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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Trends in Energy and Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New sustainability standards no longer focus solely on bio-based carbon content. The focus has shifted to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and overall carbon footprint –in which biomaterials have a role to play. The transition towards climate neutrality and circular economy will have a profound impact

January 26, 2023 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Oil Rush

(World Bio Market Insights) With big oil moving into biofuels, Shell is one to watch. — … From another angle, biofuels are an already-lucrative global commodity attracting attention from some of the biggest corporate entities in the world: oil majors. The oil companies say renewable fuels are central to their long-term

January 19, 2023 Read Full Article

A Deep Dive into Sustainable Innovation

by Karen Bonhert (AgWeb) … Recently, Bar 20 received the 2023 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year award by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) because of the sustainable and innovative advancements made on their Kerman, Calif., dairy. In 2022, they were also honored with the U.S. Dairy Sustainability award. “What

January 13, 2023 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture and Storage: From Dream to Reality

by Patrick Miller (UND Today/EERC Solutions) Nearly 15 years ago, before he became CEO of UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center, Charlie Gorecki worked on carbon capture systems with an eye on a specific North Dakota industrial facility where he believed carbon dioxide could be extracted and safely stored underground. The idea was to remove

January 10, 2023 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Forestry and the US Renewable Fuel Standard, the Key Issues.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Where does forestry fit into the RFS and with the biofuels industry, asks Lee Enterprises Consulting’s Larry Sullivan in this enlightening tour of the past, present and future of forest-based feedstocks. Sullivan goes back to the Forest and Agricultural Sector Optimization Model or FASOM followed

January 6, 2023 Read Full Article

Something Big is Coming

by Keith Loria (Biodiesel Magazine)  City by city, Greasezilla is conquering problems derived from excessive fats, oils and grease waste. — When fats, oils and grease (FOG) separation technology Greasezilla was developed by Downey Ridge Environmental Co. nearly 20 years ago, the system was never expected to become the impressive

January 4, 2023 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Kern Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Kern Energy is the only refiner between the Bay Area and Los Angeles producing clean gasoline and renewable diesel, Kern Energy was just the second refinery in the U.S. to produce renewable diesel by co-processing bio-feed, and the first small refiner in California to blend

January 4, 2023 Read Full Article

Notice of Public Comment Period for the Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress External Review Draft Public Comments DEADLINE March 6, 2023

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the public comment period for the draft document titled, “Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress (External Review Draft).” The document was prepared by EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Air and Radiation

January 4, 2023 Read Full Article

What’s Out, What’s In for 2023

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) For the better part of my 35-year tenure with RFA, I have prepared a hopefully humorous list of what’s in and what’s out as the year ends and a new one begins.  Change can be scary.  But if we recognize it, and prepare for it,

December 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Local View: Ethanol around the World

by Jan Tenbensel (Lincoln Journal Star)  Reduced air pollution and energy security are crucial issues in Japan, which  recently committed to achieving carbon neutrality, including through increased use of bioethanol. I was honored to represent the Nebraska Ethanol Board on a trade mission to Tokyo in late November, alongside Gov.

December 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuel Processor Closes Loop With Composting

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine) Acquisition of a composting facility to handle solids from used oil processing has led to a full-service organics recycling enterprise. — Joe Renwick got his feet wet in the biofuel business when he bought 55-gallon drums and water heaters to make biodiesel in his garage in

December 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Jon Doggett Reflects on Decades of Work in Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Jon Doggett is retiring as CEO of National Corn Growers Association at the end of the year after more than 20 years with the organization, and decades of work on behalf of ethanol and agriculture in Washington DC. Doggett announced his retirement earlier this year and NCGA is currently

December 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Clean Cities Member Spotlight: Kwik Trip, Inc.

(Wisconsin Clean Cities) Kwik Trip, Inc. – headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin – has been a Wisconsin Clean Cities member since 2011. Joel Fasnacht, Business Development Alternative & Commercial Fuels for Kwik Trip, serves on the Wisconsin Clean Cities Board of Directors. The family-owned business was founded in 1965 and owns and

November 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Petroleum and Ag Groups Express Support for Year-Round E15 Legislation

(Renewable Fuels Association) In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Senate and House leadership, a broad coalition of energy and agriculture organizations called on Congress to quickly adopt legislation that would resolve inconsistent fuel volatility regulations. Specifically, the groups expressed support for legislation that would result in equal regulatory treatment for all gasoline

November 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Western Plains Energy and the Journey towards Net Zero Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)In Kansas, Western Plains Energy is pioneering carbon neutral ethanol production by replacing molecular sieves with fully integrated membrane separation solutions in a quest to become the first zero emissions ethanol producer.  Whitefox, is the bioethanol membrane engineering innovator supplying the innovative technology.  Engineering phase 1 is already in progress

November 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Ag Intervene in RFS Lawsuit Ethanol, Ag Groups Rally behind EPA on Rejection of 69 Small-Refinery Exemptions

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  The major biofuels interest groups and National Farmers Union are trying to intervene in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s recent decision to reject 69 pending applications for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, according to a motion filed with a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

November 3, 2022 Read Full Article

The Place of Biodiesel as China Eyes Carbon Neutrality

by Kong Lingyu (China Dialog/Transport Energy Strategies) Prices for China’s biodiesel exports have been rising significantly, from less than 7,000 yuan (US$1,050) a tonne in January last year to a record high of over 12,000 yuan (US$1,723) in July this year. The average price in the first seven months of this year

November 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Proud Minnesota Biofuel Leadership

by Brian Werner (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … Often referred to as the “Minnesota Model,” the ethanol industry’s foundations began here in the Upper Midwest with the dedicated, grassroots efforts of our farmers, and the partnerships they formed with one another and private and public entities. If kick-starting the homegrown energy

October 31, 2022 Read Full Article

UWO, Agra Energy Break Ground on Biogas-to-Liquid Fuel Project

by Natalie Johnson (University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh/Biomass Magazine) Marked by a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 17, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh launched a new effort with biogas partner Agra Energy to build Wisconsin’s first commercial facility to turn dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel. The $20 million facility, located at

October 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Top 10 Best Biofuel Manufacturing Companies In India 2023

(Inventiva) The principal energy sources derived from biomass and food crops like sunflower seeds, palm fruit, Jatropha seeds, rapeseed, soybean, etc. are designated as biofuels. These energy sources have huge promise in a rising country like India. India has an annual biomass supply of about 500 million tonnes, of which

October 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Squeezing Value from Every Part of the Kernel

(CoBank) … The cooperative (Hopkinsville Elevator) has also been successful because of its forward-thinking board of directors. One truly successful undertaking was the founding in 2004 of Commonwealth Agri-Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary and also a CoBank customer. Commonwealth buys more than one-third of Hopkinsville’s corn to convert into ethanol.

October 20, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Abused Discretion by Denying Suncor Colorado Refineries Exemption from Clean Air Law, Court Says

by Michael Karlik (The Gazette) The federal appeals court based in Denver has overturned a 2019 decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that refused to grant Suncor Energy’s Commerce City Refinery an exemption to a key environmental law. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit cautioned the

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

E15 Extended Gasoline Supplies at a Critical Time This Summer and Saved Americans Millions at the Pump

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association) Following an April 12 announcement by President Biden, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a series of emergency waivers allowing E15 (gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol) to be sold during the 2022 summer driving season. Without this action, E15 could not have been used in most

October 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Jefferson City Native Helps Fuel Biodiesel Industry

by Cameron Gerber (News Tribune) Clean energy and fuels are becoming more and more prominent all across the country, and a Jefferson City native is helping to lead the charge at the helm of a nationwide group from his hometown. A Helias Catholic School and Missouri State University graduate, Donnell Rehagen

October 12, 2022 Read Full Article

OPINION: Retailer Fills up with Higher Blend Success

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) As prices at the pump spiked this past summer, a special E15 sales promotion by fuel retailer Sheetz offering the 15 percent ethanol blend (marketed by the company as UNLEADED 88) at $3.99 made national news—and also made a lot of drivers happy

October 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Special Report: Advisory – Story Has Been Withdrawn – How U.S. Ethanol Plants Are Allowed to Pollute More than Oil Refineries

Reuters is withdrawing a Sept. 8 article that compared carbon emissions from U.S. ethanol plants and oil refineries because of its flawed interpretation of data on ethanol-plant pollution and fuel-production capacity. That led to inaccurate estimates of carbon emissions for individual ethanol plants named in the story. STORY_NUMBER: L8N30E5AE STORY_DATE:

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel Back from Dead, Now with Carbon Capture

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica) Algae biofuel could have another moment in the sun, now that more federal dollars are pouring into carbon capture-and-recycling technology. — Algae biofuel stakeholders have been stuck in the doldrums for years, but in an odd twist of fate, the fossil fuel industry could help

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Diverse, Sustainable Biofuels Crucial for Indonesia’s Energy Transition

by Stella Kusumawardhani – Tenggara Strategics (The Jakarta Post) Indonesia is at the forefront of biofuel advancement worldwide, especially with regard to biodiesel, both in terms of blending rate and production scale, but its contribution to decarbonization is questionable since the biodiesel is heavily dependent on palm oil as the

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

THIS REPORT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN BY REUTERS Special Report: How U.S. Ethanol Plants Are Allowed to Pollute More than Oil Refineries

Sept 23 (Reuters) – Reuters is withdrawing a Sept. 8 article that compared carbon emissions from U.S. ethanol plants and oil refineries because of its flawed interpretation of data on ethanol-plant pollution and fuel-production capacity. That led to inaccurate estimates of carbon emissions for individual ethanol plants named in the

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Felix T-Cat: Anellotech Reaches into Its Bag of Tricks to Produce a Plastic-to-Plastic Fix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anellotech has developed Plast-TCat technology to address the gap. Now, we have news that Anellotech has, for the first time, continuously processed solid, post-consumer plastic waste into light olefins and aromatics using its Plas-TCat catalytic pyrolysis technology. The waste consisted of a mixture of all major

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

ROBIN Debuts THE CLARIANT CHANNEL

(Biofuels Digest)  Now on ROBIN, up to the minute video and presentations, events and background from Europe’s dominant player in 2G ethanol and in many chemicals markets. All content is available on THE CLARIANT CHANNEL, part of your ROBIN streaming experience, on-demand and free. CLARIANT’S SUN LIQUID PROCESS- STRAW TO

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Converts are the Worst

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol) …  I came from the “dark side” of petroleum marketing to help other fuel retailers see the light of higher ethanol blends and promised myself I wouldn’t call out retailers on pricing of ethanol blends. Instead, I informed ethanol people the

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

European-Collected UCO as a Sustainable Feedstock

(Biofuels International)  The collection of used cooking oil is crucial to the supply of biodiesel feedstock. Biofuels International spoke to Pol Van Pollaert, Commercial Director of Quatra, a market leader in the collection and recycling of used cooking oil. … Quatra is a Belgian company founded by the Van Pollaert

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The company has moved past an ethanol and protein positioning to “a leading agri-tech company committed to transforming our platform to process annually renewable crops into more sustainable, high-value ingredients” High-value they are — but also of great value are the underlying ethanol assets and

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Maybe This Time: Aries Clean Technologies Hits a Milestone in the Never-Ending Battle for a Great Biochar Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You can finance a bioenergy project making gases and solids, so long as your gas is a solid stream, and, solidly sold, and your market for solids is liquid, and your liquidity is solid. If you have lots of liquidity, you’re solid, and then

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

A Well-Deserved Honor for Industry Leader Ryland Utlaut

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association) Recently, RFA member company Mid-Missouri Energy honored one of its founding fathers, Ryland Utlaut, by naming its administrative building after him. To say this honor was well-deserved would be a huge understatement.  In addition to being one of MME’s founders, Ryland served a stint as

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Dyadic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One of the most interesting journeys in all of biotech — from jeans to jeans, and from cellulosic fuels over to pharma. Welcome to the story of Dyadic. Here are the markets, technologies, sources of revenues, trends, lines of business — launch-stage, growth-stage, maturity and

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The Business of Their Biology, the Biology of Their Business: 10 Years after IPOs, How Are Amyris, Gevo, Codexis Doing?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been more than 10 years since the celebrated IPOs of Amyris, Codexis and Gevo showed that the second wave of industrial biotechnology (after the first wave of ethanol companies) was producing mature companies of size and substance. Since then, the crash of oil prices in

August 10, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This hydrocarbons firm has for the sake of higher margins to support smaller build-outs to profitability has pivoted to converting plant-derived resources into a key family of ingredients used in the cosmetics industry — a new presentation covers the new targets — all the markets,

August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

India Debates New Ways to Make Biofuels as Sustainability Threats Rise

by Anusha Krishnan (Mongabay/Genetic Literacy Project)  The main advantages of biofuels over conventional fossil fuels is that the world is unlikely to deplete its sources of biofuels, as they are renewable. In addition, most biofuels have lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels. For many countries such as India, domestic

August 2, 2022 Read Full Article

#Welcome To EartH2, with NextChem: The Digest’s Multi Slide Guide to Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The world is short on hydrogen for all its ambitions in renewable energy and transformative chemicals and materials — and especially in green and low carbon hydrogen. Fortunately, new technology and carbon strategies have emerged to meet the market opportunity, and we looked into the

August 1, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest Turns 15: The 7 Top Trends, 10 Most Bizarre Stories, and 2 Mindsets, 3 Regrets, Many Blessings

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We started the Digest on July 27, 2007 because it seemed to me, then as now, that the industry could use a good 5-minute round-up of what’s going on around the globe.  …  Some 3,900 editions and 42,000 stories later, we’re humbled by the

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Sen. Cortez Masto Touts Clean Energy Accomplishments at Biofuel Plant East of Reno

by Eric Marks (This Is Reno)  fficials from Fulcrum BioEnergy hosted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and members of the press Friday at the company’s new plant east of Sparks off of USA Parkway.  The facility is part of a new generation of industry technology featuring a “revolutionary process” which turns garbage,

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

NZ’s Z Energy to Permanently Shut Biodiesel Plant

by Lauren Moffitt (Argus Media) New Zealand (NZ) fuel distributor Z Energy will permanently close its tallow-based Te Kora Hou biodiesel plant in south Auckland, deeming its production uneconomic compared with the global biofuels market. Te Kora Hou had been scheduled to reach a capacity of 20mn litre/yr, but was mothballed

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Celebrating a Decade of E15

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  A little over ten years ago, E15 was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 2001 and newer vehicles, along with all flex-fuel vehicles. A chief reason for this success was the Renewable Fuels Association’s hard work on the only approved Misfueling Mitigation Plan that would

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Anniversary Book: Funding, Organizational Growth, and Feedstock Wars

(Clean Fuels Alliance America) As the 1990s dawned, more than a decade of renewed research had been performed on various straight vegetable oils and esterified varieties by a number of individuals and universities both in the U.S. (North Dakota State, Idaho, Illinois, etc.) and globally. “Carroll Goering at the University of

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

A 20-Year Success Story

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Twenty years ago, Minnesota became a trailblazer in biodiesel policy by passing the first-ever state biodiesel mandate in 2002. The accomplishment was the result of years of work by many groups, perhaps most notably the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the farmers of which the

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

A Major Misconception about the Field Corn You See Right Now

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb)  … “A small fraction of the field corn we grow goes to actual food products such as cornflakes or sweeteners or such,” explains (Carroll County farmer Adam) Casner. “It’s actually less than 10% that goes towards those products.” … Casner says the majority of the field

July 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Hot Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Steeper Energy’s President, Perry Toms, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC on how hydrofaction – a proven thermochemical is advancing biofuels commercial acceptance. From milestones to commercialization partners, get all the details on how Steeper Energy is building an advanced biofuels future through hydrofaction,

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Intensity Renewables: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to NexantECA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, ethylene, propylene – They can all be produced with low carbon intensity. Check out this illuminating slide guide from Steven Slome at NexantECA on how while methanol and ammonia have larger implications beyond their large existing markets, low carbon intensity hydrogen’s implications

July 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuel Standard Regulations to Start Later, Cut More Emissions from Gas, Diesel

(The Canadian Press/Castanet)  The federal government is delaying new emissions standards on gasoline and diesel another year but is demanding the oil and gas sector make bigger cuts to fuel emissions by 2030 given how much more money the companies are now making. Cabinet approved the final regulations for the long-awaited

June 29, 2022 Read Full Article

China’s Sinopec Produces First Biojet Fuel at East China Refinery

by Chen Aizhu (Reuters) China’s Sinopec Corp produced its first aviation fuel from used cooking oil at an industrial-scale facility in east China, the state refining giant said on Tuesday. The biojet facility, built in Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co and able to process 100,000 tonnes of used cooking oil

June 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol vs. Petroleum-Based Fuel Carbon Emissions

by Valerie Sarisky-Reed (U.S. Department of Energy) Biofuels have been proven to emit significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than petroleum-based fuels, and recent scientific studies indicate that net-zero emission biofuels are not only possible, but achievable. Corn ethanol and other biofuels are essential in America’s transition to a clean energy economy

June 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Ara Partners Acquires Genera Energy, Pumps $200M in Expansion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News has arrived from Houston that Ara Partners, regularly seen around the halls of ABLC and known as a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments, has acquired Genera Energy. Genera, in latter days, has emerged as a top manufacturer of non-wood agricultural pulp and

June 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Fabricating a Future for Biodiesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) With prices for cleaner feedstocks through the roof, Tactical Fabrication and Smisson-Mathis Energy have forged an all-inclusive, turnkey model for biodiesel production based on the least desirable and lowest-cost materials. After years of development, they are now ready to roll it out to the world.

June 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Lhyfe and Chantiers de l’Atlantique Sign a MoU to Develop Offshore Renewable Green Hydrogen Production

(Lhyfe)  Lhyfe (EURONEXT: LHYFE), a world pioneer and pure player in renewable green hydrogen and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, one of the world’s leaders on the shipbuilding market for highly complex ships and in offshore engineering, announce today at the Seanergy forum dedicated to renewable offshore energy, that they have signed a

June 16, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Congratulates Randy Doyal on Well-Deserved High Octane Recognition and John Christianson Receives FEW Award of Excellence

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated Board Member and former Chairman Randy Doyal on receiving the prestigious High Octane Award at the 2022 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo. The award honors a person who has helped the ethanol industry mature and progress over the years and whose passion

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Big Oil Built the Blend Wall

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In case you’ve forgotten, refiners use the term “blend wall” to refer to what they view as the upper limit of feasible ethanol use in the United States, which they peg at 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply. This purported blend wall is

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuel Blending to Slash Petrol Price, Emissions

by Munawar Hasan (The News International) Pakistan should focus on introducing use of biofuel in the domestic market in financial year 2022-23 to save nearly a billion dollars coupled with slashing petrol price by 10 to 20 percent. Despite immense potential, the agriculture sector of the country is completely devoid of

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

NCERC at SIUE Is Leader in Biofuels Research

by Scott Marion (Edwardsville Intelligencer) Nearly 20 years after it opened, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continues to make an impact on a national and worldwide level. The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels,

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Roadmap for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) in India

(The Statesman)  … For the past two decades, India has been making progress towards putting in place an ecosystem to increase the quantities of fuel-grade ethanol blended into petrol under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) program for its use in vehicles, particularly two and four-wheelers.  This effort has ramped up

June 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Platform for Recycling Carbon: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella’s Cat-HTR decarbonization platform could help customers meet their net-zero carbon commitments, said Dr. Alan Del Paggio, Licella’s SVP Americas, at the recent ABLC. How do they use water as the agent of change and turn biomass and mixed plastics into low CI biocrude? What

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Is Ethanol a Sweet Solution for India? New Govt Road Map Cheers Industry but Questions Linger

by Shailesh Menon (Economic Times) The government’s roadmap for blending ethanol with petrol has cheered sugar manufacturers and could trim oil import bills. But its role in a renewable energy future needs more clarity. There are several challenges and questions. … Early this year, Triveni Engineering switched its focus yet

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Corn Ethanol Boom in Brazil

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The world’s second-largest corn producer, Brazil is continuing to see a rise in grain ethanol production and new plant construction. U.S. ethanol producers may gain some insight about how biomass power can be used to bring down carbon intensity. … The Brazilian ethanol industry

May 23, 2022 Read Full Article

A Review of Global Ethanol Market Development: Where We Stand Today

by Brian Healy (U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Working with three different U.S. administrations over the past several years, three common themes have emerged from this global advocacy and market development program: • Building partnerships • Creating alignment through communication   • Delivering results Building partnerships has been foundational

May 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Bombshell: Propel Fuels Sues Phillips 66 over “Year-Long Extraction of Trade Secrets”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Superior Court of Alameda County has unsealed a Propel Fuels-Phillips 66 lawsuit, ordered that Propel Fuels file an unredacted copy of the suit. According to Propel, the suit alleges hat “the Texas-based oil company misappropriated Propel’s trade secrets and engaged in unlawful

May 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Seventeen States Sue EPA for Letting California Set Vehicle Standards

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) Seventeen Republican state attorneys general on Friday announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing California to set its own vehicle emissions standards.  The lawsuit alleges EPA Administrator Michael Regan violated the Constitution’s doctrine of equal sovereignty by allowing California an exemption from the Clean

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Green Rock Energy Partners Announces Partnership with Renewable Power and Renewable Natural Gas Producer Bio Town Biogas

(Green Rock Energy Partners/Business Wire)  Green Rock Energy Partners LLC (“Green Rock” or “the Firm”), a sustainable infrastructure focused private equity firm which invests in renewable energy companies and projects, acquired a stake in Bio Town Biogas LLC (“Bio Town”), a producer of renewable power that is expanding into renewable natural

May 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Bunge, CoverCress, Chevron Taking Us into the Future and into the Past

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … When news arrived that Bunge and CoverCress signed commercial partnership to support the expansion of CCI’s CoverCress technology, a new winter oilseed crop, and that Bunge Ventures recently increased its stake in CCI through a Series C-1 round, we were suitably impressed. Buried in the

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Cover Crop, Cash Crop: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC this spring, Mike DeCamp, CEO of CoverCress shared this emerging seed technology slide guide all about a novel winter oilseed crop that enables Midwest farmers to grow three crops in two seasons! With an ultra low carbon intensity score, find out why CoverCress

May 4, 2022 Read Full Article

The “Green Crude” SAF Alternative: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Alder Fuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Alder Fuels’ Chief Technology Officer, Derek Vardon, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC highlighting how they are seeing a future of gathering energy instead of drilling for it and how the solution for sustainable fuel is a load of rubbish – literally forest

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

It’s Time For Ethanol Honesty: Sparring with the New Spate of Anti-Ethanol Scatological Slurs

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) The April announcement by Joe Biden that E15 would be allowed to be sold year-round set off a frenzied spate of new attacks on the good fuel…the clean fuel…the 100% domestically produced fuel: ETHANOL. TV and radio stations all over the country have been

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

People Who Work on Sustainability Projects: New Instagram, TikTok Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) This is the first video in a series of stories about people who work with biofuels–and their motivations. This video features Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, talking about childhood experiences with pollution alerts that prevented swimming in Lake Erie and activities on the first Earth

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

LCFC and Secretary Mabus’s Thoughts on Russia, Oil, Fuels: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Decarbonizing Transportation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed the recent Digest Connect with two of the most important energy security hawks in the United States (Graham Noyes, Executive director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, father of the Great Green Fleet) outlining practical actions

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

US: Dane County Marks Earth Week with 100th Vehicle Running on BioCNG

(Dane County/NGV Journal) Dane County has acquired its 100th vehicle that runs on renewable natural gas. The announcement comes as the county celebrates Earth Week and recognizes the investments it has made over the last decade to transition to alternative fuels. By growing its green energy fleet to more than 115 vehicles,

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

World Energy Secures Permits; Will Completely Convert Its Southern Calif. Refinery to Create North America’s Largest SAF Hub

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In a sweet SAF switcheroo, huge news arrived from California-based World Energy, a carbon-net-zero solutions provider, that it secured the critical permits required to completely convert and increase output by 700 percent at its Southern California renewable fuels production facility, the world’s first and North America’s

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Sweet Sugarcane Solution: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to California Ethanol + Power

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here’s a short but sweet look at California Ethanol + Power and their Sugar Valley Energy site of sugarcane feedstock for ethanol production. In today’s Digest, from their sugarcane yields, carbon intensity, acreage, infrastructure, market, jobs, and more.  READ MORE CE+P Invited to Submit Part II

April 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Ethanol Journey: From ‘a Fuel of the Future’ to the ‘Future of Fuel

(Economic Times Energy World)  Brazil’s experience of creating an ethanol economy has the potential to support others in developing their strategies and selecting the best pathways. … Biofuels have been a part of Brazil’s National Energy policies for nearly half a century. As a result, the country’s experience of creating

April 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels from Pyrolysis: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to BTG Bioliquids

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BTG Bioliquids develops fast pyrolysis technology and FPBO applications as well as the commercialization of such technology and production of fast pyrolysis bio-oil. The BTG team gave this illuminating overview of their fast pyrolysis technology and commercial scale demo plant in the Netherlands at ABLC 2022

April 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Food or Fuel

by Peeping Tom (Kaieteur News – In 2009, there was a pushback against plans, by then President Bharrat Jagdeo, to use agricultural lands for the cultivation of crops for biofuels. At the time, the world was reeling from the triple effects of the global financial crisis, the global food crisis

April 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Chip Flory: Green Fuel Drives the Future of Soybeans

by Chip Flory (AgWeb) The soybean industry continues to prep for what’s expected to be demand growth for renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), “green” marine fuels and higher blends of biodiesel in home heating in the eastern U.S. Here are a few numbers for perspective:  Soybean oil use for biofuels

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Giant Grass Miscanthus: Bioethanol Source with Negative CO2 Balance

(University of Hohenheim) European collaborative project led by the University of Hohenheim shows: Combining bioethanol production with carbon storage can effectively reduce CO2. — A significant reduction in greenhouse gas is feasible. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. The trick: A combination of

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

GTI’s Terry Marker to Be Honored with Prestigious Don Klass Award at Upcoming tcbiomass2022

(GTI) GTI Senior Institute Engineer and Bioenergy Initiatives Manager, Terry Marker, will be presented with the prestigious 2022 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science on April 20th at tcbiomass2022, being held in Denver, Colorado and co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

AltEn Environmental Pollution: Tracking Contamination around a Closed Ethanol Plant

(University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health)  Scientists are investigating the contamination of water, soil, and air caused by a closed ethanol plant that is being sued by the State of Nebraska.  Toxic piles of ethanol byproduct — called wet cake — are rotting on the grounds of the

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Evaluate the Impact of the Renewable Fuels Standard on Biofuel Production

by Madelyn Ostendorf (Successful Farming)  In a first-of-its kind study, researchers at Purdue University have illustrated the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on the production of biofuels. Over the past 15 years, production and consumption of biofuels have increased in the United States, caused by a variety of market

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

USDOT Announces New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2024-2026

(U.S. Department of Transportation) Standards to require fleet average of 49 mpg by 2026, save consumers money, and advance U.S. energy independence  — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced new, landmark fuel economy standards which follow President Biden’s executive order to drive American leadership forward

April 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Mundo UFG Presents Series of Interviews on Solutions to Climate Change: This Episode Focuses on Ethanol

(RTVEFone Foundation/Federal University of Goiás)  Mundo UFG, programming on the campus-based TV UFG at the Federal University of Goiás, highlighted renewable fuels in four of its approximately hour-long segments recently.  This episode focuses on ethanol and related research and business topics, including Brazil’s history with ethanol dating back to initiating

March 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Martinez Oil Refinery Cleared to Start Producing More ‘Renewable’ Biofuels

by Shomik Mukherjee (Mercury News) Opponents: New project still poses environmental harm  — After sitting mostly idle since late 2020, Marathon Petroleum’s refinery plans to fire up again soon — but this time to produce liquid biofuels instead of gasoline. It’s a shift the company is framing as a green-friendly alternative, but one

March 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Business of Good Health

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Thirty years ago, Bob Thornberg stepped away from ethanol in pursuit of fermentation’s feed and food derivatives. His vision grew into a thriving ag enterprise with multiple locations, global sales and a growing portfolio of products. Bob Thornberg turns the ethanol business case on

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Brazil Cuts Ethanol Import Tariffs to Zero until End of 2022

by Bernardo Caram and Peter Frontini (Reuters) Brazil’s government announced on Monday it will cut to zero import tariffs for ethanol and six food products until the end of 2022.  READ MORE Brazil to suspend tariff on ethanol imports (Agri-Pulse) Brazil suspends tariff on ethanol imports (World Grain) Brazil tax cut

March 22, 2022 Read Full Article

45 years of AgriNews: From ‘Gasohol’ to over 15 Billion Gallons

by Tom Doran (AgriNews) … AgriNews is celebrating its anniversary by reviewing some of the top agricultural issues over the past 45 years. … Ethanol has been used as an energy source for nearly 200 years, but when the oil crisis hit in the 1970s it took interest in the

March 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Placer County Takes Another Look at Possible Bioenergy Project

(Placer County, California/Biomass Magazine) The Placer County Board of Supervisors on March 8 authorized staff to restart the feasibility evaluation for a biomass to energy facility in North Lake Tahoe. A plan for the project was initially approved in 2013, however Placer paused moving forward due to uncertainty surrounding the long-term economic feasibility. 

March 21, 2022 Read Full Article

GreenBiz 350 Podcast Episode 308: LanzaTech CEO Reflects

(GreenBiz)  A visit with ‘badass’ LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren (29:10) Jennifer Holmgren was thinking about retirement when she was recruited to lead the carbon recycling company LanzaTech. Under her leadership, the company has forged high-profile relationships to turn captured CO2 into materials for the likes of Zara, L’Oreal and Coty.

March 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Are Creating Homegrown Biofuels in the Peoria Ag Lab

by Jonathan Wright  (WCBU) … Butanol production is among the world’s oldest commercial fermentation processes, discovered by Louis Pasteur in 1861. Between the first and second World Wars, there were two bio-butanol plants in the United States—and the largest was right here in Peoria. But both plants closed after World War II,

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Alliance America Celebrates a Biodiesel Innovator in Honor of National Biodiesel Day

(Clean Fuels Alliance America)  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. This year it was especially meaningful as our industry celebrates 30 years of clean fuels innovation and

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Rudolf Diesel’s Enduring Invention

(Diesel Technology Forum) … Diesel would be right at home today working to develop new fuels and energy sources to tackle a major sociological need, meeting the challenge of climate change. Indeed, thousands of engineers around the world are doing just that, reducing emissions, and making technology more efficient and boosting

March 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Signature Aviation Brings SAF to Eagle County Regional Airport in Colorado

(Signature Flight Support/Biobased Diesel Daily) Signature Aviation, the world’s largest private aviation terminal operator, has introduced a permanent supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the Eagle County Regional Airport near Vail, Colorado. The Signature Renew-branded SAF is responsible for a 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from jet-powered aircraft, driving

March 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Near Net Zero 2G Ethanol and Cellulosic Sugar: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does Praj do simultaneous production of 2G ethanol and RNG from bagasse? What made the 3 cellulosic ethanol for Oil Marketing Cosin India successful? Where do Praj’s Celluniti and enfinity platforms fit in for woody biomass conversion for ethanol and sugars? Who are they

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Sikorsky Helicopter Successfully Uses SAF during Flight

(Biofuels International) Sikorsky together with GE Aviation and Milestone Aviation have announced that a S-92 helicopter successfully used a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) during its flight. The helicopter utilised a combination of biofuel, as well as traditional jet fuel in the 1,500 mile cross country flight. “As a

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

To the (Climate) Rescue: From First Blip in Chromatogram to Deployment at Industrial Pilot Scale

 by Fungmin Eric Liew (Lanza Tech/Nature Bioengineering Community)  Industrial waste gas can serve as feedstock to manufacture fuels and chemicals through gas fermentation. Our work describes a collaborative and multidisciplinary team effort to engineer gas-utilizing microbe to produce acetone and isopropanol at industrial pilot scale in a carbon-negative fashion. Back

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

The Implications of India’s Revised Roadmap for Biofuels: A Lifecycle Perspective

by Promit Mookherjee (Observer Research Foundation)  Transport activity in India has increased more than sevenfold over the last two decades, its gasoline-fuelled pathway leading to a rapid rise in negative environmental externalities. To decouple the sector’s growth from high emissions, policymakers are scaling up efforts to deploy cleaner fuels for

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Dev Shrestha: Real-World Data Shows No Food Insecurity or ILUC from Biofuels

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  On this episode of the Fueling the Future podcast, I spoke with Dr. Dev Shrestha of the University of Idaho about the recent paper he co-authored, “Biofuel Impact on Food Prices Index and Land Use Change.” The paper found, among other things that short term food price

March 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Mergers at 5-Year High in 2021

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Ethanol Mergers, Acquisitions Rebound in 2021; Renewable Diesel Construction Booms  — U.S. ethanol companies pursued more mergers and acquisitions than they have in five years, and the renewable diesel industry continued to grow and expand in 2021, according to a new report by the preeminent

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

The Youth Movement Trying to Revolutionize Climate Politics

by Andrew Marantz (The New Yorker) … “The biggest driver of emissions is . . .” The others joined him, in unison: “. . . the political power of the fossil-fuel industry, not individual behavior.” In other words, if you want the beef, get the beef. During the retreat, the activists recycled, but they didn’t compost.

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, EPA Reach Settlement on Deadline for Issuing 2021, 2022 RVO

(Growth Energy) Following settlement discussions with Growth Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will file a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow seeking comment on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to finalize the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), which are the subject of a pending rulemaking,

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Hot Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Converting low-value biomass to bio-crude oil upgradable to advanced biofuels and chemicals at existing refineries via hydrofaction is hot. Find out how Steeper Energy is using hydrofaction for advanced biofuels in cost-effective ways and at scale, the latest on commercialization partners, and more.  READ MORE

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard Has Been a ‘Resounding Success,’ RFA Tells Senate EPW Committee

(Renewable Fuels Association) Enacted in 2005 and expanded in 2007, the Renewable Fuels Standard has been a “resounding success” by any measure, the Renewable Fuels Association told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in testimony submitted today ahead of a hearing on the landmark energy and environmental policy.  “In addition to

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

The Next Big Step for Algae and Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Rebecca White, Lieve Laurens, Nate Kommers (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Diges) Among the dozens of policy innovations that Congress must consider in climate change legislation is a tool that could help trigger the next stage in decarbonizing one of the most significant industries in the world: aviation. The provision is a

February 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Odi et amo: The Arrival of Zero Acre Farms

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The remarkable story of Zero Acre Farms leaked into the public domain this week with the news that the company, focused on the production of “healthy, more sustainable oils and fats” from sugars has raised $37 million in an oversubscribed Series A. Co-founders include Steve del

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Alder Fuels CEO Bryan Sherbacow Wins the 2022 Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award for 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, The Daily Digest announced that Alder Fuels CEO Bryan Sherbacow will receive the 2022 Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award and will give the Global Leadership Address at ABLC 2022, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, on March 17, 2022. The Award recognizes world and world-class leadership

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Boeing Buys 2 Million Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Emily Holbrook (Environment + Energy Leader) Boeing today announced a supply agreement for two million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with EPIC Fuels to power its commercial airplanes operations in Washington state and South Carolina through 2022. The agreement is the largest announced SAF procurement by an airframer and further demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to decarbonizing

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Challenges & Potential of Indonesia’s Biodiesel & Bioethanol Programs

(Indonesia Investments) Biodiesel, which is a form of diesel fuel that is derived from plants or animals (in the case of Indonesia it mainly uses fatty acid methyl ether, FAME, which is derived from palm oil), has been on the political agenda of Indonesia since the 1990s when the first

February 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Syngas, Hydrogen, Biofuels, SAF: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Raven

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Raven SR’s tech addresses 3 markets – waste handling, hydrogen and biofuels – by converting global pollution into clean fuels and removing carbon from the environment. Learn about their process that creates a syngas that has more hydrogen and less GHG than other processes, their site

February 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Microsoft and Shell Are Betting on a Company Making Greener Jet Fuel

by Catherine Clifford (CNBC) • Chicago-based start-up LanzaJet is scaling one potential solution for the airline industry: jet fuel made with low carbon intensity ethanol.  • The aviation sector causes 11% of transportation-related emissions in the United States, and virtually all of that comes from jet fuel. • Other solutions

February 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Synthetic Biology Spotlight: Amyris

by Chris Calvey (National Renewable Energy Lab/Biofuels Digest) …  Simply put: synthetic biology is a revolutionary new field of science which involves genetically modifying lifeforms – usually simple ones like bacteria or yeast – and redesigning them to do something interesting or useful for us humans. In practice, this typically involves

February 1, 2022 Read Full Article

New Book on Birth of American Biodiesel

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)At the National Biodiesel Conference last week, attendees were introduced to a new book o the history of biodiesel – “The Birth of American Biodiesel: Biographical Accounts Celebrate 30 Years of Pioneers, Leaders and the Bold Vision for the National Biodiesel Board,” by Ron Kotrba. The book was commissioned

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Measuring Carbon Reductions: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to California LCFS Fuel Pathways

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The most recent DigestConnect took a special look at carbon markets — measuring reductions, qualifying for markets such as those created by the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the CA-GREET Calculator, pathway verification, and more. Turner, Mason analyst Eamon Culliname’s presentation on all the

January 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Traders Bet That Oil at $100 Is a Question of When, Not If

by Andrew Janes and Serene Cheong (Bloomberg/Yahoo!)  … Global benchmark Brent crude has jumped 25% to around $88 a barrel since the end of November. Some in the market now think it’s now a question of when — not if — oil hits triple digits, somewhere it hasn’t been since 2014.

January 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Animal, Vegetable or Mineral (Oil)? Exploring the Potential Impacts of New Renewable Diesel Capacity on Oil and Fat Markets in the United States

by Chris Malins and Cato Sandford (International Council on Clean Transportation)  This report provides an overview of the U.S. renewable diesel market and explores the potential market and environmental impacts of increased renewable diesel capacity. The United States currently supports renewable diesel supply through the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, a biomass-based

January 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Learning from Washington State: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Fuels Policy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Did you know that most voters strongly support Clean Fuel Standards? Check out this slide guide from ABLC from Tim Zenk, Principle at Molecule LLC on how Washington state’s LCFS is a case study for clean fuels policy, how Clean Fuel Washington advocated for biofuels,

January 19, 2022 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Conference to Usher in New Era of Clean Fuels

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry name change reflects growing demand for low-carbon fuels  —  The past year has presented a dizzying array of business and policy decarbonization efforts in the transportation and home heating sectors as the United States continues to work toward a common goal of a better, cleaner future. The

January 17, 2022 Read Full Article

The Hottest Biofuels Companies of 20 Years Ago Are Now Doing Something Completely Different

by Annie Hammang (Slate)  … Amyris also isn’t alone in this shift; Solazyme, Lanzatech, Neste, LiveFuels, LS9, and Pacific Biodiesel are all biofuel companies that also got their start in the early aughts and have since expanded their business into cosmetics, fragrances, and household cleaners. From the outside, this shift may seem rather bizarre. But I

January 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report: RFA Grows Stronger in 40th Year

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … “For four decades strong, RFA’s member companies have worked together to move the renewable fuels industry forward,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Whether innovating new technologies, shaping policies and regulations, or opening new markets, RFA’s members remain at the forefront of the low-carbon

January 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Time for One More Salute to Bob Dole – As an Early Ethanol Pioneer He Laid the Foundation for Modern Biofuels

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest) … When Bob Dole agreed to co-sponsor an amendment with Tom Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, it set in motion a series of events that became the building blocks for the modern ethanol industry.  If we sketched out a family tree of

January 7, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Gets It Right for American Advanced Biofuels Public Comment DEADLINE: February 4, 2022

by Douglas L. Faulkner and Michael McAdams (Leatherstocking LLC /“The Cleantech Conservative” and Advanced BioFuels Association/Biofuels Digest) … The Agency has now moved to approve bio-intermediates, so that manufacturers could earn compliance credits for upgrading feedstocks such as woods and municipal solid wastes at a first facility into a renewable oil

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

A Rebuttal to DeCicco: Use Locally Produced Renewable Energy

(Owatonna People’s Press/Renewable Fuels Association)  The author claims that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted in the wake of 9/11. That is not true. The RFS was enacted after the petroleum industry was unsuccessful in getting Congress to protect the use of a petroleum product called MTBE as an oxygenate

January 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Regulatory and Policy Analysis of Production, Development and Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the United States

Ekrem Korkut and Lara B. Fowler (Frontiers in Energy Research)  The United States, spurred in part by international developments, is expanding its law and policy to incentivize the use of sustainable aviation fuels. While the U.S. has agreed to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Carbon Offsetting and

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Ends Landmark 40th Year Growing Even Stronger

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association closes out its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration this week with a fitting milestone, welcoming more than 20 new members in 2021. “For four decades strong, RFA’s member companies have worked together to move the renewable fuels industry forward,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

The Key to a Successful Cellulosic Ethanol Project

by Mallikarjun Navalgund (Praj Industries/Biofuels Digest)  … Ethanol is a currently available solution and is being deployed to mitigate emissions from the transportation sector via the legacy energy infrastructure that has existed for over a century. The first generation(1G)/conventional ethanol industry is well established all over the world and more than

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Revolutionary Renewables: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Did you know Avantium’s two lead products are FDCA, the chemical building block for PEF, a novel, plant-based polyester targeting $200+ billion markets and PlantMEG, a plant-based alternative for fossil-MEG, a key ingredient for PET and PEF? Get the latest on that and their pipeline

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

In Defense of the Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline ‘Unprofitable Refineries Whine because Biofuels Take away Market Share,’ Writes Sen. Chuck Grassley

(Wall Street Journal)  As an avid reader of the Journal, I feel compelled to respond to the editorial board following last week’s release of renewable volume requirements by the Environmental Protection Agency (“Biden Raises the Ethanol Gas Tax,” Review & Outlook, Dec. 16). Gasoline needs an additive to help it

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Through the Eyes of a Pioneer: 3 Watershed Moments in the Story of Renewable Fuels

by Tero Ikäheimonen (Neste)  Pekka Tuovinen, retired Senior Advisor on Sustainability, saw firsthand Neste’s transformation from a regional oil refining company to a global leader in renewable fuels. Here Tuovinen lists three moments that he considers groundbreaking not only to his career but to Neste and the industry around it. 1)

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Ambitious ‘Biofuel America’ Plan Faces Overhaul in 2022

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming) During the ethanol boom of the early 2000s, Congress set an ambitious target of quadrupling the amount of renewable fuel mixed into gasoline for America’s cars and pickup trucks. But while corn ethanol has lived up to its part of the plan, cleaner-burning “advanced” biofuels have

December 20, 2021 Read Full Article

SK Inc. Invests in Fulcrum BioEnergy to Accelerate Production of Low-Carbon Fuel from Waste

(SK/PR Newswire/Yahoo!) – SK Inc. and private equity partner invest $50 million in Fulcrum to enhance global ESG portfolio; – Fulcrum contributes to reducing GHG emissions by converting household waste into low-carbon transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel; – Fulcrum’s first plant is set to produce 11 million gallons of biofuel annually

December 18, 2021 Read Full Article

What Biofuels Can Learn From Turkeys…and 8 Ways to Return Biofuels to Integrated End-to-End Control

by Bob Kozak (Atlantic Biomass/Advanced Biofuels USA/Biofuels Digest) As we enjoy this contemplative, introspective, thanks giving time of year, it’s time to think what can be done to revive a stagnant US biofuel industry. The Thanksgiving Turkey is a good place to start. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and

December 7, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Mourns the Loss of Sen. Robert Dole, Ethanol Champion

(Renewable Fuels Association) Former Sen. Robert Dole (R-KS), who passed away yesterday, will be remembered by the U.S. ethanol industry as a great patriot, war hero, national statesman, friend of farmers, and a founding champion of America’s renewable fuels industry, the Renewable Fuels Association noted Monday.  “Throughout his distinguished career in

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Handing Cargo Owners Control of Decarbonizing Their Supply Chains

by Katarin Van Orshaegen (GoodShipping/Biofuels Digest)  Left unchecked, emissions from international shipping could account for more than 15% of the world’s total by 2050. … Approximately 90 per cent of the world’s traded goods are moved by ship, and the total value of ocean freight trade exceeds US$14 trillion each

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Viridos Executes Agreement with ExxonMobil to Help Scale Algae Biofuels

(Viridos/Business Wire)  Viridos low-carbon intensity biofuels may substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a sustainable and scalable option to help reduce GHG emissions in heavy-duty transportation —  –Viridos Inc., previously Synthetic Genomics, a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to help mitigate climate change,

November 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Company REG Is Helping Others Meet Sustainability Goals with Its Biofuel Innovations

(Renewable Energy Group/Ag Funder News) As companies and organizations around the world look to reduce their environmental footprint and meet sustainability goals, a growing number are leveraging custom-made renewable fuel solutions from Iowa-based companies. Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, Iowa, is one such company providing innovative solutions to government and industry. It

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech: Radically Rethinking Industrial Business Models

by Erik Kobayashi-Solomon (Forbes) A visit this summer to New Zealand-American synthetic biology company, LanzaTech, opened my eyes to what the term “paradigm shift” means. LanzaTech is an industrial chemicals company that leverages innovations in biology, artificial intelligence, and precision engineering to create the molecules that make everything from yoga

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Kelly Davis

by Ken Colombini  (Renewable Fuels Association)  Three cities straddle the curve at the very south of Ohio: Huntington, W.Va.; South Point, Ohio; and Ashland, Ky.  To Kelly Davis, this confluence of the Big Sandy River into the Ohio is not only home, but where she got started in the ethanol industry nearly 40

November 9, 2021 Read Full Article

New Podcast Compares and Contrasts the Rise of Corn Ethanol with Today’s Carbon Markets

(AgNewsWire) “Corn Saves America” explores agriculture’s role in environmental solutions, then and now  — AEI Premium, the online community for agricultural decision makers, presents the second season of its award-winning podcast series: “Corn Saves America.” Today, carbon is The Next Big Thing in American agriculture. But questions remain about where carbon markets

November 8, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Maker Eyes Low-Carbon Sugar as Its ‘Moonshot’

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg Green) …Shares of Green Plains Inc. rebounded to a seven-week high after the U.S. ethanol maker touted progress in its attempt to transform into a powerhouse of high-value ingredients made from corn. At the top of the list is so-called clean sugar technology, which involves making

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Stakeholder Participation in the Formulation of Brazilian Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio)

by Lira Luz Benites Lazaro and Lais Forti Thomaz (Ambiente & Sociedade/SciELO Brazil)  …  In this article, we examine the establishment of the Brazilian biofuels policy (RenovaBio). We identify whether there was participation of stakeholders, and efforts of interest groups (associations, sugar refineries, and fuel distributors) to send technical notes

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

BDI Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation in Biodiesel—and Much More

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Twenty-five years ago, on Sept. 12, 1996, Wilhelm Hammer and Helmut Gössler founded BDI-Anlagenbau GmbH, launching the beginning of an impressive corporate history that changed the global biodiesel landscape with its “from waste to value” concept. Today, BDI Holding GmbH operates a financially strong holding

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

What Is E85 Gas and Should You Use It?

by Andy Jensen (Advanced Auto Parts)  … E85 is widely available, an affordable alternative for many popular vehicles. Here’s why you should take another look at ethanol. … E85 is a gasoline and ethanol blend, much like your regular gas. If you fill up on regular 87 octane, the ethanol/gas mix is

October 22, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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