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

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

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

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

ALTERNATE ENERGY: Ethanol: It’s Just Plain Corny
June 26, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by James Bobreski (Finger Lakes Times)  … Ethanol is the alcohol in our beer that we enjoy at a ball game, a party or after a long day at work. In this author’s opinion that’s where it …

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

And No Extra Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to One-Step, High-Yield, Drop-In Biofuels
June 22, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of one-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added hydrogen, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

DLR and Lufthansa Technik Investigate Biofuels in New Study
June 12, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(DLR) In a large-scale test, DLR combustion researchers investigated the use of biofuels as well as blends of biofuels and kerosene in a real engine. Biofuels have the potential to improve the carbon footprint and …

We Need a Disruption to Grow
May 24, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative/ICM)  … Urban Air Initiative will be part of a group with diverse perspectives on what can be done to disrupt the establishment in order to access higher blends. …

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The Quest for Torque and Affordable, Sustainable Vroom
May 23, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In recent days. we’ve been updating some very useful industry charts relating to costs, carbon, and biofuels — and here’s another highly useful chart from the University of Illinois that …

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 …

GUEST COLUMN: Corn Farmers Deserve to Be a Part of Earth Day’s Celebrations
April 25, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Lefever (The Gazette)  … Corn producers belong at the table of these discussions and have much to be proud of, in that they – along with the rest of agriculture – are continually meeting the …

Aromatics Poisoning Prompts Partnership with Formula Drift Racer
April 10, 2017 – 11:24 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative is proud to announce an educational partnership with Alec Hohnadell, a driver on the Formula Drift Circuit. Hohnadell not only uses ethanol race fuel for its …

UAI Challenges CRC Ethanol Study, Calls Test Procedures Flawed
March 31, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative is calling the results of a new Coordinating Research Council emissions study “one more example of the biased and flawed testing procedures used to penalize ethanol.”
The ethanol advocacy …

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

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 …

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” …

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 …

Health Effects Institute Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics
February 14, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Candid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol’s positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Nebraska Drivers Save $17 Million Using Ethanol-blended Fuel
December 7, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KOOL Radio)  In 2016, Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected spark-ignition …

Our Work to Engage Consumers Expands
November 21, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  Access to higher blends is good for Americans’ pocketbooks, their engines and the air we all breathe. Since I became CEO in May, Growth Energy has started …

Truth, Lies and Ethanol as a Gasoline Additive
November 9, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Andres R. Aquino (The Intelligencer)  …  In order to reach the required octane grades of 87, 89 and 93, gasoline is blended with octane boosters. Traditionally, these octane boosters have been the hazardous BTEX …

Time to Rein in the EPA
November 6, 2016 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by  Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Corn Processors/The Hill)  … EPA has either through ignorance at best or malice at worst failed to make our continued transition to cleaner, renewable fuels an easier path.   Recall the nearly …

Letter: Pink out with Ethanol
October 24, 2016 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

by Krista Willis Willmar (Hutchinson Leader)  …  And some consumer choices do significantly impact our exposure to cancer-causing toxins.  Vehicle fuel is an excellent example. That’s why several major chains of gas stations across six …

Anellotech Has Another Mystery Date
October 7, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Just when Toyota Tsusho and Suntory were outed as Anellotech investors, along comes another stealthy investor, who has put $1.5M into the company, according to this latest Reg D report …

Biofuels Present Solution to Harmful Airborne Chemicals
September 11, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by David Vandergriend (Sacramento Bee)   … But the day-to-day threat facing many communities doesn’t come from carbon. It comes from airborne chemicals with less attention-grabbing names like volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate …

CAFE Standards: What’s Biomass Got to Do with It?
September 9, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released their Draft Technical Assessment Report …

Letter: ‘Growing’ Biofuels Worthy of Pursuit
September 1, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Halgerson (POET/Argus Leader)  The oil industry has been busy sending columns to papers around the country attacking biofuels like ethanol. Their arguments against ethanol always omit a key point: Cutting our biofuel use means …

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO
August 30, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared it to a calendar, but it seems to me that the American oil industry has …

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best
August 26, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and biofuels (and not bioproducts) that are moving from the lab to initial commercial demonstrations and …

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?
August 26, 2016 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible with gasoline and the present …

Got octane?
August 25, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition.
The American Coalition for Ethanol …

What Role Can Biofuels Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
August 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by David Suzuki (EcoWatch)  The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner …

Reflections on What Could Have Been
August 16, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Urban Air Initiative/Big River Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ah, summertime …, and the livin’ is easy, as the song says. But if not for the U.S. EPA, it could have been even easier.  Easier …

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?
August 5, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Vander Griend (ERI Solutions, Inc./Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to protect human health and the environment. They are charged with delivering on that mission by …

Skoring with Personal Connections
August 5, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  “Let’s encourage an earnest conversation with consumers about how ethanol makes life a little better and why they can feel good about their decisions at the pump,” (Growth …

Use of E15 Overwhelmingly Favored in Wisconsin
July 19, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent statewide opinion poll shows that Wisconsin citizens favor the use of ethanol blends in fuel up to 15 percent (E15), by a 2 to 1 margin. The …

Biofuel Governors Tout E30
July 19, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Coalition Sees Opportunity in Higher Fuel Economy Standards  —  Leaders and founders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition see a push for higher fuel-economy standards as the next opportunity to …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

Letter: Don’t Believe Scare Tactics against Vehicular Use of Ethanol
June 27, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Miller (TC Palm) … The oil industry doesn’t want ethanol to go away, but it doesn’t want to give up any more market. It needs the low-cost oxygenate as refineries have been retooled to run …

A Gift to the Next Generation
June 20, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Soules (The Courier)  …  The RFS is one law nearly every farmer knows. It requires oil companies to offer consumers clean, renewable choices at the gasoline pump, including blends of homegrown ethanol produced …

When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities
June 16, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Coming Clean)  When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities is a report documenting Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

Designing Tomorrow’s Fuels for Tomorrow’s Engines: DOE’s Co-Optima
June 10, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Between June 6 and 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) held its Annual Merit Review (AMR) in Washington D.C.  At the meeting, over 350 national lab activities were evaluated within …

Are Ethanol Opponents Sniffing Glue? Something Is Making Them Dizzy!
June 10, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … In preparation for this hearing and EPA process, a group called American Council For Capital Formation (an oil industry lobby shill group) commissioned a report from Dr. Daniel De …

Ethanol And Octane For Beginners
June 1, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Ethanol is often talked about as a high-octane fuel. But not everyone has a clear understanding of octane and how it affects the performance of their cars. So let’s start right at …

UIA Calls on CARB to Recognize Role of Ethanol in Reducing Carbon
June 1, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a compelling case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

Bobby Likis Addresses Ethanol Myths
May 10, 2016 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  This past weekend Bobby Likis debuted a video that tackles ethanol myths including those around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Likis is a 20 plus year automotive expert, engine builder and …

This Earth Day Choose the Cleaner-Burning Fuel, American Ethanol
April 21, 2016 – 9:13 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board)  As Earth Day nears, environmental stewards around the world will take part in events to raise awareness about challenges facing the environment. But drivers can do their part year round by filling …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

Growth Energy to participate in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – The Auto Channel’s Marc Rauch Part of the Presentation Team
April 11, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  This week, Jim Miller, Vice President and Chief Economist of Growth Energy will travel with Steve Bleyl, Executive Vice President of Green Plains Inc., and Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

No, America’s Not ‘Off Foreign Oil’
March 16, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/The Daily Caller)  The recent article, “America is off Foreign Oil, No Thanks to Ethanol” has it all wrong.  First of all, America is not completely “off” foreign oil, as …

Gary W. Johnson, Board of Contributors: Clearing up Facts about Ethanol and Your Vehicle
February 27, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Gary W. Johnson (WacoTrib.com)  … In this instance, the numbers quoted for bad-gasoline engine emissions with ethanol blends is a prediction based on ethanol harming and even shutting down catalytic converters. It was a prominent …

Science: 2015 Well Blowout Doubled Los Angeles’ Methane Leak Rate
February 26, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Phelan (AAAS.org) The first quantitative estimates of the Aliso Canyon well blowout reveal that it released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.
A new study provides one of the first quantitative …

Opinion: South Dakotans Send Ethanol Message
February 23, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (AgWeek)  The idea that shale makes us crude oil independent is an oil industry fantasy that enables us to deny we willfully sacrifice our troops to fight endless Middle East conflicts to support …

From February 2016: Approval for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO): Mercedes-Benz Truck Models Approved for Alternative Fuel HVO
February 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Daimler)  Approval for trucks with heavy-duty OM 470, OM 471 engines as well as medium-duty OM 936 and OM 934 variants; Use of HVO validated by extensive testing; maintenance intervals unchanged; The HVO raw material is sourced …

The Usual Suspects in Renewable Jet Fuels
February 16, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises/Renewable Energy World)  As renewables are moving from niche to mainstream, the industry is facing a paradigm shift in cost, quality, complexity, and scale ­— creating opportunities to develop new and different …

ARA Ships 100% Drop-In Biofuels for Navy Certification
February 15, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. …

Economists: Ethanol Retains Low-Cost Octane Enhancer Status
February 8, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices reducing the cost of competing petroleum-based aromatics.  The biggest threat, say …

A Map to Progress
February 8, 2016 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  To coincide with the fly-in, ACE created an ‘infographic’ promoting the benefits of the RFS. Titled “The Right Direction: How the RFS is a Map to Progress,” the new infographic pinpoints …

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics
February 2, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to get tougher on toxic air pollution from motor vehicles in a way that …

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol
January 27, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …  “The RFS helped kick start the significant volumes of ethanol production we see today, but we cannot rely on the RFS to ensure a continued market,” Durante (Doug Durante, Clean …

New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand: Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief
January 18, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Across America)  Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy …

Letter: Building on Ethanol Success Is a Good Way to Reach Renewable Energy Goals
January 4, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Robert Moffitt (American Lung Association in Minnesota/Post Bulletin)  A Dec. 14 letter to the editor described Rochester’s “community responsibility to become energy sustainable.” A key component to achieving this goal is increasing the use of …

Capitalizing on Ethanol’s Strengths
December 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jenning (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Each fall the American Coalition for Ethanol brings members together to identify the goals we’ll pursue for the coming year. We did a series of listening …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions
December 18, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for …

Aromatics Ascending: IFP Energies Nouvelles, Axens to Accelerate Bio-BTX via Anellotech Partnership
December 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens said they have completed construction on a fully-integrated development and testing plant, “TCat-8”, for the production of bio-based paraxylene, benzene, toluene, ortho-xylene and …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions — December 14, 2015 — Washington, DC
December 7, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions   —   December 14, 2015  —  Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for vehicle performance and …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up
In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Neste and Boeing to Lead the Industry on Commercialization of Renewable Aviation Fuels
November 11, 2015 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Neste)  Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel and Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer will work together to promote and accelerate the commercialization of renewable aviation fuel. The companies will work toward American Society …

Ethanol Reduces Emissions: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
November 9, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Hungary, Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante said as a way for ethanol to find value beyond limitations of government imposed limits, both in the EU and the U.S., …

Neste and Boeing to Lead the Industry on Commercialization of Renewable Aviation Fuels
November 4, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel and Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer will work together to promote and accelerate the commercialization of renewable aviation fuel. The companies will work toward American …

All Auto Owners Can Choose Premium E30
November 4, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Back in September I brought you a story about Orrie Swayze, an active ethanol advocate, who wants all drivers to use E30 in their cars. At the time, there was a …

Vertimass, DOE Validate Benchmarks, Process Design for High-Yield Alcohol-to-Fuels Technology
November 2, 2015 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass completed its DOE technology validation that verifies the benchmark performance, initial process design and preliminary cost information for a new award of $2 million by the U.S. …

A Message For EPA: Get Real on Emissions and Clean Fuels!
October 23, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  In the aftermath of revelations of how Volkswagen had their thumb on the scale as they cheated not just the EPA, but all of us who breathe …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.
The 1998 consent decree
In October 1998, the DOJ …

Gasoline Aromatics: the New Lead?
September 21, 2015 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  After scientists found that toxic lead particles in engine exhaust were accumulating in bodies and affecting brain health, amendments to the Clean Air Act 25 years ago prohibited the use of …

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology
September 21, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design for their novel technology for converting alcohol to renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend …

Urban Air Iniative: Real Economic Harm Is to Keep Using Gasoline
September 14, 2015 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Officials from the Urban Air Initiative called the recent effort by the American Petroleum Institute to discredit ethanol a smokescreen to hide the fact that the toxic components in gasoline are …

Toxic Gas Emissions Topic of Science Cafe
September 1, 2015 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

( Nebraska Ethanol Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “The fuels combusted on our nation’s roadways are a predominant source of the most dangerous particle-borne toxic emissions,” said (David) Hallberg, an Omaha resident. “Adding toxic carcinogens to gasoline …

WSU Tri-Cities Prof Receives Grant to Study High-Energy Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University)  Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and …

Removing Ethanol from Gas Increases Toxic Emissions
August 21, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative)  Many gas stations are promoting E0, or gasoline with zero percent ethanol. It not only costs more than regular gasoline which contains 10% ethanol, new data shows it also …

You Want to Talk About Engine Problems? Take Ethanol out of Gasoline
August 21, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative)  One of the great misconceptions following ethanol is that it causes compatibility issues in certain engines. But new data shows that the opposite is true, and ethanol free gasoline …

New One-Pot Process to Produce Gasoline-Grade Biofuel from the Bacterial Biopolymer PHB
August 10, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa is developing a new one-pot process to produce gasoline-grade (C6–C18) hydrocarbon oil from polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)—an energy storage material formed …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

EESI Asks EPA to Focus on Steps to Increase Volumes of Advanced and Cellulosic Fuels
August 3, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  … In comments to EPA, EESI points out that when Congress was debating the Renewable Fuel Standard, the meaning of “adequate domestic supply” was defined as qualifying fuel – not infrastructure …

UAI: Removing Ethanol from Gasoline Increases Toxic Emissions
August 3, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many gas stations are promoting E0, or gasoline with zero percent ethanol. It not only costs more than regular gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol, new data shows it also …

Making the Biofuels Process Safer for Microbes
July 2, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Scott Gordon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic—literally—for the organisms that do the …

Urban Air Initiative: Ethanol Reduces Engine Wear
June 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) has released a study that finds ethanol free gasoline blends actually increase the wear and tear on engines including hoses, seals and fuel tanks. In other …

Up with Octane and Down with Aromatics: Continuing Health Risks with Petroleum Fuels and the Need for Engine Efficiency
June 25, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  Our country has seen many transitions in travel technologies and fuels. In the first installment I reviewed our transition from 1) barley and oats for our horses and mules …

Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper?
June 12, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition held a briefing examining the current state and potential future of the transportation fuel supply. While combustion engines …

Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel
June 11, 2015 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon and  Richard Ezike (Biofuels Digest)  The debate touting butanol over ethanol as a ‘better’ fuel component has gone on for quite some time in biofuel circles. Those who support butanol point to …

Urban Air Initiative: New EPA Studies Regarding Ethanol Flawed
April 28, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned …

Audi Produces Its First Batch Of E-Diesel
April 24, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(TopSpeed.com)  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, carbon dioxide levels are at an 800,000-year high, but what if we could pluck CO2 particles out of thin air to use as a raw material …

The Urban Air Initiative’s Comments On EPA’s Proposal to Update the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone Docket ID#: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
April 2, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Urban Air Initiative)   UAI appreciates this opportunity to comment on EPA’s proposal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone, as set forth on November 25, 2014.  As summarized …

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass
January 20, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX chemicals.
In New York, Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and its subsidiary Axens have announced a strategic …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

REG Acquires Majority Stake in Petrotec; Tender Offer for All Shares Imminent
December 11, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US biodiesel leader heads for the EU – what’s up with used cooking oil, and what is REG’s path forward with the German-based biodiesel producer?  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group …

Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard
December 1, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Kalhoefer and Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to …

Toxic Chemicals in Gasoline Are Killing Americans
November 5, 2014 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Larry Pearce (The Hill)  In 1990, Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments and directed the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the dangerous chemical additives in gasoline. Today, 24 years later, this law …

4 minutes with…Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet, Strategic Partnerships
November 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I would put the teeth back in RFS2, that actually had renewable fuel mandates with penalties, or converting RFS2 into a national LCFS program.

Taking a step back and giving myself …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

ExxonMobil to Invest $1 Million in Iowa State University Biofuels Research
October 14, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil Corp. is investing $1 million over two years to establish an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University, the partners said today.
The ExxonMobil …

Surface-to-Air: How Vertimass Might Shatter Conventional Yields in Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels
August 28, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Saturated E10 ethanol markets; unmet demand in aviation biofuels: can Vertimass’ technology provide the bridge?
… After all, if you dehydrate ethanol (that is, remove the water, H2O), what you have is …

New Strategy for Clean, High-Octane Ethanol Needed
August 12, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM)  The industry must push for change in the way fuels are blended and tested, writes Dave Vander Griend. Growth of the ethanol industry, producers of a clean high-octane fuel, …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.
Consequently:
1. …

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective
Oil produced from biomass – such as wood chips or plant residues – seldom has the same quality and energy content as …

Ultrafine Particles from Vehicles: A Missing Piece in Emissions Regulations
June 9, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On Monday June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the single largest step to control stationary sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions in the nation’s history. …

New White Paper Warns of Gasoline’s Growing Health Risks
June 4, 2014 – 5:57 pm | One Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled. according to a new White …

The Pyromaniax: Anellotech Starts up Pearl River BTX Pilot Plant
May 13, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Meets December 2013 commitment to be able to provide BTX developmental quantities to strategic partners.   Plant begins production of 1 kg quantities of BTX, now available to support Anellotech’s ongoing …

Ethanol Use In Gasoline Can Reduce Foreign Oil Imports
April 25, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

By Ellen Chang(MainStreet)The use of corn-produced ethanol in gasoline is an outdated method to lower greenhouse emissions while ethanol generated with natural gas yields a cleaner and cheaper fuel, experts said.
Corn-based ethanol is “definitely a failed …

Purdue Researchers Launch Innovative Biomass Renewable Energy Company
March 28, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Phillip Fiorini and Cynthia Sequin (Purdue University)   Purdue University researchers are launching a company focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals.
Spero …

Merle Anderson: Government ‘Myths’ Limit Ethanol’s Full Use
March 14, 2014 – 12:03 am | No Comment

by Merle Anderson  (Grand Forks Herald)  Orrie Swayze from Watertown, S.D., and I have traveled many miles together as friends and American Coalition for Ethanol founding board members. We have gained a historical perspective on …

Endophytics, LLC Announces an Advanced Biofuel and Green Chemicals Technology Platform Utilizing Fungi
March 4, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Virtual-Strategy.com)   Changing the way the world looks at the source of hydrocarbons for biofuels and sustainable green chemicals, Endophytics LLC announces a new technology platform in Bozeman, Montana that is receiving attention from many throughout …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

E15 Success Stories from South Dakota, NASCAR
July 16, 2013 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I heard some interesting and fun E15-related stories recently, about what the fuel has done for a South Dakota station owner as well as some on-track testing of what …

Ethanol a Target of Big Oil
May 28, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (KAAPA Ethanol/Kearney Hub) Opinion:  …Ethanol blends are becoming a staple at pumps across the nation, and ethanol accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s motor fuel supply. It’s a higher-octane alternative …

Ethanol Improving While Oil Gets Worse
May 28, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The House and Energy Commerce Committee has released its third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Impacts.” Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), …

Corn-Based Ethanol: A Win for Public Health and the Economy
May 24, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by William C. Holmberg (Physicians for Social Responsibility)  Asthma, $16 billion.  Premature births, $26 billion.  All cancers, $227 billion.  Autism, $126 billion.  Heart disease, $272 billion.  Obesity, incl. Type 2 diabetes, $190 billion.  These are …

Anellotech and the Advent of the Green ‘Enes
March 12, 2013 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fast pyrolysis developer plans to rapidly expand green benzene and toluene production in 2013 for downstream product development purposes.   Opens new pilot plant, R&D facility in New York; green …

Team Up for Energy Victory
February 25, 2013 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Col. Bill Holmberg (ret.)  (American Council On Renewable Energy)   “Up with octane, down with aromatics, and embrace the needs of people and nature,” says ACORE’s legendary biomass guru. But less freak-out, more reach-out is …

Ag Interests Say Biofuel Production Not “Incentivized”
June 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(FarmProgress.com)  Ag interest groups filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Council and others Thursday calling for increased incentives for biofuel use.
A coalition of agricultural interest groups says proposed new corporate average fuel economy …

25x’25 Steering Committee Member Michael Bowman, White House ‘Champion of Change’ Alum, Meets with Obama
April 26, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Wray, CO Advocate Urges President to Lend More Support to Bioenergy Development, Support Higher Ethanol Blends
Mike Bowman, a member of the National 25x’25 Alliance’s Steering Committee, met with President Obama today and …

Ethanol Industry Pioneer Wants Higher Blends
March 12, 2012 – 9:34 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman  (DomesticFuel.com)  …At the recent National Ethanol Conference, where ICM, Inc. founder Dave Vander Griend was honored with the Renewable Fuels Association 2012 Membership Award, he talked about how ethanol could replace some of the additives currently found …