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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion of Flue Gas CO2 to C2-C4 products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this project, researchers aim to establish a mechanistic pathway and characterize vs potential and pH, and demonstrate direct conversion of flue gas at high faradaic efficiency and current density. They also aim to demonstrate that the integrated flue gas feed with an optimized flow cell

November 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association Outlines Steps for Hydrogen Hub Option

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association (PNWH2) – a public-private partnership of tribal, labor, government, environmental and private sector hydrogen company leaders – has submitted its 20-page concept paper to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), outlining the significant breadth and depth of possibilities for a hydrogen hub in

November 28, 2022 Read Full Article

WSU Leading in the Quest for Cleaner Air Travel

by Addy Hatch (Washington State University Insider)  … WSU (Washington State University) researchers in eight programs among three colleges on two campuses are exploring energy sources, testing, supply-chain logistics and policy in the quest for sustainable air transportation. The university is a co‑leader with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of

November 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Notice of Intent for Carbon Dioxide Removal Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Lab Call

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), in partnership with the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), intends to issue a lab call on Carbon Dioxide Removal Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Best Practices and Capabilities. The lab call is funded by

November 23, 2022 Read Full Article
SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap: Soaring Towards Sustainable Fuel Production Goals   —   December 13, 2022  —   ONLINE

SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap: Soaring Towards Sustainable Fuel Production Goals — December 13, 2022 — ONLINE

Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) on December 13, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar on the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge Roadmap. This discussion will outline the six action areas that support the Grand Challenge’s goals of: Reducing life cycle greenhouse gas emissions

November 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Columbia Economist Wrong on Ethanol’s Benefits

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association) As a proud graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), I was disappointed to read a recent commentary about ethanol by a research scholar at my alma mater. “A Chance to Phase Out Support for Corn Ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard,” by

November 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Is There a Profitable Approach to Carbon Capture and Storage?

(Climte Now) with George Peridas, Jonathan Kusel, and Joshuah Stolaroff  —  In the international carbon offset market, the average price of removing one tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere is still below $15 USD, nowhere near enough to cover the costs of carbon capture and storage (CCS). As Dr. Sheila Olmstead (University

November 22, 2022 Read Full Article

What Is the Future of Carbon Capture Technology?

(Climate Now) Since its founding in 1952, the mission of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been to meet urgent national security needs through scientific and technological innovation. Expanding from its focus on nuclear weapons science at the height of the Cold War, LLNL has become a national research leader in counterterrorism, intelligence,

November 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Topics Issued for Small Business Funding Program

(U.S. Department of Energy) On Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy issued topics for Phase One of the Fiscal Year 2023 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These topics aim to advance the development and commercialization of new ideas and research from

November 21, 2022 Read Full Article

US Can Reach 100% Clean Power by 2035, DOE Finds, but Tough Reliability and Land Use Questions Lie Ahead

by Herman K. Trabish (Utility Dive) New aggressive planning is needed to identify the long-duration storage technologies and find the land to grow enough resources to reach Biden net zero emissions goals, a DOE national lab reports. — Four major viable paths to a net zero emissions “clean electricity” power

November 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Chemists Create an ‘Artificial Photosynthesis’ System that Is 10 Times More Efficient than Existing Systems

by Louise Lerner (University of Chicago News) UChicago breakthrough creates methane fuel from sun, carbon dioxide and water — For the past two centuries, humans have relied on fossil fuels for concentrated energy; hundreds of millions of years of photosynthesis packed into a convenient, energy-dense substance. But that supply is

November 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Calling all Clean Technology Start-Ups! Applications Open for Entrepreneurship Program at Argonne National Laboratory DEADLINE November 30, 2022

(Argonne National Laboratory/Department of Energy) Are you an innovator interested in developing your clean energy or climate tech startup? Applications are now open for the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) entrepreneurship program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). CRI is a two-year fellowship program that propels

November 17, 2022 Read Full Article

K-State Scientists Receive Collaborative Grant to Advance Biofuel Production and gricultural Economy

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University researchers are part of a five-year collaborative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve oilseed crops for use as biofuels and other bioproducts. Timothy Durrett, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Ruth Welti, university distinguished professor of biology, received nearly $1.9 million to

November 17, 2022 Read Full Article

EIA Report Spotlights Increased Ethanol Blend Rate, Lower Cost to Drivers

(Renewable Fuels Association) A report released today (November 16, 2022) by the U.S. Energy Information Administration demonstrates clearly that higher blends of ethanol helped moderate fuel prices in the wake of the Ukraine invasion. The report noted that the U.S. ethanol blend rate hit a record summer average of 10.5% in 2022 and

November 17, 2022 Read Full Article
Gasification Technology Status and Pathways for Net-Zero Carbon Economy Workshop   —   November 30, 2022   —   ONLINE

Gasification Technology Status and Pathways for Net-Zero Carbon Economy Workshop — November 30, 2022 — ONLINE

On November 30th, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will host the Status of Gasification Technology of Biomass and Solid Wastes (Waste Coal, Waste Plastics and MSW) and Pathways for Net-Zero Carbon Economy workshop. The workshop

November 16, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Laboratories Research Biofuel Solutions for Different Engine Types

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) Biofuel is closer to becoming a cost-competitive, climate-friendly solution for slashing carbon emissions in cars and trucks, according to two new studies. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

November 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuel on Road to Energy, Cost Savings

by Beth Burmahl (Argonne National Laboratory) Argonne collaborates with U.S. laboratories on research to identify promising biofuels for different engine types.  — Biofuel is closer to becoming a cost-competitive, climate-friendly solution for slashing carbon emissions in cars and trucks, according to two new studies. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory

November 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Sustainability Workshop a Great Success

(Clean Fuels Foundati0n) The Environmental Science Program hosted the Clean Fuels Sustainability Workshop Nov. 1-2 in St. Louis. It focused on a number of policy, energy, environmental and economic issues impacting the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries. The workshop was preceded by a general session with the

November 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Introducing HyVelocity Hub: A Commitment to Advance Clean, Affordable, At-scale Hydrogen in Texas and Louisiana

(American Journal of Transporation/GTI) The HyVelocity Hub, comprised of leading energy companies and organizations, announced today that it is applying for U.S. Department of Energy Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub funding to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen projects in Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. GTI Energy, The Center

November 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Carbon Capture and Storage Carbon Pipelines Seek Iowa Permits as Protestors Disrupt Industry Conference

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) Protestors opposed to carbon pipeline projects in Iowa disrupted the opening of a two-day Carbon Capture Conference and Expo. At least seven people stood up at separate times during an early panel discussion Tuesday, blowing whistles and cursing representatives from carbon pipeline and associated industries

November 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Novel Waste Treatment Efficiently Converts Sewage to Biogas

by Tina Hilding (Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture/WSU Insider) A new method to treat sewage can efficiently convert leftover sludge to biogas, an advance that could help communities lower their waste treatment costs while helping the environment.  Reporting in the journal, Waste Management, a Washington State University research team tested a pretreatment

November 8, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optima Fuels – Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Analysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative are exploring how simultaneous innovations in fuels and engines could boost fuel economy and vehicle performance, while reducing emissions—advancing the underlying science needed to deliver better fuels and better engines sooner. In this

November 8, 2022 Read Full Article

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Makes Historic Investment in America’s National Labs, Announces Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative

(White House) Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $1.5 billion under the President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to build and upgrade America’s national laboratories and advance American leadership in science, research, and innovation. Strengthening our national labs will increase economic growth, create good-paying, local jobs and help attract skilled workers needed to

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MACHH2) Announces Bid to Create Regional Hydrogen Hub to Combat Climate Change

(Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen)  The Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) announced today that it will submit an application to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a regional clean hydrogen production and distribution hub to be funded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Under the Act,

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Deadline For EPA Biofuel Proposed Rule Extended by Two Weeks

(GrainNet) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Growth Energy agreed under their consent decree to delay by two weeks the issuance of the proposed 2023 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA is now required to propose the biofuel requirements by no later than November

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Sends Letter to Treasury on Action to Slash Aviation Emissions

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on implementation of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In her letter, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor calls on regulators to ensure that policies reflect the most updated and accurate science-based lifecycle carbon assessment

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

GAO Hammers EPA on RFS Waiver Methods

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) GAO Report: EPA Unable to Prove Small Refiners Pass RFS Costs to Consumers —  Not all small refineries are able to pass costs to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard on to consumers at the pump, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Production of Carbon Nanotubes from CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this project, researchers aim for market-ready production of carbon nanotubes from TVA flue gas-derived CO2, including a TEA and LCA in collaboration with NREL. The researchers have a goal of 80-90% less cost than today’s market. Anna Douglas of SkyNano presented these slides at

November 2, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Swing Process for Reactive CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this project, researchers are designing and developing tailored dual-function materials (DFMs) and the accompanying pressure-swing process for reactive capture and conversion (RCC) of CO2 to directly produce methanol. This will favor lower capital and operating expenses and offer compatibility with a dynamic energy grid

October 31, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Polymers for Simultaneous CO2 Capture and Conversion to Value-Added Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Project aims to advance the Technical Readiness Level through experimental and modeling to enhance the efficiencies while assessing the TEA/LCA of a dual functional catalytic porous polymer for simultaneous capture and conversion of CO2 to value added chemicals (formic acid initially) under natural gas

October 28, 2022 Read Full Article

States Are Vying for Money to Start ‘Hydrogen Hubs.’ What Are They?

by Robert Zullo (Wisconsin Examiner) Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle

October 27, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Electrochemically Driven Carbon Dioxide Separation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The objective of this project is to develop an electrochemically-driven CO2 separator (EDCS) with 155 kg/m2yr air capture at <5.4 GJ/t (1.5 MWh/t), to characterize PAP ionomer properties to support future Development, and to demonstrate EDCS module with 200 g/day removal and >0.4 CO2 captured

October 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Pilot New Process to Achieve 100% Bio-Based Jet Fuel

by Emma VandenEinde (KUNC) As the airline industry works to cut its carbon dioxide emissions, a team of researchers believe they’ve found a “runway” to 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Their findings – published this week in the journal Joule – demonstrate harnessing the power of lignin. It’s a biopolymer that makes up one-third of almost

October 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Capturing a Larger Share in a Shrinking Pool: The Ethanol Survival Guide

by Jim Seurer and Doug Sombke (Glacial Lakes Energy and South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest) … For the first time since the enactment of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the statutory volumes established in the authorizing legislation now give way to EPA discretion. The 36 billion gallons we were supposed to reach—and

October 25, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Carbon Capture Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The National Carbon Capture Center is a centralized test facility providing comprehensive support for technology testing and evaluation, relating to process, engineering, operational, analytical, troubleshooting and maintenance. The NCCC aims to accelerate technology development, scale up, cost reduction and commercialization of CO2 capture, utilization and

October 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Research Team Receives $15.8M to Modify Poplar for Bioproducts

by Maria Lameiras (UGA Today) Cutting-edge technologies will enable researchers to reengineer poplar trees to produce alternatives to petroleum-based products — A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Georgia and two partner institutions have been awarded a $15.8 million grant over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy

October 21, 2022 Read Full Article

BOTTLE Project Outlines New Two-Step Process for Turning Mixed Plastic Waste into Valuable Bioproducts

(U.S. Department of Energy) Combining chemical and biological processes is a promising new strategy for the valorization of mixed plastic waste, according to researchers from the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Consortium. BOTTLE is a collaboration between scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and

October 21, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Recent Point Source Capture Techno-economic Analysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This Project aims to update a 2014 NETL study that quantifies the cost and performance associated with capturing point-source CO2 from industrial plants. It’s a part of the search for CO2 capture, and Sally Homsy and Tim Fout of the National Energy Technology Laboratory presented

October 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Rolls-Royce, Alder Fuels, Brazil BioFuels, Topsoe Advance in the Race to Net Zero Aviation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, Topsoe has been picked to support first sustainable aviation fuel-production in Brazil. Brasil BioFuels will build a new biorefinery to produce sustainable aviation fuel and second generation biofuel using Topsoe’s Hydroflex and H2bridge technologies. The new biorefinery will be built in Manaus, Brazil, and

October 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Wanted: Bioenergy Technologies Project Peer Reviewers!

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is looking for a diverse pool of subject matter experts to participate in its 2023 Project Peer Review. We are striving to expand our reviewer pool to broaden participation and create a more inclusive and equitable review process.

October 20, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Application of a Transformational UKy3 Ton/Day CO2 Capture System at a Steel Process Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The objective of this project is to demonstrate the UK CO2 capture process at Nucor Steel Gallatin treating electric arc furnace evolved gas with a CO2 concentration of ~1.5 vol%.Kunlei Liu and Heather Nikolic of the University of Kentucky showed these slides at the National

October 20, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Funds Pilot Study Focused on Biosecurity for Bioenergy Crops

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected Brookhaven National Laboratory to lead a new research effort focused on potential threats to crops grown for bioenergy production. Understanding how such bioenergy crops could be harmed by known or new pests or pathogens could help speed

October 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Road Ahead for the RFS

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Starting now, the U.S. EPA—with input from other agencies—will have new guideposts and increased interpretive authority for determining the annual renewable volume obligations of the RFS.  —  Starting in 2023, the Renewable Fuel Standard’s yearly required volumes will no longer be based on the

October 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Carbon Capture from a Cement Facility Using the Cryocap FG Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Project aims To execute and complete a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for a commercial-scale, carbon capture system that separates 95% of the total CO2 emissions at Holcim Ste Genevieve Cement Plant using AirLiquide’s Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) assisted Cryocap FG technology.Kevin O’Brien

October 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Where Should We Permanently Store Carbon Dioxide Removed from the Atmosphere?

(Heirloom Carbon) …  There is only one location big enough to permanently store the 6–10 billion tons of CO2 the world needs to be capturing from the atmosphere each year by 2050 to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change — and that’s deep underground in geological reservoirs. There’s 506 billion tons

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Large Pilot Testing of the MTR Membrane Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This Project aims to design, build, and operate a 10 MWe Large Pilot membrane capture system. Brice Freeman and Richard Baker of Membrane Technology & Research showed these slides at the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Carbon Management Project Review Meeting in August.  READ MORE  

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Sex Pistols, Jugs, Bottles and Speed: NREL Breaks through on a Fast, Cheap Route to Recycling Plastic in One Pot, at One Time

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Colorado that BOTTLE consortia researchers led by NREL have developed a process that can convert mixed plastics to a single chemical product, working toward a solution that would allow recyclers to skip sorting plastic by type. Combining chemical and biological processes is a promising new strategy

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

95% of the Fuel Ethanol Moved in the United States in the First Half of 2022 Moved by Rail

by Estella Shi and Jimmy Troderman (U.S. Energy Information Administration) Fuel ethanol, a biofuel most commonly mixed with finished motor gasoline, is second only to coal as the most-transported fuel by rail. According to our Petroleum Supply Monthly, 95% of all U.S. fuel ethanol deliveries between regions in the first half

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Initial Engineering and Design For Co2 Capture from Ethanol Facilities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Project aims to develop an initial engineering design (IED)and estimated cost for capture and compression of CO2 generated from an operational ethanol production facility. It’s a part of the search for CO2 capture, and Jason Laumb, Director of Advanced Energy Systems Initiatives at the University

October 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Agile BioFoundry Selects New Collaborations

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the selection of six projects to conduct research and development that

October 13, 2022 Read Full Article

How a Pricey Taxpayer Gamble on Carbon Capture Helps Big Oil

by Evan Halper (Washington Post)  … Carbon capture generally involves chemical processes that separate out carbon dioxide from industrial gases. Newer, more costly, variations of the technology work like giant vacuums, sucking the carbon dioxide directly from the air. The carbon dioxide is usually then compressed into a liquid and routed

October 13, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to a Highly Efficient Microalgae-Based Carbon Sequestration System to Reduce CO2 Emission from Power Plant Flue Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective of this project is to harness the power of photosynthetic microalgae to maintain a high-pH, high-alkalinity microalgal culture to create a carbon-negative system for carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion to value-added products from power plant flue gas. Feng Chen of the University of Maryland

October 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $2 Billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Finance Carbon Dioxide Transportation Infrastructure

(U.S. Department of Energy) Potential Applicants Invited to Submit Letters of Interest for Projects to Deploy Carbon Management Technologies, Fight Climate Change and Create Good-Paying Jobs —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (October 6, 2022) began accepting letters of interest from applicants for loans under a new $2.1 billion

October 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Engineering Duckweed to Produce Oil for Biofuels, Bioproducts

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have engineered duckweed to produce high yields of oil. The team added genes to one of nature’s fastest growing aquatic plants to “push” the synthesis of fatty acids, “pull”

October 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Conversion Life Cycle Analysis at NETL

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LCA is a technique that helps people make better decisions to improve and protect the environment by accounting for the potential impacts from raw material acquisition through production, use, end-of-life treatment, recycling, and final disposal (i.e., cradle-to-grave). Michelle Krynock leads a team of researchers at

October 12, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Funds Pilot Study Focused on Biosecurity for Bioenergy Crops

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  Research into threats from pathogens and pests would speed short-term response and spark long-term mitigation strategies  — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science has selected Brookhaven National Laboratory to lead a new research effort focused on potential threats to crops grown for bioenergy production.

October 11, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering-Scale Validation of Novel Algae CO2 Capture and Bioproducts Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This Project aims to develop technologies to increase algae productivity and reduce culturing costs, In addition, it aims to develop algae, refinee processing and verify content for nutraceuticals and to incorporate feed blends. It’s a part of the search for CO2 reduction, and Fred Harrington

October 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Less than Zero: Camelina Co., Praj, LanzaTech, Northwestern, GCH, Yale, NREL Launch New Centers of Excellence to Advance Feedstocks, Cell‐Free Systems, Genome Engineering for Carbon-Negative Manufacturing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We have three new centers of excellence to focus upon today. The Center for Camelina In Spain, Camelina Company España, Europe’s largest camelina crop innovator and seed producer, opened their new Innovation Center in Daimiel, Spain. Camelina is grown for use by Camelina Company’s parent

October 7, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Herbaceous Energy Crop Production in the Southeast United States

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic bioenergy crop production is a nascent industry in the U.S. and has the potential to supply up to 5% of U.S. energy demand while achieving increased carbon reduction. The Southeast U.S. is ideally suited for a cellulosic industry due to plentiful land, ample rainfall,

October 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Annual Review of Research FY 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is a multi-lab collaboration that develops first-principles-based knowledge and tools to understand, quantify, and mitigate the effects of feedstock and process variability across the bioenergy value chain, from the field and

October 5, 2022 Read Full Article

$2.6M DOE Grant Supports UMD-led Study on Genetics of Plant Growth for Biofuels

by Kimbra Cutlip (University of Maryland/Maryland Today) A University of Maryland researcher was awarded $2.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the genetics underlying how poplar trees sense nutrients and regulate their metabolism—information that could help farmers maximize yields of this and other plants used in biofuel

October 5, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Feedstocks for the Emerging Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The goal of this project is to develop productive, cost-effective and sustainable warm-season perennial bioenergy feedstock production systems on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. The University of Illinois (at Champaign-Urbana)’s D. K. Lee leads the team of researchers. READ MORE  

October 5, 2022 Read Full Article

$2.25M Awarded to Develop Sustainable Energy Products from Waste Streams

by Sam Jones (North Carolina State University CALS News) Researchers will create sustainable aviation fuel and graphite from a blend of wood waste and seaweed.  — A team of researchers in NC State’s College of Natural Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been awarded a $2.25 million grant funded by the Department

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Improved Advanced Biomass Logistics Utilizing Woody Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Harvesting and transportation makes up 40 –60% of the delivered cost of SRWC and are an important source of GHG emissions. Harvesting systems are not well developed — throughput decreases up to 65% from harvester to short term storage. Changes in biomass quality and impacts

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Seeks Input on How Defense Production Act Could Support National Security by Strengthening Grid Reliability DEADLINE November 30, 2022

(U.S. Department of Energy) Request for Information Seeks Input on Best Uses for Defense Production Act to Bolster National Security, Boost American Manufacturing, and Lower Energy Costs —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Request for Information (RFI) to determine how DOE could best leverage the Defense Production Act

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Assessing the Carbon Intensity of Hydrogen Production with HyPEC

(GTI Energy) Hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in decarbonizing our energy systems. There is a need among stakeholders and the broader public for a simple-to-use and accessible tool to assess the life cycle carbon intensity  of hydrogen production. The carbon intensity of hydrogen production can vary considerably,

October 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Troubled Carbon Capture Projects Dog US DOE ahead of New Spending Spree

by Karin Rives (S&P Global) … The San Juan plant is not the only carbon capture project receiving funds from the federal government that has struggled to become operational. With a lot more money coming, how the U.S. government allocates it will be critical. A question of accountability A 2021 report

October 3, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Next Generation Logistics Systems for Delivering Optimal Biomass Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This continuing Project with DOE BETO regarding improved logistics builds on advances in two previous High Tonnage projects (Pine at AU; Switchgrass at Genera). The project goal is to evaluate a state-of-the-art biomass merchandizing and processing system to identify sources of variation along the supply

September 30, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Electrocatalytic CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) CO2 is the ubiquitous feedstock, available from a range of point sources, as well as in the atmosphere. It’s the only feedstock measured in gigatons. Domestic biorefineries emit a very pure CO2 wastestream, and represent an early opportunity for deployment of CO2 utilization technologies. But

September 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Comstock Files Grant Application for Cellulosic Fuels

(Comstock/Globe Newswire)  Comstock Inc. (NYSE: LODE) (“Comstock” and the “Company”) today announced its filing of a grant application with the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to build a pre-pilot scale system to demonstrate one of Comstock’s unique new pathways to produce renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, gasoline, and marine fuel from

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Catalytic Process with Lignin Could Enable 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Biobased Diesel Daily) An underutilized natural resource could be just what the airline industry needs to curb carbon emissions. Researchers at three institutions—the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Washington State University—report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report 9-27-22 What the Set Means for Ethanol Producers and Farmers

(Renewable Fuels Association)  When Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) that authorized the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), annual volume requirements were specified through the year 2022 for renewable fuels. But that does not mean this year is the end of the RFS. After this year, the

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap — Comments Invited on Draft DEADLINE unclear

(American Economic Association) Executive Summary:  This is an unprecedented time in history for hydrogen with interest being amplified worldwide due to its potential to address the climate crisis as well as energy security and resiliency. Though there are significant challenges, zero and low-carbon hydrogen can be a key part of

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic $7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Jump-Start America’s Clean Hydrogen Economy DEADLINE November 7, 2022

(U.S. Department of Energy) DOE Opens Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Opportunity for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs and Releases Draft of DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap —  The U.S. Department of Energy today opened applications for the $7 billion program to create regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) across the country,

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

LanzaJet Affirms Its Commitment to Scale Production of SAF

(LanzaJet/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … LanzaJet, Inc. is a global leader in clean energy technology and production. The LanzaJet Process is a proprietary alcohol-to-jet technology which converts low-carbon ethanol into sustainable transportation fuels, including SAF and renewable diesel. LanzaJet is deploying its technology in the U.S. and globally, with the world’s first ATJ

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap: Flight Plan for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Report

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge is the result of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal government agencies working together to develop a comprehensive strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce SAF

September 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels Leaders Set Priorities for 2023 and Beyond: The Industry Is Calling for Strong RFS Volumes

by Cassidy Walter (Successful Farming) Today (September 22, 2022) a coalition of leaders from America’s biofuels industry sent a united call to EPA for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2023 and beyond, to advance biofuels’ efforts toward net-zero emissions. “We think EPA has an enormous opportunity with this rulemaking

September 23, 2022 Read Full Article

#74. Why We Need the Biofuture Campaign

(Transportation Energy Strategies) In this episode, we talk with three experts in the field of biofuels working on the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign. We will learn what it is, what it can it do for governments and for private industry. Learn more about the Clean Energy Ministerial. With Special Guests: Jim

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As we observed once here in Digestville, biomass is where catalysts go to die. How can we change that? Providing fundamental insight and actionable recommendations for extending catalyst lifetime in biomass catalytic conversion by a collective and collaborative effort within ChemCatBio. PNNL’s Huamin Wang led a team to accomplish

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whether it is Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Produce Butyric Acid with In-situ Product Removal, or Non-Biological Conversion of Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Furans (Furfural, HMF), opportunities abound in biobased chemicals. Where to focus, what are the real opportunities? NREL’s

September 21, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Upgrading of C2 Intermediates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ethanol is an attractive feedstock for middle distillate fuels and chemical products. How do we unlock the potential not only for ethanol-to-jet, but for C3+olefin (ETO) opportunities, and more. Dehydrate, oligomerize, hydrogenate – the path to minimizing capex and opex. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Zhenglong

September 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Interagency Commitment to Lower Transportation Emissions and Consumer Costs, Bolster Domestic Energy Security

(U.S. Department of Energy) New Commitment Will Advance Clean Transportation Investments within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, Establish Blueprint for Decarbonizing Transportation in the U.S. —  The Biden Administration today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among four federal agencies to accelerate the nation’s affordable and equitable

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

He Is Turning Waste into Commodity with DOE Grant

by Brandie Jefferson (Washington University in St. Louis)  The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.3 million grant to a team led by Zhen (Jason) He, a professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis’ McKelvey School of Engineering. The project, which also includes researchers from

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis and Characterization

by Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest)  Accelerated catalyst and process development cycle enabling demonstrated performance enhancements in half the time. That’s the bold goal of a DOE project aimed at providing a fundamental insight leading to actionable recommendations for critical catalysis challenges by leveraging world-class synthesis and characterization capabilities across multiple DOE National

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Husker-Led Team Exploiting Oilseeds’ Potential in Biofuels, Bioproducts

by Tiffany Lee (University of Nebraska) A University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher is leading a team working to unlock the full potential of two oilseeds that may help meet the escalating demand for renewable fuels, industrial chemicals and other bioproducts. The team will produce genetically enhanced oilseeds, establish the “rules” of oilseeds’

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $178 Million to Advance Bioenergy Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy) 37 Projects Will Develop New Technologies That Engineer Plants and Microbes into Bioenergy and Improve Carbon Storage  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Brown Announces $2.5 Million for Biofuel Research at The Ohio State University

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH))  Today (September 13, 2022), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a $2.5 million grant to The Ohio State University (OSU) for research on the creation of new biofuel energy to help decarbonize multiple sectors. “Biofuel energy research and

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Pyrolysis Vapors

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Catalytic fast pyrolysis is a versatile technology pathway for the direct liquefaction of biomass and waste carbon sources. In this slide deck from NREL’s Mike Griffin, we explore the Potential for high carbon yields to fuel blendstocks; the Ability to control the product slate through

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Utilizing Electricity to Produce Intermediates from CO2 and Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This project funded by the US Department of Energy and led by NREL’s Josh Schaidle aims to Guide existing and future research and development efforts by defining key technical challenges, risks, cost/carbon intensity drivers, and future technical targets for utilizing renewable electricity and CO2to improve

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

US Biofuel Industry Hopes Their Voices Are Heard as EPA Eyes Final Rules on E15, RFS

by Jasmin Melvin (S&P Global) E15 solution for Midwest states coming: Regan; Biofuel group pushes for nationwide action; Lays out industry priorities for next RFS rulemaking — A promise by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to lift a summertime ban on sales of a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol in certain

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Formate Utilization for Value-Added Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How do we utilize CO2 with cheaper renewable energy? What products can we make? Those are the questions explored in this project funded by the US Department of Energy’s BETO office and led by Jonathan Lo at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Among the differentiators:

September 13, 2022 Read Full Article

4H Club, Methane to the Rescue: The Calysta, Mango Materials, Industrial Microbes, T2C Energy Stories

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Biogas is an ancient thing, organisms have been making it for millenia – only in recent decades have we learned to capture and use it to generate on-site heat and power. … … This is the supply of methane as an intermediate feedstock for the

September 13, 2022 Read Full Article

US EPA Set to Finalize Rule on State Sales of Higher-Ethanol Gasoline Blend – Regan

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intends to finalize a rule before next summer to allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with a higher level of ethanol in several states, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said on Tuesday. The EPA has engaged with several Midwestern governors after they

September 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstock Preprocessing Solutions: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Idaho National Lab’s very own Bioenergy Program Lead, Lynn Wendt, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC on how they are working on mitigating risk from beginning to end with biomass feedstocks, how to respond to variability in biomass, their work with reconfigurable fractional milling

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Executive Order to Fund U.S. Biomanufacturing Industry

by Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters)   President Joe Biden will sign orders on Monday to push more government dollars to the U.S. biotechnology industry, aimed at reducing dependence on China for materials to generate clean energy, weave new fabrics and inoculate populations against the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order allows the federal government

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA, Growth Energy Slam Inaccurate Reuters Report on Ethanol GHGs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are slamming a Reuters article published on Sept. 8 that recycles highly misleading claims about the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of U.S. ethanol plants. The Reuters article, in part, cites the widely discredited study by Tyler Lark and others, which

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel Back from Dead, Now with Carbon Capture

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica) Algae biofuel could have another moment in the sun, now that more federal dollars are pouring into carbon capture-and-recycling technology. — Algae biofuel stakeholders have been stuck in the doldrums for years, but in an odd twist of fate, the fossil fuel industry could help

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Improving Formate upgrading by Cupriavidus necator

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The project goal is to develop the natural formatotroph, C.necator, as a robust microbial chassis for efficient formate conversion to value-added products in support of CO2 capture. The project is funded by the US Department of Energy and is led by Christopher Johnson of the

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Roadmap Highlights the Potential of CCUS at Ethanol Plants

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 7 released its Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap. The document, in part, identifies U.S. ethanol plants as among the lowest-cost industrial facilities for the implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. The report indicates the 210 ethanol plants

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Register for DOE’s Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap Event with Secretary Granholm and Gina McCarthy on Sept. 7

(U.S. Department of Energy) On Wednesday, September 7, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy will host a roundtable of diverse industry leaders along with stakeholders from government and academia to discuss opportunities to collectively build a decarbonized industrial sector that benefits workers,

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article
EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy   —   September 8, 15 22 and 29, 2022   —   ONLINE

EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy — September 8, 15 22 and 29, 2022 — ONLINE

Every week this September, EERE will host a virtual career fair and networking opportunity for clean energy enthusiasts. At the EERE STEMtember Sessions, you’ll hear from and connect with EERE staff who will discuss their diverse roles in renewable power, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and business operations. You do not need

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Integration of CO2 Electrolysis with Microbial Syngas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  By producing valuable products out of CO2, this project will incentivize CCU to realize carbon circular economy opportunities. That’s the promise of this project funded by the BETO Office at the US Department of Energy and led by NREL’s Michael Resch. The key differentiators? Utilization

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Green Plains, Tallgrass and PNNL Awarded DOE Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Technology

(Green Plains) Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE), Tallgrass, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) today announced they have been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology as part of the federal agency’s effort to support the development of valuable biofuels and bioproducts for

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $16.5 Million in Funding for Carbon Utilization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (FECM’s) Carbon Utilization Program announced the selection of seven projects totaling $16.5 million in federal funding. This investment will advance technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $29.5 Million for Improved Bioenergy Resource Recovery and Conversion Systems

( U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $29.5 million to 15 projects to improve the current science and infrastructure for utilizing waste streams, often disproportionately located in underserved communities, and support the development of improved organisms and inorganic catalysts for the production of valuable biofuels and bioproducts

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review Report

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its virtual 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8‒12, 15‒16, and 22‒26, 2021. During the event, 271 projects in BETO’s research portfolio were presented, representing a total DOE investment of $662 million across 12 technology areas.

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Podcast #74. Why We Need the Biofuture Campaign

by Tammy Klein (Transportation Energy Strategies)  In this episode, we talk with three experts in the field of biofuels working on the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign. We will learn what it is, what it can it do for governments and for private industry. With Special Guests: Jim Spaeth, System

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Magazine Podcast: Insight from the EIA – Mindi Farber-DeAnda, EIA

(Biodiesel Magazine)  This week’s Biodiesel Magazine podcast features, Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead of Petroleum & Natural Gas Modeling with U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Interview by Anna Simet, editor of Biodiesel Magazine and hosted by Danielle Piekarski.   READ MORE

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $29 Million to Advance Clean Hydrogen Production

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Industry and Universities Will Work to Reduce the Cost of Clean Hydrogen to Deliver Cheap Electricity; New $32 Million Funding Opportunity will Support Clean Hydrogen Technologies  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of $28.9 million to 15 industry- and university-led projects and

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Maine, Rhode Island Join New York-Led Coalition on Hydrogen Hub Bid

(Renewables Now) New York governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that Maine and Rhode Island have joined a big consortium led by New York that is working on a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs planned in the US. Up to USD 8 billion (EUR

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Speaking Up for Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Year-round E15 and the RFS ‘set’ are top priorities for Growth Energy heading into it its annual D.C. fly-in this September. 2023 is the first year required volumes of renewable fuel are not specified by Congress and must be set by the EPA.

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $540 Million for Research Activities into Clean Energy Technologies

by JimLane (Biofuels Digest) From Washington  comes news that the U.S. Department of Energy will make more than $540 million in awards for university- and National Laboratory-led research into clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing. The goals Earlier this year, the DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announced its

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article
Join the U.S. Department of Energy for Virtual Career Fairs   —   September 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022   —   ONLINE

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for Virtual Career Fairs — September 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022 — ONLINE

(U.S. Department of Energy) This September, join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for a weekly virtual career fair, the STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy. These are networking opportunities during which EERE team members will discuss their diverse roles in renewable power, sustainable transportation,

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Hydrogen – Markets, Players, Technologies, Policy.

(Biofuels Digest)  Hydrogen – markets, players, technologies, policy. Steve Slome of NexantECA will be joining us for comments and slides on: Impacts of the Russian aggression: green hydrogen is cheaper than conventional in Europe.  Impacts of electrification. Major applications: Ammonia (without it we all starve) and methanol (the chemists Swiss

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Poised to Overtake Biodiesel

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) Renewable diesel production is expected to overtake biodiesel production in the United States in October, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We’re seeing continued growth on the renewable diesel side and stagnation to slight shrinkage on the biodiesel side,” Mindi Farber-DeAnda, team lead of petroleum

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $60 Million to Advance Clean Hydrogen Technologies and Decarbonize Grid DEADLINE September 23, 2022

(U.S. Department of Energy) Funding Will Lower Production Costs and Establish a North American University Consortium to Help States and Tribes Pursue Grid Modernization  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $40 million in funding to advance the development and deployment of clean hydrogen technologies. To further decarbonize the grid,

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

National Grid Identifies Robust Stocks of RNG, Hydrogen

(National Grid/Biomass Magazine)  National Grid has located robust stocks of renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen potentially available for its customers in Massachusetts and New York through the company’s first-of-its kind Northeast clean energy request for information (RFI) issued in May. Procurement of RNG and hydrogen are essential to National Grid’s

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

NREL Study: Refineries Increase Revenue and Reduce Carbon Footprint with Renewable Propane

(Propane Education & Research Council/CISION PR Newswire) Major refiners like Chevron see value in commercializing renewable propane —  A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows biorefineries can increase their financial returns by selling renewable propane versus using it as a processing fuel or as a hydrogen feedstock. The financial

August 18, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $2 Million to Help Bring Clean Energy Technologies to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced the selection of two projects totaling more than $2 million for its Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The TCF facilitates stronger partnerships among DOE facilities, private sector companies, and other entities with the goal of getting more clean energy technologies

August 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Insight from the EIA: Tracking the U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Sectors – Mindi Farber-DeAnda, EIA

(Biodiesel Magazine)  This week’s Biodiesel Magazine podcast features, Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead of Petroleum & Natural Gas Modeling with U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Interview by Anna Simet, editor of Biodiesel Magazine and hosted by Danielle Piekarski.   READ MORE

August 16, 2022 Read Full Article

A Simple, Cheap Material for Carbon Capture, Perhaps from Tailpipes

by Robert Sanders (Berkeley News)  … Using an inexpensive polymer called melamine — the main component of Formica — chemists have created a cheap, easy and energy-efficient way to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks, a key goal for the United States and other nations as they seek to reduce greenhouse gas

August 16, 2022 Read Full Article

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Additional Funding for the DOE Loan Program Office to Support U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Vehicle, and Mass Transit Development

by Mark J. Riedy, John C. F. Loving, Stephen M. Anstey and Patrick McShane (Kilpatrick Townsend – Energy/Biofuels Digest) … Of the $369 billion for energy security and climate change, which supports various tax incentives, programs, and other initiatives, the IRA provides approximately $70 billion in new funds to the Department

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

“The Roof Is Lifting” – The United States to Inject $800 Billion into Climate, Energy Sectors as IRA 2022 Passes to Biden for Signing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … One of the Digesterati described the shift in momentum: “The roof is lifting off the renewable energy industry broadly with the IRA and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. The IRA and IIJA amount to more than $800 billion in climate and energy

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Three-Part Co-Processing Series to Lower Carbon Footprint of Transportation Fuels

(U.S. Department of Energy) Upgrading bio-oils with petroleum feedstocks at existing refineries—known as “co-processing”—could offer a fast pathway for lowering the carbon footprint of today’s transportation fuels. In this three-part blog series, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) offer insights

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

What Happened at the 2022 CAAFI Bienennial General Meeting?

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative )  There’s more attention on SAF now than ever before. There’s also a lot going on in the SAF space from near-term commercialization, policy pushes, feedstock development, pathway approvals, airline, airport and business aviation engagement, etc.  A major focus is the U.S. SAF Grand Challenge

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Unlocking the Mystery of Catalyst Poisoning

by Asanga Padmaperuma (U.S. Department of Energy) A research team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory investigates how potassium in biomass feedstocks poisons a catalyst. Their discovery allowed researchers to better understand catalyst health and regeneration during the conversion of feedstocks into biofuels and bioproducts. The creation of biofuels involves a little

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Not Just Bread and Beer—Microbes Can Ferment Carbon Dioxide to Make Fuel, Too

by Erik F. Ringle (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists Mapped Out a “Bicyclic Carbon Fixation” Pathway for Speeding Up Gas Fermentation in Specialized Bacteria —  … Certain species of bacteria ferment carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to make their own nutrients of choice, which might be leveraged to help energize our

August 10, 2022 Read Full Article

En Route to Market: Alder Fuels and NREL Partner to Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Technology for Commercial Use

by Erik F. Ringle (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  A critical pathway for producing large quantities of low- to negative-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is en route to market following a collaborative research and development agreement between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Alder Fuels. The technology—an advanced pyrolysis process that

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Not in the Job Description

by Jonathan Sherwood (Sweetwater Energy/Biofuels Digest) When I first interviewed at Sweetwater for the VP of Finance position, I was not asked, “How good are you at shoveling manure?” But, just six months after that interview where I’d sat in a crisp suit and new tie, I was knee-deep in some

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article
Meeting: Biomanufacturing for Bio-Advantaged Fuels   —   August 16, 2022   —   ONLINE

Meeting: Biomanufacturing for Bio-Advantaged Fuels — August 16, 2022 — ONLINE

Join the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for a meeting on “Biomanufacturing for Bio-Advantaged Fuels,” August 16, 2022, 12–1:30 p.m. ET. Biofuel molecules commercialized to date primarily rely on high-flux metabolic pathways to native products, including short-chain alcohols and long-chain fatty

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Heavy-Duty Decarbonizing with Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Vital by POET) … Leaders around the world are increasingly recognizing biofuels as a vital tool in the fight against climate change and in bringing agriculture into the fold. They’re a lower-cost, lower-emission fuel that is already compatible with cars on the road. In the United

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Illinois Biofuel Industry a Jobs Creator, New DOE Report Finds

by Zeta Cross (The Center Square) Illinois’ biofuel industry continues to expand and create more jobs every year, a new report by the Department of Energy has found. In 2021, 307 new jobs were added in Illinois, an increase of 4.6% over 2020, the 2022 United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER) said.

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Re-N-Vision Awarded Department of Energy Grant to Test and Develop Blue Biofuels’ CTS Technology in Equitable Energy Transition

(Blue BiofuelsGlobe Newswire)  Blue Biofuels, Inc. announces that Re-N-Vision, LLC, based out of St. Louis, MO, has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Department of Energy grant for $199,902 with the title “Disadvantaged Community Bioenergy Feedstock Consortium in Urban Areas”. The grant was awarded under the Energy

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

National Energy Solution: Pt 1: Methane, Methanogens, Methanotrophs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that T2C Energy in partnership with the US Department of Energy had developed at pilot-scale a technology that makes drop-in transportation fuel for $2.91 a gallon, excluding any help from carbon prices and markets. (The techno-economics were validated by ICF, which is

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Office Achieves Major Biofuel Technology and Production Milestone

by Josh Messner (U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has achieved a significant milestone in decreasing the minimum fuel selling price (MFSP) of drop-in biofuels, which are fuels made from biomass and other waste carbon sources, and that are compatible with existing petroleum fuel

August 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Advancing Synergistic Waste Utilization as Biofuels Feedstocks: Preprocessing, Coproducts, and Sustainability Workshop Summary Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Advancing Synergistic Waste Utilization as Biofuels Feedstocks: Preprocessing, Coproducts, and Sustainability Workshop covered the topic of municipal solid waste streams as a feedstock for biofuels. The workshop invited stakeholders representing academia, industry, municipalities, and federal agencies involved in waste management, resource and energy recovery, waste utilization, and sustainability.

August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol-Basher Scores 100%…in Idiocy — Anti-Ethanol Writers Must Go!

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) …  The focus of my presentations was to talk about the urgent need to educate consumers and consumer influencers about the benefits of ethanol fuel. Almost simultaneous with my plane touching down in my home city, I learned about a new ethanol-bashing editorial that

August 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Removal Is Moving Full Steam Ahead. So Is Climate Change.

by Vanessa Montalbano (Washington Post) … The Energy Department is also set on boosting approaches that would remove gigatons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere for less than $100 per net metric ton of carbon. (According to Energy, 1 gigaton of carbon is equivalent to the annual emissions produced by

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Found: The ‘Holy Grail of Catalysis’ — Turning Methane into Methanol under Ambient Conditions Using Light

by Paul Boisvert (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy and EPA Reach Agreement on Delayed 2023 Biofuel Requirements

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a consent decree agreement to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that requires EPA to propose the 2023 renewable fuel volume requirements no later than November 16, 2022, and to finalize those requirements no later than

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $96 Million for Advancing Clean Vehicle Technologies to Reduce Carbon Emissions DEADLINE: August 25, 2022

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Funding Aims to Decarbonize and Accelerate the Electrification of All Vehicles, Slash Fuel Costs for Drivers and Companies  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a $96 million funding opportunity to support decarbonizing the domestic transportation sector. The funding will focus on expanding electric vehicle

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Victor Tango Foxtrot – The Pursuit of Affordable Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In aviation fuels as elsewhere in life, it’s sustainable, affordable, available, pick two out of three. You can find affordable SAF, but not in big volumes. You can find as much unaffordable SAF as you like. as we know, there’s plenty of petroleum-based jet fuel and the

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Two New Open-Source Tools Predict Biomass Flow Behavior and Blade Wear

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Understanding and predicting the flow behavior of complex biomass materials and the lifetimes of biorefinery machinery are significant challenges for the bioenergy industry. To help process engineers navigate these challenges, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) have developed two

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

1 Big Thing: The CO2 Removal Frenzy and the Caveats in Tow

by Mickey Meece (Axios) There’s fresh info on something we explored in April — growing support for tech that sucks CO2 from the atmosphere alongside fears the love fest will delay emissions cuts, Ben writes. Driving the news: Two key people working on removal with Stripe — a big corporate player — have penned an MIT Technology

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

H2 Matchmaker

(U.S. Department of Energy) H2 Matchmaker is an online information resource to assist hydrogen suppliers and users with self-identifying collaborators and opportunities to expand development toward realizing regional hydrogen hubs. A regional hydrogen hub is a network of hydrogen producers, potential or actual hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure located in

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Matchmaker

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is focused on advancing carbon management technologies to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through strong public-private partnerships and in a just and sustainable way.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) enables this mission by directing over $12 billion dollars

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Boeing and Alder Fuels Partner to Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Globally

(Boeing/CISION PR Newswire) – Conversion of sustainable forest and agricultural residues can displace the need for typical jet fuel by up to 75 percent in the U.S.; – Boeing will support testing and qualification of Alder Fuels’ SAF on its airplanes  — Boeing [NYSE: B.A.] and Alder Fuels today announced a new partnership to

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Both Ends of the Bridge at Once: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Co-Optima Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What’s the perfect fuel, and the perfect vehicle? Can we optimize both at the same time, instead of optimizing one at a time? Researchers associated with the Co-Optima project aim to identify low carbon fuel-engine combinations that increase fuel economy by 35% (light duty) or

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

PNNL: New Artificial Enzyme Breaks Down Tough, Woody Lignin

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin also stores tremendous potential for renewable energy and materials. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers from Washington State University

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Biden-Harris Administration Launches $2.6 Billion Funding Programs to Slash Carbon Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Two Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Programs Will Decarbonize Power Generation and Heavy Industries, Create Regional Transport Networks for Captured CO2 Emissions   — The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today issued Notices of Intent to fund two programs that will advance carbon capture demonstration projects

July 15, 2022 Read Full Article
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