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Cloncurry Shire Council and MITEZ Develop Bio-Fuels Trial
September 22, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Chris Burns (North West Star)  … Seven types of plants will be grown in a four acre plot near Cloncurry’s sewerage treatment works which have been selected for their use in biodiesel. 
The Mount Isa to Townsville …

Switchgrass Could Help China’s Air Quality
September 21, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois ACES/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
“China’s poor air quality is caused by …

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina Oilseed Yield
September 21, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Michgan State Univesity)  Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant compete with petroleum products?
Small …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER.
The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring …

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product
September 14, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project.
With Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in …

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel
September 13, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well, they hope to start farming in the open ocean between Hawaii and California. They’re working with the Pacific …

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the Rise of Algae in a World Seeking More, Faster, Better
September 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the hard data — let’s see what is critically different about algae, compared to other staple crop agriculture we known and understand. in this case, the …

New Process for Microalgal Separation by Shape
September 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, …

Airline Industry Could Fly Thousands of Miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock
September 12, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 …

DOE: Up to $8.8M for Algae Tech Innovations
September 11, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These projects will deliver high-impact tools …

Consequences of Drought Stress on Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/U.S. Department of Energy) …However, weather conditions could greatly affect crop yields. In this study, researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year of …

Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida
September 11, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover quickly after Irma’s impact, especially …

Rising from the Ashes: Renewable Silica from Rice Husk Ash
September 7, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  At 758.8 million tonnes (503.6 million tonnes, milled basis), world paddy production in 2017 would stand 0.8 percent, or 5.8 million tons, above a revised estimate for 2016. The …

Scalable, Affordable, Reliable, Acceptable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Algae for Biofuels
September 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project within its Advanced Algal Systems Platform to define the indicators of sustainable algal biofuels, and determine best practices for sustainably meeting productivity and …

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics
September 7, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths …

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts
September 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.
As part of the Center …

Commercial Path to Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Algae Processing
September 6, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project on hydrothermal liquefaction — a thermochemical interface for algae biofuels — developing processing methods to reduce conversion cost, improve sustainability and …

DOE: Artificial Intelligence Helps Improve Biomass Preprocessing
August 30, 2017 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent. Before feedstocks …

Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa
August 30, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eddyville, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Newton, Cedar Rapids. Communities like these have been mainstays of the Iowa bioeconomy for years, even decades — home to corn and soy processing on the …

Cellerate + Enogen Could Meet Cellulosic Ethanol Goal
August 29, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  If every corn ethanol plant in the country were to convert to Cellerate bolt-on technology combined with Enogen® corn enzyme technology from Syngenta, the country could more than meet the goals …

New Wastewater Treatment System Runs on Algae
August 29, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Julia Mericle (The Hawk Eye)  If Columbus Junction City Council approves the project, they could be first to install new technology in Iowa.  —  Columbus Junction could count itself among pioneering cities in the …

Variety in Value
August 29, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues.
The ethanol …

Scientists Test a Microalgal Technology for Wastewater Treatment
August 28, 2017 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ Lomonosov Moscow State University)  Members of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have proved that under Nordic conditions, wastewater could be treated with the help of microalgae, while algal biomass is …

Local Scientists Looking at Transforming Sugar Beets into Jet Fuel
August 25, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jon Shainman (WPTV)  Scientists on the Treasure Coast literally taking things from the ground to see if they can power things in the skies.
“I was physically pulling beets out of the ground in Belle Glade …

Corn and Sorghum Trials Initiated
August 24, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A&B subsidiary to supply biofuel for power project at wastewater plant  —  Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project …

Crossing the 3K Threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s Algae Biofuels Productivity
August 24, 2017 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2014, Sapphire Energy and the US Department of Energy embarked on a project to advance Sapphire’s (then) biomass production technologies across three priority areas to meet a target …

Market Value Pivoted Algae Biomass Productivity for Oil to Other High Value Products – Is Oil Still on the Horizon, Somewhere?
August 23, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Anju D. Krivov  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting/GSR Solutions LLC)  … In the late 1990s, the low oil prices of less than $20 a barrel brought down the Algal Species Program’s initiative started in the 1970s …

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source
August 22, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia …

NATO-Funded Serbian-Led Project Developing Biofuel from Algae
August 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/ NATO)  Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme …

Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Costa Rican Researchers Use Coffee Waste to Brew Biofuel
August 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Costa Rican researchers have found a way to turn coffee waste into electric energy, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) announced on Wednesday (June 28, 2017).
The process also prevents ozone-depleting greenhouse gases, such as …

A New Chloroplast Role for Making Biofuels
August 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, the …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
August 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to …

Algal Biofuel Production Is Neither Environmentally nor Commercially Sustainable
August 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flynn (The Conversation/Phys.Org)  Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s. It seems like a good idea on paper, and they do work – …

The Good, the Bad and the Algae
August 9, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems …

Study to Measure Biofuels’ Impact on Climate from the Field to the Power Plant
August 9, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University) Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.
Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature …

PCJ Biodiesel Blend to Cut Oil Imports and Boost Agricultural Sector
August 7, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Rochelle Williams (Jamaica Information Service)  Jamaica could save hundreds of millions in energy costs per year, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and creating a boost for the agricultural sector through the …

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests
August 7, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have said for years — robust markets are the key to keeping forests as forests, “says …

Researchers Tap Papaya-Loving Algae to Make “Home-Grown” Biodiesel for Hawaii
August 2, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jan Suszkiw (U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … In Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Pathologist Lisa Keith is leading an effort to produce biodiesel using a type of green algae known as Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides).
Oh, …

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana
August 2, 2017 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

The Sweet Smell of Success…and Beets!
August 1, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Treasure Coast Research Park)  … On Wednesday, June 14th, a team of research and industry leaders established through the leadership of St. Lucie County’s Treasure Coast Research Park, gathered at Tropicana’s feed processing facility in Fort …

Scientists Determine Algae Biofuel Composition
July 31, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)  Scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special …

Hitting a New High – Hemp Industry and Innovations Continue to Grow Like Weeds
July 31, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, former Dell executive Bruce Dietzen created a car made from hemp that runs on biofueland is touted as carbon neutral. Industrial hemp grows as Vermont registers more than 80 new hemp …

LanzaTech Collaborates With Swayana (South Africa) to Use Carbon Capture Technology
July 31, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International/Lanza Tech/Swayana)  South African company, Swayana is collaborating with carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, with headquarters in Chicago USA, to introduce their proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa.
LanzaTech’s first commercial facility will be online at the …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Biofuels Potential
July 26, 2017 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can camelina oil be a viable substitute as a biodiesel feedstocks, given that palm oil has received so much negative attention in Europe at least. In this deck, industry consultants …

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?
July 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by …

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels
July 25, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, …

New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus to other alternative fuels after …

Loosening of Lignocellulose: Switchgrass and Success in Sugar Release
July 24, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Introduced traits remain stable, improving biofuel production in a field setting.  —   …  Near-term fossil fuel alternatives could reduce carbon emissions and ensure U.S. energy security. One alternative uses switchgrass, …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

Unlocking a Key to Maize’s Amazing Success
July 21, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science Magazine)  Maize grows on every continent save Antarctica and provides food and biofuels for millions of people. Now, researchers studying ancient and modern maize have found a clue to its popularity over …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

A New Chloroplast ‘App’ for Making Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  … What we do know is that the precursors for seed oil come from many sources in a plant cell. And Kun (Kenny) Wang and the Benning lab have recently identified a new, potentially significant one.
The …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel
July 7, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels
July 5, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in …

From Coal-Fired CO2: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Capturing Flue Gas via Microalgae
June 30, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A recent DOE project with MicroBio Engineering had the primary objective of a detailed techno-economic and life cycle assessment for a coal-fired power plant with two microalgae CO2 utilization and …

5 Things You Need to Know about Algae
June 29, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy)  We routinely field questions about algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. What is it? How does it work? Does it smell? To help you answer some of these questions, …

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development
June 29, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed.
The …

Corporate/Academic Partnership to Convert Wastewater Algae
June 29, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Floyd Griffiths  (WesTech Engineering, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more efficient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater …

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration
June 29, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key slides presented by AquaFiber, Pacific …

Getting Clever with Fatbergs and Biodiesel – Features Video
June 29, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Congealed lumps of fat, sanitary items and wet wipes stalk the sewers of London and the surrounding area, causing blockages and damage to water infrastructure. Now, Thames Water is working on an innovative …

Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies
June 28, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Terpenes may be the most unloved class of energy molecule of all time, if you compare R&D spending to potential. Even ARPA-E, the home of high-risk, high-reward government research into energy, …

Meeting Needs, Maximizing Benefits
June 27, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers continuously implement new environmentally friendly techniques to raise their crops.  —  Corn farmers—and with them, the ethanol industry—are growing more sustainable.
Farmers in corn states are embracing a variety …

What Lies beneath: The Ship that Could Revolutionise Seaweed Cultivation
June 27, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Julian Turner (Ship Technology) Researchers and industry in Norway are designing the world’s largest seaweed cultivation vessel to meet growing demand for the multi-functional algae.  —  Most commonly associated in the West with seaside holidays …

Micro-Algae Biodiesel Reduces up to 80 pct High-Powered Engines Contamination
June 26, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Fish Information & Services)  The first Chilean tests of microalgae biodiesel in high-powered diesel engines show that a reduction of gases emissions and particulate matter of up to 80 per cent can be achieved in …

New Approach to Unlock the Genetic Potential of Plant Cell Wall
June 23, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of York)  Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of plant-based foods.
Recent developments in genome sequencing …

Alexander & Baldwin Partners with TerViva on Energy Crop Project in Central Maui
June 23, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Alexander & Baldwin/PR Newswire)  High-yield pongamia grows sustainably, uses less water and fertilizer than other crops  —  Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) and TerViva today announced plans to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres …

Chemical Engineering Student Recognized by American Association of University Women
June 21, 2017 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(University of Arkansas)  Humeyra Ulusoy-Erol, a doctoral student in chemical engineering, has been selected to receive an AAUW International Doctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Founded in 1881, AAUW is one of …

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds
June 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether …

Algaemagic: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the MAGIC Marine Algae Consortium Project
June 21, 2017 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Huntley and Zackary Johnson gave this illuminating overview of the MAGIC Marine Algae consortium project at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

From Sun to Pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel
June 21, 2017 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.   READ MORE

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2
June 21, 2017 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2 from Air at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Wazzup with Algae? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Algae Systems Program
June 20, 2017 – 10:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to algae? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at DOE Project Peer Review 2017.
In this deck, …

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Report Breakthrough in Algae Biofuel Research
June 19, 2017 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

(ExxonMobil)  Algae strain developed and modified by Synthetic Genomics more than doubled oil production; Additional research and testing required before commercial application; Results published in peer-reviewed journal Nature Biotechnology  —  ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. today announced …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

Algae — Life after Biofuels: Mining Algae’s 1001 Uses
June 14, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got …

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour
June 12, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Explore the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s algae lab as researcher Nick Sweeney takes you on a 360-degree tour of the algal biofuels research facility. Discover how NREL is growing algae to learn …

Researchers Strive to Reduce Cost and Time of Algal Biofuel Production
June 12, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae by utilizing an indoor system that mimics …

Phyco2 Refocuses Algae R&D on Agriculture, Nutrition
June 12, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Phyco2 said that is shifting its focus to meet the growing market demand for algae production.
Six primary high-value markets with strong growth both in the United States and …

Algae, Algae, Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
June 9, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  They are accelerate the commercialization of algal biofuels and other products through development of an integrated, photosynthetic, open …

Biogas – What, Why, When and How? The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RNG and Its Markets
June 6, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we wrote in our Digest Top 10 Predictions for 2017:
Whether it is Intrexon, Calysta or potentially Synata Bio, companies have been switching to methane as a source of cleaner …

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location
June 5, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.
The end …

Pioneering Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Hangs On, Barely
June 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio)  A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture, which it helped launch, …

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels
June 5, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by the University of Bologna, Department …

A Decade of Bioenergy Research
June 2, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy …

Algae Industry Magazine Announces 2017 Readers Poll Winners
June 2, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Industry Magazine announced winners in its 2017 Readers Poll in the following categories: Algae Ambassador; Save Our World Application; Political Event or Action that Impacted Our Industry; Culinary Innovation, Chef, Recipe …

Researchers Develop High-Oleic Safflower Strain
May 31, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Mary Hernandez (Olive Oil Times)  Researchers from Hyderabad’s Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Institute of Oilseeds Research have cultivated three non-genetically modified varieties of safflowers with an oleic content comparable to olive oil. …

Natural Alternatives to Rubber: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novel, US-Based Rubber-Producing Crops
May 31, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US can support rubber/energy crops the size of corn or soybean with hundreds of thousands of new jobs, says Katrina Cornish of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, …

Scientists Finally Crack the Sunflower’s Genetic Code
May 31, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Katie Horowitz (Mental Floss)  Take that, sunflowers. The convoluted genetic code that has thwarted scientists for so long has finally been cracked. Scientists published their findings in the journal Nature.

Previous attempts to dissect the full …

Algae at Scale: Qualitas Health Triples Algae Farm Acreage for Omega-3 Now, Protein Soon
May 30, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think beyond nanotechnology. It’s Nanno Technology, as Qualitas’ nannochloropsis strain gets deployed in New Mexico at the old Green Crude Farm (now Green Stream Farms), as well as in Texas.
In …

Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online
May 26, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

On March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel …

Research Focuses on Reclaiming Strip-Mine Sites for Biofuel Crop Production
May 26, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Amy Duke (Pennsylvania State University) Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.
Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn …

Discovery of an Alga’s ‘Dictionary of Genes’ Could Lead to Advances in Biofuels, Medicine
May 25, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Stuart Wolpert (University of California Los Angeles)  Researchers from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco map the genome of C. zofingiensis  —  Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San …

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening
May 25, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open the Northern Oil advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone on 1 June 2017. The $18 …

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D
May 25, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing …

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water
May 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada)  In a discovery that could help jump-start the hydrogen economy, a team of physicists at the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can divide water using low-cost materials  —  Hydrogen gas …

Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE Feedstocks R&D Programs
May 24, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, …

Canadian Ag Company Scores Landmark Food Security Deal with Uruguay
May 24, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Canadian Newswire/Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.)  Today, Canadian based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. signed a new partnership with the country of Uruguay introducing a new, renewable, low carbon cash-crop for farmers.
The deal gives the Quebec-based company the opportunity …

NexSteppe Launches Metano Alto to Catalyze New Growth in Biogas Markets
May 23, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe Inc.)  NexSteppe Inc., a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today the world wide launch of a new product line: Metano Alto.  Metano Alto Industrial …

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits
May 22, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Pittsburg/R&D Magazine)  Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol’s ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after …

Horizontal Bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems
May 19, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Challenges that have plagued algae ventures? The availability of feedstock to make products, the loss of investor appetite at early stage and pre-commercial, and inefficient cultivation systems.
By contrast, Culture Biosystem’s design …

NREL Research Takes Off For International Space Station
May 18, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Hicks (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Experiments bear repeating, especially when they explode on their way to the International Space Station.
Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield …

Greenbelt Resources Executes Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation
May 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (the LOI) by the Andrew J. Young (AJY) Foundation to build a …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.
“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

Biomass Crops Could Provide Unexpected Wildlife Benefits
May 17, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A biomass crop could be providing unexpected ecological benefits, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.
The authors of the study say that elephant grass (Miscanthus), which is commonly …

Latin American Oil Palm Mostly Replaces Pasture
May 17, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(IOP Environmental Research Web)  Oil-palm plantations in Latin America are mostly replacing cattle pasture and other previously intervened lands rather than forests, a study by scientists in Puerto Rico has found.
The research – which also …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

Biofuels: Could Agave, Hemp and Saltbush Be the Fuels of the Future?
May 10, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Dyani Lewis (The Guardian)  Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels.  —  Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

Scientists Make Genetically Engineered Algae That Can Thrive Outdoors
May 5, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  Look out for souped-up algae that can be made into food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.  — … Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energyhave successfully grown a genetically engineered …

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures
May 5, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  —
Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to make biofuel from rice straw, …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

Algae Industry Growing in Southern Queensland
May 4, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

Kings of the Bioeconomy: Pacific Biodiesel Keeps Getting It Done
May 1, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There just isn’t an organization out there like Pacific Biodiesel. Labors on, fighting the good fight, hitting every sustainability grace note, and always surprising the industry with one more innovative …

Fast, Low Energy, and Continuous Biofuel Extraction from Microalgae
May 1, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kumamoto University)  … Recently, efforts have been made by researchers in Japan to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is …

Genome Sequence of Fuel-Producing Alga Announced
April 28, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.
“While water and wind …

Making Oil from Algae: Towards More Efficient Biofuels
April 26, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Kobe University)  The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. The findings were published on April …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.
Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel
April 25, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site.
The …

Ice Plant to Help Fight Global Warming Effects on Bioenergy Crops
April 25, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Nevada, Reno/EurekAlert!) … Biochemist and molecular biologist John Cushman at the University of Nevada, Reno will create a gene atlas for the common ice plant that will help find ways to allow bioenergy …

EXCLUSIVE-Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for U.S. Farm Sector
April 25, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters/Times of India)  Wet harvest, slow grain sales encourage growth of toxins;  Scope of problem in U.S. grain supply not yet known  —  A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been …

NexSteppe Signs Partnership to Commercialize Embrapa Biomass Sorghum
April 25, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced a new partnership today with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.  The partnership will focus on commercializing …

Biodiesel Sunflower Power Hits a Speed Bump
April 24, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Brian Perry (Maui News)  Photogenic crop attracts more attention than area can safely handle  —  “No Trespassing” signs have been posted around Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ experimental crop of sunflowers on 14 acres near the …

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet
April 24, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers achieve efficiency standards are going …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

Research Focus: Improving the Conversion Process for Sorghum Bagasse Biomass
April 14, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Abdul-Sattar Nizami (King Abdulaziz University, Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES)) (RenewableEnergyFocus.com)  The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for biofuel facilities around the year. …

SabrTech to Launch Portable Algae-Growing System Soon
April 13, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ola Wietecha (Undercurrent News)  Nova Scotia-based SabrTech — which spent years designing an easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox — is planning to launch its product shortly, which the company says will revolutionize algae production.
SabrTech spent about two years …

Algal Residue — An Alternative Carbon Resource
April 13, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in …

Surrey MSW-to-Biofuel Plant Seen Commissioning in June
April 12, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the long-awaited MSW-to-biofuel plant in Surrey is preparing for commissioning in June, making it North America’s first plant of such kind. Waste collection trucks and other city vehicles …

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process
April 12, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that leads to oxidized forms of 5-HMF. They report that “this form of sugar is known …

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe
April 11, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the …

Florida Considers Accelerating Hemp Research as Orange Alternative
April 10, 2017 – 10:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, state legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research.  According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that “authorizes specified universities in state to engage …