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Applications Open Until 08/13 for AgTech Startups to Participate in First Phase of AgLaunch365
July 18, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(AgLaunch)  Farm-Centric Program Assists in Field Trials & Attracting Investment   —  AgLaunch Initiative is excited to announce applications are open for Phase I of its nationally recognized commercialization approach – AgLaunch365.  The program combines its leading accelerator …

New Research Calculates Capacity of North American Forests to Sequester Carbon
July 18, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(University of California-Santa Cruz/EurekAlert!)  Gains of only 22 percent over the next six decades represent best-case scenario  —  Researchers have calculated the capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon in a detailed analysis that for the …

Boyle Selected for DOE Early Career Research Program
July 17, 2018 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Colorado School of Mines)  Nanette Boyle, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program.
Boyle will receive $750,000 over five …

Edo Farmers Mull Establishment of N450m Ethanol Plants
July 17, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Frank Eleanya (Business Day)  Cassava farmers under the aegis of Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Edo State chapter, mull plans to establish N450 million ethanol plants in the three senatorial districts of the state.
Donatus Imaghodor, …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th
July 17, 2018 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field, sugar-based straws and more, ready …

Interactive Fuel Ethanol Plant
July 16, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Thermal Kinetics)  At Thermal Kinetics, we’re committed to providing the best overall engineering support and solutions for the Fuel Ethanol Industry. A great deal of work goes into the conception, design, sourcing, and construction of a …

Overcoming Limitations of Engineering Eukaryotic Algae
July 16, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Have some of the final engineering limitations of microalgae been overcome? Can microalgae be hosts for genetic engineering as powerful as bacteria and yeast? A promising new technique for gene design seems …

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy
July 16, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in …

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition
July 12, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(iGEM Foundation)  A pioneer in engineering biology.  —  The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This …

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry
July 12, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of internal combustion engines using advanced …

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme
July 11, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down …

NCDA&CS Grant Supports Research of Biochar Combined with AD
July 11, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Appalachian State University/Biomass Magazine)  Thanks to a $98,599 grant from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), a team of professors in Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, along with …

Video: Biofuel from Algae
July 10, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Michigan)  University of Michigan scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at U-M’s E.S. George Reserve near Pinckney, Michigan in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely …

New Algae Bloom Remediation Group Starting
July 10, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  There is a growing ‘state of emergency’ on the expansion of algae blooms in the US and throughout the world. This group is a collaboration of algae bloom remediation technologies (proven to work …

Neutrons—Making Sustainable Biofuels
July 10, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains can be engineered to sustainably …

Student Videos on Green Chemistry
July 9, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Yale University)  Our Center hosted a student video competition at the 22nd Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in Portland, Oregon. The competition is part of the bigger Yale-UNIDO initiative, which aims to increase the general global …

Green Chemistry Brings Its Virtues to the Classroom
July 9, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Paul D. Thornton (Chemical Institute of Canada)  … More significantly, these real-world problems of toxicity, safety, and sustainability call for a multi-disciplinary approach and familiarity with many branches of chemistry. By educating students in green …

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction
July 9, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen …

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road
July 6, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that commission a custom motorcycle from …

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space
July 6, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Tom Rickey (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Last month a rocket thundered off a NASA launch pad in Virginia, destined for the International Space Station. Nestled among the 7,400 lbs. of supplies was a handful of …

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products
July 3, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(University of Portsmouth)  A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.
The discovery was led by members …

$25 Grand Prize: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change DEADLINE: August 7, 2018
July 2, 2018 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(Solutions Search)  Climate change needs behavior change.What people eat, what they buy and what they use contributes directly to climate change. In just eight months, humans consume what the earth can sustainably produce in a …

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production
June 29, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray  (Washington State University-Tri-Cities)  Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the …

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems
June 28, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the …

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates
June 27, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, …

ACE Scholarship Program Announces 2018 Winners
June 26, 2018 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s scholarship program to help further their …

New Catalyst Upgrades Carbon Dioxide to Fuels Found by USTC
June 26, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Science and Technology of China)  Liquid multi-carbon alcohols such as ethanol and n-propanol are desired as renewable transportation fuels. They offer high energy densities, ease of long-range transport, and direct drop-in usage in existing …

New Enzyme Boost Could Hasten Biofuel Production
June 25, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Brogan (Imperial College London)   Imperial scientists have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics.  —  This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production and …

Create the Future Design Contest DEADLINE: July 2, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future) The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more …

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would …

Planet Forward Fall Storytelling Expeditions
June 22, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Planet Forward)  Join Planet Forward staff for a trip to California or Rome for one of our fall storytelling expeditions! Travel and lodging is covered by sponsors for this trip and students are expected to contribute a …

Forest Concepts Receives $1.8 Million from DOE to Improve the Design of Biomass Handling Systems
June 22, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Forest Concepts/EIN Presswire)  Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy) to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and …

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion
June 22, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels …

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered
June 21, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor …

Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil
June 20, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  Process Converts Scum to Biodiesel  —  A new waste remediation process converts scum from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) into ASTM compliant biodiesel. The six-step method begins with a filtration step that separates water/oil/solid …

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?
June 20, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by David Fridley and Richard Heinberg  (Renewable Energy World)  The headline of this article was composed simply by rephrasing the title of a popular recent piece in The Atlantic — “Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air into …

Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?
June 20, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (Renewable Energy World)  Multinational power company, Enel, said last month that it was expanding its partnership with InnoCentive, a 17-year old crowdsourcing company that partners with businesses and governments around the world to develop …

Orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils Sweeten Diesel Fumes
June 19, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Queensland University of Technology)  Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel.
QUT PhD researcher Ashrafur Rahman tested each …

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix
June 18, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Steven Taylor (Yellow Hammer)  … But for a moment, let’s reexamine biofuels, as they can still play an important role in our state’s energy production and economic development. According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, our state …

Indian Researchers Create an Artificial Leaf Which Consumes Sunlight and Carbon Dioxide to Produce Energy
June 18, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Amit Jha (Crazy Engineers)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have found a novel approach to produce energy by using sunlight and carbon dioxide. By using a collection of quantum dots made up of …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 18, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

Laurene Powell Jobs, quoted in a recent Washington Post article, explained “Change rarely originates at the top.  When you want change, lobbying Congress is important, but it can’t be your whole strategy.  …  The most …

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels
June 15, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals.
The buildup of toxic materials during the production process …

Request for Information: Forest Industry Technologies DEADLINE: July 20, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Biobased Maine/Maine Technology Institute)  The Maine Technology Institute is collecting publicly available information on technologies that could be deployed within Maine’s forest industry. The purpose of this RFI is to encourage technology companies to submit preliminary …

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels
June 12, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Idaho/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Tara Hudiburg was awarded $750,000 to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant, award by the Department of Energy, is part of a $104 million …

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells
June 12, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Yirka (Phys.org)   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in …

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses
June 12, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels,” pointed to Standing Rock as, “among many things, a prime and missed opportunity for …

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA
June 8, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a political powerhouse and compelling policy agenda that defies partisan, geographical, and generational divisions.

(T)his industry must …

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels
June 7, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently declared May as Renewable Fuels Month to draw attention to clean burning biofuel options. He’s focused on grassroot efforts to educate and expand access of  mid-level blends for …

2nd Annual 5-Day Digester Operator Training Course — June 18-22, 2018 — Oshkosh, WI
June 7, 2018 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual 5-Day Digester Operator Training Course   —   June 18-22, 2018   —   Oshkosh, WI

Come learn from top digestion operations experts to increase biogas production, digestate quality, revenue and avoid costly, time-consuming and smelly mistakes for your digester.  The American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh have put together a first …

Project COCONUT Launched in Quezon
June 7, 2018 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Danny Estacio (Manila Bulletin)  Coconut farmers in Quezon have a brighter future to look forward to following the recent launch of COllaboration for COconut Productivity and NUrturing Farmers’ Trade or Project COCONUT of Pilipinas Shell …

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol
June 6, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida) University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology.
Their goal is to make this form of ethanol less …

SLU and Stora Enso in Strategic Partnership
June 6, 2018 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)  The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Stora Enso. Through the agreement SLU and Stora Enso intend to establish a long-term collaboration in research …

The Local School Which Makes Its Own Biofuel
June 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Francis Witsenhuysen  (Northern Star) Learning how to turn sugar cane into biofuel in primary school is one thing, but running the school’s lawnmower with biofuel is quite another.
Yesterday, Empire Vale Public School raised the bar …

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages
June 5, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts …

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term
May 31, 2018 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Lund University)  The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the core issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to a new doctoral thesis from Lund University in …

Ethanol Report on Biker and Boater Education
May 30, 2018 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A custom-made motorcycle will be the centerpiece of a new educational campaign by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to inform consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, and other small …

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries
May 30, 2018 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(SCG Chemicals) SCG ChemicalsTeams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries to Strengthen Thailand’s Competitiveness towards Sustainable Growth
SCG Chemicals led by Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and …

Supporting the Algae Foundation Now Easier Than Ever With New AmazonSmile Link
May 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … The Algae Academy provided 48 Algae STEM Kits to middle school classes in California, Michigan, and Ohio last year.  In 2018, our goal is to provide 150 kits to middle and high …

ABO Internships Available for Summer and Fall of 2018
May 30, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Students – Are you interested in doing more for your industry while completing your degree? Help define the algae sector of today and shape the industry of tomorrow as an Algae Biomass Organization …

Bizav Industry Launches Sustainable Fuel Initiative
May 30, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Thierry Dubois  (Aviation Week)  Business aviation’s alphabet groups have launched the “sustainable alternative jet fuel” (SAJF) initiative, an awareness effort to curb the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
EBAA, NBAA, the International Business Aviation Council, the National …

RFA Announces $1M Fuel Your Knowledge Campaign
May 29, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Memorial Day weekend means the start of boating, biking and lawn mowing season – better known as summer. As the small engines come out of winter hibernation, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is …

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre Officially Opens
May 28, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(InnoTech Alberta) InnoTech Alberta, an applied research subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, today announced the official opening of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre (ACCTC).
InnoTech Alberta is the owner and operator of this pioneering clean technology centre. …

PU BioNEST Gets Rs 2.57-cr Grant
May 24, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Tribune News Service)  The Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies (BioNEST), Panjab University (PU), has got a grant of Rs 2.57 crore for projects in food and agriculture processing.“The government wants us to suggest ways of …

A New DNA Editing Toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis
May 23, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Eric Poliner (MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory)  Eric Poliner and a team of MSU scientists in the Farre and Benning labs have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis. The alga …

RFA Holding Second Annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest
May 23, 2018 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could again win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is re-launching the “Ethanol Days of …

NCERC Hosts ‘Fueling Fun’ Workshop for Local Girl Scouts
May 23, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois learned about the benefits of biofuels, fermentation, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) …

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology
May 23, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste.

Some 400 …

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities
May 22, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific …

2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Exploring Biodiesel — June 12 – September 18, 2018 — Various locations
May 21, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Exploring Biodiesel   —   June 12 – September 18, 2018   —   Various locations

Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) is a series of regional, one-day seminars designed to educate those in the industry on the benefits and opportunities surrounding biodiesel.
The National Biodiesel Board, in partnership with several industry sponsors, has announced …

Biofuel from Algae: CUK Scientist Finds Key to Increase Yield by 30 Per Cent
May 21, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by George Poikayil (Indian Express)  The “path-breaking” findings were published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Plant Physiology in May.  —  A team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain and India discovered a key to increase biofuel from …

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE
May 21, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them …

Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture — April 23-May 21 — Online
May 18, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture   —   April 23-May 21   —   Online

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are organizing an online discussion on partnerships, innovations and financing opportunities available for young people …

Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Formed
May 18, 2018 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network)  The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is a group of volunteers (based in in the African continent and , also Asia, USA and Europe)- linked across the world via an online …

POET Ethanol Plant Plans Monarch Project
May 18, 2018 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  POET Biorefining is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium …

Artificial Intelligence Combats the Noise from Diesel Engines
May 17, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Unidad de Cultura Científica y de la Innovación (UCCi))  Several University of Cordoba research teams have created a new system to predict the sound from these engines depending on the chemical physical composition of the biofuel  …

Educational Opportunities for Ethanol Plant Employees
May 16, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Muhlling (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol plant employees will have the opportunity to further their education this summer with two courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Partnership.
The Process Control Essential Short Course is a two-day offering held …

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
May 16, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation/EurekAlert)  Protein encoded by gene found in microorganisms living in Amazon lake could boost efficiency on the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which makes for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic …

National Council for Science and the Environment EnvironMentors Program
May 14, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(National Council for Science and the Environment) The NCSE EnvironMentors Program provides mentoring, college preparation, and additional opportunities to high school students underrepresented in STEM fields.
EnvironMentors is NCSE’s youth mentoring and college preparation program for underrepresented …

Saccharification Treatments Using Cellulase and Laminarinase Results in Higher Ethanol
May 14, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the Philippines, researchers from University of the Philippines and Hiroshima University in Japan conducted a study that focused on ethanol production from macroalgae using only enzymatic treatment for saccharification of algal …

St. James High School Visits Guardian Energy
May 10, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty seven students from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy. 

The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

Worthington High School Tours Heron Lake Bioenergy
May 10, 2018 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Fifteen students from Worthington High School toured Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 1st to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
The students, all 12th graders from the school’s senior agriculture class, were …

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products
May 9, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE …

Theresa May Opens the UK’s ‘First’ Biomass Training Facility at Further Education College
May 8, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biomass company LC Energy has partnered with Berkshire College of Agriculture and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the facility. The collaboration is an effort to address the nationwide skills shortage in …

Sugarcane’s Toxic Waste Can Turn into a Boon for Farmers
May 8, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Johnl (Times of India)   Sugarcanemolasses-based distilleries in India are not only water guzzlers but purge a highly toxic residue— spent-wash or vinasse. This unusually viscous dark brown coloured pungent liquid after recovery of alcohol.
If let out untreated, …

Nitin Gadkari Grants Permission to Bajaj, TVS to Make Bio-Ethanol Vehicles Using Rice and Wheat Straw
May 7, 2018 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(News 18)  Gadkari suggested that institutions engaged in agricultural research take up topics such as biofuel to reduce dependency on oil imports.  —  Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that his ministry has accorded permission to automakers Bajaj …

Student Scientist Receives Grant from Biodiesel Foundation
May 7, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Biodiesel Foundation has announced the recipient of the first Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant is studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University.
Mary Kate Mitchell received the $2,000 award to participate in …

Biofuels Lab Opens at Penn State Behrend: HERO BX Partnership Extends Open-Lab Model to College’s School of Science
May 7, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  A $1 million investment by HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, will create research opportunities for students and faculty members in the School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Much …

Hunter Pilot Biorefinery Receives Go-Ahead Following Three-Year Blueprint
May 4, 2018 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(New Castle Herald/Muswellbrook Chronicle) Muswellbrook will soon be home to a $30 million purpose-built biofuel facility, following a $4.6 million investment from the NSW Government.
The funding allows the construction of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB) to …

EnergyPath Student Science Fair Applications Open DEADLINE: June 29, 2018
May 3, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

EnergyPath 2018 has something for everyone: Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques and start or expand your career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.  Following the EnergyPath Energy Camps July …

‘Augmented Biology’: Exploring New Avenues in Biofuel Production
May 1, 2018 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Bristol)  Researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions to our global energy needs.

Collaborating …

Could Anaerobic Digestion Be Contributing to Antibiotic Resistance?
May 1, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  New research is suggesting that advanced anaerobic digestion and reverse osmosis filtration in agriculture could be leaving behind ‘concerning levels’ of antibiotic residues.

 When farmers repurpose animal manure as fertiliser or bedding, traces of antibiotics …

Can Perennial Bioenergy Crops Help Sequester Carbon?
April 30, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  In an article published last summer in Science, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported on ten years of work assessing the potential climate benefit of producing …

TerAvest Applies Persistence to Stubborn Bacteria
April 30, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Zymomonas mobilis is a creature of habit, a bacterial species that loves to eat simple sugars and produce ethanol, but shows little interest in anything else.

But TerAvest (Michaela TerAvest, …

Minneapolis Drivers Choose E15
April 25, 2018 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today at the Tesoro station on Riverside Avenue in Minneapolis to reward drivers who switched to E15. 
From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MBA …

2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Open for Nominations April 30; DEADLINE July 2, 2018
April 25, 2018 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute) The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The U.S. EPA supports the continuation of the awards program for 2018 …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 25, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna McWilliams (Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million …

Growth Energy Announces Partnership between American Ethanol and Universal Technical Institute
April 25, 2018 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy announced a new partnership initiative between its American Ethanol program and Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine …

New Method Significantly Improves the Production of Biohydrogen and Other Biochemicals
April 24, 2018 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(VTT)  A joint study by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has shown that the ability of photosynthesising microbial cells to produce biohydrogen from solar energy can be markedly improved by …

New Nanocatalysts for Biofuel Processing
April 24, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A project called Biogo-for-Production has developed new nanocatalysts to create an integrated modular and highly efficient process for producing fuels from renewable energy sources.
The researchers focused on the development of advanced nanocatalysts, coupled with advanced reactor …

Wood Formation Model to Fuel Progress in Bioenergy, Paper, New Applications
April 23, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by D’lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Phys.Org)  A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing …

Certification Program Will Help Biodiesel Producers Meet FSMA Requirements
April 23, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Iowa Biodisel Board)  Iowa Biodiesel Board launches program to meet industry need; Webinar takes place May 10 — Biodiesel producers who want to sell glycerin that can end up as an animal food ingredient will soon be …

Green Chemistry in the Curriculum: A Supplement to the ACS Guidelines
April 20, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer MacKellar (ACS Green Chemistry Institute/Chemistry Community Online)  Over the years, there have been many efforts to provide green chemistry resources and support for chemistry educators. We are pleased to announce another outstanding resource developed …

Engage North American Youth to Prevent, Recover and Recycle Food Loss and Waste DEADLINE: May 3, 2018
April 20, 2018 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Commission for Environmental Cooperation) The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to work in collaboration with youth organizations and government to empower and motivate youth (ages 5-23) to participate in …

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production
April 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes …

Seeking 2 Co-Chairs to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel — Application Deadline: May 4, 2018
April 18, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The next generation of science thought leaders are gearing up to lead America’s energy efforts. And biodiesel, our nation’s only commercially available advanced biofuel, is front and center.
Managed by the National Biodiesel Board, the Next …

Student Biodiesel Leader Joins World Energy Council Program
April 18, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A former co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel has been selected to participate in the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders (NGSB) program. Deval Pandya, who is a Data Scientist in Advanced Analytics at Shell, will …

Detroit Zoo Plans Giveaway for Guests Who Visit Its AD Display
April 18, 2018 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Detroit Zoological Society/Biomass Magazine)  The Detroit Zoological Society will be number one at giving away number two when it hosts its sixth annual GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo on April 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  …

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows
April 18, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the …

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production
April 17, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO/EurekAlert!)  The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances are regulated and how they …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, Revealed
April 17, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, XPRIZE announced the 10 teams advancing to the final round in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.  The 10 finalists, each taking home an equal share of a $5 …

Study Shows 95% of Wooden Pallets are Recycled, Indicating Significant Gains in Landfill Avoidance
April 16, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(National Wooden Pallet & Container Association/PR Newswire)   Preliminary results of a research project conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled.  

The landfill avoidance …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
April 16, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important …

SDC Developing Techniques to Produce Bio-Crude Oil: Director
April 13, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times)  The Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) is now developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project, it was announced …

“Brexit Is the Impetus to Reinvigorate”: The Advanced Bioeconomy, Resilience, and a New Role for the Commonwealth?
April 12, 2018 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) delegates will hear quite a bit about blockchain, gene editing and about proteins for the food chain and as an advanced material. There’s a …

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products
April 11, 2018 – 10:56 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty students from Central High School in Norwood Young America toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about clean renewable Minnesota energy.
During the tour, the students learned about the various processes …

Florida Polytechnic University Students Study How Algae Could Produce Biofuel
April 10, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Coulter (The Daily Ridge) Can the algae growing within Polk County’s lakes be used to fuel our gas tanks in the near future?
Students at Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) have been researching this question for …

RFA Receives Sixth TRANSCAER® Award for Ethanol Safety Seminars
April 10, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the sixth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association has received a TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for hosting a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety and emergency responders.
The …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project …

Researchers Develop Two-Step, One-Pot Process for Synthesis of Benzene from Microalgal Oils
April 10, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress) Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. It is used as a precursor to the manufacture of more complex chemicals, and, with …

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says
April 9, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 11th, 2018
April 9, 2018 – 10:47 am | No Comment

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, …

NUS Team Discovers Bacterium that Produces Only Biobutanol Directly from Cellulose
April 6, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.
In an …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

Enzymatic Construction of Highly Strained Carbocycles
April 6, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kai Chen, Xiongyi Huang, S. B. Jennifer Kan, Ruijie K. Zhang, Frances H. Arnold (Science Magazine)  Double rings made with heme  —  Cyclic organic structures with adjacent three-carbon rings—bicyclobutanes—are useful starting materials for chemical and materials …

Summer School ZELCOR “Zero Waste Biorefineries: Technical Advances and Sustainability Assessment” — September 2-6, 2018 — Wageningen, The Netherlands
April 5, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Summer School ZELCOR  “Zero Waste Biorefineries: Technical Advances and Sustainability Assessment”   —   September 2-6, 2018   —   Wageningen, The Netherlands

(Graduate School VLAG)  The 1st Summer School on waste biorefineries in the context of bioeconomy, with a focus on valorization of recalcitrant side streams. A panel of specialists in the biorefinery field will provide an up-to-date …

Researchers Improve Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
April 4, 2018 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biomass Magazine)  Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels that are …

Researchers Engineer Yeast to Grow on Xylose
April 4, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Tufts University)  Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the …

Ridgewater College Tours CVEC
April 3, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Ridgewater College toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to get a closer look at how home-grown renewable energy is produced.
The students, from the …

Why We Need Biofuels For A Green Future
April 2, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(OPONEO.CO.UK)  … Although biofuels are considered to be the most promising alternative by many, the industry is still in its infancy and for the time being, provokes as much controversies as the question of how green …

Treating OK Wastewater
April 2, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Sunup’s ultimate goal is to clean up wastewater in Oklahoma to a level that it can be recycled or reused for crop irrigation. See how they do it. WATCH VIDEO

Siouxland Ethanol Educates Tomorrow’s Drivers
April 2, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Pam Miller, Board Chair and Director of Industry and Investor Relations for Siouxland Ethanol in Nebraska, recently visited a local fifth-grade classroom to educate the next generation of drivers about ethanol.
Using the Renewable Fuels …

Call for Young Researchers: 2018 Algae Biomass Summit
April 2, 2018 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

If you are a student, postdoc or early career professionalinterested in algae and algae-based technologies, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) would like to invite you to our 2018 Algae Biomass Summit, the world’s largest algae conference.
This year’s summit will …

Climate Feedback: A Global Network of Scientists Fact-Checking Climate Change News
April 2, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Climate Feedback)  Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists who collectively assess the credibility of influential climate change media coverage.  Our first mission is to help Internet users—from the general public to influential decision-makers—distinguish inaccurate climate …

Teach Climate Scholarship Application for Summer Institute for Climate Change Education June 26-28, 2018 St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
April 2, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation) We are excited to be able to offer scholarships for teachers to attend a professional development opportunity. These scholarships are made possible through the Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship Movement. Priority is given to demonstrated need and …

Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom
April 2, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Katie Worth (Frontline/The Groundtruth Project)  Last spring, science teachers across the nation began receiving unsolicited packages containing classroom materials from a libertarian group that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.
This spring, some of …

New Insights into How Cellulose Is Built Could Indicate How to Break It Apart for biofuels
April 1, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Pennsylvania State University)  A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications …

Applications Open for Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists DEADLINE: July 15, 2018
April 1, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is now open for entries! This is the sixth year that Science and SciLifeLab will present this award, which offers four recent PhD graduates a life-changing opportunity.
Recent …

How to Make Greener Biofuels
March 30, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Martin Høj (ScienceNordic/Phys.Org)  … The biological processes that transform biomass to alcohol yield a relatively low amount of energy, around 35 per cent of the potential energy stored within the biomass. So we are certainly not using this …

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development
March 30, 2018 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the others being air, water, and …

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Waste
March 30, 2018 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Torrice (Chemical & Engineering News)   Finding a way to reuse the element could help lower nutrient pollution  —  … When industrial plants process corn grains to make the fuel, or even food products such as …

Researchers Use Light to Turn Yeast into Biochemical Factories
March 30, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Lonnie Shekhtman (Princeton University)  … In a series of experiments, they used light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe …

Medford High School Students Tour Guardian Energy
March 22, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. 
The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

DTI Seeks Technology Partners for Algae Extraction
March 22, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has received a Phase II SBIR for the USDA NFIA to use pulsed electric field (PEF) processing for algal extraction and predator control. Working with the Arizona Center for …

Chinese Researchers Boost Algae Lipids, Reduce Peroxidation
March 21, 2018 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid …

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG
March 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural …

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future
March 20, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, …