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Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) says that analysis has shown that up to 100% of the fuel in 2050 could be from sustainable sources with the right policy measures in place.  He comments that it is vital that governments and industry stakeholders alike show their support behind these new sources of fuel for aviation as it will be a key component of the industry’s climate action plan.

Earlier this month, over 300 delegates met in Geneva for the Ninth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, organized by ATAG to discuss such plans. The Summit brought together sustainability experts from industry and governments alike to review the role air transport plays in supporting today’s economic growth while mitigating the risk of environmental impact. This year’s summit re-visited some vital areas of action around climate change, whilst exploring new areas of focus such as implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a business framework.

According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s Director, Gail Klintworth, the SDGs will drive economic growth, reduce cost, risk, and will inspire many stakeholders to feel fulfilled at the workplace.

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Figure 1: ATAG Ninth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit; Day One Session One

Recently, the second Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels took place in Mexico City, where the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) vision was further discussed with delegates from the industry.

Despite biofuels’ mitigating climate change, the ICAO has a more urgent challenge to deal with as nearly 100 environmental and poverty groups released a letter that week slamming the proposal due to the fear that palm oil expansion for the purpose of bio-jetfuel production would further drive deforestation.

Biofuels for Aviation

Global aviation generates approximately 2 percent of global GHG emissions and is forecast to grow to 5 percent by 2050. While most industries have a range of cost-effective options available to reduce carbon emissions, aviation does not. For the foreseeable future, there is no alternative to liquid fuels for jet aircraft. The single largest opportunity to decarbonize air travel is to replace conventional, fossil-based jetfuel with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) also commonly referred to as bio-jet or bio-kerosene.

Figure 2:

Emissions from aviation in the absence of any action, and emissions-reduction goals set by the industry

SAF’s are almost chemically identical to traditional jetfuel, but are synthesized from other, more sustainable ‘feedstocks’. These feedstocks can take the form of plant matter, municipal waste or even used cooking oil. To qualify as truly ‘sustainable’ alternative fuels, the feedstock must fulfill certain criteria, meaning, in part, that the feedstock used should not compete with food crops or other agriculturally sensitive produce. This is why many recent innovative alternative fuels have been produced using sources such as waste, microalgae, or saltwater tolerant plants that grow where the food crops cannot.

However, the emissions-reduction potential of different feedstocks may differ significantly with values ranging from 50 to 90 percent of the claimed potential reduction when compared with fossil jetfuel.

The vast majority of SAF available now is derived from oleochemical feedstocks such as vegetable oil, animal fats, and used cooking oil (UCO). However, costs for these feedstocks, as well as supply and sustainability concerns, make it impossible to quickly scale up production in order to meet demand in the near-term.

The oleochemicals-to-bio-jetfuel pathway will not supply all future needs, but is currently the foundation technology used to establish initial supply chains. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) report, Innovative Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel at U.S. Airports, advanced technologies have the potential to meet long-term goals, but are at least five to 10 years away from commercial maturity. These technologies use other feedstocks, such as forest or agricultural matter or other lignocellulosic biomass, waste streams, and algae.

As of May 2016, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has certified five different technology pathways to produce SAFs. ASTM certification is required before commercial airlines can use a fuel for an international flight. The 5 pathways are:

Table 1: ASTM Pathways to produce SAFs

Pathway Feedstock Blending Aromatics Content Technology Developer ASTM Cert.
Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene

(FT-SPK)

Municipal solid waste (MSW) or woody biomass 50% Low Sasol, Shell, Syntroleum 2009
Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acid fuels

 (HEFA-SPK)

Oleochemicals such as oil and fats 50% Low Honeywell UOP, Neste Oil, Synamic Fuels, EERC 2011
Hydroprocessed Fermented Sugars to Synthetic Isoparaffins

 (HFS-SIP)

Fermentation of bio-sugars via microbial intervention 10% Low Amyris, Total 2014
FT-SPK with aromatics

(FT-SKA)

Municipal solid waste (MSW) or woody biomass 50% High Sasol 2015
Alcohol-to-jet fuels(ATJ) Fermentation of bio-sugars via microbial intervention 30% Low Gevo, Cobalt, Honeywell UOP, Lanzatech, Swedish Biofuels, Byogy 2016

 

Today’s Challenges

Achieving the GHG emissions reduction targets proposed by the aviation industry and by the ICAO will require a significant increase in SAF production and consumption. RMI notes the exact volumes required to achieve specific goals are not clear because of factors such as the aviation sector’s future fuel consumption, the extent of emissions reductions achieved through offsets, and the specific emissions-reduction potential of various options for making bio-jetfuels, which were mentioned in Table 1.

Despite the keen interest in SAFs, wide-scale deployment of these fuels into the jetfuel market has significant barriers to overcome including:

  • Drop-in fuel compliance; Aircraft and airport fuel storage and delivery systems are designed to last for decades; new fuels must be compatible with existing systems.
  • Chemical flexibility – cannot freeze, boil, or absorb water; A plane may take off from a scorching Arizona desert, climb to a freezing 30,000 feet, and land in a humid Louisiana swamp.
  • Raw material competition; SAF producers will need to compete with biodiesel and ethanol producers and SAF purchasers must pay a sufficiently high price to keep SAFs from being sold into distillate fuel markets.
  • Tax incentive acquisition; Many of the tax and other incentive programs for blending of biofuels into highway fuels have traditionally not been available for SAFs.

Figure 3: ATAG Ninth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit; Day One Session Two

Discussing these challenges at the conference was a panel lead by Julie Felgar, the Senior Advisor at CollaborateUp; a conversation from which much can be learned as commercialization of SAFs lags behind about a decade from biofuels that have been taken up by the automotive industry.

According to Jonathon Counsell, the Group Head of Sustainability at the International Airlines Group, the competitive cost of petroleum-based jetfuel is the biggest challenge for the development of SAFs.

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Financing SAFs is a problem familiar to Honeywell UOP. James M. Andersen the Business Director of Green Fuels and Chemicals discussed the importance of restructuring California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCSF) to include premium credits for SAFs.  

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For European Airports such as Genève Aéroport, SAF uptake has been made mandatory up to 1 percent of the total fuel consumption in order to facilitate the transparency of financing to airlines said André Schneider, the CEO of the airport.

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High SAF prices are the primary reason for the slow uptake and the related absence of large-scale production capacity. Despite government incentives, the price premium for SAF is still significant. Airlines operate on low profit margins with fuel as the largest expense; thus, there is limited ability to absorb these additional costs. The challenge for this industry now is to produce these fuels in a sufficient quantity at a competitive price, making them commercially viable.

Due to scaling growth, the development of dedicated production capacity and increasingly efficient supply chains, the price difference between SAFs and petroleum-based aviation fuel has fallen dramatically to roughly three times the price of conventional fuel. The actual cost of SAF and its cost difference relative to fossil-based jetfuel differ significantly across regions, driven by feedstock price, conversion technology/capital investment for a production facility, the policy environment, supply chain logistics, and other factors.

Figure 4: Simplified breakdown and reduction potential of SAF

However, as the hype for hybrid-electricity increases as this technology becomes more affordable to the consumer, SAFs still provide the most promising alternative in meeting the aviation sector’s immediate emission reduction targets since they can be implemented immediately as a drop-in-fuel. Hybrid-electricity on the other hand could prove to be a solution for the long term as Counsell mentions.

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The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) R&D Team has developed a series of white papers addressing these key challenges related to alternative jet fuel development.

Leading by Example

Despite these challenges, SAF technology and deployment are progressing.

Alaska Airlines, KLM, and United Airlines have all deployed bio-jetfuel on commercial flights in 2011 to demonstrate how the fuels could be integrated in regular service.

Furthermore, in 2012, the first airline purchase agreement for regular supply was linked with a prospective SAF producer.

Then in 2014, the first volumes of SAF from a commercial SAF plant in Brazil were used in commercial service that year.

Later during the conference, during a workshop held covering the theme of innovation solutions to address climate change, Shamsul Leman, Head of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment at Singapore Airlines (SIA) illustrated how their effort to reduce international aviation emissions in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has resulted in  a series of 12 ‘green package’ flights over a three-month period along a non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route. The ‘green package’ flights are the first in the world to combine the use of biofuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimized flight operations which provide the industry with valuable insight into the economics, logistical requirements and performance of these SAFs.

Leman says that in order for the ‘green package’ to succeed that it needs support from governments and industries alike.

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Figure 5: ATAG Ninth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit; Day One Workshop E

Gaining Support

The beginning of 2016 saw a landmark event to normalize the use of SAFs with Oslo Airport becoming the first international hub in the world to offer the fuel to all airlines serving the airport. This is also a particularly significant step, so far as the supply method is concerned, with the fuel being incorporated into the airport’s hydrant system, which means that airlines do not need to alter their normal re-fueling process.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been instrumental in the development of SAFs, with two leading manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, making significant contributions.

Airbus has developed programs in Australia, Brazil, Qatar, Romania and Spain, and has partnered with China’s Tsinghua University and the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) to explore bio-jet development in China. Airbus has also carried out numerous test flights using bio-jetfuels.

In order for the sector’s goals to be met, OEMs need to increasing their capacity to certify more than one SAF per year says Andersen.

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Preparing for Take-Off: Countdown to CORSIA

Panel members emphasized that policy support is widely recognized as essential if SAF deployment is to be successful.

The Indonesian government’s announcement of a mandate for SAF is one example of public-policy support that could have a significant impact on bio-jet development. However on a global basis there have been very limited government efforts to develop and implement the types of policies that have been successful in promoting road-transport biofuels. These include mandates, tax incentives and subsidies. This low level of government policy support is one of the main reasons why there has been limited development and deployment of SAF.

The lack of direct government involvement might be partially due to the international nature of aviation and the legal role of ICAO.

At the international level, the ICAO plays a major role in global development of the aviation sector. It works with 191 member states and global aviation organizations to develop international standards and recommended practices. The member states are obliged to reference those standards when developing their own legally enforceable national civil-aviation regulations.

In 2016, after many years of debate and planning, the ICAO has agreed on a new global market based measure (GMBM), with the goal of implementing these measures by  the end of 2020. Such market based mechanisms would provide the basis to set a price on emissions, seen as the primary means for emission reduction at the national and regional levels. GMBMs have been proposed as a way to bridge the time gap, by limiting carbon emissions while bio-jetfuels and other technologies are developed.

After 2020, technological, infrastructure and operational efficiency measures will be complemented by the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Under CORSIA, aircraft operators will be required to purchase offsets, or ‘emission units’, for the growth in CO2 emissions covered by the scheme. CORSIA aims to address any annual increase in total CO2 emissions from international civil aviation above 2020 levels. In order to address the concerns of developing states and to take into account the special circumstances and respective capabilities of states, CORSIA will be implemented in phases.

The adoption of CORSIA by governments meeting at ICAO is the first climate measure of its type for any global industry and is a solution which will help airlines avoid a complex patchwork of different schemes and achieve carbon-neutral growth in a cost effective way.

The industry has already pushed to get CORSIA implemented for more than six years, but as of September 2017, only 72 member states out of 191 have volunteered to be part of its first phases. This represents close to 88 percent of international aviation activity and 80 percent of emissions growth above 2020 levels.

Still, in order for CORSIA to be successful the participation of all member states is needed for it to be fully effective, said UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad during the Summit’s keynote address.

According to Counsell, it has been more difficult to make progress on governmental policy than it has on restructuring business plans, but incorporating SAFs could be attractive to governments as it reduces waste, creates jobs and decreases foreign oil dependence.

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How will airlines commit to keeping this promise over the years to meet their climate goals?

Leading the cause for intergovernmental framework to limit emissions, the EU decided to add aviation to its Emissions Trading System (ETS). In 2012, the new directive made it a legal requirement that the aviation sector joins the ETS making clear that the EU will focus its compliance activities on all flights within and flying into and out of the EU.

Besides pushing for mandates, helping investors past the “valley of death” stage of commercializing the technology will be needed, as financing for these types of pioneering projects has proven difficult to obtain, particularly at a time of low oil prices.

Industry and customers can also play their part in helping expand the production and use of SAFs. For example, KLM’s corporate program and the Fly Green Fund are some of the corporate programmes that encourage customers to cover the price premium of using SAF.

Voicing change is fundamental to facilitating the development of SAFs as airlines must adhere to the interest of their investors who make their decisions based off of their customer’s interests, said Counsell.

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Taking Flight

Increased use of SAF is essential for the aviation industry to meet its carbon emissions-reduction goals.

Currently the vast majority of SAF is derived from oleochemical feedstocks and uses the HEFA pathway which has a mixed reception to being carbon ‘neutral’. However, this will likely remain the main conversion route over the next five to 10 years, as methods using biomass, lignocellulosic and algal sources, and other advanced bio-jet technologies, are still maturing.

Thermochemical technologies are the most likely to provide the large volumes of advanced SAF required, partly because the co-products produced by biochemical routes to bio-jet are valuable in the chemical, lubricant and cosmetic markets.

Although a number of commercial facilities in operation worldwide can produce HEFA-SPK, they were primarily established to make renewable diesel. Only one facility, AltAir Fuels, is primarily dedicated to SAF production.

Without specific interventions and incentives directed towards SAF production and use, current policies in jurisdictions such as the U.S. will favor the production of renewable diesel over SAF.

Airports must take leadership in pioneering the adoption of SAFs avoiding competitive distortion by fueling all airlines with mandatory blend ratios and by effectively communicating their sustainable development goals to their stakeholders to inspire a chain reaction of support and to facilitate action from governments to incentivize the uptake of these fuels. 

References

Aviation Beyond Borders. Geneva, Air Transport Action Group, 2016, pp. 30-31, https://aviationbenefits.org/media/149668/abbb2016_full_a4_web.pdf

Biofuels for Aviation: Technology Brief. Abu Dhabi, International Renewable Energy Agency, 2017, pp. 2-45, https://www.irena.org/DocumentDownloads/Publications/IRENA_Biofuels_for_Aviation_2017.pdf

Directive (EU) 2015/1513 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Office Journal of the European Union, 2015, eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32015L1513&from=EN

General Biomass, edited by Daniel Gibbs, General Biomass Company, 2013, www.generalbiomass.com/renewablejetfuel1.htm

IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Roadmap. First ed., Geneva, International Air Transport Association, 2015, p. vii, https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/environment/Documents/safr-1-2015.pdf

Innovative Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel at U.S. Airports: Explored at Seattle-Tacoma International. Rocky Mountain Institute, SkyNRG, July 2017, pp.3-9 https://www.rmi.org/insights/reports/innovative-funding-sea-tac-2017

The Flight Paths for Biojet Fuel. Washington D.C., U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015, pp.1-7, https://www.eia.gov/workingpapers/pdf/flightpaths_biojetffuel.pdf

 

* Michael Eggleston is a chemical engineering student specializing in the process control & risk management of sustainable development with the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program and spending a semester abroad at the Technische Universität Darmstadt: Darmstadt, Germany.  He will be reporting on and representing Advanced Biofuels USA at international conferences.

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In a recent Washington Post column, George Will bemoaned governments’ announcements to “ban, at an undetermined date, sales of vehicles powered by fossil fuels in their tanks. (Electric vehicles will be powered mostly by fossil-fuel-generated electricity.)” And,  “’zero emissions’ (zero from tailpipes, much from smokestacks in an all-electric future).”  READ MORE



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by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Joni Ernst released a letter late Thursday from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlining a number steps the agency intends to take on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will be music to the ears of a small bloc of Midwest corn-state Republicans. Those include:

– A decision to be finalized “within 30 days” not to move the point of obligation downstream to fuel wholesalers (as previously reported),

– A commitment to finalize biofuel volumes on time by Nov 30 at levels equal to or greater than those in the proposed rule,

– Direction for EPA staff to “actively explore” whether the agency has legal authority to grant a waiver allowing year-round sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol. Pruitt also expressed openness to working with Congress on “definitive analysis” on the agency’s ability to issue a waiver, and,

– A pledge not to make biofuel exports eligible for credits, known as RINs.

In a statement, Ernst said: “I am appreciative of Administrator Pruitt’s pledges to rural America, and I will continue to work collaboratively with the EPA going forward on this and other issues.” She didn’t specifically say she’d vote for EPA air nominee Bill Wehrum in light of these public commitments – remember Ernst said Wednesday she needed public evidence of the administration’s biofuels support – but ME would be surprised if the nomination didn’t move forward now.

In phone calls this week, President Donald Trump told EPW senators Barrasso, Fischer and Sen. Roger Wicker he’d back their 2018 reelection bids over any insurgent primary challengers, POLITICO’s Burgess Everett reports. “Sen. Barrasso is grateful that President Trump would take the time to call him directly to express his support,” said Dan Kunsman, a top aide to Barrasso, said. Formal endorsements are expected to eventually follow.    READ MORE



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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology — October 15-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy
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14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology   —   October 15-16, 2018   —   Rome, Italy

Our aspiration is to gather peer researchers, young scientists, academicians & industrialists to meet, discuss and share the knowledge that’s still more to be revealed. Gain and grab the knowledge. Conferences and symposia provide invaluable …

Wide Range of Issues Covered at Argus Biofuels Conference
October 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  New ethanol market developments, legislation and trading were just some of the themes analysed at this year’s Argus Biofuels conference.
The conference, which is taking place in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower …

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds
October 18, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Samuel White  (EurActiv)  Some 53% of EU biodiesel is made with imported feedstock, according to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, and almost half of imported palm oil is …

Countries Reject Plans for the Expansion of Aviation Biofuels
October 18, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Today, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) rightly rejected the  2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets as originally proposed by the ICAO Secretariat. Brad Schallert, Deputy Director at …

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
October 18, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the …

Biodiesel Industry Helps Drive American Manufacturing
October 18, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel is a driving force in America’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 64,000 good paying, clean energy jobs across the country. These jobs are contributing to a vibrant manufacturing sector, reinvigorating rural economies …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 18, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities
October 18, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Our big three in D.C. remain the Renewable Fuel Standard, the trade case and the biodiesel tax incentive. All three issues require a comprehensive, multifaceted approach made up of …

30% Ethanol Blend Plan Coming for County’s Vehicle Fleet
October 18, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Marvel (Farm Forum)  Brown County officials will develop a plan to use a 30-percent ethanol blend in the county’s vehicle fleet.
The move, discussed at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, is in response to Glacial Lakes …

Corn Growers Offer Grants to Put in More Flex Fuel Pumps
October 18, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Oster (WNAX/Nebraska Radio Network)  Gas stations across Nebraska are being offered cash incentives of up to $50,000 to install flex fuel pumps.
Roger Berry, the market development director for the Nebraska Corn Board, says the …

RFA Receives Grant for Ethanol Safety Training
October 18, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the its ethanol safety training program efforts.
The Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant, from the Department of …

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS
October 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  There is a reason that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), our nation’s policy governing the production and sale of biofuels, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. This policy is …

Grassley Says Midwestern Senators Who Are Upset over EPA’s New Renewable-Fuel Proposals Could Hold up Agency’s Nominees
October 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Morton (Omaha World-Herald) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency sought Tuesday to calm Midwestern senators who could block his nominees if the agency sets renewable fuel mandates too low.

All four GOP senators from …

Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels
October 18, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Public News Service)  Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, …

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). …

AEBIOM 2017 Statistical Report Is Out!
October 18, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(AEBIOM)  Rewarded by the European Association Awards as the “Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence”, AEBIOM Statistical Report has been enriched with new figures every year since its first release in 2007, collecting unique data …

IKEA Signs Circular Economy Deal
October 18, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Innovators Magazine)   Finland is a global leader of the burgeoning circular economy.  …  Now IKEA Finland is getting in on the action. It has signed a deal with natural gas company, Gasum, to use food waste …

Iowa Plant Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edeniq Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol …

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises
October 18, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday but they got no concrete policy promises on the Renewable …

Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance Course — December 11-12, 2017 — Washington, DC and online
October 18, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance Course   —   December 11-12, 2017   —   Washington, DC and online

Understanding policies and finances – fast track to a renewable energy consultancy job.  Organised by The George Washington University and the European Energy Centre (EEC)  Two-day course
This course is also available as distance learning with live tutorial, …

A Perspective on the Value of Cooking with Off-Grid Power
October 18, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Mahesh Bhave (Renewable Energy World)  Why should rural electrification efforts worldwide — in Africa, India, Central and South America — isolate cooking from other core applications such as lighting, fans, phone charging, and TV? Why …

UA to Head New Center Focusing on Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 18, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(University of Arizona News)  The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona’s bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of …

BDI to Construct Innovative Algae Production Plant in Austria
October 18, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(BDI-BioEnergy International AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  Internationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, so far known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, now takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, together with its subsidiary …

Plans for Dorcrecht Inland Seaport to Host Bunker Station for LNG and Other Cleaner Fuels
October 18, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(PitPoint Clean Fuels)  The Port of Rotterdam wants to realise a new multifuel bunker station for the refuelling of LNG and other cleaner fuels. Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport has been designated as the location for …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Oil Firms Float Country’s Biggest Ethanol Purchase Tender
October 18, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ajay Modi (Business Standard)  Oil marketing companies — IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum — have floated the country’s biggest ethanol procurement tender to buy 3.13 billion litres.
The value of ethanol desired by companies for blending …

Think Transportation GHG Emissions Targets Can Be Reached without Biofuels Mandates? Think Again.
October 18, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Gordon Quaiattini (Biofuels Digest)  Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.
Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs …

The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18
October 18, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Economy, as voted by a panel of invited international selectors organized by the Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy dailies.
The rankings …

Airbus Exec.: EU ‘Bonus’ for Aviation Biofuels May Be Too Little
October 17, 2017 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Frédéric Simon (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to incentivise the production of biofuels for aircraft with a 20% “multiplier” goes in the right direction, says Thierry Nowaczyk from Airbus. The question is whether this is …

China Needs Tougher Clean Fuel Targets to Meet Paris Climate Pact -Report
October 17, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason (Reuters) China will have to launch more ambitious renewable energy and non-fossil fuel targets and ramp up efforts to enforce them to avoid missing global climate accord requirements, two government …

5 Years in, Fuel Economy Standards Put Savings in Drivers’ Pockets
October 17, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by David Friedman (The Hill/Consumers Union)  What if our government rolled back a program that saved consumers over $45 billion on fuel since 2010? What if they did this despite the fact that the industry involved …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

The Tantrum That Saved The World: Carbon Neutral Kids’ Book–Kickstart Campaign
October 17, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(World Saving Books)  Written in entertaining language kids can understand, this book explains climate change to kids and empowers them to act. … We looked for a kids’ book to help us discuss the issue of climate …

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS
October 17, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to …

ABFA Sends Letter to President Trump Opposing Proposed Decreases to 2018 RVOs
October 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  On October 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the proposals in the EPA’s October 4th  Notice of Data Availability (NODA), which requests …

Natural Resources Canada Launches Tender for Drop-In Fuels Study
October 17, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Natural Resources Canada has launched a tender for a study to assess the technological and market-related challenges associated with producing and deploying liquid drop-in fuels in the Canadian market, including evaluating …

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy
October 17, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — …

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017
October 17, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Never fall in love with a feedstock”, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren spends a considerable amount of time reminding us here in Digestville, and that pertains to any area of industrial …

ExxonMobil Expanding New Jersey Research and Engineering Center
October 17, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(ExxonMobil/Business Wire)  Expansion will improve collaboration and enhance research and development capabilities; Focus on accelerating development of scalable energy solutions with reduced environmental impact; New facilities include an engine test center and a lubricant research and development blend …

City Buses to Soon Run on Methane
October 17, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Mumbai: The State government will rely on Swedish biogas technology to make urban transport in Mumbai compliant with emission standards. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met officials in Sweden on Thursday and announced that sewage …

Vegetable Oil as Fuel in Agriculture
October 17, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(OWI (Google Translation))  Retrofitting of tractors for multi-fuel use  —  In agriculture, widening the use of vegetable oil as fuel in tractors could contribute to greater sustainability and climate protection within the framework of a resource-conserving bioeconomy. However, …

Biofuels Cut Uruguay’s Annual CO2 Emissions by 7%
October 17, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Adam Critchley (BN Americas)  Uruguay’s transportation sector has achieved an average annual reduction of 7% in CO2 emissions since 2015 as a result of increased use of biofuels, according to a press release from the …

Jumping for Joy for Qantas Biofuel Powered Aircraft
October 17, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will buy eight million gallons of renewable jet fuel each year from U.S. based bio-energy company, SG Preston, in order to fuel its Los Angeles based aircraft. Their goal is …

Productionizing Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
October 17, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry …

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii
October 17, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy …

Highwater Ethanol Hosts Wabasso High School
October 16, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Sixteen students from Wabasso High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production.
During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, …

Heitkamp Leads Bipartisan Effort to Protect Biofuel Production & Support Rural Jobs
October 16, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Heidi Heitkamp)  Senators: EPA Proposal to Cut Renewable Fuel Standard Would Cost Jobs in Rural America  —  U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today led a bipartisan letter with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Patty Murray …

Fuels of the Future:15th Annual Conference on Renewable Mobility — January 22-23, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
October 16, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment
Fuels of the Future:15th Annual Conference on Renewable Mobility   —   January 22-23, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

As the highlight event of the German and European biofuel industry the conference is a must-attend event for the exchange with German and international stakeholders from politics, the industry and research.
The contents of the conference …

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook
October 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave the participants an opportunity to …

EPA Found a Carbon Rule It Can Like
October 16, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sure EPA is proposing to roll back the Clean Power Plan, but that doesn’t mean all carbon rules are off the table: The agency is even now working on a …

New Statistical Analysis: No Relationship Between RIN Credits and Retail Gasoline Prices
October 16, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), prices of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) credits used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline …

The World Must Spend $2.7 Trillion on Charging Stations for Tesla to Fly
October 14, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

By Kana Nishizawa (Bloomberg)  Infrastructure spend is ‘so large,’ it will force innovation; China to account for third of global EV infra spend by 2040  —  A $2.7 trillion chasm stands between electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed …

Ethanol Making Capacity Will Swell if There Are Incentives: ISMA D-G
October 14, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Kunal Bose (Business Standard)  Interview with Abinash Verma   —  Sugar prices at mill gate and retail outlets will remain at the levels seen in recent months, benefiting all stakeholders, says Abinash Verma, director-general of the Indian Sugar …

E15 Fuel Makes Its Way to the Panhandle
October 13, 2017 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

by  Jillian Parker (NBC Nebraska)  A fuel containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, otherwise known as E15, has made its way to the Panhandle. Western Travel Terminal in Scottsbluff began selling the fuel on September 18th …

Coordinated Introduction of E10 Petrol Can Help Meet Transport Carbon Targets and Support the UK Economy
October 13, 2017 – 8:57 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) In support of the UK government’s decision to increase the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, the LowCVP today published its report ‘Successfully Deploying E10 Petrol’. 
The expert group convened under the auspices of the …

Imdaad Furthers Its Environmental Drive With Launch of a Biofuel Station in Jebel Ali
October 13, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(Albawaba.com)  Affirming its commitment to playing an active role in UAE’s sustainability drive, Imdaad, a Dubai-based integrated facilities management (FM) solutions provider with a strong presence in the GCC, has launched a new biofuel station in …

Enerwhere Powers DIFC Construction Site with Largest Lithium-Ion Battery in the Middle East
October 13, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(PV Magazine)  Enerwhere recently completed the installation of a solar hybrid generator system for Multiplex’ site offices at ICD Brookfield Place in the Dubai International Financial Centre. A first in the Middle East, the power system …

Success in Succinic, Succinctly: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
October 13, 2017 – 8:40 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 …

2017’s Agriculture Revolution Is Gaining Pace, Getting Faster
October 13, 2017 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Agriculture, that is — our original industry, is being turned upside down. Data, genetics, intelligence, transmission, storage, processing, sustainability, and mobility are the drivers.
Not since the heady days of the Summer of …

These Countries Want to Ban Gas and Diesel Cars
October 13, 2017 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Alanna Petroff (CNN) China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels. 
It has plenty of company: India, France, Britain and Norway want to ditch gas …

Slovenia to Ban Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars from 2030
October 13, 2017 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

(STA)  The Slovenian government adopted on Thursday a strategy on alternative fuels in the transportation sector under which the registration of new diesel and petrol cars would be prohibited after 2030.
The government has not opted for …

MEPs Vote to Ban the Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil …

EU Ministers Agree National Climate Goals ahead of U.N. Talks
October 13, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  EU environment ministers agreed national emissions-reduction targets on Friday in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of United Nations talks next months to fight global warming.

Hours of …

The Other General Waiver: RFS and Severe Economic Harm
October 13, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin (Farms.com/University of Illinois/farmdocdaily)  As discussed last week, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting data and feedback on the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels components of the Renewable Fuels Standard, including the …

Enzymes at Work: Breaking Down Stubborn Cellulose for Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Graz University of Technology)  Researchers have observed enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels.

Typically, biorefineries use a mix of hydrolytically active enzymes which utilize water molecules to breakdown plant material — as …

US EPA Gives Green Light for Flint Hills Resources’ Edeniq Technology-Based Ethanol Plant
October 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa-based ethanol plant. The plant will use Edeniq’s technology.
Flint Hills Resources’ Iowa Falls plant …

Dem Introduces Bill to Boost Clean Vehicle Technology
October 13, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Zanona (The Hill)  … Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who has also been leading a House push to pave the way for autonomous vehicles, reintroduced a bill that would promote investments in the research and …

Rep. Upton Files Bill to ‘Harmonize’ MPG Rrules
October 13, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has introduced legislation that would allow automakers to apply credits for gas mileage improvements from model years as far back as 2009 to help comply …

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach
October 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/King Abdullah University of Science & Technology)  Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, …

Princeton Grads’ Energy Startup Provides Power To Native Americans Protesting Oil Pipeline
October 13, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Neil Yeoh (Forbes)  … Under-resourced and living in makeshift tepees on the off-grid Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp in Mahwah, New Jersey, the Ramapough Lenape Tribe has been doing their best to stand against the …

Qantas to Use Biofuel Blend on Los Angeles Flights
October 13, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Ellen Read (Stuff)  Qantas aircraft based in Los Angeles will use a renewable biofuel blend from 2020. The airline said on Friday it would buy eight million gallons of the fuel each year, for the next decade, from United States bio-energy …

Houston Companies Join High-Octane Battle over Fuel in Mexico
October 13, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  At a Rice University forum last year, Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was asked whether his government would allow refiners to increase the concentrations of ethanol in gasoline beyond the …

All Your Biobase Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant
October 13, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased …

SPARC in the Engine: Florida Aims to Be an Alternative Jet Fuels Hub as New Public/Private Project Debuts
October 13, 2017 – 12:08 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 …

Video Tour of Portugal’s Algafarm
October 13, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Portuguese cement facility, Secil, and microalgae biotechnology company, A4F, also based in Portugal, have formed AlgaFarm, a joint venture to develop the use of cement factory flue gas in microalgae production. The industrial …

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 11-13, 2018 — Omaha, NE
October 12, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   —  June 11-13, 2018   —   Omaha, NE

With a vertically integrated program and audience, the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is tailored for industry professionals engaged in producing, developing and deploying advanced biofuels including cellulosic ethanol, biobased platform chemicals, polymers and …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 16-18, 2017 — Atlanta, GA DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
October 12, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 16-18, 2017 — Atlanta, GA   DEADLINE:  December 1, 2017

International Biomass Conference & Expo is where future and existing producers of biobased power, fuels and thermal energy products go to network with waste generators and other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers …

22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR
October 12, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR

GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the newest ideas in sustainable approaches to chemistry, chemicals and processes and products. This …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) — June 11-13, 2018 — Omaha, NE DEADLINE: February 16, 2018
October 12, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) — June 11-13, 2018 — Omaha, NE   DEADLINE:  February 16, 2018

Now in its 34th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) — June 11-13, 2018 — Omaha, NE
October 12, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW)   —   June 11-13, 2018   —   Omaha, NE

Now in its 34th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

Making Carbon Count: Pricing in Externalities to Drive the Circular Economy — December 11, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
October 12, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Making Carbon Count: Pricing in Externalities to Drive the Circular Economy   —   December 11, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

On the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, WBA and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Commission are meeting to discuss and analyse the current status on carbon pricing, carbon markets and how …

Grant Opportunity: Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) DEADLINE: December 8, 2017
October 12, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, …

E20 for the EU?
October 12, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A recent study by the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action identifies E20 as the optimal ethanol blend for the EU.

The study, which outlines an extensive economic and environmental analysis of increasing biofuel blends, …

Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative November 2017 Meetings
October 12, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Food and Drug Administration) The U.S Food and Drug Administration is announcing public meetings to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California, regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. Congress appropriated …

American Ethanol and NCGA to Roll Out Big Promotion at Talladega Race
October 12, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) will be partnering with corn farmers from across the U.S. – including Alabama, Kansas, Iowa and Michigan – to promote E15 American Ethanol all …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Highlighted in UK’s Clean Growth Strategy
October 12, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A plan for cutting carbon emissions while growing the economy has been released by the UK government.
‘The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future’ has been published by Greg Clark, …

UPDATE 1-Paris Plans to Banish All but Electric Cars by 2030
October 12, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by  Brian Love (Reuters)  Target is 10 years ahead of national deadline;  Goal is to fight smog in host city of 2024 Olympics (Updates)  —  Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from the world’s …

Experts Urge Railroads to Improve Tracks, Tank Cars for Hazardous Fuel Shipments
October 12, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Bart Jansen (USA Today)  Railroads need to repair tracks better and continue to upgrade tank cars as they haul more hazardous cargo such as crude oil and natural gas, says a report Wednesday from the National …

The Top Legislative Threats Facing Convenience Stores Today
October 12, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Tammy Mastroberte (Convenience Store News)  …  One of the top issues right now is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which provides for the inclusion of increasing volumes of renewable fuel into the marketplace each year.
With the …

Farm Bill Energy Issues Essential for State, Franken Says
October 12, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Trey Mewes (Mankato Free Press)  As federal officials back off of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Sen. Al Franken believes there’s going to be more work to do to ensure farmers and rural communities …

Randy Krehbiel: Did Scott Pruitt Just Declare War on Renewables?
October 12, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Tulsa World)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have declared an end to the “war on coal” earlier this week, but what some consider Pruitt’s own war on alternative energy seems to …

UBC Researchers Take the ‘Stink’ out of Wastewater Treatment
October 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus/Biomass Magazine)  A foul smell and safety concerns can leave many residents turning their nose at the idea of a wastewater treatment plant in their neighborhood.
But researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus …

One-Step Reforming of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Yields Fuels, Chemicals
October 12, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by S. Himmelstein (Engineering 360/IEEE)  A new plasma synthesis process promises to enhance greenhouse gas emissions control while producing valuable chemical feedstocks. The technology developed at University of Liverpool allows for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 12, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

Peter Erickson, Adrian Down, Michael Lazarus & Doug Koplow, in a Nature Energy article, find that at recent oil prices of US$50 per barrel, tax preferences and other subsidies push nearly half of new, yet-to-be-developed …

Effect of Subsidies to Fossil Fuel Companies on United States Crude Oil Production
October 12, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Peter Erickson, Adrian Down, Michael Lazarus & Doug Koplow (Nature Energy)  Countries in the G20 have committed to phase out ‘inefficient’ fossil fuel subsidies. However, there remains a limited understanding of how subsidy removal would affect fossil …

St1 Progresses with Renewable Diesel Production Plans at Its Refinery in Gothenburg
October 12, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(St1)  Energy company St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an Engineering design package and license …

Drag Racing With E85: Green Is Mean – E85 Isn’t Just For Tree-Huggers
October 12, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Quick Fuel Technology/Holley)  As a renewable energy source championed by environmentalists, racers often think of E85 as a wimpy fuel that has no place in a drag car. However, many bracket racers have shattered that perception …

EU Member States, Commission Have No Position in European Parliament’s Resolution
October 12, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam & Wong Ee Lin (The Edge Markets)  The European Union (EU) member states and Commission have no position in the European parliament’s resolution to discontinue the usage of vegetable oils in biodiesel by 2020, …

Dynamic Metabolic Control: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to 10X Bioprocess Intensification
October 12, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project from DMC Limited and Duke University to develop scalable and cost-effective next generation semi-continuous fermentation based processes for biofuels, reducing commercial scale capital …

Sierra Hotel: Los Alamos, Gevo to Develop Ultra Long-Range Missile, Aviation Fuels
October 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Imagine, for example, a Boeing 777 flying non-stop between any two cities in the world. Or F-18A/F Superhornets adding significant weapon loads, or up to 30% to flight range. It’s like …

Second ICAO Conference on Alternative Aviation Fuels Held in Mexico
October 12, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization) At the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, Resolutions A39-2 (Consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies and practices related to environmental protection – Climate change) reaffirmed the need for alternative fuels to …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: World Bio Markets — March 20-22, 2018 — Amsterdam, Netherlands DEADLINE: uncertain
October 11, 2017 – 8:38 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  World Bio Markets — March 20-22, 2018 — Amsterdam, Netherlands   DEADLINE: uncertain

The conference brings together all levels of the bio-based value chain; including government, feedstock producers, logistics providers, investors, chemicals and fuels producers, and brands and end users.
Bio-fuels producers have faced numerous challenges in recent years, …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: TechConnect World Innovation Conferences — May 13-16. 2018 — Anaheim, CA DEADLINE: December 8, 2017
October 11, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: TechConnect World Innovation Conferences — May 13-16. 2018 — Anaheim, CA    DEADLINE:  December 8, 2017

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

TechConnect World Innovation Conferences — May 13-16. 2018 — Anaheim, CA
October 11, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment
TechConnect World Innovation Conferences    —    May 13-16. 2018    —    Anaheim, CA

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) – Financing Future Innovations — January 15-18, 2018 — Abu Dhabi, UAE DEADLINE: October 15, 2017
October 11, 2017 – 7:45 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:  Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) – Financing Future Innovations   —   January 15-18, 2018   —   Abu Dhabi, UAE     DEADLINE:  October 15, 2017

As an initiative of World Future Energy Summit 2018, Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) is a new marketplace that connects entrepreneurs and investors to enable the sourcing, funding and commercialisation of climate change solutions and technologies.
We …

World Future Energy Summit — January 15-18, 2018 — Abu Dhabi, UAE
October 11, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit   —   January 15-18, 2018   —   Abu Dhabi, UAE

The World Future Energy Summit is the leading event worldwide that connects hundreds of international suppliers, decision makers and thought leaders across the entire renewable energy industry. Network, do business and gain insights into the …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 40th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 29-May 2, 2018 — Clearwater Beach, FL DEADLINES: December 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018
October 11, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  40th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 29-May 2, 2018   —   Clearwater Beach, FL   DEADLINES: December 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018

SIMB is now accepting abstracts for the 40th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC).  SBFC will take place April 29-May 2, 2018 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Poster or Student …

White Bear Lake Drivers Choose E15
October 11, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) at the Holiday station on Centerville Road in White Bear Lake.
From 12:30 pm to …

Airports Can Help Make Air Transportation More Sustainable
October 11, 2017 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle/Seattle Times)  Sustainable aviation biofuels could help airlines transition away from fossil fuels and alleviate some impacts of climate change.  —  … Our generation’s greatest gift could be to make air travel environmentally friendly …

If We Want Electric Autonomous Cars They’ll Need A Hell Of A Lot More Juice
October 11, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Alanis King (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Surprise, Self-Driving Cars Need A Lot Of ‘Brain’ Power  —  Oh, you want an electric car that can also shuttle you around without you having to move a muscle? What do you …

GM’s Barra Skeptical of Electric Car Mandates
October 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that Chinese officials should consider whether there is sufficient demand for electric cars before they move to ban gasoline and diesel engines.
Speaking at …

Student Scientists Invited to Apply for Scholarship to National Biodiesel Conference (Deadline: Nov. 19, 2017)
October 11, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board is offering scholarships for students interested in attending the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 22 – 25 in Fort Worth, Texas. The application process for no cost registration, travel …

Councilman Shares Biodiesel Plant Concerns
October 11, 2017 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Roslyn Anderson (MS News Now)  Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes urged his colleagues to fight the expansion of a biodiesel plant in the city, citing potential dangers.
The Ward Three representative questioned JaxOn Energy’s processing and suggested …

Federal Government Seeking Partner to Look at Way to Create Domestic Jet Biofuel Industry
October 11, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  The federal government is looking at the potential of producing jet biofuels, in light of an international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry.
Natural Resources Canada is looking …

Glacial Pace of Advancements in Biofuel Threatens Emissions Targets
October 11, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Reals (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  With efficiency gains from airframe and engine technology improvements considered insufficient to meet the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) 2050 emissions-reduction target, the only conceivable way to do so …

Italy’s Oil Giant Taps Mediterranean Diet to Turn Fats into Fuel
October 11, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(The Edge Markets/Bloomberg)  … The government, driven by European Union renewable-fuel targets and a national diet rich in olive oil, is luring producers with financial incentives. As a result, Ai Due Otri is just one of …

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions
October 11, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Marcius Extavour (XPRIZE/Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it diesel, methanol, butanol, or others. New approaches to the science and technology of CO2-to-fuels may …

Conventional and Cutting Edge Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
October 11, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

Synova and the Pursuit of Clean, Green and Lean
October 11, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A newer technology Synova Power has arrived with the promise of clean, green, lean stream of pipeline-quality natural gas from biomass.

Streams coming off cellulosic biofuels or biogas refineries have been green, and in …

ASU, CSU, NREL Share in $3.5 Million Algae Project
October 11, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed …

Energy Conference Focuses on Profitable Energy Independence
October 10, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Huggins Consulting Group LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Competitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened in the heart of …