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New Research Looks beyond Carbon Efficiency to Improve Advanced Biofuel Strategy Development

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … For researchers, this means that the more carbon in the crop that ends up as carbon in the fuel, the better. But carbon efficiency may not be the whole story: fuel quality and energy requirements are also key factors for selecting next-generation biofuels

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Blue Agave Crop Grown in Far North Queensland to Be Burnt at Sugar Mill for Power Generation

by Courtney Wilson (ABC News)  Blue agave — which is the base ingredient for tequila — is currently grown on a commercial scale in Mexico, but Queensland’s MSF Sugar is aiming to become a world industry leader, with plans to plant 4,000 hectares of the succulent on the Atherton Tablelands. About

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC

(GESS International)  GESS’s plans for biogas plants throughout NC — including a just-announced facility in Robeson Co. — promise new jobs and energy sources  —  This week, the company announced plans for a $35 million biogas plant in Robeson County, which has been hard hit by Hurricane Florence. The plant is expected

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EU to Engage Local Palm Oil Industry Stakeholders in Talks, Plantations Visits

(AFIQ AZIZ/The Malaysian Reserve)    The visit is aimed to provide the EU delegations with a clearer and first-hand exposure to all issues concerned in RED —  The European Commission will hold a consultation process with Malaysian palm oil industry stakeholders next week. The European Union (EU) Ambassador and head of delegation

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex, Trucent Announce Scale up of MicroX Technology

(Trucent/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. The scale up followed completion of development, construction and operation of a pilot system that was undertaken as part

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Biomass-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy &

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces New Prime the Pump Partnership with Cumberland Farms to Sell E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and Prime the Pump announced Cumberland Farms as the newest E15 retail partner to join the Prime the Pump program. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms will begin offering E15 at more than 120 of its stores in the Northeast United States. The sites will be spread across Reformulated Gasoline

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Ace Ethanol Begins D3MAX Plant Construction at Stanley Wisconsin Facility

(Ace Ethanol/D3MAX/PR Web)  D3MAX, LLC and Ace Ethanol, LLC announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol’s facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Earlier this year, Ace Ethanol received approval from its

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Targray Announces Fargo Biodiesel Terminal to Meet Growing Demand in Upper Midwest

(Targray/PR Web)  Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, has announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Centrally located in West Fargo, North Dakota, the new terminal will provide local fuel retailers, distributors and fleet

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Solution to Pakistan’s Power Woes

By Umer Khayyam and Tehzeeb Bano (The Express Tribune)  … Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions, generated from the burning of fossil fuels, are increasing in Third World societies like Pakistan. … To negate the negative atmospheric results of non-renewable energy sources, global and regional societies have to look for infinite and less

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn Join to Create Biodiesel from Wastewater

by Kevin Zimmerman (Westfair Communications)  “It’s a huge problem, both in the United States and internationally,” said REA Operations Manager Eric Metz. “And with population growth increasing, there’s going to be more Brown FOG going into the sewer systems,” which can result in overflows and blockages that can be expensive to

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Truth about E15 and Smog

(Renewable Fuels Association)  On October 9, President Trump announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon begin a rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) in conventional gasoline markets, which account for nearly 70% of total U.S. gasoline consumption.[1] Much of the media coverage surrounding

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

European Commission – Fact Sheet: New EU Fuel Marking: Questions and Answers

(European Commission)  New EU fuel marking: questions and answers 1. What are the new EU fuel labels and what do they mean? What changes on 12 October? As of 12 October 2018, throughout all 28 European Union member states, the EEA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), the former Yugoslav Republic

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company recently broke ground on its first commercial project in Nevada, and more about that here. Fulcrum’s innovative business

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Asia’s Climate Arsenal: Are Biofuels Back?

by Beth Walker (The Third Pole)  Biofuels will dominate future growth in renewables and are essential for decarbonizing the most difficult sectors; China and India should lead the way, argues new EIA report  —  … Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will continue to lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Don’t Buy Big Oil’s Lies On E15

(Urban Air Initiative)  It didn’t take long. Minutes after President Trump announced he wanted to see E15 sold year round, the anti ethanol messages started. As President Trump himself said“ethanol makes the air cleaner”, Big Oil was spreading lies that ethanol hurts our cars and the environment. This is simply not true.

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Casey’s Partners with Prime the Pump

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Casey’s General Store is partnering with Prime the Pump to expand its offering of E15 to potentially more than 500 locations over the next few years. Prime the Pump is a Growth Energy partner and nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to give more Americans the choice of E15

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Fat Profits: Asian Traders Cash in as Europe Thirsts for Waste Oils

(The Star)  Once surreptitiously dumped down drains in the dead of night, Asia’s used cooking oil is fast becoming one of the most sought-after commodities in Europe – as a feedstock for biodiesel. Aggressive green energy targets in the European Union that were bolstered further this year are pushing fuel makers

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon

by Doug Durante and Doug Sombke (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  … However, we may have a unique and perhaps unprecedented opportunity for a do-over with the proposed fuel economy rule. While we take no position on exactly what the mileage standards should be, whatever they are we can

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

First Hydrogen Multi-Fuel Station Starts Operations in Belgium

(Colruyt Group/NGV Journal)  Colruyt Group has opened its first public hydrogen filling station. From now on, customers can buy conventional and green fuels at the DATS 24 filling station in Halle (Dassenveld), as well as 100% green hydrogen, produced using renewable electricity from energy specialist Eoly. The integration of a hydrogen

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Production of Renewable Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) KIT’s researchers succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb methanation. The quality of this synthetic natural gas (SNG) is comparable to that of fossil natural gas and can be used as fuel in cogeneration and heating plants

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s First Hydrogen Train Leaves Station in Germany

by Sam Morgan (EurActiv)  The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train service began operating in Germany on Sunday (16 September), while EU ministers debated the future potential of the clean fuel at an informal summit in Austria this week. Commuters will be able to get around the German region of Lower Saxony

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

President Trump’s Ethanol Expansion Has Immediate Positive Impact on Attis Industries

(Attis Industries/NewMediaWire/FuturesTradingCharts.com) …  Jeff Cosman, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, explains, “The increased inclusion allowance plays a vital role in the expansion of renewable fuel production. The timing couldn’t be better for Attis as we plan to build our first of many biorefineries that will produce cellulosic ethanol and biobased materials. Without the

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Scaling up Biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing,

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview from Poul Erik Laerke and Uffe Jørgensen of Aarhus University Foulum, as presented at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Optimizing Lignocellulosic Cropping Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How attractive are systems for Bioenergy Feedstock Production in Sustainably Managed Landscapes for Rural Development? Ioannis Dimitriou, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Dep. of Crop Production Ecology offered this illuminating overview at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43 workshop.  READ MORE

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In North Carolina, Novozymes launched its next yeast technology, Innova Lift, for the starch-based ethanol industry. The product follows the launch earlier this year of its ambitious yeast platform, Innova, and the first product, Drive. … Novozymes ain’t saying, but we speculate there’s another release coming

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Eni AMA Deal: Biofuel Collection from Used Cooking Oil Begins at the Eni Headquarters in Rome

(ENI/Webwire)  Eni and AMA signed an agreement today (October 2, 2018) to launch collection points for waste cooking oil produced in the homes of its employees which will then be converted into high quality biofuels.  —  Eni and AMA, a public company of Roma Capitale, signed an agreement today to launch collection

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the BELT Biorefinery Concept

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 43’s goal is to contribute to sound bioenergy development driven by well-informed decisions in the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors as well as in investment institutions and government agencies. The group addresses critical issues for deployment of sustainable biomass and bioenergy supply chains, including social,

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari: Use Biofuel for Public Transport

(Times of India)  Referring to country’s high fuel import bill and rising oil prices, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said that Uttar Pradesh, being the largest producer of sugarcane and having a huge potential for manufacturing ethanol, should run all its public transport on biofuel. … Blaming the burning

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia to Convert Old Oil Refineries into Biofuel Plants

(PM News Nigeria)  Indonesia is looking into the possibility of converting two of the country’s older crude oil refineries into plants, for the production of biofuels, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday. The government is conducting a study with Italian energy company ENI. ENI has successfully converted one of its refineries

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

by Daniel A. Lane (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest/Saille Consulting)  At its most basic level, technoeconomic analysis or assessment (TEA) is a cost-benefit comparison tool used to evaluate the commercial viability of a process.  While many companies are quite familiar with this tool, a number of startups often forgo TEAs of their

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

From Unloved Woods to Desirable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Wood and Forest Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increasing global demand for energy, a push by governments and industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), and a desire to increase energy independence are driving the demand for renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. As a source of renewable carbon that can be used in the existing

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

President Opens up E15 Sales: Trump Directs EPA to Allow Year-Round E15 and a More Transparent RINs Market

by Chris Clayton and Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leading into President Donald Trump’s trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday, a senior White House official said Tuesday that the president has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to create a new rule allowing year-round sales of 15% ethanol blends. Monte

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The Quest for Sustainable Flight by World-Scaling a Neurotransmitter

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And that’s the story of the bioeconomy in some ways  — the search for ways to use the things we have too much of, so that we can stop using the things that lead to imbalances — environmental, social or economic. … The story goes back

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Company Hopes to Convert Ethanol Plant to Methane

(Quay County Sun)  If all goes according to plan, a long-closed ethanol plant in Tucumcari may be converted into a methane plant and become fully operational by mid-2020. Tucumcari Bio-Energy Co. is hunting for investors and may begin converting the plant to methane gas production as soon as early 2019, said

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Dirt Rich’ — The Importance of Biochar and Regenerative Systems for Soil Health

(Mercola) The creators of Dirt Rich are allowing for a full exclusive stream through October 12, 2018.  STORY AT-A-GLANCE An estimated 80 percent of soil carbon in heavily farmed areas has been lost due to destructive plowing, overgrazing and the use of carbon-depleting chemical fertilizers and pesticides By adding more carbon back into

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

by Laura Shields  (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions —  … Stresses, such as high temperatures and a lack of freshwater, can cause reduced crop growth or even complete loss. The rising frequency of these stressful periods inspires a race to find more tolerant plants.

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in Italy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

CSX Brings Emergency Training to NJ Firefighters as Crude Oil Shipments Rise

by Curtis Tate (North Jersey Record)  CSX, the railroad that operates trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil and ethanol through New Jersey every week, rolled out its Safety Train on Wednesday to help first responders prepare for an incident. The train includes the most common types of tank cars firefighters are likely

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Myth-Buster or Warranty-Buster? Nebraska Ethanol Test Will Push beyond Auto Manufacturers’ Specs

by Joe Duggan (Omaha World-Herald Bureau)  Nebraska literally put the rubber to the road more than 40 years ago to give ethanol a shot of much-needed street cred. It was called the “Nebraska 2 Million Mile Gasohol Road Test Program.” It began on Dec. 23, 1974, when a roads department supervisor

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

A Bird’s Eye View of Bioenergy

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX) was held on September 12 and 13 at the Convene at CityView in Philadelphia, Pa. The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council did well in selecting this terrific skyscraping venue. It provided a wonderful bird’s eye view of the city

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers to Develop Renewable Fuel Additives from Sawdust

by Edwin L. Aguirre (University of Massachusetts Lowell)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. to develop renewable fuel additives made from “woody biomass” – particularly sawdust from sawmills. “The

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article
    Public Work Group Meeting to Discuss Co-processing of Low-Carbon Feedstocks in Conventional Petroleum Refineries — October 19, 2018 — Sacramento, CA

Public Work Group Meeting to Discuss Co-processing of Low-Carbon Feedstocks in Conventional Petroleum Refineries — October 19, 2018 — Sacramento, CA

(California Air Resources Board)  This event is intended to communicate staff guidance as well as solicit stakeholder feedback related to fuel pathway applications under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Regulation involving facilities that co-process both petroleum-derived and non-petroleum-derived feedstocks in the same units.  The meeting will be held at the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

A Unique Approach to Renewable Fuel Market Development in Western Pennsylvania

(ACT News)  … Ed Vogel Sr. started the company’s first municipal waste landfill in 1965, the Seneca Landfill in Butler County. More than a decade ago, the Vogel family set out to find a way to utilize the fugitive methane emissions that landfills produce as organic waste decomposes. This led Vogel

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Norway Demonstrates Leadership in Renewable Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Ships

(ACT News)  … One country that has everyone in the hydrogen industry watching is Norway. The wealthy Nordic country continues to push forward with its ambitious plans for renewable hydrogen production and fuel cell technology for maritime vessels. There is huge potential for hydrogen produced via electrolysis with wind power,

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

New EU Fuel Pump Labeling Reflects Biofuel Content

(Biofuels International) This month the European Union will introduce new labelling requirements for newly manufactured vehicles and refuelling stations. The new system will mean consumers will be able to immediately see the biofuel content of the fuel they are purchasing. The labels will be displayed in all public refuelling stations on

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Plymouth Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded over 50 drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) during a two-hour promotion today at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 FM teamed up at the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Singapore’s HES Unveils Plans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft

(Business Wire/HES Energy Systems) One century after the start of commercial aviation, HES is joining forces with a variety of partners to pioneer a new form of aerial mobility: quiet and zero carbon, personalized, on-demand, decentralized and economically inclusive of rural communities. Designed as a zero-emissions aircraft, Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter To The Editor: Powerboating Legend Don Onken Defends Ethanol For Boats

by Don Onken (Lightning Performance Group/Lake Expo) I am responding to a September 21 piece that ran on the Lake Expo website taken from a BoatUS survey, Survey: Boaters Have Little Love for Ethanol, 83 Percent Would Choose E0 if Available. I have been involved in boating for over 40 years, and the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian University and Xebec Embark on Power-to-Renewable Gas Project

(Xebec/McGill University/NGV Journal)  Xebec Adsorption Inc. will co-develop a prototype reactor to produce renewable natural gas using a power-to-gas (P2G) process with McGill University. This process combines electricity generated from renewable sources with CO2 generated from waste. The project is being funded by Xebec as the Industrial sponsor and by the

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Switzerland: Hyundai Will Roll out World’s First H2 Fuel Cell Truck Fleet

(Hyundai Motor/NGV Journal)  Hyundai Motor Company affirmed at the ‘IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018’ in Hanover that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Beginning in 2019 and over a five year period Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Major Progress: Cutting Black Carbon and Lowering CO2 Emissions in Transport, Other Sectors

(Diesel Technology Forum) … Use of renewable diesel fuel – not electrification or natural gas – in California is the primary means by which the state is achieving its low carbon fuel mandates, as well as its progress toward the global climate action plan. “Fortunately, established technologies like diesel are

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex and Its Remarkable Progress Near the Land of Misfit Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California comes the happy news that Sylavatex CEO Virginia Klausmeier is expecting a new child in a couple of weeks, and that the significant scale-up taking place in that department is paired with the news that Sylvatex and Trucent have succeeded in a scale up

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Haryana Signs MoU with Indian Oil for Ethanol Plant

(Money Control)  The initiative at village Bohali with a proposed capacity of 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day will manage crop residue and prevent straw burning before the upcoming paddy season, an official release said.  —  The Haryana government on September 10 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Advancing Energy Independence: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and the Global Methane Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why consider biogas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)?  First, there’s the momentum nationally and internationally on RNG (aka, biomethane, R-gas, green gas, renewable gas). Plus, biomethane is a flexible renewable fuel; and can be used in vehicle fuel, electricity, thermal, CHP, bio-product feedstock. Moreover, we can use

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Council Helps with RFS RIN Management

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) The Alternative Fuels Council, a subsidiary of NATSO Inc., a national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, has launched a new service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

With Gas Prices Rising, Sales of Cheaper, Ethanol-Blended Fuels Are Surging in California

by Steve Scauzillo (San Gabriel Valley Tribune/The Sun)  … But in about 190 stations in California, there exists an alternative: One lone, usually green-colored nozzle delivering E-85, an alcohol blend accepted in 1.3 million “flexible-fuel” vehicles on California roads today. At 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, E85 fuel packs

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota Congressman Tours Syngenta R&D Site

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., recently toured the Syngenta Seeds Stanton, Minnesota, R&D facility and North America Seedcare Institute and participated in a discussion on the future of biofuels, including home-grown American ethanol. … “Recently I toured Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute and demo field in Stanton,” Lewis said. “During my

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

HERO BX – Even Kryptonite Can’t Stop the Largest Biodiesel Producer in the Eastern U.S. from Getting Stronger and Bigger

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The largest biodiesel producer in the Eastern United States is getting larger, and stronger. Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX purchased the assets of a Clinton, Iowa biodiesel facility from Tenaska Commodities, LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska, Inc. The ambitious HERO BX Founder & CEO Samuel P.

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

OPINION: Brown Drops an Easy Climate Win in California

by Mike Lewis (Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 21, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 558, a California bill authored by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva that was designed to better leverage California’s fleet of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). The measure would have required the California Air Resources Board to recommend non-fiscal policies to

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

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. Judit Sandquist gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Will Test 30 Percent Ethanol Blend in State Vehicles

by Joe Duggan  (Omaha World-Herald)  Nebraska will run 50 state-owned vehicles on a 30 percent ethanol blend to see how the corn-derived fuel performs in conventional engines. The pilot program will monitor the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems in state

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In recent Renewable Fuels Association testimony, Kelly Davis noted, “It was apparent that the previous administration disregarded comments from RFA and many other stakeholders—including the automakers—that encouraged EPA to evaluate engines and fuels as integrated systems when assessing the efficacy of model year 2022-2025 fuel economy and GHG standards. Indeed,

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Testifies in Support of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels at EPA/NHTSA Hearing

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  A high-octane, low-carbon fuel containing 20-40% ethanol used in optimized engines would be the lowest cost means of achieving compliance with fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 and beyond, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis will testify today

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Hog-Waste Plant Clears Hurdle, but New NC Rule Threatens Future Development

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal/Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council)  Wilmington’s Optima BioEnergy operates North Carolina’s only swine-waste biogas plant and had plans for more. Then regulators three a wrench into those plans. Optima BioEnergy has cleared an important regulatory hurdle to building its second swine-waste plant in North Carolina. But it’s a

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Rwanda Eyes Biogas to Help Curb Deforestation

by Amy Yee (WRAL/New York Times)  The kitchen of Ecole Secondaire Kanombe Efotec, a boarding school here, is busy from dawn to dusk while the staff cooks meals for more than 1,000 hungry teenagers.  At one time, the school went through about 330 pounds of firewood a day for the porridge and

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in the United States

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. Kevin Whitty gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in the

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Produces a New Clean, Renewable Alternative Solution to Diesel Fuel for the Transportation Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours of operations at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec have been completed.has successfully produced renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biorefinery to Break Ground in North Dakota

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in the spring of 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. The proposed plant, known

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

UFOP Position Paper Says Time Is Now for Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in climate protection goals, especially with discussion about food vs. fuel and iLUC capping limits for conventional biofuels. “With regard to

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Gov. Brown Signs RNG Pipeline Integration Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires state regulators to open a proceeding to consider funding biomethane interconnection infrastructure through a gas corporation’s utility rates. The bill, A.B.3187, was authored by Assemblymember Tim Grayson and sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Grand Forks Officials Seek Biofuel Connections in Poland

by Tess Williams (Grand Forks Herald)   Mayor Mike Brown is heading to Poland with Keith Lund, president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., and City Administrator Todd Feland to build partnerships and talk about biofuels. The Red River Biorefinery, which broke ground last month, is being celebrated during

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

IVECO Displays 100% Diesel Free and Clean Fuel Vehicle Stand at IAA 2018

(IVECO/NGV Journal)  …  In addition, natural gas offers the possibility for a seamless transition to biomethane and renewable energy, achieving zero emissions and opening the door to a circular economy approach that can go so far as achieving negative emissions and carbon sequestration.” … Through its display and workshops, IVECO is

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

A Switchgrass Sugar Situation

by Paige Short (Michigan Technological University)  Switchgrass is a promising biofuel alternative to corn, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. … The current viable harvest window for switchgrass extends from peak biomass, when the grass is at its biggest before it

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Feature: Bunkering Sector Mulls Biofuel Use in New 2020 Sulfur Standards

by  Emma Kettley, George Griffiths, Tamara Sleiman (S&P Global Platts)  As the bunkering industry gears up for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards from 2020, some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as one possible way of reducing emissions. … The latest revision to the International

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Plans to Use Biodiesel in 220 Buses

by S Lalitha (Indian Express)  To tackle the soaring fuel prices, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is set to fuel 220 buses either partially or fully on biodiesel. Its 8,750-strong fleet of buses presently consume an average of six to seven lakh litres of high speed diesel (HSD) daily. KSRTC

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Marine and BLOC Announce World’s First Bunker Delivery Using Blockchain Technology

(GoodFuels Marine) GoodFuels Marine, the world’s first supplier of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, and blockchain technology and governance experts Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), have successfully completed the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology. The delivery, made to a Samskip vessel via a REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reaping Profits from Microalgal Biorefineries

by Annie Megan Santamaria (Research Matters)  Biorefineries which run on microalgae make for unconventional alternatives to satisfy our ever-growing thirst for energy. Studies in the past have proved that producing only biodiesel from microalgae biomass is non-profitable, and hence not sustainable. However, there is a growing market for coproducts produced during the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Vietnam : Use of Biofuels: Economic and Useful Value for the Environment, Health

(Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX/Futures Trading Charts)  At a conference on Propagation and Development of Biofuels held in the morning of September 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, US experts shared valuable information on environmental benefits, energy human and economic use of biofuels. The conference was jointly organized by the Department

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Now, Biofuel from Barapullah Drain Sewage

(Hindustan Times) Though this is a demonstration project, ICT scientists say its capacity can be increased to treat the entire Barapullah drain water. — In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, wastewater from drains will be used to produce biofuel. Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched a project wherein

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

iSEE Helps Secure $6M+ in New Research Grants for U of I Agriculture Studies: $5M DOE Grant for Energy Crops Study

(Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) … A U of I Crop Scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer, and

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) is a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, the civil aviation industry, and Agrisoma Biosciences and Applied Research Associates (ARA) from

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

With Summertime Restrictions Over, Minneapolis Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to mark the end of the summertime restriction on E15 by rewarding drivers who chose E15 at the Winner station on 46th Street. From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded drivers who chose

September 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

by Roger Gilroy (Transport Topics)  Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory)  With growing environmental concerns on the rise in recent years, more companies and individuals are becoming

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Offering RNG at Natural Gas Fueling Stations for the First Time

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  For the first time, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will begin offering renewable natural gas (RNG) at its fueling stations. The Sempra Energy utility, which is based out of Los Angeles, will soon use RNG at its 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling stations across its

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Town, United Riverhead Terminal Reach Agreement on Permit for Biofuel Tanks at Northville Facility

(Riverhead Local/Tank Terminal)  Riverhead officials have reached agreement with United Riverhead Terminal to allow the company to install six tanks to store biofuel at its Northville facility. The company says it needs the storage tanks at the facility to comply with a state law requiring heating oil wholesalers to sell

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Idaho Team that Lopped $1 a Gallon off the Cost of Fuel, and How They Did It

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Idaho, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have have cut the modeled cost of harvesting, storing, transporting, and preprocessing biomass from $149.58/dry ton to $82.86/dry ton.  As INL’s Kevin Kenney explained, “when applying least-cost formulation and blending strategies in an analysis of data from DOE’s 2016 Billion-Ton

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Won’t Pose Risk to Vehicle Engines, Says Indonesian Producer

(MalaysiaKini/Bernama)  There should be no concern that the use of biodiesel will affect vehicle engines as proven by the implementation of biodiesel programme in Indonesia, said Wilmar International country head in Indonesia, Darwin Indigo. In allaying concerns by Malaysian hauliers and automotive manufacturers on the implementation of biodiesel programme in Malaysia,

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Finding Pathways for Biofuels Advocates Say State Low-Carbon Fuel Policies Could Drive More Ethanol Demand

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just a few blocks from the commotion and crowds at the Global Climate Action Summit, biofuel advocates gathered Thursday to champion more low-carbon fuel standards that could take the country’s biofuels industry in new directions. While the climate summit focused on all the various

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Red and White Fleet’s Long Awaited Plug-In Vessel, ‘The Enhydra’ Is Available For Use in San Francisco Bay

(Red and White Fleet/PR NewsWire)  The Red and White Fleet, a San Francisco ferry business operating on San Francisco Bay for over 126 years, announced today the newest addition to its fleet, the Enhydra. The Enhydra, a tribute to the California sea otter, will be the first aluminum hulled, lithium-Ion battery plug-in hybrid vessel built in the U.S.A.  Thomas C.

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

NV Energy Asks Regulators to Levy Pricey charges on Biofuel Company Eschewing Utility’s Service

by Riley Snyder (The Nevada Independent) NV Energy is asking state regulators to levy an expensive combination of charges for an under-construction Northern Nevada biofuels plant that has applied to purchase power from an alternative electric provider. Testimony filed by a utility executive on Monday outlines a variety of suggested “impact”

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Develops Biomethanol Byproduct with Potential for Transportation

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Montreal, Quebec-based Enerkem Inc., a producer of biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste, has produced a renewable bio-dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a byproduct of biomethanol, that can potentially be used in the transportation sector as a replacement for diesel. Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company has tested

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Conservation Helps the Ag Economy, but Farmers Bear All of the Costs

by Scott Henry (Des Moines Register)  … A study from Environmental Defense Fund and managerial accounting firm K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge finds that conservation can boost farm profitability. The analysis includes detailed financial case studies of three Midwestern corn, soy and wheat farmers — including my fourth-generation farm — as well as a

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Biogas Liquefaction Plant Opens in Norway

(Puregas Solutions/NGV Journal) The Biogas Upgrading and Liquefaction Plant was installed at the Skogn Papermill, Norway, will upgrade up to 3,000Nm3/h of raw biogas to renewable natural gas. Officially opened by Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, it will be the largest biogas liquefaction plant in the Nordic Countries producing fuel for

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Pressure to Perform: Growing Export Markets and New Coproduct Lines Are Increasing Demands on the Ethanol Laboratory.

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “They have to realize that for all these years we’ve been making fuel ethanol with ASTM grade, and that’s it. Now, we’re going to add two, or even five, new product codes. We’re going to have additional testing, education and training on new pieces

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

LCFS Matures: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Lead to Favorable Changes for the Ethanol Industry.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The LCFS is administered by the California Air Resources Board and uses a market-based cap-and-trade approach to ultimately lower GHG emissions, says Jessica Buckley, senior environmental scientist for RTP Environmental Associates Inc. “California essentially created this program to create a market for low-carbon fuels and

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Targets More Airport Biofuel Trials

by Adrian Schofield (Aviation Daily/Aviation Week)  Virgin Australia has just completed a major biofuel trial at Australia’s Brisbane Airport, and the carrier is planning further tests in the near future. Along with its partner organizations, Virgin arranged to have a biofuel blend supplied through Brisbane Airport’s aircraft refueling infrastructure. The carrier

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio-Fuel Consumption Rockets

(Viet Nam News)  Consumption of bio-fuel E5 RON 92 topped 1.78 million cubic metres in the first half of the year, a year-on-year increase of 31 per cent and accounting for over 40 per cent of total petrol consumption, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Speaking at a conference

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Life (Gregorich): The Ethanol Industry and How It’s Impacting Farmers

by Kellie Gregorich (Telegraph Herald)  Ethanol is a high octane gasoline that is used throughout the world to keep our vehicles running at an affordable price. The only question is, is it around to stay? … With the current trade war situation with China, farmers are feeling the impacts, but it could

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Airlines’ Biofuel-Powered Flights Might Soon Take Off

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

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 6 Projects for Co-Optimization of Engines and Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research. Approximately $10.1 million of that funding will support six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. “Improving the affordability of

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Harnessing Algae and Fungi to Create New Biofuel System

by Igor Houwat (Michigan State University) Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Gutter Oil Target to Be Met as Gas Sales Grow

by Chen Huizhi (Shine)  The number of gas stations in Shanghai offering a hybrid fuel mixed with biodiesel made from “gutter oil” increased to 40 in August, the food safety commission said yesterday. Gutter oil, so called because it is sometimes dumped in gutters and drains, is expired cooking oil. Sinopec, the

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Answer Line: Money behind Lack of Ethanol-Based Fuel Locations

(Longview News Journal) …  Why are there no public refueling locations in the Longview/Tyler area that sell E85 ethanol blend? … E85 fueling options are limited and appear concentrated in larger metropolitan areas. The Renewable Fuels Association operates the website www.E85prices.com, which has a map that shows there are 4,429 stations offering

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Ethanol Pumps in St. Paul Expand Fuel Options

by Steve White (Nebraska TV)  … Aurora Cooperative celebrated the grand opening of new ethanol pumps in St. Paul on Friday. … The farmer-owned company is a partner in an ethanol plant, and also sells ethanol to consumers. The CEO says he’d like 20 percent of the fuel used in Nebraska

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Cyanotech® Corporation Signs Asset Purchase Agreement for Cellana’s Kona Demonstration Facility

(MarketWatch/Cyanotech) Cyanotech [®] Corporation (nasdaq capital market:CYAN), a world leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, is pleased to announce that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Cellana LLC to acquire a six-acre production and research facility, known as the Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF), located adjacent to Cyanotech’s

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Farmers in Guatemala Are Destroying Dams to Fight ‘Dirty’ Renewable Energy

by Simon Granovsky-Larsen (The Conversation)  …  Ixpátz and four other rivers in the Champerico area had been re-routed from their natural courses and into large plantations. Joining forces with other small farmers, Santiago set out with pickaxes and sticks to break up dikes by hand. … A growing number of communities are

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Projects Popping up Everywhere – Are They the Magical Solution We’ve Been Looking for?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like a beautiful unicorn flying in the sky, biogas production is taking off in Denmark, accounting for almost 19% of the gas used in Denmark this July – an impressive 50% increase from last year! The Danish state company Energinet, which owns and runs the

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Proposed Standard Supports Sampling for Renewable Fuel Facilities

(ASTM)  ASTM International’s bioenergy and industrial-chemicals-from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using — in part — kernel fiber. This fiber was approved as a “cellulosic feedstock” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2014. As such, renewable biofuel that is produced using kernel fiber as a feedstock can qualify as cellulosic biofuel under the Renewable Fuels

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Sunflowers at Dorothea Dix to Be Harvested for Raleigh’s Biodiesel Supply

by Barbara Gibbs and Gloria Rodriguez (ABC11.com)  It’s time to say goodbye to the immensely popular sea of sunflowers at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park. The good news, the five acres of beautiful blooms will be put to good use. Hundreds of people came out to see the field of bright golden stems all

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Understanding the Emissions Benefits of Higher Ethanol Blends: EPA Modeling Fails to Tell the Whole Story.

by Steve Vander Griend (Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Adding ethanol to gasoline improves it in every way. It lowers carbon, reduces common air pollutants for smog formation, lessens CO2 emissions, reduces sulfur content, and provides clean octane as a replacement for toxic aromatics. In short it makes gasoline significantly better

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

New Report Published by IRENA on the Importance of Hydrogen in the Energy Transition

(Fuel Cells Works)  ‘Hydrogen is the missing link in the global energy system transition by 2050, as required by the targets in the Paris Agreement’ according to the report launched on 6 September 2018 in Bonn by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). ‘Renewable electricity can be used to produce hydrogen, which

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Making America Great Again Starts with the States

by David Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn’t mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says is collusion with the oil industry. —  … The 15.8 billion gallons of ethanol we produce and the economic benefits it

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Pöyry Awarded Owner’s Engineering Services Assignment by Biozin Holding AS for the Pre-engineering Phase of Biozin® Production Plant in Jordoya, Åmli, Norway

(Pöyry) Biozin Holding AS has awarded Pöyry with the Owner’s Engineering Services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin® production plant in Norway. The new plant will convert biomass to liquid biocrude that will be sold and further processed into transportation fuels in oil refineries. The work is

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Enlists FGV’s Help to Assist Smallholders Get MSPO Certification

by V. Ragananthini (Sun Daily)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry will assist FGV Holdings Bhd in attracting investors to develop the downstream palm oil segment and in turn look to it for help with getting small palm oil growers obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification. Kok said at

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Proteins and Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of biocatalytic solutions to meet customer needs for rapid, cost-effective and sustainable manufacturing. The company gave

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Groups Oppose LCFS Change – Groups Ask Calif. to Draw Back on Proposal That Picks Winners, Losers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a rare moment of unity, biofuels, environmental and other groups are calling on the California Air Resources Board to change a new provision in its low-carbon fuel standard, that the groups say would give hydrogen electric vehicle fuels an advantage over biofuels and

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Bolivian Oil Company to Invest 49 Million Dollars in Ethanol

(Prensa Latina)  State Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) will invest over the next five years, 49 million dollars to store alcohol anhydride, essential additive in production of ethanol. YPFB president, Oscar Barriga, informed the oil company sells at present five million liters of gasoline, of which over 70 percent is produced

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Birth of an Industrial Sugars Giant? Sugars in Focus in Leaf Resources, Petronas Agreement

 by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We hear from Australia and Malaysia that PETRONAS Chemicals Group and Leaf Resources inked a Memorandum of Understanding for Leaf’s proposed biorefinery project in Malaysia. In prospect? A study of chemical markets and commercially ready bio-technologies. Potential outcome? An offtake agreement for the fermentable sugars produced

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Consider this a blueprint for restoring the trust EPA has broken with farmers and rural America. 1. Make good on the president’s promises to allow E15 use year-round.  Trump has made three or four public promises to allow E15 use year-round and

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Maruti, IOC Join Hands for Biofuel Blend, Engine Efficiency

by Ronendra Sing and Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)  With consumers demanding cost-effective and fuel-efficient vehicles, and the government pushing for cleaner fuel as well as reducing import dependence, the onus is now on auto makers and oil refiners to offer such products. In keeping with this demand, auto makers, including

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders Consider Push to Label E15 as Unleaded 88

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … During the American Coalition for Ethanol conference in Minneapolis, ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty says stakeholders looked at the pros and cons of a more uniform approach to labeling E15 as Unleaded 88. “Two of the big chains in the U.S., and Kum

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

SD Mines Researcher Receives $2.2 Million DOE Grant to Turn Biorefinery Waste into Valuable Products

(South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)  Rajesh Shende, Ph.D., associate professor in the chemical and biological engineering department at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate cost-effective ways to turn waste from biorefineries,

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Dairy Industry Sustainability Summit Dairy Industry Inaugural Summit Highlights Methane Emission Solutions

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … One of the best, easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce methane emissions from dairies is to divert manure to lagoon anaerobic digesters, clean the biogas that is produced to pipeline quality, and inject it into the grid where it can be used as a transportation fuel. When

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Motorists Can Make Better Decisions at the Pump: Misconceptions about Gasoline Mean Lost Savings, Dirtier Air

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate)  … Motorists shop almost exclusively according to price, except when the price goes down, and labor under a plethora of misconceptions about additives, octane and ethanol. That can lead to some unwise decisions at the pump. Numerous studies that show most Americans shop according to price, especially

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

These Researchers Want to Use Pollution to Make Fuel

by Bruce Lieberman (Yale Climate Connections)  They think nutrients in farm runoff could feed algae for biofuel. —  When fertilizer and pesticides run off farmland, they can contaminate waterways with nutrient pollution. Davis: “A classic example is the Mississippi Basin.” That’s Ryan Davis of Sandia National Laboratories. He says a lot of

August 30, 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

The Wonder of Winery Waste

(Scania)  The vineyards of Bordeaux are doubtless best known for the fine wines they produce. But they are getting things right in more ways than one. With grape marc, the residue produced in the wine-making process, being used to make biofuel, transport operator Citram Aquitaine is running the ED95-driven Scania’s

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Partner to Form Point Breeze Renewable Energy

(Philadelphia Energy Solutions)  RNG Energy Solutions (RNG Energy) and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES) announced today that they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable natural gas sales agreement and site lease agreement to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility. The facility will be named

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Watchdog Urged to Take ‘Giant Leap’ to Save Forests

by Michael Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil must include a commitment to zero deforestation in new standards, environmental experts say  —  The global watchdog for the palm oil industry must strengthen its standards to require all members to commit to ending deforestation – or risk becoming irrelevant, an

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Offers Flex Fuel Infrastructure Grants, Urges EPA to Maintain RFS Committment

(Nebraska Corn Board/KTIC)  The Nebraska Corn Board is committed to expanding corn markets for farmers and offering motorists a greater selection of clean-burning, home-grown fuel options. The Board recently allocated funds in its 2018-2019 fiscal year budget to help further develop the renewable fuel infrastructure in the state. Through this grant

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

by Jeff Hove (Biodiesel Magazine/Alternative Fuels Council) Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming.  —  … To help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Fuel Quality Focus

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesl Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights three companies—an adsorbent manufacturer, a quality assurance firm and an additive maker—whose disparate fields converge on biodiesel to help ensure quality fuel in the marketplace.  —  The Dallas Group The Dallas Group of America Inc. coined the term “dry wash” and introduced its synthetic

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

More Renewable Natural Gas Available at Texas Refueling Network

(GAIN Clean Fuel/NGV Journal) In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems (IFS), GAIN Clean Fuel announced the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas, capable of reducing emissions up to 125%, through efficiencies during fuel production and use. The station

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Germany: Biogas Plant Will Be Modernized and Re-Commissioned

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Gadkari Gets Scania to Stay, Green Buses to Return

by Proshun Chakraborty (Times of India)  Nagpur: City MP and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has apparently prevailed upon Swedish bus operator Scania to continue plying Green buses, according to NMC transport manager Shivaji Jagtap.  The company had decided to wind  up operations in Nagpur citing non-compliance of various conditions of contract by

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

First Tianjin Gas Stations Make Switch to Ethanol

by Lusha Zhang and Tony Munroe(Reuters)  The Chinese city of Tianjin will replace gasoline with ethanol at 10 gas stations on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported, the first outlets to do so in a wider push to get vehicles in the city to switch to the biofuel. Tianjin will later replace

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

by  Kapil Shyam Lokare (Biofuels Digest/E2IG Solutions) … The constantly increasing demand for plastics have caused substantial plastic wastes accumulation in landfills, oceans and rivers that have aggravated environmental pollution problems. The rising plastics demand has contributed significantly to the depletion of petroleum as part of non-renewable fossil fuel since plastics are

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 1902 and NYSE listed Since 1924, ADM is one of the premier global agribusinesses and a leading food ingredient provider with 31,000 employees, serving 170 countries and with 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient plants and 44 innovation centers. The company gave this recent overview of its strategy, progress, promise

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Fuels Green Initiative in Nanjing

(China Daily)  Startup company MotionEco launched an initiative in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, in June to collect waste cooking oil and gutter oil to be converted into sustainable, low-carbon green fuel for use in diesel vehicles. It is one of China’s first commercial efforts to collect and process used cooking oil and

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article
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