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Commentary: Benefits of Biodiesel

by Bob Lindeman (Chanhassen Villager) Based on a recent letter published in the Herald, (“Fossil fuel vs. green energy,” March 14), I would like to correct several assertions about “green energy” that are incredibly misleading and, frankly, wrong. Specifically, the claim that 30 percent of soybeans are being used for

April 20, 2019 Read Full Article

John Lewis Launch Biomethane Trucks to Reduce Emissions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Since being put in motion last year, the phasing out of diesel-powered vehicles by The John Lewis Partnership continues gaining momentum. This week, the Partnership pledges to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, using biomethane-powered heavy goods vehicles as part of the initiative. According to

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy/Ethanol Outlook: Is There Hope for an Ethanol Boom?

by Bryce Knorr (Farm Progress)  Biofuel bust could get a little relief soon.   —  Pain at the pump could mean at least a little gain for corn growers. Demand for ethanol should start to increase soon, with or without final confirmation of year-round E15 usage by the EPA. Credit a surge

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

A Different Animal: Ethanol Producers Are Increasingly Turning to a Burgeoning Aquaculture Industry for Another Coproduct Revenue Stream.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While ethanol’s coproducts are well-known to the livestock industry, innovative technologies and processes are opening new markets for dried distillers grains with solubles. The aquaculture industry is one of those new markets, and a partnership between White Dog Labs and Midwest Renewable Energy LLC positions

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

“There Is No Such Thing as a Zero or Near-Zero-Emission Nuclear Power Plant”

by Emilliano Bellini (PV Magazine)  Stanford professor Mark Z Jacobson has said new nuclear plants may cost up to 7.4 times more than wind and solar facilities, with construction times longer by up to 15 years. Such a delay, he said, may see an huge amount of extra carbon emissions from

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ameresco Declares Commercial Operations of Historic RNG Plant

(Ameresco Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Ameresco Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced that it achieved commercial operations in early 2019 at its 91st Ave renewable natural gas (RNG) plant located in Phoenix, Arizona. Now operational, this plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the US and is

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil May Be Blended in Jet Fuel as Study Shows Suitable

by Afiq Aziz (The Malaysian Reserve)  … The aviation sector can play a crucial role in boosting Malaysian palm oil, which has been saddled with discrimination in the West, low prices and high inventory. As debates are still ongoing on palm oil fuel for vehicles, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Former DuPont Employee Gets 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … As part of his guilty plea, Isler (Josh Harry Isler) admitted that, during August 2013, while employed with DuPont, and after having accepted an offer of employment with a smaller competitor, he stole and misappropriated, without authorization, trade secrets of DuPont. According to admissions contained

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting CO₂ Emissions to Work: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Opus 12

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Opus 12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world’s most critical chemical products. Opus 12 was

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economies, from California to Sweden: Neste’s Wheeling, Rolling, Moving, Flowing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, waste feedstock from the city of Oakland is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study Underscores the Need to Make Rare Earth Metal Use More Sustainable

(Our Daily Planet)  We don’t recycle these metals and their extraction is rife with human rights abuses. As Phys reported, a new study, commissioned and funded by the non-profit EarthWorks, “shows that as demand for minerals such as lithium and rare earths skyrockets, the already significant environmental and human impacts of hardrock mining are likely to rise

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

London Waste Collection Fleet Debuts Biogas Trucks to Meet UK’s New Rule

(Bio Collectors/NGV Journal)  Bio Collectors, London’s largest independent food waste collector, has completed preparations for the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) by revealing plans to convert all 25 of its vehicles to run solely on renewable CNG, a zero fossil fuel produced by its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in South

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SW Iowa Renewable Energy Sows Seeds for Monarchs

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWire.com)  Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) is one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with a new place to fill up on their cross-country journey. The ethanol plant seeded their Monarch Fueling Station this week with the help of local farmer Rick Frost. Habitat Establishment Coordinator Kevin Reynolds helped

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

St Peter High School Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from St Peter High School toured Guardian Energy in Janesville this morning to learn about homegrown renewable fuel production. During the tour, the students, who were from the school’s plant science class, learned about several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation,

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel More Cost Competitive under Canada’s New Carbon Tax

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Canada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher blends of biodiesel are becoming more cost competitive. The carbon tax on fuels

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The Daily Grind: Low Margins Prompt Plants to Diversify Coproduct Streams, Capturing Value in Efficiency.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the ethanol industry struggles with low margins, uncertainty around U.S. EPA rules, and an unclear export market, some plants are hedging against those factors by producing high-protein coproducts. Things like high-protein dried distillers grains and fiber plus corn oil sell for premiums and have

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Partners with Air BP to Deliver Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Biofuels International) Renewable fuel producer Neste has announced an agreement with aviation fuel supplier Air BP to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Swedish customers. This latest agreement will build on their existing partnership, which was established last year to develop solutions to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to airports and airlines, according

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

New Corolla Made in Brazil Will Be the World’s First Flex Hybrid Vehicle

(Toyota (Google Translation))  With this motorization, the New Corolla will be the most efficient ethanol-powered car in the country and the cleanest hybrid on the planet; Ad meets efficiency requirements established by Rota 2030 Program; With launch scheduled for the last quarter of 2019, model will be mounted on the modern platform

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Scenario: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Americas, Inc.,subsidiary of Praj industries ltd,  is a unique technology and engineering company in the ethanol arena in the Americas. What started off as an entrepreneurial venture three decades ago, the parent company, Praj Industries, is today a leader in India in the field of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol CO2 By-Product Is Critically Important to Merchant CO2 Industry

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd./Biofuels Digest)   … CO2 by-product sources from ethanol dominate the source – map v. other source types, where next in line include sources from ammonia and natural /pipeline facilities. I am pleased to see that new sources continue to arise from existing corn and grain-based fermentation

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay A Mileage Tax?

by Lucas Davis and James Sallee (Energy Institute at Haas)  In many countries the revenue from gasoline taxes is used to fund highways and other transportation infrastructure. As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, this raises questions about the effectiveness and equity of this financing mechanism. In this paper, we ask whether

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Natural Gas Groups Quantify Environmental Impact of RNG Surge

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  During calendar year 2018, 32% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles was renewable natural gas (RNG), according to a new report from Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).  Captured above ground from organic material in

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

BioEnGas and Suma Capital Team up on the Development of Biogas Plants

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The start-up created and participated in by Enagás, BioEnGas, and the independent investment manager, Suma Capital, have signed an agreement for joint investment in projects to develop biogas from efficient waste recovery, contributing to developing the circular economy. The aim of the partnership is to develop and construct a

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Volvo Joins Project to Test Bio-LNG Trucks for Nordic Distribution Center

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Elgiganten, Gasum and Volvo Lastvagnar are now entering a testing period in which Elgiganten’s transport partners will run the outgoing transport from Elgiganten’s Nordic distribution centre in Jönköping on bio-LNG. On the procurement of Elgiganten’s new transport agreement in spring 2020, there will be requirements for parts of the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Thank You, Biodiesel Industry

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  This past year we engaged with organizations like National Renderers Association, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, American Soybean Association, Petroleum Marketers of America, and many more. The National Biodiesel Board has strengthened its reach and relationships by increasing regular dialogue with our industry

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. Minnesota became the first state in the nation

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Wins $3 Million CEC Grant to Advance New RNG Technology

(Southern California Gas Co./Biomass Magazine)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded the company a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants.

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. According to the census, 686 methane digesters

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas On-Road Fuel Reaches Historical High

by Erick Sanchez (Natural Gas Vehicles for America)  Biomethane Motor Fuel Use Marks 577% Increase Over Last Five Years  —   Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

CENER is Developing Technology for Future Urban Biorefineries, to Move towards a Circular Bioeconomy

(Bio-based News)  CENER is involved in 4 specific initiatives, in order to develop the most adequate management and valorization routes of different urban biowastes  —   The Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) is convinced of the need to move towards a circular bioeconomy, in which the society

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Richardton Ethanol Plant Moves Forward with Carbon Capture Project

by Amy Dalrymple (Bismarck Tribune/Grand Forks Herald)  A project to capture carbon dioxide from a western North Dakota ethanol plant continues to advance as researchers work to better understand the geology below the facility. Red Trail Energy in Richardton proposes to capture carbon dioxide rather than emit it into the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Neutral Fuels Chosen for Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

(Neutral Fuels/PR Newswire/OilandGas360)  Pioneering commercial viability of biofuel and IoT-based real time fuel tracking and management  —  Neutral Fuels, the Dubai-based company that converts locally sourced waste into locally consumed biofuel, has won a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator (MBRIFA). The programme was established under the UAE Ministry

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Super JET Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to High Performance Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Researchersfrom several labs and universities like Georgia Tech, Sandia National Labs, University of Dayton, and others are working together on Engine Optimized Sustainable Drop-in JET High Performance Fuels (HPF). Anthe George manages the Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories and gave this illuminating

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Beyond Beef with No Cow, Sunflower Crop Waste for Phone Cases and Binders, BASF’s Bioactives from Rambutan Tree, Repurposing Wastewater Algae, Nouryon’s Biopolymer for Hair Care, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 17th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 17th. In today’s Digest, beyond beef with no cow, sunflower crop waste for phone cases and binders, BASF’s bioactives from rambutan tree, repurposing wastewater algae,

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Central Washington’s First Dairy Biogas Plant Will Create Biofuel for Vehicles

(Brightmark Energy/NGV Journal)   Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Washington, that will convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas – the equivalent of 1.4 million

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Driven Podcast: Biofuels, Batteries, or Hydrogen

by Giles Parkinson (Renew Economy)  Two years ago, Stephanie Moroz was named one of Australia’s most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia, and her experience working across lithium-ion batteries, internal combustion engines, fuel cells and hydrogen storage gives her a unique perspective of the choices facing Australia as it looks to decarbonise its

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

From Cooking Oil to Biofuel: Eni’s Project in the Venice Biorefinery

by Annalisa Girardi  (Forbes)  The Italian oil and gas multinational Eni is the first company in the world that transformed a traditional refinery into a biorefinery. Since May 2014, thanks to proprietary technology, the corporation has been producing extremely high-quality biofuels. Eni’s website states that it “has found a way to repurpose the catalytic hydrodesulfurization

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni and FCA Have Developed A20, a New Fuel that Pairs Emissions Reduction with Energy Efficiency

(Eni)  The result announced today is a further step forward by the two Companies, with an increasing focus on sustainable mobility. It is a tangible contribution to reducing emissions and environmental pollution. — Within the scope of the agreement signed in November 2017, Eni and FCA have teamed up to develop “A20”,

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

United Riverhead Chairman Catsimatidis Calls Town ‘Anti-Business’ after Withdrawing Permit Application for Biofuel Tanks

by Denise Civiletti  (Riverhead Local)  Oil company chairman faults Riverhead supervisor for delays, demands and obstacles  —  Facing strong community opposition and a split town board, United Riverhead Terminal has withdrawn its special permit application to install six biofuel storage tanks at its Northville facility.  … John Catsimatidis, chairman and CEO of parent

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

McDonald’s Boosts Biofuel Generation with Grease Recovery Partnership

by Sarah George (Edie.net) Fast food giant McDonald’s UK has inked a deal with commercial laundry and dishwashing appliances manufacturer Miele which will see it recover more of its used grease for recycling into biofuels. Miele claims that the move will boost McDonald’s annual biofuel production by one-fifth. The restaurant chain has been

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spero Renewables Announces Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Energy

(Spero Renewables/Online PR News)  Spero Renewables Awarded $1.6 Million to Develop & Scale-up SPERLU™ Biomass-based Polymers Production  —  Spero Renewables, LLC, a Green chemistry company today announced a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy division of the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and scale-up production of the company’s

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

The Latest on Biogas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) .. Terry Mazanec, Principal of T-MAZ LLC and Executive Vice President at Lee Enterprises Consulting gave this illuminating overview of biogas production, treatment and utilization, potential, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco. READ MORE

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

The Advanced Bioeconomy: State of the Industry 2019 — 25 Key Trends for 2019 and Beyond

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In any discussion of decarbonizing transport, we start with the bioeconomy itself. It’s an unfamiliar term to many — some people think it’s a fast-growing but small segment, some think of it as a sleeping giant. In truth, it’s a bit of both.  The bioeconomy is $2.7

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant to AU for Feasibility Study on Biofuels Crop

(Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey)  A $39,757 grant, awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey, will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. Carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

This Sustainable Biofuel Company Is Also a Beauty Company

by Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)  … Bob and Kelly King founded Pacific Biodiesel in Hawaii in 1995 in response to a concerning issue: the volume of used cooking oil that was being dumped into a landfill in Maui. Bob, who at the time owned the company that ran the landfill’s generators, proposed recycling the used

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Dead Pets Found in the Road Are Being Turned into Biofuel

(Mirror) … Roadkill and dead pets found in the road are being rendered down to fat, and used as green alternatives to petrol and diesel — …Councils pass pet remains to rendering plants which boil them down to fat used in green alternatives to petrol and diesel for tractors, farm trucks

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BioAg of the Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes BioAg

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions focusing on enzymes and microbes. Since 2000, they have brought more than 100 new molecules to market to address specific industry and customer challenges. We account for 2/3 of the entire global investment in developing enzymes, and dedicate

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Queensland’s Quest for a Circular Bioeconomy

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Today we look at Queensland, Australia – the innovators, the leaders, the investors.  In the last few days, a Queensland oil refinery said it is making biofuel from old tires and hopes to commercialize it soon to help take care of a huge tire waste issue in

April 15, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Earns Seventh Straight TRANSCAER® Award

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy. AgWired.com) For the seventh consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received a TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for its industry-leading ethanol safety program. RFA hosted numerous ethanol safety training events in 2018, giving more than 1,800 emergency responders the tools and information they need to effectively respond to

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

MIT Says We’re Overlooking a Near-Term Solution to Diesel Trucking Emissions

by Megan Guess (ARS Technica)  … Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg, a pair of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a paper with the Society of Automotive Engineers, suggesting that the best way forward is not to wait for all-electric or hydrogen-powered semis, but to build a plug-in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantafuel Signs Agreement to Convert Plastic Waste into Biofuel

(Biofuels International)  Energy firm Geminor announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with fellow Norwegian advanced biofuel producer Quantafuel to secure deliveries of plastic waste for Quantafuel’s plants for biofuel production. “Quantafuel’s fuel production is groundbreaking and an industry we want to be part of,” said Geminor CEO Ralf Schopwinkel.

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E15 Expansion, Consumer Adoption Driving Terminal Growth

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that consumers have surpassed 8 billion miles on E15, known to consumers as Unleaded 88 – a fuel blended with 15 percent renewable biofuel that is approved for all cars 2001 and newer. This milestone is a reflection of the growing popularity of the fuel made possible by

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Renewable Propane?

by Tucker Perkins (ACT News/Propane Energy and Research Council)  … So, if conventional propane already provides low emissions at a low cost, why are we even talking about renewable propane? The answer is simple. It’s because the propane industry does not want to be just the fuel of today, or the

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More than 10 Million Gallons of Renewable Fuel Will Be Created in Oregon

(Clean Methane Systems/NGV Journal)  Clean Methane Systems LLC and EIP Ventures, LLC announced a joint venture named “EcoRNG” to develop more than 10 million gallons of renewable fuels from existing waste streams at landfills, waste water treatment facilities and dairies throughout Oregon. EcoRNG’s plan is to capture harmful waste gases and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Dr. Patrick Gruber Awarded the Millson Award for Invention by the AATCC

(Globe Newswire/Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced that Patrick Gruber has been named the recipient of the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) Henry E. Millson award for invention for the development of a green chemistry-based continuous process for producing polylactic acid fibers known as PLA. A fiber

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A Maine Biofuel Pioneer Takes Its Green Act to New York City

(PR Web/Maine Standard Biofuels) Maine Standard Biofuels is headed to the big city. On April 16, the Portland-based biofuels pioneer will be in New York City to showcase its new green cleaning products—as well as its cutting-edge biofuel-conversion process—at an event hosted by sustainable seafood purveyor Luke’s Lobster.  —  Since launching in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sector Offers to Take More Canola

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is considered to be a major way that biodiesel demand could be expanded in Canada. The renewable fuel industry says a stronger domestic market would ease challenges caused by export volatility China’s canola export ban helps make the case for expanding consumption

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U.S. EPA May Grant Fewer Biofuel Waivers Due to Low Credit Prices: Wheeler

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could grant fewer waivers exempting small refineries from the country’s biofuel policy as lower prices for blending credits have reduced the cost of compliance, the agency’s administrator Andrew Wheeler told Reuters on Thursday. The Trump administration’s use of such waivers to save the

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Fill ‘er Up… with Hydrogen? Washington Utility Eager to rBanch into H2 Fuel Production

by Tom Banse (KLCC) An electric utility in north central Washington wants to branch out into hydrogen fuel production. It would be the first of a group of power companies in the Pacific Northwest to use their dams to make “renewable hydrogen.” The Douglas County Public Utility District operates Wells Dam on the

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Biodiesel Made from Used Tyres Could Be the Solution to Australia’s Fuel Security Problems

by Erin Semmler (ABC News)  A central Queensland oil refinery has made biofuel from old tyres that can work in a standard diesel engine; Hopes are the production of the fuel, once commercialised, will help curb tyre waste and offer fuel security in the event of market failure; One passenger tyre will provide approximately

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System Is Abetting Ethanol Smuggling in Kenya

by Moses Michira (Standard Digital)  Kenya’s illegal ethanol importation scam is turning to be a deadly business that enjoys protection from the high and mighty, multiple interviews with people involved have revealed. So daring are the players in the scam that even some police are split, with a faction working for

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SJR Tank Construction and HES Botlek Tank Terminal Announce a New Partnership

(HES International)  SJR Tank Construction and HES Botlek Tank Terminal, a subsidiary of HES International B.V., are proud to announce a new partnership. HES Botlek Tank Terminal (HBTT) has contracted SJR Tank Construction to construct six high-quality tanks for biofuel storage. Following their successful partnership in 2017, in which seven fully-assembled

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From Bioenergy to Bioproducts: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to JBEI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joint BioEnergy Institute is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center dedicated to developing advanced biofuels—liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in

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Coffee without the Coffee Bean, Bioplastic Burial Pods, Fruit and Algae Clothing, Soy Straws, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 12th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 12th In today’s Digest, coffee without the coffee bean, bioplastic burial pods, fruit and algae clothing, soy straws — these and more, ready for

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Thermochemical Processes for Waste Recycling: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to KIT

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association has more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 785 million, making it one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide. They create and impart knowledge for the society and

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In Paraguay There Is Controversy over a Biodiesel Project and They Are Targeting the Argentine Industry

(La Nacion (Google translation))   Fuels entrepreneurs from Paraguay pointed to Argentine biodiesel companies for the average sanction in the Chamber of Paraguayan Deputies for a project to raise the use of biofuel in diesel to 15%. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce of that country had already set a mandatory

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Biofuel Consumption Rises in HCM City

(Vietnam.net) E5 biofuel consumption rose recently in HCMC, following the upward price adjustment on April 2, Sai Gon Giai Phong news site reported, citing multiple fuel outlets in the city.  —  A survey of multiple HCMC-based filling stations showed that biofuel consumption rose to 40% from the previous 30%, while that of

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Jokowi Tells Oil Palm Tree Growers to Turn to Durian

(Jakarta Post)  Amid low demand and the price decrease of crude palm oil (CPO) in the global market, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has advised oil palm tree growers to grow durian trees, as he believes the commodity has good prospects. Jokowi said oil palm tree growers needed to diversify their business with

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BASF to Expand Production Capacity for Sodium Methylate in Brazil

(BASF) … Sodium Methylate is an efficient and reliable catalyst that provides a sustainable solution for the production and use of Biodiesel, meeting the requirements of engine manufacturers for high-quality fuels and lower emissions. Sodium methylate supports higher yields and low preparation cost for Biodiesel. With this expansion, BASF will support the

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Gevo to Work With Praj Industries to Commercialize Renewable Isobutanol, Jet Fuel and Isooctane in India

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has signed a binding, definitive Construction License Agreement with Praj Industries Ltd., dated April 4, 2019, to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses made of sugarcane and sugar beets (the “Construction License

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DME’s Zero Emission Pathway: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oberon Fuelsis bringing DME to North America. DME (dimethyl ether) is a clean-burning diesel alternative. Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Cap and Trade, RINs, and the Risks of the Future

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting/Biofuels Digest)  The best climate policy – environmentally and economically – limits emissions and puts a price on them. Cap and trade is one way to do both. It’s a system designed to reduce pollution in our atmosphere. The cap on greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming

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The Blue Revolution: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to KnipBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) KnipBiois a biotechnology company developing responsible and sustainable commercial feed solutions for the aquaculture industry. KnipBio’s game-changing single cell protein combines the attributes of premium, protein-packed fishmeal and carotenoids into a single effective and affordable fishmeal replacement — KnipBio Meal (KBM). KBM is a transformative breakthrough

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Don’t Miss Our Biofuel Opportunity

by Dr. David Daggett and the Rev. Jeannine Daggett, Shelton (The Olympian)  We have a good opportunity for a job-producing, environment-saving biofuel processing plant in Western Washington. I started the biofuel program at Boeing and our Alaska Airline team flew a 737 on biofuel that was made from waste wood chips. As

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

DTE Biomass Energy Operates First Dairy RNG Project in Wisconsin

(USGasVehicles.com) DTE Biomass Energy is now operating the first dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Wisconsin.    Thanks to 30 years of creating clean renewable energy throughout the country, DTE Biomass Energy has the experience required to improve sustainability and increase renewable energy production at Wisconsin dairy farms.    DTE

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Motorcyclists Using Ethanol

(FuelsFix/Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association gets a lot of questions about using biofuel blends in motorcycles, so they decided to ask the bikers who know best. WATCH VIDEO

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Gets Welcome News: USDA Study Shows It’s More Environmentally Friendly than Gasoline

(The Messenger)  … The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings of a USDA study about the environmental impact of the corn-ethanol industry. The conclusions are superb news — ethanol has significant greenhouse gas benefits when compared to gasoline. The most important conclusion of an extensive research project,

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Renewable Diesel Collection Vehicles Coming to San Benito County

(San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency/Benito Link) Recology’s new truck fleet is more cost-effective and reduces emissions, county integrated waste management says. — … Beginning in April, Recology San Benito County is expected to roll out 17 new vehicles over the course of the month, replacing the previous collection fleet, according to an

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States Successfully Pursuing Climate, Energy and Clean Air Goals Embrace Proven and Available Fuels and Technology

(Diesel Technology Forum)  In pursuit of ambitious climate, renewable energy and clean air goals, state environmental leaders should leverage the central role of advanced diesel technology and its new capability to deliver lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cleaner air, and reliable and essential services in both the public and private sectors.

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Australian Government Funds Toyota’s Hydrogen Production Facility

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/NGV Journal)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced funding for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited to start the transformation of part of its decommissioned car manufacturing plant in Altona Victoria into a renewable energy hub to produce green hydrogen for transport. The $7.4 million Toyota Australia

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

SEAT Unveils Project to Turn Organic Waste into Biofuel for Vehicles

(SEAT/NGV Journal) SEAT launched the Life Methamorphosis initiative, whose aim is to achieve biomethane from organic waste, turning it into renewable natural gas in the following 5 steps: 1. Recycling. Each inhabitant of the city of Barcelona generates about 1.5 kilos of waste daily. 2.5 million kilos of rubbish every day

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Spanish Biomethane Technology Gains Momentum in Swedish Market

(Calvera/NGV Journal)  The Industrial Group Calvera is gaining momentum in the Swedish market with the sale and delivery of its first transport module of biomethane to E.ON Biofor Sweden, one of the main Swedish suppliers of biogas. E.ON will use Calverá’s “easy-lift” equipment to supply renewable natural gas to cars and

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

US Gain Expands Renewable Natural Gas Supply Network in California

(Bioenergy Insight)  American renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier US Gain has announced that a new RNG project in Springfield, Nebraska has come online, providing clean fuel for the transportation industry. The company has also signed a supply contract with Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) to supply RNG across its fuelling station network.

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Recope’s Plan For Ethanol Faces Appeals And Objection From Politicians

by Rico (Q Costa Rica)  Five appeals have been filed with the Constitutional Court, while opposition party calls for accounts  —  The plan by the State refinery RECOPE to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix called Eco95 starting at the end of May faces appeals before the Constitutional Court or Sala IV and

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Ethanol’s Impact

by John Huthmacher (Hastings Tribune)  Ethanol continues to be a driving force in Nebraska’s economy, affecting a sizable portion of the state’s business sector. This, according to a recent impact study released by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists. The report examines the economic impact of Nebraska’s ethanol industry between 2015-17. Authors are UNL agricultural

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Blender Pump Program Fuels Ethanol Demand

by Andy Raun (Hastings Tribune)  An infrastructure investment initiative funded three years ago by several agencies and businesses has doubled the number of ethanol blender pumps in place throughout the state, giving motorists more options for powering their vehicles with renewable fuels. The last of 88 new advanced blender pumps was

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Canadian Biofuel Producer Investing €30m in Portlaoise Plant

by Peter Hamilton (The Irish Times)  Greenfield Global is establishing its European manufacturing headquarters in Laois  —  A Canadian alcohol and fuel ethanol producer is investing in the region of €30 million to establish its new European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, a move that marks its first foray into manufacturing outside of North America.

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Augean RNG Project to Convert 150,000 Gallons of Dairy Waste Per Day

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based owner and operator of waste and energy projects, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Wash. The project is expected to convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural

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Ethanol Imports from U.S. Reach Record Levels

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) The ethanol industry says most of the U.S. imports occur in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and British Columbia, where there is limited or no local production facilities. Over-blending said to be the cause but opinions differ on the reason — gov’t says it’s cheaper, industry credits efficiencies

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel B10 Target Date Is End of April

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  Producers to refine glycerine content — Biodiesel B10 is expected to be available at petrol stations nationwide from the end of April as energy policymakers hope for a positive response from carmakers, oil distributors and biodiesel manufacturers, says Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan. B10 is blended with diesel oil

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Ethanol Industry Roiled by Flooding, Lifting SoCal Gasoline Prices Near $4/gal

(Seeking Alpha)  The floods that inundated the Midwest also have slammed a U.S. ethanol industry that already was struggling with high inventories and sluggish domestic demand growth. Ethanol shortages from the Midwest are one factor pushing gasoline prices in Southern California to the highest in the U.S., possibly topping $4/gal for the first

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in transforming cellulosic ethanol biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks. Iogen specializes in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen Corporation gave this illuminating overview of the cellulosic

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Food and Drink Packaging from Seaweed and Animal Hides, Beer Six-Pack Rings, Mouse Ears for Humans, Vehicle Pigments, Carbon Fiber for Building Materials, Hempcrete, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 8th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. … In today’s Digest, food and drink packaging from seaweed and animal hides, beer six-pack rings, mouse ears for humans, vehicle pigments, carbon fiber for building materials, hempcrete — these and more, ready for you

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

ABLC 2019 Round-Up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … ABLC 2019 kicked off on Wednesday with about 540 delegates in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building complete with secret service protection and escorts for some big-name super star speakers, with a pretty exciting vibe in the room. In ABLC terms,

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Technology Turns Municipal Wastewater Algae into Specialty Chemicals for Biofuels, Bioplastics

(Purdue University/Phys.org)  Gen3Bio has designed mobile 15-gallon enzymolysis pilot plants to be placed in wastewater treatment facilities to transform algae into specialty bio-based chemicals, such as biofuels or bioplastics. — A startup is advancing a unique way to transform algae used to purify municipal wastewater into specialty bio-based chemicals such as

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study: Non Flex Fuel Vehicles Benefit From Ethanol Blends

(Urban Air Initiative)  A newly published study finds that most vehicles on the road today can adapt to mid-level ethanol blends, helping cars run more efficiently while reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with other pollutants. The study was conducted by North Carolina State University and commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative. “This study

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Study Explores National High-Octane Standard

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report released by the Fuels Institute, a research group that studies issues effecting vehicle and fuel markets, outlines ethanol’s potential in helping the nation achieve a high-octane fuel (HOF) standard. According to the study and its companion white paper, the goal was to “develop

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Wheeler Addresses SREs, RVO Reallocation during Recent Hearings

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told federal lawmakers in early April that it would be difficult for the agency to reallocate biofuel volumes waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs), even if Congress provided a legislative mechanism to do so. He also said the agency aims

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ivory Coast Hopes to Squeeze the Profits from Palm Oil

(BBC News)  The palm oil industry originated in West Africa but is now dominated by massive plantations in South-East Asia. The BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports that Ivory Coast, and other African countries, are trying to take the lucrative business back home to tap into its profits. An hour’s drive to the

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ohio Stakeholders Validate Utility of SfL’s 21st Century Land Management Model

(Solutions from the Land)  Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land (OSA:SfL), A Call to Action for Ohio’s Food System and Agricultural Economy,” Solutions from the Land‘s (SfL) integrated, land management model was validated by a diverse range of stakeholders from around the state who forged consensus on a mid-century vision and action

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

The Overlooked Giant of Renewables: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA’s Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  International Energy Agency is an autonomous organization that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Dr. Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division, gave this illuminating overview of why modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of renewables, is

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae-Derived Solar Fuel

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth On-Sun Reactor

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Technical Report Comparison of Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Tools

(Task 39 – Commercializing Liquid Biofuels/International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy))  … Bioenergy plays an important role in the decarbonization of the transportation sector. Its medium and long-term benefits depend on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions brought forth by the conversion of renewable feedstocks, which can be quantitatively determined through a Life

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Advocates Worry RIN Reform Proposals Will Derail E15 Expansion

by Jordan Godwin (Oil Price Information Service)  With about two months to go before the start of the summer driving season, ethanol advocates are growing increasingly worried that EPA’s decision to combine in the same proposed rulemaking changes to how Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits are trading and a volatility waiver for

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Increased 95-Grade Fuel Prices Result from EU Bio-Additive Regulations

(Eesti Rahvusringhääling) From Monday, 1 April, petrol stations in Estonia are obliged to provide petrol with 10% bio-ethanol in their 95 range of products, with 7% bio-additives for diesel 95. The move comes after EU regulations meant that petrol and diesel providers already had to provide fuel with a 5%

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

ERA Funds Wheat-Ethanol Plant, Woody Biomass Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Emissions Reduction Alberta recently announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. On March 18, ERA announced it has

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

HYBRIT: Construction Begins – LKAB Takes the Leap towards Fossil-Free Production of Iron Ore Pellets

(LKAB)  Construction will soon begin on a world-unique test facility which is a key component of HYBRIT, a joint initiative of LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall. In the plant, fossil fuels will be replaced with biofuel to achieve fossil-free production of iron ore pellets. The aim of the HYBRIT initiative, which is

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota Announces AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant DEADLINE: April 26, 2019

(State of Minnesota)  The AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant provides funding that would advance a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond the bench scale/proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant. See the glossary in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the definition of terms such

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Panalpina Singapore Goes Green with New Biodiesel Trucks for L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific

(Panalpina)  Panalpina Singapore has launched new biodiesel trucks to serve its global customer L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific in alignment with their sustainability program – Sharing Beauty with All. By 2020, 100 percent of L’Oréal’s strategic suppliers will be participating in their supplier sustainability program, and Panalpina has reached this milestone ahead

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

High Velocity Excitement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys has developed proprietary and commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology that can cost effectively produce low-carbon fuels from a variety of waste materials, including woody biomass and municipal solid waste, at a scale that matches feedstock collection logistics. Philipp Stratmann, Vice President of Biofuels at Velocys, gave this

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Compelling Case for Biojet Fuel

by Jess Hewitt and Jonathan Lewis (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Many people are confused by the term “biojet,” and the many other terms used to describe this “new fuel”. There is a standard specification that describes this product. Turbine (jet) fuels are covered by the American Society of Testing Materials

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Sustainable Chemicals Produced by Vertimass Now Eligible for Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

(Vertimass/Cision/PR Newswire) Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable chemicals offers ethanol producers alternative product capability  —  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has approved the addition of four new renewable chemicals to the list of those eligible under its first-in-the-nation renewable chemical production tax credit program. Vertimass technology allows the sustainable production of the

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

CNG, Biogas Facilities Among PA’s New State-Funded Clean Energy Projects

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., has announced the approval of 11 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to assist in the development of clean and renewable energy projects across Pennsylvania. Among the projects are a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station and a biogas purification facility. … In Crawford

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ireland’s First Biomethane Bus Starts Passenger Operations in Cork

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  Bus travelers in Cork were the first passengers to ride a ‘green bus’ in Ireland on March 25.  With zero carbon emissions, this biomethane vehicle is a viable alternative for Ireland’s public bus fleet, and the bus has been part of national trials looking at its performance,

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Asturias and Enagás Sign Agreement to Develop Renewable Energies

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Employment, Industry and Tourism of the Principality of Asturias Isaac Pola Alonso and the Chief Transformation Officer of Enagás Antón Martínez signed an agreement in Oviedo to develop projects for non-electric renewable energies such as biomethane and green hydrogen in Asturias. This collaboration protocol between

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni Encourages Italian Production of Advance Biomethane for Vehicle Use

(Eni/NGV Journal)  Eni and the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) signed an agreement to promote the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial byproducts and dedicated winter crops for use in the transport sector. The project also involves new opportunities for Consortium member companies by launching business initiatives which will be

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Board Recognized Five Ag Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner

by Teia Goodwin (KTPM) The Nebraska Corn Board says that five recognition awards were presented to individual, educational and industry leaders at the Nebraska Corn Board’s 2019 awards dinner held March 28 in Lincoln. … The Ethanol Industry Appreciation Award was presented to Siouxland Ethanol out of Jackson. The ethanol plant

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Democrats Still Need Rural Voters to Defeat Trump

by  J.D. Scholten (The Hill) … To win back the White House, Democrats can’t just rely on “Whole Foods” districts of educated, affluent suburbanites. Democrats can do well in “Dollar General” districts if they show up and address the issues. No one gave me much of a chance when I ran against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), but

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Høglund to Deliver Biogas-Ready Fuel Solutions for Six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits in collaboration with HB Hunte Engineering, Supporting Greener Travel in Cruise Sector

(Høglund Marine Solutions)  Høglund, the leading global marine solutions and system integration expert, today (March 20, 2019) announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver biogas-ready fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) for six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits. Høglund will work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Creating Chemistry: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF, as of January 1, 2019, has twelve divisions grouped into six segments. They create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF’s new segment structure will allow a more differentiated steering of their businesses according to their market-specific competitive environment. It will increase transparency regarding the results of

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Covestro and Genomatica Launch Partnership for High-Performance Plant-Based Materials

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. “These are today still the most common carbon

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae R&D Featured in Interagency Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This month the federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative biomass technologies for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Algae cultivation is prominently featured among the suite of technologies the effort is harnessing.  The B&RD Board is an interagency collaborative which is

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

A Drop-In Alternative Fuel for Fleets

by Troy Shoen (ACT News)  Fleets interested in replacing petroleum diesel with a cleaner fuel alternative have a number of options. Depending on their choice, there are also a number of changes they may need to make to their operations, including buying new vehicles or modifying existing ones, upgrading fuel infrastructure, finding

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Gevo Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant Using Wind, RNG

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  According to (Gevo CEO Patrick) Gruber, Gevo is working to decarbonize its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, in an effort to improve profitability. He said the company thinks it’s possible to make significant improvements in profitability over the next 18 months “maybe even becoming profitable

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Backstabbing the Ethanol Industry

by David Kruse (The Daily Reporter) I was told by a director of the Iowa Corn Growers that at a meeting they discussed my recent reports where I had noted that the National Corn Growers Association is dropping the ball in pushing back against President Donald Trump personally on renewable identification

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Leaving behind the Family Business of Fossil Fuels

(Our Daily Planet)  The New York Times published an exposé this week where they interviewed 5 individuals who came from generations of workers in coal and oil and went on to pursue careers in renewable energy and climate diplomacy. As the Times wrote, “They come from places where fossil fuels like coal provided lifelong

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Grants Additional 2017 Small Refinery Waiver from Nation’s Biofuel Laws

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted an additional 2017 small refinery waiver from the nation’s biofuel laws, bringing the tally to 35, the agency disclosed on Thursday. READ MORE EPA Grants Another Small Refinery Waiver (Energy.AgWired.com) US EPA approves another 2017 small refinery exemption to RFS (Biodiesel

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae-Powered Airplanes? Aiming for World Leadership in Biofuel: Turning Tiny Algae into Biofuel

(nippon.com)  The biotech firm Euglena, which cultivates algae of the same name, called midorimushi in Japanese, for human consumption, has joined forces with the global automotive parts manufacturer Denso with the aim of making Japan into a biofuel world leader. Izumo Mitsuru, president of the bioventure Euglena, sees a bright future for the

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Aerion Designing Supersonic Jet to Run Completely on Biofuels – CEO

by Allison Lampert (Reuters)  Supersonic jet developer Aerion Corp is designing its first plane to run completely on biofuels to reduce emissions, even as the company calls for new global standards for planes that can conquer the sound barrier, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday. … Aerion’s business jet AS2, with

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

No Compromise: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amyris has a proprietary process of engineering organisms (yeast) using renewably-sourced carbon from plants (sugarcane) to make sustainable, custom molecules. They use their technology to create products that support biopharmaceutical drug discovery and production, from cosmetic emollients and fragrances, to fuels, solvents, lubricants, and nutraceuticals. The company

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Biotechnology Commercialization Roadmap

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As the next wave of first-of-a-kind biorefineries ramps-up, the subject of project engineering once again comes to the forefront. Questions about the overall process, why it takes so long and costs so much abound, all capped off by the realization that an EPC solution counted

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: CNMC Approves Mechanisms for Biofuel Certification

(Competition Policy International)  The National Commission of Markets and Competition of Spain approved this week the norms for the organization and operation of the certification mechanism for biofuels and other renewable fuels. Certain operational aspects of the system have also been determined.   The approved operating rules establish procedures, rules and

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Reports Analyze High-Octane Gasoline Market

(Convenience Store Decisions)  A high-octane standard for the U.S. gasoline market could be the fastest and most cost-effective way to enhance fuel efficiency for vehicles produced in the next few years. New reports published by the Fuels Institute analyze the market’s ability to deliver higher octane gasoline to consumers — and how it would

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

South Dakota Farmers Union: Say No to E15 Rule; Farmer Leader Says We Can Do Better

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  On the eve of a public hearing to receive comments on the long awaited ruling to allow year round rvp relief for E15, the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) called the rule a backdoor effort to limit ethanol blends. In a call with supporters today, SDFU President

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

CO2CRC to Investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reducation in Steel Manufacturing

(CO2CRC)  CO2CRC has been awarded funding to conduct important research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions in steel production. The year-long study has been made possible by a grant from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Coal Innovation NSW Fund). The project will explore pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Insight: US Ethanol Moving to China by Various Means, Including Ship-to-Ship Transfers

by Clare Pennington, Izham Ahmad, Steven McGinn (ICIS) Trans-shipments of ethanol from the US to China are taking place in renewed efforts to thwart US-China tariffs, including ship-to-ship transfers, several sources in Asia and Europe have confirmed. Importing US ethanol into China carries a penalty of up to 70%, one of a

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Rack Gasoline Jumps Nearly 34 Cents in Two Weeks on Ethanol Troubles

by Kenneth Raphael, Jeffrey Bair and Wes Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Portland, Oregon, rack gasoline has jumped more than 33 cents since March 12 on ethanol shortages tied to the recent “bomb cyclone” in the US Midwest that set off flooding and interrupted rail movement of ethanol, according to DTN data

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

High-Protein Feed Ingredients & Ethanol: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol and recently announced its portfolio optimization plan in which it would divest assets that do not support the company’s strategic focus on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and ethanol exports to significantly reduce or

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Edible Seaweed-Based Packaging, Dissolvable Polyvinyl Alcohol Grocery Gag, Bioplastic from Apple and Orange Waste, Levi’s Cottonized Hemp, Biobased Composite Car Ceat, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 28th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of March 28th In today’s Digest, edible seaweed-based packaging, dissolvable polyvinyl alcohol grocery bag, bioplastic from apple and orange waste, Levi’s cottonized hemp, biobased composite car

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

History Channel Will Premiere the Docu-Series “The American Farm” April 4

(History.com)  History will premiere the docu-series “The American Farm” from BoBCat, the multi-platform production company founded by Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy and Sarah Bernard, on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm ET. The eight-part series is an honest tale of risk, reward, hard work, and innovation, centered on the lives of five

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Most Americans Support Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

by Justin McCarthy (Gallup)  While the future of the Green New Deal proposed in Congress is uncertain, most Americans support the general idea of dramatically reducing the country’s use of fossil fuels over the next two decades as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. Six in

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

South America Resists Electric Vehicles as Local Fuels Remain in Favor

by Marcelo Rochabrun  (Reuters) Meeting in Brazil this week, auto executives from Toyota to GM talked up traditional fuel sources like ethanol, natural gas and diesel, underlining how South America’s protected auto market is likely to resist a broader global move toward electric vehicles for years to come. … Argentina’s natural gas

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Forty-one students from Ridgewater College toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about an important ethanol co-product, dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS). “Tours like this educate students on the role ethanol plays in boosting the economy in rural Minnesota and reducing harmful greenhouse

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM ’19: Renewable Diesel Growth Worries Biodiesel Producers

(ICIS)  US growth of renewable diesel production concerns biodiesel producers, market players said on the sidelines of this year’s International Petrochemical Conference (IPC). The capacities of the current production plants, planned expansions and new projects worry traditional biodiesel producers as they could lose market share. Darling Ingredients announced in late

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Buenos Aires: Paul McCartney Ofrece un Concierto Energizado con Biodiésel de Segunda Generación

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  El músico británico Paul McCartney se presentó el sábado pasado en el Campo Argentino de Polo de la ciudad de Buenos Aires ante 60 mil personas, en lo que fue su cuarta visita al país. Una particularidad del show, que por supuesto incluyó numerosas canciones de su etapa

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

TerViva Raises $20 Million in Series D to Drive Product Development and Market Expansion

(TerViva/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Led by Ag Family Offices and Climate-Smart Investors, Funding Round Brings Ag-Tech Firm to $40 Million Raised for High-Yielding, Sustainable Plant Protein Product Development  —   TerViva, an agriculture technology firm commercializing resilient pongamia trees that produce as much as ten times the beans per acre as soy for the supply

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

New Argentine Program Aims to Promote Products and Services Made with Bioenergy

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, a new certification scheme that translates to “Made in Santa Fe with Renewable Energy” showcases products made in the soy and biodiesel hub of Santa Fe province partially or entirely made from a wide range of renewables including biodiesel, biomass and biogas. Products and services that

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Food, Feed, and Beyond: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article
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