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    Co-Optima Capstone Webinar Series   —   Last Thursday of the Month   —   ONLINE

Co-Optima Capstone Webinar Series — Last Thursday of the Month — ONLINE

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative is accelerating the introduction of efficient, clean, affordable, and scalable high-performance vehicle fuels and engines. The Co-Optima Capstone Webinar Series highlights key takeaways from the breakthrough initiative. Webinar sessions share topline findings, potential near- and long-term impacts, research methodology, challenges, and possible

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    Webinar: Scale-up of Biotechnologies   —   April 16, 2021   —   ONLINE

Webinar: Scale-up of Biotechnologies — April 16, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a webinar on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 3–4 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on BETO’s planned biotechnologies scale-up strategy and will be of interest to those who may apply to Topic Area 1 of the FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $61 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $61 million for technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Biofuels are made up of renewable resources and can power heavy-duty vehicles that are difficult to electrify with current technologies—including airplanes and ships—to help accelerate America’s path to

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Data Collection Project to Help Farmers Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Transitioning to a Sustainable Bioeconomy with Algae Biofuels and Biomaterials – Policy Directions for 2021 and Beyond

(Algae Biomass Organization) … Algae, encompassing photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic aquatic organisms including microalgae and seaweeds (macroalgae), create a highly versatile and tunable platform for the development of fuels and products.  In most cases, large scale algae production can be done on marginal land, including the underdeveloped coastal area around the

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA Releases First Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 31 issued the first edition of its monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update, reporting that 20.431 billion gallons of operable U.S. biofuel production capacity was in place as of January. More than 24.657 billion pounds of feedstock was used

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-hour Catalyst Stability Test

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

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Information Administration to Release New Monthly Biofuels Data

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced today that it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report—the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update. On March 31, 2021, EIA plans to publish the first edition of this report, which will contain January 2021 data. EIA will

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Next-Generation Tech for Biofuels: Refining Smart Transfer Chutes Solves a Pervasive Problem in the Biofuel Refinery Industry—Potentially Making Biofuels More Affordable

by Laura Mullane (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Helping to strengthen the economic viability of biorefineries in the production of alternative fuels derived from biomass is critical to decreasing the use of fossil fuels and mitigating carbon dioxide emissions. To that end, a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Jenike &

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste into Biofuels

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) … As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are converting food waste into clean, renewable fuel that could power our planes, trains and automobiles. … In their recent efforts, researchers successfully converted food waste from

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Gas Companies, Ttilities, and Labor Unions Push Biden to Support ‘Clean’ Hydrogen

by Josh Siegel and Abby Smith (Washington Examiner)  … Natural gas companies, utilities, and labor unions are joining forces to lobby the Biden administration to invest in developing hydrogen as it pursues a historic federal clean energy spending program. The Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition, which launched today with a letter to President

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

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

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

TeselaGen Partners with Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit to Accelerate the Bioeconomy

(Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU)/CISION)  Collaboration deploys the TeselaGen AI-enabled operating system to close the gap between promising research and large-scale fermentation-based production of renewable bioproducts  — TeselaGen Biotechnology and the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) announced today a partnership to advance

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Lawmakers Introduce Comprehensive CO2 Infrastructure Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and David McKinley, R-W.V., on March 17 introduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act, a comprehensive CO2 infrastructure package. The bill aims to support the buildout of infrastructure to transport

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Backs Projects to Produce Hydrogen from Coal, Biomass

by Darrell Proctor (PowerMag.com) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the agency has awarded $2 million to four research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing clean-hydrogen production technologies. The DOE’s awards on March 15 are part of a push by the Biden administration in its fight against climate change.

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals Supply Chains

by Jane Nakano (Center for Strategic & International Studies) As clean energy technology becomes the latest frontier for geoeconomic rivalry, the security of supply chains for rare earths and critical minerals—essential materials for clean energy—has become a global strategic issue. The fragility of global supply chains revealed by Covid-19 and

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Discusses Plans for Renewable Diesel, Cellulosic Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  McAfee (Eric McAfee, CEO of Aemetis Inc.) provided an update of the many improvement projects underway at the Keyes plant that will reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of the fuel it produces, including the use of renewable natural gas (RNG), a membrane dehydration unit,

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Job Office to Help Fossil Fuel Workers Find Clean Energy Jobs

by Alexander Richter (Think Geoenergy) A new job office within the U.S. Department of Energy is to support fossil fuel workers find jobs in the clean energy sector, particularly in geothermal energy.  — With continued announcements on a clean energy drive in the U.S. following the start of the Biden  Administration, 

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Climate Change: Jet Fuel from Waste ‘Dramatically Lowers’ Emissions

by Matt McGrath (BBC) A new approach to making jet fuel from food waste has the potential to massively reduce carbon emissions from flying, scientists say. — Currently, most of the food scraps that are used for energy around the world are converted into methane gas. But researchers in the

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Green Secrets of Goat Poop – Smarter Materials, Better Medicines, and Sustainable Biofuels

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/SciTechDaily) Microbes found in the goat gut microbiome could help humans convert plant material into valuable, eco-friendly commodities. Converting the tough fibers and complex sugars in plants into biofuels and other products could be humanity’s ticket to smarter materials, better medicines, and a petroleum-free, sustainable future. But harnessing

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Past, Present and Future: What Did We Learn and Where Do We Go Next?   —   September 30, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Past, Present and Future: What Did We Learn and Where Do We Go Next? — September 30, 2021 — ONLINE

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

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    WEBINAR: What Unconventional Engine-Fuel Combinations Show the Greatest Promise for Efficiency Improvements beyond Current LD/MD/HD Technologies?   —   August 26, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: What Unconventional Engine-Fuel Combinations Show the Greatest Promise for Efficiency Improvements beyond Current LD/MD/HD Technologies? — August 26, 2021 — ONLINE

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  What Environmental and Economic Benefits Might Be Realized by Co-Optimizing Fuels and Engines for Medium-Duty (MD) and Heavy-Duty (HD) Commercial Behicles?   —   June 24, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: What Environmental and Economic Benefits Might Be Realized by Co-Optimizing Fuels and Engines for Medium-Duty (MD) and Heavy-Duty (HD) Commercial Behicles? — June 24, 2021 — ONLINE

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  What Environmental and Economic Benefits Might Be Realized by Co-Optimizing Fuels and SI Engines for LD Passenger Vehicles?   —   May 27, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: What Environmental and Economic Benefits Might Be Realized by Co-Optimizing Fuels and SI Engines for LD Passenger Vehicles? — May 27, 2021 — ONLINE

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  How Can Fuels and Combustion Reduce Pollutants from Future Diesel Engines?   —   April 29, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: How Can Fuels and Combustion Reduce Pollutants from Future Diesel Engines? — April 29, 2021 — ONLINE

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: How Can Co-optimized Fuels and Spark-Ignition (SI) Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of Light-Duty (LD) Passenger Vehicles?   —   March 25, 2021   —   ONLINE

WEBINAR: How Can Co-optimized Fuels and Spark-Ignition (SI) Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of Light-Duty (LD) Passenger Vehicles? — March 25, 2021 — ONLINE

 Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Capstone Webinar Series: How Can Co-Optimized Fuels and SI Engines Enhance Efficiency while Reducing Carbon Emissions of LD Passenger Vehicles? While electric cars are coming off the assembly line in ever-growing numbers, vehicles with internal combustion engines using fuels produced mainly from petroleum will continue

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

How Siemens Energy Is Targeting the US Green Hydrogen Opportunity

by Jeff St. John (GreenTech Media)  The latest test at the Utah mega-project marks the third U.S. entry into electrolysis, storage and the use of carbon-free fuel. — … Take the Intermountain Power Project, the coal-fired power plant in Utah converting to turbines that will use natural gas blended with 30 percent hydrogen, a proportion that

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article
    Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop   —   April 20-21, 2021   —   ONLINE

Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop — April 20-21, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a virtual workshop on April 20–21, 2021, covering the topic of algae crop protection to facilitate scaling of the algae industry. A major barrier to the scaling and intensification of algal cultivation is the partial or complete loss of

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

New Notices of Intent for Sustainable Transportation Technologies Funding Opportunities

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced its intent to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Invests $24 Million to Advance Transformational Air Pollution Capture DEADLINE May 18,. 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Removing CO2 from the Atmosphere will Help America Achieve Net-Zero Emissions, Create Jobs —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (March 5, 2021) announced up to $24 million for research into technology that captures carbon emissions directly from the air, replicating the way plants and trees

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5 Key Tech Takeaways: Highlights from Tech Presented at ABLC 2020

by Iacovos Vasalos (Center for Research and Technology-Hellas/Biofuels Digest) This report summarizes highlights from the ABLC 2020 Biofuels Digest Virtual Conference, which took place in July 7-10, 2020. (And if you haven’t already registered for this year’s ABLC Digital on May 3-7, 2021, check it out now here.) There were almost 100

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. Government to Expand Biofuels Forecasts as Renewable Diesel Sector Grows

by Karl Plume and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters / NASDAQ) The U.S. departments of agriculture and energy plan to change two closely watched monthly reports to account for the rapid growth of renewable diesel, a clean burning fuel made from soy and other fats and oils, officials told Reuters. Surging demand for

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

CFDC Calls Nebraska E30 Demonstration One More Step Towards Higher Blends

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition) The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) today applauded the work of the State of Nebraska following the release of a report that found higher ethanol blends are safe, efficient, and cost effective when used in conventional vehicles. The yearlong demonstration involved 50 non-flex fuel vehicles (non-FFVs) from

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

PNNL Energy Sciences Center Will Help Realize Clean Energy Future

by Casey Knopik (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) New facility will foster research collaborations to accelerate scientific discovery and technological innovation — A new research facility on the Richland campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is set to open fall 2021. The Energy Sciences Center (ESC) will feature many of PNNL’s strengths in chemistry, materials

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

No Project Left Behind: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Funds & Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at paths to leverage your next project using USDA programs and funds, with former acting USDA Undersecretary Bill Hagy, No Project will be Left Behind! Check out this illuminating slide guide covering 4 key federal commercial scale development programs supporting biofuels, biopower,

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Has Advice for Texas — and for the Oil Industry

by Will Englund (Washington Post)  …  Will Englund: This country is going to have more electric cars and trucks, and by 2035, it won’t be universal, but it is happening quickly. What is the oil sector in America going to look like when that happens? Jennifer Granholm: Well, I would say that it’s

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

News Release: Groundbreaking Research into White-Rot Fungi Proves Its Value in Carbon Sequestration from Lignin

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A foundational study conducted by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows for the first time that white-rot fungi are able to use carbon captured from lignin as a carbon source. The research confirms a hypothesis from Davinia Salvachúa Rodriguez, the senior author of a

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

by Amy Lupica (Our Daily Planet) Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste into Biofuels

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) When we eat, our bodies convert food into energy that fuels our lives. But what happens to the energy stored in the 80 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in America? As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the Department of

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel RIN Prices Approaching All-Time Highs

by Sean Hill (U.S. Energy Information Administration) The prices of renewable identification number (RIN) credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have been steadily rising in recent months and are approaching their highest nominal levels in the history of

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

8 Key Federal Resources Supporting Anaerobic Digestion

by Bill Hagy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./ Biofuels Digest)  … One of President Biden’s Clean Energy initiatives includes partnering with farmers, ranchers and businesses engaged in livestock production to implement environmentally sound agriculture practices and deploy methane digesters that generate new sources of energy and revenue. … Anaerobic digesters convert livestock waste into

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Lighting the Path to Net Zero: NREL’s Strategy Drives Deep Transportation Decarbonization

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) From Passenger Cars to Commercial Trucks, Aircraft, Marine, Rail, and Mobility Systems, NREL’s Whole-System Approach Ensures a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Climate Future — The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article
    Direct Air Capture Kickoff Meeting   —   February 24-25, 2021   —   ONLINE

Direct Air Capture Kickoff Meeting — February 24-25, 2021 — ONLINE

  READ MORE  Draft Agenda  

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Innovation Effort to Create Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis

(White House) White House Forms Climate Innovation Working Group, Outlines Innovation Agenda; U.S. Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Climate Innovation Research Opportunity — … As the opportunity for American leadership in climate innovation is vast, the Administration is outlining key planks of an agenda the Climate Innovation Working Group will help

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop Summary Report

(U.S. Deprtment of Energy) The Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, gathered experts in the fields of waste management, solid materials handling, and biofuel and bioproduct development and production to give presentations. The workshop explored the potential of using the various

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Discover Plants’ Roadblock to Specialty Oil Production

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  Research solves longstanding problem and opens path for growing crops to produce industrially important high-value fatty acids — Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more–if they could be produced at

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

February 11, 2021 Read Full Article

British Airways Fuels Its Future with Second Sustainable Aviation Fuel Partnership

(LanzaTech/LanzaJet)  British Airways is investing in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology provider and SAF producer LanzaJet as the company builds its first commercial scale plant in Georgia, USA •British Airways will purchase SAF from LanzaJet’s US plant to power a number of the airline’sflights from late 2022 •Deal also involves LanzaJet

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2021 Explores the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Energy Mix through 2050

(U.S. Department of Energy) The United States will likely take years to return to 2019 levels of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions following the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy and global energy sector, according to projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021).

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Develops New Method to Better Understand Ethanol Production

(Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office funded researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to address a significant challenge facing the ethanol industry. It is difficult to precisely and

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical, Deacetylation and Mechanical Refining Process: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Biomass Deconstruction

What does an ideal biomass deconstruction process need? Find out in this illuminating slide guide from Xiaowen Chen, Senior Chemical Engineer in the Catalytic Carbon Transformation and Scale-up Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Also take a peek into NREL’s deacetylation and mechanical refining process, how it improves fermentation yields,

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Future Fuels Change the Balance of Power

by Chris Edwards (Engineering and Technology) Renewables may actually keep carbon fuels going for decades to come, but a new group of energy-rich countries will emerge.  — …    The question is what these new vehicles will use instead. For most European governments, the answer for most cars and light

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

New Federal Funding for Algae in 2021 Will Advance Science and Technology Commercialization

(Algae Biomass Organization) Federal support for advanced algae R&D is on a solid foundation for 2021 with the recent passage of an omnibus appropriations bill that was included in last year’s COVID-19 relief legislation. These funds extend a long-standing tradition of supporting advanced algae technology development at the federal level,

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article
    Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review — March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 that will be held virtually on Zoom. Approximately 300 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste Makes Haste – D.O.E., SABIC, TOTAL, PLASTIC ENERGY Racing to Recycle Plastics into Higher-Value Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Originally announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article
    Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium WEBINAR: Developing Modeling Tools for the Emerging Biorefinery Industry   —   February 11, 2021

Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium WEBINAR: Developing Modeling Tools for the Emerging Biorefinery Industry — February 11, 2021

Join the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) for an informational webinar highlighting the computational modeling work occurring within the consortium. Two FCIC researchers will discuss computational modeling approaches to predict the behavior of biomass feedstocks. Dr. Yidong Xia from Idaho National Laboratory will provide an overview of the work within the

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It?

by Brad Plumer (New York Times)  GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen. … Generate More Juice If every American switched over to

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Where’s Your Lithium from? EU’s New Green Deal to Track Critical Materials

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) Renewable electricity generation and storage requires huge quantities of mined raw materials. In Europe, most of these elements are currently imported and unsustainably produced. So the European Commission has hatched a new plan for obtaining them within its borders, to make the industry more sustainable and

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Fields of Breeders’ Dreams: A Team Effort toward Targeted Crop Improvements — Community Effort Yields Reference Switchgrass Genome, Environmental Adaptations Data

(Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/EurekAlert)  … Identifying and breeding varieties that have high productivity across a range of environments is becoming increasingly important for food, fuel and other applications, and breeders aren’t interested in waiting decades to develop new crops. One example is an ongoing collaborative effort to improve

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $8 Million for Projects to Develop Algae-Based CO2 Utilization DEADLINE March 2, 2021

(Department of Energy)  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced plans to make $8 million in Federal funding available for cost-shared research, development, and testing of technologies that can utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources for bio-mediated uptake by algal systems to

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Recording and Highlights from the ARPA-E Web Conference: “Changing What’s Possible for a Sustainable Future”

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  Thanks to all of you who attended the recent webinar with Dr. David Babson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).  The title of his talk was “Changing what’s possible for a sustainable future,” which included a topic that is top of mind for

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act Passed as Part of National Defense Authorization Act

(Bergeson & Campbell) On December 28, 2020, the House overrode President Trump’s veto and passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395) by a vote of 322 to 87, and the Senate passed the bill on January 1, 2021, by a vote of 81 to 13. Subtitle E of

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and Request for Information

(U.S. Department of Energy) In January, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewed Focus on Climate Legislation Could Help Biofuels

by Sara Wyant (Ag Week) The biofuel industry argues that President-elect Joe Biden can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards. Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Establishes ‘Division of Minerals Sustainability’

by Emily Holbrook (Environment + Energy Leader) … US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the establishment of a Division of Minerals Sustainability. In a statement on its website, the DOE says the division was created to bring an increased focus to securing a US critical minerals supply chain that will transform the US

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting to Neutral Carbon: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Drawdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s A.J. Simon shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 to look at the role that bioeconomy pathways play in drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere. From pathway selection, corn starch, switchgrass, forest residue, and a comparison of their net emissions

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Forms Fuels of the Future Advisory Board; Disbands Biomass Research and Development TAC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the US federal government formed the Fuels of the Future Advisory Board, which will have three subcommittees on biofuels, hydrogen and methane hydrates. At the same time, the government terminated the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (BR&D TAC); Methane Hydrate Advisory

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Barriers abound in the bioeconomy, but this slide guide from Idaho National Lab shows how artificial intelligence and machine learning will lower the barriers to growing a bioeconomy. From biomass supply and logistics to preprocessing and conversion, AI and ML has many applications that can

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Use Advanced Light to Reveal How Different Biofuels Behave

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

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL’s Latest on Bio-oils Corrosion and Degradation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting studies for BETO to identify better materials for raw biomass processing, biomass liquefaction, and bio-oil storage. From how important alloy selection is to working on materials issues with developers of new biomass processing systems, check out this slide guide

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Sorghum May Combine Best of Annual, Perennial Bioenergy Crops

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

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, RFA Demand Transparency in Refinery Exemption Process

(Growth Energy)  In a court filing today (January 5, 2021), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association continued to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. Growth Energy CEO Emily

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2021? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2020 gives way to the dawn of 2021, once again

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Cost Breakthrough in Department of Energy Loan Guarantees

(Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition/CISION)  The Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition (“AFCC”) worked closely with policy makers and appropriators this year to provide changes to the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”)’s Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program (the “Title XVII Program”), which were realized through the recent enactment of

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Seeks Postdoc Researcher to Study Low Carbon Fuel Combustion

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate, collaborate and reveal mechanisms of theoretical and computational combustion chemistries of low carbon fuels. The person who fills the position at NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences will be

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL: Co-Optima Research Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Discover Plants’ Roadblock to Specialty Oil Production

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more—if they could be produced at large scale by crop plants. But attempts to put genes for making these specialty building blocks into crops

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Need Cost-Effective Separations Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioprocessing Separations Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four critical challenges in biochemical and thermochemical processing were addressed in the just released “Bioprocessing Separations Consortium Three-Year Overview” U.S. BETO report, including targeting the fractionation of lignin to enable valorization; Developing technologies to enable process intensification to cut bioprocessing capital costs and make processes

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Looking Back on 2020, Algae Thrived.

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … Our collective effort has resulted in record-breaking policy support, including: $70 million for algae industry research, development, and demonstration in 2020 Congressional appropriations for DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, Office of Fossil Energy, and Office of Science. $110 million has been proposed in the US House of Representatives for

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

The $40B Awaitng Biden’s DOE

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Biden, who oversaw the Obama administration’s stimulus work as vice president, could utilize a pot of $40 billion in unused Energy Department loan authority awarded under the 2009 stimulus to kick start his climate and infrastructure plan, POLITICO’s Zack Colman reports. DOE’s loan program helped a

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fuel Cell Development Takes Flight after UL Lafayette Lands Grant

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

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 20 Stories of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 showed us a lot of things, but one thing it emphasized bigtime is that we are all connected on this planet. A virus spread like wildfire because of our connectedness with each other. If you had predicted we’d be in a global pandemic fighting

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Shows Rapid Expansion of US RNG Industry

(Energy Vision / Biomass Magazine) Sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision has released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Big, Big Package: What’s under the Christmas Tree for the Bioeconomy, in the $1.4T New Spending Bill?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The $1.4 trillion spending package includes appropriation for Fiscal Year 2021, the COVID stimulus package, extensions of popular tax credits that otherwise expired on December 31st, and the Energy Act of 2020, a $35B version of a larger energy bill that has been drifting around

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

SCALE Act Could Help Ethanol Plants Transport CO2 to Customers

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas; David McKinley, R-W.V.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; and Pete Stauber, R-Minn., on Dec. 16 introduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act, which supports the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

The Tri-Fecta – Machine Learning, Synthetic Biology and Automation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synthetic biology produces fabrics, food, biofuels, health products and more, but we need better predictive power. Machine learning can help and be used to design pathways or choose promoters to optimize production for example. Hector Garcia Martin, Deputy VP of Biofuels and Bioproducts at the

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Fills up Climate Cabinet

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Enegy)  With the selections of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for Interior secretary and North Carolina regulator Michael Regan for EPA chief, the Biden administration has rounded out the top brass of its climate team. — … CLIMATE CABINET FILLED: President-elect Joe Biden will tap Rep. Deb

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

DE-FOA-0002423 FY21 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Technologies and Algae FOA DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002423 will support BETO’s highest priority research and development

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Pete Buttigieg Tapped as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pick

(Our Daily Planet) Yesterday President-elect Joe Biden announced former South Bend mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Transportation Secretary. Buttigieg would be one of the youngest cabinet secretaries and the first openly gay person to lead a federal agency. According to the Biden transition, if confirmed, Buttigieg would

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

BETO Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity DEADLINE January 4, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) On Monday, December 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its FY 2021 Phase I Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).   Eligible small businesses can apply to receive up to $200,000 to test their innovative

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

New Legislation Sets Policy Menu for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jeff Overton (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  As the aviation industry recovers from the severe contraction caused by the pandemic, sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) will be essential to help the sector achieve a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Sustainable “drop-in” fuels, which can be used with existing

December 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $33 Million to Advance Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D and the H2@Scale Vision DEADLINE January 15, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding to support innovative hydrogen and fuel cell research & development (R&D), infrastructure supply chain development and validation, and cost analysis activities. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) builds upon existing efforts funded by DOE’s Hydrogen and

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. C3E Awards Recognize Mid-Career Women Who Have Demonstrated Outstanding Leadership and Accomplishments in Clean Energy.

(C3E) The U.S. C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. The U.S. C3E Ambassadors select the winners and these remarkable Awardees are recognized for their work at the annual U.S. C3E Symposium. Personal narratives and advice from some of the previous U.S. C3E Award

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE’s Devinn Lambert Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy List

(U.S. Department of Energy/Forbes)  Devinn Lambert, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) technical manager, made the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy List for her work in energy research. As a technology manager for BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems program, Devinn oversees research grants on a team

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. Collectively known as

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: E15 Poised to Fast-Track Climate Progress

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers and supporters, released a new report examining the potential climate benefits of a nationwide transition from the standard 10-percent ethanol blended fuel (E10) to a 15-percent ethanol blend (E15). The report was authored by Air Improvement Resource Inc., a leading research firm in the area of

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

“Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic” – Braskem Invests $67M in Recycling Line, DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like Braskem’s news that they are expanding their post-consumer resin portfolio and investing $67 million in the construction of a recycling line with capacity to transform around 250 million pieces of packaging into 14,000 tons of high-quality, post-consumer resin per year. In today’s Digest,

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article
    2021 DOE Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 DOE Project Peer Review — March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its virtual 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021. Projects in BETO’s research and development portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies.

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Properties vs. Chemistry: Co-Optima Research Determines Predictor of Fuel Performance, Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

by Geoff Cooper (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  Already contributing to decarbonization, ethanol is a phenomenal low-carbon molecule that will continue to play an instrumental role in the transition to net-zero emissions. And because it is here today, there is no need to wait until 2035 to act. Against a

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

ORNL Joins Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  From soda bottles to car bumpers to piping, electronics, and packaging, plastics have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Advancements in materials have made plastics low cost, flexible, hygienic, lightweight, durable and readily available. While some plastics are recyclable, only a fraction — about 8.4% nationally

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Modern Alchemy: University of North Dakota Aims to Turn Corn Stalks, Stems and Leaves into Jet Fuel

(University of North Dakota/News Wise)  One of the significant challenges for renewable alternative fuels could be solved if a consortium of research laboratories led by the University of North Dakota can turn corn waste into jet fuel. Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering &

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Okeechobee: From Blooms to Biocrude

by Mary Ann Showalter (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning harmful algal blooms into biocrude — … Algal blooms can also raise treatment costs for drinking water suppliers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center (ERDC)

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: To Discuss Key Findings of DOE’s Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck R&D   —   December 15, 2020

WEBINAR: To Discuss Key Findings of DOE’s Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck R&D — December 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is announcing a webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 1–4 PM (EST) to discuss key findings from its Request for Information (RFI) from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

$2.5 Million DOE Grant to Help MSU Researchers Measure Benefits of Growing Trees for Biofuel

(Mississippi State University) A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will benefit Mississippi State researchers in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center studying the economic and ecological benefits of growing trees for biofuel production. The DOE funding will help MSU scientists study how to produce better, hardier

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Transition Book: Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

(Carbon 180)  We partner with policymakers, scientists, and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a pollutant to a resource and foster a prosperous, carbon-conscious economy that removes more from the atmosphere than we emit. … The next administration will need

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Taking Off into Cleaner Skies with LANL Research

by Sheila Van Cuyk (U.S. Department of Energy)  … One such project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is targeting sustainable aviation fuels that can reduce harmful emissions, including greenhouse gases. Not all Transportation Fuels are Created Equal Relative to gasoline and diesel, jet fuel is governed by more stringent specifications

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Small Refinery Gets Second Win in Battle for Renewable-Fuel Hardship Exemption

by Sebastien Malo  (Reuters/WestLaw) A federal appeals court vacated for the second time on Tuesday a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denial of small oil refinery Ergon West Virginia Inc’s (EWVI) request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations after finding the agency had treated a similar business differently, to EWVI’s

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Releases SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced a funding opportunity under its SBIR and STTR programs. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium: Developing First-Principles Tools and Knowledge for the Emerging Biorefinery Industry   —   December 9, 2020

WEBINAR: Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium: Developing First-Principles Tools and Knowledge for the Emerging Biorefinery Industry — December 9, 2020

The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is excited to announce a series of webinars to showcase the consortium’s tools and knowledge garnered through research. The FCIC is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort among nine U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories. The goal of the FCIC is to develop science-based knowledge and tools

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

NETL to Award $13M to GTI and Partners to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

(Green Car Congress/GTI) GTI and partners, The Ohio State University, Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), and Trimeric Corporation (Trimeric), have been selected for award on a project to advance Ohio State’s transformational membrane technology to provide step-out reductions in CO2 capture cost and energy penalties. The US Department of Energy National Energy

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Call for White Papers – Directed Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions. Co-Optima seeks proposals to leverage National Laboratory resources and overcome key technical challenges to advancing new liquid fuels

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate 21 Project Memos

(Climate 21 Project) The Climate 21 Project taps the expertise of more than 150 experts with high-level government experience, including nine former cabinet appointees, to deliver actionable advice for a rapid-start, whole-of-government climate response coordinated by the White House and accountable to the President. The memos below contain the Climate 21 Project’s recommendations for

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

NREL Recycles Biorefinery Waste Streams to Create High-Value Chemical Products

by Zia Abdullah (U.S. Department of Energy) Thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass is a promising route to produce renewable biofuels and oxygenated biochemicals while enabling the reuse, recovery, and recycling of materials containing carbon. Aqueous Waste Streams: A Drag on Biorefinery Profitability To convert biomass into renewable biofuels and biochemicals, biorefiners

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Catalyst to Convert Ethanol into High-Value Chemicals and Fuels

by Christina Nunez (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Though we usually think of ethanol as fuel for the gas tank, it can also be transformed into valuable chemicals that could help replace a variety of petroleum-based products beyond just gasoline. However, evolving ethanol for a broader range of industries requires chemical processes

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Sets Agency Transition Teams

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) — The Biden transition named members of the teams that will guide the transfer of power inside federal agencies. — World leaders piled on the congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden this week, with many pledging to work with the U.S. on tackling climate change. — A Federal Reserve

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbe ‘Rewiring’ Technique Promises a Boom in Biomanufacturing

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing. Their approach could dramatically speed up the research and development phase for new biomanufacturing processes, and get cutting-edge

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Post-Election Analysis from ABFA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Biofuels Association’s Election View

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Did the bioeconomy win or lose? If you missed the conversation on Thursday at DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Mike McAdams, President of Advanced Biofuels Association for his post-election analysis from the Presidential race to key House and Senate races, the COVID-19 focus,

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

University of Kentucky Researchers Launch a $2 Million Project to Study Sulfur Variability in Biofuel Feedstocks

by Katie Pratt (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) Sulfur found in biofuel feedstock could pose serious problems to the industry, because it causes pollution, is toxic to the catalyst and corrosive to biorefinery equipment. A national group of scientists and industry partners led by researchers at the

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Lowering Tech Barriers to Grow Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are major barriers in growing a bioeconomy, but Idaho National Laboratory is tackling some of those by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock for conversion to biofuels and high-value coproducts, which also can lower technical and

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Manta Biofuels Launches Crowd Investment Campaign

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This week, Manta Biofuels has launched a crowd investment campaign on Republic and began reaching out to colleagues, business associates, mentors and friends, offering them a chance to invest in this growing business. Dedicated to doing their part to fight climate change, Manta Biofuels

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Hybrid SOFC-Turbogenerator for Aircraft Newest DOE Awardee

(Maryland Energy Innovation Institute) In the latest round of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18.5M as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program. The REEACH program objective is to develop a disruptive system to convert the chemical energy contained in

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    Workshop on Hydrothermal Liquefaction: Path to Sustainable Aviation Fuel   —   November 17-19, 2020   —   ONLINE

Workshop on Hydrothermal Liquefaction: Path to Sustainable Aviation Fuel — November 17-19, 2020 — ONLINE

This virtual workshop is organized by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The objective of this workshop is to identify the role of hydrothermal liquefaction process in producing sustainable aviation fuel and identify the

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

CABBI Researchers Collaborate on Oilcane Pilot Project

by Jenna Kurtzweil (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation) From southeastern Florida to northern Mississippi to the Midwestern Corn Belt, CABBI scientists have struck sustainable oil with sugarcane. But the crop’s potential value to the renewable energy sector earns this particular variety a more appropriate designation: oilcane.

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Issues Request for Information: Understanding Workforce-Development Assets and Gaps for Technical and Non-Technical Bioenergy Workforce Preparation DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office requests input from stakeholders to aid in identifying existing bioenergy workforce development opportunities:  Learning/skill development opportunities Gaps that impede skill development and learning opportunities in bioenergy workforce development. Responses to this Request

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Is Seaweed the Future of Fuel?

by Rebecca Pool  (Engineering and Technology) A growing band of scientists and engineers wants to feed and fuel the world with seaweed. –… The last decade has seen a surge in seaweed aquaculture, driven by a rising interest in using the aquatic plant as a biofuel. It’s easy to see

October 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Research Team Sequences Miscanthus Genome

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) An international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

All Along the Watchtower: Projects, R&D, Partnerships of the Month for October 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Partnership Watch: Lummus Technology, New Hope Technologies  In Texas, Lummus Technology and New Hope Technologies today announced that the companies have entered into a cooperation agreement for the marketing and further development of a leading plastic waste conversion technology based on thermal pyrolysis. The

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Characterization and Engineering of a Two-Enzyme System for Plastics Depolymerization

by Brandon C. Knott, Erika Erickson, Mark D. Allen, Japheth E. Gado, Rosie Graham, Fiona L. Kearns, Isabel Pardo, Ece Topuzlu, Jared J. Anderson, Harry P. Austin, Graham Dominick, Christopher W. Johnson, Nicholas A. Rorrer, Caralyn J. Szostkiewicz, Valérie Copié, Christina M. Payne, H. Lee Woodcock, Bryon S. Donohoe,  Gregg T. Beckham, and John E. McGeehan  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Submission by Solutions from the Land on Behalf of the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance In Response to the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

(Solutions from the Land)  NACSAA ‘Capstone Submission’ Stresses CSA Is ‘Foundational’ to Global Agreement — North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance has handed over its capstone submission into the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, the global platform for ag policy negotiations, repeating its contention that the use of a Climate

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    ABLC 2021   —   October 27-29, 2021   —   San Francisco, CA

ABLC 2021 — October 27-29, 2021 — San Francisco, CA

At ABLC Digital 2021 we’ll be focused on three interlocked strands: emerging technologies and the feedstocks they work with, the vibrant stream of commercial-scale project, what the policy outlook for the 2020s will be like? Stability? Will there be the incentives and markets where lowest-carbon fuels, renewable chemicals, protein, advanced foods and

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

California E15 Testing to Start

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com )  …  To that end, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), state corn organizations, ethanol groups and the auto industry, are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to conduct vehicle testing using 15 percent ethanol (E15) at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). The Renewable Fuels

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy and Next Rung Technology shared this illuminating slide guide on the creation, valorization and disposition of bioenergy data assets. By looking at data types, data assets, checking back in on bioenergy technology life cycles, and more, we can get a

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

How BETO is Developing the Next Generation of Biofuels: Insights from EERE Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation and BETO Acting Director, Michael Berube

by Michael Berube (U.S. Department of Energy) Every October, we celebrate Bioenergy Day by spreading awareness of how the efforts of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) are contributing to groundbreaking technologies to produce the next generation of biofuels and bioproducts that: Diversify transportation energy options Lower transportation sector emissions Stimulate the

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy, Biofuels Account for Nearly Half of US Renewables Use

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Wood and waste energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of U.S. renewable energy use in 2019, while biofuels accounted for 20 percent of renewable energy consumption, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 19. … Biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste Not, Want Not: INL Studies Potential of Municipal Solid Waste for Biofuels

by J. Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory)  …Even though MSW (municipal solid waste) has great potential, not much was known about the cost and quality of feedstocks that could be derived from MSW or MSW blends for fuel production. In a recent study, INL principal investigator Vicki Thompson and her

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

National Laboratories Point to Sugars as a Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock for Biofuels

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  NREL, Oak Ridge Scientists Reveal Economics Must Include More Than Size of Poplar Trees  — Popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden’s Energy Future

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Joe Biden put some space between his clean energy plan and that of the Green New Deal during last night’s town hall, while also pitching renewables and carbon capture. …  Former Vice President Joe Biden pitched a future dependent on renewables and carbon capture,

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $27 Million in Plastics Recycling Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable-by-design. As part of DOE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, these projects will also help improve existing recycling

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You

by Julie Chao (Berkeley National Laboratory) If you’ve eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty routine – both products that are “grown” in the lab – then you’ve benefited from synthetic biology. It’s a field rife with potential, as it allows scientists to design biological

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

ANL Releases 2020 Updates to GREET Models

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 announced the 2020 release of the suite of Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) models. GREET is a life-cycle analysis tool that can be used to examine the energy and environmental effects

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article
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