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Bright Biomethane Opens North America Office to Fuel Future Growth

(Bioenergy Insight) Bright Biomethane opened its first North American office in response to growing business and increasing demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions in North America. Bright Biomethane North America is working on the first five projects, which are being realized in the Northeast of the Unites States. Bright Biomethane

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

1 Big Thing: Bill Gates’ Next Climate Moves

by Ben Geman (Axios)  A Bill Gates-led venture fund that invests in next-wave climate technologies wants to get bigger. The big picture: Gates, chair of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, said Monday that the $1 billion fund that began investing in 2017 plans to raise another $1 billion to $1.5 billion late next year.

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Announcing the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator

(Maryland Clean Energy Center)  The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is excited to announce the launch the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA) to help commercialize technologies and research originating within the State of Maryland. MEIA is an exciting new program for Maryland inventors, researchers, founders and entrepreneurs to work with strategic

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Partnership for Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(NTBInfo/Avinor)  Avinor has entered into an agreement with Quantafuel to buy sustainable aviation fuel based on Norwegian biomass. The fuel will be produced in a pilot plant partly funded by ENOVA*.  “Sustainable aviation fuel is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The establishment of a pilot plant is an important

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Polymer Plant: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, develops and commercializes biobased plastics, chemicals, and fuels. The company offers polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a biobased and recyclable polymer that is used in various applications, such as packaging of soft drinks, water, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, and food and non-food products.

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter from Europe: The Bioeconomy’s Journey to Yes through the Valley of No

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe this past week we’ve had European Commission’s own and massive EU Sustainability Week, the ART Fuels Forum, and the Paris Air Show, and if you were trying to get anywhere quickly along the Paris-Brussels corridor, it was a tough 7 days. It’s easy to

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway Sees Sharp Drop in Palm Oil Biofuel Consumption after Ban on Government Purchasing

by Lauren Crothers (South Africa Today)  -Norway saw drop in palm oil consumption following new regulations limiting sales in response to concerns about deforestation for plantations. -The decrease has been lauded by a Norwegian rainforest advocacy group, which called it a “big win for rainforests.” -Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Co-Optima Identifies Innovation Needed to Continue Momentum in Fuel Economy Gains

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today’s cars are advancing at lightning speed: from electric vehicles to efficient internal combustion engines to automated vehicles. Transportation is changing. Although the fuel-economy ratings of today’s cars are dramatically higher than those of just 10 years ago, vehicles are rapidly approaching the limits of efficiency

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Arizona Fire Highlights Challenges for Energy Storage

by Jonathan J. Cooper (Associated Press)  Arizona’s largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Letter to EPA’s Wheeler Highlights Economic Damage from Refinery Exemptions

(National Biodiesel Board)  Demand destruction for biodiesel producers cannot be made up through E15 rule, NBB says  —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today (June 21, 2019) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, highlighting the economic damage to the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry from the agency’s retroactive small refinery

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

2016-2018 Measuring, Governing and Gaining Support for Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains

(IEA Bioenergy)  Several systems to define and monitor performance and progress towards sustainability of bioenergy have been developed for implementation at different scales, including operations, landscapes or jurisdictions. Some are formalised systems (e.g. GBEP 2011; RSB 2016; ISO 2015; ASTM 2016; SBP 2019) while others are inputs made through the scientific

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

BASF and Lutianhua Plan to Pilot a New Production Process that Significantly Reduces CO2 Emissions

(BASF)  Signing of Memorandum of Understanding to build a pilot plant for a new, energy-efficient one-step process in synthetizing dimethyl ether developed by BASF and Linde; Collaboration facilitated by China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation’s Open Innovation Platform; BASF is strongly committed to advancing climate protection through innovations that help customers reduce greenhouse

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hawaii’s Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Tropical Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The University of Hawai’i is on top of the latest research on Hawaii’s tropical agriculture, its hot zone and tropical feedstocks for the bioeconomy. Peter Matlock, Strategic Advisor for Aviation Fuels and Special Projects for Joint BioEnergy Institute and who is developing the Institute for Tropical

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

From FEW: 45Q Represents Opportunity for Ethanol; Request for Comments DEADLINE: July 4, 2019

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Under new size specifications for the 45Q tax credit, almost all ethanol plants are eligible, said Jamey Cline, in business development for Christianson PLLP. With revenues trending downward since 2018 and falling below operating expenses, diversification of revenue streams is crucial, he added. Cline was

June 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Households Who Use Heating Oil Should Be Preparing to Transition to Biofuel, Says Industry Body

by  Ross Bentley (East Anglian Daily Times)  OFTEC recommends thousands of homeowners in East Anglia who use heating oil to warm their homes should consider a new fuel made from food waste as a low carbon alternative. OFTEC, which stands for the Oil Firing Technical Association, represents the oil heating and

June 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Features E85 Can-Am Conversion

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  During the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) this year the Renewable Fuels Association featured a racing Can-Am X3 (2018 model) which has been converted to running on E85. This beautiful vehicle wrapped with the RFA’s “Fueled With Pride” image, has been racing this season. The extra horsepower provided

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group, Inc., the Largest Biodiesel Producer in the U.S., Joins Diesel Technology Forum

(Diesel Technology Forum/Globe NewsWire)  REG, North America’s largest producer of biodiesel and a global company, has led biofuels development for more than two decades  —  The Diesel Technology Forumis pleased to announce that Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG), North America’s largest producer of biodiesel and a global leader in biofuels development, is the newest

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

OEMs Unite on Aviation Sustainability

by Celia Konowe and Chad Trautvetter (AIN Online)  Chief technology officers from seven of the world’s major aviation manufacturers issued a joint statement about the future of sustainable aviation on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. They include Grazia Vittadini of Airbus; Greg Hyslop, Boeing; Bruno Stoufflet, Dassault Aviation; Eric Ducharme,

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The “Ready Now” Alternative Fuel

by Erik Neandross (ACT News/FleetOwner)  In May, global fleet UPS announced a seven-year agreement to purchase 170 million-gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) from leading natural gas fuel provider, Clean Energy Fuels—the largest purchase of RNG in US history. This massive commitment to RNG, which Clean Energy Fuels produces from organic waste,

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

NCGA Ups Pressure on EPA to Follow President’s Lead on Ethanol

(National Corn Growers Association)  The National Corn Growers Association today will begin airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Sao Martinho to Launch Corn-Based Ethanol Production

by Marcelo Teixeir (Reuters)  Brazil’s Sao Martinho SA , one of the country’s largest sugar and ethanol producers, plans to build a facility to produce ethanol from corn in the state of Goiás, the company said in a securities filing. Sao Martinho is the latest in a growing number of companies

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Oil to Invest Rs 700 Crore in Setting up 2G Ethanol Plant at Panipat Refinery

by Bilal Abdi (Economic Times Energy World)  Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, is planning to set up a biomass-based second generation ethanol production facility at its flagship Panipat refinery at a cost of over Rs 700 crore. IOC has selected Praj Industries as the licensor and consultant for

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania Buses Fuelled by Ethanol from Wine Residue

(Scania/WebWire)  Scania Interlink buses, powered by locally produced ethanol, connect the island of Ile de Ré with the nearby port city of La Rochelle.  —  In looking for alternatives apart from electric buses, the municipalities of the French island Ile de Ré found the solution to their needs quite literally around the

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Maersk to Offer Customers Carbon-Neutral Transport

(Maersk)  A new carbon neutral product – the first of its kind in the industry – is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Not Just for Go/No-Go Decisions: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide Due Diligence for Bioeconomy Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Doug Rivers and others from LEC gave this illuminating presentation on due diligence in the bioeconomy, how it varies depending on the nature and stage of the project, how due diligence fits in throughout the technology lifecycle, how it helps identify future challenges and risks, and

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

United States Spend Ten Times More on Fossil Fuel Subsidies than Education

by James Ellsmoor (Forbes)  The fossil fuel lobby has actively worked in many countries to protect their subsidies and avoid the imposition of carbon taxes. Doing so protects their profits. US spent on these subsidies in 2015 is more than the country’s defense budget and 10 times the federal spending for education

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Uttar Pradesh to Partner Centre for Ethanol Blending in Fuel to Cut Oil Import Bill

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  The state, along with Maharashtra, clocks 9-10% of blending due to higher cane availability  —  Uttar Pradesh, the country’s top sugarcane producer, has offered to partner the central government over its ambitious roadmap of augmenting ethanol blending in fuel. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who met union petroleum and

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Gujarat High Court Notice to Biofuel Company for Alleged Fraud

(DNA India) … The Gujarat High Court has restrained renewable fuel company My Eco Energy Private Limited from encashing a bank guarantee furnished by a fuel station owner after the latter moved court alleging that the company is committing fraud across the country and he is one of the victims.

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Hemp Product of the Year, BASF’s Sun Protection, Saving Kiwi with Algae, Biodegradable Polyester Fashion, Renewable Surfactants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 19th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As summer gets hotter, bioeconomy inventions and changes are getting hotter too. Here are the top innovations for the week of June 19th – from hemp face cream and hemp protein powder to saving the kiwifruit industry from a devastating bacteria outbreak with algae. In today’s

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Indianapolis Plant Will Turn Landfill Gas Into Fuel For Long-Haul Trucks

by Rebecca Theile (Indiana Public Radio)  Kinetrex Energy will capture methane from the South Side Landfill and liquefy it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. Methane is one of the fastest growing greenhouse gas emissions that contributes to climate change.  Kinetrex President & CEO Aaron Johnson says this will

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Brisbane Biofuel Trial Hits 1 Million KM MIlestone

(Australianaviation.Com.Au)  Virgin Australia’s push into sustainable aviation fuel, part of a strengthening trend in the global airline industry’s push toward cleaner energy use, has clocked up one million kilometres in less than a year. The airline’s trial of low-carbon aviation fuel is being conducted in a partnership with the Queensland Government,

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Boeing to Expand Investment in Brazil’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

(Boeing)   Boeing today (June 17, 2019) announced a USD 1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities engaged in the development of feedstock that can be used to produce sustainable

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Some U.S. Ethanol Makers Looking to Buy Brazilian Corn: RFA

by Marcelo Teixeira and Roberto Samora (Reuters)  Some U.S. ethanol makers are considering buying corn from Brazil to guarantee supply as domestic crop prices are rising, the chief of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said on Tuesday.  “I haven’t heard that it is happening, but I have heard some chatter that there

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Convergence, the Enabler: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Tech in Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Spruce Capital Partners understands that when technologies converge, magic can happen. Combining robotics and AI with biology is creating huge strides in the bioeconomy that were never thought possible. Converging genomics with crops and food production could solve many issues worldwide. Even better, it’s already happening.

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

If Rice Is Nice, Rice Trash Is Cash: Gevo, Praj Working to Convert Rice Straw to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and isooctane from rice straw and other feedstocks. Gruber noted that “we believe this second-generation technology combination has great potential to address India’s rice straw burning problem and related

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil to Let Ethanol Sector Raise Capital Using Tax Free Notes

(Reuters)  The Brazilian government will allow companies in the sugar and ethanol sector to raise capital for investments through the issuance of notes that are exempt from income tax, Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Monday. Albuquerque and other government officials signed an order on Monday during the Ethanol Summit in

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

1 Big Thing: The Persistence of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

(Axios)  … International Energy Agency data shows that worldwide subsidies that lower consumer costs for fossil fuels grew to over $400 billion last year, their highest levels since 2014. Why it matters: The persistence of the payments, despite some progress in pricing reforms in recent years in several nations, are among the many

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Could the RFS Move Toward a Low Carbon Program Like LCFS?

by Jeff Barber (OPIS)  The idea of revising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to operate more like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) appears to be getting a fresh look. The rise in prices for  California’s LCFS credits may be a motivating factor. More about that in a minute….  Let’s first look back to

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

SkyNRG and UL Sign Deal during Dutch Royal Visit to Explore Development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Ireland

(SkyNRG)  SkyNRG and the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland. The agreement between SkyNRG and Bernal was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Sweden ‘Must Double Biofuels Use’ to Meet Emissions Goal: Report

(The Local)  The use of biofuels for Sweden’s cars and trucks will need to more than double and the use of electricity increase ten-fold if the country is to meet its goal of zero transport emissions by 2045, according to a new study. This is how Sweden meets its climate goals

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

KiwiRail Firms up Plans for Biodiesel Trials Despite Supply Doubts

by Meriana Johnsen (Newsie)  KiwiRail is set to trial biodiesel on some trains and ferries, but it cannot source enough to switch completely anytime soon. A six-to-12-month trial on off-peak Wellington trains is due to begin midway through this year, according to a briefing to the Minister of the Environment, obtained

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Gamalux to Profit from Sustainability Policies of EU

(Daily Express/Bernama)  Amid the uproar over the European Union’s (EU) discriminatory move against palm oil, one player in the Malaysian palm oil downstream sector seems unperturbed and is in fact expecting better demand for its products this year from European clients.  Gamalux Oils Sdn Bhd, which makes feedstock materials for biodiesel

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Amazing Algaculture: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering works on facility designs, algae equipment, R&D, engineering consulting, techno-economic analyses, LCAs and wastewater treatment. Their focus on algaculture, specifically microalgae cultivation, is what the focus of this presentation is on. John Benemann, CEO and Tryg Lundquist, CTO, both of MicroBio Engineering, gave this

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on Our Journey

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … For decades, we’ve applied our work ethic and expertise in laboratories, innovation centers and refineries throughout the state. As a result, we’ve become a leader in bioprocessing, in addition to our agrarian achievements. … There’s a lot happening on the biosciences front in

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

California Project to Test Renewable Dimethyl Ether as Transportation Fuel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Oberon Fuels, a California-based producer of dimethyl ether (DME), has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a multi-phase project to produce renewable DME as a low-carbon transportation fuel in the U.S. According to the company, the project unlocks the

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Market 2019: World Report & Database Listing 619 Companies Engaged in the Supply, Distribution or B2B Consumption of Biofuels

(Globe Newswire/ResearchAndMarkets) The “Biofuels Market World Report & Database” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The Biofuels Market World Report & Database provides data on the net market for the Products and Services covered in each of 205 countries. The Products and Services covered (Biofuels) are classified by the Major Products and each Product

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste’s Zero Island Project Cuts Emissions on Lidö by 78%

(Neste)  … To examine what it takes to reduce CO2 emissions as fast as possible, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just twelve months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Grand Opening of Aldersyde Refinery

(Cielo)  CSE: CMC: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (‘Cielo’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it will be holding the “Grand Opening” of its renewable fuels refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta (the “Refinery”) on July 11th, 2019 between noon and 3 PM MST. Tours will be offered to interested parties and, in

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Key Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SoCalGas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  he Southern California Gas Company is the primary provider of natural gas to the region of Southern California and has a vision to become the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. As California works to achieve its climate change goals, SoCalGas is working on low

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In the land of the rising sun, things are looking a whole lot brighter for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and for LanzaTech and their sustainable aviation fuel. ANA and LanzaTech signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel – a big step

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Stakeholders Call on EPA to Remove RFS Regulatory Barriers

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  Today (June 12, 2019), member companies and organizations from the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), the Coalition to Address Removal of Regulatory Impediments (CARRI), and others with interest in deploying sustainable fuels sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum to urge the Agency to finalize provisions in

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

New Liquefied Biomethane Station Opens in Sweden

(Air Liquide/NGV Journal)  FordonsGas, an Air Liquide company, has opened its 5th bio-LNG station in Sweden, the first in Östergötland region. The new facility is built and operated by FordonsGas, with the support of the EU program GREAT, and will address the road transportation market. Among Sweden’s largest biomethane players, FordonsGas now

June 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Potential to Decarbonize Long Distance Transport: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 39, with the help of the National Renewable Energy Lab and University of British Columbia, has been working facilitating the commercialization of conventional and advanced liquid biofuels from biomass drop-in biofuels for quite some time. They are looking at various technologies for drop-in

June 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Stone-Based Toilet Paper, Greener Goblets of Liquor, Algae Footwear, Biobased Paint, Fungus Headphones, Barley, Rice, Tapioca Straws, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 13th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As June brings lots of celebrations and company announcements, the pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of June 13th – from things you never thought would exist like “RockRoll” toilet paper, to things

June 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Mining Lithium for Electric Cars Is Hurting This Desert’s Local Environment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  The Atacama Desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Atacama has become one of the busiest mining districts on the planet, after discoveries of massive deposits of copper and lithium. In

June 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Identifies Most Promising Feedstocks for Pyrolysis-Based Biorefinery

(CORDIS/Phy.Org)  A study into the composition and processability of different biomass feedstocks has found sunflower seed husks and poplar wood slabs to be the most suitable for producing bio-based products via fast pyrolysis conversion. The study was conducted by Capax Biobased Development and BTG Biomass Technology Group as part of the

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Glut in Sugar Industry: State Proposes to Use 25% Sugarcane

by Makarand Gadgil (Mumbai Mirror)  The state sugar commissioner has proposed that one-fourth of the state’s sugarcane be used to produce ethanol in a bid to reduce the glut in the sugar industry and help sugar factories pay farmers’ dues. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad has also recommended that the state government create a separate

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

NUVU Fuels Making E15 Lead Fuel Product Following Approval of Year-Round E15 Sales

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that the Michigan-based fuel retailer NUVU Fuels will make E15 – a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel – the standard blend available to customers at all NUVU Fuels locations beginning this summer. NUVU Fuels will offer flex vehicle owners the choice of higher biofuel blends

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul Reveals Ambitious CO₂ Reduction Targets

(Hellenic Shipping News)  Jan De Nul Group has revealed its commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year during maintenance dredging works at the Nieuwpoort coastal marina. It is the first dredging company in the world to aspire to such a reduction in a commercial application for a project. In

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomanufacturing 2.0 Cell-Free: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Invizyne Technologies is making chemicals the cell-free way using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. By inputting sugar and using engineered microbes, they can result in useful compounds and commodity chemicals, biofuels, fuel additives, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. James Bowie from UCLA/Invizyne Technologies offered this illuminating presentation on

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Demise of the Diva: The New Organisms Are Workhorses Not Show Ponies, but They Do the Most Amazing Tricks.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … What we would like to train our focus on is two-fold, the advances in systems biology — elsewhere, you’ve heard it described as synthetic biology, but it’s really all a part of systems biology, which is to say that we are focusing on the biology

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Indonesia Starts Testing 30% Biodiesel in Cars Amid Push to Boost Palm Oil Consumption

by Bernadette Christina and Fransiska Nangoy  (EuroNews/Reuters)  Indonesia on Thursday began testing biodiesel with a bio-content of 30% in cars, its energy ministry said, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes to boost local markets for its vast palm oil crop. The world’s top palm oil exporter aims to make it mandatory for all

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NACSAA Representatives in Bonn for World Climate Talks on Agriculture

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  North America Climate Smart Agriculture (NACSAA) representatives will be at UN talks in Bonn, Germany, next week to push the message that agriculture is a major solution platform for achieving global climate stability and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Attending the talks will be NACSAA Chairman Fred Yoder,

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Lallemand’s Biofuels Division Surpasses Ethanol Production Milestone

(Biofuels International)  Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS), part of Lallemand, has announced that the company’s TransFerm platform has surpassed over 25 billion gallons of ethanol production. The TransFerm platform comprises yeast strains that produce glucoamylase within fermentation, which reduces the need to purchase exogenous commercial enzymes, as well as reducing glycerol

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

European Ethanol Scores Higher Greenhouse Gas Savings – Again

(ePURE)  EU ethanol production and use resulted in more than 71% average savings over fossil fuels in 2018, according to the latest certified producer data; it’s the seventh straight year ethanol’s decarbonisation performance has improved  —  European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 71% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels

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Growth Energy: American Drivers Reach 10 Billion Miles Driven on E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that drivers across the United States have reached a new milestone, logging 10 billion miles on the road using E15. The news comes on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of year-round sales of E15 – a fuel approved for cars 2001 and newer

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

The New Plan to Remove a Trillion Tons of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere: Bury It.

by Laura Reiley (Washington Post)  It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it.  —  … Boston-based Indigo AG, now wants to transform farming practices so that agriculture becomes quite the opposite of what it is today — a major source

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How Mobil Pushed Its Oil Agenda through ‘Charitable Giving’

by Sharon Kelly (The Guardian)   The Mobil Foundation funded universities and civic groups in the 90s, documents reveal, but largesse was not disinterested  —  … The Mobil Foundation also sought to use its tax-exempt grants to shape American laws and regulations on issues ranging from the climate crisis to toxic chemicals

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World Environment Day: Strong Economies Drive Clean Environments

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New generations of advanced technology diesel engines, cleaner diesel fuel, and renewable biofuels pave the way for global prosperity and accelerate clean air progress  —  The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement on the occasion of United Nations World Environment Day: Makers and suppliers of diesel engines, equipment and fuels

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sapp Bros. Opens New Biodiesel Blending Facility in Sioux City

(MEG Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central time at 4800 Frelon Drive. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Solicits Nominations for SAB, Related Committees DEADLINE: June 24, 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that impact farming and agricultural related industries.

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GESS to Build 6 Anaerobic Digester Facilities in Idaho

(GESS International/Biomass Magazine)  GESS International has announced a $240 million investment in Cassia County. The company will build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling $40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the US. GESS International is a renewable

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol, the intoxicating alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, has been powering automobiles in the U.S. since the era of the Model T more than a century ago. Since the 1970s, when oil became more expensive and subject to international disputes — and

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes Interim Report on E10 Inquiry

(British Bioethanol)  Chair of the APPG for British Bioethanol Nic Dakin MP today launched the publication of the interim report into introduction of E10 in Westminster. … Interim recommendations: Green solution needed to address increasing petrol usage in UK Calls for DfT to host emergency summit on E10 before the summer The

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Thousands of Jobs ‘at Risk’ if Government Does Not Act Fast on Green Road Fuel

by Kelley Price (Teeside Live)  Ensus at Wilton wants more of its biofuel to be added at the pumps as ‘trend’ for gas-guzzling SUVs grows  —  … Ensus wants more of its fuel to be added to the blend motorists buy at the pumps – otherwise the UK’s £1bn bioethanol industry is

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₹500-cr Fund Mooted for Ethanol Production in Maharashtra

by Rahul Wadke (The Hindu Business Line)  The Sugar Commissioner of Maharashtra has recommended to the State government that ₹500 crore be made available to cooperative sugar mills in the State for developing infrastructure and creating capacity for ethanol production. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad told BusinessLine that due to excess sugarcane on the ground, the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Rewriting the Equation for Fossil Fuel Emissions

by Kyle Saukas (Leaders in Energy) … On May 29th, Leaders in Energy (LE) members met to discuss how to better utilize the abundant fossil fuel resources we already have in order to move towards a cleaner future at the Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy: Searching for the Next Better Event.

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Bio-LNG Bunkering Services Now Available in the Port of Gothenburg

(Swedegas/NGV Journal)  Bunkering bio-LNG at the Port of Gothenburg has become significantly easier for the shipping sector, since new agreement between FordonsGas and Swedegas will ensure access to this renewable fuel. Shipping needs to make the transition from oil to environmentally smart alternatives. LNG is currently the cleanest marine fuel available

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Tax Dept, OMCs Locked in Dispute over Excise Duty, Oil Firms Served Notice

by Shine Jacob and Dilasha Seth (Business Standard)  The indirect tax department and oil marketing companies are locked in a battle over levy of excise duty on ethanol-blended motor spirit (EBMS), with the latter being issued notices over non-payment of dues, which they have strongly contested. The matter pertains to difference

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Promising Start to 2019: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Stora Enso. Stora Enso celebrated some positive Q1 2019 financials including sales that went up, operational EBIT that went down, and overall profit

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

It’s a Yeast Feast, Enzyme Showtime: The Majors Break through with New Cost-Busting Solutions for Ethanol Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Three big product announcements just in…   DSM (e) breaks through on yield, efficiency with new yeast, enzyme offerings for corn fiber conversion.  Novozymes launches breakthrough techs “Fortiva” and “Innova Force”.   Dupont extends with corn oil extraction tech. In Indiana, DSM leads the news out of the Fuel

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Government’s Contradictory Policies Killing Agro-Industrial Sectors in Nigeria

by Femi Ibirogba (The Guardian)  … Mr Rajavelu Rajasekar is a Director (Agro), Allied-Atlantic Distilleries, Agbara, Ogun State, where 250 metric tonnes of raw cassava roots are processed into ethanol. He revealed, in this interview with Head, Agro-Economy Desk, FEMI IBIROGBA, why cassava production fluctuates between scarcity and gluts; why more

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Cactus Biofuel: Mexico’s ‘Green Gold

(CNN)  Since 2015, Michoacan-based clean energy company Nopalimex has used prickly pear cactus to make biofuel for vehicles: Mexico’s “Green Gold.” WATCH VIDEO

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Exploitation Alternatives of Olive Mill Wastewater: Production of Value-Added Compounds Useful for Industry and Agriculture

by Pablo M. Ahmed; Pablo M. Fernández; Lucía I. C. de Figueroa; Hipólito F. Pajot (Biofuel Research Journal)  Countries producing olive oil generate a considerable amount of olive mill wastewater (OMWW), one of the most harmful agro-industrial effluents with a powerful polluting capacity. In fact, owing to its high pollution load, this

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Engines CAN Be Friends with Ethanol!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ClearFlame Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ClearFlame Engines spoke at a recent Biofuels Digest webinar about diesel fueled engines and how they can be running on ethanol via ClearFlame engines that can be easily integrated into existing designs. They’ve already demonstrated a 10% savings in fuel by retrofitting their work truck to use

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Navy Steams ahead with Its Go Green’ Plans in Eco-Friendly Push

(The Hindu)  … To promote use of biodiesel, the Navy said that plans were afoot to replace High Speed Diesel (HSD) (annual usage of 6,300 kL) with B5 blend of HSD. This would result in a direct savings of 5% of HSD, which translates to approximately 315 kL annual savings of

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

E Pluribus Zillions: As Climate Change Gets a Drubbing at the Polls, What next?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the center-right Liberal/National party coalition won the Federal election this week, and the center-left Labor Party finds itself without office, without a federal leader, and without much of a clue how the polls predicting Labor victory got it so wrong, and why their urgent

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Federation of Petroleum Suppliers ‘Cleans up’ with Future Focus on Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  UK and Ireland liquid fuels distribution trade association the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has unveiled its future vision for cutting carbon through the development of biofuels. With a focus on clean growth and decarbonisation, the new vision was announced during its annual exhibition FPS EXPO 2019, which took

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Collaborate to Facilitate the Use of Sustainable Transportation Fuels

(Neste)  Neste, the leading renewable fuels producer, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on its joint sustainable fuel initiative.   The partners will be working together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

COLUMN: NEXT: Building Trust and Community

by Chris Efird and Lou Soumas (The Chronicle)  NEXT Renewable Fuels is building an advanced biofuel facility at Port Westward. Today we are in the planning and permitting stage. Beginning with this op-ed, we intend periodic updates on the project, so that Columbia County residents understand our plans, and know how

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Miscanthus BBQ Fuel, Microalgae, New Bioreactor for Fermentation, Cacao Bean Waste to Beer, Soy Shoes, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 7th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we turn the corner from spring to summer, the pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of June 7th In today’s Digest, miscanthus BBQ fuel, microalgae, new bioreactor for fermentation, cacao bean waste

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

ANALYSIS: Will Others Follow United’s Embrace of Biofuels?

by Edward Russell (Flight Global)  United Airlines wants to be the commercial aviation leader on sustainability, pushing forward on everything from regular use of biofuels to various onboard initiatives.  — The Chicago-based carrier recently renewed a two-year biofuel supply contract with World Energy, while simultaneously working to reduce waste onboard aircraft including

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Kenya Farmers Fight Drought with Biofuel from Cotton Waste

(Voice of America/Reuters)   Kenyan farmer Abel Mutie Mathoka thought it must be a joke when he was told he could irrigate his drought-hit crops more cheaply, cleanly and efficiently using a pump fueled by cotton waste. “Who could believe it’s possible to make a fuel better than diesel from cotton

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Boeing, Etihad to Fly Biofuel-Powered 787

(Trade Arabia News Service)  Boeing said it is working with UAE national carrier Etihad Airways to fly a 787 Dreamliner powered partly by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater. The US aircraft manufacturer highlighted how the company is building cleaner, more fuel-efficient airplanes and finding innovative ways to recycle

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Expanding E15 Availability Is Only a Step Toward Best Use of Biofuels

(Solutions from the Land)  At long last, after years of appeals from biofuel interests, clean air advocates and rural Americans, EPA has lifted the summertime ban on the sale of 15-percent ethanol-blended gasoline (E15). The rule lifting the selective, if not scientifically questionable, prohibition is now in place, having become effective

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland to Join Other Nordic Countries in Reducing Emissions in Aviation

by Robin Whitlock  (Renewable Energy Magazine)  Finland’s incoming government has today (June 4, 2019) introduced a government programme establishing ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035.  —  … “This is a significant goal, enabling Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation” said Ilkka Räsänen, Director,

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

United’s June 5 ‘Flight for the Planet’ Fueled with Biofuel Blend

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  United Airlines made history June 5 with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. The flight was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. United

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA: Your Source for E15 Information That Matters

(Renewable Fuels Association)  … The following key RFA resources on E15 are available publicly: RFA’s Model Misfuelling Mitigation Plan, which has become the de-facto gold standard approved and promoted by the EPA. Prior to selling E15, retailers must have plans in place outlining the measures they will take to reduce the

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard: Information on Likely Program Effects on Gasoline Prices and Greenhouse Gas Emission

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  We reviewed the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires biofuels to be blended into U.S. transportation fuels in increasing volumes. The standard was associated with modest gas price increases in areas outside of the Midwest. Most corn ethanol—the most common U.S. biofuel—is produced in the Midwest,

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

From Feedstock to By-Products: Using Blockchain to Trace Biofuels

by Peter Vincent (Grain Discovery/Biofuels Digest)  … But lost in this high-drama debate is the fact that blockchain’s most interesting use-case is much more down-to-earth: tracing agricultural products, including biofuels, back to their origin. Traceability in the supply chain A blockchain is really just a simple tool which “chains” together “blocks”

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

CNG Fuels to Open Five New Renewable Biomethane Refuelling Stations

(Bioenergy Insight)  CNG Fuels has commenced construction of two new public access renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) refuelling stations, two of five due to open in 2019 to cater for soaring demand from HGV operators switching from diesel, the company announced today. The new public access Bio-CNG stations will serve

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Consistent Collections Needed to Reduce and Recycle Food Waste, ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD) is highlighting the need for universal food waste collections in England to reduce food waste levels and allow inedible food waste to be recycled into renewable energy and natural fertiliser. Responding to the government consultation on recycling consistency in England, the Anaerobic Digestion &

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

2,000 City Buses Run on Biodiesel

(Xinhua/Shanghai Daily) OVER 2,000 buses from Shanghai’s major bus company started running on biodiesel from yesterday, as the city works to turn recycled cooking oil into car fuel. Estimated by the current scale of use, Shanghai’s diesel and hybrid electric buses are set to consume nearly 22,000 tons of B5 biodiesel

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Algal Genomics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint Genome Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joint Genome Institute’s mission is to advance genomics in support of the U.S. Department of Energy missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Supported by the DOE Office of Science, the JGI unites the expertise at Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Meaningful Solutions for a Changing Climate Require Proactive Partnerships

(Solutions from the Land)  One of Solution from the Land’s (SfL) primary missions over the past decade has been to help and inspire agricultural and forestry sector leaders to become powerful voices in the broader discussion of climate change, including adaptation and mitigation. Towards this end, SfL has been building state,

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmer: Consumer Education Still Needed for Renewable Fuels

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  Southern Indiana Farmer Dave Gottbrath says many farmers would benefit from growth in the ethanol industry, but there is a lot of consumer confusion that must be addressed for that to happen. “It’s the public that doesn’t understand the difference in octane and there’s so

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Emergency Fleets Will Switch to Cleaner Diesel Alternatives When States and Provinces Encourage It

by by Dayne Delahoussaye (Our Great Minds)  … That’s why leaders of the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [4] and the National Association of State Energy Officials [5] are among those encouraging state and provincial policymakers and local emergency preparedness directors to diversify their response plans to include petroleum

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Ag Leaders Shaping Global Climate Strategies… Who Would Have Thought?

(Solutions from the Land)  Solutions from the Land takes great pride in supporting the North American Climate Smart Action Alliance (NACSAA) as it continues its important work in putting farmers, ranchers and foresters in a central position to develop the steps needed to adapt to changing climate conditions, sequester carbon,

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Farming Seaweed to Make Biofuel

(AZO Cleantech)  Seaweed can be broadly termed as marine macroalgae, and belongs to one of the many groups of multicellular red, green and brown algae. Seaweed is widely used to produce vitamin supplements, cosmetics, plastics and animal feed in many parts of the world. The importance of seaweed has skyrocketed ever

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Containing Malaysian Palm Oil to Be Tested on Chinese Vehicle

by Beh Yuen Hui (The Star)  Some 180 sanitary trucks will use biodiesel containing Malay­sian palm oil in a pilot project to test its feasibility on Chinese vehicles. The programme will be carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). … (Primary Industries

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

FEFAC Releases Its Publication on the Feed Industry’s Use of Co-Products

(European Feed Manufacturers’ Association)  On 3 June 2019, FEFAC released its publication called “Co-products, an essential part of animal nutrition”, which aims to create increased awareness among EU stakeholders and policy makers about the feed industry’s extensive use of co-products. The publication describes how co-products such as brewers’ grains, sugar beet

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Of Impossibles and Whoppers: Notes from the Planet Synthetica

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s been a stream of good news and bad news on the “made in a lab” front in recent weeks. First, the amazing news that Impossible Foods raised a $300 million in its Series E round was led by existing investors Temasek and Horizons Ventures. The fifth

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

How Boxes, Bots and Biofuels Are Routing FedEx’s Sustainability Map

by RP Siegel (Green Biz)  … We recently had the opportunity to catch up with FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer Mitch Jackson about how that strategy is evolving. Not surprisingly, we learned a lot. … One other area Jackson pointed to is the commitment to aviation biofuels. The company’s goal is to be

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Solving Feedstock Challenges Today

(Department of Energy)  The INL (Idaho National Laboratory) Bioenergy Program’s mission is to support DOE in achieving their vision by developing processes and technologies through applied science and engineering that remove the barriers associated with accessing a sustainable, efficient feedstock supply.  INL is the nation’s leading laboratory for bioenergy feedstock research.

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2018

(IEA Bioenergy) This document contains the report of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee for 2018. This year, we have presented a special feature ‘ Measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains – lessons and messages from a three-year Inter-Task project’, the preparation of which was led by Task 40. … On 10 January 2018,

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in Brazil: Status, Advances and Challenges

Glaucia Mendes Souza, Rubens Maciel Filho, Luís Cassinelli, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz and Renato D. Godinho  (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  … Brazil has an energy matrix with substantial renewable content, with renewables (including hydropower) accounting for 42.9% of the total domestic energy supply (Brazilian Energy Balance 2018). … Even with an energy matrix

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The 2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels was organised by the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India under the framework of the India-EU CECP. The conference aimed at facilitating contacts between industry and technology developers from both

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Cleanest Fleet in Seattle’s History Has Nearly 100 Biogas Garbage Trucks

(Waste Management/NGV Journal)  The launch of Seattle’s new green fleet of recycling, compost and garbage trucks is underway, further advancing the city’s steady commitment to clean air and world-class sustainability leadership. Now serving Seattle neighborhoods and businesses, the cleanest fleet in the city’s history includes 101 Waste Management vehicles powered by

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Tesoro Fined $1.36 million for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations

(California Air Resources Board)  Company misreported 1.9 billion gallons of fuel — The California Air Resources Board today (May 30, 2019) announced a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing, LLC for violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Decarbonization Brings Transformative Opportunities for Next Generation Biodiesel Feedstocks

by William R. Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/MENAFN)  New study finds next generation feedstock markets and technologies are big winners in diesel decarbonization initiatives for low carbon fuels. In the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, strong demand signals and incentives for diesel decarbonization are driving the rapid expansion of next

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

From Ethanol Plants to Protein Factories: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Green Plains. Green Plains corn milling platform has changed and improved the dry mill corn process, but their technologies are now going

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

The Fuzzy Math of Carbon Capture

by RP Siegel (American Energy Society)  … But when (Peter) Eisenberger talks about a sustainable economy, he’s talking about supplementing the work of trees by capturing the greenhouse gas from, say, the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant, or even directly from the air, and then burying it underground or using

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

IMSA Expands Green Racing Initiatives

by John Dagys (Sportscar 365)  IMSA expands Green Racing initiatives amid ramped up electrification plans…  IMSA has announced an expanded set of initiatives for its IMSA Green program, which extends its affiliation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE International. According to the sanctioning body, the program will “aggressively pursue”

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Argonne Releases Updated Computer Model to Help Bioenergy Developers Conserve Water

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Critical updates to WATER tool help the bioenergy industry manage resources.   —  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. The model, called Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources or WATER, has users from more

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Rebrands Fossil Fuels as “Molecules of U.S. Freedom”

by James Ellsmore (Forbes)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has apparently started referring to fossil fuels as “molecules of freedom” and specifically natural gas as “freedom gas”; 72% of Americans saying that they consider climate change to be a moderate, serious, or imminent threat The United States Department of Energy

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Finalizes E15 Rule Agency Leaves Potential Biofuel Credit Reforms on Table for Later Time

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  EPA beat the clock in finalizing year-round E15 on Friday, one day ahead of the beginning of the summer driving season. The agency announced a final rule that also takes a much softer approach on reforms to the biofuel credits market than what was originally

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Opportunities in High-Protein Feed

by Mallorie F. Wilken (ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The market is growing and ethanol can play an important role, providing diversified revenue streams. — … Traditionally, one cheap source of protein has been distillers grains used in feeding swine, poultry, and dairy and beef cattle. Research has also shown opportunities in feeding it

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Contract for Bio-LNG Bunkering Was Signed in Norway

(Biokraft/NGV Journal)  In what is the largest ever global contract for supply of bio-LNG to a shipping operator, Hurtigruten and Biokraft has entered into a 7,5-year deal. It includes near-daily delivery of biogas produced from organic waste to Hurtigruten ships, the first cruise ships in the world to be powered by

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Emissions from International Aviation Must Be Included in a UK Net-Zero by 2050 Target, Says Government Advisors

(GreenAir Online)  The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate policy and action, has recommended that to be line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the UK should set a 2050 net-zero target to cover all greenhouse gases and all sectors, including international aviation and

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

British Airways and Velocys Anticipate Starting UK Sustainable Jet Fuel Production in 2024

(GreenAir Online)  The British Airways project with renewable fuels company Velocys is “well advanced”, say the two partners, and production of waste-to-jet fuel is slated to start in 2024 from a new facility in north-east England. An 80-acre (32ha) brownfield site near Immingham on the Humber estuary, with a direct fuel

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Fulfilling Climate Obligations Will Be Hard but We’re up to the Challenge, Promises Aviation Industry

(GreenAir Online)  Addressing aviation’s impact on climate change and meeting the challenge was a key theme at the industry’s recent Global Sustainable Aviation Forum (GSAF) in Montreal. While attention remains focused on ICAO’s CORSIA offsetting scheme delivering carbon neutral growth from 2020, the industry’s long-term goal of halving net CO2 emissions by 2050

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Permian Basin Is Booming With Oil. But at What Cost to West Texans?

by Christian Wallace (Texas Monthly)  … I was riding shotgun with Josh Snow, an old friend who’s worked his way up the ranks at his father’s independent oil company. The two of us were driving the thirty-mile stretch from our hometown of Andrews to attend the Permian Basin International Oil Show,

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

KOKO Sets up 700 Smart Fuel ATMs across Nairobi

(Business Today)  KOKO Networks has announced the installation of 700 ethanol fuel ATMs across the Nairobi. The company also unveiled its new 2-burner cooker at an event attended by Dr Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary in the ministry of Energy. Speaking at the launch, Dr Njoroge highlighted the important role such solutions

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Saves Sugar Makers Amid Supply Glut

by Yash Upadhyaya   (Bloomberg Quint) High-margin ethanol business aided India’s sugar makers’ earnings even as a record output in the domestic market pushed prices lower in the first half of the year. The distilleries business—that contributes 7-17 percent to the overall revenue of India’s three large sugar makers—accounted for around 50 percent

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

After Yearlong Delay, New Fiberight Waste-to-Energy Plant Fires up Residential Garbage Processor

by Meg Robbins (Morning Sentinel/PressHerald)  The plant started taking in waste last week even as key officials from the group representing towns’ interests in the facility have stepped down.  —  The Fiberight waste-processing facility in Hampden accepted its first loads of municipal trash last week, a year after its expected opening and

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

New York Public Transport Authority Wants to Fuel Buses with Biomethane

(Energy Vision/NGV Journal)  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a request for proposals to purchase ultra-low-carbon renewable natural gas to fuel some 800 New York City buses currently running on CNG.  It represents the first step any heavy duty vehicle fleet in NYC has taken towards adopting biomethane. “This fuel shift

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Aviation and Marine Biofuel Market Fastest Growth Segment Should Surprise Us?

(MarketWatch)  An extensive analysis of the Southeast Asia Aviation and Marine Biofuel market strategy of the leading companies in the precision of import/export consumption, supply and demand figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins. The report starts by an introduction about the company profiling and a comprehensive review about the strategy

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Rising Corn Prices Hurt Ethanol Margins: Heavy Midwest Rains Drive Up Corn Prices, Hit Ethanol Producers Hard

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … The latest planting progress report tells the story for worsening ethanol margins. An estimated 58% of U.S. corn was planted as of last Sunday, the slowest progress since at least 1980. Corn planting was up 9 percentage points from 49% the previous week, but was

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Startups Strive to Recycle Emissions for ‘New Carbon Economy’

by Sebastien Malo  (Reuters)  Jennifer Holmgren, chief executive of carbon recycling firm LanzaTech, explained modestly how the Chicago-based startup had cut multi-million-dollar deals on four continents, including in China, aimed at helping curb climate change and air pollution. At the Jingtang Steel Mill in Heibei province, the company uses bacteria to convert

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Allows Year-Round Sales of E15

by Eric Pfeiffer  (Hoosier Ag Today)  The EPA announced Friday morning that they have met the deadline for the summer driving season to allow year-round sales of E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol. “Corn farmers have been long-time advocates of higher blends of ethanol such as E15, touting its benefits to

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

European Bio-Based Economy Launches Bio-Society 2050 Vision

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, 16 organizations teamed with the Bio-Based Industries Consortium and its members along with the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking’s the States Representatives Group and Scientific Committee to develop and publish their vision for a circular European bio-society by 2050 based on achieving global food security for all,

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

European Ethanol Scores Higher Greenhouse Gas Savings – Again

(ePURE) EU ethanol production and use resulted in more than 71% average savings over fossil fuels in 2018, according to the latest certified producer data; it’s the seventh straight year ethanol’s decarbonisation performance has improved  —  European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 71% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Strategy for Growth: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Pacific Ethanol. Pacific Ethanol was originally founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and now has nine bio-refineries in the

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel Forward: The Digest’s 2019 Enhanced Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, Renewable Energy Group released its 2019 Q1 earnings and held its quarterly earnings conference call with analysts and media. The complete webcast of the event is available at regi.com. Participating in the call for REG were CEO Cynthia J. Warner, CFO Chad Stone, and

May 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil, Biomass, Carbon – The Value Story and a Look through the Lens of Price

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, producers band together to limit production and raise prices in the short term and oil-field value in the long-term. Cartels generally do a much better job of limiting production than the free market does. The free market· generally raises production until it meets the

May 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Thermochemical Pulp Biorefinery Opens in Ontario

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced May 27 the commissioning of a new pilot biorefinery that converts wood biomass into lignin and sugars. On the same day, the Canadian government awarded C$2 million to the project. The TMP-Bio pilot plant, located in Thunder Bay, Ontario,

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

“Volkswagen Settlement State Scorecard” Gets a Failing Grade, Places Technology Favorites over Clean Air, State Independence

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum)   Report Ignores Basic Premise of Settlement, Wrongly Vilifies States that Diversify Spending and Chose Clean Air First  —  Statement from the desk of Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, in response to a report issued … by US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and Environment

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Prepares to Begin Operations at La Mède Biorefinery

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  French multinational oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from a much-anticipated startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the renewable diesel processing facility is on track to begin commercial production in late May or

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Holding Third Annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Did you know you can win free fuel just by reporting what prices you are paying at the pump? For the third year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is sponsoring the “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, which begins Memorial Day. The contest encourages consumers to submit

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article
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