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Controversy over the Role Biomethane Will Play in Cleaning up Transport

by Daryl Worthington  (Bioenergy Insight)  …  Titled CNG and LNG for vehicles and ships – the facts, the study “compiles the latest evidence on the environmental impacts of using gas a transport fuel”. Transport and Environment (T&E) is a European umbrella for NGOs working in the transport and environment fields, aiming to promote

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

For the Times They Are a Changin’ – Conversions Abound from Diesel to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that are being converted and changed over to renewable diesel. Change is good, especially in this case. … While it was

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Take-Off: 350 Million Bucks towards Drop-in Aviation Biofuels for the California Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, World Energy announced a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest fuel refineries in the world. The project will enable World Energy Paramount to process 306 million gallons annually.

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Lightfast Polyurethane; YPF Adds Biofuels; Mars, BH Improve Cacao, Chocolate; 20 New Food Waste Start-Ups; Fossil-Free Ocean Freight: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 24th. … #2 Oil and gas giant YPF to start producing biofuels In Argentina, Miguel Gutiérrez, President of oil and gas company YPF, made a

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Consortium Gets Funds to Develop UK’s First Hydrogen Dual Fuel Ferry

(EMEC/Ferguson/NGV Journal)  Innovate UK have granted £430,332 of funding to design and integrate a hydrogen diesel dual fuel injection system onboard a commercial ferry. The hydrogen to be used in the project will be produced by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, from the abundance of clean renewable energy

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Asia’s Climate Arsenal: Are Biofuels Back?

by Beth Walker (The Third Pole)  Biofuels will dominate future growth in renewables and are essential for decarbonizing the most difficult sectors; China and India should lead the way, argues new EIA report  —  … Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will continue to lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Argonne GREET 2018 Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and environmental effects of a wide variety of transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in major transportation sectors (i.e., road, air, marine,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM’s Good News Bear Brings Completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … UPM received some exciting news last week from consultancy company Pöyry about their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland. Not only has the EIA been completed and submitted to the “authorities” for their final conclusions, it offers rave reviews of the

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

MPA Gives S$5m Boost to Research and Development on Greener Marine Fuels

by Tan Hwee Hwee (Business Times)  The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has set aside S$5 million to co-fund the research and development (R&D) on cleaner marine fuel alternatives ahead of new emission standards being rolled out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  Unveiling the initiative at SIBCON 2018, Senior

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Norway Demonstrates Leadership in Renewable Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Ships

(ACT News)  … One country that has everyone in the hydrogen industry watching is Norway. The wealthy Nordic country continues to push forward with its ambitious plans for renewable hydrogen production and fuel cell technology for maritime vessels. There is huge potential for hydrogen produced via electrolysis with wind power,

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter To The Editor: Powerboating Legend Don Onken Defends Ethanol For Boats

by Don Onken (Lightning Performance Group/Lake Expo) I am responding to a September 21 piece that ran on the Lake Expo website taken from a BoatUS survey, Survey: Boaters Have Little Love for Ethanol, 83 Percent Would Choose E0 if Available. I have been involved in boating for over 40 years, and the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Crappie Masters Team Brings in Youth Winner

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  For the second year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sponsored team in the Crappie Masters National Championship helped a young angler win a $1000 scholarship. This is also the second year that RFA has been co-title sponsor of the tournament trail that helps fuel knowledge of

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biodiesel Video Features G&D Integrated

(G&D Integrated) A new video, entitled “Biodiesel by a Mile”, that promotes the many advantages of biodiesel fuel use versus traditional fuel has been produced and funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. G&D Integrated, a provider of transportation and logistics services, partnered with the group to provide drivers,

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Boskalis to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Using Sustainable Biofuel on Borsele Renewable Energy Project

(Boskalis)  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) will use a biofuel blend on the project to install the export cable to the Borssele offshore wind farm resulting in a more sustainable realization of this renewable energy project. The Borssele Alpha project is being executed on behalf of TenneT and is aimed at

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Feature: Bunkering Sector Mulls Biofuel Use in New 2020 Sulfur Standards

by  Emma Kettley, George Griffiths, Tamara Sleiman (S&P Global Platts)  As the bunkering industry gears up for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards from 2020, some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as one possible way of reducing emissions. … The latest revision to the International

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    Port Authority´s First Ever Sustainable Fuels Forum   —   September 28, 2018   —   New York, NY

Port Authority´s First Ever Sustainable Fuels Forum — September 28, 2018 — New York, NY

In the past few years, transportation sector decarbonization has been heavily oriented towards electrification. However, for aviation, shipping and the heavy-duty vehicle sector, electrification poses a challenge. Renewable fuels play an important role in The Port Authority´s long-term sustainability strategy to achieve aggressive emission reduction goals. From the pioneering partnership

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Goes Green

(Red Funnel Ferries)  ‘Red Goes Green’ is the name given to Red Funnel’s new long-term Environmental Strategy announced today. It seeks to showcase the environmental successes of recent years and highlight a wide range of new green initiatives, including measures to change consumer behavior in line with the company’s commitment to operate

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Passenger Vessel Will Be Built by Bay Ship

(Bay Ship and Yacht Co./NGV Journal)  Bay Ship and Yacht Co., based in Alameda, California, has won a contract to build the first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel in the U.S.A. for Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), a Bay Area company on a mission to eliminate maritime pollution. The vessel

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Plan to Boost Ethanol Could Quickly Get Sidelined

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  …  On top of that, a senior Senate aide close to the pro-ethanol camp led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said “there is debate” over whether it will take legislation to enact the changes Trump seeks. “We view it as a technical correction,” the aide

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Andeavor to Convert Dickinson Refinery to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, Andeavor announced a project to convert the Dickinson Refinery to process 12,000 barrels per day of renewable feedstocks, including soybean oil and distillers corn oil, into renewable diesel fuel. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020 and is subject to permitting and

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Spain’s Billion-Dollar Ethanol-Powered S-80 Super-Submarines Are Too Big to Fit in their Docks

by Sebastien Roblin  (The National Interest/Yahoo!) …Originally the S-80 was going to be a joint development of the French Scorpene-class submarine, which uses the MESMA steam turbine to provide air-independent propulsion. However, the DCN partnership eventually dissolved as Madrid sought a larger, longer-range design. Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, though lacking recent submarine

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

An Emerging Alternative Marine Fuel: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The marine sector consumes 370 million metric tonnes of bunker fuel per year, and stakeholders desire a viable pathway to low- & no-carbon marine fuels. The fuels need to be price competitive with current bunker fuels and other alternatives such as LNG. Fuel needs to be available

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

$200 Oil in 2020? The Impending Energy Crisis and Biofuels’ Role in Relieving the Refining Capacity Crunch

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The global economy likely faces an economic crash of horrible proportions in 2020, not for want of a nail but want of low-sulfur diesel fuel,” writes renowned energy analyst Phil Verlager in a note this month titled “$200 Crude, the Economic Crisis of 2020, and Policies

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Boskalis Westminster : Nederland Aiming for 35% CO2 Reduction with GoodFuels Biofuel

(Boskalis)  Boskalis Nederland and biofuel supplier GoodFuels have announced a long-term partnership aimed at furthering Boskalis’ sustainable practices. Reducing CO2emissions is one of Boskalis’ long-term objectives. A 35% reduction in the CO2emitted by the fleet and equipment in the Netherlands will be an important step towards achieving this ambition. From the

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for the Marine Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels for marine diesels — a biofuel developers dream? That’s the premise of his IEA webinar deck on the promise and progress in marine biofuels, a 330 Mton fuel market with both fuel technology in transition, and where anything that is carbon-based, liquid, stable and low in sulphur

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

BoatUS Conducting Ethanol, Summertime Refueling Survey

(Boating Industry/Boating Owners Association of The United States)  With the start of the boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) wants to hear from boaters about their experiences with ethanol fuels in an online survey. The short, 13-question survey is an effort to gain an understanding about how ethanol fuels

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)  How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in transport – developed over the past decade? The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption has almost doubled in the last years, from around 8.5% in

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

NMMA Provides Update on EPA Bio-Isobutanol Approval

(National Marine Manufacturers Association)  Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approved the registration of bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has been a leading voice in the effort to secure approval for bio-isobutanol, raising it directly with Pruitt on multiple occasions since he took

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Leaders in Advanced Diesel Technology Outline Innovations to Deliver Cargo and Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … The other thing you’re looking at with renewable diesel – since it is diesel fuel – you don’t have a lot of logistical handling problems that you have with other alternative fuels out there.  —  At the inaugural GreenPort Congress America, held May 15 to 18 in Baltimore, Md.,

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Decarbonising Maritime Transport Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035

(International Transport Forum) … This report examines what is needed to decarbonise international shipping by 2035. Zero carbon emissions from shipping within this timeframe is one of the proposed levels of ambition in the context of the International Maritime Organization’s “Initial GHG Strategy”, due to be agreed in 2018. Using the ITF International Freight

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Tech-Agnostic, Integrated, Diversified Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SG Preston

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SG Preston is a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, which has unveiled its Multi-Facility Program that will include the development and construction of a series of commercial volume, advanced biofuels manufacturing plants, initially in the U.S. Midwest and Canada. Here’s an overview of the company and its technologies and plans.

May 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel Trial to Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

(Red Funnel Ferry)  Red Funnel has announced that it is trialing the use of Green D+ fossil-free fuel on its ro-pax fleet of ships which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The cross-Solent ferry company has teamed up with Green Biofuels, to trial Green D+ biofuel with varying

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

SF Tour Boat Company Switches Entire Fleet to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Red and White Fleet, a San Francisco tour boat company, has switched its entire fleet of vessels from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. The fuel cuts greenhouse-gas emissions

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Crappie Masters Tournament Stop in Texas Highlights Clean, Octane-Boosting Ethanol in Boats

by Greg Thompson (White Energy/Renewable Fuels Association)  This past weekend in Emory, Texas, about 75 miles from Dallas, fishermen and women from across the country descended upon Lake Fork for a stop on the Crappie Masters National Tournament Trail. The winners, the Ozark Rods Team of David Cox and Steve Hockett, took

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

One if by Land, Two if by Sea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Good Fuels Marine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine is on the move. We reported last month that VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine will work together to make European inland shipping more sustainable. As a result, the sustainable advanced biofuels from GoodFuels Marine are now also available at

April 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels at Sea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Good Fuels Marine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine is on the move. We reported last month that VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine will work together to make European inland shipping more sustainable. As a result, the sustainable advanced biofuels from GoodFuels Marine are now also available at

February 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Report on RFA Educational Efforts — 2nd Year of Crappie Masters and New Ethanol in the Classroom

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.org)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is targeting boaters and future drivers in educational efforts for 2018 with the renewal of its co-title sponsorship of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, and the launch of an on-line Ethanol in the Classroom program.  In this edition of The Ethanol Report

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Sponsors 2018 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2018 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail kicks off later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association signed on as a co-title sponsor for the second consecutive year. The first of 18 tournaments begins Jan. 26 in Deland, Florida, between Daytona and Orlando, at

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from (Any) Bio-Alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and

January 10, 2018 Read Full Article

City Passes Queens Councilman’s Bill to Study How to Power NYC Ferries with Renewable Fuel

by Angela Matua (QNS.com)  A new bill passed in the City Council on Dec. 19, 2017 will require that a two-year study be completed to determine how feasible it would be to use renewable fuels and technology to power the city’s ferries. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 study released Defining decarbonisation pathway for shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2017) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) – identifying what needs to be in place to make them a competitive solution for decarbonisation.  The first

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers risk being declared “unseaworthy”. Ship owners and refiners are in a quandary about how to

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Banks Explore Challenges Decarbonisation Poses to Ship Finance

(American Journal of Transportation)  “Many global financial institutions have committed to bringing their portfolios in line with the transition to a low-carbon economy. To fully achieve this, they must address the climate risks to hundreds of billions of dollars in shipping investments that will emerge as soon as 2023.” – Maurice

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy. In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ post-2020 strategy, Finland’s role in supply and the influence of the car manufacturing industry.

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Maritime Forum, Carbon War Room Push for Decarbonization Urgency with Industry Task Force Launch

Global Maritime Forum, Carbon War Room, the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, and University College London (UCL) today announced the launch of a Task Force on Decarbonizing Shipping. This industry-led initiative will develop tangible pathways for shipping’s decarbonization through five working groups, each focussed on a key area of

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Crappie Masters Tournament Winners: Ethanol a Factor in Win

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Crappie Masters Tournament Trail recently ended its 2017 season, crowning Missouri natives Phillip Haynes and Paul Alpers its National Championship winners. The Renewable Fuels Association was a co-title sponsor of the event, in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts and consumers about ethanol’s benefits

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Scandinavian Joint Venture Will Focus on Renewable Hydrogen for Marine Sector

(NGV Journal)  Hyon AS (Hyon), a one-stop-shop company dedicated to offering renewable hydrogen solutions and eliminating fossil fuels, is a joint venture, established on 20 April 2017, owned by Nel ASA, Hexagon Composites ASA and PowerCell Sweden AB. Hyon offers integrated solutions for the complete hydrogen value chain from production,

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures. … Taking a break from sailing up north, we decided to buy an interim boat

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

How Much Ethanol Do You Want in Your Gas in 2018?

(BoatUS/PowerBoatWorld.com)  The battle to protect your boat’s engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2018. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging recreational boaters

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

The Sweet Smell of Success…and Beets!

(Treasure Coast Research Park)  … On Wednesday, June 14th, a team of research and industry leaders established through the leadership of St. Lucie County’s Treasure Coast Research Park, gathered at Tropicana’s feed processing facility in Fort Pierce to test the possibility of turning beets into one of the key ingredients for

August 1, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Still a Significant Challenge, Survey Says

by Jonathan Sweet (Boating Industry)  Growing number of readers report ethanol-related problems Despite efforts to educate boaters about concerns over ethanol in general and E15 in particular, those in the industry are seeing a growing number of problems caused by the fuel. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey. We

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

The Lowest-Cost, Cleanest Octane Boost for Boats

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. has 12 million recreational boaters, and Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, wants to make sure they know about ethanol’s benefits when fueling up.  —  … All watercraft is compatible with ethanol blends up to 10 percent

June 27, 2017 Read Full Article

VIDEO: Biodiesel

(Soundings.com) Biodiesel: it’s safe, it’s biodegradable, and it’s produces less pollutants than petroleum-diesel. WATCH VIDEO

June 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Heineken Brews Biofuel Barge Plan to Cut Emissions

by Turloch Mooney (JOC.com) Heineken is working on a joint pilot with a marine biofuels maker and goods distributor to use low emission barges for exports from The Netherlands. The pilot uses an advanced marine fuel in a 104-TEU barge carrying beer for global exports from a major brewery.  READ MORE

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Racing Professionals Help Educate Professionals

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In this month’s Drive column, Growth Energy’s CEO outlines the partnership with racing professionals to demonstrate why ethanol is a good choice for powering engines and the planet. —  … We know that ethanol has higher octane and that it burns cleaner and

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Bullfrog Power and Less Emissions to Reduce CO2 Footprint of Canada C3 Expedition

(Bullfrog Power)  Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Less Emissions Inc. are announcing an environmental partnership with Canada C3, an expedition that aims to engage millions of Canadians from across the country, both virtually and on board the Canada C3 ship. Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power will provide

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

GoodShipping Program Sets Sail in Pursuit of Biofuel Breakthrough

(BusinessGreen)  GoodFuels launches new initiative in bid to scale up nascent shipping biofuel market  —  Dutch biofuels specialist GoodFuels has this week launched a new initiative designed to encourage the wider use of sustainable biofuels across the global shipping industry. The GoodShipping Program is inviting shipping operators and customers to

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Fires Back at Boat Makers over E15 Claims

by Jason Huffman (Politico’s Morning Agriculture)  The Renewable Fuels Association has kicked off an advertising campaign intended to combat lobbying efforts by the National Marine Manufacturers Association against mandated blending rates. NMMA is expected to use a fly in next week to continue its attack on a reported push for

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Readi for 100% Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet, ReadiDiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rode aboard one of the EA-18G Growler fighter jets testing 100% biofuel flights this month to demonstrate his commitment to getting biofuel mainstream within the Navy. Currently all Navy ships and planes are certified to run on 50% biofuel blends.

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Powering Crappie Masters Boats

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important to follow manufacturer directions and actually just properly maintain your equipment. That is advice from pro fishermen like Terry Richard here. Terry and teammate Casey Rayner will be competing in this

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

ISO Publishes New Marine Fuel Specs, Paving Way for More Biofuels in Blend

by Ned Molloy (Platts)  The International Organisation for Standardisation has launched a new class of marine fuel specifications to provide standards for higher quantities of biofuels to be blended into marine distillates, and making reporting of cloud point mandatory in their updated marine gasoil grades. No changes have been made to

March 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint

(GoodFuels)  Port of Amsterdam reduces CO2 footprint by 25% through fleet-wide use of advanced marine biofuel from GoodFuels Marine.  Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its fleet of five patrol vessels. The vessels will now run on fuel containing 30% exceptionally

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Drop-In Biofuels for Marine and Aviation Markets

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  A workshop was held in conjunction with ExCo78 in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 9th November 2016. With approximately 60 participants, the theme of the workshop was Drop-in biofuels for international marine and aviation markets. Fifteen invited speakers gave presentations (including three through videoconference) in three sessions followed by a panel

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Scripps Research Vessel, ‘Sproul,’ Realizes Biofuel Milestone

by Judith Garfield (San Diego Community Newspaper Group) … In my first article “Scripps research on biofuels hits close to home Part 1,”readers traveled with me on Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s R/V Sproul as I helped carry out research on biofuel emissions with chief scientist Lynn Russell, Ph.D., and her

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research team led by David Dayton at RTI International. You have to: 1) optimize the catalytic biomass pyrolysis

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Technical Work Lays Foundation for Biodiesel Market Growth

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … “The integration of biodiesel in the broader distribution system will help viability of this product in the broader market,” said Rod Woodford, manager of shipper relations and product quality for Explorer Pipeline Inc. Moving low-level blends of biodiesel such as B5 in the U.S. pipeline

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE BETO Releases New Strategic Plan; Biofuels to Constitute 25% of US Transportation Fuels by 2040

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released its new strategic plan, titled Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The strategic plan—with a vision for 2040—lays out BETO’s mission to accomplish its vision in a dynamic setting that realizes changes in the energy landscape,

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift into employing a biofuel strategy and (more importantly) pondered whether or not the Armed Forces

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel,

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

CABC Sees Future in Marine Microalgae

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A group of educators and researchers from Cornell University, the Cornell Algal Biofuel Consortium (CABC), has published a comparative commentary in the December, 2016 issue of Oceanography, the quarterly journal of The Oceanography Society. The commentary sums up a tremendous amount of integrated research and life-cycle analysis, and

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Navy Using Biofuels to Power Fighter Jet Fleet

(CBS)  Some of America’s best fighter jets can soar without using a drop of oil for fuel. New technology is helping the U.S. Navy power its fleet with cooking grease and plant seeds. Don Dahler reports.  READ MORE WATCH VIDEO and MORE (IranTV) and MORE (Flying Magazine)   Excerpts from video:

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

US Navy Deploys Green Power Vs. Oil Power in ISIL Battle

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The US Department of Defense has been a main driver of the nation’s transition to renewable energy, but so far its use of biofuel in war machines has been limited to demonstration events and exercises. Now the US Navy is gearing up to deploy its

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Lies and Big Oil Fiction

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuel critics will continue to distort the truth to fit their own narrative, but you can bet the ethanol industry will hit back with the truth each and every time.  —  Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Ethanol is singularly responsible

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Maersk, Cargill and 49 Others from Industry Call on International Maritime Organization to Set Ambitious Emissions Objective

(Hellenic Shipping News/Danish Shipowners’ Association)  The Danish Shipowners’ Association, Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, Maersk, Scandlines, J. Lauritzen, Unifeeder, and 45 other businesses and organisations across the shipping and marine industry are calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to act on shipping emissions at the 70th meeting of its Marine

October 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Havasu Gas Station Introduces New Biofuel

by Brandon Messick (Today’s News-Herald)  A Lake Havasu City gas station may be the first in the nation to offer a new form of ethanol-free biofuel. Campbell Cove 1-Stop is now offering isobutanol – a corn-derived biofuel that claims to offer about 30 percent more energy content than ethanol while

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships and aircraft are now certified to run on up to 50-50 blends of conventional and

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

New DOE Study: Gasoline Becomes Stale before Ethanol Phase Separation Occurs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the petroleum components of ethanol-blended gasoline become degraded and unfit for use in an engine long before the ethanol portion takes up enough water to cause phase separation in the fuel

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)     National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion engines and validates Mercury Marine’s 2011 findings  — One of the top myths used by the oil industry against ethanol is the fantasy that ethanol sucks water right out of

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Don’t Fall For Ethanol Spin

by Bill Delahunt (Coastal Angler)  … There is a lot to like about ethanol. It displaces cancer-causing chemicals in gasoline like benzene. It replaced MTBE, which polluted drinking water throughout the 1990s. Just this year, ExxonMobil was required to pay millions for the delivery of clean water to a local elementary school in

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel a Fuel Option for Army Workboats

by John Simpson (Engineering 360) A three-year study to evaluate the feasibility of using biodiesel fuel in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) floating plant operations has concluded that the use of such fuels does not negatively affect engine performance and can reduce production of selected environmentally sensitive emissions. A range of

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Boater Running High Ethanol Blend Smashes Speed Record

(Growth Energy)  Last weekend, competitors from around the country participated in two major powerboat racing competitions, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri, and the Mentor Superboat Grand Prix in Mentor, Ohio. Many of the top performing boats at each event ran on high-ethanol blends, with over 30 performing

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Think Ethanol Doesn’t Work in Boats? Think Again

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse)  Ask most boaters about ethanol and boats and you’ll likely hear that the two don’t go together. In fact, many gas stations surrounding some of the largest U.S. lakes will advertise “no ethanol in our fuel” as a way to attract customers. But the ethanol industry has

September 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Boating on Biofuels

by Chip Bowling (Capital Gazette/National Corn Growers Association) Letter to Editor:  As a boater from Southern Maryland, I read Chris Dollar’s latest column with interest (The Capital, July 17). But he cited some inaccurate claims from BOATUS about ethanol-blended fuel. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency is not asking boaters to

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Competitively Priced, ECA Compliant, Sustainable Biofuel Bunkers Will be a Reality in the Near Future

(Ship & Bunker)  Chuck Red, Vice President at US-based biofuels firm Applied Research Associates (ARA), says the current cost of biofuel bunkers is misunderstood, and that competitively priced sustainable products are not only possible, they will be a reality in the near future. ARA is currently working with the US

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Better Boater: Are Fuel Additives Worth Your Time and Money?

by Trevor Mason (Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine) … Boat engines are designed to function with fuel that has a maximum of 10 percent ethanol and are in fact prohibited from using fuel that has more than 10 percent. So ethanol is bad and the only way to combat it is to

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater. Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make up on the back side. May need more equipment.  Investors hear: Dilutive cap raise

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

No Petroleum Required: U.S. Navy Completes Sea Trial with ARA’s 100% Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel

(ARA)  For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) completed final-phase testing of a 100% drop-in renewable diesel fuel as part of the Navy’s MILSPEC qualification

August 8, 2016 Read Full Article

New Research Launched to See if Fuel Made from Recycled Plastic Could Power Ship Engines

(Biofuels International)  The University of West England is working with waste-to-energy specialist Recycling Technologies to test if a fuel, called Plaxx,  made from mixed plastic waste can be used to power ship engines. The UK-based research, funded by Innovate UK and ESPRC will be led by Associate Professor Farid Dailami,

August 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

$26/gallon to $2.05 in 42 months: The Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest and BioChannel.TV released “Sustainable Fuels on Troubled Waters”, the Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet — a documentary profile on the US Navy’s success in driving down the costs of renewable fuel — up to and including

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Latest US Navy Biofuel Bunkers Are Bad For the Environment, Expensive, Barely Biofuel At All, Says Critic

(Ship & Bunker)  … As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the U.S. Navy has sought to develop and use drop-in biofuels as part of its energy security goals, having previously set a target of getting half its energy from non-petroleum sources by 2020. Last month it took its first delivery

July 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme fuel-guzzler whose energy needs sometimes dictated foreign policy, the Navy has become a model for

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Send the Marines: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to GoodFuels Marine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine and its partners, Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert and Wärtsilä, the global supplier of engines and power systems to the marine industry, announced in October a two-year pilot program to accelerate the development of truly sustainable, scalable and affordable

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Marine Signs up Dutch Dredging as Second Major Dredging Customer on Sustainable Marine Biofuels

(Dutch Dredging)  Dutch Dredging has kicked off its year round operation on sustainable “drop-in” marine biofuel out of the Dutch Port of Moerdijk. The Alouette, permanently stationed in the port of Moerdijk will operate on a unique marine fuel which for 30% consists out of a sustainable bio components made

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

European Maritime Safety Agency Give Thumbs up to Bioethanol and Methanol for Use in Ships

(Biofuels International)  The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a report on methanol and ethanol, saying they are good potential alternatives for reducing both the emissions and carbon footprint of ship operations. As they are sulphur-free, use of methanol and ethanol fuels would ensure compliance with the European Commission

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Ship Voyages on 100 Percent Renewable Biofuel for 1 Year

by Brittany Hook (University of California San Diego) Harnessing the University of California’s leadership in sustainability and pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Associate Director Bruce Appelgate had a bright idea: What if Scripps Oceanography at UC San Diego began using 100 percent renewable diesel fuel, or

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

#Ethanol and Summer Boating Go Together

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  With Memorial Day comes the official start of the summer boating season and the ethanol industry is working hard to correct the misconceptions about using ethanol blended fuel in marine engines. In this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Baseball, the Trade Deadline, and the Industrial Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Some teams are sellers. They reduce costs, go lean, and hunker down in a case of “wait’ll next year”. In industrial biotechnology, the calendar tells us it’s May but it might as well be July, because we’re seeing much of the same thing. A whole

May 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A 90-10 diesel-tallow blend, therefore, should cost approximately $2.69 per gallon, saving the Navy $0.07 on

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132: None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to enforce section

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Shipping Sector Emissions: Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport

(European Commission Joint Research Center)   A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Market penetration by alternative fuels has already begun with ship

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

McGinn: Navy Energy Programs Are ‘All About Warfighting’

by John Grady (USNI News)  When asked what happens to the Navy’s energy initiatives when President Barack Obama leaves office in January, the service’s top civilian official overseeing those efforts said, “Nothing”—because the business and warfighting cases “just makes sense.” Retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, speaking Tuesday at the Atlantic

April 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of the webinar can be accessed here.   READ MORE

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

It Is OK to Fuel the Boat with Ethanol

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  The gasoline used by more than 95 percent of Americans, E10, contains 10 percent ethanol and is safe to use in marine engines. All current boat engines are warrantied for E10 and have been for nearly two decades. Yet for some reason, BoatUS has

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow. The recorded version can be accessed here.  READ MORE

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

The Truth Behind Marine Engines & Ethanol

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In response to a recent misleading piece in BoatUS, which warned of marine engine damage due to ethanol, Keith Holmes, President and Owner of CK Motorsports, a certified Mercury Marine Engine & Racing service dealer, wrote a response that we thought worth sharing with our readers.

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol & Water Do Mix – Same Story, Different Lake

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Since the passage of the RFS in 2005, the efforts of some groups like BoatUS would lead you to believe that memories like mine have all but disappeared. They want you to believe that any amount of ethanol is too much for a marine

March 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Fly the Eco-Friendly Skies: United to Launch 50% Jet Biofuels on LAX-SFO Route

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has learned. March 11. A two week, 14-day Los Angeles to San Francisco service will launch

March 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Op-Ed: South Carolina Boats, Presidential Candidates and Ethanol Blended Fuels

(BOAT-US) … E0 (zero-ethanol) gasoline, which is sold at marinas and gas stations, is in effect being pushed out of boat fuel market to make room for the Renewable Fuel Standard-mandated E15 and higher ethanol blends. This means boaters may see shortages of E0 fuel as early as this summer’s boating

February 25, 2016 Read Full Article

ARA Ships 100% Drop-In Biofuels for Navy Certification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, renewable jet and diesel fuels that meet petroleum fuel specifications

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Howell Says 2016 May Be Busiest Year Yet for Biodiesel at ASTM

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An abundance of ASTM and ISO biodiesel activities may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the standards organizations, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell. At the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Howell spoke about his involvement with biodiesel

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

First Indian Biofuel Ship Set for Fleet Review

by Kalyan Ray Visakhapatnam (Deccan Herald)  When President Pranab Mukherjee will review the naval fleet on Saturday, a small Indian naval vessel with green bands on both sides may emerge as the centre of attraction as it would be the first Indian ship to run completely on biofuel. “At the international

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

COP21 President Says Growing Emissions from Aviation and Shipping Sectors Must Be Tackled This Year

(GreenAir Online) The President of the COP21 negotiations in Paris, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, told the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday that in the year ahead it would be necessary to work with UNFCCC Member States on international greenhouse gas emissions from aviation and maritime transport. He said

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional petroleum products and must meet all military fuel specification properties which make handling requirements and

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Reports from IMF and French Economists Call for Climate Taxes on International Aviation Fuel or Air Travel

(GreenAir Online)  Two reports, one an International Monetary Fund (IMF) internal discussion note and the other by the Paris School of Economics (PSE), suggest taxing international aviation fuel or air travel could provide an equitable solution to raising global finance for climate mitigation and adaptation. The IMF says there is

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Collection and Use in Finland

by Aino Siirala* and Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Current UCO market:  In Europe, UCO (used cooking oil) collection and reuse has increased steadily during the past decade, reaching its peak in 2016. The most significant UCO producer in Europe is Germany, where 140 000 tons of UCO is collected

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Boeing, Canadian Aviation Industry Launch Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Project

(PR Newswire)  Boeing (NYSE: BA), the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG, with support from Canada’s aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Canada, which has extensive sustainably certified forests, has long used mill and forest

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

News: Will the United Nations Climate Summit Allow Shipping to Slip under the Emissions Radar Twice?

(Carbon War Room/Rocky Mountain Institute)  Eighteen years after shipping was recognized under the Kyoto Protocol as an industry in need of emissions reductions, the Paris climate talks run the risk of letting the issue slip under the radar once again. When the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. … Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Will Boaters Make Gevo Rock?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite a signature partnership with Praj, Gevo’s short-term future looks strongest at the marina, where blockbuster economics apply. … So, a pretty good deal for both. Gevo potentially gets some new customers and Praj lands EPC work in deploying the isobutanol technology to its vast network

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Gevo Targets Marine Market, Cuts to Isobutanol Production Cost

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Based on the clarity provided by the resolution of the lawsuits, and based on the most recent results of the isobutanol fermentation campaigns conducted at the company’s production plant in Luverne, Minn, Gevo announced its near-term plan to deploy capital in an effort to significantly

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Final Draft Negotiating Text for Paris Climate Summit Reinserts “Unambitious” Reference to International Aviation

(GreenAir Online)  References to international aviation and shipping have been reinserted into the latest draft negotiating text agreed at the final climate meeting of the UNFCCC in Bonn before COP21 begins at the end of next month in Paris. Text relating to the two sectors was included in a 86-page

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Mission Incomplete

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report observing U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. Its purpose was to review the

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Hope for an End to the Ethanol Debacle?

by Norm Schultz (Trade Only Today)  … Biobutanol is real. Scientists at DuPont have been developing it for more than a decade. Held up since 2011 by a barrage of now-settled patent disputes, this new fuel could replace ethanol and bring in billions of dollars for producers. Indeed, DuPont is partnering

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by Boskalis, Wärtsilä, and GoodFuels Marine and supported by Carbon War Room, Zero and both the Ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This consortium has been established to help overcome the challenges

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

All Hands on Deck! Boaters Navigate Around Waves of Misinformation: Includes Infographic

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and millions of Americans will take to the nation’s highways and drive to unknown destinations. Millions of others will celebrate the long weekend by navigating the nation’s waterways. For those of you who enjoy spending your

September 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Gevo Reports First Marina Sales of Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that Harbor Marina at Lake Pomme de Terre in Missouri is the first U.S. marina to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. Introduction of the initial isobutanol and gasoline fuel blend took place on Wednesday, Sept. 2 on the marina

September 4, 2015 Read Full Article

That Sleeper Low-Carbon Fuel Market: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Renewable Marine Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In many cases, customers are looking for ethanol free gasoline for a “boat, truck, RV, plane, farm equipment, snowblower, hotrod or motorcycle”, based on concerns over corrosion, engine wear, and performance of E10 in boat engines and outdoor power equipment. Gevo’s jumped recently into that gap. The

September 4, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Calling Captain E0: Can Renewable Isobutanol Beat out Ethanol-Free Gasoline in the Powerboat Sector?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  E-Zero – ethanol-free gas, has been popular with boaters, but here comes isobutanol, with Gevo leading the pack.  Are the economics a slam-dunk? Here’s the hard data. One of the more interesting trends in recent years has been the rise of ethanol-free gasoline. Overall, Pure-gas.com reports 9915

September 4, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Supporters Respond to Spate of Misinformation

by  Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Before Labor Day, the Boat Owners Association of the United States announced the results of an informal survey that found a “vast majority” want ethanol-free gas, but only about half of respondents say it is available at marinas and gas stations. The news

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Lauren Fix Takes Ethanol Opposition To New Level Of Stupidity

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … On an official basis, E15 is approved by the EPA to be used in all gasoline-powered passenger vehicles manufactured in or after 2001. The vast majority of gasoline-powered vehicles on the road in America were manufactured in or after 2001. This accounts for

August 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Industrial Aviation And Marine Biofuels Global Market Demands, Analysis To Become Dominant By Future- 2015 Overview

(Hydrogen Fuel News/MarketResearchReports.biz)  The Global Aviation and Marine Biofuels Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Aviation and Marine Biofuels industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.The Aviation and

August 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Butamax, Gevo Settle, Will Work Together on Market Development

(Gevo/Butamax/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of biobased isobutanol. This settlement ends all of the lawsuits and

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific? — That is the question a Queensland researcher is trying to answer, as the US moves towards powering its navy war craft with a biofuel blend by 2020.

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Gevo’s Losses Narrow, Revenue up 15% as Courts Issue Favorable Ruling in Betamax vs Gevo Patent Cases

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The increase in revenue during 2015 is primarily a result of the production and sale of approximately $8.0 million of ethanol, isobutanol and distiller’s grains at the Luverne plant. Hydrocarbon revenues were $0.8 million, primarily related to the shipment of bio-jet fuel and isooctane during

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces First Pump Sales of Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline at Express Lube Service Station in Texas

(GEVO)  Sales Focused at Owners of Boats, Outdoor Equipment and Off-Road Vehicles — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. This is anticipated to be the first of many retail

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

RFA: Boat Racers Return to Kansas for ‘Shootout’ on the Water

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12–13 event, which was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, East Kansas Agri-Energy and the Kansas Corn Commission, invited boat racers from across the country to compete

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

New IMO Biofuels Regulation May Catch Product Tankers Unawares

by Holly Birket (Splash24/7)  New IMO regulations for the carriage of biofuels may lead to a shortage of product tankers eligible to carry the cargo if shipowners are not ready to meet the new requirements, an environmental consultancy has said. Oil discharge monitoring equipment onboard most existing vessels is not calibrated to handle

July 21, 2015 Read Full Article

In Stunning Spectacle, RI Tall Ship Sails for First Time

by Mark Schieldrop (Bristol-Warren Patch)  Narragansett Bay was graced by the mighty presence of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Thursday as she set sail for the first time on wind power alone on a maiden voyage to join other Tall Ships for the Portland 2015 festival in Maine.  The

July 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Technologies Pitch The Public To Help Them Win SAFE Energy Security Prize: SeaChange Group

(Securing America’s Future Energy) Today’s low prices at the pump may have many people believing our nation’s energy security problem has been solved, but don’t be fooled. The truth of the matter is energy security can only be achieved by tackling oil’s near complete monopoly over our transportation sector, of

July 21, 2015 Read Full Article

First Methanol-Powered Diesel Engine Debuted by MAN D&T

By Charlie Bartlett (Seatrade Maritime News)  MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series. Taking place at MAN’s Tamano facility near Okayama, Japan, testing included switching over to methanol fuel from

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

NMMA Endorses Use of Gevo’s Isobutanol in Marine Fuel Market

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has received a key endorsement for the use of its renewable isobutanol by the marine industry, following support and recommendation for the use of isobutanol by the National Marine Manufacturers Association as an effective, less damaging, more suitable biofuel alternative than ethanol for powering various types

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Waves of Ethanol Misinformation

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  E10 can be safely used in marine engines and every marine engine manufactured today provides warranty coverage for E10, writes Bob Dinneen. To combat misinformation floating around, he encourages one-on-one conversations to keep the facts straight. … In a sign of their

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel to Help Power U.S. Leg of Volvo Ocean Race

(VolvoOceanRaceNewport.com)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is a supporting sponsor for the Newport Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, providing blends of biodiesel for use on the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats and in all of the diesel generators and vehicles associated with the shoreside facilities. The use of biodiesel,

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale Pilot Plant to commercialize its proprietary hydrofaction biomass-to-liquids technology platform. The SDTC funds will assist

March 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol Ignorance?

by Bobby Likis (Renewable Fuels Association)   Jay Leno is a car guy … and someone I’ve respected for many years. But Jay’s AutoWeek article “Can’t We Just Get Rid Of Ethanol?” makes zero sense to me. I’m a car guy too. Restored and own a classic 1980 Weisssach Porsche 911.

March 6, 2015 Read Full Article

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase and is heading towards deployment. Someday, aviation biofuels will be as routine as topping off

February 20, 2015 Read Full Article

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