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USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would qualify Laufer’s lab for larger grants for commercialization.

The grant is through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The research will focus on a new biotechnology idea that could significantly lower the cost of enzymes needed to produce biofuels and bioproducts, making them more cost-competitive with petroleum fuels. Increased U.S. biofuel production would lower the country’s dependence on imported oil and provide significant climate change mitigation benefits.

From left, Hood College’s Dr. Craig Laufer and Atlantic Biomass’ Bob Kozak collaborate on enzyme research in the Hodson Science and Technology Center.

The project will provide hands-on experiential training for master’s-level and undergraduate students at Hood College. Hood will work with Atlantic Biomass, LLC, a Frederick, Maryland-based biofuel technology company that is focused on the development of affordable, advanced renewable biofuels.

The key aspect of this joint effort has been the discovery and development of a sequential enzyme process that converts plant biomass into fermentation-ready sugars without the use of expensive pretreatments. The first application of this system is converting energy beets to bio-jet fuel. The technology funded by the USDA grant will help reduce enzyme costs, making biofuels more competitive commercially.

This project is timely with Hood’s hiring of a new Endowed Chair Professor in Biofuels to start in fall 2018, funded through the Maryland Department of Commerce E-Nnovation Initiative Program and the Hodson Trust.  READ MORE / MORE

Federal grant helps local college research cheaper, sustainable bio-fuels (WDVM Nexstar Broadcasting)

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An Evaluation of Brazil’s RenovaBio Program
June 21, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon* (Advanced Biofuels USA/ Industrial Ecosystems) According to the Paris Accords on Climate Change, each country is to develop its own goals for CO2 reductions and develop a program to meet these goals.  Brazil is an interesting case study in this effort.  Unlike other countries, Brazil has chosen to place a strong emphasis on transportation rather than electrical generation and building efficiency.  Brazil has a long history in renewable fuels with a continuous ethanol blending protocol since 1931.

Transportation fuels role in achieving Brazil’s Paris Accord goals. Click on image to enlarge.

Legislation, Implementation

In December of 2017 the Brazilian government passed the RenovaBio program in record time under the leadership of Congressman Evandro Gussi, pictured below.  Since then, the RenovaBio Committee has quickly moved to work out details of the program which is strongly based on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

In April and May, the proposed protocol was opened to public comment in Brazil.  

Delegation to Washington, DC and California

On June 11, a delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, charged with the new program’s implementation, and Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) came to the Wilson Center in Washington DC for a public conversation on RenovaBio. The delegation was in Washington and California for meetings with the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the RFS and the LCFS in order to improve the development and implementation of the new policy in Brazil.

Wilson Center Brazil Institute panel discussing RenovaBio. From left, Joel Velasco, Albright Stonebridge Group; Pietro Mendes, Brazil’s National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels; Evandro Gussi, Congressman, Green Party, Federal Chamber of Deputies; Anna C. Prusa, Brazil Institute

I attended the private sector discussions and offer the following observations and comments about the RenovaBio program.  It should be noted that this program covers all types of renewable fuels including bio-methane and renewable diesel.

Influence of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Carbon Intensity; but Better, albeit a Few Complications

First, RenovaBio certainly is an improvement over California’s LCFS in that it is performance-based rather that proscriptive-based, which often has unrealistic default CO2 values.  This has been a great point of discussion concerning US corn ethanol vs. Brazilian sugarcane ethanol.

As pointed out by one participant, this performance-based carbon intensity evaluation should be extended to ‘crop’ (feedstock) production. It is presently limited to fuel production only.  A third party certification entity will issue Carbon Credits based on each production facility’s technology and operations.  While CO2 intensity valuation of feedstocks should eventually be included in the protocol, it will become more complicated as wastes other than agricultural crops and residues become part of the picture. 

Diagram of carbon intensity and Carbon Credit flow

The responsibility for meeting government goals is placed on fuel distributors to record Carbon Credits.  As a demonstration of how changing conditions often are counter to regulations, the Brazilian Senate, on June 20, 2018, passed a bill to allow sale of hydrous ethanol directly to retail outlets.  This option, bypassing the distributors, may make economic sense but is inconsistent with the proposed method for recording Carbon Credits.

Second, my understanding is that the petroleum portion of a fuel is not analyzed for carbon intensity.  While using an assigned benchmark petroleum value for measuring improvements is fine, if petroleum does not receive a carbon rating for fuel production, improvement figures will be skewed.  The carbon intensity of petroleum is going up and even if the renewable portion is going down, real improvements may not be present.  Brazil could be just ‘treading water’. 

Third, there is no accounting for drive train efficiencyAdvanced internal combustion engines might someday top 50% thermal efficiency (presently at about 42 – 46% for advanced engines and about 34% for conventional gasoline engines) that is then reduced by transmission and drive shaft frictions.  An EV drive train does not have these reductions and also has easy access to regenerative breaking, another plus for efficiency.  Electric drive trains are not just for batteries (BEV) but are also for fuel cells (FCEV).  Fuel cells today can reach a 58% thermal efficiency that is reduced only by the electric motor efficiency (about 93%) for a total efficiency of about 55%.

Some participants at the Wilson Center Brazil Institute discussions.

The superiority of FCEVs is hard to dispute, but the prevailing idea of hydrogen as the energy carrier is easily disputed.  To me, the use of hydrous ethanol to fuel the FCEV is a clear winner for a number of reasons:  Its distribution network is simple and, in Brazil, already mostly in place.  Its production process is a lower carbon process than anhydrous ethanol for petroleum blending or production of hydrogen from natural gas, and it can be easily integrated with the fuel distribution systems for conventional ICE vehicles.

In Brazil, on August 4, 2016, Nissan introduced the “e-bio fuel cell vehicle” that runs on hydrous ethanol or water diluted hydrous ethanol. To me, continued development of biofuel-powered fuel cells is a no brainer.

Steps toward Paris Accords on Climate Change Goals, Suggestions

The transparent performance evaluation to determine Carbon Credits for biofuels is a big step forward for Brazil.

The designation of an obligated party for meeting inclusion targets needs additional evaluation.  If the Senate bill to allow hydrous ethanol to be sold directly to retailers becomes law, the designation of distributors as the obligated party will need to be modified.

There was no discussion of how Carbon Credits might be traded to even market variations and will need to be addressed.  The US ‘RIN’ system is certainly one not to be duplicated.  A transparent and restricted trading market should be established, possibly with government as the middle-man.

With a well-designed Carbon Credit market, incentives for drive train efficiencies can be incorporated into the Carbon Credit portfolio. To truly have a non-biased program, the value of an efficient vehicle should be integrated with the production of low carbon fuels.  These additional Carbon Credits could be aggregated by the vehicle dealer or fleet owner and traded through the Carbon Credit market.  It is conceivable that the value of these credits could be incorporated into the dealers’ financing for an efficient vehicle to incentivize purchase of that vehicle.

The ‘internet of things’ can easily be used to monitor transportation.  It is already being used by insurance companies to help determine auto insurance premiums.  This approach does not need to be a mandate and can be a voluntary program for owners of high efficiency drive train vehicles.  Through a performance-based assessment, the value of a high efficiency vehicle can be assigned a value for CO2 reductions beyond the default baseline presently being assumed.  Data for these credits could be gathered at time of fueling or through a mileage recording method.  Generating these ‘Carbon Credits’ based on kilometers driven or liters consumed would be easy.  What to do with them may be open to further discussion. Such a program could not only establish Brazil as a world leader in low carbon fuels, but also establish it as an early adopter of advanced vehicle technologies and potentially advancing their ‘green technology’ manufacturing base where products could be exported.


*   Architect and long-time “gear head,” Bill Brandon, currently focuses on technology integration and deployment of urban and farm organic wastes to energy systems for vertical or urban farming (Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)).  He serves as a fuels/engines and policy expert for Advanced Biofuels USA. He can be reached at

Photos:  J. Ivancic

BRAZIL: Senate Authorizes Producer To Sell Ethanol Directly To Fuel Station (Markets Business Insider)

Brazil’s senate approves bill to alter how ethanol is distributed (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

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June 18, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

Laurene Powell Jobs, quoted in a recent Washington Post article, explained “Change rarely originates at the top.  When you want change, lobbying Congress is important, but it can’t be your whole strategy.  …  The most effective way to create change in this country is to build a grass-roots movement, a national outcry that is so loud and so powerful that our leaders cannot ignore it.”  READ MORE

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore company
June 22, 2018 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance.

UPM consists of six separate business areas. The business areas are competitive, with strong market positions and a leading financial and sustainability performance. Five of these business areas operate in healthily growing markets.

Its Biofore strategy includes continuous improvement programmes and short-term actions to drive performance; mid-term growth projects as well as mid- to long-term development work to create new, high value-added growth.

UPM CEO Jussi Pesonen recently presented this illuminating strategic update on the company’s promise and progress towards its next milestones.  READ MORE

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would …

An Evaluation of Brazil’s RenovaBio Program
June 21, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon* (Advanced Biofuels USA/ Industrial Ecosystems) According to the Paris Accords on Climate Change, each country is to develop its own goals for CO2 reductions and develop a program to meet these goals.  …

June 18, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

Laurene Powell Jobs, quoted in a recent Washington Post article, explained “Change rarely originates at the top.  When you want change, lobbying Congress is important, but it can’t be your whole strategy.  …  The most …

Diesel Buses Purchase not the Better Way for TTC
June 22, 2018 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Tomich (Toronto Star)  Toronto is currently eyeing a major investment in diesel buses, which would derail progress toward its emission reduction goals and pull a major punch in the fight against climate change.
The Toronto …

Maryland Clean Energy Summit “Gearing up for the Future” — October 8-10, 2018 — College Park, MD
June 22, 2018 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Maryland Clean Energy Summit “Gearing up for the Future”  —   October 8-10, 2018   —   College Park, MD

Your gears will be turning at this thought-provoking conference that focuses on cutting-edge technologies, modern business models, and innovative regulations and financing solutions that will ensure a secure, resilient and transactive modern power grid.
Join industry …

Create the Future Design Contest DEADLINE: July 2, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future) The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more …

The White House Continues to Drive The Outlook for Biofuels Producers
June 22, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by  Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  Three major policy developments by the White House have had a large impact on U.S. biofuel producers over the past week.
The EPA was initially reported to be on the verge …

House Members Demand Answers from EPA on RFS, Waivers
June 22, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation …

EPA to Propose 19.88 bln Gallon Biofuels Mandate, up 3 pct – Sources
June 22, 2018 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose setting a 19.88-billion-gallon biofuels blending mandate in 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up about 3 percent from 2018, according to two sources briefed on …

Advanced Biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects
June 22, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment)  … A number of exogenous policies have greatly impacted advanced biofuels markets and RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards) compliance. These include trade restrictions and duties …

Planet Forward Fall Storytelling Expeditions
June 22, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Planet Forward)  Join Planet Forward staff for a trip to California or Rome for one of our fall storytelling expeditions! Travel and lodging is covered by sponsors for this trip and students are expected to contribute a …

Biofuel’s Role in the Circular Economy: Key Lessons and Actions for the Industry
June 22, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) When it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling our goods most people associate consuming less of what we already have with a ‘circular economy’. What is rarely, if ever …

Some Delmarva Farmers Are Freezing Dead Chickens
June 22, 2018 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Katie Peikes (Delaware Public Media)  Long considered the most beneficial way to dispose of dead chickens, composting has become a management tool of the past for some Delmarva poultry farmers.
Some local growers have shifted to …

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports
June 22, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A study available today in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by …

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources
June 22, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans to force larger refineries to …

Forest Concepts Receives $1.8 Million from DOE to Improve the Design of Biomass Handling Systems
June 22, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Forest Concepts/EIN Presswire)  Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office ( to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and …

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion
June 22, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels …

Residents Voice Opposition to Biofuel Plan by United Riverhead Terminal
June 22, 2018 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Denise Civiletti  (Riverhead Local)  A proposal by United Riverhead Terminal to install six tanks for storing 108,000 gallons of biofuel at its Northville facility drew intense opposition from residents of the surrounding area during a …

New Tax to Encourage B20 Use
June 22, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Wichit Chantanusornsiri  (Bangkok Post)  The Excise Department is imposing a tax on B20 biodiesel that is 82 satang lower than the B7 tax in a push to make the former’s retail price three baht per litre …

16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019” — January 21-22, 2019 — Berlin, Germany
June 22, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment
16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019”    —  January 21-22, 2019   —   Berlin, Germany

The 16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019” will be held on 21-22 January 2019, again in Berlin. The conference is organised by the German Bioenergy Association (BBE), the Union for …

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition
June 22, 2018 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) 

How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in transport – developed over the past decade?

The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final …

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement
June 22, 2018 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, …

High-Performance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
June 22, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  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 …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 21st, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 10:25 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, …

Mandatory Fuel Blending Ratio up
June 21, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(The Herald)  Government has increased the mandatory blending ratio of unleaded petrol from 15 percent ethanol to 20 percent with immediate effect following a significant improvement in the supply of ethanol from Green Fuel.
The move is …

Colorado Business Owners Indicted For $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme
June 21, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit …

Growth Energy: Prime the Pump Success Driving Ethanol Demand
June 21, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  More than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released today by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of …

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources
June 21, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to …

BRAZIL: Senate Authorizes Producer To Sell Ethanol Directly To Fuel Station
June 21, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Markets Business Insider/RTTNews)  Brazil’s Senate has approved a legislation authorizing ethanol producers to sell the fuel directly to the fuel stations. After the 47-2 vote in the Senate, the bill should be voted by the House …

ADM, DuPont Sign Agreement to Develop, Produce and Market Cellulase Enzymes
June 21, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences today announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants.
Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn …

Succinic’s Next Season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
June 21, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered
June 21, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor …

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways, UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power Figure in Key Renewable Jet Fuel Project Advances
June 21, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today.
These companies and the news this morning …

Listening Session for the Transportation and Climate Initiative — July 24, 2018 — New York, NY
June 20, 2018 – 8:02 pm | No Comment
Listening Session for the Transportation and Climate Initiative   —   July 24, 2018   —   New York, NY

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is beginning to host listening sessions, inviting input on potential policy approaches to bring about a cleaner and more resilient transportation future across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
In November, …

Small Cut in EU’s Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2016 but Transport Emissions Keep Increasing
June 20, 2018 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 % in 2016, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Using less coal to produce …

AusBiotech 2018 — October 31-November 2, 2018 — Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
June 20, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment
AusBiotech 2018   —   October 31-November 2, 2018   —   Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The annual AusBiotech conference has brought together Australian and international biotech leaders and stakeholders for more than three decades, creating a forum to reflect on the sector’s achievements and exchange ideas to further advance the …

BIOENERGY STRONG 2018 Conference – Driving Commercial Outcomes — October 16-19, 2018 — South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
June 20, 2018 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
BIOENERGY STRONG 2018 Conference – Driving Commercial Outcomes   —   October 16-19, 2018   —    South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

We are excited to reveal details of the Bioenergy Australia 2018 Conference:
•    To be held 17 and 18 October 2018 at the State Library of Queensland 
•    Welcome reception in the evening of 16 October at …

Enogen Waves Flag for Ethanol at NASCAR Race
June 20, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman ( For the sixth consecutive year, Syngenta Enogen sponsored NASCAR® racing at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa this past weekend.
The Iowa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race presented by Enogen on Sunday highlighted both corn and …

Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil
June 20, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  Process Converts Scum to Biodiesel  —  A new waste remediation process converts scum from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) into ASTM compliant biodiesel. The six-step method begins with a filtration step that separates water/oil/solid …

Ethanol Industry Goes Global as Gasoline Price Rally Deteriorates Demand
June 20, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Danforth and Jim Venhof (Genscape)  U.S. domestic ethanol demand suffered this spring relative to 2017, despite consistently favorable blending values and increasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. The decline, following a period of historically low …

DuPont Celebrates Opening of Industrial Biosciences’ Headquarters
June 20, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Biomass Magazine)  … “From stain-busting enzymes to next-generation biofuels, the products being developed inside the Industrial Biosciences building are exciting for DuPont, Delaware, and the world,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “This state-of-the-art facility …

UK-Produced Green Gas Now Being Used to Fuel Vehicles
June 20, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(U.K. Renewable Energy Association/Biomass Magazine)  A growing number of commercial haulage operators are clamoring to improve their environmental credentials by running haulage trucks on green gas. Whilst some green gas has been imported, domestic producers have …

EU Reaches Deal on REDII, Sets New Goals for Renewables
June 20, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables.
Information …

MPOC Elated on EU Palm Biofuel Ban
June 20, 2018 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is elated on the latest development in the European Union (EU) which deferred the proposed total ban on palm biofuel to 2030 from the earlier date of 2021.
Chief …

Czech Company to Produce Biofuels from Waste Cooking Oil
June 20, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by  Ruth Fraňková  (Radio Praha)  The Czech company Chemoprojekt, based in Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia, is set to launch production of biodiesel made from waste frying oil, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Tuesday. …

Indian Oil to Set up Rs 9 bn ethanol plant in Adityanath’s pocket borough
June 20, 2018 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  The company has sought 50 acres from a defunct sugar mill in Gorakhpur  —  Public sector behemoth Indian Oil is looking to invest almost Rs 9 billion in a greenfield second-generation …

EU Ethanol Delivers over 70% GHG Savings on Average: ePure
June 20, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  European ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with fossil fuels in 2017, according to new data from European ethanol producers, the European renewable ethanol association, ePure, said …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles Could Increase U.S. Transportation Energy Consumption
June 20, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Autonomous vehicles are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change travel behavior, vehicle design, energy …

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council
June 20, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(NATSO)  NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council ( to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply …

Inventure Renewables’ Mixed Super Critical Fluid Technology Successfully Adopted At Wilmar Plant In China
June 20, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Inventure Renewables/Cision/PR Newswire)  Patented Technology Converts By-Product from Soft Oil Seed Refining Into FAME for Oleochemical and Biodiesel Production.  —  Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes
June 20, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Best known for …

Where Are They Now?
June 20, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest, we look at some of the industry rock star leaders of recent years who have moved on to other duties. Some have remained within the sector, in several …

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?
June 20, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by David Fridley and Richard Heinberg  (Renewable Energy World)  The headline of this article was composed simply by rephrasing the title of a popular recent piece in The Atlantic — “Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air into …

Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?
June 20, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (Renewable Energy World)  Multinational power company, Enel, said last month that it was expanding its partnership with InnoCentive, a 17-year old crowdsourcing company that partners with businesses and governments around the world to develop …

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million for Bio-Based Research
June 20, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  31 Projects Will Help Advance Fundamental Science for Bioenergy  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes …

New Conservative Group Lobbies for Carbon Tax
June 20, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A new group with a conservative backing has formed to push for a carbon tax. The Americans for Carbon Dividends is co-chaired by two former senators: John Breaux and …

Brazilian Presidential Hopefuls Favor Free Market for Sugar, Ethanol
June 19, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Nicolle Castro (Platts)  Brazilian presidential pre-candidates spoke in favor of free fuel markets Monday at a sugarcane industry association UNICA forum in Sao Paulo. 
Brazil will hold presidential elections in October.
The road fuel market is currently the …

China Raises Import Duty on US Denatured Ethanol to 70% from 45% as of July 6
June 19, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Christine Siantar (Platts)   China’s ministry of commerce said the import duty on US-origin denatured ethanol will rise to 70% on July 6 from 45%, as part of a wider retaliation to the US imposing …

EPA Decision on Isobutanol Blasts Gevo Stock into Stratosphere Monday
June 19, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Ben Miller (Denver Business Journal)  Gevo applauded an EPA decision on isobutanol, a fuel that’s made from renewable resources like corn. Gevo shares soared 262 percent in Monday trading.  READ MORE
EPA decision on isobutanol buoys …

US EPA Close to Releasing 2019-20 Biofuel Mandate Volumes
June 19, 2018 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposal for how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuel supply next year, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The policy will include 2019 blending …

Bio CNG and Bio-Ethanol to Be Manufactured from Paddy Straw
June 19, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(5 Dariya News)   The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same. The Punjab  Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is serious on …

Scania Will Deliver Bus System for Ouagadougou
June 19, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  To strengthen public transport in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, Scania and RATP Group have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Burkina Faso to establish a modern and efficient bus system with 460 …

Orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils Sweeten Diesel Fumes
June 19, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Queensland University of Technology)  Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel.
QUT PhD researcher Ashrafur Rahman tested each …

Agriculturally Advantaged Traits: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt
June 19, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver both healthier specialty food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat for consumers as well as agriculturally advantageous traits, such as …

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation
June 19, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and incoming Japanese worked with Argentine energy minister Juan Jose Aranguren to broker an ambitious re-affirmation …

World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference — November 6-8, 2018 — Brussels, Belgium
June 19, 2018 – 11:03 am | No Comment
World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference   —   November 6-8, 2018   —   Brussels, Belgium

From chop and change to a long-term view: covering policy and politics around the world and bringing together policy-makers and national government representatives.
With the RFS in the USA on the move, Brazil implementing RenovaBio, China …

Dupont Summit — December 7, 2018 — Washington, DC
June 18, 2018 – 9:19 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit   —   December 7, 2018   —   Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Companies v. Climate Change — November 28-29, 2018 — Miami, FL
June 18, 2018 – 8:34 pm | No Comment
Companies v. Climate Change   —   November 28-29, 2018   —   Miami, FL

CvCC is dedicated to providing a forum for business leaders to connect around climate change solutions. We strive to be an open and straight-forward arena for companies to collaborate and share best practices for being …

Companies vs. Climate Change (CvCC) — October 9-10, 2018 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 18, 2018 – 8:30 pm | No Comment
Companies vs. Climate Change (CvCC)    —   October 9-10, 2018   —   Amsterdam, Netherlands

CvCC is dedicated to providing a forum for business leaders to connect around climate change solutions. We strive to be an open and straight-forward arena for companies to collaborate and share best practices for being …

S&P Global Platts Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference — September 25-26, 2018 — Miami, FL
June 18, 2018 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
S&P Global Platts Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference   —   September 25-26, 2018   —   Miami, FL

The annual S&P Global Platts Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. This is a regional sugar event designed especially for a North and …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting — December 6-7, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
June 18, 2018 – 8:06 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting   —   December 6-7, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Join RSB at our Annual Meeting where we will be examining the big picture issues faced by the bioeconomy in 2018 and looking at the solutions, opportunities and real world examples that will guide us …

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 11th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 7, 2018 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
June 18, 2018 – 7:59 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  11th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy  —   December 7, 2018   —   Washington, DC     DEADLINE:  October 15, 2018

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels
June 18, 2018 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries.
In a survey of …

A Sound and Rational View of Biofuels in North America
June 18, 2018 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Lawrence Sullivan (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  … After much efforts to fund the development of biofuels by both governments and the venture capitalists, there were some awakenings and realizations. One, the capital-intensive nature of power and petroleum …

Biofuel Partly Powers Cathay Pacific Flight from Airbus
June 18, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald)  When a brand new Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 flies from France to Hong Kong on Wednesday it will be partly powered by biofuel.
The 334-seat plane will have a 10 per …

Preparing for Take-Off? Aviation Biofuel Research Wins £5m Boost
June 18, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green)  Waste-to-jet fuel project backed by Department for Transport, Shell, and British Airways  — A project to turn landfill waste into sustainable jet fuel has received a major boost today, securing almost £5m of …

Large Outdoor Study Shows Biodiversity Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems
June 18, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Michigan)  …  Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species, known as polycultures, performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species—they were better at multitasking. But surprisingly, the researchers …

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum
June 18, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power of modern biotechnology could be …

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix
June 18, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Steven Taylor (Yellow Hammer)  … But for a moment, let’s reexamine biofuels, as they can still play an important role in our state’s energy production and economic development. According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, our state …

Bosnia’s Fuel Distributors Agree to Cut Prices after Protests
June 18, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daria Sito-Sucic (Reuters)  Fuel distributors in Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation agreed a deal with the regional government on Tuesday to cut fuel prices after drivers repeatedly blocked roads in protest against rising prices, a government …

Indian Researchers Create an Artificial Leaf Which Consumes Sunlight and Carbon Dioxide to Produce Energy
June 18, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Amit Jha (Crazy Engineers)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have found a novel approach to produce energy by using sunlight and carbon dioxide. By using a collection of quantum dots made up of …

Fuel Delivery Services, a Specialty Carrier of Refined Petroleum Products in California, Switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel
June 18, 2018 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Neste) Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, CA, recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. FDS provides transportation services seven …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons
June 18, 2018 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility …

Box Elder Tax Increment Program for Biofuels Company Is on Hold
June 18, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Mark Shenefelt (Standard-Examiner)  In 2014, the Box Elder County Redevelopment Agency created a $2.5 million, seven-year tax increment program to support expansions planned at the Washakie Renewable Energy plant in Plymouth. But the county economic …

U.S. EPA Won’t Reallocate Exempt Biofuel Obligations without Congress
June 18, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw   (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it will not reallocate exempt biofuel obligations under the small refinery waiver program without an act of Congress, setting the stage for a new clash …

Maine Developments – Bio News Mounts from the Pine Tree State
June 18, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s start with the latest from the Maine Technology Institute, which just announced a request for information regarding emerging forest industry technologies, with the goal of accelerating matchmaking …

GAO to Look into Trump’s Reduction of Carbon Social Costs
June 18, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  A government watchdog has agreed to review the Trump administration’s method for calculating the social cost of carbon, including examining the decision to drop the rate as first determined during the …

No Hard Feelings? President Donald Trump Will Campaign with GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer
June 18, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) President Donald Trump will campaign with GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer next week — a trip that could extinguish any lingering tensions between the White House and the Senate hopeful, …

Everyone’s Favorite Acronym: The Renewable Fuel Standard
June 18, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Renewable Fuel Standard will be the subject of a subcommittee hearing this week in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Friday the Environment subcommittee will have a hearing …

Making Chemicals From Ethanol
June 15, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  … “We’re hoping to provide alternatives to the sale of ethanol into the fuels market,” said Ron Cascone, principal with Nexant, Inc. “The theme of what I’m doing here is to show that there …

Cenergy Launches Global Biogas Capture and Utilization Program
June 15, 2018 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Cenergy Solutions/NGV Journal)  Cenergy Solutions has a Biogas Capture and Utilization System (BCU System) to help farms and communities around the world economically store and use their biogas instead of venting or flaring it. It is …

Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields
June 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sara Shoemaker (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/  For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets.
But for Wellington …

Trump Taps Critic of Pro-Renewables Policies to Lead Renewables Office
June 15, 2018 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  President Trump is nominating a Department of Energy (DOE) official who previously fought against policies meant to promote renewable energy to lead the agency’s renewable energy office.
Dan Simmons has been serving …

Mexican Court Overturns Ethanol Blending Injunction
June 15, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  A federal tribunal in Mexico Thursday overturned an injunction blocking ethanol blending from climbing to 10% from 5.8%, two sources connected to the case told S&P Global Platts. 
“Effectively, today the collegiate court …

White House to Meet Automakers, California on Fuel Efficiency Rule
June 15, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  White House officials will have a new round of meetings with an automakers trade group and California’s “clean air” agency next week before unveiling a proposal to reverse rules aimed at increasing …

EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals
June 15, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning …

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels
June 15, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals.
The buildup of toxic materials during the production process …

NMMA Provides Update on EPA Bio-Isobutanol Approval
June 15, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(National Marine Manufacturers Association)  Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approved the registration of bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association has been a leading voice in the effort to secure …

Scania and Line 132 Will Use Pure Biodiesel
June 15, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Emiliano Huergo (Clarin Rural)  Claudio Molina, Executive Director of the Argentine Association of Biofuels and Hydrogen (AABH), announced that the line of collectives 132 of the Federal Capital will begin to use pure biodiesel in some …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion
June 15, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2017, the company generated …

The Battle for Yeast Supremacy: DSM, DuPont, Novozymes and More
June 15, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s review the big gambits from the likes of DSM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Novozymes as they duke it out over market share in an era where corn ethanol gallons …

From Corn to Manure, Here’s Why Biofuels Could Be Important in the Years to Come
June 14, 2018 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado is a hotbed of research and innovation. One field its researchers are looking at is that of biofuels, which can be produced from biomass. Breaking things …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 13th, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 8:08 pm | 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, …

EPA Chief Hints He Could Order More Ethanol in Fuel
June 14, 2018 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A week after the White House suspended its bid to reform the nation’s biofuels policy to aid oil refiners, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday dangled a tantalizing prospect …

Government Wants to Ease Process of Purchasing Ethanol, Says Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
June 14, 2018 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Financial Express/PTI)  Just like crude oil is treated as basic raw material for making petrol and diesel, Pradhan wanted ethanol to be given the same treatment  —  Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has promised to ease the process …

Joint Venture Company Formed for Execution of NRL’s Bio Refinery Project
June 14, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Numaligarh Refinery Limited)  Numaligarh Refinery Limited has taken a giant step forward by establishing a joint venture, Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt. Limited (ABRPL) with equity participation of  M/s Chempolis Oy of Finland and M/s Fortum 3 B.V. of Netherland …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Archer Daniels Midland
June 14, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. The company sports a …

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy
June 14, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or …

Stubble Burning: Punjab to Manufacture Bio-CNG from Paddy Straw
June 14, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times Energy World)  Seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the state, but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw, the minister said.
… The government is committed to …

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

Request for Information: Forest Industry Technologies DEADLINE: July 20, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Biobased Maine/Maine Technology Institute)  The Maine Technology Institute is collecting publicly available information on technologies that could be deployed within Maine’s forest industry. The purpose of this RFI is to encourage technology companies to submit preliminary …

CARB Lays Out Proposed Innovative Clean Transit Regulation COMMENTS DUE: July 23, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  On Monday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rolled out a draft proposal of its Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation, which is part of CARB’s strategy to transition the state’s heavy-duty mobile …

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding
June 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that …

DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations
June 13, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.

The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House …

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments
June 13, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted would get a vote. Here …

Not into Octane
June 13, 2018 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ON THE HILL: GOP Sen. John Cornyn says finding common ground on an overhaul of the RFS is “like trying to come up with peace in the Middle East.” Cornyn …

Unloading Sustainability in the Most Unlikely Places: Germany’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Realizing Closed Photo-Bioreactor Systems
June 13, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggelston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The excessive water evaporation of open pond photo-bioreactors (PBRs) seriously limits the geographical applicability of algae as a catalyst for bio-based products. As a result, these industries in Europe …

FEW Recognizes Moore, Walker for Contributions to Fuel Ethanol
June 12, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by  Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was …

French Partners to Build Photovoltaic Greenhouses for Microalgae
June 12, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Global EcoPower (GEP), of Aix-en-Provence, France, has signed a 5-year partnership contract with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This partnership, launched with the CEA’s technological research department, provides …

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels
June 12, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Idaho/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Tara Hudiburg was awarded $750,000 to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant, award by the Department of Energy, is part of a $104 million …

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the …

Ted Cruz Says Biofuel Policy Overhaul May Be Revived
June 12, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the …

EU Farmers Boss: DG Agri ‘Not Properly Consulted’ in Biofuels Talks
June 12, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (  EU farmers are “quite worried” about the fact that the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG Agri) is often disregarded when it comes to policy decisions that have a …

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells
June 12, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Yirka (   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in …

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel
June 12, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification …

Eleven Years After Bill, City Fleets in Washington State are Nowhere Near Abandoning Gas-Powered Vehicles
June 12, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Deshais (The Spokesman-Review/GovTech)  Seattle has the most alternative-fuel vehicles in its municipal fleet. But its fleet is supposed to be 100 percent alternative.  —  … In 2007, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law …

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU
June 12, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In contrast, imports of soybean oil as feedstock from Argentina have been virtually non-existent. The reverse …

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses
June 12, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s …

Thai Policy Helping to Drive Push for More Biogas and Biomass Power Production
June 12, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Thailand, a new research report says the country’s biogas market should grow 10% while its biomass market should grow 4% between 2017 and 2022 for a total installed capacity of 4,750MW. The …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Management
June 12, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada. Today, this includes not just …

WaterKnight, Green Lizard, Solugen, Fero Labs Win at AkzoNobel’s Imagine Chemistry start-up event
June 12, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals named 10 start-ups and chemical researchers as winners of the 2018 edition of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ Imagine Chemistry challenge.
To meet its sustainability and growth ambitions, AkzoNobel …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF
June 11, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the strategic plans, progress and future milestones of BASF, a major stakeholder in the Advanced Bioeconomy?
In this slide deck, BASF gets into technologies, results, horizons, timelines, direct investments, partnerships and alliances …

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation
June 11, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting …

California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan Concept Paper
June 8, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board | California Environmental Protection Agency
California Department of Food and Agriculture | California Natural Resources Agency)  This Concept Paper provides a proposed outline for the California Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation …

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions
June 8, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, …

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding
June 8, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in the House, the bipartisan Senate …

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot
June 8, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to mind?
Is it California? …  Let me make the case for a state that may not have …

EPA to Change How It Considers Costs, Benefits of Regulations COMMENTS DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
June 8, 2018 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers …

Brazilian Sugar Industry Fears More Fuel Market Manipulation on the Horizon
June 8, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Platts and Valor Economico report that the sugarcane industry is worried further fuel market manipulation could be on the cards following the resignation of Petrobras’ CEO under pressure of the recent …

June 8, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels,” pointed to Standing Rock as, “among many things, a prime and missed opportunity for …

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA
June 8, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a political powerhouse and compelling policy agenda that defies partisan, geographical, and generational divisions.

(T)his industry must …

Higher Yields, Faster Fermentation, Reduced Energy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ XCELIS Platform
June 8, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont XCELIS, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub – designed to increase yields, speed fermentation …

June 8, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

St1 Announces Biofuel Projects in Sweden, Columbia
June 7, 2018 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined …

New Machine Learning Approach Could Accelerate Bioengineering
June 7, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel.
Their computer algorithm starts …

Waste Management Opens New RNG Facility in Kentucky
June 7, 2018 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Waste Management has unveiled a $30 million renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Louisville, Ky.
The new Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility processes up to 5,000 standard cubic feet per minute of incoming …

A Green Fleet Does Not Go Unnoticed: Georgia County Wins Top Honors
June 7, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Thanks in part to its “green fleet policy,” DeKalb County, Ga., has been awarded the No. 1 spot in this year’s edition of “The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas.”
Sponsored by …

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
June 7, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic …