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New Foray into Renewable Chemicals & Materials: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed the recent DigestWebinar, here’s your chance to delve into the tech emerging out of Praj Industries, ranked #1 as a Top Place to Work by Digest readers, and #2 in the world in the Hot 50. Clearly, a company on the move.

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Germany: World’s First Bunkering Trial of Carbon-Neutral Synthetic LNG

(MAN Energy Solutions/NGV Journal)  In a world-first for the maritime sector, the containership ‘ElbBLUE’ has bunkered some 20 tons of liquefied synthetic natural gas (SNG) or synthetic LNG at the Elbe port in Brunsbüttel, Germany. The bunkering is a joint project of MAN Energy Solutions, the shipowner Elbdeich and the charterer

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Biogas, Renewable Chemicals: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, President and CTO of Praj shared this illuminating slide guide on their Bio-Prism renewable chemicals and materials, Bio-Mobility products, Praj’s 2G tech for agri residue to ethanol, Praj-Sekab tech for forest residue to ethanol, their tech for compressed biogas, and more. The

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Tuatara Expands Alternative Fuel Options

(SSC North America)  SSC Enhances Sustainability, Flexibility, Accessibility  — SSC North America expands flexible-fuel capabilities of its powertrain assembly to meet the alternative fuel opportunities of road-legal and performance vehicles, integrating a synthesized methanol catalyst as a standard fuel option in all Tuatara models, as well as future exploration for use

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Major Government-Backed Ventures Launched to Progress Commercial-Scale SAF Production in Japan

by Tony Harrington (GreenAir Online)  Two major industrial collaborations have been established in Japan to progress ambitions for large-scale production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the country, writes Tony Harrington. In the first project, sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, six prominent corporations have joined forces to demonstrate the

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Centre Not Giving Permission to Chhattisgarh for Ethanol Production from Paddy: Bhupesh Baghel

(ANI/Sify)  Expressing resentment against the central government for not giving permission to Chhattisgarh for ethanol production from paddy, state Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday said the state has infrastructure and paddy surplus for ethanol production. Addressing the inaugural event of the two-day ‘Vanijya Utsav’ here on Tuesday, the Chief

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Swiss Clariant to Complete EUR 140 mln Bioethanol Plant in Romania This Year

(Romania Insider/MSN) Swiss group Clariant sticks with their plan to start producing bioethanol, a fuel made from straw processing, at its new plant in Romania until the end of 2021, Ziarul Financiar reported. The construction of the EUR 140 mln factory began four years earlier in Podari, near Craiova. “Our goal is starting

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Pyrocell Has Started Production

(Cision/Setra) Production is now underway at Pyrocell’s plant in Gävle. The new and groundbreaking factory is turning sawdust into bio-oil.  —  Jointly owned by Setra and Preem, Pyrocell was formed in 2018 based on the business concept of producing bio-oil from sawdust. Production at the groundbreaking plant – Sweden’s first pyrolysis

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk’s Zero-Emission Vessels on Water by 2035, GoodFuels, Tufton’s 100% Biofuel Voyage and More Maritime Magic

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From Sweden comes news that one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, Stena Bulk, signed the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization with milestones that include three carbon neutral-ready methanol powered MR tankers into Stena Bulk’s fleet, exploring low carbon fuels

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

SynBio: The Science behind LanzaTech’s Success

by Erik Kobayashi-Solomon (Forbes) As I explained in my first overview article in this series, LanzaTech is an industrial chemicals business. But to describe it as merely another commodity chemicals producer misses the point entirely. At its heart, LanzaTech is a cutting-edge synthetic biology or “SynBio” venture. … Because the work that LanzaTech does

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050

(POET)  POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels and a leading producer of bio-based products, is proud to announce the release of its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. POET established several ESG goals, including the achievement of net-zero carbon at

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Randy Doyal

(Renewable Fuels Association)  … From cooking he eventually moved to distilling and then, when the second plant opened, he was on the startup crew. When the third plant was built, that was his to manage. The company was Mountain Development Corp. A short time later, Doyal learned of another, much

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board to Rebrand Itself as ‘Clean Fuels Alliance America’

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The National Biodiesel Board, the U.S. trade association serving the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry, announced in a member town hall Sept. 7 that it would be changing its name to Clean Fuels Alliance America, part of a larger rebranding effort. The organization has been

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Smokestacks

by Keith Button (Aerospace America)  The air transport industry lacks enough suppliers of sustainable aviation fuel to meet the anticipated demand as airlines become more aggressive about reining in their carbon footprints and more travelers take to the air. Keith Button describes one company’s unique approach to meeting the demand. The

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plants Help Drive Local Farm Economy

by Beth Welbers (Geneseo Republic)  Henry County has the good fortune to have two ethanol plants call the county home.  Farmers are able to sell their corn directly to the plants.  The addition of the ethanol plants to the market expands the options of selling directly to the local elevators, holding grain in

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government Favours a SAF Blending Mandate Based on Carbon Savings rather than Volumes

by Christopher Surgenor  (GreenAir Online) Following closely behind the release of the European Commission’s ReFuelEU Aviation sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blending mandate proposal, the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has opened an eight-week consultation on its own proposal for a UK SAF mandate. In common with the EU, the UK

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Last Synthetic Ethanol Plant in US to Close

by Alexander H. Tullo (Chemical & Engineering News)  LyondellBasell’s facility, nearly 70 years old, couldn’t compete with ethanol distillers — The petrochemical giant LyondellBasell Industries will exit the synthetic ethanol business—one of its longest-standing operations—by the end of October. The company is closing its ethanol plant in Tuscola, Illinois, where it

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Hopes Its Efforts to Cut GHG Emissions Will Keep It Relevant as White House Pushes EVs

by Jeff Barber (OPIS) After four years of the Trump administration’s often-chaotic approach to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), many in the biofuels industry were hoping President Joe Biden would bring a level of stability and support to the program. While the new administration has provided renewable fuel producers with some

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy’s Bliley Testifies before EPA on Proposed Emissions Standards

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during its hearing on the proposed rulemaking, Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. Earlier this month, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed greenhouse

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels, RNG, SAF, Renewable Chem: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may know Praj as a biofuels company but this slide guide from ABLC Digital highlights their growth and expansion into more. Check out Praj’s 2G tech enfinity, Bio-Mobility, Bio-Prism, ethanol projects updates, renewable natural gas, renewable chemicals and materials, and more.  READ MORE Emerging

August 16, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Bob Dinneen

(Renewable Fuels Association)  One of the leading authorities on the history of the U.S. ethanol industry didn’t get his start working for the energy or agriculture sectors. He grew up in the suburbs of Boston before finding his way to our nation’s capital. It was, at the beginning, softball that brought

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Tech, Feedstock Winners Still to Be Declared as Biofuels Sector Develops

by Tom Brown (ICIS/Biofuels Digest)  … A factor that could stand to drive wider deployment of biofuels could be its relative maturity compared to other emissions-reduction technologies, particularly for heavy industry, with around half of the innovations that are likely to contribute to those goals currently not yet in existence or

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

RBZ Dumps Gono’s Failed Jatropha Project

by Leopold Munhende (New Zimbabwe) THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has finally given up on former Governor Gideon Gono’s Jatropha Biodiesel experiment. RBZ governor John Mangudya said in his 2021 Mid-Term Monetary Policy review the project no longer warranted the central bank’s attention. The jatropha experiment was launched as a source

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Upcycling Carbon to Fuel, Fragrances and More: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we are sharing some of the hottest 2021 ABLC Digital presentations and you won’t want to miss this one from LanzaTech’s Dr. Jennifer Holmgren on commercial scale operations, the first European plant, other global platform build outs, upcycling carbon emissions into ethanol for fragrances,

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Could Nature’s Own Fuel Save Us from Greenhouse Effect and Electric Grid Failure?

by Ellen Brown (LA Progressive) While biofuels are a less high-tech, cheaper and in many ways more effective solution to our dependence on petroleum, the United States and other countries are discussing similar plans to the EU’s and California is already on board. But in a recent article in the Los

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report RFA 40th Anniversary Feature – Bob Reynolds

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association was born in 1981 and RFA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by spotlighting some of the pioneers in the ethanol industry who were there at the beginning, like Bob Reynolds. Bob Reynolds founded Downstream Alternatives shortly after joining New Energy Co. of Indiana as

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrocarbon Fuels from Industrial Off Gas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech’s Dr. Laurel Harmon shared this illuminating slide guide at the BETO Peer Review on jet and diesel fuel production from industrial waste gases, commercialization of ethanol-to-jet technology by building a standalone Alcohol-to-Jet pre-commercial demonstration facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel, the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

God Speed the Right: A Bioeconomy in an Exciting, Turbulent Adolescence

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fourteen years ago today, the Daily Digest debuted not very auspiciously with two readers and a goal to cover you: the people and technologies of the advanced bioeconomy. Since then we’ve published 36,400 articles to date in the telling of your story, and, though promoted

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Can the Airline Industry Live without Fossil Fuels?

by Josh Owens (Oilprice.com)  … (T)he aviation industry accounts for only 2% of global emissions.  … Biofuels are fuels manufactured from organic materials, normally crops, wood, or waste. While they do produce carbon when burned, the theory is that the carbon was absorbed by the organic matter when it was growing,

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

We Can Love Electric Cars, but Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

by Dan Morgan (The Globalist)  Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?   … The Biden administration’s ambitious infrastructure proposal sets aside $174 billion to subsidize electric cars, but little for biofuels. As

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

BBI International Recognizes Markham, Rosentrater for Contributions to US Ethanol Industry

(BBI International) Markham and Rosentrater recognized for their contributions to the U.S. ethanol industry at the 37th annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop, hosted by BBI International — On July 14th, during the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) in Des Moines, IA, BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine recognized Steve Markham and Kurt Rosentrater for

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Pioneer Awarded for Leadership in International Education

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Leon Schumacher, professor and agricultural systems technology program coordinator at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, has received the 2021 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. The award recognizes University of Missouri faculty members that have provided outstanding leadership

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

All Nippon Airways’ First Flight in World Using Microalgae ASTM Certified Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Another world first just happened! All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, took another step forward in advancing its leadership in sustainability, operating a regularly scheduled commercial domestic flight utilizing sustainable aviation fuel made from microalgae, blended with traditional jet fuel. Yes, SAF made from

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting It Renewable Ready

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  As renewable diesel producers source an array of low-quality, low-carbon inputs, they’re tapping biodiesel’s seasoned pretreatment technology providers for customized feedstock preparation solutions, both on and offsite. From used cooking oil (UCO) and distillers corn oil (DCO) to tallow and choice white grease, these low-CI—and

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Backs into UCO

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine) The low-quality, low-carbon byproduct of restaurant fryer grease, once largely reserved for modestly-sized biodiesel production, is now a darling input of the industry’s new mega plants. Used cooking oil is in high demand as renewable diesel booms. Four years ago, if John Tapp was asked

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cielo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What to do with the world’s most available and inexpensive feedstock – garbage? Cielo’s tech is capable of converting multiple waste streams into renewable fuel like high-grade renewable diesel, kerosene (aviation jet and marine fuel) and naphtha. Get the latest on their commercial facility, production, the

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Tom Daschle

“What I do know is — for the foreseeable future, and I would say several decades yet to come — the internal combustion engine is still going to play a role and will be part of the transportation landscape. We see E30 and high-octane, low carbon fuel as a segue

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Bruce Heine

(Renewable Fuels Association) Bruce Heine’s experience at the formation of the ethanol industry was jumpstarted, as it was for many, through work in the oil sector. Starting in the 1970s, he worked for his family business, as independent retailers of Mobil-branded gasoline and diesel fuel in Pennsylvania at the time of

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Baleària’s Fast Ferry Completes First Trip Operating on 100% Bio-LNG

(Baleària/NGV Journal) Baleària and Axpo Iberia have reached a new milestone in the decarbonization of maritime transport by completing the first pilot trip on a fast ferry with 100% renewable fuel in Europe. The 133-mile journey between the ports of Barcelona and Ciutadella (Menorca) was made by Baleària’s Eleanor Roosevelt, the

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Owner of Buffalo Lake Biofuels Charged with Felony Theft

by Tom Cherveny (West Central Tribune) A criminal complaint alleges that the former owner of the defunct Buffalo Lake Biofuels site in Buffalo Lake directed the removal and sale of four transformers at the site owned by the McLeod Power Cooperative. The protracted cleanup of the defunct Buffalo Lake Biofuels site in

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report – RFA 40th Anniversary Feature on Ron Miller

(Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association was born in 1981 and RFA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by spotlighting some of the pioneers in the ethanol industry. In 1981, Ron Miller was head of marketing for the new Pekin Energy plant, which is now one of the oldest in the ethanol industry and goes by the

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Executive Placement Shows Flyers Committed to Green Economy

(Flyers Energy) Flyers Energy, LLC announced today that Chief Operating Officer Ken Dwelle will assume the role of President of Flyers Sustainable Energy, signaling increasing emphasis on the renewable energy sector. Flyers Energy leadership sees the green revolution as one of their biggest opportunities. “Renewables made up about 25 percent

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed to False Flax: Oilseeds Race to Reap Biofuel Bonanza

by Rod Nickel and Karl Plume (Reuters) … Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and uprooted on sight because of its foul odor, toxicity and the grim taste it leaves in the milk of grazing cattle. This was

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Erasing Emissions: Minnesota Soybean Showcases Biodiesel’s ‘Heroic’ Environmental Impact

(Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council/KROX) Over the course of two decades, biodiesel has proven to be nothing short of heroic in helping to clean Minnesota’s air. Starting this week, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotional Council (MSR&PC) is debuting a super-powered campaign that highlights the wonder of biodiesel. For

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    2021 Air Quality Awards   —   June 17, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 Air Quality Awards — June 17, 2021 — ONLINE

Our 50th Anniversary & the California Air Quality Awards! The Coalition for Clean Air was founded in the days when smog was so thick you could cut it with a knife. In the 50 years since, we’ve managed to cut smog by a whopping 70%. But we didn’t do it alone.

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Ron Miller

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Big Oil brought Ron Miller to ethanol. The son of a man who worked at Texaco for nearly 40 years, Miller found himself working there, too, out of Chicago, just as the oil embargoes of the 1970s were sending the American fuel industry into a major transition. Miller

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Kansas Abengoa Ethanol Plant to Produce Renewable Diesel, Seaboard Energy, Neste, Phillips 66, Alto Ingredients, Haldor Topsoe, Renewable Diesel News

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Seaboard Energy, formerly known as High Plains Bioenergy, is building a renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas at the former Abengoa ethanol plant site that was purchased in February 2019. Using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex tech, the plan is to make 6,500 barrels-per-day and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

The Refiners Who Cried Wolf

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The RFS creates competition that lowers fuel prices and reduces carbon emissions. Yet, refiners still complain. — … Indeed, at their request, the RFS includes provisions allowing refiners to comply without ever physically blending a drop of biofuel. As an alternative to

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen Develop Renewable Gasoline with 20 Percent Lower CO₂ Emissions

(Bosch)  Sale of Blue Gasoline also planned at regular filling stations in the course of the year — Blue Gasoline fuel contains up to 33 percent renewables. Shell will offset remaining carbon emissions through certified offset arrangements. The fuel complies with the EN 228/E10 standard and can be used in

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington State Passes Low-Carbon Clean Fuel Standard — Establishing a ‘Clean Fuel Coast’ from San Diego to the Klondike Gateway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, HB 1091. the Clean Fuel Standard has been passed by the legislature and now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signature; it is a significant win for the Governor’s renewables agenda and for the clean fuels movement. From San Diego to the

April 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 8: The International Regime on Climate Change

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  International Regime before the Paris Agreement — On 21st March 1994, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change entered into force with the ratification of the document by 197 countries. The main goal of this treaty was to prevent harmful human induced interference with

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Shell Invests in Sustainable Aviation-Fuel Maker LanzaJet

by Laura Hurst (Bloomberg)  U.S. company is building ‘alcohol-to-jet’ facility in Georgia; Other investors include Canada’s Suncor Energy, Japan’s Mitsui — Royal Dutch Shell Plc has invested in sustainable-fuels technology company LanzaJet, adding to a string of deals positioning the oil giant for the energy transition. The Anglo-Dutch major didn’t disclose financial

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Coprocessing at Diesel Refinery: bp Products, North America — Cherry Point Refinery | Blaine, Washington

(EcoEngineers) bp’s Cherry Point Refinery is the first refinery in the Pacific Northwest capable of manufacturing diesel made from biomass-based feedstocks, which are processed alongside conventional feedstocks in an existing ultralow-sulfur diesel unit. Renewable diesel has the same properties as conventional ultralow-sulfur diesel, but with a lower carbon footprint. Producing and distributing

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 5: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Didn’t U.S. President George W. Bush say that we should get off our addiction to oil?  Haven’t all the presidents since Richard Nixon promised that we would transition away from fossil fuels?  You can hear many of them make this point in this clip from

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Commentary: The Global Governance of Aviation’s Emissions – Time to Revisit the ICAO/UNFCCC Relationship

by Chris Lyle (GreenAir Online/Air Transport Economics)  In 1997, the UNFCCC’s COP3 decided, via the Kyoto Protocol, to treat international aviation indirectly through ICAO. CO2 emissions from international aviation have since doubled from 317Mt in 1997 to 641Mt in 2019, to match the total emissions of the 129 lowest emitting countries

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Story County Plant Getting Iowa Tax Incentives to Resume Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Tyler Jett (Des Moines Register/The Hawk Eye) Ethanol production is coming back to a Story County renewable fuels plants. Verbio North American Corp. received $2.6 million in tax incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday to build an $80 million ethanol production line in its Nevada plant, previously the nation’s

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Finding Synergy with Farming, Cattle and Ethanol

by Kelly Sidoryk (Canadian Cattlemen)  Even with more than 50 years in the feeding business, Pound-Maker is still finding ways to dial in its various ag businesses  —  The majority of cattle feeding in Western Canada has been centered in Alberta. But since the early ’70s, an operation in Saskatchewan

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Science Behind Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity, Land Use Change: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Starch Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What’s the life cycle system for corn starch ethanol? What is the current best estimate for carbon intensity of corn ethanol? What about ethanol biorefinery energy use intensity and land use change carbon intensity? What is the potential for further reductions in carbon intensity?  READ

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

5 Key Tech Takeaways: Highlights from Tech Presented at ABLC 2020

by Iacovos Vasalos (Center for Research and Technology-Hellas/Biofuels Digest) This report summarizes highlights from the ABLC 2020 Biofuels Digest Virtual Conference, which took place in July 7-10, 2020. (And if you haven’t already registered for this year’s ABLC Digital on May 3-7, 2021, check it out now here.) There were almost 100

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Contribute Now to a Cleaner Energy Future

by Tom Daschle (Roll Call/The Daschle Group) Smart agriculture policy that has a role for ethanol can help advance Biden’s agenda on all fronts — Growing up in South Dakota, agriculture has always been in my blood. For nearly three decades, I had the honor of representing South Dakota — where

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol as Essential Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2021 Ethanol Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The hot-off-the-press Renewable Fuels Association’s 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook focuses on ethanol as an ‘essential energy’ to address the challenges of climate change, food and energy security, and rural prosperity. Now in its 22nd year, it provides key statistics, trends, and analysis on the latest

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Ethanol Industry Outlook Focuses on Essential Energy for Tomorrow’s Challenges

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide today during the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference. The annual publications and conference all share a common theme: Essential Energy. A related video also debuted at the event. “As you review the 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook, I hope you do so

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman

A poem by Amanda Gorman explains the purpose of our work: … For it is the obscure, the oppressed, the poor,  Who when the disaster Is declared done, Still suffer more than anyone.  Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time, … Where despite disparities We all care

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

JAL Successfully Operates a Commercial Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel Produced in Japan

(Japan Airlines) Japan Airlines (JAL), a recognized Eco-First company by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, reiterated its commitment to further preserve the environment by operating a commercial flight from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka airport using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The product was a blend of traditional jet kerosene

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

50 Renewable Diesel Projects and the Technologies Behind Them

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable diesel, all 9 billion gallons built, under construction, in planning – Take a deep dive into the latest hot renewable diesel news and a special Digest presentation that asks will all of these billions of gallons fleet get built? If not, who are the potential

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

New Online Educational Series about Renewable Fuels—“30/30” Package Includes 30 Minute Online Presentation plus Materials for Directed Discussion about Renewable Fuels and the Circular Economy

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Need to learn or teach about renewable fuels and the circular economy? About biofuels? Find what you need in this new series of 30 minute recorded presentations that come with a package of supporting materials for 30 minute directed discussions or self-study. Produced by internationally respected nonprofit

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Soaring Gevo Rocks to $2B Valuation – What Happened? How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The management kept costs trimmed, laid out a plan for deployment, and waited for the storms to pass. And as was said in Casablanca, “waited and waited and waited.” The stock dipped to just 49 cents a share last summer, after a series of dilutions,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

The Future Is… Jet Fuel Made From Mustard Seeds

(Honeywell) Engineers Willie Morrissette and Tony Barnette break down the importance of powering planes with plants.  Fuel made from non-edible mustard seeds helped power a flight in 2018. The plane flew from California to Australia, making history and propelling us into the future of fuel. Listen to Host Joe Toubes unearth

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 4, Biofuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — A Look into the Historical and Common Uses of Biofuels

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fourth episode of “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on how biofuels have been used throughout history, and their uses as technology progresses. This video is a great tool for teachers, students, and anyone interested in renewables to get a

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association’s industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others, protecting the industry’s employees and saving lives in communities around the world. “While

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: From 30,000 Gallons of Biodiesel Sold in 1996 to Half a Billion Gallons Today

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) As 2020 comes to a close, Renewable Energy Group Inc., North America’s largest biodiesel producer, is celebrating a quarter-century in soybean oil refinement and biodiesel production. Back in 1995, the company from which REG would be formed several years later—West Central Cooperative—made its first investment

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Energy Biofuel Expands Waste Processing Capabilities, Seeks New Markets

(Bio-Based Diesel Daily/Green Energy Biofuel) Green Energy Biofuel stands ready to provide waste recycling solutions for a variety of businesses and industries in the Southeast by turning costly liabilities into savings. Companies can leverage Green Energy Biofuel to help meet their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals by no longer

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Marks Four Decades of Industry Leadership

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Association to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Throughout 2021 — Forty years ago this month, a small group of innovative farmers and like-minded business leaders came together to officially found the Renewable Fuels Association. The overarching goal of the new trade group was as admirable as it was ambitious:

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Ag Stories of 2020 – 9 Ethanol’s 2020 Full of Bumps, Bruises in Fight to Maintain Business

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Each year, DTN publishes our choices for the top 10 ag news stories of the year, as selected by DTN analysts, editors and reporters. Today, we continue the countdown with No. 9 looking at some of the challenges ethanol faced during 2020, including shutting

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

What Makes Sustainable Aviation Fuel Sustainable?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CORSIA in the RSB System

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s greenwashing and then there’s proof of sustainability. So what’s the difference? Check out RSB’s slide guide on how they help ensure sustainable aviation fuel or SAF is actually sustainable. From their involvement in the aviation sector to examples of biobased and recycled carbon feedstocks

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Video Series

(Renewable Energy Group)  This week REG is celebrating 25 years of operations! We will be releasing videos all week recounting the last quarter century of hard work and dedication that got us here. Here is how it all started: Hear from Myron Danzer, current REG General Manager, and Matt Schultes,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

One Small Candle May Light a Thousand: A Thanksgiving Message from the Digest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  I happen to carry a copy of William Bradford’s journal Of Plimouth Plantation, written during the first decades of the Pilgrim experience, with me almost anywhere I travel.  … A copy from that first edition sits on my shelf not two feet from me when I

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Manta Biofuels Launches Crowd Investment Campaign

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This week, Manta Biofuels has launched a crowd investment campaign on Republic and began reaching out to colleagues, business associates, mentors and friends, offering them a chance to invest in this growing business. Dedicated to doing their part to fight climate change, Manta Biofuels

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Revolution: The North American Renewable Natural Gas Industry Has Boomed over the Past Decade and Potential Remains Vast.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … Particularly for those feeling the heat when it comes reducing carbon footprints, interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel is an all-time high, and for good reason. Not only does it meet the most stringent emissions requirements, but for utilities

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Exxon’s Climate Fix Is Algae. Experts Say It Won’t Work

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … “Algae. A renewable source of energy. ExxonMobil is researching it. To revolutionize biofuels. For more energy. And fewer emissions.”  Biofuels represent one of Exxon Mobil’s primary answers to climate change. In television ads and presentations to investors, the company showcases it as an example of

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Sweden Targets World’s Highest Biofuel Blending

Tomas Ekbom and Cecilia Higa (Swedish Bioenergy Association/IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter) …  In the beginning there was ethanol In 1907, there were only 662 vehicles registered in Sweden. The fuel, “Benzin” (the word initially taken from the German language, i.e. petrol) was purchased then at the pharmacy, paint store

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy and Next Rung Technology shared this illuminating slide guide on the creation, valorization and disposition of bioenergy data assets. By looking at data types, data assets, checking back in on bioenergy technology life cycles, and more, we can get a

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Boeing’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator Test Programme Ends with Transcontinental Flight Using 50% Blended SAF

(GreenAir Online) As part of Boeing’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme, a final test flight of an Etihad Airways 787-10 from Seattle to Boeing’s manufacturing site in South Carolina used 50,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend – the maximum blend permitted for commercial aviation – of sustainable and traditional jet fuel. The sustainable

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

The UK and Decarbonizing Transport

by Brian Healy (Ethanol Producer Magazine/U.S. Grains Council)  Through expanded ethanol use, the U.K. has an opportunity to meet its decarbonization objectives and support the domestic facilities that have gone offline. The country should build on its established technical knowledge for E5 as it moves to E10. Consultations about decarbonizing

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Recovery Readout

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A survey of ethanol plant CEOs and general managers shows the COVID-19 downturn had a significant impact on their operations. Most producers have substantially ramped up production since spring, but a full recovery is expected to take many months. … About 84% of CEOs

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Cargill, Virent Collaborate on Biobased Fuels and Chemicals

(Cargill/Farm Progress)  Goal is to open new markets for corn and expand opportunities for renewable fuels and chemicals. — Cargill and Virent, Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. Virent’s

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Monster on the Big Muddy: REG Geismar to Expand Renewable Hydrocarbon Production to 340 Million Gallons

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Louisiana, Renewable Energy Group said it will undertake a capacity expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery by 250 million gallons annually to 340 million gallons per year. This announcement follows a thorough review and site selection process. Construction should begin in mid to late

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Award of Excellence Recipient Doug Tiffany Knows ‘Rural Values’

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The prolific career of Doug Tiffany, recipient of the 2020 Award of Excellence, is indelibly linked to his connections to agriculture and farmland. Ethanol and its coproducts have been a frequent point of focus for the University of Minnesota production economist. … While seemingly

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

25 Years in the Bioeconomy: A Journey Still Exciting, An Adventure Still Rewarding

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Editor’s note to readers: Lee Enterprises Consulting celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 4th — having grown from a boutique biodiesel consulting firm to the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting collective.  Today, the bioeconomy is a worldwide business encompassing fuels, advanced agriculture, renewable chemicals, vegan

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

BPTS Addresses Biodiesel History, Technology Advancements

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) BBI International’s Biodiesel Production Technology Summit kicked off on Sept. 16 with the star-studded story of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies unique history and a general session panel focused on emerging biodiesel technologies. Bob King, founder and president of Pacific Biodiesel, opened the event with a keynote address

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivoting from Plants-to-Food to Plants-to-X – What’s the Future of Ag?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Is it a battle of plants for food versus plants for biofuels, biochemicals, biobased products? What about fermentation? Will food made from fermentation be the end of agriculture as we know it? Will one be a winner over another or will they all be superheroes?

September 21, 2020 Read Full Article

What Fuel Properties Enable Higher Thermal Efficiency in Spark-Ignited Engines?

by James P.Szybist, StephenBusch, Robert L.McCormick, Josh A.Pihl, Derek A.Splitter, Matthew A.Ratcliff, Christopher P.Kolodziej, John M.E.Storey, MelanieMoses-DeBusk, DavidVuilleumier, MagnusSjöberg, C. ScottSluder, TobyRockstroh, PaulMiles (Progress in Energy and Combustion Science/Science Direct)  The Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative from the US Department of Energy aims to co-develop fuels and engines

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Lallemand Launches New Convergence Yeast, Enzyme Platform: Could Save Ethanol Producers $1M/Year in Replacing All External Fermentation Enzymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Wisconsin, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has announced a next generation advanced yeast and enzyme platform called Convergence, which combines a new yeast that generates virtually all the glucoamylase (GA) required for fermentation combined with a small amount of complementary exogenous enzyme. The bottom line impact

September 15, 2020 Read Full Article

2019 Project Peer Review Report Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4–7, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, 447 projects in BETO’s research portfolio were presented in 14 simultaneous review sessions and two poster sessions. Projects were systematically reviewed by

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Massive Refiners Are Turning into Biofuel Plants in the West

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg) The latest sign of a worldwide energy transition: Massive oil refineries across the western U.S. are being converted into biofuel plants. Phillips 66 on Wednesday became the latest in a string of U.S. refiners to say it’s converting an oil refinery in California into a biofuel plant as

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Published Library of Recorded Presentations on Multitude of Bioeconomy Topics

(Biofuels Digest)  Recorded presentations for your on-demand review and enjoyment. Just Pick and Click! On BioChannelTV RENEWABLE DIESEL & DME Saola Energy – Adam Belyamani Axens- David Schwalje Oberon – Rebecca Boudreaux Honeywell UOP-Dan Szeezil NextChem-Valerio Coppini Velocys – Jeff McDaniel   ENGINE TECH What if everything with a diesel

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Production Profits during the COVID Pandemic

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  …  Some have estimated in the losses in the billions (Neely, 2020b), but this has been disputed by others (Glauber, 2020).  The purpose of this article is to estimate the production profits of ethanol plants before and after the COVID-19 lockdowns that began in March of

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Exxon Inks 525 Million Gallon, 5-Year Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal with Global Clean Energy Holdings

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, ExxonMobil has signed an agreement with Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase 105 million gallons of renewable diesel per year for five years from a converted California refinery starting in 2022. The strike price was not disclosed. The news that the Bakersfield refinery would

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

August 10 Is International Biodiesel Day

(News.am) International Biodiesel Day is marked every year on August 10. The unofficial day of this environmentally friendly fuel was established to commemorate its first use, when on August 10, 1893, an engine powered by peanut oil-based fuel was switched on. International Biodiesel Day aims to spread information about the benefits of

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Indian Lab Develops Technology to Convert Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel and Glycerine

Nair N.B. (Sputnik) India has been exploring alternatives to fossil fuels and trying to reduce its dependence on oil imports. One of the options being explored by the country is biofuel, made from various raw materials like waste plastics, used cooking oil, tree-borne oils and fats or oils from slaughterhouses, poultry

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Anniversary Report Details Success of the Renewable Fuel Standard

(Renewable Fuels Association) Commemorating the 15th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Fuels Association today released a report detailing how the industry has benefited the nation over the past decade and a half. “As you’ll see in

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders Urge Noem, Trump to Open Door to “E30 by 2030”

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Compliance with Existing Law Would Inject $8 Billion Per Year into South Dakota Economy  —  In a Rapid City Journal ad, a Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial, and a letter to Governor Kristi Noem, South Dakota ethanol leaders said that a transition to “E30 by 2030 Nationwide” would more than double

August 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Turbocharging South Dakota’s Economy while Making Americans Healthier

by Doug Sombke and Jim Seurer (South Dakota Farmers Union/Glacial Lakes Energy/Argus Leader) During President Trump’s Fourth of July visit to Mount Rushmore, our organizations sponsored an ad in the Rapid City Journal that urged the President to “tear down the wall” that his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unlawfully erected to

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Inside GranBio, NextChem’s New Partnership to “Blow Out” Cellulosic Ethanol Global Roll-Out

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Sao Paulo and Rome that GranBio and NextChem have inked a strategic alliance and will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol. NextChem is a subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition. The news follows

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Transitioning to the New BioRefining Era & Future Vision for Ethanol Plants

by Joel Stone (ConVergInce Advisers/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  A unique and affordable bolt on technology offered by Catalyxx (www.catalyxxinc.com) is available now and can offer options and opportunities to the present and post Covid ethanol infrastructure to expand and create new sustainable solutions. … The question we must raise is why

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Axens’ Futurol Cellulosic Ethanol Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Overcoming Cellulosic Ethanol Challenges

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Axens has a range of renewable biofuels and biochemicals from renewable diesel and biojet fuel to cellulosic ethanol, ethylene, butadiene, and aromatics. But there have been challenges in the past with cellulosic ethanol that Axens has learned to address. From feedstock flexibility to enzymes, check out

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders See Happy Days in the Future

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today) The ethanol industry has a long, complicated history. But supporters believe the best days are ahead. “Fuel ethanol was a thing as early as early as automobiles. Henry Ford made his automobiles to run on ethanol and called it the fuel of the future,” said Monte

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Renewable Diesel Projects and Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect webinar, have no fear, the full deck is here! From 11 pathways on who’s doing what, how and with what, 21 projects and who’s running them and where, 13 fast emerging projects and who’s converting, constructing, planning and where,

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: A Model for Low-Carbon Fuels in the Global Energy Transition

by Alan P. Mammoser (Biodiesel Magazine) Biofuels will likely play an important role in a hoped-for transformation to a low-carbon economy. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, they will need to play a large role in the direct application of renewables to decarbonize heavy transport including road freight, shipping and

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Chemicals and Materials: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Bioeconomy Perspective

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries recently added renewable chemicals and materials to their portfolio of products going beyond biofuels and their Executive Chairman Dr. Pramod Chaudhari shared this illuminating presentation at ABLC Digital on the India story, the shift towards advanced biofuels and renewable chem in India, Praj’s

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

On a Molecular Level: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot’s Microbes to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A company that designs materials at a molecular level by optimizing microbes to biomanufacture unique structural oils discovered in nature, but not previously accessible commercially, is what Checkerspot is all about. Check out their Slide Guide from last week’s ABLC Digital, to get the details on

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Prophet Tilts at Petroleum

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  South Dakota ethanol promoter Orrie D. Swayze likes to hear promotions for 30% ethanol blends in gasoline but thinks 50% would be better for the environment and human health.  —  …  Swazey, 76, … became worried about Middle Eastern oil imports, and thought ethanol made from

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 R&D State of Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funds research and development (R&D) on technologies necessary for the deployment and production of costcompetitive bioenergy, primarily biofuels. Results of experimental efforts are periodically compiled and compared with benchmark technology designs to assess overall progress. This report

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Proof of Quality: A New Biodiesel Fuel Quality Report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A new biodiesel fuel quality report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveying U.S. and Canadian BQ-9000 producers suggests the North American biodiesel industry has learned the lessons of its past.  — U.S. biodiesel fuel quality has been on an ever-increasing trajectory upward since the darkest days

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Policy and Investment Failures Doomed the Biofuel Revolution

by Todd Woody (Bloomberg Green)  To reignite the industry, biofuels need the type of government incentives that allowed solar and wind companies to flourish, analysts say. — … Technology from Honeywell’s subsidiary UOP had refined the camelina into renewable jet fuel, and as we reached cruising altitude executives settled into wide

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock production, distillers oil used to make biodiesel, and captured carbon dioxide for the food and beverage industries. With fuel

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Kub’s Den Ethanol Data and the Great American Road Trip

by Elaine Kub (DTN Progressive Farmer) … During the eight weeks through March and April, while everyone in the economy was grappling with how best to limit human contact to slow the spread of a deadly disease, American ethanol production was steadily dropping at an average pace of 9% each week.

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

CEO Reflects on Ethanol Industry Crises a Year after Trump Visit

by Glenn Minnis (The Center Square)  … The president was there to help industry executives celebrate his administration’s removal of a regulation that up until then prohibited companies from selling gasoline containing 15% ethanol year-round. “It was a terrific event for my company and the renewable fuels industry, drawing nearly

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Expansion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Next-Gen Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo is developing a platform to fund expansion projects in the next phase of its unique, next generation renewable fuels business. Their commercial-scale facilities are converting agricultural, forestry and other feedstocks to high value, low pollutant, low carbon substitutes for gasoline and jet fuel. So

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Hot Tech Case Studies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s #BetterWithBiology Top 15

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everything’s better with biology, so here’s The Digest’s newly released Top 15 case studies of today’s hottest technology and new markets for traditional oil and gas refiners. What are our top picks? Spoiler Alert: The top 15 may include converting oil refineries to biorefineries, something to

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Making Its Way in the Aviation Sector

(Biofuels International) Video of the Month —  As part of the BIO4A project, SkyNRG will provide its valuable expertise in the sector to make BIO4A mission a reality: enabling the large-scale pre-commercial production of ASTM-certified SAF in the European Union. In this short interview, Oskar tells us how sustainable aviation

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

DEM-COM: LanzaJet Takes off on Non-Stop Flight to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) After what could be considered a lengthy out-of-town tryout, LanzaJet is now officially launched as a LanzaTech spin-off — Suncor Energy and Mitsui & Co. are investing $15 million and $10 million, respectively, to establish the new venture. All Nippon Airways is also contributing in exchange for accessing off

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy: The Great Continuum

by Gerard J. Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (below50/“the Clean Tech Conservative”/Leatherstocking LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … (W)e would like to point out a number of anniversaries put biofuels and bio-based products into a deeper and provocative historical context: 85 years ago, a now-forgotten manifesto was issued in Dearborn, Michigan: “The Declaration of the

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Ethanol Industry Groups Disappointed in EPA Emissions Study

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) EPA’s release of a so-called “anti-backsliding” study on Friday that calls for no further action to mitigate potential adverse air quality effects from renewable fuels, was met with disappointment by two ethanol industry interest groups. The study is required by the Clean Air Act and

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Approves RFS Fuel Pathway for Biomass Gasification Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA in May approved a fuel pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard for a biomass gasification plant under development in McFarland, California, that will produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for sale into the transportation fuel market. The project, known as the San Joaquin Renewables

May 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Implementation Agendas: 2018-2019 Update Compare and Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies

by Mahmood Ebadian, James D. McMillan, Jack (John) N. Saddler and Susan van Dyk (University of British Columbia, Canada/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA/IEA Bioenergy) Global production and use of transport biofuels Global biofuels production has continued to increase over the last decade, from over 37 million tonnes oil equivalent (Mtoe) in

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

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

by Franziska Müller-Langer, Nicolaus Dahmen and Gabriel Costa de Paiva (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/IEA Bioenergy)  … This feature article summarizes the current status of transport sector biofuels in Germany including major policy drivers, decarbonization strategies and initiatives as well as recent advances in technology development. 2. Current status of

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Just Because It’s in Popular Science That Doesn’t Mean It’s True: An Open Letter to Jennifer Lu and Popular Science Magazine

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … The reason I’m contacting you today, in 2020, is because yesterday I received a message from a reader who disagrees with my advocacy of ethanol based upon your article. In my reply to this reader, I said that I could appreciate why he

May 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Merchant Refiners Face A Return Of ‘RINsanity’ In 2021

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha) -Expectations of U.S. gasoline demand in 2021 are continuing to decline as the country has failed to suppress the spread of COVID-19.  -Gasoline demand in 2021 is now expected to be as low as it was in 2013. Mandated biofuel demand will be substantially

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Ethanol: The Future of the Fuel Industry, with RFA’s Bob Dinneen and NCGA’s Mark Palmer

(National Corn Growers Association) This may be a tumultuous time for corn farmers and ethanol producers. But then again, the ethanol industry’s entire history has been a roller coaster ride.  In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett revisits the battles that got us to this point with “the Godfather of Ethanol” himself,

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Evolution: Technology Providers Have Adapted Their Pretreatment Offerings as the Biodiesel Industry Evolved to Rely More on Waste Feedstocks, and as Renewable Diesel Emerges.

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Markus Dielacher, CEO of BDI-BioEnergy International, says many companies offering pretreatment systems came from the vegetable oil side. “They started with clean feedstock and it worked,” he says. “We came from the other side, the worst feedstocks, and went to the cleaner ones. It’s

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article

How It All Ties Together – LCFS, Biobased Fuel, Zero Emission Vehicles, ICEV Bans: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Big 3 Policies for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Few countries blend ethanol beyond 10% right now but are targets moving? What about biodiesel targets, mostly set below 7% volume in some countries? How about the 18 countries that plan to ban of phase out ICEVs and more than 45 countries have set or are

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

What Is Flex Fuel? A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of E85

by Frank Markus (Motor Trend)  A brief history of the ethanol-gasoline blend as a motor fuel. Did you know Henry Ford‘s iconic Model T, built from 1908 to 1927, featured carburetor jets that could be adjusted to let the engine run on gasoline, ethanol, or a mix of the two?

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production: What Next for Zim?

by Nyasha Kavhiza (The Herald) A technical analysis of the current situation will point to the lack of feedstock as the main problem stalling biodiesel production in Zimbabwe. … Instead of discarding the project all together, the Government and all stakeholders involved ought to glean lessons from the experience and address the

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Why a Good Ethanol Education Program Is Needed Now, More Than Ever

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  U.S. DOE and EPA are Screwing America (And No One Cares – Do You?) +VIDEO — … So, I did a Google search of his name (Daniel R. Simmons) along with the word “ethanol.” There was only one pertinent search return involving Simmons and

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating the Women of the Ethanol Workforce

by Jessica Bennett (Renewable Fuels Association) RFA works hard every day to represent all of our members and the hard-working men and women that make these companies, and our industry, successful. More than ever before, representing our industry also means representing women in the renewable fuels industry. The number of women working

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Faces Tough Road ahead in Washington State

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times) Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

MIND THE GAP: Letter from Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you have not followed the Alternative and Renewable Fuels Forum, bookmark this, and today I’ll give you some of the flavor of this group with 110 members — project owners and developers, policy experts, technologists, automotive manufacturers, oil companies, airlines. I think of them as

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

GUEST ARTICLE: Lessons that Novel Proteins Should Learn from Biofuels

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Food Navigator) Can 60% of current meat consumption be replaced by novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat in the next 20 years? That is what AT Kearney has recently projected, but the analysis does not outline a path for achieving the forecast. Is reaching

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

A Decade of Progress in California? Not for Its Recycling Rate

by Jim Stewart (Bioenergy Producers Association/Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance/Biofuels Digest)  The volume of post-recycled municipal solid waste (MSW) being placed in California’s landfills has been steadily climbing for the past decade, during which time the state’s legislature, with its waste management agency following meekly behind, has refused to amend

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, Honored with the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are very honored at The Digest each year to select the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy, and to make the award presentation at ABLC. Especially this year when our honoree is Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. If you’ve heard

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Change and Ethanol: Get the Facts Right

by Andrea Kent (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenfield Global/Renewable Industries Canada)  Myths and misinformation about ethanol and its effect on health and the environment need to be corrected to expand higher blends.  —  … (Canadian) Federal blending mandates—in place since 2007—require our gasoline to contain an average 5 percent ethanol. In addition,

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Limited Biofuels M&A Activity in 2019, Stage Set for Potentially Busy 2020

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest) Biofuels Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity in North America was subdued in 2019. Only four operating biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuels plants were sold during the year. These four acquired plants were relatively small with a combined capacity of only 133 Million Gallons Per Year.

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza Promotes Biodiesel

(Chicago Area Clean Cities/FuelFix.com)  The Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza, one of the first, family-owned and operated, independent truck plazas in the U.S., recounts its biodiesel tale.  — The Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza was one of the first, family-owned and operated, independent truck plazas in the U.S. to start selling B11 biodiesel in 2006. 

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture Initiatives and 45Q

by Cácia Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On February 15th the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) Carbon Management Research Initiative and the Women in Energy program hosted a panel of experts to discuss carbon capture policies and technologies, especially Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). CCUS are methods and technologies to remove

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

25th Annual National Ethanol Conference Welcomes President George W. Bush

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association was honored to welcome George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, to the 25th Annual National Ethanol Conference today in Houston. By championing an all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy production while in office, President Bush put the United States on a course

February 12, 2020 Read Full Article

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