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Propel Fuels Serves Largest US E85 Market in California
February 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Propel Fuels, the nation’s leading retailer of E85 Flex Fuel, welcomed the 2017 National Ethanol Conference to California, America’s largest E85 market.  Having cracked the code to high volume E85 sales, …

California Lawmakers Release Environmental Bills in Attempt to Thwart Trump
February 24, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Rory Carroll (Reuters)  Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them.

The …

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 …

Sunflowers Could Become Maui’s New Biofuel
February 24, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Brain Perry (Maui Times)  Biofuel crops, including sunflowers, will be grown on 115 acres in Maui’s central valley as part of a demonstration project this month, according to an announcement from Pacific Biodiesel.

The announcement …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

Potential LCFS for Massachusetts – – Comment Deadline is Tomorrow (Friday, February 24, 2017)
February 23, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  Massachusetts is currently conducting a rulemaking that could provide the basis for a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) type program in Massachusetts.  The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) has been actively …

Pacific Ethanol CEO Honored at National Conference
February 23, 2017 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, cofounder of California’s first ethanol production company, has received the Renewable Fuels Association’s 2017 Industry Award. The award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate …

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 …

Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head’s Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
February 23, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal …

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 …

Biodiesel Sees the Sea: New Sailing School Vessel Fueled with B20
February 22, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Newport Biodiesel provides 6,000 gallons of B20 for voyage ending in Cuba  —  A one-of-a-kind ship with a special mission is now fueled with 20 percent biodiesel as it begins a voyage …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.


On its surface, the dispute …

Ethanol Expansion: Mo. Department of Agriculture to Offer Grants to State Fuel Retailers to Install Biofuel Infrastructure
February 21, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Hannibal Courier-Post)  The Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2017 Extended Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant program to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuel as clean burning, …

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

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

Industry Roundtable: Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006 — March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 21, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment
Industry Roundtable:  Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006   —   March 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The United States Department of Navy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy are co-hosting an industry roundtable for the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply chain. The purpose …

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, …

Navigating the American Carbon World — April 19-21, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
February 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Navigating the American Carbon World    —   April 19-21, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

NACW is North America’s largest and most comprehensive gathering for information and discussion around climate change policy and carbon markets. In its 15th year, NACW 2017 will offer a comprehensive program agenda exploring the most …

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 …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 20, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  … When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal …

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. …

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 …

MECO on Track to Beat Renewable Energy Goals–State Aims to Be 100 Percent by 2045
February 17, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Chris Sugiduno (Maui News)  … MECO’s updated Power Supply Improvement Plan calls for Molokai to reach the renewable energy benchmark by 2020, with Lanai completing it by 2030 and Maui by 2040. The plan submitted …

Iowa to Pruitt: Don’t Change RFS Point of Obligation
February 17, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “We have a slogan in the renewable fuels family that says ‘Don’t mess with the RFS,’” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Let me make this perfectly clear: changing …

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 …

RISI North American Conference — October 16-18, 2017 — Boston, MA
February 16, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
RISI North American Conference   —   October 16-18, 2017   —   Boston, MA

Helping the forest products industry make better decisions.  —  Join industry colleagues in Boston for the Thirty Second Annual RISI North American Conference. This is the premier forum to immerse yourself in all aspects of …

Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit — October 3-5, 2017 — Tampa, FL
February 16, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit   —   October 3-5, 2017   —   Tampa, FL

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter. Showcase your company or technology to key military and corporate leadership prospecting for national security, …

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, ABSTRACTS: Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit — October 3-5, 2017 — Tampa, FL DEADLINES: June 29 and June 9, 2017
February 16, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, ABSTRACTS:   Defense Innovation/Energy/SBIR/STTR Summit   —   October 3-5, 2017   —   Tampa, FL    DEADLINES:  June 29 and June 9, 2017

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter.

SUBMIT YOUR INNOVATIONS:

Energy & Resilience Challenge
Cyber Security Challenge
Medical & Biotech Challenge
Electronics & Systems Challenge
Space Technologies …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
February 16, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT     DEADLINE:   March 15, 2017

Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!  The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held at …

My Voice: Renewable Fuel Standard Problems after 2022?
February 16, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Merle Pochop (Argus Leader)  …  Currently, stakeholders have a say in how the current RFS is operated through their congressional delegates since the program is overseen by federal lawmakers. However, in 2022, the RFS will be …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

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 …

Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop: Growing an Industry — March 16, 2017 — Wooster, OH
February 15, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop:  Growing an Industry   —   March 16, 2017   —   Wooster, OH

Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering workshop on Advanced Biobased Systems

PERSPECTIVES ON BIOBASED INDUSTRIES

Biobased Industries: Setting the Stage
Denny Hall, Director, OBIC Bioproduct Innovation Center, Ohio State University

Biomass Utilization in Iowa: Research …

Ethanol Still Big Player in Renewable Energy Game
February 15, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Kearney Hub)  … Across the United States, about 70 percent of all gasoline burned in everyday vehicles like cars and light trucks is blended with ethanol, and of that ethanol, about 2 billion gallons is produced …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Is a ‘Win-Win’
February 15, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/The Courier)  … Back in 1996, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was ever implemented, corn was $3.67 a bushel. Today it is $3.64 a bushel.
Why? Thanks to technology and improvements …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

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

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

American-Made BioEnergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics — February 17, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment
American-Made BioEnergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics   —   February 17, 2017   —   Washington, DC

(PR Newswire/C_FARE)  The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and the USDA Office of the Chief Economist Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) have joined together to host a discussion entitled: “American-Made BioEnergy from …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

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 …

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

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

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

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, …

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha
February 9, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Living Ink aims to replace petroleum-based inks with algae-ink, and this week they signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable …

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
February 8, 2017 – 8:14 pm | No Comment
2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN

The 7th annual National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo will take place June 19-21, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 24, 2017
February 8, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN   DEADLINE:  February 24, 2017

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo through February 24, 2017.

The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is actively seeking abstracts and presentation ideas from experts interested in …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work
February 8, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drewes (The Courier)  The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a reference to the EPA, Greg Lawson (letter, Feb. 6) states that they should discontinue the …

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 …

Two Students Receive Scholarships to #RFANEC
February 7, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce two students are receiving scholarships this year to attend RFA’s 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference: Building Partnerships, Growing …

RFA to Offer FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course
February 7, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has scheduled a training course to help ethanol plants meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This class, scheduled for March 8–10 in downtown …

More Lancaster County Gas Stations Are Selling ‘Cleaner’ Fuel; Here’s What You Need to Know at the Pump
February 7, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Chad Umble (LancasterOnline)  … Two gasoline-ethanol blends, Unleaded15 and E85, are now available at four of the 13 county locations of convenience store chain Sheetz. … Altoona-based Sheetz says it wants to give customers more options …

Piedmont Natural Gas Inks Agreement to Connect Duke to Swine-Gas Project
February 7, 2017 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal)  Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of natural gas lines that would put swine-waste gas on Piedmont’s system for use by Duke Energy …

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 …

India Complains against US at WTO over Subsidies
February 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(LiveMint) India has complained against the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for what it calls illegal subsidies and domestic content requirements for the renewable energy sector in eight American states, even as the Donald …

Florida Congressman Drafts Bill To ‘Completely Abolish’ The EPA
February 6, 2017 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  And here you thought Donald Trump’s plans would devastate the agency.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to …

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 …

United Commits to a Lower Carbon Footprint during the Coming Year than Its American and Delta Rivals
February 6, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)   United Airlines has pledged it will have a lower gross carbon footprint this year than its two main US rivals, Delta and American, as part of its 2017 Global Performance Commitment to …

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 — …

Auto Dealers Want Trump to Weaken Car Emissions Rules
February 5, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Auto dealers are joining the call from carmakers for President Trump to roll back his predecessor’s aggressive vehicle emissions rules.

At the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans, leaders and members …

Some ‘Unrest’ in the Biofuels Industry
February 5, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by K Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Uncertainty over presidential and congressional support for biofuels and the RFS, combined with tighter ethanol production margins, is creating some “unrest” in the renewable fuels industry.

So says Monte Shaw, executive …

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 …

Neste Rebrands Its Renewable Diesel in North America
February 3, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  Neste recently announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel in San Diego, California, during its customer seminar and appreciation event. Neste replaces its “Neste Renewable Diesel” and earlier brand name “NEXBTL” with …

People’s Climate Movement March — April 29, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
People’s Climate Movement March   —   April 29, 2017   —   Washington, DC

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate.

Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing …

March for Science — April 22, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
March for Science   —   April 22, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and …

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme
February 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Washington man was sentenced this week for laundering more than $39 million for a company that bilked federal programs supporting renewable energy, according to Tri-City Herald.

Richard Estes, 77, was part of a …

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 …

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 …

Contest Winners from Waukee and Treynor Focus on Benefits of E15 and Biodiesel
February 2, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” High School Video Contest gives students a chance to grow their expertise in the fuel and technology of a new generation. This …

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’
February 2, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Hiroko Tabuchi (The New York Times)  … Here in north-central Kansas, America’s breadbasket and conservative heartland, the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue. At the same time, politics and social …

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 …

Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters and FFVs
January 27, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Participants in the 2017 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail will be getting an education about ethanol while reeling in the whoppers around the country this year. In this Ethanol Report, Robert White …

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 …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 25, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News) … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)): “I would rather burn American made, American grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than I would oil from the Middle East,” Duckworth …

Duckworth Afraid Ethanol Subsidies Could End
January 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News)  … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL))  thinks (nominee to be EPA Administrator Scott) Pruitt is too cozy with Big Oil and so she pressed him hard on protecting the ethanol industry …

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research
January 25, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, …

California Biodiesel Conference: Thrive — March 1, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
January 25, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
California Biodiesel Conference: Thrive   —   March 1, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

The California Biodiesel Alliance presents its sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference, highlighting how businesses can thrive in the state’s flourishing but complex California biodiesel market, March 1 at the Capitol Ballroom in downtown Sacramento.

Biodiesel has been …

Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT
January 25, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment
Algae Biomass Summit   —   October 29-November 1, 2017   —   Salt Lake City, UT

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility …

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 …

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 …

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

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

NexSteppe Is Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100
January 24, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, today announced it was named in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group), whose …

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 …

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

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

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

Trump Advisor Sam Clovis Takes Job at U.S. Ag Department
January 23, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Radio Iowa)  An Iowan who has been an advisor to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign is moving into a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sam Clovis of Hinton, Iowa was sworn in soon …

Biodiesel’s Backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and Beyond
January 23, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas emissions, the assembled panel detailed efforts that spanned from municipal victories to boost biodiesel use to the Paris Climate Agreement …

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 …

Successful Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump
January 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/The Daily Journal)  Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration.  “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Jan 23 2017
January 23, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Politico’s Morning Energy)  Eventually, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination to be ambassador to China came up, prompting (U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy )Pelosi to interject: “I was hoping he would get natural resources, …

Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security
January 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference,” Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases,” the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed …

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 …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

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 …

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 …

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 …

More Pruitt Highlights
January 19, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  During the second half of more than six hours of questioning for Scott Pruitt, the EPA pick said he saw no reason to review the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding, …

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 …

Biodiesel Industry Honors Year of Achievements, Industry Growth
January 18, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Clean air champions, policy drivers, fleet influencers highlighted with industry awards  —  The biodiesel industry saw record market growth in 2016 and this year’s National Biodiesel Board industry awards highlight champions …

BIOX Announces Commissioning of 90 Million USG Biodiesel Production Facility in Houston
January 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(BIOX/NewsWire Canada)  BIOX Corporation (“BIOX” or the “Company”) (TSX: BX), a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, today announced that World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC (WEBB), a 50/50 joint venture between …

Environmentalists Appeal PBF Ethanol Permit
January 17, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (News Journal/Delaware Online)  A legal fight over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations officially began this week. Two groups filed fundamental challenges Friday to a recently issued state permit that – for …

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 …

Fleet Conference and Expo — January 31 – February 2, 2017 — Washington, DC
January 17, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Fleet Conference and Expo   —   January 31 – February 2, 2017   —   Washington, DC

Join GWRCCC and NAFA, Washington Chapter for the  Fleet Conference and Expo at The 2017 Washington Auto Show Tuesday, January 31 – February 2, 2017

Admission is Free Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW | Room 206, Washington, …

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. …

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

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

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 …

ISO Datagro New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference 2017 — May 10, 2017 — New York, NY
January 16, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
ISO Datagro New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference 2017   —   May 10, 2017   —   New York, NY

Aiming to discuss the main issues of the global Sugar and Ethanol industries and to bring together representatives of the international community of producers, traders, brokers, investors, and from the financial market in general, the …

BDC Spring Symposium — May 2-3, 2017 — Des Moines, Iowa
January 16, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
BDC Spring Symposium   —   May 2-3, 2017   —   Des Moines, Iowa

The BDC Spring Symposium will be held this year at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on May 2-3, 2017, with travel on Monday, May 1st. This symposium also marks the 10th anniversary …

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 …

Hero BX Offers Branded Bioheat Distributor Program
January 16, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Erie, Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Hero BX announced a new business enterprise Jan. 12, the Hero BX-branded Bioheat program. Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and heating oil in varying concentrations. …

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 …

Dual-Purpose Biofuel Crops Could Extend Production, Increase Profits
January 13, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

Northey Recognizes Efforts by Fuel Marketers to Offer and Promote Renewable Fuels
January 13, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Charlie Good from Good & Quick in Nevada and Richard Weiner from Cartersville Elevator, Inc. in Nora Springs are the 2017 winners of …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit — January 31, 2017 — Altoona, IA
January 9, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit    —   January 31, 2017   —   Altoona, IA

Hear exciting speakers and industry leaders discuss the future of renewable fuels. The Summit is Free and Open to the Public. Registration is required.

‘Making Ethanol Great Again’

Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen will discuss the impact …

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. — … …

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 …

Ethanol Increasingly a Stabilizing Factor for Iowa Farmers’ Income
January 9, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jon Leu (Daily Nonpareil)  At a time when Iowa farmers produced a second consecutive record corn crop amid falling prices for their commodity, the state’s growing ethanol industry remains a stabilizing factor.

National crop production …

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 …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …