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eEUBCE (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition) Highlights; Videos Available until September

5 July 2020 Opening Highlights  The first ever entirely virtual edition of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition started today with the opening session streamed online.  This year’s theme of the EUBCE is the role of the bioeconomy in the post-pandemic economic recovery and this is the topic that was addressed by

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

On a Molecular Level: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot’s Microbes to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A company that designs materials at a molecular level by optimizing microbes to biomanufacture unique structural oils discovered in nature, but not previously accessible commercially, is what Checkerspot is all about. Check out their Slide Guide from last week’s ABLC Digital, to get the details on

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Testifies on Low-Carbon Ethanol, EPA Test Fuels

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Today (July 13, 2020), Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley offered testimony during a virtual public hearing on the U.S. EPA’s test protocols for U.S. fuels. The agency is currently updating Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards to reflect the modern transition to

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Feature Video of the Month: Have You Ever Wondered How a Biogas to Biomethane Upgrading Plant Works?

(Bioenergy Insight/Biogas Channel)  There are several stages between the production of biogas in an anaerobic digester and the injection of biomethane into the national gas grid. Learn more about this process by watching this video from our friends at Biogas Channel who visited a membrane upgrading plant in Northern Italy,

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel’s Affordability: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Airlines for America’s Viewpoint

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC last week, Airlines for America’s Nancy Young shared this illuminating presentation that outlines what airlines need to deploy sustainable aviation fuel as well as progress, gaps, opportunities and action to scale up supply and commercial viability. Even with COVID-19 impacting airline travel around the

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Takeaways: 10 Big Bioeconomy Trendlines at ABLC for Fuels, Chemicals, Materials, Food and Feed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here are the Top 10 Trendlines we saw and heard from the 8000+ delegates and viewers at ABLC 2020. 1. The thundering herd. One informed firm that does extensive amounts of technology scouting, due diligence and market price forecasting referred to a thundering herd of investors that are

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at Day 3 of ABLC: 2,834 Attendees, Food, Fuel, Fun at ABLC Digital

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) These days hanging out with friends online chatting about food, fuel, fiber, and more is certainly a great way to spend the day.  Once again, a day full of content on day 3 of ABLC Digital from 29 speakers that shared the latest news and updates

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Upgrading Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The transportation and utility/pipeline industries are ripe for decarbonizing and Greenlane Renewables are using their conversion of low-grade biogas to high-value renewable natural gas to decarbonize the natural gas grid and commercial transportation. RNG happens to be resilient during COVID-19 too according to Greenlane, and this

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at Day 2 of ABLC: 1325 Attendees, Sideline Chat of ABLC Digital

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Biogas, carbon, renewable diesel, biodiesel, methane, hydrogen, and many new markets, innovations, technologies, novel crops, and more were the talk of the day. On day 2 of ABLC Digital it was chock full of content from 29 speakers that shared the latest content with 583

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenlane Renewables Signs New $2.4 Million System Supply Contract with Grupo Cocal of Brazil

(Greenlane Renewables) Greenlane Renewables Inc. (Greenlane) (TSXV: GRN / FSE: 52G) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a $2.4 million (US$1.8 million) contract with Grupo Cocal (Cocal), a Brazilian sugar mill operator that refines sugar and produces ethanol biofuel from sugarcane. Greenlane will supply

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Valero & Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest renewable diesel plant, Valero is the largest renewable fuels producer in North America, and Darling Ingredients is the world’s largest independent processor of animal by-products, according to this illuminating slide guide that dives into renewable diesel’s margins, mandates, blending,

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC: 1357 Attendees, Registrants Crowd the Opening Day, Sideline Chat of ABLC Digital

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What the delegates were saying about CNG, fuel cells, and hydrogen, biogas as a platform, new markets, including EVs and succinic acid,  policy, methane, emissions, novel crops, and renewable diesel. In Florida, ABLC Digital opened for 583 registered delegates — and 774 additional viewers taking in the four hours of

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Potential Feedstocks, Biofuel Markets, Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Increasing Feedstock Production for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)The Biomass Research and Development Board published a report that looks at how to address the constraints surrounding availability of biomass feedstocks for biofuels. Four questions guide the analysis: What feedstocks and at what price? What is the regional distribution of feedstock production? What are the

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Insurance’s Role in Renewable Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Insurance takes risks that other forms of capital (like debt and equity) can’t or won’t take, according to Mike Newman and this illuminating slide guide presented at a recent DigestConnect webinar. Cap and Trade limits emissions and puts a price on them, encouraging companies to cut

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

CSI’s 2040 Blueprint for Pacific Northwest: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Materials from Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This slide guide offers a vision and roadmap — a ‘blueprint’ — for the Pacific Northwest to transform its increasingly outdated solid waste management system by 2040, at a time when waste leaders are grappling with the most profound set of challenges they have faced in

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Digging into Dung and Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and RNG from Manure

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On last week’s DigestConnect webinar, Christopher Bush, Founder of Canada-based Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society shared this fun and informative slide guide complete with poop pictures and more importantly, the reason why cow manure and farm waste makes a fantastic renewable biogas and renewable natural gas. From

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Crude Oil Prices Put Pressure on Malaysia, Indonesia Biodiesel Mandates

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) With demand for crude oil dropping sharply, leading to a steep fall in crude oil prices, the viability of the biodiesel business has also weakened significantly, putting both Malaysia and Indonesia’s biodiesel mandates under pressure. However, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds, as the world has seen

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Interactive Infographic: Fossil fuels’ Shrinking Share of Global Energy Mix after 2020 Shock

(S&P Global Platts)  Fossil fuels would shrink to roughly half of total primary energy supply in 2050, from about 77% in 2020, if the world meets the minimum Paris Agreement target of 2C warming, according to the latest projections by S&P Global Platts Analytics. The demand shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Expansion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Next-Gen Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo is developing a platform to fund expansion projects in the next phase of its unique, next generation renewable fuels business. Their commercial-scale facilities are converting agricultural, forestry and other feedstocks to high value, low pollutant, low carbon substitutes for gasoline and jet fuel. So

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Macaúba as Sustainable Feedstock for Biofuels and More: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Soleá Oils and Bioproducts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Macaúba as a biofuel feedstock has lots to offer, like its high productivity per ton/hectare surpassing that of soy, sunflower, rapeseed, and palm oil, and that it can grow even on degraded land making it a more sustainable feedstock to consider. And Soleá knows that, which

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel’s Resiliency Even in Crisis: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to REG’s Response to COVID-19

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From planning, people and performance, Renewable Energy Group is on top of things with the coronavirus. Since biodiesel and renewable diesel production has been considered essential business, REG was still working, maintaining full operations of all refineries, and while there was lower diesel demand due to

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Part 2 – Clean Energy Innovation Hub Lessons Learned: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ATCO’s Hydrogen Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ATCO built and is currently operating a 0.25 MW (65 kg per day) hydrogen production facility in Jandakot, Western Australia. Hydrogen produced at the Clean Energy Innovation Hub is used for blending, direct fuel testing and to power a fuel cell for residential energy back

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Part 3 – A Third Pathway to Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen from Biomass and Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ways2H shows us a third pathway towards energy decarbonization via waste to hydrogen. Check out this illuminating slide guide that looks at the need for hydrogen, renewable hydrogen production pathways, how biomass including municipal solid waste can be a third pathway to hydrogen, and more. 

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Profitable Growth Through Renewable Solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants to dominate the world, right? But Neste wants to do it in a nice way by becoming the global leader in renewable and circular solutions. There are 3 ways they are working on this lately – 1) expanding global reach with new offices in

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Post-Coronavirus: What’s Next in the Environmental Commodity Markets – 23 Key Takeaways

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting Inc./Biofuels Digest) … The focus was on renewable fuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RINs) and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS credits). Stakeholders came from all corners of the market, from the refining industry, power utilities and renewable energy sectors, as well as the

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: State Officials Worry Electric Car Expansion Could Hurt Low-Income People

by Josh Siegel & Abby Smith (Washington Examiner) ELECTRIC CARS’ EQUITY PROBLEM: Top energy officials from New York and Massachusetts are raising the fear that requiring increasing use of electric cars could impose financial hardships on poor people. That is especially if utilities bear the cost of building out charging infrastructure and

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Advocates, New York Officials and Business Leaders Address Racial and Environmental Justice issues in the South Bronx

(Energy Vision) New Funding Offered for Clean Truck Technology and Fuels to Reduce Diesel Exhaust’s Impacts on Bronx Air Quality and Respiratory Illness  —  At a webinar this week sponsored by the non-profit Energy Vision, the NYC Department of Transportation and Empire Clean Cities, New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi,

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

SAF Trends for 2020 and Beyond: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s making what, how, where and when? Find out why there are a zillian paths to sustainable aviation fuels and take a look at The Digest’s latest slide guide from last week’s DigestConnect webinar to get the latest on the growing renewable diesel and SAF

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

H2@Scale in Texas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Part 1 of 3 Hot Hydrogen Multi-Slide Guides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Part 1 of today’s Hot Hydrogen slide guides, Frontier Energy shares their H2@Scale vision, progress in Texas and why Texas is actually a pretty ideal location to lead H2 production for a sustainable energy system, the recent U.S. Department of Energy award for a

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fugitive Methane, Eating Elephants, and Brewing Quarantine Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We left the discussion with a hint about the potential conversion of methane to methanol, which can serve as a powerful chemical building block or, in China most prominently, as a fuel. We’ll pick up from that point today. Wolf Ron Cascone Here’s some background on methane

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Nuclear Hydrogen Production’s Potential: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Part 2 of 3 Hot Hydrogen Multi-Slide Guides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Part 2 of today’s Hot Hydrogen slide guides, Exelon shares this illuminating presentation that digs deep into their project to evaluate technical and economic feasibility of integrated nuclear-renewable-hydrogen plant operation, assess hydrogen market in region of an Exelon nuclear plant, complete preliminary engineering design of

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and Energy Storage: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Part 3 of 3 Hot Hydrogen Multi-Slide Guides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Part 3 of today’s Hot Hydrogen slide guides, Southern Company’s Noah Meeks takes a look at how hydrogen mitigates multiple issues in a low-carbon transition, the valuation of hydrogen energy storage in a high marginal cost scenario, the value of energy storage in a

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Hot Tech Case Studies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s #BetterWithBiology Top 15

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everything’s better with biology, so here’s The Digest’s newly released Top 15 case studies of today’s hottest technology and new markets for traditional oil and gas refiners. What are our top picks? Spoiler Alert: The top 15 may include converting oil refineries to biorefineries, something to

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Ubrabio’s Webinar Launch of the Biocoalition in Brazil

by Ana Flávia Silva Paiva and Isabela Almeida Rodrigues* (Federal University of Goias/ Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for Studies on the United States/ Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Webinar, “Integration between biofuels: strategies to overcome the crisis,” held on June 4, 2020, was an online event broadcast on

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Key Hydrogen Projects, Players and Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s Top 10 Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How will we develop hydrogen for industrial and transport objectives? That is the question The Digest’s Jim Lane looks at in this visual slide guide highlighting the demand potential, background on renewable gases and renewable hydrogen, drivers behind it, state of play, major players, and more.

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels are Catalyst to Successful Agriculture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to POET’s Biofuels and Agriculture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET shared this visual slide guide at last week’s DigestConnect webinar, highlighting today’s agricultural landscape, U.S. corn acreage and yield and production countries, showing where America’s corn goes, noting how biofuels are critical for successful agriculture, and more.  READ MORE  

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Powering a Sustainable World in Canada: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With a petrochemical history, Sarnia-Lambton has evolved to agriculture, feedstocks and chemicals with a vision to be Canada’s premier location for the development of and investment in clean, green, and sustainable chemistry technologies. A look at their commercialization hub, how they support the development of ideas

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Developments in Australia: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Toyota’s Fuel Cell Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Toyota’s been working on a global environmental challenge – a new vehicle with zero CO2 emissions and plants with zero CO2 emissions. But how can they achieve what seems to be impossible? That’s where hydrogen and fuel cells come into play. Toyota’s been working on fuel cells

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A on Cellulosic Ethanol with Clariant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) DigestConnect hosted a wildly popular webinar in late April with Clariant’s Head of Business Line, Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant but there were so many fantastic audience questions we didn’t to, that we decided to follow up and put together The Digest’s Q&A with Clariant on

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

BD Zones and BDO Zones: Weaponizing Biomass to Support a Bio-Fueled Economic Recovery

by Jordan Solomon (Ecostrat Inc./Biofuels Digest)  The US has over a billion tons of biomass which can be used as a key lever to drive economic recovery. USDA estimates that 3.4 million jobs and nearly $660 billion of economic benefits would be created by using biomass to manufacture alternative fuels,

May 21, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Rona Cyclona’s Path, Macroeconomic Projects for Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to COVID-19 Impact for Energy Industry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alot has changed since February, but what exactly in terms of the energy sector and financial impacts from COVID-19? Dive into this detailed assessment by The Brattle Group on COVID-19’s path and macroeconomic projections and outlook for the future, oil and natural gas demand and

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethiopian Sustainable Biofuel Future Scenario at a Glance

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) As part of the Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio, RSB gathered a group of key stakeholders in the Ethiopian bioeconomy to examine and uncover strategies and scenarios for the future development of a sustainable biofuels industry in the country. The outcomes of

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Do We Need an Activist Army?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Fuels in a Green Recovery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On last week’s DigestConnect webinar about the Green Recovery, Joanne Ivancic from Advanced Biofuel USA shared this illuminating presentation about the need for more education and understanding of renewable fuels. From the evidence that it’s a problem to how can we do better to ensure that

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINARS: DigestConnect — various dates

(Biofuels Digest)  DigestConnect is a weekly online get-together for the bioeconomy, featuring trendsetters and online commentary by real leaders on the real issues. DigestConnect #9 is here. Today we are joined by Joanne Ivancic with Advanced Biofuels USA, Graham Noyes of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and Jeremy Martin with

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Ensuring a Viable Biobased Circular Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the past 50 years, population has doubled, food and water tripled, fossil fuels quadrupled. So how do we transition to a net positive world? That’s where RSB comes in with their community, resources and sustainability standard and certification system as part of a global movement to

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Resources for R&D, Pre-Commercial/Demo, Commercial Phases: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Federal Programs Supporting the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed the DigestConnect webinar last week, check out the slide guides from Bill Hagy’s presentation on what federal programs and resources are available for biofuels, biopower, biochemicals and biobased products throughout all stage levels from research and development to commercial. These include Small

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel, Isooctane Gasoline, Ethanol and Isobutanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Low Carbon Drop-In Transportation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo’s business strategy is to secure off take agreements for jet fuel and isooctane striking a price that gives attractive returns for project financing for large scale build out of capacity. But how? How will they build out IBA, jet and isooctane with project financing?

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Valero: Q1 Loss for Ethanol Segment, Profit for Renewable Diesel

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Valero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2020 financial results on April 29. While the company’s operations are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the executive team confirmed that demand for transportation fuels is beginning to rebound. … Gorder (Joe Gorder, chairman and CEO

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Ethanol Plants to Alternative Protein Production: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Lab’s Microbiome-Derived Proteins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest reported yesterday how White Dog Labs is giving a glimmer of hope to the ethanol industry by being able to convert ethanol production into alternative protein production thanks to their microbiome-derived biotech – and in just 9 months. Their offtake agreement with Cargill is

May 5, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA’s BioPreferred Program and Opportunities for a Green Recovery: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the 2020 Green Recovery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  During last week’s DigestConnect webinar, Kate Lewis from USDA’s BioPreferred Program shared this slide guide on how there is a refresh going on with biobased products driven largely by Millennials, the growth in intermediates even now, benefits of the USDA certified biobased product label and

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Can Techno-Economic Models and Environmental Impact Analysis Help You?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Modeling for Bioprocess Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) During last week’s DigestConnect discussion, Chris Burk from Burk Engineering and Lee Enterprises shared this slide guide on what exactly is techno-economic modeling, why it’s important, how techno-economic models work, how it’s used in real life practice, and a bit about environmental impact analysis. If you

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Starts “Just A Minute” Educational Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The first episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on what might be used to make renewable fuels.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewable fuels can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic with pictures of

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Silicon-based DNA Synthesis: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Twist Bioscience’s DNA Writing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) DNA is changing the world. That’s what Twist Biosciences is focusing on with synthetic DNA being the future of chemicals, food, therapeutics, diagnostics and even data storage. From next-gen sequencing to synthetic biology, Twist Biosciences envisions a huge expanding market of about $2.3 billion, and their

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Where are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Missed the recent DigestConnect discussion where The Digest shared the latest on the U.S. goal of 36 billion biofuels gallons by 2022 and where we are now? Check out this slide guide that takes a look at the 15.1 billion gallons in 2019 to date,

April 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Available Now: Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Governor’s Council on Biofuels Presentations

(Minnesota Department of Agriculture)  On April 6, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosted a meeting of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels which included presentations from Jeremy Martin, Clean Transportation Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, speaking on Relative environmental effects of ethanol, gasoline, and electricity and from Ron Alverson,  American

April 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Anaerobic Digestion and Farm Powered RNG: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard’s Renewable Natural Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cow poop. It’s a problem for farmers across the country, something that has to be dealt with, something that environmentalists and vegetarians often cite as a reason to cut your steak intake, but Vanguard Renewables is capturing the latent methane in animal manure, converting it

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Reduces Carbon Emissions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid and Lignocellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Clariant takes us on a journey on how carbon emissions can be reduced by advanced biofuels, more specifically, how lignocellulosic ethanol made from agriculture residues like straw, non-food materials, and waste can make an immediate impact, how their sunliquid technology, enzymes, microorganisms and fermentation organisms leads

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Eco Insights Episode 1 Part 1 and Part 2: How Is Covid-19 Impacting the Biofuels Markets?

(EcoEngineers) EcoEngineers is filming its conversations and making them accessible to the public in a video series called Eco Insights. We’re inviting you to have a front-row seat to some of the daily conversations our experts have with each other. We want to share some of our insights with you! Join us

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Hydrogen and Natural Gas 101: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Xebec’s Renewable Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Xebec is reducing carbon emissions in the gas grid by accelerating the adoption of renewable gases, focusing on both renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen. With a $100 million in order backlog that validates the technology and over $60 million invested into proprietary technology, and

April 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Biomass Plant into RNG – Costs, LCA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Wood Wastes – Part 2

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Part 1 Slide Guide looked at the GTI study’s resource analysis, site layout catalysts requirements, but for today’s Part 2, we are focusing on the money and the charts. Dive into the details on project development costs and spend profile, CAPEX and OPEX, economic,

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Our Vision for 2020 and Beyond

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses policy achievements of 2019, highlights from the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, and challenges that lie ahead — …Biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel will be recognized as mainstream low-carbon fuel options with superior

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article

From Concept to Commercial Operation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to How to Successfully Commercialize Novel Proteins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “There is no substitute for a fully integrated pilot process,” said Mark Warner in this illuminating presentation on how to get from concept to commercialization for novel proteins. But what are the economic implications of each scale? What are 3 key areas for receiving project

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

MAGE – Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering Generates Billions of Variants: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to enEvolv’s Genome Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) enEvolv produces biobased chemicals for the energy, specialty chemicals, nutrition and therapeutics industries, develops novel strains and improves existing ones focusing on their ultra-rapid genome engineering platform. Marco Farsheed, enEvolv’s Co-Founder and CEO shared this illuminating presentation on why strain engineering is challenging, how enEvolv’s variation

April 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Restore Workshop Presentations and Workshop Summary Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has released the “Bio-Restore Workshop Summary Report.” This report summarizes the results of a BETO-sponsored public workshop held at Argonne National Laboratory on September 25–26, 2019. The Bio-Restore Workshop brought together experts to

April 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Renewable Energy Portfolio & Opportunity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to All Things Iowa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At last week’s Digest webinar, Mark Laurenzo from the Iowa Economic Development Authority shared this illuminating presentation on Iowa’s key value propositions, activity from the biosciences industry in the state where bioscience R&D expenditures per capita is 30% higher than the national figure, how there

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

How It All Ties Together – LCFS, Biobased Fuel, Zero Emission Vehicles, ICEV Bans: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Big 3 Policies for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Few countries blend ethanol beyond 10% right now but are targets moving? What about biodiesel targets, mostly set below 7% volume in some countries? How about the 18 countries that plan to ban of phase out ICEVs and more than 45 countries have set or are

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE, SBA Programs for Biofuels, Biopower, Biochem: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Federal Programs Supporting Commercial Scale Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this week we shared the latest federal programs supporting demonstration concept and today our focus is on federal programs supporting commercial scale development for biofuels, biopower, biochemicals and biobased projects. Check out this slide guide from Bill Hagy at Lee Enterprises Consulting, for details

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

National Council for Science and the Environment Posts Presentations from 2020 Annual Conference

(National Council for Science and the Environment) The NCSE 2020 Annual Conference: Science in Environmental Decision-Making, held January 6–9, 2020, in Washington, D.C., provided a forum for collaboration and engagement, harnessing collective vision and energy toward what is possible when scientific research is used to develop solutions to “wicked” problems.  Twenty years ago,

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility in Berlin on 20/21 January 2020

(FNR/AdvanceFuel) More than 600 participants from 25 countries attended the conference and took part in the presentations and discussions regarding possible options for a more sustainable future mobility serving under the goals of the Paris Agreement and the obligations of the REDII. The conference provided the opportunity to access the most

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Today’s Corn Farmers Leave A Zero Carbon Footprint

(South Dakota Farmer’s Union) In addition to feeding and fueling the world, farmers across the Corn Belt are helping sequester carbon by raising corn for ethanol, livestock feed and Fourth of July barbecues.  “Corn is one of only a handful of grasses (C4) which are superior at extracting carbon dioxide from the

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Focus Forward from Challenge to Opportunity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook

y Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook, an annual publication that provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? Fuel Specs, Legislative Impacts, Fleet Support and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Check out Part 3 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that delves into ASTM fuel specifications for biodiesel and fuel quality, biodiesel standards like BQ-9000, legislative updates impacting biodiesel demand and state policies, latest on OEM and fleet support for biodiesel.  READ MORE Where’s

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Green Footprint for Fleets: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out Part 2 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that focuses on biodiesel’s on-road heavy-duty emission benefits, why they consider biodiesel as “liquid solar energy”, how 3 billion gallons of biodiesel used in the U.S. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 25

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza

by Pedro Malpartida* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leaders in Energy hosted their sixth annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza in the A. James Clarke Hall at the University of Maryland (UMD) along with the Association of Energy Engineers-National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC). At this event, companies, association members, and students showcased

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? The Diesel Market, Feedstock Options and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While things are topsy turvy around the world right now, Part 1 to this visual National Biodiesel Board slide guide takes us on an industry overview, the diesel vehicle market forecast, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market (and yes, they are different!), a look

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass, Food and Ag, Small Business R&D: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Federal R&D Programs for Biofuels, Biochem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are several federal R&D programs out there supporting biofuels, biopower, biochemcials and biobased products. If you don’t know what they are, check out this slide guide from Bill Hagy at Lee Enterprises Consulting and who has 45 years of experience at USDA and as

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reform: Addressing America’s Plastic Waste Crisis

( Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce)  The Subcommittee heard testimony about recycling and waste management in the United States, including its impacts on climate and the environment. Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Witnesses Jenna Jambeck,

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Securing U.S. Leadership in the Bioeconomy

(U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather)  The hearing examined the bioeconomy, the federal government’s role in the bioeconomy, and the potential risks from such research. Witnesses will also discuss the necessary policies and practices for the advancement of biotechnology. Witnesses: Dr.

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Blockchain, Ag Futures, CPC Potential for Ethanol Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Commodity Plus Carbon, or CPC can maximize monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector. CPC offers synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon credits, voluntary and futures commodity markets and offers a new trading vehicle with the potential to incentivize good agricultural practices

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanol as Fuel, Chemical Feedstock and Liquid Hydrogen Carrier: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanol as Fuel and Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Methanol is versatile – it can be used as turbine fuel, cooking fuel, and as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells. But G.K.Surya Prakash from University of Southern California shares in this illuminating presentation other ways methanol is handy dandy, like as a liquid hydrogen

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Promotion of Ethanol to Have Positive Impacts on Energy Security

(The International News) The Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad organised a seminar ‘Sustainable Mobility: Ethanol Talks – Pakistan’, to promote ethanol as a modern and sustainable option for mobility, capable of generating immediate positive impacts on energy security, health, reduction of local air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, says a press

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Powertrain Choices for Future Work Trucks Include New Generation of Diesel to Meet Growing Service, Sustainability Needs

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Approximately six million diesel-powered work trucks today are on the job working for small businesses and governments alike. These trucks that deliver the everyday services Americans demand, are doing so with fewer emissions and a greater eye on sustainability, which is why diesel technology will continue to

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Global Clean Fuel Standards

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) In recent years, we have seen several countries beginning to develop clean fuel standards that can offer both opportunities and challenges for U.S. ethanol producers. A panel at the National Ethanol Conference focused on “The Emergence of International Clean Fuel Standards: Innovation Drivers or Industry Protectionism?” with insights on

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Rural Development, BioPreferred Program and More: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Bioproducts to Market Efforts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA made a big announcement recently on targeting 30% biofuels by 2050, but did you know there are many ways they have been adding value to agricultural products to help the rural economy? Did you know the USDA continues to collect royalties from McDonald’s sale

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Rural Climate Action in the U.S. and China

(Wilson Center) In China and the United States–the top two emitters of greenhouse gasses–most climate policies and civil society campaigns have focused on reducing fossil fuels.. At this China Environment Forum (CEF) meeting, speakers will instead shine a light on the need for rural climate action that helps farming communities become

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Building a 100 Percent Clean Future Can Drive an Additional $8 Billion a Year to Rural Communities

by Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Ryan Richards, and Rita Cliffton   (Center for American Progress) Rural communities face many challenges, and climate change is only making matters worse. Flooding and drought are hitting rural communities hard, causing massive financial losses for farmers, who are also facing low commodity prices and bearing the brunt

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Answer Zimbabwe’s Fuel Headache?

by Shingirai Huni (The Herald) Zimbabwe is facing fuel shortages, with long queues now the order of the day at fuel stations. Many motorists now leave their cars at home and use public transport to save money on fuel as prices keep rising. Yet, adopting bio-fuels can help ease the fuel shortages Zimbabwe

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Sharing Ethanol’s Message in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Farm Progress)  U.S. Grains Council attends India’s Auto Expo, works with India to dispel myths about ethanol use.  — Amid India’s Auto Expo, the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. industry partners invited attendees to learn about the economic, environmental and health benefits of increased ethanol use. The show is

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: Industry Experts Confirm Continued Importance of Biodiesel

by Steve Klein (Fleet Equipment/Renewable Energy Group ) I recently attended the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa and came away with a lot of information and ideas about where the transportation industry is heading. One major point the speakers reiterated was that, despite all the talk of electrification,

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Do We Really Need Hydrogen?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jack Brouwer, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine asks this very question. Take a look at his presentation from the H2@Scale panel to find out what today’s popular thinking and arguments are against hydrogen, a look at hydrogen energy storage

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New Diesel Engine Powered by Ethanol ClearFlame Engines Can Cut Diesel Emissions Burning Straight Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) When ClearFlame Engines CEO B.J. Johnson told ethanol industry representatives about the potential ethanol market for the company’s all-ethanol diesel engine, those at the recent National Ethanol Conference in Houston could have kissed him. While concerns continue about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Is Looking Forward: The Fossil-Fuel Companies Expect to Profit from Climate Change. I Went to a Private Planning Meeting and Took Notes.

by Malcolm Harris (Vox Media Intelligencer/New York Magazine)  … I asked Fries (Steven Fries, Shell’s chief economist) if Shell is serious about transition, then couldn’t it voluntarily speed it up by leaving some of its wells fallow, constraining oil output and thereby driving the price relative to renewables higher, faster?

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Minding the Cost Gap: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy’s Cost Reduction for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today’s top story, “Mind the Gap,” refers to a rather bleak and disturbing assessment offered by IEA Bioenergy on the prospects for cost-competitive advanced biofuels. The report looked at 89 different organizations and their technologies, and IEA Bioenergy’s Adam Brown told the Forum, “there is

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

MIND THE GAP: Letter from Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you have not followed the Alternative and Renewable Fuels Forum, bookmark this, and today I’ll give you some of the flavor of this group with 110 members — project owners and developers, policy experts, technologists, automotive manufacturers, oil companies, airlines. I think of them as

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Meeting in the Music City — The 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo Drew Nearly 900 Attendees to Nashville, Tennessee.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … The event drew a diverse mix of technology developers, academia, investors, service and equipment providers, bioenergy plant personnel and a range of other stakeholders who met to gather information, network and collaborate.  Following a day-long preconference workshop focused on biomass preparation, storage and handling, the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen’s Technical, Demand and Economic Potential: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Hydrogen Potential – H2@Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that the demand potential of the hydrogen market by 2050 is >9X? National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently presented the latest on the technical potential, demand, and economic potential of H2@Scale within the United States. Check out 5 national scenarios for hydrogen’s economic

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Improving Algal Strains with Genomics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Genetic and Synthetic Biology Tools for Algae Productivity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wild type algal strains don’t have the productivity and robust growth characteristics needed to push algae forward as a biofuel feedstock, but researchers are working on changing that. Stephen Mayfield from the University of California San Diego, shared the latest research developments at the U.S.

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Discovering New Uses and Markets for Ethanol

by Carrie Muehling (Energy.AgWired.com)  The 2020 National Ethanol Conference included a panel discussion on new uses for ethanol, moderated by Erik Huschitt, CEO and General Manager of Badger State Ethanol, LLC. Panelists included Keegan O’Donnell, Gas Power Systems, New Product Engineering, General Electric; Prabhakar Nair, VP Business Development, LanzaTech; and BJ Johnson, CEO, ClearFlame

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Sugars to Hydrocarbon Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzymatic Hydrolysis Development Efforts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reducing cost and improving manufacturability of the biomass sugar platform through Continuous Enzymatic Hydrolysis (CEH) technology is one of the goals for NREL. James D. McMillan from NREL shared the latest research developments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) 2019 Project

February 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailers Meet, Say Ethanol Gas Saves Money and Betters the Environment

(KLKN TV) Fuel retailers met … to discuss ethanol and how using it helps save the planet and some change in your pocket. “We’re excited the people are here and want to learn about how they can help us and help the state and help the environment,” said Scott McPheeters,

February 23, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda Will Benefit Biofuels, Bioenergy

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA  unveiled its Agriculture Innovation Agenda on Feb. 20. The initiative, in part, aims to support renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This includes a goal to achieve market-driven blend rates of E30 by 2050. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the launch of

February 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Optimizing Co-Product Production: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Alkaline-Oxidative Pretreatment of Woody Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Two birds with one stone – if you can get BOTH a clean sugar stream for the production of hydrocarbon fuels AND lignins that can feed multiple product streams, then you are talking economic viability. Eric L. Hegg from Michigan State University, shared the latest research developments

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Takes Aim at Farmers’ Environmental Footprint

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Agriculture Department is expected to announce today that it aims to cut farming’s environmental footprint in half by 2050 while increasing farm productivity by 40 percent, three sources briefed on the plan told POLITICO’s Catherine Boudreau. The initiative is not expected to specifically

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Democrats Debate Climate Change Issues in Las Vegas — Finally

(Our Daily Planet) At the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas last night, the moderators asked a series of questions on climate change and environmental issues, and the candidates had a chance to both explain their plans and to talk about their priorities.  All of them were steeped in detail and spoke

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Are Crucial: International Conference on Renewable Mobility Discusses the “Green Deal” and Defossilisation of the Transport Sector

(Fuels of the Future) Discussions and presentations at the 17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility focus on the impact of the German government’s climate protection package and the new European Commission’s “Green Deal”. The European Commission intends to ramp up its climate protection efforts through the “Green Deal”, which is also

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Presentations Available Online for Conference on The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 an beyond

(Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria for Acetone and Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s Acetone Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sean Simpson and Michael Köpke from LanzaTech and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on developing and scaling up a novel technology platform for direct conversion of biomass syngas to acetone, which can be converted into a range of fuels and commodities via existing

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture Initiatives and 45Q

by Cácia Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On February 15th the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) Carbon Management Research Initiative and the Women in Energy program hosted a panel of experts to discuss carbon capture policies and technologies, especially Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). CCUS are methods and technologies to remove

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalytic Conversion at 93% Reduced Cost: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass’ Sustainable Jet Fuel from Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass had 300x scale-up in 12 months and increased liquid hydrocarbon yields from 36% to 80% in 8 months. And their tech can convert ethanol into jet fuel as well as diesel fuel additives and high value chemicals without adding hydrogen. Charles E. Wyman, PhD,

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Brown Grease Separation Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla’s FOG – Fats, Oils, Greases to Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yuck! There’s a $25 billion grease problem, from the underground blob in the U.K. to pretty much any public treatment facilities and liquid waste haulers, but Greasezilla has a patented system to help solve the grease trap waste problem. Find out the details of the

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

NextChem’s Portfolio Will Include a New HVO Technology (Renewable Diesel) Focus on US Market

(NextChem) NextChem, the company of Maire Tecnimont Group focused on the Energy Transition, will cooperate with Saola Energy to license a technology for the production of Renewable Diesel, suitable for both small bolt-on facilities and large plants. A roadshow to promote the technology on the American market taking off today from

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Bringing Algal Biofuel Production to Scale: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biocrude Production in Advanced Photobioreactor-Based Biorefinery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants more productive algal strains – but how do you get them? Can you advance the technology enough to get economical, large-scale algal biofuel production? Ron Chance and Paul Roessler, both of Algenol Biotech, shared this illuminating presentation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Improving Algae Line with Faster Production: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellular Metabolism

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Scott Twary from Los Alamos National Laboratory is working on how to design an integrated strain improvement platform for algae with faster production and to meet BETO’s mission goals of developing technologies for algae strain improvement to meet biomass yield and productivity goals. Get the latest

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

3 Reasons to Scale-Up and How: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scale-Up of Industrial Fermentation Processes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There are 3 big reasons to scale-up a process but how exactly do you go about doing it? What should you do to prepare for scale-up? How do you successfully scale-up a fermentation process? H. Brett Schreyer from Lee Enterprises Consulting answers these questions in this

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Health Benefits Take Center Stage at Leadership Forum

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The National Clean Fuels Technology and Health Effects Leadership Forum was held in Washington, D.C. this week, and brought to the forefront the health and environmental benefits ethanol offers. “We’re here to talk about clean fuels, climate and health,” said Reid Detchon, senior advisor for climate

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Handling Harsh pH and High-Alkalinity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Improving Microalgae Cultivated in High-pH Media

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Eliminating cost and site-location constraints –sounds like something we all want. But there’s a project working on getting rid of those constraints posed by the supply of concentrated CO2 to microalgae farms while simultaneously achieving high seasonal productivities. Their objectives include improving scale and productivity of

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Air Benefits of Ethanol Focus of S.D. Farmers Union President Presentation to United Nations Foundation

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Ethanol lowers carbon emissions by 40 percent and reduces the need for carcinogenic gasoline additives. These health and clean air benefits will be the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke’s presentation to the United Nations Foundation in D.C. today, February 6, 2020. “I’m

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Brown Grease Separation Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla’s FOG – Fats, Oils, Greases to Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Yuck! There’s a $25 billion grease problem,from the underground blob in the U.K. to pretty much any public treatment facilities and liquid waste haulers, but Greasezilla has a patented system to help solve the grease trap waste problem. Find out the details of the brown

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article
    E15 Workshop  —   February 20, 2020   —   Lincoln, NE

E15 Workshop — February 20, 2020 — Lincoln, NE

Register now for our next E15 workshop! February 20 at Hyatt Place, 600 Q St., in Lincoln in Meeting Place I & II The Nebraska Ethanol Board invites fuel retailers from across the state to learn more about the benefits and ease of offering E15 to your customers. This workshop

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

NRDC: DOE Is Flouting the Will of Congress by Delaying Clean Energy R&D

(Natural Resources Defense Council) The Department of Energy is flouting the will of Congress by delaying clean energy R&D and Congress should act quickly to prevent such ideologically driven efforts that thwart action to combat climate change, a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) policy analyst told a House oversight panel today.

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Leaders Provide State of the Industry at Int’l Event

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 industry stakeholders to Nashville, Tennessee, where, following an awards ceremony, a roundtable discussion with biomass association leaders covered topics including the state of the industry, tax and renewable energy policies, carbon markets, politics, and the message

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok to Engage Europe on Direction of Malaysian Oil Palm Industry

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) Malaysia will engage four European countries next week on the direction of the Malaysian oil palm industry, to address the widespread anti-palm oil campaign in the continent. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said she would expound on the four policies of the national oil palm industry to government representatives

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Enyzmes and Microbes Innovation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’ Biology Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 20 product launches in one year is impressive and Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions focusing on enzymes and microbes, but even leaders hit road bumps. While Novozymes had some improvement in the second half of 2019, they still had “unsatisfactory 2019 sales

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Bioeconomy M&A Deal Review & Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest published today a 2020 Deal Review and Outlook Bioeconomy M&A visual guide that looks at the slurry of recent mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy like Lygos and Librede, NuSeed and Agrisoma, FinCo Fuels and GoodFuels, The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum, Aemetis and Goodland

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Valero Reports Profitable Q4 for Ethanol, Renewable Diesel

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … During the earnings call, Joe Gorder, chairman and CEO of Valero, said the company continues to explore growth opportunities in its renewable fuels business. As previously announced, he said Valero’s Diamond Green Diesel joint venture is in the advanced engineering review phase or

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Algal Systems: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Cyanobacteria

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’sBioenergy Technology Incubator 2 project is looking at how to directly produce ‘drop in’ ready biofuel (ethyl or methyl laurate) by cyanobacteria using CO2, water, and light as the main inputs. Check out the latest results of this project

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

LADWP Helps Launch New Organization to Focus on Green Hydrogen

(Green Hydrogen Coalition) Today (January 21, 2020) marks the official launch of the Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC), an educational non-profit dedicated to facilitating policies and practices to advance green hydrogen production and use in all sectors where it will accelerate a carbon-free energy future. Green hydrogen can be produced several

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Rural America’s Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Energy for America Program, The Farm Bill

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Between droughts, trade wars, and more, Rural America has had so many challenges, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to help with various Rural Business-Cooperative Service’s programs including investment of approximately $2 billion across loan and grant programs just in FY 2019. Check out

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: IPREFER: New Cash Crop for Aviation Fuel

by Winthrop Phippen (IPREFER/CAFFI)  READ MORE

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: CoverCress Inc.: Adding Farmer Revenue by Providing the 1st Low Carbon Intensity Cash Cover Crop on Unused Land Over Winte

by Cris Handel (CoverCress Inc./CAAFI) Our conclusions from interactions with 500+ farmers over the last 3 years:  CoverCress harvest date and $50+/acre cash margin (via yield) are the top 2 drivers for farmers.  Post corn harvest planting methods fit enough farmers for 3 years in the southern half

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Forest System Health: Evaluating Trade-offs for Water, Fire, Biofuels, and Fish

by Mark Wigmosta (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/CAAFI)  READ MORE

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Blended Curriculum: The Nebraska Ethanol Board Offers Workshops

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Nebraska Ethanol Board offers workshops to help retailers learn more about E15 and higher blends. Other states offer help with grant application processes, or are pushing for for mid-level blends.  —  Considering updating his fuel dispensers, Dan O’Neill, president and CEO of Kwik

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Interfacing with R&D and Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Advanced Development & Optimization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are always trying to optimize – optimize processes, efficiencies, cost, value, and more, but did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has a program just for this sort of thing? The ADO or Advanced Development and Optimization program has several

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Bigger, Better Crops Combat Climate Change

by Michael Robin (Western Producer)  Carbon from bigger crops and more robust plants like this hybrid canola, and their larger root systems, is being sequestered at higher rates than it was in the past from annual cropping. As well, new breeding technologies are enhancing that with every breeding cycle.  — 

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

#1 Biggest Barrier to Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Bottlenecks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the bottlenecks that prevent technologies from fueling the bioeconomy? Is it government? Is it lack of public acceptance or perception? Is it lack of access to capital? How about lack of market pull? Find out what THE top bottleneck is, according to Roger

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article
    Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics   —   February 6, 2020   —   online from Miami Beach, FL

Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics — February 6, 2020 — online from Miami Beach, FL

The discussion will highlight alternatives to gasoline aromatics that benefit public health, the environment/climate change, national security, and the economy. These solutions could be implemented in the upcoming Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. Governors, public health, environmental, energy, public policy, and media experts will present new data and discuss

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The New Carbon Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization and Management

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Electrification and batteries can’t remove the need for carbon,and a more sustainable economy is not a low-carbon economy as much as it will be a renewable carbon based economy, according to Ian Rowe, Technology Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Check out

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Massive R&D Needed to Decarbonize Deep-Sea Shipping beyond 2050

by Chris Gillis (American Shipper/Freight Waves)  Oceangoing vessels challenge scale of newly introduced carbon-free power technologies for short-sea shipping and ferries, World Shipping Council CEO John Butler tells U.S. lawmakers. — … Maersk (OTCMKTS: AMKBY) is currently testing a 40-foot container-size battery on board one of its container ships, Lee Kindberg,

January 26, 2020 Read Full Article

How Plastic Can Fit in a Circular Carbon Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Recycling and Upcycling Plastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve seen the staggering numbers, 78 million tons of annual plastics production, 98% virgin feedstock, and only 14% gets collected for recycling. So what do we do about it? Jay Fitzgerald from the Bioenergy technologies Office (BETO) office gave this engaging presentation that will get

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Flying High on Biobased Waste Oils: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG’s SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG recently announced the first dedicated European SAF production unit, but how do we accelerate market growth for sustainable aviation fuel? That’s a question SkyNRG is tackling by talking about challenges with scaling up and how to meet those challenges head on. Check out Misha Valk,

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Dept. of Energy’s View on Transportation and National Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Transportation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With 3 trillion vehicle miles in the U.S. and 11 billion freight tons, transportation is key to our way of life, and the Department of Energy realizes it hits our national energy usage in many ways. That’s why they are researching it all levels from components

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Federal Program in Force Now: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RenovaBio & Brazil’s Carbon Reduction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Working as an M&A and capital market counsel focused on the biofuels sector, Oswaldo Dalla Torre has been monitoring the developments of the Brazilian Renovabio program, which has just entered into force. RenovaBio is Brazil’s federal program aimed to curb carbon emissions by 10% in 2028,

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Advocacy and Global Emissions Reduction

by Brian Healey (U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol’s importance for climate goals highlighted following the 25th United Nations Climate Change conference.  —  COP25, the 25th United Nations Climate Change conference, wrapped up in December, leaving in its wake a clear need for enhanced advocacy regarding the benefits of ethanol

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Grassley: New WOTUS Coming This Week, Trump Got No Applause on Ethanol

(Hagstrom Report/Fence Post) …  In a call to rural reporters, Grassley (Senator Charles Grassley R-IA) noted that he continues to warn the Trump administration that farmers are watching the management of the Renewable Fuel Standard and that he had heard Trump got a warm welcome when he spoke at the

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Alleluias and Vision 2020 at the National Biodiesel Conference

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … They have been three years in the valley of the shadow of Death, and have emerged on the other side with huge wins in recent weeks on tax credits, progress on Argentine and China trade, and a promise from the EPA on small refinery

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Student Scientists Shine at National Biodiesel Conference

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry professional see the difference students are making in biodiesel  —   Student scientists showcased dynamic campus biodiesel programs and research during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida this week. From leading biodiesel production on campus to conducting research that could help shape the industry, student scientists are

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Future: Diesel Fleets Will Continue to Thrive with Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  Attendees hear from industry leaders representing the Fuels Institute, the National Truck Equipment Association, and major OEMs  — Attendees at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo received an enlightening glimpse into the future as industry leaders from the Fuels Institute, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), and major

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article
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