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Biofuel Gets Go-Ahead for Testing

(Renovare Fuels)  UK-based technology company Renovare Fuels has been awarded support by Innovate UK for aviation fuel testing through the Sustainable Aviation for Clean Growth programme. The company has developed a technology that converts waste into a biofuel that could replace traditional fossil fuels. Fuel standards outlined by the British Ministry

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas: The Boost of Innovation on New Renewable Energies

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

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Publishes Updated Data on Sustainable Biofuel Supply

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements. The quarterly report, published in early November, covers the supply of renewable fuels from April

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very pleased to announce the release of “The Biofuture We Need”, a short video documentary produced in partnership with BluOrange. The video

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biobased Bridges, Carrot Concrete, Chicken-Feather Plastics, Edible Cottonseed, Nanofibers from Crabshell : The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 7th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 7th. #10 Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research on microalgae In the United Kingdom, Mazda is involved in joint research projects and studies as part

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article
    6th Annual RISI Forest Investment Conference   —   May 8-9, 2019   —   London, UK

6th Annual RISI Forest Investment Conference — May 8-9, 2019 — London, UK

RISI and DANA are pleased to present the 6th annual Forest Investment Conference which aims to bring together the financial community and those engaged in tracking, owning or managing timberlands. After a resounding success in New York City in 2018, with 240+ international attendees from 23 countries, the 2019 event is

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientist Awarded OBE for Services to Engineering and Energy: Honour for Celtic Renewables Founder

(Edinburgh Napier University)  Leading biofuel and sustainability expert Professor Martin Tangney has been awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) at a ceremony in City Chambers Edinburgh for services to engineering and energy. The Edinburgh Napier University scientist, joins a select list of previous

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Airline Vows to Switch to Electric Planes on Short-Haul Routes by 2030

by Avery Anapol (The Hill)  A UK-based budget airline announced this week that it is “moving fast” toward developing a fleet of electric planes. EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said that the airline is partnering with US manufacturer Wright Electric to switch to electric aircraft for its short-haul routes of less than

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Recycling Firm Powers Truck Fleet with Biogas Made from iIs Own Waste

(Warrens Group/NGV Journal)  Recycling specialist Warrens Group has taken delivery of a 16-ton IVECO Eurocargo Natural Power. Running on CNG, the company is also believed to be the first in the UK to refuel a truck with biogas made from its own food waste collections. “Our company is all about recycling

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break down Biomass

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the course of seasons when the moose diet changes, and what microbes are involved? Now, an international research team has studied

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Consortium Gets Funds to Develop UK’s First Hydrogen Dual Fuel Ferry

(EMEC/Ferguson/NGV Journal)  Innovate UK have granted £430,332 of funding to design and integrate a hydrogen diesel dual fuel injection system onboard a commercial ferry. The hydrogen to be used in the project will be produced by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, from the abundance of clean renewable energy

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

U.K.’s John Lewis Partnership Commits to Phasing out Diesel Trucks

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The John Lewis Partnership, a major department store company in the U.K., has announced plans to phase out all diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks from its fleet by 2028. The company, which calls itself the largest employee-owned business in the U.K., says all of the heavy-duty delivery trucks from its retail

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Here, Lars Waldheim of Waldheim Consulting gave this illuminating overview of wastes as a gasifier fuel, Waste fuel characteristics

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Pyromaniax Unbound

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why the attention? Some of it in the most recent data and news regarding commercial status. TCat-8 has operated for over 2,000 hours with continuous catalyst circulation including a fluid bed reactor, catalyst stripper, catalyst regenerator, quench tower, and recycle compressor. The pilot plant is operating mass balance

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Apply Now for the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Mission to the USA DEADLINE: October 21, 2018

(Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network)  KTN invites SMEs in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel supply chain to apply to take part in a mission to the USA to create strategic business connections. The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG) and Innovate UK is offering SMEs the opportunity to apply to secure a

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Mushrooms Could Solve the War on Plastic, Says Kew Gardens

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

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy Makes Major Int’l Investments

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Goes Green

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article
    World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit   —   October 16-17, 2018   —   London, UK

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

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Could Run on Hydrogen Made From Plastic

by Alan Harman  (Wards Auto)  Chemistry department researcher Moritz Kuehnel says light-absorbing materials are added to the plastic before it is placed in an alkaline solution and then exposed to sunlight, which creates hydrogen. Discarded plastic could be used to fuel cars with a groundbreaking process developed by scientists from Swansea University

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Vivergo Fuels Bioethanol Plant Proposes Ceasing Production

(Vivergo Fuels)  Today, we regret to announce that given the continued difficult trading environment and delays in the implementation of E10 in the UK over time, Vivergo Fuels Ltd proposes to cease production. Mark Chesworth, Managing Director, Vivergo Fuels Ltd, commented: “I am extremely disappointed at having to announce the proposed

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria Could Be Used as ‘Cell Factories’ to Produce Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at the University of Kent, UK, have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of applications, including the production of biofuels and vaccines. Key to the breakthrough are tiny bacterial cellular structures known as organelles, which the researchers redesigned and engineered

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

The Establishment of a Marine Focused Biorefinery for Bioethanol Production Using Seawater and a Novel Marine Yeast Strain

by Abdelrahman Saleh Zaky, Darren Greetham, Gregory A. Tucker & Chenyu Du (Scientific Reports)  Current technologies for bioethanol production rely on the use of freshwater for preparing the fermentation media and use yeasts of a terrestrial origin. Life cycle assessment has suggested that between 1,388 to 9,812 litres of freshwater are consumed for

August 25, 2018 Read Full Article

27 Technologies to Produce Lower Carbon Fuels from “Second Chance Carbon” — and Its Practicioners. Who’s Doing What, Where, When, Why and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics or waste industrial gases, appeared from the gurus at E4Tech. And, there’s the world of alternative fuels and chemicals produced from

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Government Announces Major Funding for Green Aerospace R&D and Backing for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Following recent grants awarded to two projects developing potential commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production, the UK government has pledged £343 million ($448m) public and industry investment for R&D into cleaner and quieter civil aircraft. The government says a principle aim is for the UK to be at the forefront

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    Aviation Carbon 2018   —   November 5-6, 2018   —   London, UK

Aviation Carbon 2018 — November 5-6, 2018 — London, UK

Since 2012, the Aviation Carbon series of conferences have become widely recognised as a leading international event specialising in market-based measures such as CORSIA and the EU ETS, to address fast-growing aviation emissions. We are open to all airlines, business jet and other categories of aircraft operators from around the world, regardless of their

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Funnel Trials New Biofuel and Expands Fleet

by Rebecca Moore  (Passenger Ship Technology)  Red Funnel has been spinning several plates this year – from beginning construction of a £10M (US$14M) ferry to launching its latest catamaran, Red Jet 7, and trialling a new biofuel.  …  In terms of alternative fuel, the company recently trialled a biofuel consisting of hydrotreated

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Forests Crucial for Limiting Climate Change to 1.5 Degrees

(University of Exeter)  Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say. Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) power stations are designed to produce energy and store the

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded in Alvega, Portugal, while seventeen of eighteen of the countries regions experienced temperatures above 45°C. This follows recent headlines reporting

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Significant Environmental Milestone for Mississippi Project

(Velocys)  The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Mississippi biorefinery.   Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

First AD Plant Certified under New Performance Scheme

(Bioenergy Insight)  A food waste-to-energy plant in Wiltshire has become the first in England to be certified under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS). The Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Warminster, Wiltshire is run by Malaby Biogas and processes inedible food waste to create biofertiliser and renewable heat and power. According

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Building Commercialization Partnerships: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital efficient

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Figured Out How to Use London’s Huge Fatbergs for Good

by Yasmin Tayag (Inverse)  Who says a rock-solid grease clot has to be a bad thing?  —  … The new Water, Air, & Soil Pollution paper shows how future Fatty McFatbergs (that’s what Brits named the biggest one) can be used to churn out methane — a “clean” fuel that, when burned, releases water and low amounts of carbon dioxide relative to

August 6, 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

Algal Biotechnology Research at Sheffield

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jags Pandhal is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. His research involves biological resource recovery utilizing algae from landfill leachate at 300L scale. This project is in cooperation with Viridor, one the of UK’s largest

August 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

95% of UK Cars Warrantied for E10 Use, Study Claims

(Biofuels International)  A major new report has presented evidence claimed to highlight unnecessary Government caution over a roll-out of E10 petrol in the UK. The Unwarranted Caution report has been published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, a cross party group of MPs and Peers with an interest in promoting the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

We Can Feed the World if We Change Our Ways

(Lancaster University)  Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows. Researchers from Lancaster University have analysed global and regional food supplies to reveal the flows of calories, protein and vital micro-nutrients

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

British Large-Scale Study Encourages Adoption of Biomethane in Fleets

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal)  CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refueling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how CNG can help slash road transport emissions. The project, which has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, aims

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Government Announces Major Funding for Green Aerospace R&D and Backing for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Following recent grants awarded to two projects developing potential commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production, the UK government has pledged £343 million ($448m) public and industry investment for R&D into cleaner and quieter civil aircraft. The government says a principle aim is for the UK to be at the forefront

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

E10 Petrol, Consumer Protection and Fuel Pump Labelling UK COMMENTS DUE September 16, 2018

(UK Department for Transport)  Seeking views on a range of issues related to renewable transport fuel supply in the UK.  —  Unleaded petrol in the UK contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5. E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not yet available in the UK. This

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Greenergy International: Acquires Amsterdam Biodiesel Manufacturing Facility

(Greenergy International/4-Traders)  Greenergy has reached an agreement with Oiltanking, a leading tank terminal operator, to purchase an idle biodiesel manufacturing facility located at Oiltanking’s site in Amsterdam. The acquisition of a third biodiesel plant will allow Greenergy to meet growing demand for waste-based biofuel in the UK and Europe. The Amsterdam

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field, sugar-based straws and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.  #1 Sheep-free wool nabs PETA prize  … #2

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels. But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s see how that work has been coming along. Applications that work Nylon, plastics, chemicals. This

July 13, 2018 Read Full Article

The 10 Green Chemicals Driving a Disruptive New Biobased Industry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights how to ensure Britain becomes a world leader in bio-based chemicals In the UK, a recent report identifies 10 specific bio-based chemicals, in order to boost industrial growth, jobs, trade and investment

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

AD Industry Responds to Vegan Energy

(Bioenergy Insight)  … The UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has responded to the Ecotricity campaign, noting that it has served to highlight the issue of waste generated by society. “We fully support the waste hierarchy and believe that as little waste as possible should be produced across all areas

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biomethane Double Decker Bus Arrives in Eastern England

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Ipswich Buses has joined forces with Scania to bring a biogas-powered double decker to the streets of Ipswich. The state-of-the-art vehicle started the 6-week trial in June and will operate on Route 5, which runs from Ipswich Town centre (Tower Ramparts) to the Ipswich Hospital and operates approximately every

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Swiss Re No Longer Offers Re/Insurance to Firms with More Than 30% Coal Exposure

(Insurance Journal)  Swiss Re announced it no longer is providing re/insurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal coal across all lines of business. The thermal coal policy applies to both existing and new thermal coal mines and power plants, and is implemented across all lines of business

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

From LanzaTech to Sierra Energy and the Latest Research, Syngas Is on Fire

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Syngas, or synthesis gas, is on fire lately, with new technologies making the most of waste products like CO2 or low-grade biomass and converting them into useful hot stuff like syngas that can then be turned into even better and hotter stuff like jet fuel,

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Boss of Teesside Plant at Centre of Beer CO2 Shortage Explains How to Stop Future Problems

by Kelly Price (Teeside Live)  Ensus says a change in the law on PETROL could secure its future – and keep the CO2 flowing to the food and drink industry  —  Bosses of a Teesside ethanol plant at the centre of the “worst CO2 shortage in decades” say a change in the

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time frame.” Fiberight is a UK- and US-based small and medium-sized enterprise that’s developed technology to recover value from municipal solid

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil, Utilities Are Lining up for an Electric Vehicle War

by Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies; Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers on roads  —  A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and utilities. Oil majors, who’ve sold fossil fuels to cars for a century, are now moving

July 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products

(University of Portsmouth)  A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels. The discovery was led by members of the same UK-US enzyme engineering team which, in April, improved a plastic-digesting enzyme,

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Mazda: ‘Well-to-Wheel’ Gives ICE the Advantage over Electric, Manufacturer Claims

by Stephen Briers (Fleet News)  Change the debate to get true global picture on emissions says manufacturer as it continues to examine powertrain technology options. —  At a time when most of its rivals are distancing themselves from diesel by publicising their ‘holier-than-thou’ aspirations to move to electrification – albeit in many

June 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Enzyme Boost Could Hasten Biofuel Production

by Caroline Brogan (Imperial College London)   Imperial scientists have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics.  —  This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production and more efficient plastic recycling. … Now, Imperial scientists say they can break down plant-based biomass 30

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways, UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power Figure in Key Renewable Jet Fuel Project Advances

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today. These companies and the news this morning are united as key project components in the Red Rock Biofuels project which breaks

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

UK-Produced Green Gas Now Being Used to Fuel Vehicles

(U.K. Renewable Energy Association/Biomass Magazine)  A growing number of commercial haulage operators are clamoring to improve their environmental credentials by running haulage trucks on green gas. Whilst some green gas has been imported, domestic producers have so far been limited to supplying the heat market. Now that the first transport fuel

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Preparing for Take-Off? Aviation Biofuel Research Wins £5m Boost

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green)  Waste-to-jet fuel project backed by Department for Transport, Shell, and British Airways  — A project to turn landfill waste into sustainable jet fuel has received a major boost today, securing almost £5m of funding from the government and industry backers. The Department for Transport has committed £434,000 to

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells

by Bob Yirka (Phys.org)   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, they describe their technique and how well it works. Huajie Yin and

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s Bush Market. A first for London, phase one will provide 20 low cost, start-up studios in shipping

June 12, 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

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks. #1 Tax & Trade Free trade vs fair trade: Dumping and tax credit issues continue to mezmerize the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Outline Plan for Subsidy-Free Biogas

(Bioenergy Insight)  Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium have found that burning biogas is the least cost-effective way to use the product. Instead, they propose using biogas as the raw material for the production of chemicals. … “Combustion has always been the easy solution to convert raw material into energy”, says

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

UK City’s Largest Transport Operator Buys 21 Scania Biogas Buses

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bristol Community Transport has invested in a fleet of 21 Scania biogas buses for its m1 Metrobus route , which will be operated by First West. Metrobus is a new rapid public transport system for the West of England region. The m1 connects south Bristol, the city centre and

May 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Shell Aviation and SkyNRG Agree Strategic Collaboration to Advance Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Shell Aviation)  Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have today announced a long-term strategic collaboration to promote and develop the use of sustainable fuel in aviation supply chains. The collaboration combines Shell Aviation’s technical and commercial expertise, world-class supply chain and carbon management operations with SkyNRG’s proven track record of supplying sustainable

May 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology component supplier into initiating and drive the development of biorefineries from concept to full operations. By

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol

by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller)  The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name. The website is filled-up with lies. This website lists 13 categories, and then links to details that API pretends are

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste. … Some 400 mills each produce huge amounts of waste, including kernels and husks from pressed

May 23, 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

Fire Waters Aims to Throw a (Glanworth) Curve at Conventional Cooking Fuels

by Hank Daniszewski (The London Free Press)  A London entrepreneur has set up a demonstration site for commercial cooking equipment fuelled by ethanol  —  Motorists rounding the Glanworth curve on Wellington Road at night are likely puzzled about a brightly lit establishment called Fire Waters that popped up recently. No. it’s not some

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. With speakers from across the biofuels sector, the event at the Grand Hotel Kempinski covered the latest policy updates and struggles facing the industry. Pharoah Le Feuvre, energy

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Report Looks at Stimulating BioSNG Investment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new report, commissioned by Cadent and carried out by Ernst & Young has examined what market framework, mechanisms and incentives would be needed to roll out bioSNG (bio-substitute natural gas) plants across the UK. According to a Cadent statement, the newly published report aims to ‘kick start an

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

by Patrick C. Miller (Biomass Magazine)  Will Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? — Australia’s bioenergy sector is alive and brimming with ideas about how to keep pace with progress being made internationally. However, biofuels advocates believe the country lacks a clear strategy, as well as

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Theresa May Opens the UK’s ‘First’ Biomass Training Facility at Further Education College

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biomass company LC Energy has partnered with Berkshire College of Agriculture and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the facility. The collaboration is an effort to address the nationwide skills shortage in the renewable energy sector. The opening of The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Velocys Picks up Velocity While Rockin’ with Red Rock

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the United Kingdom, renewable fuels company, Velocys, received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon. RRB has commenced construction of the biorefinery, which will incorporate Velocys’ technology,

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Trial to Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

(Red Funnel Ferry)  Red Funnel has announced that it is trialing the use of Green D+ fossil-free fuel on its ro-pax fleet of ships which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The cross-Solent ferry company has teamed up with Green Biofuels, to trial Green D+ biofuel with varying

May 3, 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

‘Augmented Biology’: Exploring New Avenues in Biofuel Production

(University of Bristol)  Researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions to our global energy needs. … Collaborating with scientists from the University of Kent and Queen Mary London, the research

May 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Demand for Biomethane Triples at UK CNG Refuelling Station

(Bioenergy Insight)  CNG Fuels is reporting that demand for ‘100% renewable biomethane’ from its refuelling station in Leyland, UK has more than tripled in the last year. The facility was first unveiled in March 2016, with CNG Fuels stating at the time it was the facility of its kind in the

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Prioritizing Waste-Based Biofuels, but RTFO Revisions Possible: Official

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  The UK wants to push the country’s transition to waste-based biofuels, but some revisions are possible depending on how the market responds to the new increased Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, Rachel Solomon Williams, the head of Low Carbon Fuels at the Department of Transport, said Thursday.  … 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

Air Liquide Doubles Its Biomethane Production Capacity

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  Since the beginning of 2018, Air Liquide has commissioned three new biomethane production units, in the U.S, France, and the U.K. With these units, Air Liquide has doubled its biomethane production capacity, which now stands at 60 MW, the equivalent of 500 GWh for a full year of

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe Conference — November 7-8, 2018 — London, UK      DEADLINE uncertain

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe Conference — November 7-8, 2018 — London, UK DEADLINE uncertain

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 degradation of organic matter and renewable energy production in the form of biogas. Power producers, technology providers, agricultural sector, food and

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe Conference   —   November 7-8, 2018   —   London, UK

ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe Conference — November 7-8, 2018 — London, UK

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 degradation of organic matter and renewable energy production in the form of biogas. Power producers, technology providers, agricultural sector, food and

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they didn’t howl at the moon, they were voracious, vicious wolves analyzing 8 major projects with

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

NNFCC Publishes Fifth Annual ‘AD Deployment in the UK’ Report

(National Non-Food Crops Centre) Today we have published the fifth edition of our annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report. The publication provides a detailed breakdown of the UK AD sector on both a national and regional basis, using primary data to offer an accurate reflection of industry output capacities

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell Releases Energy Transition Report: Commits to 50% Lower Emissions by 2050, Biofuels to Top Oil by 2100 in “Sky” Scenario

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its operations and emissions from its fuels.  The road, to Shell, is apparently paved with good

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

RED II Perpetuates Advanced Biofuel Trade Distortions and Incentivises Fraud

(Ethanol Europe Renewables/EurActiv) The Energy Directive (RED 2) transport decarbonisation ambitions ostensibly promote major capital investment in truly advanced biofuels breakthrough technologies. However, the Directive will not generate meaningful advanced biofuels investment. Instead, it incentivises fake wastes to meet biofuels targets for 2030. This is clear from what has happened

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Veolia Launch New Online Marketplace for Organic Resources in the UK

(Veolia)  As part of the drive to increase the circular economy global resource management company, Veolia, is launching an online trading platform that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. Designed to save users time and money, BioTrading will provide businesses the opportunity to better leverage the 100 million

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article
    ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit   —   September 26-27, 2018   —   Manchester, UK

ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit — September 26-27, 2018 — Manchester, UK

After an exciting & successful edition in Reykjavik last year, ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit is now heading to Manchester, UK on the 26th & 27th September 2018. During this 6th European edition (11th of the global series), the conference will explore innovation developments and projects regarding CO2 utilisation in Europe, primarily. After examining global industry matters, such as sustainability, policy & regulation,

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Britain Says New Biofuel Targets Will Reduce Diesel Reliance

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  British biofuel targets coming into force this weekend will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector in 15 years and reduce reliance on imported diesel, the government said on Friday. The new targets, which take effect on April 15, will compel transport fuel

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Commonwealth Countries Get Knocked Down, But Get Up Again

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries like Canada and Australia all the way to some of the smallest or poorest countries

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

“Brexit Is the Impetus to Reinvigorate”: The Advanced Bioeconomy, Resilience, and a New Role for the Commonwealth?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) delegates will hear quite a bit about blockchain, gene editing and about proteins for the food chain and as an advanced material. There’s a mighty focus around the Commonwealth on the convergence of computation, materials science and life sciences,

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Vivergo Fuels £350m Saltend Biofuel Plant in Hull Restarts after Four-Month Shut Down

by Henry Saker-Clark (Hull Daily Mail)  Vivergo Fuels stopped production in November putting 150 jobs at risk  —  A £350m Hull-based biofuel facility has restarted production after a four month shutdown, but warns that government action is still needed to secure its future. In November, the Vivergo Fuels plant at Saltend stopped

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Biologics Partners With Kingsford® Charcoal to Launch New EcoLight™ Natural Charcoal Lighter Fluid

(Green Biologics/PR Newswire)  Green Biologics, Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply their patented GreenFlame® bio-based charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford® Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight™. The licensing agreement builds on the successful 2017 introduction of GreenFlame, a natural USDA BioPreferred® certified, clean-burning charcoal lighter fluid based

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

New Insights into How Cellulose Is Built Could Indicate How to Break It Apart for biofuels

(Phys.Org/Pennsylvania State University)  A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications for its use in biofuels. Researchers at Penn State have identified the major steps in

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

James Hay Reviewing Products after Biofuel Saga

by Hope William-Smith (Money Marketing)  James Hay is reviewing its older products, following its well-publicised issues with the Elysian Fuels biofuel investment scheme.   James Hay revealed last May it is involved in a legal dispute with HM Revenue & Customs around unpaid tax on biofuel scheme investments. Speaking to Money Marketing, James Hay chief

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

UK-Based Vertas Group Acquires Waste Management Firm

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.K.-based Vertas Group Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in MMB Environmental, a million-pound waste management and pest control business. Services provided by Vertas Group include catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance, energy and property management, and more. Vertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Borough in London Chooses Biomethane to Fuel Heavy Duty Fleet

 (Islington Council/NGV Journal) Islington Council has revealed plans for a new “green fleet” of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels, as it launches a borough-wide spring clean campaign this month. Fully electric and hybrid cars have been used by the council’s social care, housing, waste, highways and

March 21, 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

Good Energy Ad Banned for ‘No Carbon Dioxide’ Claim

(AOL) An advert for one of Britain’s largest renewable energy suppliers has been banned for claiming the electricity it supplies emits no carbon dioxide. Good Energy’s website said in September: “An average unit of electricity in the UK (a kilowatt hour or kWh) results in 360g of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

It Doesn’t Stink – North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Opens

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Surrey’s Biofuel Facility officially opened in the Port Kells industrial area in the British Columbia province. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility converts curbside organic waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the

March 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EV Bash: Moving Emissions from Tailpipes to Smokestacks

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ME never thought global oil companies would be huge fans of electric vehicles, but the regularity of their bashing of the vehicles caught us by surprise. BP CEO Bob Dudley and Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nassir both took time during their speeches at the CERAWeek conference

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Syngas, the New Jet Fuel — Stinky Nappies and Coffee Cups

by Mark Hookham (The Sunday Times)  … However, old nappies are to be used — along with other non-recyclable waste such as meal packaging and takeaway coffee cups — to power British Airways planes. The renewable fuels company Velocys plans to build the world’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant in Britain next year

March 6, 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

Bugging out over Exciting Enzymes Found in Ancient Insects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of sustainable low carbon fuels to cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuel use. According

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

The Nitrogen Engine: Ricardo Spins out Company to Commercialize Game-Changing Engine Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Ricardo has unveiled its CryoPower engine technology and points towards a potential saving of approximately 30 percent in CO2 emissions and 20 percent in operating fuel costs for heavy-duty trucks and in stationary distributed power generation systems. That translates into potential operator savings of approximately $12,500 per

February 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Fungal Enzymes Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood

(Phys.Org/University of York)  An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Founder Awarded Honorary OBE

(Celtic Renewables)  Leading biofuel and sustainability expert Professor Martin Tangney – founder of Celtic Renewables – has been awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The Queen makes honorary awards to non-British citizens on the advice of the UK Foreign Office. The Edinburgh based

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Door-to-Door Filling Station’ Zebra Fuels Set to Roll out Petrol and Biofuel Delivery Service across London

(Ham & High)  A start-up that delivers diesel door-to-door across the capital is ramping up its mission to wipe out London’s filling stations – by offering petrol, biofuel and electric charge as well.  READ MORE Zebra Fuel raises $2.5M to deliver fuel direct to your vehicle (Tech Crunch)   Excerpts from

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

(CPI)  CPI, the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, today announced that its partnership with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT), and their licensed company Oleocycle Ltd, will be providing a second-use to waste cooking oils via a novel one-step pilot plant that converts oils into low sulfur biodiesel feedstocks, and a

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Insights into Photosynthesis Could Boost Biofuel Production

(Biofuels International)  Newly published research explains for the first time how plants switch from photoprojection to photosynthesis when transitioning from darkness to daylight. The authors of the study, from the University of Sheffield, claim that the new insight could have a host of benefits, including for the biofuels industry. … Led

February 1, 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

Biodiesel Agents of Change

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel’s role as an effective change agent. PQ Corp.  … John Votta, global business director for PQ’s silica adsorbents unit, says biodiesel producers are familiar with

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae-Powered Fuel Cells

(Algae Industry Magazine) A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. While algae-powered fuel cells are unlikely

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article
  Argus Biomass 2018   —   April 17-19, 2018   —   London, UK

Argus Biomass 2018 — April 17-19, 2018 — London, UK

The largest international biomass conference in Europe brings together the global market for three days of critical debate and extensive networking on the 17-19 April 2018 in London, UK. This is your chance to join a truly global representation of the industrial and premium biomass markets. Do not miss your

January 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Certification Scheme Will “Revolutionise” UK Anaerobic Digestion Industry

(Bioenergy Insight)  A newly launched certification scheme could be a breath of fresh air for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industries, according to Duncan McPherson, finance director at CooperOstlund. As 2017 drew to a close, the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) launched a new AD certification scheme, the

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Professor Snape and Partners Create Magic with First Hydrothermal Carbonization Plant in UK

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, The University of Nottingham, the Energy Research Accelerator, and CPL Industries are working together to develop a new £4m (about $5.5 million) facility to use the hot new technology Hydrothermal Carbonization to convert biomass into next-generation fuels. The technology being used to

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

CALL FOR ENTRIES: National Recycling Awards 2018 DEADLINE: February 16, 2018

The MRW National Recycling Awards 2018 brings together over 650 recycling and waste management professionals on Thursday 28 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management. This year there are 19 exciting categories to choose from including Manufacturer of the Year, Recycled Product of the Year and Efficiency

January 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that:

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Velocys: Envia Seeks EPA Approval to Generate D7 RINs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). According to Velocys, Envia makes drop-in fuel from biogas and

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Does the 2040 Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Cars Mean the Eeath of Biofuels?

by Raffaella Ocone (Energy Post)  One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned by 2040 is what it means for biofuels. According to Raffaella Ocone of Heriot-Watt University, co-author of a recent UK-government-funded report into the biofuels industry by the Royal

January 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018. Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include development of many resources available to the public on the CAAFI website. Progress on

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Less Chewing the Cud, More Greening the Fuel

(Phys.Org/Rothamsted Research)  … But now a multinational team of researchers, from the UK, Brazil and the US, has pinpointed a gene involved in the stiffening of cell walls whose suppression increased the release of sugars by up to 60%. Their findings are reported today in New Phytologist. “The impact is potentially global

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Plant in Northern Ireland Wins Sustainability Award

(Bioenergy Insight)  A biogas plant close to the town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has been recognised in the Sustainable Ireland Awards. The Tully Quarry plant produces biogas from 100% chicken litter. Built by biogas technology specialists Xergi, the facility has won the award for best project in the energy production

January 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Alkol Biotech Agrees to Supply 500,000 Tonnes of Biomass to Europe’s ‘Largest’ Biorefinery

(Biofuel International)  Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the sourcing of up to 500 thousand tonnes of non-woody lignocellulosic biomass for what would be Europe’s ‘largest’ biorefinery. UK based Alkol Biotech adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and drier climates, have better

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is at commercial-scale. The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma, and

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Santa’s Comin’ to Town with Red Tractor and Sustainability Schemes

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  All some farmers want for Christmas this year is a sustainability certification that is EU approved. Farmers and biofuel producers in the EU, or exporting biofuel to the EU, need to validate their products and supply chain as sustainable for buyers who demand it and

December 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. Amidst a flurry of development announcements,

December 28, 2017 Read Full Article

At Last, the Age of the Electric Car Really Arrives

by Jack Stewart (Wired)  For all the hype, electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of global vehicle sales. Like, less than one percent tiny. But there’s a growing movement around the world to put a deadline on the life of the internal combustion engine. This year India, the UK, Norway,

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Bacteria Breakthrough Marks New Era in Cellular Design and Biofuel Production

(University of Bristol)  Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can bolster cellular productivity, providing the foundation for a new era of cellular protein engineering and biofuel production.  —  The research, led by Professor Martin Warren at Kent’s School of Biosciences, working with

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Steel Tycoon Looks to Skies for Future of U.K.’s Last Mills

by Rachel Morison (Bloomberg) … Sanjeev Gupta plans to cut production costs at his Liberty Steel Inc. by doubling its collection of wind, hydroelectric and biofuel assets.  READ MORE

December 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Market for Red Tractor Assured Crops Secured for Five Years

by Marianne Curtis (Farmers Guardian)  The biofuels market for Red Tractor assured crops has been secured with the news that the European Commission will continue to recognise the scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive, says Red Tractor. Since 2012 compliance with Red Tractor standards has demonstrated the sustainability of British crops entering

December 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Whisky Residue to Energy AD Facility Will Lower Scottish Distillery’s Carbon Footprint

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK anaerobic digestion specialist Clearfleau has started construction on a new biogas facility at a distillery in Scotland. Part of a £3 million project commissioned by Inver House Distillers, the new facility will generate energy in the form of methane-rich biogas from whisky residues. Inver House’s distillery at Balmenach

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

ADBA Chief Executive Talks Pushing Number 10 and Anaerobic Digestion Future

by Luke Acton (Bioenergy Insight)  With the dearth of subsidies and volatile political environment, Charlotte Morton shared her views on what lay ahead for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Of the ten million tonnes of food waste a year in the UK, six million is ‘avoidable waste’. With the government

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. … Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for several years to develop technology that will convert widely-available ethanol into butanol. … The technology

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, Scientist Argues

(Biofuels International)  A scientist from the University of Manchester has argued that developing a modern bioenergy and biofuels system “has huge potential for providing sustainable, low-carbon energy facilitating a range of key sustainable development goals.” Dr Mirijam Roeder is a scientist from the University of Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace &

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Vivergo Fuels Shutdown in Response to Legislative Uncertainty

(Virvergo)  “We reluctantly welcomed the Government’s Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences for the long-term future of the UK bioethanol industry. Over the past six weeks we

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand and as a percentage of transport fuel use. The decision is set

November 30, 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

November 28, 2017 0 comment 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

Shell, bio-bean and Coffee-Drinkers Collaborate to Help Power London’s Buses

(Business Wire/Shell)  Shell and bio-bean announce that together they are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The B20 biofuel contains a 20% bio-component which contains part coffee oil. The biofuel is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article
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