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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet Drop-in Renewable Fuel Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ReadiJet contains the same molecules and has the same performance as petroleum jet fuel, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It meets Jet-A, Jet-A1, JP-5, JP-8 fuel specifications without the need for blending with petroleum.  ReadiJet is undergoing ASTM certification for commercial use and MILSPEC certification

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

State Government of Queensland : Pentagon Meeting Advances Queensland’s Emerging Biofuel Industry

(Office of Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Cameron Dick)  Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken centre stage in Washington this week at a meeting with the US Department of the Navy. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance on imports and improving the environment (through reducing both the absolute level of fossil fuel

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in recent months, a move that has agitated some top Republican lawmakers who have long opposed

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than 100,000 commercial flights have used low carbon fuels. “This is especially amazing since in 2006

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the BPI payments to companies that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically

February 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump and the Military Are at Odds on Climate Change

by Sean Mowbray (Pacific Standard)  While the Trump administration has largely rejected climate change as an issue, the Department of Defense and Congress have identified it as a major potential threat to national security.  —  … On the other hand, the Republican-dominated Congress has affirmed that climate change is a prominent national

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) Expands Leadership Team; Chris Tindal Added as CAAFI Assistant Director

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI announced today (January 16, 2018) that it is expanding its Administrative Leadership Team, naming Chris Tindal as CAAFI’s Assistant Director, a new role designed to enhance CAAFI’s outreach, catalyzation, and execution efforts.  “I am extremely pleased that Chris Tindal has come onboard in this new

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that:

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week. In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that will allow the company’s planned aviation biofuel plant thanks to overwhelming support by state

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

US Navy Researchers Develop New Class of Renewable Diesel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers from the US Navy at China Lake have developed a new class of drop-in renewable diesel from biomass using acid catalyzed condensation of 2-tridecanone with a series of diols through fermentation that provide similar energy levels as traditional biodiesel while providing up to a third more

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2017 gives way to the dawn of 2018, once again roll

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to His Administration

(White House)  President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Phyllis L. Bayer of Mississippi to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, and the Environment. Ms. Bayer most recently served as Chief of Staff in the Office

November 22, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Chris Tindal Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors

For Immediate Release November 15, 2017—Frederick, MD  Chris Tindal, former Director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, has joined the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors.  Advanced Biofuels USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels,

November 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based on the data developed for the study are organized in a 6-pager to highlight items

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It

by Nicholas Kusnetz (InsideClimate News)  The giant naval base at Norfolk is under threat by rising seas and sinking land, but little is being done to hold back the tides.   —  … Naval Station Norfolk, home to the Atlantic Fleet, floods not just in heavy rains or during hurricanes. It floods when the

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). DOE awardees are part of a new program called “Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioprocessing Engineers Recover Glucosinolate from Oilseed Meal

(Phys.Org/South Dakota State University)  The oil extracted from ground seeds of camelina and carinata, oilseed plants from the mustard family, can be used as jet fuel. However, with oil prices at an all-time low, that is economically challenging. These promising biofuel sources may be one stop closer to reality due to

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic ground transportation markets. With Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in the area, could Maryland’s Eastern

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures. … Taking a break from sailing up north, we decided to buy an interim boat

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Realize the Great Green Fleet

by Daniel Orchard-Hays and Laura A. King  (U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine)  The U.S. Navy’s initiative could pave the way for a Department of Defense energy program that garners precious energy resources in peacetime and saves lives in war.  —  … In July 2008, world oil prices peaked at an all-time

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Strength through Choice: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s military biofuels program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2017 — focusing on efforts to internationalize the supply. As we described it earlier, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Jet and Diesel from the Sticks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In late 2015, we reported Red Rock Biofuels will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year (at that time, from 2017 through 2024) for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, in an agreement announced by the companies today. FedEx joined Southwest Airlines

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market for advanced biofuels. It had been 12 years since Congress began to demand action on

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and constraints apply that can be addressed – but how are they addressed? We’ll be looking

April 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Gripen Completes Test Flights with 100% Biofuel

(SAAB)  Gripen has for the first time undergone a series of test flights with 100% biofuel. This demonstrates that the aircraft can be flown with an alternative fuel and gives valuable knowledge for future possible use of alternative fuel. “Demonstrating that Gripen can fly with 100% biofuel is an important

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Readi for 100% Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet, ReadiDiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rode aboard one of the EA-18G Growler fighter jets testing 100% biofuel flights this month to demonstrate his commitment to getting biofuel mainstream within the Navy. Currently all Navy ships and planes are certified to run on 50% biofuel blends.

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article
  Industry Roundtable: Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006 — March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC

Industry Roundtable: Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006 — March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC

The United States Department of Navy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy are co-hosting an industry roundtable for the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply chain. The purpose of the roundtable meeting is for the federal government to present details on an additional

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military

by Laura Parker (National Geographic)  Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, floodwaters overtop the concrete piers, shorting power hookups to the mighty ships that are docked in

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security

by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference,” Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases,” the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed to come up. The conference, held at the Pew Charitable Trust building in Washington D.C.,

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Military’s Shift Away from Oil Clashes with Trump’s Promises

(Fayatteville Observer/Associated Press)  … While a growing number of military leaders have declared global warming a national security threat, the strategy clashes with President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to end policies that “undermine” fossil fuel producers. Trump has a chosen a Cabinet with climate change skeptics, though his pick for defense secretary,

January 18, 2017 Read Full Article

REPORT: Navy’s Biofuels Program Is A Huge Step Backwards

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The U.S. Navy’s biofuels program has “failed to demonstrate any operational or strategic advantages over petroleum and have actually increased costs” for the military, according to a new report by defense experts. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the biofuel-powered “Great Green Fleet” would “usher

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks. A notice published in the Federal Register explains the USDA Farm Service Agency will use CCC funds

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift into employing a biofuel strategy and (more importantly) pondered whether or not the Armed Forces

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy Using Biofuels to Power Fighter Jet Fleet

(CBS)  Some of America’s best fighter jets can soar without using a drop of oil for fuel. New technology is helping the U.S. Navy power its fleet with cooking grease and plant seeds. Don Dahler reports.  READ MORE WATCH VIDEO and MORE (IranTV) and MORE (Flying Magazine)   Excerpts from video:

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Small Farm Conference–A Seriously Knowledge-Intensive Activity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “I want to make this land productive again,” was a common refrain at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 13th Annual Small Farm Conference November 11-12.  Whether returning to a disused family farm or starting on a new venture, many attendees shared a desire

November 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Palaszczuk Government to Lure International Biofuels Investment to Queensland

(Queensland Government)  The Palaszczuk Government will target Australian and international biofutures investment to help boost the industry in regional Queensland. Speaking in Parliament today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that an Expression of Interest process to attract biofuels proponents to Queensland would start tomorrow. “We know if we want to unlock

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has successfully proven and demonstrated this process for converting MSW to fuels utilizing its proprietary, innovative,

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

US Navy Deploys Green Power Vs. Oil Power in ISIL Battle

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The US Department of Defense has been a main driver of the nation’s transition to renewable energy, but so far its use of biofuel in war machines has been limited to demonstration events and exercises. Now the US Navy is gearing up to deploy its

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Readijet’ Biofuel Created in Panama City to Fuel Military Jets

(WJHG.com)  Imagine a world in which the military’s most elite jets are fueled by a product made from kitchen grease.  …  Chuck Red is the Vice President of Fuels Development with Applied Research Associates. The company’s surprise finding came out of a government request ten years ago to convert plant

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Navy Displays Military Use of Biofuels and Great Green Fleet at Commissioning of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Electricity.  When describing the USS Zumwalt, which was commissioned in Baltimore Harbor Saturday, the first characteristic to mention is the new age design (can’t miss that); followed by the key role played by electricity (a bit less obvious).  From the “all-electric” propulsion system to

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Turning Brewery Wastewater into Battery Power

(University of Colorado Boulder)  CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells. This unique pairing of breweries and batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to discuss the advancement of the bio-industry. … We were honored to have Wisconsin Senator Mark Pocan

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that invest in the second and third generations of tomorrow’s fuels. … In the last eight years, USDA has helped lead

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships and aircraft are now certified to run on up to 50-50 blends of conventional and

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced biochemicals, bioproducts, biomaterials and biofuels, with an emphasis on forest resources. The no-nonsense attitude is

September 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Alternative Jet Fuels Tackle Rising Aviation Emissions

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires the EPA to begin crafting regulations for aircraft emissions. At the global level, the International

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Navy Tests 100-Percent Advanced Biofuel

by Andrea Watters (Naval Aviation News)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G “Green Growler” completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The U.S. Navy is a leader in incorporating alternative fuel into operational

September 17, 2016 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Successfully Powers EA-18 Super-Hornet Surveillance Aircraft

(Sputnik News)  The US Navy successfully tested a new advanced biofuel this month on a Boeing EA-18 “Green Growler” aircraft, a surveillance version of the Super-Hornet, the US Naval Institute reported on Friday.  —  The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat

September 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Turning Beets to BioFuel on Delmarva

by Todd Karli  (WBOC)  …  A group of students and scientists are exploring the idea that sugar beets, what they’re calling energy beets, can be converted into jet fuel, with the Navy keeping a watchful eye. “This is so exciting because it hasn’t been done before,” said Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels

September 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has made alternative energy a top priority since taking office in 2009, but this week he took his commitment to new heights, literally.  The civilian leader for the Navy climbed aboard an EA-18G Growler fighter jet as a passenger on

September 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Who Needs Biofuels? Cost-Competitive Renewable Fuels are in Demand

by Jonathan Male  (U.S. Department of Energy)   A large part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector could be uniquely filled by biofuels and bioproducts. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in partnership with the national laboratories, academia, and private companies, is pursuing biofuel

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, or arrival? Don’t even try to wade into the swamp of national flags or legal

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Competitively Priced, ECA Compliant, Sustainable Biofuel Bunkers Will be a Reality in the Near Future

(Ship & Bunker)  Chuck Red, Vice President at US-based biofuels firm Applied Research Associates (ARA), says the current cost of biofuel bunkers is misunderstood, and that competitively priced sustainable products are not only possible, they will be a reality in the near future. ARA is currently working with the US

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels on Agenda during US Navy Visit

by Scott Rutherford (Navy Daily) Alternative fuels and energy efficient systems were on everybody’s lips when American ship USS Stethem, arrived alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, this month. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, welcomed the ship’s company and United States Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management, Thomas Hicks, at

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ to Tap Australian Biofuel Hub

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg)  Renewable fuels may provide 50% of U.S. fleet’s power by 2020; Queensland seeks to create export-oriented green-fuel market  —  The U.S. accepted Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing the Navy’s goal of getting half its power from renewables by 2020. The premier of

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: New Research

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate it at much higher titer than n-butanol owing to the relatively low toxicity of 2,3-BD

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

No Petroleum Required: U.S. Navy Completes Sea Trial with ARA’s 100% Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel

(ARA)  For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) completed final-phase testing of a 100% drop-in renewable diesel fuel as part of the Navy’s MILSPEC qualification

August 8, 2016 Read Full Article

$26/gallon to $2.05 in 42 months: The Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest and BioChannel.TV released “Sustainable Fuels on Troubled Waters”, the Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet — a documentary profile on the US Navy’s success in driving down the costs of renewable fuel — up to and including

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Aemetis CEO to Attend RIMPAC Maritime Exercise in Hawaii with US Navy Great Green Fleet

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) today announced that Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO, accepted an invitation to join top Navy officials and a small group of leading biofuels executives in Hawaii on July 19th to participate as a guest of the US Navy in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC),

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday. Nonprofit group the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations that

August 1, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Latest US Navy Biofuel Bunkers Are Bad For the Environment, Expensive, Barely Biofuel At All, Says Critic

(Ship & Bunker)  … As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the U.S. Navy has sought to develop and use drop-in biofuels as part of its energy security goals, having previously set a target of getting half its energy from non-petroleum sources by 2020. Last month it took its first delivery

July 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme fuel-guzzler whose energy needs sometimes dictated foreign policy, the Navy has become a model for

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet fuel pioneer that has been working towards an Australia-based first commercial project. Now, many people

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Secretary of the Navy Visits USS Mason for Biofuel RAS

by Janweb B. Lagazo (US Navy, USS Mason)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Chief of the Italian Navy Adm. Guiseppe De Giorgi, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) to observe the ship’s role in

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy ‘Green Fleet’ Fills up with Italian-Made Biofuel

by Steve Scherer (Reuters)  A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s program to use more alternative energy. The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, the Andrea Doria, in the seas off of Italy’s southern coast with a mix

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Two CSGs In Mediterranean; Truman Attacking ISIS, Ike Demonstrating ‘Great Green Fleet’

by Megan Eckstein (US Naval Institute News)  … For now, the Ike CSG is involved in Great Green Fleet operations, to include a multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy’s Flotta Verde, according to a U.S. 6th Fleet news release. “The PASSEX will highlight energy conservation operations and will

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Govt Backs in Qld as Asia-Pacific Biofutures Hub

(MySunshineCoast)  The Palaszczuk Government will invest almost $20 million to position Queensland as an Asia-Pacific hub for biofutures industries, creating next generation jobs in the state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today. The Premier launched her Government’s Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan during the Queensland reception at the BIO

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal year starting this October. … Meanwhile, the DOE’s budget for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy —

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities in 39 states. USDA continues to lead the way in promotion of advanced biofuel production,

May 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel, Competitive Cost, at Scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles International Airport. It’s AltAir fuel — and United has agreed to purchase up

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A 90-10 diesel-tallow blend, therefore, should cost approximately $2.69 per gallon, saving the Navy $0.07 on

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132: None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to enforce section

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Armed Forces Testing Biofuels to Reduce Costs

by Vic Schoonover (The Lawton Constitution)  While this isn’t information making Oklahoma oil and gas companies any happier during the downturn in oil and gas prices, the U.S. armed forces, namely the Navy and the Air Force, are actively testing biofuels to reduce their fuel costs and overseas availability of fuels.

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Navy to Require Climate Change Reporting From Vendors (Corrected to reflect Request; not Require)

by Ellen KNickmeyer (Associated Press/ABC News)  The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military — the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels — to say it will start requiring big vendors to report their output of climate-changing greenhouse gases and work to lower it. “We’ve

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

McGinn: Navy Energy Programs Are ‘All About Warfighting’

by John Grady (USNI News)  When asked what happens to the Navy’s energy initiatives when President Barack Obama leaves office in January, the service’s top civilian official overseeing those efforts said, “Nothing”—because the business and warfighting cases “just makes sense.” Retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, speaking Tuesday at the Atlantic

April 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of the webinar can be accessed here.   READ MORE

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Grease Is the Word

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look at the hard data. Demand signals As we have observed in The Digest and in

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   –Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass. This project is funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission under the auspices

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Up, Up & Away: The Top 10 Magic Moments in Aviation Biofuels in 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia formed a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore the opportunity to procure locally produced aviation biofuel. A few years ago,

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a ‘giant’ step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant represented an exciting step in the development of

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow. The recorded version can be accessed here.  READ MORE

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

ARA Delivers Game-Changing 100% Renewable Fuels to the Navy

(Applied Research Associates/ARA)  No More Blending: 100 Percent Drop-In Renewable Fuel will Increase Energy Security for U.S. Military While Reducing CO2 Emissions  —  The Navy is performing certification testing on neat, unblended ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel® which will result in new military specifications. When the MILSPEC certification is complete, ReadiJet® and

March 28, 2016 Read Full Article

SDSU Works toward Ground-Breaking Way to Fuel Planes

by Kelli Gerry (The Collegian)  South Dakota State researchers are working to perfect a process that could allow them to turn mustard seeds into jet fuel for Navy fighter planes. If people like Bill Gibbons are successful, some West River farmers could have a new crop to plant as early as

March 24, 2016 Read Full Article

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP renewable fuels technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis.  READ MORE  

March 10, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

(Industrial Biotechnology)  … My current assessment is that there exists an unlimited sense of opportunity in the biobased products and bioenergy sector. I look at the work being done at the USDA, which is extensive and has been helpful in getting the word out about this industry. We prepared a report

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Vislack Defends Biofuels, Bioenergy during House Hearing

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. When asked to characterize the state of the biofuels industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

March 4, 2016 Read Full Article

To Have and Have Not: Energy Security vs Energy Independence in a World Awash in Cheap Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following slides and comments are excerpted and expanded from remarks by Digest editor & publisher Jim Lane at the Energy Security Breakfast at ABLC 2016, held last week in Washington. The premise I’d like to explore today is a simple one to describe, and

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

ARA Ships 100% Drop-In Biofuels for Navy Certification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, renewable jet and diesel fuels that meet petroleum fuel specifications

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look to financially assist first mover investment in the biofuels industry. According to local news website Daily Mercury, Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk made the announcement following the second meeting of her Biofutures

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

First Indian Biofuel Ship Set for Fleet Review

by Kalyan Ray Visakhapatnam (Deccan Herald)  When President Pranab Mukherjee will review the naval fleet on Saturday, a small Indian naval vessel with green bands on both sides may emerge as the centre of attraction as it would be the first Indian ship to run completely on biofuel. “At the international

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

NASA Should Be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at a way to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass-based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US space program should serve as a guide. Walter McDougall’s 1986 Pulitzer Prize winning book “the

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Launch of the Great Green Fleet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $2.05 per gallon for drop-in, non-food advanced biofuels blends. Who would have thought it possible a few years ago.  Well, the Navy for one. Their remarkable vision results in Carrier Strike Group 3 operating in a world where “energy can no longer be used as a

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional petroleum products and must meet all military fuel specification properties which make handling requirements and

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Amidst Drop in Oil Prices, U.S. Navy Deploys ‘Great Green Fleet’

by David Alexander (Reuters/Yahoo!)  The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first criticized the high cost of alternative fuels. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Reuters the deployment

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

How a Controversial SECNAV Has Transformed the Navy

(Navy Times)  … The future fleet is poised to operate more on alternative fuels and be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has transformed the services he leads during what has become the longest tenure of a Navy secretary in a century. The former lieutenant j.g. has emerged as

January 20, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Carrier USS John C. Stennis Leaves Kitsap-Bremerton for Great Green Fleet Deployment

by Sam LaGrone (US Naval Institute News)  Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. for a seven-month Western Pacific deployment on Friday, Navy officials told USNI News. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will be the center of the Great Green Fleet “a year-long initiative highlighting

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional petroleum products and must meet all military fuel specification properties which make handling requirements and

January 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Navy to Launch Great Green Fleet with 77 Million Gallon Buy of Cost-Competitive, Non-Food Advanced Biofuels Blends

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation technology.  The Navy’s 7-year quest to diversify its fuel supply without paying more or changing its fuel spec reaches a key milestone. In Washington, The Department

January 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the Navy and Agriculture, announced a significant financial partnership to advance the construction of three biorefineries,

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

“High Confidence Level” as Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Closes in on Historic ASTM Approval

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As ASTM technical balloting is underway and as experts sift through and request revised submissions of technical data, insiders are pointing to an early 2016 approval for Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel. In Washington, CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka declared a “high confidence level” in the

December 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Great Green Fleet Readies to Sail in January

by Meghann Myers (Navy Times)  More than six years after it was first announced, the Great Green Fleet will makes its maiden voyage in late January. The carrier strike group will deploy, fueled with a mix of biofuel and fossil fuel to showcase the Navy’s goal to cut petroleum use

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodico’s Innovative 20 MMgy Biodiesel Plant Opens in California

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel producer and technology developer Biodico has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 4 for its 20 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Five Points, California. The facility, called Biodico Westside, is designed as a multifeedstock plant that will specialize in producing low carbon intensity fuels under California’s

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Mission Incomplete

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report observing U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. Its purpose was to review the

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Great Green Fleet Adrift

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  The enormity of the military’s fuel usage is still very much on the industry’s radar, but the exuberance of 2012-‘13 has largely been replaced with the more measured tone. — Three years ago, in the months leading up to the publication of Biomass Magazine’s first issue

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodico Presents Results of Five-Year Biofuel Study to Navy, Energy Commission and Governor’s Office

(Business Wire/Biodico)  Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, today announced that the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center presented the results of a five-year joint research and development project with Biodico to Assistant Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Dennis McGinn, the California Energy Commission, and

October 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Protec Takes Unique E15, E85 Approach

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Todd Gardner, CEO of Protec Fuel, has more than 30 years in the fuel business. As such, he has been able to launch an interesting model in how they bring more choice at the pump by helping retail stations offer E15 and E85. The company started

August 27, 2015 Read Full Article

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific? — That is the question a Queensland researcher is trying to answer, as the US moves towards powering its navy war craft with a biofuel blend by 2020.

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

UF/IFAS Researchers Turn Seed into Jet Fuel for Navy and Crops into Cash for Farmers

by Beverly James (University of Florida)  Imagine jet fuel made from a crop that’s renewable, brings in income and can feed cattle. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have found a way to turn mustard seed into a winning solution for farmers and the United

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

North Set to Be Biofuel Capital

by Charlie Peel (Townsville Bulletin)  Up to 30 mini biofuel plants could be rolled out across North Queensland as part of an ambitious plan to make the region Australia’s renewable fuel capital. The centrepiece of the project would be a $150 million refinery built near Townsville, which would turn oil produced

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Looks to Help Big Island Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Maui’s Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is looking to help move the Big Island to 100 percent renewable energy through the use of its renewable fuel, the company’s vice president confirmed to PBN. Earlier this month, Pacific Biodiesel acquired Big Island Biodiesel, which became a subsidiary of the

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

United Airlines Invests in Biofuels

(SustainableBusiness.com)  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off? This summer, United Airlines begins flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco on 30% non-edible oils like camelina and agricultural waste and 70% jet

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX). The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017.

July 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to waive volumes by more than 20 percent in two consecutive prior years. The overall volumes

July 8, 2015 Read Full Article

US Navy Could Create Thriving Biofuel Hub in Queensland, Palaszczuk Says

(Australian Associated Press/The Guardian)  Queensland premier visits Pentagon in trade mission to US and says navy’s goal to shift to renewable energy could aid industry at home — The US navy could help create a thriving biofuels industry in regional Queensland, the state’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says. Palaszczuk visited the Pentagon

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA to Invest Up to $100 Million to Boost Infrastructure for Renewable Fuel Use, Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. Specifically, USDA will administer competitive grants to

May 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics, fuel cell vehicles, smart cars, biofuels for road and sky, and greening the grid come under the microscope Down Under.  In Sydney this week, a number of US and Australian leaders gathered at the Australian Technology Park to debate the models and options offered

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin outlook is improving and positive news from the US on Renewable Fuel Standard may provide

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The demonstration flight is expected to occur

May 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.262 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 3.2%

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  44 deals, 37 companies; deal count jumps 16% but deal size drops 17% Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.  In Florida, The Digest reports that 12 advanced bioeconomy ventures raised $1.262 billion in new capital in Q3 2014 through Q1 2015 for company

April 29, 2015 Read Full Article

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences and events, and got into the weeds, leading some Renewable Fuel Standard policy implementation and

April 24, 2015 Read Full Article

US Navy’s 2015-2016 Solicitation for Biofuel Blends Now Posted

(Green Car Congress)  The US Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) has posted the Rocky Mountain/West Coast/Offshore (RMW) solicitation (SPE600-15-R-0711) on behalf of the US Navy for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. Vendors can submit bids with a minimum of 10% alternative fuel up to the maximum

April 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in Renewable Project Development

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?  This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward. In July 2014, Biofuels Digest had published an article titled “Connecting The Dots” that describes how we reached a

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

High Flying

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you make ultra-performing diesel and jet fuels from essential oils found in hemp, a/k/a cannabis sativa, a/k/a marijuana?  Turns out, you can. … Beta caryophyllene — regardless of source — is in the news this month because of Ben Harvey and his troop of advanced

March 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Investment from Flagship Ventures Brings Red Rock Biofuels Closer to Construction of its First Commercial Biofuel Refinery

(Red Rock Biofuels) Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, today unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, OR. As part of this partnership, Flagship Ventures, a leading venture capital and venture creation firm

March 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of the late 2000’s, the atmosphere filled with optimism, visionary ideas, hope and more than hope–certainty

March 16, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase and is heading towards deployment. Someday, aviation biofuels will be as routine as topping off

February 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners?  Each year, the Digest recognizes projects, feedstocks, processing technology breakthroughs, novel or improved molecules, and bioeconomy pioneers in

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

NASA Should be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at ways to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US space program should serve as a guide.  Walter McDougall’s 1986 Pulitzer Prize winning book “the Heaven

January 2, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

U.S. Navy Flies Supersonic With Gevo ATJ

(Gevo)  Multiple Test Flights Conducted on F/A-18 “Hornet” Using a 50/50 ATJ Blend The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today the first successful “alcohol-to-jet” (ATJ) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Time for Teddy Talk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, and turning wondrous advances into actual, scaled-up, sustainable, job-creating engines of the economy. While the

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

14 for ’15: The Bioeconomy Agenda, 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  14 perspectives on policy, technologies and geographies of compelling interest in the new year —  At ABLC Next this year in San Francisco — naturally, the focus is on “what’s next” in technology, finance, deployment and policy, and these 14 voices provided significant new options

December 1, 2014 Read Full Article

Hagel Resigns as US Defense Secretary

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who’s on the short list to succeed the embattled Nebraska Republican, and what does that mean for Advanced Biofuels? … The Good News: Support for the Navy’s advanced biofuels program varies within the Pentagon, but it’s generally just that: a Navy program, in terms of deployment.

November 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Evolva Acquires Allylix in $59M All-Share Transaction: What’s the Impact for Industrial Biotech?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But in the meantime, it appears to be an open-and-shut case that “new sugars” are the new sugar — and specifically that stevia might be the new sugar.   Supporters of the idea that synthetic stevia might be the big winner in the multi-billion

November 25, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE and our highly focused an energetic “farm to fly 2.0″ State focals, local feedstock providers,

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  Mike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels. “We’re the people you hire to protect you from the people you elect.”   Anyone who has spent time

November 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Mike Breen Headlines 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit

(Operation Free)  Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen Highlights Need for Expanded Sources of Renewable Energy Former U.S. Army Captain and Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen spoke at the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit. During his headline address, he highlighted the role that advanced biofuels, like algae, can play in

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines. The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional jet fuel and diesel, but some worry the project might add to existing air

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210M for 3 Biorefineries and Mil-Spec Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels. Under the grants, the companies will build biorefineries to produce military spec fuel

September 19, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy Eyes Biofuels to Fuel Fleet of the Future

by Matt DiLallo  (Motley Fool)  … America’s military actually consumes as much energy as the entire population of Nigeria, and there are 140 million people living in Nigeria. Suffice it to say, the military uses a lot of oil, which is why it’s looking at alternative fuel sources to wean itself

August 26, 2014 Read Full Article

8 Trends Driving Aviation Biofuels Today

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  SkyNRG is undertaking its first major feedstock project in South Africa, featuring a nicotine-free energy tobacco crop that’s developed by Sunchem under the name of Solaris. Which is an excellent reminder of how much activity is going on in aviation biofuels to solve the

August 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Making Progress on Two Continents

(RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  New Hampshire, USA — …  In a move that could restore biofuel market uncertainty in Europe, this week (June 11, 2014) energy ministers are expected to reach political agreement on measures to incorporate indirect land use change (ILUC) into EU biofuels policies on Friday, which would effectively bring a

August 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the Newsmix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office:   Stay the course. There is always risk, always naysayers. When we moved from sail to coal, coal to oil, oil to nuclear, there were always people who said we had the wrong idea, or there was

July 31, 2014 Read Full Article

The 25 Hottest Topics in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. The Hot 50 and Hot 30:  A perennial favorite. This year, Solazyme topped the list while LanzaTech slipped into second place.  … 2. The Top 100 People:  Another perennial. This year, international project developers made a big move while some policy figures slipped. But

July 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Navy Looks to Biofuels in 2016

by Mark Matsunaga (U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs/The Lemoore Navy News)  Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know it, according to speakers at an Alternative Fuels Overview briefing for RIMPAC 2014 participants. The

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

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