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Takin’ Out the Oxygen with Electro-Deoxygenation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Bio-Oil
September 19, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate the techno‐economic feasibility of upgrading biomass derived pyrolysis oil using electro-deoxygenation process. A ceramic membrane that selectively transports oxygen under …

Fact Sheet: The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act: Environmental, Health & Consumer Considerations
September 19, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Today, 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline supply is provided by renewable fuel, primarily ethanol. Increasing the use of renewable fuel, which is more sustainable and less …

Trade Agreement Changes Are Destroying Ag Market Opportunities
September 18, 2017 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Rohwer (Paullina/Des Moines Register)  To accommodate the bounty Iowa’s farmland produces, we farmers need every market and marketing opportunity that exists. Domestically, our No. 1 demand is our livestock, followed by our biofuel …

Johnson: Biofuels Powering a Renewable Future
September 18, 2017 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Roger Johnson (National Farmers Union/AgriNews)  … The U.S. must implement federal-level policies that encourage expanded markets for these energy sources and remove regulatory barriers that inhibit their growth.
To that end, National Farmers Union, in conjunction with …

Letter: Is the EPA Scamming Auto Owners?
September 18, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Energy/Argus Leader)  How long can the Environmental Protection Agency ignore clean air and soaking auto owners with high priced inferior gas?
It seem to me those EPA (‘dirty rotten scoundrels’) as described …

Ethanol Industry Urges EPA to Take New Look at Midlevel Blends
September 18, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Oil Price Information Service)  he U.S. ethanol industry is hoping it can obtain from the Trump administration something it could not get from the Obama White House: an acknowledgement that higher levels …

New Study Relaunches Controversy about Biofuels and Food Prices
September 18, 2017 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (Euractiv)  A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food prices in Europe, running counter to the European Commission’s own data which …

Biodiesel’s Impact on Soybean Oil Prices Lower than Previously Thought
September 18, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An agriculture economist says biodiesel production has had less impact on soybean oil prices than previously thought.  The impression was that the U.S. biodiesel production boom following the establishment …

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia
September 18, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants …

It’s All in the Risk
September 18, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has been conservative on risky investments since its most recent downturn, experts say. But innovating, expanding and diversifying are important and can be done prudently. — …

Kearney Hub Editorial: Ethanol Blending Takes Sting off at Pump
September 18, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Globe Gazette)  Expect gasoline prices to climb into the $2.80 range, the Oil Price Information Service warns, because Hurricane Harvey has knocked out 20 percent of the United States’ crude oil refining capacity.

The bad news …

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?
September 18, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, …

Moving into Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Engine/Fuel Transformation
September 18, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but not limited to: facilitating new …

Oil and Ethanol Groups Debate Future of Fuel
September 15, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  … Members of the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Petroleum Institute discussed the Renewable Fuels Standard on a four-member panel Tuesday.
“We would like to see the RFS significantly …

Modular Drop-In Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 15, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)  EU project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction for biofuel production …

Investing in Sustainable Greenhouse Growing Systems
September 15, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Cision)  Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry is an important driver of economic growth in Canada. The Government of Canada continues to support the sector as it reduces emissions and adopts sustainable practices that lead to more …

Depolymerizing That Dang Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochemical Lignin Deconstruction
September 15, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting …

What the EU Risks by Opening up Its Market to Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol
September 15, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Euractiv)  Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support, at least in theory. But trade policy is about more than just open …

New U.S. Duties on Biodiesel Will Create Void
September 15, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt  (The Western Producer)  If the U.S. plans to fill the gap created by slamming the door on Argentina and Indonesia, it may need Canadian canola  —  A biodiesel dispute involving the United …

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes
September 15, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production more efficient  —   Converting fibrous …

Tacoma Oil Refinery Wants to Produce Renewable Fuels for the First Time
September 15, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Candice Ruud (The News Tribune)  An oil refinery on Tacoma’s Tideflats is filing for permits to build a renewable energy project that will allow it to eventually produce biodiesel and biojet fuels.
U.S. Oil & Refining …

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
September 15, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.  —  Securing funding for new technologies can …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Nearly $20 Million To Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies
September 15, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This second Department-wide round of funding through …

CARB to Hold Workshop on Proposed LCFS Amendments Sept. 22
September 15, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The California Air Resources Board has announced plans to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Sept. 22. Members of the public …

UT Algae Research
September 15, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The …

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste
September 15, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu)  JNU researchers discover bacteria from Rajasthan, Ladakh, use them as catalysts  —  Using microbes growing in two diverse climatic conditions, Indian scientists have found a way to convert carbon-rich waste …

Mexico Court Temporarily Blocks Higher Ethanol in Gasoline -Activist
September 15, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Adriana Barrera (Reuters)  A Mexican judge on Wednesday granted a temporary injunction against an increase in the ethanol content in gasoline for domestic consumption to as much as 10 percent, according to an environmentalist involved …

Enerkem Begins Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Garbage at Its State-of-the-Art Edmonton Biofuels Facility
September 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem’s game-changing facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada, is the first commercial-scale plant in …

Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help
September 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Fuel disruptions due to Hurricane Harvey were mitigated somewhat, thanks to an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) that helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit …

Could China’s Ethanol Mandate Jolt US Corn Prices?
September 15, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(The Fence Post)  … Answering the call for clean air, China plans to dramatically boost ethanol use in its gasoline supply, moving to E10 blends by 2020.
Considering China is the world’s largest car market, and currently …

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions
September 15, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids – Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions” presented by Elina Hakkarainen.
Designed to optimize the potential of a variety …

EU-28 Biodiesel Imports Likely to Increase Significantly
September 15, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU-28 biodiesel imports from the world’s three biggest exporters, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, have dropped substantially since 2013. Whereas in 2012, Argentina still exported 1.48 million metric tons (444.3 million gallons) of soybean oil-based biodiesel …

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels
September 15, 2017 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates …

Psst! The Latest Bioeconomy Flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script
September 15, 2017 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies running the Digest’s Very Large Gossip Array —  the airwaves have been crackling as some …

Coming Full Circle with Sustainability: A Workshop on Building a Circular Economy in the DMV Region
September 14, 2017 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Coming Full Circle with Sustainability: A Workshop on Building a Circular Economy in the DMV Region

Join us for a workshop to meet with those interested in developing a circular economy in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region.  A circular economy is a regenerative system which minimizes or eliminates resource …

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product
September 14, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project.
With Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in …

Geneva International Airport to Incorporate Biojet Fuel Next Year
September 14, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste and Geneva Airport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Geneva Airport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for …

Are High Ethanol Blends Going to Be Essential, and Mandatory, for Super High Fuel-Efficient Engines?
September 14, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, war is surely about to break out over E25-E30 blending, now that RFA CEO Bob Dinneen testified in DC in his courtly but adamant manner that a high-octane, low-carbon ethanol …

Ruthenium-Based Catalyst Could Be Biomass Game-Changer
September 14, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new catalyst to improve the synthesis of primary amines (derivatives of ammonia).
It is claimed that in the future the newly developed ruthenium based catalyst …

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible
September 13, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Roston (Bloomberg)  Companies want to know the environmental impact of their supply chains. Researchers used a crucial commodity to show them.  —  Not every day does an obscure scientific report directly help massive U.S. …

International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 16-18, 2017 — Atlanta, GA
September 13, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference & Expo   —   April 16-18, 2017   —   Atlanta, GA

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 …

Call from the SD Hall: Broin Changed the World of Biofuels
September 13, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Caitlynn Peetz (The Daily Republic)  … Thirty years into a career in biofuels, (Jeff) Broin has built POET from a one-plant operation that started in Scotland, S.D., to today’s 28 plants that produce more than …

Biofuel Company Teams up with Solar for Aldoga Renewables Bid
September 13, 2017 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lees (Gladstone Observer)  Southern Oil is behind an innovative plan to take on the Aldoga renewable hub.
The company, which runs the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant, has put in an expression of interest …

Downstate New York Poised to Lead the Way for Cleaner Home Heating
September 13, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Downstate New York counties are set to provide cleaner air through increased use of biodiesel in home heating oil  —  Downstate New York counties are set to join New York City as …

Unprofitable Ethanol Projects See Light at End of Tunnel
September 13, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(VietNam Net Bridge)  With the state’s policy of using E5 biofuel throughout the country from early 2018, ethanol projects that have been unprofitable will resume their operations, according to PetroVietnam’s CEO Nguyen Vu Truong Son.
PetroVietnam …

Democrat Senators Offer Farm Bill Energy Package
September 13, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senator Al Franken (D-MN), together with Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017, to reauthorize Title IX programs and funding through …

U.S. EPA Chief Denies Icahn Influence in Biofuel Regulation
September 13, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters) Investor Carl Icahn never wielded excessive influence on U.S. biofuels policy while acting as President Donald Trump’s adviser on regulation, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to a …

UPDATE 4-China Sets 2020 Target for Nationwide Ethanol Use to Cut Corn Stocks
September 13, 2017 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Josephine Mason, Chen Aizhu, Dominique Patton and Hallie Gu (Reuters) Beijing sets first timeline for ethanol use in cars;  Push comes amid bid to whittle down massive corn stockpile;  China has no nationwide ethanol mandate like U.S., Brazil;  Shares …

Over 150 Biofuels Champions in D.C. Today to Kick Off Industry’s Largest Advocacy Summit
September 13, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy is holding its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., this week, bringing together over 150 leaders in the ethanol industry from across the country to champion the association’s policy priorities on …

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel
September 13, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well, they hope to start farming in the open ocean between Hawaii and California. They’re working with the Pacific …

Sept. 26 Ribbon Cutting for Selma Ethanol Project
September 13, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Johnstonian News)  The Town of Selma’s Planning and Economic Development Office, Johnston County’s Economic Development Office and the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the Selma …

Crude Oil Shipping Blocked under New U.S. Venture Port Lease: Company Plans to Ship Ethanol to Canada, Europe
September 13, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Thomas (Biz Times)  Appleton-based U.S. Venture Inc. would agree to not receive, handle, store, ship or distribute crude oil through its Port Milwaukee operations as part of an amended lease agreement currently before …

Plug-and-Play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization
September 13, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Michael Himmell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop technology to meet or exceed the target of 10 mg/g …

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the Rise of Algae in a World Seeking More, Faster, Better
September 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the hard data — let’s see what is critically different about algae, compared to other staple crop agriculture we known and understand. in this case, the …

Scandinavian Joint Venture Will Focus on Renewable Hydrogen for Marine Sector
September 13, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Hyon AS (Hyon), a one-stop-shop company dedicated to offering renewable hydrogen solutions and eliminating fossil fuels, is a joint venture, established on 20 April 2017, owned by Nel ASA, Hexagon Composites ASA and …

New Process for Microalgal Separation by Shape
September 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, …

YES! Fall Summits
September 13, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  This fall, we’re partnering again with a youth program in greater Minnesota, YES!(Youth Energy Summit). We’re providing the climate change connection at their Fall Summits to help inform the projects students will be working …

Airline Industry Could Fly Thousands of Miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock
September 12, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 …

‘We Want Sweeter Ethanol Law’
September 12, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Tinashe Makichi (The Sunday Mail)  The Zimbabwe Energy Council will engage the Energy and Power Development Ministry over relaxation of legislation compelling investors to enter joint ventures with Government if they want ethanol production …

Vivergo Fuels: 2% Biofuel Crop Cap Would Be ‘Disastrous’ and Hit Feed Hard
September 12, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Kacey Culliney (Feed Navigator)  The UK government’s 2% biofuel crop cap proposal would be disastrous for bioethanol producers, farmers and the feed sector, says head of government affairs at Vivergo Fuels.  READ MORE
Vivergo Fuels …

EPA: Thumbs-up to ‘Energy Beet’ Idea
September 12, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The Environmental Protection Agency predicted it might take six months to do an initial evaluation of “energy beets” for their environmental footprint as a feedstock for biofuels.
Six years — not months …

Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Genomics and Biocatalyst Development
September 12, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop efficient and robust fungal biocatalysts and bioprocesses that utilize lignocellulose feedstocks to produce advanced biofuels and bioproducts at lower …

Bounding Maine: Top 10 Companies Targeting Maine’s Forest Resource for Higher-Value Apps
September 12, 2017 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But pulp and paper markets have taken big hits. Headlines have centered around damaged balance sheets that make it difficult to modernize or expand, mothballed plants, bankruptcies, job losses that …

IRFA: E15 Now Available at 135 Stations across Iowa
September 12, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In recent weeks four Iowa retailers have added E15 as a new fuel choice at 10 stations.
Kwik Star, a retailer based out of Wisconsin, added E15 to seven Iowa …

DMT to Supply Desulfurization Process to California AD Facility
September 12, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is located adjacent to …

Ethanol Groups Testify at EPA Hearing on CAFE-GHG Standards
September 12, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association are among the groups that testified at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing for the reconsideration of the …

Those 3% of Scientific Papers that Deny Climate Change? A Review Found Them All Flawed
September 12, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Ellen Foley (Quartz Media)  It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has …

Lignin Waste Modified for Industrial Bio-Oil Use
September 12, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Borås)  Lignin, a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, now finds new value as bio-oil in new products. At the University of Borås, Sweden, a team of researchers has investigated methods to …

Octane Value Forum: Understanding the Future Solutions to Higher Octane Fuel Needs — October 25-26, 2017 — Houston, TX
September 12, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Octane Value Forum: Understanding the Future Solutions to Higher Octane Fuel Needs   —   October 25-26, 2017   —   Houston, TX

When it comes to the octane value chain, the stakes have never been higher. Automakers and fuel suppliers are quietly researching what fuel blends they’ll need to meet much tougher CAFÉ standards into the next decade. …

Scientists Show Renewable Biocell Is Possible
September 12, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  … Over recent years, growing knowledge of biocatalysts and enzymes has revitalised interest in fuel cells, with research showing their hydrogen and oxygen transformation potential could be comparable to that offered by platinum.
Researchers at …

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2
September 11, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures.

Taking …

Alternative Fuel Symposium — November 16-17, 2017 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 11, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuel Symposium   —   November 16-17, 2017   —   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The IATA Alternative Fuel Symposium provides a platform for industry professionals to interact with each other and be informed about the latest developments and insights from the market leaders in sustainable aviation fuel.
Join the 3rd Alternative Fuel Symposium (AFS) organized …

Risk on the Horizon for RFS Advanced Pool?
September 11, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  The time is now to make sure policymakers in Washington, D.C., understand the importance of staying the course on fuels of the future. —  On July 28, the …

Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF2) — October 11-13, 2017 — Mexico City, Mexico
September 11, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF2)   —   October 11-13, 2017    —   Mexico City, Mexico

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 be developed and …

Second Generation Transport Biofuels Can Play a Significant Role in Meeting UK Carbon Reduction Targets, Says Report
September 11, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  A viable second generation liquid biofuel industry and market has a significant role in helping to meet UK long-term carbon reduction goals, particularly in sectors like aviation where alternative low-carbon options are …

UK Government Recommits to Funding Support for Development of Advanced Aviation Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The UK government has recommitted to providing up to £22 million ($28m) towards funding for projects to develop advanced low carbon, waste-based advanced fuels for planes and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The …

USGC Brings Mexican Media to US to Learn about Ethanol
September 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council recently announced that it arranged for a group of Mexico-based energy and economy media members to travel to Denver and Chicago in August to learn …

Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park
September 11, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista.  With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains …

Brazilian Study Cites Health Benefits of Ethanol
September 11, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Alan Harman (Wards Auto)  “These results reinforce the need for public policies to encourage the use of biofuels, as they clearly show that the public loses in health what they save at the pump when …

Donald Trump Ignores Biodiesel and the Loyal Voters behind It
September 11, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Lindsey Rae Gjording (DW) The Midwest vote helped elect Trump, but his campaign promises to defend ethanol have fallen short. Farmers struggle to get by with declining crop sales and outpricing from larger oil firms and …

Waste to Diesel Market Worth $942.78 Million By 2025 | CAGR: 10.4%: Grand View Research, Inc.
September 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire/Grand View Research, Inc.) The global waste to diesel market is expected to reach USD 942.78million by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing technologies for the conversion of waste owing to stringent environmental regulations has …

DOE: Up to $8.8M for Algae Tech Innovations
September 11, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These projects will deliver high-impact tools …

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood
September 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.

Basudeb Saha, associate …

Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe
September 11, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(nova-Institute) nova-Institute has published a finalised short version of its study into the sustainability of bioethanol from different feedstocks. To read the report, “A sustainability assessment of first and second generation bioethanol in the context of …

Consequences of Drought Stress on Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/U.S. Department of Energy) …However, weather conditions could greatly affect crop yields. In this study, researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year of …

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Biomass Sugars
September 11, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting projects to investigate and recommend promising pathways for advanced biological upgrading of biomass sugars and lignin to hydrocarbons (HC) and co-products to support …

Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida
September 11, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover quickly after Irma’s impact, especially …

China Looks at Plans to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars
September 11, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(BBC)  China, the world’s biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans.  The country’s vice minister of industry said it had started “relevant research” but that …

WEBINAR: Key US and European Biofuel Policies — September 12, 2017
September 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Key US and European Biofuel Policies   —   September 12, 2017

STATUS OF EVOLVING CARBON & BIOFUEL REGULATIONS: A GLOBAL BIOENERGY POLICY ROUNDTABLE  The biofuels industry is heavily impacted by regulatory policy, which are increasingly focused on carbon reduction and climate change objectives. Biofuel producers, traders, …

A Photoenzyme Allows Microalgae to Produce Hydrocarbons
September 7, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ESRF)  Chlorella is a single-cell freshwater alga belonging to a type of microalgae which are cultivated on an industrial scale and have potential for the production of energy-rich molecules. Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic …

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations
September 7, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) …

Brazil and China Use New Technology for Biodiesel Production
September 7, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  Brazil and China signed an agreement for the use of a new technology in the production of biodiesel, at a meeting held in Brasília on Tuesday, the Agência Brasil news agency reported.
The Brazilian …

Södra Commences Biofuel Production
September 7, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Södra)  Södra will invest more than SEK 100 million in the production of biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest raw material. The project will commence in autumn 2017 and is scheduled to be ready for …

Nigeria: Experts Fault Proposed Field Trial of Genetically Modified Cassava
September 7, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Cornelius Essen (The Guardian/All Africa)  Experts have condemned an alleged move by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA) and Zurich, Switzerland-based ETHZ Laboratories to carry out confined field trial of genetically modified cassava in …

Rising from the Ashes: Renewable Silica from Rice Husk Ash
September 7, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  At 758.8 million tonnes (503.6 million tonnes, milled basis), world paddy production in 2017 would stand 0.8 percent, or 5.8 million tons, above a revised estimate for 2016. The …

Scalable, Affordable, Reliable, Acceptable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Algae for Biofuels
September 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project within its Advanced Algal Systems Platform to define the indicators of sustainable algal biofuels, and determine best practices for sustainably meeting productivity and …

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics
September 7, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths …

A New Model for Creating and Commercialising Biochemicals from Biomass?
September 7, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  With the price for crude oil at less than $50 a barrel, Iowa State University’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is proposing a new model for creating, applying …

Scania to Deliver 140 Biodiesel Buses to Norway
September 7, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scania is set to deliver 140 buses to Norway, all of which can run on biodiesel and 70 of which have hybrid technology.
The buses will be used in the public transport system of …

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts
September 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.
As part of the Center …

Norwegian and French Researchers Discover a Novel Enzymatic Mechanism that May Revolutionize Biorefining and Sustainable Production of Biofuels
September 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Lothe (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)  In 2010, researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) were the first to describe a new class of enzymes that have created a revolution in …

China, Brazil Spark Global Trade War over Biofuels — Ethanol Leaders Expect Trump to Return Fire
September 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by  Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Throughout his campaign, President Trump voiced unwavering support for U.S. ethanol. Now that he’s in the White House, industry leaders say it’s time for Mr. Trump to back up his …

RFS Comment Period Closes, More than 44,000 Comments Submitted
September 6, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume standards (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed …

New Holland Agriculture Unveils Methane Powered Concept Tractor
September 6, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  A sustainable vision for the future of farming was unveiled today at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, USA. It came proposed in the form of a methane powered concept tractor …

Sapp Bros. Opens New Biodiesel Fuel Center
September 6, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Eric McKay (Sand Hills Express)  Northeast Nebraska’s biodiesel footprint is getting larger.  Sapp Bros. held an open house Wednesday to celebrate the activation of their new 30,000-gallon biodiesel tank located along Highway 81 just north …

Ukraine. A Bill on Using Biofuel in Gasoline Will Be Registered in Parliament
September 6, 2017 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(BlackSeaGrain.net)  The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine is going to shortly register in Parliament a bill regulating the mandatory use of biofuel in gasoline, said the Agency’s Head Sergiy Savchuk.
According …

Commercial Path to Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Algae Processing
September 6, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project on hydrothermal liquefaction — a thermochemical interface for algae biofuels — developing processing methods to reduce conversion cost, improve sustainability and …

Running Hot: 7 Tips for Warm Weather Ethanol Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Geddes (Novozymes)  As you know, heat—and its partner in crime, humidity—can be a stressor on the yeast used in ethanol fermentation, affecting both yeast health and performance. Unfortunately, this often makes yeast a …

Fermentation Frontiers: Top 10 Trendlines in Industrial Biotech Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most visible advanced industrial fermentation target for a number of years has been cellulosic ethanol, but the targets are diversifying and cellulosics themselves are shifting gears from process to …

Advanced Biofuels USA Welcomes Todd Campbell to Its Expanded Board of Directors
September 5, 2017 – 1:00 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release September 8, 2017—Frederick, MD  During this summer, Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels, decided to expand its board of directors from seven …

RFA Says Ethanol Can Fill Fuel Need With Refining Capacity Down
September 1, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(WNAX Radio)  Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has negatively impacted the nation’s oil refining capacity. Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the ethanol industry has the fuel to fill that supply need …

Biofuels Voices Comment on RFS Rule
September 1, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The comment period for the EPA’s proposed volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has officially ended and stakeholders in both the biodiesel and ethanol industries made their …

Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn
September 1, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Carl Icahn, a former external adviser to President Trump, violated conflict of interest laws.
Duckworth’s request, outlined in a …

California’s Supreme Court Denies ARB Petition To Review LCFS Case
September 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Kimberly Farbota (Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report) In a previous post, we described how potential delays in the resolution of the case commonly known as POET I could create uncertainty regarding the future of …

UniFiji, FSC Discuss Bioethanol Production
September 1, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Repeka Nasiko (Fiji Times Online)  University of Fiji is in discussion with the Fiji Sugar Corporation on possible research collaboration of bioethanol production.
The research work by the university could become a part of a Master’s …

Gettin’ a New Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs
September 1, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a catalyst cost estimation tool that would enable rapid and informed cost-based decisions in research and commercialization of catalysts.
As the research …

The People’s Fuel
September 1, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biodiesel is the people’s advanced biofuel, but it is not always the Establishment’s darling.  Whether it is cleaner air, more lubricity, more advanced domestic manufacturing and jobs, higher property values …