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The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Italy in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Groups like Eni, Wilmar, Novamont, Reverdia, Blue Sphere, or the many consortia? The key takeaways; the mandates and national targets; the key producers; process technology R&D; feedstock & supply chain development. All in one concise guide. Mandates and national consumption Key takeaway: Italy is part of

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Snam and Api Will Develop 200 CNG and Biomethane Stations in Italy

(Snam/NGV Journal)  Snam and api Group have signed a framework agreement for the development of approximately 200 new natural gas and biomethane fueling stations in Italy, within IP commercial network. The agreement is part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and aims to extend the distribution network of natural

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Genomatica and the New Road to Bioeconomy Innovation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … That’s real progress in sustainability, because carbon that is properly diverted to plastics (and away from single-use applications that have rightly fallen out of favor) is carbon sequestered for the long-haul. And Eni is making renewable diesel at the first oil refinery ever converted over

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Andeavor to Convert Dickinson Refinery to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, Andeavor announced a project to convert the Dickinson Refinery to process 12,000 barrels per day of renewable feedstocks, including soybean oil and distillers corn oil, into renewable diesel fuel. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020 and is subject to permitting and

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Transformations – Pivotal Pivots for Survival in the Bioeconomy

Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Some of these started with biofuels then went into chemicals, nutrition or protein and some are going back to their beginnings. What they all have in common, however, is they are transforming…as markets change, as the economy changes, as technologies change, they recognize that the

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Memorandum of Understanding Signed for the Realisation in California of a Plant for the Production of Energy from Renewable Sources

(Saipem)  Saipem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding as well as an exclusive agreement with California Ethanol & Power, LLC, for the realisation of a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol fuels, electricity from renewable sources, biomethane and other secondary products derived from sugar cane cultivated on site.

July 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel’s Role in the Circular Economy: Key Lessons and Actions for the Industry

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) When it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling our goods most people associate consuming less of what we already have with a ‘circular economy’. What is rarely, if ever discussed at conferences concerning changing behaviors in resource management is finding a sustainable alternative to

June 22, 2018 0 comment 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

Eni Employees in Porto Marghera Begin Collecting Used Cooking Oils for Conversion into Biofuels

(Eni)  Eni is the first company in the world to have taken a traditional refinery and transformed it into a Bio-Refinery using proprietary technology. As of today, Eni will begin collecting used cooking oils from the homes of its employees, which will then be converted into high-quality biofuels. Eni is the

June 5, 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

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage of the energy content of the transport fuel sold in the relevant year. Such obligation can be met by either (1) selling the prescribed amount of biofuel and receiving a

April 17, 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

Fiat Panda Natural Power Runs on Biomethane for a Whole Year

(Fiat/NGV Journal)  Today marks the first anniversary of the trial on the Panda powered only by biomethane produced at CAP Group’s wastewater treatment plant in Bresso-Niguarda (Milan). On 14 March 2017 Elisa Boscherini (Head of FCA Institutional Relations for the EMEA area) handed the car over to Alessandro Russo, Chairman of

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Venice’s Water Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil

by Catherine Edwards (The Local IT)  The water buses that transport locals and tourists through Venice’s canals will soon run on environmentally friendly biofuel, made from used cooking oils. The fuel, which is 15 percent renewable, will be produced in a Venetian refinery and made using cooking oil from local households. To

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

European Commission Grants Nearly €5 Billion to Develop Biofuels in Italy

(European Commission/NGV Journal)  The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane, for the use in the transport sector. The measure will contribute to reaching EU energy and climate change goals. The scheme has an

March 5, 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

February 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biogas Waste-to-Energy Plant Proposed for Jessup

by  Lorraine Mirabella (Baltimore Sun)  An Italian company that operates waste-to-energy plants around the world plans to build its first U.S. facility in Jessup near dozens of food distribution businesses that could supply its fuel. BTS Biogas established its North American headquarters in Columbia last fall and now hopes to

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomethane Market Development Gains Momentum in Italy

(Xebec/NGV Journal)  Canada-based Xebec has signed an exclusive three-year agreement with SAPIO Produzione Idrogeno Ossigeno Srl, distributor of technical gases, to help develop Italy’s renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading infrastructure from biogas facilities such as landfills, digesters and waste water treatment plants. Italy has made an extraordinary commitment in its 2020

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Leaps and Bounds in Sustainable Plastics and Nylons: U Wisconsin, Genomatica, Aquafil, Anellotech, Suntory, ADM, DuPont in the Mix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a big week in plastics and nylons, all right — not only for those who value sustainability attributes, but for fans of lower costs and higher performance, too. Let’s look at 4 Biggies makin’ a stir. Wisconsin researchers report bioplastic precursor breakthrough .. Aquafil,

January 24, 2018 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
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy — May 21-23, 2018 — Bergamo, Italy   DEADLINE:  January 31, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy — May 21-23, 2018 — Bergamo, Italy DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

The deadline of the call for papers for the SUM 2018 Symposium, to be held in Bergamo, Italy from 21-23 May 2018, is fast approaching!  For this reason, we kindly invite you to submit a full paper or a short paper (3/4 pages) by January 31st. using our online submission form

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

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

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Eni to Collect Used Vegetable Oil from Employees for Biofuel

(Rigzone) Eni has signed an agreement with Utilitalia and CONOE to boost the collection of used vegetable oil produced in the homes of its employees. The oil will be processed through Eni’s bio-refinery in Venice for subsequent transformation into HVO, the bio-component of the premium fuel Eni Diesel+. Collection will be made

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Fiat Chrysler and Eni Cooperating on Emissions Reductions

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  The CEOs of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA and Italian energy giant ENI have agreed to jointly develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles. The companies signed the agreement Tuesday in Rome with Premier Paolo Gentiloni that broadly focus on technologies related to compressed natural gas

November 30, 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

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in a depressing frittering away of once-bright bipartisan hopes. The resulting withering of investor interest could

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Rockin’ the Cassava: The Shareef Don’t Like It but Nigeria Does

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kebbi State Government to build an 84 million litres per annum capacity fuel-ethanol project. The Sugarcane and Cassava-Fuel Ethanol Project in Kebbi State would involve the development of 20,000 hectares of an integrated

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
  International Conference on Food Technology —   May 14-16, 2018   —   Rome, Italy

International Conference on Food Technology — May 14-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy

Theme: Optimizing food and nutritional demand with the help of recent technologies Food technology 2018 is hosted by EuroSciCon and it is focuses on the major issues of food scarcity and nutritional imbalance in people. This is of great concern as the survival of future generation is at stake. Food is essential

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s New Biogas Plant Will Be Able to Supply over 500 CNG Vehicles

(Hitachi Zosen Inova/NGV Journal)  Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will build a new Kompogas® plant in collaboration with its Italian partner Cesaro Mac Import, this already being the fifth such facility in Italy. The plant will process some 40,000 t/a bio waste and 13,500 t/a green waste, producing enough high-quality biomethane to

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article
  VENICE2018 – 7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste   —   October 15-18, 2018   —   Venice, Italy

VENICE2018 – 7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste — October 15-18, 2018 — Venice, Italy

The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article
  4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy   —   May 21-23, 2018   —   Bergamo, Italy

4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy — May 21-23, 2018 — Bergamo, Italy

Following the great success of the third edition held in 2016, which saw the participation of almost 300 delegates from a wide variety of countries, SUM 2018 / 4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy will be held in the old Monastery of Saint Augustine in Bergamo upper city,

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol refinery are to stay at home. The Crescentino operation has 60 days to present a

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Hilton Partners with Tagaddod to Generate Biodiesel in Support of Environmental Sustainability

(Albawaba Business/Hilton Worldwide)  Hilton, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, is further demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability by entering into a partnership with Tagaddod, a cutting-edge renewable energy and waste management company specialized in making biodiesel from used cooking oil. A total of 15 Hilton hotels in

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

A Dozen Global Cities Commit to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration. Under the declaration, the city leaders have pledged to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article
  Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry    —   July 7-14, 2018   —   Venice, Italy

Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry — July 7-14, 2018 — Venice, Italy

(International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)  The present edition of the Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will be managed by IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD). This edition of the Post-graduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will provide the participants with an understanding of the latest

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology   —   October 15-16, 2018   —   Rome, Italy    DEADLINE: uncertain

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology — October 15-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy DEADLINE: uncertain

Metabolomics & Systems Biology will be organized around the theme Metabolomics: Diagnosing the Undiagnosed   metabolomics-conference-2018 is comprised of 16tracks and 116 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in metabolomics-conference-2018 Submit your abstract to any of the mentioned tracks. All related abstracts are accepted.  READ MORE

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article
  14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology   —   October 15-16, 2018   —   Rome, Italy

14th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics and Systems Biology — October 15-16, 2018 — Rome, Italy

Our aspiration is to gather peer researchers, young scientists, academicians & industrialists to meet, discuss and share the knowledge that’s still more to be revealed. Gain and grab the knowledge. Conferences and symposia provide invaluable opportunities to extend and strengthen the community, and are also the collective body of knowledge.  We

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s Oil Giant Taps Mediterranean Diet to Turn Fats into Fuel

(The Edge Markets/Bloomberg)  … The government, driven by European Union renewable-fuel targets and a national diet rich in olive oil, is luring producers with financial incentives. As a result, Ai Due Otri is just one of about 100,000 restaurants nationwide recycling their grease. But Italy must persuade households to do the

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Mossi Ghisolfi Weighs Sale of Italian Biofuel Business – Source

by Stephen Jewkes  (Reuters) Italian bioplastics multinational Mossi Ghisolfi is considering selling its Italian business in the biofuels sector as part of a restructuring deal, a source close to the matter said. The company, Italy’s second-biggest chemicals business behind that of oil group Eni, has hired Mediobanca to run the process,

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s ENI Offers Help for Nigeria’s Bio-Fuel Projects

(Naija247news)  The Italian government through one of its oil giants ENI has promised to support the Federal Government’s bio-fuel agenda. Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Refineries and Downstream Infrastructure, Engr. Rabiu Suleiman, disclosed this in an interview on the latest edition of NNPC News,

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Production of Bioethanol from Multiple Waste Streams of Rice Milling

LorenzoFavaro, et al. (Bioresource Technology)   Rice milling by-products are promising feedstocks for bioethanol. Starch-rich residues were efficiently fermented by two engineered amylolytic yeast.  Rice husk, composed by lignocellulose, was pre-treated with alkaline peroxide.  Pre-treated husk was saccharified by commercial enzymes and fermented.  Multiple rice by-products were co-processed to ethanol by amylolytic

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article
  4th International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology   —   June 11-12, 2018   —   Rome, Italy

4th International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology — June 11-12, 2018 — Rome, Italy

Theme : Design and construct new biological parts for novel functions  —  ConferenceSeries Ltd International Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “4thInternational Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology” during June 11-12, 2018 at Rome, Italy, which includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Inside the Cellulosic Industry

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the U.S.’s cellulosic ethanol sector in the past year—two new companies have emerged to pick up

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

First Biomethane Vehicle Refueling Station Opens in Italy

(NGV Journal/European Biogas Association)  The first biomethane filling station for vehicles came into operation in early July. The facility is located at Montello SpA plant in Bergamo (Italy), which uses only the gas generated by the treatment of the organic component of the urban waste produced by 6 million inhabitants.

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Italy’s ‘First’ Municipal Waste to Methane Plant Inaugurated

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new plant for the production of biomethane and carbon dioxide has been inaugurated and started operation in Montello, Italy. The biogas upgrading plant is the ‘first’ in Italy able to produce biomethane and carbon dioxide exclusively from the treatment of municipal solid waste. The new facility has

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by the University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Sciences, the four-year BECOOL project will be carried out by a consortium of

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

How Gold Can Recycle Biofuel Waste into Useful Additive

(Phys.Org/Tomsk Polytechnic University)  Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main byproducts of biofuel production. The obtained products are in high demand in medicine, agriculture, the

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Eni and CONOE Sign Agreement for the Transformation of Used Vegetable Oils into Biofuels

(Eni) The agreement will see Eni’s refineries in Italy capitalize on a national energy resource by creating high quality biofuels from used vegetable oils, representing the final stage of the virtuous cycle of the “circular economy”. Used vegetable oils can be transformed into biofuels. Eni and CONOE, The National Consortium for

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen

(Recycling Magazine)  TO-SYN-FUEL is a project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s new research and innovation programme, with the aim to build-up, operate and demonstrate the production of Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen from waste biomass. … Twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, are participating in a

May 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy. The bio-economy adresses societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable economic growth and energy independence. The bio-economy enables the

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in depth here, including slides from Green Biologics, Global Bioenergies, BioAmber, Reverdia and Gevo. The webinar

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Commercializing Biobased Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be the global leader in the market for sustainable succinic acid, focusing on market development by

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the most fascinating projects are there. In this survey, we did not look at some excellent

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Italian Farmers Produce Low Cost Biomethane with Positive Environmental Impacts

(Ecofys)  Sequential cropping can be a promising model to produce additional biomass without negative impacts on land use change or food production. In a research study for the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Ecofys found that agricultural crop yields can increase dramatically in a sustainable manner if sequential cropping is introduced.

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS:  Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy     DEADLINES:   June 30, 2017 (posters)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and POSTERS: Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy DEADLINES: June 30, 2017 (posters)

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:         

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article
  Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications   —   August 20-25, 2017   —   Alba, Italy

Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications — August 20-25, 2017 — Alba, Italy

When organic materials (woody or agricultural materials, organic residues, food waste, sewage sludge, digestate) are thermally decomposed in the absence of oxygen, one of the resulting products is biochar, a solid compound rich in carbon and inorganic elements. Incorporated into the ground, biochar is a porous soil enhancer that can

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Global Biodiesel Market to Surpass $41 Billion by 2021

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets is offering a new 168-page report, “Biodiesel Market—Global Forecast to 2021,” in which the analysts find that the global biodiesel market is projected to surpass $41 billion by 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8 percent from 2016-’21.

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

A 20-Year-Old Startup

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens. … 2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and for World Energy. We brought our third and fourth biodiesel plants online to

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal

by Brent Snavely and Nathan Bomey (Detroit Free Press)  The U.S. EPA said Thursday it notified Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of Clean Air Act violations for the diesel emissions of 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickups, a move that immediately prompted comparisons with Volkswagen’s sprawling diesel emissions scandal. Indeed, there

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Birdlife and T&E to Release Anti-Biofuel Documentary in January

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, following on from the November release of their joint publication “The Black Book of Bioenergy”, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia has again teamed with Transport & Environment on a documentary set for release in January that is meant to be an exposé on

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS:  Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy    DEADLINE:  March 1, 2017

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, WORKSHOPS: Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary of Sardinia Symposia, the reference forum for the international community since 1987. Sardinia 2017 promises

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article
  Sardinia Symposium 2017   —   October 2-6, 2017   —   Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy

Sardinia Symposium 2017 — October 2-6, 2017 — Forte Village, Cagliari, Italy

Following the incredible success of Sardinia 2015 / Arts Edition, which saw the participation of 732 delegates from more than 70 different countries from all the continents, we are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary of Sardinia Symposia, the reference forum for the international community since 1987. Sardinia 2017 promises

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Yes, We Move. The Italian Bioeconomy Strategy Is On Line

(Il Bioeconomista)  Yes, we move. Italy has its bioeconomy strategy (“Bioeconomy in Italy: A unique opportunity to reconnect economy, society and the environment). “This strategy aims to provide a shared vision of the economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of an Italian bioeconomy routed on

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

US Navy Deploys Green Power Vs. Oil Power in ISIL Battle

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The US Department of Defense has been a main driver of the nation’s transition to renewable energy, but so far its use of biofuel in war machines has been limited to demonstration events and exercises. Now the US Navy is gearing up to deploy its

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Reverdia Tops the Bioeconomy Hot 40

(Reverdia)  Reverdia has been awarded the #1 spot in this year’s ‘40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy’. The ranking is an important industry endorsement of innovation and achievement in bio-based chemicals and materials. This recognition builds upon a successful year for Reverdia. It has launched partnerships with Protea Chemicals, Xinhuarun

November 3, 2016 Read Full Article

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in

October 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information relating to EU counties, below. The complete report can be downloaded here. This report was

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

The New Bio-BDO Era: Novamont Opens First Commercial-Scale Facility for Bio-Based BDO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Italy word has arrived that Novamont have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol, in Bottrighe (Adria), North East Italy. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, the Novamont Mater-Biotech plant will produce 30,000 tons of BDO per year from renewable sugars.

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Novamont Opens Plant for Production of Biobased 1,4-butanediol

(Novamont/Biomass Magazine)  Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced it has opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the biobased production of a major intermediate chemical in Bottrighe (Adria), Italy. Novamont’s Mater-Biotech plant will produce 30,000 tons of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) per year

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Alternative Fuels Conference   —   May 24-26, 2017   —   Italy    DEADLINE: uncertain

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Alternative Fuels Conference — May 24-26, 2017 — Italy DEADLINE: uncertain

Automotive, Maritime, Aviation:  World transport sector: new ambitious directions Renewable resources and future energy demand Unconventional fossil fuels (CNG, LNG, LPG, GTL, Ethers and others) First and next generations biofuels (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Biomethanol, Biomethane, etc.) Alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure (cars, vans, buses, trucks, ships, aircrafts, etc.) Alternative fuel market: creating

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article
  Alternative Fuels Conference   —   May 24-26, 2017   —   Italy

Alternative Fuels Conference — May 24-26, 2017 — Italy

Automotive, Maritime, Aviation:  World transport sector: new ambitious directions Renewable resources and future energy demand Unconventional fossil fuels (CNG, LNG, LPG, GTL, Ethers and others) First and next generations biofuels (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Biomethanol, Biomethane, etc.) Alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure (cars, vans, buses, trucks, ships, aircrafts, etc.) Alternative fuel market: creating

September 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and just 5% biofuels, made from coconut and Brazilian babassu nut oil. Virgin Atlantic has not

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

How to Optimize Biofuel Production Through Plant Genetics and Alternative Ingredients

(AUSBIOTECH/Ag Funder News)  … Plant oils offer great potential to provide much-needed renewable replacements for petroleum-derived fuels and chemicals, due to their natural abundance. To harness this potential, plant oils must be engineered to ensure their structure is appropriate, and that they can be readily processed into liquid fuels (such as

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Eni in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at DSM and its direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article
  International Conference on Enzymology   —  March 20-21, 2017  —   Rome, Italy

International Conference on Enzymology — March 20-21, 2017 — Rome, Italy

International Conference on Enzymology, will be organized around the theme “Exemplifying the Prominence of Enzymology among Interdisciplinary Sciences” Enzymology 2017 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Enzymology 2017. Conference Series LLC is delighted

August 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Italy to Invest $450m in Biofuel Project in Iran

(Tehran Times)  The Italian private sector will invest $450 million in the establishment of a bioethanol fuel production plant in the Amirabad Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), north of Iran. … As per the agreement, biofuel will be produced from inedible wheat, he added.  …  Some one million tons of wheat

August 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Latest US Navy Biofuel Bunkers Are Bad For the Environment, Expensive, Barely Biofuel At All, Says Critic

(Ship & Bunker)  … As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the U.S. Navy has sought to develop and use drop-in biofuels as part of its energy security goals, having previously set a target of getting half its energy from non-petroleum sources by 2020. Last month it took its first delivery

July 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Secretary of the Navy Visits USS Mason for Biofuel RAS

by Janweb B. Lagazo (US Navy, USS Mason)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Chief of the Italian Navy Adm. Guiseppe De Giorgi, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) to observe the ship’s role in

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy ‘Green Fleet’ Fills up with Italian-Made Biofuel

by Steve Scherer (Reuters)  A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s program to use more alternative energy. The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, the Andrea Doria, in the seas off of Italy’s southern coast with a mix

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Two CSGs In Mediterranean; Truman Attacking ISIS, Ike Demonstrating ‘Great Green Fleet’

by Megan Eckstein (US Naval Institute News)  … For now, the Ike CSG is involved in Great Green Fleet operations, to include a multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy’s Flotta Verde, according to a U.S. 6th Fleet news release. “The PASSEX will highlight energy conservation operations and will

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

The Used Vegetable Oil? Becomes Biodiesel and Natural Cosmetics

(Test Magazine (Google Translation))  Over 62 thousand tons of waste vegetable oil collected in 2015, an increase of 44% compared to 2010, 85% of which were initiated in regeneration for the production of biodiesel. Are some of the data emerging from the initial assessment of the environmental and economic impacts

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

G7 Nations Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025

by Karl Mathiesen (The Guardian)  Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade  —  The G7 nations have for the first time set a deadline for the ending

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road sector was 14.7% in 2015 based on energy content (Figure 1). If the calculation is

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Levulinic Acid as a New Platform for Green Chemistry: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to GF Biochemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In February, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents and over 200 pending patent applications worldwide. The acquisition matches up GF Biochemical’s commercial-scale technology

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy has been dominated by discussions about the indirect effects of biofuel consumption, and in particular

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Circling Opportunity

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final stages of construction, and a recent acquisition in Italy adds four more existing AD plants

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a Monaco-based company long went unnoticed, even though the principality has opened up its financial sector and cracked down on tax dodging. Monaco police carried out several raids and detained executives

April 1, 2016 Read Full Article

What’s up with Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of our 2016 March Madness series. You can experience the recorded version of the webinar here. Meanwhile, here is the primary slide deck, including slides from major technologies and slides on

March 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article
  Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Annual Forum  —   June 14-17, 2016  —  Rome, Italy

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Annual Forum — June 14-17, 2016 — Rome, Italy

On behalf of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) it is our pleasure to announce the GACSA Annual Forum, “Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action.” The Annual Forum will take place at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from June 14th to 17th, 2016. GACSA was formed to bring together governments

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s epic indecision and sometimes indifference toward the law that is the renewable fuel standard (RFS),

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification numbers) were generated in 2015. That news was one of three main highlights of 2015,

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will use proprietary conversion technology to transform corn stover, an agricultural residue, into high-purity dextrose sugar.

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel vs. Food? A New Study from a UVA Environmental Scientist and Colleagues Shows about a Third of the World’s Malnourished Population Could Be Fed by Using Resources Now Used for Biofuel Production.

by Fariss Samarrai (University of Virginia)  As strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and consumption of biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel, land and water that could otherwise be used for food production increasingly are used to produce crops for fuel. About 4 percent of

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research Six companies have now brought cellulosic ethanol facilities online, but with widely varying costs that indicate where innovation is still

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents and over 200 pending patent applications worldwide. The acquisition matches up GF Biochemical’s commercial-scale technology

February 19, 2016 Read Full Article
  World Bioenergy Congress and Expo    —    June 13-14, 2016  —  Rome, Italy

World Bioenergy Congress and Expo — June 13-14, 2016 — Rome, Italy

With the successful journey of Biofuels & Bioenergy conference in Spain, OMICS International conferences planned to continue Bioenergy conference series saga in Italy in 2016. On this auspicious occasion, OMICS International inviting the participants from all over the globe to take part in the World Bioenergy Congress and Expo during June 13-14,

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Neste Biofuel to Fuel Vehicles Based at Italian Cross-Country Ski Race

(Biofuels International)  Netherlands-based oil and energy company Tamoil has begun selling arctic diesel containing Neste’s renewable diesel to its corporate customers in the northern Italian Alps region, which will be used to fuel vehicles servicing the Marcialonga cross-country ski race in Italy. Tamoil’s Gasolio Artico fuel contains a minimum of

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Eni Research Brings You Eni Diesel +

(Eni)  This is another great example of Eni’s focus on sustainable innovation. Starting from next Monday, 18 January, the new Eni Diesel + will be available in over 3,500 fuel stations all over Italy.  The efforts of Eni’s research activities have led to Eni Diesel +, the new fuel with

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Entsorga West Virginia Announces U.S.’s First Resource Recovery Facility to Utilize Mechanical Biological Treatment

(Entsorga West Virginia)  Groundbreaking Held on January 6, 2016 in Martinsburg, West Virginia — Entsorga West Virginia today announced the groundbreaking of the U.S.’s first resource recovery facility utilizing Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT). The state-of-the-art waste-to-solid fuel plant will be located at 870 Grapevine Road, Martinsburg, WV and is expected to

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Beginning the new year with a few days steeped in agriculture proved a great winter tonic, raising optimism that the seemingly ordinary people tromping through the York County Fair buildings at the Keystone Farm Show (“A farm show for farmers”) hold the keys to

January 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what? In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Bio-on: World First Facility for Producing Bioplastic from Biodiesel Co-Product Glycerol

(Globe Newswire/NASDAQ) An agreement signed today by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, will see Italy’s and world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. The two companies, operating in sustainable biochemistry and industrial development of levulinic acid with Eridania

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S., Japan, Germany Among 18 Nations to Build Carbon Markets

by Mathew Carr (BloombergBusiness)  Markets will help drive emission reductions under Paris deal; Rules needed to ensure markets have environmental integrity —  Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international carbon markets to help speed the pace of emission reductions under the Paris climate

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Bioeconomy Conference Speaker Summaries Published

(Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association released a 16-page synopsis of more than a dozen addresses at the recent Canadian Bioeconomy Summit. The synopsis team was led by Dr. Jack Saddler, …  READ MORE  Download Summaries   Excerpt from Summaries:  Sunrise Session – Reducing GHG Emissions through

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:   6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste —  November 14-17, 2016  —  Venice, Italy     DEADLINE:  February 29, 2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste — November 14-17, 2016 — Venice, Italy DEADLINE: February 29, 2016

The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2014, was attended by nearly 580 scientists and operators

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article
  6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste —  November 14-17, 2016  —  Venice, Italy

6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste — November 14-17, 2016 — Venice, Italy

The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2014, was attended by nearly 580 scientists and operators

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Rich Nations’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Climate Aid 40 to 1: Researchers

by Chris Arsenault (PlanetArk.org/Reuters)  Wealthy nations spend 40 times as much money subsidizing fossil fuel production as they contribute to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to global warming, a research group said in a study released on Thursday. Eight industrialized nations – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Research Delivers Insight into Global Biodiesel Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020: MarketResearchReports.Biz

(HydrogenFuelNews)  MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Global Biodiesel MarketAnalysis and Forecasts to 2020″ to its database. This report gives an in-depth analysis of the global biodiesel market and provides forecasts up to 2020. The research analyzes key trends, major issues and growth opportunities in the global biodiesel market.

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

20-Nation Mission Innovation Coalition Launches to Spur Clean Energy R&D, Investment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, are announcing today the launch of “Mission Innovation,” a 20-country initiative to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation to address global climate change, provide

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. … Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Mathieu Flamini’s No Fuel

(The Sun)  Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years.  But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he has created a pioneering company that could revolutionise the energy industry. … He employs around

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Production, Planned Projects on the Rise

(US Department of Energy/U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. Unlike other biofuels, hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuels are nearly indistinguishable from their

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biobased Projects Around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced biofuels continue to develop, and especially in the developing world. In this report, we

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership

(Tyton BioEnergy Systems) Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced today a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance tobacco-based green chemicals and biofuels. The partners are committed to introducing energy tobacco as a

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Towards Multi-purpose Biorefinery Platforms for the Valorisation of Red Grape Pomace: Production of Polyphenols, Volatile Fatty Acids, Polyhydroxyalkanoates and Biogas

by Gonzalo A. Martinez, Stefano Rebecchi, Deborha Decorti, Joana M. B. Domingos, Andrea Natolino, Daniele Del Rio, Lorenzo Bertin, Carla Da Porto and Fabio Fava  (Green Chemistry)  The development of a multi-purpose four step-cascading biorefinery scheme for the valorization of red grape pomace (GP) was proposed. The consecutive processes were respectively

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, say FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and French Minister for Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, warning that failure

October 17, 2015 Read Full Article

De Gruyter Publishes Textbook: Biorefineries – An Introduction

(De Gruyter)  The use of biomass as a resource for fuels and chemicals is a very important topic in chemical research and chemical industry.  —  The field of biorefineries combines cutting-edge research with innovative industrial goals. Biorefineries compiles the basic science and technologies used to convert terrestrial and aquatic biomass

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Says 11 Million Cars Affected Globally as Scandal Widens

by Chris Reiter (Bloomberg/MSN.com)  Volkswagen AG said irregularities on diesel- emission readings extend to 11 million vehicles around the world, forcing the German carmaker to set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in an initial tally of the potential costs. Volkswagen extended its slide after the announcement, falling as much

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production . The BIOFAT approach integrates and scales up complementary technologies and skills from each partner

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

100% Renewable: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Coca-Cola Plant Bottle

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since introducing PlantBottle packaging – the first-ever fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants – Coca-Cola has distributed more than 25 billion of the bottles to thirsty consumers in 37 countries. The breakthrough technology also has helped catalyze a movement to redirect the

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article
  Alternative Fuels World Fair  —  May 25-28, 2016 — Bologna, Italy

Alternative Fuels World Fair — May 25-28, 2016 — Bologna, Italy

Natural Gas Vehicles, Biogas, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, Hydrogen for transport and other applications will be on display under one roof while in parallel there will be different Interactive Seminars. Entrance to the Fair is for free for the general public and professionals will have besides the opportunity to organize online

September 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms after a rain. But can this be the golden mean to what is happening in

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article
  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Standards Training  —  September 16-18, 2015  —  Montefiascone (VT), Italy,

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Standards Training — September 16-18, 2015 — Montefiascone (VT), Italy,

The RSB has created a state-of-the-art third-party accredited certification system to ensure the sustainable production of biomaterials and bio-based products. It covers the entire supply chain from biomass production to end user, and is applicable to any region in the world. RSB certified operations can be sure they are ‘doing

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2015: Biomass: Challenges and Promises

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) held in Vienna 1-4 June was a massive event with nearly 1300 participants from 76 countries and some 800 presentations. The event consisted of multiple parallel events, including oral presentations, workshops and poster exhibitions. In biomass

June 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Nebraska Governor Talks Biofuels in Europe

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is on an agricultural trade mission trip to the European Union with stops in Italy, Belgium, and Denmark. The trade mission, being coordinated jointly by the Nebraska Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, includes a number of representatives from the state’s agriculture and biofuels

June 18, 2015 Read Full Article

CNH Industrial Hosts Expert Panel to Raise Awareness on Biogas

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  The Company gathered experts from the scientific community, representatives from institutional European associations, public officials and professionals from the powertrain, commerical vehicles and agricultural machinery sectors for a workshop panel entitled “The Biogas Done Right Model”. The panel took place during the occasion of Expo 2015, the

May 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Blog: Smartphone App, on the Racetrack for Ethanol Education

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation. I had previously heard the name Hydro Dynamics Inc., which is the developer of a patented cavitation process intensification technology. The ShockWave Power

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta Renewables. Mossi & Ghisolfi is a worldwide leader in the bottle-grade PET industry, owner of

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article
  The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course —  June 20-22, 2015  —  Ravello, Italy

The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course — June 20-22, 2015 — Ravello, Italy

The course is partially based on the newly released text, The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets, by Harry de Gorter, Dusan Drabik and David R. Just. This workshop will offer a mix of classroom lectures and computer lab exercises (please bring your

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodegradable Plastics from Potato Waste for High-Tech Applications

(Bio-on)  Bio-on S.p.A., the leader in eco-sustainable chemical technologies, and Pizzoli S.p.A., Italy’s largest operator in the potato sector, will collaborate to build Italy’s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato agro-industrial process. The collaboration, signed by the two companies, arises from Bio-on‘s laboratory research and

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of the late 2000’s, the atmosphere filled with optimism, visionary ideas, hope and more than hope–certainty

March 16, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy indicate a suicide, after the charismatic business leader was found in his dark-color, late model

March 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol production chain in the States and other countries such as Brazil, Germany, Canada, Italy, Peru,

February 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase and is heading towards deployment. Someday, aviation biofuels will be as routine as topping off

February 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners?  Each year, the Digest recognizes projects, feedstocks, processing technology breakthroughs, novel or improved molecules, and bioeconomy pioneers in

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and delays, commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol is finally here. What can we learn from the pioneers? …

February 15, 2015 Read Full Article

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance): 1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize? 2. RIN price volatility — will the rollercoaster end? 3. Ethanol blend wall — what’s the work-around? 4. Policy and

February 13, 2015 Read Full Article

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the headlines this year. You might know it as EAME or EMEA, but its some combination

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has left oil-based products cheaper for consumers.   Some analysts have expressed concern that a lower

December 19, 2014 Read Full Article
  RSB Auditor Training   January 21-23, 2015    Viterbo area, Italy

RSB Auditor Training January 21-23, 2015 Viterbo area, Italy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterils production and processing. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with numerous organizations and individuals throughout the world to develop a global bioenergy standard with widespread recognition. Training is an essential element

December 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Fuel4me Consortium Targets 2017

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … The overall aim of Fuel4me is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. More specifically, they intend to “develop a sustainable, scalable process for biofuels from microalgae and

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a crop is free to be as tall as it wants, and the taller it is,

November 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Crisis Refining, Eni Relies on Biodiesel, No Job Cuts – AD

by Giancarlo Navach (Reuters) Eni aims to solve the problem of refining crisis in Italy – which since 2009 has lost as many as 6 billion Euros and is affected by the continued decline in demand for gasoline and diesel fuel and competition from other refineries Russia, the US, India and China

November 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Italy to Require Advanced Biofuels in Gasoline and Diesel

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Italy today became the first member of the European Union to mandate the use of renewable fuel made from inedible crops.   The law requires that gasoline and diesel contain at least 1.2 percent advanced biofuel, starting in January 2018. By the turn of the decade

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant in Edmonton. And, in Italy, the completion and opening of the 20 million gallon Beta

October 24, 2014 Read Full Article

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