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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

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

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

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U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House
March 27, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels …

Introducing Biochar: Climate Change Solution or Greenwash Nightmare?
March 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Steve Horn  (DeSmog) After years of investigating biochar, which promoters have touted as a potential climate change fix, DeSmog is releasing its findings on the science, claims, and controversy surrounding this approach to sequestering carbon.

Biochar is the product of …

Food, Face Cream and Jet Fuel: Japanese Firm Finds Many Uses for Algae
March 27, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Sarah Karacs  (CNN Tech)  A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.  Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food …

The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA Says “Affordable, Achieveable”.
March 24, 2017 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, New IRENA Study Finds

Since the election of Donald Trump as US President, we’ve heard a great deal less about “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” from …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy
March 24, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by John Farrell / Nick Stumo-Langer (Institute for Local Self-Reliance/Renewable Energy World)  … Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money into communications consultants, and the result of this “Lexicon Project” says volumes …

The Long Road to Cellulosic Ethanol
March 24, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation/AgWeb)  This blog will present the author’s perspective on a wide range of timely agricultural policy topics, touching on both domestic and international issues.

The long term answer, that ultimately ethanol will …

Algae Biofuel Market Estimates & Trend Analysis by Application (Transportation, Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of World), By Country, and Segment Forecasts, 2018 – 2025
March 24, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Reportbuyer/PR Newswire)  The global algae biofuel market is expected to reach USD 10.73 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Depleting fossil fuel resources as well as rising awareness …

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects
March 24, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)  Projects Mark Return of Hemp to PA following Gov. Wolf’s Signing of Act 92  —  After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with …

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products
March 24, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced.

The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process …

Cabinet Approves Closure/Winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil – CREDA Biofuels Ltd. (ICBL)
March 24, 2017 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel (CHBL) and IndianOil – Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) Biofuels …

Advanced Biorefining Leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
March 24, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable …

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

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

RFA Trains 200th Ethanol Industry Employee on FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements
March 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  This month the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hit a major milestone with its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training program on Preventive Controls for Animal Food. During the latest course, …

Ethanol Powering Crappie Masters Boats
March 24, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important to follow manufacturer directions and actually just properly maintain your equipment. That is advice from pro …

Scientists Made a Detailed “Roadmap” for Meeting the Paris Climate Goals. It’s Eye-Opening.
March 24, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  … They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do three broad (and incredibly ambitious) things:
1) Global CO2 emissions from energy and …

Multiple State, Federal Bills Introduced to Stop the Spread of E15
March 24, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Daniel Strohl (Hemmings Daily)  …   The most extreme of those bills, H.R. 1314, which Virginia Representative Robert Goodlatte introduced, calls for the elimination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the portion of the Clean …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 24, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 23, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv) In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

The aviation sector is dependent …

Preem and Vattenfall Collaborate on Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Vattenfall)  Vattenfall aims to provide climate-smart hydrogen gas to large-scale production of biofuel.

Preem and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement to investigate the potential of using climate-smart hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel …

Mustard Seeds without Mustard Flavor: New Robust Oilseed Crop Can Resist Global Warming
March 23, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Copenhagen)  University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is …

20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum — July 11, 2017 — Washington, DC
March 23, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum   —    July 11, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together 40-50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every state across …

U.S. National Biodiesel Board Petitions against ‘Illegal’ Biodiesel Imports
March 23, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Christine Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The National Biodiesel Board said on Thursday it has filed a petition to the U.S. government to investigate imports from Argentina and Indonesia, saying they have violated trade laws …

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive
March 23, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming, many experts find it at least as damaging to the environment as ordinary fuel. Another …

Emerging Biomass Feedstock Forum — April 10, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
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Emerging Biomass Feedstock Forum   —   April 10, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

As the biomass industry continues to grow, so too does the opportunity for other feedstocks to capitalize on this market and generate real revenue. Whether grown intentionally to diversify a farm operation or available already …

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

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

EnergyPath 2017 — For Our Future: Carbon Reduction — July 24-27, 2017 — Center Valley, PA
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EnergyPath 2017 — For Our Future: Carbon Reduction   —   July 24-27, 2017   —   Center Valley, PA

Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for …

Maryland Grain Producers Promote E15 across Mid-Atlantic
March 23, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has launched a four-month ethanol advertising campaign in the Mid-Atlantic. This includes postcards, bus, video, internet and radio advertising designed to highlight …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Proteins Interactions Hold Key for Maximizing Oil Production in Plants for Biofuels and Biomaterials
March 23, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Lab Manager)  Findings point to new biochemical strategies for increasing oil yield from crops grown to produce biofuels and biomaterials  —  …  By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group …

Problem of Producing Cheap Biofuel from Cassava Solved
March 23, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  New yeast species is key to cutting cost  —  … After 18 months of research and experiments, the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research (TISTR) has found that they can use a species …

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

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

Vopak Americas Awards Matrix Service EPC of Brownfield Expansion Project at Deer Park, Texas Terminal
March 23, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Vopak Americas/Globe Newswire)  Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq:MTRX) announced today that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc. has been awarded the engineering, fabrication, procurement, and construction of 10 new tanks and associated balance of plant work by …

African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) Selects Nine Institutions to Develop Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Research Projects Across the Continent
March 23, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) has the mission of supporting Sub-Saharan countries in scaling-up the adoption of clean technologies for adaptation and mitigation, through activities that include knowledge creation and dissemination, support to …

DC’s Climate Change: Renewables Adapting to Shifting Political Weather
March 23, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Over at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, new lab director Martin Keller told the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association that “renewable energy needs a new story to tell.” The Denver …

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
March 23, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

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

CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 1, 2017 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
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CALL FOR PAPERS:  10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC    DEADLINE:   September 15, 2017

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 1, 2017 — Washington, DC
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10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, IRENA Study Finds
March 22, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Zawaya)  …  The report also describes how the energy sector transition needs to go beyond the power sector into all end-use sectors. Renewables need to account for the majority of power generation in 2050, based …

As Carbon Tax Increases Costs, Calgary Transit Considers Renewable Diesel
March 22, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Annalise Klingbeil  (Calgary Sun)  With the province’s new carbon tax expected to cost Calgary Transit at least $3.75 million over the next two years, city bureaucrats may soon study if switching buses to renewable …

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day
March 22, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … (Rudolf) Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name, ran early models on peanut oil, and was an ardent believer in vegetable oil-based fuel. That’s why the biodiesel industry …

Biox Explores Renewable Diesel Production in Sombra, Ontario
March 22, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Canada-based biodiesel producer Biox Corp. is exploring co-locating a renewable diesel production facility next to the 50 MMly (13.2 MMgy) biodiesel plant it purchased from Methes Energies last year in …

2017-’18 RVOs Assumed Intact as Regulatory Freeze Deadline Passes
March 22, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. Among the regulations on hold during the …

Exploring The Symbiotic Relationship of Lichens Could Make For Better Biofuel Production
March 22, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Researchers at John Hopkins University, USA, have created artificial lichens using bacteria and yeast that are capable of producing materials for biofuels directly from sunlight and CO2.

The research is published in the open …

Methane Plant Is the First to Use Nopal
March 22, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Mexico News Daily)  A staple of Mexican landscapes and countless dishes, nopal — also known as prickly pear cactus — is now powering a tortilla plant and two vehicles in Michoacán.

It was 10 years ago that Rogelio Sosa …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

ISO Publishes New Marine Fuel Specs, Paving Way for More Biofuels in Blend
March 22, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Ned Molloy (Platts)  The International Organisation for Standardisation has launched a new class of marine fuel specifications to provide standards for higher quantities of biofuels to be blended into marine distillates, and making reporting of …

Veterans Encourage President to Include Ethanol, RFS in Energy Plan
March 22, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 120 military veterans working and investing in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump last week, urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

Ethanol Summit 2017 — June 26-27, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
March 22, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Summit 2017   —   June 26-27, 2017   —   São Paulo, Brazil

Launched by the Sugar Cane Industry Union (UNICA) in 2007 and held every two years, the Ethanol Summit is one of the world’s leading renewable energy events, particularly ethanol and sugar cane products -sugar.  

The meeting …

Bioenergy Gets Graphic with New Illustrated Guide to the Subject
March 22, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week.

In a unique collaboration …

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

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

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

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

Carbon Tax Talk Exposes White House Factions
March 22, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A friendly meeting at the White House with former secretary of State James Baker and fellow Republicans pushing a carbon tax has underscored the increasingly tense relationship between President …

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

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

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

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

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Economists: Octane Premium Offsets Ethanol Energy Penalty
March 20, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol critics bash the fuel for its lower energy value than gasoline, while ethanol supporters point to its octane-boosting properties. University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and …

Greenbelt Resources Commissions First Waste-to-Ethanol System in Australia
March 20, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  Important Milestone Demonstrates International Commercial Scale and Viability  —   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today that it has commissioned the first waste-to-ethanol system …

International Congress & Exhibition “BIOMASS: Fuel & Power” — April 19-20, 2017 — Moscow, Russia
March 20, 2017 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
International Congress & Exhibition “BIOMASS: Fuel & Power”   —    April 19-20, 2017  —   Moscow, Russia

The Congress is leading international event on production and use of solid & liquid biofuels. The previous event gathered more than 200 senior executives from over 15 countries to discuss a variety of topics from …

Company Hopes to Make Cellulosic Ethanol at under $1 per Gallon
March 20, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has released a bold cost-of-production estimate after researching the economics of its patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Wassup, DOE? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
March 20, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE? Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan Male answered the question in this update, given at ABLC 2017 in Washington. In this deck, he looks at milestones …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

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

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

Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

Growth Energy Files Comments on Ontario’s Development of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 20, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy recently filed comments and exhibits to Canada’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on the Canadian province of Ontario’s discussion paper, “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in …

Louisiana Becomes 29th State to Adopt E15 Ethanol
March 20, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Louisiana is now the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol known as E15.

The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 am | 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 …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
March 20, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per …

NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment
March 16, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The study, …

WEBINAR: OBIC Bioproduct Network Webinar: “Survival: Navigating Renewable Product Success” — April 25, 2017
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WEBINAR:  OBIC Bioproduct Network Webinar: “Survival: Navigating Renewable Product Success”   —   April 25, 2017

Joel is a frequent conference presenter on the topic of  renewables and was a key player in the drive to launch Green Biologics bio-butanol manufacturing facility. Please plan to join us and hear why there …

NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day — April 12, 2017 — Golden, CO
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NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day   —   April 12, 2017   —   Golden, CO

Leveraging private enterprise capital with public funds and NREL infrastructure to accelerate technology commercialization for the bioeconomy.

This invitation-only, full-day event will focus on all things related to the bioeconomy: biomass characterization and conversion, biofuels and …

tcbiomass — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL
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tcbiomass   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL

Since its inaugural event in 2009, tcbiomass has become a hallmark conference in the world of bioenergy. From the beginning, the role of event founder Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a pioneering energy research and development …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS: tcbiomass2017 — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS:  tcbiomass2017   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2017

Researchers and technology developers are invited to share their process innovations and insights to enable the production of clean heat and power, transportation fuels, chemicals, biochar, and other high-value products. Undergraduate and graduate students whose …

The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration — March 23, 2017 — Seattle, WA
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The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration —   March 23, 2017   —   Seattle, WA

(also by live webcast)  Please join Stoel Rives attorneys as they provide their insight at The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration on March 23 in Seattle, Washington.

These topics will be covered:

Priorities of …

WEBINAR: Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods — March 27, 2017
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WEBINAR:  Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods   —   March 27, 2017

The soon to be released “Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods” provides procedures and guidelines to characterize biochar and the background for proposed analytical techniques.

Lead editor, Dr. Balwant Singh, will highlight some of the most useful information …

Education Internships at Idaho National Laboratory
March 14, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Idaho National Laboratory)  As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced …

Education: NEWBio Teacher Training Workshop DEADLINE:
March 14, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  Spend a week (July 10-14, 2017) at University Park (Penn State) learning about current bioenergy research from nationally recognized faculty.  Renewable Energy alternatives are vital for the health of our planet, and the NEWBio …

Education: Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: March 17, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, …

Education: Graduate Program Bioenergy Scholarships–Graduate Distance Education DEADLINE: March 20, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The NEWBio graduate distance education program provides scholarship support to students wanting to enroll for one of the following online courses from Penn State World Campus:

Bioenergy
Bioenergy Feedstocks
Bioenergy Harvest and Logistics
Conversion …

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

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

Co-op Aiming to Boost Farmer Biodiesel Use
March 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  An Iowa farm cooperative wants to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel by showing just how well it performs.

United Farmers Cooperative of Afton, Iowa compared the performance of …

The Role of Biodiesel in Curbing Pollution
March 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Sandeep Chaturvedi (Biodiesel Association of India/Financial Express)  Rapidly increasing vehicular pollution and complete neglect by the authorities to take pollution-reduction measures over the past few decades have resulted in deterioration of ambient air quality …

Second-Generation Biofuels ‘More Cost-Effective’ than First-Generation Biofuels, New Study Suggests
March 14, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International) Investment in ethanol production from waste biomass could have great economic environmental benefits, according to a new study from researchers from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory.

In this study, the …

Scientists Are Conspicuously Missing from Trump’s Government
March 14, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a …

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

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

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Helped Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by a Staggering 6.7 Million Tons in 2016
March 14, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Neste is the world’s leading company producing renewable diesel from waste and residues. Its low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel refined from renewable raw materials helped its users replace conventional diesel and reduce carbon …

Going Green after St. Patrick’s Day
March 14, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Don’t put away all your green gear after St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll need it again on Saturday to celebrate National Biodiesel Day.  —  Whether it’s energy independence, energy security, greenhouse gas reduction …

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

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

Now is the Time to Act on RFS Reform: Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Re-introduce Bill to Reform Ethanol Mandate
March 14, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte)  (R-Va 6))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement today after reintroducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act …

Vietnam Revives Biofuel Plan, Sets National Switch in 2018
March 14, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(VnExpress)  After years failing to promote ethanol blended fuel, the government makes a big move.
After more than two years failing to promote a locally-produced biofuel product in major cities, Vietnam has announced an even more …

Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint
March 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(GoodFuels)  Port of Amsterdam reduces CO2 footprint by 25% through fleet-wide use of advanced marine biofuel from GoodFuels Marine.  Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its …

Bank in Tie-Up with UPM to Buy Used Cooking Oil from Public
March 14, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by  Syiffaa’ Musa  (The Star) … Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and CIMB Foundation are collaborating to educate the public through a BioDiesel From Used Cooking Oil Programme.

The project encourages the public to drop off their used …

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

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

The Justice League of Pyromaniax
March 14, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” …

Extra! Extra! Read All about It!
March 14, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Mandy Stoker (E4 Environment/Bioenergy Insight)  …  The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly mechanised and technical, yet is seems public perceptions lag behind, preferring not to view farms as centres of production, algorithms, and computer-driven …

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report
March 14, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across …

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies
March 14, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products …

2016 Survey of Non-Starch Alcohol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers
March 13, 2017 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The reports tracks the status of non-starch alcohol and renewable hydrocarbon projects.

What it is: Publicly available annual report summarizing U.S. advanced biorefinery projects and global trends in the deployment of …

High Biofuel Blends in Aviation (HBBA)
March 13, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In the frame of the ENER/C2/2012/ 420-1 Tender a study on high biofuel blends in aviation has been carried out by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the “Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Werk- und Betriebsstoffe”. The …

Drop-In Biofuels for Marine and Aviation Markets
March 13, 2017 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  A workshop was held in conjunction with ExCo78 in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 9th November 2016. With approximately 60 participants, the theme of the workshop was Drop-in biofuels for international marine and aviation markets. Fifteen …

Sugar for the Chemical Industry – Opportunity or Danger? nova Session “Biomass for Industry: Supply, Acceptance and the Food vs. Fuels Debate” — March 23, 2017 — Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany
March 13, 2017 – 7:29 pm | No Comment
Sugar for the Chemical Industry – Opportunity or Danger? nova Session “Biomass for Industry: Supply, Acceptance and the Food vs. Fuels Debate”   —   March 23, 2017   —   Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany

After the elimination of the sugar quota in September 2017, Europe will produce even more sugar than it consumes. Parallel more and more countries will introduce sugar taxes for food. Sinking profit margins and tougher …

Pruitt Allies Lobby on EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
March 13, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … Glenn Coffee and Crystal Coon, through their firm, Coffee Group, filed paperwork this week with Congress to represent Oklahoma-based gasoline station and convenience store owner QuikTrip Corp. on issues related to …

A Global Synthesis of Jatropha Cultivation: Insights into Land Use Change and Management Practices
March 13, 2017 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

David C. Walmsley Rob Bailis, and Alexandra-Maria Klein (Environmental Science & Technology) Despite setbacks, interest in Jatropha cultivation remains high. This study addressed the question to what extent Jatropha cultivation has replaced specific vegetation and …

Viable Biomass for Hawaii
March 13, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation in Hawaii, Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial …

Commercializing Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol
March 13, 2017 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials.

Formed in 2006, and headquartered …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 13, 2017 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

The aviation sector …

Bloomberg G-20 Poised to Signal Retreat From Climate-Change Funding Pledge
March 13, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Joe Ryan (Bloomberg) Draft statement encourages private funding for climate change; Previous communique emphasized strong government support  —  Finance ministers for the U.S., China, Germany and other members of the Group of 20 economies …

IRFA Celebrates 100th E15 Fueling Site Opening
March 13, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Crossroads Convenience Store in Spencer became Iowa’s 100th E15 station, strengthening Iowa’s position as the number one state in the U.S. for E15 refueling sites.

The Spencer store is owned …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

Zimbabwe: Govt Liberalises Ethanol Production
March 13, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Tinashe Makichi (The Herald/AllAfrica)  Government has liberalised local ethanol production as the country’s sole producer, Green Fuel has constantly failed to provide adequate supplies especially during the rainy season rains.
The current inadequate supplies of …

BioApplied: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Initiative
March 13, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s a biorefinery initiative in Canada’s Atlantic region (first initiated in Nova Scotia but expanding regionally).  A partnership between Emera, Innovacorp, and the Federal and Provincial governments, are aimed at creating the necessary conditions …

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

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

The …

Soybean Association Discusses Trade, Biofuels, Conservation and Research
March 13, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(Norwalk Reflector)  … Progressive policies for a strong farm safety net, increased funding for agricultural export programs, ambitious global trade negotiations, an aggressive support for biodiesel policies and robust funding for agricultural research and conservation programs …

Recent Research: Biodiesel Market Expects China and India to Be Key Future Markets Due to Numerous Diesel Vehicles
March 13, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Energy Market Research/Furion Analytics Research and Consulting LLP/WhaTech)  … Several countries across the world are are busy procuring biodiesel equipment in an effort scale-up their biofuel energy supply. Hence, the Biodiesel Market is in a tremendous …

Parliament Committee Says Palm Oil Biofuels Usage Should End by 2020
March 13, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  MEPs adopted a report on Thursday (9 March) urging the European Commission to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020 “at the latest”.

In November, the …

Five New Artificial Yeast Chromosomes Set Stage for First Synthetic Eukaryotic Genome
March 13, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(American Association for the Advancement of Science/EurekAlert!) In a package featuring seven new studies, scientists of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (Sc2.0) who previously constructed a single yeast chromosome now report constructing five more – representing …

Biofuel May Backfire as a Budget Bluff
March 13, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(NewsInEnglish.no)  Plans by the Norwegian government to mandate usage of much more biofuel, as another so-called “green” measure that helped secure last year’s state budget compromise, may end up backfiring as little more than a …

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists DEADLINE: July 15, 2017
March 13, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to encourage our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of …

NexSteppe Sorghum Products Approved for Commercial Sale in the European Union
March 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe Inc., a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the European Union has fully approved two NexSteppe Sorghum hybrids for commercial sale in …

Public Citizen Files Complaint Alleging Trump Adviser’s Activities May Have Violated Federal Lobbying Laws
March 13, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Public Citizen)  Carl Icahn and His Businesses Haven’t Registered As Lobbyists Yet Continue to Influence Government Policy  —  Icahn Enterprises, CVR Energy and their related affiliates appear to be in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure …

Government Invests 10 Billion in University’s Poop-to-Currency Project
March 13, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Shin (The Korea Bizwire)  “Ttong-bonwi-hwapae” literally translates into “poop standard currency.” And the government is investing 10 billion won ($8.65 million) over the next five years to turn this human waste-to-currency idea into …

Biofuels Digest Publishes On-demand Streams from BioChannel.TV
March 13, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Major announcement: New ICM cellulosic fuels project.
Major announcement: Licella JV for supercritical fuels & chemicals
Major announcement: New $112M Sofinnova renewable chemicals venture fund
Industry Horizons: Presentations from Amyris, Capricorn Venture Partners, Ginkgo …

Advanced Bioeconomy Conference: Some Scale-Up Successes, but Still a Shadow of Conventional Biofuels
March 13, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  These are excerpts from a complete review of ABLC by Raymond James Senior VP Pavel Molchanov, which you can read here.

While the tone (on the whole) is no longer worsening, it is …

Whisky Business: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Celtic Renewables
March 13, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In uniquely combining the whisky by-products, Celtic Renewables Ltd adapt the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process (also known as ABE fermentation) to a brand new and entirely sustainable novel substrate – …

ICAO Council Adopts New CO2 Emissions Standard for Aircraft
March 13, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization) The 36-State ICAO Council has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.

Contained in a new Volume III to …

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

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

The Unbearable Lightness of Innovation
March 13, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I am reviewing the notes about so many companies in Stealth Mode, that you’d think it was a place, like Silicon Valley or Times Square.

Stealth Mode. It’s so fashionable, it …

Ethanol Keeps Growing Economic Impact
March 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  …  According to the latest study by ABF Economics, the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016 and supported nearly 340,000 jobs.

“The ethanol industry …

Do Scott Pruitt’s Statements on CO2 and Global Warming Misrepresent Scientific Consensus?
March 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Alex Kasprak (Snopes)  EPA administrator Pruitt told CNBC that he does not agree that carbon dioxide is “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” arguing that scientists are still debating the …

SPARK2017 Edmonton — November 6-8, 2017 — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
March 11, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment
SPARK2017 Edmonton   —   November 6-8, 2017   —   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Change starts with a spark.  Connecting innovators, advancing technology.  SPARK2017 is a conference about bioindustrial solutions in Alberta, Canada.  Hosted by Emissions Reduction Alberta and Alberta Innovates.

Clean technology innovation will be front and centre at …

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
March 10, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective …

Sandia Purposefully Crashing Algae Ponds
March 10, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators …

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

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

WEBINAR: Cookstoves for Productive Uses — March 16, 2017
March 10, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cookstoves for Productive Uses   —   March 16, 2017

In the cookstoves sector, much attention is appropriately paid to household-level cooking. But open fires and rudimentary biomass cookstoves are also used widely for entrepreneurial activities. Cleaner and more efficient cookstoves for these commercial applications …

Express Yourself: The Coming Revolution in Crop Yields via Epigenetics
March 9, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  For now, let’s visit briefly the story of epigenetics. If you are concerned that a) the world doesn’t want genetic modification and b) the world needs crops with more …

Biofuel Produced by Microalgae
March 8, 2017 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Tokyo Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!) The perimeter of lipid droplet in their cells is an important place for oil synthesis  —  Photosynthetic organisms such as plants and green algae can transform atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbon storage …

Malaysia Lagging in Palm Biofuel Research, Says Economist
March 8, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Koh Jun Lin (Malaysiakini)  Malaysia has not done enough research on palm oil derived biodiesel although Malaysian palm oil companies are well-poised to take advantage it, according to economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Countries such as …

German Biodiesel Imports Rise Sharply, Exports Grow Modestly
March 8, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …  According to the government figures, U.S. imports of German biodiesel were topped only by those of the Netherlands and Poland, reaching 85,000 tons (25.5 million gallons)—nearly seven times the …

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

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

Tuscaloosa’s Inventure Is Changing the Way We Look at Waste
March 8, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by William Thornton (AL.com)  In a non-descript 40,000-square-foot building not far from the popular Tuscaloosa restaurant Waysider, a group of chemists and engineers are finding uses for the world’s industrial food-related waste.

Inventure is making industry …

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism
March 8, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value of Icahn CVR Energy stake grew after biofuel deal  —  Carl Icahn’s stake in a …

Jobs and Money Take Top Billing with American Biodiesel
March 8, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry Leaders Showcase biodiesel benefits with key influencers —  When it comes to American biodiesel, jobs and economic opportunities are the hot tickets. In town from across the nation, biodiesel industry leaders …

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

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

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

Nominations Open for Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology DEADLINE: March 24, 2017
March 8, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is now accepting nominations for its fourth annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Each year, this award is given to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology …

Study: Climate Change May Hurt Nation’s Agricultural Productivity
March 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Hawaii’s Largest Oil Refinery Owner in Talks with Biofuel Developers
March 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Par Pacific Holdings Inc., owner of the largest oil refinery in Hawaii, is actively speaking with several biofuel developers regarding the use of this renewable fuel as a replacement for …

Trump Adviser Peter Thiel Questions ‘Group Think’ of Restricting Carbon Emissions
March 8, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Fuel Fix)  Peter Thiel, the technology investor and adviser to President Donald Trump, questioned the global push towards restricting carbon emissions as “group think” while speaking Tuesday at the energy conference CERAWeek …

RINs Not Driving Any Profits: Motiva
March 8, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  No one profits from credits used to track compliance with US biofuel mandates, Motiva chief executive Dan Romasko said today, wading into a controversy that has split the industry.

Refinery margins rise and fall …

Watchdog to Ask U.S. Lawmakers to Probe Icahn’s Role with Trump
March 8, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo!)  A government watchdog group, Public Citizen, said on Wednesday it will ask lawmakers to investigate whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn should have been subject to lobbying disclosure laws when he advised …