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Ethanol Doing the Heavy Lifting in Transport Climate Action

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Climate Change News)  New E5, E10 and B7 labels recently appeared on petrol and diesel nozzles across Europe with hardly a mention. Behind them is the intriguing story of one of the world’s major efforts to stave off climate change. E stands for ethanol, B stands for biodiesel and

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Aims to Fuel Jets and Make Consumer Goods from Recycled Carbon Pollution

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) -LanzaTech sells technology that transforms carbon pollution into ethanol, a renewable fuel and feedstock for chemicals. -Founded in 2005, the start-up is now aiming to produce sustainable jet fuel and chemicals that can be used in consumer goods. -The company ranks No. 15 on CNBC’s 2019 Disruptor

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Awards Nearly $11M to Support Biofuels, Renewable Gas and Microgrids

(Green Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission approved nearly $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including biofuels, renewable gas, and microgrids. The Energy Commission approved a $2-million grant to Technology & Investment Solutions to demonstrate a more sustainable and cost-effective process of creating biomethane from food waste at an existing anaerobic

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol: Let’s Ride the Wave–Making Ethanol Part of the “Green Wave” by Debunking Environmental Misinformation.

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative)  Now that we are well into the current Congress, it is clear that many new members are riding in on a green wave with a renewed emphasis on climate, carbon and pollution. Committees in the House of Representatives are fighting for attention as they all

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Waste-to-Energy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 36

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy´s Task 36 is a three-year work program focusing on solid waste energy recovery and a forum for information exchange. The participating countries in this Task are France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Inge Johansson, Task leader if IEA Bioenergy Task 36, Researcher at RISE Research

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Ireland’s First Grass-Fed Biorefinery Hits the Road to Help Farmers Go Green

(European Science Communication Institute/Phys.org) A New Mobile Refinery Is Travelling Across The West Of Ireland To Turn Grass Into Sustainable Materials  —  Along the windy west coast of Ireland a biorefinery on wheels is turning grass into a series of different green products that could give farmers a more diversified source

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Trade Decision Is Bad for EU’s Ethanol Industry, Farmers – and Climate Ambitions

(ePURE)  Europe’s renewable ethanol producers are already under pressure from misguided biofuel and agricultural policy decisions; now is not the time to subject them to unfair trade practices  —  The EU’s decision to repeal anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol imports originating in the United States risks having serious consequences for the entire value chain

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Genera Begins Farmer Recruitment

(Genera)  Genera is launching a new business line that will manufacture disposable food service and packaging products from sustainable ag fibers in Vonore, made from locally grown biomass crops. Genera will be making a variety of ag-based paper products like plates, bowls, and take-out containers in Vonore, and we’ll also sell our processed

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Farmers Position Their Operations for the Next Generation

(Omaha World-Herald)  When Taylor Nelson of Jackson, Nebraska, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012, the farm economy was on fire. Rents and land values were increasing at an unprecedented rate, and farmers were snapping up every opportunity they could. The stakes were high, and the market seemed impenetrable for

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol, the Fix the Ag Economy Needs

(WOWO News/Hoosier Ag Today)  The key to improving the farm economy and raising grain prices is not trade, but renewable fuels. Jeff Broin, with POET, says farmers must stop thinking of themselves as food producers but think of themselves as energy producers as well, “Farmers have thought of themselves as food

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Maharashtra Sugar Millers Seek Long-Term Pacts with OMCs for Ethanol

by Nanda Kasabe (Financial Express)  Sugar millers in Maharashtra have sought the intervention of the Niti Aayog to ensure long term purchase agreements with Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on the lines of power purchase agreements with the cogeneration units set up by sugar factories. Sanjay Khatal, MD, Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada’s First Bioeconomy Strategy Launched

(Bioenergy International)  Canada’s first national Bioeconomy Strategy has been released by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). Produced by BIC in partnership with BIOTECanada, FPInnovations and Forest Products Association of Canada, the report reflects the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. Released on May 14, 2019, the report

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Nigeria Imports 350m Litres of Ethanol Yearly as Experts Suggest Solutions

(The Guardian)  Produces about six per cent of national need;  Cassava can fill the gap with good policies  Despite the abundance of cassava roots as essential raw materials for production of ethanol and the government’s import substitution policies, Nigeria produces about six percent of the national need and imports between 300

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Perspective on Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IndianOil Corp.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IndianOil has a 33,000-plus work-force, extensive refining, distribution & marketing infrastructure and advanced R&D facilities. In the country’s pursuit of alternative sources of energy, IndianOil is focusing on CNG (compressed natural gas), Autogas (LPG), ethanol blended petrol, bio-diesel, and Hydrogen energy. Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D),

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Leads the Drive toward a Renewable Future

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) … Transportation, heating and the plastics and chemicals we use every day all rely on petroleum products, but our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels will have catastrophic consequences for the health of the planet if left unchecked. That’s why engineers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), which

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane Business Is Booming – From Waste to Watts and Wonder Chemicals

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s make sure we aren’t confusing biogas with biomethane. Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide but that doesn’t mean it’s biomethane. You see, biogas is produced from organic matter breaking down in the absence of oxygen, but biomethane is biogas that has been upgraded

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum Energy Enters MOU with Biofuels Target Company

(Biofuels International)  Quantum Energy and its subsidiary FTPM Resources have entered a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a targeted company that designs, manufactures, operates and sells modular biorefineries. The patented biorefineries are available in one million, two million and five million gallon per year capacities and produce alternative liquid biofuels

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, opened the company’s earning call by saying he believes

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Handout Recipients Reap Windfall Profits

(Growth Energy)  A new report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that net income for oil and gas companies hit a five-year high last year – in stark contrast to claims of “hardship” oil giants have used to skirt America’s biofuel laws. According to the report, “2018 was

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Issues Guidance on Registration of Corn Kernel Fiber Pathways

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a document that provides guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol facilities satisfies the applicable regulatory requirement. A notice posted to

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Flexibility

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.  —  A few well-known ethanol producers are developing cellulosic pathways that use feedstocks other than elements of corn. … Waste Gas  LanzaTech, a U.S.-based carbon capture and

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Details Progress with RNG, Cellulosic Ethanol Projects

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). During an earnings call, Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis,

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

China Slaps 25% Import Tariff on US Biodiesel even though It Doesn’t Import Much

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In China, Bloomberg reports that additional tariffs on US biodiesel imports are among the latest retaliation measures in the ongoing US-China trade war. Even though China imports very little biodiesel from the US, it will still increase the tariff to 25% from the current 10%. China also

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway’s Use of Palm Oil Biodiesel Sees Massive Drop

(Rainforest Foundation Norway)  Norway’s consumption of palm oil biodiesel saw a 70 percent drop from 2017 to 2018. “A big win for rainforests and the climate. Now the rest of Europe must follow suit”, says Rainforest Foundation Norway. … The all-time high consumption of palm oil based fuels in Norway in

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

California Certifies Two Edeniq Customers for Corn Kernel Fiber Ethanol

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane received LCFS approvals using Edeniq’s Intellulose 2.0 corn fiber technology —  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a leading biotechnology company that develops processes for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol, today announced that the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Case for a Credit

by  Steffen Mueller and Sam Rushing (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The role of ethanol-based carbon dioxide is often underappreciated, both as an important source for the nation’s carbon dioxide market and for its carbon-reduction impact. Fermentation CO2  is captured, cleaned and condensed at 49 ethanol plants in the U.S., contributing between 30

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

(Michigan Technological University/Science Codex)  What is the genetic basis for eucalyptus trees to produce that fragrant oil many of us associate with trips to the spa? Carsten Külheim, associate professor in Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus.

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Ads Spotlight Farm Crisis

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET, LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign directed at “leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income.” “American farmers are no strangers to adversity,” said Kyle Gilley, POET Senior

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Guidance on Qualifying an Analytical Method for Determining the Cellulosic Converted Fraction of Corn Kernel Fiber

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  This document provides guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol facility satisfies the applicable regulatory requirements. Public confidence in the volumes of cellulosic ethanol produced under the Renewable

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Executive Interview: Driving Efficiency and Reducing Emissions at United Airlines

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Aaron Stash, Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines, the first airline to use biofuels in its daily operations. United Airlines remains the only US airline regularly using biofuels for the operations—which they implemented more than three years ago. As manager of environmental strategy

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Low Carbon Coast

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Washington state (House–see correction below) has passed a low carbon fuel standard that would have it join itself to the standards already enacted in California, Oregon and British Columbia and under development now for the whole of Canada. The establishment of a clear and steady

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Wants to Start Selling Pure Biodiesel in Estonia This Summer

(ERR)  Neste wants to start selling its My Renewable biodiesel on the Estonian market this summer, which is allegedly produced from 100 percent renewable sources, but in order to do so, requirements drawn up by Estonia’s Ministry of the Environment first need to be approved at the EU level. It

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Big Car Brands to Join B30 Biofuel Test at End of May

by Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman (Jakarta Post)  Stakeholders comprising private and state institutions will kick off a maiden road test for vehicles using diesel fuel containing 30 percent palm oil-based biofuel, known as B30 biofuel, at the end of this month. The road test, which will involve carmakers such as Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste started developing renewable fuels in 1980 and is now the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel with annual production of about 880 million gallons. They plan total capacity will increase to 1.3 billion gallons by 2022. Matt Leuck,Technical Manager, North America at Neste gave this illuminating

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Paper Sludge to Biogas, 3D Printed House, Cocoa Bean Waste-to-Fuel, Vegan Silk Biopolymers, Biobased Adhesives, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 8th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 8th. In today’s Digest, paper sludge to biogas, 3D printed house, cocoa bean waste-to-fuel, vegan silk biopolymers, biobased adhesives, paper and pasta straws —

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

WWF Submits Request for EU Report on Climate Impacts of CAP

(World Wide Fund for Nature)  Agricultural ministers need all the facts for their climate discussion on 14 May.  —  WWF has submitted a Freedom of Information request for a crucial assessment of EU farming policy’s impact on the climate. The assessment, carried out by external consultants, has been delivered to the European

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Titan Warns EU Limits on Biofuel Use Will Backfire

(Bloomberg Quint)  Franky Widjaja, head of one of the world’s biggest palm plantation companies, warned that the European Union’s plans to restrict use of the tropical oil in biofuel will misfire … READ MORE Major palm oil player says EU’s karma will suffer and eventually will have to compromise on ban

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO Acquires Biodiesel Plant in Canada

(VERBIO) VERBIO Diesel Canada Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, has signed a contract today with Atlantic Biodiesel Corporation to purchase a biodiesel plant located in Dain City, Ontario, Canada. The plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 tons of biodiesel and 18,000 tons of

May 6, 2019 Read Full Article

The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon with Supercharged Plants

by Emily Dreyfuss (Wired)  …  Plant biologist Joanne Chory thinks plants can do more. She has studied the genetics of plants at the Salk Institute in San Diego for more than 30 years, and she and the rest of the five-person Harnessing Plants Initiative team are convinced that photosynthesis itself can

May 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Government, National Labs, Academia, and Industry Convene at the 2019 BETO Peer Review! Presentations Now Available

(U.S. Department of Energy)  From March 4–8, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. This was the largest Peer Review in BETO history—almost 600 people attended the event! Bioenergy researchers

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in Brazil: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Glaucia Mendes Souza, Rubens Maciel Filho, Luís Cassinelli, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz,  and Renato D. Godinho (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  1. Status of the Brazilian Biofuels Industry Brazil has an energy matrix with substantial renewable content, with renewables (including hydropower) accounting for 42.9% of the total domestic energy supply (Brazilian Energy Balance

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Comparison of Biofuel Life-Cycle GHG Emissions Assessment Tools: The Case Studies of Ethanol Produced from Sugarcane, Corn, and Wheat

by L.G.Pereira, O.Cavalett, A.Bonomi, Y.Zhang, E.Warner, H.L.Chum (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews)  Highlights:  Emissions ranged from 16 to 45 for sugarcane and 43–62 g CO2eq MJ−1 for corn ethanol. LCA tools produce similar results when harmonized to the maximum possible extent. Models are sensitive to methodology, which is a risk factor in policy arena. We recommend strengthened

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia 2019 Biodiesel Exports to Rise

(Reuters/The Star Online)  The Indonesia Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) estimates the country may export up to 2 million kilolitres (kl) of unblended biodiesel in 2019 in an “optimistic scenario”, Vice Chairman Paulus Tjakrawan told reporters on Thursday. In a “pessimistic scenario”, he said biodiesel exports this year would be around 1

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Kenya’s Farmers Battle Drought through Biodiesel Made from Cotton Waste

by  Sanjoy Sanyal and Esther Kahinga (World Resources Institute)  … While irrigation systems could help provide a more stable source of water, they currently cover only six to eight percent of Kenya’s land. Some farmers, though, are gaining access to them through a novel source of power—biodiesel made from crushed cotton seeds. Biodiesel

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Congress Proposes to Import Molasses to Strengthen Bioethanol Industry

by Cherryl Anne Cruz (Carmudi Philippines/Yahoo!) The House of Representatives, led by former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, met up with Special Committee on Visayas Development and the Committee on Energy headed by Reps. Melecio Yap Jr. and Carlos Roman Uybarreta (Party-list, 1-CARE) to express their approval in the implementation

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Eyes California as Federal, Local Support Wanes

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel has long prided itself on producing biodiesel from local resources within the petroleum-dependent archipelago and supplying the renewable fuel back to its community. But as the U.S. biodiesel sector tries to push forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel are

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Bacteria Turn Agri Waste to Biofuel, First-of-Its-Kind Research

by Himanshu Nitnaware (Pune Mirror)  … The researchers worked to find an alternative to fossil fuels through biodegradation of agricultural waste such as wheat straw, and sugarcane bagasse as substrates. The biodegradation was brought about by busing cellulose-degrading bacteria and their enzymes for sustainable development and an environment-friendly approach. … The experts discovered a

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok Announces RM5m for B10 Biodiesel Insurance

by Ida Nadirah Ibrahim (Malay Mail)  The federal government has allocated RM5 million insurance for vehicles fuelled with B10 biodiesel, which contains 10 per cent palm oil. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said consumers can claim the insurance if proven that the vehicle engine has broken down as a result of

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

As Food Waste Concerns Rise, Biodiesel Plays Active Role in Reduction

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Diverts 1.8 Billion Pounds of Used Cooking Oil from Landfills Annually  —   It’s no secret: Americans love fried food. But, what happens to the oil after preparing those foods is part of an ever-growing conversation on reducing food waste. Restaurants and consumers alike are working to reduce the

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

China’s Huge Grain Stockpiles Set to Linger through Next Year

by Karen Braun (Rueters/NASDAQ)  … In 2017, China announced it would require gasoline supplies nationwide to be blended with ethanol by 2020, which would require about 15 million tonnes of the biofuel annually. China had an ethanol production capacity of about 2.8 million tonnes in 2017, though that has recently expanded.

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Crisis: Viluco Closes Its Biodiesel Factory

(Clarin (Google Translation))  The Lucci Group firm affirmed that the new scheme for determining the price of biofuel imposed by the government makes its activity unviable  —  The Lucci Group, owner of the Viluco biodiesel production and soybean processing plant, located in the town of Frías, Santiago del Estero, reported that the

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Italian Major Partnership Promotes Biomethane-Fueled Mobility

(Snam/NGV Journal)  Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Confagricoltura, Eni, FPT Industrial, IVECO, New Holland Agriculture and Snam signed a cooperation agreement to support the implementation of the biomethane decree, representing a strong growth opportunity for the country thanks to the energy’s renewable, clean, programmable and flexible properties. This agricultural and industrial supply

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Promote Use of Biofuel to Save Money on Import of Crude Oil

by Abhiti Agarawal  (Times of India)  It is high time that India should go in for production of biofuel on a massive scale to bring down dependence on other countries for crude oil imports and save money, said PM Padole, director of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) on Wednesday. Addressing a

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Splitting Ethanol Market Helps Make Brazil a Big Winner as US Struggles

(MENAFN)  The ethanol market is splitting in two, which is having a big impact on the crops used to make the biofuel: corn in the US, and sugar in Brazil.  There’s a massive ethanol glut in the US. That’s helping to drive corn prices lower. July futures are trading at a record

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Market Is Nearing a Tipping Point

by Kerry Reals (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  After years of talking about the potential of biofuels and conducting sporadic demonstration flights powered partially by alternatives to kerosene, experts in the field of sustainable aviation detect that the industry could be moving toward a tipping point where more meaningful volumes are

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Can Help Reduce Aviation Industry Carbon Footprint with Palm Oil Biofuel, Says Teresa Kok

by Yiswaree Palansamy (Malay Mail)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry is planning to produce biofuel using palm oil for the aviation industry, in a bid to boost palm oil sales and to reduce carbon emissions. In a special media interview on Thursday, Kok said the move fulfils Malaysia’s

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrating Mother Earth at Siouxland Earth Day event

(Siouxland News)  Siouxlanders had the chance to get in touch with nature Sunday afternoon at the Siouxland Earth Day Celebration. From birds and bees to plants of all shapes and sizes, this event had various activities and experiences, all as a way to get in touch with Mother Earth. “Learning about different

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ 2019 Report Shows Record Reductions and Effectiveness of Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulations

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN News)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions fourth annual report, with expanded coverage of Canadian biofuel use, greenhouse gas reductions, and costs  —   Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada (BIC) 2019 report, which updates and expands upon previous reports by Navius Research. “Canadian federal and provincial

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

ADM Considers Ethanol Spinoff as First-Quarter Profit Falls on Severe Weather

by P.J. Huffstutter, Shradha Singh (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland Co said on Friday it was considering spinning off its ethanol business after slim biofuel margins and Midwestern floods slammed the U.S. grains merchant’s profit, which tumbled 41 percent in the first quarter. ADM said it was creating an ethanol subsidiary, which will

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Joins Field to Market

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has become the first biofuels organization to join Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a leading multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the United States. As

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

DFDS Invests in Biofuels Developer MASH Energy

(DFDS/MASH Energy/Globe Newswire)  DFDS is investing in the start-up company MASH Energy ApS that produces biofuel from agricultural waste, currently from the by-products of nut processing in Tanzania and India. The biofuel is CO2 neutral and can be used in ships. In addition, the residual product is an effective fertiliser and will

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Reducing Energy Required to Convert CO2 Waste into Valuable Resources

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) Surplus industrial carbon dioxide creates an opportunity to convert waste into a valuable commodity. Excess CO2 can be a feedstock for chemicals typically derived from fossil fuels, but the process is energy-intensive and expensive. University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Whitefox Announces its Fifth Successful ICE™ Start-up in the U.S. at Ace Ethanol in Wisconsin

(Whitefox/PR Newswire)  Whitefox Technologies Limited is proud to announce its fifth successful installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. One-third of all Wisconsin ethanol plants now have a Whitefox ICE™ system installed. Whitefox’s membrane solution is a key part of a wider project that will integrate with D3MAX’s technology

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Made from Roadkill, Cardboard Café, Wheat Straw Transformed to Isobutene, 3D Printed Biobricks, Algae Plastic, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 25th. In today’s Digest, biofuel made from roadkill, cardboard café, wheat straw transformed to isobutene, 3D printed biobricks, algae plastic — these and more,

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

A Sweet Approach to Clean Cooking

by Danilo De Oliveira Pereira (United National Industrial Development Organization)  UNIDO is implementing a programme which creates value chains of clean cooking fuels and technologies in several countries. With a “market enabling framework,” the organization is turning the lack of clean cooking fuels into an economic opportunity to incubate new industries manufacturing

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel is a Game Changer for Sustainable Aviation and Low Carbon Fuel Markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Markets Online)  According to a new study by market research firm Emerging Markets Online, renewable diesel is becoming a game changer for several key areas of the low carbon fuels industry, including: (1) the global aviation industry, representing a 90 billion gallon/yr market and opportunity, (2)

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

10M Tax Credit Awarded to US Sugarcane Energy Company

(California Ethanol & Power) Today, California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE&P) announced that it was awarded a $10 million income tax credit as part of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) California Competes program. … California Ethanol & Power, LLC (www.CaliforniaEthanolPower.com) intends to produce sustainable low-carbon energy

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Way to Increase Seed Oil Yield in Crops

(Science Daily/Nanyang Technological University)  Scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15% in laboratory conditions. — The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

The Advanced Bioeconomy: New Fortunes 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let’s turn to New Fortunes 2019 – our overview of what we believe will be the 24 hottest market segments in the near term – places to focus your innovations and to unlock value. From cannabis and new crops to advanced materials and superfoods, the bioeconomy is

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

REACHing for the Stars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019 – A Look at Carbon Negative and Carbon Capture Technologies, Advancements, and Possibilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to over 193 countries and more than a billion people every year. … The top 5 CO2 producing countries in the

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land: Delivering 21st Century Solutions To 21st Century Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  Last week marks the fifth anniversary of Solutions from the Land (SfL), a nonprofit organization that places farmers, ranchers and foresters at the forefront of resolving food system, energy, environmental and climate challenges and achieving global sustainable development goals. It is an important milestone that marks a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Benefits of Biodiesel

by Bob Lindeman (Chanhassen Villager) Based on a recent letter published in the Herald, (“Fossil fuel vs. green energy,” March 14), I would like to correct several assertions about “green energy” that are incredibly misleading and, frankly, wrong. Specifically, the claim that 30 percent of soybeans are being used for

April 20, 2019 Read Full Article

A Different Animal: Ethanol Producers Are Increasingly Turning to a Burgeoning Aquaculture Industry for Another Coproduct Revenue Stream.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While ethanol’s coproducts are well-known to the livestock industry, innovative technologies and processes are opening new markets for dried distillers grains with solubles. The aquaculture industry is one of those new markets, and a partnership between White Dog Labs and Midwest Renewable Energy LLC positions

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil May Be Blended in Jet Fuel as Study Shows Suitable

by Afiq Aziz (The Malaysian Reserve)  … The aviation sector can play a crucial role in boosting Malaysian palm oil, which has been saddled with discrimination in the West, low prices and high inventory. As debates are still ongoing on palm oil fuel for vehicles, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

When Will the EU ‘Get Real’ on Biofuels? European Union Must Embrace Biofuels to Achieve Climate Goals.

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  … And the EU consistently downplays one of the best tools it has already for an energy transition: low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable EU ethanol. … The simple fact is the EU will need sustainable, low-carbon fuels if it wants to make real progress toward a

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The Daily Grind: Low Margins Prompt Plants to Diversify Coproduct Streams, Capturing Value in Efficiency.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the ethanol industry struggles with low margins, uncertainty around U.S. EPA rules, and an unclear export market, some plants are hedging against those factors by producing high-protein coproducts. Things like high-protein dried distillers grains and fiber plus corn oil sell for premiums and have

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Scenario: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Americas, Inc.,subsidiary of Praj industries ltd,  is a unique technology and engineering company in the ethanol arena in the Americas. What started off as an entrepreneurial venture three decades ago, the parent company, Praj Industries, is today a leader in India in the field of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Natural Gas Groups Quantify Environmental Impact of RNG Surge

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  During calendar year 2018, 32% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles was renewable natural gas (RNG), according to a new report from Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).  Captured above ground from organic material in

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

BioEnGas and Suma Capital Team up on the Development of Biogas Plants

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The start-up created and participated in by Enagás, BioEnGas, and the independent investment manager, Suma Capital, have signed an agreement for joint investment in projects to develop biogas from efficient waste recovery, contributing to developing the circular economy. The aim of the partnership is to develop and construct a

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. Minnesota became the first state in the nation

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazilian Vehicle Makers Push Back against Increase in Biodiesel Blend

by James Thompson (Farm Futures)  South American farmers say higher biodiesel blend could spark new soy demand. — … Facing the threat of another crippling truckers’ strike, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro last week vetoed a 5.7% increase in wholesale diesel prices. Seeing an opening, farmers applied more pressure to dump another veto:

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Eastern Europe Backs Locally Produced Biofuels to Save Climate and Farmers

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers. “We believe that the targets under Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Wins $3 Million CEC Grant to Advance New RNG Technology

(Southern California Gas Co./Biomass Magazine)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded the company a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants.

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. According to the census, 686 methane digesters

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas On-Road Fuel Reaches Historical High

by Erick Sanchez (Natural Gas Vehicles for America)  Biomethane Motor Fuel Use Marks 577% Increase Over Last Five Years  —   Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Beyond Beef with No Cow, Sunflower Crop Waste for Phone Cases and Binders, BASF’s Bioactives from Rambutan Tree, Repurposing Wastewater Algae, Nouryon’s Biopolymer for Hair Care, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 17th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 17th. In today’s Digest, beyond beef with no cow, sunflower crop waste for phone cases and binders, BASF’s bioactives from rambutan tree, repurposing wastewater algae,

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ICGEB’s Novel Yeast Strain Increases Ethanol Production

by R. Prasad (The Hindu)  The strain produces ethanol by fermenting rice and wheat straw — Compared with currently available strains, a robust yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10) that can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented has been isolated by

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Latest on Biogas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) .. Terry Mazanec, Principal of T-MAZ LLC and Executive Vice President at Lee Enterprises Consulting gave this illuminating overview of biogas production, treatment and utilization, potential, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco. READ MORE

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant to AU for Feasibility Study on Biofuels Crop

(Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey)  A $39,757 grant, awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey, will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. Carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

This Sustainable Biofuel Company Is Also a Beauty Company

by Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)  … Bob and Kelly King founded Pacific Biodiesel in Hawaii in 1995 in response to a concerning issue: the volume of used cooking oil that was being dumped into a landfill in Maui. Bob, who at the time owned the company that ran the landfill’s generators, proposed recycling the used

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Queensland’s Quest for a Circular Bioeconomy

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Today we look at Queensland, Australia – the innovators, the leaders, the investors.  In the last few days, a Queensland oil refinery said it is making biofuel from old tires and hopes to commercialize it soon to help take care of a huge tire waste issue in

April 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Renewable Propane?

by Tucker Perkins (ACT News/Propane Energy and Research Council)  … So, if conventional propane already provides low emissions at a low cost, why are we even talking about renewable propane? The answer is simple. It’s because the propane industry does not want to be just the fuel of today, or the

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sector Offers to Take More Canola

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is considered to be a major way that biodiesel demand could be expanded in Canada. The renewable fuel industry says a stronger domestic market would ease challenges caused by export volatility China’s canola export ban helps make the case for expanding consumption

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Launches Biofuels Research Lab

(Roscommon Herald)  NUI Galway has launched a new laboratory to research the generation of biofuels from organic waste. Professor Piet Lens, a leading expert in environmental biotechnology, will lead a team of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the university’s Department of Microbiology Programme, ‘Innovative Energy Technologies for Bioenergy, Biofuels and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sioux Falls-Based Ethanol Producer Poet Awarded Millions by Arbitration Panel

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader)  Sioux Falls-based Poet has asked a federal judge to confirm a multi-million dollar arbitration award it received from a company that it claims botched an ethanol production system at a plant in Iowa. A panel of three arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association held three hearings

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

From Bioenergy to Bioproducts: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to JBEI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joint BioEnergy Institute is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center dedicated to developing advanced biofuels—liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station : Fats and Oils Program Receives Industry Support for Teaching and Targeted Short Courses

by Dr. Joya Mannan (Market Screener/Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station)  Dr. Mohammad Alam, head of the Fats and Oils Program at the Process Engineering Research and Development Center (PERDC), has received a grant from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to fund several semesters of teaching and short courses about the significance of

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo to Work With Praj Industries to Commercialize Renewable Isobutanol, Jet Fuel and Isooctane in India

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has signed a binding, definitive Construction License Agreement with Praj Industries Ltd., dated April 4, 2019, to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses made of sugarcane and sugar beets (the “Construction License

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Gets Welcome News: USDA Study Shows It’s More Environmentally Friendly than Gasoline

(The Messenger)  … The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings of a USDA study about the environmental impact of the corn-ethanol industry. The conclusions are superb news — ethanol has significant greenhouse gas benefits when compared to gasoline. The most important conclusion of an extensive research project,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Recope’s Plan For Ethanol Faces Appeals And Objection From Politicians

by Rico (Q Costa Rica)  Five appeals have been filed with the Constitutional Court, while opposition party calls for accounts  —  The plan by the State refinery RECOPE to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix called Eco95 starting at the end of May faces appeals before the Constitutional Court or Sala IV and

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Ethanol’s Impact

by John Huthmacher (Hastings Tribune)  Ethanol continues to be a driving force in Nebraska’s economy, affecting a sizable portion of the state’s business sector. This, according to a recent impact study released by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists. The report examines the economic impact of Nebraska’s ethanol industry between 2015-17. Authors are UNL agricultural

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Promising Opportunities for Circular Agro-Food Industries 

 (BioRescue) Education, training and awareness raising were identified as key factors to unlock the potential of 62 million tonnes of agricultural residues available annually in Europe during a policy conference organised by eco-innovation expert group Greenovate! Europe, where innovative examples of circular economy in the agro-food sector were presented. … Whilst a traditional industry,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Imports from U.S. Reach Record Levels

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) The ethanol industry says most of the U.S. imports occur in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and British Columbia, where there is limited or no local production facilities. Over-blending said to be the cause but opinions differ on the reason — gov’t says it’s cheaper, industry credits efficiencies

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel B10 Target Date Is End of April

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  Producers to refine glycerine content — Biodiesel B10 is expected to be available at petrol stations nationwide from the end of April as energy policymakers hope for a positive response from carmakers, oil distributors and biodiesel manufacturers, says Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan. B10 is blended with diesel oil

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Roiled by Flooding, Lifting SoCal Gasoline Prices Near $4/gal

(Seeking Alpha)  The floods that inundated the Midwest also have slammed a U.S. ethanol industry that already was struggling with high inventories and sluggish domestic demand growth. Ethanol shortages from the Midwest are one factor pushing gasoline prices in Southern California to the highest in the U.S., possibly topping $4/gal for the first

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in transforming cellulosic ethanol biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks. Iogen specializes in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen Corporation gave this illuminating overview of the cellulosic

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ivory Coast Hopes to Squeeze the Profits from Palm Oil

(BBC News)  The palm oil industry originated in West Africa but is now dominated by massive plantations in South-East Asia. The BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports that Ivory Coast, and other African countries, are trying to take the lucrative business back home to tap into its profits. An hour’s drive to the

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ohio Stakeholders Validate Utility of SfL’s 21st Century Land Management Model

(Solutions from the Land)  Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land (OSA:SfL), A Call to Action for Ohio’s Food System and Agricultural Economy,” Solutions from the Land‘s (SfL) integrated, land management model was validated by a diverse range of stakeholders from around the state who forged consensus on a mid-century vision and action

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Technical Report Comparison of Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Tools

(Task 39 – Commercializing Liquid Biofuels/International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy))  … Bioenergy plays an important role in the decarbonization of the transportation sector. Its medium and long-term benefits depend on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions brought forth by the conversion of renewable feedstocks, which can be quantitatively determined through a Life

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

City of Surrey Develops Biofuels Education Program at Surrey Biofuel Facility

(City of Surrey)  Orgaworld and the City of Surrey are committed to increasing the awareness of waste management and sustainable living through education, early adoption and applied research. In addition to a visit to our on-site Education Centre, we encourage exploration of the wide range of available materials that map to

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Cedar Mountain High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twenty-eight students from Cedar Mountain High School toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton on March 27 to learn more about ethanol production.  “We were pleased to welcome Cedar Mountain High School’s students to get a first-hand look at how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. “During the tour, they

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Air Pollution Caused by Corn Production Increases Mortality Rate in US

(University of Minnesota/EurekAlert!) New paper presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production  —  A new study establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion. The paper,

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

ERA Funds Wheat-Ethanol Plant, Woody Biomass Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Emissions Reduction Alberta recently announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. On March 18, ERA announced it has

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Students’ Soybean Straws Win Award

(The Exponent)  Three Purdue students brought home top honors and a $20,000 prize at this year’s Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition for their biodegradable soybean based drinking straw, according to a Purdue press release. “Team Stroy” is made up of Natalie Stephenson, a senior in the Krannert School of Management; Morgan Malm, a graduate

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Green New Deal Dialogue Emphasizes Green Growth, Inequalities; Fails to Appreciate Potential Role of Biofuels in Achieving Goals

by Margaret Johnston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On March 14th in Washington DC, I attended a Green New Deal Dialogue. Speakers came from all over the country to discuss possibilities of green growth, implementation strategies, and current (financial, racism, and energy) inequalities as well as others that may arise. The event

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni Encourages Italian Production of Advance Biomethane for Vehicle Use

(Eni/NGV Journal)  Eni and the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) signed an agreement to promote the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial byproducts and dedicated winter crops for use in the transport sector. The project also involves new opportunities for Consortium member companies by launching business initiatives which will be

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Board Recognized Five Ag Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner

by Teia Goodwin (KTPM) The Nebraska Corn Board says that five recognition awards were presented to individual, educational and industry leaders at the Nebraska Corn Board’s 2019 awards dinner held March 28 in Lincoln. … The Ethanol Industry Appreciation Award was presented to Siouxland Ethanol out of Jackson. The ethanol plant

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Democrats Still Need Rural Voters to Defeat Trump

by  J.D. Scholten (The Hill) … To win back the White House, Democrats can’t just rely on “Whole Foods” districts of educated, affluent suburbanites. Democrats can do well in “Dollar General” districts if they show up and address the issues. No one gave me much of a chance when I ran against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), but

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Mighty Earth Wants to Push 2020 Candidates on the Use of Biofuels

by Zachary Oren Smith (Iowa City Press-Citizen)  … Mighty Earth, a program affiliated with left-leaning think tank Center for International Policy, has three paid organizers setting up shop in Iowa City, Des Moines and the Quad-Cities in hopes of getting 2020 candidates to pledge opposition to biofuels.  “The climate impacts of food-based biofuels

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Covestro and Genomatica Launch Partnership for High-Performance Plant-Based Materials

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. “These are today still the most common carbon

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Minneota High School visits Carbohydrate Solutions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Minneota High School visited the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Carbohydrate Solutions plant in Marshall on Wednesday, March 27 to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, all 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Carbohydrate Solutions, which included ethanol

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant Using Wind, RNG

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  According to (Gevo CEO Patrick) Gruber, Gevo is working to decarbonize its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, in an effort to improve profitability. He said the company thinks it’s possible to make significant improvements in profitability over the next 18 months “maybe even becoming profitable

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Rack Gasoline Jumps Nearly 34 Cents in Two Weeks on Ethanol Troubles

by Kenneth Raphael, Jeffrey Bair and Wes Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Portland, Oregon, rack gasoline has jumped more than 33 cents since March 12 on ethanol shortages tied to the recent “bomb cyclone” in the US Midwest that set off flooding and interrupted rail movement of ethanol, according to DTN data

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

High-Protein Feed Ingredients & Ethanol: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol and recently announced its portfolio optimization plan in which it would divest assets that do not support the company’s strategic focus on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and ethanol exports to significantly reduce or

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

History Channel Will Premiere the Docu-Series “The American Farm” April 4

(History.com)  History will premiere the docu-series “The American Farm” from BoBCat, the multi-platform production company founded by Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy and Sarah Bernard, on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm ET. The eight-part series is an honest tale of risk, reward, hard work, and innovation, centered on the lives of five

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

ABC Urges Lawmakers to Support AD-Related Bills in Maryland

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 25, Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council, sent letters to state lawmakers in Maryland expressing support for two pieces of legislation that would benefit the state’s biogas industry. The first letter expresses support for HB 510, a bill that aims to

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Forty-one students from Ridgewater College toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about an important ethanol co-product, dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS). “Tours like this educate students on the role ethanol plays in boosting the economy in rural Minnesota and reducing harmful greenhouse

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

TerViva Raises $20 Million in Series D to Drive Product Development and Market Expansion

(TerViva/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Led by Ag Family Offices and Climate-Smart Investors, Funding Round Brings Ag-Tech Firm to $40 Million Raised for High-Yielding, Sustainable Plant Protein Product Development  —   TerViva, an agriculture technology firm commercializing resilient pongamia trees that produce as much as ten times the beans per acre as soy for the supply

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

New Argentine Program Aims to Promote Products and Services Made with Bioenergy

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, a new certification scheme that translates to “Made in Santa Fe with Renewable Energy” showcases products made in the soy and biodiesel hub of Santa Fe province partially or entirely made from a wide range of renewables including biodiesel, biomass and biogas. Products and services that

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Food, Feed, and Beyond: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Celluosic Project Flashpoints, 10 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all very rosy on the cellulosic potential frontier. As Gevo and Renmatix recently observed, “cellulosic sugars are one of the most abundant feedstocks in the world, and in many geographies with dense vegetation, using woody biomass feedstocks to generate useful sugars is the most cost-effective

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM ’19: US Glycerine Markets Watching Indonesian Biodiesel Production

(ICIS News)  The US glycerine market is closely watching Indonesian biodiesel production given that a potential ramp up of production rates in that country could push more glycerine volume to US markets, a distributor said on Sunday. The source was speaking on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Floods Threaten to Cause Ethanol Disruptions and Higher Pump Prices

by Mario Parker and Michael Hirtzer  (Bloomberg)  Midwest rail lines have washed out, delaying biofuel shipments; Gasoline futures rise to five-month high before peak season  —  Flood waters spilling across the U.S. Midwest have swamped ethanol shipments, disrupting refineries and threatening to push up gasoline pump prices ahead of the summer

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Front Group Taking Aim at Biofuels

by Kevin Kinney (The Gazette)  … I’m concerned that Mighty Earth — a group based in Washington, D.C. — is starting to campaign locally against ethanol and other biofuels. The group claims to care about the planet, but their entire campaign seems designed to drive a wedge between Iowa Democrats and family

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Committed to Ensuring Sustainability of Bioenergy: Ambassador

by Azis Kurmala (Antara News)  … Biofuels are an important element of the EU’s renewable energy policy. However, rules are needed to ensure the production of feedstock for biofuels is sustainable and does not cause deforestation through indirect land use change (ILUC), (Ambassador of the EU to Indonesia Vincent) remarked.

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

This Mexican Company Is Making Biofuel from Cactus Plants

by Sean Fleming (World Economic Forum)  … Rogelio Sosa López, is a farmer and tortilla producer from Zitácuaro. Like many farmers, he was always open to the idea of finding new ways to keep operating costs down. Working with a colleague, Antonio Rodríguez, Señor López began pulping the flesh of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition Partners with Maersk in World’s Largest Maritime Biofuel Pilot

by Lejla Charif (Maersk)  Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller – Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Learnings from the Earnings – Who’s Up? Who’s Down?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The lucky 13 – with spring comes a sense of renewal and this season these lucky 13 bioeconomy bellwethers recently shared their 2018 and Q4 earnings to reveal uncertainties with trade wars, especially between the U.S. and China, some deals that fell through impacting losses,

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

RPT-Floods Shut Nearly a Sixth of U.S. Ethanol Production

by Humeyra Pamuk, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Cheaper, Greener Plant-Based Jet Fuel

by Julie St. Louis (Courthouse News) Chinese scientists have developed a new plant-based biofuel that could help the aviation industry “go green,” according to research published in the journal Joule Thursday. Researchers say the magic of this biofuel, derived from cellulose, is its high-density state that is usable as either a wholesale replacement fuel

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Bolivia Allows Planting of GM Soy to Make Biodiesel

(Los Angeles Times)  Soy producers in eastern Bolivia’s Santa Cruz region welcome the government’s decision to allow cultivation of genetically modified soy, albeit only for the purpose of producing biodiesel. President Evo Morales ‘ administration, which has been skeptical about GM crops, said Monday that it would authorize farmers to

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

The Cost of Supporting Alternative Jet Fuels in the European Union

by Nikita Pavlenko, Stephanie Searle, and Adam Christensen (International Council on Clean Transportation) Alternative jet fuels (AJFs) are among the few available in-sector approaches to reduce aviation sector emissions. Although the aviation sector has not played a prominent role in fuels policy to date, policymakers are increasingly incorporating aviation fuels into

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries is an end-to-end solutions provider in the ethanol arena from concept to commissioning and feedstock handling to effluent treatment. They have technology and engineering solutions for biofuels, biochemicals and water. Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer at Praj Industries offers this illuminating overview of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Candidates Should Recognize Biofuel Benefits

by Mike Naig and Dave Loebsack (Quad City Times)  We may come from different political parties, but we share at least one common vision. Both of us strongly support renewable fuel, like biodiesel, for the vital role it plays in Iowa’s farm economy and job market, creating a cleaner environment, enhancing

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe Bio Energy Sets the Record Straight Regarding Nuanetsi Ranch

by Chantal Riley (My Press Portal/PR Worx)  Following recent inaccurate media reporting, Zimbabwe Bio Energy (ZBE) wishes to set the record straight with regards to Nuanetsi Ranch. The Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) has entered into a joint venture with Zimbabwe Bio Energy with a view of unlocking the true economic value

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Soy Innovation Campus to Co-locate with New Minn. Biodiesel Plant

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council plans to co-locate its new Soy Innovation Campus with Epitome Energy LLC’s proposed 30 MMgy biodiesel production and soybean crush facility in Northwest Minnesota. Earlier this year, Epitome Energy was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

As German Imports Spike, UFOP Fears Add’l Pressure from Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  Imports of biodiesel to Germany increased sharply in 2018. The rise was triggered by overabundant supply of state-subsidized and consequently low-priced biodiesel from Argentina. The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) fears that a similar development will take place after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biofuels Are 3 Percent of Iowa GDP

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released a new study that shows biofuels are responsible for over $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, or roughly three percent. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics and commissioned by IRFA, also found that biofuels account for over 48,000 Iowa jobs and

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article
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