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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

IEA Warns Oil Companies Doing Nothing on Emissions Is Not an Option

by Bate Felix (Reuters) Oil and gas companies must boost investment in low carbon energies or face an increasing backlash that could threaten their long-term profits and social acceptance, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. In a report with the World Economic Forum presented in Davos, the IEA said

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Let’s Get Real with Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Design Realities for Anaerobic Digestion Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reality bites sometimes but John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and Lee Enterprises gives some good advice for dealing with anaerobic digestion reality like sand and grit removal, foaming, heating and insultation, corrosion protection, and – a’hem – odor control and gas cleaning. Check this

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Walking the Fine Line: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone wants to lower their risk. But how do you do that? Just ask John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and an Associate at Lee Consulting, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared how manures and WWT sludge have

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA CEO Offers Outlook for Ethanol’s Future at Iowa Summit

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) As the keynote speaker at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Thursday, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said “2019 sucked” but the industry is focusing forward now into the “Roaring ’20s.” Cooper offered four predictions for the new decade. 1. The battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis – Using a Third Party Part 4

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This is Part 4 of a 4 part series that focuses on Techno-Economic Analysis from Lee Enterprises. This Slide Guide covers what the advantages are of using a third party, why it makes sense in terms of efficiency, objectivity and credibility, and more.  READ MORE

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

FastOx Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy’s Gasification Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Army has a FHL installation and there is an FTL demo, but did you know Sierra Energy has an online gasification calculator tool that you can use too? Check out this Slide-Guide from Sierra Energy’s VP of Engineering, Daniel Dodd where he shares

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis for Tech Developers Part 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This is Part 3 of a 4 part series that focuses on Techno-Economic Analysis from Lee Enterprises. This Slide Guide focuses on techno-economics for technology developers, how you can demonstrate economic value, figuring out when is the right time to start modeling, and more.  READ

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Economics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to REG’s Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From GHG emissions and carbon savings to growing public policy support, REG is working hard on improving biodiesel’s LCFS value. Check out this Slide-Guide from REG’s Director of Government Affairs, Lindsay Fitzgerald’s presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco to get the latest on states

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Under Secretary Bullish on Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) As China announced a suspension of its ethanol mandate last week, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney said he remains bullish on expanding exports for the fuel, despite the trade challenges. “Ethanol is one of the most needed products around the

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis for Tech Investors Part 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This is Part 2 of a 4 part series that focuses on Techno-Economic Analysis from Lee Enterprises. This Slide Guide focuses on techno-economics for technology investors, the various tools available, how to use Tornado diagrams to help direct R&D efforts to the highest impact parameters,

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

One Airport’s Path to Carbon Neutrality with SAF: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to San Francisco International Airport’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  San Francisco International Airport has some lofty goals when it comes to zero net energy, zero waste and carbon neutrality, but it goes beyond that. Find out how SFO is working with airlines and fuel suppliers to get sustainable aviation fuel integrated into their terminals,

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This is Part 1 of a 4 part seriesthat focuses on Techno-Economic Analysis from Lee Enterprises. This Slide Guide covers what exactly techno-economic modeling and analysis even is, how it works, cost estimation methods and accuracy, platforms, and more.  READ MORE

January 13, 2020 Read Full Article

From Woody Biomass to Renewable Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels’ Lakeview Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Red Rock’s Lakeview site broke ground in July 2018 but what’s the status now? Just ask Red Rock’s Jeff Manternach, Co-founder and CFO, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared the latest photos and details on their Lakeview site

January 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Senator Amy Klobuchar Campaigns in Iowa Ahead of Democratic Debate

by Melody Mercado (WHOTV)  … (Senator Amy) Klobuchar is claiming a home field advantage for next week’s Democratic debate in Iowa. She says she is looking forward to bringing rural issues to the debate such as the closings of biodiesel and ethanol plants in the region. Klobuchar says the issues in

January 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Digest Data Dashboard: A 2020 Snapshot Guide to Bioeconomy Fuel, Carbon, Equity Prices, Demand, Margins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Exclusively created for Digest Readers, here is a Digest 2020 Visual Guide to the Bioeconomy based on the latest data out there. From biodiesel and ethanol operating margins to liquid energy commodity prices, RIN prices and volumes, low carbon fuel standard prices and credit data,

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Corrosion Calamities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Corrosion Resistant Materials for Bio-Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Biomass liquefaction technology and bio-oil storage has enough challenges to deal with so being able to identify corrosion-resistant, cost-effective structural materials so that materials issues isn’t one of those challenges, can come a long way to help successful commercialization. Jim Keiser and his team from Oak

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Fostering Innovation with Biofuels — Biofuels Curriculum

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …At Growth Energy, we share that commitment to community and are excited to invest our philanthropic time and money into the next generation through biofuels education and advocacy training in the classroom. Through our partnership with National FFA and the National Association of

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Standards: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oregon is ahead of the curve in many ways, but one in particular that stands out is their Clean Fuels Program. Check out this short and sweet Slide-Guide to the latest on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, like who is involved, bank of credits and deficits,

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Dimethyl Ether – Zero Emissions, Carbon Neutrality?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels’ Renewable DME

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dimethyl Ether – We know DME well, but do you know all of its advantages or about fuel-grade DME in North America? Did you know about Oberon Fuels’ small-scale DME production process and the latest on their pilot DME facility in Southern California? About Propane/DME

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

10 Reasons Why Algae Are Interesting: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Non-Isocyanate Polyurethanes for Carbon Capture Reuse and Sequestration

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae is a wondrous thing…and here are 10 reasons why. But that’s not all! What about polyurethanes? Fully renewable polyurethanes from unsaturated lipids and protein-derived amine cross linkers?  Check out this Slide-Guide from NREL’s Philip Pienkos presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco where he shares

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Industrial Biotechnology Trends in the U.S. – The View from Europe

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …   Housed in a region with significant historic chemical operations, including the home of where buna rubber was first commercialized, Eastern Germany is similar to parts of the industrial midwestern United States.  The area benefits from a strong infrastructure of research and scale-up facilities,

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Corn and Ethanol Markets: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Farmer Efforts to Drive the Renewable Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The National Corn Growers Association is working hard to increase demand, improve productivity and environmental sustainability and more, but how are they doing this? How do their programs help drive the bioeconomy? What misinformation are they still dealing with regarding corn? Why do they think

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Cracking the Code of Bacteria: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroByre’s Engineered Bacteria

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Working with only E.coli is like feeding dogs grass to make milk,” said Dr. Sarah Richardson during this presentation given at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. With a background in genomes, she shared insight into why bioengineers have not domesticated more bacteria, how MicroByre combines

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Merrick’s Bioprocessing: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioprocess Engineering Toolbox

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioprocessing is complex, but does it have to be? Just ask Michael Washer at Merrick who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared details on their FEL process to build the right project, how they used best practices to scale-up,

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

NYC Is Heating up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. … In fact, NYC vehicles used more than 2

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbes to Materials: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Lygos’ Sugar Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  By taking a low pH yeast platform and adding in some BioFab and software, machine learning and artificial intelligence, you get new materials development, said Eric Steen from Lygos during his presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out this slide guide to get

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Cutting Edge Funding: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Debt and Equity Financing Mechanisms for Bioeconomy Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Money, money, money – a growing bioeconomy needs lots of it. But with so many challenges like a lack of certainty in government programs or a perceived lack of funds at the company and project levels, what are the solutions? Mark Riedy, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend shared

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Waste to Synthetic Crude Oil: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella’s Thermochemical Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella is transforming plastic and biomass waste into high value sustainable resources. Their Cat-HTR platform uses water at high temperature and pressure to transform wastes and residues to synthetic crude oil, chemically equivalent to fossil crude. Steve Rogers from Licella shared this illuminating presentation at

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuel Technology: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reaching high is something Mercurius is familiar with, esp. with their REACH technology. Standing for renewable, acid-hydrolysis, condensation, hydrotreating, their REACH technology works at low temperature, low pressure and enzyme free. According to Knud Balslev at Mercurius Biorefining, drop-in hydrocarbon jet fuel and diesel fuel are

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

An Opportunity to Focus Forward

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … I do remain bullish, because I believe in ethanol. It’s the right fuel at the right time—and for the time to come. It’s the low-carbon, low-cost fuel America and the world need now. As long as we remain committed to the

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Recycling: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s CarbonSmart

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech is turning our global carbon crisis into a feedstock opportunity with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. By recycling carbon from industrial off-gases; syngas generated from any biomass resource (e.g. municipal solid waste (MSW),

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Custom Chem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Kiverdi’s CO2 and Syngas Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Kiverdi is taking carbon-rich waste and converting it to sustainable chemicals with their carbon engineering. With CO2 and syngas fed into their reactor, they are creating targeted chemicals like hydrocarbon monomers, esters, terpenes and more. Jason Husk from Kiverdi gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT

December 30, 2019 Read Full Article

A Planet on Fire: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels’ Call to Action for Aviation Industry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Facing catastrophic problems with the immediacy of wildfire and the sinister creeping of climate change is depressing. It is depressing enough to throw in the towel, to say I can’t make a difference, the problem is just too big for me to solve.” That’s what Jeff

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

School Board Apologizes over Pro-environment Christmas Pageant in Oil Town

by Rob Drinkwater (Sudbury.com/Canadian Press)  Last Thursday, children at Oxbow Prairie Horizons School put on a play called ‘Santa Goes Green,’ where elves, reindeer and Mrs. Claus work to convince Santa about the importance of the environment —  A school board in southeastern Saskatchewan, where many people work in the energy industry, is apologizing after

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From what is an advanced biofuel to why, we take a look at the gallons, the ethanol blend wall, the residue capacity, and over 30 advanced biofuels projects from around the world to watch. In today’s Digest, a Digest 2020 Multi-Slide Guide on advanced biofuels that

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Autothermal Pyrolysis: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Rethinking Thermochemical Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iowa State University is working on fast pyrolysis, and Robert Brown, Director of the university’s Bioeconomy Institute looks at how their work is making us rethink thermochemical processing. By looking at autothermal pyrolysis, and more, Brown shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco.  READ

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Production in Germany

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up with green hydrogen in Germany? What’s the German Climate Change action plan for 2050, and the role of renewables and hydrogen in that mix? What’s the NIP in both its phases, the hydrogen refueling infrastructure and more? Jan Wegener, Programme Manager Europe at NOW

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Opportunities and Takeaways: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Natural Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the current opportunities in renewable natural gas? Mike McCurdy, Managing Director at ICF set out to answer that question at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out his illuminating presentation on their view of the LCFS, cellulosic RINs, how carbon intensity is driving

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Peruvian Team Braves Minnesota Cold To Learn About U.S. DDGS

(U.S. Grains Council) A Peruvian team of poultry and beef producers discussed corn and ethanol production in addition to how the quality of DDGS is controlled from the receiving of grain at the ethanol plant through the final loading into railcars and trucks  —  A chill in the air did

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Standards Alliance Organizes Workshop on Biofuel Standards for Household Cooking and Transportation

(American National Standards Institute) The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), through its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Standards Alliance, organized a one-day workshop on biofuel standards for household cooking and transportation in Maputo, Mozambique, on November 14, 2019. This event was led by the founders of Garner Advisors, and

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Dominates Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iogen is one of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S. and say that renewable natural gas dominates the commercial cellulosic biofuel business and that the market is more than just the RFS. Manure biogas, landfill biogas, those are all going up

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

From Ideation to Commercial Realization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica’s Chemicals and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With over 1,500 patents, Genomatica is getting a move on the innovation engine with their 1,4-Butanediol, Brontide – a naturally sourced butylene glycol, a 100% biobased nylon-6, and their path to be the leading BG supplier for a major cosmetics ingredient. Christophe Schilling, CEO, co-founder of

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Tech’s Diversified Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogenics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogenics is a unit of Cummins Inc. active in designing, manufacturing, building and installing industrial and commercial Hydrogen generation, Hydrogen fuel cells and MW-scale energy storage solutions. Based in Mississauga, Canada with manufacturing facilities located in Germany, Belgium and United States, the company offers PEM and alkaline

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbohydrate Industry Outlook: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbs and Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ah sugar, sugar, you are my candy girl. Fluid Quip Technologies is talking about industrial sugar of course, and its many challenges and opportunities. Check out this slide guide from Neal Jakel, Partner/Strategy and Technology at FQT who shared this at ABLC NEXT in San

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

First Joint Workshop — Five European H2020 Projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels : Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuel Production

(HyFlexFuel)  The first joined Expert Workshop took place on the 19th November 2019 in Brussels. Almost 100 participants attended, making the workshop very successful. A number of industry speakers, as well as research speakers have given presentations which can be found below: European Projects 4Refinery – Silje Fosse Håkonsen​ Heat to

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The workshop presented the findings of a project that was set up jointly by two Technology Collaboration Programmes of the International Energy Agency, namely the IEA Bioenergy TCP and the Advanced Motor Fuels TCP (AMF Annex 58). The project focuses on country-specific analysis of Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA,

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

In the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, a Path for EU Energy Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Europe we’d like to shine a light today on “Hydrogen Roadmap Europe: A sustainable pathway for the European Energy Transition“ concludes that hydrogen is an essential element in the energy transition and can account for 24% of final energy demand and 5.4m jobs by 2050. The

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Lessons Learning on the Road to Commercialization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn’s Demo to Commercial Path

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We all know going from demo to commercial isn’t easy. Ensyn, a company that produces biocrude from forest and agricultural residues using its proprietary thermal technology and focuses on low carbon fuels and chemicals, knows all about it. Ian S. Barnett, Chair of the Finance Committee

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

One-Step Process: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ETB’s Butadiene from Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ETB Catalytic Technologies developed a unique technology of producing butadiene from ethanol production. But the big question is how do they commercialize the technology? Just ask Vladimir Trembovolsky, CEO of ETB Catalytic Technologies who shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out this

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

ABC Briefs Senate Staff on Benefits of Biogas Energy, Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the minority staff of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a briefing for U.S. Senate staff addressing the climate benefits of farm-based renewable energy and advanced biofuels. The briefing speakers included Patrick Serfass, executive

December 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Cap-and-Invest Modeling Lacks Consideration of Renewable Fuel Adoption and Infrastructure

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Modeling by Georgetown Climate Center’s Transportation and Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States released Tuesday showed potential for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, pollution reduction, job creation and public health benefits.  The anticipated program is designed around auctions of credits by member states

December 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Conversion Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Carbon-Based Fuels and Co-Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is working with biomass so challenging? Jonathan Male, Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) set out to answer that question at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out his illuminating presentation on how BETO is exploring various strategies to reduce

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Starting with the End in Mind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis’s Enzymes and Scalable Proteins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Codexis has reimagined the degree, and speed, of transformation of protein performance possible through protein engineering – Better libraries, better (bigger) data and a highly integrated workflow that leads to rapid, and very large, performance improvements. They are also engineering an ultra-stable enzyme for carbon capture.

December 16, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Kodak Moment: The World’s Airlines Consider Their Low-Carbon Options in an Era of Flight-Shaming

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, the airlines were just about the first customers to clamor for advanced biofuels. In 2006, Richard Altman of the recently-formed Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative showed up at one of the earliest advanced biofuels events, and when he laid out the intent of the

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: Seville Unveils NGV Campaign to Promote Sustainable Mobility

(City of Seville) Seville will be the starting point and the national benchmark for the debate about the use of natural gas and biomethane, as it is the first headquarters of the #miciudadatodogas (my city running all on natural gas) initiative that will travel Spanish cities committed to sustainability with natural

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

America’s Bioeconomy Plays Critical Role in Feeding, Fueling, and Healing the World

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has submitted comments to the Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) on the bioeconomy, explaining the critical role America’s biotechnology industry plays in feeding, fueling, and healing the world. The comments were recently highlighted by Tom DiLenge, president of BIO’s Advocacy, Law & Public Policy

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Using CARB’s Framework: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Standard in Washington State

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Diges)  The California Air Resources Board’s frameworkis proving to be an example to follow for states like Washington. But there are resource gaps, according to Tim Zenk from Molecule, a public affairs and advocacy group. Check out this slide guide for the latest on the Clean Fuels

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Simplifying Biology for Biochemicals: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC’s Metabolic Engineering Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Digital biology, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering are not all the same – just ask Matt Lipscomb, CEO and Founder of DMC who shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. Check out this Slide-Guide to find out how DMC uses their novel

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Automated Microfluidic System Saves the Day for Microbes, Enzymes, Proteins: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Efficient Robotics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Domo arigato Mr. Roboto – How would you like an automated microfluidic system to help create an ultra-high throughput workstation for the screening and optimization of microbial strains, cell lines, enzymes, proteins and peptides? Efficient Robotics has made this happen with their NTP (nano-titer-pipe) automated microfluidic platform!

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Thermochemical Technology to Turn Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem’s Waste to Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Taking non-reyclable waste to sustainable chemicals and biofuels is Enerkem’s world. Current products from ‘trash’ include syngas, methanol and ethanol with alternative pathways currently under development. Andrea Redford, Chief Business Development Officer from Enerkem gave this illuminating presentation at the ABLC NEXT in San Francisco

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

On the Road to Success from Research to Product: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cyclotron Road is a partnership between the non-profit Activate.org and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to empower scientists to advance their technologies from concept to first product through a fellowship program. It’s a home for hard tech innovators. Companies like Opus 12, MicroByre, Visolis, CinderBio, and others had

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Enzymes Bring Biomass Value: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Enzymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tailored hydrolysis enzymes have many benefits for biomass, especially since it’s a soup of the day and each unique substrate is a combination of feedstock. MetGen has this covered with their production strains and processes that streamline the chemo-enzymatic route to bioplastics and platform chemicals. Alex Michine,

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Thump at the Pump: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gasoline vs. Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The debate of who rules – ethanol or gasoline – has been going on seemingly forever. Why does this debate drive everyone nuts? Which has the lower energy density? Which has the lower mileage? Does range really matter? What’s octane worth? Is there an octane sweet

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Industry Launches SMART Initiative

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas/Biomass Magazine) The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the Sustainable Methane Abatement and Recycling Timeline (SMART) Initiative at the RNG 2019 conference this week in Dana Point, California, casting the vision for RNG stakeholders to develop an action plan to sustainably capture and repurpose

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Deep Dive: Climate Change and U.S. Farmers

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

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks; Focus on Sweden

by Mahmood Ebadian, Jim McMillan and Jack Saddler  (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  …  Task 39’s main focus remains on drop-in biofuels for heavy duty transport, i.e., transport sectors where substantial electrification isn’t foreseen in the near-to-mid-term. It is recognized that beyond on-going technical innovation, effective policies will have to

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at COP25

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders meeting this week in Madrid that low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change. RFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis is attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) with a small delegation of U.S. farm

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Alliance of Agriculture and Biofuels Partners Highlights Role of Ethanol as Immediate and Cost-Effective Climate Action Measure for Transport

(Solutions from the Land/Ethanol Europe) In the light of alarming oil industry forecasts[1] of continued growth in the world’s fleet of gasoline and diesel road vehicles to 2040 and beyond (to upwards of two billion vehicles from 1.2 billion today), ethanol sector advocates pressed government leaders at COP 25 today to further

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Talks in Madrid Give Agriculture Another Opportunity to Advance Climate Solutions

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

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Noem: State to Lead Charge for E30 Adoption

By Dan Crisler (Watertown Public Opinion) The South Dakota government plans to lead the charge in persuading the nation to adopt E30, Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday afternoon. Noem made that declaration to Glacial Lakes Energy shareholders, who convened for an annual meeting at the Codington County Extension Complex.  READ

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Choices at the Pump: Convenience Matters Dives into What It Will Take to Add E15 to Your Fuel Lineup.

(National Association of Convenience Stores) On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Increasing Fuel Options for Consumers,” NACS hosts John Eichberger, executive director for the Fuels Institute, and Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, discuss the future of liquid fuels with Kristi Moriarty, senior engineer at the National

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel from MSW and Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For 17 years, Velocys has been working on XTL projects and their FT technology has operated on syngas derived from natural gas, landfill gas, coal and biomass. Philipp Stratmann, VP Biofuels at Velocys shared the latest from Velocys at the recent IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium.

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

North American RNG Industry Celebrates New Production Facilities

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas/Biomass Magazine) Today (December 3, 2019), the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) commenced the North American renewable natural gas (RNG or biomethane) industry’s annual conference program in Dana Point, California, by celebrating industry growth and recognizing 13 companies for their development roles in RNG production

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

True Zero Emission Tech: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Nel Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nel ASA is a Norwegian company based in Oslo. Nel is a global company providing solutions for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen from renewable energy sources. Nel is listed in the OBX Index of the Oslo Stock Exchange. The largest shareholder is Clearstream Banking

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen thru Existing Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Conversion to Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry looked recently at the use of hydrogen using existing natural gas infrastructure and existing gas appliances.  READ MORE  

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Engineered Strains for Fermentation: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol from Biomass and CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) $2.25/gal or less than $3/gge (gallon gasoline equivalent) sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? That is one of the goals of a project that is working on developing engineered clostridial strains and a fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: Roadshow Finds Iberian Market Potential for DDGS, Sorghum

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) With six members along to share their expertise, the U.S. Grains Council conducted a robust, week-long roadshow through Spain and Portugal in October to promote U.S. sorghum and containerized dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to key importers and trading companies involved in the Spanish and

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Wanted – Stronger Microbial Strains: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Biological Sugar Upgrades

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Microbial strains convert lignocellulosic sugars to fuel precursors, but Jeff Linger from National Renewable Energy Laboratory gave this illuminating presentation at the DOE’s BETO 2019 Project Peer Review that details how they are looking to develop and optimize hybrid biological routes to be coupled with

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Reducing Toxic Aromatics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to High Octane Low Carbon Ethanol

Ethanol is better for your health and “What a difference a year makes.” That’s what Douglas Durante, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition told the audience recently at the World Ethanol and Biofuels conference in Brussels. The latest on how ethanol grows in this seemingly conflicting universe, trends that

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Hüseyin Turan Arat of İskenderun Technical University and Meryem Gizem Sürer observed in a recent paper, “With the increasing world population and the energy consumption, the aviation industry has led the technology and researches to alternative and/or renewable energy sources depending on the risk of

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engines Has a Clear Goal: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol for Heavy-Duty Applications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s Black Friday today but do you remember the black diesel of the old days? We’ve come a long way from that and ethanol is great for many vehicles and applications, but how about heavy-duty diesel transportation? What about the 99% of semi-trucks that use

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Pathway to Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Syngas and Fatty Alcohols

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that Dow and LanzaTechpreviously validated syngas conversion to fatty alcohols via the +1 pathway (LeuABCD) in Clostridium? There is a project underway now to develop a new bio-syngas fermentation process using engineered bacteria for production of intermediate (C6-C14) fatty alcohols leveraging robust chemical

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Cemvita Factory Rockin’ It: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cemvita’s CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this week we talked about making protein and meat out of air, so taking CO2 and utilizing it seems right in line. C+C Music Factory’s song from the early 90’s “Everybody Dance Now” comes to mind with the exciting news that Cemvita Factory engineers microorganisms

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

BECCS to the Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA’s Methane Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed ABLC NEXT in San Francisco, let’s go back to the future and look at BECCS – Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage – and examine the challenges, how it is fueled by methane and what methane pyrolysis can do, how we can go

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Edible Wood? Bringing Biomass into the Food Chain: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Arbiom’s Wood to Food

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all about the evolution of food production, according to Arbiom’s Ricardo Ekmay, VP Nutrition & Product Development. During his presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco, Ekmay noted that their technology can bring wood into the food chain and change the way we look at

November 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Smart Agriculture Forum Serves Up Solutions from the Land

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

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The Magic behind the Molecules and Materials: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot’s Synthetic Biology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The measure of how disruptive Synthetic Biology is lies in the applications, the use cases and relevance to consumers,”according to Checkerspot which uses biology and chemistry to generate novel building blocks. Their ingredients include custom oils like tri-, di- and mono-glycerides, proteins and peptides, micronutrients, and

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

TEA Tornado Plot, Technical Hurdles, and Driving Down MFSP: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The commercialization of algae has several challenges, but Lieve M. Laurens from National Renewable Energy Laboratory gave this illuminating presentation at the DOE’s BETO 2019 Project Peer Review that details how they are trying to reduce the cost of algal biofuels by increasing intrinsic algal biomass

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh So Sweet! Amyris’s Look at Farnesene Production from Sugars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MegaBio and Farnesene

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amyris is working on a MegaBio goal. Mega because it’s a big goal – develop a fully integrated and scalable process to produce farnesene from cellulosic sugars at $2 per liter in the U.S. Quinn Mitrovich from Amyris gave this illuminating presentation at the DOE’s BETO 2019

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Sec. Perdue Comments on Ethanol and SREs

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) During a visit to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual convention on Friday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was asked about EPA’s supplemental proposal to account for small refinery exemptions and to address the concerns of the industry that it is insufficient. “I want to put it

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Biofuels with Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Axens and the BioTfueL Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioTfueL, originally launched by Total, is a project to produce biofuels via thermochemical conversion and includes several partners that work together on this. Axens Solutions recently spoke at ABLC NEXT about the project, how biomass feedstock is torrefied and then converted into syngas in a

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Grains Council, Taiwan Delegation Visit Flint Hills Resources Fairmont Ethanol Plant

(Clay County News) On Oct. 23, the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont ethanol plant hosted representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and a delegation of feed ingredients buyers from Taiwan. The Taiwanese buyers were in the United States as part

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

17 Trillion Pounds of Plastic – How Much Is Biodegradable?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenesis’ Algae Polymers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Science by Nature and Nature by Science is what it’s all about for Algenesis. Their goal is for 100% renewable, biodegradable, recyclable polyurethane that can be used for everything from flip flops to surfboards. Michael Burkart from UC San Diego and Algenesis Materials shared this illuminating

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Southern Hemisphere Spring Meetings in Brazil: Sugar, Ethanol, Biogas and Biodiesel—Whew!

by Cácia Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Brazilian Biofuels Market players have been busy in the past days, with various seminars and forums organized to discuss the economic and technological development of the sector. Brazil is well known for its clean energy matrix, mostly coming from hydroelectric dams and the well-established

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Man with the Plan – Millions Projected for New Projects: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis’ Multi-Million $ Dairy Biogas and Wood Waste Plants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is known for their advanced renewable fuels by many,like their California ethanol plant and India biodiesel plant, but what you may now know is that they are building a $56 million dairy biogas digesters, pipeline and cleanup system and a $200 million cellulosic ethanol plant

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Keep Calm and Make Oil?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Infra’s GTL Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Infra Technology has developed and patented a Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) technology (INFRA.xtl), based on the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process, for the production of light synthetic oil and clean liquid synthetic transportation fuels from natural and associated gas, as well as from biomass and other fossil fuels (XTL).

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Official Speaks at World Energy and Biofuels Event

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) At the World Ethanol and Biofuels Event in Brussels, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis took the stage to share his insight into the global markets landscape and provide an update on steps the United States has been taking to embrace and promote higher ethanol blends.

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Seeks to Expand Green Fuel Production to 100% by 2022

by Nur Yasmin (Jakarta Globe) Djoko Siswanto, secretary general of the National Energy Committee, said Indonesia is developing green fuel as an end-product of palm oil, to reduce the country’s reliance on costly oil imports. Green fuel is a mix of palm oil and regular fuel. “We are testing it at two

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Increased Global Biodiesel Production to Lengthen Glycerine Markets in 2020

by Lucas Hall (ICIS)  An increase in global biodiesel production is likely to further lengthen the world’s glycerine supply glut in 2020 as higher biodiesel mandates increase the supply of crude glycerine by-product. … One factor market participants are watching is the growth of renewable diesel production around the globe. Renewable

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Enapter Showcases Green Hydrogen and the Future of Energy Storage with a Demonstration at Nongnooch Tropical Garden in Chonburi

(Enapter)  Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden, a scientific research center and attraction in Chonburi Province, Thailand, today announced it is displaying hydrogen as an energy storage solution in collaboration with the hydrogen electrolyser manufacturer Enapter. The 600-acre garden aims to demonstrate an entire energy system that is independent from the local grid

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

St1 and beyond: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen for Renewable Diesel and Other Bio-Based Applications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week, we reported that St1 has awarded ÅF Pöyry with engineering assignment for a new renewable fuel production unit investment project. The new plant will be built in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the largest single investment in St1’s history. The investment is estimated to approximately 1.5

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Shares Technical Ethanol Information with Retailers in Mexico

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Last week, American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty returned to Mexico to speak at the first technical ethanol information forum to be held in Juárez, Mexico, near El Paso, Texas. These forums are a joint effort of the U.S. Grains Council and

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

ABLCNext Top 10 Takeaways – What Was the Industry Buzzing about in San Francisco?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Next last week, there was lots of buzz and tons of discussion about all sorts of things, but what were the key takeaways? Let’s start with Sustainable Aviation Fuels, CRISPR, new food, the law, and more. In today’s Digest, find out what the

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

This Company Turns Emissions into Fuel

Article by Millie Dent; Video by Bryce Urbany & Deborah Brunswick (CNN) The world’s industrial sector — places like steel mills, refineries, and chemical plans — contributes over 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Where most people see this only as pollution, Chicago-based LanzaTech considers it opportunity. The biotech startup

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Flint Hills Resources Menlo Staff Teach Students about Ethanol Production

(Atlantic News Telegraph) On Oct. 15, staff from the Flint Hills Resources Menlo ethanol plant participated in “On the Trail of Iowa Corn,” a field trip and educational opportunity for area third graders to learn about farm and food topics. Nearly 100 students, teachers and parent chaperones from Adair-Casey, Nodaway

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As Hüseyin Turan Arat of İskenderun Technical University and Meryem Gizem Sürer observed in a recent paper, “With the increasing world population and the energy consumption, the aviation industry has led the technology and researches to alternative and/or renewable energy sources depending on the risk of

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Correcting the Record on the Impact of Small Refinery Exemptions

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) Earlier this week, I had the honor of testifying before a House Energy & Commerce Committee subcommittee on the devastating impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on the U.S. ethanol industry. My testimony described the demand destruction that has occurred as a consequence of the massive increase

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 State of the Industry Address

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s ABLC Week and the semi-annual State of the Industry Address was a highlight at the opening of the on-stage presentations — known as a networking event but also featuring a slide deck and commentary on US and international bioeconomy trends.  READ MORE  

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA releases Report on the Bioeconomy:  The USDA released its Report on the Bioeconomy Imiplementation Framework. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework will serve as a guiding document for the BR&D Board member agencies to increase government accountability and efficiency, maximize interagency coordination on bioeconomy research and other

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Senate Dems Hope to Investigate Dark Money in Climate Politics

(Our Daily Planet) Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing titled “Dark Money and Barriers to Climate Action” that explored the fossil fuel money which has funded years of climate denial in America. Groups like the National Association of Manufacturers and the Chamber of Commerce have long

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Shell Annual Scenarios

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s ABLC Week and the semi-annual State of the Industry Address and a host of industry outlooks will be forthcoming in two Industry Horizons Forums and two Next Technologies Summits taking place on Thursday and Friday. We’re rounding out our coverage with the annual long-range forecasts

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

House Energy Hearing Pits Ethanol vs. EPA, Administration

by Matt Kaye (FarmWeekNow.com) Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper called the proposed supplemental rule issued by EPA a “bait and switch.”  —  … During a hearing before a U.S. House Energy subcommittee, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) chief Geoff Cooper accused EPA of secretly granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) as

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Views from Napa Valley: A Peak at California’s Low Carbon Fuels Program (2019)

by Michele Rubino (Biofuels Digest)  … Take California’s climate change mitigation efforts – and specifically the LCFS (Low Carbon Fuels Standard), the State’s flagship Program aimed at decarbonizing the transportation sector. Back in 2015 the Program was emerging from years of vicious lawsuits, aimed at damaging and delaying it. The

October 30, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 28, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

MN Commissioners Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seven Minnesota state agency commissioners toured Guardian Energy yesterday to learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art production capabilities and the role the ethanol industry plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously boosting the state’s economy. “We were pleased to welcome the commissioners and key personnel from their respective

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Receives Grants for Ethanol Safety Education

(Renewable Fuels Association)   The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: DDGS Trials Expand Sales in Southeastern Mexico

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) From the tropics in Campeche to the jungles in Palenque to the mountains in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the U.S. Grains Council is helping build markets through demonstration trials for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), known locally as pruebas, in southeastern Mexico. Located west of the

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Interaction Encouraged

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Jaime Finguerut, director of the Sugarcane Technology Institute in Brazil, showed a presentation slide titled, “EMERGENCY!” as he explained to his audience at The Alcohol School Sept. 10 that the climate crisis is the largest global demand driver for ethanol. Finguerut presented at Lallemand

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

City Fleets Run on Bio-Based Diesel Fuels, Meeting Sustainability Goals while Delivering Essential Services

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Cities gain substantial emissions performance improvements, greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings by using the latest-generation diesel powertrains combined with bio-based diesel fuels —  More cities and counties in California are switching to renewable diesel and biodiesel fuels for their diesel-engined vehicles, according to panelists today at the League

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Initiative to Be up and Running Soon

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA hopes to have a new program up and running in early 2020 that will support retail sales of higher ethanol blends, including E15, according to statements made by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky during an Oct. 17 congressional hearing. Censky appeared before

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Driving Decarbonization Video

(Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  The Driving Decarbonization Video captures the essence of how low carbon fuel standards deliver real-world benefits. The original Driving Decarbonization event took place at the Global Climate Action Summit in September of 2018, and was co-hosted by the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization,

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Turn! Turn! Turn!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste and Its Transformation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To everything there is a season, goes the old Pete Seeger lyric, and the Book of Ecclesiastes, come to think of it, and they must be reading their Bibles closely at Neste. Once into petroleum as the original Finnish oil refiner, then turning to renewable

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Deputy Secretary Speaks at Global Ethanol Summit

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Stephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. … He also spoke to the efficiencies that U.S. ethanol producers and farmers have achieved, and what that may

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Mexican Delegation Views Ethanol Industry in Grand Island Area

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  A group of visitors from Mexico were in Grand Island Thursday to see the area’s ethanol production.  The 22 visitors represent various aspects of the ethanol industry in Mexico. They were in Grand Island to get an up-close and personal look at the Nebraska ethanol

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

International Leaders Tour the State’s Ethanol Production Chain

by Noah Fish (Post Bulletin/AgriNews) High-level officials from Middle Eastern and African countries were in Minnesota this week to learn more about the U.S. ethanol production process. The state tour, which kicked off in Eyota at the Kwik Trip fuel blending site on Wednesday, was hosted by the U.S. Grains

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Reduction in Gasoline-Related Cancer Causes by Blending Ethanol into Gasoline in Five Global Cities

(Vital)  “Health Impact of Blending Ethanol into Gasoline in Five Global Cities” University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center — Dr. Steffen Mueller, PhD, and others at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center looked at the effect of biofuel in reducing cancers connected to chemicals such as

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry and the Transformation of Markets through Genetic Innovation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agile BioFoundry brings together a specialist team of scientists, engineers, and technical staff from eight of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories, with the aim that their collective skills, expertise, and experience lead to rapid innovation and growth in the biomanufacturing sector. The

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