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Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Market Barriers and Opportunities Workshop — June 6-7, 2017 — Berkeley, CA
April 28, 2017 – 6:27 pm | No Comment
Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams:  Market Barriers and Opportunities Workshop    —   June 6-7, 2017   —   Berkeley, CA

On June 6–7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will sponsor a workshop to advance the understanding of current market barriers and opportunities for increasing the deployment of biofuels and bioproducts …

Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop — August 15-17, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
April 27, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment
Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop   —   August 15-17, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

Significant scientific uncertainty exists about crop residue removal and potential effects on soil carbon.

Advanced biofuels and bioproducts are being made from crop residues in the US and elsewhere; however, the market value and sustainability of …

Leftovers on Restaurant Diners’ Plates Will Be Turned into Compost, Biofuel
April 24, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Cathy Locke (Sacramento Bee) Food left on diners’ plates that goes back to restaurant kitchens in Sacramento County will go into the compost bin instead of landfills.

Sacramento County officials teamed with Sacramento restaurateurs Bobbin and …

Air Canada Takes off with Biofuels Tests
April 24, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Air Canada just revealed its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project, a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada …

Virent Aspirant: A New CEO, and Revving towards Commercialization
April 21, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Wisconsin we have huge news from Virent, which has appointed one of Shell New Energies’ gurus, Stacey Orlandi, as Virent CEO, succeeding Lee Edwards who is headed into retirement after a …

US VP Pence Celebrates Greenbelt Resources and Jababeka Infrastruktur Waste-to-Resources Project MOU Signing
April 21, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  JababECO is the first U.S.-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project  —  United States Vice President Mike Pence participated in a ceremony celebrating the signing of multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Jakarta today, including …

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Face Obstacle – Few Fueling Stations
April 20, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Dee-Ann Durbin (Associated Press)  Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.

Honda, Toyota and Hyundai …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions
April 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and the Trump administration over vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Alliance of …

What’s New? What’s Happening?: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to California’s LCFS, and the RFS
April 13, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways – now we turn to two other key drivers, market access and carbon pricing.

There are two approaches …

A&B Planning Pongamia Project on Former HC&S Land
April 10, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  Alexander & Baldwin is close to formalizing a partnership with a seed oil producing company on a 250-acre demonstration project to produce biofuels from the pongamia tree on old sugar …

Could This Enzyme Help Turn Biofuel Waste into Something Useful?
April 7, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Sarah Yang (Berkeley Lab)  Joint BioEnergy Institute study targets LigM for its role in breaking down aromatic pollutants  —  A protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to …

Biodiesel Fueling Future from Coast to Coast
April 7, 2017 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  …Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas emissions, the panel discussed biodiesel opportunities from coast to coast.

From the west coast was Simon Mui, Director of California’s Fuels, Energy …

GMO-Ethanol Corn Contamination Raises Concerns about Another “StarLink” Disaster
April 6, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Ken Roseboro (Huffington Post)  Food corn buyers say Syngenta’s Enogen GMO corn is contaminating non-GMO white corn fields, creating a potential “trainwreck;” may be linked to bad masa flour in California.

Enogen, a genetically modified …

The Whole-Soil Carbon Flux in Response to Warming
April 6, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin E. Hicks Pries, C. Castanha, R. C. Porras, M. S. Torn (Science Magazine) Soils contain about twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere, so their response to warming is crucial to understanding carbon fluxes in a changing …

2017 Technology Challenges and Opportunities in Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology — September 17-19, 2017 — San Diego, CA
April 6, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
2017 Technology Challenges and Opportunities in Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology   —   September 17-19, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

Biobased production of industrial chemicals, fuels, and specialties (industrial biotech) has had many triumphant moments in the last few decades.  Along with these successes, however, industrial biotech has also faced and had to overcome challenges, …

UC San Diego Extension’s Microbial Fermentation Workshop — August 16-18, 2017 — San Diego, CA
April 6, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
UC San Diego Extension’s Microbial Fermentation Workshop   —   August 16-18, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

Developed in partnership with UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, this 3-day workshop is designed to provide a deep dive into bioreactor principles and bioprocess development. You will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge …

California Ethanol Mill to Build Novel Biodiesel Refinery On-Site
April 5, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A California ethanol plant is being awarded a grant from the state energy commission to help build a biodiesel production facility on-site. Calgren Renewable Fuels, an ethanol refinery in Pixley, …

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

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

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

Smoking Gun Found in Biofuels’ Billion Dollar Baby Brawl?
April 3, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But almost nothing about the Billion Dollar Baby Brawl has been standard fare as Aemetis, Edeniq, a string of investors and more lawyers than you can easily chain to …

Renewable Diesel Fuel a New Component in the Advancement Of Clean Diesel Technology
March 30, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  With national and international policies moving toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, advanced clean diesel technologies and the emergence of low-emission renewable diesel fuel are leading to the continued growth in diesel’s dominance …

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

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

Eric McAfee is Chairman, CEO and …

8 Biodiesel, 4 Renewable Diesel LCFS Pathways Certified in March
March 29, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. Eighteen …

U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

The Race for Bionylon Heats up: Rennovia Enters Piloting Stage of Its Key Bio-Based HDO Platform
March 28, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process.

When we say something as obscure as 1.6-hexanediol, think …

CARB Proposes LCFS Verification Program
March 27, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers need to watch developments in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard as the rules are updated. —   … Ethanol producers can participate in the California LCFS program, if …

LCFS to Drive New Advanced Biofuel Demand
March 27, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, America’s second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under a proposed statewide decarbonization …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M Cap Raise Is Feeding It
March 24, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round …

Be the Buzz of BIO–Nomination DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
March 23, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
Be the Buzz of BIO–Nomination DEADLINE:  March 31, 2017

Are you an innovative biotech company that is R&D-intensive and is developing strategic partnerships within the industry? Nominate your company to be the Buzz of BIO! But hurry! Only 40 nominations will be accepted in …

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks …

Any Alcohol into Any Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
March 22, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you visit the big biodiesel and …

ABLC NEXT 2017 — October 16-18, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
March 21, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
ABLC NEXT 2017  —   October 16-18, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

SAVE THE DATE!  Place:  Nikko Hotel, San Francisco California

CBA Event Highlights California’s Thriving Biodiesel Market
March 14, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Celia DuBose (California Biodiesel Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jennifer Case, chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, ended her opening address at the sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference March 1 in Sacramento with one simple message: The world …

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

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

UPS, Google Fleets Cutting Emissions with Neste Renewable Diesel
March 13, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  UPS delivery trucks and Google gBuses are among the fleets using Neste renewable diesel, which the company said reduced its customers carbon emissions by 6.7 million tons in 2016.

The …

California Won’t Meet Its Climate Change Goals without a Lot More Housing Density in Its Cities
March 13, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Liam Dillon (Los Angeles Times)  … The state has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. To do so, Southern Californians will have to drive nearly 12% less by …

New Leaf Biofuel Plans to Double Biodiesel Production Capacity
March 10, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  San Diego-based biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel has received a notice of proposed award from the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which will help …

Twin Challenges to LCFS Advance in California Courts
March 8, 2017 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Joshua T. Bledsoe and Max Friedman (Latham & Watkins LLP/Biodiesel Magazine)  Two related cases, advancing in parallel, have the potential to upend California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), whether via full suspension of the …

Capital Corp Merchant Banking Gives Green Light to $18m Funding for Californian Biodiesel Project
March 8, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US investment bank Capital Corp Merchant Banking has given the green light to help fund a biodiesel project in California.

In a statement, the bank said that the facility will be able to process …

Camelina, Canola Show Promise as Cool-Season Crops
March 7, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Science Society of America/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project …

Greenbelt Resources Announces “PRECO”: “Paso Robles ECOsystem” Transforms Waste to Bioproducts
March 7, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR NewsWire)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today the Paso Robles ECOsystem, known as PRECO, a waste-to-energy interconnected system (ecosystem) designed to produce half a …

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
March 7, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (New York Times) The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American …

Knocking on the Golden Door: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
March 7, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $32.2 million, 227% up from Q4 2015. The increase was driven by a 119% increase in product sales, primarily in the company’s personal care segment, …

San Diego Fire Engines Go Green
March 7, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Carlos Correa (CW6 San Diego)  The City of San Diego is making the switch in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases. They have now switched the fuel used by all fire engines.

They’re changing from diesel …

Biofuels May Be the Future of the Aviation Industry
March 3, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Alternative and renewable aviation fuels such as biofuel blends won’t be replacing traditional jet fuels any time soon, but the aviation industry continues to take them very seriously.

On average, the aviation …

Scripps Research Vessel, ‘Sproul,’ Realizes Biofuel Milestone
February 27, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Judith Garfield (San Diego Community Newspaper Group) … In my first article “Scripps research on biofuels hits close to home Part 1,”readers traveled with me on Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s R/V Sproul as I …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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, …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion
January 3, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.

As the …

Milk beyond the Dairy Farm: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Perfect Day Foods
January 3, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Why Animal-Free? We wanted a way to enjoy the dairy products we love – with zero compromise,” says Perfect Day Foods on its website. Bottom line, using biotech they have created milk …

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 …

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

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

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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017
December 29, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64 countries.

The bulk of mandates continue …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Berkeley Lab Awarded $4.6 Million for Transformational Agriculture Technologies
December 28, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Julie Chao  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two projects will provide a window to the underground, yielding information on roots and soil  —  As advanced as agriculture has become, there remains a pressing need for …

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen
December 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states.

In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable …

JBEI Releases 4 New Biobased Technologies for Licensing
December 27, 2016 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed four new technologies available for license:

Streamlined Saccharification from Lignocellulosic Biomass, 2015-143

Translation Control …

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

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

UCI Scientists Identify a New Approach to Recycle Greenhouse Gas
December 23, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(University of California, Irvine)  Using a novel approach involving a key enzyme that helps regulate global nitrogen, University of California, Irvine molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon …

California Here I Come: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to California Low-Carbon Markets
December 22, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  California, the land of milk and honey when it comes to markets for biofuels. What’s up now, what’s coming, what’s working? Low Carbon Fuels Coalition chief Graham Noyes gave this …

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources for Cellulosic Ethanol from Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
December 20, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)   Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant …

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles
December 20, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx pollution. Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles to comply with the standards to which they …

2017 BIO International Convention — June 19-22, 2017 — San Diego, CA
December 19, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
2017 BIO International Convention   —   June 19-22, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

The Golden State is the home of many firsts for the life sciences sector – the first biotechnology company, the first biotechnology public offering, the first biotechnology drug approved by the FDA, the first companion …

All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the ABPDU
December 15, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”

It’s …

Chief Pilot: The ABPDU, Where the Elite Meet to Defeat Petroleum
December 15, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”  It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers, if you will, of companies such as Kiverdi, …

Study: RNG Fuel Use in California Transportation
December 15, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  A team from the University of California Davis conducted a study for the California Air Resources Board examining the feasibility of producing large quantities of renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels …

ACT Expo — May 1-4, 2017 — Long Beach, CA
December 14, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
ACT Expo   —   May 1-4, 2017   —   Long Beach, CA

Join us at the 2017 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. During the four day conference and expo, attendees will gain insight on the trends and technologies transforming the future …

Rethink Methane: Removing the Fossil from the Fuel — February 21-22, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
December 12, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Rethink Methane: Removing the Fossil from the Fuel   —  February 21-22, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

Learn how renewable methane can help California:

Achieve GHG emissions reduction objectives in SB 32, AB 197, and SB 1383
Integrate sustainability goals for organic waste (ag, food, forestry, and wastewater)
Accelerate development of practical, …

How United Leads the Airline Industry in Reducing Carbon Emissions
December 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Ted Reed (The Street)  United Airlines leads the global airline industry in its commitment to biofuel, targeting the use of 900 million gallons over the next 10 years. —  United Airlines (UAL) , which …

Paradigm Shift in Fuels as Carbon Intensity Surpasses Biofuel Volumes as Key Metric
December 6, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Renewable diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals, and diversified energy companies are well-placed, says Lux Research   — Traditionally policies to promote greener transportation fuels have …

DOE Report Analyzes Fuel Cell, Diesel and CNG Fuel Economy
December 6, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technology Office recently released a report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is approximately 6 …

EPA Announces $1.3 Million to Small Businesses to Support the Nation’s Green Economy
December 6, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This year’s projects focus on cookstoves, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, and building materials  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.3 million to 13 small businesses nationwide to develop and …

Bolting Chemicals onto Ethanol Plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug
December 6, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenyug is a privately held technology development company with a mission to research, develop and commercialize production of commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, polymers and fuels derived from renewable sources. The …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

Green Nano-Chemistry: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Sylvatex
December 2, 2016 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sylvatex is a green nano-chemistry company utilizing renewable non-toxic inputs to create a nanoparticle that can be used in multiple applications. The company’s alternative fuel product MicroX, when blended into ULSD …

Biodiesel Leaders Take Jobs, Energy Security Message to D.C.
December 1, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to champion America’s Advanced Biofuel.

“We have a great message to share with our elected …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
December 1, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

Biodico Zero Net Energy Farm Delivers 1st Biodiesel Batch to UCSB
November 30, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Biodico/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodico Inc. announced Nov. 29 that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the …

Will the Artificial Leaf Sprout to Combat Climate Change?
November 28, 2016 – 10:17 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bourzac (Chemical & Engineering News)  Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges — READ MORE and MORE (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

 

Excerpt from Environmental and Energy …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

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

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

A California Company Develops Nanotechnology Combining Ethanol with Corn Oil for a New Blendstock that Reduces Diesel Emissions
November 21, 2016 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  One of the biggest technology upgrades for the ethanol industry in the past decade has been corn oil extraction. If Virginia Klausmeier and the team she leads at …

Biodico Completes Resource Assessment of Zero Net Energy Farm
November 17, 2016 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. announced Nov. 16 that it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its “Zero Net Energy Farm” project, which is funded in part …

5th Annual LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop — December 8-9, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
November 17, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment
5th Annual LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop   —   December 8-9, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

OPIS has again developed an unparalleled slate of experts to present detailed, timely and relevant information on the topics and trends molding the fuel markets on the West coast.

Topics to be covered include:

Third Party …

Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior
November 15, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Production and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets.  —  … While there …

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel
November 15, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous …

Advanced Value-Ads to a First-Gen Base: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
November 15, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

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

Pacific Ethanol and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Begin Unit Train Service
November 14, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EIN/GlobeNewswire)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway (TPW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR), announced they have commenced unit train service from Pacific Ethanol’s plant in Pekin, Illinois.
“This …

Engineers Set Record for Storing Solar Energy in Hydrogen Fuel
November 14, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Abate (Stanford University)  Solar energy has the potential to provide abundant power, but only if scientists solve two key issues: storing the energy for use at all hours, particularly at night, and making …

Air BP, BP Ventures Invest $30M in Biojet Producer Fulcrum Bioenergy; Ink 500M Gallon, 10-Year Offtake Deal
November 8, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BP announced the creation of a strategic partnership between its BP Ventures and Air BP businesses with Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the development and production of low-carbon …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.

In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

Primordial Genetics, Bayer Form New R&D Collab for Crop Performance
November 7, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Next in San Francisco, Primordial Genetics and Bayer CropScience LP announced the establishment of a research collaboration to evaluate Primordial Genetics’ proprietary Function Generator technology.  Bayer will provide …

Study: $1.30 in Unpaid Health & Societal Costs for Every Gallon of Gasoline Sold in US
November 6, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (CleanTechnica)  While consumer prices for gasoline in the US are currently rather low, these prices don’t account for the health and societal costs associated with gasoline use. A new study from the …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Revenues Tripling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
November 5, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported Q3 revenues of $26.5 million, up sharply from $8.6 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase was driven by a 61% increase in product sales, …

United Airlines Describes Effort To Introduce Aviation Biofuels
November 4, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Bill Carey (AIN Online)  Principals in the United Airlines effort to introduce aviation biofuel into its regular operations said it was a necessary step to advancing the fledgling alternative jet fuel industry. United started …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

More than 1,100 San Diego City Vehicles Run on Renewable Diesel
November 2, 2016 – 10:42 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  The city of San Diego has recently started using Neste renewable diesel in its vehicle fleet consisting of service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment, and street sweepers, to name a few. By …

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit
November 2, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On October 23-26 the algae industry gathered in Phoenix, AZ for the Algae Biomass Summit , its annual get together. Gone are the glory days of algae biofuels capturing headlines and …

UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel
October 26, 2016 – 10:45 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017 Expected to Produce Fuel with a CARB CI in the Low Teens  —  UrbanX is applying $5 million in California Energy Commission …

Tapping Landfills to Generate Power Seemed Smart. So Why Is the Industry Threatened?
October 24, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Ralph Vartabedian (Los Angeles Times)  …

The problem began after the AQMD issued a complex 39-page rule requiring that by no later than Jan. 1, landfill methane power plant emissions meet the same standard as other types of engines …

What To Do With Algae
October 20, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business.

Biomass is much …

New Pathways for Stover
October 20, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Innovation in stover utilization targets feed, sugars and coproduct credits, building markets beyond cellulosic ethanol use.  —  Building a robust biomass supply chain for the future will require multiple …

Carbon Pricing in North America – Leading a New Era of Climate Policy
October 19, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Tamaki Stiles * (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Reducing greenhouse emissions is a shared goal in North America.  In fact, presidents of the United States and Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada met in June …

Engine, Truck and Equipment Industry Leaders Highlight Strategies for Achieving Climate and Clean Air Goals
October 18, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New Videos Feature Policy Approaches, Engine Technology and Fuel Options to “Meet the Climate and Clean Air Challenge of the Future”  —  The Diesel Technology Forum is releasing a series of short …

DOE Awards Microvi Grant for Innovative Biogas Conversion Technology
October 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Microvi)  Microvi has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy for a new groundbreaking biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into valuable liquid chemicals, the company announced today.

The …

USGC Hosts Southeast Asian Industry Representatives on an Ethanol Tour
October 13, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of car, fuel, and ethanol industry representatives from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

Stanford Faculty Share in $24 Million National Science Foundation Grant
October 12, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Taylor Kubota (Stanford News)  Two Stanford faculty are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers who will share a $24 million Science and Technology Center grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will …

Expansion of Crimson Renewable Energy Facility, Establishes Kern Co. as State’s Top Producer of Advanced Biofuels
October 12, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Crimson Renewable Energy/PR Web)  The recent expansion of Crimson Renewable Energy’s ultra-low carbon biodiesel production facility leads to a tripling of production and puts Kern County on the map as California’s leading producer of Advanced …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF, Audi
October 12, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

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

Zymergen Gets Lit: Raises $130M in Epic Series B
October 12, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Here’s what you get with Zymergen. You pack up your production microbe — currently making enzymes, PlantBottle precursors, flavors, fragrances, advanced polymers, therapeutics and so on. You ship to Emeryville. …

Propel Fuels Named Finalist for 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards / Low Carbon Fuel Retailer Recognized for Driving Fuel Volumes Six-Times the National Average Through Unparalleled Innovation in Customer Experience
October 7, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/Marketwired)  Propel Fuels, the top retailer of low carbon fuels in California, was recently named as a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards. As a finalist for the Industry Leadership Award, …

10-Year Anniversary Videos Offer Unique Glimpse inside REG
October 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company’s—and the biodiesel industry’s—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. …

Davis, Mercurius Advance on Ultra Low-Cost Renewable Chemicals
October 3, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). While current approaches to the commercialization of FDCA use …

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus
September 30, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships …

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?
September 30, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  With biofuel potential limited and emissions rising, the need for industry to act is urgent. Hopes rest on a global UN carbon offset scheme to be negotiated at the ICAO …