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Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

Dar, Chinese Firm Deal to Revitalise Cassava Farming
December 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

Pius Rugonzibwa In Mwanza  (Daily News)  The production of cassava in the country has received a major boost after the government recently signed a deal with a Chinese firm worth over 2.5trl/- aimed at commercialising its …

Sugar Mills May Offer More Ethanol for Blending
December 15, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line) Should the oil marketing companies (OMCs) go for a second round of tender, sugar mills may be able to offer some more quantity of ethanol for fuel blending, said a sugar industry …

Debates on Ethanol as Fuel in Bolivia
December 15, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Prensa Latina)  The use of ethanol as a fuel to replace the import of gasoline centers the debate of the International Ethanol Forum ”Bolivia Seeding Energy” that today takes place in the department of Santa Cruz.
The …

Creative Financing Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy and Power Projects
December 15, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production
December 14, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(General Automation Lab Technologies/PR Newswire)  New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a …

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses
December 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national …

What is Renewable Methane?
December 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … Attitudes toward the utility of natural gas as the environmentally preferred fuel began to change when technologies to effectively extract natural gas from local shale formations—a process called hydraulic fracturing, or …

BP and Copersucar Join up to Operate Major Ethanol Terminal
December 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  BP Biofuels and Copersucar have agreed to a new joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil. According to a statement from BP, the aim of the new terminal …

SoCalGas Model Energy Design Includes RNG Focus
December 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.
The community …

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.
December 14, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
Since BIC’s 2014 …

Brazil Senate Passes Bill to Boost Ethanol, Biodiesel Use
December 14, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Shoaib Ur Rehman (Business Recorder/Reuters)   Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help …

Waste to Energy: Production of Biofuel from Waste to Commence in South-West
December 14, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Nigerian Tribune)  … YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that to stop the overdependence on petroleum products, the South-west is set to be the site of a project that is novel to Africa; processing of liquid fuel (biofuel) from …

California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Becomes California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA)
December 14, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(California Biodiesel Alliance/California Advanced Biofuels Alliance) The board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — which has been the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since its founding in 2006 — has voted to broaden …

EPA Sets 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.96
December 13, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, …

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the …

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon
December 13, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to “Make the Planet Great Again” by embracing …

VIDEO: Planning Permission for Celtic Renewables’ Whiskey Waste to Biofuel Plant
December 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Celtic Renewables has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year from whiskey wastes.
Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables …

Neste’s Growth Program for Renewable Products Takes a Step Forward
December 13, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste’s Board of Directors has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design …

Fuels Institute Report: Strong Disconnect Between Car Buyers’ Stated Interest and Actual Behavior on Alternative Vehicle Purchases
December 13, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Fuels Institute)  A report released today (December 12, 2017) by the Fuels Institute finds a strong disconnect between what potential car buyers say they will do and what they actually do when it comes to …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

India Looking at 15 Percent Methanol Blend in Petrol
December 12, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Sergius Barretto (Autocar India)  Government set to unveil policy that’ll allow blending of petrol with methanol to reduce costs and curb pollution.  —  With an eye on reducing pollution and fuel costs, Union Minister of Road and …

PA To Increase Acreage Of Industrial Hemp 100-Fold Next Year
December 12, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Boden (WESA)  The number of acres permitted to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is going to increase 100-fold in 2018, from less than 50 to possibly more than 5,000.
This year was the first since …

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 study released Defining decarbonisation pathway for shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released
December 12, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2017) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) – identifying what …

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them
December 12, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers …

Fish, Wildlife & Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Impacts on Fish and Wildlife Habitats
December 12, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in …

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The Invention of Bioeconomy Risk Insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Leap to Scale
December 12, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. …
Financial investors will tolerate very short-term cases of marginally sub-par returns and they have no tolerance at all of losses.

And risk …

Stelco and Pond Technologies to Build Commercial CO2 Abatement Plant
December 12, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada, have announced their collaboration for …

Whisky Residue to Energy AD Facility Will Lower Scottish Distillery’s Carbon Footprint
December 12, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(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 …

ADBA Chief Executive Talks Pushing Number 10 and Anaerobic Digestion Future
December 12, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Luke Acton (Bioenergy Insight)  With the dearth of subsidies and volatile political environment, Charlotte Morton shared her views on what lay ahead for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry.
Of the ten million tonnes of food …

Aria Energy Partners with BP to Expand RNG Business
December 12, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Novi, Mich.-based Aria Energy has announced it purchased a 50% interest in Mavrix LLC from BP and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas …

Basse Bullish on Biofuels
December 11, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Even if volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard are mostly stagnant or lower in 2018, agricultural economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company is bullish on growth in the sector next year.
One …

24-Year-Old Calgarian Honoured for Innovation that Turns Canola Oil into Biofuel
December 11, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

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 …

Chinese Ethanol Market Eyes E10 Implementation Warily: Sources
December 11, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Chinese ethanol traders face a lot uncertainty in terms of next year’s domestic demand generated by the E10 nationwide policy, which is due to be implemented by 2020, amid a lack of clarity on the …

Vietnam Fuel Distributors to Shift to Ethanol Blend This Week
December 11, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Mai Nguyen (Reuters)  Vietnam’s biggest fuel distributors said they would complete a shift to an ethanol-blended product by Friday as part of a government programme to promote a more eco-friendly fuel.
State-owned PetroVietnam Oil Corp (PV …

EKAE, Pearson Fuels Announce Exclusive Marketing Agreement
December 11, 2017 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, California, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of renewable diesel from EKAE’s recently …

California’s LCFS: Unlocking Value in Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels
December 11, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Propel)  New study outlines how to make America’s most important low carbon policy more equitable. —  According to new research, low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon …

ArcelorMittal Gets Nod from World Economic Forum for Integrating Circular Economy Principles into Its Business Model
December 11, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(ArcelorMittal)  The world’s most prestigious award programme for the circular economy, The Circulars, has highly commended ArcelorMittal for demonstrating leadership and innovation by applying circular economy principles to its business models.

Partnering with technical and industry leaders …

Timemedia, Goldwater Eye Construction of Cellulosic Ethanol Factory in Bosnia
December 11, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(See News)  Bosnian company Timemedia and Italy’s Goldwater SRL have shown interest towards construction of a biorefinery for cellulosic ethanol in Bosnia’s Serb Republic entity, the entity government said.
The government of the Serb Republic said on …

Bioproducts, USDA and You: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service Partnership
December 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and …

The Ham Trick Campaign and the EduCycle Learning Game Won Acclaim at International Communications and Marketing Awards
December 8, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  The Ham Trick campaign, a demonstration of circular economy in action, and EduCycle, a learning game that makes use ofaugmented reality, won awards in two prestigious marketing and communications competitions yesterday.
The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) won …

AgTech Startups Offer Hope in Brutal Citrus Greening Fight
December 8, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Emma Cosgrove (AgFunder News)  … Tom Schenck of TerViva, an agtech startup working with citrus growers in Florida, says the disease has changed the face of the sunshine state.

Startups are also looking to provide Florida citrus …

Indian Researchers Produce Chemicals from Glycerin
December 8, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, researchers from Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division together with colleagues from the National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms Center, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune have developed a method to produce …

Connecting to Value: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and the Global New Fuels Push
December 8, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the …

This Is an Algorithm, That Is Alive: The Rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology
December 8, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The question is being raised all over Silicon Valley — and increasingly around the world — if biotechnology is essentially a branch of information technology. 

Investors, theorists, entrepreneurs are forming a thesis that profound …

Gathering Momentum around Soil Carbon Sequestration
December 7, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(CGIAR) Evidence-based science on the mitigation and socio-economic impacts of soil carbon sequestration is needed to support commitments to sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement target.

Soil carbon sequestration, they say, “can have equal or larger …

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy
December 7, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Alberta announced C$63 million of a C$1.4 billion push for “clean energy” will go towards bioenergy projects including biofuels and renewable electricity, while $440 million will go towards oil …

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-Ethanol Tech
December 7, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a …

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals Story
December 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration  —  … Were trash to acquire a substantial uplift in value, that’s the end to the landfill crisis.
In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech have successfully demonstrated the production of …

Tri Delta Transit Goes All-In with Neste MY Renewable Diesel
December 7, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News) Tri Delta Transit, which provides public transportation in Eastern Contra Costa County, Calif., has switched its entire fleet of transit buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY …

Global Biofuels Catalysts Market by Manufacturers, Types, Regions and Application Research Report Forecast to 2022
December 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(MarketersMedia/SNJ Today)  Global Biofuels Catalysts Industry 2017 Market Research Report provides the details about Industry Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure, Capacity, Growth Rate, Gross Margin, Major Manufacturers, Development Trends and Forecast Analysis.

The Global Biofuels Catalysts Industry 2017 Market …

Big Australia Is Back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL Go Big with a Cellulosic Biofuels Bet
December 6, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel production …

Government of Alberta Establishes New Advanced Biofuel Leadership
December 6, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire) Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds government for new funding to support biofuels in Alberta and expand the province’s lower carbon economy. —  The government of Alberta announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels …

Biodiesel Now Included in Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel
December 6, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Growmark, Inc., a regional agricultural cooperative from Illinois, is providing Top Tier Diesel Fuel blended with biodiesel. Top Tier performance standards are gaining popularity across the country, helping vehicle owners ensure they are purchasing a …

Vivergo Fuels Shutdown in Response to Legislative Uncertainty
December 6, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Virvergo)  “We reluctantly welcomed the Government’s Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences …

Philippines Entrepreneur Distributing His Award Winning Fuel Additive from UCO
December 6, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

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 …

ICM Technology Produces Solutions for Animal Nutrition
December 6, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine) ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, has announced two scientific studies funded by third parties, which were completed by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, …

ACEA Conference: What Will Power Our Trucks, Vans and Buses in the Future?
December 5, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(Automotive World/European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association)   In line with the objectives of the European Commission’s Mobility Package, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) held an event on Wednesday 29 November to explore the potential of the …

100% Biogas Powered Brewery Developed by Carlsberg
December 5, 2017 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Beer maker Carlsberg’s brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, is now powered 100% by biogas and green electricity. The move has reduced the brewery’s carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero.

The Carlsberg Sverige brewery …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Ethanol Using Edeniq’s Technology
December 5, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Edeniq, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s (MAAPW) registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. …

Growth Energy Educates Drivers about Green Holiday Fuel Choices
December 5, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As drivers across the country hit the road during this busy holiday travel season, Growth Energy is launching a digital advertising campaign in E15 markets to educate drivers about the clean, high-performance …

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

Brazilian Sugar Cane Could Replace Large Volume of Oil — Study
December 5, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News) Ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane could replace as much as 13 percent of the world’s crude oil consumption by 2045 — over 5 percent of carbon emissions — if the country …

Benefits of Ethanol Touted at LATI Event
December 5, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Dan Crisler (The Public Opinion)  Watertown automotive and fuel retailers and technicians got a special visit from one of the most respected automotive reviewers in the country in Marc Rauch.

Rauch, an executive with internet …

US Demand for Renewable Energy to Reach 12.6 Quadrillion Btu in 2021
December 5, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(The Freedonia Group/CISION) US demand for renewable energy is forecast to reach 12.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2021, according to Renewable Energy: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Demand for solar energy …

Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank
December 5, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol have grown significantly. Cary Sifferath, …

International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 In Support of the Biodiesel Industry
December 5, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Fair Trade Coalition Filed Cases on Harm from Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia  —  Today the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

BJP Blames Labour Minister Sushant Singh for Delay in Ethanol Plant
December 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(New Indian Express)  A day after Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan sought the assistance of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for setting up an ethanol plant in Bargarh district, the State BJP on Sunday targeted Labour Minister …

Tokyo’s Christmas ‘Cherry Blossoms’ Lit by Discarded Cooking Oil
December 5, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Channel News Asia)   Tokyo’s park along Meguro river, a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms each spring, has been transformed by pink LED lights hanging from the trees resembling the pretty flowers ahead of the Christmas …

Lo-Carb at Ay Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
December 5, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are two approaches to encouraging low-carbon fuels  — volumetric mandates and carbon reduction incentives. What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There …

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge
December 4, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  … 
In a letter to the judge last week, …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

Biodiesel 2016/2017 – Report on Progress and Future Prospects
December 4, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(UFOP)  Excerpt from the UFOP Annual Report  —  The assessment report provides information on the most important aspects of the national and European biofuel policy and the biodiesel markets. It is an excerpt from the UFOP business …

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says
December 4, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company …

China Airlines Sets New Milestone in Carbon Reduction for Taiwanese Carriers with Adoption of Sustainable Alternative Fuels
December 4, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(China Airlines)  China Airlines is support global carbon reduction initiatives through direct action by participating the biofuel program being jointly developed by Airbus and Air TOTAL. The 10th new A350 aircraft being ferried back to Taiwan …

Welcome to the Protein Revolution: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis
December 4, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of …

Toyota to Produce Its Own Hydrogen to Supply 1,500 Vehicles per Day
December 4, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen …

What Is Renewable Natural Gas?
December 4, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(RNG Coalition)  Renewable Natural Gas (‘RNG’) is an ultra-clean and ultra low-carbon natural gas alternative. As organic waste breaks down it emits methane gas, called biogas, that can be processed to meet natural gas pipeline quality …

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production
December 1, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(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 …

United Ethanol LLC to Install Whitefox ICE™ to Reduce Energy and Boost Production Capacity
December 1, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Enhanced Online News/Whitefox)  The modular bolt-on membrane system will increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water load  —  United Ethanol LLC is to install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin. …

A New Study Offers Further Proof That North Texas Earthquakes Are Drilling- and Fracking-Related
December 1, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dan Solomon (Texas Monthly)  In January 2015, there were a dozen little earthquakes in the Dallas–Fort Worth area in less than 48 hours. They weren’t the first, or the last, that would strike the region, …

Fiat Chrysler and Eni Cooperating on Emissions Reductions
November 30, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  The CEOs of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA and Italian energy giant ENI have agreed to jointly develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.
The companies signed the agreement Tuesday in Rome …

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Pioneer in Biomethane Fleet
November 30, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas fueling contract for the airport’s vehicle fleet. The contract calls for Clean Energy to provide the airport with its Redeem™ brand …

Livestock Producers From Ecuador Visit CVEC
November 30, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   A delegation of livestock producers from Ecuador visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson yesterday to get a better understanding of dried distiller’s grains (DDGs) production.
During their visit, the livestock …

Fuel Economy Is Going up. Vehicle Prices Are Holding Steady.
November 30, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Eric Junga (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past 15 years, even as average …

Should Vancouver Be Betting on Biodiesel? Peter Brown Believes the City Is primed to Produce Biofuel
November 30, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Dameon Pesanti (Columbian)  With the earnestness of a missionary, Peter Brown will proselytize about the eco-friendliness of biodiesel and methane digesters — or extol their virtues with the already converted. In his mind, Vancouver could …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Copersucar Partners with BP on Ethanol Complex in Brazil
November 30, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Brazil’s Copersucar, one of the world’s largest ethanol merchants, and BP’s Brazil unit said on Thursday they will form a 50-50 logistics joint venture in the country.
The venture will operate Copersucar’s recently built ethanol storage …

Ethanol Blended Gasoline Saves Motorists Money
November 30, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An ethanol industry spokesman says the price difference between ethanol and gasoline favors motorists who use ethanol blends.  Renewable Fuels Association vice-president Robert White tells Brownfield a 30-cent to 40-cent …

ASC and MSC Release Joint Seaweed Standard
November 30, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing …

That Unsold Bottle of Merlot Is Probably Winding up in Your Gas Tank
November 29, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by John Capone (Quartz Media)  … It’s where the dregs of every vodka still and every 9-year-old barrel-aged small batch bourbon expire. It’s where all the watery beer that didn’t end up at frat parties does …

U.S. Ethanol Makers Call on Mexico, India to Reduce Biofuel Glut
November 29, 2017 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers, looking to relieve a growing domestic glut, are hunting for new international fuel markets to replace China and Brazil after trade disputes slashed exports to those top buyers.

Without new …

Technology Roadmap: Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy
November 29, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy)  Bioenergy has an essential and major role to play in a low-carbon energy system. For instance, modern bioenergy in final global energy consumption should increase four-fold by 2060 in the International Energy Agency’s 2°C …

The Cost of Ethanol: Bad Faith, Broken Promises and a Plan up in Smoke
November 29, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Joel Wittnebel (The Oshawa Express)  The shroud of secrecy at Oshawa’s waterfront is starting to lift, and it tells a troubling tale of mismanagement, failed investments and poor decisions that not only led to the end …

EU Targets on Renewables and Energy: Progress Slowing Down
November 29, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress. The share …

Neste Singapore Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
November 29, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation) Neste, along with Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry), Mrs Jayalekshmi Mohideen, Singapore’s Ambassador to Finland, and Ms. Paula Parviainen, Finnish ambassador to Singapore, and many distinguished guests celebrated the …

USGC: Chinese, US Delegations Discuss Fuel Ethanol during Forum
November 29, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Delegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the recent Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum in Arlington, Virginia. 
The forum follows …

WINN Initiative Awards $3.5 Million to Enerkem Alberta Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that …

Japan Will Allow Gas Blends Using U.S. Ethanol
November 29, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Ray Grabanski (Progressive Ag/Ag Week)  … Japan announced that it will allow gasoline blenders to use ethanol sourced from the U.S. Japan currently allows blending with Brazilian sugar ethanol, but U.S. ethanol is currently 35 …

Map of 224 European Biorefineries Published by BIC and nova-Institute
November 29, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  Biorefineries are the heart of the bioeconomy. Here, different types of biomass are fully utilised and transformed into a large variety of chemicals and materials

The map distinguishes between “Sugar-/starch based biorefineries”, producing bioethanol and …

Government Initiates Rejuvenation Program for North Sumatra`s Palm Oil Plantations
November 29, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(AntaraNews.com)  The government has initiated a program to rejuvenate palm oil plantations in North Sumatra spread across 9,109.29 hectares in 12 districts.
Serdang Bedagai, Langkat, South Labuhan Batu, Labuhan Batu, Asahan, Batubara, Simalungun, North Labuhan Batu, North …

Algae.Tec Moves away from Biofuel as Managing Director Steps Down
November 29, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Williamson (Stockhead.com)  Algae.Tec’s boss Peter Hatfull has exited the business as it transitions from biofuel into a “plant-based health and wellbeing company”.
Mr Hatfull has been replaced by chairman Malcolm James.

Algae.tec started as an algae-based …

From Conventional to Advantaged: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
November 29, 2017 – 11:59 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, …

Provivi and the Insect Love Story that Never Happens
November 29, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a biotechnology succeed in reducing pests and the resultant damage to crops they bring — by making it nearly impossible for them to find mates and produce future pest generations?
Provivi’s …

Safran Pursues Its Commitment on the Biofuel Trail
November 28, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Safran Group)  Safran, which is already involved in the development of biofuels for aeronautics, is supporting an initiative led by the Masdar Institute’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) in the Abu Dhabi desert to produce a …

Commission’s Biofuels Proposal May Kill Future Investment, Industry Warns
November 28, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  The biofuels industry has hit out at the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the cap on crop-based biofuels in the EU’s transport fuel mix, saying it would undermine the EU executive’s renewable energy …

DuPont Launches Synerxia Thrive to Increase Ethanol Yields
November 28, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of Synerxia Thrive Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver higher ethanol yields, incomparable …

Estonia’s Eesti Gas to Start Selling Biomethane Next Year
November 28, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Estonian natural gas distributor Eesti Gaas has signed a contract with renewable fuels provider Rohegaas to buy around 11 million m3 of biomethane from the company over the next two years to sell at its …

City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change
November 28, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(FortisBC)  …  Together, FortisBC and Vancouver are working to increase the use and supply of renewable natural gas. FortisBC is an industry leader in renewable energy innovation through programs such as the Renewable Natural Gas …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 28, 2017 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

“If our gasoline composition is right then ethanol can work,” said Alfonso Martinez, undersecretary of protection of the environment and natural resources in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in a phone interview with S&P Global Platts. “We …

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Optimism Returns after States Ask for Ban Repeal
November 28, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The Mexican ethanol market could have more room to grow as the states of Nuevo Leon and Jalisco have asked for a repeal of a ban on ethanol blending in their principal cities …

“Borneo Atlas” To Help Palm Oil Buyers Check On Forest Damage
November 28, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Malaysian Digest)  Researchers have created for the first time a detailed map that will help buyers and consumers of palm oil work out whether the supply chain is harming forests on the Southeast Asian island of …

Drivers May Bear the Brunt of U.S. Biofuel Quotas
November 28, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg)  With higher blend credit prices come stronger gasoline margins; Refiners likely to pass higher costs at the pump: Wells Fargo  —  … Despite the petroleum lobby’s efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected a petition …

Fuel Issues Leave KTC’s Rs 2 Crore ‘Green’ Buses Languishing
November 28, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Nida Sayed  (Times of India)  Less than four months after being launched by the Goa government, two of the three eco-friendly ‘Scania’ buses lie defunct. On August 15, the three were launched by chief minister Manohar Parrikar …

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy
November 28, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in …

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel
November 28, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

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 …

Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors
November 28, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Houston-based Neste US Inc. has announced exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California to provide public and private fleets access to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
The distribution partners include IPC (USA) Inc., Ramos Oil …

NRL Pact with Biren on Bamboo
November 27, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(The Telegraph)  Numaligarh Refinery Ltd on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Manipur to source bamboo for its upcoming bio-refinery.
The MoU was signed between Bruno Ekka, the senior chief general manager (marketing and business development), …

Assured Offtake by OMCs to Boost Ethanol Supply
November 27, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Financial Express)  Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday emphasised the need for offtake guarantee by oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase ethanol supply for blending with fuel.  Speaking at a consultative workshop of stakeholders to chalk out …

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future.
However, its climate performance can …

Scania Ethanol Truck Brings Triple Benefits for French Haulier
November 27, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  First came Nicolas, then Jérôme and finally Sophia. Today, the Faramia triplets have reached the age of 31 and are all active in the family transport business that bears their initials, Transports NJS Faramia.
With the …

The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sofinnova and Renewable Chemicals Venture Investment
November 27, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sofinnova. If you’ve been raising capital in the renewable chemical space you’ve probably knocked on their door. And, like a box of British candy, found a bunch of Smarties within.
How do they look …

Biofuels Digest’s Hot 50 Voting Begins
November 27, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today is the first day for voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy poll. Time to support your favorites – the companies that you think have shown that …

10 Bioeconomy Bellwethers: Earnings Season Reveals Choppy Waters in Q3 2017, Bullish Outlook for 2018
November 27, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The holiday season has arrived and earnings season too — and here are the highlights for 10 bellwether bioeconomy publicly-traded stocks.
Aemetis – ethanol prices dive, but cellulosic on the way
Avantium – …

Pollutant Powerplay
November 27, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Pacific Ethanol in Stockton, California, will be the first ethanol plant to use Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, a combined-heat-and-power plant fueled by waste gas, using volatile organic compounds as …

Extract or Enrich
November 27, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With corn distillers oil (CDO) selling for around 25 cents per pound and DDGS for a nickel per pound, extracting as much CDO as possible is the goal for many …

Quebec Biofuel Company Partners with Qantas in First Long-Term Airline Deal
November 27, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Ross Marowits (National Observer)  A Quebec biofuels company has signed its first deal to power an airline’s jets with energy grown from Canadian oilseeds. 
Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. of Gatineau will supply biofuel to Australia’s Qantas Airways …

Decatur Plant at Forefront of Push to Pipe Carbon Emissions Underground, but Costs Raise Questions
November 27, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tony Briscoe (Chicago Tribune)  As scientists and politicians around the world debate the best way to combat rising greenhouse gases, an Illinois ethanol plant, with help from state and federal researchers, is advancing a strategy …

Study Opens Door for Solution to Canola Conflict
November 27, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)  According to the OSU study, Canola poses no greater threat to specialty seed producers than other Brassica species regularly grown in the valley.  —  Results of a recent study by Oregon State University strongly suggests …

Sweden Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Sales Hit Record in Q3 as Other Biofuels Drop: Svebio
November 27, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult)  Third quarter sales of HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) diesel in Sweden increased by 24% on the year, the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) said Thursday.
This was at the expense of other biofuels used for transport, with …

PetroMin Pushes OMCs to Buy Paddy Stubble
November 27, 2017 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Shine Jacob Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Shreya Jai (Business Standard)  A NITI Aayog suggests an estimated ~11,500 crore would be needed to permanently address the problem of stubble burning  —  After announcing early rollout of Bharat Stage …

POET and Al Dahra ACX Partner to Grow Distillers Grains Use in the Middle East
November 27, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(POET)   Distillers grains use is growing under a new partnership that will expand availability of premium Dakota Gold feed in the Middle East.
U.S.-based POET, the largest biofuels producer in the world, has signed a partnership agreement …

Speed, Baby, Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC
November 27, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement in …

Rockin’ the Cassava: The Shareef Don’t Like It but Nigeria Does
November 27, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kebbi State Government to build an 84 million litres per annum capacity fuel-ethanol project. The Sugarcane and Cassava-Fuel …

OPEC Will Extend The Cut
November 27, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Zainab Calcuttawala (OilPrice.com)  There will be an OPEC deal extension—no matter the public tussling between opposing forces in the industry cartel—if the world’s largest oil producers are really determined to end the supply glut.
A failure …

Energy Destiny? Think Energy Density.
November 24, 2017 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Density matters, that’s how we see it. Super-dense fuels are superfuels and they have a real place in our economy — not to mention our advanced bioeconomy. They have functional advantages that …

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects
November 23, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest …

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Katter’s Australian Party Offers A$400 Million to North Queensland Bioenergy Corp if It Wins Election
November 22, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Katter’s Australian Party has offered an A$400 million loan towards the A$640 million North Queensland Bioenergy Corp. project proposed nearly a decade ago if it’s able to keep its balance of …

Investments in Alberta’s Clean Technology Sector Strengthens Innovative Energy Generation
November 22, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(CISION/Western Economic Diversification Canada)  Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste …

Aircraft Fueled by Waste Cooking Oil Takes off from Beijing
November 22, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Zheng Xin and Wang Wen (China Daily)  Hainan Airlines Flight 497 took off from Beijing at 2:15 pm Tuesday, headed to Chicago. The aircraft flew with biological aviation fuel that is produced from waste cooking oil, …

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Scale-Up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Building Industrial Fermentation for World Scale
November 22, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Next, we invited Genomatica’s Jeff Lievense as part of a special session focused on the scaling-up of fermentation technologies — from the pitfalls to the pratfalls.
Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology …

Cheaper, More Efficient Biofuels Targeted with New Yeast
November 21, 2017 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(North Queensland Register)  A Sydney company has been awarded a $4.03 million grant to develop a yeast to address economic and sustainability issues surrounding biofuels.  —  SYDNEY-based yeast developer Microbiogen has been awarded a $4.03 million federal government …

Nevada DowDuPont Plant: Was the Technology Ready?
November 21, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Dan Mika (Nevada Journal)  The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant sits mostly empty today after the chemical giant suspended operations and laid off most of its 90 employees earlier this month. A skeleton crew is maintaining it …

School District Achieves 20-Year Milestone with Biodiesel
November 21, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Medford Township Public Schools in Medford, N.J., this month celebrates the 20-year anniversary of its transition to cleaner-burning biodiesel in its school bus fleet. Medford is the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel …

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology
November 21, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has overshadowed the production of ethanol …