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The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to Nanoplazz’s Green Hydrogen, Syngas Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Nanoplazz Technologies has developed cutting-edge plasma reactor technology to convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemicals and to produce carbon nanoparticles with diamond cores to enhance the performance and sustainability of industrial and consumer products. The Multi-Slide Guide visualization of their technology.  READ MORE

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

We Have the Technology, but Where Is the Fuel?

by FLSmidth (International Cement Review) A document issued by the Portland Cement Association calls for greater support for the cement industry to enable increased use of AFs. “There is a tremendous opportunity to reuse the millions of tons of plastic and other secondary materials that can no longer be exported

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Companies for Net Zero Holds Informative and Dynamic Session on Financing RNG Projects

(Waste Advantage Magazine) On Thursday, May 20, Companies for Net Zero (formerly Companies for Zero Waste) held a great, informative session on Financing RNG Projects. The event kicked off with a discussion on “Cutting Edge Funding and Contractual Structures for Successful RNG Project Financing” presented by Allison Larr, Vice President of Citi,

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Green Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s Gas Week here in Digestville, all this week we’re highlighting new technologies, commercial breakthroughs and new strategies relating to the production of, applications for, or the avoidannce of: Green Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Syngas. Later this week we’ll look at the monster valuation and progress

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Butyl Acetate for Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Butyl Acetate as Bioblendstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does renewable butyl acetate make a good fuel additive? Can it be used as a bioblendstock for diesel to decrease combustion pollutants and lower the sooting propensity of a BA/diesel-based mixture? Can it’s low freezing point and high flash point improve fuel properties?  READ MORE

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so Far

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the first half of 2021 was a bit more refreshing and uplifting than 2020. The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from 2021. We sure learned how to turn

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA CEO: Multiple Reasons for Ethanol Optimism

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Low-carbon ethanol’s “brightest and sunniest days remain ahead” despite recent judicial setbacks and a growing policy push on electric vehicles, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in keynote remarks today at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo. Even after two recent disappointing court decisions, “The ethanol

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Technology for Space Exploration: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Space Biotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To space, what will we take? In space, what will we make? What are the technologies under development to create fuels, foods, materials, health, protection and new science in space, and for space exploration? With no fossil fuels on Mars, it’s a biobased opportunity covering

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Using Cycloalkanes for Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol-Derived Jet Blending Components

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech, Purdue and PNNL are working together to develop a commercially viable process to convert an ethanol-derived olefin intermediate into a jet-range hydrocarbon with 60 wt.% yield to cycloalkanes and demonstrate its commercial utility as a jet blendstock via fuel property analysis, ASTM characterization, and

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Analysis: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evaluating sustainable scale up of algae production systems, algal biofuels, and algal bioproducts is no easy task, but scientists at Argonne National Lab are looking into this by looking at the life cycle analysis of advanced algal systems to see just how feasible it really

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biomass to Bug Zapper: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Insecticides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Creating a sustainable, inexpensive bioinsecticide that leverages the inherent chemical functionality from thermochemical biomass conversion that can improve biofuel economics is one of National Renewable Energy Lab’s goals. Take a look at bioinsecticide production using catalytic fast pyrolysis works, bioinsecticide trends, impacts on biorefining, and

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Will Biorefineries Meet Air Quality Regulations?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Air Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can biofuels production meet federal air quality regulations? At what cost? What are the emissions across the biofuels supply chain? What are the economic and human health impacts? Are there mitigation opportunities and approaches that work?  READ MORE    

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

On the Path to Net Zero, Canada Must Grow a Circular Bioeconomy

by Sandy Ferguson and Rob van Adrichem (SF Consulting and City of Prince George respectively/Biofuels Digest) Bathroom sinks made of wood fibre, energy derived from garbage, skyscrapers built of cross-laminated timber, and carbon fibre that is used in Formula 1 cars are all examples of bioproducts that are helping us

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Manta Wins MEIA 2021 Pitch Finale; MD Clean Energy Startups Shine

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator)  MEIA ‘s 2021 Pitch Competition was a smashing success. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Manta Biofuel, and Audience Choice co-winners InventWood and Manta Biofuel. Did you miss the event? Watch the video and pitches here. Owings Mills-based Manta Biofuel was named the Grand Prize winner of the

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Alaska Aims to Become ‘Most Fuel-Efficient’ US Airline: CEO

by Pilar Wolfsteller (Flight Global)  Alaska Airlines is aiming to become the most fuel-efficient US airline in the next five years, the airline’s chief executive says. During a 30 June webinar sponsored by The Washington Post, Ben Minicucci outlined the Seattle-based carrier’s ambitious sustainability efforts, in order to reach its goal of achieving net

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Modeling for Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels De-Risking Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Optimizing and de-risking the deployment of biomass gasification processes by implementing physics-based simulations of feed handling and transportation unit operations was NREL’s goal as they did modeling and simulations to support Red Rock Biofuels during design and build of their commercial facility. Find out more about

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

How Viable Is Bio-Oil for Marine Transport?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for Marine Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Determining the technical feasibility of using biofuels, especially bio-oils, for marine engine use, understanding the efficacy of biofuels in marine transport, looking at the impact on fuel handling systems and impact of bio-oils blended with market heavy fuel oils (HFO), is what Oak Ridge National

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

LCA Model for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to GREET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model – aka GREET – can be used to address impacts and conduct life cycle analyses of biofuels and bioproducts. Check out Argonne National Laboratory’s BETO Peer Review presentation on how it works, why it’s

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Pyrolysis Network Meeting: From Waste Plastics to ‘Green’ Raw Material

by Pierre Gielen (Circular Biobased Delta)  The chemical industry of the future will no longer run solely on petroleum, but partly on waste plastics, agricultural residues and household waste. It will be possible thanks to pyrolysis: a technology that seems very simple, yet can be very complex at the same

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

50% Energy Savings: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Yilkins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here’s the latest on energy efficient biomass drying and torrefaction equipment which uses 50% less energy than traditional technologies and reduces total supply chain costs (transport, storage, footprint), with a cost per gigajoule equal or better than for white pellets. Yilkins’ tech and equipment also show

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Oleochemicals Industry Challenged by Post-pandemic Supply Issues: Report from the 13th World Oleochemicals Conference

by Douglas Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The oleochemicals industry is struggling.  Shipping costs have increased.  Suppliers are not able to deliver raw materials, maintenance supplies, and new equipment.  Scheduled maintenance activities have lapsed and restarting equipment is not happening smoothly.  The workforce is short-handed and training is out-of-date.  Co-products and

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Removing Roadblocks to SAF Deployment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BioJet Opportunities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably seen the IATA Tech Roadmap and ICAO’s goals for aviation’s CO2 emissions to decrease, but how do we get there? Check out this illuminating slide guide from BETO’s Peer Review where Sandia National Labs shows us the opportunities, the pathways, progress and outcomes for

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Savings: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Efficiency Breakthroughs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take a look at reducing carbon intensity of ethanol plants using innovative modernization techniques in this illuminating slide guide from Shrikant Rathi, the general manager (Americas) for Praj. Shrikant shares how to maximize your margins, the latest on evaporative distillation for fuel ethanol production, alcohol

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

US SAF Producers Target Net Zero in Drive to Reduce the Carbon Intensity of Their Fuels

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online) The recent virtual symposium hosted in the US by CAAFI, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, illustrated the increasing momentum in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) commercial development, with companies at different stages of development outlining ambitious plans for multiple facilities over the coming years. Many facilities

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass, Lipid Yield Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Algae for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that adding plant substrate to some algae strains (not all!) can result in improved biomass and/or lipid production? That’s what Amanda Barry from Sandia National Labs reported in this slide guide on their investigation of top contender algae strains for large-scale biofuel

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Market Experts Testify before the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee on Canada’s Low-Carbon and Renewable Fuels Industry

(Renewable Industries Canada/JWN Energy) Renewable Industries Canada Board members highlight the essential role domestic biofuel producers play in providing Canadians with renewable fuel, growing low-carbon fuel markets, and leading net-zero innovation —  Earlier this week, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) Board members appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Featured in Film on Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

(PR Newswire/GrainNet) POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, appears in a new short film as part of the series Nature’s Building Blocks. The digital film was produced by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News. Presented by the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), the series premiered on June 16, 2021. The

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Expand Your Business by Producing SAF: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable aviation fuels are big globally due to incentives like the CORSIA program or regional SAF mandates. If you missed The Digest’s webinar where two of the most experienced people in SAF options from Haldor Topsoe explored technology, feedstocks, policy, offtake markets, timelines, models – everything

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Skor Highlights Biofuels’ Ability to Drive Economic Growth at Senate Subcommittee Hearing

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor participated in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy hearing titled “Renewable Energy – Growth and Opportunities for our Rural Economies”. In the hearing, Skor spoke on biofuels’ ability to drive economic growth using data from a

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Based Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dan Anderson from Pacific Northwest National Lab shared this illuminating slide guide at BETO’s Peer Review this year with the latest on PNNL’s work on building algae hydrothermal liquification (HTL) pathway to fuels, with the potential to meet BETO FY 2030 goal of $2.50/GGE.  READ

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

USGC Suggests Ethanol Use as Carbon-Neutral Solution in South Korea

(U.S. Grains Council) The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) emphasized ethanol as one of the most effective transportation fuels for achieving South Korea’s carbon neutrality goals by 2050 during the Carbon Neutral Symposium held there on May 27. “Bioethanol can smoothly bridge the transition from vehicles with internal combustion engines to eco-friendly

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Reach Net Zero by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA’s Roadmap

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The International Energy Agency just released “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, literally mapping out how the global energy sector can reach net zero by 2050 with clear milestones – more than 400 in total spanning all sectors and technologies

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Farm Futures Summit Highlights Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Farm Futures Business Summit being held this week in Iowa featured corn farmers and ethanol industry leaders on the first day of the program to shed light on the future of ethanol. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sponsored the panel with Iowa corn farmer and NCGA Ethanol Action Team

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 & Renewable Electricity to Improve Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL is working on decarbonization of fuels and chemicals production by looking at the integration of CO2 utilization into two existing conceptual biorefinery designs, the brutal reality of CO2 reduction, market trends, decreasing the cost of renewable electricity and utilizing CO2 to improve biorefinery carbon

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling Conversations with NBB on Brownfield

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  This spring, NBB launched farmer-focused radio segments in partnership with Brownfield Ag News. This partnership includes 13 weeks of 3-minute interviews with farmer leaders across the Midwest. The interviews are playing on 294 radio stations. This spring, NBB launched farmer-focused radio segments in partnership with Brownfield

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cielo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What to do with the world’s most available and inexpensive feedstock – garbage? Cielo’s tech is capable of converting multiple waste streams into renewable fuel like high-grade renewable diesel, kerosene (aviation jet and marine fuel) and naphtha. Get the latest on their commercial facility, production, the

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

At Scale Feedstock Blending Optimization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste-To-Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What if we could build a biorefinery in every state and divert all 76 million dry T/y of organic wastes into transportation biofuels…forever? That’s what Pacific Northwest National Lab hopes will happen someday as they work on accelerating the adoption of promising conversion technologies. READ

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Larissa Perotta of Axens on the Company’s Vegan Technology for SAF/HVO

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  …  I spoke to Larissa Perotta, technology team manager for the biotechnology renewables group at Axens. We spoke about Axens’ Vegan technology  and trends in SAF and hydrotreated vegetable oil. … ” …  On one side, we started pioneering in the field of lipids in the 1980s

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste-To-Energy Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Production Potential

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out this NREL slide guide covering their latest work on waste-to-energy resources, municipal solid waste (MSW) streams available for bioenergy conversions, and the latest data and analyses on WTE projects. From food waste management pathways, wood waste, management cost and policy structures. READ MORE

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

The Pathways, Projects, Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel and SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s nothing hotter right now than renewable diesel and SAF – what are the pathways, projects, who are the players, what are the business models, are there alternative feedstocks? Check out this slide guide from last week’s DigestConnect where Will Thurmond, author of Renewable Diesel

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Waypoint 2050: An Air Transport Action Group Project

by Philippe Bonnefoy,(BlueSky/CAAFI)  Air transport established sector-wide climate goals in 2009. • Waypoint 2050 investigates and provides details of the pathway to meeting the longterm goal. … The role of offsetting in Waypoint 2050 scenarios Offsetting • Waypoint 2050 scenarios do not rely on offsetting as a central pillar of

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Voluntary Carbon Exchanges & IATA ACE

by Michael Schneider (International Air Transport Association/CAAFI)   We look at the CORSIA phase implementations starting with the monitoring, reporting and verification. … On January 30, 2020, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and CBL Markets announced a partnership to develop the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE). The ACE offers a centralized

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) Implementation of CORSIA in the United States

by Dan Williams (FAA Office of Environment and Energy (AEE))  Introduction to CORSIA; U.S. CORSIA Policy and FAA CORSIA MRV Program; Implementation of CORSIA: Progress since 2018; Resources  READ MORE  WATCH RECORDING Click here for more CAAFI webinars, meeting presentations and presentation recordings.

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Liquefaction

by John Holladay and Zia Haq (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and U.S. DOE, Bioenergy Technologies Office) In November 2020, PNNL facilitated an international workshop on HTL for SAF production. Present an overview of findings • Quick overview of HTL • Details from the workshop – research opportunities • Examples of

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical Conversion and Lignin Utilization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Spero Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can you really convert 50% of lignin carbon into bio-phenols? Spero Renewables is working on exactly that and making polymers and chemicals from lignin bio-phenols. Spero even enables biofuel cost reduction of $1-2 gallons gasoline equivalent. Get the details on the tech behind it, how

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuels and Products from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Waste Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wet waste, municipal sludge residuals, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats/oils/greases – all things we used to throw away, but now can be converted into valuable bioproducts. Check out this illuminating slide guide on BETO’s strategy on organic waste, the problems it solves, converting these

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Do RINs, RFS and EVs Matter to the Fuels Sector?

(NACS)  Renewable Identification Number credits have more of a relationship to fuel demand than you might think. — RINs, RFS and EVs are more than alphabet soup—they all impact the fuels sector. Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) are “a credit that gets attached to every renewable fuel gallon that gets produced

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Stillage Fiber: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Xylome

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At the recent BETO peer review, Xylome shared this illuminating slide guide on making biodiesel precursors from dissolved organics and corn fiber present in grain ethanol stillage by engineering hyper-lipogenic strains of L. starkeyi to express and secrete cellulases and xylanases. See how they demonstrate

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Microalgal Biofuel Intermediates Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering, Heliae, Sandia National Labs and Cal Poly shared how they developed the capability for over 3,700 gal/ac-yrof biofuel intermediates through microalgal strain improvement, mixotrophic approaches and novel conversion technology, demonstrated annual productivity of improved strains, and more.  READ MORE

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Therm vs Ferm – Which Has Bigger Returns?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the battle between THERM vs FERM, today we look at a case study and what technology provides the best yields and returns given the economic conditions and prices of now. Gasify everything? Slice and dice the fractions? Targeted fermentation for high-value markets or “mass with

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

USGC Helps Connect Dots on Corn and Ethanol in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Grains Council recently participated in the biannual Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Maize Summit, at which both Amit Sachdev, USGC representative in India, and Kansas Corn Commission Executive Director Greg Krissek spoke about the potential for corn in India. While

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF Feedstock Availability: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Brazil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Addressing the challenges of sustainable aviation fuel feedstock availability in Brazil, RSB, in collaboration with Agroicone and the University of Campinas, published the outcomes of research into non-crop feedstock availability and potential in Brazil for the production of SAF. The development of this factsheet is

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Economical Cell-free Isobutanol Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biomass derived sugars can be used by engineered microbes to make fuels and chemicals – but Invizyne is looking at alternative methods to improve cellulosic utilization and conversion. Check out their BETO presentation highlighting their tech that uses only enzymes (cell-free) instead of the whole

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Naphthenic Biofuel-Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuel blendstocks is what it’s all about for Dimitris Assanis from SUNY and Ofei Mante from RTI International. Check out their BETO presentation on bioblendstock oils rich in naphthenes produced using catalytic fast pyrolysis and hydrotreating pathway and evaluated for the first time as a

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Jeanne McCaherty’s Testimony to MN House Conference Committee on the Future Fuels Act

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) …  Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy and board member of MN Bio-Fuels, testified in support of the Future Fuels Act to the Minnesota House Conference Committee.  Here’s her testimony in full: … Specifically, we have discussed strategies that can harness the power of our region’s rich agricultural,

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Today’s Fermentation Landscape: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercial Fermentation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From pilot plant to scale-up demo and finally commercialization,Mark Warner shares this illuminating slide guide on what the opportunities and bottlenecks are for commercial fermentation. What’s impeding fermentation’s full potential in the bioeconomy? What’s available now? What’s the forecasted fermentation demand? Are we commercial-ready?  READ

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

United States Announced as Chair of Multilateral Biofuture Platform during Biofuture Summit II

(Biofuture Platform/PR Newswire) – Policy Blueprint was also unveiled to urgently accelerate the growth of the global bioeconomy; – The IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 report published last week has highlighted the critical role that sustainable bioenergy will play in the clean energy transition    —  The United States is in line to

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Trends: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to HVO Tech and Hot Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed last week’s trio of experts from renowned NexantECA, led by ABLC Wolfpack’s own Steve Slome, at DigestConnect, here’s your chance to get the inside look at using CO2, waste plastics and existing infrastructure and equipment to shift to a circular economy. It’s

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Miscanthus Energy Crop Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Miscanthus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Perennial grass miscanthus as an energy crop has advanced into high biomass yielding varieties and NC State University is working with Novozymes, Iogen and Oak Ridge National Lab on evaluating new miscanthus varieties and improving sustainability within the overall miscanthus biomass supply chain.  READ MORE

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Sorghum the Solution?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Bioenergy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone wants to reduce the price of biofuels – and a team from Texas A&M, USDA, AgriLife Research, Mississippi State University and others are working on improving the economics and environmental sustainability of biomass sorghum and energycane production in the southeast U.S. Find out how,

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Plan Seen Erasing Exportable Sugar Surplus

(Business Recorder/Reuters)   India’s government plan to increase ethanol blending in gasoline will erase the country’s exportable sugar surplus in two to three years, according to the chairman of a large Indian company in the sector. Speaking during the Santander ISO Datagro New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference on Tuesday, Samir Somaiya,

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

What Has Productivity 4X as Dense as Corn?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why algae? With biofuel yield 8-13 times larger than corn, well, why not! We took key slides from the 100+ slide deck from this year’s U.S. DOE BETO presentation on the latest goings ons with algae, program goals, portfolio and projects, progress, future plans, and

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Talk Biomass to Politicians

by Jeremy Kalin (Avisen Legal/Biomass Magazine)  Relationships are the currency of politics. Elected officials operate on relationships. Some politicians deserve the cynic view that relationships are only used transactionally, whether for policy wins, reelection endorsements or campaign donations. In my experience, however, nearly every politician is in office to make

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its 2021 Project Peer Review virtually on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Presentations for all sessions can be found in the searchable database below. For more information, including a complete schedule, view the 2021 Project Peer Review Agenda.

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Switching to Switchgrass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Feedstocks in Midwest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bioenergy switchgrass feedstock – can it be the next-generation feedstock we’ve been looking for in the Midwest? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking at perennial bioenergy feedstock production on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. What did they find? What had the highest-yield?

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Winning the Future: Analyzing the CLEAN Future Act and Its Implications for Biofuels

by Jenna Bloxom* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The May 5th, 2021 Congressional hearing of the CLEAN Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector was a veritable marathon of legislative discourse just shy of four hours long as both parties debated what they deemed, in their own succinct if not melodramatic

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas, RNG from Waste Is a Hit: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Greenlane Renewables made headlines this week when it reported record revenue growth of over 300% in Q1 2021 over Q1 2020. Ok, 317% to be exact. If that’s not impressive enough, check out this slide guide to get the latest info on this biogas company

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Granholm Discusses DOE’s View of Biofuels during Budget Hearing

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm briefly discussed how biofuels will into the U.S. Department of Energy’s priorities under the Biden administration during a House Committee on Appropriations hearing on May 6. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Energy Water Development and Related Agencies to

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Next-Gen Logistics and Blending: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This U.S. Department of Energy BETO project’s biomass blend concept will allow biorefineries to utilize a much larger proportion of the land within their procurement radius, thereby enabling larger scale, more economically feasible facilities to be constructed and operated. Find out their approach, impact, progress

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

USGC Highlights Ethanol’s Environmental Benefits

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Grains Council is continuing to demonstrate to administration and global stakeholders the environmental benefits of ethanol. Forty countries participated in the Leaders Summit on Climate, held in Washington, DC, April 22-23, 2021. Attendees, including foreign leaders and representatives of many countries that already have

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Is SAF Finally Taking Flight? Slides from ICF Presented at the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office “Accelerating SAF” session at ABLC Digital.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ICF’s managing director for Fuels & Power, Mike McCurdy, prepared one of the most compact reviews of Sustainable Aviation Fuels key metrics and issues we’ve seen in quite some time. These were seen just a few days ago on The World Stage at ABLC Digital

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article
    Webinar: Sustainability in Action – Focus on Flight Departments  —   May 14, 2021   —   ONLINE

Webinar: Sustainability in Action – Focus on Flight Departments — May 14, 2021 — ONLINE

It’s time to move beyond awareness to action. How can flight departments and operators meet their sustainability metrics and what about pricing? How can they support a move to sustainable aviation fuel, and how do they receive tax and other incentive benefits? For carbon offset purchases, what is the difference

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Potential Impact at Scale: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Long lines and gas shortages on the East Coast due to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack is making the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optima work more important than ever. Check out this deep dive on what they do within Co-Optima to identify the value of performance

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Accelerating Biofuels Depolyment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optima’s Bioblendstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With all the talk lately of gas prices and shortages due to the Texas freeze earlier this year, it’s good to see lots of research and innovation coming with better bioblendstocks for our vehicles. Check out this illuminating slide guide from the 2021 BETO Project

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrous versus Anhydrous Ethanol in Gasoline

by Hans Keuken (Process Design Center)  Hydrous ethanol can be distilled up to 3.5 volume% water (limit = azeotrope); • Anhydrous ethanol is further dehydrated to contain less water typically < 1%; • Dehydration units require additional capital & operating cost (energy); • Brazilian prices in US$/ltr. can be found

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

From DNA Storage to Net Zero Carbon: The 10 Biggest WOW’s of ABLC’s Closing Day

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the online sessions of ABLC have drawn to a close. This week, delegates around the world will be joining in the ABLC Lounges for person to person networking. The final day of on-stage presentations was the best — including Aspirations for a Fragile Plant,

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Skor Discusses Key Priorities to Drive Biofuel Demand

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor kicked off the event with a speech that framed the future of biofuels by addressing three key priorities to drive biofuel demand: building out access to higher blends nationwide, positioning biofuels as a climate solution in policy discussions, and expanding consumer

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil Favoring Biofuels over EVs to Cut Emissions

(Argus Media) Brazil is favoring biofuels over electric vehicles (EVs) as the government maps out its long-term decarbonization strategy for the transport sector. While other countries are pursuing aggressive EV strategies, Brazil’s government has expressed its commitment to a biofuels-based darcarbonization plan, bringing it in line with the position of the biofuels industry. “Increased electrification

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Biggest WOWs from Day 4 of ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 4 of ABLC is now complete, with 26 more speakers completing their trips to the digital stage. Thursday’s agenda included some of the hottest topics — The Department of Energy Horizons, the future of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, the technologies and projects in Green

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Research & Communications for Building Trust in Sustainably-Sourced Biomass

by Keith L. Kline (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Many challenges remain to build public confidence in the role of biomass in sustainable, climate-smart, circular economies.  How can we best – •Effectively communicate research to broad audiences? •Build trust in science and understanding of how the scientific process works? •Appropriately communicate

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing America’s Energy Future: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO leadership representatives shared this illuminating slide guide during Earth Week recently discussing plastics recycling initiatives, waste-to-energy efforts, engaging farmers as clean energy partners, carbon dioxide utilization, advancements in marine and aviation biofuels, and more.  READ MORE During Earth Week BETO leadership detailed the Office mission and

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Rockin’ RNG, Buildin’ Biogas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Transportation and the natural gas grid are two of the hardest sectors to decarbonize according to Greenlane Renewables, and Greenlane is looking at renewable natural gas as a solution. What used to be a niche is now a more mainstream drop-in substitute for natural gas.

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Fossil-free Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates, Coatings & Adhesives: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Covestro

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As one of the world’s largest polymer companies, Covestro is looking at being more sustainable. But how exactly? How are they innovating to transform industries like automotive, construction, wood processing, electronics, cosmetics and more? From polyurethanes to polycarbonates. READ MORE

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, it was day 2 of ABLC with more presentations covering companies, technologies, updates, priorities, programs, economics and research. From net zero carbon, renewable commitments, California LCFS, sustainable aviation fuel, Bio-LPG, and more, there was no lack of startling factoids, exciting news and massive progress

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 1 of ABLC is now complete, with 18 presentations covering more than 60 companies and technologies as well as comprehensive updates from major supply chain companies and four presentations on priorities, programs, economics and research from the United States Department of Agriculture. Here

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Tech, Markets, Apps, Key Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin. Yes, you can make almost anything out of it, and money. What’s the newest tech and applications? Where are the markets where key players are changing outcomes for some of the world’s most abundant polymers? Jack Miller of Biobased Markets takes us right into

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Lignin Fractioning & Refining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen COO Matti Heikkilä takes us inside the technology in this illuminating slide guide. Find out what’s behind their inspiration, the bioprocessing tech behind next gen biorefineries, how to de-bottleneck a biorefinery, the possibilities with enzymatic lignin refining, their commercial road map, and more.  READ

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, Highwater Ethanol Host Virtual Plant Tour For Sleepy Eye High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Highwater Ethanol hosted a virtual plant visit for 10 students from Sleepy Eye High School on April 20.  During the virtual plant visit, the students, from the school’s Natural Resources class, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Regan Defends EPA Budget Boost, Role of Ethanol and Biofuels in Emissions Reduction

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) … On the issue of biofuels, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, pressed (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael) Regan on the administration’s views on the future of ethanol, expressing her concern about the fact that advanced biofuels are commonly the first technology referenced in conversations on the subject

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydroflex Tech for Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to transform almost any renewable feedstock into drop-in, ultra-low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Ready for greenfield projects, refinery add-ons and conversions — how does it work. What’s the impact on economics, cetane, cold flow

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

SfL Lauds Biden’s Recognition of Ag’s Role in Stemming Climate Change

(Solutions from the Land)  In his speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, President Biden acknowledged the role of farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in the effort to stem climate change. Among the many steps he said various interests are taking to curb the change in climate are agricultural

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting Chevrolet Volt To Run On E85 Is Easy

by Mark Kane (Inside EVs) The first generation Chevrolet Volt engine runs on gasoline, but as it turns out it can run on ethanol blends up to E85, as well. The switch to E85 is simpler than one might think because GM left ready-to-go software installed and all you need to

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biosolutions for Ag, Industrial & Consumers: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Just released yesterday, this Novozymes Q1 presentation shows their microbes and industrial enzymes business is off to a good start with solid Q1 results with 3% organic sales growth and strong earnings. Get details on their closing of Microbiome Labs acquisition, new product launches, COVID-18 uncertainty,

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel Fuel Highlighted as a Low-Carbon, Proven and Available Climate Change Solution

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Industry leaders Neste, Renewable Energy Group and the National Biodiesel Board affirmed the significant opportunity for biofuels in a carbon constrained future compared to electrification and other approaches  — Low-cost, low-carbon but high greenhouse gas reducing impact describes the opportunity for using biobased diesel fuel as helping achieve

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

How Much Can Farming Address Climate Change?

by Kinsie Rayburn (Trust in Food) During Day 1 of our 2021 Trust In Food Symposium: Regenerative Reset event held in February, Trust In Food posed the question, “How much can farming address climate change?” In this 90-minute session, moderated by Trust In Food’s Executive Vice President Amy Skoczlas Cole, we heard from Dr. Jonathan

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Valero Moves further into Low-Carbon Fuels Space to Match Growing Demand

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Ethanol carbon sequestration will lower CI; DGD renewable diesel expansion online end 2021; Renewable diesel sales expected to grow  —  Valero sees growing demand for low-carbon fuels and will continue to seek out projects which reduce carbon intensity while delivering financial returns to their

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from FOG and Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SMES Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fats, oils and grease are used today more than ever before – we’re talkin’ billions and billions of gallons – and Smisson Mathis Energy Solutions is converting this waste into biodiesel. See the latest progress on their East Dublin, Georgia biodiesel facility, plans for building

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Poop to Power – Renewable Natural Gas from Manure: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Just in time for Earth Day today, there is major progress in the manure-only to RNG side of the Biogas business. Vanguard Renewables’ Rick Royston shared this slide guide with new projects in Colorado and Georgia, more on the way, and a powerful new revenue

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass to Sugar Conversion Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Enzymes for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Get the latest on thermochemical pretreatment and enzymatic reactions for biofuels and biochemicals production from Rajesh Gupta from Lee Enterprises Consulting in this illuminating slide guide. From lignocellulosic and algal biomass, comparison of popular pretreatment methods, supplemental and hydrolyzing enzymes, and more. READ MORE biorefiner

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Biochemicals, Biorefining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM Biofore

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From UPM Biorefining to UPM Biochemicals this investor presentation dives into UPM Biofore’s strategy in the bioeconomy, latest financials in various business areas, outlook for 2021, investments in next gen biochemicals, progress on biofuels including sustainable jet fuel, and more.  READ MORE 

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Bio-advantaged Fuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Co-optima focuses on improved efficiency, performance and reduced pollution from ground transportation. Anthe George from Sandia National Labs shared this illuminating slide guide on the latest data and research from the U.S. Department of Energy Co-Optima team that is addressing those goals by evaluating fuels,

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Beyond Ethanol to Proteins, Carbon Capture, Clean Sugar Tech, Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Transforming traditional ethanol into an ag tech sustainable biorefinery platform, is what Green Plains is focused on today. Dive into their transformation which they call Green Plains 2.0, latest investments in critical technology, acquisitions and partnerships, recent and planned milestones, their vision for the Biorefinery of

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

BETO’s Bioenergy Data Workshop: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s EnergyEfficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released the workshop summary report from the virtual event they hosted last summer that discussed how to collect and valorize underused bioenergy datasets and associated knowledge, with the goal of

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it,

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Derisking Capital Market Investment in Biomass

(Ecostrat) The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Inc. hosted a webinar where Ecostrat’s CEO Jordan Solomon, along with an extremely knowledgeable panel discussed Derisking Capital Market Investment in Biomass. The panel included John Plaza, President and CEO, SkyNRG Americas, Inc., Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP, and Chris Tindal, Assistant Director and

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Emissions, Mileage, New Data: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs vs. ICE

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a special look at new hard data on EVs vs IC engines — what the recent Wall Street Journal review missed! It was an exclusive to the DigestConnect last week but here’s your chance to see the full slides on emissions, fuels, octane, mileage,

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

NBAA Welcomes Increased Capitol Hill Focus on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(National Business Aviation Association/Biobased Diesel Daily)  On March 30, the National Business Aviation Association recognized a bipartisan congressional request to the Government Accountability Office for a study exploring effective policy measures to expand awareness, availability and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). “This study offers an opportunity to answer the industry’s

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

RFS Won’t Expire Next Year, Volume Requirements in Limbo

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News)  The clock on the Renewable Fuel Standard won’t run out at the end of 2022 when it resets, but industry leaders wonder how the Environmental Protection Agency will set volume requirements for 2023. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper calls the RFS “an absolute winner.”

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Algae Oil, Lignin, Plastics, Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Conventional Fuels from Unconventional Sources

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Southwest Research Institute’sEloy Flores, Assistant Director R&D in Chemical Engineering, shared this illuminating slide guide on SwRI’s work with alternative fuels technology and all steps from idea/concept, engine testing to pilot plant, scale up and transformation to the commercial plant.  READ MORE Malaysia sends back

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Rapid Advancements in Carbon Dioxide Capture – A Roundtable

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator) On March 9, 2021 the Chemical Sciences Roundtable hosted a webinar titled Advances in Chemistry of CO2 Capture. The Chemical Sciences Roundtable is an initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide a science-oriented, apolitical forum for discussing chemically related issues and to promote the exchange

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum Features CEO Panel

(AgNewsWire) The 16th Annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum last week, hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska, featured an industry CEO panel that discussed some of the most pressing topics in the renewable fuels space. Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) interim director Pam Miller moderated the panel with American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

A Better Way to Recycle CFRP: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Mild Chemical Recycling of Thermoset Composites

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From current carbon fiber recycling methods to the way of the future– mild chemical recycling – this slide guide from Washington State University researchers is one you won’t want to miss. Their latest research on chemical treatment under mild conditions of epoxy composites dives into

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

High Level Conference on Synthetic SAF — February 8, 2021 — ONLINE

To speed-up the European dialogue on Synthetic SAF and offer a stage to a range of initiatives, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, will host an Online High Level Conference on Synthetic SAF. The goal is to create favorable conditions in order to ramp up the

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Battle between Biochar & Activated Carbon: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The same yet different. That’s biochar and activated carbon – both are carbon-based porous material and are the active agent in a separation process, but they also have significant differences. Check out this illuminating slide guide from William Naylor at Lee Enterprises Consulting on the

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to the Disappearing Gas Tax

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like magic, it’s the ‘disappearing’ gasoline tax on just the non-renewable portion of transportation fuel. Bob Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions looks at how this can fund a renaissance in new technology for bio-based fuels, how the disappearing fee uses can reduce biomass input costs,

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol Seeking EU and Spanish Funding for More than 30 Decarbonization Projects

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Spain, Repsol is responding to the Spanish government’s calls for expressions of interest with a portfolio of 30 projects, amounting to a total investment of €5.959 billion and “combining technology, decarbonization, and the circular economy with job creation and geographical balance.” This portfolio includes proposals for

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

The Tech, Markets, Apps, Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pyrolysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What can Pyrolysis produce that’s sustainable and affordable? Technology, markets, applications, key players, what’s here and what’s coming. Check out this deep-dive into pyrolysis, including the hot new field of plastic pyrolysis for advanced fuels using “second chance carbon” and more in this special Digest

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Nanochem for Biofuels and Batteries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Sylvatex

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Energy and transportation sectors need renewable solutions, and Sylvatex is using green nanochemistry to turn renewable feedstocks into sustainable solutions for the $2+ trillion market. What is their proprietary tech MicroX? How does it turn renewable materials and byproducts from existing facilities into low-carbon diesel, lower-cost

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

New Informational Video Explores Technical Details of TCI-P Allowance Market, Auctions, and Compliance

(Transportation and Climate Initiative) The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) today shared a pre-recorded informational webinar exploring the logistics of the proposed Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P), which aims to put a brake on transportation pollution and invest in healthier communities and cleaner, more equitable transportation. The webinar includes presentations

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Feedstock Development, Production, Management: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Feedstock Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From switchgrass, sorghum or sugarcane, feedstock development, genomics, and crops improvement abound with USDA’s help at the Biomass Research Center. Rob Mitchell, Research Leader and Research Agronomist at USDA ARS, shares all about the latest ethanol and biofuel feedstock innovations in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Case Study of Proposal for 100% Biodiesel School Buses

by Ahmed Abdellah* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This video presentation compares the carbon footprint of school buses retrofitted with a system to enable use of 100% biodiesel with electric buses.  It uses a case study of a proposal for 100% biodiesel school buses for Howard County, Maryland, public schools using the

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

RNG and Renewable Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is building 45 mgy “Carbon Zero” renewable diesel/jet fuel plants in California using negative CI hydrogen and expanding a -416 carbon intensity dairy RNG project that replaces petroleum diesel – all this on top of expanding 65 mgy biofuels plant in California and 50

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Regan: EPA to Get RFS Back on Track What the Broader Economy Can Learn From Climate Work Done in Agriculture

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) One day after EPA granted deadline extensions to refiners to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the Biden administration will be working to get the RFS back on track this year. On Tuesday, EPA announced it would extend deadlines for

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Latest Lignin Tech, Markets, Applications, Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Want the inside scoop on a new market study on lignin, Lignin 2021: A Pivotal Year, about to be published by Jack Miller? If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, here’s your chance to get an advance look at the technologies, applications, markets, and players that

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Podcast: Biofuels and the Future of Transportation | Episode 22

by John Eichberger, Cassie Mullen and Troy Bredenkamp (Fuels Institute/Renewable Fuels Association) While there’s no doubt that electric vehicles will have a progressively larger role in the future of transportation and in reaching the goal of decarbonizing transportation, is it the only solution? Conventional corn and conventional corn-based ethanol production has

March 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Checking Your Environmentals: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Wildlife & Natural Resource Considerations in Bioeconomy Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to evaluate the economic and biological effects of bioenergy production and potential impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat? Certified Wildlife Biologist Dr. Susan Rupp shares how to look at the environmental impact of projects, how to succeed at Permitting Your Project ensuring environmental sustainability,

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Options: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Transforming a 1st-Gen Biorefinery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) David Dodds of the ABLC Due Diligence Wolfpack shared this illuminating slide guide at DigestConnect last week on new technologies that can transform 1G refineries – Carbon Capture, hand sanitizers and other new compounds, advanced protein, adding cellulosic feedstocks, greening supply chains. Let’s analyze the options

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Filling Station in Turin Becomes Northwest Italy’s First to Offer Biogas

(IVECO/NGV Journal) The collaboration between IVECO, ENGIE, and VULCANGAS has reached an important milestone, just a year after the opening of a natural gas station on Strada delle Cascinette, in Turin: it has become now the first filling station in Northwest Italy to supply bio-LNG and Bio-CNG. The station is mainly

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biochem at Scale: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Circa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve got the latest Circa presentation that dives into the world’s only scalable production process for several high value biochemicals. Yesterday’s top story was about Circa’s landmark IPO, and today this slide guide talks tech of converting biomass into high value biochemicals, the current global

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuel Industry Experts Share Expectations for 2021

by Steve Klein (C Store Decisions/Renewable Energy Group) … The transportation industry will be a key factor in reaching those goals. There are also many new policies being debated. New York is considering a low-carbon fuel standard similar to California’s. Many believe this is the year Washington State will pass a

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what Greenlane Renewables is all about. From the renewable natural gas ecosystem, market

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Producing More with Less: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BD and BDO Zones

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trends to watch, emerging companies and tech platforms, and will sustainability drive the value proposition? James Iademarco, Strategic Avalanche’s President shared this illuminating slide guide on some emerging biological players and tech in microbial biopesticides, biofertilizers, precision ag, nutrient use efficiency, and more. READ MORE

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Diesel Technology Forum Comments on Senate EPW Committee Hearing on Climate/Building Back Better

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum) Diesel is part of the solution for tackling climate change, growing the economy and delivering cleaner air now. — In Re:  February 23 Hearing “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.” … Leverage

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Looking ahead to Second-Generation Biofuels

by Janet Kubat Willette (Farm Progress) Madhu Khanna, distinguished professor of environmental economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, says that CRP acres have the potential to produce harvestable bioenergy crops. Speaking at a Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics webinar earlier this year, Khanna addressed the food v. fuel debate and

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

5 Key Tech Takeaways: Highlights from Tech Presented at ABLC 2020

by Iacovos Vasalos (Center for Research and Technology-Hellas/Biofuels Digest) This report summarizes highlights from the ABLC 2020 Biofuels Digest Virtual Conference, which took place in July 7-10, 2020. (And if you haven’t already registered for this year’s ABLC Digital on May 3-7, 2021, check it out now here.) There were almost 100

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

LCFS Upcoming Reporting: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LCFS

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up with Low Carbon Fuel Standards? Stefan Unnasch of Life Cycle Associates & Lee Enterprises Consulting gives us the scoop on upcoming reporting, LCFS verification requirements, common biofuel fuel pathway questions, and more.  READ MORE DigestConnect #46 – E-Fuels, Low Carbon Fuel Standards  We’re joined

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Reactors for Producing Lower Carbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to E-Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at E-Fuel’s reactors for producing lower cost, lower carbon for power, ethanol, hydrogen, and jet fuel, with E-Fuel CEO Tom Quinn. Details on their rejected energy reactor, losers and winners, and converting rejected energy into mechanical energy. READ MORE DigestConnect #46 –

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article
    Advancing Synergistic Waste Utilization as Biofuels Feedstocks: Preprocessing, Co-products, and Sustainability Workshop   —   April 14-15, 2021   —   ONLINE

Advancing Synergistic Waste Utilization as Biofuels Feedstocks: Preprocessing, Co-products, and Sustainability Workshop — April 14-15, 2021 — ONLINE

On April 14–15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a workshop to discuss municipal solid waste streams as a feedstock for biofuels. BETO recognizes that waste streams are promising, but they must meet cost, quality, and sustainability targets for broad utilization. This free workshop

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Drives Fleet Operations to Be Better, Cleaner, Now!

(National Biodiesel Board)  2021 NTEA Fleet Purchasing Outlook Reveals Strong Demand for Biodiesel Among Fleets — In a multitude of ways, the past year has drawn into sharp focus the important interrelationships between public health, the environment, and the economy.  Yet through all the challenges presented by a global pandemic, extreme

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

India Has Advanced the Target for Increasing Ethanol Blending Levels: PM

by Twesh Mishra (Business Standard) The PM also talked about the growing share of non-fossil sources in India’s installed capacity of electricity, rising to 38 per cent —  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India has advanced the target for increasing the ethanol blending levels from 2030 to 2025. He said this while delivering

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Fuel’s Role in Reducing Emissions Adds to Production Need

by Graham Warwick (Aviation Week)  … The scale-up challenge is enormous. Barely 0.01% of the 96 billion gal. (364 billion liters) of jet fuel consumed by the world’s airlines in 2019 was sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). But announced projects should boost production from just 60 million gal. in 2020 to

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Firms Bet on Hydrogen Boom, but Payday Far Away

by Ron Bousso, Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Governments and energy companies are placing large bets on clean hydrogen playing a leading role in efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but its future uses and costs are highly uncertain. “Without hydrogen by 2050 we cannot aim to be a net zero (carbon) economy,”

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

OPINION: Conference Panel Looks at Challenge of Retailer Future

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association) … ”Our main concern is the policymakers’ stance on electrification and putting all their eggs in that basket,” said Greg Jones, director of business development at Pearson Fuels. “E85 can be that bridge between now and where they want to be. The way the industry

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Role as a Net-Zero Hero

(Ag Newswire) This edition of the Ethanol Report explores ethanol’s role as a “net-zero hero” with highlights from the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC). The report includes remarks from David MacIntosh, Environmental Health & Engineering Inc.; Stefan Unnasch with Life Cycle Associates; and Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Leaders Highlight Policy, Feedstock Innovation in Industry’s Future

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Industry leaders talked up the future of biofuels in the energy transition at IHS Markit’s virtual CERAWeek conference on Monday, noting that policy incentives and feedstock innovation will be crucial going forward. The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is expected to be a long one, making

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

SDFU Calls for Repeal & Replace of Fuel Economy Rule to Include Octane and Higher Ethanol Blends

by Rusty Halvorson (KFGO) Speaking at the National Farmers Union National Convention February 26, 2021, South Dakota Chapter President Doug Sombke said ethanol advocates need to prioritize support for a high octane standard in the new fuel economy rule that could triple demand for ethanol over the next decade. Sombke and NFU

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Leaders Highlight Policy, Feedstock Innovation in Industry’s Future

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Industry leaders talked up the future of biofuels in the energy transition at IHS Markit’s virtual CERAWeek conference on Monday, noting that policy incentives and feedstock innovation will be crucial going forward. The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is expected to be a long one, making

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Transport Ministers Call for Accelerated EU-Wide Deployment and Mandates for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) Eight European transport ministers have called for a harmonised, long-term strategy to decarbonising the air transport sector to include ramping up the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through an EU-wide blending mandate. Hosting a high-level virtual conference, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora

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