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Ethanol Report on the Road with E85: RFA’s Robert White Talks about Growth of E85 Fueling Stations Nationwide
October 31, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/  With more than 4,000 E85 stations across the nation and more being added every day, drivers of flex fuel vehicles could possibly drive across the country on only 85 percent ethanol with a …

Greenbelt Resources’ Feedstock Testing for BarrelHouse Finds Trub Suitable for PRECO
October 31, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) has completed feedstock feasibility testing of trub (brewery waste) for BarrelHouse Brewery. Greenbelt Chief Technology Officer Floyd Butterfield says the ethanol derived from trub, as well as the …

New Method Makes Bioethanol from Waste — in Existing Plants
October 31, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Borås)  … Ramkumar Nair tells us that these research and pilots project where waste is used are called the second generation ethanol processes, whereas the current industrial production is called the first generation …

Now Cars Can Fill up with Biodiesel
October 31, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Hu Min (Shanghai Daily)  … Now private vehicles are able to run on a mixture of biodiesel fuels following more than 100 buses already on Shanghai roads that are doing so.
Two Sinopec gas stations, in Fengxian …

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!
October 31, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to …

Advanced Development and Optimization Workshop — December 12-13, 2017 — Golden, CO
October 31, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
Advanced Development and Optimization Workshop   —   December 12-13, 2017   —   Golden, CO

On Dec. 12–13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host the Advanced Development and Optimization (ADO) Workshop in Golden, Colorado. BETO’s mission is currently focused on earlier development-cycle opportunities. BETO …

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Cancelled for 2017-2018 School Year; Replaced by “Invite a Bioenergy Expert” Webinar Series
October 31, 2017 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has experienced an overwhelming response to the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. It has been exciting to see the topics that students have addressed and the creativity …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
October 31, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is …

How to Make Biofuel (Halloween Edition)
October 31, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Boo! It’s Halloween, and here at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), our cauldrons are brewing with biofuel!
Biofuels are liquid transportation fuels made from renewable, organic matter called …

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring
October 31, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol …

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map
October 31, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched.
The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European …

Waste from Industry Could Drive Sustainable Investment in Scotland, New Report Finds
October 31, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  … The new report is entitled Biorefining Potential for Scotland and has been produced by Zero Waste Scotland. It aims to provide detailed insight into circular economy opportunities for waste and by-products generated …

Lincoln, Neb., Expects Major Savings by Turning Biogas into Vehicle Fuel
October 31, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  The City of Lincoln, Neb., has announced it is upgrading its technology to allow the biogas produced by wastewater treatment to be processed into vehicle fuel. According to a press release, the …

Our Editorial: End the Ethanol Mandate
October 30, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Detroit News)  …  His (Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) defense of the mandates was as a jobs program.
That’s a poor basis for energy policy, and the president was wrong to cave..
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had proposed only …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 30, 2017 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Niamh Boyle (Biodiesel Magazine/Prima Markets)  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 …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

Ending Food Waste Not Biofuels Should Be Food Security Priority
October 30, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Alex Brinkley (National Newswatch)  Groups concerned that using grains to make biofuels threatens food security should be paying more attention to the impact of waste on the food supply, says Andrea Kent, Vice-President of Government …

The Biodiesel Confidence Builders
October 30, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies integral to boosting biodiesel markets through expert RIN management, proficient regulatory guidance, project consulting, customer-oriented maintenance and quality production.  —   Solfuels USA
Solfuels USA appeared on the …

Fiat Launches Activity to Promote Biomethane Adoption in France
October 30, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(FCA Group/NGV Journal)  FCA has been the leader in Europe for bi-fuel gasoline/CNG vehicles for over 20 years, with over 720,000 new registrations. The range features six Fiat models (Panda, Punto, Doblò, 500L, 500L Wagon and …

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change
October 30, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises …

WEBINAR: OPIS’s Renewable Diesel — November 15, 2017
October 30, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  OPIS’s Renewable Diesel   —   November 15, 2017

As demand for renewable diesel fuel is expected to rise, find out the current state of the market and what lies ahead.
Renewable diesel, a “drop-in” fuel similar in performance to conventional fossil-based diesel, but with …

Biofuel Production Growth Tapering off
October 30, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Philippine Daily Inquirer)   Lower energy prices and tempered interest in biofuels have pushed down the growth in the global output of crop-derived fuel, but the Philippines is grouped among countries expected to drive continued …

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol
October 30, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  President Trump is faithfully sticking to his campaign promise to “do all that is in my power as president” to achieve the goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Sugar Beet Pulp Project Enters Second Stage after Successful Pilot Tests
October 30, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the PULP2VALUE project is entering its second stage after successful pilot tests and creating new value chains from sugar beet pulp. The project aims to achieve two main objectives by …

UN Shipping Climate Talks ‘Captured’ by Industry Lobbyists
October 30, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Megan Darby (Climate Change News)  Business interests dominate at the International Maritime Organization, analysis shows, steering it towards weak greenhouse gas emissions rules  —  
The shipping industry has “captured” UN talks on a climate target for …

If You Build It, They Will Come: Biofuels Industry Sees Renewable Chemicals as New Strategy
October 30, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To create additional value in the biobased economy, companies and investors are turning toward the production of renewable chemicals and products. They argue that in prioritizing higher-value chemicals …

Pruitt Wants RIN Fraud Crackdown
October 30, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called for “some reforms” to the program under the Renewable Fuel Standard through which companies buy credits to comply with biofuels mandates during a Sunday radio …

Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It
October 30, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Nicholas Kusnetz (InsideClimate News)  The giant naval base at Norfolk is under threat by rising seas and sinking land, but little is being done to hold back the tides.   —  … Naval Station Norfolk, home to the …

We’ll All Be Relying on Congo to Power Our Electric Cars
October 29, 2017 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Wilson (Bloomberg)  Congo supplies much of the cobalt needed for electric vehicles
Political conflict, disputes, law changes put supply at risk  —  The cars of the future will depend increasingly upon supplies of an obscure metal …

Industry Teams Learn About U.S. Ethanol Value Chain Firsthand
October 29, 2017 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of the Americas. The three teams …

Using CO2 for Microalgae and Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering’s Algae Overview
October 29, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering is a consulting and engineering firm specializing in the design and construction of algae ponds for wastewater reclamation, biofuel production, microalgae feeds and specialty products.
Their clients? mainly Fortune …

EP Committee on Environment Denies Prospects for Domestic Biofuels
October 29, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants)  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) expresses its disappointment in the result of the vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment …

Study: Utilities Should Get in the Drivers Seat on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
October 29, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  … But a recent study by the global consulting firm Deloitte argues that utilities should embrace electric vehicles even more aggressively, treating them almost like power plants and “batteries on wheels,” incorporating them …

Workshop: Ethanol in the Americas — November 9-10, 2017 — Gainesville, FL
October 28, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
Workshop:  Ethanol in the Americas   —   November 9-10, 2017   —   Gainesville, FL

The main purpose of this joint two-days workshop is to enhance collaboration in the sugarcane biofuels research between countries in the Americas.  The participants of the November 2017 Workshop are researchers, engineers, agronomists, entrepreneurs from American …

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil
October 28, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. 

New Absorbent Natural Gas System Will Store and Transport Biomethane
October 28, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Cenergy Solutions/NGV Journal)  Cenergy Solutions is introducing a complete adsorbent natural gas (ANG) system to capture, store, transport and utilize biomethane, which will help farms, communities and businesses around the world store and use their biogas, …

EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?
October 28, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Environmental Leader)  … Some automakers like Toyota and Lexus have warned drivers that if they fill up with E85 that their warranties may not cover engine damage, a Fox story had said.
To be clear, there are …

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution
October 28, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer to develop because it required more deliberate scientific research and experimentation compared with other agriculture …

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing
October 28, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production.
The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various …

RFA Data: More than 4,000 U.S. Stations Offering E85
October 27, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can handle higher ethanol blends up to 85%, now have even more places to fuel up. According to, operated by the Renewable Fuels …

USDA Invests in Agricultural Technology Research
October 27, 2017 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to …

Ethanol Producers Going “RINless”
October 27, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Renewable Identification Number credits (RINs) have been trading higher this week and some ethanol producers and marketers are taking advantage of the higher values to offer denatured ethanol as low as 30 …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

BIO Applauds Senate Introduction of Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit
October 27, 2017 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Business Wire)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and co-sponsors Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Al Franken (D-MN) for introducing the Renewable Chemicals …

Positive Results from Flagship Biorefinery Feasibility Study
October 27, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Processum (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The project Flagship Biorefinery has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realize a new, full scale biorefinery based on sustainable wood raw material from Swedish forests.
The biorefinery …

Making Renewables Mainstream: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
October 27, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We reported on Amyris’ progress recently in “The New Colossus aims to unlock its Golden Door” and in Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia.
Meanwhile, Amyris President of R&D …

The Hot 50, 2018: Nominations Open for Premier Advanced Bioeconomy Rankings DEADLINE: November 20, 2017
October 27, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? Expanded voting options via Twitter – special Photo voting
In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) — February 28-March 2, 2018 — Washington, DC
October 27, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC)   — February 28-March 2, 2018   —   Washington, DC

The theme of the conference is “Network Like Crazy” and more than 250 organizations and technologies will be on hand – to build supply chains, value chains, investor support, assess trends, chart policy needs and …

BIO Asks for Reauthorization of Section 9003 Program in Farm Bill
October 26, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked leaders of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing …

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?
October 26, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 
One measure raising concerns is the …

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) — May 14-18, 2018 — Copenhagen, Denmark DEADLINE: November 6, 2017
October 26, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) — May 14-18, 2018 — Copenhagen, Denmark   DEADLINE:  November 6, 2017

The EUBCE covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, to network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations.
The EUBCE is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO – …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) — May 14-18, 2018 — Copenhagen, Denmark
October 26, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE)   —   May 14-18, 2018   —   Copenhagen, Denmark

The EUBCE covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, to network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations.
The EUBCE is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO – …

Okla. Supreme Court Rules Electric Vehicle Fee Unconstitutional
October 26, 2017 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down H.B.1449, a bill that sought to implement an annual fee on electric vehicles (EVs), ruling the tax unconstitutional because the fee was untethered from a …

The South Pole Energy Challenge: The First-Ever Expedition to the Geographic South Pole Powered Only by Renewable Technologies, Including Advanced Biofuels
October 26, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(South Pole Energy Challenge/PR Newswire)  his is a father-and-son story about an epic journey – putting human endurance to its ultimate test relying solely on renewable energy  —  On 15 November 2017, Robert Swan, OBE, 61 – the first …

New Traffic Pollution Charge Hits London
October 26, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) … Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are generally those registered before 2006, although Transport for London recommends owners of any vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see if they’re liable for the charge.
Critics have argued …

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry
October 26, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue …

Big Oil Is Investing Billions to Gain a Foothold in Clean Energy
October 26, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors have spent $6.2 billion to acquire stakes in firms; Interest shifted away from biofuels and toward digital energy  —  The world’s biggest oil companies are closing more clean energy deals as pressure to diversify …

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

Hilton Partners with Tagaddod to Generate Biodiesel in Support of Environmental Sustainability
October 26, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Albawaba Business/Hilton Worldwide)  Hilton, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, is further demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability by entering into a partnership with Tagaddod, a cutting-edge renewable energy and waste management company …

Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
October 26, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale …

Will the Lemonade Stand Era End in Renewable Fuels, Sooner, Later, Ever?
October 26, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … No, Virginia, there isn’t any green premium in renewable fuels, chemicals or materials. Actually, there isn’t any premium available for any product, anywhere, at any time, green or not, if it is distributed as a commodity and …

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals
October 26, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of …

Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050
October 26, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Alliance to Save Energy)  Audi’s Scott Keogh and National Grid’s Dean Seavers Lead “50 by 50” Commission  —  Today the Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a …

Greenbelt Resources Conducts Feedstock Testing For Central Coast Wine Services
October 25, 2017 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Business Insider/PR Newswire/Greenbelt Resources)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) has agreed to perform feedstock testing with Central Coast Wine Services (CCWS) to test various streams of wastes generated in the winemaking process. The wastes will be …

U.S. Sets Antidumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel
October 25, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Eric Walsh (Reuters)  The U.S. Commerce Department set preliminary antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, after an initial finding that the products used as motor fuel were being sold at prices …

MEPs Propose Upgraded, Nationally Binding Targets for Renewables
October 25, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(New Europe Online)  EU should aim for 35% renewables in its energy consumption in 2030  —  The Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

“I …

E4Tech Report Shows Opportunity for Advanced Biofuels in UK but Policy Framework Needed
October 25, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Department for Transport published a new report commissioned from E4Tech showing that advanced biofuels can play a key role in decarbonizing transportation by 2030. Gasification combined with Fischer Tropsch …

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease
October 25, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg Technology)  Renewable diesel use surges amid low-carbon fuel program; Second-biggest source of low-carbon fuel credits after ethanol   —  California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla …

Synthetic Petroleum: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
October 25, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synpet Technologies is a Turkish-US company founded in 2014, which operates a 15 ton/day demonstration facility in Pasakoy, Turkey. The company developed its Thermal Conversion Process, which breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, …

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight
October 25, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a very busy week in Washington DC, the high point being a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who took significant (and as …

Iconic Species May Hold Clues on Low Quality Forage Digestion
October 25, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Arnason (Western Producer)  … But the beaver also has a lesser known skill: it can survive on a diet of branches and twigs.
Scientists with Agriculture Canada want to know how the beaver pulls off …

Lawmakers Urge Consistent Approach to Federal Regulation of Biotechnology
October 25, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives expressed concern about the direction being …

Will N. Korea Sanctions Trigger Algal Biofuel Production?
October 25, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Brandon Jacobs reports in that a new algal research facility just outside of Wonsan, North Korea, suggests a growing interest in developing algae as a strategic resource to diversify sources of energy supplies …

$7M Grant Helps Sheetz Expand Biofuel Availability
October 25, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Paul J. Gough (Pittsburgh Business Times)  Ethanol-added gasoline is available in more places in Pennsylvania, thanks to a $7 million federal grant to Sheetz.  The Altoona-based convenience store operator, which has locations all over southwestern Pennsylvania, …

Better Together: A Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight
October 25, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Taylor Weiss (Michigan State University) … “But this pair has complementary strengths: the cyanos are constantly producing sugar, and the bacteria are constantly beefing up on it, which encourages the cyanos to keep …

Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential To Aviation’s Future
October 25, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Adam Klauber, Isaac Toussie, Steve Csonka and Barbara Bramble (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  To some, biofuels conjure negative images of industrial-scale agriculture with cornstalks as far as the eye can see, or worse, displaced …

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions
October 24, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
This …

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Blending Faces Legal Hurdles Following Injunction
October 24, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick and Silvia Struthers (Platts)  A future that once looked rosy for climbing ethanol blends with gasoline in Mexico could be in jeopardy as legal challenges to a new fuel regulation have found traction in court.
A …

Brazil’s Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil
October 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Technology)  Brazil leading international effort to expand industry; Biofuel investments worldwide are down 25% this year  …  Brazil is positioning itself as a global biofuels ambassador, fighting climate change by spurring demand …

Tehran City Buses to Run on Biodiesel
October 24, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Tehran Times)  … About 300 diesel buses are running in Tehran and 20 buses are now running on biodiesel, he (Peyman Sanandaji, the director of Tehran bus transport company affiliated with the municipality) added.

 It has proven …

Biorefinery Desperate to Get ‘Off the Grid’ with $1.5m Power Bill
October 24, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Mike Richards (The Observer)  … Northern Oil Refinery managing director Tim Rose said the site, which turns tyres into diesel, needed to cut costs and think innovatively to continue doing business amid high power prices.
The …

Losses Mount for RTC as Biofuel Supply Cut Abruptly
October 24, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Abhinay Deshpande  (The New Indian Express)  As many as 18 biodiesel buses, operated by Greater Hyderabad zone of State Road Transport Corporation, are currently being run on conventional diesel owing to non-availability of biodiesel. This is …

Sustainable Chemistry’s Drivers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partners Sustainable Chemistry Fund
October 24, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge in …

Keeping Yeast Fit and Healthy: Combating Organic Acids in Fermentation
October 24, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Moser (Novozymes/Biofuels Digest)  … A yeast that is less susceptible to stressors is the best way to create a solid foundation for your fermentation. It also helps, however, to have a strategy for keeping …

A Spirit of Kuleana: Renewable Fuels Ventures Strive for New Geographies, Feedstock, Products
October 24, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw it in the news this …

A Dozen Global Cities Commit to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets
October 24, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration.
Under the declaration, the city leaders have pledged to procure …

POET “Breakthrough” in Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 24, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  The nation’s largest ethanol producer says it’s made a breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol production. Matt Merritt with POET-DSM tells Brownfield they are using a combination of heat, pressure and acid …

UK’s ‘First’ Vehicle to Collect and Run on Commercial Food Waste – Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee
October 24, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Resource management company GENeco has launched a vehicle called the Bio-Bee that collects commercial food waste and runs on the same material in Bristol, UK.  
With Bristol among 40 places in the UK that consistently …

Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar
October 24, 2017 – 11:55 am | Comments Off on Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar

(Bioenergy Insight)  …  Led by the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and involving researchers from the US Colorado State University, the new research published in the journal Nature Communications has provided a mechanistic understanding of biochar’s …

Ottawa Looking into Low-Carbon Fuels as It Develops New Clean Fuel Standard
October 23, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  A major question the government appears to be grappling with is where a new supply of low-carbon fuels will come from —  The federal government is looking into the potential for low-carbon …

Novel and Bio-Based Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance
October 23, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Elevance Renewable Sciences is a world leader in natural oil metathesis, with a commercial-scale biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia and a group of collaborators including Stepan, P&G, Wilmar, Materia and Clariant.
In 2015, …

October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

C3E STEM Teadchers’ Workshop Applications Open DEADLINE: November 1, 2017
October 23, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

Do you know a female Middle or High School STEM teacher in the Boston area? The U.S. Department of Energy would like to welcome teachers to apply to participate in the second annual C3E science, technology, …

BASF to Buy Bayer’s Seed Assets for Billions
October 23, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In New Jersey, BASF agreed to buy almost all of Bayer’s seed assets including LibertyLink seeds and chemistry for $7 billion, assuming the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto goes through. If all goes …

Putting Major RFS Concessions into Writing
October 20, 2017 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

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 …

WEBINAR: Synergies between Anaerobic Digestion & Biochar — October 30, 2017
October 20, 2017 – 8:27 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Synergies between Anaerobic Digestion & Biochar   —    October 30, 2017

International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series  —  Research has shown that there are many synergies to be found integrating pyrolysis and gasification with anaerobic digestion (AD) systems. Carbonizing the anaerobic digested fibers could be a viable …

SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology
October 20, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines …

New York City Submits Strong Comments to EPA Supporting Biodiesel
October 20, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services/Biodiesel Magazine)  New York City submitted comments to the U.S. EPA Oct. 19, protesting any rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for minimal use levels for renewable fuels like …

NBB Holds Firm In Its Request for 2.5 Billion Gallons of Biomass-Based Diesel, 4.75 Billion Gallons of Advanced Biofuels
October 20, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA Letter Does Not Include a Commitment to Raise Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes  —  Yesterday the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA), focusing on …

Ribbon-Cutting for First-of-Its-Kind Chemical Manufacturer in Delaware
October 20, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Zoë Read (WHYY)  A specialty chemical company said its Delaware plant can now make a key chemical bonding agent, common in household products, from 100 percent renewable resources. This is a first in North America.
On Wednesday, …

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy
October 20, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable …

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes
October 20, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar …

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!
October 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Biofuels Digest)  … The recent effort by Brazil to impose import duties on U.S. ethanol has received considerable press coverage and should send a clear message that we need to develop long term …

Letter: Purdue Continues Important Biofuels Research
October 19, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Gunner Greene (Iroquois Bio Energy/Journal & Courier)  Purdue University has received an important grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its important research into homegrown biofuels.  Purdue will continue its research into how corn …

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 …

ExCo79 Workshop Publication ‘The Role of Industrial Biorefineries in a Low-Carbon Economy- Summary and Conclusions’
October 19, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Biorefineries are generally expected to play an important role in decarbonising the energy and transport sectors with bioenergy and biofuel products. In addition, national and regional economies would benefit the most from a …

Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe Is Possible, but Faces Challenges
October 19, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to …

Green Chemistry for Life Grant Programme: Green Chemistry Research Grants for Young Scientists DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
October 19, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(UNESCO)  Fifth call for applications – 2017/2018  Deadline: 28 February 2018
The grant programme aims to promote the implementation of innovative research projects in green chemistry by young scientists that respect the 12 principles of green chemistry. …

Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry — July 7-14, 2018 — Venice, Italy
October 19, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment
Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry    —   July 7-14, 2018   —   Venice, Italy

(International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)  The present edition of the Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will be managed by IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).
This edition of the Post-graduate Summer …

CALL FOR STUDENT STORIES: American Chemical Society National Meeting — March 18-22, 2018 — New Orleans, LA DEADLINE: unclear
October 19, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR STUDENT STORIES: American Chemical Society National Meeting   —   March 18-22, 2018   —   New Orleans, LA   DEADLINE:  unclear

There is also an exciting opportunity for American Chemical Society student chapter leaders to share their teams’ successes with the broader chemistry community at the next ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. ACS GCI and Beyond …

2017 Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award Winners Announced
October 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(American Chemistry Society Green Chemistry Institute) What better place than the classroom for green chemistry – the “field open for innovation, new ideas, and revolutionary progress” – to flourish? In the years since its inception, green chemistry …

US Grains Council : Ethanol Summit Of The Americas Enlivens Discussions Of Global Ethanol Use
October 19, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region.
The …

Obstacles Hinder the Switch to E5 Biofuel
October 19, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(  There are only two months left until January 1, 2018, the date set for the nation to switch from RON A92 petrol to bio-fuel E5, but the plan is facing problems.   —  According to calculations by …

New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S.
October 19, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(New York Times)  READ MORE
UN partners with ethanol producers to boost biofuels at COP23 (EurActiv)

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar
October 19, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy , Jennifer Jacobs, Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in; Iowa governor says Trump affirms commitment to biofuel program
President Donald Trump intervened personally with the Environmental Protection Agency amid pressure from Republicans in …

UH Hilo Researchers Designing Sustainable Wastewater Systems for Local Industries
October 19, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(University of Hawaii)  … Shihwu Sung, professor of applied engineering at UH Hilo, is currently conducting research on converting waste into biodiesel energy.

Sung’s research is currently being conducted in the Renewable Energy Lab on the UH Hilo campus, where he …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries
October 19, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Wednesday placed holds on two key nominations for top-level jobs …

Aemetis Signs Long Term Lease for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Site in California
October 19, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Aemetis)  55 year Lease Agreement at Former Army Munitions Facility  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in …

Awaiting Final US Ruling over Indonesia’s Alleged Biodiesel Dumping
October 19, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Indonesia Investments)  Stakeholders in Indonesia’s biodiesel industry are waiting for the final ruling of the US Commerce Department regarding the dumping of biodiesel products on the American market. The USA accuses Indonesia and Argentina of subsidizing …

Ethanol Producers Work with UN to Accelerate Shift to Low Carbon
October 19, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Europe Renewables, Ltd./EurActiv)  EERL partners with UN Climate Change for COP 23  —  Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology — October 15-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy DEADLINE: uncertain
October 18, 2017 – 7:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology   —   October 15-16, 2018   —   Rome, Italy    DEADLINE: uncertain

Metabolomics & Systems Biology will be organized around the theme Metabolomics: Diagnosing the Undiagnosed
metabolomics-conference-2018 is comprised of 16tracks and 116 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in metabolomics-conference-2018
Submit your abstract to any of the mentioned tracks. All related abstracts …

14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology — October 15-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy
October 18, 2017 – 7:07 pm | No Comment
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 (  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 …