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A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution
November 25, 2015 – 1:35 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future.
Judie 016A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations, caught my eye as a fitting topic for a Thanksgiving editorial–capturing ethanol waste from wine-making to prevent an air pollution problem with an advanced biofuels solution.

The original left out details–was it really recycled into fuel?  A conversation with Greenbelt Resources’ CEO Darren Eng confirmed that it could be put into the fuels market; some might become brandy.  And more.

The Greenbelt modular system (click here for more articles about the system) is designed as a solution to the problem of converting relatively small amounts of feedstock into fuels for local use with an emphasis on waste, co-products and centralized digital-driven biorefinery management.

So this Thanksgiving as you remember those whose work brought you your daily food, feed, fiber and fun (wine, beer, sodas, football games and holiday parade balloons, etc.), think also of those who manage what is left over.

And think of that waste as a resource that will be a part of a truly sustainable renewable future–if you, also, work to make it happen.

Here’s how Greenbelt Resources sees the potential from the perspective of Santa Monica, CA–converting local agricultural and food waste into renewable fuel, filtered water, renewable energy and (not shown in diagram) feed and fertilizer:
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And here’s how others are working on waste-to-fuels to make the transition to renewable fuels a reality:



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Make your commitment today.

Look beyond today to a more conscientious tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving, in the USA and around the world.


*Joanne Ivancic, serves as Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA.



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11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low carbon by 2030 if we are to satisfy economic growth while staying below 2°C.

The guide was developed to help countries and businesses identify the most suitable low carbon fuel technologies that will enable them to implement their climate commitments following this year’s climate talks in Paris. The initiative is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative whose outcomes will be presented at COP21.

No one has yet produced a sharper, in-depth summary of the imperative for low-carbon fuels, the state of their development, and the critical policy supports needed to ensure their deployment. Without a transport solution, there is no climate solution, and the children of today will be direct beneficiaries of these science-based policies, if they are employed and enforced.  READ MORE  and MORE and MORE Download report

Table of Contents:

5 What this report is about
6 What are low carbon transport fuels?
7 The present impact of transportation
8 How low carbon fuels can mitigate climate change
9 The main barriers to growth
11 Overcoming the barriers: policy asks
14 Country cases
17 The way forward
21 Characteristics of transportation sectors
23 Technology showcase
24 Conventional Ethanol
26 Lignocellulosic Ethanol
28 Engineered photosynthesis
30 Power to fuels (gas and liquids)
32 Waste gas to fuels
34 Municipal solid waste to fuels
35 Hydrogenated organic oil


Excerpts from report:  Decarbonizing the transport sector is indispensable for achieving the overall climate goal of staying below a 2°C rise of global temperature. Meanwhile, low carbon transport fuels have been widely acknowledged for their significant potential. Growth in this sector, however, must increase fivefold from today’s levels within fifteen years.

This report highlights the efforts of a new, growing coalition of twelve companies and four partner organizations to delivering these growth rates. Within the framework of the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative on transport fuels, they share a common goal in developing these markets and technologies. After all, decarbonizing the transportation sector is their core business. But they cannot do this on their own. To secure this huge growth, the business community’s efforts and investments need to be backed by effective and stable policies.

Only with a consistent public private collaboration, will the transportation sector meet the urgent need to contribute to mitigating climate change.

Low carbon transport fuels are essentially liquid or gaseous fuels with a significantly better CO2 performance (defined by this group as at least 50%) than conventional fossil transport fuels. Low carbon fuels can be based on biomass or other short-cycled carbon resources. Compared with fossil fuels, their life cycles of production and use lead to (much) lower CO2 emissions. So-called (liquid) biofuels are the main group of low carbon fuels. This partnership distinguishes two main groups of low carbon technologies:

Mature Technologies: Conventional biofuel technologies include well-established processes that produce biofuels on a commercial scale. These biofuels, commonly referred to as ‘first-generation’, include sugar- and starch-based ethanol, and vegetable oil based biodiesel. Typical feedstocks presently used in these processes include sugarcane and sugar beet, grains like corn and wheat, oil crops like rape (canola), palm oil (see text box on sustainability later on in the report) and soybean, and waste streams like used cooking oil.

Early Stage technologies:

• Advanced biofuel technologies, commonly referred to as second- or third-generation, are still in the research and development (R&D), pilot or demonstration phase. They include biofuels based on lignocellulosic biomass, such as cellulosic-ethanol, biomass-to-liquids (BtL)-diesel and biosynthetic gas (bio-SG). The category also includes novel technologies that are mainly in the R&D and pilot stage, such as waste gas fermentation, algae-based biofuels and the conversion of sugar into diesel-type biofuels using biological or chemical catalysts.

• Non-biomass based fuels are technologies that use non-biomass feedstock. Similar to advanced biofuels, these technologies are still in the research and development (R&D), pilot or demonstration phase. These technologies include biodiesel from algae, power-to-gas and power-to-fuel, so called electro fuels and fuels from engineered photosynthesis.


Following rapid development of biofuels in the past decade, concerns have been raised about certain sustainability issues of low carbon fuels. Knowing that the starting position of these fuels is intrinsically more sustainable than their fossil equivalents, the industry supports even stronger sustainability requirements: regarding the performance in greenhouse gas emission reduction, preventing an impact on food security, and minimizing environmental impacts, e.g. at the feedstock production location.

One issue that has received much attention is the threat of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). Biofuels (and also other new biomaterials) produced from crops need increased production. At present, a large part of the biofuels on the market are the result of yield increases. But if additional agricultural land is created at the expense of tropical forests or peatland, as discussed within the framework of palm oil production, indirect carbon emissions can occur that may nullify the direct savings of low carbon fuels for many years.

Many organizations like the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI, the EU Joint Research Centre JRC and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO have presented authoritative studies on the issue. At present, the industry focuses on growth options without causing ILUC, such as improving yields and supply chain efficiency, using degraded land, creating food-fuel synergy or pursuing non-biobased solutions.

Industry and policy makers should meet in setting sustainability requirements. While setting the general framework, policy makers should leave specific feedstock or technology choices to the industry. For instance, the EU has already set strict rules with regard to overall greenhouse gas emission savings. Also, using feedstock from land that was previously high in carbon or biodiversity should not be allowed.  READ MORE

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Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them
November 24, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.  —  …  But behind the green growth is a filthy secret: In a nation famous for its windmills, electricity is coming from a far dirtier source. Three new coal-fired power plants, including two here on the Rotterdam harbor, are supplying much of the power to fuel the Netherlands’ electric-car boom.

As the world tries to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and combat climate change, policymakers have pinned hopes on electric cars, whose range and convenience are quickly improving. Alongside the boom has come a surging demand for power to charge the vehicles, which can consume as much electricity in a single charge as the average refrigerator does in a month and a half.

…  But in areas supplied by dirtier power, like China, India and even the Netherlands, which is on track to miss ambitious emissions targets set for 2020, the electric-car jump has slimmer payoffs. In some cases, it could even worsen the overall climate impact of driving, experts say.

Cutting transportation-related emissions can help — but not if pollution is simply shifted from the tailpipes of cars to the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, which generate 40 percent of the world’s electricity.

“The overall emissions of electricity generation in Europe still haven’t gone down,” said Luc Werring, the former principal adviser to the European Commission on energy issues. “If you drive your car on mixed electricity, then you’re not reducing carbon as much as you’d expect.”

…(T)he Netherlands will blow past its 2020 emissions targets, the result of the new coal-fired power plants and delays in expanding wind power. Two of the new coal-fired plants are in Rotterdam’s port, where their tall smokestacks belch exhaust across the city.

In coal-fired Colorado, a gasoline car with fuel economy better than 34 miles per gallon will be better for emissions than the average electric car, according to calculations from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The biggest market in the world is China. Sales of electric cars nearly tripled there between January and August compared with a year earlier, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Chinese leaders have embraced electric cars as a way of cleaning up cities that have some of the worst air quality in the world. But the Chinese electricity market is heavily dependent on coal; the pollution is simply being taken from the centers of cities and moved to their outskirts.

“The economics do not make sense to push more electric vehicles onto the market” to improve the climate, said John DeCicco, a professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. He said that attention might be better focused on making conventional combustion engines more efficient.   READ MORE

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them
November 24, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.  —  …  But …

A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution
November 25, 2015 – 1:35 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future.
A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources …

Low Gas Prices Good for Ethanol Industry and Farmers
November 24, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Agriculture.com)  Americans are back on the road for the first time since 2008, lured, in part, by low gasoline prices expected to persist through the new year. Travel is forecast to exceed 3.1 …

What Corporate America Is Saying to Investors about Climate Risk
November 24, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Influence Map)  An analysis of SEC 10-K filings by the 20 leading US industrial companies …  — The findings in this report complement the existing CERES/CookESG Research SEC sustainability search tool, which covers climate change and water risks …

Taiwanese Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Produce Algae Biodiesel
November 24, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Taiwan, researchers at the National Taiwan University have developed a synthetic magnetic nanoparticle that helps to harvest oil from microalgae. The nanoparticles are produced from iron oxide and silicon …

DEINOVE Successfully Reaches 2G Bioethanol Pre-Industrial Scale in a 300-Liter Fermenter
November 24, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(DEINOVE) DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass with its Deinococcus bacteria, announced today that it has produced 2G ethanol with an exceptional performance level …

Indonesia’s Biodiesel Push Is Vital for Emission Cuts Target: Group
November 24, 2015 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Michael Taylor (Reuters)  Indonesia’s biodiesel consumption is seen soaring to 7.9 million kilolitres next year from 1.1-1.2 kilolitres in 2015, an industry body said, adding that increased demand was crucial for the country’s to …

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program
November 24, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse …

Commercializing Biobased Products: Opportunities, Challenges, Benefits, and Risks (RSC Green Chemistry)
November 24, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Seth W Snyder (Editor, Contributor), James H Clark (Editor), George Kraus (Series Editor), Gene Peterson (Contributor), Beth Calabotta (Contributor), Stephen Hughes (Contributor), Robert E. Kozak (Contributor) & 14 more (Royal Society of Chemistry) Biobased …

In Search of Renewable Butadiene: Genomatica, Braskem Hit Key Milestone
November 24, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Butadiene is beginning to emerge from the Braskem Genomatica collaboration.  But could it be that the real significance lies not in progress with butadiene, but in Big Data itself, the harnessing of …

Here’s How the U.S. Can Dump Fossil Fuels for Good
November 24, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by  Joe Uehlein and May Boeve (Grist.org)  The world must go fossil-free — and fast. But the proposals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. and other countries are proposing for the upcoming climate summit …

Why Are So Many Americans Skeptical about Climate Change? A Study Offers a Surprising Answer.
November 24, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick (The Washington Post)  Climate change has long been a highly polarizing topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Now a scientific …

Report Concludes US Pellet Exports No Threat to Southern Forests
November 24, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A report commissioned by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, National Alliance of Forest Owners and U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, finds the U.S. export of industrial wood pellets to …

AP Fact Check: Most GOP Candidates Flunk Climate Science
November 23, 2015 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists …

EPA Review Raises Alarm in Maine over Potential Increase of Ethanol in Gasoline
November 23, 2015 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Whit Richardson (Portland Press Herald)  Critics say the change would cost drivers, farmers, fuel sellers and small-engine equipment owners. …  But that report is clearly politically motivated to sway the EPA’s decision and its …

World’s First Biofuel Facility to Operate Entirely on Renewable Heat and Power to Go Online
November 23, 2015 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

Biodico/Business Wire)  Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, today announced its Biodico Westside Facility, the world’s first biofuel production facility that operates entirely on renewable heat and power generated on-site, will go online the …

Sequencing Algae’s Genome May Aid Biofuel Production
November 23, 2015 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by James Urton (University of Washington)  … University of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup of one of these algae. As they recently reported in the journal PLOS Genetics, it is only the second time …

Pertamina to Buy 1.84 million Kilolitre of Fatty Acids for Biodiesel
November 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Globe)  State energy giant Pertamina has signed contracts with 11 biofuel companies to supply 1.84 million kiloliter of fatty acid methyl ester, a chemical used to create biodiesel.
The fatty acid supply is needed to …

Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Bashes Biofuels
November 23, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Bangladeshi Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury has criticised large multinational corporations for promoting biofuels.
The minister spoke at a keynote on the 40th anniversary of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, …

Banks: Ethanol Is a Bad Deal for Vt.
November 23, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by David Banks ( American Council for Capital Formation/Times Argus)  Not a single gallon of fuel ethanol is produced in Vermont, and almost none of the corn harvested in the state is used for commercial …

RIL Tanks up on Biofuels to Cut Emissions
November 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

Kalpana Pathak (Business Standard)  In this last of a 5-part series, we look at Reliance Industries and the steps it is taking to reduce its carbon footprint  …   In its own business of fuel, …

ABFA Speaks Out on Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
November 23, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  Today the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership that expressed concern about changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. The full letter is available below and …

Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course — December 8-10, 2015 — Chicago, IL
November 23, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course  —   December 8-10, 2015   —   Chicago, IL

The success of Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course has spawned interest in a follow-up course to help understand the growing bio-renewable sector and how it is increasingly interacting with fossil hydrocarbon-based industry.
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Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”
November 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by …

Biotech Innovation Showcase and Partnering for Growth Forum — March 30-31, 2016 — Ankeny, IO
November 23, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
Biotech Innovation Showcase and Partnering for Growth Forum —  March 30-31, 2016  —  Ankeny, IO

Partnering for Growth’s Biotech Innovation Showcase will be held on March 30th and is an investor conference that presents early- to mid-stage biotech companies to investors and industry leaders.  Since the mid-1990’s, Iowa has been …

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard Creates Revenue Opportunity
November 23, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Starting January 2016, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard goes into effect, meaning you can be paid for the clean fuels you produce or build infrastructure for. For example, do you import …

Engineering Microorganisms for Bio-Based Products: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to enEvolv
November 23, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  enEvolv engineers microorganisms to produce bio-based products. We work with partners in therapeutics, nutrition, energy and specialty chemicals to improve existing strains and develop novel ones. Our technologies harness and …

Algae: 2015, the Year in Review
November 23, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Low oil prices, company mergers or evolving business strategies may be easily spun by the skeptics as reasons to fret, but in the case of our industry they …

‘Spill’: A Devastating Account of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
November 23, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Nance (The Washington Post)  … What we don’t remember, if we ever knew it in the first place, is that the environmental disaster in the gulf also was a human tragedy that claimed 11 …

Alberta to Introduce Economy-Wide Carbon Tax in 2017
November 23, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Washington Post/Reuters)  The government of Canada’s Alberta province, home to the country’s controversial oil sands, said Sunday that it will implement an economy-wide tax on carbon emissions in 2017, addressing long-standing criticism that it is …

Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations
November 23, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Business Wire)  For many in the California wine region, the 2015 crush was an interesting year due to the drought and other new wine industry developments. One of those developments is the growing …

API Push Poll Proved False by Real Poll
November 20, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen dismissed a push poll released today by the American Petroleum Institute (API), which claimed that a majority of voters are concerned about using …

Oil and Biofuels Lobby White House on Renewable Fuel Standard Ahead of Nov. 30 Deadline
November 20, 2015 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the lead-up to the administration’s release of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s been a veritable who’s who of renewable fuels and petrochemical refiners visiting the White House’s Office …

Energy Security and Reducing GHGs in Transportation: The Vital Role of Biofuels
November 20, 2015 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Bruce E. Dale (Michigan State University/25 x ’25)  U. S. renewable fuel policy has two primary objectives: 1) to reduce petroleum imports and thereby increase energy security and 2) to reduce greenhouse gas …

From Sci-fi to Reality Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Real to Farmers
November 20, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  Five years ago when Nevada, Iowa, farmer Brian Sampson first heard about harvesting corn stover for ethanol, he thought it sounded akin to putting a man on Mars.
As production of …

Bill Aims to Create Tax Incentives for Renewable Chemicals
November 20, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., recently introduced legislation that aims to provide tax credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities.
The Renewable Chemicals Act …

L’Oreal’s “For Women in Science” Fellowships Recognise Advances that Could Soon Be Saving Lives
November 20, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(NationMultiMedia.com)  L’OREAL (THAILAND), backed by the Thai National Commission for Unesco, has granted fellowships to six women researchers to foster sustainable development in fields ranging from agriculture to curing cancer. In its 13 years, the …

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain
November 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third …

Pelosi to Obama: Boost U.S. Biofuels Program ahead of Paris Talks
November 20, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and three other lawmakers are pressing President Barack Obama not to back-peddle on the country’s biofuels program just days ahead of global climate change talks …

GHG Emissions Reductions Due to the RFS2
November 20, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Susan Boland and Stefan Unnasch  (Life Cycle Associates)   The RFS2 has resulted in aggregate GHG emissions reductions from the use of biofuels, which exceed the original projections from the final Rule. The RFS2 has resulted …

RFA: E85Prices.com Website, App Upgraded
November 20, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a redesigned version of its popular fuel market website E85prices.com. The revamped crowdsourcing site offers a highly-optimized user experience by integrating mobile device compatibility …

What a Weakened RFS Program Means for the State of Iowa and this Country
November 20, 2015 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Joe Hrdlicka (Biofuels Digest/Iowa Biotechnology Association)  Iowa’s investment in biofuels, driven by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has brought the state new business and job opportunities. Iowa is home to three of the …

Bio BTX Molecules Coming Your Way: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Anellotech
November 20, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up
In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms Work together on Miscanthus in Missouri
November 20, 2015 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms)  Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material.
The supply agreement will …

Call for Statement of Interest for South Africa Biofuels Technology Demonstration Programme Grant
November 19, 2015 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(South Africa Department of Science and Technology)The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective to stimulate and intensify technological innovation in …

Impact of Real-World Driving on Emissions from UK Cars and Vans
November 19, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Climate Change)  Passenger cars and vans contribute to 17% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions, and therefore have an important role to play in meeting future CO2 targets. Despite rapid falls in the …

Virginia and Maryland Awarded Nearly $5 Million in Federal Funds to Install Ethanol Pumps
November 19, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2015) that Virginia, in partnership with Maryland, was selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol …

Novozymes Slams EU’s State of the Energy Union for Shortsightedness
November 19, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the European Commission released its 1st State of the Energy Union, presented by Vice-President Šefčovič. Thomas Nagy, Executive Vice-President of Novozymes, does not agree the policy went far …

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials
November 19, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has …

Ethanol Distribution Facility Could Come to Maumelle
November 19, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Drew Petrimoulx  (ArkansasMatters.com)  Plans to build a multi-million gallon ethanol distribution facility in central Arkansas have some in the community concerned.  Two companies are proposing a joint ethanol distribution facility in Maumelle. Now it …

Biodiesel Plant Could Fuel Commercial Business
November 19, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  It started as an innovative way to inspire students, but with big business continuing to come knocking for CQUniversity’s Biodiesel Plant, it could be on track for commercial success.
That’s what Biodiesel …

Mathieu Flamini’s No Fuel
November 19, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(The Sun)  Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years.  But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he …

Financing Aviation Biofuels, Creatively: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to SkyNRG and the Fly Green Fund
November 19, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can offer CO2 emission reductions …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 — February 17-19 — Washington, DC
November 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016  —  February 17-19  —  Washington, DC

WHAT’S WORKING NOW IN THE ADVANCED BIOECONOMY?   New fuels, chemicals, and materials are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability.
But time is of the essence — for the companies, people, investors, governments and the …

Play All Our Cards on Climate, Including Biodiesel
November 19, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by former Sen. Byron Dorgan (The Hill)  … Like a smart poker player, we have to capitalize on the good cards we have.  One of those is biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from recycled cooking grease, plant …

Rubio’s Sugar Support Draws Corn, Soybean Questions
November 19, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Mackenzie Ryan (Des Moines Register)  …  After Republican rival Ted Cruz took aim at sugar subsidies during last week’s GOP debate, Iowa agriculture and biofuel leaders began questioning how Rubio’s support for that industry compares with his stance …

How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles
November 19, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Tony Antonelli (Next Gen Transportation News)  … Notably, three of the bills – H.B.4736, H.B.4738 and H.B.4614 (now P.A.174, P.A.176 and P.A.178, respectively) – directly impact the clean fuels industry.
P.A.174: Sponsored by State Rep. Michael …

EPA Calls for the 21st Presidential Green Chemistry Award Nominations — DEADLINE: December 31, 2015
November 19, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Program promotes environmental and economic benefits of using novel green technologies in chemical design, manufacture, and use  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its request for nominations for its 2016 …

Cowichan Opens Biodiesel Station with New PoS Technology
November 18, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are holding a special grand opening ceremony Nov. 19 to celebrate Vancouver Island’s first Green & Go …

Renewable Diesel Production, Planned Projects on the Rise
November 18, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. …

Ethanol Loses Its Few Friends
November 18, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Marita Noon (Breitbart)  Early in his campaign, now top-tier Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, supported ethanol—a position for which I called him out. It has long been thought, that to win in Iowa, a candidate …

Propel Fuels Reports Strong Consumer Adoption of Renewable Diesel as Retail Sales Rise 300 Percent in Southern California
November 18, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/PR Newswire)  Drivers Choose Superior Performance, Better Value and Cleaner Emissions of Diesel HPR  —  Propel Fuels launched Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) across Southern California in August 2015, and consumer adoption of the fuel …

Research and Markets: Analysing the Biofuel Industry in the United States 2015
November 18, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Biofuel Industry in the United States – 2015” report to their offering.
The report helps assess the feasibility of production of biofuels and the potential …

Research and Markets: Understanding Biofuels 2015 – Basics of Biofuels, the Different Types of Biofuels Available, the Various Uses, Advantages, and Disadvantages of Biofuel
November 18, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Understanding Biofuels” report to their offering.
This research brings an in-depth coverage for this industry in its latest research report – Understanding Biofuels. The report …

Research Facility Network Catalyses Europe’s Biomass Potential
November 18, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(CORDIS/Phys.Org)  Completed in September 2015, the four-year BRISK project brought together 26 partners from across Europe – various academic and research institutions – to establish a highly visible network of demonstration rigs.
‘Many SMEs and students …

Low Carbon Corporate Initiative Could Halt 65% of Climate Problem
November 18, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Business)  Corporations obviously has a big role to play in tackling climate change – so big, in fact, that the collective actions of just 140 companies could get the world 65% of the way toward constraining …

Cellulosic Ethanol Has Finally Arrived
November 18, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by WIlliam Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  … Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.  On the day before Halloween, the DuPont Chemical Company opened what it claimed to be the world’s …

SD, VA Projects Receive USDA Value-Added Grant Funding
November 18, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Five bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The …

Renewable Fuel Proponents Speaking up as EPA Decision Draws Near
November 18, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligation and adhere to the statute …

RFS in the Limelight
November 18, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  Bob Dinneen presents his annual in and out list…    In January, the EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data showing that ethanol producers met 2014 …

Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?
November 18, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Pariettin(MSN.com)  … Many factors determine the price of food in the U.S. If the introduction of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) had as significant an impact on food prices as certain outlets have suggested, …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

2015 BCN – AI Bio Conference — November 22-25 — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
November 18, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment
2015 BCN – AI Bio Conference  —  November 22-25  —  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Researchers, biotech companies and policymakers will gather in Edmonton on Nov. 22-25, 2015, for “Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change,” a major conference aimed at advancing the bioeconomy. This is the first international …

Renmatix to Develop Its First Commercial Biorefinery Next Year
November 18, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg Business)  Renmatix Inc., a U.S. maker of technology for cellulosic biomaterials, will develop its first commercial biorefinery next year.
The refinery will be commissioned by one of the company’s undisclosed partners and will …

The Washington Auto Show® — January 22-31, 2016 — Washington, DC
November 18, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
The Washington Auto Show® —  January 22-31, 2016  —  Washington, DC

The central address where automotive industry meets public policy, The Washington Auto Show® routinely draws national leaders to its Public Policy Preview events, with keynotes by CEOs of automakers and U.S. Cabinet officials to address …

India Needs Innovative Ideas to Make Bio-Diesel: Railway Minister
November 18, 2015 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  India needs to emanate innovative ideas to manufacture bio-diesel by efficiently utilising waste resources, besides judiciously using water and other crucial resources, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Tuesday.
“We need to find …

Roadside Gumweed in Nevada Could Be Used as Jet Fuel for the Military
November 18, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Whip Villarreal (University of Nevada, Reno)  College of Ag, Biotech and Natural Resources leads research project at University of Nevada, Reno  —  Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of …

EPA Issues Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.33
November 18, 2015 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation for 2016 as laid out by EPA must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that …

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes
November 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/BCC Research)  This BCC Research report explores present and future strategies within the biofuel enzymes market, which includes amylase, cellulose, xylanase, lipase and other enzymes such as protease, lysomax, FermaSure, etc. Forecasts provided through …

Large Glycerin Refinery about to Open
November 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ new glycerin refinery in Claypool, Indiana, will soon be operational. The company says the new 80-million-pound-per-year plant will be the second-largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade Kosher …

Simple Fuel, Simple Engine, Simple Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
November 18, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

C3E Women in Clean Energy Awards Nominations Open for $8,000 in 8 Categories DEADLINE: January 8, 2016
November 18, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards recognize rising women working to advance clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition. Winners …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy — April 5-7, 2016 — Sophia, Bulgaria
November 17, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  —  April 5-7, 2016  —  Sophia, Bulgaria

The EE & RE Exhibition 2015 has put on display a great set of existing energy technologies as it was a starting point for the launch of innovative products. Its aim was to stimulate the …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 12th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — May 30-June 1, 2016 — Ghent, Belgium DEADLINE: January 15, 2016
November 17, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  12th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — May 30-June 1, 2016 — Ghent, Belgium   DEADLINE: January 15, 2016

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from Monday May 30 until Wednesday June 1, 2016.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

12th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — May 30-June 1, 2016 — Ghent, Belgium
November 17, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment
12th International Conference on  Renewable Resources & Biorefineries   —  May 30-June 1, 2016  — Ghent, Belgium

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from Monday May 30 until Wednesday June 1, 2016.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

Biodiesel Leaders Press Congress on Reformed Tax Credit
November 17, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Critical Incentive Has Remained Expired All Year  —  Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the country will press lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic …

What a Difference a Year Makes for European Ethanol
November 17, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Knight (Platts The Barrel)  The European ethanol community gathered in Budapest over the first week of November to look at the current challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol, and wider biofuels, markets. As the …

Hardwood Biofuels Researched Using Poplar Trees
November 17, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Farrell (The Daily Evergreen)  …  A regional consortium for sustainable biofuels is teaming up with multiple companies and universities like Washington State to convert poplar trees into ethanol.   Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) …

Ethanol Industry Making Profits Despite Lower Price of Fuel
November 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/McClatchy-Tribune/Star Tribune)  Low prices at the gas pump have put a persistent squeeze on Midwest ethanol producers, but most are staying profitable.
Of eight Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers tracked by the Star Tribune, all but one made …

EPA’s Final RVO Rule and the Myth of Falling Gasoline Demand
November 17, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  One of the oil industry’s favorite talking points in its campaign to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the argument that “gasoline demand is falling,” and thus refiners …

What Facts Are Really Facts?
November 17, 2015 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Matt Reese (Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  The heated debate over the RFS really ramped up in recent weeks with dueling ad campaigns in Ohio and Washington, D.C. highlighting very different sets of facts pertaining …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

Portland, Oregon Rejects Fossil Fuels in Landmark Resolution
November 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  Yesterday, NY State took a stand against fossil fuels by rejecting a LNG plant, and now Portland, Oregon issued a landmark resolution that prevents new fossil infrastructure.
The city council’s unanimous resolution – the toughest fossil fuel export policy in the US …

New Research Shows Electric Cars 50 Percent Cleaner Compared to Gasoline Over Their Lifetime
November 17, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Do battery electric vehicles really reduce global warming emissions compared to gasoline cars? The answer is a clear yes, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Over their …

It’s Easy to Buy “Green Power.” Making a Difference Is a Little Harder.
November 17, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by  David Roberts  (VOX)  … In certain specialized markets, RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) can be expensive and have substantial direct impact on the decisions of renewable energy investors. But most RECs sold in the voluntary market …

Federal Ethanol Mandate Imposes $42 Billion Fuel Tax on California
November 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer and other national political figures have sold out California’s economy by supporting the federal government’s corn ethanol mandate. The mandate has already imposed $13.1 billion in …

RFS Crucial to Clean Energy Future
November 17, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With rapidly growing energy demands, our nation and others must invest in homegrown biofuels that are cleaner, cheaper and offer a more reliable supply than fossil fuels, writes …

Study Shows Potential for Growth in Biofuels from Corn Stover
November 17, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jessica Eise (Phys.Org)  Making biofuel from corn crop residue could become economically viable for farmers with government support and, therefore, lead to a major shift in crop rotation practices favoring more continuous corn plantings, Purdue …