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What’s My Feedstock Worth? A Primer for Measuring Bio-Value
June 6, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its …

Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online
May 26, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

On March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel …

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D
May 25, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing …

Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE Feedstocks R&D Programs
May 24, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, …

Horizontal Bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems
May 19, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Challenges that have plagued algae ventures? The availability of feedstock to make products, the loss of investor appetite at early stage and pre-commercial, and inefficient cultivation systems.

By contrast, Culture Biosystem’s design …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

CAAFI Publishes New Newsletter Full of Resource Links
May 5, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative)  …  This issue marks the release of our new newsletter format in which we will answer relevant questions related to sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) and periodically feature case studies …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
April 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability …

Grant Application Request for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area DEADLINE: June 28, 2017
April 26, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for …

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?
April 10, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved?

The Renewable Fuel …

Italian Farmers Produce Low Cost Biomethane with Positive Environmental Impacts
April 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  Sequential cropping can be a promising model to produce additional biomass without negative impacts on land use change or food production. In a research study for the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Ecofys found that …

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy
April 3, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions …

Viable Biomass for Hawaii
March 13, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation in Hawaii, Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial …

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
March 10, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing
February 18, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks.
Audience
Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, …

Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006
January 24, 2017 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Air Force)  This Title III project is to further increase domestic advanced biofuels production capacity by establishing additional Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities that represent a complete value chain including Feedstock production, Chemical …

DOE and USDA Issue Notice of Intent for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
January 24, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and …

Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview
January 23, 2017 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Will Smith (Springhouse Consulting/Biodiesel Magazine)  While the majority of U.S. biodiesel is still produced from soybean and canola oil, the role of alternative feedstock has increased steadily over the past decade. The lower production …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Neste Launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel Made 100% from Waste and Residues
January 17, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(CleanTech Finland)  Neste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues. The name of the new 100% renewable fuel is Neste MY Renewable Diesel, and the product enables up to 90% lower …

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy
January 3, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.

A notice published …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.

It …

Farm Based Algae
December 12, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Queensland operates an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk …

Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement
December 7, 2016 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded by Dr. David Soane, a renowned serial entrepreneur and inventor in the field of materials science and surface chemistry, Crop Enhancement is developing formulations that employ advanced and environmentally friendly …

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 …

How an Effective Risk Management Strategy Can Contribute to Unlocking the Full Potential of a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy
November 25, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biofuels Digest/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd.)  The procurement of low-cost feedstock has been the focus of the pioneering bio-conversion technology developers in commercializing their first industrial-scale projects. Low-cost feedstock is critical in such …

What Does it Take? The Experts Report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy
November 21, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
November 10, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver …

Primordial Genetics, Bayer Form New R&D Collab for Crop Performance
November 7, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Next in San Francisco, Primordial Genetics and Bayer CropScience LP announced the establishment of a research collaboration to evaluate Primordial Genetics’ proprietary Function Generator technology.  Bayer will provide …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Suntory, Syngenta and ChemChina
October 13, 2016 – 11:10 am | 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 …

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals — May 1-4, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
September 29, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals   —   May 1-4, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM
September 29, 2016 – 3:05 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 at …

Farmers Earn First RSB Smallholder Group Certification in Brazil
September 22, 2016 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  For the first time, a smallholder group with 20 family farmers and a cooperative earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification in Brazil. The project in the Montes Claros region, …

Water-Energy Dependence around Pacific Rim Mapped in New Sandia Study
September 20, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies.

The Sandia …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

Take Off For Aviation Biofuels: Why, How, and Why?
September 12, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (The Biomass Monitor/Biofuels Digest)  … By the 21st Century, we’ll have many more technological options for limiting and adapting to climate change, but in there here and now, when it comes to aviation, …

Seeking Low Costs, Painless Logistics: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Advances to Know in Biomass Feedstocks
September 12, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels in the EU —   we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in biomass production for the …

First Things First
September 11, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  …  Biomass availability in the U.S. is unlikely to emerge as a bottleneck for industry growth. Our country’s farms and forests, municipal waste and food waste streams are producing vast …

The Companies of the Biobased Economy: The Multi-Slide Guide
September 9, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released its new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable …

A Successful Supply Chain Strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox
August 22, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In developing a bioconversion project, the steps are numerous, interconnected and complex. Conducting a feasibility study, feedstock supply & market analysis, developing a business plan, funding initial development, choosing process technology, …

Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels
August 22, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Renewable biofuel alternatives can help replace conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. — New White House reportoutlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuels.  —  Bioenergy …

Penn State to Help Develop Guidelines for Growing Industrial Hemp
August 17, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by  Sara LaJeunesse (Penn State News)  On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. …

Negotiating and De-Risking Biomass Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecostrat
August 17, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ecostrat advises  companies in the bioenergy, biofuel, and biochemical fields on supply chain risk. They have developed and managed supply chains for more than 5,000,000 tons of fiber over 20 years. Noted …

Call for Proposals: BioFuelNet Canada DEADLINE: September 1, 2016
August 15, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(BioFuelNet Canada)  BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) was first funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program for the period of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017. The present call for proposals is to …

What’s DOE Doing about Feedstock Costs? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Feedstock Programs
August 12, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is it just cost that bedevils industrial biotechnology in bringing fuels technologies to scale. Not just, says BETO program director Jonathan Male, who adds that a DOE “Tiger Team” indentified …

UF/IFAS Study: Sweet Potato Crop Shows Promise as Feed and Fuel
August 9, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Newswise/University of Florida)  As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato …

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report
August 9, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the Billion Ton report, looking not only at the economics of biomass but also the environmental …

New Department for Transport Data Shows No Palm Oil Used in the UK
August 8, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association)  Also shows growth in UK feedstocks, as well as increase in greenhouse gas savings;  Data shows no need for the Government to introduce excessive curbs on the use of crop-based biofuels   …

Working the Calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock
August 8, 2016 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one …

The Princes of Pongamia: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to TerViva
August 4, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) TerViva was founded to “solve the imbalanced equation of a shrinking arable land base and a rising demand for food, fuel and fertilizer.

The technology is based on proprietary advancements in …

Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels – The Way Forward
August 3, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(CORE-Jetfuel)  The Core-JetFuel Final International Conference titled Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels – The Way Forward took place on the occasion of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 16-17 June 2016 in Brussels, and followed …

#Biodiesel Growth Discussed During #AgMedia Summit
August 2, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Did you know that in the past 10 years, the biodiesel industry has grown from a few million gallons of biodiesel production per year to over 2 billion gallons of biodiesel …

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver Land Management Systems
July 25, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AgSolver agronomic decision service products help increase profits by improving land management decisions, simplifying mandatory compliance and reporting activities, and maximizing returns for agricultural land investments.

AgSolver’s technology uses readily available …

The Front End: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Feedstock R&D Programs
July 20, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to feedstocks? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at ABLC Feedstocks. In this deck, she looks …

Deliverance: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the 2016 DOE Billion Ton Report
July 15, 2016 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at …

Grandson of Billion Ton: DOE Releases Radically Improved 2016 Billion Ton Report
July 15, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $60 …

WEBINAR and Briefing: Building a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy — July 19, 2016 — Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment
WEBINAR and Briefing:  Building a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy  —  July 19, 2016   —   Washington, DC

A live webcast will be streamed at 1:30 PM EDT at www.eesi.org/livecast (wireless connection permitting)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing assessing the ability of the United States to sustainably …

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana
July 1, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth – marine microalgae – to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed/food, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s …

Cover Crop Work Continues as Part of Biomass Research for Cellulosic Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(POET)   POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound …

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools
June 20, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock.

The library provides tools to store, record, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help …

Cloud Biology: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Benson Hill Biosystems
June 17, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month. Benson Hill Biosystems launched CropOS, a cognitive engine using cloud biology to empower a new era of plant genomics innovation. CropOS uses powerful data analytics and biological knowledge to identify …

Expanding the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Using the Billion Ton Report
June 15, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This analysis was presented by Jonny Rogers at ABLC Feedstocks 2016, and is the result of is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), …

The Advanced Bioeconomy 2016: State of the Industry
June 8, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the advanced bioeconomy, the question remains and will remain for some time, where are the gallons? Specifically, projects that use biobased feedstocks that can be converted into renewable fuels, chemicals, …

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 …

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets
June 2, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal …

RES-T-BIOPLANT: Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation Biofuel Production
May 20, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

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 …

Harmonisation and Pragmatism Required for an Effective Future EU Sustainable Bioenergy Policy!
May 11, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(European Biomass Association)  AEBIOM answer to the European Commission Public Consultation – A sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020  —  The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable …

The Future of Bioenergy Is in This Book-less Library
May 10, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by  Cory Hatch (Renewable Energy World)  The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass — organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly …

Farmers Do More than Feed the World
May 4, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Katie Heger (Farm & Ranch Guide)  … It is just so cliché and doesn’t nearly cover all that agriculture is about. On our family farm, we do so much more than feed the world.

Now, let …

Call for Public Comments – RSB Standard for End-of-Life Products, By-Products and Residues
May 4, 2016 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB invites the public to contribute to the revision of the RSB Standard for end-of-life products, by-products and residues which defines how operators may use these feedstocks for biofuel or biomaterial production.

This RSB Standard …

What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.

Let’s look at the responses, …

Diversification of Feedstocks the Answer to De-Fossilisation: Panel
April 15, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Knight (Platts)  Increasing the depth and width of feedstocks in the biofuels blend was needed if Europe was serious about lowering reliance on fossil fuels, members of a panel discussing the matter said …

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons
April 11, 2016 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — …

Could Renewable Diesel’s Boom Be Cut Short by Feedstock Access and Availability?
April 11, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Renewable diesel demand is booming, booming, booming. We’ve tipped it repeatedly in The Digest, not least with our March Madness webinar last week on “Renewable Diesel’s Boom”. Any doubts may …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

NexSteppe Inc. CEO Selected to Receive the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award
April 4, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Businesswire)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced today that President and CEO of NexSteppe, Anna Rath, has been selected by a committee of her peers to be the recipient of the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin …

Son of Billion Ton: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Billion Ton Report
April 4, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2005 report, Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply (generally referred to as the Billion-Ton Study) was an estimate of potential biomass …

Sustainable, Affordable Biomass: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative
March 8, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) and the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Golden Field Office, Bioenergy …

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy
March 4, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and …

Benefits and Ordeals of a Biofuel Project in Nigeria
February 29, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Oladunjoye A. Waleola (Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria; special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria is a company deeply involved in Jatropha curcas cultivation as well as biofuel production. We have …

Analyzing Biofuels From Rice 2016 – Research and Markets
February 8, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fnbdpf/analyzing) has announced the addition of the “Analyzing Biofuels from Rice” report to their offering.

This report on Analyzing Biofuels from Rice is a comprehensive digest on biofuels and endeavors …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States
January 29, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A primer worth knowing is “The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States”, prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory . It evaluates …

Biomass Supply Chain Trade-Offs: Basis for Successful Bioenergy Businesses
January 26, 2016 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Rajdeep Golech (Biomass Magazine)  Feedstock sourcing is a critical aspect in the development of cellulosic biofuel businesses.  —  Emphasis toward greenhouse gas reduction and massive availability of agriculture and forest residue has led to …

EWG Blasts Ethanol for Making Iowa’s Waterways Toxic
January 22, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Working Group has released a new blog alleging corn produced for ethanol is responsible for increased amounts of toxic water pollution due to runoff of fertilizers …

The Bioeconomy’s River Pilot: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA
December 28, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Reed (US Department of Agriculture/Biofuels Digest)   A great government agency is a little like a river pilot — doesn’t run the ship, but steps in as a vital partner  for complex, critical tasks …

Energy Crop Miscanthus in Trials to Restore Flood Plain Soils
December 8, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenegy Insight)  The Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK and the supply chain specialist Terravesta are running new trials to examine how the energy crop miscanthus survives in water-logged land and its effect on the soil …

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 …

What Makes Scale-Up of Industrial Biotechnology so Difficult?
December 3, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial biotechnology (here) and the deep-dive into the industrial biotechnology commercialization process (here), the questions are …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program
November 24, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release by AgriLife Research Next Year
November 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes …

8 Wonder Crops & Residues: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to The Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials’s Emerging Feedstock Primer
October 26, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials/Biofuels Digest)  Camelina sativa; Carinata; Pongamia; Macauba palm tree; Gliricidia sepium; Starchy wastewater; Industrial waste gases; Seed tobacco  READ MORE

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 …

Hassan’s Bio-Fuel Model May Be a Game-Changer
October 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Dipankar Chakraborty (Bangalore Mirror)  This may reduce country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel to meet energy needs, say experts

With more than one lakh trained farmers and local stakeholders from across 2,039 of the total of …

Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds
October 23, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Scientists at Virginia Tech used two of the best-respected …

The Birth of New Bioeconomy Supply Chain & Feedstock: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma and Resonance Carinata
October 23, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership
October 22, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tyton BioEnergy Systems) Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced today a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance …

Biofuels Production Plan already in Action
October 19, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Boyd Webb (IOL News)  Once home to millions of displaced black South Africans, former homelands are expected to become the heart of the country’s biofuels production.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana said …

Seeking Take-Off and Off-Take: Why Do Some Renewable Technologies Soar and Others Stall?
October 16, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The high-octane idea that inexplicably struggles, the mid-grade idea that rocks.  Here, we look at the critical success factors that provide tail-winds for some technologies and head-winds for others.

To explain …

Biofuels, Oil Palm and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia – Planning for Sustainability?
September 29, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This brief draws together SEI research done between 2011 and 2014 on agribusiness developments – especially of oil palm – in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The brief presents overarching insights from …

Break out the Bubbly: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Champagne-Ardennes in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2015 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Addressing the Western Europe market, creating a European unit with optimal operating range, or seeking to operate a facliity and watching the opex?  We can send you in the right …

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 14, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? …

Grease Collection in the US: Feedstock for Biodiesel
September 3, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Ian Winner* (Optimus Technologies/special guest author for Advanced Biofuels USA)  Grease Collection Overview  —  When we talk about grease, what do we mean? Grease can refer to yellow grease, choice white grease, edible or …

Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems Posts Annual Meeting Presentations and Posters
August 31, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  The meeting presentations are now available for download on the IBSS website:

IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Posters

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8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the Extremes”
August 26, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? — At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the …

Changing the Biomass Dialogue (The Earth Partners): The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 13, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest/Bloomberg)  The Earth Partners, LLC restores and develops degraded lands. The company also engages in the production of biomass, which restores the land’s soil health and water resources; restoration of mined land; development of …

Yep, There’s a Biomass Crop Planning App for That, Says Genera Energy
August 10, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Genera Energy has launched its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass, developed to serve as a tool for planning, selecting and calculating biofuel crop needs, for use with Android …

Why Is Biomass Expanding Faster than Fuels?
August 7, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With 3 acquisitions, the biomass consolidation czars consolidate as markets expand.  Funding will enable company to expand biomass supply chain services across U.S.

In Oregon, Pacific Ag has received a $7M …

A Report from EnergyPath 2015: NetZero
August 4, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic area is fortunate to benefit from funds derived from a settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission during the Commonwealth’s electric deregulation proceedings.  As part …

Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service
August 4, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  The Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) is a tool for exploring the biomass resources and the competitors who use these resources in the southeast US. It allows users …

Chemical Firms Seek Better Grasp of Biomanufacturing
July 29, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Andy Extance (Chemistry World)  Hope and expectation surround the chemical industry’s increasing adoption of biotechnological manufacturing – but today, their lengthy development times and complex processes mean frustration is a major by-product. ‘The process of …

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes for Ethanol
July 21, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Tierneyn (Syngenta)  Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. … Sourcing alpha amylase enzyme directly from area corn growers and working with them to enhance grain quality …

The 35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply in the Advanced Bioeconomy
June 30, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply” rankings, announced today by The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, at the …

Sustainable, Available, Reliable Affordable Bioeconomy Feedstocks: The Hottest Slides from ABFC 2015
June 11, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the advanced bioeconomy, the question for some time has been “how do you fund it?” or “how do you make it?”. But now, feedstock is becoming the key variable, …

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review
May 19, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations …

ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules which Impede Advanced Biofuels Development
May 18, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(American Council on Renewable Energy)  ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules — Industry leaders and ACORE members take up issues with co-location requirements under the RFS which impede advanced biofuels development.

Today, …

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps
May 15, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SCOPE) Bioenergy & Sustainability is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries.  The volume is the outcome of an assessment that included a meeting held at UNESCO, Paris, …

New Web-based Tools for Biomass Mapping and Biomass Crop Production Decisions
May 15, 2015 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Southern Bioenergy Network News/SAFER Alliance/University of Tennessee) Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service (IMS)–The Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) allows you to explore the woody resource market in the southeast (currently North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama), …

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow
May 13, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online
April 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

Telling the Biofuels Story to Students: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Teacher Resources
April 9, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Understanding role of biofuels in meeting our energy needs and mitigating global climate change is a complex task. Telling stories is an effective way to help students make sense of …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Bioproducts and Sustainable Agriculture.
April 9, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amazing questions get asked at ABLC — and except for attendees, you generally don’t hear them, or the answers. Let’s change that.  With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA DEADLINE: open
March 20, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA   DEADLINE: open

ABFC is the gathering point for the top supply chain leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of CEOs and senior executives in business development, R&D, strategic partners, finance, policy and …

Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference — June 9-10, 2015 — New Orleans, LA
March 17, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference —  June 9-10, 2015 —  New Orleans, LA

ABFC is the gathering point for the top supply chain leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of CEOs and senior executives in business development, R&D, strategic partners, finance, policy and …

St. Louis Startup Turning Weeds into Biofuel
March 10, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Bafaro (St. Louis Business Journal)  Some call it the “stinkweed.”   Yet despite that inglorious moniker, there’s an awful lot to like about pennycress, say officials with one St. Louis startup company. That’s because …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review March 23-27 Alexandria, VA
March 4, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review    March 23-27   Alexandria, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27, 2015, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will …

USDA Publishes Final BCAP Rule
March 3, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with the recently published rule, there are …

Department of Agriculture and Energy Department Announce Up to $8.7 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative
March 3, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Energy Department announced that up to $8.7 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) …

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama.by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of …

New Farmer Co-Operative to Help Build Ontario Bioeconomy
January 14, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Farmers.com/Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative)  A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will …

VC Surprise: Spruce Capital, Xeraya Capital Announce First Close of New $150M Biogreentech Venture Fund
January 9, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As a newly-closed venture fund opens for business with a distinctly Malaysian flavor, we look at the state of venture capital and the new role of integrated sovereign investment.

From California …

All I Need is the Air That I Breathed: Microbial Dairies Using CO2, Sunlight and Water
December 5, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take CO2, add water and an energy source: voila, Fuels & Chemicals from Microbial Dairies.  We revisit 3 top practitioners of the art and one outlier, and their progress.

There are a …

Hottest Slides from ABLCNext 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 12, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire Energy’s new multi-market product approach

 

 

Joule’s breakthrough photosynthetic efficiency

 

 

Cellana – multi-products for algae, just like petroleum

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Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

Neste Oil Announces Off-take Agreement with U.S. Algae Producer
August 28, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biomass Magazine) Neste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy, a U.S.-based algae biomass producer, have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers

As scientists around the …

Nexant Launches Biorenewable Insights
August 13, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Businesswire)  Nexant announced today that it has launched Biorenewable Insights—its new subscription program that provides in-depth evaluations and reliable data on the technology, cost competitiveness and industrial developments of biorenewable chemicals and fuels.

“Nexant is the first …

Increasing Ethanol Plant Throughput
August 11, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Syngenta’s Enogen corn trait technology is the first genetically modified output trait in corn specifically for the ethanol industry and in the past two years since it has been released the …

Japanese Initiative Launched to Develop Next-Generation Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Sector by 2020
August 11, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions
July 9, 2014 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger carrying flights using bio-fuel.  It replaced 20 percent of the jet fuel with a crystal …