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CSI’s 2040 Blueprint for Pacific Northwest: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Materials from Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This slide guide offers a vision and roadmap — a ‘blueprint’ — for the Pacific Northwest to transform its increasingly outdated solid waste management system by 2040, at a time when waste leaders are grappling with the most profound set of challenges they have faced in

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Digging into Dung and Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and RNG from Manure

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On last week’s DigestConnect webinar, Christopher Bush, Founder of Canada-based Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society shared this fun and informative slide guide complete with poop pictures and more importantly, the reason why cow manure and farm waste makes a fantastic renewable biogas and renewable natural gas. From

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Three New Biomethane Plants and BioCNG Fuelling Station “on track”, Says Cadent

(Bioenergy Insight) Three biomethane production plant projects involving Cadent Gas remain on track despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The firm said the projects are on course to start sending low-carbon “gas from trash” into Cadent’s network this year, as its teams “kept the wheel in motion” during

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land’s Letter to Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis

(Solutions from the Land) In response to a call for input from the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis for input on tools, programs, and support useful to address the impacts of severe weather and climate change on their community and business, we have constructed a response …

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Manure into Money

by Jim Morrison (Washington Post) When Randy Jordan, a fifth-generation dairy farmer in central Massachusetts, looked into turning manure from his 300 cows into natural gas more than a decade ago, he just wanted to find a way to lower his increasingly painful electric bill. He knew that biodigesters, a sort

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Full Potential of Biogas “Far from Being Exploited”, Says Bioenergy Europe

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy Europe has launched the second chapter of its Statistical Report 2020 focusing on biogas and biomethane. The report looks at biogas consumption and production in the European Union (EU) and provides an in-depth and current analysis of the sector’s state of play. According to Bioenergy Europe, the European

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Relight the Fire – Stoking our Economy with Heat

by Martin Freer (Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)/Biofuels Digest) As the Bank of England predicts a decline in the UK’s economy with a shrinkage of 14%, the worst recession on record, with dramatic impact for UK jobs, there is a feeling of helplessness as the country emerges cautiously from the lockdown. This

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Updated “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?” Adds “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?”

(Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2011, one of Advanced Biofuels USA’s most popular publications has been “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?”  The update of this paper has been expanded to answer the question, “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?” This paper begins by

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Poop to Power – $30-40M Anaerobic Digestion RNG Deal between Bioenergy DevCo and Cheseapeake Utilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Big project news came in that Chesapeake Utilities Corporation entered into an agreement with Bioenergy DevCo to purchase biogas generated from organic materials at BDC’s facilities in Delaware which will be processed into renewable natural gas. The program uses excess poultry organics to create

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

UP Govt to Amend Biofuel Policy to Augment State’s Green Energy Resources

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard) The Uttar Pradesh government will promote the setting up of biofuel plants for augmenting the state’s green energy resources. UP Chief Minister Adityanath has instructed officials to revisit the UP Biofuel Policy 2018 for effecting suitable amendments to boost the sector and attract fresh investment. Of late, the state has been

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  The Manure Challenge Grand Final   —   June 2, 2020

WEBINAR: The Manure Challenge Grand Final — June 2, 2020

Manure Innovation Challenge  — Watch the Grand Final Live via webinar June 2    The Manure Challenge will see eight international start-ups, each with a solution to capture value from manure-based nutrients, present their final pitch to a live digital audience of high profile investors and industry leaders. The judging

May 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogas-To-RNG Project Developer Is Ready To Move The Needle

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle)  BioCycle interviewed Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, about his company’s growth trajectory in the anaerobic digestion and RNG space.  — In August 2016, Bob Powell founded Brightmark Energy “to think about environmental problems that were not being addressed well,” he recalls. “I knew wind and

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany Registers Strong Increase in the Share of Biomethane in CNG Fuel

(DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water)/NGV Journal) The ‘Industriekreis CNG-Mobilität’, a group of companies and associations composed of representatives of the automotive and energy industries as well as infrastructure operators and providers of renewable fuels like biomethane, reported very positive figures with respect to climate protection. According

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

How Much Clean Air Could $100 Million Buy?

by Todd Campbell (California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/Advanced Clean Tech News)  … (L)et’s look at what a hypothetical $100 million government investment could achieve when using one of California’s most popular funding programs. Which option would you chose if both cost the same? How to stretch our dollars the farthest. Did

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

EIA Proposes to Collect Data on Biogas, RNG Production Public Comment DEADLINE: June 29, 2020

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration could soon begin publishing data related to the production of biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG). The agency has proposed to modify an existing information collection focused on natural gas to include these renewable fuels.   The EIA published a notice

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Starts “Just A Minute” Educational Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The first episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on what might be used to make renewable fuels.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewable fuels can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic with pictures of

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook

by Nick Elger and Vanessa McKinney (BioCycle Magazine)  Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.  —  For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Anaerobic Digestion and Farm Powered RNG: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard’s Renewable Natural Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cow poop. It’s a problem for farmers across the country, something that has to be dealt with, something that environmentalists and vegetarians often cite as a reason to cut your steak intake, but Vanguard Renewables is capturing the latent methane in animal manure, converting it

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels Combats Covid-19 Economy with New Hires, Renewable DME Facility Upgrades

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In comes news of public-private investments, rural economic development and employment, and even human health. With two new executive position veteran hires, up to 8 new plant managers, and putting to use a $2.9 million 2019 grant from the California Energy Commission, how

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Biogas Gas Producer Sees Potential in Thermal Renewable Credits

by Frank Jossi (Energy News Network) Verified thermal energy credits could do for methane capture what renewable energy credits did for wind and solar power. — A Wisconsin company is the first to sign up for a new renewable natural gas tracking system that could help monetize the environmental benefits of

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

New Gas Processing Facility in Wisconsin Will Produce RNG

by Michael Bates (NGT News) U.S. Gain has completed a gas processing facility at Clover Hill Dairy in Campbellsport, Wis., that will enable the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation fuel and other uses. “Many of the large farms already have digesters, and we work with them to offtake and

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

(BioCycle Magazine) A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world. These estimates form the basis of an outlook for biogas and biomethane supply and

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Ductor to Build Three Biogas Facilities in Poland Utilising Poultry Waste

(Bioenergy Insight) Finnish-Swiss biotech company Ductor is building three combined biofertiliser-biogas facilities in northern Poland. The new facilities will be built in Poland’s Zachodniopomorskie region, approximately 100km off the coast of the Baltic Sea. The plants will use 100% poultry waste to create renewable electricity and organic nitrogen fertiliser, helping

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

EcoEngineers Profile: Regulatory Engagement Work with Dane County

(EcoEngineers) EcoEngineers’ Regulatory Engagement services and Dane County due diligence resulted in a large win for the renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. We are happy to announce USEPA’s green light to allow the Dane County offloading station to accept biogas from multiple upstream facilities and inject RNG into the commercial natural gas

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

The Secret Sauce: Industry Partnerships Key to Advancing Bio-Based Chemicals and Fuels

by Asanga Padmaperuma (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) … Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories study the development of chemicals and fuels with the use of cost-effective, renewable carbon sources, while working closely with the bioenergy industry. In support of the DOE mission, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) experts in

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Company Will Produce Enough Biogas to Drive 5,100 Heavy Trucks from San Francisco to NYC Annually

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company launched over the past two years. The Michigan farmers have signed agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Student Seeking Farmer Perspectives On AD

(BioCycle Magazine)  Risa Lewis, an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources program at the University of Connecticut, has focused her senior thesis on on-farm anaerobic digestion in the Northeastern United States. A component of Lewis’ thesis is to conduct a survey titled “Farmer Perspectives & Investment

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

How Can Renewable Natural Gas Provide a Negative Carbon Impact?

by Ashley Duplechien (ACT News/Trillium)  Renewable natural gas is growing rapidly in the transportation fuel industry and decades of research confirms that it is a price-stable, low-carbon—and even carbon-negative—fuel option for fleets.  —  The attention surrounding the benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG) is for good reason. The fuel can

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Partners with Michigan Dairy Farms to Produce RNG

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, today (March 5, 2020) announced that it has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company has launched over the past two years. The Michigan farmers have each signed supply

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Indiana Plant to Convert Methane into 8 Million Gallons of Renewable Natural Gas Each Year

by Emily Holbrook (Environment and Energy Leader) This week marks the completion of the Indy High BTU plant at the Indianapolis South Side Landfill. The plant, which will be fully operational March 20, will convert landfill methane gas into approximately 8 million gallons of pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG) each year, and in the process,

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and a Story of a Simple Fuel, and SimpleFuel

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) There are two places in the world we thought there would long have been a hydrogen project built or announced. One, at the Port of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and one at the Prairie View Industrial Center complex near Ames, Iowa. The absence of projects reminds us

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Congresswoman Pingree Introduces the Agriculture Resilience Act to Promote Farmer-Driven Climate Solutions Legislation Sets Goal of Reaching Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in U.S. Agriculture by 2040

(Office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)) Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), comprehensive legislation that sets a bold vision of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by the year 2040. “Farming has always been a risky business, but unpredictable, extreme weather patterns are creating

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Faces Tough Road ahead in Washington State

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times) Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Economics Of Advanced Biofuels

(BioCycle Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy’s new report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction,”  acknowledges the gap between the cost of the advanced biofuels and current fuel prices, and explains how this gap can be reduced in the medium term through process improvements in designing, building and operating plants, financing costs

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Smithfield Foods and RAE Invest further $45 Million in Bioenergy Joint Venture

(Bioenergy Insight)  Smithfield Foods and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) have announced an additional $45 million (€41.5 million) investment in their Monarch Bioenergy joint venture. The project involves methane being captured from hog manure to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Missouri, US. The latest investment will enable the companies to

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Beans Grown with Urine and Martian Soil, New Cosmetic Ingredient Produced by Fermentation, Plant-Based Superglue, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of February 27th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What a weird week – yummy string beans fertilized with human urine in the form of struvite and cultivated using artificial Martian and lunar soil, making Marvin the Martian hungry for some beans. If that’s too gross for you though, how about superglue made from plant-derived

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

From Wind Power to Cow Manure: Oil Traders Seek New Profit Recipe

by Julia Payne (Reuters) The world’s largest oil traders are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects – including wind farms, cow manure plants and blue hydrogen – as they seek to match the profits they make from trading oil.  The energy industry as a whole faces an

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Colorado Legislators Take up Proposal for Renewable Natural Gas Standard

by Allen Best (Energy News) The bill would require large natural gas utilities to source some of their supply from dairies, landfills and other sources. — Colorado would require natural gas utilities to integrate renewable energy under a far-reaching bill introduced in the state legislature.  Senate Bill 20-150 would require Public Service

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

South Dakota’s First Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Project under Construction

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms, Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert it into renewable natural gas. The

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark to Build Dairy RNG Project in South Dakota

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced Feb. 5 that it has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner up to Accelerate Renewable DME: Is This Tech a Carbon Removal Machine of Great Importance?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In California, Oberon Fuels and SHV Energy are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel.  For Oberon’s path to scale, the partnership will include funding to augment a recent $2.9M grant from the California Energy Commission

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Influx of California RNG Fuels Local Economy & Protects Climate

by Todd Campbell (ACT News/California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership)  Natural gas is the leading alternative to diesel in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in California.  Over 200 million gasoline equivalent gallons (GGE) of natural gas are consumed every year by buses and trucks in California. Much of that is used here

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Denmark: Scania Offers Customers Trial Rentals of Biomethane Trucks

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Anaerobically digested waste can be processed for use as a fossil-free vehicle fuel, and shifting to biomethane operations is presently the quickest, most economical way of reducing the heavy transport industry’s carbon footprint. As many customers are still reluctant to make the switch, Scania Danmark has come up with

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Household Waste into Liquefied Biofuel to Save Electricity

by Edgar Brandt (New Era Live)  The founder of Nghishe Biotech, Charles Haluodi, has developed a system to convert organic waste such as food, animal and plant waste, into environmentally friendly flammable gas and organic fertiliser. … He added that biogas is extremely flammable and can be used for cooking,

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Finland Releases Biogas Program, Supports Role to Cut Vehicle Emissions

(NGV Journal/Gasum) A working group appointed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland published a national biogas program that will strengthen the role of biogas particularly in efforts to reduce transport emissions. The program lists several significant measures whose implementation during this Government’s term in office would improve

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Leaders Provide State of the Industry at Int’l Event

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 industry stakeholders to Nashville, Tennessee, where, following an awards ceremony, a roundtable discussion with biomass association leaders covered topics including the state of the industry, tax and renewable energy policies, carbon markets, politics, and the message

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

LLNL Report Lays out Technology Pathways for California to Become Carbon-Neutral and Then -Negative by 2045; 3 Pillars of Negative Emissions

(Green Car Congress) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. To achieve the goal of carbon-neutrality, California will likely have to remove on the order of 125 million tons per year of CO2 from the atmosphere. In the report,

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Awarded $4.1 million Grant for Biogas Upgrading Unit to Produce Pipeline-Quality Renewable Natural Gas

(Aemetis)  Upgrading Unit will Convert Dairy Methane Gas into Ultra-Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas for Injection into PG&E Pipeline; Company Awarded a total of $18 Million in Grants in January —  Aemetis, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AMTX) (“Aemetis”) announced today that the California Energy Commission (“CEC”) awarded the company’s subsidiary, Aemetis Biogas LLC (“Aemetis Biogas”),

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Delivers 143 Million Gallons of Redeem RNG

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in the U.S. and Canada, says it delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem RNG in 2019. Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Energy Partners with Larson Family Farms on Florida Biogas Project

(Brightmark Energy) Project will convert 230,000 tons of manure per year into renewable natural gas, reduce methane emissions from Central Florida dairy farms —  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced today that it has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Dept. of Energy’s View on Transportation and National Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Transportation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With 3 trillion vehicle miles in the U.S. and 11 billion freight tons, transportation is key to our way of life, and the Department of Energy realizes it hits our national energy usage in many ways. That’s why they are researching it all levels from components

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Let’s Get Real with Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Design Realities for Anaerobic Digestion Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reality bites sometimes but John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and Lee Enterprises gives some good advice for dealing with anaerobic digestion reality like sand and grit removal, foaming, heating and insultation, corrosion protection, and – a’hem – odor control and gas cleaning. Check this

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Walking the Fine Line: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone wants to lower their risk. But how do you do that? Just ask John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and an Associate at Lee Consulting, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared how manures and WWT sludge have

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Crave Brothers: Dairy Farming Done Different

by Caroline Hedgcock (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Planet Forward StoryFest) Sustainable Dairy Farming in Wisconsin — The Crave Brothers Farmstead is an alternative to traditional dairy farming. This family owned and operated farm uses an anaerobic digester to turn manure into energy, nutrient filled water, and bedding for the cows. Their farm

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Use in Transportation Sector Grows by Almost 600% in U.S.

(Southern California Gas Co./NGV Journal)  Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that four additional Central Valley dairies have started sending methane produced from cow manure to Calgren’s biogas operation in Pixley, where it is processed into high-quality, renewable natural gas and injected into SoCalGas’ system. The

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

LCFS Pathways for Biogas-Based Hydrogen Filed with CARB

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The California Air Resources Board has opened comment periods on several Low Carbon Fuel Standard Tier 2 applications for biogas-fuels in recent weeks, including those for facilities that plan to produce biogas-based hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). An application by Air Liquid Hydrogen Energy US

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Contracts with Three Dairies to Provide Manure for Conversion into Biogas

by Patrick M. Graham (Proactive Investors) Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced Wednesday that it has contracted with three dairies to provide manure that the company will convert into pipeline quality biogas (renewable natural gas). Combined, the three dairies expect to generate about 350,000 MMBTU biogas per year for sale to off-takers or

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The RFS: Where Things Stand

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Magazine/Biomass Power Association)  As we begin 2020, I thought an update of the Biomass Power Association’s pursuit of electric RINs, or eRINs, would be in order. Last year was big for us, and while we would prefer for this campaign to be over and electricity implemented

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Gold Rush: Daryl Maas Followed His Dreams to California

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Daryl Maas followed his dreams to California, where he is filling an important niche helping mitigate climate change and dairy farmers mine the lucrative rewards of cow manure.  —  Daryl Maas was raised among the Dutch dairy farms of Northwest Washington. After joining the military

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Sources of Natural Gas: Supply and Emissions Reduction Assessment

(American Gas Foundation/ICF) .. Pipeline compatible gaseous fuel derived from biogenic or other renewable sources that has lower lifecycle carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions than geological natural gas.  The primary objective of this report is to characterize the resource and economic potential for RNG as a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Dimethyl Ether – Zero Emissions, Carbon Neutrality?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels’ Renewable DME

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dimethyl Ether – We know DME well, but do you know all of its advantages or about fuel-grade DME in North America? Did you know about Oberon Fuels’ small-scale DME production process and the latest on their pilot DME facility in Southern California? About Propane/DME

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Issues Final Rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. To be eligible for payments, the advanced biofuels produced must be derived from renewable biomass other than

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenlane Wins Biogas Upgrading Contract for California Project

(Greenlane Renewables/Biomass Magazine) Greenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Dec. 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $8.3 million (US$6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with a customer in California, whose name is being withheld at this time for confidentiality reasons. Engineering work will begin

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel Company Anticipates February Start

By Ron Warnick (Quay County Sun) The president of a Tucumcari biofuels company said he anticipates construction will begin in February to convert a closed ethanol plant on the city’s north side into a methane-gas plant that will create 40 jobs for a one-year period. Robert Hockaday, president of Tucumcari Bio-Energy,

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From what is an advanced biofuel to why, we take a look at the gallons, the ethanol blend wall, the residue capacity, and over 30 advanced biofuels projects from around the world to watch. In today’s Digest, a Digest 2020 Multi-Slide Guide on advanced biofuels that

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Majors Bet on Compact Bio-gas to Tackle Emission Woes in India

by Shahkar Abidi (Auto Car Pro) Over 500 letters of intent (LoIs) have been issued to entrepreneurs by three government-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) for setting up of Compact Bio-Gas (CBG) plants, claims a top official from the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. The government envisages stting up about 5,000 such CBG plants

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Opportunities and Takeaways: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Natural Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the current opportunities in renewable natural gas? Mike McCurdy, Managing Director at ICF set out to answer that question at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out his illuminating presentation on their view of the LCFS, cellulosic RINs, how carbon intensity is driving

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Dominates Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iogen is one of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S. and say that renewable natural gas dominates the commercial cellulosic biofuel business and that the market is more than just the RFS. Manure biogas, landfill biogas, those are all going up

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania Denmark Offers Customers Trial Rentals of Biogas Trucks

(Bioenergy Insight)  Scania Denmark is offering customers trial rentals of its compressed biogas G 410 truck. According to the company, despite the clear advantages of anaerobic digestion to create biogas for transport, customers are “reluctant” to make the switch to biogas. The biogas truck available to rent from Scania is

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

ABC Briefs Senate Staff on Benefits of Biogas Energy, Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the minority staff of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a briefing for U.S. Senate staff addressing the climate benefits of farm-based renewable energy and advanced biofuels. The briefing speakers included Patrick Serfass, executive

December 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Delta Enters Offtake Agreement with Gevo for 10 Million Gallons Per Year of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Creates Long-Term Carbon Solution

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:  GEVO) – Delta’s work to create a sustainable future continues with a long-term offtake agreement under which Delta will purchase 10 million gallons per year of advanced renewable biofuels from Gevo. Sustainable aviation fuels provide significant environmental benefits because the lifecycle carbon footprint can be up to

December 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables Form Strategic Partnership to Develop First Nationwide Network of Dairy Waste-to-Energy Projects

(Business Wire) Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables announced today a more than $200 million, nationwide strategic partnership to convert methane from U.S. dairy farms into clean, renewable natural gas (RNG) that can heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicles. Multiple projects are under development in Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and

December 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Xebec Enters California Dairy RNG Market with Maas Energy Works

(Xebec Adsorbtion, Inc./Biomass Magazine) Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions, announced today that it signed a letter of intent on Dec. 4, 2019, with Maas Energy Works for five renewable natural gas (RNG) systems. Four of these systems will use Xebec’s innovative small-scale containerized Biostream upgrading solution.

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Biogas Industry Leaders Call on Governments around the World to Unlock the Full Potential of Biogas in Addressing the Climate Emergency

(World Biogas Association) -If all barriers were removed, the biogas industry could abate up to 4bn tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, representing at least 12% of today’s global emissions, by 2030.   -Today only 2% of the feedstock available globally to produce biogas is captured and recycled.  -At the COP25 meeting,

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Industry Launches SMART Initiative

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas/Biomass Magazine) The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the Sustainable Methane Abatement and Recycling Timeline (SMART) Initiative at the RNG 2019 conference this week in Dana Point, California, casting the vision for RNG stakeholders to develop an action plan to sustainably capture and repurpose

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

World-Scale Manure-to-Fuel Facility Has Successful Start-up

(Iogen)  Threemile Canyon Farms’ Oregon facility is steadily producing renewable natural gas  —  Iogen Corporation would like to congratulate Threemile Canyon Farms and Equilibrium for the successful opening and operation of Oregon’s only dairy manure renewable natural gas production facility – one of the largest in the US. The facility,

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Dairy Farm, BMW Partner on Biogas Electricity to Power Cars

(Straus Family Creamery/Biomass Magazine) Straus Family Creamery, a leader in organic farming and sustainable dairy innovation, announces a collaboration between its Founder and CEO Albert Straus’ organic dairy farm and BMW Group. Together, they’re making low carbon charging available for BMW’s electric vehicle (EV) customers in California allowing EV drivers to

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

BECCS to the Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA’s Methane Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed ABLC NEXT in San Francisco, let’s go back to the future and look at BECCS – Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage – and examine the challenges, how it is fueled by methane and what methane pyrolysis can do, how we can go

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Calgren Dairy Fuels’ Lagoon Digester Cluster Project: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Pooping Cows Bringing Us Biofuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Methane – we all know there’s too much of it and much of it comes from farting and pooping cows. But Calgren has been doing something about that for years, before cow manure memes became cool. Calgren turns dairy manure biogas into biofuels as well as

November 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Never Knowingly Undersoiled – John Lewis Trucks to Run on Cow Manure

by Jillian Ambrose (The Guardian)  Retailer’s fleets will use carbon neutral renewable biomethane  — Hundreds of John Lewis delivery trucks will begin running on cow power from 2021 as the retailer weans its fleet off polluting diesel fuel and switches to carbon-neutral cow manure. The retailer will begin using renewable biomethane

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s First Net Zero Emissions Biofuel for Heavy Trucks Will Arrive in 2021

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal) CNG Fuels announced plans to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for HGVs, using manure to help fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions. The company is also consulting on how its network of refueling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies for

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

National Policy on Biofuels 2018: Here Are Key Things You Should Know

(India Times/Economic Times) Adopting biofuels as an alternative source of energy can significantly improve farmers’ income, generate employment opportunities, reduce imports, augment waste to wealth creation, etc.  —  Introduced in the year 2009, the current edition of the National Policy on Biofuels was approved by the Union Cabinet in May 2018. The

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Colorado Unveils Study Boosting Use of Renewable Natural Gas in Mobility

(Government of Colorado/NGV Journal)  The Colorado Energy Office released a Renewable Natural Gas in Transportation: Colorado Market Study that provides a preliminary assessment of Colorado’s potential to produce renewable natural gas from major organic waste sources—including landfills, wastewater, animal and food waste — for use in on-road transportation vehicles, such

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Winners of the 2019 American Biogas Council Industry Awards Revealed

(Bioenergy Insight)  Eight biogas projects received awards from the American Biogas Council (ABC) for their ‘outstanding performance and contribution’ to the industry. The winners were announced at the Biogas Industry Awards and Dinner during the BioCycle REFOR19 event in Wisconsin, US on 29 October. Five projects received a 2019 Project

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Polycarbonate Breakthrough, Seaweed Diapers, Bamboo Toothbrushes, One Cow’s Manure Can Power Toyota’s New Mirai Hydrogen Car and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 31st

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s Halloween and things are getting pretty scary out there with stinky, petroleum based, disposable, plastic diapers and plastic toothbrushes being discarded all over the world but have no fear, for a new seaweed-based reusable diaper and Colgate’s new bamboo toothbrush is here to save the

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Manure, Trash and Wastewater: U.S. Utilities Get Dirty in Climate Fight

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  …  (Joey) Airoso is tapping into a growing market among U.S. utilities for so-called renewable natural gas, or biomethane, that is being driven by the fight against climate change. For farmers, it is a way to get ahead of a wave of greenhouse gas regulation and make

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Honors Three RNG Champions

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) At its annual awards reception in Manhattan, N.Y., earlier this month, Energy Vision – a national nonprofit that promotes low-carbon energy and transportation fuels – honored government and business leaders for accelerating the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG). The 2019 Energy Vision awardees include as follows: State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, D-N.Y., chair of

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

GHG Emission Reduction Methodology For Dairy Digesters

(BioCycle Magazine)  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) approved the first three greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction methodologies under its Climate Forward program, an initiative to proactively reduce future emissions from investments and activities. The first three methodologies provide standards for reducing emissions through the use of cookstoves, dairy digesters and

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Has a Way to Go, but Interest Is There

by Shayne Willette (Navigant)  … Even fewer know the benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG)—closely related to biogas—or what it is. Absent a complete shift to electrification, biogas has significant potential to be a core piece of the climate change puzzle. This is because biogas uses waste that would have been

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guides to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Massive RNG Supply Boost in California

by Todd Campbell (ACT News/California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership) The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded more than $67 million to 43 dairy digester projects across California, making significant strides toward achieving the state’s climate protection policy goals. The projects represent a total of over $300 million in

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Gas Supplier FloGas Adds Liquid Biomethane to Its Range

(Bioenergy Insight)  FloGas, a supplier of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) in the UK, has added liquid biomethane to its range, claiming to be the first to supply this type of fuel off-grid. The company provides energy solutions to homes and businesses that are not connected

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Provides Tax Incentives for Biogas Investments

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., reintroduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act on Sept. 24. The bill aims to expand the biogas market by providing a 30 percent investment tax credit to help offset the upfront costs associated with building biodigester systems. “Ohio farmers

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

$73 Million, 35 Projects, Who Won, for What and Why: The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 Project Selections

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected 35 projects totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development support. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Brightmark Energy Invests in New York Dairy Biogas Project

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste to energy development company, announced Sept. 24 that it has partnered with four dairy farms in upstate New York to utilize anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 225,000 gallons of dairy waste per day from 11,000 cows into biogas and

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Replacing the Barrel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Developing efficient and economical biological and chemical technologies to convert biomass feedstocks into energy-dense liquid transportation fuels, such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, as well as bioproducts, chemical intermediates, and biopower is the primary goal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Conversion R&D team. As

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

DTE Opens RNG Processing and Interstate Injection Site in Wisconsin

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) DTE Biomass Energy, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy, has opened a combined dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and interstate injection facility in Wisconsin. The facility represents the first of its kind for not only DTE but also the state of Wisconsin, the company says.

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

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

Goldman’s Heralded Manure-to-Gas Deal Runs into Trouble Fast

(The Bond Buyer/Bloomberg) A manure-to-energy deal brought to market by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is hitting the fan.  Arizona’s Pinal County and its more than 300,000 cattle seemed like the perfect place to profit from the estimated 82 pounds of waste produced by a 1,000-pound cow each day — all while creating an environmentally beneficial fuel

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Newsom Announces Climate Pollution Continues to Drop below 2020 Target while State’s Economy Grows

(California Air Resources Board) Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California continued to fall ahead of schedule in 2017 as the state’s economy grew ahead of the national average, according to the California Air Resources Board’s latest state inventory of climate-changing emissions. The data also

September 3, 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

Gevo Discusses Plans for Hydrocarbon, RNG Production

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) … During an earnings call, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber discussed the company’s future plans for aviation fuel production and announced plans to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) division. Gruber opened the call by discussing progress the company has made with its commercial off-take agreements, referencing

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods Break Ground on RNG Project

(Smithfield Foods Inc./Biomass Magazine) Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are pleased to announce that the companies are breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Located in Duplin and Sampson counties, this project will generate enough energy to power more than

August 21, 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

US Biomass Plant Demolished to Make Way for Biogas Facility

(Bioenergy Insight)  The first power plant fuelled by turkey manure and wood chips in the US has been demolished, but a new biogas facility may take its place. The Fibrominn biomass plant in Benson, Minnesota, was built in 2007 to provide an alternative to land-spreading turkey litter. It was the

August 20, 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

Environmental Advocates Should Take Another Look at Biofuels

by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and former Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-CO)  (The Hill)  … But public policy to date has put almost the entire burden of the sector’s transformation on the nation’s vehicles. Shouldn’t the fuels they burn get equal attention? Look at the numbers: Even a rapid transition to electric

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Cuts Carbon Score of Keyes Ethanol Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Aemetis Inc. released second quarter 2019 financial results Aug. 8. The company reported strong growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlined improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussed planned renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol production. During an earnings call,

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

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

Federal Bill Could Create Biogas Tax Credits, Bolster Organics Infrastructure

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive) … The expiration of the ITC benefits in 2016, followed by the expiration of related production tax credits in 2017, are frequently cited as key limitations for financing new biogas infrastructure. While other incentives such as California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard have helped fill the gap for

August 5, 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

SoCalGas and Calgren Announce Completion of Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Facility, Expected to be Largest in U.S.

(Southern California Gas Company/CISION)  Calgren’s dairy biogas operation–first of its kind in California-captures methane from animal waste to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide pipeline quality renewable natural gas  —  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today joined Calgren Dairy Fuels, and state and local elected officials to announce the completion of Calgren’s dairy renewable

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Project Will Create Enough Bio-CNG to Travel 1,270,000 Miles

(Brightmark Energy/NGV Journal)  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, has purchased an anaerobic digester northwest of Madison, Wisconsin that will convert 90,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from three local farms into biogas and other useful products. After planned installation of gas upgrade equipment is completed,

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Bright Biomethane to Supply Technology to First RNG Upgrade Projects in US

(Bioenergy Insight)  The recently established Bright Biomethane North America, a subsidiary of Dutch company Bright Biomethane, has said that it will soon realise its first biogas upgrade projects in the state of New York, US. The renewable natural gas (RNG) projects are reportedly the first on the US East Coast to

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

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

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

SoCalGas Partners Develop RNG and Hydrogen Conversion Technology

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  … Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), in collaboration with a number of partners, held a public exhibition of projects to help California achieve greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reductions. The California utility held the event at the San Diego State University Center for Energy Sustainability in Brawley, Calif.

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

How Low Can You Go with Carbon?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company using patented industrial biotechnology for the construction and operation of advanced biorefineries. They own and operate a 60+ million gallon ethanol plant in California, a 50 million gallon capacity Biodiesel and Glycerin refinery in India, they are building

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

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

Creed on ‘Challenges’ Oosed by Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland

by Claire Mc Cormack (AgriLand)  While the Government has committed to investigating the long-term potential of establishing a wide-scale biogas industry in its newly-published Climate Action Plan, the prospects “remain challenging”, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. A total of 34 actions for agriculture are outlined in the

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

California Project to Test Renewable Dimethyl Ether as Transportation Fuel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Oberon Fuels, a California-based producer of dimethyl ether (DME), has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a multi-phase project to produce renewable DME as a low-carbon transportation fuel in the U.S. According to the company, the project unlocks the

June 18, 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

GESS to Build 6 Anaerobic Digester Facilities in Idaho

(GESS International/Biomass Magazine)  GESS International has announced a $240 million investment in Cassia County. The company will build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling $40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the US. GESS International is a renewable

June 12, 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

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

Aemetis Q1 Milestones Include Entry into Biomethane Business

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Aemetis highlighted the strong growth going on at their India plant, increased profit margins from plant upgrades related to the Keyes biorefinery, funding for the Aemetis biogas dairy digester and pipeline project, and deployment of the patented Lanzatech cellulosic ethanol technology at the Riverbank

May 28, 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

UPS Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Natural Gas Ever in The U.S.

(UPS) Seven-Year 170 Million Gallon Equivalents Purchase from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Will Reduce GHG Emissions by More than 1 Million Metric Tons  —  UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Details Progress with RNG, Cellulosic Ethanol Projects

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

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Greening the Gas Grid: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Netherland Enterprise Agency

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherland Enterprise Agency is a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The Netherland Enterprise Agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. It aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthen their position and help

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

DE-FOA-0002029: FY19 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide funding to address the highest priority R&D areas within biofuel technologies, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes Areas of Interest (AOIs) from all five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Sustainability and

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Dane County Executive Parisi and Partners Cut Ribbon on Landfill Biogas Project’s Completion This Earth Week

(Dane County, Wisconsin)  The Facility—the First of Its Kind in the Nation—Will Benefit Local Economies, Advance County’s Clean Lakes and Air Efforts  —  Dane County Executive Joe Parisi stood at the county landfill today with County Board members and project leaders to announce that Dane County has officially started injecting renewable natural

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

California Businesses Leading the Way to Environmental and Economic Success – Again

(Office of Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella)  … The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance just released “A Roadmap for Eliminating Petroleum Diesel in California by 2030,” an industry report outlining how renewable and biodiesel fuels could completely replace petroleum diesel in the next ten years. These fuels could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 71%,

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Smithfield Foods, RAE Form Monarch Bioenergy to Produce RNG

(Smithfield Foods Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Smithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. This partnership converts manure collected from Smithfield farms into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Once complete, all Smithfield

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Italian Major Partnership Promotes Biomethane-Fueled Mobility

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

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum Fuel Systems and Quantitative BioSciences Partner to Develop Biofuels Production Facility at California “Farm of the Future”

(ACT News)  A promising new partnership demonstrates how dairy farms can realize the many benefits of capturing and selling biomethane as fuel. Quantum Fuel Systems just announced that Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10-foot Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a California dairy biogas

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum, Quantitative BioSciences Partner for Biogas-to-RNG Project in Modesto

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)   In a new partnership with Quantum Fuel Systems LLC, Quantitative BioSciences Inc. (QBI) is purchasing Quantum’s newest 10-foot virtual pipeline trailers to be used in a dairy biogas project. QBI, with funding from the California Energy Commission, has partnered with the family-owned and -operated Fiscalini Cheese Co.

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Natural Gas Groups Quantify Environmental Impact of RNG Surge

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

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

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

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas On-Road Fuel Reaches Historical High

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

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

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