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Could the RFS Move Toward a Low Carbon Program Like LCFS?

by Jeff Barber (OPIS)  The idea of revising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to operate more like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) appears to be getting a fresh look. The rise in prices for  California’s LCFS credits may be a motivating factor. More about that in a minute….  Let’s first look back to

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Grand Opening of Aldersyde Refinery

(Cielo)  CSE: CMC: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (‘Cielo’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it will be holding the “Grand Opening” of its renewable fuels refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta (the “Refinery”) on July 11th, 2019 between noon and 3 PM MST. Tours will be offered to interested parties and, in

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Potential to Decarbonize Long Distance Transport: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 39, with the help of the National Renewable Energy Lab and University of British Columbia, has been working facilitating the commercialization of conventional and advanced liquid biofuels from biomass drop-in biofuels for quite some time. They are looking at various technologies for drop-in

June 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Land, Air and Sea: Canada Funds Clean-Energy Transport R&D

by Laureen Fagan (Sustainability Times)  Canadians are getting serious about clean transportation, and the government has announced the first 10 awards in a four-year program that will see $2.4 million committed to developing emissions-free solutions for aviation, rail and marine transport. While much of the world’s investment in the transportation

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Farming Seaweed to Make Biofuel

(AZO Cleantech)  Seaweed can be broadly termed as marine macroalgae, and belongs to one of the many groups of multicellular red, green and brown algae. Seaweed is widely used to produce vitamin supplements, cosmetics, plastics and animal feed in many parts of the world. The importance of seaweed has skyrocketed ever

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2018

(IEA Bioenergy) This document contains the report of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee for 2018. This year, we have presented a special feature ‘ Measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains – lessons and messages from a three-year Inter-Task project’, the preparation of which was led by Task 40. … On 10 January 2018,

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Decarbonization Brings Transformative Opportunities for Next Generation Biodiesel Feedstocks

by William R. Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/MENAFN)  New study finds next generation feedstock markets and technologies are big winners in diesel decarbonization initiatives for low carbon fuels. In the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, strong demand signals and incentives for diesel decarbonization are driving the rapid expansion of next

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Thermochemical Pulp Biorefinery Opens in Ontario

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced May 27 the commissioning of a new pilot biorefinery that converts wood biomass into lignin and sugars. On the same day, the Canadian government awarded C$2 million to the project. The TMP-Bio pilot plant, located in Thunder Bay, Ontario,

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: A Canadian Perspective: 2019

( Green Aviation Research and Development Network for Environment and Climate Change Canada)  … Since 2009, the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) has played a pioneering role in the development of SAF through collaborative research projects where cross-sectoral industrial and academic partners have co-created less-environmentally-impactful ways to travel by air. Whereas

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Methanol Institute Releases New Report on Renewable Methanol

(Methanol Institute)  Compared to conventional fuels, renewable methanol cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions. The report, prepared for MI by ATA Insights, features case studies on renewable methanol production by Carbon Recycling International

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

UPS Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Natural Gas Ever in The U.S.

(UPS) Seven-Year 170 Million Gallon Equivalents Purchase from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Will Reduce GHG Emissions by More than 1 Million Metric Tons  —  UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article
    Mission Innovation   —   May 27-29, 2019   —   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mission Innovation — May 27-29, 2019 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hosted by the Government of Canada and building on the success of last year’s Ministerial in Malmö, Sweden, MI-4 brings together ministers, business leaders and innovators to share ideas, best practices and to facilitate collaboration towards the development of affordable and sustainable clean energy solutions. Under the overarching CEM10/MI-4 theme of “accelerating progress

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Running on Refuse

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enerkem is producing methanol and ethanol at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant, diverting up to 24 percent of the city’s landfill waste. The company has partners for another project in the Netherlands.  —  A Canadian company is furthering ethanol’s environmental benefits, using municipal solid waste (MSW) as

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada’s First Bioeconomy Strategy Launched

(Bioenergy International)  Canada’s first national Bioeconomy Strategy has been released by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). Produced by BIC in partnership with BIOTECanada, FPInnovations and Forest Products Association of Canada, the report reflects the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. Released on May 14, 2019, the report

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane Business Is Booming – From Waste to Watts and Wonder Chemicals

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s make sure we aren’t confusing biogas with biomethane. Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide but that doesn’t mean it’s biomethane. You see, biogas is produced from organic matter breaking down in the absence of oxygen, but biomethane is biogas that has been upgraded

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Flexibility

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.  —  A few well-known ethanol producers are developing cellulosic pathways that use feedstocks other than elements of corn. … Waste Gas  LanzaTech, a U.S.-based carbon capture and

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Company Turns Local Restaurant Waste into Biofuel

by Clay Gordon (News Center Maine)  Maine Standard Biofuels collects grease and refines it into bioheat, biodiesel and other bioproducts  —  … Used cooking oil is being repurposed, and in its refined state is powering engines, cars, trucks, even ferries, and heating homes. Maine Standard Biofuels was founded in 2006 after Jarmin

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

More States Follow California’s Lead with Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News/GNA)  … Following the example of California and other West Coast states and provinces, more and more states across the nation are considering the development of their own low carbon fuel programs. One of the most recent advances is in the state of New York. On February

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Low Carbon Coast

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Washington state (House–see correction below) has passed a low carbon fuel standard that would have it join itself to the standards already enacted in California, Oregon and British Columbia and under development now for the whole of Canada. The establishment of a clear and steady

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

TransLink Is Canada’s First Public Transport Agency to Use Biogas Buses

(TransLink/NGV Journal) TransLink and FortisBC signed a 5-year contract for the supply of up to 500,000 gigajoules (GJs) of renewable natural gas annually to TransLink’s bus fleet. This is expected to provide enough to fuel the existing natural gas bus fleet with 100% biomethane. Over the 5-year period, the transition

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO Acquires Biodiesel Plant in Canada

(VERBIO) VERBIO Diesel Canada Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, has signed a contract today with Atlantic Biodiesel Corporation to purchase a biodiesel plant located in Dain City, Ontario, Canada. The plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 tons of biodiesel and 18,000 tons of

May 6, 2019 Read Full Article

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet instead of Destroying It?

by Matt Simon (Wired)  … But what if we could weaponize air conditioning units to help pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere instead? According to a new paper in Nature Communications, it’s feasible. Using technology currently in development, AC units in skyscrapers and even your home could get turned into machines

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Comparison of Biofuel Life-Cycle GHG Emissions Assessment Tools: The Case Studies of Ethanol Produced from Sugarcane, Corn, and Wheat

by L.G.Pereira, O.Cavalett, A.Bonomi, Y.Zhang, E.Warner, H.L.Chum (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews)  Highlights:  Emissions ranged from 16 to 45 for sugarcane and 43–62 g CO2eq MJ−1 for corn ethanol. LCA tools produce similar results when harmonized to the maximum possible extent. Models are sensitive to methodology, which is a risk factor in policy arena. We recommend strengthened

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels in Canada 2019: Tracking Biofuel Consumption, Feedstocks and Avoided Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Navius Research) Navius Research has released the 2019 edition of the “Biofuels in Canada” report. This report uses public data to catalogue the volume of transportation biofuels consumed in each Canadian province while estimating the impact of biofuel consumption on greenhouse gas emissions and transportation energy costs. Highlights: Ethanol consumption

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada: Renewable Natural Gas Now Part of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

(Fortis BC/NGV Journal)  At a carbon intensity level equal to or even less than electric vehicle power, FortisBC’s renewable natural gas has been approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for inclusion within the province’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The LCFS supports the responsible development of B.C.’s

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

TransLink Sourcing RNG for Natural Gas Bus Fleet

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  TransLink and FortisBC have announced a partnership that will source renewable natural gas (RNG) for TransLink’s natural gas bus fleet. According to the partners, TransLink is now the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG, a certified carbon-neutral fuel, to help fuel its natural

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Project Proposed for Prince George, British Columbia

(Biomass Magazine/FortisBC) On April 18, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George announced approval in principle for an agreement where FortisBC will purchase landfill gas from the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill to purify and inject the gas into its natural gas distribution system as renewable natural gas (RNG). “The demand for RNG is

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ 2019 Report Shows Record Reductions and Effectiveness of Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulations

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN News)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions fourth annual report, with expanded coverage of Canadian biofuel use, greenhouse gas reductions, and costs  —   Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada (BIC) 2019 report, which updates and expands upon previous reports by Navius Research. “Canadian federal and provincial

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel is a Game Changer for Sustainable Aviation and Low Carbon Fuel Markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Markets Online)  According to a new study by market research firm Emerging Markets Online, renewable diesel is becoming a game changer for several key areas of the low carbon fuels industry, including: (1) the global aviation industry, representing a 90 billion gallon/yr market and opportunity, (2)

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel More Cost Competitive under Canada’s New Carbon Tax

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Canada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher blends of biodiesel are becoming more cost competitive. The carbon tax on fuels

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sector Offers to Take More Canola

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is considered to be a major way that biodiesel demand could be expanded in Canada. The renewable fuel industry says a stronger domestic market would ease challenges caused by export volatility China’s canola export ban helps make the case for expanding consumption

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Canadian Biofuel Producer Investing €30m in Portlaoise Plant

by Peter Hamilton (The Irish Times)  Greenfield Global is establishing its European manufacturing headquarters in Laois  —  A Canadian alcohol and fuel ethanol producer is investing in the region of €30 million to establish its new European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, a move that marks its first foray into manufacturing outside of North America.

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Imports from U.S. Reach Record Levels

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) The ethanol industry says most of the U.S. imports occur in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and British Columbia, where there is limited or no local production facilities. Over-blending said to be the cause but opinions differ on the reason — gov’t says it’s cheaper, industry credits efficiencies

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in transforming cellulosic ethanol biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks. Iogen specializes in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen Corporation gave this illuminating overview of the cellulosic

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article
    ICAO Environmental Symposium    —   May 14-16, 2019   —   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ICAO Environmental Symposium — May 14-16, 2019 — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

​The fifth ICAO Symposium on Environment, “Destination Green: The Next Chapter” will present an opportunity to gain knowledge and share information on key areas of ICAO’s environmental protection activities, leading up to the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly. It will encompass the outcomes of key ICAO environmental events, including the Eleventh

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article
    Carbon Markets, Low Carbon and Sustainable Aviation Fuels with ATAG 2019 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum (Classroom, 3 days)   —   May 13-15, 2019   —   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Carbon Markets, Low Carbon and Sustainable Aviation Fuels with ATAG 2019 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum (Classroom, 3 days) — May 13-15, 2019 — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

As ICAO Member States begin to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), there is growing importance for airlines to have a carbon strategy to ensure their business is not only compliant but also profitable. There are three options to comply with the environmental goals of

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Technical Report Comparison of Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Tools

(Task 39 – Commercializing Liquid Biofuels/International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy))  … Bioenergy plays an important role in the decarbonization of the transportation sector. Its medium and long-term benefits depend on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions brought forth by the conversion of renewable feedstocks, which can be quantitatively determined through a Life

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

BC Green Games Are Back!

(BC Green Games)  BC Green Games is a digital eco-storytelling contest designed to closely link with BC’s new curriculum while supporting teachers and promoting place-based environmental education. Our project-style contest offers teachers and students a 21st century learning opportunity in scientific exploration, storytelling, campaigning and policy development. Teams document and share their

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

ERA Funds Wheat-Ethanol Plant, Woody Biomass Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Emissions Reduction Alberta recently announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. On March 18, ERA announced it has

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Apoptosis in Algae Could Have Implications for Biofuels Production

(Biofuels International)  A new study has shown the first evidence of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in algae, which could have wide-reaching implications for the production of biofuels. Results of the research carried out by University of Alberta (UAlberta) microbiologists were published in a paper titled ‘Phaeobacter inhibens induces apoptosis-like programmed cell

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Project Wheatland Biofuels Facility Receives CAD$5 Million in Funding

(Biofuels International)  A wheat-based biofuels facility in Alberta, Canada has received CAD$5 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) in an effort to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province, ERA has announced. Known as Project Wheatland, the CAD$285 million biofuels plant is being developed by Carbon Clean Energy

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    Scaling Up 2019: Delivering a Bio-Circular Economy   —   November 4-6, 2019   —   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scaling Up 2019: Delivering a Bio-Circular Economy — November 4-6, 2019 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

SAVE THE DATE    READ MORE Scaling Up 2019 is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be carbon neutral. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with delegate travel and event space will be offset by Walker Environmental Group retiring offsets registered on the CSA Clean Projects™ Registry.

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article
    ACI’s 13th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit   —   September 11-12, 219   —   Calgary, Alberta, Canada

ACI’s 13th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — September 11-12, 219 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada

ACI’s 13th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit will follow on from our successful series of conferences focusing on the re-use of greenhouse gas CO2 and converting this into profitable sustainable and commercial materials. It will be taking place in Calgary, Canada on the 11th & 12th of September 2019, and it’s a one-time special edition of

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter on International Bioeconomy List for the Third Time

(SEKAB) “I feel very privileged to be celebrated in this context. We need more strong women working to develop the bioeconomy in order to break the fossil fuel dependency,” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Strategic Market Development Officer at SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals. Il Bioeconomista is an international web magazine covering the bioeconomy.

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

British Columbia City Converts Organic Waste into Biomethane

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened in spring after several years of planning. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility will convert curbside organic waste into biomethane to fuel the city’s fleet of gas-powered waste

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Throw Deep: Heard on the Floor at the Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman noted:  “Secretary Mabus advised us to set a goal. If it’s good enough for the Navy, it’s good enough for SeaTac airport, and we’ve established a partnership with 13 airlines with a goal of moving to 10 percent renewable

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Conversation That Matters +Video

 by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel)  The Auto Channel’s co-founder and co-publisher recently had the opportunity to travel up to Vancouver, British Columbia to appear on a television talk show called “Conversations That Matter.” The show is hosted by award-winning veteran broadcaster Stuart McNish. Some of Stu’s previous guests included people

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington State Tackles Transportation Emissions

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The largest source of pollution in Washington state is transportation, which is another way to say burning petroleum-based fuels like gasoline and diesel. Tackling emissions from transportation requires policies that focus on vehicles and transportation fuels. Broad economy-wide measures like carbon pricing or

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

SMU Researcher Studying Purpose-Grown Biomass Crops

(Saint Mary’s University/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Research into how poor-quality, marginal land can be used to produce biomass as a potential revenue stream for farmers underway at Saint Mary’s University received $1.2 million in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriScience program and the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub Fund. … Led by

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe Needn’t Fear E10 Ethanol Blends

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest)  … The ongoing battle to convince regulators that domestic crop based ethanol is climate friendly and free of adverse side effects is a roller coaster of highs and lows.  It’s not for the faint-hearted investor. But one single win for them could double the addressable market

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Supply Chains and Status: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Torrefaction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Wild, from Wild & Partner LLC and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of the torrefaction process, implementation indicators, understanding the product, energy balance and GHG comparisons, and more. READ MORE        

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Canadian Bioeconomy Strategy Consultation — February 20, 2019

In this webinar, the BioDesign team presented the foundation and rationale for the strategy they are currently working on and some of the results from the in-person consultation sessions that are currently underway. Canada has never had a national strategy for the industrial bioeconomy and agriculture/forestry biomass utilization. With support

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Joins Air Liquide, Nouryon in Enerkem Waste-to-Chemicals Project in Rotterdam: The Complete Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. The consortium, which has set up a dedicated joint venture company,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

BioSNG Bulletin: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas (BioSNG)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Robertson, from Small Planet Engineering and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of renewable natural gas via biomass gasification and methanation, biogas upgrading to RNG, BioSNG developments, challenges, opportunities and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s Biggest Terrestrial Carbon Sinks Found in Young Forests – New BIFoR Study

(BioEnergy International)  More than half of the carbon sink in the world’s forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young – under 140 years old – rather than in tropical rainforests. These trees have typically ‘regrown’ on land previously used for agriculture, or cleared by fire or harvest and

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Andrea Kent

“Whether it’s a policy to eliminate it, reduce it or price it, carbon is the new currency…” explains Andrea Kent of Greenfield Global and Board Member for Renewable Industries Canada, describing the current Canadian elections.  She could also be describing insights about current US elections, “But if anything is sure, it’s

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Campaigning on Climate

by Andrea Kent (Greenfield Global/Renewable Industries Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  2019 is an election year in Canada and campaigning is already underway. Taking early center stage is climate change. Whether it’s a policy to eliminate it, reduce it or price it, carbon is the new currency and political parties are battling over who

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Highbury Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Highbury was founded in 2009 on the premise that the thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas is an ideal step toward the production of renewable low carbon intensity fuels. However the challenges associated with first generation gasification needed to be addressed and were subsequently solved

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Interests Comment on Canada Clean Fuel Standard

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments this week supporting the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard. The comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) offered recommendations on how biofuels, like ethanol, can help reach the ECCC Regulatory Design

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Ultraviolet Light Could Provide a Powerful New Source of Green Fuel

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Methanol—a colorless liquid that can be made from agricultural waste—has long been touted as a green alternative to fossil fuels. But it’s toxic and only has half the energy as the same volume of gasoline. Now, researchers report they’ve created a potentially cheap way to

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: Canadian Bioeconomy Strategy Consultation   —   February 20, 2019

WEBINAR: Canadian Bioeconomy Strategy Consultation — February 20, 2019

The BioDesign consortium concept formed in 2017 around a collective mission to build and support highly-innovative Canadian firms who seek to commercialize new bio-based products and develop new sustainable biomass-to-bioproducts technologies. This vision for a strong Canadian bioeconomy would have many benefits for the country, including economic growth, environmental benefits

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster? Do What These Countries Are Doing.

by Brad Plumer and Blacki Migliozzi (New York Times)  … If the United States adopted an economy-wide carbon tax similar to British Columbia’s, which started small and is set to rise to $37.50 per ton, emissions would start to fall, according to modeling by Energy Innovation, an energy policy firm. … Because

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, a technical expert in pyrolysis, biochar and activated carbon, and Gerald Kutney, PhD, a business expert in pyrolysis and biochar, and both members of Lee Enterprises Consulting offer this illuminating perspective on the science of biochar, associated commercial activities, and more. Lee

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Blockchain Bonanza – How Blockchain Is Making Things Saner from Farm to Factory and Beyond

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a chain full of blocks and each block has information like a timestamp and transaction details. You add your block of information to the chain which has all prior handlers’ blocks attached. You can’t change their data, but it’s there. You just add yours

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Biomass Research Cluster to Grow Bioeconomy

by Maria Church (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The federal government is investing of up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research cluster will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million. The cluster’s

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

by Matthew Stone (PRIMA/Biofuels Digest)  … Exponential growth in liquid renewable transport fuel solutions however is still needed to keep governments and fuel providers on track to overarching climate change commitments. To manage the explosive growth, PRIMA has created the roadmap needed for the energy, regulatory and investor stakeholders to keep on

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Groups Support Expansion of Biofuels in Ontario

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy submit comments in support of 15% renewable fuel content in gasoline use by 2025.  —  This week, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments to the Canadian province of Ontario supporting the expansion of biofuel blending under the Made-in-Ontario Environment

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

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

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Update on CAAFI State-Level Projects

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative )  SAJF Deployment Projects Florida, Alabama, Georgia Several developments in Alabama and Florida will enhance opportunities for the Southeast Partnership for Advance Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).   The Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs (ADECA) has issued an RFP

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Publishes 2018 Year in Review

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

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

With Rise of Electric Vehicles, a New Foreign Energy Dependence Looms

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) Forecasts say that electric vehicle sales are about to take off worldwide and increase demand for the raw materials that go into batteries. — Energy Secretary Rick Perry earlier this month said he would put more federal money into developing processes to recycle the raw materials used

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

E. coli Takes On Biofuels

by Jessica Velez, Angel Fernando Cisneros Caballero and Narjes Alfuraiji (Science Trends) … In the genetic engineering world, E. coli is a valuable user-friendly host with a well-known growth metabolism and the largest set of genetic engineering tools available. Many people may be surprised to know that this bacteria has been studied

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

USask Research Turning Ethanol Waste into Alzheimer’s Meds, Industrial Products

(University of Saskatchewan)  A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team’s quest to extract protein from more than a billion litres of annually produced wastewater (called thin stillage) at Saskatchewan’s ethanol plants has yielded something far more valuable—a compound used in many countries to slow cognition loss in Alzheimer’s patients. That compound

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy is working on an inter-task project on measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains. Uwe Fritsche and others from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating overview of the positions, perception and vision of stakeholder groups on bioenergy at ABLC Global 2018 in

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

From Take-Off to Offtake – Driving Sustainable Aviation Fuels to Commercial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a tale of two Washingtons, the sustainable aviation fuels movement will gather in Washington state in March and in Washington, D.C. in April to seek breakthroughs in the adoption rate of jet biofuels, which have been stalled for some time between the successful certification/demonstration efforts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Benefuel Secures Land for Sarnia Biodiesel Plant

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

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals  —  Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals grew considerably in

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

BTA International Completes Organic Waste to Biogas Plant in Quebec

by Ben Messenger (Waste Management World) BTA International GmbH, a specialist for the wet-mechanical pre-treatment and subsequent digestion of organic waste containing impurities, have completed a major waste to gas facility in Varennes, Quebec. … The biogas is used to fuel the boilers which provide the required heat for the facility

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2019

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

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

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

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit Challenge: Win up to $5M for Sustainable Aviation Fuel DEADLINES:Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition: February 1, 2019; Cross-Canada Flight Competition: March 1, 2019.

by Myra Bredin (MentorWorks) … To address the goal of a widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, the Impact Canada Challenge Platform has created the Sky’s the Limit Challenge. The Sky’s the Limit Challenge seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation and promote the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains in Canada. It

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Driving Opportunities to Expand the Market

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We expect a proposed rule in February, followed by a public hearing and comment process. President Donald Trump’s administration has clearly stated its intention to have a rule in place by June 1—when the 2019 summer driving season begins. Our opponents will try

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates around the World 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today (January 1, 2019) releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions

by Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor (World Resources Institute)  …  Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. … On the other side of the coin, climate action can inadvertently hurt the poor

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities

by Zoltan Kish (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … In 2016, the Ontario government released its Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario [2], diverting our wasteful ways towards an entirely circular economy, but it doesn’t seem to be widely discussed. This strategy requires appropriate tools and an innovative approach to solving the tremendous waste accumulation

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard Takes Step Forward

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada released today (December 20, 2018) the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The CFS will be implemented in 2022 for the liquid

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Moving ahead as Planned

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

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Capturing: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Carbon Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Carbon Engineering is commercializing two clean energy technologies that can rapidly accelerate our shift to a net-zero world by removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and converting it to fuel. Geoffrey Holmes,Business Development lead from Carbon Engineering gave this illuminating overview of their Direct Air Capture

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Benefuel Looking to British Columbia for New Biodiesel Facility

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

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

G20 Countries Must Act Quickly to Decarbonise The Transport Sector

(Agora Verkehrswende)  According to a new report, CO2 emissions from transport are still rising. If immediate action is not taken, more radical measures will be unavoidable in the future.  —   To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, the world’s leading economies must act immediately to reduce transport emissions.

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Exports Exceeding Expectations

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  U.S. ethanol exports are on a roll. For the third time this year, American ethanol exports have reached record numbers, with the total hitting 1.69 billion gallons (bg) on a rolling 12-month basis, according to Growth Energy. As of October this calendar year, exports totaled 1.41 billion gallons,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

CleanBC Climate Plan Boosts British Columbia’s Signal for Renewable Fuel Use and Production

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada lauds the Government of British Columbia for its new climate plan, with critical role for low-carbon renewable fuels  —  The Government of British Columbia released on December 5th its CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Penny for Your Corn? Stingy Trade-War Aid Irks U.S. Farmers

by P.J. Huffstutter and Mark Weinraub (Reuters)  … Federal economists have calculated that the nation’s losses in corn – its largest crop by harvest and export volume – amount to just a penny per bushel, a pittance farmers call absurd. That’s in stark contrast to the substantial $1.65 per bushel the

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Closed Doors, Open Windows: Tariffs in China and Brazil …

by Lisa Gibons (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Tariffs in China and Brazil have deeply affected U.S. ethanol exports, but other markets remain, new ones are opening and opportunities still abound for the world’s lowest-cost octane. Despite a 20 percent tariff rate quota implemented in 2017, Brazil has continued to purchase significant amounts

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

British Columbia Details Plan to Shift Homes, Cars to Clean Energy

by Julie Gordon (Reuters)  The Western Canadian province of British Columbia on Wednesday outlined the first measures it will take to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, including shifting homes and vehicles to clean or renewable energy. … Some 75 percent of British Columbia’s planned emission cuts would be

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

U.K. Company Lands Timber Permits for Northern Peninsula, Plans for Biofuel Plant

(CBC News)  Timberlands Newfoundland has access to 500,000 cubic metres of timber  —  Active Energy CEO Richard Spinks is heading up an operation to bring forestry jobs to the northern peninsula. It’s been a long time in the works, but the Great Northern Peninsula now has a new major player on the

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

To Fulfill Biofuels’ Promise, Scientists Boost Plant Oils with Gene Editing

by Cici Zhang (Chemical and Engineering News)  Increasing the fatty acids in crops’ seeds, leaves, and stems could make biofuels more economically viable  —  … Plant scientist Heike Sederoff of North Carolina State University, however, is very familiar with the oils that camelina offers. The highly concentrated fatty acids produced by

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Lockheed Martin Invests in FORGE Hydrocarbons’ Lipid to Hydrocarbons Technology

(Lockheed Martin)  Forge Hydrocarbons Corporation (FORGE) today announced that it has received a $4 million USD investment from Lockheed Martin (LMT) under the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. This investment enables Forge, a Canadian, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) company to further development of its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon (LTH) technology and to construct

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ontario Announces E15 Adoption as Soon as 2025

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. ethanol industry applauds the release of the Province of Ontario’s Environment Plan, which includes a fuel requirement for conventional gasoline to be blended with 15 percent ethanol that could go in effect as early as 2025. Following this announcement, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Weaker RINs Lure Gasoline Shipping into US East Coast Ports: Sources

(Hellenic Shipping News)  A decline in the US obligation for biofuels has prompted an increase in imports from Canada and Europe into the Atlantic Coast, according to market sources and federal government data. The renewable fuels obligation for a gallon of imported gasoline has fallen from 2.29 cents/gal October 3 to

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas: The Boost of Innovation on New Renewable Energies

by Cácia Pimentel* (Mackenzie University/Advanced Biofuels USA) The V Biogas Forum promoted by the Brazilian Association of the Producers of Biogas and Biomethane – ABIOGAS was held in Sao Paulo on October 31 and November 1, 2018. According to Camila D’Aquino, Executive Manager of ABIOGAS, the Forum brought together around 50

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Initiates CBE Project to Produce Bioethanol for CBD Extraction

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

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held at other universities, why Auburn University this year? The Biosystems Engineering department at Auburn University has been on the rise

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

BioFuture: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioFuture Platform and the Advanced Biofuels Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biofuture Platform aims to be an action-oriented, country-led, multi-stakeholder mechanism for policy dialogue and collaboration among leading countries, organizations, academia and the private sector conscious of the need to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an effort to fight climate change by mandating that companies using or selling fossil fuels pay taxes equal to $15 per metric ton

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

In the Quest for Cleaner Fuels, a Scientist Turns to Tim Hortons Coffee Grounds

by Richard Cuthbertson (CBC News)  Dalhousie University chemical engineer Sophia He is converting coffee grounds into fuel that could power cars  —  When chemical engineer Sophia He was recruited to Dalhousie University’s agriculture school five years ago, she began to brainstorm with local farmers about how leftover organic material could be turned into

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Seed Yield, Oil Content: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global food security. Experts forecast that food production must be increased by over 70% in the next 35 years to feed

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Trade War Looms over Divided U.S. Farm Belt ahead of Vote

by Humeyra Pamuk and P.J. Huffstutter  (Reuters)  … Some of the nation’s 3.2 million farmers and ranchers, traditionally staunch Republicans, are wavering in this election because of the trade dispute with China, the main buyer of U.S. soybeans and pork, interviews with nearly two dozen farmers showed. Those interviews and a survey

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

WestJet and Alberta Innovates Team to Announce Additional Canadian Incentive Program Targeting SAJF Development – The WestJet Aviation Biofuel Challenge

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative) The recently announced WestJet Biofuel Challenge is intended to incentivize the use/development of existing or emerging technologies, using low-cost Alberta biomass, coupled with any other complementary, efficient technologies, with the goal of scaling up Alberta as a leader in the aviation biofuel industry. Alberta Innovates and

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Analyst: Ethanol Industry Has Room to Grow: Exports on Pace to Shatter Last Year’s Record.

by Daniel Grant (FarmWeekNow) The rate of growth for the U.S. ethanol industry may have slowed in recent years, but it’s far from over, according to Bill Holbrook, senior analyst for ProExporter. Production capacity continues to grow as producers look to overseas markets to export ethanol and one of its key co-products,

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Gasification: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2-Stage Incineration and “True” Gasification

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. Here, Lars Waldheim of Waldheim Consulting gave this illuminating overview of wastes as a gasifier fuel, Waste fuel characteristics

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Kroger, City of Toronto Among Energy Vision’s RNG Leaders

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  At its annual awards reception in New York City last week, Energy Vision, a national nonprofit that researches and promotes low-carbon energy and transportation strategies, presented awards for entities helping speed the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG). The 2018 Energy Vision awardees are as follows: The City

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with more than 200 existing plants, four new projects is a small figure. Greenfield ethanol plant development is in a lull,

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Say What about a Carbon Tax?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also at the White House Tuesday, where she suggested that Democrats in the House want to link a carbon tax to an infrastructure bill being developed, Pro Transportation’s Sam Mintz reports . When it comes to infrastructure, “there are

October 24, 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

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

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

Join airlines, airports, ANSPs, manufacturers, suppliers, governments, NGOs and stakeholders for the ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, the leading aviation sustainability event of the year. In a one-day event, hear the views of specialists and experts and participate in interactive panel sessions on: CORSIA review: five months in, what key

October 12, 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

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

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

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

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

October 3, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airlines’ Biofuel-Powered Flights Might Soon Take Off

by Justin Bachman (Bloomberg)  For years, airlines have experimented with biofuels, aiming to reduce both carbon emissions and their reliance on fossil fuels. It’s been a turbulent journey buffeted by inconsistent investment and the periodic lure of cheap oil. But several major carriers are planning larger-scale usage of biofuel in 2019 and 2020, including JetBlue Airways Corp. and

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

by Bryan Sherbacow (World Energy)  … To understand a low carbon fuel standard, it’s best to look at California as an example. California is one of two states (neighboring state, Oregon, is the other) to enact a low carbon fuel standard. Typically, these state policies set a limit to the amount of

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article
    Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Wants Your Innovative Solutions   —   September 5 and 6, 2018   —   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Wants Your Innovative Solutions — September 5 and 6, 2018 — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Are you an innovator? Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small or a major corporation, the Department of National Defence (DND) Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge Funding Opportunity Announcement DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

(Mission Innovation India)  Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to accelerate the global clean energy innovation. As a part of this initiative, the participating countries have committed to double their government’s clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years while

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Discovery Could Boost Biofuel Production

(European Commission) EU-funded researchers have discovered a new family of enzymes able to break down wood into its chemical components. The findings may lead to more efficient production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals derived from biomass. —  Wood is regarded as a promising source of raw materials that could one day

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article
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