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Groups Hail Recall of EPA’s Federal Fuel Economy and Emissions Rules
March 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.”

Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

New ASTM High-Octane Fuel Standard Published
March 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Last week, ASTM International published an important new high-octane fuel standard, ASTM D8076 – 17, Standard Specification for 100 Research Octane Number Test Fuel for Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines. A major victory for the …

Yale, Penn State Team Receives $1.2M Co-Optima Award to Investigate Sooting Behavior of Biofuels
March 6, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(MoveEnergy)  Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines under to a $1.2 million award from the …

Passing the Test with Flying Colors
February 20, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. …

Iowa Energy Plan Includes Role Ethanol Can Play in State’s Future
January 3, 2017 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has released to the public the Iowa Renewable Energy Plan, which establishes priorities and provides strategic guidance for Iowa’s energy future.   …   “IRFA …

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 29, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization …

Recapping My Decade of Using and Experimenting With Alternative Fuels +VIDEO
December 19, 2016 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … For a guy who grew up primarily in Brooklyn and Queens, farming was as alien to me as the dark side of the moon. Nevertheless, the story was riveting …

Improved Vehicle Performance with Fuel That’s Better for the Environment
November 22, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Alicia Lindauer (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  Is it possible to increase vehicle performance and fuel efficiency while also slowing climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions? New research by Oak Ridge National …

Car Clinic’s Bobby Likis Talks #Ethanol & Mechanics
November 21, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  As more and more consumers choose ethanol at the pump, Bobby Likis, host of Bobby Likis Car Clinic, says there is a continued need to educate mechanics about ethanol. Likis is …

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass
November 17, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

For Cars of the Future, the Fuels They Need, Today, from Algae
October 28, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector …

Path to Improved Fuel Economy Includes Ethanol
October 19, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) director says the auto industry path to improved fuel economy includes higher blends of ethanol.

Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in southeast Minnesota, tells …

Value of E30 Proven in Real Time
October 14, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Seurer (Glacial Lakes Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Our good friend and colleague Dave VanderGriend wrote in this column in April that a little place called Watertown, South Dakota, could be the beginning of a revolution …

The Road to High Octane Fuels
October 6, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … 9 things you need to know about high octane fuel, and my perspective on a path forward.

High octane fuel enables more powerful or more efficient engines

… But in the context …

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel
October 1, 2016 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of the motor fuel of the future.”  —  So wrote Scientific American. The year was 1920, …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

Dear EPA: Watertown Is ‘Premium E30 Ready’
September 12, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Seurer (Watertown Public Opinion/Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC)  … The E30 Challenge is a campaign initiated by GLE and its industry partners ICM and Urban Air Initiative to encourage the voluntary use of Premium E30 …

Octane Value Takes Center Stage During #ACE2016
August 26, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Higher octane. The automakers want it. Many consumers want it. But how to get it? Ethanol.  —  Many in the ethanol industry have begun to realize that one of the pathways …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

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 …

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research
August 16, 2016 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching the benefits of ethanol-based High Octane Fuels (HOF), such as E25, E30 and E40. Now, …

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Visit Quad County Corn Processors
August 15, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  United States Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will visit Quad County Corn Processors cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva on Wednesday, August 31st at 9:15 am.

Senator Ernst and Governor Branstad …

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 11, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says.

Growth Energy is urging …

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency
August 7, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Brooke  (SAE International)  Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced combustion engines now in development, said GM and Hondaexecutives at the 2016 CAR Management Briefing …

Nissan Unveils World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle
August 5, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Nissan Motor Co./Automotive World) In Brazil today, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Accelerate Fuel and Engine Co-Optimization Technologies
August 1, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission …

DOE to Fund Projects Combining Biofuel and Engine Research
July 25, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.”

According to the DOE, the FOA will support the …

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace Strategies All at Once
July 25, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The initiative aims to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. The simultaneous fuels and vehicles research and development (R&D) is designed to …

Higher Ethanol Use Can Lead to 14% GHG Reduction in European Transport by 2030 – New Study
July 19, 2016 – 9:35 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport, even after …

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 …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative
July 15, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization …

Nobina AB: Nobina to Take Delivery of 179 New Buses Worth around SEK 450 Million
June 29, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Nobina AB/Business Wire)  During the summer, Nobina will take delivery of 179 new buses; this is a consequence of the traffic contracts that are starting in 2016. The buses, worth approximately SEK 450 million, will …

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 …

Consumer Perception, High Octane Keys to #Ethanol’s Future
June 27, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senior Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper participated in the panel discussion “Pathways to Fully Realizing the Bold Promise of the Broader Biofuels Industry,” during this year’s …

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 …

Biofuels Are Proven Winners – But Still Get No Respect
June 1, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (AgriPulse)  The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposed by EPA disappointed both biofuels and fossil fuels advocates. That’s because EPA set next year’s mandate for corn ethanol at 14.8 billion gallons – 200 …

Luxury Cars Could Boost Ethanol Demand
June 1, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Nate Birt (Top Producer)  The recently announced Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume requirements for ethanol are a welcome step up, says Ted Seifried, Zaner Ag Hedge. But to push ethanol demand higher, he says, …

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 …

European Bioethanol Offers 15% CO2 Reductions in Transport – Blocking It Is a Form of Climate Crime
May 23, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest/Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.)  … The European Commission in Brussels is right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on Transport Decarbonisation, due out this summer.  …  There is a risk …

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS
May 23, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  The practical and legal constraints on the RFS are mostly of EPA’s own making. As EPA admitted in the final 2014-2016 rule, it set the volume obligations …

It’s Time for an Octane Boost
May 18, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Tracey King (Detroit News)  While our automobiles have experienced remarkable changes over the past several decades, the fuels we put in them have not. Specifically, the octane rating of regular gasoline today is the …

Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles
May 12, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector has prompted great interest in the advancement of …

Meeting 2025 CAFE Good for Consumers, Necessary for Climate; Getting There No Easy Feat
May 11, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … To achieve CAFE for the light duty fleet – there is no one-sized fits all solution.  Considering each potential CAFE compliance pathway alone — biofuels, improvements in fuel efficiency and …

Wassup, DOE EERE? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to EERE’s Projects and Missions
May 10, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables unit ? Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Reuben Sarkar answered the question in this update, given at the Biomass R&D Technical …

Cellulosic Growth Likely for Ethanol Industry
May 9, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Lee Agri-Media/Iowa Farmer Today)  Great market opportunities exist for the ethanol industry, Doug Durante said as he opened the Ethanol 2016: Emerging Issues Forum April 28.

“We can help the auto industry meet …

Energy Secretary: U.S. Must Be Energy Independent
May 9, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Energy security remains a top concern, even with growing U.S. supplies of oil, natural gas and renewable energy, said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, kicking off a public forum on energy policies, electric markets …

Wassup, DOE? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
May 6, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE? Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan Male answered the question in this update, given at the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting. In this deck, he …

Higher Ethanol Blends Are Coming Soon to a Gas Pump Near You
May 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  …  Convenience store operator Kum & Go says it is making a massive commitment to higher gasoline-ethanol blends, planning to sell E15 at about 100 more locations this year.

The 430-store …

Volkswagen to Promote Biofuel-Powered Cars ahead of Electric Ones to Tackle Carbon Emissions, New Report Suggests
May 4, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Car giant Volkswagen (VW) has published a new study and called for the promotion of biofuel-powered cars over electric ones to help tackle carbon emissions.

The report, entitled Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 …

Gas Prices Reach a Six-Month High Just in Time for Summer
May 4, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Richard (Examiner.com)  … One thing that is helping to keep gas prices down is the introduction of ethanol into the mix. Ethanol, made primarily from distilled corn, replaces 10 percent of gasoline and is …

Volkswagen Teams with Shell to Convince EU the Way to Decarbonize Transport
April 29, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals …

Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report
April 28, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a stakeholder listening day last June to concurrently investigate the optimization of fuels and vehicles. Formerly called …

Mercedes-Benz Proposes to Shift Its Cars to Biodiesel in India
April 28, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  German automaker Mercedes-Benz is probing the possibility to shift its diesel cars and other vehicles in India to biodiesel.

“Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% biodiesel in their cars …

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas
April 27, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million vehicles per year,” moderator Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer at Schaeffler Group USA, says in …

Time for Full Carbon Accounting
April 22, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union …

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 …

E15 Today, High-Octane E25 Tomorrow
April 11, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  One of the things that makes the American Coalition for Ethanol unique is our work alongside retailers and gas station owners to increase sales of E15 …

Engine Design Trends Lead to Increased Demand for Higher-Octane Gasoline
April 8, 2016 – 10:15 pm | No Comment

(US Energy Information Administration) Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased, reaching 11.3%, the highest share in over a decade, in August and September 2015. While lower gasoline …

Growth Energy: More than 150 Million Miles Driven on E15
April 8, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An important milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends was reached recently. Major gasoline retailers working with Growth Energy have reported that over the past 12 months, using the U.S. average gas …

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 …

GS Caltex to Build Plant for Biobutanol in H1
March 25, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Lee Seo-young (Korea Herald)  GS Caltex will begin the construction of a plant for mass-production of biobutanol, a renewable biofuel for cars that can be used as a substitute for gasoline, during the first …

Science Teacher Plans First Coast-to-Coast Biofuel Flight
March 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Megan Elliott (Flying Magazine)  First transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. — High-school science teacher Ross McCurdy is planning the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. …

Meet The New ‘Tool’ In Big Oil’s Efforts To Scuttle Ethanol +VIDEO: An Open Letter to George “David” Banks
March 22, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  I just finished reading your article “Renewable Fuel Standard Continues To Devastate,” published in February on the High Plains Leader & Times website. …  In fact, your article looks …

It’s All about RON
March 14, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol’s high octane value is important and valuable, and it’s a part of most math and money discussions I regularly have with fuel station owners. In market conditions like …

New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently
February 27, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (Department of Energy)  Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Auto Industry Vet Tracey King to Staff
February 24, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Auto industry veteran Tracey King has joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as the organization’s new Technical Director. King will serve as the RFA’s top liaison to the automakers, and will focus …

The Highway to High Octane: Ethanol’s Attempts to Gain Ground in US Gasoline
February 23, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Jeff Bair (Platts)  Capitol Crude:  The US Oil Policy Podcast  —  The US is likely to raise its gasoline octane standard over the next decade or so, which has the ethanol …

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 …

Ethanol and the Race to Higher Octane Standards in the US: Fuel for Thought
February 22, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  With the US likely to raise the gasoline octane standard in the next decade or so to achieve greenhouse-gas emissions regulations and fuel efficiency targets, the domestic ethanol industry is promoting its …

Octane Benefits Highlighted at National Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Held Feb. 15 to 17 in New Orleans, the NEC painted a strong future for the ethanol industry in the speakers addressing the conference theme, “Fueling a High …

The Shocking Truth About America’s Ethanol Law: It Doesn’t Matter (For Now)
February 11, 2016 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Dan Charles (New England Public Radio)  … If you oppose government interventions in the free market, as Cruz does, the RFS is an outrage. …

This view of the RFS is widely shared across the political …

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story
February 9, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live …

E25, E40 for the Masses
February 8, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, …

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 …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

Octane’s Liquid Diamonds: The Secret Value of Ethanol
January 26, 2016 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ethanol really worth $3.81 for the octane but costs only $1.39 on the market? How could that be?  Math majors around the country are frequently perplexed by this one. If …

RFA Comments on DOE’s Innovative “Optima” Program
January 14, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) had a call for information on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Optima). The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments stating that the Association …

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
January 12, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Request for Information about co-optimization of fuels …

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 …

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 18, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) titled “Co-Optimization …

Soon, a Fuel Based on Coconut Oil for Your Car
December 16, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Times of India)  As the world continues to debate climate change and curb on emissions, this engineering college has developed a coconut oil-based biofuel that that promises to be more eco-friendly by reducing emmision of …

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 …

Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them
November 24, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.  —  …  But …

Impact of Real-World Driving on Emissions from UK Cars and Vans
November 19, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Climate Change)  Passenger cars and vans contribute to 17% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions, and therefore have an important role to play in meeting future CO2 targets. Despite rapid falls in the …

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., …

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 …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 30, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

DOE Report : Ethanol Is Key for Increased Engine Efficiency and Reducing Emissions
October 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … According to the DOE’s 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review, the internal combustion engine is one of the most promising and cost-effective approaches to improving fuel economy in the near to mid-term. This, the …

Reinventing the Engine: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Quadrennial Review of Engine Technology
October 14, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Transportation in the United States produces 1.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent GHG emissions (27% of U.S. totals) and is a significant source of criteria pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, …

Volvo Trucks Underlines Its Commitment to HVO
October 7, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Michael Nash  (Automotive World)  Volvo Trucks is gearing up to ensure its Euro VI engines support hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO)

Just as it did with its Euro V engines, Volvo Trucks is readying its Euro …

Emissions Testing Is Broken, and Other Lessons from the VW Scandal
October 3, 2015 – 12:10 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  How do you create clean vehicles that consumers want to buy? All of the automakers are currently focused on this question.

The Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Technology Review calls for …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 2, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

Calling All Technicians: 20 Facts About Ethanol
September 28, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network/Renewable Fuels Association) Today’s hot topic?   Ethanol.  Bobby’s “Calling All Technicians…20 Facts about Ethanol” is designed to demystify – make that “de-myth-ify” – ethanol.  The more you know, the more you …

The Drivers Seat: Ethanol Update
September 28, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network)  Recently, Lauren Fix appeared on the Jacki Daily Show and took aim at Ethanol.  Really?   Yes, something needs to be fixed. And it’s not ethanol.  What needs to be …

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 …

India Targets 20% Blending of Diesel to Biodiesel by 2017
September 21, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Zandile Mavuso (Engineering News)  The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising the country’s major contribution to air pollution.  Owing to this, a proposal by the …

Energy Department Releases Second Quadrennial Technology Review
September 11, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Research Opportunities Highlighted in Report Lay Out Options for America’s Clean Energy Future — Today (September 10, 2015), the Energy Department released its second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), which examines the current …