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Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada
July 5, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

By Gerald Kutney (Sixth Element Sustainable Management/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation arrived on July 1st of this year — it is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers …

Ocean Going Vessels Going Green
November 23, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by  Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Currently over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that maritime …

US$ 133.3 Mn Renewable Methanol Market to Grow Steadily Through 2026
November 14, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Future Market Insights/PR NewsWire)  Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global renewable methanol market in its latest report titled “Renewable Methanol Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026”. According to the report, global sales …

Rotterdam Is Proposed Location for Waste-to-Chemicals Plant
October 10, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by AkzoNobel/Van Gansewinkel/Air Liquide/AVR/Enerkem/Havenbedrijf Rotterdam/gemeente Rotterdam/provincie Zuid-Holland/InnovationQuarter en Clean Tech Delta/Port of Rotterdam)  The construction of a waste-to-chemicals plant in the Netherlands that will produce methanol from synthesis gas generated from residual waste is a …

Biofuels International 2016: Industry Experts Outline 2030 EU Biofuels Vision
September 29, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference.  By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come …

Report: Canadian Ethanol Industry Operating at Full Capacity
August 25, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada recently filed annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting the nation’s ethanol industry has consolidated and plants are running at capacity.
The …

Microbeads. Reviled, Yes. Useful, Yes. What’s the Alternative?
August 25, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The BBC is reporting that although microplastics form only 0.01% to 4.1% of the total plastic waste dumped into the seas, researchers have been especially concerned about microplastics because of …

Enerkem’s Facility in Edmonton Becomes the First ISCC Certified Plant in the World to Convert Municipal Solid Waste into Biomethanol
August 24, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, …

Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport
August 3, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  A recent JRC (Joint Research Center) report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to …

Shipping Sector Emissions: Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport
May 10, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Center)   A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to …

Methanol as a Chemical Platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
April 13, 2016 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem …

No Pain, No Gain: A Tale of Three Companies, Pacific Ethanol, BioAmber and TerraVia at a crossroads
March 18, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … a fascinating look at the evolution in the fuels, renewable chemicals, specialty products and nutrition that make up the advanced bioeconomy.  …  The most spectacular news of the week belonged …

The 30 Hottest Biobased Molecules for 2016
January 14, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest has released the 30 Hottest Biobased Molecules for 2016, as voted by the Digest’s global readership. The Readers were surveyed over December and January, and rated …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Enerkem
September 22, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility …

Methanol’s Moment: With Low Prices, and Proven Process, Is Meth Your New Best Friend?
September 11, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methanol is gaining momentum as a low-carbon fuels target, as Enerkem starts producing in Edmonton.  Why methanol, why now? Here, we look at the technology and market rationale for this …

Enerkem Raises C$152.6 Million in Financings; Initiates Biomethanol Production
September 9, 2015 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Enerkem, Inc.)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today it has raised C$152.6 million and has initiated the production of biomethanol from non-recyclable household garbage at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility …

4 Minutes with… B.B. Klaversteijn, Co-Founder, Fairchar
July 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Responsible for and engaged in the development of portable biomethanol production units for the on site conversion of wood from invasive trees (Africa) to biomethanol and pyrolysis oil. The most …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

Australian Biomass Plant To Improve Soil, Sequester Carbon, & Produce Biofuel
March 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ronald Brakels (CleanTechnica)  A $10 million dollar pilot biomass plant will be constructed in the Western Australian Capital of Perth. … The specific type of plants will be mallee crops. This somewhat broad category includes …

Maverick Announces Its Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant
March 2, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste.
In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants …

IEA Task 39 Newsletter #38 Online Focuses on Netherlands
January 20, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This issue features a Biofuels country update from the Netherlands, an update on Task 39’s ongoing work, and a short summary of some of other relevant news in the Biofuels area (such as …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on …

Adding Value to the Raw Glycerin from Biodiesel Plants
August 13, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental-Expert.com/ABATEC SA) ABATEC SA introduces the BD4-MG system, to manufacture Methanol from raw Glycerol. It is an innovative way for adding value to the glycerol produced in the biodiesel plants. READ MORE

Developers of the First Cellulosic Plants Share Updates at FEW
June 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A week before the FEW, Enerkem Inc. celebrated the inauguration of its 10 MMgy facility in Edmonton, Alberta. Commissioning is nearly completed, reported Tim Cesarek, senior vice president of …

Waste-to-Biofuel Facility Opens
June 6, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by (Biofuels International) …Enerkem has officially inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
The facility will have a production capacity of up to 38 million litres per year and is expected …

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt 1 and 2
March 27, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest) Part 1 … It seems that many of the companies providing new biofuels technologies do not fully understanding the competitive environment that they must navigate. As a consequence they fail to …

Commissioning a First-of-a-Kind Plant Takes Time
October 16, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Retka Schill visited the Ineos Bio facility in person in August. She returned from Florida with new insight about how large chemical companies define and carry out plant commissioning. …

Spiderweb-Like Tower Would Harvest Air Pollution in London and Turn It into Biofuel
July 5, 2013 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Carl Franzen (The Verge)  …Chang-Yeob Lee of the Royal College of Art wants to radically transform London’s BT Tower at some point in the future, equipping it with exterior carbon fiber and steel rigging, designed …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

UK Releases Open Source Data on Biofuels Usage Since 2008
March 12, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the government has made available open source data regarding the country’s use of biofuels through April 14, 2013 (despite the fact that it’s still a month away), the fifth …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.
The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …

The Lowdown on Methanol and Dimethyl Ester as Advanced Biofuels
September 14, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  …Methanol is cheap to produce and has been tested extensively as a gasoline replacement. It is the simplest alcohol and one of the world’s most widely used commodity chemicals. …

Advanced Biofuels, a Transformative Industry
September 7, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Bruce C. Folkedahl (Biomass Magazine/Energy & Environmental Research Center) As part of the ongoing research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, we have been developing a catalytic pathway to convert ethanol or mixtures of …

Dutch Autosport Industry Drives Forward in Fuel Sustainability Stakes
June 7, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The 48th edition of the ELE Rally in the Netherlands hosted races that had cars fuelled by Gasoline Ethanol Methanol (GEM) from second generation biofuels producer BioMCN.
…The BioMCN GEM concept has been developed and …

Update on a Mobile Indirect Biomass Liquefaction System
February 1, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by John P. Hurley (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine/U.S. Department of Energy, Energy & Environmental Research Center)  Minnesota’s forestry operations produce 300,000 tons per year of wood waste that is not used in any existing or …

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them
December 30, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now starting to bear fruit. Although no plants are producing and
marketing biofuels yet, the large-scale, industrial …

Vertis Signed up as Agent for BioMCN in Central Europe
December 23, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(BioMCN)  Environmental commodity broker Vertis Environmental Finance have signed an agency agreement with BioMCN for the representation and sales of bio-methanol in Central Europe. BioMCN is the largest 2nd generation biofuels producer in the world, …

Alberta-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill Transitions to Biorefining
September 28, 2011 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Beginning as far back as 1998, mills like Alberta-Pacific began experiencing tighter profit margins, some down to three percent, while mills in places like India or Brazil averaged nine and …

Making a Great Fuel Even Better
May 16, 2011 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  How replacing natural gas with biomass as feedstock for methanol production can improve biodiesel’s already good environmental footing
The vast majority of methanol produced today is sourced from natural gas, but …