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Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
March 27, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85 presentation and supplementary report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examine how the spacing of E85 …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

Proteins Interactions Hold Key for Maximizing Oil Production in Plants for Biofuels and Biomaterials
March 23, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Lab Manager)  Findings point to new biochemical strategies for increasing oil yield from crops grown to produce biofuels and biomaterials  —  …  By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group …

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

Wassup, DOE? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
March 20, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE? Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan Male answered the question in this update, given at ABLC 2017 in Washington. In this deck, he looks at milestones …

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 …

NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day — April 12, 2017 — Golden, CO
March 14, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment
NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day   —   April 12, 2017   —   Golden, CO

Leveraging private enterprise capital with public funds and NREL infrastructure to accelerate technology commercialization for the bioeconomy.

This invitation-only, full-day event will focus on all things related to the bioeconomy: biomass characterization and conversion, biofuels and …

2016 Survey of Non-Starch Alcohol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers
March 13, 2017 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The reports tracks the status of non-starch alcohol and renewable hydrocarbon projects.

What it is: Publicly available annual report summarizing U.S. advanced biorefinery projects and global trends in the deployment of …

Sandia Purposefully Crashing Algae Ponds
March 10, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators …

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process
March 7, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD).

According to the organisation, …

ARPA-E 2017: Optimism Turns to Tension as Sector Prepares to Protect Energy R&D Funding
March 6, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Krysti Shallenberger (Utility Dive)  … At stake is funding for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, more commonly known as ARPA-E. Created in 2007 as a technology incubator under the purview of the Department of Energy, ARPA-E’s …

EIA Data Shows Blend Wall Broken in 2016 with Production at 15.33 Billion Gallons
March 6, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. ethanol production set a new record of 15.33 billion gallons (bg) in 2016, according to data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA data …

Yale, Penn State Team Receives $1.2M Co-Optima Award to Investigate Sooting Behavior of Biofuels
March 6, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(MoveEnergy)  Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines under to a $1.2 million award from the …

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?
March 6, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Darren Fishell (Bangor Daily News)  The company EMEP LLC wants to buy the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill to build a biorefinery that it said would be a centerpiece of a larger $240 million …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Sees Greater Collaboration with DOE Office of Fossil Energy in Its Future
March 1, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This morning at the “Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project Round 2 Industry Roundtable” held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, Zia Haq, …

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams
February 28, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
February 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part …

Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas
February 28, 2017 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating …

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
February 28, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing …

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges
February 28, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report Published
February 27, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report is now online! Read this new report for an overview of industry challenges and opportunities discussed during the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop, which was held on October …

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology
February 22, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in …

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 …

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

A New Hydrocarbon Brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion
February 16, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a …

A Step toward Renewable Diesel: Chemical Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils.
February 15, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

Montclair State University Professor Receives PECASE Award
February 13, 2017 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

(Montclair State University/Biomass Magazine) Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae
February 13, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the best biofuel possible. Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher, said algae is a promising clean energy …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

Biodiesel Benefits ‘Global Food System’ as GHG Profile Improves
February 8, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The food and livestock industries have railed against biofuels for years, based on the argument that corn ethanol and soy biodiesel raise food prices. More recently, some have suggested that …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

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, …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

The Leftover Makeover Once-Over: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Stover
February 6, 2017 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed a survey of the economic activities and rural jobs that a corn stover bioeconomy can offer, which is currently featured on …

MSW as a feedstock: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment
February 5, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of biomass. We’ve learned to get past the main line of cellulosic defenses — …

DOE and USDA Issue Notice of Intent for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
January 24, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and …

Duckworth to Perry: American-Made Renewable Energy Reduces Reliance on Foreign Oil, Improves National Security
January 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Tammy Duckworth) U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared with the nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), Governor Rick Perry, how her military service in Iraq taught her about the danger …

Will Renewable Jet Fuel Fly with Trump in the Cockpit?
January 23, 2017 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Reals (Runway Girl Network)  … But despite widespread concerns, Kevin Weiss, the chief executive of Byogy Renewables – the developer of an alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel process for the aviation industry – tells RGN he …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Montana State University Scientist Wins Grant to Improve Camelina Seed Qualities
January 20, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University/Biomass Magazine)  A Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient …

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels
January 20, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists …

Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use …

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-Elect?
January 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This Administration is a team, so long as you generally understand that there’s one guy with the ball, he’s calling all the plays, and members of the Cabinet can block …

Investigation: INEOS Failed Despite $129 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies
January 20, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Lucas Daprile (TC Palm)  TCPalm examined thousands of government documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and Florida public records requests, to determine what taxpayers got in return for their $129 million investment …

Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Below Transportation Sector Emissions
January 20, 2017 – 9:05 am | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transportation sector reached 1,893 million metric tons (MMmt) from October 2015 through September 2016, exceeding electric power sector CO2 emissions of 1,803 MMmt over …

Perry’s Time to Shine Today
January 19, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  PERRY PARTY: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry finally has his day in the spotlight this morning to make his case for running the Energy Department. Given the agency’s mishmash …

U.S. Energy Department Publishes “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future”
January 19, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department published a report titled, “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future.”

Over the next decade, the transportation sector is poised for rapid change, propelled toward a new mobility …

DOE Jobs Report Features Data on Bioenergy, Biofuels Employment
January 17, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams
January 16, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (January 10, 2017) the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and …

The Algae Fuel Debacle: How Much More Information Does the Department of Energy Really Need?
January 9, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  2016 Algae Year in Review – Nothing has Changed  —  2016 (U.S. Department of Energy) Funding Opportunities: …

• Global Algae Innovations (San Diego, California)— …

• Algenol Biotech LLC (Ft. Myers, Florida)– …

• MicroBio …

Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 6, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is …

Trump EPA Nominee Won’t Gut Ethanol Law, Grassley, Ernst Say
January 6, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Midwest Republican senators got reassurances from EPA chief nominee Scott Pruitt that he will “follow the law” that requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, …

ORNL Researchers Work to Develop Drought-Resistant Crops
January 6, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Bevin Fletcher (Bioscience Technology)  Some semi-arid plants use a specific type of photosynthesis known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM, to conserve water and flourish in semi-arid climates.  Now scientists at the Department of …

DOE BETO Releases New Strategic Plan; Biofuels to Constitute 25% of US Transportation Fuels by 2040
January 2, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released its new strategic plan, titled Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The strategic plan—with a vision for 2040—lays out BETO’s mission …

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 29, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Berkeley Lab Awarded $4.6 Million for Transformational Agriculture Technologies
December 28, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Julie Chao  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two projects will provide a window to the underground, yielding information on roots and soil  —  As advanced as agriculture has become, there remains a pressing need for …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

JBEI Releases 4 New Biobased Technologies for Licensing
December 27, 2016 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed four new technologies available for license:

Streamlined Saccharification from Lignocellulosic Biomass, 2015-143

Translation Control …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

Attacking Carbon Intensity, Energy Intensity: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
December 27, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Agile BioFoundry project, the National Lab consortium, in partnership with academia and industry, aims to achieve a 40% decrease in the energy intensity of current manufacturing processes.

Plus, a …

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World” — February 27-March 1, 2017 — National Harbor, MD DEADLINE: January 13, 2017
December 22, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World”   —   February 27-March 1, 2017  —   National Harbor, MD   DEADLINE: January 13, 2017

(ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit)  Do you have a novel idea that can help solve our nation’s energy challenges? If you have a great idea and are willing to share it with the world, apply to …

The Coming Battle between the Trump Team and Economists over the True Cost of Climate Change
December 22, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … It seems increasingly likely that the Trump administration would either alter, or attempt to stop using entirely, an Obama-era metric known as the “social cost of carbon” in its federal rule-making processes. …

Trump’s Nixonian Pivot
December 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News of high-level appointments have been streaming out of Trump Tower all this week and last, and two trends are already clear: it’s a group mostly out of the business …

DOE Announces $15 Million to Accelerate the Deployment of Energy Efficient Transportation Technologies
December 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Today (December 21, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $15 million, subject to appropriations, to support community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and demonstrate energy efficient …

Novel Mechanism in Bacterial-Fungal Symbiosis Could Have Biodiesel Production Applications
December 20, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ DOE/Joint Genome Institute)  … To learn more about how bacteria interact with fungi in a symbiotic relationship to support the biochemistries that could contribute to the development of alternate fuel sources, Cornell and DOE JGI …

Researchers Learn How a Bacterium Reduces CO2 in Biofuel Production
December 20, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Tuck (Boise State University)  A paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor in the Biomolecular Research Center, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels, …

NREL Releases 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book
December 19, 2016 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book, showing that renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity in the U.S. and 13.8 …

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future — July 11-12, 2017 — Arlington, VA
December 19, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future   —   July 11-12, 2017   —   Arlington, VA

Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Congress, national laboratories, academia, and the financial community.
Hear directly from leading scientists and bioeconomy experts from the public and private …

Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s 17 REFUEL Winning Projects
December 19, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It’s about converting renewable power to fuels for storage and back to power again for electric motoring. The Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) program …

ROOTS, REFUEL, MARINER & Algae: DOE Invests $100M for 4 Big Shots at Liquid Transportation Fuels & Feedstocks
December 19, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be a sign of the times, a sense of worry that R&D for renewable transport fuels may lose all their popularity under the incoming Trump Administration. Whatever the cause, …

ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil
December 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Selection of 26 projects across two programs will make transportation cleaner and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions  —  The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $70 million …

All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the ABPDU
December 15, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”

It’s …

Chief Pilot: The ABPDU, Where the Elite Meet to Defeat Petroleum
December 15, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”  It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers, if you will, of companies such as Kiverdi, …

DOE: Twenty-five States Crack E10 Blend Wall
December 14, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though the national average percentage of ethanol in gasoline came in at 9.91% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration, half of all states now see ethanol in …

Trump Taps Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Head Energy Department He Once Vowed to Abolish
December 13, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in …

Biofuel Made from Human Excrement Has Become Easier to Produce
December 7, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)  Wastewater treatment plants rejoice—you may have a hot commodity on your hands.  —  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) have developed a new method for treating human sewage to …

Nebraska Drivers Save $17 Million Using Ethanol-blended Fuel
December 7, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KOOL Radio)  In 2016, Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected spark-ignition …

DOE Report Analyzes Fuel Cell, Diesel and CNG Fuel Economy
December 6, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technology Office recently released a report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is approximately 6 …

Winter Is Not Coming: Pushing Back the Frost Wall for More Food, More Fuel, More Money, More Everything
December 6, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, what do you do about the Frost Wall. Generally, you can grow more with the first harvest — that’s yield improvement. Or, you can grow more in the extreme …

Beyond Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
December 5, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO. I think it’s Latin for “I forbid petroleum.” So while presidents have the Veto, technologists have the Beto.

It’s most widely known in its modern variant, as the acronym for the DOE’s Bioenergy …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Optimization of Integrated Biorefineries
December 5, 2016 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National …

BETO Announces Notice of Intent for the Development of Algae-Based Biofuels
December 2, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy‘s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up …

Industry Welcomes Updated Department of Energy Biodiesel Guide
December 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NREL report a comprehensive guide for biodiesel users —  The biodiesel industry welcomed the publication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fifth edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide, developed …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
November 28, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these crops, and you would never put them on your table for Thanksgiving; however, together they …

Growing Algae Faster, Better, Cheaper: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s algae biomass project
November 25, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has had an Algae Biomass project underway, under the direction of Dr. Phil Pienkos, aimed at “reducing algal biofuel production cost by developing …

Improved Vehicle Performance with Fuel That’s Better for the Environment
November 22, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Alicia Lindauer (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  Is it possible to increase vehicle performance and fuel efficiency while also slowing climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions? New research by Oak Ridge National …

Argonne Researchers Study How Reflectivity of Biofuel Crops Impacts Climate
November 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Joan Koka (Argonne National Laboratory)  … The new analysis, published in The Royal Chemistry Society’s Energy & Environmental Science, incorporates the additional effect of changes in reflectivity, or “albedo.” Albedo effects sum up the amount …

Classroom Activity–Data Dive: Farming for Beetles, Bees and Biomass
November 21, 2016 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  What effect does growing millions of acres of corn have on the plants and insects living in agricultural landscapes? Can we balance biomass production and biodiversity by using a variety …

Research Brief: Students’ Understanding of the Carbon Cycle and Global Climate Change
November 21, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Craig Kohn, Joyce Parker and Andy Anderson (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Global climate change is a serious problem that requires the involvement of a scientifically literate public to solve. But what does the public …

Classroom Activity: Analyzing Fuel Carbon Footprints: Gasoline, Ethanol, and Electricity
November 21, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Burning gasoline, a fossil fuel, in cars produces the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide contributes to global climate change. We have several options besides gasoline for powering our cars …

Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
November 21, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (November 18, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange …

Obama Administration Launches Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge
November 17, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, as part of a wide ranging policy announcement from the Obama Administration, the Department of Energy launched a Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge to develop ways to produce, at …

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel
November 15, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous …

Not Energy Independent, Yet
November 15, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well.  —  Fossil fuel boosters …

Canada’s “Chemical Valley” Lobbying to Lure New Biofuel Plant
November 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing/Reuters)  Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada’s refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for the impact of a provincial …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Trump’s Victory Shatters Energy Landscape
November 9, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …  Biofuels: Trump said in Iowa in January that he wants ethanol volumes set under the Renewable Fuel Standard restored to statutory levels, but he has surrounded himself with RFS …

Algae Hard at Work in Hawaii
November 8, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  The beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, is known for its pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. But Kauai is not just a vacation spot; it …

Biomass Research and Development Committee — November 17-18, 2016 — Washington, DC
November 6, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research and Development Committee    —  November 17-18, 2016   —   Washington, DC

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

According …

Renewable Fuel from Vehicle Exhaust: Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Breakthrough
November 6, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come up with a highly-efficient process to make liquid fuels directly from carbon dioxide and water.

Because burning fuels in an internal combustion engine …

2017 Project Peer Review — March 6-9, 2017 — Denver, CO
November 6, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
2017 Project Peer Review   —   March 6-9, 2017   —   Denver, CO

The public is invited to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, for an opportunity to learn more about …

DOE Announces Open Meeting Of Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee
November 6, 2016 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee via notice in the Federal Register. …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Fuel from Sewage Is the Future – and It’s Closer than You Think
November 4, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Technology converts human waste into bio-based fuel  —  It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, …

NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels
November 4, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable …

For Cars of the Future, the Fuels They Need, Today, from Algae
October 28, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector …

Biofuels Are a Climate Mistake
October 24, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(Science 2.0)  Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel …

Argonne LCA Finds Renewable Diesel from Algae Fractionation Has 63-68% lower GHG than Petroleum Diesel
October 24, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with …

Airports Council International – North America Supports Alliance BioEnergy’s CTS Process for Aviation Biofuel Production
October 21, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Globe Newswire/Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (ALLM) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Airports Council International – North America (“ACI-NA”) has given its written support of the CTS process …

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown
October 21, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at ORNL uncover the chemical reaction that helps break down biomass for biofuel  —  Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as cornstalks, straw, and woody plants—is a sustainable source for production of …

#Ethanol Breaking Through Blend Wall
October 21, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The average amount of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply hit a new record last week of 10.4 percent, just breaking through the 10% blend wall for the second time in …

Ames Laboratory to Receive $3 Million to Develop Instrument to Study Plant Cell Walls
October 20, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory)  A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how …

What To Do With Algae
October 20, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business.

Biomass is much …

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Tom Dempster Taking ATP3 Workshops on the Road
October 19, 2016 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. Tom Dempster works as a research professor – focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation – at …

DOE Awards Microvi Grant for Innovative Biogas Conversion Technology
October 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Microvi)  Microvi has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy for a new groundbreaking biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into valuable liquid chemicals, the company announced today.

The …

Nano-Spike Catalysts Convert Carbon Dioxide Directly into Ethanol
October 14, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org) In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a …

A Giant Crop-Scanner Is Turning Heads in Arizona
October 13, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Dennis O’Brien (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  With its 30-ton frame and 50-foot-high catwalk, the newest scanner for measuring crop plants in Maricopa, Arizona, can be seen for miles. It looms over …

$1.87M Grant Lets NCBiotech Lead SE Sorghum Initiative
October 12, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Biotechnology Center)  The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals …

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 …

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading
October 7, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale …

What a Donald Trump EPA Will Look Like with Climate Change Skeptic Myron Ebell at the Helm
October 4, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Raeburn (Newsweek)  … (Myron) Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate-change skeptic, was chosen at the end of September to head the …

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 …

Expanding Algae Education
September 30, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has shown a commitment to algae and its future by funding a project to expand education in the algae industry. More specifically, BETO is …

ARPA-E Funding More Innovation in Algae Based Fuels and Chemicals
September 30, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is moving forward with a significant new funding opportunity.

ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, …

BioenergizeME 2017 Infographic Challenge Kicks Off DEADLINE: February 3, 2017
September 29, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Mark your calendars: the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge kicks off tomorrow (September 30, 2016)! Give your 9th–12th grade students an opportunity to learn about topics in biofuel and bioenergy and to share their …

UT-ORNL Team Hopes to Ease Path from Vegetation to Biofuel
September 29, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  A UT-ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel.

A huge barrier in converting plant polymers to biofuel lies in …

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State
September 29, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried …

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield
September 29, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels.

GreenWood, …

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 …

Sandia: Turning Ubiquitous Lignin into High-Value Chemicals
September 26, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion—lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an …

New DOE Study: Gasoline Becomes Stale before Ethanol Phase Separation Occurs
September 26, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the petroleum components of ethanol-blended gasoline become degraded and unfit for use in an engine long …

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines
September 23, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)     National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion engines and validates Mercury Marine’s 2011 findings  —

One of the top myths used by the …

Making Biofuel a Cost-Effective, Renewable Source of Energy
September 22, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Seguin (AltEnergyMag.com/COMSOL)  … Such fuels are renewable, clean-burning, and carbon-neutral, producing no more carbon dioxide than is sequestered by its original plant source. However, biofuel availability is still fairly limited for its most common use—in …

Jet Fuel May Be Grown on Iconic Aussie Gum Trees
September 22, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Australian National University)  Scientists are a step closer to using Australia’s iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel.

Dr Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University (ANU), a lead researcher in an …

New DOE Study: Gas Becomes “Stale” Long Before Water Uptake Becomes a Concern
September 21, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  As millions of Americans say goodbye to summer and prepare to store their boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other equipment for the winter, a new study by the Department of …

Water-Energy Dependence around Pacific Rim Mapped in New Sandia Study
September 20, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies.

The Sandia …

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 …

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel
September 14, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Economic modeling by Purdue University continues to reduce predicted emissions of ‘indirect land use change’  —  Biomass-based fuels present a tremendous opportunity to transition toward a more sustainable mix of renewable energy. …

Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop Summary Report
September 14, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has released the Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop Summary Report, with highlights from the BETO-hosted workshop that took place in May in San Diego, …

Natural Gas: A Bridge Fuel — But for How Long?
September 14, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)  On Aug. 17, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) daily update announced that CO2 emissions from natural gas would soon surpass coal. That’s troubling.

Natural gas is viewed as a …

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action
September 12, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)  Understanding the complex interactions among food security, bioenergy sustainability, and …

Debating the Value of Ethanol as a Viable Fuel (3 Letters)
September 12, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Denver Post)  Re: “EPA dodges responsibility on ethanol,” Sept. 3 editorial.  The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on …