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    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

Coconut Waste Could be Used for Cheaper Biodiesel and Bioethanol Production

by Victoria Sinla (Nature World News) It has been found that the production of biodiesel and bioethanol from coconut waste is possible with specific chemical processes. As an environmentally attractive alternative to diesel fuel, biodiesel can be produced using the method of transesterification, with the use of alcohol to react with edible

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article
    PODCASTS:  DITCHED: Fossil Fuels, Money Flows and the Greening of Finance   —   Mondays through September 2020

PODCASTS: DITCHED: Fossil Fuels, Money Flows and the Greening of Finance — Mondays through September 2020

(Political Climate) You may have seen the headlines about universities ditching their fossil fuel investments. Or perhaps you saw the news that BlackRock, one of the world’s largest financial firms, is getting out of coal and putting climate change at the center of its investment strategy.  Pension funds, insurers, family offices

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Investigating a Renewable Solvent for Biofuel Production

(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)  A research team at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has a plan to turn waste into a green solvent for biofuel production. Doctors Chang Geun Yoo and Gyu Leem and their graduate students, Yunxuan Wang and Shuya Li, in the departments

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Science and Other Ways of Knowing Workshop   —   September 30, 2020

WEBINAR: Science and Other Ways of Knowing Workshop — September 30, 2020

Investigate how race, culture, and ethnicity impact our experience and understanding of climate change, and practice integrating scientific and traditional ecological ways of knowing in your lesson plans. This workshop is designed to support k-12 educators and families doing at home education. Participants will leave with new enthusiasm for climate

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Testing Household Food Waste Bin Behavior Change in Ireland

(BioCycle Magazine)  The Food Waste Recycling Project is an initiative of Cré (Composting & Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland), the Regional Waste Management Planning Lead Authorities Connacht Ulster, Eastern Midlands, Southern (WMPLA) and the Irish Waste Management Association. With funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE),

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Technique to Produce Biofuel from Algae to Boost India’s Clean Energy Efforts

by Ankita Singh (The Logical Indian) The ministry said in that the use of microalgae has been strongly considered for the production of biofuels. —  Indian scientists have developed low-cost biodiesel from microalgae under the INSPIRE programme of ministry of science and technology. The Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (Inspire) is

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

(Houston Chronicle)  Using current and past Census data, Stacker tracks the way the American farming industry has changed over the past century.  Over the past century, American farming has changed dramatically. Crops with long histories like tobacco are still prevalent throughout the South, while many farmers across the country are now

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Study Beneficial Links Between Biofuel Sorghum and Fungus

(AZO Cleantech) For years, researchers have been trying to harness the crop-growing benefits of the symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), for example, can deliver water and nutrients to the roots of plants like sorghum, a grain used to produce biofuels. The US Department of Energy (DOE)

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Expert Q&A: Negative Emissions & Environmental Assessment Could Help Save the Planet

by Anthony J. Campanella (State University College at Buffalo/Planet Forward)  George Washington University recently hosted a daylong workshop for NGOs on carbon dioxide removal and negative emissions. … One of the experts presenting at the event, Stanford University senior research scientist Katherine Mach, sat down with us to tell us more

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

SUNY ESF Receives USDA Grant: Biomass Products Will Reinvigorate Abandoned Land

(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), as a member of a mid-Atlantic consortium, has received $630,000 over five years from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop biomass systems and products with the potential to put abandoned lands and people

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces $16.5 Million for Technologies Supporting the Biofuels Supply Chain

(U.S. Department of Energy/ARPA-E) Today, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced $16.5 million in funding for six projects as part of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program. These projects will develop technologies that bridge the data gap in the biofuel

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fuel Blends Safety Training for All First Responders and Interested Public—Be Prepared in a Changed World

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) 1) We are no longer living in an all-hydrocarbon fuel world. 2) If there’s water involved, the ethanol stays with the water. 3) AR-AFFF is the only firefighting foam that can successfully extinguish an ethanol fire or suppress flammable vapors. 4) When firefighters are

September 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    GTI Tech Talk Webinar Series   —   30 minutes Monthly   —   ONLINE

GTI Tech Talk Webinar Series — 30 minutes Monthly — ONLINE

The energy industry is in the midst of significant transformations. Technological innovation has produced an unprecedented abundance of affordable and clean energy supplies, with natural gas, efficiency, and renewable resources each playing essential roles in this dramatic transition. While great progress has been made, the ultimate set of solutions to

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article
    VENICE 2020 Science Slam   —   November 16-19, 2020   —   ONLINE

VENICE 2020 Science Slam — November 16-19, 2020 — ONLINE

Are you a PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher? A Science Slam is a communication format whereby young scientists have 8 minutes to explain their research projects in a captivating, engaging and concise way. The format aims to propagate the innovative ideas of young researchers at the start of their career, who rarely get

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Uncertainty for Back to School Abounds, but School Buses Are Ready

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Today’s diesel school bus engines are significantly cleaner than engines built in 1988. In use since 2010, new-generation advanced technology diesel engines are equipped with the most advanced emissions control technology available: diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction systems. These technologies capture nearly all fine particles

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

WIU School of Agriculture Part of Second Pennycress Research Grant

(Western Illinois University)  Just 12 months after Western Illinois University Agriculture Professor Win Phippen announced the award of a $10 million federal grant to investigate the use of Pennycress as a commercial cash crop, a second grant has been awarded that dovetails into the initial grant and helps ensure a

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Farm in Ohio Shows Possible New Source of Low Cost, Easily Processed Biomass

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “They seem to be serious,” said Atlantic Biomass’ Bob Kozak reflecting on a tour of a hemp farm in central Ohio.  He noted, “They are going all-in, putting their own money into this—no grants and planting 26 acres the first year.”  Kozak was there

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Cummins-Powered 1949 Ford Truck Is Now the Fastest Diesel Vehicle Up Pikes Peak

by Caleb Jacobs (The Drive) Ole Smokey F1 conquered the course’s 156 turns with precision and, oh yeah, tons of power.  — …  (Scott) Birdsall drove the 6.7-liter Cummins-powered Ford to a final time of 11:24.065, according to the PPIHC’s official leaderboard. That mark bests the previous record, set by Uwe

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Enzymes Fit for Industrial Applications

(Ruhr University Bochum) Bacterial enzymes are often powerful but also very sensitive catalysts. They therefore need a special environment in order to access their performance.  Researchers at RUB have developed new techniques with which bacterial enzymes can be efficiently coupled to electrodes. Together with a team from the University of

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Phenotyping and Trait Predictions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sorghum as Energy Crop

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Take genotype + environment + management practices and you’ve got phenotyping, a measurable characteristic or trait of a plant. In this case, we look at sorghum from Purdue University’s Dr. Melba Crawford and how they are using multi-modality sensing and modeling for high throughput phenotyping of

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

How a Broken Carburetor Sparked a Bright Future in Biofuels for a New Hampshire High Schooler

by Jackie Pohlman (Renewable Fuels Association) What began as one high school junior’s passion project has gone on to win science fair accolades and capture our attention here at RFA for its demonstration of ethanol’s versatility in engines of all sizes. John Horangic, a junior at Bishop Brady High School in

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Future Also, CALL FOR MODULE DEVELOPMENT TEAM DEADLINE: November 2020

by Jenny MacKellar (American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute) As we work towards developing green chemistry education resources for the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, we return to our green chemistry education road map vision: “Chemistry education that will equip and inspire chemists to solve the grand challenges of sustainability.” To achieve this

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Published Library of Recorded Presentations on Multitude of Bioeconomy Topics

(Biofuels Digest)  Recorded presentations for your on-demand review and enjoyment. Just Pick and Click! On BioChannelTV RENEWABLE DIESEL & DME Saola Energy – Adam Belyamani Axens- David Schwalje Oberon – Rebecca Boudreaux Honeywell UOP-Dan Szeezil NextChem-Valerio Coppini Velocys – Jeff McDaniel   ENGINE TECH What if everything with a diesel

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UB Engineer Joins DOE-Funded Project to Purify Water and Produce Fuel

by Peter Murphy (University at Buffalo) UB engineering professor Ian Bradley and his research group are collaborators on a $2 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that will study the use of algae to purify wastewater while simultaneously producing biomass for fuel production. The project is led by

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Cash Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

The Digest recently reported on CoverCress and why the U.S. Department of Energy’s $13 million grant for new high-value feedstock, pennycress, is so key. For an in-depth visual guide on how CoverCress is delivering new farm income and low carbon intensity feedstocks while producing cover crop benefits, how it fits between

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

A New Research Tool to Help Ensure Accurate Ethanol Data

(Urban Air Initiative) A new tool is available for researchers to help ensure accurate and consistent results when conducting fuel and emission testing. Future Fuel Strategies recently published a Fuel Blending Guide for Ethanol: Identifying Sound Practices for Acquiring or Blending Fuels for Studies of Emissions Changes. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI)

August 26, 2020 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engine Technologies Awarded $1.1 Million Department of Energy Phase II Grant

(ClearFlame)  Funding will support R&D for clean engine technology on heavy-duty engines  —  ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up company dedicated to the development of clean engine technology, has been awarded a two-year, $1.1 million Phase II grant from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Soil Models May Ease Atmospheric CO2, Climate Change

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  … In an article published in Nature Geoscience, Cornell University’s Johannes Lehmann and others wrote that scientists should develop new models that more accurately reflect the carbon-storage processes beneath our feet in order to effectively draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon’s journey into the soil

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the U.S. Take Tips from Stockholm to Reduce Our Fossil Fuel Dependence?

by Sadie Tetreault (George Washington University/Planet Forward)  … He (tour guide Zennid) outlined how the metro system in Stockholm is electric and how the public buses run on biofuels. Additionally, most car owners power their vehicles with electricity or biofuels. One challenge that he identified was making this work for

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Safety Programs the Hottest Ticket in Town

(Renewable Fuels Association) Within the course of a week, the Renewable Fuels Association provided ethanol safety training to nearly 600 participants across the United States and in nine other countries around the world. “We’re thrilled to see this participation in our safety programs,” said RFA Director of Safety and Technical Programs

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Non-Top500 Argonne System Helps Find Method to Convert CO2 into Ethanol

(Inside HPC/Northern Illinois University) By supercomputing standards, Argonne National Lab’s Bebop (stood up in 2017, 1.75 teraflops, bumped off the Top500 list after the June 2019 ranking) seems something of a second-tier player. But non-Top500 systems like Bebop can still take a star turn, as shown by the results of a research team

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

New Leaders for Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Four new co-chairs have been selected to lead the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel (NGSB) forward. The new co-chairs are: Jenny Frank, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Leo Budy, University of Kansas Zenith Tandukar, University of Minnesota John Cramsey, Iowa State University In

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Coalition Releases New Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide as Industry Moves to Accelerate Use of Lower-Carbon Alternative

(Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel)  The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) today released a new informational guide detailing how industry leaders can incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into their operations and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Enzyme Cocktail Developed in Brazil Powers Production of Second-Generation Ethanol

by Maria Fernanda Ziegler (Agência FAPESP/EurekAlert!)  Brazilian researchers used genetic engineering to develop a low-cost platform for the production of enzymes that break down sugarcane trash and bagasse for conversion into biofuel. The novel molecules have many potential industrial applications. Researchers at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Preparing High Schoolers for Green Careers   —   September 2, 2020   —   free

WEBINAR: Preparing High Schoolers for Green Careers — September 2, 2020 — free

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute(EESI) invites you to join us for Workforce Wednesdays, a series of online briefings on workforce development and policies and programs that can support a low-carbon recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. The briefings will explore a variety of issue areas pertinent to building a green

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste Industry Biogas to Diesel Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to T2C-Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … A new project is focused on optimizing this new TRIFTS technology at a relevant engineering scale capable of utilizing both the CO2 and CH4 portions of biogas and incorporating them into the hydrocarbon backbone of the final product of the process (renewable drop-in diesel).

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Scale: T2C Finds a Path to Feedstock-Scaled Renewable Diesel from Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A new technology has arrived in South Florida for the conversion of biogas to diesel fuels. If you thought of this as a biogas-to-paraffins technology, that would be fine, too. But it’s not strictly a methane-to-paraffins technology, because this technology from T2C also utilizes the CO2

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Showcase Bioeconomy: Research Wants to Combine Species Protection and Palm Oil Production

(University of Hohenheim)  In Sumatra, smallholders in particular have a key function, according to a study on the conversion of rainforests into monocultures and their effects — Oil palm plantations as far as the eye can see. In addition to a dramatic decline in many animal and plant species, such plantations often lead

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Terravesta Launches New Video Touting Miscanthus as Biofuel Feedstock

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In the United Kingdom, Terravesta launched a new animation video to spread the word about building a bio-based future with Terravesta Performance Hybrids, and miscanthus grown from seed rather than the usual rhizomes, allowing it to be upscaled 200 times faster. Terravesta is reducing the world’s

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

National Council for Science and the Environment Art Contest: Colors or Science DEADLINE: October 5, 2020

(National Council for Science and the Environment) … Sharing science through art offers opportunities for expression and can illuminate new ways to experience and interact with the Earth. Art can help us see science, and its role in environmental decision-making, with fresh eyes and a new perspective, inspiring creativity and

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Dual-Purpose Hemp Cultivars Have Best Biofuel Potential

by Katie Pratt (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) Dual-purpose industrial hemp cultivars show the best potential for coproduction of biofuel and bioproducts, according to University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. In the study led by Jian Shi, UK assistant professor in the Department

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article
    Virtual Training for the New 2019 Version of ISO 14064 Part 3  —   October 12-15, 2020  —   ONLINE

Virtual Training for the New 2019 Version of ISO 14064 Part 3 — October 12-15, 2020 — ONLINE

Futurepast (We Count Carbon) Virtual Classroom with John Shideler  —  Training for organizations, verifiers and oversight bodies on the new 2019 version of ISO 14064 Part 3. This is a four-day virtual training that will cover an introduction to ISO 14064:2019 Part 3, reasonable assurance, limited assurance, validation in GHG projects,

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Air Force Research Laboratory $1M Synthetic Biology Challenge

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Wright Brothers Institute are partnering together to sponsor the second of three $1 million Air Force Challenges. AFRL has been researching the viability of improving performance in composite materials using synthetic biology, and this challenge is intended to

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Nano-Synthesis of Solid Acid Catalysts from Waste-Iron-Filling for Biodiesel Production Using High Free Fatty Acid Waste Cooking Oil

by E. O. Ajala, M. A. Ajala, I. K. Ayinla, A. D. Sonusi & S. E. Fanodun (Scientific Reports)  Waste-iron-filling (WIF) served as a precursor to synthesize α-Fe2O3Fe2O3 was converted to solid acid catalysts of RBC500, RBC700, and RBC900 by calcination with temperatures of 500, 700 and 900 °C respectively and afterwards

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Success in Promoting Plant Growth for Biodiesel

(Japan Science and Technology Agency/Phys.Org) In JST Strategic Basic Research Programs, a group led by Zhongrui Duan (Researcher, Waseda University) and Motoki Tominaga (Associate professor, Waseda University) succeeded in promoting plant growth and increasing seed yield by heterologous expression of protein from Arabidopsis (artificially modified high-speed motor protein) in Camelina sativa,

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Liquid Fuel

by Joseph E. Harmon (Argonne National Laboratory)  New electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. … A research team, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, has discovered a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into ethanol

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 International Climate Action Challenge: 1000 Projects in 90 Days

The 2020 International Climate Action Challenge is a free opportunity open to all ages worldwide! Jump-start your initiative! Start a community garden Plant 10 trees…or 100, 1,000 or more! Advocate for a racial justice initiative Start a club to register 1,000 environmental voters Start a zero energy home club Create a new

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition Event: ONLINE November 15, 2020 — Submission DEADLINE September 1, 2020

2020 AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition  The 2020 AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition will take place Sunday, November 15, 2020. We’re excited to announce that this year’s competition will be held virtually for increased participation of K-12 students, parents, and educators. The AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition is presented by the

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Federal University of Goiás Work on Indigenous and Quilombolas Community Health Advocacy Plan Wins EU-funded Advocacy Award

(Federal University of Goiás) A collective effort led by Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Dr. Laís Forti Thomaz, won recognition for work on a community health advocacy plan for indigenous communities and quilombolas. On July 28, a collective effort led by Dr. Laís Forti Thomaz of the Faculty of Social Science at

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Students of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow — Meet the New Faces of Carbon Removal

by Jane Zelikova and Vanessa Suarez (Carbon180) …  Carbon180 is helping elevate a new generation of climate researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and advocates. This past June, we launched the remote Carbon180 summer internship program with the goal of helping build and expand the bench of carbon removal experts and support the

August 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Project Led by John Sedbrook Awarded $13 Million from DOE

by Rachel Hatch  (News Illinois State University) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University. Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook will head up the project aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts. “We’re

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Local Teacher Creates Web Series about Agriculture

by Natalie Sopyla  (WAOW) An Auburndale teacher is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to educate people. Back in March, Mark Cournoyer decided to produce a web series, “Fun with Cheese,” profiling Wisconsin’s cheese varieties. Since then, it has expanded to include all facets of life on the farm. … Cournoyer’s

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Ingredient Provider Hosts Competitive Grant Program for Future Ethanol Advocates

by Jackie Pohlman (Renewable Fuels Association)  When a group of dynamic individuals come together to make a difference, there’s no limit on the impact that they can make. This was the case when CTE Global’s employees came together with a single purpose: to make a difference by supporting the communities they

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Internet’s Effect on Teenage Activism

by Matías Heitner (St. Andrew’s Episcopal School/Planet Forward) Gen Z has tools that past activists never had. The age of the internet emboldens teenagers profoundly, allowing us to spread our messages more quickly and extensively than previously was possible. Never before was one able, with the click of a button,

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Chemistry Educators: ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s Conference Sessions Available Online

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute®) If you missed any of the fantastic chemistry education sessions at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s® 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Virtual Conference, it’s not too late to go back and review those sessions now.  Several of the technical sessions focused on integrating green chemistry, systems thinking

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Using E85 Fuel to Power Your Electric Car

by Dick Hagen (The Land)  … So where does E85 fit into this challenge? As the fuel for a small internal combustion engine perched somewhere in your electric car which can be cranked up periodically as you motor across America. Once employed, this small engine then recharges your car battery

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Israelis Turning Watermelon Waste into Fuel of the Future

Racheli Wacks (ZAVIT* Environment and Science News Agency/YNetNews) Malali watermelon is known for its large crunchy seeds, which make a popular snack in Israel, and while 97% of the fruit is discarded in the field, a new study shows that the discarded produce could be used to produce renewable energy —

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

New Catalyst for Creating Syngas from Waste CO2

by Amanda Doyle (The Chemical Engineer) A  catalyst produced via flame spray pyrolysis can be used to turn waste CO2 into syngas for use in fuels and feedstocks.  The catalyst has been developed by a team at UNSW Sydney using flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) to make zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. FSP is

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award DEADLINE October 9, 2020

(American Chemical Society) The Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award provides national recognition and honor for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies. This includes but is not limited to the research, development, and implementation of fundamental and innovative chemical technologies that incorporate the

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Heh-Won Chang, PhD Fellowship in Green Chemistry DEADLINE October 9, 2020

(American Chemical Society)  The Heh-Won Chang, PhD Fellowship in Green Chemistry provides financial support to full-time graduate students conducting research in green chemistry. The funds may be used for any purpose, including conference travel, professional development, and living expenses, while the recipient is in graduate school. Heh-Won Chang, PhD Fellowship

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry DEADLINE October 9, 2020

(American Chemical Society)  This annual green chemistry award sponsors the participation of students (high school, undergraduates, and graduate students) residing in the U.S. to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. The applicant must demonstrate research or

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Generation Do, a Nonprofit Project by Students for Students that Aims to Match Young Talent with Internship and Volunteering Opportunities Where They Can Have an Impact by Working on Real World Problems.

(Generation Do) Generation Do is a nonprofit project by students for students that aims to match young talent with internship and volunteering opportunities where they can have an impact by working on real world problems.  Young people want to stay engaged, especially in times of crisis. As digital natives, they can bring

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Lithium Ion Battery Waste Used in Biodiesel Production from Discarded Vegetable Oil

(Tech Xplore/American Institute of Physics)  …  Brazilian researchers demonstrated a new chemical approach for producing biodiesel from domestic cooking oil waste by using hydroxide lithium mixed with either sodium hydroxides or potassium hydroxides as catalysts. Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by AIP Publishing, could enable future studies related

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Harnessing Biomass, Manure to Fuel Farms through Multi-institutional Project

(Penn State News)  Transdisciplinary research team aims to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment. — A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 2 about Making Chemicals from Waste CO2

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The second episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on making chemicals from waste CO2 in a circular economy.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewables can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Elizabeth Nesbitt of the U.S. International Trade Commission

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    American Biogas Council Operators’ School Virtual Modules 1-3  —   July 22-23, 2020   —   ONLINE

American Biogas Council Operators’ School Virtual Modules 1-3 — July 22-23, 2020 — ONLINE

We have both transitioned ABC’s Operator School to a very interactive virtual platform (these are not just webinars!), and completely overhauled our content to make it clearer, richer and more helpful than ever before. Operator School is designed by operators for operators. We want you to be able to optimize

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Discovery Yields Road Map to Oxygenated Hydrocarbon Production

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) … Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists are enamored with one particular kind of long chain fatty acid, called furan fatty acid, because it could substitute for petroleum-based products including fuel, engine lubricant, medicines and food additives. Now, a team of

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT Guwahati Researchers Make Biofuel from Non-Edible Seeds

(Times of India)  The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) researchers have developed methods to produce biofuels from non-edible seeds. … As plants and trees found in India, such as peela kaner, mahua, gulmohar, neem, rain tree, castor and kusum produce seeds that have oil, from which biofuels can be made,

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The NEGEM Project – Assessing the Realistic Potential of Carbon Dioxide Removal and Its Contribution to Achieving Climate Neutrality

(NEGEM)  ● Reducing GHG emissions continues to be the main priority in climate change mitigation, but carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere (CDR) is increasingly seen as a necessary supplement to traditional emission cuts.  ● The NEGEM project will quantify the real-world potential for CDR and assess the feasibility of

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

A ‘Made in Oman’ Biofuel

by Conrad Prabhu (Oman Observer)  … New research spearheaded by an Omani scientist and her team has uncovered the potential to harness high-quality biodiesel fuel from these (date) pits. Indeed, a pilot study funded by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has all the hallmarks of a ‘Waste-to-Energy’ success story with the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Cities Area Transit Goes Green with Biodiesel

(News Dakota/North Dakota Soybean Council)  This summer Cities Area Transit (CAT) buses are running on a different fuel than normal. CAT recently switched to fueling their fleet with B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of feedstocks including the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbes Pave Way for Green Flight

by Irini Angelidaki (Technical University of Denmark)  … “Soon bacteria, yeast, and fungi will become the factories that produce not only fuel, but also a wide range of chemicals, plastics, and even proteins,” says Professor Irini Angelidaki, DTU Environment. An important realization in the bioeconomy is that the idea of replacing

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

E-Fuels Can Replace Fossil Fuels

by Ib Chorkendorff (Technical University of Denmark)  The aircraft, ships, and lorries of the future must be powered by e-fuels—fuels produced partly from captured CO2—and partly from hydrogen produced by the splitting of water. … According to the physics professor’s vision, aircraft, ships, and lorries of the future will be powered

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogas into Methanol in a Container

by Philip Loldrup Fosbøl (Technical University of Denmark) Sustainable fuel has moved a big step closer with a new demonstration plant that can convert biogas into the liquid fuel methanol.  Currently, biogas is either incinerated to provide electricity and heat—or upgraded into methane (natural gas, ed.). “Methanol has a higher

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

More Biofuel from Same Amount of Biomass

by Peter Vang Hendriksen (Technical University of Denmark) It is possible to produce much more biofuel from the same amount of biomass by combining electrolysis with biomass gasification.  —  In the Synfuel project, the researchers have succeeded in combining two known technologies so that more biofuel can be produced from the same

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Aerion Supersonic and Carbon Engineering Join Forces to Deliver Carbon Neutral Supersonic Travel

(Carbon Engineering)  Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology and global mobility, and Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a leading Direct Air Capture (DAC) company, today announced they are working together to develop solutions for carbon neutral supersonic air travel.  The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Milking Algae Can Produce Eco-Friendly Biofuel

by Hannah C. (The Science Times)  … Furthermore, the costs of culturing, collecting, and extracting algae can be countered by a safer way of milking the algae. Alice Uchida and Masaki Ihara led a team from Shinshu University, Japan in the development of cultivating microalgae while tackling three major issues of milking algae. The

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Launches Enterprise Development for Women-Owned Ventures in Green Energy Startup Incubator DEADLINE August 15, 2020

(Business Ghana/ APO Group/Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)) Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Launches Enterprise Development for Women-Owned Ventures in Green Energy Startup Incubator – Call for Applications Announced The Startup Incubator programme is aimed at helping women turn their renewable and green energy enterprise idea into

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists from Russia and Germany to Develop New Biotechnology Using Algae

(Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University/EurekAlert!)  Project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology from microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana and duckweed Lemna minor. — Researchers of Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University(SPbPU) in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) completed an international joint project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Qatar University, MME Work on Biofuels for Sustainable & Clean Energy Sources

(The Peninsula) In cooperation between Qatar University (QU) and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), a joint research team worked on the scientific project aiming to address the main challenges represented by lack of cleaning, renewable energy globally and the continuous production of wastewater that the world faces and hinders

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Odia Scientist-Led Team Develops Tech for Producing Biofuel

by Sudhir Mishr (The Pioneer) The present scenario calls for production of biofuels using green technology.  The term biofuel is referred to as liquid or gaseous fuels that are predominantly produced from biomass. Biofuels are important because they can replace petroleum based fuels. Biofuels are generally considered as offering many priorities,

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biojet Fuel Could Be a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuel

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri‑Cities) A Washington State University Tri-Cities researcher is producing and testing a group of hydrocarbon molecules made from lignin, a waste material from biofuel production, as a new biojet fuel that could replace petroleum-based fuels and lead to greater performance and reduced emissions. Bin Yang,

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training For Mid-Atlantic States   —   July 15-16, 2020

Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training For Mid-Atlantic States — July 15-16, 2020

Training tailored to diesel technicians and mechanics Help answer your customer’s questions about biodiesel Get the latest on biodiesel fuel quality data and performance Impact on today’s PM traps and NOx after-treatment systems                                     Steve

July 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biossance Announces Clean Academy Impact Award and Partnership With Oceana

(Amyris) Biossance, a pioneering clean skincare brand from Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), a leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets through its consumer brands and a top supplier of sustainable and natural ingredients, is pleased to announce The Clean Academy by Biossance Impact Award™ to discover and foster the growth

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT-Hyderabad Uses Machine Learning to Study Biofuel Supply

by Syed Akbar (Times of India)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad have developed a method using machine learning algorithms to study supply chain network of biofuels. According to the IIT-Hyderabad team, the method considers revenue generation not only as an outcome of sale of biofuel but

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis through Gene Transfer

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms—often incorrectly called “blue-green algae”—as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock production, distillers oil used to make biodiesel, and captured carbon dioxide for the food and beverage industries. With fuel

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

More Evidence of Causal Link between Air Pollution and Early Death

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)   Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study,

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

George Washington University to Fully Divest from Fossil Fuels by 2025

by Gabby Birenbaum (The Hill) George Washington University on Monday became the latest U.S. school to announce it will fully divest its endowment from fossil fuel holdings. The board of trustees pledged to achieve full divestment by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2030, in addition to taking steps like phasing out single-use plastics. “Our

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy 2nd Edition Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy Published by Academic Press

(Elsevier) Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy, 2nd Edition presents a complete overview of the bioenergy value chain, from feedstock to end products. It examines current and emerging feedstocks and advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of all possible alternative energy sources. Divided into seven parts, bioenergy

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Find Neat Way to Turn Waste Carbon Dioxide into Useful Material

by Lachlan Gilbert (University of South Wales Sydney Newsroom)  Making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products has been expensive and complicated – until now. UNSW engineers show it’s as easy as playing with Lego.  — Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Benefits of Ethanol

(Nebraska Ethanol Board) In an effort to spread ethanol’s clean air message, the Nebraska Ethanol Board put together this video aimed at students across the state. To help illustrate what is in gasoline and how ethanol can help, they included the popular video of Steve VanderGriend demonstrating the kinds of emissions

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

CUHK Scientists Develop a Novel Technology for Generating Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Production

(Asia Today) A research team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost yet improves the enzyme’s stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

An Innovative Catalyst with Pt, Re and SnO2 Nanoparticles as Anode Material in Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Polish Academy of Sciences/EurekAlert!) Scientists working at the Department for Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences designed and synthesized a functional ternary Pt/Re/SnO2/C catalyst as an anode material in a direct ethanol fuel cell. It was possible by synthesizing platinum, rhenium and tin

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Towards a Green Future: Efficient Laser Technique Can Convert Cellulose into Biofuel

(Tech Xplore/Tokyo University of Science)  … The plant-based polymer cellulose is the most abundant form of biomass globally and can be converted into raw materials such as glucose and xylose for the production of bioethanol (a type of biofuel). But this process is challenging owing to the molecule’s rigid and

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Exhaust Gas from a Power Plant Can Be Recovered and Used as a Raw Reaction Material Energy-Saving CO2 Capture Technology with H2 Gas Is Developed by Integrating the CO2 Separation and Conversion Process

(Science Daily/Japan Science and Technology Agency)  A research group developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentrated source such as thermal power plants. With this technology, namely H2 stripping regeneration technology, combustion exhaust gas can be replaced by

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly

by Julie Chao (Joint BioEnergy Institute) Farmers have enough worries – between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands – without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), including scientists at the

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Popular RFA Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars Now a Virtual Experience   —   Various Dates

Popular RFA Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars Now a Virtual Experience — Various Dates

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association has conducted nearly 300 in-person Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars across the country.  Due to current circumstances and social distancing guidelines, the RFA now will be offering four-hour-long webinars through 2020. These webinars are led by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT Madras Researchers Use Agri Waste, Plastic to Make Biofuel

(The Hindu) Team develops microwave-assisted pyrolysis process to achieve the goal — Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a microwave process to produce biofuel from plastic waste, rice straw and sugarcane bagasse. A team of three researchers led by R. Vinu, associate professor in Chemical engineering

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Weed Wizard: Professor Alters Plant Genes to Create Wonder Crop

by Rachel Hatch (Illinois State University News)   … An ISU professor of genetics, (John) Sedbrook is devoted to integrated plant biology and bioenergy, meaning his research focuses on bringing out positive genetic traits in plants. “We’re making mutations that are good,” he said. “That is the whole story behind domestication,

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Using Wastewater to Produce Better Algae for Biofuels

by Carrie Talus (New Mexico Consortium)  New Mexico Consortium scientist, Joseph Msanne, along with colleagues Shawn Starkenburg and Juergen Polle, recently published an article titled An Assessment of Heterotrophy and Mixotrophy in Scenedesmus and its Utilization in Wastewater Treatment, in the June 2020 issue of Algal Research.  This review looks at whether

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Flows into Mexico Following Collaboration

(Biofuels International)  Five trainloads of US petrol pre-blended at an E10 rate arrived in Guadalajara in May 2020 – a direct success of the Grains Council’s (USGC’s) collaboration with the Mexican Association of Service Station Providers (AMPES). The 14,500 gallons of ethanol (5,300 bushels in corn equivalent) helped to demonstrate

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Safflower Oil Hailed by Scientists as Possible Recyclable, Biodegradable Replacement for Petroleum

by Tim Lee (ABC News)  …Victorian grain grower David Jochinke, who participated in the trials, said the prospect of pioneering a biofuel was exciting. “To have a product that needs very little refining, is biodegradable, is a bio-energy, is a bio-fuel, is something that displaces petroleum, something that’s been traditionally used

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund Awards Announced

(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Nine projects have received a total of more than $29,000 in grants from the Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund for its 2019-20 funding cycle. Established in August 2013, the fund is designed to foster a strong culture of sustainability on our campus by providing financial support to

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

H2@Scale in Texas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Part 1 of 3 Hot Hydrogen Multi-Slide Guides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Part 1 of today’s Hot Hydrogen slide guides, Frontier Energy shares their H2@Scale vision, progress in Texas and why Texas is actually a pretty ideal location to lead H2 production for a sustainable energy system, the recent U.S. Department of Energy award for a

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide with the Aid of Solar Energy

(Linköping University/EurekAlert!) Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The study has

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

New Jersey to Teach Climate Change to Its 1.4 Million Students

(Our Daily Planet) Last week the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted First Lady Tammy Murphy’s initiative to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change in its K-12 curriculum. “In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Updated “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?” Adds “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?”

(Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2011, one of Advanced Biofuels USA’s most popular publications has been “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?”  The update of this paper has been expanded to answer the question, “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?” This paper begins by

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Biojet Off The Ground

by Meghan Lim (Bite Size Research/Future Energy Systems/Alberta University)  Can we fly without fossil fuels? Biofuels are produced from living plant matter, with biojet a specific kind used for flying. Explore the reasons for biojet production and the challenges it faces with undergraduate student, Meghan Lim. Download the worksheet here

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Get Electricity from Algae: Developed at ETU “LETI”

(St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University)  Researchers from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” have developed a model of biofuel cell for electricity generation using cyanobacteria.  —  Nowadays, the engineering of environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources is one of the most important problems of humanity. The Engineering Center for Microtechnology and Diagnostics

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Tools for Students and Educators

(Department of Energy)  Learn more about bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts  — OPERATION BioenergizeME is the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) education and workforce development base camp for students, educators, and anyone seeking to better understand the opportunities, promises, and challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The bioeconomy refers to a global transition to

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop New Chemicals Process to Recycle Bioplastics

(BioMarket Insight) The UK-based scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath have developed what they describe as a “faster, more efficient way” of recycling plant-based bioplastics. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Minute Molecular Movements Might Lead to More Efficient Biofuel Cells

(Leiden University/Phys.Org)  Leiden researchers have found minute movements in the laccase enzyme. This discovery could lead to the development of much more efficient biofuel cells. Publication in Biophysical Journal. READ MORE Chemical exchange at the tri-nuclear copper centre of small laccase from Streptomyces coelicolor. (Biophysical Journal)

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Cornell Farm Tractor Gets Clean, Green Biodiesel Makeover

By Blaine Friedlander (Cornell Chronicle)  A week before the Ithaca campus shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of an engineering student group converted a university-owned diesel tractor into a clean, green farming machine. Instead of emitting the notoriously noxious black diesel smoke, the tractor now emits a much lighter

May 30, 2020 Read Full Article

ASTM Approves Pathway for Production of Microalgae-Based Sustainable Aviation Fuel Developed by Japan’s IHI

(GreenAir Online)  Fuel standards organisation ASTM International has approved the seventh technology pathway for the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Annex A7 to ASTM’s SAF specification D7566 establishes approval for a type of synthesised paraffinic kerosene derived from hydroprocessed hydrocarbons, esters and fatty acids. The standard provides

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon State University: Researchers Make Key Advance Toward Production of Important Biofuel

(The Register Guard) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels, according to news release from Oregon State University. The key breakthrough is the

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

2020-21 Planet Forward Correspondent Application Open DEADLINE: June 12, 2020

(Planet Forward)  Are you interested in environmental journalism that can move the planet forward? Are you a great storyteller, or want to become one? Are you motivated by science, the environment or journalism? JOIN A SELECT TEAM OF TALENTED STUDENTS as a Planet Forward Correspondent. Correspondents, each working from their

May 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) Energy Seed Grants Awarded

(Maryland Energy Innovation Institute) The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) awarded the third round of their Energy Innovation Seed Grants to six projects across the University System of Maryland.  The grants are intended to bridge the gap between academic transformative laboratory research results and prototype demonstrations while fostering commercialization through technology development, creation and/or

May 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Rapid Screening Method Targets Fatty Acids in Yeast; Key to Sustainable Bioproducts

(Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation)   Scientists engineering valuable microbes for renewable fuels and bioproducts have developed a fast, efficient way to identify the most promising varieties. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a novel mass spectrometry-based screening technique to rapidly profile medium-chain fatty acids produced

May 21, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biogas #HANDS ON: 1st North American Online Biogas Training   —   June 22-26, 2020   —  ONLINE

Biogas #HANDS ON: 1st North American Online Biogas Training — June 22-26, 2020 — ONLINE

IBBK Biogas  —  The Convenience of Online Trainings meets the Interaction of Live Events ✓ Attend from wherever you are ✓ Designed for the North American Biogas Industry ✓ 5 half days of biogas online training LIVE ✓ One day dedicated to a Q&A-session with you ✓ Build and extend your

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling a Cleaner Future: Ethanol Is Just the Beginning

(Omaha World-Herald/Nebraska Corn Board) When you stop at the gas station to top off your tank, how much thought do you put in to choosing the fuel that’s right for your car? For your wallet? For the environment? For the air quality in your community? The truth is, transportation is the

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Adkins Energy Announces Scholarship Recipients

(Journal Standard) Adkins Energy LLC recently announced Aaron Folk, Kayla Runkle and Hannah Pickard as the recipients of this year’s scholarship awards. The scholarship provides each student with $500 scholarships to help them further their higher education. Entries for this year were judged on academic achievement and an essay answering the

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Amid Oil Price Crash, a New Hope for Biofuels

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit)  … (T)there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of biofuels, as the field continues to evolve remarkably from where it was a decade ago. … Rather than letting the rest of the plant go to waste, the focus has turned to developing enzymes that can

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Multi-Scale Structured Materials for Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis

(Dresden University of Technology/Phys.Org)  As a new class of porous materials, noble metal aerogels (NMAs) have drawn attention for their self-supported architectures, high surface areas and their many optically and catalytically active sites, enabling impressive performance in diverse fields. However, current fabrication methods suffer from long fabrication periods, unavoidable impurities,

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethiopian Sustainable Biofuel Future Scenario at a Glance

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) As part of the Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio, RSB gathered a group of key stakeholders in the Ethiopian bioeconomy to examine and uncover strategies and scenarios for the future development of a sustainable biofuels industry in the country. The outcomes of

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Do We Need an Activist Army?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Fuels in a Green Recovery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On last week’s DigestConnect webinar about the Green Recovery, Joanne Ivancic from Advanced Biofuel USA shared this illuminating presentation about the need for more education and understanding of renewable fuels. From the evidence that it’s a problem to how can we do better to ensure that

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article
    ONLINE:  Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education   —   July 22-24, 2020

ONLINE: Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education — July 22-24, 2020

Our team is coming to your screens this summer!  Join us for a virtual training on climate change education together with educators from around the country.  Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive on-going support throughout the

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenprint for Biomanufacturing and Sustainable Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biostrategy 2020 in a Post-COVID World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As biology ravages the global economy, we have a once-in-a-lifetime, trillion-dollar opportunity to help shape how biology will also rebuild it, reports Synbiobeta. We can redefine the economy, supply chains, and manufacturing at local, state, national, and global levels, and bring back the millions of jobs

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae Education and the Future of the Bioeconomy

by Christy Sterner (U.S. Department of Energy) How ATEC leads the way toward educating the next generation of bioeconomy professionals. The Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is a collaboration between the Algae Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Together, these organizations have created many widely accessible workforce

May 15, 2020 Read Full Article

A Roadmap to the Ammonia Economy

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) Researchers at Monash University in Australia have proposed a roadmap to renewable ammonia being produced in the future at a scale that is significant in terms of global fossil fuel use in a paper recently published in Joule. The authors note that while there is global

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Solve Invasive Seaweed Problem by Turning It into Biofuels and Fertilisers

(University of Bath/Phys.Org) UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. Millions of tonnes of rotting seaweed washes up on beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean and

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

TU/e-led Consortium IDEALFUEL for the Development of Renewable Maritime Fuels Kicks off

(Eindhoven University of Technology)  EU-funded project aims to develop new production methods for sustainable maritime fuels.  — Many ships use heavy fuel oils that contain large amounts of sulphur and nitrogen leading to the emission of greenhouse gases and other damaging substances. The TU/e-led consortium IDEALFUEL seeks to address this issue

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Commodity Chemicals Requires Fossil Fuels. New Devices Could Do It with Renewables

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine) As windmills and solar panels multiply, the supply of renewable electricity sometimes exceeds demand. Chemists would like to put the excess to work making commodity chemicals, such as the raw materials for fertilizer and plastics, which are now produced with heat, pressure, and copious fossil

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Research Brief: Engineering Natural Selection in Microbes Has Implications for Biofuel Production, Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

(University of Minnesota) … “So many other things change around a gene at the same time, you can’t focus on how a single gene changes,” said Michael Travisano, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences’ Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and the BioTechnology Institute. “This was a major limitation for understanding evolutionary

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Gene Edited Algae and Microbes to Make Fuel on Mars

by Brian Wang (Next BIG Future) NASA NIAC fund work to use bioorganisms to perform atmospheric in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Utilizing 100% ISRU for propellant production, they aim to reduce the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) mass of a crewed mission to Mars by approximately 7 tons. This technology will enable long-term human

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Professor’s Research on Creating Biofuel from Waste Published

(Guttman Community College) Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim’s research on transforming brown grease into biodiesel fuel has been published in the Journal of Biochemical Engineering under the title “Biodiesel fuel production from brown grease produced by wastewater treatment plant: Optimization of acid catalyzed reaction conditions.” The groundbreaking research describes the process

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Starts “Just A Minute” Educational Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The first episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on what might be used to make renewable fuels.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewable fuels can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic with pictures of

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article
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