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25 % Subsidy for Investors for Ethanol Production

(The Pioneer) In a bid to attract investors for ethanol production in the State, Department of Industries organised a Stakeholders’ Meet on the draft Jharkhand Ethanol Production and Promotion Policy 2021 on Tuesday during which the department announced that the State Government will provide 25 per cent capital subsidy for the

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Switchgrass and Miscanthus on Mined Lands for Biofuel and Biomass Production

(Association of Warm Season Grass Producers)  I grow switchgrass and miscanthus on mined lands for biofuel and biomass production. The idea of using marginal lands for these crops has been around for a while and I started doing it about 20 years ago. I will give a summary of the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Photolysis – Splitting Water with Photons to Make Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we conclude Gas Week here in Digestville, we’d like to share this intelligent and thoughtful summary of photolysis – that is, splitting water with photons to make hydrogen, that’s available on the internet but hard to find. It’s an excellent reminder that photons can

July 26, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Isobutene

by Eva van Mastbergen (Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG/CAAFI)  Production Pathway and Fuel Quality;  GBE’s technology ferments sugars into isobutene (IBN) and upgrades the IBN into SAF. Raw feedstock for fermentation is sugar. Sugar can be derived from sugar crops (sugar beet, sugar cane) or 2nd generation feedstock such as wood

November 30, 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

Trash to Treasure, Waste to RNG and Biogas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenlane Renewables is “changing the nature of natural gas” via renewable natural gas to help decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid. By producing low-carbon RNG from organic waste like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy and hog farms and food waste, that can go directly

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Unveils Video Showing the Solutions Farmers Can Offer to Meet Global Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  A 20-minute video presentation in which Solutions from the Land farmer leaders offer a vision of solutions that farming operations can deliver to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by UN member nations is now available on YouTube. This presentation, Solutions from the Land: Enabling Farmers

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article
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