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Preparing for Take-Off? Aviation Biofuel Research Wins £5m Boost
June 18, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green)  Waste-to-jet fuel project backed by Department for Transport, Shell, and British Airways  — A project to turn landfill waste into sustainable jet fuel has received a major boost today, securing almost £5m of …

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

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

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix
June 18, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Steven Taylor (Yellow Hammer)  … But for a moment, let’s reexamine biofuels, as they can still play an important role in our state’s energy production and economic development. According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, our state …

Indian Researchers Create an Artificial Leaf Which Consumes Sunlight and Carbon Dioxide to Produce Energy
June 18, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Amit Jha (Crazy Engineers)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have found a novel approach to produce energy by using sunlight and carbon dioxide. By using a collection of quantum dots made up of …

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

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

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels
June 15, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals.
The buildup of toxic materials during the production process …

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

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

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells
June 12, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Yirka (Phys.org)   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in …

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation
June 11, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

New Machine Learning Approach Could Accelerate Bioengineering
June 7, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel.
Their computer algorithm starts …

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
June 7, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic …

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass
June 7, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to …

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

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

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

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

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages
June 5, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts …

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

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

Renewable Solvents Derived from Lignin Lowers Waste in Biofuel Production
June 4, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  A closed-loop biorefinery could dramatically lower the cost of biofuels and related products. In this approach, the refinery produces the solvents it needs, rather than “importing” them. Scientists at the Joint BioEnergy …

Preem and RenFuel to Create the World’s First Lignin Plant for Biofuels
May 31, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Cision/Rottneros)  Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected to produce an annual volume …

Biomethane Production Project Can Supply 10,000 Vehicles in Spain
May 30, 2018 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Aqualia/NGV Journal)  Aqualia is developing numerous projects aimed at the production of renewable energy from the use of wastewater. Thanks to the technology developed within the CIEN Smart Green Gas project, Aqualia has managed to produce …

Ethanol: The Renewable Naphtha
May 30, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Luca Zullo (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenyug)  With existing capabilities, chemical coproducts represent a low-hanging fruit for the industry. Ethanol, in fact, is a better feedstock for some chemicals than oil-based sources.

The chemical industry predates the oil …

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries
May 30, 2018 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(SCG Chemicals) SCG ChemicalsTeams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries to Strengthen Thailand’s Competitiveness towards Sustainable Growth
SCG Chemicals led by Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and …

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

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

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

Integrated, Hedged, Evolving: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
May 28, 2018 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments …

What Do Fish and Ethanol Have in Common? A Lot More Than You Think Thanks to Fluid Quip Process Technologies
May 28, 2018 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  …  FQPT has been around forever…well, these days over 20 years seems like forever. What started as engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper …

Pioneering Achievements: Biodiesel Magazine Spotlights Eight Companies
May 25, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields.
WWS Trading 
For more than 25 years, WWS …

St1 and SCA Form Partnership to Produce Renewable Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(St1 and SCA/Globe Newswire)   The energy company St1 and the forest products company SCA have formed a partnership to develop large-scale production of renewable fuels from tall oil. The planned production site will be St1’s …

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology …

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Approves COMM SCI Project in Benefuel
May 24, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario. Its goal is to help Ontario and Canada become globally recognized leaders in the field of sustainable technologies. In 2016, BIC …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 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 …

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology
May 23, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste.

Some 400 …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
May 23, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”.
The company recently broke …

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

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

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

Advanced Biofuels Can Be Produced Extremely Efficiently
May 21, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Chalmers University of Technology/Phys.Org)  A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of …

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
May 21, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based …

Riding Bacterium to the Bank: Sandia Researchers Tailor E. coli to Convert Plants into Renewable Chemicals
May 18, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboriatories/EurekAlert!)  What does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria …

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

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

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
May 16, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation/EurekAlert)  Protein encoded by gene found in microorganisms living in Amazon lake could boost efficiency on the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which makes for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

Global Bioenergies and an Industrial Consortium Including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 14, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  European grant amounting to €13.9 million, of which €5.7 million for Global Bioenergies Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together Sekab, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, Peab Asfalt, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, …

Saccharification Treatments Using Cellulase and Laminarinase Results in Higher Ethanol
May 14, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the Philippines, researchers from University of the Philippines and Hiroshima University in Japan conducted a study that focused on ethanol production from macroalgae using only enzymatic treatment for saccharification of algal …

The Building Blocks of a Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
May 14, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

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

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

DGAP-News: Uniper SE: Methanation Plant in Falkenhagen Opens – Important Step for a Successful Energy Transition
May 10, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Uniper SE/Finanzen.ch) Successful completion to expansion of existing power-to-gas plant in Falkenhagen, Germany; Sector coupling for renewable electricity through conversion to synthetic Natural Gas begins; European research project STORE&GO enters next phase  Start of 24 month research operations
As …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biorefinery of the Future
May 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What will biorefineries look like, accomplish and cost in the future? Daniel Lane of Saille Consulting and Lee Enterprises Consulting looked at that topic in this illuminating overview of the promise …

Electricity-Based Fuels: As Much as Needed for the Sake of the Climate, as Little as Possible for the Sake of Efficiency
May 9, 2018 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Agora Verkehrswende and Agora Energiewende)  … The production of power-based synthetic fuels is a multi-stage process. First, clean energy from wind or PV electrolyzes water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then, the hydrogen is combined with carbon …

Hitachi Zosen Inova to Build and Operate Kompogas® Plant to Turn Jönköping’s Organic Waste into Vehicle Fuel
May 9, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Hitachi Zosen Inova)  Hitachi Zosen Inova is to build Scandinavia’s second Kompogas® facility in Jönköping, Sweden. It will use a dry fermentation process to convert around 40,000 metric tons of organic waste a year into fuel …

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products
May 9, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE …

Capital Light Scale-Up : Utopia or Perfect Storm?
May 9, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Capital light scale-up utilizes existing fermentation facilities, in lieu of purpose-built demonstration facilities, to bring advanced technologies to market faster and with less capital burn.  It is a great plan if …

Sugarcane’s Toxic Waste Can Turn into a Boon for Farmers
May 8, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Johnl (Times of India)   Sugarcanemolasses-based distilleries in India are not only water guzzlers but purge a highly toxic residue— spent-wash or vinasse. This unusually viscous dark brown coloured pungent liquid after recovery of alcohol.
If let out untreated, …

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

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

Velocys Picks up Velocity While Rockin’ with Red Rock
May 8, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the United Kingdom, renewable fuels company, Velocys, received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels biorefinery that will be located …

Estonian Forest Magic: Sweetwater, Graanul to Build First Commercial Biorefinery for cellulosic sugars, lignin
May 7, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy and Europe’s largest wood pellet producer, the Tallinn, Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, said that they will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and …

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

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

Succinctly Succinic: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia and Bio-Succinic Acid
May 4, 2018 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

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

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

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

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

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
May 2, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center …

‘Augmented Biology’: Exploring New Avenues in Biofuel Production
May 1, 2018 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Bristol)  Researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions to our global energy needs.

Collaborating …

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials
May 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new …

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

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

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

TerAvest Applies Persistence to Stubborn Bacteria
April 30, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Zymomonas mobilis is a creature of habit, a bacterial species that loves to eat simple sugars and produce ethanol, but shows little interest in anything else.

But TerAvest (Michaela TerAvest, …

Reproducible, High-Yielding, Biological Caproate Production from Food Waste Using a Single-Phase Anaerobic Reactor System
April 30, 2018 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Corine Orline Nzeteu, Anna Christine Trego, Florence Abram, and Vincent O’Flaherty (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  … In recent years, organic waste streams have been investigated as attractive and sustainable feedstock alternatives. In particular, attention has recently focused …

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

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

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

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

Syngenta: Cellerate Technology Can Benefit Ethanol Producers
April 26, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As ethanol plants seek new ways to be more competitive, advances in corn kernel fiber to ethanol processes have shown significant promise in adding value through the diversification of product streams.
“Over the last …

Upgraded Aemetis Plant in India Completes Biodiesel Production Using Lower Cost, High FFA Waste Feedstock
April 26, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EconoTimes/Aemetis)  Pre-treatment Unit Passes First Production Tests Required to Supply BP Singapore Under Three-year Agreement  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary completed the production of high quality distilled biodiesel from lower quality, high …

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 26, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. The …

New Method Significantly Improves the Production of Biohydrogen and Other Biochemicals
April 24, 2018 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(VTT)  A joint study by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has shown that the ability of photosynthesising microbial cells to produce biohydrogen from solar energy can be markedly improved by …

New Nanocatalysts for Biofuel Processing
April 24, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A project called Biogo-for-Production has developed new nanocatalysts to create an integrated modular and highly efficient process for producing fuels from renewable energy sources.
The researchers focused on the development of advanced nanocatalysts, coupled with advanced reactor …

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

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

Going Our Way: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
April 24, 2018 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   For many people, the key question is — what is Amyris becoming, and when, and where and how?  We reported on Amyris’ progress most recently in “The New Colossus aims to …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals Axioms and Provocations
April 24, 2018 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC featured  a well-received session on renewable chemicals moderated by longtime Digesterati David Dodds. His initial overview on issues and opportunities in renewable chemicals is well worth some intense focus in …

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

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

A Bioethanol-Fuelled Bioeconomy
April 23, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Mario Bonaccorso  (Renewable Matter) … 700 million tonnes of sugarcane treated in one year; 30.23 billion litres of bioethanol produced in 2015-2016. Used not just as biofuel but also in industries, it (Brazil) is …

Driving Profit in Biofuels Production through Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM
April 23, 2018 – 11:00 am | 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.
Among the latest tech advances? ICM …

Chemicals, a Second Life for Carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
April 19, 2018 – 8:00 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 …

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production
April 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes …

Complex Feedstocks, Clean Synthesis Gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy
April 18, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link …

Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon
April 18, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

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 …

Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG Announce Their Collaboration on ASTM-Certification of a Bio-Isobutene Feedstock and Conversion Process for the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel
April 17, 2018 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (GBE), the company developing a breakthrough process converting renewable resources into isobutene, and SkyNRG, world market leader in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will work together to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ …

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production
April 17, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO/EurekAlert!)  The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances are regulated and how they …

Equipment Needs to Study Mixing of Fibrous Materials
April 17, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprise Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow …

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

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

Advanced to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
April 13, 2018 – 10:11 am | 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 …

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options
April 12, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration-scale facility or utilize existing …

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

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

A New Tailor-Made Approach to Biofuels
April 11, 2018 – 11:38 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/CORDIS)  … Some microbes have natural structures called cellulosomes that contain cellulases, enzymes that break down cellulose efficiently into sugars. The EU-funded CELLULOSOMEPLUS project developed designer cellulosomes (DCs) to achieve high yields of fermentable sugars from the organic …

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

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

Researchers Develop Two-Step, One-Pot Process for Synthesis of Benzene from Microalgal Oils
April 10, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress) Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. It is used as a precursor to the manufacture of more complex chemicals, and, with …

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

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

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

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

NUS Team Discovers Bacterium that Produces Only Biobutanol Directly from Cellulose
April 6, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.
In an …

Enzymatic Construction of Highly Strained Carbocycles
April 6, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kai Chen, Xiongyi Huang, S. B. Jennifer Kan, Ruijie K. Zhang, Frances H. Arnold (Science Magazine)  Double rings made with heme  —  Cyclic organic structures with adjacent three-carbon rings—bicyclobutanes—are useful starting materials for chemical and materials …

VIDEO: Sustane Technologies Seeks to Turn Garbage Bags into Biofuel in Chester
April 5, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Rankin (The Chronicle Herald)  A 40,000 square-foot building at Chester’s landfill is expected to convert garbage bags into about 3.5 million litres of synthetic diesel every year.
The facility intends to take on 90 per cent …

BIC Approves Investment in Biodiesel Company Benefuel
April 5, 2018 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Benefuel is a renewable energy company that utilizes their patented ENSEL catalyst technology to produce a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high …

St1’s Pilot to Produce Advanced Ethanol from Cassava Waste Starts in Thailand
April 5, 2018 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(St1/Global Newswire)  Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix® pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project St1 is piloting its own …

Researchers Engineer Yeast to Grow on Xylose
April 4, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Tufts University)  Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the …

Next Steps for Succinic: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
April 4, 2018 – 10:48 am | 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 …

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%
April 3, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing …

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

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

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

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

New Insights into How Cellulose Is Built Could Indicate How to Break It Apart for biofuels
April 1, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Pennsylvania State University)  A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications …

How to Make Greener Biofuels
March 30, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Martin Høj (ScienceNordic/Phys.Org)  … The biological processes that transform biomass to alcohol yield a relatively low amount of energy, around 35 per cent of the potential energy stored within the biomass. So we are certainly not using this …

Team Discovers Enzyme Domains that Dramatically Improve Performance
March 30, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  It was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off. By studying and comparing the …

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry
March 30, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of yeast and enzymes for starch, fiber and biomass conversions – DSM.com. Euronext: DSM KON —  Royal …

Researchers Use Light to Turn Yeast into Biochemical Factories
March 30, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Lonnie Shekhtman (Princeton University)  … In a series of experiments, they used light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe …

Greenbelt Resources and Biofuels & Energy Announce “SLV Biopro”
March 30, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), announced today the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project, known as SLV Biopro. The project will feature Greenbelt’s …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | 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 …

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
March 30, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/PR Newswire)  California biofuel company Byogy Renewables welcomes last week’s ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, putting Byogy on track as a leader to produce one of the world’s first “full …

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy
March 23, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for …

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel
March 22, 2018 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that …

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

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

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future
March 20, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Renewable Jet and Diesel Technology
March 20, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, …

First Renewable Hydrogen Refueling Station Opens in the Netherlands
March 15, 2018 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(PitPoint/NGV Journal)  The hydrogen refueling station has been built and will be operated by PitPoint clean fuels and AkzoNobel will supply with renewable hydrogen by pipeline. The fuel is produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced …

Better Biomass Conversion for Biofuels and Bioproducts
March 15, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  Behind the successful conversion of biomass to a better biofuel or a new green chemical, there is a carefully chosen solvent. The right solvent not only dissolves biomass but also …

Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Bioplastic, Bioethanol and Biodiesel
March 15, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Muscat Daily)  The wastepaper which accounts for more than 35 per cent of the total lignocellulosic waste of the municipal solid waste could be a potential feedstock for value-added products due to its rich cellulose …

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

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

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-In Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon
March 13, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have a breakthrough in pyrolysis to report today that could reduce the estimated cost of producing fuel from $3.27 per gallon to $2.58 per gallon.
And no one quite understands how …

DNA Study of Cow Stomachs Could Aid Meat and Dairy Production
March 12, 2018 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

(The Roslin Institute)  Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows’ stomachs.  —  Beef and dairy cattle, and other milk-producing ruminants, provide food and nutrition to billions …

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway
March 9, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals appears to be getting much shorter. …

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

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

Vertimass Named Winner of National Corn Growers Association Competition: “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals”
March 9, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Vertimass/PR Newswire)  Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable fuels and chemicals offers exceptional corn growth potential  —  The National Corn Growers Association named Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for …

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices
March 9, 2018 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first commercial production.  The bulk of …

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

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

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

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

Diesel with 89% Lower GHGs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
March 8, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet was founded in 2014 as a developer of a synthetic petroleum (SYNPET) business using its Thermal Conversion Process. TCP breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research
March 6, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin – Madison/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advances in biofuels research tend to involve reduced costs, greater reagent stability, more diverse and valuable end products, or faster reactions, which often increase product yields as well.
But to …

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

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

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

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

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

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 27, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (U.S. Department of Energy)  … With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling nearly $1.3 million since 2013, ANL researchers are using X-ray spectroscopy to move the nation …

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

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

Mahle’s MBE2 Could Increase Ethanol Production without Planting New Sugarcane
February 27, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Autocar Pro News Desk)  A new product launched by Mahle has the potential to revolutionise the ethanol industry at a global level. MBE2 (Mahle Bioethanol 2) is a solution that increases the production of ethanol by …

SynTec: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Biology for Tailored Enzyme Cocktails
February 27, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Novozymes that proposes to deliver a screening platform which can be used to reduce discovery time required for tailoring enzymes to …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

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 …

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars
February 26, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE target selling price. And, suitable for …

Bugging out over Exciting Enzymes Found in Ancient Insects
February 26, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of …

All Your Acetogen Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Acetone and Drop-In Biofuels from Syngas Fermentation
February 22, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from biomass syngas via a novel …

Greenbelt’s Testing Facility to Become Commercial Production Plant; “California BioEthanol Project” Designed to Meet the Growth of Local Protein and Ethanol Extraction Needs
February 21, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative that will convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Once Phase 1 is …

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress
February 21, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can convert coal, shale gas and …

Fungal Enzymes Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood
February 20, 2018 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of York)  An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of …