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Velocys Pivots from “FT Tech Co” to “Renewable Fuels Company”, Eyes California
June 27, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys to be at the heart of building plants that convert woody biomass to high specification …

S2G BioChem Announces Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia, Ontario
June 26, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(S2G BioChem/Marketwired)  Funding Support Provided by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada; Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018  —  S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, announced today that it has started work on the …

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
June 23, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions. …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The …

Norway’s Statkraft to Make Biofuel from Wood Chips and Other Waste
June 21, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Geert De Clercq (Reuters)  Norwegian utility Statkraft has found a way to produce biofuel from wood chippings and other solid organic waste, which it says replicates in minutes a process that made crude oil underground …

BIC Announces New SIRA Roadmap to Develop Europe’s Bioeconomy
June 21, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(Bio-based Industries Consortium) To help build a resource-efficient, circular and bio-based economy, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has announced its new Strategic and Research Agenda (SIRA). The SIRA identifies the activities needed to speed up …

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage
June 21, 2017 – 12:12 am | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and demand”. The study looked into …

ARC Awards $1.5 Million to Support Biorefinery Center at ASC
June 19, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Appalachian Regional Commission recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to help …

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex
June 19, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade …

High Potential in North America for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels but Unlikely to Make Impact on ICAO Emissions Goal
June 15, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  North America has a higher potential for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuels than other regions of the world because of its available resources but it is unlikely that switching to low-carbon …

Jet and Diesel from the Sticks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels
June 15, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In late 2015, we reported Red Rock Biofuels will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year (at that time, from 2017 through 2024) for FedEx Express, a …

Keeping the Forests as Forests
June 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade wood resources have fallen off dramatically.  In this context, “low grade” is used to describe …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

Biofuel Case: $4.5M for Investors under Federal Settlement
June 12, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy (Fox Business/Associated Press)   A federal judge has approved a $4.5 million settlement for private shareholders of failed biofuel maker KiOR, and a lawsuit by the state of Mississippi seeking to recover a …

Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age
June 9, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial technology. Pyrolysis is not incineration. The goal is to use heat in the absence of …

Alliance Bioenergy Licenses Process to Earth’s Renewable Energy
June 7, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into a sublicensing agreement with Earth’s Renewable Energy LLC of Newport Beach, California. The sublicense agreement permits Earth’s …

Neste Deepens Its Knowhow on the Circular Economy – Waste Plastics Now in Focus
June 7, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  Neste deepens its knowhow on the circular economy – waste plastics now in focus —  Neste, the world’s leading biofuel producer in the circular economy, is putting a large amount of resources into research …

Urban Transport Cleans Up Its Act – HSL and Stara Shift to Renewable Fuels Only
June 7, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/HSL/The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Ltd/UPM Biofuels)  Buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and trucks used by the City of Helsinki are switching to waste and residue-based biofuels. Helsinki …

MEP Calls for Sweeping Changes to EU Biofuel and Bioenergy Legislation
June 6, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  MEP Bas Eickhout has proposed sweeping reforms to EU legislation regarding bioenergy and biofuels. They come amid the Dutch politician’s proposals for increasing the EU’s renewable energy share target for 2030 from 27% to …

A Decade of Bioenergy Research
June 2, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy …

Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: The Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove
June 1, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Africa, the overwhelming use is cookstoves, and for a generation now, companies and organizations have been handing out LPG or ethanol cookstoves trying to move Africa to a new …

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale
May 31, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, …

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Certification for Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels
May 30, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has again received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, …

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass
May 30, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with …

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport
May 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project …

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening
May 25, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open the Northern Oil advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone on 1 June 2017. The $18 …

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels
May 23, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market …

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits
May 22, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Pittsburg/R&D Magazine)  Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol’s ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.

“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Interra and the Pursuit of Soil Magic via Affordable Biochar
May 15, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … The world of feedstocks is watching biochar very carefully these days, and for good reason. Although it might feel quite a long ways upstream from the world of making and …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Adds Six Members as Canadian LCFS Approaches
May 12, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada revealed a signficant expansion of its membership. New members include: Cellufuel Inc. is currently operating a demonstration-scale facility producing clean synthetic diesel from lowvalue forestry residues. Ensyn Corporation …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum.

Fuel made from plants is much more …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Biofuels – When, Where and How?
May 5, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on cellulosic ethanol, featuring in-demand industry consultants Michele Rubino  and Michael Schultz, on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at the site.  —  The former …

Orchard Waste Could Be a Fruitful Source of Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(IneffableIsland.com)  Waste prunings from orchards, vineyards and olive groves could be a valuable source of biomass energy and help boost rural economies, say EU-funded researchers. The key ingredient is a sustainable supply chain.

As the EU …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond on hand to detail the very latest in a …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
April 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability …

KiOR – In Hindsight
April 27, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions Pvt Ltd / Biofuels Digest)  … The overall failure of KiOR can essentially be narrowed down to three text-book cases:

I. Utilizing (Incorrect/Underdeveloped) Catalyst Systems for Upgrading Biomass,

II. Disregarding Inherent Oxygen Content …

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules
April 26, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World
April 19, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and …

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’
April 19, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized source of green energy technologies will help reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in rural …

Shell Opens Technology Hub in Bangalore Where IH2 Technology Is under Development
April 12, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Shell) Shell today(March 31, 2017)  opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore – a 52 acre, custom built technology centre – that can house up to 1,500 experts, who would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative …

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe
April 11, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the …

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Attract International Interest in Developing Homegrown Jet Biofuels
April 7, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A year after issuing a joint Request for Information (RFI) from parties interested in supporting the development and production of sustainable aviation fuel in the region, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia say …

US Forest Service and Biomass: A Symbiotic Partnership
April 5, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  More than 100 million trees across California, many located in the federally managed Sierra, Stanislaus and Sequoia National Forests, are dead, owing to a years-long drought and a nasty …

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’
April 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts, or …

March Madness 2017: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Woody Biomass and Its Prospects and Markets
April 5, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When they write the story of the advanced bioeconomy one day, they might just title it “Put Another Log on the Fire” because consistently you tell us that the near-term …

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Comments on Emerging Bioethanol Market Opportunity as It Commercializes Its Cellulose to Sugar Technology Process
April 5, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Alliance Bio-Products)  The company’s patented CTS process presents a viable option for growing biofuel production efforts with its ability to produce cellulosic ethanol at a lower cost and without harmful environmental impact  —   Alliance Bio-Products, …

Sizing Them Up
April 4, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. —  The combined export value of wood …

New Biomass Conversion Idea Could Help Ag Industry
March 30, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Cavanaugh (California Ag Today)  A new biomass process will convert woody ag waste, including almond hulls and shells, into ethanol, which has a demand and makes the conversion possible.

Eric McAfee is Chairman, CEO and …

Allendale Wins $6 Million Biomass Investment, 35 New Jobs
March 29, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Promise Zone)  Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, according to news releases. The company is planning to invest $6 million …

Developing Bio-Manufacturing in Gippsland
March 29, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Philip Hopkins (Gippsland Times)  Australian Paper, working with the CSIRO, a European technology leader and Federation University, is forging ahead with plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley that could generate …

Virgin, Air NZ Working to Develop Biofuel
March 28, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Lilly Vitorovich (The Australian)  Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are hopeful aviation biofuel can be produced locally, in a bid to cut carbon emissions and fuel costs.
The airlines have spent the past year …

The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
March 28, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

Neste Welcomes the High Ambition Level for Renewable Fuels in Sweden
March 28, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Your Renewable News/Neste)  Neste welcomes the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much …

Waste-Stream, Slip-Stream, Main-Stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge Gets Underway
March 27, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all …

Preem and Vattenfall Collaborate on Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Vattenfall)  Vattenfall aims to provide climate-smart hydrogen gas to large-scale production of biofuel.

Preem and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement to investigate the potential of using climate-smart hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel …

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive
March 23, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming, many experts find it at least as damaging to the environment as ordinary fuel. Another …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 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 …

Government of Canada Invests $43 Million in Clean Technology Innovation
March 14, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Government of Canada/CNW)  Investments support Canadian-based technologies and create opportunities for businesses to grow and contribute to clean economic growth. —  Technology and the innovation it helps promote are key to the future of Canada’s …

Advancing Advanced: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
March 14, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower …

The Justice League of Pyromaniax
March 14, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” …

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report
March 14, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across …

BioApplied: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Initiative
March 13, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s a biorefinery initiative in Canada’s Atlantic region (first initiated in Nova Scotia but expanding regionally).  A partnership between Emera, Innovacorp, and the Federal and Provincial governments, are aimed at creating the necessary conditions …

Biofuel May Backfire as a Budget Bluff
March 13, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(NewsInEnglish.no)  Plans by the Norwegian government to mandate usage of much more biofuel, as another so-called “green” measure that helped secure last year’s state budget compromise, may end up backfiring as little more than a …

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
March 10, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective …

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, …

Aviation Biofuels: Won’t Get Fooled Again
March 7, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Carlos Calvo Ambel (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  … Sustainable feedstocks available for the production of non-land using biofuels, made of waste and residues, are limited and other sectors want to use them as well. Some advanced biofuels, …

Youngstown Steam Plant Is World’s First to Use Wood Fuel in New Way
March 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Stan Boney (WKBN) Youngstown Thermal is now burning a more environmentally-friendly fuel  —  Youngstown Thermal supplies the steam used to heat most of the buildings in downtown Youngstown.

Recently, the company made a million dollar investment, now …

Biofuels Could Cut Transport Emissions – But Food May Be at Risk
March 6, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Maina Waruru  (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, …

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 …

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders
March 2, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 …

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 …

Commercial Proving Grounds
February 28, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta.  —  …  CWS has been …

UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as ‘Flawed’
February 28, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House. The U.K. counts emissions from the supply chain that …

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 …

Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery
February 21, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.  —  A Canadian company that …

$185M Biofuel Agreement Will Mean ‘Major Changes,’ Botwood Mayor Says
February 21, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Chris Ensing (CBC News) Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighbouring communities for decades to come.   The Newfoundland and Labrador …

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 …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

New Willow Harvester In Action
February 17, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO) Something new happened in the bioenergy willow world this week in Pennsylvania.  A new type of willow energy crop harvester got its first run on a willow crop in Pennsylvania.  The machine, a 2 row …

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 …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

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 …

Indian River County Approves Mulch Agreement with Biofuel Company
February 9, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Colleen Wixon (TC Palm)  If Alliance BioEnergy buys the defunct INEOS biofuel plant, the West Palm Beach company will continue getting the county’s mulch delivered on site.

On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a 90-day option agreement that …

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 …

Lignin: Technology, Applications, and Markets
February 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(RISI)  Lignin could become a new profit center for the forest products industry – and perhaps for your business.  —  This study provides a primer and forecast for a material that has many current applications, …

Land-Use Change Possibly Produces More Carbon Dioxide than Assumed So Far
February 6, 2017 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)  Climate Researchers Study Impacts of Land-use Change on Carbon Dioxide – Reforestation Is Important to Climate Protection and Species Diversity – Study in Nature Geoscience  —  CO2 emissions caused by changes …

UPM Biofuels Celebrates the Centenary of Finland by Joining the Made by Finland Campaign
February 6, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(UPM) UPM Biofuels joins the Made by Finland campaign – shared between the Association for Finnish Work, its members and partner organisations – that celebrates the centenary of Finland. The campaign calls for all Finns to …

New Study Shows Novia Scotia Has ‘Strong Potential’ to Produce Advanced Biofuels
February 3, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuels from renewable sources of fibre. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and …

Forestry Firm UPM Says Eyeing Next Biofuel Investment
February 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM-Kymmene is planning its next step in wood-based renewable fuel products after a successful ramp-up at its initial biofuels plant, the head of UPM’s biofuels business said …

Swedish Airline BRA Operates First ATR Biofuels Flight
February 3, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Swedish regional carrier BRA has operated a flight from Stockholm Bromma Airport to Umeå in northern Sweden with an ATR-72-600 using a fuel blend comprised 45% of used cooking oil.

Turboprop manufacturer ATR said it was …

Fracking Biomass: Steeper Energy and the Pursuit of Renewable Hydrocarbons
February 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And it (the history of fracking) reminds us that one of the great tipping points for world civilization is when technology liberates a value great enough that the fear …

Botwood Biofuel Plant One Step Closer to Green Light
January 24, 2017 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  Forestry minister confident in project, says resources are sufficient —  … NewGreen Technology Inc, the company behind the project, will soon be offered a tentative deal by Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government for …

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 …

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 …

UK-Based Researcher Gains European Grant to Fund Work on Lignin Biomass Production
January 19, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading …

Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque to Start R&D Cooperation on Utilizing Forest Residues in Biofuel Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe NewsWire)  Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada. The cooperation …

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines Release Aviation Biofuel Infrastructure Findings
January 17, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle) Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure  —  ​The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines today released a first-of-its-kind study …

Neste Launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel Made 100% from Waste and Residues
January 17, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(CleanTech Finland)  Neste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues. The name of the new 100% renewable fuel is Neste MY Renewable Diesel, and the product enables up to 90% lower …

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016
January 13, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the …

EPA Denies Petition Filed by Biogenic CO2 Coalition
January 6, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has denied a petition for reconsideration of its finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated …

Innovative Refinery to Turn Municipal Waste into High-Grade Fuel
January 6, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Paul Krajewski  (High River Times)  A waste diversion company is working toward constructing a one-of-a-kind clean refinery near High River to produce renewable diesel from landfill debris.

After years of research and development, Cielo Waste …

Almedalen: Seminar on Fossil Free Aviation
January 3, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Fly Green Fund)  Together with Swedavia, Fly Green Fund arranged a seminar … at ”Aktuell Hållbarhet Arena” entitled ”How do we obtain fossil free aviation?”. Participants on the panel were Maria Fiskerud, MD at Fly Green Fund, …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

Small Is Beautiful: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Microchannel Reactor Tech
December 30, 2016 – 6:48 pm | 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, …

A New Era Gets Fueled Up
December 30, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial jets.   …   Carol Sim, director of environmental affairs for Alaska …

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development
December 29, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by …

Birdlife and T&E to Release Anti-Biofuel Documentary in January
December 28, 2016 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, following on from the November release of their joint publication “The Black Book of Bioenergy”, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia has again teamed with Transport & Environment on …

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 …

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 …

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource
December 27, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel production in Abu Dhabi, UAE based on a production system that integrates aquaculture, saltwater agriculture, …

‘Glue’ That Makes Plant Cell Walls Strong Could Hold the Key to Wooden Skyscrapers
December 22, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Cambridge)  Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
December 14, 2016 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar …

Chinese Firm Gives Tentative Green Light to Kemi Biorefinery
December 12, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Yle)  The CEO of the company’s Finnish subsidiary, Carl Haglund, says that next year will bring a final decision – and hopefully a groundbreaking for the billion-euro facility in northern Finland.  —  Chinese bioenergy giant …

Norway to Boost Biofuels Blend Levels to 20 Percent
December 12, 2016 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Norway, the national government increased the biofuels content in fuets to 20% from 2020. Also, in their new budget, the government increased taxes on petrol to NOK 0,12 pr/l …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

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 …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Great Results from Testing UPM’s Wood-Based Diesel in Buses
December 1, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels.

The …

Fortress Paper Announces Hemicellulose Separation Project at Its Dissolving Pulp Mill
December 1, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Fortress Paper/Lesprom.com) Fortress Paper Ltd. announces a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project (the “Birch Project”) at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch (the …

EC Releases RED II, Proposes First-Generation Biofuels Phase-out and New Sustainability Criterion for Forest Biomass
November 30, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.

The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It …

Europe Doesn’t Have Enough Sustainable Wood and Cow Dung to Meet Its Unrealistic Bioenergy Projections – New Analysis
November 30, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups …

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge
November 30, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast …

UPM Biofuels Wins Pulp and Paper Industry’s Bio Strategy Award 2016
November 28, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM has received the PPI Bio Strategy Award 2016 for its biofuels business in Brussels, Belgium.The PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and …

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 …

Survey Identifies More than 100 Million Dead Trees in California
November 25, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(USDA/Biomass Magazine)  The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of …

Finnish Government Lifts Biofuel Targets
November 25, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finland’s centre-right government said on Thursday it planned to lift the share of biofuels blended in transport fuel to 30 percent by 2030 to help meet the country’s emissions reduction targets.

Paper …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Comment Period Opens on EPA Rule to Update RFS, Fuel Regulations
November 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are …

Ocean Going Vessels Going Green
November 23, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by  Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Currently over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that maritime …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

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 …

What Does it Take? The Experts Report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy
November 21, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling …

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools
November 17, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability of potential biorefinery locations in Chehalis, WA, Dallas, OR, and Hayden,ID.  WATCH VIDEO

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass
November 17, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Proposed REGS Regulations in Federal Register
November 17, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register)  In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations to reflect changes in the marketplace and to promote the growing use of both ethanol fuels (conventional and advanced) and …