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‘Breakthrough’ Harvesting Solution, Growing Market, Potential beyond Biodiesel – All Good Signs for Castor Oil’s Future

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  A ‘breakthrough’ mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants was developed by Evogene and agricultural equipment manufacturer, Fantini s.r.l., resulting in the removal of a major bottleneck in the conversion of castor beans into a fully modernized commercial crop. With field trial yield losses decreasing significantly

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

It Might Be Giant: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose, American Process Style

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A few years back, Research & Markets startled the bio world when they projected that the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) would reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between 2014 and 2019. Heft growth indeed, and a survey

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Initiates CBE Project to Produce Bioethanol for CBD Extraction

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Globe Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced commencing Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative to convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Upon Phase 1 completion, the biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million pounds of protein concentrate and 75,000

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from a Container

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/TechExplore)  … Even then, gasoline would still be required to power combustion engines, which will be operating for decades to come. The only sustainable way to keep us mobile is to replace this gasoline with alternative fuels. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM, working together with twelve

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Could Offer Kiwis Fuel Price Certainty

by Esther Taunton (Stuff)  Diesel prices could be fixed for up to 12 months in some parts of New Zealand if technology used to turn wood waste and grass into biofuels is adopted here. The technology needed to make biofuels from wood residues, grasses, and industrial waste is already being commercially manufactured in

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Kenyan Teacher Uses Water Hyacinths for Biofuel

by Hassan Lali (BBC) A Kenyan teacher Richard Awra uses water hyacinths in a new biofuel to combat both problems of energy poverty and plant over-growth. The Kenya Marine institute estimates has covered about 10,360 hectares of Lake Victoria. Richard hopes to continue to supply this cheap alternative so families can

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Solution to Pakistan’s Power Woes

By Umer Khayyam and Tehzeeb Bano (The Express Tribune)  … Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions, generated from the burning of fossil fuels, are increasing in Third World societies like Pakistan. … To negate the negative atmospheric results of non-renewable energy sources, global and regional societies have to look for infinite and less

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn Join to Create Biodiesel from Wastewater

by Kevin Zimmerman (Westfair Communications)  “It’s a huge problem, both in the United States and internationally,” said REA Operations Manager Eric Metz. “And with population growth increasing, there’s going to be more Brown FOG going into the sewer systems,” which can result in overflows and blockages that can be expensive to

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

University of Idaho’s National Biodiesel Education Program Brings Resources for Small Businesses Online

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program) Are you interested in starting your own biodiesel business? Our website now has a page with resources that may help you. Biodiesel Business Information These videos may assist you in determining what you need for your biodiesel business. Learning How To Make Biodiesel We

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

If Fossil Fuel Is Too Expensive, Go for Biodiesel to Fuel Cars

by Dan Odido (Daily Nation)  Popularising the use of renewable energy has several benefits to the economy. It enhances energy independence; develops non-traditional industries, broadening the manufacturing base; and provides employment. The policy framework is, largely, in place and it is up to the innovators to take up the challenge

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

A Unique Approach to Renewable Fuel Market Development in Western Pennsylvania

(ACT News)  … Ed Vogel Sr. started the company’s first municipal waste landfill in 1965, the Seneca Landfill in Butler County. More than a decade ago, the Vogel family set out to find a way to utilize the fugitive methane emissions that landfills produce as organic waste decomposes. This led Vogel

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Judit Sandquist gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Hog-Waste Plant Clears Hurdle, but New NC Rule Threatens Future Development

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal/Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council)  Wilmington’s Optima BioEnergy operates North Carolina’s only swine-waste biogas plant and had plans for more. Then regulators three a wrench into those plans. Optima BioEnergy has cleared an important regulatory hurdle to building its second swine-waste plant in North Carolina. But it’s a

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

The Silent Fuel: Methanol for Power, Fuels and Chemistry in a Low-Carbon Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Switzerland comes word of a technology for methanol synthesis plants which capture CO2 from the environment to create renewable methanol fuel. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s appropriately named Silent-Power. The company produces both industrial and modular plants and is working to bring

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

North Dakota Refinery Seeks to Become Renewable Diesel Plant

(My Plainview)  The owner of a small crude oil refinery in North Dakota is seeking to convert the facility to process vegetable oil into renewable diesel instead of continuing to make petroleum. The Andeavor Dickinson Refinery applied for an air quality permit from the state Department of Health to process locally

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Humphreys Announces College Group’s €10m expansion

(College Group)  Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced that College Group will invest €10m in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north Co. Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Vietnam Uses ‘Super-Technology’ to Treat Biowaste

(Vietnam.net Bridge)  The utilization of Carbolosic technology in Vietnam promises to bring great benefits as it turns biological waste into valuable products.  —  The Ministry of Science & Technology (MST) has signed an MOU on transferring technology and building an agricultural waste treatment plant worth $100 million. How to take full advantage

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018 (the “Supply Agreement”). Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial assumptions, energy prices, and the specific choice of inputs and outputs,” was the subject of

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic technology to hydrolyze, in high yields, cellulose into a C6 sugar solution. The demonstration project

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Offers Partial Solution to Chinese Government’s Mandated Use of 4+ Billion Gallons of Ethanol

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation GRCO, +23.29% (Greenbelt), the developer and provider of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into bio-ethanol, today announced that CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month by special letter invitation to assist in enhancing the domestic production capacity up to the over four billion gallons of ethanol

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Estonian Forest Magic: Sweetwater, Graanul to Build First Commercial Biorefinery for cellulosic sugars, lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy and Europe’s largest wood pellet producer, the Tallinn, Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, said that they will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. In addition, the plant

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Shows the Health Benefits of Ethanol-Fueled Cookstoves

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Today, about three billion people still cook and heat their homes with traditional stoves and solid fuels worldwide. These fuels and stoves are major contributors to household air pollution in the developing world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), household air pollution

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Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that protein extracted from duckweed was one of the most nutritious vegetable organic protein with essential

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted consultant on technology development and sometime lecturer in chemical engineering at Berkeley when not on the ABLC stage with the

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources and Biofuels & Energy Announce “SLV Biopro”

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), announced today the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project, known as SLV Biopro. The project will feature Greenbelt’s waste-to-energy interconnected system (ECOsystem) designed to produce up to a half a million gallons of

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Signs Letter of Intent With Biofuels and Energy, LLC

(Globe Newswire/Greenbelt Resources)    Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E), a New Mexico-based project development company. B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt’s proprietary ECOsystem

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with a different kind of prowess –

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel to Supplement Oil Supplies

by Tryness Tembo (Zambia Daily Mail Limited) For any economy to grow, stable supply of fuel at affordable prices should be guaranteed hence for all sectors need readily -available fuel to operate effectively. For example, Zambia, which is dependent on imported crude oil urgently need ethanol to drive the production chain. The benefits

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

In Kenya, An Entrepreneur Is Using Biodiesel To Fight Climate Change

by Sanjoy Sanyal (World Resources Institute/Clean Technica/The Beam)  … Taher Zavery’s company, Kitui Industries, started experimenting with biodiesel in 2008, when oil prices were peaking. This alternative fuel produced from vegetable oil is obtained from crushing cotton seed, and can replace conventional diesel.  … Mr. Zavery then set up a small

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

(CPI)  CPI, the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, today announced that its partnership with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT), and their licensed company Oleocycle Ltd, will be providing a second-use to waste cooking oils via a novel one-step pilot plant that converts oils into low sulfur biodiesel feedstocks, and a

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Off-Grid Power with Ethanol, Pay with Bitcoin

(Biofuels International)  E-Fuel has launched its solution for people who want energy independence and to be green about it. The Silicon Valley company introduced its 100% ethanol generator, the Personal Energy System (PES), 8 January. It is intended to give customers full independence from the public power grid. With the smallest

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products

by Cheryl Croucher (Troy Media)  Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel  —  New technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of Alberta spinoff company, proves you don’t have to dig oil wells to produce fuel. You

January 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Converting Cassava to Ethanol

by Daniel Essiet (The Nation)  In Cross River State, an innovator Emmanuel Ntiti has fabricated machines that convert cassava to ethanol, writes Daniel Essiet.   —  …  A Cross River State-based innovator and fabricator, Emmanuel Ntiti, has developed machines for processing cassava into ethanol. A Senior Technical Instructor at the Government Technical School,

January 18, 2018 Read Full Article

CM Yogi Adityanath to Launch New Projects in Azamgarh

(Times of India)  Chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi will launch projects worth several crores of rupees at the Kisan Sahkari Chini Mill (sugar factory) of Sathiaon in Azamgarh on Thursday. … According to the official protocol received at the offices of district magistrates of Azamgarh and Varanasi, Yogi’s chopper will land

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to EnerSysNet Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An early stage renewable energy company focused on commercializing patent-pending technologies to convert low-value forestry residuals to high value liquid hydrocarbons that are compatible with the existing petroleum infrastructure. EnerSysNet Canada CEO Gary Scoggins gave this illuminating overview of the company’s promise and progress at ABLC

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

The Sun Also Ryzes: Ryze Renewable Secures Financing, Heads for Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels in Nevada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’d like to share news that a new biorefinery for diesel and jet fuel has finalized $112.6 million loan, backed by a USDA loan guarantee. This is Ryze Renewables, which will construct its biorefinery in Storey County, Nevada. The  new refinery is scheduled to open in

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Whisky Residue to Energy AD Facility Will Lower Scottish Distillery’s Carbon Footprint

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK anaerobic digestion specialist Clearfleau has started construction on a new biogas facility at a distillery in Scotland. Part of a £3 million project commissioned by Inver House Distillers, the new facility will generate energy in the form of methane-rich biogas from whisky residues. Inver House’s distillery at Balmenach

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

24-Year-Old Calgarian Honoured for Innovation that Turns Canola Oil into Biofuel

by Sarah Rieger (CBC News)  Nabaa Alam named an Everyday Political Citizen by Samara Canada  —  … University of Alberta graduate Nabaa Alam was named an Everyday Political Citizen by civic engagement non-profit Samara Canada on Thursday. When Alam was in his last year of chemical engineering studies in university, he was the lead

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Philippines Entrepreneur Distributing His Award Winning Fuel Additive from UCO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Philippines, a local entrepreneur has won several awards for the fuel additives he developed from used cooking oil that improves performance by rearranging the molecular structure of diesel, gasoline and motor oil. The product, called EFQ fuel and oil additive, is said to improve

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology. As part of a $48 million project, Ethtec aims to construct a $30 million purpose built pilot-scale facility based

December 1, 2017 Read Full Article

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae right off of the Chesapeake Bay and convert it into oil, simultaneously cleaning up deadly algae blooms and providing the precursor for clean, renewable fuels. Manta licensed its harvesting technology from the University of Maryland Center for

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Dreaming Green with Biodiesel

by Portia Mlilo (The Voice) Despite a recent setback, Mogotsi Samotongwa is determined not to give up on his dream.  The Botho University accountancy student wants to produce biodiesel from animal fat and vegetable oil. His idea saw him selected as a top ten finalist in the recently ended Citizen Entrepreneurial Development

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Biogas Plant Opens in Mexico City

(NGV Journal/National Council of Science and Technology) One of the most ambitious local projects for the use of organic solid waste and its consequent transformation into products such as biofertilizer and biogas that can be converted into electricity has started operation in Mexico City. This is the Organic Waste Treatment Plant

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Got Feedstock? Have Greenbelt Resources Test For Feasibility

(PR Newswire/Greenbelt Resources) The beauty of bioethanol is that it can be created from an amazing number of feedstocks of which many are considered waste – especially “food wastes”. Greenbelt Resources Corporation(OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) evaluates these feedstocks through its Feedstock Feasibility Testing Services and the results determine whether an unexpected or

November 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources’ Feedstock Testing for BarrelHouse Finds Trub Suitable for PRECO

(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 high protein animal feed, met the highest quality. The trub-based bioethanol was tested using Greenbelt’s

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map

(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 Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Launched when the eight project partners came

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Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

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 process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In 2013,

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Conducts Feedstock Testing For Central Coast Wine Services

(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 tested for potential use as feedstock for PRECO, Greenbelt’s “Paso Robles ECOsystem” project, a local

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

The Power of Recycling Could Fuel Vehicles in the Future

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, for many groups, cost is often the determining factor for making the effort to recycle.

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?

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, cane trash and corn cobs. The preferred raw material for biofuel in India is Jatropa.

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Modular Drop-In Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries

(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 is up to 35 percent compared to alternative methods, which translates to less than 0.80

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product

(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 followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic ground transportation markets. With Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in the area, could Maryland’s Eastern

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Fuel Plant Inauguration Set

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 and Natural Resources Office head Engineer Eliza Madrazo said that the plant is not newly

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

MYOB – The New Ethanol Mantra: Modularity, Yield, Octane, Bolt-Ons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the US ethanol industry is descending upon Minneapolis this week for the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshops, and the theme is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.  You can feel the “get back to business” vibe, a steel-eyed “if you want a friend for ethanol, you can count

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

U of Minnesota Helps Startup Resynergi Create Energy from Plastic Waste and Biomass

(University of Minnesota)  California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and gas. Resynergi is combining U of M Professor Roger Ruan’s microwave-based technology to convert biomass

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and has reached an end-to-end small demonstration scale. … The new power-to-liquid

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

New Process Offers Hope for Grounded KSRTC Biodiesel Buses

(Deccan Herald)  MGRIED shows the way to source raw material from hotels  —  All Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses running on biodiesel are now grounded. Reason: Fuel procurement problems. But what if a fuel plant comes up right here with tonnes of used, redundant cooking oil supplied by

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Clariant Cellulosic Ethanol Donation Lets 1,000 Malagasy Families Cook Safer and Cleaner

(Project Gaia)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals and one of the leading providers globally of cellulosic ethanol production technology, and Project Gaia, a non-profit promoting the use of alcohol fuels (ethanol and methanol) for household energy, announced the donation of approximately 24m3 of cellulosic ethanol from Clariant’s pre-commercial

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma,

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Executes Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (the LOI) by the Andrew J. Young (AJY) Foundation to build a biorefinery in the southeast U.S. featuring Greenbelt’s proprietary ECOsystem technology. The Duckweed Project, being developed

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Chip Energy Wins Occupancy OK for Factory Building Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, obtaining a certificate of occupancy on a building constructed of 60 Intermodal Shipping Containers is a huge accomplishment for Chip Energy, said company president Paul Wever, president of Chip Energy Inc.  These types of containers are built out of at least 5,000 lbs.

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

China’s Plan to Make Jet Fuel from Restaurant Leftovers

(NetralNews.com)  Plans to mass-produce jet fuel from restaurants’ waste kitchen oil will come a step closer in China next year when a major state-owned refiner begins construction of a full-scale production plant. Zhenhai Refining and Chemical, a Sinopec subsidiary based in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, said the plant would convert 100,000

April 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Food, Face Cream and Jet Fuel: Japanese Firm Finds Many Uses for Algae

by Sarah Karacs  (CNN Tech)  A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.  Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food and cosmetics. But it sees a range of other potential uses for it. The company is

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Announces “PRECO”: “Paso Robles ECOsystem” Transforms Waste to Bioproducts

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR NewsWire)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today the Paso Robles ECOsystem, known as PRECO, a waste-to-energy interconnected system (ecosystem) designed to produce half a million gallons of bioethanol from a variety of feedstocks available in the Paso Robles area.

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Sunflowers Could Become Maui’s New Biofuel

by Brain Perry (Maui Times)  Biofuel crops, including sunflowers, will be grown on 115 acres in Maui’s central valley as part of a demonstration project this month, according to an announcement from Pacific Biodiesel. The announcement of a Hawaiian blessing for the project leaves out some details, like its exact

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Gov. Hogan Visits Local Poultry Farm Turning Manure into Energy

by Dani Bozzini (WMDT)  The governor of Maryland toured the Eastern Shore today and one of his stops was to a farm in Dorchester County with a ground breaking new program, converting animal waste into energy. Governor Larry Hogan, along with several other state and industry leaders, got a good

February 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.  —  A Canadian company that turns leftover wood from forestry operations into heating fuel has begun supplying Bates College in

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. Just two and a half years ago, Powell was researching the technology. Now, he is

February 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Recipe to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Fuel

by Carolyn Khew (Straits Times)  Firm recycles waste from shopping mall into biodiesel at onsite facility in pilot project  —  A Singapore recycling firm is imagining a future where a shopping centre’s used cooking oil transforms into biofuel that can power the building. Local company Alpha Biofuels is taking a small

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City. What makes it special is that the source is landfill gas and waste biomass. It’s been used

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would like to manufacture without the expense and hassle of building your own fermentation capacity. From

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in the developmental stage of offering small-scale production of ethanol and other end-products right on the

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Bananas a Fuel of the Future?

by Pat Hannen (Queensland Country Life)  Damaged bananas and banana bunch stalks can be converted into a gaseous fuel by anaerobic digestion.  —  … The aim is to utilise a number of ‘waste steams’ as feedstocks in the future to generate a wide range of sustainable chemicals, fuels, synthetic rubber, cosmetics,

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Clean Cooking Madagascar Issues Request for Proposals to Build Ethanol Micro Distillery for Stove Fuel Production with a Capacity of up to 5,000 Liters/Day

(Project Gaia)  Clean Cooking Madagascar (CCM), an NGO based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is seeking proposals for an ethanol micro distillery (EMD) for its national Ethanol Stove Program in Madagascar. CCM plans to create a market for 100,000 ethanol cookstoves over five (5) years. It will develop local ethanol supply chains

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations (CMOs). There are benefits and pitfalls to both approaches, with the correct decision founded in

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved.

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Those improvements could include combining processes such as mixing,

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: From Deep Fryer to Engine

CRISPY, sweet and a little bit salty, the pisang goreng is enjoyed as favourite tea time snack. Roadside stall owner Johar Melan uses vegetable oil to fry the banana fritters. Now, the used vegetable oil that is collected each month from his stall in Taman Chi Liung, Klang, together with

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Jatropha Oil: Ghana’s Next Potential Source of Biofuel

by Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the issue of biofuels and renewable energy making waves all over the globe, it is therefore not surprising when Africa (particularly Ghana) is not left out on investing in the future of energy. Biomass is the primary source of energy in African countries,

November 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

$150,000 Grant to Help Yarmouth’s Biofuel Efforts

(CapeCod.com)  The town will receive $150,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Organics Capacity Project.  …  Yarmouth’s efforts to disposing grease trap waste by generating it into biofuel will directly benefit from the funding. Technology which does that converting will be purchased with the money.  READ

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

CEC to Conduct Biodiesel, By-Product Survey

(Zambia Daily Mail)  Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) intends to conduct a survey for biodiesel and its by-product to enable the firm establish market for potential customers. The firm’s biodiesel plant, which has a production capacity of one million litres per annum, produces diesel from jatropha curacas derived oil and

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Production underway at Dandenong South’s Award-Winning Start-up, Biofuel Innovations

(Greater Dandenong Leader)  … Founders Dr Rebecca Yee and Dale Barnet, who met while studying chemical engineering at university, have come up with a process to safely process waste oil into high quality biodiesel that can be used in any diesel engine. … Clients will be able to order biodiesel for

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

BIOHEC-LIFE – Advanced Biodiesel in Circular Economy for Low Carbon Public Transports.

(European Commission)  …   Used cooking oils (UCOs) are processed from food industry and catering waste; cheap and widely available, they are playing an increasing role in the development of advanced biofuels. However, although the legislative framework is in place, less than 40% of discarded UCOs are collected, and the

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Rural Cameroon to Explore Bioethanol as Economic Driver

(ESI Africa)  … Establishing a ‘sustainable industry within the community’ remains the key theme for newly formed energy and agriculture group, Wesaf Energy, who are exploring this growing market. The founders have identified ethanol, a bi-product of sugarcane, as a reliable and sustainable feedstock, which will be a huge driver for

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Tiny Biodiesel Reactor 10 Liter/hr

(IndiaMart/Advanced Biofuel Center)  While farmers are continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber, the rising cost of fuel and power making most growers to explore opportunities to save energy. A variety of programs and technologies are available to reduce energy use for different components of agriculture.

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel from Sewage Is the Future – and It’s Closer than You Think

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Technology converts human waste into bio-based fuel  —  It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology,

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Power to Save Family Farms and the Environment with Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Farm-based anaerobic digestion systems have adapted in various regions of the world. The “European Model” relies on cash crops and manures with very high incentives and feed-in-tariffs. The “U.S. Model” is based on mostly or all cow manure from large farms (800

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Japan’s Ethanol Imports Expected to Increase Slightly

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan recently filed an annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network that highlights the country’s ethanol use and production. According to the report, Japan has established its own sustainability standards for biofuels and only allows for ethanol with

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Nigeria’s Ethanol Production to Hit 75m Litres by 2020

(Naija247 News)  Allied Atlantic Distilleries Limited, the only ethanol manufacturing company in Nigeria, says the company will improve ethanol production in Nigeria from nine million to 75 million litres annually by 2020. The Managing Director of the company, Mr Rajavelu Rajasekar, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy CEO Declares Hunger Strike

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy)  My name is Warren Weisman, I am the former CEO of the failed renewable energy manufacturer Hestia Home Biogas. Hestia was the first-of-its-kind company in the world to offer biogas units for converting table scraps and yard waste into 100% natural, clean burning methane

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

INEOS Bio Selling Indian River County Biofuel Plant

by Paul Ivice (TC Palm)  INEOS Bio is selling its $130 million biofuel plant on Oslo Road, where it’s been developing yard waste-to-ethanol technology since August 2013. INEOS, which received millions in taxpayer-funded incentives for its joint venture with New Planet Energy Florida, has said it converted several types of waste

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The SIAAP and SUEZ Introduce BioGNVAL, an Unprecedented Solution to Convert Wastewater into Liquid Biofuel

(SUEZ)  At the Valenton plant (Val-de-Marne), Belaïde Bedreddine, the President of the inter-departmental syndicate for the sanitation of the Paris conurbation (SIAAP) with the administrators and Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ, today presented BioGNVAL, the innovation that transforms a part of the wastewater in the Paris region into liquid biofuel.

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on unique local conditions. Farmers can grow fuel feedstocks along with food crops to gain access to

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Company Produces Biodiesel for Own Truck Fleet

(National Transport Confederation (Google Translation))  Fuel is produced from used cooking oil. Goal is to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases —  … About two months, Camaqua Distributor installed a biodiesel production plant, to expand the use of this product in the truck fleet. Initial production is 20,000 liters per

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Announces SEC Filing to Conduct Public Offering

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  Company Plans to Build Model Waste-to-Energy Ecosystem  —  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today that it plans to raise $16M through a Regulation A+ public offering of freely trading shares priced at $0.20 per share. The company plans to

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

How Loyola Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel That Fuels Their Buses

by Mark Schipper (DNA info)  Loyola University has the only college-level chemical manufacturing business in the country that is federally licensed to produce and sell biodiesel on the open market. … Loyola’s warehouse-like refining facility, accessed through a loading ramp off an alley just south of Sheridan Road, is tucked into

August 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Creating Value from Landfill Gas

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including aromatics, paraffins, oxygenates, and nitrogen- and sulfur-containing compounds. Moreover, they are mixed with a variety

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Company Produces Biodiesel for Own Truck Fleet

(CNT.org (Google translation))  Fuel is produced from used cooking oil. Goal is to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases —  From next year, the diesel sold at gas stations will contain 8% biodiesel and the goal until 2019 is to expand the mixture to 10%. But in a company

August 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Indian Students Build Machine to Convert Cooking Oil to Biodiesel

(Biofuels International)  A team of three Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) students have come up with a prototype called FAME One to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel. The invention, which outwardly resembles a washing machine, is not only eco-friendly but also affordable, which open doors for its use

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel to Power Lighting at Euro 2016

(Biofuels International)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish firm specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organisations will join forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel, which will be

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Cummins Helps Zoo Cook Up Biofuel

by Kylie Veleta (Inside Indiana Business)  Under the tutelage of a major engine manufacturer, the Indianapolis Zoo is now converting leftover cooking oil into biofuel to power its maintenance vehicles. Cummins engineers built the on-site system, spearheaded the science and guided the zoo’s staff through the initial production of the biodiesel,

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Arkansas State University Biodiesel Lab Helps Power, Feed University Farm

by David Bennett  (Delta Farm Press)  Surrounded by educational posters and a large dry board full of mathematical equations, Kevin Humphrey sits explaining how the biodiesel lab in adjacent rooms came to be. “I’ve been here since 1993,” says the associate professor of agricultural education at Arkansas State University in

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle this April. The company manufactures and sells bioenergy systems that convert organic waste materials into renewable

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Boko Haram, Facing Fuel Shortages, Makes Its Own

(The Peninsula/Agence France Presse) Boko Haram has been forced to produce its own fuel to power its motorbikes because of an acute petrol shortage caused by a military squeeze on supply lines. A senior military source said the Islamists were paying huge sums of money for jerrycans of fuel while a

April 19, 2016 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   –Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass. This project is funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission under the auspices

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources CEO Visits Cuba — Company Seeks Partners to Deploy Sustainable Energy Technology

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  As a result of recent changes to Commerce Department regulations by the Obama administration regarding trade with Cuba, the advanced modular technology available from Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, is exempt from the embargo. To leverage this opportunity, Greenbelt Resources

March 24, 2016 Read Full Article

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds another Use as Homemade Fuel

by Grant Gerlock (Harvest Public Media)  … Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter you’ll find hundreds of hungry parishioners lining up at church fish frys around the Midwest.  All of that frying uses up vegetable oil that can just go to waste, but there are some people putting it to good use.

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will use proprietary conversion technology to transform corn stover, an agricultural residue, into high-purity dextrose sugar.

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Arizona High School Students Take Part in Biodiesel Project

(Arizona Charter Academy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy and a group of enthusiastic high school students, a diesel bus will soon driving down the road, powered by biodiesel fuel that the students created. In addition

March 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Portable Biodiesel Refinery on Display at GLOBE 2016

(Exchange Magazine)  Visitors to the GLOBE Innovation Expo will get an up-close look at a made-in-B.C. portable biofuel refinery built inside a standard 20-foot shipping container. BioCube has successfully deployed its refinery on remote sites in The Congo, in India, and elsewhere around the world to produce fossil-free fuel for

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

CQU Team behind Biodiesel Made from Waste Oil in Talks with Caltex

by Sophie Vorrath (ReNewEconomy)  A Central Queensland University (CQU) research team that is converting waste grease and oil into biodiesel has attracted the attention of an international oil major, ahead of plans to go into commercial production some time this year. ABC Online reports that the team of teachers and students

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Addendum to NAABB Report Released: Genifuel Corporation

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In 2010, the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) was formed to further understand the impacts of algae on overall biomass and liquid transportation fuel production. The consortium consisted of 39 partner institutions and primarily focused on feedstock supply, feedstock logistics, and conversion/production pathways.

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Innovative Micro Bio-Unit Can Turn Home Rubbish into Cooking Gas

(Clean Fuels Community)  Home waste could be an irritable nuisance, especially in rural areas where proper collection of waste doesn’t exist. But this trash can become a real treasure. In the iconic film Back to the Future Doc Brown is seen throwing trash into his “Mr. Fusion” machine where it is

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

44 Saltend Workers Face Redundancy as BP Mothball Research Plant

(Hull Daily Mail) More than 40 staff at a research facility at Saltend have been told they are facing redundancy.  Kingston Research Ltd (KRL) is a joint venture between BP and Du Pont. The plant pilots the production of biobutanol – a new lower-carbon fuel suitable for use in road vehicles. …

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

School Teaches Farmers to Brew Own Biodiesel

(Tennessee State University Newsroom)  Farmers are known to be a pretty independent breed, and a school is teaching them to be energy independent by brewing their own biodiesel. This story from RFD-TV says Tennessee State University’s Agricultural Research and Education Center has a unique outreach program that teaches farmers about

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

First Community-Owned MA Biodiesel Plant to Open Early 2016

(Public News Service)  Sometime next month a new plant in Greenfield should start cranking out clean biodiesel fuel that is manufactured from recycled cooking oil. Co-op Power CEO Lynn Benander says the plant will take cooking oil waste from restaurants, schools and institutions in the area and convert it into

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Create Your Own Biodiesel on Your Farm?

(RFD-TV)  …  “This is something where they can grow it, and they can make it themselves and they can use it on the farm,” says Jason de Koff, an assistant professor in agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University.  The school’s mobile demonstration trailer – think of it as

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Announces: POM Wonderful Extends Feedstock Testing Contract

(Greenbelt Resources/Business Wire)  POM Wonderful®, the largest grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the United States, has extended its feedstock testing contract with Greenbelt Resources Corporation(OTC: GRCO), an award winning provider of sustainable energy production systems. Two months ago, Greenbelt Resources announced that results from separate testing

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Hydrocarbons Launched Biodiesel Plant

(Ushuaia News, Google translation) The Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons began with the installation work and commissioning of the plant recovery from used vegetable oils for the production of biodiesel. The Secretary of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Alejandro Aguirre explained that “this project, begun several years ago , translates through contributions in

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Green Ideas for Emerging Resources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to VerdeNero, CelloFuel and Russian Opportunity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “We are a boutique technical consulting and service firm to the alternative energy and resources industry,” said the VerdeNero manifesto, adding: “We provide services in technology transfer, system analysis and integration. We operate at the boundaries between engineering, economics, environment and policy analysis.” Here’s a recent presentation on opportunities in

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future. A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations, caught my eye as a fitting topic for a Thanksgiving editorial–capturing

November 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment. Those are the ingredients being used by Green Energy Biofuels, a Nigerian renewable energy developer, to produce

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Restauranteur Says Biodiesel Answer to Fuel Shortage

by Shreejana Shrestha (My Republica)  …  When most of the vehicles are in queue at fuel stations, BA 1 Cha 6355 is never seen at any of such lines. It instead plies snugly on the road every day.  The deepening fuel crisis in the country has hit it less because it

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Indianapolis Zoo’s Conservation Endeavors Turn to Biofuel Plans

(Indianapolis Zoo)  … In partnership with Cummins Inc., the Zoo recently took on a biofuel initiative, working to advance its mission of conservation, while implementing new, innovative ways to fuel some of the vehicles throughout grounds. By collecting used vegetable oil from the fryers in the Zoo’s Café on the Commons,

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Brazil’s CRA Clears Bill to Boost Biofuel Production at Small Plants

(See News)  Brazil’s Commission of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (CRA) approved today the bill 252/11 that seeks to encourage production of biofuels at micro plants, especially those operated by family farmers. In Brazil, micro biofuel plants are those with a production capacity of up to 5,000 litres of biodiesel, ethanol or other renewable fuel.

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for Household Cooking from Waste in Addis Ababa

(Gaia Association)  Gaia Association contributes to poverty reduction and climate mitigation by enabling access to clean, safe, renewable and locally produced household cooking fuels to displace the traditional use of biomass for cooking in Ethiopian communities. With this objective Gaia Association introduced a technology to produce ethanol in micro scale

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Hassan’s Bio-Fuel Model May Be a Game-Changer

by Dipankar Chakraborty (Bangalore Mirror)  This may reduce country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel to meet energy needs, say experts With more than one lakh trained farmers and local stakeholders from across 2,039 of the total of 2,584 villages, Karnataka’s Hassan district is turning over a new leaf in India’s quest

October 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Bagram Air Field Converts UCO to Biodiesel to Power Incinerators

by Summer Barkley (DVIDS/Biodiesel Magazine)  Three unrelated problems were solved by one simple solution devised by Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV contract partner Fluor to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel to help power solid waste incinerators at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The problems of environmentally responsible disposal of

October 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Making Biofuel: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour

by Jeff Lasky (KGTV 10 News)  Small businesses across the country are making profits off biofuels. 10News Reporter Jeff Lasky takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour at one in Escondido.  WATCH VIDEO

October 7, 2015 Read Full Article

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology on the back-end.  Why Velocys, why now? The Digest investigates. In Oklahoma, Southeast Oregon, Eastern Ohio, and a site near London we’re about to see the commercial-scale debut of Velocys

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Horse Is Your Own Micro-Power Generator that Turns Waste into Biofuel and Fertilizer – Video

(AutoEvolution) A report by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) has found that about one-third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. We’re talking about throwing away $1 trillion every year. What if we could use a good

September 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements from organic waste, wastewater, and manure waste with solar, wind, batteries and biodiesel backup. The company says the project is applicable for any household size in rural applications and in

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Modular Biodiesel Processing Plants for Emerging Markets

(70CentsAGallon.com)  Biodiesel production is growing around the world and emerging markets have the most to gain from this industry. Norway, Turkey, South Africa and Greece are a few areas of the world that have begun supplementing their petroleum based diesel fuel needs with biodiesel which is derived from recycling used

September 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Stanford Food Waste to Be Sent to New Reprocessing System

by Caleb Smith (The Stanford Daily)  During this coming school year, and possibly by the end of the month, a large proportion of Stanford’s food waste will be sent to an innovative new reprocessing system operated by Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises (SAFE). The system recycles food waste into usable water,

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

PSU Automotive Students Get Training in Biodiesel

by Lisa Olliges (KOAM TV)  Today PSU automotive students are learning how bio-diesel works as the alternative fuel becomes more mainstream. First it was ethanol now its bio-diesel. Steven Benzel, an automotive technology major says the course gave him new insights into bio-diesel.  He says, “It’s much cleaner but has the

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Florida Biodiesel Delivers Plant to Grand Bahama Power Co

(Florida Biodiesel, Inc./The Bahamas Investor)  The Grand Bahama Power Company has chosen Florida Biodiesel’s B-500 Biodiesel processor for their prime transesterification facility. The plant will process used cooking oil collected locally into Biodiesel fuel. The Grand Bahama Power Company has chosen the B-500 Biodiesel processor for their prime transesterification facility.

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

New Clean Energy Technology Debuts in Placer County

(Placer County)  A new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas was demonstrated for the first time ever today in Auburn. The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps and small trees from forest thinning projects into a renewable natural gas called biomethane. In its first

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Zambian Entrepreneur on Running a Biodiesel and Soap Production Business

by Kate Douglas (How We Made It In Africa)  Soon after Mutoba Ngoma finished studying aeronautical engineering in the UK, he decided to return to his home country Zambia to start manufacturing biodiesel in his backyard. Almost 10 years later his company, Tapera Industries, has grown into a diversified eco-friendly

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Forest Waste-to-RNG Technology to Be Demonstrated in California

(Placer County/Biomass Magazine) A new technology for converting forestry waste into renewable natural gas will be demonstrated for the first time ever Sept. 14 in Auburn, California. The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps and small trees from forest thinning projects into a renewable natural gas called biomethane.

September 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Dimethyl Ether as a New Diesel Alternative Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon has developed a modular, small-scale process that cost-effectively converts a variety of methane DME is

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies. Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the concept for this rankings — generally because of a focus on chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy —  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the planet,” says Peter Lammers, a professor in algal bioenergy at Arizona State University. “It grows

August 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Gulf Bay Consulting Applauds Indian Government Decisions Regarding Biodiesel

(Gulf Bay Consulting/PR.com)  With the rapid growth of global biodiesel consumption, emerging market countries like India are paving the way for higher usage of sustainable fuels. According to a recent report published by Economic Times, India is set to allow 100% Biodiesel for vehicles. This decision will pave the way

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article

India to Power Trains with Biodiesel

(Biofuels International)  Indian Central Railway (CR) has completed its first year of biodiesel production at its workshop in the Parel area of Mumbai. The plant has produced nearly 20,000 litres of biodiesel with an aim to provide cleaner alternatives for CR’s diesel locomotives. ‘We have successfully achieved our target to

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Growth Potential: Camelina Tested as Possible Fuel Source and Cash Crop.

(Energizing Arkansas)  A nonprofit is trying to grow camelina, which can be combined with vegetable oil to produce an alternative fuel source, to encourage economic and biofuel development in DeWitt. Tami Hornbeck made the best of it during a recent field day in DeWitt, where consultants, financers, farmers and educators gathered to get a look at a plant

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol: Towards a Viable Alternative for Domestic Cooking in Ethiopia

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This discussion brief is based on findings from a workshop carried out by SEI in Addis Ababa in conjunction with the presentation of the SCIP study results…. It also draws on insights given by nine experts interviewed in Addis Ababa between 27 October and 20 November, 2014 …. The workshop brought together

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

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