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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

In a special to the Biofuels Digest, South Dakota Farmers Union president, Doug Sombke, pointed out that “Section 202(l) provision (of the Clean Air Act) requires EPA to regulate and reduce toxics in gasoline to the “greatest degree achievable”. In a review of air toxics in 2007 the agency acknowledged that other octane options, notably ethanol, could be the key to achieving that goal.He also noted EPA’s “Office of Research and Development … last year acknowledged that gasoline exhaust is the predominant source of urban secondary organic aerosols.” And surmised, “Fine particulates and secondary organic aerosols are produced as a result of incomplete combustion and carry the lethal BETX compounds that travel great distances and can bypass our lungs and directly enter the bloodstream. This could explain the spike in not just respiratory diseases near roadways and in condensed urban areas but also neurological illness like autism and birth defects.”  Environmental justice, any one?  READ MORE



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CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) Expands Leadership Team; Chris Tindal Added as CAAFI Assistant Director
January 19, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI announced today (January 16, 2018) that it is expanding its Administrative Leadership Team, naming Chris Tindal as CAAFI’s Assistant Director, a new role designed to enhance CAAFI’s outreach, catalyzation, and execution efforts. 

“I am extremely pleased that Chris Tindal has come onboard in this new role as Assistant Director.  He brings a wide range of experience and a deep-seated commitment to furthering the advancement of alternative fuels.  In this new role, he will help to facilitate the expansion of aviation’s development and deployment initiatives in partnership with our government and industry stakeholders,” said Steve Csonka, CAAFI’s Executive Director.  “Chris has been a strong partner of CAAFI over the last decade, leading parallel initiatives in alternative fuels adoption and deployment within the military.”

Over the past eleven years since its formation, the CAAFI coalition’s efforts have helped position aviation as a committed, long-term offtaker of alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuel.  CAAFI’s focus has expanded from the initial quest to simply enable an initial acceptable approach to qualifying such a fuel, to now having five qualified alternative production pathways, with two new approvals planned for 2018 and many others being developed for additional near-to-mid-term consideration.  Additionally, CAAFI-facilitated efforts for regional deployment, which are being executed through efforts with various sponsors and partners, have expanded across the U.S. and to four other continents.

“Chris is an outstanding choice to lead CAAFI forward and to build upon its achievements and focus.  With his passion, insight, and leadership skills, we look forward to advancing CAAFI’s objectives with Chris in this new role,” said Airlines for America Vice President & Chief Economist, John Heimlich. 

Chris moves into this new CAAFI leadership position with eight years of focused leadership experience in alternative energy, and more specifically in alternative fuels.  Most recently, Chris served as the Director for Operational Energy underneath the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Energy, where he was in charge of setting energy policy and direction for the Department of the Navy, and promoting the adoption of alternative fuels and renewable energy resources.  Additionally, he developed intergovernmental, international, and industry relationships throughout the energy field.  He was the Navy leader of the pioneering U.S. Department of Agriculture/ U.S. Department of Energy/ U.S. Navy Alternative Fuels Initiative which developed programs to launch the advanced biofuels industry. 

In his role, Chris successfully led the Great Green Fleet effort, in which the U.S. Navy acquired and used 77 million gallons of F-76 alternative fuel blend for their ships in the Great Green Fleet deployment in 2016, and through which the Defense Logistics Agency continues to solicit and award bids for additional supply.  Chris retired from Navy service mid-2017, and since that time, he has continued to engage in several U.S. and international development and evaluation activities associated with alternative fuels.

“I am honored to be joining the talented CAAFI leadership team, and building on their foundation of success,” Tindal stated.  “I humbly look forward to adding my skills and passion to the CAAFI leadership team, and assisting the industry in achieving near-term commercialization of affordable, sustainable alternative jet fuels at significant scale.  I am excited to engage with CAAFI on key strategic efforts, and to enable greater CAAFI bandwidth for executing on the breadth of world-wide deployment opportunities.” 

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative is a private/public coalition headed by sponsors from airlines (Airlines for America), manufacturers (Aerospace Industries Association), airports (Airports Council International-North America), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Environment and Energy.  CAAFI has over 1200 sponsor/stakeholder contributors from more than 400 organizations, and from numerous State and Federal government offices.  More details about CAAFI’s leadership team and work team efforts can be found at www.caafi.org.  Commensurate with Mr. Tindal’s addition, Rich Altman, CAAFI’s Executive Director Emeritus, will scale back his focus on CAAFI administrative execution to concentrate on all of his efforts on various CAAFI-related State Initiative efforts along the East Coast.READ MORE



QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

In a special to the Biofuels Digest, South Dakota Farmers Union president, Doug Sombke, pointed out that “Section 202(l) provision (of the Clean Air Act) requires EPA to regulate and reduce toxics in gasoline to the “greatest …

Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop — January 24, 2018 — Arlington, VA
January 19, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop   —   January 24, 2018   —   Arlington, VA

The Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop will provide you with insights on your career strengths and preferences and how these can be tailored for application to the new “green” economy, e,g, clean energy, sustainability, …

4th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza – February 23, 2018 — College Park, Maryland
January 19, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
4th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza –  February 23, 2018   — College Park, Maryland

Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at University of Maryland, Friday, February 23rd, 11 am – 7 pm
Join us for our Fourth annual “Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza,” …

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands
January 19, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine …

Strong Future ahead for the U.S. Ethanol Industry
January 19, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Wense (St. Louis Post Dispatch)  …  While it appears the steel industry has likely reached its ceiling of growth, the U.S. ethanol industry is only scratching the surface of future biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials from …

CALL FOR ENTRIES: National Recycling Awards 2018 DEADLINE: February 16, 2018
January 19, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

The MRW National Recycling Awards 2018 brings together over 650 recycling and waste management professionals on Thursday 28 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management.
This year …

Cornyn’s Biofuels Bid
January 19, 2018 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Texas Republican John Cornyn is drawing up ideas for new legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, in a bid to end the stalemate between corn-state lawmakers and oily ones. “Cornyn’s office …

Oleofuels 2018 — June 6-7, 2018 — Helsinki, Finland
January 19, 2018 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Oleofuels 2018   —   June 6-7, 2018   —   Helsinki, Finland

Already on its 11th edition of highly successful series of the event, Oleofuels 2018 will bring together senior representatives from the biodiesel, renewable diesel, HVO and fossil fuels industries to discuss all the latest market advancements, …

Researchers Reveal High Performance CNT Catalyst Relating to Its Electroconductivity
January 19, 2018 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/World Scientific Publishing)  Recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from Jatropha Oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, …

Malawi Ethanol Producers to Invest $100 Million to Crush Cane for Feedstock
January 19, 2018 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malawi, Presscane and Ethco plan to invest $100 million in two sugarcane crushing facilities to produce syrup for ethanol production at their existing facilities. The companies currently rely on an unsteady supply …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

Turning Soybeans into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions
January 18, 2018 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Dan Charles (the salt/NPR)  … The story, however, is more complicated than it seems. For one thing, that boom in Argentine biodiesel exports is over, at least for now. Last summer, the United States accused …

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels — February 26-27, 2018 — New Delhi, India
January 18, 2018 – 8:54 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels   —   February 26-27, 2018   —   New Delhi, India

Jointly organised by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India & Mission Innovation – India along with Biofuture Platform.
EVENT CONCEPT
Use of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. The sustainable biofuels …

Japan: Japan Invites Public Comments on Fuel Ethanol Policy
January 18, 2018 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  On December 29, 2017, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) invited public comments on changes to its fuel ethanol policy. The changes include a set value for U.S. corn-based …

Contanda Plans Expansion at Grays Harbor, Washington Facility
January 18, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Contanda)   In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel.
Since 2009, Contanda …

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products
January 18, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Croucher (Troy Media)  Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel  —  New technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of …

Converting Cassava to Ethanol
January 18, 2018 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Essiet (The Nation)  In Cross River State, an innovator Emmanuel Ntiti has fabricated machines that convert cassava to ethanol, writes Daniel Essiet.   —  …  A Cross River State-based innovator and fabricator, Emmanuel Ntiti, has developed …

Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels
January 18, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Ron Cascone (Nexant, Inc.)  Shown here is a current version of an iconic cost curve, or “stack chart” generated in an ongoing analysis started by the Scandinavian utility, Vattenfall, and carried on by McKinsey & Co …

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program
January 18, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is …

Annual ISCC Global Sustainability Conference — February 20, 2018 — Brussels, Belgium
January 18, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment
Annual ISCC Global Sustainability Conference   —   February 20, 2018   —   Brussels, Belgium

This year the overarching topic will be the future of bioenergy. We have invited high profile speakers from EU institutions and member states, United States, Brazil, associations and the industry. They will give you the latest updates on the RED …

My Voice: A ‘Swing and a Miss’ from the USDA
January 18, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Argus Leader/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Our esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. While it is hard to get excited over any government …

CHP: Obstacles and Opportunities
January 18, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Joe Leo (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Generating heat and power on-site saves money and lowers carbon intensity, but has barriers to success.  —  With the recent explosion of plant expansion projects in the ethanol industry, many producers …

Affordable, Green Hydrogen — It Is Here, Near, or Nowhere in Sight (Again)?
January 17, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water …

Germany’s First Biogas-Fueled, CO2 Neutral Fleet Features the Stralis NP
January 17, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Iveco/NGV Journal)  IVECO supplied five Stralis NP trucks to VERBIO Logistik GmbH, which will run the new vehicles on biomethane generated from straw, taking a significant step towards CO2 neutral transport in heavy goods vehicles. This supply …

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology
January 17, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization …

Kwik Trip Recognized with Ethanol Marketing Award in Iowa; Iowa 80 Truckstop with Biodiesel Marketing Award
January 17, 2018 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced Kwik Trip Inc. and the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott as winners of the 2018 Secretary’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards.
The awards …

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops
January 17, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.  —  … “Early yield estimates …

Drop GST on Bio-Diesel from 18 to 5 Percent, Demands Industry
January 17, 2018 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Arnima Dwivedi  (Newstrack)  Struggling to survive despite the government ‘s clean energy dream, biodiesel industries have demanded the Goods and Service Tax (GST) rate on them be slashed from the current 18 to 5 per …

How a Bengaluru-Based Company Is Working to Transform Sewage into Biodiesel
January 17, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Akshatha M. (Economic Times)  The fat and oil substances that enter some of Bengaluru’s lakes through the city’s broken sewage system may transform into biodiesel if a pilot project taken up at the Bellandur lake …

Velocys: Envia Seeks EPA Approval to Generate D7 RINs
January 17, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic …

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists
January 17, 2018 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform carbon dioxide into methane in …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA DEADLINE: February 2, 2018
January 17, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018) will continue this year with renewed focus from investigators in this area of research. In our new venue for the year, Seattle, we will …

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA
January 17, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts   —   June 11-13, 2018   —   Seattle, WA

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018) will continue this year with renewed focus from investigators in this area of research. In our new venue for the year, Seattle, we will …

The European Parliament Just Avoided a Biofuels Fail. Now Here’s How to Move forward on Decarbonising Transport
January 17, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(ePure)  2030 EU target for renewables in transport leaves an opening for sustainable crop-based biofuels to help reach Paris goals  —  The European Parliament’s vote to phase out palm oil and allow some crop-based biofuels is a …

Over 1,000 Protest against EU Move to Ban Palm Oil Biofuel
January 17, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth Tee (MalayMailOnline)  About 1,700 Malaysian palm oil smallholders today rallied against the European Union’s (EU) move to remove palm oil from its biofuels mix.
The protest demanded that the EU withdraw its proposal to ban, …

Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices
January 17, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Biofuels Digest)  …   A lot of people might forget that it was only three years ago when the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.34 and at times …

Canada Looks to Protect Industry with Carbon Proposal
January 17, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Canadian government is taking cues from Alberta to ensure that industries do not leave the country in response to a federal carbon price.
The country’s environment and finance ministries yesterday shared details of a …

Letter: Reform Ethanol
January 17, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Pete Kolbenschlag (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram)   …  Rep. Welch from Vermont is leading an effort to rethink ethanol, and to lead Congress to fix this broken policy. Colorado’s congressional delegation should join in this effort before more …

Developing Climate-Smart Ag Farm Groups Meet to Examine Role of Agriculture in Building Climate Resiliency
January 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Farm organizations are beginning to talk about the evolution of climate-smart agriculture and the need to ensure the U.S. remains at the table as the United Nations begins developing …

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology
January 17, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals?
Mike Schultz is Managing Director of …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Push Trump, Congress to Raise the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
January 17, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by John Wagner (Washington Post)  With President Trump and Congress turning their attention to infrastructure in the coming weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is preparing for an uphill battle: a push to raise the federal …

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify
January 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.
Officials from the California …

UPDATE 1-Brazil Considers Lifting Tariff on U.S. Ethanol
January 17, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jake Spring and Mateus Maia (Reuters)  Brazil is studying the removal of a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday, in a decision that could depend on …

10th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — February 28-March 1, 2018 — Tampa, FL
January 17, 2018 – 12:14 pm | No Comment
10th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit   —   February 28-March 1, 2018   —   Tampa, FL

ACI’s 10th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit 2018 will follow on from our successful series of conferences focusing on the re-use of green house gas CO2 and converting this into profitable sustainable materials.
This two day conference …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy — May 21-23, 2018 — Bergamo, Italy DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
January 17, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy — May 21-23, 2018 — Bergamo, Italy   DEADLINE:  January 31, 2018

The deadline of the call for papers for the SUM 2018 Symposium, to be held in Bergamo, Italy from 21-23 May 2018, is fast approaching! 
For this reason, we kindly invite you to submit a full paper …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 14th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB-14) — May 30- June 1, 2018 — Ghent, Belgium DEADLINE: January 25, 2018
January 17, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  14th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB-14) — May 30- June 1, 2018 — Ghent, Belgium    DEADLINE:  January 25, 2018

The 14th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Ghent, Belgium from Wednesday 30 May until Friday 1 June, 2018. Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference is expected to …

Biofuels Plant Development Expected to Begin at Ontonagon Paper Mill
January 15, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   A public announcement of the construction and development of a $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the closed paper mill in Ontonagon is “expected shortly,” Pat Tucker told the Ontonagon …

New Biofuels Feedstock: UPM Receives Certification for Cultivation of Crop in Uruguay
January 15, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  UPM Biofuels has received a RSB sustainability certificate for the cultivation of the Brassica carinata crop, a new feedstock for biofuel production. It is the first time an RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate …

Outback Cloncurry Uses Treated Sewage to Trial Biofuels, Boost Northern Development
January 15, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Eric Barker (ABC Rural)  With about a megalitre of sewage flowing from the toilets of Cloncurry every day, the local council has built a new trial site for biofuel plants.
An assortment of crops, including sun …

Does the 2040 Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Cars Mean the Eeath of Biofuels?
January 15, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Raffaella Ocone (Energy Post)  One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned by 2040 is what it means for biofuels. According to Raffaella Ocone of …

BRAZIL: Ethanol Demand Expected To Increase 60% In 2018, Says NexSteppe
January 15, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(RTT News/Markets Insider)  The RenovaBio program – which aims at increasing biofuels consumption – and rising gasoline prices in Brazil should lead to a 60% growth in local ethanol demand, said Henrique Falqueiro, director of NexSteppe, …

Is Energy from Woody Biomass Positive for the Climate?
January 15, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy) IEA Bioenergy has produced a brief on the question ‘Is energy from woody biomass positive for the climate?’
The brief provides background and a number of concise arguments on this question. Overall, energy …

Dutch Collaboration Will Produce Green Hydrogen to Power Buses
January 15, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Gasunie New Energy have joined forces to investigate the possible large scale conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen via the electrolysis of water. Intended for Delfzijl in the Netherlands, …

Estimation of a 69 % Reduction in Greenhouse Gases Emissions for Fully Renewable ETBE Compared to Fossil Gasoline
January 15, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) has entrusted EVEA, a company specialized in calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with a study focused on the products to be manufactured in the future IBN-One plant. Fully …

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions
January 15, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their …

Newsweek Names United Airlines Top Global Carrier in 2017 Green Rankings
January 15, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines)  United Airlines ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. United placed 59th among 500 U.S. …

The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing
January 15, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What are the true drivers of Innovation and what are the returns for investors — what’s up and what works? There is just not a more authentic authority on the subject …

Socialists, EPP and ALDE Propose to Cap Biofuels Shares at 2017 Level, End Palm Oil
January 14, 2018 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Lawmakers from three political families of the European Parliament reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and …

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles
January 14, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares to support a high volume of fully electric, autonomous vehicles in the coming future.
In order …

RFS Standstill — Dinneen: Oil, Ethanol Meetings Not Scheduled Yet, Likely Not Constructive
January 14, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  President Donald Trump’s administration and some members of Congress want oil and ethanol interests to just get along and work out their differences on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But …

RFS Roundup: Economists Largely Agree RINs Not Wreaking Havoc on Refining Industry
January 14, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The argument is roughly – increased biofuels mandates lead RINs to spike in cost, translating to billions in compliance costs, particularly for small refiners. While somewhat logical, …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

Old and New at the Keystone Farm Show
January 12, 2018 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has three overlapping reasons to attend and exhibit at the Keystone Farm Show: Educate attendees; Educate ourselves; Connect with people interested in joining the biofuels world.
For …

CAAFI Biennial General Meeting — December 4-6, 2018 — Washington, DC
January 12, 2018 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
CAAFI Biennial General Meeting  —   December 4-6, 2018   —   Washington, DC

SAVE THE DATE  More information coming soon.  READ MORE

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018
January 12, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018.
Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include …

Snowmobilers Say Ethanol Gasoline Hurts Their Engines
January 12, 2018 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(WCAX) The cold and snowy weather has the state’s network of snowmobile trails is buzzing, but riders say ethanol continues to damage their engines.

(Congressman Peter) Welch (D-VT) is promising to continue efforts to eliminate ethanol from …

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules
January 12, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to …

GGC Readies B7bn Complex
January 12, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post)  Global Green Chemical Plc (GGC), the SET-listed biochemical arm of PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC), plans to kick off development of its 7-billion-baht biochemical complex by the third quarter.
Managing director Jirawat …

Abu Dhabi Works towards Cooking Oil Recycling Plan
January 12, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Anwar Ahmad (Gulf News)  Abu Dhabi will open a new facility to recycle used cooking oil by the end of this year, a top official from Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, said …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste
January 12, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a …

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs
January 12, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week.
In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that …

LETTER: Thanks to the Residents for Fueling up in the Battle against Breast Cancer
January 12, 2018 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Pilhofer and Lance Klatt (Hope Chest/Minnoco/LillieNews.com)  On behalf of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer and Minnoco, we would like to thank our community’s residents for fueling up with E15/Unleaded Plus. Local Minnoco owners in our community including South St. Paul …

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules
January 12, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will …

Insights from IEA Task 36
January 12, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task …

GC3 Innovators Roundtable — May 8-10, 2018 — Kingsport, TN
January 12, 2018 – 3:01 pm | No Comment
GC3 Innovators Roundtable   —   May 8-10, 2018  —   Kingsport, TN

The GC3 Innovators Roundtable is a dynamic forum for business leaders to exchange strategies and best practices on how to accelerate green chemistry innovation and adoption, and to network to form new partnerships and collaborative …

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event — May 8, 2018 — Kingsport, TN DEADLINE: February 16, 2018
January 12, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event   —   May 8, 2018   —   Kingsport, TN     DEADLINE:  February 16, 2018

GC3 Announces Call for Applications for 2018 Startup Technology Showcase  Apple, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss & Co., Procter & Gamble and L’Oréal among 16 companies seeking new sustainable chemistry and materials technologies
The Green Chemistry & …

Less Chewing the Cud, More Greening the Fuel
January 12, 2018 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Rothamsted Research)  … But now a multinational team of researchers, from the UK, Brazil and the US, has pinpointed a gene involved in the stiffening of cell walls whose suppression increased the release of sugars by …

Drivers in Oaxaca Singing the Praises of E50
January 12, 2018 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Mexico, rising gas prices in Oaxaca have seen drivers turn towards higher ethanol blends as a way to save money. Three stations opened up offering up to 50% ethanol blends in …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

USDA: Ethanol Plants Are Operating near Full Capacity but Constraints Limit Growth
January 12, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing)  The number of U.S. ethanol plants more than quadrupled since 1999, as demand for ethanol has increased. This growth in the number of plants is driven mainly by the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which was first …

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight
January 12, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into …

€12.4 Million Investment for Swedish Biogas from Industrial Waste Project
January 12, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an investment grant to explore the possibility of producing biogas from industrial waste water.
A €12.4 million investment subsidy has been awarded to Finnish energy company Gasum, which …

Biogas Plant in Northern Ireland Wins Sustainability Award
January 12, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A biogas plant close to the town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has been recognised in the Sustainable Ireland Awards.
The Tully Quarry plant produces biogas from 100% chicken litter. Built by biogas technology specialists …

Canada’s Regional Governments Press on with Carbon Pricing
January 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Alberta is moving into phase two of its carbon levy and Ontario has expanded its cap and trade market. The moves mirror similarly anti-emissions sentiments in Federal governments.
Introduced in 2017, Alberta’s carbon tax is …

Alkol Biotech Agrees to Supply 500,000 Tonnes of Biomass to Europe’s ‘Largest’ Biorefinery
January 12, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Biofuel International)  Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the sourcing of up to 500 thousand tonnes of non-woody lignocellulosic biomass for what would be Europe’s ‘largest’ biorefinery.
UK based …

Study Suggests Biochar Could Significantly Improve Anaerobic Digester Performance
January 12, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  In a paper by Texas A&M scientists, biochar shows potential for increasing efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal manure.
Biochar is a charcoal material composed of agricultural by-products, including manure, crop residues and grasses. The substance …

Bond Authorization Opens Door to Lake County Biofuel Project
January 10, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Leidtke (Herald and News)  Jeff Manternach, CEO of Red Rock Biofuels, says the company was created in response to widespread and devastating wildfires in the Western U.S. caused by forest debris and the rising …

E-Fuel Personal Energy System’ Hydrous Fuel Technology Makes Off-Grid Affordable Reality +VIDEO
January 10, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(The Auto Channel)  January 9, 2018: Today, E-Fuel Corporation released for preorder sales on its website www.efuel100.com the revolutionary new Personal Energy System (PES) that will begin shipping second quarter of 2018. The PES is industry’s first organic …

Myanmar Sugar Development Co to Invest $20m in First Phase of Project
January 10, 2018 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Shwe Gaung (Deal Street Asia)  Myanmar Sugar Development Public Co Ltd has secured state approval to invest $20 million in setting up a sugar mill in Kathar township, Sagaing Region, to produce sugar for local …

Jet Fuel from (Any) Bio-Alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
January 10, 2018 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. …

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?
January 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology.
Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and …

How Boisean Will Escape the Cuts in Plastics Recycling — and Recycle Even More of Them
January 9, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Boise has found a way for city residents not only to keep recycling the same plastics they have recycled for years, but also to expand plastic recycling to items such as shopping bags, …

Clean Diesel Powers State Economies, Provides American Jobs
January 9, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  New Resource Demonstrates State-by-State Impact of Clean Diesel Technology   —   Today the Diesel Technology Forum (the Forum) unveiled a first-of-a-kind analysis of the broad impact of clean diesel on state economies. A …

Las Cruces Utilities Collaboration Leads to Algae Breakthroughs
January 8, 2018 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels (KRWG)  Over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has investigated how algae – yes, that simple green stuff …

1st Edition of International Conference on Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology — September 20-21, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
January 8, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
1st Edition of International Conference on  Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology   —   September 20-21, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Euroscicon Ltd likes to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to “1st Edition of International Conference on Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology” which is to be held during September 20-21, 2018 at …

Hotels Unaware that Used Cooking Oil Can Yield Biodiesel
January 8, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Akshatha.M (Economic Times)  What happens to the edible oil in restaurants after it is used for frying? Apparently, it is sold to wedding caterers or street vendors for reuse, if it is still usable. If unusable, …

Moving Billboards Celebrate Ethanol on Grain Trucks Statewide
January 8, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  Drivers who recently found themselves behind a grain truck may have noticed new signage touting the benefits of ethanol. Decals were distributed to farmers for placement on grain trucks statewide to promote …

Moran Gets Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Tour
January 8, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Gale Rose (Pratt Tribune)  Sen. Jerry Moran got a personal tour of the Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Dec. 29. He visited with several plant workers that explained each step of producing ethanol.
When U.S. Senator Jerry …

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
January 8, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Education)  The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence by highlighting promising …

#TeachClimate Network
January 8, 2018 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

The goals of this network are to bring together educators to:

have an opportunity for informal discussions about challenges and successes to implementing climate change education
discuss the use of climate fiction, “cli-fi” as a vehicle for …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2018 — Collegeville, MN
January 8, 2018 – 3:58 pm | No Comment
Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   June 26-28, 2018    —    Collegeville, MN

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!  
PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

Hear from experts and scientists on their …

Play it Conservative
January 8, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (The Storm Lake Times)  … Markets and Nature are so large, and the Iowa budget is so small. We would be better off to leave water quality funding — that is, writing a …

18th Annual BioCycle Conference On Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling and American Biogas Council — October 15-18, 2018 Raleigh, NC
January 8, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
18th Annual BioCycle Conference On Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling and American Biogas Council   —   October 15-18, 2018   Raleigh, NC

BIOCYCLE REFOR18 is organized by the Editors of BioCycle magazine.
It is also the Official Conference of the American Biogas Council.
Best venue for you to achieve success in anaerobic digestion, production of power, fuel and soil amendments, food waste management and composting.
Network with the …

France Requires 60pc GHG from Ex-EU Biodiesel Imports
January 8, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  French biodiesel imports from outside the EU must have a minimum 60pc greenhouse gas (GHG) savings value from 1 January — a measure that could have considerable impact on trade flows from Argentina.
The law, …

MKU Inks MoU with US-Based Institutions
January 8, 2018 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Madurai Kamaraj University on Tuesday has signed memorandum of understanding with US-based institutions to facilitate collaborative research and faculty exchange.
According to a statement issued by the university here on Thursday, the first MoU was …

Fighting Food Waste in Africa with Biofuel-Run Sparky Dryer
January 8, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Uganda, engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot is addressing food waste with his new Sparky Dryer, which is a food dehydrator that runs on biofuel from a farmer’s garden and burns with …

High-Tech Waste-to-Energy Facility Set to Open in May
January 8, 2018 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Alex Acquisto (Bangor Daily News)  The company behind a state-of-the-art solid waste disposal facility in Hampden designed to convert trash into biofuel has secured enough funding to begin operations in May.
Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO of Maryland-based Fiberight LLC, announced …

Cell-Free Bio-Discovery: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SynVitroBio
January 8, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synvitrobio accelerates bio-discovery through cell-free systems. Synvitrobio’s Next Generation Expression platform allows for high-throughput data collection that is real and experimentally validated at speeds of simulation based approaches.
A cell-free system is a …

Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels
January 8, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh so seriously. The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo, the second largest city …

EBRD Provides Loan for Biogas Plant at Ukraine’s MHP
January 5, 2018 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Anton Usov (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development/Biomass Magazine)  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided a senior loan of €25 million to PJSC “Myronivsky Hliboproduct” (MHP), a London Stock Exchange listed Ukrainian producer …

New California Program to Develop 5 Dairy Digester RNG Projects
January 5, 2018 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  In mid-December, the California Public Utilities Commission established a new program that aims to reduce methane emissions from manure generated at dairies. The CPUC said the pilot program will incentivize at …

Sustainability Summit — April 11-12, 2018 — Milwaukee, WI
January 5, 2018 – 7:28 pm | No Comment
Sustainability Summit   —   April 11-12, 2018   —   Milwaukee, WI

The mission of the Sustainability Summit is to engage business, academia, communities and others in active discussion of the issues of Sustainability including, but not limited to, sustainable business practices, energy conservation, research on sustainable …

A Single European Biomethane Market, a Step Closer to Reality
January 5, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  The European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) members announced that the application of the ERGaR RED scheme has been submitted to the European Commission to be recognized as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy …

2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo
January 5, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Last year was among the most active and interesting years we’ve seen in the biofuels space. The industry has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, culminating in …

Indian Oil to Arrange Biomass-to-Ethanol Plant in Panipat
January 5, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Kaplan Herald)  The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilizing surplus crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at Baoli village in Panipat district. The capacity of the proposed …

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative Announces Grant Recipients
January 5, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state.

Below is a …

ANALYSIS-Can’t Please Everyone: Trump Energy Policy Riles Competing Sectors
January 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner  (Reuters)  … Another political flashpoint has been the administration’s waffling over proposed changes to biofuels policy.
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency initially entertained a plan from oil refiners to upend regulations requiring them to blend …

Washington State Readies Carbon Tax Push
January 5, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

(Axios)  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, will unveil a carbon tax proposal in his address to the state Tuesday, local media reported Thursday.
Why it matters outside of that Washington: The debate, while unique to the Evergreen State, is …

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 5, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from …

CM Yogi Adityanath to Launch New Projects in Azamgarh
January 5, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  Chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi will launch projects worth several crores of rupees at the Kisan Sahkari Chini Mill (sugar factory) of Sathiaon in Azamgarh on Thursday.

According to the official protocol received at …

WEBINAR: CEBN — ARPA-E Overview, Funding Opportunities and Advice — January 10, 2018
January 5, 2018 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: CEBN — ARPA-E Overview, Funding Opportunities and Advice   —   January 10, 2018

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is a federal program that advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.  Join the Clean Energy Business Network for a webinar to learn more …

New Study Shows Clean Cooking Can Lead to Increased Birth Weight in Newborns
January 5, 2018 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(United Nations Foundation) Babies born to mothers who cooked with ethanol were born later and heavier  —  A new study released today by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which is hosted at the United Nations Foundation, has found that …

Breaking the Bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization
January 5, 2018 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, …

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough
January 5, 2018 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we consider the news that occasionally …

From CO2 to Algae
January 5, 2018 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part …

Congress Needs to Restore Tax Breaks for ‘Orphan’ Renewables
January 4, 2018 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 REsource)  As Congress ratchets up its ongoing budget battles – the continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires Jan. 19 – clean energy advocates of all stripes must hold lawmakers to …

What’s Needed in African Agriculture Before Technology
January 4, 2018 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  “A lot of what’s needed in African agriculture is quite low-tech if tech at all,” says Gary Vaughan-Smith, chief investment officer at SilverStreet Capital, the agribusiness private equity firm.
SilverStreet has been investing in African …

Biomethane Arrives at Estonian CNG Refueling Stations
January 4, 2018 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Eesti Gaas)  AS Eesti Gaas and Rohegaas OÜ made an agreement, according to which Eesti Gaas will buy approximately 11 million m³ of biomethane from Rohegaas OÜ in 2018 and 2019. The sales of biomethane …

USDA Reports Says Indonesia Faces Ethanol Dilemma
January 4, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity …

Disconnect Between Consumers’ Stated Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles & Actual Purchases
January 4, 2018 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  … Consumers and Alternative Fuels 2017, the latest installment of the Fuels Institute’s annual measure of American consumers’ sentiment on vehicle purchases, found that significantly more consumers stated they were very likely or …

What Exactly Is a RIN?
January 4, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Southern Farm Network Today)  Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently proposed to put a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a way to control the cost for refiners that blend renewable fuels into …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

California Bill Seeks Ban on Fossil-Fueled Vehicles by 2040
January 4, 2018 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  California would ban the sale of new cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels in 2040 under legislation introduced Wednesday in the state legislature. 
“We’re at an inflection point: we’ve got to address …

Government Approves Use of Bio-Ethanol as Vehicle Fuel
January 4, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Aminur Rahman Rasel (Dhaka Tribune)  …The government has decided to allow the use of bio-ethanol as vehicle fuel by mixing it with petrol and octane at a 5% ratio.
The initiative, first ever in Bangladesh, was …

US Navy Researchers Develop New Class of Renewable Diesel
January 4, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers from the US Navy at China Lake have developed a new class of drop-in renewable diesel from biomass using acid catalyzed condensation of 2-tridecanone with a series of diols through fermentation …

Biodiesel Plant Developer to Address Commission
January 4, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Tina Alvey (Register-Herald)  Acknowledging that some questions about the project remain unanswered, Greenbrier County Commission President Woody Hanna said he has requested that Jason Perry, one of the developers of a proposed synthetic fuel plant, …

Ontario Proposal Aims to Double Ethanol Blend in Fuel
January 4, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by John Greig (Manitoba Co-operator)  An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn in the province.
The government has …

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
January 4, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys …

Neste Launches Website Pushing for Sustainable Aviation
January 4, 2018 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The project aims to raise awareness of alternate fuels for the industry.  According to World Bank statistics, 3.6 billion people travelled by air in 2016. In a survey conducted by Neste, 53% of European passengers are concerned …

WEBINAR: How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant — January 11, 2018
January 4, 2018 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant   —    January 11, 2018

Join us for an informational webinar on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Request for Applications (RFA). Learn …

WEBINAR: IEA–Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants — January 18, 2018
January 4, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: IEA–Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants   —   January 18, 2018

As part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy internal webinar series, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invites you to join a webinar on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern …

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23
January 4, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the …

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems
January 3, 2018 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the bulk of the country’s renewable fuel for cars and trucks. But cellulosic ethanol is harder …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Summary of Accomplishments
January 3, 2018 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … ACE believes the best way to grow demand well into the future is to harness the low-carbon, high-octane value of ethanol. That’s why we were very …

Delivering ‘Big League’
January 3, 2018 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … While we haven’t yet achieved Reid vapor pressure (RVP) parity for E15 and higher blends, we made dramatic headway by broadening our base of supporters and positioning retailers …

ACT Expo Fleet Awards Nominations Open DEADLINE: March 23, 2018
January 3, 2018 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

The ACT Expo Fleet Awards are the ultimate recognition of fleet operators who show true leadership in sustainable transportation—having gone above and beyond what has been required to achieve sustainability in their transportation operations. To …

Irish University Leads EU-Funded Project for Natural Gas Vehicles
January 3, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/NUI Galway)  National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Gas Networks Ireland are leading a new transport revolution as they introduce CNG and renewable natural gas for trucks, vans and buses.

In addition to this, …

U.S. Exporting Filthy Fuel to India–VIDEO
January 3, 2018 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press) WATCH VIDEO  Here

Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again
January 3, 2018 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but …