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TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan
June 30, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA’s plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation that significantly amends many of the provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amended TSCA has been identified as Public Law Number (Pub. L. No.) 114-182, and copies are expected to be available from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) next week. EPA notes that the new law imposes new responsibilities on EPA, while providing “comparatively short” deadlines to implement them. EPA “takes these responsibilities and deadlines seriously,” and intends for the Implementation Plan to be a roadmap of the major activities on which EPA will focus during the initial year of implementation. EPA organizes the Implementation Plan by the statutory timeframes during which the activities must be completed, rather than by what is of importance to EPA. EPA states that the Implementation Plan is a living document, and EPA will further develop it over time. EPA cautions that the Implementation Plan “is NOT intended to be a comprehensive listing of all requirements in the new law.”

EPA’s Implementation Plan is reproduced below:

SUMMARY OF IMPLEMENTATION PLAN ACTIONS

The Implementation Plan lists the following actions:

COMMENTARY

We are pleased that EPA is making strong early efforts to communicate and engage with stakeholders about its early implementation of the new TSCA and its thinking regarding specific provisions. Completing the items listed in the Implementation Plan represents a prodigious amount of work for EPA over the coming months and years. Stakeholders will need to be prepared to respond thoughtfully to rules, lists, and process descriptions as they appear in the Federal Register, or as they are posted.

We do have comments on a few of the items noted by EPA in its plan. One concerns the EPA statement regarding new chemicals which claims, “as a legal matter, [that] the new law effectively resets the 90-day review period.” We presume this EPA statement applies only to new chemical cases which have not reached day 90 (this includes notices still within the initial period or those that that have been voluntarily suspended). While we do not have the benefit of seeing EPA’s legal analysis, we disagree with EPA’s legal view that, based on the text of the act, the review clock resets (effectively or otherwise) for such cases, presumably with day one being the date of enactment of the law. Companies whose notifications are caught up in this EPA decision need to think carefully about their options, and take any needed steps to protect their legal rights.   READ MORE



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2016 Energy Efficiency Forum
June 30, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The U.S. Energy Association and Johnson Controls sponsored a conference on strategies and data analysis of energy efficiency which took place on Thursday, June 23 at National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The event focused on how improving efficiency in buildings, district energy systems and infrastructure also provides multiple social, economic and environmental benefits to communities and businesses. Johnson Controls collected data internationally and summarized it in different categories.

The Johnson Control Indicator Survey 2016 indicated that almost two thirds of US organizations have a carbon reduction goal; that Brazil is at an all-time high level of interest in energy efficiency; and that India and China will invest the most in energy efficiency in 2017.  However, India and China lack  the technical expertise to evaluate or execute projects and the US lacks funding to pay for improvements.  In India and Brazil over half of the organizations plan to have resilient facilities that can operate off the grid in the next 10 years.  READ MORE



TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan
June 30, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA’s plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st …

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change
June 30, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The UN Foundation, PCI, USAID and Tetra Tech sponsored a afternoon of stories and solutions from the sponsors’ Women and Climate Change project which took place on June 23 …

KPMG Sees Potential for Biomass-Based Ethanol in Southeast Asia
June 30, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Toh Wei Zheng (Platts)  Southeast Asia could see a significant boost to its ethanol supply by using biomass as an alternative feedstock, an industry veteran said during the annual Wiz Ethanol and Biofuels Conference …

CEO of Former Michigan Biofuels Company Charged with $2 Million Tax Scheme
June 30, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Monacelli (Michigan Live)  The chief executive of a former Southwest Michigan biofuels company has been indicted in what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to defraud the government out of $2 million in …

Prices of U.S. Biofuels Credits Jump on Supply Worries
June 30, 2016 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Jessica Resnick-Ault (Reuters)  Prices of U.S. biofuels compliance credits jumped in early trade on Wednesday as worries mounted over potential supplies after Goldman Sachs Group signaled potential tightness next year on …

The Gas-to-Isobutanol Gambit: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Intrexon
June 30, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such as …

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?
June 30, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators …

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Benefiting Biofuels
June 30, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 24, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed S.B. 657. The new law will promote the installation of blender pumps within the state by ensuring that the liability insurance …

LaHood: Stick with Final 54.5 mpg Standards
June 30, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is optimistic that auto manufacturers can meet the Obama administration’s goal of lifting the nation’s fuel economy standard to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
“I …

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax or America’s ‘One Big Pothole’
June 30, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Lawmakers must raise the gas tax and index it to inflation, or “America’s going to continue to be one big pothole,” former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today, using one …

FEW 16: Ethanol Plants Seek to Diversify to Boost Growth
June 30, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  US ethanol plant owners are seeking to diversify their operations to boost growth, according to Novozyme’s global marketing manager Jack Rogers.
Speaking to Biofuels International at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) …

Statement of the Diesel Technology Forum Regarding the Mitigation Aspects of the Volkswagen Settlement Announcement
June 30, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following statement today regarding the announcements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, private plaintiffs and 44 …

Volkswagen Showcases Algae Biogas-Powered Vehicles at Green Project in Spain
June 29, 2016 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  German carmaker Volkswagen has showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain.
The presentation of the test vehicle was unveiled at a biogas …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Preview
June 29, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Alison Goss Eng, of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, Tim Theiss, Laboratory Relationship Manager of the Bioenergy Technologies Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Tim Rials, Director …

Amyris Busts a Move: Major Deals with Givaudan, Ginkgo
June 29, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … First, Amyris announced a collaboration with Givaudan (SIX:GIVN), a leading global flavors and fragrances company. The two companies have been engaged in the research and development of proprietary fragrance ingredients …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.
Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

Nobina AB: Nobina to Take Delivery of 179 New Buses Worth around SEK 450 Million
June 29, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Nobina AB/Business Wire)  During the summer, Nobina will take delivery of 179 new buses; this is a consequence of the traffic contracts that are starting in 2016. The buses, worth approximately SEK 450 million, will …

Thorntons Gas Stations Introducing New Ethanol Fuel
June 29, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Mike Nolan (Chicago Tribune)  … Thorntons has begun equipping some of its Chicago-area stations to dispense E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, and is converting other local stations to carry the product.
One knock against E85 …

The Guatemalan Project That Turns Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
June 28, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Fredy Hernandez (soy502.com (Google translation))  … However, an innovative project seeks to eliminate the waste that not only pollute the water of the city, but can also be reused, making fuel. This is the Reciclaceite, the …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

On Brink of Closure, Bihar Distillery Shifts to Ethanol
June 28, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Press Trust of India/Business Standard)  A well-known distillery in Bihar, facing closure following complete ban on liquor in the state, has shifted to production of ethanol which would be supplied to major oil companies.
Sati Organics …

Verbal Deal on Sawmill, Biofuel Plant ‘Kick in the Arse’ for Botwood Economy
June 28, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  A verbal agreement has been reached between the Town of Botwood and an unnamed partner, or partners, to bring major industry back to the shipping town.
Botwood Mayor Scott Sceviour confirmed the …

Kosher Distillers Corn Oil Opens Market Prospects for Glycerin
June 28, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  With nearly a fifth of the U.S. biodiesel feedstock market share today, distillers corn oil (DCO) derived from the ethanol production process is contributing more glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel …

The Top 20 Ways to Capture and Make Use of Carbon
June 28, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It was back in 2010 that the first large-scale set of projects were funded to to test innovative concepts for the beneficial use of carbon dioxide, part of a Recovery …

Volkswagen’s Diesel Settlement Will Fund Range of Clean Air Efforts
June 28, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Joel Schectman (Reuters)  German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay more than $15.3 billion to settle charges that it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests, an agreement that will fund buybacks for …

Study Finds Biodiesel Industry Supports Nearly 48,000 Jobs
June 28, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders are converging on Capitol Hill Tuesday to call for strong clean-fuels policy as a new study found that the industry is supporting nearly 48,000 jobs nationwide.
The study, …

US Biofuels Supporters Push Back against MOVES Model
June 27, 2016 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts) … “We should have included T70 as a metric in the model, it entirely changes the perception of the model,” said Shon Van Hulzen, director of quality control at US ethanol producer …

RFS Hearing Finds New Issues to Dig into
June 27, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  … When it comes to land use, Colin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, testified that a University of Wisconsin study had shown that 7.3 million acres of land had …

Big Soy Crop No Help for U.S. Biofuel Makers Overrun by Imports
June 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biodiesel plants idled as shipments from Asia, Argentina jump; Foreign supplies cheaper or cleaner than fuel from Midwest soy  —  Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the …

Proposed Bill Expands Tax Credit to Biogas-Based RNG
June 27, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A bill (H.R. 5489) recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for …

House Hearing Focuses on RFS Implementation
June 27, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, …

BBI Announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship Recipients
June 27, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes.
The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may …

South Dakota Ethanol Industry Calls for Larger Ethanol Market
June 27, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Selena Yakabe  (The Dickinson Press)   South Dakota’s $3.8 billion ethanol industry is facing a “glass ceiling,” according to officials. … Hunter Roberts, the South Dakota representative for the Governor’s Biofuel Coalition, said this (Renewable Volume …

Letter: Don’t Believe Scare Tactics against Vehicular Use of Ethanol
June 27, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Miller (TC Palm) … The oil industry doesn’t want ethanol to go away, but it doesn’t want to give up any more market. It needs the low-cost oxygenate as refineries have been retooled to run …

California’s Climate Change Agency Just Approved a $500 Million Plan — But There’s No Money for It
June 27, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Liam Dillon (Los Angeles Times)  … Money to fund these efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions comes from the state’s cap-and-trade program, which requires businesses such as oil refineries and manufacturers to buy permits based on how …

NRDC Releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard
June 27, 2016 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year.
According …

Sanders’s Next Challenge: Where Will He Take His Revolution?
June 27, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

byDavid Weigel and John Wagner (The Washington Post)  … Sanders’s role is under discussion, but he has said a more immediate priority is trying to find common ground on the issues he championed during the primaries.
“It’s …

Consumer Perception, High Octane Keys to #Ethanol’s Future
June 27, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senior Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper participated in the panel discussion “Pathways to Fully Realizing the Bold Promise of the Broader Biofuels Industry,” during this year’s …

European Parliament Calls for Improved Policies for High GHG Saving Biofuels Post-2020
June 27, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative a report on the European Commission’s 2015 Renewable Energy Progress report. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) welcomes the Parliament’s call on the Commission to ensure the full implementation of …

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a Fuel
June 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Dimethyl ether has several fuel properties that make it attractive for use in diesel engines. It has a very high cetane number, which is a measure of the fuel’s ignitibility in …

Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
June 27, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DME : it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel.  READ MORE

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.
San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Dozens of Senators Push EPA for Higher Ethanol Mandate
June 27, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A bipartisan group of senators on Friday chided federal regulators for pulling back on the federal ethanol mandate.
In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the 39 …

USGC Discusses Work To Build Ethanol Markets At 2016 Fuel Ethanol Workshop And Expo
June 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Manager of Ethanol Export Promotion Programs Ashley Kongs presented the roadmap for building global ethanol export demand developed by the organization and its domestic partners, including the Renewable …

#FEW16 Panel Focuses on Unlocking Marketplace Access
June 24, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A conversation took place during the FEW Ethanol Workshop this week that focused on how to get greater market access for ethanol blended fuels. The panel, “Exploring Strategies to Unlock Greater …

Jack Rogers @Novozymes Discusses #Ethanol Markets
June 24, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Just what are the current market conditions affecting the ethanol industry today? To answer this question, Chuck Zimmerman needed to go no further than the Novozymes booth during this year’s Fuel …

Environment-Obsessed Berlin Divests Fossil Fuels
June 24, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris White (The Daily Caller)  Berlin’s parliament voted Thursday to divest its $852.8 million public pension from oil and gas companies. The decision to purge fossil fuel assets makes Berlin the second capital to divest …

ARENA Backs Australia’s 1st Biorefinery Lab
June 24, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Militsa Mancheva  (See News Renewables)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) said Thursday it will help finance Southern Oil Refining Pty Ltd’s (SOR) biocrude and biofuel test laboratory in the state of Queensland.
ARENA is contributing …

MOU Signed to Use B20 Biodiesel in Heavy Trucks
June 24, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Thai Visa)  The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangchak Petroleum Plc and three transportation and logistics operators to use B20 biodiesel in their vehicles.
According to Energy …

Postdoc’s Biofuels Startup Offers New Source of Clean Renewable Energy
June 24, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Guiltenane (University of Calcary UT Today)  Christine Sharp and Marc Strous’ Solar Biocells uses microorganisms in capture and conversion of carbon dioxide  —  Sharp and Strous co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new …

Glycerin from Biodiesel Advantage for Industrial Use
June 24, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Universidad National de Colombia (Google Translation))  solventogénicos microorganisms, whose main characteristic is that they grow in oxygen-free conditions, transform glycerine 1.3 propanediol, a molecule used, for example, to create textile fibers, the color and provide …

Sevilla Buses Tested in 2017 a New Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil
June 24, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Geregras (Google translation))  The ecological fuel obtained from recycling used cooking oils is becoming a reality thanks Life Bioseville an EU – funded project that will be tested in the fleet of city buses in …

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
June 24, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister …

Alur Completed a Major Export of Biodiesel to Holland
June 24, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(La Hoja Dario (Google translation))  ALUR completed a new Biodiesel export to Holland. This time around 140,000 liters were sent with a competitive price internationally.
Since late 2015 specifying exports come to this country, a product …

Euro 2016 Gets Biofuel Floodlights, Thanks to Joint Effort from Greentech Biofuels, Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro
June 24, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(GreenTechBiofuels)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare Ireland specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the …

Final Preparations for the World’s First Electric Road Project
June 24, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  Outside Gävle in central Sweden, the last preparations are being made at the test strip for an electrically powered truck from Scania operating under real traffic conditions. “It’s amazingly quiet,” says test driver Therése …

Climate Opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Through The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into …

Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies Land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced that Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies and Princeton Professor Paul Chirik are winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards.
Though less well-known than …

One Way to Tackle Our Huge Plastic Pollution Problem: Turn It into Fuel
June 23, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  …  But both strategies tend to produce a mixture of products at the end with different chemical formulas, and it’s hard to control for a specific desired end result, …

Knock on Wood: Why Trade and Brand Will Trump Tech in the Advanced Bioeconomy
June 23, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So if the advanced bioeconomy is so prevalent and so pervasive, why do we hear so much about the struggles of projects to be built? Why is it so much …

Renewable Diesel Proves Viable for Construction Trucks and Equipment
June 23, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Gas & Electricity)  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.

However, there are limitations when compared …

Clean Energy: Steam Reformation Technology
June 23, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Zoltan Kish (Lee Enterprises/Biofuels Digest)  … The primary challenge of clean energy production is the heterogeneous nature of waste and biomass, which creates a widely varying chemical constituency of the energy products generated from these processes. …

The Terpene Fuel Machine: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Terpenes
June 23, 2016 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Much has been written about terpenes in the area of flavors and fragrances. But they have astonishing properties for super high-density jet fuels in the 130,000-140,000 BTU range. Think valencene, …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!)
June 23, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  Most discussions about biofuels center on ethanol, but biodiesel—a diesel-substitute made from vegetable oils and animal fats—is increasingly important as well. But where does biodiesel come from, and what …

Crop Insurance Gives Farmers More Planting Flexibility
June 23, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Insurance Changes Expand Farm Safety Net for Double Cropping  —  Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse today announced that the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. …

A Disappearing Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee
June 23, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/BiofuelNet Canada)  If we are serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Greenhouse Gases (GHG), then we need serious action. First, include the price of Greenhouse Gas effects in the …

Banana Power: Researchers Explore Use of Banana Waste to Boost Bioenergy in Ecuador
June 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Researchers from the Agro-Energy Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have used geographic information systems to assess the potential use of the residual biomass of bananas produced in the province of El Oro, based in the …

Time-Dependent Global Warming Impact of Tree Stump Bioenergy in Sweden
June 22, 2016 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

Carina A. Ortiz, , Torun Hammar, , Serina Ahlgren, , Per-Anders Hansson, , Johan Stendahl (Forest Ecology and Management/Science Direct)  Stump bioenergy was assessed using LCA and forest ecosystem modelling; Stump bioenergy gave a climate benefit …

Komenda Sugar Factory Will Create 7,000 Jobs – Mahama Resurrects Nkrumah’s Dream
June 22, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(MyJoyOnline)  President John Mahama has inaugurated the revamped Komenda sugar factory in the Central region, predicting that the manufacturing plant will create over 7,000 direct and indirect jobs.
At a colorful ceremony on the site of …

Tompkins Recycling Center Will Now Recycle Fat, Oil, Grease Waste into Biofuel
June 22, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Ithaca Voice)  The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division is pleased to announce the opening of a new collection station at the Recycling & Solid Waste Center for fats, oils and grease (FOG) left over from …

Getting It Right: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
June 22, 2016 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

Big Data, Robotics and Synth Bio: Driving “The New Agriculture”
June 22, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If you haven’t been to an LP meeting before, they are generally intimate gatherings of venture capitalists, their underlying investors (the Limited Partners), portfolio company CEOs, and some thought leaders …

Industry CEO Asks Senate to Extend Tax Credits for Biogas
June 22, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive)  Steve Miller, CEO of Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems, testified in favor of more tax credits for biogas at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.  Miller advised a five-year energy …

Solutions from the Land’s ‘Farmer-First’ Climate Smart Agriculture Principle
June 22, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The award of a $500,000 grant from the prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Solutions from the Land (SfL) this week (week of June 1, 2016) underscores the priority and responsibility that SfL …

A Smart Tax: Pricing Oil for a Safe Climate
June 22, 2016 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Gordon, Jessica Tuchman Mathews (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)  Because of the growing chemical and geological diversity of the new oils, the lack of alternative liquid fuels for transportation, and the size and …

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
June 22, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S. live within a half-mile of an oil and gas facility—and its pollution.  —  Environmentalists have …

‘Fleet Footprint’ Event Hosted by Amerigreen Energy This Spring
June 22, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Amerigreen Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Amerigreen Energy, in conjunction with Clean Cities of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, hosted “The Fleet Footprint Event: Emissions Requirements and the New Energy Landscape,” in Morristown, New Jersey, this spring. The event presented an honest …

A Q&A with Biodiesel Beauty Queen Sydney Jaeger, Miss Dodge City
June 22, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  So it comes as little surprise that Sydney (Jaeger) has developed a love for biodiesel, and lists operating heavy equipment on the family farm and working in the biodiesel plant …

BIO Latin America — October 26-28, 2016 — Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 22, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
BIO Latin America  —   October 26-28, 2016   —   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Building on the success of the BIO International Convention and BioPartnering Latin America™, BIO and Biominas have launched BIO Latin America, the industry’s must-attend conference for innovation and collaboration in Latin America’s rapidly-growing biotechnology sector. …

Cover Crop Work Continues as Part of Biomass Research for Cellulosic Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(POET)   POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Growth Energy CEO: Ethanol Industry Should Share Its Good News
June 22, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s up to everyone in the ethanol industry to herald the many environmental, social and health benefits of the product they produce, said Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO.
Every …

FEW Recognizes Abbas, Buis for Contributions to Fuel Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Tom Buis and Charles Abbas were honored at the 32nd annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Buis, co-chair and past CEO of Growth Energy, received the …

Higher Ethanol Use ‘Crucial’ for Grain Price Sustainability: POET CEO
June 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Increasing the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline, both in the US and across the globe is “crucial” to supporting global grain prices, POET CEO Jeff Broin said Tuesday.

The worst case …

Letters to Editor: Clearing the Air on Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Richmond Times-Dispatch)  … Joe Geiger’s recent Business Principles 101 column on business fads contained a number of fundamental inaccuracies related to the U.S. ethanol industry. As the saying goes, people are entitled …

EPA Pushing Outdated, Costly Ethanol Fuel
June 22, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Rowden  (Missouri Petroleum Council/Kansas City Star)  …  It’s good to be the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer. But an obsolete law passed before the U.S. energy resurgence could interfere.

The problem could be …

@EthanolRFA: API Pushing the Same Push Poll
June 22, 2016 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute (API) unveiled new anti-ethanol results from its May Harris Poll. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), said of the poll, “API, …

Congressmen Seek E15 Reprieve from EPA Following National Marine Manufacturers Association Lobbying
June 22, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, following a lobbying push by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 45 congressmen have sent a letter to the EPA administrator voicing concerns about the 2016 blending mandate under …

‘Zim Sitting on 130 Tonnes of Jatropha Seed‘
June 22, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Xolisani Ncube (NewsDay)  Zimbabwe has stockpiled over 130 tonnes of jatropha seeds for biodiesel production, but cannot commercialise the product due to lack of funding to blend the fuel for public consumption, Parliament was …

RFS Policy Instability Continues to Chill Investment in Advanced Biofuels, BIO Says
June 22, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  EPA’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis released today. Investment patterns clearly demonstrate …

Memphis Firm Aims to Replace Oil in Plastic
June 22, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Risher (The Commercial Appeal)  A 75-year-old Memphis chemical plant may advance the environmentally friendly cause of non-food plant waste replacing a petroleum-based key ingredient in plastics, antifreeze and de-icer.
Pennakem LLC, which originated as …

De-risking the Supply Chain: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ag
June 22, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from …

Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference
June 22, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The eyes of the world might well be on tiny Prince George, British Columbia these days — because that is the proposed site of Canfor’s commercial-scale biofuels and chemicals project. …

NBB to Congress: Biodiesel Is Advanced Biofuel Success Story
June 22, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel is delivering the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard and is poised for continued growth with strong policy, National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne …

No One’s Buying Mike Baird’s Ethanol Folly
June 21, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Joe Aston (Financial Review)  This is so out of character for the country’s best and truest politician, but NSW Premier Mike Baird is apparently blind to one simple fact: his government’s insistence on broadening the state’s …

Could the Hydrogen Economy Run on Ethanol?
June 21, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles (The Energy Collective)  Plans for a fuel cell car running on ethanol look like a clever way to circumvent the obstacles faced by other fuel cell vehicles.  However, it is not clear that …

Can We Finally Make Gasoline out of Corncobs?
June 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  … Running cars and planes on corncobs would, at its best, produce 90 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline.
Until now, though, it’s only been an idea. We’ve been able to make cellulosic ethanol …

LePage Orders Study of Health Effects of Ethanol Emissions
June 21, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Portland Press Herald)  The governor tells the DEP and CDC to cooperate on a study of the health impacts of the gasoline additive.  —  Gov. Paul R. LePage has issued an executive order for state …

Transportation Is No. 1 Source of Carbon Emissions. What Can Corporate Fleets Do?
June 21, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle  (Environmental Leader)  … (O)il remains the leading source of fuel for cars, trucks and planes and its responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions from transportation.
Companies are increasingly installing solar panels and …

NFU Urges Military Biofuels Exemption to Be Removed from Defense Spending Bill
June 21, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)  Repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers meet today to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act …

North Carolina House Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Research Study
June 21, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(WXII)  North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a proposal to authorize the cultivation of industrial hemp with the goal of allowing researchers to begin planting next spring.
The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill Thursday allowing for …

Ethanol Transloading Slated to Begin This Month
June 21, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Courtney Vaughn  (South County Spotlight)  Global Partners LP, the fuel company that operates Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward, may soon begin transloading ethanol.
The company announced in January it was halting its crude oil …

Brazil Sets up Working Group to Study Higher Biodiesel Blends
June 21, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has created a working group to study and monitor opportunities to expand the biodiesel blending mandate, currently at 7%. The announcement was …

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector
June 21, 2016 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”. … Just deploying BEVs does not guarantee they will be clean. The Dutch effort to push …

Ester for Your Investor Is a Brew that Is True: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenyug
June 21, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. The partners have not confirmed scale …

Sweet Smell of Success: Greenyug, ADM Taking Biobased Chemicals to Scale
June 21, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In California, Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. Greenyug has …

Chicken Litter to Power a Biogas and Fertiliser Plant in Northern Ireland
June 21, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Ireland-based renewable energy developer Stream BioEnergy has commenced construction in Northern Ireland on a new biogas plant that will process large volumes of chicken litter.
The plant, to be located just outside the town …

BIC and Vanguard Initiative Sign Bioeconomy MoU
June 21, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Bio-based Industries Consortium)  Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy.
The collaboration will support improved …

CE&P’s Sugarcane-to-Ethanol Plant Moves Forward
June 20, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (AgWired.com)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE&P) proposed sugarcane-to-ethanol plant project is moving forward. To be located in Imperial Valley, California, CE&P has awarded the project management, engineering and construction contract to …

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which farmers can make money without releasing nitrate to the river and help power America while …

A Gift to the Next Generation
June 20, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Soules (The Courier)  …  The RFS is one law nearly every farmer knows. It requires oil companies to offer consumers clean, renewable choices at the gasoline pump, including blends of homegrown ethanol produced …

Persuading Governments to Adopt Global Carbon Scheme Would Be One of IATA’s Greatest Achievements, Says Walsh
June 20, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  he new Chairman of IATA’s Board of Directors and CEO of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh, told the media at the conclusion of last week’s AGM in Dublin that he was of “the …

Sufficient Supply of High Quality Carbon Credits and Sustainable Fuels to Meet Aviation CO2 Goals, Finds Study
June 20, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A study commissioned by WWF finds airlines could meet most of their carbon-neutral growth (CNG) requirements during the 2020-2035 period even if they focus on buying carbon credits for which there is both …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 20, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)  After weathering a winter of big stocks and low oil prices, the U.S. biofuels industry is looking forward to a strong year, thanks to growth in domestic gasoline demand …

It’s #Enogen4Energy at Iowa Speedway
June 20, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  Iowa Speedway was the place for corn growers this weekend as Enogen presented the American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR XFINITY race. Kicking things off was a press conference with representatives from Syngenta, …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

ePURE Launches Policy Roadmap for Decarbonizing Transport to 2030
June 20, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, ePURE launched its Policy Roadmap for decarbonizing transport to 2030. Ahead of the European Commission’s publication of a Communication to decarbonize transport post- 2020, epure said that …

ICM Has Short List for Its Gen 1.5 Cellulosic Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, ICM said it is is currently in discussion with a short list of those interested in being selected as an early adopter of its Gen 1.5 technology, and …

Secretary of the Navy Visits USS Mason for Biofuel RAS
June 20, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Janweb B. Lagazo (US Navy, USS Mason)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Chief of the Italian Navy Adm. Guiseppe …

Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons
June 20, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem/Biofuels Digest)  A Billion Ton Bioeconomy. For those of us who have worked in this space for the last decade, the US government’s aspiration to grow the sector to such …

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools
June 20, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock.
The library provides tools to store, record, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help …

Crossing the Chasm to Scale: S2G Goes Commercial with Bioglycols
June 20, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They call it the Valley of Death, but it’s a complete misnomer. It’s the “nearly impassible Khumbu Icefalls” of Death — filled with chasms, crevasses and painful progress towards the …

The Annual Battle for Renewables
June 17, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill)  … It’s worth recalling why a bipartisan coalition of policymakers, including President George W. Bush, worked together in 2007 to expand the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil companies to …

Gevo Turns to Marine, Off-Road Markets With Latest Biofuel Deal
June 17, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Carleton English (The Street)  The Colorado biofuels company announced a partnership with Musket Corp. a week after a similar collaboration with Alaska Air.  —  … The Colorado-based biofuels company announced that it partnered with Musket …

Letter: Ethanol: Dream big
June 17, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (Argus Leader)  … Let’s revive S.D.’s leadership for big vision, good business policies by putting state-owned non-flex fuel vehicles on E30 and utilize remaining pipeline tax revenues assuring all S.D. auto owners’ access …

Local Officials Meet with Grassley in Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  … During the trip, Culhane (Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the Ames Economic Development Commission) and the other members of the delegation had a …

Why Airbus Wants Slime from Green Algae to Fuel Its Planes
June 17, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Ben Rosen (Christian Science Monitor)  Algae grows faster and produces higher energy yields than other plants, but is much more expensive to turn into fuel than traditional petroleum byproducts.   —  …   Airbus researchers …

Coupling Efficient Vehicles with Renewable Energy
June 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Brigitte Buchmann, Christian Bach (Phys.Org)   Newly registered private cars must meet certain defined CO2 emission standards, and these are expected to be made more stringent in the forthcoming revision of the national regulations, in …

U.S. Navy ‘Green Fleet’ Fills up with Italian-Made Biofuel
June 17, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Steve Scherer (Reuters)  A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s program to use more alternative energy.
The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, …

US Economy Growing Steadily but Key Reforms Meeded
June 17, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)   The US economy is making one of the strongest comebacks in the OECD, but there are risks on the horizon, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of the …

Technology Quarterly: The Future of Agriculture
June 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Carr (The Economist)  If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like manufacturing, says Geoffrey Carr. Fortunately, that is already beginning to happen  —  Tom Rogers is an …

Helping Tell Ethanol’s Real Story
June 17, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM, Inc./Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the world of ethanol, we need to get people smarter and “coach up” the public, media and policymakers as to the real story about our …

Controversy as B10 Biodiesel Goes on Sale in Malaysia – MAA Says May Cause Engine Damage, MBA Says No
June 17, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Mohan K Ramanujam  (paultan.org)  … In response to the implementation of B10 biodiesel for the transportation sector, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) sent a letter to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), claiming …

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants
June 17, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(University of Arkansas)   A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of …

Hot Prospects for Chemicals from Biomass
June 17, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec and Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A major theme of 21st Century industrial development will be replacement of fossil resources by renewable resources in the production of fuels and chemicals.  Due to …

Cloud Biology: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Benson Hill Biosystems
June 17, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month. Benson Hill Biosystems launched CropOS, a cognitive engine using cloud biology to empower a new era of plant genomics innovation. CropOS uses powerful data analytics and biological knowledge to identify …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.
#15 Vertimass  and Byogy
#14 …

Biogas West Coast 2016 — October 10-11, 2016 — San Diego, CA
June 16, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
Biogas West Coast 2016  —   October 10-11, 2016   —   San Diego, CA

The time is now to act, participate and secure your business in the growth of U.S biogas to RNG (Renwable Natural Gas) markets.  Join 400+ senior anaerobic digestion & RNG executives and 25+ exhibitors at …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Symposium on Green Chemistry — May 16-19, 2017 — La Rochelle, France — DEADLINE: October 15, 2016
June 16, 2016 – 5:38 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  International Symposium on Green Chemistry — May 16-19, 2017 — La Rochelle, France   —   DEADLINE:  October 15, 2016

The main objective of ISGC-2017 is to gather the most eminent scientists involved in the field of green chemistry to debate on the future challenges of Chemistry keeping in mind the problems of access to …

International Symposium on Green Chemistry — May 16-19, 2017 — La Rochelle, France
June 16, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
International Symposium on Green Chemistry   —   May 16-19, 2017   —   La Rochelle, France

The main objective of ISGC-2017 is to gather the most eminent scientists involved in the field of green chemistry to debate on the future challenges of Chemistry keeping in mind the problems of access to …

8th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum — September 29-30, 2016 — Chicago, IL
June 16, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment
8th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum   —   September 29-30, 2016   —   Chicago, IL

It’s a crucial time. Recent EPA proposals to increase renewable fuel levels are forcing biofuels producers and obligated parties to examine how they are complying with current regulations as well as how they would address …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: NCSE 2017, the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment– Integrating Environment and Health — January 24-26, 2017 — Washington, DC — DEADLINE: July 22, 2016
June 16, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

Each year, NCSE convenes a national conference that brings together over 1,200 scientific, educational, business, civil society, and government professionals from diverse fields to explore the connections between science and decision-making associated with a particular high-profile environmental issue.
As …

NCSE 2017, the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment– Integrating Environment and Health — January 24-26, 2017 — Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment
NCSE 2017, the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment– Integrating Environment and Health  —   January 24-26, 2017   —   Washington, DC

Each year, NCSE convenes a national conference that brings together over 1,200 scientific, educational, business, civil society, and government professionals from diverse fields to explore the connections between science and decision-making associated with a particular high-profile environmental issue.
As …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain — DEADLINE: uncertain
June 16, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain   —   DEADLINE: uncertain

International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics, will be organized around the theme“Bioplastics: A Genuine Alternative”  Bioplastics 2016 is comprised of 12 tracks and 62 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Bioplastics …

International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain
June 16, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics  —   November 10-11, 2016   —  Alicante, Spain

With the successful journey of Bioploymers & Bioplastics conferences in USA, Conference Series LLC conferences planned to continue its Biopolymers conference series in Europe from 2016.
International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics, will be organized around the …

2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference — November 8-11, 2016 — St. Simons Island, GA
June 16, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment
2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference   —   November 8-11, 2016   —   St. Simons Island, GA

Frontiers in Biorefining focuses on the science underlying production of new bioproducts that will advance the concept of the biorefinery. Attendance will be limited to facilitate open discussion of the latest topics in development of …

CALL FOR PAPERS/POSTERS: 2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference — November 8-11, 2016 — St. Simons Island, GA — DEADLINE: August 1, 2016
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CALL FOR PAPERS/POSTERS:  2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference   —   November 8-11, 2016   —   St. Simons Island, GA  —  DEADLINE:  August 1, 2016

The organizing committee of the 2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference is soliciting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. A limited number of slots is available for presentations emphasizing the latest developments on transformation of …