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Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

TGE and PGNiG Embark on Cooperation with a View to Developing a Biomethane Market in Poland

(TGE and PGNiG) TGE and PGNiG intend to jointly prepare modern solutions supporting the creation and development of a biomethane market in Poland. The expertise of both PGNiG, as a key player on the gas market, and of TGE as a trading platform where the trading in gas and certificates

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Stora Enso’s Biogas Partnership with Gasum Turns Waste into Green Energy

(Stora Enso) The production of Multicopy paper is about to contribute to the biofuel production in Sweden. The energy company Gasum and Stora Enso will together turn waste into renewable green energy. Wastewater can be a challenge for mills. Vast volumes of process water containing organic residues need to be treated.

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Truly Renewable Energy: The Importance of Organics Recycling in a Decarbonized Future

by Shawn Kreloff (Bioenergy Devco/Biofuels Digest) … But what if we could replace a significant amount of these fossil fuels with renewable natural gas (RNG) or Green Hydrogen created solely from advanced processing of organic residuals – byproducts that would otherwise decompose into methane and contribute to the increase in

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis: Patent Award Enables Launch of ‘Carbon Zero’ Plants

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Aemetis Inc. announced Jan. 15 that its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero carbon renewable fuel was awarded U.S. Patent No. 10907184 (to be published February 2, 2021), enabling the launch of Aemetis “Carbon Zero” production plants to commercialize the technology.  Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

NW Natural and BioCarbN Form Innovative Renewable Natural Gas Partnership with Tyson Foods

(Business Wire) RNG supply will be dedicated to NW Natural Oregon customers —  NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN), is partnering with BioCarbN, a developer and operator of sustainable infrastructure projects, to convert methane from some of Tyson Foods facilities into renewable natural gas (RNG) to

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable DME: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Taking trash to treasure to a new level, renewable Dimethyl Ethercan be made from animal manure, food and agriculture waste, landfill gas and wood. Oberon Fuels’ President, Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD shared this illuminating slide guide that dives into Oberon’s small-scale production process, the 1st fuel-grade

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods Complete RNG Project in Utah

(Smithfield Foods/Biomass Magazine) Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc., announced on Dec. 9 they have completed the first renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas. Located in Milford in southwestern Utah, the project is now producing RNG from a network of 26 family farms that

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Net-Zero Project Concept

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (“Gevo”) (NASDAQ: GEVO), announces the concept of Net-Zero Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and Gevo’s proprietary technology. The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas Bull Market of 2021: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The agriculture and waste revolution continues — these are not your Dad’s inputs, or Dad’s outputs either. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman that takes a look at their newest biogas and renewable natural

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

TruStar Energy Continues to Drive Down Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Heavy Duty Transportation with Renewable Natural Gas

(TruStar Energy/BusinessWire)  TruStar Energy, a market leader in renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel supply for the transportation sector, today announced a successful 2020 and aggressive growth plans to continue transitioning heavy duty United States transportation from diesel to lower cost, cleaner alternatives. “The future of renewable heavy-duty transportation is here now,

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Florida PSC Approves Renewable Natural Gas Service for Florida City Gas

(Florida Public Service Commission/EIN Presswire)  The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Service tariff for Florida City Gas (FCG).  FCG can now offer services to convert biogas into usable renewable natural gas, and receive and transport RNG through its distribution system on behalf

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2021? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2020 gives way to the dawn of 2021, once again

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomethane-Powered Railcars Could Be Introduced in the UK

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lightweight railcars powered by biomethane derived from human, farm, and food waste could be introduced in the UK. Ultra Light Rail Partners has received a £60,000 (€66,700) Innovate UK grant to develop a feasibility study and design for a 120-passenger biomethane-powered lightweight railcar for introduction in the West

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste Gas from Landfill Will Offset up to 75% of VIA’s Bus Fuel Demand

by Brendan Gibbons (San Antonio Report) Enough methane from decaying waste in a private San Antonio landfill can be harvested to offset the need for fossil fuel use by most of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s bus fleet, officials say. CPS Energy, VIA, and energy company EDL are working on an initiative that will provide

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Asda Scales Gas Fleet Fast, with Huge Volvo FH LNG Order

by Martin Tomlinson (Volvo Trucks)  Asda is taking delivery of 202 Volvo FH LNG tractor units in the run-up to Christmas peak trading, in what is believed to be the single largest order ever placed in the UK for heavy trucks running on renewable fuels. The supermarket has ambitions to

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Plastics Upcycling, Cleaner Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NextChem is focused on 3 solutions that all tie in together – cleaner hydrogen, biofuels and a circular economy. Find out why and how in this exclusive ABLC slide guide that dives into their low-carbon hydrogen production, biofuels from used cooking oil, animal fats, vegetable

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Shows Rapid Expansion of US RNG Industry

(Energy Vision / Biomass Magazine) Sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision has released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy, Total Enter MoU to Expand RNG Infrastructure

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel in the U.S. and Canada, and Total S.E. have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Clean and Veolia Team up to Fund Green Projects in India through a Joint Venture

(Carbon Clean) Carbon Clean, a leader in low-cost carbon dioxide capture and separation technology, announced today that it has joined forces with Veolia, the global leader for optimised resource management, to exclusively develop multiple green projects in India. The newly established company Veolia Carbon Clean will first develop two carbon capture

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Fortistar Will Produce Biomethane for Vehicles at Landfill in Florida

(NGV Journal/Fortistar) Fortistar and the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) in Raiford, Florida, announced the construction of a facility that will capture and convert approximately 1,900 dekatherms per day of landfill methane to renewable natural gas, which is enough to offset emissions from 7,500 passenger cars. The New River RNG

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth in Carbon Neutral RNG Spotlights Debate on Electric- vs. Renewable-Powered Trucks

by Linda Baker (FreightWaves)  Renewable natural gas volumes and carbon benefits are on the rise  —  … FreightWaves spoke to Gladstein (Cliff Gladstein, president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)) about how the California LCFS program works, the latest carbon negative stats and why the state should dedicate more resources

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

No Clean Mobility for All Europeans with the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

(European Biogass Association) The strategy is a major setback for the vital decarbonisation of transport at an acceptable cost: Lack of support to renewable fuels will jeopardise transport decarbonisation and hamper climate-neutrality by 2050. An accurate zero-emissions approach to mobility should consider the carbon footprint of the vehicles across their

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasum Receives €30m to Build Two New Biogas Plants

(Bioenergy Insight)  Gasum has received €30 million from Klimatklivet to establish two new biogas plants in Sweden. Klimatklivet, or Climate Leap, is a programme for investment grants from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The two biogas plants will be built in Dalarna and Kalmar Counties. The Borlänge, Dalarna plant will

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

ABSL Secures Grant for Biohydrogen Research

(Advanced Biofuel Solutions)  Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL), University College London (UCL) and Wood have been awarded a £250,000 grant from Innovate UK to design a production line that makes high purity biohydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles. The ABSL plant in Swindon will convert household waste into bio-substitute natural

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Los Angeles County Producing RNG For Vehicle Fuel

(BioCycle Magazine) … The (Los Angeles County) Sanitation Districts recently started up its biogas purification system, supplied by Unison Solutions and designed and installed by TetraTech. “With this new biogas purification system, we now produce renewable natural gas (RNG) that is used to fuel vehicles like cars, buses and trucks,” noted

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Use of Biogas at the Dickinson College Farm

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In recent years, Dickinson College of Carlisle, PA, has been interested in innovative environmental practices that will improve the community and foster a hands-on learning experience for the students. In 2008, students and staff at the College Farm began experimenting with small scale biogas

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

ADB to Help Improve Advanced Biofuel Production in India

(Asian Development Bank) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.5 million technical assistance (TA) to support advanced biofuel development in India. The grant is funded from the Asia Clean Energy Fund, financed by the Government of Japan under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, and the Republic of Korea’s

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Scania, Naturgy and Calvera Partner to Launch Zaragoza’s First Biogas Bus

(Scania/NGV Journal) In a commitment to sustainable mobility, the Zaragoza Area Transport Consortium presented the first Scania biomethane-powered bus, which will be operated by the transport company Grupo Aragón Tours for the Consortium’s line 210 that runs between Zaragoza and Villamayor de Gállego. Naturgy will be the company in charge of

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Letter on the Inclusion of Sustainable Renewable Fuels in the EU Mobility Legislation

(Advanced Biofuels Coalition)  … The signatories of this joint letter represent a crucial part of the automotive, fuel, energy industry and civil society in Europe, i.e. a combined force behind the transformation of EU mobility towards climate neutrality in a smart and sustainable way. The European Union has set itself

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Is RNG a California-Only Fuel?

by Jake Drake (ACT News/Trillium) … It is true that California continues to make great strides in RNG investment and production. In just the first half of 2020, RNG made up nearly 90% of all natural gas vehicle fuel consumed in the state. Accelerated by the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

LA County Agency Using Biogas Purification System to Create RNG

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) As part of its mission to convert waste into resources, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts has started up a biogas purification system to recycle food waste into renewable vehicle fuel. Food waste includes dinner scraps and spoiled fruit and vegetables from grocery stores and restaurants.   “We’ve been

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Nitty Gritty of Digester Operations

(BioCycle Magazine)  The U.S. EPA AgSTAR program released its Anaerobic Digester/Biogas System Operator Guidebook in November, a comprehensive technical resource offering best practice guidance related to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems. The Guidebook covers topics for a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to AD/biogas system

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to RNG and Biogas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenlane Renewables is “changing the nature of natural gas” via renewable natural gas to help decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid. By producing low-carbon RNG from organic waste like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy and hog farms and food waste, that can go directly

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

New Jersey: Study Shows Biomethane Refuse Trucks Outdo EV Equivalents

(NGV America/NGV Journal)  NGVAmerica released another study at its Annual Industry Summit presenting a compelling case for why communities should continue to invest in new near-zero natural gas technology. Using New Jersey as a case study, NGVAmerica analyzed the costs and impact of transitioning that state’s entire 10,000 refuse truck fleet

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Finland’s First Liquefied Biogas Production Plant Starts Operations

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Gasum has completed the modernization of its biogas plant in Turku, Finland, which has now become the country’s first to produce bio-LNG for transport, industrial and maritime needs. The expansion of the Turku biogas plant was one of the Sipilä’s Finnish Government key projects, Bioeconomy and clean solutions, the

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Commentary: Electrify A Lot … But Not Everything — Decarbonization Will Require a Judicious Mix of Electrification, RNG, Hydrogen, and Other Emerging Solutions if We Want to Get to a Truly Sustainable Future.

by Matt Tomich and Joanna Underwood (BioCycle Magazine/Energy Vision) … Some environmental advocates are looking to “electrify everything” to generate power and fuel our transportation systems, because electric motors are more efficient than combustion engines. But electrification is not a panacea. Take the transportation sector, for example, which emits the

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

LIFE SMART AgroMobility Project Will Produce Biomethane to Fuel Agricultural Vehicles

(UPM/Gasnam/NGV Journal) The LIFE SMART AgroMobility project will work and research for the next three years in the production of biomethane from the processing of agricultural waste to later be used as fuel for agricultural vehicles and for biofertilizers. Its main objective is to demonstrate the viability of a new model

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

CMA CGM Launches ACT with CMA CGM+, a Full Range of Value-Added Services Enabling Its Customers to Reduce Their Environmental Impact

(CMA CGM Group)  ACT with CMA CGM+ comprises four services, enabling its customers to analyze, reduce and offset the environmental footprint of goods’ transport.  The complete range is available throughout all the Group’s shipping subsidiaries and in all the markets it serves.  —  A peerless CMA CGM Group offering, helping its

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Releases SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced a funding opportunity under its SBIR and STTR programs. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels and Plastics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Brightmark

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  W2X sounds like a new rock band name, but it’s what Brightmark’s CEO, Bob Powell, talked about at last week’s DigestConnect on fuels and plastics from dairy and MSW wastes. How do the technologies work? What are the economics? Where are the markets? When are

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Breaks Ground on Sobek Renewable Natural Gas Project in Florida

(Brightmark)  Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, today broke ground on The Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two Larson family dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Florida. The farms are owned by Larson Dairy, Inc. and JM Larson, Inc. Upon completion

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California: Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Is Carbon Negative for the First Time

(California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/NGV Journal) … Renewable natural gas has the lowest carbon intensity rating of all fuels in the CARB’s LCFS program. Many forms of biomethane, such as that produced from food and green waste, have a carbon neutral and even a carbon negative rating. Other forms, such as

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Have You Ever Wondered How a Biogas to Biomethane Upgrading Plant Works?

(Bioenergy Insight/Biogas Channel)  There are several stages between the production of biogas in an anaerobic digester and the injection of biomethane into the national gas grid. Learn more about this process by watching this video from our friends at Biogas Channel who visited a membrane upgrading plant in Northern Italy,

November 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Praj Unveils Technology to Produce Biogas from Biomass

(Praj/The Hindu Business Line)  Praj Industries’ demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) was inaugurated today by Union Min. Shri Prakash Javadekar. Located in the Praj Matrix R&D campus, the plant deploys Praj’s technology which utilises a proprietary microbial consortium made from feedstock such

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Dispenses California-Produced RNG for the First Time

(Bioenergy Insight)  Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has dispensed California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at many of the natural gas fuelling stations it operates across the state. The company recently began purchasing RNG from Calgren Dairy Fuels in Pixley, California, which captures dairy manure from farms to

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Revolution: The North American Renewable Natural Gas Industry Has Boomed over the Past Decade and Potential Remains Vast.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … Particularly for those feeling the heat when it comes reducing carbon footprints, interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel is an all-time high, and for good reason. Not only does it meet the most stringent emissions requirements, but for utilities

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Biogas, Low-Carbon Ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed DigestConnect last week, take a look at this illuminating slide guide from Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee on their newest biogas venture, making renewable natural gas from dairy waste, the switch to making hand sanitizer as they adapted to COVID-19, and future plans

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Disrupting, Scaling Up, Numbering Up: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) COVID-19 continues to change how we do things, and LanzaTech shared this illuminating slide guide on how it is changing road and air activity and what that means for biofuels. Disrupting how we think about carbon, alcohol-to-jet, the latest on LanzaJet, putting carbon in the circular economy,

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

7 Big Deals, and Why They’re Big — Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine, and Ways2H

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There’s been a barrage of big deals this week and here’s The Digest’s exclusive take on the biggest 7 deals, why they are big, and more. In today’s Digest, we’ve got the latest deal details that include Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine,

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Benefits of Agricultural Biogas Greater than Previously Thought

(Bioenergy Insight)  A report by Aarhus University for the Danish Energy Agency has concluded that the climate effect of biogas in the agricultural sector is greater than previously assumed. Previous analyses have shown that the production of biogas can provide several benefits to the environment and for the climate. The Aarhus

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Sweden Targets World’s Highest Biofuel Blending

Tomas Ekbom and Cecilia Higa (Swedish Bioenergy Association/IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter) …  In the beginning there was ethanol In 1907, there were only 662 vehicles registered in Sweden. The fuel, “Benzin” (the word initially taken from the German language, i.e. petrol) was purchased then at the pharmacy, paint store

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Cows and Cannabinoids: Aemetis’ Dairy Digestor Biogas, Hyasynth’s Yeast-Based Cannabinoids

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Things are heating up with Aemetis now producing dairy digester biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project that will be used for ethanol production and added four miles of private pipeline that is moving forward transportation fuel. And cannabinoids

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Begins Production of Below Zero Carbon Intensity Dairy Biogas

(Aemetis)  First Two Dairies and Private Pipeline Operating; Below Zero Carbon Intensity Gas Now Producing Transportation Fuel   — Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that it is producing dairy biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project.  The below-zero carbon intensity gas is initially being utilized for

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy

(Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association) … Among the Carbon-negative (and climate positive) solutions, those based on photosynthesis are by far the cheapest and most scalable options now, and likely for many decades to come. Properly implemented, these solutions can also provide many other benefits, including clean water, bio-diverse landscapes, healthy soil

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Freight Company Uses Only Biogas to Make Deliveries in Greater Helsinki

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Savon Kuljetus Oy, a transport and infrastructure business, has ordered ten new natural gas delivery vehicles, and has committed to using only biomethane to fuel them. The new fleet will deliver parceled goods mostly in the Greater Helsinki Area but will also operate in Kotka, Lahti and Hämeenlinna. “We

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Awards for Advancing RNG Adoption

(BioCycle Magazine)  Energy Vision, a nonprofit research institute that studies and promotes viable decarbonization technologies for energy and transport, held its 14th Annual Awards on October 9. The awards are presented for leadership and innovation in sustainability to help advance adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG), a low-carbon fuel made from organic

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The Art and Science of Codigestion on Dairy Farms

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  Reinford Farms in central Pennsylvania has been a pioneer in integrating codigestion of manure and food waste on a dairy farm. — … In 2008, Reinford Farms installed a 526,000-gallon complete-mix anaerobic digester supplied by RCM (now known as Martin Construction Resources (MCR)), sized to treat

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Dairy Cooperative Converts Cow Manure into Biogas to Fuel Milk Fleet

(Gasrec/NGV Journal) UK dairy cooperative Arla is driving its sustainability to the next level with a unique three-month trial which will transform cow manure from its farms into biomethane which can be injected into the national grid. With the help of Gasrec, this biomethane can then be drawn down and used

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California Bill Expands Definition of RNG

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Sept. 30 that significantly expands the definition of renewable natural gas (RNG) to include energy that comes from additional forms of organic waste, including vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation. The bill, AB 3163, was introduced in February. The

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany: Major Bio-LNG Plant Will Produce CO2-Neutral Transport Fuel

(Wärtsilä/NGV Journal) Wärtsilä has been awarded a major contract to supply and construct a plant for production of liquid transport fuels. The plant will liquefy gas from the natural gas grid to produce carbon-neutral LNG. It will have a capacity of approximately 100,000 tons per year and located in Cologne, Germany.

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

ANL Releases 2020 Updates to GREET Models

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 announced the 2020 release of the suite of Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) models. GREET is a life-cycle analysis tool that can be used to examine the energy and environmental effects

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Global Fuel Standards Are Pushing the Dirtiest Oil out of the Market

by Michael J. Coren (Quartz) Not all oil is equal. We think of petroleum as equivalent whether it comes from the ground in Saudi Arabia or Texas. But that’s not quite right. There are hundreds of grades of fuels out there, each with different carbon footprints—and different impacts on the climate.

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

SWEN Capital Partners Raises €175m for Renewable Gas Projects

(Bioenergy Insight) SWEN Capital Partners has announced the final closing of its SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT), Europe’s first infrastructure fund dedicated to renewable gases. The fund raised €175 million, exceeding its target amount of €120 million. SWIFT is SWEN Capital Partners’ first impact fund and invests directly in

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Ductor to Develop 200 Biogas and Organic Fertiliser Projects

(Biofuels International) Finnish-Swiss biotech firm Ductor has closed funding from BW Group to develop 200 new biogas and sustainable organic fertiliser projects over three years. Ductor will develop the projects in the EU and North America after receiving a significant investment from BW Group, a major maritime group in the

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Heats up with Slurry of 2020 Deals, Big Players Involved, Chevron, BP, Brightmark, Aemetis, Verbio, Greenlane Renewables

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Brightmark and Chevron just formed a joint venture to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane. Greenlane Renewables signed a $5.8 million contract with Brightmark. Construction started in Ohio on a $33 million RNG project. Verbio’s RNG facility slated to

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Chevron, Brightmark Form Joint Venture to Enter Biomethane Market

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Brightmark LLC, a global waste solutions company, and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. have formed a joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, to own projects across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG). Equity investments by each company in the new venture will fund

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Food Waste Facility Opens In Massachusetts

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  Totally enclosed operation is designed to preprocess 250 tons/day of food waste, much of it in packaging. Slurried feedstocks are hauled to dairy farms equipped with AD systems. — In 2015, one of the tours during BioCycle’s 15th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling in

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

ISU: USDA Grant to Fund Anaerobic Digestion Research

(Illinois State University/Biomass Magazine) David Kopsell, professor of horticulture at Illinois State University, and LC (Liangcheng) Yang, assistant professor of environmental health at ISU, have received a two-year, nearly $150,000 grant from the  USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of this  USDA-NIFA grant program is to increase the capacity

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Is More than Renewable Electricity: Renewable Gas and Fuel Highlighted as Key Opportunities to Put Tasmania on the World

(BioEnergy Australia)  – Consultation has recently closed on the Tasmanian Government draft Renewable Energy Action Plan, which identifies renewable energy as a key economic driver to rebuild a stronger Tasmania in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Bioenergy Australia, the peak body for the bioenergy sector made up of

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

US EPA Announces $3 Million for 12 Food Waste AD Projects

(Bioenergy Insight)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 12 organisations and projects to receive around $3 million (€2.55 million) in funding to help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity in the US. The project types chosen for

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Nacelle Solutions, U.S. Gain Complete Two Wisconsin RNG Facilities

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Nacelle Solutions says two renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities in Wisconsin – S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay and Dallmann East River Dairy in Brillion – have been completed and recently begun operations. Nacelle will own, operate and maintain the RNG processing equipment under a long-term service

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Forget Horsepower, Britain’s Farmers Are Turning to Cow Power in a Bid to Be More Sustainable

(Arla)  Arla unveils UK’s first dairy farm ‘fuel station’ as new trial transforms cow poo into power; Trial will use poo from around 500 cows to create 27,000kg of biofuel to power dairy delivery trucks; The three-month trial will reduce Arla’s carbon impact by 80 tonnes  — The UK’s leading dairy

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogenic Carbon & Recycled Carbon: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Addressing today’s problems like our huge, linear consumption of carbon, our fossil-based carbon emissions, deforestation, land use, waste generation, could seem overwhelming, but not for Genomatica. Find out how Genomatica is tackling these global issues in this ABLC Digital slide guide from Christophe Schilling, CEO and

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Volvo Trucks Reports Increased Interest in LNG and Bio-LNG

(Bioenergy Insight)  Volvo Trucks is seeing an increased interest in gas as an alternative to diesel for heavy-duty truck operations in Europe.  Hauliers and transport buyers are increasingly interested in reducing their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and costs through the use of refrigerated liquefied gas as a fuel. As a

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Tech Converts Natural Gas to Hydrogen at Scale Anywhere and Plastic-Eating Enzyme ‘Cocktail’ Heralds Hope for Plastic Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, how Florida-based Transform Materials is literally transforming the petrochemical industry’s ability to convert flared natural gas often emitted at hydraulic fracking wellheads into hydrogen and acetylene using microwave plasma technology, and how scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

CalBio, Dairy Farmers and Chevron Announce First RNG

(Chevron/Market Watch) California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio), Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and local dairy farmers today announced their joint venture, CalBioGas LLC, successfully achieved first renewable natural gas (RNG) production from dairy farms in Kern County. The milestone underpins the partners’ commitment to provide affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy to California consumers. Manure

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Suburban Propane Partners Acquires Stake in Oberon Fuels

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Suburban Propane Partners LP, a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil, and related products and services, says it is purchasing a 39% stake in Oberon Fuels Inc., based in San Diego.  Oberon, a development-stage producer of low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel, has been focused on the

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

New Ohio-based Renewable Fuel Project Aims to Capture the Equivalent of Nearly 50K Tons of Carbon to Displace Diesel and Fuel 725 Biofuel Trucks

(Business Wire) Fortistar, Rumpke Waste & Recycling and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Announce $33 Million Project to Address Global Climate Change  —   Fortistar, a privately-owned investment firm that addresses global challenges, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, announced commencement

September 17, 2020 Read Full Article

2019 Project Peer Review Report Published

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

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Waste into Energy: How Banana Skins and Manure Are Being Re-Used to Help Power Homes

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC) Blessed with a wide variety of landscapes, the African country of Uganda produces everything from bananas and coffee to tea and cocoa. … Vianney Tumwesige is managing director of Green Heat International, a firm which wants to take the waste produced from sectors like agriculture and

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

NREL’s Catalysis Research Team Boosts Efficiency for the Production of High-Octane Gasoline and Jet Fuel from Biomass

by Zia Abdullah (U.S. Department of Energy)  Techno-economic analysis leads to a market-responsive biorefinery concept  —  … THE CHALLENGE: REDUCE BIOMASS TO BIOFUEL CONVERSION COSTS  — … The production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass is hindered by high conversion costs, creating a need for new pathways with less severe conditions, higher

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Scania Finland Delivers Biomethane Buses to Hämeenlinna Transit Agency

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Six new biogas-powered buses of Vekka Group (Hämeenlinnan bussiliikenne) started service in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Supplied by Scania Finland, the vehicles will operate in the city’s public transport services 1, 3 and 11, the contract for which was awarded to the Vekka Group in competitive tendering last year. The buses

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Could Soon Take Flight

by Kathiann M. Kowalski (Energy News Network) The Midwest is ready for takeoff as a leader in cleaner aviation, thanks to researchers in Ohio and elsewhere and a cleantech startup in Illinois.  —  Just as Ohioans pioneered aircraft flight more than a century ago, researchers there and elsewhere in the Midwest are

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

The Gas Industry’s Survival Plan: Make Fuel From Cow Poop Fossil Fuel Companies Think Renewable Natural Gas Is the Answer to Their PR Problems. Environmentalists Think Not.

by Naureen S Malik (Bloomberg)  … In 2014, Bar-Way began working with Vanguard Renewables to install a biodigester, which uses specialized bacteria to convert organic material—for example, cow poop—into biogas, a versatile fuel. Once it’s purified, this biomethane, also known as renewable natural gas (RNG), is chemically identical to the

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Fortistar and Paloma Dairy Begin Construction on a Renewable Natural Gas Facility that Will Power Enough Trucks to Move 10 Million Miles of Freight

(Fortistar and Palima Dairy/BusinessWire)  Fortistar and Paloma Dairy today announced the beginning of construction on a dairy digester renewable natural gas (RNG) facility, the Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project. The new facility will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of vehicle fuel annually for the Class 8 trucking sector—enough fuel to

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Rainbow! The Digest Interview: Dr. Chaudhari at Praj Industries on 2020 and What the Future Holds

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The recent launch of Praj’s Bio-Prism platform comprises of renewable chemicals and materials (RCM) solutions and promises sustainability while reimagining nature. We are witnessing strong interest from various stakeholders and some of the initial discussions have steadily progresses into serious conversations about potential

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG’s Growing Role in Decarbonization Strategies

by Sam Lehr, David Cox and Mike Alaimo (RNG Coalition/Biomass Magazine) Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part America’s push toward clean energy sources and technology.  —  … Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part of this future as a proven way to reduce

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Republic Services, Aria Energy and bp Partner on RNG Project

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Republic Services, a company that specializes in recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal, and energy partners Aria Energy and bp have partnered on a landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) project at the Tennessee-based South Shelby Landfill. The project directly supports Republic’s commitment to send 50% more landfill gas

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Anheuser-Busch Transitioning Dedicated Fleet to Renewable Natural Gas as Part of Ongoing Leadership in Sustainable Logistics

(Anheuser Busch)  Working alongside key suppliers, the country’s largest brewer is transitioning more than 180 trucks in its Houston and St. Louis fleets to renewable natural gas to help reduce its carbon footprint. —  As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable logistics and reducing carbon emissions, Anheuser-Busch announced today that

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste Industry Biogas to Diesel Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to T2C-Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … A new project is focused on optimizing this new TRIFTS technology at a relevant engineering scale capable of utilizing both the CO2 and CH4 portions of biogas and incorporating them into the hydrocarbon backbone of the final product of the process (renewable drop-in diesel).

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Scale: T2C Finds a Path to Feedstock-Scaled Renewable Diesel from Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A new technology has arrived in South Florida for the conversion of biogas to diesel fuels. If you thought of this as a biogas-to-paraffins technology, that would be fine, too. But it’s not strictly a methane-to-paraffins technology, because this technology from T2C also utilizes the CO2

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogenic Emissions: Credit Where It’s Due

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The push to alter biogenic emissions regulations could boost corn farming and ethanol production while cementing the role of biobased solutions in the fight against climate change. Political inertia, however, remains the primary barrier to change. An improved understanding of biogenic emissions from agricultural

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Can We Get to Space without Damaging the Earth through Huge Carbon Emissions?

by David Verbeek and Helene Fouquet (Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times)  When a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off on a plume of white smoke, hot gases shoot out of its 27 engines, creating a thrust equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. Upon reaching orbit, the world’s heaviest operational rocket will have burned

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Govt Looks at Mixing Biogas with Natural Gas

(PTI/Yahoo! Finance) The government is looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports, Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor said on Monday. ‘The gas distribution sector is expanding fast and some percentage has to come from bio sources. They cannot be completely (dependent)

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and Biomethane-Ready Plastic Pipelines Could Drastically Cut UK Emissions

(Bioenergy Insight) Replacing old iron gas pipes with hydrogen and biomethane-ready plastic pipes will cut carbon emissions and deliver the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid, according to the Energy Networks Association (ENA). The UK’s homes and businesses will benefit from an emissions reduction ‘bonanza’ over the next 12 years as

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Duke Energy, SustainRNG Partner to Develop RNG on Dairy Farms

(Duke Energy/Biomass Magazine) Duke Energy today announced a partnership with SustainRNG to harness renewable natural gas (RNG) on dairy farms, starting in the southeastern United States. Duke Energy has invested in a minority share of the company and retains the option to invest in future operating projects. SustainRNG will engineer, finance,

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Australian Demonstration Project Will Convert Biogas to Hydrogen

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Australia-based Hazer Group on July 31 announced its board has made a final investment decision to proceed with the development of a commercial demonstration plant (CDP) that will convert biogas to hydrogen and graphite. Hazer said the CDP will be the first fully integrated deployment of

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

New EPA Report On RNG

(BioCycle Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) released a new report, “An Overview Of Renewable Natural Gas From Biogas,” in July to provide biogas stakeholders and other interested parties with a resource to promote and potentially assist in the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. The document

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

New Northumberland Plant Turning Farming Waste into Energy Approved

by Ben O’Connell (Northumberland Gazette)  The proposal for the energy-producing anaerobic digester at North East Grains, to the south-east of Longhirst and north-east of Pegswood, had been recommended for approval at the Tuesday, August 4, meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee. And while there were some mixed views

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

As Natural Gas Bans Go National, Can Cities Fill the Gap?

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News)  … But efficiency researchers say activists’ favored alternative to natural gas — electric heat — is still a costlier option for consumers. Mass adoption of electric heating could overload the grid without significant infrastructure upgrades, other analysts warn. And an all-electric push would drag gas

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain Develops Dairy RNG Project in Just 8 Months

(U.S. Gain) U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), proudly announces that after only eight months their digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is now transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. “We’re pleased to add

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

GNA: $1 Billion Invested in California’s Renewable Gas Supply

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Clean technology consulting firm and producer of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), has authored a new study that delves into California’s renewable natural gas (RNG) supply.  The study, An Assessment: California’s In-State RNG Supply for Transportation: 2020-2024, provides industry stakeholders and policymakers

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Republic Services Aims to Increase Beneficial Reuse of Biogas

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Republic Services Inc. released an annual sustainability report on July 22 that highlights the company’s renewable energy production and sets a goal to significantly increase the volume of biogas it sends to beneficial reuse by 2030. According to the report, Republic Services had 75 landfill gas

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter to the Advanced Bioeconomy: Advance off the Beach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There was always going to be a point when the advanced bioeconomy reached the end of the “R&D years” and transitioned into “the years of deployment”, and if you read the Biden plan here or the latest pushback from the bioeconomy here against the alleged misdeeds of the Trump Administration,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas & Advanced Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ameresco’s Biogas & Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital, Michael Bakas, Executive Vice President of Distributed Energy Systems at Ameresco shared these illuminating slide guides about their advanced renewable energy and tech portfolio including their design, build, operation and maintenance of the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas facility of its kind

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Rundown: Biomass

by Caitlin Cosper (SaveOnEnergy)  … So, what’s the deal with biomass? What is it made of and how does it work? Read on to learn the basics of this form of renewable energy. What is biomass? Biomass is organic material that comes from plants and animals. These sources contain energy

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Meridiam Develops First US Biogas Project

(Meridiam/Biomass Magazine)  Meridiam has entered into an agreement to develop a biodigester project, located in the State of Idaho near Twin Falls, together with Sevana Bioenergy, as development partner, service provider and long-term co-investor. Meridiam and Sevana will combine their expertise in project development and long-term asset management to focus on

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Chemicals and Materials: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Bioeconomy Perspective

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries recently added renewable chemicals and materials to their portfolio of products going beyond biofuels and their Executive Chairman Dr. Pramod Chaudhari shared this illuminating presentation at ABLC Digital on the India story, the shift towards advanced biofuels and renewable chem in India, Praj’s

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Harnessing Biomass, Manure to Fuel Farms through Multi-institutional Project

(Penn State News)  Transdisciplinary research team aims to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment. — A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbes Pave Way for Green Flight

by Irini Angelidaki (Technical University of Denmark)  … “Soon bacteria, yeast, and fungi will become the factories that produce not only fuel, but also a wide range of chemicals, plastics, and even proteins,” says Professor Irini Angelidaki, DTU Environment. An important realization in the bioeconomy is that the idea of replacing

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogas into Methanol in a Container

by Philip Loldrup Fosbøl (Technical University of Denmark) Sustainable fuel has moved a big step closer with a new demonstration plant that can convert biogas into the liquid fuel methanol.  Currently, biogas is either incinerated to provide electricity and heat—or upgraded into methane (natural gas, ed.). “Methanol has a higher

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Feature Video of the Month: Have You Ever Wondered How a Biogas to Biomethane Upgrading Plant Works?

(Bioenergy Insight/Biogas Channel)  There are several stages between the production of biogas in an anaerobic digester and the injection of biomethane into the national gas grid. Learn more about this process by watching this video from our friends at Biogas Channel who visited a membrane upgrading plant in Northern Italy,

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Ireland’s BWG Foods Launches Biogas-Powered HGVs

(Bioenergy Insight)  BWG Foods, one of Ireland’s leading wholesale and retail groups, has become the first fast-moving consumer goods company in the country to launch a fleet of biogas powered vehicles. The group, which owns and operates SPAR, EUROSPAR, Londis, MACE, and XL, has launched an initial fleet of two

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Rhetoric vs. Reality: The Myth of “Renewable Natural Gas” for Building Decarbonization

(Earthjustice)  A new report by Earthjustice and Sierra Club highlights the gas industry’s deceptive efforts to keep our homes and buildings tethered to gas combustion. Buildings account for nearly 40% of climate pollution in the United States, with much of that driven by the burning of dirty fossil gas for heating

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Launches New Website

by Helena Taveras Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, D.C., the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium released their revamped website which features renovated content describing the FCIC’s eight main research areas. Each research area will enable the consortium to help biorefinery developers understand and mitigate biomass feedstock and process variability. The FCIC develops science-based knowledge

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Ways to Reduce Costs in Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Enabling Lower-Cost Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released a new report that outlines five specific, yet broadly applicable, areas of focus to reduce costs in an integrated biorefinery. This analysis builds upon ongoing R&D strategies to lower the minimum fuel selling price of biofuels to approach $2

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Takeaways: 10 Big Bioeconomy Trendlines at ABLC for Fuels, Chemicals, Materials, Food and Feed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here are the Top 10 Trendlines we saw and heard from the 8000+ delegates and viewers at ABLC 2020. 1. The thundering herd. One informed firm that does extensive amounts of technology scouting, due diligence and market price forecasting referred to a thundering herd of investors that are

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Golar, Galileo Technologies Partner to Introduce Bio-LNG to Brazil

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Golar Power Ltd. has signed an agreement with Galileo Technologies for the provision of liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction solutions to support the development of its small-scale LNG distribution initiatives.  The agreement between the two companies includes the introduction of a new clean fuel source through the production of

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Chesapeake Utilities, CleanBay Renewables Partner to Produce RNG

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Chesapeake Utilities Corp. has entered a new partnership with CleanBay Renewables Inc., an enviro-tech company focused on the production of sustainable renewable natural gas (RNG), that will generate greenhouse gas credits associated with vehicular usage and provide Chesapeake Utilities the opportunity to bring additional RNG to its Delmarva

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Upgrading Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The transportation and utility/pipeline industries are ripe for decarbonizing and Greenlane Renewables are using their conversion of low-grade biogas to high-value renewable natural gas to decarbonize the natural gas grid and commercial transportation. RNG happens to be resilient during COVID-19 too according to Greenlane, and this

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at Day 2 of ABLC: 1325 Attendees, Sideline Chat of ABLC Digital

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Biogas, carbon, renewable diesel, biodiesel, methane, hydrogen, and many new markets, innovations, technologies, novel crops, and more were the talk of the day. On day 2 of ABLC Digital it was chock full of content from 29 speakers that shared the latest content with 583

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC: 1357 Attendees, Registrants Crowd the Opening Day, Sideline Chat of ABLC Digital

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What the delegates were saying about CNG, fuel cells, and hydrogen, biogas as a platform, new markets, including EVs and succinic acid,  policy, methane, emissions, novel crops, and renewable diesel. In Florida, ABLC Digital opened for 583 registered delegates — and 774 additional viewers taking in the four hours of

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Fleet of 40 Biomethane Buses Begin Operations in Eastern Sweden

(Solaris/NGV Journal)  Solaris Sweden AB signed a contract for the supply of low- and zero-emission buses to transport operator Vy Buss AB in March 2019. Today the Swedish agency has started operation with a total of 40 new Solaris Urbino CNG buses in Gävle. All the vehicles are fueled with biomethane

July 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane, the Key to Decarbonize Now the European Mobility

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching a new paper providing a comprehensive analysis on the potential of biomethane for the fast decarbonization of the transport sector and policy recommendations to ensure the further scale-up of this green fuel. The paper has considered 11 comparative studies analyzing

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Extends Swedish Biofuels Tax Exemptions to 2030

by Daniel Mackay (Argus Media) The European Commission has approved Sweden’s extension of tax exemption measures for certain biofuels used for heating or as motor fuel, until 2030. Under two different schemes, Sweden exempts biogas used in heat generation and biogas used in motor fuel from energy and CO2 taxation. The commission’s

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

What is Carbon-Negative Fuel and How Can Fleets Procure It?

by Marc Rowe (ACT News/Trillium) One question we hear often from our customers is how can the use of renewable natural gas as a transportation fuel remove carbon from the atmosphere? This is a hard concept for many to wrap their heads around. Although difficult to comprehend, the use of “carbon-negative”

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

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

The Science behind Brazilian Biofuels Policy – RenovaBio

by Marcelo A. Boechat Morandi (Embrapa Meio Ambiente/LinkedIn)  Insights on how Brazil is innovating and investing in the low carbon economy, especially in agriculture and energy. RenovaBio is a market driven incentive mechanism, based on the economic theory of “Coase Market” for pricing externalities. It transfer the social/environmental costs of

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

A Pipe Dream or Climate Solution? The Opportunities and Limits of Biogas and Synthetic Gas to Replace Fossil Gas

(Natural Resources Defense Council/OurEnergyPolicy.org)  Averting the worst effects of climate change will require us to transition away from fossil fuels and replace them with renewable resources like wind and solar energy. Some argue that biogas (methane produced from organic sources such as food scraps or animal waste) and synthetic gas (methane

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Spain: Galicia-Based Biomethane Project for Buses Receives Award

(EDAR Bens/NGV Journal) The Renewable Natural Gas Mixed Unit project, promoted by Naturgy and EnergyLab, was recognized in the 7th edition of the Galicia Energy Awards for the launch of the pilot for the generation of biomethane from the biogas produced in the purification process of wastewater. The project has the participation

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Leaflet Shows Present & Future of Biomethane to Clean up Mobility

(EBA/NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) EBA (European Biogas Association) and NGVA Europe have published a new leaflet, illustrating the current uptake of biomethane in the transport sector and its potential in the coming years. NGVs present the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels. This potential is much higher when coupled with

June 24, 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

Finnish Steel Plant Tests Bio-LNG as a Marine Fuel

(Gasum/NGV Journal) SSAB, ESL Shipping and Gasum are working together to reduce the emissions arising in shipping SSAB’s raw materials. Last year, SSAB and ESL Shipping introduced a new transport chain that, in comparison with its predecessor, nearly halved the CO2 emissions originating in shipping SSAB’s raw materials between Luleå, Oxelösund

June 19, 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

Amsterdam Bets on Circular Economy, Will Use Biogas for Vehicles

(DMT/NGV Journal) In the metropolitan area of Amsterdam, vehicles are going to be supplied with green gas. Optimizing and transforming the current Sewage Water Treatment Plant of Amsterdam with the latest state of the art technology, delivered by DMT Environmental Technology, biogas will be produced in the nearby future. This will

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Advocates, New York Officials and Business Leaders Address Racial and Environmental Justice issues in the South Bronx

(Energy Vision) New Funding Offered for Clean Truck Technology and Fuels to Reduce Diesel Exhaust’s Impacts on Bronx Air Quality and Respiratory Illness  —  At a webinar this week sponsored by the non-profit Energy Vision, the NYC Department of Transportation and Empire Clean Cities, New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi,

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Finland: Pizza Hut Makes Deliveries with Biomethane-Powered Car Fleet

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Pizza Hut, the world’s largest pizza chain, has restarted home deliveries in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Tampere (Finland) with five biogas-fueled SEAT vehicles. The company’s desire to cut its carbon footprint and the strongly growing network of natural gas filling stations contributed to the decision. The new NGVs have

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund Awards Announced

(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Nine projects have received a total of more than $29,000 in grants from the Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund for its 2019-20 funding cycle. Established in August 2013, the fund is designed to foster a strong culture of sustainability on our campus by providing financial support to

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fugitive Methane, Eating Elephants, and Brewing Quarantine Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We left the discussion with a hint about the potential conversion of methane to methanol, which can serve as a powerful chemical building block or, in China most prominently, as a fuel. We’ll pick up from that point today. Wolf Ron Cascone Here’s some background on methane

June 11, 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
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