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From Food Waste to Biobased
August 13, 2018 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … “About 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year – an estimated one in three mouthfuls of food every day,” according to Alessandro Demaio, Chief Executive Officer of …

Lifecycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corncob Ethanol in China
August 8, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover. Current research provides life‐cycle assessments …

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?
August 8, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and …

New Approach Derives Hydrogen from Algae
August 8, 2018 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Elizabeth Montalbano (Design News)  Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered a novel way to develop biofuel from green algae.  —  …One of the most promising alternatives has been molecular hydrogen, which provides carbon-free …

Biomass, Biomass and More Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 1
August 6, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 …

Sweet Sorghum Complementing Ethanol Production in Sugar Mills
August 3, 2018 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

(ICRISAT)  To help the government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and test sweet sorghum varieties suitable …

Diversification: FG to Boost Jatropha Production
August 3, 2018 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by O.C. Cluss (Daily Trust)  The Federal Government is to focus more on the development of jatropha production as part of efforts to diversify the nation’s economy, the Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), …

Algal Biotechnology Research at Sheffield
August 3, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jags Pandhal is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. His research involves biological resource recovery utilizing algae from landfill leachate …

Deeper into the Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 2
August 2, 2018 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 …

Cutting Bio-Project Costs via Supply Chain Standards: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Supply Chain Risk Standards
August 2, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, EcoStrat CEO Jordan Solomon announced the US Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) this year. This has been an ongoing 3 year USDOE/BETO project which we are leading …

FAO Offers CSA Sourcebook to Guide Policy Makers, Program Managers
August 1, 2018 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A digitized sourcebook that offers a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the concept of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is among a series of products put out by the UN Food …

Future of Agriculture: Report to Address Climate Change Impacts on Hoosier Farms
August 1, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University) Hoosier farmers will have to adapt management practices and the types of crops they plant over the next several decades as they deal with the repercussions of climate change. That’s according to a …

Soil Health Policy Resources Now Available: A Catalog of Academic, State Agency and Legislative Policies and Programs to Advance Soil Health
August 1, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(The Soil Health Institute/Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)  Soil health policies are growing in number and importance across the United States but are widely dispersed across a variety of academic institutions, state agencies and legislative bodies. This catalog brings …

LANL Researching Algae to Convert to Affordable Fuel
July 31, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Andy Stiny (Santa Fe New Mexican)  … And those lawn clippings? They could be used to convert algae into a mass-produced, economical biofuel to be used in cars, trucks and airplanes.

Molecular biologist Amanda Barry …

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum
July 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels. 

Sorghum is a grass grown in …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 27th
July 28, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

Harmful Algal Blooms: Engineering Solutions to a Growing Problem
July 23, 2018 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

by Bethany Jensen (Ignite Utah State University)  With the increase of global climate change effects, many local bodies of fresh water are experiencing dangerous toxic algae blooms. These are detrimental to water recreation, to agriculture, and …

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels
July 22, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new biofuel industry that may not …

Putting Bacteria to Work
July 20, 2018 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The idea of bacteria as diverse, complex perceptive entities that can hunt prey in packs, remember past experiences and interact with the moods and perceptions of their human hosts sounds like the …

Low-Carbon Jet Fuel and Diesel, at Scale: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels
July 20, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Established in 2013, AltAir Fuels was created to produce low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstock. For its first commercial project, AltAir partnered with Alon Energy USA to use …

Thabang Mabapa on Producing Biofuel
July 19, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Phathu Luvhengo (Destiny Man)  Social entrepreneur and biofuel producer Thabang Mabapa has stepped up to provide a viable solution to South Africa’s energy crisis
Public relations and communication graduate Mabapa has stepped up to help solve …

Feeding Plants to This Algae Could Fuel Your Car
July 19, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production …

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport
July 18, 2018 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport.
The plan was prepared by a working group, co …

Benson Hill Biosystems Launches Saturn Agrosciences Subsidiary to Drive Canola Improvement
July 18, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Benson Hill Biosystems/PR Newswire) New Company Will Provide R&D Infrastructure to Harness the Genetic Potential of Canola for More Healthy and Sustainable Food and Feed Ingredients — Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural …

The Highly Complex Sugarcane Genome Has Finally Been Sequenced
July 17, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(CIRAD/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sugarcane was the last major cultivated plant to have its genome sequenced. This was because of its huge complexity: the genome comprises between 10 and 12 copies of each chromosome, when the human …

Boyle Selected for DOE Early Career Research Program
July 17, 2018 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Colorado School of Mines)  Nanette Boyle, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program.
Boyle will receive $750,000 over five …

Algae for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana
July 17, 2018 – 11:24 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 series …

Overcoming Limitations of Engineering Eukaryotic Algae
July 16, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Have some of the final engineering limitations of microalgae been overcome? Can microalgae be hosts for genetic engineering as powerful as bacteria and yeast? A promising new technique for gene design seems …

Diesel Tree: Fuel for the Alternative Energy Sector
July 16, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Glenneis Kriel (Farmer’s Weekly)  Christo Smit, a former researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, is working on developing a sustainable biofuel industry from the diesel tree.  —  The South African government lost interest in biofuels when …

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever
July 13, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels.
But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s …

First Single Site with Biomethane Value Chain Launched in France
July 12, 2018 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/NGV Journal)  In Cestas, southwest France, the CNH Industrial brands, including IVECO, New Holland and FPT Industrial, are partners in an initiative promoted by Pot au Pin Energie (a local energy company), Air Liquide and …

Video: Biofuel from Algae
July 10, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Michigan)  University of Michigan scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at U-M’s E.S. George Reserve near Pinckney, Michigan in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely …

Biorefineries Will Have Only Minimal Effects on Wood Products and Feedstocks Markets
July 10, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/Phys.Org)  A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will …

Neutrons—Making Sustainable Biofuels
July 10, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains can be engineered to sustainably …

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction
July 9, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen …

From LanzaTech to Sierra Energy and the Latest Research, Syngas Is on Fire
July 9, 2018 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Syngas, or synthesis gas, is on fire lately, with new technologies making the most of waste products like CO2 or low-grade biomass and converting them into useful hot stuff like …

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space
July 6, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Tom Rickey (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Last month a rocket thundered off a NASA launch pad in Virginia, destined for the International Space Station. Nestled among the 7,400 lbs. of supplies was a handful of …

More than 100 SC Farmers Apply for Permits to Grow Hemp
July 6, 2018 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Weismann (Live5News)  … The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will select 40 farmers to receive industrial hemp permits. These permits will allow farmers to grow up to 40 acres of hemp.

Hemp can be used to make …

Seeking a Friend for the End of Unreliability: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium
July 6, 2018 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium and why does it exist?
The Why is simple. #1 issue plaguing High and Low Temperature IBR projects is consistent operability of preprocessing and primary …

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.
July 6, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time frame.”
Fiberight is a UK- and …

Ethanol Operation Considering Barley for Biofuel, Fish Food
July 3, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Holdman (Bismark Tribune)  … The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved an $83,810 Renewable Energy Program grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using North Dakota barley for biofuel and a high value protein …

DOE’s Scum Ranchers
June 29, 2018 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Vice News Tonight/HBO)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn the Salton Sea, a lake in the California desert, into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water in …

EU Biofuels Effort Kicks off in Örnsköldsvik
June 28, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(SEKAB/MyNewsDesk)  Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project Rewofuel. The long-term aim is to lay the groundwork for many new biorefineries across Europe, …

Investigation into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds “Green” Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation
June 27, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(MIghty Earth)  A new investigation, “Burned: Deception, Deforestation, and America’s Biodiesel Policy” by the organizations Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA has found that biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers. On-the-ground …

EERE Success Story—From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation
June 26, 2018 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps.  Food waste—uneaten leftovers or culinary mistakes. Contrary to the lyrics in The Sound of Music, these aren’t a few of our …

EU Backs Industrial-Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Project and Camelina Cultivation Research
June 25, 2018 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A new EU-backed project has been launched to demonstrate the first industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe. The four-year BIO4A initiative will also investigate the potential of reclaiming dry …

Computational Predictive Biology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Evogene
June 25, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evogene develops novel products for life science markets through the use of a unique computational predictive biology platform. Currently, the Company focuses on three key target markets: Seeds – addressing essential …

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered
June 21, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor …

Orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils Sweeten Diesel Fumes
June 19, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Queensland University of Technology)  Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel.
QUT PhD researcher Ashrafur Rahman tested each …

Agriculturally Advantaged Traits: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt
June 19, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver both healthier specialty food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat for consumers as well as agriculturally advantageous traits, such as …

Large Outdoor Study Shows Biodiversity Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems
June 18, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Michigan)  …  Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species, known as polycultures, performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species—they were better at multitasking. But surprisingly, the researchers …

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum
June 18, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power of modern biotechnology could be …

Maine Developments – Bio News Mounts from the Pine Tree State
June 18, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s start with the latest from the Maine Technology Institute, which just announced a request for information regarding emerging forest industry technologies, with the goal of accelerating matchmaking …

Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields
June 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sara Shoemaker (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Phys.org)  For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets.
But for Wellington …

From Corn to Manure, Here’s Why Biofuels Could Be Important in the Years to Come
June 14, 2018 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado is a hotbed of research and innovation. One field its researchers are looking at is that of biofuels, which can be produced from biomass. Breaking things …

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy
June 14, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or …

French Partners to Build Photovoltaic Greenhouses for Microalgae
June 12, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Global EcoPower (GEP), of Aix-en-Provence, France, has signed a 5-year partnership contract with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This partnership, launched with the CEA’s technological research department, provides …

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels
June 12, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Idaho/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Tara Hudiburg was awarded $750,000 to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant, award by the Department of Energy, is part of a $104 million …

California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan Concept Paper
June 8, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board | California Environmental Protection Agency
California Department of Food and Agriculture | California Natural Resources Agency)  This Concept Paper provides a proposed outline for the California Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation …

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
June 7, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical …

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production
June 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the …

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol
June 6, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida) University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology.
Their goal is to make this form of ethanol less …

Maximizing Crop Yield: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience
June 6, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global food security. Experts forecast that …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

ABO Secures Unprecedented $136 Million For Algae and Related Projects — Deadlines Approaching
May 30, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO’s ongoing work in Washington, DC, to educate Congress and federal agencies on the importance of robust algae research, development and demonstration has resulted in the release of an unprecedented series of funding …

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil Targets Algae Fuels at Scale by 2025, as Oil Prices Rise
May 25, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel …

PU BioNEST Gets Rs 2.57-cr Grant
May 24, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Tribune News Service)  The Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies (BioNEST), Panjab University (PU), has got a grant of Rs 2.57 crore for projects in food and agriculture processing.“The government wants us to suggest ways of …

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh
May 24, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be the same.  And developers using crops …

A New DNA Editing Toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis
May 23, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Eric Poliner (MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory)  Eric Poliner and a team of MSU scientists in the Farre and Benning labs have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis. The alga …

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 22, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto …

OMEGA Project Update
May 18, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jonathan Trent, of the OMEGA Global Initiative, explains to a CNBC reporter at the recent Myriad Conference, in Brisbane, Australia, how his efforts to study the possibility of living on Mars paved …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Kelp Farming Sees a Rise In Interest On the Cape
May 14, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Sarah Tan (WCAI)  Kelp farming is on the rise around the Cape and Islands, as more growers are finding reasons to love this ocean crop. From researchers like Scott Lindell at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who …

From Gen1 to High-Value: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
May 11, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

Focus Growing on Win-Win Soil Health Outcomes
May 7, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Solutions from the Land)  U.S. agricultural producers have long understood that healthy soil is a critical requirement for the production of our nation’s food supply. They also know that as the world’s population grows by more …

Biofuels Lab Opens at Penn State Behrend: HERO BX Partnership Extends Open-Lab Model to College’s School of Science
May 7, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  A $1 million investment by HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, will create research opportunities for students and faculty members in the School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Much …

The Production and Use of Renewable Natural Gas as a Climate Strategy in the United States
May 4, 2018 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Gasper and Tim Searchinger (World Resources Institute)  The production of renewable natural gas (RNG, also known as biomethane or upgraded biogas) is an emerging strategy to turn organic waste into a low carbon fuel for use in …

Chempolis Seals Deal for Indian Biorefinery: A New Technology, Designed in Finland, Will Produce Bioethanol, Biochemicals, and Green Energy from Bamboo
May 4, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Chempolis) The biorefining technology company Chempolis, the Finnish energy company Fortum, and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a state-owned Indian oil company, have formed a joint venture to construct a biorefinery in the state of Assam in …

What’s the Latest in Bioenergy R&D, DOE? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office
May 3, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, …

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?
May 3, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that …

Could Anaerobic Digestion Be Contributing to Antibiotic Resistance?
May 1, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  New research is suggesting that advanced anaerobic digestion and reverse osmosis filtration in agriculture could be leaving behind ‘concerning levels’ of antibiotic residues.

 When farmers repurpose animal manure as fertiliser or bedding, traces of antibiotics …

Can Perennial Bioenergy Crops Help Sequester Carbon?
April 30, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  In an article published last summer in Science, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported on ten years of work assessing the potential climate benefit of producing …

California’s Scum Ranchers Are Working on a Fuel to Replace Oil
April 27, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Agnes Walton (Vice News)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn a lake in the California desert called the Salton Sea into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water …

Mexican Researchers ID High Oil-Yielding Pine Nut Varieties for Biodiesel
April 27, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Mexico, researchers from the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research are making headway on the production of biodiesel from pine nuts with three high oil yielding varieties have been selected …

Hatching Higher Protein
April 26, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about …

Facility Would Grow Algae from Papaya for Feed, Fuel
April 25, 2018 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Tom Callis (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)   … The state’s Agribusiness Development Corp. is proposing to build a $1.5 million facility at the Shipman Business Park that would grow algae from leftover produce, in particular, papaya. The algae …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 25, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna McWilliams (Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

Tapping Biogas for the Renewable Hydrogen That We Really, Really Need
April 24, 2018 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to make a fuel is that a carbohydrate contains around 53% oxygen by weight and needs about …

Wood Formation Model to Fuel Progress in Bioenergy, Paper, New Applications
April 23, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by D’lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Phys.Org)  A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing …

Partners in Production–Chemical Companies Are Developing Technologies that Would Create New Market Opportunities for the Ethanol Industry
April 20, 2018 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has polished its coproduction of distillers grains. Now, a handful of companies have found different uses for DDGS, or ethanol itself, that can provide new value-added coproducts …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Commonwealth Countries Get Knocked Down, But Get Up Again
April 16, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries …

SDC Developing Techniques to Produce Bio-Crude Oil: Director
April 13, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times)  The Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) is now developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project, it was announced …

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support
April 11, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of …

Florida Polytechnic University Students Study How Algae Could Produce Biofuel
April 10, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Coulter (The Daily Ridge) Can the algae growing within Polk County’s lakes be used to fuel our gas tanks in the near future?
Students at Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) have been researching this question for …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project …

Producing Biodiesel Fuel from Vernicia montana Lour. Oil
April 9, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Hanh Ngoc Thi Le, Kiyoshi Imamura, Masakazu Furuta, Luu Van Boi, Yasuaki Maeda (Energy Today)  … The authors evaluated the use of the non-edible oil derived from Vernicia montana Lour found in Laos and Vietnam for the production …

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says
April 9, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to …

Lumber’s Lure: Thanks to Physics, Viable Biofuel May Grow in the Woods
April 6, 2018 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lee (Ars Technica)  Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.  … I thought New Zealand would offer some chemistry-minded contrast. The country makes a lot of money on timber exports, but this profit is …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

Carinata Rising: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
April 3, 2018 – 10:33 am | 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 is …

IEA Bioenergy Publishes Success Stories
April 3, 2018 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  IEA Bioenergy has started to make a collection of success stories in the field of bioenergy. This is not intended to be a comprehensive exercise, but to provide a number of examples with …

Treating OK Wastewater
April 2, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Sunup’s ultimate goal is to clean up wastewater in Oklahoma to a level that it can be recycled or reused for crop irrigation. See how they do it. WATCH VIDEO

Economic Feasibility of Moringa- Castor Bean – Camelina: Dual Cropping in Same Acreage for Sustainable Biodiesel Production
April 2, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  With introduction of Camelina and Castor Bean crops with MOMAX3 Moringa, as much as 1450 gallon of oil can be produced per year from a well developed, properly cared and efficiently managed Moringa …

Why Hydrothermal Liquefaction Hasn’t Taken off Yet
April 2, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Science Trends)  enguang Zhou writes in Sciencetrends.com about work recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology regarding why Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of microalgae — a bio-oil technology which does not require dewatering and drying of algal biomass — …

Greenbelt Resources Signs Non-Disclosure Agreement with Duckweed DAYS
April 2, 2018 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Georgia-based Duckweed DAYS, LLC.
Duckweed …

DTI Seeks Technology Partners for Algae Extraction
March 22, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has received a Phase II SBIR for the USDA NFIA to use pulsed electric field (PEF) processing for algal extraction and predator control. Working with the Arizona Center for …

Chinese Researchers Boost Algae Lipids, Reduce Peroxidation
March 21, 2018 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid …

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG
March 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural …

This USDA Lab Is Turning Billions Of Pounds Of Almond Waste Into Beer, Plastic, And Power
March 19, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The country’s growing almond habit means that there are lots of shells and hulls to put to good use. These government scientists are working hard to find the best options.
…  “For every …

Algility: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae as a New Crop and Technology Platform
March 16, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been reinvented in recent years as a Sustainable New Crop for Food, Feed, Fuel and other products. Part of an international effort to expand Agricultural Production and productive land, and keeping …

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax
March 15, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors
… 
These are great starts but we will still need some …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

Cloncurry Treated Sewage Water Trial
March 14, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

TREATED sewage water is being used to irrigate paddocks of crops that can be used for biofuels in a trial at Cloncurry.
Sorghum, soy beans, sun hemp and leucaena are being irrigated with the treated sewage …

Leveraging the Power of Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol
March 13, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials.
Formed in 2006, and headquartered in …

How Biofuels from Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming
March 12, 2018 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Guiden (Colorado State University) … A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling …

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Scale up Algae Biofuel
March 12, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (San Diego Union Tribune)  Advancing work under a collaboration established a decade ago, ExxonMobil and La Jolla’s Synthetic Genomics said they will begin outdoor growth of naturally occurring algae for biofuel.
The research could …

It’s All about Sex with Algae Research
March 12, 2018 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, researchers from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center studied the earliest stages the evolution of male and female sexes in a group of freshwater photosynthetic protists called volvocine green algae, which …

California Here I Come: Ethanol Industry Looking to California’s Lucrative Low Carbon Market
March 9, 2018 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  Two recently announced major joint ventures from ethanol producers – one in the cellulosic and another in the first-generation space – are aimed at selling biofuels in California, …

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel
March 8, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own …

Young Female Scientist Hopes to Create Energy Efficient Biofuel from Bacteria
March 8, 2018 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Emma Nobel (ABC Central Victoria News)  Environmental microbiologist and science champion Marianne Haines hopes her work converting bacteria into biofuel will lead to more sustainable outcomes, and more women studying science at the postgraduate level.
Growing up …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

Boliden Grows Algae to Reduce Emissions
March 6, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The “Microalgae cultivation for treatment of process emissions from the metals industry” project, which is being financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, started recently and will run for two years at Boliden …

Brazil Sugar Mills Start Genetically-Modified Cane Plantation
March 6, 2018 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by José Roberto Gomes (Reuters) Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm …

1+1=3: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Production With Mixed Feedstocks
March 6, 2018 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does 1+1=3? That’s the premise of this ABLC 2018 presentation from LEC’s John Forcier which looks at the challenges and opportunities in anaerobic digesters.
There’s a significant energy gain (3 to 10 times …

It’s Entirely About Character: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass
March 5, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why characterize biomass? Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex biopolymer and its properties vary depending on its species, growth environments and conversion processes. Characteristics of biomass provide valuable insights for biomass utilization. Diverse characterization methods have been …

We Fold Water: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Folded Aquaculture for Expanded Yield
March 5, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Source Integration has developed a technology that creates a 12x surface area for a 12x algae harvest and expects expects an optimized production of 8 – 10 times plain algae raceway for …

Field-Grown Transgenic Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) with Altered Lignin Does Not Affect Soil Chemistry, Microbiology, and Carbon Storage Potential
March 5, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer M. DeBruyn, et al (Global Change Biology Bioenergy) Cell wall recalcitrance poses a major challenge on cellulosic biofuel production from feedstocks such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). As lignin is a known contributor of recalcitrance, …

The Secret to Tripling the Number of Grains in Sorghum and Perhaps Other Staple Crops
March 5, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Michalowski (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)  Scientists have figured out how to triple the number of grains that the sorghum plant produces: by lowering the level of a key hormone, generating more flowers and more …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 8:30 pm | No Comment

by Katarina Zimmer (The Scientist)  The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.  — … Green Fuel  — Finding enzymes in nature that convert plant oils into fossil fuel–like hydrocarbons …

Algae Could Be Major New Food Source, Major New Industry
February 27, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Richard A. Lovett (Cosmos)  Could green microorganisms be the geoengineering fix the world’s needs?   —  … Not only can these fast-growing single-celled plants provide biomass for carbon-neutral fuels, they can provide animal feeds and high-quality protein …

BETO 2017 Peer Review Results Are Now Online!
February 27, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Last spring, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) conducted its seventh biennial external review of its research, development, and communications portfolio. More than 40 external subject matter …

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS
February 27, 2018 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related to Bio-CCUS. The workshop was …

Is Energy from Woody Biomass Positive for the Climate?
February 27, 2018 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  IEA Bioenergy has produced a brief on the question ‘Is energy from woody biomass positive for the climate?’
The brief provides background and a number of concise arguments on this question. Overall, energy from …

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed
February 27, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443. Eight institutions from …

DOE Grants $10.6 Million to Produce More Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America …

Stress Testing Algae’s Internal Solar Panels
February 27, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat (Algae Industry Magazine)  A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how algae’s internal solar panels constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial system that ensures their hosts …

Could We Cut Crop-to-Market Time in Half? The Secret May Lie in Chloroplasts, Says TechAccel as It Invests in Plastomics
February 23, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Chloroplasts are in the news this week because St. Louis-based TechAccel made a science advancement investment with Plastomics, a biotechnology startup making better crops through chloroplast engineering.
Here’s the key
Chloroplast engineering is …

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential
February 21, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production, in an eight-year study. D.K. Lee, …

One Big Problem with Recycling and Biofuel
February 16, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Karolinska Institutet)  Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska
February 16, 2018 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally …

Gene Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels
February 14, 2018 – 10:18 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted …

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate
February 11, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central …

Emergent Research Could Forge New Paths to Biodiesel’s Future
February 7, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Young scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas. The students are part of the Next …