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Waste Feedstock Superstore: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Darling Ingredients

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Darling Ingredients today provides a global growth platform for the development and production of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients. With a variety of processing operations in over 200 locations on five continents, they create a wide range of products and customized specialty solutions

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Presentations Available from the Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience

(University of Maryland)  Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience Topics •Anaerobic Digestion: Where We Are Today •Digester Systems in the Northeast–Successful Case Studies •Federal Biogas Policy •MD State Biogas Policy •Use of Biogas: Scrubbing, RNG, GenSets, and Use of Excess Heat •Food Waste

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Baseball Teams Knock It Out of the Park with Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  … Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean burning biodiesel. This advanced biofuel reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent, helping the crowds breathe easier. “When I order food at a ballpark I can see all the grease in the concession stand,” said National Biodiesel

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Half of Any Fish Caught Ends up as Waste or By-Product, EUMOFA Study

(Fish Information and Services)  The report on blue bioeconomy published by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products.  —  Researchers from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) have determined that over 50 per cent of any fish caught or farmed is not consumed directly and that

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

New Recycling Facility to Be Opened by Green Energy Biofuel

(Biofuels International) According to the Aiken Standard a 36,000 square foot recycling facility is to be built by Green Energy Biofuel in Warrenville, Illinois. The plant is expected to provide more than 40 new jobs over the next five years and is scheduled to be up and running by December 2018.

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

US Largest Dairy Biogas Plant Opens in Indiana, It Will Supply NGV Fleets

(Amp Americas/NGV Journal)  Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of Amp Americas, announced its second facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste is now operational and has begun delivering fuel into the NIPSCO natural gas pipeline system to be used as transportation fuel. The facility is located in Jasper

October 25, 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

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

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

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

FSSAI Launches RUCO Initiative to Collect, Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biofuel.

(GK Today)  The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) initiative to enable collection and conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel. Under this initiative, 64 companies at 101 locations have been identified to enable collection of used cooking oil. … The initiative was launched

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can offer CO2 emission reductions up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel. SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink gave this illuminating overview of

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

McDonald’s to Recycle Cooking Oil into Biodiesel for Powering Supply Trucks

(Press Trust of India/Business Standard)  The company started the pilot last year with Unicon Biofuels, and has so far scaled it up to cover 85 restaurants in the city  —  Hardcastle Restaurants, the master franchisee for McDonald’s in the western and southern markets, is planning to recycle the used cooking oil and

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

First Single Site with Biomethane Value Chain Launched in France

(CNH Industrial/NGV Journal)  In Cestas, southwest France, the CNH Industrial brands, including IVECO, New Holland and FPT Industrial, are partners in an initiative promoted by Pot au Pin Energie (a local energy company), Air Liquide and Carrefour to create the first real example of a methane-based circular economy, centered at a

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

New Household Cooking Oils Recycling Service Launched

(Scottish Borders Council)  A new service which allows the public to recycle their leftover cooking oils has been launched.  The service is now available at all seven community recycling centres in the Borders and has the backing of Scottish Water, who last year launched a campaign asking the public not to put cooking oil

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Some Delmarva Farmers Are Freezing Dead Chickens

by Katie Peikes (Delaware Public Media)  Long considered the most beneficial way to dispose of dead chickens, composting has become a management tool of the past for some Delmarva poultry farmers. Some local growers have shifted to a more environmental practice – freezer technology. … When farmers compost their chickens, they

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Blue Ridge Biofuels Brings Its Closed-Loop Cooking Oil Initiative Closer to Home

by Gina Smith (Mountain Express)  In late 2013, Blue Ridge Biofuels took a bold leap toward developing a closed-loop biodiesel system for Western North Carolina when it produced its first batch of non-GMO, expeller-pressed canola cooking oil through a community partnership called the Field to Fryer to Fuel project. The effort,

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF development in Europe.  An update on EU policy and initiatives by SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink at ABLC in Washington, DC on March 1, 2018.  READ MORE

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Veolia Launch New Online Marketplace for Organic Resources in the UK

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

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform cellulosic biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks.” Also, the

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Raleigh Offers Free Curbside Grease Collection for the Holidays

by AnnMarie Breen (ABC11.com)  … Many of our favorite flavorful family recipes include cooking oil and grease that needs to be disposed of after the meal is done. Home chefs who pour left-over grease or vegetable oil down the drain can cause damage not only with their own home’s plumbing but

November 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a central meeting place for policy and business communities to discuss how to harness the full

November 1, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Jumping for Joy for Qantas Biofuel Powered Aircraft

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will buy eight million gallons of renewable jet fuel each year from U.S. based bio-energy company, SG Preston, in order to fuel its Los Angeles based aircraft. Their goal is to have the LAX to Australia flight powered on an ongoing basis by 50% non-food

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition

by Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the availability of infrastructure to support the project AND the availability of feedstock to feed the

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Household Oil from Concepción Will Be Transformed into Biodiesel

(City of Concepción)  Enthusiastic leaders of different neighborhood councils in Concepción received containers to recycle their disused home oil, which will be transformed into clean fuel: Biodiesel. The initiative is part of the actions developed by the Environment Department of the municipality to promote care for the environment and is implemented thanks

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way. The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary team, including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Kuwait Seeks PFA Cooperation for Biodiesel

(Dawn)  The Kuwait Water Association (KWA) has sought cooperation of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) for a plan to dispose of waste cooking oil for producing biodiesel. The PFA continues to run a special drive in the province for collection of used cooking oil by those engaged in the production

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Assam’ Oil Refinery Soon to Process Biofuel from Bamboo

(The Northeast Today) A biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in India, set up at the Numaligarh Refinery (NRL) in Assam, will soon process biofuel from bamboo, abundantly found in Arunachal Pradesh, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said recently. The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Tallowmasters Transaction with Darling Ingredients

by Monika Donimirska (SatPRNews)  Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) has acquired the assets of Tallowmasters, LLC, a family owned rendering and recycling company with headquarters in Medley, Florida and processing operations in Miami, Florida. Irving, Texas-based Darling Ingredients provides a global growth platform for the development and production of sustainable

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

What’s My Feedstock Worth? A Primer for Measuring Bio-Value

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its current market price. In fact, what makes a feedstock useful in the advanced bioeconomy is

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Mahoney Environmental Unveils Its New Eco-Conscious Fleet

(Mahoney Environmental/PR Newswire)  Mahoney Environmental, (www.mahoneyes.com) a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, recently unveiled its new tractor-trailer combination fleet. This new convoy order for 2017 consists initially of fifteen tractors and six trailers – all with eco-conscious specifications. The new power equipment will be operated on

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Bank in Tie-Up with UPM to Buy Used Cooking Oil from Public

by  Syiffaa’ Musa  (The Star) … Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and CIMB Foundation are collaborating to educate the public through a BioDiesel From Used Cooking Oil Programme. The project encourages the public to drop off their used cooking oil at one of three collection centres in UPM where it will be

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

BioApplied: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s a biorefinery initiative in Canada’s Atlantic region (first initiated in Nova Scotia but expanding regionally).  A partnership between Emera, Innovacorp, and the Federal and Provincial governments, are aimed at creating the necessary conditions to attract and host a biorefinery and biomaterials industrial cluster.  Forestry, oceans, agriculture, and MSW

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Announces “PRECO”: “Paso Robles ECOsystem” Transforms Waste to Bioproducts

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR NewsWire)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today the Paso Robles ECOsystem, known as PRECO, a waste-to-energy interconnected system (ecosystem) designed to produce half a million gallons of bioethanol from a variety of feedstocks available in the Paso Robles area.

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

REG Crosses 2B Gallon Biomass-Based Diesel Production Mark, Completes Petrotec Acquisition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, REG announced on the sidelines at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference that the company has sold more than two billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel, less than  than 3 years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales. … It took REG nearly

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

A 20-Year-Old Startup

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

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists at Oregon State University. In a model of the forest industry, researchers in the

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: The Great Crash of Australia’s ‘Fish and Chip Cooking Oil’ Renewable Fuel Industry

by Emilia Terzon (ABC News)  Former chef-cum-Darwin’s “biodiesel warrior” Greg Henderson was elbow-deep in an industry of second-hand grease when the global price of crude oil started to tumble in 2014.  Within weeks the humble entrepreneur was contemplating a price war with one of the world’s biggest oil conglomerates. “We

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Makers to Ink Cassava Deal

by Phusadee Arunmas (Bangkok Post)  Ethanol makers have agreed to buy 10,000 tonnes of cassava root a day from farmers at 1.9 baht a kilogramme in a bid to raise farm income and stabilise fresh cassava prices. … Massive supply of fresh cassava root is scheduled to enter the market in

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Mahoney Environmental Signs National Service Agreement With Carrols Corporation

(Mahoney Environmental/PR Newswire)  Mahoney obtains exclusive rights to collect and recycle used cooking oil generated at Carrols Burger King locations  —  Mahoney Environmental, (www.mahoneyes.com) a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, announced today that it previously entered into an agreement for used cooking oil pick up and

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: From Deep Fryer to Engine

CRISPY, sweet and a little bit salty, the pisang goreng is enjoyed as favourite tea time snack. Roadside stall owner Johar Melan uses vegetable oil to fry the banana fritters. Now, the used vegetable oil that is collected each month from his stall in Taman Chi Liung, Klang, together with

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

BIOHEC-LIFE – Advanced Biodiesel in Circular Economy for Low Carbon Public Transports.

(European Commission)  …   Used cooking oils (UCOs) are processed from food industry and catering waste; cheap and widely available, they are playing an increasing role in the development of advanced biofuels. However, although the legislative framework is in place, less than 40% of discarded UCOs are collected, and the

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and

September 20, 2016 Read Full Article

First Things First

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  …  Biomass availability in the U.S. is unlikely to emerge as a bottleneck for industry growth. Our country’s farms and forests, municipal waste and food waste streams are producing vast streams of material, and we simply need to figure out how to effectively gather, prepare

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

The Guatemalan Project That Turns Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

by Fredy Hernandez (soy502.com (Google translation))  … However, an innovative project seeks to eliminate the waste that not only pollute the water of the city, but can also be reused, making fuel. This is the Reciclaceite, the idea being promoted from the Unit of Environmental Innovation of the City of Guatemala. …

June 28, 2016 Read Full Article

De-risking the Supply Chain: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ag

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from six locations across the nation and works with more growers, owns and operates more equipment,

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Analysis of the Current Development of Household UCO Collection Systems in the EU

(International Council on Clean Transportation)  Explores the potential for improving home collection of used cooking oil for biodiesel production in the EU.  —  Used cooking oil (UCO) is a low carbon feedstock for biodiesel production in the EU, but this resource is not fully utilized. While collection of UCO from

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Requests Information on Revolutionary Biomass Supply Systems Supporting a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Vision

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program is responsible for developing technologies to support Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems (AFSS) that would enable mobilization of our growing national biomass resources to

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

RSB Certification of Jatropha Oil from Manabi/Ecuador as Sustainable Fuel for Combustion Engines on Galapagos Islands

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) In the small country of Ecuador, all environmental risks of the production and consumption of fossil fuels can be observed by damages through oil exploration in the amazon rainforest and tank ship accidents close by Galapagos Islands causing death of 10,000 marine iguanas and other species.

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

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

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain

by Ajay Shah (Renewable Energy World)  Massive availability of agricultural waste, left unutilized in the field, and its potential to be converted to environmentally friendly biofuel has led to an increasing attention towards the advancement of cellulosic biofuel. … Cellulosic biofuel sector has immense potential, and advancements have been made

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Collection and Use in Finland

by Aino Siirala* and Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Current UCO market:  In Europe, UCO (used cooking oil) collection and reuse has increased steadily during the past decade, reaching its peak in 2016. The most significant UCO producer in Europe is Germany, where 140 000 tons of UCO is collected

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

McDonald’s UAE Completes 5 Million Kilometres on McFuel Biodiesel

by LeAnne Graves (The National)  … McDonald’s UAE fleet will complete 5 million kilometres this month, or the distance to Mars and back, fuelled entirely by biodiesel, thanks to a partnership formed four years ago between the world’s largest fast-food chain and the Dubai-based biodiesel producer Neutral Fuels. Sixteen vehicles collect cooking

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Has Finally Arrived

by WIlliam Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  … Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.  On the day before Halloween, the DuPont Chemical Company opened what it claimed to be the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The facility will use cornstalks, leaves and corn

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Pacific Ag’s National Wheat Straw Harvest Brings Quality, Sustainable and Cost Effective Bio-Material for New Markets

(Pacific Ag)  For industries like mushroom composting to erosion technology as well as dairy and cattle feed, Pacific Ag is creating a supply chain for agricultural residue  —  — Pacific Ag, the nation’s largest crop residue harvest company, has recently completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel that offers

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol from Corn Stalks: A Cure for Climate Change?

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … “This is one of the core technologies that we need to cut oil use and reduce emissions from transportation,” said Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It would be great if we had more of these facilities.” DuPont expects to buy 375,000

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Sorghum Is Making a Big Splash

by Nicholas Bergin (Lincoln Journal Star)  Sorghum, a grass with a colorful seed about the size of a BB, was selling at more than a dollar a bushel above corn thanks to China’s voracious appetite for grain free of genetically modified hybrids, which the Chinese government had tightly restricted. More

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful of other feedstocks that are gaining traction as potential feedstocks of the future, says Kelly

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? Will farming communities support the development of this new supply chain? Will farmers make long-term

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Grease Collection in the US: Feedstock for Biodiesel

by Ian Winner* (Optimus Technologies/special guest author for Advanced Biofuels USA)  Grease Collection Overview  —  When we talk about grease, what do we mean? Grease can refer to yellow grease, choice white grease, edible or inedible tallow, lard, trap grease (also known as brown grease), poultry fat, and hydrogenated vegetable

September 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Summary of Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Released

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a report summarizing the proceedings of the second Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop, held June 24–26, 2014, in Argonne, Illinois. The workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and convened a discussion on the usefulness and feasibility of using landscape management principles to design

August 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Farmers Harvest Jet Fuel

by Jessica Holdman  (Bismarck Tribune)  Harvest is underway for North Dakota’s first crop of jet fuel. “Yields are looking pretty good,” said Garret Groves, of Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences. “We’ve had some stuff we’re really happy with, and we’ve had some stuff that’s been OK.” Western North Dakota farmers agreed to

August 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Aggregate Purchasing Models

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (June 8, 2015) announced up to $2 million to support aggregate purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, subsystems, components, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure. Aggregated purchasing is when one central organization coordinates customers to maximize

June 22, 2015 Read Full Article

An Amazon.com for Bioenergy Supply Chain Logistics

by Bill Levy (Pacific Ag/Biofuels Digest)  …  Amazon has become the world’s largest retailer by winning at logistics. They simply found (and keep finding) ever more efficient ways to meet demand with supply. And that’s the name of the game in bioenergy. Think of the parallels: the thousands of independent

June 15, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with Bill Levy, CEO, Pacific Ag

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We are partnered with more than 600 growers across the country, will harvest more than 450,000 tons of biomass alone in 2015, own the single largest fleet of harvesting equipment, and supply the nation’s leading cellulosic refineries, including Abengoa and DuPont. For 17 years Pacific

April 21, 2015 Read Full Article

The (Oil Price) Crash of ’14: What Lessons Can We Learn?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 4 weeks past the helter-skelter Oil Crash, as prices plateau for now (and maybe for the long term) — what have we learned about energy markets in the Age of Alternatives? … When prices respond vigorously to very small changes in supply or demand, they are

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

PacificAg Can Save Ethanol Plants Time & Money

by Talia Bang (Ag NewsWire)  PacificAg, the country’s largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country, can help ethanol plants developing or expanding operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol, save time and money on supply chain development. PacificAg enables cellulosic biorefineries the ability to source cost-competitive biomass

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

“What About That, Er, Cellulosic Feedstock?” Pacific Ag CEO Bill Levy on the Where, When and How

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock. Now that cellulosic ethanol has reached scale, it has replaced Motherhood and Apple Pie as staple faves for industry chat. Meanwhile, Pacific Ag has been rolling up the acres, getting it done.  How’s it working, where are the challenges, how is energy transformation happening

November 18, 2014 Read Full Article

A Looming Cellulosic Feedstock Shortage?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk? … It’s not all that different with the first advanced biorefineries — being built by in this

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

M&A’s in Animal Fat Market: How Much Is Too Much?

(GreenEA Team)  Vertical and horizontal integration trends in Europe will significantly limit trading and brokerage activities on the animal fat market. TME producers acquire the entire suply chain to prevent supply problems and price volatility but, at the same time, they contribute to a bearish trend in the sector and a decrease

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

Time Has Come Today

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The synergies between co-located ethanol and biodiesel production have been discussed for a decade. The existing infrastructure to share process essentials, an in-house feedstock in distillers corn oil (DCO), and use of ethanol rather than methanol for biodiesel reactions are the more obvious benefits. Biodiesel technology providers

June 17, 2014 Read Full Article

The Year is Here

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  2014 will bear witness to the commissioning of some of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. Those in the cellulosic ethanol industry know “five more years down the road” as a phrase that’s been associated with commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production for a very long

March 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Developers of Project to Convert Sugar Beets into Ethanol Looking for Commitment from Growers

by Dave Kolpack (Associated Press/Star Tribune)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they’re looking for a commitment from farmers to sweeten the deal. A North Dakota State University agriculture

March 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation

by  Susanne Retka Schill (BBI International/Biomass Magazine) Genera Energy is applying a systems approach to developing customized energy crop supply chains. … Genera Energy aims to help clients answer those questions using a systems approach to developing customized supply chain solutions. As it wrapped up a five-year biomass supply chain research grant

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

CEO Todd Becker Has Faith in the Future of Ethanol Producer Green Plains

by John Lppert and Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  … Political challenges are piling up, too. Big Oil lists minimum ethanol requirements as its top policy concern for 2014 and wants to eliminate them. Government officials are already backtracking. A week before (Green Plains Renewable Energy CEO, Todd) Becker bought the

March 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Search Is Underway for Site of First Industrial Sugarbeet Plant

by Dale Hildebrant (Minnesota Farm Guide)  Tuesday, Jan. 28, marked the beginning of a five-city tour for the steering committee of BeetsAll Biofuel in their search for a site for the first industrial beet plant site. The committee’s first stop was in Valley City. Later in the week stops were

February 11, 2014 Read Full Article

The Digest's Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable Chemical of the Year, Product of the Year, Yield Improvement, Process Improvement and more –

January 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Being Prepped to Open

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  A plan by Vireol Bio-Industries PLC to open the ethanol plant instead of shipping it overseas was unofficially announced at a meeting of city industrialists, sparsely attended by the public. Larry Wilson, plant manager, made the announcement Monday night at the Hopewell Community Industrial Panel meeting.

December 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Manufacturer to Create 65 Jobs in Sampson County, N.C.

(Thrive in North Carolina/North Carolina Governor’s Office)  Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in Sampson County.  The company and its

December 4, 2013 Read Full Article

The Password Is….Bagasse: Raizen, Iogen Get Going on Cellulosic Ethanol at Industrial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Brazil, Raizen has started construction on a 10 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant using Iogen Energy technology. The $100 million project, located adjacent to Raízen’s Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, is expected to start up in Q4 2014.

December 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Hopes for Vonore Biofuel Refinery Remain Elusive

by Joel Davis (The Daily Times)  Nearly four years after the ribbon was cut on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities in Vonore, hopes for a commercial-scale biorefinery being constructed in the state still remain unfulfilled. The biofuel refinery is a partnership between TennEra LLC and DuPont

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Maker Pushes Product Use in Market

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)  ASB Biodiesel seeks to jump-start market for cleaner fuel with fresh call for mandatory blending as it prepares to open plant in Tseung Kwan O ASB Biodiesel, the developer of Hong Kong’s largest biodiesel plant, has renewed its call for the mandatory blending

October 29, 2013 Read Full Article

New Winter Crop, Mini-Biorefinery to Launch in DeWitt

by Stephanie Fischer (Stuttgart Daily Leader)  DeWitt became the first Community of Innovation after city leaders saw the opportunity in developing a biofuel resource. A new winter crop and the technology to turn it into biofuel are making their way to Arkansas County. The City of DeWitt has been selected

October 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Farmers Now Harvesting Biomass for Project LIBERTY Opening

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, farmers are now harvesting and delivering cob bales for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg. The 20 million gallon per year POET-DSM plant will use corn crop residue – cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk – to produce renewable fuel. Farmers

October 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Becomes the First Ever Commercial Distributor of Transportational Fuel Made from Waste

(Clean Energy)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE), North America’s largest provider of natural gas for transportation, announced today (October 3, 2013)  that it will be the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, called Redeem, made from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and

October 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Catalan Schools Collect Used Oil to Produce Biodiesel

(LaVanguardia.com)  The project was born in the Bages and extends to eight counties more | It aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling About 25,000 students from schools from nine counties Catalonia , Central Catalonia, Vallès Occidental and Oriental, Alt Penedès and Garraf-participating this year in a project

October 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Bently Biofuels Acquires Bay Area Grease Collection Company

(BusinessWire)  In August 2013, Nevada-based biodiesel producer Bently Biofuels Company expanded their used cooking oil collection program by purchasing the assets of Got Grease?, a Bay Area waste oil and grease trap pumping company. Got Grease? collected used cooking oil throughout the San Francisco peninsula, East Bay, and Marin areas

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy as Easy as Waffles

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long-term, there are numerous opportunities for developing the right kind of renewable feedstocks based on careful development of agricultural markets and gaining grower adoption. But anyone who has been through the wringer in trying to gain adoption for crops like jatropha, camelina or switchgrass can

September 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Fiberight Awarded MSW Supply Agreement

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Waste-to-energy firm Fiberight LLC plans to break ground on a solid waste recycling plant in Marion, Iowa, as soon as December. Once complete, the facility will process municipal solid waste (MSW) into feedstocks for the production compressed biogas and cellulosic ethanol. … Work is

September 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Moves to Commercialize Cellulosic Ethanol March Ahead

by Lynn Grooms (Farm Industry News)  Soon after hearing about Big Oil’s numerous challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard, attendees of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop this summer, heard from producers forging ahead to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. The placement of these sessions was apropos as challenges to the RFS are heating

August 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them all?   In today’s part 2, #5 through #1. 5. The blend wall …Solutions? Here sayeth the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

August 21, 2013 Read Full Article

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners? … Just when you start feeling great about bagasse or stover, you realize that supply is limited by global demand for

August 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Darling International Inc. to Acquire Terra Renewal Services, Inc.

(Darling International/PR NewsWire)    Darling International Inc., … announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial residuals and used cooking oil collection operations of Terra Renewal Services, Inc. Terra Renewal is a leading provider of essential environmental services focused on the collection, hauling, reprocessing, and recycling

August 7, 2013 Read Full Article

National Labs Release New Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing Study

(US Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have released a joint study on biochemical biorefinery sizing. “Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional bale system and advanced uniform biomass logistics designs,” which appeared

April 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Sweetwater Energy, Ace Ethanol Sign Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $4/gallon capex, low opex, $15 million upfront. Existing offtakers. Cellulosic RINs. Expandable. Product diversification. Operating next year.   What’s not to like? …There’s a side door opening into cellulosic ethanol. Costs you very little up front, payback is quick, and the risk is going to be

January 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Smyrna Is First Metro City with Biodiesel Program

by Jennifer Griffies  (WSBRadio.com)  Smyrna becomes the first city in metro Atlanta to start a biodiesel program.  Construction on the project, which makes its own fuel for its vehicles, began about a year-and-a-half ago when gas cost $4.50 a gallon. City Manager Eric Taylor tells Channel 2 Action News the

January 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Company Eyes Hemp as Feedstock for Biofuel, Power Generation

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules currently prohibit the growth of hemp in the U.S., Patriot Bioenergy Corp. sees value in

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel

by Tafline Laylin (GreenProphet.com)  It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. Officially launched in July, 2011, the United Arab Emirates’ biodiesel program – the first of its kind in the region –

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Green Restaurant 'Grease' a Good Thing

by Diana Nelson Jones (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   … Ting Yen stores about 35 pounds of used oil a day in the basement of Sushi Fuku on Oakland Avenue, including contributions from the owner of Oishii Bento across the street. He had previously contracted with a private company that paid him for

December 14, 2012 Read Full Article

From Fryer To Fuel: Making Biodiesel from Vegetable Oil

Many restaurants are becoming more energy conscious and are taking initiative, by the simple act of giving up their vegetable oil waste! Now you may ask, what good is left over vegetable oil? Well for starters, chefs use a ton of oil to cook with and they need to dispose

November 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Perspectives on 2013: Ethanol Industry Executives Approach 2013 with Optimism and Concern.

by Holly Jessen & Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking into the future, Jeff Roskam, CEO of the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, fears any modification of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “Period,” he says. “Not only would this be detrimental to the existing industry, it would take us

November 6, 2012 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   … So now that Green Crude Farm is in operation, what’s the current activity there? CJ: We are about to do the next big thing with the Farm, which is the strain transition. We’re demonstrating several interesting things. One of them is that you

October 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuel World Leaders BioJet and JATRO Sign Major Collaboration Agreement

(BioJet)  JATRO AG today (September 25, 2012) announced formation of a major Horizontal Collaboration Agreement with BioJet International Ltd. The intended horizontal collaboration between the Companies in the format of a Strategic Alliance is meant to create a joint basis for a mutually beneficial business operation across global markets, technologies and geographies, translating

September 26, 2012 Read Full Article

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