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Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
June 23, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions. …

Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age
June 9, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial technology. Pyrolysis is not incineration. The goal is to use heat in the absence of …

Alliance Bioenergy Licenses Process to Earth’s Renewable Energy
June 7, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into a sublicensing agreement with Earth’s Renewable Energy LLC of Newport Beach, California. The sublicense agreement permits Earth’s …

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels
June 5, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by the University of Bologna, Department …

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass
May 30, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.

“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production
May 9, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton Treasures”, straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel.

With an increasing …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum.

Fuel made from plants is much more …

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 …

Biofuels, Livestock Benefit from Termite Research
April 25, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Wisconsin professor says his termite research might help the biofuels, livestock, and paper industries improve lignin processing.

Researcher Cameron Currie says breaking down the woody substrate in …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction
April 13, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is deconstructed to release useful chemical intermediates in the bioeconomy. These include glucose from cellulose, glucose …

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process
April 12, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that leads to oxidized forms of 5-HMF. They report that “this form of sugar is known …

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe
April 11, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the …

Oak Ridge Pioneers New Way to See Biomass Pretreatment Impacts
April 10, 2017 – 10:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have reported in Nature a new high resolution approach to visioning the impact of biomass pre-treatment technology. By combining spectroscopy and emerging microscopy …

Validated, Integrated: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
April 3, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, …

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 …

The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
March 28, 2017 – 3:39 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 …

Industrial Sugars from Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining
March 27, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, …

Preem and Vattenfall Collaborate on Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Vattenfall)  Vattenfall aims to provide climate-smart hydrogen gas to large-scale production of biofuel.

Preem and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement to investigate the potential of using climate-smart hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

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, …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

Lignin: Technology, Applications, and Markets
February 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(RISI)  Lignin could become a new profit center for the forest products industry – and perhaps for your business.  —  This study provides a primer and forecast for a material that has many current applications, …

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels
January 20, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists …

UK-Based Researcher Gains European Grant to Fund Work on Lignin Biomass Production
January 19, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading …

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016
January 13, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the …

Attacking Carbon Intensity, Energy Intensity: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
December 27, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Agile BioFoundry project, the National Lab consortium, in partnership with academia and industry, aims to achieve a 40% decrease in the energy intensity of current manufacturing processes.

Plus, a …

Researchers Collaborate with AST to Develop Lignin-Based Products
December 12, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(American Science and Technology/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Science and Technology, a sustainable technology company, has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

Depolymerizing Lignin and Making It Pay – Now, Soon, Never?
December 5, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Lignin an ugly, unwieldy molecule! The term coined by most early pioneers within the renewables industry to describe Lignin. As large, and complex the molecule seems to be, …

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research
December 2, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research.

The team has successfully demonstrated a new, …

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”
November 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bryan (Biofuels Digest) Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully reduce those emissions,” said Paul Bryan at ABLC Next in San Francisco. Agree, disagree? Former …

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

HORIZON 2020 – ZELCOR – Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation”
November 7, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(nova-Institute)  Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion via termites, within a biorefinery integrated approach. The project is conceived to avoid waste production by recycling waste bio-based products and …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research
October 21, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research.

The funding – £3.5 …

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown
October 21, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at ORNL uncover the chemical reaction that helps break down biomass for biofuel  —  Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as cornstalks, straw, and woody plants—is a sustainable source for production of …

Swiss Research Discovers Way to Transform Lignin into Biofuel
October 21, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have turned lignin into a source of biofuel by simply adding a common chemical. The patent-pending method that converts up to 80% of lignin …

Biofuels Researchers Engineer Plant Lignin and Explain Evolutionary Path
October 21, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  In 2014, researchers announced the successful engineering of a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction.” The finding caught the attention of the global scientific community. The highly degradable poplar was the first of its …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fibria, Lallemand
October 18, 2016 – 4:00 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 …

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted
October 4, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to …

8317267 Canada Brings Its Lignin Fractionation Tech out of Stealth
October 3, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In British Columbia, 8317267 Canada brought its Lignin Isolate Fractionation Technology out of stealth, describing it as “a cost-effective and highly efficient lignin purification and preparation process, designed to meet the demand for a …

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 …

UT-ORNL Team Hopes to Ease Path from Vegetation to Biofuel
September 29, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  A UT-ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel.

A huge barrier in converting plant polymers to biofuel lies in …

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield
September 29, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels.

GreenWood, …

Sandia: Turning Ubiquitous Lignin into High-Value Chemicals
September 26, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion—lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Fuel
September 23, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by  Gary C. Young (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Bio-Thermal Energy Inc.)  A new process for the economical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels such as ethanol has been developed. The proprietary noncatalytic process combines CO2 with a …

Borregaard Invests in Bioethanol Upgrade
September 19, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Borregaard)  Borregaard has decided to invest NOK 63 million in a project which includes an upgrade of the bioethanol plant and a facility to capture and store biogas.

The project has been awarded a grant of …

Gates Backs Renmatix; Total Inks 1 Million Ton/Year Cellulosic Sugar License
September 15, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, Bill Gates is leading the latest investment round into the pioneering cellulosic sugars producer Renmatix as energy giant Total joins in with second investment and a 1 million …

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes
September 9, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of testing and data collection on dozens of lignocellulose feedstocks utilizing the patented CTS conversion process.  …

Petroleum Today, Bio Tomorrow, BIOFOREVER
September 2, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the BIOFOREVER  consortium of 14 European companies emerged from stealth with the news that they have started their demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value …

The Top 25 Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year
August 17, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We looked at the past year, and these are the 25 Top Stories of the Year, as measured by the number of readers.

25 The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top …

American Science and Technology Receives New Patent for Method to Increase the Efficiency and Profitability of Organosolv Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass
August 8, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(American Science and Technology) New Patent Will Increase the Incentives to Use Renewable Resources for Chemical Production  —  American Science and Technology (AST), an emerging technology company, has been awarded a patent for a system and …

This Won’t Hurt a Bit, Tell Us All about Cellulosic Sugars, Lignin: DOE’s New RFI
July 27, 2016 – 11:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.

“In the biorefinery field, …

Leaf Resources (ASX: LER) Joint Venture to Develop Five Projects with World-Class Project Ceveloper Claeris, LLC
July 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER, “Leaf” or “Leaf Resources”) is pleased to announce the signing of binding legal agreements with US-based project developer Claeris, LLC (“Claeris”), to establish a joint venture (JV) entity, Leaf Development, …

DOE Requests Information on Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities–DE-FOA-0001615
July 20, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing …

New Lignin Operation in US in Final Phase of Approval
July 7, 2016 – 8:54 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Borregaard, a Norway-based biorefinery specialist, and Rayonier Advanced Materials (Ryam) have concluded a market, technical and engineering analysis regarding a new lignin operation at Ryam’s Fernandina Beach site in Florida to serve the …

Closing the Loop: Ionic Liquids from Biomass Waste Could Pretreat Plants Destined for Biofuels
July 1, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recycling waste from biofuel production could lower cost for future biorefineries. — Ionic liquids (ILs) have been shown to be an excellent pretreatment solvent for biomass; the ILs prepare the plant matter …

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 …

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth
June 13, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking technology in the Book of Genesis, US-based White Dog Labs have unveiled a new process that …

Multimillion-Dollar Funding for Commercial Waste-to-Biofuel Plants
June 9, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Sydney)  International paper waste and plastic recycling contracts signed for ground-breaking Australian technology.  —  It’s been a busy few days for Australian start-up Licella, whose innovative technology, developed in partnership with the University …

OSU Researching Bacteria to Begin Biofuel Production Process
June 6, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Biomass Magazine)  The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

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 …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Bellona Europe Calls on European Commission to Promote Marine Bioenergy
May 17, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  Bellona Europe, a non-profit green organisation, has called on the European Commission to promote marine bioenergy for heat and power and biofuels.

The group made the call in its response to …

UC Riverside Awarded $1.3M from USDA for Green Energy Research
May 13, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Nightingale (University of California Riverside)  Charles Wyman, Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), …

“EA” Biomass Pretreatment Cuts Enzyme Use, Boosts Biofuel Production
May 11, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Less input, more output. That’s the achievement of a new biomass pretreatment method that could help improve the economics of cellulosic biofuels, the second-generation biofuels made from …

Sugarcane-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts
May 9, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ian O’Hara, Sagadevan Mundree (Wiley)  Sugarcane has garnered much interest for its potential as a viable renewable energy crop. While the use of sugar juice for ethanol production has been in practice for years, …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

Takin’ Cellulosic to the Mud Spa
May 6, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the unlikely bioeconomy hub of West Palm Beach, Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has revealed what it describes as the “successful completion of its yearlong efforts to optimize its …

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Supports Development of $800m Bio-Energy Project
May 4, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Refining and Petrochemicals Energy Business Review)  Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) has secured $3m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) to support the development of a renewable biofuel production facility.

The funding will be used by …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.

Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
April 18, 2016 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

Student Startup Turning Heads by Utilizing Biofuel Waste for Good
April 15, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Tennessee Today)  … Enter Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle, a pair of doctoral candidates in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, which is run jointly by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The pair …

Environmental Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Award to Pursue Biofuel Research
April 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Tennessee Today)  UT Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Hannah Woo was recently honored as one of ninety students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned for Spiritwood
April 12, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors, a Pennsylvania …

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 …

Making Lignin Pay: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide
April 4, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Making Lignin Pay — Now, Soon, Never?” Here below are the slides presented on the day.  The recorded version can be accessed here.  …

Better Use of Entire Biomass of Willow
March 31, 2016 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/VTT Technical Research Center of Finland)  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how willow biomass can be utilised more efficiently. When processed correctly, willow is eminently suitable as a source of …

Doing More with Less: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Stora Enso
March 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We knew that Stora Enso has become awesomely serious about the advanced bioeconomy when news emerged in 2014 that the company had acquired Virdia for $33 million with additional potential payouts …

AST Increases Scale of Wisconsin Research Facility
March 23, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) American Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin.

The scale-up increase’s the processing capacity of AST, an emerging technology company in the biochemicals and renewable …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper Biofuels
February 26, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab and Joint BioEnergy Institute scientists harness enzyme in effort to cut pretreatment costs  —  Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown …

New Ammonia Biomass Pretreatment Process Improves Yield with Lower Enzyme Loading; Improving Cellulosic Biofuel Economics
February 24, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the US, China and India, led by researchers from Michigan State University, has developed a new liquid ammonia biomass pretreatment methodology called Extractive Ammonia (EA). EA-pretreated corn stover delivers …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

ORNL: Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier
February 22, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin.

Cellulosic ethanol—fuel derived from woody plants and waste biomass—has …

Chempolis’ Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Heads for Commercial-Scale in India
February 15, 2016 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Chempolis’ multi-year quest to build cellulosic ethanol in India finds a happy landing.  —  In India, €110 million joint venture cellulosic ethanol project of Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited …

Bio-Based Solvents for Green Extraction of Lipids from Oleaginous Yeast Biomass for Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
February 11, 2016 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

Cassandra Breil, Alice Meullemiestre, Maryline Vian, and Farid Chemat (MDPI)  Lipid-based oleaginous microorganisms are potential candidates and resources for the sustainable production of biofuels. This study was designed to evaluate the performance of several alternative …

Drop-In Renewable Fuels, Competitive with $30 Oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia Process
February 10, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on …

A New, Renewable, Drop-In, Waste-Based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil
February 10, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports.

In Germany and …

The Future, Unzipped
January 28, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Erik Ness (Grow)  Lignin is a tough organic compound that gives plants like this poplar their structure—and it’s one of the biggest obstacles in breaking down plants to produce biofuel. John Ralph and his …

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

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

Bacteria Attack Lignin with Enzymatic Tag Team
January 8, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Rice University/Science Daily)  Research shows how nature handles lignin — New research shows how bacterial enzymes team up to attack lignin. The findings could lead to more efficient processes for creating biofuels from wood, grass and …

Poplar (Populus spp.) Trees for Biofuel Production
January 4, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  If you are looking for a comprehensive article on poplar for biofuel production, this is for you.
Table of Contents

Introduction

Current and Potential Use as a Biofuel

Biology and Adaptation

Production and Agronomic Information 

Harvest
Potential Yields
Production Challenges
Estimated Production Cost
Environmental/Sustainability …

Large-Scale Reaction Screening Study of Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways Finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF Promising Alternatives to Ethanol
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study.

In addition, …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016
January 4, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.

As the …

Discovery Advances Biowaste-to-Jet Fuel Research
December 4, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel.

Bin …

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials
November 19, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has …

Renmatix to Develop Its First Commercial Biorefinery Next Year
November 18, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg Business)  Renmatix Inc., a U.S. maker of technology for cellulosic biomaterials, will develop its first commercial biorefinery next year.

The refinery will be commissioned by one of the company’s undisclosed partners and will …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Alliance Bioenergy Improves CTS Conversion Rates in October
October 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, continues to see …

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

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

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Announces a Breakthrough in Cellulose to Sugar Conversion Rates and Efficiencies
October 5, 2015 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), announced today that its’ subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, …

De Gruyter Publishes Textbook: Biorefineries – An Introduction
October 5, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(De Gruyter)  The use of biomass as a resource for fuels and chemicals is a very important topic in chemical research and chemical industry.  —  The field of biorefineries combines cutting-edge research with innovative industrial …

A Biorefinery Approach for Castor Biodiesel — Whole Plant Used for 100% Renewable Biodiesel
September 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (The Chemical Engineer Today)  Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up.

Producing biodiesel from vegetable …

New €106 Million Released by BBI JU to Research Innovative Ways of Using Renewable Resources
September 4, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries)  Second call for proposals for the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) published today (August 25, 2015)   —  New €106 million for research and development are unveiled today for bio-based initiatives to …

The Gas Rush: Could the US Switch Fuels over to 51% Renewable Natural Gas?
September 3, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

Latvian Scientists Make Bioethanol and Furfural from Straw
August 26, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Olga Pavuk  (The Baltic Course)  Production of bioethanol is an alternative energy source of utmost importance in replacing ordinary fuel made from hydrocarbons. Latvian scientists have succeeded in producing bioethanol and furfural from plant …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives

The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
August 5, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  A rapid-growing tree, many researchers think poplar is missing its calling as a high-quality cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. — As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants
July 14, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that’s been …

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel
July 8, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  Lignin–hemicellulose simulation demonstrates potential for predictive modeling using NAMD  —  Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. Biofuel researchers are …

Finding an Off Switch in Wood Formation
July 8, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by D’Lyn Ford (North Carolina State University)  The same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found.

The discovery improves …

Spero Energy Receives $1 Million in Funding from DOE
June 30, 2015 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

(Spero Energy Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company that licenses Purdue intellectual property has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production.

Spero Energy Inc. has received …

Researchers Examine Alternative Switchgrass Breeding Methods to Increase Biofuel Production
June 22, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated.

Switchgrass is an excellent candidate for biofuel production. …

St1 Completes Waste-to-Ethanol Etanolix Project in Sweden
June 8, 2015 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, St1 Biofuels Oy delivered its first Etanolix plant to North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) in Gothenburg, which recycles feedstocks such as biowaste and process residue from local …

University of Georgia Researchers Edit Plant DNA Using Mechanism Evolved in Bacteria
June 8, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (University of Georgia)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research, …

Biofuel Research and Commercial Development in Denmark
June 2, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Task 39 Newsletter)  General introduction – A fossil free energy supply by 2050  —  In 2012, the Danish parliament decided on a new climate act, which calls for an energy supply totally free of fossil …

The Materials Superhighway
May 20, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New physical materials — stronger than steel, stiffer than Kevlar, lightweight, conductive, non-toxic, and highly absorbent.  New liquid fuels and chemicals — strong on performance, price, and emissions.  New edible …

Dyadic Receives Funding for New Advanced Biofuels Program
May 14, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic/PR Newswire)   Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, …

Taurus Energy and Partners in Tough Competition Awarded EU Financing for 2nd Generation Ethanol Project
May 11, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  The EU-Commission has awarded 20 million EURO in financing for the development of a strategically important 2nd generation ethanol demo plant in France. The award is shared with French production companies CIMV (group …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …

Daniel Amador-Noguez Engineers Better Bacteria for Biofuels
April 9, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

… (Daniel) Amador-Noguez’s lab focuses on understanding metabolism in biofuel-producing bacteria with the goal of engineering microbes that can more efficiently convert plant biomass to energy. It’s exciting research, but it’s also the kind 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 …

PureVision to Scale up Biorefining Technology at ZeaChem Site
April 6, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(PureVision Technology Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public …

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 …

Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More
February 27, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of California-Riverside)  Researchers have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown …

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 …

BPI Announces Startup of Pilot Plant Featuring LTSD Technology
February 16, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Process Innovation Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant and successful operation of its low temperature steep delignification (LTSD) pretreatment process at its pilot …

UMass Amherst Lignin Research Sheds Light on How Plants Adapt to Environmental Stress
January 5, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, new research may advance our understanding of “how the relative proportions of biopolymers,” like lignin, “are controlled in plant tissue”. The study, led by Sam Hazen at the …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 30, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue News)  A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 22, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel …

Bioasphalt Made with Lignin under Development in the Netherlands
December 5, 2014 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research/Biomass Magazine)  Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.

Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

Grant Given to Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag
November 18, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(THV11)  A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.

The grant to cycleWood Solutions …

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels
November 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost by today’s technologies — and providing a drive to lower costs that busts through infrastructure …

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue
November 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a …

Researchers Win Funding for Miscanthus, Sorghum Research
October 31, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy as part …