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Schmidt Fund Awards Go to Projects with Transformative Potential
February 24, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Zandonella (News at Princeton)  Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

The projects include …

Study: U.S. Ethanol Industry Makes “A Significant Contribution to the Economy”
February 24, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016, according to a new study commissioned by ABF Economics. The study, released …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Gov. Hogan Visits Local Poultry Farm Turning Manure into Energy
February 23, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Dani Bozzini (WMDT)  The governor of Maryland toured the Eastern Shore today and one of his stops was to a farm in Dorchester County with a ground breaking new program, converting animal waste into …

Neutral Fuels Pioneers Dairy Waste As New Biofuel Feedstock
February 23, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Neutral Fuels)  Recycling waste dairy products to help meet Dubai ‘ s Zero Waste target  —
After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company …

Penn State Forest Economist Helping to Propel African Croton Biofuel Effort
February 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem  (Penn State News)  Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson’s blood, and the combination has helped shape …

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

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

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

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, …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Passing the Test with Flying Colors
February 20, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. …

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California Draws Midwest Farmer Interest
February 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power …

ZEVs Don’t Have Zero Emissions: Letter
February 20, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes  (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  In an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal, Don Siefkes, Executive Director of the E100 Ethanol Group writes:

Regarding Mike Spector’s Feb. 13 article, “Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules …

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

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

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing
February 18, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks.
Audience
Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, …

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 …

Cattle Pastures and Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations
February 17, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant
February 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, …

POET-DSM Plans On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility at Project Liberty
February 17, 2017 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.  The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. …

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

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

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

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

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

Global Biofuels to Rise to 67 Billion Gallons in 2022 as Next-Generation Technologies Take Over
February 16, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years to 9.6 billion gallons per year as first-generation fuels like traditional biodiesel lose out to newer low-carbon fuels, says Lux Research  —  New biofuel …

UK Grocer First in Europe to Use New Trucks Fuelled by Food Waste
February 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Umberto Bacchi (Reuters)  A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice …

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

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

Health Effects Institute Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics
February 14, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Candid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol’s positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

Microbial Fuel Cells: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to KeegoTech’s MudWatt and MFC technology
February 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  KeegoTech aims to catalyze the development of emerging technologies by employing the talent and creativity of the greater public — in this case, giving a basic backgrounder about microbial fuel …

How to Reduce Aviation Emissions, On the Ground and In the Sky
February 13, 2017 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  The number of commercial airplanes in service is projected to nearly double by 2030. At the same time, international agreements and individual countries’ laws require the aviation industry to …

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

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

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 …

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

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

BP Predicts 100 Million EVs on the Road by 2035. But They ‘Won’t Be a Game-Changer’ for Oil Demand
February 13, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Mike Stone (GreenTechMedia.com)  BP’s annual report on the global energy market is notoriously conservative when it comes to alternative technologies—and this year is no different.  —  Despite a massive increase in electric vehicles and …

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

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

Ending Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 37 Gt over 2017-2050; Study
February 13, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(International Institute for Sustainable Development/PressReleasePoint)  A complete removal of subsidies for the production of fossil fuels today would result in a steady decline in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2050 as more oil, gas …

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 …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 9, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by  Steffen Mueller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in many regions, can only …

NDSU Scientists Study Distillers Grains as Fertilizer
February 9, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(North Dakota State University)  Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles increased corn and spring wheat yields.  —  Distillers grains could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota …

Mixotrophic Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioProcess Algae
February 9, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BPA designs, builds, and operates commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors that enable efficient conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. BioProcess Algae LLC is based in Omaha, …

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 …

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

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

Global Bio-Alcohols Market Expected to Reach $11,574 Million by 2022 – Allied Market Research
February 8, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Allied Market Research)  According to a new report published by Allied Market Research titled, “Bio-Alcohols: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022,” the global bio-alcohols market was valued at $6,404 million in 2015, and …

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

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

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

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

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

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

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.

What makes it …

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

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

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would …

Transport CO2 Isn’t Slowing Just Yet
February 7, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Global carbon dioxide emissions in 2050 are expected to be at the same level as in 2015 – at around 7.5 gigatons – as the use of cars doubles …

Catalyst for Green Biodiesel Production from Unrefined Feedstock
February 7, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(South China Morning Post/sponsored)  … This new Catalyst for Green Biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock such as waste cooking oil, with no aqueous treatment steps required. Ethanol or propanol extracted …

First Production in History of Fully Renewable ETBE
February 7, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)   In a historic first, Global Bioenergies today announces the production of ETBE purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline.

Current standards limit …

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, …

Imagine, with Us!: AkzoNobel Issues an Innovation Challenge to the Advanced Bioceconomy
February 7, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AkzoNobel is launching Imagine Chemistry, an exciting opportunity to partner with start-up firms, students, research groups and career scientists from across the world to jointly exploit the knowledge of chemistry …

Mechanism for Photosynthesis already Existed in Primeval Microbe
February 6, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Kobe University)  A Japanese research group led by Associate Professor ASHIDA Hiroki (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), Academic Researcher KONO Takunari (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), and …

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

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

Bio-Based Economy and Climate Change: New Report on Important Links, Pitfalls and Opportunities
February 6, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News)  There is a clear link between bio-based economy and sustainability as well as green economy. This is not surprising as the use of biomass induces a sustainable use of carbon i.e. carbon absorbed …

Phasing out Cookstoves a ‘Win-Win’ for Climate and Health, Study Shows
February 6, 2017 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Roz Pidcock (Carbon Brief)  Replacing traditional wood and coal-burning cookstoves with cleaner technology could trim nearly a tenth of a degree from global temperature and save more than 10 million lives by 2050.

This is …

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 …

SUNLIQUID® 20: Fleet Test with Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Proves Fuel Quality
February 6, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  A plus for the environment: Improves particle count emissions and guarantees significant reductions in CO2 emissions using sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol; Field test confirms: Excellent combustion characteristics without additional consumption  —  Clariant, a leading global specialty …

Avalon’s Bid to Replace Carcinogenic Formaldehyde
February 6, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Switzerland, Avalon Industries has launched a research project to replace formaldehyde in phenol-formaldehyde resins with a bio-based, non-toxic platform chemical 5-HMF, The R&D partner is the Institute for Materials …

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

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

Student Scientist Uses Algae to Filter out Lead Contaminated Water
February 5, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

A senior at Tucson, Arizona’s Immaculate Heart High School, Amanda Minke’s goal is to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities around the world. For the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition …

Gates Foundation Extends Sorghum Research with a $6.1 Million Grant to the Danforth Center
February 3, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, today announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

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 …

Letter – Connect the Dots
February 3, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Watertown Public Opinion)  A few weeks ago, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said, “It’s all about the corn; as corn goes, so goes South Dakota’s economy…”  Let’s connect the dots. If that is the case, …

A Better Way to Farm Algae
February 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Matt Wheeler (Phys.Org)  … Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new technology for energy efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae.

“The study is an …

Butadiene from Ethanol in One Step: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ETB Catalytic Technology
February 3, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ETB Catalytic Technologies has developed a one-step process for producing butadiene from ethanol – and attracted investment in March 2016 from Zavkom Group and grant funding from Skolkovo for Pilot …

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 …

Informing Policy with Science
February 3, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Barbara Schaal (Science Magazine)   … President Trump should include credible scientists in the administration—at all levels and in all federal agencies—not individuals who reject proven science on issues of critical public importance such …

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model
February 2, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed …

Ethanol CO2 & Concrete Cement a Relationship
January 27, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CarbonCure Technologies strengthens concrete while reducing its carbon footprint. —  Carbon dioxide from a Wisconsin ethanol plant is strengthening the cement in pours at sites in Chicago. Ozinga, a …

Water: Lifeblood of the Process
January 27, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Successful water reduction and recycling require close attention to treatments and system impacts in ethanol production. —  …  As the industry has improved its efficiency and recycling, water …

St1 Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Bioethanol Pilot Project in Thailand
January 27, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(St1)  Finnish technology turns cassava waste into ethanol  —  St1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a bioethanol pilot project in Thailand.  St1, a Finnish energy company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ubon …

Biofuel Crops Expected to Play Crucial Role in Hawaii’s Energy Future
January 25, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune Herald) … The latest stop along that path comes from researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who are investigating potential dual …

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund and Swedavia Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights from Stockholm Arlanda Airport
January 25, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG) Just before New Year’s Eve, Swedavia received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s …

Technical Work Lays Foundation for Biodiesel Market Growth
January 25, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … “The integration of biodiesel in the broader distribution system will help viability of this product in the broader market,” said Rod Woodford, manager of shipper relations and product quality for …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Faster than Fermentation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH Technology
January 25, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet …

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 …

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

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

Environmental Friendly Methodology for Production of Ethanol from Bagasse by Sequential Bio-Processing
January 24, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Prabhuraj Balakrishnan (University of Manchester/Nanowerk News)  … In a research work by The University of Manchester academics (Prof. Colin Webb’s research group at the School of Chemical Engineering), a new methodology have been developed, that …

Environment, Still a Winner: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Attitudes to Cleaner-Burning Diesel 2017
January 24, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Americans respond more to environmental messages on renewable diesel fuels than energy security or economic impact, according to a survey undertaken by the Diesel Technology Forum and presented last week …

Process Integrated Enzyme Production: The Cost-Efficient Way to Commercially Viable 2G Cellulosic Ethanol
January 24, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  Cellulosic ethanol is no longer a topic solely discussed in scientific papers or conferences, or by the academic world. It has made its way through the stages of technology development, …

After Dieselgate, Renewables More Critical to Diesel’s Future than Ever: Survey
January 24, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Americans respond more to environmental messages on renewable diesel fuels than energy security or economic impact, according to a survey undertaken by the Diesel Technology Forum and presented last week …

UK Company Makes Breakthrough with Sustainable Diesel Fuel Production
January 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A UK sustainable energy company is the first ever to have successfully converted actual landfill gas into usable diesel fuel with no fossil fuel additives, during recent trials.

Renovare Fuels, which …

A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record
January 23, 2017 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  On BDI-BioEnergy International’s 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company’s beginnings, accomplishments and biodiesel production technology.  —  In September, dozens of biodiesel producers from around the …

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

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

Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview
January 23, 2017 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Will Smith (Springhouse Consulting/Biodiesel Magazine)  While the majority of U.S. biodiesel is still produced from soybean and canola oil, the role of alternative feedstock has increased steadily over the past decade. The lower production …

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement
January 23, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business.  —  …  “For the petroleum and …

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

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

Gigabase Is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9
January 23, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs in biology. Word came through …

The Emerging Synthetic Biology Ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks
January 23, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change …

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

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

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

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

MIT Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils
January 20, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

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

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 Use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs
January 20, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, …

Decoded Microbial Metabolism Explains Biofuel Yield
January 20, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Blaine Friedlander (Phys.Org)  To unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel …

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 …

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing
January 20, 2017 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations …

FHR Unveils a $50M Gambit to Make Überprotein at Ethanol Plants
January 19, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources will invest more than $50M in its Fairmont, Neb. ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish …

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 …

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil Renew Algae Biofuels Research Agreement
January 19, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil have announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels, after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing …

LEAF Opens New Yeast Facility and Launches New Product
January 19, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog) Leaf – Lesaffre Advanced Fermentations has inaugurated its the new Lesaffre Yeast Corporation drying facility in Headland, Alabama, last week, which is reportedly the company’s first yeast drying facility …

SUNY Morrisville Leads NY Back To Industrial Hemp Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Kulikowsky (MyTwinTiers.com)  Morrisville partners with JD Farms in Eaton on industrial hemp pilot program  —  Hemp may not be what you’d think of as the next big cash crop but plenty in New York, …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System
January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

General Motors Announces 20 for B20 in Its Diesel Vehicle Lineup
January 18, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  GM Expands its B20 Biodiesel Capable Lineup with New Cars, Crossovers, Trucks  —  General Motors is taking bold steps to expand the U.S. diesel vehicle market beyond its traditional stronghold in full-size …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy
January 17, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, down 1.5 percent from 2015. …

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 …

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia
January 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills.

The companies will invest up …

Automakers Fuel the U.S. Market With More Biodiesel Capable Diesel Vehicle Models
January 17, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel capable diesel vehicle options for consumers as the push for increased fuel efficiency, performance, and sustainability in America’s transportation sector grows. …

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

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

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

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

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

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
January 16, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

API and MYBiomass Announce Joint-Development Agreement for the Production of Nanocellulose for Downstream Applications
January 16, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Web/American Process/MYBiomass)  American Process Inc. (API) and MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. (MYBiomass) will work together to develop technology to produce nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm empty fruit-bunches, a lignocellulosic feedstock widely available in …

Lessons from 102 Years of Licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
January 16, 2017 – 11:17 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 …

Walk This Way: NYC Agrees to Run D.M.E. in New Fuels Trial
January 16, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  This week, a company known as Oberon Fuels running a DME technology is coming Straight Outta New York City with the idea that you can make it out of …

PTG to Make Ethanol from Cassava Pulp
January 13, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post) PTG Energy Plc (PTG), a SET-listed oil retailer, and Eiamburapa Co (EBP), a top producer of tapioca products, have teamed up to develop what they say will be the world’s first facility that makes …

From Waste CO2 to Everyday Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquid Light Technology
January 13, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that Avantium has acquired Liquid Light’s assets and will take the technology forward. Liquid Light developed electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant …

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development
January 13, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. …

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 …

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies
January 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by …

Scientists Have a New Way to Calculate What Global Warming Costs. Trump’s Team Isn’t Going to Like It.
January 13, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National …

Converting Disposable Nappies into Bio-Fuel and Textiles
January 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Aberystwyth University)  … Now a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution.

Joe has devised a process to turn disposable nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products …

Breakthrough in the Corn Belt: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Ethanol and Greenhouse Gas Savings
January 13, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emissions reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era …

Glyphosate Paper Claims Liver Disease Link in Rats: Findings Disputed by Monsanto as Using ‘Flawed Data’
January 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Matthew Appleby  (Horticulture Week)  The active ingredient in herbicide Roundup has been cited as a cause of liver disease after experiments on rats, but Monsanto has refuted the claims as “bad science”.  —

The study, …

USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, with additional benefits projected through 2022  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release …

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems
January 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Science News/University of Michigan)  When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new study. — … …

Growing Algae for Food and Biofuel Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
January 9, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Cultivating algae for food and biofuel could make a serious dent in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping to save freshwater resources and reduce deforestation.

Currently the emissions associated with land-use …

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

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

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

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

• MicroBio …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
January 6, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine)   … We received impassioned requests to give the public …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toray to Make Biofuel Feedstock from Sugar Cane in Thailand
January 6, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese company’s tech can cut costs at planned processing plant  —  Toray Industries looks to tap sugar cane waste in Thailand to produce raw materials for biofuel, a revenue source that fits with …

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 …

American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles on E15
January 6, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, …

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil
January 5, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by …

Finding the Real Value of Hemp in Kentucky
January 4, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Grace Schneider  (Courier-Journal)  After a recent boost in funding, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville is delving into the science and economics of commercializing industrial hemp.
It’s a new line of …

UAS Researcher Gets Biodiesel Project Financing
January 4, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Millenni um Campus (Google Translation))  …In the Rectors’ Hall of the Central Building, the university leader recognized Ignacio Contreras Andrade, a researcher at the Faculty of Biological Chemistry Sciences, for having obtained the first place …