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

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

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

CM Okays 100 Acre Land for Bhandara Ethanol, Biogas Plant

Anjaya Anparthi (Times of India)  Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday approved 100 acres land for a proposed project to produce ethanol and biogas gas from paddy straw at Bhandara. … Fadnavis approved transfer of 100 acres land from the state government to MIDC for the project. “The straw is burned and

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes FINAL Report on E10 Inquiry

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

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Opens First Fueling Station; Station Will Provide Cleaner Fueling Options to Seneca, Illinois, Community

(Renewable Energy Group)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) the nation’s leading advanced biofuel producer, today celebrated the grand opening of the company’s first diesel fueling station in Seneca, Illinois. “We are thrilled that those who help support our industry and the local community can fuel their vehicles right here at

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Gillibrand Tours Plant

by Mike Putz  (Dyersville Commercial)  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand might be trailing in the polls both in Iowa and nationally, but she believes stops like the one she made to Big River Resources in Dyersville will convince Iowans to send her to the White House. The New York Senator visited

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

A Political ‘Fight to the Knife’ over Ethanol Comes to Wisconsin

by Chris Hubbuch (Wisconsin State Journal)  … “There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party,” said Scott Irwin, chairman of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It’s pitting two significant Republican constituencies of the president and neither one is now in a position to issue any kinds of

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Reduce Current Account Deficit

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

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

DA Says Urgent Task Team Needed to Support KZN’s Biofuel Industry

(African News Agency/The Citizen)  It accused the African National Congress-led provincial government of doing little to aid the company  —  The Democratic Alliance opposition party has called on the newly-appointed member of the executive council for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs (EDTEA) in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, to establish a task team

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

A Clinician’s Role in Climate Change Awareness

(Simmons University)  … In order to deliver the highest quality care and education, providers need accurate scientific information about the influence of climate change on diseases, respiratory function, nutrition, and morbidity. Providers are ethically bound to advance health holistically, and with climate change, this means translating information into advocacy. The effects

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Supply Chain Management: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol knows a thing or two about supply chains. As a global biotechnology company that develops all natural products, as well as customized biology solutions, they use fundamental science and cutting edge technology to convert algae into high purity commercial products. Ed Legere, CEO of Algenol gave

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Paper Pen, Bioasphalt, Water Activated Bio Shampoo, Lignin Self-Healing Elastomer, Bio Crop Coating, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 10th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While many are on vacation this time of year, the bioeconomy is not even close to taking a break. In fact, bioeconomy innovations, are like a beach goer in Florida this time of year – hot! Here are the top innovations for the week of July

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Launches Plan to Cut One Trillion Tons of CO2 From Atmosphere

(Solutions from the Land)  A company that says it is “dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” announced last month the launch of The Terraton Initiative™, a project designed to accelerate carbon sequestration at an unprecedented scale. … Among the steps cited by Indigo are regenerative farming practices

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ABO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae Biomass Organization advocates for algae-advancing policy and funding, serves as a hub for innovation and networking, and drives demand for “made with algae” products and services. Mark Allen, Chairperson of ABO, offers this enlightening overview of the Algae Interagency Working Group, current state of the algae

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

His Family Farm Was Failing. Now He Runs the World’s Largest Biofuel Producer

by Parija Kavilanz (CNN Business) At 22, Jeff Broin was just six months out of college and getting started in the banking industry when his family turned to him for help. His father was scrambling to figure out a way to save the 130-year-old Minnesota corn farm that Broin and his

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Launches ‘Green Interns Program’ For Fall 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency)   EPA’s new program creates pathway to civil service for recent graduates —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing the Green Interns Program to cultivate a collection of the best, qualified candidates to fulfill mission critical occupations nationwide. Starting September 30, 2019, the program will provide recent

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

UN Food and Agricultural Organization Seeks Intern DEADLINE: July 19, 2019

(UN Food and Agricultural Organization) FAO’s Liaison Office for North America is currently looking to hire a communication intern, to be based in Washington, DC, for a duration of 3 to 6 months:  Key Functions Communications Intern Support the preparation and implementation of an integrated communications plan – which includes outreach to media, national and

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Driving Business to National Fleet

(Renewable Energy Group/ACT News)  Biodiesel has helped for-hire carrier G&D Integrated meet environmental goals and win business. How? For one, the large fleet’s use of biodiesel has helped it significantly lower greenhouse gases and other emissions. As for its bottom line, G&D says the use of biodiesel has been “directly related” to winning

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Streamlining the Biofuel Production Process

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

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh My! Dan’s Back: AgCertain Industries Acquires KemX Global

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time, many have been uncertain as to what direction former REG CEO Dan Oh would take in developing a new entry into the fast-growing bioeconomy, but now we can be certain, or rather, AgCertain. News has filtered out of Iowa that Oh’s new company,

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Fighting Forest Fires with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Red Rock Biofuels produces drop-in, renewable, low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. RRB makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale. By using forest and sawmill residues, Red Rock reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfires by removing waste biomass from overgrown forests. Terry Kulesa, CEO

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article
    EERE Job Fair   —   July 11, 2019   —   Arlington, VA

EERE Job Fair — July 11, 2019 — Arlington, VA

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) federal career opportunities are available in Washington, D.C., and Golden, Colorado. EERE will participate in DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) job fair. Join us for a one-day hiring event. All EERE job listings are posted on USAJobs. Learn more

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Announcing the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator

(Maryland Clean Energy Center)  The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is excited to announce the launch the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA) to help commercialize technologies and research originating within the State of Maryland. MEIA is an exciting new program for Maryland inventors, researchers, founders and entrepreneurs to work with strategic

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Partnership for Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Jay Inslee Rolls Out More Climate Policy

(Our Daily Planet)  When it comes to climate policy, Governor Jay Inslee already has a plan to address nearly every element of the climate crisis, but on Monday he rolled out a new one — this time aimed at creating “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” by ending corporate welfare, holding polluters accountable, and transitioning

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    6th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum –Jobs for a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy   —   August 22, 2019   —   Washington, DC

6th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum –Jobs for a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy — August 22, 2019 — Washington, DC

Conducted by Leaders in Energy (LE) and hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  You will: Learn about opportunities for green jobs in the Metropolitan DC Region Get tips from Leaders in Energy members who have landed or created green jobs. Meet exhibitors from companies and organizations who are hiring

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania Buses Fuelled by Ethanol from Wine Residue

(Scania/WebWire)  Scania Interlink buses, powered by locally produced ethanol, connect the island of Ile de Ré with the nearby port city of La Rochelle.  —  In looking for alternatives apart from electric buses, the municipalities of the French island Ile de Ré found the solution to their needs quite literally around the

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Boeing to Expand Investment in Brazil’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

(Boeing)   Boeing today (June 17, 2019) announced a USD 1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities engaged in the development of feedstock that can be used to produce sustainable

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

If Rice Is Nice, Rice Trash Is Cash: Gevo, Praj Working to Convert Rice Straw to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and isooctane from rice straw and other feedstocks. Gruber noted that “we believe this second-generation technology combination has great potential to address India’s rice straw burning problem and related

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Amazing Algaculture: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering works on facility designs, algae equipment, R&D, engineering consulting, techno-economic analyses, LCAs and wastewater treatment. Their focus on algaculture, specifically microalgae cultivation, is what the focus of this presentation is on. John Benemann, CEO and Tryg Lundquist, CTO, both of MicroBio Engineering, gave this

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on Our Journey

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … For decades, we’ve applied our work ethic and expertise in laboratories, innovation centers and refineries throughout the state. As a result, we’ve become a leader in bioprocessing, in addition to our agrarian achievements. … There’s a lot happening on the biosciences front in

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Glut in Sugar Industry: State Proposes to Use 25% Sugarcane

by Makarand Gadgil (Mumbai Mirror)  The state sugar commissioner has proposed that one-fourth of the state’s sugarcane be used to produce ethanol in a bid to reduce the glut in the sugar industry and help sugar factories pay farmers’ dues. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad has also recommended that the state government create a separate

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomanufacturing 2.0 Cell-Free: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Invizyne Technologies is making chemicals the cell-free way using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. By inputting sugar and using engineered microbes, they can result in useful compounds and commodity chemicals, biofuels, fuel additives, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. James Bowie from UCLA/Invizyne Technologies offered this illuminating presentation on

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Sapp Bros. Opens New Biodiesel Blending Facility in Sioux City

(MEG Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central time at 4800 Frelon Drive. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes Interim Report on E10 Inquiry

(British Bioethanol)  Chair of the APPG for British Bioethanol Nic Dakin MP today launched the publication of the interim report into introduction of E10 in Westminster. … Interim recommendations: Green solution needed to address increasing petrol usage in UK Calls for DfT to host emergency summit on E10 before the summer The

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

As Biden Tours Iowa, Farmers Want to Know Where He Stands on Ethanol

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Joe Biden may have an ethanol problem.  The former U.S. vice president has pledged support for advanced biofuels as part of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But Biden, who leads the crowded Democratic field in opinion polls in Iowa and nationally, faces lingering questions in the

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

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

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Government’s Contradictory Policies Killing Agro-Industrial Sectors in Nigeria

by Femi Ibirogba (The Guardian)  … Mr Rajavelu Rajasekar is a Director (Agro), Allied-Atlantic Distilleries, Agbara, Ogun State, where 250 metric tonnes of raw cassava roots are processed into ethanol. He revealed, in this interview with Head, Agro-Economy Desk, FEMI IBIROGBA, why cassava production fluctuates between scarcity and gluts; why more

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Opinion: Presidential Candidates Need a Vision for Biofuels

by Rob Hogg, Amanda Ragan and Bill Couser (Des Moines Register/Biofuels Vision 2020) As presidential candidates visit Iowa ahead of the caucuses, Biofuels Vision 2020 – a coalition of biofuels supporters – is here to educate the candidates about how renewable, low-carbon biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel reduce the carbon footprint of

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

COLUMN: NEXT: Building Trust and Community

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

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Dawson Boyd High School Tours Granite Falls Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty students from Dawson Boyd High School visited Granite Falls Energy yesterday in Granite Falls to learn about homegrown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes of ethanol production at Granite Falls Energy, which produces 64 million gallons of ethanol a year.

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Heron Lake Bioenergy Hosts Worthington High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from Worthington High School visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. During the tour, the students learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, liquefaction and ethanol

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Austin High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-seven high school students toured the Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont on Wednesday, May 22 to gain a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, from Austin High School, toured the various processes of ethanol production at the 125 million gallon-a-year facility. “By getting a

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Thermochemical Pulp Biorefinery Opens in Ontario

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced May 27 the commissioning of a new pilot biorefinery that converts wood biomass into lignin and sugars. On the same day, the Canadian government awarded C$2 million to the project. The TMP-Bio pilot plant, located in Thunder Bay, Ontario,

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Prepares to Begin Operations at La Mède Biorefinery

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

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: RNG Production to Keep up with Rapidly Growing Demand for Renewable Fuels

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  A new report authored by Washington, D.C.-based Bates White Economic Consulting forecasts that demand for renewable natural gas (RNG, or biomethane) fuel in the U.S. transportation sector will continue growing rapidly over the next five years – and that RNG industry production will keep pace. The

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Six MSU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

(Michigan State University)  … Daniel Ducat, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received $1,033,970 from NSF’s Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology to investigate the fundamental interactions that underpin resilient microbial partnerships and may be key to solving some of the earth’s biggest resource challenges. Ducat’s team will

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Gevo. Gevo produces and sells low-carbon, renewable, high-performance fuel products. From ethanol to isobutanol, jet fuel, isooctane, oxygenate blendstocks, and more, Gevo

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

‘A Personal Business’: Two Ethanol Company Executives Discuss Their Career Changes, Lessons They’ve Learned and Their Impressions of Our Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Greg Thompson started his career at BASF and is now president and CEO of White Energy. Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management, came to the ethanol industry from ag-giant Cargill. Both say the industry is a community, working together toward common goals without much

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Husker Ag to Produce 1 Billionth Gallon of Ethanol in May

(Husker Ag/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Husker Ag started production in 2003 as a Fagen ICM 20-million-gallon plant located in Plainview, Nebraska. In 2007 the company expanded by adding an ICM 40-million-gallon plant. Today after a series of ongoing efficiency and expansion projects, the company is proudly producing over 300,000 gallons per day of

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: $150m Investment for Bulawayo

(Bulawayo/AllAfrica/The Herald)  Bulawayo’s first ever solid waste-to-energy project is back on the rails with the investor, Pragma Leaf Consulting Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, pledging to inject up to US$150 million to set up the conversion plant and kick-start production. Although the project has suffered a number of false starts in previous years

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Project LIBERTY: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to POET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET has been turning one big idea after another into biofuel and renewable alternative product solutions for thirty years. They have grown from a single, humble refinery in Scotland, South Dakota, to one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and other biorefined products. Dave Bushong,

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Foundation in Iowa

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority) … Iowa is home to three public universities – the University of Iowa, Iowa State University (ISU) and the University of Northern Iowa – that are world-renowned for dynamic research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences. This network leverages more than $1 billion

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada and Italy Promote National Bioeconomy Strategies.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  Canada and Italy have promoted their national bioeconomy strategies to help meet their climate change and circular economy goals. Both countries unveiled their bioeconomy plans last Tuesday (14 May). Last week, the Canadian government announced that it had invested C$200,000 in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

In Oil-Rich North Dakota, Alternative Energy Advocates Tout Job Growth

by Dan Niepow  (Grand Forks Herald)    …  To be sure, there have been some efforts among North Dakota leaders to bolster clean energy, at least on the ethanol front. Under former Gov. John Hoeven, the state put into place an ethanol producer incentive program. The state set aside money to

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Discuss Bill to Encourage Investment in Bio-Based Manufacturing

by Paul Dwyer (WABI TV)  Lawmakers discussed a bill Wednesday aimed at encouraging investment in bio-biased manufacturing to create jobs, bring more business into Maine, and help fight climate change. The bill, sponsored by Assistant House Majority Leader Ryan Fecteau, (D) Biddeford, would create a tax credit for creating renewable products

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Trade Decision Is Bad for EU’s Ethanol Industry, Farmers – and Climate Ambitions

(ePURE)  Europe’s renewable ethanol producers are already under pressure from misguided biofuel and agricultural policy decisions; now is not the time to subject them to unfair trade practices  —  The EU’s decision to repeal anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol imports originating in the United States risks having serious consequences for the entire value chain

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Genera Begins Farmer Recruitment

(Genera)  Genera is launching a new business line that will manufacture disposable food service and packaging products from sustainable ag fibers in Vonore, made from locally grown biomass crops. Genera will be making a variety of ag-based paper products like plates, bowls, and take-out containers in Vonore, and we’ll also sell our processed

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Haryana Entrepreneur Turns 5,000+ Kg of Waste Cooking Oil into Biofuel Every Day!

by Tanvi Patel (The Better India)  “I wanted to help resolve several problems at one time—from waste management to air pollution—and this venture seemed to be an excellent start for this,” says Shiva Vig who buys waste oil from KFC, McDonald’s and a thousand other restaurants in Delhi/NCR.  —  … After using

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Owner’s Engineer – Help Bridging the Commercialization Gap

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  At a basic level, an owner’s engineer is an experienced consultant brought onto the project team with a deep understanding of both the industry being supported and experience working with engineering and construction firms, thus able to represent the company interest. Commonly, it is someone

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Farmers Position Their Operations for the Next Generation

(Omaha World-Herald)  When Taylor Nelson of Jackson, Nebraska, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012, the farm economy was on fire. Rents and land values were increasing at an unprecedented rate, and farmers were snapping up every opportunity they could. The stakes were high, and the market seemed impenetrable for

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada’s First Bioeconomy Strategy Launched

(Bioenergy International)  Canada’s first national Bioeconomy Strategy has been released by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). Produced by BIC in partnership with BIOTECanada, FPInnovations and Forest Products Association of Canada, the report reflects the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. Released on May 14, 2019, the report

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Perspective on Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IndianOil Corp.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IndianOil has a 33,000-plus work-force, extensive refining, distribution & marketing infrastructure and advanced R&D facilities. In the country’s pursuit of alternative sources of energy, IndianOil is focusing on CNG (compressed natural gas), Autogas (LPG), ethanol blended petrol, bio-diesel, and Hydrogen energy. Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D),

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Leads the Drive toward a Renewable Future

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) … Transportation, heating and the plastics and chemicals we use every day all rely on petroleum products, but our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels will have catastrophic consequences for the health of the planet if left unchecked. That’s why engineers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), which

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter from Washington – Taxes, Blends, RINs, Jobs and “The Year of the Tree”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … (C)onsider this for now a Digested summary of the (Washington, DC) news you can use, as short as we can make it so that we return you to the business of building the bioeconomy that will, increasingly in the now and surely in the

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Ads Spotlight Farm Crisis

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET, LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign directed at “leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income.” “American farmers are no strangers to adversity,” said Kyle Gilley, POET Senior

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Company Turns Local Restaurant Waste into Biofuel

by Clay Gordon (News Center Maine)  Maine Standard Biofuels collects grease and refines it into bioheat, biodiesel and other bioproducts  —  … Used cooking oil is being repurposed, and in its refined state is powering engines, cars, trucks, even ferries, and heating homes. Maine Standard Biofuels was founded in 2006 after Jarmin

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Low Carbon Coast

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Washington state (House–see correction below) has passed a low carbon fuel standard that would have it join itself to the standards already enacted in California, Oregon and British Columbia and under development now for the whole of Canada. The establishment of a clear and steady

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway: More Advanced Biofuel in Aviation

(Government of Norway)  From 1 January 2020, 0.5 per cent of aviation fuel sold in Norway will be advanced biofuels, and the regulatory changes will be introduced in the Product Regulation. Advanced biofuel is a climate-friendly fuel, which will contribute to reaching Norway’s climate targets. – The decision to introduce

May 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Eyes California as Federal, Local Support Wanes

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel has long prided itself on producing biodiesel from local resources within the petroleum-dependent archipelago and supplying the renewable fuel back to its community. But as the U.S. biodiesel sector tries to push forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel are

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

EIB to Unlock EUR 2 Billion for Agriculture across Europe with Special Support for Young Farmers

(European Investment Bank)  EIB loans, channelled through partner banks, will mobilize close to EUR 2 billion of financing for agriculture and the bioeconomy; At least 10% of EUR 1 billion loans package will be dedicated to young farmers; Results of fi-compass survey of 7,600 farmers in 24 EU countries confirm need to step

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Crisis: Viluco Closes Its Biodiesel Factory

(Clarin (Google Translation))  The Lucci Group firm affirmed that the new scheme for determining the price of biofuel imposed by the government makes its activity unviable  —  The Lucci Group, owner of the Viluco biodiesel production and soybean processing plant, located in the town of Frías, Santiago del Estero, reported that the

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

The Fundamental Things Apply: The Rise of Checkerspot and Supermaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently from California comes the news that advanced materials wunderkind Checkerspot has closed its Series A financing for $13 million. … …(A)dvanced materials are perhaps the first breakout anyone will really notice. Because materials are stuff and stuff never passes you without notice in the manner

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers, the Unsung Heroes of Earth Day

by Vincent “Zippy” Duvall (American Farm Bureau Federation)  … But consumers need to know how much the folks who grow and raise their food are doing to protect our planet.  1. Farmers are conserving resources and protecting the soil. As the population booms, farmers and ranchers face higher production demands than ever

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

The Advanced Bioeconomy: New Fortunes 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let’s turn to New Fortunes 2019 – our overview of what we believe will be the 24 hottest market segments in the near term – places to focus your innovations and to unlock value. From cannabis and new crops to advanced materials and superfoods, the bioeconomy is

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019 – A Look at Carbon Negative and Carbon Capture Technologies, Advancements, and Possibilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to over 193 countries and more than a billion people every year. … The top 5 CO2 producing countries in the

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting CO₂ Emissions to Work: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Opus 12

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Opus 12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world’s most critical chemical products. Opus 12 was

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Scenario: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Americas, Inc.,subsidiary of Praj industries ltd,  is a unique technology and engineering company in the ethanol arena in the Americas. What started off as an entrepreneurial venture three decades ago, the parent company, Praj Industries, is today a leader in India in the field of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. Minnesota became the first state in the nation

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Neutral Fuels Chosen for Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

(Neutral Fuels/PR Newswire/OilandGas360)  Pioneering commercial viability of biofuel and IoT-based real time fuel tracking and management  —  Neutral Fuels, the Dubai-based company that converts locally sourced waste into locally consumed biofuel, has won a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator (MBRIFA). The programme was established under the UAE Ministry

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Beyond Beef with No Cow, Sunflower Crop Waste for Phone Cases and Binders, BASF’s Bioactives from Rambutan Tree, Repurposing Wastewater Algae, Nouryon’s Biopolymer for Hair Care, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 17th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 17th. In today’s Digest, beyond beef with no cow, sunflower crop waste for phone cases and binders, BASF’s bioactives from rambutan tree, repurposing wastewater algae,

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

This Sustainable Biofuel Company Is Also a Beauty Company

by Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)  … Bob and Kelly King founded Pacific Biodiesel in Hawaii in 1995 in response to a concerning issue: the volume of used cooking oil that was being dumped into a landfill in Maui. Bob, who at the time owned the company that ran the landfill’s generators, proposed recycling the used

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Launches Biofuels Research Lab

(Roscommon Herald)  NUI Galway has launched a new laboratory to research the generation of biofuels from organic waste. Professor Piet Lens, a leading expert in environmental biotechnology, will lead a team of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the university’s Department of Microbiology Programme, ‘Innovative Energy Technologies for Bioenergy, Biofuels and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Students Learn About Ethanol Production at Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-seven students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products in Winthrop yesterday to get a closer look at how clean, homegrown renewable fuels are produced. The students, from the school’s Small Gas Engines class, toured the various processes of ethanol production at Heartland

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Canadian Biofuel Producer Investing €30m in Portlaoise Plant

by Peter Hamilton (The Irish Times)  Greenfield Global is establishing its European manufacturing headquarters in Laois  —  A Canadian alcohol and fuel ethanol producer is investing in the region of €30 million to establish its new European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, a move that marks its first foray into manufacturing outside of North America.

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

ABLC 2019 Round-Up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … ABLC 2019 kicked off on Wednesday with about 540 delegates in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building complete with secret service protection and escorts for some big-name super star speakers, with a pretty exciting vibe in the room. In ABLC terms,

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Cedar Mountain High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twenty-eight students from Cedar Mountain High School toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton on March 27 to learn more about ethanol production.  “We were pleased to welcome Cedar Mountain High School’s students to get a first-hand look at how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. “During the tour, they

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

ERA Funds Wheat-Ethanol Plant, Woody Biomass Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Emissions Reduction Alberta recently announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. On March 18, ERA announced it has

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

High Velocity Excitement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys has developed proprietary and commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology that can cost effectively produce low-carbon fuels from a variety of waste materials, including woody biomass and municipal solid waste, at a scale that matches feedstock collection logistics. Philipp Stratmann, Vice President of Biofuels at Velocys, gave this

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemicals Produced by Vertimass Now Eligible for Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

(Vertimass/Cision/PR Newswire) Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable chemicals offers ethanol producers alternative product capability  —  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has approved the addition of four new renewable chemicals to the list of those eligible under its first-in-the-nation renewable chemical production tax credit program. Vertimass technology allows the sustainable production of the

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Covestro and Genomatica Launch Partnership for High-Performance Plant-Based Materials

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. “These are today still the most common carbon

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Minneota High School visits Carbohydrate Solutions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Minneota High School visited the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Carbohydrate Solutions plant in Marshall on Wednesday, March 27 to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, all 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Carbohydrate Solutions, which included ethanol

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant Using Wind, RNG

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  According to (Gevo CEO Patrick) Gruber, Gevo is working to decarbonize its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, in an effort to improve profitability. He said the company thinks it’s possible to make significant improvements in profitability over the next 18 months “maybe even becoming profitable

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Leaving behind the Family Business of Fossil Fuels

(Our Daily Planet)  The New York Times published an exposé this week where they interviewed 5 individuals who came from generations of workers in coal and oil and went on to pursue careers in renewable energy and climate diplomacy. As the Times wrote, “They come from places where fossil fuels like coal provided lifelong

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotechnology Commercialization Roadmap

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As the next wave of first-of-a-kind biorefineries ramps-up, the subject of project engineering once again comes to the forefront. Questions about the overall process, why it takes so long and costs so much abound, all capped off by the realization that an EPC solution counted

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Forty-one students from Ridgewater College toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about an important ethanol co-product, dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS). “Tours like this educate students on the role ethanol plays in boosting the economy in rural Minnesota and reducing harmful greenhouse

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Gone but Not Forgotten: The Green New Deal Resolution Sunk in the Senate on Tuesday.

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) — The Green New Deal resolution sunk in the Senate on Tuesday. Now Senate Democrats will unveil their own Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, while House Republicans press ahead with their own push for a floor vote on the resolution. … The Senate may

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

TerViva Raises $20 Million in Series D to Drive Product Development and Market Expansion

(TerViva/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Led by Ag Family Offices and Climate-Smart Investors, Funding Round Brings Ag-Tech Firm to $40 Million Raised for High-Yielding, Sustainable Plant Protein Product Development  —   TerViva, an agriculture technology firm commercializing resilient pongamia trees that produce as much as ten times the beans per acre as soy for the supply

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Celluosic Project Flashpoints, 10 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all very rosy on the cellulosic potential frontier. As Gevo and Renmatix recently observed, “cellulosic sugars are one of the most abundant feedstocks in the world, and in many geographies with dense vegetation, using woody biomass feedstocks to generate useful sugars is the most cost-effective

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

E20 by 2020: Hold Your Breath!

by Ramya Natarajan (Economic Times/Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy)  The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 sets an ethanol-blending target of E20 by 2030. However, if the dispersion modelling results for India look promising for ethanol fuels, policymakers could push for an ambitious ‘E20 by 2020’ mandate  — 

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Job Growth in Biofuels Continues

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Job growth in the biofuels sector continued last year, according to the 2019 Clean Jobs America analysis of energy jobs data by the national nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). The report found that nearly every U.S. state saw an increase in clean energy jobs in 2018, combining to

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Ingredients and Innovations: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2018, Corbion generated annual sales of € 897.2 million and had a workforce of 2,040 FTE. Corbion’s recent investor

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Learnings from the Earnings – Who’s Up? Who’s Down?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The lucky 13 – with spring comes a sense of renewal and this season these lucky 13 bioeconomy bellwethers recently shared their 2018 and Q4 earnings to reveal uncertainties with trade wars, especially between the U.S. and China, some deals that fell through impacting losses,

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jonas Abrahamsson

“Effective, long-term policy instruments are needed to reduce the negative climate impact of aviation. Introducing a reduction quota scheme as an alternative to the national aviation tax is thus a step in the right direction since it both reduces emissions and contributes to Swedish, large-scale production of biofuel,” said Swedavia

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposal for Sweden to Follow Norway’s Lead and Mandate Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from 2021

(GreenAir Online)  A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines refuelling at the country’s airports with a proportion of sustainable aviation fuel. An initial requirement would be for 1% of

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrating Leading Women in Biofuels

(Growth Energy)  Supporting American ethanol … also means supporting female leadership. In honor of International Women’s Day, we are taking a moment to recognize just a FEW of the female pioneers leading the biofuels industry – and all the women who advance technologies and innovative solutions in our industry every day.

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries is an end-to-end solutions provider in the ethanol arena from concept to commissioning and feedstock handling to effluent treatment. They have technology and engineering solutions for biofuels, biochemicals and water. Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer at Praj Industries offers this illuminating overview of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Candidates Should Recognize Biofuel Benefits

by Mike Naig and Dave Loebsack (Quad City Times)  We may come from different political parties, but we share at least one common vision. Both of us strongly support renewable fuel, like biodiesel, for the vital role it plays in Iowa’s farm economy and job market, creating a cleaner environment, enhancing

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biofuels Are 3 Percent of Iowa GDP

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released a new study that shows biofuels are responsible for over $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, or roughly three percent. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics and commissioned by IRFA, also found that biofuels account for over 48,000 Iowa jobs and

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers from Oltenia and Clariant to Partner for a Cleaner Environment

(Clariant)  Opportunity for significant extra revenues for farmers in Oltenia by selling straw residue to the cellulosic ethanol plant built by Clariant in Romania  —  Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, provides farmers in Oltenia with the opportunity to transform straw into an additional source of income. As part of

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Commitment to R&D is the Key

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Toward that end, Iowa offers incentives such as the Research Activities Tax Credit to alleviate the potential financial risk associated with R&D investments, and ultimately, improve the potential for profitability. As one of the few states providing this kind of incentive,

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Brings Cleaner Air to Illinois

(Illinois Soybean Association)  Home-grown alternative fuel celebrated on National Biodiesel Day March 18 —  In the search for ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Illinois has a home-grown solution: biodiesel. Made from soybeans grown in Illinois, biodiesel is a renewable fuel. It reduces lifecycle GHG emissions by 72 percent and cuts

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  In my previous article on Scale-up from the Microbes Perspective, I discussed how the biotechnology commercialization process would be viewed by a microbe. This is a little lighter topic than the engineering subjects I usually write about, but the robust response to the article made me

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The acquisition of American Process Inc’s technologies, intellectual property portfolio and physical assets strengthens GranBio’s market position in the deployment of highly competitive industrial processes for conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, chemicals, and nanocellulose. The details GranBio completed the acquisition of 100% equity

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Commemorates National Biodiesel Day with Biodiesel Success Stories

(National Biodiesel Board)  Meet just a few of biodiesel’s movers and shakers making an impact in this innovative industry —  National Biodiesel Day takes place March 18, in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. In the 1890s, Rudolf invented the diesel engine, which was designed to run on peanut oil. Rudolf knew early

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

OMCs Float Fresh Tender for Procuring 910 Million Litres of Ethanol

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Domestic sugarcane value chain getting lucrative with ethanol ‘topping’  —  In the backdrop of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approving Rs 2,790-crore interest subvention for bank loans worth Rs 12,900 crore to sugar mills aimed at facilitating additional distillery capacities, the public sector oil marketing

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomanufacturing as a Service: Culture Biosciences Lands Series A for Its Bioreactors Accessed via the Cloud

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a new company has launched called Culture Biosciences and today we’d like to take you inside it. It’s a story about making the bioeconomy radically more efficient at the point of developing and deploying product, by offering Biomanufacturing-as-a-Service. This month, Culture Bio, based in the industrial biotech

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Tanja Havemann from Clarmondial

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  We are working on the launch of an innovative investment fund to finance sustainable agricultural supply chains. Sustainable investing is not just a trend, its becoming part of the fabric of investing. Once a marginal concern, it has become an important element of many successful investment strategies.

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Peter Jürgens

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “There is a huge interest in the circular economy at the moment. In relation to the circular economy, the chemicals sector is really pressing ahead with this agenda.” REDCert was founded in 2010 by leading associations and organisations of the German agricultural and biofuel sectors. By

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter on International Bioeconomy List for the Third Time

(SEKAB) “I feel very privileged to be celebrated in this context. We need more strong women working to develop the bioeconomy in order to break the fossil fuel dependency,” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Strategic Market Development Officer at SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals. Il Bioeconomista is an international web magazine covering the bioeconomy.

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Greets the French Parliament’s Proposal Aiming to Promote a French Bio-Jet Fuel Industry

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) greets the proposal made by France’s parliament to establish a public support programme to promote the emerging French bio-jet fuel producing channels. The draft Mobility Orientation Law includes ambitious measures for the sustainable development of different forms of mobility: road, rail, maritime and river, for example. Air transport should

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington House Passes Clean-Fuels Legislation Sought by Inslee

by Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Washington House Democrats approved clean-fuels legislation Tuesday night after overcoming fierce Republican opposition that was expressed in an hourslong floor debate. House Bill 1110, which would lower the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels, passed 53 to 43. After the vote, sponsor and

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Aberdeen’s Wood to Work on Major US Biofuels Plant

by Scott Reid (The Scotsman)  … The multi-million dollar contract has been awarded by IR1 Group, which is building the Red Rock Biofuels facility in Lakeview, Oregon. Wood is contracted to provide construction and mechanical services as part of the project. The facility will convert waste wood biomass into renewable jet,

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

101 for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Paul Greene (BioCycle Magazine/Montrose Environmental)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas —  Biogas project developers and financiers are finding strong offtake opportunities selling their gas into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Refinery Planned for Qld: Aussie Company Works to Turn Plastics, Old Tyres and Waste into Diesel Fuel for Trucks

by Neil Dowling (Go Auto News Premium)  An Australian company funded in part by the Queensland government is now trialling the production of renewable diesel fuel for use in heavy machinery, trucks and marine engines. It is hoped that the trials, to last up to 18 months, will lead to the construction

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

5th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza – Highlights from Our Business Showcase Exhibitors

by Molly Medlin (Leaders in Energy)  Our Leaders in Energy (LE) Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza theme this year was “Getting to Net Zero Emissions in Energy, Carbon, Water and Waste.” The event took place on February 15, 2019, at the Grand Ballroom at the Marvin Center at The George Washington University. We partnered with the Association

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Muenzer’s 1st Community-Scale UCO Biodiesel Plant in India Opens

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  European biodiesel producer Muenzer Bioindustrie GmbH has opened its first biodiesel plant outside of Europe in Navi Mumbai, India. According to Harald Sigl, head of corporate communications and public affairs for the Austria-based company, Muenzer Bioindustrie is one of Europe’s largest producers of waste-based biodiesel—producing more

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s ECB Group to Build Renewable Diesel Complex in Paraguay

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A first-of-its-kind renewable diesel project in South America has moved one step closer to construction. Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and Erasmo Carlos Battistella, president of Brazilian investment holding company ECB Group, met at Palacio de los López where a memorandum of understanding was signed Feb.

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the B&RD Board – an interagency collaborative which is co-chaired by the

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Looks to Expand Production and Add Approximately $160M in Revenues with Recent Acquisition: Management Aims to Setup a World-Class Green Tech Campus in New York

(Attis Industries/Globe Newswire)  The Company aims to harness their proprietary technology through multiple biomass processing facilities to cater to the rising demand of ethanol, carbon fibre, and other products.   Attis Industries (ATIS) took its first big step in the field of renewable energy when the Company acquired the ethanol production facility

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Red Rock Biofuels Gets Option to Double FT Capacity from EFT Reactors at Oregon Diesel/Jet Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Oregon, Emerging Fuels Technology, has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB’s Bio-Refinery in Lakeview, Oregon, USA.  The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Joins Air Liquide, Nouryon in Enerkem Waste-to-Chemicals Project in Rotterdam: The Complete Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. The consortium, which has set up a dedicated joint venture company,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article
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