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Use It or Lose It: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CO2 is one of those things you love to hate, but it’s there and it’s not going away, so if we don’t find a way to use it, isn’t it a missed opportunity? As part of the 2019 BETO Peer Review, Ian Rowe from the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Joules for Schools: Middlebury College Leads Trend towards Renewable Natural Gas on the Campus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Vermont, representatives from Vanguard Renewables, Middlebury College, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont were on hand the other day to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi, with Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

MBP Solutions Marks 20 Years of Continued Business Growth with the Launch of an “Evolved”, New Corporate Identity

(MBP Solutions) … Today MBP Solutions has become a world leader in the collection, handling, processing, production and application of biological by-products and related services. Headquartered in Switzerland, MBP Solutions employs over 90 professionals; has offices in nine different countries; sells products in more than 50 countries; and handles over

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Get with the Program: Biogas Producers Struggling to Generate Revenue from Their Digestate

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Biogas producers struggling to generate revenue from their digestate may find an opportunity to turn this around through the American Biogas Council’s Digestate Standard Testing and Certification Program.  —  … Exeter Agri-Energy was formed to run two anaerobic digesters built at Stonyvale Farm in 2011.

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Netherlands Mulls End to Used Cooking Oil Double-Counting

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Warding off Armyworm, Wiping without Worry, Banana Fiber Sanitary Napkins, Mango Bioplastics, Wearable Fermentation-Based Protein Jacket and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 13th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Not only is it Friday the 13th, it’s also a full moon tonight. But don’t worry, this week’s Top 10 innovations will scare all the boogies away, starting with Provivi’s new fall armyworm pheromone now produced at ton scale that will ward off those nasty armyworm

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuel Technologies Can Bridge the Gap

(Energy Transition Outlook 2019/DNV-GL)  …  It is important to find technically feasible and cost-effective solutions for the deep-sea segment, accounting for more than 80% of world fleet CO2 emissions. Currently, the only technically applicable alternatives for this are liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sustainable advanced biofuels.  Apart from biofuels, efforts to

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Venice, the Capital of Hydrogen: Agreement Signed between Municipality, Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota

(Eni) Venice is experimenting with hydrogen-fuelled mobility, which only releases water vapour from exhausts. This afternoon in Mestre, as part of the events organised by Italy’s Japan Foundation for ‘Japan Week’, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota signed an agreement to evaluate the construction of a

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

How Synthetic Biology Can Help Build Sustainable Cities

by John Cumbers (Green Biz/SynBioBeta)  Sustainability is in vogue, with businesses and cities jostling to improve their public image and produce goods and services using renewable sources. Yet cities exponentially swell and carbon emissions continue to increase. Global CO2 emissions rise nearly every year (about 36 billion tons in 2014), with

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

CS Energy Breaks Ground on RNG Plant in Indianapolis

(SCS Energy/Biomass Magazine) In August 2019, SCS Energy broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. Indy High Btu is jointly owned by Kinetrex Energy,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech to Biochem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Versalis’ Chemistry from Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Versalis, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni, and while their history lies with traditional chemicals, they now have strategic guidelines for chemistry from renewables. Their biotech business unit is one of the ways they are integrating renewable chemicals into products like biofuels, biochemicals, bioherbicides, cosmetic products,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Rice Reactor Turns Greenhouse Gas into Pure Liquid Fuel

by Mike Williams (Rice University)  Lab’s ‘green’ invention reduces carbon dioxide into valuable fuels — A common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels. The catalytic reactor developed by the Rice University lab of chemical and

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

What Are the Realities for Sustainable Hydrogen in Oil, Chemicals and Steel?

(Hydrogen Digest) The International Energy Agency observed in its Future of Hydrogen report (here), that “ the technologies are available to avoid the emissions from fossil fuel use [in industrial sectors] by producing and supplying low-carbon hydrogen.”  Yes, hydrogen is used in vast quantities in oil refining,. chemical production and iron

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia Funds World-First Project to Turn Biogas from Sewage into Hydrogen

(ARENA/NGV Journal) On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has approved up to $9.41 million in funding to Hazer Group Limited for the construction and operation of a groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia. Hazer is seeking to build a $15.8 million 100-ton per

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Heavenly Trash – Dream in the Sky or Bringing It Down to Earth? Cielo and the Future of Waste to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  …  Find out how Cielo (Waste Solutions) turns trash to treasure, why they love anything with cellulosic fiber, how they plan on becoming a multi-billion, yes, Billion, dollar company in five years, their plans for 40 plants, and more, all in an exclusive Digest

September 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas: The Climate Change Solution with Limited Awareness of Its Potential

by Michael Bakas (Utility Dive/Ameresco)  When it comes to addressing climate change, we must pursue the many diverse approaches for reducing carbon emissions. One of the most overlooked opportunities in our arsenal today is renewable natural gas (RNG). It’s simply not getting enough attention in relationship to its potential for major impact. 

September 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The IPCC’s Land Report Shows Shipping the Potential of Sustainable Biofuels, but How to Get There?

by Will Dawson (Sustainable Shipping Initiative) The IPCC’s Special Report on Land shows that biofuels can sustainably play a part in shipping’s decarbonisation journey.  But with aviation and other sectors circling around a finite resource, shipping needs to invest in the exotic options of ammonia or hydrogen to make them viable by

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Curbs Used Cooking Oil in Biodiesel Due to Fears of Fraud

by Valerie Flynn (The Sunday Times) The Department of the Environment has said it may have to alter the statutory instrument promoting biofuels in Ireland after the EU placed a cap on biodiesel made from used cooking oil (UCO) in response to environmental concern about the fuel. Within the EU,

August 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia: Queensland Goes Greener with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Fleet

(Government of Queensland/NGV Journal) Hydrogen-powered cars will be added to the Queensland Government’s vehicle fleet to accelerate the state’s drive towards a hydrogen-fueled future. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the fuel cell vehicles would be integrated into QFleet as part of the $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024. “We’re ensuring Queensland

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Restaurants Reluctant to Give away Used Edible Oil to Make Biodiesel

by Preety Acharya (Hindustan Times)  Noida: Food safety department officials, who are doing a survey of district restaurants and hotels to encourage them to give away used edible oil to convert it into biodiesel, are facing trouble in convincing them to do so. Most restaurants sell their used oil to soap

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada Investing in First-in-Canada Forest Industry Technologies in Sarnia

(Government of Canada)  Canada’s forest sector remains a vital source of wealth for Canadians, providing economic, social and environmental benefits. By investing in Canada’s forest sector, the Government of Canada is growing the economy while protecting our environment. Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Sport and the Parliamentary Secretary

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Producer S.G. Preston Interested in Buying PES Refinery

by Catalina Jaramillo (WHYY) Philadelphia-based biofuel company S.G. Preston Co. is the first of at least two prospective buyers to publicly express interest in taking over the damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery to make renewable diesel, marine diesel and jet fuel, according to Reuters. It could mean a transition from fossil

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

9 Constellations to Watch: A Look at the Rising Stars in the Race to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)oday we explore 9 of those constellations building around Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Some of them are young protostars in the earliest stage of stellar evolution, while others are like the Earth’s sun, a main-sequence mid-size star, and a few are superstars like, well,

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Biofuels: Tracking Clean Energy Progress

by Pharoah Le Feuvre   (International Energy Agency)  Transport biofuel production expanded 7% year-on-year in 2018, and 3% annual production growth is expected over the next five years. This falls short of the sustained 10% output growth per year needed until 2030 to align with the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS). Stronger

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

“Poldering” a New Climate Agreement in the Netherlands

by Paul Sinnige and Timo Gerlagh (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)  …  With a strong focus on passenger transport and recognising that transport is responsible for a quarter of all emissions, one of the main goals of the agreement is an ambition for all new passenger cars sold in the Netherlands to

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks — Co-processing

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39) Many petroleum refiners in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia are thinking about upgrading bio-feedstocks using existing infrastructure. Approximately 40 refineries around the world have so far implemented or tested some type of hydroprocessing of mixed petroleum and bio-intermediate feedstocks, co-processing these feeds at biointermediate levels

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Cutting Edge Sustainability for Cutting Edge Tech: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sustainability is such a vague term that some throw around to make them sound good in a consumer environment that is asking for greener and more socially conscious products. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is tackling sustainability head on with its cutting edge sustainability tools for

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Petroleum Companies Ramp up HVO Production in Europe

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine) Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in the European Union has picked up pace since 2012. Petroleum companies, such as Neste, Eni and Total, were the main entities promoting the creation of corresponding capacities. From the perspective of the Union zur Förderung

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Vancouver Considers Anaerobic Digestion to Tackle Dog Waste DEADLINE: September 17, 2019

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Canadian city of Vancouver is considering processing dog waste using anaerobic digestion.  …  Currently, dog waste is collected in plastic bags that do not quickly or easily break down, so diverting the waste from landfill has become a priority for the city. Vancouver is considering a contracted

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Three UK Companies Join Forces to Create Waste Plastic to Hydrogen Facilities

(Bioenergy Insight)  Three companies have joined forces to create waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK. Peel Environmental has signed a collaboration agreement with Waste2Tricity and PowerHouse Energy which will see 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities developed. The £130 million (€140 million) investment follows the announcement that the

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Startup Licenses ORNL Food-Waste-to-Fuel System

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Electro-Active Technologies, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

British Airways and Shell to Build Europe’s First Facility to Convert Rubbish into Jet Fuel

by Oliver Gill (The Telegraph) British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell have submitted plans to build Europe’s first plant that converts household waste into jet fuel. The duo will work with Velocys, a sustainable fuel specialist, on the site near to the Humber estuary in North Lincolnshire. It is hoped that around

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Jumbo and GoodFuels Partner to Take Sustainable Bio-Fuel Oil to the Offshore Support Market

(Goodfuels)  Dutch company partnership paves the way for a low carbon energy transition in the offshore support sector. — Leading global heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo, and the world’s first commercial, sustainable marine biofuel company GoodFuels, today announced a joint initiative to test marine Bio-Fuel Oil on

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Revisit Your Facility’s Grease Waste Process and Turn Fog Into an Asset

(Greasezilla) You may be flushing a valuable resource down the metaphorical drain when disposing of grease trap waste. Yes, the big bad wolf of commercial plumbing that the industry has struggled to combat over the past two decades may be hiding a gem in that mess of congealed fats, oils and

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Golden Cow – Is India the Place to Be for Biofuels?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Is India the cash cow for biofuels? Or even the golden cow? If Aemetis’ recent 200% year over year increase in biodiesel sales is any indication…well, let’s just say we see the value. The market It is estimated that the ethanol market in India

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Facts Not Furor: What the 2020 Candidates Should Be Focused On

by Daniel Gage (ACT News/NGV America)  …  One candidate said we have less than 10 years to act. Many candidates agree that we don’t have time to wait. So why then are we waiting for large scale light-duty electric vehicle adoption that will take decades? Why are we waiting for medium-

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Replacing Crude Oil with Waste Plastics

(Neste) The aim is to proceed to an industrial scale trial during 2019. By 2030, Neste targets to process more than one million tons of plastic waste annually by 2030.  Neste is already the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues and now it’s target is to

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Mineral Oil Groups Ramp up HVO Production in the EU

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine) Production of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) in the European Union has picked up pace since 2012. Mineral oil groups, such as Neste, Eni and Total, were the main entities promoting the creation of corresponding capacities. From the perspective of the Union

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

No Carbon Left Behind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has produced 5.5 million gallons of ethanol since start up and has compelling project economics to back it up. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech gave this ‘Carbon Smart’ overview of how LanzaTech is recycling carbon from industrial off gas biomass and MSW syngas and

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Robocar’s Biobased Seat Cushions, Miscanthus Bedding, Churro Waste Fat Based Diesel, Edible Spoons, Cellulose-Based Fabric, Sausage without the Sausage, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 15th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As the end of summer approaches, county fairs are popping up around the U.S. and with it, churros and other waste. But innovators are turning churro waste fats into renewable diesel, using edible flavored spoons to avoid fair waste, rain ponchos made from sugarcane-based bioplastic, packaging

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

33 Million Reasons Why Your Garbage Is Worth More than You Think: Breakthrough, Cox et al Investing, Accelerating Sierra Energy in Waste-to-X Race

(Hydrogen Digest)  … In 2015, we reported that the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Sierra Energy a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant $100,000 grant to further explore the production of hydrogen fuel from waste. Sierra Energy’s patented FastOx gasifier converts waste into an energy-dense gas with high hydrogen content. The system’s

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Continues to Move Passengers on the Big Blue Bus, LAX

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp/Biomass Magazine) The demand for clean, cost-effective renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel continues to rise. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it has inked contracts to provide its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to power fleets across multiple sectors that include transit, trucking, airports, solid waste and service

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Vegan Renewable Diesel, Futurol Tech: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Axens’ Fuel Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Axens Solutions is covering the entire project development cycle and working on things like BioTfuel and Vegan which are renewable diesel and jet fuels, Futurol, a cellulosic ethanol using biomass enzymatic fermentation, Atol made from ethylene using ethanol dehydration, and other feedstocks for fuel. David

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

DOE Seeks Information on Opportunities to Leverage Bioethanol Production Facilities, Food Waste Streams, High-Impact Data, and Algal Biomass to Advance the Domestic Bioeconomy –DE-FOA-0002150: FY 2019 BETO-WIDE RFI DEADLINE: September 6, 2019

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting information on the following research opportunities to help inform its priorities and funding strategies: advanced processes and retrofits to co-produce cellulosic biofuels and other products at existing

August 13, 2019 Read Full Article

The Safrinha Subpoena, or, Do They that Soy the Wind Ripen the Whirlwind?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today we’re going to relate a detective story which begins with an unexplained and foul stink, and branches off into climate, trade, the eradication of poverty, crop rotation, the politics of the Amazon, the flow vectors of tropical seas, seafloor convection, the future of beach

August 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Another IKEA Store Offering Biomethane Refueling in Finland

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Energy company Gasum and IKEA Finland continue to work together with the opening of a renewable natural gas filling station at the IKEA store in Raisio. This new facility improves the availability of a low-emission fuel and promotes the circular economy in the Turku economic region. Two natural gas

August 13, 2019 Read Full Article

City in Colorado Develops Innovative Biogas Plant & CNG Station Project

(City of Longmont/NGV Journal)  Steel rising on a site at the northwest corner of the city of Longmont’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a sign of the future. The steel provides the frame for an approximately 23,000-square-foot building for Longmont’s Biogas Treatment and Renewable Natural Gas Fueling Station Project, which will

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Expression of Interest to Be Floated for Procurement of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil across 100 Cities

(Government of India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector. Ministry of Petroleum

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Production – How Much Will Be Sustainable, How Sustainable, When, and How?

(Hydrogen Digest)  …  Creating another fossil economy, even if it uses groovy hydrogen, is not the aim of our industrial societies. We want new methods of production, new sources that justify the time, money and aggravation of building out a hydrogen infrastructure. So, affordable production is the first hurdle, but by

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Zero Emission Heavy Fuel Oil: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to GoodFuels’ Marine Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GoodFuels is seeing a fast rise of low carbon marine fuels as a very logical one. The demand. The supply. The environmental impact. Even the economics. It’s all making sense now. In November, GoodFuels completed trials of the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

SAF on the Cusp of Rapid Expansion and Replication: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since 2006, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has sought to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through the use of alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers, researchers, international participants and U.S. government agencies.

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Bringing Biodiesel to BHSU

by Alex Portal (Black Hills Pioneer)  A local senior at Black Hills State University is pioneering the use of biodiesel fuel on campus.  “The idea is to take the cooking oil from A’viands cafeteria, convert it to biodiesel, and then use it to power facilities equipment,” said Nick Pappas, of Spearfish, who

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Novo Holdings Invests $72 Million in Sustainable Products Leader LanzaTech

(Lanza Tech) Novo Holdings A/S (Novo Holdings) and LanzaTech, a pioneer in the production of next generation fuels and chemicals through the recycling of carbon pollution, announce today that they have formed a partnership to grow LanzaTech’s revolutionary sustainable fuels and chemicals platform. Novo Holdings is making a $72 million investment

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair Flies Its First “Push for Change” Biofuel Flights from San Francisco to Helsinki

(Finnair)  Finnair today announced that it will fly the first biofuel flights backed by its “Push for change” carbon decreasing initiative this week. On both August 5th and 7th, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent,

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Licella Ignites Carbon Re-Use Week with Oji Deal to Make Fuels, Chemicals from End-of-Life Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Licella signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand’s pulp, paper and packaging business giant Oji Fibre Solutions to investigate plastic recycling technology for New Zealand. Specifically, the physical and chemical recycling of what they’re terming End-of-Life Plastic. That is to say, conventionally end of

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Lincolnshire Fish and Chip Company Launches New Biogas Venture with Veolia

(Bioenergy Insight)  A Lincolnshire fish and chip company is launching a new biogas project as part of its zero waste to landfill pledge. The Elite Fish and Chip Company will now ensure all of its waste is reused, recycled, composted or converted into energy. The 30-year-old business has partnered with resource

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Stakeholders Speak out on EPA’s 2020 Renewable Fuel Proposal

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  More than two dozen representatives from the renewable natural gas (RNG) industry spoke at Wednesday’s public hearing in Michigan to provide feedback on 2020 biofuel volumes proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. “The RNG Coalition is the

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Governor Signs RNG Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., has signed into law S.B.98, creating a path for renewable natural gas (RNG) to become an increasing part of the state’s energy supply. NW Natural, a natural gas service company serving Oregon and Washington, worked with legislators to propose S.B.98 to enable

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Largest WWTP in the Netherlands Will Produce Biomethane for Vehicles

(Bright Biomethane/NGV Journal)  Bright Biomethane has delivered the biogas upgrading system with membrane separation technology to the largest waste water treatment plant (WWTP) of the Netherlands: WWTP Harnaschpolder of the Delfland Water Authority. The produced renewable gas will be supplied to the transport sector. Construction is progressing extremely well and the

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces MOU to Build a Renewable Diesel Refinery in Lethbridge, Alberta and Settlement of Debt

(Cielo/Bloomberg)  (“Cielo” or the “Company”) announces that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Renewable U LethbridgeInc. (“Renewable U LA”) to build a renewable diesel refinery in the City of Lethbridge, Alberta. Renewable U LA and Cielo are now working towards entering into a joint venture agreement (“JV Agreement”)

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Development of a Biorefinery Scheme to Produce Biofuels from Waste Cooking Oil

by Araceli Guadalupe Romero-Izquierdo, Fernando Israel Gómez-Castro, Claudia Gutiérrez-Antonio, Rogelio Cruz Baraja, Salvador Hernández  (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering)  … In this work, a biorefinery scheme using waste cooking oil (WCO) is presented, aiming to obtain biodiesel and biojet fuel simultaneously as main products. The modelling of the biorefinery scheme is performed in

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Hosts Foundation Stone Ceremony for Singapore Expansion

(Neste)  Following up from the EUR 1.4 billion investment to expand its renewable products production capacity in Singapore, Neste today held a foundation stone ceremony to officially mark the extension of the new production line. The construction started at the beginning of the year. “The Singapore expansion marks an important step

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum Bioenergy is a pioneer in making low-carbon, low-cost, transportation fuels from one of our nation’s most abundant resources – household garbage. And transforming waste to fuel is a beautiful thing, especially when industries like aviation are committed to alternative, more sustainable fuels. … Jim Macias,

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

New Renewable Natural Gas Processing Facility Opens in Nebraska

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Michigan-based Aria Energy recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest renewable natural gas (RNG) facility, located at the Waste Connections-owned Butler County Landfill in David City, Neb. Aria Energy, which constructed the project, also owns and operates the facility, which processes and purifies up to

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Market Surpasses 100-Project Pinnacle in North America

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas/Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced today (July 29, 2019) that the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry has reached the 100 facility benchmark this summer. With the addition of three recent operational facilities, the 101 RNG production sites across the

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Could Renewable Natural Gas Be the Next Big Thing in Green Energy?

by Jonathan Mingle (Yale Environment 360)  For decades, small-scale biogas systems have collected methane from landfills, sewage plants, and farms. Now, in Europe and the U.S., the growth of this renewable form of natural gas is taking off as businesses capture large amounts of methane from manure, food waste, and other

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

France Bans Palm Oil from Biofuels

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))   France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market,

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $43.6 Million for Phase II Innovation Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. As part of last Monday’s announcement, small businesses are receiving Phase II Release 2 grants that demonstrate commercial feasibility for innovations during the

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Generation Start-up: UAE’s Homegrown Biofuels Firm to Expand to India and Bahrain

(The National Business)  Neutral Fuels powers the entirety of McDonald’s fleet in the emirates  —  … Mr (Karl) Feilder is behind the UAE’s first homegrown initiative to turn waste cooking oil into biofuel, on which the entirety of the country’s fleet of McDonald’s vehicles runs. Entirely self-funded, the company was grown when

July 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Ayas Renewables Completes Definitive Engineering for Glycerin to Bio-Renewable Propylene Glycol Plant

(Ayas Renewables/PR NewsWire)  New Facility To Showcase US Presidential Green Chemistry Award-Winning Process That Provides 99.9% Pure, Bio-Renewable Propylene Glycol At Competitive Price  — Ayas Renewables, Inc. has completed definitive engineering and is in the process of final site selection for a large-scale domestic plant to convert low-value waste biodiesel crude glycerol

July 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Negatonnes: Beyond the ZEV, the Negative Emission Vehicle and Its Amazing Hydrogen Fuel and Electric Drive

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s the technically tougher path, which is to split ethanol and make CO2 and hydrogen. The point source, high-grade CO2 has value. The bio-based hydrogen has even more value than the ethanol. Conceptually, the recipe is simple. Take ethanol, add water, apply energy, and split

July 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Opens Renewable Natural Gas Station in South Bronx

by Lidia Henderson, Emily Vickers (Empire Clean Cities/ACT News)  On July 10th, 2019, Empire Clean Cities, New York City officials, and members of the community joined Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for the grand opening of their renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station located in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, New

July 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Eco-Friendly Biofuels Made from Food Waste Could Cut ‘Flight Shame’ among Air Travelers

by Jeremy Deaton (NBC News)   “Biofuels are what’s going to save us when it comes to aviation.”  —  … The airline industry has expressed concern that flight shame will put a dent in their bottom line, and they are taking steps to use less fuel — packing more passengers into fewer flights,

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Barnawartha Biodiesel Plant Bounces Back to Life, as Industry Calls for More Government Support

by Erin Somerville (ABC News)  Australia’s largest renewable biodiesel producer has restarted operations in north-east Victoria just three years after it was driven to closure. Key points: Just Biodiesel will produce up to 50 million litres of biodiesel each year at the Barnawartha site The plant’s general manager says the prospect

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes FINAL Report on E10 Inquiry

(British Bioethanol)  The APPG for British Bioethanol has launched its final report on the introduction of E10 today (July 16, 2019). Stemming from the launch of an Inquiry in March into the lack of progress made by the DfT to publish its Consultation into E10, which closed in September 2018. The

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

City-Based Scientists Develop New Biodiesel Plant Tech — Biodiesel from Feedstock with Free Fatty Acid up to 10%

(Tribune News Service) Scientists at the Centre of Excellence for Farm Machinery (CoEFM) here have developed the technology of ‘Semi-continuous Biodiesel Plant’. This technology represents a simplified process to produce biodiesel from any feedstock having free fatty acid content up to 10%. It is a low-maintenance production technology, can be easily

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Press Release: Implications of Imported Used Cooking Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock

(National Non-Food Crops Centre) Increasing imports of UCO to the EU for use as biodiesel feedstock could have unintended and significant environmental consequences. — NNFCC release a new report on the ‘Implications of Imported Used Cooking Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock’. The report discusses how UK biofuels policy: Is driving the growing use of

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Fuels Come Clearer, Closer with Oberon’s Leap to Demo Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California comes news that Oberon Fuels has been officially awarded a grant for $2,876,139 from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), with what could arguably be the most carbon-negative transport fuel ever produced

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Southern Alberta Waste Refinery Turning Trash into ‘High-Grade, Low-Cost’ Biodiesel

by Heide Pearson (Global News)  A new refinery set to open in southern Alberta is aiming to change the way household waste is recycled and reduce the carbon footprint at the same time. Cielo Waste Solutions is set to open its first refinery in Aldersyde, Alta., where it will turn Albertans’ landfill

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Used Frying Fat Causes a Significant CO2 Reduction in the Transport Sector

(Dutch Emissions Authority (Google Translation)) The Netherlands is on track to reach the European target for renewable energy for transport of 10% in 2020. This means that in 2018, the Netherlands will be well above the European average at 8.9%. This is evident from the overall report on the use and source of renewable energy

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Organic Waste to Energy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ag-Grid Energy LLC has 5 projects underway currently where the emphasis is organic waste to renewable energy. Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to drive dairy farm sustainability by converting agricultural and organic waste to energy, enhance nutrient management practices thereby improving farm viability and financial stability.

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

NovoNutrients Gets $300K from DOE Program for CO2 to Feed Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $600,000 in federal funding for two projects that fall under the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) program.  One of the projects caught The Digest’s eye in particular – California-based NovoNutrients‘ fermentation technology which utilizes energy from hydrogen to transform industrial

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Reduce Current Account Deficit

by Syed Akhtar Ali (The Express Tribune)  Pakistan’s current account deficit has created many problems for the economy. Major imports are of the oil sector. There is a misplaced notion that nothing can be done for reducing these imports. Biofuels based on local agro-waste are a viable option and competitive route.

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he bioeconomy’s biggest and grandest show, the BIO World Congress, takes us on an accustomed journey through the present and future in a sector that has more twists and turns than the rides at Six Flags and the acceleration of a mission to Mars.

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy Transition and Oil Companies’ Hard Choices

by Rob West and Bassam Fattouh (The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies)  In this Energy Insight, we explore the challenges of the energy transition for international oil companies (IOCs). We argue that energy demand forecasts are inconsistent with meeting Paris Agreement targets using currently available and economic technologies and that, barring

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Curbs 160,000 kg of Carbon Emissions

(Tehran Times)  The first phase of the scheme on using biodiesel in Tehran bus transport fleet which was piloted some three years ago, has resulted in reduction of carbon emissions by 160,000 kilograms, Mehr news agency reported on Saturday.  The second phase of the scheme will soon go into effect, which is

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Successful Biogas to Renewable Energy Production Is All about the Feedstock

by John Hanselman (Vanguard Renewables/Biofuels Digest)  Renewable natural gas production is a good news story, but how to get there successfully is more complicated than most of us in the business anticipated. At Vanguard Renewables, we entered the renewable energy landscape with two different “eat what you kill” on-farm anaerobic digesters that

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

What Happened to Anaerobic Digestion in Rhode Island?

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Today it seems that the use of anaerobic digestion in the Ocean State is not as widespread as it once was. According to a recent survey conducted by the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), owner and operator of Rhode Island’s (RI) two largest wastewater treatment

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

New Biomethane Station Opens in the UK to Fuel Bristol Bus Fleet

(Bristol Community Transport)  A new permanent biomethane station for the city’s metrobus fleet has been opened by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and Cllr Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council Cabinet member for Energy and Transport. The facility, located at Bristol Community Transport (BCT) depot in Bedminster, will be used to

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Strongly Disagrees with Commerce’s Preliminary Decision to Change Argentine Biodiesel Duty Rates

(National Biodiesel Board)  Commerce gives Argentina a trade break at the expense of U.S. biodiesel producers and soybean farmers  —   The National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition today criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a “changed circumstances” review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. Commerce

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

LPG Industry Aims for 100% Transition to BioLPG by 2040

(Liquid Gas UK)  Full switch to bioLPG could deliver up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions; Liquid Gas UK calls for re-think on EPC methodology; Trade association announces re-brand from UKLPG to Liquid Gas UK Liquid Gas UK, the newly re-branded trade association representing the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Streamlining the Biofuel Production Process

(European Commission)  The production of biofuels like ethanol from non-food biomass is a lucrative prospect for the agricultural sector. However, due to the complexity and expense of the large-scale industrial process currently needed to produce such biofuels, they remain out of reach for many small-scale farmers. To change this, the EU-funded

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Airline Hopes that Rabbit Poo May Provide Sustainable Fuel

by Kara Godfrey  (The Sun/Fox News)  A Japanese plane carrier could soon power their aircraft with the help of rabbit poo.  All Nippon Airways (ANA), partnered with LanzaTech, are hoping to introduce the greener fuel choice by 2021. The new fuel would use recycled emissions, such as from steel plants, which are then converted

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Who’s Down with TCP: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet Technologiesuses Thermal Conversion Process (TCP), a patented non-combustion technology which breaks down all organic materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce renewable diesel oil and other valuable co-products from waste. So let’s get down with TCP, yeah, you know me. Brian Appel,Co-founder of

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Enerkem Co-Founder Vincent Chornet Dies at 45

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Enerkem announced the death of co-founder and long-time CEO Vincent Chornet following a prolonged illness. He was 45. The company noted, “faithful to himself, he fought this terrible disease with the passion and determination that we know him for. He has been active even

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia’s Toowoomba Tires-to-Fuels Plant in Jeopardy after Govt No-No’s $5M Grant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Green Distillation Technologies is advising that a decision by the Queensland Government to not support a Resource Recovery Grant for the proposed Toowoomba tyre recycling plant has placed the project in jeopardy. “The tyre recycling plant was planned to be built at the Wellcamp Business

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter from Route 12 and the Pacific Northwest: From Waste Streams, a Bioeconomy Rising

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, there’s a new mill near the city of Dayton that is the first to use waste straw to make pulp for paper products, and biopolymers; and, a new project near Granger turning dairy waste into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas; also, a proposed

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Glastonbury Festival to Be Powered by Biofuels and Sunshine

(Biofuels International)  Energy services provider Aggreko has renewed its contract with Glastonbury Festival to offer a number of emission-reducing power solutions at this year’s music festival. The company has been the exclusive power supplier for the UK festival since 2007, with this year seeing the introduction of generators powered by hydrotreated

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Twenty-One Individuals Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation of Stolen Used Cooking Oil, Money Laundering, Harboring Aliens, and Immigration-Related Entrepreneurship Fraud

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Robert J. Higdon Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a Superseding Indictment charging the following individuals with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering: SALVADOR IBARRA ESCALANTE, age

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Partnership for Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(NTBInfo/Avinor)  Avinor has entered into an agreement with Quantafuel to buy sustainable aviation fuel based on Norwegian biomass. The fuel will be produced in a pilot plant partly funded by ENOVA*.  “Sustainable aviation fuel is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The establishment of a pilot plant is an important

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

2016-2018 Measuring, Governing and Gaining Support for Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains

(IEA Bioenergy)  Several systems to define and monitor performance and progress towards sustainability of bioenergy have been developed for implementation at different scales, including operations, landscapes or jurisdictions. Some are formalised systems (e.g. GBEP 2011; RSB 2016; ISO 2015; ASTM 2016; SBP 2019) while others are inputs made through the scientific

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Households Who Use Heating Oil Should Be Preparing to Transition to Biofuel, Says Industry Body

by  Ross Bentley (East Anglian Daily Times)  OFTEC recommends thousands of homeowners in East Anglia who use heating oil to warm their homes should consider a new fuel made from food waste as a low carbon alternative. OFTEC, which stands for the Oil Firing Technical Association, represents the oil heating and

June 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Maersk to Offer Customers Carbon-Neutral Transport

(Maersk)  A new carbon neutral product – the first of its kind in the industry – is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Indianapolis Plant Will Turn Landfill Gas Into Fuel For Long-Haul Trucks

by Rebecca Theile (Indiana Public Radio)  Kinetrex Energy will capture methane from the South Side Landfill and liquefy it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. Methane is one of the fastest growing greenhouse gas emissions that contributes to climate change.  Kinetrex President & CEO Aaron Johnson says this will

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Brisbane Biofuel Trial Hits 1 Million KM MIlestone

(Australianaviation.Com.Au)  Virgin Australia’s push into sustainable aviation fuel, part of a strengthening trend in the global airline industry’s push toward cleaner energy use, has clocked up one million kilometres in less than a year. The airline’s trial of low-carbon aviation fuel is being conducted in a partnership with the Queensland Government,

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Gamalux to Profit from Sustainability Policies of EU

(Daily Express/Bernama)  Amid the uproar over the European Union’s (EU) discriminatory move against palm oil, one player in the Malaysian palm oil downstream sector seems unperturbed and is in fact expecting better demand for its products this year from European clients.  Gamalux Oils Sdn Bhd, which makes feedstock materials for biodiesel

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Grand Opening of Aldersyde Refinery

(Cielo)  CSE: CMC: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (‘Cielo’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it will be holding the “Grand Opening” of its renewable fuels refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta (the “Refinery”) on July 11th, 2019 between noon and 3 PM MST. Tours will be offered to interested parties and, in

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Key Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SoCalGas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  he Southern California Gas Company is the primary provider of natural gas to the region of Southern California and has a vision to become the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. As California works to achieve its climate change goals, SoCalGas is working on low

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In the land of the rising sun, things are looking a whole lot brighter for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and for LanzaTech and their sustainable aviation fuel. ANA and LanzaTech signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel – a big step

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

New Liquefied Biomethane Station Opens in Sweden

(Air Liquide/NGV Journal)  FordonsGas, an Air Liquide company, has opened its 5th bio-LNG station in Sweden, the first in Östergötland region. The new facility is built and operated by FordonsGas, with the support of the EU program GREAT, and will address the road transportation market. Among Sweden’s largest biomethane players, FordonsGas now

June 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Mining Lithium for Electric Cars Is Hurting This Desert’s Local Environment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  The Atacama Desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Atacama has become one of the busiest mining districts on the planet, after discoveries of massive deposits of copper and lithium. In

June 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Rewriting the Equation for Fossil Fuel Emissions

by Kyle Saukas (Leaders in Energy) … On May 29th, Leaders in Energy (LE) members met to discuss how to better utilize the abundant fossil fuel resources we already have in order to move towards a cleaner future at the Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy: Searching for the Next Better Event.

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

COLUMN: NEXT: Building Trust and Community

by Chris Efird and Lou Soumas (The Chronicle)  NEXT Renewable Fuels is building an advanced biofuel facility at Port Westward. Today we are in the planning and permitting stage. Beginning with this op-ed, we intend periodic updates on the project, so that Columbia County residents understand our plans, and know how

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Launches Greener Fuels Campaign

by Gareth Roberts (Fleet News)  A Government campaign aims to help educate drivers about greener fuels, with filling stations clearly identifying biofuel content.  New labels are being rolled out across the UK. Petrol, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland to Join Other Nordic Countries in Reducing Emissions in Aviation

by Robin Whitlock  (Renewable Energy Magazine)  Finland’s incoming government has today (June 4, 2019) introduced a government programme establishing ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035.  —  … “This is a significant goal, enabling Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation” said Ilkka Räsänen, Director,

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

CNG Fuels to Open Five New Renewable Biomethane Refuelling Stations

(Bioenergy Insight)  CNG Fuels has commenced construction of two new public access renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) refuelling stations, two of five due to open in 2019 to cater for soaring demand from HGV operators switching from diesel, the company announced today. The new public access Bio-CNG stations will serve

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Consistent Collections Needed to Reduce and Recycle Food Waste, ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD) is highlighting the need for universal food waste collections in England to reduce food waste levels and allow inedible food waste to be recycled into renewable energy and natural fertiliser. Responding to the government consultation on recycling consistency in England, the Anaerobic Digestion &

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

2,000 City Buses Run on Biodiesel

(Xinhua/Shanghai Daily) OVER 2,000 buses from Shanghai’s major bus company started running on biodiesel from yesterday, as the city works to turn recycled cooking oil into car fuel. Estimated by the current scale of use, Shanghai’s diesel and hybrid electric buses are set to consume nearly 22,000 tons of B5 biodiesel

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Decarbonization Brings Transformative Opportunities for Next Generation Biodiesel Feedstocks

by William R. Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/MENAFN)  New study finds next generation feedstock markets and technologies are big winners in diesel decarbonization initiatives for low carbon fuels. In the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, strong demand signals and incentives for diesel decarbonization are driving the rapid expansion of next

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

British Airways and Velocys Anticipate Starting UK Sustainable Jet Fuel Production in 2024

(GreenAir Online)  The British Airways project with renewable fuels company Velocys is “well advanced”, say the two partners, and production of waste-to-jet fuel is slated to start in 2024 from a new facility in north-east England. An 80-acre (32ha) brownfield site near Immingham on the Humber estuary, with a direct fuel

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Produce Renewable Engine Fuel from Wet Biowaste

by Edwin L. Aguirre (University of Massachusetts Lowell) A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and China Agricultural University in Beijing has developed a new, sustainable way of converting wet biological waste into diesel-compatible fuel, using heat and water.   The process, called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), converts

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

After Yearlong Delay, New Fiberight Waste-to-Energy Plant Fires up Residential Garbage Processor

by Meg Robbins (Morning Sentinel/PressHerald)  The plant started taking in waste last week even as key officials from the group representing towns’ interests in the facility have stepped down.  —  The Fiberight waste-processing facility in Hampden accepted its first loads of municipal trash last week, a year after its expected opening and

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

New York Public Transport Authority Wants to Fuel Buses with Biomethane

(Energy Vision/NGV Journal)  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a request for proposals to purchase ultra-low-carbon renewable natural gas to fuel some 800 New York City buses currently running on CNG.  It represents the first step any heavy duty vehicle fleet in NYC has taken towards adopting biomethane. “This fuel shift

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Startups Strive to Recycle Emissions for ‘New Carbon Economy’

by Sebastien Malo  (Reuters)  Jennifer Holmgren, chief executive of carbon recycling firm LanzaTech, explained modestly how the Chicago-based startup had cut multi-million-dollar deals on four continents, including in China, aimed at helping curb climate change and air pollution. At the Jingtang Steel Mill in Heibei province, the company uses bacteria to convert

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel Forward: The Digest’s 2019 Enhanced Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, Renewable Energy Group released its 2019 Q1 earnings and held its quarterly earnings conference call with analysts and media. The complete webcast of the event is available at regi.com. Participating in the call for REG were CEO Cynthia J. Warner, CFO Chad Stone, and

May 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Prepares to Begin Operations at La Mède Biorefinery

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  French multinational oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from a much-anticipated startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the renewable diesel processing facility is on track to begin commercial production in late May or

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America Enter into Renewable Feedstock Supply Agreement

(NEXT Renewable Fuels)  NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc (NEXT) and BP Products North America Inc. (BP) have entered into a long‐term Feedstock Supply Agreement whereby NEXT will purchase approximately 2 million metric tons (13.2 million barrels) per year of renewable feedstocks for NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon renewable diesel facility. Under the Agreement, BP will supply used cooking oils, animal

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…Certifications and the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How do you know a company is telling the truth about their sustainability claims? How do you know that biofuel X really achieves an 80% GHG emissions savings over fossil fuels?  …  Well, certifications are one way to help gauge transparency, honesty, verification. And there’s been some

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Food, Water, Energy: An Eternal Golden Braid of Value and Sustainability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jonathan Trent, late of the OMEGA algae projects, has authored a column on the topic of “putting existing technologies into ecosystems, to increase food productivity and profitability, while conserving water and energy and decreasing environmental impact.” He calls this UpCycle Systems, or UCS to those who

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

MicroNiche Engineering: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Microvi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Microvi has a vision of safe water, sustainable chemicals and a clean environment for all. How they do this is through their exclusive MicroNiche Engineering platform which combines material science and microbiology to provide novel, fit-for-process biocatalyst composites (MNE biocatalysts). Ameen Razavi,Director of Innovation Research, Microvi, gave

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

EERE’s SBIR Selects Bioenergy Phase I Innovation Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Small businesses are receiving Phase I Release 2 grants (from each EERE office) that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

BASF Develops Process for Climate-Friendly Methanol

(BASF)  Successful team of experts applies for patent for complex process; With the help of BASF’s OASE® gas treatment technology, no carbon dioxide should be emitted during the entire production process The production processes of the most important basic chemicals are responsible for around 70 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Impact of LCFS Adoption on RNG Production for Vehicle Fuel

(New Energy Update)  This white paper will help you to: Understand the federal incentives program, the impact on biogas demand and lucrative pathways to get your biogas to market Mitigate risk and size up your opportunities through operational best practice and the right financial partnerships Explore lessons learnt in Denmark

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy Greenlight the World’s Largest Stand-Alone Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From the Netherlands comes news that, SkyNRG will develop Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of SAF in Delfzijl. KLM has committed to a 10-year, 75,000 tonne per year aviation fuels order for 10 years. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and SHV Energy (a global leader in

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Navigant Publishes “Gas for Climate: The Optimal Role for Gas in a Net-Zero Emissions Energy System”

(Navigant)  Navigant supports the Gas for Climate consortium on furthering the role of renewable gas in 2050 energy system  —  To meet the Paris Agreement on climate change, the EU and other large global economies need to reduce energy system emissions to net zero by 2050.  The focus for the 2050 energy

May 27, 2019 Read Full Article

US Market Report: Biofuels Driving Fats Demand while Proteins Go Abroad

by Kent Swisher (Render Magazine)  … Despite domestic consumption of rendered products being steady over the last 5 years, increasing an average of 1 percent, consumption in 2018 was down 1.3 percent to almost 8.5 million metric tons. Last year, total animal fats use in the United States for biodiesel/renewable fuel production was 1.4

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Methanol Institute Releases New Report on Renewable Methanol

(Methanol Institute)  Compared to conventional fuels, renewable methanol cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions. The report, prepared for MI by ATA Insights, features case studies on renewable methanol production by Carbon Recycling International

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Sourcing Waste Oils for Biodiesel Production

(Biofuels International) Greenergy gives a behind the scenes look of its UCO (used cooking oil) supply chain with Patrick Lynch, biofuels sustainability manager. WATCH VIDEO

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane Becoming the Hallmark Renewable Transportation Fuel

by Daniel Gage (ACT News/NGV America)  In 2018, renewable natural gas (RNG) on-road fuel use reached an historic high. Of the 645 million gasoline gallon equivalent of natural gas used as a motor fuel last year, more than 204 million gasoline gallon equivalent was renewable—equating to 32%. [1] In states with a Low Carbon

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria Could Be Missing Link in Energy Storage

by Krishna Ramanujan (Cornell Chronicle)  One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that’s generated from wind, solar and waves. At present, no existing technology provides large-scale storage and energy retrieval for sustainable energy at a low financial and environmental cost. Engineered electroactive microbes could

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Project Set to End as Greenergy Exits Joint Venture with Brocklesby

by Phil Winter (Hull Live)  The partnership with East Yorkshire firm Brocklesby was launched back in 2011, but has seen ‘a lack of commercial success’  —  A biofuel project launched to transform food waste into ‘green’ diesel for cars looks set to end. North Cave-based edible oil and fats specialist Brocklesby teamed up

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article