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Competitive Edge: Carbon BioCapture’s Microalgal Tech Fights the Good Fight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Photosynthetic microalgae have been metabolizing CO2 for billions of years in the oceans and lakes of planet Earth and are suitable to tackle planetary-scale CO2 emissions. The resulting biomass has a multitude of uses ranging from (renewable) fuel to fertilizer to feed. … CBC

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    13th IWA Specialist Conference in Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies   —   July 3-6, 2022   —   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

13th IWA Specialist Conference in Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies — July 3-6, 2022 — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We are excited to invite you to attend, either virtually or in-person, the 13th IWA Specialist Conference in Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies, 3-6 July 2022 (WPAT22), which will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia, only a few hours drive from the spectacular Great Ocean Road and some of the best wine

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Disrupting Tropical Seaweed Farming with Offshore Submersible Cages

by Steven Hermans (Phyconomy)  Former CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch Phil Cruver is developing a submersible cage system to take tropical seaweed farming offshore and into a new era. In addition to providing higher yields, the cages should also protect from predators, storms and ice-ice disease. In 2010, KZO Sea Farms developed

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Sees Green Gold in Algae-Based Fuels. Skeptics See Greenwashing.

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  The oil giant, under pressure to address climate change, says it is getting closer to making the biofuel viable —  Some scientists regard Exxon Mobil Corp.’s long-running quest to turn algae into a transportation fuel as little more than a PR stunt. The oil

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Major Government-Backed Ventures Launched to Progress Commercial-Scale SAF Production in Japan

by Tony Harrington (GreenAir Online)  Two major industrial collaborations have been established in Japan to progress ambitions for large-scale production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the country, writes Tony Harrington. In the first project, sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, six prominent corporations have joined forces to demonstrate the

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste’s Transformation Journey Into Renewables: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF agreements with airlines and airports, renewable polymers and chemicals sales and partnerships going up globally, production in Singapore and Rotterdam taking off, M&A action, and more is helping Neste achieve 2030 goals. Get all the latest details on Neste’s business segments, strategy moving forward,

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels, Solid to Liquid Tech, Biocrudes: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed this slide guide from ABLC Digital on what it will take for advanced biofuels to take off further, here’s your chance! Haldor Topsoe leaders cover thoughts on legislation, feedstocks, biofuel production, solid to liquid technologies, upgrading of biocrudes, and more.  READ MORE

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Fighting Viruses with Algae

by Rebekah Orton (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  …  Biologist Scott Edmundson, who has studied photosynthetic algal cultivation for bioproduct generation for more than 15 years, suggests that if algae-derived antivirals show promise in clinical trials, their extraction could help make biofuels more economically feasible. “We’ve proved it is technically feasible to

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting 35B SAF gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s SAF Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest reported a few days ago on the Biden administration’s goal of reaching 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 but how do we get there? NREL shares this illuminating slide guide on how to reach

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $65 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Airplane and Ship Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects align with administration’s new goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector by 2050 – –  As part of a White House roundtable to launch the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels. These investments will advance technologies to create replacements for petroleum fuels used in heavy-duty forms of transportation, like airplanes and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Advances the Future of Sustainable Fuels in American Aviation

(White House) New Actions Aim to Produce Three Billion Gallons of Sustainable Fuel, Reduce Aviation Emissions by 20% by 2030, and Grow Good-Paying, Union Jobs  —  Today (September 9, 2021), President Biden is taking steps to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers, airports, and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

From a Nuisance to a Benefit, ‘World’s Worst Weed’ Finds New Use as Biofuel

(South Africa Today) • A startup in western Kenya has developed a process of making bioethanol from water hyacinths, addressing both the need for a clean fuel alternative to charcoal and fuelwood, and the spread of the invasive hyacinths. Proponents say a key advantage of this “second-generation” bioethanol over traditional

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Fuels Wins Funding for Brewery and Dairy Waste Project

(Biofuels International)  Waste from milk factories and breweries could be put to good use in fighting climate change, according to scientists at Green Fuels Research. The Gloucestershire-based company in the UK has won funding under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme for its Microalgae

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Changes in Renewable Diesel & SAF Feedstock Partnerships

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/Biofuels Digest) A new study titled Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation 2030, Vol 2  (September, 2021) has discovered some surprising answers and useful insights to key questions regarding feedstock availability, scale up, partnerships and from 2020 to 2030 where many states and nations have targets. For example,

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

(Emerging Markets Online)  New study! Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, August 2021) focuses on low-carbon feedstock availability, technology pathways for low carbon renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation production. Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) 2030  covers four key areas: 1) renewable diesel producer case studies

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Bringing Algae-based Biofuels to Commercialisation

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

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Japanese Aviation Industry Gets Serious about Going Green

(Japan Times/Nippon.com)  The Japanese aviation industry is making serious efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions as the government has declared a goal of achieving carbon neutrality in the country by 2050. The industry hopes to utilize sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, made from plant-based ingredients to reduce CO2 emissions from burning

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

ABO Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Algae Industry Awards DEADLINE: September 13, 2021

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization’s annual Summit each fall is an opportunity to highlight the work and progress in the algae industry. This year, the Summit will be fully virtual, and the Main Stage programming will be held September 28-30. The award recipient will be announced as part of the Main

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Your Top Questions Answered: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DigestConnect’s Q&A

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Want your most perplexing questions of the year answered? If you missed the last DigestConnect of the season, then check out this Q&A slide guide on RD, SAF, RNG, CellEth, DME, PET, BDO, LPG, foods, chems, Therm vs Ferm, IPOs, RFS, LCFS, algae, genetics, waste

August 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MAGIC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae biofuel AND high value co-products from residuals across algae strains? Are there co‐products that lead to increased LEA value, while maintaining biofuel production, to drive down the overall cost of biofuel? That is what the Consortium is tackling via marine algae strain selection, production

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste to Energy: Biofuel from Kelp Harvesting and Fish

by Kelsey Adkisson  (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Newswise)  Possibility of cheaper, greener fuel for remote, coastal Alaska communities —   Kelp is plentiful in remote, coastal Alaska. Fuel is not. And it’s expensive. Many isolated communities rely on diesel generators for energy because they are not connected to pipelines or the electrical grid.

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm Seaweed Farming Could Be a Potent Weapon in the Fight against Climate Change. But Can It scale?

by Adele Peters (Fast Company) In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology on board automatically harvests and replants the seaweed, which quickly grows several feet long. The system is designed

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawsuits Target Exxon’s Social Media ‘Green Washing’

by Maxine Joselow  (E&E News Climatewire) Two years ago, Exxon Mobil Corp. took to Twitter to promote its research into algae biofuel. The oil giant tweeted a photo of swirling beakers of bright green liquid to its hundreds of thousands of followers. “We’re researching algae biofuel with about 40% of its mass as fat,

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  Seaweed farming could be a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. But can it scale?  — In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Analysis: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evaluating sustainable scale up of algae production systems, algal biofuels, and algal bioproducts is no easy task, but scientists at Argonne National Lab are looking into this by looking at the life cycle analysis of advanced algal systems to see just how feasible it really

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Playing the Long Game: ExxonMobil Gambles on Algae Biofuel

by Carly Nairn (Mongabay) – Algae biofuel initially looked promising, but a few key problems have thwarted major research efforts, including development of a strain of algae able to produce plentiful cheap fuel, and scaling up to meet global energy demand. – Other alternative energy solutions, including wind and solar

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Manta Wins MEIA 2021 Pitch Finale; MD Clean Energy Startups Shine

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator)  MEIA ‘s 2021 Pitch Competition was a smashing success. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Manta Biofuel, and Audience Choice co-winners InventWood and Manta Biofuel. Did you miss the event? Watch the video and pitches here. Owings Mills-based Manta Biofuel was named the Grand Prize winner of the

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

TotalEnergies and Veolia Join Forces to Develop CO2-based Microalgae Cultivation to Produce Next-generation Biofuels

(TotalEnergies and Veolia/Business Wire) TotalEnergies and Veolia (Paris:VIE) have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2. The two partners will pool their know-how to develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery, operated by TotalEnergies, with the long-term goal of producing biofuel. Through photosynthesis, microalgae

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Bioplastic Made from Air, Invasive Plants Turned into Yoga Mats, Cultured Chicken Progress, Renewable Fiber Innovations, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of July 2nd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) We’ve covered food made from air here, but Germany-based company Made of Air has developed a bioplastic derived from burnt plant and forestry waste, or biochar, that can be used in many ways. So far, H&M’s sunglasses and HexChar panels installed on the facade of an Audi

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Technical Standards Focus Group Seeks Industry Input and Guidance

by Lieve Laurens (Algae Biomass Organization) The second annual Technical Standards Focus Group convened in early June 2021 to revisit some of the technical considerations and priorities for guidance development that were highlighted after the inaugural working group meeting in March 2020; nutritional information and biomass composition; identification methodology and genetic

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass, Lipid Yield Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Algae for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that adding plant substrate to some algae strains (not all!) can result in improved biomass and/or lipid production? That’s what Amanda Barry from Sandia National Labs reported in this slide guide on their investigation of top contender algae strains for large-scale biofuel

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Indonesia Needs to Seek Out Alternative Sources for Biofuel

by Haryanto and Filda Citra Yusgiantoro (The Diplomat)  The country has abundant resources of biomass, a great potential source of renewable energy. — …  Indonesia has abundant resources of biomass. Indeed, many of the forms of biomass that can be used to generate bioenergy, such as food crops, forest residues, urban waste, and algae,

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Based Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dan Anderson from Pacific Northwest National Lab shared this illuminating slide guide at BETO’s Peer Review this year with the latest on PNNL’s work on building algae hydrothermal liquification (HTL) pathway to fuels, with the potential to meet BETO FY 2030 goal of $2.50/GGE.  READ

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

All Nippon Airways’ First Flight in World Using Microalgae ASTM Certified Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Another world first just happened! All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, took another step forward in advancing its leadership in sustainability, operating a regularly scheduled commercial domestic flight utilizing sustainable aviation fuel made from microalgae, blended with traditional jet fuel. Yes, SAF made from

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Top Biofuel Maker Eyes Garbage in Widening Feedstock Hunt

by Robert Tuttle and Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  Top Biofuel Maker Eyes Garbage in Widening Feedstock Hunt —  The world’s biggest renewable-diesel producer is looking to convert everything from tree limbs to landfill garbage into fuel for motor vehicles and planes as demand surges for low-carbon fuel sources. In Canada’s Quebec

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Chevron Lummus Global and ARA Announce Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Award by ReadiFuels-Iowa

(Chevron Lummus Global)  Chevron Lummus Global LLC (CLG) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) today announced that the companies have been awarded a technology contract by ReadiFuels-Iowa, LLC for their renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in Sioux Center, Iowa. The scope of the project includes the technology license,

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Policy Is Moving Again and a Voice for Algae Is More Important than Ever

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Biden Administration is weaving climate policy into almost every facet of the government, and at ABO we are working closely with the White House, Congress and federal agencies to ensure that the microalgae and seaweed industry can play its part.  A robust algae industry has the potential to employ

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Algal Biodiesel Could Be the Best Eco-Friendly Fuel Option of Tomorrow

by David Bradley (Inderscience/TechXplore)  The search for sustainable energy sources continues apace. Research highlighted in the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, looks at one such source—algae, from which biodiesel can be derived, The work discusses production issues, characterisation, and compares the performance of such fuels with other sources of diesel.

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Home-Grown Algae, Biodegradable Algae Fishing Nets, Lab-Grown Lamb, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of June 3rd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) We’ve all seen the horrific photos of ocean trash, much of it consisting of plastic fishing nets, but now biodegradable fishing nets made from algae and other biobased materials are on the uptake. Speaking of algae, in Italy, home-grown algae is being encouraged so folks

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

MEIA Spotlight — Ryan Powell

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator) Ryan Powell is the founder and CEO of Manta Biofuel, an MEIA Startup that produces crude oil from algae at a cost that could be competitive with traditional petroleum. Manta’s team has developed their proprietary magnetic algae harvesting technology and low-cost continuous flow hydrothermal liquefaction system.  “We are

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Microalgal Biofuel Intermediates Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering, Heliae, Sandia National Labs and Cal Poly shared how they developed the capability for over 3,700 gal/ac-yrof biofuel intermediates through microalgal strain improvement, mixotrophic approaches and novel conversion technology, demonstrated annual productivity of improved strains, and more.  READ MORE

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

CCAP Community Need Engagement

(Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) CCAP (Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) is one of the world’s leading and oldest algal collection, supporting national and international ecological, environmental and biotechnology research and providing education and training to many scientists and policy makers https://www.ccap.ac.uk/. We provide 100’s samples to scientists each

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

MBL Begins First Test of Tropical Seaweed Farming for Biofuels Production

by Diana Kenney (University of Chicago Marine Biological Laboratory) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson, associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Surprising Behavior of a Fatty Acid Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

by Jennifer Huber (Stanford University/SLAC)  Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels. — Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, it’s rare to find enzymes – proteins that promote chemical reactions in living things – that are driven by

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Puerto Rico Testing Seaweed Farm for Biofuels

(Algae Planet) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for offshore cultivation of tropical seaweeds to support large-scale production of

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

What Has Productivity 4X as Dense as Corn?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why algae? With biofuel yield 8-13 times larger than corn, well, why not! We took key slides from the 100+ slide deck from this year’s U.S. DOE BETO presentation on the latest goings ons with algae, program goals, portfolio and projects, progress, future plans, and

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its 2021 Project Peer Review virtually on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Presentations for all sessions can be found in the searchable database below. For more information, including a complete schedule, view the 2021 Project Peer Review Agenda.

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article
    Webinar: What’s New with the Algae Technology Education Consortium   —   May 20, 2021   —   ONLINE

Webinar: What’s New with the Algae Technology Education Consortium — May 20, 2021 — ONLINE

Join the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) for an informative webinar on May 20, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.  Ira Levine, professor at the University of Southern Maine and president and board chair of the Algae Foundation, will provide a

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Is SAF Finally Taking Flight? Slides from ICF Presented at the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office “Accelerating SAF” session at ABLC Digital.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ICF’s managing director for Fuels & Power, Mike McCurdy, prepared one of the most compact reviews of Sustainable Aviation Fuels key metrics and issues we’ve seen in quite some time. These were seen just a few days ago on The World Stage at ABLC Digital

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Changing Carbohydrates into Lipids for Microalgae Biofuels

(Kobe University/Phy.Org) A cross-institutional collaboration has developed a technique to repartition carbon resources from carbohydrates to lipids in microalgae. It is hoped that this method can be applied to biofuel production. This discovery was the result of a collaboration between a research group at Kobe University’s Engineering Biology Research Center consisting

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydroflex Tech for Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to transform almost any renewable feedstock into drop-in, ultra-low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Ready for greenfield projects, refinery add-ons and conversions — how does it work. What’s the impact on economics, cetane, cold flow

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Structure of Light-Driven Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

U.S. Department of Eneryg/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)  Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Giant Neste Transforms America’s French Fry Grease into Clean Diesel

by Christopher Helman (Forbes) … “Nobody wants to send that material down the drain,” says Rick Sabol, president of the Mahoney division. And not just because fat globules can clog up sewer systems — but because that grease is valuable — if you gather up enough of it. “We always thought

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Chemistry and Biofuel: The Mechanism of a Key Photoenzyme Decrypted

(European Synchrotron Radiation Facility/Phys.Org) The functioning of the enzyme FAP, useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 7: Flying Green

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What are we talking about?  Do you know that airlines’ activities, from passenger transportation to freight are responsible for two to three percent of anthropic emissions yearly according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report? Indeed, flying comes at a cost. But while

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Results of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Round Robin on the Analysis of Heteroatoms in Biomass Liquefaction Oils

by Philip Bulsink, Ferran de Miguel Mercader, Linda Sandström, Bert van de Beld, Fernando Preto, Alan Zacher, Anja Oasmaa, Nicolaus Dahmen, Axel Funke, and Benjamin Bronson (Energy Fuels) A round robin study evaluating the analysis of biomass liquefaction oils (BLOs) from fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) was performed, receiving data

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Algae Oil, Lignin, Plastics, Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Conventional Fuels from Unconventional Sources

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Southwest Research Institute’sEloy Flores, Assistant Director R&D in Chemical Engineering, shared this illuminating slide guide on SwRI’s work with alternative fuels technology and all steps from idea/concept, engine testing to pilot plant, scale up and transformation to the commercial plant.  READ MORE Malaysia sends back

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Turning Hydrogen Production Green with Microalgae

by Laura Thomson interview with Akshat Tanksale (AZO CleanTech) Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale at Monash University speaks to AZoCleantech about his research on how microalgae could have significant benefits when applied to the hydrogen production industry. … What makes microalgae a suitable resource that could revolutionize hydrogen production? Unlike agriculture

April 1, 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

Shining, Colored LED Lighting on Microalgae for Next-Generation Biofuel

(American Institute of Physics/TechExplore)  …  In their paper, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Yangzhou University researchers in China show how a combination of monochromatic red and blue LED illumination on one type of microalga can enhance its growth and increase the biosynthesis of critical components, such as lipids, for

March 31, 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

Genome Scalpel Invented for Industrial Microalgae to Efficiently Turn CO2 into Biofuel

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters/EurekAlert!)  A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

March 18, 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

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    AlgaEurope   —   December 7-9, 2021   —   Rome, Italy

AlgaEurope — December 7-9, 2021 — Rome, Italy

Every year the European algae scene meets at the AlgaEurope conference. AlgaEurope offers a unique opportunity for an exchange between academia and industry, established in a networking-based environment that will explore sector’s evolution worldwide as well as the main European players. Currently, there are several European projects, from lab scale to demonstration

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    Production Technologies for Algae Including Harvesting   —   May 7, 2021   —   ONLINE

Production Technologies for Algae Including Harvesting — May 7, 2021 — ONLINE

ALGAE WORKSHOPS By EABA, European Algae Biomass Association Promoting mutual interchange and cooperation in the field of biomass production and use, including biofuels uses and all other utilisations.  READ MORE

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    Biorefineries for Algae Biomass   —   September 23, 2021   —   ONLINE

Biorefineries for Algae Biomass — September 23, 2021 — ONLINE

ALGAE WORKSHOPS By EABA, European Algae Biomass Association Promoting mutual interchange and cooperation in the field of biomass production and use, including biofuels uses and all other utilisations.  READ MORE

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    Online Algae Cultivation Classes   —   8-Week Classes Start March 22, 2021   —   ONLINE

Online Algae Cultivation Classes — 8-Week Classes Start March 22, 2021 — ONLINE

(Santa Fe Community College)  Alternative Fuels – ALTF 161 – Introduction to Algae Cultivation (3 credits) is an 8-week, online class that covers the fundamentals of sustainable algae farming, microalgae and seaweeds, basics of algae biofuels, algae as wastewater treatment, and algal food products. Students will learn an overview of algal biology

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    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit   —   September 28-October 27, 2021   —  ONLINE    DEADLINE: March 31, 2021

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit — September 28-October 27, 2021 — ONLINE DEADLINE: March 31, 2021

The Algae Biomass Organization is pleased to announce that the 2021 Algae Biomass Summit will once again be a virtual conference, to be held September 28-October 27, 2021.  This event will take advantage of the virtual collaborations that began with the 2020 Summit. Participants from around the world will convene

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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

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Investing or Raising Capital in the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Biotech Bull Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at the Biotech Bull Market — what’s up, and why. How can you get your fair share in investing or capital raising? We are hunting for Value at AMRS, CDXS, REGI, GEVO, GPRE, TWST, BASF, CTVA, DSM, BYND and many more. Who’s

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Innovations in Bioprocess Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA’s Bruce Dien shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 focusing on the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois and recent success of NCAUR research. From biorefineries, advanced ethanol and biobutanol, biomass related research in corn, pennycress, napiergrass, cellulosic biofuels, fermentation,

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article
    International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2021)   —   June 14-16, 2021   —   ONLINE

International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2021) — June 14-16, 2021 — ONLINE

AlgalBBB 2021 will now be an online, fully interactive community allowing you to connect with other attendees, speakers and poster presenters in one place. You will be able to join the event via an online platform which will allow you to: Easily navigate the programme and live-stream sessions and presentations

February 8, 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

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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,

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Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator Spotlight: Austin Bachman

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator)  Austin Bachmann is an Energy Executive in Residence (EEIR) for Manta Biofuel, an MEIA Startup that has developed an innovative technology and process for producing algae-based biofuels. Austin is also the Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Babington Technology, a leader in clean and efficient combustion

February 3, 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
    Algaculture for Biotechnology Online Training Course   —   February 24-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

Algaculture for Biotechnology Online Training Course — February 24-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The course is aimed at students, technicians, early career researchers, industry professionals and algae enthusiasts. You are invited to register for this unique course comprising: Short lectures from our SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science) experts on: Taxonomy Nutrition Photosynthesis Legal Issues Algae in Biotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges Algal Sequencing

January 26, 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

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Could Sustainable Fuel Derived from Cooking Oil Help Aviation Navigate to a Cleaner Future?

by Zhaki Abdullah (Channel News Asia)  … Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will play a major role in this new normal for aviation, said Jonathan Wood, Neste’s Europe and Asia-Pacific vice president for renewable aviation. The term refers to biofuels that can be derived from a variety of sources, ranging from used

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzyme Twin with Biotechnological Potential: Green Algae Are Popular Objects in Biotechnology because They Have Hydrogen-Producing Enzymes.

(Ruhr University Bochum) Green algae have two almost identical hydrogen-producing enzymes. One has been researched for decades, the other received little attention – until recently. Hydrogen-producing enzymes, so-called hydrogenases, could be a source of regenerative energy. The RUB photobiotechnology working group has now characterized a hydrogenase from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii that has so far

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French Fermentalg Stock Jumps on News of Planned Suez Algae-Based JV

(SeeNews/Renewables Now) – French microalgae firm Fermentalg (EPA:FALG) saw its shares jump 35% on Tuesday after it announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with domestic waste management company Suez SA (EPA:SEV) to create an equally-owned joint venture for carbon capture through the development of algae photobioreactors. The

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Consultation – Your View on Promoting EU Algae Production DEADLINE: January 18, 2021

(European Commission) The European Commission has just published an online consultation on its roadmap towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector. Algae have been part of human lives throughout the world for centuries, if not longer. Some species even have a strong symbolic meaning, evoking wishes of long-lasting relationships

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

Microalgae for Recycling Water and Nutrients: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wastewater treatment is a huge problem with about 30 billion gallons per day in the U.S. You’ve got pathogens in the water that could reach drinking water supplies. You’ve got nutrients causing excess algae growth. You’ve got organic matter causing low dissolved oxygen. But MicroBio

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

British Military Looking to Move Aircraft to Sustainable Fuel Sources

by Ed Adamczyk (UPI)  A plan to use sustainable sources for up to 50 percent of military aviation fuel was announced by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace this week.  The British Ministry of Defense on Saturday said it would look to algae, alcohol, household waste, wood and biomass as potential sources of fuel for the

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

UWM Scientist Receives Grant to Study Giant Kelp as a Biofuel

by Tom Luljak (WUWM) Giant kelp is usually found thousands of miles from Milwaukee. It’s known for being an incredibly fast-growing seaweed in the Pacific Ocean. But recently, scientists have learned that the kelp could be a huge source for biofuel. That’s where a UWM scientist, Felipe Alberto, comes into

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

How Natural Gas Utilities Are Developing the RNG Market in a Decarbonizing World—Webinar Review

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The December 15th webinar discussed how natural gas utilities are developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) market in a decarbonizing world. This event featured speaker Philip Sheehy, the technical director of transportation and energy at ICF, Josh Linton strategic planning analyst at ONE Gas,

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What Makes Sustainable Aviation Fuel Sustainable?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CORSIA in the RSB System

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s greenwashing and then there’s proof of sustainability. So what’s the difference? Check out RSB’s slide guide on how they help ensure sustainable aviation fuel or SAF is actually sustainable. From their involvement in the aviation sector to examples of biobased and recycled carbon feedstocks

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

MOL and euglena Co. Conduct Sea Trial of MOL Group Tugboat Using euglena Biodiesel Fuel for the First time in Port of Nagoya

(Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.) Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) and euglena Co., Ltd. (Euglena; President: Mitsuru Izumo; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) today announced a successful sea trial in the Port of Nagoya of the MOL Group-operated tugboat 13 Tamashio using next-generation renewable biodiesel fuel developed by

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

After COVID: A Lower Carbon Future for Commercial Aviation

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Briefing Series: By Air, Land, and Sea: Navigating the Climate Future  — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing series on climate mitigation and adaptation in the transportation sector. The series covered ports, aviation, and public transit. As commercial aviation recovers from the COVID-19 contraction, it will

December 12, 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

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

Researchers Aim to ‘Upcycle’ Nutrient Waste on Farms Using Duckweed

by Tim Schley (Penn State News)  New approach to nutrient management could make money for farmers and land managers; Best management practices for reducing runoff and other nutrient losses in agriculture have been difficult to implement, according to Penn State researchers. The team is hoping that duckweed could help make

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Selecting Best Microalgae for Biodiesel Production

(American Institute of Physics/EurekAlert!)  An investigation of nine types of microalgae for use as an energy source in commercial biodiesel production based on laboratory-scale data  — Microalgae are a promising source of energy to replace fossil fuels, as they have several advantages over conventional crops used for commercial biodiesel. Microalgae have

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Mastering the Science of Producing Algae: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to iWi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To go along with our “green” holiday theme today, check out this slide guide on how iWi’s Omega-3 made from algae can go a long way in making us healthier in a much greener way. iWi skips the fish and krill and goes directly to

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Research Creates Hydrogen-Producing Living Droplets, Paving Way for Alternative Future Energy Sources

(University of Bristol)  Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published today in Nature Communications.   Normally, algal cells

November 27, 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

3-D Printed Corals, New Bioreactors to Boost Microalgae Production for Biofuels

by Fintan Burke (Horizon Magazine/Phys.Org) Using light as an energy source, photosynthetic microalgae can be used to produce products like biofuels and cosmetics. But algae grown in a reactor block out the light on which they feed. New reactor designs could solve this problem and help the industry move forward. Photosynthetic

November 24, 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

Exxon’s Climate Fix Is Algae. Experts Say It Won’t Work

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … “Algae. A renewable source of energy. ExxonMobil is researching it. To revolutionize biofuels. For more energy. And fewer emissions.”  Biofuels represent one of Exxon Mobil’s primary answers to climate change. In television ads and presentations to investors, the company showcases it as an example of

November 3, 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

Spain: Chiclana Debuts Urban Public Transport Fueled by Biomethane

(Chiclana City Council) The Mayor of Chiclana José María Román, the Municipal Delegate for Mobility José Manuel Vera, the President of Ferrosite Jesús Salmón, and the Manager of Belizón and Rodríguez Nicolás Rodríguez visited the facilities that host the All-Gas project, at the El Torno WWTP, to present the first bus

October 31, 2020 Read Full Article

TerraSync Algae Micro Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Accelergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Mark P. Allen, Vice President of Integrated Carbon Solutions at Accelergy, shared this illuminating slide guide on how Accelergy’s TerraSync is cost competitive, has soil health benefits, gobbles up CO2 better than any other green goblin, and more.  READ MORE

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Communicating the Bioeconomy through Maps

(Teagasc)  What is the bioeconomy? Is it relevant to me, my sector, my business, the place where I live or my farm? What is unique about it? How does Ireland compare relative to other European countries? And how can I get involved? These are questions that a series of maps, released

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development

edited by Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, Gade Pandu Rangaiah , Christian V. Stevens  (Wiley)  A comprehensive overview of current developments and applications in biofuels production — Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development brings together the latest and most cutting-edge research on the production of biofuels. As the first book specifically devoted to process systems

October 15, 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

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

Route to Cleaner Jet Fuels Is Not via Higher Air Ticket Charges

by Dan Colover (Gulf News/S&P Global Platts)  Airlines are making such a switch, but costs will be prohibitive initially  —  …  IATA believes the key to the aviation sector combatting climate change is making investments in carbon offsetting, sustainable fuels and green technologies – and not taxes, which it has

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

A Testing Route to Market for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Steve Zabarnick (University of Dayton Research Institute)  With increasing demand for a greater variety of sustainable alternative aviation fuels, the importance of a systematic pathway for the accurate testing, validation and approval of alternative jet fuels has never been more important. Part of this process is the FAA-sponsored “D4054 Clearinghouse”

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae for Fuel Production on Mars

by Brian Wang (Next Big Future) Algae could be used for fuel production on Mars and it would also produce oxygen on Mars. It would also produce fertilizer for growing crops on Mars. Georgia Tech aims to reduce the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) mass of a crewed mission to Mars by

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Algae Is Critical in Biofuel Manufacturing

by Mitchel Jordon (The Trent Online) … Algae are some of the most fundamental components in biofuel manufacturing processes. Biofuel manufacturers can easily grow algae naturally in bioreactors or ponds that offer a closed-tank environment. Read on to understand why Algae is a crucial ingredient in biofuel manufacturing. Algae is more Productive than

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Replacing Fossil Fuels? Gene-Edited Algae Could Help Cut Biodiesel Production Costs

(Genetic Literacy Project/ISAAA) Hiroshima University researchers developed a highly efficient genome editing system for microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is a potential source of biodiesel. Algae gather high concentrations of lipids through photosynthesis and these lipids can be used as feedstocks for sustainable new energies called biodiesels. Nannochloropsis species are microalgae that produce high amounts of lipids. However, production

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Winners of the 2020 Algae Industry Awards & 2020 Young Algae Researcher Awards

(Algae Biomass Organization) …ABO also announced at the Summit the 2020 Algae Industry Awards, presented to companies and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the science and business of algae. Additionally, six student scientists were presented with this year’s Young Algae Researcher Awards for their contributions and submissions to Summit’s

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

The Great Success of the Virtual 2020 Algae Biomass Summit

(Algae Biomass Organization) The virtual Algae Biomass Summit concluded last week, and the most significant takeaway was that the new online format provided a more dynamic collaboration than ever before, and with larger group of participants spread across the globe. Speakers, poster presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and hundreds of attendees gathered continue the momentum

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Report Looks at Best SAF Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 106-billion-gallon global (21-billion-gallon domestic) commercial jet fuel market is projected to grow to over 230 billion gallons by 2050. Cost-competitive sustainable alternative jet fuels for aviation are needed to decouple carbon growth from market growth. With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Energy

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Working to Grow Algae for Biofuels in the Dark Using Solar Energy

by Jeff Kart (Forbes)  …The researchers working on this are from University of California, Riverside (UCR) and it’s part of a two-year project. Those involved are being tight-lipped about the methods they’ll be using (pending the upcoming publication of research on a closely related project). What’s been announced so far: The work

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Japanese Producers Buck Weak Demand for Algae-Based Biofuel

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Southeast Asian production rises while palm oil waste also takes the spotlight  — Japanese biofuel companies are expanding their production of fuel from sources such as algae and palm oil waste, despite the current lack of demand from the aviation industry and falling oil prices due to the

September 15, 2020 Read Full Article

2019 Project Peer Review Report Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4–7, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, 447 projects in BETO’s research portfolio were presented in 14 simultaneous review sessions and two poster sessions. Projects were systematically reviewed by

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Using Light-Harvesting Polymers to Speed up Photosynthesis in Algae

by Bob Yirka (Phys.Org)  A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found a way to speed up photosynthesis in algae by applying a conjugated polymer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes experiments with applying polymers to algae and what they learned from

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Technique to Produce Biofuel from Algae to Boost India’s Clean Energy Efforts

by Ankita Singh (The Logical Indian) The ministry said in that the use of microalgae has been strongly considered for the production of biofuels. —  Indian scientists have developed low-cost biodiesel from microalgae under the INSPIRE programme of ministry of science and technology. The Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (Inspire) is

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Published Library of Recorded Presentations on Multitude of Bioeconomy Topics

(Biofuels Digest)  Recorded presentations for your on-demand review and enjoyment. Just Pick and Click! On BioChannelTV RENEWABLE DIESEL & DME Saola Energy – Adam Belyamani Axens- David Schwalje Oberon – Rebecca Boudreaux Honeywell UOP-Dan Szeezil NextChem-Valerio Coppini Velocys – Jeff McDaniel   ENGINE TECH What if everything with a diesel

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UB Engineer Joins DOE-Funded Project to Purify Water and Produce Fuel

by Peter Murphy (University at Buffalo) UB engineering professor Ian Bradley and his research group are collaborators on a $2 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that will study the use of algae to purify wastewater while simultaneously producing biomass for fuel production. The project is led by

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Scipio Biofuels

(Biofuels Digest) Scipio Biofuels was founded to use the company’s innovative algaculture technology to do its part to alleviate the effects of Carbon Dioxide emissions upon the environment by consuming and converting those emissions in large quantities into biofuels, bulk algae, algae products and co-products. The problems our technology addresses are

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating National Aviation Day … and Commenting on How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Tied to Future Sustainability, and Success, of the Enterprise

by Steve Csonka (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative)  Today is National Aviation Day in the U.S., a recognition instituted by FDR in 1939, honoring the birthday of Orville Wright, but also creating awareness of, and celebrating the progress and vision associated with, the aviation industry. Today, that industry has become

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

CAAFI Webinar Series: The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by Steve Csonka (CAAFI) Slide deck available here. Webinar recording available here.   Click here for more CAAFI webinars, meeting presentations and presentation recordings.  

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy: Algae

(U.S. Department of Energy) … The Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy: Algae is a follow on report to the BR&D Board’s Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy that summarizes Bioeconomy Initiative activities for the algae stakeholder community. Download the report  Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy: Algae    READ

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae Biomass Production for the Bioeconomy

(EU Science Hub) The latest brief prepared by the JRC for the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy (KCB) informs about algae biomass production in the EU and globally, and maps algae production units in Europe.   It reports increasing production levels and opportunities for development to meet growing demand

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Renewable Diesel Projects and Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect webinar, have no fear, the full deck is here! From 11 pathways on who’s doing what, how and with what, 21 projects and who’s running them and where, 13 fast emerging projects and who’s converting, constructing, planning and where,

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

IBioIC Launches Bid to Increase Industrial Biotech Businesses by 100 in Three Years

(Insider.co.uk)  Innovation body’s Bioeconomy Cluster Builder aims to help firms unlock £8 million funding — … “We want to encourage companies, start-ups and spin-outs to look at value chains and other opportunities for the production of renewable biological resources, and their conversion into everyday products, that will help to contribute to

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Aequor Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Aequors green, non-toxic TSCA-approved ingredients can lower costs and improve the profitability of biofuel production. By dispersing clumping and killing bacteria that attack yeast, Aequors treatments boosts algae and yeast biomass by up to 40% in half the time, preclude the need for antibiotics

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Belgian Wind Farm to Become ‘World’s First’ to Grow Seaweed between Wind Turbines

(EnergyMarketPrice.com) Seaweed can be used as a low carbon foodstuff or as a sustainable biomass fuel — A Belgian wind farm on the North Sea claims it will become the first in the world to grow seaweed between its wind turbines. The Belgian-Dutch consortium “Wier & Wind” will test in the next

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Strain Improvements Keep Algae Ponds Growing Strong

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … A challenge for algal biofuel development is finding strains of algae best suited for producing copious amounts of oil quickly and under industrial-scale conditions. Maintaining pond health is also challenging—deteriorating health in a small fraction of algal cells within a pond can quickly lead to the

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Euglena Starts up Integrated Biofuels Isoconversion Unit in Japan

(Fuels and Lubes Daily) Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announced the successful startup of Euglena Co., Ltd.’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan. CLG is a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus Technology. The 5 barrel per day (BPD), first-of-its-kind demonstration unit, employs the Biofuels Isoconversion technology,

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

The Battle Over ‘Clean Energy’ Estimates

by Aman Azhar (The Real News) With 17% of US energy jobs gone in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent industry report suggests that over half a million ‘clean energy’ workers are unemployed despite nationwide efforts to jumpstart the economy. Released by BW Research in partnership with E2 and E4TheFuture,

July 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae’s State of Play: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ABO’s Algae Industry Updates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What companies are investing and working in algae today? What about algae’s biomass production? The big players and partner industries? Initiatives for growing the algae industry? How does the 2018 farm bill dramatically expand support for algae agriculture? Check out Rebecca White from Algae Biomass Organization’s

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Milking Algae Can Produce Eco-Friendly Biofuel

by Hannah C. (The Science Times)  … Furthermore, the costs of culturing, collecting, and extracting algae can be countered by a safer way of milking the algae. Alice Uchida and Masaki Ihara led a team from Shinshu University, Japan in the development of cultivating microalgae while tackling three major issues of milking algae. The

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists from Russia and Germany to Develop New Biotechnology Using Algae

(Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University/EurekAlert!)  Project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology from microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana and duckweed Lemna minor. — Researchers of Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University(SPbPU) in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) completed an international joint project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology

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