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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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Governor Branstad Signs Iowa Biofuel Funding, Closing out Challenging Session for Biodiesel
May 15, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants …

The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Bioprivileged Molecules and Creating Value from Biomass
May 15, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioprivileged molecules – that was the subject of this illuminating presentation given at ABLC 2017 by Iowa State professor Brett Shanks  head of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals – looking at …

Rising Conservative Voices Call for Climate Change Action
May 15, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Saskia de Melker and Laura Fong (PBS News Hour)  STEPHANIE SY: In the rising Eco-Right movement, you could say these are the Eco-Righteous.
EVANGELICAL MARCHERS: Hey, hey! ho, ho! Fossil fuels have got to go!
STEPHANIE SY: …

Interra and the Pursuit of Soil Magic via Affordable Biochar
May 15, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … The world of feedstocks is watching biochar very carefully these days, and for good reason. Although it might feel quite a long ways upstream from the world of making and …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: BioCycle REFOR17 — October 16-19, 2017 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: July 1, 2017
May 12, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  BioCycle REFOR17 — October 16-19, 2017 — Portland, OR    DEADLINE:  July 1, 2017

BIOCYCLE REFOR17 is where you’ll network with the who’s who of the renewable energy, composting, and organics recycling industry. This is the Conference where participants get the latest on technologies and practices in anaerobic digestion, …

BioCycle REFOR17 — October 16-19, 2017 — Portland, OR
May 12, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
BioCycle REFOR17   —   October 16-19, 2017   —   Portland, OR

BIOCYCLE REFOR17 is where you’ll network with the who’s who of the renewable energy, composting, and organics recycling industry. This is the Conference where participants get the latest on technologies and practices in anaerobic digestion, …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) — September 27-28, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
May 12, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) — September 27-28, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium     DEADLINE:  May 31, 2017

The Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission is pleased to invite you to the 6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) which will bring together the world’s experts in lignocellulosic ethanol, biomass pretreatment, enzyme …

6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) — September 27-28, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
May 12, 2017 – 3:58 pm | No Comment
6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE)   —   September 27-28, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

The Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission is pleased to invite you to the 6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) which will bring together the world’s experts in lignocellulosic ethanol, biomass pretreatment, enzyme …

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
May 12, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel …

Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA
May 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural …

Gov. Ricketts Proclaims May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska
May 12, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(KTIC)  Today, Governor Pete Ricketts designated the month of May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a proclamation ceremony at the State Capitol.
“The biofuels industry has been a key part of growing Nebraska agriculture,” …

Next Steps for Ethanol Waiver
May 12, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Bipartisan legislation from Sen. Deb Fischer that would allow year-round sale of gasoline blends with 15 percent ethanol will get a Senate EPW markup and hearing, your host and …

RFS Proposal Sent to White House
May 12, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The 2018 proposed renewable volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard were sent to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House late Thursday, according to …

Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Receive Funding to Support the Blending of Gevo’s Isobutanol with Gasoline
May 12, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Funding Being Provided Through Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher Program —
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that it was selected to collaborate with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of …

Aemetis Wins $6 million Biodiesel Supply Contract with India Government Oil Companies
May 12, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (May 10, 2017) that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (“OMC”) in a public tender …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Adds Six Members as Canadian LCFS Approaches
May 12, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada revealed a signficant expansion of its membership. New members include: Cellufuel Inc. is currently operating a demonstration-scale facility producing clean synthetic diesel from lowvalue forestry residues. Ensyn Corporation …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to ICM Technology
May 12, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM is a company on the leading edge of an exciting industry—one dedicated to realizing every benefit of biofuels technology. Our equipment and processes are already used in the majority …

BioAmber and the Charm of Making
May 12, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  If you’re not chasing biosuccinic or at least salivating over it, check your pulse. DSM, PTT, Mitsui, Roquette, Corbion, Vinmar and BASF are just a few of the major …

Central High School Tours Heartland Corn Products
May 11, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-six students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about renewable energy production.
The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various processes …

Cooperative Sugar Mill Shahabad in Haryana Moving Forward with $12.7 Million Ethanol Plant
May 11, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, following the implementation of a 24MW cogeneration plant, the Cooperative Sugar Mill Shahabad in Haryana is looking to invest $12.7 million in a new 60,000 liter per day …

Renewable Diesel A-Go-Go: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste
May 11, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste is a refining and marketing company, with a production focus on premium-quality, lower-emission traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s …

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3
May 11, 2017 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There are 4 primary differences.
1. An RFS creates a standard, and any fuel that …

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke
May 11, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of the U.S. Senate are questioning whether Carl Icahn’s lobbying to change the Renewable Fuel Standard creates an ethics conflict with his role as advisor in the …

ORNL: Bacterial Boost for Biobased Fuels
May 10, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  “Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The …

Gevo Discusses Future Plans for Luverne Plant
May 10, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) … During an investor call, the company described plans to convert its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery to exclusively produce isobutanol and hydrocarbon products.

Gevo produced approximately 100,000 gallons of isobutanol at its …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

New Breakthrough Makes It Easier to Turn Old Coffee Waste into Cleaner Biofuels
May 10, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Lancaster University)  … However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good low-cost alternative feedstock. However, most used coffee grounds are currently just dumped. In 2014 more than nine million tonnes …

Houston Firm Proposes $500 Million Biofuel Refinery in Longview
May 10, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  A Houston-based group of investors is once again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel …

Airlines Say Biofuels Can Drive Business Results (and Airports Can Help)
May 10, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Hermes (Environmental Leader)  …   Other airlines have committed to advancing and commercializing sustainable aviation biofuels, as well – most airlines claim they are doing so in order to become more sustainable and lower carbon …

Biofuels: Could Agave, Hemp and Saltbush Be the Fuels of the Future?
May 10, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Dyani Lewis (The Guardian)  Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels.  —  Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral …

Concept for Turning Corn Chip Oil into Biodiesel Fuel Earns Appalachian Students Second Place in International Food Solutions Challenge
May 10, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Haley Childers (Appalachian State University News)  What has 18 wheels and runs on corn chips? Thanks to a food solution from two Appalachian State University students, a chip producer’s transportation fleet well could.
Senior chemistry major …

UK Pension Scheme in Hot Water over Investments in Failed Jersey Biofuel Company
May 10, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, pension scheme provider James Hay is in hot water over a Jersey-based biofuels company known as Elysian Fuels after clients invested $70 million in retirement savings between …

Why Sustainable Chemicals? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partner’s Sustainable Chemistry Fund
May 10, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 10, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The fight against climate change never had such a false friend as the Obama Administration — who gutted the only carbon legislation on the books, and built all its other …

$20 Oil? $200 Oil? Does It Matter? Part 1 of the 3-Part Digest series: Carbon 2017
May 10, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the world of renewable fuels — the only significant carbon legislation on the books, it really doesn’t matter what the oil price is. The RFS creates a separate market for …

Senate Unexpectedly Rejects Bid to Repeal a Key Obama-Era Environmental Regulation
May 10, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey and Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  The U.S. Senate narrowly voted down a resolution on Wednesday to repeal an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from drilling on public lands — with three …

ATEC Passes First Semester
May 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universities, community colleges, and industry production companies across the United States, has successfully implemented the first …

Singapore Air’s 1st ‘Green’ Flight Takes Off; Supplier to Develop Biofuel Supply Chain
May 9, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Hermes  (Environmental Leader)  In a bid to adopt more efficient and sustainable processes, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has begun operating what it calls “green package” flights on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route, powered by …

NBB Asks for Higher Biodiesel RVO
May 9, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is working with the Trump Administration to increase the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biodiesel.
NBB vice president of federal affairs Anne Steckel says the …

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production
May 9, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton Treasures”, straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel.

With an increasing …

Process Safety and Process Safety Management Boot Camp — July 11-14, 2017 — Kearney, NE
May 9, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
Process Safety and Process Safety Management Boot Camp   —   July 11-14, 2017   —   Kearney, NE

This four-day boot camp will provide employees with a deeper understanding of Process Safety and Process Safety Management that goes beyond personal worker safety. Process Safety Management is intended to prevent severe damage to equipment …

KLM and Delft University Join Hands for Sustainable Civil Aviation
May 9, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by André Orban (Luchtzak.be)  Over the coming two years, staff at the Delft University of Technology will take flights using biofuel. On Tuesday, the university signed an agreement to participate in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme. KLM …

Global Bioenergies, Clariant and INEOS Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene Derivatives from Straw
May 9, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  European financing package amounting to €9.8 million, of which €4.4 million for Global Bioenergies; Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together Clariant, INEOS, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University; Aim: converting agricultural residues …

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit
May 9, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(NATSO, Inc./PR Newswire)  NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and a coalition of trade associations representing the entire biodiesel supply chain, urged Congress to extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit as it …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

IEA Bioenergy Task 39, (Liquid Biofuels) Updated Report, “State of Technology Review -Algae Bioenergy”
May 9, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  As described in the report and covered in the associated webinar, some of the
reports key conclusions were:
• Algae exhibit high photosynthetic efficiency and high yields (~55 tonnes ha-1yr-1), at least twice that …

Praj Celebrates Inauguration of Second-Generation Ethanol Plant
May 9, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 7, Praj Industries Ltd. unveiled a demonstration-scale biorefinery capable of producing 1 MMly of cellulosic ethanol. The facility, located near Pune, India, is expected demonstrate the production …

Ethanol Proponents Urge Canada to Raise Renewable-Fuel Levels for Gasoline
May 9, 2017 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by  Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Faced with an uncertain future in the U.S., ethanol proponents have mounted a public push north of the border, urging Canada to raise its own renewable-fuel levels for gasoline.
Environment …

In Jobs Push, PM Prioritises Solar Gear Manufacture, Drives Ethanol Blending
May 9, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line)  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised that manufacturing of solar equipment should be given priority to drive employment generation.  In an official statement after a meeting to review the progress of …

E10 Triumphs in France, Ethanol Demand Rises
May 9, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  E10 is about to be crowned the biggest selling gasoline grade in France in early 2017, following an imminent data revision by the industry.
French ethanol consumption rose in the first quarter of this …

Sugar Futures Recover from One-Year Lows, as ‘Ethanol Parity’ Looms
May 9, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney.com)  Sugar futures recovered from a one-year low amid ideas that their tumble has taken them to the “floor” of ethanol parity, where it becomes as lucrative for processors to turn cane into biofuel as …

RFA Fires Back at Boat Makers over E15 Claims
May 9, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jason Huffman (Politico’s Morning Agriculture)  The Renewable Fuels Association has kicked off an advertising campaign intended to combat lobbying efforts by the National Marine Manufacturers Association against mandated blending rates. NMMA is expected to …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum.
Fuel made from plants is much more …

Euractiv Hosting Workshop on Benefits of Biofuels for Rural Areas — May 12, 2017 — Belgium
May 9, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment
Euractiv Hosting Workshop on Benefits of Biofuels for Rural Areas   —   May 12, 2017   —   Belgium

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Euractiv is hosting an event on biofuels in rural areas on Friday, supported by Pannonia Ethanol. Emigration, unemployment, lack of services: these are among the many challenges faced …

Pruitt Considering Senate-Sought Ethanol Waiver
May 9, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have opened a path for Senate Republicans to appease a small bloc of their caucus seeking a year-round waiver to sell 15 percent ethanol fuel …

New Facility Brings Biodiesel Blending to Western South Dakota
May 9, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(NewsCenter1.tv)  … The automated skid system receives biodiesel fuel from rail cars and stores it. Utilizing a code, contracted customers can pump the fuel into trucks that normally transport diesel to then take back and distribute …

Hydrofoil Impellers vs. Pitched Blade Turbines in Lignocellulosic Slurries
May 9, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Biofuels Digest/Benz Technology International/Lee Enterprises Consulting)  In a previous article (ref 1), it was stated that both pitched blade turbines and hydrofoils could be successfully used to agitate high-solids lignocellulosic materials, but …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
May 9, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental …

EU Biofuels Policy: What Is the Impact on Rural Development?
May 8, 2017 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)   EU farmers are “very concerned” about the impact of the European Commission’s change of heart on biofuels, claiming the EU’s restrictive policy is putting thousands of rural jobs at risk.
Yet, the …

US Advances Biodiesel Dumping Case against Imports from Argentina, Indonesia
May 8, 2017 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The US International Trade Commission voted Friday to allow US biodiesel producers’ petition against Argentina and Indonesia to go forward.
The National Biodiesel Board filed the petition in March, seeking antidumping and countervailing …

Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard Has Been a Success: Letter to the Editor
May 8, 2017 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Cleveland.com)  Robert Chase may be a well-qualified petroleum engineer (“Remove the ethanol albatross from around the necks of U.S. consumers,” April 30), but his knowledge of alternative fuels seems rooted …

Business and Consumers Will Both Lose if Renewable Fuel Standard Is Changed
May 8, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Max McBrayer (The Hill/RaceTrac Petroleum)  …   My perspective comes from over 30 years in the fuels business. Currently, I am chief supply officer of RaceTrac Petroleum, a fuel retailer and operator of more than …

Trump Says He’s Willing to Consider Raising Gas Tax
May 8, 2017 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Josh Boak and Jill Colvin (Associated Press/ABC News) President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious …

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.
May 8, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with …

Ethanol Report on Trade Issues and Trump Administration
May 8, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) … In this episode, we get a Washington update from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, focusing on recent trade developments and the Trump Administration. Dinneen comments on President …

OPINION: Reflections on the Marches for Science and Climate
May 8, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) 200,000 people joined the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29, 2017; with another 100,000 at sister marches around the country. 40,000 Marched for Science on Earth …

Wyden Introduces Clean Energy for America Act
May 8, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore.) and colleagues introduced a clean energy tax reform package that includes a proposal for a technology neutral tax credit designed …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

More More RHD: REG Expanding Drop-In Diesel?
May 8, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Iowa we received news that Renewable Energy Group has agreed to acquire approximately 82 acres of land at its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery from Lion Copolymer, for $20M. The goal? …

Perdue Pushes RFS, Beef Exports in Iowa Speech
May 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by  Spencer Chase and Ben Nuelle  (Agri-Pulse)  … Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted the benefits of renewable energy and the need for export markets in a Friday speech to Iowa producers.
The speech was billed as Perdue’s …

Scientists Make Genetically Engineered Algae That Can Thrive Outdoors
May 5, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  Look out for souped-up algae that can be made into food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.  — … Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energyhave successfully grown a genetically engineered …

Big Equipment and Politics at the International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 5, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shredders, chippers, conveying systems, balers, and pellet mills were the highlights of the International Biomass Conference and Expo held recently in Minneapolis.  The big equipment is aimed at the …

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures
May 5, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  —
Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to make biofuel from rice straw, …

Growth Energy, RFA, USGC Submit Comments in Response to Paper on Clean Fuel Standard
May 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in submitting comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Discussion Paper on a Federal Clean Fuel …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Crooks Are After the Grease From Your French Fries
May 5, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Leslie Patton  (Bloomberg)  Yellow grease prices jump 230% since 2000 as refiners buy more; Black market growing, and more thefts expected in warm weather  —  … Stealing old vegetable oil that’s been used to …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

Praj Commences 2G Smart Bio-Refinery
May 5, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard/Press Trust of India)  Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, today said it has commenced its first integrated second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from agri-waste in Gujarat.
The 2G demo …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Biofuels – When, Where and How?
May 5, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on cellulosic ethanol, featuring in-demand industry consultants Michele Rubino  and Michael Schultz, on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making …

Hi Octane Fans and Ethanol Haters
May 5, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One of the greatest and most unexpected bonuses of an eastward journey along Highway 26 is that the vehicle mileage unexpectedly improves. Especially if you happen to be piloting an …

CAAFI Publishes New Newsletter Full of Resource Links
May 5, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative)  …  This issue marks the release of our new newsletter format in which we will answer relevant questions related to sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) and periodically feature case studies …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

CALL FOR PROVOCATEURS: SHIFT — Pathways 2 Sustainability — June 15-16, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada DEADLINE: May 10, 2017
May 4, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROVOCATEURS:   SHIFT — Pathways 2 Sustainability — June 15-16, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada     DEADLINE:  May 10, 2017

There is a shift occurring in cities around the world and Calgary is no exception. Calgary is going to feel the effects – is ALREADY feeling the effects of this movement. Smart cities will lead …

SHIFT — Pathways 2 Sustainability — June 15-16, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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SHIFT  —  Pathways 2 Sustainability   —   June 15-16, 2017   —   Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It is time to SHIFT or get off the pot!  —  We cannot predict the future. We can design the future. Decisions we make today will have impacts for generations. Those impacts will either grow …

Seventh International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (SB7.0) — June 13-16, 2017 — Singapore
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Seventh International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (SB7.0)   —   June 13-16, 2017   —   Singapore

The goal of SB7.0 is to unite again the international synthetic biology communities to take a fresh look at the key topics and challenges that our field faces. Synthetic biology cannot advance without exploring and …

Biogas to Fuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D
May 4, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can we enable the sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with transportation infrastructure, displace a share of petroleum‐derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and encourage the …

Algae Industry Growing in Southern Queensland
May 4, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but …

EC Drops Antitrust Investigation into Ethanol Firms
May 4, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) The European Commission (EC) says it has closed an antitrust investigation that involved unannounced inspections of premises of ethanol producers and trading companies in April 2015.
The investigation concerned EU antitrust rules that prohibit …

As Trump Reverses Climate Actions, California Considers a Bold New Step
May 4, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post) … Now, a new proposal, announced Monday, would replace California’s current cap and trade carbon pricing program, its flagship effort to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, …

USDA Seeks Comment On Revision To Information Collection For The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
May 4, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update/Federal Register)  On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service published in the Federal Register a notice that it is requesting approval from the Office of …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

WEBINAR: Biochar Building Materials and Composites — May 23, 2017
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WEBINAR:  Biochar Building Materials and Composites   —   May 23, 2017

While the use of biochar as a soil amendment has been researched for more than a decade, the use of carbonized biomass in building materials and other composites is just beginning to flourish.Not only can …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California
May 4, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at the site.  —  The former …

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan
May 4, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported high-skill, high-wage jobs in rural …

Boating Leaders Ask Trump to Change Ethanol Policy
May 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Todd Masson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)  Boating and fishing industry leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday asking the administration to reexamine the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates how much of the …

Algae Bioenergy State of Technology Review
May 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Even though algae remain an attractive target for bioenergy applications over the longer term because of their high photosynthetic efficiency, the near-term prospects for primary algae-based energy/fuels production are poor due to the …

BioAmber Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Achievement Award
May 4, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored BioAmber
with the organization’s Spring 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for their leadership and commercial
progress in the biorenewable industry, successfully deploying the largest renewable succinic acid plant in …

Miscanthus Offers Missouri Farmers Use for Marginal Land
May 4, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Alex Lindley  (Moberly Monitor) … “What attracted us to it was it a good crop to grow on ground that wasn’t really suitable for hay or for row crops,” said Fleming, who is one of …

Report: North Korea Is Growing Cannabis to Fuel Military Vehicles
May 4, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Emily Gray Brosious  (Extract) North Korea is reportedly producing hemp biofuel for military drones.  North Korean authorities are instructing farmers to grow cannabis, and sources say the state plans to use that cannabis oil to fuel …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Plastics
May 4, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on biobased plastics, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond and NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, on hand to detail the …

Orchard Waste Could Be a Fruitful Source of Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(IneffableIsland.com)  Waste prunings from orchards, vineyards and olive groves could be a valuable source of biomass energy and help boost rural economies, say EU-funded researchers. The key ingredient is a sustainable supply chain.
As the EU …

TSCA Reform — One Year Later — June 27, 2017 — Washington, DC Recording of Conference Available Online
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TSCA Reform — One Year Later   —   June 27, 2017   —   Washington, DC  Recording of Conference Available Online

Join the Environmental Law Institute and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st …

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2017 — October 9-11, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
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European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2017   —   October 9-11, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

EFIB is THE market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy.
Industrial Biotechnology is currently worth €23 billion representing just 6% in sales of the overall worldwide chemicals market. However, it is …

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy
May 3, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy.
The bio-economy adresses societal challenges …

CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project
May 3, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications.
To better …

The Commission’s Proposal on the Revision of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II): Impacts on Bio-Based Materials and CO 2 Use
May 3, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News (Google Translation))  The nova Institute has analyzed the Commission’s new RED II proposal and presented the most important results in one paper.
CO 2 -based fuels are on the up, but the uneven treatment …

Biodiesel Helps UConn Gain Green Rating at All 8 Dining Halls
May 3, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Reitz (UConn Communications/Biodiesel Magazine)  UConn has become one of a select few public universities in the U.S. to achieve green certification for every dining hall on campus, based on practices used at each …

Optimus Technologies Receives Award for B100 Conversion System
May 3, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection presented Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and 20 other organizations from across the state with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. According to DEP, their projects “represent the …

Turning Chicken Poop and Weeds into Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop …

Greater Push for Biodiesel in Indonesia, Malaysia
May 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Peter Sibon (Borneo Post) … In South East Asia, Indonesia is moving ahead of the rest of the pack to implement B20 – an oil mix which contains 20 per cent of biodiesel derived from …

WEBINAR: Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models — May 8, 2017
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WEBINAR:  Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models   —   May 8, 2017

Join us for the next Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) energy education webinar, Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models: Patterns and Implications for Teaching, led by Joyce Parker, …

Renewable Fuel Grows, Sets Records
May 3, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Agri-View)  Supply and demand of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to continue their rise this year despite continued challenges and uncertainties. Executives from organizations representing renewable-fuel producers recently provided …

Trump Puts Critic of Renewable Energy in Charge of Renewable Energy Office
May 3, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  (The Washington Post)  President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee …

Methane Rule Repeal Hits Snag in Senate Over Ethanol
May 3, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter (Bloomberg Markets)  Midwest Republicans didn’t get policy change in omnibus; Lawmakers now withholding support for methane rule repeal  —  A top oil industry priority on Capitol Hill may fall …

Bacteria Take a Deadly Risk to Survive
May 3, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by ​Ilse Frederickx. Translated by Katrien Bollen (KU Leuven)  Bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in …

With Waste Sugar, Scientists Produce Fuel for Cars
May 3, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(La Journada (Google Translation)) In order to exploit waste from the confectionery industry and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, which in their production and use are polluting, a group of scientists belonging to the Autonomous …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars
May 3, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest had a well-received webinar on C5 and C6 sugars, featuring in-demand industry consultant David Dodds and Fluid Quip exec Jeffrey Robert — looking at transformative approaches to making sugars and …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —    June 26-28, 2017   —    St. Paul, MN

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience on climate science and climate change solutions
Engage with hands on activities that help bring climate change …

SkyNRG, CAO and EPIC Fuels Supply Singapore Airlines to Operate Its First Sustainable Biofuel Flight
May 3, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  On Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) 70th anniversary, the carrier operated its first flight on sustainable biofuel. The morning flight departed from San Francisco Airport on May 1st and arrived in Singapore the next day. SIA …

Biofuel Plan May Fail as Ethanol Plants Face Production Problems
May 2, 2017 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge)  The plan to make a switch from the popular RON A92 petrol to biofuel E5 by January 1, 2018 may fail as ethanol plants have become bogged down in difficulties.   … The representative …

The Fuels and Additives Market Adjusts Focus as Ethanol Repair Issues Become Less Prominent
May 2, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Brianna Liestman (Boating Industry)  … Issues related to tank compatibility with E10 have declined in the past years as many older systems and boats are being retired and replaced with new engines, which were built …

Biofuels Promoter Faces Federal Fraud Charges
May 2, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  An Iowa biofuels promoter who came to North Dakota in 2012 and sought investments in factories, including a proposed beets-to-ethanol plant Grafton, N.D., has been accused of violating federal wire fraud, …

Kwik Trip to Add E15 to its Pumps
May 2, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  One of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers of gasoline announced plans to add E15 to most of its locations within the next few years. Kwik Trip said once all of the designated pumps are …

Ethanol at Forefront on Earth Day
May 2, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  Renewable fuels have come a long way since the first Earth Day 47 years ago, when gasohol was promoted as a way to reduce petroleum use.
As part of this year’s …

Trump Says He’d Consider Increasing the Gas Tax
May 2, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta (The Washington Post)  President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package, a potentially major policy change as …

For Ten Years Climate Generation Has Been Building the Climate Literacy and Confidence of Educators through Professional Development Opportunities.
May 2, 2017 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation) Build your comfort, confidence and competence to bring climate change into your educational setting with our virtual and in-person training opportunities!
For ten years Climate Generation has been building the climate literacy and confidence …

Climate Generation Offers a Suite of Grades 3-12 Curriculum Resources in the form of Curriculum Guides, as Well as Online Modules that Can Be Downloaded for Free.
May 2, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Aligned with Minnesota state science, social studies and language arts standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the climate and energy literacy principles, the curricula has been reviewed by scientists, professional educators, and …

Haryana Government Agrees to Indian Oil’s 2G Ethanol Investment Plan
May 2, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the Haryana state government has approved Indian Oil’s investment proposal for a $93.3 million 100,000 liter per day second-generation ethanol plant using crop waste including 50 acres of …

Nat’l Oilheat Research Alliance Releases Biodiesel Use Survey
May 2, 2017 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

( National Oilheat Research Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Oilheat Research Alliance has recently released the results of a survey on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond on hand to detail the very latest in a …

DOE Publishes 2017 US Energy and Employment Report
May 2, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

Amyris Announces Key Advancements Under DARPA Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement — Enables Development of Industrial-Scale Fermentation Process For Virtually Any Biological Molecule
May 2, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has successfully expanded its world-class expertise in strain engineering and optimization to 26 key metabolic precursors across multiple organisms, as part of its …

California Drivers Fuel Up for a Dollar as Propel Fuels Launches 105 Octane Tour
May 2, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Propel/Military Technologies) Propel Fuels is launching the „105 Octane Tour” this week in California, offering Flex Fuel E85 for $1.05 per gallon at several retail locations to drive awareness of the fuel’s high octane rating which …

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles
May 2, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of …

Waterloo Stoops to Turn Dog Poop into Energy, Fertilizer
May 2, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Nicole Thompson (Toronto Star/The Canadian Press)  … Waterloo will soon host a pilot program that will turn dog waste into energy, using a process called anaerobic digestion, which happens when organic waste breaks down in …

California Gov. Approves Fuel Tax, Vehicle Fee Transportation Package
May 2, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(NGT News)  California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed into law the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which will raise $52.4 billion over the next decade through an increase in fuel taxes and …

High Octane Fuel: An Opportunity for Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy’s CEO explains the importance of the recent ASTM standard for 100 RON test fuel in helping the ethanol industry achieve its goal of expanding the availability of …

Tight Fuel Ethanol Supplies in Brazil Boost U.S. Exports
May 1, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service) U.S. Fuel Ethanol exports are up sharply in the current marketing year, thanks in part to tighter fuel supplies in Brazil, which are resulting in higher U.S. imports. The change …

Bangladesh Slammed for Plan to Promote Ethanol Fuel
May 1, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(The Rakyat Post)  Bangladesh plans to begin turning some of the grain it produces into ethanol to make its fuel greener – but economists and experts warn the move could hurt food security in a …

Poet Accuses Engineering Company of Failure in Quest for Cellulosic Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader) Ethanol producer Poet is suing an international engineering company that was hired to create a system to help convert biomass into ethanol, underscoring the challenges of creating inexpensive cellulosic ethanol.
Poet Design …

Is Ethanol Worth the Fight?
May 1, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Snyder (Equities.com/Crudefunders)  … With that in mind, we decided to break down the question of, “Is it worth it?” into four parts: price benefits, reduction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), oxygenate replacement and green fuel alternatives.

Ethanol …

Remove the Ethanol Albatross from around the Necks of U.S. Consumers: Robert W. Chase (Opinion)
May 1, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Rob W. Chase (Cleveland.com)  … Less than 5 percent of all service stations in the United States offer ethanol-free gasoline. Almost all the gasoline sold nationally is E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline). And some of the …

Vulnerable Nations Call on G20 to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020
May 1, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Climate Change News)  Ministers from countries on the front line of climate change have urged rich nations to stop pouring money into the coal, oil and gas industries.  The world’s 49 most climate vulnerable countries …

ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates to Participate in EPA Regulatory Reform Comment Period
May 1, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Technology Horizons
May 1, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-receive webinar on thermochemical technology horizons, featuring former DOE Biomass Program manager and in-demand industry consultant Paul Bryan on hand to detail the very latest in …