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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

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

European Collaboration Projects Plan a Circular Route to Producing Synthetic Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) A recent high-level conference hosted by the Dutch government focused on the potential of synthetic aviation fuels, also called power-to-liquid (PtL) or e-fuels, to significantly lower the aviation sector’s carbon footprint (see article). The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, announced KLM had undertaken the

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Utilise CO2? The Nominees for the Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021” Have the Answers!

(nova-Institute) Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) is one of the most obvious solutions to further reduce CO2 emissions, but it is yet still hardly exploited. However, these six nominated technologies turn CO2 into value: ethanol, methanol, polyols, surfactants or syngas – the audience will choose the winner at the “9th Conference on CO2-based

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Hearing on Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

(U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee)  House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott delivered the following statement at today’s hearing on Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors: …  Our farmers, ranchers, and forest managers understand these risks, and they are the first to experience the pressures of a

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

UMD Collaborates Internationally to Convert an Invasive Weed into Biogas and Animal Feed in Nigeria

(University of Maryland)  Research and Extension project addresses environmental and human health concerns, providing new economic opportunities to the Hadejia Valley region  — As part of an ongoing project years in the making, Richard Kohn of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland is collaborating internationally to provide

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Ethanol to Green Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to SBI Bioenergy’s Gölu H2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ethanol producers have a new option– green hydrogen made from renewable ethanol! If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from SBI BioEnergy on their Gölu H2 hydrogen production technology producing double the hydrogen you’d expect, a look at green hydrogen opportunities,

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Magical CO2 Misting: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CO2 GRO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember your grandma’s tale of talking to plants to help make them grow better? Well, that’s actually true – CO2 helps plants grow up to 30% more and now a company called CO2 GRO is using aqueous CO2 misting that uses 90% less CO2 and

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol as Essential Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2021 Ethanol Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The hot-off-the-press Renewable Fuels Association’s 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook focuses on ethanol as an ‘essential energy’ to address the challenges of climate change, food and energy security, and rural prosperity. Now in its 22nd year, it provides key statistics, trends, and analysis on the latest

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol Shares E15 Equipment Compatibility Expertise During Virtual Hearing

(Grainnet) In testimony presented during a virtual Minnesota Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy Committee hearing on S.F. 944, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty used his fuel retailing experience and expertise to share insights on E15 equipment compatibility with existing infrastructure. The bill would increase Minnesota’s minimum biofuel

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Highlights from the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference: Ethanol Report 2-19-21

(Energy.AgWired.com) This edition of the Ethanol Report features highlights from the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).  First, we hear some of Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper’s annual  State of the Industry address focusing on ethanol as essential energy. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) discusses her Next Generation Fuels

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

NCERC Exploring New Uses for Corn

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) The director of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center says they have some big research projects in the works paving the way to new uses for US corn. John Caupert tell Brownfield they are finding more and more products can be made from corn

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Expert Provides Outlook for Biofuels as Energy Transition Takes Place

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … During a National Ethanol Conference virtual panel Wednesday, Dr. Daniel Yergin referred to earlier energy transitions that traditionally were driven by technology, economics, and some government policy. … Yergin believes electric vehicles will be a fixture in the energy transition, but he also

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Agriculture Innovation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increase agricultural production while decreasing environmental footprint – that’s the goal in a nuthsell, but check out this slide guide on 5 key USDA themes, USDA’s latest innovation contributions like a new sustainable diesel fuel additive modified from Tung Oil, a guayule plant concept tire,

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Tapping New Markets for Higher Ethanol Blends

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The case for higher ethanol blends to lower emissions is stronger than ever and retailers are more receptive than ever. Renewable Fuels Association Director of Market Development Cassie Mullen led a panel discussion during the digital National Ethanol Conference this week focused on tapping new markets for higher blends. Her panelists

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Ethanol Industry Outlook Focuses on Essential Energy for Tomorrow’s Challenges

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide today during the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference. The annual publications and conference all share a common theme: Essential Energy. A related video also debuted at the event. “As you review the 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook, I hope you do so

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Separation Tech for Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sulzer Chemtech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the latest separation technologies for biobased product applications like biofuels, biochemicals, biopolymers? Dr. Singh from Sulzer Chemtech USA shared this illuminating slide guide on their distillation, evaporation, membrane, extraction, crystallization and polymerization technologies, CO2 absorption using their unique mass-transfer equipment, and more. READ

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman

A poem by Amanda Gorman explains the purpose of our work: … For it is the obscure, the oppressed, the poor,  Who when the disaster Is declared done, Still suffer more than anyone.  Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time, … Where despite disparities We all care

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Provides Essential Energy for Meeting Global Challenges

(Renewable Fuels Association) Just as ethanol has played an essential role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the low-carbon fuel will also serve as essential energy for combatting climate change, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said today at the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference. “As COVID cases began to

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Renewable Hydrogen Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to SBI BioEnergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Started in 1998 as SBI Fine Chemicals, then in 2009 SBI BioEnergy to commercialize renewable liquid fuel tech to just last year pivoting to gölu H2 to commercialize renewable hydrogen tech, check out this illuminating slide guide to find out how they are advancing green

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels and the Technologies, Constraints and Burgeoning Demand

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s been a rough 2020 for aviation with COVID-19’s impact on travel. Yet, climate goals remain in place, and the pivot from petroleum to renewable fuels continues, the sky is in focus. 2021 has started off with dramatic advances. So who’s making what, where, when, how and who’s

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Going beyond the utilization of difficult to process solid waste feedstocks to produce advanced, sustainable biofuels, Velocys is also now using carbon capture usage and storage of CO2 at their plants that will enable net negative emissions transportation fuels. Find out the limits, the scale-up

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop Summary Report

(U.S. Deprtment of Energy) The Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, gathered experts in the fields of waste management, solid materials handling, and biofuel and bioproduct development and production to give presentations. The workshop explored the potential of using the various

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing Interest in Carbon Markets Coming from All Sides

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) Interest and growth in carbon market programs is booming.  A recent ecosystem markets webinar hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership had more than 1600 participants registered with more than 600 questions submitted ahead of time. Speaker Kari Hernandez, Global Head of Carbon Operations and Offer Marketing with Indigo

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Discusses Mission and New Educational Resources in DigestConnect Presentation

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, described the new educational materials developed by the organization in response to the Covid-19 pandemic-influenced need for online, user-friendly resources with basic information for a wide audience.  Appearing on DigestConnect, a weekly webinar hosted by Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest,

February 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Innovations in Bioprocess Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA’s Bruce Dien shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 focusing on the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois and recent success of NCAUR research. From biorefineries, advanced ethanol and biobutanol, biomass related research in corn, pennycress, napiergrass, cellulosic biofuels, fermentation,

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Opportunities for Marine Sector: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ORNL

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Mike Kass shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 as part of the marine and heavy duty biofuel opportunities panel. Dive into marine cargo vessel fuels, the advantages of using biofuels in the maritime sector, feedstock conversion routes, some biofuel

February 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainability Plan 2030: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Avantium just released its Sustainability Plan ‘Chain Reaction 2030’, highlighting the company’s ambitious vision to achieve a fossil-free chemical industry by 2050. By outlining future plans and next steps alongside a series of case studies, Chain Reaction 2030 demonstrates the actions Avantium will take to

February 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting Waste Biomass to Biochem, Biofuels, Biopolymers: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Nova Pangaea Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Circular economies need feasible circular technologies – and newer company from the UK, Nova Pangaea is making huge strides towards commercialization. Check out this slide guide from Nova Pangaea CTO Neil Hindle who has the lowdown on how their REFNOVA tech and 2G process for

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

50 Renewable Diesel Projects and the Technologies Behind Them

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable diesel, all 9 billion gallons built, under construction, in planning – Take a deep dive into the latest hot renewable diesel news and a special Digest presentation that asks will all of these billions of gallons fleet get built? If not, who are the potential

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Reinventing and Refining the Corn Kernel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Plains recently acquired Fluid Quip Technologies with ag tech the cornerstone of their transformation strategy and a focus on meeting the growing global demand for protein, corn oil and high-purity alcohol. Check out their latest slide guide to get more details on their Fluid

February 8, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2021 Explores the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Energy Mix through 2050

(U.S. Department of Energy) The United States will likely take years to return to 2019 levels of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions following the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy and global energy sector, according to projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021).

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Balancing Traditional Refinery Operations with New Renewable Ventures

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Sees Q1 2021 gasoline demand 90% of Q1 2020; STAR project continues at Galveston Bay, TX, refinery; Dickinson, ND RD plant to reach full rates end-Q1  —  US refiner Marathon Petroleum is embracing the renewable energy space as it looks to cut its carbon footprint, while positioning

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical, Deacetylation and Mechanical Refining Process: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Biomass Deconstruction

What does an ideal biomass deconstruction process need? Find out in this illuminating slide guide from Xiaowen Chen, Senior Chemical Engineer in the Catalytic Carbon Transformation and Scale-up Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Also take a peek into NREL’s deacetylation and mechanical refining process, how it improves fermentation yields,

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Are Electric Vehicles Really a Threat to Biofuels?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Plug-in hybrids, all-electric vehicles, electric buses– are they really a threat to biofuels? In this illuminating slide guide from Raymond James, get details on EV economics, charging infrastructure, electric aviation and more and find out if EVs are really threatening the future of biofuels. READ

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

What’s the Future for SAF: Web Conference Recording and Highlights

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) … Additional efficiency improvements in planes and engines are not likely to be enough and will require lower carbon fuels also known as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), as alternative energy vectors, such as hydrogen, will not be sufficiently developed and deployed by 2050 to significantly

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Supply, Projects, Policy, Challenges, Trends: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Making green hydrogen from water via electrolysis, or from waste — what’s real in the projects being discussed, the applications, the sources? What’s not going to happen, soon (or ever), are the end markets stronger in chemistry, hydrotreating, or fuel cells? 1898 & Co.’s Dave

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

At National Meetings of Biodiesel Board and Diesel Specialists, Diesel Tech Forum Sounds Clarion Call for Diesel’s Future

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … As we envision a greater national focus on attacking climate change in the coming year, advanced diesel engines and biodiesel and renewable diesel must be included as key strategies. They are available, affordable, proven and deliver substantial near-term reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions across

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Cleaner Driving with Cleaner Fuel Economic & Environmental Benefits of Ethanol Blends

(Metropolitan Energy Center) Poor air quality is a problem for tens of millions of Americans. And we can’t address dirty air – and the health risks that come with it – until we make transportation cleaner. One approach is already here, and it’s as simple as which nozzle you pick

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

New Online Educational Series about Renewable Fuels—“30/30” Package Includes 30 Minute Online Presentation plus Materials for Directed Discussion about Renewable Fuels and the Circular Economy

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Need to learn or teach about renewable fuels and the circular economy? About biofuels? Find what you need in this new series of 30 minute recorded presentations that come with a package of supporting materials for 30 minute directed discussions or self-study. Produced by internationally respected nonprofit

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Set to Stage Key Side Event For World Food Security Summit Next Week

(Solutions from the Land) Solutions from the Land (SfL) has been selected by organizers of a global food security summit next week to hold a side event which will spotlight systems and practices farmers are using to deliver high value solutions to improve food and nutrition security. The side event, which,

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymes, Lignin Transformed into Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sugar-based bioplastics and lignin-based composites, resins, adhesives, and foams are already here, MetGen’s COO Matti Heikkilä. Find out what else he had to say at the recent DigestConnect about enabling novel biobased materials and renewable chemicals from lignin and more.  READ MORE DigestConnect 40 –

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste Wood to Wonders: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Futurity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Starting with wood waste or low-grade logs, Futurity uses pretreatment, Sweetwater Energy tech, MetGen’s tech and converts waste wood to worthwhile wonders like paints, packaging, coatings, and thermal energy. If you missed DigestConnect last week, check out this slide guide that covers how they are

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 5: Why Biofuels? Diving Deeper into the Benefits of Renewable Fuels, and Their Many Benefits to Society

by Hannah DelSordo*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fifth episode of “Just A Minute (or So) about Renewable Fuels” focuses on the environmental and geopolitical benefits of using renewable fuels. It is vital to look towards renewable fuels in order to reduce carbon emissions and create diversity in our energy sources.

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

New RFA Staffer in DC, 10 Years of Ethanol Safety, and Crappie Masters 2021

(Ethanol Report 1-28-21/Energy.AgWired.com) In this edition of the Ethanol Report , we hear from three Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) staff members about the organization’s efforts in advocacy, safety, and education.   Troy Bredenkamp is RFA’s brand new Senior Vice President for Government & Public Affairs in the Washington D.C. office and he

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Scaled to Feedstock: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem & Saola Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Unlocking value at traditional biorefineries is like the holy grail. A partnership between NextChem and Saola Energy has unlocked smaller-scale conversion of corn oil to renewable diesel, with economics that work — already, biorefineries have shifted from being corn oil feedstock suppliers to entering into

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Plans to Build ‘Relationships’ with President Biden to Protect Biofuels

by John Steppe (The Gazette/SoutherMinn.com)  Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking forward to “building those same relationships” with President Joe Biden and his Environmental Protection Agency staff that she had with the Trump administration to protect biofuels, Reynolds said during Tuesday’s virtual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. … “I will hold this

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy-Dense Liquids, Drop-in Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tying in with today’s top story, this is one slide guide you don’t want to miss from Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO who recently shared this with investors. From the latest in market traction and demand for Gevo fuels, their first world scale project in South

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Press Release: Advanced Biofuels USA’s “Disappearing Carbon Tax” Proposal Part of The CLEEN Project

For Immediate Release January 27, 2021—Frederick, MD — With so much talk about carbon taxes, carbon pricing, carbon cost and highway user fees, Advanced Biofuels USA’s proposal for a “Disappearing” Carbon Tax, is part of  today’s launch of The CLEEN Project’s co-operative database, a searchable collection of actionable ideas to combat climate change,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Pivot under Biden

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Ethanol advocates are pushing for the new Biden administration to boost the portion of each gallon of gasoline that comes from corn. … WHAT WILL BIDEN DO ABOUT BIOFUELS?President Joe Biden’s plan to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure and speed adoption of EVs will hasten the

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

C02 as Feedstock!: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon to Value Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Carbontech—technologies that capture and convert CO2 into valuable end products or services is hot right now in attempts to make the planet not so hot with climate change. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from the Carbon to Value Initiative,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Industry on the “RISE” in 2021

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB experts share how industry continues to “Rise” to any challenge — The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is on the “RISE”. This week the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) hosted more than 550 biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates virtually to share the

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability with a focus on reduction in vessel and port air emissions. One

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Recording and Highlights from the ARPA-E Web Conference: “Changing What’s Possible for a Sustainable Future”

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  Thanks to all of you who attended the recent webinar with Dr. David Babson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).  The title of his talk was “Changing what’s possible for a sustainable future,” which included a topic that is top of mind for

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Now Is the Time to Cut Carbon with Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) … Time is of the essence as OEMs and fleets across the country take a fresh look at the use of low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel to help reduce emissions in their new and legacy diesel vehicles and equipment and help to slow the progression of climate

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

From Waste to Profits and Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How do you recycle mixed and complex waste? What about waste that can’t be recycled? These are the questions that Mike Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy tackles in this illuminating slide guide that looks at waste generation by region, zero waste goals, FastOx gasification as

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Focus on Biodiesel’s Environmental Benefits

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The environmental benefits of both biodiesel and renewable diesel are in focus this week at the virtual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Matt Herman is the National Biodiesel Board‘s new Director of Environmental Science. Formally with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Renewable Energy Group (REG), Herman has

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting to Neutral Carbon: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Drawdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s A.J. Simon shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 to look at the role that bioeconomy pathways play in drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere. From pathway selection, corn starch, switchgrass, forest residue, and a comparison of their net emissions

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Dan Szeezil of UOP: We’ve Never Been More Active in Renewable Diesel and SAF As We Are Now

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) Following the successful Q&A roundtable discussion on the future of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) last month, I decided to do a video podcast series with several SAF producers and technology developers to get their insight into the future of SAF. First on deck is a

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Barriers abound in the bioeconomy, but this slide guide from Idaho National Lab shows how artificial intelligence and machine learning will lower the barriers to growing a bioeconomy. From biomass supply and logistics to preprocessing and conversion, AI and ML has many applications that can

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable DME: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Taking trash to treasure to a new level, renewable Dimethyl Ethercan be made from animal manure, food and agriculture waste, landfill gas and wood. Oberon Fuels’ President, Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD shared this illuminating slide guide that dives into Oberon’s small-scale production process, the 1st fuel-grade

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 4, Biofuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — A Look into the Historical and Common Uses of Biofuels

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fourth episode of “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on how biofuels have been used throughout history, and their uses as technology progresses. This video is a great tool for teachers, students, and anyone interested in renewables to get a

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas Bull Market of 2021: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The agriculture and waste revolution continues — these are not your Dad’s inputs, or Dad’s outputs either. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman that takes a look at their newest biogas and renewable natural

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL’s Latest on Bio-oils Corrosion and Degradation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting studies for BETO to identify better materials for raw biomass processing, biomass liquefaction, and bio-oil storage. From how important alloy selection is to working on materials issues with developers of new biomass processing systems, check out this slide guide

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Drop-in Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Red Rock Biofuels’ 8-year offtake agreements with FedEx and Southwest Airlines are driving the advanced biofuels production facility to convert waste woody biomass into renewable drop-in jet, diesel and gasoline blendstock fuels at a conversion rate of about 166,000 BDT/year of woody biomass into about

January 9, 2021 Read Full Article

BPPT Exhorts Government to Accelerate Development of Biofuel

(ANTARA)  The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) pressed for the government to speed up the development of biofuel as a better alternative to using fossil fuel. “We have to develop biofuel as a substitute for fossil fuel. We have already conducted several research on biofuel, especially

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

DigestData DeepDive into Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable Energy Group is the largest operator of renewable diesel and biodiesel plants in the US, with 12 refineries and a fast-growing capacity, especially in red-hot renewable diesel. In today’s Digest, we take a DigestData DeepDive™ with Actionable, Relational, Granular, Global Hard Data on REG’s Bioeconomy

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Beyond Electrification: Policy Options for Cutting Carbon Emissions in the Transportation Sector

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Transportation represents the largest direct source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and policymakers are pushing to fully electrify the sector to help meet national climate goals. A webinar on January 6th 2021, hosted by ConservAmerica, discussed different technologies in addition to electrification and policy

January 7, 2021 Read Full Article

AI for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Artificial Intelligence

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) UC Berkeley’s Dr. James Bentley Brown shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC Digital on pattern discovery, the multi-scale analytical requirements of the bioeconomy, examples from a biotic field trial in corn, how artificial intelligence is enabling the engineering of agronomic systems, and more. READ

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Science of Yes – Part 1: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We recently held a DigestConnect webinar on “The Science of Yes” and talked about how we persuade customers, partners, investors, reviewers, employers to join us in industrial biotechnology through messaging and positioning. We were joined by GreyHeron principal Steve Weiss and Amyris Chief Engagement Officer

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … In today’s Digest, we look at the HOTTEST Digest Slide Guides like Corbion’s biobased Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), Gevo’s low carbon drop-in transportation fuels, Neste, an exclusive Digest Q&A with Clariant, and even some hydrogen. Check out what YOU, the readers, found the most

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Carinata for Biofuels, High Protein Feed, Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Nuseed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Nuseed (which acquired Agrisoma last year) has four focus crops – carinata, sorghum, canola and sunflower – sound more like a cooking ingredient list but they are in fact fantastic feedstocks for a range of things including biofuels, non-GMO high protein meal, and great cover

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 20 Stories of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 showed us a lot of things, but one thing it emphasized bigtime is that we are all connected on this planet. A virus spread like wildfire because of our connectedness with each other. If you had predicted we’d be in a global pandemic fighting

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Billion Biodiesel Gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to National Biodiesel Board

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Kurt Kovarik, National Biodiesel Board’s VP of Federal Affairs, at ABLC this summer, check out this slide guide where he outlines NBB’s vision, their new mission of 15 billion gallons of biodiesel by 2050, trends behind those numbers and growth, a look

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Plastics Upcycling, Cleaner Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NextChem is focused on 3 solutions that all tie in together – cleaner hydrogen, biofuels and a circular economy. Find out why and how in this exclusive ABLC slide guide that dives into their low-carbon hydrogen production, biofuels from used cooking oil, animal fats, vegetable

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Microalgae for Recycling Water and Nutrients: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wastewater treatment is a huge problem with about 30 billion gallons per day in the U.S. You’ve got pathogens in the water that could reach drinking water supplies. You’ve got nutrients causing excess algae growth. You’ve got organic matter causing low dissolved oxygen. But MicroBio

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Fuel for Thought Podcast

(Haldoe Topsoe) The world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry season two. This time, Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe look into some of the most pressing topics in renewables and the refining industry, including trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen, pyrolysis and its challenges and opportunities,

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Lignin Valorization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sugar-based bioplastics and lignin-based foams and composites are making it possible to transform the huge amount of oil based materials and products in our lives to biobased products. MetGen is making it happen with zero waste biorefineries. Find out how in this illuminating slide guide

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Center for Climate Strategies and Guatemala Create a New Private Sector Driven Plan

(Center for Climate Strategies)  In partnership with RTI International, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) completed the Guatemala national Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) plan, a gold-standard public private participatory template to spur economic and social development while reducing GHG emissions beyond international commitments.   The Guatemala LEDS Plan is the

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

The Tri-Fecta – Machine Learning, Synthetic Biology and Automation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synthetic biology produces fabrics, food, biofuels, health products and more, but we need better predictive power. Machine learning can help and be used to design pathways or choose promoters to optimize production for example. Hector Garcia Martin, Deputy VP of Biofuels and Bioproducts at the

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Toyota’s Chief Says Electric Vehicles Are Overhyped: Akio Toyoda Says Converting Entirely to EVs Could Cost Hundreds of Billions of Dollars and Make Cars Unaffordable for Average People

by Peter Landers (Wall Street Journal) Toyota Motor Corp.’s leader criticized what he described as excessive hype over electric vehicles, saying advocates failed to consider the carbon emitted by generating electricity and the costs of an EV transition. Toyota President Akio Toyoda said Japan would run out of electricity in the

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Atlantic Council Analyzes the Potential for a Carbon Trade War

by Nick Silvis* (Advanced Biofuels USA)The world is undergoing drastic climate and ecological changes which will have dire ramifications on all facets of global activity. Critical trade relationships, such as the one between the United States and Europe, are facing increased opportunity and risk as the world’s economies shift to

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Application of LCA on Innovative Biorefinery Concepts – REWOFUEL Webinar

by Lena Nordgren (SEKAB)  The second webinar by the EU project REWOFUEL – REsidual soft WOod conversion to high characteristics drop-in bioFUELs, was held in the beginning of December. The specific topic of the webinar was to address the sustainability aspects in the value chain focusing on “Application of LCA on innovative biorefinery concepts –

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Sneak Peek of Major Climate Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly in 2021 Webinar Review

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The upcoming climate legislation of the Maryland General Assembly in 2021 will be focusing on general climate solutions, carbon pricing, and environmental justice. Senator Paul Pinsky discussed his sponsoring of the upcoming Climate Solutions Now Act (SB926), also known as the Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Membrane Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Whitefox

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, have no fear, check out the Whitefox slide guide here! Whitefox CTO Stephan Blum, advisor Bill Lee, Process Engineer Virginia Andrade and Field Engineer Sean Lorimer shared all about improved plant operations membrane technology, revolutionizing membranes for product diversity, where

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

How Natural Gas Utilities Are Developing the RNG Market in a Decarbonizing World—Webinar Review

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The December 15th webinar discussed how natural gas utilities are developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) market in a decarbonizing world. This event featured speaker Philip Sheehy, the technical director of transportation and energy at ICF, Josh Linton strategic planning analyst at ONE Gas,

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

After COVID: A Lower Carbon Future for Commercial Aviation

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Briefing Series: By Air, Land, and Sea: Navigating the Climate Future  — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing series on climate mitigation and adaptation in the transportation sector. The series covered ports, aviation, and public transit. As commercial aviation recovers from the COVID-19 contraction, it will

December 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Carbon for Everyday Materials from Waste Emissions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture and Use

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anyone facing a carbon target or price wants to capture carbon. The advanced players are turning towards carbon capture and use — as a way to pay for carbon capture and a place to put it for the long-term. What’s working, how, where and why? Peter

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Sessions of BBEST 2020-21 / Biofuture Summit II Organized Virtually This Year

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From 30th November to 3rd December this year, the BBEST / Biofuture Summit II was sponsored by Apex, the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency. The event took place on virtual platform Whova and was attended by several authorities, experts and researchers. Aiming

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article
    2021 DOE Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 DOE Project Peer Review — March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its virtual 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021. Projects in BETO’s research and development portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies.

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbioreactors for Fermentation Optimization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to m2p-labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed ABLC this summer, check out this illuminating slide guide from Jeff Thornton at m2p-labs where he shares how microbioreactors can be used to de-risk larger scale, more expensive systems, increase throughput data density at low cost which can help you modify high

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Prospects for the Use of Biofuels and Biogas in the Transport Sector of Ukraine

(UABIO) … In 2018, the use of renewable energy in the transport sector should have been 8.2%, we had ONLY about 1.7%. Besides the contribution of biofuels was 38.4 thousand toe, which is about 45% of all RES. Sustainability criteria for liquid biofuels and biogas are not implemented in domestic legislation,

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Online Seminar “Review of Climate Action and Transition to Sustainable Energy in Ukraine” — The Results and Materials of the Online Seminar

(UABIO)  On November 18, an online seminar “Review of Climate Action and the Transition to Sustainable Energy in Ukraine” was held as part of the project “Civil Society for Sustainable Energy – Local to National in Eastern Europe (SELNEE)”. Generally, more than 1,700 stakeholders, including government, civil society, business and academia,

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuture Summit II: IEA Calls for Countries to Implement Biofuture Platform Post-COVID Principles

(Biofuture)  Bioenergy sector hailed as a ‘job creating machine’ at launch of BBEST 2020-21/BIOFUTURE SUMMIT II Virtual Conference; Unique conference brings together world-leading policies, innovation, science and market analysis across the bioeconomy  —  The Biofuture Platform, a multi-stakeholder initiative facilitated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and designed to take action on

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil Nears Key Downstream Sector Approvals in Drive for Cleaner Fuels

by Gareth Chetwynd (Upstream Online)  Mines & Energy Ministry expected to sign off next week on raft of new regulations to free up sector  — Brazil’s Mines & Energy Ministry is expected to approve a batch of new regulations next week intended to facilitate the opening of the country’s downstream sector and

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Mastering the Science of Producing Algae: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to iWi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To go along with our “green” holiday theme today, check out this slide guide on how iWi’s Omega-3 made from algae can go a long way in making us healthier in a much greener way. iWi skips the fish and krill and goes directly to

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Video Series

(Renewable Energy Group)  This week REG is celebrating 25 years of operations! We will be releasing videos all week recounting the last quarter century of hard work and dedication that got us here. Here is how it all started: Hear from Myron Danzer, current REG General Manager, and Matt Schultes,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Use of Biofuels Needs to Increase: Gadkari | Special Edition of the Book “Ek Hota Carver” Published

(Praj)  “The use of biofuels needs to be increased to reduce the strain caused by fossil fuel on our country’s economy, and the growing pollution menace arising from it,” said Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Enzymes and Microbes Produce More with Less: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In September, Novozymes announced they would be a more customer-centric organization. But what does that mean? And how did COVID-19 affect their business strategy for the remaining 2020 months? Find out in this illuminating slide guide that dives deep into their financials, their strategic plans,

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol: COVID 19 Impacts and Renovabio Set the Agenda

by Isabela Rodrigues* (Advanced Biofuels USA) In October, The 20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol 2020 took place over a virtual platform with more than 4000 attendees. This year, Brazilian government authorities including Vice President Hamilton Mourão, Secretary of Amazon and Environmental Services at the Ministry of the Environment Joaquim

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article
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