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Dar, Chinese Firm Deal to Revitalise Cassava Farming
December 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

Pius Rugonzibwa In Mwanza  (Daily News)  The production of cassava in the country has received a major boost after the government recently signed a deal with a Chinese firm worth over 2.5trl/- aimed at commercialising its …

Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
December 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by M. Cristina Negri (U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Argonne, Illinois, are examining innovative new agricultural landscapes that incorporate perennial bioenergy crops to provide environmental benefits, such as improved nutrient management and …

PA To Increase Acreage Of Industrial Hemp 100-Fold Next Year
December 12, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Boden (WESA)  The number of acres permitted to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is going to increase 100-fold in 2018, from less than 50 to possibly more than 5,000.
This year was the first since …

Fish, Wildlife & Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Impacts on Fish and Wildlife Habitats
December 12, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in …

Stelco and Pond Technologies to Build Commercial CO2 Abatement Plant
December 12, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada, have announced their collaboration for …

AgTech Startups Offer Hope in Brutal Citrus Greening Fight
December 8, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Emma Cosgrove (AgFunder News)  … Tom Schenck of TerViva, an agtech startup working with citrus growers in Florida, says the disease has changed the face of the sunshine state.

Startups are also looking to provide Florida citrus …

Gathering Momentum around Soil Carbon Sequestration
December 7, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(CGIAR) Evidence-based science on the mitigation and socio-economic impacts of soil carbon sequestration is needed to support commitments to sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement target.

Soil carbon sequestration, they say, “can have equal or larger …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

In Growing Algae for Biofuels, It Matters Who Used the Water Last
December 4, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Loftus (Nanowerk News/Duke University)  … Although biofuels made from algae provide numerous environmental benefits, they will not win market share until they can compete economically with cheap fossil fuels.
Algae require tremendous volumes of water …

Algae Foundation Gears up Coursework
December 4, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  t the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year …

Mah: Endorsing Palm Oil Biofuel Ban a Step Backwards for Malaysia-EU Trade Ties
November 30, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Malay Mail Online)  The vote on Nov 28, 2017 by the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Union’s (EU) Parliament  to endorse the ban on palm oil biofuels in Europe, under EU’s Renewable Energy Directive …

ASC and MSC Release Joint Seaweed Standard
November 30, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing …

Harvesting the Sun for Power and Produce: Agrophotovoltaics Increases the Land Use Efficiency by over 60 Percent
November 29, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(University of Hohenheim)  Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance, however, has now demonstrated that both uses …

Government Initiates Rejuvenation Program for North Sumatra`s Palm Oil Plantations
November 29, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(AntaraNews.com)  The government has initiated a program to rejuvenate palm oil plantations in North Sumatra spread across 9,109.29 hectares in 12 districts.
Serdang Bedagai, Langkat, South Labuhan Batu, Labuhan Batu, Asahan, Batubara, Simalungun, North Labuhan Batu, North …

Provivi and the Insect Love Story that Never Happens
November 29, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a biotechnology succeed in reducing pests and the resultant damage to crops they bring — by making it nearly impossible for them to find mates and produce future pest generations?
Provivi’s …

Safran Pursues Its Commitment on the Biofuel Trail
November 28, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Safran Group)  Safran, which is already involved in the development of biofuels for aeronautics, is supporting an initiative led by the Masdar Institute’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) in the Abu Dhabi desert to produce a …

“Borneo Atlas” To Help Palm Oil Buyers Check On Forest Damage
November 28, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Malaysian Digest)  Researchers have created for the first time a detailed map that will help buyers and consumers of palm oil work out whether the supply chain is harming forests on the Southeast Asian island of …

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel
November 28, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae right off of the Chesapeake Bay and convert it into oil, simultaneously cleaning up deadly algae blooms and providing the precursor …

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around …

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future.
However, its climate performance can …

Quebec Biofuel Company Partners with Qantas in First Long-Term Airline Deal
November 27, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Ross Marowits (National Observer)  A Quebec biofuels company has signed its first deal to power an airline’s jets with energy grown from Canadian oilseeds. 
Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. of Gatineau will supply biofuel to Australia’s Qantas Airways …

Researchers Using Math to Boost Wheat Straw Use for Ethanol
November 27, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report)  Researchers in Kansas and China are using mathematical modeling to improve the process of converting wheat straw into pellets for the production of ethanol.  Wheat straw, the plant residue left after …

Study Opens Door for Solution to Canola Conflict
November 27, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)  According to the OSU study, Canola poses no greater threat to specialty seed producers than other Brassica species regularly grown in the valley.  —  Results of a recent study by Oregon State University strongly suggests …

PetroMin Pushes OMCs to Buy Paddy Stubble
November 27, 2017 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Shine Jacob Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Shreya Jai (Business Standard)  A NITI Aayog suggests an estimated ~11,500 crore would be needed to permanently address the problem of stubble burning  —  After announcing early rollout of Bharat Stage …

Rockin’ the Cassava: The Shareef Don’t Like It but Nigeria Does
November 27, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kebbi State Government to build an 84 million litres per annum capacity fuel-ethanol project. The Sugarcane and Cassava-Fuel …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology
November 21, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has overshadowed the production of ethanol …

Plowing Minnesota’s Prairie Is Increasing Carbon in the Atmosphere
November 20, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Josephine Marcotty (Star Tribune) Newly plowed land in Minnesota released 1.6 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year between 2008 and 2012, a consequence of high corn prices and the ethanol mandate.
Only …

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0
November 20, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  he new report, Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0, was released by the ABO Technical Standards Committee at the 11th Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) in Salt Lake City this month. The IAM 8.0collaboration …

Farm to Flight – Carinata Crop Commercialization Takes off
November 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australiaearly in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner …

Better Soil Could Trap as Much Planet-Warming Carbon as Transport Produces: Study
November 20, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Thin Lei Win (Reuters)  Improving soil health in farmlands could capture extra carbon equivalent to the planet-warming emissions generated by the transport sector, one of the world’s most polluting industries, experts said Tuesday.
Soil naturally absorbs …

Method that Cuts Sugarcane Emissions Gets Global Prize
November 16, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(SciDev.Net) Brazilian awarded prize for method that reduces emissions from cane cultivation; Nitrous oxide emissions cut by 95 per cent through use of inhibitors in fertiliser; Work could contribute to meeting Brazil’s Paris climate agreement targets
A Brazilian scientist …

Is This the Crop That Saves Florida Agriculture?
November 16, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Tom Schenk (Terviva/Biofuels Digest)  … Directly and indirectly, Florida’s citrus industry creates almost 45,000 jobs which translate to almost a $9 billion contribution into Florida’s economy. Today’s citrus industry has shrunk by well over half …

Sona Group Beefs up Production at Nigeria-Based Ethanol Plant
November 16, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  India-headquartered Sona Group has announced that it has beefed up the production at its Nigeria-based ethanol plant, according to media reports from Business Day.
The website reported that Sona ethanol will producing 120,000 litres daily, approximately …

RFA: Record Corn Yield Underscores RFS Success
November 15, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its average corn yield estimate to 175.4 bushels per acre, which if holds, would be a new record.
The November World Agriculture Supply and …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to facilitate the development of regionally-based …

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
November 9, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based …

IHI to Test Algae-Based Jet Fuel Production in Thailand
November 7, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Yukako Ono (Nikkei Asian Review) IHI will conduct large-scale verification experiments in Thailand on a process for producing jet fuel from the oil extracted from cultured microalgae.
The goal is to have a practical technology ready …

Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs
November 7, 2017 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight)  SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam Mannan said.
The move will also …

ABS11 Salt Lake City Highlights
November 6, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) has transitioned from algae biofuels to higher value algae bioproducts. Most of the excitement in the 2017 version focused on nutrition for plants, animals and people, and …

Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods
November 2, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(CapeCod.com)  The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods hole has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical U.S. Waters.
The award is one of 18 …

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil
November 1, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in a stakeholder workshop held by …

Eliminating Crude Ethanol Imports through Enhanced Cassava Production
November 1, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by ‎Abdallah el-Kurebe  (Vanguard)  … Ethanol is also produced from cassava and is used as fuel, alcoholic beverages, perfumes, cosmetics, medicaments, etc. Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava but the nation’s annual local demand for …

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!
October 31, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to …

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?
October 26, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 
One measure raising concerns is the …

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry
October 26, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue …

Will N. Korea Sanctions Trigger Algal Biofuel Production?
October 25, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Brandon Jacobs reports in 38North.com that a new algal research facility just outside of Wonsan, North Korea, suggests a growing interest in developing algae as a strategic resource to diversify sources of energy supplies …

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions
October 24, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
This …

Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar
October 24, 2017 – 11:55 am | Comments Off on Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar

(Bioenergy Insight)  …  Led by the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and involving researchers from the US Colorado State University, the new research published in the journal Nature Communications has provided a mechanistic understanding of biochar’s …

ExCo79 Workshop Publication ‘The Role of Industrial Biorefineries in a Low-Carbon Economy- Summary and Conclusions’
October 19, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Biorefineries are generally expected to play an important role in decarbonising the energy and transport sectors with bioenergy and biofuel products. In addition, national and regional economies would benefit the most from a …

Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe Is Possible, but Faces Challenges
October 19, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to …

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
October 18, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the …

UA to Head New Center Focusing on Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 18, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(University of Arizona News)  The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona’s bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of …

BDI to Construct Innovative Algae Production Plant in Austria
October 18, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(BDI-BioEnergy International AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  Internationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, so far known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, now takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, together with its subsidiary …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii
October 17, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy …

MEPs Vote to Ban the Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil …

SPARC in the Engine: Florida Aims to Be an Alternative Jet Fuels Hub as New Public/Private Project Debuts
October 13, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case. As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production
October 9, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make …

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant
October 9, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae
October 6, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable production of microalgae with high …

A4F – Algae for Future VIDEO
October 6, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(A4F)  DEMA project video – A4F was in charge of the cultivation and optimization at pilot-scale of an engineered strain of Synechocystis 6803 for bioethanol production and of a 20-ha industrial unit business plan for …

MEP: ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels and E-Mobility Both Needed in Post-2020 EU Transport
October 4, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?. If the EU intends to meet its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement, then it should favour both …

Canadian Bio Fuel Company Announces Significant Collaboration with University of Florida
October 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Agrisoma Biosciences Inc./PR Newswire)  Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the United States.

The Quebec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a …

Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century – GCP21 Creating Database about Cassava Projects around the World
October 3, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Angela Fernando (Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century) The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century – GCP21 is creating a formal database on the GCP21 website called Membership Database with the concept to …

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition
October 3, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to improving economic and environmental sustainability …

Masdar Institute’s SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone In Development Of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
October 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Erica Solomon (Masdar Institute News)   Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  —  
Masdar Institute of Science and …

Nigeria: Malaysian Bionas to Build $2.5bn Bio-Fuel Factory in Kaduna State
September 27, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Gwladys Johnson (Ecofin Agency)  Malaysian firm Bionas plans to build plant where it will produce bio-fuel from Jatropha plant, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Jatropha plant could produce aviation fuel and sell at the same price with fossil …

MSU Research to Harness Algae to Contain Power Plant Emissions
September 26, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products.
The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department …

Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection
September 26, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding …

Year-Round Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Managing Seasonal Variation in Algae Production, and Reducing Ash
September 26, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to better manage seasonal variation in algal biomass production, through stabilization to reduce conversion costs, and to reduce ash to increase …

Visegrad and Balkans Hit out at Commission over Biofuels Phase-Out Proposal
September 25, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  The Visegrad group and two Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase out first generation biofuels after 2020 and think about the …

Why Small, Local, Organic Farms Aren’t the Key to Fixing Our Food System
September 24, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Tamar Haspel (The Washington Post)  The food movement has a problem: It’s right about what’s wrong with our system, but wrong about how to fix it.  But what is the “food movement?” I hear you …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel’s $1bn Expansion Project On Hold
September 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Martin Kadzere (AllAfrica/The Herald)  Ethanol producer, Green Fuel has put on hold its $1 billion expansion programme as the current environment does not support the scale of investment, sources have said.
The company, jointly owned …

Cloncurry Shire Council and MITEZ Develop Bio-Fuels Trial
September 22, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Chris Burns (North West Star)  … Seven types of plants will be grown in a four acre plot near Cloncurry’s sewerage treatment works which have been selected for their use in biodiesel. 
The Mount Isa to Townsville …

Switchgrass Could Help China’s Air Quality
September 21, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois ACES/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
“China’s poor air quality is caused by …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER.
The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring …

Studies Show Ethanol Crop Residues Provide A Billion-Dollar Business Opportunity
September 21, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Trestle Energy/CISION PR Newswire)  New economic impact analyses highlight the untapped value of crop residue byproducts of ethanol production for agricultural states  —  Two new studies show that generating energy from ethanol industry byproducts can …

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product
September 14, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic …

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible
September 13, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Roston (Bloomberg)  Companies want to know the environmental impact of their supply chains. Researchers used a crucial commodity to show them.  —  Not every day does an obscure scientific report directly help massive U.S. …

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel
September 13, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well, they hope to start farming in the open ocean between Hawaii and California. They’re working with the Pacific …

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the Rise of Algae in a World Seeking More, Faster, Better
September 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the hard data — let’s see what is critically different about algae, compared to other staple crop agriculture we known and understand. in this case, the …

Nigeria: Experts Fault Proposed Field Trial of Genetically Modified Cassava
September 7, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Cornelius Essen (The Guardian/All Africa)  Experts have condemned an alleged move by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA) and Zurich, Switzerland-based ETHZ Laboratories to carry out confined field trial of genetically modified cassava in …

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?
August 31, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with food production and not always …

Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa
August 30, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eddyville, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Newton, Cedar Rapids. Communities like these have been mainstays of the Iowa bioeconomy for years, even decades — home to corn and soy processing on the …

New Wastewater Treatment System Runs on Algae
August 29, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Julia Mericle (The Hawk Eye)  If Columbus Junction City Council approves the project, they could be first to install new technology in Iowa.  —  Columbus Junction could count itself among pioneering cities in the …

TerViva’s Pongamia Tree Farms Popping up to Meet Hawaii’s Biofuel Needs
August 28, 2017 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Hawaii, pongamia trees are being farmed for the first time in experimental plots in Oahu to help meet Hawaii’s biofuel needs, specifically for biodiesel and jet fuel. TerViva is heading up …

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis
August 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved …

This Is Why When You Talk about Climate Change, You Can’t Ignore Agriculture
August 24, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that land use changes associated with planting crops and grazing livestock have caused a …

Measuring the Changing Pulse of Rivers
August 24, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Louise J. Slater, Robert L. Wilby (Science Magazine)  River flood risks are expected to rise as climate change intensifies the global hydrological cycle and more people live in floodplains (1). Changing risk may be revealed …

Corn and Sorghum Trials Initiated
August 24, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A&B subsidiary to supply biofuel for power project at wastewater plant  —  Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project …

Crossing the 3K Threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s Algae Biofuels Productivity
August 24, 2017 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2014, Sapphire Energy and the US Department of Energy embarked on a project to advance Sapphire’s (then) biomass production technologies across three priority areas to meet a target …

Report: Czech Groundwater Pollution Worsening
August 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Prague Daily Monitor)  The quality of groundwater worsened last year as against the previous years as experts found the values exceeding the permitted limits in some of the observed substances in 86.8 percent of the …

Market Value Pivoted Algae Biomass Productivity for Oil to Other High Value Products – Is Oil Still on the Horizon, Somewhere?
August 23, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Anju D. Krivov  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting/GSR Solutions LLC)  … In the late 1990s, the low oil prices of less than $20 a barrel brought down the Algal Species Program’s initiative started in the 1970s …

Nigeria Loses Billions of Naira Due to Shortages of Cassava Plantation
August 22, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(TVC News)  One of the manufacturers in Nigeria who specialised in the use of cassava for the production of Ethanol has said that the country is losing billions of naira due to a shortfall in …

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source
August 22, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia …

UAE Algae Could Produce Alternative to Palm Oil
August 22, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

Algal Biofuel Production Is Neither Environmentally nor Commercially Sustainable
August 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flynn (The Conversation/Phys.Org)  Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s. It seems like a good idea on paper, and they do work – …

The Good, the Bad and the Algae
August 9, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems …

PCJ Biodiesel Blend to Cut Oil Imports and Boost Agricultural Sector
August 7, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Rochelle Williams (Jamaica Information Service)  Jamaica could save hundreds of millions in energy costs per year, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and creating a boost for the agricultural sector through the …

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests
August 7, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have said for years — robust markets are the key to keeping forests as forests, “says …

Marginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops – Turning a Burden into an Opportunity
August 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  U research project MAGIC kicks off  —  On 4-5 July 2017, the 25 partners involved in the EU funded research project MAGIC held their kick-off meeting at the Copa-Cogeca secretariat in Brussels. Led …

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Launches Cassava Out-Grower Programme for Bioethanol Project
August 3, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Sunbird Bioenergy Africa has commenced work on a cassava out-grower programme to provide sustainable feedstock for a bioenergy project expected to eventually produce 120 million litres per year of bioethanol for Zambia’s ethanol-fuel …

The Sweet Smell of Success…and Beets!
August 1, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Treasure Coast Research Park)  … On Wednesday, June 14th, a team of research and industry leaders established through the leadership of St. Lucie County’s Treasure Coast Research Park, gathered at Tropicana’s feed processing facility in Fort …

Hitting a New High – Hemp Industry and Innovations Continue to Grow Like Weeds
July 31, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, former Dell executive Bruce Dietzen created a car made from hemp that runs on biofueland is touted as carbon neutral. Industrial hemp grows as Vermont registers more than 80 new hemp …

Strengthening Value Chain Linkages to Improve Profitability and Sustainability of Cassava Production Systems in SE Asia
July 28, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Newby (Capacities Development for Agriculture Innovation System (CDAIS))    Throughout Southeast Asia, cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an increasingly important crop in terms of both rural livelihoods and regional economic development. Cassava production in …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Biofuels Potential
July 26, 2017 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can camelina oil be a viable substitute as a biodiesel feedstocks, given that palm oil has received so much negative attention in Europe at least. In this deck, industry consultants …

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?
July 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

Unlocking a Key to Maize’s Amazing Success
July 21, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science Magazine)  Maize grows on every continent save Antarctica and provides food and biofuels for millions of people. Now, researchers studying ancient and modern maize have found a clue to its popularity over …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Corn Farmers, Biofuels Have More to Offer
July 20, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Journal-Advocate)  … Oxygenating gasoline is required under Clean Air Act amendments, and ethanol — with its clean-burning qualities — has long been regarded as the best additive for that. For years, adding …

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts
July 19, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

MEPs Ask Commission to Distinguish ‘Good and Bad’ Crop-Based Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv)  The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee endorsed on Thursday (29 June) its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility, calling on the Commission to …

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit the Environment if Managed Correctly
June 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Michigan State University)  Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in …

From Coal-Fired CO2: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Capturing Flue Gas via Microalgae
June 30, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A recent DOE project with MicroBio Engineering had the primary objective of a detailed techno-economic and life cycle assessment for a coal-fired power plant with two microalgae CO2 utilization and …

Exploring Danone’s “One Planet. One Health” Hypocrisy
June 29, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Karen Batra (BioTech Now)  Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, is making headlines again for another possibly well-intentioned, yet short-sighted, effort dubbed “One Planet. One Health.”

Last year Danone announced it was “committing to getting …

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development
June 29, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed.
The …

Corporate/Academic Partnership to Convert Wastewater Algae
June 29, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Floyd Griffiths  (WesTech Engineering, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more efficient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater …

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration
June 29, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key slides presented by AquaFiber, Pacific …

New Algae Farm for Goondiwindi
June 28, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Queensland Country Life)  Goondiwindi’s Woods Grain has secured a $579,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government.to build an algae farm for livestock production.

“This has resulted in collaboration with Professor Peer Schenk, at the University of Queensland, who …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the …

Meeting Needs, Maximizing Benefits
June 27, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers continuously implement new environmentally friendly techniques to raise their crops.  —  Corn farmers—and with them, the ethanol industry—are growing more sustainable.
Farmers in corn states are embracing a variety …

What Lies beneath: The Ship that Could Revolutionise Seaweed Cultivation
June 27, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Julian Turner (Ship Technology) Researchers and industry in Norway are designing the world’s largest seaweed cultivation vessel to meet growing demand for the multi-functional algae.  —  Most commonly associated in the West with seaside holidays …

Syngenta and Growth Energy Partner to Promote E15 Fuel at American Ethanol E15 250 Race
June 26, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/AgriMarketing)  Syngenta and Growth Energy are once again working with Iowa Speedway to demonstrate the value of E15 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen. The race, which will be …

Alexander & Baldwin Partners with TerViva on Energy Crop Project in Central Maui
June 23, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Alexander & Baldwin/PR Newswire)  High-yield pongamia grows sustainably, uses less water and fertilizer than other crops  —  Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) and TerViva today announced plans to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The fatal distortion lies in …

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds
June 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether …

Algaemagic: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the MAGIC Marine Algae Consortium Project
June 21, 2017 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Huntley and Zackary Johnson gave this illuminating overview of the MAGIC Marine Algae consortium project at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2
June 21, 2017 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2 from Air at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-op Offers Farmers a Sweet Deal
June 20, 2017 – 11:20 pm | No Comment

by Travis Poland (Lambton Shield)  Farmers can earn more money without doing more work  —  A new technology will allow local farmers to get more cash out of their cash crops without any extra work.
Comet …

L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut Join Palm Oil Innovation Group to Reform Palm Oil Sourcing
June 19, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut joined as the newest members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group in search of responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

Keeping the Forests as Forests
June 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade wood resources have fallen off dramatically.  In this context, “low grade” is used to describe …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

Algae — Life after Biofuels: Mining Algae’s 1001 Uses
June 14, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got …

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step into Biofuels
June 14, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  Taleveras signs joint venture with Global Green Development; First phase of biofuels project seen costing $400-$600 million  —  Taleveras Group, the African oil trading company, is making its first moves into renewable …

Assam’ Oil Refinery Soon to Process Biofuel from Bamboo
June 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(The Northeast Today) A biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in India, set up at the Numaligarh Refinery (NRL) in Assam, will soon process biofuel from bamboo, abundantly found in Arunachal Pradesh, Petroleum and Natural …