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RFS Roundup: Potential Impacts of the GREENER Fuels Act on Cellulosic Fuels Development
March 18, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Riding the recent wave of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reform talks, Representative Welch (D-VT) and Senator Udall (D-NM) introduced the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible …

The U.S. Is about to Be the World’s Top Crude Oil Producer. Guess Who Didn’t See It Coming.
March 18, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  …  Domestic crude production was not inherently “limited,” as O’Connell told Congress in 2011, it just needed a better mouse trap. Fracking was it. Entrepreneurs broke the oil-import addiction, even though the …

Oklahoma Cellulosic Diesel Facility Achieves D7 Q-RIN Status
March 16, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  D7 renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Weaver is an independent third-party auditor …

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels
March 16, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard repealed but major oilcos generally …

USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects under the Rural Energy for America Program DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
March 15, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. 
These loan guarantees and grants are …

Op-Ed: Biofuel from Sugarcane – Why Is SA Not Rushing Ahead?
March 15, 2018 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Ward (Daily Maverick)  Support for diversification of the sugar industry provides a superb and immediate opportunity for the government of South Africa under its new president to create thousands of new jobs by leveraging …

Greenbelt Resources Signs Letter of Intent With Biofuels and Energy, LLC
March 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Greenbelt Resources)    Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Biofuels and …

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining
March 15, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could present a boost to lithium mining activities in the U.S. and indirectly help some geothermal …

UPM Moving into Bioplastics, Continues Busy 2018
March 15, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  UPM has joined forces with Norwegian packaging company Elopak and chemical producer Dow to convert its renewable naphtha into cartons.
Alongside renewable diesel, the Finnish company’s UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces naphtha, an excellent raw material …

Braathens Regional Airlines First Passenger Airline in the World Offering All Travelers to Fly on Biofuel
March 15, 2018 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Angelos Restanis (Travel Daily News)  Anyone who fly with Braathens Regional Airlines in Sweden as from April 8 will be able to book biofuel flights for an extra fee of SEK 300 (29,50 euros) per flight
Braathens …

Bolivia Invests $1.6 Billion to Boost Output of Sugar-Based Ethanol
March 15, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  A $1.6 billion investment by 2025 will allow ethanol made from sugarcane represent 25 percent of fuels used in Bolivia, President Evo Morales said on Thursday.
The president was speaking at an event …

OMCs Ready to Pay Higher Offtake for Biofuel: Pradhan
March 15, 2018 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(The Siasat Daily)  The government is prepared to pay a higher offtake price to producers of biofuel than it does for fossil fuels in a bid to boost the use of clean energy, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra …

CON: Keep the Renewable Fuel Standard but Reboot It by Using Bio-Masses instead of Corn
March 15, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Michael E. Kraft  (Tribune News Service/Bradenton Herald)  … Ideally, Congress would reboot the renewable fuel mandate in a new way for today’s economy, and design it as one component of a comprehensive response to climate change.
For …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 2018 Bioeconomy Business Outlook
March 14, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest reports that 72 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth and 68 percent about industry growth, than 12 months ago. The …

Bioeconomy Execs Bullish on 2018, 74% of Companies Expect Revenue Growth, 62 Percent Expect Jobs Increase; 48% Seeking Finance
March 14, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest reports that 72 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth and 68 percent about industry growth, than 12 months ago. The …

Rick Santorum: Stop the Attacks on Farmers, Homegrown Energy
March 13, 2018 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner)  This January, I authored a column defending President Trump and rural champions in Congress who had come under attack by refineries for their support of American-made biofuels. A Republican Pennsylvania state legislator, Rep. …

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It
March 13, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in …

Statoil, Total, Shell Prove Precocious in Weaning from Oil
March 12, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Sweet (GreenBiz)  When it comes to addressing climate change, oil companies are all over the map. Meeting this week in Houston at CERAWeek, the world’s biggest oil and gas conference, the world’s biggest oil companies talked …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs
March 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “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 …

It Doesn’t Stink – North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Opens
March 12, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Surrey’s Biofuel Facility officially opened in the Port Kells industrial area in the British Columbia province. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system …

California Here I Come: Ethanol Industry Looking to California’s Lucrative Low Carbon Market
March 9, 2018 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  Two recently announced major joint ventures from ethanol producers – one in the cellulosic and another in the first-generation space – are aimed at selling biofuels in California, …

Praj in Advanced Stage of Discussion to Set up Two 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants in EU
March 9, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jayashree Bhosale (Economic Times)  Pune-based PrajBSE -3.22 % Industries is in advanced stage of discussion to set up second generation ethanol plants in two counties of the European Union.
Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj commented …

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices
March 9, 2018 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first commercial production.  The bulk of …

Airgas to Build Two Production Facilities in California
March 8, 2018 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Airgas/Business Wire)  Airgas USA, LLC, an Air Liquide company, today announced plans to increase its presence in California with the construction of a new liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) production facility in Stockton, CA and the expansion …

Diesel with 89% Lower GHGs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
March 8, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet was founded in 2014 as a developer of a synthetic petroleum (SYNPET) business using its Thermal Conversion Process. TCP breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

Toyota Pursues Petrol but Sees Electric Potential in New Technology
March 7, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Naomi Tajitsu  (Reuters)  Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) stuck to its commitment to improving petrol engines on Monday with new powertrain units, while flagging technologies which could find their way into electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel …

Biofuel to Supplement Oil Supplies
March 7, 2018 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Tryness Tembo (Zambia Daily Mail Limited) For any economy to grow, stable supply of fuel at affordable prices should be guaranteed hence for all sectors need readily -available fuel to operate effectively. For example, Zambia, which is …

DowDuPont: The Break-Up, the Shake-Up, the Future Make-Up Revealed
March 7, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, the DowDuPont leadership team emerged from had become Wilmington’s largest sensory deprivation chamber and fanned out around the country to advise on the timing and specific nature of the break-up into …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

Impressions of the State of the Industry from ABLC 2018
March 6, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “A smidgen more hopeful that it has been for a few years,” said one advanced biofuels industry long-timer.  “I don’t understand why it feels so pessimistic,” asked an attendee …

Iowa Producer Revives California Plant for Low-Carbon Biodiesel
March 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  An Iowa biodiesel producer recently celebrated the re-opening of a shuttered California plant to manufacture a cleaner-burning biofuel that will help meet California’s low carbon fuel demands.
Western Iowa Energy (WIE) in Wall Lake …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Brazil Sugar Mills Start Genetically-Modified Cane Plantation
March 6, 2018 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by José Roberto Gomes (Reuters) Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

Biodiesel Not an Affordable Solution for SA Mines
March 5, 2018 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Paige Mueller  (Mining Weekly)  Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler.
He says that, while many renewable-energy …

UIA Enters $70 Billion Development Deal with Malaysian Firm
March 5, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Bridget Asiimwe (The Observer)  Uganda Investment Authority has entered a multi-billion deal with a Malaysian firm with an aim of transforming the country into a green economy by 2040 through a series of four integrated green …

NNPC, Kogi to Produce 84 Million Litres of Bio-fuel
March 5, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Nigerian Natinal Petroleum Company)  Sign MoU on Fuel-Ethanol Project to Create 2 Million Jobs  —  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of …

Heard On The Floor at ABLC Day 2 – Listen to the Wind of Change
March 5, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Starting with the Federal Perspective and Programs Forum first thing in the morning, we heard from Harry Baumes from USDA who announced 5 more projects projecting to achieve financial closing in …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future
February 27, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.
A report by Crown Research Institute …

Mahle’s MBE2 Could Increase Ethanol Production without Planting New Sugarcane
February 27, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Autocar Pro News Desk)  A new product launched by Mahle has the potential to revolutionise the ethanol industry at a global level. MBE2 (Mahle Bioethanol 2) is a solution that increases the production of ethanol by …

The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point
February 27, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …   BIO is the only trade association that advocates for the diverse policies that support the entire biobased economy – the full value chain of technologies and infrastructure …

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS
February 27, 2018 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related to Bio-CCUS. The workshop was …

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed
February 27, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443. Eight institutions from …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

Biogas Will Help Solve Urban Sewage Crisis
February 27, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.14 million grant to install an innovative new sewage treatment solution to Durban, South Africa. The innovative generator is able to process sewage into nutrients, …

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.1 Billion In 2017
February 26, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry remained robust in 2017, contributing $2.17 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
In a new study by ABF Economics, the ethanol industry in Minnesota produced 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.7 …

INTERVIEW-JBS Biodiesel Adds New Raw Materials and Projects Increase in Production
February 23, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by  Roberto Samora (Reuters (Google translation))  JBS Biodiesel, a biofuel unit of global meat giant JBS, will invest R $ 5.5 million to add chicken and pork fats to biodiesel production as a way to expand …

Biogas Waste-to-Energy Plant Proposed for Jessup
February 23, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by  Lorraine Mirabella (Baltimore Sun)  An Italian company that operates waste-to-energy plants around the world plans to build its first U.S. facility in Jessup near dozens of food distribution businesses that could supply its fuel.

The Nitrogen Engine: Ricardo Spins out Company to Commercialize Game-Changing Engine Tech
February 22, 2018 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Ricardo has unveiled its CryoPower engine technology and points towards a potential saving of approximately 30 percent in CO2 emissions and 20 percent in operating fuel costs for heavy-duty trucks and in …

Greenbelt’s Testing Facility to Become Commercial Production Plant; “California BioEthanol Project” Designed to Meet the Growth of Local Protein and Ethanol Extraction Needs
February 21, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative that will convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Once Phase 1 is …

Hawaii Legislature Considers 10 Percent Biofuel Mandate
February 21, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biofuel blending mandate for motor vehicle fuels is being considered in the Hawaii legislature this session. In January, Hawaii Sen. Lorraine Inouye introduced Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019) that requires transportation fuel …

In Kenya, An Entrepreneur Is Using Biodiesel To Fight Climate Change
February 21, 2018 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Sanjoy Sanyal (World Resources Institute/Clean Technica/The Beam)  … Taher Zavery’s company, Kitui Industries, started experimenting with biodiesel in 2008, when oil prices were peaking. This alternative fuel produced from vegetable oil is obtained from crushing …

Refiner Goes Belly-up after Big Payouts to Carlyle Group
February 20, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.
Although little oil flowed, plenty of …

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels
February 20, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South America —  In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. 

The driver for corn ethanol in Brazil? In part, the country’s new RenovaBio policy, …

A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel
February 19, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Herald)  Fuel prices shot up recently before Government intervened by reducing import duty on fuel to stem the price madness that rose as a result. Questions have been raised as to the contribution of the …

IVECO and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Join Forces to Foster Energy Transition ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​in the Commercial Vehicles Industry with Green Finance Schemes.
February 19, 2018 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(IVECO)  IVECO and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions have joined forces to help transport operators to renew their fleets with more environmentally friendly commercial vehicles: the purchasers of IVECO vehicles featuring its Natural Power technology, which …

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says
February 19, 2018 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Carli Lourens (Bloomberg)  South Africa’s proposed mandatory blending of biofuels with gasoline and diesel may signal the start of a biofuels industry and boost sorghum output sixfold, an economist at the farmers’ body Grain SA said.
The …

NREL Looking for Help with Biorefineries Survey
February 19, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, DC, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is asking for help in gathering information to better understand the existing and next generation biofuel industry and its contributions to the local, …

Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) Reach Agreement to Accelerate Production of Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia
February 19, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Unilever)  Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according …

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem Turns Trash to Cash
February 19, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks
February 16, 2018 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)? Welcome to the reality of …

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska
February 16, 2018 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally …

Vive le ROI: Has Sylvatex Uncovered a Gold Mine in Renewable Fuels?
February 15, 2018 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while …

‘Hundreds of Jobs’ to Come with New NQ Project
February 14, 2018 – 11:06 pm | No Comment

by Morgan Oss (The Chronicle)  Hundreds of jobs could soon be up for grabs in North Queensland, with work due to begin within three months on the world-class bioethanol facility planned at Pentland.
Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) …

Air Liquide Opens a Unique CO2 Recovery Plant in Johnstown, ON
February 14, 2018 – 10:42 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide)  Air Liquide invested over $30 million these past two years to build this new facility and enhance its bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec.
Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, …

Connecticut Seeks Proposals for AD, Wind, Fuel Cell Projects
February 14, 2018 – 9:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion, offshore wind …

Renewable Dairy Fuels Kicks off Construction of Indiana Biogas Facility
February 13, 2018 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced that construction has begun on what the company calls the U.S.’ biggest on-farm anaerobic-digester-to-vehicle-fuel operation.
Located in Fair Oaks, Ind., the dairy …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Sunflowers One Day, Oily Stuff the Next: Pacific Biodiesel Turns Sunflower Seeds into Oil for Cooking and Massages — in Addition to Biofuel
February 12, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Tanji  (Maui News)  … Around 1,330 gallons of sunflower oil was generated from the first 14-acre field farmed by Pacific Biodiesel last year.
Company founder and President Bob King said this past week that most …

Global Ethanol Market: Advancement in Production Technologies and Demand for Cleaner and Cost-Effective Fuel in Automobile Sector to Bolster Uptake, notes TMR
February 11, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Globe Newswire)  Global Ethanol Market could rise at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast timeframe 2017–2022 to touch a hefty valuation of US$105.0 Billion by the final forecast year 2022.  —  The global ethanol …

ABO Scores HIstoric Victory for Carbon Utilization
February 10, 2018 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from power plants …

Brazil’s Expected Rise in Ethanol Demand to Be Met by Corn-Based Fuel
February 8, 2018 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  An expected increase in ethanol demand in Brazil, boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new programme to raise biofuel use, will initially be met by fuel produced from corn, an …

Biorefinery Asks Grand Forks County to Help It Sell $80 Million in Bonds
February 8, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by April Baumgarten  (Grand Forks Herald)  … The Grand Forks County Commission approved during a Tuesday meeting a resolution that sets the stage for a public hearing for the Red River BioRefinery bond. The $80 …

Power-to-Liquids: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology
February 8, 2018 – 9:27 am | No Comment

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 …

That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects
February 8, 2018 – 9:15 am | No Comment

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 …

Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)
February 7, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the …

Advanced, to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2G Biofuels Implementation Timetable
February 7, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

The biggest news out of Novozymes this month is its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol, while also introducing the first product, Innova Drive. A completely new yeast strain, the product can reduce fermentation time by …

Natural Rubber: Viable Industrial BioEconomy Crop, It’s Going to Be Big
February 7, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Katrina Cornish and Corinne Young (re:chem/Bioemergent Materials, The Ohio State University/Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises)  Bioenergy/biofuel/platform chemical biomasses, whether grown (crops) or collected (forestry waste and municipal wastes of various kinds), still struggle with commercial competitiveness against the low …

Jefferson Energy Terminal Makes Immediate Impact in the PADD 3 Ethanol Market
February 7, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Venhoff (Genscape)  The Jefferson Energy Terminal has hit the ground running since completing four large storage tanks in late 2017, capable of handling a total 550,000 barrels (bbls) of ethanol. The tanker “Bow Kiso” (IMO: …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

UPM Looking into New, 500,000 Tonne Biodiesel Facility
February 5, 2018 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Finnish forest industry company and biofuel producer UPM has started an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in the southeast of Finland. The proposed site is in the area …

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands Joins KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme
February 5, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has joined KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, enabling it to compensate for the CO2 from staff business flights through the purchase of sustainable biofuels. “Our employees travel regularly outside the Netherlands …

Norway Sets Ambition for All-Electric Short-Haul Flights by 2040 as Aerospace Majors Announce Hybrid-Electric Venture
February 5, 2018 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) By 2040, all short-haul flights within Norway and neighbouring countries lasting up to one-and-a-half hours should be operated by electric aircraft, forecasts Norwegian airport operator Avinor. In the transition to all-electric aircraft operations, the …

Bankrupt Refiner Made Missteps
February 5, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Times)  The oil industry’s campaign to undermine the growth of domestically produced renewable fuels such as ethanol has certainly been ramped up lately. Today they’re callously capitalizing on the financial …

Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials
February 5, 2018 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Joel Stone (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … These disruptive technology innovations have happened many times throughout history and are discussed in the popular book The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen. He coined the …

Advanced Biofuels: Now? Later? Never?
February 2, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

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 …

What’s the Real Story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Bankruptcy, Crude Oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
February 2, 2018 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Simonpietri (Biofuels Digest)  On Jan 21st 2018, Carlyle-backed Philadelphia Energy Solutions(PES), the largest refinery complex on the U.S. east coast at 335,000 barrels per day, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance costs. In the week …

A Quiet Year for Biofuels M&A: 2017 Review and Outlook
February 1, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  More industry players chose to develop and build new capacity rather than buy plants  —  The North American biofuels industry experienced the fewest merger and acquisition transactions in recent history …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
January 31, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  Only a month after the European Union confirmed Australian canola would satisfy the new 2018 greenhouse gas requirements for use in EU biodiesel, a proposal to alter the EU’s …

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018 – An 8-Part Series
January 31, 2018 – 11:29 am | No Comment

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 …

OPG Turns Focus to Laos for Oil Palm Plantation
January 30, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  OPG Tech Co, a local palm oil trader, is gearing up for oil palm plantation and biodiesel production in Laos after seeing limited business opportunities in Thailand. OPG plans to develop the plantation on …

Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS Partner in Historic First Pacific Jet Biofuels Flight
January 30, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has departed from LAX and arrives roughly at Digest press time.
The trans-Pacific …

Petrobras to Join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative after Selling off Biofuel Assets
January 29, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) is joining the Switzerland-based Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, whose member companies represent more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production. OGCI aims …

Biobased Buzz: Renewable Propylene Glycol – Early Success in Renewable Chemical Market
January 26, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … According to the Department of Energy, substitution of renewable propylene glycol made from biomass can reduce greenhouse gases by 61 percent, as compared to using petroleum-based propylene …

Corn Overtakes Sugar Cane as Ethanol Feedstock in Brazil
January 26, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)  Brazil’s low season for cane crushing is proving particularly downbeat, with processing volumes reaching their lowest in a decade – leaving corn, unusually, as the country’s top ethanol feedstock.

A sharp fall-off is …

Company Official Shares Biofuel Plant Details
January 25, 2018 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Tina Alvey (The Register-Herald)  PPD of WV is putting together the final financial pieces of the puzzle, in hopes of breaking ground on its new biofuel plant near Sam Black Church this spring, according to …

The Rise, Rise, Rise of Bio-Methanol for Fuels and Chemical Markets
January 25, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The clearest intersecting theme is bio-methanol. Let’s see why.
For one, Södra has much more going on than Silva, and we reported on a major development in December when we related …

Biodiesel Agents of Change
January 24, 2018 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel’s role as an effective change agent.
PQ Corp. 
… John Votta, global …

Against the Odds
January 24, 2018 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, …

On The Spot
January 24, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Most consumers make their fuel purchase decisions at the pump. Consistent branding based on market research can help boost ethanol’s appeal.  —  … Bosselman Enterprises, which owns 44 Pump & Pantry …

Despite EU Palm Oil Ban, Biofuel Problems Will Continue
January 24, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) Members of the European Parliament have rejected an attempt to phase out support for crop-based biofuels. So what’s next in the food versus fuel debate? — … The legislative shift, set to take effect in …

Zera Boss Grilled over ‘Favourable’ Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ethanol Price
January 24, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Veneranda Langa (News Day)  Legislators yesterday grilled Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive officer Gloria Magombo over the price of Billy Rautenberg’s Green Fuel ethanol, which is 11 cents more expensive than the ethanol …

Leaps and Bounds in Sustainable Plastics and Nylons: U Wisconsin, Genomatica, Aquafil, Anellotech, Suntory, ADM, DuPont in the Mix
January 24, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a big week in plastics and nylons, all right — not only for those who value sustainability attributes, but for fans of lower costs and higher performance, too. Let’s …

INSIGHTS Anaerobic Digesters as a Tool for California’s Clean Transportation Efforts
January 23, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (Gladstein, Neandross & Associates/ACT News)  As one of the most populous states in the nation and a center of agricultural activity, California faces a waste disposal problem. Organic waste sent to municipal waste …

Certification Scheme Will “Revolutionise” UK Anaerobic Digestion Industry
January 22, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(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, …

Enerkem and Sinobioway Group Sign a C$125M Agreement to Accelerate Enerkem’s Global Expansion and Create a Joint Venture to Build over 100 Biofuel Facilities in China
January 22, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (, a world leading waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125M in the form of equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, …

Professor Snape and Partners Create Magic with First Hydrothermal Carbonization Plant in UK
January 22, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, The University of Nottingham, the Energy Research Accelerator, and CPL Industries are working together to develop a new £4m (about $5.5 million) facility to use the hot …

Sweet Sorghum as an Ethanol Feedstock in Western Nebraska – Could It Happen?
January 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Subir Bairagi, Ismail Dweikat (KRVN)  It has been proposed that non-irrigated sweet sorghum might be grown in western Nebraska as a seasonal substitute for corn grain in corn ethanol plants. In …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products
January 18, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Croucher (Troy Media)  Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel  —  New technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of …

Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels
January 18, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Ron Cascone (Nexant, Inc.)  Shown here is a current version of an iconic cost curve, or “stack chart” generated in an ongoing analysis started by the Scandinavian utility, Vattenfall, and carried on by McKinsey & Co …

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program
January 18, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is …

How a Bengaluru-Based Company Is Working to Transform Sewage into Biodiesel
January 17, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Akshatha M. (Economic Times)  The fat and oil substances that enter some of Bengaluru’s lakes through the city’s broken sewage system may transform into biodiesel if a pilot project taken up at the Bellandur lake …

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology
January 17, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals?
Mike Schultz is Managing Director of …

Newsweek Names United Airlines Top Global Carrier in 2017 Green Rankings
January 15, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines)  United Airlines ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. United placed 59th among 500 U.S. …

The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing
January 15, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What are the true drivers of Innovation and what are the returns for investors — what’s up and what works? There is just not a more authentic authority on the subject …

Socialists, EPP and ALDE Propose to Cap Biofuels Shares at 2017 Level, End Palm Oil
January 14, 2018 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (  Lawmakers from three political families of the European Parliament reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018
January 12, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018.
Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include …

GGC Readies B7bn Complex
January 12, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post)  Global Green Chemical Plc (GGC), the SET-listed biochemical arm of PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC), plans to kick off development of its 7-billion-baht biochemical complex by the third quarter.
Managing director Jirawat …

Abu Dhabi Works towards Cooking Oil Recycling Plan
January 12, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Anwar Ahmad (Gulf News)  Abu Dhabi will open a new facility to recycle used cooking oil by the end of this year, a top official from Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, said …

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs
January 12, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week.
In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight
January 12, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

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 …

€12.4 Million Investment for Swedish Biogas from Industrial Waste Project
January 12, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an investment grant to explore the possibility of producing biogas from industrial waste water.
A €12.4 million investment subsidy has been awarded to Finnish energy company Gasum, which …

Biogas Plant in Northern Ireland Wins Sustainability Award
January 12, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(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 …

Alkol Biotech Agrees to Supply 500,000 Tonnes of Biomass to Europe’s ‘Largest’ Biorefinery
January 12, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Biofuel International)  Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the sourcing of up to 500 thousand tonnes of non-woody lignocellulosic biomass for what would be Europe’s ‘largest’ biorefinery.
UK based …

Bond Authorization Opens Door to Lake County Biofuel Project
January 10, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Leidtke (Herald and News)  Jeff Manternach, CEO of Red Rock Biofuels, says the company was created in response to widespread and devastating wildfires in the Western U.S. caused by forest debris and the rising …

Myanmar Sugar Development Co to Invest $20m in First Phase of Project
January 10, 2018 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Shwe Gaung (Deal Street Asia)  Myanmar Sugar Development Public Co Ltd has secured state approval to invest $20 million in setting up a sugar mill in Kathar township, Sagaing Region, to produce sugar for local …

Jet Fuel from (Any) Bio-Alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
January 10, 2018 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. …

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?
January 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology.
Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and …

Fighting Food Waste in Africa with Biofuel-Run Sparky Dryer
January 8, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Uganda, engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot is addressing food waste with his new Sparky Dryer, which is a food dehydrator that runs on biofuel from a farmer’s garden and burns with …

High-Tech Waste-to-Energy Facility Set to Open in May
January 8, 2018 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Alex Acquisto (Bangor Daily News)  The company behind a state-of-the-art solid waste disposal facility in Hampden designed to convert trash into biofuel has secured enough funding to begin operations in May.
Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO of Maryland-based Fiberight LLC, announced …

Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels
January 8, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh so seriously. The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo, the second largest city …

Indian Oil to Arrange Biomass-to-Ethanol Plant in Panipat
January 5, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Kaplan Herald)  The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilizing surplus crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at Baoli village in Panipat district. The capacity of the proposed …

Breaking the Bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization
January 5, 2018 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, …

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough
January 5, 2018 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we consider the news that occasionally …

What’s Needed in African Agriculture Before Technology
January 4, 2018 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  “A lot of what’s needed in African agriculture is quite low-tech if tech at all,” says Gary Vaughan-Smith, chief investment officer at SilverStreet Capital, the agribusiness private equity firm.
SilverStreet has been investing in African …

USDA Reports Says Indonesia Faces Ethanol Dilemma
January 4, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity …

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
January 4, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

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 …

Neste Launches Website Pushing for Sustainable Aviation
January 4, 2018 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The project aims to raise awareness of alternate fuels for the industry.  According to World Bank statistics, 3.6 billion people travelled by air in 2016. In a survey conducted by Neste, 53% of European passengers are concerned …

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems
January 3, 2018 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the bulk of the country’s renewable fuel for cars and trucks. But cellulosic ethanol is harder …

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

What Is Shaping AgTech: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Agriculture and Its technologies
January 3, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, industry consultant Vonnie Estes — whose latest Digest column is here — picked up the Rosa Franklin Award for leadership in industrial biotechnology — and her most recent presentation decks offer a …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018
January 3, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

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 …