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    USA Science & Engineering Festival   —   April 25-26, 2020   —   Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 25-26, 2020 — Washington, DC

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2020! Sneak Peek Friday, the ultimate STEM field trip, will offer students and teachers the opportunity to experience the Expo before the general public on Friday, April 24,

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Cell Can Match the Performance of Platinum

(The Engineer)  Researchers in Germany have developed an enzyme-based biofuel cell that can match the performances of fuel cells made using platinum.  —  Described in Nature Communications, the biofuel cell uses the enzyme hydrogenase as a catalyst in place of the precious metal. However, enzymes must be stored in an aqueous environment, making

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

2019 Energy Innovation Seed Grant Announcement

(University of Maryland)  The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) is focused on translating university energy research into new clean energy companies in the State of Maryland and thus simultaneously benefiting our environment and creating high paying jobs to help our State economy. MEI2 proposes a unique opportunity through the following seed

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

How Maryland Is Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay: LiveBIG 2018-19

(BTN Live BIG) With a specially-built algae growth system, University of Maryland researchers are scrubbing excess nutrients from Chesapeake Bay waters, a process that will help restore oxygen levels in the troubled coastal ecosystem. The algae, in turn, can be used to produce methane, a renewable resource for green energy. WATCH

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal University of Goiás Holds an Event on the Impacts of Brazilian Biofuels Policy

by Bruno Roque and Jakeline de Oliveira * (University of Goiás/Advanced Biofuels USA)  The New Brazilian Policy for biofuels called RenovaBio was one of the topics addressed at the 15th Congress of Research, Education and Extension (Conpeex) held on October 16, 2018, at Federal University of Goiás (UFG in Portuguese).

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Fuel Causes Mechanical Issues for Three of Loyola’s Shuttles

(Loyola Phoenix (Chicago))  One of Loyola’s intercampus shuttles stopped running on the road, and another couldn’t drive faster than 20 miles per hour after biodiesel froze in their engines Friday, Loyola officials said. A third shuttle stopped running Tuesday for the same reason, according to the university, leaving students to wait

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Activating the Right Bacteria: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 3Bar Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  3Bar Biologics’ Bio-YIELD uses naturally occurring microbes that are precisely matched to specific crops and soil environments. These microbes were discovered and isolated during a 15-year extensive research process by scientists at The Ohio State University. The Bio-YIELD inoculant system makes it easy for farmers to

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article
    Student Education and Activities at  2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference

Student Education and Activities at 2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference

The 2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference provides a perfect venue to present your research, deepen your understanding through sessions and workshops, network with green chemistry and engineering leaders, and meet fellow peers around from around the world. POSTER COMPETITION Students participating in the poster session have a

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held at other universities, why Auburn University this year? The Biosystems Engineering department at Auburn University has been on the rise

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    DIVERSITY TRAVEL GRANT AWARD: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA     DEADLINE:  December 7, 2018

DIVERSITY TRAVEL GRANT AWARD: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA DEADLINE: December 7, 2018

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Broad Genome Analysis Shows Yeasts Evolving by Subtraction

by Chris Barncard  (University of Wisconsin–Madison)  An unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of their evolution over the last hundreds of millions of years, including an analysis of the way they evolved individual appetites for particular food sources that may be

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Diverse Biofeedstocks Have High Ethanol Yields and Offer Biorefineries Flexibility

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  … Researchers processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding and the deal-talk that flows from a general feeling that the advanced bioeconomy is, to use Amyris’ Joel Cherry’s characterization,

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Deal Inked for Biofuel Research

(The Hindu)  The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has signed a three-year, Rs. 11 crore deal with The Energy and Research Institute to set up a centre to produce “advanced biofuels and bio-commodities.” This is the fifth such dedicated centre for bioenergy-research and development set up by the Department. The others are

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New ethanolfacts.eu Website Launches

(ePURE)  Online resource answers common questions about renewable ethanol and sustainable biofuels  —   Ethanol Facts, a new online resource for information about renewable ethanol, launched today as part of an effort to help inform the public about the production, use, sustainability and importance of ethanol as a renewable fuel. The ethanolfacts.eu website has been

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Graphene Takes a Step toward Renewable Fuel

(Linköping University/Phys.Org)  Using the energy from the sun and graphene applied to the surface of cubic silicon carbide, researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are working to develop a method to convert water and carbon dioxide to the renewable energy of the future. They have now taken an important step toward this

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from a Container

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/TechExplore)  … Even then, gasoline would still be required to power combustion engines, which will be operating for decades to come. The only sustainable way to keep us mobile is to replace this gasoline with alternative fuels. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM, working together with twelve

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any effort to revitalize cellulosic biofuels. First, pursue commercial deployment in achievable, successively enabling steps, proceeding from where the industry is today. Second, maximize social and environmental benefits based on examples

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Entrepreneurial Impact: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road NEXT APPLICATIONS FALL 2019

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, more than $15 million has been awarded to 41 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $75

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

In the Quest for Cleaner Fuels, a Scientist Turns to Tim Hortons Coffee Grounds

by Richard Cuthbertson (CBC News)  Dalhousie University chemical engineer Sophia He is converting coffee grounds into fuel that could power cars  —  When chemical engineer Sophia He was recruited to Dalhousie University’s agriculture school five years ago, she began to brainstorm with local farmers about how leftover organic material could be turned into

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article
    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   August 5-7, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — August 5-7, 2019 — Washington, DC

The 14th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education will be in Washington D.C, co-hosted by the Lowell School. Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing climate change education into Humanities classrooms! Content will be focused for grades 6-12 teachers in Social Studies/ELA/Political Science/Environmental Studies

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Find a “Switch” to Increase Starch Accumulation in Algae: A Brighter Future for Renewable Energy and Materials

(Tokyo Tech News)  Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

German-Language STEM Workshops at University of Rhode Island for High School Students–CO2 Experiment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) For scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians, Germany offers a broad range of opportunities when it comes to higher education and professional development. The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) German International Engineering Program (GIEP), together with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the American Association of Teachers

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible cellulosic biomass available as wood, grass, and various wastes was widely expected to be in place by now. Anticipated benefits

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EcoAgriculture Partners Announces Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit, integrated-landscape-management advocacy group, has announced a new climate smart agriculture (CSA) training curriculum is under development. Louise Buck, the organization’s director of collaborative management, was in New York City for last month’s Climate Week NYC , where she introduced the Training Curriculum

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  Poplar saplings being grown at the University of California Davis are not expected to survive the rigorous conditions simulating prolonged droughts and heat waves that are being imposed on them. But they are helping a team of researchers make ones that can. Poplar provides a

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Designing a More Productive Corn Able to Cope with Future Climates

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. In a report published in the journal Nature Plants, researchers note that corn is a staple food for billions of people around

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biobased Credit Cards, Useful Products from Diapers, Chicken-Fat Biodiesel, Mobile-Based Precision Ag, Biodegradable Insulation, Soy Synth Meat, Algae-Based Straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 1st

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 1st In today’s Digest, biobased credit cards, useful products from diapers, chicken-fat biodiesel, mobile-based precision ag, biodegradable insualtion, soy synth meat, algae-based straws —

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

DBT Set up the Fifth Centre of Excellence in Bioenergy

(India Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology)  Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged between Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) today (31st October 2018) for setting up of India’s first ever DBT–TERI Centre for Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

NAMA Launches Student Sales Competition

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is announcing plans to launch a new competition for student members in conjunction with the 2019 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. The competition will take place on Tuesday, April 9. The Student NAMA Sales Competition is an individual sales call skills challenge. With this

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Israeli Scientists Develop Method to Produce Fuel from Olive Waste

(Xinhua)  Israeli researchers have discovered a method to turn the waste generated by olive oil production into fuel used by vehicles, the news website Ynet published Friday. During the olive oil production process, of every 1,000 kg of olives squeezed in the olive press, only 200 kg of olive oil are

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Utah Lake’s Algae Be Harvested? UVU Professor Has Plans, Is Seeking Funding to Turn Algae into Fuel

by Braley Dodson (Daily Herald)  Barges could be running across Utah Lake by next summer, sucking up water and filtering out algae to prevent future massive blooms from forming on the lake. At least, that’s Kevin Shurtleff’s plan. Shurtleff, an associate professor of chemistry at Utah Valley University, presented his idea for

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Announces Six Winners of the Young Algae Researcher Awards at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Six student scientists were presented with this year’s Young Algae Researcher Awards for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit, held in The Woodlands, Texas Oct 14-17. The awards are presented at the annual conference to recognize  outstanding research projects by early-career scientists

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Rule Change Likely to Take Months, Even Years

by Charles Dunlap (The Mexico Ledger)  … “The question is whether there will be a restraining order prohibiting the rules to go forward or not,” Murphy (Steve Murphy, POET general manager at the Laddonia refinery) said, adding the EPA is trying to apply the rule governing E10 to E15. “It has to

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Rock Central High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seventeen students from Red Rock Central High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn about their local ethanol facility’s business practices and economic footprint. The students, who were 12th graders from the school’s Ag Business class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota State Mankato Agroecology Class Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Minnesota State University, Mankato toured Guardian Energy yesterday to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Ancestors Resurrected to Boost Thermal Stability

by Emma Stoye (Chemistry World)  Scientists constructing enzyme library make serendipitous discovery  —  Researchers have made more active, heat tolerant versions of two potentially useful enzymes by reconstructing the forms thought to exist in the ancestor to all modern vertebrates 450 million years ago. They say this approach – demonstrated on a

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy Ireland Day  —  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today launched the new €22.2 million BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the €5.75 million National Bioeconomy Campus

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Growing Algae More Sustainably for Biofuel Production

by Jessica Cox (Colorado State University/Phys.Org)  … Another source used to create biofuel is algae – both single-celled microalgae and macroalgae such as kelp. Though algal biofuels are a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there remains room to improve the production of the algae used to create them. Ken Reardon, the Jud and Pat Harper

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineering Prof. Receives $2 Million Grant to Research Biofuel

by Rochelle Li (The Cornell Daily Sun)  A Cornell professor believes biofuel can make fuel cleaner, and was recently granted $2 million by the Department of Energy to research the future of biofuel use in diesel engines. Prof. Thomas Avedisian, mechanical and aerospace engineering, hopes to answer whether enough biofuel can

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break down Biomass

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the course of seasons when the moose diet changes, and what microbes are involved? Now, an international research team has studied

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Over 70% Bioethanol Engine Developed

(Biofuels International)  An Austrian university of technology, TU Wien (TUW), announced in a public release that it has developed a diesel engine that utilises over 70% bioethanol. TUW detailed the technology used in the development of the engine, which uses both diesel and bioethanol in a ‘special’ dual-fuel combustion process which

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Iranian Researchers Use Chicken Fat to Produce Biodiesel

(Iran Front Page)  A group of Iranian researchers have developed the knowhow to produce biodiesel out of chicken fat. … In a laboratory project, Iranian researchers managed to carry out nanocatalysis-based synthesis which makes it possible to turn chicken fat into biodiesel. … “In recent years, researchers working in this field have

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Wins $2 Million for Biofuel Research

(Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to Texas A&M AgriLife Research will help researchers investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Looks beyond Carbon Efficiency to Improve Advanced Biofuel Strategy Development

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … For researchers, this means that the more carbon in the crop that ends up as carbon in the fuel, the better. But carbon efficiency may not be the whole story: fuel quality and energy requirements are also key factors for selecting next-generation biofuels

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Boosting Crop Yields

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava.  READ MORE/WATCH VIDEO

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn Join to Create Biodiesel from Wastewater

by Kevin Zimmerman (Westfair Communications)  “It’s a huge problem, both in the United States and internationally,” said REA Operations Manager Eric Metz. “And with population growth increasing, there’s going to be more Brown FOG going into the sewer systems,” which can result in overflows and blockages that can be expensive to

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Red-Hued Yeasts Hold Clues to Producing Better Biofuels

by Jill Sakai (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A compound that has scientists seeing red may hold the key to engineering yeasts that produce better biofuels. A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through the same biochemical pathway that researchers hope to use

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – As Voting Gets Underway, the Nominees in Depth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All through this month, Digest subscribers have been voting on the 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. While the Hot 50 concentrates on organizations — this set of rankings could include a complete process, a component, subprocess, a metabolic pathway, a computational system, a

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Success Is Sweet: Researchers Unlock the Mysteries of the Sugarcane Genome

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org)  For centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers have extracted a sweet scientific prize from sugarcane: its massive and complex genome sequence, which may lead to the development of hardier

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

PHYCO2 Algae Production and Carbon Emissions Reduction Pilot Program with MSU Reach New Milestones

(PHYCO2) PHYCO2 LLC reached a new milestone in its three-year pilot program with Michigan State University, announcing today the operation of its new, scalable algae production technology reactor, which will reduce the level of carbon emissions produced by electric power generation boilers. In 2015, PHYCO2 engaged with MSU to test its patented

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Production of Renewable Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) KIT’s researchers succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb methanation. The quality of this synthetic natural gas (SNG) is comparable to that of fossil natural gas and can be used as fuel in cogeneration and heating plants

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

University of Idaho’s National Biodiesel Education Program Brings Resources for Small Businesses Online

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program) Are you interested in starting your own biodiesel business? Our website now has a page with resources that may help you. Biodiesel Business Information These videos may assist you in determining what you need for your biodiesel business. Learning How To Make Biodiesel We

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Harvesting Solar Fuels through a Bacterium’s Unusual Appetite for Gold

by Theresa Duque (University of California Berkeley)  A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. M.

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview from Poul Erik Laerke and Uffe Jørgensen of Aarhus University Foulum, as presented at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

How Some Algae May Survive Climate Change

(Rutgers Today) Green algae stole genes from bacteria to survive in harsh environments, Rutgers-led study suggests — Green algae that evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating conditions in salt marshes and inland salt flats are expected to survive climate change, thanks to hardy genes they stole from bacteria, according to a Rutgers-led study. These Picochlorum single-celled

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Value in Unusual Type of Plant Material

by Mark E. Griffin (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is what to do with lignin, a fibrous and difficult-to-break-down material in the cell walls of plants that gives them their

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited Sign MoU for Biodiesel Production and Research

by Michelle Beckford (go-Jamaica.com/University of Technology, Jamaica)  The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration in biodiesel production and research.  The MoU agreement signed by UTech, Jamaica President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie and Elhydro Limited President,

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineering Plants for a Sustainable Future

by Staffan Persson (University of Melbourne/Phys.org)  … Our new discovery, published in Nature Plants, shows how plant walls could be manipulated in the future to change the way we produce biofuels, bioplastics and other biomaterials. … In particular, understanding how to control the production of flexible primary walls, which support cell growth,

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

by Laura Shields  (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions —  … Stresses, such as high temperatures and a lack of freshwater, can cause reduced crop growth or even complete loss. The rising frequency of these stressful periods inspires a race to find more tolerant plants.

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

CSX Brings Emergency Training to NJ Firefighters as Crude Oil Shipments Rise

by Curtis Tate (North Jersey Record)  CSX, the railroad that operates trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil and ethanol through New Jersey every week, rolled out its Safety Train on Wednesday to help first responders prepare for an incident. The train includes the most common types of tank cars firefighters are likely

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers to Develop Renewable Fuel Additives from Sawdust

by Edwin L. Aguirre (University of Massachusetts Lowell)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. to develop renewable fuel additives made from “woody biomass” – particularly sawdust from sawmills. “The

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

From Waste to Fuel: Researchers to Develop Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

by Julianne Beck (Northwestern University Campus News)  A new collaboration led by Michael Jewett, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University, will combine recent technological advancements in bioengineering to develop a transformative production system for next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. The multi-institutional project is supported by a three-year, $1.6 million contract

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Sleepy Eye High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Associati0n)  Twenty-eight students from Sleepy Eye High School’s Natural Resources class toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton yesterday to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. During the tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant as well as potential career opportunities

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Caltech Scientist Is among 3 Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Sparking ‘a Revolution in Evolution’

by Deborah Newtburn and Karen Kaplan (Los Angeles Times) … Frances Arnold, a biochemical engineer at Caltech, was awarded half of the $1.01-million prize for her pioneering experiments in the field known as directed evolution. The other half of the prize was split between George P. Smith of the University of Missouri in

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

From Ponds to Power: $2M to Perfect Algae as Diesel Fuel

by Nicole Casal Moore (University of Michigan) U-M becomes one of the few institutes in the world working on the problem end-to-end  —  With $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian University and Xebec Embark on Power-to-Renewable Gas Project

(Xebec/McGill University/NGV Journal)  Xebec Adsorption Inc. will co-develop a prototype reactor to produce renewable natural gas using a power-to-gas (P2G) process with McGill University. This process combines electricity generated from renewable sources with CO2 generated from waste. The project is being funded by Xebec as the Industrial sponsor and by the

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Country-Level Social Cost of Carbon

by Katharine Ricke, Laurent Drouet, Ken Caldeira and Massimo Tavoni (Nature Climate Change) The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a commonly employed metric of the expected economic damages from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Although useful in an optimal policy context, a world-level approach obscures the heterogeneous geography of climate damage and

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

UI’s Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab Finally ‘Across Finish Line’

by Lyndsay Jones (News-Gazette)  Twenty years, two budget cuts and several billion dollars in funding later, the University of Illinois’ Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory held what Chancellor Robert Jones called its “final grand opening” Thursday afternoon. … The 42,000-square-foot building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. is intended to bridge academic research on

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Enter 2019 Storyfest; Win Trip to Galápagos Islands

(Planet Forward)  Tell an inspiring story to move the Planet Forward. Enter to win our Storyfest Award. Grand Prize: A storytelling voyage through the Galápagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and Planet Forward in August 2019! In every corner of the planet, amazing people are working hard to figure out solutions to the environment’s biggest

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Change in the Classroom: Climate Change Activities for Any Class (Parts 1-4)

(Climate Generation)  Climate change lessons and material doesn’t have to be isolated in science classes alone. This blog is number four of a four part series about the activities, lessons, and standards that teachers from various subject areas and grade levels are using to teach climate change in their classrooms. Content

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Tell a Data Story. Visualize a Better World.

(Google)  In collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Foundation, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Google Cloud is hosting a data storytelling contest called Visualize 2030. If you’re a college or graduate student, this is your chance to make an impact on the global community. From ending

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Researchers: More Green Space, Less Biofuel

(Iran Daily)  … According to UPI, John M. DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and William H. Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, want to see more conservation of the planet’s natural resources. … “Current policies advancing bioenergy contribute to the pressure

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota Congressman Tours Syngenta R&D Site

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., recently toured the Syngenta Seeds Stanton, Minnesota, R&D facility and North America Seedcare Institute and participated in a discussion on the future of biofuels, including home-grown American ethanol. … “Recently I toured Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute and demo field in Stanton,” Lewis said. “During my

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Crappie Masters Team Brings in Youth Winner

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  For the second year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sponsored team in the Crappie Masters National Championship helped a young angler win a $1000 scholarship. This is also the second year that RFA has been co-title sponsor of the tournament trail that helps fuel knowledge of

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Will Test 30 Percent Ethanol Blend in State Vehicles

by Joe Duggan  (Omaha World-Herald)  Nebraska will run 50 state-owned vehicles on a 30 percent ethanol blend to see how the corn-derived fuel performs in conventional engines. The pilot program will monitor the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems in state

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

University of Rhode Island Energy Fellows Program: Applications for 2019 Now Open! DEADLINE: November 12, 2018

(University of Rhode Island Extension)  In response to a growing need for student experiential learning opportunities in energy, URI Cooperative Extension created the Energy Fellows Program in 2008 to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience. To date, the program has seen over 100 students complete program requirements, with over

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Marshall High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-two students from Marshall High School toured the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, who were from the school’s automotive repair and maintenance class, learned of the various processes of ethanol production at the 50 million gallon-a-year

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

New Method More than Doubles Sugar Production from Plants

(SwissInfo.ch)  Chemists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals and materials.  Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass (for example wood and grasses) is one of the most promising

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

A Switchgrass Sugar Situation

by Paige Short (Michigan Technological University)  Switchgrass is a promising biofuel alternative to corn, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. … The current viable harvest window for switchgrass extends from peak biomass, when the grass is at its biggest before it

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Industrially Important Molecules: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Constructive Biology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Berkeley legend Jay Keasling gave this illuminating overview of the promise and progress of a new company in the Keasling universe, Constructive Biology. READ MORE

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    Wanted! Inspirational Startups for Our 2019 Bio-Stars Programme at World Bio Markets.  DEADLINE:  October 19, 2018

Wanted! Inspirational Startups for Our 2019 Bio-Stars Programme at World Bio Markets. DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

(Bio-Based World News) We are offering startups working within bio-based an exclusive platform to share their business with 500 professionals from the bio-economy at World Bio Markets 2019. For free! Bio-Stars gives 10 startups a ticket, space in the exhibition area, extensive media coverage, and even the opportunity to be selected to

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Seattle University Will Become First College in State to Divest of Fossil Fuels

by Katherine Long (Seattle Times)  The university says it will become the first among the nation’s 28 Jesuit universities to divest its endowment of fossil fuels.  —  Seattle University will become the first university in Washington state to divest its endowment of fossil fuels over the next five years. The action means

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reaping Profits from Microalgal Biorefineries

by Annie Megan Santamaria (Research Matters)  Biorefineries which run on microalgae make for unconventional alternatives to satisfy our ever-growing thirst for energy. Studies in the past have proved that producing only biodiesel from microalgae biomass is non-profitable, and hence not sustainable. However, there is a growing market for coproducts produced during the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

On the Origin of the Elusive First Intermediate of CO2 Electroreduction

by Irina V. Chernyshova, Ponisseril Somasundaran and Sathish Ponnurangam (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The understanding of a catalytic reaction starts with understanding its first elementary step. Surprisingly, despite the large number of studies, it is unclear whether one common or two different first intermediates control the selectivity of

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Careers for a Changing Climate-Documentary

(Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy)  Preview a clip from Green Careers for a Changing Climate, a new documentary from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy that introduces students to Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change. Funding for this project was provided by: General Mills, Target, Xcel Energy Foundation,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Next Gen Scientists for Biodiesel’ Program Selects Two New Leaders

(National Biodiesel Board)  Rowan University and Missouri University of Science and Technology students chosen as co-chairs  —  Shyam Paudel’s interest in energy comes from deep in his childhood, growing up in the mountains of Western Nepal. Children commonly studied by the light of kerosene lamps. “One summer, my father bought two solar

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

iSEE Helps Secure $6M+ in New Research Grants for U of I Agriculture Studies: $5M DOE Grant for Energy Crops Study

(Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) … A U of I Crop Scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer, and

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) is a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, the civil aviation industry, and Agrisoma Biosciences and Applied Research Associates (ARA) from

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

PROPOSALS WANTED: Electrical Storage Start-ups

(EIT InnoEnergy) Got a brilliant innovation idea in the electrical storage area, and want to take it to market or scale-up? You could win €100,000 as well as investment and business support to grow your business from the world’s biggest sustainable player backed by a trusted ecosystem. Your idea should

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell-backed Startup Creates Fuel from Carbon Dioxide and Fake Sunlight

by Cole Latimer (Sydney Morning Herald)   startup company backed by energy giant Shell has developed a method to turn carbon dioxide into fuel by adding fake sunlight. US company Dimensional Energy has developed an “artificial photosynthesis” process with a photoreactor that converts carbon dioxide, using sunlight and water, into synthetic fuels and

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria That Turn Sugar into Hydrogen Being Engineered by Researchers

by Joanna Sampson (Gasworld)  Macquarie University researchers have teamed up with BOC Australia and Bioplatforms Australia to genetically engineer bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen (H2). The project has received a $1.1m grant from ARENA, the Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Agency. The three-year grant from ARENA is being matched by

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

“LabPats” “Lose Yourself” Video, Especially for Biologists, the iGEM Edition

LabPats (Carroll High School) Just some Syn. Bio nerds dropping some sick beats to the tune of Lose Yourself.  WATCH VIDEO   Editor’s note:  Insights gathered when working in a bio lab on a bacterial way to fight biofilm in biofuel storage tanks as part of the iGEM competition in collaboration

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory)  With growing environmental concerns on the rise in recent years, more companies and individuals are becoming

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

A Protective Shield for Sensitive Enzymes in Biofuel Cells

(Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum/Phys.Org) An international team of researchers has developed a new mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen as biocatalysts in fuel cells. The enzymes, known as hydrogenases, are just as efficient as precious metal catalysts, but unstable when they come into contact with oxygen. They are therefore not yet suitable for technological

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Brief: Researchers Discover How Caged Molecules ‘Rattle and Sing’

(University of Minnesota)  A team of energy researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered that molecular motion can be predicted with high accuracy when confining molecules in small nanocages. Their theoretical method is suitable for screening millions of possible nanomaterials and could improve production of

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

by Carrie Muehling (AgWired.com)  Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Illinois FFA members joined FFA officers from Iowa and Wisconsin and 4-H youth from Ontario in marching in the 4-H

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Chemists Develop Nanocatalysts for Continuous Biofuel Synthesis

(RUDN University/Phys.Org)  A chemist from RUDN synthesized new catalysts with ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles for producing biofuel from organic biowaste. Nanocatalysts support more intensive and sustained reactions than the compounds currently available in the market. The results of the study were published in the ChemSusChem journal. Rafael Luque, an external specialist from RUDN, works

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Could Run on Hydrogen Made From Plastic

by Alan Harman  (Wards Auto)  Chemistry department researcher Moritz Kuehnel says light-absorbing materials are added to the plastic before it is placed in an alkaline solution and then exposed to sunlight, which creates hydrogen. Discarded plastic could be used to fuel cars with a groundbreaking process developed by scientists from Swansea University

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

CARB Internship Focuses on Cellulosic Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF), Pacific Ethanol, and Aemetis co-sponsored a new internship this year at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for a college student to learn more about low-carbon cellulosic biofuels and their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The RFF is the research and educational arm

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 6 Projects for Co-Optimization of Engines and Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research. Approximately $10.1 million of that funding will support six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. “Improving the affordability of

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Harnessing Algae and Fungi to Create New Biofuel System

by Igor Houwat (Michigan State University) Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

New Synthetic Biology Initiative to Boost Bio-Economy

(University of Queensland)  A $4.5 million initiative to boost Australia’s synthetic biology capabilities will be built by The University of Queensland and CSIRO, helping drive advances in areas such as manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, environmental remediation, biosecurity, agriculture and healthcare research. UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and CSIRO Executive Director for

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Could Bacteria Fuel the Future? With $1.5 Million Grant, UD Engineers Study Microbes for Biofuel Production

by Julie Stewart (University of Delaware)  A group of bacteria best known for causing stomach trouble could also be a source of sustainable energy. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels. Papoutsakis,

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

(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 principles

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

(American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute) Each year, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) awards one or more Dr. Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowships. The award sponsors the participation of a young international green chemistry scholar in a green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program. The amount of the award is

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

(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

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Enlists FGV’s Help to Assist Smallholders Get MSPO Certification

by V. Ragananthini (Sun Daily)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry will assist FGV Holdings Bhd in attracting investors to develop the downstream palm oil segment and in turn look to it for help with getting small palm oil growers obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification. Kok said at

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article
    Youth Climate Kickoff   —   October 13, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Kickoff — October 13, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Save the date for this year’s Youth Climate Kickoff on October 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Central High School in St. Paul. High school youth from across the state are invited to meet other youth, build leadership skills, and plan actions for the fall. Learn about the latest projects

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

#TeachClimate Network and BookClub

(Climate Generation)  Do you know an educator who is looking for new ways to bring climate change into their classroom? Let them know about our #TeachClimate Network and Book Club. We meet online monthly to discuss our “best pick” climate change reads and any questions that educators bring. New this year, we’re

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

U of A Biologist Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production

(University of Arkansas)  A University of Arkansas biologist is developing methods that could make the production of biofuel — ethanol and diesel made from sources such as plant material — more efficient and environmentally sound. Ruben Michael Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

ODU Algae Research Aims to Fuel Bioeconomy

by Sarah Huddle (Old Dominion University) … Cutting-edge research in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University is fueling the bioeconomy through the discovery of useful applications for algae as well as a proprietary process that can make these applications scalable for commercialization through partnerships with the private

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

SD Mines Researcher Receives $2.2 Million DOE Grant to Turn Biorefinery Waste into Valuable Products

(South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)  Rajesh Shende, Ph.D., associate professor in the chemical and biological engineering department at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate cost-effective ways to turn waste from biorefineries,

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Competition Aims to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels DEADLINE: February 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Natural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower the environmental footprint of flying. While the Canadian

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Aalto University, VTT Sign Bioeconomy Agreement

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine) On Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. The aim is to develop materials from renewable

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Scientists Identify Genetic Plant Breeding Strategies to Develop Better Sugar Beet Varieties

(NUI Galway)  Plant biotechnologists from the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway have identified genetic breeding strategies to develop bigger and better sugar beet. Sustainable intensification of agriculture to meet rapidly growing global demand for food and non-food products produced by crops will require higher yielding crop varieties that can produce

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria Could Be Used as ‘Cell Factories’ to Produce Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at the University of Kent, UK, have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of applications, including the production of biofuels and vaccines. Key to the breakthrough are tiny bacterial cellular structures known as organelles, which the researchers redesigned and engineered

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

by Jeff Hove (Biodiesel Magazine/Alternative Fuels Council) Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming.  —  … To help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Hosts 10th Annual Biofuels Tour

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently hosted the 10th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour, taking nearly 40 participants representing members of Congress from around the country on a biofuels journey through the state, including visits to an ethanol plant, biodiesel plant, family farm, soybean crush facility, and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, NAAE Partner to Celebrate Ag, Biofuels Education

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sept. 20 is National Teach Ag Day, and Growth Energy is excited to partner with the National Association of Agriculture Educators to show our appreciation for all the ag teachers across the nation. This day is all about recognizing the importance of ag teachers in our schools and communities and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Interview: Scientist Warns of “Seagrass Crisis” in Caribbeans

by Carina Lopez  (Xinhua)  Massive quantities of Sargassum seaweed are invading Caribbean beaches mostly thanks to global warming and countries should work closely with scientists for a sustainable solution, said a researcher at a leading Mexican university on Saturday. Brigitta Ine Van Tussenbroek, an expert on tropical marine vegetation, is from

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Discovery Could Boost Biofuel Production

(European Commission) EU-funded researchers have discovered a new family of enzymes able to break down wood into its chemical components. The findings may lead to more efficient production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals derived from biomass. —  Wood is regarded as a promising source of raw materials that could one day

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Locating the Production Site of Glucan in Grass Cell Walls

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  … To learn more about glucose, the sugary feedstock of biofuel refineries, scientists want to know where a polymer of glucose, mixed-linkage glucan (MLG), resides in grasses as grass species are a major potential renewable biomass feedstock. Scientists from the center demonstrated that MLG is present primarily

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The Establishment of a Marine Focused Biorefinery for Bioethanol Production Using Seawater and a Novel Marine Yeast Strain

by Abdelrahman Saleh Zaky, Darren Greetham, Gregory A. Tucker & Chenyu Du (Scientific Reports)  Current technologies for bioethanol production rely on the use of freshwater for preparing the fermentation media and use yeasts of a terrestrial origin. Life cycle assessment has suggested that between 1,388 to 9,812 litres of freshwater are consumed for

August 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewables Could Drastically Cut Tailpipe Emissions

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert)  Switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at KAUST have combined computer analysis with laser-based NOx concentration measurements to understand NOx production pathways in different fuel types. The

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Identify Enzyme That Could Help Accelerate Biofuel Production

(R&D Magazine/Tokyo Institute of Technology)  Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils called triacylglycerols (TAGs) under

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels Working Well under Pressure

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert)  Highly fuel-efficient new engine designs could significantly reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, especially if the engines run on renewable nonpetroleum-based fuels. Ensuring these unconventional fuels are compatible with next-generation engines was the aim of a new computational study on fuel ignition behavior at

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Transforming Carbon Dioxide

(University of Delaware/Phys.Org)  A team of researchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (CCST) has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis, a chemical reaction driven by electrical currents that can aid in the production of valuable chemicals and

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Challenging Canadian Innovators to Develop Cleaner Aviation Fuel

(Natural Resources Canada/Cision)  Reducing the aviation industry’s environmental footprint will create a more competitive and sustainable industry and is critical for our transition to a lower-carbon economy. Cleaner fuels are central to those efforts. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today issued a nationwide challenge to Canadians to develop

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania’s Next Biorefinery: Discussion Held at the Penn State Energy Days Annual Conference, 2018

by Anahita Bharadwaj (Pennsylvania State University for Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy Days, 2018 at The Pennsylvania State University- University Park, brought together leading researchers, government agencies, industries, non-profit organizations and academics in the field of energy to understand the current challenges in this area. This year saw some inspiring and enthusiastic

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Unviable Alternative in South Africa – Expert

by Paige Muller (Creamer Media’s Engineering News) Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable- energy consumption rose to a new high last year

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Education Program Tweets Video on University of Idaho Biodiesel Firsts

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program)  The goals of the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program as originally established in Sec. 9004 of the Farm Security Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8104) were to stimulate biodiesel consumption and to stimulate the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. The information and outreach activities

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Lego’s Biobased Bricks; Vertoro’s Green Crude Oil; Nitogen-Fixing Microbes for Corn; Diapers from Food Waste; 3D Imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 15th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Forests Crucial for Limiting Climate Change to 1.5 Degrees

(University of Exeter)  Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say. Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) power stations are designed to produce energy and store the

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable energy production. Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual one day event held in three different areas of the state that offers children in grades three to six a fun

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course   —   October 24-25, 2018   —   University Park, PA

Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course — October 24-25, 2018 — University Park, PA

Organized by: Penn State Extension and the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, with generous support from the Northeast Sun Grant program. About the Event Biochar and torrefied biomass represent two dramatic oportunities for energy and product development in the emerging bio-economy.  However, the principles, processes, performance, and markets for these

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards Poster Competition! DEADLINE: September 17, 2018

(Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards) Female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers currently undertaking research in clean energy are invited to apply! Entrants with the most compelling posters will be invited to attend the 2018 C3E Symposium on December 3-4, 2018 at Stanford University to showcase their work. The

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover How to Protect Yeast from Damage in Biofuel Production

by Chris Barncard  (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Some chemicals used to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poison to the yeasts that turn the plant sugars into fuel. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough in Queensland Could Fire up Massive New Export Market

by Lexy Hamilton-Smith  (ABC News)  Two cars powered by hydrogen derived from ammonia will be tested in Brisbane today thanks to a Queensland breakthrough that CSIRO researchers say could turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower. … For the past decade, researchers have worked on producing ultra-high purity hydrogen using a

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Promotion at #SturgisBuffaloChip

(AgNewsWire) The presence of ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association is bigger than ever this year during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and especially at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. For the tenth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Duke Students Break Guinness World Record for Fuel Efficiency with Hydrogen Fuel Cell

(Fuel Cells Works)  Guinness World Records confirms Duke Electric Vehicles has unseated Swiss team for new record  —  Duke Engineering is now the official home of the most fuel-efficient vehicle in history, a hydrogen fuel cell car that gets the equivalent of 14,573 miles per gallon. Duke Electric Vehicles (DEV’s) record-breaking run took place

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

HAPPY WORLD BIOFUEL DAY! World Bio-Fuel Day 2018 Observed Globally

World Biofuel day to be observed on 10th August 2018 The World Bio-Fuel Day was observed across the world on August 10, 2018 with an aim to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (green fuels). The day highlights the importance of non-fossil fuels as alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlights the

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Horticulture Industry’s Age Problem Is Bigger than You Think

by Adrian Higgins (Washington Post) … And to state something so apparent it seems forgotten: Everyone needs plants. Plants feed us, oxygenate us, heal us, shade us and clothe us. Plants are the stuff of legal booze and illicit drugs, and, perhaps more obviously, they simply delight us. Despite this

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The EnergyPath toward Renewables

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) EnergyPath.  It’s like nothing else. Funded by a lawsuit settlement more than a decade ago, EnergyPath has become the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia from across the United States. Scholarships enable people with a wide range of interests

August 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Alberta Invests in New Clean Technology Challenge

(Alberta)  The Alberta government and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are encouraging biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation innovators to develop new clean-technology projects to cut their energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gases. Up to $70 million is available through the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation (BEST) Challenge. The

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Lifecycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corncob Ethanol in China

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover. Current research provides life‐cycle assessments of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for stover ethanol but lacks such assessments for corncob ethanol.

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article
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