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Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development
December 29, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by …

Distributed Biogas: $11.8 Billion Market Hidden in Plain Sight
September 26, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The mountains of bureaucratic red tape involved in urban food waste biogas projects, where this hidden $11.8 billion market lies, can be easily avoided or greatly reduced by …

USDA Advances On-Farm Biofuel Production
August 4, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Philip Gruber (Lancaster Farming)  USDA researchers demonstrated a mobile biofuel processing unit on a Montgomery County farm last week, moving the technology a step closer to commercial reality.

“The idea is to go to the …

DOE Requests Information on Revolutionary Biomass Supply Systems Supporting a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Vision
June 14, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program is responsible for developing technologies to support Advanced …

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks
June 8, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged than we have seen previously — a wave of technology development that once took place …

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 …

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 …

BioHiTech America Collaborates to Convert Food Waste to Energy
January 15, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(BioHiTech Global Inc./Biomass Magazine)  … BioHiTech’s Eco-Safe Digester utilizes an aerobic digestion process to convert food waste to grey water, also referred to as effluent. Typically the effluent is discharged safely into the sewage system and …

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 …

Green Ideas for Emerging Resources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to VerdeNero, CelloFuel and Russian Opportunity
November 30, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “We are a boutique technical consulting and service firm to the alternative energy and resources industry,” said the VerdeNero manifesto, adding: “We provide services in technology transfer, system analysis and integration. We operate …

Hamrick Engineering Granted Patent for Extracting Sugars and Nanocellulose from Biomass
November 17, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Hamrick Engineering/Your Oil and Gas News)  Hamrick Engineering is pleased to announce the granting of a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

“This ground-breaking …

Building Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Portfolios
October 26, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Rajdeep Golecha (Biomass Magazine)  The amount of risk in supply variation a biorefinery is willing to accept will depend on its fundamental business strategy, and the amount of premium they are willing to pay …

North Set to Be Biofuel Capital
August 17, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Peel (Townsville Bulletin)  Up to 30 mini biofuel plants could be rolled out across North Queensland as part of an ambitious plan to make the region Australia’s renewable fuel capital.

The centrepiece of the project …

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 …

Aston University Bioenergy Technology Embarks on European Tour
July 29, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Aston University)  Pre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was underway today ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste across north-west Europe. The Pyrofab is based on PyroformerTM …

Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York
May 6, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia facility

Renmatix announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

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 …

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report
January 8, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The E2 report is something of a hybrid — for one, it includes actual biodiesel production, but in the case of other fuels, it reports production capacity rather than production, …

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also …

Forget “Policy Reform”, “Messaging” Says Industry: Surprises Abound in the 2015 Bioeconomy Agenda Poll Results
December 29, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Instead, you pointed to “bolt-ons”, “policy stability”, “financing”, “supply chain” and  “focusing on winners” as the advanced bioeconomy imperatives for 2015.

You’ve told us, in many communications, that the industry needs focus — …

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Emil Venere (Purdue News)  Researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants.  The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application …

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 …

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels …

Fermentable Cellulosic Sugars for Capex of 6.5 Cents per Gallon? Freakishly Low-Cost Venture Still at Early-Stage.
May 19, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a capex figure so low that it sounds like a decimal point is missing.   Though early-stage and just developing data out of its pilot — it’s well worth seeing …

XTRM Announces Mobile Cannabis/Hemp To Biodiesel Unit
February 7, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Baystreet.CA/AccessWire)  Extreme Biodiesel, Inc. (PINK:XTRM) today announced that the Company wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures has just completed assembly of its first Mobile Hemp To Biodiesel Production Unit. XTRM Cannabis Ventures will begin marketing and …

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce?

Funded by a $10 million …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.

As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

ICIS Innovation Award Winners, Renmatix and Virent, Announce Collaboration On Bio-based Packaging
December 6, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(ICIS/PR NewsWire)  New Routes in Sustainable Chemistry Aim to Deliver Broader Supplies of Affordable Bioplastics
ICIS Innovation Awards — At today’s ICIS Innovation Awards in London, winners Renmatix and Virent announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic …

Feds Launch CSU-Run Research into Tapping Forests for Liquid Fuel
November 8, 2013 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (Denver Post)   The federal government is launching a $10 million, five-year project to tap overgrown and beetle-ravaged Western U.S. forests as a new source of non-oil liquid fuel that could power cars, …

Extreme Energy, Supercritical Water, Nanostuff and Biofuels
November 6, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the frontier of exotic temperature and pressures, even everyday materials like water begin to act strangely in ways that can drive energy transformation.   New work in nanocatalysts may make …

Sweetwater Energy to Convert CO2 to Sugars in JV with Naturally Scientific
October 11, 2013 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture with Naturally Scientific, Inc. to produce sugar from waste carbon dioxide.

The new technology converts carbon dioxide taken directly from the …

US Economy at Risk without Sufficient Investment in Biofuels: Researcher
October 3, 2013 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Worledge and Jeff Barber (Platts)  The US is at risk of economic slowdown and energy shortages unless it makes sufficient investments in biofuels, Bruce Dale, a professor of chemical engineering and a biofuel specialist at …

Cool Planet to Invest $168M in Louisiana – Stealthy Biotechnology Heads for Scale
August 26, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete Cool Planet story. What is it? Why transformational? What are the next steps?  New venture will convert wood waste to gasoline.

In Louisiana, Cool Planet Energy Systems CEO Howard …

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2
August 21, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them all?   In today’s part 2, …

The Haze: Clearing Southeast Asia’s Smoky Skies with Biofuels Technology
August 19, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology developed for Europe finds it is in demand again, as technologists address the growing mountains of palm waste and its special opportunities and challenges.

…So, if we turn to …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II
April 30, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and …

National Labs Release New Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing Study
April 30, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have released a joint study on biochemical biorefinery sizing. “Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and …

BioGasol Delivers First CarboFrac Units to Sweetwater Energy
April 18, 2013 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy announed that BioGasol completed delivery of its first commercial biomass pretreatment system.

The cellulosic sugar producer will use the unit, a Carbofrac 10, in its demonstration facility to produce …

Looking Back at ABLC 2013
April 18, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Perhaps nothing was more on the minds of delegates as the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the impact of the Washington policy debate on investor confidence — and …

Biofuels Center Boosts Renewable Fuels Industry in Western NC with $600K Investment
April 5, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,058 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards are made through the 2012-2013 targeted biofuels …

Biofuels Blend Right In
February 1, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk.com)  A collaborative study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a bioenergy research center led by Berkeley Lab, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has shown that an ionic liquid …

The 8 Upsides of the New Ethanol
January 23, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  The technologies out there are five in number. They are all in commercial deployment now, though some are at the capacity-construction stage. Some of them vary the feedstock, some vary …

Keystone Farm Show: Lessons Learned
January 19, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Thanks to Lee Publications, the organizers of farm shows up and down the mid-Atlantic, for donation of booth space at the “farm show for farmers,” Keystone Farm Show 2013.  …

Sugar Rush: Sweetwater, Front Range Ink $100M Cellulosic Biofuels Deal
January 16, 2013 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Front Range becomes third ethanol plant in 3 weeks to head for cost reductions, RIN opportunities with advanced feedstocks, technology.

…In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 15-year commercial agreement with …

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam
January 15, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals

Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. …

Sweetwater Energy, Ace Ethanol Sign Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Deal
January 4, 2013 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $4/gallon capex, low opex, $15 million upfront. Existing offtakers. Cellulosic RINs. Expandable. Product diversification. Operating next year.   What’s not to like?

…There’s a side door opening into cellulosic ethanol. Costs you …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.

…This week …

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons
October 24, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by  Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  …Armed with a $200,000 U.S.D.A. two-year research grant, Fernando Resende will start work on a fast pyrolysis mobile reactor next year that could revolutionize how foresters and the timber industry …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk
October 24, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   … So now that Green Crude Farm is in operation, what’s the current activity there?

CJ: We are about to do the next big thing with the Farm, which is …

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 …

Energy Independence Day
July 4, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The entropy problem in feedstocks   In bioenergy, it’s the chief reason, for example, that otherwise perfectly acceptable fruit waste from citrus harvest is a difficult feedstock for energy production. The …

Gasification May Convert Mesquite and Juniper Wood to a Usable Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (Texas AgriLife/Southwest Farm Press)   Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research …

Cellulosic Developers Make Case for Integrated Ethanol Production
June 6, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol have previously been viewed as entirely separate products which will be manufactured by two unique types of producers, but the concept of integrating cellulosic …