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Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage of the energy content of the transport fuel sold in the relevant year. Such obligation can be met by either (1) selling the prescribed amount of biofuel and receiving a

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas-to-RNG Facility Approved for Kern County, Calif.

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The California Energy Commission (CEC) has given the green light to a facility that will turn biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation. At a meeting on April 11, the CEC approved a $3.05 million grant for California Bioenergy LLC to construct the facility. California

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane regulations. The coalition announced its plans on March 23 when it submitted a 60-day notice of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington Governor Signs RNG Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has signed into law a bill designed to encourage the increased development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in Washington State. According to the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA), H.B.2580 passed the legislature just hours before the end of legislative session on March 8

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform cellulosic biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks.” Also, the

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Brews, Bangers and Biofuels – Ireland’s Bioeconomy Looking up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … But it’s also about whisky, as reported in the Digest in July 2017, and how Celtic Renewables puts whisky in the car and not just in the jar. It’s about Cork County’s announcement that they are looking into using grass cuttings as biofuel to power homes. It’s

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Fiat Panda Natural Power Runs on Biomethane for a Whole Year

(Fiat/NGV Journal)  Today marks the first anniversary of the trial on the Panda powered only by biomethane produced at CAP Group’s wastewater treatment plant in Bresso-Niguarda (Milan). On 14 March 2017 Elisa Boscherini (Head of FCA Institutional Relations for the EMEA area) handed the car over to Alessandro Russo, Chairman of

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Engines Being Tested with Raw Untreated Biogas

(Scania/Biomass Magazine)  Producing biogas from waste materials for use as vehicle fuel and heating is not new. And Scania has been working with biogas as an alternative and sustainable source of energy for some years now. However, a couple of innovative trials that the company is involved in could develop the

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Whither Goest Thou, Biogas? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Markets and Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  America generates very large quantities of biogas; in total, almost 10% of America’s gasoline consumption in terms of energy equivalent volumes. The largest sources of methane are landfills, followed by wastewater and then manure. It’s an atmospheric problem and a carbon opportunity and in recent years

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil: Landfill Gas-Based Fuels Eligible for RenovaBio Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published a notice announcing that landfill gas-based fuels will be eligible to comply with the requirements of RenovaBio, the country’s new national biofuels policy that was established in December. RenovaBio aims to increase the use of all biofuels, including

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event with news of new US national standards for biomass supply chain risk that intend to

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Falling Far Short Of The Hype

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … This year begins the ninth year of cellulosic ethanol mandates in the U.S. Today I want to give a brief review of cellulosic ethanol, review the original targets, and examine the current status of the industry. … The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) increased and

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Greening Gas: Conference of the European Biogas Association Presents Emerging Technologies for European Energy Transition in a Circular Economy

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Antwerp, Belgium, is known for diamonds and fine chocolates. But what shined there a couple of weeks ago was the Conference of the European Biogas Association (EBA). In my last article about biogas in Europe (advancedbiofuelsusa.info/biogas-in-europe-current-situation-and-perspectives/), I provide an overview to give us a

February 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Power-to-Liquids: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology

Sunfire’s key technology is the Solid Oxide Power Core – a stack of high-temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). SOFCs convert chemical energy from a gaseous fuel into electricity and heat. Unlike conventional fuel cells, Sunfire fuel cells can also be operated with different hydrocarbons, such as natural gas, bio

February 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects

by Scott Warfield (CERES Project Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The big game changer for financing, profitability and financial returns of anaerobic digester (AD) projects regardless of feedstock is carbon offset credits and specifically California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) which provides a premium for carbon offset credits based on the carbon

February 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels: Now? Later? Never?

by Terry J. Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  Most modern refineries comprise more than 20 individual unit operations, each of which is a complex process on its own. And different refineries are optimized for different blends of crude oil, different product slates, and under different environmental and legal regulations. This

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018 – An 8-Part Series

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week in the Digest, we begin a Special 8-part Series: The State of the Advanced Bioeconomy: Challenges and Priorities for 2018. As we head into the final month before ABLC 2018, these in-depth examinations from a group of renowned industry experts will set the stage for

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

City in Colorado Debuts Biogas Project to Power Refuse Truck Fleet

(NGV Journal)  In 2018, the city of Longmont will begin construction of a project at its Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to make fuel from gas produced in the treatment of Longmont’s sewage. The project will convert dirty biogas (generated through anaerobic digestion) into clean renewable natural gas. The fuel produced

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Webinar Review: Preparing to Harmonize Methane Emission Measurements for Biogas Applications

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On January 18th, 2018, the Canadian Institute of Forestry hosted a webinar for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 which publically addressed that there is a need to harmonize methane emission measurements for biogas applications. Part of IEA Bioenergy’s vision, to achieve

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Certification Scheme Will “Revolutionise” UK Anaerobic Digestion Industry

(Bioenergy Insight)  A newly launched certification scheme could be a breath of fresh air for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industries, according to Duncan McPherson, finance director at CooperOstlund. As 2017 drew to a close, the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) launched a new AD certification scheme, the

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Velocys: Envia Seeks EPA Approval to Generate D7 RINs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). According to Velocys, Envia makes drop-in fuel from biogas and

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform carbon dioxide into methane in a single, enzymatic step”. Typically, nitrogenase is the conversion of nitrogen gas to ammonia, but

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol and renewable compressed natural gas as core products.

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Plant in Northern Ireland Wins Sustainability Award

(Bioenergy Insight)  A biogas plant close to the town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has been recognised in the Sustainable Ireland Awards. The Tully Quarry plant produces biogas from 100% chicken litter. Built by biogas technology specialists Xergi, the facility has won the award for best project in the energy production

January 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Study Suggests Biochar Could Significantly Improve Anaerobic Digester Performance

(Bioenergy Insight)  In a paper by Texas A&M scientists, biochar shows potential for increasing efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal manure. Biochar is a charcoal material composed of agricultural by-products, including manure, crop residues and grasses. The substance can be used as a fertiliser and as a filter to remove contaminants from

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is at commercial-scale. The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma, and

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Irish University Leads EU-Funded Project for Natural Gas Vehicles

(NGV Journal/NUI Galway)  National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Gas Networks Ireland are leading a new transport revolution as they introduce CNG and renewable natural gas for trucks, vans and buses. … In addition to this, a renewable gas injection facility will be built in 2018. This will introduce

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2017 gives way to the dawn of 2018, once again roll

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. Amidst a flurry of development announcements,

December 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Curves and Slides, Snakes and Ladders

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over the years we’ve all seen a lot of curveballs in the advanced bioeconomy. You see companies like Valero, which lobby the United States Congress with unbridled intensity to get rid of the Renewable Fuel Standard, on the verge of becoming the single-biggest producer of RINs

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders via a request for information (RFI) to identify

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

What is Renewable Methane?

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … Attitudes toward the utility of natural gas as the environmentally preferred fuel began to change when technologies to effectively extract natural gas from local shale formations—a process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—became widely used. Although the U.S. was able to dramatically increase its domestic supply of

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Aria Energy Partners with BP to Expand RNG Business

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Novi, Mich.-based Aria Energy has announced it purchased a 50% interest in Mavrix LLC from BP and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas (RNG) to U.S. customers. Financial details were not disclosed. Under terms of the acquisition, Aria

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioproducts, USDA and You: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Toyota to Produce Its Own Hydrogen to Supply 1,500 Vehicles per Day

(NGV Journal)  Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

What Is Renewable Natural Gas?

(RNG Coalition)  Renewable Natural Gas (‘RNG’) is an ultra-clean and ultra low-carbon natural gas alternative. As organic waste breaks down it emits methane gas, called biogas, that can be processed to meet natural gas pipeline quality specifications. Biogas is a mixture of carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, primarily methane gas, from the

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

From Conventional to Advantaged: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, higher value advanced biofuels and chemicals using lower cost, non-food energy sources and feedstocks. CEO

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change

(FortisBC)  …  Together, FortisBC and Vancouver are working to increase the use and supply of renewable natural gas. FortisBC is an industry leader in renewable energy innovation through programs such as the Renewable Natural Gas program. The first of its kind in North America, the program takes organic waste from

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s New Biogas Plant Will Be Able to Supply over 500 CNG Vehicles

(Hitachi Zosen Inova/NGV Journal)  Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will build a new Kompogas® plant in collaboration with its Italian partner Cesaro Mac Import, this already being the fifth such facility in Italy. The plant will process some 40,000 t/a bio waste and 13,500 t/a green waste, producing enough high-quality biomethane to

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

SEAT Delivers Largest Biomethane Vehicle Fleet in Switzerland

(NGV Journal/SPIE Switzerland)  The event marking the delivery to SPIE Switzerland Ltd of 30 SEAT Leon ST TGI models running on natural gas/biogas took place on October 17 at the Bern STEP, the biogas-producing wastewater treatment plant that issued the biogas certificates for this vehicle fleet. These bi-fuel vehicles (natural gas

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

RNG Coalition Adds Biofuel Policy, Government Affairs Experts

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas /Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) recently announced the addition of four senior government affairs and biofuels policy experts to run its Washington, D.C., operations. Manning Feraci, Anne Steckel, Larry Schafer and Sandra Franco will lead the renewable natural gas industry’s federal

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the growing U.S. bioeconomy. View the available presentations online today.  READ

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Lincoln, Neb., Expects Major Savings by Turning Biogas into Vehicle Fuel

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  The City of Lincoln, Neb., has announced it is upgrading its technology to allow the biogas produced by wastewater treatment to be processed into vehicle fuel. According to a press release, the project could deliver $800,000 to $4 million annually in added revenue for the city’s Lincoln

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Fiat Launches Activity to Promote Biomethane Adoption in France

(FCA Group/NGV Journal)  FCA has been the leader in Europe for bi-fuel gasoline/CNG vehicles for over 20 years, with over 720,000 new registrations. The range features six Fiat models (Panda, Punto, Doblò, 500L, 500L Wagon and Qubo) and five Fiat Professional models (Fiorino, Doblò Cargo, Ducato, Ducato Panorama and Panda Van).

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In 2013,

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Synthetic Petroleum: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synpet Technologies is a Turkish-US company founded in 2014, which operates a 15 ton/day demonstration facility in Pasakoy, Turkey. The company developed its Thermal Conversion Process, which breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce oil and other products. Company co-founders Cem Ozsuer and Brian

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

UK’s ‘First’ Vehicle to Collect and Run on Commercial Food Waste – Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee

(Bioenergy Insight)  Resource management company GENeco has launched a vehicle called the Bio-Bee that collects commercial food waste and runs on the same material in Bristol, UK.   With Bristol among 40 places in the UK that consistently exceeds air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide, the Bio-Bee demonstrates a real alternative to

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar or oil, helping to make consumer goods cheaper” and the company picked up a joint

October 20, 2017 Read Full Article

City Buses to Soon Run on Methane

(The Hindu)  Mumbai: The State government will rely on Swedish biogas technology to make urban transport in Mumbai compliant with emission standards. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met officials in Sweden on Thursday and announced that sewage treatment plants (STP) in Mumbai will be upgraded to produce 97% methane. “This is so

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

One-Step Reforming of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Yields Fuels, Chemicals

by S. Himmelstein (Engineering 360/IEEE)  A new plasma synthesis process promises to enhance greenhouse gas emissions control while producing valuable chemical feedstocks. The technology developed at University of Liverpool allows for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and methane into higher value liquid fuels and chemicals, such as acetic acid, methanol, ethanol and

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Synova and the Pursuit of Clean, Green and Lean

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A newer technology Synova Power has arrived with the promise of clean, green, lean stream of pipeline-quality natural gas from biomass. … Streams coming off cellulosic biofuels or biogas refineries have been green, and in some cases (and increasingly) lean, but they haven’t been in most cases sufficiently

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Dairy-Derived RNG Fuel Cleaner than Electricity As the Company Opens New Office in Los Angeles And Pledges 100% RNG to All Its CNG Customers

(Fleets and Fuels)  Amp Claims Lowest CI Rating Ever By Far  —  Amp Americas said yesterday that its RNG/renewable natural gas operation at Indiana’s Fair Oaks Farms is the first dairy-derived, waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by California’s Air Resources Board – chalking up a CI/carbon Intensity score of negative 254.94

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Environmental and Energy Study Institute Publishes Fact Sheet: Biogas—Converting Waste to Energy

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic waste each year. While source reduction and feeding the hungry are necessary priorities for reducing needless food waste, organic wastes are numerous and extend to non-edible sources, including livestock manure, agriculture wastes, waste water, and

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Expert Gives Conditions Necessary for Biogas Production

(The News)  Mr Micheal Kottner, an expert in biogas, says sustainable biogas production is possible if the Federal Government can have the political will to put the legal framework in place. Kottner, who is the Chief Executive Officer, International Biogas and Bio-energy Centre of Competence (IBBK), Germany, made this known

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. These projects will work to solve critical research and developmental challenges encountered

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

New Holland Agriculture Unveils Methane Powered Concept Tractor

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  A sustainable vision for the future of farming was unveiled today at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, USA. It came proposed in the form of a methane powered concept tractor from New Holland Agriculture, a global agricultural equipment brand of CNH Industrial. It was presented

September 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Methanol and Bio-Economy: Now and the Future

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … Methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade. They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing oil prices. They were further boosted by environmental concerns about pollution and climate change.   Both

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Unlocking Polylactic Acid from Waste Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration with Calysta to develop a commercially viable, disruptive fermentation process using methane in biogas and engineered

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Pan-African Food and Non-Food Biomass Expert Network Unveiled

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  The “first” pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by African and German researchers. BiomassNet aims to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised in the development of new biomass uses. The scheme’s developers claim this will help

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

HGVs Fuelled with Compressed Biomethane Emit 84% Less CO2

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lorries using the UK’s first gas filling station emitted 84% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than equivalent diesel vehicles, a newly released study claims. The UK’s biggest gas network, Cadent, commissioned independent analysis of the first 14 months of operation of the fuelling station, operated by CNG Fuels at

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s ‘First’ Municipal Waste to Methane Plant Inaugurated

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new plant for the production of biomethane and carbon dioxide has been inaugurated and started operation in Montello, Italy. The biogas upgrading plant is the ‘first’ in Italy able to produce biomethane and carbon dioxide exclusively from the treatment of municipal solid waste. The new facility has

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. “Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material,” says Cigdem

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector “scratching the surface” of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system. That is the view

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water and either sunlight or electricity. Generally if a microorganism is involved, there’s sunlight in the

July 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biogas – What, Why, When and How? The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RNG and Its Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we wrote in our Digest Top 10 Predictions for 2017: Whether it is Intrexon, Calysta or potentially Synata Bio, companies have been switching to methane as a source of cleaner yet cheaper carbon, compared to petroleum. The emissions gain is not all that compelling,

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible to displace 30 percent of projected domestic jet fuel demand with biofuels by 2030. This

May 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biogas to Fuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can we enable the sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with transportation infrastructure, displace a share of petroleum‐derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and encourage the creation of a new domestic bioenergy industry According to an NREL-led team, methane-rich biogas offers

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California

by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ examines the economic potential of fueling heavy-duty trucks with renewable natural gas produced in California,

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Turning Chicken Poop and Weeds into Biofuel

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in depth here, including slides from Green Biologics, Global Bioenergies, BioAmber, Reverdia and Gevo. The webinar

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Portland Votes ‘Yes’ On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel

by Amelia Templeton  (OPB FM) For years, the sewage flushed away by Portland households has decomposed into methane gas captured by the city’s wastewater plant and turned into energy and electricity. Now, the city’s wastewater agency, the Bureau of Environmental Services, has a new plan for the gas that’s produced by your

April 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Surrey MSW-to-Biofuel Plant Seen Commissioning in June

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the long-awaited MSW-to-biofuel plant in Surrey is preparing for commissioning in June, making it North America’s first plant of such kind. Waste collection trucks and other city vehicles will be fueled with the natural gas produced at the facility, something that is expected

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Breakthroughs for Biofuel in Aviation and Transport Sectors

(Edie.net)  SEAT originally partnered with Spanish firm Aqualia to launch the SMART Green Gas project, aimed at creating 100% renewable biofuels to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The partnership sees wastewater turned into biomethane at Spanish treatment plants in a process that separates water from sludge before

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD). According to the organisation, the digestion of wastewater can be improved sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Sees Greater Collaboration with DOE Office of Fossil Energy in Its Future

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This morning at the “Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project Round 2 Industry Roundtable” held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, Zia Haq, Senior Analyst and DPA Coordinator for the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office provided information

March 1, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing the Impacts of a Biogas-to-Electricity Purchase Incentive on Electric Vehicle Deployment with the MA3T Vehicle

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks. Audience Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, agricultural biotechnology, applied microbiology, environmental biotechnology, and other areas. Description Biofuels production is

February 18, 2017 Read Full Article

UK Grocer First in Europe to Use New Trucks Fuelled by Food Waste

by Umberto Bacchi (Reuters)  A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice the current average. The longer driving range – capacity had held back earlier green fuel

February 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Brazilian Techies Close In on Biofuel Vehicle Distance Record

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  Two Brazilian researchers are expected to arrive Thursday in Montevideo, setting a distance record for a vehicle powered by biomethane, a gas obtained from anaerobic digestion of organic matter. On arrival, the researchers will complete a journey of 856 kilometers (532 miles) from the Brazilian city

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma,

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City. What makes it special is that the source is landfill gas and waste biomass. It’s been used

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Piedmont Natural Gas Inks Agreement to Connect Duke to Swine-Gas Project

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal)  Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of natural gas lines that would put swine-waste gas on Piedmont’s system for use by Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) at two of its plants. The details of the contract between Piedmont and Optima,

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

UK Company Makes Breakthrough with Sustainable Diesel Fuel Production

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A UK sustainable energy company is the first ever to have successfully converted actual landfill gas into usable diesel fuel with no fossil fuel additives, during recent trials. Renovare Fuels, which has its headquarters in London, claims to have developed technology to produce middle distillate

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills. The companies will invest up to $51 million to build one of the world’s largest bagasse-based cellulosic sugar plants. Producing

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (January 10, 2017) the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities

January 16, 2017 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved.

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock was sourced mainly from the Czech Republic and Austria. In 2014 domestic bioethanol production was 182,305

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Construction of Quebec Biomethane Project Underway

(Infrastructure Canada & Government of Quebec/Biomass Magazine)  Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). The SEMECS project will facilitate the

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the United

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Study: RNG Fuel Use in California Transportation

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  A team from the University of California Davis conducted a study for the California Air Resources Board examining the feasibility of producing large quantities of renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels for use in transportation in California. As reported, the study found that the state could

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost

December 13, 2016 Read Full Article

New EBA Publication on Biomethane in Transport

(Austrian Network Biofuels Newsletter)  The European Biogas Association (EBA) has published a new brochure aiming to serve as an introduction to biomethane in transport, going through its benefits and the challenges that lie ahead. Different chapters are dealing with Europe’s transport sector and the gas-powered vehicles, listing the benefits of

December 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Air Liquide to Design, Build Landfill Gas Purification Plant

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  Air Liquide will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. The site, owned by the Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority, is operated by national solid

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 to 10/31/16, including activity in bioplastics, biopolymers and biochemicals. It is based on a spreadsheet

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. … A new tentacle for

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

US$ 133.3 Mn Renewable Methanol Market to Grow Steadily Through 2026

(Future Market Insights/PR NewsWire)  Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global renewable methanol market in its latest report titled “Renewable Methanol Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026”. According to the report, global sales of renewable methanol is estimated to be valued at US$ 133.3 Mn by the end

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Tapping Landfills to Generate Power Seemed Smart. So Why Is the Industry Threatened?

by Ralph Vartabedian (Los Angeles Times)  … The problem began after the AQMD issued a complex 39-page rule requiring that by no later than Jan. 1, landfill methane power plant emissions meet the same standard as other types of engines that use geologic natural gas. The rule was intended to reduce emissions of oxides

October 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Bossie, the Climate Warrior: New Approaches May Unlock Dairy Methane’s Value

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the newer arrivals in Florida’s small bio-based industry is Culture Biosystems, which produces attractive economics for its advanced algae  cultivation platform which enables large-scale production of algae to be used in producing biofuels, aviation fuels, feed, protein and nutraceuticals. Culture BioSystems has developed

October 19, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Awards Microvi Grant for Innovative Biogas Conversion Technology

(Microvi)  Microvi has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy for a new groundbreaking biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into valuable liquid chemicals, the company announced today. The new technology, based on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering Platform Technology™, can convert biogas that is

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Power to Save Family Farms and the Environment with Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Farm-based anaerobic digestion systems have adapted in various regions of the world. The “European Model” relies on cash crops and manures with very high incentives and feed-in-tariffs. The “U.S. Model” is based on mostly or all cow manure from large farms (800

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, and a progress report was presented at Biometa 2016, held in Barcelona in May. Methamorphosis, which was granted funding in 2014 by EU’s LIFE programme supporting actions to

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides here. During the webinar, we received a number of excellent questions, some of which we did not have time to

September 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Energypath 2016: This Is What I Am Talking about! Penn State University Delivered a Complete Multifaceted Week about Renewable Energy and Biofuels

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* and Joanne Ivancic** (Advanced Biofuels USA) After Dan Quadros’ oft-repeated criticism about biofuels education and the big gap between research and the job market, he was pleased to experience the best example of how to bring them closer together, demonstrated by the Sustainable Energy Fund organizing,

September 13, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports which was earlier Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Gadkari said addressing a conference on methanol economy organised by Niti Aayog today.  —  With the Centre focusing more on developing alternative fuel

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The SIAAP and SUEZ Introduce BioGNVAL, an Unprecedented Solution to Convert Wastewater into Liquid Biofuel

(SUEZ)  At the Valenton plant (Val-de-Marne), Belaïde Bedreddine, the President of the inter-departmental syndicate for the sanitation of the Paris conurbation (SIAAP) with the administrators and Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ, today presented BioGNVAL, the innovation that transforms a part of the wastewater in the Paris region into liquid biofuel.

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Microbeads. Reviled, Yes. Useful, Yes. What’s the Alternative?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The BBC is reporting that although microplastics form only 0.01% to 4.1% of the total plastic waste dumped into the seas, researchers have been especially concerned about microplastics because of the problem of microbial life at the bottom of the food chain, such as plankton,

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Sustainable and Low-Cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will continue to struggle to find a balance between cheap energy verses sustainable energy.” But some

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

It’s Time to Rethink Methane

(GNA Journal)  GNA hosted its second-annual Rethink Methane Symposium on June 29-30 in Sacramento, California, which gathered more than 250 attendees to look at impediments and obstacles to harnessing the state’s substantial renewable methane feedstocks – such as dairy manure, agriculture stubble, municipal food and green waste, forestry biomass, and

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

ABC: Bill Signals Building Support for Nutrient Recycling, Biogas

(American Biogas Council/Biomass Magazine)  Last week, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Robert, R-Kan., introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S 3248). This latest bill is a companion to identical House legislation (HR 5489) introduced on June 15 by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y.

July 25, 2016 Read Full Article

The Front End: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Feedstock R&D Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to feedstocks? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at ABLC Feedstocks. In this deck, she looks at milestones ahead, programs, goals and challenges.  READ MORE

July 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Biogas To Fleet Fuel In South San Francisco

by Nora Goldstein  (BioCycle)  …  SSFSC (South San Francisco Scavenger Company) has converted 27 of the 40 trucks in its fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). It uses Cummins Westport CNG engines. The 27 trucks are fueled every night between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am using a slow

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Business Owner, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Hope to Create Jobs, Ecosystem with Biorefinery

(El Paso Herald Post)  … On June 15, through a LEDA grant from the City of Tucumcari, ERD purchased the former ethanol plant at 1600 Rock Island Road. In partnership with Robert Lopez, a Tucumcari farmer, the company plans to reconfigure the plant as an integration of dairy farming, feedlots, municipal

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators essentially guarantee that won’t be the case — and hint that it won’t even be

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Volkswagen Showcases Algae Biogas-Powered Vehicles at Green Project in Spain

(Bioenergy Insight)  German carmaker Volkswagen has showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain. The presentation of the test vehicle was unveiled at a biogas development named ‘All-gas biogas project’, which is run by Aqualia, a water management subsidiary

June 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Proposed Bill Expands Tax Credit to Biogas-Based RNG

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A bill (H.R. 5489) recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for the federal Section 45 investment tax credit. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Reps. Tom

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Dimethyl ether has several fuel properties that make it attractive for use in diesel engines. It has a very high cetane number, which is a measure of the fuel’s ignitibility in compression ignition engines. The energy efficiency and power ratings of DME and diesel engines are

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi. San Diego-based Oberon Fuels has been the one consistent champion on the “what are we doing about energy

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Chicken Litter to Power a Biogas and Fertiliser Plant in Northern Ireland

(Bioenergy Insight)  Ireland-based renewable energy developer Stream BioEnergy has commenced construction in Northern Ireland on a new biogas plant that will process large volumes of chicken litter. The plant, to be located just outside the town of Ballymena, will generate 3MW of renewable electricity from up to 40,000 tonnes of

June 21, 2016 Read Full Article

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility of biogas systems under the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), a 30 percent tax credit for

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Expanding the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Using the Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This analysis was presented by Jonny Rogers at ABLC Feedstocks 2016, and is the result of is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), National Laboratories, and various Agency representatives of the Biomass R&D Board’s Analysis Interagency Working Group. Zia

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Examining the Latest Developments in Converting Organic Waste into Renewable Energy

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) With municipalities increasingly collecting organic waste, finding ways to convert that waste into clean energy is a hot topic in the solid waste industry. A multitude of techniques are in use or being developed, including aerobic and anaerobic digestion, as well as other methods for converting organic

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists Turning Human Waste into Biofuel in South Korea

by Brooks Hays (UPI)  Researchers in South Korea have turned a bathroom into a laboratory for sustainable energy. They’re turning human waste into biofuel. The experimental bathroom features a waterless toilet system that breaks down human waste into a dehydrated and odorless compost-like material. The material is transported to a

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Digester to Send 5 MW to California Grid

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Not only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also send renewable electricity to the grid. Several years ago, the 55-MMgy ethanol plant partnered to

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

From Poo to Public Transit, Plan Would Make Gas from Treatment Plant

by Nancy Hicks (Lincoln Journal Star)  The city’s public works staff members have a picture they like to point to when explaining their latest project. It shows city bus riders in the UK — sitting on toilets. It’s a fun, visual depiction of what will fuel many of the city buses

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities in 39 states. USDA continues to lead the way in promotion of advanced biofuel production,

May 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company has focused initially on the production of isobutene, one of the major building blocks of

May 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Business Strategies for Transitioning the Bioeconomy to a Landscape with Long-Term Profitability

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  …With specialization occurring in feedstock engineering, these new business entities will be well-positioned to produce multiple products including both intermediate and final bio-products. In other words, they will be multi-product firms that exploit the economics of scope

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. The production of biofuels from sustainable, non-food, domestic biomass resources is an important strategy to

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA Publishes Analysis of California LCFS Data

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain-based ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions achieved under the first five years of the program. The California Air Resources Board published updated

April 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn silage, and brewery waste to produce pipeline-grade natural gas for sale to Middlebury College and

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Charting New Future for Wastewater Treatment

by Valerie Sarisky-Reed (Department of Energy)  … Unfortunately, the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card gives the wastewater infrastructure in America a D-grade, and says “capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems are estimated to total $298 billion over the next twenty years.” According to the U.S.

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Exploring the Viability of Small Scale Anaerobic Digesters in Livestock Farming

by Clare Lukehurst and Angela Bywater (IEA Bioenergy)  This report explores the viability of small scale anaerobic digestion for livestock farming where there is a need to deal with animal manure and slurry in a manner that minimises the emission of greenhouse gases. Dairy farming for example is dominated by small herds of

April 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short course and a symposium.  Posted after the article are two interviews with important researchers in this

March 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

IKEA Joins Advanced Bioeconomy via Newlight Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, IKEA and Newlight Technologies have entered into a supply, collaboration, and technology license agreement that will supply IKEA with Newlight’s AirCarbon and enable IKEA to produce AirCarbon thermoplastic under a technology license. Under the agreement, IKEA will purchase 50% of the material from

March 2, 2016 Read Full Article

IEA-RETD Launches Call for Proposal for Renewable Power-to-Gas (RE-P2G) Study DEADLINE: February 4, 2016

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA)  Renewable Power-to-Gas (RE-P2G) technologies like renewable methane or renewable hydrogen can substitute fossil conventional and alternative fuels (natural gas or liquefied natural gas) and thus decrease the share of transport-related emissions (NOx, particles, noise, CO2). At the same time, P2G may be an interesting option to store surplus

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels for Transport in Germany

(Task 39 Newsletter) …  This article briefly introduces the regulative framework in the EU and in Germany before addressing current developments and perspectives of conventional and advanced biofuels.  …  The main instruments for decarbonizing the transport sector in the EU along the whole value chain (or well-to-wheel, WTW) are: (i)

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Plug-and Play Synthbio: Arzeda, INVISTA, Others Finding New Pathways to Affordable, Everyday Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new generation of advanced technologies, based primarily in the United States but active in Europe and around the world, is changing our way of thinking about what a factory has to look like, one that produces the materials of everyday life — clothing, foods,

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Copel Plans 480-kW Biogas Plant in Parana State – Report

by Lucas Morais  (See News)  Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) is partnering Brazil’s International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) to develop a 480-kW biogas plant in Parana state. The project, which will use waste from pig and poultry farming, will require an investment of BRL 17 million (USD 4.3m/EUR 3.9m)

December 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Hydrogen from Biomethane; Gasoline & Diesel from Tree Residue; Cellulosic Ethanol among New Proposed California LCFS Fuel Pathways

(Green Car Congress)  California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of corn or sorghum ethanol are four pathways from LytEn for hydrogen produced from biomethane; four

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Roeslein Halfway Done with First Phase of Massive AD Project

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Construction of phase one of Roeslein Alternative Energy’s $80 million anaerobic digestion project is about halfway complete and on schedule to be operational by the middle of next year, the company reported. Work at the site, Smithfield Foods hog finishing farms in northern Missouri, began

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future. A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations, caught my eye as a fitting topic for a Thanksgiving editorial–capturing

November 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. … Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Simple Fuel, Simple Engine, Simple Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

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