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First Dutch BioLNG Plant Opens, Fuel Will Be Available at Shell Stations

(Renewi/Nordsol/NGV Journal) With the press of a button, Dutch king Willem-Alexander officially put into service the first bio-LNG plant of the Netherlands. With this scoop, initiators Nordsol, Renewi and Shell have taken the next step in making road freight transport more sustainable. It is expected that the new plant will produce

October 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Case for Onboard Carbon Dioxide Capture on Long-Range Vehicles

by Amanda Morris (Northwestern Now) Method can be implemented based on existing technologies  —  Researchers argue that long-range vehicles, including cargo ships, should be powered by solid oxide fuel cells and use onboard carbon dioxide (CO2) capture; Depending on fuel type, this solution is CO2 neutral or even CO2 negative;

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming Collected Organic Waste into Insect Feed and Organic Fertilizer in Kenya: Impact Investing in Sanergy (Private Sector Investment Finance)

(Japan International Cooperation Agency)  On Oct. 8, JICA made an investment of $2.5 million in Sanergy, Inc., a US company which promotes an innovative circular-economy approach in the developing world, including Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy collects human waste from sanitary toilets located in slum areas and other organic waste around the

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Options for Corn Pathways: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO Conversion R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Program Manager of Conversion R&D at BETO shared this illuminating slide guide on the role of products and Gen1 ethanol. From co-products’ impact on economics and biochemical pathways TEA and sustainability analysis to low-carbon options for corn ethanol-to-jet pathways, and more.  READ MORE  

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech to Trial SAF Production from Waste Carbon Dioxide

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

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

LSU, Delaware to Develop Chemical Manufacturing Processes Using CO2 Feedstocks and Renewable Energy

(LSU College of Engineering/Globe Newswire/Associated Press)  Each day, many of the products we use, whether we know it or not, are produced from natural gas or crude oil using carbon- and energy-intensive processes. But what if we could make those same products using CO2, thereby drastically reducing or even eliminating our

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis, Delta in Billion Dollar Breakthrough: 250 Million Gallon, 10 Year SAF Deal Signed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Breaking news from California. Aemetis and Delta announced an offtake agreement for 250 million gallons of blended fuel containing sustainable aviation fuel to be delivered over the 10 year term of the agreement. The aggregate value of the agreement is estimated to be more than $1

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Pyrocell Has Started Production

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

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Unlocking Hidden Combustion Properties of Waste Streams

by Jim DeSellem (Babcock & Wilcox/Biofuels Digest)  … However, biomass and waste fuels are not all created equal, and can produce environmental emissions, non-combustible materials and other less-than-ideal properties which can have negative impacts on reliable boiler operations. Quantifying and predicting these impacts is required to evaluate the potential of a

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Awarded Patent for Process to Upgrade or Convert Ethanol and Bio-based Alcohols to Drop-In Hydrocarbon Fuels

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), announced that it has received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) for a process that encompasses upgrading ethanol and bio-based alcohols into drop-in, bio-based diesel and jet-fuel products. The USPTO has awarded Gevo U.S. Patent No. 11,078,433 titled “Conversion of Mixtures

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Honeywell and Wood Introduce Groundbreaking Technologies to Support Efforts toward Carbon-Neutral Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Honeywell/PR Newswire) – Wood’s hydrogen plant technology coupled with Honeywell UOP EcofiningTM process technology and carbon capture and storage can reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions 100% when compared to petroleum-based aviation fuels – Widespread use of Honeywell and Wood technologies have potential to remove the equivalent of 34 million metric tons

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Potential to Produce 5B Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from CO2

(LanzaTech)  LanzaTech and Argonne National Lab Awarded funding for Aviation Project in Georgia. — The White House set a goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050, saying it could cut emissions from flying by 20 percent by the end of the decade. To help meet that goal,

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil: Adecoagro & Galileo Embark on Biomethane for Vehicles Project

(Galileo Technologies/NGV Journal) Starting this month, Adecoagro, one of the main food and renewable energy producers in South America, replaces fossil fuels with bio-CNG in 13 fleet vehicles in its sugar processing facility in Ivinhema (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil): seven light-duty, three commercial vehicles and three trucks. This renewable fuel

September 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Fighting Viruses with Algae

by Rebekah Orton (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  …  Biologist Scott Edmundson, who has studied photosynthetic algal cultivation for bioproduct generation for more than 15 years, suggests that if algae-derived antivirals show promise in clinical trials, their extraction could help make biofuels more economically feasible. “We’ve proved it is technically feasible to

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

ECB Group Renewable Diesel Project in Latin America Uses Unique Hydrogen Integration Design

by Dan Szeezil (Renewable Fuels, Honeywell/Biofuels Digest) The first renewable diesel project in South America will be built in Paraguay. The Omega Green renewable fuel complex developed by ECB Group has an investment cost of more than $800 million and is the largest private investment in the country’s history. The facility

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Making Methane from CO2: Carbon Capture Grows More Affordable

by Brendan Bane (Pacific Norwest National Laboratory)  Methane made from CO2 and renewable hydrogen offers a new path toward cheaper carbon capture —  In their ongoing effort to make carbon capture more affordable, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a method to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2)

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Japan’s NEDO Supports Project to Develop Woody Biomass-to-SAF Commercial-Scale Supply Chain

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) A project to develop a commercial-scale supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from gasification of woody biomass and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis technology has been selected by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The selection follows NEDO’s call for participation in its “Biojet

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $65 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Airplane and Ship Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects align with administration’s new goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector by 2050 – –  As part of a White House roundtable to launch the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels. These investments will advance technologies to create replacements for petroleum fuels used in heavy-duty forms of transportation, like airplanes and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

State of Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Want to know who’s doing what, where, how and with whom in renewable chemicals and biomaterials? Then check out this State of Renewable Chemicals & Materials top story highlighting what you need to know. In today’s Digest, from what biobased molecules are being produced today to

September 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen with Waste Carbon Dioxide to Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  … NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products. New IP To Simplify Renewable Hydrogen Reactions Renewable hydrogen could fit into future low-carbon energy systems like a missing puzzle piece: It can be produced

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Plains, Clean Sugar Tech, BioCampus: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may know Fluid Quip Technologies from their work in ethanol, corn wet milling and biochemical industry, but did you know they have a partnership with Green Plains, BlackRock and others? Get a look at their BioCampus, sugar market opportunities, an overview of their clean

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Raven SR Partners with Republic Services to Produce Commercial Green Hydrogen in Northern California, Starting Summer 2022

(Republic Services) • Raven SR will process organic waste from Republic Services’ West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill to produce up to 2,000 mt/year of renewable hydrogen, a zero-emission energy source; • The green hydrogen will be resold in commercial fueling stations in Northern California to power passenger and heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Smokestacks

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

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Tenneco Explores Synthetic Fuels for Climate-Neutral Mobility

Tenneco is putting its 100-plus years of powertrain expertise in improving vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions to work to explore synthetic fuels (e-fuels), a viable near-term solution to further maximize the efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint of internal combustion engines (ICE). Tenneco’s Powertrain business group is partnering with

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

IFC and Cocal Team to Drive Renewable Energy and Improve Energy Efficiency in Brazil

(International Finance Corporation (Google Translation))  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is supporting a new project in Brazil to strengthen the diversification of the country’s energy matrix. The US$ 70 million (about R$ 350 million) financing for the Cocal Group will expand the company’s ethanol and biogas production and will contribute to

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

One if by Sea, Two if by Sky: The Search for Affordable CO2 Capture Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … So, a UCLA team has come up with an interesting angle. Why extract the CO2 from the sky if you can extract it from the sea?   Goes the theory, if you pull CO2 from the sea, the oceans will pull down the CO2 from the

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Pioneer Stiesdal Starts up ‘Stepping Stone’ CO2-Negative Green Fuel Plant

by Darius Snieckus (ReCharge) Prototype of innovative technology that will produce e-fuel using a pyrolysis oven to avoid generating CO2 launched in Denmark, with 2MW model on near-horizon — A prototype of a innovative plant that will produce green fuel using an oxygenless pyrolysis oven to avoid generating CO2 has been launched

August 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Coproducts Revenue Rising

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) New benchmarking information points strongly toward a growing percentage of overall plant income streaming from ethanol’s ancillary outputs. Data from 65 participating facilities show revenue from coproducts averaged 27% of total plant revenue in Q1.  —  New data shows ethanol coproducts represent increasingly higher

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

NASA Awards $750,000 in Competition to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Sugar

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration)  On Earth, plants and ocean microbes use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide, or CO2, into sugars for energy. Humans don’t have that ability, at least not yet. On Mars, there aren’t plants and oceans, but there is an abundance of CO2. NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge invited the public to

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Team Making Ships Carbon Neutral

(Bio Market Insights)  A team of researchers from Northwestern University, Illinois have developed a novel means of decarbonising the shipping industry, using CO2-capturing solid oxide fuel cells to make vessels carbon neutral – or even carbon negative. These fuel cells ‘burn’ traditional carbon-based fuels and generate their own CO2 onboard

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Highways: New Technologies Will Help Us Build Healthier Societies in 7 Ways

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Change represents opportunity. Here are 7 Transformations of the Highway system worth tracking now. 1. New roadtop materials. Paving materials are heading in a sustainable direction. Bitumen (asphalt) can now be made using biobased technology and biomass resources — typically, pyrolysis is used. That’s a same-as

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis Technology Emerging

(National Research Council of Science & Technology/Phys.Org) Korean researchers are striving to turn artificial photosynthesis technology into reality to achieve carbon neutrality or accomplish a net carbon emission value of zero. Artificial photosynthesis is a technology that mimics natural photosynthesis by using the received sunlight energy to convert carbon dioxide into

August 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen: EW Höfe, Alpiq and SOCAR Energy Switzerland Mark a New Milestone

(Alpiq/Electric Energy Online) Alpiq, EW Höfe and SOCAR Energy Switzerland are planning to build an electrolysis plant with a capacity of up to 10 MW in Freienbach (SZ). The commissioning of the plant is scheduled to start at the end of 2022 and, when completed, it will produce an annual

August 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste to Biogas and RNG: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ag-Grid Energy is working on not letting waste go to waste. Find out how in this slide guide on their latest projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, where they see the RNG industry going and why, their expansion strategy, current Ag-Grid partnerships, and more. 

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Japanese Transport Firm Makes Diesel Fuel Using Ramen Broth

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

August 17, 2021 Read Full Article

North Dakota Holds First Carbon Storage Hearing as Ethanol Plant Seeks to Capture Emissions

by Amy R. Sisk (Bismark Tribune) Representatives of a Richardton ethanol plant appeared before state regulators Thursday seeking a permit to store carbon dioxide captured from the facility underground, the first hearing of its kind to take place in North Dakota as the state’s energy industry looks to rein in

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

India Innovates Technology that Generates Hydrogen Directly from Agricultural Residue

(PTI/Yahoo! News)  World’s first technology that generates hydrogen directly from agricultural residue for use in fuel cell-powered vehicles. This is a collaborative efforts of Pune based Sentient Labs and Agharkar Research Institute to contribute to “India’s National Hydrogen Mission”. Sentient Labs and Agharkar Research Institute collaborate for this breakthrough  •

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Aims to Find out if Carbon Storage Will Work in Eastern North Dakota

by Amy R. Sisk (Bismark Tribune) In ethanol producer wants to figure out if the geology is right in eastern North Dakota to store carbon emissions underground, the way a number of projects aim to do in the western part of the state. If signs point toward yes, Midwest AgEnergy

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Strategic Biofuels LLC — In with the New

(Energy, Oil and Gas)  With over 35 years of experience in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the petrochemical and natural gas, and renewable industries, Dr. Paul Schubert is also the man behind the creation of Strategic Biofuels LLC, a relatively young company – having been formally established

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Build an Artificial Tree

(Financial Times)  Can you build the equivalent of 37,000 trees into a suitcase? Twelve, a tiny start-up founded by three Stanford graduates believes its lab holds the secret to reducing climate change. Their technology turns unwanted CO2 into useful products such as car parts, trainers, and alcohol.  READ MORE WATCH

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

CE+P to Partner with the U.S. Joint BioEnergy Institute on Advanced Biofuels Research

(California Energy + Power/Business Wire) California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) announced today (August 3, 3021) that it is partnering with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P’s planned sugarcane ethanol facility

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Having a Field Day Talking about Hemp for Biofuel in Maryland

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

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste to Energy: Biofuel from Kelp Harvesting and Fish

by Kelsey Adkisson  (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Newswise)  Possibility of cheaper, greener fuel for remote, coastal Alaska communities —   Kelp is plentiful in remote, coastal Alaska. Fuel is not. And it’s expensive. Many isolated communities rely on diesel generators for energy because they are not connected to pipelines or the electrical grid.

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists to Develop CO₂-Free Fermentation Technology amid Surging Demand for Low-Carbon Biofuel

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) By Combining Electrochemistry With Fermentation, NREL’s Biorefining Process Could Both Increase Fuel Yields and Recycle Carbon Dioxide —  As much as one-third of the carbon in sugar is lost as carbon dioxide (CO2) during fermentation processes that use biomass to make renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation to DDGS: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  White Dog Labs is working on producing a Single-Cell Protein product from a cellulosic ethanol plant waste stream. The goal – to produce enough butyrate enhanced SCP product from cellulosic ethanol streams, that can be mixed with DDGS, for broiler chicken feed trials, which can

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

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

From Biomass to Bug Zapper: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Insecticides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Creating a sustainable, inexpensive bioinsecticide that leverages the inherent chemical functionality from thermochemical biomass conversion that can improve biofuel economics is one of National Renewable Energy Lab’s goals. Take a look at bioinsecticide production using catalytic fast pyrolysis works, bioinsecticide trends, impacts on biorefining, and

July 12, 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

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

Department of Energy Invests $8 Million for Projects to Develop Algae-Based Technologies to Capture Carbon Dioxide for Use in Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (June 23, 2021), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $8 million in federal funding for four projects to develop and test technologies that capture and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources to create

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

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

Bioenergy: How Sustainable, How Needed?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A new report from CCNY and a Bechtel/Drax partnership on biomass-to-energy but power from biomass into the spotlight — or, under the microscope.  News arrives from the UK that Bechtel and Drax have partnered to advance to construct new Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage power

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Is It Starch or Cellulose? NREL Offers Answers that Could Unlock Incentives for Making Cellulosic Ethanol

by Zia Abdullah (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Cellulosic ethanol—produced from fibrous cellulose, which gives plants strength and rigidity—offers a range of attractive benefits. When used as a vehicle fuel, it can support deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, with a carbon footprint 73% smaller than conventional gasoline. Ethanol made from cellulose can

June 21, 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

ICM Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Visionary Fiber Technologies’ Fiber Reactor

(ICM/Intrado)  … The continuous flow process is designed to extract significantly more impurities than traditional separation methods, resulting in a clean distillers corn oil that can be sold directly to renewable diesel refineries, bypassing pretreatment at their site. With VFT’s fiber reactor system, there is also less downtime and higher

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 12 New Biobased Molecules: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Biotech’s Inflection Point

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  17 years ago, Werpy and Peterson gave us the seminal “Top 12 Biobased Molecules” – how have they fared? What are the top 12 now, and the top 12 tomorrow? BioCognito’s Nathan Danielson and NCGA’s Sarah McKay have the answers, based on work recently appearing

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Lignin Leads the Way – World’s First Lignin Bio-Asphalt Road, Lignin’s Array of Applications and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … We know you can make almost anything out of lignin, so why not a road? And that’s just what happened in the Netherlands with the world’s first test road made from bio-asphalt with lignin. This lignin – fully plant-based and produced by Avantium –

June 7, 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

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

SAF: Bioethanol Production from Sunflower Biomass

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

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

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

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

Praj’s Technology Breakthrough for Producing “Bio-bitumen”

(Praj) Praj Industries India’s most accomplished industrial biotech company has achieved yet another milestone by developing innovative technology to produce Bio-bitumen based on lignin. The Netherlands-based Circular Biobased Delta, one of Europe’s premier consortia to promote bioeconomy, has approved Praj’s Bio-bitumen samples processed from Purified Lignin, as a part of their

May 18, 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

Carbon Clean, BayoTech to Develop Hydrogen, CO2 Capture Solutions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Carbon Clean has joined forces with BayoTech to develop on-site hydrogen with carbon capture solutions. Carbon Clean, a leader in cost-effective CO2 capture and separation technology, signed a memorandum of understanding with BayoTech, to explore commercial opportunities targeted at hydrogen and carbon capture and utilisation deployment. Initially, the companies

May 14, 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

The 10 Biggest WOWs from Day 4 of ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 4 of ABLC is now complete, with 26 more speakers completing their trips to the digital stage. Thursday’s agenda included some of the hottest topics — The Department of Energy Horizons, the future of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, the technologies and projects in Green

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Total Cray Valley and Gevo to Further Scale Up Development of Renewable Isoamylene from Fusel Oil

(Gevo) Total Cray Valley and Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today the successful completion of phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. The companies are now seeking to advance to Phase 2 of the JDA, which will allow for scale up of Gevo’s

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol: USDA Must Reward Farmers, Biofuel Facilities For Carbon-Cutting Contributions

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Grainnet)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help establish a protocol for biofuel producers and farmers to easily document the carbon intensity benefits of changes in agricultural practices in comments submitted April 29 regarding USDA’s climate strategy for President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and

May 1, 2021 Read Full Article

First Trial on to Generate Oxygen from Ethanol Plants in Maha

by Mohammed Akhef (Times of India)  The Dharashiv Sugar Mill in Osmanabad district has started the process to generate oxygen from the sugar mill based ethanol plant. … If successful, this process could turn Maharashtra’s sugar bowl into an oxygen bowl amid the ongoing pandemic. … “The molecule required for

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

New Milestone for Carbon Capture and Storage: Red Trail Energy and EERC Near Commercialization of CO2 Storage Technology

by Patrick C. Miller (UND Today)  After nearly 20 years of researching and developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies as a means of mitigating climate change, the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is on the verge of seeing the science put to commercial use in North Dakota. An ethanol plant

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Adhesives from Waste Wood, Biofuel from Straw

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

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Separating Beer Waste into Proteins for Foods, and Fiber for Biofuels

(American Chemical Society/Phys.Org) … Once all the flavor has been extracted from barley and other grains, what’s left is a protein- and fiber-rich powder that is typically used in cattle feed or put in landfills. Today, scientists report a new way to extract the protein and fiber from brewer’s spent

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Norfolk Senator’s Carbon Sequestration Legislation Isn’t Glamorous, but It’s Positive on Several Fronts

(Norfolk Daily News) … Sen. (Mike) Flood is sponsoring Legislative Bill 650, which would set up the legal and regulatory framework for the development of carbon sequestration wells, which would be at least 2,600 feet deep and store carbon in a gas/liquid state in underground formations conducive to storage. …

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 4: Biobased Products and Bioplastics

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When we think about green transitioning, the most popular images we idealize are windmills, solar panels or electric cars. But apart from energy, many products still have a large impact on carbon emissions because they are made from fossil carbon using petroleum or

April 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Establishes Carbon Capture Subsidiary for CO2 Sequestration to Further Reduce the Carbon Intensity of Dairy RNG and Renewable Fuels

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire)  California Central Valley is an Established CO2Injection Region Supporting Carbon Sequestration Projects for Aemetis Dairy RNG Projects, Ethanol Plant, and Renewable Jet/Diesel Plant Under Development  — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced today that the company’s board

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Battle between Biochar & Activated Carbon: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The same yet different. That’s biochar and activated carbon – both are carbon-based porous material and are the active agent in a separation process, but they also have significant differences. Check out this illuminating slide guide from William Naylor at Lee Enterprises Consulting on the

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

A Sweet Soy Story – World’s 1st Bioplastic from Soy Molasses

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Four companies developed the first process in the world to produce compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams. A biopolymer plant will be built in Uusikaupunki, Finland, in which bioplastic production will be piloted on an industrial scale. Finnfoam, Brightplus, VTT Technical Research

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Petron Scientech, Inc. – From Ethanol to Ethylene, Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Glycols

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Originally Petron was formed 30 years ago to be a complete Solution Provider for its clients in the fields of ethanol to ethylene, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols. Petron’s ethanol to ethylene process provided a solution to those remote clients who required ethylene, but where

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Byogy Commissions Sustainable Low Carbon Jet Fuel Plant in Japan Advancing ‘Alcohol to Jet’ to Zero Carbon

(Biogy/PR Newswire) Byogy Renewables Inc., the original architect of the “Alcohol to Jet” (ATJ) process for the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), has built, and is now commissioning, one of the world’s largest ATJ demonstration facilities converting cellulosic bioethanol into full replacement Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel in Japan.

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Latest Lignin Tech, Markets, Applications, Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Want the inside scoop on a new market study on lignin, Lignin 2021: A Pivotal Year, about to be published by Jack Miller? If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, here’s your chance to get an advance look at the technologies, applications, markets, and players that

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

New Clean Energy Process Converts Methane to Hydrogen with Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Novel bimetallic catalyst also yields valuable solid carbon co-products for manufacturing industries  —  … Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU), in collaboration with industry partners Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and C4-MCP, have developed a process that converts methane—the primary

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biochem at Scale: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Circa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve got the latest Circa presentation that dives into the world’s only scalable production process for several high value biochemicals. Yesterday’s top story was about Circa’s landmark IPO, and today this slide guide talks tech of converting biomass into high value biochemicals, the current global

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

OMV to Pilot Glycerin-to-Propanol Process in Austria

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Austria-based oil and gas company OMV is making plans to invest 30 million euros to build a pilot plant at its Schwechat refinery outside of Vienna to produce biobased propanol from glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production, using a process developed inhouse. The company

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Discusses Plans for Renewable Diesel, Cellulosic Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  McAfee (Eric McAfee, CEO of Aemetis Inc.) provided an update of the many improvement projects underway at the Keyes plant that will reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of the fuel it produces, including the use of renewable natural gas (RNG), a membrane dehydration unit,

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Company Plans to Capture Midwest Ethanol Plants’ Carbon Dioxide, Store It Underground

by Katie Piekes (National Public Radio/Harvest Public Media) A new business in Iowa wants to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants. It would pave the way for biorefineries in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas to deliver carbon-neutral fuel to the market. Summit Carbon Solutions, a business platform

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Reach $1B Revenues by 2025?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis just unveiled a five-year plan targeting $1 billion of revenue by 2025 and we’ve got the presentation with the details. Eric McAfee, Aemetis Chairman/CEO shares how they are replacing high carbon intensity petroleum products with “Below Zero” renewable fuels and byproducts, the latest RNG,

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

The Return of Electrofuels: Amazon, Mitsubishi, AP Ventures Invest in Infinium’s Bid to Make Fuels from CO2, Water

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Infinium Electrofuels process converts renewable power into green hydrogen, then uses this green hydrogen and waste carbon dioxide to produce net-zero carbon fuels. These fuels may be used in today’s plane, ship and truck fleets without changes in infrastructure. Nearly a quarter of global carbon

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

UMD Collaborates Internationally to Convert an Invasive Weed into Biogas and Animal Feed in Nigeria

(University of Maryland)  Research and Extension project addresses environmental and human health concerns, providing new economic opportunities to the Hadejia Valley region  — As part of an ongoing project years in the making, Richard Kohn of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland is collaborating internationally to provide

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

MMEX Resources Corp. Enhancing its Solar Power Plan for Clean Energy

(MMEX Resources Corp.)  MMEX solar power sub, MMEX Solar Resources, to serve multiple Hydrogen and Ultra Low Sulfur Fuels planned projects in Texas — MMEX Resources Corp. (OTCPK: MMEX), a development-stage company focusing on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Landfill Gas to Ethanol

by Gary C. Young (Bio-Thermal-Energy Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mixed with steam, run through a reformer and fermented, landfill gas proves an economic and environmentally beneficial feedstock for ethanol production. And each LFG project is a source of green energy that can last for more than two decades. A patented technology

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

NCERC Exploring New Uses for Corn

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) The director of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center says they have some big research projects in the works paving the way to new uses for US corn. John Caupert tell Brownfield they are finding more and more products can be made from corn

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Separation Tech for Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sulzer Chemtech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the latest separation technologies for biobased product applications like biofuels, biochemicals, biopolymers? Dr. Singh from Sulzer Chemtech USA shared this illuminating slide guide on their distillation, evaporation, membrane, extraction, crystallization and polymerization technologies, CO2 absorption using their unique mass-transfer equipment, and more. READ

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crushing Ethanol’s CO2 Footprint: Summit Carbon Launches 10MT Carbon Capture & Storage Monster; Green Plains Is in

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sometimes, as the song says, you gotta bury your troubles, and when your trouble is the cost of carbon dioxide emission, and you’re in the ethanol business, you were stymied until a few minutes ago, when news crossed the wires that Summit Carbon Solutions is building

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Continued Success for SoBT Researchers with Climate-Friendly Industrial Methodologies

(Dublin City University) A consortium led by researchers based in the School of Biotechnology at DCU continues to redefine the methodology employed in the distilling industry, towards improving sustainability in the workflows which are commonplace in distilleries the world over. Asst. Profs. Gunes and Lawler, of the School of Biotechnology

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Innovations in Bioprocess Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA’s Bruce Dien shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 focusing on the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois and recent success of NCAUR research. From biorefineries, advanced ethanol and biobutanol, biomass related research in corn, pennycress, napiergrass, cellulosic biofuels, fermentation,

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Future Fuels Change the Balance of Power

by Chris Edwards (Engineering and Technology) Renewables may actually keep carbon fuels going for decades to come, but a new group of energy-rich countries will emerge.  — …    The question is what these new vehicles will use instead. For most European governments, the answer for most cars and light

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article
    Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review — March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 that will be held virtually on Zoom. Approximately 300 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Mainstream Pine Products to Build Crude Tall Oil Plant in South Carolina

(Mainstream Pine Products/Biobased Diesel Daily) Mainstream Pine Products LLC announced plans in late January for an estimated $90 million crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The biorefinery will be a highly advanced recycling facility with capacity to process 110,000 tons of

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste Makes Haste – D.O.E., SABIC, TOTAL, PLASTIC ENERGY Racing to Recycle Plastics into Higher-Value Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Originally announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Is Hot! 584 Hydrogen Fueling Stations in 33 Countries, Ways2H Expansion, Preem, Siemens and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What is making hydrogen so hot right now is the news that hydrogen fueling stations are having a dramatic acceleration in growth with 584 hydrogen stations deployed in 33 countries by the end of this year, Ways2H’s fundraising and expansion on new orders

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Reducing CO2 Emissions via Next-Gen Industrial Processes – Brimstone Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …At Brimstone Energy, we developed a process to co-generate cement and hydrogen while eliminating process emissions. If clean energy were used, our process could be CO2-free. Q: What stage of development are you? Choose one: Proof of concept stage – in the lab or in

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy-Dense Liquids, Drop-in Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tying in with today’s top story, this is one slide guide you don’t want to miss from Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO who recently shared this with investors. From the latest in market traction and demand for Gevo fuels, their first world scale project in South

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Soaring Gevo Rocks to $2B Valuation – What Happened? How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The management kept costs trimmed, laid out a plan for deployment, and waited for the storms to pass. And as was said in Casablanca, “waited and waited and waited.” The stock dipped to just 49 cents a share last summer, after a series of dilutions,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

C02 as Feedstock!: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon to Value Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Carbontech—technologies that capture and convert CO2 into valuable end products or services is hot right now in attempts to make the planet not so hot with climate change. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from the Carbon to Value Initiative,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Plains Announces Clean Sugar Project in Nebraska

(Green Plains/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Plains Inc. and Ospraie Management today announced that recently acquired Fluid Quip Technologies is engineering and constructing a fully scalable commercial Clean Sugar Technology production facility at the Green Plains York Innovation Center. This technology effectively transforms a dry milling facility into a clean sugar biorefinery

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting to Neutral Carbon: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Drawdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s A.J. Simon shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 to look at the role that bioeconomy pathways play in drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere. From pathway selection, corn starch, switchgrass, forest residue, and a comparison of their net emissions

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Tired of Waiting on Washington, Ethanol CEO Bets on Animal Feed

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg) Green Plains Inc. Chief Executive Officer Todd Becker is getting closer to his goal of never having to worry about U.S. ethanol policy again.  Instead of awaiting Washington’s next move in the industry’s battle with Big Oil for share of gasoline tanks, Becker is working to transform Green

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Mining the Sky for CO2 with Metal Trees, Towers and Pumps

by John Fialka (E&E News) … “Can we afford not to do this?” was the way Steve Oldham, the CEO of Carbon Engineering, headquartered in Squamish, British Columbia, put it in a recent TED Talk. He estimated that climate-related damages will eventually cost the U.S. over $500 billion a year “if

January 7, 2021 Read Full Article

45Q – The Drive to Qualify

by Alex Tiller (Carbonvert Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The road to qualifying for the 45Q tax credit can be confusing, with strict limitations on project phases and what constitutes start of construction. But, navigated properly, the credit is a promising opportunity. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) presents a tremendous financial opportunity

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … In today’s Digest, we look at the HOTTEST Digest Slide Guides like Corbion’s biobased Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), Gevo’s low carbon drop-in transportation fuels, Neste, an exclusive Digest Q&A with Clariant, and even some hydrogen. Check out what YOU, the readers, found the most

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

UAE Researchers Produce Biofuel from Date Seeds

(The National News) About one million tonnes of date seeds are produced from 40 million palm trees in the Emirates — A research team in the UAE have extracted a large quantity of biofuel from date seeds, signalling a huge potential boost for the country’s biofuel industry. About one million

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Whisky Project Squeezes Every Wee Dram, Insects Could Be Key to Mars Colonization, Commercial-Scale Lab-Grown Chicken, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of December 25th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Some of you may be celebrating the holidays with a bit of whisky – or ‘whiskey’ in some countries – but who knew this distilled alcoholic beverage could be so handy for the bioeconomy! The Whisky Project led by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, includes

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Plastics Upcycling, Cleaner Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NextChem is focused on 3 solutions that all tie in together – cleaner hydrogen, biofuels and a circular economy. Find out why and how in this exclusive ABLC slide guide that dives into their low-carbon hydrogen production, biofuels from used cooking oil, animal fats, vegetable

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Stocks Pile Up as Plants Produce for Byproducts

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb)  … Peter Meyer of S&P Global Platts says ethanol plants are now producing ethanol not for the fuel, but for the byproducts. “Ethanol plants are selling a lot of their byproducts given the rise in soybean oil prices, which were somewhat based on Palm oil prices going up,

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

This Biotech Startup Is Making Palm Oil-Substitutes and Omega-3s from Carbon Emissions

by Kristin Toussaint (Fast Company) Instead of having more carbon go into the atmosphere, making our planet warmer and speeding up the effects of climate change, you might soon be able to eat those emissions. Biotech company LanzaTech has successfully turned CO2 emissions into lipids and omega-3 fatty acids as

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Is Your Renewable Diesel Project Sustainable?

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) For organizations looking to develop, construct and commission a new renewable diesel plant, it’s important to understand the various market conditions at play to avoid poorly made investments and the pitfalls of lost future opportunities. Since 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Application of LCA on Innovative Biorefinery Concepts – REWOFUEL Webinar

by Lena Nordgren (SEKAB)  The second webinar by the EU project REWOFUEL – REsidual soft WOod conversion to high characteristics drop-in bioFUELs, was held in the beginning of December. The specific topic of the webinar was to address the sustainability aspects in the value chain focusing on “Application of LCA on innovative biorefinery concepts –

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Yara’s Green Ammonia Behemoth: The 500,000 Tonner that Will De-fossilize Agriculture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yara announces plans to fully electrify its ammonia plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with the potential to cut 800,000 tons of CO2 per annum, equivalent to the emissions from 300,000 passenger cars. … Yara’s the world’s largest ammonia fertilizer company, has 16,000 employees and operations in over

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

From Co-Product Lignin to Biodegradable Polyurethanes: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There is such a thing as green polyols for polyurethanes! And as you probably know, cellulosic ethanol produces tons of co-product lignin, so check out this slide guide that dives into the basic polyurethane chemistry, how lignin-based polyurethanes are made, pretreatment, structural changes, the latest

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Carbon for Everyday Materials from Waste Emissions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture and Use

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anyone facing a carbon target or price wants to capture carbon. The advanced players are turning towards carbon capture and use — as a way to pay for carbon capture and a place to put it for the long-term. What’s working, how, where and why? Peter

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Yara Announces World-Scale Green Ammonia Project

by Mary Page Bailey (Chemical Engineering) Yara International ASA (Oslo, Norway) has announced plans for 500,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of green ammonia production in Norway, powering emission-free shipping fuels and decarbonized food solutions. “Ammonia is the most promising hydrogen carrier and zero-carbon shipping fuel, and Yara is the global ammonia

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