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

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

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

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reaping Profits from Microalgal Biorefineries

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

On the Origin of the Elusive First Intermediate of CO2 Electroreduction

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Careers for a Changing Climate

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

PROPOSALS WANTED: Electrical Storage Start-ups

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria That Turn Sugar into Hydrogen Being Engineered by Researchers

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

A Protective Shield for Sensitive Enzymes in Biofuel Cells

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Chemists Develop Nanocatalysts for Continuous Biofuel Synthesis

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Could Run on Hydrogen Made From Plastic

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

CARB Internship Focuses on Cellulosic Ethanol

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Harnessing Algae and Fungi to Create New Biofuel System

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

New Synthetic Biology Initiative to Boost Bio-Economy

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

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

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

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

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

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

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

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

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

#TeachClimate Network and BookClub

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

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

U of A Biologist Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production

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

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

ODU Algae Research Aims to Fuel Bioeconomy

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

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Aalto University, VTT Sign Bioeconomy Agreement

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

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Hosts 10th Annual Biofuels Tour

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, NAAE Partner to Celebrate Ag, Biofuels Education

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Interview: Scientist Warns of “Seagrass Crisis” in Caribbeans

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Discovery Could Boost Biofuel Production

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Locating the Production Site of Glucan in Grass Cell Walls

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

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewables Could Drastically Cut Tailpipe Emissions

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

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Identify Enzyme That Could Help Accelerate Biofuel Production

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

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels Working Well under Pressure

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

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Transforming Carbon Dioxide

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

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Challenging Canadian Innovators to Develop Cleaner Aviation Fuel

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

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Unviable Alternative in South Africa – Expert

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

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Forests Crucial for Limiting Climate Change to 1.5 Degrees

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

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

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

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

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

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

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

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

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover How to Protect Yeast from Damage in Biofuel Production

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

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Promotion at #SturgisBuffaloChip

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

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

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

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

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The EnergyPath toward Renewables

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

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Alberta Invests in New Clean Technology Challenge

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

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

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New Approach Derives Hydrogen from Algae

by Elizabeth Montalbano (Design News)  Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered a novel way to develop biofuel from green algae.  —  …One of the most promising alternatives has been molecular hydrogen, which provides carbon-free power in one of the cleanest ways possible. Now, researchers at the University of Turku

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

New Mexico Natural History Museum Launches Online Game to Grow Algae for Biodiesel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New Mexico, the state’s Museum of Natural History and Science has launched an online exhibition called Bio-AI that allows users to grow an algae crop—or fail and lose the crop—using an online game “Growing Green Goop” as a way to increase awareness about algae R&D in

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Federally Funded Project Uses Microbes to Convert CO2 to RNG

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced new grant funding for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LNNL) and Stanford School of Engineering’s Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research. The two entities will also receive $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy. SoCalGas will provide co-funding of

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Corn-ering the Market

(Advantage News)  Passersby can’t help but notice the 12-foot tall corn growing in front of The NCERC  (National Corn To Ethanol Research Center) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s University Park. SIUE students are working the “Feedstock Diversity Showcase” that features not only corn, but also grain sorghum and sweet sorghum. These

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German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship program is targeted at recent university graduates from the U.S. and other countries who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships give graduates the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

GLTS Receives $160,000 Grant from Baker-Polito Administration for Clean Energy Program

(Greater Lawrence Technical School)  Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that Greater Lawrence Technical School received a $160,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to implement a clean energy program as part of their STEAM curriculum. GLTS is just one of three schools statewide to receive the allocation from the Massachusetts Clean

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

by Igor Houwat and Andrew Hagen (Michigan State University)  The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, called expand iconbacterial microcompartments, are widespread in nature and do different things depending on the host. For

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

IRFA Launches Online Resource for Those Seeking Biodiesel Experts

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the launch of a resource designed to make finding Iowa’s biodiesel experts easier than a Google search. The Iowa Biodiesel Speakers Bureau is now live on the IRFA website. It is a collection of biodiesel experts from across the

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Algal Biotechnology Research at Sheffield

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jags Pandhal is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. His research involves biological resource recovery utilizing algae from landfill leachate at 300L scale. This project is in cooperation with Viridor, one the of UK’s largest

August 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

We Can Feed the World if We Change Our Ways

(Lancaster University)  Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows. Researchers from Lancaster University have analysed global and regional food supplies to reveal the flows of calories, protein and vital micro-nutrients

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

National FFA Organization and Microsoft Announce Initiative to Bring Transformational Innovation to over 650,000 Students Bationwide

(Microsoft)  The National FFA Organization and Microsoft Corp., on Thursday announced their collaboration to bring innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of the more than 650,000 FFA student members nationwide through an initiative known as Blue 365. FFA members are the future of the food industry, which is

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Internship & Fellowship Opportunities 2018 Update

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages interns and fellows in the sciences, engineering, and liberal arts through a variety of internship and fellowship programs, including the following: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program Presidential Management Fellows

August 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Teachers Learn about Renewable Energy Production

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Teachers from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture program that toured Guardian Energy today are looking at incorporating renewable energy production into their respective curricula. Twenty-one teachers from the department’s Minnesota Agriculture In The Classroom program took part in a 75-minute tour of Guardian Energy to get an overview

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Marking Decade-Long Partnership, RFA and Buffalo Chip Campground Again Collaborate on Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Renewable Fuels Association)  For the tenth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for Aug. 3-12 in Sturgis, S.D. The event will also be the first time the motorcycling community will have a chance to view

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Wastes for Biofuel Production: A Critical Review

by DollyKumari and RadhikaSingh (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews)  … Lignocellulosic waste is becoming popular as a feedstock for biofuel production. The can be converted into usable form for biofuel production by using a suitable pretreatment method. Different pretreatment methods have been used by researchers which are physical, chemical, physico-chemical, biological

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Osaka City University Develops CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae Spirulina

(Japan for Sustainability)  Osaka City University announced on April 25, 2018, that it succeeded in developing a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of carbon dioxide conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, a biomass of dark-green unicellular microalgae, this solar-light driven biofuel

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Harmful Algal Blooms: Engineering Solutions to a Growing Problem

by Bethany Jensen (Ignite Utah State University)  With the increase of global climate change effects, many local bodies of fresh water are experiencing dangerous toxic algae blooms. These are detrimental to water recreation, to agriculture, and to the natural ecosystem. They are potentially harmful to humans. Bethany has chosen a project

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biodiesel Program & Plant Tour   —    October 19, 2018   — DeForest, WI

Biodiesel Program & Plant Tour — October 19, 2018 — DeForest, WI

Join Wisconsin Clean Cities and REG for a behind the scenes look at the high-tech REG Madison biodiesel plant! See first-hand how biodiesel is made, hear why and how fleets are using biodiesel blends and learn about its performance, environmental and economic benefits. Registration includes bus transportation from the Comfort Inn & Suites Madison North

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Applications Open Until 08/13 for AgTech Startups to Participate in First Phase of AgLaunch365

(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 approach with its network of innovative farmers in a flexible wrap-around model that revolves around

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Calculates Capacity of North American Forests to Sequester Carbon

(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 first time integrates the effects of two key factors: the natural process of forest growth

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Boyle Selected for DOE Early Career Research Program

(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 years to develop predictive metabolic models for algae – work that could help speed

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Edo Farmers Mull Establishment of N450m Ethanol Plants

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, state chairman of the association, said this in an exclusive interview with BusinessDay at

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

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 for you now at The Digest online.  #1 Sheep-free wool nabs PETA prize  … #2

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Interactive Fuel Ethanol Plant

(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 fuel ethanol plant and Thermal Kinetics is here to help. Below is an interactive model

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Overcoming Limitations of Engineering Eukaryotic Algae

(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 to overcome expression limitations of nuclear transgene expression for practical eukaryotic algal engineering1. Researchers from

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

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 the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and local communities – should be aware

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

(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 is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition. iGEM’s main program is

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry

(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 fuels including biofuel blends. The Spoke work programme will complement existing MaREI activities in the

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme

(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 biomass. The new method, Evolution by Amplification and Synthetic Biology (EASy), enabled scientists to accelerate

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

NCDA&CS Grant Supports Research of Biochar Combined with AD

(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 Hei-Young Kim, research assistant in the Appalachian Energy Center, will study the effects of biochar combined

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Video: Biofuel from Algae

(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 held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. 

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Algae Bloom Remediation Group Starting

(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 outside the lab, scalable and have a low CAPEX) and commercially-minded algae researchers. Algae bloom

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Neutrons—Making Sustainable Biofuels

(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 produce biofuels. Neutron scattering makes it possible to non-destructively see inside living algae at real

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Student Videos on Green Chemistry

(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 awareness and capacities on deployable Green Chemistry approaches for the design of products and processes

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Chemistry Brings Its Virtues to the Classroom

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 chemistry, they will have a guide to make connections between disparate fields of chemistry and

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction

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 biofuel from water instead of from natural gas which is a fossil fuel. Redding said,

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

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 Paul Jr. Designs never register it, and never ride it. They become corporate lobby trophies

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space

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 seeds designed to open new windows into our knowledge of how plants grow in space

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products

(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 of the same UK-US enzyme engineering team which, in April, improved a plastic-digesting enzyme,

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

$25 Grand Prize: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change DEADLINE: August 7, 2018

(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 single year. Nearly two-thirds of global emissions are linked to both direct and indirect forms

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. WSU Tri-Cities associate professor

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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 mess, a sky-vacumming organism and much more. As we reported last week here, the U.S.

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(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, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE Scholarship Program Announces 2018 Winners

(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 collegiate education. … Keithen Drury from Blue Hill, Nebraska, is pursuing a degree in Mechanical

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Upgrades Carbon Dioxide to Fuels Found by USTC

(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 internal combustion engines. Engineering catalysts that favor high-value alcohols is desired. A research team led

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

New Enzyme Boost Could Hasten Biofuel Production

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 more efficient plastic recycling. … Now, Imperial scientists say they can break down plant-based biomass 30

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Create the Future Design Contest DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

(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 than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide. The contest’s principal sponsors

June 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project

(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 qualify Laufer’s lab for larger grants for commercialization. The grant is through the Agriculture and

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Planet Forward Fall Storytelling Expeditions

(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 story in any format, with guidance from Planet Forward staff, upon their return.  NEW! California: We’re

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Forest Concepts Receives $1.8 Million from DOE to Improve the Design of Biomass Handling Systems

(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 highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. Biomass materials have a wide

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion

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 and bioproducts. Interested in the project, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered

(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 the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil

(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 while converting soap to free fatty acid (FFA). A combination of acid washing and acid

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?

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 Gasoline” — as a question. That article, reporting on research by Harvard professor David Keith

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?

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 solutions to their business, scientific, and technical issues. To understand why this is important and

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils Sweeten Diesel Fumes

(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 of the waste oils for performance and emissions as a 10 per cent oil/90per

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix

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 ranks fifth in the nation for electricity generation from biomass-based fuels. Biomass consists of plants or

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Indian Researchers Create an Artificial Leaf Which Consumes Sunlight and Carbon Dioxide to Produce Energy

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 Copper Aluminium Sulphate and Zinc Sulphide, researchers were able to convert salts of carbon dioxide

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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 effective way to create change in this country is to build a grass-roots movement, a

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels

(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 can damage cell health and typically lowers the overall amount of product that is

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Request for Information: Forest Industry Technologies DEADLINE: July 20, 2018

(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 information on their technology and related value proposition to MTI by July 20, 2018. Information

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels

(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 project to create a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. Hudiburg is a

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells

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 the journal Nature Energy, they describe their technique and how well it works. Huajie Yin and

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses

(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 Bush Market. A first for London, phase one will provide 20 low cost, start-up studios in shipping

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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 the biofuels industry to send a charismatic voice to the media frontlines to remind an

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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 take the initiative to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels

(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 his citizens. Urban Air believes states and grassroots efforts can help pave the way and

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article
  2nd Annual 5-Day Digester Operator Training Course   —   June 18-22, 2018   —   Oshkosh, WI

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 class in-person, hands on training program for operators, operations managers, owners and developers, supplemented with

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Project COCONUT Launched in Quezon

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 Petroleum Corporation, through its social arm, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) “Project COCONUT is about

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol

(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 expensively than gasoline and help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Currently, fuel ethanol is made from

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

SLU and Stora Enso in Strategic Partnership

(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 and development, education, competence building, and innovation within the fields of forestry and bio-based materials.

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Local School Which Makes Its Own Biofuel

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 in innovation and sustainability by taking out the Northern Rivers Green Innovation Awards primary

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages

(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 while moving through augers, forcing shutdowns for maintenance. A team led by Purdue University scientists

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term

(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 Sweden. “On a smaller scale, biofuels can be a good alternative for public transport, but

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report on Biker and Boater Education

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 engines. RFA has partnered with American Chopper‘s Paul Teutul Junior to design a custom bike that

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries

(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 Emerging Businesses Director … entered into memorandum of understanding on R&D collaboration of “CAT-REAC

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Supporting the Algae Foundation Now Easier Than Ever With New AmazonSmile Link

(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 school classrooms nationwide.  Each kit serves up to 150 students and is provided completely free

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Internships Available for Summer and Fall of 2018

(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 volunteer virtual intern.  Internships of 8-12 weeks are available and are completely online. Interns serve

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Bizav Industry Launches Sustainable Fuel Initiative

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 Air Transportation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) jointly unveiled the initiative

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Announces $1M Fuel Your Knowledge Campaign

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 launching a new $1 million consumer-focused educational campaign called “Fuel Your Knowledge.” The campaign will educate

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities

(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 has managed to develop a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same properties as

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre Officially Opens

(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. Users of the ACCTC will test and advance carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and conversion

May 28, 2018 Read Full Article
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