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BASF Partner with New Energy for Uptake of Pyrolysis Oil Derived from Waste Tires.

by Luke Upton (BioMarket Insights) BASF has signed an uptake supply agreement with the Hungary based New Energy, a technology company specialized in the pyrolysis of waste tires. According to the agreement, New Energy will supply BASF with up to 4,000 metric tons of pyrolysis oil per year derived from waste

September 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Lignocellulosic Platform Goes Beyond Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Chemicals, catalysis, additives – At ABLC Digital this July, Clariant shared how they are working on advancing biofuels globally and details on their sunliquid technology to decarbonize transportation. A fully integrated and carbon negative process, sunliquid is a platform for sustainable biobased products too like cosmetics,

September 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Increasing Bio-LNG Refueling Infrastructure in Belgium

(NGV Journal/Rolande) Rolande has opened its first LNG station in Belgium together with partner G&V Energy Group, joining forces to be able to create a covering LNG network in this country. The years of experience of Rolande and the strategical network of G&V combined, made it possible to move forward fast.

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

SFU Researchers Develop Essential Roadmap to Drive down B.C. Vehicle Emissions

(Simon Fraser University) …  In a study funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Change Solutions, Axsen (Jonn Axsen, an associate professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management) and collaborators Michael Wolinetz, an SFU adjunct professor, and Patrick Plötz, from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, carried out an in-depth evaluation of policies

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 2019 was a banner year for RSB that saw growing recognition of RSB’s leadership in the circular and bio-based economy, as well as engagement of new sectors and overall expansion of their global footprint. Check out their just released annual report that dives into their exciting

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Enzymes Fit for Industrial Applications

(Ruhr University Bochum) Bacterial enzymes are often powerful but also very sensitive catalysts. They therefore need a special environment in order to access their performance.  Researchers at RUB have developed new techniques with which bacterial enzymes can be efficiently coupled to electrodes. Together with a team from the University of

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Daimler: Jatropha Plant Opens up New Prospects

(Auto123.com/Daimler)  The seedlings for the first 100 hectares (250 acres) have been planted. Daimler AG has started a new project for the cultivation of the biodiesel raw material jatropha in the south of India. The company is supporting several village communities in the state of Tamil Nadu with funds and expertise from its already

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Money: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Bioeconomy Revolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will Canada transform? Or stand on the sidelines?That’s the question asked by Jeff Passmore, CEO of Passmore Group who shared this illuminating “Follow the Money” slide guide that asks how tenable is fossil fuel’s future? Where could some of this repositioned investment capital go? What’s

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Showcase Bioeconomy: Research Wants to Combine Species Protection and Palm Oil Production

(University of Hohenheim)  In Sumatra, smallholders in particular have a key function, according to a study on the conversion of rainforests into monocultures and their effects — Oil palm plantations as far as the eye can see. In addition to a dramatic decline in many animal and plant species, such plantations often lead

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Little German Island Goes Gig with Plans for 10GW Offshore Wind to Hydrogen Hub

(EnergyMarketPrice)  The AquaVentus initiative centred around Heligoland plans to produce green hydrogen at sea from offshore wind and transport it to land via dedicated pipelines The remote German North Sea island of Heligoland has the ambition to become the centre of an offshore wind to hydrogen hub on a multi-gigawatt

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

German Federal Ministry of Energy Funds Renewable Hydrogen Project

(NGV Journal/Ørsted) The partners of the WESTKÜSTE 100 project received funding confirmation from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as the first large-scale hydrogen project in Germany within the Reallabor (real-world laboratory) framework. Energy-intensive industries and the transportation sector will have the opportunity to reduce their carbon

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Rich in Sun or Wind? Here’s How Your Country Can Export Renewables

by Marc Engelhardt  (Siemens Enegy)  Green e-methanol is the ideal basis for a variety of alternative fuels and chemical compounds concentrated in universal e-Fuel hubs, according to Siemens Energy innovation expert Ireneusz Pyc. The idea, known for some time, has now become economically viable with costs for renewable power generation continuing

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Airbus Starts Hamburg Deliveries with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Airbus) Airbus is expanding its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) operations, now including aircraft deliveries from its site in Hamburg, Germany. Air Transat took delivery of two brand new A321LR on lease from AerCap. Both used a 10 per cent sustainable aviation fuel blend to fly the aircraft from Hamburg to Montreal,

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Meridiam Develops First US Biogas Project

(Meridiam/Biomass Magazine)  Meridiam has entered into an agreement to develop a biodigester project, located in the State of Idaho near Twin Falls, together with Sevana Bioenergy, as development partner, service provider and long-term co-investor. Meridiam and Sevana will combine their expertise in project development and long-term asset management to focus on

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe 2020 Summit    —   November 11-12, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe 2020 Summit — November 11-12, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

The two day event will bring together senior executives and experts from the full value chain to provide a forum for all parties active in the field of anaerobic digestion of organic matter and renewable energy production in the form of biogas. The conference will provide our delegates with interactive

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter From Europe: The 7 Priorities to De-Carbonize Now through Sustainable Biofuels, Rather than Waiting for Future Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The European bioenergy sector has issued a series of 7 recommendations relating to “setting the course for a future-proof biofuel sector”. Then timing relates to the German Federal Government’s six month presidency of the Council of the European Union, which began on 1 July 2020. The

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Rolande’s New Filling Stations Equipped for Bio-LNG Use

(Bioenergy Insight)  Dutch company Rolande has opened the first of five compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations in Germany. The new station in the city of Ulm is equipped for the use of bio-LNG. Before the end of 2020, Rolande aims to open stations with

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists from Russia and Germany to Develop New Biotechnology Using Algae

(Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University/EurekAlert!)  Project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology from microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana and duckweed Lemna minor. — Researchers of Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University(SPbPU) in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) completed an international joint project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Common Position Paper: Biofuels Are Essential for Meeting the Climate Protection Goals in the Commitment Period 2021 to 2030

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  German Council Presidency must set the course for a sustainable biofuels industry  —  The semi-annual EU Council Presidency of the German government began on July 1, 2020. The German government has set a goal in its program that it wants to “work towards

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis through Gene Transfer

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms—often incorrectly called “blue-green algae”—as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Aegion Corporation Awarded Groundbreaking Renewable Diesel Project at a California Refinery

(Wall Street Online/Globe Newswire)  Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN) today announced that a subsidiary of the Energy Services segment, Schultz Industrial Services (“Schultz”), has been awarded the mechanical construction services contract for a groundbreaking renewable diesel project at a California refinery. Schultz will provide overall project management and installation of piping

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant and Ineratec to Commercialize Renewable-Fuel Technologies

by Scott Jenkins (Chemical Engineering) Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) and Ineratec (Karlsruhe, Germany; www.ineratec.de) have entered into a partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Clariant will provide its extensive catalysis expertise and broad portfolio of synthesis gas (syngas) conditioning and upgrading catalysts to support

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Profitable Growth Through Renewable Solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants to dominate the world, right? But Neste wants to do it in a nice way by becoming the global leader in renewable and circular solutions. There are 3 ways they are working on this lately – 1) expanding global reach with new offices in

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen for Sustainable Aviation – aireg e.V. Welcomes the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS)

(aireg)  The members of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. welcome the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS) adopted by the Federal Cabinet on June 10th 2020. It is quite rightly stated that aviation will be dependent on liquid fuels for the foreseeable future. Sustainable aviation fuels, for whose

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Key Hydrogen Projects, Players and Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s Top 10 Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How will we develop hydrogen for industrial and transport objectives? That is the question The Digest’s Jim Lane looks at in this visual slide guide highlighting the demand potential, background on renewable gases and renewable hydrogen, drivers behind it, state of play, major players, and more.

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Accelerating Hydrogen, Powerfuels, Renewables: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The German Energy Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DENA, the German Energy Agency, released this slide guide highlighting how the country is transitioning into more energy efficiency, more direct renewable energies and powerfuels. By looking at integrated energy, they are implementing several projects to help industry reduce emissions. The Initiative Energy Efficiency Networks,

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A on Cellulosic Ethanol with Clariant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) DigestConnect hosted a wildly popular webinar in late April with Clariant’s Head of Business Line, Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant but there were so many fantastic audience questions we didn’t to, that we decided to follow up and put together The Digest’s Q&A with Clariant on

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Nest Egg + Renewables Help Protect Neste in 2020 – Even with COVID-19 Uncertainty, Neste Hits Renewables Production Record

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, Vanacker answers how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Neste’s operations at the moment, his outlook for renewable fuels, whether fighting climate change is still on Neste’s agenda, an exclusive Digest interview with Jason Blake from Neste’s Aviation Feedstock Business Unit, and

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Flying with Sunlight

(Lufthansa Group) Lufthansa Group, ETH Zurich and its spin-offs Climeworks and Synhelion plan to cooperate in the field of Sustainable Aviation Fuels; The partnership initiated by SWISS and Edelweiss is intended to encompass collaboration in the areas of technology and economic efficiency; Jet fuels based on renewable energies are a decisive

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Multi-Scale Structured Materials for Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis

(Dresden University of Technology/Phys.Org)  As a new class of porous materials, noble metal aerogels (NMAs) have drawn attention for their self-supported architectures, high surface areas and their many optically and catalytically active sites, enabling impressive performance in diverse fields. However, current fabrication methods suffer from long fabrication periods, unavoidable impurities,

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany Registers Strong Increase in the Share of Biomethane in CNG Fuel

(DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water)/NGV Journal) The ‘Industriekreis CNG-Mobilität’, a group of companies and associations composed of representatives of the automotive and energy industries as well as infrastructure operators and providers of renewable fuels like biomethane, reported very positive figures with respect to climate protection. According

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

TU/e-led Consortium IDEALFUEL for the Development of Renewable Maritime Fuels Kicks off

(Eindhoven University of Technology)  EU-funded project aims to develop new production methods for sustainable maritime fuels.  — Many ships use heavy fuel oils that contain large amounts of sulphur and nitrogen leading to the emission of greenhouse gases and other damaging substances. The TU/e-led consortium IDEALFUEL seeks to address this issue

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

The Car Is Staging a Comeback, Spurring Oil’s Recovery

(Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  … Gasoline demand is rebounding, suggesting that the car — at least for now — is making a comeback. As lockdowns ease and parts of the world reopen for business, driving has emerged as the socially distant transportation mode of choice and is offering some near-term relief to an

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Webtool Created by Researchers Helps Predict Climate Change in Agriculture

(Estonian Research Council/Phys.Org) A webtool giving an overview of climate change in Europe and predicting subsequent developments was created as a joint collaboration between French, Spanish, German and Estonian researchers. Climate change is one of the main challenges facing the entire world, and especially the agricultural sector, noted Associate Professor at the

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel for Ships: Diesel and Gasoline Sourced from Renewables

by Iris Kumpmann (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/Tech Xplore)  … Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen have been looking into alternative climate-friendly fuels. They are now able to produce a renewable biofuel that can be converted into gasoline, diesel and even kerosene for aircraft. This synthetic

May 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transition to Be Shaped by World Response to COVID-19

by Allison Good, Taylor Kuykendall and Dan Testa  (S&P Global)  … The coronavirus pandemic may accelerate a shift from fossil fuel spending to investments in renewable energy, but the pace of that transition depends heavily on how governments direct economic recovery spending, and whether the consumer behavior changes induced by the

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Reduces Carbon Emissions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid and Lignocellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Clariant takes us on a journey on how carbon emissions can be reduced by advanced biofuels, more specifically, how lignocellulosic ethanol made from agriculture residues like straw, non-food materials, and waste can make an immediate impact, how their sunliquid technology, enzymes, microorganisms and fermentation organisms leads

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

German Ethanol Production and Consumption Fall but E10 Gains Market Share

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Biofuels International reports that German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) data shows that over the past 12 months, ethanol production fell by nearly 13% to 542,699 metric tons. Production was pressured by falling demand and “challenging market conditions” during the early part of last year.

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

MINSHIP Embarks on Bulk Carrier Biofuel Trial in Quest for Carbon Neutral Shipping

(MINSHIP) Bavarian ship management company MINSHIP and its subsidiary MINMARINE have announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels, M/V Trudy, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam. The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790-dwt bulk carrier on April 17 was GoodFuels’ sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100:

April 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    European E-Fuels Conference   —   November 4-5, 2020   —   Hamburg, Germany

European E-Fuels Conference — November 4-5, 2020 — Hamburg, Germany

ACI’s European E-Fuels Conference will be taking place in Hamburg, Germany on the 4th & 5th of November 2020. The two day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the renewables, fuels, energy and oil & gas industry: including car manufacturers, e-fuel producers, technology providers, consultants and policy advisors. Senior-level speakers

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Fraunhofer IFF Researchers Design Green Hydrogen Factory

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF (Fraunhofer IFF) have designed a factory for the distributed and modular production and distribution of green hydrogen. While hydrogen provides an eco-friendly option to meet industry demand for electricity, heat and transportation, this versatile energy source is

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Bringing Green Hydrogen to Market

by Sandra Enkhardt (PV Magazine Germany) Uniper plans to use its gas power plants and storage facilities for green hydrogen.   — Siemens and the Uniper fossil fuels business spun out of German energy giant E.on have been working together for years and have announced a cooperation agreement aimed at decarbonizing

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

(BioCycle Magazine) A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world. These estimates form the basis of an outlook for biogas and biomethane supply and

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen, a Competitive Fuel for Danish Public Transport Fleets

(Hexagon Composites) Hexagon Composites’ subsidiary Hexagon Purus has been awarded an order from Everfuel to supply two new generation X-STORE high-pressure hydrogen distribution modules. Deliveries of these distribution systems are scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. The modules have a nominal payload capacity of 958 kg of compressed hydrogen at

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Showcase: Circular Economy Instead of Phosphorus Crisis

(University of Hohenheim (Google Translation))  German-Chinese Research Training Groups at the University of Hohenheim and the China Agricultural University in Beijing are looking for solutions for sustainable phosphorus use using the example of maize cultivation systems If it is not possible to use the resource phosphorus more sustainably, mankind is

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Scaling Algae for Carbon Capture and Biofuels

(Boss Magazine)  … What else algae can suck up, though, is carbon dioxide. When harnessed for carbon capture, algae could become a force in combatting climate change. … Like other plants, algae take in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. In fact, really all that’s required for algae to thrive are CO2,

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Evaluates Map and State of Biomethane Market in Europe

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) has participated in a research on the state of play of the biomethane market in Europe. The report provides a general European overview, together with an in-depth mapping at country level of 23 European countries covered by the REGATRACE project. The study

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Plastics Industry Oversold Recycling to Americans, Now What?

by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha (Our Daily Planet) NPR and PBS Frontline recently announced a new joint investigation which has revealed that since the 1980s, “the plastics industry spent tens of millions of dollars promoting recycling through ads, recycling projects, and public relations, telling people plastic could be and should be recycled” all in an

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Be Small Step toward Tackling World’s Pollution Crisis

by Scottie Andrew (CNN) … Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published last week in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.   A

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Blockchain, Ag Futures, CPC Potential for Ethanol Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Commodity Plus Carbon, or CPC can maximize monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector. CPC offers synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon credits, voluntary and futures commodity markets and offers a new trading vehicle with the potential to incentivize good agricultural practices

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the European Union’s Kerosene Demand Be Met by the Amount of Biomass Produced in the EU?

(nova-Institute) Regarding climate change and tackling its mitigation there is no question that the aviation industry has to reduce its greenhouse gas impact and has to shift to alternative fuels. If the European Union wants to achieve its ambitious climate goals, it needs to uncouple it growing kerosene demand from

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article
    CANCELLED Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium   —   May 21-22, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

CANCELLED Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium — May 21-22, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

The 6th IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium (SAFS) will see the event hosted in Europe for the first time. The Berlin edition will build on existing momentum and again draw a diverse international audience that can advance the dialogue around the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels. Topics will include: SAF

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Climate Law Falls Short of Expectations — UFOP: Climate Protection by Consensus and Motivating instead of Using the “Crowbar”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)) The climate law presented today by the EU Commission does not meet the expectations of a previously announced, more ambitious climate protection policy. In order to achieve the net zero emissions target 2050, the conditions for achieving the climate protection target

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UFOP Questions Straw’s Feedstock Potential for “Advanced” Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)   In Germany, UFOP reports that straw is a scarce commodity and not waste, making it a sought-after resource, but that the use of grain straw for biofuels production should take a back seat. UFOP questioned the current political preference in Germany given to biofuels from

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Invests in Sunfire, Leading Technology Developer of High-Temperature Electrolysis and Power-to-X Solutions

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, has acquired a minority stake in the German cleantech company Sunfire GmbH. Sunfire is a leading developer of high-temperature electrolysis technology. The company’s patented technology allows the production of renewable

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

German Biodiesel Exports of 2.3 Million Tons in 2019 Break Record

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   German foreign trade in biodiesel was very brisk last year. The total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) exceeded the previous year’s level by nearly 20 percent. German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Petrol: UK to Standardise Higher Ethanol Blend

(Press Association/The Guardian)  Government says ‘cleaner’ fuel will help cut carbon dioxide emissions before electric cars become the norm  — The government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10% ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said the

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Economics Of Advanced Biofuels

(BioCycle Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy’s new report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction,”  acknowledges the gap between the cost of the advanced biofuels and current fuel prices, and explains how this gap can be reduced in the medium term through process improvements in designing, building and operating plants, financing costs

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Starts in Groningen

(Gasunie) A consortium of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Nederland has launched ambitious NortH2 green hydrogen project  —  NortH2 vision: Energy from source to customer – from renewable power to green hydrogen distribution – where different partners can collaborate on achieving the scale to realise this ambition. New wind farms in

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Examine the Effect of Palm-Oil Biodiesel on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(AZO Cleantech)  Despite the rising controversy over the sustainability of vegetable oil biofuels, these products are increasingly being utilized as a substitute for fossil fuels.  —  In a recent study headed by the University of Gottingen, scientists analyzed the impact of palm-oil biodiesel on greenhouse gas emissions for the whole life cycle. The scientists

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany Eyes New Offshore Wind Farms Dedicated to Green Hydrogen Production

by Bernd Radowitz (ReCharge) Move would be a world first in fast-moving sector — part of government plans to spend billions of euros to build up an industrial-scale domestic market for green H2  — Germany is considering holding special offshore wind tenders to produce green hydrogen at an industrial scale, according

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Are Crucial: International Conference on Renewable Mobility Discusses the “Green Deal” and Defossilisation of the Transport Sector

(Fuels of the Future) Discussions and presentations at the 17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility focus on the impact of the German government’s climate protection package and the new European Commission’s “Green Deal”. The European Commission intends to ramp up its climate protection efforts through the “Green Deal”, which is also

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Presentations Available Online for Conference on The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 an beyond

(Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

How Exactly Cyanobacteria Convert CO2 So Efficiently

(Ruhr University Bochum (Google Translation)) A research team was able to reveal the secret of the bacteria. In the future it will be possible to look at them.  —  With the help of sunlight, photosynthetic organisms use carbon dioxide from the air to build up biomass. Cyanobacteria are particularly efficient because they

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant Expands Production Capability & Launches New Products for EMEA Edible Oils & Biofuels Market

(Clariant) Investment in additional production capacity at Yuncos, Spain plant; New product line extends portfolio of highly activated bleaching earths; Production & service closer to customers in Spain of products for 3-MCPD reduction in edible oils Clariant continues to boost the supply of high-quality activated bleaching earths to the edible oil

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Bioeconomy M&A Deal Review & Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest published today a 2020 Deal Review and Outlook Bioeconomy M&A visual guide that looks at the slurry of recent mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy like Lygos and Librede, NuSeed and Agrisoma, FinCo Fuels and GoodFuels, The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum, Aemetis and Goodland

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Bacteria Help Recycle Greenhouse Gases in the Future?

by Florence Schulz, translated by Daniel Eck  (EURACTIV.de)  Could bacteria assist in the recycling of greenhouse gases in the future instead of releasing them into the atmosphere? European researchers are working to reverse the metabolism of intestinal bacteria that feed on CO2 so that they form products that can be

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanogenic Microorganisms as Workhorses of the Industrial Bioeconomy

(Technische Universitat Dresden/EurekAlert!)   The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the research consortium with a grant of more than two million euros. The Science Year 2020 has its focus on Bioeconomy with the aim of communicating state-of-the-art research on bio-based technologies and the associated concepts for a more

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Soaring Demand Seen Driving French Ethanol Sales to New Record This Year

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters) Ethanol sales in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and a wider availability in petrol stations, French ethanol producer group SNPAA said on Tuesday. A decline in diesel demand and the

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Prehistoric Microbes Valorize Carbon Dioxide under High Pressure to ‘Green Gas’

(Krajete GmbH/TechXplore)  A completely new kind of bioreactor for the biological production of methane has enabled the use of extremely high pressure levels for the first time—and set new efficiency standards for the conversion of CO2 and H2 into methane. This significant improvement compared with conventional bioreactors is down to billions of

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Rising Carbon Prices Led to Drop in German Emissions in 2019

by Frank Jordans (Associated Press/Washington Post) Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country’s 2020 climate goal within reach again. A report released Tuesday by the think tank Agora Energiewende found that emissions fell by 6.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year — equivalent to 50 million tons

January 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Alternative Biofuel Could Help Tackle Pollution Problems

by Priyom Bose (AZO Cleantech)  Recently, global warming and ways of preventing the effect of pollution in our environment, have been the most important topics of discussion. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many countries have adopted the use of biofuels. … Smart biofuel production reduces greenhouse gas emission Some researchers

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

UPM Celebrates Five Years of Operations at Advanced Biofuels Facility in Finland

(Biofuels International)  Finnish company UPM has marked the five-year anniversary of the start of operations of the first biorefinery in the world to produce wood-based advanced biofuels, the Lappeenranta Biorefinery. The facility uses wood-based residual raw material crude tall oil to produce renewable fuels that decrease emissions and mitigate climate

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Next Generation Biofuels for Sustainable Transportation

(The Engineer/Specialized Imaging)  Specialised Imaging reports that the Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) has invested in a Kirana Ultra High-Speed camera to undertake fluid-mechanical fundamental research underpinning development of bio-hybrid fuels for the next generation of sustainable transportation. Groundbreaking research at the University of Aachen Fuel Science

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article
    ONLINE ONLY IBBK proBIOGAS International – Biogas Engineering and Operating Training with Plant Visits   —   NEW DATE April 20-29, 2020

ONLINE ONLY IBBK proBIOGAS International – Biogas Engineering and Operating Training with Plant Visits — NEW DATE April 20-29, 2020

7-day In-depth Course, SHMT, Stuttgart, Germany  Calling all biogas plant operators and AD enthusiasts…  If you want to really understand… How exactly biogas is produced from organic waste and biomass What to do when you run into troubles with your day-to-day operation What the most modern biogas technologies are If you

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article
    IBBK Progress in Biogas V   —   March 10-12, 2021   —   Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK Progress in Biogas V — March 10-12, 2021 — Stuttgart, Germany

International Conference with Company Exhibition & Workshops– For the conference with company exhibition we expect around 250 international participants. This conference series has been running since September 2007. And with more than 1,000 international participants joining throughout the last 12+ years, it’s your perfect platform for an international knowledge exchange. Meet

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Industrial Biotechnology Trends in the U.S. – The View from Europe

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …   Housed in a region with significant historic chemical operations, including the home of where buna rubber was first commercialized, Eastern Germany is similar to parts of the industrial midwestern United States.  The area benefits from a strong infrastructure of research and scale-up facilities,

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Aviation Inks Deal to Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Lufthansa in US Airport

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green) Firm promises to develop ‘scalable supply’ of sustainable aviation fuels under new multi-year partnership with World Energy  —  Shell Aviation, the jet fuel arm of the Dutch oil giant, has today announced a new deal with World Energy and Lufthansa Group that will see the

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering Ink Deal for 30 Million Gallon Cellulosic Ethanol Project in China

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Germany we have news that Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. This is the third commercial license for the sunliquid technology and the first for China. The Anhui Guozhen Group and Chemtex have agreed to

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Microalgae Applications and Cultivation: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to mBio’s Algae Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From microalgae applications that include adding value to feed, shrimp larvae culturing, bioplastics and anti-bacterial constituents and other applications, do you know about the latest in algae cultivation technologies? Check out what this team from MicroBio Engineering and Cal Poly State University shared during this

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Welcoming an Age of Sustainable Flight

(Neste) Lufthansa’s Katja Kleffmann tells Satu Dahl how the airline is succeeding in its bid to make aviation greener. Globally, we are witnessing a surge in sustainability innovation—from new forms of propulsion to smarter, more energy-efficient buildings. And one of those initiatives is sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Production in Germany

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up with green hydrogen in Germany? What’s the German Climate Change action plan for 2050, and the role of renewables and hydrogen in that mix? What’s the NIP in both its phases, the hydrogen refueling infrastructure and more? Jan Wegener, Programme Manager Europe at NOW

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

In Europe, the Blend Is the Trend

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Study shows that E10 can be successful in Europe in the near-term, while E20 can be Europe’s fuel in the future.  —  Europeans continue to push their national governments and the European Union to raise the stakes in the fight against climate change. Several

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Tech’s Diversified Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogenics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogenics is a unit of Cummins Inc. active in designing, manufacturing, building and installing industrial and commercial Hydrogen generation, Hydrogen fuel cells and MW-scale energy storage solutions. Based in Mississauga, Canada with manufacturing facilities located in Germany, Belgium and United States, the company offers PEM and alkaline

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Position Paper: Climate Change Mitigation with Sustainable Renewable Fuels

(Bio-Based News) Making use of existing sustainable options to reduce greenhouse gases in transport, encouraging the development of new technologies Climate change mitigation is one of the global challenges of this century. The Climate Action Plan 2050 of the German Federal Government sets targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG)

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The workshop presented the findings of a project that was set up jointly by two Technology Collaboration Programmes of the International Energy Agency, namely the IEA Bioenergy TCP and the Advanced Motor Fuels TCP (AMF Annex 58). The project focuses on country-specific analysis of Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA,

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Request for Expression of Interest for the Canadian Bioeconomy Cooperative R&D Partnering Mission to Germany – March 2-6, 2020 DEADLINE: December 20, 2019

(Government of Canada Trade Commissioner Service)  The bioeconomy sector is a key priority in both Canada and Germany. This mission will focus on introducing Canadian companies that have strong R&D expertise and capacity in this sector to potential leading German partners for the purpose of R&D collaboration. The mission will

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article
    International Conference on Biofuels & Renewable Energy: Shaping the Future of Biofuels to Next Decade   —   March 19-20, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

International Conference on Biofuels & Renewable Energy: Shaping the Future of Biofuels to Next Decade — March 19-20, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

Biofuels Congress 2020 takes advantage of this opportunity to share your insight with the experts and global participants from renewable energy, energy efficiency, power, bioenergy, biofuels, fuel cells, waste management sectors. With its strong emphasis on innovative approaches, the conference offers a chance for scientists working in different areas of

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article
    Fuels of the Future   —   January 20-21, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

Fuels of the Future — January 20-21, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

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December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Fuels for Logistics: Deutsche Post DHL Group Sees Mass Market Potential for Synthetic Fuels in Five to Ten Years

(Deutsche Post DHL Group)  Over the next 10 to 20 years, sustainable fuels will play a critical role in efforts to reduce the impact of transport on the climate. This white paper offers an overview of the current discussion surrounding sustainable fuels and identifies the types of fuels and technologies

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for Bio-based Material of the Year DEADLINE: February 29, 2020

(nova-Institute) We are looking for an innovative bio-based material in a new application that has been launched on the market in the current year or is about to be launched on the market First stage: From now until end of 29 February 2020 Producers and inventors of innovative products and

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany    DEADLINES:  January 31, 2020;  April 30, 2020; February 29, 2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany DEADLINES: January 31, 2020; April 30, 2020; February 29, 2020

Success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs in the bioeconomy.  Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future. Bio-based polymers can be found in

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    ONLINE ONLY 13th Bio-based Materials Conference   —  May 12-13 2020   —   Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

ONLINE ONLY 13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs in the bioeconomy.  Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future. Bio-based polymers can be found in

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Eyed for Project that Converts Electricity to Storable Gas

by Tux Turkel (Press Herald)  Wind and other renewables produce excess power that could be used in the state’s natural gas pipeline system.  — … The transmission lines connecting Maine’s far-flung renewable generators to the regional electric grid sometimes are too weak to carry all their power. When that happens, grid

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Rise of HVO to Be the Downfall of Traditional Biodiesel in Europe

by Samantha Wright (Independent Commodity Intelligence Service)  As hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) use grows in Europe, with more expansions anticipated in the next few years, questions are arising as to its impact on the traditional biodiesel market and the wider oleochemicals industry. It is likely that the rise of HVO use

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Evonik to Expand Sodium Methylate Capacity in Rosario, Argentina

(Evonik) -Output of sodium methylate production plant in Rosario will be increased by 50 percent in two stages; -Expansion is response to increasing market demand for biodiesel; -Investment strengthens market leadership position for alkoxides; -Evonik plans to increase its capacity for sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility from 60,000

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen thru Existing Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Conversion to Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry looked recently at the use of hydrogen using existing natural gas infrastructure and existing gas appliances.  READ MORE  

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Infographic Shows Origins of Germany’s Biodiesel, HVO Feedstocks

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The public rarely questions where raw materials for fossil fuels come from when filling their fuel tanks.  It’s a far different story when it comes to biofuels: With the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the requirements for sustainability criteria, greenhouse gas reduction and documentation obligations have been further tightened.

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article
    Discover Europe’s Market Roll-out of Advanced Renewable Fuels   —   March 25, 2020   —   Munich/Straubing, Germany

Discover Europe’s Market Roll-out of Advanced Renewable Fuels — March 25, 2020 — Munich/Straubing, Germany

Latest ADVANCEFUEL insights about the market uptake of advanced renewable fuels and visit Clariant’s sunliquid® plant   —  About this Event:  Transportation is the only sector in Europe where carbon emissions just keep on increasing. In 2016, the transportation sector globally represented 27% of the total emissions which was 3% higher,

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels and Biofuels in Germany Report Published

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) published their 8th annual report on the evaluation and progress of biomass fuels and biofuels in Germany, and also on the flow of goods to other countries. This Evaluation and Progress Report intends to inform both the

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

NuSeed Acquires Agrisoma Carinata Assets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Louisiana, longtime industry executive Glenn Johnston said that NuSeed has acquired the carinata assets of Canadian agricultural pioneer Agrisoma. Johnston was speaking at the IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuels Symposium in New Orleans and confirmed that five Agrisoma staff members have joined NuSeed, with the asset acquisition.

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste’s IMO 2020 Low-Sulfur Marine Fuel Available in Germany

(Neste Corp./Biodiesel Magazine) Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH have signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. This new marine fuel, containing maximum 0.5 percent sulfur, has been available in Bremerhaven, Germany, since the beginning of November.   BMT is a bunkering services company with

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Wes Amelie Will Be the World’s First Vessel to Run on Synthetic LNG

(MAN Energy Solutions/NGV Journal) MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH have announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted ‘Wes Amelie’, a 1,036-teu feeder container ship, will use liquefied synthetic natural gas (SNG) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel. The companies are cooperating on the project with Nauticor, the

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Remondis Link up to Develop Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  … Finnish renewable diesel and chemical provider Neste and German recycling provider Remondis have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Official Speaks at World Energy and Biofuels Event

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) At the World Ethanol and Biofuels Event in Brussels, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis took the stage to share his insight into the global markets landscape and provide an update on steps the United States has been taking to embrace and promote higher ethanol blends.

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo and Blocksize Capital Developing Blockchain Technology for Tracking Sustainability of Renewable Products

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it has signed a Development Agreement with Blocksize Capital, a Leading Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT, commonly referred to as “Blockchain”) company based in Germany. Originally developed as an underlying branch of the blockchain technology, DLT is an immutable tool that allows

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article
    ONLINE ONLY 1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels   —   March 23, 2020   —   Cologne, Germany

ONLINE ONLY 1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels — March 23, 2020 — Cologne, Germany

ONLINE ONLY Sustainable Strategies & Solutions for Cleaner Air Transport  —  The vital question for the future of aviation is: how do we tackle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aviation and their serious impact on the climate? There are not many options available. Electric-driven aviation is, for the next decades, only

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 24-25, 2020 — Cologne, Germany   DEADLINES: November 30, 2019 and January 20, 2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 24-25, 2020 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINES: November 30, 2019 and January 20, 2020

Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) as a fast-moving, environmental- and industry-driven innovation area has attracted more and more stakeholders. Several start-ups and established companies already launched CO2-based products or efficient utilisation technologies and even more players show their interest in getting involved in this field. Increasingly, they are planning and

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    ONLINE ONLY 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   March 24-25, 2020   —   Cologne, Germany

ONLINE ONLY 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 24-25, 2020 — Cologne, Germany

Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) as a fast-moving, environmental- and industry-driven innovation area has attracted more and more stakeholders. Several start-ups and established companies already launched CO2-based products or efficient utilisation technologies and even more players show their interest in getting involved in this field. Increasingly, they are planning and

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    EU Circular Economy and Plastic Policy   —   January 30, 2020  —   Airport Cologne/Bonn, Germany

EU Circular Economy and Plastic Policy — January 30, 2020 — Airport Cologne/Bonn, Germany

Circular Economy Package, Plastics Strategy, Single-use Plastics Ban, Microplastics restriction… EU plastic policy is rapidly changing and the content of the legislation has given ground to confusion and speculation by industry players. How binding are the provisions? Will there be any exceptions or special regulations for bio-based or biodegradable plastics?

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    BioMonitor Expert Workshop   —   November 14, 2019   —   Köln, Germany

BioMonitor Expert Workshop — November 14, 2019 — Köln, Germany

About the BioMonitor project  BioMonitor is an EU Horizon 2020 project which plans to establish a sustainable statistics and modelling framework for the bioeconomy. This will be achieved by developing and implementing a data and modelling framework that is effective (supported by a stakeholders’ platform) and robust (implementable in existing systems of statistical

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article
    WoodCircus Workshop   —   November 13, 2019   —   Cologne, Germany

WoodCircus Workshop — November 13, 2019 — Cologne, Germany

Wood your mind? – WoodCircus is looking for best practices in wood-based circular economy  —  Save the date for our upcoming WoodCircus workshop on 13th of November, 14:00 – 16:00 h, at the Maternushaus in Cologne, Germany. The main goal of the WoodCircus project is to promote wood-based value chains as a key

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Supply Chains & Clariant’s Experience in Romania

by Paolo Corvo (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  … The success of making use of that sustainable biomass resource and a rapid uptake of bioenergy technologies relies on many factors. One of it is the cost of feedstock, which is directly dependent on the development, establishment and execution of a reliable, stable, high-quality feedstock

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Fate of Green Hydrogen Depends on Ever Cheaper Renewables – for Now

by Max Hall (PV Magazine)  Analyst WoodMac has spelled out the urgent need to decarbonize the global hydrogen production industry. While the fuel can offer a sustainable grid balancing act for intermittent renewables, in its current fossil-fuel driven form it is pumping out more than 800 megatons of carbon into

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Mexican Delegation Views Ethanol Industry in Grand Island Area

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  A group of visitors from Mexico were in Grand Island Thursday to see the area’s ethanol production.  The 22 visitors represent various aspects of the ethanol industry in Mexico. They were in Grand Island to get an up-close and personal look at the Nebraska ethanol

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

10 Countries Moving toward a Green Hydrogen Economy

by Jason Deign (Green Tech Media)  It’s early days for renewable hydrogen, but the potential is enormous, and several nations have an eye on the driver’s seat.  — Air Liquide had a special gift for the U.S. on the little-known National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day this month: The French industrial

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Plant Skeletons: Weighing the Environmental Impacts of a Byproduct of Biofuel Combustion

(University of Pennsylvania/Phys.org)  … Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process; it produces emissions that vary depending on the species used, the combustion conditions, and the air pollution controls. To understand one component of these emissions, an international, multidisciplinary team led by University of Pennsylvania mineralogists used highly

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

The Market for Sustainable Kerosene Needs the Quota

(aireg e.V.)  On the occasion of the international aireg conference on sustainable aviation fuels in Berlin on October 17th and 18th 2019, aireg proposes the introduction of a GHG reduction quota through sustainable aviation fuels. On a global scale, about 70,000 tons of sustainable synthetic kerosene are available today, which

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Good Reasons for Biofuels: Facts about the Ongoing Decarbonisation of Road Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP))  Human-caused climate change is already visible and is especially evident in agriculture, as the “drought year” of 2018 clearly demonstrated. Agriculture, however, is not only affected. It is also part of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Positions & Perception of Stakeholders towards Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It matters of course, what people think about bioenergy, not just the makers and political folk or offtakers, but the broader groups as well in what is called elsewhere ‘civil society’, amongst pressure groups, and ordinary customers at the pump or retail store. The measurement

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

BIOPLAT-EU Project: The Second Project Meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

(Bioenergy Association of Ukraine) SEC Biomass experts Tetiana Zheliezna, Oleksandra Tryboi and Olha Haidai took part in the second BIOPLAT-EU (Promoting Sustainable Use of Underutilized Lands for Bioenergy Production through a Web-Based Platform for Europe) project meeting that was held in Kyiv on 26 of September, 2019. The project partners presented

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article
    UBA Forum ‘Luftverkehr der Zukunft’ 2019   —   November 6-7, 2019   —   Berlin, Germany

UBA Forum ‘Luftverkehr der Zukunft’ 2019 — November 6-7, 2019 — Berlin, Germany

Under the auspices of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Ms Svenja Schulze, the UBA Forum will bring together participants from the aviation industry, regulatory authorities, politics and science to discuss the best way forward towards a sustainable future for aviation. The German Environment Agency (UBA) will be presenting its

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Lufthansa Collaborate and Aim for a More Sustainable Aviation

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading renewable fuel producer, and Lufthansa, one of the leading airlines in Europe, strengthen their collaboration regarding the development of renewable solutions for aviation. As part of the collaboration, Lufthansa will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel, blended with fossil jet fuel on flights departing from Frankfurt. The

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Call for Partners: Use or Invest in (Biobased) Polymerization Shared Facility

by Jim Lane and Marcel van Berkel (Biofuels Digest/Polymerization Shared Facility) Green Chemistry Campus, REWIN and Wageningen University are planning the development of the first multipurpose Polymerization Shared Facility Pilot Plant in Bergen op Zoom. In this facility new and redesigned bio-polymers can be produced at a sub-commercial scale.Currently the consortium

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    Plastics Regulations   —   March 11-12, 2020   —   Cologne, Germany

Plastics Regulations — March 11-12, 2020 — Cologne, Germany

AMI is pleased to release the programme for the 4th European edition of the Plastics Regulations conference series, featuring European Commission, Mars, Steptoe and Johnson, Keller & Heckman, Verisk 3E and more… The conference will take place on 11-12 March at the Pullman Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Plastics Regulations once

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Convert CO2 into Raw Materials Using Nanoparticles

(Ruhr University Bochum (Google Translation)) Enzymes use cascade reactions to produce complex molecules from comparatively simple raw materials. The principle was copied by researchers. An international research team has converted carbon dioxide into raw materials using nanoparticles. The scientists at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of New South

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Complete Production Chain from Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Successfully Validated

(VTT) Production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by IneraTec GmbH. The main focus of the

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Fungus Fashion, BMW i Hydrogen NEXT Unveiled, Spider Silk and Cellulose Composite, Nestlé Opens Packaging Research Center, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With Climate Week on many minds this week, it’s good to see innovations being developed to take a step in a better direction. Take CPI Card Group which is launching credit cards made from waste plastic recovered from the ocean. Or researchers who have created a

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Clariant AG: Clariant and ORLEN Południe Announce License Agreement on Sunliquid® Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

(Clariant) Agreement marks second signed license deal for Clariant’s sunliquid technology; ORLEN Południe, member of ORLEN Group, intends to realize a full scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol at its Jedlicze site in Poland with Clariant’s sunliquid technology; Cooperation is another major step toward the commercialization of

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article
    International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading   —   September 23-25, 2019   —   Berlin, Germany

International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading — September 23-25, 2019 — Berlin, Germany

The leading aviation conference in EMEA.  Delegates representing over 40 airlines will be at #ISTATEMEA! Connect with representatives from Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Air Canada, SAS, Lufthansa, China Eastern, Sun Express, TAP, Volotea, United and more.  READ MORE

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

New Insights into the Genetics of Mushrooms

(Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Google Translation)) Mushrooms of the order Trichosporonales have unusual genetic characteristics, as an international research team now found out. Some Trichosporonales fungal species are of interest to the industry and are considered to be potential producers of biofuels. But to use them, one would first have to know

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

What Are the Realities for Sustainable Hydrogen in Oil, Chemicals and Steel?

(Hydrogen Digest) The International Energy Agency observed in its Future of Hydrogen report (here), that “ the technologies are available to avoid the emissions from fossil fuel use [in industrial sectors] by producing and supplying low-carbon hydrogen.”  Yes, hydrogen is used in vast quantities in oil refining,. chemical production and iron

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

France Doubles Its Contribution to the Green Climate Fund

(Green Climate Fund) The Green Climate Fund (GCF) welcomes France’s announcement to contribute EUR 1.548 billion to the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund made at the recently concluded G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. At the final press conference of the G7 Summit, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France will double

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Clariant Successfully Concludes Testing of Energy Crop Miscanthus at Straubing Plant for GRACE Project

(Clariant)  INA has chosen Clariant’s sunliquid® technology to assess usability of miscanthus for conversion into lignocellulosic sugars & ethanol within the EU-funded GRACE project in which INA participates; About 30 tons of miscanthus were processed at Clariant’s pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany; sunliquid proved good performance with miscanthus feedstock during

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Project Uses Renewable Electricity for RNG Production

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Electrochaea have commissioned a new biomethanation reactor system, which uses renewable electricity to convert hydrogen into pipeline-quality methane for use in homes, businesses and transportation. The pilot project is located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory

August 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Lufthansa Innovation Hub launches the “Compensaid” Sustainability Platform and Focuses on CO2 Neutral Aviation Fuels

(Lufthansa Group)  Travelers can use the new platform to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF); Airline passengers can reduce up to 80 percent of their CO2 emissions; “Compensaid” provides a transparent overview of a person’s travel history and associated CO2 emissions across all airlines

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Webinar Underscores Need for Wider Scale of Global Ag Talks

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A NACSAA webinar held last month on what transpired at the June climate talks in Bonn (SB50) underscored the limited approaches to climate smart agriculture under discussion by global representatives. The global conversation about the need to transform agriculture and the food system to

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas and Electrochaea Announce Commissioning of New Biomethanation Reactor System Pilot Project

(Southern California Gas Co./PR Newswire)  Innovative project with U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory converts renewable electricity into renewable methane for storage in existing natural gas pipelines  —  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Electrochaea today announced the commissioning of the nation’s first scalable biomethanation reactor system at the U.S. Department of

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Planned Anti-Subsidy Duties on Palm Oil Methyl Ester Ineffective

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  The preliminary anti-subsidy duties announced by the EU Commission will not reduce imports of palm oil-based biodiesel. This is the conclusion the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has drawn from a comparison of 8 per cent and 18 per cent

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: EU Ethanol Consumption to Increase in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses the current use of biofuels in the European Union and the potential for increased use in the future. According to the report, the EU has set a 10 percent target

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

BP, Rosneft Join German Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative

(Biofuels International)  The Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) has welcomed two new members: Rosneft Deutschland and BP Europa. …  Oil major Rosneft’s biofuels commitment:  “Rosneft Deutschland currently produces around 300,000 tonnes of jet fuel annually and implements into-plane aviation fuel supply in Munich, Berlin-Tegel, and Berlin-Schönefeld airports,” commented Brian Chesterman,

August 5, 2019 Read Full Article

How Nature Builds Hydrogen-Producing Enzymes

(Ruhr University Bochum)  The heart of the biological catalyst is introduced in the last step. The process is complex.  A team from the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Oxford has found out how hydrogen-producing enzymes, the so-called hydrogenases, are activated during their biosynthesis. They showed how the cofactor – a

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

France Bans Palm Oil from Biofuels

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))   France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market,

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Here Comes the Sun – Sunliquid Tech: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant, a Switzerland based specialty chemicals company, has four business areas: Care Chemicals, Natural Resources, Catalysis and Plastics & Coatings. While the first half of the year has been challenging, Clariant was able to increase sales by 4% and operating cash flow increased by 11%. Paolo

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP: Biodiesel Quotas Take Pressure off the Market – Non-EU Countries Show How Bioeconomics Work

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/LifePR)   …The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has noted that the price situation in the vegetable oil markets would be even more dramatic, if countries such as Argentina, Brazil, the US and Indonesia did not ease market pressure by raising

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and Beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on its own, and advanced renewable

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article
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