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COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: Tech Innovators Stalk a Stealthy WMD
April 25, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Among the climate warriors fighting CO2 build-up, perhaps the most ambitious are those who are seeking to use CO2 to make industrial materials, fuels or chemicals — displacing the need …

Government to Formulate Policies on Ethanol, Methanol to Bring Down Crude Import Bill: Nitin Gadkari
February 27, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(PTI/The Financial Express)  The Centre will soon come out with policies on the second-generation ethanol as well as methanol, non-conventional fuel resources, which will bring down the crude import bill by Rs 1 lakh crore, …

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 …

Rotterdam Is Proposed Location for Waste-to-Chemicals Plant
October 10, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by AkzoNobel/Van Gansewinkel/Air Liquide/AVR/Enerkem/Havenbedrijf Rotterdam/gemeente Rotterdam/provincie Zuid-Holland/InnovationQuarter en Clean Tech Delta/Port of Rotterdam)  The construction of a waste-to-chemicals plant in the Netherlands that will produce methanol from synthesis gas generated from residual waste is a …

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol Fuels
September 21, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Kellie  (Phys.Org)  Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon …

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari
September 8, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports which was earlier Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Gadkari said addressing a conference on methanol economy …

Enerkem’s Facility in Edmonton Becomes the First ISCC Certified Plant in the World to Convert Municipal Solid Waste into Biomethanol
August 24, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, …

Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport
August 3, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  A recent JRC (Joint Research Center) report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to …

The Top 20 Ways to Capture and Make Use of Carbon
June 28, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It was back in 2010 that the first large-scale set of projects were funded to to test innovative concepts for the beneficial use of carbon dioxide, part of a Recovery …

Shipping Sector Emissions: Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport
May 10, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Center)   A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to …

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel
April 15, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these days. — During the past decade, there has been a great deal of innovation and thought …

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 …

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 …

Simple Fuel, Simple Engine, Simple Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
November 18, 2015 – 11:20 am | 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 …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas

Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

SNEPCo Promotes (M)Ethanol Clean Cookstoves in Drive for Safer Cooking Method in Nigeria
November 10, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Shell)  Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has signed an agreement with Project Gaia Prospects Limited (PGPL) for the conduct of a pilot study on the use of Ethanol clean cookstoves, a cleaner and …

Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Enerkem
September 22, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility …

Conjuring Chemical Cornucopias out of Thin Air
September 14, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Liquid fuels aren’t the only things made from oil. Chemical companies start with oil to make thousands of different products, including plastics and pharmaceuticals. Most of these other commodities are …

Methanol’s Moment: With Low Prices, and Proven Process, Is Meth Your New Best Friend?
September 11, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methanol is gaining momentum as a low-carbon fuels target, as Enerkem starts producing in Edmonton.  Why methanol, why now? Here, we look at the technology and market rationale for this …

Geely Invests $45.5 mln in Methanol Plant
July 8, 2015 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(ECNS.cn/China Daily)  Geely Holding Group, which owns Volvo Car Corp, plans to expand its methanol vehicle operation after its decision to invest $45.5 million in Iceland’s Carbon Recycling International Inc.

The company operates the world’s first …

First Methanol-Powered Diesel Engine Debuted by MAN D&T
July 2, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

By Charlie Bartlett (Seatrade Maritime News)  MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series.

Taking place at …

Ecuador to Roll out Argus-Linked Ethanol
May 19, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa issued a decree that orders the gradual roll out of a 10pc ethanol blend nationwide, using the Argus US Gulf Coast ethanol price as an index. … The Ecopais plan is …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Inches Closer to Construction
February 8, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hixson (Journal of Commerce)  Blue Fuel Energy, based in Victoria, plans to make its final decision on a $2.5 billion gas refinery at the end of the year. The renewables and natural gas-to-gasoline plant …

Innovative Research, Applications and Approaches Keep Freudenberg-NOK Ahead of the Competition
January 14, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies/PR NewsWire)  The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit offers visitors an eye-pleasing preview of new cars and trucks. But in addition to amazing design, many of this year’s hottest vehicles …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

PUMP debuts Sept. 19 in NY and LA. Elon Musk, Jason Bateman, Lula Head a Star-Studded Documentary on Energy Choice
September 15, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Friday, a new movie debuts — billed “the movie that will change your attitude about fuel forever” — and specifically, about ending oil addiction

It’s PUMP — an eye-opener directed …

Enerkem’s Family Affair
June 18, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine) Enerkem President and CEO Vincent Chornet and his team have driven Enerkem along a commercialization pathway for the past 10 years. As Enerkem’s first commercial-scale deployment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, enters …

Expanding American Ethanol to China
June 9, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Davis (Renewable Fuels Associations) I (Kelly Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs) had the unique opportunity to participate in a 10-day U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade mission to China that began on May 5. …

Supercritical Biodiesel Method Creates Less Waste From Fats
April 2, 2014 – 10:15 am | No Comment

By Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Researchers reported on a novel method this week at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, to produce biodiesel from crude animal fats, including waste fat from alligators, using supercritical methanol …

The Race to Capture, Use and Monetize Waste CO2
March 5, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reduce carbon? Rid the world of excess CO2? Not so fast, buster. A new generation of technologies has come along that capture, re-purpose and monetize CO2 emissions. Will they realize their promise? As …

Can This Birmingham Company Kickstart the Alternative Fuel Revolution?
February 13, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Davis (Birmingham Business Journal)  The race to discover a viable alternative fuel to gasoline has slowed down some in recent years, and that could be because the fuel source everyone is looking for …

Israel’s New Motor Fuels Strategy Leans on Gas
December 26, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Ari Rabinovitch (Reuters)  Israel plans to cut oil use in transportation by 60 percent by 2025, an aggressive target by world standards, and will tap into its newfound natural gas deposits to make it …

Biofuels, True North, Natural Gas, and Primus Green Energy
November 15, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Primus Green Energy recently completed a landmark technology demonstration — and heads off to scale with a catalytic technology for making $2.00 gasoline.  But, in shifting to natural gas as …

Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit November 12-13, 2013 Tel Aviv, Israel
August 29, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit   November 12-13, 2013   Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel has the world’s most ambitious target to change its transportation system – replacing 60% of its oil consumption with new technologies by 2025.  It is a bold goal, and one with profound implications for …

Congress Could Lower Alt-Fuel Requirements in New Open Fuel Standard Act
July 5, 2013 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (AutoBlogGreen)  Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan …

Cellulosic Biofuels in the US: How Much and How Soon? 2014′s Terrific Ten
March 22, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although no commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels facilities are operating in the United States at present, at least ten projects exceeding 20 million gallons per year are expected to begin operations by …

The Lowdown on Methanol and Dimethyl Ester as Advanced Biofuels
September 14, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  …Methanol is cheap to produce and has been tested extensively as a gasoline replacement. It is the simplest alcohol and one of the world’s most widely used commodity chemicals. …

No Farm Bill, No Tier 3—Not until after the Election; Sundrop Fuels Presents an Alternative
March 23, 2012 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the March 21 Bioenergy Day on Capitol Hill, discussion focused on the need for a continued Renewable Fuels Standard, reviews of the history of biofuels, assessment of current …

The Methanol Alternative to Gasoline
February 24, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Tom Ridge and Mary E. Peters (New York Times) Opinion:  President Obama recently called the United States the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and asserted that it was time for our oil-dominated transportation fuel …

LUFT: Market-Based Future for Ethanol
January 18, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Gal Luft (The Washington Times)  …At current oil prices, ethanol is more costly than gasoline while the alcohol fuel methanol, primarily made from natural gas, is cheaper than gasoline on a per-mile basis. But …

Vertis Signed up as Agent for BioMCN in Central Europe
December 23, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(BioMCN)  Environmental commodity broker Vertis Environmental Finance have signed an agency agreement with BioMCN for the representation and sales of bio-methanol in Central Europe. BioMCN is the largest 2nd generation biofuels producer in the world, …

Researchers Discover a Way to Significantly Reduce the Production Costs of Fuel Cells
December 23, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Aalto University)  This ALD method for manufacturing fuel cells requires 60 per cent less of the costly catalyst than current methods.

-This is a significant discovery, because researchers have not been able to achieve savings of …

Breaking Oil’s Monopoly on Transportation
September 27, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles  (Energy Outlook)   I’ve been thinking about an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times written by a former National Security Advisor and a former CIA chief.

…The op-ed was apparently timed to mark the …

Market Access Will Save US from $4 Gasoline, Says FuelChoiceNow
September 21, 2011 – 8:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a coalition called FuelChoiceNow has opened for business one worth taking a very, very close look at.

The pitch: that advanced fuel companies are developing new, affordable and commercial-ready alternatives …

Open Fuel Standard Legislation Is Bad for the Environment; Bad for Biofuels
June 2, 2011 – 1:02 pm | One Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shale Natural Gas Does Not Belong in Pro-Environmental Legislation

A new legislative analysis by Advanced Biofuels USA concludes that the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) is bad for advanced biofuels and will add to …

Why It’s Wrong to Agree with the Malthusians about Ethanol
May 17, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Zubrin   (Pajamas Media)  Rising food prices are the result of rising oil prices, not a growing market for ethanol.

…There is not a fixed amount of grain in the world. Farmers produce in response …

Making a Great Fuel Even Better
May 16, 2011 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  How replacing natural gas with biomass as feedstock for methanol production can improve biodiesel’s already good environmental footing

The vast majority of methanol produced today is sourced from natural gas, but …

Open Fuel Standard Introduced in House, Sponsorship Growing
May 10, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., imagines a world where consumers could drive up to the pump in a standardized vehicle and choose – be it biofuels, methanol, coal-to-liquid fuel or …

Methanol Greener than Ethanol
April 13, 2011 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Gerry Calhoun (DNJ.com)  …Methanol, processed from natural gas, is an alcohol, like ethanol, but it needs no extensive lands for cultivation, no distillation, no transportation and thus is far more environmentally friendly. Any car …

Georgia’s First Wood-to-Ethanol Plant Opens
August 31, 2010 – 8:58 am | No Comment

by Dave Williams (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  The nation’s first commercial plant producing ethanol from wood wastes is open for business in the timber country of southeastern Georgia.

More than a year and a half behind its original …

Range Fuels Produces Cellulosic Methanol From First Commercial Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
August 18, 2010 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  Range Fuels’ Commercial Cellulosic Biofuels Plant near Soperton, Georgia Produces Cellulosic Methanol from Non-Food Biomass

Range Fuels, Inc., a company focused on commercially producing low-carbon biofuels and clean renewable power, today announced that it has …

ACE Speakers Answer Big Oil, Ethanol Critics
August 10, 2010 – 8:21 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol Conference & Trade Show, two speakers gave particularly strong arguments for chipping away at the power and monopoly of Big Oil. It …

Ethanol Likely to Have Major Role as Fuel
July 5, 2010 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Kenzie  (Wheel.ca)  …So far, everyone seems to think that the only way we’ll wean ourselves off decomposed dinosaur remains is if we either can’t find any more, or it becomes so expensive to find/extract/ship/refine …

BioMCN Opens Largest 2nd Generation Biofuel Plant
June 29, 2010 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(BioMCN)  June 25, 2010, the Queen’s Commissioner of the Province of Groningen, Sir Max van den Berg, together with Rob Voncken, CEO of BioMCN, has officially opened the largest second generation biofuel plant in the world. With …

Closed Down Methanol Plant Turned into the World’s Largest Biofuels Production Plant
June 11, 2010 – 9:17 am | No Comment

(Chemrec)  On the northern coast of the Netherlands a few driven entrepreneurs transformed a closed down methanol factory into the world’s largest second generation biofuels production unit in less than three years. By changing the feedstock …

A New Way to Make Methanol Fuel
May 25, 2010 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(New Energy and Fuel)  University of Oxford researchers are developing a method for the homogeneous conversion of CO2 to methanol, with methanol as the only resulting C1 product.  With momentum building in the methanol powered fuel …

Methanol: Biofuel to love or hate?
May 25, 2010 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A lot of people refer to methanol as wood alcohol – referring to the ancient process of extracting methanol from wood, using pyrolysis. In recent years, it has been primarily …

We Are Green: “Always Clean 110″ Project Is an Example of a Growing Trend in Biofuels: “Symbiosis” Project Produce Biodiesel, Using Recovered Methanol, Cooking Oil
December 4, 2009 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by  (Biofuels Digest)  …Here is an under funded grad student (with a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University) who, while working part time, put together a system that will produce bio-diesel fuel from basic …

Can Methanol Really Make a Dent in US Oil Demand?
July 31, 2009 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by John Lynn  (Energy Tribune)  … Methanol can be produced from a wide variety of feedstocks, including natural gas, coal, biomass, and even atmospheric carbon dioxide. … Using mature gasification technology, one ton of biomass …