officials told POLITICO they are about to propose rules that could force recipients of federal transportation dollars to track transportation-related emissions …

Algae & CCS: Incremental Heroes
April 25, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  As we noted in a recent post, Carbon Balance and Management journal published a study in late 2015 touting the emissions reduction potential of algae when used as animal feed. The authors …

Algae Eat up Oilfield Byproducts
April 25, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman/Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)  An oil-field waste product that poses environmental challenges and is linked to earthquakes could become a valuable economic resource if the efforts of Oklahoma State University researchers are successful.
Biosystems …

Republicans Propose Bill to Scrap Tax Credits for Animal Fat Biodiesel
April 22, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, seven Republican US Representatives led by Randy Weber of Texas have submitted a bill to disallow certain biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits for fuels derived from animal …

Mexico Ideal Growing Microalgae to Produce Biodiesel
April 22, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jorge Castañeda (ADNSURESTE.INFO (google translation))  A scientific study that helped experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Newcastle, UK, concluded that our country is ideal for developing the growth …

Distribution of Neste Pro Diesel Expands to Latvia
April 22, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  The premium-quality Neste Pro Diesel is now available from the most of the Neste stations in Latvia. Neste Pro Diesel supplements the range of high-quality Futura fuels launched previously in the Baltic region and …

Keystone Farm Show — January 10-12, 2017 — York, PA
April 22, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show  —  January 10-12, 2017   —   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Time for Full Carbon Accounting
April 22, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 22, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Having established a global leadership in 1st Generation Ethanol technology, Praj has initiated a project in expanding its 2nd Generation Cellulosic Ethanol Program to Demo scale. The plant will utilize agri-residues …

Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Set for Debut at Demonstration Scale in Uttarakhand
April 22, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant will open this week at Indian Glycol Limited, Kashipur in Uttarakhand, with the Indian Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences …

China, India, Russia and South Africa Express Concern that GMBM Proposals Do Not Address Differentiation
April 22, 2016 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The 2016 round of ICAO’s Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) to provide Member States with information and receive feedback on developing a global market-based measure (GMBM) to address carbon emissions from international aviation has …

NGOs Clash over Eligibility of REDD+ Forestry Credits under ICAO’s Proposed Aviation Carbon Offsetting Scheme
April 22, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … UNFCCC launched in 2008 a programme called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD, later enhanced to REDD+) in developing countries through which a financial value could be created on the value …

Make Biofuels Part of Paris Agreement Implementation
April 22, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … Nearly a third of global GHGs come from the transportation sector making it a key area of focus in efforts to reduce emissions. Studies have shown that biofuels, like ethanol, are …

#EarthDay, #Ethanol and the Global Climate
April 22, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The signing of the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016 puts the focus on what countries are doing to make the world a better place, and some of the nearly …

More Misinformation from Fossil Fuel-Backed Special Interests about Renewable Energy
April 22, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Elsner (The Hill)  … American tax payers have paid conventional fuels more than $500 billion and counting over the last 100 years. The International Monetary Fund calculated global fossil fuel subsidies to be a …

Congress Tells EPA Biomass Is Carbon Neutral. Now What?
April 22, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Patterson (E&E/Climatewire)  Two amendments tucked inside the bipartisan energy bill that passed the Senate yesterday are elevating the question of whether biomass is a renewable energy source on par with wind and solar in …

Making Biodiesel with Used Cooking Oil and a Microwave
April 21, 2016 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  “SiO2 Beads Decorated with SrO Nanoparticles for Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil Using Microwave Irradiation”  —  Weaning cars and trucks off of gasoline and diesel made from fossil fuels is a …

This Earth Day Choose the Cleaner-Burning Fuel, American Ethanol
April 21, 2016 – 9:13 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board)  As Earth Day nears, environmental stewards around the world will take part in events to raise awareness about challenges facing the environment. But drivers can do their part year round by filling …

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future
April 21, 2016 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. — Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal …

US Oil Drillers Seek Limits on Crude Imports
April 21, 2016 – 8:55 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/FuelFix) Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico’s stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign to limit foreign oil imports, salvaging what they say is …

GRFA Supports Adoption of National Policies to Reduce Emissions
April 19, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently sent letters to the national leaders of 24 countries that highlighted biofuels as part of their Intended Nationally Determined …

Etankfire Reports Results of Large-Scale Ethanol Fire Research
April 19, 2016 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

By Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A Swedish research institute released experimental results on the burning behavior of various ethanol blends, conducted as part of the Etankfire project.
The purpose of the joint industry project run by …

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Additional Funding Available Now!
April 19, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  Second Round Funding Now Available–ALL GRANT PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY: FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 AT 12:00 PM CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME
Submit completed applications via email to seo@wisconsin.gov. Questions? Submit to seo@wisconsin.gov and answers will be posted …

Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference and International Ethanol Markets Seminar — September 12-14, 2016 — Miami, FL
April 19, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment
Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference and International Ethanol Markets Seminar   —   September 12-14, 2016  —  Miami, FL

The Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of last year’s event, this is …

Iowa Offers Tax Incentives In Bid To Become An Epicenter For Innovation In Bio-based Materials
April 19, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Steven Savage (Forbes)  Last week the governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, signed a bill which came to him with bipartisan support from the legislature. The measure institutes tax incentives designed to accelerate the growth …

UK Government Would Probably Abandon Biomass Policy If Not Committed to It by EU law, MPs Say
April 19, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A cross-party group of MPs has said that the UK government would probably abandon the EU’s biomass and policy if it was not committed to it by EU law.
The group, part …

Biofuel Plane Makes Stop in Walnut Ridge
April 19, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Seth Stephenson (WMCActionNews5.com) A Rhode Island science teacher made a stop in Walnut Ridge Sunday during his cross country flight using a Cessna powered by biofuel.  Ross McCurdy, the pilot, teaches science and alternative energy at …

The World Could Phase Out Fossil Fuels within a Decade
April 19, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Cuthbertson (Newsweek)  … Fossil fuels, the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases, have been steadily losing ground to clean energy solutions, such as wind and solar, in developed nations. This has been helped by significant …

EPA Submits 2017 RFS Rule to White House OMB for Review
April 19, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks …

4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit — July 12-13, 2016 — Alexandria, VA
April 19, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit  —   July 12-13, 2016  —  Alexandria, VA

The 4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit will focus on the efforts to advance military mobile power and energy capabilities. It will discuss the methods that have been, or will be put into place in …

Recyclable, Sugar-Derived Foam — A Renewable Alternative to Traditional Polyurethanes?
April 19, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!) Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. …

Boko Haram, Facing Fuel Shortages, Makes Its Own
April 19, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(The Peninsula/Agence France Presse) Boko Haram has been forced to produce its own fuel to power its motorbikes because of an acute petrol shortage caused by a military squeeze on supply lines.
A senior military source said …

The New Sugars: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to 5C and 6C sugars
April 19, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of 5C and 6C sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented …

Comet, BioAmber in Big Cellulosic Sugar Partnership: Biobased’s Hot Babes Hook Up
April 19, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding Production to 275 Million Gallons Annually
April 19, 2016 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  Darling Ingredients Inc. is expanding the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, La., to increase annual production capacity from 160 million gallons of renewable diesel to 275 million gallons.

Production is expected …

IRFA: Iowa Achieves Record E85, Midlevel Blend Sales in 2015
April 18, 2016 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) An analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue report shows the average biodiesel blend purchased in Iowa reached 11.0 percent in 2015, an increase from the 9.4 percent average blend in …

ORNL Hosts Southeast Bioenergy Meeting, Study Tour
April 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National …

ACE, Ethanol Retailers Counter Ethanol Myths during Briefing
April 18, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers want this fuel, and it doesn’t cost an interested retailer an arm and a leg to get the right fueling equipment to sell higher blends of ethanol. That …

Big Oil Wins Big on Taxes
April 18, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Today is Tax Day. While many Americans will receive a modest refund, oil producers are raking in the big bucks, $4 billion to $6 billion, through tax incentives dating back more …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
April 18, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition …

WEBINAR–Field-To-Fleet: How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion? April 20, 2016
April 18, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR–Field-To-Fleet: How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion?   April 20, 2016

In honor of Earth Week, you are invited to join a webinar about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Field-to-Fleet project and its outcomes to date on Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m.–2 …

Carbon Farming – Agriculture’s Answer to Climate Change?
April 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On April 12, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced a new funding opportunity aimed at increasing the carbon storage potential of U.S. agricultural soils.  Land-use, …

Fossil Fuel Companies Need to Become Renewable Energy Companies
April 18, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Steven Cohen (Huffington Post/Columbia University’s Earth Institute) …  It remains unfortunate that many fossil fuel companies have not redefined themselves as energy companies that lead the effort to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. …

Proxy Carbon Pricing: A Tool for Fiscally Rational and Climate-Compatible Governance
April 18, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Alison Cassady and Gwynne Taraska  (Center for American Progress)  …   By putting a price on carbon, governments can correct the market’s failure to account for the climate costs of burning fossil fuels; in …

New EPA Stats Confirm: Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Far Exceed Prior Estimates
April 18, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Higher Baseline Plus Year-on-Year Increase Make Sector the Top Emitter over Ag  —  The oil and natural gas industry has moved into first place as the highest sources of U.S. methane emissions, …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
April 18, 2016 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?
April 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after …

UPM Biofuels Gains ISCC PLUS Certification for Bio-Based Applications
April 18, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. UPM Biofuels produces renewable …

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?
April 18, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture  —  …  In Essex, David Eagle is growing acres of sea buckthorn, a salt-tolerant plant that …

Biodiesel Catalyst Ranks to Expand
April 18, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

By Michael McCoy (Chemical and Engineering News)  Seeing more growth ahead, two small companies invest in new plants —  Growth in the biodiesel market is spurring two small companies to invest in U.S. production of …

Investors with $6 trillion in Assets Back ExxonMobil Climate Change Resolution: UK Church Fund
April 18, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Simon Jessop  (Reuters)  Institutions managing $6 trillion in assets plan to back a call for U.S. oil major ExxonMobil to disclose the impact of climate change policy on its business, one of the organizers …

The Most Important Mystery about U.S. Climate Change Policy
April 18, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  … Environmentalists have charged for some time that the fracking boom — the rise in unconventional natural gas that is the key driver of all of this — has a …

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit over Pollution from U.S. Aircraft
April 18, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (PlanetArk)  Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to press for faster action in setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. aircraft.  Earthjustice, the Center for …

California Energy Commission Announces $17.3 M in Funding for Hydrogen Infrastructure
April 18, 2016 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(FuelCellsWorks)  The California Energy Commission recently released a $17.3-million solicitation (GFO-15-605) for hydrogen stations in California.
Summary of the Funding:
$17.3 million funding opportunity for light-duty hydrogen stations in California
O&M funding for stations previously funded with CEC grant
New station …

Diversification of Feedstocks the Answer to De-Fossilisation: Panel
April 15, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Knight (Platts)  Increasing the depth and width of feedstocks in the biofuels blend was needed if Europe was serious about lowering reliance on fossil fuels, members of a panel discussing the matter said …

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping
April 15, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy …

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ Help Clean Baltimore Harbor, Fuel Cars
April 15, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how …

How Reid Vapor Pressure Impacts #Ethanol
April 15, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty gave a brief lesson on RVP to attendees at the organization’s annual legislative fly-in this week as they prepared to visit …

Minnesotans Breathe Easy Thanks to Diesel
April 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Minnesota can breathe a little easier with its fleet of clean diesel vehicles powered on blends of biodiesel fuel. — In case you missed it, the Minnesota chapter of the American Lung Association (ALA) …

A New Long-Range Plan Every 4 Years
April 15, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When America talks about long-range planning that typically means until the next election. For example, the renewable fuels standard (RFS) is in place until 2022.

But wouldn’t it be great …

Renewable Diesel Poses Viable Option
April 15, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Curt Bennink (ForConstructionPros.com)  By now, most are familiar with biodiesel. It is a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel fuels when used in the correct applications.
“Biodiesel improves lubricity when compared …

New, Evolving Coproducts Require Regulatory Due Diligence
April 15, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Kurt A. Rosentrator (Distillers Grains Technology Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Altered, novel products may require new AAFCO definitions, GRAS affirmations.  —  … During the past two years, we have reviewed and commented on two key rulings in …

New Coproduct Technology Produces Food-Grade Yeast
April 15, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Don McLellan (AFC Yeast/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Typically, in ethanol production the nonfermentable leftovers from the feedstocks and yeast are combined and sold either as wetcake or dried distillers grains for feed. But the yeast included …

Biomass-Based Diesel Poised for Growth
April 15, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Elsenbast (Renewable Energy Group/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel proves to be a major, and growing, market for distillers corn oil.  —  … The industry nearly reached record production levels last year and, according to U.S. EPA …

DG-Based Resins Spring into Plastics
April 15, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska’s Laurel Biocomposite produces biomaterials for thermoset applications.  —  Laurel Biocomposite LLC is using distillers grains to create biomaterials that will be used in lawn and gardening products across …

Protein Packs A Punch in New Ethanol Coproducts
April 15, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies gain traction in the quest to produce high-protein feed products from ethanol coproducts. —  Novita Nutrition and Nutrinsic Corp. approach producing high-value feed products from …

Species-Specific, Process-Specific DDGS Nutrition Profiles Needed
April 15, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  How do low-oil, low-fiber, high-protein coproducts successfully find their best markets?  —  An array of distillers grains coproducts are entering the market—low oil, low fiber, high protein—with great …

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel
April 15, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these days. — During the past decade, there has been a great deal of innovation and thought …

Data Firm Backs Wood as Best Choice for Biofuels
April 15, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  …  In a statement, North Carolina-based Forset2Market said wood works as a logical choice for biofuels because “the number of trees growing in the US has increased by more than 50% in the …

APEC Ethanol Forum Highlights Asia as Next Frontier For Exports
April 15, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The growing interest for ethanol in the Asia-Pacific region is driven in part by ever-growing environmental concerns, especially those related to rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and deteriorating air quality, the direct results …

Despite Concerns, Many See Bullish Future for Canada’s Biofuels Industry
April 15, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael Schneider (Oil Price Information Service)  While some observers express concern over the future of Canada’s biofuels industry, participants there describe a situation that they say is headed in the right direction.  …  Andrea Kent, …

Navy to Require Climate Change Reporting From Vendors (Corrected to reflect Request; not Require)
April 15, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Ellen KNickmeyer (Associated Press/ABC News)  The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military — the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels — to say it will start requiring big …

Powertrain Executives Press for Higher Octane Gasoline to Help Meet MPG, CO2 Rules
April 15, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Automakers say they need higher octane gasoline — more in line with what is available in Europe today — to meet the government’s strict 2025 fuel economy and C02 standards.
During …

Scott Peters Named a Biotech Legislator of the Year
April 15, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by  Bradley J. Fikes  (San Diego Union-Tribune)  San Diego congressman earning a national reputation in field  — … The largest biotech trade group in the country, BIO announced the award to Peters Wednesday. BIO also honored …

Student Startup Turning Heads by Utilizing Biofuel Waste for Good
April 15, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Tennessee Today)  … Enter Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle, a pair of doctoral candidates in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, which is run jointly by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The pair …

Colombia’s Ecopetrol Granted Clean Diesel Patent in Malaysia
April 15, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  Colombian state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol said it was granted a patent by Malaysia to produce diesel that is cleaner and comes from renewable sources.
“The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) granted …

Advanced Biofuels Association Heads Unusual Team against Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit
April 15, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Advanced Biofuel Association has teamed with an unexpected group of lobbying partners in favor of keeping the biodiesel tax credit as a blenders credit. Partners include the National …

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved
April 15, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products …

Senate Hearing on Ethanol Tax Breaks Stirs Small-Engine Debate
April 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  ….  At issue is a proposal to eliminate a 20 percent per-gallon sales tax break on sales of E10 fuels and create a 10 percent break for E15, which currently …

March Madness Webinar Series: In Review, the 600+ slides, the BioChannel.TV Replay Schedule
April 15, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We’ll have more webinars over the coming weeks as we turn our attention to new pressing topics — but first of all, thank you to the 1300+ season pass holders …

Supporting the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Biomass Programs
April 15, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month, we held a well-attended webinar on USDA Biomass programs. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, by the USDA’s Mark Brodziski.  The recorded version of the …

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel
April 15, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jan Suszkiw (US Department of Agriculture)  … At the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past 5 years …

Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double
April 14, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline …

Barbecues, Beaches and E15? You Bet
April 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. EPA provided a 1-pound-per-square-inch (psi) waiver of the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility requirements for certain ethanol blends. It did so in recognition …

Rounds Sends Mixed Signals on Ethanol
April 14, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Wicox (Capital Journal)  Recently, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds was a keynote speaker at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF). The ACCF sounds harmless, but …

Cooper: Don’t Reverse Course on Ethanol
April 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Alan Guebert’s recent column (“The ethanol trap”) asks, “Where would the nation, its farmers, livestock growers, and rural America be today had ethanol not been given … a role in …

University of Iowa Gets Landmark Air-Quality Deal Enabling More Biofuel Use
April 14, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Miller (The Gazette)  the University of Iowa has reached a first-of-its-kind agreement with state air quality regulators, allowing it to expand its use of biofuels and continue experimenting with environmentally friendly options.
The Iowa …

Environmental Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Award to Pursue Biofuel Research
April 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Tennessee Today)  UT Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Hannah Woo was recently honored as one of ninety students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization …

New SPI Bioplastics Division Report Defines Bioplastics, Explores the Growing Field of Bioplastics and Demonstrates How Material Innovation Can Offer Environmental aAdvantages.
April 14, 2016 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(SPI)  As bioplastics become more popular and an emerging material of choice, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association’s SPI Bioplastics Division released a new report today (April 1, 2016), Bioplastics Simplified: Attributes of Biobased and Biodegradable …

Fund for Environmental Journalism Announces Grant Opportunity DEADLINE: June 15, 2016
April 14, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Fund for Environmental Journalism) SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in top quality public service reporting on environment-related issues, and the journalists who produce it.  FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that …

McGinn: Navy Energy Programs Are ‘All About Warfighting’
April 13, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by John Grady (USNI News)  When asked what happens to the Navy’s energy initiatives when President Barack Obama leaves office in January, the service’s top civilian official overseeing those efforts said, “Nothing”—because the business and …

New Survey: California’s Advanced Energy Industry Up 18 Percent from Last Year
April 13, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Economy)  Growing at three times the rate of employment overall and accounting for more than 3 percent of the state total, advanced energy supports more jobs in California than agriculture, three times as …

California Wants Back $1.7M From Biofuel Project
April 13, 2016 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courthouse News Service)  California sued a bioenergy company, claiming it improperly spent as much as $1.7 million in public money targeted for equipment purchases for a project to refine sugar beets into …

Methanol as a Chemical Platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
April 13, 2016 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem …

Where’s the Algae?
April 13, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment  that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies that enable the conversion of CO2 into valuable …

U.S. Shale Oil Firms Feel Credit Squeeze as Banks Grow Cautious
April 12, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Swetha Gopinath and David Henry (Reuters)  Nearly two years into an epic oil rout, U.S. shale drillers that have upended global energy markets are finally feeling a credit squeeze as banks make their biggest …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned for Spiritwood
April 12, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors, a Pennsylvania …

Implement RFS As Congress Intended
April 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The renewable fuel standard (RFS) is the most successful energy policy our nation has seen in the last 40 years.  It has created almost 400,000 jobs and contributed nearly …

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production
April 12, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating the development of the advanced biofuel industry.
The …

Major Advance in ‘Synthetic Biochemistry’ Holds Promise for Industrial Products and Biofuels
April 12, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Stuart Wolpert (University of California – Los Angeles)  UCLA biochemists have devised a way to convert sugar into a variety of useful chemical compounds without using cells  —  UCLA biochemists have devised a clever way …

Biodiesel Resource Maximised Using DAF Treatment System
April 12, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Water Online)  Cheshire biofuel plant sources DAF wastewater treatment from WPL; DAF system captures more fats, oils and grease for recycling; Treatment process helps client meet discharge consent
A new energy plant in Cheshire, which processes waste fats, …