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Like Fine Wine, Smellin’ Fine: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech’s Aromatics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fine wine takes time but it’s so worth it when you gather that first aroma of a freshly opened bottle…and Anellotech shows us that the wait is worth it when it comes to technology too. Their thermal catalytic biomass conversion, or Bio-TCat Process, is making

November 18, 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

Neste’s IMO 2020 Low-Sulfur Marine Fuel Available in Germany

(Neste Corp./Biodiesel Magazine) Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH have signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. This new marine fuel, containing maximum 0.5 percent sulfur, has been available in Bremerhaven, Germany, since the beginning of November.   BMT is a bunkering services company with

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Swedish Shipping Firm Terntank Orders Two Biogas Tankers

(Bioenergy Insight)  Swedish shipping company Terntank has ordered two liquefied biogas (LBG)/liquefied natural gas- (LNG) powered tankers from AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding in China. The newly-built tankers were designed by Kongsberg (ex-Rolls-Royce) and will be in operation in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea in 2021. The AVIC SERIES 2.0

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Wes Amelie Will Be the World’s First Vessel to Run on Synthetic LNG

(MAN Energy Solutions/NGV Journal) MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH have announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted ‘Wes Amelie’, a 1,036-teu feeder container ship, will use liquefied synthetic natural gas (SNG) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel. The companies are cooperating on the project with Nauticor, the

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels: Advancing European Market Uptake

by Vanessa Vivian Wabitsch (REVOLVE/BE Sustainable Magazine)  Discovering the world, working with people across the globe, commuting to work everyday or consuming exotic fruits imported to Europe – nearly every European is used to at least one of these habits producing a significant amount of carbon emissions. On the road

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Prototype for Hydrogen – One Step Closer

(Havyard) Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with providers of hydrogen tanks and fuel cells. If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul Is Aiming for 100% Renewable Fuel

(Jan De Nul)  Jan De Nul Group carries out dredging work in the Benelux with 100% renewable fuel. With this, the world player is further committing itself to immediately and considerably reducing its CO₂ emissions. Trailing suction hopper dredger Alexander von Humboldt will from now on sail on renewable biofuel from

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Hurtigruten Tests Biodiesel that Potentially Can Change the Shipping Industry

(Hurtigruten) On the way to the goal of becoming completely emission free, Hurtigruten has as the first Norwegian cruise line started testing Biodiesel on board the ship MS Polarlys. This fuel can potentially reduce emissions with 95 percent. The world is on its way into a new era, with a travel

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Maersk Join Forces with Industry Peers and Customers to Develop LEO

(Maersk) A.P. Moller – Maersk alongside with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and, Marks & Spencer to explore LEO – a blend of lignin and ethanol – that could be part of the future solution for sustainable shipping.  —  From the phone, tablet or computer you

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

The Race to Zero Emissions, er, Zero Carbon, er, Negative Carbon, er, Circular Economy, and the Whole Wacky Thing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Bioeconomy technologies can go carbon-negative, wind and solar can go to zero carbon, waste capture and use gets you to a circular economy. Electric vehicles can give you zero emissions at the tailpipe, and as we say in Digestville, 谈论电源并不敏感, “it is insensitive to make

October 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol, Biomethane and Ammonia Are the Best-Positioned Fuels to Reach Zero Net Emissions

(Maersk) A study by A.P. Moller – Maersk and Lloyds Register confirms that the best opportunities for decarbonizing shipping lie in finding new sustainable energy sources. Based on market projections, the best positioned fuels for research and development into net zero fuels for shipping are alcohol, biomethane, and ammonia. Energy efficiency

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Shipping Industry Must Cut Sulphur Emissions before 2020, Says IMO Secretary-General

by Varsha Saraogi (Ship Technology)   International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretary-general Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to boost its efforts to cut sulphur emissions by using IMO 2020-compliant fuels before the regulation deadline on 1 January 2020. The IMO has limited the amount of sulphur in fuel oil used

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

The Lowest Carbon Footprint by Design

(MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company) … To help tackle climate change, MSC completed a program to retrofit more than 250 ships in its existing fleet with the latest green technologies, cutting about 2 million tons of CO2 emissions each year. Furthermore, the latest newbuilding additions to the fleet – led by

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Robotic ‘Mayflower’ to Cross the Atlantic on 400th Anniversary of Pilgrims’ Journey

by Denise Chow (NBC News) … The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will set sail from Plymouth, England, on Sept. 6, 2020, and is expected to make landfall in Plymouth, Massachusetts, about 12 days later. The futuristic ship — powered by solar and wind energy and guided by GPS — will make

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway Releases Action Plan for Green Shipping

(Maritime Executive) Norway has released an action plan for green shipping, saying that its maritime industry is a world leader in the development of low- and zero-emission solutions.   The Government’s ambition is to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030. The report notes that with current

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Refuel as You Sail with Hydrogen

by Nick Savvides (American Shipper Freight Waves)  … Madadh (pronounced Maddy) MacLaine, CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology, Ltd. believes that hydrogen’s time has come. MacLaine is also a founding member of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, which was established in 2018 to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels.

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Several of the better known IEA Bioenergy rock stars — there are four and possibly five in this set, from the US and Canada, so we’ll put them sort of on a par with Neil Young and Crazy Horse for representing somethng tuneful, must-know and

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Meriaura Brings out Climate Neutral Contracts Powered by Biofuel

(Meriaura)   Meriaura and Stockholm Exergi sign a contract of nearly CO2 neutral sea transport  — Meriaura and and Stockholm Exergi have signed a contract for the sea transport of woodchips and woodpellets within the Baltic Sea by using  climate friendly, 100% biofuel as power source. The contract is the first commercial contract

October 4, 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

NORDEN Joins Shipping Decarbonisation Coalition

(NORDEN) NORDEN has signed up to become a member of the Getting to Zero Coalition. Launching at the United Nations Climate Action Summit this week, the Getting to Zero Coalition seeks to create awareness of the need for transition to zero emission vessels as part of the global shipping sector’s ongoing

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Stephanie Mercier

Supporters of the US biofuels industry should not ignore markets in addition to cars, light trucks, and commercial trucks as they advocate for proper enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard, writes Stephanie Mercier, senior policy and advocacy adviser for the Farm Journal Foundation. “Other potential outlets include use in aviation fuel

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Prospects for Biofuels Use by Other Transportation Modes

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal AgWeb)  … While supporters of the U.S. biofuel industry will no doubt continue to advocate for some remedial action by the administration on the SRE/RFS issues, they should not overlook the fact that the U.S. market for fuel for surface vehicles, like cars, light trucks,

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

Greasezilla Selected to Be the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Separation Technology for the Danbury Wastewater Treatment Center

(Greasezilla/Informed Infrastructure)   Greasezilla™, the most cost-effective and ecological brown grease separator available, is pleased to announce it has been selected as an integral part of a new state-of-the-art FOG-to-Biodiesel receiving station for the Danbury, Connecticut Waste Water Treatment facility. Greasezilla’s patented solution separates FOG into its basic elements, sending the water back

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuel Technologies Can Bridge the Gap

(Energy Transition Outlook 2019/DNV-GL)  …  It is important to find technically feasible and cost-effective solutions for the deep-sea segment, accounting for more than 80% of world fleet CO2 emissions. Currently, the only technically applicable alternatives for this are liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sustainable advanced biofuels.  Apart from biofuels, efforts to

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

The Advanced Bioeconomy Report Q2 2019 Earnings: The Year of Living Endangeredly

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In hand we now have the latest earnings reports from what you might call the 8 Pathfinders – eight publicly traded stocks whose second quarter results offer insights into the health and performance of the advanced bioeconomy as 2019 heads towards its closing crescendos. Our 8

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Planes, Trains and (Big) Automobiles: How Heavy Transport Can Reduce Emissions and Save Money

by Faustine Delasalle and Delger Erdenesanaa (World Resources Institute)  … But without breakthroughs in battery technology, long-distance shipping and aviation will require biofuels or synthetically made fuels. For longer trips, pairing energy efficiency with low-carbon fuels is crucial. … All Aboard for Clean Transport The burden isn’t on companies alone. Policymakers

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

The IPCC’s Land Report Shows Shipping the Potential of Sustainable Biofuels, but How to Get There?

by Will Dawson (Sustainable Shipping Initiative) The IPCC’s Special Report on Land shows that biofuels can sustainably play a part in shipping’s decarbonisation journey.  But with aviation and other sectors circling around a finite resource, shipping needs to invest in the exotic options of ammonia or hydrogen to make them viable by

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Producer S.G. Preston Interested in Buying PES Refinery

by Catalina Jaramillo (WHYY) Philadelphia-based biofuel company S.G. Preston Co. is the first of at least two prospective buyers to publicly express interest in taking over the damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery to make renewable diesel, marine diesel and jet fuel, according to Reuters. It could mean a transition from fossil

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

9 Constellations to Watch: A Look at the Rising Stars in the Race to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)oday we explore 9 of those constellations building around Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Some of them are young protostars in the earliest stage of stellar evolution, while others are like the Earth’s sun, a main-sequence mid-size star, and a few are superstars like, well,

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Introduces IMO 2020 Fuel, Announces New US Partnership

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Renewable diesel producer Neste Corp. announced Aug. 15 it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. Come Jan. 1,

August 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Biofuels: Tracking Clean Energy Progress

by Pharoah Le Feuvre   (International Energy Agency)  Transport biofuel production expanded 7% year-on-year in 2018, and 3% annual production growth is expected over the next five years. This falls short of the sustained 10% output growth per year needed until 2030 to align with the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS). Stronger

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

“Poldering” a New Climate Agreement in the Netherlands

by Paul Sinnige and Timo Gerlagh (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)  …  With a strong focus on passenger transport and recognising that transport is responsible for a quarter of all emissions, one of the main goals of the agreement is an ambition for all new passenger cars sold in the Netherlands to

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Jumbo and GoodFuels Partner to Take Sustainable Bio-Fuel Oil to the Offshore Support Market

(Goodfuels)  Dutch company partnership paves the way for a low carbon energy transition in the offshore support sector. — Leading global heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo, and the world’s first commercial, sustainable marine biofuel company GoodFuels, today announced a joint initiative to test marine Bio-Fuel Oil on

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Can They? Should They?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Biofuels in Marine Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The fuels market and demand for jet fuels is big, but what about the marine sector? After all, over 90% of all goods are shipped via marine vessels fueled with high sulfur (3.5 wt.%) heavy residual fuel oil (HFO). Zia Haq, Siva Sivasubramanian, Mark Shmorhun, Mohan

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Zero Emission Heavy Fuel Oil: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to GoodFuels’ Marine Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GoodFuels is seeing a fast rise of low carbon marine fuels as a very logical one. The demand. The supply. The environmental impact. Even the economics. It’s all making sense now. In November, GoodFuels completed trials of the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The Push for Year-Round E15 Is upon Us, but Is It the Best Biofuel Option?

by Jeff Wasil (Washington Examiner)  … There’s also a better option than E15, one that only requires cutting red tape hindering the widespread usage of a next-generation biofuel: biobutanol. Unlike ethanol, biobutanol contains nearly 90% of the energy content of gasoline (compared to 67% for ethanol), is compatible with the existing fueling

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

ABS Fuels Advisory Offers Guidance on Adoption of Gas, Low Flashpoint Fuels

(Biofuels International)  Classification service provider the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published its ‘Advisory on Gas and Other Low Flashpoint Fuels’, to offer guidance on current technologies, regulatory requirements and operational considerations for adopting gas and low flashpoint fuels. “The majority of the deep-sea shipping fleet will be using conventional

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

The Impending IMO Regulation and its Unknown Impact to Shipping

by Cliff Gladstein (GNA/Act News)  One year ago, ACT News published an article calling attention to the possible worldwide ramifications of the January 1, 2020 change in marine fuel specifications. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations affiliated body that sets standards for environment, vessel safety, and regulations for shipping across the

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Maersk to Offer Customers Carbon-Neutral Transport

(Maersk)  A new carbon neutral product – the first of its kind in the industry – is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste’s Zero Island Project Cuts Emissions on Lidö by 78%

(Neste)  … To examine what it takes to reduce CO2 emissions as fast as possible, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just twelve months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul Reveals Ambitious CO₂ Reduction Targets

(Hellenic Shipping News)  Jan De Nul Group has revealed its commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year during maintenance dredging works at the Nieuwpoort coastal marina. It is the first dredging company in the world to aspire to such a reduction in a commercial application for a project. In

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Starts Testing 30% Biodiesel in Cars Amid Push to Boost Palm Oil Consumption

by Bernadette Christina and Fransiska Nangoy  (EuroNews/Reuters)  Indonesia on Thursday began testing biodiesel with a bio-content of 30% in cars, its energy ministry said, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes to boost local markets for its vast palm oil crop. The world’s top palm oil exporter aims to make it mandatory for all

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Land, Air and Sea: Canada Funds Clean-Energy Transport R&D

by Laureen Fagan (Sustainability Times)  Canadians are getting serious about clean transportation, and the government has announced the first 10 awards in a four-year program that will see $2.4 million committed to developing emissions-free solutions for aviation, rail and marine transport. While much of the world’s investment in the transportation

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Contract for Bio-LNG Bunkering Was Signed in Norway

(Biokraft/NGV Journal)  In what is the largest ever global contract for supply of bio-LNG to a shipping operator, Hurtigruten and Biokraft has entered into a 7,5-year deal. It includes near-daily delivery of biogas produced from organic waste to Hurtigruten ships, the first cruise ships in the world to be powered by

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Aviation and Marine Biofuel Market Fastest Growth Segment Should Surprise Us?

(MarketWatch)  An extensive analysis of the Southeast Asia Aviation and Marine Biofuel market strategy of the leading companies in the precision of import/export consumption, supply and demand figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins. The report starts by an introduction about the company profiling and a comprehensive review about the strategy

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Methanol Institute Releases New Report on Renewable Methanol

(Methanol Institute)  Compared to conventional fuels, renewable methanol cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions. The report, prepared for MI by ATA Insights, features case studies on renewable methanol production by Carbon Recycling International

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

FLAGSHIPS Project to Deploy Two Hydrogen Vessels

(Norled)   The European innovation project FLAGSHIPS has been awarded 5 Million Euros from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway  —  … “Norled has taken a leading role in the development of zero emission ferries. This innovation project will be

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Company Turns Local Restaurant Waste into Biofuel

by Clay Gordon (News Center Maine)  Maine Standard Biofuels collects grease and refines it into bioheat, biodiesel and other bioproducts  —  … Used cooking oil is being repurposed, and in its refined state is powering engines, cars, trucks, even ferries, and heating homes. Maine Standard Biofuels was founded in 2006 after Jarmin

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

WATCH: Maersk’s Biofuel Pilot Reaches Hong Kong

(Port Technology/Maersk) A.P Moller-Maersk, the largest container shipping line in the world, has released a video of the Maersk Mette’s historic eco-friendly Rotterdam-Shanghai voyage, which was taken by the vessel’s Captain Thomas Hvilborg. The video shows the Maersk Mette, a large triple-E vessel, entering the Port of Hong Kong as it

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel is a Game Changer for Sustainable Aviation and Low Carbon Fuel Markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Markets Online)  According to a new study by market research firm Emerging Markets Online, renewable diesel is becoming a game changer for several key areas of the low carbon fuels industry, including: (1) the global aviation industry, representing a 90 billion gallon/yr market and opportunity, (2)

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Impact of Emissions Regulations

(Sea News)  Maritime shipping emissions represent around 2.5% (940 million metric tonnes)², Worldwide and 13%  of the total greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced within the European Union and as such present a very large problem for nation states that are trying to develop a roadmap for their carbon credit allowance. As part

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

REACHing for the Stars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

From Cooking Oil to Biofuel: Eni’s Project in the Venice Biorefinery

by Annalisa Girardi  (Forbes)  The Italian oil and gas multinational Eni is the first company in the world that transformed a traditional refinery into a biorefinery. Since May 2014, thanks to proprietary technology, the corporation has been producing extremely high-quality biofuels. Eni’s website states that it “has found a way to repurpose the catalytic hydrodesulfurization

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sector Offers to Take More Canola

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is considered to be a major way that biodiesel demand could be expanded in Canada. The renewable fuel industry says a stronger domestic market would ease challenges caused by export volatility China’s canola export ban helps make the case for expanding consumption

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Asturias and Enagás Sign Agreement to Develop Renewable Energies

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Employment, Industry and Tourism of the Principality of Asturias Isaac Pola Alonso and the Chief Transformation Officer of Enagás Antón Martínez signed an agreement in Oviedo to develop projects for non-electric renewable energies such as biomethane and green hydrogen in Asturias. This collaboration protocol between

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni Encourages Italian Production of Advance Biomethane for Vehicle Use

(Eni/NGV Journal)  Eni and the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) signed an agreement to promote the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial byproducts and dedicated winter crops for use in the transport sector. The project also involves new opportunities for Consortium member companies by launching business initiatives which will be

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Høglund to Deliver Biogas-Ready Fuel Solutions for Six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits in collaboration with HB Hunte Engineering, Supporting Greener Travel in Cruise Sector

(Høglund Marine Solutions)  Høglund, the leading global marine solutions and system integration expert, today (March 20, 2019) announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver biogas-ready fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) for six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits. Høglund will work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition Partners with Maersk in World’s Largest Maritime Biofuel Pilot

by Lejla Charif (Maersk)  Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller – Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

VARO and GoodFuels Extend Partnership to Scale Bio Fuel Oil Availability to Deep Sea Segment

(GoodFuels)  GoodFuels Bio Fuel Oil now available out of Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, powered by VARO  —  VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels have extended their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels leaving from Rotterdam, the companies have announced today. The new deep sea proposition, which will help to

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Marine Biofuels Begin to Make Headway in Ocean Shipping

(Benzinga)  Biofuels created by recycling used cooking oils are being tested by ocean-going ships in pilot trials around the world. Such biofuels may even be gaining acceptance by ocean-shippers, freight forwarders and ship operators. The latest news is from international container ocean carrier CMA CGM. It has teamed up with the Port

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

South Korean-Indonesian Consortium Seeking Partner for Sustainable Bunker Fuel Project in Singapore

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)   In Singapore, Ship and Bunker reports that South Korea’s GF Oil and Sejong Technologies have teamed up with Indonesia’s Korindo to sell vegetable oil-based bunkering fuel in Singapore. The trio are looking for bunkering partners active in the Southeast Asian shipping hub to bring the

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

IKEA, CMA CGM and the GoodShipping Program Join Forces to Test Sustainable Marine Bio-Fuel Oil

(GoodShipping Program)  IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have today announced they will cooperate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Refinery Planned for Qld: Aussie Company Works to Turn Plastics, Old Tyres and Waste into Diesel Fuel for Trucks

by Neil Dowling (Go Auto News Premium)  An Australian company funded in part by the Queensland government is now trialling the production of renewable diesel fuel for use in heavy machinery, trucks and marine engines. It is hoped that the trials, to last up to 18 months, will lead to the construction

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Commercializing Marine Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to GoodFuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GoodFuels is the the market-leader in developing and delivering advanced sustainable fuels for the transport sector, offering a cost-effective pathway towards a low-carbon society. Their focus is on the aviation, shipping and heavy road and rail sectors. Bart Hellings,Head of Innovation at GoodFuels, gave this illuminating overview

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Coalition Provides Sustainable Marine Biofuels Verification

(FreightEurasia)  A proof-of-concept coalition made up of global mining company BHP, NYK, sustainable biofuel supplier GoodFuels and applications’ developer Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), has delivered verifiably sustainable biofuels to the BHP-chartered, NYK-owned bulk carrier Frontier Sky. The biofuel, supplied by GoodFuels via logistics partner Varo Energy, is a “drop-in” marine

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Blockchain Bonanza – How Blockchain Is Making Things Saner from Farm to Factory and Beyond

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a chain full of blocks and each block has information like a timestamp and transaction details. You add your block of information to the chain which has all prior handlers’ blocks attached. You can’t change their data, but it’s there. You just add yours

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Fueling Debate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   FUELING DEBATE: ConservAmerica Chairwoman Nan Hayworth urged National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to “avoid or soften the negative impacts” from upcoming international rules requiring cleaner-burning shipping fuels. The Feb. 4 letter warned that “hasty deadlines” for the International Maritime Organization rule to reduce

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

BHP and NYK Use GoodFuels Biofuel to Progress Decarbonisation Goals

(GoodFuels)  BHP, NYK, GoodFuels and BLOC collaborate to progress sustainable biofuel bunkering in Rotterdam, verified with blockchain. —  Today (February 4, 2019) global mining company BHP, Japanese shipping company NYK, leading sustainable biofuel company GoodFuels and BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) the leading developer of blockchain applications for the maritime industry,

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ready for Take Off? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future

by David Hitchcock (Atlantic Council)  … However, the importance of powering the aviation sector (both military and commercial) through sustainable fuels cannot be overstated. David Hitchcock’s paper, “Ready for Takeoff? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future,” provides a keen look at the history of biofuels, current uses of biofuel, and investments

January 26, 2019 Read Full Article

State of the Bioeconomy

by Wayne Lee and Mark J Riedy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP/Biofuels Digest) At present, the bioeconomy continues to attract debt and equity interest. VCs, Private Equity Groups and Strategic Partners are providing equity at the technology holding company level in the form of private placements

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels for Marine Engines and Pathways to Success: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) focuses on several bioproducts for R&D and has been assessing the value proposition of biofuels for marine engines. Zia Haq and Jim Spaeth, both from the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, gave individual presentations at ABLC Global

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Shipping Leaders Look to Develop a Roadmap for Biofuels with Commitment to Real Sustainability at Heart

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) grouping of leading maritime organisations, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) – the world’s most robust and trusted sustainability leader in the bioeconomy – came together in Berlin last week to exchange expertise in a showcase event designed to support the SSI as it

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers at IT Tralee Secure over €1.2m in Funding for Research in Bioeconomy and Marine Sectors.

(Institute of Technology Tralee) Institute of Technology Tralee has been awarded €1.26 million in new funding to partner in two new research initiatives. This brings to over €11m the total value of research grants secured by IT Tralee from competitive national and EU funding bodies in the past 12 months.

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Maersk Sets Net Zero CO2 Emission Target by 2050

(Maersk)  Aimed at accelerating the transition to carbon neutral shipping, Maersk announces today its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required. Climate is one of

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Launches Zero-Emission Heavy Fuel Oil. Ultra-Low Sulphur Marine Biofuels Step Forward.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the Netherlands comes news of a world first:  GoodFuels Marine and the shipping company NORDEN have completed successful trials of what they bill as “the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel Oil equivalent marine biofuel”, and in almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Danish Firm Claims First Biofuel Commercial Sea Voyage

by Tom Burridge (BBC News)  As things stand, the vast majority of ocean-going vessels that transport goods across the globe run on what is known as “heavy fuel oil”.  It is thick, black and cheap.  Dirk Kronemeiier describes it as the “dirtiest fuel ever invented by mankind.” He believes his biofuel company, Good

December 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Race Boat Takes Third Place in Trans-Atlantic Challenge

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Imerys Energy Challenge, centered on clean innovation and energy efficiency, is a self-sufficient, CO2-free energy production and storage system tested aboard the Class40 (12.19 meters long) race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events. This week the vessel came in third place

November 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Rotten Fish to Help Power Hurtigruten Cruise Ships after Refit

by Ole Petter Skonnord (Reuters)  The Nordic region’s most high-profile cruise fleet operator is refitting its ships to make them less polluting, and plans to use a byproduct of rotten fish to help power their new, leaner engines. Norway’s Hurtigruten, best known for the ships that ferry tourists along the country’s fjords

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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