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Hydrogen Cost, Production, Applications and Implications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Competitiveness

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Full decarbonisation requires a multidimensional strategy, which has spurred renewed interest in hydrogen and technological advances and early demonstration projects have significantly lowered the cost of many hydrogen applications. The Digest culled the best visuals and graphs from The Hydrogen Council’s report, “Path to hydrogen

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Planting Crops — and Carbon, Too

by Gabriel Popkin (Washington Post)  President Biden says farmers can adopt agricultural methods that help fight climate change. Maryland farmer Trey Hill has been trying. … As the winter cover crops grow, they will feed microbes and improve the soil’s health, which Hill believes will eventually translate into higher yields of

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

DSM and TU Delft Launch AI4B.io Lab

(Delft University of Technology) Royal DSM and TU Delft today announce the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence Lab for Biosciences (the AI4B.io Lab). This laboratory will be the first of its kind in Europe to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to full-scale biomanufacturing, from microbial strain development to process optimization and scheduling.

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability with a focus on reduction in vessel and port air emissions. One

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches SAF and HVO Values in Asia

(Associated Press/PR Newswire/S&P Global) S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, has launched new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) price assessments in Southeast Asia effective January 18, 2021. The new assessments will enhance transparency in

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogest Builds Biogas Plant in Idaho

(Biogest/Biomass Magazine)  Biogest received its first U.S. order to build an agricultural biogas plant in Idaho. The plant has a thermal output of 90,000 MMBTU p.a. and operates on 120,000 tons of cow manure per year. During the process, the manure is transformed into high-quality organic fertilizer that acts as

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Official Release of the MOVES3 Motor Vehicle Emissions Model for SIPs and Transportation Conformity

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the  (MOVES3) for official purposes outside of California. MOVES3 is the latest state-of-the art upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools for estimating emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles based on the latest data and regulations. MOVES3

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

Dan Szeezil of UOP: We’ve Never Been More Active in Renewable Diesel and SAF As We Are Now

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) Following the successful Q&A roundtable discussion on the future of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) last month, I decided to do a video podcast series with several SAF producers and technology developers to get their insight into the future of SAF. First on deck is a

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Barriers abound in the bioeconomy, but this slide guide from Idaho National Lab shows how artificial intelligence and machine learning will lower the barriers to growing a bioeconomy. From biomass supply and logistics to preprocessing and conversion, AI and ML has many applications that can

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 4, Biofuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — A Look into the Historical and Common Uses of Biofuels

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The fourth episode of “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on how biofuels have been used throughout history, and their uses as technology progresses. This video is a great tool for teachers, students, and anyone interested in renewables to get a

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Use Advanced Light to Reveal How Different Biofuels Behave

by Marisa Ramiccio (University of Central Florida/TechXplore) Vehicles have evolved to become more efficient and sophisticated, but their fuel hasn’t necessarily evolved along with them. The Department of Energy is determined to identify cleaner burning and renewable alternatives to gasoline, and through the work of two UCF researchers, the DOE is

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste and Avfuel Create Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Neste)  Neste and Avfuel Corporation announce a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the United States. Neste will provide Avfuel with SAF in volumes able to meet the growing demands of Avfuel’s customers, including fixed base operators (FBOs), airports, flight departments, original equipment

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas Bull Market of 2021: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The agriculture and waste revolution continues — these are not your Dad’s inputs, or Dad’s outputs either. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman that takes a look at their newest biogas and renewable natural

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL’s Latest on Bio-oils Corrosion and Degradation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting studies for BETO to identify better materials for raw biomass processing, biomass liquefaction, and bio-oil storage. From how important alloy selection is to working on materials issues with developers of new biomass processing systems, check out this slide guide

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

DigestData DeepDive into Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable Energy Group is the largest operator of renewable diesel and biodiesel plants in the US, with 12 refineries and a fast-growing capacity, especially in red-hot renewable diesel. In today’s Digest, we take a DigestData DeepDive™ with Actionable, Relational, Granular, Global Hard Data on REG’s Bioeconomy

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

AI for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Artificial Intelligence

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) UC Berkeley’s Dr. James Bentley Brown shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC Digital on pattern discovery, the multi-scale analytical requirements of the bioeconomy, examples from a biotic field trial in corn, how artificial intelligence is enabling the engineering of agronomic systems, and more. READ

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Catalyzing Conversations on Clean Energy Transitions

by Paula Gant (Medium.com/GTI) … GTI is particularly curious about ways to leverage gases, fuels, and infrastructure in new, cleaner systems. We see continued robust demand for gases and liquid fuels well through mid-century. We are curious about finding ways to cost-effectively decarbonize how they are produced, transported, and used. GTI

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL: Co-Optima Research Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Need Cost-Effective Separations Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioprocessing Separations Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four critical challenges in biochemical and thermochemical processing were addressed in the just released “Bioprocessing Separations Consortium Three-Year Overview” U.S. BETO report, including targeting the fractionation of lignin to enable valorization; Developing technologies to enable process intensification to cut bioprocessing capital costs and make processes

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Looking Back on 2020, Algae Thrived.

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … Our collective effort has resulted in record-breaking policy support, including: $70 million for algae industry research, development, and demonstration in 2020 Congressional appropriations for DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, Office of Fossil Energy, and Office of Science. $110 million has been proposed in the US House of Representatives for

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Solutions for Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ballard & Deloitte

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look to the future with a new year, Deloitte and Ballard are looking at fueling the future of mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells, which makes sense considering hydrogen is the single most abundant substance in the universe. Their white paper dives into

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

3 Top Secret Words That Will Change Your Life: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Science of Yes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Part 3 of our “Science of Yes” this week, The Digest shared this short but sweet slide guide making it a quick read for you today on New Year’s Eve so you can get back to celebrating the end of 2020. But first, check

December 31, 2020 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

‘Fiber Is the New Starch’

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Novozymes has released a platform to convert more fiber to ethanol, giving producers an attractive ‘D3 lift.’ The company is also helping its customers navigate the low-carbon fuels marketplace, streamlining certification and assisting where it can. … Novozymes has released its Fiberex platform, for

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association’s industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others, protecting the industry’s employees and saving lives in communities around the world. “While

December 29, 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

OPIS by IHS Markit Launches First Voluntary Carbon Credit Price Assessments Providing Transparency Needed to Advance Paris Agreement Climate Goals

(OPIS/Business Wire) OPIS, an IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) company and the leading benchmark provider for emissions and carbon markets data, will launch today the world’s first comprehensive daily pricing suite for global voluntary carbon offset credits to advance the global initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The OPIS Global Carbon Offsets Report will

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Carinata for Biofuels, High Protein Feed, Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Nuseed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Nuseed (which acquired Agrisoma last year) has four focus crops – carinata, sorghum, canola and sunflower – sound more like a cooking ingredient list but they are in fact fantastic feedstocks for a range of things including biofuels, non-GMO high protein meal, and great cover

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UFOP Welcomes Agreement between Federal Ministries on the further Development of the GHG Quota

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants e.V. (UFOP) ) … German government agreed last Friday on key points for the national implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). In addition to the gradual increase of the GHG quota to 22 percent in 2030, it includes the setting

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Greasezilla to Kick-off 2021 with New Installations

(Biofuels International)  Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla, confirmed new installations will be completed in the next three months with at least 10 additional systems anticipated before the end of 2021. Chicago, New Orleans, Austin and Jacksonville will have the first Greasezilla systems to come online building upon the

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Shows Rapid Expansion of US RNG Industry

(Energy Vision / Biomass Magazine) Sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision has released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting a Petroleum Diesel Refinery for Renewable Diesel

by Erin Chan (Burns & McDonnell)  As refiners consider renewable, low-carbon alternatives, renewable diesel — refined from agricultural products using petroleum refinery processes — is gaining traction. Rather than constructing new grassroots renewable diesel production units, refineries with existing hydroprocessing units may be able to increase their speed to market

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Fuel for Thought Podcast

(Haldoe Topsoe) The world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry season two. This time, Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe look into some of the most pressing topics in renewables and the refining industry, including trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen, pyrolysis and its challenges and opportunities,

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasum, UECC Make History with LNG, LBG Ship-to-Ship Bunkering

(Bioenergy Insight)  Gasum performed its first ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG)-liquefied biogas (LBG) bunkering to a cargo vessel. The bunkering was conducted by Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Coralius at anchorage outside the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden. A fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10% renewable LBG was supplied to M/V

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Supplies DHL Express with Sustainable Aviation Fuel at San Francisco International Airport

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has signed an agreement to supply SAF to DHL Express, the express service arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, world’s leading mail and logistics company. The Group is renowned as a pioneer of green logistics, utilising its

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Lignin Valorization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sugar-based bioplastics and lignin-based foams and composites are making it possible to transform the huge amount of oil based materials and products in our lives to biobased products. MetGen is making it happen with zero waste biorefineries. Find out how in this illuminating slide guide

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

The Tri-Fecta – Machine Learning, Synthetic Biology and Automation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synthetic biology produces fabrics, food, biofuels, health products and more, but we need better predictive power. Machine learning can help and be used to design pathways or choose promoters to optimize production for example. Hector Garcia Martin, Deputy VP of Biofuels and Bioproducts at the

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Membrane Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Whitefox

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, have no fear, check out the Whitefox slide guide here! Whitefox CTO Stephan Blum, advisor Bill Lee, Process Engineer Virginia Andrade and Field Engineer Sean Lorimer shared all about improved plant operations membrane technology, revolutionizing membranes for product diversity, where

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

What Makes Sustainable Aviation Fuel Sustainable?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CORSIA in the RSB System

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s greenwashing and then there’s proof of sustainability. So what’s the difference? Check out RSB’s slide guide on how they help ensure sustainable aviation fuel or SAF is actually sustainable. From their involvement in the aviation sector to examples of biobased and recycled carbon feedstocks

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

New Bioenergy Enzyme Solution Harnesses the Untapped Potential of Corn

(Novozymes) Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, has expanded its portfolio of innovative enzyme solutions for the bioenergy industry with the launch of Fortiva Hemi. The unique new product brings novel enzymes to liquefaction that enable unmatched substrate conversion to deliver the highest corn oil and ethanol yields possible. Effective

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

WEF’s ‘Clean Skies for Tomorrow’ Outlines Pathway to Net-Zero Aviation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the World Economic Forum doing to help aviation meet net zero goals? First, they recognize that the most immediate action to achieve carbon-neutral flying is the investment in, and rapid scale-up, of sustainable aviation fuel production and use. Their latest report demonstrates the

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

FarmLab Thinks It Can Get 1m Farmers to Sequester 1bn Tonnes of CO2 by 2025. Here’s How

by Jack Ellis (Ag Funder News)  … He (FarmLab co-founder and CEO Sam Duncan) started FarmLab with co-founder and chief technology officer Shahriar Jamshidi in 2016 with the aim of making sampling on farms more efficient and wallet-friendly. Back then, it was still a largely paper-based process, requiring agronomists to trek

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Olefins from Mixed Plastics Waste – Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?

(NextantECA)  This report examines the technical, economic and business aspects of thermolysis (i.e., pyrolysis and gasification) of mixed plastics waste. Analyses of the mixed plastics waste and the thermolysis plant location are included in the report. Selected developers of pyrolysis and gasification technologies are profiled and ranked under different criteria.

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

LQM Launch Alternative Bunker Fuels Database

(Hellenic Shipping News) Leading hybrid bunker broker LQM has launched its new alternative bunker fuels database. The ‘LQM Eco-Alternative Fuel’ (L.E.A.F) database – allows users to search 3,000 datapoints of global bunker supply options to discover which alternative fuels are available and where in the run up towards IMO 2030. Available for

December 10, 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

Offtake Agreements – Connecting Hemp Growers with Buyers

by Rachael Z. Ardanuy, Esq. (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, authorized the production of hemp pursuant to USDA and state regulation, and guarantees that hemp can be moved in interstate and international commerce.  The 2018

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Argus Launches First Asian Renewable Diesel and SAF Prices

(Argus/PR Newswire) Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched the first renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) prices for Asia. These prices are designed to meet the growing need for greater transparency in renewable fuel markets as countries in the region seek to reduce their greenhouse gas

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

ADB to Help Improve Advanced Biofuel Production in India

(Asian Development Bank) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.5 million technical assistance (TA) to support advanced biofuel development in India. The grant is funded from the Asia Clean Energy Fund, financed by the Government of Japan under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, and the Republic of Korea’s

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels – The Marine Fuel of the Future Is Here

by Teemu Jutila (Auramarine/Biofuels Digest) The marine fuel market is developing and expanding at an unprecedented rate, set against the backdrop of IMO decarbonisation targets; 50% reduction in emissions from 2008 levels by 2050, and a minimum reduction in carbon intensity per transport work of 40% by 2030, compared with 2008

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Changing the Retail Landscape for Higher Blends

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel retailers are beginning to implement a wide range of infrastructure projects across the country. This comes as USDA’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program is being fully implemented, something farmers and the ethanol industry played an instrumental role in helping to make

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbioreactors for Fermentation Optimization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to m2p-labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed ABLC this summer, check out this illuminating slide guide from Jeff Thornton at m2p-labs where he shares how microbioreactors can be used to de-risk larger scale, more expensive systems, increase throughput data density at low cost which can help you modify high

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Security of Scale

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As one of America’s largest biorefiners moves forward with two more installations of Fluid Quip Technologies’ 50% protein technology, critical production redundancy is in hand. Products with even higher protein levels are already in the pipeline. This fall, when Green Plains Inc. announced plans

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Just Transition Initiative Launches Website

(Center for Strategic and International Studies)  The Just Transition Initiative (JTI) is a partnership project between the CSIS Energy Security & Climate Change Program and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) investigating how to achieve a just transition through the rapid and deep changes needed to address the climate crisis. This

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalyzing the Carbontech Ecosystem: Startup Application DEADLINE January 27 2021

(Carbon to Value Initiative) The Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative will unlock a new carbontech economy, bringing innovative solutions to scale as rapidly as possible through the creation of a robust, powerful, and collaborative new ecosystem.  Applications are now open for startups to join the first C2V accelerator cohort, which will

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Properties vs. Chemistry: Co-Optima Research Determines Predictor of Fuel Performance, Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Nitty Gritty of Digester Operations

(BioCycle Magazine)  The U.S. EPA AgSTAR program released its Anaerobic Digester/Biogas System Operator Guidebook in November, a comprehensive technical resource offering best practice guidance related to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems. The Guidebook covers topics for a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to AD/biogas system

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches Renewable Diesel Values in United States

(S&P Global Platts/Markets Insider)  S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced the launch of renewable diesel values for the Americas. These daily assessments bring transparency to a growing market as the transport and refining industry embraces

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Management Tools to Reduce Hemp Biomass Harvest Variability

by David F. Peterson (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The goal of managing any biomass feedstock is to reduce variability, increase operating efficiency and improve profitability. It may be difficult to quantify profit benefits, but any decrease in variation is a positive trend. Not considering how the biomass is grown or

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Enzymes and Microbes Produce More with Less: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In September, Novozymes announced they would be a more customer-centric organization. But what does that mean? And how did COVID-19 affect their business strategy for the remaining 2020 months? Find out in this illuminating slide guide that dives deep into their financials, their strategic plans,

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Watch: The Role of the Bioeconomy in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic and Preventing the Next One.

by Luke Upton (BioMarket Insights)  The Global Health Security Seminars from Georgetown University, are looking at some of the biggest challenges that the scientific world is facing, and has recently focussed on this year’s dominant issue – COVID-19. This new era of epidemic risk has collided with the beginnings of a revolution

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

ORNL Joins Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  From soda bottles to car bumpers to piping, electronics, and packaging, plastics have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Advancements in materials have made plastics low cost, flexible, hygienic, lightweight, durable and readily available. While some plastics are recyclable, only a fraction — about 8.4% nationally

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Bioeconomy Report: The Business Opportunity Contributing to a Sustainable World

(World Business Council for Sustainable Development) The Circular Bioeconomy report calls for a shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy to capture part of the USD $7.7 trillion opportunity identified in the CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy published in November 2019. It describes the business case and sustainability imperative for the circular

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

West Coast Company Supports B.C.’s Green Targets by Turning Waste into Biofuel

(BIV.com) West Coast Reduction Ltd. was recycling long before environmental sustainability was a consideration. The company is now instrumental in helping B.C. achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets by supporting next-generation biofuel production. West Coast Reduction is the largest supplier of liquid renewable fuel feedstocks in Western Canada, supplying Parkland, an

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Uniper Energy Dubai & Neutral Fuels Join Forces to Deliver Maritime Biofuel in Fujairah

(Uniper Energy)  Uniper Energy DMCC (UED) and Neutral Fuels have announced that they will collaborate to provide maritime biofuel in Fujairah, UAE. Both leaders in their fields, UED supplies very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), and Neutral Fuels, winner of the ADIPEC 2020 Company of the Year Award in the

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to RNG and Biogas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenlane Renewables is “changing the nature of natural gas” via renewable natural gas to help decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid. By producing low-carbon RNG from organic waste like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy and hog farms and food waste, that can go directly

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel, Jet Fuel Surge: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)While you may have waste fats, oils and greases or FOG after this week’s turkey dinner, technology has unlocked it as feedstock for renewable diesel, biodiesel and jet fuel, and the world-wide search is on from “brown Gold”. Greasezilla execs Brian Levine and Bill Hambley shared

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

E85 Vehicles List

(E85Vehicles.com) E85 is not a new fuel in the marketplace, but is new to some consumers. Since it debuted at retail in the 1990s, the availability of vehicles to use it and places to purchase it have grown. This website is dedicated to helping you determine if your current vehicle is

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

IChemE Global Awards 2020 Highly Commends CPFD and TRI

(ThermoChem Recovery International)  We are proud to announce that TRI‘s Dr. Ravi Chandran and our partners at CPFD were recognized for the innovative work we have done to model deep fluid bed gasification which is essential to the processing of wastes and biomass to renewable fuels and chemicals. The IChemE

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Qatar Airways Launches Passenger Carbon Offset Programme in Partnership with IATA and ClimateCare

(GreenAir Online)  Qatar Airways has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme for passengers in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare. The programme has been developed through IATA’s Carbon Offset Program, which aims to bring standardisation to airline passenger offset programmes and share best practice in the structure and implementation of carbon offsetting.

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Move Your Business Forward in a Time of Too Much Ethanol

by Jim Ramm (EcoEngineers)  Many hardships facing ethanol producers, but there is a silver lining  —  … A silver lining in this near-perfect storm is the ability to lower the life cycle carbon emissions of ethanol and take advantage of low-carbon fuel markets such as California’s LCFS.  … In order for

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Spectrolytic Launches FAME% Analyser for Biodiesel Blends

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, Spectrolytic developed a completely portable analyser to measure FAME% content in a biodiesel blend. With each country’s own restrictions on the amount of FAME allowed in the biodiesel blend, Spectrolytic ‘s FAME analyser is calibrated for B0-B100 applications and can be tailored to the

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemicals and Polymers: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RSB

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials may have started in biofuels, but their latest work to transform the chemicals and polymers industry by ensuring sustainability is of note and goes across the supply chain. For example, RSB-certified bio-naphtha is mixed with virgin fossil naphtha from UPM when it

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gases to Carbon Neutrality and Carbon Negativity; an Overview of Popular Emission Terms

by Aytek Yuksel (Cummins) … This article brings you the basics around some of the common terms associated with air quality and emissions. What are the different greenhouse gases (GHG)? There are four primary greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and fluorinated gases. These are called greenhouse

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Biomass Management: 12 Ways to Reduce Risk When Scaling up Biomass Feedstock Operations

by David F. Peterson (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) This is the first article in a two-part series addressing the challenges of implementing and scaling up hemp production from a biomass management perspective. After the product or products are chosen and the business strategy is developed, biomass scale-up considerations largely sift down

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Tips for Picking the Right Cold Weather Biodiesel Blend

(Renewable Energy Group) …A common question Renewable Energy Group hears from fleet customers is, “What’s the right blend for me in the winter?” That leads to a cascade of other questions. Here are the ones we hear most frequently while we help fleets make sure they’re running on the right

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

10 Steps to a Successful Biofuel Construction Project

by Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt and Robert C. Epstein (Greenberg Traurig LLP/Biofuels Digest)  These Ten Steps May Help Biofuels Companies Avoid Headaches, Delays, Higher Costs and Legal Complications  — … Construction projects in the U.S. and throughout the world will be necessary to retrofit existing facilities and build new ones to

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches First Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Values in Europe

(Markets Insider)  S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, has launched first-to-market hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) values in Europe. These daily assessments, which have been provided to the market since August 17, bring additional transparency to the market as the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR REVIEW: The Future of Carbon Pricing: 2020 and Beyond

by Sharon Ji* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This online conference focused on the updated models set-up on carbon pricing calculations. As for the many factors involved, the main issues considered were the production cost, marketing and sales cost, carbon tax cost, new technology impacts and environmental effects. To set the updated

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Bugs, Biology, Biodiversity: Industrial Hemp Production (Part II) on Integrated Pest Management and Implications for Wildlife

by Susan P. Rupp (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) Because of the challenges of registering it (hemp) as an agricultural crop, federal agencies have not yet provided clear direction on the use of agrochemicals (i.e., herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides) on hemp, and regulatory decisions have subsequently devolved to the states.  However, the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Lowering Tech Barriers to Grow Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are major barriers in growing a bioeconomy, but Idaho National Laboratory is tackling some of those by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock for conversion to biofuels and high-value coproducts, which also can lower technical and

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Spectrolytic Translates Lab Results for Biodiesel, Biofuel Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … (T)he founder saw a need to provide faster and lab-accurate analysis results in the renewables sector and other sectors as well. Spectrolytic’s mid-infrared sensors therefore provide more effective and efficient results and more efficient and effective maintenance of machinery at line or in line.

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Veteran Biofuels Editor Ron Kotrba Leaves Biodiesel Magazine, Launches Biobased Diesel Daily

(Biobased Diesel Daily)  Award-winning editor rolls out new publication to better serve the world’s fast-growing biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries  —  Longtime biodiesel writer and editor Ron Kotrba, the former editor in chief of Biodiesel Magazine, is pleased to announce his launch of Biobased Diesel Daily, a trusted,

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Marine Biofuel Testing Set to Begin at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre

( gCaptain)  As the marine industry races to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is taking a key role. The 2800 m2 testing space – already equipped for today’s oil and gas fuels – has been readied for testing with biofuels. In coming years,

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Drax, Earthworm Foundation Develop Tool to Evaluate Forest Health

(Bioenergy Insight) Drax Group has teamed up with non-profit organisation, the Earthworm Foundation, on an evidence-based tool to measure and evaluate the health of a forest. The new tool, known as Healthy Forest Landscapes (HFL) will ensure that working forests continue to benefit the communities that rely on them, as

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Improving the Performance of AD Plants

(Bioenergy Insight)  Could biochar be the solution for AD plants with minor gas yields? 4CleanTech, a joint venture between Biogas Clapton and CleanTech Leasing, shares its findings.   After investing in an AD plant, the majority of operators are confronted with the fact that the gas yield is not nearly

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Port of Rotterdam Halted Biofuels Sales Data Due to Questions about Accuracy

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Ship and Bunker reports that the Port of Rotterdam stopped publishing biofuel sales data due to concerns about accuracy in reporting. It used to publish the data quarterly by the Q1 2020 figure showed biofuel sales accounting for 11% of overall fuel oil

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Agriculture and Renewables Epicenter: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iowa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iowa is an agriculture superstar. With 85% of the state’s total land area being farmland, $29 billion in total agriculture receipts in 2017, ranking #1 in the nation in corn production, #2 in soybean production, it is the epicenter of the U.S.’s crop growing region

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Don’t Waste, Invest! Exploring How a Successful Retrofit Concept Can Ensure Your BioDiesel Plant Is Fit for the Future.

by Luke Upton  (BioMarket Insights) … For those working with BioDiesel, the past year will have also seen a reassessment of their capabilities. Already they were facing challenges – rising prices for refined oils, and a lowering in quality of low-price residue and waste products – to name but two and

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces Plans to Launch Hub-and-Spoke Regional Systems for Biodiesel Manufacturers in 2021

(Greasezilla)  The FOG Separation System will provide biodiesel companies with a network of high-quality advanced biofuel feedstock to boost biodiesel production  — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ announces it is in the final planning stages with several biodiesel manufacturers across New England, the Southwest and the West Coast to

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain to Supply RNG to Oregon Bus Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight)  U.S. Gain has been chosen to supply renewable natural gas (RNG) to Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) to fuel its bus fleet. The agreement will support RVTD’s mission of providing quality public transport while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. RVTD’s general manager, Julie Brown, said the company was excited

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

How Best to Measure the Bio-Based Sector’s Contribution to the UN SDGs?

by Luke Upton (BioMarket Insights) The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has commissioned guidance produced by the Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP) enabling the bio-based industries to better measure how bio-based projects contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This first-of-its-kind guidance for the bio-based sector sets out specific indicators

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain: Some Observations on Fleets’ Polyfuel Future

by Stephanie Lowney (NGT News/U.S. Gain) Given the emergence in sustainability goals built around transportation-related emission reductions, leading fleets across market sectors are evaluating what fuel or combination of fuels work best for their applications. The good news is that many options exist. The bad news is that more choices

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy and Next Rung Technology shared this illuminating slide guide on the creation, valorization and disposition of bioenergy data assets. By looking at data types, data assets, checking back in on bioenergy technology life cycles, and more, we can get a

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

CleanBay, Evoqua Water Technologies to Partner on US RNG Project

(Bioenergy Insight)  CleanBay Renewables has chosen Evoqua Water Technologies as a key partner for its Westover, Maryland bio-refinery. Evoqua and CleanBay are currently in negotiations for Evoqua to provide its field-proven anaerobic digestion (AD) and water treatment technology for the Westover facility. The plant is expected to recycle more than

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Communicating the Bioeconomy through Maps

(Teagasc)  What is the bioeconomy? Is it relevant to me, my sector, my business, the place where I live or my farm? What is unique about it? How does Ireland compare relative to other European countries? And how can I get involved? These are questions that a series of maps, released

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste Not, Want Not: INL Studies Potential of Municipal Solid Waste for Biofuels

by J. Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory)  …Even though MSW (municipal solid waste) has great potential, not much was known about the cost and quality of feedstocks that could be derived from MSW or MSW blends for fuel production. In a recent study, INL principal investigator Vicki Thompson and her

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

National Laboratories Point to Sugars as a Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock for Biofuels

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  NREL, Oak Ridge Scientists Reveal Economics Must Include More Than Size of Poplar Trees  — Popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production, Policy and Quota Regulations Report Published by UFOP

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, UFOP published a nearly 40-page progress report “Biodiesel & Co. 2019/2020” that provides information on national and international biofuel policy issues, the latest statistics on biodiesel production and current biofuel quota regulations in a variety of EU member states. The report is supplemented by

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave Is the First Feature Length Production from Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% FILMS

(Think100Climate.com)  This first look into Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave was aired on Earth Day Live’s global stream on April 22nd, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. And now we are sharing it with you! Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave is the first feature length production from Hip Hop Caucus’ Think

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Industry Presents Risky Business

(AgWeb)  The stakes are high, business is tricky, but hemp still has a positive outlook for farmers interested in growing. The hemp industry is planting big roots in the world of row crop farmers. The stakes are high and the rewards can be high too, if you know how to

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development

edited by Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, Gade Pandu Rangaiah , Christian V. Stevens  (Wiley)  A comprehensive overview of current developments and applications in biofuels production — Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development brings together the latest and most cutting-edge research on the production of biofuels. As the first book specifically devoted to process systems

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Gradable™ to Present Grain Carbon Scoring Program to California Air Resources Board

(Yahoo! News/Business Wire) First-of-its-kind model provides unique win-win for farmers, grain buyers, consumers, and environment  —  Gradable™, the leading technology and services provider for scoring, sourcing, and pricing Low-Carbon Grain from farm to fork, today announced it’s been invited by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to demonstrate how its program

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Biodiesel Plant Tour

(Renewable Energy Group)  Do you know how clean burning biodiesel is made? Take a tour through an REG biorefinery to see the process happen from beginning to end, and learn about the continuously improving, sustainable biodiesel production process. Learn more about biodiesel and all of its benefits at regi.com. READ

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Applications Being Accepted for Maryland’s Clean Fuels Technical Assistance (CFTA) Program DEADLINE November 11, 2020

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has opened the Clean Fuels Technical Assistance (CFTA) Program, a new pilot, test-of-concept program which aims to provide eligible local government and municipal fleets with technical assistance as they consider alternative transportation fuel options for their on-road fleet. Through CFTA, a technical assistance contractor employed

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

ANL Releases 2020 Updates to GREET Models

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 announced the 2020 release of the suite of Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) models. GREET is a life-cycle analysis tool that can be used to examine the energy and environmental effects

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

From Farm to Product: How Agricultural Improvements Have Cross Sectoral Benefits

(BioChannel TV)  This panel will discuss how a national clean fuel standard can directly incentivize innovative agricultural practices like biostimulants, alternative fertilizers, and crop enhancements to create a more sustainable supply chain not only for fuels, but also the wide variety of biobased products that rely on the same supply

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: How Regenerative Ag Benefits Farmers in General Mills’ Key Sourcing Regions

by Nate Birt (Farm Journal Ag Web) Over the past year, a wave of global food companies have transitioned their focus from sustainable to regenerative agriculture. General Mills—maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt, Nature Valley granola bars and Pillsbury desserts, among its more than 100 brands—has been doing that for years.

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

What Is Flex Fuel? It’s All about Renewable Options

by Tony Markovich (The Drive) … Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) have spread throughout the automotive industry during the past 20 years and offer customers a fuel choice other than traditional gasoline. It’s not a hybrid or an electric car, but it’s something, and every little something can help. Read The Drive’s Garage

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

New RIN Futures Launch Nodal, IncubEx to Launch 8 New Physically Delivered RIN Futures

(DTN Progressive Farmer) Nodal Exchange, a derivatives exchange, and IncubEx on Friday, Oct. 9, announced the upcoming launch of eight new Renewable Identification Number futures and options contracts. Pending regulatory review, Nodal will launch the first-ever physically delivered futures contracts on D3, D4, D5 and D6 RIN markets on Nov. 17.

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

A Testing Route to Market for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Steve Zabarnick (University of Dayton Research Institute)  With increasing demand for a greater variety of sustainable alternative aviation fuels, the importance of a systematic pathway for the accurate testing, validation and approval of alternative jet fuels has never been more important. Part of this process is the FAA-sponsored “D4054 Clearinghouse”

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

A Transparent Fueling Partner

by Ryan Erickson (ACT News/Trillium)  … When fleets fuel with renewable natural gas, the savings can really add up. RNG combines the cost savings already provided by traditional natural gas with the environmental benefits of fueling with a low carbon, renewable fuel. RNG is produced by capturing and cleaning the methane that

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

ISU: USDA Grant to Fund Anaerobic Digestion Research

(Illinois State University/Biomass Magazine) David Kopsell, professor of horticulture at Illinois State University, and LC (Liangcheng) Yang, assistant professor of environmental health at ISU, have received a two-year, nearly $150,000 grant from the  USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of this  USDA-NIFA grant program is to increase the capacity

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Foundation Analytical Laboratory: Science Built, Client Driven

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Focused on biofuels, Foundation Analytical Laboratory’s mission is to deliver exemplary customer service with scientific excellence. The Iowa-based company not only supports fleets and standalone ethanol plants, but biofuel input providers. After a successful career in the food industry, gaining experience in processing, production and distribution, Diane

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Nacelle Solutions, U.S. Gain Complete Two Wisconsin RNG Facilities

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Nacelle Solutions says two renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities in Wisconsin – S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay and Dallmann East River Dairy in Brillion – have been completed and recently begun operations. Nacelle will own, operate and maintain the RNG processing equipment under a long-term service

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 5 Things Any Biofuel Company Should Be Doing to Protect Its IP

by David B. Fournier and Linda Falcon (Perkins Coie LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …However, those companies that take proactive steps to protect their intellectual property will have a decided advantage and those who do not will be at a significant competitive disadvantage.  Here, we review five things any biofuels company should do

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Updates to Task 39’s Demonstration Plant Database

(IEA Bioenergy)  The Task 39 pilot and demonstration plants database was recently updated. Information on all European facilities (121) were verified and updated. 226 entries are currently active in the online database. Technologies covered include gasification, fermentation, hydrotreatment, fast pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction and lignin depolymerisation. The updated database is available

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

25 Years in the Bioeconomy: A Journey Still Exciting, An Adventure Still Rewarding

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Editor’s note to readers: Lee Enterprises Consulting celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 4th — having grown from a boutique biodiesel consulting firm to the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting collective.  Today, the bioeconomy is a worldwide business encompassing fuels, advanced agriculture, renewable chemicals, vegan

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

EcoUniversity: Regulatory Training & Education

(EcoEngineers) Successful clean energy project owners require a solid grasp of the regulatory requirements that drive value to their projects. Our portfolio of training and education workshops will empower you to make informed decisions on your behalf and maintain compliance in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape as we transition to a low-carbon

October 2, 2020 Read Full Article

In Celebration of National Clean Energy Week, CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Launch Interactive Suite of Infographics

(Clean Energy Business Network) Clean energy industries represented the growth sectors of the U.S. energy economy over the past decade, providing good-paying jobs while supporting a cleaner, healthier future for communities across the nation. In celebration of National Clean Energy Week, CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy are pleased to

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Pertamina to Use Honeywell UOP Technologies to Produce Advanced Biofuels in Indonesia

(Honeywell UOP) National Oil Company of Indonesia to open green fuels refinery in Plaju and revamp Cilacap refinery for renewable diesel production  — Honeywell today announced PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia. The company will use UOP Renewable

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Pretreatment Innovations: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Forest Concepts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital in July, Jim Dooley, Chief Technology Officer at Forest Concepts shared this illuminating presentation on the latest innovations in biomass pretreatments, how they maximize flowability, their crumbler solutions that can handle any moisture content and a wide range of materials, how they

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

How Do Carbon Offsets Work?

by Sarah Kaplan (Washington Post) …“The whole purpose of offsets,” said University of California at Berkeley climate policy researcher Barbara Haya, “is to create a way for an individual or a company or a university to pay someone else to reduce emissions to cover emissions that they can’t reduce themselves.”

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

PRIMA Pioneers Risk Management in Transport Decarbonisation

(PRIMA/PR Newswire) PRIMA’s pricing service has been chosen to launch the world’s first risk management contract for the recycled feedstocks cutting transport’s carbon emissions. The CME-listed futures contract settles against the daily PRIMA European T1 Used Cooking Oil price assessment published by London-based PRIMA. This provides the first instrument for European

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biochar Learning Center (BLC)

by Kelpie Wilson (US Biochar Initiative Newsletter) Biochar stories and research are found online everywhere now. That’s great, but how can you determine which information is most current and credible? Providing you with reliable answers is the goal of USBI’s new Biochar Learning Center (BLC) on the USBI website. Over the next year,

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump’s Trade and Coronavirus Aid to Agriculture Could Hit $50 Billion

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming) … Trump administration could spend $50 billion — quadruple the cost of the auto industry bailout — in less than three years to buffer the impact of trade war and pandemic on agriculture. Farm groups welcomed the second round of coronavirus assistance while critics said

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Better Catalysts for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

by Brigitte Osterath (The Federal Council Swiss Government/Paul Scherrer Institute)  Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and from ETH Zurich want to make so-called zeolites more efficient. Today, these compounds are already indispensable additives in the chemical industry and have been used as catalysts in oil refineries since the 1960s. Now,

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

European Renewable Ethanol Industry Launches New Resource for Consumer Information on E10 Fuel

(ePURE)  E10info.eu answers common questions about production, use and availability of ethanol petrol blend that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions  —  E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched today (September 17, 2020) as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Price Assessments in Americas

(S&P Global/Market Watch) S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced the launch of the first-to-market Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) price assessment for the Americas, aimed at bringing transparency to a developing market as the airline industry embraces

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstocks and Process Variability: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy leads the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, which is a collaborative effort among 9 labs to develop first-principles based knowledge and tools to understand and mitigate the effects of biomass feedstock and process variability on biorefineries. From understanding and predicting microbial performance to

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

ACE Helps Retailers Determine E15 Compatibility by Launching “Flex Check” Tool

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol’s fuel-marketer focused Flex Fuel Forward website releases tool for fuel retailers to see how E15-compatible their station is right now.  — The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today launched a tool on its fuel-marketer focused flexfuelforward.com website to provide retailers with a free way

September 18, 2020 Read Full Article

What Fuel Properties Enable Higher Thermal Efficiency in Spark-Ignited Engines?

by James P.Szybist, StephenBusch, Robert L.McCormick, Josh A.Pihl, Derek A.Splitter, Matthew A.Ratcliff, Christopher P.Kolodziej, John M.E.Storey, MelanieMoses-DeBusk, DavidVuilleumier, MagnusSjöberg, C. ScottSluder, TobyRockstroh, PaulMiles (Progress in Energy and Combustion Science/Science Direct)  The Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative from the US Department of Energy aims to co-develop fuels and engines

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Evonik, Avril, POET Collaborations: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM’s Evolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … DSM has certainly evolved with the times.  Atul Thakrar, President of its Bio-based Products & Services, shared this illuminating presentation at ABLC Digital on their recent collaborations with companies like Evonik on sustainable salmon farming with a new algal oil with complete omega 3

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Solving the Low Carbon Shipping Fuel and Energy Algorithm – Quickly!

by Adrian Tolson (BLUE Insight/Biofuels Digest) BLUE Insight’s Low Carbon Shipping Fuels and Energy Guide 2020 is a market first assessment of the leading low carbon marine fuels with potential to replace fossil fuels as the marine fuel of the future and analyses the companies, the R&D projects and collaborations, producing and supplying

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Lallemand Launches New Convergence Yeast, Enzyme Platform: Could Save Ethanol Producers $1M/Year in Replacing All External Fermentation Enzymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Wisconsin, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has announced a next generation advanced yeast and enzyme platform called Convergence, which combines a new yeast that generates virtually all the glucoamylase (GA) required for fermentation combined with a small amount of complementary exogenous enzyme. The bottom line impact

September 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Greener Flights from Greener Fields – Using Aviation Biofuel

(European Commission)  Jet fuel from renewable sources holds the key to significantly reducing the environmental impact of aviation. EU-funded researchers have set out to boost Europe’s production capacity, and are also developing a process that would leverage the growing of feedstock to rehabilitate land at risk of desertification. To fully

September 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Integrated Strategies to Enable Lower-Cost Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Energy)The Integrated Strategies to Enable Lower-Cost Biofuels report summarizes the findings of a qualitative analysis to identify integrated strategies needed for more affordable biofuels. It outlines five key strategies needed to achieve lower fuel production costs in an integrated biorefinery and provides high-level research needs across the

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

2019 Project Peer Review Report Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4–7, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, 447 projects in BETO’s research portfolio were presented in 14 simultaneous review sessions and two poster sessions. Projects were systematically reviewed by

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Report Quantifies Impact of the Minnesota Bioincentive Program

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota has released the results of a new analysis that shows Minnesota’s Bioincentive Program is working to generate significant economic and job benefits for the state’s biobased industrial product companies. The Minnesota Bioincentive Program was enacted during the 2015 legislative season and

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Investments in Transportation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy gave a timely update on their latest activities in the transportation sector at ABLC Digital in July. From the multiple pathways the DOE is pursuing for biofuels and bioenergy to opportunities in aviation, Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

NREL’s Catalysis Research Team Boosts Efficiency for the Production of High-Octane Gasoline and Jet Fuel from Biomass

by Zia Abdullah (U.S. Department of Energy)  Techno-economic analysis leads to a market-responsive biorefinery concept  —  … THE CHALLENGE: REDUCE BIOMASS TO BIOFUEL CONVERSION COSTS  — … The production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass is hindered by high conversion costs, creating a need for new pathways with less severe conditions, higher

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Review of Technical Pathways Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Review of Technical Pathways report provides an overview of commercial jet aviation fuel and summarizes learnings from three BETO-supported workshops. In addition, the report focuses on insights for reducing costs and optimizing the value proposition of sustainable aviation fuel. Download the report to learn

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

How Agricultural Lenders Can Boost Climate Resilience

(Environmental Defense Fund) … A new report from EDF — Financing resilient agriculture: How agricultural lenders can reduce climate risk and help farmers build resilience [PDF] — describes climate risks to the agricultural lending sector and provides a path forward for lenders to support a more resilient agricultural system. Key findings Climate

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article
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