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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.

-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online
May 26, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

On March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel …

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel
May 25, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel increased before Easter, when Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, predicted that diesel …

Peters, Alexander & Stabenow Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act Bipartisan Bill Boosts R&D for Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
May 23, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Gary Peters)  U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced they are reintroducing the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act to encourage investments in research and development of …

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The Quest for Torque and Affordable, Sustainable Vroom
May 23, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In recent days. we’ve been updating some very useful industry charts relating to costs, carbon, and biofuels — and here’s another highly useful chart from the University of Illinois that …

Scania Euro 6 Ethanol Truck Joins the Exhibition Next Week!
May 15, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Svebio)  We’re pleased to inform that the Scania Euro 6 ethanol truck joins the vehicle exhibition at Advanced Biofuels Conference next week.

Time to change the game

Globally, transport is a major source of fossil CO2 emissions. …

New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California
May 4, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ …

Optimus Technologies Receives Award for B100 Conversion System
May 3, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection presented Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and 20 other organizations from across the state with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. According to DEP, their projects “represent the …

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles
May 2, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of …

High Octane Fuel: An Opportunity for Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy’s CEO explains the importance of the recent ASTM standard for 100 RON test fuel in helping the ethanol industry achieve its goal of expanding the availability of …

Letter: Auto Owners Would Stand to Benefit Most
April 28, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Kent Frerichs (Argus Leader)  … Why don’t we encourage retailers to convert limited use E85 pumps to E30? Better yet, simply add an inexpensive flex fuel kit to enable dispensing both E85 and ethanol’s super premium …

High Octane Gas Coming — But You’ll Pay More for It
April 26, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Mark Phelan (Detroit Free Press)  “Ten cents a gallon more is probably palatable. A quarter risks customer acceptance,” said an industry executive who requested anonymity because his company’s plans are secret. —  Automakers and …

Electromobility – Further Development of Fuels for Use in Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
April 24, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(UFOP (Google Translation))  The cars of the future are also supposed to drive electrically. Today, the share of hybrid vehicles with an electric and an internal combustion engine (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, PHEV) is increasing. …

Ethanol Advocates Work to Boost Demand
April 3, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Nat Willilams (Iowa Farmer Today)   … (Barry) Frazier (president of Center Ethanol) was among biofuels advocates speaking at a conference of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization here. More than 500 college students …

Validated, Integrated: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
April 3, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, …

BETO Publishes Alternative Aviation Fuels Report
March 29, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published a report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps. This new report provides an overview of the current …

ASTM Approves New 100 Octane Standard that Could Boost Ethanol Blending
March 28, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International standard that supports 100 octane fuel could help drive innovation in the auto industry as cars with higher-performance engines are introduced into the global …

Testing Hybrid Trucks in Sweden
March 28, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(DSV)  Using a combination of biodiesel and electricity to power trucks will reduce unhealthy carbon dioxide emissions.  —  DSV Sweden is currently testing a unique Atego Hybrid truck from Mercedes-Benz in Malmo city distribution. The …

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution to Support E30 Use
March 20, 2017 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last …

Groups Hail Recall of EPA’s Federal Fuel Economy and Emissions Rules
March 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.”

Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

New ASTM High-Octane Fuel Standard Published
March 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Last week, ASTM International published an important new high-octane fuel standard, ASTM D8076 – 17, Standard Specification for 100 Research Octane Number Test Fuel for Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines. A major victory for the …

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

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

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

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

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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, …

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
January 2, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

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

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

Recapping My Decade of Using and Experimenting With Alternative Fuels +VIDEO
December 19, 2016 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … For a guy who grew up primarily in Brooklyn and Queens, farming was as alien to me as the dark side of the moon. Nevertheless, the story was riveting …

New EBA Publication on Biomethane in Transport
December 13, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Austrian Network Biofuels Newsletter)  The European Biogas Association (EBA) has published a new brochure aiming to serve as an introduction to biomethane in transport, going through its benefits and the challenges that lie ahead. Different …

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

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

The …

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

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

Purti Group Co Develops Bio-CNG for Vehicles
November 17, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Snehlata Shrivastav (Economic Times’ Energy World)  Manas Agro Industries and Infrastructure Limited (MAIIL) of the city, an extension of Purti Group of Industries, has developed a process of producing bio-CNG that can be used as …

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels
November 6, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, …

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector
October 24, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies …

UAI: EPA Emails Show Oil Industry Helped Design Test Fuels
October 20, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study. This is a critical …

Path to Improved Fuel Economy Includes Ethanol
October 19, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) director says the auto industry path to improved fuel economy includes higher blends of ethanol.

Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in southeast Minnesota, tells …

Auto Club Monitoring Proves Ethanol Blending Safe
October 19, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Gene Hammond (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Association Motor Club Marketing)  Guest columnist for ACE’s Grassroots Voice column in the November EPM writes about the AMCM and Travelers Motor Club experiences with ethanol.   —   … …

Value of E30 Proven in Real Time
October 14, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Seurer (Glacial Lakes Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Our good friend and colleague Dave VanderGriend wrote in this column in April that a little place called Watertown, South Dakota, could be the beginning of a revolution …

A Man and His Turbine Engine
October 5, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Suzi Thaye (Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper) David Stapp’s invention is “fuel-agnostic”  —  … It’s a nice spot for CEO Stapp to concentrate on his pet project, the Peregrine Turbine, a jet engine that can run solely on …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan
October 5, 2016 – 12:09 pm | 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, …

In Your Phone, in Their Air: A Trace of Graphite Is in Consumer Tech. In These Chinese Villages, It’s Everywhere.
October 3, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Peter Whoriskey (The Washington Post)  … Smaller and more powerful than their predecessors, lithium batteries power smartphones and laptop computers and appear destined to become even more essential as companies make much larger ones to power …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on CAFE Standards Midterm Review
September 30, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports meeting the 2022 CAFE standards.  It is our understanding that the key to vehicle manufacturers meeting these standards rests on the ability to use high levels of …

The War against Ethanol Began in the 1920S
September 30, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Big Oil has been fighting the ethanol industry for a long time. Since the 1920s, to be exact.   —  In a recent feature by Automobile Magazine, the publication traces the roots of …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

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

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

One of the top myths used by the …

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

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

“Meeting the Climate and Clean Air Challenge of the Future” — “Learning Center” at SEJ Annual Conference to Highlight Future of Near-Zero Emissions Technology
September 19, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  To showcase the most advanced near-zero emissions technology available in the transportation and off-road industries, the Diesel Technology Forum will be hosting an exhibition of advanced clean diesel technology and renewable diesel …

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

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

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

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

Survey Shows Suppliers Support for Existing 2025 Federal Light-duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulation
September 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(CALSTART)  First-ever fuel economy survey of auto suppliers:  70 percent don’t want policymakers to change standards  —  Tier 1 suppliers want long-term goals, support 2025 targets

Major automotive suppliers see national fuel economy standards as important for …

Dear EPA: Watertown Is ‘Premium E30 Ready’
September 12, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Seurer (Watertown Public Opinion/Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC)  … The E30 Challenge is a campaign initiated by GLE and its industry partners ICM and Urban Air Initiative to encourage the voluntary use of Premium E30 …

COLUMN-Vehicle Efficiency Spurs Premium Gasoline Sales, Octane Demand: Kemp
September 8, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by John Kemp (Reuters)  Pressure to improve vehicle fuel efficiency is driving an increase in the sales of premium gasoline and boosting demand for high-octane blending components in the United States.

Premium grade accounted for more …

Ernst, Branstad, QCCP Discuss the Future of Renewable Fuels
September 2, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Quad County Corn Processors/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad recently met with staff and board members from Quad County Corn Processors and representatives from Syngenta, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association …

No Need to Panic Says Watertown Auto Expert
September 2, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(KXLG)  There’s no need to panic, says an auto expert, following reports of a recent equipment malfunction at six Magellan pipeline distribution bays in Oklahoma that caused a 30 percent versus 10 percent higher ethanol blend …

Nikola’s U.S., Canadian Trucks Will Be Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered
September 1, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next Gen Transportation News)  Following Nikola Motor Co.’s recent zero-emissions announcement, the company now says the electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built, hydrogen-electric …

Vegetable Oil Powered Truck Shatters World Record, Reaches over 200 mph at Speed Week
August 31, 2016 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

by Jenny M Kniss (Greenspeed Research)  To showcase the viability of renewable energy, non-profit group Greenspeed Research (GsR), reached 209 mph with a truck powered by vegetable oil at the Bonneville Salt Flats this August. …

Glacial Lakes In Midst of Premium E30 Challenge
August 31, 2016 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The ethanol industry knows that one area for the growth of the renewable fuel is through mid-level ethanol blends such as E30. The auto industry is calling for more octane and …

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

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

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

EPA Signals It Will Start Looking at Mandating Higher Octane Gasoline
August 25, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Raising the octane in gasoline — seen as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in today’s high-tech turbocharged, direct-injected engines — looks like it will get some …

Got octane?
August 25, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition.

The American Coalition for Ethanol …

Brazilian Car Prototype Covers 300 Km Using Only 1 Liter of Ethanol
August 25, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  It might sound like science fiction but it’s not! Employees of Parana Technological University in Brazil designed a vehicle prototype that can cover a distance of more than 300 kilometers with just one …

Letter: E30 Protects All Engines
August 22, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze Wilmot  (Argus Leader)  E30 can prevent up to a $5,000 maintenance problem for especially vulnerable new turbo-charged gas direct injection type engines: But we must first recognize that contrary to oil interests’ fraudulent …

Could Ethanol Power the Future for Electric Cars?
August 16, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  The automotive industry is rushing to produce electric vehicles (EVs) as the world tries to move away from polluting hydrocarbons to greener, cleaner fuels.

But EVs still only account for 1% of …

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research
August 16, 2016 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching the benefits of ethanol-based High Octane Fuels (HOF), such as E25, E30 and E40. Now, …

Better Boater: Are Fuel Additives Worth Your Time and Money?
August 16, 2016 – 12:59 am | No Comment

by Trevor Mason (Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine) … Boat engines are designed to function with fuel that has a maximum of 10 percent ethanol and are in fact prohibited from using fuel that has more than …

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Visit Quad County Corn Processors
August 15, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  United States Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will visit Quad County Corn Processors cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva on Wednesday, August 31st at 9:15 am.

Senator Ernst and Governor Branstad …

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 11, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says.

Growth Energy is urging …

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency
August 7, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Brooke  (SAE International)  Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced combustion engines now in development, said GM and Hondaexecutives at the 2016 CAR Management Briefing …

Nissan Unveils World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle
August 5, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Nissan Motor Co./Automotive World) In Brazil today, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio …

Ants! Run for Your Lives! Or, Perhaps, Are Ants the Key Players in the Hydrogen Economy?
August 5, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Could be that formic acid provides a vital energy storage medium for hydrogen. when H2 is used for transportation fuel.  … As this article notes, Storage and transportation of hydrogen is …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

What the Green Airplane of the Future Could Look Like
August 4, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Donna Bowater (The Telegraph) … The aircraft will test five new technologies that could improve performance during 14 to 20 test flights at the end of August.  “As leaders in the sector, Boeing and Embraer …

The Pew Charitable Trusts Advocates for Strong Fuel Efficiency Standards
August 4, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(The Pew Charitable Trusts)  … Federal agencies are evaluating the standards that apply to model year (MY) 2022-25 passenger vehicles and will determine whether the auto industry is capable of meeting these long-term criteria. It is …

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Accelerate Fuel and Engine Co-Optimization Technologies
August 1, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission …

Panel Recommends Options to Reduce Aviation Carbon Emissions
July 26, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jasen Lee (KSL.com)  Scientists believe that organically produced bio-fuels could be one of the answers to the environmental challenge posed by greenhouse gases emitted around the globe by the commercial aviation industry.

A panel of …

DOE to Fund Projects Combining Biofuel and Engine Research
July 25, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.”

According to the DOE, the FOA will support the …

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace Strategies All at Once
July 25, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The initiative aims to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. The simultaneous fuels and vehicles research and development (R&D) is designed to …

Higher Ethanol Use Can Lead to 14% GHG Reduction in European Transport by 2030 – New Study
July 19, 2016 – 9:35 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport, even after …

Biogas To Fleet Fuel In South San Francisco
July 19, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Nora Goldstein  (BioCycle)  …  SSFSC (South San Francisco Scavenger Company) has converted 27 of the 40 trucks in its fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). It uses Cummins Westport CNG engines. The …

Repeat After Me: High Octane, Low Carbon
July 18, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  The signs are everywhere highlighting our product and how it can find its true value as an octane enhancer while lowering carbon emissions.

Using our research at the Urban Air …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative
July 15, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization …

Sustainable Transportation Summit–Day 1 Bits and Pieces
July 12, 2016 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it’s called the “inaugral Sustainable Transportation Summit,” you know the organizers anticipate more to come.  Discussed for the past four years or so, the US Department of Transportation’s …

The Future of Freight
July 8, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  …  “When we talk about the diesels of the future, the idea of getting to clean and near zero, it’s the ticket just to get in the door for future …

Boeing, Embraer Unveil Newest ecoDemonstrator Aircraft
July 8, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Boeing)  E170 airplane to test technologies to boost fuel efficiency, cut carbon emissions;  First non-Boeing airplane used in ecoDemonstrator program will be powered by Brazil-based biofuel  —  Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer S.A. [BM&F Bovespa: EMBR3, …

Send the Marines: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to GoodFuels Marine
July 5, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine and its partners, Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert and Wärtsilä, the global supplier of engines and power systems to the marine industry, announced in …

Global Bioenergies Obtains a EU400,000 Grant from the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to Produce Renewable Gasoline Additives – Audi Will Use These for Engine Testing
July 5, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces today that its German subsidiary, Global Bioenergies GmbH, secured a €400.000 grant from the BMBF (the German federal ministry for research and education) to finance a 14 month-project aimed at …

Volkswagen Showcases Algae Biogas-Powered Vehicles at Green Project in Spain
June 29, 2016 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  German carmaker Volkswagen has showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain.

The presentation of the test vehicle was unveiled at a biogas …

Letter: Don’t Believe Scare Tactics against Vehicular Use of Ethanol
June 27, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Miller (TC Palm) … The oil industry doesn’t want ethanol to go away, but it doesn’t want to give up any more market. It needs the low-cost oxygenate as refineries have been retooled to run …

Consumer Perception, High Octane Keys to #Ethanol’s Future
June 27, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senior Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper participated in the panel discussion “Pathways to Fully Realizing the Bold Promise of the Broader Biofuels Industry,” during this year’s …

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a Fuel
June 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Dimethyl ether has several fuel properties that make it attractive for use in diesel engines. It has a very high cetane number, which is a measure of the fuel’s ignitibility in …

Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
June 27, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DME : it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel.  READ MORE

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Final Preparations for the World’s First Electric Road Project
June 24, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  Outside Gävle in central Sweden, the last preparations are being made at the test strip for an electrically powered truck from Scania operating under real traffic conditions. “It’s amazingly quiet,” says test driver Therése …

Renewable Diesel Proves Viable for Construction Trucks and Equipment
June 23, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Gas & Electricity)  By now, most are familiar with biodiesel. It is a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel fuels when used in the correct applications.

However, there are limitations when compared …

Could the Hydrogen Economy Run on Ethanol?
June 21, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles (The Energy Collective)  Plans for a fuel cell car running on ethanol look like a clever way to circumvent the obstacles faced by other fuel cell vehicles.  However, it is not clear that …

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector
June 21, 2016 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”. … Just deploying BEVs does not guarantee they will be clean. The Dutch effort to push …

Helping Tell Ethanol’s Real Story
June 17, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM, Inc./Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the world of ethanol, we need to get people smarter and “coach up” the public, media and policymakers as to the real story about our …

A Fuel Cell Vehicle Revolution: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Nissan’s SOFC System
June 16, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fuel cells are important technology. You may remember them from the space program. They show up in the drama of Apollo 13, for example. Many car companies have investigated their …

European Maritime Safety Agency Give Thumbs up to Bioethanol and Methanol for Use in Ships
June 16, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a report on methanol and ethanol, saying they are good potential alternatives for reducing both the emissions and carbon footprint of ship operations.

As they are …

Nissan Develops New Ethanol Fuel Cells to Jump Infrastructure Hurdle
June 14, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Hans Greimel (Automotive News)  Nissan Motor Co. has developed a new kind of fuel cell drivetrain for cars that taps an onboard tank of ethanol instead of pressurized hydrogen, delivering a cheaper and safer …

Designing Tomorrow’s Fuels for Tomorrow’s Engines: DOE’s Co-Optima
June 10, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Between June 6 and 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) held its Annual Merit Review (AMR) in Washington D.C.  At the meeting, over 350 national lab activities were evaluated within …

Renewable Jet Fuel: Why Everything Is So Up In The Air, A View from the Cockpit
June 10, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Lewis (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Having flown the “heavy iron” for more than thirty (30) years, I can state with full confidence that there are only three (3) very important questions pilots have about …

EPA Approved E15, Even if Your Manual Disagrees
June 9, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  Recently, Leonard Poels questioned  ASE-certified mechanic Charlie Good’s statement that E15 is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles, asking “approved by who?” [What if E15 …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

UIA Calls on CARB to Recognize Role of Ethanol in Reducing Carbon
June 1, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a compelling case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS
May 23, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  The practical and legal constraints on the RFS are mostly of EPA’s own making. As EPA admitted in the final 2014-2016 rule, it set the volume obligations …

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 …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

California Zero Emissions Demonstration Project Includes Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Trucks
May 20, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  Immediate Air Quality & Climate Benefits Are Available From Existing & Proven Technologies  —  New diesel technology will be part of a $23.6 million zero-emission transportation test program in California for …

Profile: Florida Power & Light Achieves Key Emissions Reductions with Biodiesel
May 19, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  “Powered by Biodiesel” decals adorn Florida Power & Light Co.’s diesel vehicles as they traverse Florida and beyond. The signage highlights the key role this advanced biofuel is playing in the …

It’s Time for an Octane Boost
May 18, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Tracey King (Detroit News)  While our automobiles have experienced remarkable changes over the past several decades, the fuels we put in them have not. Specifically, the octane rating of regular gasoline today is the …

Scania Delivers 51 Biodiesel And Vegetable Oil Hybrid Buses to Madrid
May 13, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(The Auto Channel)  In a major commercial breakthrough, Scania will in June start delivering 51 hybridised Scania Citywide buses to Madrid. These complete buses feature cost saving and emission educing hybrid technology that meets the …

The E15 Perspective from Those Marketing the Fuel
May 12, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Maura Keller (Fuel Marketer News)  … The argument among those marketers and retailers that have embraced the fuel is that E15 fuel allows them to market a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can technically be used by …

Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles
May 12, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector has prompted great interest in the advancement of …

Meeting 2025 CAFE Good for Consumers, Necessary for Climate; Getting There No Easy Feat
May 11, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … To achieve CAFE for the light duty fleet – there is no one-sized fits all solution.  Considering each potential CAFE compliance pathway alone — biofuels, improvements in fuel efficiency and …

Boating and Engine Experts Call on Lawmakers to Boost Biofuel Blends
May 10, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/The Auto Channel)  Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen are briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a …

Bobby Likis Addresses Ethanol Myths
May 10, 2016 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  This past weekend Bobby Likis debuted a video that tackles ethanol myths including those around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Likis is a 20 plus year automotive expert, engine builder and …

Wassup, DOE EERE? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to EERE’s Projects and Missions
May 10, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables unit ? Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Reuben Sarkar answered the question in this update, given at the Biomass R&D Technical …

Higher Ethanol Blends Are Coming Soon to a Gas Pump Near You
May 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  …  Convenience store operator Kum & Go says it is making a massive commitment to higher gasoline-ethanol blends, planning to sell E15 at about 100 more locations this year.

The 430-store …

Volkswagen Teams with Shell to Convince EU the Way to Decarbonize Transport
April 29, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals …

Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report
April 28, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a stakeholder listening day last June to concurrently investigate the optimization of fuels and vehicles. Formerly called …

Mercedes-Benz Proposes to Shift Its Cars to Biodiesel in India
April 28, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  German automaker Mercedes-Benz is probing the possibility to shift its diesel cars and other vehicles in India to biodiesel.

“Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% biodiesel in their cars …

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas
April 27, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million vehicles per year,” moderator Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer at Schaeffler Group USA, says in …

Time for Full Carbon Accounting
April 22, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union …

Renewable Diesel Poses Viable Option
April 15, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Curt Bennink (ForConstructionPros.com)  By now, most are familiar with biodiesel. It is a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel fuels when used in the correct applications.

“Biodiesel improves lubricity when compared …

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved
April 15, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products …

E15 Today, High-Octane E25 Tomorrow
April 11, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  One of the things that makes the American Coalition for Ethanol unique is our work alongside retailers and gas station owners to increase sales of E15 …

Engine Design Trends Lead to Increased Demand for Higher-Octane Gasoline
April 8, 2016 – 10:15 pm | No Comment

(US Energy Information Administration) Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased, reaching 11.3%, the highest share in over a decade, in August and September 2015. While lower gasoline …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in U.S. Biofuel Push: Carmakers and Drivers
March 23, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters’ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on U.S. roads can safely handle E-15 fuel, a gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content, …

Science Teacher Plans First Coast-to-Coast Biofuel Flight
March 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Megan Elliott (Flying Magazine)  First transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. — High-school science teacher Ross McCurdy is planning the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. …

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide
March 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into a solar fuel using electrofuel …

Future for Diesel Passenger Vehicles in U.S. Remains Positive Despite Recent Set Backs
March 18, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  While diesel passenger vehicles sales have decreased in recent months, there are some positive signs that indicate diesel sales will recover and expand in the coming years, according to Allen Schaeffer, the …

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel is the winner; that fossil fuels dominance over alternative fuels was due to consumer choice; …

Blog: Who Killed the Only EPA Certified E85 Conversion Kit?
March 15, 2016 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …  To write this, I talked to Chris Disher and Max Kinast.  As Disher said, it’s a story full of controversy, intrigue and lies. And, even though that conversion kit was …

Ethanol & Water Do Mix – Same Story, Different Lake
March 14, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Since the passage of the RFS in 2005, the efforts of some groups like BoatUS would lead you to believe that memories like mine have all but disappeared. They …

Are You Ready for the E30 Challenge?
March 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Watertown is challenging conventional wisdom in order for biofuels like ethanol to finally realize their true potential.

Conventional wisdom says our nonflex autos can only operate on 10 percent …

Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings from Natural Gas Substitutions in Vehicles, Furnaces, and Power Plants
March 9, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Daniel S. Cohan and Shayak Sengupta (Inderscience Publishers/International Journal of Global Warming)  We compare the net greenhouse gas emissions impact of substituting natural gas for other fossil fuels for five purposes: light-duty vehicles, transit buses, …

News from Greenspeed Research
March 2, 2016 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Dave Schenker (Greenspeed Research)  The major happenings in 2015 that you might remember:

In March, Greenspeed Research became a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with a mission to create learning opportunities for the STEM disciplines and renewable energy …

Ethanol in Fuel: Is the Bad Rap Deserved?
February 27, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Ed Wodalski (Pumper Magazine)  Ethanol-blended fuels receive criticism for creating wear and tear on small engines  —  Should you use ethanol-blended, oxygenated fuel in your small engine? The short answer is yes, but …

Today’s spark-ignited, …

New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently
February 27, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (Department of Energy)  Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

The Highway to High Octane: Ethanol’s Attempts to Gain Ground in US Gasoline
February 23, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Jeff Bair (Platts)  Capitol Crude:  The US Oil Policy Podcast  —  The US is likely to raise its gasoline octane standard over the next decade or so, which has the ethanol …