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Alternative Jet Fuel Slow to Launch
August 22, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Butt (Petroleum Economist)  The global aviation industry is committed to long-term carbon emission cuts, but low oil prices are slowing the development of alternative types of jet fuel  —  …  Then comes the …

California Dairy Farm Powers Truck with Methane from Cow Manure
August 22, 2017 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Straus Family Creamery)  California dairy farmer Albert Straus, a pioneer in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, announced the launch of the first full-scale electric truck—powered by cow poop. This new full-scale-electric feed truck is …

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source
August 22, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia …

Yogurt Maker Fage Sues over Stalled Ethanol Plant
August 22, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by John Cropley  (Daily Gazette)  More than $20 million is sought  —  Fage has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $20 million from a company that agreed to buy waste whey from its massive yogurt …

Swedish Study Calls for Smaller EV Batteries, Finds Tesla More Polluting than an 8-Year-Old Car
August 22, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(AutoVista Group)  Swedish researchers have argued that electric vehicle (EV) batteries should not be as large as possible, but as large as necessary. This is the conclusion of their study which found that in terms …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand
August 22, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Laura Millan Lombrana and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg)  As established players expand, some newcomers seen struggling; New mine teething problems tightening credit for projects  —  … Producers everywhere have struggled to keep up with demand as …

Report: 30% of Norway’s Aviation Fuel Could Be Sustainable by 2030
August 22, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Moores (Air Transport World)  Research commissioned by Norwegian airports operator Avinor has concluded that 30% of Norway’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030, but this depends on available funding.
The report, which performed by Danish consultancy …

A Major Moment for Ethanol in Europe
August 22, 2017 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next few months are sure to be a crucial period for the European ethanol industry, as European Union policymakers grapple with new legislation that could phase out crop-based biofuels …

Ethanol’s Contribution to a Record-Breaking Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico
August 22, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Vrinda Manglik (Sierra Club/Huffington Post)  … Contributors leading to these inhospitable conditions include excessive nutrient pollution, which often comes from nitrogen-based fertilizer runoff used in agricultural production. In particular, corn production is notorious for its significant …

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms
August 22, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular that the Solar Energy Industries Association published …

Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

New Fuels, Vehicles, Both, Together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation Project
August 18, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets. Specifically, engaging with all critical stakeholders (OEM’s, fuel …

Breaking New Ground
August 17, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove out the process and make …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build its $450 million, 50 million …

New Report Highlights Southeast Asia’s Biofuels Potential
August 15, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply, according to a new report by the …

You Just Can’t Have Enough Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Biomass Pyrolysis Aqueous Phase
August 15, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Hot Path for Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction
August 14, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrothermal liquefaction has a huge fan base in the biorefinery R&D sector. There’s lots to like.  It’s robust tech and can be applied to attractive, low-cost wet feedstocks (ag resid, …

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine
August 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel so that it works in standard diesel car engines, according to an article appearing on Live Science.
Differences in molecular structure mean that biodiesel made …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Costa Rican Researchers Use Coffee Waste to Brew Biofuel
August 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Costa Rican researchers have found a way to turn coffee waste into electric energy, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) announced on Wednesday (June 28, 2017).
The process also prevents ozone-depleting greenhouse gases, such as …

Aviation Biofuels Financial Viability Confirmed with New Report.
August 14, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Through ‘bold leadership’, airports can accelerate the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the aviation industry, according to a newly published report.
The new study, a collaboration between the Carbon War Room, Sky …

New York’s Energy Leaders Lay out an Early Blueprint for Carbon Pricing
August 14, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Marie J. French (Politico)   The state’s top energy policy makers moved closer to creating a price for carbon in New York in a much-anticipated report released Friday.
Carbon pricing is seen by many in industry …

Life-Cycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Renewable Jet Fuel Production
August 11, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Sierk de Jong, Kay Antonissen, Ric Hoefnagels, Laura Lonza, Michael Wang, André Faaij and Martin Junginger (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  The introduction of renewable jet fuel (RJF) is considered an important emission mitigation measure for the …

Carbon Conversion
August 11, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Whitney Clavin (California Institute of Technology)  A new additive helps researchers more selectively convert CO2 to multicarbon fuels  —  Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide …

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next
August 11, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen
August 11, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The goal? Integration into …

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree
August 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment.
The …

My Voice: EPA’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’
August 10, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader)  …  On behalf of rural communities and family farmers, I am calling out the EPA and those who still drink the Kool-aid of EPA’s fraudulent assessments that E30 is …

Indian Scientists Turn Sugar Industry Waste Into Next-Gen Battery Material
August 10, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Sugar News)   Indian scientists have demonstrated that waste water from some of the dirtiest industrial processes can be turned into a carbon source for preparation of energy storage materials.
Researchers led by scientists from Bhavnagar-based …

New Biofuel Bus Powered by Food Waste Set to Hit Bristol Streets
August 10, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Krishan Davis (Bristol Post)  … Following on from last year’s ‘poo bus’ experiment, Bristol will soon have a new form of low-emissions public transport, powered by an unusual gas.
On August 21, a double-decker bus …

How to Power a Bus on Formic Acid
August 10, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

( Eindhoven University of Technology)  … Their self-built system comprises an electric bus that is hooked up to a small trailer – which the students have christened ‘REX’ – in which formic acid is converted into …

UK’s Largest Trial of Biogas Trucks Includes Six Major Fleet Operators
August 10, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Cenex/NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced the UK’s largest trial of biomethane-fueled trucks. Led by Air Liquide and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles …

Biofuel Plant Construction Set to Begin
August 10, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dietz (The Daily Mining Gazette)  … SynSel Energy Inc., of Elmhurst, Illinois, chose Ontonagon as one of two U.S. sites to build advanced biofuels plants that will produce synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels …

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
August 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to …

Algal Biofuel Production Is Neither Environmentally nor Commercially Sustainable
August 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flynn (The Conversation/Phys.Org)  Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s. It seems like a good idea on paper, and they do work – …

Wednesday Letters: Biofuels, Abortion–Fair markets
August 9, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Regarding “Reporter’s notebook: Do we still need advanced biofuels?” (chron.com, Monday), the article misunderstands the iterative nature of innovation and technology development.
Disruptive, game-changing technologies don’t simply appear overnight …

The Good, the Bad and the Algae
August 9, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems …

Study to Measure Biofuels’ Impact on Climate from the Field to the Power Plant
August 9, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University) Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.
Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature …

Lignin Can Make Building Materials Less Toxic
August 9, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A collaborative study by Mojgan Nejad, MSU forestry, proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. This research directly impacts …

Aemetis Signs Agreement for Advanced Gasification Technology to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol
August 8, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Accesswire)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (August 4, 2017) that it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec, Inc. of Richland, Washington …

Deep Stabilization: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading
August 8, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Within the ChemCatBio set of core catalysis projects lies Fast Pyrolysis and Upgrading, which has as its goal “to develop cost competitive biofuels through catalytic stabilization and deoxygenation of Fast Pyrolysis …

Why Will Dominant Alternative Transportation Fuels Be Liquid Fuels, not Electricity or Hydrogen?
August 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Bin Zhao (Energy Policy)  Existing transportation infrastructure favors liquid fuels. The human nature of satisfying their needs with least effort favors liquid fuels. Continuing supply of oil will reinforce existing transportation infrastructure. Understanding alternative fuel market helps …

A Smart, Faster Path to Zero Lifecycle Emission: Advances from the EU in Direct Carbon Capture from Air
August 8, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  The most scalable solution is liquid fuels that use water, captured CO2 and renewable electricity.

Thinkers have been coming around to the realization that this might be the most sustainable …

Bioenergy Production Could Play a Part in Reducing Forest Fires
August 8, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy can play a role in reducing the risk of forest fires, according to a video recently published on the European Forest Institute’s website.

“Now, we need a new vision where the focus is …

Pan-African Food and Non-Food Biomass Expert Network Unveiled
August 8, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  The “first” pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by African and German researchers.
BiomassNet aims to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised …

Copenhagen’s Four-Fold Path to Carbon Neutrality
August 8, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by John J. Berger (Renewable Energy World)  An ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions and create a sustainable future. — … Service improvements, such as dedicated bus lanes, are planned to increase public transit ridership 20 percent …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Help Helsinki Airport Go Carbon Neutral
August 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Helsinki airport has been awarded the international Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate (ACA) to verify its carbon neutrality.

A range of renewable energy sources are being used to keep the airport’s carbon emissions low, including …

PCJ Biodiesel Blend to Cut Oil Imports and Boost Agricultural Sector
August 7, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Rochelle Williams (Jamaica Information Service)  Jamaica could save hundreds of millions in energy costs per year, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and creating a boost for the agricultural sector through the …

Climate-Neutral Driving: Continental Successfully Tests the Synthetic Diesel Fuel OME
August 7, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Foundry Planet/Continental)   CO2 emissions reduced in proportion to the OME share: in the Continental diesel car, a 15 % OME share reduces CO2 emissions by approximately eight grams per kilometer;  Entire technology chain being …

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D
August 7, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least one route for catalytic upgrading of sugars/related intermediates and/or biologically derived intermediates into fuel blendstockswith …

Court Tells EPA to Enforce Obama Methane Pollution Rule
August 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.
The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

Hawaii Building 1st Public Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station
August 7, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press/Hawaii Tribune/Herald)  A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted Wednesday for Hawaii’s first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles, which will enable the state to begin selling cars that only emit water vapor.
Honolulu-based …

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests
August 7, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have said for years — robust markets are the key to keeping forests as forests, “says …

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar
August 7, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —  The directive — which provided …

The Hidden Environmental Costs of Dog and Cat Food
August 7, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Karin Brulliard (The Washington Post)  … But if you do, he would like you to consider what their meat-heavy kibble and canned food are doing to the planet.
(Gregory) Okin, a geographer at UCLA, recently did that, …

Decarbonizing Transportation to Meet Climate Goals
August 4, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As nations around the world begin implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, decarbonizing transportation becomes increasingly important in limiting global warming to less …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

A Better Fuel Mix Can Be ‘Made in America’
August 4, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Des Moines Register/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … American ethanol now replaces more than 500 million barrels of imported oil annually and shields drivers from price manipulation by hostile forces within the …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Pacific Ethanol to Add Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Idaho Plant
August 4, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Wood and Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Pacific Ethanol plans to add cellulosic ethanol production at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant and expects US Environmental Protection Agency approval by the end of 2017, the company’s CEO …

The Renewing of Nevada Renewable fuels and the Rise of Ryze Renewables
August 4, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nevada, Ryze Renewables has two new renewable diesel projects totaling $250M now in planning for the Nevada and Las Vegas areas.

This project is bigger: equipment costs have grown from …

Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
August 4, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by James Wilt (Renewable Energy World)  A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range …

Marginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops – Turning a Burden into an Opportunity
August 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  U research project MAGIC kicks off  —  On 4-5 July 2017, the 25 partners involved in the EU funded research project MAGIC held their kick-off meeting at the Copa-Cogeca secretariat in Brussels. Led …

This New Teesside Company Needs 50 Tonnes of Birch – EVERY DAY!
August 3, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughes (Gazette Live)  Nova Pangaea Technologies at Wilton will convert trees into sugars to make household items  —  … One of the region’s newest tech companies needs 50 tonnes of it EVERY DAY to …

Research Aims to ‘Co-Optimize’ Biofuels for Future Engines
August 3, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  Research aimed at finding the right combination of fuels and engine technology that would maximize a car’s performance while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions has reached a milestone that ethanol advocates hope gets wider …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 3, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

In commenting to Biofuels International about the UK government’s decision to ban new petroleum and diesel cars by 2040, Devin Walker, chief technical officer of Renovare Fuels based in London noted that in some circumstances …

Electric Cars Have Higher Lifecycle Emissions than Liquid Fuels, Says Renewables Expert
August 3, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The UK government’s decision to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 risks “handcuffing” the country to an “unrealistic policy”, according to renewable energy expert Devin Walker. Significantly, Walker also notes that in …

LA Transitioning to Fully Electric Bus Fleet – But Is It Really the Answer?
August 3, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Los Angeles is to transition to a fully electric, zero-emissions bus fleet by 2030, according to recently announced plans.  The Californian city has a reputation for extreme bouts of smog, something city authorities …

A Micro Digester to Improve Accessibility to Biogas in Colombia
August 3, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Eric Charles Peterson (Biogas Channel)  At the University of Icesi a new project has begun to support rural communities in Colombia. This is a 200-litre capacity covered micro-digester, built using locally available materials and fuelled by …

Materials – Cooking up Biofuel
August 3, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Using a novel, reusable carbon material derived from old rubber tires, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team has developed a simple method to convert used cooking oil into biofuel. The …

Researchers Tap Papaya-Loving Algae to Make “Home-Grown” Biodiesel for Hawaii
August 2, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jan Suszkiw (U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … In Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Pathologist Lisa Keith is leading an effort to produce biodiesel using a type of green algae known as Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides).
Oh, …

‘We’ll Have to Become Electricity Traders’ – Biofuels Market Reacts to UK Petrol Ban
August 2, 2017 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Vicky Ellis (ICIS)  European biofuels market participants are wondering what their role will be in the future after the UK became the latest country to announce on Wednesday a ban on all conventional petrol and …

The Sweet Smell of Success…and Beets!
August 1, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Treasure Coast Research Park)  … On Wednesday, June 14th, a team of research and industry leaders established through the leadership of St. Lucie County’s Treasure Coast Research Park, gathered at Tropicana’s feed processing facility in Fort …

First Biomethane Vehicle Refueling Station Opens in Italy
August 1, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/European Biogas Association)  The first biomethane filling station for vehicles came into operation in early July. The facility is located at Montello SpA plant in Bergamo (Italy), which uses only the gas generated by …

NBB Has Strong Showing at RFS Public Hearing, Calls for Higher Biodiesel Volumes
August 1, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing on the proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) had several witnesses testify before the EPA …

HGVs Fuelled with Compressed Biomethane Emit 84% Less CO2
August 1, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lorries using the UK’s first gas filling station emitted 84% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than equivalent diesel vehicles, a newly released study claims.

The UK’s biggest gas network, Cadent, commissioned independent analysis of the …

Mexico’s Ethanol Boost Fuels Cross-Border Environmental Debate
July 31, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Emily Pickrell  (Bloomberg)  Mexico’s decision to nearly double the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline is pitting two big winners—U.S. corn growers and ethanol producers—against some environmental activists and Mexico’s own auto industry.
Last month …

Will the 2040 Ban Mean the End of Biofuels?
July 31, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Raffaella Ocone (Heriot-Watt University/The Eidenburgh Reporter)    Does the 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel cars mean the death of biofuels?  —  One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new …

Tiny Element, Big Impact: Hydrogen Power, Amplified
July 31, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Energy Today/Carnegie Mellon University)  How do you efficiently isolate hydrogen, unlocking its full potential as a primary, mainstream source of energy?  —  The universe consists of a number of elements, the most abundant of which …

LanzaTech Collaborates With Swayana (South Africa) to Use Carbon Capture Technology
July 31, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International/Lanza Tech/Swayana)  South African company, Swayana is collaborating with carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, with headquarters in Chicago USA, to introduce their proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa.
LanzaTech’s first commercial facility will be online at the …

Could Clean Energy Spark A Mineral Boom?
July 31, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Energy Today/Oilprice.com) A new World Bank report released today (July 18, 2017) highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals.
Using wind, solar, …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (Sugar Beets) for Use in Biofuel Production
July 28, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  In this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the upstream greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (sugar beets) for use …

House Committee Debates Future Federal Support of Biofuels
July 28, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sara Taginawa (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Tuesday, July 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing examining the future of biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Biofuels Potential
July 26, 2017 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can camelina oil be a viable substitute as a biodiesel feedstocks, given that palm oil has received so much negative attention in Europe at least. In this deck, industry consultants …

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?
July 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by …

Tata Motors Unveils India’s First Biomethane Bus and Engines
July 25, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Tata Motors/NGV Journal)  Tata Motors has unveiled the country’s first biomethane-powered bus at the Bio-energy program, called ‘Urja Utsav’, organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of …

New Additive Hands Biodiesel the Win as Cleanest Liquid Fuel in the U.S.
July 25, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PR Newswire)  CARB approval makes America’s Advanced Biofuel key to meet carbon reduction goals  —  The California Air Resource Board announced on July 20, 2017 that it has certified a biodiesel additive that will make …

Gevo and Praj Link up to Push ahead with Isobutanol Technology
July 25, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  India-based bioethanol company Praj Industries will be working with US-based advanced biofuels company Gevo to use Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology to process sugarcane juice and molasses.
This follows on the back of Praj’s development …

British Operator Will Trial Biogas Trucks under Demanding-Duty Cycle
July 25, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Ltd will trial the effectiveness of low-emissions natural gas heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) operating as parts of large …

Motorists Give Green Light to E10 Fuel
July 25, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) … A survey of over 25,000 motorists by Fair Fuel UK, the ‘independent voice of UK drivers’, revealed that over 82% of motorists supported the Government promoting E10 – a more environmentally friendly …

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels
July 25, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

Hampden Trash-to-Energy Plant on Track to Open April 1 of Next Year
July 25, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Dawn Gagnon (Bangor Daily News)  If all goes to plan, a $69 million waste-to-energy plant planned for Hampden will be up and running by April 1, 2018, according to the partnership that is building it.
Sargent …

Brazil’s Ethanol Producers and Automakers Sign Cooperation Accord
July 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Fernando Calmon (Just Auto)  … Sugar cane-based ethanol, besides powering electricity generation, manages to capture 90% of CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle (from well to wheel). Yet this sector here in Brazil has plotted an …

Italy’s ‘First’ Municipal Waste to Methane Plant Inaugurated
July 25, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new plant for the production of biomethane and carbon dioxide has been inaugurated and started operation in Montello, Italy. The biogas upgrading plant is the ‘first’ in Italy able to produce biomethane …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (rabble.ca)  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

Welcome to ‘All of the Above’ Transportation
July 24, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle)  … It won’t happen overnight. Barriers remain, from range anxiety with full electric vehicles to an already overburdened and aging electric grid. Affordable grid-scale energy storage remains elusive.

Transportation makes up …

Let’s Not Return to the Failed Protectionism over Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen and Joel Velasco (Renewable Fuels Association/Estadao (translation of Op-Ed))  … With all of this progress then, we two old warriors have to ask, why is Brazil contemplating a return to the anti-free trade, …

Ireland’s Public Transport Fleets Will Begin Transition to Sustainability
July 24, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  The National Transport Authority announced that Ireland’s public transport fleet will begin the journey to sustainability. Thus, energy company Gas Networks Ireland has called on the country’s transport operators to move …

OPIS Publishes White Paper: “Implications for Revitalized Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S.-Produced Corn Ethanol”
July 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy recently launched RenovaBio, a program poised to take a radically new approach to expanding the production and use of biofuels in Brazil.
 
Should Brazil’s RenovaBio program adopt a Carbon Intensity …

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors
July 21, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
“Methane is a …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

What’s In a Number?
July 21, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Plenty of talk circulates around ethanol blends above E10. Clearly, E15 is the next milestone. But as we work to capture ethanol’s octane benefits and its ability …

A Push for Low-Carbon Fuels Pays off in California
July 21, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Long a leader in environmental regulation, California is pushing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automotive fuels. At the center of this effort is the state’s low carbon fuel standard …

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation
July 21, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F. Lambin, Charlotte Y. Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E. Thomas (Science Magazine)  Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions
July 21, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Australian Government Announces Support for Biorefinery Project
July 20, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used …

Greenbelt Resources Greenlighted for Indonesian “Ecolabel” Status for Technology that Helps Address $940 Billion Food Loss Problem
July 20, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  The Indonesian government’s Technical Committee on Verification of Environmentally Friendly Technology has officially recommended that Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) be awarded “Eco Friendly Technology” registration for its proprietary waste-to-energy systems process “ECOsystem” …

Corn Farmers, Biofuels Have More to Offer
July 20, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Journal-Advocate)  … Oxygenating gasoline is required under Clean Air Act amendments, and ethanol — with its clean-burning qualities — has long been regarded as the best additive for that. For years, adding …

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC Call for Coherence in EU Strategy for Enhancing Soy Production
July 20, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(European Feed Manufacturers Federation)  COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC members rely on the EU production of oilseeds, soy and other oil- and protein-containing crops. We share the objective of an increased production of soy in Europe. …

Ready for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Aviation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out
July 20, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from …

18 New Biodiesel Fuelled Trains Coming to the Netherlands
July 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Arriva has been named as the winner of the next contract to operate regional passenger rail services in Groningen and Friesland, the Netherlands. The move will see 18 new biodiesel trains added to …

Major New UK Report Argues Biofuels, Especially Second Generation, Are Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
July 20, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are needed to meet the UK’s commitments to mitigating climate change, according to a new report requested by the county’s government.
Second generation biofuels, made from wastes and by-products of other sectors, will …

Gasoline-to-Ethanol Switch Reduces Number of Tiny, Harmful Particles in the Air
July 20, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  New research claims that the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometres in diameter, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health, increases in the air when …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food …

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon
July 19, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the construction of an advanced biofuels plant. SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier …

Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
July 19, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

St1 to Add Renewable Diesel Production, Continues Ethanol Work
July 19, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(St1/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  St1 announced it is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be built in St1 refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of planned investments, …

Ethanol Is Good for Environment. Letter Writer Misrepresented Facts
July 19, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Winters (Western New York Energy/Daily Gazette) Ethanol has been used in New York and other Northeastern states for nearly 20 years as the key component in cleaner-burning “reformulated gasoline.” Ethanol-blended gasoline reduces emissions of …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local
July 19, 2017 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina.
The …

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with …

Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat
July 12, 2017 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Could Spare Many Communities from This Fate  —  More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by climate change, and the number …

Becoming a Carbon Superhero: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Indian Oil’s Landmark Project for Fuels+, from Refinery Waste CO2: The Partner? It’s LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Turkey, at the World Petroleum Congress, India’s flagship national oil company Indian Oil Corporation and carbon recycler LanzaTech unveiled a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

High Gas Prices? No Problem for This Biofuel-Making Destrehan Teen
July 7, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Barry Guillot  (Times-Picayune)  … Dillon Deshotel doesn’t worry about gas prices. Deshotel, a recent Destrehan High graduate, makes his own biodiesel at home. For him, fluctuating gas prices are irrelevant. His fuel is always less …

North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel
July 7, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction …

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard Good For Farmers, Consumers, Environment
July 7, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Dale McCall (Rocky Mountain Farmers Union/Brian Allmer Radio Network)  America’s farming communities are facing an economic crisis. Not since the 1980s have farm incomes declined so far so fast. The Wall Street Journal called it the …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

Steelworkers No Fans of E15
July 7, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The United Steelworkers fear Sen. Deb Fischer’s bill to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel could allow more smog. The union sent a letter Thursday to all 100 …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. …

Pruitt Raises Idea of Higher Levels of Ethanol-Free Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … (EPA Administrator Scott ) Pruitt also noted that EPA will be “assessing higher levels of ethanol-free gasoline.”
Ethanol-free gasoline translates into higher volumes of aromatic chemicals to raise …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels: Minister
July 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot …

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Identifies Market Opportunity for Lignin Waste as a Byproduct of Cellulosic Ethanol Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance Bio-Products, Inc./AccessWire)  The Company’s Production of Pure Lignin Provides a Viable Opportunity to Further Reduce the Production Costs of Cellulosic Ethanol While Adding an Additional Revenue Stream  —   Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. (“ABP”), a subsidiary …

150+: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
July 7, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the US’  biggest producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, …

RELEASE: G20 Nations Sending Billions in Finance to Fossil Fuels
July 7, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(Oil Change International/PriceOfOil.com)  New report provides first-ever analysis of public financing for energy projects  —  Each year, G20 countries provide nearly four times more public finance to fossil fuels than to clean energy, according to a …

Neste Biodiesel Reduces Particulate Emissions by ‘up to 60%’
July 6, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  According to a new study, Neste MY Renewable Diesel usage reduces particulate emissions in working machines by up to 60%.
The study, led by Tampere University of Technology, indicates that the usage of pure …

Brazilian Ethanol Producer Sees Boost from Plant Waste
July 5, 2017 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leahy (Folha de S.Paulo/”Financial Times”)  Raízen Energia, Brazil’s largest producer of sugar cane ethanol, is planning to scale up production at a new “second-generation” biofuel plant, in a move that will sharply increase the …

Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada
July 5, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

By Gerald Kutney (Sixth Element Sustainable Management/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation arrived on July 1st of this year — it is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to United Airlines
July 5, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United …