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Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

(U.S. Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/EurekAlert!) Berkeley Lab scientists adapt open-source genetic analysis method for use in plant cells for the first time  —  An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – a breakthrough that could herald a new era of fundamental

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Signing Ceremony of MoU between UNCTAD and Stockholm Environment Institute: SEI and UNCTAD to Cooperate on Trade and Environment

(UNCTAD)  Stockholm Environment Institute and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement is an overarching mechanism to foster cooperation on trade and environment, backed up by the research and convening capacities of SEI and UNCTAD. The main purpose of collaboration

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

GREET Advances Understanding of the Sustainability of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model is a tool that examines the life-cycle impacts of vehicle technologies, fuels, products, and energy systems. It provides a transparent platform through which energy and vehicle producers, researchers, and regulators can evaluate energy and environmental effects of

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Ireland’s First Grass-Fed Biorefinery Hits the Road to Help Farmers Go Green

(European Science Communication Institute/Phys.org) A New Mobile Refinery Is Travelling Across The West Of Ireland To Turn Grass Into Sustainable Materials  —  Along the windy west coast of Ireland a biorefinery on wheels is turning grass into a series of different green products that could give farmers a more diversified source

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Owner’s Engineer – Help Bridging the Commercialization Gap

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  At a basic level, an owner’s engineer is an experienced consultant brought onto the project team with a deep understanding of both the industry being supported and experience working with engineering and construction firms, thus able to represent the company interest. Commonly, it is someone

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Running on Refuse

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enerkem is producing methanol and ethanol at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant, diverting up to 24 percent of the city’s landfill waste. The company has partners for another project in the Netherlands.  —  A Canadian company is furthering ethanol’s environmental benefits, using municipal solid waste (MSW) as

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Leads the Drive toward a Renewable Future

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) … Transportation, heating and the plastics and chemicals we use every day all rely on petroleum products, but our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels will have catastrophic consequences for the health of the planet if left unchecked. That’s why engineers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), which

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Keyes Celebrates Renewable Diesel Station

by Angelina Martin (Turlock Journal)  The journey to cleaner emissions in the San Joaquin Valley reached a major milestone on Tuesday morning in Keyes, as the small community joined the growing number of roadside stops in California providing passing fleet drivers with the choice to fill up with renewable diesel fuel.

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

DE-FOA-0002029: FY19 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement DEADLINE: June 3, 2019

(U.S. Department of Energy) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide funding to address the highest priority R&D areas within biofuel technologies, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes Areas of Interest (AOIs) from all five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Sustainability and

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Greening the Gas Grid: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Netherland Enterprise Agency

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherland Enterprise Agency is a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The Netherland Enterprise Agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. It aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthen their position and help

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Going Green on a Budget: Lessons Taught and Learned at the Green Neighbor Festival

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Coal powers the GM Bolt with West Virginia license plates parked in the EV section at Frederick Maryland’s Green Neighbor Festival, explained the enthusiastic owner.  Actually, it’s his wife’s car.  His is the Volt (with a “V”).  He and his WVA extended family have

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

E15 Availability Could Get Boost from Grant Program

(Michigan Farmer/Farm Progress)  Corn Marketing Program of Michigan aims to increase the number of pumps in the state. —  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan unveiled a new grant program aimed at increasing the availability of higher-level blends of ethanol fuel to Michigan consumers. The grant is open to fuel retailers in

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

What’s in Our Gasoline Is Killing Us: New Report Documents Connection Between Toxic Fuel Additives, Vehicle Emissions and Human Health Threats

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  The fuel we use in our vehicles may actually be killing us.   That’s the conclusion in a new report released today which calls emissions from consumer gasoline one of the biggest health threats facing the American public. The report links a wide range of respiratory and even

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Government, National Labs, Academia, and Industry Convene at the 2019 BETO Peer Review! Presentations Now Available

(U.S. Department of Energy)  From March 4–8, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. This was the largest Peer Review in BETO history—almost 600 people attended the event! Bioenergy researchers

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: Prepare for the Future

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Produce Magazine) … For the last decade, equipment manufacturers, industry groups and federal agencies have been hard at work to expand the amount of equipment compatible with E15. In fact, a study released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Comparison of Biofuel Life-Cycle GHG Emissions Assessment Tools: The Case Studies of Ethanol Produced from Sugarcane, Corn, and Wheat

by L.G.Pereira, O.Cavalett, A.Bonomi, Y.Zhang, E.Warner, H.L.Chum (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews)  Highlights:  Emissions ranged from 16 to 45 for sugarcane and 43–62 g CO2eq MJ−1 for corn ethanol. LCA tools produce similar results when harmonized to the maximum possible extent. Models are sensitive to methodology, which is a risk factor in policy arena. We recommend strengthened

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Too hard to handle? Biomass Handling Challenges: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Jenike & Johanson

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Jenike & Johanson is a specialized engineering firm focused on providing clients solutions to material handling applications. They have tested over 13,000 materials and worked on over 7,500 projects and utilize a scientific approach based on your materials, not a trial and error approach. Carrie Hartford,

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

(Environmental Law Institute)  Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States provides a “legal playbook” for deep decarbonization in the United States, identifying well over 1,000 legal options for enabling the United States to address one of the greatest problems facing this country and the rest of humanity. The book

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Yes, Tin Lizzie Was an Alcoholic

by Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  Correcting Bad Revisionist History About Ford’s Model T Automobile  —  The most venerated automobile of all time is Henry Ford’s Model T. Nicknamed “Tin Lizzie,” “Leapin’ Lena,” and sometimes “Flivver,” the Model T went into production in 1908 and the last models rolled off the assembly

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

As Food Waste Concerns Rise, Biodiesel Plays Active Role in Reduction

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Diverts 1.8 Billion Pounds of Used Cooking Oil from Landfills Annually  —   It’s no secret: Americans love fried food. But, what happens to the oil after preparing those foods is part of an ever-growing conversation on reducing food waste. Restaurants and consumers alike are working to reduce the

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

EIB to Unlock EUR 2 Billion for Agriculture across Europe with Special Support for Young Farmers

(European Investment Bank)  EIB loans, channelled through partner banks, will mobilize close to EUR 2 billion of financing for agriculture and the bioeconomy; At least 10% of EUR 1 billion loans package will be dedicated to young farmers; Results of fi-compass survey of 7,600 farmers in 24 EU countries confirm need to step

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ 2019 Report Shows Record Reductions and Effectiveness of Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulations

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN News)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions fourth annual report, with expanded coverage of Canadian biofuel use, greenhouse gas reductions, and costs  —   Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada (BIC) 2019 report, which updates and expands upon previous reports by Navius Research. “Canadian federal and provincial

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum Fuel Systems and Quantitative BioSciences Partner to Develop Biofuels Production Facility at California “Farm of the Future”

(ACT News)  A promising new partnership demonstrates how dairy farms can realize the many benefits of capturing and selling biomethane as fuel. Quantum Fuel Systems just announced that Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10-foot Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a California dairy biogas

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Whitefox Announces its Fifth Successful ICE™ Start-up in the U.S. at Ace Ethanol in Wisconsin

(Whitefox/PR Newswire)  Whitefox Technologies Limited is proud to announce its fifth successful installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. One-third of all Wisconsin ethanol plants now have a Whitefox ICE™ system installed. Whitefox’s membrane solution is a key part of a wider project that will integrate with D3MAX’s technology

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

New Initiative Helps Fleets Evaluate Alternative Fuels

by Betsey Lillian (NGT News)  Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) and the University of California at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) have launched the Low and Zero Emission Readiness (LAZER) Initiative. This new collaboration will support organizations – including transit agencies, refuse operations,

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

New Energy Risk Back $260M Plastics-to-Fuel Plan with Innovative Insurance Solution

(New Energy Risk) Breakthrough insurance program mitigates project risk and accelerates time to market —  New Energy Risk, the leader in customized insurance solutions for renewable technology projects, has provided RES Polyflow, a leading plastics-to-fuel technology company, with a performance insurance program for its ground-breaking Ashley, Indiana plant. The project will be

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. According to the census, 686 methane digesters

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

CENER is Developing Technology for Future Urban Biorefineries, to Move towards a Circular Bioeconomy

(Bio-based News)  CENER is involved in 4 specific initiatives, in order to develop the most adequate management and valorization routes of different urban biowastes  —   The Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) is convinced of the need to move towards a circular bioeconomy, in which the society

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Cap and Trade, RINs, and the Risks of the Future

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting/Biofuels Digest)  The best climate policy – environmentally and economically – limits emissions and puts a price on them. Cap and trade is one way to do both. It’s a system designed to reduce pollution in our atmosphere. The cap on greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Technical Report Comparison of Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Tools

(Task 39 – Commercializing Liquid Biofuels/International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy))  … Bioenergy plays an important role in the decarbonization of the transportation sector. Its medium and long-term benefits depend on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions brought forth by the conversion of renewable feedstocks, which can be quantitatively determined through a Life

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota Announces AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant DEADLINE: April 26, 2019

(State of Minnesota)  The AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant provides funding that would advance a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond the bench scale/proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant. See the glossary in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the definition of terms such

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Rhetoric for Change: Advanced Biofuel USA’s Call-to-Action

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Rhetoric is a fundamental part of social change. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the majority of American scientists support the idea that participation in policy debates and engagement with citizens and journalists is necessary to further their work.

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Protein Startups: Let’s Get the Facts Straight about Livestock’s Carbon Footprint

by Lauren Manning (AgFunder News) …  the issue of livestock farming’s impact on the environment is not as clear cut as many of these businesses would have you believe. In fact, many of the data dairy and meat alternative businesses are using to market their animal-free wares are inaccurate and misleading.

March 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Soy Innovation Campus to Co-locate with New Minn. Biodiesel Plant

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council plans to co-locate its new Soy Innovation Campus with Epitome Energy LLC’s proposed 30 MMgy biodiesel production and soybean crush facility in Northwest Minnesota. Earlier this year, Epitome Energy was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Commitment to R&D is the Key

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Toward that end, Iowa offers incentives such as the Research Activities Tax Credit to alleviate the potential financial risk associated with R&D investments, and ultimately, improve the potential for profitability. As one of the few states providing this kind of incentive,

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: Ethanol Education Is Essential to Winning Mexican Market

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The key to making informed decisions is education, and that’s just what the U.S. Grains Council’s goal has been regarding increasing demand for U.S. fuel ethanol in Mexico. After Mexico changed its law in 2017 to allow up to an E10 blend outside of three major

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Waste to Biofutures Project Funding DEADLINE: April 8, 2019

by Elisa Iannunzio (Energy Magazine)  The Queensland Government has opened up expressions of interest for its new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will help Queensland companies find innovative ways to convert waste into bio-based products – creating investment opportunities and more long-term, high-value jobs across the

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Beginning with the End in Mind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Due Diligence

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Doug Rivers, Ph.D., from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this overview of considerations for due diligence, figuring out where your technology readiness level is, risk mitigation tips, and more.  Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomanufacturing as a Service: Culture Biosciences Lands Series A for Its Bioreactors Accessed via the Cloud

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a new company has launched called Culture Biosciences and today we’d like to take you inside it. It’s a story about making the bioeconomy radically more efficient at the point of developing and deploying product, by offering Biomanufacturing-as-a-Service. This month, Culture Bio, based in the industrial biotech

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Tanja Havemann from Clarmondial

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  We are working on the launch of an innovative investment fund to finance sustainable agricultural supply chains. Sustainable investing is not just a trend, its becoming part of the fabric of investing. Once a marginal concern, it has become an important element of many successful investment strategies.

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Peter Jürgens

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “There is a huge interest in the circular economy at the moment. In relation to the circular economy, the chemicals sector is really pressing ahead with this agenda.” REDCert was founded in 2010 by leading associations and organisations of the German agricultural and biofuel sectors. By

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Radio: A Podcast Promoting a More Sustainable Future

(Ohio State University)  A podcast promoting a more sustainable future through conversations with industry, university, and environmentalists Delivered twice monthly, you’ll hear conversations around what it means to be biobased and what steps industry, university, and activists are taking to shape our world for years to come. Biobased Radio is

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposed Standard for Portable Analysis of Biodiesel Content

(ASTM Standardization News)  A proposed ASTM International standard aims to offer a new way to determine biodiesel content in diesel fuel oil. The standard (WK55232) is being developed by the organization’s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02). It focuses on the use of portable, rapid, mid-infrared analyzers. ASTM

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Leading Off: “Your Prices Are in the Wrong Order.”

(Urban Air Initiative) “Your prices are in the wrong order.”  “Only flex fuel vehicles can use E15.”  “What is E30?”  Each of these quotes came from an auto mechanic at a recent training event attended by the Urban Air Initiative. The VISION Hi Tech Training and Expo attracted more than 3,500 mechanics and

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

101 for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Paul Greene (BioCycle Magazine/Montrose Environmental)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas —  Biogas project developers and financiers are finding strong offtake opportunities selling their gas into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How

by Brad Pleima (BioCycle Magazine/EcoEngineers)  With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation tool.  —  There is a national trend to reposition biogas-producing assets into renewable fuel production facilities. Biogas is typically used to

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

US Dairy Farms: Untapped Biogas Potential

by Peter Brown (Euro Marketing Tools, FFA Fuels Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Countries like Holland and Norway have achieved success in widespread digester installation at dairy farms, but U.S. dairy states are slow to follow suit.  —  Dairy farms have been operating in the Pacific Northwest since 1836. Their owners, for the most part,

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New USDA Program Supports Innovation in Agriculture

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO members are among a new generation of innovators that are bringing solutions to global challenges like food production, water use and climate change. As these innovators garner more attention, Congress has just begun to develop more programs that can give their efforts a boost.  One that will

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

The AllThings.Bio Educational Resources Database Is Now Online!

(AllThings.Bio)  Are you a teacher and looking for educational materials about the bioeconomy? Or are you looking for an online course to learn more about bio-based products? The new AllThings.Bio database on educational resources might help you. The database contains entries on relevant online educational resources such as lesson modules, MOOCs or relevant university programs. The

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: Terminal Availability of E15 Grows as RVP Relief Nears

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When E15 (gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol) debuted in 2012, it was created at retail sites by using blender pumps to dilute E85 (fuel containing up to 85 percent denatured ethanol) with E10. Blender pump technology was not new; in fact, it had

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the B&RD Board – an interagency collaborative which is co-chaired by the

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Coalition Provides Sustainable Marine Biofuels Verification

(FreightEurasia)  A proof-of-concept coalition made up of global mining company BHP, NYK, sustainable biofuel supplier GoodFuels and applications’ developer Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), has delivered verifiably sustainable biofuels to the BHP-chartered, NYK-owned bulk carrier Frontier Sky. The biofuel, supplied by GoodFuels via logistics partner Varo Energy, is a “drop-in” marine

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

New Tool Compares Costs and Benefits of Alternative Fuels and Vehicle Technologies.

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Many fleet managers are looking at alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce their environmental footprint and save money. The AFLEET Tool, and its newly launched web-based version, AFLEET Online, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, can help fleets optimize their purchasing decisions to do exactly that.

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

B&C Launches TSCA Tutor™ Modular Training Platform

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce an exciting and important new component to our suite of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) offerings. Our TSCA Tutor™ training platform provides live in-person training at a company’s site, live online training, and pre-recorded webinar training modules — all

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

SfL Leadership Eyes a Stronger, Expanded Role in a More Complex World

(Solutions from the Land)  Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Solutions from the Land (SfL) has gathered farmers, ranchers and forestland owners, as well as those who serve in their supply chain, in an ongoing conversation on how to meet society’s increasing appetite for food, feed, fiber, energy and environmental quality. This

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of what bioeconomy litigation is, what makes a good expert witness, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy.

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales

(WRAP Cymru)  Commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed this user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors. It provides an interactive, visual representation of the extent of Wales’ thriving bioeconomy, plotting where different types

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gregory Benz, from Benz Technology International and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating overview of gas-liquid fermentation, agitation, and more. Lee Enterprises Consultingis the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy.  READ

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry.  The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Assessment: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42 is working on the analysis and assessment of biorefining in the whole value chain in order to meet its mission to facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of biorefinery systems & technologies. Johannes Lindorfer from the Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University in

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: RFA Uses ‘Superpowers’ for Infrastructure Assessments

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Since 2016, dozens of retailer chains have asked the Renewable Fuels Association to assist in verifying the compatibility of their underground storage tanks (USTs), dispensers and other infrastructure as they consider offering higher blends of ethanol. And, we’ve been able to use the

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The First Certified Sustainable Seaweed

(Marine Stewardship Council)   The Seaweed Standard — The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard sets a number of requirements under five key principles for seaweed harvesting and farming practices: Sustainable wild populations Environmental impacts  Effective management  Social responsibility Community relations and interactions The aim of the Standard is to contribute to the health of the

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

QuantaVision: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Biofuture Solutions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Biofuture Solutions have a team of global consultants that help guide legislators and regulators as they develop the policies and approaches to realize new investment in the global bioeconomy, evaluate, share and promote sustainable best practices for the entire bio-project value chain, and use the

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

by Matthew Stone (PRIMA/Biofuels Digest)  … Exponential growth in liquid renewable transport fuel solutions however is still needed to keep governments and fuel providers on track to overarching climate change commitments. To manage the explosive growth, PRIMA has created the roadmap needed for the energy, regulatory and investor stakeholders to keep on

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Nouryon Partners with Unilever, Investment Companies and Startup Networks to Accelerate Innovation in Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Launches Website to Promote Ethanol Production

by Ashish Roy (Times of India)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently launched a website www.indiaforethanol.net to create awareness about ethanol prodution especially among farmers. At present the website provides information in Hindi but work is going on to translate the matter into 34 regional languages also. A helpline for those interested

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Outlook Report Underscores Need for Higher Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy)  Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) underscore the importance of delivering cleaner, lower cost options to the fuel pump, said Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. “America’s thirst for clean, affordable fuel options is set

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Promoting Citizen-Orientated Climate Protection in Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   On the occasion of the new edition of the brochure “Good Reasons for Biofuels”, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) determines that the importance of biofuels as a tool for decarbonising the transport sector is

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter Available

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) It (January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter) contains contributions on Electrocatalytic upgrading to stabilize pyrolysis oil Progress towards commercialization at pilot and demonstration scale Pyrolysis of forestry and fishery residue for rural applications. Overview on catalysts to upgrade pyrolysis oils. Hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass to drop in diesel Challenges under

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Review Finds No Consensus Among Fuel Studies – Major Implications for Health, Air Quality

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A recent review of nearly 100 different peer-reviewed vehicle emission studies, by the independent consulting group Future Fuel Strategies, found that there is no consensus in the literature regarding the health effects of ethanol-blended fuel.  Despite the fact that ethanol is a cleaner-burning

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Environmental Consultants Rolls Out EcoPractices 3.0

(AgNewsWire/Sustainable Environmental Consultants)  Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), a leader in providing innovative environmental responsibility solutions, announces the rollout of EcoPractices®3.0. EcoPractices is SEC’s independent, third-party verification and validation platform that uses science with state-of-the-art technology to assess supply chain sustainability risk and quantify key sustainability performance indicators. The platform provides food organizations with

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Finance Series on Biofuels and Biochemical Sectors

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Lee Enterprises Consulting completed a series on due diligence within the biofuels and biochemical sectors. The 12-part series on “Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence” was published in 2018 by several members of the Lee Enterprises group. … Free copies of summary are now available

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Publishes E15 Countdown Clock, Calculator and FAQs

(Renewable Fuels Association) E15. Clean. Affordable. Domestic. Fuel.  There’s been a lot of talk recently about “E15,” a biofuel blend of gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol, a product that comes from crops grown by American farmers. E15 burns cleaner and cooler than gasoline, lowers gas prices, and reduces oil imports. Unfortunately,

January 19, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Expands Its Ethanol Offerings At Grains.org

(U.S. Grains Council)  New information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org. The United States is the world’s low-cost ethanol producer and captured more than 65 percent of global ethanol trade in the 2017/2018

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Bioeconomy Survey: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy 42 conducted a bio-economy survey using an online system to collect data, analysis of bioeconomy economics and policy data with interactive visualization, and a biorefineries database. Vincenzo Motola, Alessandro Giocoli, Nicola Pierro, and Isabella De Bari from IEA Bioenergy Task 42 gave this illuminating

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioenergy Crops: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to EFC Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) EFC Systems recently bought AgSolver which helps farmers maximize profit on every acre via tools that give them the power to analyze their fields’ financial performance. David Muth from EFC Systems gave this illuminating presentation on integrated bioenergy crops to improve profitability and environmental outcomes at

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)  New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use  —  The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to offer you our Forecast 2019. In this richly detailed document, the legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals of B&C and Acta distill key trends in U.S. and global chemical law and provide our

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Problem of Invalidated RINs in the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting/Stillwater Associates)  Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposed a “buyer beware” approach to the purchase and sale of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). This creates a liability for any buyer of RINs, making them responsible for purchases of invalid RINS, even if done

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline of change in this industry. Third Coast Commodities Biodiesel feedstock trading is evolving, and Third Coast Commodities is one of the firms ushering in this change. … The only way to

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Emerging Process Tech: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to EPIC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EPIC helps pilot plants test and scale new process technologies. Check out their latest presentation with top four emerging process technologies that they are seeing a lot of right now: carbon capture, gas-to-liquids technologies, bio-based ethylene glycol, and biomass to commodity chemical application – and it’s ready

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 18 of 2018 – Looking Back to Look Forward

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … So on this last day of 2018, join the Biofuels Digest in looking back at our most visited and popular stories of 2018. … In today’s Digest, the hottest technologies, aviation developments we only dreamed of, cash out of trash innovations, biogas, cellulosic biofuels, lignin,

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Production Off Take Agreements

by Jess Hewitt (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Gulf Hydrocarbon/Biofuels Digest) … (O)nce you start planning your project you will get questions about who will buy your output. The Production Off-Take Agreement (POTA) is the answer to these questions and concerns.  POTAs are non-binding letters of intent that document the buyer’s intention to buy

December 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) DEADLINES: May 24, 2019 (4th Friday in May) and August 28, 2019 (4th Wednesday in August)

(National Science Foundation)   The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd/EurekAlert)  Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels: Part 1, TRLs 1-3

by  CJ Evans  (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Many promising ideas, concepts, and innovations that could improve, add to, and make game-changing breakthroughs in energy, sustainability, and the bioeconomy – and create new jobs, bring economic growth to U.S. communities, and catapult the U.S. into a global lead in innovation –

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Catalysis Rocking: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the United

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Calls for Stricter ISO Standards of Biodiesel in Marine Fuel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, the International Union of Marine Insurance said in its December quarterly newsletter that more than 100 vessels have been negatively impacted by biodiesel-contaminated fuel and as a result is calling for stricter ISO standards beyond the current “fit for purpose” stipulation. Currently, it is up to

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Technical Due Diligence Early and Often: The Best Insurance For Bioeconomy Investors

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Many bioeconomy investors, while experienced with careful evaluation of marketing, supply chain, and legal aspects of due diligence, may be less familiar with scientific and technical evaluation of new technologies. Often only a cursory analysis is performed before making investment decisions. Appropriate technical due diligence

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) BIOFIT (www.biofit-h2020.eu) is an EU project that aims to facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in Europe’s industry. The BIOFIT project will – during its 3-year duration – facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in five specific industries, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp and paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Swedavia, Fly Green Fund, World Energy, Shell and SkyNRG Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights from Five Airports in Sweden

(SkyNRG)  This year, Swedavia, the largest Swedish airport operator, received sustainable aviation fuel at five of their airports. With these deliveries, Swedavia is demonstrating their continued commitment to making the aviation industry more sustainable and reducing their own carbon footprint from flying. The fuel is produced by World Energy in Los Angeles and supplied

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels from Biomass: Task 39 Update

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  … Task work that has recently been completed and will soon be posted on the “publically available” sections of the Task 39 website (http://task39.ieabioenergy.com/) includes the final report entitled, “Survey of Advanced Fuels for Advanced Engines” which Task 39 carried out jointly with the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels (AMF) Technology

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Finds EPA Not Enforcing The Clean Air Act

(Urban Air Initiative)  Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was directed to reduce mobile source air pollution to the greatest degree possible. But a new research project conducted by the Urban Air Initiative found that not only is mobile source air pollution still a significant problem, but

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate – Outlook to 2020: Growth Opportunities & Companies to Action

(GlobeNewswire/ResearchAndMarkets.com)  The “Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate”report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study offers a detailed overview of the biodiesel mandate in Malaysia and the steps taken by the Malaysian government to protect the Malaysian palm oil industry. Palm oil is a key ingredient in the biodiesel produced in Malaysia. Biodiesel is the main

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title Contains Climate Tweaks, Slimmer Funding

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) … While the bill is largely viewed as a status-quo farm bill, the bill importantly reauthorizes the Energy Title (IX) and contains some new programs and tweaks aimed at helping producers become more resilient to climate change.  … While overall the Energy Title

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Intellectual Property for Project Development

by Terry Mazanec and Justin Krieger (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP/Biofuels Digest)  … Careful and thoughtful planning for obtaining intellectual property protection can be crucial to the success of a company.  Without such protection it is possible for another to take advantage of your hard work developing a process or

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

RSB Assembly Approves Groundbreaking Standard for Advanced Products

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  In a leap forward for the sustainable bioeconomy, the members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials approved our groundbreaking Advanced Products Standard. The culmination of over 18 months of consultation, expert working groups and member dialogue, the Standard provides the most robust set of sustainability requirements and

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Collaboration Is the Name of the Game at RSB’s 2018 Annual Meeting – Event Wrap-up

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Each year RSB brings its community together for the highlight of our calendar: our Annual Meeting. An opportunity to gather our members from many different sectors to discuss and debate the most pressing issues in the development of the sustainable bioeconomy and to make changes to our

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Pre-Flight Checklist for Biofuture Takeoff: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Biofuture Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuture platformwas launched at COP22 by 20 countries and top representatives of FAO, IEA, IRENA, UNIDO, SE4ALL, WBCSD, UNICA, and other leading organizations, whose aim is to kickstart a global, advanced bioeconomy and impact the future of bioenergy. Renato Domith Godinho, Biofuture Platform Interim Facilitator from the

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Zymergen, the Porsche 911 of the Materials Superhighway, Raises $400M in Monumental Series C Round

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Zymergen has raised over $400 million in Series C funding led by returning investor SoftBank Vision Fund. The round welcomes new investors Goldman Sachs and Hanwha Asset Management, as well as returning investors, DCVC (Data Collective), True Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, DFJ

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Nearly $4 billion dollars was infused into capital investments in the U.S. for renewable and bioscience projects in 2018. This significant investment is merely part of an upward trend that’s yielded more than 273,000 new jobs at bioscience companies across the country since

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 4 Techs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture, Gas-to-Liquids, Bio-Based Ethylene Glycol, Biomass to Commodity Chemical Application

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Carbon Capture, Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Technologies, Bio-Based Ethylene Glycol, and Biomass to Commodity Chemical Application. EPIC Modular Process writes that “through our work scaling technologies for pilot plants or commercial systems, we often get exposed to the up-and-coming processes on the verge of commercialization. In the last several years, we have seen an especially

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioprocess Capital Costs

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Discussion of biotechnology capital costs is often a controversial topic, on par with discussing politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table; why the facilities are so expensive and a disbelief of the forecasted costs.  As a seasoned veteran in the battle, trust me when I

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

NCERC Pumped up with 15 Years of Success

by Karen Binder (AgriNews)  While most talk these days about ethanol swirls around fuel credits and marketing needs, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center has quietly celebrated its 15th anniversary. And what a 15-year run it’s been. “The difference is that as policies, technologies and products have evolved, the center has evolved

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A wide array of federal incentives supports the development and deployment of alternatives to conventional fuels and engines in transportation. These incentives include tax deductions and credits for vehicle purchases and the installation of refueling systems, federal grants for conversion of older vehicles to newer technologies,

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Releases Updated Brochure Allowing Consumers to Track Latest Flex Fuel Models

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 24 million vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV), capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Can your vehicle use a cleaner, higher octane flex fuel? The Renewable Fuels Association has updated its annual FFV brochure to help consumers

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Turning Grams into Tonnes: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant aims to enable the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy through development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based product and processes. Hendrik Waegeman, Head of Business Development at BBEU gave this illuminating overview of the pilot plant at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco. 

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

How AFD Cracked the Code for Extracting 30 HP More from E85

by Jeff Smith (Hot Rod Network)  By now, everybody knows about ethanol and E85. If you don’t, it’s time you caught up with the rest of the world.  … Today, the U.S. Department of Energy defines E85 as actually any blend of 51 to 83 percent ethanol with gasoline. This is required

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Financing a Biomass Project When Commercializing New Technology

by Glenn Farris (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Farris Advisory Services/Biofuels Digest)  If you are planning to develop, or are already developing, a biomass to energy project involving the commercialization of new technology, you have a tough job in front of you. Financing a biomass-to-energy project is never easy, especially when commercialization of

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Free On-Demand Streaming of ABLC Global now Open for Viewing, Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device

(Biofuels Digest)  Watch ABLC Global presentations on BioChannelTV.  WATCH VIDEO

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Antares and Innovations in Harvest, Pre-Processing of Herbaceous Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ANTARES has been assisting clients identify and use biomass resources since the company was founded and our experience ranges from conducting feedstock supply assessments to serving as owner’s representative in the conceptualization, development and operation of energy plants. A few examples of capabilities include: • Feedstock

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

40 Mistakes That Will Kill a Proposal

by C.J. Evans (Lee Enterprises/Biofuels Digest)  It is not enough to just have a game-changing idea, concept, or innovation. Nor is it enough to just add a top-notch team, detailed workplan, and sufficient inhouse and outside expertise to move through each of the nine TRL levels. You need to be able to

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Session Summary Report Now Available

(Georgetown Climate Center)  In November 2017, member jurisdictions from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) began a public conversation inviting stakeholder input on the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of a modern, low-carbon transportation system, and what policies catalyzing these benefits might look like. Between March and August 2018, TCI hosted a series of

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

World Industrial Photobioreactor Challenge 2019

(National Algae Association)  The Challenge: To identify the best commercial algae cultivation systems on the market. With many different variations of algae cultivation systems throughout the world, the emerging algae production industry needs to identify the best commercial algae cultivation systems in indoor and outdoor commercial production. Commercially-minded algae producers, researchers and the investment community

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Hiring an Expert Witness in Bioeconomy Litigation

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In August 2017, I published an articlewhich focused on important things that attorneys involved in biofuels or biochemical litigation should look for when choosing an expert witness. This article explores the subject of expert witnesses in a bit more depth, including where to find

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Just in from ABLC: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Technologies and Their Examples

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Each year at ABLC, we have had the great fortune to have in our opening panel a tremendous sector overview from Roger Wyse, the Co-CEO of Spruce Capital and one of the foremost venture capitalists in the US and before that one of our top researchers.

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding and the deal-talk that flows from a general feeling that the advanced bioeconomy is, to use Amyris’ Joel Cherry’s characterization,

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Business Plan Website Sets Eyes on Rolling out Biofuel Plans for Entrepreneurs

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, biofuels and other renewable energies appear to be the next target for “entrepreneurs” as BizPlanComplete.com says over the next 12 months it intends on developing and releasing more than 1,000 additional business plans. A heavy focus of this upcoming new business plans will be environmental and

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

New ethanolfacts.eu Website Launches

(ePURE)  Online resource answers common questions about renewable ethanol and sustainable biofuels  —   Ethanol Facts, a new online resource for information about renewable ethanol, launched today as part of an effort to help inform the public about the production, use, sustainability and importance of ethanol as a renewable fuel. The ethanolfacts.eu website has been

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

DigestData Debuts: Global, Message-Enabled, Relational Database of 900 Bioeconomy Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Digest is announcing the debut of DigestData, an integrated database of 900 bioeconomy projects in operation or in planning around the world. DigestData is brought to you by Nuu Media and its Nuu and Digest brands and teams, in partnership with the National Corn

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Considerations for Using Existing Standards as Part of Alternative Fuels Approval and Deployment

by Melanie Thom (Baere Aerospace Consulting, Inc./Coordinating Research Council, Inc.)  Adequacy of Testing Methods for Aviation Fuels and Additives  —  The work presented here is a summary of an effort performed for the Coordinating Research Council, Inc. (CRC) and reported under the document AV-23-15 “Adequacy of Existing Test Methods for Aviation Jet Fuel and Additive Property Evaluation”, July 2017,

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel 2016/2017 – Report on Progress and Future Prospects; Excerpt from the UFOP Annual Report

(UFOP)  The assessment report provides information on the most important aspects of the national and European biofuel policy and the biodiesel markets. It is an excerpt from the UFOP business report 2016/2017 and includes the chapters “Biodiesel and Co.”, the report of the UFOP expert commission “Biofuels and Renewable Resources” as

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Entrepreneurial Impact: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road NEXT APPLICATIONS FALL 2019

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, more than $15 million has been awarded to 41 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $75

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

EcoAgriculture Partners Announces Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit, integrated-landscape-management advocacy group, has announced a new climate smart agriculture (CSA) training curriculum is under development. Louise Buck, the organization’s director of collaborative management, was in New York City for last month’s Climate Week NYC , where she introduced the Training Curriculum

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Presentations Available from the Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience

(University of Maryland)  Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience Topics •Anaerobic Digestion: Where We Are Today •Digester Systems in the Northeast–Successful Case Studies •Federal Biogas Policy •MD State Biogas Policy •Use of Biogas: Scrubbing, RNG, GenSets, and Use of Excess Heat •Food Waste

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Driving Decarbonization – Better Policy Means Better Fuels

by Gerard J. Ostheimer (below50), Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Noyes Law Corp) Stephanie Batchelor (Biotechnology Innovation Organization) (Biofuels Digest) This month the International Energy Agency issued a wake-up call to the Renewable Energy sector.  … In an apparent warning to prevent thought-leaders and policy-makers from getting complacent about the necessary

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

The Road to Feedstock Flexibility

by Chris Abrams (Biodiesel Magazine/Imerys Filtration)  Imerys personnel have spent much of 2018 talking about new and diverse feedstocks for biodiesel production, and how to help biodiesel manufacturers incorporate them into their existing processes. Here is an overview of that discussion. … We call this initiative “feedstock flexibility.” Some call it

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article
    U.S. Department of Energy 2019 Project Peer Review  —   March 4-8, 2019   —   Denver, Colorado

U.S. Department of Energy 2019 Project Peer Review — March 4-8, 2019 — Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4-8, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 90% of projects in BETO’s early-stage research and development portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia,

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

BioWatch: A One-Stop Shop for Bio-Based Research

(European Commission/Community Research and Development Information Service)  A new interactive online platform helps to increase awareness of innovations in the bioeconomy sector.  —  Climate change and depleting fossil fuels have stressed the importance of creating an economy based on renewable resources. In a sustainable bioeconomy, natural resources are produced and then converted

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy Ireland Day  —  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today launched the new €22.2 million BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the €5.75 million National Bioeconomy Campus

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Gasification: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2-Stage Incineration and “True” Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Here, Lars Waldheim of Waldheim Consulting gave this illuminating overview of wastes as a gasifier fuel, Waste fuel characteristics

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

The Transition: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioproducts Transition Dynamics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BETO has been developing a broad understanding of different conversion processes that produce bioproducts and the associated market attributes. However, there is not much understanding around how investment decisions are made and the possible successful scenarios for advancing the bioproducts and biofuels industries. The goal

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Right Here in River City

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Then, seaport waterfront was teeming with ships, cargo, terminals, rail connections, power, water supply — not to mention rats, raw sewage, saloons, flophouses and itinerant sailors. Because oil supply came into the seaports, that’s where the wagon trade lived, that’s where the roads led, that’s

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Argonne GREET 2018 Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and environmental effects of a wide variety of transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in major transportation sectors (i.e., road, air, marine,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

by Daniel A. Lane (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest/Saille Consulting)  At its most basic level, technoeconomic analysis or assessment (TEA) is a cost-benefit comparison tool used to evaluate the commercial viability of a process.  While many companies are quite familiar with this tool, a number of startups often forgo TEAs of their

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

CSX Brings Emergency Training to NJ Firefighters as Crude Oil Shipments Rise

by Curtis Tate (North Jersey Record)  CSX, the railroad that operates trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil and ethanol through New Jersey every week, rolled out its Safety Train on Wednesday to help first responders prepare for an incident. The train includes the most common types of tank cars firefighters are likely

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

by Dave Humbird (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./DWH Process Consulting LLC/Biofuels Digest)  For new technologies in the bioeconomy (and in the chemical process industry more broadly), the putative path to commercialization is some form of: lab, pilot, demonstration, commercial. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale is often proposed to track this progression,

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

UI’s Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab Finally ‘Across Finish Line’

by Lyndsay Jones (News-Gazette)  Twenty years, two budget cuts and several billion dollars in funding later, the University of Illinois’ Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory held what Chancellor Robert Jones called its “final grand opening” Thursday afternoon. … The 42,000-square-foot building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. is intended to bridge academic research on

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Council Helps with RFS RIN Management

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) The Alternative Fuels Council, a subsidiary of NATSO Inc., a national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, has launched a new service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

by Wayne Lee and Martin Wahl (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Due to the success of that series, and number of requests we received from those involved in providing funding for bioeconomy projects and from those seeking funding, I am proud to introduce this second series, which explores more in-depth financing options

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Determining the Renewability of Co-Processed Fuels

(UFOP/ECOFYS)  To report the biofuel content (i.e. the renewable share) of the outputs when biogenic and fossil components are coprocessed, a robust, consistent and transparent methodology is needed. There are several processes for which such a methodology could be relevant. For example, facilities where biomass and fossil inputs are co-processed, or

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Proposed Standard Supports Sampling for Renewable Fuel Facilities

(ASTM)  ASTM International’s bioenergy and industrial-chemicals-from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using — in part — kernel fiber. This fiber was approved as a “cellulosic feedstock” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2014. As such, renewable biofuel that is produced using kernel fiber as a feedstock can qualify as cellulosic biofuel under the Renewable Fuels

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Enlists FGV’s Help to Assist Smallholders Get MSPO Certification

by V. Ragananthini (Sun Daily)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry will assist FGV Holdings Bhd in attracting investors to develop the downstream palm oil segment and in turn look to it for help with getting small palm oil growers obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification. Kok said at

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Competition Aims to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels DEADLINE: February 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Natural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower the environmental footprint of flying. While the Canadian

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Six States Account for More than 70% of U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Six states accounted for 72% of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota collectively produced 265 million barrels of fuel ethanol out of the U.S. total of 367 million

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

by Jeff Hove (Biodiesel Magazine/Alternative Fuels Council) Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming.  —  … To help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Government Announces Major Funding for Green Aerospace R&D and Backing for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Following recent grants awarded to two projects developing potential commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production, the UK government has pledged £343 million ($448m) public and industry investment for R&D into cleaner and quieter civil aircraft. The government says a principle aim is for the UK to be at the forefront

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Japanese Startup Cultivates E-Money Platform for Asian farmers

by Akane Okutsu (Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese startup Nippon Biodiesel Fuel is set to launch its AgriNet website that connects farmers with other sectors — such as agrimarkets, equipment dealers and banks — transforming the way agricultural regions do business. Among other functions, the website will allow villages to sell crop yields

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy Newswise)  Systems biology leads the way to exascale computing on Summit supercomputer. —  … To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, scientists are using different layers of information (about

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article
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