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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

(Vietnam.net)  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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Success in Succinic, Succinctly: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
October 13, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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

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

SPARC in the Engine: Florida Aims to Be an Alternative Jet Fuels Hub as New Public/Private Project Debuts
October 13, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Neste’s Taking Action on Climate Change Examines Changes in Energy and Transport Markets
October 10, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change. It discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to …

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues
October 10, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight conference.
The conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 4-5th October.
Rob …

Mossi Ghisolfi Weighs Sale of Italian Biofuel Business – Source
October 10, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Jewkes  (Reuters) Italian bioplastics multinational Mossi Ghisolfi is considering selling its Italian business in the biofuels sector as part of a restructuring deal, a source close to the matter said.
The company, Italy’s second-biggest chemicals …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary
October 10, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process development. In retrospect, the most …

Engage the Hyper-Drive: Synbio’s Fastest Are Going Faster, Bigger as Kytopen, Ginkgo, Twist Biosciences, Arzeda, TeselaGen Feel the Need for Speed
October 10, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is everyone’s organism for making fuels, chemicals, materials, foods, flavors, fragrances and therapeutics — beautifully and slowly — heading for rapid obsolescence?
“Everyone wants to make it faster,” notes Kytopen co-founder …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection
October 9, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production facility, it’s important to pay close attention to regulatory and community …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition
October 9, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the …

The Power of Recycling Could Fuel Vehicles in the Future
October 5, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Peter Ehrhard (Missouri University of Science and Technology)  The idea of recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel is nothing new. For years, researchers have studied the process and companies have recycled when possible. However, …

Household Oil from Concepción Will Be Transformed into Biodiesel
October 5, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(City of Concepción)  Enthusiastic leaders of different neighborhood councils in Concepción received containers to recycle their disused home oil, which will be transformed into clean fuel: Biodiesel.
The initiative is part of the actions developed by the Environment …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations
October 5, 2017 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Charles Loos, Bernard Cooker and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  To get a new plant started, management must provide the operating staff with training and a full complement of written procedures covering safety, operations, emergencies …

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects
October 5, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry …

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins
October 5, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Somewhere in the files of the Department of Energy it is called the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. Inside the halls of National Labs, they call it ChemCatBio.

They’re on a mission to bring …

The West’s Pure-Play Ethanol Kings: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol
October 4, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pacific Ethanol was founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and today is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels with 9 strategically located bio-refineries in the U.S., production …

UPM Biofuels Named One of Six Finalists in 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
October 4, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(AZO Cleantech)  UPM Biofuels is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards – often described as the Oscars of the energy industry. UPM Biofuels is …

Siouxland Ethanol Speaks at Governor’s Conference
October 4, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Each of the governors shared initiatives their states are implementing to support the use of ethanol-blended fuels during the conference. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds mentioned a test program for …

Environmental and Energy Study Institute Publishes Fact Sheet: Biogas—Converting Waste to Energy
October 4, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic waste each year. While source reduction and feeding the hungry are necessary priorities for reducing needless food waste, organic wastes …

Bringing Illinois Ethanol Products to the World
October 4, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jill Loehr (Prairie Farmer) Illinois has the third-largest ethanol production capacity in the U.S. Marquis Energy, one of the state’s 13 ethanol plants, contributes 300 million gallons each year. What’s the secret to its …

Italy’s ENI Offers Help for Nigeria’s Bio-Fuel Projects
October 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Naija247news)  The Italian government through one of its oil giants ENI has promised to support the Federal Government’s bio-fuel agenda.
Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Refineries and Downstream Infrastructure, Engr. …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation
October 4, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker, John Diecker, and Daniel Lane (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  This article is the seventh in a series on the information needed by a Capital Investor, received from the Project Developer (PD), for the …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures
October 4, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer, Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investors focused on renewable chemicals and fuels are looking for projects with the greatest commercial potential. However, within the plethora of potential projects in …

2nd Generation Biorefinery Solutions. YXY Marks the Spot: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
October 4, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the construction of the first commercial plant with its JV partner BASF — so, it’s a monster …

Ethanol Industry Ideal Carbon Source for Advanced Oil Recovery
October 3, 2017 – 9:39 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Occidental Petroleum Corp. injects about 1 billion cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), said Daniel Keiser, the company’s manager of commercial …

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs
October 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data
October 3, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Charles Loos (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investing in new bio-economy technologies involves the inherent perils associated with building new plants and introducing new products into existing markets. However, one avoidable peril is basing …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing
October 2, 2017 – 6:05 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 …

Delaware Biotech Company White Dog Labs Awarded DOE Funding
October 2, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Jeff Neiburg (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  For the second year in a row, Delaware’s White Dog Labs has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

This time last year, White Dog was one of six projects selected to help …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 2 – The Pro Forma
September 27, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Developing a pro forma projection for an investment opportunity is the first step for an entrepreneur seeking capital, and also the first screening level financing institutions use to evaluate such proposals. There …

Integrated, Hedged, Fast-Growing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
September 27, 2017 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments …

Red Rock Central High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
September 26, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production. 
The students, from grades 9 to 12, toured Highwater …

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology
September 26, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.  —  Yeast strains used in the ethanol industry have remained …

Innovation in the Lab
September 26, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol laboratories use HPLCs to find issues early in fermentation, but increasingly have been using the data for process optimization.  —  High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is the workhorse of …

Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team Visits Quad County Corn Processors in Galva
September 26, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  Ten representatives from the Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team traveled to the United States from September 19–21 to learn more about Iowa’s corn and ethanol industries. 
As part of their two-day visit to the U.S., …

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology
September 26, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM.
Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s …

U.S. Corn Ethanol Producers Aim to Out-Pump Competitors
September 26, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers, taking advantage of low corn prices, are ramping up production and expanding capacity to try to squeeze less-efficient competitors out of an overcrowded market.
The ethanol industry, which for years …

Growing Diesel-Side Demand: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
September 26, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the biggest US-based producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures (Part 1 of 11)
September 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  This article is the introduction to a series of articles[1], reviewing the typical steps that investors consider before providing financial support to biofuels or biochemical projects. …

Ethanol from Trashy Sources Advances
September 26, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Firms turn to garbage and wheat straw to make the fuel alcohol  —  Residents of Edmonton, Alberta, will soon be able to fuel their cars with household …

Expert Gives Conditions Necessary for Biogas Production
September 25, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(The News)  Mr Micheal Kottner, an expert in biogas, says sustainable biogas production is possible if the Federal Government can have the political will to put the legal framework in place.
Kottner, who is the Chief …

Any Renewable Energy Solution Requires Extracting the Full Value of Biomass
September 25, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by A.J. (Sandy) Marshall (Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canada Biomass)  … Today, climate change concerns are demanding an ever-increasing management of greenhouse gases. As a result, society is establishing a pricing on carbon through cap and trade and …

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts up Fibria’s New Pulp Mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(ANDRITZ)  International technology Group ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.  …  
In addition, ANDRITZ has delivered a chloride and …

India’s Biofuels Leader, Going beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
September 25, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel’s $1bn Expansion Project On Hold
September 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Martin Kadzere (AllAfrica/The Herald)  Ethanol producer, Green Fuel has put on hold its $1 billion expansion programme as the current environment does not support the scale of investment, sources have said.
The company, jointly owned …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
September 22, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

Neighbors Helping Neighbors:  From KTIC RADIO. According to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Blue Heron is the only fuel station in Gothenburg with flex fuel pumps offering a variety of cleaner-burning ethanol blends with flex fuel …

Flex Fuel Grand Opening In Gothenburg
September 22, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KTIC)  Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E85 for just $0.85 a gallon at the Gothenburg Blue Heron Renewable Flex Fuel Plaza (1102 S. Lake Ave.) Thursday, Sept. …

China to Import More Corn to Meet Ethanol Fuel Use – Analyst
September 22, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton (Reuters)  China could import up to 20 million tonnes of corn a year, more than six times the current level, to meet a switch to greater use of ethanol in …

From Project to Player: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
September 22, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Amyris reported Q2 2017 revenues of $25.7M million, more than double the sales from 2016. The increase was driven by a major increase in product sales, primarily in the company’s …

Modular Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 21, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine)  EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel …

Water Management in Biomass Processing
September 21, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … Managing the water in biomass processes like food production, fermentations, pyrolysis, and biodiesel production is critical to success.   There is an increasing appreciation of the value of clean …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Value Methoxyphenols
September 21, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the …

UK Government Introduces Proposals for Cap on Crop-Based Biofuels
September 21, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  The UK government has made proposals to introduce a cap on crop-based biofuels in order to meet its renewable fuel obligations.
The maximum level for the use of fuels made from …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Monster Whitechapel Fatberg Given New Lease of Biodiesel Life
September 20, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Thames Water)  The monster 250-metre long Whitechapel fatberg will be converted into around 10,000 litres of biodiesel, Thames Water has confirmed today.
The congealed mass of fat, oil, grease, wet wipes and sanitary products discovered blocking …

US Biodiesel Supply Looks Thin Moving into Q4 and beyond: Sources
September 19, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(Platts/UkrAgroConsult)  The US could have trouble meeting its biodiesel blending mandate as imports from Argentina and Indonesia have been cut off by duties, sources have said.
“Without Argentina this year or early next year there’s going …

British Airways Tries Again on Waste-Based Biofuels​
September 19, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Moores (Air Transport World)  UK carrier British Airways (BA) has partnered with renewable fuels company Velocys, after an earlier waste-to-fuel initiative—named GreenSky—with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell through.
This latest venture uses fuel derived from waste biomass, similar to the GreenSky …

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. — …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Japan Considers Allowing US Ethanol to Meet Biofuel Mandate
August 31, 2017 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the government plans to maintain its 500 million liter (132.09 million gallon) crude …

Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government
August 31, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  As the New York Times recently reported, the EPA Administrator Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule …

The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation
August 31, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  When projects fail to meet expectations, the participant discontent inevitably leads to increased litigation. As with any specialized area, bioeconomy litigation requires the assistance of experienced experts to assist …

Gassy Gold: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to a Biogas-to-Muconic Acid Pathway
August 31, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a NREL-led project to establish a novel gas fermentation bioprocess for secretion of an array of fuel and chemical intermediates. The project also …

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in California
August 31, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The sexy PR is almost always and rightly focused on San Francisco and its environs — but some of the largest industrialization efforts for advanced technology take place in the …

The Status of Biofuels in China
August 30, 2017 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk (IEA Bioenergy Task 39/University of British Columbia)  … Recent heavy pollution in urban areas of China have led to the adoption of stricter fuel specifications to lower sulfur emissions from gasoline and …

D3MAX Signs Contract for Design of First Commercial Plant
August 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Biomass Magazine)  Last February, D3MAX LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. Pilot testing of the patented …

ACE Staff, Member Plant Help Educate Youth on Biofuel
August 30, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol staff and member plant, Siouxland Ethanol LLC, are partnering with the Northeast Nebraska Corn Growers in their effort to create and increase opportunities for …

Zera Says Door Open for Ethanol Licences
August 30, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Tatira Zwinoira (News Day)  Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has said players who have the capacity to do mandatory blending should apply for licences, as the regulations were open for more players.  —  … Currently, only …

Ethiopia: New Ethanol Production Plant to Be Constructed
August 30, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(2Mercado.com/Fana Broadcasting Corporation)  Ethiopia has joined hands with Eugen Schmitt Company, a German company, to construct ethanol plant in Wonjo Shoa Sugar Factory. The plant is said to be constructed at an outlay of 51 …

Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa
August 30, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eddyville, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Newton, Cedar Rapids. Communities like these have been mainstays of the Iowa bioeconomy for years, even decades — home to corn and soy processing on the …

Cellerate + Enogen Could Meet Cellulosic Ethanol Goal
August 29, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  If every corn ethanol plant in the country were to convert to Cellerate bolt-on technology combined with Enogen® corn enzyme technology from Syngenta, the country could more than meet the goals …

Aemetis Completes Enzymatic Biodiesel Production Unit at India Plant to Supply US and Europe
August 29, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Company well positioned to fill expected supply gap caused by anti-dumping ruling against Argentina and Indonesian biodiesel in the U.S. market  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech/PNNL Syngas-to-ATJ Fuels
August 29, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy initiated a project to advance a hybrid conversion technology for catalytic upgrading of biomass-derived syngas to produce Alcohol-to-Jet fuel and chemicals while meeting the cost, quality …

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Canada
August 29, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 1. Ottawa, Ontario  The biggest Canadian story of the year stems from the November 2016 announce by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt …

Report Discusses Future of Ethanol Market in Spain
August 29, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides insight into the future ethanol market in Spain following the 2016 expiration of the ethanol-specific …

Variety in Value
August 29, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues.
The ethanol …

All Eyes on Energy
August 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 Farm Bill—otherwise known as the Agricultural Act of 2014—places a larger emphasis on energy than past farm bills have. It includes the most recent version of the …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass and Catalytic Conversion into Hydrocarbons
August 28, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE established and funded a project to develop a novel Multistage Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of biomass and integrate with Virent’s Catalytic BioForming Process to efficiently produce cost effective “drop‐in” …

TerViva’s Pongamia Tree Farms Popping up to Meet Hawaii’s Biofuel Needs
August 28, 2017 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Hawaii, pongamia trees are being farmed for the first time in experimental plots in Oahu to help meet Hawaii’s biofuel needs, specifically for biodiesel and jet fuel. TerViva is heading up …

Biodiesel Fuel Plant Inauguration Set
August 25, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Karina V. Canedo (Sun Star)  A plant that will process used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel (BDF) will be inaugurated on Friday, August 25, at the Maa Composting Facility, Davao City. Davao City Environment …

Methanol and Bio-Economy: Now and the Future
August 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … Methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade. They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing …

Barley and Peas to Fuel Ethanol Plant
August 25, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Proposed facility near Clavet, Sask., would boost the barley sector and provide a feed byproduct for livestock producers
Saskatchewan barley and pea growers could soon have a big new customer for …

IRENA Technology Brief: Biogas for Road Vehicles
August 24, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter)   This brief highlights the technologies available – both established and newly emerging – for biomethane production and biogas-driven vehicle fleets. It evaluates costs, performance and sustainability and outlines the …

Vertibirds Are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass Drop-In Biofuels Technology, Clears Path to Demo Scale
August 23, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost …

Report Discusses Future Growth of Australian Ethanol Industry
August 22, 2017 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Australian biofuel production will reach 290 million liters (79.61 million gallons) this year, including 250 …

Nigeria Loses Billions of Naira Due to Shortages of Cassava Plantation
August 22, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(TVC News)  One of the manufacturers in Nigeria who specialised in the use of cassava for the production of Ethanol has said that the country is losing billions of naira due to a shortfall in …

Japan’s Ag Ministry Director Visits Guardian Energy
August 22, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Deputy Director for Food Security at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura, toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable fuel production in Minnesota.
During the two-hour …

California Dairy Farm Powers Truck with Methane from Cow Manure
August 22, 2017 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Straus Family Creamery)  California dairy farmer Albert Straus, a pioneer in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, announced the launch of the first full-scale electric truck—powered by cow poop. This new full-scale-electric feed truck is …

Yogurt Maker Fage Sues over Stalled Ethanol Plant
August 22, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by John Cropley  (Daily Gazette)  More than $20 million is sought  —  Fage has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $20 million from a company that agreed to buy waste whey from its massive yogurt …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Special Report: Refiner Valero’s Secret Campaign against U.S. Biofuels Mandates
August 21, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … As part of an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, Valero played a key role in bringing these people and groups together around a policy proposal that could save the refiner hundreds of …

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Unlocking Polylactic Acid from Waste Biogas
August 21, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration …

Brexit Fears of Biodiesel Firm
August 18, 2017 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows visited the Newarthill factory of Argent Energy to discuss the effects of Brexit on the business. The plant produces biodiesel and aims to continue contributing to the …

Linde Again Awarded with the Supply of a Syngas & Hydrogen Solution (Hydroprime®) for the Renewable Fuel Industry
August 18, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Linde)  Technology company The Linde Group has been awarded with the engineering and supply of a modular hydrogen manufacturing unit for St1 Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Linde’s Engineering Division will start the engineering and construction …