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Researchers Develop Chemoenzymatic Technique to Extract Precursor for Biofuel from Agricultural Waste

by Park Sae-jin (Aju Business Daily)  For the first time in the world, researchers from a state-run institute have found a chemoenzymatic technique to convert a material extracted from biomasses into an important eco-friendly precursor for biofuel and bioplastic. The method uses agricultural wastes such as rice straws and corncobs

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article
    Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Online Course   —   November 8-10, 2021   —   ONLINE

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Online Course — November 8-10, 2021 — ONLINE

Master the technology pathways, its business drivers, economics and deployment strategies Course Sessions CCUS technologies and markets Industrial clusters, hydrogen and carbon utilisation Growing CCUS market opportunities: policies, markets & barriers Benefits of Attending Understand the most challenging aspects of the clean energy transition & the role of CCUS in

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article
    Mastering Clean Hydrogen   —   November 25-December 1, 2021 or January 20-27, 2022   —   ONLINE

Mastering Clean Hydrogen — November 25-December 1, 2021 or January 20-27, 2022 — ONLINE

A comprehensive, participative course, providing the knowledge and tools to segment and analyse opportunity & risk within emerging hydrogen economies Course Sessions Hydrogen market segmentation and assessment Examining key hydrogen applications and markets Producing hydrogen from renewable power Storing and moving hydrogen Developing and growing hydrogen value propositions Benefits of

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Crucial Step Identified in the Conversion of Biomass to Methane

(Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) Researchers find the enzymatic link in the formation of methane from fatty acids by cooperating microorganisms —  Microbial production of methane from organic material is an essential process in the global carbon cycle and an important source of renewable energy. This natural process is based on a cooperative interaction

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Mackay Biorefinery Pilot Plant Ready for Take-off

(Queensland Government) World-leading technology has landed in Mackay, bringing Queensland one step closer to a $1 billion sustainable, export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector. Mercurius has finalised commissioning and is about to commence operations at their pilot plant that will use their patented REACHTM technology to produce valuable renewable chemicals, diesel and

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Topsoe Puts Demonstration Plant into Operation for Production of Sustainable Methanol from Biogas – Significant Global Carbon Emission Reduction Potential.

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe) • With the demonstration plant, Topsoe will validate its electrified technology for cost-competitive production of sustainable Methanol from biogas as well as other sustainable products. The global annual production of methanol is around 110 million tons. With close to 1.4 ton CO2 being emitted per produced

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Triton High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Seventeen students from Dodge Center’s Triton High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel yesterday to learn about ethanol production.  During the tour, the students, from grades 11 and 12, learned about several components of the ethanol production process including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Degradation of Biobased Plastics in the Soil

(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) The idea of biodegradable plastics sounds good at first. However, very little is known about how they are degraded in the soil and how this is influenced by climate change. In two recent studies, soil ecologists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have shown

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

The Case for Onboard Carbon Dioxide Capture on Long-Range Vehicles

by Amanda Morris (Northwestern Now) Method can be implemented based on existing technologies  —  Researchers argue that long-range vehicles, including cargo ships, should be powered by solid oxide fuel cells and use onboard carbon dioxide (CO2) capture; Depending on fuel type, this solution is CO2 neutral or even CO2 negative;

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Golden Valley Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on Sept 29 to educate drivers on the benefits of using E15 during an hour-long promotion at a Winner station in Golden Valley.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with prizes such

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Young Farm Entrepreneurs Look at High-Biomass Sorghum and Pearl Millet for Biofuel Feedstock

(CGIAR)  The Government of India’s concerted efforts to replace 20% fossil fuels with ethanol blends by 2025 is attracting agricultural entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy. This week, Mr Lalit Jhawar and Mr Mayank Gupta, two young IIT graduates running a profitable farming venture in Maharashtra, accompanied by biofuel experts Mr YB

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Do You Get What You Pay for? Monetizing Forests via Carbon Credits

(Climate Now) It is increasingly common these days to see forward thinking companies trying to go “carbon neutral” by offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions. And often, they are offsetting those emissions by purchasing credits from a forest carbon offset program. But buyers beware: our look into how forest carbon offsets are

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Record Grants Support RFA Ethanol Safety Training Programs

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Two grant awards totaling a record $175,000 will help the Renewable Fuels Association continue its award-winning ethanol safety programs into the next year. The grants were received via TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Science Students Invited to Apply for Scholarship to National Biodiesel Conference DEADLINE November 15, 2021

(National Biodiesel Board/Biobased Diesel Daily) The National Biodiesel Board invites university science students with a passion for biodiesel and renewable diesel to apply for an experience that could open doors in their careers. Student members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel can apply for a scholarship to the 2022 National

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Remaining On Track: Rail Safety and Compliance Are Issues Ethanol Producers Can’t Afford to Ignore.

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Whether on private property or moving down the track, even small errors can be costly. Meanwhile, the ethanol industry’s transition to DOT-117 rail cars is on schedule. … Rail transportation is a significant part of day-to-day operations for most of the ethanol industry,

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

German Bioethanol Association Updates E10 Compatibility Website

(Biofuels International)  The Federal Association of the German Bioethanol Industry Association has launched a new version of the refuele10.com website. The website, which has been online since 2018, has been completely revised and updated and users can now expect an updated database on E10 engine compatibility for all passenger car models and

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

The Activate Fellowship

(Activate.org) A two-year fellowship to turn your technology concept into a product.  TWO YEARS OF FUNDING Fellows receive a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. This enables them to focus on their project full-time. Each project also receives $100,000 of research support

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Hydrogen Business Case Prize DEDLINE October 29, 2021

(American Made Challenges) The Hydrogen Business Case Prize engages students and professionals interested in hydrogen and fuel cells to develop a tool to characterize the regional value proposition for hydrogen in multiple applications, including opportunities to co-locate supply and demand. The prize serves two major purposes: (1) create educational opportunities

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

LG NOVA Global Challenge i\Is Now Open for Submission DEADLINE October 25, 2021

(LG NOVA) We’re calling on all innovators and entrepreneurs to submit their ideas, technology, and solutions to this competition. LG is looking for new technologies, concepts and business ideas that will push the envelope of a technologically advanced lifestyle for the good of people, communities and the planet. The deadline is

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

LSU, Delaware to Develop Chemical Manufacturing Processes Using CO2 Feedstocks and Renewable Energy

(LSU College of Engineering/Globe Newswire/Associated Press)  Each day, many of the products we use, whether we know it or not, are produced from natural gas or crude oil using carbon- and energy-intensive processes. But what if we could make those same products using CO2, thereby drastically reducing or even eliminating our

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

List, MacMillan Win 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Development of Asymmetric Organocatalysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis to:   Benjamin List, Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung David W.C. MacMillan, Professor at Princeton University Background on the Award The rapid expansion in the use of organic

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Collaborates with Iowa State University on Hydrotreater Pilot Plant

(ACROFAN) The two organizations celebrated a ribbon cutting at the facility on October 4, 2021 — Ames-based biofuels producer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) (NASDAQ: REGI), joined Iowa State University (ISU) at the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the start of a new

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Press Release:  Advanced Biofuels USA’s Online Free Library Passes 40,000 Indexed Items Milestone

For Immediate Release — October 3, 2021—Frederick, MD —   Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, celebrates passing the 40,000 indexed item milestone in its online library dedicated to topics related to the world’s transition to sustainable renewable fuels. “The goal of the library is to help everyone from those in

October 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Interested in Careers and Jobs in the World of Renewable Fuels? Or in Volunteering with Advanced Biofuels USA? Here’s Some Information

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Looking for an internship? Want to volunteer as a way to build a resume? Looking to work on specific skill sets? Have some time and want to work to mitigate climate change? Are you retired or in-between jobs?  Looking to network with others in

October 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Building Trust in Sustainable Biomass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Communications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Oak Ridge National Lab’s Keith Kline’s introductory remarks at ABLC Digital, now’s your chance to check out his slide guide covering how to build public confidence and trust in the role of biomass in sustainable circular economies.  READ MORE  

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

NBB Hits the Airways with NPR Sponsorship

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel: Low-Carbon Fuels Delivering Today  — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today announced a three-week sponsorship of National Public Radio (NPR) as part of a comprehensive educational campaign aimed at decision-makers and the public. The 15-second spot will air on some of NPR’s most listened

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

AI to Pave the Way to Increased Waste-to-Energy Production

by Lori Friedman (Lehigh University) … “… One is to take it to a landfill, another is burning it to produce electricity, and another is utilizing it as a feedstock for producing biofuels and bioproducts. However, the nature of MSW, a very heterogeneous material, with large variability in its physical, chemical

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Pine Needles a Reality

by Ambika Sharma (The Tribune)  Scientists at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni have devised a method to convert pine needles into enthanol, a green biofuel.  — Pine needles will no longer be a source of forest fires causing losses worth crores every year as scientists at

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota State University Students Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Ten students from Minnesota State University, Mankato toured Guardian Energy yesterday to learn about ethanol production.  During the tour, the students learned about several components of the ethanol production process including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment.

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article
    The Fuel for Thought Podcasts  —  Ongoing  —  ONLINE

The Fuel for Thought Podcasts — Ongoing — ONLINE

The Fuel for Thought Podcast is the world’s first podcast about renewable fuels. Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe, look into some of the most pressing topics about renewable fuels, covering the whole value chain of renewable fuel production, including feedstock supply, conversion technology, legislation, sustainable aviation fuel and

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Dartmouth Next-Generation Biofuels Research Wins Federal Grant

(NH Business Review)  Department of Energy awards $1.2 million to study cellulosic biofuel production  — A newly awarded $1.2 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will help fund the research of Dartmouth engineering professor Daniel Olson, who is investigating the use of biomass to produce next-generation fuels and

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

NOMINATIONS OPEN Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry DEADLINE December 31, 2021

(ACS) The Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry provides financial support to full-time graduate students conducting research in green chemistry. Students must present their research at the G&CE Conference. Funds may be used for any purpose, including conference travel, professional development, and living expenses, while the recipient is in graduate

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

NOMINATIONS OPEN Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship DEADLINE: October 8, 2021

This award reimburses young U.S.-based or international green chemistry scholars (undergraduate level through early career) to travel to and present at a green chemistry conference or training program. The award reimburses travel and meeting fees up to $2,000. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 8, 2021. Learn

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Why It’s a Mistake to Teach Climate Change Only in Science Class

by Valerie Strauss (Washington Post)  The Washington Post did a recent poll on the attitudes of teens on various subjects, and there was a surprising result on what they see as the biggest threats to their generation: Only 49 percent said they view climate change as a major threat at a time

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineers Discover Way to Turn Organic Waste into Renewable Biofuel Additives Using Radiation

(Science Daily/Lancaster University)  The renewable proportion of petrol is set to increase to 20 per cent over the coming years, meaning the discovery of a new production pathway for these additives could help in the fight to cut carbon dioxide emissions and tackle climate change. Engineers propose a process to

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

One Community at a Time: How to Gain Real GHG Benefits Quickly for Least Cost — Experiences with the Frederick County and City Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year I have had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the Frederick, Maryland, County and City Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group subgroup on Energy, Buildings and Transportation. Our beautiful final report is available here: https://www.mobilizefrederick.org/ The aim of the CEMWG

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Be a Ready Kid!

(Ready.gov) Emergencies and disasters can be scary, but there are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster. Here, you can play games to become a Disaster Master and learn how to build an emergency kit. You will meet our friend Pedro the Penguin, who

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Optimizing Advanced Fuel Production: Utilizing Industrial Hemp Biomass for High Throughput Biofuel Production in Maryland

by Robert Kozak (Atlantic Biomass/Advanced Biofuels USA)  This is a presentation that was part of a seminar program at Hood College for the students, faculty, and friends of their biology department. It focuses on new directions in advanced biofuel research. These include new crops, sugar production systems, and enzyme recycling. Work

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Effect of Lignin-Blocking Agent on Enzyme Hydrolysis of Acid Pretreated Hemp Waste

by Daehwan Kim, Chang Geun Yoo, Jurgen Schwarz, Sadanand Dhekney, Robert Kozak, Craig Laufer, Drew Ferrier, Skylar Mackay, Madyson Ashcraft, Richard Williams and Sinyeon Kime (RSC Advances)   Hemp wastes (stems and branches), fractionated after hemp flower extraction for the production of cannabidiol oil, were utilized as a potentially renewable resource

September 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The Benefits of High-Efficiency, Flexible-Fuel Engines for Heavy-Duty Trucking

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Tech Xplore)  … Daniel Cohn, a research scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative, and Leslie Bromberg, a principal research scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, have been working on a high-efficiency, gasoline-ethanol engine that is cleaner and more cost-effective than existing diesel engine technologies.

September 17, 2021 Read Full Article

White Bear Lake Drivers Win with E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on Sept 15 to educate drivers on a the benefits of using E15 during an hour-long promotion at a Holiday station in White Bear Lake.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Plant Biologist Turns to TikTok to Show Kids Science in Action

by Lela Nargi (Washington Post)  Katie Murphy is a plant biologist. She researches corn and tobacco plants at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She’s also the host of “Real Time Science,” a series of videos that she uploads to TikTok and Instagram. She shows kids examples of her experiments in

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

UToledo Chemical Engineer Awarded $3.2 Million to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology

by Christine Billau (University of Toledo) The U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Turning Carbon into Solar Fuel – Closing the Loop on CO2 Emissions

by Scarlett Evans (Bio Market Insights)  …  Finding technologies to curb our carbon is essential, and attention is turning to projects that make carbon cutting a priority. One such project is that of Swinburne University of Technology’s Associate professor Tianyi Ma, who is investigating the repurposing of carbon dioxide to make

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Extracted from Hazelnut Shells Show Potential as Renewable Energy Source

by Mark Bustos (The Science Times) A form of biofuel found in hazelnut shells can be a new renewable energy source – using various thermochemical processes to extract oils from the waste material. Researchers from the Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Machinery Sciences describe the new extracting biofuel from this renewable resource.

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Teach Climate TIPS

Hello Teachers!  As you jump back into another school year that continues to throw challenges your way, remember: we see the support, knowledge, and empowerment that you give your students, their families, and your communities. The leadership and strength of our educator community was centered at the 2021 Summer Institute for Climate

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Grant of up to £2.4 Million Awarded for Altalto Project

(Biofuels International) Velocys will receive up to £2.4 million (2.8 million) from the UK Department for Transport (DfT) under the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition. A total of £1.2 million (€1.4 million) of the total grant awarded is subject to progress by the DfT in developing policy support for sustainable

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

New Platform Speeds up Effort to Turn Crops into Fuel

by Scott Lyon (Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Science) Princeton researchers have developed a new way to make fuel from cellulose — Earth’s most abundant organic compound, found in all plant cells — speeding up a notoriously slow chemical process and in some cases doubling energy yields over comparable methods.

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Auburn-Led Research Team Develops Biochemical Breakthrough for Renewable Fatty Acid Ester Production

by Jeremy Henderson (Auburn University)  On-going, Auburn-led research into biofuel and biochemical production just got a lot more eyes on it. Supported by a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy award issued in 2018, as well as funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, insights from the

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Citrus Canker Bacterium Can Be an Ally in Biorenewables Manufacturing

(EurekAlert!/FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO)  A study revealed the biological process used by Xanthomonas to weaken the defenses of plants and discovered a novel class of enzyme that can be used to obtain advanced sugars from agroindustrial waste. Xanthomonas citri, the bacterium that causes citrus

September 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen with Waste Carbon Dioxide to Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  … NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products. New IP To Simplify Renewable Hydrogen Reactions Renewable hydrogen could fit into future low-carbon energy systems like a missing puzzle piece: It can be produced

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

EERE Announces Intent to Launch New Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) announced the upcoming Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Scheduled to open for submissions in September 2021, the new prize will provide cash prizes

September 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Gulfstream G700 Sets First International City-Pair Speed Records

(Gulfstream)  … The record-breaking flights also showcased Gulfstream’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. For the Savannah to Doha flight, Gulfstream fueled the G700 with a blend of sustainable aviation fuel. Carbon offsets are being applied for both flights.  “These were the first international flights for the G700, and it performed exceptionally

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing Algae for Better Biofuels: CSU Share in $3.5 Million Project

(Colorado State University) Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced its support for the project, titled “Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Pennycress 2.0 – Improved Oil, Protein: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bunge, REG and Bayer helped CoverCress raise a total of $22 million including $8 million in Series B in 2021. What does that mean for this low carbon cash cover crop and for growers? What is their commercial track? How are the harvest and oil

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

UMD Researcher Awarded $6 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy to Create Value-Added Biofuels and Bioplastics from Food Waste

by Samantha Watters (University of Maryland)  Stephanie Lansing will serve as principal investigator, establishing a consortium of scientists and industry partners with the goal of creating renewable resources —  Stephanie Lansing, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland (UMD), is leading two new grants

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Increasing Sugar Availability for Oil Synthesis: Findings Could Lead to Higher Potential for Biofuel Crops

(Brookhaven National Laboratory) A team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has bred a plant that produces more oil by manipulating the availability of sugar for oil synthesis. The team, led by BNL’s John Shanklin, achieved these results in using leaves of the fast-growing plant Arabidopsis, to mimic stem cells of

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 from the Atmosphere to Make Biofuel Would Benefit Business and Environment

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) … Traditional fermentation processes for producing such products rely on microorganisms that emit large quantities of CO2. If researchers could find a way to avoid such emissions and to actually incorporate CO2 into the product, important environmental and economic benefits would result. With the support of a

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Grant Invests over €250K in R&D to Support Drive for Biofuel to Heat Irish Homes

(Laois News/Grant Engineering)  Grant Engineering, Ireland’s leading home heating appliance manufacturer, has invested over €250,000 in pioneering a major R&D breakthrough that could help reduce carbon emissions in rural and hard to heat homes throughout Ireland, including homes in Laois. The breakthrough will also help prevent Irish homeowners from incurring

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Propane from Marine Sediment Bacteria: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SHV Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Propane is usually made from oil refining, but it doesn’t have to be! SHV Energy found bacterial species from a marine sediment that are capable of producing propane. Find out how through gene sequencing they identified partial pathways that might be involved in utilising inorganic

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

One if by Sea, Two if by Sky: The Search for Affordable CO2 Capture Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … So, a UCLA team has come up with an interesting angle. Why extract the CO2 from the sky if you can extract it from the sea?   Goes the theory, if you pull CO2 from the sea, the oceans will pull down the CO2 from the

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Assessment of Forest-Based Products: A Review

by Kamalakanta Sahoo, Richard Bergman, Sevda Alanya-Rosenbaum, Hongmei Gu and Shaobo Liang (Sustainability)  Climate change, environmental degradation, and limited resources are motivations for sustainable forest management. Forests, the most abundant renewable resource on earth, used to make a wide variety of forest-based products for human consumption. To provide a scientifc

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

NASA Awards $750,000 in Competition to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Sugar

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration)  On Earth, plants and ocean microbes use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide, or CO2, into sugars for energy. Humans don’t have that ability, at least not yet. On Mars, there aren’t plants and oceans, but there is an abundance of CO2. NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge invited the public to

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Story – PREZI

(Wisconsin Energy Institute)  What is the difference between biofuels and fossil fuels? Why are researchers at GLBRC (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) investigating making biofuels from corn stalks, grasses and other inedible plant material? This short interactive presentation introduces why GLBRC is researching making biofuels from non-food crops and traces

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    Climate Action Simulation Game for Educators   —   November 4, 2021   —   ONLINE

Climate Action Simulation Game for Educators — November 4, 2021 — ONLINE

As global leaders gather in Glasgow to reinvigorate their climate pledges during the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, you too can get a taste of the policy and diplomacy decisions involved in limiting global warming to no more than 1.5° C. Join us on November 4th for a

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    proBiogas International Biogas Online Training   —   October 19 – November 4, 2021   —   ONLINE

proBiogas International Biogas Online Training — October 19 – November 4, 2021 — ONLINE

Join our flagship biogas training program online with 10+ long-term biogas experts and get all your questions answered. Small groups and ample time allows for intense discussions and effective knowledge exchange. Program preview Overview and predictions for the biogas industry Decision criteria and feasibility calculations Technical plant design & equipment

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    How ABPDU Is Training the Next Generation of Bioprocess Engineers   —   September 16, 2021   —   ONLINE

How ABPDU Is Training the Next Generation of Bioprocess Engineers — September 16, 2021 — ONLINE

Join the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office on September 16, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET, for a webinar on how Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is partnering with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) to train the next generation of bioprocessing engineers to enable the U.S. bioeconomy.

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Team Making Ships Carbon Neutral

(Bio Market Insights)  A team of researchers from Northwestern University, Illinois have developed a novel means of decarbonising the shipping industry, using CO2-capturing solid oxide fuel cells to make vessels carbon neutral – or even carbon negative. These fuel cells ‘burn’ traditional carbon-based fuels and generate their own CO2 onboard

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis Technology Emerging

(National Research Council of Science & Technology/Phys.Org) Korean researchers are striving to turn artificial photosynthesis technology into reality to achieve carbon neutrality or accomplish a net carbon emission value of zero. Artificial photosynthesis is a technology that mimics natural photosynthesis by using the received sunlight energy to convert carbon dioxide into

August 24, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $24 Million to Capture Carbon Emissions Directly From Air

(U.S. Department of Energy) Nine Research Projects Will Advance Cost-Effective Carbon Capture Technologies  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing and storing carbon from the air. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is an expanding field in decarbonization and a key facet of the plan to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  “Finding ways to remove and store carbon directly from

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Sorghum Industry Partners with University of California to Advance Sorghum

(United Sorghum Checkoff Program)  The United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), the University of California, Merced, and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources today announced a five year partnership to promote drought resilience in sorghum and increase demand for the cereal crop in biofuel and bioproduct markets. Efforts

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Advanced Biofuels USA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In 2007, Bob Kozak and Joanne Ivancic visited offices on Capitol Hill on behalf of Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Kozak’s enzyme development start-up, to explain the need for funds for advanced biofuels research in the Farm Bill and Energy Bill which were under consideration. Few Hill staff

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Recent Innovations in Turning Agricultural Waste into Biofuels

by Raj Shah and Amanda Loo (altenergymag.com/Koehler Instrument Company)  Wastes from fields and wastes from processing are the two kinds of agricultural wastes. Field wastes are present after harvesting crops and include stems, leaves, and stalks, and waste after processing crops includes seeds, peels, husks, etc. Lignocellulosic biomass is composed

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

EcoInsights: Free Curated Video Library of Microlearning Modules

(EcoEngineers)  We mined our wildly popular informational webinars to develop EcoInsights: a free curated video library of microlearning modules delivered in bite-sized chunks of around 5 minutes each. EcoInsights videos offer a focused answer to a single question about the Clean Energy Economy. They cover a wide range of topics,

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioprocess for Converting Plant Materials into Valuable Chemicals

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Science Daily)  Scientists have developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value bioproducts.  A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Biofuels Tour Makes New Stop at Verbio RNG Plant

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Today (August 17, 2021) nearly 30 Congressional staffers visited the Verbio renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Nevada as part of the 12th Annual Iowa Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour – marking the first time RNG has been featured on the tour. “We are proud to showcase

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Congressional Climate Camp #5: Bonus Session: Understanding Budget Reconciliation

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) … Our fifth and final session looked at budget reconciliation, an oftentimes difficult-to-understand process that allows Congress to pass laws related to taxes, spending, and the debt limit with only a majority vote in the Senate (instead of a filibuster-proof 60-vote supermajority). The Senate Parliamentarian determined that

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Bringing Algae-based Biofuels to Commercialisation

by Scarlett Evans (Bio Market Insights)  …  Now, a team from Colorado State University (CSU) is working to boost algae crop growth to reach industrial levels, with the team being awarded $3.2m from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in support of this goal earlier this month. We took a closer

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Korea National Oil Management Institute Secures Insect Biodiesel Manufacturing Technology

(K-Petro (Google translation)) Initiated the second phase of development of biodiesel production technology using insect lipids; Contribute to the expansion of biodiesel supply for the realization of 2050 carbon neutrality  — Korea Petroleum Management Service (Chairman Joo-Seok Son) has secured biodiesel production technology using insect resources (Dongae, etc.).  With the support of the

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

New Solvents to Break Down Plant Cellulose for Bioethanol

(Science Daily/Kanazawa University) Researchers experimented with different combinations of zwitterionic molecules to produce a solvent that is liquid below 100°C and very effective at breaking down cellulose. This research may lead to much more cost-effective and safe production of biofuels, such as ethanol from switchgrass or plant husks. Scientists from

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzyme from Amazon Fungus Could Enhance Efficiency of Second-Generation Ethanol Production

by Maria Fernanda Ziegler (Agência FAPESP) Researchers at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil have found an enzyme from the Amazon fungus Trichoderma harzianum to be capable of breaking down biomass. Fungi of the genus Trichoderma are present in most soil types and are the most prevalent culturable

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Removal with Roger Aines

(Climate Now) How do we reach global net-zero emissions by 2050, when there is almost no chance of completely ending our dependence on fossil fuels by that time? The solution will require Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) – a host of natural and technological techniques for drawing CO2 out of the atmosphere,

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Faculty Team Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas with Hydrogen Energy Research

by Virginia Speirs (Auburn University College of Engineering)  … Sushil Adhikari, professor and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, and his team were recently granted nearly $500,000 from the Department of Energy-Fossil Energy to produce hydrogen energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste plastics problems. … To

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

RBZ Dumps Gono’s Failed Jatropha Project

by Leopold Munhende (New Zimbabwe) THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has finally given up on former Governor Gideon Gono’s Jatropha Biodiesel experiment. RBZ governor John Mangudya said in his 2021 Mid-Term Monetary Policy review the project no longer warranted the central bank’s attention. The jatropha experiment was launched as a source

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Felix Leach and Kelly Senecal on Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  For this video podcast, I spoke with Dr. Felix Leach, Associate Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford University and Dr. Peter Kelly Senecal, Co-Owner and Vice President, Convergent Science on their just-released book, Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green. Following are a couple of

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Show a Single Catalyst Can Perform the First Step of Turning CO2 into Fuel in Two Very Different Ways

by Glennda Chui (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)  Their work aims to bridge two approaches to driving the reaction – one powered by heat, the other by electricity – with the goal of discovering more efficient and sustainable ways to convert carbon dioxide into useful products. Virtually all chemical and fuel

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Roars again into Sturgis

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is once again partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for today (August 6, 2021) through Aug. 15 in Sturgis, S.D. As part of its work at Sturgis, RFA will once again host “Free Fuel Happy Hours”

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

UNL Study Finds Non-Flex Fuel Vehicles Can Adapt to E30 Gasoline without Performance Compromise; Fuel Efficiency Comparable to E15

(Green Car Congress) A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has investigated the long-term adaptability and economic feasibility of non-flex-fuel vehicles—vehicles designed to use fuel blends containing 85% ethanol (E85) or less—to consume a 30% ethanol (E30) fuel blend. Their results indicated that although modest changes can be observed in the

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article
    2021 NEFI Energy Leaders Program at Dartmouth   —   Tuesday and Thursday Mornings  October 12 – November 4, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 NEFI Energy Leaders Program at Dartmouth — Tuesday and Thursday Mornings October 12 – November 4, 2021 — ONLINE

The NEFI Energy Leaders Program has been created to enhance high-level executive skills in critical topics such as: Leadership – communication, personal influence and encouraging future leaders Strategy – vision, managing and leading change and managing growth Innovation -frameworks for unique solutions and new lines of business Disruption – leading

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Sequestration with Julio Friedmann

(Climate Now) In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must (in addition to reducing emissions) capture carbon and permanently store it where it cannot be released, a process known as carbon sequestration.  So, what is currently being done to advance carbon sequestration? What policy and economic levers need

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawmakers from Both Parties Call for Investment in Ag as a Climate Solution

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Thirty lawmakers from both houses of Congress have written a letter urging House and Senate leadership to support an historic, long-term investment in farmers, ranchers and rural communities as a part of upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation. Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Abigail Spanberger

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed Could Make a Cleaner Bio-Jet Fuel, Study Finds

(Ohio State News)  Computer models estimate fewer environmental impacts than other crops  — A common farm weed could make a “greener” jet fuel with fewer production-related environmental impacts than other biofuels, a new study indicates. Growing the weed, pennycress – often called stinkweed – as a crop requires less fertilizer and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Having a Field Day Talking about Hemp for Biofuel in Maryland

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For the US agricultural community, having a field day gives farmers and others in the agricultural products value chain the opportunity not only for hands-on learning about new crops and new technologies or about old problems and improving solutions, but also for networking and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $34 Million to Advance Waste and Algae Bioenergy Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy)  11 University- and Industry-Led Projects will Develop Biomass Resources to Convert to Low-Carbon Fuel for Planes and Ships  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nearly $34 million in funding for 11 projects that will support high-impact research and development to improve and produce biofuels,

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

AirMiners Launchpad: Batch 2 Applications Open until August 31st

(AirMiners) These are exciting times for our community as we are starting our second AirMiners Launchpad batch to support early-stage carbon removal startups with partners XPRIZE and Creative Destruction Labs. Batch 1 teams enjoyed the Launchpad guidance as they take flight, learning about (and from) each other in the process. Launchpad Goal: The AirMiners Launchpad aims to

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Indian Government Grants MJCET Utility Patent on Biodiesel Process

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, India, announced that the government has granted patent no. 372207, titled, “Process and System for Efficient Biodiesel Production,” July 19. According to the college, the project was accomplished in different phases, “starting from extraction of biofuels

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Video Episode 2.2: Clean Fuel: Jet Fuel

(Climate Now) Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, though this figure is expected to grow as developing parts of the world become wealthier and increase demand for air travel. Experts have looked to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to decrease emissions as it can be used with

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Aviation Fuel with Steve Csonka

(Climate Now)  What incentives are needed for airlines to adopt sustainable aviation fuel (#SAF) and decarbonize air travel? How does SAF get tested and approved for use in commercial aviation? Who are the players in this space now and how much SAF is already being used? Steve Csonka joins Climate Now

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass Availability with Matthew Langholtz

(Climate Now/Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Bioenergy is a renewable energy for its carbon neutrality – plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and emit the same amount when combusted for energy. But to significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, substantial amounts of biomass, or organic matter, are required. What types of

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels: An Overview

(Climate Now)Biomass – such as corn or switchgrass – can be converted into liquid transportation fuels, or biofuels. Biofuels are attractive because they result in significantly fewer emissions than fossil fuels, but they come with their own set of challenges, including how to minimize the cost of production to compete

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Electrolysis with Ben Wiley

(Climate Now) Declining renewable energy costs have sparked a renewed interest in green hydrogen, which has the potential to decarbonize sectors in which electricity cannot. Because hydrogen doesn’t occur by itself on Earth, it must be separated from other elements, such as oxygen in water. Electrolysis is the process of using

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel: Hydrogen Fuel

(Climate Now) Hydrogen is uniquely qualified as a storage of clean energy because it is abundant – the most abundant element in the universe – and it can be produced using renewable energy. When consumed in a fuel cell, its only byproduct is water, making it ideal for our net-zero emissions future. Hydrogen, however,

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For New Hope Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on July 28 to educate drivers on a the benefits of using Unleaded 88 (E15) during an hour-long promotion at a Holiday in New Hope.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Data that Makes a Difference: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Information Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Data – we all need it. And the Biofuels Information Center provides essential bioenergy data, information, and tools to educate stakeholders on all aspects of biofuels. Where do they get the data from? How does the data help bioenergy companies? What does the latest data

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Applications Open for BII & Science Prize for Innovation DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

(BioInnovation Institute/Science Magazine) Behind every life-changing solution is an entrepreneurial scientist. A creative mind who proved an idea in the lab and dared to carry it out in the world. To encourage more scientists to translate their research, BioInnovation Institute (BII) & Science present a new annual award. Our three winners will

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Models to Create Biodiesel and Bioplastics Are Being Developed at the UAG

(Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG)/Surest Informa (Google Translation)) … The researcher pointed out that thanks to this line of research and the projects that have derived from it, it has been possible to model chemical processes such as the production of biodiesel from waste from grease traps and also biological processes

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Switchgrass and Miscanthus on Mined Lands for Biofuel and Biomass Production

(Association of Warm Season Grass Producers)  I grow switchgrass and miscanthus on mined lands for biofuel and biomass production. The idea of using marginal lands for these crops has been around for a while and I started doing it about 20 years ago. I will give a summary of the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Recycling Plastic Has Been an Uphill Challenge. Could Chemical Recycling Change That?

(PBS NewsHour)  Plastic pollution is a global threat on our lands and seas. Since World War II, we have created over 9 billion cubic tons of it, yet its recycling remains extremely limited. As part of our “Breakthroughs” series, Miles O’Brien looks at new ideas and innovations, such as chemical

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Bio-Batteries

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  We are seeing a number of articles about bio-based batteries and biodegradable batteries.  Wondering if we should be covering this bio-based mobility development.  Here are some examples: The biodegradable battery (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)/Science Daily) High-capacity, Soft Batteries From Trees (Sustainable Skies)

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Applications Open for Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (PON 4806) DEADLINE: August 2, 2021

(New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)  The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will catalyze the establishment of a nation-leading carbontech innovation and commercialization program for entrepreneurial scientists in New York State. This initiative will support a New York based organization, a Fellowship Partner, to set up and execute a

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article
    Clean Air Opportunities for Educators   —   August 6, 2021   —   ONLINE

Clean Air Opportunities for Educators — August 6, 2021 — ONLINE

Are you looking to engage your students around the topic of air quality? Join the Coalition for Clean Air as we explore K-12 appropriate opportunities to get engaged. From the light touch single day events to in-depth curriculum based projects, we’ve got opportunities for you. Three topics to explore: 1.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Manchester United Teams Up with Renewable Energy Group to Create a More Sustainable Future

(Renewable Energy Group/Manchester United/Business Wire) Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability through a global partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI), a leading producer of renewable fuels, with a shared mission to tackle climate change and create a cleaner world. Dedicated to providing high-quality and easy-to-use

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Offered Using Methanol in Power Generation for Electric Cars

(Ural Federal University/EurekAlert)  Technology is economical, safe, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient —  Professors at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) Sergey Shcheklein and Aleksey Dubinin have developed a technology for generating energy for an electric car engine using methanol. An article describing the technology was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

$1.5M DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

(Vanderbilt University School of Engineering)  A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jamey Young, will take a systems biology

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

One-of-a-Kind Course Aims to Build the Bioeconomy Workforce

by Emily Scott (Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit) … He (Jason Ryder, an adjunct professor in UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry) knows we have the tools to solve these problems: biotechnology and bioprocessing — using the power of biology to generate sustainable, bio-based chemicals, fuels, materials, and food

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Martin Wachs Memorial Centennial Essay Contest Opens– Coming Out of the Crisis: A Look Past the Pandemic DEADLINE: August 20, 2021

(ENO Center for Transportation) Not only are we still grappling with the on-the-ground impacts of the pandemic, but the question of what the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis mean for the future of American communities and the transportation industry also looms large. The pace of transformation in every mode of

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Application Process Opens DEADLINES: October 1, 2021; December 1, 2021 and February 15, 2022

(Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) Join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C. for a fast-paced, hands-on internship on Capitol Hill.  The program is now accepting applications from college students and recent graduates to serve as a Congressional Intern in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. You’ll gain

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Dartmouth Professor Selected to Be Director of New Brazilian A2G Biofuel Laboratory

(AZO Cleantech) Lee Lynd, the Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth, will be the founding director of the new Advanced Second Generation (A2G) Biofuel Laboratory located at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. The lab’s mission is to develop and enable technology to sustainably produce bioethanol, an alternative to

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Carnegie And Stanford Plant Scientists Awarded $900K For Biofuel Research

(Carnegie Science)  Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman and Stanford University’s Ellen Yeh were awarded a $900, 000 grant this spring from the university’s public-private partnership Strategic Energy Alliance to research the synthesis of biofuels from a species of green microalgae called Botryococcus braunii. Scientists from a diversity of research areas, including plant and algal

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Technology for Space Exploration: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Space Biotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To space, what will we take? In space, what will we make? What are the technologies under development to create fuels, foods, materials, health, protection and new science in space, and for space exploration? With no fossil fuels on Mars, it’s a biobased opportunity covering

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

BBI International Recognizes Markham, Rosentrater for Contributions to US Ethanol Industry

(BBI International) Markham and Rosentrater recognized for their contributions to the U.S. ethanol industry at the 37th annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop, hosted by BBI International — On July 14th, during the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) in Des Moines, IA, BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine recognized Steve Markham and Kurt Rosentrater for

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Technology from Broiler Chicken Waste Gets Ready for Commercial Production

by E.M.Manoj (The Hindu) Dr. John Abraham pioneers the production of biodiesel from broiler slaughter waste and dead poultry.  A biodiesel technology scaled up at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) in Wayanad is getting ready for viable commercial production. The Indian Patent Office issued the certificate of grant

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Pioneer Awarded for Leadership in International Education

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Leon Schumacher, professor and agricultural systems technology program coordinator at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, has received the 2021 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. The award recognizes University of Missouri faculty members that have provided outstanding leadership

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting CO2 into Butanol Using Phosphorous-rich Copper Cathodes

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In South Korea, scientists from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology proposed a reaction for the highly selective production of 1-butanol, a valuable alternative fuel, by electrochemical reduction using copper phosphide electrodes. Their findings offer a new insight on the use of Cu-based electrocatalysts for

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

AgweekTV Full Show: Ethanol Industry, Award-Winning Operation, Agvise, Female Ag Teachers, Grain Bin Technology

(AgWeek) Coming up on AgweekTV, we will discuss the ethanol industry hitting another devastating court decision. We will tour an award winning regenerative farming operation in east central South Dakota. We will visit two ag businesses that are dedicated to staying in rural North Dakota. We will discuss the number

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Creating Carbon-Negative ‘Green’ Hydrogen to Fuel Our World

(University of Canterbury)  University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably. — University of Canterbury Chemical and Process Engineering academics Professor Shusheng Pang and Associate Professor Alex Yip are focusing on using renewable biomass – such as

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

A Tweaked Yeast Can Make Ethanol from Cornstalks and a Harvest’s Other Leftovers

by Nikk Ogasa (Science News)  The process could tap underused sources of renewable fuels  —  … But by tweaking a gene in common baker’s yeast, researchers have engineered a strain that can defuse those deadly by-products and get on with the job of turning sugar into ethanol. The new yeast was

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energycane Produces More Biodiesel than Soybean at a Lower Cost

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Bioenergy from crops is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. New crops such as energycane can produce several times more fuel per acre than soybeans. Yet, challenges remain in processing the crops to extract fuel efficiently. Four new studies from the University of Illinois explore chemical-free pretreatment methods,

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

How the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy Creates Climate-Savvy Professionals

by Amaury Laporte, Kimberly Skinner (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), everyone can benefit from incorporating climate science into their day-to-day work decisions. Kreeger co-founded ACCO in 2008 to create a space for professionals to connect with peers, develop

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Substitute for Wood for Biofuel

(Bio Market Insights)  … recently, bamboo has caught their eye, as evidenced in a study made in Indonesia which we discuss, as it presents a future in sustainable energy.  Bamboo is one of the most productive and fastest growing plants on the planet. … Its fuel characteristics, high productivity, short rotation

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Weather-Resistant Crops: the Bioenergy Fuel of the Future

(Bio Market Insights) …  Finding a way to increase crop yields without encroaching on either food crops or natural habitats is a novel challenge, but it is one that may soon have a solution. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) are looking into biotech

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE): Leadership and Mentoring Program

Are You Looking to Develop Promising Interns or Students?  The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) is back reaching out to you for a new and unique opportunity! The 2021 Virtual Bioeconomy Career Fair was a success. Now we are continuing our initiative to develop a sustainable network of bioeconomy

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

by Nicoletta Lanese (Live Science) Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging and synthetic fabrics. Scientists uncovered these microbes in liquid that was drawn from the rumen, the largest compartment of a ruminant’s stomach;

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Environmental Assessment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a Post-Treatment Technology in Waste Incineration

by Valentina Bisinella, Tore Hulgaard, Christian Riber, Anders Damgaard, and Thomas H. Christensen (Waste Management) – Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can amend existing waste incineration technologies.  -CCS reduces the energy recovered depending on the incineration technology amended.  -CCS reduces climate change impacts of all waste incineration technologies assessed. -Savings in climate change

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Congressional Climate Camp #1: Budget, Appropriations, and Stimulus Briefing Series: Congressional Climate Camps

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is holding a Climate Camp online briefing series. We are going over the basics of the legislative process, highlighting key areas and opportunities for achieving near-term and long-term carbon reductions through policy. Our first session brought you up to speed on

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Pretreating Nuisance Green Algae with Lye, Urea Increases Bacterial Production of Biogas

(American Institute of Physics/Phys.Org) For more than 60 years, algae have been studied as a potential feedstock for biofuel production, but the cellulose in their cell wall makes it hard to access the critical molecules inside and convert them to biogas. In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an international research

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article
    Algae Camp   —   July 6-9, 2021   —  Portland, ME

Algae Camp — July 6-9, 2021 — Portland, ME

Planning a family trip to the beautiful Maine coast this summer? Why not have your kiddos also learn about the wonderful world of algae!  The University of Southern Maine and Maine Robotics is hosting the first ever Algae Camp. In collaboration with The Algae Foundation, this 4-day camp for kids 12-16

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Plugging in’ to Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics

(AgriLife Today)  Agriculture byproducts can help produce eco-friendly, biodegradable plastics — Bioplastics — biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum — can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article
    AirMiners Boot Up Free 5-week Course to Pull Carbon from Air   —   July 19-23, 2021   —   ONLINE

AirMiners Boot Up Free 5-week Course to Pull Carbon from Air — July 19-23, 2021 — ONLINE

So you’re interested in learning more about removing carbon from the atmosphere. Exciting!  The AirMiners Boot Up is designed to help you more deeply understand carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches, learn about companies and organizations in the space, make new carbon removal friends, and figure out where you want to go

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineered Yeast Could Expand Biofuels’ Reach

by Anne Trafton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Phys.Org) To try to expand biofuels’ potential impact, a team of MIT engineers has now found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce such fuels. At the moment, feedstocks such as straw and woody plants are difficult to use

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Consortium For Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Applications Open

Over the last four years, CABLE has prepared over 60 students for promising careers in the bioeconomy, both across the U.S. and internationally. Our members form a supportive network as each one of us pursues a more sustainable future through areas such as improved public policy and education, cutting edge

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Invests $8 Million for Projects to Develop Algae-Based Technologies to Capture Carbon Dioxide for Use in Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (June 23, 2021), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $8 million in federal funding for four projects to develop and test technologies that capture and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources to create

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Featured in Film on Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

(PR Newswire/GrainNet) POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, appears in a new short film as part of the series Nature’s Building Blocks. The digital film was produced by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News. Presented by the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), the series premiered on June 16, 2021. The

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Plymouth Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up yesterday (June 23) to reward drivers who fueled up with Unleaded 88 (E15) at a Holiday station in Plymouth during an hour-long promotion. “It was great to be out once again with our friends at KS95 to

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Bio-refinery’: Using the Chemistry of Willow Trees to Treat Municipal Wastewater

(Science Daily/University of Montreal)  Millions of liters of primary municipal wastewater can be treated sustainably using fast-growing willow trees while also producing renewable bioenergy and ‘green’ chemicals, researchers find.  — Every year in Canada, six trillion litres of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment, while another 150

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel With a $2.7 million grant, UD researchers using microbes to make valuable chemicals

(University of Delaware) In the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UD

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioconversion Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefinery Waste for Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Being in a big state, Texas A&M University has some big goals like overcoming the key challenges for biorefinery cost-effectiveness and sustainability in the BETO MYPP and bring down the biofuel cost to $3/GGE. How are they managing biorefinery waste, improving biorefinery economics and sustainability,

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis Promises Clean, Sustainable Source of Energy

(Purdue University/SciTechDaily) … The closest process to artificial photosynthesis humans have today is photovoltaic technology, where a solar cell converts the sun’s energy into electricity. That process is famously inefficient, able to capture only about 20% of the sun’s energy. Photosynthesis, on the other hand, is radically more efficient; it is

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article
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