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Portland Votes ‘Yes’ On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel
April 21, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Amelia Templeton  (OPB FM) For years, the sewage flushed away by Portland households has decomposed into methane gas captured by the city’s wastewater plant and turned into energy and electricity.

Now, the city’s wastewater agency, the Bureau …

US-Based Researchers Develop System for Converting Waste Methane to Microbial Biomass
April 11, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  A new paper by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) describes a process that captures methane from natural gas and biogas and that uses photosynthesis to convert it into biomass feedstock.

The …

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
March 23, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients …

Methane Plant Is the First to Use Nopal
March 22, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Mexico News Daily)  A staple of Mexican landscapes and countless dishes, nopal — also known as prickly pear cactus — is now powering a tortilla plant and two vehicles in Michoacán.

It was 10 years ago that Rogelio Sosa …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Needless Waste of American Energy Resources — Quantifying Natural Gas Lost from Taxpayer and Tribal Owned Lands
January 30, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund) Oil and gas operators needlessly waste hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of methane, the main component of natural gas every year through leaks and intentional venting and flaring. This lost American energy …

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 …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.

As the …

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
January 2, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

Construction of Quebec Biomethane Project Underway
December 29, 2016 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Infrastructure Canada & Government of Quebec/Biomass Magazine)  Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société …

The AirCarbon Methane-to-Plastics Technology: The Digest’s 20-16 Multi-Slide Guide to Newlight Technologies
December 29, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Newlight, founded in 2003, is harnessing methane-based carbon emissions as a resource to replace oil and reduce the cost of plastics production–fundamentally changing both the economics and environmental impact of …

ADM Announces Project to Provide Renewable Natural Gas
December 12, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren …

CNG Fuels Adds 100% Renewable Biomethane to Fueling Stations
December 6, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  NG Fuels, which develops, owns and operates natural gas fueling infrastructure in the U.K., says that Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)-approved renewable biomethane for transport is now available to customers at all …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

E-Diesel Cars Will Have Same Carbon Footprint as Electric, Says Audi
October 28, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Wired)  Audi’s German plants are working on climate-neutral fuel alternatives, e-gas and e-diesel  —  …

One such smart solution is Audi e-gas. The fuel, which is produced through a combination of electrolysis and methanation, is being …

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use
October 4, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, and a progress report was presented at Biometa 2016, held in Barcelona in …

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 …

Scientists May Have Solved a Key Mystery about the World’s Methane Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 9:20 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  New research has added yet another layer to a major scientific debate about our global emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide when …

Cows Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Emit Stones
September 1, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month in Finland, a team of intrepid researchers herded one thousand European cows one-by-one into a glass “metabolic chamber” to measure their methane emissions, digestion, production characteristics, energy-efficiency, metabolism, …

Weird Science: How to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Renewable Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by David Dittman (Wall Street Daily) … ClimateWire recently reported that scientists have engineered a bacterium that can turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel in a single, enzyme-catalyzed metabolic step.

Summarizing a paper published on August 22, …

Ag Carbon Credits Go to Market, Just as Cap and Trade Is Questioned
August 23, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Grady (Green Biz)  … Letting the fields temporarily dry has reduced the methane released from that rice field by 50 percent, compared to an adjacent field that was flooded all through the growing season, according …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

The War Against Ethanol, Part 1
August 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  Getting real about ethanol  —  …  But until solar and wind power charge our national fleet of electric and hydrogen vehicles, ethanol is worth discussing. Because all in all, gasoline is …

Direct Conversion of Methane to Aromatics in a Catalytic Co-Ionic Membrane Reactor
August 5, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  Methane gas is expensive to ship. It is usually converted into carbon monoxide and hydrogen and then liquefied. This is economically feasible only on very large scales. Hence, methane produced in small amounts …

It’s Time to Rethink Methane
August 1, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(GNA Journal)  GNA hosted its second-annual Rethink Methane Symposium on June 29-30 in Sacramento, California, which gathered more than 250 attendees to look at impediments and obstacles to harnessing the state’s substantial renewable methane feedstocks …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
August 1, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox)  … I’m going to break this down as a series of numbered lists — not one, not two, but five lists of three:

The three key facts the campaign took as starting points

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance
July 8, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and a gold rush of companies popped up such as Siluria Technologies, Calysta, and Mango Materials. …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Launches New Enzyme Product for Biogas Industry
July 6, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  State-of-the-Art Biotechnology Offering Will Increase Methane Yields and Improve Profitability  —  Today, DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced the launch of OPTIMASH® AD-100, an innovative new enzyme product that will help biomethane producers improve biogas …

Business Owner, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Hope to Create Jobs, Ecosystem with Biorefinery
July 5, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(El Paso Herald Post)  … On June 15, through a LEDA grant from the City of Tucumcari, ERD purchased the former ethanol plant at 1600 Rock Island Road. In partnership with Robert Lopez, a Tucumcari farmer, …

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?
June 30, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators …

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
June 22, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S. live within a half-mile of an oil and gas facility—and its pollution.  —  Environmentalists have …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

Methane Emissions Are Extremely Harmful, and the Government Might Not Know How Much There Is.
June 13, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  Now, after the growth of a natural gas production operation commonly known as fracking, the United States is producing more methane emissions than any country in the world. And …

The Truth About Tight Oil (2016)
May 16, 2016 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists) Tight oil is a major source of global warming emissions. Better regulations—and an industry held accountable for its actions—would help.

Methane is trapped in the same rock deposits as tight oil and …

EPA Finalizes Stronger Methane Emission Rules
May 13, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by  Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Obama administration on Thursday finalized a new rule designed to cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, pushing a stronger standard than one proposed last summer.

The …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
May 10, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox.com)  Media coverage of the Democratic primary has not shed much light on Hillary Clinton’s proposals for climate change and clean energy policy.  But oh, she has proposals. Lots of them! I …

The U.S. Oil and Gas Boom Is Having Global Atmospheric Consequences, Scientists Suggest
April 28, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  Scientists say they have made a startling discovery about the link between domestic oil and gas development and the world’s levels of atmospheric ethane — a carbon compound that can both …

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
April 25, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since …

New EPA Stats Confirm: Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Far Exceed Prior Estimates
April 18, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Higher Baseline Plus Year-on-Year Increase Make Sector the Top Emitter over Ag  —  The oil and natural gas industry has moved into first place as the highest sources of U.S. methane emissions, …

The Most Important Mystery about U.S. Climate Change Policy
April 18, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  … Environmentalists have charged for some time that the fracking boom — the rise in unconventional natural gas that is the key driver of all of this — has a …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
March 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben (The Nation) Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.   …   Meet methane, otherwise known as CH4.  In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical …

Malawi: Must Hands Over Ethanol Stoves to Farmers in KK
March 15, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Anastazio Mpumulo  (AllAfrica)  Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) has handed over ethanol stoves to 36 households in Nkhotakota to mark the beginning of an assessment where ethanol is tested at household level …

Study Undermines EPA, Blames Rising Methane Levels on Farming, Not Fracking
March 15, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Valerie Richardson (The Washington Times)  A newly released international study finds that farming, not fracking, is the likely culprit behind rising global methane levels, undermining the Obama administration’s crackdown on methane from oil-and-gas production …

How to Make Sure the US and Canada Get It Right on Methane
March 14, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by David Babson (Union of Concerned Scientists) … But recent science suggests that we don’t have a great handle on how large methane emissions really are, so we are going to need strong science to back …

Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings from Natural Gas Substitutions in Vehicles, Furnaces, and Power Plants
March 9, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Daniel S. Cohan and Shayak Sengupta (Inderscience Publishers/International Journal of Global Warming)  We compare the net greenhouse gas emissions impact of substituting natural gas for other fossil fuels for five purposes: light-duty vehicles, transit buses, …

Energy Department Requests Information on Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities
February 15, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to …

Short on Sustainable Hydrogen? Here Comes New Water-Splitting Tech to Save the Day
February 9, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may not know it, but you are short on hydrogen. Right now. We live in a hydrogen-starved world, and it’s expensive to make. And most of what we make is …

L.A. County Files Criminal Charges over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
February 8, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Paige St. John and Alice Walton (Los Angeles Times)  Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. …

WEBINAR: Counting Carbon in Bioenergy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges — February 9, 2016
February 1, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Counting Carbon in Bioenergy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges   —   February 9, 2016

This presentation, presented by Peter Woodbury of Cornell University, will consider aspects of the carbon cycle critical for bioenergy carbon accounting in general (the EPA accounting framework specifically will be addressed in the next session) …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.

According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

Sampson County OKs Incentives Package for 2 Hog Waste Power Plants
January 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Futch (Fayetteville Observer)  Michigan-based NOVI Energy is moving forward with plans to build two anaerobic digester power plants in Sampson County after county commissioners approved incentives for the facilities.

The proposed plants would bring …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

Report: Methane a Rising Risk for Both Oil & Gas Sector and Investors
January 11, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A first-of-its-kind report by Environmental Defense Fund shows that leading oil and gas companies are putting themselves and their investors at financial and reputational risk by failing to adequately disclose meaningful information …

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, …

LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster
January 4, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Maddie Stone (GizMoDo)  One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air …

We’ve Got a Methane Problem
December 23, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Fred Krupp (GreenBiz/Environmental Defense Fund)  As I write this, a massive methane leak from a ruptured natural gas storage facility in California is causing, every day, as much climate damage over the next 20 years as …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

New Study Finds Oil & Gas Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Almost Twice What Official Estimates Suggest
December 14, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Steven Hamburg  (Environmental Defense Fund)   A new scientific study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, coordinated by EDF, reports findings from the most comprehensive examination of regional methane emissions …

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak
December 14, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Los Angeles Daily News)  Nov. 6, 2015 – This morning at 11 a.m., SoCalGas crews and outside experts started the coiled tubing rig operation to attempt to work through an ice blockage inside the 2 …

Bioenergy Projects Receive DOE ARPA-E Grants
December 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or …

Research and Markets: Analysing the Biofuel Industry in the United States 2015
November 18, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Biofuel Industry in the United States – 2015” report to their offering.

The report helps assess the feasibility of production of biofuels and the potential …

Exxon’s Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea (Part 4)
October 23, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Neela Banerjee & Lisa Song (Inside Climate News) Throughout the 1980s, the company struggled to solve the carbon problem of one of the biggest gas fields in the world out of concern for climate …

CC&R-Greenlane Truck Biomethane
September 23, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Greenlane Is Supporting a New Digester in Southern California With an Initial Production Target of One Million DGEs Per Year: State’s First for ‘Pipeline-Quality RNG from Organics Recycling’ — CR&R Waste & Recycling expects by …

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 …

Oberon Fuels, Ford and FVV Partner to Build, Fuel, and Test the World’s First Production Passenger Car Powered by DME
September 16, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Oberon Fuels, Ford Motor Company, and FVV have partnered on a 3-year, €3.5M project to research, analyze and test the potential of dimethyl ether and OME fuel in …

The Gas Rush: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Farmatic and the Opportunity in Renewable Natural Gas
September 3, 2015 – 12:13 pm | 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 …

Calysta and Its Happy Meal
September 3, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s not just fish meal, it’s happy meal — for investors, we hear. As Calysta pivots towards methane-to-protein and supersizes its business plan, we visit with CEO Alan Shaw 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 …

Dimethyl Ether as a New Diesel Alternative Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
September 2, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.

Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

EPA’s Estimate of the “Social Cost of Methane” Used to Justify New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
August 26, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Wayne J. D’Angelo (Fracking Insider)  On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) under the Clean Air Act covering methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) …

Methane’s Sputnik Moment? The 7 Hottest Meth Techs to Watch, as US Methane Regulation Steps up
August 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Are these 7 companies the big winners from the EPA’s proposed rules for oil & gas well methane emissions? — In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of new …

Natural Gas-Fueled Buses and Trucks: Will the Climate Really Benefit?
August 20, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Camuzeaux (Environmental Defense Fund)  At a time when companies and governments are looking more closely at alternative fuel sources to reduce their environmental impact, many players in the transportation sector are considering shifting their …

The Limits of Obama’s New Rules on Pollution
August 19, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Editorial: THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the …

Advancing Alongside Ag
August 3, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  An example of sheer innovation over time, farmers today grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s, on 20 percent less land. As science and farming …

The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, Methanotrophs, Acetogens and Knallgas Bacteria
July 31, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Which microbes achieve a better, faster, cheaper transformation of the world around us?  …  Down there in the mud, too small to be seen with the naked eye, are some …

Rice Is Nice, but Can It Be Less of a Methane-Belching Device? PNNL Says “Yes, If You Take Our Advice”
July 31, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere

Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

Methane Leaks Raise New Questions about Natural Gas Sites
July 10, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Rhiannon Meyers (Houston Chronicle)   Some natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale leaked more methane than previously thought, underscoring the need for better and more frequent monitoring and repair of equipment, new studies by …

Integrating Source Apportionment Tracers into a Bottom-up Inventory of Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Region
July 7, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Amy Townsend-Small, Josette E. Marrero, David R. Lyon, Isobel J. Simpson, Simone Meinardi, and Donald R. Blake  (Environmental Science and Technology)  A growing dependence on natural gas for energy may exacerbate emissions of the greenhouse …

New Environmental Study Urges “Caution” for Policymakers Considering Replacing Clean Diesel Trucks With Natural Gas Vehicles
May 19, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Uncertainty Over Amount of Methane Emissions & Diesel Technology Efficiency Warrant Further Examination

A new study published today said that switching from diesel to natural gas in heavy-duty trucks could worsen and accelerate …

The Experiment in Exploitation of Engines Working on Biofuel Has Been Completed in Sweden
April 8, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  Stockholm authorities reckoned up the results of a four-year experiment in testing the trucks with engines using alternative fuel.

Within the framework of the experiment, fifty trucks appeared on the roads of Stockholm, …

8 Ways Obama Sucks on Climate
February 18, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist) … But many of the administration’s moves, including a string of recent actions by federal agencies under Obama’s control, show this conventional wisdom to be false. Here are the president’s top eight …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.

The plan relies …

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 …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

Small but Tough: Iridium Nanoparticles Resist Deactivation in Biofuel Production
December 23, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists characterized catalysts to determine ability to convert methane to more valuable fuels

Results: Steam reforming turns methane from biomass into a mixture that can be further converted into transportation fuels. By …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Process Converts Human Waste into Rocket Fuel
December 11, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Brad Buck  (University of Florida)  Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste — yes, that kind — into …

Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celia, Yuheng Chen, and Tullis C. Onstott (PNAS)  Abandoned oil and gas wells provide a potential pathway for subsurface migration and emissions …

The Environmental Pros and Cons of Feeding Dried Distillers Grains
December 4, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Alma Release (Alberta Farmer)   Cattle fed DDGs produce less methane and more nitrogen, Lethbridge Research Station scientists have found

Feed is one of the highest on-farm costs and when the price of barley, corn and …

The Downside of the Boom
November 24, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff  (The New York Times)   North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.

Blowouts represent the riskiest …

Carbon Fee Bill Would Benefit Algae Industry
November 21, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, which calls for …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

Study: Natural Gas Surge Won’t Slow Global Warming
October 16, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (AP/SFGate.com)  Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.  Abundant natural gas in the United …

Natural Gas Usage Will Have Little Effect on CO2 Emissions, UCI-Led Study Finds
September 25, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(University of California-Irvine)   Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found …

Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK Research Team Reports Progress toward Renewable Propane, Global Media Goes Gaga
September 8, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, If you look this week in your Google News alerts, you’ll see an awful lot of breathless headlines around a meme something like “Researchers have engineered the harmless …

Fulcrum BioEnergy and Cathay Pacific Announce Strategic Investment
August 7, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy/PRNewswire) — Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. (“Fulcrum”), a US-based sustainable biofuel developer, as part of the airline’s biofuel strategy and to help …

Calysta Produces Lactic Acid in NatureWorks Partnership Ahead of Schedule
July 1, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest has heard from California that Calysta has successfully produced lactic acid – a key building block for industrial bioplastics – from methane at lab scale for NatureWorks.

NatureWorks is one …

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
July 1, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.

The results …

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Isn’t as “Clean” as You Think
June 10, 2014 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  One of the rallying cries in favor of liquefying and exporting U.S. natural gas has been to help reduce greenhouse gases in other countries, by crowding out coal in …

Obama Really Wishes He Could Put a Price on Carbon
June 9, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Grist)  President Obama explained his thinking about climate change during a sit-down interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; it will air Monday night during the final episode of Showtime’s climate series “Years of Living Dangerously.” …

Global Warming Alert: Methane Levels Continue to Climb
May 8, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  … Recently, NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, “a measure of the warming influence of long-lived trace gases and how that influence is changing each year.” The data presented …

CIRES, NOAA Study Finds More Methane, Ozone Precursors and Benzene than Estimated by Regulators
May 8, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(CIRES)  During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.

The study, conducted …

Natural Gas Vehicles Worse for Climate than Diesel Ones?
March 8, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  Trucks and buses that run on natural gas may actually be worse for the climate, over the long run, than diesel-fueled vehicles, study says.

Natural gas is widely hailed as cleaner …

Colorado Adopts Tougher Air Rules for Oil, Gas Industry
March 3, 2014 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (The Denver Post)  Colorado adopted tougher air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry — the first in the nation to cover methane, a gas linked to climate change.

State air quality …

Levels of Global-Warming Gas Methane Exceed Government Estimates, New Study Contends
February 14, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  The amount of the heat-trapping gas methane in the atmosphere is considerably great­er than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas system, according to a study …

Envisioning the Bioconversion of Methane to Liquid Fuels
February 10, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Robert J. Conrado and Ramon Gonzalez (Science Magazine)  Efforts to use natural gas in transportation, either directly or by conversion to a liquid fuel, have been spurred by recent increases in available supply and …

What Role for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Mitigation Policy?
December 13, 2013 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by J. K. Shoemaker, D. P. Schrag, M. J. Molina, V. Ramanathan (Science Magazine)  Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4), black carbon (BC), tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They are important contributors to anthropogenic climate …

Groups Call for Federal Regulations to Curb Methane Leaks
December 6, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States …

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says
November 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

More Bad News For Fracking: IPCC Warns Methane Traps More Heat than We Thought
October 11, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Joseph Romm (Think Progress/The Energy Collective)  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane (CH4) is far more potent a greenhouse gas than we had previously realized.

This matters to the fracking debate …

ARPA-E Awards $34M in R&D for Advanced Liquid Fuels from Methane
September 20, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced that 15 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $34 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) via the REMOTE program (Reducing …

Methane Emissions from Onshore Natural Gas Drilling Found Lower than Estimates
September 17, 2013 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  A new study by the University of Texas at Austin shows that methane emissions from onshore natural gas drilling are much lower than previous estimates, in part because of …

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate
August 13, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Freedman (Climate Central)  A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously …

Ethanol Improving While Oil Gets Worse
May 28, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The House and Energy Commerce Committee has released its third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Impacts.” Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), …

EPA Methane Report Further Divides Fracking Camps
May 6, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(National Public Radio/Associated Press)  The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate …

ARPA-E Launches $20M Project REMOTE – Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Liquid Fuels
March 27, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ARPA-E aims to drive liquid fuel production from abundant, affordable methane — and sees biobased technology as the path forward.

In Washington, ARPA-E released its long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for Project …

Report: Flaws in EPA Drilling Pollution Data
March 7, 2013 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle)  Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s …

Natural Gas Leaks Come under Scrutiny, Raise Questions on Climate Impact
March 4, 2013 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  … Measuring how much methane gas is leaking from pipes under the District could help answer a key policy question. As natural gas production expands in the United States, do its benefits …

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas
January 7, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Tollefson (Nature)  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental

Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about …

Can Flex-Fuel Cars Put US on the Road to Low Oil Prices?
December 20, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Barack Obama is in the market for creative ways of combating climate change, and Eyal Aronoff thinks he has one – involving the US’s beloved motor car

Eyal Aronoff identifies himself …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

Camels’ Stomachs Could Provide Key to Cheap, Renewable Biofuel
November 27, 2012 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Alya Al Tunaiji (The National)  …At the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, I am currently focusing my master’s thesis research on the biogas-producing potential of the microbes that live in camels’ stomachs.

Large ruminants – plant-eating mammals …

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Data-Heavy Project Aims to Move Methane Emissions Research beyond ‘He Said, She Said’
October 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and Saqib Rahim (E&E Publishing/Energy Wire)  A team of academics, natural gas companies and environmentalists is hoping to pull a crucial environmental issue from the jaws of polarization and controversy — and start …

Brazilian Biofuels That Cause Land-Use Change May Have Much Larger Non-GHG Air Quality Emissions Than Fossil Fuels
September 21, 2012 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by C.-C. Tsao , J. E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S. N. Spak, G. R. Carmichael, and Y. Chen  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Although biofuels present an opportunity for renewable energy production, significant land-use change resulting from …

Renewable Biogas: Next RFS Darling or Marginal Fuel?
September 12, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …The Toilet Bike, though, brings to light questions around the broader potential for biogas as a renewable transportation fuel, an application that has been gaining increased attention in recent years. …

U.S. Will Lead New Effort to Cut Global Warming from Methane, Soot
February 20, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Brian Vastag (The Washington Post)  With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot …

Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”
February 13, 2012 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Joe Romm (ThinkProgress.org)  Air sampling by NOAA over Colorado Finds 4% Methane Leakage, More Than Double Industry Claims

How much methane leaks during the entire lifecycle of unconventional gas has emerged as a key question in the …

Members of the European Parliament Call for Cuts in Non-CO2 Greenhouse Emissions
September 19, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment

(European Parliament)   Great efforts have been made to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe and internationally, but a number of other substances are also causing Arctic ice-melt and on Wednesday MEPs called for action against …

Search Produces Energy from Biodiesel Waste
July 14, 2011 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Correio do Brasil)  School of Engineering of São Carlos (EESC) of USP, a research proposes the production of energyfrom the gas released in the treatment of glycerol originating from the biodiesel. The residue is rich …

Study: Gas from ‘Fracking’ Worse than Coal on Climate
April 14, 2011 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill)   Cornell University professors will soon publish research that concludes natural gas produced with a drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing” contributes to global warming as much as coal, or even …

MemfoACT Carbon Membrane Helps to Convert Low-Grade Biogas into Biofuel
September 22, 2010 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(AZo Materials)  MemfoACT, a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has secured NOK 25 million to turn its award-winning membrane technology into a commercial product.

Based on research conducted at NTNU’s Department …

Sewage-Powered Volkswagen Beetle Relies on Six ‘Movements’ per Mile
August 18, 2010 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Transport Association)   A car unveiled this week by Wessex Water that runs on methane gas generated from fermented human waste may have a performance comparable with a petrol-powered vehicle, but range may prove a …

Scum of Earth Will save Us before ETS Does
January 2, 2010 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Mark Coulton (The Australian)  … Carbon neutrality may be achievable without resorting to a hefty new tax if the government employed a skerrick of the initiative and ingenuity shown by the team at Townsville’s …