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Monetizing Carbon Reductions: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take a special look at how to monetize carbon reductions through futures contracts for commodity PLUS carbon. GIC Group CEO Rick Gilmore shared this illuminating slide guide on how monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector, synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon

January 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Algae Biomaterials Research Gets $6.4 Million Funding Boost from the US Department of Energy

(The Fish Site) Researchers with Montana State University have been awarded a series of grants totalling $6.4 million to identify ways algae can be used for biofuels and other products as it removes carbon dioxide from the air. — Building on more than a decade of MSU research on the

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Raw Material for Biofuel Production Is Available on 7% of the Cultivated Area

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  In 2020, crops such as cereals, oilseeds, protein, sugar and fiber plants, fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc. were cultivated on 1.4 billion hectares worldwide. Most of these products were used to feed the population. Raw materials for biofuel production were only produced on

January 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Feedstocks and a Growing Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Industry

by Aimie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News) U.S. farmers are ready to meet demand for feedstocks in a growing biodiesel and renewable diesel industry.   East Central Iowa farmer David Walton, a Clean Fuels Alliance America governing board member, says the industry is poised to see rapid growth in the next 10 years

January 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Harmful Algae Blooms: An Untapped Resource

(Bio Market Insights)  … They source excess algal sludge from natural habitats all over the world, processing it into algae-based resin pellets trademarked under the brand name BLOOM. Manufacturers can blend BLOOM pellets with conventional petrochemical-based materials. Ryan Hunt encountered the plastic potential of algae as a graduate student at

January 20, 2022 Read Full Article

FCL to Enter Joint Venture to Construct Integrated Agriculture Complex

(Federated Cooperatives Limited) Federated Co-operative Limited (FCL) is pleased to announce they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture (JV) partnership with AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (AGT Foods). The newly formed JV will look to construct a $360 million canola crush facility. The partnership with

January 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Microalgal Crops: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From algal-based wastewater treatment plants and purification ponds with biofuels/co-products in California to aviation fuels and algae strain improvements, MicroBio is leading R&D and innovation of microalgae cultivation for bio products. Get all the details from MicroBio’s CEO John Benemann in this illuminating slide

January 17, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE, Industry Groups Encourge CARB to Recognize Climate-Smart Farming Practices in Low Carbon Fuel Standard

(American Coalition for Ethanol) In a cosigned letter, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), along with the Great Plains Institute, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, the National Biodiesel Board, and Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, recommended the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recognize the climate benefits of farming practices in California’s Low Carbon Fuel

January 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Carinata Cover Crops: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Nuseed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Where are the opportunities for cover cropping? How can non-food, non-GMO, RSB-certified carinata make a difference? How can it be used for oil/fuel and high protein meal? Is it scalable globally? Check out this slide guide from Glenn Johnston at Nuseed.  READ MORE

January 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Seeds of Beauty Leaf Tree Examined as Source of Low-Emissions Biodiesel

 by Jasmine Hines (ABC Capricornia)  The native beauty leaf tree could be grown in large-scale plantations on marginal land for biofuel; Researcher Nanjappa Ashwath says the trees could produce 4,000 litres of biofuel per hectare each year; The bioenergy sector could contribute an extra $10 billion to the economy annually

January 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Which Is More Important To Biofuels – The Soil Or The Crop?

by James Conca (Forbes) … Plants take carbon from the air, build cells, then release some of the carbon into the soil through roots and root exudates. Some have suggested that growing biofuel crops in marginal soils, which generally have low carbon content, might be a way to remove carbon from the atmosphere

January 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Barriers to Scale for Algae: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Algae Crop Protection

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  How can algae crop protection facilitate scaling of the algae industry? That’s what a BETO workshop focused on when it gathered experts in algal research and production, regulatory bodies and agriculture/aquaculture experts, to discuss where comparable issues have been solved or solutions are under

January 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Uncovering the Deforestation and Climate Risks of Chinese and EU Soy and Beef Imports from South America

by André Vasconcelos (Global Canopy and Trase/Wilson Center) To examine the role of the international community in shaping Latin America’s environmental agenda, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and its Brazil Institute, the Environmental Change and Security Program, China Environment Forum, and Global Europe Program launched a collaborative research project in 2020, Latin

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

£26m Funding to Support UK Biomass Projects

(Bioenergy Insight)  Innovative biomass projects across the UK can now bid for a share of £26 million (€30.4 million) in government funding. Biomass, which is backed by the independent Climate Change Committee, will be an important part of the UK’s renewable energy mix, helping it to reach net-zero emissions by

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Madrid-Based Camelina Firm

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. announced Jan. 3 that it has acquired Camelina Company España S.L., Europe’s largest camelina crop innovator and seed producer headquartered in Madrid, Spain. According to GCEH, CCE has developed world-class intellectual property (IP) in camelina to support a sustainable biofuels

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Off-Season ‘Cover’ Crops Expand as U.S. Growers Eye Low-Carbon Future

by Karl Plume (Reuters) … The purpose of cover crops is to restore soil, reduce erosion and to pull climate-warming carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The carbon trapped in roots and other plant matter left in the soil is measured to create carbon credits that companies can use to offset

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Cover Crop Series Articles

(Agri-Pulse)1. Saving the planet by saving the soil: Can cover crops fulfill their promise? 2. Making cover crops pay off: what it takes to cover the cost 3. Cover crops as cash crops: Farmers angle to profit off the practice 4. Direct checks could ignite cover crop surge; crop insurance may play role, too 

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Producer Bets on Camelina as Low-Carbon Feedstock

by Amy Mayer (Agri-Pulse) A minor oilseed may be poised to take on a larger role as climate-smart policies emphasize low carbon fuels and the soil health benefits of cover crops. Camelina is seen by some as a cover crop that recoups a farmer’s investment because it can be harvested instead

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Green and Clean: New Eco-friendly and Sustainable Algae-Based Way to Fight Water Pollution

(Shoolini University)  To purify urban wastewater for reuse, researchers develop a new algae-based bioremediation method — … Recently, based on the fascinating potential of algae to remove a large number of chemical pollutants and various bacteria from water, scientists have developed a new eco-friendly, sustainable, and cost-effective solution for urban

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Why they do what they do, what net-zero fuels really means, how agriculture and land management plays a role in carbon sequestration, how to track carbon across the business system, how they are working towards 1 billion gallons of low fossil carbon hydrocarbons or

December 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioenergy: Friendly Fungi Boost Growth for Biofuel Source

(SciTechDaily/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) An Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’ growth and viability in changing environments. Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s

December 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The USDA and Blue Biofuels Collaborate to Optimize Yields of King Grass for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

(Blue Biofuels/Globe Newswire) Blue Biofuels, Inc. (PINK: BIOF) Blue Biofuels, Inc. (the “Company” or “BIOF”) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (“USDA ARS”) are collaborating on optimizing the yields of Pennisetum hybridum, commonly known as king grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is using as feedstock

December 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers, Advocates Aim for Net-Zero Ethanol by 2050

by Susanne Retka Schill (Great Plains Institute) As US and world leaders engage on climate change and carbon reduction efforts, leaders in the American ethanol industry have announced pledges and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The country’s largest ethanol producer, POET LLC, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA),

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

United Just Completed First Flight Fueled by SAF, Here’s Why Soybean Growers Should Take Note

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb Farm Journal)  As airlines work to reduce their carbon footprint, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel are taking flight. Earlier this month, United Airlines successfully completed the first flight running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a 100% renewable fuel made from products such as cooking oil, vegetable

December 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Is There Enough Lipid Feedstock for Biofuel?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LMC Lipid Feedstocks Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Advanced Biofuels Association commissioned LMC International to forecast the outlook for supply of lipid feedstocks to determine their ability to meet the ABFA’s goal of reaching 21 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel (BBD) by 2040 and 9 billion gallons of BBD by 2030. So

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why they do what they do, what net-zero fuels really means, how agriculture and land management plays a role in carbon sequestration, how to track carbon across the business system, how they are working towards 1 billion gallons of low fossil carbon hydrocarbons or more

December 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Mustard Plant Jet Fuel Could Reduce Emissions by 68 Percent

by Puneet Dwivedi (University of Georgia/U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … Carinata (Brassica Carinata), also known as Ethiopian mustard, is an oilseed crop that can be grown across the southern U.S. during winter months. The oil obtained from crushed carinata seeds can be refined to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This could

December 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Pune-Based Praj’s BIOSYRUP to Enable Year-Round Production of Ethanol to Boost to the Sugar Sector

(Praj/Pune Kar News)   Praj Industries Limited (Praj) announced an innovative solution to process sugarcane juice into a new sustainable feedstock BIOSYRUP® for round the year ethanol production. Dr. Pramod Chaudhari – Executive Chairman Praj Industries, Shishir Joshipura, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Atul Mulay, President Bio Energy and Dr Ravindra

December 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Bushel Partners with Bayer to Launch Project Carbonview

by Julia Eberhart (Bushel Partners)  An industry-first digital carbon footprint measurement solution for agriculture • The seamlessly connected data solution was conceptualized by Bayer and developed in collaboration with Bushel and Amazon Web Services (AWS) • Project Carbonview will enable U.S. ethanol producers to report, analyze and better assess their

December 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Truterra Carbon Program Pays $4 Million to Farmers for 200,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Stored in First Year; 2022 Program Now Open

(Truterra) In 2022, Truterra will offer two approaches, one to reward recent adopters for their investment in carbon-sequestering practices and one to engage and support farmers through the process of implementing new practices Through Truterra, companies and others looking to buy carbon credits can connect with farmers and support the long-term

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Farmers Have Been Burned by Agtech Too Often. Here’s How to Win Back Their Trust

by Michael Gilbert (Semios/Ag Funder News)  … There are a number of reasons why farmers have been leery when it comes to tech companies with big promises. But the biggest one is the most obvious: they’ve been burned before. Some of this stems from a failure of agtech companies to understand

December 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Giant Bets on Low-Carbon Corn with Eye on Markets

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo!)  Top U.S. ethanol maker Poet LLC is looking to encourage greater production of climate-friendly grains in a bid to help farmers profit from an increasingly “green” energy economy. The company said it plans to use Gradable — a digital platform owned by agriculture-tech firm Farmers Business

December 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Net Zero Fuels and Products: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo’s Chief Carbon and Innovation Officer, Paul Bloom, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC in San Francisco recently and is one you won’t want to miss. From feedstocks, land management practices, yields, lowering the carbon intensity of corn, decarbonizing manufacturing, net zero products, and

December 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Ethanol Is an Immediate Climate Change Solution, NCGA Says

(Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network/KIWA Radio) The National Corn Growers Association says renewable fuels, such as corn ethanol, are an immediate climate change solution. Each year, roughly 30% of field corn goes into fuel ethanol. Ethanol is the second-largest customer for U.S. corn. During the 2021 NAFB Convention in Kansas City, NCGA

December 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Ministry Partners with Farmers to Produce Castor Oil for Biodiesel

(The Gleaner) The Ministry of Transport and Mining, through the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), is partnering with small farmers across Jamaica to boost cultivation of the castor oil plant to produce biodiesel for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC). Portfolio Minister, Robert Montague, who made the disclosure, said that

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioenergy for Net Zero Means Opportunities for Farmers

(Terravesta)   Support for UK bioenergy is gathering pace. On Energy Day at COP26, the government issued a Biomass Policy Statement (BPS) which recognises the role bioenergy plays in delivering both global and UK net zero targets. It’s been issued alongside the recent biomass call for evidence to help develop policies to support

November 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Are Sugar Beets the Answer for Scotland’s Biofuels, Net Zero Goals and Job Growth?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) It’s barely December yet but some are already having visions of sugar beets, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads, thanks to a new Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Scottish Enterprise working on proposals to re-introduce sugar beet as a more sustainable alternative to

November 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Eni and BF: Partnership for the Development of Research Projects and Agricultural Production for Bio-Refining

(Eni)  Eni and the BF Group partner to develop sustainable agricultural products for biofuel production. — Through an equal joint venture (50% Eni, 50% BF), projects will be developed to research and experiment with agricultural seeds from oil plants to be used as feedstock at Eni’s bio-refineries. Furthermore, the agreement between the

November 26, 2021 Read Full Article

ACE Supports Policies to Credit Ag, Biofuels for Net-Zero GHGs

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) During its Nov. 10 meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors voted to support new policies that credit farmers and ethanol producers for activities helping ethanol reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. THE RESOLUTION: The ACE Board of Directors supports the

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Victory on Oilseed Rape Emissions

(National Farmers Union) It comes following a revision of official government figures on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels of oilseed rape, originally submitted in the Department for Transport’s NUTS2 report. The previous report had not fully accounted for to improving agricultural practices and yield improvements, which would have prevented some regions

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Indigenous Origins of Regenerative Agriculture

by Tracy Heim (National Farmers Union)  … Long before the arrival of Europeans, Indigenous populations protected local ecosystems and preserved biodiversity through land management and farming practices. European settlers did not arrive at an ‘untouched land,’ an idea known as the ‘pristine myth’ of the early Americas. Charles Mann, the author of

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

ITOCO Launches Its Nopal Cactus Carbon Capture Program in Portugal through a Joint Venture with LATINCHOICE-UNIPESSOAL LDA

(Accesswire/ITOCO) ITOCO INC. (OTC PINK:ITMC) ITOCO is pleased to announce it has selected LATINCHOICE – UNIPESSOAL LDA. in Portugal to Joint Venture as it expands its Nopal Cactus Carbon Capture Program internationally.  The ITOCO Nopal Cactus Carbon Capture Program has been developed with great success in Mexico. The program captures Carbon

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

ACE Supports Policies to Credit Ag, Biofuels for Net-Zero GHGs

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) During its Nov. 10 meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors voted to support new policies that credit farmers and ethanol producers for activities helping ethanol reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. THE RESOLUTION: The ACE Board of Directors supports the

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop Summary Report

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop covered the topic of algae crop protection to facilitate scaling of the algae industry. The workshop convened experts in algal research and production, as well as from those outside the industry such as regulatory bodies and agriculture/aquaculture experts, to discuss where

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Was Like an Old Truck Stuck in the Mud. The Tow Truck Has Arrived

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  One of the speakers on the second day of the Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition’s Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit, noted that 5 years ago the bioeconomy was like an old truck stuck in the mud.  The driver could get out and try

November 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Highlights from USDA’s Leadership Briefing at Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Investment, Climate smart agriculture.  Incentives. Markets.  These are words heard repeatedly at the opening sessions of the Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit this week near Washington, DC. The first day of the conference was the US Department of

November 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Are Leading the Way in Capturing Carbon | Commentary

by Dave Vander Griend (ICM/Wichita Eagle) … Well, in the biofuels industry we have made great strides to not only reduce the carbon intensity of the products we grow and produce, but also to capture and repurpose any carbon we emit. In fact, we have been at the forefront of

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

How the Mercosur Deal’s Ethanol Boost Contradicts EU Green Promises

by Audrey Changoe (Friends of the Earth Europe/EurActiv)  While the EU maintains that ethanol has a role to play in Europe’s shift to clean transport, the production of ethanol is damaging the environment and hurting local communities in South America, argues Audrey Changoe. Audrey Changoe is a trade campaigner with Friends

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Alba Soler, Dr. Calliope Panoutsou and Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis on “Sustainable Biomass Availability in the EU to 2050”

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  For this video podcast, I spoke with Alba Soler Estrella, Science Associate Low-Carbon Pathways, at Concawe, the European refining industry’s scientific and technical body, Dr. Calliope Panoutsou of the Imperial College London Consultants and Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis, recently retired from the European Commission, DG Energy about “Sustainable Biomass Availability

November 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Ground-Breaking Partnership Between Colombia and Clean Tech Pioneer Alder Fuels Will Support Decarbonizing Air Travel

(Alder Fuels/PR Newswire) In a historic first, Colombia could become a “green” crude, carbon-negative exporter thanks to a strategic alliance between the Government of Colombia and Alder Fuels, LLC. Alder is a cleantech company that pioneered groundbreaking technologies to convert forestry and other woody residue into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at a large scale to be

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Closing the Gap in Renewable Energy – the Next 80%?

by Sergey Nuzhdin, Kristen Davis, Meredith Brooks, Ann Carpenter, Pierre Wensel, and Cindy Wilcox, (Cluster for Sustainable Seaweed Solutions (CS3)/Biofuels Digest) .. (A) similar marine “Blue Revolution” is the potential key to meet global demand for biofuel, feed, and food security in an environmentally friendly way, without the requirements for fresh

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

America’s Native Grasslands Are Disappearing

by Katharine Gammon  (The Guardian)  The Great Plains are being torn up at a ferocious rate – with frightening implications for biodiversity and carbon storage. — … (Patrick)Lendrum led a research team that released a report in September showing that from 2018 to 2019 an estimated 2.6m acres of grassland were plowed

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Plant-Based Waste and Residues into Biofuel – Geeking out over Lignocellulose

by Richard Pallardy (Neste) Plant biomass, or lignocellulose, is the most abundant renewable carbon source on the planet. It has been around forever, but only now are we starting to grasp its full potential in replacing fossil resources. What makes lignocellulose so attractive as a raw material, and what does

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Emphasizes Ethanol’s Potential in USDA Climate-Smart Program

(Renewable Fuels Association) The USDA’s new Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize projects that will help farmers and downstream processors—like ethanol biorefineries—measure, verify, and monetize carbon sequestration and emissions reductions that result from new technologies and more efficient practices. This recommendation was one of many suggestions submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Canola Research in West Texas: Four-Year Project Will Test Canola Cultivars and Irrigation Strategies

(AgriLife Today) West Texas farmers dealing with high-salinity water and limited irrigation need an alternative crop, such as canola, that’s adaptable to harsh conditions. Texas A&M AgriLife research will soon evaluate the potential for canola as an alternative crop amid the region’s marginal water sources and extended periods of dry weather. Canola

November 1, 2021 Read Full Article

With NREL’s Feedstock Research, Algae and Garbage Could Be Ingredients for Zero-Emissions Fuels of the Future

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) In theory, over 1 billion tons of biomass could be sustainably collected and processed into biofuels by 2030 in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Energy analysis. But turning that theory into practice hinges on improvements in how biomass is grown, collected, and processed. This

October 31, 2021 Read Full Article

SfL Steps Up to Represent Producers on the World Stage at COP 26

(Solutions from the Land) A strong Solutions from the Land delegation will be in Glasgow, Scotland, for the latest round of UN-staged, global climate negotiations. The 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being hosted by the United Kingdom

October 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Making Martian Rocket Biofuel on Mars

(Georgia Institute of Technology/Phys.Org) Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a concept that would make Martian rocket fuel, on Mars, that could be used to launch future astronauts back to Earth. The bioproduction process would use three resources native to the red planet: carbon dioxide, sunlight, and frozen

October 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Sufficient Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Available to Support an Ambitious Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Strategy for EU Transport

(Fuels Europe) A new study by Imperial College London Consultants concludes that the potential availability of sustainable biomass, with no harm to biodiversity, could support an advanced and waste-based biofuel production of up to 175 Mtoe in 2050. This conclusion reinforces a study by Concawe showing that advanced and waste-based biofuels,

October 26, 2021 Read Full Article

This Plant-Based Jet Fuel Can Reduce Emissions by 68% – Without Displacing Crops

(Good News Network)  Replacing petroleum-based aviation fuel with a sustainable alternative derived from a type of mustard plant can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, according to new research from a University of Georgia scientist. Puneet Dwivedi led a team that studied the break-even price and lifetime carbon emissions

October 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Dollars in the Dirt: Big Ag Pays Farmers for Control of their Soil-Bound Carbon

by Rod Nickel and Karl Plume (Reuters)  The biggest global agriculture companies are competing on a new front: enticing farmers to join programs that keep atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide in the soil. Fertilizer producers Nutrien Ltd (NTR.TO) and Yara (YAR.OL), agribusiness giant Cargill Inc (CARG.UL), and seed and chemical dealers Corteva Inc (CTVA.N) and Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) are

October 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Three Bio-Based Innovations Edge Closer to Market With Private–Public Funding

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A more sustainable farming sector, lower industrial emissions, more efficient biochemical production—National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists and industry partners expect sizable benefits from three new projects to commercialize bioinsecticides, enzymatic carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization, and cell-free biocatalysis. Pulling a combined $750,000 from the U.S. Department

October 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Op-ed on Ethanol Badly Missed the Mark

by Cassidy Walter (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Iowa City Press-Citizen)  … Apparently (Jane) Yoder-Short doesn’t know that the growth of ethanol over the last 30 years was driven by ethanol replacing lead and other nasty octane enhancers in our gasoline. And while someone using tobacco is hurting their health, using ethanol

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

WA Farmers Enjoy Canola Fields of Gold

by Gregor Heard and Shannon Beattie (Farm Weekly) … Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) executive officer Nick Goddard said the current prices smashed previous highs out of the water. … The good news extends beyond the farmgate, with Mr Goddard saying crushers, even with the high input cost of canola, were

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crops, Genetics, Feedstocks, Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to State of the Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whether you are using novel crops, residues, developing supply-chains, or developing new feedstocks for the bioeconomy, this is an exclusive Digest slide guide you won’t want to miss! Straight from our recent State of the Sector presentation at ABLC CONNECT.  READ MORE

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Carbon BioCapture’s Microalgal Tech Fights the Good Fight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Photosynthetic microalgae have been metabolizing CO2 for billions of years in the oceans and lakes of planet Earth and are suitable to tackle planetary-scale CO2 emissions. The resulting biomass has a multitude of uses ranging from (renewable) fuel to fertilizer to feed. … CBC

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

New Research Checks the Math of Large-Scale Tree Planting

(Nori) In our first science-focused episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, hosts Radhika Moolgavkar of Nori and Holly Jean Buck of the University at Buffalo are joined by our new science co-host, Dr. Jane Zelikova, executive director of the Soil Carbon Solutions Center and joint faculty in crop and soil science at Colorado State University. First this week, we’re looking

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Young Farm Entrepreneurs Look at High-Biomass Sorghum and Pearl Millet for Biofuel Feedstock

(CGIAR)  The Government of India’s concerted efforts to replace 20% fossil fuels with ethanol blends by 2025 is attracting agricultural entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy. This week, Mr Lalit Jhawar and Mr Mayank Gupta, two young IIT graduates running a profitable farming venture in Maharashtra, accompanied by biofuel experts Mr YB

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass Innovations under Investigation Part 4: Forestry and Energy Crops

(Bio Market Insights)  … Forestry:  Mostex Global Solutions: Integrated whole tree extraction and on site pre-processing of under-yielding forest resources Mostex was set up with the aim of reducing the corrosive nature of agri-feedstock, establishing effective methods of handling this material and improving yields. The group’s mobile, modular steam explosion processing system

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

GCEH Camelina Subsidiary Sustainable Oils Moving Headquarters to Great Falls, Montana

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. is relocating headquarters for its camelina feedstock subsidiary Sustainable Oils Inc. to a new facility in Great Falls, Montana, where its crop-innovation programs, commercial-grower support, and executive and administrative activities will be consolidated. Migration to the new site is expected

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Pluton Biosciences Gets $6.6M in Seed Funding, Bayer AG Soil Deal and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Pluton is a large body of intrusive igneous rock according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and “breaking ground” and being “ground breaking” is just what Pluton Biosciences is doing with their novel microbes. They are making discovery of novel microbes not only possible, but commercially viable.

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Disrupting Tropical Seaweed Farming with Offshore Submersible Cages

by Steven Hermans (Phyconomy)  Former CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch Phil Cruver is developing a submersible cage system to take tropical seaweed farming offshore and into a new era. In addition to providing higher yields, the cages should also protect from predators, storms and ice-ice disease. In 2010, KZO Sea Farms developed

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

In Secret Tapes, Palm Oil Execs Disclose Corruption, Brutality

by Desmond Butler (Washington Post)  … Global Witness’s two-year investigation is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the corruption, labor abuses and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is clearing carbon-rich rainforests and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that has become a growing concern for climate scientists. The world’s

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Eni, ANPG and Sonangol Enter MoU on Agro-Biofuel Initiatives in Angola, as Part of Decarbonization Push

(Eni) In the occasion of the meeting held yesterday between the President of the Republic of Angola João Gonçalves Lourenço and the CEO of Eni Claudio Descalzi, Eni Angola, ANPG and Sonangol signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development of the agro-biofuel sector in the country. Under the

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Sees Green Gold in Algae-Based Fuels. Skeptics See Greenwashing.

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  The oil giant, under pressure to address climate change, says it is getting closer to making the biofuel viable —  Some scientists regard Exxon Mobil Corp.’s long-running quest to turn algae into a transportation fuel as little more than a PR stunt. The oil

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Forests

(Climate Now) Planting trees has become a bit of a cliché in the fight against climate change, with ubiquitous photos of presidents and CEOs planting trees to show they are serious about climate. But, how much impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide can tree planting really have, and how do we

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Eni Supports Energy Transition and Decarbonization in the Republic of Congo

(Eni)  Eni, Republic of Congo sign MoU on joint development of bio-refining agro-feedstock sector; Eni delegation led by CEO Descalzi met President Sassou Nguesso to discuss agricultural programs and gas valorization also with reference to access to energy for domestic market At the presence of the Prime Minister of the

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Voice of Conservatives Is Important in Renewable Energy Policy Discussions

(Solutions from the Land)  … Those who advocate for no- and low-carbon fuels and other energy solutions come from across political parties – Democrats and Republicans – and from all along the spectrum of partisan views – from liberals to conservatives. The spread of support across the aisle comes at a

October 2, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Aims at Ag Woes in $3B Package: USDA Announces Funds for African Swine Fever, Drought, Climate Program

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … The agency announced on Wednesday plans to tap funds from the Commodity Credit Corp. as part of what USDA calls a “comprehensive investment package.” The $3 billion package is aimed at supporting drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief and purchase

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

AUGA Group, AB Presents the First Technology for the “Green” Food Chain – a Climate-Friendly Tractor

(AUGA Group/Globe Newsire)  AUGA group, AB (hereinafter the Company) Europe’s largest vertically integrated organic food producer, has developed and presented the world’s first hybrid biomethane and electric tractor for professional farm use – AUGA M1. This is the company’s first step in offering technological solutions that will eliminate climate pollution throughout the food supply chain, from field to table, and allow food to

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling Human Rights Violations: Consequences of EU and Belgian Biofuel Policies in Northern Peru

(Oxfam) First-generation biofuels have a somewhat paradoxical status. On the one hand, they have become key ingredients in the EU’s ‘Green Deal’ priorities. On the other hand, they have fuelled all kinds of environmental, social and political disruptions, and unleashed massive transformations – particularly in the Global South – because of

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

The Importance of Communicating Your Sustainability Story

by Emily Smith (Trust in Food) During Farm Journal’s 2021 Sustainable Produce Summit that took place earlier this month, a key theme of effectively communicating sustainable food and agriculture stories to consumers came through again and again. As specialty crop growers and food retailers make changes to meet both environmental needs

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Investing $75 million in Partner-Led Projects with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Equity in Program Delivery

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. This year, projects funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Drax and NFU to Partner Boost UK Energy Crop Market

(NFU Online) World leader in sustainable bioenergy Drax Group has teamed up with the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), to identify opportunities to scale up perennial energy crop production and help the UK meet its ambitious climate goals.  The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has previously stated that if

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass from Forest Restoration: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to PNNL Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Wildfires around the globe have been increasing but what about controlled fires? The U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Lab is looking at prioritizing how and where to target forest restoration (timber harvest and thinning) to have the greatest benefit for bioenergy, reduce

September 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Giant’s Industry-Beating ESG Score Hides Razed Forests

by Leanne de Bassompierre, Saijel Kishan and Anthony Sguazzin (Bloomberg Green)  In the impoverished West African country of Liberia, a unit of the world’s second-largest palm oil company has admitted to destroying forests and violating the rights of indigenous people. Yet its parent is among the industry’s leaders in investor ratings

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Insect Love Story that Never Happens: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Provivi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Keeping pests apart – mating disruption is what it’s all about for Provivi which uses a patented production method, enabling a step-change in the cost of manufacturing of pheromones, allowing the use of this technology in high-acreage food crops like corn and rice.  READ MORE

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

UToledo Chemical Engineer Awarded $3.2 Million to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology

by Christine Billau (University of Toledo) The U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

FCC Environment Uses Former Landfill and Quarry Sites for Energy Crops

(Terravesta) Terravesta grower and one of the UK’s leading resource and waste management companies, FCC Environment is using its landbank to grow energy crops for biomass fuel. The company has been planting Miscanthus at several of its old landfill and quarry sites across the country that it has restored following their

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

From a Nuisance to a Benefit, ‘World’s Worst Weed’ Finds New Use as Biofuel

(South Africa Today) • A startup in western Kenya has developed a process of making bioethanol from water hyacinths, addressing both the need for a clean fuel alternative to charcoal and fuelwood, and the spread of the invasive hyacinths. Proponents say a key advantage of this “second-generation” bioethanol over traditional

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Fuels Wins Funding for Brewery and Dairy Waste Project

(Biofuels International)  Waste from milk factories and breweries could be put to good use in fighting climate change, according to scientists at Green Fuels Research. The Gloucestershire-based company in the UK has won funding under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme for its Microalgae

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Files Objection to EU Targeting Palm Oil in RED II Delegated Act Determining High ILUC-Risk Feedstock

(The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC)/EurActiv) The decision to target palm oil was based on uncertain science and outdated knowledge which was used in counterintuitive policymaking. Despite continuous criticism from the palm oil industry, the EU appears to be indifferent when it comes to the politics of trade, affirming

September 7, 2021 Read Full Article

He Says It’s Not about Climate. So Why Is Bill Gates Investing in Farmland?

by Rebecca Bauer (Farm Together/AgFunder Network) For many investors, farmland was not on the radar as an investable asset class until earlier this year, when it was revealed that the largest owners of US farmland were none other than Bill and Melinda Gates. Many were speculating about Gates’ motivation for the acquisitions

September 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing Algae for Better Biofuels: CSU Share in $3.5 Million Project

(Colorado State University) Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced its support for the project, titled “Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Pennycress 2.0 – Improved Oil, Protein: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bunge, REG and Bayer helped CoverCress raise a total of $22 million including $8 million in Series B in 2021. What does that mean for this low carbon cash cover crop and for growers? What is their commercial track? How are the harvest and oil

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Ag & Transportation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Nichole Fitzgerald, Program Manager, shared this short but sweet slide guide on BETO’s goals for 2021-2030 with large volumes of biomass being critical to achieving those goals, why they are looking at CO2 removal, feedstock technologies program

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

IFC and Cocal Team to Drive Renewable Energy and Improve Energy Efficiency in Brazil

(International Finance Corporation (Google Translation))  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is supporting a new project in Brazil to strengthen the diversification of the country’s energy matrix. The US$ 70 million (about R$ 350 million) financing for the Cocal Group will expand the company’s ethanol and biogas production and will contribute to

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Markets: Farmers Want More to Hang Their Hat On

by Jenny Shaffstall (AgWeb)  The carbon market will grow over the next three years — Farm Journal’s August 2021 Carbon Survey found that 3.32% of respondents were participating in an non-governmental carbon market, up from an Ag Barometer last spring where only 1% of farmers had entered into a contract.

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Assessment of Forest-Based Products: A Review

by Kamalakanta Sahoo, Richard Bergman, Sevda Alanya-Rosenbaum, Hongmei Gu and Shaobo Liang (Sustainability)  Climate change, environmental degradation, and limited resources are motivations for sustainable forest management. Forests, the most abundant renewable resource on earth, used to make a wide variety of forest-based products for human consumption. To provide a scientifc

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Sorghum Industry Partners with University of California to Advance Sorghum

(United Sorghum Checkoff Program)  The United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), the University of California, Merced, and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources today announced a five year partnership to promote drought resilience in sorghum and increase demand for the cereal crop in biofuel and bioproduct markets. Efforts

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Colorado-Based Biofuel Maker Eyes Faster Growth Due to Booming Demand

by Greg Avery (Denver Business Journal) Its first corn-to-fuel production is three years away, and customers want more — a lot more, the CEO says.  READ MORE Biofuel maker Gevo’s shares soar Tuesday (Denver Business Journal) Gevo publishes IMPACT sustainability report (Biofuels International)   Excerpt from Denver Business Journal:  Perhaps

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Bringing Algae-based Biofuels to Commercialisation

by Scarlett Evans (Bio Market Insights)  …  Now, a team from Colorado State University (CSU) is working to boost algae crop growth to reach industrial levels, with the team being awarded $3.2m from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in support of this goal earlier this month. We took a closer

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Korea National Oil Management Institute Secures Insect Biodiesel Manufacturing Technology

(K-Petro (Google translation)) Initiated the second phase of development of biodiesel production technology using insect lipids; Contribute to the expansion of biodiesel supply for the realization of 2050 carbon neutrality  — Korea Petroleum Management Service (Chairman Joo-Seok Son) has secured biodiesel production technology using insect resources (Dongae, etc.).  With the support of the

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawmakers from Both Parties Call for Investment in Ag as a Climate Solution

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Thirty lawmakers from both houses of Congress have written a letter urging House and Senate leadership to support an historic, long-term investment in farmers, ranchers and rural communities as a part of upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation. Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Abigail Spanberger

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed Could Make a Cleaner Bio-Jet Fuel, Study Finds

(Ohio State News)  Computer models estimate fewer environmental impacts than other crops  — A common farm weed could make a “greener” jet fuel with fewer production-related environmental impacts than other biofuels, a new study indicates. Growing the weed, pennycress – often called stinkweed – as a crop requires less fertilizer and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MAGIC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae biofuel AND high value co-products from residuals across algae strains? Are there co‐products that lead to increased LEA value, while maintaining biofuel production, to drive down the overall cost of biofuel? That is what the Consortium is tackling via marine algae strain selection, production

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Having a Field Day Talking about Hemp for Biofuel in Maryland

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For the US agricultural community, having a field day gives farmers and others in the agricultural products value chain the opportunity not only for hands-on learning about new crops and new technologies or about old problems and improving solutions, but also for networking and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Project Developer GCEH Provides Preliminary Q2 Financials, Camelina Update

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc., the project developer retrofitting a petroleum refinery in Bakersfield, California, into a renewable diesel plant scaled at 230 million gallons a year, provided preliminary financials for the second quarter as well as an update on camelina development by its

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

President Biden’s Climate Plan and iIts Role in Agriculture & Renewable Biofuels

by Oliver Peoples (Yield10 Bioscience/Biofuels Digest) During President Biden’s April 22nd climate plan speech at the Virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate, he announced his goal of cutting 50 percent of U.S. carbon-emissions levels by 2030. This is no simple task, and consumers, investors and businesses alike are aware of the difficult but

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Establishing a Fair Ag Carbon Market Will Be Complicated, but Worth the Effort

(Solutions from the Land) The talk among policy makers in Washington to promote a market in which farmers, ranchers and forestland owners can be fiscally rewarded for their efforts to retain carbon in their soil has excited many. The prospect for additional revenue sources is alluring for a high-risk sector whose

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm Seaweed Farming Could Be a Potent Weapon in the Fight against Climate Change. But Can It scale?

by Adele Peters (Fast Company) In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology on board automatically harvests and replants the seaweed, which quickly grows several feet long. The system is designed

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

POET: Growing the Distance

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Agriculture has changed a lot lately, and farmers like Steve know the potential of the land they cultivate goes far beyond conventional use. For example, the humble corn crop is being used for sustainable and more affordable biofuels, created through a minimal-waste process. Meet the people tapping

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Why All Agriculture Carbon Credits Aren’t the Same

by Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico) Green groups are calling for USDA to set standards so there’s more clarity in the rapidly changing market.  —  Agricultural carbon credit programs are cropping up left and right, but the standards they adhere to are all over the map, according to a major new report

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Switchgrass and Miscanthus on Mined Lands for Biofuel and Biomass Production

(Association of Warm Season Grass Producers)  I grow switchgrass and miscanthus on mined lands for biofuel and biomass production. The idea of using marginal lands for these crops has been around for a while and I started doing it about 20 years ago. I will give a summary of the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Notes from the Bar None Ranch: The New Sheriff in Nitrogenville, Pivot Bio, Raises Another $430M

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Berkeley and Pivot Bio that the company has raised $430 million in its Series D venture round, led by DCVC and Temasek, bringing the total equity raised to more than $600 million. Last we saw, the company was valued at $1.6 billion

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Field to Market Launches Fieldprint Platform 4.0 with Enhanced Science to Assess Nutrient Loss Pathways and Estimate Soil Carbon Sequestration

(Field to Market) Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture today introduced Fieldprint® Platform 4.0, the next generation of the industry’s most widely recognized sustainability assessment tool for commodity crop production in the United States. The Fieldprint Platform’s new features and functionality provide farmers and the value chain with improved

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  Seaweed farming could be a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. But can it scale?  — In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Analysis: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evaluating sustainable scale up of algae production systems, algal biofuels, and algal bioproducts is no easy task, but scientists at Argonne National Lab are looking into this by looking at the life cycle analysis of advanced algal systems to see just how feasible it really

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

AgWeb’s Carbon Innovation Center

(AgWeb)  The rapid pace of U.S. carbon market activity has left many farmers dazed and confused. To help answer your questions, we’re sharing the first-ever carbon market comparison tool to assess how several of the most prominent frameworks stack up. We will continue investing in enterprise reporting as carbon markets

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

AgweekTV Full Show: Ethanol Industry, Award-Winning Operation, Agvise, Female Ag Teachers, Grain Bin Technology

(AgWeek) Coming up on AgweekTV, we will discuss the ethanol industry hitting another devastating court decision. We will tour an award winning regenerative farming operation in east central South Dakota. We will visit two ag businesses that are dedicated to staying in rural North Dakota. We will discuss the number

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Urges the EU to Rethink Its Palm Oil Policy

(Biofuels International)  The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has again urged the European Union to revise its approach on vegetable oils in biofuels. This comes under the framework of RED II in light of the upcoming revision of the directive on 14 July. Additionally there is the Commission’s

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

On the Path to Net Zero, Canada Must Grow a Circular Bioeconomy

by Sandy Ferguson and Rob van Adrichem (SF Consulting and City of Prince George respectively/Biofuels Digest) Bathroom sinks made of wood fibre, energy derived from garbage, skyscrapers built of cross-laminated timber, and carbon fibre that is used in Formula 1 cars are all examples of bioproducts that are helping us

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Playing the Long Game: ExxonMobil Gambles on Algae Biofuel

by Carly Nairn (Mongabay) – Algae biofuel initially looked promising, but a few key problems have thwarted major research efforts, including development of a strain of algae able to produce plentiful cheap fuel, and scaling up to meet global energy demand. – Other alternative energy solutions, including wind and solar

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Substitute for Wood for Biofuel

(Bio Market Insights)  … recently, bamboo has caught their eye, as evidenced in a study made in Indonesia which we discuss, as it presents a future in sustainable energy.  Bamboo is one of the most productive and fastest growing plants on the planet. … Its fuel characteristics, high productivity, short rotation

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Manta Wins MEIA 2021 Pitch Finale; MD Clean Energy Startups Shine

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator)  MEIA ‘s 2021 Pitch Competition was a smashing success. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Manta Biofuel, and Audience Choice co-winners InventWood and Manta Biofuel. Did you miss the event? Watch the video and pitches here. Owings Mills-based Manta Biofuel was named the Grand Prize winner of the

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

TotalEnergies and Veolia Join Forces to Develop CO2-based Microalgae Cultivation to Produce Next-generation Biofuels

(TotalEnergies and Veolia/Business Wire) TotalEnergies and Veolia (Paris:VIE) have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2. The two partners will pool their know-how to develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery, operated by TotalEnergies, with the long-term goal of producing biofuel. Through photosynthesis, microalgae

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Reality Check for USDA’s Climate Agenda

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The agriculture industry is anxiously waiting to see how the Biden administration intends to enlist more producers to adopt climate-friendly farm practices. But even as corporations are eager to buy offsets from farmers who pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere — and Washington

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Invests $8 Million for Projects to Develop Algae-Based Technologies to Capture Carbon Dioxide for Use in Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (June 23, 2021), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $8 million in federal funding for four projects to develop and test technologies that capture and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources to create

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Bio-refinery’: Using the Chemistry of Willow Trees to Treat Municipal Wastewater

(Science Daily/University of Montreal)  Millions of liters of primary municipal wastewater can be treated sustainably using fast-growing willow trees while also producing renewable bioenergy and ‘green’ chemicals, researchers find.  — Every year in Canada, six trillion litres of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment, while another 150

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

How President Biden’s Climate Plan Will Affect Cover Crops

by Lana Bandoim (Forbes) … In his (President Joe Biden’s) speech, he revealed paying farmers for planting cover crops that will help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Cover crops include Camelina, rye, buckwheat and several others. Yield10 Bioscience, an agtech company using gene discovery tools, has been doing field trial

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Data Deep Dive Reaches New Level of ‘Reasonable and True’

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) … For corn ethanol, most greenhouse gas emissions can be mapped to the fuel’s production, transportation, and combustion, but a large portion of the greenhouse gas calculation can be traced right back to the farm. Because of privacy concerns, however, scientists can’t access individual

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Groundbreaking New Partnership Will Use Blockchain Technology to Record, View and Measure the Growth of 50 Million Pongamia Trees

(Investancia) Blockchain will track 50 million trees through Investancia and EcoMatcher Partnership  —  Groundbreaking new partnership will use blockchain technology to record, view and measure the growth of 50 million pongamia trees to be planted in the Paraguayan Chaco forest over the next decade.  Leading agro-research company Investancia has teamed

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Editorial: Tread Cautiously on Ethanol Drive: Focus Should Be on Raising Non-Cane Contribution to Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme to Protect Crop Diversity

(Telengana Today)  In the midst of soaring fuel prices and growing concerns over the environment, India has given a big push for the ethanol blended petrol programme (EBP), designed to reduce the country’s fossil fuel dependence and also lessen the burden of crude oil import bill. Ethanol is a biofuel made

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

NCGA Releases U.S. Corn Sustainability Goals and Report

(National Corn Growers Association) Today, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) solidified U.S. corn farmers’ commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability with the release of U.S. Corn Sustainability Goals and the first U.S. Corn Sustainability Report. The report documents a long history of continuous improvement by U.S. corn farmers and the goals

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed to False Flax: Oilseeds Race to Reap Biofuel Bonanza

by Rod Nickel and Karl Plume (Reuters) … Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and uprooted on sight because of its foul odor, toxicity and the grim taste it leaves in the milk of grazing cattle. This was

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

MEIA Spotlight — Ryan Powell

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator) Ryan Powell is the founder and CEO of Manta Biofuel, an MEIA Startup that produces crude oil from algae at a cost that could be competitive with traditional petroleum. Manta’s team has developed their proprietary magnetic algae harvesting technology and low-cost continuous flow hydrothermal liquefaction system.  “We are

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

New Reports Correct the Record on Faulty Land Use Change Assertions

(Renewable Fuels Association) A pair of recent studies examining purported cropland expansion in the Midwest are based on a flawed methodology that “suffers from accuracy and certainty issues,” according to a new review of the studies by researchers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In reviewing studies by Zhang et al. and Lark et al., the SIUE

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Microalgal Biofuel Intermediates Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering, Heliae, Sandia National Labs and Cal Poly shared how they developed the capability for over 3,700 gal/ac-yrof biofuel intermediates through microalgal strain improvement, mixotrophic approaches and novel conversion technology, demonstrated annual productivity of improved strains, and more.  READ MORE

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

USGC Helps Connect Dots on Corn and Ethanol in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Grains Council recently participated in the biannual Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Maize Summit, at which both Amit Sachdev, USGC representative in India, and Kansas Corn Commission Executive Director Greg Krissek spoke about the potential for corn in India. While

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

MBL Begins First Test of Tropical Seaweed Farming for Biofuels Production

by Diana Kenney (University of Chicago Marine Biological Laboratory) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson, associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Report Shows How U.S. Farmers Can Fight Climate Change

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation finds U.S. farmers have the potential to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become part of the global solution to climate change. U.S. agriculture contributes about 10% of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the entire national economy,

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Active Ethanol Policy for Jobs Creation

by Tim Newbold (The Guardian) The global approach to energy is changing rapidly. The urgency of the challenge that climate change presents has focused significant attention and resources on renewable energy solutions, as countries and companies seek to reduce emissions. One of the ways that an increasing number of countries have

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Latin America is the Middle East of Biofuel

(Lat Am Investor)  … However, as mining experts reveal elsewhere in this report, copper supply will be unable to replace every existing internal combustion engine with an EV by 2050. … That means biofuels will also play an important role. Latin America is already the world’s largest biofuel producer and, more

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Miscanthus Energy Crop Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Miscanthus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Perennial grass miscanthus as an energy crop has advanced into high biomass yielding varieties and NC State University is working with Novozymes, Iogen and Oak Ridge National Lab on evaluating new miscanthus varieties and improving sustainability within the overall miscanthus biomass supply chain.  READ MORE

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

GM Grass Cleanses Soil of Toxic Pollutants Left by Military Explosives, New Study Shows

(University of York/Phys.Org) A grass commonly used to fight soil erosion has been genetically modified to successfully remove toxic chemicals left in the ground from munitions that are dangerous to human health, new research shows. The study—led by the University of York- demonstrates that genetically modified switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) can detoxify

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Carinata Now a Listed Feedstock for CORSIA Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Nuseed/Biobased Diesel Daily)  A recent update by the International Civil Aviation Organization now includes carinata as a renewable fuel feedstock with a similar greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint as waste and residuals, like used cooking oil. “For sustainability being categorized with waste is a very good thing,” said Glenn Johnston, Nuseed carinata

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Puerto Rico Testing Seaweed Farm for Biofuels

(Algae Planet) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for offshore cultivation of tropical seaweeds to support large-scale production of

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Sorghum the Solution?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Bioenergy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone wants to reduce the price of biofuels – and a team from Texas A&M, USDA, AgriLife Research, Mississippi State University and others are working on improving the economics and environmental sustainability of biomass sorghum and energycane production in the southeast U.S. Find out how,

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article
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