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Biofuel Gets Go-Ahead for Testing

(Renovare Fuels)  UK-based technology company Renovare Fuels has been awarded support by Innovate UK for aviation fuel testing through the Sustainable Aviation for Clean Growth programme. The company has developed a technology that converts waste into a biofuel that could replace traditional fossil fuels. Fuel standards outlined by the British Ministry

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Transport Laboratory Goes Fossil Free

(Scania/Yahoo!Finance)  Through its inhouse haulier, Scania demonstrates how carbon emission reductions by more than 95 percent can be achieved with existing technology.  —  Scania’s Transport Laboratory is used for some of Scania’s own internal transport. The operations consists of 45 trucks and coaches, of which 14 are tractors for long distance transport.

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

California’s Ecology Switches 600 Trucks to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT Journal)  Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. According to Neste, Ecology is one of the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Octane Alliance Sees Open Road for Higher Blends

(Urban Air Initiative)  … South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke and Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend said an update to the master list of future federal regulatory actions called the Unified Agenda does not include a previously proposed rule that would make any blends above E15 illegal to use in

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Behind the Scenes with E15 as We Peel back the Layers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … More recently in 2011, E15 was approved by the EPA for all vehicles 2001 and newer – nearly 9 out of 10 cars on the road today, or about 92 percent of all registered cars and trucks. In fact, according to Growth Energy, “E15 is the most

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

U.K.’s John Lewis Partnership Commits to Phasing out Diesel Trucks

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The John Lewis Partnership, a major department store company in the U.K., has announced plans to phase out all diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks from its fleet by 2028. The company, which calls itself the largest employee-owned business in the U.K., says all of the heavy-duty delivery trucks from its retail

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

California’s Turlock Scavenger Touts ‘Easy Switch’ to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Turlock Scavenger, a waste collection and recycling company in central California, has switched its fleet of diesel engine vehicles to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting significant reductions in maintenance costs. Founded in 1935, Turlock Scavenger provides residential waste services to more than

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Department, the Army Join Forces on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Deal

(U.S. Department of Energy/NGV Journal)  The Energy Department announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army to collaborate in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for military and civilian use. Signed by the Director of the U.S. Department of Army’s Tank & Automotive Research Development and Engineering

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex, Trucent Announce Scale up of MicroX Technology

(Trucent/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. The scale up followed completion of development, construction and operation of a pilot system that was undertaken as part

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

The Truth about E15 and Smog

(Renewable Fuels Association)  On October 9, President Trump announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon begin a rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) in conventional gasoline markets, which account for nearly 70% of total U.S. gasoline consumption.[1] Much of the media coverage surrounding

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania, Lucketts and Green Biofuels Join Forces to Trial HVO as a Biofuels for UK Coaches

(Scania)  A partnership between Scania, Lucketts Travel and Green Biofuels has conducted what is believed to be the UK’s first trial of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a sustainable biofuel for scheduled intercity coach operations.  The trial, which ran for three months, has provided like-for-like comparison data of seven National Express

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Myth-Buster or Warranty-Buster? Nebraska Ethanol Test Will Push beyond Auto Manufacturers’ Specs

by Joe Duggan (Omaha World-Herald Bureau)  Nebraska literally put the rubber to the road more than 40 years ago to give ethanol a shot of much-needed street cred. It was called the “Nebraska 2 Million Mile Gasohol Road Test Program.” It began on Dec. 23, 1974, when a roads department supervisor

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The World’s First Commercial Flight on Fuel Made from Waste Carbon Gases: Now, Will Policy Get the Framework Right for Global Deployment?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren, a cadre of Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech team members, industry stakeholders and a group of pleasantly surprised transatlantic passengers have boarded a Boeing 747 for Virgin’s VS16 light to London Gatwick — in an historic

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home and Actress, Activist, and Filmmaker Olivia Wilde, Partner to Introduce the Home That Runs on Dunkin’

(Dunkin’ Donuts)  Actress and Coffee Enthusiast, Olivia Wilde, Incorporates Her Personal Style into the Home That Runs on Dunkin’  —  For years America has run on Dunkin’, and today Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home is bringing that slogan to life in New York City with the Home That Runs on Dunkin’, the tiny home powered

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Takes Flight: Virgin Atlantic 747 Aircraft Partly Powered by Recycled Fuel

by Neil Lancefield (Perth Now) The first commercial flight powered partly by a new form of biofuel converted from alcohol has been completed. Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 aircraft landed at London Gatwick with a fuel blend containing 5.0 per cent biofuel made from industrial waste gases converted into ethanol. Sir Richard Branson, the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Switzerland: Hyundai Will Roll out World’s First H2 Fuel Cell Truck Fleet

(Hyundai Motor/NGV Journal)  Hyundai Motor Company affirmed at the ‘IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018’ in Hanover that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Beginning in 2019 and over a five year period Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Will Test 30 Percent Ethanol Blend in State Vehicles

by Joe Duggan  (Omaha World-Herald)  Nebraska will run 50 state-owned vehicles on a 30 percent ethanol blend to see how the corn-derived fuel performs in conventional engines. The pilot program will monitor the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems in state

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

LanzaTech’s Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Ready for Take-Off as Virgin Atlantic Plans for First Commercial Flight in October

(GreenAir Online)   Virgin Atlantic will undertake a passenger flight in October using for the first time low-carbon fuel produced through its partnership with LanzaTech. This follows a decision by members of the fuel standards body ASTM in April to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) produced from ethanol as an approved blending

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

by Roger Gilroy (Transport Topics)  Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Goes Green

(Red Funnel Ferries)  ‘Red Goes Green’ is the name given to Red Funnel’s new long-term Environmental Strategy announced today. It seeks to showcase the environmental successes of recent years and highlight a wide range of new green initiatives, including measures to change consumer behavior in line with the company’s commitment to operate

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Won’t Pose Risk to Vehicle Engines, Says Indonesian Producer

(MalaysiaKini/Bernama)  There should be no concern that the use of biodiesel will affect vehicle engines as proven by the implementation of biodiesel programme in Indonesia, said Wilmar International country head in Indonesia, Darwin Indigo. In allaying concerns by Malaysian hauliers and automotive manufacturers on the implementation of biodiesel programme in Malaysia,

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy Complete Longest Transatlantic Biojet Flight

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Carinata is proving that it is a feedstock to be reckoned with, a compelling catalyst for change, with the latest news that Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy came together for the longest transatlantic biojet flight yet. Lots of biofuel flights have been happening over the

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Targets More Airport Biofuel Trials

by Adrian Schofield (Aviation Daily/Aviation Week)  Virgin Australia has just completed a major biofuel trial at Australia’s Brisbane Airport, and the carrier is planning further tests in the near future. Along with its partner organizations, Virgin arranged to have a biofuel blend supplied through Brisbane Airport’s aircraft refueling infrastructure. The carrier

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Airlines’ Biofuel-Powered Flights Might Soon Take Off

by Justin Bachman (Bloomberg)  For years, airlines have experimented with biofuels, aiming to reduce both carbon emissions and their reliance on fossil fuels. It’s been a turbulent journey buffeted by inconsistent investment and the periodic lure of cheap oil. But several major carriers are planning larger-scale usage of biofuel in 2019 and 2020, including JetBlue Airways Corp. and

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines Partner with Neste as Part of Its Efforts to Fly Greener and Expand Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Alaska Airlines/Travel PR News)  As part of Alaska Airlines’ ongoing efforts to fly greener and expand use of sustainable aviation fuels, Neste and Alaska have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In addition to Alaska’s efforts to increase fuel-efficiency and adopt innovative flight technology, the agreement will allow Neste and Alaska to more closely work together to

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Operating Performance of a Tractor Engine of Emissions Standard EU IV in Biodiesel Operation

by Thomas Sadlowski, Volker Wichmann, Bert Buchholz and Markus Winkler  (ATZ OffHighway)  The use of pure biofuels in agricultural machinery offers the opportunity to reduce the use of fossil fuels. These engines are largely fuelled by self-consumption gas stations. Based on the introduction of new emission standards at the beginning of the decade it was determined that

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Understanding the Emissions Benefits of Higher Ethanol Blends: EPA Modeling Fails to Tell the Whole Story.

by Steve Vander Griend (Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Adding ethanol to gasoline improves it in every way. It lowers carbon, reduces common air pollutants for smog formation, lessens CO2 emissions, reduces sulfur content, and provides clean octane as a replacement for toxic aromatics. In short it makes gasoline significantly better

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Competition Aims to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels DEADLINE: February 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Natural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower the environmental footprint of flying. While the Canadian

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Plans for Luverne: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo is a renewable technology, chemical products, and next-generation biofuels company. Gevo has developed proprietary technology that uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. Gevo’s

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

The Wonder of Winery Waste

(Scania)  The vineyards of Bordeaux are doubtless best known for the fine wines they produce. But they are getting things right in more ways than one. With grape marc, the residue produced in the wine-making process, being used to make biofuel, transport operator Citram Aquitaine is running the ED95-driven Scania’s

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewables Could Drastically Cut Tailpipe Emissions

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert)  Switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at KAUST have combined computer analysis with laser-based NOx concentration measurements to understand NOx production pathways in different fuel types. The

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s First Biofuel Flight Could Fly on Monday from Dehrad

by Saurabh Sinha  (Times of India)  India could see its first ever biofuel flight on Monday with SpiceJet planning to operate a turborporp, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this sustainable alternative.  READ MORE India to join elite club on Monday with first biofuel flight between Dehradun and Delhi (Economic Times) India

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Education Program Tweets Video on University of Idaho Biodiesel Firsts

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program)  The goals of the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program as originally established in Sec. 9004 of the Farm Security Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8104) were to stimulate biodiesel consumption and to stimulate the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. The information and outreach activities

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Funnel Trials New Biofuel and Expands Fleet

by Rebecca Moore  (Passenger Ship Technology)  Red Funnel has been spinning several plates this year – from beginning construction of a £10M (US$14M) ferry to launching its latest catamaran, Red Jet 7, and trialling a new biofuel.  …  In terms of alternative fuel, the company recently trialled a biofuel consisting of hydrotreated

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

San Diego County School District Switches Bus Fleet to Run on Renewable Diesel

(Waste Today) Vista Unified School District says its 53-bus fleet’s performance has already improved.   Vista Unified School District (VUSD), a public school district based in San Diego County, California, has switched its fleet of 53 school buses to run on MY renewable diesel from Neste, with U.S. headquarters in Houston. VUSD is the

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

British Large-Scale Study Encourages Adoption of Biomethane in Fleets

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal)  CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refueling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how CNG can help slash road transport emissions. The project, which has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, aims

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

An Emerging Alternative Marine Fuel: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The marine sector consumes 370 million metric tonnes of bunker fuel per year, and stakeholders desire a viable pathway to low- & no-carbon marine fuels. The fuels need to be price competitive with current bunker fuels and other alternatives such as LNG. Fuel needs to be available

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Rockin’ the Boat in Maritime Sector

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Here are some companies that are answering the call for the maritime and shipping sectors with viable biofuel alternatives, the technologies and innovations, the rough waves that still lie ahead, and how they can reach that destination on the horizon. Gevo and Butanol We

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Jet Fuel and Diesel, at Scale: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels

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 its existing refinery in Paramount, California retooling idled refining equipment to increase the nation’s energy

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Ballard-Powered El Dorado Fuel Cell Electric Buses Ready to Deliver Zero-Emission Transit Throughout California

(Ballard Power Systems)  Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that El Dorado National fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity®-HD modules, have successfully completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) (https://www.revgroup.com/news-single/enc-hydrogen-fuel-cell-transit-bus-altoona-testing).  

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Skangas Fuels the Tanker Fure Vinga with Liquefied Biogas (LBG)

(SkanGas)  Skangas have supplied the leading Swedish shipping company and LNG pioneer Furetank with Liquefied Biogas (LBG) – a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel. The Swedish LBG was delivered to Furetank’s M/T FURE VINGA from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping. The fueling took place at the port of

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Accelerates Use of B30 Biodiesel Fuels

(Jakarta Post)  The government plans to accelerate the use of fuel with 30 percent biodiesel content (B30 biofuel) in the transportation sector by next year from the initial plan of 2020, an official has said. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy and energy conservation director general, Rida Mulyana, said the

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Prior to Take-off: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Jet Fuels and Certification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Before renewable jet fuel production comes renewable jet fuel certification. What is involved? FAA and CAAFI stalwart Mark Rumizen presented on the process, the steps, the milestones and more at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.  READ MORE

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Boskalis Westminster : Nederland Aiming for 35% CO2 Reduction with GoodFuels Biofuel

(Boskalis)  Boskalis Nederland and biofuel supplier GoodFuels have announced a long-term partnership aimed at furthering Boskalis’ sustainable practices. Reducing CO2emissions is one of Boskalis’ long-term objectives. A 35% reduction in the CO2emitted by the fleet and equipment in the Netherlands will be an important step towards achieving this ambition. From the

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Royal Netherlands Air Force First to Operate F-16 Fighting Falcon on SAF

(Bioenergy International)  Over the next fortnight, one F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Royal Netherlands Air Force will operate from Leeuwarden Air Base on a 5 percent blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), supplied by SkyNRG, a Netherlands-headed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) sourcing, supply and development company. This is part of an

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

California Trucking Company Cherokee Freight Lines Makes the Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste/PR Newswire)  Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. Cherokee Freight Lines is a diversified carrier of food grade commodities, specializing in kosher-certified hauling and serving some of the largest companies in the nation. They

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel for VUSD Fleet Makes Healthier Communities

(The Vista Press)  Imagine an alternative diesel fuel that reduces carbon emission levels, improves air quality, and performs as well as and costs less than current fuel. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’d be wrong. Renewable diesel not only exists, but it can now be found in Vista

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 28th, 2018

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, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Numerous Commercial Vehicles Approved for Biodiesel

(LifePR/Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM))  New approval list of large engine and commercial vehicle manufacturers for operation with biodiesel (B20 / B30 / B100) published. A recent survey among commercial vehicle manufacturers shows that many trucks, buses and mobile machines are approved for higher blends of biodiesel. Even the latest

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for the Marine Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels for marine diesels — a biofuel developers dream? That’s the premise of his IEA webinar deck on the promise and progress in marine biofuels, a 330 Mton fuel market with both fuel technology in transition, and where anything that is carbon-based, liquid, stable and low in sulphur

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Fuel Delivery Services, a Specialty Carrier of Refined Petroleum Products in California, Switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste) Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, CA, recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. FDS provides transportation services seven days a week, 365 days a year to a variety of clients, from small jobbers

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania and Line 132 Will Use Pure Biodiesel

by Emiliano Huergo (Clarin Rural)  Claudio Molina, Executive Director of the Argentine Association of Biofuels and Hydrogen (AABH), announced that the line of collectives 132 of the Federal Capital will begin to use pure biodiesel in some units before the end of the year. The announcement was made last Tuesday at a meeting

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

From Corn to Manure, Here’s Why Biofuels Could Be Important in the Years to Come

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 down, biomass can include anything from algae to wood and manure. The potential of biofuels

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons — to add ethanol as an approved feedstock

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels

(Urban Air Initiative)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently declared May as Renewable Fuels Month to draw attention to clean burning biofuel options. He’s focused on grassroot efforts to educate and expand access of  mid-level blends for his citizens. Urban Air believes states and grassroots efforts can help pave the way and

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Nestlé Unit Rolls out 10 Biofuel Trucks in Dubai

by Neha Bhatia (Construction Week)  A unit of food and drink giant, Nestlé, has rolled out biofuel trucks in Dubai to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. The company hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% between 2014 and 2020. As part of the programme, Nestlé Waters is collaborating

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA’s New Super Fuel Could Spell Trouble for Ethanol

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is about to allow a new renewable fuel to be sold at the pump, which could revolutionize the fuel business while eliminating the use of corn ethanol in gasoline altogether. For some, the prospects of no longer having to use ethanol under

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Beartooth Basin Will Be First Ski Area to Operate on 100% Biodiesel

(Diesel Technology Forum)  One of America’s oldest ski areas, Wyoming’s Beartooth Basin, has announced plans to become the first ski area to operate all lifts on biodiesel starting this season. Accoriding to a press release, the equipment will initially run on a B20 biodiesel blend consisting of 20% locally-produced biodiesel and

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender pumps and higher blends will keep ethanol in the Midwest, pumping millions of dollars into the economy. —  … The problem lies in the fact that Iowa consumes 1.4 billion gallons

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Marin Ferries Move toward Clean Diesel

by Mark Prado (Marin Independent Journal)  There is a move afoot toward using renewable diesel for ferries, including on Golden Gate Ferry and Blue & Gold Fleet boats that dock in Marin, Bay Area transportation officials announced Thursday. Switching to renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent or

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel

by Glenn Farley (K5 News)  In the Boeing test, a 777 freighter, ran on residual animal fats and plant oils. — In a historic first, Boeing has flown the first commercial jet on 100 percent biofuel. The flight was Seattle to Memphis and back — all without using petroleum. The test was

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

by Tom Gerlach (The Hill/American Lung Association of Minnesota)  Living on an island on the U.S.-Canada Border is not for everyone. But my family has lived in the Rainy Lake-Rainy River country of northern Minnesota for more than 100 years. It is our way of life. When your morning commute involves

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pasadena Fire Department Adopts Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Pasadena Fire Department in California has switched most of its fleet from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The department currently operates one truck, four engines and four rescue ambulances on renewable diesel and plans to transition all remaining apparatus by 2019. … Pasadena

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Urban Air Uncovers More Fishy Fuel Testing

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative uncovered what looks to be more fishy fuel testing. Last year, we called out the Coordinated Research Council (CRC) for using flawed fuel blending practices when evaluating ethanol emissions. These CRC studies matter because EPA often uses them to create rules and regulations regarding ethanol. For an

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Trial to Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

(Red Funnel Ferry)  Red Funnel has announced that it is trialing the use of Green D+ fossil-free fuel on its ro-pax fleet of ships which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The cross-Solent ferry company has teamed up with Green Biofuels, to trial Green D+ biofuel with varying

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New REG Ultra Clean Diesel Blends Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT Journal)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REG) has launched the REG Ultra Clean Diesel, what the company claims is among the lowest-emission diesel fuels on the market. The patent-pending fuel is made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel. The product is approved by the California Air Resources Board

May 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Compatibility of Mid-Level Biodiesel Blends in Vehicles in Indonesia

by Stephanie Searle and Kristine Bitnere (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Indonesia promotes biodiesel consumption through a blending mandate and a subsidy program. The current required biodiesel blend level in transport fuels is 20%, set to increase to 30% in 2020. The mid-level blends required to meet the mandate may raise

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

New Release: Co-Optima 2017 Year in Review

(U.S. Department of Energy)  While vehicles and fuels currently on the market get travelers from Point A to Point B, are there new options that could save fuel and money, while also delivering higher performance and cleaner air? Co-Optima research is exploring ways to do just that, with the science and

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon

by Francois De Beaupuy and Ania Nussbaum  (Bloomberg)  Global Bioenergies looks to extract fuels from non-food crops; Unlike ethanol, fuel works in any engine in high concentration  —  A German luxury carmaker and a French biotech company have joined forces to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels.  On a

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

SF Tour Boat Company Switches Entire Fleet to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Red and White Fleet, a San Francisco tour boat company, has switched its entire fleet of vessels from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. The fuel cuts greenhouse-gas emissions

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Clearing Up Myths About E85 And Ethanol: 16 Things You Need To Know

by Jeff Smith (Dragzine)  Over the years we’ve seen all sorts of misinformation floating around the web on various forums and other social media interfaces with respect to E85 and ethanol fuels, so in the interest of education, we’ve taken some of those questions and put them into a Q&A

April 14, 2018 Read Full Article

New Studies Show Ethanol Reduces Emissions And Improves Air Quality

(Urban Air Initiative)  Ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50%, significantly improving air quality and protecting public health according to two new studies. The separate studies were conducted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of California Riverside(UCR). The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) commissioned both independent studies to

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Boeing’s Latest 777F ecoDemonstrator Flight Programme Tests 100% Biofuel Use and Turbulence Detection

(GreenAir Online)  Boeing is midway through its latest ecoDemonstrator flight programme that is testing more than 30 technologies aboard a FedEx-owned 777 freighter. Since 2012, the programme has tested more than 55 technologies using four commercial aircraft as flying test beds, with the aim of accelerating new technologies and processes that

April 7, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE: New Video Addresses Gasoline Retailer E15 Liability Concerns

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A controversial new video was released today, addressing fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the new E15 fuel on the flexfuelforward.com website. The video features current E15 marketers talking openly about customer E15 complaints and includes a collection of consumers who have had damage or

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

First Car Driving with Global Bioenergies’ Renewable Gasoline

(Global Bioenergies)  First Audi car to drive at the Montlhéry circuit using over 34% renewable gasoline; One-cylinder engine testing results confirm renewable gasoline has very high performances; Start of the on-road testing phase  —  Today, for the first time, Global Bioenergies will use an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing over 34% of renewable, isobutene-derived,

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies to Present Results of Engine Testing with Renewable Fuels

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) will present engine testing results on April 5th. Its commercial partner Audi, and German engine & fuels specialist FEV, will join the presentation. … Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Can Help Reduce Injector Deposit Formation

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Modern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that biodiesel use can minimize deposit formation in common rail injectors. “Deposit formation processes could be

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel Co-Optimization

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (February 15, 2018) released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima). The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Fiat Panda Natural Power Runs on Biomethane for a Whole Year

(Fiat/NGV Journal)  Today marks the first anniversary of the trial on the Panda powered only by biomethane produced at CAP Group’s wastewater treatment plant in Bresso-Niguarda (Milan). On 14 March 2017 Elisa Boscherini (Head of FCA Institutional Relations for the EMEA area) handed the car over to Alessandro Russo, Chairman of

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Engines Being Tested with Raw Untreated Biogas

(Scania/Biomass Magazine)  Producing biogas from waste materials for use as vehicle fuel and heating is not new. And Scania has been working with biogas as an alternative and sustainable source of energy for some years now. However, a couple of innovative trials that the company is involved in could develop the

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Venice’s Water Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil

by Catherine Edwards (The Local IT)  The water buses that transport locals and tourists through Venice’s canals will soon run on environmentally friendly biofuel, made from used cooking oils. The fuel, which is 15 percent renewable, will be produced in a Venetian refinery and made using cooking oil from local households. To

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than 100,000 commercial flights have used low carbon fuels. “This is especially amazing since in 2006

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Off-Road Engines, Aftertreatment Systems Perform Well on B100

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Rostock demonstrates in current research results that off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. The German government’s climate protection plan 2050 intends a reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions in transport sector by 40 percent until

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (R-CNG) vehicle fuel using anaerobic digesters to capture biogases from decomposing organic waste.  Energy

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

GE Aviation Starts Engine Combustor Testing of Unblended Gevo ATJ Renewable Fuel

(GreenAir Online)  Engine manufacturer GE Aviation has started jet engine combustor testing using unblended renewable alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel produced by Gevo. The testing is part of the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN) and is specifically designed to enable greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based alternative products.

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Euglena Using Algae-Based Bio-SPK in Power Generation Trial

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, two weeks ago Euglena began testing its algae-based bio-SPK in a power generation facility as part of a trial run schedule to last through June. The company’s pilot facility is expected to come online by October when it will produce about 5 barrels of fuel

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Slowed Corrode: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Oils and Corrosion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The presence of significant concentrations of oxygen-bearing compounds, particularly carboxylic acids and other carbonyl-containing compounds, makes biomass derived oils corrosive to many common structural materials. So says everyone. But a research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory led by Jim Keiser, sponsored by the DOE Bioenergy

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Study: Renewable Diesel Doing Its Part

(Trucking Info/Neste)  According to a recent study by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GMA), renewable diesel (RD) is playing an active part in ensuring that heavy-duty vehicles, including Class 8 trucks, are meeting near-zero emissions mandates in California. The study, which was prepared for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS Partner in Historic First Pacific Jet Biofuels Flight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has departed from LAX and arrives roughly at Digest press time. The trans-Pacific 15 hour flight will operate with approximately 24,000kg of blended biofuel, saving 18,000kg in

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

City Vehicles Filling up on E30, Saving Money

by Dan Crisler (The Public Opinion)  As Glacial Lakes Energy and its partners continue to promote 30 percent ethanol (E30) fuel blends for use in gas vehicles, two City of Watertown departments have jumped on board. Housing two of the largest vehicle fleets in city government, the Watertown Police Department and

January 29, 2018 Read Full Article

UPS Reports on Renewable Diesel Performance, Calls for Bio-Crude Advancements to Increase Production

by Tom Quimby (Hard Working Trucks)  With both Ford and Chevy recently announcing diesel engine options for their 2019 ½-ton pickups, it’s safe to say that the nation’s oil-burners, despite ongoing emissions controversy, are not going away anytime soon. And interest in alternative diesel fuel is not showing any signs of

January 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Impact of Biofuels on Contrail Warming

by Fabio Caiazzo, Akshat Agarwal, Raymond L Speth and Steven R H Barrett (Environmental Research Letters)  Contrails and contrail-cirrus may be the largest source of radiative forcing (RF) attributable to aviation. Biomass-derived alternative jet fuels are a potentially major way to mitigate the climate impacts of aviation by reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions. Given

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their influence on cloud formation from contrails and thus their climate impact; Focus: aeronautics, climate research,

January 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Drivers in Oaxaca Singing the Praises of E50

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Mexico, rising gas prices in Oaxaca have seen drivers turn towards higher ethanol blends as a way to save money. Three stations opened up offering up to 50% ethanol blends in 2016 and have seen customers grow by 50% since then as a result. One taxi

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Clean Cooking Can Lead to Increased Birth Weight in Newborns

(United Nations Foundation) Babies born to mothers who cooked with ethanol were born later and heavier  —  A new study released today by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which is hosted at the United Nations Foundation, has found that replacing traditional cookstoves that burn wood and kerosene with clean-burning ethanol cookstoves can have a

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

City Passes Queens Councilman’s Bill to Study How to Power NYC Ferries with Renewable Fuel

by Angela Matua (QNS.com)  A new bill passed in the City Council on Dec. 19, 2017 will require that a two-year study be completed to determine how feasible it would be to use renewable fuels and technology to power the city’s ferries. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Reduces Particulate Matter Emissions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  We know ethanol emits fewer carbon emissions like particulate matter (PM) than gasoline. In fact, when it comes to particulate matter, a MIT study concluded PM emissions from gasoline (E0) is three times higher than E10. So what is PM? PM is a particulate pollutant and particulate

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Could Reduce Contrail Formation, Research Finds

by Sean Broderick (AIN Online) Biofuels offer more than an alternative to hydrocarbons; they also reduce jet-engine particle emissions by as much as 70 percent, research by a NASA-led group suggests. Working with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC), NASA analyzed data on the

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified markets such as jet fuel, C3 chemicals and gasoline. The News from Global Bioenergies In

December 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

GE Aviation Testing 100% Gevo ATJ Fuel

(GEVO)  Testing Being Performed as Part of FAA’s CLEEN Program to Promote the Use of Bio-Based Jet Fuels  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today (December 11, 2017) that GE Aviation had commenced jet engine combustor component testing with a jet fuel comprised 100% of Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) .  The testing

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers risk being declared “unseaworthy”. Ship owners and refiners are in a quandary about how to

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Tri Delta Transit Goes All-In with Neste MY Renewable Diesel

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News) Tri Delta Transit, which provides public transportation in Eastern Contra Costa County, Calif., has switched its entire fleet of transit buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY Renewable Diesel. … “Tri Delta Transit is committed to operating our service safely, efficiently and

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuel Issues Leave KTC’s Rs 2 Crore ‘Green’ Buses Languishing

by Nida Sayed  (Times of India)  Less than four months after being launched by the Goa government, two of the three eco-friendly ‘Scania’ buses lie defunct. On August 15, the three were launched by chief minister Manohar Parrikar in Panaji, and soon after, handed over to the state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited. Two

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Scania Ethanol Truck Brings Triple Benefits for French Haulier

(Scania)  First came Nicolas, then Jérôme and finally Sophia. Today, the Faramia triplets have reached the age of 31 and are all active in the family transport business that bears their initials, Transports NJS Faramia. With the motto “The environment lies at the heart of our concerns”, the family has taken

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

A Winning Combination: Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel and Biodiesel Blend

(OPIS)  Written by REG, this free white paper takes a look at the benefits of the latest innovation in renewable fuel – the blending together of two leading diesel replacements: biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel. Read this informative white paper to see why this blending is getting rave reviews from early users. The

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Tests in Milwaukee Zoo Locomotives a Success

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail/Biomass Magazine)  Two steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a renewable wood-based solid fuel last week to reduce fossil coal emissions, and the test runs were a success. The Coalition for Sustainable Rail and the Natural Resources Research Institute completed a final series of

November 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly

by Yamin Vong  (The Sun)  … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests resolution that it passed on April 4. It’s in this environment that there should be increased research and development to

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing ongoing commercialization support. Twelve US and seven international patents have been issued on the technology.

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In 2013,

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil Expanding New Jersey Research and Engineering Center

(ExxonMobil/Business Wire)  Expansion will improve collaboration and enhance research and development capabilities; Focus on accelerating development of scalable energy solutions with reduced environmental impact; New facilities include an engine test center and a lubricant research and development blend plant ExxonMobil announced today (October 13, 2017) that it has broken ground on the expansion of

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil as Fuel in Agriculture

(OWI (Google Translation))  Retrofitting of tractors for multi-fuel use  —  In agriculture, widening the use of vegetable oil as fuel in tractors could contribute to greater sustainability and climate protection within the framework of a resource-conserving bioeconomy. However, the compatibility of fuel-carrying components with vegetable oil fuel must be tested in order to

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Drag Racing With E85: Green Is Mean – E85 Isn’t Just For Tree-Huggers

(Quick Fuel Technology/Holley)  As a renewable energy source championed by environmentalists, racers often think of E85 as a wimpy fuel that has no place in a drag car. However, many bracket racers have shattered that perception by taking advantage of E85’s incredible 110-plus octane rating and dirt cheap pricing. E85 represents

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first. US-based renewable fuel producer Gevo Inc will supply the biojet, through Brisbane Airport’s fuel supply system,

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Fueling a Cleaner Combustion

(KAUST Discovery) Insight into the thermal decomposition of a potential fuel additive shows it could promote cleaner and more efficient combustion.  —  An additive for conventional fuel comprised of oxygenated organic compounds could help reduce the release of pollutants into the atmosphere during the combustion of fossil fuels. Researchers from KAUST

September 22, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures. … Taking a break from sailing up north, we decided to buy an interim boat

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

New Fuels, Vehicles, Both, Together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets. Specifically, engaging with all critical stakeholders (OEM’s, fuel producers, distribution networks, gas station owners, UL, regulators, consumers, etc.), to understand and address impacts,

August 18, 2017 Read Full Article

My Voice: EPA’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader)  …  On behalf of rural communities and family farmers, I am calling out the EPA and those who still drink the Kool-aid of EPA’s fraudulent assessments that E30 is illegal for and damages standard auto engine systems. We also counter EPA’s propaganda with South

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Bus Powered by Food Waste Set to Hit Bristol Streets

by Krishan Davis (Bristol Post)  … Following on from last year’s ‘poo bus’ experiment, Bristol will soon have a new form of low-emissions public transport, powered by an unusual gas. On August 21, a double-decker bus powered by biofuel will be launched. The vehicle will be powered by biomethane – a

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

UK’s Largest Trial of Biogas Trucks Includes Six Major Fleet Operators

(Cenex/NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced the UK’s largest trial of biomethane-fueled trucks. Led by Air Liquide and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK via the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Project, the

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

PCJ Biodiesel Blend to Cut Oil Imports and Boost Agricultural Sector

by Rochelle Williams (Jamaica Information Service)  Jamaica could save hundreds of millions in energy costs per year, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and creating a boost for the agricultural sector through the introduction of a B5 biodiesel blend. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the agency of

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

HGVs Fuelled with Compressed Biomethane Emit 84% Less CO2

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lorries using the UK’s first gas filling station emitted 84% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than equivalent diesel vehicles, a newly released study claims. The UK’s biggest gas network, Cadent, commissioned independent analysis of the first 14 months of operation of the fuelling station, operated by CNG Fuels at

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

New Additive Hands Biodiesel the Win as Cleanest Liquid Fuel in the U.S.

(National Biodiesel Board/PR Newswire)  CARB approval makes America’s Advanced Biofuel key to meet carbon reduction goals  —  The California Air Resource Board announced on July 20, 2017 that it has certified a biodiesel additive that will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

British Operator Will Trial Biogas Trucks under Demanding-Duty Cycle

(NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Ltd will trial the effectiveness of low-emissions natural gas heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) operating as parts of large fleets with demanding-duty cycles. The project aims to prove the reliability, emission savings, cost savings,

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

What’s In a Number?

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Plenty of talk circulates around ethanol blends above E10. Clearly, E15 is the next milestone. But as we work to capture ethanol’s octane benefits and its ability to replace some of the most harmful components of gasoline, we know the number should

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Gasoline-to-Ethanol Switch Reduces Number of Tiny, Harmful Particles in the Air

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  New research claims that the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometres in diameter, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health, increases in the air when motorists switch from ethanol-to-gasoline. Carried out by Franz M Geiger, a professor of chemistry at

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Biodiesel Reduces Particulate Emissions by ‘up to 60%’

(Biofuels International)  According to a new study, Neste MY Renewable Diesel usage reduces particulate emissions in working machines by up to 60%. The study, led by Tampere University of Technology, indicates that the usage of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines such as street sweepers efficiently reduces particulate

July 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Nano-Scale Encapsulation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sylvatex

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sylvatex has the potential to be a breakout star. One application of its technology splash blends a fuel additive called MicroX into diesel or biodiesel, at blend rates expected to be around 10 percent (although it can blend above 40%). In the additive is an low-cost

July 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Minister Hails PCJ/UTECH Biofuel Research

by Chad Bryan (Jamaica Information Service)  Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has hailed the collaboration between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the University of Technology (UTech) on research into the use of castor oil as an alternative form of energy. “It’s really

July 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Micro-Algae Biodiesel Reduces up to 80 pct High-Powered Engines Contamination

(Fish Information & Services)  The first Chilean tests of microalgae biodiesel in high-powered diesel engines show that a reduction of gases emissions and particulate matter of up to 80 per cent can be achieved in engines like those used by Trans-Santiago buses and trucks. The measurements were carried out within

June 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

DLR and Lufthansa Technik Produce Study on Aviation Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels have the potential to improve the carbon footprint of the aviation industry and make the sector more environmentally friendly, according to a new study from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Lufthansa Technik. The DLR and Lufthansa investigated the chemical and physical properties of “promising” biofuels. The

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

B10 Biodiesel Aces Three Million Km of DBKL Testing

by Anthony Lim (Paultan.org) … Still, nothing like actual field tests to offer reliable evidence as to the suitability of B10, and that’s what the MPOB has done, announcing that the fuel has aced a long-term test carried out by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). In just a little over three-and-a-half-years,

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

DLR and Lufthansa Technik Investigate Biofuels in New Study

(DLR) In a large-scale test, DLR combustion researchers investigated the use of biofuels as well as blends of biofuels and kerosene in a real engine. Biofuels have the potential to improve the carbon footprint and to make air transport more environmentally friendly. The tests were carried out in a special

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Guest column: ​Ethanol Saves You Money

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM Inc./Wichita Business Journal)  I was driving home last week and was surprised to see the price differences on the gas station sign. Regular 87 octane gas was $.40 cheaper than “No Ethanol” 87 octane. Regular 87 has contained 10 percent ethanol in Kansas for almost 10 years

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol-Free Gasoline Has Pros and Cons

by  Doug McAllister (Daily Herald)  … We travel to Iowa about one or two times a month. At one gas station, they sell gas with 10 percent ethanol and gas without ethanol. The price difference is 40 cents more for ethanol-free. Is there an advantage of using ethanol-free gasoline as far

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Heineken Brews Biofuel Barge Plan to Cut Emissions

by Turloch Mooney (JOC.com) Heineken is working on a joint pilot with a marine biofuels maker and goods distributor to use low emission barges for exports from The Netherlands. The pilot uses an advanced marine fuel in a 104-TEU barge carrying beer for global exports from a major brewery.  READ MORE

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Racing Professionals Help Educate Professionals

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In this month’s Drive column, Growth Energy’s CEO outlines the partnership with racing professionals to demonstrate why ethanol is a good choice for powering engines and the planet. —  … We know that ethanol has higher octane and that it burns cleaner and

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Cummins B6.7, L9 Engines Compatible with Renewable Diesel

(Fleet Owner)  Cummins Inc. announced its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Both on-highway and off-highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic diesel fuels in North America. “As with

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel increased before Easter, when Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, predicted that diesel vehicles will “disappear from roads much faster than expected.” Can it be that we need

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Are Advanced Biofuels Ready for Takeoff?

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  … As a major U.S. exporter that has dealings with over 150 countries, Boeing had worked with airlines in the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and better flying practices. Now it helped form and lead the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG). It currently represents 27 airlines

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Singapore Air’s 1st ‘Green’ Flight Takes Off; Supplier to Develop Biofuel Supply Chain

by Jennifer Hermes  (Environmental Leader)  In a bid to adopt more efficient and sustainable processes, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has begun operating what it calls “green package” flights on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route, powered by sustainable biofuels produced from used cooking oils and conventional jet fuel. The flights – the

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California

by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ examines the economic potential of fueling heavy-duty trucks with renewable natural gas produced in California,

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Optimus Technologies Receives Award for B100 Conversion System

(Optimus Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection presented Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and 20 other organizations from across the state with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. According to DEP, their projects “represent the very best in innovation, collaboration, and public service in environmental stewardship”. Optimus partnered with Pittsburgh

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

The Fuels and Additives Market Adjusts Focus as Ethanol Repair Issues Become Less Prominent

by Brianna Liestman (Boating Industry)  … Issues related to tank compatibility with E10 have declined in the past years as many older systems and boats are being retired and replaced with new engines, which were built to work with E10. “New boats don’t have that problem because newer boats are designed

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Nat’l Oilheat Research Alliance Releases Biodiesel Use Survey

( National Oilheat Research Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Oilheat Research Alliance has recently released the results of a survey on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable biodiesel for home heat use. Currently, 5 percent biodiesel blends (B5) are being used seamlessly

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Auto Owners Would Stand to Benefit Most

by Kent Frerichs (Argus Leader)  … Why don’t we encourage retailers to convert limited use E85 pumps to E30? Better yet, simply add an inexpensive flex fuel kit to enable dispensing both E85 and ethanol’s super premium 94 octane E30? All auto owners can use E30 effectively gaining better performance at a

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability is critical to airlines, and manufacturers are in close collaboration. Alternatives are not abundant: an electric

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry, Small-Engine Manufacturers Clash over Damage from Fuel

by Ben Wolfgang (Washington Times)  Manufacturers of lawn mowers, snowblowers, chainsaws, and other small-engine equipment continue fueling a debate over the supposed dangers of ethanol, but the ethanol industry argues that they are merely looking for a scapegoat to mask operator error. Gasoline blended with ethanol has become commonplace for American

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article
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