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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 …

Commercializing Biobased Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia
April 25, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

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 …

Italian Farmers Produce Low Cost Biomethane with Positive Environmental Impacts
April 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  Sequential cropping can be a promising model to produce additional biomass without negative impacts on land use change or food production. In a research study for the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Ecofys found that …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS: Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy DEADLINES: June 30, 2017 (posters)
February 16, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS:  Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy     DEADLINES:   June 30, 2017 (posters)

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow …

Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy
February 16, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications   —   August 20-25, 2017   —   Alba, Italy

When organic materials (woody or agricultural materials, organic residues, food waste, sewage sludge, digestate) are thermally decomposed in the absence of oxygen, one of the resulting products is biochar, a solid compound rich in carbon …

Report: Global Biodiesel Market to Surpass $41 Billion by 2021
February 8, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets is offering a new 168-page report, “Biodiesel Market—Global Forecast to 2021,” in which the analysts find that the global biodiesel market is projected to surpass $41 …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal
January 13, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Brent Snavely and Nathan Bomey (Detroit Free Press)  The U.S. EPA said Thursday it notified Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of Clean Air Act violations for the diesel emissions of 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 …

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 …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS: Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
December 12, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS:  Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy    DEADLINE:  March 1, 2017

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary …

Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy
December 12, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment
Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary …

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

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

Reverdia Tops the Bioeconomy Hot 40
November 3, 2016 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

(Reverdia)  Reverdia has been awarded the #1 spot in this year’s ‘40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy’. The ranking is an important industry endorsement of innovation and achievement in bio-based chemicals and materials.

This recognition …

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris
October 19, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

The New Bio-BDO Era: Novamont Opens First Commercial-Scale Facility for Bio-Based BDO
September 30, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Italy word has arrived that Novamont have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol, in Bottrighe (Adria), North East Italy. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, …

Novamont Opens Plant for Production of Biobased 1,4-butanediol
September 30, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Novamont/Biomass Magazine)  Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced it has opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the biobased production of a major intermediate chemical in …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Alternative Fuels Conference — May 24-26, 2017 — Italy DEADLINE: uncertain
September 19, 2016 – 10:45 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Alternative Fuels Conference   —   May 24-26, 2017   —   Italy    DEADLINE: uncertain

Automotive, Maritime, Aviation:  World transport sector: new ambitious directions

Renewable resources and future energy demand

Unconventional fossil fuels (CNG, LNG, LPG, GTL, Ethers and others)

First and next generations biofuels (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Biomethanol, Biomethane, etc.)

Alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure …

Alternative Fuels Conference — May 24-26, 2017 — Italy
September 19, 2016 – 10:41 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuels Conference   —   May 24-26, 2017   —   Italy

Automotive, Maritime, Aviation:  World transport sector: new ambitious directions

Renewable resources and future energy demand

Unconventional fossil fuels (CNG, LNG, LPG, GTL, Ethers and others)

First and next generations biofuels (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Biomethanol, Biomethane, etc.)

Alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

How to Optimize Biofuel Production Through Plant Genetics and Alternative Ingredients
September 9, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(AUSBIOTECH/Ag Funder News)  … Plant oils offer great potential to provide much-needed renewable replacements for petroleum-derived fuels and chemicals, due to their natural abundance. To harness this potential, plant oils must be engineered to ensure their …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Eni in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 5, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we …

International Conference on Enzymology — March 20-21, 2017 — Rome, Italy
August 26, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment
International Conference on Enzymology   —  March 20-21, 2017  —   Rome, Italy

International Conference on Enzymology, will be organized around the theme “Exemplifying the Prominence of Enzymology among Interdisciplinary Sciences”

Enzymology 2017 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive …

Italy to Invest $450m in Biofuel Project in Iran
August 3, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(Tehran Times)  The Italian private sector will invest $450 million in the establishment of a bioethanol fuel production plant in the Amirabad Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), north of Iran.

As per the agreement, biofuel will be …

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

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

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

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

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

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

The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, …

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

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

The Used Vegetable Oil? Becomes Biodiesel and Natural Cosmetics
June 8, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Test Magazine (Google Translation))  Over 62 thousand tons of waste vegetable oil collected in 2015, an increase of 44% compared to 2010, 85% of which were initiated in regeneration for the production of biodiesel. Are …

G7 Nations Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025
June 6, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Karl Mathiesen (The Guardian)  Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Levulinic Acid as a New Platform for Green Chemistry: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to GF Biochemicals
May 18, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In February, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

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

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

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping
April 15, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy …

Circling Opportunity
April 7, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final …

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco
April 1, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a Monaco-based company long went unnoticed, even though the principality has opened up its financial sector …

What’s up with Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide
March 24, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of our 2016 March Madness series. You can experience the recorded version of the webinar here.

Meanwhile, …

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Annual Forum — June 14-17, 2016 — Rome, Italy
March 22, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Annual Forum  —   June 14-17, 2016  —  Rome, Italy

On behalf of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) it is our pleasure to announce the GACSA Annual Forum, “Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action.” The Annual Forum will take place at FAO Headquarters in …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project
March 9, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will …

Fuel vs. Food? A New Study from a UVA Environmental Scientist and Colleagues Shows about a Third of the World’s Malnourished Population Could Be Fed by Using Resources Now Used for Biofuel Production.
March 8, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Fariss Samarrai (University of Virginia)  As strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and consumption of biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel, land and water that could otherwise be used …

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost
February 24, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research

Six companies have now brought cellulosic …

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market
February 19, 2016 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

World Bioenergy Congress and Expo — June 13-14, 2016 — Rome, Italy
February 15, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment
World Bioenergy Congress and Expo    —    June 13-14, 2016  —  Rome, Italy

With the successful journey of Biofuels & Bioenergy conference in Spain, OMICS International conferences planned to continue Bioenergy conference series saga in Italy in 2016. On this auspicious occasion, OMICS International inviting the participants from all …

Neste Biofuel to Fuel Vehicles Based at Italian Cross-Country Ski Race
January 28, 2016 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Netherlands-based oil and energy company Tamoil has begun selling arctic diesel containing Neste’s renewable diesel to its corporate customers in the northern Italian Alps region, which will be used to fuel vehicles servicing …

Eni Research Brings You Eni Diesel +
January 22, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Eni)  This is another great example of Eni’s focus on sustainable innovation. Starting from next Monday, 18 January, the new Eni Diesel + will be available in over 3,500 fuel stations all over Italy.  The …

Entsorga West Virginia Announces U.S.’s First Resource Recovery Facility to Utilize Mechanical Biological Treatment
January 11, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Entsorga West Virginia)  Groundbreaking Held on January 6, 2016 in Martinsburg, West Virginia — Entsorga West Virginia today announced the groundbreaking of the U.S.’s first resource recovery facility utilizing Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT). The state-of-the-art waste-to-solid …

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show
January 8, 2016 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Beginning the new year with a few days steeped in agriculture proved a great winter tonic, raising optimism that the seemingly ordinary people tromping through the York County Fair …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Bio-on: World First Facility for Producing Bioplastic from Biodiesel Co-Product Glycerol
December 23, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/NASDAQ) An agreement signed today by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, will see Italy’s and world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. …

U.S., Japan, Germany Among 18 Nations to Build Carbon Markets
December 15, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Mathew Carr (BloombergBusiness)  Markets will help drive emission reductions under Paris deal;
Rules needed to ensure markets have environmental integrity —  Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international …

Biofuels to Bioeconomy Conference Speaker Summaries Published
December 14, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association released a 16-page synopsis of more than a dozen addresses at the recent Canadian Bioeconomy Summit. The synopsis team was led by Dr. Jack Saddler, … …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste — November 14-17, 2016 — Venice, Italy DEADLINE: February 29, 2016
December 11, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:   6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste —  November 14-17, 2016  —  Venice, Italy     DEADLINE:  February 29, 2016

The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous …

6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste — November 14-17, 2016 — Venice, Italy
December 10, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment
6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste —  November 14-17, 2016  —  Venice, Italy

The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous …

Rich Nations’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Climate Aid 40 to 1: Researchers
December 4, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Chris Arsenault (PlanetArk.org/Reuters)  Wealthy nations spend 40 times as much money subsidizing fossil fuel production as they contribute to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to global warming, a research group said …

Research Delivers Insight into Global Biodiesel Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020: MarketResearchReports.Biz
December 3, 2015 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(HydrogenFuelNews)  MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Global Biodiesel MarketAnalysis and Forecasts to 2020″ to its database.

This report gives an in-depth analysis of the global biodiesel market and provides forecasts up to 2020. The …

20-Nation Mission Innovation Coalition Launches to Spur Clean Energy R&D, Investment
November 30, 2015 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, are announcing today the launch of “Mission Innovation,” a 20-country initiative to …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

Mathieu Flamini’s No Fuel
November 19, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(The Sun)  Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years.  But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he …

Renewable Diesel Production, Planned Projects on the Rise
November 18, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas

Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership
October 22, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tyton BioEnergy Systems) Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced today a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance …

Towards Multi-purpose Biorefinery Platforms for the Valorisation of Red Grape Pomace: Production of Polyphenols, Volatile Fatty Acids, Polyhydroxyalkanoates and Biogas
October 21, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Gonzalo A. Martinez, Stefano Rebecchi, Deborha Decorti, Joana M. B. Domingos, Andrea Natolino, Daniele Del Rio, Lorenzo Bertin, Carla Da Porto and Fabio Fava  (Green Chemistry)  The development of a multi-purpose four step-cascading biorefinery scheme …

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate
October 17, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, say FAO Director General …

De Gruyter Publishes Textbook: Biorefineries – An Introduction
October 5, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(De Gruyter)  The use of biomass as a resource for fuels and chemicals is a very important topic in chemical research and chemical industry.  —  The field of biorefineries combines cutting-edge research with innovative industrial …

VW Says 11 Million Cars Affected Globally as Scandal Widens
September 22, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Chris Reiter (Bloomberg/MSN.com)  Volkswagen AG said irregularities on diesel- emission readings extend to 11 million vehicles around the world, forcing the German carmaker to set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in an initial …

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT
September 21, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production …

100% Renewable: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Coca-Cola Plant Bottle
September 16, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since introducing PlantBottle packaging – the first-ever fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants – Coca-Cola has distributed more than 25 billion of the bottles to thirsty consumers …

Alternative Fuels World Fair — May 25-28, 2016 — Bologna, Italy
September 9, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuels World Fair  —  May 25-28, 2016 — Bologna, Italy

Natural Gas Vehicles, Biogas, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, Hydrogen for transport and other applications will be on display under one roof while in parallel there will be different Interactive Seminars.

Entrance to the Fair is for free …

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?
September 8, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Standards Training — September 16-18, 2015 — Montefiascone (VT), Italy,
July 6, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Standards Training  —  September 16-18, 2015  —  Montefiascone (VT), Italy,

The RSB has created a state-of-the-art third-party accredited certification system to ensure the sustainable production of biomaterials and bio-based products. It covers the entire supply chain from biomass production to end user, and is applicable …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2015: Biomass: Challenges and Promises
June 29, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) held in Vienna 1-4 June was a massive event with nearly 1300 participants from 76 countries and some 800 presentations. The …

Nebraska Governor Talks Biofuels in Europe
June 18, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is on an agricultural trade mission trip to the European Union with stops in Italy, Belgium, and Denmark. The trade mission, being coordinated jointly by the Nebraska Departments of …

CNH Industrial Hosts Expert Panel to Raise Awareness on Biogas
May 13, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  The Company gathered experts from the scientific community, representatives from institutional European associations, public officials and professionals from the powertrain, commerical vehicles and agricultural machinery sectors for a workshop panel entitled “The …

Blog: Smartphone App, on the Racetrack for Ethanol Education
April 28, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation.

I had previously heard the name Hydro Dynamics Inc., …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course — June 20-22, 2015 — Ravello, Italy
April 28, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course —  June 20-22, 2015  —  Ravello, Italy

The course is partially based on the newly released text, The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets, by Harry de Gorter, Dusan Drabik and David R. Just.

This workshop …

Biodegradable Plastics from Potato Waste for High-Tech Applications
April 7, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Bio-on)  Bio-on S.p.A., the leader in eco-sustainable chemical technologies, and Pizzoli S.p.A., Italy’s largest operator in the potato sector, will collaborate to build Italy’s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide
March 4, 2015 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015
February 17, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners?  Each year, the …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015
February 13, 2015 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance):

1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize?

2. RIN price volatility — will the …

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout
December 19, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has …

RSB Auditor Training January 21-23, 2015 Viterbo area, Italy
December 17, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
RSB Auditor Training   January 21-23, 2015    Viterbo area, Italy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterils production and processing. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with numerous organizations and individuals …

Fuel4me Consortium Targets 2017
December 15, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … The overall aim of Fuel4me is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. …

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue
November 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a …

Crisis Refining, Eni Relies on Biodiesel, No Job Cuts – AD
November 6, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Giancarlo Navach (Reuters) Eni aims to solve the problem of refining crisis in Italy – which since 2009 has lost as many as 6 billion Euros and is affected by the continued decline in demand for …

Italy to Require Advanced Biofuels in Gasoline and Diesel
October 31, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Italy today became the first member of the European Union to mandate the use of renewable fuel made from inedible crops.   The law requires that gasoline and diesel contain at …

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant …

Industrial Biotechnology’s 2014 in Pictures: The Year of Steel
October 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy.  Click …

EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress December 1-3, 2014 Florence, Italy
October 20, 2014 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress    December 1-3, 2014    Florence, Italy

EABA, the European Biomass Association, and the International Algae Congress, organized by DLG BENELUX, announce today that the EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress (IAC) will be jointly organized. The meeting will be …

Joint Venture Formed to Develop Cellulosic Biorefinery in China
October 20, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. …

Use of Advanced Biofuels in Petrol Made Compulsory in Italy
October 16, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(The Green Optimistic)  Advanced biofuels will have to make up 0.6% of all types of petrol and diesel used to power cars and trucks in Italy as of 2018. With this new regulation, the country …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

Novozymes Looks beyond the ‘Fantasy Fuel’ It Helped to Turn into Reality
October 9, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters)

* Three of four advanced biofuel plants use Novozymes enzymes

* Biomass conversion could transform Novozymes in future

* Biofuel sector in continuing U.S. regulatory battle

 

When Denmark’s Novozymes first wondered in 2000 how its …

The Digest Interview: Guido Ghisolfi, CEO, Beta Renewables
September 26, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The project that got the ball rolling in so many ways was the Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy — a 20 million gallon first commercial project that officially opened …

Cellulosics and the EU: Chasing Higher Rates, Yields, and More Value from Lignin
September 26, 2014 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The cellulosic scene in the EU is lively and well — greatly cheered by news of commercial-scale openings by POET-DSM, and Beta Renewables and the impending openings at Abengoa Bioenergy …

A Looming Cellulosic Feedstock Shortage?
September 16, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk?

It’s not …

Alkol Biotech to Develop Sugarcane Research Lab in Europe
August 22, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  … Alkol Biotech, signed an agreement with the council of the city of Motril in the Andalusia region of Spain to develop what could be Europe’s first sugarcane development lab.

The lab will develop …

UOP’s Ecofining Tech Linked to Massive Renewable Diesel Project in Ohio
August 5, 2014 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will the old Buckeye Ethanol site in South Point, Ohio be transformed into an ultra-modern base for renewable diesel and jet fuel blendstocks?

That’s the vision for a new project origination …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

Aurora Algae Expands Operations In South Texas
April 25, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Following six months of testing and evaluation, Aurora Algae has confirmed the potential for commercial-scale algae cultivation in South Texas, and is expanding its test facility, beginning with four, one-acre cultivation ponds …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

Of Auxins, Toxins and Raging Hormones: Does Biochar Really Work?
April 1, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One of the latest entries is a study out of the UK’s University of Southampton, with assist from researchers in Scotland and Italy, that delves into the pros and cons …

Hydro Dynamics Cavitation Reactor Installed at Pilot Plant
March 25, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Hydro Dynamics Inc. of Rome, Ga., has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor has been purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The SPR was purchased after successful …

Flotta Verde! The Italian Navy’s Green Fleet Underway: The Story, in Pictures
March 17, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Commander Pasquale Tripodi (Italian Navy/Biofuels Digest)  Italy’s Navy joins the global green fleet movement with its first sea trials and certifications.   Including a dramatic at-sea rescue, powered by alternative fuel blends.   The complete story, in …

Venice 2014 – Fifth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste November 17-20 Venice, Italy
March 14, 2014 – 11:14 pm | No Comment
Venice 2014 – Fifth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste  November 17-20   Venice, Italy

The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards …

Algae Research Gives Hope for Renewable Carbon-Negative Source of Food and Medicines
February 20, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(University of Greenwich)  Bright pink-orange microalgae found in salt lakes and coastal waters could become a renewable source of food, plastics, health products and fuel as a result of new research announced this week.

The University …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.

“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.

As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

European Investment Bank Provides Loan for Second Generation Ethanol Project
December 16, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Investment Bank is providing a €65 million loan to support the research and development projects of Biochemtex, an engineering subsidiary of the Mossi and Ghisolfi Group, a world …

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says
November 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. …

Italian Battleship Taking Part in Biodiesel Certification Program for Will Pay a Friendly Visit to Klaipeda
November 20, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Noodls)  On November 19 through 25 the Caio Duilio destroyer of the Italian Navy which also took part in NATO’s Response Force exercise Steadfast Jazz 213 earlier this month will be conducting a friendly visit …

Unlocking the Universe of Biobased (and Not So Biobased) Materials
November 20, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Massachusetts, applied mathematicians Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will share a three-year, $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, with others, to develop …

Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020
October 21, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(GlobalBioBusiness.com)  “Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020” is the latest report from industry analysis specialist GlobalData, offering comprehensive information on the global cellulosic ethanol market. The report …

Commissioning a First-of-a-Kind Plant Takes Time
October 16, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Retka Schill visited the Ineos Bio facility in person in August. She returned from Florida with new insight about how large chemical companies define and carry out plant commissioning. …

Ethanol Groups Issue Letter to UN Committee on Food Security
October 15, 2013 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security kicked off its annual meeting on Oct. 7 in Rome. Biofuel policy is among the …

Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon
October 14, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)  It’s not that companies don’t know how to make cellulosic ethanol or biofuel from algae. It’s that they’ve struggled to do so cheaply and at a scale large enough to …

World’s Largest Cellulosic Biofuels Plant Opens: Beta Renewables, in Pictures
October 10, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy to produce 75 million liters of cellulosic ethanol per year from agricultural waste.

In Italy, Beta Renewables and Novozymes marked the official opening in Northern …

What Happened to Biofuels?
September 6, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(The Economist) Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected

…As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels …

Green Water: Can the U.S. Navy Win the Eco-Arms Race?
August 7, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Ray Mabus (Foreign Policy)  With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels

Projects open …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

Armies Get Smart on Energy
July 16, 2013 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Energy costs are a significant drain on defence budgets. This could impact on the resources available for Allies to acquire and maintain defence capabilities as well as limit their capacity to undertake …

Momentum: 12 Biobased Ventures Raise $435M in Q2 2013; 32 Projects Being Built off the Balance Sheet
July 10, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite negative press from Bloomberg, biobased investing is surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop.

After we profiled, last April, 17 biobased ventures who …

BIO World Congress Cellulosic Ethanol Panel: The Latest on Commercialization Progress
June 18, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  One of the morning sessions at the Tenth Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology put four of the companies in the forefront of commercial development of cellulosic ethanol …

G8 under Pressure to Rethink Biofuel Mandates
May 9, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)

Leaders of the EU and their partners in the G8 nations are under mounting pressure to reconsider their support for biofuel targets amid concern that plant oil production competes with food output in poor countries.

Britain, …

Biofuels Conference Told to Be Biomass Agnostic
April 18, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …Guido Ghisolfi of the Italian company Beta Renewables told attendees of the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference (ABLC) that they, too, needed to be diverse in their thinking of biomass for biofuels.

“It’s quite important …

Versalis Invests $20M in Genomatica, Launches JV for Bio-based Butadiene
April 11, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Italy, Versalis and Genomatica announced the establishment of a technology joint venture for bio-based butadiene from non-food biomass. The resulting process will be licensed across Europe, Asia and Africa by …

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing
March 25, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the next wave look like – from technology to financing? We explore the trends in our …

Construction on Clinton Biofuel Refinery Could Start as Early as Fall
March 19, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by John Ramsey (FayObserver.com)  Construction on a $170 million refinery in Clinton to convert 20 million tons of grass into fuel each year could start as early as this fall.

Chemtex, an international company with offices …

Camelina on the Move: Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Sustainable Oils
March 15, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Global Clean Energy Holdings announced that it has acquired Sustainable Oils, a leader in Camelina genetics and production. The acquisition includes 100% ownership interest of Sustainable Oils and the …

Beta Renewables CEO Declares Cellulosic Ethanol Now ready
March 14, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Interest in the Beta Renewables SpA commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant undergoing commissioning in Crescentino, Italy, has been high. “I was surprised,” said Guido Ghisolfi, CEO. “I expected perhaps 10 …

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 as Boom Year for Cellulosic Biofuels
March 5, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  * U.S. cellulosic biofuel goals not reached

* Beta sees industry stepping up output by 2015

* New players could emerge from eastern Europe

Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.

The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …

Chemtex Officials Offer City Timeline that Points to 2015 Plant Opening
December 26, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Chris Berendt (The Sampson Independent)  Chemtex International Inc. is currently involved in a permitting process that will see a $200 million biofuels refinery production plant open at the start of 2015, creating around 350 direct …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

Ensyn: Biofuels’ Big, Fast Cracker, in Pictures
November 19, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn – moving rapidly towards scale as a transport fuel technology after decades in smaller, high-value markets.  What does Ensyn’s signature RTP technology, that’s making such a splash, look like?

…Ensyn …

Renewable Diesel on the March
November 17, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  UOP, Eni update on the complete conversion of Eni’s Venice refinery to renewable diesel. Why is renewable diesel getting traction – and where, and when?

…Unlike biodiesel, Green Diesel is a …

Italy’s Largest Refiner To Use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni Ecofining(TM) Process Technology At Venice Refinery
November 12, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(PRNewsWire/MarketWatch)  Innovative project marks first conversion of a process unit producing petroleum-based fuel into a unit for renewable fuel

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that Italy’s largest energy company, Eni S.p.A., will produce renewable …