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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy — June 20-27, 2017 — Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
December 28, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy   —  June 20-27, 2017   —  Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

Deadline for applying is 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on January 17, 2017.  The 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy will allow students to explore scientific solutions to …

Birdlife and T&E to Release Anti-Biofuel Documentary in January
December 28, 2016 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, following on from the November release of their joint publication “The Black Book of Bioenergy”, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia has again teamed with Transport & Environment on …

Ultra-Low Cost Product Development: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to DMC
December 28, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement …

Zaragoza: Continuous Commitment to Recycle Used Oil with Labor Integration
December 28, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Javier Rico (Energias Renovables)  Despite the fact that the European Commission is not very likely to focus on biodiesel from waste oils in the reform of the directive on renewable energies, its collection and …

SugarTech Indonesia 2017 — August 15-16, 2017 — Surabaya, Indonesia
December 28, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
SugarTech Indonesia 2017   —   August 15-16, 2017   —   Surabaya, Indonesia

The 3rd edition of SugarTech Indonesia 2017 is Indonesia’s largest specialized sugar and bioethanol technology event that brings together an international congregation of sugar companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the city of …

American Ethanol, NCGA Make Good Showing in 2016 NASCAR Season
December 28, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 NASCAR racing season was a year filled with memorable moments for American Ethanol sponsors Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association and their driver Austin Dillon.

In this …

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 …

Biodiesel: The Great Crash of Australia’s ‘Fish and Chip Cooking Oil’ Renewable Fuel Industry
December 28, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Emilia Terzon (ABC News)  Former chef-cum-Darwin’s “biodiesel warrior” Greg Henderson was elbow-deep in an industry of second-hand grease when the global price of crude oil started to tumble in 2014.  Within weeks the humble …

Icahn Sees Doubts About Ethanol Mandate Among Trump’s Advisers
December 28, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn picked as special adviser to Trump on regulations; RINs market is a ‘black cesspool of trading,’ Icahn says  —  Billionaire Carl Icahn, a special adviser to Donald Trump and a skeptic …

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 …

Karnataka State Transport’s Big Make in India Push, Inducts 25 Biodiesel Buses
December 28, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Nolan Pinto  (India Today)  The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to imbibe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project ‘Make in India’ by utilizing biofuel in a big way. It has inducted …

Lux Research: FOG-Based Biodiesel Remains Significant Opportunity
December 28, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Lux Research/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biomass-based diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals, and diversified energy companies are well-placed, according to Lux Research.

Traditionally policies to promote greener transportation fuels have focused …

Cell-Free Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlight Biosciences
December 28, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GreenLight Biosciences is a bioproduction company that has developed what it terms “a revolutionary cell-free manufacturing platform”.

The cell-free platform is capable of synthesizing complex chemicals through a sustainable, clean, biological …

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 …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

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 …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

Show Me the Money: Where Is Venture Capital Placing Bets in Bio-based?
December 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research)  From 2010 to 2015, the bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) industry attracted nearly $9.2 billion in funding from corporates, debts, individuals, private equity, public investment, and venture capital (VC). Notably, VCs have been …

Attacking Carbon Intensity, Energy Intensity: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
December 27, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Agile BioFoundry project, the National Lab consortium, in partnership with academia and industry, aims to achieve a 40% decrease in the energy intensity of current manufacturing processes.

Plus, a …

Crazy. Sexy. Risk.
December 27, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On any list of 10 Colossal Failures of the Finance sector in this century, we’d put the failure of bankers and commercial-scale investors to get behind the advanced bioeconomy in …

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, …

Can Ethanol Cure China’s Corn Indigestion?
December 23, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Julien Hall, Samar Niazi, and Gao Xiaojuan (Platts Commodity Pulse VIDEO)  China’s corn stockpiles, built up over the past couple of years, have reached problematic levels. In this video, S&P Global Platts Agriculture editors Julien …

Don’t Change the RFS Point of Obligation
December 23, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Mark Griffin  (Pro Petroleum/Real Clear Energy)  … Moving the point of obligation eliminates our ability to compete and gives major refiners a significant unfair advantage over small businesses in small markets across the country. Liquidity and …

Biofuels Industry May Have the Juice to Endure to Trump’s EPA Chief Pick
December 23, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chuck McCutcheon (Scientific American)  Despite concerns over Scott Pruitt’s record of opposing ethanol, experts say the renewable-fuel program is on safe ground  —  … Ethanol advocates, however, do not seem to worry that Pruitt will …

Ethanol Spills Article Lacks Facts, Context
December 23, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Dan Velasquez (Letter to the Editor, Des Moines Register)  … If we were not using home-grown ethanol, we’d be shipping more crude oil. The article pointed out that in the 30 years from 1985 to 2015, …

Stay the Course
December 23, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/NewsOK)  Regarding “Flaws in Renewable Fuel Standard aren’t going away” (Our Views, Dec. 16): The Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires that refiners blend an increasing amount of ethanol and other …

Industry Seeks Higher Sugar Price; Gadkari for Reasonable Rate
December 23, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(MoneyControl)  Amid demand from the industry to allow retail sugar prices to rise up to Rs 45/kg, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the rates should be reasonable for consumers as the government has a …

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In: Anellotech, Edeniq, Novvi
December 23, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For Anellotech, a new technology to extend catalyst life by reducing catalyst poisons that cause catalyst and product cost to soar. For Novvi, a signature investment from Chevron. From Edeniq, …

Algae Biomass Organization Seeking Virtual Interns
December 23, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Students – Are you interested in doing more for your industry while completing your degree? Help define the algae sector of today and shape the industry of tomorrow as an Algae Biomass …

New Feed Sources Key to Ambitious Climate Targets
December 23, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Brian J. Walsh, et al.  (Carbon Balance and Management)  Net carbon sinks capable of avoiding dangerous perturbation of the climate system and preventing ocean acidification have been identified, but they are likely to be …

Govt to Set up First 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery in Punjab
December 23, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The foundation stone for India’s first second generation ethanol bio-refinery to be set up by Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) at Bathinda in Punjab at a cost of Rs 600 crore will be laid …

Call to Action
December 23, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   We need to prioritize and devise a plan utilizing all the talents in the ethanol industry to overcome the roadblocks to greater market access. — Last November, I …

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 …

Biofuel Market Must Remain Competitive for UK Farms, NFU Says
December 23, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(NFU Online) The NFU has met with ministers to urge the Department for Transport to keep biofuel markets as open as possible for UK farmers to remain competitive with their European neighbours.

NFU North East combinable …

Hydrocarbons from Cheap Renewable Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

Baguio Students Create Biofuel from Wild ‘Gabi’ Plant
December 23, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Enrico Belga Jr. (Rappler)  Dubbed as ‘Bio-Gab,’ the group’s biofuel invention converts wild taro, which is hazardous to humans and animals, into a bioethanol that can fuel cars  —  … This need also motivated a group …

Global Bioenergies to Acquire Gas Fermentation Start-Up Syngip
December 23, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Syngip talked here about the possibility of producing liquid hydrocarbons from waste feedstocks at costs as low as €100 per ton. … What’s this deal all about? In two words, cheaper …

A Few Reasonable RIN Ideas
December 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by  John Campbell (Ocean Park Advisors) The RINs market would be improved with timely blend targets and compliance reporting, increased transparency and trading limits.  —  …  Although it might reduce undesirable trading practices, moving the …

Can America Really Be ‘Great Again’ With A Gutted EPA?
December 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Margo T. Oge (Huffington Post)  …  Businessmen are always looking for a good return on investment. America’s environmental protections are a steal. The public health benefits of a cleaner environment and a healthier workforce …

Ag Leaders Praise Branstad as China Pick
December 22, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht Lee (Agri-Media/Midwest Producer)  Midwestern agricultural leaders have been watching President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of trade – with China, in particular – with some concern. But their hopes were lifted Dec. 7 when …

Icahn Named Special Trump Adviser to Roll Back Regulations
December 22, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Dorning and Beth Jinks (BloombergPolitics)  $20 billion net worth makes him one of richest men in America; Trump says Icahn will advise on ‘strangling regulations’  —  Trump often spoke admiringly of (Carl) Icahn during …

Ethanol Use Continues to Grow While Prices Reach Decade Lows
December 22, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  In the United States, production of ethanol is largely tied to federally mandated renewable fuel standards contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the prior Energy Policy Act of 2005. …

Food Prices Merrier as Biodiesel Production Grows
December 22, 2016 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  USDA data show cost of food has declined  —  As Americans set the table for another holiday meal this year, they are paying less for it, according to the U.S. Department of …

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World” — February 27-March 1, 2017 — National Harbor, MD DEADLINE: January 13, 2017
December 22, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: ARPA-E “Energy Ideas to Change the World”   —   February 27-March 1, 2017  —   National Harbor, MD   DEADLINE: January 13, 2017

(ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit)  Do you have a novel idea that can help solve our nation’s energy challenges? If you have a great idea and are willing to share it with the world, apply to …

Trump Says Energy Regulations Are Hurting Economic Growth. The Evidence Says Otherwise.
December 22, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Vivek Wadhwa and Mark Muro (The Washington Post)  … The assumption they are making is that economic growth depends upon increasing carbon emissions. Trump and Pruitt seem to believe that because energy is essential for economic …

The Coming Battle between the Trump Team and Economists over the True Cost of Climate Change
December 22, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … It seems increasingly likely that the Trump administration would either alter, or attempt to stop using entirely, an Obama-era metric known as the “social cost of carbon” in its federal rule-making processes. …

Extension of Comment Periods for: The Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed Denial to Change the Point of Obligation
December 22, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On December 20, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued extensions of the comment periods for two actions: the Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed …

Molecular Velcro Boosts Microalgae’s Potential in Biofuel, Industrial Applications
December 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.

The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic …

‘Glue’ That Makes Plant Cell Walls Strong Could Hold the Key to Wooden Skyscrapers
December 22, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Cambridge)  Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the …

Costa and UCL Start-Up Transform Coffee Waste into Renewable Fuel
December 22, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(University College London)  UCL start-up bio-bean is turning more than 3,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds into low-carbon fuel in a new partnership with coffee giant Costa.
Waste grounds from more than 850 Costa stores are …

US Biodiesel Producers Lose Court Challenge over Argentinian Imports
December 22, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  A US appeals court Tuesday dismissed a challenge by American biodiesel producers to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision allowing Argentinian biodiesel to qualify for US renewable fuel credits.

The National Biodiesel Board trade …

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 …

Trump’s Nixonian Pivot
December 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News of high-level appointments have been streaming out of Trump Tower all this week and last, and two trends are already clear: it’s a group mostly out of the business …

Global Business America Highlights Advanced Biofuels USA in Planet Green Section
December 22, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Global Business America, part of Global Business Publishing, highlighted Advanced Biofuels USA’s study of the feasibility of an energy beet project for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delmarva …

FlowCam Announces Student Equipment and Travel Grant DEADLINE: January 31, 2017
December 22, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scarborough, ME-based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer, Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT), has announced that it is accepting applications for the FlowCam® Student Equipment & Travel Grant for Algae Technology Research. The grant is open …

DOE Announces $15 Million to Accelerate the Deployment of Energy Efficient Transportation Technologies
December 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Today (December 21, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $15 million, subject to appropriations, to support community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and demonstrate energy efficient …

Tough Path to Reach US Ethanol Max in 2017
December 20, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US ethanol producers may never hit the 15bn USG target federal regulators included in biofuel blending mandates next year as they run into infrastructure, demand and regulatory hurdles.

Stores can only sell higher-ethanol blends …

Let Ethanol Compete in a Free Market for Gas
December 20, 2016 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Erik Cafarella (Wall Street Journal) Regarding Jeff Broin and Delayne Johnson’s letters (Dec. 8): I find it difficult to take CEOs of companies whose existence is predicated on legally enforced mandates seriously. … Home Depot and …

Williams: Trump Should Work to End Renewable Fuel Standard
December 20, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma and David Williams (Taxpayers Protection Alliance/Globe Gazette)  … (Carl) Icahn’s proposal centers on the definition of “obligated parties,” which is the official government term for the entities required to blend in renewables. … …

Chicago School Growing Future Ag Careers
December 20, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry.

The …

Ethanol Project in Offing
December 20, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(The New Indian Express)  There is a need to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of crops and bringing down the farming input cost, said Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan.  …  “For development, long term …

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 …

Novel Mechanism in Bacterial-Fungal Symbiosis Could Have Biodiesel Production Applications
December 20, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ DOE/Joint Genome Institute)  … To learn more about how bacteria interact with fungi in a symbiotic relationship to support the biochemistries that could contribute to the development of alternate fuel sources, Cornell and DOE JGI …

Qld Drivers Buying State’s Ethanol Push
December 20, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(AAP/Yahoo! News)  Queenslanders are increasingly filling up their vehicles with E10 ahead of a New Year ethanol mandate.

A fuel sales data analysis by the RACQ shows that 35.6 million litres of E10 was sold in …

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 …

Researchers Learn How a Bacterium Reduces CO2 in Biofuel Production
December 20, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Tuck (Boise State University)  A paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor in the Biomolecular Research Center, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels, …

Fueling Destruction: The Unintended Consequences of the Renewable Fuel Standard on Land, Water, and Wildlife
December 20, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David DeGennaro  (National Wildlife Federation)  Since Congress passed into law in 2005 a federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels into conventional gasoline, the increased demand for corn – which has supplied …

Bolt-on Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
December 20, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Edeniq is a biorefining and cellulosic technology company. Edeniq delivers integrated process innovations that unlock sugars. These technological innovations uniquely combine mechanical and biological processes. Edeniq’s capital light and operationally efficient …

Ethanol Makers to Ink Cassava Deal
December 20, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Phusadee Arunmas (Bangkok Post)  Ethanol makers have agreed to buy 10,000 tonnes of cassava root a day from farmers at 1.9 baht a kilogramme in a bid to raise farm income and stabilise fresh cassava …

Opposition Wants Biofuels Bill Start Date Staggered
December 20, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Karugaba  (New Vision)  Staggering the commencement date would help government build capacity. —  … Presenting the opposition’s views on the Biofuels Bills, 2016 to the parliamentary committee on Natural Resources, MP Simon Oyet argued that …

Ashraf Visits PSO’s Biodiesel Project
December 20, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(The News) Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has taken an initiative towards alternative fuels by launching a pilot project for production of bio-diesel. For this purpose, the PSO has developed Jatropha Model Farm at Marshalling Yard, …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE February 24, 2017
December 20, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo  —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE  February 24, 2017

BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine have announced a call for abstracts for the 33rd annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW). The FEW is set to take place June 19-21, 2017 at the …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.

It …

Amber Waves of Gain: BioAmber, CJ CheilJedang to Launch Asian JV for Bio-Succinic
December 20, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Korea, BioAmber and CJ CheilJedang Corporation signed a LOI for a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid per year.

It’s not …

Ethanol an Efficient Fuel for the Nation
December 19, 2016 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Intelligencer  Wheeling News-Register)  … Food price inflation has averaged just 2.6 percent annually since 2005, compared to the 3.5 percent average from 1980-2004. It is important to note that …

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

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

Response to Petitions for Reconsideration of RFS2 Rule to Change the Point of Obligation
December 19, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA proposed to deny requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Due to the importance, complexity, and broad …

Donald Trump Sends Mixed Signals on Ethanol Mandate
December 19, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder and Jacob Bunge (The Wall Street Journal)  President-elect backed the federal biofuels rules as a candidate, but his EPA pick opposes them  —  … Mr. Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, …

NREL Releases 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book
December 19, 2016 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book, showing that renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity in the U.S. and 13.8 …

EPA Amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
December 19, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and …

Biofuel Company Committed to Storage Tank Repairs
December 19, 2016 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Tom Callis (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  A company that wants to import biofuel through Hilo Harbor plans to resume refurbishing storage tanks at a former asphalt plant by February, its founder said.

Chuck Barker of Hoku Kai …

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future — July 11-12, 2017 — Arlington, VA
December 19, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future   —   July 11-12, 2017   —   Arlington, VA

Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Congress, national laboratories, academia, and the financial community.
Hear directly from leading scientists and bioeconomy experts from the public and private …

Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course — April 5-6, 2017 — State College, PA
December 19, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment
Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course   —   April 5-6, 2017   — State College, PA

An in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale.

Though difficult to quantify in dollars, vegetative ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — June 7-9, 2017 … Wroclaw, Poland DEADLINE: January 15, 2017
December 19, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

The 13th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from Wednesday June 7 until Friday June 9, 2017. Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: SynBioBeta — April 4-6, 2017 — London, UK DEADLINE: January 20, 2017
December 19, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

For the 5th year in a row, SynBioBeta London 2017 will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry. Our focus is to unite attendees through thought-provoking talks, panels …

SynBioBeta — April 4-6, 2017 — London, UK
December 19, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment
SynBioBeta   —   April 4-6, 2017   —   London, UK

For the 5th year in a row, SynBioBeta London 2017 will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry. Our focus is to unite attendees through thought-provoking talks, panels …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA DEADLINE: February 13, 2017
December 19, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA    DEADLINE:  February 13, 2017

The overarching theme of the conference in 2017 will be “Making Our Way to a Sustainable Tomorrow.” The conference invites scientists and leaders from all sectors to come together to address critical topics such as …

Why You Should Care about Low Carbon Fuels and Vehicle Initiatives
December 19, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies/OurEnergyPolicy.org)  Citizens and policymakers in many countries have never been more committed to combating climate change across all sectors. One high-emitting sector that is often overlooked, when compared to industry …

Queensland Government Opens Expressions of Interest Process as Drive for Biobased Industry Gains Momentum
December 19, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the Queensland Government will target Australian and international biofutures investment to help boost the industry in regional Queensland. Speaking in Parliament today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that an …

Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s 17 REFUEL Winning Projects
December 19, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It’s about converting renewable power to fuels for storage and back to power again for electric motoring. The Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) program …

Tossed Aside in the ‘White Gold’ Rush: Indigenous People Are Left Poor as Tech World Takes Lithium from under Their Feet
December 19, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Story by Todd C. Frankel and Peter Whoriskey; Photos and videos by Michael Robinson Chavez; Video editing by Jorge Ribas (The Washington Post)  In the thin air of the salt flats here, nearly 13,000 feet above sea …

ROOTS, REFUEL, MARINER & Algae: DOE Invests $100M for 4 Big Shots at Liquid Transportation Fuels & Feedstocks
December 19, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be a sign of the times, a sense of worry that R&D for renewable transport fuels may lose all their popularity under the incoming Trump Administration. Whatever the cause, …

Denmark Leads Europe by Giving Green Light to 0.9% Advanced Biofuels Blending Target
December 19, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Denmark has agreed plans to implement a 0.9% advanced biofuels blending mandate by 2020 for use in transportation.  This news will provide a boost to second-generation biofuels. For example, biofuels …

U.S. Senator’s View: Strong Biofuel Industry Builds Economy, Lessens US Dependence
December 19, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Duluth News Tribune)  Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat’s biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier …

Growth Energy and Fuels America Members Send Letter to President-Elect Trump About Renewable Fuel Standard Support
December 19, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Today, Growth Energy, along with other members of Fuels America, sent a letter to President-elect Trump congratulating him on his successful election, and expressing a desire to work with the new administration to …

Trump Taps Mulvaney for OMB
December 19, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday formally selected fierce fiscal conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget, POLITICO’s Ben Weyl reports . That would also put …

The Trump Cabinet’s Greener Thumb
December 19, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis may be a rare ray of hope for environmental advocates that the coming administration won’t completely walk away from clean energy initiatives, Pro’s …

Oleofuels 2017 — June 28-29, 2017 — Krakow, Poland
December 19, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Oleofuels 2017   —   June 28-29, 2017   —   Krakow, Poland

Oleofuels 2017 will bring together senior representatives from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and HVO/HEFA industry to discuss all the latest market advancements, developments & business opportunities. The event will cover current key challenges and issues …

ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil
December 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Selection of 26 projects across two programs will make transportation cleaner and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions  —  The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $70 million …

Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion
December 19, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by  Brian Kahn  (Climate Central)  Investing heavy weights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace. A network of local governments, pension funds, faith organizations, philanthropies and wealthy individuals representing …

Maryland’s TEDCO Funds 19 Technology Start ups Including Algae Crude Producer
December 16, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the state’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that 19 companies have received over $1.9 million in funding from the organization’s Seed Investment Fund in the last six …

ACE to Grassroots: Urge Senators to Get Ethanol Support from EPA Nominee Pruitt in Nomination Process
December 15, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) issued a call-to-action to its grassroots membership today, urging ethanol supporters to contact their U.S. Senators about the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt …

Closing Arguments Begin in Yearslong Biofuel Fraud Case
December 15, 2016 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Ouch Sony (Cambodian Daily)  Prosecutor asks for conviction for military general alongside U.K. businessman  —  … Mr. (Gregg) Fryett and his Cambodian-American associates Um Sam Ang and Soeun Denny, and Cambodian Ouk Keo Ratanak, were …

World Future Energy Summit (WFES) Sustainable Transport — January 16-19, 2017 — Abu Dhabi
December 15, 2016 – 9:02 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit (WFES)  Sustainable Transport   —   January 16-19, 2017   —   Abu Dhabi

The 2016 World Future Energy Summit (WFES) saw the launch of the first dedicated Sustainable Transport zone – a forum of regional and international manufacturers and distributors to discuss the latest developments and generate new …

NexSteppe Malibu Sweet Sorghum and Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum Approved for Commercial Sale in South Africa
December 15, 2016 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved four NexSteppe sorghum hybrids …

Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?
December 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Sklar and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  Take-aways from Rana Foroohar’s Article Titled  “Saving Capitalism” (Time Magazine, May 23, 2016) and her book titled ”Makers and Takers, The Rise of Finance and the Fall of …

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 …

Mahoney Environmental Signs National Service Agreement With Carrols Corporation
December 14, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Mahoney Environmental/PR Newswire)  Mahoney obtains exclusive rights to collect and recycle used cooking oil generated at Carrols Burger King locations  —  Mahoney Environmental, (www.mahoneyes.com) a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, announced …

Gladstone’s $5m Test Site to Crack Billion Dollar Industry
December 14, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Tegan Annett (Northern Star)  What was once a paw paw farm in Yarwun is now a multi-million dollar laboratory that is leading the way for renewable fuel creation. Yesterday Northern Oil’s biocrude and biofuel laboratory …

America’s New Ambassador To China Is A Boon To The Renewables Sector
December 14, 2016 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  President-elect Donald Trump nominated Iowa governor Terry Branstad to be America’s ambassador to China last week. China’s government was quick to praise the pick, having developed a strong relationship with …

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water
December 14, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA’s report concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances and identifies factors that influence these impacts  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its …

The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022
December 14, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDoc Daily/University of Illinois)  In the farmdoc daily article of November 30, 2016, we examined the magnitude of the “push” in production and consumption of biofuels implied by the …

Agritrade Acquires Its First Biodiesel Plant with Solfuels
December 14, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Agritrade Resources, an integrated energy and shipping solutions provider, in entering into renewable energy with Solfuels Holdings, an experienced biofuel operator, by acquiring a biodiesel plant in Arkansas, US.

Agritrade will own 51%, while …

Welch Outlines Ethanol Reform Agenda for New Congress
December 14, 2016 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Business Magazine) … Welch (Representative Peter Welch (D-VT))  will reintroduce the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which will reform the corn ethanol mandate while continuing to promote advanced biofuels, as well as …

BioJet Fuel, Water and Food – Turf Feeding Systems Is Changing the Yucatan with a New Project
December 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Turf Feeding Systems/PR Web)  Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston company, is starting a new project and is contracted to design, build and manage the agriculture for a special BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan region …

Commission ‘Dangerously’ Out of Touch with Reality on Biofuels
December 14, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv/Pannonia Ethanol)   A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that …

Ethanol, Biodiesel Retailer Award Nominations Sought DEADLINE: December 31, 2016
December 14, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Dickenson County News)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, Dec. 9, encouraged Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the Secretary’s Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize fuel retailers that …

DOE: Twenty-five States Crack E10 Blend Wall
December 14, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though the national average percentage of ethanol in gasoline came in at 9.91% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration, half of all states now see ethanol in …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Nobina Wins Traffic Contracts Worth SEK 260 Million and Is Awarded Environmental Bonus of SEK 1 Million in Finland
December 14, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Nobina)  …   HSL’s decision to award Nobina an environmental bonus of SEK 1.06 million is a result of Nobina’s offer to switch from diesel to biodiesel during 2017. Nobina’s switch from diesel to biodiesel …

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 …

Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In
December 14, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (DaoChi Energy/Biofuels Digest)  Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal as aquaculture feed. The Battelle company, at the behest of the Ohio Soybean Council, has …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
December 14, 2016 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar …

Trump Taps Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary
December 14, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana’s at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according …

Icahn Cheers Trump EPA Pick Amid Calls for Fuel-Rule Revamp
December 13, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn refiner wants $15 billion renewable-fuels market changed; Cost of credits surged as U.S. mandates on biofuels at record — Six weeks before he becomes U.S. president, Donald Trump is already disrupting an …

Nebraska Congressman to Continue Push for More E-15 Sales
December 13, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Brent Martin (Nebraska Radio Network)  … Congressman Adrian Smith says the move helps the ethanol industry, but he adds more can be done. “I’m continuing to work on a bill that I introduced some time ago …

Estonia Last EU State to Begin Transitioning to Biofuel
December 13, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Estonia Public Broadcasting)  The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure submitted a bill amending the Liquid Fuel Act which would require liquid fuel suppliers to add fuels produced from renewable sources, known as biofuels, to …

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
December 13, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including: their inherently low-cost, at least from a theoretical standpoint; their potential for drastically reducing carbon …

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 13, 2016 – 3:14 pm | 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 …

Trump Taps Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Head Energy Department He Once Vowed to Abolish
December 13, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in …

Birth of Mideast Renewables?
December 13, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Squeezed budgets from low oil prices since mid-2014, combined with rising energy demand, will boost demand for renewable energy and efficiency technologies across the Middle East, according to a …

The Everglades Foundation Officially Kicks Off Search for Algae Bloom Solution with Four-year, $10-million Prize
December 13, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Everglades Foundation)  The Everglades Foundation (The Foundation) today officially kicked off its four-year, $10-million George Barley Water Prize at the “Tapping Innovation: Breakthrough Thinking, Action & Awards” event at the Miami Science Barge, unveiling the …

Not So Prolific: U.S. Shale Faces A Reality Check
December 13, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  …  Speaking at the National Oil-equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society (NOMADS) in Houston a few months ago, IHS Markit’s associate direct for Plays and Basins, Reed Olmstead, poked holes in the notion …

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

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

EU Biofuels Policy – UFOP in Favour of Maintaining 7% Cap
December 13, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(UFOP)  “The 7% cap for biofuels made from cultivated biomass, first established in 2015, must be maintained beyond 2020.” With this position, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) rejects the …

Palmex Indonesia 2017 — October 3-5, 2017 — Medan, Indonesia
December 13, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment
Palmex Indonesia 2017   —   October 3-5, 2017   —   Medan, Indonesia

The 9th PALMEX Indonesia 2017 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in …

Farm Based Algae
December 12, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Queensland operates an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk …

Air Liquide to Design, Build Landfill Gas Purification Plant
December 12, 2016 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  Air Liquide will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. The …

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, …

Chinese Firm Gives Tentative Green Light to Kemi Biorefinery
December 12, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Yle)  The CEO of the company’s Finnish subsidiary, Carl Haglund, says that next year will bring a final decision – and hopefully a groundbreaking for the billion-euro facility in northern Finland.  —  Chinese bioenergy giant …

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior
December 12, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated …

BMW Sees Battery Costs Causing Years of ‘Tears’ on E-Cars
December 12, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Elisabeth Behrman (Bloomberg)  With driving ranges limited by current technology, BMW expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in a battery.  —  BMW AG (IW 1000/27) sees …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS: Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
December 12, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS:  Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy    DEADLINE:  March 1, 2017

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary …

Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy
December 12, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment
Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary …

Accelerated Cassava Breeding Coming Via OHV Technology Collaboration
December 12, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Dow AgroSciences/Business Wire) Dow AgroSciences, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University and Agriculture Victoria Working Together on Essential African Root Crop  —  More productive cassava plants, a root crop that is foundational for food security in Africa, …

ADM Announces Project to Provide Renewable Natural Gas
December 12, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren …

Researchers Collaborate with AST to Develop Lignin-Based Products
December 12, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(American Science and Technology/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Science and Technology, a sustainable technology company, has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, …

Minnesota n-butanol Plant Comes Online
December 12, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A United Kingdom company has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility, which is now online after two years of development.

David Anderson of Green Biologics Inc., …