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The Time Has Come for RFS Reform
July 26, 2017 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Mike McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest) In December of 2007, President Bush—with overwhelming bipartisan support—signed the RFS2 into law. Since that time, it has become clear the law has worked for first-generation corn ethanol and biodiesel. While the first generation fuels now represent over eighteen billion gallons of fuel production, the new advanced and cellulosic fuels represent less than four hundred million gallons. Common sense suggests that now is the time to explore the disparity between first and second generation biofuels production if we hope to deliver on the promise of more diverse and sustainable fuels.

As the President of ABFA, I have had the opportunity to see most of the new proposed technologies attempt to transfer from the lab to commercial production. Regardless of the process or the feedstock—thermochemical, synthetic biology, acid hydrolysis, algae, wood, municipal solid waste, agricultural oils, waste gas, or cellulosic material—all of these processes have suffered from the same barriers to entry: inability to finance new technology based facilities, limited flexibility in the current statutory definitions, and overly burdensome compliance rules. These three barriers will continue to exist without true legislative reform.

First and foremost, the ability to raise financing to build out a new technology has been disproportionately impacted by regulatory uncertainty. The very longevity and support of the program at the federal level have been in question for several years now. We must have reaffirmation that the program is supported at the federal level. And, while we are at it, we should address the shortcomings of the original statute.

The second major issue with the RFS is its existing feedstock and pathway definitions. EPA has been very slow to bring new technologies and feedstocks under the RFS program. In a pathway approval process that used to average 2.9 years, each new company still must continually engage with EPA for an extended time to get approval or wait for years without being told they are rejected. For example, the program’s potential to utilize more feedstocks from a broader number of states has been significantly restricted by the inability to use certain types of wood and municipal solid waste as well as the inability to define the term “waste.” I have been told repeatedly by EPA staff that these fixes must be made statutorily to render different results under the program.

The third major issue that needs to be addressed is the over-burdensome compliance requirements focused more on preventing RIN fraud from a few bad apples at the expense of developing the industry. For instance, a regulatory proposal from EPA would require carbon-14 dating to determine bio-content when intermediate feedstocks are co-processed into renewable fuels. This is an extremely complicated and expensive process, and may render a result which is not conclusive. Moreover, the requirement would apply to less than 10% of the processed fuels. This creates a barrier for renewable fuels, making it even less competitive than petroleum by requiring a measurement technique with which the oil industry does not need to comply. Even the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected this requirement because of its excessive cost and unreliability.

With Congress looking to create new manufacturing jobs across America, while enhancing the ability to make sustainable fuels of the future to fly airplanes, power large ocean-going vessels, and heavy-duty trucks, it’s time to address these challenges. READ MORE



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Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) 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. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on increased residue collection from food crops and forest products, intensified cultivation of farmland, and reducing waste and losses in the food chain.

Biofuel potential in Southeast Asia offers detailed estimates of biomass resource potential for Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. All five countries belong to both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

With conversion to advanced liquid biofuels, sustainable biomass feedstock could potentially cover two-fifths of the region’s projected needs for transport fuel if less were diverted to residential heating and cooking. According an assessment by the bioenergy team at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), advanced biofuels could provide as much as 7.3 exajoules of primary energy per annum in Southeast Asia by 2050, or half of the region’s total primary bioenergy potential.

A variety of policies and measures could help to realise Southeast Asia’s biofuel potential: forest residue collection could be improved through more cost-effective logistics; modern farming techniques could improve agricultural yields; new agroforestry methods could help to cultivate a mix of high-yielding food and fuel crops; and more secure land tenure would encourage investment in more intensive land management. 

Losses and waste in the food chain, meanwhile, could be reduced through better harvesting techniques, storage and cooling facilities, packaging and transportation infrastructure, as well as better labels and more flexible regulation to ensure that wholesome food is not wasted or discarded. Together, such measures could free a substantial amount of land to plant with bioenergy crops for biofuel.

The assessment builds on statistics from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  READ MORE



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 24, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle), commenting on what is needed for a transition to electric vehicles: “Without big jumps in energy efficiency and conservation, an all electric fleet will require doubling existing base load electricity generation in the United States. That’s more complicated than it might seem. Nuclear appears stagnant or in decline, and coal, even coupled with carbon capture systems, faces environmental, cost and technological barriers. Expanding natural gas-fired generation will require a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure expansion in the U.S., and would require more exports to countries without domestic natural gas supplies.”  READ MORE



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Cloncurry mayor Greg Campbell Discusses Biofuels
July 26, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Burns (North Queensland Register)  …  Cloncurry mayor Greg Campbell said that the shire council was working with development group Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone (MITEZ) to examine the potential types of biofuel plants that a local industry could sustain. 

The size of the industry is also being examined, the mayor said. 

“We are definitely working on the scalability now and (could) potentially having up to 20,000 acres available for biofuel production within a number of years – within the short-term horizon,” Cr Campbell said. 

The mayor first mentioned in September last year the possibility of a biofuels industry for Cloncurry. “There’s even more potential than what I was participating,” Cr Campbell said. READ MORE



The Time Has Come for RFS Reform
July 26, 2017 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Mike McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest) In December of 2007, President Bush—with overwhelming bipartisan support—signed the RFS2 into law. Since that time, it has become clear the law has worked for first-generation corn ethanol and …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) 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. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 24, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle), commenting on what is needed for a transition to electric vehicles: “Without big jumps in energy efficiency and conservation, an all electric fleet will require doubling existing base load …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Biofuels Potential
July 26, 2017 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can camelina oil be a viable substitute as a biodiesel feedstocks, given that palm oil has received so much negative attention in Europe at least. In this deck, industry consultants …

Heard on the Floor at the Bio World Congress: The Top Storylines from Day 2
July 26, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)te dialogue around advanced fuels has become about the actions of doers, rather than the aspirations of inventors.
3 Hot Newstories from the World Congress Floor
1. Praj-Gevo Going commercial with …

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?
July 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by …

Proposal on Biodiesel Regulations Concerning to Ethanol Producers
July 25, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (BH News Service/Daily Nonpareil)  … But it is the biodiesel part that really has people asking what is going on. The EPA has proposed that 2.1 billion gallons of diesel produced from sources …

Tata Motors Unveils India’s First Biomethane Bus and Engines
July 25, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Tata Motors/NGV Journal)  Tata Motors has unveiled the country’s first biomethane-powered bus at the Bio-energy program, called ‘Urja Utsav’, organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of …

New Additive Hands Biodiesel the Win as Cleanest Liquid Fuel in the U.S.
July 25, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PR Newswire)  CARB approval makes America’s Advanced Biofuel key to meet carbon reduction goals  —  The California Air Resource Board announced on July 20, 2017 that it has certified a biodiesel additive that will make …

Gevo and Praj Link up to Push ahead with Isobutanol Technology
July 25, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  India-based bioethanol company Praj Industries will be working with US-based advanced biofuels company Gevo to use Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology to process sugarcane juice and molasses.
This follows on the back of Praj’s development …

No Passports, More Turbulence and Standing Cabins – 18 Ways Flying Is Going to Change
July 25, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Paris  (The Telegraph)  … Within 10 years   …   Wider use of biofuels  —  Biofuels could be the answer. Efforts to reduce pollution from aircraft have focused on the use of biofuels …

British Operator Will Trial Biogas Trucks under Demanding-Duty Cycle
July 25, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Ltd will trial the effectiveness of low-emissions natural gas heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) operating as parts of large …

Queensland Renewable Fuels Association to Partner with below50 to Scale up Development and Use of Low-Carbon Fuels
July 25, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(JustMeans.com/Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA))  Today at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Technology, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) signed a partnership agreement to scale …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
July 25, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland     DEADLINE:  September 15, 2017

ECO-BIO 2018 will highlight the latest research and innovation towards developing industrially viable, safe and ecologically friendly biobased (renewable biological sources) solutions to build a sustainable society.
A topical and comprehensive programme will include: plenary and …

ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland
July 25, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
ECO-BIO 2018   —   March 4-8, 2018   —   Dublin, Ireland

One of the main challenges of today’s society involves the much needed transition from an almost exclusively fossil-based economy to a more sustainable one, in order to counteract and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases …

Motorists Give Green Light to E10 Fuel
July 25, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) … A survey of over 25,000 motorists by Fair Fuel UK, the ‘independent voice of UK drivers’, revealed that over 82% of motorists supported the Government promoting E10 – a more environmentally friendly …

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels
July 25, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, …

Young Nebraskan Launches Gubernatorial Campaign on Ag, Hemp and Biofuel Platform
July 25, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, the governor has competition for the Republican primary election next year in a young woman who is putting the focus on strengthening agriculture with a platform that heavily supports hemp …

Hampden Trash-to-Energy Plant on Track to Open April 1 of Next Year
July 25, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Dawn Gagnon (Bangor Daily News)  If all goes to plan, a $69 million waste-to-energy plant planned for Hampden will be up and running by April 1, 2018, according to the partnership that is building it.
Sargent …

Brazil’s Ethanol Producers and Automakers Sign Cooperation Accord
July 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Fernando Calmon (Just Auto)  … Sugar cane-based ethanol, besides powering electricity generation, manages to capture 90% of CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle (from well to wheel). Yet this sector here in Brazil has plotted an …

M’sia Targets 50% Rise in Palm Product Exports to Philippines by 2020
July 25, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia is targetting the export of palm oil and palm-based products to the Philippines to increase by 50% to RM3bil by 2020, from RM1.99bil recorded in 2015.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri …

India Gets Its First R&D Facility For BS-VI Fuels
July 25, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Rajkamal Narayanan (DriveSpark)  India has received its first R&D facility for high-end BS-VI (BS6) fuels, operated by the Indian Oil Corp (IOC). The facility is located in Delhi and was inaugurated by Dharmendra Pradhan, …

Products, and Open for Contract Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to REG Life Sciences
July 25, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In January 2014, REG acquired LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million. Most of the old LS9 team, including the entire R&D leadership group, joined the newly named …

Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress
July 25, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Industrial biotech’s biggest and grandest show, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, opened today in Montreal and BIO itself was in the newsframe with a striking report debunking myths around …

Italy’s ‘First’ Municipal Waste to Methane Plant Inaugurated
July 25, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new plant for the production of biomethane and carbon dioxide has been inaugurated and started operation in Montello, Italy. The biogas upgrading plant is the ‘first’ in Italy able to produce biomethane …

National Study Puts Timeline on Impact of Sea-Level Rise in Maryland and Virginia
July 25, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Joe Heim (The Washington Post)   On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, rising seawater levels and chronic flooding threaten to disrupt daily life, damage homes and businesses, and swallow land in the relatively near future, according …

New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus to other alternative fuels after …

Malaysia and Indonesia Ready to Fight EU at WTO over Palm Oil Ban
July 24, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malaysia, during a meeting between the trade ministers for Malaysia and Indonesia, the countries expressed deep disappointment in the allegedly unfair treatment by the EU on palm oil in favor of …

6th Annual US Biogas 2017 — October 25-26, 2017 — San Diego, CA
July 24, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment
6th Annual US Biogas 2017   —   October 25-26, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

Secure your business in the growth of U.S biogas to RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) markets  —  Join over 200 biogas and RNG experts at the 2017 conference to learn how to develop profitable biogas projects …

Rice Aids in the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks
July 24, 2017 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rice is a staple food for over half of the world’s population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, …

Onken Racing’s American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat Earns Top Honors
July 24, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 16, the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat took home “Top Gun” honors at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees Shootout with a 200-mph run.  
The American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat boat routinely …

Indonesia Supports Fuel Ethanol, but Can’t Fund It
July 24, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says it would like to implement fuel ethanol production incentives, but is unable to fund them.
MEMR recently released a new formula that could start the …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (rabble.ca)  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

New Report Calls for Cap on Biofuels Crops Grown by Farmers
July 24, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(FG Insight)  A new report commissioned by the Government has called for a cap on the amount of crops which can be grown for biofuels to avoid inadvertently increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Instead, the researchers from …

University of Kentucky CAER’s Biofuels Group Receives $2M to Support Novel Emissions Research
July 24, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Kentucky)  The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research’s (CAER) Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group has received a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop new emissions technology for low-temperature gasoline.
The …

Welcome to ‘All of the Above’ Transportation
July 24, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle)  … It won’t happen overnight. Barriers remain, from range anxiety with full electric vehicles to an already overburdened and aging electric grid. Affordable grid-scale energy storage remains elusive.

Transportation makes up …

OUR OPINION: EPA’s RFS Proposal Is Mixed Bag for Farm States
July 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Sioux City Journal)  Announcement earlier this month by the Environmental Protection Agency on new volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standards program produced a mixed bag of news for farm states like Iowa, Nebraska and South …

Let’s Not Return to the Failed Protectionism over Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen and Joel Velasco (Renewable Fuels Association/Estadao (translation of Op-Ed))  … With all of this progress then, we two old warriors have to ask, why is Brazil contemplating a return to the anti-free trade, …

WEBINAR: Low-Tech Carbonizers for Biochar Production:Theory and Applications — July 25, 2017
July 24, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: Low-Tech Carbonizers for Biochar Production:Theory and Applications   —   July 25, 2017

Biochar is made by applying heat to biomass in the absence of oxygen. Flame carbonization uses the flame itself to exclude oxygen. Flame carbonization methods can produce high quality biochar from low value biomass waste …

Sugarlogix Researchers Go from Fuel to Food
July 24, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In California, two cofounders of Sugarlogix went from engineering yeast for cellulose based fuel production and refining biofuel fermentation processes to cultivating prebiotic sugars that could be good for your …

Senate Panel Won’t Vote on Bill to Boost Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  A Senate committee won’t hold a vote next week on legislation that would have allowed higher ethanol concentrations in some gasoline.
The legislation had been pushed for months by corn-state senators …

Romania Expects to Increase Blending Mandate by almost Double
July 24, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Romania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive.
Biofuel is expected to to rise slightly in 2018, …

War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center
July 24, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels by focusing on the fundamental …

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding
July 24, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of …

Ireland’s Public Transport Fleets Will Begin Transition to Sustainability
July 24, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  The National Transport Authority announced that Ireland’s public transport fleet will begin the journey to sustainability. Thus, energy company Gas Networks Ireland has called on the country’s transport operators to move …

Loosening of Lignocellulose: Switchgrass and Success in Sugar Release
July 24, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Introduced traits remain stable, improving biofuel production in a field setting.  —   …  Near-term fossil fuel alternatives could reduce carbon emissions and ensure U.S. energy security. One alternative uses switchgrass, …

OPIS Publishes White Paper: “Implications for Revitalized Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S.-Produced Corn Ethanol”
July 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy recently launched RenovaBio, a program poised to take a radically new approach to expanding the production and use of biofuels in Brazil.
 
Should Brazil’s RenovaBio program adopt a Carbon Intensity …

3rd Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar and Study Tour — December 11-13, 2017 — Cape Town, South Africa
July 23, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
3rd Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar and Study Tour   —   December 11-13, 2017   —  Cape Town, South Africa

The International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence IBBK is delighted to invite you to the third Biogas Training Seminar at the University of Cape Town.
We invite again farmers, project developers, consultants, investors and the …

International Intensive Biogas Training – Practical Digester Biology 2017 — November 22-24, 2017 — Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
July 23, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment
International Intensive Biogas Training – Practical Digester Biology 2017   —   November 22-24, 2017   —   Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Learn about Anaerobic Digester Biology, Practical Biogas Training, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. This training will feature a specific focus on bio waste and food waste digestion as well as gas upgrading and gas injection.
Draft programme and registration the …

proBiogas International – Engineering and Operating Course with Field Trips — September 19-27, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 23, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
proBiogas International – Engineering and Operating Course with Field Trips   —   September 19-27, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

This 7-day intensive biogas training with field trips is designed to provide plant operators, decision makers and investors with profound specific operating and engineering knowledge. The event is conducted in English and will take place in Stuttgart, …

9th Annual RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum — October 2-4, 2017 — Chicago, IL
July 23, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
9th Annual RFS2, RINs  & Biodiesel Forum   —   October 2-4, 2017   —   Chicago, IL

Perspectives on the Evolving Renewable Fuel Standard  —  The Renewable Fuel Standard at a Crossroads: Considerations and Opportunities
While the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 RVOs largely offered continued support for the renewable fuels industry, questions remain …

Tank Storage Forum 2017 — December 6, 2017 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 23, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
Tank Storage Forum 2017   —   December 6, 2017   —   Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Tank Storage Forum 2017 is a gathering of senior level executives from investors, storage owners and operators, oil companies, logistics, EPC & service providers, ports and many more. The round table format will enable you to interact …

Fifth Annual Forest Investment Conference — May 1-2, 2018 — New York, NY
July 23, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
Fifth Annual Forest Investment Conference   —   May 1-2, 2018   —   New York, NY

RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and manage timberlands. The Investment conference will …

Bio-Based Live Americas — September 26-27, 2017 — San Diego, CA
July 23, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
Bio-Based Live Americas   —   September 26-27, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

Dedicated to the industry, Bio-Based Live Americas brings together leading experts from across the value chain to discuss the challenges we currently face and to share their latest ideas.
TWO CONTENT STREAMS, ONE SHOW
PROCESS INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS 
Developing bio-based …

2017 Argus California Carbon and LCFS Summit — October 9 -11, 2017 — Napa, CA
July 23, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
2017 Argus California Carbon and LCFS Summit   —   October 9 -11, 2017   —   Napa, CA

North America’s carbon, emissions, and fuels markets are in a state of uncertainty under today’s policies. The current state of the California’s Cap-and-Trade and LCFS program  as well as federal emission initiatives have market participants …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Value of Biogas 2018 West — January 16-17, 2018 — , Canada DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
July 23, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Value of Biogas 2018 West   —   January 16-17, 2018   —  , Canada   DEADLINE:  September 15, 2017

Potential presenters for the Canadian Biogas Association’s Value of Biogas WEST and EAST conferences are invited to submit biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) presentation abstracts to be considered for either or both conferences. For …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Value of Biogas 2018 East — March 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
July 23, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Value of Biogas 2018 East   —   March 2018   —   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   DEADLINE:  September 15, 2017

Potential presenters for the Canadian Biogas Association’s Value of Biogas WEST and EAST conferences are invited to submit biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) presentation abstracts to be considered for either or both conferences. For …

Value of Biogas 2018 East — March 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 23, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
Value of Biogas 2018 East   —   March 2018   —   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Save the date for the Canadian Biogas Association’s exciting and informative annual Value of Biogas conferences. Value of Biogas WEST will take place in Abbotsford, BC on January 16th and 17th, and Value of Biogas EAST …

Value of Biogas 2018 West — January 16-17, 2018 — Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
July 23, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Value of Biogas 2018 West   —   January 16-17, 2018   —   Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Save the date for the Canadian Biogas Association’s exciting and informative annual Value of Biogas conferences. Value of Biogas WEST will take place in Abbotsford, BC on January 16th and 17th, and Value of Biogas EAST …

Novel Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification — September 12-13, 2017 — Munich, Germany
July 23, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
Novel Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification   —   September 12-13, 2017   —   Munich, Germany

ICM International Congress Center, Munich, Germany; Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12-13, 2017
In cooperation with Messe München Oils + Fats Trade Show

Session 1: Oilseed Processing

9:00

Oil Seed Dehulling, Mr. Dirk Heinrich, Buhler Group, Switzerland

9:30

New Technological Developments in Oilseed …

Senate Passes Ag, Energy Appropriations Bills – Increases Over House Package
July 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Thursday, July 20, Senate Appropriators reported several spending bills for FY2018 out of committee, including budget proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the …

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors
July 21, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
“Methane is a …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

A Total of 15 Young Men and Women Will Work alongside Technicians at the Stadium
July 21, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(The Nassau Guardian)  With a reputation for catering to outdoor events of all types and sizes, Bahamas Waste’s involvement in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) should come as no surprise. As a sponsor of …

What’s In a Number?
July 21, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Plenty of talk circulates around ethanol blends above E10. Clearly, E15 is the next milestone. But as we work to capture ethanol’s octane benefits and its ability …

Ethanol Blog: RFS Public Comment Period Opens Friday
July 21, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will officially open a public comment period on Friday on the latest renewable volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the comment …

Driving the News: Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii Are Introducing a Carbon Tax Bill
July 21, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are introducing a carbon tax bill next Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute. If that sounds familiar, that’s because they did the same …

A Push for Low-Carbon Fuels Pays off in California
July 21, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Long a leader in environmental regulation, California is pushing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automotive fuels. At the center of this effort is the state’s low carbon fuel standard …

Group: Clovis Pick Illegal!
July 21, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adranga (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Union of Concerned Scientists says Trump’s pick of non-scientist (and former campaign co-chair) Sam Clovis to be USDA’s top scientist is illegal, Helena Bottemiller Evich reports. The group argues …

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation
July 21, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F. Lambin, Charlotte Y. Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E. Thomas (Science Magazine)  Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in …

Unlocking a Key to Maize’s Amazing Success
July 21, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science Magazine)  Maize grows on every continent save Antarctica and provides food and biofuels for millions of people. Now, researchers studying ancient and modern maize have found a clue to its popularity over …

“Dirty, Difficult, And Dangerous”: Why Millennials Won’t Work In Oil
July 21, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova  (Oilprice.com)   Like many industries today, the oil industry is trying to sell its many job opportunities to the fastest growing portion of the global workforce: Millennials. But unlike any other industry, oil and …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions
July 21, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of …

New York Green Bank Could Go Nationwide
July 21, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Morris (Habitat Magazine)  Bills before Congress would devote $10 billion to clean-energy projects. — The New York Green Bank, which has been financing solar, wind and other sustainable-energy projects statewide since 2014, has proven so …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Australian Government Announces Support for Biorefinery Project
July 20, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used …

Bill Aims to Establish Tax Credit for Biobased Chemicals
July 20, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced legislation that aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass.
The bill, known as the Renewable Chemicals Act of …

Greenbelt Resources Greenlighted for Indonesian “Ecolabel” Status for Technology that Helps Address $940 Billion Food Loss Problem
July 20, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  The Indonesian government’s Technical Committee on Verification of Environmentally Friendly Technology has officially recommended that Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) be awarded “Eco Friendly Technology” registration for its proprietary waste-to-energy systems process “ECOsystem” …

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm
July 20, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to …

Indigenous Tech for Biofuels May Emerge Soon, Says Dharmendra Pradhan
July 20, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  The government is hopeful that a new model regarding the use of biofuels and developed through indigenous technology would emerge in the coming days, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.
During the Question Hour …

Domestic Materials for E5 Fuel in Short Supply
July 20, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge)  The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) estimates that from January 1, 2018, when Vietnam shifts from using RON 92 to RON 95 and E5, total E5 consumption volume would be around 5.357 …

Corn Farmers, Biofuels Have More to Offer
July 20, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Journal-Advocate)  … Oxygenating gasoline is required under Clean Air Act amendments, and ethanol — with its clean-burning qualities — has long been regarded as the best additive for that. For years, adding …

Will Proposed Cuts Undermine Trump’s Vision of ‘Energy Dominance’?
July 20, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (Washington Post)  … The proposal would mean a 30 percent reduction in staff. “Achieves cost savings by aligning workforce to smaller EERE program,” the slide said blandly.
The next day, about 100 …

EU to Cut Biodiesel Tariffs for Argentina, Indonesia, Following WTO Ruling
July 20, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Poppy Carnell (M Lex Market Insight) EU dumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia will be cut by more than half, after European investigators recalculated the duty rate in line with a ruling by …

Ethanol Still a Significant Challenge, Survey Says
July 20, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Sweet (Boating Industry)  Growing number of readers report ethanol-related problems
Despite efforts to educate boaters about concerns over ethanol in general and E15 in particular, those in the industry are seeing a growing number …

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC Call for Coherence in EU Strategy for Enhancing Soy Production
July 20, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(European Feed Manufacturers Federation)  COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC members rely on the EU production of oilseeds, soy and other oil- and protein-containing crops. We share the objective of an increased production of soy in Europe. …

Ready for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Aviation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out
July 20, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from …

18 New Biodiesel Fuelled Trains Coming to the Netherlands
July 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Arriva has been named as the winner of the next contract to operate regional passenger rail services in Groningen and Friesland, the Netherlands. The move will see 18 new biodiesel trains added to …

Major New UK Report Argues Biofuels, Especially Second Generation, Are Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
July 20, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are needed to meet the UK’s commitments to mitigating climate change, according to a new report requested by the county’s government.
Second generation biofuels, made from wastes and by-products of other sectors, will …

Gasoline-to-Ethanol Switch Reduces Number of Tiny, Harmful Particles in the Air
July 20, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  New research claims that the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometres in diameter, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health, increases in the air when …

Finnish Biofuels Plants Left with €200 Million Funding Hole
July 20, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Finnish firm Suomen Bioetanoli is looking for substantial new funding for two new biofuels plants, following the withdrawal of a major investor on the project.
According to yle.fi, a €200 million deal with Chinese investor …

ExxonMobil, University Extend Research for Transportation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.
According to ExxonMobil, the research is part of a broad …

Tata Motors Designs, Showcases Bio-Methane Bus Engines
July 20, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Tata Motors says it has designed and developed bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for light commercial vehicle, intermediate commercial vehicle and multi-axle commercial vehicle buses.
As reported, the commercial vehicle …

NATSO, Trade Groups Applaud Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation
July 20, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Advanced Biofuels Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), Petroleum Marketers …

California Legislature Extends Cap-and-Trade, Codifies Low Carbon Fuel Standard
July 20, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The California legislature has voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by 10 years to 2030 while also codifying the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.
In what was expected …

ChemCatBio Launches 2017 Directed Funding Assistance Opportunity
July 19, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 19, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) commenting on US Department of Energy funding for bioenergy research centers, “However, one caveat. The funding here is for just one year of these BRCs. The Trump budget slashes energy research …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

A New Chloroplast ‘App’ for Making Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  … What we do know is that the precursors for seed oil come from many sources in a plant cell. And Kun (Kenny) Wang and the Benning lab have recently identified a new, potentially significant one.
The …

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food …

Cassava Potential Can Save FG N800bn If Tapped – Association
July 19, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(PMNewsNigeria.com)  The Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) says the country can save over N800 billion foreign exchange, hitherto used for ethanol importation, by exploiting the potential of cassava.
Pastor Segun Adewumi, the National President of the …

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon
July 19, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the construction of an advanced biofuels plant. SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier …

Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
July 19, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

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

High Added Value Renewable Polymers
July 19, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is …

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts
July 19, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last …

St1 to Add Renewable Diesel Production, Continues Ethanol Work
July 19, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(St1/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  St1 announced it is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be built in St1 refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of planned investments, …

Ethanol Is Good for Environment. Letter Writer Misrepresented Facts
July 19, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Winters (Western New York Energy/Daily Gazette) Ethanol has been used in New York and other Northeastern states for nearly 20 years as the key component in cleaner-burning “reformulated gasoline.” Ethanol-blended gasoline reduces emissions of …

Get Yer Hot Hot E15 Action Here!
July 19, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Sen. Jim Inhofe will take to the Senate floor to opine on the need for Republicans to work together to support fossil fuels. Sources familiar with Inhofe’s thinking say he’d …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local
July 19, 2017 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina.
The …

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with …

Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat
July 12, 2017 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Could Spare Many Communities from This Fate  —  More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by climate change, and the number …

EPA Schedules Hearing on RFS Proposal for Aug. 1
July 12, 2017 – 10:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the …

Becoming a Carbon Superhero: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Indian Oil’s Landmark Project for Fuels+, from Refinery Waste CO2: The Partner? It’s LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Turkey, at the World Petroleum Congress, India’s flagship national oil company Indian Oil Corporation and carbon recycler LanzaTech unveiled a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery …

Make Lenders Love Your Construction Contract
July 12, 2017 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Charles G. Loos (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  By the time a developer seeks non-recourse financing for a biomass project, the contracts for construction and major equipment procurement have usually been pre-negotiated and are on hold …

France Plans to End Sales of All Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040
July 11, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Bate Felix and Simon Carraud  (Reuters)  France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a …

2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Awards POET’s Jeff Broin 10th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
July 10, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  For those in the biofuels industry, the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is a must. This year’s World Congress will feature a 12-session Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms track, covering …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

Officials: Ethanol Firm Doing Measures to Avoid Pollution
July 7, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Erwin P. Nicavera (SunStar Bacolod)  THE Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) said it is doing measures to ensure that there is no occurrence of pollution from its two plants in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. …

High Gas Prices? No Problem for This Biofuel-Making Destrehan Teen
July 7, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Barry Guillot  (Times-Picayune)  … Dillon Deshotel doesn’t worry about gas prices. Deshotel, a recent Destrehan High graduate, makes his own biodiesel at home. For him, fluctuating gas prices are irrelevant. His fuel is always less …

Bio-Fuel from Waste: Zeolite Catalysts Pave the Road to Decentral Chemical Processes
July 7, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Munich)  Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst …

Foreign Investment in U.S. Farmland on the Rise
July 7, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

By Johnathan Hettinger and Robert Holly with additional reporting by Jelter Meers (Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)  In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui received wide public attention when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods …

North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel
July 7, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction …

NBB Considers Legal Options Regarding Surging Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Since Filing of Trade Petition
July 7, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   New data show that dumped and subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina continue unabated and, in fact, have further surged into the United States. In March of 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) …

Mexico Biofuel Regs Favor US Imports: Industry
July 7, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Mexico’s recently approved increase in allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 10pc could boost US gasoline imports over domestic ethanol production, some Mexican companies say.
The increase initiated last month in the allowable ethanol blend …

RFA: Buffalo Chip Motorists Can Now Fuel with Ethanol
July 7, 2017 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Motorcycle riders traveling around Sturgis, South Dakota, now have the ability to fuel with 93 octane, 10 percent ethanol. As part of an overall effort to educate motorcyclists on ethanol, …

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard Good For Farmers, Consumers, Environment
July 7, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Dale McCall (Rocky Mountain Farmers Union/Brian Allmer Radio Network)  America’s farming communities are facing an economic crisis. Not since the 1980s have farm incomes declined so far so fast. The Wall Street Journal called it the …

Three Charts Revealing Why Oil Companies Really Hate the RFS and E15
July 7, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) …  No, the debate over the RFS and E15 is all about oil companies, those folks extracting petroleum from Mother Earth, losing market share. Period. It’s really that simple.
Thanks in large …

Senior Politicians under Probe for Illegal Ethanol Imports – Nkaissery
July 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Kurgat Marindany (The Star, Kenya)  Several senior politicians are being investigated for the illegal importation of ethanol, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said. Nkaissery said on Saturday that security agencies have profiled several senior politicians alleged …

Shocker in Ames: CEO Change at REG, World’s Biggest Biomass Based Diesel Producer
July 7, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced that Dan Oh has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.  The resignation was …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

Steelworkers No Fans of E15
July 7, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The United Steelworkers fear Sen. Deb Fischer’s bill to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel could allow more smog. The union sent a letter Thursday to all 100 …

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?
July 7, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. …

Pruitt Raises Idea of Higher Levels of Ethanol-Free Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … (EPA Administrator Scott ) Pruitt also noted that EPA will be “assessing higher levels of ethanol-free gasoline.”
Ethanol-free gasoline translates into higher volumes of aromatic chemicals to raise …

Renewable Energy Group Applauds Illinois Legislature for Extending Biodiesel Incentive
July 7, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/NASDAQ.com)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) leaders praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive.
Current Illinois law, which expires at the end of 2018, offers retailers a 20 …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels: Minister
July 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot …

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill (U.S. Department of Energy)   Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of …

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Identifies Market Opportunity for Lignin Waste as a Byproduct of Cellulosic Ethanol Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance Bio-Products, Inc./AccessWire)  The Company’s Production of Pure Lignin Provides a Viable Opportunity to Further Reduce the Production Costs of Cellulosic Ethanol While Adding an Additional Revenue Stream  —   Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. (“ABP”), a subsidiary …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels: Production Technologies for Biofuels, Volume 2
July 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Lalit Kumar Singh (Editor), Gaurav Chaudhary (Editor) (Wiley)  Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer …

Brazil Delays Decision on Ethanol Import Tariff
July 7, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. groups say tariffs could have “wide-ranging and long-standing impacts” on industries and global fuel supply.  —  The Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced Wednesday that …

Iowa Ethanol Supporters Push for Expanded E15 Access
July 7, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  Proponents call on Congress to support legislation to remove barriers to make E15 ethanol blend available year-round.  —  The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would change the language in …

Brazil to Speed up Adoption of Biofuel Mandates -Industry Group
July 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by  José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  The Brazilian government will use a fast-track legislative tool to speed up implementation of a program that aims to boost biofuels use by setting mandates for fuels distributors, an ethanol …

Unfair Polish Low-Priced Biodiesel Exports Continuous Damage to the EU Internal Market of Renewable Fuels Needs to Be Stopped
July 7, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(European Biodiesel Board)  Since more than one year unfair low price biodiesel exports from Poland are causing serious damages to the EU internal market of renewable fuels and to fuels operators in many countries. Notwithstanding …

Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, other Biofuels and Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Rutgers University)  Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University.  They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they …

Hawaiian Airlines Needs To Commit To Renewable Energy
July 7, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Stewart Taggart (Honolulu Civil Beat)  The carrier flies a fuel-efficient aircraft fleet but seems uncommitted to biofuels.  —  … While the state of Hawaii’s committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the commitment excludes …