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-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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Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol
May 24, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller)  The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name. The website is filled-up with lies.

This website lists 13 categories, and then links to details that API pretends are facts to support their bashing of ethanol.

For decades — while Standard Oil and other gasoline companies vehemently protested against ethanol fuels in the United States — Standard Oil, Cities Service (CITGO), and other American-based oil companies, sold ethanol-gasoline blends in Great Britain, where they marketed these fuels as being more powerful, cleaner and cooler running.

Cities Service (known today as CITCO) sold an ethanol-gasoline blend for many years called “Koolmotor.”

The benefits mentioned in the Discol ads include:

• Ethanol (alcohol) contributes to a brilliant performance and better mileage
• Engines run cooler and cleaner
• Ethanol has long been used to prevent icing in aircraft and car engines
• Amazing acceleration and smoother running
• More miles per gallon
• Highest anti-knock value
• It’s thermal efficiency is higher than non-ethanol gasoline (BTUs are irrelevant)
• Less carbon is produced, ethanol actually removes carbon deposits

Great Britain wasn’t the only place in Europe that sold ethanol or ethanol-gasoline blended fuels; alcohol was used extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. Italy’s brand was Benzacool, Hungary had Moltaco, Sweden had Lattybentyl, South Africa Natelite, Brazil’s big brand was Alcool, and, in the late 1930s, the United States had an ethanol-gasoline blend called Agrol.

“The Forbidden Fuel,” a book co-authored by William Kovarik, Hal Bernton, and Scott Sklar details the use of ethanol throughout the world. Bill Kovarik has expanded on all this through his internet presentations, such as his History of Biofuels.

For example, in the 1970s, Texaco was producing an ethanol-gasoline blend and selling it in the United States. Here’s a TV commercial from 1979 featuring Bob Hope promoting corn alcohol blended with gasoline:

Mohawk gasoline stations in Canada sold an E10 ethanol-gasoline blend. It gave consumers “faster starts, more power, and cleaner emissions.

The great significance in all this is that prior to our modern Ethanol Renaissance (and production of vehicles with “ethanol-compatible components” starting in the 1990′) tens of thousands of vehicles — sorry, make that hundreds of thousands of vehicles… no, I mean millions of vehicles in Europe, the Americas, and Asia — were powered by fuels that contained ethanol.

The report is titled, “Sulfate Salts in Gasoline and Ethanol Fuels – Historical Perspective and Analysis of Available Data.” It was published in September 2017.

Here’s the thing: As I often say during my public speaking appearances, all liquids are corrosive, and one of the most corrosive liquids in the world is water. Water is so corrosive that if metals aren’t treated or cared for, it could cause our largest aircraft carriers and biggest passenger jets to fall apart.

Gasoline is a toxic, caustic, corrosive liquid. 

When tetra-ethyl lead was added to gasoline by the General Motors scientists in the early 1920s, it worked like ethanol in quieting engine knock. However it was highly corrosive, so they had to add ethylene dibromide to the gasoline-tetraethyl lead fuel mixture. Now they had a poison (gasoline), mixed with another poison (tetraethyl lead) in order to stop the engine knock caused by gasoline, with yet another poison (ethylene dibromide) to stop corrosion caused by tetraethyl lead. 

However, the new report released by NREL introduces the distinct possibility that the modern complaints of ethanol corrosion are the result of intentional or accidental monkeying with the ethanol-gasoline blends by the oil industry (or cronies of the oil industry) to denigrate ethanol.  READ MORE



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 15, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found:

  1. Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same number of new internal combustion engines. The simple fact is that, because of stringent emissions standards and low-sulfur gasoline, new gasoline-powered cars and trucks today emit very little pollution, and they will emit even less in the future.
  2. While new ZEVs will reduce CO2 emissions compared with new internal combustion vehicles, the overall reduction will be less than 1% of total forecast energy-related U.S. CO2 emissions through 2050. That reduction will have no measurable impact on world climate—and thus the economic value of CO2 emissions reductions associated with ZEVs is effectively zero.  READ MORE


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2018 CAAFI General Meeting and ASCENT Symposium — December 4-6, 2018 — Washington, DC
May 24, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

2018 CAAFI General Meeting  and ASCENT Symposium   —   December 4-6, 2018   —   Washington, DC

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) seeks to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition that focuses the efforts of commercial aviation to engage the emerging alternative fuels industry. It enables its diverse participants – representing all the leading stakeholders in the field of aviation – to build relationships, share and collect data, identify resources, and direct research, development and deployment of alternative jet fuels.

The CAAFI Biennial General Meeting is an excellent opportunity for CAAFI stakeholders and leaders alike to experience the momentum of the alternative aviation fuel market, which continues to develop and mature every year. CAAFI scheduled its General Meeting for December of this year to allow for the presentation and discussion of results from this year’s pending ICAO CAEP and Assembly meetings, progress on, or analysis of, the next Farm Bill, mid-term election results and implications, and the maturation of several commercial activities. Plenary sessions will address all aspects of alternative jet fuel supply chain development and deployment.

The 2018 CAAFI Biennial General Meeting will also include a special partnership with the Aviation Sustainability CENTer (ASCENT) of Excellence, which will use the Meeting as an opportunity to share alternative jet fuel research and progress with the broader CAAFI community. We welcome ASCENT’s partnership and look forward to their presentations!

The CAAFI team welcomes your participation in our Biennial General Meeting!   READ MORE



Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol
May 24, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller)  The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name. The website is filled-up with …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 15, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found:

Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same number of new internal combustion engines. …

Grasping at Straws: Pathetic State of Biofuels in India
May 24, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Ramya Natarajan (Economic Times/Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy)  For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in part, to the open burning …

Munzlinger Says Missouri Biodiesel Announcement Highlights Value-Added Agriculture (AUDIO)
May 24, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Brian Hauswirth (MissouriNet)  The Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee chairman is praising Governor Eric Greitens (R) for releasing the $4 million budget restriction on biodiesel.

Chairman Munzlinger tells Missourinet the governor’s announcement …

The Pros & Cons Of Biofuels, and Why Some Diesel Engines Are So Polluting
May 24, 2018 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Andy Miles (EVObsession)  … Bio-fuels can be classified into four types;

Solid fuels for domestic heating, and for industrial processes, such as firing boilers for electrical generation, or other purposes.
Bio-diesel, meaning any plant oil that can …

New Generation Biofuels Increasing in Viability
May 24, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Giles Kirkland (ACT News)  Those interested in advanced transportation will be well aware of the massive potential of introducing such kinds of biofuels as microalgae-based fuels. With fossil fuels still making up a total of 80% …

5th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum “Growing the Regional Clean Economy” — August 16, 2018 — Washington, DC
May 24, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
5th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum “Growing the Regional Clean Economy”   —   August 16, 2018   —   Washington, DC

We will feature economic and business development officials around the DMV region to hear their perspectives on trends in the clean energy and sustainability sectors.
Our event will also provide an opportunity for job seekers to …

Energy Department Announces Nearly $13 Million in Small Business Research and Development for EERE
May 24, 2018 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  As part of today’s (May 21, 2018) $34 million announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Rick Perry, for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research …

PU BioNEST Gets Rs 2.57-cr Grant
May 24, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Tribune News Service)  The Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies (BioNEST), Panjab University (PU), has got a grant of Rs 2.57 crore for projects in food and agriculture processing.“The government wants us to suggest ways of …

Trump Administration Officials to Meet on Biofuel Policy Changes – Sources
May 24, 2018 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to meet on Thursday to hammer out details of President Donald Trump’s planned changes to the …

Scania: Commercial Transport Can Be Fossil-Free by 2050
May 24, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Scania/Automotive World)  A fossil-free commercial transport system in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement target is not only possible, but also financially attractive from a societal perspective. This is the key conclusion of a study initiated …

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Approves COMM SCI Project in Benefuel
May 24, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario. Its goal is to help Ontario and Canada become globally recognized leaders in the field of sustainable technologies. In 2016, BIC …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

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

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh
May 24, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be the same.  And developers using crops …

Hidden Costs Behind the IMO’s New Regulations For Marine Biofuels: EIA Webinar Review
May 24, 2018 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Challenged by strict, binding international targets to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and sulfur levels in fuels it is estimated that by 2020 the marine sector will need to …

A New DNA Editing Toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis
May 23, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Eric Poliner (MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory)  Eric Poliner and a team of MSU scientists in the Farre and Benning labs have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis. The alga …

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting
May 23, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.
A White House meeting with Sens. …

RFA Holding Second Annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest
May 23, 2018 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could again win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is re-launching the “Ethanol Days of …

NCERC Hosts ‘Fueling Fun’ Workshop for Local Girl Scouts
May 23, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois learned about the benefits of biofuels, fermentation, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) …

TSITRIAN: Trump No Friend of Family Farmers
May 23, 2018 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by John Tsitrian (Rapid City Journal)  … And forgetting about soybeans for a minute, there’s the matter of Trump administration policy on the ethanol mandate, aka the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a major matter for …

NFU Asks Pruitt to Allow Summertime E15 Sales
May 23, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union/Wallaces Farmer)   NFU President Roger Johnson says year-round use of E15 would have significant benefits for farmers and the economy.  —  NFU President Roger Johnson wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 22, …

Ethanol Blog: Grassley Points to Need to Change RFS Waivers Language
May 23, 2018 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would like to see administrative changes made to how EPA hands out Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to small refiners, estimated by one ethanol industry study …

Government to Increase Biodiesel Mix to 25%
May 23, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Nezar Patria  (The Jakarta Post)  The government is planning to issue a regulation on the production of 25-percent biodiesel ( B25 ) early next year. Once issued, the policy will replace the current regulation on 20-percent …

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources
May 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a hardship waiver exempting one of its facilities from …

Farm Bill to Get Second Vote in US House in June: Roll Call
May 23, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, according to a report. The vote on the $867 billion bill …

Fuel-Efficient Cars Will Be Worse for Oil Than Electric Vehicles: BNEF
May 23, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Heesu Lee (Bloomberg)   Fuel efficient engines to cut oil demand by 7.5m b/d by 2040; Demand from cars to peak in 2022 before falling to 15.9m b/d  —  Oil demand is set to face an even bigger …

Leandro, California, Fuels Municipal Vehicles with Neste Biofuel
May 23, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, announced today that it has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Neste MY …

Pennsylvania Offers Funding for Alternative Fuels, Vehicles DEADLINE July 13 and December 14, 2018
May 23, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels …

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology
May 23, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste.

Some 400 …

INSIGHT: Standoff between Oil and UK Government Main Obstacle to E10
May 23, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Clare Pennington and Samantha Wright (ICIS News)  The UK government and the country’s transport fuel suppliers have been entrenched in a disagreement over whether biofuel E10 will be mandated by the government or introduced by suppliers at …

UPDATE 2-U.S. LNG, Ethanol Sellers Buoyed by China Trade Talks
May 23, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Scott DiSavino (Reuters)  China’s interest in reducing its trade surplus with the United States through increased energy imports could advance plans for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants and ethanol sales, analysts and energy executives …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
May 23, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”.
The company recently broke …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 23rd, 2018
May 23, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

By the Gallon and Trade Groups: What about EVs?
May 23, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  While the numbers are still making their way through the regulatory process, sources tell Pro’s Eric Wolff, refiners can expect to blend 500 million more gallons of advanced biofuels …

Waste to Wing Project First to Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production in South Africa
May 23, 2018 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(SKYnrg) Airlines are facing increasing pressure to become more sustainable, yet options to reduce carbon emissions in aviation are limited. Electric planes for example are not foreseen to have a significant share of passenger movements before …

Report: It’s Time for NYC to Do Away With Diesel and Switch to RNG
May 22, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Energy Vision, the New York League of Conservation Voters and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, are calling on New York City to stop buying heavy-duty diesel vehicles …

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 22, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto …

Donnelly Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Lower Gas Prices
May 22, 2018 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(WBIW)  Following reports that gas prices are on the rise, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today urged President Trump to take an important step towards addressing the price surge by reducing regulatory burdens around the blending of …

RFA: RenovaBio Must Accurately Reflect Imported Ethanol Pathways
May 22, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil’s RenovaBio program establishes national annual emissions reduction targets for transportation fuels that will likely require a significant increase in biofuels consumption. Therefore, the program must accurately reflect the carbon intensity …

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities
May 22, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific …

Gov’t Considering Increasing Ethanol Blend In Petrol
May 22, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(The Gleaner)  Science, Energy and Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley has indicated that the Government is contemplating an increase in the percentage of ethanol used in petrol, in order to reduce emissions in the environment.

Currently, service …

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

‘Climate Change Is Real,’ Automakers Declare To Trump
May 22, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Ryan Felton (Jalopnik)  Major automakers are still reeling from the sudden realization they’ve collectively succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, after they buddied up with President Donald Trump to alter fuel economy standards set by his predecessor. Since Trump …

Waiver Wire: Why Is the Biofuels Industry up in Arms about Oil Refinery Waivers?
May 22, 2018 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But they’re part of the Washington dialogue this month, waivers and easy outs, since reports surfaced in media that the US Environmental Protection Agency granted a Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waiver …

UNICA Forum 2018 — June 18, 2018 — São Paulo, Brazil
May 21, 2018 – 7:34 pm | No Comment
UNICA Forum 2018   —   June 18, 2018   —   São Paulo, Brazil

2018 will be a vital year for the sugar-energy sector and for the country itself. While key decisions for the future of the sector will be made throughout the year, the elections scheduled for October will …

Letter to Editor: Renewable Fuels Regarding “The Ethanol Mandate Is a Failed Experiment”
May 21, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Regarding “The ethanol mandate is a failed experiment” by J. Winston Porter (Page A13, May 10), before 2005, consumers had zero choice when it came to fueling their vehicles. …

Farm Bill Rejection Sinks In: House Ag Leaders Look for New Path Forward After Farm Bill Defeated
May 21, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom and Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The cheers and jeers were all over the spectrum Friday after the House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the farm bill following a raucous …

Advanced Biofuels Can Be Produced Extremely Efficiently
May 21, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Chalmers University of Technology/Phys.Org)  A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of …

Ethanol Industry Hits Back at Proposed E15 Labelling
May 21, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Following the introduction of a bill to warn consumers about the perceived dangers of E15 in small engines, representatives from the ethanol industry have questioned the rationale for the legislation. The biofuel proponents say that the …

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties
May 21, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Erick Lutt, director of industrial …

Biofuel from Algae: CUK Scientist Finds Key to Increase Yield by 30 Per Cent
May 21, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by George Poikayil (Indian Express)  The “path-breaking” findings were published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Plant Physiology in May.  —  A team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain and India discovered a key to increase biofuel from …

Austrocel to Increase Dissolving Pulp Capacity and Enter Biofuels Production
May 21, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(EUWID-Paper)  Total investment at the former Schweighofer Fiber mill in Hallein amounts to €60m.  —  Dissolving pulp manufacturer Austrocel plans to invest approximately €60m to expand and diversify production at its Hallein plant in Austria. The investment …

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
May 21, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based …

EPA Set To Give Oil Another Victory At Ethanol’s Expense
May 21, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  A proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15% illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative. …

High Oil Prices Aren’t Necessarily Bad
May 21, 2018 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Energy Today)  … As U.S. exports increase, high oil prices are turning into less of an economic negative for the country. If the current trends continue, high oil prices may turn into a …

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE
May 21, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Brings Its Closed-Loop Cooking Oil Initiative Closer to Home
May 21, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Gina Smith (Mountain Express)  In late 2013, Blue Ridge Biofuels took a bold leap toward developing a closed-loop biodiesel system for Western North Carolina when it produced its first batch of non-GMO, expeller-pressed canola cooking …

Utilities Join with Tesla to Sue EPA over Fuel Standard Rollback
May 21, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  A coalition of utilities and electric transportation companies sued the Enviornmental Protection Agency earlier this month over its efforts to roll back automotive fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama administration. 

The …

Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass — June 19 to 21, 2018 — Aachen, Germany
May 18, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment
Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass   —   June 19 to 21, 2018   —   Aachen, Germany

The International Conference of the excellence cluster Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass will take place in the Eurogress in Aachen, already held for the 6th time. Scientists from all over the world are expected in Aachen …

EIB Launches Financing Initiative for Bioeconomy, Agriculture
May 18, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank/Biomass Magazine)  The European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and …

Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture — April 23-May 21 — Online
May 18, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture   —   April 23-May 21   —   Online

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are organizing an online discussion on partnerships, innovations and financing opportunities available for young people …

Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Formed
May 18, 2018 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network)  The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is a group of volunteers (based in in the African continent and , also Asia, USA and Europe)- linked across the world via an online …

Annual Meeting of the Association of Warm Season Grass Producers — July 21, 2018 — Julian, PA
May 18, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment
Annual Meeting of the Association of Warm Season Grass Producers   —   July 21, 2018   —   Julian, PA

Demonstrations, Presentations, BBQ Lunch  READ MORE

Asia Palm Oil Conference (APOC) 2018 — August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand
May 18, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment
Asia Palm Oil Conference (APOC) 2018    —   August 16-17, 2018   —   Krabi, Thailand

Now into its 8th successful year, Asia Palm Oil Conference (APOC) 2018 hosted by the Thai Palm Oil & Oil Palm Association has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for Palm oil industry …

New Hydrogen Project Launched on Scotland’s Orkney Islands
May 18, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Grupo Industrial Calvera/NGV Journal)  The equipment for the road transport of gases at high pressure developed by Grupo Industrial Calvera, company based in Zaragoza (Spain), are a key element for the European BIG HIT (Building innovative …

UPDATE 1-France Allows Total’s La Mede Refinery to Partly Run on Palm Oil
May 18, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  France caps use of crude palm oil in La Mede refinery;  Says at least 25 percent should come from recycled oil;  Total commits to lower volumes than France requested;  French farmers condemn French move to allow palm oil

The …

Fire Waters Aims to Throw a (Glanworth) Curve at Conventional Cooking Fuels
May 18, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Hank Daniszewski (The London Free Press)  A London entrepreneur has set up a demonstration site for commercial cooking equipment fuelled by ethanol  —  Motorists rounding the Glanworth curve on Wellington Road at night are likely puzzled about …

IRENA: Renewable Energy Industry Employs 10.3 Million
May 18, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016.
IRENA released the fifth edition of …

Biofuel Policy Adds to Agricultural Market Uncertainty
May 18, 2018 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Tribune)  … Biofuel policy decisions also have the potential to have large impacts on commodity markets and farm income.
Most cars in this country run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 …

‘India Should Promote Biofuel, Public Transport’
May 18, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

( Express News Service/Indian Express)  Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director of Automotive Research Association of India, spoke about different vehicle technologies that improve fuel efficiency through power train engineering. She spoke about possible alternative fuels that can be …

Missouri Governor Releases Final Biodiesel Subsidies
May 18, 2018 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Herald)  Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is releasing funding for biodiesel facilities that he had withheld because of concerns that state revenues could fall short of what’s needed to balance the budget.
The $4 million announced …

Riding Bacterium to the Bank: Sandia Researchers Tailor E. coli to Convert Plants into Renewable Chemicals
May 18, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboriatories/EurekAlert!)  What does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria …

Reps. Scott, Frankel Introduce Legislation that Calls for Clearly-Labeled Ethanol-Blended Gasoline at the Pump
May 18, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Yamaha Marine Group/Business Wire)  Legislation would require more detailed labeling of gas pumps that dispense E15 fuel, which causes corrosion and mechanical problems in equipment with small engines  —  Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel …

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs
May 18, 2018 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: 

Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee …

POET Ethanol Plant Plans Monarch Project
May 18, 2018 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  POET Biorefining is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium …

Global Sorghum Seed Market Is Driven by Growing Demand Biofuel across the Globe
May 18, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Futures Trading Charts)  The global sorghum seed market revenue is expected to expand at a lucrative CAGR over the forecast period. Sorghum is a cereal grain used as human feed and livestock feed and the rest …

International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association — June 12-13, 2018 — Cologne, Germany
May 18, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment
International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association   —   June 12-13, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

Specialists from all over the world will meet in order to exchange information regarding the latest developments in hemp applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and oil as well as cannabinoids. Applications are biocomposites in automotive and construction,textiles, food, food supplements and pharmaceuticals. We are expecting again more than …

Will Battle Between ‘Big Corn’ And ‘Big Oil’ Stall Next Generation Biofuels?
May 18, 2018 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Aaron Smith and Vincent Smith (Investor’s Business Daily)  … The most immediate impact of the RFS wars is to focus attention on corn ethanol and petroleum gasoline at the detriment of second-generation biofuels. These fuels — …

OMEGA Project Update
May 18, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jonathan Trent, of the OMEGA Global Initiative, explains to a CNBC reporter at the recent Myriad Conference, in Brisbane, Australia, how his efforts to study the possibility of living on Mars paved …

US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research
May 18, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)  The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs by $243 million, and increases …

Ryan Zinke Moves to Protect Critical Minerals from Foreign Threats
May 18, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is listing 35 minerals used in aircraft, cellphones, and other important technologies as “vital” to national security in a move to wean the U.S. off foreign suppliers.
The …

EPA, California Officials Meet on Fuel-Efficiency Rules
May 17, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is meeting with California officials this week in Washington to negotiate the creation of a national fuel efficiency standard after the state sued the Trump administration over …

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference
May 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
With speakers from across the biofuels sector, the event at the Grand Hotel Kempinski …

Artificial Intelligence Combats the Noise from Diesel Engines
May 17, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Unidad de Cultura Científica y de la Innovación (UCCi))  Several University of Cordoba research teams have created a new system to predict the sound from these engines depending on the chemical physical composition of the biofuel  …

DSM Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Lallemand Related to Low-Glycerol Yeast Technology Applicable in Ethanol Production
May 17, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(DSM/PR Newswire)  Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials received unanimous jury verdict in a Federal Court in Wisconsin concluding that all glycerol reducing ethanol yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe …

State Government of Queensland : E10 Fuel Keeps on Catching on in Queensland
May 17, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders) One in five Queensland passenger vehicles is now using petrol with 10 per cent ethanol – a carbon reduction comparable to taking approximately 13,000 cars off the road.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham told Parliament today …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
May 17, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF development in Europe.  An update on EU policy and initiatives by SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink at ABLC in Washington, DC on March 1, 2018.  READ MORE

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project
May 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
For thousands of years we …

RNG Stakeholders Talk Renewable Fuels With Lawmakers
May 17, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Stakeholders from across the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry descended on Capitol Hill today (May 15, 2018) for more than 65 meetings with federal lawmakers to communicate the importance …

Fortistar Beefs Up RNG Development With New Hire
May 17, 2018 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  … Fortistar owns and operates lower-carbon energy generating portfolios in the
U.S. and Canada. This includes cogeneration facilities, waste-heat recovery power plants, compressed natural gas fueling stations, landfill power plants, projects that reduce …

EPA Slapped With Another Suit Over Vehicle Emissions Standards
May 17, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Several environmental and public interest groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s April 2 announcement to roll back vehicle emissions standards.
The …

South Dakota State Vehicle Fleet Burned Nearly Two Million Gallons of Ethanol in Last Year
May 17, 2018 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Go Watertown)  The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly two million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet …

Rising Fuel Prices Bring into Question EPA Efforts to Reduce Fuel Economy Standards
May 17, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (Oilprice.com/USA Today)  Crude oil and gasoline prices are on the rise after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Now, many consumers are seeing their extra money go to rising gas …

Are We There Yet? Europe’s Nagging Call for Sustainable Mobility
May 16, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it comes to getting from point A to point B, getting to our destination has unfortunately overshadowed the process of how we should get there. As a result, …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Cabinet Approves National Biofuel Policy
May 16, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains, rotten potatoes, corn and sugar beet with petrol to cut oil imports by Rs 4,000 …

Global Agribusiness Forum 2018: “Field Science on Service of the Planet — Acting Right Now” — July 23-24, 2018 — São Paulo, Brazil
May 16, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
Global Agribusiness Forum 2018: “Field Science on Service of the Planet — Acting Right Now”   —   July 23-24, 2018  —   São Paulo, Brazil

Next edition of Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF 18), the biggest event on world agribusiness, will take place on July 23rd and 24th, at Sheraton WTC Hotel, in São Paulo (SP).
The event will discuss the future …

Educational Opportunities for Ethanol Plant Employees
May 16, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Muhlling (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol plant employees will have the opportunity to further their education this summer with two courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Partnership.
The Process Control Essential Short Course is a two-day offering held …

EIA Data: E85 Usage by Federal Fleets More Than Doubled from 2010 to 2016
May 16, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex …

U.S. Agencies Moving forward with Proposing Fuel Economy Revisions
May 16, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to submit a series of options for softening fuel efficiency standards to the White House for approval in the coming week, two officials briefed on …

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
May 16, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation/EurekAlert)  Protein encoded by gene found in microorganisms living in Amazon lake could boost efficiency on the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which makes for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic …

Trump Said to Mull Ways to Boost Biofuel Market Transparency
May 16, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ask for advice on whether — and how — to boost the transparency of an opaque $9 billion market in biofuel compliance credits …

Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers
May 16, 2018 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The fuels market is about the largest in the world,” says Terry Mazanec. “Each succeeding generation of inspired inventors and entrepreneurs, with visions of immense profits dancing in their heads, have …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels Prevail?
May 16, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base?  —  In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted:
“I’ve supported Pruitt but if …

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’
May 16, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have sparked concerns that Paris’ target …

A Proposed Rule by the Agricultural Marketing Service: National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard COMMENTS DUE 7/3/18
May 15, 2018 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) A recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is …

Congressman Veasey Introduces Bipartisan Energy Research Legislation
May 15, 2018 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Marc Veasey)  The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act would set the course for the next generation of climate change mitigation  —  Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Science Committee’s Energy …

Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive: The Last Call
May 15, 2018 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Géraldine Kutas (The Parliament Magazine/Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA))  Ahead of this week’s RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels – and how they can fix their mistakes before …

ACE Congratulates Petro Serve USA on New E15 Location
May 15, 2018 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol /Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty spoke at Petro Serve USA’s grand opening of its facility in Valley City, North Dakota, May 11 to congratulate the …

Thailand Lowers Sugar Export Volume, Sets Aside Extra for Ethanol Production
May 15, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat (Reuters)  Thailand has allocated an additional 300,000 tonnes of raw sugar for ethanol production this year, the country’s cane and sugar regulator said on Tuesday, amid weak prices and a large …

Valero Expands into South America with Peru Biofuels Deal
May 15, 2018 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by David French (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp has agreed to purchase Pure Biofuels Del Peru from private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors, the companies said on Monday, marking the U.S. refiner’s first infrastructure investment in South …

Bosselman Travel Center to Unveil Flex Fuel Pump; Governor to Attend
May 15, 2018 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (Grand Island Independent)  Gov. Pete Ricketts will help cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the Bosselman Travel Center’s new flex fuel pumps on Friday.

“We are excited to host Gov. Ricketts for …

A Higher Market for Ethanol Former Author of RFS Legislation Sees Octane Levels as Advancement for Ethanol
May 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle keeps close tabs on what’s happening with biofuels even though he’s been out of the U.S. Senate more than a decade now.
Daschle, …

Marin Ferries Move toward Clean Diesel
May 15, 2018 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Mark Prado (Marin Independent Journal)  There is a move afoot toward using renewable diesel for ferries, including on Golden Gate Ferry and Blue & Gold Fleet boats that dock in Marin, Bay Area transportation officials …

EPA Sends 2019-20 US Biofuel Mandate Proposal to White House
May 15, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for the federal biofuel mandate’s 2019 ethanol volumes and 2020 biodiesel volumes to the White House, according to Office of Management and Budget …

Sapp Bros. Opens Columbus Biodiesel Blending Facility
May 15, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

 by Aryel Smith  (KTIC Radio/ Nebraska Soybean Board)  The new Sapp Bros. biodiesel blending facility will hold its grand opening in Columbus on May 24.  The new blending facility is located five miles from the Columbus NuStar terminal. …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

ICYMI: $227M Available from US in Push for Vehicle, Feedstock and Bioconversion Advances
May 15, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to:  In Case Your Money Isn’t Sufficient — because …

Troubling Link Found between Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure in Children
May 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Ariana Eunjung Cha (Washington Post)  … In a paper published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, researchers reported that children of mothers who were exposed in their third trimester to higher levels of fine …

Short Circuit: The High Cost of Electric Vehicle Subsidies
May 15, 2018 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(Manhattan Institute)  Many claim that “zero-emissions vehicles” (ZEVs), especially battery-powered electric vehicles, should replace most, if not all, cars and trucks powered by gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. The primary rationale is to reduce air pollution and …

API: Administrative Changes to RFS Probably Illegal, Definitely a Bad Idea
May 15, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The American Petroleum Institute is no fan of Trump’s effort to make administrative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Trump administration is working on a memo laying out a …

Arizona Public Service Issues Call for Bioenergy Project Proposals
May 15, 2018 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Arizona Public Service (APS) in the United States has issued a Forest Bioenergy Resources Request for Proposals (RFP). APS is seeking proposals for projects that utilise biomass feedstocks from high-risk forest lands in Northern …

‘Biogas Backpack’ Successfully Tested in Uganda
May 15, 2018 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A Ugandan and German team called ‘Agali Awamu’ has developed an ‘innovative and feasible’ solution for electricity and biogas supply in Uganda.
The project was facilitated by the lab of tomorrow, an organisation run by the …

Report Looks at Stimulating BioSNG Investment
May 15, 2018 – 10:04 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new report, commissioned by Cadent and carried out by Ernst & Young has examined what market framework, mechanisms and incentives would be needed to roll out bioSNG (bio-substitute natural gas) plants across the …

Biogas as a Waste Management Solution: Turning “Waste” into Resources — May 23, 2018 — Washington, DC
May 14, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Biogas as a Waste Management Solution: Turning “Waste” into Resources    —   May 23, 2018   —   Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) invite you to a briefing about the numerous challenges posed by organic wastes—to human health, water and air quality, and to businesses that must manage these …

Volvo Ocean Race Stays on Sustainability Course with Biodiesel
May 14, 2018 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Recycled from ‘The Galley’ Powers North American Stop  —  Biodiesel will be working overtime as the Volvo Ocean Race ports in Rhode Island for its North American stopover this month. The race, which …

WEBINAR: New Advances in Detection Technology for Biodiesel Impurities — May 22, 2018
May 14, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  New Advances in Detection Technology for Biodiesel Impurities   —   May 22, 2018

Biofuels such as biodiesel are produced from natural sources and help to improve environmental conditions while increasing energy sustainability and security. But manufacturing biodiesel requires close analysis of its composition. Monitoring sodium (Na), potassium (K), …

WEBINAR: GoBiGas: An Industry Relevant State-of-the-Art Reference for Advanced Biofuel Production via Gasification — June 20, 2018
May 14, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  GoBiGas: An Industry Relevant State-of-the-Art Reference for Advanced Biofuel Production via Gasification   —   June 20, 2018

FREE webinar presented by: Henrik Thunman, Professor & Head of Division of Energy Technology, Chalmers University of Technology;
Freddy Tengberg, GoBiGas Site Manager;
moderated by Kevin Whitty, Professor, University of Utah 
The webinar will summarise the experiences and advancement …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Russian Forum for Wet Milling & Industrial Biotechnology “Graintek-2018” — November 14-15, 2018 — Moscow, Russia DEADLINE: Uncertain
May 14, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Russian Forum for Wet Milling & Industrial Biotechnology “Graintek-2018”   —   November 14-15, 2018    —   Moscow, Russia    DEADLINE:  Uncertain

Forum for Wet Milling and Industrial Biotechnology “Graintek-2018” will be held on November 14-15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Technical Workshop “GrainExpert” for technical specialists of grain processing & fermentation plants will be held on November 16, 2018.
Our Facebook …

National Council for Science and the Environment EnvironMentors Program
May 14, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(National Council for Science and the Environment) The NCSE EnvironMentors Program provides mentoring, college preparation, and additional opportunities to high school students underrepresented in STEM fields.
EnvironMentors is NCSE’s youth mentoring and college preparation program for underrepresented …

Voters Should Challenge Candidates on Iowa’s Energy Future
May 14, 2018 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Katie Rock (Des Moines Register/Center for Rural Affairs)  Iowa’s future as a leader in renewable energy is on the ballot in 2018. As legislators head home and campaigns gear up for important primary elections, voters …

Lawrence Solomon: Even Environmentalists Tell Trudeau His Ethanol Plan Is Terrible
May 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Lawrence Solomon (Financial Post)  Henry Waxman, the U.S. congressman who pushed to cut tailpipe emissions in 2007, is among those who now say biofuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are increasing global warming pollution  —  Prime …

Global Bioenergies and an Industrial Consortium Including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 14, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  European grant amounting to €13.9 million, of which €5.7 million for Global Bioenergies Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together Sekab, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, Peab Asfalt, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, …

KLM, Växjö Småland Airport, Södra, SkyNRG and Partners Sign LOI to Investigate the Feasibility of Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the Växjö Region
May 14, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  Starting today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is flying to Växjö, Sweden every day and to make flights to Växjö as sustainable as possible, KLM is investing in 120,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel per …

USGC Helps Expand Export Potential for DDGS, Ethanol to Ecuador
May 14, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Identifying how U.S. feed grains and co-products can meet the specific demands of a local market is the specialty of the U.S. Grains Council’s staff around the world. In Ecuador, the …

UPDATE 2-Trump Biofuel Policy Overhaul to Include Fewer Refinery Waivers – Source
May 14, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration will scale back the use of biofuels waivers for small refineries and count ethanol exports toward federal biofuels usage quotas as part of a broad overhaul of …

Saccharification Treatments Using Cellulase and Laminarinase Results in Higher Ethanol
May 14, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the Philippines, researchers from University of the Philippines and Hiroshima University in Japan conducted a study that focused on ethanol production from macroalgae using only enzymatic treatment for saccharification of algal …

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance
May 14, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS obligation would lead to further demand destruction for U.S. ethanol producers and corn growers who …

Kelp Farming Sees a Rise In Interest On the Cape
May 14, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Sarah Tan (WCAI)  Kelp farming is on the rise around the Cape and Islands, as more growers are finding reasons to love this ocean crop. From researchers like Scott Lindell at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who …

The Building Blocks of a Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
May 14, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and …

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Rockin’ It This Month
May 14, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Neste reaches 1B gallons renewable diesel sale, runs in fire trucks, ambulances and school vehicles  —  In Texas, Neste U.S., Inc. is celebrating its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold …

Decarbonising Maritime Transport Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035
May 11, 2018 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(International Transport Forum) … This report examines what is needed to decarbonise international shipping by 2035. Zero carbon emissions from shipping within this timeframe is one of the proposed levels of ambition in the context of the International …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

UNFCCC Ag Work Program Approval Affirms Old Adage: ‘World is Run by Those who Show Up’
May 11, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Ernie Shea (Solutions from the Land/25 x ’25)  Over the past 10 years, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and 25x’25, our clean energy platform, has been supporting a group of knowledgeable, experienced and visionary farmers, …

Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel
May 11, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Farley (K5 News)  In the Boeing test, a 777 freighter, ran on residual animal fats and plant oils. — In a historic first, Boeing has flown the first commercial jet on 100 percent biofuel. The …

A World First in the Port of Amsterdam
May 11, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Port of Amsterdam)   In the port of Amsterdam the construction has started of a new facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for the transport sector, which will cut down CO₂ emission by 57,000 tonnes …

Deal or No Deal– Either Way We Need to Keep Moving
May 11, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … First of all the export RIN issue does raise trade questions but if RINS go back to pennies then it would be hard for anyone to consider …

Trump Tells World’s Top Automakers to Build More Cars in U.S
May 11, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas  (Associated Press/Chicago Tribune)  President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans …

Trump, Top Car Executives Meet Amid Struggle over Climate Rules for Automobiles
May 11, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Executives from top car companies arrived at the White House on Friday amid a looming legal conflict between the Trump administration and primarily Democratic-led states over climate rules for automobiles.
“We’ve made …