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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

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

First Biogas Plant Opens in Mexico, It May Supply Public Transport Fleet

(Government of Michoacán/NGV Journal) The State of Michoacán seeks to remain at the forefront in the creation of clean energy and recently opened the Nopalimex plant, the country’s first facility of its kind that generates biogas and electric power through the processing of cactus. The opening ceremony of the plant, located

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Commercialization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Douglas B. Rivers, PhD,from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview and more READ MORE    

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia-First 100% Renewable Diesel to be trialled

(Biofuels International)  Political party, Australia-first are trialling the use of 100% renewable diesel to fuel a Scania test engine, with support from the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund. Southern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant at Yarwun, near Gladstone, is pioneering the refining of renewable diesel fuel made from waste

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Green Distillation Technologies Clarifies Its Technological Process

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Australia, tire recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed world-first technology that transforms old tires into oil, carbon and steel, has moved to try and remove some of the confusion about how their process is described. Their Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley has said

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Support 669 New Jobs and More Than $127 Million in Capital Investment in Iowa

(Iowa Economic Development Authority)  ..(T)he Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board awarded tax benefits to five companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 669 jobs and will result in more than $127 million in new capital investment for the state. The board

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases Three Videos Aimed at Educating Consumers

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce the release of three new educational videos that will help the public learn more about the advantages of using more renewable fuels like ethanol. The videos, released last week at RFA’s 24th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, focus on

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel from Woody Biomass

by Marina Bowie (Biobased Maine) According to the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (1990-2016), the transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to U.S anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, at 28%. Of the 28%, aircraft transportation contributes 9% of emissions. Luckily, biobased technology companies have found ways to convert

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

‘The Right Effect’: Yeast Can Be Genetically Modified through Multiple Techniques

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Yeast can be genetically modified through multiple techniques, all offering advancements for the ethanol industry.  —  Genetically modified (GM) yeasts have found their place in the ethanol industry with more than half of producers routinely using them. All yeast providers, plus enzyme providers expanding into yeasts,

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Evolution of Ethanol

by Kristin Danley-Greiner  (The Messenger)  …  Monte Shaw, director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said that an estimated 10,000 families are directly invested in locally owned ethanol plants. There are hundreds of thousands of producers who are directly linked, too. He grew up on an Iowa farm in the

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels Secures Land at Port Westward

(NEXT Renewable Fuels)  NEXT Renewable Fuels has agreed to purchase a 25‐acre parcel at the Port of Columbia County’s Port Westward Industrial Park. The land is zoned industrial and was purchased from Teevin Bros, a local material handling and timber company. “We are extremely pleased to be working with the Teevin team

February 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Separation Technology: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Attis Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Attis Industriesis a diversified company focused on innovation and technology including renewable fuels, bio-based plastics, healthcare and communications infrastructure. At a recent investor meeting, Attis offered this illuminating overview of their proprietary biomass processing technology, Attis’ renewable fuels,  investment highlights, diversifications, existing laboratory operations, developing technologies, and more. 

February 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Society of Environmental Journalists Program at Wilson Center Illustrated Problem with Climate Change Journalism

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Billed as the “2019 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment,” the Society of Environmental Journalists held their annual presentation on Energy and Environmental Journalism January 25 at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.  The event featured an interview of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator

February 24, 2019 0 comment Read Full Article

From Research Milligrams to Commercial Kilograms: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Process Scale-Up

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Douglas Rivers, of Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of the challenges of bioprocess scale-up, integrated pilot plants, demo plants, and more.  READ MORE

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

So Happy Together: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass and Plastic Wastes Co-Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lorenz Bauer, from LJBILL Chemical Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biomass and non-recyclable plastic to liquid fuel, landfill and carbon reduction, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

SfL Leadership Eyes a Stronger, Expanded Role in a More Complex World

(Solutions from the Land)  Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Solutions from the Land (SfL) has gathered farmers, ranchers and forestland owners, as well as those who serve in their supply chain, in an ongoing conversation on how to meet society’s increasing appetite for food, feed, fiber, energy and environmental quality. This

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Yogi Government Sanctions Two Biofuel Projects Worth Rs. 800 Crore

(Deccan Chronicle) ShivOm Dayal Energies (P) Ltd is setting up two biofuel pants worth Rs 800 crore at Saharanpur and Bijnor.  —  The UP government in its cabinet meeting held on 7th February 2019, approved the two second-generation ethanol plants which will incur an investment of INR 400 crore each. The state

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Despite Challenges, Ethanol Supporters Say Industry Is Vital

by Steve White (NTV-ABC) Nebraska’s a world leader in ethanol, but global politics have the industry treading on thin ice. “Tougher together” is Chris Vincent’s motto these days. The CEO of Aurora Cooperative stands behind ethanol, even as the profitability has disappeared. … The co-op is a partner with Pacific Ethanol in

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Now Being Captured in First of Its Kind BECCS Pilot

(Drax) The first BECCS pilot project of its kind in the world at Drax Power Station – the UK’s biggest renewable power generator, has started capturing carbon dioxide. — The first carbon dioxide has been captured using C-Capture technology at Drax Power Station in their innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Key to Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Arlin E. Gyberg (StarTribune)  The biofuels industry over the last 30 years has produced more product using less energy and water and contributes far less carbon-dioxide emissions than petroleum fuels.   —  Across Minnesota, about 25 ethanol and biodiesel plants generate about $5 billion in combined economic output. Such biofuels may also

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.3 Billion in 2018

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Neste Brings Biofuels to the Aviation Industry

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Lana Van Marter, Commercial Development Manager, Neste, a front-runner in the production of advanced biofuels and renewable fuels. Lana Van Marter has a unique perspective on sustainability and many of the global challenges we currently face. Today she works for Neste, focusing on

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program Seeks Internship Hosts

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, with the goal of increasing awareness and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in the bioeconomy, NCSU has established a professional development and certificate program called the Sustainable Bioprogram and Bioenergy Program. The program is funding with a USDA NIFA grant similar to

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal

by Katia Dmitrieva and Emily Chasan (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Investing in the environment is already a $12 trillion market. Now markets are just looking for guidance from Congress.  — … But those worried about where the rest of the money will come from are forgetting one major, surprisingly enthusiastic player: Wall Street.

February 16, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in 2018, it “continued to deliver huge wins for consumers,” including lower gas prices, cleaner air, a more secure energy supply,

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Next Gen Biodiesel Scientists Take One Small Step

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … NGBS (Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists) co-chair Jennifer Greenstein, North Carolina State University, moderated a panel of four young scientists from around the world during the recent National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. Haixin Peng, Auburn University is from China; Shyam Paudel, Missouri University of Science

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Bring California’s Low-Carbon Wisdom to Washington, D.C.

by Andy Foster (Capital Press/Aemetis Inc.) … With the election behind us and new leadership in the House, it’s time to take another look at the IPCC warnings and examine bipartisan solutions that Congress can work toward — immediately. High on the list are biofuels, which offer low-cost energy without

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP Report on Global Market Supply 2018/2019: Combining Economically Viable Agriculture with Appropriate Agricultural Market and Climate Protection Policies

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) has formulated its policy expectations on the occasion of the presentation of the third edition of the Global Market Supply Report. The association refers to the generally good global supply

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Action: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergyhas several new tasks moving forward including Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration, climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (broadening of Task 38), and the deployment of biobased value chains (broadening of Task 40), and several new proposed intertask projects. Jim Spaeth, Chair

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Almond Joy: CEC Poised to Award $10 Million to Advance Aemetis, West Coast Nut Waste-to-Fuels Commercial Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) for a $5 million grant to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, and $5 million for West Coast Waste Co., to assist in the development of its innovative commercial-scale, low-carbon biorefinery, known

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

SABIC and Customers Launch Certified Circular Polymers from Mixed Plastic Waste

(SABIC)  o  SABIC and customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group will introduce ISCC certified circular polymers in 2019 during a market foundation stage. SABIC’s certified circular polymers will be produced in The Netherlands from a recycled plastic waste feedstock developed by PLASTIC ENERGY and offer a drop-in alternative for customers

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

BiochemUSA Signs MOU to Develop $422.9 Million Biorefinery in India

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, local press reports that Petron Scientech Inc’s BiochemUSA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Gujarat to develop a $422.9 million biorefinery that will produce ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and animal feed using corn and biomass entirely as feedstock. One million metric tons

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

QuantaVision: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Biofuture Solutions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Biofuture Solutions have a team of global consultants that help guide legislators and regulators as they develop the policies and approaches to realize new investment in the global bioeconomy, evaluate, share and promote sustainable best practices for the entire bio-project value chain, and use the

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Fulcrum Announces Location of Its Next US Waste-to-Fuels Plant, as Bizav Sector Showcases Sustainable Jet Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Waste-to-fuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location for its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will have the capacity to produce three times the amount of renewable transportation fuels compared to its first Sierra plant in Nevada that is due to start operations in early 2020. Construction

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Become an ABO Intern!

(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

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Nouryon Partners with Unilever, Investment Companies and Startup Networks to Accelerate Innovation in Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Launches Website to Promote Ethanol Production

by Ashish Roy (Times of India)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently launched a website www.indiaforethanol.net to create awareness about ethanol prodution especially among farmers. At present the website provides information in Hindi but work is going on to translate the matter into 34 regional languages also. A helpline for those interested

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

by Brad Shannon and Carolyn Bick (INVESTIGATEWEST)  …  The biodiesel-to-be that is being sucked into (Chad) Peters’ truck, like much of what’s collected in Washington, will help reduce climate-wrecking carbon emissions not in the Evergreen State but across the border in Oregon. There, lawmakers have required progressive reductions in the amount of

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

The Pursuit of Biofuels Evolution and Revolution: Attis Innovations’ Ambitions for Its Newly-Acquired Upstate New York Project.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … What especially caught industry attention was the teaser that “Attis will use the facility to produce low carbon cellulosic biofuels and plans to invest additional funds to enable it to meet growing demand in New York state,” and let’s look at that in more detail.

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter Available

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) It (January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter) contains contributions on Electrocatalytic upgrading to stabilize pyrolysis oil Progress towards commercialization at pilot and demonstration scale Pyrolysis of forestry and fishery residue for rural applications. Overview on catalysts to upgrade pyrolysis oils. Hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass to drop in diesel Challenges under

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Burgeoning Biomethane: RNG Is a Partner, Not Competitor, to Ethanol

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. A transformation is underway in Iowa. Last year, Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, purchased

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Publishes 2018 Year in Review

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  With support from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a not-for-profit business accelerator for sustainable chemistry, has a vision to create jobs and economic value sustainably for Canada. BIC has created a successful foundation to support an emerging hybrid chemistry cluster

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Stora Enso Story – A Magical Tale of Trees and Forests

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, we talk about Stora Enso’s story – the renewable materials company that develops and produces wood and biomass based solutions for a range of industries and applications globally – what they have done recently that shouts innovation from the tree tops,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Stoves Maker’s App Ropes in Customers as Marketers

(Business Daily Africa)  Low income households using KOKO Networks’ ethanol stoves can now earn commissions by marketing the cooker through a new app. myKOKO allows users to earn up to Sh250 per sale of the special cookers that currently retail at Sh6,200. Aside from inviting friends to sign up as

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

California Carbon Check

by  Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With values better than 1.6 cents per gallon per point, driving down carbon intensity brings a nice payback in the Golden State. — From solar power to dairy biogas to membrane dehydration, not to mention multiple process efficiencies, California’s ethanol plants are case studies in

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production to Be Launched in Azerbaijan

by Leman Mammadova (AzerNews) The production of biodiesel will be launched in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said at an expanded meeting of the board of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy on January 22, Trend reported. The minister stressed that the corresponding enterprise has already become a resident of the Balakhani

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Has Potential to Be Energy Future of SA

by Francois Baird (FairPlay/Saturday Star/IOL) … There is so much more to sugar cane than sugar, and its potential to create a healthier energy future is but one of many good reasons the embattled South African sugar industry is worth saving. Sugar cane is one of the few bio-energy sources that

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae Solutions to Global Dilemmas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations was founded in 2013 and focuses on algae for commodities with initial technology development nearly complete. Dave Hazlebeck from Global Algae Innovations gave this illuminating overview of how the algae industry can provide a solution to the protein crisis, algae production process, and

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Benefuel Secures Land for Sarnia Biodiesel Plant

by Paul Morden (The Sarnia Observer) … (Benefuel CEO Rob) Tripp said Benefuel has successfully commercialized its patented process for manufacturing low carbon biodiesel and bio-lubricants from waste feedstocks, such a used cooking oil and byproducts from ethanol refining. It has demonstrated the process at a biodiesel refinery in Nebraska for

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Expands Its Ethanol Offerings At Grains.org

(U.S. Grains Council)  New information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org. The United States is the world’s low-cost ethanol producer and captured more than 65 percent of global ethanol trade in the 2017/2018

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Biocrude: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Ensyn

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ensyn produces a biocrude from forest and agricultural residues using its proprietary thermal technology. Dr. Robert G. Graham, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ensyn gave this illuminating overview of their growth in RFO, advancement in refinery co-processing, and start-up of a new 10 million gallon/year production facility

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Receives PURNOL Funding and Commences Enhancements to Production Facility and Supply Chain Logistics

(MarketWatch/Greenbelt Resources Corporation ) PURNOL to market premium brand bioethanol for extraction solvent  —  Greenbelt Resources Corporation  GRCO, (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts including bioethanol, today announced initial funding for a licensing and exclusive distribution rights agreement from PURNOL, a California-based distribution company.  In accordance

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

VTT Develops New Wood Gasification Method to Produce Biofuel, Chemicals

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Canadian Biomass)  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Bioeconomy Survey: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy 42 conducted a bio-economy survey using an online system to collect data, analysis of bioeconomy economics and policy data with interactive visualization, and a biorefineries database. Vincenzo Motola, Alessandro Giocoli, Nicola Pierro, and Isabella De Bari from IEA Bioenergy Task 42 gave this illuminating

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

We’ll Begin Production of Ethanol, Glucose Syrup from Sweet Sorghum Soon

by  Vincent A. Yusuf (Daily Trust)  Nigeria will in the first quarter of 2019 begin the production of ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum for industrial use. In this interview, the Director General of Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC), Dr. Ibrahim Hussaini Doko, explained the journey so far and the

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

BIO D Is Using Used Cooking Oil to Check Pollution

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (The Tech Panda)  …  BIO D, in its essence, is a waste management company, which offers a one-stop solution to India for its waste management, reducing the dependency of imported crude oil and fight against pollution. India generates over 150,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day.

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO North America Finds New Site for Planned Kansas Biogas Plant after Community Upset with Original Plan

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The zoning change coupled with a conditional use permit would have allowed VNA to construct its first US biomethane production facility. It was anticipated that the zoning and conditional use permit would be issued by no later than October 2018. Unfortunately, a group of Sumner

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2019? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2018 gives way to the dawn of 2019, once again roll the

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Unlikely, Eccentric Inventor Turning Inedible Plant Life into Fuel

by Lesley Stahl  (60 Minutes/CBS News)   Marshall Medoff unveils to 60 Minutes his innovative method of turning plant life into fuel and other useful products  —  … What (Craig)Masterman helped implement was Medoff’s novel idea of using these large blue machines called electron accelerators to break apart nature’s chokehold on the valuable

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline of change in this industry. Third Coast Commodities Biodiesel feedstock trading is evolving, and Third Coast Commodities is one of the firms ushering in this change. … The only way to

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

The Perpetually Expanding Veteran Startup: Armed with a Scrappy, Do-It-Yourself Attitude, New Leaf Biofuel’s Success Is a Testament to Its—and the Biodiesel Industry’s—Perseverance.

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … One major difference, however, is that this vertically integrated biodiesel company has Jennifer Case at the helm. Case, co-founder, co-owner and CEO of the 5 MMgy New Leaf Biofuel, is a Pepperdine University School of Law graduate and former attorney who never gives up. She

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

State of the Bioeconomy

by Wayne Lee and Mark J Riedy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP/Biofuels Digest) At present, the bioeconomy continues to attract debt and equity interest. VCs, Private Equity Groups and Strategic Partners are providing equity at the technology holding company level in the form of private placements

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviation Solutions: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste has a strong history of developing, commercializing, and marketing new fuels, including diesel, renewable chemicals, renewable jet fuel, and more. Neville Fernandes from Neste, gave this illuminating overview of their plans for the production and expansion of renewable jet fuel as well as plans for

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact: Iowa’s Status as the Largest Ethanol-Producing State Means Its Ethanol Economy Affects the Entire Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A waiter in a Cedar Rapids restaurant, for instance, recently asked Shaw (Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) about Trump’s E15 waiver, upon hearing that Shaw advocates for biofuels and ethanol through the IRFA. “So here’s a waiter in the

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Project to Create 1,000 Jobs in Kawambwa

(Zambia Daily Mail Limited)  Over 1,000 jobs are expected to be created from the US$800 million ethanol project by Sunbird Bio-Energy that has started in Kawambwa with the planting of cassava to be used as feedstock. The project, situated on the Luena farm block, was commissioned by President Edgar Lungu in

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Pelosi Names Castor Chair of Select Committee on Climate Crisis

by Chris Mills Rodrigo (The Hill)  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) officially named Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) as chairwoman of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on Friday. … Progressives have pushed back on House leadership’s plans for the panel. The panel will not be tasked specifically with formulating a Green New Deal, which includes a

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Meeting Paris Agreement Targets Would Create 24 Million Jobs Globally

by  Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  … By working to achieve the stated goal of the Paris Agreement, to limit warming to 2 degrees C, most countries will see a net gain in employment. “Our findings show that if we take action to limit climate change, we will have more jobs by

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Rebecca (Becky) Ong

Rebecca (Becky) Ong majored in chemical engineering and tacked on a degree in plant biology. “I had no plan to integrate them at all,” she says, “I was just interested in plants.” All of that changed, however, when Ong attended a lecture by Michigan State University professor Bruce Dale on

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Midwest AgEnergy Surpasses 1 Billion Gallons Produced

(AgWeek) Midwest AgEnergy, the parent company to ethanol biorefineries, Blue Flint, near Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit, near Spiritwood, N.D., recently surpassed production of more than one billion gallons of ethanol produced company-wide. “Congratulations and thank you to our employees at Midwest AgEnergy. We are proud of the commitment and

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

American GreenFuels Takes Steps To Reduce Carbon Emissions in Connecticut As Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record High

(American GreenFuels/PRNewswire) … American GreenFuels, LLC (“American GreenFuels”) recently launched its “You Are What You Heat” campaign, which is dedicated to educate consumers about the option to heat their home with Bioheat® heating oil, utilizing certified biodiesel produced by American GreenFuels. Biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning alternative to diesel fuel that

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Moving ahead as Planned

by Collin Gallant (Medicine Hat News)  An effort to build renewable diesel refineries in Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie could see a small delay but investors behind the push are “confident” they will exercise their option to build a local plant. Raphael Bohlmann, president of Renewable U, stated Tuesday that the

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

On Eleventh Anniversary, RFS2 ‘Has Unquestionably Lived Up to Its Promise’

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Eleven years ago today, President George W. Bush signed into law what has become the single most successful clean fuels policy in the United States–the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The RFS2, included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, requires petroleum refiners and importers to

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Calls to Turn Mallow Factory into Biofuel Plant

by Sean O’Riordan (BreakingNews.ie)  The Government and Greencore are being asked to turn Ireland’s last sugar factory into a biofuel plant. The former Greencore plant in Mallow, County Cork closed in controversial circumstances in May 2006 with the loss of 240 jobs. It ceased operations after 77 years as a result of

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinions: Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel (Washington Post)  Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s economic needs, he proposed a massive public works program to “retrofit everything from our farms to our factories” that would be “a

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

$$$ from Neste, Fulcrum, Others Making Renewable Diesel a Dream Come True

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …  By The Digest’s estimates, there’s been close to two billion dollars in investments in renewable diesel lately. And the capacity just keeps growing. Between World Energy, Zymergen, Phillips 66 and REG, Diamond Green Diesel, Fulcrum, Red Rock, Raj Renewables, Dynamic Fuels,and more, it’s really happening….More money

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

United Airlines Could Power Jets with Biofuel Made from Trash

(Chicago Tribune)  A new plant in Gary, Ind., plans to turn hundreds of thousands of tons of trash into fuel, some of which could end up powering United Airlines’ planes. California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy on Thursday announced plans for the $600 million alternative fuel plant in Gary. Construction is not expected

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

São Paulo Invests in Pioneering Biogas Plant

(Investe São Paulo/NGV Journal)  The companies Raízen and Geo Energética have merged in a joint venture to create the first plant in Brazil to generate electricity on a commercial scale from by-products of sugarcane. With an investment of R$ 153 million and expected to generate 20 new job vacancies, the project

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Democrats Shift toward Impact on Jobs as Climate Change Moves to Front of 2020 Agenda

by Michael Sherer (Washington Post) … Democrats preparing to run for president have been rushing to shift their plans for combating climate change, highlighting an issue once considered a political liability, especially in Midwestern swing states won by President Trump. Aides to a half-dozen senators considering a 2020 campaign met with supporters

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Benefuel Looking to British Columbia for New Biodiesel Facility

(Benefuel Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)   Benefuel Inc. responded to British Columbia’s recently publicized climate change plan that included an expanded Low Carbon Fuel Standard by announcing Dec. 11 that it has begun a site search and discussions with interested parties on a few specific locations for Benefuel’s next state-of-the-art biodiesel facility. This announcement has

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Intellectual Property for Project Development

by Terry Mazanec and Justin Krieger (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP/Biofuels Digest)  … Careful and thoughtful planning for obtaining intellectual property protection can be crucial to the success of a company.  Without such protection it is possible for another to take advantage of your hard work developing a process or

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

BBE High School Visits CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty students from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson this morning to learn about ethanol production. “School tours allow students a first-hand look at the ethanol production process and its role of advancing our local economy in addition to promoting our energy

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Springfield High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eighteen students from Springfield High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students, from grades 10 to 12, learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which produces 59.5 million gallons a year. “By getting

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Milaca High School Tours Central Minnesota Renewables

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty students from Milaca High School toured the Central Minnesota Renewables (CMR) plant today to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable chemicals.  The students, who are from Milaca’s FFA chapter, were briefed on the various processes of bio-based chemical production such as acetone and n-butanol. “It’s

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Benson High School Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty students from Benson High School toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant today to get a better understanding of how clean homegrown renewable energy is produced. During the tour, the students learned about the different stages in ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation,

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers at IT Tralee Secure over €1.2m in Funding for Research in Bioeconomy and Marine Sectors.

(Institute of Technology Tralee) Institute of Technology Tralee has been awarded €1.26 million in new funding to partner in two new research initiatives. This brings to over €11m the total value of research grants secured by IT Tralee from competitive national and EU funding bodies in the past 12 months.

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

UNILORIN to Commence Installation of Mini-Refinery for Biodiesel

(News Diary Online)  The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, says the university will soon install a mini-refinery equipment for processing of Jatropha a flowering plant. Abdulkareem said this on Thursday inhis welcome address at the 8th International Jatropha Conference, tagged:“Jatropha 2018,” organised by the University of Ilorin

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Strengthens Its Global Leading Position in Renewable Products with a Major Investment in Singapore

(Neste) Neste Corporation has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals. The investment worth approximately EUR 1.4 billion will extend Neste’s renewable product overall

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Farm Bill Helps Rural America Become More Resilient: Rural Economies Crucial to Combating Climate Change

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) commends the Farm Bill conferees and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their tireless commitment to produce a Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, this year. In a year when farmers, ranchers, and rural communities are struggling, and the agricultural

December 12, 2018 Read Full Article

More Bioplastics Do Not Necessarily Contribute to Climate Change Mitigation

(University of Bonn)  Study from the University of Bonn assesses potential implications of transitioning to plant-based plastics  —  Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Nearly $4 billion dollars was infused into capital investments in the U.S. for renewable and bioscience projects in 2018. This significant investment is merely part of an upward trend that’s yielded more than 273,000 new jobs at bioscience companies across the country since

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

New Energy Presses on with Cellulosic Ethanol

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek) New Energy Blue LLC is about five months away from finishing engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would turn wheat and corn field residue into ethanol for high-end renewable markets. If everything goes perfectly, a plant could open in 2021, says Thomas

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Meet the Scholar Crafting the ‘Green New Deal’

by Hannah Northey (E&E News)  Think of it as the policy muscle behind the promised “Green New Deal.”  A policy group is being formed to support an energized progressive movement that’s taken Capitol Hill by storm under the leadership of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). It’s called the New Consensus. The 501c(3) nonprofit is in

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Refinery Floated for Western North Dakota

by John Hageman (The Dickinson Press) A new refinery has been proposed for oil-rich western North Dakota, prompting questions from a local township chairman. AIC Energy Corp. filed an application earlier this month with Williams County planning and zoning officials. It described the so-called “Bakken Oil Refinery” as a 28,000

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Delays in Biofuel Framework Hinder Industry

by Paige Müller (Creamer’s Engineering News)  Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary Alf Stevens suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Diesel Technology Program Visits Ethanol Plant

(Niagara Frontier Publications)  The Diesel Technology students in Wes Blidy’s class recently toured the Western New York Energy facility in Medina. The facility is the first ethanol plant in the northeast United States. They are a locally owned company with a mission of developing the full potential of Western New York’s renewable energy

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

C.J.’s Back and REGI’s Got Her: Warner Tapped as New Renewable Energy Group CEO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, white smoke has emerged from the REGI conclave: Tesoro EVP and former Sapphire Energy CEO C.J. Warner has been named chief exec of Renewable Energy Group, at a pivotal moment for biodiesel in Washington and around the world and amidst a boom for renewable diesel

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

NCERC Pumped up with 15 Years of Success

by Karen Binder (AgriNews)  While most talk these days about ethanol swirls around fuel credits and marketing needs, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center has quietly celebrated its 15th anniversary. And what a 15-year run it’s been. “The difference is that as policies, technologies and products have evolved, the center has evolved

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Industry Celebrates Growth, Honors 12 Companies

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Today (December 4, 2028) the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) commenced the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry’s annual conference program in Dana Point, Calif., by celebrating industry growth and recognizing 12 companies for their development roles in eight of the RNG production

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Bio-Fuel: Kebbi Begins Cultivation of Cassava

(PM News)  The Kebbi State Government has started the cultivation 47,000 hectares of cassava as raw material for the production of ethanol bio-fuel production in the state. The Kebbi State government and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had on Nov. 23, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enthnol bio-fuel production

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Evonik to Expand Sodium Methylate Capacity at Mobile, Alabama Facility

(Evonik)  Evonik Corporation will undertake a significant capacity expansion of its sodium methylate facility located in Mobile, Ala. Upon completion, the Mobile plant will be capable of producing up to 90,000 metric tons per year. The decision to expand capacity follows Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent announcement of renewable volume obligations

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI Annual Meeting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … This year, the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee of the Biomass R&D Board) did something about as audacious and rare as shouting loud praise of open markets and democratic values on the streets of Pyongyang. The TAC actually decided to write a document about the barriers

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Castor Oil: How Thabang Mabapa Is Helping Farmers

by Lesetja Malope (City Press)  … Thabang Mabapa is a self-confessed curious social entrepreneur who might just have a viable alternative to the country’s current fuel price crisis. He makes biofuel from castor oil extracted from castor trees and its growing demand is proving to be a disruptor in the commercial farming

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

P17-B Ethanol Plant to Rise in Zamboanga

by Antonio P. Rimando (Manila Times)  A P17-billion ethanol gas plant will soon be constructed by a consortium in the barangay (villages) of Limaong and Tumitus in this city, former first district Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said. She said a group of investors from Metro Manila expressed interest to establish the ethanol

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethiopia: Biodiesel Refinery Plant to Start Production

(AllAfrica.com)  A biodiesel refinery plant that has a capacity to produce 12,000 liters of biodiesel per day will start operation soon in Adama industrial zone. The plant owned by a company named API is waiting approvals from the Ministry of Finance and Ethiopian Standards Agency to start production, company CEO, Marcos

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biodiesel Benefits in the Billions

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new study shows that the Biodiesel Tax Credit helped the industry support $21.6 billion in economy-wide sales, employment for over 60,000 workers with wages and benefits totaling $3.8 billion, and nearly $2 billion in state and federal tax revenues combined in 2017. The analysis by FTI Consulting

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

SouthCoast a Possible Site Location for Waste-to-Ethanol Company

by Jennette Barnes (The Standard-Times/Herald News)  A Canadian waste-to-ethanol company is looking for its first U.S. location, and the SouthCoast is on the list of possibilities. Montreal-based Enerkem confirmed to The Standard-Times Friday that it has been speaking with local officials and with waste hauler ABC Disposal about using material generated by ABC’s

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovative Conversion Technologies: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Using Canadian Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario, in the county of Lambton. BIC’s mission is to provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. “Our expertise in commercialization builds a stronger Canada,’ the

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Brain Regeneration, Data Storage with Biocomputers, Plastic from Waste Gases, Bamboo Diapers, Gene-Edited Wheat, Jackets from Bison Fluff : The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 29th

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 29th. … #3 Munich researchers use algae to convert waste gas to carbon fiber In Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Munich are

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

European Bioeconomy University: UEF and UNIBO Join Four Universities to Form International Alliance with Focus on Bioeconomy

(Science/Business)  Europe’s leading universities in the field of the bioeconomy are looking to further intensify their existing cooperation to develop common problem-solving approaches for society’s most urgent challenges. JOINT PRESS RELEASE from the Universities of Hohenheim, Bologna, and Eastern Finland, AgroParisTech, BOKU Vienna, and Wageningen University and Research Think Tank for

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

What Exactly Is the ‘Green New Deal’?

by Hannah Northey (E&E News Climatewire)  The proposal, drawing inspiration from President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal, is one that progressives — led by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a rising star on the left — want Democratic leaders to embrace. The thinking is that a newly revived Select Committee on Energy Independence

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Executive Interview: Seattle Proudly Advocates for Alternative Fuels

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Andrea Pratt, Climate & Transportation Policy Advisor, Drive Clean Seattle Program Manager, City of Seattle, Washington Andrea Pratt is passionate about mitigating climate change. She studied Oceanography at the University of Washington, where climate science figured heavily in the curriculum. She knows the

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Antares and Innovations in Harvest, Pre-Processing of Herbaceous Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ANTARES has been assisting clients identify and use biomass resources since the company was founded and our experience ranges from conducting feedstock supply assessments to serving as owner’s representative in the conceptualization, development and operation of energy plants. A few examples of capabilities include: • Feedstock

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anaergia

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anaergia is the world leader in solving waste problems by recovering energy, water, and fertilizer from virtually any waste stream. While Anaergia was built on the foundations of highly capable and experienced acquisitions, focused investments on innovation and execution capabilities allow us to deliver facilities that

November 20, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Breakthrough’ Harvesting Solution, Growing Market, Potential beyond Biodiesel – All Good Signs for Castor Oil’s Future

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  A ‘breakthrough’ mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants was developed by Evogene and agricultural equipment manufacturer, Fantini s.r.l., resulting in the removal of a major bottleneck in the conversion of castor beans into a fully modernized commercial crop. With field trial yield losses decreasing significantly

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

DuPont Will Repay $10.5 Million in State Incentives, under Approved Settlement

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) DuPont will give Iowa a big check — $10.5 million — after closing and selling the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. Iowa economic development leaders approved a settlement Friday that calls for DuPont to repay all but about $3.7 million it received in

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Spanish Energy Companies Increase Efforts towards Renewable Gas Development

(Enagas/NGV Journal)  Enagás’ CEO Marcelino Oreja and Ence’s CEO Ignacio de Colmenares have signed an agreement to develop projects that aim to obtain renewable gases from biomass. The goal is to use excess biomass to generate green hydrogen and synthetic natural gas. These non-electric renewable energies can be used in industrial

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article
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