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You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Hidden Costs Behind the IMO’s New Regulations For Marine Biofuels: EIA Webinar Review
May 24, 2018 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Challenged by strict, binding international targets to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and sulfur levels in fuels it is estimated that by 2020 the marine sector will need to …

NCERC Hosts ‘Fueling Fun’ Workshop for Local Girl Scouts
May 23, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois learned about the benefits of biofuels, fermentation, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
May 23, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”.
The company recently broke …

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities
May 22, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific …

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties
May 21, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Erick Lutt, director of industrial …

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
May 21, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based …

OMEGA Project Update
May 18, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jonathan Trent, of the OMEGA Global Initiative, explains to a CNBC reporter at the recent Myriad Conference, in Brisbane, Australia, how his efforts to study the possibility of living on Mars paved …

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference
May 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
With speakers from across the biofuels sector, the event at the Grand Hotel Kempinski …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
May 17, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF development in Europe.  An update on EU policy and initiatives by SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink at ABLC in Washington, DC on March 1, 2018.  READ MORE

Are We There Yet? Europe’s Nagging Call for Sustainable Mobility
May 16, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it comes to getting from point A to point B, getting to our destination has unfortunately overshadowed the process of how we should get there. As a result, …

Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers
May 16, 2018 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The fuels market is about the largest in the world,” says Terry Mazanec. “Each succeeding generation of inspired inventors and entrepreneurs, with visions of immense profits dancing in their heads, have …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’
May 16, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have sparked concerns that Paris’ target …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

USGC Helps Expand Export Potential for DDGS, Ethanol to Ecuador
May 14, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Identifying how U.S. feed grains and co-products can meet the specific demands of a local market is the specialty of the U.S. Grains Council’s staff around the world. In Ecuador, the …

The Building Blocks of a Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
May 14, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and …

From Gen1 to High-Value: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
May 11, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

I’ll Never Find Another You: Provivi’s Protecting Crops by Confusing Pests in Their Search for Romance
May 11, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (O)ne of the topics under discussion was 40 percent or higher maize crop losses now being experienced in Africa because of the Fall Anyworm pest. The losses are causing …

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility
May 11, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biorefinery of the Future
May 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What will biorefineries look like, accomplish and cost in the future? Daniel Lane of Saille Consulting and Lee Enterprises Consulting looked at that topic in this illuminating overview of the promise …

Tech-Agnostic, Integrated, Diversified Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SG Preston
May 9, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

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 …

EVs and Ethanol Mix Well Together
May 9, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The future is bright for electric vehicles and ethanol to work together to increase future vehicle energy efficiencies and reduce costs for consumers, according to Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

RFA to Testify at House Hearing on “Sharing the Road: Policy Implications of Electric and Conventional Vehicles in the Years Ahead.”
May 7, 2018 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At the National Ethanol Conference in February, speakers offered differing views on the potential for electric vehicles in the vehicle marketplace, and the perceived threat to liquid transportation fuels and the internal combustion engine. The topic continues …

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) Low-Carbon Biofuels, Bioproducts Crucial to Two Degree Scenario
May 7, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In April, the European Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), below50, the Biofuture Platform, and the ART Fuels Forum formally expressed the sense that low-carbon fuels will be …

What’s the Latest in Bioenergy R&D, DOE? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office
May 3, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, …

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us
May 3, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development …

Trucking Executive Panel Objects to EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Plan
May 2, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by John O’Dell (Trucks.com)  “Stay the course” is the message a panel of leading clean vehicle developers, users and regulators delivered Tuesday in the wake of the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back tough fuel economy …

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
May 2, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center …

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials
May 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new …

Green Technology Born in Reality: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals
April 30, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The estimable and always fascinating and quotable James Iademarco gave this illuminating overview of the state of renewable chemicals – as he aptly puts it Green Technology born in reality …

Mater, Want Jet to Always Love Me: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Jet Fuel and the Carbon War Room
April 27, 2018 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Adam Klauber of the Rocky Mountain Institute gave this presentation about working with airports to increase sustainable alternative jet fuel use at ABLC in Washington, DC this spring.  READ MORE

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 26, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. The …

EPA Data Shows Small Refiner Waivers Have Lowered 2016, 2017 RFS Blending Obligations by 1.6 Billion Gallons
April 25, 2018 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion …

Is the EU Killing the Magic Plant? The Emerging International Consensus on Low Carbon Fuels Takes Center Stage in (Spite of) Brussels
April 25, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At one of a series of bioenergy conferences in Brussels, April 10-12, 2018, some combination of hearty guffaws, inward chuckles and solemn nods greeted the predictable but well-delivered punchline …

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex
April 24, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade lumber, wood …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

Going Our Way: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
April 24, 2018 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   For many people, the key question is — what is Amyris becoming, and when, and where and how?  We reported on Amyris’ progress most recently in “The New Colossus aims to …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals Axioms and Provocations
April 24, 2018 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC featured  a well-received session on renewable chemicals moderated by longtime Digesterati David Dodds. His initial overview on issues and opportunities in renewable chemicals is well worth some intense focus in …

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel 2018 (26-27 February 2018): A Report
April 23, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Gunjan Mukherjee (Advanced Biofuels USA/Chandigarh University Institute of Biotechnology (UIBT))  The International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel was held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India.
The concept of the conference was that use of …

Driving Profit in Biofuels Production through Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM
April 23, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM’s equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and continues to develop processes to make ethanol production more efficient for customers.
Among the latest tech advances? ICM …

Vehicle Efficiency Transportation 2050: More EVs, but Conventional Vehicles Will Still Dominate
April 20, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Making Vehicles More Efficient Is Critical to Reduce Emissions  —  … Over the next 30 years, electric vehicles (EVs) will grow and fuel economy will increase, but conventional gasoline …

Catalyzing Biobased Chemicals: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable
April 20, 2018 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the launch of the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable (BTLR), the ACS GCI seeks to provide a forum for pre-competitive industry collaboration. Building on the American Chemical Society’s roundtable model, the …

Chemicals, a Second Life for Carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
April 19, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the …

Australian Sugar Industry Warned to Look beyond Biofuel Future
April 19, 2018 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Lara Webster (ABC Rural)  The Australian sugar cane industry is being told to look beyond biofuels due to the risk of future technologies wiping out demand.
Only a fortnight ago the Queensland University of Technology delivered a …

Messages from Brussels: More Biofuels for Transport Are Badly Needed and Can Be Produced Sustainably
April 18, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  Several international initiatives and organizations met in Brussels to discuss the need and the ways to scale up low carbon fuels in transport. The international conference, titled “The role of low carbon fuels in …

Automakers Want 95 Octane Gas To Completely Take Over
April 18, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Erik Shilling (Jalopnik)  … Higher compression ratios, and thus higher octane, can have the additional benefit of greater fuel efficiency if the engine is built that way from the start, however. Which is why automakers are …

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”
April 18, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after meeting today with members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels …

Complex Feedstocks, Clean Synthesis Gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy
April 18, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link …

ACE Addressing Ethanol Marketing Challenges at NEB Forum
April 17, 2018 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Coalition for Ethanol board member and past board president Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol speaks today at Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2018 Emerging Issues Forum in Omaha, Nebraska, about assessing …

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG
April 17, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and …

Advanced to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
April 13, 2018 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  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 …

“Brexit Is the Impetus to Reinvigorate”: The Advanced Bioeconomy, Resilience, and a New Role for the Commonwealth?
April 12, 2018 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) delegates will hear quite a bit about blockchain, gene editing and about proteins for the food chain and as an advanced material. There’s a …

USGC: APEC Roadmap Supports Development of Global Ethanol Markets
April 10, 2018 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Constructing a national ethanol industry is a monumental task, but an effort that pays dividends economically and environmentally—as U.S. farmers and agribusinesses understand. The U.S. Grains Council is working alongside the …

Talking Carbon: Europe’s Prejudice towards Carbon Capture Utilization (CCU) Technology
April 6, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With over 260 million cars on the road in Europe, industry leaders and governmental representatives alike are putting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) under fire for its lack …

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title
April 6, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic …

Vehicle Transformation through New Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition
April 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be renaissance times for the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Their long quest to upend proposed Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules that ignored the potential to improve efficiency and emissions via …

Extravaganza Sponsors Provide Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Challenges
April 5, 2018 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Block (Leaders in Energy)  At the fourth annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) on February 23, 2018, attendees learned about the types of services and products offered by …

Next Steps for Succinic: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
April 4, 2018 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

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

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

Presentations Published for EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels
April 2, 2018 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

(European Commission) This event, jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, aimed to facilitate the deployment of advanced renewable fuels in the EU and India. …

CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed
April 2, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels …

2018 ACE Fly-in
April 2, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(AgNewsWire) American Coalition for Ethanol celebrates 10 years of taking the message of grassroots ethanol producers, retailers, farmers and consumers to Capitol Hill. This year’s theme is Ignite a Movement.
This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
April 2, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform …

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development
March 30, 2018 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the others being air, water, and …

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?
March 30, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted consultant on technology development and …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy
March 23, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for …

LanzaTech is #1!
March 22, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Lanza Tech)  In Washington, LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2018 “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. It was the third year at …

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals
March 22, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food …

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal
March 22, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for a win-win continues” in the debate over how to relieve oil refiners of their obligations …

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel
March 22, 2018 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that …

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Renewable Jet and Diesel Technology
March 20, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, …

RFA and Paul Jr. Designs Team Up on Hit AMERICAN CHOPPER TV Series with Custom Ethanol-Powered Bike
March 19, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has joined forces with Paul Jr. Designs to conceive of and fabricate a signature motorcycle that thrusts American-made fuel ethanol into the spotlight. Known for …

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy
March 19, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to …

Algility: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae as a New Crop and Technology Platform
March 16, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been reinvented in recent years as a Sustainable New Crop for Food, Feed, Fuel and other products. Part of an international effort to expand Agricultural Production and productive land, and keeping …

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels
March 16, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard repealed but major oilcos generally …

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 2018 Bioeconomy Business Outlook
March 14, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest reports that 72 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth and 68 percent about industry growth, than 12 months ago. The …

ACE Talks Opportunities, Challenges for Ethanol Demand in 2018
March 13, 2018 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a webinar Feb. 20 titled “Opportunities and Challenges to Increasing Ethanol Demand in 2018.” The webinar focused on ACE initiatives designed to ensure ethanol …

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

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

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published
March 12, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics:

The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States
RED …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs
March 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the …

Short-Term Bioenergy Solutions for Meeting the Two Degree Celsius Scenario (2DS)
March 9, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA) Highlighting how policy makers, investors and scientists can jointly work together to transform the global energy system, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Technology Roadmap for Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy investigates …

Auto Expert Shares Thoughts on Ethanol at NEC
March 9, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Muehling (Energy.AgWired.com)  Participants at the 2018 National Ethanol Conference heard from renowned auto expert and commentator Marc Rauch, Executive Vice President and Co-Publisher of TheAutoChannel.com, on his efforts to educate the auto community and beyond …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Status of Advanced Biofuels
March 8, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are over 2,000 biomass to fuel facilities representing 1,461 companies in 90 countries. According to subject matter expert and long-time Digesterati Lorenz Bauer, “first-generation biofuels will continue to dominate the …

Diesel with 89% Lower GHGs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
March 8, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet was founded in 2014 as a developer of a synthetic petroleum (SYNPET) business using its Thermal Conversion Process. TCP breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Whither Goest Thou, Biogas? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Markets and Technologies
March 7, 2018 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  America generates very large quantities of biogas; in total, almost 10% of America’s gasoline consumption in terms of energy equivalent volumes. The largest sources of methane are landfills, followed by wastewater …

Impressions of the State of the Industry from ABLC 2018
March 6, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “A smidgen more hopeful that it has been for a few years,” said one advanced biofuels industry long-timer.  “I don’t understand why it feels so pessimistic,” asked an attendee …

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
March 5, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) Friday in …

It’s Entirely About Character: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass
March 5, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why characterize biomass? Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex biopolymer and its properties vary depending on its species, growth environments and conversion processes. Characteristics of biomass provide valuable insights for biomass utilization. Diverse characterization methods have been …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

Lightweighting: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium
March 5, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with carbon fiber?  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and demonstrate an acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) production process from biomass-derived sugars at ≤ $1/lb. Additionally, the team …

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

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

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2
March 5, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The engineered strains can …

Heard On The Floor at ABLC Day 2 – Listen to the Wind of Change
March 5, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Starting with the Federal Perspective and Programs Forum first thing in the morning, we heard from Harry Baumes from USDA who announced 5 more projects projecting to achieve financial closing in …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

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

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

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

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

SynTec: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Biology for Tailored Enzyme Cocktails
February 27, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Novozymes that proposes to deliver a screening platform which can be used to reduce discovery time required for tailoring enzymes to …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza
February 26, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA joined 14 other exhibitors at the University of Maryland College Park recently to bring education about biofuels to students, faculty and businesses interested in sustainability and …

Generating D3 RINS from Corn Kernel Fiber
February 26, 2018 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Muehling (Energy.AgWired. com)  Producing cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber is where many ethanol plants are heading. But getting EPA approval on that type of project is not always easy. Jim Ramm of EcoEngineers explained why …

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars
February 26, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE target selling price. And, suitable for …

Somethin’ from Just about Nothin’: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste Lignin into Bioplastics
February 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You know what they say, “you can make anything you want from lignin except money.”  It’s the most challenging issues in biofuel production: upgrading the lignin-containing biorefineryresidues to fungible bioproducts, in an …

All Your Acetogen Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Acetone and Drop-In Biofuels from Syngas Fermentation
February 22, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from biomass syngas via a novel …

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels
February 21, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion …

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Cellulosic Tolerance in Yeast
February 20, 2018 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused …

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Thermophiles for Syngas-to-Fuels
February 19, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes.
Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; …

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases
February 15, 2018 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant issue since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Besides the …

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry
February 15, 2018 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities …

Vive le ROI: Has Sylvatex Uncovered a Gold Mine in Renewable Fuels?
February 15, 2018 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while …

Better, Faster, Cheaper Bio-Oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil
February 14, 2018 – 10:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led by Daniel Resasco at the …

Five Steps for Successful Sustainable Fuel Fleet Integration and Vehicle Use
February 14, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Since switching to B20, we’ve had no engine issues. We haven’t had any issues with fuel filters. And the lubrication from biodiesel has been a good thing given the …

Lignin Unchained, 3D Printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics
February 13, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team led by Amit K. Naskar, …

Greening Gas: Conference of the European Biogas Association Presents Emerging Technologies for European Energy Transition in a Circular Economy
February 8, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Antwerp, Belgium, is known for diamonds and fine chocolates. But what shined there a couple of weeks ago was the Conference of the European Biogas Association (EBA).
In my last …

Biodiesel Stands Its Ground, Won’t Back Down: New B20 Vehicles, Emissions Cuts, Highlight NBC 2018
February 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The makers of the world’s favorite advanced biofuel — a/k/a the biodiesel industry — descended upon Texas to mingle, make and renew ties at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. And, to …

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine
February 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from a scientific viewpoint?
That’s the ambitious topic that Gennadi Zikoridse of the University of Applied Sciences Dresden took …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 10-Year OECD-FAO Outlook for Ag, Biofuels
February 5, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The latest joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook spawned this fascinating 10 year outlook of global biofuel markets and agricultural feedstocks. This model based projection, validated through global expert consensus, includes major food commodities and biofuels driven by the …

The Slowed Corrode: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Oils and Corrosion
February 2, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The presence of significant concentrations of oxygen-bearing compounds, particularly carboxylic acids and other carbonyl-containing compounds, makes biomass derived oils corrosive to many common structural materials. So says everyone.
But a research team …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Methoxyphenols
January 31, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the production of advanced biofuels from catalytic pyrolysis, integrated with …

ACE Presents on Ethanol Markets at MN Ag Expo
January 30, 2018 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, updated attendees at the MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, Minnesota, on the changing landscape that allows retailers to offer ethanol-blended …

Europe’s Polarized Transport Future: A Shift in Biofuel Quality
January 29, 2018 – 9:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 22, 2018, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility titled “Fuels of the Future” was opened up by a discussion with Members of the European Parliament, as …

Drop-in Biofuels, More Please Sir: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jumping Bio-Oil Yields
January 29, 2018 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Improving hydrogen utilization and carbon recovery, as a pathway to higher efficiency bio-oil production using thermochemical process? That’s the focus for a project from RTI International that picked up significant DOE …

EPA Pushes Unified National Fuel Emissions Standard
January 26, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing for a unified national fuel emissions standard for automobiles, a move that could significantly impact California’s stringent car emissions standards.
EPA air and radiation head Bill Wehrum, …

Valley of the Diols: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Producing PDO and HDO from Biomass
January 26, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you build a catalytic process to produce alpha, omega diols from lignocellulosic biomass? Such a process, using inorganic catalysts for conversion of biomass into 1.5 pentanediol (PDO) and 1,6 hexanediols …

Brazil Bilateral: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US-Brazil R&D in Thermochemical Bio Conversion
January 25, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis …

The Rise, Rise, Rise of Bio-Methanol for Fuels and Chemical Markets
January 25, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The clearest intersecting theme is bio-methanol. Let’s see why.
For one, Södra has much more going on than Silva, and we reported on a major development in December when we related …

Webinar Review: Preparing to Harmonize Methane Emission Measurements for Biogas Applications
January 24, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On January 18th, 2018, the Canadian Institute of Forestry hosted a webinar for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 which publically addressed that there is a need …

The Fundamentals of Fly-Ins
January 24, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Washington, D.C., events provide opportunities for constituents to meet with lawmakers and help influence biofuels policy.  — Getting the ear of members of Congress, state legislators or regulatory bodies is …

Leaps and Bounds in Sustainable Plastics and Nylons: U Wisconsin, Genomatica, Aquafil, Anellotech, Suntory, ADM, DuPont in the Mix
January 24, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a big week in plastics and nylons, all right — not only for those who value sustainability attributes, but for fans of lower costs and higher performance, too. Let’s …

Bolivia Announces Intent to Establish E10 Mandate at USGC Seminar
January 23, 2018 – 9:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council.
Bolivian Vice President Garcia Linera made the announcement during closing …

Ford’s New 2018 F-150 Joins Ranks of Diesel Vehicle Models Supporting B20 Biodiesel
January 23, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Latest in wave of new diesel options featured at National Biodiesel Conference & Expo  —  Several automakers’ new 2018 diesel models are being featured this week at the Fort Worth Convention Center as the …

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

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

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology
January 17, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals?
Mike Schultz is Managing Director of …

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles
January 14, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares to support a high volume of fully electric, autonomous vehicles in the coming future.
In order …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste
January 12, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a …

Insights from IEA Task 36
January 12, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task …