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Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil
June 20, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  Process Converts Scum to Biodiesel  —  A new waste remediation process converts scum from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) into ASTM compliant biodiesel. The six-step method begins with a filtration step that separates water/oil/solid …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

Inventure Renewables’ Mixed Super Critical Fluid Technology Successfully Adopted At Wilmar Plant In China
June 20, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Inventure Renewables/Cision/PR Newswire)  Patented Technology Converts By-Product from Soft Oil Seed Refining Into FAME for Oleochemical and Biodiesel Production.  —  Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical …

Making Chemicals From Ethanol
June 15, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … “We’re hoping to provide alternatives to the sale of ethanol into the fuels market,” said Ron Cascone, principal with Nexant, Inc. “The theme of what I’m doing here is to show that there …

The Battle for Yeast Supremacy: DSM, DuPont, Novozymes and More
June 15, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s review the big gambits from the likes of DSM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Novozymes as they duke it out over market share in an era where corn ethanol gallons …

Joint Venture Company Formed for Execution of NRL’s Bio Refinery Project
June 14, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Numaligarh Refinery Limited)  Numaligarh Refinery Limited has taken a giant step forward by establishing a joint venture, Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt. Limited (ABRPL) with equity participation of  M/s Chempolis Oy of Finland and M/s Fortum 3 B.V. of Netherland …

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy
June 14, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or …

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation
June 11, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting …

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions
June 8, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, …

Higher Yields, Faster Fermentation, Reduced Energy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ XCELIS Platform
June 8, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont XCELIS, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub – designed to increase yields, speed fermentation …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
June 7, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic …

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production
June 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the …

Kalasin Locals Kick up Stink over Molasses
June 7, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet  (Bangkok Post)  Storage ponds said to be causing pollution  —  Locals yesterday signed a petition to pressure Mitr Phol BioFuel Co Ltd, an affiliated firm of Mitr Phol Group, to scrap the expansion of molasses …

Community Fuels Offers ADF-Compliant, NOx-Neutral Biodiesel
June 7, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Community Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Community Fuels is the first biodiesel marketer within California to offer NOx-neutral biodiesel using the new Best Corp. BC-EC1c additive. Under the California Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation, biodiesel use is subject to seasonal …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Launches 3 New Ethanol Products
June 6, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont Xcelis, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub—designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce …

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages
June 5, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts …

Renewable Natural Gas Production Facility Opens in Iowa
June 5, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(GAIN Clean Fuel/NGV Journal)  GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The state-of-the-art facility will …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

Preem and RenFuel to Create the World’s First Lignin Plant for Biofuels
May 31, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Cision/Rottneros)  Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected to produce an annual volume …

Biomethane Production Project Can Supply 10,000 Vehicles in Spain
May 30, 2018 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Aqualia/NGV Journal)  Aqualia is developing numerous projects aimed at the production of renewable energy from the use of wastewater. Thanks to the technology developed within the CIEN Smart Green Gas project, Aqualia has managed to produce …

Ethanol: The Renewable Naphtha
May 30, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Luca Zullo (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenyug)  With existing capabilities, chemical coproducts represent a low-hanging fruit for the industry. Ethanol, in fact, is a better feedstock for some chemicals than oil-based sources.

The chemical industry predates the oil …

BK Birla Group to Set up Distillery for Rs80 Crore to Revive Its Sugar Business
May 30, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by  Soumonty Kanungo  (Live Mint)  Jay Shree Tea MD D.P. Maheshwari says the BK Birla Group is looking to process molasses, a by-product from sugar-refining, to produce ethanol  —  After several failed attempts to sell its sugar …

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

Attis Industries Narrows Site Selection to Six States for Construction of Advanced New Biorefining Facilities
May 29, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Attis Industries)  Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota Present Most Competitive Options  —  Attis Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced its approval of its lead sites …

King County Is Now a Leading Producer of Clean, Renewable Biofuel that Can Be Used by Commercial Vehicles
May 28, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Office of King County Executive)  At its South Treatment Plant in Renton, King County is purifying the biogas into renewable natural gas, an alternative to fossil fuels that generates revenue for the county while reducing greenhouse …

Integrated, Hedged, Evolving: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
May 28, 2018 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments …

What Do Fish and Ethanol Have in Common? A Lot More Than You Think Thanks to Fluid Quip Process Technologies
May 28, 2018 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  …  FQPT has been around forever…well, these days over 20 years seems like forever. What started as engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper …

Pioneering Achievements: Biodiesel Magazine Spotlights Eight Companies
May 25, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields.
WWS Trading 
For more than 25 years, WWS …

Down to the Details: Kernel Fiber Now
May 25, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … EcoEngineers’ Director of Engineering Jim Ramm details Kernel Fiber Now, a service that helps producers navigate their options with corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technologies, RINs and more.
With intense interest …

St1 and SCA Form Partnership to Produce Renewable Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(St1 and SCA/Globe Newswire)   The energy company St1 and the forest products company SCA have formed a partnership to develop large-scale production of renewable fuels from tall oil. The planned production site will be St1’s …

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology …

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Approves COMM SCI Project in Benefuel
May 24, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario. Its goal is to help Ontario and Canada become globally recognized leaders in the field of sustainable technologies. In 2016, BIC …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology
May 23, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste.

Some 400 …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
May 23, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”.
The company recently broke …

Advanced Biofuels Can Be Produced Extremely Efficiently
May 21, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Chalmers University of Technology/Phys.Org)  A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of …

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
May 21, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based …

DSM Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Lallemand Related to Low-Glycerol Yeast Technology Applicable in Ethanol Production
May 17, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(DSM/PR Newswire)  Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials received unanimous jury verdict in a Federal Court in Wisconsin concluding that all glycerol reducing ethanol yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

From Gen1 to High-Value: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
May 11, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

New FSMA Compliance Program Launched for Biodiesel Producers
May 10, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. Glycerin, …

DGAP-News: Uniper SE: Methanation Plant in Falkenhagen Opens – Important Step for a Successful Energy Transition
May 10, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Uniper SE/Finanzen.ch) Successful completion to expansion of existing power-to-gas plant in Falkenhagen, Germany; Sector coupling for renewable electricity through conversion to synthetic Natural Gas begins; European research project STORE&GO enters next phase  Start of 24 month research operations
As …

Advanced Biofuel Plant Planned to Open in 2022
May 10, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Catalan News)  Pioneering Canadian/French joint project aims to build recycling centre in Tarragona region for €250m  —  A Canadian company and a French firm are together planning to open a plant in Catalonia to turn solid urban waste …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biorefinery of the Future
May 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What will biorefineries look like, accomplish and cost in the future? Daniel Lane of Saille Consulting and Lee Enterprises Consulting looked at that topic in this illuminating overview of the promise …

WEBINAR: Diversifying Revenue through Protein Co-Products — May 10, 2018
May 9, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Diversifying Revenue through Protein Co-Products   —  May 10, 2018

Generating the highest value from co-products at ethanol facilities is critical in today’s turbulent ethanol market. What are the opportunities to produce high-value protein to maximize co-product value? In this Ethanol Producer Magazine webinar you will hear …

Hitachi Zosen Inova to Build and Operate Kompogas® Plant to Turn Jönköping’s Organic Waste into Vehicle Fuel
May 9, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Hitachi Zosen Inova)  Hitachi Zosen Inova is to build Scandinavia’s second Kompogas® facility in Jönköping, Sweden. It will use a dry fermentation process to convert around 40,000 metric tons of organic waste a year into fuel …

Capital Light Scale-Up : Utopia or Perfect Storm?
May 9, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Capital light scale-up utilizes existing fermentation facilities, in lieu of purpose-built demonstration facilities, to bring advanced technologies to market faster and with less capital burn.  It is a great plan if …

Sugarcane’s Toxic Waste Can Turn into a Boon for Farmers
May 8, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Johnl (Times of India)   Sugarcanemolasses-based distilleries in India are not only water guzzlers but purge a highly toxic residue— spent-wash or vinasse. This unusually viscous dark brown coloured pungent liquid after recovery of alcohol.
If let out untreated, …

Velocys Picks up Velocity While Rockin’ with Red Rock
May 8, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the United Kingdom, renewable fuels company, Velocys, received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels biorefinery that will be located …

City in Western Germany Will Power Fleets with Local, Green Hydrogen
May 7, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(GFW, GreenHydrogen, Calvera and CleanTech/NGV Journal)  Next year, buses in Rennerod, Germany (north of Frankfurt), will be powered by an advanced, environmentally friendly hydrogen energy system designed and implemented by an international team of companies using …

Meetings Set for Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant in Inver Grove Heights
May 7, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  A plan to reuse 2 million gallons of wastewater a day will be discussed at upcoming meetings in Rosemount.
The Metropolitan Council is considering supplying a proposed garbage-to-ethanol plant with …

USDA Solicits Applications for Repowering Assistance Program
May 7, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used …

Estonian Forest Magic: Sweetwater, Graanul to Build First Commercial Biorefinery for cellulosic sugars, lignin
May 7, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy and Europe’s largest wood pellet producer, the Tallinn, Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, said that they will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and …

New Research Shows the Health Benefits of Ethanol-Fueled Cookstoves
May 7, 2018 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Today, about three billion people still cook and heat their homes with traditional stoves and solid fuels worldwide. These fuels and stoves are major contributors to household air …

Mail Call! Biofuels Write to EPA on Strategy
May 4, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A coalition of Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter Thursday to EPA asking it to move administrative time and staff away from Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and instead toward …

Chempolis Seals Deal for Indian Biorefinery: A New Technology, Designed in Finland, Will Produce Bioethanol, Biochemicals, and Green Energy from Bamboo
May 4, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Chempolis) The biorefining technology company Chempolis, the Finnish energy company Fortum, and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a state-owned Indian oil company, have formed a joint venture to construct a biorefinery in the state of Assam in …

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?
May 3, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that …

New Biogas-to-RNG Plant in Iowa to Serve Transportation Industry
May 3, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) have announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
The facility will …

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials
May 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new …

Weltec Biopower Showcases Biogas Solutions in Munich
May 1, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Weltec Biopower/NGV Journal)  At the IFAT, trade fair for environmental technologies in Munich, Germany, the German company WELTEC BIOPOWER will exhibit its technologies for the energetic use of organic waste and wastewater to a broad industrial …

California Considers Carbon Capture, for Ethanol
April 27, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)   Ethanol producers selling fuel in California may emerge as a beneficiary of a technology often associated with the coal industry.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has proposed changes to the state’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard …

Hatching Higher Protein
April 26, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about …

Syngenta: Cellerate Technology Can Benefit Ethanol Producers
April 26, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As ethanol plants seek new ways to be more competitive, advances in corn kernel fiber to ethanol processes have shown significant promise in adding value through the diversification of product streams.
“Over the last …

Upgraded Aemetis Plant in India Completes Biodiesel Production Using Lower Cost, High FFA Waste Feedstock
April 26, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EconoTimes/Aemetis)  Pre-treatment Unit Passes First Production Tests Required to Supply BP Singapore Under Three-year Agreement  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary completed the production of high quality distilled biodiesel from lower quality, high …

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 26, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. The …

Air Liquide Doubles Its Biomethane Production Capacity
April 25, 2018 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  Since the beginning of 2018, Air Liquide has commissioned three new biomethane production units, in the U.S, France, and the U.K. With these units, Air Liquide has doubled its biomethane production capacity, which …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Technology at Its Stanley, Wisconsin Facility
April 25, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(BBI International/PR Newswire)  Adoption of both D3MAX and Whitefox Technologies will result in making the Stanley ethanol plant one of the most efficient ethanol facilities in the world.  —  D3MAX, LLC and Ace Ethanol, LLC announced today that Ace Ethanol …

Carbon Capture Could Be a Financial Opportunity for US Biofuels
April 24, 2018 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Stanford University/Phys.Org)  Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, the feasibility of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground – known as negative emissions – has been in question.
But researchers at Stanford …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

Tapping Biogas for the Renewable Hydrogen That We Really, Really Need
April 24, 2018 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to make a fuel is that a carbohydrate contains around 53% oxygen by weight and needs about …

Certification Program Will Help Biodiesel Producers Meet FSMA Requirements
April 23, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Iowa Biodisel Board)  Iowa Biodiesel Board launches program to meet industry need; Webinar takes place May 10 — Biodiesel producers who want to sell glycerin that can end up as an animal food ingredient will soon be …

Dane County Executive Parisi Kicks Off Construction of First of its Kind Project in the Nation
April 23, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Dane County Wisconsin)  Creates Economic Incentive for Development of Lakes Clean Up Efforts  —  Today (April 19, 2018), Dane County Executive Joe Parisi kicked off construction for an innovative project that will turn garbage and cow manure …

Driving Profit in Biofuels Production through Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM
April 23, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM’s equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and continues to develop processes to make ethanol production more efficient for customers.
Among the latest tech advances? ICM …

Partners in Production–Chemical Companies Are Developing Technologies that Would Create New Market Opportunities for the Ethanol Industry
April 20, 2018 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has polished its coproduction of distillers grains. Now, a handful of companies have found different uses for DDGS, or ethanol itself, that can provide new value-added coproducts …

Chemicals, a Second Life for Carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
April 19, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the …

Complex Feedstocks, Clean Synthesis Gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy
April 18, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link …

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector
April 17, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage of the energy content of the transport fuel sold in the relevant year. Such obligation …

Equipment Needs to Study Mixing of Fibrous Materials
April 17, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprise Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow …

Biogas-to-RNG Facility Approved for Kern County, Calif.
April 17, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The California Energy Commission (CEC) has given the green light to a facility that will turn biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation.
At a meeting on April 11, the CEC …

Advanced to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
April 13, 2018 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options
April 12, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration-scale facility or utilize existing …

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support
April 11, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of …

Raimondo Backs Biodiesel Increase in Visit to Newport Company
April 11, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Sean Flynn (Newport Daily News) Newport Biodiesel LLC saw a big jump in demand for its product at the beginning of the year when a Massachusetts regulation took effect that requires a minimum 10 …

XCELIS™ Is DuPont’s Fuel Ethanol Platform
April 7, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Ag Newswire)  DuPont gave its new XCELIS™ fuel ethanol platform a colorful debut at the National Ethanol Conference last month in San Antonio, with a rainbow of pastel colored arches along the walkway to the meeting area.
“XCELIS is …

China’s 2020 Ethanol Blending Target Faces Obstacles
April 5, 2018 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  China faces several challenges to hit an ambitious 10pc (E10) ethanol blending target in its gasoline fuel mix by 2020, according to participants at the Argus China Ethanol conference in Beijing.
The government announced the …

VIDEO: Sustane Technologies Seeks to Turn Garbage Bags into Biofuel in Chester
April 5, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Rankin (The Chronicle Herald)  A 40,000 square-foot building at Chester’s landfill is expected to convert garbage bags into about 3.5 million litres of synthetic diesel every year.
The facility intends to take on 90 per cent …

BIC Approves Investment in Biodiesel Company Benefuel
April 5, 2018 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Benefuel is a renewable energy company that utilizes their patented ENSEL catalyst technology to produce a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high …

St1’s Pilot to Produce Advanced Ethanol from Cassava Waste Starts in Thailand
April 5, 2018 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(St1/Global Newswire)  Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix® pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project St1 is piloting its own …

Neste Delivers First Batch of 100% Renewable Propane to European Market
April 2, 2018 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has started up the world’s first large-scale renewable propane production facility in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The first cargo of renewable propane has been delivered to SHV Energy, who will market and sell …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
April 2, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

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 …

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry
March 30, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of yeast and enzymes for starch, fiber and biomass conversions – DSM.com. Euronext: DSM KON —  Royal …

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?
March 30, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted consultant on technology development and …

Greenbelt Resources and Biofuels & Energy Announce “SLV Biopro”
March 30, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), announced today the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project, known as SLV Biopro. The project will feature Greenbelt’s …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
March 30, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/PR Newswire)  California biofuel company Byogy Renewables welcomes last week’s ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, putting Byogy on track as a leader to produce one of the world’s first “full …

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy
March 23, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for …

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel
March 22, 2018 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that …

Project Focus: Converting Dairy By-Products into High Value Bio-Based Chemicals.
March 21, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(AgriChemWhey/Biobased World News)  … Producers that can access plentiful feedstocks with the minimum of fuss can have the best of both worlds – exactly the position that Ireland finds itself in. The country is in the …

Trash Facility Director Aiming to Construct Alternative Biofuel Facility
March 20, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Ray (Sippican Week)  If all goes as planned, the Zero Waste Solutions trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline.
That’s what Zero …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Renewable Jet and Diesel Technology
March 20, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, …

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy
March 19, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to …

Greenbelt Resources Signs Letter of Intent With Biofuels and Energy, LLC
March 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Greenbelt Resources)    Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Biofuels and …

UPM Moving into Bioplastics, Continues Busy 2018
March 15, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  UPM has joined forces with Norwegian packaging company Elopak and chemical producer Dow to convert its renewable naphtha into cartons.
Alongside renewable diesel, the Finnish company’s UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces naphtha, an excellent raw material …

It Doesn’t Stink – North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Opens
March 12, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

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

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway
March 9, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals appears to be getting much shorter. …

California Here I Come: Ethanol Industry Looking to California’s Lucrative Low Carbon Market
March 9, 2018 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  Two recently announced major joint ventures from ethanol producers – one in the cellulosic and another in the first-generation space – are aimed at selling biofuels in California, …

Vertimass Named Winner of National Corn Growers Association Competition: “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals”
March 9, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Vertimass/PR Newswire)  Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable fuels and chemicals offers exceptional corn growth potential  —  The National Corn Growers Association named Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for …

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices
March 9, 2018 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first commercial production.  The bulk of …

Key Milestone Reached in the Audi – Global Bioenergies Partnership
March 9, 2018 – 9:32 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies/Globe Newswire)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and German carmaker Audi today announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components were produced and shipped to Audi.
Using its Leuna Demo …

Airgas to Build Two Production Facilities in California
March 8, 2018 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Airgas/Business Wire)  Airgas USA, LLC, an Air Liquide company, today announced plans to increase its presence in California with the construction of a new liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) production facility in Stockton, CA and the expansion …

Diesel with 89% Lower GHGs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
March 8, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet was founded in 2014 as a developer of a synthetic petroleum (SYNPET) business using its Thermal Conversion Process. TCP breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

ICM, The Andersons to Develop 70 MMgy Ethanol Plant in Kansas
March 6, 2018 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, and The Andersons Inc., a publicly-traded company with diverse interests encompassing a variety of agribusinesses, announced today that they are partnering to own and …

Whitefox ICE Installation at Fox River Exceeds Expectations
March 6, 2018 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Whitefox Technologies Ltd./Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC completed the installation of its Whitefox ICE bolt-on solution at its ethanol plant in Oshkosh in December and is already seeing a positive impact at …

Syngas, the New Jet Fuel — Stinky Nappies and Coffee Cups
March 6, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Mark Hookham (The Sunday Times)  … However, old nappies are to be used — along with other non-recyclable waste such as meal packaging and takeaway coffee cups — to power British Airways planes.
The renewable fuels company …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

1+1=3: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Production With Mixed Feedstocks
March 6, 2018 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does 1+1=3? That’s the premise of this ABLC 2018 presentation from LEC’s John Forcier which looks at the challenges and opportunities in anaerobic digesters.
There’s a significant energy gain (3 to 10 times …

Biodiesel Not an Affordable Solution for SA Mines
March 5, 2018 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Paige Mueller  (Mining Weekly)  Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler.
He says that, while many renewable-energy …

NNPC, Kogi to Produce 84 Million Litres of Bio-fuel
March 5, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Nigerian Natinal Petroleum Company)  Sign MoU on Fuel-Ethanol Project to Create 2 Million Jobs  —  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Mahle’s MBE2 Could Increase Ethanol Production without Planting New Sugarcane
February 27, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Autocar Pro News Desk)  A new product launched by Mahle has the potential to revolutionise the ethanol industry at a global level. MBE2 (Mahle Bioethanol 2) is a solution that increases the production of ethanol by …

Computer Model Offers New Insights into Biofuel Emission Numbers
February 26, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Angelica Bottaro  (Engineering.com)  A new sophisticated computer model to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions from biorefineries has been developed to ensure that the total carbon footprint of these biofuels is being considered when regarding environmental initiatives. 
The …

Generating D3 RINS from Corn Kernel Fiber
February 26, 2018 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Muehling (Energy.AgWired. com)  Producing cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber is where many ethanol plants are heading. But getting EPA approval on that type of project is not always easy. Jim Ramm of EcoEngineers explained why …

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars
February 26, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE target selling price. And, suitable for …

ABR Energy Teams with Malawi Ethanol Producers to Produce Power
February 22, 2018 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malawi, ABR Energy is teaming with Press Corp to produce power from ethanol near its Press Cane ethanol plant in Chikwawa in line with the company’s overall strategy to boost feedstock production …

All Your Acetogen Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Acetone and Drop-In Biofuels from Syngas Fermentation
February 22, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from biomass syngas via a novel …

Former Ineos Bio Site Purchased for Conversion into Eco-District
February 21, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A consortium of investors and project developers led by Texas-based Frankens Energy recently purchased the former Ineos Bio Indian River Biorefinery in Vero Beach, Florida, and has announced plans to …

Greenbelt’s Testing Facility to Become Commercial Production Plant; “California BioEthanol Project” Designed to Meet the Growth of Local Protein and Ethanol Extraction Needs
February 21, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative that will convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Once Phase 1 is …

In Kenya, An Entrepreneur Is Using Biodiesel To Fight Climate Change
February 21, 2018 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Sanjoy Sanyal (World Resources Institute/Clean Technica/The Beam)  … Taher Zavery’s company, Kitui Industries, started experimenting with biodiesel in 2008, when oil prices were peaking. This alternative fuel produced from vegetable oil is obtained from crushing …

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress
February 21, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can convert coal, shale gas and …

A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel
February 19, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Herald)  Fuel prices shot up recently before Government intervened by reducing import duty on fuel to stem the price madness that rose as a result. Questions have been raised as to the contribution of the …

US Biofuels Centre Shifts Focus to Second Gen Products
February 19, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is moving from the development of crop-based ethanol to creating fuels and chemicals that are fungible with their petroleum-based …

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook
February 19, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s not every day that scientists stumble upon novel ways to make biofuel, but that’s exactly what Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have done by discovering that a simple catalyst …

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem Turns Trash to Cash
February 19, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for …

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks
February 16, 2018 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)? Welcome to the reality of …

Vive le ROI: Has Sylvatex Uncovered a Gold Mine in Renewable Fuels?
February 15, 2018 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while …

Air Liquide Opens a Unique CO2 Recovery Plant in Johnstown, ON
February 14, 2018 – 10:42 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide)  Air Liquide invested over $30 million these past two years to build this new facility and enhance its bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec.
Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, …

Better, Faster, Cheaper Bio-Oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil
February 14, 2018 – 10:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led by Daniel Resasco at the …

Brazil’s Expected Rise in Ethanol Demand to Be Met by Corn-Based Fuel
February 8, 2018 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  An expected increase in ethanol demand in Brazil, boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new programme to raise biofuel use, will initially be met by fuel produced from corn, an …

That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects
February 8, 2018 – 9:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Warfield (CERES Project Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The big game changer for financing, profitability and financial returns of anaerobic digester (AD) projects regardless of feedstock is carbon offset credits and specifically California’s low carbon …

Advanced, to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2G Biofuels Implementation Timetable
February 7, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

The biggest news out of Novozymes this month is its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol, while also introducing the first product, Innova Drive. A completely new yeast strain, the product can reduce fermentation time by …

Natural Rubber: Viable Industrial BioEconomy Crop, It’s Going to Be Big
February 7, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Katrina Cornish and Corinne Young (re:chem/Bioemergent Materials, The Ohio State University/Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises)  Bioenergy/biofuel/platform chemical biomasses, whether grown (crops) or collected (forestry waste and municipal wastes of various kinds), still struggle with commercial competitiveness against the low …

Department of Energy’s 2017 Project Peer Review Report
February 6, 2018 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research, …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
February 2, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(CPI)  CPI, the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, today announced that its partnership with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT), and their licensed company Oleocycle Ltd, will be providing a second-use to waste cooking oils via …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Methoxyphenols
January 31, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the production of advanced biofuels from catalytic pyrolysis, integrated with …