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This Vodka Helps Fight Climate Change

(CNN)  Vodka is usually made from fermented grains, like rye. But Air Company’s spirit is made out of captured carbon dioxide emissions.  READ MORE/WATCH VIDEO From CO2 To Vodka: Air Company Launches World’s First Carbon-Negative Spirit  (Forbes) This carbon-negative vodka comes from captured CO2 — Air Company—a winner of Fast

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $127 Million to Bring Innovative Clean Energy Technologies to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy continues to power the clean energy revolution among American small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards totaling $127 million to support 110 innovative projects – each focused on tackling the climate crisis by harnessing market-oriented solutions and emerging technologies.  DOE’s Office of Energy and Efficiency

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Blue Biofuels Files 3 Additional Patents on Its CTS Technology

(Blue Biofuels) Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., DBA Blue Biofuels, (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it filed 3 additional patents that follow on the granted patent to its Cellulose-to-Sugar (“CTS”) technology system. In the process of testing and perfecting towards commercialization, the Company has developed additional unique technology related to

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to Nanoplazz’s Green Hydrogen, Syngas Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Nanoplazz Technologies has developed cutting-edge plasma reactor technology to convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemicals and to produce carbon nanoparticles with diamond cores to enhance the performance and sustainability of industrial and consumer products. The Multi-Slide Guide visualization of their technology.  READ MORE

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Race for Limestone as Climate Change’s Big Solution: Sulzer, Blue Planet Sign Key Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Sulzer and Blue Planet have signed a significant partnership for converting CO2 into limestone. … Sulzer is enabling the further development and optimization of Blue Planet’s innovative carbon mineralization process for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) solutions. The process will leverage Sulzer’s carbon reduction technologies

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Offered Using Methanol in Power Generation for Electric Cars

(Ural Federal University/EurekAlert)  Technology is economical, safe, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient —  Professors at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) Sergey Shcheklein and Aleksey Dubinin have developed a technology for generating energy for an electric car engine using methanol. An article describing the technology was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Agile BioFoundry Selects New Collaborations

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 6 projects totaling over $5 million to conduct research and development needed to accelerate the U.S. biomanufacturing sector. As part of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium, these projects will leverage national laboratory capabilities to address challenges in

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

LLNL and Collaborators Improve Electrochemical Reactor Performance through 3D Printing

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and their collaborators are leveraging the power of 3D printing to improve the performance of electrochemical reactors used to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful energy sources, chemicals and material feedstocks. Working under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Stanford University and oil and

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Keysight’s Test Solutions Selected by Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells to Understand the Behavior and Characteristics of Biofuel Cells

(Keysight Technologies/Yahoo! Finance) Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells (BeFC), an innovator of bio enzymatic fuel cells, has selected and integrated multiple Keysight solutions to better

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Airbus Joins Canada’s SAF+ Consortium to Accelerate Development of New Technology

(Airbus/Biobased Diesel Daily) Airbus and the Montreal, Canada-based SAF+ Consortium have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate with major Canadian aviation industry players on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development and production in North America. Airbus will be investing through in-kind contributions, which consist of technical and certification expertise, economic

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Freedom Refinery to Produce Carbon-Negative Fuel from America’s Ag Wastes

(New Energy Blue/PR Newswire) New Energy Blue announced its planned construction in Iowa of a biomass refinery designed to produce renewable carbon-negative automotive fuel, which replaces gasoline. “Our Iowa project can keep one million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year–like taking 200,000 cars off the road,” says Thomas Corle,

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Finland

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Finns are flying when it comes to hydrogen and, even better, this national hydrogen strategy has some great green hydrogen factoids and charts whether hydrogen in Scandinavia tickles your fancy or not. For mobility, stationery power and above all, for industrial applications, here’s a

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Green Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s Gas Week here in Digestville, all this week we’re highlighting new technologies, commercial breakthroughs and new strategies relating to the production of, applications for, or the avoidannce of: Green Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Syngas. Later this week we’ll look at the monster valuation and progress

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Spain: Repsol and Talgo Will Develop Renewable Hydrogen-Powered Train

(Repsol/NGV Journal) Repsol and Talgo will jointly develop projects to promote the creation of renewable hydrogen-powered trains and promote emission-free rail transport in the Iberian Peninsula. The agreement has been signed by Repsol’s Executive Director of Industrial Transformation and Circular Economy Juan Abascal and the Chairman of Talgo Carlos Palacio Oriol.

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

ReCarbon Executes Multi-Site Landfill Gas to Hydrogen Agreement with H2Renewables

(ReCarbon)  ReCarbon, Inc., (https://recarboninc.com) the developer of the patented Plasma Carbon Conversion Unit (PCCU), a combustion-free, climate-positive greenhouse gas utilization technology, announced the execution of a supply agreement with Cleveland, Tennessee-based landfill gas to hydrogen project developer, H2Renewables, LLC. This follows the successful operation of a demonstration plant at McDonald, Tennessee.

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Butyl Acetate for Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Butyl Acetate as Bioblendstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does renewable butyl acetate make a good fuel additive? Can it be used as a bioblendstock for diesel to decrease combustion pollutants and lower the sooting propensity of a BA/diesel-based mixture? Can it’s low freezing point and high flash point improve fuel properties?  READ MORE

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Bio2oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Bio2oil was founded with the aim of commercializing the Hydrothermal Liquefaction technology (HTL). It’s a process that converts biomass to liquid fuel in the presence of water. We focus on getting the process efficient and robust and to make the technology cost efficient for deployment

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 2 Biomass-to-Hydrogen Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy on July 7 announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies. Two of the funded projects focus specifically on the production of hydrogen from biobased feedstocks. According to the DOE, the 31 selected projects support the

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Dartmouth Professor Selected to Be Director of New Brazilian A2G Biofuel Laboratory

(AZO Cleantech) Lee Lynd, the Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth, will be the founding director of the new Advanced Second Generation (A2G) Biofuel Laboratory located at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. The lab’s mission is to develop and enable technology to sustainably produce bioethanol, an alternative to

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

MicroBioGen’s Game-Changing Second-Generation Bioethanol Research

by Melody Labinsky (Farm Weekly) For Australian biotechnology company MicroBioGen, the solution to creating more commercially viable bioethanol ‘just grew on them’. The company has been able to demonstrate the production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent. And it’s all thanks to

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Technology for Space Exploration: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Space Biotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To space, what will we take? In space, what will we make? What are the technologies under development to create fuels, foods, materials, health, protection and new science in space, and for space exploration? With no fossil fuels on Mars, it’s a biobased opportunity covering

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Technology from Broiler Chicken Waste Gets Ready for Commercial Production

by E.M.Manoj (The Hindu) Dr. John Abraham pioneers the production of biodiesel from broiler slaughter waste and dead poultry.  A biodiesel technology scaled up at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) in Wayanad is getting ready for viable commercial production. The Indian Patent Office issued the certificate of grant

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Air bp Announces NetJets Europe First to Purchase Its ISCC PLUS Certified Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Air bp) • NetJets Europe became the first customer to purchase Air bp’s ISCC PLUS certified sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)* in Spain.  • The SAF is supplied from bp’s Castellon refinery and made available within the Spanish airport network, following ISCC PLUS methodology. Air bp, the international aviation fuel products

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Vattenfall and Preem Take Their Fossil-Free Hydrogen Biofuel Collaboration to the Next Level

(Preem) According to a study conducted in the spring, the Preem Lysekil plant is very well suited for an electrolysis plant for hydrogen biofuel production. Carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by at least 80 percent for hydrogen that is produced fossil-free instead of with fossil-based raw materials. An initial 50

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Using Cycloalkanes for Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol-Derived Jet Blending Components

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech, Purdue and PNNL are working together to develop a commercially viable process to convert an ethanol-derived olefin intermediate into a jet-range hydrocarbon with 60 wt.% yield to cycloalkanes and demonstrate its commercial utility as a jet blendstock via fuel property analysis, ASTM characterization, and

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

FS to Develop BECCS Project at Brazilian Biorefinery

(FS/Ethanol Producer Magazine) FS, the first and largest Brazilian company to produce ethanol, animal nutrition and bioenergy products exclusively from corn, brings innovation with a project to implement a revolutionary system utilizing proven technology: the BECCS – bioenergy with carbon capture and storage system. By implementing the BECCS system, the company

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and lululemon Partner to Create the First Fabric Using Recycled Carbon Emissions

(LanzaTech)  Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century  — Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution.

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting CO2 into Butanol Using Phosphorous-rich Copper Cathodes

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In South Korea, scientists from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology proposed a reaction for the highly selective production of 1-butanol, a valuable alternative fuel, by electrochemical reduction using copper phosphide electrodes. Their findings offer a new insight on the use of Cu-based electrocatalysts for

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Racing ahead with Biofuels – Bentley, BMW, Porsche, Others Embrace Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Bentley’s Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racecar proved to be fastest racecar running on renewable fuel at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2021, beating out all other sustainability-focused entrants (like Tesla’s Model S and an Acura NSX). Another car manufacturer, BMW, invested $12.5 million into Prometheus

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Creating Carbon-Negative ‘Green’ Hydrogen to Fuel Our World

(University of Canterbury)  University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably. — University of Canterbury Chemical and Process Engineering academics Professor Shusheng Pang and Associate Professor Alex Yip are focusing on using renewable biomass – such as

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Energycane Produces More Biodiesel than Soybean at a Lower Cost

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

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Will Biorefineries Meet Air Quality Regulations?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Air Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can biofuels production meet federal air quality regulations? At what cost? What are the emissions across the biofuels supply chain? What are the economic and human health impacts? Are there mitigation opportunities and approaches that work?  READ MORE    

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $52.5 Million to Accelerate Progress in Clean Hydrogen

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects Support DOE’s Recently Announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot to Lower Cost, Advance Breakthroughs for Clean Hydrogen Technology — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Saskatchewan Based Startup NULIFE GreenTech Receives Global Recognition.

(NULIFE GreenTech)  NULIFE GreenTech is 1 of only 7 companies selected from over 750 global applicants for Repsol Foundation (Spain) Entrepreneurs Fund, and 1 of 9 for the Canadian Trade Commissioners ClimaTech Accelerator. — – Saskatchewan based startup NULIFE GreenTech (NULIFE) has been selected out of over 750 applicants to participate in

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Fulcrum BioEnergy Completes Construction of the Sierra BioFuels Plant

(Fulcrum BioEnergy/PR Newswire) World’s First Garbage to Zero-Carbon Transportation Fuels Plant Has Begun Start-up and Commissioning  —  Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a pioneer in the production of low-carbon fuels, announced today that it has completed construction on the world’s first commercial-scale plant converting household garbage into low-cost, zero-carbon transportation fuels. Through Fulcrum’s

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Modeling for Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels De-Risking Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Optimizing and de-risking the deployment of biomass gasification processes by implementing physics-based simulations of feed handling and transportation unit operations was NREL’s goal as they did modeling and simulations to support Red Rock Biofuels during design and build of their commercial facility. Find out more about

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

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

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Babcock & Wilcox Assists Amager Resource Center’s Application to E.U. to Fund Innovative Carbon Capture Project in Denmark

(Babcock & Wilcox)  Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) Environmental announced today that it will support Amager Resource Center’s (ARC) application for more than €120 million ($140 million USD) in European Union funding to build an advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facility at ARC’s Amager-Bakke (Copenhill) waste-to-energy facility in Copenhagen,

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Top Stories of 2021 so Far

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2021 so far is better than 2020 in many aspects – like a summer sunflower, things are looking up and opening up again in some parts of the world as vaccines are rolled out, especially in Canada, the UK, Israel, Italy, Germany, and the U.S.

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Helps Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy on June 24 announced it will award $30 million to 68 projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies, including those related to biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts. The awards, made under the DOE Office of Technology Transitions’

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Pretreating Nuisance Green Algae with Lye, Urea Increases Bacterial Production of Biogas

(American Institute of Physics/Phys.Org) For more than 60 years, algae have been studied as a potential feedstock for biofuel production, but the cellulose in their cell wall makes it hard to access the critical molecules inside and convert them to biogas. In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an international research

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

50% Energy Savings: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Yilkins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here’s the latest on energy efficient biomass drying and torrefaction equipment which uses 50% less energy than traditional technologies and reduces total supply chain costs (transport, storage, footprint), with a cost per gigajoule equal or better than for white pellets. Yilkins’ tech and equipment also show

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8M Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund

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

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Vertoro Scores $2.4M EU Grant for Lignin/2G Ethanol Plant in Rotterdam

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In the Netherlands, Ship & Bunker reports that Vertoro has won a EUR2 million grant from the ReactEU program to build a 50,000 metric ton cellulosic ethanol facility and 125,000 ton lignin-based Goldilocks crude oil facility in Rotterdam. The project aims to use industrial wood residues

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Removing Roadblocks to SAF Deployment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BioJet Opportunities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably seen the IATA Tech Roadmap and ICAO’s goals for aviation’s CO2 emissions to decrease, but how do we get there? Check out this illuminating slide guide from BETO’s Peer Review where Sandia National Labs shows us the opportunities, the pathways, progress and outcomes for

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Plugging in’ to Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics

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

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

E-Fuels Development for Aviation Gets a Boost with Germany’s New PtL Roadmap

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online)  Germany’s federal and state governments, with backing from industry, have agreed a roadmap that commits to the development of e-fuels – also described as power-to-liquids (PtL) – for the aviation sector. E-fuels can potentially deliver net zero emissions and are considered a critical technology for

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Confirms Plans for First UK Commercial-Scale Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Facility in South Wales

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  US-based LanzaTech has announced plans to build and commission what it claims will be the world’s first commercial-scale alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) production facility using ethanol feedstock made from steel mill waste gases and other wastes. The proposed facility in South Wales, UK, is expected to produce around

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineered Yeast Could Expand Biofuels’ Reach

by Anne Trafton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Phys.Org) To try to expand biofuels’ potential impact, a team of MIT engineers has now found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce such fuels. At the moment, feedstocks such as straw and woody plants are difficult to use

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Danish Partnership Receives Support from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) for World’s First Industrial Dynamic Green Ammonia Demonstration Plant

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe)  -The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) awards 81 million. DKK (app. 11 million EUR) to the green ammonia project managed by the three partners Skovgaard Invest, Vestas, and Haldor Topsoe. -The project aims at building a 10 MW green ammonia plant directly

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: H24US’ Low Cost Hydrogen Membrane Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrogen’s promise of net zero carbon energy was compelling so, years ago, they enthusiastically experimented with operating ICE engines on hydrogen. Results were spectacular, but hydrogen was too expensive to make this practical. With current hydrogen market projections on track to reach $11 trillion

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Expand Your Business by Producing SAF: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable aviation fuels are big globally due to incentives like the CORSIA program or regional SAF mandates. If you missed The Digest’s webinar where two of the most experienced people in SAF options from Haldor Topsoe explored technology, feedstocks, policy, offtake markets, timelines, models – everything

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel With a $2.7 million grant, UD researchers using microbes to make valuable chemicals

(University of Delaware) In the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UD

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioconversion Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefinery Waste for Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Being in a big state, Texas A&M University has some big goals like overcoming the key challenges for biorefinery cost-effectiveness and sustainability in the BETO MYPP and bring down the biofuel cost to $3/GGE. How are they managing biorefinery waste, improving biorefinery economics and sustainability,

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Preem’s Refinery in Lysekil Begins Producing Renewable Petrol

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

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Based Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dan Anderson from Pacific Northwest National Lab shared this illuminating slide guide at BETO’s Peer Review this year with the latest on PNNL’s work on building algae hydrothermal liquification (HTL) pathway to fuels, with the potential to meet BETO FY 2030 goal of $2.50/GGE.  READ

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis Promises Clean, Sustainable Source of Energy

(Purdue University/SciTechDaily) … The closest process to artificial photosynthesis humans have today is photovoltaic technology, where a solar cell converts the sun’s energy into electricity. That process is famously inefficient, able to capture only about 20% of the sun’s energy. Photosynthesis, on the other hand, is radically more efficient; it is

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

The Energy Department Pursues Cleaner and More Efficient Biofuel

by Tom Temin (Federal News Network) One way or another, bio-fuel will be part of the country’s energy future, especially to power ships and airplanes. That’s why the Energy Department’s ARPA-E is spending some $35 million in grant dollars to improve the efficiency of making this class of fuel. For details,

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting It Renewable Ready

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

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Avoiding the Coming Apocalypse: NREL’s Vision for Strategic Piloting and Enabling the Deployment of Bioenergy Technologies

by David J. Robichaud, Robert M. Baldwin, and Thomas D. Foust (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  …  Developing technologies are moving well beyond the traditional gasification/pyrolysis and biochemical pathways to include electrons to molecules, catalytic upgrading, electrolytic carbon capture and utilization, cell-free biology, and the list continues. Yet for all the

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cielo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What to do with the world’s most available and inexpensive feedstock – garbage? Cielo’s tech is capable of converting multiple waste streams into renewable fuel like high-grade renewable diesel, kerosene (aviation jet and marine fuel) and naphtha. Get the latest on their commercial facility, production, the

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and Swift Fuel Plan the First International Flight of an Aircraft Powered by Aviation Gasoline Made from over 97% Renewable Resources

(Global Bioenergies/Swift Fuel)  A one-hour flight from Saarbrücken to Reims; Aviation gasoline, a one billion-litre market in Europe and the USA;  A step towards the emergence of an aviation biofuel sector — Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE), a French company that develops petroleum derivative substitutes made from renewable resources, and

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Helps Create Biofuel from Waste Food Materials

(AZoCleantech)  A student from the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at South Ural State University (SUSU) and the winner of the UMNIK competition is working on a project to produce a fundamentally new catalyst that will help generate affordable biodiesel fuel from waste food raw materials. This form of fuel can

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

At Scale Feedstock Blending Optimization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste-To-Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What if we could build a biorefinery in every state and divert all 76 million dry T/y of organic wastes into transportation biofuels…forever? That’s what Pacific Northwest National Lab hopes will happen someday as they work on accelerating the adoption of promising conversion technologies. READ

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Can Sweet Gazoil’s Surface Flash Cracking Technology Help Solve Plastics Pollution?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweet Gazoil was founded to solve water pollution from waste and used oil. EPA states that 60% of water pollution in the USA comes from waste oil and that 1 gallon of used oil can pollute 1 million gallons of water. The founders were tired

June 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Are Bacterial Probiotics a Game-Changer for the Biofuels Industry?

(Biofuels International) In a study recently published in Nature Communications, scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Biosustainability (DTU) and Yale University carried out research into how bacteria commonly found in sugarcane ethanol fermentation affects  the industrial process. By closely studying the  interactions between yeast and bacteria, it is

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Larissa Perotta of Axens on the Company’s Vegan Technology for SAF/HVO

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  …  I spoke to Larissa Perotta, technology team manager for the biotechnology renewables group at Axens. We spoke about Axens’ Vegan technology  and trends in SAF and hydrotreated vegetable oil. … ” …  On one side, we started pioneering in the field of lipids in the 1980s

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Designing an Irreversible Metabolic Switch for Scalable Induction of Microbial Chemical Production

Ahmad A. Mannan and Declan G. Bates (Nature Communications) Bacteria can be harnessed to synthesise high-value chemicals. A promising strategy for increasing productivity uses inducible control systems to switch metabolism from growth to chemical synthesis once a large population of cell factories are generated. However, use of expensive chemical inducers

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Liquefaction

by John Holladay and Zia Haq (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and U.S. DOE, Bioenergy Technologies Office) In November 2020, PNNL facilitated an international workshop on HTL for SAF production. Present an overview of findings • Quick overview of HTL • Details from the workshop – research opportunities • Examples of

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

GIDARA ENERGY Announces a New Facility Converting Non-Recyclable Waste into Advanced Biofuels

(GIDARA Energy) GIDARA Energy is pleased to announce its first advanced biofuels facility in Amsterdam; Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (“AMA”). The plant will convert non-recyclable waste into advanced methanol. This product will be used for fuel blending, and therefore meet governmental objectives to achieve CO2 emission reductions as defined in the

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical Conversion and Lignin Utilization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Spero Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can you really convert 50% of lignin carbon into bio-phenols? Spero Renewables is working on exactly that and making polymers and chemicals from lignin bio-phenols. Spero even enables biofuel cost reduction of $1-2 gallons gasoline equivalent. Get the details on the tech behind it, how

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Novel Composite Catalyst Holds Promise for Cost-Effective Ethanol-to-Jet-Fuel Conversion

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  … The well-established, cost-competitive ethanol market provides an opportunity to shift the composition of jet fuel and other fuel products away from petroleum. The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office is focused on developing industrially viable fuels using renewable biomass,

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

by Susan Bauer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  California hydrogen fueling stations could soon benefit from lower cost approach —  A new technology that generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass, could be the next big thing to advance California’s Hydrogen Highway, fuel cell vehicles and

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Monolith Materials Receives Investments from SK Inc. and NextEra Energy Resources

(Monolith) Support for the clean hydrogen manufacturer continues to grow as its technology accelerates progress toward a decarbonized global energy system Monolith Materials, Inc., a leader in green hydrogen production, today announced it has received new investments from a consortium of investors led by SK Inc. and includes NextEra Energy Resources,

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

New Joint Venture: Advanced Thermal Conversion Technology for Renewable DME

(SHV Energy) SHV Energy and KEW Technology, a pioneering UK sustainable energy solutions company, will form a joint venture. The new joint venture is named Circular Fuels Ltd. It will develop renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) production plants. This strategic collaboration will demonstrate the viability of converting renewable and recycled carbon

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuels and Products from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Waste Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wet waste, municipal sludge residuals, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats/oils/greases – all things we used to throw away, but now can be converted into valuable bioproducts. Check out this illuminating slide guide on BETO’s strategy on organic waste, the problems it solves, converting these

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

RUDN University Chemists Created Cheap Catalysts for Ethanol Conversion

(RUDN University/EurekAlert) RUDN University chemists proposed a new way to synthesize catalysts for the conversion of ethyl alcohol. The obtained materials are promising catalysts for the selective conversion of ethanol, which is an important stage in the development of an alternative technology for obtaining valuable chemical synthesis products based on plant

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Stillage Fiber: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Xylome

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At the recent BETO peer review, Xylome shared this illuminating slide guide on making biodiesel precursors from dissolved organics and corn fiber present in grain ethanol stillage by engineering hyper-lipogenic strains of L. starkeyi to express and secrete cellulases and xylanases. See how they demonstrate

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

MEIA Spotlight — Ryan Powell

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

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Flemish Expertise Centres Join Forces with Industry to Push Green Hydrogen Production forward

(Electric Energy Online/DEME) Flemish research centres imec and VITO (both partners in EnergyVille), together with industrial pioneers Bekaert, Colruyt Group, DEME and John Cockerill announced today (May 28) that they are joining forces to invest in the production of green hydrogen. Under the flag of Hyve, the consortium aims at

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ørsted and HOFOR Enters into Agreement on Green Power for Groundbreaking Hydrogen Project

(Electric Energy Online/Ørsted) Today (May 31), Ørsted and HOFOR (Greater Copenhagen Utility) entered into an agreement that will secure green power for part of the potential 1.3 GW Green Fuels for Denmark project to produce sustainable fuels in the Greater Copenhagen area. Avedøre Power Station, where the power from Aflandshage can be

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

One-Step Peracetic Acid Pretreatment of Hardwood and Softwood Biomass for Platform Chemicals Production

Chandan Kundu, Shanthi Priya Samudrala, Mahmud Arman Kibria & Sankar Bhattacharya (Scientific Reports) Lignocellulosic biomass is an attractive renewable resource to produce biofuel or platform chemicals. Efficient and cost-effective conversion systems of lignocellulosic biomass depend on their appropriate pretreatment processes. Alkali or dilute acid pretreatment of biomass requires a high

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Economical Cell-free Isobutanol Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biomass derived sugars can be used by engineered microbes to make fuels and chemicals – but Invizyne is looking at alternative methods to improve cellulosic utilization and conversion. Check out their BETO presentation highlighting their tech that uses only enzymes (cell-free) instead of the whole

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Naphthenic Biofuel-Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuel blendstocks is what it’s all about for Dimitris Assanis from SUNY and Ofei Mante from RTI International. Check out their BETO presentation on bioblendstock oils rich in naphthenes produced using catalytic fast pyrolysis and hydrotreating pathway and evaluated for the first time as a

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government Selects 24 Project for Phase 1 of Direct Carbon Capture R&D Program

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the government has selected 24 projects for the first phase of its R&D challenge to find direct air carbon capture and greenhouse gas removal technologies, many of which are bio-based. From those projects, a select few will go on to the second phase

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Today’s Fermentation Landscape: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercial Fermentation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From pilot plant to scale-up demo and finally commercialization,Mark Warner shares this illuminating slide guide on what the opportunities and bottlenecks are for commercial fermentation. What’s impeding fermentation’s full potential in the bioeconomy? What’s available now? What’s the forecasted fermentation demand? Are we commercial-ready?  READ

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

10 Worlds That Shook This Day: 10 Different Worlds Shaken to Their Foundations by Events Taking Place around the World and within the Circular Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Things move faster these days, and in the past 24 hours, we’ve had 10 different Worlds shaken to their foundations by events taking place around the world and within the Circular Economy. 1. United States announced as Chair of multilateral Biofuture Platform In Brazil, the United

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Haldor Topsoe and Preem Achieve 85% Co-processing of Renewable Feedstock

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe) -Haldor Topsoe has revamped Preem’s renewable hydrotreater unit at their refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. -The hydrotreater is now able to co-process 85% renewable feedstock utilizing Topsoe’s HydroFlex™ technology. -The unit has a capacity of 6,600 barrels per day.  — Together, Topsoe and Preem have concluded the

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Meet the Startup Producing Oil to Fight Climate Change

by Emily Pontecorvo  (Grist)  How Charm Industrial became a go-to in Big Tech’s mission to offset its carbon footprint.  —  … The friends, all engineers by training, had designed a machine that could turn agricultural waste, like almond shells, into renewable hydrogen fuel. They’d even found a partner, the owner

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8 Million Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund for New Site Development

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

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzyme System for the Hydrogen Economy

(Ruhr University in Bochum)  An enzyme could make a dream of the energy industry come true: it can efficiently generate hydrogen from electricity as well as convert hydrogen into electricity. Both fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity, and electrolysers, which can produce hydrogen by splitting water with the aid

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste Is Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden for Possible Commercialization Internationally

(Neste) Until now, there have been no commercial drop-in solutions for replacing fossil gasoline to reduce high amounts of greenhouse gas emissions from conventional petrol cars, without investing into new vehicles or modifying the old ones. Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) may be the first to have

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Lakes Could be ‘Tapped’ for an Environmentally Friendly Biofuel

by Robert Lea (AZO CleanTech) New research suggests that a carbon-neutral biofuel could be created from methane extracted from lakes. — … A team of environmental scientists from the University of Basel, Switzerland, suggest that methane stored in lakes could be tapped, converted to methanol, and used as fuel. …

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Surprising Behavior of a Fatty Acid Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

by Jennifer Huber (Stanford University/SLAC)  Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels. — Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, it’s rare to find enzymes – proteins that promote chemical reactions in living things – that are driven by

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Velocys Provides Update on US, UK Biorefinery Rrojects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Velocys provided an update on its proposed commercial-scale U.K. and U.S. biorefinery projects in its 2020 financial report, released on May 17. The company also discussed an agreement that could allow its technology to be deployed in Japan. U.K.-based Velocys has designed, developed and now licenses

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

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

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas, RNG from Waste Is a Hit: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Greenlane Renewables made headlines this week when it reported record revenue growth of over 300% in Q1 2021 over Q1 2020. Ok, 317% to be exact. If that’s not impressive enough, check out this slide guide to get the latest info on this biogas company

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Shell, Singapore University to Work on $3.4 Mln Decarbonisation Study

by Florence Tan (NASDAQ/Reuters) Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said on Friday it will be working with a university in Singapore in a research project worth S$4.6 million ($3.4 million) over three years to convert carbon dioxide to fuels and petrochemicals. Researchers from Shell and the National University of Singapore (NUS) will develop processes

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Transform Materials Achieves Milestone in Commercial-Scale Production Plans

(Transform Materials)  Manufacturing process for Transform Materials’ revolutionary technology in key chemical products validated at pilot plant; Transform and DSM Nutritional Products begin discussions for global-scale commercial production. —  Transform Materials LLC (“Transform”), a sustainable chemical company with a patented net-carbon-negative process to cost-effectively produce commercial acetylene and hydrogen, has announced a

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $35 Million to Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (May 14, 2021) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria Show Promise for Sustainable Biofuel Industry, Researchers Say

(Hiroshima University/Phys.Org) Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan. They published the details of the heat-loving, acetone-producing bacteria called Moorella thermoacetica on April 23 in AMB

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

I Got 99 Problems but Product vs. Platform Ain’t One: Introducing Microbes-as-a-Service

by Moji Karimi (Cemvita Factory/Biofuels Digest) Any SynBio (synthetic biology) company is faced with three principal questions right off the bat:  1. Product or platform? A) Product: develop the microbe, build the plant, and sell the product. The end molecule is the revenue source B) Platform: develop the microbe and commercialize it

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Brewing up Better Ways to Turn Plant Waste into Ethanol

by Bev Betkowski (Troy Media/University of Alberta) University of Alberta research is brewing up better ways to help ethanol producers make the most of plant waste they use to make their fuel. A process developed by researcher David Bressler’s lab in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences makes it possible to break

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and BASF Achieve First Milestone in Utilizing Industrial Off-Gases for Chemical Production

(LanzaTech) Industrial exhaust gas used to produce sustainable alcohol; White biotechnology enables carbon recycling  — Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been

May 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Licella, Canfor’s Arbios Biotech JV Form Alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Australia-based Licella, in their joint venture with Canfor (Arbios Biotech) – a just inked a new global alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies that aims to create low-carbon, circular economy focused biorefinery, with Licella’s Cat-HTR (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor) technology at the core. In

May 11, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Network Distributes Advanced Biofuel Globally

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In West Virginia, Greasezilla developed an international distribution network to manage sales of its advanced biofuel byproduct on behalf of its customers. Greasezilla systems produce a Brown Grease Advanced Biofuel in nearly every region of the country. The distribution network offers Greasezilla’s clients a proven channel

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

University of Alberta Entrepreneur Transforms Waste into Jet Fuel

by Morgan Black (Global News) A made-in-Alberta success story is taking flight after a University of Alberta professor found a way to transform agriculture and forestry waste into jet fuel. Dr. David Bressler is the project lead of FORGE Hydrocarbons. He has studied the conversion of agricultural and forestry material into fuels, chemicals

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Changing Carbohydrates into Lipids for Microalgae Biofuels

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

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

“Dominating” Fungus Could Provide Solution to Producing More Biofuels and Valuable Chemicals

(University of York) he discovery of a novel enzyme that releases a valuable chemical from agricultural waste could provide an important breakthrough in the upscaling of renewable fuels and chemicals, a new study shows. … Researchers – led by the University of York – have discovered an enzyme in a fungus

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas & California Energy Commission to Provide Funding to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Marine Vessels

(Southern California Gas/PR Newswire)  Led by Zero Emission Industries, the project will test hydrogen fuel cell marine vessel technology designed to significantly reduce GHGs and air pollution from fishing, fire, ferry and other small boats in California —  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company will provide $200,000 in funding for Zero

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

New Technology to Make Green Hydrogen Enters Next Phase

(Southern California Gas) New technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas to make green hydrogen from water and renewable electricity —  Hydrogen continues to gain traction as a viable and important tool to address climate change in California. Now, thanks to new technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas, a new,

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Lignin Fractioning & Refining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen COO Matti Heikkilä takes us inside the technology in this illuminating slide guide. Find out what’s behind their inspiration, the bioprocessing tech behind next gen biorefineries, how to de-bottleneck a biorefinery, the possibilities with enzymatic lignin refining, their commercial road map, and more.  READ

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Depolymerization, Catalysts, Reactive Extrusion: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Circular Plastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enymatic hydrolysis, thermomechanical pretreatment, bioconversion and other ways to recycle plastic waste can change the way we look at plastics and polymers. Check out this illuminating slide guide from the University of Massachusetts on waste-to-energy, advanced recycling methods, and more. READ MORE Mattel Introduces New

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydroflex Tech for Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to transform almost any renewable feedstock into drop-in, ultra-low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Ready for greenfield projects, refinery add-ons and conversions — how does it work. What’s the impact on economics, cetane, cold flow

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Selects Axens Vegan® Technology for Its Carbon Zero Project in Riverbank, California for the Production of Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Aemetis) Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX), a leading producer of below zero carbon intensity dairy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and developer of the “Carbon Zero” renewable jet/diesel biorefineries using negative carbon intensity cellulosic hydrogen, announced today that Aemetis has selected Axens Vegan® Renewable Hydroprocessing technology for its “Carbon Zero 1” production plant in

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Center Working on Converting Municipal Waste to Biofuel

(Advantage News) The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is leading the way in converting municipal solid waste to biofuel through two proposals submitted for funding. The NCERC has received funding from a grant proposal that was submitted to SIUE’s Transitional and Exploratory Projects grant program by Jie Dong, NCERC’s fermentation scientist

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Structure of Light-Driven Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

U.S. Department of Eneryg/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)  Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from FOG and Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SMES Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fats, oils and grease are used today more than ever before – we’re talkin’ billions and billions of gallons – and Smisson Mathis Energy Solutions is converting this waste into biodiesel. See the latest progress on their East Dublin, Georgia biodiesel facility, plans for building

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Sekab’s Technology Is Making Progress in the EU

(Sekab)  Sekab’s technology for utilizing residual products from the forest has been an eye-catcher for the EU Innovation Fund in their search for the most innovative low-carbon technology projects. Sekab’s plans to build a production facility has been selected as a top ranked project among 311 applicants and is now

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

BioDiesel Production as a Safe Disposal Route for High-Risk Fats

(BioEnergy International) RepCAT, a new process by BCI-BioEnergy Internationa, Austrian plant manufacturer and technology provider, has been approved  —  BDI’s RepCAT technology approved for safe disposal of high-risk fat material. World’s first biodiesel production process to use a recyclable catalyst. Using this technology, 3 plants are currently being built. Already for

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Poop to Power – Renewable Natural Gas from Manure: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Just in time for Earth Day today, there is major progress in the manure-only to RNG side of the Biogas business. Vanguard Renewables’ Rick Royston shared this slide guide with new projects in Colorado and Georgia, more on the way, and a powerful new revenue

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass to Sugar Conversion Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Enzymes for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Get the latest on thermochemical pretreatment and enzymatic reactions for biofuels and biochemicals production from Rajesh Gupta from Lee Enterprises Consulting in this illuminating slide guide. From lignocellulosic and algal biomass, comparison of popular pretreatment methods, supplemental and hydrolyzing enzymes, and more. READ MORE biorefiner

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Clariant Collaborates with Indonesia’s Pertamina in Advanced Biofuels Assessment

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

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 18: Plastic Upcycling

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) It is estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year – most of it non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. With more and more plastic accumulating on land and in oceans, there is a desperate need for technologies that may utilize, consume or completely

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Mexican University Makes Biofuel from Wine and Cheese Waste

by Phoebe French (The Drinks Business)  The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is using waste products from the wine and cheese industries to produce hydrogen and methane.  — Researchers working in the university’s engineering department in the Mexican state of Querétaro are undertaking the project. Led by researcher Germán Buitrón

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Progress at the Pump

(North Carolina State University Campaign News) Professor Sunkyu Park, who has deep NC State roots, is working to turn waste from the pulp and paper industry into the biofuel of the future. Boosted by private support, his research could revolutionize the energy industry — in more ways than one. …

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper Reinvents the Paper Coffee Cup with an Alternative to Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Derived from widely available plant material, JANUS coated paper can be custom-shaped and when coated, creates moisture resistance equivalent to petroleum-coated products. Unlike the old school petroleum-coated paper, J&J’s green paper technology is recyclable, compostable and made with zero petroleum additives, making it safe

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason Save the Concrete Industry?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Portland cement is a core ingredient in traditional concrete and the cement industry accounts for about 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. So making biocement – a cement that captures carbon instead of releasing carbon – is a huge deal and Biomason is doing

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 11: Microbial World for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals Production

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The versatile world of microorganisms is a perfect source for the production of a variety of biobased fuels, chemicals and materials. Microorganisms have the ability to break down biomass, components of these biomass or other materials (e.g., CO2, organic acids) through the process of fermentation

April 11, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Bolivia Pilots Production of Biodiesel from Waste

(La Prensa Latina) Bolivia is watching with interest a pilot project that is producing biodiesel from waste at a small plant in the second city of El Alto. Engineers at the Heresi metallurgy pilot plant in the Nuevo Amanecer district on Wednesday presented their “microreactor for the conversion of waste

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

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

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Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it,

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