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UK’s Post-Brexit Farm Subsidies Will Prioritize Carbon Sequestration

(Our Daily Planet)  …Under the bill, introduced to Parliament this week and expected to become law within a few months, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for cultivating land—the current EU system—but for delivering “public goods.” These include sequestering carbon in trees or soil, enhancing habitat with pollinator-friendly flowers,

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Mixotrophy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novel Platform for Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a lot of flat, dry land in the U.S. but researchers at Arizona State University and others are looking at how that land could support biofuel production. How about evaporation-resistant reactors coupled with thermotolerant, high-productivity mixotrophic algae? Check out this Slide-Guide from P.I. Peter Lammers

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Finds ‘Insignificant’ Link between US Biofuel Policy and Deforestation in Southeast Asia

(Biofuels International)  A new study carried out by economic modelling experts from Purdue University in the US has found the impacts of US biofuel policy on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia to be insignificant. The study, titled ‘US Biofuel Production and Policy Implications for Land Use Changes in Malaysia and

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification of Arable Production for Food Security and Climate Protection

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The “Green Deal” starts in the field — Berlin, 16 January 2020. The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) would like to take the publication of the fourth edition of the Report on Global Market Supply as

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Smile! It’s PhotoSeed! Traited Genetics that Improve Photosynthesis and Seeds: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Imagine technology that is applicable across several crops that can enhance yield and improve seed composition including soybean and canola. No need to imagine as ZeaKal shared at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco with this illuminating presentation on their PhotoSeed technology and the latest results

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Genetic Modification of Poplar Trees Saves Air Quality

(National Science Foundation)  Some trees, such as poplars, emit gases that worsen air pollution and alter climate. Poplar trees are sources of biofuels and other products, including paper and plywood. —  Poplar trees are widely used in commercial products, but, like several other tree species, they emit gases to the atmosphere

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Payments for Ecosystem Services Key to Enabling Agricultural Solutions to Sustainable Development Goals, Ag Renaissance

(Solutions from the Land) As discussions on climate change, clean water, hunger, poverty and biodiversity grow both on the domestic and global stages, the role of agriculture in addressing these mega-challenges is filling a growing role at the policy table. Statewide efforts facilitated by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Giant Eni Fined €5m for Deceiving Consumers over Its ‘Green’ Diesel

(Government Europa) Italian regulators today (January 15, 2020) fined Italy’s oil giant Eni over advertisements on TV and in newspapers, digital media and petrol stations that falsely claimed Eni Diesel+ was ‘green’.  The watchdog states that the marketing campaign deceives consumers when it claims that the ‘green’ diesel has a positive

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Mumias Sugar Set to Revive Ethanol Factory Friday

by Benson Amadala (Business Daily Africa) The cash-strapped Mumias Sugar Company is expected to resume ethanol production Friday after reconnection of power supply to the factory. Mr Ponangipalli Venkata Ramana Rao, the receiver-manager appointed by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to oversee the revival of the miller said yesterday a team

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Gold Rush: Daryl Maas Followed His Dreams to California

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Daryl Maas followed his dreams to California, where he is filling an important niche helping mitigate climate change and dairy farmers mine the lucrative rewards of cow manure.  —  Daryl Maas was raised among the Dutch dairy farms of Northwest Washington. After joining the military

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Three Firms Eye Ethanol Licences

(Herald/George Maponga Masvingo Bureau)  Three companies have applied for land irrigated by the new Tugwi-Mukosi Dam to grow sugar cane to make ethanol for blending into fuels. Greenfuel in Chisumbanje and Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe in Chiredzi are the only two firms producing ethanol at the moment. The completion of Tugwi-Mukosi

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Could GMOs Help Create Sustainable Food Systems?

by Katherine Baker (Planet Forward/Cornell University)  … Surprisingly, there is no true precise or universal scientific definition of the phrase “GMO,” nor is there any regulation around its use for labeling in the United States, which may contribute to the large amount of public confusion surrounding the topic. Says Ronald:

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

(The Food and Land Use Coalition)  The Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition September 2019  — For people, nature and climate  —  There is a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems, but as the challenges are growing, we need to act with great urgency. The

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Coming Full Circle

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Celebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. … Once a process technology-focused company that built 13 plants in Hawaii, Japan,

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UABio Proposals for Amendments to the Legislation on Stimulating the Cultivation of Energy Crops

(UABio)The UABIO Working Group has finalized work on amendments to legislation to stimulate cultivation of energy crops in Ukraine. Read also: aboutabout creation of UABIO Working group on energy crops and about creation of UABIO Working group on energy cropson energy crops. According to the results of the work, amendments to the legislation at

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Minister: Govt to Channel 50pc of Crude Palm Oil Windfall Tax to Biofuel Fund

(Malay Mail/Bernama)  At least 50 per cent of the crude palm oil (CPO) windfall tax will be channelled to the biofuel stabilisation fund, which is expected to be set up within the first quarter of this year, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. … Earlier in the forum, she said

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Microalgae Applications and Cultivation: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to mBio’s Algae Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From microalgae applications that include adding value to feed, shrimp larvae culturing, bioplastics and anti-bacterial constituents and other applications, do you know about the latest in algae cultivation technologies? Check out what this team from MicroBio Engineering and Cal Poly State University shared during this

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Zero Waste Scotland Promoting Insect Farming as Biodiesel Feedstock Source

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Scotsman newspaper reports that Zero Waste Scotland is promoting the development of an insect farming sector to diversify its circular economy, biofuels are seen as one of the opportunities for insects. With grubs fed on food waste, they can then be raised

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Center Releases Calendar of Biofuel Training Events for the Year 2020

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  The Advanced Biofuel Center is a bioenergy crop research and development company that has established the Biodiesel Business Academy to provide quality, impartial, informative and enjoyable advanced-level training with enhanced technology in the field of biodiesel production. The knowledge arm of Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC), Biodiesel Business

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Markets & Predictions for 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2020? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.  As the sunset of 2019 gives way to the dawn of 2020, once again roll the

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Finding Environmental Markets Carbon Credits, Water Quality Markets Rebuild for Farmers

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) When Ohio farmer Fred Yoder testified last month before the House Select Committee on Climate Change, the long-time no-till farmer and champion of climate-smart farming practices told lawmakers one of the best things that could happen would be to get back a carbon market that

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Predicting How Microbial Neighbors Influence Each Other

(U.S. Department of Energy)  A new microbial network inference method reliably predicts interactions that depend on neighboring organisms.  — The Science Microbes in the soil form networks, which in turn make up larger communities. As the environment changes, so do the microbes and their relationships. For scientists to design or control

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Hemp, Inc. CEO, Bruce Perlowin, Featured in Havasu News Coverage about Kins Communities

(Hemp, Inc./Globe Newswire)  Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers, including the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today news coverage in Havasu News, a leading source for news, sports and opinions in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

A Review of LCA Assessments of Forest-Based Bioeconomy Products and Processes under an Ecosystem Services Perspective.

(Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science/National Center for Biotechnology Information)    The emergence of politically driven bioeconomy strategies worldwide calls for considering the ecological issues associated with bio-based products. Traditionally, life cycle analysis (LCA) approaches are key tools used to assess impacts through product life cycles, but they present limitations regarding

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

A Look into the Maximum Potential Availability and Demand for Low-Carbon Feedstocks/Fuels in Europe (2020–2050) (Literature Review)

(Concawe)  In light of the EU’s ambitious targets for achieving a lowcarbon economy by 2030, Concawe has completed a study of the long-term availability of low-carbon feedstocks and fuels, and the associated costs, based on a literature review. This article summarises the outcomes of the Concawe study. … This article

December 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Flora to Fuel: Could Wind-Powered Algae Make Bioreactors Competitive?

by Umar Ali (Power Technology)  The ENBIO project uses excess energy from wind turbines to power 16 1,000-litre photo-bioreactors which grow algae that can then be used for biofuels. The project demonstrates how green technologies can work together, but can it make algae-derived fuel competitive? We find out more. The

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

B20 Biodiesel for Transport Sector to Be Launched in Phases Next Year: Teresa Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily) The B20 biodiesel programme for the transport sector is expected to be launched in phases next year, that would give a fillip to the crude palm oil (CPO) price which is projected to reach RM3,000 per tonne. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (pix) said the programme

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $20 Million in Funding to Develop Feedstock Monitoring and Carbon Storage Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (December 19, 2019), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. The Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Commits $2 Million for Precision Agriculture Initiative at SDSU

(POET) Today (December 17, 2019)   POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin announced a $2 million gift for construction of the precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University (SDSU). POET and SDSU have a strong history of collaboration on innovative research projects and training the next generation to use agriculture

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

ITOCHU Announces the Start of an Overseas Demonstration Project to Culture Euglena

(ITOCHU Corporation)  ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yoshihisa Suzuki, President and COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it has decided to conduct an overseas demonstration project (hereinafter the “Demonstration Project”) in collaboration with euglena Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Mitsuru Izumo, President: hereinafter “euglena Co.”) to culture euglena

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Show Me The Money!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to 1st Cash Cover Crop for the Midwest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cover crops are not all the same – just ask Dr. Tim Ulmasov, CTO of CoverCress who shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco to introduce the first cash cover crop for the Midwest. It’s similar to canola, offers farmers a $50-70/acre cash margin, pluscover crop

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

When Negative Is Good – Carbon Negative: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Biojet Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Noone wants to be negative…unless they are talking about carbon negative of course. The aviation industry has been all abuzz about lowering their carbon footprints for years, then carbon neutral, now carbon negative. According to Gevo’s Timothy Cesarek, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, the carbon footprint

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Agriculture’s Role is Growing in the Effort to Stem a Changing Climate

(Solutions from the Land) The global climate negotiating sessions in Madrid come to a close this week, and producer advocates remain gratified that delegates to the talks have demonstrated a growing acceptance of the agricultural sector’s role in addressing the climate crisis. As SfL steering committee member Ray Gaesser pointed

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Castor Seeks More Land for Biodiesel Production

by Lorraine Muromo (NewsDay)  Oil Castor Zimbabwe has pledged to end the country’s fuel crisis urging farmers to invest more in castor bean farming which will aid bio-diesel production. According to the company website, Oil Castor supplies castor seeds of high grade which it converts to castor oil for bio-diesel

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Learn Algae Production Skills with These Online Courses from the Algae Technology Educational Consortium

(Algae Biomass Organization) Algae production technologies are gearing up to provide biomass that can be used in markets that are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars. To help meet that opportunity ABO ‘s sister organization, The Algae Foundation, is coordinating a number of projects that are educating and training the

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Gaesser, Shea Share Growth of Climate Smart Ag During Panel at COP 25

(Solutions from the Land)  … SfL Steering Committee member Ray Gaesser, an Iowa corn and soybean producer, and SfL President Ernie Shea appeared on the panel, which focused on climate change and the agriculture sector. They spoke of the role farmers are playing in addressing climate change, sharing with those

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Deep Dive: Climate Change and U.S. Farmers

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) A meeting last June in Newburg, Md., represented a change for U.S. farmers, Pro’s Helena Bottemiller Evich reports . The event was hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a group made up of the heavyweights in American agriculture. It brought together three

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Soil Carbon Science for Policy and Practice

by Mark A. Bradford, Chelsea J. Carey, Lesley Atwood, Deborah Bossio, Eli P. Fenichel, Sasha Gennet, Joseph Fargione, Jonathan R. B. Fisher, Emma Fuller, Daniel A. Kane, Johannes Lehmann, Emily E. Oldfield, Elsa M. Ordway, Joseph Rudek, Jonathan Sanderman & Stephen A. Wood (Nature Sustainability) Soil-based initiatives to mitigate climate

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Talks in Madrid Give Agriculture Another Opportunity to Advance Climate Solutions

(Solutions from the Land)  … Representatives from the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA), a farmer-led platform for North American agricultural partners facilitated by Solutions from the Land, have been attending and contributing to the global discussions for the last two years. With this seat at the table, NACSAA delegates are promoting

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

MAGIC Research Work Now Available Online

Insights about the most promising industrial crops grown on marginal land.  MAGIC aims to promote the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands, considering that industrial crops can provide valuable resources for high added value products and bioenergy. To achieve that, an up-to-date database of

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni: Signs MoU with Tunisian SNDP to Assess and Extend Experimental Castor Cultivation to Be Used to Produce Sustainable Biofuels

(Eni)  This will be the world’s first example of semi-industrial non-food being cultivated in a pre-desert area to generate of sustainable Biofuels  — Eni and the SNDP (Societè National de Distribution des Petroles AGIL SpA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Tunisian Ministry of Industry, in the presence of the

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Argonne Collaboration Shows Benefits of Better Corn Residue Management Strategies

(U.S. Department of Energy) As the global population swells, boosting the demand for both food and energy, land management has never been more important. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are conducting pivotal research that will help keep soil healthy now and into the future.

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil Sugarcane Growth Can Meet Biofuel Need and Not Drive Deforestation: Study

by Claire Asher (South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -Sugarcane crop production in Brazil may need to expand by up to 5 million hectares by 2030 to meet a rising demand for ethanol biofuels, according to computer models that compared the impact of different economic, social, and policy scenarios on increased ethanol production.   -The

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

South African Airways Welcomes the Scaling Up of Sustainable Local Fuel Supply in South Africa

(South African Airways)   South African Airways (SAA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary and low cost carrier, Mango Airlines, made history in 2016 as the first two airlines in Africa to operate commercial flights respectively, which were powered by sustainable aviation fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant, Solaris. That momentous occasion

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Smart Agriculture Forum Serves Up Solutions from the Land

(Solutions from the Land) Iowa agriculture, business, academic, government and conservation leaders met in Des Moines on Monday in a forum that began an exploration of the impacts that extreme weather events and changing climatic conditions are having on the state’s agriculture sector. More importantly, those participating in the event

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

NuSeed Acquires Agrisoma Carinata Assets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Louisiana, longtime industry executive Glenn Johnston said that NuSeed has acquired the carinata assets of Canadian agricultural pioneer Agrisoma. Johnston was speaking at the IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuels Symposium in New Orleans and confirmed that five Agrisoma staff members have joined NuSeed, with the asset acquisition.

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

“The Thing to Remember Is that It’s Agriculture.” Manta’s New Way to Think about Algal Biofuel

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Not only is the Manta Biofuel system a way to grow, harvest and process algae into oil that can be used for heating or powering heavy duty engines or ocean-going vessels, or as a feedstock for refineries; Dr. Ryan Powell sees the Manta Biofuel

November 16, 2019 Read Full Article

In Surprise Move, Brazil Has Removed Restrictions on Amazon Sugarcane Production

by Naira Hofmeister (Mongabay) -Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree revoking a zoning regulation for the sugarcane industry, effectively allowing for cultivation of the crop in the Amazon and other areas of primary forest. -The measure is controversial because it wasn’t requested by the industry, which, under the

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

40% Biomass Boost for Bioethanol: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aequor’s Green Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A Wonder Woman Power Duo spoke at the recent ABLC NEXTin San Francisco and in case you missed it, this is one presentation you won’t want to miss. It’s got the goods on green chemicals and how we can replace toxic biocides and antibiotics in

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

How Iowans Drove The National Debate On Carbon Farming

by Isabella Murray (Iowa Starting Line)  … (Beto) O’Rourke had read a guest op-ed by Leonard and Matt Russell, executive director of Interfaith Power and Light — a group that pushes for faith-based solutions to climate change — in the New York Times about how to win rural America. O’Rourke wanted to learn

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Chinese Demand Heats up Brazil’s Ethanol Industry

by Sarita Reed and Vincius Fontana  (Future Fuel Strategies/China Dialogue) There are 332 million cars on the road in China, more than anywhere in the world. Most run on pure petrol, but from next year Chinese fuel companies will add 10% ethanol, a move that could have far reaching implications for the

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA, National Sorghum Producers to Quantify Sorghum Sustainability for Ethanol Production

(Biofuels International) US industry association the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas, US to quantify sorghum sustainability in a key American ethanol production region. The partnership will be carried out through a conservation collaboration grant that

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Chhattisgarh Advises Centre to Set up Biofuel Units Using Paddy Husk

by Nidhi Sharma  (Economic Times) Chhattisgarh government has offered the Centre a solution to the problem of stubble burning in fields—set up ethanol or biofuel units using paddy husk and rice straw. On its part, the Chhattisgarh govt has decided to set up at least 6 biofuel plan… As Delhi

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

SOFAST It’s Scary!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Arthrospira/Spirulina Algae Strains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Streamlined Optimization of Filamentous Arthrospira/SpirulinaTraits (SOFAST) is looking at algae in a whole new way. Lumen Bioscience in particular has been working on a unique, patented technology to genetically enhance Arthrospira for improved growth and biomass composition for biofuels and bioproducts. Damian Carrieri from Lumen Bioscience gave

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Biofuel Plan Will Impact Global Palm Oil Price, Analysts Say

by Nur Yasmin (Jakarta Globe) Indonesia’s B30 biofuel plan, which will become effective at the beginning of January next year, will further increase domestic consumption of palm oil and prop up the price of the commodity, analysts said. The average palm oil price has rebounded to $650 per metric ton this

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

The Opportunity for Algae in Carbon Utilization: A $320 Billion Market that Could also Capture 3 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

(Algae Biomass Organization) A recent report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) takes a close look at using carbon emissions as a feedstock to more efficiently decarbonize economies around the world. The authors identify an enormous opportunity for algae. C2ES published “Carbon Utilization–A Vital and Effective Pathway for Decarbonization” to

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

CBH Group Develops New Sustainable Malting Barley Market

(CBH Group) The CBH Group has launched a new trial to supply certified sustainable malting barley from Western Australia to international customers as part of a pilot program in response to the growing global trend for sustainably sourced products. Since 2010, CBH Marketing and Trading has been accredited to access the

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Supply Chains & Clariant’s Experience in Romania

by Paolo Corvo (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  … The success of making use of that sustainable biomass resource and a rapid uptake of bioenergy technologies relies on many factors. One of it is the cost of feedstock, which is directly dependent on the development, establishment and execution of a reliable, stable, high-quality feedstock

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework Published by Interagency Collaboration under the Biomass Research and Development Board

(Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board) Created through the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000, the Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board facilitates coordination among federal government agencies that affect the research and development of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Since 2013, the BR&D Board has worked to shape an interagency

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

High Pressure Homogenisation for the Cell Disruption of Algae

(Biofuels International) … One of the most critical steps in the bioprocessing of algae to optimise economy and yield is the cell disruption stage. The functionality of algae biochemicals must be maintained while obtaining high disruption yields, hence the need for an efficient, scalable process. High pressure homogenisation (HPH) offers

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

A Roadmap to Make the Land Sector Carbon Neutral by 2040

(Environmental News Network/International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)  … IIASA researchers contributed to the development of a new roadmap outlining actions on deforestation, restoration, and carbon cuts that could lead to the land sector becoming carbon neutral by 2040 and a net carbon sink by 2050. A study published in

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Dare to Understand and Measure (DaTUM) A Literature Review of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks for Climate-Smart Agriculture

by Heather Jacobs and Rima Al-Azar  (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) The main objective of this report is to review the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, tools and guidance documents that are available for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), and in particular for objective (“pillar”) two on adaptation and

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

New York Forests — but Not Biofuels — Factor in Climate Plans

by Tony Hall (Adirondack Explorer) If New York State is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 85 percent by 2050, as required by this year’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, it will need its forests. But it’s not for wood biofuel, lawmakers decided. By design, the legislation omits

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

New Evidence on the Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy report highlights ethanol’s environmental benefits as EPA contemplates RFS reset. — … Right now, the agency is also crafting a rule that will set new goal posts for renewable energy in 2021 and 2022. When Congress established the Renewable Fuel Standard,

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producers Merit Recognition for Contributions to Climate Change Mitigation

(Solutions from the Land)  Tomorrow marks the seventh annual Bioenergy Day, during which more than 40 organizations all over the United States and Canada – businesses, non-profits, universities, and state and local governments – are showcasing the many ways they benefit from bioenergy. The day facilitates interaction between bioenergy projects and

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Honors Three RNG Champions

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) At its annual awards reception in Manhattan, N.Y., earlier this month, Energy Vision – a national nonprofit that promotes low-carbon energy and transportation fuels – honored government and business leaders for accelerating the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG). The 2019 Energy Vision awardees include as follows: State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, D-N.Y., chair of

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Phase Genomics Lands DOE Grant as Pest-Detecting Tech for Algae Wins Support

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington state, Phase Genomics will receive $325,000 as part of the $73 million Department of Energy (DOE) Office Efficiency and Renewable Energy funding. Phase Genomics’ proximity-ligation metagenomic technology will be leveraged to sequence the genomes of new microorganisms to help detect and manage microbial pests in

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Breakthroughs at the Bioenergy Research Centers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over 10 years (2007–2017), three Bioenergy Research Centers produced multiple breakthroughs in the form of deepened understanding of sustainable biomass production practices, targeted re-engineering of biomass feedstocks, development of new methods for deconstructing feedstocks, and engineering of microbes for more effective production of a diverse

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Nigeria Can Save N1.2trl from Ethanol, Other Imports’

(The Nation)  Cassava has the capacity to generate N10 trillion and save Nigeria over N1.2 trillion from import of derivatives such as ethanol, starch and sweetener,  Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) said on Monday. Its President, Mr Segun Adewunmi, who spoke in Abuja, lamented that the huge potential in cassava

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Parliament Unfazed by Trade Fight over Palm Biofuel Phase-Out

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay.com/Eco-Business) A European member of parliament says the bloc isn’t concerned about threats by Indonesia and Malaysia to file a trade complaint over an EU policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030. The two Southeast Asian countries have denounced the EU policy as discriminatory.  — The

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Govt Allocates RM550m for Palm Oil Smallholders, Plans B20 Biodiesel Rollout in 2020

by Tan Xue Ying (The Edge Markets) Concerned by the impact of low commodity prices on livelihoods of Malaysians in the plantation sector, the government has proposed a palm oil replanting loan fund of RM550 million. In the budget speech 2020 in parliament today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Kelp Elevator Could Give Biofuels a Lift

by Katharine Gammon (Inside Science)  An experiment off the coast of California may bolster efforts to make biocrude from “the Sequoia of the sea.” — Catalina Island, …. Its waters are also home to an unsual-looking science experiment: a floating bed of planted kelp that is pushed down and pulled up

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Good Reasons for Biofuels: Facts about the Ongoing Decarbonisation of Road Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP))  Human-caused climate change is already visible and is especially evident in agriculture, as the “drought year” of 2018 clearly demonstrated. Agriculture, however, is not only affected. It is also part of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Core Leaf-Bound Microbes Identified for Two Key Bioenergy Crops

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how the microorganisms that reside there establish and maintain themselves over the course of a

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Field to Market Honorees Exemplify Ambition of Sustainable Development Goals

(Solutions from the Land)  National Farmer’s Day, an acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation, will be observed this Saturday, Oct. 12. The day acknowledges and thanks farmers for the hard work they do every day to supply safe and abundant food, feed, fiber

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

BIOPLAT-EU Project: The Second Project Meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

(Bioenergy Association of Ukraine) SEC Biomass experts Tetiana Zheliezna, Oleksandra Tryboi and Olha Haidai took part in the second BIOPLAT-EU (Promoting Sustainable Use of Underutilized Lands for Bioenergy Production through a Web-Based Platform for Europe) project meeting that was held in Kyiv on 26 of September, 2019. The project partners presented

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Cheaper, Cleaner Way to Grow Biodiesel Producing Microalgae

by Gerard de Souza (Hindustan Times)  The team of researchers has found that the species of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris NIOCCV grew well in a medium of seafood industry wastewater and was tolerant to different salinity regimes and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide  — In a significant breakthrough that could boost the

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches Green Barjeel Project to Cultivate Indigenous Algae

(United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment) The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) today announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures. Run in cooperation with American University

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

$73 Million, 35 Projects, Who Won, for What and Why: The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 Project Selections

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected 35 projects totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development support. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: U.S. Biofuels Help Drive Environmental Progress

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers, released a new report examining the potential impact of a growing role for U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. The report was authored by Ramboll, a global research and management firm specializing in sustainable development, at the request of Growth Energy.

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

It’s MAGIC!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae’s Pivotal Role

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Some people believe in magic and some don’t but MAGIC is real in this case – the Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium, that is. MAGIC is working on answering the question “How do we produce that remaining 15 bboe/year of energy-dense, liquid hydrocarbon fuels to meet the

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

New Tool Shows Decline in Oil-Palm Related Deforestation in Borneo

by Monica Evans (Forests News)  Open-access atlas a boon for monitoring and transparency — In a welcome “good news” story for the world’s carbon stocks and biodiversity, the felling of old-growth forest for oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo has tracked a steady decline since its 2012 peak. That

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

The Algae Summit, Groups to Know, Slides to See, and the Megatrends

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve managed to get a hold of three presentations that really were the bomb at ABS 2019. Jonathan Male, director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office and one of the original Pyromaniax himself, gave this one on the algae R&D priorities and actions for fuels and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Alberta Mine Reclamation Project to Produce Willow for Bioenergy

(Alberta Innovates) Alberta Innovates is joining federal, provincial, municipal and industry partners in contributing to a unique clean technology demonstration project to reclaim land at an Alberta coal mine. Municipal organic waste from Edmonton will be used to replenish soil at the mine site to grow a willow crop that may

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

MSPO-Certified Palm Oil to Europe by 2020

by Zaidi Isham Ismail (New Straits Times) Malaysia is on track to export MSPO (Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil to Europe by next year. Malaysia Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng said the MSPO certification scheme is important as it will allow the country’s

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Couple of good trends to point to:  1. Lot more emphasis on farms and farming these days. It’s still an industry dominated by people in white coats, but there are some more overalls around the ABS than we’ve ever seen before. 2. A little more emphasis

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Forest Products Industry Barriers to Producing Biofuels

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium) BDC is a 501c3 organization focused on education and brokering partnerships in order to accelerate the deployment of economic bioprocesses and assist the forest products industry to get the most value from the tree.  BDC membership represents bioprocess companies and the major forest products companies.   BDC believes

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Pick up the PACE: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae for Coproducts and Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) PACE – Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy, has several project goals including increasing algal biomass productivity to >25 grams dry weight per meter squared per day using robust engineered algal strains to reduce costs. So how do we get these high value, high market algal

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Leaders Issue Report Underscoring Imminent Need for Adaptation

(Solutions from the Land) A panel of political, business and environmental leaders is the latest to issue warnings about the growing climate crisis emanating from increasingly volatile global weather patterns. Citing what it calls new research findings, the Global Commission on Adaptation, which is led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Achieving NET ZERO — Farming’s 2040 Goal

(National Farmers Union)  The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is our contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely placed to be part of

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Come on, Camelina: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Potential Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Camelina is one of those fascinating feedstocks but often the yields aren’t high enough to be profitable for farmers. That’s a problem Kristi Snell from Yield10 Bioscience is tackling by developing a camelina feedstock with significantly increased seed yield and/or seed oil content to maximize

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass Yield Improvements

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations is working on a trifecta of goals: 1) to develop improved strains and cultivation methods to increase the algal biofuel intermediate yield by at least 70% AND 2) to develop new drying and extraction technology to reduce the energy for downstream processing by

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Battery, Starch-Based Gift Cards, Future Fashion, Plant-Based Flame Retardants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week is a merry mix of biobased innovations around the world. From the creation of artificial reefs made from PLA in Israel and Spain’s starch-based gift cards to the U.S. where biobased battery materials are reality in Washington state and where flame retardants made from

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Rising Prowess in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Perpective from India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Product, processes and partnerships are what it’s all about in India right now with the country’s latest bioenergy policies and growing activity in the bioeconomy. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman at Praj Industries gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C. on how exactly India

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Exxon Mobil’s Designed 2 Scale Challenge DEADLINE: November 15, 2019

(Designed 2 Scale Challenge) Algae-based feedstocks have shown tremendous potential in providing a safe, secure and locally available source of drop-in liquid fuels for the transportation sector. These feedstocks have the potential to not compete with conventional food crops and fresh water resources, and use marginal land for cultivation. Once

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Circuit Court Rejects Challenges to EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards

by Tim Ryan (Court House News)  The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standards in the face of challenges from energy companies, biofuel producers and industry groups.  Under longstanding EPA policy, the burden of introducing more renewable fuel into the U.S. market falls on fuel

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $64 Million for Research on Plants and Microbes: Genomics-Based Research Will Help Develop Crops for Bioenergy

(U.S. Department of Energy) oday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts.  The plant research—12 projects totaling $29 million over three years—focuses on expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy

August 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Than Predicted: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Corn Ethanol GHG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all about the life cycle, right? That’s what the USDA set out to find out about corn ethanol – just exactly what are the GHG emissions associated with the production of corn-based ethanol in the U.S.? Back in 2010, the RIA LCA concluded that –

August 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Election Campaigns Can Boost Role of Agriculture in Combating a Changing Climate

(Solutions from the Land)  Rural America drew a considerable amount of attention in the last presidential election. President Trump won the White House in large part due to the support he received from voters in this nation’s vast non-metropolitan areas. As a result, most of this year’s wide range of

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

For The Sake Of Our Biofuel, We Must Stop This Feral Hog Menace

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  … Aside from scaring the children and scattering the chickens, they are genuinely a major threat to US agriculture and yet another headache for farmers who are already suffering under the impacts of climate change and President* Trump’s trade policies. That includes corn growers and

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Dhamendra Pradhan to Launch IOC’s Rs 800-cr Ethanol Project in Gorakhpur

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  The unit is proposed to be set up on 50 acres of land in the premises of the now-defunct Dhuriapar Co-operative Sugar Mill  — Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan will lay the foundation of an ethanol plant being set up by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Gorakhpur district

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

If We Really Want to Sequester More Carbon, Agriculture Can’t Be Made the Enemy, Says Microbial Input Startup Locus

by Lauren Manning  (Ag Funder News)  … Carbon sequestration is a phrase that’s becoming commonplace in the media, in food policy circles, and more recently around the dinner table. Put simply, Zorner says, carbon sequestration describes the process that plants use to absorb carbon from the air through photosynthesis, convert it

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

It’s Time to Rebuild: Farmland as Critical Infrastructure

by Michael A. Fatigati (Vantaggio Renewables/Biofuels Digest)  … We believe that one of our nation’s important natural resources, while protected in some ways, is being neglected to our peril and should be re-classified as infrastructure. This segment of infrastructure supplies 95% of the food requirements of our nation. This segment

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Webinar Underscores Need for Wider Scale of Global Ag Talks

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A NACSAA webinar held last month on what transpired at the June climate talks in Bonn (SB50) underscored the limited approaches to climate smart agriculture under discussion by global representatives. The global conversation about the need to transform agriculture and the food system to

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

by Georgina Gustin (Inside Climate News)  About half the candidates have policy proposals or statements addressing climate change impacts on agriculture or farming’s potential as a climate solution. … They also brought an unprecedented focus on agriculture‘s connections with climate change—an issue that’s getting more traction among rural Midwestern voters and farmers in

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Florida Ag Producers, Foresters Share Ideas to Deal with Climate Change

(Solutions from the Land)  Florida Rep. Kathy Castor told a group of farmers, ranchers and timber producers in her state Monday that responding to a changing climate must be a collaborative effort, drawing together producers, government agencies and academics to develop the steps needed for the agriculture sector to adapt

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Chinese Demand Heats up Brazil’s Ethanol Industry

by Sarita Reed and Vinicius Fontana (China Dialogue) Adding ethanol to Chinese petrol will decrease emissions but could worsen Brazil’s deforestation — There are 332 million cars on the road in China, more than anywhere in the world. Most run on pure petrol, but from next year Chinese fuel companies

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

European Scientists Call for EU Rethink of “Retrograde” Gene-Editing Legislation

by Katherine Durrell (Food Ingredients First) Scientists across Europe are calling for a rethink on the restriction of genome editing technology by the newly-elected European Parliament and European Commission. The open statement is signed by 126 research institutes and comes exactly one year after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

New IPCC Report to Assess the Interaction between Global Warming and Land Use

(Agence-France Presse/FirstPost)  The overlapping crises of climate change, mass species extinction, and an unsustainable global food system are on a collision course towards what might best be called an ecological land grab. Coping with each of these problems will require a different way of using of Earth’s lands, and as

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Receives ISCC Plus Certification

(Geva/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today (August 5, 2019) it has achieved its International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) under the ISCC PLUS scheme for Food, Feed, Industrial Applications, Energy, Biofuels outside Europe. In obtaining ISCC certification, Gevo continues to prove its dedication to meeting the highest industry

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Threat to Biofuels

(Science Daily/U.S. Department of Energy Los Alamos Laboratory)  New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry. With the evocative name Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, the predatory pest sucks out the contents of the algae cells (thus the vampire reference) and

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

MARINER’s Magnificent Macroalgae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oceans are the largest untapped growth opportunity for biomass and that macroalgae is the quintessential ocean crop, according to ARPA-E. But, it says that with the current state of technology, it will never scale to meet energy and CO2 capture demands. So what to do? That’s

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Blazing Pathways through the Clean-Tech and Governmental Wilderness

by Douglas L. Faulkner (The Cleantech Conservative/Leatherstocking LLC/ Biofuels Digest)  … (W)e first addressed bio-based plastic research needs; second, we reviewed government regulations preventing the growth of advanced biofuels, a controversial action; then we launched an effort for 2019 for an intensive look at forests of the future and their opportunities for woody

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Opportunities and Risks for Continued Biofuel Expansion in Brazil

by Nikita Pavlenko and Carmen Araujo  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Brazil’s advanced biofuel industry lags far behind the production capacity of its first-generation biofuel industry. Brazil’s reliance on crop-derived biofuel feedstocks, in conjunction with its vulnerable forests and savannah, presents unique risks to the climate if biofuel industry expansion continues

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

The Secret History of Why Soda Companies Switched From Sugar to High-Fructose Corn Syrup

by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)  In a mesmerizing recent article, Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy recounts the surprising backstory of one of corporate marketing’s greatest flops: Coca-Cola’s quickly aborted 1985 effort to tweak its formula and convince consumers to accept “New Coke.” … Coca-Cola had already started adding high-fructose corn syrup to the mix five

July 30, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-EU Plans to Impose Import Duties on Indonesia Biodiesel

by Philip Blenkinsop, Sybille de la Hamaide and Bernadette Christina Munthe (Reuters)   The European Commission has proposed duties ranging from 8% to 18% on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia to counter what it says are unfair subsidies, the latest twist in a case that has lasted seven years. The subsidies would

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Norfolk Farmer Diversifies Income and Boosts Soil Health with Miscanthus

(Terravesta)   Norfolk farmer, Adam Brewer, is planning for the future by diversifying his income and looking after his soils with Miscanthus.  Farmers wanting to learn more about the many environmental and financial benefits presented by the crop are invited to attend a Miscanthus farm walk hosted by Adam and Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta on

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Chinese Firm Launches Ethanol Processing Plant in Central Zambia

(Xinhua)  A Chinese firm on Wednesday launched an ethanol processing plant in central Zambia, which the government says will go a long way in helping the country tackle fuel problems and reduce poverty. The 9-million U.S. dollars plant of Zhongkai International Company will result in the creation of about 200 direct

July 26, 2019 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol : ACE Calls on EPA to Rely on the GREET Model as It Considers Future RFS Volumes

(American Coalitin for Ethanol/Market Screener)  American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings highlighted the important role corn ethanol could have in further reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if properly valued under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler today, informing the agency of

July 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Genera Repositions Itself, Gets $118M Investment – Movin’ on up to Get a Piece of the Pie

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … A $118 million pie in new investment money for this Tennessee-based biomass company. The financing was anchored by an equity investment from WindSail Capital Group, which partnered with investors Coppermine Capital and Stairway Capital in the Genera financing. The money will be used for

July 26, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Outlines Lessons from 4-Year Long Startup of Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Project

(Green Car Congress)  Commercially viable cellulosic ethanol plants has proven devilishly difficult to bring to fruition. The primary outlier from the list of efforts that have shut down over the past few years is POET/DSM’s Project Liberty (earlier post). In an editorial in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, two POET team

July 22, 2019 Read Full Article

New University and Government Reports Set the Record Straight on Ethanol’s GHG Benefits

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Two new academic studies released this week provide further evidence that grain-based ethanol is significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and call into question the reliability of recent “land use change” analyses based on flawed satellite imagery-based methodologies. These studies add to a large body of existing literature that

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Whole-Tree Harvesting Could Boost Biomass Production

by Kelley Christensen (Michigan Technological University)  … Forest biomass is expected to be one of the key energy sources, but many people have wondered how to feed biofuel plants the materials they need without destroying forest resources. Whole-tree aspen logging promotes renewable biomass energy from tops and branches, parts of the tree

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Sea Lettuce Could Make an Ideal Future Biofuel

by Ian Heath (Jersey Evening Post) But now experts are claiming that the annual ‘plague’ of slimy green sea lettuce in St Aubin’s Bay could actually become a blessing in disguise – in the form of a source of renewable energy for Jersey. A government report published today on seaweed harvesting

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Supply Chain Management: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol knows a thing or two about supply chains. As a global biotechnology company that develops all natural products, as well as customized biology solutions, they use fundamental science and cutting edge technology to convert algae into high purity commercial products. Ed Legere, CEO of Algenol gave

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Launches Plan to Cut One Trillion Tons of CO2 From Atmosphere

(Solutions from the Land)  A company that says it is “dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” announced last month the launch of The Terraton Initiative™, a project designed to accelerate carbon sequestration at an unprecedented scale. … Among the steps cited by Indigo are regenerative farming practices

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Pushes Science-Based Decision Making, Other Principles, in Bonn

(Solutions from the Land)  Science-based decision making and putting farmers at the center of all discussions were among the guiding principles touted by representatives of NACSAA and many of its member organizations in a workshop held by United Nation’s facilitators in Bonn, Germany, on the development of an agricultural work program

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Left out to Dry: A More Efficient Way to Harvest Algae Biomass

(University of Tsukuba/EurekAlert!)  University of Tsukuba researchers developed a new, highly efficient system for removing water from algae biomass with reusable nanostructured graphene, which can greatly increase the yield of ecofriendly biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and fertilizers  —  A team at the University of Tsukuba introduced a new procedure of harvesting energy and organic

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa State University Is Home to a New Bioenergy Crops Research Farm

(Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)  Iowa and Midwest agriculture has started to change in recent years. One visible change is the interest to grow crops for biofuel and bioproducts (referred to as “energy crops”). Fossil fuel usage contributes to the growing problem with greenhouse gases. Alternative energy options from plant

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Carinata Cover Cropping: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc. has the world’s largest collection of Carinata and an extensive modern crop improvement program that allows them to select high yielding varieties ideally suited for production across a broad range of geographies. Agrisoma has commercialized Carinata in North and South America, working with

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Starts Up the La Mède Biorefinery

(Total)  Total has started up production at the La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting a former oil refinery into a new energies complex. Launched in 2015, the project represents a capital expenditure of

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Germany Calls for Coordinated Measures in Deforestation-Free Palm Oil Production

(Xinhua)  The German government is expecting global palm oil production to grow and is calling for “globally coordinated measures to implement deforestation-free cultivation”, according to a response to a parliamentary inquiry first reported on by the German press agency (dpa) on Tuesday. “Due to the almost unrivalled yields, interest in the

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

A Community-Based Approach for Enriching Microalgae that Grow under High Concentration of CO2

by Hualong Wang, Fru Azinwi Nche-Fambo, Zhigang Yu, Feng Chen (ResearchGate/HY-TEK Bio) Certain species of microalgae are capable of growing under high concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), and these microalgae have potential to be used for sequestering CO2 released as industrial pollutants using phototrophic carbon fixation system. While some CO2-tolerant algal species have been identified

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter from Route 12 and the Pacific Northwest: From Waste Streams, a Bioeconomy Rising

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, there’s a new mill near the city of Dayton that is the first to use waste straw to make pulp for paper products, and biopolymers; and, a new project near Granger turning dairy waste into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas; also, a proposed

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

by J.Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy)  A new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions.1 The efficiencies gained using ILM practices could generate a new revenue

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Making It More Viable to Turn Agricultural Waste into Renewable Fuel

by Alayna DeMartini (Ohio State University College of Engineering)  Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer at The Ohio State University, is

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway Sees Sharp Drop in Palm Oil Biofuel Consumption after Ban on Government Purchasing

by Lauren Crothers (South Africa Today)  -Norway saw drop in palm oil consumption following new regulations limiting sales in response to concerns about deforestation for plantations. -The decrease has been lauded by a Norwegian rainforest advocacy group, which called it a “big win for rainforests.” -Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

2016-2018 Measuring, Governing and Gaining Support for Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains

(IEA Bioenergy)  Several systems to define and monitor performance and progress towards sustainability of bioenergy have been developed for implementation at different scales, including operations, landscapes or jurisdictions. Some are formalised systems (e.g. GBEP 2011; RSB 2016; ISO 2015; ASTM 2016; SBP 2019) while others are inputs made through the scientific

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hawaii’s Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Tropical Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The University of Hawai’i is on top of the latest research on Hawaii’s tropical agriculture, its hot zone and tropical feedstocks for the bioeconomy. Peter Matlock, Strategic Advisor for Aviation Fuels and Special Projects for Joint BioEnergy Institute and who is developing the Institute for Tropical

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Sao Martinho to Launch Corn-Based Ethanol Production

by Marcelo Teixeir (Reuters)  Brazil’s Sao Martinho SA , one of the country’s largest sugar and ethanol producers, plans to build a facility to produce ethanol from corn in the state of Goiás, the company said in a securities filing. Sao Martinho is the latest in a growing number of companies

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Delegates to Global Climate Talks Stress Climate Smart Agriculture in Face of Severe Weather Events

(Solutions from the Land)  North American Climate Smart Agriculture (NACSAA) leaders are once again on the global stage, talking this week with representatives from nations around the world meeting in Bonn, Germany, promoting the role of farmers, ranchers and woodland owners in addressing climate change challenges. NACSAA Chairman Fred Yoder, Steering

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Boeing to Expand Investment in Brazil’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

(Boeing)   Boeing today (June 17, 2019) announced a USD 1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities engaged in the development of feedstock that can be used to produce sustainable

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

If Rice Is Nice, Rice Trash Is Cash: Gevo, Praj Working to Convert Rice Straw to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and isooctane from rice straw and other feedstocks. Gruber noted that “we believe this second-generation technology combination has great potential to address India’s rice straw burning problem and related

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Amazing Algaculture: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering works on facility designs, algae equipment, R&D, engineering consulting, techno-economic analyses, LCAs and wastewater treatment. Their focus on algaculture, specifically microalgae cultivation, is what the focus of this presentation is on. John Benemann, CEO and Tryg Lundquist, CTO, both of MicroBio Engineering, gave this

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Representatives in Bonn for World Climate Talks on Agriculture

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  North America Climate Smart Agriculture (NACSAA) representatives will be at UN talks in Bonn, Germany, next week to push the message that agriculture is a major solution platform for achieving global climate stability and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Attending the talks will be NACSAA Chairman Fred Yoder,

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

The New Plan to Remove a Trillion Tons of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere: Bury It.

by Laura Reiley (Washington Post)  It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it.  —  … Boston-based Indigo AG, now wants to transform farming practices so that agriculture becomes quite the opposite of what it is today — a major source

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article
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