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Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport
May 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

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 …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at the site.  —  The former …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’
April 19, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized source of green energy technologies will help reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in rural …

US Forest Service and Biomass: A Symbiotic Partnership
April 5, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  More than 100 million trees across California, many located in the federally managed Sierra, Stanislaus and Sequoia National Forests, are dead, owing to a years-long drought and a nasty …

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’
April 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts, or …

Allendale Wins $6 Million Biomass Investment, 35 New Jobs
March 29, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Promise Zone)  Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, according to news releases. The company is planning to invest $6 million …

Developing Bio-Manufacturing in Gippsland
March 29, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Philip Hopkins (Gippsland Times)  Australian Paper, working with the CSIRO, a European technology leader and Federation University, is forging ahead with plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley that could generate …

Neste Welcomes the High Ambition Level for Renewable Fuels in Sweden
March 28, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Your Renewable News/Neste)  Neste welcomes the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much …

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive
March 23, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming, many experts find it at least as damaging to the environment as ordinary fuel. Another …

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

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

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report
March 14, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across …

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?
March 6, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Darren Fishell (Bangor Daily News)  The company EMEP LLC wants to buy the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill to build a biorefinery that it said would be a centerpiece of a larger $240 million …

FutureMetrics Has Published a New White Paper: “Alternative Facts” in the Recent Chatham House Study
March 6, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(FutureMetrics)  Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term “alternative facts” has recently been coined.

Either way, it is information that is …

New Study Shows Novia Scotia Has ‘Strong Potential’ to Produce Advanced Biofuels
February 3, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuels from renewable sources of fibre. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and …

Forestry Firm UPM Says Eyeing Next Biofuel Investment
February 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM-Kymmene is planning its next step in wood-based renewable fuel products after a successful ramp-up at its initial biofuels plant, the head of UPM’s biofuels business said …

Botwood Biofuel Plant One Step Closer to Green Light
January 24, 2017 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  Forestry minister confident in project, says resources are sufficient —  … NewGreen Technology Inc, the company behind the project, will soon be offered a tentative deal by Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government for …

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 …

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource
December 27, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel production in Abu Dhabi, UAE based on a production system that integrates aquaculture, saltwater agriculture, …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
December 14, 2016 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar …

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

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

EC Releases RED II, Proposes First-Generation Biofuels Phase-out and New Sustainability Criterion for Forest Biomass
November 30, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.

The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It …

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge
November 30, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast …

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 …

Survey Identifies More than 100 Million Dead Trees in California
November 25, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(USDA/Biomass Magazine)  The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of …

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 …

Making Silk Purses from Hog Fuels: A Golden Opportunity to Add Value via New Solid Biofuels Standards
October 10, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Olivier  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) In 2015, the Canadian Standards Association adopted and published a series of CAN/CSA – ISO 17225 Solid Biofuels Standards based on the harmonization of European and ISO standards. The objective …

Study Finds Biomass Harvesting Techniques with Minimal Impacts
October 7, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

( USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station/Biomass Magazine)  A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found …

Studies Link Biofuel Demand, Habitat Loss
October 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Brad Rich (Coastal Review Online)  As the U.S. and other countries have ramped up development of bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, demand is rising for trees for wood pellets, or biomass, and agricultural …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvay, Stora Enso
October 3, 2016 – 3:07 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 …

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biobased Materials
September 30, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced …

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective
September 28, 2016 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced …

Global Bioenergies Joins Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog in the “Bio-Based Gasoline Project” in Sweden
September 26, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Alternext paris: ALGBE), Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announce having joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel entirely based on forest resources. The consortium has signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

Maine Trees Could Fuel Military Jets, but as Long as Oil Costs $40 a Barrel, It’ll Be a While
August 22, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by  Christopher Burns (Bangor Daily News)  … The alternative fuel revolution has so far belonged to corn, but efforts to develop a wood-based biofuel, particularly jet fuel, from Maine’s abundant timberland got a boost last month …

CEQ Guidance Addresses Biogenic Emissions from Land Management
August 16, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Council on Environmental Quality, a division of the Executive Office of the President, has issued final guidance on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in National Environmental …

Out Now: CASCADES – Study on the Optimised Cascading Use of Wood
August 11, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  The most comprehensive study on cascading use of wood including material flows, barriers and potential measures  —  Efficient and environmentally responsible biomass use is central to sustainable development and key to delivering an …

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 …

Governments of Canada and Quebec Support Innovative Renewable Fuel Oil Project
August 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Ensyn)  Support for clean technology innovation is vital to growing Canada’s economy and addressing climate change. With its abundance of renewable biomass, Canada has the potential to develop a strong and globally competitive bioenergy sector.

The Governments of …

U.S. Commerce Department Invests More Than $4 Million In Maine, Deploys Interagency Team To Help Strengthen State’s Forest Economy
August 5, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Economic Development Administration)  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest more than $4 million to help diversify and grow …

Endowment Launches Updated Bioenergy Database, Mapping Tool
August 2, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities recently announced the launch of the revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site, www.wood2energy.org, is the most comprehensive …

Report Features Data on EU Pellet, Biogas Markets
August 2, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on wood pellets and biogas.

Regarding …

Commission to Study Maine’s Biomass Industry to Meet in August
August 2, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  … This past April, Maine enacted a resolve establishing the 13-member commission. Members include two from the Senate and three from the House of Representatives. Four members are appointed by the president …

[Exclusive] Bioenergy Industry Consultant Critiques Scientists’ Letter to Congress
August 1, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Josh Schlossberg (The Biomass Monitor)  A white paper by a bioenergy industry consulting firm critiques a recent letter sent to Congress by 65 U.S. scientists opposing a carbon neutral “biomass” amendment to an energy policy …

How Much Wood Could a Woodgrower Grow if a Woodgrower Would Grow Wood? Relaunched Wood2Energy Site Has the Answers.
July 27, 2016 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Carolina, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities relaunched a revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site is the most comprehensive database of its kind …

Canada and Quebec to Provide C$76.5 Million to AE Côte-Nord Bioenergy Canada
July 20, 2016 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Governments of Canada and Quebec will provide C$76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues …

A Simple Regulatory Solution for Biogenic Emissions
July 8, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Magazine/Biomass Power Association) …  Also at the top of the list is how the plan will eventually treat biomass.  For us, there is a very simple solution: If fuel is derived from …

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

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

Canfor is …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.

Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

Verbal Deal on Sawmill, Biofuel Plant ‘Kick in the Arse’ for Botwood Economy
June 28, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  A verbal agreement has been reached between the Town of Botwood and an unnamed partner, or partners, to bring major industry back to the shipping town.

Botwood Mayor Scott Sceviour confirmed the …

The Terpene Fuel Machine: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Terpenes
June 23, 2016 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Much has been written about terpenes in the area of flavors and fragrances. But they have astonishing properties for super high-density jet fuels in the 130,000-140,000 BTU range. Think valencene, …

Time-Dependent Global Warming Impact of Tree Stump Bioenergy in Sweden
June 22, 2016 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

Carina A. Ortiz, , Torun Hammar, , Serina Ahlgren, , Per-Anders Hansson, , Johan Stendahl (Forest Ecology and Management/Science Direct)  Stump bioenergy was assessed using LCA and forest ecosystem modelling; Stump bioenergy gave a climate benefit …

Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference
June 22, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The eyes of the world might well be on tiny Prince George, British Columbia these days — because that is the proposed site of Canfor’s commercial-scale biofuels and chemicals project. …

The Huge Flaw in How Congress Is Approaching Burning Wood for Energy
June 16, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … The controversy centers on a specific provision in theHouse appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 regarding the burning of biomass (typically wood and other plant material) for energy. The bill proposes that …

Solutions from the Land Leaders Bring North American Climate Smart Agriculture Ideas to Global Summit in Rome
June 16, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance)  Solutions from the Land (SfL) is taking an active role in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) summit underway this week in Rome, pressing business, government, NGO …

Bioenergy Has Significant Potential to Reduce Fossil Fuel Reliance in Cities, New Study Finds
June 14, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy has the significant potential to become a pillar in the future energy portfolio of cities, according to a new report by the World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

The new study from World Bioenergy Association …

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 …

WEBINAR: Forests, Bioenergy and the Global Climate — June 22, 2016
June 8, 2016 – 10:19 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Forests, Bioenergy and the Global Climate  —   June 22, 2016

There is a wide consensus in the scientific community that energy systems, which rely on fossil fuels, are unsustainable. Wood-based solutions have been proposed as an alternative and gained wide support. However, disagreement exists among …

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

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

The …

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

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

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Coming to Terms With Sustainability
May 16, 2016 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  …   I, for one, endorse the notion that if America’s forests are stable or growing, when viewed in total, then American use of wood biomass to …

The Ethanol in Your Gas Tank Should Come from a Tree in a Maine Forest
May 13, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by  Kevin L. Raye (Bangor Daily News/Down East Strategies)  Yet our forestry sector is in serious trouble, as mill closures and job losses reverberate through Maine’s economy. The urgency of finding innovative new uses and …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement
May 12, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In …

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 …

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, …

Don’t Conflate Science and Scientists
May 4, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Washington Post) Letter to Editor: Regarding the April 29 editorial “Burning wood is not the answer to climate change”:

Biomass is a renewable energy resource. Congress is appropriately exercising its oversight …

Biomass Provision in Bipartisan Energy Bill Touches Environmental Flash Point
April 29, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  In the sweeping measure that was overall non-controversial, one provision in particular has some environmental groups in apoplexy – the categorization of biomass as carbon neutral.

Passed by voice vote …

NGOs Clash over Eligibility of REDD+ Forestry Credits under ICAO’s Proposed Aviation Carbon Offsetting Scheme
April 22, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … UNFCCC launched in 2008 a programme called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD, later enhanced to REDD+) in developing countries through which a financial value could be created on the value …

Data Firm Backs Wood as Best Choice for Biofuels
April 15, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  …  In a statement, North Carolina-based Forset2Market said wood works as a logical choice for biofuels because “the number of trees growing in the US has increased by more than 50% in the …

Production Test Factory for Fossil Free Fuel Is Built in Bäckhammar
April 12, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Nordic Paper)  RenFuel and Nordic Paper have signed an agreement to build a production test facility in Bäckhammar in the region of Värmland, in order to test manufacture an advanced biofuel based on lignin. The …

Air Canada Partners in Biojet Supply Chain Initiative to Introduce Sustainable Aviation Biofuel to a Canadian Airport
April 5, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Air Canada)   Air Canada today announced it will participate in Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into …

Redefining Renewable Biomass: A Policy Change with Cascading Outcomes
April 4, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Katie E. Moore-Drougas, Daniel T. Schwartz, Laurel James and Jim Durglo (Brookings Institution)  … One solution that has the potential to substantially curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a change in the Energy Independence and Security …

Finland Hopes for New Growth from Shrunken Forest Industry
March 30, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters Canada)  It has created a modest 200 jobs in a Finnish forestry industry that has lost around 20,000 in the past decade, but UPM-Kymmene’s new biofuels plant offers long-awaited growth and …

Boeing Collaborates with Canadian Aviation Industry for Biofuel Project
February 2, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by  Vikas Vij (Just Means)  Canada has extensive sustainably certified forests, which it can leverage to make environmental progress in various industrial sectors. The country has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets …

Hydrogen from Biomethane; Gasoline & Diesel from Tree Residue; Cellulosic Ethanol among New Proposed California LCFS Fuel Pathways
December 18, 2015 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of …

Cellufuel Turns Lumber into Renewable Biofuel
December 14, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie vanKampen (CBC News)  Cellufuel, based in the former Bowater Merset paper plant, says the ‘game changer’ fuel is carbon neutral  —  A Nova Scotia company says it’s the first in the world to …

Enviva Launches $5 Million Forest Conservation Fund
December 11, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva Holdings LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres …

It’s In the Plan: EPA Offers Clues on Woody Biomass Utilization
November 27, 2015 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Over the past several months, biomass stakeholders have expressed frustration at the administration’s failure to label the use of biomass feedstocks as carbon neutral.  The pellet industry and biomass advocates …

Tribal Partnerships Fuel Sustainable Aviation
November 26, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  Alaska Airlines will conduct a demonstration flight in 2016 using 1,000 gallons of jet fuel made from forest scraps.

The aviation biofuel was derived from twigs and small branches …

Report Concludes US Pellet Exports No Threat to Southern Forests
November 24, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A report commissioned by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, National Alliance of Forest Owners and U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, finds the U.S. export of industrial wood pellets to …

Xcel Energy Grants Natural Resources Research Institute $1.9 Million for Bioenergy
November 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund has granted the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute $1.9 million to develop locally produced biofuels that will later be injected into …

Opinions Sought on National Forest Service Biofuels, Forest Restoration Projects
November 2, 2015 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR research member David Jackson, PhD of the University of Idaho seeks participants for a survey of “a broad cross-section of the American public” to …

Fueling Our Future, from Wood to Wing
October 29, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. airline carriers collectively used more than 16 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2014. Given growing concerns over energy independence and the environment, commercial airlines are looking for …

Waste to Wisdom Project Shows Biomass Energy Potential
October 28, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Humboldt State University/Biomass Magazine)  A potential revolution is unfolding on out-of-the-way logging roads. Foresters and researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that formerly …

Third Annual Forest Investment Conference — March 15-16, 2016 — New York, NY
October 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
Third Annual Forest Investment Conference  —  March 15-16, 2016  —  New York, NY

RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and manage timberlands. The Investment conference will …

European Biomass Association Launches Annual Statistical Report
October 26, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) publicly released its annual Statistical Report, with MEPs Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, FI) and Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, HU) hosting. “Statistics confirm that, beyond …

WEBINAR: Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series — Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting — October 30, 2015
October 19, 2015 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series —  Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting  —  October 30, 2015

Forest harvesting intrinsically removes organic matter and associated nutrients; these exports may impact soil productivity of managed forests. We will examine the effects of removing forest floor and harvest residues on soils and sustainable production …

Alfred State Receives $1 Million for Biorefinery Center
October 2, 2015 – 1:08 am | No Comment

(Alfred State/Biomass Magazine)  New York Sen. Catharine Young announced  that she has secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology …

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 …

New Clean Energy Technology Debuts in Placer County
September 21, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Placer County)  A new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas was demonstrated for the first time ever today in Auburn.

The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps and small trees …

NEPCon Earns First Sustainable Biomass Partnership Approval
September 15, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  The Sustainable Biomass Partnership announced today that they have approved NEPCon’s application to become an SBP certification body, the SBP’s first full approval. NEPCon, a Danish non-profit, conducts certification audits …

Forest Waste-to-RNG Technology to Be Demonstrated in California
September 11, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Placer County/Biomass Magazine) A new technology for converting forestry waste into renewable natural gas will be demonstrated for the first time ever Sept. 14 in Auburn, California.

The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps …

4 Minutes with…Petri Vasara, Head of Biofutures, Poyry Management Consulting
September 8, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Poyry is the only Finnish knowledge company to become no 1 in a global industry sector (pulp and paper), and it has always been an enormously good observation post and …

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 …

Promising Projects: A Report from BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2015
July 31, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  If one is looking for an international gathering of leaders in industrial biotechnology to expand their professional network and form new partnerships, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is …

Research and Markets: Pine-Derived Chemicals (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols) Market 2015 – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020
July 28, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire) Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hjlj3s/pinederived) has announced the addition of the “Pine-Derived Chemicals Market by Type (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols), Application (Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Surfactants, Printing Inks), …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
July 7, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.

The bill defines biomass …

OMB Weighs in on Biomass Language Included in Appropriations Bill
July 6, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement of administration policy that details its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in …

Nearly Half of Senate Writes Urging for Streamlined Support for Forest Bioenergy
July 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy and the EPA administrator strongly urging the agencies to streamline support of …

Clemson Receives Grant to Research Crops for Energy Use
June 8, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University)  A new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina …

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy
June 2, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support …

How Europe’s Climate Policies Led to More U.S. Trees Being Cut Down
June 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Joby Warrick (The Washington Post)  … Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port …

King Bill Establishes Biomass Emissions as Carbon Neutral
May 19, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced legislation that aims to ensure emissions generated from sustainably harvested biomass would be considered carbon neutral under the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. …

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Grant Program to Improve Biomass Innovation
May 19, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Jaclyn Brandt (Fierce Energy)  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies …

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020
May 15, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced from cellulosic and woody material, …

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), …

Södra and Statkraft Form JV to Produce Biofuel at Tofte Pulp Mill in Norway
May 11, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(PaperAge) Södra and Statkraft have signed a cooperation agreement to start a jointly-owned company for the future production of biofuel at the former Tofte pulp mill in Norway. The company will be named Silva Green Fuel …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels, they say.

Today …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
April 6, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from …

IH2* Technology Licensed to Leading Global Forest Products Company
April 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/IH2) Producing liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass — A leading global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Company (CRI), a global catalyst technology company. IH2 …

Vilsack Calls for Ethanol Industry Support of Trade Negotiations
March 2, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held …

Biomass Power Generation the Key to Carbon-Negative Energy, Study Concludes
February 11, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a new UC Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western United States, by 2050 power generators could …

Wyoming Task Force Report Includes Bioenergy Recommendations
February 6, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  In Wyoming, the Governor’s Task Force on Forests has issued a report featuring its recommendations for proactively managing the state’s forests. Several of the recommendations relate to bioenergy development.

The report …

Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference March 31-April 1, 2015 New York, NY
January 17, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference   March 31-April 1, 2015    New York, NY

Once again, RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and managing timberlands.

The Investment conference will …

New Information on the Environmental Impacts of Stump Wood Energy through 3D Modelling
January 5, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Finnish Environment Institute/Alpha Galileo)  Tree stumps and root systems are a significant but controversial source of bioenergy in Finland due to their environmental impacts. Now Finnish and Norwegian researchers have developed a new method that …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

In Denmark We Continue Sustainable Biomass
December 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Denmark Climate, Energy and Building Ministry / google translation)  The Danish energy industry today launches a new voluntary industry agreement on sustainable biomass. The agreement must ensure that we are now applying sustainable biomass in …

UPM and WWF Finland Co-operate to Promote the Sustainability of Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels
December 8, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(WPM)  UPM and WWF Finland have engaged in a dialogue on the status of wood-based liquid biofuels in Finland and present a list of joint measures to be carried out to promote sustainability.

Renewable sources of …

Biomass Industry Triumphs in EPA’s Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 21, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Anne Simet (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency’s updated biogenic emissions framework.

At …

EPA Releases Updated Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 20, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources. According to a notice published by the EPA, the …

Oslo to Become 5% Biohub for Lufthansa, SAS & KLM – Powered by SkyNRG Nordic and Avinor
November 19, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG Nordic/Statoil) SkyNRG Nordic, the partnership between SkyNRG and Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation, announced the supply of the first commercial quantities of sustainable bio jet fuel to Avinor’s airport Gardermoen in 2015. Lufthansa has signed …

Ensyn Initiates Generation & Sale of Cellulosic RINs Under the RFS2 Program; Ensyn RINs Are Awarded QAP Status
November 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(MarketWired/Ensyn)  Ensyn is pleased to announce that it has initiated the generation and sale of its first RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and that Ensyn’s D7 cellulosic RINs have …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 12, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today (July 31, 2014) released a report that, …

UPM and WWF Finland Enter Versatile Cooperation
July 7, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(UPM) The Biofore Company UPM and the conservation organisation WWF Finland have agreed on versatile cooperation covering promotion of sustainable wood-based biofuels as well as sustainable forest management and sourcing of raw materials in Finland.

“Promoting sustainable forest management and …

Summary of World Bioenergy Association Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014
June 27, 2014 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bioenergy is considered to be an important source of energy for the next decades for several reasons. Most important reasons are: bioenergy can contribute to the reduction of CO2, …

SkyNRG Nordic, Powered by Statoil Aviation, Announces Bioport Karlstad
June 27, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  SkyNRG Nordic, the recently established cooperation between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation, announces Karlstad as its first BioPort in Sweden.

Starting today (June 26, 2014), with the launch of BioPort Karlstad, SkyNRG Nordic will make the …

Biomass Resources, Uses, and Opportunities in West Virginia 2013 A Report by West Virginia University’s Appalachian Hardwood Center and Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center
June 14, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Shawn Grushecky, Jingxin Wang, Sarah Cross Owen, and Lawrence E. Osborn  (Appalachian Hardwood Center)  West Virginia is the third most heavily forested state in the U.S., with a total biomass production potential of 4.67 million …

Accounting for Bioenergy Emissions, Benefits Must be Done Right
June 13, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With the White House shining a very bright spotlight on its plans for addressing climate change – in particular, the long-awaited proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants under Clean Air Act …

USDA Announces Funding Availability for Turning Biomass Material into Energy
June 12, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Now Apply for Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (June 9, 2014) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from …

Court Upholds Upper Peninsula Ethanol Plant Review but Project Likely Dropped
June 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Eric Freedman (Great Lakes Echo) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to an environmental assessment of a $100 million construction subsidy for an ethanol plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Department of Energy …

Södra and Statkraft to Form New Biofuel Company
May 22, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Södra and Statkraft have signed a letter of intent to create a company that will produce biofuels using forest raw material.

The agreement means that Statkraft, a renewable energy producer, will acquire Södra Cell Tofte, which …

American Process Sells the First Woody Biomass Cellulosic Ethanol RINS
April 25, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery.

These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs …

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy
April 11, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet …

CRIBE, GreenField Partner to Test Demonstration Technology
March 17, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will …

Minnesota Bills to Incentivize Biofuel, Biochemicals, Biomass Thermal
March 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels, and biomass thermal energy.

In the Minnesota House of Representatives, H.F. 2456 aims to create …

ILUC and the Renewable Fuel Standard: Hard Data Appears for the First Time
February 24, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After six years of debate — finally a database appears on actual indirect land use change.  The Partners? Including Google, UNEP, Imazon, the Center for Global Development, the University of …

Biofuels, and the Crossing of the Rind
February 18, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New separation technologies offer a route to massive cuts in the cost of biofuel production, by changing the way we extract useful sugars.

Which brings us to the separation of lignin …

BP Sees Renewables Outpacing Fossil Fuels, Eclipsing Nuclear
January 16, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg)  Renewables will continue to be the fastest-growing energy source, supplying a bigger share of the world’s needs than nuclear by 2025, according to BP Plc.

“While the OECD economies have led in …

Cellulose Fibre Chain Initiative Creating a Long-Term Future for SA’s Forestry Industry
December 30, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(South Australia Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy)  Developing higher-value forestry products is the key to creating a sustainable future for the forestry industry.

A new study into developing more sustainable and higher-value products …

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 …

More Logging, Deforestation May Better Serve Climate in Some Areas
December 16, 2013 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Dartmouth)  For first time, Dartmouth study puts a dollar value on snow’s reflection of solar energy

Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some …