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McConnell Introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
April 18, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 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 …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
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 …

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says
April 9, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to …

Lumber’s Lure: Thanks to Physics, Viable Biofuel May Grow in the Woods
April 6, 2018 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lee (Ars Technica)  Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.  … I thought New Zealand would offer some chemistry-minded contrast. The country makes a lot of money on timber exports, but this profit is …

Brazilian Biofuel Producers Oppose Further Deforestation of the Amazon
April 6, 2018 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Claire Stam (EURACTIV.com)  The Brazilian Senate is considering lifting a ban on sugarcane production for ethanol fuel in the Amazon. The plan, supported by the country’s president, has sparked protests from environmentalists and the Brazilian …

The Hog’s a Hot Dog: N-Sense, Gen3Bio, Nebullam, PowerPollen, TeselaGen Takin’ Biotech to the Next Level
April 5, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For a number of years we have been pointing to Iowa’s intriguing combination of feedstock, infrastructure and political consensus on renewables as a potent force in bioeconomy deployment. But these days, …

Carinata Rising: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
April 3, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

Treating OK Wastewater
April 2, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Sunup’s ultimate goal is to clean up wastewater in Oklahoma to a level that it can be recycled or reused for crop irrigation. See how they do it. WATCH VIDEO

Economic Feasibility of Moringa- Castor Bean – Camelina: Dual Cropping in Same Acreage for Sustainable Biodiesel Production
April 2, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  With introduction of Camelina and Castor Bean crops with MOMAX3 Moringa, as much as 1450 gallon of oil can be produced per year from a well developed, properly cared and efficiently managed Moringa …

Why Hydrothermal Liquefaction Hasn’t Taken off Yet
April 2, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Science Trends)  enguang Zhou writes in Sciencetrends.com about work recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology regarding why Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of microalgae — a bio-oil technology which does not require dewatering and drying of algal biomass — …

NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program
March 30, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25/North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to …

High Tech Algae Farming Industry Gets Boost with Introduction of Bipartisan Algae Agriculture Act of 2018
March 23, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization/Globe Newswire)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today applauded the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of …

Boeing Promotes Aviation Biofuel in Africa
March 22, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Kaleyesus Bekele (AIN Online)  The Boeing Company has teamed with the South African government, South African Airways (SAA), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and U.S. energy …

Facebook and Google’s Surprising, Rising Prospects along Agriculture’s Revolutionary Road
March 21, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you haven’t been to Ankeny, Iowa in recent years — situated between Des Moines and Ames, which is to say between the political and financial capital of the state and …

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon
March 19, 2018 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Joshua D. Rhodes (University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute)  Expanded Carbon Credit Could Spur New Coal Power Investment  —  The Furthering carbon capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act, part of the recently …

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax
March 15, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors
… 
These are great starts but we will still need some …

Bolivia Invests $1.6 Billion to Boost Output of Sugar-Based Ethanol
March 15, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  A $1.6 billion investment by 2025 will allow ethanol made from sugarcane represent 25 percent of fuels used in Bolivia, President Evo Morales said on Thursday.
The president was speaking at an event …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

Cloncurry Treated Sewage Water Trial
March 14, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

TREATED sewage water is being used to irrigate paddocks of crops that can be used for biofuels in a trial at Cloncurry.
Sorghum, soy beans, sun hemp and leucaena are being irrigated with the treated sewage …

Neste’s Human Rights Program Making Gradual Impacts on Labor Issues within the Palm Oil Industry
March 13, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  … In order to truly have impacts in human rights, we have started identifying potential human rights issues and put in motion a plan to manage the associated risks, particularly in our palm oil …

Leveraging the Power of Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol
March 13, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials.
Formed in 2006, and headquartered in …

How Biofuels from Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming
March 12, 2018 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Guiden (Colorado State University) … A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling …

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Scale up Algae Biofuel
March 12, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (San Diego Union Tribune)  Advancing work under a collaboration established a decade ago, ExxonMobil and La Jolla’s Synthetic Genomics said they will begin outdoor growth of naturally occurring algae for biofuel.
The research could …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

Boliden Grows Algae to Reduce Emissions
March 6, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The “Microalgae cultivation for treatment of process emissions from the metals industry” project, which is being financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, started recently and will run for two years at Boliden …

Brazil Sugar Mills Start Genetically-Modified Cane Plantation
March 6, 2018 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by José Roberto Gomes (Reuters) Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm …

We Fold Water: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Folded Aquaculture for Expanded Yield
March 5, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Source Integration has developed a technology that creates a 12x surface area for a 12x algae harvest and expects expects an optimized production of 8 – 10 times plain algae raceway for …

Field-Grown Transgenic Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) with Altered Lignin Does Not Affect Soil Chemistry, Microbiology, and Carbon Storage Potential
March 5, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer M. DeBruyn, et al (Global Change Biology Bioenergy) Cell wall recalcitrance poses a major challenge on cellulosic biofuel production from feedstocks such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). As lignin is a known contributor of recalcitrance, …

Algae Could Be Major New Food Source, Major New Industry
February 27, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Richard A. Lovett (Cosmos)  Could green microorganisms be the geoengineering fix the world’s needs?   —  … Not only can these fast-growing single-celled plants provide biomass for carbon-neutral fuels, they can provide animal feeds and high-quality protein …

BETO 2017 Peer Review Results Are Now Online!
February 27, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Last spring, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) conducted its seventh biennial external review of its research, development, and communications portfolio. More than 40 external subject matter …

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future
February 27, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.
A report by Crown Research Institute …

Is Energy from Woody Biomass Positive for the Climate?
February 27, 2018 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  IEA Bioenergy has produced a brief on the question ‘Is energy from woody biomass positive for the climate?’
The brief provides background and a number of concise arguments on this question. Overall, energy from …

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential
February 21, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production, in an eight-year study. D.K. Lee, …

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

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

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

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

Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) Reach Agreement to Accelerate Production of Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia
February 19, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Unilever)  Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska
February 16, 2018 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally …

NGT Notice to MoEF, Assam on NRL’s Bio-Ethanol Project
February 13, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by PTI, Guwahati (India TV)  Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) will utilise bamboo as main biomass for producing bioethanol under the project at Owguri Chapori village in Golaghat (Assam).

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by wildlife activist …

Sunflowers One Day, Oily Stuff the Next: Pacific Biodiesel Turns Sunflower Seeds into Oil for Cooking and Massages — in Addition to Biofuel
February 12, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Tanji  (Maui News)  … Around 1,330 gallons of sunflower oil was generated from the first 14-acre field farmed by Pacific Biodiesel last year.
Company founder and President Bob King said this past week that most …

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate
February 11, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central …

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change
February 7, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State News)  Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
An agricultural system …

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

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

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

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

Realistically Assess and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rapeseed Cultivation
February 5, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) (Google translation))  Global standard values ​​overestimate nitrous oxide emissions in rapeseed cultivation  —  A network of eight partners under the coordination of the Thünen Institute (TI) for …

Which Tree? Where? Why?
February 5, 2018 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(World Agroforestry Centre)  While India has a world-first national policy for agroforestry, aka trees on farms, farmers in different agro-climatic zones need help with which trees to grow. A new book is now here to help.
“With …

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center
February 1, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

byJulie Wurth  (News Gazette)  A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched …

Enviva: Track & Trace Data Conforms Sustained Forest Growth
January 31, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, marking one year of public reporting and two years of tracking the company’s sustainable sourcing practices. …

Letter to the Editor: Renewable Fuel Standard Threatens New Jersey Wildlife & Worsens Climate Change
January 31, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Kelly M0oij (Audubon Society/Tap Into New Brunswick)  … A decade removed from RFS beginnings has given ample time for evaluation and it’s time to reform the program. As a start, Congress must work to promote …

Swansea Takes Lead in ALG-AD Sustainability Project
January 31, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution …

OPG Turns Focus to Laos for Oil Palm Plantation
January 30, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  OPG Tech Co, a local palm oil trader, is gearing up for oil palm plantation and biodiesel production in Laos after seeing limited business opportunities in Thailand. OPG plans to develop the plantation on …

Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS Partner in Historic First Pacific Jet Biofuels Flight
January 30, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has departed from LAX and arrives roughly at Digest press time.
The trans-Pacific …

Economic Survey Suggests Converting Agricultural Waste into Biofuels to Tackle Pollution
January 29, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Mayank Aggarwal (LiveMint)  Survey also recommends ‘congestion pricing’ for vehicles, expanding and improving public bus system to reduce private vehicle use, and phasing out old vehicles to reduce pollution  —  The Economic Survey released on Monday suggested …

Farmland Could Be Used to Sustainably Offset America’s Entire Carbon Footprint—if the Will Exists
January 26, 2018 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Louis Verchot (Quartz)  … Positive agricultural interventions could achieve up to 6% of reduction emissions needed to achieve the Paris Agreement goals—showing that this sector is not only part of the problem, but part of the solution …

Husker Researchers Explore Economic Potential for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol in Western Nebraska
January 26, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin (University of Nebraska IANR News)  A team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is exploring sweet sorghum ethanol as a future income source for dryland agriculture in western Nebraska.
Sweet sorghum is a cultivar of …

Updated UFOP Report on Global Market Supply Published
January 22, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP))  Strong global harvest yields mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient. The figures indicate that there …

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions
January 22, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Scale up to profitable production, however, requires …

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production
January 22, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  New research from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago at Illinois and the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that incorporating conservation practices can both increase soil …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 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 …

Turning Soybeans into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions
January 18, 2018 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Dan Charles (the salt/NPR)  … The story, however, is more complicated than it seems. For one thing, that boom in Argentine biodiesel exports is over, at least for now. Last summer, the United States accused …

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops
January 17, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.  —  … “Early yield estimates …

Over 1,000 Protest against EU Move to Ban Palm Oil Biofuel
January 17, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth Tee (MalayMailOnline)  About 1,700 Malaysian palm oil smallholders today rallied against the European Union’s (EU) move to remove palm oil from its biofuels mix.
The protest demanded that the EU withdraw its proposal to ban, …

Developing Climate-Smart Ag Farm Groups Meet to Examine Role of Agriculture in Building Climate Resiliency
January 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Farm organizations are beginning to talk about the evolution of climate-smart agriculture and the need to ensure the U.S. remains at the table as the United Nations begins developing …

Outback Cloncurry Uses Treated Sewage to Trial Biofuels, Boost Northern Development
January 15, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Eric Barker (ABC Rural)  With about a megalitre of sewage flowing from the toilets of Cloncurry every day, the local council has built a new trial site for biofuel plants.
An assortment of crops, including sun …

Does the 2040 Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Cars Mean the Eeath of Biofuels?
January 15, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Raffaella Ocone (Energy Post)  One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned by 2040 is what it means for biofuels. According to Raffaella Ocone of …

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules
January 12, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

Las Cruces Utilities Collaboration Leads to Algae Breakthroughs
January 8, 2018 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels (KRWG)  Over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has investigated how algae – yes, that simple green stuff …

Indian Oil to Arrange Biomass-to-Ethanol Plant in Panipat
January 5, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Kaplan Herald)  The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilizing surplus crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at Baoli village in Panipat district. The capacity of the proposed …

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative Announces Grant Recipients
January 5, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state.

Below is a …

From CO2 to Algae
January 5, 2018 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part …

What’s Needed in African Agriculture Before Technology
January 4, 2018 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  “A lot of what’s needed in African agriculture is quite low-tech if tech at all,” says Gary Vaughan-Smith, chief investment officer at SilverStreet Capital, the agribusiness private equity firm.
SilverStreet has been investing in African …

Ontario Proposal Aims to Double Ethanol Blend in Fuel
January 4, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by John Greig (Manitoba Co-operator)  An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn in the province.
The government has …

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems
January 3, 2018 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the bulk of the country’s renewable fuel for cars and trucks. But cellulosic ethanol is harder …

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

What Is Shaping AgTech: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Agriculture and Its technologies
January 3, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, industry consultant Vonnie Estes — whose latest Digest column is here — picked up the Rosa Franklin Award for leadership in industrial biotechnology — and her most recent presentation decks offer a …

The FBA Organizes a Series of Finnish Biochar Workshops, Posts Selected Presentations
December 29, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Suomenbiohiili.info)  … The 2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop was successfully held in Tampere on 4 December 2017, we had participants representing the whole Finnish biochar sector: companies, researchers and local municipalities. The event was organized by Finnish …

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
December 28, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for …

Avoiding GMOs Isn’t Just Anti-Science. It’s Immoral.
December 28, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Mitch Daniels (The Washington Post)  Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than the campaign against modern agricultural technology, most specifically the use …

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing
December 27, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal)  … A study conducted for the U.S. Agriculture Department found corn ethanol’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, by 2022, will be 43 percent lower than gasoline baseline emissions if ethanol plants continue as usual. If ethanol …

Felda Protests EU’s Ban on Palm Oil
December 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by  Zunaira Saieed (The Star)  FELDA, which harbours the largest population of oil palm smallholders in Malaysia, fully condemns the discriminatory act by the European Union (EU) to ban palm oil from entering its market.
This year, …

Biofuel and Bioproducts from Algae
December 26, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Tamara Scully  (Country Folks)  The next big thing in alternative energy may be pretty small. Algae, which are aquatic, single-celled organisms, produce oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide. Nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients which can degrade …

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 …