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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 16, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f anyone asks what will be the economic incentive for a revised, more effective CO2 GHG reduction plan that uses renewable fuels as well as technology, tell them this.

Renewable ethanol is about $1.00/gallon cheaper than high octane gasoline. It’s the cheapest way to produce the octane, performance, and efficiency people want.

With GHG reductions coming from renewable fuels, expensive light weight carbon fiber won’t be needed to reduce vehicle weight to improve mileage. Cars and trucks will be cheaper.” READ MORE and MORE



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2nd Edition of Global Summit on Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies — October 5-6, 2018 — Barcelona, Spain
February 19, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

2nd Edition of Global Summit on  Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies   —   October 5-6, 2018   —   Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to Barcelona, the cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage spread throughout the corners. Experience the core the renewable energy as never before. EuroScicon is proud to host the 2nd Edition of Global Summit on Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies with the theme of “Preserving energy is preserving future”. We are there to host you on October 5-6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Renewable Energy 2018 will widely elucidate the various spectrum of renewable energy through its dignified environmentalists, distinguished professors, scientists along with students, young researchers. It will be a golden platform for the young minds to showcase their research and present and meet the experts. It will provide an environment conducive to education and interaction.

With broad array of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and poster sessions, the Renewable Energy 2018 is the perfect venue not only to dive into the particular renewable energy but also to expand the scope of your knowledge. 26 tracks are designed focussing on Sources of energy, Biomass, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Tidal Power, Hydrogen Economy, 100% Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy, Green Energy, Chemical Batteries, Future Challenges and Emerging technologies.

The Organizing Committee has done its best to set up a framework that we think will allow for a creative interplay of ideas. All we need now to convert the extensive program on paper to an active and vibrant renewable energy forum in person is your active participation.

List of Journals:

Environmental Science: An Indian Journal

Research & Reviews: Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications

Innovative Energy & Research

Journal of Nuclear Energy Science & Power Generation Technology

About Hosting Oranization

EuroSciCon is one among Europe’s largest and most significant scientific place which serves as a crossroad for the academicians and industry experts to build networks. With over 16 years of Life Science Communication it focuses on to Spearheading the Transformation of Medical Research into Knowledge through Scientific Gatherings and Networking. Supporting the Rare Care UK organization, EuroSciCon is a corporate member of Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and British Society for Immunology. Our approach has always been unique, and that difference has propelled our growth towards Scientific Serendipity.  READ MORE



QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 16, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f anyone asks what will be …

GLOBE Forum 2018 — March 14-16, 2018 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
February 17, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
GLOBE Forum 2018   —    March 14-16, 2018   —   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GLOBE Forum brings together business and all levels of government from North America and beyond to accelerate the shift to a sustainable, clean economy.
Over the last 28 years, GLOBE Forum events have attracted over 170,000 …

US Ethanol Export Sales Effort IBP ‘Rousing Success’ at RFA Event
February 17, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The meetings were scheduled as part of the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a joint government-industry effort that increases U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major …

Council Assesses Ethanol Market Potential In UAE, Pakistan
February 17, 2018 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently undertook a market assessment mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan to analyze the ethanol demand potential in both countries and engage with policymakers and …

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance
February 17, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.
The …

2018 Toast to Clearing the Air — March 7, 2018 — Sacramento, CA
February 16, 2018 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
2018 Toast to Clearing the Air   —   March 7, 2018   —   Sacramento, CA

Air Quality & Climate Change: What now, California?  Join the Coalition for Clean Air for one of Sacramento’s signature events. Attend this event to see and bee seen among California’s elector, regulatory and environmental leaders and …

Analysis: RIN Prices of ‘Just a Few Cents’ are Coming—Without Changes to RFS
February 16, 2018 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm …

Growth Energy Calls on US Government to Support Biofuels Sector
February 16, 2018 – 9:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are crucial to improving the US energy outlook, according to an expert from ethanol trade association Growth Energy.
Chris Bliley, Growth Energy’s vice-president of regulatory affairs, says that the forecasts in the recently released …

Now Accepting Entries: Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018 DEADLINE: February 23, 2018
February 16, 2018 – 9:02 pm | No Comment

Innovation is at the heart of our Bio-Based World Community from our news portal and Quarterly magazine, to our social media and our flagship event. For us innovation takes many forms and we will once again …

Ethanol Blog Biofuels Groups Tell Pruitt Not to Forget Cellulosic Ethanol from Fiber
February 16, 2018 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer) Ethanol industry group have been asking, yet getting little feedback from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on an overlooked aspect of the Renewable Fuel Standard: the production of cellulosic …

EPA RIN Market Data Poor: CFTC Can’t Draw Conclusion on RIN Market Based on EPA Data Provided
February 16, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission told senators Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t been able to provide the CFTC with enough quality data on the biofuels …

One Big Problem with Recycling and Biofuel
February 16, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Karolinska Institutet)  Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

RSB African Aviation Biofuel Summit — March 20, 2018 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
February 16, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment
RSB African Aviation Biofuel Summit   —   March 20, 2018   —   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In a first for the continent, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia will play host to an RSB Aviation Biofuel Summit in March. Generously sponsored by the Boeing Company, this not-to-be-missed summit will bring together local, regional …

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks
February 16, 2018 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)? Welcome to the reality of …

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska
February 16, 2018 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally …

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases
February 15, 2018 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant issue since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Besides the …

Oman Perfect to Collect Algae for Biofuel Synthesis: Experts
February 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Maqsood Maniyar (Times of Oman)  Oman has a great potential to provide algae for synthesis of biofuel, observers in the field of biology have stated. The Sultanate, with its wadis and seas, is an excellent source …

De-coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU
February 15, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we may in fact facilitate mother nature in breaking the lock-out of her dominant species,” wrote …

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate
February 15, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US biofuel mandate, according to a letter released Tuesday. 
More than two dozen refineries …

New DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction
February 15, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when …

Analysis Finds U.S. Ethanol Industry Making ‘Significant Contribution to the Economy’
February 15, 2018 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. ethanol industry added nearly $44.4 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported 358,779 jobs in 2017, according to a new study conducted by ABF Economics. The study, released today by the …

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry
February 15, 2018 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities …

Vive le ROI: Has Sylvatex Uncovered a Gold Mine in Renewable Fuels?
February 15, 2018 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while …

‘Hundreds of Jobs’ to Come with New NQ Project
February 14, 2018 – 11:06 pm | No Comment

by Morgan Oss (The Chronicle)  Hundreds of jobs could soon be up for grabs in North Queensland, with work due to begin within three months on the world-class bioethanol facility planned at Pentland.
Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) …

Air Liquide Opens a Unique CO2 Recovery Plant in Johnstown, ON
February 14, 2018 – 10:42 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide)  Air Liquide invested over $30 million these past two years to build this new facility and enhance its bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec.
Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, …

Better, Faster, Cheaper Bio-Oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil
February 14, 2018 – 10:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led by Daniel Resasco at the …

A Million Minds in the Advanced Bioeconomy
February 14, 2018 – 10:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two of our most popular editorial features return today in their 2018 livery— the corporate 5-Minute Guides and the “4 Minutes with…” series that introduces you to some of the Million Minds …

Gene Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels
February 14, 2018 – 10:18 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted …

Organic Power to Install 2 MW AD Plant in Puerto Rico
February 14, 2018 – 10:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Organic Power Ltd. is installing a Global Water Engineering Raptor anaerobic digestion plant at its green energy facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico. Once fully operational in mid-2018, the facility is …

Connecticut Seeks Proposals for AD, Wind, Fuel Cell Projects
February 14, 2018 – 9:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion, offshore wind …

Pruitt Commits to Creating Regulatory Certainty for Biomass
February 14, 2018 – 9:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 13, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with members of the  forest products industry and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to discuss a range of environmental issues. Pruitt also …

6th Fats, Oils and Grease Conference & Training — April 17-19, 2018 — Valdosta, GA
February 14, 2018 – 8:31 pm | No Comment
6th Fats, Oils and Grease Conference & Training   —   April 17-19, 2018   —   Valdosta, GA

On behalf of the Southeastern F.O.G Alliance we would like to invite you to attend our 6th Fats, Oils and Grease Conference & Training.  This  is the only one of its kind in the south …

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport Rolls out Biomethane Shuttle Buses
February 14, 2018 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

(VINCI Airports/NGV Journal) As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is launching of a fleet of biogas-powered shuttle vehicles and creating an agricultural club.
A fleet of seven shuttles, running exclusively …

Environmental and Energy Law Program at Vermont Law School (Fellowship Application Deadline: May 1)
February 14, 2018 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Law School)  SHAPE ENERGY POLICY–Learn how to use the law to shape policies that encourage energy efficiency, advance renewable energy, and promote energy security and justice.
The legal system will critically affect how humanity meets the …

Five Steps for Successful Sustainable Fuel Fleet Integration and Vehicle Use
February 14, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Since switching to B20, we’ve had no engine issues. We haven’t had any issues with fuel filters. And the lubrication from biodiesel has been a good thing given the …

Interested in Financial Feasibility Studies? Try University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Offers Experiential Finance Career Academy
February 14, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(University of Iowa Our philosophy is simple:  the technologies that will save the planet are being developed, but they’ll only be deployed in sufficient scale to make a difference if they are financially viable.   The …

Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Has Classes in Nice and Berlin
February 14, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment

Understanding the complexity of current energy transformation in Europe and worlwide
1 language (English)
2 places (Nice and Berlin)
A one-year programme (three terms: October-June)
60 ECTS
A unique programme – at the crossroads of theory and practice
The Master in …

Tomorrow’s Alcohol Can Be Made from Surplus Milk Sugar
February 13, 2018 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Denmark)  New technology from DTU can convert milk sugar (lactose) in dairy by-products into alcohol. The newly established company behind the technology has received start-up capital from CAPNOVA.
Dairies’ production of cheese generates considerable …

NGT Notice to MoEF, Assam on NRL’s Bio-Ethanol Project
February 13, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by PTI, Guwahati (India TV)  Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) will utilise bamboo as main biomass for producing bioethanol under the project at Owguri Chapori village in Golaghat (Assam).

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by wildlife activist …

Renewable Dairy Fuels Kicks off Construction of Indiana Biogas Facility
February 13, 2018 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced that construction has begun on what the company calls the U.S.’ biggest on-farm anaerobic-digester-to-vehicle-fuel operation.
Located in Fair Oaks, Ind., the dairy …

Lignin Unchained, 3D Printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics
February 13, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team led by Amit K. Naskar, …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Trump Seeks to Cut Energy Department Loan, Research Programs
February 12, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration Monday proposed significantly slashing a handful of controversial loan and research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE).
The cuts to programs meant to help develop innovative energy technologies, …

Sunflowers One Day, Oily Stuff the Next: Pacific Biodiesel Turns Sunflower Seeds into Oil for Cooking and Massages — in Addition to Biofuel
February 12, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Tanji  (Maui News)  … Around 1,330 gallons of sunflower oil was generated from the first 14-acre field farmed by Pacific Biodiesel last year.
Company founder and President Bob King said this past week that most …

Biofuels at Sea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Good Fuels Marine
February 12, 2018 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine is on the move. We reported last month that VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine will work together to make European inland shipping more sustainable. …

What If Car Buyers Aren’t Ready for Electric Cars, Even in California?
February 12, 2018 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  It’s accepted wisdom among electric-car fans and advocates that within a few years, mass-market car buyers will start snapping up battery-electric cars.
First, battery prices have to come down to the …

Environmentalists Sue The EPA Over Pollution From Biofuels
February 11, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Tim Pearce (Daily Caller)  Two environmental groups sued the Trump administration Friday over the threat that the 2018 renewable fuel volume standards pose to endangered species.
The Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network are targeting …

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate
February 11, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central …

Global Ethanol Market: Advancement in Production Technologies and Demand for Cleaner and Cost-Effective Fuel in Automobile Sector to Bolster Uptake, notes TMR
February 11, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Globe Newswire)  Global Ethanol Market could rise at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast timeframe 2017–2022 to touch a hefty valuation of US$105.0 Billion by the final forecast year 2022.  —  The global ethanol …

ABO Scores HIstoric Victory for Carbon Utilization
February 10, 2018 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from power plants …

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Extended
February 10, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump today, included provisions to extend a host of Alternative Fuel Tax Credits. The incentives originally expired on December 31, 2016, …

Biorefineries: Our Synthetic Biology Future
February 9, 2018 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Bob Kodrzycki (Encompass Biotech LLC/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Opportunity, such as the availability of a new feedstock or the possibility of combining technologies can lead to very interesting outcomes. …  Technology alone is usually not enough to …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Back in US Budget Deal
February 9, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the US Congress passed its budget deal, and among the items in the deal was a retroactive restoration of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit for 2017. The …

The Renewable Gas Supply Issue
February 8, 2018 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  For several years there have been significant efforts to capture and divert fugitive renewable gases toward the transportation sector where, as a replacement for diesel in heavy duty vehicles, the fuel …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: EnergyPath and EneryCamps 2018 — July 23-26, 2018 — Center Valley, PA DEADLINE: April 1, 2018
February 8, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: EnergyPath and EneryCamps 2018 — July 23-26, 2018 — Center Valley, PA   DEADLINE:  April 1, 2018

WHAT IS ENERGYPATH? Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and …

Greening Gas: Conference of the European Biogas Association Presents Emerging Technologies for European Energy Transition in a Circular Economy
February 8, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Antwerp, Belgium, is known for diamonds and fine chocolates. But what shined there a couple of weeks ago was the Conference of the European Biogas Association (EBA).
In my last …

Advanced Biofuels ‘Not Yet Viable’, Industry Study Warns
February 8, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv)  Less than 1% of projected capacity for advanced biofuel production worldwide has become reality, according to ethanol industry researchers who warned policymakers against placing too much hope in the fledgling technology.
Research conducted …

American Energy Dominance Won’t Come from Turning Back the Clock
February 8, 2018 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  President Trump has pledged a theme of “energy dominance.” It’s not the first time Washington has had this thought. During the years I worked at the Senate Energy and Natural …

CBEC Exempt 5% Ethanol Blended Petrol from Additional Duty of Excise
February 8, 2018 – 9:46 am | No Comment

(Tax Guru)  Seeks to exempt 5% ethanol blended petrol from the additional duty of excise (road and infrastructure cess) levied under clause 110 of the Finance Bill 2018   READ MORE
Indian 2018 budget looks to drop …

Brazil’s Expected Rise in Ethanol Demand to Be Met by Corn-Based Fuel
February 8, 2018 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  An expected increase in ethanol demand in Brazil, boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new programme to raise biofuel use, will initially be met by fuel produced from corn, an …

Biorefinery Asks Grand Forks County to Help It Sell $80 Million in Bonds
February 8, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by April Baumgarten  (Grand Forks Herald)  … The Grand Forks County Commission approved during a Tuesday meeting a resolution that sets the stage for a public hearing for the Red River BioRefinery bond. The $80 …

Power-to-Liquids: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology
February 8, 2018 – 9:27 am | No Comment

Sunfire’s key technology is the Solid Oxide Power Core – a stack of high-temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).
SOFCs convert chemical energy from a gaseous fuel into electricity and heat. Unlike conventional fuel cells, Sunfire …

That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects
February 8, 2018 – 9:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Warfield (CERES Project Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The big game changer for financing, profitability and financial returns of anaerobic digester (AD) projects regardless of feedstock is carbon offset credits and specifically California’s low carbon …

Minnesota Schedules Workshops as State Prepares to Implement B20
February 7, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As Minnesota prepares to implement its 20 percent biodiesel (B20) requirement in diesel fuel May 1, a series of workshops will be held across the state beginning Feb. 12 in Saint …

Emergent Research Could Forge New Paths to Biodiesel’s Future
February 7, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Young scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas. The students are part of the Next …

U.S. House Republicans to Scrutinize Narrow, ‘Extender’ Tax Breaks
February 7, 2018 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Reuters)  … Just weeks after approving a sweeping tax code overhaul, the Republicans said they would examine as many as 35 “tax extender” measures to see if they should remain on the books.

“The …

Biodiesel Stands Its Ground, Won’t Back Down: New B20 Vehicles, Emissions Cuts, Highlight NBC 2018
February 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The makers of the world’s favorite advanced biofuel — a/k/a the biodiesel industry — descended upon Texas to mingle, make and renew ties at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. And, to …

WEBINAR SERIES: March Madness 2018 — March 27-April 27, 2018
February 7, 2018 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR SERIES:  March Madness 2018  — March 27-April 27, 2018

As with last year, the webinars are completely free to all – you just register once, and attend as many as you like. Each will be recorded and you would receive a link to each …

Compound Could Transform Energy Storage for Large Grids
February 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Rochester)   In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn’t shining and the …

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change
February 7, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State News)  Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
An agricultural system …

Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)
February 7, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the …

Advanced, to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2G Biofuels Implementation Timetable
February 7, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

The biggest news out of Novozymes this month is its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol, while also introducing the first product, Innova Drive. A completely new yeast strain, the product can reduce fermentation time by …

Natural Rubber: Viable Industrial BioEconomy Crop, It’s Going to Be Big
February 7, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Katrina Cornish and Corinne Young (re:chem/Bioemergent Materials, The Ohio State University/Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises)  Bioenergy/biofuel/platform chemical biomasses, whether grown (crops) or collected (forestry waste and municipal wastes of various kinds), still struggle with commercial competitiveness against the low …

Jefferson Energy Terminal Makes Immediate Impact in the PADD 3 Ethanol Market
February 7, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Venhoff (Genscape)  The Jefferson Energy Terminal has hit the ground running since completing four large storage tanks in late 2017, capable of handling a total 550,000 barrels (bbls) of ethanol. The tanker “Bow Kiso” (IMO: …

IBBR to Investigate How to Protect Poplar from Disease
February 6, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland IBBR/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer …

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries
February 6, 2018 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that finds that Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements and the cost of renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

Fijian Farmers Urged to Practice Climate Smart Agriculture
February 6, 2018 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Farmers in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji have been urged to be mindful of the impacts of climate change and practice climate smart agriculture to address the challenge.

The Fijian government has worked on …

Celtic Renewables Founder Awarded Honorary OBE
February 6, 2018 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Leading biofuel and sustainability expert Professor Martin Tangney – founder of Celtic Renewables – has been awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The Queen makes honorary …

On Value, and Values: Fairness, the Disadvantaged, and California’s Renewables Policy
February 6, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The particulars are the subject of a white paper from a team at Propel Fuels — Rob Elam, Will Faulkner, Chris LaPlante, Parker Chase — and available here.
Un-Penalizing the Poor
The topics …

Lipid-Extracted Microalgal Biomass Waste for Biogas
February 6, 2018 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(WIREs Authors/Advanced Science News)  To confront global warming, climate changes and a potential energy shortage, biodiesel received increasing interest as a substitute for diesel fuels in efforts towards sustainable development. Microalgae-derived biodiesel is a promising energy source.
The …

Department of Energy’s 2017 Project Peer Review Report
February 6, 2018 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research, …

Clean Energy’s Redeem™ Sales Reports Double Digit Growth In 2017; Continues Position As North America’s Largest Provider Of Renewable Natural Gas
February 6, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy)   Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) announced today that sales of Redeem™, its renewable natural gas (RNG) offering and the cleanest fuel commercially available today, grew by 32% in 2017, from 60 million gallons in 2016 to 79 million gallons in …

13 Universities Band Together to Fight Climate Change.
February 6, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Zoya Teirstein (Grist)   …The University Climate Change Coalition, dubbed UC3, is writing a roadmap for university-level action on climate change. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former Homeland Security secretary under Barack Obama, announced the …

Neste’s Renewable Fuels Reduced Global Climate Emissions by 8.3 Million Tons in 2017
February 6, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Replacing fossil fuels with Neste’s renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017. The figure equals removal of 3 million passenger cars …

Letter to the Editor: It’s False to Say Ethanol Costs the Consumer More
February 6, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Clarence Schutte (LincolnLand Agri-Energy/Effingham Daily News)  … The statement that ethanol costs the consumer more is false. The RBOB which is the gasoline blended with ethanol to make 10 percent ethanol fuel. Ethanol is 114 octane, …

Ethanol Blog Harvard Professor: Year-Round E15 Sales Would Reduce Biofuel Credits Costs
February 6, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As debate rages on about whether the price of biofuels credits in the Renewable Fuel Standard are putting small refiners out of business, a little-known analysis by a Harvard …

Indonesia to File Case against U.S. Anti-Subsidy Duty on Biodiesel
February 6, 2018 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Bernadette Christina Munthe, Maximiliano Rizzi and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)    Indonesia plans to file a case against the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Court of International Trade over anti-subsidy duties imposed on Indonesian …

‘Door-to-Door Filling Station’ Zebra Fuels Set to Roll out Petrol and Biofuel Delivery Service across London
February 6, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Ham & High)  A start-up that delivers diesel door-to-door across the capital is ramping up its mission to wipe out London’s filling stations – by offering petrol, biofuel and electric charge as well.  READ MORE
Zebra Fuel …

Grant to Help Ethanol Production
February 6, 2018 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Sam Farmer (Wahoo Newspaper)  Integrated Recycling of Mead was recently awarded a $35,495 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to aid in recycling efforts.
The funds will go toward a food de-packager/perforator to …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine
February 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from a scientific viewpoint?
That’s the ambitious topic that Gennadi Zikoridse of the University of Applied Sciences Dresden took …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

UPM Looking into New, 500,000 Tonne Biodiesel Facility
February 5, 2018 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Finnish forest industry company and biofuel producer UPM has started an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in the southeast of Finland. The proposed site is in the area …

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel
February 5, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural …

ICAO Opens Consultation with States on Proposed Rules for CORSIA Implementation
February 5, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  ICAO’s proposed rules for States and aeroplane operators on the administration; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; carbon offsetting requirements; and emissions units under the CORSIA scheme have been circulated to the …

GE Aviation Starts Engine Combustor Testing of Unblended Gevo ATJ Renewable Fuel
February 5, 2018 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Engine manufacturer GE Aviation has started jet engine combustor testing using unblended renewable alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel produced by Gevo. The testing is part of the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN) and …

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands Joins KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme
February 5, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has joined KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, enabling it to compensate for the CO2 from staff business flights through the purchase of sustainable biofuels. “Our employees travel regularly outside the Netherlands …

Norway Sets Ambition for All-Electric Short-Haul Flights by 2040 as Aerospace Majors Announce Hybrid-Electric Venture
February 5, 2018 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) By 2040, all short-haul flights within Norway and neighbouring countries lasting up to one-and-a-half hours should be operated by electric aircraft, forecasts Norwegian airport operator Avinor. In the transition to all-electric aircraft operations, the …

When It Comes to Air Pollution, the Tiniest Particles Might Be the Worst
February 5, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Patrick J. Kiger (HowStuffWorks)  … But in recent years, scientists have found increasing evidence of health risks from a part of air pollution that we don’t see, and that isn’t yet regulated under federal air quality …

Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.
February 5, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel.
While the research remains in …

California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Rules
February 5, 2018 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Dana Hull and John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Official sees ‘war’ if state’s rule-setting rights revoked; Air Resources Board planning zero-emissions bus proposal  —  …   The state has special authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act …

Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016
February 5, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking …

Bankrupt Refiner Made Missteps
February 5, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Times)  The oil industry’s campaign to undermine the growth of domestically produced renewable fuels such as ethanol has certainly been ramped up lately. Today they’re callously capitalizing on the financial …

Euglena Aims to Make Aviation Biofuel Cost-Competitive Against Fossil Fuels
February 5, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Japan Chemical Daily) Euglena Co. Ltd. (TYO:2931) has solidified plans to set the price of its jet fuel made using euglena, a type of algae, at 150–200 yen ($1.38–$1.83) per liter by 2025….  READ MORE  

Genetically Engineered Fungus Now Squeezes out More Biofuel from Farm Waste
February 5, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

T V Jayannew (The Hindu Business Line)  India’s efforts to enhance biofuel production may get a boost from a work being done at a research laboratory in New Delhi.
Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering …

Realistically Assess and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rapeseed Cultivation
February 5, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) (Google translation))  Global standard values ​​overestimate nitrous oxide emissions in rapeseed cultivation  —  A network of eight partners under the coordination of the Thünen Institute (TI) for …

Which Tree? Where? Why?
February 5, 2018 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(World Agroforestry Centre)  While India has a world-first national policy for agroforestry, aka trees on farms, farmers in different agro-climatic zones need help with which trees to grow. A new book is now here to help.
“With …

Five Petrol Station Operators Sell Illegal Diesel
February 5, 2018 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(The Portugal News Online)  Five petrol station operators in Portugal that import diesel from Spain are not adding the correct amount of biofuel required by law, leading to a loss to the state of €48 million.  …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 10-Year OECD-FAO Outlook for Ag, Biofuels
February 5, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The latest joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook spawned this fascinating 10 year outlook of global biofuel markets and agricultural feedstocks. This model based projection, validated through global expert consensus, includes major food commodities and biofuels driven by the …

Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials
February 5, 2018 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Joel Stone (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … These disruptive technology innovations have happened many times throughout history and are discussed in the popular book The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen. He coined the …

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?
February 5, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food …

Rural Areas Have High Expectations for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan – DTN
February 2, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (AGFAX) President Donald Trump set out an agenda during the State of Union address on Tuesday that includes a plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.

The Trump plan calls for about $200 billion in …

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Expects Farm Bill Vote in March
February 2, 2018 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Griekspoor (American Agriculturalist)  Sen. Roberts urged farmers to be ready to ‘sound off’ in support of farmer-friendly legislation.  —  March will be the month the 2018 Farm Bill comes to the Senate floor. At least that’s …

Marathon Looks for Spring Fuel Mandate Change
February 2, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Marathon Petroleum said it expects US legislators to propose changes to federal fuel mandates this spring.
Senators and US Representatives would soon propose changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), chief executive Gary Heminger said …

New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
February 2, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(CPI)  CPI, the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, today announced that its partnership with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT), and their licensed company Oleocycle Ltd, will be providing a second-use to waste cooking oils via …

Biomass Data-Management System Launches in Alberta
February 2, 2018 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Silvacom/Canadian Biomass Magazine)   Silvacom Ltd. and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for public use.
BRIMS is a world-class, publicly available data and information management system that collates inventories …

Euglena Using Algae-Based Bio-SPK in Power Generation Trial
February 2, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, two weeks ago Euglena began testing its algae-based bio-SPK in a power generation facility as part of a trial run schedule to last through June. The company’s pilot facility is …

The Slowed Corrode: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Oils and Corrosion
February 2, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The presence of significant concentrations of oxygen-bearing compounds, particularly carboxylic acids and other carbonyl-containing compounds, makes biomass derived oils corrosive to many common structural materials. So says everyone.
But a research team …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 2, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

The biofuels-related portion of the 2018 election campaign season is off to a  quick start with Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, making a case for including the expansion of ethanol markets via year-round consumer …

European Union to Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuel
February 2, 2018 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  The aviation industry today welcomed a move by the European Parliament to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel is a key component of the future of air transport. The European Parliament this …

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel
February 2, 2018 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants, brought his view that the government needs to authorize the sale of E15 blend year-round …

Advanced Biofuels: Now? Later? Never?
February 2, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Terry J. Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  Most modern refineries comprise more than 20 individual unit operations, each of which is a complex process on its own. And different refineries are optimized for different …

What’s the Real Story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Bankruptcy, Crude Oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
February 2, 2018 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Simonpietri (Biofuels Digest)  On Jan 21st 2018, Carlyle-backed Philadelphia Energy Solutions(PES), the largest refinery complex on the U.S. east coast at 335,000 barrels per day, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance costs. In the week …

BP Verenium Biofuels Plant up for Sale
February 2, 2018 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The BP Verenium Biofuels plant in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility celebrated its grand opening in 2008, and was acquired by BP Biofuels …

Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report
February 1, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy in La …

Romanian President Encourages Adoption of Clean Fuel Mobility
February 1, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis signed into law a bill that requires at least 30% of motor vehicles purchased by the municipal governments to be powered by alternative fuel technologies by 2020.
According to the law, …

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution
February 1, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they would be forming a coalition …

New Insights into Photosynthesis Could Boost Biofuel Production
February 1, 2018 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Newly published research explains for the first time how plants switch from photoprojection to photosynthesis when transitioning from darkness to daylight. The authors of the study, from the University of Sheffield, claim that the …

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center
February 1, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

byJulie Wurth  (News Gazette)  A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched …

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program
February 1, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts …

WEBINAR: Tax Reform: How Changes Will Lend Fresh Opportunities for Ethanol Plants — February 8, 2018
February 1, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Tax Reform: How Changes Will Lend Fresh Opportunities for Ethanol Plants    —   February 8, 2018

Recent signing of the largest piece of tax legislation in three decades means nearly all businesses will be affected at some level. Reform provisions are neither simple nor permanent, but they are rife with potential …

Govt Roots for Ethanol Stove in Bid to Reduce Carbon Emissions
February 1, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Faith Nyamai  (Daily Nation)  The Ministry of Environment has pledged to support the use of ethanol stoves in both rural and urban areas in what is expected to play a major role in the …

EU Launches New Trade Inquiry into Argentine Biodiesel
February 1, 2018 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Philip Blenkinsop and Sybille de la Hamaide (Reuters)  The European Commission has begun a new investigation into whether Argentine biodiesel exporters benefit from unfair subsidies, following a complaint in December by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB).
The …

New Cat in Town: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis
February 1, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deliver high performing, cost-effective catalytic materials that meet the needs of the ChemCatBio catalysis projects? That’s the ambitious goal of a project led by researchers from Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge …

Case Study: 1MW to 3MW Anaerobic Digester Upgrade in Only 6 Months!
February 1, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Forcier Consulting Engineers/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Besides increasing the electrical output from 1MW to 3MW, we increased the thermal output from 3.7MM btu/hr. to 10MM btu/hr. of hot water for process heat …

A Quiet Year for Biofuels M&A: 2017 Review and Outlook
February 1, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  More industry players chose to develop and build new capacity rather than buy plants  —  The North American biofuels industry experienced the fewest merger and acquisition transactions in recent history …

Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Wood Products — April 30-May 1, 2018 — Morgantown, WV
February 1, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment
Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Wood Products   —   April 30-May 1, 2018   —   Morgantown, WV

Learn how underutilized wood (low use wood) can be used for improving forest management and an opportunity for businesses,  Underutilized wood, sometimes called “low use wood,” can be used for improving forest management in the …

Enviva: Track & Trace Data Conforms Sustained Forest Growth
January 31, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, marking one year of public reporting and two years of tracking the company’s sustainable sourcing practices. …

WesTech, USU, CVWRF Collaborate on Algal Research Project
January 31, 2018 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(WesTech Engineering/Biomass Magazine)  The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, a technology-based economic development program funded by the state of Utah, has awarded a $175,320 grant for development of a commercial algal application in the removal …

California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Joins Biofuels Groups in Opposing AB 1745
January 31, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliance)  On January 19th, CABA joined biofuels groups in opposing AB 1745. Here is the text of the letter:
Dear Assembly Member Ting:
It is after careful deliberation that the undersigned organizations respectfully express opposition …

Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels
January 31, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Trucking Info)  Fontana Truck Stop Center has an ideal location. It’s just off one interstate and near another, both of them taking traffic to and from Los Angeles. It’s also in an industrial area populated with …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
January 31, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  Only a month after the European Union confirmed Australian canola would satisfy the new 2018 greenhouse gas requirements for use in EU biodiesel, a proposal to alter the EU’s …

Study: Renewable Diesel Doing Its Part
January 31, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Trucking Info/Neste)  According to a recent study by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GMA), renewable diesel (RD) is playing an active part in ensuring that heavy-duty vehicles, including Class 8 trucks, are meeting near-zero emissions mandates in …

Letter to the Editor: Renewable Fuel Standard Threatens New Jersey Wildlife & Worsens Climate Change
January 31, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Kelly M0oij (Audubon Society/Tap Into New Brunswick)  … A decade removed from RFS beginnings has given ample time for evaluation and it’s time to reform the program. As a start, Congress must work to promote …

Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU
January 31, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  President Donald Trump did mention energy in his first State of the Union address, albeit briefly.
“We have ended the war on American energy, and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” …

U.S. EPA Hopes to Decide Soon on Ethanol Waiver: Administrator
January 31, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Tuesday that his agency hopes to decide soon whether it has the legal authority to issue national waiver on selling of motor fuel …

Swansea Takes Lead in ALG-AD Sustainability Project
January 31, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution …

New Report Shows January 2017 Biodiesel Jobs Jumped 23% on Year
January 31, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Defense Fund’s new report “In Demand: Clean Energy, Sustainability and the New American Workforce” says that 48% of 770,000 people working in renewable energy jobs at the start of …

Flex-Fuel Kits Seen Boosting French Demand for Ethanol
January 31, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)  France’s approval of conversion kit allowing petrol cars to use fuel containing up to 85 percent of ethanol will boost demand for mostly crop-based ethanol next year, French ethanol producers said …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Methoxyphenols
January 31, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the production of advanced biofuels from catalytic pyrolysis, integrated with …