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Indian Oil Corporation Gets Land for Ethanol Production from Biowaste

(Times of India)  UP cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to allocate 50 acre land to Indian Oil Corporation on a 30-year lease for production of ethanol from biowaste.  The plot identified for the ethanol plant is part of the property of the Ghuriapar Farmer Cooperative Sugar Mill in Gorakhpur which has

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

New and Improved Routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

by Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest)  … After the Paris Agreement in 2015 the urgent challenge of mitigating climate change forced numerous people across the advocacy-to-action spectrum to look for practical options to de-carbonizing the entire economy. People who five years ago couldn’t be bothered to think

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: In Search of New Energy, Materials from Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The names seem less settled than the markets or science: is it biogas, biomethane, renewable natural gas, or RNG? Whatever your preferred name, you don’t have to burn it to make it hot — methane of the kind generated from waste landfills and farm waste is

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article
    9th European Algae Industry Summit — April 10-11, 2019 — Lisbon, Portugal

9th European Algae Industry Summit — April 10-11, 2019 — Lisbon, Portugal

This new edition will focus on how to market the various algae-based products & applications, with case studies from key actors of each segments bringing forward their experience. The conference will also take an in-depth look into two important themes: how can the industry work together towards standardisation & regulation

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Solution to Pakistan’s Power Woes

By Umer Khayyam and Tehzeeb Bano (The Express Tribune)  … Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions, generated from the burning of fossil fuels, are increasing in Third World societies like Pakistan. … To negate the negative atmospheric results of non-renewable energy sources, global and regional societies have to look for infinite and less

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

USGC: Ethanol Summit Sparks Engagement on Ethanol Policy

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ..Countries shared their experiences with implementing biofuels policy and discussed how best to support the development and implementation of ethanol policies with a role for trade. Recognized scientists and ethanol experts demonstrated how ethanol use in transportation fuels improves air quality, extends the current fuel

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

European Commission – Fact Sheet: New EU Fuel Marking: Questions and Answers

(European Commission)  New EU fuel marking: questions and answers 1. What are the new EU fuel labels and what do they mean? What changes on 12 October? As of 12 October 2018, throughout all 28 European Union member states, the EEA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), the former Yugoslav Republic

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania, Lucketts and Green Biofuels Join Forces to Trial HVO as a Biofuels for UK Coaches

(Scania)  A partnership between Scania, Lucketts Travel and Green Biofuels has conducted what is believed to be the UK’s first trial of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a sustainable biofuel for scheduled intercity coach operations.  The trial, which ran for three months, has provided like-for-like comparison data of seven National Express

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

British Columbia’s Low-Carbon Fuels Program

by Michael Rensing (British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources/Iea Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  Among provincial regulations, British Columbia’s (BC) low-carbon fuels program has proven to be a successful program1 to reduce the carbon intensity of the fuel transportation market in B.C. In 2010, B.C. enacted the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Can Help Struggling Airlines

by Josh Lew (Mother Nature Network)  As oil prices rise, airlines look to biofuels to protect their bottom lines.  —  … Today, airlines are bracing for a fuel price rise. For example, American Airlines cited rising fuel prices when it announced cutbacks on transpacific routes this year. As a result, even more airline companies

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Japan Airlines Invests $8 Million in Venture with US Waste-to-Jet Fuel Company Fulcrum

(GreenAir Online)  Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a strategic partnership to develop sustainable aviation fuels that will include a 900 million yen ($8 million) investment by the airline in waste-to-jet fuel US company Fulcrum BioEnergy. The other partners include the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN)

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Asia’s Climate Arsenal: Are Biofuels Back?

by Beth Walker (The Third Pole)  Biofuels will dominate future growth in renewables and are essential for decarbonizing the most difficult sectors; China and India should lead the way, argues new EIA report  —  … Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will continue to lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    Global Sustainable Aviation Summit — May 13-14, 2019 — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Global Sustainable Aviation Summit — May 13-14, 2019 — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

SAVE THE DATE Montreal on 13/14 May 2019

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Industry and Countries Prepare for Introduction of CORSIA but “Much Work to Be Done”

(GreenAir Online)  With just three months to go before all airlines with international flights must start monitoring their carbon emissions, ICAO’s CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme was centre stage at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit (GSAS) in Geneva organised by the industry’s Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Marking 10 years since

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Argonne GREET 2018 Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and environmental effects of a wide variety of transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in major transportation sectors (i.e., road, air, marine,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Anaerobic Digestion Is Huge Economic Opportunity for UK, ADBA Tells Treasury

by Jon Harrison (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)  ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton has this week written to Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, outlining the economic and environmental benefits of AD. Highlighting the benefits it can bring in renewable heat and power (in the form of biogas), clean

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste and Air BP Enter into Innovative Industry Collaboration to Support Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain Development

Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers. Through this innovative collaboration, Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for producing

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards

(Cision/Stora Enso)  LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider. Stora Enso was shortlisted in its award category alongside other industry leaders. The judges recognised the impressive

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

How Renewable Energy Could Fuel Future Conflicts

by Madison Freeman and Morgan Bazilian  (Georgetown Journal of International Affairs)  Renewable energy technologies promise to help our world avert some of the worst impacts of climate change. However, some of the minerals and metals they require could contribute to conflict.  In the past, fossil fuels were the primary link between

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Pertamina Announces Fuel Price Hike

(The Jakarta Post)  State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina has announced a price increase for several types of non-public service obligation (PSO) fuels, which will take effect at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. However, the firm has assured that it would maintain fuel prices in the disaster-stricken areas of West Nus

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Proteins on Everyone’s Lips

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

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

First Hydrogen Multi-Fuel Station Starts Operations in Belgium

(Colruyt Group/NGV Journal)  Colruyt Group has opened its first public hydrogen filling station. From now on, customers can buy conventional and green fuels at the DATS 24 filling station in Halle (Dassenveld), as well as 100% green hydrogen, produced using renewable electricity from energy specialist Eoly. The integration of a hydrogen

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Production of Renewable Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) KIT’s researchers succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb methanation. The quality of this synthetic natural gas (SNG) is comparable to that of fossil natural gas and can be used as fuel in cogeneration and heating plants

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

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

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article
    5th Latin American Congress on Biorefineries — January 7-9, 2019 — Concepción, Chile

5th Latin American Congress on Biorefineries — January 7-9, 2019 — Concepción, Chile

Registration is now open for the V Latin American Congress on Biorefineries, which will take place in Concepción on 7, 8 and 9 January, 2019. This is the most important meeting of the Americas that gathers experts from all over the globe to discuss on the new alternatives for biomass uses

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s First Hydrogen Train Leaves Station in Germany

by Sam Morgan (EurActiv)  The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train service began operating in Germany on Sunday (16 September), while EU ministers debated the future potential of the clean fuel at an informal summit in Austria this week. Commuters will be able to get around the German region of Lower Saxony

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article
    EcoMobility 2018 — 13th A3PS Conference — November 12 – 13 2018 — Vienna, Austria

EcoMobility 2018 — 13th A3PS Conference — November 12 – 13 2018 — Vienna, Austria

Future Propulsion Systems: different regions – different strategies – different solutions Eco-Mobility 2018 will provide an overview of strategies, activities and expected solutions for sustainable mobility systems in face of growing demand for transport in different regions of the world, on-going developments and research activities in the field of innovative propulsion

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article
    GLOBE Capital: Financing the 21st Century — February 27-28, 2019 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GLOBE Capital: Financing the 21st Century — February 27-28, 2019 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The clean economy is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime. Global investment in advanced low-carbon infrastructure is projected to reach $90 trillion by 2030. The market for clean technologies is currently worth $1.15 trillion, and cleantech is one of the main sectors that is poised to grow exponentially. Join us

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview from Poul Erik Laerke and Uffe Jørgensen of Aarhus University Foulum, as presented at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Optimizing Lignocellulosic Cropping Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How attractive are systems for Bioenergy Feedstock Production in Sustainably Managed Landscapes for Rural Development? Ioannis Dimitriou, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Dep. of Crop Production Ecology offered this illuminating overview at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43 workshop.  READ MORE

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Eni AMA Deal: Biofuel Collection from Used Cooking Oil Begins at the Eni Headquarters in Rome

(ENI/Webwire)  Eni and AMA signed an agreement today (October 2, 2018) to launch collection points for waste cooking oil produced in the homes of its employees which will then be converted into high quality biofuels.  —  Eni and AMA, a public company of Roma Capitale, signed an agreement today to launch collection

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari: Use Biofuel for Public Transport

(Times of India)  Referring to country’s high fuel import bill and rising oil prices, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said that Uttar Pradesh, being the largest producer of sugarcane and having a huge potential for manufacturing ethanol, should run all its public transport on biofuel. … Blaming the burning

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia to Convert Old Oil Refineries into Biofuel Plants

(PM News Nigeria)  Indonesia is looking into the possibility of converting two of the country’s older crude oil refineries into plants, for the production of biofuels, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday. The government is conducting a study with Italian energy company ENI. ENI has successfully converted one of its refineries

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

IPCC Report Says Biofuel Necessary to Keep Climate Change under Control

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In South Korea, AFP reports the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change has launched a new report saying time is running out to stop climate change but that significant investment in biofuels and associated carbon capture and storage could make a big difference. The report says it the Earth’s

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineering Plants for a Sustainable Future

by Staffan Persson (University of Melbourne/Phys.org)  … Our new discovery, published in Nature Plants, shows how plant walls could be manipulated in the future to change the way we produce biofuels, bioplastics and other biomaterials. … In particular, understanding how to control the production of flexible primary walls, which support cell growth,

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Industry Urges EU to Update CO2 Standards and Include Biofuels

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  In view of the European Parliament plenary vote, the European Biogas Association (EBA), EUROGAS, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) have jointly underlined the importance of natural and renewable gas as pragmatic solution to quickly start the decarbonization process and

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

BPCL to Commission Second Generation Ethanol Plant in Odisha by Dec 2020

by Nirmalya Behera (Business Standard)  About 12 such refineries are proposed in different states in the country. Odisha is the first state where the construction of the projects is going to start  —  State-run oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) ethanol bio-refinery at Odisha’s Bargarh district by December 2020. The project

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

If Fossil Fuel Is Too Expensive, Go for Biodiesel to Fuel Cars

by Dan Odido (Daily Nation)  Popularising the use of renewable energy has several benefits to the economy. It enhances energy independence; develops non-traditional industries, broadening the manufacturing base; and provides employment. The policy framework is, largely, in place and it is up to the innovators to take up the challenge

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Developing an Aviation Fuel Roadmap for Ethiopia

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB’s Executive Director Rolf Hogan attended a series of meetings in Addis Ababa to take forward the initiative to develop an aviation fuel roadmap for Ethiopia that was launched at the Aviation Biofuel Summit in March 2019. Shortly after the Summit Ethiopia transitioned to a new Prime

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Oman Goes Green with Fuel from Food Waste

by Sheikha Al Maqhus (Times of Oman)  Oman is setting up four biogas plants to produce energy from more than half a million tonnes of food waste, the cost of which amounts to above OMR50 million annually for its disposal. The country generates 560,000 tonnes of food waste per year, which

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biorefinery Monitoring: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Materials Flows & Assessment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reliable information is an essential foundation for policy decisions. We are therefore working: to provide a solid database of the de facto development, to develop manageable and summarizing balance sheets and indicators, which aggregate multitude data to informative key ratios. Even if only dynamic technological development

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

KOKO Networks Invests in Saarus to Commercially Roll Out Ethanol Cookstoves in India

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kenya, KOKO Networks Ltd. announced a strategic investment in Saarus Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a product design and manufacturing company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. KOKO and Saarus have collaborated closely in recent years. In particular, Saarus helped design, develop and manufacture KOKO’s patent-pending bio-ethanol powered cookstove, which

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in Italy

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

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

No Anti-Dumping Measure against Argentine Biodiesel – EU Commission Abandons EU Agriculture

(UFOP (Google translation))   Deeply disappointed and deceived, the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) sees itself confronted with the completely surprising decision by the European Commission not to introduce retroactive punitive tariffs against the biodiesel quantities imported from Argentina since September 2017 , Last year, the European Commission suddenly stopped collecting anti-dumping duties on

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

MPA Gives S$5m Boost to Research and Development on Greener Marine Fuels

by Tan Hwee Hwee (Business Times)  The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has set aside S$5 million to co-fund the research and development (R&D) on cleaner marine fuel alternatives ahead of new emission standards being rolled out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  Unveiling the initiative at SIBCON 2018, Senior

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In analyzing the future of fueling air transportation in the wake of the Lanza Tech-fueled Virgin Air Florida-to-Gatwick flight, Biofuels Digest‘s Jim Lane suggested that we “bring consumer pressure to bear by distinguishing between sustainable flights and non-sustainable flights, the same way we distinguish between organic and non-organic foods, fair trade

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The World’s First Commercial Flight on Fuel Made from Waste Carbon Gases: Now, Will Policy Get the Framework Right for Global Deployment?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren, a cadre of Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech team members, industry stakeholders and a group of pleasantly surprised transatlantic passengers have boarded a Boeing 747 for Virgin’s VS16 light to London Gatwick — in an historic

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Norway Demonstrates Leadership in Renewable Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Ships

(ACT News)  … One country that has everyone in the hydrogen industry watching is Norway. The wealthy Nordic country continues to push forward with its ambitious plans for renewable hydrogen production and fuel cell technology for maritime vessels. There is huge potential for hydrogen produced via electrolysis with wind power,

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EU’s Biofuel Transport Consumption on the Increase

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

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New EU Fuel Pump Labeling Reflects Biofuel Content

(Biofuels International) This month the European Union will introduce new labelling requirements for newly manufactured vehicles and refuelling stations. The new system will mean consumers will be able to immediately see the biofuel content of the fuel they are purchasing. The labels will be displayed in all public refuelling stations on

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Takes Flight: Virgin Atlantic 747 Aircraft Partly Powered by Recycled Fuel

by Neil Lancefield (Perth Now) The first commercial flight powered partly by a new form of biofuel converted from alcohol has been completed. Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 aircraft landed at London Gatwick with a fuel blend containing 5.0 per cent biofuel made from industrial waste gases converted into ethanol. Sir Richard Branson, the

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Caltech Scientist Is among 3 Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Sparking ‘a Revolution in Evolution’

by Deborah Newtburn and Karen Kaplan (Los Angeles Times) … Frances Arnold, a biochemical engineer at Caltech, was awarded half of the $1.01-million prize for her pioneering experiments in the field known as directed evolution. The other half of the prize was split between George P. Smith of the University of Missouri in

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Singapore’s HES Unveils Plans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft

(Business Wire/HES Energy Systems) One century after the start of commercial aviation, HES is joining forces with a variety of partners to pioneer a new form of aerial mobility: quiet and zero carbon, personalized, on-demand, decentralized and economically inclusive of rural communities. Designed as a zero-emissions aircraft, Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen

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Indian Air Force to Use Biofuel-Blended ATF to Curb Import Bill

(Sputnik News) … The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon start using ethanol blended air turbine fuel (ATF) to fly its transport aircraft like the Antonov-32; joining the call by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the use of biofuels and ethanol-blended fuel to lower import costs. “We have discussed the plan to use ethanol blended

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Norway Will Require Airlines to Use ‘Advanced’ Biofuel from 2020

by Terje Solsvik (Reuters) Norway’s minority centre-right government will require the aviation industry to mix 0.5 percent advanced biofuel into its jetfuel from 2020 onwards, the Ministry of Climate and Environment said in a statement on Thursday. Advanced biofuel is made by waste and leftovers, and cannot be based on palm

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Yogi Govt Clears Six Biofuel Investment Proposals Worth Rs 17 Billion

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  These projects include a mega biofuel plant by SunLight Fuels spanning 90 acres in Sitapur, and costing Rs 15.5 bn —  In a boost to its green energy roadmap, the Yogi Adityanath government has cleared six biofuel investment proposals worth almost Rs 17 billion. These private projects are proposed to be

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Road to Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Production in Croatia

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

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

US, Mexico, Canada Reach Trade Deal

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … USGC data shows the U.S. exported nearly 332.63 million gallons of ethanol to Canada during the 2016-’17 marketing year, up from 313 million gallons during the 2015-’16 marketing year. The U.S. also exported 27.6 million gallons of ethanol to Mexico during the 2016-’17 marketing

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Kiwis Receive Free Biofuel when They Help ‘Save the World’ DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

(DB Breweries Limited/Scoop) Kiwis receive free biofuel when they help ‘save the entire world’ — New DB Export campaign kicks off with Gull partnership offering Kiwis free biofuel — As a fuel tax excise hits New Zealand today increasing fuel prices around the country by 3.5 cents + GST, Gull and DB Export

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India’s Ethanol Consumption for Fuel at All-Time High, Lags Goals: USDA

by Joshua Pedrick (S&P Global Platts) The volume of ethanol blended with gasoline is at an all-time high in India thanks to the government allowing a new feedstock in the production process, but continues to lag goals, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. … The country could reach an ethanol

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Canadian University and Xebec Embark on Power-to-Renewable Gas Project

(Xebec/McGill University/NGV Journal)  Xebec Adsorption Inc. will co-develop a prototype reactor to produce renewable natural gas using a power-to-gas (P2G) process with McGill University. This process combines electricity generated from renewable sources with CO2 generated from waste. The project is being funded by Xebec as the Industrial sponsor and by the

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Switzerland: Hyundai Will Roll out World’s First H2 Fuel Cell Truck Fleet

(Hyundai Motor/NGV Journal)  Hyundai Motor Company affirmed at the ‘IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018’ in Hanover that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Beginning in 2019 and over a five year period Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel

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Indonesia Biodiesel Output Could Jump 40 pct in 2019

(The Star)  Indonesia’s biodiesel production could rise to 7 million tonnes in 2019, up 40 percent from an estimated 5 million tonnes this year, due to a new programme to boost local biodiesel consumption, said an Indonesian ministry official on Thursday. The world’s largest palm oil producer launched an initiative in

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Haryana Signs MoU with Indian Oil for Ethanol Plant

(Money Control)  The initiative at village Bohali with a proposed capacity of 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day will manage crop residue and prevent straw burning before the upcoming paddy season, an official release said.  —  The Haryana government on September 10 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set

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South Africa Looks to Kickstart Its Biofuels Industry

by Wendell Roelf (Reuters)  South Africa hopes to finalise its biofuels regulatory framework by March next year, the energy minister said on Monday, almost a decade after the policy to promote biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel was first approved. A net importer of crude, Africa’s most industrialised economy wants biofuels initially

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New Algae/Fungi Biofuels System, Breakthru on Sugar Yields, Biodegradable Clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG Benefit, Indigo Ag’s $250M, Robotic Precision Harvest: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 3rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. In today’s Digest, a new algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG benefit revealed, Indigo Ag raises $250M, robotic precision harvest, biotech labs made from shipping boxes —

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Energy Security: A Bipartisan Issue in a Partisan Year

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What this country — and every country — needs is a bigger vision so that the friends of energy security are not divided by their differences on technology or feedstock but are united toward a common purpose that provides opportunity — and sustainable energy —

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Everything You Need to Know about Wednesday’s Cars CO2 Vote

by Greg Archer (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  While most of the political attention is – rightly – focused on the headline target for CO2 reduction, the discussion on car emissions has also much more to it, writes Greg Archer. … The main fight is over the target for 2030 where the Commission proposed a miserly 30% cut

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Talks with Japan, 2nd Largest Buyer of U.S. Corn

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, D.C., leaders of the United States and Japan, one of the largest U.S. grain customers and second largest buyer of U.S. corn after Mexico, announced that the two countries would pursue trade talks. The impact on agriculture is to be determined in the talks. The

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EU Won’t Impose Immediate Tariffs on Cheap Argentine Biodiesel

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)   The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional import tariffs on a flood of low-priced Argentine biodiesel until it gathers more information, although it considers the fuel to be subsidized and a potential threat to local producers. The decision, detailed in a document seen by

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in Germany

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

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioethanol Sector Asks SRA to Clear Molasses Imports

by Alena Mae S. Flores (Manila Standard)  An umbrella organization of distillers and bioethanol producers asked the government to allow the importation of molasses as feedstock to enable the industry to meet the annual demand of 500 million liters of bioethanol. Center for Alcohol Research and Development  chairman and Absolut Distillers

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioethanol: Use of Cereal Raw Materials Has Shifted

(Deutsches Maiskomitee eV (Google translation))  The proportionate use of cereal raw materials in the production of bioethanol has clearly shifted in Germany in recent years. As reported by the Deutsches Maiskomitee eV (DMK), the range of products and prices has led to the fact that wheat in Germany is now the most

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Can the Bioeconomy Help Combat Plastic Waste?

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Recent reports have underscored the enormity of the global plastic waste issue.  There are 9.2 billion tons of plastic waste in the environment and an additional 500 tons of plastics are produced annually.  Of this, 40 percent is considered single-use plastic, and only

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

United Nations Recognises UPM as One of 34 Global Compact LEAD Companies Demonstrating World-Class Commitment to Corporate Sustainability

(UPM)  UPM has been recognised as a Global Compact LEAD company for its strong engagement to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The recognition was addressed to only 34 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on 24 September 2018. “LEAD companies

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

CARD: Trade Disruptions Cost Iowa Ethanol Producers $105 Million

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study by researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development has determined current trade disruptions are having a significant impact on the state’s economy, including its ethanol industry. The study examined different scenarios. Overall, the study shows losses to Iowa’s

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Cutting Fuel Prices via Ethanol Imports Illegal under Biofuels Law: DOE

(ABS-CBN News)  It’s not possible to bring down gasoline prices by allowing oil firms to import cheaper bioethanol because this is against the law, an official of the Department of Energy (DOE) said Monday. Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said the Biofuels Act states that oil firms have to use locally produced

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

First Monoploid Reference Sequence of Sugarcane

(U.S. Department of Energy/Joint Genome Institute/Phys.Org) … For the highly polyploid sugarcane, an international team of researchers has successfully assembled a first monoploid reference sequence using a targeted approach that focused on the gene rich part of the genome by harnessing information from a sequenced related species – sorghum. Sugarcane produces

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

State to Provide Biogas Subsidies in Rural Areas

by Parul Kulshrestha (Times of India)  Rajasthan, which has to meet a target of 3,700 household Biogas plants in the state under the National Biogas and Management Programme (NBMMP), has announced to provide subsidies for same.  The National Biogas Policy that came into force from May 30  is primarily for rural households where

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Rwanda Eyes Biogas to Help Curb Deforestation

by Amy Yee (WRAL/New York Times)  The kitchen of Ecole Secondaire Kanombe Efotec, a boarding school here, is busy from dawn to dusk while the staff cooks meals for more than 1,000 hungry teenagers.  At one time, the school went through about 330 pounds of firewood a day for the porridge and

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Produces a New Clean, Renewable Alternative Solution to Diesel Fuel for the Transportation Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours of operations at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec have been completed.has successfully produced renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

China New Energy Interim Profit Rises With Positive Policy Changes

by Dayo Laniyan (Morning Star/Alliance News)  Engineering and technology solutions provider China New Energy Ltd said it has seen continued success in the first half of 2018 due to changed policies in China, leading to increased production of ethanol and new contracts. … China New Energy said revenue growth was caused

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

New Method More than Doubles Sugar Production from Plants

(SwissInfo.ch)  Chemists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals and materials.  Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass (for example wood and grasses) is one of the most promising

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biorefinery to Break Ground in North Dakota

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in the spring of 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. The proposed plant, known

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Determining the Renewability of Co-Processed Fuels

(UFOP/ECOFYS)  To report the biofuel content (i.e. the renewable share) of the outputs when biogenic and fossil components are coprocessed, a robust, consistent and transparent methodology is needed. There are several processes for which such a methodology could be relevant. For example, facilities where biomass and fossil inputs are co-processed, or

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

UFOP Position Paper Says Time Is Now for Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in climate protection goals, especially with discussion about food vs. fuel and iLUC capping limits for conventional biofuels. “With regard to

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

India Rising to the Top of the Bioeconomy

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

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

United Airlines Commits to More Biofuels

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  United Airlines has committed to reducing its own greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions 50% by 2050, further strengthening the carrier’s ambition to be “the world’s most environmentally conscious airline.” United’s pledge to reduce GHG emissions by 50% relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Land Where Sugar-Ethanol Is King Pushes Into Corn Biofuel

(Bloomberg)  The processing plants peppering the agricultural heartland of Brazil attest to the country’s position as the world’s biggest sugar-cane producer and the undisputed king of ethanol made from the crop. But debt has crippled the industry, paving the way for another biofuel to flourish. … Brazil’s production of corn-based ethanol

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Grand Forks Officials Seek Biofuel Connections in Poland

by Tess Williams (Grand Forks Herald)   Mayor Mike Brown is heading to Poland with Keith Lund, president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., and City Administrator Todd Feland to build partnerships and talk about biofuels. The Red River Biorefinery, which broke ground last month, is being celebrated during

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

IVECO Displays 100% Diesel Free and Clean Fuel Vehicle Stand at IAA 2018

(IVECO/NGV Journal)  …  In addition, natural gas offers the possibility for a seamless transition to biomethane and renewable energy, achieving zero emissions and opening the door to a circular economy approach that can go so far as achieving negative emissions and carbon sequestration.” … Through its display and workshops, IVECO is

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Collaboration: Mascoma and NextFerm Technologies Enter Partnership on Yeast-Based Innovation

by Elizabeth Green (Food Ingredients First)  Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian business Lallemand Inc., and NextFerm Technologies have signed a new commercial joint development agreement that will expand their collaboration into the biofuels category. NextFerm is an Israeli biotech start-up that is developing and producing high-end, science-based, fermentation-derived ingredients for the

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

C/River Workers to Pay N55,456 Each for Biofuel Cookers, Lamps

(Sahara Reporters)  This was sequel to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Alvila Technologies Limited said to be owned by a close associate of the governor. —  Cross River Governor Ben Ayade has directed the compulsory deduction of N55,456 from the salary of every civil and public servant in the

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Feature: Bunkering Sector Mulls Biofuel Use in New 2020 Sulfur Standards

by  Emma Kettley, George Griffiths, Tamara Sleiman (S&P Global Platts)  As the bunkering industry gears up for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards from 2020, some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as one possible way of reducing emissions. … The latest revision to the International

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Delhi Gurudwaras to Set up Biofuel Plant for Kitchen Waste

(DNA India)  Following the footsteps of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Amritsar the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee will now set up biogas plants in all the gurudwara complexes in Delhi. The form of energy is considered as one of the most environment friendly and can also be procured easily.

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Halts All New Palm Oil Plantations for 3 Years

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The battle continues between the European Union and its anti-palm oil stance due to deforestation and environmental issues, and Indonesia, the leading palm oil producing country whose farmers and businesses rely heavily on palm oil. With Indonesia fighting hard to keep palm oil shipments going

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

PLN Told to Convert Fossil Diesel Power Plants to CPO-Diesel Fuel

(Jakarta Post)  Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan called on state-owned electricity firm PLN on Monday to covert energy plants powered by fossil diesel fuel to plants powered by crude palm oil-based biodiesel. “I expect that within two years from now PLN can convert its 2,000 MW power plants, especially

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Plans to Use Biodiesel in 220 Buses

by S Lalitha (Indian Express)  To tackle the soaring fuel prices, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is set to fuel 220 buses either partially or fully on biodiesel. Its 8,750-strong fleet of buses presently consume an average of six to seven lakh litres of high speed diesel (HSD) daily. KSRTC

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article
    Wanted! Inspirational Startups for Our 2019 Bio-Stars Programme at World Bio Markets. DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

Wanted! Inspirational Startups for Our 2019 Bio-Stars Programme at World Bio Markets. DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

(Bio-Based World News) We are offering startups working within bio-based an exclusive platform to share their business with 500 professionals from the bio-economy at World Bio Markets 2019. For free! Bio-Stars gives 10 startups a ticket, space in the exhibition area, extensive media coverage, and even the opportunity to be selected to

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Coffee Waste Biofuel Plant in South Africa Expects 2019 Construction

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

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil Pushes for 15% Biodiesel under Paris Agreement

(Biofuels International)  The Chamber of Commerce in Brazil published an article detailing a public hearing where the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will discuss the schedule for raising the mandatory ratio of biodiesel to diesel. It is outlined that the government will be intending to understand whether the changes in

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Commits to Turning Marine Waste into Biofuel

(Biofuels International)  At the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, global waste-to-biofuels and chemical producer Enerkem announced that it will be exploring opportunities to act against oceans plastic waste and marine litter. After constructing the ‘world’s first’ waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Canada, Enerkem is seeking to

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Mushrooms Could Solve the War on Plastic, Says Kew Gardens

by  Jamie Johnson (Telegraph)  Fungi could be the key to winning the war on plastic, leading scientists at Kew Gardens has said. The first ever report on the state of the world’s fungi has today revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Marine and BLOC Announce World’s First Bunker Delivery Using Blockchain Technology

(GoodFuels Marine) GoodFuels Marine, the world’s first supplier of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, and blockchain technology and governance experts Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), have successfully completed the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology. The delivery, made to a Samskip vessel via a REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reaping Profits from Microalgal Biorefineries

by Annie Megan Santamaria (Research Matters)  Biorefineries which run on microalgae make for unconventional alternatives to satisfy our ever-growing thirst for energy. Studies in the past have proved that producing only biodiesel from microalgae biomass is non-profitable, and hence not sustainable. However, there is a growing market for coproducts produced during the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

On the Origin of the Elusive First Intermediate of CO2 Electroreduction

by Irina V. Chernyshova, Ponisseril Somasundaran and Sathish Ponnurangam (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The understanding of a catalytic reaction starts with understanding its first elementary step. Surprisingly, despite the large number of studies, it is unclear whether one common or two different first intermediates control the selectivity of

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Signs Biojet Agreement with Alaska Airlines as Plans are Dropped for Geneva Airport Project

(GreenAir Online)  … The Geneva pilot project was cancelled after an application to the Swiss authorities for project facilitation funding was unsuccessful, following the completion of a lengthy consultation period. The partnership with Geneva Airport was to result in “thousands of tonnes” of Neste’s fuel being supplied to airlines using the airport,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

LanzaTech’s Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Ready for Take-Off as Virgin Atlantic Plans for First Commercial Flight in October

(GreenAir Online)   Virgin Atlantic will undertake a passenger flight in October using for the first time low-carbon fuel produced through its partnership with LanzaTech. This follows a decision by members of the fuel standards body ASTM in April to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) produced from ethanol as an approved blending

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Airlines and NGOs Spell out Differing Positions over CORSIA Implementation and the Future of the Aviation EU ETS

(GreenAir Online)  International airline associations have written a joint open letter to the European Commission urging it to ensure the ICAO proposed rules governing the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme are adopted uniformly and in their entirety throughout Europe. They also call for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements of the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy Makes Major Int’l Investments

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam. The acquisition of Rexon Energy will help provide raw materials for its three biodiesel manufacturing operations in

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Next Gen Scientists for Biodiesel’ Program Selects Two New Leaders

(National Biodiesel Board)  Rowan University and Missouri University of Science and Technology students chosen as co-chairs  —  Shyam Paudel’s interest in energy comes from deep in his childhood, growing up in the mountains of Western Nepal. Children commonly studied by the light of kerosene lamps. “One summer, my father bought two solar

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Vietnam : Use of Biofuels: Economic and Useful Value for the Environment, Health

(Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX/Futures Trading Charts)  At a conference on Propagation and Development of Biofuels held in the morning of September 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, US experts shared valuable information on environmental benefits, energy human and economic use of biofuels. The conference was jointly organized by the Department

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, USGC, RFA Express Support for E10 in the UK

(Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Earlier this week, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom’s Department of Transport as it considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend. The comments, submitted on Sept. 16, highlight the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Now, Biofuel from Barapullah Drain Sewage

(Hindustan Times) Though this is a demonstration project, ICT scientists say its capacity can be increased to treat the entire Barapullah drain water. — In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, wastewater from drains will be used to produce biofuel. Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched a project wherein

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Biosteel for Airplanes, Chemicals from Sunlight, Water and CO2, Automated Tractors, Cloud Biology, Biodegradable Straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 21st

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

PROPOSALS WANTED: Electrical Storage Start-ups

(EIT InnoEnergy) Got a brilliant innovation idea in the electrical storage area, and want to take it to market or scale-up? You could win €100,000 as well as investment and business support to grow your business from the world’s biggest sustainable player backed by a trusted ecosystem. Your idea should

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell-backed Startup Creates Fuel from Carbon Dioxide and Fake Sunlight

by Cole Latimer (Sydney Morning Herald)   startup company backed by energy giant Shell has developed a method to turn carbon dioxide into fuel by adding fake sunlight. US company Dimensional Energy has developed an “artificial photosynthesis” process with a photoreactor that converts carbon dioxide, using sunlight and water, into synthetic fuels and

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria That Turn Sugar into Hydrogen Being Engineered by Researchers

by Joanna Sampson (Gasworld)  Macquarie University researchers have teamed up with BOC Australia and Bioplatforms Australia to genetically engineer bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen (H2). The project has received a $1.1m grant from ARENA, the Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Agency. The three-year grant from ARENA is being matched by

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

by Roger Gilroy (Transport Topics)  Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Carbon Prices Too Low to Combat Climate Change – OECD

by Susanna Twidale (Reuters)  Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Goes Green

(Red Funnel Ferries)  ‘Red Goes Green’ is the name given to Red Funnel’s new long-term Environmental Strategy announced today. It seeks to showcase the environmental successes of recent years and highlight a wide range of new green initiatives, including measures to change consumer behavior in line with the company’s commitment to operate

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Firm to Generate Power from Solid Waste in Patna

Faryal Rumi (Times of India)  The empowered standing committee of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday approved a proposal to hire a  a Delhi-based firm to set up a solid waste management plant  at Ramachak Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road. The company, AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Limited, will set up an iintegrated

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Plains Mothballs 20% of Production Capacity Due to Trump’s Trade War

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Green Plains is mothballing its ethanol production plants in Superior, Iowa and Lakota, Iowa as well as running its Fairmont, Minnesota plant at half capacity as President Trump’s trade war takes a bite out of demand from China. Together, the three facilities produced

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article
    The National Biofuels Policy: The Impact of RenovaBio — October 16, 2018 — Goiás, Brazil

The National Biofuels Policy: The Impact of RenovaBio — October 16, 2018 — Goiás, Brazil

On October 16, from 9 am to 6 pm, the Federal University of Goiás holds the event “The National Biofuels Policy: The Impact of RenovaBio” at the Asklepiós Theater of the Faculty of Medicine of UFG.  RenovaBio is a government program, approved in 2017, which aims to meet the decarbonization targets set by

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    5th Biotechnology World Conference — February 13-15, 2019 — Bangkok, Thailand

5th Biotechnology World Conference — February 13-15, 2019 — Bangkok, Thailand

5th Biotechnology World Conference that will continue for three days, will provide you an opportunity to both foster collaborations and learn about the biotechnological advancements taking place in the global academic and corporate biotechnology communities. This international conference organized by Eureka Science, is unique in bringing state-of-the-art in the field of

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    Gasification 2019 — March 12-14, 2019 — Brussels, Belgium

Gasification 2019 — March 12-14, 2019 — Brussels, Belgium

ACI’s 8th Gasification conference will be taking place on the 13th and 14th of March in Brussels, Belgium. Gasification offers advantages over competing technologies in the processing of a variety of feedstocks into a diverse range of desirable products with more value and potential applications than the raw material itself.

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    Lignofuels 2019 Conference — February 12-14, 2019 — Oslo, Norway

Lignofuels 2019 Conference — February 12-14, 2019 — Oslo, Norway

Now on its 11th edition, this two day conference will once again bring together key lignofuels stakeholders to join our forum discussions and networking, including leaders from advanced generation biofuels companies from across the globe represented by Technical, Strategic and Business Development Executives from First and Advanced Generation Biofuels Producers,

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    International Symposium on Green Chemistry — May 13-17, 2019 — La Rochelle, France

International Symposium on Green Chemistry — May 13-17, 2019 — La Rochelle, France

The main objective of ISGC-2019 is to gather the most eminent scientists involved in the field of green chemistry to debate on the future challenges of Chemistry keeping in mind the problems of access to a sustainable energy, the management of resources (carbon, water, metals, minerals), Human development, global warming, impact

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit — October 16-17, 2018 — London, UK

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit — October 16-17, 2018 — London, UK

This year’s hottest new crop of agtech entrepreneurs is revealed… See who you’ll meet at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit.  We’ve searched the globe for innovation, bringing you exciting fresh start-ups from Belgium, France, Norway, Russia, UK and the USA. Meet them all in London this October 16-17. World Agri-Tech

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2019 — January 16-17, 2019 — Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2019 — January 16-17, 2019 — Rotterdam, The Netherlands

ACI is pleased to announce the 4th edition of a successful series of events, now with a more specific focus & name, Biomass Trade Europe Summit. The event will bring together senior executives and experts from the biomass trading industry, biomass producers, energy companies, policy makers, consultants, technology innovators and leading

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Won’t Pose Risk to Vehicle Engines, Says Indonesian Producer

(MalaysiaKini/Bernama)  There should be no concern that the use of biodiesel will affect vehicle engines as proven by the implementation of biodiesel programme in Indonesia, said Wilmar International country head in Indonesia, Darwin Indigo. In allaying concerns by Malaysian hauliers and automotive manufacturers on the implementation of biodiesel programme in Malaysia,

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

A Protective Shield for Sensitive Enzymes in Biofuel Cells

(Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum/Phys.Org) An international team of researchers has developed a new mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen as biocatalysts in fuel cells. The enzymes, known as hydrogenases, are just as efficient as precious metal catalysts, but unstable when they come into contact with oxygen. They are therefore not yet suitable for technological

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy Complete Longest Transatlantic Biojet Flight

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Carinata is proving that it is a feedstock to be reckoned with, a compelling catalyst for change, with the latest news that Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy came together for the longest transatlantic biojet flight yet. Lots of biofuel flights have been happening over the

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Develops Biomethanol Byproduct with Potential for Transportation

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Montreal, Quebec-based Enerkem Inc., a producer of biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste, has produced a renewable bio-dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a byproduct of biomethanol, that can potentially be used in the transportation sector as a replacement for diesel. Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company has tested

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

by Carrie Muehling (AgWired.com)  Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Illinois FFA members joined FFA officers from Iowa and Wisconsin and 4-H youth from Ontario in marching in the 4-H

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Biogas Liquefaction Plant Opens in Norway

(Puregas Solutions/NGV Journal) The Biogas Upgrading and Liquefaction Plant was installed at the Skogn Papermill, Norway, will upgrade up to 3,000Nm3/h of raw biogas to renewable natural gas. Officially opened by Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, it will be the largest biogas liquefaction plant in the Nordic Countries producing fuel for

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Pressure to Perform: Growing Export Markets and New Coproduct Lines Are Increasing Demands on the Ethanol Laboratory.

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “They have to realize that for all these years we’ve been making fuel ethanol with ASTM grade, and that’s it. Now, we’re going to add two, or even five, new product codes. We’re going to have additional testing, education and training on new pieces

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

LCFS Matures: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Lead to Favorable Changes for the Ethanol Industry.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The LCFS is administered by the California Air Resources Board and uses a market-based cap-and-trade approach to ultimately lower GHG emissions, says Jessica Buckley, senior environmental scientist for RTP Environmental Associates Inc. “California essentially created this program to create a market for low-carbon fuels and

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article
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