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The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
March 28, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

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

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

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

Hydrothermal Processing Bench-Scale Technology Evaluation Project
March 7, 2017 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/WERF (Water Environment and Reuse Foundation))  This project was conducted in order to determine if hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology has potential for treating wastewater solids. In particular, it looked at the Genifuel HTP technology …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

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

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

Accelerating the Shift to a Vibrant Australian Biofuels Industry
December 12, 2016 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Australia’s first advanced green fuels laboratory has opened its doors in regional Queensland, thanks to support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), allowing researchers to test biocrude on our shores …

Biofuel Made from Human Excrement Has Become Easier to Produce
December 7, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)  Wastewater treatment plants rejoice—you may have a hot commodity on your hands.  —  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) have developed a new method for treating human sewage to …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
November 28, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these crops, and you would never put them on your table for Thanksgiving; however, together they …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
November 9, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has …

Algae Hard at Work in Hawaii
November 8, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  The beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, is known for its pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. But Kauai is not just a vacation spot; it …

Fuel from Sewage Is the Future – and It’s Closer than You Think
November 4, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Technology converts human waste into bio-based fuel  —  It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, …

What To Do With Algae
October 20, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business.

Biomass is much …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 11, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading
October 7, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale …

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted
October 4, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to …

EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations
October 4, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Within the proposed rule, the EPA explains that the RFS registration, reporting, recordkeeping and product transfer document (PTD) requirements were designed with the general expectation that renewable biomass would be …

EPA Releases Ethanol Flex Fuel Rule/(REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their proposed rule for Ethanol Flex Fuel and Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. This proposal intends to provide regulatory clarification for ethanol blends …

Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is proposing enhancements to its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program and other related fuel regulations to support market growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. These proposed changes …

Monarca BioFuel Project in Mexico Expands, Adding Another 33,000 Hectares of Jatropha
October 1, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Monarca BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan of Mexico is adding another 33,000 hectares of Jatropha to produce seed oil feedstock so they can export directly to the US to supply BioFuel refineries …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota
September 29, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State
September 29, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried …

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides here.

During the webinar, we received …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

U.S. Refiners Revamp Operations as Renewable Fuel Costs Surge
September 9, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  …  The alternative is for merchant refiners to increase their ability to blend ethanol. PBF Energy is the latest refiner to take this approach.
PBF has asked Delaware regulators …

Tesoro to Acquire Virent
September 8, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, Tesoro reached an agreement for Tesoro to acquire Virent. The acquisition, the partners said, will support the scale up and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology for the production …

RTI International Awarded Project to Support Development of Advanced Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(RTI International)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded RTI International a project to support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels or products.

As part of the more than …

MEGA-BIO and the Three Amigos: DOE Hands Out $11.3M — Who for, and Whyfor?
August 8, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that, as the DOE remarked, “can …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”
August 4, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The company was beginning to hurtle towards an IPO. But the fuel yields were low; the fuel was not usable by their initial chosen downstream partner; the catalyst they were …

Ensyn Breaks Ground on New 10 Million Gallon Advanced Biofuels Project in Quebec
July 30, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ensyn announced ground-breaking on a new 10.5 million gallon biocrude project in Port-Cartier Quebec.  The facility, which will be 50% owned by Ensyn and will receive financing support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

The …

Battery and Biofuel Research Energized by New State-of-the Art Facility Down Under
July 19, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Niall Byrne (Renewable Energy World)  Ongoing research at the AINST, which is headquartered at the new AU $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub, could give us energy storage embedded in the walls and roofs of …

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Kate Sequeira produced this video interview with UCSD biology professor Stephen Mayfield for the San Diego Union Tribune. Dr. Mayfield has spent the past 25 years experimenting with algae, and now focuses …

Manta Biofuel Awarded $1 Million from DOE
July 17, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Manta Biofuel, of Bethesda, Maryland has won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its algal technology. A member of Bethesda Green’s business incubator, Manta Biofuel LLC is a …

What’s Changing in Biofuels? The Top 10 Trends for 2016
July 15, 2016 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Digest reader writes: I’m looking to summarize the changes over the last 2-3 years in the biofuels market. Are you aware of any articles or summaries on this topic? It’s a …

Canfor Eyes Prince George for Major Biofuel Facility
July 3, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hernandez (CBC News)  New facility could produce up to 400,000 barrels of biocrude annually, says Canfor Pulp president  —  One of the world’s largest logging companies is looking to get into the oil business.

Canfor is …

ARENA Backs Australia’s 1st Biorefinery Lab
June 24, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Militsa Mancheva  (See News Renewables)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) said Thursday it will help finance Southern Oil Refining Pty Ltd’s (SOR) biocrude and biofuel test laboratory in the state of Queensland.

ARENA is contributing …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Multimillion-Dollar Funding for Commercial Waste-to-Biofuel Plants
June 9, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Sydney)  International paper waste and plastic recycling contracts signed for ground-breaking Australian technology.  —  It’s been a busy few days for Australian start-up Licella, whose innovative technology, developed in partnership with the University …

IWB Week – End of Show Report
June 8, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(IWBweek.com)  IWB Week was held at Stockholmsmässan 24-26 May, 2016. The three eventful days confirmed IWB Weeks´s status as the premier and most progressive meeting place for the wood biorefining industries including pulp, paper, bioenergy …

The Wonder from Down Under: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
June 1, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

Licella, Canfor Form JV for Low-Cost, Drop-In Biofuels from Wood Residues and Biomass
May 31, 2016 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella and Canfor will form a joint-venture under the name “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” to integrate Licella’s unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp’s kraft and mechanical pulp …

Business Strategies for Transitioning the Bioeconomy to a Landscape with Long-Term Profitability
May 11, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  …With specialization occurring in feedstock engineering, these new business entities will be well-positioned to produce multiple products including both intermediate and final …

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower
May 9, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. …

Bringing up Better Biofuel
May 6, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by  Rosalie Marion Bliss (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …  Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have advanced a process to produce crude liquid fuel called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The bio-oil is …

Flying High with Algae
April 29, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(James Cook University)  A native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found.

The multi-disciplinary team including researchers from James Cook University, …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.

The recorded version can …

Fly the Eco-Friendly Skies: United to Launch 50% Jet Biofuels on LAX-SFO Route
March 10, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has …

Ensyn Biocrude Receives CARB Approvals for Refinery Coprocessing
February 27, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ensyn Corp.’s chief technology officer Barry Freel announced the company has been granted key regulatory approvals by California Air Resources Board pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) on …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ABLC 2016
February 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham has received the 2016 Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy.  …  Commenting on the award, Jim Lane said “Bob Graham founded Ensyn in …

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. …

Tesoro Makes Its Move on Renewable Biocrude
January 22, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Tesoro has unveiled its plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil.

And …

Bullish on Biocrude: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Tesoro’s Biocrude Strategy and Partners
January 22, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tesoro has unveiled its plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. And the …

Bringing Up Biofuel
January 15, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Rosalie Bliss (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)   … U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The team is headed …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

USDA Provides Loan Guarantee Conditional Commitment to Build Georgia Biofuel Plant
December 11, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional …

Three New Technologies to Make Energy Cleaner, More Efficient
December 3, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Three technologies — a computational tool to improve power grid planning, a process to create biofuel from kelp and a hybrid device that makes hydrogen and stores energy …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for Its Renewable Gasoline
November 27, 2015 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Biomass Magazine)  Robert Graham, chairman of Ensyn Corp., is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. EPA for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to …

Still Algae, Still Fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Muradel
November 11, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Taking in algae, biomass and organic waste streams, Muradel is using Green2Black, a suite of state of the art harvesting, extraction and sub-critical water reactor technologies, to produce “green crude” …

Renewable Drop-iIn Fuels at Scale, Construction in 2016: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Michigan State University Partners with ExxonMobile to Advance Biofuel Research
October 2, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in …

Biofuels Capacity to Grow to 61 BGY in 2018
September 22, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Ethanol and Biodiesel Continue Their Domination but Remain Relatively Flat, While Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks Grow at Double-Digit Rates, Says Lux Research

Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
September 8, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has …

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 …

UMD Program Approves 15 Technology Product Development Projects Teaming Maryland Companies With System Faculty — Four Aquaculture Projects Highlight Round
July 16, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute )  The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, an initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has approved …

Improving Algal Biocrude from Hydrothermal Liquefaction
July 13, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fuels. HTL is a high-pressure, high-temperature …

4 Minutes with… Taner Onoglu, Vice President, Altaca Energy
June 8, 2015 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “ALTACA Enerji” is the leading technology company of Turkey focused on energy from waste. We currently own and operate the largest integrated biogas and bio-fertilizer plant in the region. We …

Global Bioenergies: First Production of Liquid Hydrocarbons from Biological Feedstock Using the Isobutene Process
May 13, 2015 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Global Newswire/Global Bioenergies)  First batch of  “renewable oil”; Ground and air transportation fuels; Perspective of new industrial sectors; Prevention of climate change

Global Bioenergies announces today having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

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 …

An Evolutionary Metabolic Engineering Approach for Enhancing Lipogenesis in Yarrowia lipolytica
March 27, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Leqian Liu, Anny Pan, Caitlin Spofford, Nijia Zhou, Hal S. Alper (Metabolic Engineering)  Lipogenic organisms provide an ideal platform for biodiesel and oleochemical production. Through our previous rational metabolic engineering efforts, lipogenesis titers in Yarrowia …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …

Green Expectations
March 10, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A Florida algae-to-ethanol operation is poised to go commercial scale with a project colocated with a natural-gas-fired power plant.

By harnessing CO2, sunlight, saltwater and algae, Algenol’s technology takes only 25 …

PNNL Awarded for Algal Biofuel Innovation
February 9, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Developing renewable fuel from wet algae is one of the latest innovations Richland, Washington-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As …

Is Bureaucracy Holding Back Advanced Biofuels?
February 6, 2015 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why must “the entire value chain of production from feedstock to finished product be conducted at a single location” asks Antoine Schellinger, VP of Strategy and Technology at Triten IAG.

Should …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

Making Indirect Land Use Change Go Away
January 15, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the specter of falling oil prices spooks the sector, here’s good news from the Land of ILUC — a shocker study pointing a way towards mitigating or eliminating that …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy

Cost: $57.50 per …

Muradel Launches Green Crude Demo Plant
October 31, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential to produce 80 …

Where Are We with Algae Biofuels? Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2014 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The state of R&D so far. 4 NAABB advances  have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon.  3 roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.  In our …

New Orleans Entrepreneur Pushing Technology to Chemically Manufacture Oil: Meet Our Reader Vote Winner
August 29, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Mark Waller (New Orleans Times Picayune) For Brandon Iglesias, there wasn’t a specific moment of revelation. Unlike some entrepreneurs, he didn’t spot a glaring gap in an industry and move in to solve the problem. …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

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 …

ACORE Announces Submission of Comments on DOE’s Biofuel Research and Development Pathways
June 3, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy)  Today (June 2, 2014), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced that it has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which sought stakeholder input regarding the biofuel pathways …

Sapphire Develops NM Bio-Fuels Potential
April 3, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

By Alta LeCompte(Las Cruces Bulletin) On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
March 6, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System   April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Workshop on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the resource expansion potential for conventional refineries …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.

There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments
March 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over …

Long-Term Growth in Today’s 53.2 BGY Biofuel Market Will Be Led by Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks
February 20, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Soare (Lux Research, Inc.)  The 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry has enjoyed capacity growth of 19.6% annually since 2005, but growth will slow to just 3.2% annually through 2017. Ethanol represents 65.9% of …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
February 18, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop     April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop on April 3, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the potential to partner …

Sapphire Energy And Phillips 66 To Advance Commercialization Of Algae Crude Oil
December 10, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Sapphire Energy/PR NewsWire)  Agreement to Co-Process Algae Crude Oil with Conventional Crude Oil and Complete Fuel Certifications
 Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an …

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
October 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

New Study: Algae Biofuel Cuts CO2 >50% vs. Petroleum
September 20, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum, according to a …

Product May Clean up Mine Tailings
September 18, 2013 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Julie Hare (The Australian)  Researchers from James Cook University are close to producing a low-cost biofuel extracted from seaweed that will be powerful enough to fly jet aircraft.

That same seaweed may also have helped to …

New Frontiers: Now It’s Crude Oil from Algae that Is Being Tested
August 22, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts/The Barrel) It’s hard to get excited over a producer making a scant 2 barrels/day of crude.

But in the case of Sapphire Energy, those barrels represent the beginnings of a potential revolution that …

The DABTAPE Imperative, and KiOR’s Fall from Equity Market Grace
August 14, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)   …KiOR’s fallen into the penalty box this week — it’s stock falling from a high of nearly $5 just a week ago — now disappearing into the sub-$3 range …

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs
August 6, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels

Projects open …

Rip up the Mortgage: Sapphire Energy Pays off USDA Loan Guarantee in Full
July 30, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire raises new round of equity, pays off USDA Loan Guarantee: “Sapphire Energy is very grateful to the USDA for supporting algae crude oil,” says CEO C.J. Warner.

Reached by telephone, …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.

Their technologies? Closed …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

Renewable Fuels: Where We Should Be
May 28, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Fred Cannon (The Hill’s Congress Blog/KiOR)  More than one-third of the world’s total energy usage relies on liquid fuels – primarily from fossil fuels. In the first quarter of 2013 consumption outpaced production, and …

KiOR Now Shipping World’s First Cellulosic Diesel from Its First Commercial Plant
March 20, 2013 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, KiOR announced the initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its first commercial-scale facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

KiOR’s facility uses pine wood chips previously feeding a shut down paper mill …

Sapphire Energy Enters Into A Commercial Agreement With Tesoro For Purchase Of Green Crude Oil
March 20, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Tucson News/Sapphire Energy)  Sapphire Achieves Major Milestone with Continuous Green Crude Oil Production

Sapphire Energy, Inc., a leader in algae-based Green Crude oil production, today announced it has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining …

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Announces Commissioning of Biomass-to-Biofuel Pilot Plant
March 15, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) In early March, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany announced the successful commissioning of the second stage of its bioliq pilot plant. The achievement was made in cooperation with …

Licella’s Fibre Fuels – Drop-In Biofuels, in Pictures
February 25, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is fibre fuel, how does it displace petroleum via supercritical technology, and what does the plant look like?

… For those less familiar with New Zealand’s energy brands, Z Energy …

Biowaste: Driving Fuels
February 12, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport fuels in Europe. Mona-Maria Brinker …

The Compression Spread
February 8, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You’ve heard about the crack spread, and the crush spread — as means to value oil refining and crop refining.  Let’s think about biomass densification and compression, and in that …

The Oilcane Boom
January 21, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though building capacity globally, Solazyme’s operations in Brazil are getting traction fast – and raised $235M last week.   How much oil could be produced in Brazil via sugar-munching microalgae? …

Can KiOR Soar?
December 21, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier  (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  Last month KiOR announced the start of production of biocrude from their Columbus, Mississippi plant. KiOR CEO Fred Cannon stated in an earnings call that when the product shipped …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

State Incentives for Alternative-Fuel Projects Linked to Success and Failure
December 17, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Ayres  (Clarion Ledger)  Mississippi alternative-energy development projects that have received more than $400 million in state backing through loans, grants and other incentives in recent years have seen widely varying degrees of success.

KiOR, a …

Tick-Tick-Tick. Crude Oil from Algae in 60 Seconds, Really?
December 11, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biobased Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  Researchers tout a process to make oil from algae biomass – is it pyro oil or a real biocrude?

…Researchers at the University of Michigan announced that they had …

Everyday Low (Fuel) Prices: Drop-In Advanced Biofuels for under $100 per Barrel
November 12, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brent Crude trades this past week at a transorbital $109 per barrel (West Texas Intermediate at a suborbital, if high, $85).  It puts the conventional wisdom that biofuels are too …

Gusher! KiOR Starts Production of US Cellulosic Biofuels at Scale
November 9, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  500 ton per day wood biomass to biocrude plant commences oil production – the long wait for cellulosic biofuels at scale is over.

…But the news from Columbus, Mississippi, that cellulosic …

Biofuel Breakthrough: Quick Cook Method Turns Algae into Oil
November 1, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Michigan)  It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an …

E2 Report Projects Increased Advanced Biofuel Production
October 31, 2012 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  A report published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) demonstrates that the biofuel industry is well-positioned to meet increased demand for advanced biofuels, which will be driven by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) and …

The Dandelion Model: Two-Step Biofuels Technologies and the Emergence of Super-Refineries
October 24, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries?   Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an …

RTI International to Build Energy Technology Development Facility to Support Biofuels Projects
October 23, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(RTI)  RTI International began construction last week on a new 3,000-square-foot energy technology development facility on RTI’s main campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The facility will house a biomass pyrolysis reactor to further extend RTI’s biofuels …

Local Firm Using Seeds for Biofuel for Jets
October 15, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Randal Yakey (The News Herald)   Steve Baxley, the senior engineer at Applied Research Associates (ARA), stood Monday among jars of fluids, beakers and equipment, holding a tiny amount of seeds in the palm …

Ensyn Heads for Brazil; Locks up $20M Investment, Alliance with Pulp Giant Fibria
October 12, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Ensyn Corporation and Fibria Celulose announced the creation of a strategic alliance between the two companies. This alliance includes the establishment of an equally-owned joint venture for the production of …

Super-cali-thali-terpa-butyl-peta What? The Hockey-Stickin’, Flash-Mobbin’ Growth in Biobased Intermediates
September 6, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The new trend in biofuels is not a biofuel at all – it’s an (usually unpronounceable) intermediate that can be refined into an array of fuels, chemicals, flavors, fragrances, and …

Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational
August 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget

Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase …

Aemetis Announces Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel Technology License Agreement With Chevron Lummus Global
August 24, 2012 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Aemetis)  Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process licensed by Aemetis to produce 100% drop-in renewable jet and diesel fuels from plant oils

Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, announced today that the company signed a …

UOP Now Producing Economic Bio Oil at 7 Locations
June 6, 2012 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  $45/bbl RTP bio oil from biomass, developed by Montreal based Ensyn Corporation, is now in production at 7 UOP locations(one in Canada). As affiliates of Ensyn, UOP and Chevron will …

OriginOil and Department of Energy to Develop Direct Conversion of Algae into Renewable Crude Oil for Existing Oil Refineries
January 16, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Company partners with Idaho National Laboratory to enable algae growers to enter the global crude oil market

OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the …

University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico, to Launch Algal Fuels R&D Center
December 28, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, the University of Georgia has teamed with the University of Puerto Rico to develop a new R&D center that will focus on algae-based biofuels thanks to a $4 million grant …

Iowa State Hybrid Lab Combines Technologies to Make Biorenewable Fuels and Products
June 24, 2011 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory.

Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms – in this …

KiOR Breaks Ground, and Draws Customers, for Columbus Biofuels Plant
May 16, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Garthia Elena Burnett (Commercial Dispatch)  FedEx is the latest company to sign an offtake agreement with Kior, a biofuels plant slated to begin production in Columbus in 2012. FedEx plans to use oil produced …

Khosla-Backed Kior Ups Funding to $110M
July 27, 2010 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher  (Earth2Tech)   Wow, for a biofuel startup few have heard of, KiOR has raised a whole lot of money. According to an amended filing, KiOR, has now raised a whopping $110 million from …