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Readi for 100% Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet, ReadiDiesel
March 28, 2017 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rode aboard one of the EA-18G Growler fighter jets testing 100% biofuel flights this month to demonstrate his commitment to getting biofuel mainstream within the …

U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
March 20, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per …

Industry Roundtable: Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006 — March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 21, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment
Industry Roundtable:  Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006   —   March 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The United States Department of Navy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy are co-hosting an industry roundtable for the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply chain. The purpose …

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program
February 21, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military
February 8, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Laura Parker (National Geographic)  Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, floodwaters …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Air Force Opens Funding Opportunity for Drop-In Biofuel Facility
February 7, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Lab recently opened a grant funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel production. One $55 million award is expected to be made under funding …

Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006
January 24, 2017 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Air Force)  This Title III project is to further increase domestic advanced biofuels production capacity by establishing additional Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities that represent a complete value chain including Feedstock production, Chemical …

Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security
January 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference,” Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases,” the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed …

BRAG® Biofuels Industry Outlook For 2017
January 19, 2017 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  … Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this support that helped Trump win in …

Military’s Shift Away from Oil Clashes with Trump’s Promises
January 18, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Fayatteville Observer/Associated Press)  … While a growing number of military leaders have declared global warming a national security threat, the strategy clashes with President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to end policies that “undermine” fossil fuel producers. Trump …

REPORT: Navy’s Biofuels Program Is A Huge Step Backwards
January 6, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The U.S. Navy’s biofuels program has “failed to demonstrate any operational or strategic advantages over petroleum and have actually increased costs” for the military, according to a new report …

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy
January 3, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.

A notice published …

The Trump Cabinet’s Greener Thumb
December 19, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis may be a rare ray of hope for environmental advocates that the coming administration won’t completely walk away from clean energy initiatives, Pro’s …

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel
December 8, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift …

U.S. Navy Using Biofuels to Power Fighter Jet Fleet
November 18, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(CBS)  Some of America’s best fighter jets can soar without using a drop of oil for fuel. New technology is helping the U.S. Navy power its fleet with cooking grease and plant seeds. Don Dahler …

Small Farm Conference–A Seriously Knowledge-Intensive Activity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
November 14, 2016 – 9:45 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “I want to make this land productive again,” was a common refrain at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 13th Annual Small Farm Conference November 11-12.  Whether returning to …

Palaszczuk Government to Lure International Biofuels Investment to Queensland
November 9, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Queensland Government)  The Palaszczuk Government will target Australian and international biofutures investment to help boost the industry in regional Queensland.

Speaking in Parliament today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that an Expression of Interest process to attract …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
November 9, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has …

US Navy Deploys Green Power Vs. Oil Power in ISIL Battle
November 6, 2016 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The US Department of Defense has been a main driver of the nation’s transition to renewable energy, but so far its use of biofuel in war machines has been limited …

‘Readijet’ Biofuel Created in Panama City to Fuel Military Jets
November 2, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(WJHG.com)  Imagine a world in which the military’s most elite jets are fueled by a product made from kitchen grease.  …  Chuck Red is the Vice President of Fuels Development with Applied Research Associates. The …

Navy Displays Military Use of Biofuels and Great Green Fleet at Commissioning of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)
October 18, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Electricity.  When describing the USS Zumwalt, which was commissioned in Baltimore Harbor Saturday, the first characteristic to mention is the new age design (can’t miss that); followed by the …

Turning Brewery Wastewater into Battery Power
October 12, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Colorado Boulder)  CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.

This unique pairing …

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted
October 4, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to …

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future
October 3, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that invest in the second and …

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus
September 30, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships …

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective
September 28, 2016 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced …

Alternative Jet Fuels Tackle Rising Aviation Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires …

William Holmberg, Decorated Marine Who Became Renewable Energy Advocate, Dies at 88
September 19, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Bart Barnes (The Washington Post)  William C. Holmberg, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who received the Navy Cross for his actions on a Korean battlefield and later spent decades as an advocate on …

Navy Tests 100-Percent Advanced Biofuel
September 17, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Watters (Naval Aviation News)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G “Green Growler” completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station …

New Biofuel Successfully Powers EA-18 Super-Hornet Surveillance Aircraft
September 17, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  The US Navy successfully tested a new advanced biofuel this month on a Boeing EA-18 “Green Growler” aircraft, a surveillance version of the Super-Hornet, the US Naval Institute reported on Friday.  —  The …

Turning Beets to BioFuel on Delmarva
September 16, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Todd Karli  (WBOC)  …  A group of students and scientists are exploring the idea that sugar beets, what they’re calling energy beets, can be converted into jet fuel, with the Navy keeping a watchful eye.

“This …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Achieves Breakthrough as LanzaTech Produces Jet Fuel from Waste Gases for Virgin Atlantic
September 15, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Virgin Atlantic)  For the first time ever, 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel has been produced from ‘Lanzanol’, LanzaTech’s low carbon ethanol; Producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial gases from steel mills via …

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus
September 15, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has made alternative energy a top priority since taking office in 2009, but this week he took his commitment to new heights, literally.  The civilian …

Biodiesel a Fuel Option for Army Workboats
September 11, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by John Simpson (Engineering 360) A three-year study to evaluate the feasibility of using biodiesel fuel in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) floating plant operations has concluded that the use of such fuels does not negatively …

Fulcrum Works to Convert Trash into Biofuel
September 8, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Annie Conway (Northern Nevada Business Weekly)  Fulcrum BioEnergy, a company based out of Pleasanton, Calif., has developed a process to convert household trash into biofuel.
The company pioneered a technology that transforms municipal solid waste …

US Air Force to Produce Biofuels for US DoD Applications
September 2, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(airforce-technology.com)  The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Programme Office will focus on producing biofuels for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The plans to home-grow biofuels follow President …

Who Needs Biofuels? Cost-Competitive Renewable Fuels are in Demand
August 30, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male  (U.S. Department of Energy)   A large part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector could be uniquely filled by biofuels and bioproducts. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

Competitively Priced, ECA Compliant, Sustainable Biofuel Bunkers Will be a Reality in the Near Future
August 22, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  Chuck Red, Vice President at US-based biofuels firm Applied Research Associates (ARA), says the current cost of biofuel bunkers is misunderstood, and that competitively priced sustainable products are not only possible, they …

Alliance BioEnergy Enters the Biofuel Industry To Meet the Needs of the U.S. Military
August 22, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy/Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce today that its patented CTS process will be used to demonstrate the viability of advanced Aviation Biofuel and Biodiesels for use in …

Biofuels on Agenda during US Navy Visit
August 22, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Scott Rutherford (Navy Daily) Alternative fuels and energy efficient systems were on everybody’s lips when American ship USS Stethem, arrived alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, this month.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, welcomed the ship’s company …

U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ to Tap Australian Biofuel Hub
August 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg)  Renewable fuels may provide 50% of U.S. fleet’s power by 2020; Queensland seeks to create export-oriented green-fuel market  —  The U.S. accepted Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing …

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: New Research
August 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate …

Engineering a Better Biofuel: New Protein Process in E. coli Could Lead to More Efficient Options for ‘Tiniest of Factories’
August 11, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold (The Washington University) …  Now, a team from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in …

No Petroleum Required: U.S. Navy Completes Sea Trial with ARA’s 100% Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel
August 8, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(ARA)  For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) completed final-phase …

$26/gallon to $2.05 in 42 months: The Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet
August 1, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest and BioChannel.TV released “Sustainable Fuels on Troubled Waters”, the Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet — a documentary profile on the US …

Aemetis CEO to Attend RIMPAC Maritime Exercise in Hawaii with US Navy Great Green Fleet
August 1, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) today announced that Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO, accepted an invitation to join top Navy officials and a small group of leading biofuels executives in Hawaii on July 19th to …

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”
August 1, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

Latest US Navy Biofuel Bunkers Are Bad For the Environment, Expensive, Barely Biofuel At All, Says Critic
July 8, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  … As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the U.S. Navy has sought to develop and use drop-in biofuels as part of its energy security goals, having previously set a target of getting …

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy
July 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Steve Scherer (Reuters)  A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s program to use more alternative energy.

The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, …

NFU Calls on Lawmakers to Stop Undermining #Biofuels
June 16, 2016 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  … The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on legislators to stop undermining national security and adopt the benefits of advanced biofuels.

“… The recurring attempts to quietly neutralize biofuels through the defense appropriations …

Two CSGs In Mediterranean; Truman Attacking ISIS, Ike Demonstrating ‘Great Green Fleet’
June 10, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Megan Eckstein (US Naval Institute News)  … For now, the Ike CSG is involved in Great Green Fleet operations, to include a multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy’s Flotta Verde, according to …

Govt Backs in Qld as Asia-Pacific Biofutures Hub
June 8, 2016 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

(MySunshineCoast)  The Palaszczuk Government will invest almost $20 million to position Queensland as an Asia-Pacific hub for biofutures industries, creating next generation jobs in the state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today.

The Premier launched her Government’s …

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets
June 2, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal …

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel
May 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Renewable Jet Fuel, Competitive Cost, at Scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir
May 20, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight …

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?
May 16, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A …

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program
May 13, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per …

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment
May 13, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132:

None …

Defense Approps Stops Military from Spending on Low-GHG Fuels
May 11, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy 5/12/2016)  Straightening ME out on Section 526: The defense appropriation draft defunds any implementation of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Section 526, as …

Cessna 182 Crosses Country on Biofuel
May 4, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)  Ross McCurdy, a science teacher from Ponaganset High School in Glocester, Rhode Island, has flown to Santa Monica, California, and back in a 1980 diesel-powered Cessna 182 owned by a …

Armed Forces Testing Biofuels to Reduce Costs
May 4, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Vic Schoonover (The Lawton Constitution)  While this isn’t information making Oklahoma oil and gas companies any happier during the downturn in oil and gas prices, the U.S. armed forces, namely the Navy and the Air …

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

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

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

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

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth
April 7, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass
April 6, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   -Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass. …

Up, Up & Away: The Top 10 Magic Moments in Aviation Biofuels in 2016
April 6, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia formed a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the …

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland
April 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a ‘giant’ step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.

The recorded version can …

ARA Delivers Game-Changing 100% Renewable Fuels to the Navy
March 28, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Applied Research Associates/ARA)  No More Blending: 100 Percent Drop-In Renewable Fuel will Increase Energy Security for U.S. Military While Reducing CO2 Emissions  —  The Navy is performing certification testing on neat, unblended ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel® …

SDSU Works toward Ground-Breaking Way to Fuel Planes
March 24, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Gerry (The Collegian)  South Dakota State researchers are working to perfect a process that could allow them to turn mustard seeds into jet fuel for Navy fighter planes.
If people like Bill Gibbons are successful, …

Energy Security Drives U.S. Military to Renewables
March 18, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by  Camille von Kaenel (ClimateWire/Scientific American) Reducing emissions is not a priority for the military — … Concerns over energy security are spurring branches of the military to get more electricity from renewable sources, inching the Pentagon …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

Biomass Goes from Golden Age to the Brink of Demise
March 10, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Marc Heller (E&E Publishing/ClimateWire)  … In California, once home to 66 biomass plants, about 30 remain in business, dashing the hopes of orchard growers looking for places to sell downed trees and branches.

“When oil is …

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP renewable fuels technology
March 10, 2016 – 10:53 am | 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 …

A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
March 8, 2016 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Industrial Biotechnology)  … My current assessment is that there exists an unlimited sense of opportunity in the biobased products and bioenergy sector. I look at the work being done at the USDA, which is extensive and …

Vislack Defends Biofuels, Bioenergy during House Hearing
March 4, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour …

The Big, Big Buyer: The Digest’s 2016 Guide to the Defense Logistics Agency
March 1, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Defense Logistics Agency is the DoD Executive Agent for Bulk Petroleum supply chain. FY15 sales and acquisitions: ~ $15B; federal only: ~$418M.  READ MORE

Army to Lease Land to HECO for Biodiesel-Fueled Power Project
February 24, 2016 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Army has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) to lease land and grant easements on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield to Hawaii Electric Co. (HECO) …

To Have and Have Not: Energy Security vs Energy Independence in a World Awash in Cheap Oil
February 24, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following slides and comments are excerpted and expanded from remarks by Digest editor & publisher Jim Lane at the Energy Security Breakfast at ABLC 2016, held last week in …

ARA Ships 100% Drop-In Biofuels for Navy Certification
February 15, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. …

Issue Brief: Obama FY2017 Budget Proposal: Sustainable Energy, Buildings, Transportation and Climate
February 12, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his $4.15 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2017 federal budget proposal, a 5 percent increase over 2016. In his final budget request, President Obama …

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy
February 10, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look to financially assist first mover investment in the biofuels industry.

According to local news website Daily …

First Indian Biofuel Ship Set for Fleet Review
February 8, 2016 – 11:46 pm | No Comment

by Kalyan Ray Visakhapatnam (Deccan Herald)  When President Pranab Mukherjee will review the naval fleet on Saturday, a small Indian naval vessel with green bands on both sides may emerge as the centre of attraction as …

NASA Should Be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production
February 8, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at a way to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass-based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US …

Launch of the Great Green Fleet
January 22, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $2.05 per gallon for drop-in, non-food advanced biofuels blends. Who would have thought it possible a few years ago.  Well, the Navy for one. Their remarkable vision results in Carrier Strike …

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels
January 20, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional …

Amidst Drop in Oil Prices, U.S. Navy Deploys ‘Great Green Fleet’
January 20, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by David Alexander (Reuters/Yahoo!)  The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first …

How a Controversial SECNAV Has Transformed the Navy
January 20, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Navy Times)  … The future fleet is poised to operate more on alternative fuels and be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has transformed the services he leads during what has become the longest …

Greening the Military
January 19, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Sara Stefanini (Politico)  Getting fuel into a war zone can be deadly. One soldier is killed on average for every 24 convoys sent across the mountains and deserts of Pakistan to supply foreign troops in …

Carrier USS John C. Stennis Leaves Kitsap-Bremerton for Great Green Fleet Deployment
January 18, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sam LaGrone (US Naval Institute News)  Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. for a seven-month Western Pacific deployment on Friday, Navy officials told USNI News.

The Stennis Carrier Strike …

Air Force Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Impact of Proposed Red Rock Biofuels Facility
January 12, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) USAF Announces a draft environmental assessment — Red Rock Biofuels LLC, Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise, Lake County OR

This assessment is contained in three files:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

AGENCY: United States Air Force, Air …

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels
January 8, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional …

Navy to Launch Great Green Fleet with 77 Million Gallon Buy of Cost-Competitive, Non-Food Advanced Biofuels Blends
January 8, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation technology.  The Navy’s 7-year quest to diversify its fuel supply without …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

In Santa’s Stocking: 3 Big Wins for Renewable Fuels, Feedstocks
December 21, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $1 biodiesel tax credit extended through 2016, and much more.

In Washington, lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation for retroactive reinstatement of the $1 per gallon biodiesel mixture …

Alcohol to Renewable Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ
December 17, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes …

“High Confidence Level” as Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Closes in on Historic ASTM Approval
December 17, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As ASTM technical balloting is underway and as experts sift through and request revised submissions of technical data, insiders are pointing to an early 2016 approval for Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet …

Great Green Fleet Readies to Sail in January
December 16, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Meghann Myers (Navy Times)  More than six years after it was first announced, the Great Green Fleet will makes its maiden voyage in late January.

The carrier strike group will deploy, fueled with a mix …

Does This Really Make Us More Secure?
December 8, 2015 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (1010WCSI)  … Yet, the biggest indication that the President’s comments were flimflam came from within his own administration. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s remarks in Paris, the EPA announced the final rule on …

Military Takes Clean Energy Seriously, and It’s Not Alone
December 8, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Justin Ford (Las Vegas Sun)  … The U.S. military has long since decided climate change is a “threat multiplier.” Increasing global temperatures mean more dangerous situations around the world — stressing already-fragile states with resource …

Biodico’s Innovative 20 MMgy Biodiesel Plant Opens in California
December 4, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel producer and technology developer Biodico has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 4 for its 20 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Five Points, California. The facility, called Biodico Westside, is designed …

Discovery Advances Biowaste-to-Jet Fuel Research
December 4, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel.

Bin …

Picatinny Arsenal Engineers Cook up New Recipe for Biofuel
December 3, 2015 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Audra Calloway (Picatinny Arsenal; U.S. Army)   While people who go to the beach and lakes may think of algae as a slimy nuisance, Picatinny engineers have partnered with private industry to harness its …

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

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

Why Veterans Are Pushing for More Clean Energy Back Home
November 12, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Johnson (Grist/Fusion)  Veterans know firsthand the dangerous challenges that come from fossil-fuel dependence, and many are choosing to help the country transition to a clean-energy economy when they return home.

As a veteran, I personally …

Mission Incomplete
November 3, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report …

Great Green Fleet Adrift
November 3, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  The enormity of the military’s fuel usage is still very much on the industry’s radar, but the exuberance of 2012-‘13 has largely been replaced with the more measured tone. — Three …

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP
October 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | 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 …

Biodico Presents Results of Five-Year Biofuel Study to Navy, Energy Commission and Governor’s Office
October 23, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Biodico)  Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, today announced that the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center presented the results of a five-year joint research and development project with Biodico …

Bagram Air Field Converts UCO to Biodiesel to Power Incinerators
October 7, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Summer Barkley (DVIDS/Biodiesel Magazine)  Three unrelated problems were solved by one simple solution devised by Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV contract partner Fluor to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel to help power solid …

Amyris Announces Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement With DARPA Worth Up to $35 Million
September 23, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Anticipated to Expand Portfolio by Adding Hundreds of Molecules Across Multiple Development Platforms – Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced a multi-year, Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) worth up to $35 million with …

How Much Is the US Really Investing in Biofuels Research?
September 10, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I, like many of you reading this, am working on a concept paper for the US Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s recent Bioenergy Technologies …

Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Reductions: A Role for Renewable Jet Fuels
September 2, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)  In a July 1 Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented plans to control greenhouse gases (GHG) from aircraft. In August, in Washington, D.C., EPA held …

Renewable Jet Fuel Is Taking Flight
August 27, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (US Department of Energy)  It’s been one year since we at the Energy Department ramped up our efforts to develop renewable jet fuel for the military and commercial aviation industry. The Department’s …

Protec Takes Unique E15, E85 Approach
August 27, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Todd Gardner, CEO of Protec Fuel, has more than 30 years in the fuel business. As such, he has been able to launch an interesting model in how they bring more …

Butamax, Gevo Settle, Will Work Together on Market Development
August 24, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Butamax/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to …

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet
August 24, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific? — That is the question a Queensland researcher is trying to answer, as …

UF/IFAS Researchers Turn Seed into Jet Fuel for Navy and Crops into Cash for Farmers
August 19, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Beverly James (University of Florida)  Imagine jet fuel made from a crop that’s renewable, brings in income and can feed cattle. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have found …

North Set to Be Biofuel Capital
August 17, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Peel (Townsville Bulletin)  Up to 30 mini biofuel plants could be rolled out across North Queensland as part of an ambitious plan to make the region Australia’s renewable fuel capital.

The centrepiece of the project …

GAO Report Addresses DOD Alternative Fuels Investments
August 17, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  In late July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report focused on U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. The report notes that while the DOE has purchased …

Pacific Biodiesel Looks to Help Big Island Achieve 100% Renewable Energy
August 5, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Maui’s Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is looking to help move the Big Island to 100 percent renewable energy through the use of its renewable fuel, the company’s vice president confirmed to …

Gevo’s Losses Narrow, Revenue up 15% as Courts Issue Favorable Ruling in Betamax vs Gevo Patent Cases
August 5, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The increase in revenue during 2015 is primarily a result of the production and sale of approximately $8.0 million of ethanol, isobutanol and distiller’s grains at the Luverne plant. Hydrocarbon …

DoD Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change
August 4, 2015 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Defense)  Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report …

United Airlines Invests in Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off?

This summer, United Airlines begins …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?
July 8, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to …

US Navy Could Create Thriving Biofuel Hub in Queensland, Palaszczuk Says
June 16, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Australian Associated Press/The Guardian)  Queensland premier visits Pentagon in trade mission to US and says navy’s goal to shift to renewable energy could aid industry at home — The US navy could help create a thriving …

Collaboration with Government of Ethiopia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) will place Stoves in Refugee Camps and Urban Settings
May 30, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Babington Technology announced today its donation of almost $100,000 worth of especially adapted field feeding equipment to Project Gaia, Inc. for testing in refugee camp and urban commercial and institutional settings in Ethiopia. …

USDA to Invest Up to $100 Million to Boost Infrastructure for Renewable Fuel Use, Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps
May 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make …

DLA Adds Biodiesel Quality Requirement to Fuel Contracts
May 19, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Change allows for more high quality Advanced Biofuel in Military Operations — The Defense Logistics Agency took a major step forward in ensuring high quality biodiesel can be used seamlessly in military bases …

Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?
May 15, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics, fuel cell vehicles, smart cars, biofuels for road and sky, and greening the grid come under the microscope Down Under.  In Sydney this week, a number of US and …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

Quadrennial Energy Review Contains Clues on Federal Biofuels, Biomass Priorities
May 8, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) …  And while not a major focus of the report, the QER contains language pertaining to biofuels and bioenergy which give some hints as to the top-level goals for DOE …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.262 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 3.2%
April 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  44 deals, 37 companies; deal count jumps 16% but deal size drops 17% Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.  In Florida, The Digest reports that 12 advanced bioeconomy …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …