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Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste
December 14, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy …

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers
December 14, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of food crops  —  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, Scientist Argues
December 6, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A scientist from the University of Manchester has argued that developing a modern bioenergy and biofuels system “has huge potential for providing sustainable, low-carbon energy facilitating a range of key sustainable development goals.”
Dr Mirijam …

Government of Alberta Establishes New Advanced Biofuel Leadership
December 6, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire) Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds government for new funding to support biofuels in Alberta and expand the province’s lower carbon economy. —  The government of Alberta announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels …

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production
December 1, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology.
As part of a …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using “sustainable” biofuels.

Boost to renewables …

Map of 224 European Biorefineries Published by BIC and nova-Institute
November 29, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  Biorefineries are the heart of the bioeconomy. Here, different types of biomass are fully utilised and transformed into a large variety of chemicals and materials

The map distinguishes between “Sugar-/starch based biorefineries”, producing bioethanol and …

From Conventional to Advantaged: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
November 29, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around …

Sweden Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Sales Hit Record in Q3 as Other Biofuels Drop: Svebio
November 27, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult)  Third quarter sales of HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) diesel in Sweden increased by 24% on the year, the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) said Thursday.
This was at the expense of other biofuels used for transport, with …

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects
November 23, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology
November 21, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has overshadowed the production of ethanol …

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
November 16, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding.
The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

Biofuel Tests in Milwaukee Zoo Locomotives a Success
November 15, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail/Biomass Magazine)  Two steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a renewable wood-based solid fuel last week to reduce fossil coal emissions, and the test runs were a success.
The Coalition …

The Dismal Prospect of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
November 14, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (EurActiv)  Advanced biofuels are proposed as the fuels of the future to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
November 13, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to facilitate the development of regionally-based …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Making Bio-Based Aviation Fuel from Lignocellulosic Biomass
November 2, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US scientists have developed a new technique to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel from corn cobs and wood chips.

Alternative jet fuels are increasingly seen as a means to reduce the environmental impact of …

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy
November 1, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a …

Zero Waste Scotland Report Shows 27 Million Tons of Waste and Residues Available for Biorefineries
November 1, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, a new report prepared by Ricardo Energy & Environment for Zero Waste Scotland found more than 27 million metric tons of available waste, by-products, agricultural residues and wastewater sludge …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
November 1, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?
October 28, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Environmental Leader)  … Some automakers like Toyota and Lexus have warned drivers that if they fill up with E85 that their warranties may not cover engine damage, a Fox story had said.
To be clear, there are …

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution
October 28, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer to develop because it required more deliberate scientific research and experimentation compared with other agriculture …

Positive Results from Flagship Biorefinery Feasibility Study
October 27, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Processum (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The project Flagship Biorefinery has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realize a new, full scale biorefinery based on sustainable wood raw material from Swedish forests.
The biorefinery …

The South Pole Energy Challenge: The First-Ever Expedition to the Geographic South Pole Powered Only by Renewable Technologies, Including Advanced Biofuels
October 26, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(South Pole Energy Challenge/PR Newswire)  his is a father-and-son story about an epic journey – putting human endurance to its ultimate test relying solely on renewable energy  —  On 15 November 2017, Robert Swan, OBE, 61 – the first …

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry
October 26, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue …

Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential To Aviation’s Future
October 25, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Adam Klauber, Isaac Toussie, Steve Csonka and Barbara Bramble (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  To some, biofuels conjure negative images of industrial-scale agriculture with cornstalks as far as the eye can see, or worse, displaced …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy
October 20, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

Aemetis Signs Long Term Lease for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Site in California
October 19, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Aemetis)  55 year Lease Agreement at Former Army Munitions Facility  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Highlighted in UK’s Clean Growth Strategy
October 12, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A plan for cutting carbon emissions while growing the economy has been released by the UK government.
‘The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future’ has been published by Greg Clark, …

St1 Progresses with Renewable Diesel Production Plans at Its Refinery in Gothenburg
October 12, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(St1)  Energy company St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an Engineering design package and license …

Federal Government Seeking Partner to Look at Way to Create Domestic Jet Biofuel Industry
October 11, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  The federal government is looking at the potential of producing jet biofuels, in light of an international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry.
Natural Resources Canada is looking …

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues
October 10, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight conference.
The conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 4-5th October.
Rob …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel
October 5, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.
More than 10 years in the making, …

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever
October 4, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut biofuel targets with new “data,” and bypass EPA …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

Visegrad and Balkans Hit out at Commission over Biofuels Phase-Out Proposal
September 25, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  The Visegrad group and two Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase out first generation biofuels after 2020 and think about the …

Sweden-Based Biofuels Producer SEKAB Joins LSB
September 25, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biofuels group Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) has welcomed Swedish company SEKAB as its new member.
SEKAB is a producer of bio-based chemicals and biofuels and also commercialising in-house technologies to convert …

Any Renewable Energy Solution Requires Extracting the Full Value of Biomass
September 25, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by A.J. (Sandy) Marshall (Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canada Biomass)  … Today, climate change concerns are demanding an ever-increasing management of greenhouse gases. As a result, society is establishing a pricing on carbon through cap and trade and …

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts up Fibria’s New Pulp Mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(ANDRITZ)  International technology Group ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.  …  
In addition, ANDRITZ has delivered a chloride and …

Singing a Song in Singapore: GoodFuels Marine, BHP, and MPA Collaborate on Biofuels during Closed-Door Roundtable
September 25, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Singapore, a closed-door biofuel roundtable organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, BHP and GoodFuels Marine, brought some excitement to the maritime biofuels world – almost as …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Timber Bio-Fuel Stymied by Lack of Government Incentives, Says Industry
September 20, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(ABC News Rural)  With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producing green fuel from its …

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?
September 18, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, …

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
September 15, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.  —  Securing funding for new technologies can …

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions
September 15, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids – Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions” presented by Elina Hakkarainen.
Designed to optimize the potential of a variety …

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels
September 15, 2017 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates …

Bounding Maine: Top 10 Companies Targeting Maine’s Forest Resource for Higher-Value Apps
September 12, 2017 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But pulp and paper markets have taken big hits. Headlines have centered around damaged balance sheets that make it difficult to modernize or expand, mothballed plants, bankruptcies, job losses that …

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood
September 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.

Basudeb Saha, associate …

Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida
September 11, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover quickly after Irma’s impact, especially …

Södra Commences Biofuel Production
September 7, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Södra)  Södra will invest more than SEK 100 million in the production of biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest raw material. The project will commence in autumn 2017 and is scheduled to be ready for …

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics
September 7, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths …

A New Model for Creating and Commercialising Biochemicals from Biomass?
September 7, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  With the price for crude oil at less than $50 a barrel, Iowa State University’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is proposing a new model for creating, applying …

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts
September 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.
As part of the Center …

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?
August 31, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with food production and not always …

Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and Biomass-to-Hydrocarbon Fuels
August 30, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate solvent liquefaction as viable path to stable intermediates for subsequent upgrading to fuel blendstocks. This is based on a …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech/PNNL Syngas-to-ATJ Fuels
August 29, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy initiated a project to advance a hybrid conversion technology for catalytic upgrading of biomass-derived syngas to produce Alcohol-to-Jet fuel and chemicals while meeting the cost, quality …

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Canada
August 29, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 1. Ottawa, Ontario  The biggest Canadian story of the year stems from the November 2016 announce by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass and Catalytic Conversion into Hydrocarbons
August 28, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE established and funded a project to develop a novel Multistage Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of biomass and integrate with Virent’s Catalytic BioForming Process to efficiently produce cost effective “drop‐in” …

Methanol and Bio-Economy: Now and the Future
August 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … Methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade. They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing …

EPA Posts Materials for SAB Review of Biogenic CO2 Framework
August 25, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted new materials related to a quality review scheduled to be conducted by the Scientific Advisory Board on the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic …

Biofuel from Forests Lightens Jetliner Carbon Footprint
August 24, 2017 – 2:31 pm | One Comment

(Washington Forest Protection Association/Seattle Times)  Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after the harvesting of managed forests.  —  Alaska Airlines made history recently, flying the first commercial …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Report: 30% of Norway’s Aviation Fuel Could Be Sustainable by 2030
August 22, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Moores (Air Transport World)  Research commissioned by Norwegian airports operator Avinor has concluded that 30% of Norway’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030, but this depends on available funding.
The report, which performed by Danish consultancy …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms
August 17, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors quietly investing into new technology start-ups; ‘Disruptive power’ from small companies prompts Shell to move  —  Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that …

South Shore Biofuel Startup on Hold
August 16, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(The Chronicle Herald)  A South Shore biofuel startup that has been backed by millions in provincial and federal government money looks like it’s on hold.
This week, calls to Cellufuel, a small five-year-old business based in …

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build its $450 million, 50 million …

New Report Highlights Southeast Asia’s Biofuels Potential
August 15, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply, according to a new report by the …

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen
August 11, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The goal? Integration into …

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree
August 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment.
The …

Biofuel Plant Construction Set to Begin
August 10, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dietz (The Daily Mining Gazette)  … SynSel Energy Inc., of Elmhurst, Illinois, chose Ontonagon as one of two U.S. sites to build advanced biofuels plants that will produce synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels …

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
August 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to …

Air Canada, WestJet Aim to Become Biofuel Superpowers
August 9, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ross Marowits (The Canadian Press/CleanTech Canada) Resource-rich Canada has the proper ingredients to lead the world in lower-carbon aviation fuels, the country’s two largest airlines say  —  The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has …

Aemetis Signs Agreement for Advanced Gasification Technology to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol
August 8, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Accesswire)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (August 4, 2017) that it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec, Inc. of Richland, Washington …

Bioenergy Production Could Play a Part in Reducing Forest Fires
August 8, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy can play a role in reducing the risk of forest fires, according to a video recently published on the European Forest Institute’s website.

“Now, we need a new vision where the focus is …

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests
August 7, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have said for years — robust markets are the key to keeping forests as forests, “says …

This New Teesside Company Needs 50 Tonnes of Birch – EVERY DAY!
August 3, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughes (Gazette Live)  Nova Pangaea Technologies at Wilton will convert trees into sugars to make household items  —  … One of the region’s newest tech companies needs 50 tonnes of it EVERY DAY to …

Energy Department Announces Additional MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Award
August 2, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it will award a fourth project—up to $1.8 million—under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, DOE’s Bioenergy …

EPA SAB to Review Biogenic Carbon Framework at August Meeting
August 2, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August.
According …

University of Delaware Researchers Look to Make Tires Made from Plants and Wood
July 31, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/Delaware Online) … Researchers at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation say they have discovered a highly efficient way to convert plant matter into a chemical used to make everything from car tires …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus to other alternative fuels after …

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors
July 21, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
“Methane is a …

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation
July 21, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F. Lambin, Charlotte Y. Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E. Thomas (Science Magazine)  Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in …

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon
July 19, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the construction of an advanced biofuels plant. SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier …

St1 to Add Renewable Diesel Production, Continues Ethanol Work
July 19, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(St1/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  St1 announced it is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be built in St1 refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of planned investments, …

Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada
July 5, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

By Gerald Kutney (Sixth Element Sustainable Management/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation arrived on July 1st of this year — it is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers …

Shell Goes Carbon Negative, Signs Commercial-Scale Deal with SBI
July 4, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s latest deal with SBI Bioenergy gives it access to a fuel that emits Minus 14.
That means the atmosphere gets less carbon, …

MEPs Ask Commission to Distinguish ‘Good and Bad’ Crop-Based Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv)  The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee endorsed on Thursday (29 June) its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility, calling on the Commission to …

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit the Environment if Managed Correctly
June 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Michigan State University)  Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in …

Service Providers Partner to Build Ethanol Plants in India
June 28, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India. ICT will provide its multi-feedstock technology and LTHE will …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Velocys Pivots from “FT Tech Co” to “Renewable Fuels Company”, Eyes California
June 27, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys to be at the heart of building plants that convert woody biomass to high specification …

S2G BioChem Announces Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia, Ontario
June 26, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(S2G BioChem/Marketwired)  Funding Support Provided by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada; Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018  —  S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, announced today that it has started work on the …

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
June 23, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions. …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The fatal distortion lies in …

Norway’s Statkraft to Make Biofuel from Wood Chips and Other Waste
June 21, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Geert De Clercq (Reuters)  Norwegian utility Statkraft has found a way to produce biofuel from wood chippings and other solid organic waste, which it says replicates in minutes a process that made crude oil underground …

BIC Announces New SIRA Roadmap to Develop Europe’s Bioeconomy
June 21, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(Bio-based Industries Consortium) To help build a resource-efficient, circular and bio-based economy, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has announced its new Strategic and Research Agenda (SIRA). The SIRA identifies the activities needed to speed up …

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage
June 21, 2017 – 12:12 am | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and demand”. The study looked into …

ARC Awards $1.5 Million to Support Biorefinery Center at ASC
June 19, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Appalachian Regional Commission recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to help …

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex
June 19, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade …

High Potential in North America for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels but Unlikely to Make Impact on ICAO Emissions Goal
June 15, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  North America has a higher potential for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuels than other regions of the world because of its available resources but it is unlikely that switching to low-carbon …

Jet and Diesel from the Sticks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels
June 15, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In late 2015, we reported Red Rock Biofuels will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year (at that time, from 2017 through 2024) for FedEx Express, a …

Keeping the Forests as Forests
June 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade wood resources have fallen off dramatically.  In this context, “low grade” is used to describe …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

Biofuel Case: $4.5M for Investors under Federal Settlement
June 12, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy (Fox Business/Associated Press)   A federal judge has approved a $4.5 million settlement for private shareholders of failed biofuel maker KiOR, and a lawsuit by the state of Mississippi seeking to recover a …

Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age
June 9, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial technology. Pyrolysis is not incineration. The goal is to use heat in the absence of …

Alliance Bioenergy Licenses Process to Earth’s Renewable Energy
June 7, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into a sublicensing agreement with Earth’s Renewable Energy LLC of Newport Beach, California. The sublicense agreement permits Earth’s …

Neste Deepens Its Knowhow on the Circular Economy – Waste Plastics Now in Focus
June 7, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  Neste deepens its knowhow on the circular economy – waste plastics now in focus —  Neste, the world’s leading biofuel producer in the circular economy, is putting a large amount of resources into research …

Urban Transport Cleans Up Its Act – HSL and Stara Shift to Renewable Fuels Only
June 7, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/HSL/The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Ltd/UPM Biofuels)  Buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and trucks used by the City of Helsinki are switching to waste and residue-based biofuels. Helsinki …

MEP Calls for Sweeping Changes to EU Biofuel and Bioenergy Legislation
June 6, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  MEP Bas Eickhout has proposed sweeping reforms to EU legislation regarding bioenergy and biofuels. They come amid the Dutch politician’s proposals for increasing the EU’s renewable energy share target for 2030 from 27% to …

A Decade of Bioenergy Research
June 2, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy …

Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: The Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove
June 1, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Africa, the overwhelming use is cookstoves, and for a generation now, companies and organizations have been handing out LPG or ethanol cookstoves trying to move Africa to a new …

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale
May 31, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, …

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Certification for Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels
May 30, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has again received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, …

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass
May 30, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with …

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport
May 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project …

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening
May 25, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open the Northern Oil advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone on 1 June 2017. The $18 …

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels
May 23, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market …

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits
May 22, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Pittsburg/R&D Magazine)  Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol’s ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.
“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Interra and the Pursuit of Soil Magic via Affordable Biochar
May 15, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … The world of feedstocks is watching biochar very carefully these days, and for good reason. Although it might feel quite a long ways upstream from the world of making and …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Adds Six Members as Canadian LCFS Approaches
May 12, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada revealed a signficant expansion of its membership. New members include: Cellufuel Inc. is currently operating a demonstration-scale facility producing clean synthetic diesel from lowvalue forestry residues. Ensyn Corporation …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum.
Fuel made from plants is much more …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Biofuels – When, Where and How?
May 5, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on cellulosic ethanol, featuring in-demand industry consultants Michele Rubino  and Michael Schultz, on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at the site.  —  The former …