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

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

A Protective Shield for Sensitive Enzymes in Biofuel Cells

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Groundbreaking for Clariant’s Sunliquid® Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania

(Clariant)  Investment represents biggest industrial commitment by an international corporation in the region of Craiova; Location chosen for combination of feedstock supply and infrastructure; Annual production capacity of 50 000 tons of cellulosic ethanol  —  Muttenz, September 12, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today officially started construction of the

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Operating Performance of a Tractor Engine of Emissions Standard EU IV in Biodiesel Operation

by Thomas Sadlowski, Volker Wichmann, Bert Buchholz and Markus Winkler  (ATZ OffHighway)  The use of pure biofuels in agricultural machinery offers the opportunity to reduce the use of fossil fuels. These engines are largely fuelled by self-consumption gas stations. Based on the introduction of new emission standards at the beginning of the decade it was determined that

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

High Feedstock Prices Hardly Reached Consumers

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)) The scarcity of supply of agricultural feedstock due to drought-related declines in yield had little impact on consumer prices. The main factors driving prices up were labour or energy costs. … The association has underlined that this price signal must be set

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Germany: Biogas Plant Will Be Modernized and Re-Commissioned

(Weltec Group/NGV Journal)  As of 1 August 2018, Nordmethan GmbH, a company of the WELTEC BIOPOWER Group, has taken over a biogas plant in Südergellersen, Lower Saxony. The German specialist for the development and operation of biomethane and biogas plants will fully modernize the technical and operational overall concept of the

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

The Silent Fuel: Methanol for Power, Fuels and Chemistry in a Low-Carbon Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Switzerland comes word of a technology for methanol synthesis plants which capture CO2 from the environment to create renewable methanol fuel. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s appropriately named Silent-Power. The company produces both industrial and modular plants and is working to bring

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Egyptian Firm to Turn Tonnes of Rubbish into Electricity, Bio-Diesel

by Jeffrey Gogo (The Herald)  Emerging energy firm Tawanda Energy Ltd has agreed a deal with Egyptian financier and project developer MAFGAIB for the construction of a $140 million plant that converts waste to energy. The deal is still at feasibility stage, but once complete, aims to turn up to 800 tonnes

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

German Biofuel Ticket Market to Get a Boost

(Argus Media) Germany’s biofuel quota ticket prices are poised to receive a boost from 2018 onward, as market participants increasingly see benefits in holding onto tickets in anticipation of higher biofuels blending costs. Germany’s so-called tickets are tradeable greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction certificates that road fuel blenders receive for each tonne

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS 7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 20-21, 2019 — Cologne, Germany     DEADLINE:  October 31, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS 7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 20-21, 2019 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: October 31, 2018

Topics: Carbon Capture, Hydrogen, Fuels for cars and aviation, Chemicals and Polymers as well as Mineralisation and Proteins ++ Meet the leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world ++ More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 utilization and 20

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement,

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship program is targeted at recent university graduates from the U.S. and other countries who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships give graduates the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

The Top 10 Advances in Renewable Butanol: What’s Speeding up, Where Are the Slow-Downs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol. BUTANOVA technology consists on a novel and proprietary metabolic pathway designed computationally by SilicoLife and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Wärtsilä to Acquire Puregas Solutions

(Wärtsilä/Biomass Magazine)  The technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden-based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas is a leading player in its field with subsidiary companies in Germany, Denmark, the U.K., and the USA. The company utilizes a unique CApure process to convert raw

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies: France Grants to Two Renewable Isobutene Derivatives the Benefit of Public Support for Sustainable Biofuels.

(Global Bioenergies)  Bio-isobutene incorporated in the form of ETBE and isooctane is on the list of biofuels in the order related to the General Tax on Polluting Activities (TGAP) published in the Journal Officiel dated 18 July 2018 (text #8). Thanks to public support, the road fuels consumed in France –

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Overcoming Limitations of Engineering Eukaryotic Algae

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Have some of the final engineering limitations of microalgae been overcome? Can microalgae be hosts for genetic engineering as powerful as bacteria and yeast? A promising new technique for gene design seems to overcome expression limitations of nuclear transgene expression for practical eukaryotic algal engineering1. Researchers from

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and Audi Renew Their Partnership in Renewable Gasoline

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and Audi announced today the signing of a new agreement focused on the implementation of residue usage, preparation of a path to commercialization and engine testing of new blends. Following the completion of a first series of engine testing and significant progresses of

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Potential of Biodiesel in the Commercial Vehicles Sector Revealed

(Biofuels International)  A recent survey among vehicle manufacturers shows that the widespread use of biodiesel in the commercial vehicle sector is ‘technically possible’, according to the Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM). AGQM, along with the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) and the Association of the German

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Numerous Commercial Vehicles Approved for Biodiesel

(LifePR/Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM))  New approval list of large engine and commercial vehicle manufacturers for operation with biodiesel (B20 / B30 / B100) published. A recent survey among commercial vehicle manufacturers shows that many trucks, buses and mobile machines are approved for higher blends of biodiesel. Even the latest

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore Company

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance. UPM consists

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article
    16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019”    —  January 21-22, 2019   —   Berlin, Germany

16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019” — January 21-22, 2019 — Berlin, Germany

The 16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2019” will be held on 21-22 January 2019, again in Berlin. The conference is organised by the German Bioenergy Association (BBE), the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe), the

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and incoming Japanese worked with Argentine energy minister Juan Jose Aranguren to broker an ambitious re-affirmation of renewable energy goals, if expressed with cautious timelines and with deep understanding of the

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article
  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting   —   December 6-7, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting — December 6-7, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

Join RSB at our Annual Meeting where we will be examining the big picture issues faced by the bioeconomy in 2018 and looking at the solutions, opportunities and real world examples that will guide us towards a truly sustainable bioeconomy. Members, brand leaders and innovators, certified operators, feedstock producers and

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or with the US ethanol industry. And BASF, Lallemand, Leaf Resources and Syngenta’s Enogen corn are

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Stubble Burning: Punjab to Manufacture Bio-CNG from Paddy Straw

(Economic Times Energy World)  Seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the state, but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw, the minister said. … The government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to stubble burning and every possible effort is afoot

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Unloading Sustainability in the Most Unlikely Places: Germany’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Realizing Closed Photo-Bioreactor Systems

by Michael Eggelston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The excessive water evaporation of open pond photo-bioreactors (PBRs) seriously limits the geographical applicability of algae as a catalyst for bio-based products. As a result, these industries in Europe have turned to closed PBR systems which only use a fraction of the water consumed

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

US Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels To Tune Of $27 Billion

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)  New research has shown that the United States continues to subsidize the production and consumption of fossil fuels to the tune of $27 billion, despite repeated pledges since 2009 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. In a groundbreaking new study that ranks G7 countries’ progress toward phasing

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
    nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)   —   September 18, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) — September 18, 2018 — Cologne, Germany

What makes the utilization of CO2 attractive? Which role will CCU play in the sustainable fuels and chemistry? nova experts discuss possible options of CCU technologies, latest developments and the political framework. The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), is gaining momentum.

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania: Commercial Transport Can Be Fossil-Free by 2050

(Scania/Automotive World)  A fossil-free commercial transport system in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement target is not only possible, but also financially attractive from a societal perspective. This is the key conclusion of a study initiated by Scania. … A comprehensive analysis undertaken by Scania, and reviewed by an external academic

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

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

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Standoff between Oil and UK Government Main Obstacle to E10

by Clare Pennington and Samantha Wright (ICIS News)  The UK government and the country’s transport fuel suppliers have been entrenched in a disagreement over whether biofuel E10 will be mandated by the government or introduced by suppliers at petrol stations, delaying its introduction for years, according to the biofuel’s supporters. “The government has

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article
  Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass   —   June 19 to 21, 2018   —   Aachen, Germany

Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass — June 19 to 21, 2018 — Aachen, Germany

The International Conference of the excellence cluster Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass will take place in the Eurogress in Aachen, already held for the 6th time. Scientists from all over the world are expected in Aachen during these days to present and discuss their latest results in the field of fuel

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article
  International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association   —   June 12-13, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association — June 12-13, 2018 — Cologne, Germany

Specialists from all over the world will meet in order to exchange information regarding the latest developments in hemp applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and oil as well as cannabinoids. Applications are biocomposites in automotive and construction,textiles, food, food supplements and pharmaceuticals. We are expecting again more than 300 international participants from more than 40 countries – we are looking forward to the

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Biogas Backpack’ Successfully Tested in Uganda

(Bioenergy Insight)  A Ugandan and German team called ‘Agali Awamu’ has developed an ‘innovative and feasible’ solution for electricity and biogas supply in Uganda. The project was facilitated by the lab of tomorrow, an organisation run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) formed to encourage ‘the private

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be massively scaled up, according to every climate-economic modeling effort, in order to reach the Paris

May 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Report Shows Germany’s Biodiesel Quality Continues to Improve

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s biodiesel quality management association, AGQM, has released its 2017 quality report from the sampling of biodiesel producers and warehouse operators throughout the country last year in three sampling campaigns. According to the organization, 53 samples were taken and 1,060 parameters were analyzed, all of which

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

DGAP-News: Uniper SE: Methanation Plant in Falkenhagen Opens – Important Step for a Successful Energy Transition

(Uniper SE/Finanzen.ch) Successful completion to expansion of existing power-to-gas plant in Falkenhagen, Germany; Sector coupling for renewable electricity through conversion to synthetic Natural Gas begins; European research project STORE&GO enters next phase  Start of 24 month research operations As part of the international STORE&GO research project, opening ceremonies were held today for the

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Electricity-Based Fuels: As Much as Needed for the Sake of the Climate, as Little as Possible for the Sake of Efficiency

(Agora Verkehrswende and Agora Energiewende)  … The production of power-based synthetic fuels is a multi-stage process. First, clean energy from wind or PV electrolyzes water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then, the hydrogen is combined with carbon dioxide to create gaseous or liquid synthetic fuel. The advantages of those fuels relative to

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

City in Western Germany Will Power Fleets with Local, Green Hydrogen

(GFW, GreenHydrogen, Calvera and CleanTech/NGV Journal)  Next year, buses in Rennerod, Germany (north of Frankfurt), will be powered by an advanced, environmentally friendly hydrogen energy system designed and implemented by an international team of companies using technology that is now commercially available. Danish GreenHydrogen, Spanish Clantech and Calvera, and Rennerod-based Gesellschaft

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article
  3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference   —   May 13-16, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference — May 13-16, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

As the world’s population edges towards 9 billion, the strain on our planet’s resources is progressively increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel. The products of human manufacture, even those produced to

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Former Volkswagen CEO Indicted Over Emission Testing Scandal

by Sonari Glinton (National Public Radio)  Martin Winterkorn, the former head of Volkswagen, was indicted on Thursday along with five other former VW executives on charges of conspiracy and fraud in connection with a years-long scheme by the automaker to cheat on auto emissions tests. Winterkorn, who led VW from 2007

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 2nd, 2018

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

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Weltec Biopower Showcases Biogas Solutions in Munich

(Weltec Biopower/NGV Journal)  At the IFAT, trade fair for environmental technologies in Munich, Germany, the German company WELTEC BIOPOWER will exhibit its technologies for the energetic use of organic waste and wastewater to a broad industrial and municipal audience. From 14 to 18 May, the globally active biogas plant manufacturer will

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are working to enable a biojet supply chain in the country, with testing the feasibility of co-mingling biojet with an airport’s main fuel system an important component. Primary funding for the

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Lithium War Is About To Begin

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it’s lithium. Lithium, or “white petroleum” as some call it, has become a crucial element in today’s high-tech economy. Demand for lithium is soaring, and producers are frantically searching

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  2nd Global Summit on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering — February 18-19, 2019 — Frankfurt, Germany    DEADLINE: uncleaer

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd Global Summit on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering — February 18-19, 2019 — Frankfurt, Germany DEADLINE: uncleaer

Aim: To promote quality research and real-world impact in an atmosphere of true international co-operation between scientists, engineers and industry by bringing together the world class researchers, International Communities and Industrial heads to discuss the latest developments and innovations in research field. The Scientific Federation is an expert-driven non-profit international

April 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
  2nd Global Summit on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering   —   February 18-19, 2019   —   Frankfurt, Germany

2nd Global Summit on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering — February 18-19, 2019 — Frankfurt, Germany

Aim: To promote quality research and real-world impact in an atmosphere of true international co-operation between scientists, engineers and industry by bringing together the world class researchers, International Communities and Industrial heads to discuss the latest developments and innovations in research field. The Scientific Federation is an expert-driven non-profit international

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

New Nanocatalysts for Biofuel Processing

(Bioenergy Insight) A project called Biogo-for-Production has developed new nanocatalysts to create an integrated modular and highly efficient process for producing fuels from renewable energy sources. The researchers focused on the development of advanced nanocatalysts, coupled with advanced reactor concepts to realise modular, highly efficient, integrated processes for the production of fuels from

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon

by Francois De Beaupuy and Ania Nussbaum  (Bloomberg)  Global Bioenergies looks to extract fuels from non-food crops; Unlike ethanol, fuel works in any engine in high concentration  —  A German luxury carmaker and a French biotech company have joined forces to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels.  On a

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG Announce Their Collaboration on ASTM-Certification of a Bio-Isobutene Feedstock and Conversion Process for the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (GBE), the company developing a breakthrough process converting renewable resources into isobutene, and SkyNRG, world market leader in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will work together to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ approach to process isobutene into a jet fuel blending component. The companies will work towards

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article
  International Conference on Bio-Based Materials   —   May 15-16, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

International Conference on Bio-Based Materials — May 15-16, 2018 — Cologne, Germany

The 11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies. For the 11th year in a row, the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the

April 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Dumping Controversy Pushes German Producer to Cut Production

(Biofuels International)  German renewable fuel producer Natural Energy West is to reduce its biodiesel output by 50%. According to Reuters, the company is making the cuts in response to surging biodiesel imports from Indonesia and Argentina to the EU. Reuters reports that the company will cut output ‘immediately and for an indefinite period’. Natural

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of a European Union program. In the production of olives and olive oil, the management of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Two-Step, One-Pot Process for Synthesis of Benzene from Microalgal Oils

(Green Car Congress) Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. It is used as a precursor to the manufacture of more complex chemicals, and, with a high octane number, is an important component of gasoline. Researchers at the University of

April 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Talking Carbon: Europe’s Prejudice towards Carbon Capture Utilization (CCU) Technology

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With over 260 million cars on the road in Europe, industry leaders and governmental representatives alike are putting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) under fire for its lack of clarity surrounding its impact on defossilizing the transportation sector. Carbon Capture and Utilization Included

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article
  7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   March 20-21, 2019   —   Cologne, Germany

7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 20-21, 2019 — Cologne, Germany

Topics: Carbon Capture, Hydrogen, Fuels for cars and aviation, Chemicals and Polymers as well as Mineralisation and Proteins ++ Meet the leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world ++ More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 utilization and 20

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

First Car Driving with Global Bioenergies’ Renewable Gasoline

(Global Bioenergies)  First Audi car to drive at the Montlhéry circuit using over 34% renewable gasoline; One-cylinder engine testing results confirm renewable gasoline has very high performances; Start of the on-road testing phase  —  Today, for the first time, Global Bioenergies will use an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing over 34% of renewable, isobutene-derived,

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

FAME, Rapeseed Oil Round Robin Tests Modified to Include UCO

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The German biodiesel quality management association (AGQM) and the mineral oil and fuels standards committee (FAM) have opened registration for their annual round robin tests for biodiesel and rapeseed oil. After a decade of such tests, however, the groups have modified and extended the “rapeseed oil

April 4, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

IEA Bioenergy Publishes Success Stories

(International Energy Agency)  IEA Bioenergy has started to make a collection of success stories in the field of bioenergy. This is not intended to be a comprehensive exercise, but to provide a number of examples with a broad coverage in terms of geographical regions, feedstocks, conversion/end use, and actors. A success

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels of investment as well as stimulated discussions on the right implementation strategy. With almost 170

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Is There a Green Premium? New Report from Germany Says “Ja!”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, almost 70% of industry experts are reporting GreenPremium prices for bio-based products, based on a survey on prices for bio-based products conducted by nova-Institute in partnership with the European project BIOFOREVER. This study asks, Are there differences along the value chain? Differences between distinct

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations, 3.28.18 Release

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to BIO, the global economic value today of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is $355.28 billion. And looking at the new USDA Indicators report and other sources, BIO estimates that the United States generates

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on Friday. The standstill is expected to last at least for the duration of the second

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

JRC Released New Certified Reference Materials for Automotive Diesel Fuel Testing

(EU Science Hub)  The JRC released two new Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for automotive diesel fuel containing 7 % biodiesel, so-called ‘diesel (B7)’. These CRMs will support fuel producers and fuel testing laboratories in assuring the quality of their measurements, thus improving trust in the regulatory compliance of this product on the

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies to Present Results of Engine Testing with Renewable Fuels

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) will present engine testing results on April 5th. Its commercial partner Audi, and German engine & fuels specialist FEV, will join the presentation. … Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Can Help Reduce Injector Deposit Formation

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Modern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that biodiesel use can minimize deposit formation in common rail injectors. “Deposit formation processes could be

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

New Edition of “Good Reasons for Biofuels” Brochure Published

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) updated and reissued its consumer information “Good Reasons for Biofuels”. The brochure provides the most important aspects on 24 pages justifying the need to continue promoting biofuels. These concern the desolate market

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)   —   October 1-2, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany     DEADLINE:  uncertain

CALL FOR PAPERS: Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB) — October 1-2, 2018 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain

The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” in Cologne on 1-2 October 2018 will bring together all future-oriented experts from companies, start-ups and research to have a look at the future of food and biomass production. What high-tech strategies are emerging on the horizon to sustainably supply a growing world population with

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    Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)   —   October 1-2, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB) — October 1-2, 2018 — Cologne, Germany

The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” in Cologne on 1-2 October 2018 will bring together all future-oriented experts from companies, start-ups and research to have a look at the future of food and biomass production. What high-tech strategies are emerging on the horizon to sustainably supply a growing world population with

March 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics: The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States RED II negotiations Implementation of policies on advanced biofuels and waste/residues in Member States

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Key Milestone Reached in the Audi – Global Bioenergies Partnership

(Global Bioenergies/Globe Newswire)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and German carmaker Audi today announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components were produced and shipped to Audi. Using its Leuna Demo plant, Global Bioenergies has produced high-purity renewable isobutene, which was further converted by the

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Powers First 737 Max Delivery to TUI Nordic

(Flight Global)  Scandinavian operator TUI Nordic has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, the second to be received by the tourism group. The airline conducted the Max 8 delivery flight – from Seattle to Stockholm – using a 30% blend biofuel. “This was one of the most carbon-efficient flights

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443. Eight institutions from Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic participated, including research institutions, chambers of agriculture and

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Off-Road Engines, Aftertreatment Systems Perform Well on B100

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Rostock demonstrates in current research results that off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. The German government’s climate protection plan 2050 intends a reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions in transport sector by 40 percent until

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS: International Biomass Conference and International Biogas Conference   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany     DEADLINE: uncertain

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Biomass Conference and International Biogas Conference — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain

We’d like to invite companies interested in presenting at this year’s conference to send us their submissions  READ MORE

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Has Classes in Nice and Berlin

Understanding the complexity of current energy transformation in Europe and worlwide 1 language (English) 2 places (Nice and Berlin) A one-year programme (three terms: October-June) 60 ECTS A unique programme – at the crossroads of theory and practice The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is targeted at students

February 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Power-to-Liquids: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology

Sunfire’s key technology is the Solid Oxide Power Core – a stack of high-temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). SOFCs convert chemical energy from a gaseous fuel into electricity and heat. Unlike conventional fuel cells, Sunfire fuel cells can also be operated with different hydrocarbons, such as natural gas, bio

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from a scientific viewpoint? That’s the ambitious topic that Gennadi Zikoridse of the University of Applied Sciences Dresden took on in this recent presentation. Combustion engines as carriers of mobility. Their current problems and

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Realistically Assess and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rapeseed Cultivation

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) (Google translation))  Global standard values ​​overestimate nitrous oxide emissions in rapeseed cultivation  —  A network of eight partners under the coordination of the Thünen Institute (TI) for agri-climate protection engaged in a research project on the cultivation of rapeseed and the associated

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Swansea Takes Lead in ALG-AD Sustainability Project

(Algae Industry Magazine) Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution whereby excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Cargill to Produce New Products, Including Ethanol, at Germany Plant

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cargill recently announced plans to expand its portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld, Germany, with advanced biofuels, vegetable wheat protein and industrial wheat starches. The expansion to a wheat processing facility allows Cargill to help customers address changing consumer needs involving nutrition,

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  AGQM Intensive Seminar:  How to Understand Biodiesel:  From Feedstock to Certificate of Analysis According to EN 14214   —   April 25–27, 2018   —   Neusäss, Germany

AGQM Intensive Seminar: How to Understand Biodiesel: From Feedstock to Certificate of Analysis According to EN 14214 — April 25–27, 2018 — Neusäss, Germany

Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) together with Analytik-Service Gesellschaft mbH (ASG) offers a three-day seminar for biodiesel analytics. A fundamental requirement for marketing and use of biodiesel in the European Union is the compliance with the limits for all parameters of EN 14214. In the offered seminar theoretical as well

January 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Impact of Biofuels on Contrail Warming

by Fabio Caiazzo, Akshat Agarwal, Raymond L Speth and Steven R H Barrett (Environmental Research Letters)  Contrails and contrail-cirrus may be the largest source of radiative forcing (RF) attributable to aviation. Biomass-derived alternative jet fuels are a potentially major way to mitigate the climate impacts of aviation by reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions. Given

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Phosphoethanolamine Cellulose: A Naturally Produced Chemically Modified Cellulose

by Wiriya Thongsomboon, Diego O. Serra, Alexandra Possling, Chris Hadjineophytou, Regine Hengge, Lynette Cegelski (Science Magazine)  Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and an important component of bacterial biofilms. Thongsomboon et al. used solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to identify a naturally derived, chemically modified cellulose, phosphoethanolamine cellulose (see the Perspective

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Legal GHG Reduction Requirement for Biofuels Rises to 50 Percent

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP) (google translation))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) recalls that from 1 January 2018, the increased greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target for biofuels came into force in 2015 in

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Germany’s First Biogas-Fueled, CO2 Neutral Fleet Features the Stralis NP

(Iveco/NGV Journal)  IVECO supplied five Stralis NP trucks to VERBIO Logistik GmbH, which will run the new vehicles on biomethane generated from straw, taking a significant step towards CO2 neutral transport in heavy goods vehicles. This supply also marks an important milestone for IVECO: the 1,000th Stralis NP delivered. “VERBIO is a key

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Estimation of a 69 % Reduction in Greenhouse Gases Emissions for Fully Renewable ETBE Compared to Fossil Gasoline

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) has entrusted EVEA, a company specialized in calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with a study focused on the products to be manufactured in the future IBN-One plant. Fully renewable ETBE is estimated to enable 69% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil

January 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their influence on cloud formation from contrails and thus their climate impact; Focus: aeronautics, climate research,

January 15, 2018 Read Full Article

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares to support a high volume of fully electric, autonomous vehicles in the coming future. In order to prepare for the rise in EV consumer demand, Daimler AG, the largest manufacture

January 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to threats from Malaysia to refer the case to the WTO. The sources stressed that there

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Insights from IEA Task 36

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 36 to share and promote research and development (R&D) findings oriented for the energy recovery

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    1st Edition of International Conference on  Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology   —   September 20-21, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

1st Edition of International Conference on Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology — September 20-21, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

Euroscicon Ltd likes to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to “1st Edition of International Conference on Green Energy, Green Engineering and Technology” which is to be held during September 20-21, 2018 at Berlin, Germany. Through our theme “Green Revolution: Let’s go green to get our globe clean”

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Could Reduce Contrail Formation, Research Finds

by Sean Broderick (AIN Online) Biofuels offer more than an alternative to hydrocarbons; they also reduce jet-engine particle emissions by as much as 70 percent, research by a NASA-led group suggests. Working with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC), NASA analyzed data on the

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

DHL and the GoodShipping Program Reduce Ocean Freight’s Carbon Footprint

(Goodshipping.org)  DHL Global Forwarding to be the first ocean forwarder offering advanced biofuel services; – New hassle-free service reduces carbon emissions to zero; – Additionally, the solution enables a significant reduction of local air pollutants DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, and the GoodShipping Program,

December 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified markets such as jet fuel, C3 chemicals and gasoline. The News from Global Bioenergies In

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    Biofuels International Conference and Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

Now in its 11th year, the acclaimed Biofuels International Conference and Expo will be taking place in Germany for the first time. With regulations and markets constantly evolving, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay informed on this ever-changing landscape. Not only will attendees benefit from the fantastic networking opportunities available but

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article
    International Biomass Congress & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

International Biomass Congress & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

The International Biomass Congress & Expo aims to bring together leading producers, suppliers, regulators and other engaged organisations over a two day period. High-level speakers, experts in their field, will address a range of topical issues relating to the biomass sector. Brought to you by Bioenergy Insight, the leading international

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article
    International Biogas Conference & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

International Biogas Conference & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

Brought to you by Bioenergy Insight, the leading biogas industry publication, this two day conference will bring together leading producers, stakeholders and companies within the biogas sector. Expert international speakers will address a range of biogas related issues and topics within Europe and beyond. Co-located with the International Biomass Congress &

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in the United States and Germany have found a way to use bacteria to turn the

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Commercialising Aviation Biofuels: A Study of Entrepreneurial Challenges

by Tracey Dodd (University of South Australia)  PhD Thesis Explores How Institutions Help and Hinder the Commercialisation of Eco-Innovations–Particularly Aviation Biofuels, with a focus on Australia, Germany and the United States Excerpt from Chapter 7, Recommendations:  The high reliance on government intervention was one of the most intensely mentioned themes in my

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  …  In a letter to the judge last week, Schmidt, former general manager of Volkswagen’s U.S. Environment and Engineering Office, said he first learned

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

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

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Harvesting the Sun for Power and Produce: Agrophotovoltaics Increases the Land Use Efficiency by over 60 Percent

(University of Hohenheim)  Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

TO-SYN-FUEL Project: First Consortium Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands

(TO-SYN-FUEL) Members of twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, and representatives of the European Commission participated in the first consortium meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on the 26th of October 2017. Discussions took place regarding the progress of activities relating to the research project TO-SYN-FUEL which will

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Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around 30 exajoules per year (i.e. a third of current global energy consumption for transport) with

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest geography on the planet for deploying advanced bioeconomy projects. What was once a great place

November 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

DEUTZ Approves Engines for the Use of Alternative Fuels

(DEUTZ)  …   DEUTZ has now approved the engine series TCD 2.9 / 3.6 / 4.1 / 6.1 / 7.8 / 12.0 / 16.0 under the current EU Stage IV / US Tier 4 standard, as well as all older DEUTZ engines without exhaust aftertreatment, for operation with paraffinic diesel fuels

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article
  Workshop on Thermochemical Technologies for Feedstock Recycling of Waste   —   December 5, 2017   —   Karlsruhe, Germany

Workshop on Thermochemical Technologies for Feedstock Recycling of Waste — December 5, 2017 — Karlsruhe, Germany

Task 36 – Integrating energy recovery into solid waste management systems – will host a technology oriented workshop on so called advanced thermal treatment processes. Drivers and barriers for alternative thermal treatment of waste is one of the key task activities. Thermochemical conversion technologies can provide a significant contribution to

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article
  nova Session “Sustainability of first and second generation crops for the chemical and plastics industry – going beyond the food vs. fuel debate”   —   November 22, 2017   —   Cologne/Bonn, Germany

nova Session “Sustainability of first and second generation crops for the chemical and plastics industry – going beyond the food vs. fuel debate” — November 22, 2017 — Cologne/Bonn, Germany

Brand new research into the sustainability of different bio-based material feedstocks will be presented and discussed. Focus of the workshop will be the strengths and weaknesses of food, non-food and biowaste feedstocks for the chemical and plastics industry according to criteria such as GHG footprint, GHG abatement costs, land use efficiency,

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Germany Consumed More UCO Biodiesel Last Year than RME

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published an evaluation and progress report for 2016 in which it shows that, for the first time, consumption of biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO) in Germany exceeded that of rapeseed biodiesel (RME). The total consumption of waste

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

BDI Receives Further Order from US-American Customer

(BDI) The Austrian plant engineering company BDI – BioEnergy International AG (“BDI”) was awarded a contract for a new BioDiesel plant in the United States featuring BDIs latest technology. Recycling waste oils and fats into high-quality BioDiesel using patented BDI RepCAT technology into high-quality BioDiesel First plant of its kind

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Expect EU Single Certification to Be Stricter than RSPO — Expert

(UkrAgroConsult/BlackSeaGrain)  The single certification scheme for palm oil proposed by the European Union (EU) may be stricter than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, says an industry expert. “I have a feeling that the EU certification would be higher or stricter than the RSPO certification. Otherwise why [would they]

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Germany Saves 7.3 Million Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Using Biofuels, New Report Suggests

(Biofuels International)  The use of biodiesel and bioethanol in Germany avoided creating around 7.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in Germany in 2016, according to a new report from Federal Agency for Food and Agriculture (BLE). Biofuels consumed in Germany emits on average 77% less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels or

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Citizens Taking Charge: Germany’s Buzz over Maize

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2012, Energiegenossenschaft (energy cooperative) Starkenburg e.G. (ES) has been serving the Starkenburg region as independent non-partisan citizens’ cooperative supporting Germany’s grassroots movement by promoting renewable energy projects to advance the standard of climate protection financed by their members. Located in Lorsch, Germany, ES

November 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol-Based Fuel Becomes Top-Selling Petrol in France

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)  Gasoline containing up to 10 percent of ethanol has become the top-selling petrol in France, its largest market in the European Union, helped by a tax break that made the crop-based fuel more attractive to drivers, French ethanol producers said on Tuesday. … The rise in

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Clariant to Build Flagship Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania: 8-Figure Sales Potential Envisioned

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Clariant’s board has approved investment in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50.000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania.

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Sugar Beet Pulp Project Enters Second Stage after Successful Pilot Tests

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the PULP2VALUE project is entering its second stage after successful pilot tests and creating new value chains from sugar beet pulp. The project aims to achieve two main objectives by the end of the project, June 2019. One objective is to scale up, optimize and

October 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”.  BBEST had 385 registered participants with 153 academics, 141 students, 55 invited speakers and 37

October 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar

(Bioenergy Insight)  …  Led by the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and involving researchers from the US Colorado State University, the new research published in the journal Nature Communications has provided a mechanistic understanding of biochar’s properties. The research revealed how the composting of biochar creates a very thin organic coating

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil as Fuel in Agriculture

(OWI (Google Translation))  Retrofitting of tractors for multi-fuel use  —  In agriculture, widening the use of vegetable oil as fuel in tractors could contribute to greater sustainability and climate protection within the framework of a resource-conserving bioeconomy. However, the compatibility of fuel-carrying components with vegetable oil fuel must be tested in order to

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article
  Fuels of the Future:15th Annual Conference on Renewable Mobility   —   January 22-23, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Fuels of the Future:15th Annual Conference on Renewable Mobility — January 22-23, 2018 — Berlin, Germany

Climate protection in transport has evolved into a key issue; however, the necessary, sustainable reduction of emissions can only occur by being open to new technologies. What role will the combustion engine play in mobility in the future? The increasing diversification of drive technologies and the development and market introduction

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

These Countries Want to Ban Gas and Diesel Cars

by Alanna Petroff (CNN) China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels.  It has plenty of company: India, France, Britain and Norway want to ditch gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Stuttgart Airport Turns to Renewable Fuels

(Biofuels International)  Stuttgart Airport has started using Finnish company Neste’s renewable diesel in a bid to reduce its CO2emissions. The move to Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel comes as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s state airport in Germany. All the ground fleet vehicles at the airport in Germany which

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Growing Diesel-Side Demand: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the biggest US-based producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon

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Expert Gives Conditions Necessary for Biogas Production

(The News)  Mr Micheal Kottner, an expert in biogas, says sustainable biogas production is possible if the Federal Government can have the political will to put the legal framework in place. Kottner, who is the Chief Executive Officer, International Biogas and Bio-energy Centre of Competence (IBBK), Germany, made this known

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Registration Opens for 2017 No-Harm Test of Biodiesel Stabilizers

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has opened registration for its latest round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel.   The European diesel fuel standard EN 590 allows up to 7 percent biodiesel to be blended in on-road diesel fuel. The biodiesel used

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article
  Gasification 2018   —   March 28-29, 2018   —   Frankfurt, Germany

Gasification 2018 — March 28-29, 2018 — Frankfurt, Germany

ACI’s 7th Annual Gasification Summit, taking place on first quarter of 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities, providing an ideal setting to convene with your peers to discuss both current operational & future planned gasification plants, end product markets,

September 19, 2017 Read Full Article

More Efficient Use of Raw Materials with the Aid of ‘Molecular Conveyor Belts’

(Phys. Org/Goethe University)   Currently, making products such as fuels, synthetic materials or pharmaceuticals from renewable raw materials lacks efficiency because the microorganisms process the raw materials very slowly and generate many unwanted by-products. Biotechnologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have now succeeded in optimizing sugar utilization in baker’s yeast. … Thomas

September 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants built at the Enviral site in Leopoldov. Enviral will use Clariant’s sunliquid technology to help

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids – Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions” presented by Elina Hakkarainen. Designed to optimize the potential of a variety of different energy sources, an integrated bioenergy hybrid is an energy conversion process that

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethiopia: New Ethanol Production Plant to Be Constructed

(2Mercado.com/Fana Broadcasting Corporation)  Ethiopia has joined hands with Eugen Schmitt Company, a German company, to construct ethanol plant in Wonjo Shoa Sugar Factory. The plant is said to be constructed at an outlay of 51 million USD. The German company will own 83 percent of the plan while the State

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

IRENA Technology Brief: Biogas for Road Vehicles

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter)   This brief highlights the technologies available – both established and newly emerging – for biomethane production and biogas-driven vehicle fleets. It evaluates costs, performance and sustainability and outlines the best practices from around the globe to accelerate uptake of this key renewable transport fuel.

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Linde Again Awarded with the Supply of a Syngas & Hydrogen Solution (Hydroprime®) for the Renewable Fuel Industry

(Linde)  Technology company The Linde Group has been awarded with the engineering and supply of a modular hydrogen manufacturing unit for St1 Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Linde’s Engineering Division will start the engineering and construction of the unit immediately, with the completion estimated for the end of 2018. “This award

August 18, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, liquid fuel will be used in transportation throughout the world. And what automakers and policy

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles proclaiming the coming of the electric car and the resulting disruption in the automobile industry. Relax. There is nothing new in any of these articles. Regulations governing greenhouse gases (GHG),

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article
  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   March 15-16, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 15-16, 2018 — Cologne, Germany

Meet leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world!  Big visions – and also real potential! The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), is gaining momentum. First commercial production of CO2-based polymers

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Value-Added Investments Grow Agriculture

by Gov. Pete Ricketts (York News Times)  Investments in the area of value-added agriculture are helping to grow our state’s number one industry. Many people think of traditional row crops when they think of agriculture, however, modern-day technology and innovations are helping the industry add value to Nebraska’s traditional commodities. …

August 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel so that it works in standard diesel car engines, according to an article appearing on Live Science. Differences in molecular structure mean that biodiesel made from plant material burns at a different temperature to petrodiesel. As a result, only

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Pan-African Food and Non-Food Biomass Expert Network Unveiled

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  The “first” pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by African and German researchers. BiomassNet aims to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised in the development of new biomass uses. The scheme’s developers claim this will help

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

German Minister: Too Soon to Bury the Combustion Engine

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  Germany’s transport minister said Thursday (July 27, 2017) that it’s too soon to talk about burying the combustion engine, underlining his government’s reluctance to follow Britain and others in banning the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline from 2040. Alexander Dobrindt said

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Climate-Neutral Driving: Continental Successfully Tests the Synthetic Diesel Fuel OME

(Foundry Planet/Continental)   CO2 emissions reduced in proportion to the OME share: in the Continental diesel car, a 15 % OME share reduces CO2 emissions by approximately eight grams per kilometer;  Entire technology chain being optimized, from the injection system, combustion, sensor technology, exhaust-gas aftertreatment and diagnostics through to process

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Cassava Bioethanol Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2021

(Absolute Reports)  Cassava Bioethanol Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2021 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South

July 28, 2017 Read Full Article
  proBiogas International – Engineering and Operating Course with Field Trips   —   September 19-27, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

proBiogas International – Engineering and Operating Course with Field Trips — September 19-27, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany

This 7-day intensive biogas training with field trips is designed to provide plant operators, decision makers and investors with profound specific operating and engineering knowledge. The event is conducted in English and will take place in Stuttgart, Germany. This biogas event is composed of the following elements: 4 days of training through

July 23, 2017 Read Full Article
  Novel Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification   —   September 12-13, 2017   —   Munich, Germany

Novel Technologies in Oilseed Processing, Edible Oil Refining and Oil Modification — September 12-13, 2017 — Munich, Germany

ICM International Congress Center, Munich, Germany; Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12-13, 2017 In cooperation with Messe München Oils + Fats Trade Show Session 1: Oilseed Processing 9:00 Oil Seed Dehulling, Mr. Dirk Heinrich, Buhler Group, Switzerland 9:30 New Technological Developments in Oilseed Preparation, Mr. Etienne Le Clef, DeSmet Ballestra, Belgium 10:00

July 23, 2017 Read Full Article

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of availability for scrutiny of the models used to calculate macroeconomic parameters, indirect land use change

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article
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