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Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel
December 15, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in …

Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste
December 14, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

SoCalGas Model Energy Design Includes RNG Focus
December 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.
The community …

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers
December 14, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of food crops  —  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant …

Waste to Energy: Production of Biofuel from Waste to Commence in South-West
December 14, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Nigerian Tribune)  … YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that to stop the overdependence on petroleum products, the South-west is set to be the site of a project that is novel to Africa; processing of liquid fuel (biofuel) from …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

Two-Stage Catalytic Fast Hydropyrolysis of Biomass Produces Biofuel with Heating Value, Aromaticity Close to Gasoline
December 11, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Connecticut Storrs reports on a two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis process (CFHP) that produces a drop-in biofuel with heating value and aromaticity close to that of gasoline. Their …

Poop to Plastic and Biofuel, Innovators Put Crap to Good Use
December 11, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Faced with two problems – 1) what to do with human waste in space and 2) how to get needed supplies to astronauts in space (especially longer space missions like …

Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel
December 7, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient.

Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for …

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-Ethanol Tech
December 7, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a …

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals Story
December 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration  —  … Were trash to acquire a substantial uplift in value, that’s the end to the landfill crisis.
In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech have successfully demonstrated the production of …

Big Australia Is Back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL Go Big with a Cellulosic Biofuels Bet
December 6, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel production …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

New Solvent Contributes to Next-Generation Biofuel Production from Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kanazawa University)  Compared to first-generation biofuels produced from food crops, production of second-generation biofuels for daily use is an urgent issue. In this study, researchers developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion as a solvent of biomass, …

Rot Is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi Cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … When it comes to fungi, their ability to break even the most recalcitrant of hardwoods down is well-documented and anyone who has spent a day in a rainforest knows it. …

Welcome to the Protein Revolution: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis
December 4, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of …

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
November 30, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

CRISPR’s Impact on Diesel Is Now
November 30, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science updated the Digest this week and noted that “We designed and then constructed a synthetic metabolic pathway …

WINN Initiative Awards $3.5 Million to Enerkem Alberta Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that …

From Conventional to Advantaged: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
November 29, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

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

DuPont Launches Synerxia Thrive to Increase Ethanol Yields
November 28, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of Synerxia Thrive Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver higher ethanol yields, incomparable …

New Pathways, Better Biofuels
November 28, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold  (Washington University in St. Louis/The Source)  An engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis is using e. coli to manufacture biofuel. New research from the lab further refines the process. … Scientists have previously …

TO-SYN-FUEL Project: First Consortium Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands
November 28, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(TO-SYN-FUEL) Members of twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, and representatives of the European Commission participated in the first consortium meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on the 26th of October 2017. Discussions …

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel
November 28, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae right off of the Chesapeake Bay and convert it into oil, simultaneously cleaning up deadly algae blooms and providing the precursor …

10 Bioeconomy Bellwethers: Earnings Season Reveals Choppy Waters in Q3 2017, Bullish Outlook for 2018
November 27, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The holiday season has arrived and earnings season too — and here are the highlights for 10 bellwether bioeconomy publicly-traded stocks.
Aemetis – ethanol prices dive, but cellulosic on the way
Avantium – …

Speed, Baby, Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC
November 27, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement in …

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects
November 23, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest …

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Investments in Alberta’s Clean Technology Sector Strengthens Innovative Energy Generation
November 22, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(CISION/Western Economic Diversification Canada)  Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste …

Cheaper, More Efficient Biofuels Targeted with New Yeast
November 21, 2017 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(North Queensland Register)  A Sydney company has been awarded a $4.03 million grant to develop a yeast to address economic and sustainability issues surrounding biofuels.  —  SYDNEY-based yeast developer Microbiogen has been awarded a $4.03 million federal government …

Nevada DowDuPont Plant: Was the Technology Ready?
November 21, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Dan Mika (Nevada Journal)  The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant sits mostly empty today after the chemical giant suspended operations and laid off most of its 90 employees earlier this month. A skeleton crew is maintaining it …

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology
November 21, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has overshadowed the production of ethanol …

UAE University Scientists Test Potential of Date Palms as Source of Biodiesel
November 21, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Daniel Bardsley (The National)  Oil extracted from the date pits of Khalas dates can be converted to biodiesel with an efficiency of about 90 per cent  —  … For example, scientists at UAE University in Al Ain, …

UW Entrepreneurial Pipeline Lands Lactic Solutions in Biofuels Marketplace
November 21, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Natasha Kassulke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  When Jim Steele thinks back over the last seven years, from the early research on biofuels, followed by a dream of moving Lactic Solutions LLC technology to the marketplace, and …

Microorganism Factories: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne
November 21, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, cleaner …

Russian Scientists Discover Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
November 20, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Skoltech)  … Scientists from Skoltech and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures have proposed converting food waste into biofuel via hydrothermal liquefaction – a thermal depolymerization process used to turn wet biomass …

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
November 16, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding.
The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village
November 14, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Newswise) Berkeley Lab-led study unveils new source of robust cellulases in compost  —  A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates …

Aemetis Provides Update of Cellulosic Ethanol Initiatives
November 14, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … During an earnings call, McAfee provided an overview of advanced biofuel projects under development by Aemetis, including the LanzaTech cellulosic upgrade to the company’s Keyes, California, plant and the …

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas
November 14, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a …

BDI Receives Further Order from US-American Customer
November 14, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(BDI) The Austrian plant engineering company BDI – BioEnergy International AG (“BDI”) was awarded a contract for a new BioDiesel plant in the United States featuring BDIs latest technology.

Recycling waste oils and fats into high-quality …

High-Value Feed from Biofuels Production: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM
November 14, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM’s equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and continues to develop processes to make ethanol production more efficient for customers. The latest? A breakthrough in …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
November 13, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to facilitate the development of regionally-based …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead? Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress
November 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Several factors have hindered the production of the volumes originally envisioned: extracting energy from cellulose proved much more difficult than extracting it from corn starch, challenges of …

Study Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into Useful Chemicals
November 10, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein (Phys.Org/Sandia National Laboratories)  A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making …

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now
November 10, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The 5 top disruptive techs we’ve seen in recent weeks are attacking these fronts.
Here’s what we …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
November 9, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
November 9, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based …

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly
November 6, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

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 …

Synthetic Biology-enabled Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Visolis
November 6, 2017 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Visolis process will enable production of bio-based elastomers, unsaturated polyester resins, super adsorbent polymers, and other products using a variety of feedstocks like agri-residues, dextrose, glycerol and syn-gas. As we …

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough
November 6, 2017 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming …

Are Electrics a Bridging Technology, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells the Future?
November 4, 2017 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Lexus’ Paul Williamsen told Australia’s CarAdvice team:
“Both hybrid and EVs are merely bridging technologies on the way to the solution, which is hydrogen. The problem with EVs is a simple matter …

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion a Year to Research Green Energy
November 3, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil major unlikely to commercialize projects in next decade; Company is focusing on basic research in laboratories  —  One of the world’s biggest oil companies is pumping more than $1 billion a year into …

Got Feedstock? Have Greenbelt Resources Test For Feasibility
November 2, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Greenbelt Resources) The beauty of bioethanol is that it can be created from an amazing number of feedstocks of which many are considered waste – especially “food wastes”. Greenbelt Resources Corporation(OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) evaluates these …

Making Bio-Based Aviation Fuel from Lignocellulosic Biomass
November 2, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US scientists have developed a new technique to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel from corn cobs and wood chips.

Alternative jet fuels are increasingly seen as a means to reduce the environmental impact of …

Building Blocks for Less: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia
November 2, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia is developing processes …

BREAKING NEWS: DowDuPont to Exit Cellulosic Biofuels Business
November 2, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DowDuPont announced that it intends to sell its cellulosic biofuels business and its first commercial project, a 30 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The …

ExxonMobil and REG Expand Cellulosic Biodiesel Research
November 2, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) announced that by utilizing REG’s patented fermentation technology, the companies’ joint research program has demonstrated the ability to convert sugars from a variety of non-edible biomass sources into …

Michigan State University Scientists Work to Make Biodegradable Plastic from Sunlight
November 1, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Fox47News/MSU Today)  Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism.
The team, led by Taylor Weiss, a postdoctoral researcher in the Ducat MSU-Department of Energy …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
November 1, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

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 …

New Method Makes Bioethanol from Waste — in Existing Plants
October 31, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Borås)  … Ramkumar Nair tells us that these research and pilots project where waste is used are called the second generation ethanol processes, whereas the current industrial production is called the first generation …

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!
October 31, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
October 31, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is …

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring
October 31, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol …

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map
October 31, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched.
The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European …

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution
October 28, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer to develop because it required more deliberate scientific research and experimentation compared with other agriculture …

Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
October 26, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

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 …

Synthetic Petroleum: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
October 25, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synpet Technologies is a Turkish-US company founded in 2014, which operates a 15 ton/day demonstration facility in Pasakoy, Turkey. The company developed its Thermal Conversion Process, which breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, …

Iconic Species May Hold Clues on Low Quality Forage Digestion
October 25, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Arnason (Western Producer)  … But the beaver also has a lesser known skill: it can survive on a diet of branches and twigs.
Scientists with Agriculture Canada want to know how the beaver pulls off …

Better Together: A Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight
October 25, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Taylor Weiss (Michigan State University) … “But this pair has complementary strengths: the cyanos are constantly producing sugar, and the bacteria are constantly beefing up on it, which encourages the cyanos to keep …

POET “Breakthrough” in Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 24, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  The nation’s largest ethanol producer says it’s made a breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol production. Matt Merritt with POET-DSM tells Brownfield they are using a combination of heat, pressure and acid …

SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology
October 20, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines …

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes
October 20, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar …

Letter: Purdue Continues Important Biofuels Research
October 19, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Gunner Greene (Iroquois Bio Energy/Journal & Courier)  Purdue University has received an important grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its important research into homegrown biofuels.  Purdue will continue its research into how corn …

UH Hilo Researchers Designing Sustainable Wastewater Systems for Local Industries
October 19, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(University of Hawaii)  … Shihwu Sung, professor of applied engineering at UH Hilo, is currently conducting research on converting waste into biodiesel energy.

Sung’s research is currently being conducted in the Renewable Energy Lab on the UH Hilo campus, where he …

Aemetis Signs Long Term Lease for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Site in California
October 19, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Aemetis)  55 year Lease Agreement at Former Army Munitions Facility  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in …

Productionizing Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
October 17, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry …

Success in Succinic, Succinctly: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
October 13, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

Enzymes at Work: Breaking Down Stubborn Cellulose for Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Graz University of Technology)  Researchers have observed enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels.

Typically, biorefineries use a mix of hydrolytically active enzymes which utilize water molecules to breakdown plant material — as …

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach
October 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/King Abdullah University of Science & Technology)  Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, …

All Your Biobase Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant
October 13, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased …

SPARC in the Engine: Florida Aims to Be an Alternative Jet Fuels Hub as New Public/Private Project Debuts
October 13, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

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

One-Step Reforming of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Yields Fuels, Chemicals
October 12, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by S. Himmelstein (Engineering 360/IEEE)  A new plasma synthesis process promises to enhance greenhouse gas emissions control while producing valuable chemical feedstocks. The technology developed at University of Liverpool allows for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and …

Dynamic Metabolic Control: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to 10X Bioprocess Intensification
October 12, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project from DMC Limited and Duke University to develop scalable and cost-effective next generation semi-continuous fermentation based processes for biofuels, reducing commercial scale capital …

Sierra Hotel: Los Alamos, Gevo to Develop Ultra Long-Range Missile, Aviation Fuels
October 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Imagine, for example, a Boeing 777 flying non-stop between any two cities in the world. Or F-18A/F Superhornets adding significant weapon loads, or up to 30% to flight range. It’s like …

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions
October 11, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Marcius Extavour (XPRIZE/Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it diesel, methanol, butanol, or others. New approaches to the science and technology of CO2-to-fuels may …

Conventional and Cutting Edge Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
October 11, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

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

Synova and the Pursuit of Clean, Green and Lean
October 11, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A newer technology Synova Power has arrived with the promise of clean, green, lean stream of pipeline-quality natural gas from biomass.

Streams coming off cellulosic biofuels or biogas refineries have been green, and in …

ASU, CSU, NREL Share in $3.5 Million Algae Project
October 11, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed …

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass
October 10, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer called lignin, and it is …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

Engage the Hyper-Drive: Synbio’s Fastest Are Going Faster, Bigger as Kytopen, Ginkgo, Twist Biosciences, Arzeda, TeselaGen Feel the Need for Speed
October 10, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is everyone’s organism for making fuels, chemicals, materials, foods, flavors, fragrances and therapeutics — beautifully and slowly — heading for rapid obsolescence?
“Everyone wants to make it faster,” notes Kytopen co-founder …

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge
October 9, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Converting algae to …

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel
October 5, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.
More than 10 years in the making, …

The Power of Recycling Could Fuel Vehicles in the Future
October 5, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Peter Ehrhard (Missouri University of Science and Technology)  The idea of recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel is nothing new. For years, researchers have studied the process and companies have recycled when possible. However, …

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects
October 5, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry …

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins
October 5, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Somewhere in the files of the Department of Energy it is called the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. Inside the halls of National Labs, they call it ChemCatBio.

They’re on a mission to bring …

Biological Solvers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes
October 3, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Our solutions improve …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

Delaware Biotech Company White Dog Labs Awarded DOE Funding
October 2, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Jeff Neiburg (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  For the second year in a row, Delaware’s White Dog Labs has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

This time last year, White Dog was one of six projects selected to help …

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology
September 26, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.  —  Yeast strains used in the ethanol industry have remained …

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology
September 26, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM.
Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

Modular Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 21, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine)  EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel …

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene
September 21, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene  —  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Value Methoxyphenols
September 21, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Enzyme’s Worth to Biofuels Shown in Latest NREL Research
September 20, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or …

More Efficient Use of Raw Materials with the Aid of ‘Molecular Conveyor Belts’
September 19, 2017 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Phys. Org/Goethe University)   Currently, making products such as fuels, synthetic materials or pharmaceuticals from renewable raw materials lacks efficiency because the microorganisms process the raw materials very slowly and generate many unwanted by-products. Biotechnologists at …

Takin’ Out the Oxygen with Electro-Deoxygenation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Bio-Oil
September 19, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate the techno‐economic feasibility of upgrading biomass derived pyrolysis oil using electro-deoxygenation process. A ceramic membrane that selectively transports oxygen under …

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia
September 18, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants …

Modular Drop-In Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 15, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)  EU project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction for biofuel production …

Depolymerizing That Dang Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochemical Lignin Deconstruction
September 15, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting …

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes
September 15, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production more efficient  —   Converting fibrous …

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
September 15, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.  —  Securing funding for new technologies can …

UT Algae Research
September 15, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The …

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste
September 15, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu)  JNU researchers discover bacteria from Rajasthan, Ladakh, use them as catalysts  —  Using microbes growing in two diverse climatic conditions, Indian scientists have found a way to convert carbon-rich waste …

Enerkem Begins Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Garbage at Its State-of-the-Art Edmonton Biofuels Facility
September 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem’s game-changing facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada, is the first commercial-scale plant in …

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels
September 15, 2017 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates …

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

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic …

Ruthenium-Based Catalyst Could Be Biomass Game-Changer
September 14, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new catalyst to improve the synthesis of primary amines (derivatives of ammonia).
It is claimed that in the future the newly developed ruthenium based catalyst …

Plug-and-Play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization
September 13, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Michael Himmell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop technology to meet or exceed the target of 10 mg/g …

Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Genomics and Biocatalyst Development
September 12, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop efficient and robust fungal biocatalysts and bioprocesses that utilize lignocellulose feedstocks to produce advanced biofuels and bioproducts at lower …

Bounding Maine: Top 10 Companies Targeting Maine’s Forest Resource for Higher-Value Apps
September 12, 2017 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But pulp and paper markets have taken big hits. Headlines have centered around damaged balance sheets that make it difficult to modernize or expand, mothballed plants, bankruptcies, job losses that …

Lignin Waste Modified for Industrial Bio-Oil Use
September 12, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Borås)  Lignin, a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, now finds new value as bio-oil in new products. At the University of Borås, Sweden, a team of researchers has investigated methods to …

Scientists Show Renewable Biocell Is Possible
September 12, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  … Over recent years, growing knowledge of biocatalysts and enzymes has revitalised interest in fuel cells, with research showing their hydrogen and oxygen transformation potential could be comparable to that offered by platinum.
Researchers at …

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood
September 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.

Basudeb Saha, associate …

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

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

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Biomass Sugars
September 11, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting projects to investigate and recommend promising pathways for advanced biological upgrading of biomass sugars and lignin to hydrocarbons (HC) and co-products to support …

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

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

A Photoenzyme Allows Microalgae to Produce Hydrocarbons
September 7, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ESRF)  Chlorella is a single-cell freshwater alga belonging to a type of microalgae which are cultivated on an industrial scale and have potential for the production of energy-rich molecules. Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic …

Brazil and China Use New Technology for Biodiesel Production
September 7, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  Brazil and China signed an agreement for the use of a new technology in the production of biodiesel, at a meeting held in Brasília on Tuesday, the Agência Brasil news agency reported.
The Brazilian …

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

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

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

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

Norwegian and French Researchers Discover a Novel Enzymatic Mechanism that May Revolutionize Biorefining and Sustainable Production of Biofuels
September 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Lothe (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)  In 2010, researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) were the first to describe a new class of enzymes that have created a revolution in …

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

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

Running Hot: 7 Tips for Warm Weather Ethanol Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Geddes (Novozymes)  As you know, heat—and its partner in crime, humidity—can be a stressor on the yeast used in ethanol fermentation, affecting both yeast health and performance. Unfortunately, this often makes yeast a …

Fermentation Frontiers: Top 10 Trendlines in Industrial Biotech Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most visible advanced industrial fermentation target for a number of years has been cellulosic ethanol, but the targets are diversifying and cellulosics themselves are shifting gears from process to …

Markus Ribbe and Yilin Hu: Brewing Biofuel from Bacteria
August 31, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Wolfson (University of California Irvine Applied Innovation)  In a high-ceiling room in professor Markus Ribbe’s lab, a giant still emits pungent vapors from fermenting bacteria. Ribbe, chancellor’s professor of molecular biology and biochemistry …

Gassy Gold: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to a Biogas-to-Muconic Acid Pathway
August 31, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a NREL-led project to establish a novel gas fermentation bioprocess for secretion of an array of fuel and chemical intermediates. The project also …

The Status of Biofuels in China
August 30, 2017 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk (IEA Bioenergy Task 39/University of British Columbia)  … Recent heavy pollution in urban areas of China have led to the adoption of stricter fuel specifications to lower sulfur emissions from gasoline and …

D3MAX Signs Contract for Design of First Commercial Plant
August 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Biomass Magazine)  Last February, D3MAX LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. Pilot testing of the patented …