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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guides to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Tesla Model 3 vs Honda Accord LX: What’s the More Cost-Effective Ride?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 4. For emissions, it depends by region. Coal is a big part of the electricity mix in China and still in the Eastern US, and oil is the source of electrons in the Middle East. The best way to get overall emissions down at this time

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuels Production

(Netwerk Betreibstoffe/BEsustainable Magazine Autumn 2019) Hydrothermal Liquefaction is one of the most promising technologies for the conversion of sustainable biomass into renewable transport fuels. Five European research and innovation projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels are jointly organizing an expert workshop to discuss state-of-the-art, developments and applications of this technology.

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Top European Specialists on Renewable Gases Join Forces in R2Gas

(Netzwerk Betriebstoffe) In July 2019 the CEOs of some of the top specialized SMEs on renewable gases in Europe decided to join forces in a new association called R2Gas (Research Centre for renewable gases) to further develop the production technology of renewable and sustainable gases as one of the energetic pillars

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Drop-In Biofuels: The Key Role that Co-Processing Will Play in Their Production

(IEA Bioenergy/Netzwerk Betreibstoffe) Presentation online  This webinar presents the 2019 update of the 2014 IEA Bioenergy Task 39 “drop-in” biofuels report. It reviews the status of technologies, the progress of the various technical approaches and updates the successes, challenges and obstacles that have been encountered during the commercialisation of low

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania Australia Adds Another Renewable Fuel Solution

(Prime Mover Magazine) Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, has signed another memorandum of understanding with a supplier to bring greater access for its truck and bus customers to low-emission alternative and renewable fuels. The agreement was signed between Scania and Refuelling Solutions on Friday 4 October in Melbourne, with the aim

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Core Leaf-Bound Microbes Identified for Two Key Bioenergy Crops

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how the microorganisms that reside there establish and maintain themselves over the course of a

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Chemical Catalysis Pioneer James Dumesic Wins International Energy Prize

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Prolific biofuels researcher James Dumesic has been named the winner of the 2019 Eni Energy Transition Award. The internationally renowned Eni Awards were established in 2007 to recognize excellence in energy and environmental research. The Energy Transition Award honors recent research and technological innovation that promote the transition

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New Hydrogen Refueling Station Opens in Eastern Netherlands

(PitPoint) PitPoint has put into operation a new hydrogen refueling station in Arnhem for both buses and garbage trucks, as well as passenger vehicles, which is open to public 24/7. The construction of a national station network is crucial for the breakthrough of hydrogen as an energy carrier for cleaner transport.

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Catch & Kill: The Velocys, Oxy, Cemvita, Carbon Engineering, BHP, Ginkgo Chase to Catch Waste, Kill Emissions, Armed with New Organisms to Liberate Value

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mississippi, Velocys’ Bayou Fuels project has signed with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to capture carbon dioxide from Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, and securely store it underground in a geologic formation. OLCV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take,

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Field to Market Honorees Exemplify Ambition of Sustainable Development Goals

(Solutions from the Land)  National Farmer’s Day, an acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation, will be observed this Saturday, Oct. 12. The day acknowledges and thanks farmers for the hard work they do every day to supply safe and abundant food, feed, fiber

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fuel Pretreatment of Biomass Residues for Thermal Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   For some time it’s been widely thought amongst the Digestsceni that there’s a need to ‘demonstrate to market actors and policy makers how existing bioenergy chains can be made more fuel flexible, efficient and cost effective through the application of (a combination of) pretreatment technologies,”

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Faux Snow, Faux Fur, Wool Surfboards, Green Hydrogen, Hawaiian Algae, Next-Gen Mirai: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 10th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week there’s faux snow, there’s faux fur, wool-based surfboards and seaweed pods filled with a burst of Glenlivet whisky. Not to mention some biogas based fuels cells, an algae-based solar startup, news on the next-gen Toyota Mirai, and a skincare line that harnesses the

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure: Scientists Convert Municipal Waste to Biofuel Precursors

by Emily Scot  (Berkeley Lab) As the need for energy security grows, scientists are investigating nonfood biomass sources that can be used to create valuable biofuels and bioproducts. Among these sources is municipal solid waste (MSW) — in other words, trash that’s produced every day around the world in significant amounts. 

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

New Report Boosts Development Options for Most Promising Biofuels

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)   Assessment identifies top ten blendstocks for efficiency in turbo-charged engines  — … This environmental benefit could be maximized with biofuels suitable for use in turbocharged engines that pack more horsepower in a smaller, more efficient package than traditional combustion engines. The Co-Optimization of Fuels

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Drop-in Fuel that Reduces Fleet Emissions

(ACT News/Renewable Energy Group)  Electric is still developing. Natural gas requires vehicle changes. Renewable diesel has limited supply and costs a premium. What’s the easiest fuel fleets can use to reduce emissions now? It’s biodiesel. With a biodiesel blend, you can fill up and hit the road immediately. It’s also better for

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

DNV GL Will Assess Low and Zero-Carbon Fuel Solutions for Ships

(DNV GL/NGV Journal) DNV GL and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), a sub-holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding and offshore business, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on the development cutting edge solutions for low and zero-carbon ship technology. The MOU is a response to the growing

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Governors Ask Trump to Take Executive Actions on Biofuels

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  First and foremost, the group asked Trump to expedite any new rulemaking process aimed at the waivers issue. … As part of the biofuels announcement last week, the Trump administration also directed EPA and USDA to take steps to address barriers to the use

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

World First Products Made from Recycled Pollution Reduce Emissions and Keep Carbon in the Ground!

(Lanza Tech)  Products made from recycled pollution are coming to a store near you! Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. a joint venture between carbon recycler, LanzaTech, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, and its New Zealand partner, TangMing, have successfully produced over 9M

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefineries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) First comes the techno-economic assessment, then comes the deployment, as perhaps someone once said, or should have. For the road to bioeconomy passes through the graces of a successful evalutation of the inputs anf the outputs and the costs and values thereof. Those thoughtful assessors

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The 10 Most Overlooked Stories in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This is such Top Secret stuff that every announcement was, we surmise, buried in the hardest-to-find hole, on the loneliest street, of the most out-of-the-way town on Planet Neptune. Just shows what you might find down a rabbit hole. Share this at your peril, it rocks the

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

CNH Industrial & Ricardo Develop Biomethane Tractor for UK Project

(Ricardo/NGV Journal) This collaboration forms part of the APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre) UK funded Low Carbon Tractor (LoCT) project, which aims to design and demonstrate a commercially viable agricultural tractor capable of operation on sustainable locally sourced biomethane, while conforming to the latest European & US emissions standards. The first examples

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Portland Oil Terminal Looks to Pipe Biofuels

by Cassandra Profita (Oregon Public Broadcasting) Zenith Energy says it wants to add renewable fuels and what it calls “a liquid intermediate” to the list of products it handles at its crude oil terminal in Portland. The Houston-based energy company moves crude oil from rail cars to storage tanks and outgoing ships at its

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Oakland, CA Benefits from Renewable Diesel Fuel

(Diesel Technology Forum) Oakland’s equipment and services manager, Joey Williams, chats about the difference using renewable diesel fuel has made for the city’s diesel-powered vehicles. WATCH VIDEO

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Supplies Avfuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Aircraft Headed to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV

(Gevo/Globe Newswire) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to further support carbon neutrality goals in the aviation industry. Gevo’s customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, has partnered with fixed-base operator, Avflight Salina at Salina Regional Airport

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Refuel as You Sail with Hydrogen

by Nick Savvides (American Shipper Freight Waves)  … Madadh (pronounced Maddy) MacLaine, CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology, Ltd. believes that hydrogen’s time has come. MacLaine is also a founding member of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, which was established in 2018 to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels.

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Truth About Hydrogen

by Patrick Molloy and LeeAnn Baronett (Rocky Mountain Institute)  … There are four major sources for commercial production of hydrogen, three of which require fossil fuels: steam methane reformation (SMR), oxidation, and gasification. The fourth source is electrolysis, which separates water into its constituent elements (hydrogen and oxygen) using electricity. When

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

European Biofuel Facility Opens in Antwerp, Belgium

(Targray) Targray has announced the full opening of its Antwerp Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 biofuel storage and blending center serving fuel producers, distributors, traders and retailers in markets throughout Europe. Strategically located at the heart of Europe’s largest petrochemical center, Targray’s Antwerp location connects to EU customer bases via rail,

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

What You Need to Know about Using FPBO on Your FCC Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the liquid energy market, it’s no longer enough to have fuels which are “affordable and available but not sustainable”, or “sustainable and available but not affordable”. We’ve lived for a long time on “two out of three” – now, customers and governments around he world

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Several of the better known IEA Bioenergy rock stars — there are four and possibly five in this set, from the US and Canada, so we’ll put them sort of on a par with Neil Young and Crazy Horse for representing somethng tuneful, must-know and

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

California Start-up ZeroAvia Plans Hydrogen-Fuelled, Zero-eEmissions Commercial Flights by 2022

(GreenAir Online) Silicon Valley start-up ZeroAvia claims its hydrogen-fuelled electric powertrain could be ready for zero-emission, 500-mile commercial regional flights capable of carrying 10 to 20 passengers by the early part of the next decade. The company, founded by cleantech entrepreneur and pilot Val Miftakhov, has already started flight testing its

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Reg Modlin High Octane Low Carbon Fuel Blog Series

(Natual Resources Solutions) Reg Modlin is a senior NRS Advisor and a veteran of 40-plus years in the automotive industry. In the following posts, he examines the steps that have been taken – and need to be taken – to attain the transportation fuel that best serves our nation for

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Minneapolis Drivers Win With E15

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who chose Unleaded Plus (E15) at the ARCO on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis on Oct 3 during an hour-long promotion. During the promotion, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded 16 drivers with prizes that included $20 in cash,

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Meriaura Brings out Climate Neutral Contracts Powered by Biofuel

(Meriaura)   Meriaura and Stockholm Exergi sign a contract of nearly CO2 neutral sea transport  — Meriaura and and Stockholm Exergi have signed a contract for the sea transport of woodchips and woodpellets within the Baltic Sea by using  climate friendly, 100% biofuel as power source. The contract is the first commercial contract

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Pioneer Secures £2.3m to Launch Demo Plant

(Mercia Asset Management) A Teesside business which has developed a new way to generate fuel and chemicals from waste biomass has secured a further £2.3million investment to commercialise its technology. Nova Pangaea Technologies has completed a funding round led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Valmet to Deliver Biomass Pretreatment System to PRAJ Industries in India

(Valmet) Valmet will deliver biomass pretreatment system to PRAJ Industries for their second-generation bio refinery project which is under execution in India. The delivery is planned for the year 2020. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order will not

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Face Fungus, Sustainable Camping Gear, Stationery Made from Stone, Renewable Naphtha, Hydrogen-Powered Tugboat: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 4th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  October has arrived with fall fashion, and amongst our offerings this week, the latest in face fungus, sustainable camping gear and apparel. For those looking for a sustainable statement, why not stationery made from stone. Not to mention, renewable naphtha, liquefaction technology, wax coatings, the

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Cheaper, Cleaner Way to Grow Biodiesel Producing Microalgae

by Gerard de Souza (Hindustan Times)  The team of researchers has found that the species of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris NIOCCV grew well in a medium of seafood industry wastewater and was tolerant to different salinity regimes and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide  — In a significant breakthrough that could boost the

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Names Gevo as One of the “The Next 50 Companies to Disrupt the World”

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that Biofuels Digest has named Gevo on its NEXT 50 list “the Next 50 Companies to Disrupt the World.” The honor was specifically given for Gevo’s partnership with Renmatix and their work to pioneer additional fuel pathways by introducing innovative cellulosic feedstock such

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Wins $0.5 Million Order in Japan for Fischer-Tropsch Technology

(Biofuels International) Velocys has secured a purchase order and technical service agreements with Toyo Engineering (Toyo) for its biomass-to-jet fuel technology in a demonstration facility in Japan. The company has also secured an advanced deposit for the use of the same technology by Toyo in a subsequent commercial plant, Velocys

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Optimus Technologies Named $1 Million Grand Prize Winner – Pittsburgh-Based Company Will Expand Business to the Southern Tier

(New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)  Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of 76West Clean Energy Competition  — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Lufthansa Collaborate and Aim for a More Sustainable Aviation

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

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

An Identity Crisis—Ethanol Blending is a Refinery?

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/Biofuels Digest)  … (A)nyone who owns a blender pump woke up one day in June to find out they were a refiner! Actually, a “fuel manufacturer” to be exact, with all the numbing, strangling regulations that go with it. While the fire is raging throughout the

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Engineering Thermophiles to Produce Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Syngas Bioprocess

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Drop-in fuels from syngas are in. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, thermophiles have several unique advantages, and end products have value as fuel and solvent applications among others. Sounds like win, win, win, right? But the big question that Kiverdi and NREL are working

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Experts Discuss Wildfire Mitigation, Beneficial Use of Biomass

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The California Council on Science & Technology hosted an expert briefing at the California State Capitol Sept. 19 focused on the beneficial uses of wood biomass from wildfire mitigation. The briefing was the fourth in a series on wildfires hosted by CCST. … Forests treatments,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni Opens Its 2nd Large-Scale Renewable Diesel Facility in Italy

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Eni announced Sept. 25 it has opened its new, innovative renewable diesel production facility in Gela, Italy. The plant, a converted oil refinery, has a processing capacity of up to 750,000 metric tons a year. “All the petrochemical plants built in Gela since 1962 have closed

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

NACS Panel Asserts Ethanol’s Superiority

by Thomas Mulloy (C Store Decisions) …“Successfully Retailing Biofuels” sorted through the misconceptions and logistics of selling biofuels alongside non-renewable fuels. Doug Berven, vice president for corporate affairs for Poet Ethanol Products, made a strong case for growing the use of ethanol in America’s vehicles. Berven said that ethanol is good

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches Green Barjeel Project to Cultivate Indigenous Algae

(United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment) The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) today announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures. Run in cooperation with American University

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s First Combined 2G Ethanol and Crude Lignin Oil Biorefinery Inches Closer to Reality

(PressAT/Vertoro) Sainc Energy Limited (Sainc), a London-based developer of biomass refineries, has entered into a definitive supply contract for 180,000 tons per annum of local olive tree prunings for its planned advanced bio-refinery at Villaralto, in Cordoba Province, Andalusia, Spain. The bio-refinery will produce second generation (2G) ethanol alongside so-called crude lignin

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Breakdown: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to PET Upcycling

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As frustrated as you may get with your pet sometimes, we aren’t talking about upcycling dogs and cats here, but PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic that is typically landfilled. One group at NREL and ORNL are working on developing cost-effective biological methods to better breakdown and upcycle

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

$73 Million, 35 Projects, Who Won, for What and Why: The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 Project Selections

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected 35 projects totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development support. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

KAI, Servo Railway Collaborate to Design B100-Run Locomotive

by Faisal Yunianto and Sri Haryati (Antara News)  State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) Persero is working with private logistical railway service firms Servo Railway and Progress Rail for designing locomotives run on B100 biodiesel. The cooperation is a follow-up of the government’s plan to step up palm

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Houston-Based Company Planning $100 Million Plant in St. Martinville that Would Use Sugar Cane Waste to Make Ethanol

by Kristen Mosbrucker (The Advocate) Praj Industries, a publicly traded bioenergy engineering business with headquarters in India, is laying the foundation for a $100 million plant in Louisiana that would use sugar cane bagasse as a fuel and raw material for making ethanol. The project, which could still be three years

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Magnificent Microbes: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Targeted Microbial Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The industry is always on the look for microbial pathways that are capable of producing high carbon efficiency intermediates that are amenable to economic bioconversion, separation, and catalytic upgrading to hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals. At the recent DOE BETO 2019 Project Peer Review, Min Zhang

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Hyundai Promotes Green Mobility in Switzerland, Unveils H2 Xcient Truck

(Hyundai/NGV Journal)  … For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the refueling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq participated. The production of hydrogen at the hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, which has been in operation for over 100 years,

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

More E15 Rewards For Fridley Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion at Bona Bros Minnoco. From 12:00pm to 1:00pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded drivers who chose Unleaded Plus with prizes that included $20 in cash,

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Bio-Sourced Materials: A New Milestone!

(Michelin)  The BioButterfly project launched by Michelin in 2012 has just achieved another milestone: the construction of France’s first industrial demonstrator capable of producing butadiene from ethanol. The goal is to replace the oil-based raw materials used in the company’s tires with bio-sourced molecules.  — The BioButterfly project has just

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Expander, Vanderwell to Build Canada’s First Biomass/Gas to Liquids Plant

(Expander Energy/Canadian Biomass Magazine) Expander Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd., an Alberta family-owned company, to build Canada’s first commercial demonstration biomass/gas to liquids facility (BGTLTM project) in the Slave Lake, Alta., area. The plant will produce clean

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Sweet Gazoil Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweet Gazoil (SGO) was founded with the goal of protecting the environment by providing cost-effective technologies to treat mixed waste plastics, heavy and used/waste oils, and other waste hydrocarbons. SGO has developed and patented an anti-fouling ultrafast pyrolysis technology (Surface Flash Cracking (SFC)) which is

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Wondering What If — Real-World Fuels Are Needed as Part of Real-World Testing to Prove Ethanol’s Worth in Helping to Boost Octane and Lower Emissions.

by Steve Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  … While we are all glad Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15 was finalized, limiting us to E15 makes this a small victory rather than the game-changer it could have been. While the RVP issue, waivers and the renewable volume

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Niemi Partner to Reduce GHG Emissions from Customer Moves

(Biofuels International)  Finnish moving and logistics industry service provider Niemi Services has partnered with Neste to introduce Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel in all its diesel vehicles. The move will help customers moving home or office in Finland to reduce their carbon footprints. The renewable diesel, which is made entirely from

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: U.S. Biofuels Help Drive Environmental Progress

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers, released a new report examining the potential impact of a growing role for U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. The report was authored by Ramboll, a global research and management firm specializing in sustainable development, at the request of Growth Energy.

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

It’s MAGIC!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae’s Pivotal Role

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Some people believe in magic and some don’t but MAGIC is real in this case – the Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium, that is. MAGIC is working on answering the question “How do we produce that remaining 15 bboe/year of energy-dense, liquid hydrocarbon fuels to meet the

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Cofco Plans to Build Biodiesel Pipeline at MT Rail Terminal

by Marcelo Teixeira and Roberto Samora  (Reuters)  After expanding its biodiesel production capacity in Mato Grosso by 42%, Cofco International plans to build pipelines linking its plant to fuel distributors operating in the Rondonópolis rail terminal area. … “We are the only soybean crusher and biodiesel producer in the venture (at

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota Releases Plan to Reduce Harmful Vehicle Emissions

by Kim Wynn (Grand Forks Herald)  The Department of Transportation aims to tackle vehicle pollution in an attempt to bolster use of electric cars and increase biofuels infrastructure.  — As Minnesota has failed to meet its goal of a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 to 2015, the Department

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Off The Grid: From Reducing Energy Costs to Lowering Carbon Intensity Scores, the Benefits Are Many for Ethanol Plants that Cogenerate.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Conversations about how to squeeze more value out of ethanol plants often focus on corn fiber-to-ethanol systems and production of high-protein coproducts, or minimizing input costs like power and feedstocks. But as those types of improvements become more common, plants are looking to other

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Every Bit Counts in the Battle against Climate Change

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Among Secretary-General Guterres’ policy proposals is the idea that only “radical changes” – such as a “full shift towards electric vehicles” – are acceptable “climate-smart practices” that will “improve the health and save the lives of millions of people around the world.”   We respectfully disagree. The

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Market Movers

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Projections for E15 have been inconsistent since the May 31 Reid vapor pressure waiver. Ethanol Producer Magazine explores some of the factors that will influence the blend’s trajectory in the coming years. … Before the waiver, retailers selling E15 had already planned to increase

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Enacts New Renewable Natural Gas Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., recently gathered with NW Natural and other renewable natural gas (RNG) stakeholders to ceremoniously sign a bill that will allow Oregon utilities to acquire RNG on behalf of their customers. NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Co. and a natural

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

New Tool Shows Decline in Oil-Palm Related Deforestation in Borneo

by Monica Evans (Forests News)  Open-access atlas a boon for monitoring and transparency — In a welcome “good news” story for the world’s carbon stocks and biodiversity, the felling of old-growth forest for oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo has tracked a steady decline since its 2012 peak. That

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefinery: ‘The Potential for Farmers to Diversify Their Business in the Future’

by Emma Gilsenan (AgriLand) Biorefinery – which converts biomass to energy and other beneficial by-products – could potentially add more value to an outside block of land, according to UCD lecturer, Bridget Lynch. Speaking to AgriLand at the National Ploughing Championships this week, James Gaffey, a researcher in IT Tralee along with his

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Corn, Soybean Farmers Celebrate Ethanol, Biodiesel Choices at New Brownstown Fueling Station

( Indiana Corn and Soybean Checkoffs/WOWO)  Without access to consumers, biofuels cannot grow. The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) joined Premier Energy and CountryMark to celebrate a new fueling station and convenience store at 1300 Commerce St. in Brownstown, Ind. Premier Energy owns the new

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Selected to Be the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Separation Technology for the Danbury Wastewater Treatment Center

(Greasezilla/Informed Infrastructure)   Greasezilla™, the most cost-effective and ecological brown grease separator available, is pleased to announce it has been selected as an integral part of a new state-of-the-art FOG-to-Biodiesel receiving station for the Danbury, Connecticut Waste Water Treatment facility. Greasezilla’s patented solution separates FOG into its basic elements, sending the water back

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Opens an Office in Shanghai, China

(Neste)  Neste opens an office in Shanghai and starts renewable raw material sourcing operations in China. “Neste is the 3rd most sustainable company in the world and the largest producer of renewable diesel. We are happy to open a new office in China, and start purchasing waste and residue raw materials

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae Harmony with HTL: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Converting algae to fuels is challenging. But PNNL is working on developing process models and techno-economic analysis to inform hydrothermal liquefaction algae conversion research for fuels and chemicals. Check out what Susanne Jones and others from PNNL shared as part of the 2019 BETO Peer

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Grab It and Use It: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the recent Algae Biomass Summit, John Litynski, Deputy Director of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems at the DOE gave this illuminating overview of the federal government’s role in CCUS and detailed some of the major carbon capture demonstration projects. For example, the ADM ethanol facility

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

The Algae Summit, Groups to Know, Slides to See, and the Megatrends

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve managed to get a hold of three presentations that really were the bomb at ABS 2019. Jonathan Male, director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office and one of the original Pyromaniax himself, gave this one on the algae R&D priorities and actions for fuels and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Alberta Mine Reclamation Project to Produce Willow for Bioenergy

(Alberta Innovates) Alberta Innovates is joining federal, provincial, municipal and industry partners in contributing to a unique clean technology demonstration project to reclaim land at an Alberta coal mine. Municipal organic waste from Edmonton will be used to replenish soil at the mine site to grow a willow crop that may

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol School: The Case for Fractionation

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Vijay Singh, professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told his Alcohol School audience Sept. 12 that he was going to “make the case for fractionation.” The conventional corn-to-ethanol production process does not maximize coproduct opportunities, he said.

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol School: Yancey Delivers D3Max Project Update

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Minimizing feedstock cost is one rule for a successful cellulosic ethanol project, according to Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3Max. “That can be a very large component of your project costs.” Yancey spoke Sept. 13 at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School, held

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

UC Engineering Excels with $11.8m MBIE Endeavour Funding

(University of Canterbury/Scoop)  … This research will develop a new process and materials to produce bio-hydrogen and capture carbon dioxide by using New Zealand wood biomass resources from log harvesting and wood processing. The bio-hydrogen produced could be used as transport fuel, a chemical feedstock for methanol, ammonia and oil

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

MSPO-Certified Palm Oil to Europe by 2020

by Zaidi Isham Ismail (New Straits Times) Malaysia is on track to export MSPO (Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil to Europe by next year. Malaysia Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng said the MSPO certification scheme is important as it will allow the country’s

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

St1 Nordic Licenses Honeywell Ecofining Technology in Sweden

(Honeywell UOP)  Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process produces fuels chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel  — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that St1 Nordic Oy has licensed the UOP’s Ecofining™ renewable fuels technology to produce 4,000 barrels per day of diesel and jet fuel integrated with its refinery complex in Gothenburg, Sweden. Basic engineering design for the

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Cars Soon Powered by Wood Thanks to Dutch Innovation

(BTG BioLiquids (btg-btl)) TechnipFMC and BTG-BTL to build bio-oil production in Sweden  — Thanks to a Dutch invention, cars in Sweden will soon be powered by a fuel made from wood residues such as sawdust. TechnipFMC and the Dutch company BTG-BTL based in Twente will design and build a production

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Couple of good trends to point to:  1. Lot more emphasis on farms and farming these days. It’s still an industry dominated by people in white coats, but there are some more overalls around the ABS than we’ve ever seen before. 2. A little more emphasis

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels’ Helin to Lead Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials

(Biofuels International)  The Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has appointed UPM Biofuels’ Maiju Helin as chair of its board of directors. Helin has been involved with the RBS for a number of years, and now steps up to drive the vision of the organisation, which encourages the development of a

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Crown Opens New Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

(Crown Iron Works)  …  Crown Iron Works unveils its new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The 68,000 square-foot, $12 million facility accommodates increased staff, and fuels technological advancements for the company and its customers through its state-of-the-art Innovation Center—a safety-first environment that supports and optimizes custom process

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Cape Cod Biofuels Founder Receives Environmental Merit Award

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Andrew Davison, founder and owner of Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique biodiesel business model that, as described by the agency, improves the air and water and increases energy and community resilience. Over the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Future Markets for Renewable Gases & Hydrogen: What Would Be the Optimal Regulatory Provisions?

by Jose Luis Moraga, Machiel Mulder and Peter Perey  (Centre on Regulation in Europe)  This report explores the economic outlook for renewable gases and hydrogen and proposes a regulatory framework for them. The report first analyses the technologies for the production of these gases, their associated costs and their potential

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

UBC Researchers Design Roadmap for Hydrogen Supply Network across B.C.

by Sachi Wickramasinghe  (University of British Columbia)  … Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a hydrogen supply chain model that can enable the adoption of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered cars—transforming them from a novelty into everyday transportation in just 30 years. In a new study published this week, UBC researchers provide an

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

This H2’s for you: Anheuser-Busch Launches Zero-Emission Hydrogen Truck Fleet, and Eni, Toyota, Venice Partner to Do the Same

(Hydrogen Digest) In Missouri, cold beer is being transported in hydrogen-powered zero-emission semi-trucks as Anheuser-Busch moves to more sustainable shipping. The company plans to buy up to 800 of Nikola Motor’s semi-trucks to meet its objectives of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% across its entire supply chain by 2025. Why important? Deploying hydrogen, the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Delta Invests $2 Million for Study of Potential Facility to Produce Biofuel from Forest Floor Debris

(Delta News Hub)  Commitment will fund exploration for the establishment of a sustainable biofuel refinery in Washington State. —  As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

USWTE Green Industrial Fund Launches Seeking Ozone Investors to Establish Waste to Energy Facilities in the Qualified Opportunity Zones Throughout the United States

(USWTE Green Industrial Fund/PR Newswire) USWTE Green Industrial Fund launches, seeking Ozone investors to establish Waste to Energy (WTE) projects with a view to having follow up funds to invest in WTE type industrial parks in the Qualified Opportunity Zones throughout the United States. These projects will have a vision to eliminate toxic

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Replacing the Barrel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Developing efficient and economical biological and chemical technologies to convert biomass feedstocks into energy-dense liquid transportation fuels, such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, as well as bioproducts, chemical intermediates, and biopower is the primary goal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Conversion R&D team. As

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Two New Bio-LNG Truck Stations Open in Southern Sweden

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Gasum has opened two new natural gas stations in Sweden, one is located on a site leased from IKEA’s Torsvik warehouse, in Jönköping, and the other in Örebro, where Gasum also has a biogas plant. Both facilities offer LNG and bio-LNG for heavy-duty vehicles. In addition to Jönköping and

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington County, Oregon to Run Vehicles on REG Ultra Clean Diesel

(Diesel Technology Forum) Washington County (Oregon) is committed as the first customer to purchase REG Ultra Clean Diesel from Bretthauer Oil. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is a patent-pending blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel that significantly reduces tailpipe emissions and has multiple performance advantages compared to conventional diesel. By combining the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Large Groups Investing to Expand Ethanol Capacity in Brazil: Unica

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Large companies operating in the sugar and ethanol sector in Brazil are investing to expand capacity to produce the biofuel, due to the continuing strong local demand and low global sugar prices, said an executive from a leading industry group on Monday. According to Antonio de Padua

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

DTE Opens RNG Processing and Interstate Injection Site in Wisconsin

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) DTE Biomass Energy, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy, has opened a combined dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and interstate injection facility in Wisconsin. The facility represents the first of its kind for not only DTE but also the state of Wisconsin, the company says.

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Comments from Advanced Biofuels USA to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Mitigation Working Group

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its Mitigation Work Group continue to look at mitigating the effects of climate change, they should look forward using a recent International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) study and others which find that biofuels are necessary to

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Joules for Schools: Middlebury College Leads Trend towards Renewable Natural Gas on the Campus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Vermont, representatives from Vanguard Renewables, Middlebury College, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont were on hand the other day to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi, with Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Forest Products Industry Barriers to Producing Biofuels

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium) BDC is a 501c3 organization focused on education and brokering partnerships in order to accelerate the deployment of economic bioprocesses and assist the forest products industry to get the most value from the tree.  BDC membership represents bioprocess companies and the major forest products companies.   BDC believes

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Successfully Secures Renewable Electricity for its Biofuel Production Processes

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Electricity from Wind Turbines will Power Gevo’s Agri-Energy Luverne Facility — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it secured the supply of 5.0 MW of fully renewable electricity for its Agri-Energy production plant located in Luverne, MN from an affiliate of Juhl

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

MBP Solutions Marks 20 Years of Continued Business Growth with the Launch of an “Evolved”, New Corporate Identity

(MBP Solutions) … Today MBP Solutions has become a world leader in the collection, handling, processing, production and application of biological by-products and related services. Headquartered in Switzerland, MBP Solutions employs over 90 professionals; has offices in nine different countries; sells products in more than 50 countries; and handles over

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

VTT Says Materials and Chemicals the First Commodities to Be Commercialized by Carbon Reuse

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Finland, VTT published a new report called “The Carbon Reuse Economy – Transforming CO2 from a pollutant into a resource” and presents its view on how carbon can be turned from a pollutant into a resource with a favorable impact on climate change. It

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

North Dakota Corn and Ethanol Industries Partner with Fuel Retailers to offer Unleaded88, a Safe, Economical, Cleaner Fuel Option

(North Dakota Corn Council)  The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, in coordination with the North Dakota Ethanol Council, is implementing the North Dakota Unleaded88 Expansion Program. The program’s goal is to partner with fuel retailers to provide drivers with Unleaded88, a higher octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil vs. Electric Vehicles

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Oil-backed groups are countering utilities’ plans to expand electric vehicle infrastructure with regulatory and lobbying campaigns against the proposals in at least 10 states so far, Pro’s Gavin Bade reports. The efforts, some greens say, is reminiscent of the “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Weighs Boosts to Biofuels

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The White House is considering a plan that could limit the number of small refinery exemptions to the RFS, increase the volumes of biofuels that must be blended into gasoline and boost the spread of 15 percent ethanol fuels, four industry and other sources

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Pick up the PACE: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae for Coproducts and Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) PACE – Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy, has several project goals including increasing algal biomass productivity to >25 grams dry weight per meter squared per day using robust engineered algal strains to reduce costs. So how do we get these high value, high market algal

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Nascent Crop Residue Supply Industry

by Aru Mangla (Biomass Magazine)  In India, crop residue has not been able to achieve the economic potential it possesses, primarily owing to the lack of a reliable supply chain mechanism for its collection and processing — Crop residue-based biomass, such as paddy straw and sugarcane trash, are some of

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Get with the Program: Biogas Producers Struggling to Generate Revenue from Their Digestate

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Biogas producers struggling to generate revenue from their digestate may find an opportunity to turn this around through the American Biogas Council’s Digestate Standard Testing and Certification Program.  —  … Exeter Agri-Energy was formed to run two anaerobic digesters built at Stonyvale Farm in 2011.

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol School: Innovations in Ethanol

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Delivering the last presentation of the day for The Alcohol School Sept. 12, Scott Kohl, chief technology officer for Franzenburg, discussed several innovations in ethanol production. Yield, amylase formulations, fiber separation, coproduct fractionation, accelerated fermentation, genetically modified (GM) yeast and water conservation techniques made his

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Collaboration Focus Of U.S. Ethanol Presence At Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference

(U.S. Grains Council)  U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff, consultants and members attending the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) in Singapore this week found reason for enthusiasm for ethanol’s future in the region. “This is the first time the Council has participated in a regional petroleum conference in Asia,” said Tim Tierney,

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Netherlands Mulls End to Used Cooking Oil Double-Counting

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Friday Fun with Fungus: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Biotech for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Noone knows fungus like these guys. A PNNL team has been developing fungal genetic engineering tools for industrially relevant fungi (filamentous and yeasts) and applying them to development of biofuel and bioproduct bioprocesses in stirred tank reactors. Jon Magnuson from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave this

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Transportation Leaders Honored in DC/Maryland/Virginia Region

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) has announced the winners of its 2019 Clean Transportation Awards. In its annual report to the U.S. Department of Energy, GWRCCC reported a 2018 reduction of petroleum use in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area of more than 11 million gallons, resulting

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Leaders Issue Report Underscoring Imminent Need for Adaptation

(Solutions from the Land) A panel of political, business and environmental leaders is the latest to issue warnings about the growing climate crisis emanating from increasingly volatile global weather patterns. Citing what it calls new research findings, the Global Commission on Adaptation, which is led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Achieving NET ZERO — Farming’s 2040 Goal

(National Farmers Union)  The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is our contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely placed to be part of

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuel Technologies Can Bridge the Gap

(Energy Transition Outlook 2019/DNV-GL)  …  It is important to find technically feasible and cost-effective solutions for the deep-sea segment, accounting for more than 80% of world fleet CO2 emissions. Currently, the only technically applicable alternatives for this are liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sustainable advanced biofuels.  Apart from biofuels, efforts to

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Going Green: Nearly 200 MAN Lion’s City Buses for Trondheim

(MAN)  As of late, 189 MAN Lion’s City buses have been ensuring that residents and tourists of Trondheim, Norway arrive at their destinations safely, comfortably and, above all, in an environmentally friendly manner. The vehicles are powered with biogas or biodiesel, allowing the Norwegian city to rely on efficient and

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Come on, Camelina: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Potential Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Camelina is one of those fascinating feedstocks but often the yields aren’t high enough to be profitable for farmers. That’s a problem Kristi Snell from Yield10 Bioscience is tackling by developing a camelina feedstock with significantly increased seed yield and/or seed oil content to maximize

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Venice, the Capital of Hydrogen: Agreement Signed between Municipality, Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota

(Eni) Venice is experimenting with hydrogen-fuelled mobility, which only releases water vapour from exhausts. This afternoon in Mestre, as part of the events organised by Italy’s Japan Foundation for ‘Japan Week’, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota signed an agreement to evaluate the construction of a

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass Yield Improvements

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations is working on a trifecta of goals: 1) to develop improved strains and cultivation methods to increase the algal biofuel intermediate yield by at least 70% AND 2) to develop new drying and extraction technology to reduce the energy for downstream processing by

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

City Grids Risk Being Overwhelmed by EV Growth: Report

(Utility Dive) Dive Brief:  Cities’ increased reliance on electric vehicles (EVs) and electric buses could overwhelm their electric grids and result in outages, warned a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Seattle City Light. While the report’s analysis is primarily focused on Seattle, it offers lessons for other cities,

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain’s First Industrial-Scale Biogas Biological Purification Plant Opens

(Edar Bens/NGV Journal) The facilities of Edar Bens SA (Wastewater Treatment Plant of A Coruña) now feature a pilot biogas purification module, the only one in Spain and one of the few that exists in the world. The new plant is part of the second phase of the Renewable Gas Mixed

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Political Pollster Plugs E85

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Political consultant, pollster, and “public opinion guru” Frank Luntz gave a surprising plug for the use of E85 (85 percent ethanol blended fuel) and the need for more flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) during an appearance on FOX News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham last Thursday. “There’s

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

A 26,000-Mile Road Test Finds Palm Oil Biofuel ‘Safe’ for Cars

by Yoga Rusmana and Eko Listiyoriniana (Bloomberg) Indonesia said it conducted the world’s longest road test using diesel blended with 30% palm oil, and the results showed that the biofuel is safe for cars. The country, which is the No. 1 producer of palm, sent a fleet of cars including

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Highest Yield, Lowest Cost: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to 2nd Gen Mixotrophy for Biochemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shawn Jones from White Dog Labs shared this as part of the of U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office presentations on second-generation mixotrophy for the highest yield and least expensive biochemical production. Check out The Digest’s slides on how this project is working on

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

CS Energy Breaks Ground on RNG Plant in Indianapolis

(SCS Energy/Biomass Magazine) In August 2019, SCS Energy broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. Indy High Btu is jointly owned by Kinetrex Energy,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Breakthrough Development of Low-Carbon No Particulate Renewable Diesel

(GEVO)  Converting Isobutanol or Fusel Oils to Renewable Diesel  — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today that it has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that converts either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value “fusel oils,” a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as alcohol production,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech to Biochem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Versalis’ Chemistry from Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Versalis, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni, and while their history lies with traditional chemicals, they now have strategic guidelines for chemistry from renewables. Their biotech business unit is one of the ways they are integrating renewable chemicals into products like biofuels, biochemicals, bioherbicides, cosmetic products,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

United Kingdom: Flogas Debuts Bio-LNG Trucks to Cut Carbon Emissions

(Flogas/NGV Journal) Flogas has recently introduced two, new, innovative trucks that operate with bio-LNG. These vehicles, which provide an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the conventional diesel engine alternative, are part of the company’s 2040 ambition of providing their customers with 100% renewable energy solutions. Flogas’ extensive fleet of

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: Continuing the Conversation on Casey’s and E15

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  Last month, I featured the first part of an interview with Nathaniel Doddridge, Director of Fuels for Casey’s General Store, about the opportunities of implementing E15 at the retail level. Here’s the final part of our conversation about adjusting for E15. … RFA: From

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Battery, Starch-Based Gift Cards, Future Fashion, Plant-Based Flame Retardants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week is a merry mix of biobased innovations around the world. From the creation of artificial reefs made from PLA in Israel and Spain’s starch-based gift cards to the U.S. where biobased battery materials are reality in Washington state and where flame retardants made from

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Optimus Technologies Named Pittsburgh Tech 50 Awards Finalist

(Optimus Technologies)  – Optimus Technologies, a biodiesel conversion system manufacturer, today announced that the Pittsburgh Technology Council has named it a Tech 50 Awards Finalist in the Manufacturing Category. The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s annual Tech 50 Awards recognize southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful, innovative, and thought-leading technology companies, which have become

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

REG Looking to Fuel Ames’ Sustainability Efforts through B100 Biodiesel.

by Robbie Sequeira (Ames Tribune)  Ames-based Renewable Energy Group (REG) is looking to fuel the city of Ames’ ever-expanding sustainability efforts through 100 percent biofuel, as part of their B100 Pilot Program. In conjunction with Optimus Technologies, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, the B100 Pilot Program plans to test and

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Rising Prowess in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Perpective from India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Product, processes and partnerships are what it’s all about in India right now with the country’s latest bioenergy policies and growing activity in the bioeconomy. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman at Praj Industries gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C. on how exactly India

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Subsidize My Electric Car, Please: Auto Makers Want Congress to Expand This Gift to the Affluent.

(Wall Street Journal) The great myth of political subsidies for business is that they will help an industry get started and then go away. We’ll soon see if Congress can for once live up to its temporary promise and block the emerging effort to continue subsidizing the affluent to buy

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia Funds World-First Project to Turn Biogas from Sewage into Hydrogen

(ARENA/NGV Journal) On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has approved up to $9.41 million in funding to Hazer Group Limited for the construction and operation of a groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia. Hazer is seeking to build a $15.8 million 100-ton per

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Exxon Mobil’s Designed 2 Scale Challenge DEADLINE: November 15, 2019

(Designed 2 Scale Challenge) Algae-based feedstocks have shown tremendous potential in providing a safe, secure and locally available source of drop-in liquid fuels for the transportation sector. These feedstocks have the potential to not compete with conventional food crops and fresh water resources, and use marginal land for cultivation. Once

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Circuit Court Rejects Challenges to EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards

by Tim Ryan (Court House News)  The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standards in the face of challenges from energy companies, biofuel producers and industry groups.  Under longstanding EPA policy, the burden of introducing more renewable fuel into the U.S. market falls on fuel

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Minding the Stack: Maintaining Compliance While Optimizing Costs and Operations Is a Balancing Act for Ethanol Producers.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mastering the balance between emissions control and cost control is important for an ethanol plant. The targets for emissions control are set in the facility’s air permit, while the costs involve energy, maintenance and compliance testing.  The energy cost in oxidizing volatile organic

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Hopkins Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward consumers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15) at Hopkins Express Minnoco. During the hour-long promotion from 12 pm to 1 pm, consumers who fueled up with E15 were rewarded with prizes that

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

The Advanced Bioeconomy Report Q2 2019 Earnings: The Year of Living Endangeredly

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In hand we now have the latest earnings reports from what you might call the 8 Pathfinders – eight publicly traded stocks whose second quarter results offer insights into the health and performance of the advanced bioeconomy as 2019 heads towards its closing crescendos. Our 8

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article
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