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Doubling for Diesel: A Novel Engine Technology

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A novel engine technology could make it possible for ethanol to be used in compression-ignition engines, opening up a potential multi-billion-gallon market. With $3 million in financing secured, Clear Flame Engines is poised for commercialization.  —  It sounds almost too good to be true,

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Ireland’s BWG Foods Launches Biogas-Powered HGVs

(Bioenergy Insight)  BWG Foods, one of Ireland’s leading wholesale and retail groups, has become the first fast-moving consumer goods company in the country to launch a fleet of biogas powered vehicles. The group, which owns and operates SPAR, EUROSPAR, Londis, MACE, and XL, has launched an initial fleet of two

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Ways to Reduce Costs in Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Enabling Lower-Cost Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released a new report that outlines five specific, yet broadly applicable, areas of focus to reduce costs in an integrated biorefinery. This analysis builds upon ongoing R&D strategies to lower the minimum fuel selling price of biofuels to approach $2

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Sylvatex’ Fuel Application

(Sylvatex) MicroX is a low-cost fuel and fuel additive that splash-blends into petroleum diesel, biodiesel, and renewable diesel. When blended into ULSD, MicroX improves fuel properties, lowers the carbon-intensity of blended fuel, and reduces NOx emissions up to 13% and particulate matter up to 57%. With minimal additional equipment, MicroX technology

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Supports EPA’s Proposed ‘Anti-Backsliding’ Determination, but Says Agency Used ‘Outdated and Unreliable’ Modeling

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In comments submitted today to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association expressed support for the Agency’s proposal to determine that no additional measures are necessary to mitigate “potential adverse air quality impacts” associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard. However, RFA’s comments also challenged the flawed air

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Fleet of 40 Biomethane Buses Begin Operations in Eastern Sweden

(Solaris/NGV Journal)  Solaris Sweden AB signed a contract for the supply of low- and zero-emission buses to transport operator Vy Buss AB in March 2019. Today the Swedish agency has started operation with a total of 40 new Solaris Urbino CNG buses in Gävle. All the vehicles are fueled with biomethane

July 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (July 2, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions.

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Junk

by Pamela Gregg  (University of Dayton Research Institute) … ASTM International has approved the use of a synthetic oil derived from municipal waste in the manufacture of jet fuel at petroleum refineries. The co-processing of “syncrude” with petroleum at the refinery level is the second new specification for jet fuel approved

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Rebuilding Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … That is why it is imperative for the Senate to include the financial aid package for the ethanol industry that was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar in the next COVID-19 relief bill.  While this aid package is much needed

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter on Behalf of the Urban Air Initiative (UAI)

(Urban Air Initiative)  On behalf of the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the above Proposed Rulemaking (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0072). UAI is a not for profit technical organization with a particular focus on automotive emissions and fuel composition. We are disappointed that EPA fails

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Test with Trains Running on Biodiesel

(Groningen (Google Translation))  The provinces of Groningen and Fryslân are going to conduct a test with trains running on biodiesel. Arriva will run on existing fuel with existing trains from September 2020. If this test is successful, other trains will also be able to use this cleaner fuel. New trains

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

GKN Aerospace Continues Jet Engine Biofuel Testing

(GKN Aerospace)  Contract award for continuation of RM12 engine testing with 50/50 mix of jet fuel and biofuel; Test will demonstrate and support the potential of biofuel for military aerospace, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of advanced aviation  — FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) has contracted GKN Aerospace Sweden to

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

100% Biodiesel Program Cutting Carbon Emissions in Chicago

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) The Chicago Park District, Illinois Soybean Association and American Lung Association have teamed up to create better air quality though biodiesel. By running 100% biodiesel in park garbage trucks, the team has improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions equivalent to planting 419 trees in

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

RTA Pilots Biodiesel-Powered Traditional ‘Abras in Partnership with ENOC

(RTA)  RTA’s Public Transport Agency, in collaboration with ENOC Group, embarked on a pilot to power its traditional Abras using Biodiesel5.  Explaining the initiative, the CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan stated that the initiative of using biodiesel to fuel traditional Abras was part of RTA’s endeavours to

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

DC Public Works Expands Biodiesel Truck Fleet with Advanced Fuel Systems

(Renewable Energy Group)  Optimus Systems, Paired with 100% Biodiesel from REG, Allows the Department to Easily Achieve Sustainability Goals  — The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) increased the number of heavy-duty fleet vehicles capable of running on renewable pure biodiesel (B100) by installing Optimus Technologies’ Vector System onto 17

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Embracing Alcohol-based Fuels as the Key to Decarbonizing Long-Haul Trucking

by Peter Sopher (Clean Energy Ventures/Biofuels Digest)   … BloombergNEF forecast shows that the 2040 market penetration of these EVs remains a relatively small proportion of the overall fleet, especially for heavy commercial vehicles. To meet our greenhouse gas mitigation goals and impending state and national emissions regulations, we need new solutions

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul’s Dredger Becomes the First to Sail 2,000 Hours on 100% Sustainable Marine Biofuel

(Marine Insight) Jan De Nul Group has completed, in close collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels, 2,000 hours using 100% renewable 2nd generation Biofuel Oil (BFO) on board the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Alexander von Humboldt. This major milestone represents the longest continuous use of 100% sustainable marine biofuel in

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Optima’s Big Impacts for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to U.S. Dept. of Energy Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you haven’t heard of Co-Optima, you should! This U.S. DOE initiative is tackling fuel and engine research and development to maximize vehicle fuel economy – key for biofuels! From mapping lower-cost pathways to reduce emissions while developing knowledge that can be used to leverage diverse

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Validating the Need to Test Real-World Fuels

by Steve VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  While much of the industry’s energy has been focused on issues like Reid vapor pressure relief, a new technical paper demonstrates the need to focus on aromatics, and the fact that ethanol can reduce the need for other carcinogenic octane enhancers. …

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The Standoff for E30

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear. The good: The

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Ortwin Costenoble on Future Biofuels Standards in the EU

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) On this episode of the Fueling the Future podcast, I spoke with Ortwin Costenoble, senior standarization consultant with the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) about the recent research project commissioned by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) entitled, “Engine tests with new types of biofuels and development of biofuel

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oslo Port Order New Environmental-Friendly Patrol Boat

(Maritime Partner) The Port of Oslo has signed a contract with Maritime Partner AS in Aalesund, Norway to purchase a new hybrid boat for delivery early 2021. The new boat will be used for port surveillance as well as escorting of larger vessels sailing in the harbour. The boat will

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fugitive Methane, Eating Elephants, and Brewing Quarantine Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We left the discussion with a hint about the potential conversion of methane to methanol, which can serve as a powerful chemical building block or, in China most prominently, as a fuel. We’ll pick up from that point today. Wolf Ron Cascone Here’s some background on methane

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Scania Trucks Powered by Bio-LNG Gain Momentum in the Nordics

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Finnish company Kuljetus Luokkala Oy has a truck and trailer combination that measures an impressive 31 meters and runs on biomethane. Now this vehicle has become the longest truck to drive 1,000 kilometers daily with bio-LNG and on a single refueling, a novelty in Finland, especially considering the harsh

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioliquids and Their Use in Power Generation – A Technology Review

by T.Seljak, M.Buffi, A.Valera-Medina, C.T.Chong, D.Chiaramonti, T.Katrašnik (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews) -A systematic and holistic assessment of relevant properties of bioliquids.  -New technical advances of piston engines and micro gas turbines using bioliquids.  -A detailed analysis of required power system adaptations imposed by bioliquids.  -Future perspectives for power generation

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Month Spotlights Benefits of Homegrown Fuel Options

(KRVN/Nebraska Rural Radio Association) May is typically the kick-off to the summer driving season and has historically been a time Nebraska’s renewable fuels industries have come together to highlight the importance of clean-burning biofuel options. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, Renewable Fuels Month was postponed and will be celebrated throughout June

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Wheels Keep Turning on Innovations for More Efficient and Clean Vehicles

(Department of Energy)  While approximately 30% of today’s new cars can boast fuel economy of at least 30 miles per gallon, there is still the opportunity for further efficiency gains. Top scientists, engineers, and analysts with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative are examining how

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Futura Is Powered by Biofuel And Wind, Still an Absolute Stunner

by Elena Gorgan (Auto Evolution)  … Vripack wants to show the world that a fully-sustainable megayacht can still be a stunner, and even push the envelope on naval design, to boot. In penning Futura, creative directors Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra operated on the idea that, if you want people to

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Developments in Australia: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Toyota’s Fuel Cell Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Toyota’s been working on a global environmental challenge – a new vehicle with zero CO2 emissions and plants with zero CO2 emissions. But how can they achieve what seems to be impossible? That’s where hydrogen and fuel cells come into play. Toyota’s been working on fuel cells

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Just Because It’s in Popular Science That Doesn’t Mean It’s True: An Open Letter to Jennifer Lu and Popular Science Magazine

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … The reason I’m contacting you today, in 2020, is because yesterday I received a message from a reader who disagrees with my advocacy of ethanol based upon your article. In my reply to this reader, I said that I could appreciate why he

May 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Onboard Separation Technology Set to Improve Fuel Economy

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could also lower emissions  —  … Designed to work with a car’s existing fuel, the onboard separation technology is the first to use chemistry—not a physical membrane—to separate ethanol-blended gasoline into high-

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Multi-Scale Structured Materials for Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis

(Dresden University of Technology/Phys.Org)  As a new class of porous materials, noble metal aerogels (NMAs) have drawn attention for their self-supported architectures, high surface areas and their many optically and catalytically active sites, enabling impressive performance in diverse fields. However, current fabrication methods suffer from long fabrication periods, unavoidable impurities,

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

NREL Tool Quickly Provides Answers for Chemical Reactions

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  In the same manner that pocket calculators made math faster and easier, a new machine-learning tool developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has significantly speeded up calculating the thermodynamics of chemical reactions. Developed as part of the Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima)

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Why We Shouldn’t Leave out Biofuels in the Energy Transition

by Matthew Capuano-Rizzo (Leaders in Energy)  … In an Oxford University study, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglize outlined how government spending on low-carbon industries and activities would better benefit the economy in the short and long term than bailing out the fossil fuel industry. City leaders from Los Angeles to Lisbon, São

May 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany Registers Strong Increase in the Share of Biomethane in CNG Fuel

(DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water)/NGV Journal) The ‘Industriekreis CNG-Mobilität’, a group of companies and associations composed of representatives of the automotive and energy industries as well as infrastructure operators and providers of renewable fuels like biomethane, reported very positive figures with respect to climate protection. According

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Transportation-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New Jersey Should Include All Efficient Technologies and Low-Carbon Fuels

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … New technology diesel engines, advanced renewable biofuels can deliver benefits faster and should be included in transportation climate plan.  — In a letter to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the Diesel Technology Forum called for the Garden State to take a technology neutral approach as the best

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Construction of LNG and LBG-Powered Ferry ‘on Schedule’

(Bioenergy Insight)  Construction of a new car and passenger ferry in Finland that will partly run on liquefied biogas is on schedule, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Rauma Marine Constructions said work on the new ferry for Wasaline is progressing “uninterrupted”. The Aurora Botnia will operate between Vaasa in Finland and

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

How Much Clean Air Could $100 Million Buy?

by Todd Campbell (California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/Advanced Clean Tech News)  … (L)et’s look at what a hypothetical $100 million government investment could achieve when using one of California’s most popular funding programs. Which option would you chose if both cost the same? How to stretch our dollars the farthest. Did

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Ethanol Dominates in Clean Air Contest

by Chris Bliley (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … When it comes to transportation emissions, newsrooms around the world generally preserve their biggest headlines for the urgent, high-stakes battle against climate change. Biofuels are a major part of that conversation, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

We Can Clearly See that Reduced Emissions Should Be a California Goal

by Mike Gatto (CalMatters)  … However, experts tell us that it may take decades for electrics to replace the millions of light-duty cars and trucks on our roads — and even longer to realize universal access to affordable, zero-emission vehicles and charging stations for all Californians. Clean air shouldn’t have to

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Vale Male: Big Changes at the BioEnergy Technologies Office

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If you’ve noticed that DOE is taking on a much more fundamental bit of science than we’ve seen in the past decade — a move away from catalyzing demonstrations and scale-up and towards more fundamental questions that might unlock industry’s scale-up purse-strings via developing breakthroughs

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Chicago Suburban Fleets Recognized for B20 Use

(Illinois Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine) Two Chicago-area fleets rank among the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, an annual list of the top public fleets in North and South America. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ranks 28 on the list and Village of Arlington Heights is named honorable mention. Now

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Where are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Missed the recent DigestConnect discussion where The Digest shared the latest on the U.S. goal of 36 billion biofuels gallons by 2022 and where we are now? Check out this slide guide that takes a look at the 15.1 billion gallons in 2019 to date,

April 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel vs. Diesel: Everything You Need to Know

(Car and Driver) Are you thinking about switching to a biodiesel-compatible vehicle or running your current diesel car or truck on biodiesel fuel? Continue reading to learn the pros and cons of biodiesel vs. diesel, what’s driving the market, and why you might want to consider making the transition to

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Quantification of Gasoline-Ethanol Blend Emissions Effects

by Nigel N. Clark, David L. McKain Jr., Tammy Klein and Terence Higgins  (Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association) Emissions levels from current gasoline spark-ignited engines are low, and emissions changes associated with blending of ethanol into gasoline are small and difficult to quantify. Addition of ethanol, with a

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Vehicle Test Procedure Adjustments for Tier 3 Certification Test Fuel DEADLINE: August 11, 2020

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make adjustments to certain laboratory tailpipe emission testing procedures for automobiles, light trucks, and heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans as the result of a test fuel change that was finalized as a part of EPA’s 2014 Tier 3 vehicle emissions

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Work Continues on Developing a Low Carbon, High Octane Fuel Standard

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  … “Working with Congress to find a pathway forward to come up with a minimum octane standard with some sort of carbon metric is what we believe to be the next step,” Palmer (Mark Palmer, director of renewable fuels with the National Corn Growers Association)

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

​NTU and SMI Launch Comprehensive Report to Help the Shipping Industry Adopt Alternative and Greener Fuels

(Nanyang Technological University) Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) have launched a report that outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to power their ships. This will help them meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 per cent, compared

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Techno-Economic Assessment of Zero-Carbon Fuels.

(Lloyds Register and University Maritime Advisory Services) … This paper is an example of this collaboration; it examines three important elements of zero-carbon fuels when compared with traditional fossil-based fuels. All candidate fuels considered in this paper have some emissions associated with them because of the ways they would be

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2020: 4 Green Shoots to Celebrate amongst the Devastation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As I write, the May contract for West Texas Intermediate is selling for -$40.21 a barrel, or a negative cost of $240 per tonne. Let’s put that in context, you can throw unmixed useless garbage into a US-based landfill for an average price of around $75

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

All the Buzz on Biodiesel Fuels: Fill It up Please

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum/Progressive Dairy)  … In California, home of the nation’s most progressive climate policy that is now nearly a decade old, the Air Resources Board motto is, “Electrify everything possible and use low-carbon fuels in everything else.” But even with today’s seemingly full-on focus on electrification,

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Diesel Technology in the Circular Economy

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … One of the benefits of diesel technology is its ability to operate on a variety of advanced biofuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel. These fuels are recycled from waste animal fats and vegetable oils and are capable up reducing GHG emissions up to 80 to 85 percent. As

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Volvo Buses’ New “S-Charge” Hybrid Electric Bus Can Run on Biofuels

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, the new Volvo self-charging buses with hybrid power, the “S-Charge” model range have been upgraded with new capabilities and can now drive silently and emission-free on electricity at higher speeds and cover longer distances than before. This creates new possibilities to use self-charging hybrid-electric powered buses

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Homestead Engineering Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Patented new technology uses commodity yellow grease without pre-processing or pre-heating requirements. Replaces #2 heating oil nearly volume for volume. … Yellow Heat biofuel burner operates on locally available yellow grease biofuel. World’s only central heating option that is proven carbon neutral. Zero net carbon footprint.

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

VTT to Assess Bio- and Waste-Based Oils Suitable for Power Plants and Ships

(VTT)  In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. The aim is to determine the most ecologically and economically sustainable way to replace fossil fuels. … Internal-combustion engine

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio and Synthetic LNG Offer Viable Pathway towards Decarbonization

(SEA-LNG/NGV Journal)  SEA-LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition, has released the latest in its series of independently conducted reports. The CE Delft study analyses the availability and costs of bio-LNG and synthetic-LNG and concludes that both could become available in sufficient quantities to make a contribution towards future decarbonization for the shipping

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Dutch Project to Start Methanol Trial

by Malcolm Latarche (ShipInsight) Netherlands-based Green Maritime Methanol consortium is to study the possibilities for renewable Green Methanol as a maritime transport fuel. Green Methanol is an important candidate as a future fuel for the shipping industry. It is widely available, can be produced in a sustainable way, is easily stored

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now: Cost-Effective Solutions Include Diesel Engines and Advanced Biofuels

(Diesel Technology Forum) States that have enacted greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs for the transportation sector, including low-carbon fuel requirements, are realizing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the use of advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel in diesel engines, vehicles and equipment.   “As state leaders

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Performs a Test Running an MR Tanker on 100% Biofuel

(Stena Bulk) During the coming weeks Stena Bulk will perform a test running an MR tanker on 100% biofuel. The fuel is the MR1-100 bio-fuel oil, produced from used cooking oil and supplied by GoodFuels in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It has been bunkered onto the Stena Immortal and will be used

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

F1’s biofuel properties will open new power battle

by Jonathan Noble (Motorsport.com)  Formula 1’s switch to biofuels with its new generation of cars looks set to trigger a surprise development battleground thanks to a change it brings in engine cooling characteristics. As part of F1’s push for sustainability, new rules – which were originally coming in 2021 but have

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Wärtsilä Advances Future Fuel Capabilities with First Ammonia Tests

(Wärtsilä) The technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia. The research will help the company to prepare for the use of ammonia as a fuel that can contribute to reducing both the shipping’s and energy sectors’ greenhouse gas emissions. … Although ammonia is derived mainly from fossil sources

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? Fuel Specs, Legislative Impacts, Fleet Support and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Check out Part 3 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that delves into ASTM fuel specifications for biodiesel and fuel quality, biodiesel standards like BQ-9000, legislative updates impacting biodiesel demand and state policies, latest on OEM and fleet support for biodiesel.  READ MORE Where’s

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines: A Transportation Future with Science in the Driver’s Seat Mapping a Viable Route Forward for Affordable, Efficient, and Clean Fuels and Engines

by John Farrell,  Robert Wagner, Chris Moen and Dan Gaspar  (U.S. Department of Energy) …  For the past four years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been funding the CoOptimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, focused on identifying fuel properties and engine parameters that impact engine efficiency with the

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Are Biofuels Part of the Carbon Emissions Solution?

by Neil Briscoe (Irish Times)  … “Ireland has one million petrol vehicles,” James Cogan, Ethanol Europe’s industry and policy adviser told The Irish Times. “E10 allows that fleet to cut emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road. Or the amount that would be achieved by replacing 100,000 of

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Fuel a ‘Faultless Solution’ to Construction’s Woeful Emissions

by Joshua Stein (New Civil Engineer) Construction’s carbon footprint could be significantly reduced by use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel, according to civil engineering and environmental firm Land & Water. The company trialled the HVO supplied by company Crown Oil to run its machinery at a site in Rainham,

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Reality EV: Let’s Not Overlook Biofuels

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition) The widespread introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) as a means of reducing carbon emissions presents a far greater challenge than the public is being led to believe, according to new research by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC). This conclusion is presented in Reality EV, a new Issue Brief

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Why a Good Ethanol Education Program Is Needed Now, More Than Ever

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  U.S. DOE and EPA are Screwing America (And No One Cares – Do You?) +VIDEO — … So, I did a Google search of his name (Daniel R. Simmons) along with the word “ethanol.” There was only one pertinent search return involving Simmons and

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Safran to Study Biofuels Production in Southwest France

(Safran) Safran Helicopter Engines is joining Euralis, Teréga, ACD (Aquitaine Chimie Durable), Chemparc, Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, Xylofutur, CCI Pau Béarn, Pau and Pays de l’Adour University and the Aerospace Valley consortium to study the feasibility of producing aviation biofuels in southwest France. A Letter Of Intent (LOI) has been signed

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Powertrain Choices for Future Work Trucks Include New Generation of Diesel to Meet Growing Service, Sustainability Needs

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Approximately six million diesel-powered work trucks today are on the job working for small businesses and governments alike. These trucks that deliver the everyday services Americans demand, are doing so with fewer emissions and a greater eye on sustainability, which is why diesel technology will continue to

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

UECC to Trial Marine Biofuels

(Marine Link) Short sea ro-ro operator UECC and marine biofuel company GoodFuels have launched a joint trial of GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky, the companies announced Thursday. The three month trial will test 3,000 metric tons of sustainable biofuel on the 140m, 2,080 vehicle carrier –

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: Industry Experts Confirm Continued Importance of Biodiesel

by Steve Klein (Fleet Equipment/Renewable Energy Group ) I recently attended the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa and came away with a lot of information and ideas about where the transportation industry is heading. One major point the speakers reiterated was that, despite all the talk of electrification,

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New Diesel Engine Powered by Ethanol ClearFlame Engines Can Cut Diesel Emissions Burning Straight Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) When ClearFlame Engines CEO B.J. Johnson told ethanol industry representatives about the potential ethanol market for the company’s all-ethanol diesel engine, those at the recent National Ethanol Conference in Houston could have kissed him. While concerns continue about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

OPEI: New Poll Shows Consumer Confusion around Fuel

(Boating Industry)  Consumers remain confused about the multiple fuel product offerings in the marketplace, says a new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 3,000 U.S. adults. The study, which has been conducted annually for seven years, shows lack

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Spanish City Will Speed up Transition to Biogas in Municipal Fleet

(Chiclana City Council/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román, the president of Ferrosite (company specialized in the conversion of vehicles to gas) Jesús Salmón, and the manager of Belizón y Rodríguez (public transport company) Nicolás Rodríguez visited the facilities that host the All-Gas project. During this visit, both the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Needs to Win the Octane Race- Our Health Depends on It

(Urban Air Initiative) Octane is a necessary component of our fuel, and more of it is needed as car engines become more advanced and efficient. So competition is on the rise for where this octane will come from in order to keep up with new engine designs. There are two commercially

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Liverpool Launches UK’s Biggest Biogas-Powered Refuse Vehicle Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight) Liverpool has launched the UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles powered by biomethane a compressed natural gas (CNG). The 20-strong fleet will help to cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint, as they produce 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the previous diesel vehicles.

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Lidl Denmark Adds Two Biogas-Powered Trucks to Its Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lidl Denmark has added two biogas-powered trucks to its fleet of Lidl’s distribution trucks. The new trucks, built in partnership with Scania Denmark, will work in the supermarket chain’s distribution division, based in Lidl’s logistics centre in Køge and throughout Zealand and the metropolitan area. The new trucks

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Gov. Ricketts Calls on U.S. Automakers to Design Cars to Run on Higher Ethanol Blends

(Office of Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE))  Recently, Governor Pete Ricketts sent a letter to American automakers Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, urging them to increase production of passenger vehicles designed to run on higher ethanol blends, such as E20, E30, E40, and E85. “If leading U.S. automobile companies take

February 26, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA’s 30 Year Vision: No Need to Wander Like Moses

by Douglas Duarante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …  presented a 10 year plan for E15 and a 30 year plan for E30 that is neither bold nor visionary and clearly suggests they need to get their vision checked. Thirty years?  Really?  Thirty Years? I guess

February 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Wide-Ranging Partnership to Deploy B100 Biodiesel Technology in Daily, High-Mileage Class 8 Trucks

(National Biodiesel Board)  Wide range of organizations announce a partnership for validation project of biodiesel technology to demonstrate viability in real-world, high-mileage fleet applications  —  Innovative system allows for seamless 100 percent biodiesel use in all climates; Five ADM trucks to test Vector System, produced by Optimus Technologies, in real-world,

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Landi Renzo USA Awarded $600,000 From South Coast AQMD and SoCalGas to Introduce Near Zero Natural Gas Heavy Duty Engine

(APNews/BusinessWire/Landi Renzo) Landi Renzo USA, the American subsidiary of Landi Renzo Group, the global leader in eco-fuel systems for the automotive industry, announced an award of $600,000. This corresponds in funding of $300,000 from the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (South Coast AQMD) Clean Fuel Funds and another $300,000 in

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Powering Farms of the Future: Efficient, Clean Diesel

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Diesel remains the technology of choice for tractors and agricultural machines — … Advancements in diesel powertrains enable farm equipment to be more productive and achieve greater yields, using less fuel, with near-zero emissions that provide clean air and sustainability benefits to agricultural communities.  Beyond that, all diesel-powered

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Partners with Nebraska Engineers on Biofuels Study

by Curt Arens (Nebraska Farmer)   The program will evaluate the use of E30 in conventional vehicles in the state fleet, including State Patrol cars. OOKING AT BLEND: A Nebraska biofuels state fleet study partners UNL engineers with EPA to research the effects of using E30 ethanol-blended gasoline in non-flex fuel

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Air Benefits of Ethanol Focus of S.D. Farmers Union President Presentation to United Nations Foundation

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Ethanol lowers carbon emissions by 40 percent and reduces the need for carcinogenic gasoline additives. These health and clean air benefits will be the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke’s presentation to the United Nations Foundation in D.C. today, February 6, 2020. “I’m

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Using 10 pc Biofuel for First Time, IAF”s AN-32 Aircraft Conducts Flight Ops at Leh

(Outlook India/PTI)  In a first, an IAF AN-32 aircraft powered with 10 per cent blend of Indian bio-fuel conducted flight operations at one of the highest airports in the world in Leh”s Kushok, according to an official statement. Bio-jet fuel is produced from non-edible “tree borne oils”, grown and procured

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Adnoc to Trial Biofuel for Ships as It Caps Sulphur Emissions

by Jennifer Gnana (The National)  Adnoc preparing its fleet for stricter regulations capping emissions set to come into force in 2030 and 2050 — The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company will trial biofuel as a bunkering fuel for ships as it looks at alternative low-emission fuels to comply with global regulations

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Hapag-Lloyd to Lower CO2 Emissions Using Biofuel

(Hapag-Lloyd)  Hapag-Lloyd is bunkering “bio”: To reduce the CO2 emissions generated by operating ships, one of its ships recently refuelled in Rotterdam with a new, eco-friendly biofuel. For the first time, the “Montreal Express” is being powered by so-called “B20” fuel, which consists of 80 percent low-sulphur fuel oil and

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

WinGD Advances Clean Fuel Research with Flexible Injector Concept

(WinGD) WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has bolstered its investment in fuel research with the development of a flexible injection system. In a whitepaper released today, ‘Flexible Injector to Advance Alternative Fuels Research’, the engine designers describe how the concept will play a crucial role in its investigations into low-carbon

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

‘It Damages Machines’: PLN Averse to Pure Palm Oil in Its Diesel Power Plants

by Norman Harsono (Jakarta Post)  Over the past five years, state-owned electricity company PLN has been intensifying the use of palm oil in its diesel-fired power plants but, going forward, the company is intent on slowing down usage out of technical concerns. PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Tuesday that

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Ask/Answered: What Happens if I Put Ethanol (E85) in a Standard-Fuel Vehicle?

by Daniel Walmer (The Sentinel)  … But what happens if you accidentally grab the wrong nozzle at the gas station and put E85 in a car engine not designed for it? According to sources like AutoGuide.com and ABC Insurance Agencies, it isn’t that big of a deal as a one-time mistake. …

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Interfacing with R&D and Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Advanced Development & Optimization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are always trying to optimize – optimize processes, efficiencies, cost, value, and more, but did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has a program just for this sort of thing? The ADO or Advanced Development and Optimization program has several

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Diesel Outlook: Off and Running

(Diesel Technology Forum)   …- Before the end of the new decade, more efficient commercial vehicles will have eliminated 1.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and the majority of these benefits will be delivered by diesel technology.  – The ability to use advanced biofuels in diverse existing vehicle and equipment populations

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Lidl Rolls out Italian Retail Sector’s First Biomethane-Powered Vehicles

(Iveco/NGV Journal)  Five new biomethane-fueled trucks in the Lidl fleet were unveiled, a result of the company’s collaboration with IVECO, LC3 Trasporti and Edison. This is a first in the Italian Retail and Mass Distribution Sector, which again highlights the partners’ unwavering commitment. The new fleet will be used to restock

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Future: Diesel Fleets Will Continue to Thrive with Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  Attendees hear from industry leaders representing the Fuels Institute, the National Truck Equipment Association, and major OEMs  — Attendees at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo received an enlightening glimpse into the future as industry leaders from the Fuels Institute, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), and major

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Negative B20 Effects Foreshadow B30 Problems: Bus Operators

(Jakarta Post) Bus operators have complained that 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20) has caused their engines to run poorly, providing a cautionary message for future developments as Indonesia envisions a future with unblended pure biodiesel to fuel vehicles across the country. Young Indonesian Autobus Entrepreneurs Association (IPOMI) head Kurnia Lesani Adnan told tempo.co that

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Union Drives Forward on Fuel Issues: NFUS Presses Politicians to Find Solution to Biofuel Problems

by Bob Carruth (National Farmers Union Scotland)  NFU Scotland is pursuing high level solutions to the machinery problems many Scottish and UK farmers have been experiencing linked to the biofuel content in fuel. Fuel is a reserved issue and the Union is therefore seeking support from both the Scottish and

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Estonia: 100% of Tartu’s Urban Bus Fleet Runs on Renewable Natural Gas

(City of Tartu/NGV Journal) As of 1 January 2020, all 64 of the buses traveling on Tartu’s urban lines are powered by renewable natural gas. Tartu is one of the few medium-sized cities in Europe where the city’s entire public transportation system has been converted to operate on renewable fuel.

January 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Plans B40 Biodiesel Road Tests in April

by Bernadette Christina Munthe, Wilda Asmarini (Reuters) Indonesia’s energy ministry plans to start road tests for a biodiesel programme with 40% bio-content (B40) in April, a government official said on Thursday. Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, last year had increased the mandatory bio-content of its biodiesel programme to 30%, known

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Dimethyl Ether – Zero Emissions, Carbon Neutrality?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels’ Renewable DME

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dimethyl Ether – We know DME well, but do you know all of its advantages or about fuel-grade DME in North America? Did you know about Oberon Fuels’ small-scale DME production process and the latest on their pilot DME facility in Southern California? About Propane/DME

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Florida Is Fueled with Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Florida Power & Light Co. embraces environmental stewardship as a core value and has used biodiesel fuel regularly for nearly 20 years—one vital component of its corporate responsibility strategy.  The utility is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the world’s largest producer of renewable power from wind

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

NYC Is Heating up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. … In fact, NYC vehicles used more than 2

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Preventing FAME-Related Disruption

(Certas Energy)  To help customers prepare for the potential impact of increased FAME content, Certas Energy has developed a free guide that covers the problems caused by FAME, best practice maintenance and storage guidance, and FAME-free alternatives to gas oil and road diesel.  READ MORE   Request Guide

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel at Work at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

(Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities) Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities is non-profit that aims to increase the use of alternative fuels in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As part of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education grant, this video was produced to educate the public and other fleets about biodiesel use.  WATCH VIDEO

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Blend Will Pump up Cost for Irish drivers, Says Circle K

(The Sunday Times) Filling station chain Circle K has claimed that the Irish government’s plan to require fuel suppliers to blend petrol with up to 10% biofuel made from crops could cost motorists a total of €28m extra a year at the pump, writes Valerie Flynn. The government plan, aimed

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

In Europe, the Blend Is the Trend

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Study shows that E10 can be successful in Europe in the near-term, while E20 can be Europe’s fuel in the future.  —  Europeans continue to push their national governments and the European Union to raise the stakes in the fight against climate change. Several

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania Denmark Offers Customers Trial Rentals of Biogas Trucks

(Bioenergy Insight)  Scania Denmark is offering customers trial rentals of its compressed biogas G 410 truck. According to the company, despite the clear advantages of anaerobic digestion to create biogas for transport, customers are “reluctant” to make the switch to biogas. The biogas truck available to rent from Scania is

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Leaders to Governor Noem: E30 Ready for Prime Time

(South Dakota Farmers Union/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Following her remarks at the Glacial Lakes Energy annual shareholders meeting last week, a broad group of ethanol, agriculture, and clean air supporters commended South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem for her leadership in advancing 30% ethanol blends. Long considered the “sweet spot” for optimum ethanol

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

COP25 – Ethanol Brings Welcome Contribution to Transport Climate Action

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Euractiv)  Transport accounts for a quarter of climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions and, at a glance, a quarter of COP25 talks are about cutting transport emissions. They’re the hardest kind to cut, writes James Cogan. — The issue is the sheer size of the world’s still-growing fleet of

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: Seville Unveils NGV Campaign to Promote Sustainable Mobility

(City of Seville) Seville will be the starting point and the national benchmark for the debate about the use of natural gas and biomethane, as it is the first headquarters of the #miciudadatodogas (my city running all on natural gas) initiative that will travel Spanish cities committed to sustainability with natural

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

First Career of Advanced Biodiesel-Powered Buses already in Lisbon

(Carris (Google translation)) The “Biodiesel Powered” project is a joint initiative between CARRIS and PRIO to promote sustainable mobility in the city of Lisbon.  The 702 Career | Marquês Pombal <> Serafina – R. Igreja is supplied with a new fuel specially produced by PRIO from waste cooking oils, which reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional fossil fuels by 83%.

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste to Supply KLM Additional Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Fights out of Schiphol

(Neste) KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 % compared to fossil kerosene. This purchase is the next step in the use of sustainable

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Eyes Biodiesel with 40% Bio-Content during 2021-2022

by Wilda Asmarini, Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters) Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, plans to implement a biodiesel program with 40% bio-content (B40) between 2021 and 2022, a government official said on Tuesday. From January, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is set to bring in biodiesel with 30%

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

MSC Becomes First Major Shipping Line to Use 30% Biofuel Blends

(Mediterranean Shipping Company)  MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is pleased to announce that the company has started to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following successful trials with biofuel blends earlier this year, MSC has decided to continue bunkering responsibly sourced biofuel blends on a routine basis.

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Thump at the Pump: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gasoline vs. Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The debate of who rules – ethanol or gasoline – has been going on seemingly forever. Why does this debate drive everyone nuts? Which has the lower energy density? Which has the lower mileage? Does range really matter? What’s octane worth? Is there an octane sweet

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

McDonald’s Gets Raw Materials via Scania Biomethane Truck Fleet

(Gasum/NGV Journal) From now on, raw materials transport to McDonald’s restaurants in Finland will be fueled by environmentally friendly renewable natural gas. HAVI Logistics, the distribution services provider for McDonald’s, has replaced half of its delivery fleet by biomethane vehicles. Gasum is also supporting this initiative, as part of its strategy

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

NORDEN Enters New Biofuel Collaboration with Kvasir Technologies

(PortNews) NORDEN has entered into a partnership with Danish based Kvasir Technologies, a spinout from the Technical University of Denmark with a patented technology to produce fuel from plant material, the company said in its release. “At NORDEN, we want to drive the shipping industry towards a cleaner future. If we

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Air France Plans Flights to San Francisco Using SAF

(Biofuels International)  Air France is planning flights to San Francisco fuelled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The airline signed a memorandum of understanding with Shell, signalling their intent to fuel flights using a blend of conventional and sustainable aviation fuel from 1 June 2020. According to a statement by Air

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Santa Barbara MTD Is Done with Everyday Diesel

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Santa Barbara MTD, the transit agency providing bus and shuttle service in greater Santa Barbara, Calif., says it has stopped purchasing petroleum diesel and will now fuel its diesel bus fleet with renewable diesel. Noting that the transition requires no infrastructure changes and that the new

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Reynolds Requires All New State Diesel Vehicles to Use Fuel at Least 20% Biodiesel

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a boost Tuesday to Iowa’s renewable fuels industry, requiring that all new state-owned diesel-powered vehicles — from cars and trucks to snowplows and graders — be able to use at least 20% biodiesel. Reynolds signed the executive order at the Iowa Farm

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Bombardier Reinforces Commitment to Environment and Receives First Shipment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Montreal

(Bombardier)  Aviation  — -Avfuel Corporation supplied inaugural shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be deployed to Bombardier customers upon aircraft delivery;  -Shipment represents another step in Bombardier’s commitment to secure long-term SAF supply, a key pillar of working toward a sustainable future for business aviation;  – Bombardier has used

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Sludge Tanker Powered by Biomethane Completes Successful UK Trial

(Bioenergy Insight)  A sludge tanker powered by bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) from CNG Fuels has completed a successful trial with UK firm GENeco, Wessex Water’s renewable energy company. The truck runs on 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane which is derived from waste and approved under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

After Five-Month Road Test, B30 Implementation Gets Green Light

by Norman Harsono (Jakarta Post) Biodiesel industry stakeholders have completed a five-month road test, whereby 11 vehicles were driven up to 50,000 kilometers using 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30), as the government is set to mandate the biofuel usage starting early next year. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, as the

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Reducing Toxic Aromatics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to High Octane Low Carbon Ethanol

Ethanol is better for your health and “What a difference a year makes.” That’s what Douglas Durante, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition told the audience recently at the World Ethanol and Biofuels conference in Brussels. The latest on how ethanol grows in this seemingly conflicting universe, trends that

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Hüseyin Turan Arat of İskenderun Technical University and Meryem Gizem Sürer observed in a recent paper, “With the increasing world population and the energy consumption, the aviation industry has led the technology and researches to alternative and/or renewable energy sources depending on the risk of

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Transit Administration Awards Nearly $9 Million for Biodiesel Buses

by Megha Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Longview, Wash. $1.56 million to purchase new low-floor biodiesel buses to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life. The new buses will be operated by RiverCities Transit and will improve access, mobility and transit

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engines Has a Clear Goal: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol for Heavy-Duty Applications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s Black Friday today but do you remember the black diesel of the old days? We’ve come a long way from that and ethanol is great for many vehicles and applications, but how about heavy-duty diesel transportation? What about the 99% of semi-trucks that use

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Review of 2020 Vehicle Models Reveals Good News for E15, Bad News for Flex Fuels

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). However, RFA’s annual review also shows automakers are offering far fewer model

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Hyundai, Nikola and Toyota Start to Build the Hydrogen Highway

by Jerry Hirsch (Trucks) Hyundai Motor Co. has an ambitious plan to wean the global trucking industry from fossil fuels by creating green commercial trucks with the same power and range as their diesel counterparts. The South Korean automaker unveiled the cornerstone of its strategy in Atlanta last month by showing

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Swedish Shipping Firm Terntank Orders Two Biogas Tankers

(Bioenergy Insight)  Swedish shipping company Terntank has ordered two liquefied biogas (LBG)/liquefied natural gas- (LNG) powered tankers from AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding in China. The newly-built tankers were designed by Kongsberg (ex-Rolls-Royce) and will be in operation in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea in 2021. The AVIC SERIES 2.0

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Never Knowingly Undersoiled – John Lewis Trucks to Run on Cow Manure

by Jillian Ambrose (The Guardian)  Retailer’s fleets will use carbon neutral renewable biomethane  — Hundreds of John Lewis delivery trucks will begin running on cow power from 2021 as the retailer weans its fleet off polluting diesel fuel and switches to carbon-neutral cow manure. The retailer will begin using renewable biomethane

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Leading Consumer Delivery Specialist Adds 42 NGVs to Green Fleet

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal)  A total of 42 Iveco Stralis CNG tractor units will be added to the operation over the coming weeks, taking the total to 72 across the Hermes’ fleet. Once introduced, the new vehicles will account for more than 40% of the company’ first mile delivery fleet. These have

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Wes Amelie Will Be the World’s First Vessel to Run on Synthetic LNG

(MAN Energy Solutions/NGV Journal) MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH have announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted ‘Wes Amelie’, a 1,036-teu feeder container ship, will use liquefied synthetic natural gas (SNG) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel. The companies are cooperating on the project with Nauticor, the

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

LuminUltra Warns of Increased Microbial Influenced Corrosion with IMO 2020 Compliant Fuels

(Port News)  LuminUltra, the microbial monitoring specialist, has highlighted important concerns over the quality of some compliant fuels as the shipping industry gears up towards meeting the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap, which enters into force in January. Commenting on the blending of biodiesel with HSFO and distillates, which go

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Simplify Your Fuel Decision with Biodiesel

by Steve Klein (ACT News/Renewable Energy Group) With so many fuel options available these days, it can be hard to know which is right for your fleet. As a fleet owner or manager, you’re undoubtedly keeping emissions, performance, and ease of use in mind when deciding. Those factors are exactly why

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Are Becoming More Ubiquitous

by Michael Lefebvre and John Radke (John Deere/OEM Off-Highway)  …  We support the use of biodiesel because we recognize the importance of biofuels to our customers and to the environment. Biodiesel is a renewable, oxygenated fuel made from a variety of agricultural resources such as soybeans or rapeseeds. One of

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Prototype for Hydrogen – One Step Closer

(Havyard) Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with providers of hydrogen tanks and fuel cells. If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

HDT’s Top Green Fleets of 2019

(Heavy Duty Trucking)  All of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s Top Green Fleets of 2019 take sustainability to the next level — through fuel economy, freight efficiency, alternative fuels, energy savings, and more.  —  What does it mean to be “green”? For a trucking operation, whether for-hire, private, or government, it

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Hauk Machines Custom Flex Fuel Jeep

(Renewable Fuels Association) RFA and the legendary Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs are collaborating on a project that highlights the many benefits of using ethanol fuel blends in high-performance off-road vehicles. Fans can watch the Hauk team design and build an RFA flex-fuel Jeep Wrangler JL as part of a social

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ford Vehicles Compatible with B20 Biodiesel, Automaker Confirms

(The Nation Thailand)  Ford Thailand has confirmed that its 2.0L Turbo and 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engines are fully compatible with the quality and standard of B20 biodiesel fuel being promoted by the Thailand Department of Energy Business. … Ford vehicles in Thailand equipped with the 2.0L Turbo and 2.0L Bi-Turbo

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

IJER Editorial: The Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

by R D Reitz, H Ogawa, R Payri, T Fansler, S Kokjohn, Y Moriyoshi, AK Agarwal, D Arcoumanis, D Assanis, C Bae, K Boulouchos, M Canakci, S Curran, I Denbratt, M Gavaises, M Guenthner, C Hasse, Z Huang, T Ishiyama, B Johansson, TV Johnson, G Kalghatgi, M Koike, SC Kong,

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Just Published: Worldwide Fuel Charter 2019 – Gasoline and Diesel Fuel and Worldwide Fuel Charter for Methane-Based Transportation Fuels.

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association) The Worldwide Fuel Charter and Guidelines have two purposes. First of all, they inform policymakers and other interested parties how fuel quality can significantly affect engine and vehicle operation, durability and emissions performance throughout the year. Secondly, their purpose is to promote harmonised fuel quality worldwide

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Hurtigruten Tests Biodiesel that Potentially Can Change the Shipping Industry

(Hurtigruten) On the way to the goal of becoming completely emission free, Hurtigruten has as the first Norwegian cruise line started testing Biodiesel on board the ship MS Polarlys. This fuel can potentially reduce emissions with 95 percent. The world is on its way into a new era, with a travel

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

New Biogas Truck Helping Us Work towards a Cleaner, Greener Tomorrow

(Warrens Group) Warrens Group have announced another first for the industry and the North East Region. As a third generation family business of over 70 years standing, we have grown from humble beginnings to become one of the region’s foremost providers of agricultural and food waste recycling services. In recent years,

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Major Upgrade to the Internal Combustion Engine- 60 MPG — Emissions Reduced by 50%

(Darlema Corp./PR Newswire) Startup company, Darlema Corp unveils new automobile engine called the CWPSC (Combustion with Pre-Stage Compression) that doubles gas mileage and reduces carbon emissions by 50%. This new spark ignition engine achieves efficiency rating of 53-57% at the vehicle wheel, uses conventional fuels, doesn’t have a throttle and does

October 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Foundation Receives Clean Diesel Project Grant

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Biodiesel Foundation has been awarded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project. In partnership with Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), Optimus Technologies, and Renewable Energy Group (REG), the project supports the purchase of three new replacement snowplows that

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

SIMEC Acquires Fleetsolve to Expand Biodiesel Genset Deployment throughout the UK

(Fleetsolve) Fleetsolve receives major boost with buyout SIMEC – October 2019  — SIMEC, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has accelerated plans for the deployment of its biodiesel generators through the acquisition of Fleetsolve, an award-winning company with 17 years of experience developing, operating and maintaining biofueled combined heat and power

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol, Biomethane and Ammonia Are the Best-Positioned Fuels to Reach Zero Net Emissions

(Maersk) A study by A.P. Moller – Maersk and Lloyds Register confirms that the best opportunities for decarbonizing shipping lie in finding new sustainable energy sources. Based on market projections, the best positioned fuels for research and development into net zero fuels for shipping are alcohol, biomethane, and ammonia. Energy efficiency

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Shipping Industry Must Cut Sulphur Emissions before 2020, Says IMO Secretary-General

by Varsha Saraogi (Ship Technology)   International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretary-general Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to boost its efforts to cut sulphur emissions by using IMO 2020-compliant fuels before the regulation deadline on 1 January 2020. The IMO has limited the amount of sulphur in fuel oil used

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Change, Short Lived Climate Pollutants, Black Carbon and Clean Diesel

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Thanks to the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, more efficient engines and more effective emissions control technologies, diesel engines, vehicles and equipment are a small and declining contributor of black carbon emissions globally. Technology and policy opportunities exist for accelerating turnover from old to new technology

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

City Fleets Run on Bio-Based Diesel Fuels, Meeting Sustainability Goals while Delivering Essential Services

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Cities gain substantial emissions performance improvements, greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings by using the latest-generation diesel powertrains combined with bio-based diesel fuels —  More cities and counties in California are switching to renewable diesel and biodiesel fuels for their diesel-engined vehicles, according to panelists today at the League

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article
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