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It Might Be Giant: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose, American Process Style

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A few years back, Research & Markets startled the bio world when they projected that the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) would reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between 2014 and 2019. Heft growth indeed, and a survey

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

3D Printed Bio-Eyes, Biobased Surfactants, Duckweed’s Comeback, Cow Poop Fabric, Starch Algae Opp, Disney Goes Bio, Alt Tuna: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 14th

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 November 7th. In today’s Digest, 3D printed Bio-eyes, biobased surfactants, duckweed’s comeback, cow poop fabric, starch algae opp, Disney goes bio, alt tuna — these

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal University of Goiás Holds an Event on the Impacts of Brazilian Biofuels Policy

by Bruno Roque and Jakeline de Oliveira * (University of Goiás/Advanced Biofuels USA)  The New Brazilian Policy for biofuels called RenovaBio was one of the topics addressed at the 15th Congress of Research, Education and Extension (Conpeex) held on October 16, 2018, at Federal University of Goiás (UFG in Portuguese).

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Initiates CBE Project to Produce Bioethanol for CBD Extraction

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Globe Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced commencing Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative to convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Upon Phase 1 completion, the biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million pounds of protein concentrate and 75,000

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Chemical Valley Positions Itself as the Home of the Country’s Emerging Bioeconomy

by Tim Lougheed (Chemical Institute of Canada)  …  Over the past decade, however, this neighbourhood has been evolving in response to emerging environmental and social priorities that promise to alter supply chains that have traditionally been dominated by petroleum. The scene now includes a new generation of chemical processors who are

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Valero and Darling Ingredients Announce $1.1 Billion Plant Upgrade

(Biofuels International)  A major renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana is to expand capacity to 675 million gallons per year. This will include a facility to produce 50 to 60 million gallons of renewable naphtha. The Diamond Green Diesel Plant is a joint venture between a Valero subsidiary and Darling Ingredients.

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Hiring an Expert Witness in Bioeconomy Litigation

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In August 2017, I published an articlewhich focused on important things that attorneys involved in biofuels or biochemical litigation should look for when choosing an expert witness. This article explores the subject of expert witnesses in a bit more depth, including where to find

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Just in from ABLC: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Technologies and Their Examples

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Each year at ABLC, we have had the great fortune to have in our opening panel a tremendous sector overview from Roger Wyse, the Co-CEO of Spruce Capital and one of the foremost venture capitalists in the US and before that one of our top researchers.

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding and the deal-talk that flows from a general feeling that the advanced bioeconomy is, to use Amyris’ Joel Cherry’s characterization,

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Producers Feeling the Pinch from Trump Trade War

by Jarrett Renshaw, Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers drew a bleak picture of their industry in quarterly filings and analyst calls this week, detailing how the critical farm belt business has been devastated by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and biofuels management policies that they say have tilted toward oil

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Deal Inked for Biofuel Research

(The Hindu)  The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has signed a three-year, Rs. 11 crore deal with The Energy and Research Institute to set up a centre to produce “advanced biofuels and bio-commodities.” This is the fifth such dedicated centre for bioenergy-research and development set up by the Department. The others are

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very pleased to announce the release of “The Biofuture We Need”, a short video documentary produced in partnership with BluOrange. The video

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel – The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Fuel Already in Georgia!

(Georgia Today)  As a result of successful Austrian-Georgian cooperation, the first biodiesel enterprise has opened in Georgia. Martin Mitelbak, PHD Doctor of Chemistry; Murman Pataraia, the founder of Biodiesel Georgia; Rusudan Ramazashvili, General Director of Frego; and Kakha Karchkhadze, renowned researcher of Renewable Energy at Ilia State University, managed to implement

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueling Growth in the Biodiesel Industry

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  As we near the end of 2018, the biodiesel industry has seen some significant progress as we work towards sustainable industry growth. Today, biodiesel is creating an impact and presence in the current marketplace and is showing up as a leading player in the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy 2019: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Bioeconomy Development Priorities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s next in the biobased revolution? After fuels, chemicals, say many. What’s the role of incentives, the size of the opportunity and the potential rewards for a region? The Iowa Economic Development Authority took a look at development priorities — and how these relate to Iowa’s capabilities

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The 40 Hottest Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Impossible Foods took the #1 spot in the 2018 “40 Hottest Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The announcement was made live at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Global), which is meeting

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any effort to revitalize cellulosic biofuels. First, pursue commercial deployment in achievable, successively enabling steps, proceeding from where the industry is today. Second, maximize social and environmental benefits based on examples

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Feedstock Superstore: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Darling Ingredients

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Darling Ingredients today provides a global growth platform for the development and production of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients. With a variety of processing operations in over 200 locations on five continents, they create a wide range of products and customized specialty solutions

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Entrepreneurial Impact: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road NEXT APPLICATIONS FALL 2019

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, more than $15 million has been awarded to 41 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $75

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide fuel for vehicles and planes; recycle greenhouse gases and deliver many more products that have yet to be commercialized. … There is a

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but.  In 2007, at the height of the biodiesel boom, ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods announced a partnership to coprocess animal fats

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Consultative Expansion

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today’s fastest-growing biodiesel refiners.  —  BioJoe Renwick, founder and co-owner of Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, is

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Jet Biofuel Mass Production to Begin in Japan

by Akane Okutsu (Nikkei Asia Review)  Biotech company euglena teams with ANA to fuel green commercial flights  —  Japan’s biotechnology company euglena is to start mass production of bio jet fuel and biodiesel out of algae and waste oil, with the aim of being the first company to fuel green commercial flights out of Japan.

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

For the Times They Are a Changin’ – Conversions Abound from Diesel to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that are being converted and changed over to renewable diesel. Change is good, especially in this case. … While it was

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible cellulosic biomass available as wood, grass, and various wastes was widely expected to be in place by now. Anticipated benefits

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Half of Any Fish Caught Ends up as Waste or By-Product, EUMOFA Study

(Fish Information and Services)  The report on blue bioeconomy published by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products.  —  Researchers from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) have determined that over 50 per cent of any fish caught or farmed is not consumed directly and that

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Phillips 66, REG to Build Renewable Diesel Plant in Washington

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary BioSynfining technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Galicia Government Opens Renewable Gas Unit, Able to Supply 3,000 NGVs

(Xunta de Galicia/NGV Journal)  The Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde, said the new Mixed Research Unit (UMI) of Renewable Gas, located in A Coruña, has the potential to change the energy model of urban mobility in the region. Thus, according to the official, through this initiative, in which

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Woolley Fuel Marks 10 Years of Biodiesel Service

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Woolley Fuel of New Jersey is celebrating its 10th year as a distribution location providing high quality biodiesel to consumers across the Garden State. Woolley Fuel was started in 1924 by two brothers Herbert and Norman W. Woolley Sr. Their desire was to start a coal company similar

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Agri-Tech Can Turn African Savannah into Global Food Basket – African Development Bank

(African Development Bank Group)  The African Development Bank is championing a new regional and global effort to transform the African Savannah from a “Sleeping Giant” to the cradle of the continent’s green revolution. “This sleeping giant needs to wake up,” the Bank’s Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke,

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Take-Off: 350 Million Bucks towards Drop-in Aviation Biofuels for the California Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, World Energy announced a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest fuel refineries in the world. The project will enable World Energy Paramount to process 306 million gallons annually.

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Aviation Fuels: A Sustainable Future is Taking Off

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The aviation industry has committed to major action in the global fight against climate change, including carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. The question is how can the industry meet these goals given both current technological

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy Ireland Day  —  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today launched the new €22.2 million BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the €5.75 million National Bioeconomy Campus

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

New Recycling Facility to Be Opened by Green Energy Biofuel

(Biofuels International) According to the Aiken Standard a 36,000 square foot recycling facility is to be built by Green Energy Biofuel in Warrenville, Illinois. The plant is expected to provide more than 40 new jobs over the next five years and is scheduled to be up and running by December 2018.

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Day Recognizes Sector’s Contributions to Forest Health, Rural Jobs Across America

(Solutions from the Land) Today, we join stakeholders around the country in observance of National Bioenergy Day, recognizing the importance of using domestic biomass for a wide variety of applications, including renewable energy, heating and cooling, and biobased products, to improve forest health, mitigate climate change, create jobs and strengthen communities

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

World Energy to Complete Conversion of California Petroleum Refinery to Renewable Fuels

(World Energy/Globe Newswire)  $350 million investment will result in 306 million gallons of annual production   —  World Energy, a global leader in low-carbon transportation fuels production, announced today a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Saudi Arabia Shows Need to End Addiction to Middle Eastern Oil

by Jim Talent (The Hill/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  Following the mysterious death of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Washington was hit with a stark reminder that America remains glaringly vulnerable to economic threats from the oil oligarchs of the world. Saudi Arabia quickly issued a warning that any sanctions will be met with

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Mounts €100M Investment Push to Promote the Bioeconomy

by Éanna Kelly (Science/Business) EU Commission and European Investment Bank searching for fund manager to drive private investment in a sprawling sector  —  The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new €100 million fund to stimulate private investment in the bioeconomy, to help European bio-based companies gain

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

FG Dedicates $30m To Cassava Ethanol Project In Ondo

(Economic Confidential) … The federal government has dedicated $30 million for the Cassava Ethanol Project at Okeluse in Ose Local Government area of Ondo State. The project, which would be sited on 15, 000 hectares is between the Ondo State Government and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The move by

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Transition: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioproducts Transition Dynamics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BETO has been developing a broad understanding of different conversion processes that produce bioproducts and the associated market attributes. However, there is not much understanding around how investment decisions are made and the possible successful scenarios for advancing the bioproducts and biofuels industries. The goal

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Edwardsville Lab Continues to Impact Ethanol Sector

by DeLoss Jahnke (Farm Week Now)  NCERC has contributed dozens of technologies being used by manufacturers across the country, and interest in continued collaboration keeps growing.  In just 15 years, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) has become a nationally recognized research facility and made a major impact on ethanol production throughout the

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Biomass-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy &

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn Join to Create Biodiesel from Wastewater

by Kevin Zimmerman (Westfair Communications)  “It’s a huge problem, both in the United States and internationally,” said REA Operations Manager Eric Metz. “And with population growth increasing, there’s going to be more Brown FOG going into the sewer systems,” which can result in overflows and blockages that can be expensive to

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company recently broke ground on its first commercial project in Nevada, and more about that here. Fulcrum’s innovative business

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in Canada: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Mahmood Ebadian and Jack Saddler (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter) … Currently, over 96% of the transportation sector in Canada is fuelled by petroleum products, making this sector the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) after the oil and gas sector. … Conventional biofuels including bioethanol and biodiesel (conventional fatty acid

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Fat Profits: Asian Traders Cash in as Europe Thirsts for Waste Oils

(The Star)  Once surreptitiously dumped down drains in the dead of night, Asia’s used cooking oil is fast becoming one of the most sought-after commodities in Europe – as a feedstock for biodiesel. Aggressive green energy targets in the European Union that were bolstered further this year are pushing fuel makers

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Proteins on Everyone’s Lips

(nova-Institut GmbH)  The winners of the first “Future Protein Award”: an insect bar, Proteins made from CO2 and Hemp protein – a guide to the future for modern consumers  —  During the new conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, nova-Institute presented the first Future Protein Award on 2 October

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the BELT Biorefinery Concept

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 43’s goal is to contribute to sound bioenergy development driven by well-informed decisions in the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors as well as in investment institutions and government agencies. The group addresses critical issues for deployment of sustainable biomass and bioenergy supply chains, including social,

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pacific Ethanol Inspires Its Employees to Give Back

by Matt Thomposon (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Three years ago, (Wayne) Rylant helped launch an annual company-wide food drive, donating 4,638 pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries and other charities in the communities where Pacific Ethanol has a presence. This year, the company is poised to donate 22,139 pounds.

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited Sign MoU for Biodiesel Production and Research

by Michelle Beckford (go-Jamaica.com/University of Technology, Jamaica)  The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration in biodiesel production and research.  The MoU agreement signed by UTech, Jamaica President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie and Elhydro Limited President,

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

From Unloved Woods to Desirable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Wood and Forest Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increasing global demand for energy, a push by governments and industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), and a desire to increase energy independence are driving the demand for renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. As a source of renewable carbon that can be used in the existing

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Company Hopes to Convert Ethanol Plant to Methane

(Quay County Sun)  If all goes according to plan, a long-closed ethanol plant in Tucumcari may be converted into a methane plant and become fully operational by mid-2020. Tucumcari Bio-Energy Co. is hunting for investors and may begin converting the plant to methane gas production as soon as early 2019, said

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM’s Good News Bear Brings Completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … UPM received some exciting news last week from consultancy company Pöyry about their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland. Not only has the EIA been completed and submitted to the “authorities” for their final conclusions, it offers rave reviews of the

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuel Transport Consumption on the Increase

(Biofuels International)  Biofuel consumption for transport in the European Union increased by 9.2% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data in EurObserv’ER’s 2018 Biofuels Barometer. Between 2014 and 2016 biofuel usage remained relatively stable in the EU, something EurObserver’ER puts down to ‘a period of uncertainty’ surrounding the future of

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Judit Sandquist gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Boskalis to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Using Sustainable Biofuel on Borsele Renewable Energy Project

(Boskalis)  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) will use a biofuel blend on the project to install the export cable to the Borssele offshore wind farm resulting in a more sustainable realization of this renewable energy project. The Borssele Alpha project is being executed on behalf of TenneT and is aimed at

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

by Wayne Lee and Martin Wahl (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Due to the success of that series, and number of requests we received from those involved in providing funding for bioeconomy projects and from those seeking funding, I am proud to introduce this second series, which explores more in-depth financing options

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Circular Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biobased Delta

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a biobased economy renewable raw materials take over the role of fossil raw materials, such as oil. This is extremely important in order to reduce the carbon footprint which has a positive influence on climate change. The south-western Netherlands region is rich in agrofood, horticulture

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

India Rising to the Top of the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To measure the impact that advanced biofuels are having in India, consider that the World Biofuels Day program featured, on stage, Prime Minister Modi, the minister for agriculture, the minister for road transport & highways, shipping and river development; the minister of consumer affairs and food;

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Coffee Waste Biofuel Plant in South Africa Expects 2019 Construction

(Biofuels International)  South African recycling company Verda Waste is to build a plant that will process coffee waste into biofuel. The plant will be located in Johannesburg and is expected to be built in 2019. The company intends to lead the industrialising process of converting waste coffee grounds into biofuels. It

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s Group Biotechnology — responsible for the Technology Platform Biotechnology — develops tailor-made biotechnological processes for the economic and sustainable production of bio-based chemicals and biofuels. It focuses on bio-catalysis and bio-refining. Innovative technologies for the sustainable conversion of renewable feedstocks into biofuels and bio-based chemicals through energy-efficient

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Pride in Product and Profits

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Managing employee morale requires offering opportunities for advancement and keeping employees informed about the companies’ successes. — … A big part of plant morale is ensuring leaders are connected to their individual employees—the employees feeling they work for a specific person versus the plant itself,

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Time for Action to Unlock Growth of Biofuels in Kansas

by Jesse McCurry (Wichita Eagle/Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission & Producers Association)  … Our grains reach markets around the world and feed production at a dozen Kansas ethanol plants that produce nearly 500 million gallons of clean, renewable biofuel each year. Ethanol production alone supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Transformation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore Company

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance. UPM consists

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Groundbreaking for Clariant’s Sunliquid® Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania

(Clariant)  Investment represents biggest industrial commitment by an international corporation in the region of Craiova; Location chosen for combination of feedstock supply and infrastructure; Annual production capacity of 50 000 tons of cellulosic ethanol  —  Muttenz, September 12, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today officially started construction of the

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Hyundai, LG to Construct Biodiesel Factories in Indonesia

(Jakarta Post)  West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji has said Korean companies  Hyundai and LG will construct biodiesel factories in the province amid the government’s effort to expand the domestic use of the fuel through its mandatory 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ) policy. … He said the Korean investors would apply environmentally friendly

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Synthetic Biology Initiative to Boost Bio-Economy

(University of Queensland)  A $4.5 million initiative to boost Australia’s synthetic biology capabilities will be built by The University of Queensland and CSIRO, helping drive advances in areas such as manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, environmental remediation, biosecurity, agriculture and healthcare research. UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and CSIRO Executive Director for

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Proteins and Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of biocatalytic solutions to meet customer needs for rapid, cost-effective and sustainable manufacturing. The company gave

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Wonder from Down Under, Canada-Style: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella, Canfor

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon. The compelling features of supercritical are several: 1. It uses all of the biomass, including lignin.

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Spit-Activated Biobased Batteries, Glow-in-the-Dark Trees, Kombucha Clothes, Biobased Root Canals, Breakthroughs in Degradable Plastics, Straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 29th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here are the top innovations in the advanced bioeconomy for the week of August 29th. Yep, it’s been a heck of a week if you’re looking for any of the following: Spit-activated, biobased batteries, glow-in-the-dark trees, kombucha clothes, Hydrogels for biobased root canals, Breakthroughs in degradable

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Competition Aims to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels DEADLINE: February 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Natural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower the environmental footprint of flying. While the Canadian

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Aalto University, VTT Sign Bioeconomy Agreement

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine) On Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. The aim is to develop materials from renewable

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Canada Clarifies Concerns, Statements on Proposed Clean Fuel Standard

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN PressWire)  A recent federal decision to prioritize liquid fuels in the Clean Fuel Standard addresses many stakeholder concerns but misunderstanding of regulation continues  —  Canada’s national industry voice for the low carbon biofuels necessary for Canada to implement a successful Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is providing commentary on statements

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Partner to Form Point Breeze Renewable Energy

(Philadelphia Energy Solutions)  RNG Energy Solutions (RNG Energy) and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES) announced today that they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable natural gas sales agreement and site lease agreement to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility. The facility will be named

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Company Pitches Biofuel Plant

by Courtney Vaughn (Columbia County Spotlight)  NEXT Energy wants to develop 80-acre site near Port Westward, hire 210 people  —  NEXT Energy Group, Inc. announced plans in July for a new renewable fuel production site that would yield 37,500 barrels a day of renewable diesel and propane, along with “green jet fuels.” The

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Jatropha Biodiesel Project Back on Track

by Debra Matabvu (Sunday Mail)  Conceived 12 years ago when the country was in the throes of biting fuel shortages, the jatropha biodiesel project – which was premised on cutting the country’s fuel import bill – seemingly suffered a stillbirth. The multi-million dollar jatropha processing plant in Mt Hampden, which was touted

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Achievement of Milestone: First Production of Raw Distillates from Renewable Diesel Refinery

(Cielo Waste Solutions Corp/Digital Journal) (“Cielo” or the “Company”) (CSE: CMC) announces that it has achieved a milestone with the first production of raw distillate (renewable fuels) from its first commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta (the ” Refinery”) that uses its patent-pending technology, which converts garbage-derived feedstocks, including all plastics, sorted

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Egyptian Firm to Turn Tonnes of Rubbish into Electricity, Bio-Diesel

by Jeffrey Gogo (The Herald)  Emerging energy firm Tawanda Energy Ltd has agreed a deal with Egyptian financier and project developer MAFGAIB for the construction of a $140 million plant that converts waste to energy. The deal is still at feasibility stage, but once complete, aims to turn up to 800 tonnes

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania’s Next Biorefinery: Discussion Held at the Penn State Energy Days Annual Conference, 2018

by Anahita Bharadwaj (Pennsylvania State University for Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy Days, 2018 at The Pennsylvania State University- University Park, brought together leading researchers, government agencies, industries, non-profit organizations and academics in the field of energy to understand the current challenges in this area. This year saw some inspiring and enthusiastic

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

27 Technologies to Produce Lower Carbon Fuels from “Second Chance Carbon” — and Its Practicioners. Who’s Doing What, Where, When, Why and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics or waste industrial gases, appeared from the gurus at E4Tech. And, there’s the world of alternative fuels and chemicals produced from

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Red River Biorefinery Will Break Ground Wednesday in Grand Forks

by April Baumgarten  (Grand Forks  Herald) A Grand Forks biorefinery that will turn sugar beet waste into ethanol will break ground this week. City, state and economic leaders are expected to speak Wednesday at the ceremony for the Red River Biorefinery, an 80,000-square-foot facility that will convert more than 500,000 metric

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

The Key to Big Profits in Clean Energy: Animal Fats

by Sarah Kent (Wall Street Journal)  In the global push for cleaner energy, one Finnish oil company fuels its growth by making diesel from animal fat  —  One of the best-performing stocks in the global oil sector this year is a company that makes most of its money without touching crude. Finnish

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

BPCL Gets Green Nod for Rs 747 Crore Ethanol Project in Odisha

(Economic Times Auto)  The ethanol bio-refinery with a capacity of 100 kilo litre per day (KLPD) will be set up at Baulsingha village in Bargarh disrict in an area of 58.44 acres.  —  State-run Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) has been given green nod for setting up a second generation ethanol plant in Odisha

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Dairy Farm Will Produce Biogas to Power Californian Fleets

(NGV Journal)   Wisconsin-based Ponderosa Dairy has partnered with … DTE Energy and Rev LNG LLC to break ground on a state of the art natural gas processing facility at the Pagel Farm in Kewaunee. The new plant will create renewable natural gas that is generated by cow manure. It will

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado’s Alternative Energy Economy Boosted by Wind and Biofuels

by Aldo Svaldi (Denver Post)  Advanced energy job gains slowed last year, but should recover in 2018  —   Mention alternative energy, and rooftop solar panels and electric vehicles may come to mind. But in Colorado, a disproportionate share of jobs in that emerging part of the economy are tied to wind

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A crude oil refinery in North Dakota is working on repurposing to make renewable diesel instead of  petroleum fuel.  Destin Singleton, an Andeavor spokeswoman explained that the proposal builds on a pilot project at the refinery that processes vegetable oil and Bakken crude to create a 5 percent renewable diesel blend.

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

North Dakota Refinery Seeks to Become Renewable Diesel Plant

(My Plainview)  The owner of a small crude oil refinery in North Dakota is seeking to convert the facility to process vegetable oil into renewable diesel instead of continuing to make petroleum. The Andeavor Dickinson Refinery applied for an air quality permit from the state Department of Health to process locally

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Montana’s (bio) Materials Maestros: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Blue Marble Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to Blue Marble’s coordinates in the bioeconomy star-field, think advanced flavorings made from seemingly impossible materials. Most recently we reported that Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis this past summer released a highly sought after U.S. and E.U. Natural version of bacon dithiazine (bacon flavor ingredient)

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Diversification: FG to Boost Jatropha Production

by O.C. Cluss (Daily Trust)  The Federal Government is to focus more on the development of jatropha production as part of efforts to diversify the nation’s economy, the Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, has said. The DG, who spoke at the distribution of improved

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

NNPC Pledges 5 Million Jobs With Bio-Fuels Soon

(NTA)  The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Wednesday pledged that more than five million jobs would soon be created to alleviate the unemployment levels in the country. The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in a lecture he gave at the 12th Mechanical Engineers Distinguished

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 2nd: Waste Plastics for Fuels and Sneakers, Eggs without the Chicken, 3D Printing, Algae-Based Ketchup Packaging, Green Funerals, Biodegradable Grills

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

FAO Offers CSA Sourcebook to Guide Policy Makers, Program Managers

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A digitized sourcebook that offers a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the concept of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is among a series of products put out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recent months. The CSA sourcebook is a resource that can

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Yield Hydrocarbons from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in existing gasoline, diesel and jet engines without modifications. COO John Hannon gave this illuminating overview

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Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 produced from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries to create value-added chemicals and

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

TruStar Energy Makes RNG Moves

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has hired Juan Reina as its new director of biogas – a strategic move for the company to start supplying CNG sourced from biogas. Reina will be tasked primarily with sourcing and delivering renewable natural

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $320 million renewable fuels facility. Taking woody biomass waste products such as pine needles, agriculture waste,

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

This Start-Up Turns Pollution from Factories into Fuel That Powers Cars — and One Day Planes

by Catherine Clifford (CNBC)  A bacteria found in the gut of a rabbit can now help cars run in a more eco-friendly way.  The bacteria, identified by biotech start-up LanzaTech, helps turn factory carbon emissions, a.k.a. pollution, into ethanol …. … “While there are many sustainable sources of sugar-derived ethanol … it’s not enough

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels: A Straightforward Fix for US Farmers’ Tariff Exposure to China?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This is the first of a two-part series in which we look at strategic shifts in global commodity prices and policies that could dramatically impact the outlook for biofuels, In this part, we look at grain markets and the emerging US-China trade war. As most know

July 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This presentation on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond details the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making infrastructure-compatible, high-blend renewable fuels — from renewable diesel to renewable jet and biogasoline. Thurmond gave this illuminating

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Taps Timber Industry Leader for Procurement of Raw Materials

(Attis Industries)  Agreement Creates Feedstock Advantage for First Commercial Facility  —  Attis Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced the execution of a letter of intent with Jordan Forest Products, LLC (“Jordan”) to provide raw material feedstock procurement services for its recently

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem to Make Methanol Through Gasification in Netherlands

by Arlene Karidis (Waste 360)  The company will divert what would have headed elsewhere for incineration, while creating an alternative to fossil fuel, mainly for manufacturing and transportation fuel blends. Now that Enerkem’s Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant is running at full scale, the company has turned to the Netherlands for a larger

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenergy International: Acquires Amsterdam Biodiesel Manufacturing Facility

(Greenergy International/4-Traders)  Greenergy has reached an agreement with Oiltanking, a leading tank terminal operator, to purchase an idle biodiesel manufacturing facility located at Oiltanking’s site in Amsterdam. The acquisition of a third biodiesel plant will allow Greenergy to meet growing demand for waste-based biofuel in the UK and Europe. The Amsterdam

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Jet Fuel and Diesel, at Scale: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Established in 2013, AltAir Fuels was created to produce low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstock. For its first commercial project, AltAir partnered with Alon Energy USA to use its existing refinery in Paramount, California retooling idled refining equipment to increase the nation’s energy

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Thabang Mabapa on Producing Biofuel

by Phathu Luvhengo (Destiny Man)  Social entrepreneur and biofuel producer Thabang Mabapa has stepped up to provide a viable solution to South Africa’s energy crisis Public relations and communication graduate Mabapa has stepped up to help solve the energy crisis by providing the viable solution of using castor oil as an

July 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Surfactants, 100% Renewable and Biobased: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Croda’s Eco Range

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Croda’s new Eco Range of surfactants is 100% renewable and 100% biobased. Croda’s is the first plant of its type in North America to produce 100% renewable, 100% biobased surfactants. The versatile bio-ethylene oxide plant can accept bioethanol from different renewable sources. The new line is registered

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Are Key to Decarbonising Transportation

by  Markus Rarbach (Clariant/EurActiv)  The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a stable and predictable business environment that will trigger the development of and investment in advanced biofuel production within the EU.  —  The transport sector has one of the highest growth rates

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

NNPC Engages Cross River Community on 14mw Biodiesel

by Harrison Edeh (Business Day)  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced comprehensive community integration and stakeholders’ engagement to sensitize dwellers of Iwure, Ojor and Osomba/Akin communities of Cross River State ahead of planned oil palm-based biodiesel project in that part of the state. A release by Corporation’s Group General Manager,

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae.

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels. But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s see how that work has been coming along. Applications that work Nylon, plastics, chemicals. This

July 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil Ethanol Output Could Double by 2030 -Gov’t Study

by Rodrigo Viga Gaier (Reuters)  Brazil’s ethanol production could double by 2030, boosted by growing investments in the sector due to the government’s RenovaBio program aimed at boosting the use of renewable fuels, according to a government study. RenovaBio, which Congress approved in December, mandates that fuel distributors gradually increase the

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 11th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The 10 Green Chemicals Driving a Disruptive New Biobased Industry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights how to ensure Britain becomes a world leader in bio-based chemicals In the UK, a recent report identifies 10 specific bio-based chemicals, in order to boost industrial growth, jobs, trade and investment

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

From LanzaTech to Sierra Energy and the Latest Research, Syngas Is on Fire

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Syngas, or synthesis gas, is on fire lately, with new technologies making the most of waste products like CO2 or low-grade biomass and converting them into useful hot stuff like syngas that can then be turned into even better and hotter stuff like jet fuel,

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

More than 100 SC Farmers Apply for Permits to Grow Hemp

by Lisa Weismann (Live5News)  … The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will select 40 farmers to receive industrial hemp permits. These permits will allow farmers to grow up to 40 acres of hemp. … Hemp can be used to make products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel, according to

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

BETO Issues Workshop Summary Report On Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals

by Lynn L. Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell/Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) issued a new report, Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals Workshop Summary Report, that summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop BETO held in June

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time frame.” Fiberight is a UK- and US-based small and medium-sized enterprise that’s developed technology to recover value from municipal solid

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Vivo Energy Kenya and Koko Networks Form Ethanol Cooking Fuel Partnership

(Koko Networks)  Vivo Energy becomes first multinational fuels company to enter Kenyan market for ethanol cooking fuel, using KOKO technology to enable affordable mass-market access.   Vivo Energy Kenya today announces a partnership with KOKO Networks (“KOKO”) that sees it enter the Kenyan market for clean liquid ethanol cooking fuel. Vivo Energy,

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

John Kaweske Announces Bio Clean Energy Wins $36 Million Biodiesel Supply Contract in Bolivia

(John Kaweske/PR Log) Bio Clean Energy, S.A. announced today that its Bio Petro Biofuels subsidiary has won a contract to supply biodiesel to the Bolivian government-owned Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (“YPFB”) in a public tender process. YPFB provides about 90% of the fuel consumed in Bolivia, and the diesel fuel

June 30, 2018 Read Full Article

China’s Shift to Cleaner Energy Drives Huge Ethanol Demand

by Leah Marie Angelou (Small Cap Network) … China is at a crossroad as it shifts to cleaner and renewable energy sources. Can the country keep up with its environmental pledge?  —  In September 2017, the government rolled out a new nationwide ethanol mandate (NEA 2017), which requires the use of E10 fuel,

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Air Liquide Inaugurates a Biomethane Production Unit in France

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  On June 22, in Cestas, near Bordeaux, France, Air Liquide inaugurates a biomethane production unit and a multi-energy distribution station nearby. Thanks to its complete mastery of the biogas recovery chain, Air Liquide is deploying its clean mobility offer in France, designed for road freight transport. By replacing

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Closing the Applications Gap: Checkerspot Closes $5M Seed Financing in Pursuit of High-Performance Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (C)onsider this venture about Making the Right Stuff — that is, how you translate an entire generation of innovation in digital biology, biobased chemical engineering and advanced fabrication into actual stuff. Or, how you get ASAP to high-value, high-performance applications. Checkerspot recently emerged from the

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Some Delmarva Farmers Are Freezing Dead Chickens

by Katie Peikes (Delaware Public Media)  Long considered the most beneficial way to dispose of dead chickens, composting has become a management tool of the past for some Delmarva poultry farmers. Some local growers have shifted to a more environmental practice – freezer technology. … When farmers compost their chickens, they

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Performance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and even more critical thresholds lie ahead for Avantium. Avantium’s YXY technology

June 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Succinic’s Next Season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest environmental footprint in the industry. In this overview of the company’s progress and promise, we’ve

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways, UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power Figure in Key Renewable Jet Fuel Project Advances

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today. These companies and the news this morning are united as key project components in the Red Rock Biofuels project which breaks

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix

by Steven Taylor (Yellow Hammer)  … But for a moment, let’s reexamine biofuels, as they can still play an important role in our state’s energy production and economic development. According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, our state ranks fifth in the nation for electricity generation from biomass-based fuels. Biomass consists of plants or

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Maine Developments – Bio News Mounts from the Pine Tree State

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s start with the latest from the Maine Technology Institute, which just announced a request for information regarding emerging forest industry technologies, with the goal of accelerating matchmaking to connect the most viable, commercially-relevant forest industry technologies with Maine. A precursor to MTI’s

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Joint Venture Company Formed for Execution of NRL’s Bio Refinery Project

(Numaligarh Refinery Limited)  Numaligarh Refinery Limited has taken a giant step forward by establishing a joint venture, Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt. Limited (ABRPL) with equity participation of  M/s Chempolis Oy of Finland and M/s Fortum 3 B.V. of Netherland to build and operate the first of its kind Bio Refinery in India which would

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or with the US ethanol industry. And BASF, Lallemand, Leaf Resources and Syngenta’s Enogen corn are

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s Bush Market. A first for London, phase one will provide 20 low cost, start-up studios in shipping

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting industrial emissions to sustainable ethanol. The facility, located at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian

June 11, 2018 Read Full Article

St1 Announces Biofuel Projects in Sweden, Columbia

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined carbon farming and sustainable biofuels concept in Columbia. With regard to the project in Sweden,

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic technology to hydrolyze, in high yields, cellulose into a C6 sugar solution. The demonstration project

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2018. … The Biomass Research and Development Act

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the state-run company’s refineries, while helping to gainfully use waste gas produced for the production of

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 6th, 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement,

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Canada ❤ Bioneers: BioIndustrial Innovation Canada & Ontario Bust Another Move in the Bioeconomy with Comet Biorefining Invest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Ontario is investing up to $8 million in Comet Biorefining’s $79.8 million bio-based ingredient project through its Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund. The investment will help to establish the world’s first commercial-scale bio-based ingredient refinery in Ontario. The news is just

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Settled In: Success and Lack of Turnover Have Created a Shortage of Open Positions in the Ethanol Industry.

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Contrary to many industries in the Midwest, ethanol overall doesn’t have a shortage of employee candidates. Instead, it has somewhat of a shortage of available jobs. … A lack of awareness and less emphasis on biofuels from the major automotive manufacturers also contribute to fewer

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Internships Available for Summer and Fall of 2018

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Students – Are you interested in doing more for your industry while completing your degree? Help define the algae sector of today and shape the industry of tomorrow as an Algae Biomass Organization volunteer virtual intern.  Internships of 8-12 weeks are available and are completely online. Interns serve

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Narrows Site Selection to Six States for Construction of Advanced New Biorefining Facilities

(Attis Industries)  Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota Present Most Competitive Options  —  Attis Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced its approval of its lead sites for acquisition and construction of its planned biorefining facilities. Attis has accumulated a portfolio of

May 29, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre Officially Opens

(InnoTech Alberta) InnoTech Alberta, an applied research subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, today announced the official opening of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre (ACCTC). InnoTech Alberta is the owner and operator of this pioneering clean technology centre. Users of the ACCTC will test and advance carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and conversion

May 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Integrated, Hedged, Evolving: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments throughout the ethanol value chain. Operations begin upstream with a grain handling segment, continue through

May 28, 2018 Read Full Article

What Do Fish and Ethanol Have in Common? A Lot More Than You Think Thanks to Fluid Quip Process Technologies

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  …  FQPT has been around forever…well, these days over 20 years seems like forever. What started as engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper applications, FQPT has more recently leveraged wet milling knowledge to develop enhancements for dry-grind ethanol

May 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Pioneering Achievements: Biodiesel Magazine Spotlights Eight Companies

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. WWS Trading  For more than 25 years, WWS Trading has been a family-owned commodity merchandising firm buying and selling fats, oils

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