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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 17, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, liquid fuel will be used in transportation throughout the world. And what automakers and policy makers must resolve is whether we will reduce carbon emissions from the fleet using more efficient internal combustion engines paired with low-carbon, high-octane fuels or will we continue to ignore the issue and continue to use current regular gasoline formulations?  READ MORE



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Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While
August 17, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles proclaiming the coming of the electric car and the resulting disruption in the automobile industry. Relax. There is nothing new in any of these articles.

Regulations governing greenhouse gases (GHG), fuel economy and fuel consumption in all of the major markets are on the same trend line and have been for years, despite the “news” implied in the articles.

The driving assumption is that 80-percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 is needed. With that goal observed, all new vehicles produced and sold by about 2030 would have to be full battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell powered. This is the basis for the regulatory trend lines. The big questions? Will the technology evolve to support that goal? Will the cost of technology be in line with the customer’s willingness to buy? And, most importantly, will the customer, in fact, buy the product? In the United States, in the rules adopted in 2012, these challenges were noted and the concept of a mid-term review of the proposed standards was aimed at addressing the question of consumer demand.

Electric vehicles will dominate new vehicle sales by about 2030, unless they don’t. The reasons for vast electrification to not occur are the usual hurdles of high cost and lagging consumer demand. Even if electrification does take hold, liquid-fueled internal combustion products in the legacy fleet will need fuel until well past 2050. And this only addresses light duty transportation. Yet to be considered are heavy duty vehicles, rail and air. Those are larger technology challenges.

Volvo headlines claim that they are moving out of internal combustion engines. This is not supported by the facts. 

Look at Daimler. The German company announced that they were aiming at full electrification by 2030. Then, they explained how they were backing up that plan with a completely new family of internal combustion engines and applying 48-volt electrical systems to boot. Again, there is nothing new here.

Until then, and for decades after, liquid fuel will be used in transportation throughout the world. And what automakers and policy makers must resolve is whether we will reduce carbon emissions from the fleet using more efficient internal combustion engines paired with low-carbon, high-octane fuels or will we continue to ignore the issue and continue to use current regular gasoline formulations?  READ MORE



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Massachusetts Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
August 17, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Massachusetts regulators released details of a new plan Friday to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the state, in accordance with a state law and court order.

The rules rely on a clean energy standard, carbon dioxide emissions limits for the transportation and energy sectors, and curbs on methane pollution, among otter things, to reduce emissions in the state.

The rules also call for lower emissions from vehicles owned or leased by the state, decreasing transportation sector emissions and a reduction in methane leaks along natural gas distribution lines.  READ MORE

Utilities Face More Emissions Cuts in Massachusetts (BNA.com)

 

Excerpt from BNA.com:  “The major goal has to be electrification of motor vehicles,” Bradley Campbell, president of the Conservation Law Foundation, told Bloomberg BNA Aug. 11.

National Grid, a supplier of electricity and gas in Massachusetts, also called for more electric cars on the road to reduce greenhouse gas emissions further.

“The transportation sector accounted for more than 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in 2003,” Bob Kievra, spokesman for National Grid, told Bloomberg BNA Aug. 11 in an email. READ MORE



QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 17, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, …

Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While
August 17, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles proclaiming the coming of the electric car and the resulting disruption in the automobile industry. …

WEBINAR: Why is Ethanol Valuable? Improving Engine Performance, Health and Environment — August 30, 2017
August 17, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Why is Ethanol Valuable? Improving Engine Performance, Health and Environment   —   August 30, 2017

Join the Urban Air Initiative for a discussion about how the economic value of ethanol is directly tied to its health and environmental benefits. Learn how the fuel, engine and tailpipe are a system. Webinar …

6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 15-16, 2018 — Cologne, Germany
August 17, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

Meet leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world!  Big visions – and also real potential! The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

CALL FOR PANELS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo — March 26-29, 2018 — Kansas City, MO DEADLINES: October 26 and December 15, 2017
August 17, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR  PANELS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo   —   March 26-29, 2018   —   Kansas City, MO    DEADLINES:  October 26 and December 15, 2017

The 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, co-located with the US Ignite Application Summit, will convene 400+ global city leaders, representing 250+ cities and communities to advance citizen engagement, improve citizen life, and to …

Greenbelt Resources Bioethanol to Be Tested by Puration Inc. for Use in Patented CBD Extraction Process
August 17, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) has announced that Puration, Inc. (OTC: PURA) has selected its bioethanol to test for potential use in Puration’s patented CBD (cannabidiol) extraction method. Extraction methods commonly use …

NACS Member Targray Launches New Biodiesel Program for C-Stores and Fuel Retailers
August 17, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(WV Always)  Company’s regional biodiesel solutions to be presented at 2017 NACS Show.  —  Biofuels Marketer Targray has announced the nation-wide launch of its turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuel retailing segment. The announcement comes …

National Biodiesel Foundation Co-Sponsors 9th Annual Biofuels: Science & Sustainability Tour
August 17, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Foundation/4-Traders)  Executive Director Tom Verry and Foundation Treasurer Lindsay Fitzgerald participated in the 9th Annual Iowa Biofuels Science & Sustainability Tour. The Foundation is a proud sponsor of the tour. The 3- day …

Breaking New Ground
August 17, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove out the process and make …

First Car Powered by Energy from Sewage Was Unveiled in Australia
August 17, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Queensland Urban Utilities has unveiled the so-called “Poo-powered Car”, which runs on biogas generated from sewage at the Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant in Brisbane’s west. “If you live in Brisbane’s south or …

Mexico Looks to Curb Carbon with a New Cap-and-Trade System
August 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lucas Laursen (Scientific American) … Mexico kicked off 2017 with a 20 percent spike in gasoline prices, driven in part by the phasing out of subsidies. Some consumers set fires at gas stations—a response that …

Bergen Airport Opens New Terminal and Begins Sale of Biofuels
August 17, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by  Joe Bates (Airport World Magazine)  Bergen Airport has double reason to celebrate today as it officially opened its new terminal and become the second Norwegian gateway to begin the sale of biofuels to its …

Flint Hills Ethanol Plant Begins Construction: Plant Will Produce a High Protein Animal Feed Ingredient
August 17, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(York News-Times)  Construction is now underway at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Fairmont to install a new, bolt-on technology, called Maximized Stillage Co-Products™ (MSC). Once operational, the MSC technology will allow the plant …

Letter – We Are the Enemy
August 17, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (The Public Opinion)  … In this case government verbally declared ethanol’s optimal, lower cost best performance blend E30 is illegal. Never before has a major industry resource so successfully quashed the competition by …

Cheaper or Greener: Colombia Eyes US Ethanol with Trepidation
August 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Byron (Platts)  … As the 13th largest producer of sugar in the world, Colombia is sitting on a substantial natural resource. The production and processing of sugarcane as a feedstock is focused on a region …

Gov. Pete Ricketts among Those Touting 
Higher Ethanol Blends at Industry Conference in Omaha
August 17, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

By Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Ready or not, higher ethanol blends appear destined for a gas station near you, a development touted by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Wednesday at a major industry conference being held …

Biodiesel From Argentina and Indonesia: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations
August 17, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register/International Trade Administration)  On April 12, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Department) initiated antidumping duty (AD) investigations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.[1] Currently, the preliminary determinations of these investigations are due no later …

Domestic Manufacturers Ask Government to Allow Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels Mix
August 17, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Pillas (Business Mirror)  The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) is calling on the government to amend the Biofuels Act to allow the use of palm oil as an additive and not just coconut oil …

Palm Oil Collected from Hong Kong Beaches after Spill to Be Recycled and Turned into Fuel
August 17, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Kao (South China Morning Post)  Officials confirmed to have approached at least two biodiesel companies to collect some of the 211 tonnes that fell into the sea  —  A large portion of the …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms
August 17, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors quietly investing into new technology start-ups; ‘Disruptive power’ from small companies prompts Shell to move  —  Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that …

South Shore Biofuel Startup on Hold
August 16, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(The Chronicle Herald)  A South Shore biofuel startup that has been backed by millions in provincial and federal government money looks like it’s on hold.
This week, calls to Cellufuel, a small five-year-old business based in …

EPA Erred in Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption: Courts
August 16, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp’s request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled …

Study Shows North Dakota Ethanol Industry Added $623.4 Million to State’s Economy in 2015
August 16, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In North Dakota, a study by North Dakota State University’s the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, The Center for Social Research, says the state’s ethanol industry added $623.4 million to the economy during …

Karnataka Scraps Excise Permits for Ethanol Supplies
August 16, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Banikinkar Pattanayak (Financial Express)  Karnataka has scrapped the requirement of permits from the excise department for the movement of ethanol, becoming the first state to implement the amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) …

Goa Government Launches India’s First Bio-Fuel Bus
August 16, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Nida Sayed (Times of India)  The Goa government launched India’s first biogas-run bus as a pilot project on the occasion of Independence Day today. They intend to have approximately 40 such buses in the …

Partner Power in Process Piloting: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit
August 16, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, where is it, who does it serve and how?
Located at Berkeley Lab, the ABPDU aims to “support the commercialization of industry-, academic-and DOE-driven …

UK Releases 2016 Ethanol Data, REA Calls for Enforcement of E10
August 16, 2017 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The U.K. Renewable Energy Association has spoken out in response to the data, noting it shows the use of biofuels has been stagnant in the U.K. since 2013.
According to …

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build its $450 million, 50 million …

4th International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology — June 11-12, 2018 — Rome, Italy
August 16, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

Theme : Design and construct new biological parts for novel functions  —  ConferenceSeries Ltd International Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “4thInternational Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology” during June …

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

New Report Highlights Southeast Asia’s Biofuels Potential
August 15, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply, according to a new report by the …

Value-Added Investments Grow Agriculture
August 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Gov. Pete Ricketts (York News Times)  Investments in the area of value-added agriculture are helping to grow our state’s number one industry. Many people think of traditional row crops when they think of agriculture, however, …

Greenfield Global Evaluating Major Expansion of Biofuels Production in Varennes, Quebec
August 15, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Cision PR Newswire/Greenfield Global)  Greenfield Global Inc., (formerly GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.) Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, announced today that it has commenced a feasibility study to significantly expand operations …

New Brazil Ethanol Policy Should Boost Demand, M&A
August 15, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira and José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  An overhaul of Brazil’s biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country’s carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate …

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants
August 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An Acton couple was arrested today and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part of the American Recovery and …

A First for India: Biodiesel Mission of over 5,000 Kilometres
August 15, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(QS WOW News)  A 5,300 kilometre Indian Biodiesel Odyssey started in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 5 July and spanned across 11 Indian states, namely Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, …

You Just Can’t Have Enough Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Biomass Pyrolysis Aqueous Phase
August 15, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen …

Earnings Season: An Advanced Bioecononomy’s Health and Wellness Check-Up
August 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest, let’s look at trends driving the industry’s results at scale — and while money is not the measure of all progress, it is the ultimate yardstick and …

Environmental and Economic Goals Not in Conflict, New Study Claims
August 15, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) New research claims that air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in urban areas results in increased pollution emissions, without disrupting the economic growth resulting from this urbanisation.
More than half of …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Vanguard Urges Companies to Disclose Climate Change Impact
August 15, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Vanguard pushes focus on climate change  —  Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment …

Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz Joins Advanced Biofuels USA Board of Directors, Bringing International Perspective to the Organization
August 14, 2017 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

For Immediate Release August 14, 2017—Frederick, MD  Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz, a researcher at Sao Paulo State University (Unesp) specializing in International Relations and Foreign Trade, is joining the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors. …

Hot Path for Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction
August 14, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrothermal liquefaction has a huge fan base in the biorefinery R&D sector. There’s lots to like.  It’s robust tech and can be applied to attractive, low-cost wet feedstocks (ag resid, …

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine
August 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel so that it works in standard diesel car engines, according to an article appearing on Live Science.
Differences in molecular structure mean that biodiesel made …

Molasses Would Be the Preferred Raw Material for Ethanol Production in Guyana
August 14, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Audreyanna Thomas (Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc./Stabroek News)  The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) would like to provide some information which it is hoped would add to the current debate on ethanol production as a viable …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Costa Rican Researchers Use Coffee Waste to Brew Biofuel
August 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Costa Rican researchers have found a way to turn coffee waste into electric energy, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) announced on Wednesday (June 28, 2017).
The process also prevents ozone-depleting greenhouse gases, such as …

Aviation Biofuels Financial Viability Confirmed with New Report.
August 14, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Through ‘bold leadership’, airports can accelerate the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the aviation industry, according to a newly published report.
The new study, a collaboration between the Carbon War Room, Sky …

New York’s Energy Leaders Lay out an Early Blueprint for Carbon Pricing
August 14, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Marie J. French (Politico)   The state’s top energy policy makers moved closer to creating a price for carbon in New York in a much-anticipated report released Friday.
Carbon pricing is seen by many in industry …

Industrial Green Chemistry World -2017 Ecosystem — October 5-6, 2017 — Mumbai, India
August 11, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
Industrial Green Chemistry World -2017 Ecosystem —   October 5-6, 2017   —   Mumbai, India

An overview of 9 Concurrent Events Across the Two-day Convention  READ MORE / MORE

Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo and US Ignite Application Summit — March 26-29, 2017 — Kansas City, MO
August 11, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment
Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo and US Ignite Application Summit   —   March 26-29, 2017   —   Kansas City, MO

Your communities are as outstanding and unique as each of your citizens. Join us next March to source partnerships, technology, and insight that will shape the future.

400 global city leaders
250 city communities
2500 innovators, policy makers, and …

US Biogas 2017 — October 25-26, 2017 — San Diego, CA
August 11, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
US Biogas 2017   —    October 25-26, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

US Biogas 2017 will bring together 200+ senior execs to share expert presentations on ground-breaking, commercially focused and critical analysis of how to truly monetize biogas production.
Developers and AD plant owners

Meet with feedstock providers (municipalities, …

European Bioenergy Future — November 21-22, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
August 11, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
European Bioenergy Future   —   November 21-22, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

European Bioenergy Future (EBF) is the European Biomass Association’s annual conference, the yearly bioenergy rendez-vous for market and policy players to share knowledge and engage in a series of constructive debates and interactive workshops: join …

Life-Cycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Renewable Jet Fuel Production
August 11, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Sierk de Jong, Kay Antonissen, Ric Hoefnagels, Laura Lonza, Michael Wang, André Faaij and Martin Junginger (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  The introduction of renewable jet fuel (RJF) is considered an important emission mitigation measure for the …

Carbon Conversion
August 11, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Whitney Clavin (California Institute of Technology)  A new additive helps researchers more selectively convert CO2 to multicarbon fuels  —  Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide …

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next
August 11, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring …

A New Chloroplast Role for Making Biofuels
August 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, the …

New Analysis Shows Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Enhance Auto Industry Financial Prospects
August 11, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  Financial risks faced by legacy automakers due to evolving marketplace, not fuel economy standards —  As disruption from new technologies, mobility models and global trends threaten financial prospects for legacy automakers, national fuel economy …

New Pumps Appearing at Sheetz as Gas Stations Offer Ethanol
August 11, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Nick Malawskey (PennLive.com)  Noticed the new pumps at some Sheetz stores in Pennsylvania? The Altoona-based convenience store and gas station chain has started offering Unleaded-15 alongside Flex-Fuel at new stores and a number of its older …

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise
August 11, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Pam Radtke Russell (Engineering News Record)  From Seattle to Cape Cod, see what’s being done at 18 different locations  —  … In this special report, Engineering News-Record’s team of editors and reporters look at …

EPA Interpretation of the “Inadequate Domestic Supply” Waiver for Renewable Fuels Ruled Invalid: Where to from Here?
August 11, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  Three words–inadequate domestic supply–have taken center stage in the implementation of the RFS since 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used a controversial definition of this …

Legislation Aims to Repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill
August 11, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The bill, titled “Farewell to Unnecessary Energy …

EPA Chief: ‘Production Levels & Demand Matter’ in RFS Decision
August 11, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  … (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott) Pruitt said he doesn’t want his agency “being used” to spur the expansion of biofuel facilities.  READ MORE

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

Interview: Finnish Love with Biofuels May Lead to Wrong Choices in Transport: Expert
August 11, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(XinhuaNet)  Finnish love with biofuels as a key approach to reduce emissions has made the Nordic country one of the least active Western European countries to prepare for the arrival of electric car era, an …

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen
August 11, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The goal? Integration into …

Make Energy Great Again, via BIOmass: The DOE’s MEGA-BIO Project Expands
August 11, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long ago, the DOE shifted from a “biofuels and nothing else” focus to integrated biorefineries that can compete “across the whole barrel” with petroleum — recognizing that while chemicals make …

Ethanol Policy Shaping up as a de Facto Tax on Sydney Drivers
August 10, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nicholls (Sydney Morning Herald)  … (Innovation and better regulation minister Matt Kean) Kean inherited a policy championed by his predecessor Victor Dominello to boost ethanol sales in NSW via E10 – a blend of ethanol …

New Knowledge Centre Will Provide Scientific Evidence on Bioeconomy
August 10, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(European Commission Science Hub)  A new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre has been created by the JRC and DG RTD to better support policy makers with science-based evidence in this field.
Launched by the European Commission on 20 …

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree
August 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment.
The …

Now Accepting Entries: Bio-Based Innovation Awards 2017 – Americas Edition.
August 10, 2017 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Luke Upton (Biobased World News)  Innovation is at the heart of our Bio-Based World Community from our news portal and Quarterly magazine, to our social media engagement and live events. For us innovation takes …

Realize the Great Green Fleet
August 10, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Orchard-Hays and Laura A. King  (U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine)  The U.S. Navy’s initiative could pave the way for a Department of Defense energy program that garners precious energy resources in peacetime and …

India Set to Unveil New Biofuel Policy in Bid to Cut Oil, Gas, Coal Imports: Minister
August 10, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Sanjeev Choudhary (Economic Times)  The government will soon bring out a new policy on biofuel to incentivize the use of the cleaner fuel, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said.

Increased use of biofuel, along with …

EPA Administrator Signs Federal Register Notice Opening Comment Period for Mid-term Evaluation Reconsideration
August 10, 2017 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today EPA Administrator Pruitt has signed a Federal Register notice announcing that EPA is reconsidering whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards previously established for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate under section …

Ethanol Fueling Rural Revival
August 10, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Erica Quinlan (AgriNews) … Kip Tom, a corn and soybean farmer in Kosciusko County, thinks the benefits of ethanol need to be talked about more. …  “The consumer is saving money in their transportation fuel …

My Voice: EPA’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’
August 10, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader)  …  On behalf of rural communities and family farmers, I am calling out the EPA and those who still drink the Kool-aid of EPA’s fraudulent assessments that E30 is …

Indian Scientists Turn Sugar Industry Waste Into Next-Gen Battery Material
August 10, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Sugar News)   Indian scientists have demonstrated that waste water from some of the dirtiest industrial processes can be turned into a carbon source for preparation of energy storage materials.
Researchers led by scientists from Bhavnagar-based …

New Biofuel Bus Powered by Food Waste Set to Hit Bristol Streets
August 10, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Krishan Davis (Bristol Post)  … Following on from last year’s ‘poo bus’ experiment, Bristol will soon have a new form of low-emissions public transport, powered by an unusual gas.
On August 21, a double-decker bus …

How to Power a Bus on Formic Acid
August 10, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

( Eindhoven University of Technology)  … Their self-built system comprises an electric bus that is hooked up to a small trailer – which the students have christened ‘REX’ – in which formic acid is converted into …

Queen’s Researcher Turning Dirty Tinfoil into Biofuel Catalyst
August 10, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Queen’s University Belfast)  A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems.
In the UK, around …

UK’s Largest Trial of Biogas Trucks Includes Six Major Fleet Operators
August 10, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Cenex/NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced the UK’s largest trial of biomethane-fueled trucks. Led by Air Liquide and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles …

Biofuel Plant Construction Set to Begin
August 10, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dietz (The Daily Mining Gazette)  … SynSel Energy Inc., of Elmhurst, Illinois, chose Ontonagon as one of two U.S. sites to build advanced biofuels plants that will produce synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels …

What Price Biomass? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Supply Forecasting
August 10, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How much biomass is there? What types, prices, when will they be available, and produced by whom, and how? These are questions that the US Department of Energy undertook to answer, …

The Bioeconomy Investor and the Decline in Information Channels, Company Awareness and Fundamental Research
August 10, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  nvesting in the BioEconomy is a complicated endeavor, but can offer significant opportunities for the informed investor. The industry drivers are numerous and presents a puzzle that demands quality information flow, …

EBB: There Is No Reason EU Should Act Now to Lower Import Duties
August 9, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(European Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU member states are to decide on the European Commission’s proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic …

Application of America-First Approach to RVOs Well-Intended, But Misses the Mark
August 9, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  The first action by the Trump administration on the Renewable Fuel Standard was much anticipated. The National Biodiesel Board and the entire biofuels industry eagerly awaited the 2018 renewable …

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
August 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to …

Kuwait Seeks PFA Cooperation for Biodiesel
August 9, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Dawn)  The Kuwait Water Association (KWA) has sought cooperation of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) for a plan to dispose of waste cooking oil for producing biodiesel.
The PFA continues to run a special drive in …

Algal Biofuel Production Is Neither Environmentally nor Commercially Sustainable
August 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flynn (The Conversation/Phys.Org)  Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s. It seems like a good idea on paper, and they do work – …

Spotlight: Here to Serve the Biodiesel Industry
August 9, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies providing invaluable services, expertise and products that have helped build, grow and sustain the biodiesel manufacturing sector. READ MORE

Air Canada, WestJet Aim to Become Biofuel Superpowers
August 9, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ross Marowits (The Canadian Press/CleanTech Canada) Resource-rich Canada has the proper ingredients to lead the world in lower-carbon aviation fuels, the country’s two largest airlines say  —  The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has …

Wednesday Letters: Biofuels, Abortion–Fair markets
August 9, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Regarding “Reporter’s notebook: Do we still need advanced biofuels?” (chron.com, Monday), the article misunderstands the iterative nature of innovation and technology development.
Disruptive, game-changing technologies don’t simply appear overnight …

Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong
August 9, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance …

Remembering the Original RFS
August 9, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen keeps a signed copy of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which included the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), hanging on the wall …

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God
August 9, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Brendan O’Connor (Splinter News/Special Projects Desk of Gizmodo Media Group)  In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. …

The Good, the Bad and the Algae
August 9, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems …

Study to Measure Biofuels’ Impact on Climate from the Field to the Power Plant
August 9, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University) Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.
Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature …

Advanced Fermentation Agitation with Methanotrophs and Other Organisms
August 9, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Fermentation processes, both aerobic and anaerobic, have been successful on an industrial scale for quite a long time, producing a wide variety of products. In most of …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
August 9, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

How’s That? Cellulosic Fuels Now Worth $4.98/gallon, up 15% in 2 Mos
August 9, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The value of cellulosic fuels has reached $4.98 per gallon in the California market. That’s real-world, today, including the energy and the low-carbon attributes, and not based on speculation. The …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are a Staggering $5 Tn per Year
August 9, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels  —  … Second, fossil fuels are expensive. Much of their costs are hidden, however, as subsidies. If people …

Lignin Can Make Building Materials Less Toxic
August 9, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A collaborative study by Mojgan Nejad, MSU forestry, proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. This research directly impacts …

ACE Scholarship Program Awards Three Deserving Students
August 9, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announces and congratulates the 2017 scholarship winners: Carrie Kemmet, Hailea DeJong and Keithen Drury. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help …

NDSU: Ethanol Contributes $623.4 Million to ND Economy Annually
August 9, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Haley Olson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes $623.4 million to the economy annually, according to a report from the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
“The industry generated …

DOE Biomass Technical Advisory Committee to Meet in August
August 9, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California.
The meeting aims to develop …

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy
August 8, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production.
Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual program that hosts one-day events in …

Press Cane Donates Ambulances to Chikwawa, Nsanje Hospitals
August 8, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Nyasa Times)  Press Cane Limited, an Ethanol producing company has donated two Ethanol powered minibus ambulances to Chikwawa and Nsanje District Hospitals.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Chikwawa District Hospital on Friday, Press Cane Limited …

Aemetis Signs Agreement for Advanced Gasification Technology to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol
August 8, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Accesswire)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (August 4, 2017) that it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec, Inc. of Richland, Washington …

Deep Stabilization: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading
August 8, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Within the ChemCatBio set of core catalysis projects lies Fast Pyrolysis and Upgrading, which has as its goal “to develop cost competitive biofuels through catalytic stabilization and deoxygenation of Fast Pyrolysis …

Why Will Dominant Alternative Transportation Fuels Be Liquid Fuels, not Electricity or Hydrogen?
August 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Bin Zhao (Energy Policy)  Existing transportation infrastructure favors liquid fuels. The human nature of satisfying their needs with least effort favors liquid fuels. Continuing supply of oil will reinforce existing transportation infrastructure. Understanding alternative fuel market helps …

A Smart, Faster Path to Zero Lifecycle Emission: Advances from the EU in Direct Carbon Capture from Air
August 8, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  The most scalable solution is liquid fuels that use water, captured CO2 and renewable electricity.

Thinkers have been coming around to the realization that this might be the most sustainable …

What’s Fueling the Growth of E15?
August 8, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Debby Garbato (Stagnito Business Information/Convenience Store News)  … As E15 has become more widely distributed, most myths have been dispelled. The higher-margin, higher-octane fuel is now sold by retailers large and small at nearly 900 …

Canada Top U.S. Ethanol Importer in June
August 8, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  As Brazil continues to mull a proposed 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports, exports to that country hit their lowest point this year in June allowing Canada to take the …

Renewable Fuels Foundation Publishes Coloring Activity Book, “Fuel Your Future”
August 8, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Foundation)  Get your crayons out! Teach your children or students about the benefits of Ethanol through the RFA’s first ever coloring and activity book! “Fuel Your Future” was designed for the next generation of …

Trump Might Start an Ethanol Trade War With Brazil
August 8, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Brazil weighing tariffs on imports made from U.S. grain; Hedge funds cut corn holdings, get less bearish on sugar  —  President Donald Trump’s America First rhetoric is doing no …

Bioenergy Production Could Play a Part in Reducing Forest Fires
August 8, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy can play a role in reducing the risk of forest fires, according to a video recently published on the European Forest Institute’s website.

“Now, we need a new vision where the focus is …

Pan-African Food and Non-Food Biomass Expert Network Unveiled
August 8, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  The “first” pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by African and German researchers.
BiomassNet aims to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised …

USDA Office Told to Use ‘Weather Extremes’ instead of ‘Climate Change’
August 8, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Officials at a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office told staffers to avoid the term “climate change” in their communications and use language like “weather extremes” instead, The Guardian reported Monday.
According to emails obtained …

Copenhagen’s Four-Fold Path to Carbon Neutrality
August 8, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by John J. Berger (Renewable Energy World)  An ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions and create a sustainable future. — … Service improvements, such as dedicated bus lanes, are planned to increase public transit ridership 20 percent …

German Minister: Too Soon to Bury the Combustion Engine
August 7, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  Germany’s transport minister said Thursday (July 27, 2017) that it’s too soon to talk about burying the combustion engine, underlining his government’s reluctance to follow Britain and others in banning the …

Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better.
August 7, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(New York Times)  The aviation industry represents a big part of the carbon footprint left by Americans. Here are some ways to reduce your impact when you fly.

Know Your Fuels
Commercial airlines have been using biofuels …

Biofuel Fraudster Faces 2 to 22 Years
August 7, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (West Central Tribune)   It will likely be November before an Iowa biofuels promoter is sentenced after ultimately pleading guilty to federal fraud charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Darrell Duane …

Democrats Look to Fit Electric Car Credits into EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
August 7, 2017 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel mandate could get a whole lot more complicated if Democrats are able to add electric cars to a credit program designed to boost corn …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Help Helsinki Airport Go Carbon Neutral
August 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Helsinki airport has been awarded the international Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate (ACA) to verify its carbon neutrality.

A range of renewable energy sources are being used to keep the airport’s carbon emissions low, including …

MPs Pitch for More Focus on Renewable Sources of Energy
August 7, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Press Trust of India)  Opposition lawmakers today asked the government to put adequate focus on renewable sources of energy to cut dependency on fossil fuel, saying time has come to take the matter seriously.
During a …

PCJ Biodiesel Blend to Cut Oil Imports and Boost Agricultural Sector
August 7, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Rochelle Williams (Jamaica Information Service)  Jamaica could save hundreds of millions in energy costs per year, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and creating a boost for the agricultural sector through the …

Climate-Neutral Driving: Continental Successfully Tests the Synthetic Diesel Fuel OME
August 7, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Foundry Planet/Continental)   CO2 emissions reduced in proportion to the OME share: in the Continental diesel car, a 15 % OME share reduces CO2 emissions by approximately eight grams per kilometer;  Entire technology chain being …

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D
August 7, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least one route for catalytic upgrading of sugars/related intermediates and/or biologically derived intermediates into fuel blendstockswith …

Court Tells EPA to Enforce Obama Methane Pollution Rule
August 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.
The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

Hawaii Building 1st Public Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station
August 7, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press/Hawaii Tribune/Herald)  A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted Wednesday for Hawaii’s first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles, which will enable the state to begin selling cars that only emit water vapor.
Honolulu-based …

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests
August 7, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have said for years — robust markets are the key to keeping forests as forests, “says …

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar
August 7, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —  The directive — which provided …

The Hidden Environmental Costs of Dog and Cat Food
August 7, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Karin Brulliard (The Washington Post)  … But if you do, he would like you to consider what their meat-heavy kibble and canned food are doing to the planet.
(Gregory) Okin, a geographer at UCLA, recently did that, …

Decarbonizing Transportation to Meet Climate Goals
August 4, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As nations around the world begin implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, decarbonizing transportation becomes increasingly important in limiting global warming to less …

Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?
August 4, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  “Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.”  Some of you may have seen that quote earlier this summer, after …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

A Better Fuel Mix Can Be ‘Made in America’
August 4, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Des Moines Register/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … American ethanol now replaces more than 500 million barrels of imported oil annually and shields drivers from price manipulation by hostile forces within the …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Pacific Ethanol to Add Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Idaho Plant
August 4, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Wood and Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Pacific Ethanol plans to add cellulosic ethanol production at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant and expects US Environmental Protection Agency approval by the end of 2017, the company’s CEO …

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
August 4, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming …

Ukrteplo Seeks to Invest UAH 2.5 ln in Biofuel CHPP, Ethanol Plant in Odesa Region
August 4, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Ukraine Open for Business) The Ukrteplo Group, operating the largest network of biofuel boilers in the country, intends to build a combined heat and power plant (CHPP) with a capacity of 12 MW in Odesa region. …

Anatomy of a Renewable Fuels Project: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ryze Renewables’ Proposed Nevada Plants
August 4, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ryze Renewables is developing two renewable fuels projects in the state of Nevada.  These documents published are available online via the state of Nevada as public records. While researching a related …

The Renewing of Nevada Renewable fuels and the Rise of Ryze Renewables
August 4, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nevada, Ryze Renewables has two new renewable diesel projects totaling $250M now in planning for the Nevada and Las Vegas areas.

This project is bigger: equipment costs have grown from …

Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
August 4, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by James Wilt (Renewable Energy World)  A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range …

Marginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops – Turning a Burden into an Opportunity
August 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  U research project MAGIC kicks off  —  On 4-5 July 2017, the 25 partners involved in the EU funded research project MAGIC held their kick-off meeting at the Copa-Cogeca secretariat in Brussels. Led …

This New Teesside Company Needs 50 Tonnes of Birch – EVERY DAY!
August 3, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughes (Gazette Live)  Nova Pangaea Technologies at Wilton will convert trees into sugars to make household items  —  … One of the region’s newest tech companies needs 50 tonnes of it EVERY DAY to …

EPA Will Reject Change that Trump Backer Icahn Sought
August 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico)  The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the …

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Launches Cassava Out-Grower Programme for Bioethanol Project
August 3, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Sunbird Bioenergy Africa has commenced work on a cassava out-grower programme to provide sustainable feedstock for a bioenergy project expected to eventually produce 120 million litres per year of bioethanol for Zambia’s ethanol-fuel …