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“Dominating” Fungus Could Provide Solution to Producing More Biofuels and Valuable Chemicals

(University of York) he discovery of a novel enzyme that releases a valuable chemical from agricultural waste could provide an important breakthrough in the upscaling of renewable fuels and chemicals, a new study shows. … Researchers – led by the University of York – have discovered an enzyme in a fungus

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Announces Wind Energy Agreement for Dickinson Renewable Diesel Facility

(Marathon Petroleum Corporation)  Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) has signed an agreement with One Energy Enterprises LLC to install five 2.3 megawatt wind turbines at MPC’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The wind turbines will provide energy to the facility and help further decrease its carbon emissions profile. MPC contracted with

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, Highwater Ethanol Host Virtual Plant Tour For Sleepy Eye High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Highwater Ethanol hosted a virtual plant visit for 10 students from Sleepy Eye High School on April 20.  During the virtual plant visit, the students, from the school’s Natural Resources class, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Depolymerization, Catalysts, Reactive Extrusion: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Circular Plastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enymatic hydrolysis, thermomechanical pretreatment, bioconversion and other ways to recycle plastic waste can change the way we look at plastics and polymers. Check out this illuminating slide guide from the University of Massachusetts on waste-to-energy, advanced recycling methods, and more. READ MORE  

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Agri-Pulse Doing Deep Dive into Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Agri-Pulse is investigating how the biofuels industry has changed and where it’s headed in season two of the farm policy news outlet’s Deep Dive podcast series. … The first episode – “Running on E” – focuses on the history of biofuels and the policy surrounding the Renewable Fuel

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Incentives Could Turn Costs of Biofuel Mandates into Environmental Benefits

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment)  CABBI studies on the Renewable Fuels Standard indicate a need for more targeted policies that value the environmental benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options – and provide incentives for farmers to grow them — New studies from the

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Center Working on Converting Municipal Waste to Biofuel

(Advantage News) The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is leading the way in converting municipal solid waste to biofuel through two proposals submitted for funding. The NCERC has received funding from a grant proposal that was submitted to SIUE’s Transitional and Exploratory Projects grant program by Jie Dong, NCERC’s fermentation scientist

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Structure of Light-Driven Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

U.S. Department of Eneryg/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)  Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing California Transportation by 2045

(University of California Davis)  Report to State Outlines Policy Pathways to Meet the Zero-Carbon Time Crunch —  Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. In order to achieve the state’s goals of carbon neutrality by 2045 and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, decarbonizing this

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

XPRIZE Announces the Two Winners of $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, with Each Team Creating Valuable Products out of CO2 Emissions

(XPRIZE)  Both $7.5M Grand Prize Winners Developed Technologies Focused on Decarbonizing Concrete, the World’s Largest Material Industry   – XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges, today announced that CarbonCure Technologies and CarbonBuilt have won the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a prize

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Science Needs the Humanities to Solve Climate Change

by Steven D. Allison and Tyrus Miller  (University of California, Irvine/The Conversation)  …  We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions. In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science. That’s why the two of us – an ecologist and a humanities dean – are

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 22: EARTH DAY! Doesn’t End on April 22. Join Us for Special Presentation and Conversation on April 28

(Advanced Biofuels USA) Our Earth Month journey so far.  Each day since April 1, we have presented to the world information about renewable fuels’ vital role in mitigating climate change along with suggestions for things individuals can do.  If you missed them, don’t worry.  You can find them filed under

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

UH Hilo Researches Whether Sugarcane Can Make Jet Fuel

(University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo) A groundbreaking study investigating the growth of selected varieties of sugarcane to convert into high-performance jet fuel is underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM). Utilizing advanced technologies in agronomics and bioeconomy, the researchers are ultimately looking to

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 21: Recycled Carbon for Consumers

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Isn’t the whole point, in a way, to just recycle the carbon that is already in the air and on the Earth? To leave fossil carbon buried in deep storage; to prevent or avoid extraction and combustion or use of fossilized carbon sources? How can

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Adhesives from Waste Wood, Biofuel from Straw

(ChemEurope)  EU research project on the potential of agroforestry waste as environmentally friendly raw materials completed  — In future, waste from agriculture and forestry could serve as the basis for environmentally friendly building materials, insulation foams or fuels. Over the past four and a half years, an EU project involving the

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Google Unveils 37 Year Time-lapse of Earth’s Surface, Reveals Melting Glaciers, Deforestation

by Amy Lupica (Our Daily Planet)  In time for Earth Day, last week Google unveiled Google Earth Timelapse, allowing users to see zoomable videos documenting how the Earth has changed since 1984. Through the eyes of a satellite, users can view sobering and sometimes alarming trends of deforestation, sea-level rise, dried up seas, and urban

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 19: Transitioning from Fossil-Economy to Biobased-Economy

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Fossil fuels have revolutionized our modern society. Before the use of such products, humanity used basic forms of energy, such as biomass and wood. But through the Industrial Revolution, fossil energy has allowed us to experience progress in technology, economy and in our society

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 18: Plastic Upcycling

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) It is estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year – most of it non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. With more and more plastic accumulating on land and in oceans, there is a desperate need for technologies that may utilize, consume or completely

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 17: Where Does Organic Waste End up?

by Ahmed Abdellah and Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA)  Organic waste from homes and facilities typically ends up in a landfill decomposing and releasing methane into the atmosphere. Methane is known as a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Do you know any solutions to this problem?  Recent advances in

April 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Mexican University Makes Biofuel from Wine and Cheese Waste

by Phoebe French (The Drinks Business)  The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is using waste products from the wine and cheese industries to produce hydrogen and methane.  — Researchers working in the university’s engineering department in the Mexican state of Querétaro are undertaking the project. Led by researcher Germán Buitrón

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 16: How Can Renewable Fuels Enhance Environmental Justice? How about Cleaner Air and Lower Fuel Costs for Regular Cars for Many Years to Come?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  First proposed in 2015, Advanced Biofuels USA’s  proposal for a “Disappearing” Non-Renewable-Carbon User Fee begins: “If we’re serious about reducing climate change-causing greenhouse gases and reducing non-renewable liquid and gas use, we need serious actions.”  And those actions should serve low income, high pollution

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 15:  Food AND Fuel: The Promise of Advanced Biofuels

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Aren’t there ways to make renewable fuel that doesn’t harm food supplies?  Yes, there are many.   Options One is to use waste from food processing and food preparation like animal fat and used cooking oil.  Another is to use agricultural residues like wheat straw

April 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 14: Sustainable Land Use: What Can We Learn from Farmers?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  They say that Sustainability is a three-legged stool: Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability and Social Sustainability. If any of these legs is missing, the stool falls over.  Climate Smart Agriculture The North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance is one group that has been thinking deeply about

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Progress at the Pump

(North Carolina State University Campaign News) Professor Sunkyu Park, who has deep NC State roots, is working to turn waste from the pulp and paper industry into the biofuel of the future. Boosted by private support, his research could revolutionize the energy industry — in more ways than one. …

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 13: What Fuel Can My Car or Truck Use? What about My Motorcycle?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With so many options showing up at some gas stations, what should I choose? E85 and Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) We’ve retrofitted my 2002 Ford Focus to be able to use E85, 85% renewable ethanol. (Watch the video!)  You can also buy flex fuel vehicles

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 12: Conversion Processes for Biofuel Production

by Ahmed Abdellah* (Advanced Biofuels USA)When dealing with the conversion of raw materials into biofuels and biochemicals, the first step is to break down raw materials. During this process, the raw material may go through bailing, grinding, and condensing. Then, the material which is essentially composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, and

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 11: Microbial World for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals Production

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The versatile world of microorganisms is a perfect source for the production of a variety of biobased fuels, chemicals and materials. Microorganisms have the ability to break down biomass, components of these biomass or other materials (e.g., CO2, organic acids) through the process of fermentation

April 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 10: Can Biofuels Become Cost Effective? Some Already Are!

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Looking to save money on gas AND decrease your carbon footprint?  If your vehicle was built after 2000, have you tried E15? That’s 15% renewable fuel, half as much more than the usual E10 regular gasoline.  Sometimes it’s branded “Unleaded 88” because in addition

April 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Shows Higher Ethanol Blends Reduce CO2 Emissions

by Lura Roti (SDPB Radio) Results from a recent University of Nebraska Study could dramatically increase demand for ethanol. This is optimistic news for South Dakota corn farmers, ethanol manufacturers and family farm advocates. Redefining Renewable Fuels was a year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska Department of Chemical

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 9: Biomass and Carbon Sequestration

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Biofuels and bio-based products offer an alternate source for the production of energy and useful chemicals without the need to tap into fossil carbon. The broad idea is that carbon that has been photosynthetically fixed into biomass by plants provides the opportunity for production of

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Data Collection Project to Help Farmers Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Leslie Reed (University of Nebraska–Lincoln/Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute/Nebraska Today) University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 8: The International Regime on Climate Change

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  International Regime before the Paris Agreement — On 21st March 1994, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change entered into force with the ratification of the document by 197 countries. The main goal of this treaty was to prevent harmful human induced interference with

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, CVEC Host Virtual Plant Tour For Ridgewater College Students

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) hosted a virtual plant visit for 20 students from Ridgewater College on April 1.  During the plant visit, the students, from the college’s Animal Nutrition class, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Separating Beer Waste into Proteins for Foods, and Fiber for Biofuels

(American Chemical Society/Phys.Org) … Once all the flavor has been extracted from barley and other grains, what’s left is a protein- and fiber-rich powder that is typically used in cattle feed or put in landfills. Today, scientists report a new way to extract the protein and fiber from brewer’s spent

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 7: Flying Green

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What are we talking about?  Do you know that airlines’ activities, from passenger transportation to freight are responsible for two to three percent of anthropic emissions yearly according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report? Indeed, flying comes at a cost. But while

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Combining Farms and Solar Panels Could Transform How We Produce Both Food and Energy

by Chris Mallory (The Counter)  Agrivoltaics—putting solar panels on farmland—lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.  — … Mounted on 9-foot-tall beams, so lofty a tractor could pass below them, the solar panels slant against the blue sky of the high desert, throwing shade on

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

They Produce Biodiesel from Low-Quality Animal Fats

(Polytech University of Madrid (Google Translation))  Researchers at the UPM obtain biodiesel from a mixture of low-quality animal fat with soybean oil and, once characterized according to technical regulations, have tested its behavior in a Diesel engine. — Today, renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, are the most promising alternative to partially

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Innovative Clean Technology at the University of Alberta

(Natural Resources Canada) …  Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $2,890,000 investment in the University of Alberta’s biojet technology.  The University of Alberta, along with project partners Alberta Innovates, FORGE Hydrocarbons Inc., Western Economic Diversification Canada, Future Energy Systems, CanmetENERGY Devon and Edmonton International Airport, are also providing funding toward this $7.4-million project. The investment will support

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 6: Taxing Carbon: RFS, RenovaBio and EU’s RED II

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA) First of all, carbon taxes are policy measures designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to meet further objectives in policy making. By definition, it is a tax that establishes a price on these emissions or that uses a metric based on carbon.

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Keep off the Grass’: The Biofuel that Could Help Us Achieve Net Zero

(Earlham Institute)  Some grasses are a sustainable energy source that could be a driving force towards achieving net zero carbon emissions, according to new research that demonstrates their resilience to harsh growing environments. — The Miscanthus genus of grasses, commonly used to add movement and texture to gardens, could quickly become

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 5: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Didn’t U.S. President George W. Bush say that we should get off our addiction to oil?  Haven’t all the presidents since Richard Nixon promised that we would transition away from fossil fuels?  You can hear many of them make this point in this clip from

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Earth Day 2021 Series Day 4: Biobased Products and Bioplastics

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When we think about green transitioning, the most popular images we idealize are windmills, solar panels or electric cars. But apart from energy, many products still have a large impact on carbon emissions because they are made from fossil carbon using petroleum or

April 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 3: Renewable Liquid Fuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Take yourself back to an earlier time, when we relied on horses, oxen and other renewably fueled animals for mobility and work.  (They ate corn, wheat, oats and other bio-plants, didn’t they?) Now move ahead a few years.  In the early days of cars and

April 3, 2021 Read Full Article
    Carbon Dioxide Removal – A Call to Action   —   April 23, 2021   —   ONLINE

Carbon Dioxide Removal – A Call to Action — April 23, 2021 — ONLINE

Join us for a lively discussion of technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the ocean and permanently sequester carbon to slow and reverse the impacts of climate change. Speakers include: XPRIZE Foundation will discuss the new $100 Million Carbon Dioxide Removal Prize sponsored by Elon Musk.  Learn

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article
    Leaders in Energy’s Green Career Workshops– Green Career Workshop 1.0: “What’s Your Green Career Plan?” and Green Career Workshop 2.0: What’s the Best “Fit” for Your Career Path? ​   —   Quarterly   —  ONLINE

Leaders in Energy’s Green Career Workshops– Green Career Workshop 1.0: “What’s Your Green Career Plan?” and Green Career Workshop 2.0: What’s the Best “Fit” for Your Career Path? ​ — Quarterly — ONLINE

Green Career Workshop 1.0 will provide you with insights on your career strengths and preferences and how these can be tailored for application to the new “green” economy, e.g., clean energy, sustainability, circular economy, resiliency, etc.   It provides experiential activities designed to guide you in developing an actionable career

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

A Better Way to Recycle CFRP: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Mild Chemical Recycling of Thermoset Composites

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From current carbon fiber recycling methods to the way of the future– mild chemical recycling – this slide guide from Washington State University researchers is one you won’t want to miss. Their latest research on chemical treatment under mild conditions of epoxy composites dives into

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 2: Where Do Renewable Fuels, Biofuels, and Bio- or Renewable Chemicals Come from? (Hint: Feedstocks)

by Ahmed Abdellah* What are feedstocks?  Feedstocks for renewable fuels and chemicals include organic materials like grains, woody biomass and food waste and non-organic materials like plastics, hydrogen, carbon dioxide. Contrary to popular belief, the crops that are used for feedstocks are not necessarily placing a burden on available food sources.

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Turning Hydrogen Production Green with Microalgae

by Laura Thomson interview with Akshat Tanksale (AZO CleanTech) Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale at Monash University speaks to AZoCleantech about his research on how microalgae could have significant benefits when applied to the hydrogen production industry. … What makes microalgae a suitable resource that could revolutionize hydrogen production? Unlike agriculture

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government to Provide £15 Million in Funding to Support Early-Stage Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Projects DEADLINE: May 31, 2021

(GreenAir Online) The UK government has launched a £15 million ($21m) ‘Green Fuels, Green Skies’ competition to support early-stage development of UK sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants with grant funding. Specifically targeted are projects undergoing a front end engineering design (FEED) stage in their development lifecycle and will prioritise those projects

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series 2021 Day 1: Why Biofuels and Biochemicals?

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) To replace imported oil and petroleum-based fossil fuels! While Windmills and solar can produce electricity they cannot power large jet airplanes. Oil is also difficult and often dangerous to extract for both people and the environment. Ethanol fuel has a lot of benefits. It

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Shining, Colored LED Lighting on Microalgae for Next-Generation Biofuel

(American Institute of Physics/TechExplore)  …  In their paper, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Yangzhou University researchers in China show how a combination of monochromatic red and blue LED illumination on one type of microalga can enhance its growth and increase the biosynthesis of critical components, such as lipids, for

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Educating Consumers On Biofuels- A Lower Carbon Gasoline

(Urban Air Initiative) The Urban Air Initiative recently teamed up with local high school students to educate consumers on the many benefits of biofuels- including the fact that it’s a lower carbon fuel. UAI and a local chapter of the FFA Organization spent time talking to drivers as they filled up at JumpStart

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article
    Children’s Right to Clean Air   —   April 8, 2021   —   ONLINE

Children’s Right to Clean Air — April 8, 2021 — ONLINE

Hey kids! What do you think the solution to air pollution should be? What does it look like in your community? Do you think there should be a “Children’s Right to Clean Air”? We want to know! Children ages 7-15 and their parents are invited to join us on April

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article
    Introduction to Renewable Fuels:  What, How and Why?   —   April 28, 2021   —   ONLINE

Introduction to Renewable Fuels: What, How and Why? — April 28, 2021 — ONLINE

Our Concern for the Earth Doesn’t End on April 22. Keep It Going with Us for a Special 30/30 on April 28.  Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, will present, in person, “Introduction to Renewable Fuels: What, How and Why,” already available as a 30 minute recorded educational video. 

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

America’s Cultivation Corridor: Inspiring Ingenuity among International Innovators

by Mark Laurenzo (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Coupled with homegrown advancements in precision agriculture that continue to revolutionize the industry, Iowa stands as not only a premier destination for agribusiness but a center of agrarian knowledge that informs the development of new innovations. … With an intimate understanding

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

A Stable Copper Catalyst for CO 2 Conversion

(Ruhr University Bochum) CO 2 can be converted electrochemically into raw materials for industry. So far, however, there is a lack of catalysts that are stable over a long period. A few tricks might solve the problem. Researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen have developed a new catalyst for converting

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

A Sweet Soy Story – World’s 1st Bioplastic from Soy Molasses

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Four companies developed the first process in the world to produce compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams. A biopolymer plant will be built in Uusikaupunki, Finland, in which bioplastic production will be piloted on an industrial scale. Finnfoam, Brightplus, VTT Technical Research

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-hour Catalyst Stability Test

by Karyn Hede (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Sewage and food waste biocrude conversion process reaches major milestone — A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

National Corn Growers Association – Consider Corn Challenge III

Join us for a 1-hour webinar to hear more about the Consider Corn Challenge III: Novel Biomaterials, Products, & Technologies Utilizing Field Corn as an Industrial Feedstock. You’ll learn about the challenge details directly from NineSigma and representatives from NCGA. A majority of the webinar is dedicated to a LIVE

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Case Study of Proposal for 100% Biodiesel School Buses

by Ahmed Abdellah* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This video presentation compares the carbon footprint of school buses retrofitted with a system to enable use of 100% biodiesel with electric buses.  It uses a case study of a proposal for 100% biodiesel school buses for Howard County, Maryland, public schools using the

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Podcast: Biofuels and the Future of Transportation | Episode 22

by John Eichberger, Cassie Mullen and Troy Bredenkamp (Fuels Institute/Renewable Fuels Association) While there’s no doubt that electric vehicles will have a progressively larger role in the future of transportation and in reaching the goal of decarbonizing transportation, is it the only solution? Conventional corn and conventional corn-based ethanol production has

March 23, 2021 Read Full Article

New Clean Energy Process Converts Methane to Hydrogen with Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Novel bimetallic catalyst also yields valuable solid carbon co-products for manufacturing industries  —  … Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU), in collaboration with industry partners Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and C4-MCP, have developed a process that converts methane—the primary

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Reboots Climate Change Website

(Environmental Protection Agency) As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to action on climate change and restoring science, EPA is taking the first step in a relaunch of its climate change website. For the first time in four years, EPA now has a webpage to guide the public to a range

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

President’s Environmental Youth Award DEADLINE April 30, 2021

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Your project–or one you are sponsoring–could be an award winner. Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states as well as U.S. territories are

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

What Are You Doing for Earth Day? Join Us on Social Media around the World Starting April 1.

Starting April 1 and going through Earth Day (April 22), Advanced Biofuels USA will bring you daily suggestions to improve your carbon footprint. Along with useful information about the circular and bio-economies, our team will share their knowledge and ideas for treading more gently upon this Earth. Watch for our

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Genome Scalpel Invented for Industrial Microalgae to Efficiently Turn CO2 into Biofuel

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters/EurekAlert!)  A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

CSIS Accelerator Series — A CSIS Executive Education Course DEADLINE May 6, 2021

(Center for Strategic and International Studies) Successful professionals are expected to have the right tools to manage diverse teams and complex challenges in today’s fast-paced work environment. The CSIS Accelerator Series is a comprehensive training program for rising professionals who wish to develop their leadership, management, communication, and other professional skills to

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Zero Takes off with £15m Competition to Reduce Aviation Emissions with Fuel Made from Household Waste

(U.K. Department for Transport) £15 million “Green Fuels, Green Skies” competition launches to turn materials such as everyday wastes into sustainable aviation fuel; New CEO attends second Jet Zero Council meeting to help drive progress on decarbonisation;  £2.4 million awarded to pioneering project electrifying regional links in the South West  Net zero emission aviation

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Create the Future Design Contest

(Tech Briefs)  The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 15,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students in 100+ countries worldwide. The contest’s principal sponsors are

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Characteristics of the Soil in Biofuel Crop Fields Affect Its Potential to Store Carbon

(NewsWise) Microbiome and soil chemistry at long-term bioenergy research sites challenge the idea that switchgrass increases carbon accrual in surface soils on marginal lands.  —  In this study, researchers characterized the influence of crop and site on fungal and bacterial community structure, potential enzyme activity, soil carbon chemistry, and total

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Are ’Bacterial Probiotics’ a Game-Changer for the Biofuels Industry?

(DTU Biosustain)  New research suggests that the diversity of the microbial community involved in sugarcane ethanol fermentation processes plays a significant role in its performance. Selecting the right bacteria could increase ethanol production by more than a billion liters per year, considering Brazil alone. In a study recently published in

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Eye Cactus as a Drought-Tolerant Crop for Biofuel and More

by Shane McGlaun (Slash Gear) … Researchers from the University of Nevada have been researching drought-tolerant crops that could be used for biofuel, sustainable foods, and forage crops. The team specifically looked at cactus called Opuntia ficus-indica because the plant has high heat tolerance and requires little water. Of all the crops the

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Research Shows E30 Is Safe for Long-Term Use in Non-FFVs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 8 announced that ground-breaking research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services clearly demonstrates that E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). “The research partnership between the

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article
    Online Algae Cultivation Classes   —   8-Week Classes Start March 22, 2021   —   ONLINE

Online Algae Cultivation Classes — 8-Week Classes Start March 22, 2021 — ONLINE

(Santa Fe Community College)  Alternative Fuels – ALTF 161 – Introduction to Algae Cultivation (3 credits) is an 8-week, online class that covers the fundamentals of sustainable algae farming, microalgae and seaweeds, basics of algae biofuels, algae as wastewater treatment, and algal food products. Students will learn an overview of algal biology

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, CVEC Host Virtual Plant Visits For Benson High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) hosted virtual plant visits for two classes at Benson High School on March 4.  During the plant visits, the students, from grades 9 to 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article
    X-STEM All Access Spring 2021  —   April 20-23, 2021   —   ONLINE

X-STEM All Access Spring 2021 — April 20-23, 2021 — ONLINE

X-STEM All Access is an entertaining, educational, and interactive online STEM experience for 6-12th graders. Through a series of daily livestream events, students will hear from an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. X-STEM All Access 2021 is moderated

March 5, 2021 Read Full Article

A Driver’s Guide to Today’s Fuel Choices – Short Video

(American Lung Association) The American Lung Association’s short video explains ethanol blend and biodiesel options available at US retail gas stations. WATCH VIDEO

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Triton High School Students Learn about Ethanol Production

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Al-Corn Clean Fuel hosted two virtual plant visits for students from Triton High School last week.  During both virtual visits, the students, from grades 11 and 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on the ethanol industry

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

USC Scientists May Have Unlocked Kelp’s Potential as a Major Biofuel Source

by Gary Polakovic (USC News) Using a “kelp elevator,” researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies were able to grow the biofuel crop in large quantities in the open ocean. … Scientists at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Santa Catalina Island, working with private industry, report that a

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

High-Performance Electrocatalysts to Propel Development of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Chinese Academy of Science Headquarters/EurekAlert!) Researchers from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanjing Normal University recently reported a strategy for boosting the electrocatalytic performance of palladium (Pd) in ethanol oxidation reaction, the key anodic reaction of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs), offering a

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

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

Sardinia Academy of Waste Management Training Programme — Thursdays — ONLINE

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

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

NCERC Exploring New Uses for Corn

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

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Change Education: Ask an Expert

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

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Termite Gut Microbes Could Aid Biofuel Production

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

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman

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

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington State University Pyrolysis and Biochar Publications

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

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

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

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

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Continued Success for SoBT Researchers with Climate-Friendly Industrial Methodologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

February 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Scholarships Provide Opportunity for Three to Attend National Ethanol Conference

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

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Mária Telkes Fellowship Applications Open DEADLINE March 15, 2021

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

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

New Synthetic Route for Biofuel Production

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

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA’s Young Professionals Network Celebrates Key Milestone

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

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

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

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

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

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Boosting the Efficiency of Carbon Capture and Conversion Systems

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Abandoned Cropland Should Produce Biofuels

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

January 23, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

DSM and TU Delft Launch AI4B.io Lab

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Aberdeen Leading the Field with New Energy Transition Degree

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

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

New Discovery Could Make Biofuel Production Simpler and Less Expensive

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

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Use Advanced Light to Reveal How Different Biofuels Behave

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

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Enter to Win Storyfest Award

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

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Sorghum May Combine Best of Annual, Perennial Bioenergy Crops

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

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

IISc Researchers Turn Stubble into Ethanol

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

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

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

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fuel Cell Development Takes Flight after UL Lafayette Lands Grant

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

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biodiesel from Neem Tree Trans-esterification

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

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UAE Researchers Produce Biofuel from Date Seeds

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

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

These Metal-Based Catalysts Can Boost Biofuel Yields

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

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Fuel for Thought Podcast

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

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

UWM Scientist Receives Grant to Study Giant Kelp as a Biofuel

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

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Go Microbial to Store Energy, Sequester CO2

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

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

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

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

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

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Use of Biogas at the Dickinson College Farm

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

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Illinois Community College ‘Building a Pipeline of Biodiesel Technicians’

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

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

George Washington University Offers Environmental and Energy Management Graduate Program

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

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Understanding Bacteria’s Metabolism Could Improve Biofuel Production

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

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Just Transition Initiative Launches Website

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

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

AILA International Fellowship DEADLINE extended to December 14, 2020

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

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article
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