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Biocontrols as the Pivot Point in the Push for Sustainable Ag Practices

by Patrice Sellès (Biotalys/Biofuels Digest)  …  Delivering the “sustainability trifecta” – i.e., a lower emissions footprint, equal or better efficacy rates than conventional crop protection solutions, and overall financial value – the integration of biocontrol solutions into sustainable ag efforts will be the ultimate pivot point. The next crop of biopesticides

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Algae: As Different from Each Other as They Are from You and Me

by Amanda Barry (Los Alamos National Laboratory)  … When we talk about algae, we’re really talking about a diverse group of organisms that thrive in a plethora of environments, from seawater to freshwater, from pulp mill ponds to hot springs. Some are strict phototrophs and can only use light for

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crops, Genetics, Feedstocks, Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to State of the Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whether you are using novel crops, residues, developing supply-chains, or developing new feedstocks for the bioeconomy, this is an exclusive Digest slide guide you won’t want to miss! Straight from our recent State of the Sector presentation at ABLC CONNECT.  READ MORE

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Maersk Invests in Vertoro to Develop Green Lignin Marine Fuels

(Maersk) Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk, invests in Vertoro – a Dutch start-up focused on developing liquid lignin technology which can be used as a marine fuel. —  Maersk’s investment will be used to further develop and commercialise Vertoro’s patented liquid lignin technology, and

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Carbon BioCapture’s Microalgal Tech Fights the Good Fight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Photosynthetic microalgae have been metabolizing CO2 for billions of years in the oceans and lakes of planet Earth and are suitable to tackle planetary-scale CO2 emissions. The resulting biomass has a multitude of uses ranging from (renewable) fuel to fertilizer to feed. … CBC

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Spain’s Nexolub Signs 10-Year Waste Oils Offtake Deal

by Adam Porter (Argus Media)  Spanish trading company Nexolub has signed a 10-year offtake deal with tyre recycling firm Life for Tyres (L4T) to market advanced waste oils from a new plant in Puertollano. The project, due to be completed in December, will be one of the biggest of its type

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

New Research Checks the Math of Large-Scale Tree Planting

(Nori) In our first science-focused episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, hosts Radhika Moolgavkar of Nori and Holly Jean Buck of the University at Buffalo are joined by our new science co-host, Dr. Jane Zelikova, executive director of the Soil Carbon Solutions Center and joint faculty in crop and soil science at Colorado State University. First this week, we’re looking

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Young Farm Entrepreneurs Look at High-Biomass Sorghum and Pearl Millet for Biofuel Feedstock

(CGIAR)  The Government of India’s concerted efforts to replace 20% fossil fuels with ethanol blends by 2025 is attracting agricultural entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy. This week, Mr Lalit Jhawar and Mr Mayank Gupta, two young IIT graduates running a profitable farming venture in Maharashtra, accompanied by biofuel experts Mr YB

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

CRISPR: A Climate Change Resilience and Food Safety Milestone

by Jeffrey Wang (Global Food Safety Forum/Biofuels Digest) Developing a sustainable global food system that ensures access to a sufficient supply of nutritious, diverse and safe food for all, and simultaneously limits the impact on the environment, is one of the key challenges in the next few decades. Therefore, identifying technologies

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass Innovations under Investigation Part 4: Forestry and Energy Crops

(Bio Market Insights)  … Forestry:  Mostex Global Solutions: Integrated whole tree extraction and on site pre-processing of under-yielding forest resources Mostex was set up with the aim of reducing the corrosive nature of agri-feedstock, establishing effective methods of handling this material and improving yields. The group’s mobile, modular steam explosion processing system

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

GCEH Camelina Subsidiary Sustainable Oils Moving Headquarters to Great Falls, Montana

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. is relocating headquarters for its camelina feedstock subsidiary Sustainable Oils Inc. to a new facility in Great Falls, Montana, where its crop-innovation programs, commercial-grower support, and executive and administrative activities will be consolidated. Migration to the new site is expected

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Italy’s Eni Works Sub-Saharan African Countries into Renewable Diesel Feedstock Supply Chain

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The CEO of Italian energy and renewable diesel company Eni S.p.A., Claudio Descalzi, has signed two memorandums of understanding (MOU) in recent days with two Sub-Saharan African nations, the Congo and Angola, on joint development of the agro-biofuel sector in both countries. The MOU with

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

New Foray into Renewable Chemicals & Materials: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed the recent DigestWebinar, here’s your chance to delve into the tech emerging out of Praj Industries, ranked #1 as a Top Place to Work by Digest readers, and #2 in the world in the Hot 50. Clearly, a company on the move.

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Disrupting Tropical Seaweed Farming with Offshore Submersible Cages

by Steven Hermans (Phyconomy)  Former CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch Phil Cruver is developing a submersible cage system to take tropical seaweed farming offshore and into a new era. In addition to providing higher yields, the cages should also protect from predators, storms and ice-ice disease. In 2010, KZO Sea Farms developed

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech to Trial SAF Production from Waste Carbon Dioxide

(Biofuels International)  LanzaTech is partnering with the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to build and operate a pre-pilot facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This will be made from biogenic waste carbon dioxide (CO2) such as is emitted from corn refining, and renewable hydrogen (H2). LanzaTech will use renewable power from

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Sees Green Gold in Algae-Based Fuels. Skeptics See Greenwashing.

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  The oil giant, under pressure to address climate change, says it is getting closer to making the biofuel viable —  Some scientists regard Exxon Mobil Corp.’s long-running quest to turn algae into a transportation fuel as little more than a PR stunt. The oil

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol Produces Renewable Hydrogen with Biomethane for the First Time

(Repsol) • Renewable hydrogen has been used to manufacture fuels with a low carbon footprint, such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene for aviation, thus avoiding the emission of about 90 t of CO2. The biomethane used as raw material was obtained from urban solid waste. This is an example of

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Eni Supports Energy Transition and Decarbonization in the Republic of Congo

(Eni)  Eni, Republic of Congo sign MoU on joint development of bio-refining agro-feedstock sector; Eni delegation led by CEO Descalzi met President Sassou Nguesso to discuss agricultural programs and gas valorization also with reference to access to energy for domestic market At the presence of the Prime Minister of the

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Biogas, Renewable Chemicals: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, President and CTO of Praj shared this illuminating slide guide on their Bio-Prism renewable chemicals and materials, Bio-Mobility products, Praj’s 2G tech for agri residue to ethanol, Praj-Sekab tech for forest residue to ethanol, their tech for compressed biogas, and more. The

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Importance of Communicating Your Sustainability Story

by Emily Smith (Trust in Food) During Farm Journal’s 2021 Sustainable Produce Summit that took place earlier this month, a key theme of effectively communicating sustainable food and agriculture stories to consumers came through again and again. As specialty crop growers and food retailers make changes to meet both environmental needs

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Pyrocell Has Started Production

(Cision/Setra) Production is now underway at Pyrocell’s plant in Gävle. The new and groundbreaking factory is turning sawdust into bio-oil.  —  Jointly owned by Setra and Preem, Pyrocell was formed in 2018 based on the business concept of producing bio-oil from sawdust. Production at the groundbreaking plant – Sweden’s first pyrolysis

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Pine Needles a Reality

by Ambika Sharma (The Tribune)  Scientists at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni have devised a method to convert pine needles into enthanol, a green biofuel.  — Pine needles will no longer be a source of forest fires causing losses worth crores every year as scientists at

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Investing $75 million in Partner-Led Projects with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Equity in Program Delivery

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. This year, projects funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

The Biden Administration to Ensure a Sustainable Future for Aviation: SkyNRG Americas and LanzaTech Secure DOE Funding to Produce SAF in the US

(LanzaTech)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office announced more than $64 million in funding for 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. SkyNRG Americas in partnership with LanzaTech was awarded $1 million in funding for Project LOTUS (Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF) to design, build, operate, and maintain

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Guijuelo Biofactory Transforms Waste from the Agri-Food Industry into Biofuel to Travel to the Moon

(Aqualia (Google Translation)) • Aqualia has presented this morning (September 16, 20212) at the Guijuelo (Salamanca) treatment plant the biofactory project in which the waste generated by the agri-food industry, together with the sludge from the plant, is transformed into energy, biofuels, bioplastics and biofertilizers The 3,000 tons of bio-waste

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

DG Fuels: The Unusual Suspects Are Building Big in Louisiana, as SAFtember Continues

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … But, an unusual suspect became more visible earlier this month when word arrived that DG Fuels was invited to submit a Part II Application for a loan guarantee under the U.S. Department of Energy Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program. If successful, the proposed $2.15

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Plug Power to Build Largest Green Hydrogen Production Facility on the West Coast

(Plug Power)  The Fresno County plant will produce 30 metric tons of liquid green hydrogen per day —  Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, is expanding its green hydrogen ecosystem to the west coast with the construction of a new

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

FutureMetrics Paper Addresses the Biomass Carbon Debt Fallacy

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) FutureMetrics on Sept. 9 published a new white paper revisiting the flawed assumption that there is a carbon debt after wood is harvested and explaining why some academics continue to perpetuate the carbon debt fallacy. The paper, authored by FutureMetrics Founder and President William Strauss, references

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Drax and NFU to Partner Boost UK Energy Crop Market

(NFU Online) World leader in sustainable bioenergy Drax Group has teamed up with the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), to identify opportunities to scale up perennial energy crop production and help the UK meet its ambitious climate goals.  The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has previously stated that if

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass from Forest Restoration: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to PNNL Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Wildfires around the globe have been increasing but what about controlled fires? The U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Lab is looking at prioritizing how and where to target forest restoration (timber harvest and thinning) to have the greatest benefit for bioenergy, reduce

September 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Salk Plant Researchers Launch Collaboration to Breed Carbon-Capturing Sorghum

(Salk Institute) Salk will team up with experts at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to study the genetics of sorghum — Researchers at the Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) have established a five-year, $6.2 million collaboration with Nadia Shakoor, principal investigator and senior research scientist and her team at the Donald Danforth

September 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Honeywell and Preem Conduct Commercial Co-Processing Trial to Produce Renewable Fuel

(Honeywell UOP)  Honeywell UOP’s Optimix GF feed distributor successfully enabled co-processing trial with biomass-based pyrolysis oil; Trial at Preem’s Lysekil refinery marks UOP’s 6th commercial co-processing trial in an FCC and the first trial in Scandinavia  —  Honeywell announced today the completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Plant Biologist Turns to TikTok to Show Kids Science in Action

by Lela Nargi (Washington Post)  Katie Murphy is a plant biologist. She researches corn and tobacco plants at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She’s also the host of “Real Time Science,” a series of videos that she uploads to TikTok and Instagram. She shows kids examples of her experiments in

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

UToledo Chemical Engineer Awarded $3.2 Million to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology

by Christine Billau (University of Toledo) The U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

FCC Environment Uses Former Landfill and Quarry Sites for Energy Crops

(Terravesta) Terravesta grower and one of the UK’s leading resource and waste management companies, FCC Environment is using its landbank to grow energy crops for biomass fuel. The company has been planting Miscanthus at several of its old landfill and quarry sites across the country that it has restored following their

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

From a Nuisance to a Benefit, ‘World’s Worst Weed’ Finds New Use as Biofuel

(South Africa Today) • A startup in western Kenya has developed a process of making bioethanol from water hyacinths, addressing both the need for a clean fuel alternative to charcoal and fuelwood, and the spread of the invasive hyacinths. Proponents say a key advantage of this “second-generation” bioethanol over traditional

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Fuels Wins Funding for Brewery and Dairy Waste Project

(Biofuels International)  Waste from milk factories and breweries could be put to good use in fighting climate change, according to scientists at Green Fuels Research. The Gloucestershire-based company in the UK has won funding under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme for its Microalgae

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Smokestacks

by Keith Button (Aerospace America)  The air transport industry lacks enough suppliers of sustainable aviation fuel to meet the anticipated demand as airlines become more aggressive about reining in their carbon footprints and more travelers take to the air. Keith Button describes one company’s unique approach to meeting the demand. The

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing Algae for Better Biofuels: CSU Share in $3.5 Million Project

(Colorado State University) Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced its support for the project, titled “Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Pennycress 2.0 – Improved Oil, Protein: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bunge, REG and Bayer helped CoverCress raise a total of $22 million including $8 million in Series B in 2021. What does that mean for this low carbon cash cover crop and for growers? What is their commercial track? How are the harvest and oil

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

UMD Researcher Awarded $6 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy to Create Value-Added Biofuels and Bioplastics from Food Waste

by Samantha Watters (University of Maryland)  Stephanie Lansing will serve as principal investigator, establishing a consortium of scientists and industry partners with the goal of creating renewable resources —  Stephanie Lansing, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland (UMD), is leading two new grants

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Increasing Sugar Availability for Oil Synthesis: Findings Could Lead to Higher Potential for Biofuel Crops

(Brookhaven National Laboratory) A team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has bred a plant that produces more oil by manipulating the availability of sugar for oil synthesis. The team, led by BNL’s John Shanklin, achieved these results in using leaves of the fast-growing plant Arabidopsis, to mimic stem cells of

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Ag & Transportation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Nichole Fitzgerald, Program Manager, shared this short but sweet slide guide on BETO’s goals for 2021-2030 with large volumes of biomass being critical to achieving those goals, why they are looking at CO2 removal, feedstock technologies program

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 from the Atmosphere to Make Biofuel Would Benefit Business and Environment

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) … Traditional fermentation processes for producing such products rely on microorganisms that emit large quantities of CO2. If researchers could find a way to avoid such emissions and to actually incorporate CO2 into the product, important environmental and economic benefits would result. With the support of a

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

£4 Million Funding to Boost UK Biomass Production

(U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Lord Callanan) 24 projects receive government funding of up to £200,000 to increase UK production of biomass that can be used as sources of green energy.  —  24 projects will receive government funding of up to £200,000 to increase UK production

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Farm-Powered Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Vanguard Renewables sequesters organic waste that could be a dangerous contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and converts it into a powerful source of renewable energy, renewable natural gas. Find out how it works, the role of farms, project inputs and outputs, and more.  READ MORE Dairy

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

(Emerging Markets Online)  New study! Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, August 2021) focuses on low-carbon feedstock availability, technology pathways for low carbon renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation production. Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) 2030  covers four key areas: 1) renewable diesel producer case studies

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Assessment of Forest-Based Products: A Review

by Kamalakanta Sahoo, Richard Bergman, Sevda Alanya-Rosenbaum, Hongmei Gu and Shaobo Liang (Sustainability)  Climate change, environmental degradation, and limited resources are motivations for sustainable forest management. Forests, the most abundant renewable resource on earth, used to make a wide variety of forest-based products for human consumption. To provide a scientifc

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

CleanBay Renewables to Sell bp RNG Derived from Poultry Litter

(bp/Biomass Magazine) bp and CleanBay Renewables announced a 15-year agreement where bp will purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) processed from poultry litter—a mixture of manure, feathers and bedding—and sell it as fuel for the U.S. transportation sector. CleanBay manages this process by mixing poultry litter with water in a closed system

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Net-Zero Renewables: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you imagine 100% reduction in GHG emissions? Where 100% of agricultural feedstock nutritional value is returned to the food chain? Check out this illuminating slide guide highlighting Gevo’s Cradle to Cradle Lifecycle actions and plans for transportation fuels and net-zero products.   READ MORE Learn

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Sorghum Industry Partners with University of California to Advance Sorghum

(United Sorghum Checkoff Program)  The United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), the University of California, Merced, and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources today announced a five year partnership to promote drought resilience in sorghum and increase demand for the cereal crop in biofuel and bioproduct markets. Efforts

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Maersk Secures Green E-Methanol for the World’s First Container Vessel Operating on Carbon Neutral Fuel

(Maersk)  European Energy will establish a new e-methanol facility in Denmark and provide renewable energy to fuel it. —  A.P. Moller – Maersk has identified its partners to produce green fuel for its first vessel to operate on carbon neutral methanol: REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Bringing Algae-based Biofuels to Commercialisation

by Scarlett Evans (Bio Market Insights)  …  Now, a team from Colorado State University (CSU) is working to boost algae crop growth to reach industrial levels, with the team being awarded $3.2m from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in support of this goal earlier this month. We took a closer

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government Launches Plan for a World-Leading Hydrogen Economy

(U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP) First-ever vision to kick start world-leading hydrogen economy set to support over 9,000 UK jobs and unlock £4 billion investment by 2030. consultation also launched to look at ways to

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Operational Energy from Seawater: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to U.S. Naval Research Lab

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The power of water – the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory knows what that means in many ways, but how about making fuel when and where you need it when deployed overseas or in remote island locations? Fuel at point of use translates into “Freedom of

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Japanese Transport Firm Makes Diesel Fuel Using Ramen Broth

(Kyodo News) The enterprising president of a transport firm in southwestern Japan has come up with a way to power his trucks with a biodiesel fuel made partly from leftover “tonkotsu” ramen soup broth. The firm, Nishida Shoun, based in Fukuoka Prefecture, mixes lard extracted from the broth, which is made

August 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Korea National Oil Management Institute Secures Insect Biodiesel Manufacturing Technology

(K-Petro (Google translation)) Initiated the second phase of development of biodiesel production technology using insect lipids; Contribute to the expansion of biodiesel supply for the realization of 2050 carbon neutrality  — Korea Petroleum Management Service (Chairman Joo-Seok Son) has secured biodiesel production technology using insect resources (Dongae, etc.).  With the support of the

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

RBZ Dumps Gono’s Failed Jatropha Project

by Leopold Munhende (New Zimbabwe) THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has finally given up on former Governor Gideon Gono’s Jatropha Biodiesel experiment. RBZ governor John Mangudya said in his 2021 Mid-Term Monetary Policy review the project no longer warranted the central bank’s attention. The jatropha experiment was launched as a source

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Upcycling Carbon to Fuel, Fragrances and More: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we are sharing some of the hottest 2021 ABLC Digital presentations and you won’t want to miss this one from LanzaTech’s Dr. Jennifer Holmgren on commercial scale operations, the first European plant, other global platform build outs, upcycling carbon emissions into ethanol for fragrances,

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 5: Hydrogen, Bioenergy & CCUS to “Crack the Nut” on Decarbonization

by Tammy Klein (Transportation Energy Strategies)  … • Hard-to-Abate Transport Sectors: A Citi report notes that hydrogen, bioenergy and CCUS are key to “cracking the nut” of hard-to-abate sectors like aviation, shipping and trucking and recommends sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for aviation, ammonia for shipping and biofuels, electrification and hydrogen

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogenic Carbon Fuels, Co-Processing Strategies: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Coprocessing Bio-oils in Refineries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Leveraging existing refining infrastructure leverages billions US$ in CAPEX and 5 million bpd of crude refining. NREL, PNNL, and LANL is tackling how to accelerate adoption of co-processing biomass-derived feedstocks with petroleum streams in operating petroleum refineries to produce biogenic carbon containing fuels. READ MORE

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawmakers from Both Parties Call for Investment in Ag as a Climate Solution

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Thirty lawmakers from both houses of Congress have written a letter urging House and Senate leadership to support an historic, long-term investment in farmers, ranchers and rural communities as a part of upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation. Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Abigail Spanberger

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: New West Genetics’ Hemp Varieties

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … New West Genetics recognized that the 2014 and 2018 U.S. Farm Bills provided an opportunity to create a new leading row crop from hemp. Different forms of this crop make a healthy ancient grain rich in protein and omega 3/omega 6 oils, expressed, an array

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed Could Make a Cleaner Bio-Jet Fuel, Study Finds

(Ohio State News)  Computer models estimate fewer environmental impacts than other crops  — A common farm weed could make a “greener” jet fuel with fewer production-related environmental impacts than other biofuels, a new study indicates. Growing the weed, pennycress – often called stinkweed – as a crop requires less fertilizer and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MAGIC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae biofuel AND high value co-products from residuals across algae strains? Are there co‐products that lead to increased LEA value, while maintaining biofuel production, to drive down the overall cost of biofuel? That is what the Consortium is tackling via marine algae strain selection, production

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Having a Field Day Talking about Hemp for Biofuel in Maryland

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For the US agricultural community, having a field day gives farmers and others in the agricultural products value chain the opportunity not only for hands-on learning about new crops and new technologies or about old problems and improving solutions, but also for networking and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

President Biden’s Climate Plan and iIts Role in Agriculture & Renewable Biofuels

by Oliver Peoples (Yield10 Bioscience/Biofuels Digest) During President Biden’s April 22nd climate plan speech at the Virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate, he announced his goal of cutting 50 percent of U.S. carbon-emissions levels by 2030. This is no simple task, and consumers, investors and businesses alike are aware of the difficult but

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm Seaweed Farming Could Be a Potent Weapon in the Fight against Climate Change. But Can It scale?

by Adele Peters (Fast Company) In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology on board automatically harvests and replants the seaweed, which quickly grows several feet long. The system is designed

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass Availability with Matthew Langholtz

(Climate Now/Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Bioenergy is a renewable energy for its carbon neutrality – plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and emit the same amount when combusted for energy. But to significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, substantial amounts of biomass, or organic matter, are required. What types of

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting Renewable Electricity into Stable Molecules Could Provide Long-Term Energy Storage

by Beth Mundy (Tech Xplore/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  For renewable energy and energy storage technologies, variation is the name of the game. The intensity of the natural resources that provide renewable energy varies from day to day, as well as season to season. Spring brings high winds to scour the deserts and

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Switchgrass and Miscanthus on Mined Lands for Biofuel and Biomass Production

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

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawsuits Target Exxon’s Social Media ‘Green Washing’

by Maxine Joselow  (E&E News Climatewire) Two years ago, Exxon Mobil Corp. took to Twitter to promote its research into algae biofuel. The oil giant tweeted a photo of swirling beakers of bright green liquid to its hundreds of thousands of followers. “We’re researching algae biofuel with about 40% of its mass as fat,

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

$1.5M DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

(Vanderbilt University School of Engineering)  A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jamey Young, will take a systems biology

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Fuels Research Wins Innovate UK Funding for PoWGEN Aquaculture Waste-to-Power Generation Project in Vietnam

(Green Fuels Research) Green Fuels Research, in partnership with the School of Chemical Engineering, Hà Nội University of Science and Technology (HUST) has been awarded grant funding by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, under Energy Catalyst 8 to conduct a feasibility study into the conversion of pangasius (catfish) mortalities and

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Central Tuber Crop Research Institute Bets on Cassava as Feedstock for Bioethanol Production

by V Sajeev Kumar (The Hindu Business Line) As a biofuel crop, cassava has comparative advantages vis-a-vis sugarcane  —  As the search for alternate feedstock sources for ethanol production gathers pace, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) finds cassava (tapioca) as a promising raw material for bioethanol production to meet

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Carnegie And Stanford Plant Scientists Awarded $900K For Biofuel Research

(Carnegie Science)  Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman and Stanford University’s Ellen Yeh were awarded a $900, 000 grant this spring from the university’s public-private partnership Strategic Energy Alliance to research the synthesis of biofuels from a species of green microalgae called Botryococcus braunii. Scientists from a diversity of research areas, including plant and algal

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Sea Tractor’ Harvests and Replants Carbon-Capturing Seaweed at This Floating Farm

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  Seaweed farming could be a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. But can it scale?  — In a series of floating seaweed farms off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a catamaran travels back and forth through lines of dangling red algae. Custom technology

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Energycane Produces More Biodiesel than Soybean at a Lower Cost

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Bioenergy from crops is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. New crops such as energycane can produce several times more fuel per acre than soybeans. Yet, challenges remain in processing the crops to extract fuel efficiently. Four new studies from the University of Illinois explore chemical-free pretreatment methods,

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

S. Korean Defense Agency Develops Palm Oil-based Bio Jet Fuel Production Technique

by Park Sae-jin (AJU Business Daily)  South Korea’s state defense research agency has acquired core technologies for the production of palm oil-based bio jet fuel. Through a series of tests, the agency found that the low-carbon renewable fuel could be an alternate fuel source for military and civil jet turbine

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Playing the Long Game: ExxonMobil Gambles on Algae Biofuel

by Carly Nairn (Mongabay) – Algae biofuel initially looked promising, but a few key problems have thwarted major research efforts, including development of a strain of algae able to produce plentiful cheap fuel, and scaling up to meet global energy demand. – Other alternative energy solutions, including wind and solar

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Substitute for Wood for Biofuel

(Bio Market Insights)  … recently, bamboo has caught their eye, as evidenced in a study made in Indonesia which we discuss, as it presents a future in sustainable energy.  Bamboo is one of the most productive and fastest growing plants on the planet. … Its fuel characteristics, high productivity, short rotation

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Weather-Resistant Crops: the Bioenergy Fuel of the Future

(Bio Market Insights) …  Finding a way to increase crop yields without encroaching on either food crops or natural habitats is a novel challenge, but it is one that may soon have a solution. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) are looking into biotech

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

TotalEnergies and Veolia Join Forces to Develop CO2-based Microalgae Cultivation to Produce Next-generation Biofuels

(TotalEnergies and Veolia/Business Wire) TotalEnergies and Veolia (Paris:VIE) have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2. The two partners will pool their know-how to develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery, operated by TotalEnergies, with the long-term goal of producing biofuel. Through photosynthesis, microalgae

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

by Nicoletta Lanese (Live Science) Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging and synthetic fabrics. Scientists uncovered these microbes in liquid that was drawn from the rumen, the largest compartment of a ruminant’s stomach;

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8M Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund

(WaterWorld) Greasezilla is actively seeking new FOG (fats, oils and grease) processing locations nationwide for joint ventures with government and private operators  — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ FOG separation and processing systems, announces that Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I, LLC, is investing over $8,000,000 to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide.

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Plugging in’ to Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics

(AgriLife Today)  Agriculture byproducts can help produce eco-friendly, biodegradable plastics — Bioplastics — biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum — can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Bio-refinery’: Using the Chemistry of Willow Trees to Treat Municipal Wastewater

(Science Daily/University of Montreal)  Millions of liters of primary municipal wastewater can be treated sustainably using fast-growing willow trees while also producing renewable bioenergy and ‘green’ chemicals, researchers find.  — Every year in Canada, six trillion litres of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment, while another 150

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

MOL Starts Research and Development on Large-scale Liquefied CO2 Carrier – Part of NEDO Demonstration Project Entrusted by Japan CCS

(Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) -Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today (June 22, 2021) announced that the company will launch research and development (R&D) on adoption of a large-scale liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) carrier to complete the basic design under a project entrusted to Japan CCS Co., Ltd.

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

How President Biden’s Climate Plan Will Affect Cover Crops

by Lana Bandoim (Forbes) … In his (President Joe Biden’s) speech, he revealed paying farmers for planting cover crops that will help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Cover crops include Camelina, rye, buckwheat and several others. Yield10 Bioscience, an agtech company using gene discovery tools, has been doing field trial

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Preem’s Refinery in Lysekil Begins Producing Renewable Petrol

(Preem)  The first tests to produce renewable petrol from sawdust have just been carried out at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil. Work has now started to process 50,000 tons of pyrolysis oil at the plant. The renewable raw material will be delivered from the Swedish company Pyrocell. Extensive tests have now begun

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Success of Pongamia Oil as an Advanced HVO Feedstock

(Biofuels International)  Global demand for advanced feedstocks from sustainable sources is already outstripping the supply, with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) demand expected to increase substantially over the next decade. There is a clear gap between current and HVO production capacity under construction and the availability of advanced waste-based feedstocks. As

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Data Deep Dive Reaches New Level of ‘Reasonable and True’

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) … For corn ethanol, most greenhouse gas emissions can be mapped to the fuel’s production, transportation, and combustion, but a large portion of the greenhouse gas calculation can be traced right back to the farm. Because of privacy concerns, however, scientists can’t access individual

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Dutch/Swedish Consortium Gets Go ahead to Continue Study on Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Forestry Residues in Sweden

(SkyNRG) Today the Swedish Energy Agency announced it will grant funds to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Södra, Växjö Energi, SkyNRG, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 2030-sekretariatet to continue their research on the development of production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Växjö region in Småland, Sweden. The funding will

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Finland’s Largest Power-to-Gas Plant – Wärtsilä and Vantaa Energy to Continue Planning towards an Investment Decision

(Electric Energy Online/Wärtsilä) The technology group Wärtsilä and Finnish utility, Vantaa Energy Ltd, have signed a co-operation agreement for pre-engineering and development of a Power-to-Gas (P2G) plant for Vantaa Energy. The plant planned to be commissioned in 2025 would be the largest in Finland and also the first to produce carbon-neutral,

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting It Renewable Ready

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  As renewable diesel producers source an array of low-quality, low-carbon inputs, they’re tapping biodiesel’s seasoned pretreatment technology providers for customized feedstock preparation solutions, both on and offsite. From used cooking oil (UCO) and distillers corn oil (DCO) to tallow and choice white grease, these low-CI—and

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sugar Beet Boost for Scotland’s Green Economy

by Greg Russell (The National) Reintroducing a crop harvested in Scotland for the first time in half a century will help support Scotland’s green economy.  A consortium behind the first sugar beet crop in 50 years – harvested earlier this year – has taken a significant step forward after a pilot project

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Single Gene Boosts Climate Resilience, Yield and Carbon Capture in Crops

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As climate

June 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Top Biofuel Maker Eyes Garbage in Widening Feedstock Hunt

by Robert Tuttle and Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  Top Biofuel Maker Eyes Garbage in Widening Feedstock Hunt —  The world’s biggest renewable-diesel producer is looking to convert everything from tree limbs to landfill garbage into fuel for motor vehicles and planes as demand surges for low-carbon fuel sources. In Canada’s Quebec

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

MEIA Spotlight — Ryan Powell

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator) Ryan Powell is the founder and CEO of Manta Biofuel, an MEIA Startup that produces crude oil from algae at a cost that could be competitive with traditional petroleum. Manta’s team has developed their proprietary magnetic algae harvesting technology and low-cost continuous flow hydrothermal liquefaction system.  “We are

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

CCAP Community Need Engagement

(Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) CCAP (Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) is one of the world’s leading and oldest algal collection, supporting national and international ecological, environmental and biotechnology research and providing education and training to many scientists and policy makers https://www.ccap.ac.uk/. We provide 100’s samples to scientists each

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

MBL Begins First Test of Tropical Seaweed Farming for Biofuels Production

by Diana Kenney (University of Chicago Marine Biological Laboratory) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson, associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF: Bioethanol Production from Sunflower Biomass

(UABIO)  …  In Ukraine, there are about 20 producers of bioethanol with a total capacity of over 300 thousand tons/year, but there are only 8 companies with a total capacity of 128 thousand tons/year that really produce bioethanol. Raw materials for bioethanol production The raw materials for the production of first-generation

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

GM Grass Cleanses Soil of Toxic Pollutants Left by Military Explosives, New Study Shows

(University of York/Phys.Org) A grass commonly used to fight soil erosion has been genetically modified to successfully remove toxic chemicals left in the ground from munitions that are dangerous to human health, new research shows. The study—led by the University of York- demonstrates that genetically modified switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) can detoxify

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Puerto Rico Testing Seaweed Farm for Biofuels

(Algae Planet) A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for offshore cultivation of tropical seaweeds to support large-scale production of

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Notified of US Forest Service Grant for Patented Process Enabling Use of Waste Wood for the ‘Carbon Zero’ Jet/Diesel Plant

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire)  Finalizing Grant for “Valorizing Forest Waste for Cellulosic Ethanol Production” to Extract Sugars from Waste Forest and Orchard Wood Using Ionic Liquids Technology Licensed Exclusively to Aemetis from DOE-Funded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Enhancing Land Surface Models to Grow Perennial Bioenergy Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy/EurekAlert!) High-yield miscanthus and switchgrass are promising alternatives to traditional annual crops for biofuels. —  … To understand the effects of this trend, scientists must accurately represent biofuel crops in land surface models. Using observations from biofuel plants in the Midwestern United States, researchers simulated two biofuel

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Directed Funding Opportunity for Biomass Compositional Analysis DEADLINE: June 18, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is offering directed funding assistance for industry and universities interested in leveraging NREL’s unique biomass compositional analysis capabilities. Eligibility All U.S. companies and universities are eligible to apply for this directed funding opportunity (DFO). Foreign companies

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas to partner with SunLine Transit Agency to Test Combination of Technologies to Produce Hydrogen from RNG

(Green Car Congress) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will demonstrate a combination of technologies that will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas (RNG) at SunLine Transit Agency’s hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called “H2 SilverSTARS,” will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine’s fleet of 17 hydrogen fuel cell

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

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

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen: Can It Power a Carbon-Free Economy?

by Jim Robbins (Energy Today) Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Changing Carbohydrates into Lipids for Microalgae Biofuels

(Kobe University/Phy.Org) A cross-institutional collaboration has developed a technique to repartition carbon resources from carbohydrates to lipids in microalgae. It is hoped that this method can be applied to biofuel production. This discovery was the result of a collaboration between a research group at Kobe University’s Engineering Biology Research Center consisting

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Jet Fuel Production from Brassica Carinata in the Southern United States

edited by Puneet Dwivedi (GCB-Bioenergy) A Virtual Special Issue  —  The aviation sector emits 2.4% of the global anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. The use of jet fuel derived from bioenergy feedstocks is vital for reducing the aviation sector’s carbon footprint. This is especially true in the United States, as the

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Miscanthus Carbon Independent Sequestration Figures Revealed in New Study

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In the United Kingdom, the first dedicated, independent study into Miscanthus life cycles shows that the above ground biomass grows annually and recycles all the carbon that’s been produced through planting, harvesting and burning the crop for renewable electricity, and at the same time, the

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

UH Hilo Researches Whether Sugarcane Can Make Jet Fuel

(University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo) A groundbreaking study investigating the growth of selected varieties of sugarcane to convert into high-performance jet fuel is underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM). Utilizing advanced technologies in agronomics and bioeconomy, the researchers are ultimately looking to

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

World-First Laundry Capsule in Market Made from Industrial Carbon Emissions

(Unilever)  Unilever has partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions instead of from fossil-fuels. The innovative shift in production utilises biotechnologies and a newly configured supply chain between the three partners, who are working together for the first time. Typically derived from

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Adhesives from Waste Wood, Biofuel from Straw

(ChemEurope)  EU research project on the potential of agroforestry waste as environmentally friendly raw materials completed  — In future, waste from agriculture and forestry could serve as the basis for environmentally friendly building materials, insulation foams or fuels. Over the past four and a half years, an EU project involving the

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Clariant Collaborates with Indonesia’s Pertamina in Advanced Biofuels Assessment

(Clariant) Indonesian oil & gas company Pertamina and Clariant collaboratively evaluate the feasibility of sunliquid® technology to convert available regional feedstocks into advanced biofuels; Technology evaluation and conceptual engineering study also cornerstone to the work; Pertamina presented project collaboration details at Hannover Messe Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Showcase Bioeconomy: Industrial Plants Make Unproductive Arable Land Profitable

(University of Hohenheim (Google translation))  European project with the participation of the University of Hohenheim researches how unprofitable fields with renewable raw materials can be used sustainably and with added value — Unused potential: Around 65 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe are hardly or not at all usable for

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Chemistry and Biofuel: The Mechanism of a Key Photoenzyme Decrypted

(European Synchrotron Radiation Facility/Phys.Org) The functioning of the enzyme FAP, useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Data Collection Project to Help Farmers Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Leslie Reed (University of Nebraska–Lincoln/Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute/Nebraska Today) University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Alfa Laval Becomes Partner in Unique Power-to-X Consortium to Produce Renewable Clean Fuels

(Alfa Laval/PR Newswire) Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – becomes a partner in the Swedish company Liquid Wind, which develops electro-fuel facilities to produce renewable clean fuels. Alfa Laval will be part of the Liquid Wind board and contribute with its

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Combining Farms and Solar Panels Could Transform How We Produce Both Food and Energy

by Chris Mallory (The Counter)  Agrivoltaics—putting solar panels on farmland—lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.  — … Mounted on 9-foot-tall beams, so lofty a tractor could pass below them, the solar panels slant against the blue sky of the high desert, throwing shade on

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Results of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Round Robin on the Analysis of Heteroatoms in Biomass Liquefaction Oils

by Philip Bulsink, Ferran de Miguel Mercader, Linda Sandström, Bert van de Beld, Fernando Preto, Alan Zacher, Anja Oasmaa, Nicolaus Dahmen, Axel Funke, and Benjamin Bronson (Energy Fuels) A round robin study evaluating the analysis of biomass liquefaction oils (BLOs) from fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) was performed, receiving data

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

They Produce Biodiesel from Low-Quality Animal Fats

(Polytech University of Madrid (Google Translation))  Researchers at the UPM obtain biodiesel from a mixture of low-quality animal fat with soybean oil and, once characterized according to technical regulations, have tested its behavior in a Diesel engine. — Today, renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, are the most promising alternative to partially

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Part 2: Delta CleanTech Aims for CO2 Capture in Service of Oil & Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, in part 2 of our series The Extraordinary remaking of Ordinary Things, let’s begin with a bit of news overlooked by the major news outlets last week, that Alberta-based Delta CleanTech acquired the CO2 capture and solvent reclaiming division and operating assets of HTC Extraction

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Keep off the Grass’: The Biofuel that Could Help Us Achieve Net Zero

(Earlham Institute)  Some grasses are a sustainable energy source that could be a driving force towards achieving net zero carbon emissions, according to new research that demonstrates their resilience to harsh growing environments. — The Miscanthus genus of grasses, commonly used to add movement and texture to gardens, could quickly become

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Partners with Next Generation of Pumpers to Install Greasezilla FOG Separation Systems in Key Cities

(Greasezilla)  Greasezilla is investing $1 million per facility in joint ventures to build FOG processing facilities nationwide. — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™, announces its work with a rising number of pumpers seeking end-to-end solutions from pumping through to processing, embracing new profitable technologies, and reducing landfilling. This new generation

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Turning Hydrogen Production Green with Microalgae

by Laura Thomson interview with Akshat Tanksale (AZO CleanTech) Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale at Monash University speaks to AZoCleantech about his research on how microalgae could have significant benefits when applied to the hydrogen production industry. … What makes microalgae a suitable resource that could revolutionize hydrogen production? Unlike agriculture

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Shining, Colored LED Lighting on Microalgae for Next-Generation Biofuel

(American Institute of Physics/TechExplore)  …  In their paper, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Yangzhou University researchers in China show how a combination of monochromatic red and blue LED illumination on one type of microalga can enhance its growth and increase the biosynthesis of critical components, such as lipids, for

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil and Porsche Test Lower-Carbon Fuel in Race Conditions

(ExxonMobil/Porsche/Business Newswire) ExxonMobil and Porsche are testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels, as part of a new agreement to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption. The first iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is a blend of primarily advanced biofuels and is specially formulated by ExxonMobil’s in-house team of scientists

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-hour Catalyst Stability Test

by Karyn Hede (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Sewage and food waste biocrude conversion process reaches major milestone — A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

National Corn Growers Association – Consider Corn Challenge III

Join us for a 1-hour webinar to hear more about the Consider Corn Challenge III: Novel Biomaterials, Products, & Technologies Utilizing Field Corn as an Industrial Feedstock. You’ll learn about the challenge details directly from NineSigma and representatives from NCGA. A majority of the webinar is dedicated to a LIVE

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

“Best CO2 Utilisation 2021″:The Three Winners of the Innovation Award Are Turning CO2 into Methanol, Cleaners, Plastic Packaging or Surfactants

(Bio-based News/nova Institute)  CO2 has become famous in a sad way. Carbon Recycling International from Iceland, LanzaTech from USA and Covestro from Germany transform it into usable raw materials. — More than 180 participants from 24 countries followed the 41 speakers online. Experts from industry and science presented their latest technologies

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article
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