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MN Bio-Fuels, Heartland Corn Products Host Virtual Plant Visit for Central High School Students

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Heartland Corn Products hosted a virtual plant visit for 11 students from Central High School in Norwood Young America on Feb 23. The students, from grades 10 to 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on the

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article
    Sardinia Academy of Waste Management Training Programme   —   Thursdays   —   ONLINE

Sardinia Academy of Waste Management Training Programme — Thursdays — ONLINE

We are proud to present the SARDINIA ACADEMY OF WASTE MANAGEMENT, a new online training programme promoted by IWWG – International Waste Working Group. The programme will consist of weekly webinars devoted to a series of different WM topics. These webinars will be the equivalent of the IWWG Training Courses usually held in the context of

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship Applications Open DEADLINE: March 19, 2021

(Atlantic Council) The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship is a one-year nonresident fellowship program for early to mid-career rising women leaders in the energy and climate fields. The program provides professional development for young women by cultivating their leadership potential, facilitating mentoring sessions with senior women

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

NCERC Exploring New Uses for Corn

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) The director of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center says they have some big research projects in the works paving the way to new uses for US corn. John Caupert tell Brownfield they are finding more and more products can be made from corn

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

New Report: 21st Century Agriculture Renaissance: Solutions from the Land

(Solutions from the Land) “There has never been a greater need for an Agricultural Renaissance. The many voices of farmers, echoing across centuries of scarcity and abundance, challenge us to find new ways forward, paths that produce abundance for expanding populations while rejecting wasteful destruction of resources. We must seek these

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Change Education: Ask an Expert

by Seth Spencer (Climate Generation) When tackling global issues like climate change, it takes a diverse network. Networks allow educators and professionals to connect to a wide range of people across ethnic, language, and socio-economic divides to produce community-based solutions to complex issues. They connect local experts, parents, professionals, and community members

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Termite Gut Microbes Could Aid Biofuel Production

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Wheat straw, the dried stalks left over from grain production, is a potential source of biofuels and commodity chemicals. But before straw can be converted to useful products by biorefineries, the polymers that make it up must be broken down into their building blocks. Now, researchers reporting in ACS

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman

A poem by Amanda Gorman explains the purpose of our work: … For it is the obscure, the oppressed, the poor,  Who when the disaster Is declared done, Still suffer more than anyone.  Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time, … Where despite disparities We all care

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington State University Pyrolysis and Biochar Publications

(U.S. Biochar Initiative) Visit this page for an index to a number of high quality biochar research reports and publications by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR). Contents include: Integrated biochar research: A roadmap A Rapid Test for Plant-Available Water-Holding Capacity in Soil-Biochar Mixtures Biochar Production

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article
    Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Calls for Bioeconomy Companies to Engage with Students at Career Fair/ Networking Event   —   March 25, 2021   —   ONLINE

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Calls for Bioeconomy Companies to Engage with Students at Career Fair/ Networking Event — March 25, 2021 — ONLINE

(CABLE) Your organization is invited to network with a diverse group of students from more than twenty American universities who’re familiar with the bioeconomy.  The event will take place virtually on March 25th, from 11am – 3pm EST.  Once you have completed the linked survey, a member of your team

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Continued Success for SoBT Researchers with Climate-Friendly Industrial Methodologies

(Dublin City University) A consortium led by researchers based in the School of Biotechnology at DCU continues to redefine the methodology employed in the distilling industry, towards improving sustainability in the workflows which are commonplace in distilleries the world over. Asst. Profs. Gunes and Lawler, of the School of Biotechnology

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article
    Biogas #HandsOn–Biogas Online Training with 12 Modules   —   March 23 – April 13, 2021   —   ONLINE

Biogas #HandsOn–Biogas Online Training with 12 Modules — March 23 – April 13, 2021 — ONLINE

The Convenience of Online Trainings Meets the Interaction of Live Events ✓ Attend from wherever you are ✓ Two weekly biogas trainings for 4 weeks ✓ 12 unique modules – separately bookable ✓ Benefit from IBBK’s live trainings without leaving your home (or office) And instead of meeting in a

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    24th Practical Short Course: Fundamentals of Oilseed Extraction, and Oils & Fats Processing and Application Technology   —   April 7-9, 2021   —   ONLINE

24th Practical Short Course: Fundamentals of Oilseed Extraction, and Oils & Fats Processing and Application Technology — April 7-9, 2021 — ONLINE

Smart Short Courses goes ONLINE again. We already had a successful online program last November 2020; now we bring the technical short course back in a fully updated version. This 3-day short course will bring together industry experts from around the world offering practical information on oilseed and oil processing and

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Discusses Mission and New Educational Resources in DigestConnect Presentation

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, described the new educational materials developed by the organization in response to the Covid-19 pandemic-influenced need for online, user-friendly resources with basic information for a wide audience.  Appearing on DigestConnect, a weekly webinar hosted by Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest,

February 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Scholarships Provide Opportunity for Three to Attend National Ethanol Conference

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) congratulates three young scholars who will be attending next week’s National Ethanol Conference at no cost, courtesy of the Bob Sather Memorial Scholarship. The three are: Shun Lu, a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural engineering at South Dakota State University, whose research is focused

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Mária Telkes Fellowship Applications Open DEADLINE March 15, 2021

(Clean Energy Business Network)  Cleantech Leaders Roundtable (CTLR) is a fellowship among peers of cleantech CEOs, investors, and influencers. This community facilitates trusted exchange of information, collective problem-solving through partnerships, and amplification of individual business and communications efforts. The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) is the small business voice for the clean energy

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

New Synthetic Route for Biofuel Production

(Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum/Phys.Org) A German-Chinese research team has found a new synthetic route to produce biofuel from biomass. The chemists converted the substance 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) produced from biomass into 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF), which could be suitable as a biofuel. Compared to previous methods, they achieved a higher yield and selectivity under milder reaction conditions.

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA’s Young Professionals Network Celebrates Key Milestone

(Renewable Fuels Association) After only six months of operation, the Renewable Fuels Association’s Young Professionals Network recently onboarded its 100th member. The YPN was formed last summer as an initiative to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the country who are 39 years old and younger and employed

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biofuels and Other Chemicals to Methane Production: Study Peers into the Mysteries of a Goat’s Gut

by Sonia Fernandez (University of California – Santa Barbara/Phys.Org) … “This has been the longest single effort in my lab,” said (Michelle) O’Malley, who with her research team way back in 2015 first embarked on an ambitious project to characterize gut microbes in large herbivores. The purpose? To understand how these animals

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel: Better, Cleaner, Now!

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Striving for greater consumer awareness, the NBB is trying to reach an audience unfamiliar with agriculture and the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry with targeted advertising in the mid-Atlantic, Washington D.C., and California regions. … “The ad campaign strives to increase consumer acceptance and industry growth

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

New Online Educational Series about Renewable Fuels—“30/30” Package Includes 30 Minute Online Presentation plus Materials for Directed Discussion about Renewable Fuels and the Circular Economy

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Need to learn or teach about renewable fuels and the circular economy? About biofuels? Find what you need in this new series of 30 minute recorded presentations that come with a package of supporting materials for 30 minute directed discussions or self-study. Produced by internationally respected nonprofit

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article
    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education A Regrounding in Truth   —   July 28-30, 2021   —   ONLINE

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education A Regrounding in Truth — July 28-30, 2021 — ONLINE

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Office and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program — Join us for a virtual conference on climate change education with educators from across the country! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas.

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Press Release: Advanced Biofuels USA Launches “Just A Minute (or So) about Renewable Fuels” Series of Short Educational Videos

For Immediate Release January 29, 2021—Frederick, MD — —  Curious about renewable fuels? About biofuels? This new series of short videos enables you to take just a few minutes to get a quick review of essentials about renewable fuels. By watching a 2-4 minutes (or so) video you can learn about

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 5: Why Biofuels? Diving Deeper into the Benefits of Renewable Fuels, and Their Many Benefits to Society

by Hannah DelSordo*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fifth episode of “Just A Minute (or So) about Renewable Fuels” focuses on the environmental and geopolitical benefits of using renewable fuels. It is vital to look towards renewable fuels in order to reduce carbon emissions and create diversity in our energy sources.

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Boosting the Efficiency of Carbon Capture and Conversion Systems

by David L. Chandler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Phys.org) Systems for capturing and converting carbon dioxide from power plant emissions could be important tools for curbing climate change, but most are relatively inefficient and expensive. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of systems that

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article
    Algaculture for Biotechnology Online Training Course   —   February 24-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

Algaculture for Biotechnology Online Training Course — February 24-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The course is aimed at students, technicians, early career researchers, industry professionals and algae enthusiasts. You are invited to register for this unique course comprising: Short lectures from our SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science) experts on: Taxonomy Nutrition Photosynthesis Legal Issues Algae in Biotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges Algal Sequencing

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Søren Skou Expects to Order Maersk’s First Carbon Neutral Vessels in Three Years

by Søren Pico  (Shipping Watch)  In just three years, Maersk expects to place an order for its first CO2-neutral vessels, explains CEO Søren Skou in a podcast about shipping’s green transition. At first, it will likely encompass smaller vessels for a “defined geographical area”. Just three years from now, A.P.

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

University in Dubai on a Mission to Turn Palm Waste into Biofuel

(Khaleej Times)  Fallen leaves are gathered and raw materials are shredded to produce biomass pellets. A university in Dubai is embarking on a project to turn the waste of the region’s vast palm tree crop into sustainable and cost-effective biofuel. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai is collaborating with a Saudi-based

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Crappie Masters-RFA-NCGA Partnership Highlights Benefits of E10 in Marine Engines

(Renewable Fuels Association) Combating the myths that exist about the use of gasoline blended with 10-percent ethanol has been the primary goal of the partnership between Crappie Masters, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association. The Crappie Masters National Tournament Trail kicked-off over the weekend with a two-day

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Abandoned Cropland Should Produce Biofuels

by Steinar Brandslet (Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Phys.Org)  Growing perennial grasses on abandoned cropland has the potential to counteract some of the negative impacts of climate change by switching to more biofuels, according to an NTNU research group. Researchers consider increased use of biofuels to be an important part

January 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Elon Musk to Offer $100 Million Prize for ‘Best’ Carbon Capture Tech

(Reuters) … “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology,” Musk wrote in a tweet, followed by a second tweet that promised “Details next week.” Tesla officials did not immediately respond to a request for additional information. READ MORE There’s a lot more than Elon Musk’s $100 million

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

DSM and TU Delft Launch AI4B.io Lab

(Delft University of Technology) Royal DSM and TU Delft today announce the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence Lab for Biosciences (the AI4B.io Lab). This laboratory will be the first of its kind in Europe to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to full-scale biomanufacturing, from microbial strain development to process optimization and scheduling.

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    The Talk Climate Institute 2021   —   March 23-24   —   ONLINE

The Talk Climate Institute 2021 — March 23-24 — ONLINE

Join us for a virtual two-day workshop to learn new ways to talk about climate change and develop your own climate story. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Talk Climate Institute in 2021 will be completely virtual! On-screen time will be segmented with self care opportunities and off-screen breaks throughout

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Aberdeen Leading the Field with New Energy Transition Degree

(University of Aberdeen) The University of Aberdeen has today launched the UK’s first postgraduate degree programme in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies. The new course, which is available to study full-time on campus from September (depending on Covid-19 situation), or part-time online, reinforces and builds upon the city’s reputation as a

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

CoverCress Inc. and University Partners Selected as Start-up Inventor of the Year

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Missouri, CoverCress Inc. and its university partners Illinois State University and the University of Minnesota were selected as the Start-up Inventor of the Year by the Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). This award reflects the use

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

BioMADE Manufacturing Scale-up Accelerator, Top 10 Predictions for ’21

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a look into the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a Manufacturing USA Institute working to build a sustainable, domestic end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. And, the Digest’s Top 10 Predictions and Markets for 2021. We were joined by Patrick Rose of the US Department

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Dan Szeezil of UOP: We’ve Never Been More Active in Renewable Diesel and SAF As We Are Now

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) Following the successful Q&A roundtable discussion on the future of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) last month, I decided to do a video podcast series with several SAF producers and technology developers to get their insight into the future of SAF. First on deck is a

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 4, Biofuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — A Look into the Historical and Common Uses of Biofuels

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fourth episode of “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on how biofuels have been used throughout history, and their uses as technology progresses. This video is a great tool for teachers, students, and anyone interested in renewables to get a

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

New Discovery Could Make Biofuel Production Simpler and Less Expensive

(AZO CleanTech) Scientists have figured out a cheaper, more efficient way to conduct a chemical reaction at the heart of many biological processes, which may lead to better ways to create biofuels from plants. Scientists around the world have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply;

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Use Advanced Light to Reveal How Different Biofuels Behave

by Marisa Ramiccio (University of Central Florida/TechXplore) Vehicles have evolved to become more efficient and sophisticated, but their fuel hasn’t necessarily evolved along with them. The Department of Energy is determined to identify cleaner burning and renewable alternatives to gasoline, and through the work of two UCF researchers, the DOE is

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzyme Twin with Biotechnological Potential: Green Algae Are Popular Objects in Biotechnology because They Have Hydrogen-Producing Enzymes.

(Ruhr University Bochum) Green algae have two almost identical hydrogen-producing enzymes. One has been researched for decades, the other received little attention – until recently. Hydrogen-producing enzymes, so-called hydrogenases, could be a source of regenerative energy. The RUB photobiotechnology working group has now characterized a hydrogenase from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii that has so far

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Enter to Win Storyfest Award

(Planet Forward)  Tell an inspiring story to move the Planet Forward  — There is no story more gripping than that of our changing planet — and the solutions to sustain it. While problems from climate to the pandemic to plastic use to conservation abound, we’re looking for the stories surrounding the

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Sorghum May Combine Best of Annual, Perennial Bioenergy Crops

by Julie Wurth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment)  … A study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) found that energy sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) behaves more like miscanthus in the way it efficiently captures light and uses

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming Carbon Dioxide into Jet Fuel Using an Organic Combustion-Synthesized Fe-Mn-K Catalyst

Benzhen Yao, Tiancun Xiao, Ofentse A. Makgae, Xiangyu Jie, Sergio Gonzalez-Cortes, Shaoliang Guan, Angus I. Kirkland, Jonathan R. Dilworth, Hamid A. Al-Megren, Saeed M. Alshihri, Peter J. Dobson, Gari P. Owen, John M. Thomas & Peter P. Edwards (Nature Communications) With mounting concerns over climate change, the utilisation or conversion

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

MCGA Offering Four $5,000 Scholarships to Future Ag Leaders — DEADLINE: January 8, 2021

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is providing four $5,000 scholarships to students located statewide who are pursuing a career in agriculture. The number of scholarships available doubled from last year, as Minnesota’s corn farmers increased their investment in the next generation of agricultural leaders. “Our

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

3 Top Secret Words That Will Change Your Life: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Science of Yes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Part 3 of our “Science of Yes” this week, The Digest shared this short but sweet slide guide making it a quick read for you today on New Year’s Eve so you can get back to celebrating the end of 2020. But first, check

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

IISc Researchers Turn Stubble into Ethanol

by Chiranjeevi Kulkarni (Deccan Herald)  At a time when pollution from stubble burning has become a concern, researchers from IISc have devised a way to extract ethanol from it which is a valuable fuel.  Professor T V Ramachandra and his doctoral student Deepthi Hebbale presented the result of their experiments at

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Science of Yes – Part 2: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Grey Heron

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Yesterday we shared with you Part 1 of a recent DigestConnect webinar on “The Science of Yes” where we talked about how we persuade customers, partners, investors, reviewers, employers to join us in industrial biotechnology through messaging and positioning. In today’s Slide Guide, we look

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association’s industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others, protecting the industry’s employees and saving lives in communities around the world. “While

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fuel Cell Development Takes Flight after UL Lafayette Lands Grant

(University of Louisiana at Lafayette) An energy storage and power generation system being designed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could make flying the friendly skies less harmful to the environment. Solid oxide fuel cells are “a key component” within that system, said Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou. Their inclusion in

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biodiesel from Neem Tree Trans-esterification

by David Bradley (Inderscience/Tech Xplore) The neem tree, Azadirachta indica, also known as the Indian Lilac, is well known for its oil extracted from its seed and fruit. It has been used in traditional medicine but has also been investigated for the pest control potential of natural products. Work published

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UAE Researchers Produce Biofuel from Date Seeds

(The National News) About one million tonnes of date seeds are produced from 40 million palm trees in the Emirates — A research team in the UAE have extracted a large quantity of biofuel from date seeds, signalling a huge potential boost for the country’s biofuel industry. About one million

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

These Metal-Based Catalysts Can Boost Biofuel Yields

by Mike Timko (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biofuels Digest)  A recent study led by a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute shows that metal-oxide-based catalysts reduce char build up during biofuel conversion processes, increasing bio-crude oil yield and decreasing yields of low-value byproducts. … Utilizing wet food waste requires a fast and efficient

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Fuel for Thought Podcast

(Haldoe Topsoe) The world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry season two. This time, Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe look into some of the most pressing topics in renewables and the refining industry, including trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen, pyrolysis and its challenges and opportunities,

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

UWM Scientist Receives Grant to Study Giant Kelp as a Biofuel

by Tom Luljak (WUWM) Giant kelp is usually found thousands of miles from Milwaukee. It’s known for being an incredibly fast-growing seaweed in the Pacific Ocean. But recently, scientists have learned that the kelp could be a huge source for biofuel. That’s where a UWM scientist, Felipe Alberto, comes into

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Scholarships to Again Provide Students Access to National Ethanol Conference DEADLINE: February 5, 2021

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is again partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, taking place in an entirely digital format Feb. 16-18, 2021. Four scholarships are available to cover the cost of the

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

New Discovery Opens Novel Pathway for High-Titer Production of Drop-in Biofuels

(Aarhus University/EurekAlert!)  Using an unusual, light-dependent enzyme and a newly discovered enzymatic mechanism, researchers from Aarhus University and MIT have enabled the biological synthesis of high-yield industry relevant production of climate neutral drop-in fuels from biowaste  —  …  A special light-dependent enzyme, which was first discovered about three years ago, is

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Wants the U.S. to Stop Contributing to Climate Change by 2050. Here’s What that Would Actually Take.

by Chris Mooney (Washington Post) … And all of it is powered by an array of solar and sometimes distant wind installations, which route electricity across the country thanks to a gargantuan network of power lines that triples the scale of the United States’ current transmission infrastructure. You see them

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Go Microbial to Store Energy, Sequester CO2

by Blaine Friedlander (Cornell University/Science Daily)  By borrowing nature’s blueprints for photosynthesis, bioengineers have found a way to efficiently absorb and store large-scale, low-cost renewable energy from the sun – while sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide to use later as a biofuel. By borrowing nature’s blueprints for photosynthesis, Cornell University bioengineers have

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

From Co-Product Lignin to Biodegradable Polyurethanes: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There is such a thing as green polyols for polyurethanes! And as you probably know, cellulosic ethanol produces tons of co-product lignin, so check out this slide guide that dives into the basic polyurethane chemistry, how lignin-based polyurethanes are made, pretreatment, structural changes, the latest

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

CHCI Public Policy Fellowship and Internship Programs Applications Open DEADLINE: January 15, 2021 for graduate programs; February 15, 2021 for undergraduate and high school

(Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute)  Interested in making an impact on your community and the nation? Want to work on public policy with the people making it happen every day, explore new ways to apply your expertise, expand your network and grow as a leader? Apply today for CHCI’s D.C.-based immersive

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article
    Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Bioeconomy Career Fair   —   February 4, 2021   —   ONLINE

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Bioeconomy Career Fair — February 4, 2021 — ONLINE

The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education is hosting its first virtual career fair on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 10am-3pm (CST). The career fair will be attended by students from over 20 different universities across the nation.  A comprehensive range of industry, government, and university employers in the bioeconomy sector will

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies: What Success Looks Like and How to Replicate It

by Lachlan Carey and Nikos Tsafos (Center for Strategic and International Studies) Can emerging economies grow while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, either on an absolute basis or against some business-as-usual baseline? The Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies engaged in a yearlong

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Use of Biogas at the Dickinson College Farm

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In recent years, Dickinson College of Carlisle, PA, has been interested in innovative environmental practices that will improve the community and foster a hands-on learning experience for the students. In 2008, students and staff at the College Farm began experimenting with small scale biogas

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Illinois Community College ‘Building a Pipeline of Biodiesel Technicians’

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Illinois-based Lewis and Clark Community College is making progress toward “building a pipeline of biodiesel technicians,” according to a recent presentation given by Chris Reynolds, the school’s associate professor of automotive technology. Year one’s objectives toward this end included building awareness and interest in

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

George Washington University Offers Environmental and Energy Management Graduate Program

(Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition)  The George Washington University will be offering full-time and part-time interdisciplinary graduate studies as part of their Environmental and Energy Management (EEM) program. Offerings include the EEM Master of Science degree or  the Greenhouse Gas Management Graduate Certificate. The program is designed specifically for professionals in the environmental

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Understanding Bacteria’s Metabolism Could Improve Biofuel Production

by Jules Bernstein (University of California – Riverside/Phys.Org) A new study reveals how bacteria control the chemicals produced from consuming ‘food.’ The insight could lead to organisms that are more efficient at converting plants into biofuels. The study, authored by scientists at UC Riverside and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Just Transition Initiative Launches Website

(Center for Strategic and International Studies)  The Just Transition Initiative (JTI) is a partnership project between the CSIS Energy Security & Climate Change Program and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) investigating how to achieve a just transition through the rapid and deep changes needed to address the climate crisis. This

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

AILA International Fellowship DEADLINE extended to December 14, 2020

(Center for Strategic and International Studies)  Preparing aspiring leaders for effective and meaningful leadership in today’s world. The Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) at CSIS offers its flagship leadership program, the AILA International Fellowship, to equip aspiring global leaders to be effective and ethical changemakers. This transformational experience gives participants the tools and

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Ham Trick Is Organized for the Fifth Time in a Row – Christmas Cooking Waste Fats Are Recycled into Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste) The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish), a campaign that demonstrates circular economy, will be organized for the fifth Christmas in a row. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Finnish households to collect and recycle their ham waste fats and other Christmas cooking waste fats, from which Neste will

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Aim to ‘Upcycle’ Nutrient Waste on Farms Using Duckweed

by Tim Schley (Penn State News)  New approach to nutrient management could make money for farmers and land managers; Best management practices for reducing runoff and other nutrient losses in agriculture have been difficult to implement, according to Penn State researchers. The team is hoping that duckweed could help make

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalyzing the Carbontech Ecosystem: Startup Application DEADLINE January 27 2021

(Carbon to Value Initiative) The Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative will unlock a new carbontech economy, bringing innovative solutions to scale as rapidly as possible through the creation of a robust, powerful, and collaborative new ecosystem.  Applications are now open for startups to join the first C2V accelerator cohort, which will

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Taylor ISD Launches Pilot Diesel Program

by Tim Crow (Taylor Press) Taylor students seeking careers in the automotive industry will soon have access to the highest quality training and certifications available in diesel mechanics. The new program is the result of what’s been called a groundbreaking partnership between Taylor ISD and Peterbilt Motors Company, an American-based

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Your Amazon Boxes Could Be Turned into Biofuel: A New Microorganism Munches on Cardboard to Create a Source of Energy.

by Mark Wilson (Fast Company)  … The problem is that recycling centers, with so much excess cardboard, just toss the material into a dump. But what if we could do something else—anything else—with all these boxes? Like fuel a car? Thanks to Sun-Mi Lee, a research scientist at the Clean

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Video Series

(Renewable Energy Group)  This week REG is celebrating 25 years of operations! We will be releasing videos all week recounting the last quarter century of hard work and dedication that got us here. Here is how it all started: Hear from Myron Danzer, current REG General Manager, and Matt Schultes,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Methanol Production in Container Format

(Ruhr University Bochum) Methanol is an important raw material for the chemical industry. So far it has mostly been obtained from fossil natural gas. A team with RUB participation wants to change that. — The idea is based on CO 2 recycling and renewable energies. Methanol is produced from fossil natural

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Research Creates Hydrogen-Producing Living Droplets, Paving Way for Alternative Future Energy Sources

(University of Bristol)  Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published today in Nature Communications.   Normally, algal cells

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Modern Alchemy: University of North Dakota Aims to Turn Corn Stalks, Stems and Leaves into Jet Fuel

(University of North Dakota/News Wise)  One of the significant challenges for renewable alternative fuels could be solved if a consortium of research laboratories led by the University of North Dakota can turn corn waste into jet fuel. Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering &

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

$2.5 Million DOE Grant to Help MSU Researchers Measure Benefits of Growing Trees for Biofuel

(Mississippi State University) A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will benefit Mississippi State researchers in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center studying the economic and ecological benefits of growing trees for biofuel production. The DOE funding will help MSU scientists study how to produce better, hardier

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

3-D Printed Corals, New Bioreactors to Boost Microalgae Production for Biofuels

by Fintan Burke (Horizon Magazine/Phys.Org) Using light as an energy source, photosynthetic microalgae can be used to produce products like biofuels and cosmetics. But algae grown in a reactor block out the light on which they feed. New reactor designs could solve this problem and help the industry move forward. Photosynthetic

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Novel Cellulose Finding May Lead to New Chemicals, Biofuels

by Jamie Oberdick (Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org) A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development. “A more detailed understanding of the structure of

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gases to Carbon Neutrality and Carbon Negativity; an Overview of Popular Emission Terms

by Aytek Yuksel (Cummins) … This article brings you the basics around some of the common terms associated with air quality and emissions. What are the different greenhouse gases (GHG)? There are four primary greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and fluorinated gases. These are called greenhouse

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

LIFE SMART AgroMobility Project Will Produce Biomethane to Fuel Agricultural Vehicles

(UPM/Gasnam/NGV Journal) The LIFE SMART AgroMobility project will work and research for the next three years in the production of biomethane from the processing of agricultural waste to later be used as fuel for agricultural vehicles and for biofertilizers. Its main objective is to demonstrate the viability of a new model

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon-Capture Breakthrough Could Be a Game-Changer in Utilising CO₂

by Matthew Hill and Munir Sadiq (Monash University) The CSIRO and Monash University have developed a revolutionary device that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. Its inventors say it’s the most cost-effective method of capturing CO₂ yet devised. In the short term, they hope their Airthena device will be used to produce the 100

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Bold’ Ag Innovation Campus Breaks Ground in Crookston, Minnesota

(Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council/Biobased Diesel Daily) No small amount of grit, forward-thinking ideas or farmer leadership helped lead to a momentous day in Crookston, Minnesota, recently as ground was broken for the long-awaited Ag Innovation Campus’ small crush facility. “This is exciting―there are opportunities here,” said Tim Walz, the

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT-G Develops Method to Transform Industrial Wastes into Chemicals

(The Tribune) The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) on Monday said its researchers have formulated efficient ‘pincer’ catalytic systems that transform industrial/biomass wastes into valuable chemicals. According to the research team, tiny amounts of these ‘pincer catalysts’ repeatedly convert large amounts of industrial waste such as glycerol into lactic acid

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Tips for Picking the Right Cold Weather Biodiesel Blend

(Renewable Energy Group) …A common question Renewable Energy Group hears from fleet customers is, “What’s the right blend for me in the winter?” That leads to a cascade of other questions. Here are the ones we hear most frequently while we help fleets make sure they’re running on the right

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

One Minute Video: The Use of Biofuels–Purchase Consciously

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Created for Dickinson College’s Eco-Reps fall mission of People, Planet, Prosperity, this lively video helps people learn more about biofuels in order to consciously purchase vehicles that can reduce their carbon footprint.  WATCH VIDEO   *Hannah DelSordo expects her BA in International Studies and French

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

OneUSDA Internship Program Application Deadline for Paid Summer 2021 Internship Is November 16

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)As part of the federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship Program offers paid, federal internships at USDA agencies and offices around the country for professional development opportunities in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields. The program is available to high school to graduate students

November 14, 2020 Read Full Article

University of Eastern Finland Announces partnership with European Bioeconomy University’s Erasmus+ project to bring together bioeconomy studies

(Science Business/University of Eastern Finland) The School of Forest Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland is a partner in a new Erasmus+ project of the European Bioeconomy University, EBU, which seeks to develop a mechanism to enhance bioeconomy students’ cross-sectoral mindset. Thanks to a shared platform for online learning and

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel Daily Editor Ron Kotrba Featured on National Biodiesel Board’s New Sustainability Website

(Biodiesel Sustainability Now/EIN Biofuel Industry Today) The National Biodiesel Board recently unveiled its new “Biodiesel Sustainability Now” website, which features sections such as “Sustainability Stories,” where readers can get inspired by biodiesel and renewable diesel in action; “The Basics,” which includes fundamental information about biodiesel and renewable diesel, explanations of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Nano Grain-Based Ethanol Unit Opened at NSI

(Times of India)  A nano grain-based ethanol unit, installed at the National Sugar Institute-Kanpur, was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the Harcourt Butler Technological University Kampur, on Thursday This unit is integrated with existing molasses-based ethanol unit and thus now the system would be ‘Multi Feed Stock Based Ethanol Unit’

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

University of Kentucky Researchers Launch a $2 Million Project to Study Sulfur Variability in Biofuel Feedstocks

by Katie Pratt (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) Sulfur found in biofuel feedstock could pose serious problems to the industry, because it causes pollution, is toxic to the catalyst and corrosive to biorefinery equipment. A national group of scientists and industry partners led by researchers at the

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association on the Election’s Impact on the Biofuel Sector

(RFD TV) One of the biggest issues the ag sector has been focusing on amid this election is the regulation of U.S. biofuels. Geoff Cooper, the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, speaks with RFD-TV’s own Christina Loren on what he is focused on, what he would like

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Hybrid SOFC-Turbogenerator for Aircraft Newest DOE Awardee

(Maryland Energy Innovation Institute) In the latest round of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18.5M as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program. The REEACH program objective is to develop a disruptive system to convert the chemical energy contained in

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

CABBI Researchers Collaborate on Oilcane Pilot Project

by Jenna Kurtzweil (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation) From southeastern Florida to northern Mississippi to the Midwestern Corn Belt, CABBI scientists have struck sustainable oil with sugarcane. But the crop’s potential value to the renewable energy sector earns this particular variety a more appropriate designation: oilcane.

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Research Team Sequences Miscanthus Genome

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) An international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

7 Big Deals, and Why They’re Big — Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine, and Ways2H

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There’s been a barrage of big deals this week and here’s The Digest’s exclusive take on the biggest 7 deals, why they are big, and more. In today’s Digest, we’ve got the latest deal details that include Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine,

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Lignin-Splitting Method Inspired by Nature

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …  “Bacteria and fungi break down plants through a number of different ways. When you see mushrooms growing on dead logs in a forest, they are breaking down the plant cell wall into small pieces that they ‘eat’ so that they

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Biodiesel from Dirty Old Cooking Oil Just Got Way Easier

(RMIT University/EurekAlert!)  New ultra-efficient catalyst can recycle old cooking oil into biodiesel and turn food scraps into high-value complex molecules  — Researchers have developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products. The method harnesses

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioeconomy Vital for Freshwater Resources

(Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research/Phys.Org) In the future, the world may increasingly rely on renewable biomass resources for the provision of food, fodder, fiber and fuel. How this transition to a bioeconomy will affect Nordic water resources, is something BIOWATER, a Nordic Centre of Excellence, is currently looking into. In a

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy Bring Biofuel Technology to Dairy Farms

(University of Wisconsin Oshkosh/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new technology that converts biogas to fuel. The renewable solution makes use of Agra Energy’s Micro-GTL (gas-to-liquids) technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. “Agra Energy’s

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Happy Bioenergy Day!

CELEBRATE BIOENERGY DAY!  Remember, bioenergy includes transportation energy like ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, biojet, biobutanol and more.  Let’s celebrate their contribution to defossilization of transportation as organizations all over the United States and Canada – businesses, nonprofits, universities, and state and local governments – showcase the many

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

New Technology Turns Delivery Boxes into Biodiesel

(The Korea Bizwire)    A newly developed technology is capable of producing biodiesel, an eco-friendly fuel for automobiles, using paper waste generated by parcel deliveries. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced Tuesday that they had developed a microorganism that can produce base materials for biodiesel from

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Communicating the Bioeconomy through Maps

(Teagasc)  What is the bioeconomy? Is it relevant to me, my sector, my business, the place where I live or my farm? What is unique about it? How does Ireland compare relative to other European countries? And how can I get involved? These are questions that a series of maps, released

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

New Grants Support RFA’s Award-Winning Safety Education

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded $75,000 in grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

The Climate Threat to Bank Portfolios

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) U.S. banks’ loan portfolios are more exposed to climate change-induced risks than previously thought, according to a new report from business sustainability group Ceres. Roughly half of syndicated loans among major U.S. banks — the large loans issued to one borrower from multiple lenders — are vulnerable

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

NCERC at SIUE Creates Future Leaders of Future Fuels

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has launched a new initiative “Future Leaders of Future Fuels,” focused on developing its own employees’ knowledge of the biofuels industry. The Future Leaders group consists of Scientific Analysts Rachel Carpio and Kaitlin Lasseigne, Operations Manager

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development

edited by Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, Gade Pandu Rangaiah , Christian V. Stevens  (Wiley)  A comprehensive overview of current developments and applications in biofuels production — Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development brings together the latest and most cutting-edge research on the production of biofuels. As the first book specifically devoted to process systems

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

New Star-Studded Netflix Doc Suggests Regenerative Agriculture Will Solve the Climate Crisis — Exclusive

by Sophie Hirsch (Green Matters)  To significantly mitigate the climate crisis, there are a lot of problems humans need to solve — and as the new Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground suggests, one of the biggest problems is right under your feet: the soil. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring music from

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

A State Policy Landscape: K12 Climate Action

(K12 Climate Action/Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program) A State Policy Landscape: K12 Climate Action looks at key areas where states have policies that can support schools in moving toward climate action. The report highlights opportunities for growth by focusing on state-level policy in the following areas. With 98,000 public schools

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Activate Fellowship Application Open DEADLINE October 30, 2020

(Activate.org)  A two-year fellowship to turn your technology concept into a product. TWO YEARS OF FUNDING Fellows receive a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. This enables them to focus on their project full-time. Each project also receives $100,000 of research

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Lallemand to Sponsor RFA Young Professionals Network in 2021

by  Jackie Pohlman  (Renewable Fuels Association) Today (October 9, 2020), the Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has partnered with RFA as the title sponsor of the Young Professionals Network in 2021. As the YPN meets the goals of its growing membership base, new

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: How Regenerative Ag Benefits Farmers in General Mills’ Key Sourcing Regions

by Nate Birt (Farm Journal Ag Web) Over the past year, a wave of global food companies have transitioned their focus from sustainable to regenerative agriculture. General Mills—maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt, Nature Valley granola bars and Pillsbury desserts, among its more than 100 brands—has been doing that for years.

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

What Is Flex Fuel? It’s All about Renewable Options

by Tony Markovich (The Drive) … Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) have spread throughout the automotive industry during the past 20 years and offer customers a fuel choice other than traditional gasoline. It’s not a hybrid or an electric car, but it’s something, and every little something can help. Read The Drive’s Garage

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINARS:  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Early Career Training Webinar Series   —   Monthly September 9-December 16, 2020

WEBINARS: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Early Career Training Webinar Series — Monthly September 9-December 16, 2020

CHCI is proud to announce the launch of our virtual recruitment series. Join us for a series of events designed to make you a more competitive applicant for CHCI or any leadership development program. All events will feature information about all of CHCI’s professional programs, unless the session title notes

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

CHCI Announces New Social Equity Fellowship to Advance Equality in Society

(Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute)  For over 40 years, CHCI has empowered Latino leaders and their communities to make a positive impact in our nation’s politics, culture, and society – yet, we know there is still work to be done. This year, a focus on the Hispanic community is more important

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae for Fuel Production on Mars

by Brian Wang (Next Big Future) Algae could be used for fuel production on Mars and it would also produce oxygen on Mars. It would also produce fertilizer for growing crops on Mars. Georgia Tech aims to reduce the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) mass of a crewed mission to Mars by

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Replacing Fossil Fuels? Gene-Edited Algae Could Help Cut Biodiesel Production Costs

(Genetic Literacy Project/ISAAA) Hiroshima University researchers developed a highly efficient genome editing system for microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is a potential source of biodiesel. Algae gather high concentrations of lipids through photosynthesis and these lipids can be used as feedstocks for sustainable new energies called biodiesels. Nannochloropsis species are microalgae that produce high amounts of lipids. However, production

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Bacterial Cellulose Degradation System Could Give Boost to Biofuels Production

(National Institutes of Natural Sciences/Phys.Org)  … When plants are processed into biofuels or other biomass applications, cellulose has to be degraded into simpler sugar molecules first, and this step can represent up to a quarter of the operating and capital costs of biofuel production. If this process can be made faster

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Prince William and the Royal Foundation Launched the Earthshot Prize

(Royal Foundation) Prince William and The Royal Foundation have launched The Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global prize for the environment in history. The Prize will incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years – a critical decade for the Earth. The launch comes after two

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

ISU: USDA Grant to Fund Anaerobic Digestion Research

(Illinois State University/Biomass Magazine) David Kopsell, professor of horticulture at Illinois State University, and LC (Liangcheng) Yang, assistant professor of environmental health at ISU, have received a two-year, nearly $150,000 grant from the  USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of this  USDA-NIFA grant program is to increase the capacity

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article
    Climate Solutions Workshop for Educators   —   October 17 or 29, 2020   —   ONLINE

Climate Solutions Workshop for Educators — October 17 or 29, 2020 — ONLINE

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program and the Wisconsin Energy Institute are excited to bring no-cost interactive climate solutions workshops to your middle or high school classroom. Explore the En-ROADS simulation with us as you network with other teachers and imagine how this workshop fits into your curriculum. En-ROADS is

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

ACS GCI Seeks Educators to Develop Undergrad Chemistry Modules DEADLINE November 20, 2020

What if chemistry students graduated with the toolset—and mindset—to tackle the grand challenges of sustainability? What if educators had go-to resources to teach fundamental chemistry concepts within the context of big-picture issues like the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and using a systems thinking approach? The ACS GCI’s Green Chemistry Education

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Harnessing Plant Power for Renewable Energy

(University of Leeds)  Tapping into the myriad uses of plants and fungi could save people and the planet, says new report — University of Leeds researchers have joined forces with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to conduct research into the plants and fungi that could be used as a source of

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Teach Climate Network Workshop: Supporting Youth Leaders   —   October 21, 2020

WEBINAR: Teach Climate Network Workshop: Supporting Youth Leaders — October 21, 2020

(Climate Generation)  During this election season we are reflecting on the power of intergenerational climate change education and activism. As adults and youth come together in common cause, their voices and power are magnified. This month we look to youth for inspiration on what they are doing to turn hardship

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

US EPA Announces $3 Million for 12 Food Waste AD Projects

(Bioenergy Insight)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 12 organisations and projects to receive around $3 million (€2.55 million) in funding to help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity in the US. The project types chosen for

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Award of Excellence Recipient Doug Tiffany Knows ‘Rural Values’

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The prolific career of Doug Tiffany, recipient of the 2020 Award of Excellence, is indelibly linked to his connections to agriculture and farmland. Ethanol and its coproducts have been a frequent point of focus for the University of Minnesota production economist. … While seemingly

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Biorefining of Sugarcane Bagasse to Fermentable Sugars and Surface Oxygen Group-Rich Hierarchical Porous Carbon for Supercapacitors

by Xiaoxiang Wang, Li Cao, Rosmala Lewis, Tubuxin Hreid, Zhanying Zhang, Hongxia Wang (Renewable Energy)  Oxygen-rich porous carbon from sugarcane bagasse via facile biorefining process. Symmetric cell exhibits high energy density of 5.86 Wh kg−1 with 97% retention. Solid residue yield reached 36.1% which can be a feedstock for valuable product. Revealed

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

EcoUniversity: Regulatory Training & Education

(EcoEngineers) Successful clean energy project owners require a solid grasp of the regulatory requirements that drive value to their projects. Our portfolio of training and education workshops will empower you to make informed decisions on your behalf and maintain compliance in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape as we transition to a low-carbon

October 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Science Students, Rise to the Challenge! Apply for a Scholarship to National Biodiesel Conference DEADLINE: November 8, 2020

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Board invites university students majoring in scientific fields of study, and who have a passion for biodiesel as an energy innovation on the rise, to apply for a special opportunity. Student members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel can apply for a scholarship to

October 2, 2020 Read Full Article

MSU Researchers to Lead $11 Million Study to Deepen Understanding of Camelina

by Reagan Colyer (Montana State University News Service) A research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop.  The MSU team, led by Chaofu

October 1, 2020 Read Full Article

In Celebration of National Clean Energy Week, CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Launch Interactive Suite of Infographics

(Clean Energy Business Network) Clean energy industries represented the growth sectors of the U.S. energy economy over the past decade, providing good-paying jobs while supporting a cleaner, healthier future for communities across the nation. In celebration of National Clean Energy Week, CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy are pleased to

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Powerful Pennycress: Dr. Sedbrook’s Research Team Is Transforming a Weed into a Crop

(Illinois State University)  Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics Dr. John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself. Sedbrook and his student researchers in the School of Biological Sciences are genetically modifying pennycress as part of a

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Tech Converts Natural Gas to Hydrogen at Scale Anywhere and Plastic-Eating Enzyme ‘Cocktail’ Heralds Hope for Plastic Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, how Florida-based Transform Materials is literally transforming the petrochemical industry’s ability to convert flared natural gas often emitted at hydraulic fracking wellheads into hydrogen and acetylene using microwave plasma technology, and how scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Switching to Switchgrass – Will DOE and USDA Funding Turn Switchgrass into a Rockstar Biofuel Feedstock?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … So as we look for better biofuel feedstocks, we look at switchgrass because of new U.S. Department of Energy AND U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to study it for biofuels. Could it be the next biofuel feedstock Rockstar? Or will it be a

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

“Just A Minute” Short Educational Video about Retrofitting to Use E85 in Existing Vehicles

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  The third in the “Just A Minute about Renewable Fuels” short educational video series in four minutes explains how to decrease the carbon footprint of existing vehicles while waiting for electric vehicles to be affordable, available, powered by renewables using fair trade batteries.  It describes flex fuel

September 25, 2020 Read Full Article
    TSCA Fundamentals   —   October 19-29, 2020   —   ONLINE

TSCA Fundamentals — October 19-29, 2020 — ONLINE

Invaluable training on the essentials of TSCA  —  Implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is very much a work in progress, and the US EPA’s regulatory actions require continuous monitoring. Staying on top of these changes is critically important, and training on current regulatory requirements is vital.

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA’s Virtual Heartland Tour Gives Congressional and Agency Staff an Inside Look at Ethanol Industry

(Renewable Fuels Association) Congressional staff and other federal and state decisionmakers got an up-close virtual look at the U.S. ethanol industry last week as part of the Renewable Fuels Association’s Virtual Heartland Tour. The event included a series of educational videos on timely topics and Q&As with farmers, ethanol producers and

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biochar Learning Center (BLC)

by Kelpie Wilson (US Biochar Initiative Newsletter) Biochar stories and research are found online everywhere now. That’s great, but how can you determine which information is most current and credible? Providing you with reliable answers is the goal of USBI’s new Biochar Learning Center (BLC) on the USBI website. Over the next year,

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Working to Grow Algae for Biofuels in the Dark Using Solar Energy

by Jeff Kart (Forbes)  …The researchers working on this are from University of California, Riverside (UCR) and it’s part of a two-year project. Those involved are being tight-lipped about the methods they’ll be using (pending the upcoming publication of research on a closely related project). What’s been announced so far: The work

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 U.S. C3E Poster Competition DEADLINE October 16, 2020

Students and early-career researchers are invited to participate in a poster competition at the annual U.S. C3E Symposium and Awards, which will be held December 8-9, 2020.  The poster competition allows Symposium attendees to learn more about cutting-edge research in a variety of clean energy fields.  A poster committee with

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    2020 U.S. C3E Symposium and Awards   —   December 8-9, 2020   —   ONLINE

2020 U.S. C3E Symposium and Awards — December 8-9, 2020 — ONLINE

The ninth U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards will be held virtually on December 8-9, 2020. The C3E Symposium explores current topics in clean energy, recognizes accomplished women awardees, and builds a strong and interconnected network. Winners of the ninth annual C3E

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Create New Tool for Controlling Genes in Methanogens

(University of Arkansas) University of Arkansas researchers have developed an efficient tool for controlling genes in methanogens, a finding that could advance research in fields as diverse as climate change and biofuel production. The tool, a variation of the CRISPR-Cas9 system, was used to repress targeted gene functions in methanogens without

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    Wisconsin Energy Bingo for Clean Energy Week   —   September 21-25, 2020

Wisconsin Energy Bingo for Clean Energy Week — September 21-25, 2020

(Wisconsin Energy Institute) Celebrate Clean Energy Week from Sept 21-25 (or any time of the year) by completing energy bingo challenges from the bingo card here! You can also find a printable version here. Get an Energy Bingo by completing five challenges, during Clean Energy Week, that line up in a row across, up/down, or

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

European Renewable Ethanol Industry Launches New Resource for Consumer Information on E10 Fuel

(ePURE)  E10info.eu answers common questions about production, use and availability of ethanol petrol blend that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions  —  E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched today (September 17, 2020) as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Bestseller Foundation in Collaboration with Intellecap Africa Launches the First of Its Kind Accelerator for Waste Value Enterprises

(Intellecap)  Based on the aspiration to support enterprises and build the waste sector in East Africa, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION in collaboration with Intellecap Africa launched the Waste to Value Challenge in December 2019. The Challenge was launched across four countries; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and received over 400 applications out of

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

New Process Boosts Lignin Bio-oil as a Next-Generation Fuel

(Georgia Tech News Center) A new low-temperature, multi-phase process for upgrading lignin bio-oil to hydrocarbons could help expand use of the lignin, which is now largely a waste product left over from the production of cellulose and bioethanol from trees and other woody plants. Using a dual catalyst system of superacid

September 14, 2020 Read Full Article
    Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy   —   September 29, 2020   —   ONLINE

Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy — September 29, 2020 — ONLINE

Tom L. Richard, PhD, Penn State professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Director of PSU Institutes of Energy and the Environment shares the importance of biological processes in reaching a Carbon-negative future and what is needed to reverse our already excessive concentration of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere. Dr. Richard

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Invests $72 Million in Carbon Capture Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today(September 1, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of approximately $72 million in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies under two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Under this cost-shared research and development (R&D), DOE is awarding $51 million

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article
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