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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

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

Strategic Progress: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Best known for industrial enzymes, the company is highly active also in agriculture, biomass conversion, ethanol production and

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Working Paper: “Gaps and Research Demand for Sustainability Certification and Standardization in a Sustainable Bio-Based Economy in the EU”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) The English-language working paper analyzes the current state of sustainability certification and standardization in the bio-based economy with the help of a comprehensive secondary analysis supplemented by a series of expert interviews. The analysis represents an impressive number of existing certification frameworks, criteria,

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

IRFA Launches Online Resource for Those Seeking Biodiesel Experts

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the launch of a resource designed to make finding Iowa’s biodiesel experts easier than a Google search. The Iowa Biodiesel Speakers Bureau is now live on the IRFA website. It is a collection of biodiesel experts from across the

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Deeper into the Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by 2030, for conversion into biofuels. Compared to the original

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Cutting Bio-Project Costs via Supply Chain Standards: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Supply Chain Risk Standards

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, EcoStrat CEO Jordan Solomon announced the US Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) this year. This has been an ongoing 3 year USDOE/BETO project which we are leading with Idaho National Labs for the past year and a half and which has the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) RFS Roundup: To Grow Cellulosic Fuel Volumes, Address Low Hanging Fruit in RFS Changes

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On Wednesday July 25, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to educate members on the complexities of the compliance markets for biofuels, as Environment and Economy Subcommittee Rep. Shimkus (R-IL), chair, explores reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Shimkus (R-IL)

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

FAO Offers CSA Sourcebook to Guide Policy Makers, Program Managers

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A digitized sourcebook that offers a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the concept of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is among a series of products put out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recent months. The CSA sourcebook is a resource that can

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Soil Health Policy Resources Now Available: A Catalog of Academic, State Agency and Legislative Policies and Programs to Advance Soil Health

(The Soil Health Institute/Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)  Soil health policies are growing in number and importance across the United States but are widely dispersed across a variety of academic institutions, state agencies and legislative bodies. This catalog brings these policy efforts together to facilitate cross-pollination, learning and coordination. Developed by the Soil Health

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Map of over 500 European Biomethane Facilities

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known biomethane installations currently running in Europe. ‘European Biomethane Map 2018’ lists over 500 units on the continent, and according to its creators is the first of its kind. It’s been

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Launches New Lab Partnering Service

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 10, the U.S. Department of Energy officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. This tool will provide industry with a more efficient

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport. The plan was prepared by a working group, co chaired by industrial experts from ETIP Bioenergy, over 9 months. It details the European

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and local communities – should be aware

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Q.E.D.: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.” It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers,

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

New Test Method Supports Bio-Oil Stability

(ASTM Standardization News)  A new ASTM International test method will help determine the carbonyl content of thermochemically derived bio-oils. Carbonyls contribute to instability during storage and processing of bio-oils. “This new standard provides a simple way to measure carbonyl content. This can help determine the quality of a bio-oil that will

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in the ethanol market in the United States.  As part of this collaboration, BASF will use

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Pioneering Achievements: Biodiesel Magazine Spotlights Eight Companies

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. WWS Trading  For more than 25 years, WWS Trading has been a family-owned commodity merchandising firm buying and selling fats, oils

May 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

UNFCCC Ag Work Program Approval Affirms Old Adage: ‘World is Run by Those who Show Up’

by Ernie Shea (Solutions from the Land/25 x ’25)  Over the past 10 years, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and 25x’25, our clean energy platform, has been supporting a group of knowledgeable, experienced and visionary farmers, ranchers and foresters who have been working to shape the role of agriculture and forestry

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center that joins academia, industry and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems. Peter Keeling

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Hatching Higher Protein

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about to get smaller. Production of Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC’s high-protein feed ingredient is expected

April 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces Partnership between American Ethanol and Universal Technical Institute

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy announced a new partnership initiative between its American Ethanol program and Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. A critical mission at Growth Energy is to show consumers the myriad benefits of

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

ASTM Revises Test Method to Support Ethanol Specification

(ASTM International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends.  By including a new “nitrogen purge” as part of the test method, a laboratory

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Equipment Needs to Study Mixing of Fibrous Materials

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprise Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow and mixing characteristics. Examples include corn stover, ground wood, switchgrass, various types of cane, beet

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration-scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). There are clear benefits of using CMOs, however conducting a successful

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens. The goal is to replace 30 percent of

February 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Data-Management System Launches in Alberta

(Silvacom/Canadian Biomass Magazine)   Silvacom Ltd. and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for public use. BRIMS is a world-class, publicly available data and information management system that collates inventories from forestry, agriculture, and municipal sectors to create a centralized, comprehensive assessment of biomass,

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Enviva: Track & Trace Data Conforms Sustained Forest Growth

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, marking one year of public reporting and two years of tracking the company’s sustainable sourcing practices. These data are a key tool used to measure, maintain and validate the Enviva’s sustainability

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of $3/GGE. A project led by PI Gregg Beckham at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory focuses

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders via a request for information (RFI) to identify

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers risk being declared “unseaworthy”. Ship owners and refiners are in a quandary about how to

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The Invention of Bioeconomy Risk Insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Leap to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. … Financial investors will tolerate very short-term cases of marginally sub-par returns and they have no tolerance at all of losses. … And risk induces panic and suffocation long before it induces death, which is one

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Gathering Momentum around Soil Carbon Sequestration

(CGIAR) Evidence-based science on the mitigation and socio-economic impacts of soil carbon sequestration is needed to support commitments to sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement target. … Soil carbon sequestration, they say, “can have equal or larger impacts on mitigation.” COP23 agriculture decision points to potential of soil carbon sequestration

December 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Pollutant Powerplay

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Pacific Ethanol in Stockton, California, will be the first ethanol plant to use Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, a combined-heat-and-power plant fueled by waste gas, using volatile organic compounds as fuel. The unique technology allows destruction of the VOCs, while making use of their energy

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Speed, Baby, Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement in speed and cost of product development.” The business model? Specialty chemicals, nutrition products, and pharmaceuticals,

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

UW Entrepreneurial Pipeline Lands Lactic Solutions in Biofuels Marketplace

by Natasha Kassulke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  When Jim Steele thinks back over the last seven years, from the early research on biofuels, followed by a dream of moving Lactic Solutions LLC technology to the marketplace, and now the acquisition of the company by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (a unit of

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  he new report, Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0, was released by the ABO Technical Standards Committee at the 11th Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) in Salt Lake City this month. The IAM 8.0collaboration represents contributions of over 30 universities, private companies, and national laboratories over the past seven

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

BioFuelDB: A Database and Prediction Server of Enzymes Involved in Biofuels Production

by Nikhil Chaudhary​, Ankit Gupta​, Sudheer Gupta, Vineet K. Sharma​ (Peer J) In light of the rapid decrease in fossils fuel reserves and an increasing demand for energy, novel methods are required to explore alternative biofuel production processes to alleviate these pressures. A wide variety of molecules which can either be

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map

(Bioenergy Insight)  A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched. The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Launched when the eight project partners came

October 31, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Productionizing Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry aims to enable a biorefinery to achieve a positive return on investment through a 50%

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

All Your Biobase Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations enables us to

October 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Engage the Hyper-Drive: Synbio’s Fastest Are Going Faster, Bigger as Kytopen, Ginkgo, Twist Biosciences, Arzeda, TeselaGen Feel the Need for Speed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is everyone’s organism for making fuels, chemicals, materials, foods, flavors, fragrances and therapeutics — beautifully and slowly — heading for rapid obsolescence? “Everyone wants to make it faster,” notes Kytopen co-founder Cullen Buie. “Over the past 18 months, we discovered there’s a huge market for

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Proposed Standard Will Support Diesel and Biodiesel Fuel Quality

(ASTM)  A proposed ASTM International standard will help characterize the quality of diesel fuels and biodiesel blends. The proposed standard (WK51775) is being developed by the committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02). The proposed standard will be used to separate and determine the content of aromatics, nonaromatics, and

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations

by Charles Loos, Bernard Cooker and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  To get a new plant started, management must provide the operating staff with training and a full complement of written procedures covering safety, operations, emergencies and environmental compliance. Though the process of defining and creating the necessary training and procedures

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. … Boulos Chalhoub of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research is set to explore how DNA methylation and repeated

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Innovation in the Lab

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol laboratories use HPLCs to find issues early in fermentation, but increasingly have been using the data for process optimization.  —  High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is the workhorse of the lab, each day analyzing multiple samples used to monitor fermentation and identify key compounds

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Magellan to Offer E15 at All Iowa Fuel Terminals

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Magellan Midstream Partners fuel pipeline and storage company is now offering pre-blended E15 at many terminals across the U.S., including all Magellan terminals that service Iowa. “This announcement from Magellan is game-changing,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “It is now possible for

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Registration Opens for 2017 No-Harm Test of Biodiesel Stabilizers

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has opened registration for its latest round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel.   The European diesel fuel standard EN 590 allows up to 7 percent biodiesel to be blended in on-road diesel fuel. The biodiesel used

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced the opening of applications for innovators to join the second

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Nigeria Loses Billions of Naira Due to Shortages of Cassava Plantation

(TVC News)  One of the manufacturers in Nigeria who specialised in the use of cassava for the production of Ethanol has said that the country is losing billions of naira due to a shortfall in Cassava supply. He noted that the country needs a minimum of four hundred million litres

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Partner Power in Process Piloting: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, where is it, who does it serve and how? Located at Berkeley Lab, the ABPDU aims to “support the commercialization of industry-, academic-and DOE-driven biofuels and bio-products by providing a key technical resource and an agile, flexible team

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

India Gets Its First R&D Facility For BS-VI Fuels

by Rajkamal Narayanan (DriveSpark)  India has received its first R&D facility for high-end BS-VI (BS6) fuels, operated by the Indian Oil Corp (IOC). The facility is located in Delhi and was inaugurated by Dharmendra Pradhan, the Petroleum Minister. The new R&D facility is designed to test petrol, diesel, ethanol-blended petrol,

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Products, and Open for Contract Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to REG Life Sciences

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In January 2014, REG acquired LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million. Most of the old LS9 team, including the entire R&D leadership group, joined the newly named REG Life Sciences, LLC. The technology has been substantially developed under REG’s management, with several

July 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

National Study Puts Timeline on Impact of Sea-Level Rise in Maryland and Virginia

by Joe Heim (The Washington Post)   On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, rising seawater levels and chronic flooding threaten to disrupt daily life, damage homes and businesses, and swallow land in the relatively near future, according to a new study. For some parts of the Eastern Shore, there soon may be

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Thoughts from the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and National Advanced Biofuels Conference and Expo

by Douglas Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From the Welcome Reception on Monday to the last session on Wednesday, there was new information presented and new developments reported. At the opening of the expo, many vendors were not able to participate in the beverage service because of the number of producers

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

RSB Report Outlines 2016 Achievements

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Biomass Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. The report shows the organization launched a new set of advisory services last year, revised and approved

June 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy. The bio-economy adresses societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable economic growth and energy independence. The bio-economy enables the

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

New Tool Launched to Monitor Bio-Based Materials in the Chemical Industry

(AkzoNobel)  A new online tool which can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products has been launched as a pilot by project partners AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (ABT) and EY. It will be the first tool ever to use e-certification to track bio-based content along the

March 31, 2017 Read Full Article

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks including potential updates to CA-GREET and other model changes. Presentations from last month’s meeting on

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

New ASTM High-Octane Fuel Standard Published

(Growth Energy)  Last week, ASTM International published an important new high-octane fuel standard, ASTM D8076 – 17, Standard Specification for 100 Research Octane Number Test Fuel for Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines. A major victory for the ethanol industry, this new specification intends to describe and align the fuel properties needed to

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would like to manufacture without the expense and hassle of building your own fermentation capacity. From

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations (CMOs). There are benefits and pitfalls to both approaches, with the correct decision founded in

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Lessons from 102 Years of Licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy

January 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Change Is in the Air for Food Sustainability

by Robin Booker (The Western Producer)  There are many innovative products and services available to Canadian crop producers that could help improve sustainability. However, the global food sector is struggling to find ways to reward growers who adapt sustainable technologies and techniques. Big food companies have made public commitments to source

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Those improvements could include combining processes such as mixing,

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the ABPDU

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.” It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Chief Pilot: The ABPDU, Where the Elite Meet to Defeat Petroleum

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”  It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers, if you will, of companies such as Kiverdi, Sylvatex, Perfect Day, Lygos, Microvi, and Greenlight Biosciences to name just a few. … They’ve

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Gladstone’s $5m Test Site to Crack Billion Dollar Industry

by Tegan Annett (Northern Star)  What was once a paw paw farm in Yarwun is now a multi-million dollar laboratory that is leading the way for renewable fuel creation. Yesterday Northern Oil’s biocrude and biofuel laboratory was officially opened, marking the latest milestone for Gladstone’s industry newcomer. The site, at Yarwun’s

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Accelerating the Shift to a Vibrant Australian Biofuels Industry

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Australia’s first advanced green fuels laboratory has opened its doors in regional Queensland, thanks to support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), allowing researchers to test biocrude on our shores for the first time. ARENA has contributed $2.37 million towards Southern Oil’s advanced biofuels laboratory

December 12, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Elite Corn, without Control by Elites: NCGA, Benson Hill Biosystems Partner to Democratize Corn R&D, Unleash Innovation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants, today announced a strategic partnership and grant from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Benson Hill’s CropOS platform empowers organizations of any size to innovate and provide growers choice, whether

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

New, Improved Principles and Criteria from RSB, the World’s Most Trusted Biomaterial Coalition

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) celebrated the announcement at its  Annual Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised Principles & Criteria. This independent, multi-stakeholder collective works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials and its

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, reducing climate impacts, and energy efficiency. Also, exploring ways to produce sustainable aviation fuels at commercial scale,

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This new web page is a resource that lists suppliers who responded to the RFI and

November 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Meet Hundreds of Algaepreneurs from around the World on the Algae Biomass Exchange on LinkedIn

by Barry Cohen (National Algae Association)  The National Algae Association, a 501(c)6, is the first non-profit algae production trade association in the world. A collaboration of commercially-minded algae researchers, algae producers and equipment companies. We assist students, algaepreneurs and private industry in learning about commercial algae production for nutraceuticals Omega

November 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

New Sunflower and Sorghum Crop Growth Models in ClearAg Platform

(Iteris)  Predictive Agriculture Analytics and APIs from Iteris Now Cover Sorghum and Sunflower Crops —  Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced the addition of growth models for sunflower and sorghum crops into its digital agriculture platform, ClearAg®. Applying predictive analytics

October 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Understanding Biofuel Standards

By Angela Fivga and Zsuzsa A. Mayer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  The analysis and standardization of biofuels are in constant development, therefore in many studies they follow a historic view or borrow unsuitable methods from fossil fuel analysis. An overview of the current standards helps to achieve better results.

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes, P&G

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked at Novozymes and Procter & Gamble and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded

September 22, 2016 Read Full Article

SuperBIO Project to Support EU Bioeconomy Innovation

(Bio Base Europe/Biomass Magazine)  SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The € 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. It therefore engages with the EU biobased business community. The project provides 10 different types of

September 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

New Zealand Culture Collection Moves to New Home

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron Institute’s recently built Envirotech building in central Nelson. The laboratory includes cabinets that are purpose-built

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Safe, Scalable, Smart Unmanned Aerial Systems and Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Precision Hawk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What can you use Aerial Data Analysis for? Says Precision Hawk’s Ally Ferguson, quite a lot. Crop health indices, Plant height, Canopy cover, Weed detection, Season monitoring, Environmental assessment, Land cover mapping, Irrigated land mapping, Impervious surface mapping, Watershed planning, Wildfire/Flooding Damage assessment, Forest Disease detection, Crop claims assessment, and underwriting and reinsurance validation. Just to name a

August 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Rayeman Elements Announces New DDG, Grain Processing Technologies

(Rayeman Elements Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rayeman Elements Inc. has developed a patented method to cube distillers dried grains (DDGs). The company has also announced a new grain drying system that aims to reduce the risks and costs associated with operating grain dryers. REI has spent the last 5.5 years, and

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.  —  The U.S. EPA’s Tier 3 rules are not new—they were finalized two years ago—but a compliance deadline is approaching that may catch a

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high octane mid-level ethanol blends in future optimized engines. Some of these benefits include: increased vehicle

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition (SI) engines, including technologies reliant on higher compression ratios and fuels with improved anti-knock properties,

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Better Cold Weather #Biodiesel Performance

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced new certified reference material (CRM) for cold filter plugging (CFPP) and cloud point (CP) temperatures of biodiesel. This material helps laboratories accurately establish the lowest temperature at which biodiesel can be used. According to JRC, the CP

August 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

We Band of Brothers: Crisp, CRISPR, Crispin’s Day and the Democratization of Crop R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The nature of collaboration across the advanced bioeconomy is shifting dramatically – and we are seeing the democratization of R&D.  …   The CRISPR revolution As Dan Watkins of DFJ’s Mercury Fund put it, “There’s a total sea change in biology with CRISPR-CAS gene editing

August 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Endowment Launches Updated Bioenergy Database, Mapping Tool

(U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities recently announced the launch of the revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site, www.wood2energy.org, is the most comprehensive database of its kind in North America. The vision for Wood2Energy.org was to develop a

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers and strategic investors to develop and deliver customized biomass supply chain solutions tailored to

July 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Key Considerations for E85 and Other Ethanol Blend Infrastructure

(U.S. Department of Energy) What are the key considerations when installing ethanol equipment at a fueling station?  For those new to ethanol fueling, installing the necessary infrastructure may be unchartered territory. From fuel specifications to dispensing regulations, the recently updated Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.  —  The U.S. EPA’s Tier 3 rules are not new—they were finalized two years ago—but a compliance deadline is approaching that may catch

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Deliverance: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the 2016 DOE Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Grandson of Billion Ton: DOE Releases Radically Improved 2016 Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $60 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by 2030.

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Transform the marketplace: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the heart of the United States focus on bioenergy R&D is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado — supporting feedstock development, bioconversion and understanding markets for new products. NREL’s Justin Sluiter gave this illuminating overview of the lab’s activities at ABLC Feedstocks

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Launches TSCAblog.com to Provide News and Analysis on TSCA Reform Implementation and Related Legal and Policy Developments

(Bergeson & Campbell)   Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) announced today the launch of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Blog (TSCAblog™) to track and report regulatory, scientific, legal, and policy developments under the “new TSCA.” On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety

July 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

ASABE Announces Standard for Sustainable Agriculture Production

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. According to ASABE, the standard is intended for application with all typical farming operations found around the world. Known as ANSI/ASABE S629,

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

New Liquid Fuel Research & Training Center Opened

(National Oilheat Research Alliance)  The National Oilheat Research Alliance and two Oilheating associations recently celebrated the opening of a new research and training facility designed specifically for Oilheating fuels and renewabls, such as and Bioheat® fuel. Located in Plainview, NY, on Long Island, the 3,500-square-foor facility is operated by NORA

June 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Argonne Launches First Tech Incubator

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Uses UAS for Variety of Applications

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) use in the ethanol industry is taking off. From checking on corn fields, to inspecting ethanol plants, to looking over rail cars before shipment, farmers and ethanol producers increasingly are turning to UAS to improve the efficiencies of their operations.

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

The Future of Bioenergy Is in This Book-less Library

by  Cory Hatch (Renewable Energy World)  The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass — organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly 50,000 biomass database entries and more than 35,000 physical samples reside in a repository located

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

by Lorenz Bauer and William Quapp (Biofuels Digest)  …  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and natural gas prices and opposition from special interest groups. However, nearly all commercialization projects have yet to produce

April 12, 2016 Read Full Article

BDI Subsidiary Reopens Expanded Distillation Research Center

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) UIC GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian biodiesel technology provider BDI-BioEnergy International AG, has just reopened its expanded and modernized research center near Frankfurt, Germany, in Alzenau. According to BDI, UIC is a pioneer in fine vacuum technology with 65 years of experience developing and supplying components

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Howell Says 2016 May Be Busiest Year Yet for Biodiesel at ASTM

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An abundance of ASTM and ISO biodiesel activities may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the standards organizations, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell. At the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Howell spoke about his involvement with biodiesel

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live on our website last week … First, there’s the issue of what to call the fuel.

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

What Biodiesel Producers Should Know about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  If your glycerin or free fatty acids may find their way into the food or feed supply, you must comply with the daunting Food Safety Modernization Act  —  … Moreover, if you’re a grease collector and distributor, and you sell feedstock that goes to a biodiesel

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Ecological Farming: A Different Form of Agtech –Exclusive Report

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  … “Ecological farming is ‘AgTech’ but of a different kind. It is a return to the original definition of ‘technology’, which comes from two Greek words: technis, which means art, skill, craft or the way something is gained, and logos, which means word or thought. ‘Technology’ does not just mean physical

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Poplar (Populus spp.) Trees for Biofuel Production

(Extension.org)  If you are looking for a comprehensive article on poplar for biofuel production, this is for you. Table of Contents Introduction Current and Potential Use as a Biofuel Biology and Adaptation Production and Agronomic Information  Harvest Potential Yields Production Challenges Estimated Production Cost Environmental/Sustainability Issues Feasibility Summary Bibliography For

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

California LCFS Presents Opportunities for Ethanol Producers

By John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CARB readopts standards, and sets time lines and treatment for legacy pathways.  —  In the first three quarters of 2015, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits increased in price by 212 percent. October saw another big jump with average prices for the month touching

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Ramp up Them thar Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, established by the United States Department of Energy, is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, designed to help ramp up the bioeconomy. ABPDU enables early stage advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and biochemicals product and process technologies to successfully scale from the

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

What Makes Scale-Up of Industrial Biotechnology so Difficult?

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial biotechnology (here) and the deep-dive into the industrial biotechnology commercialization process (here), the questions are what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult and of course how can risk be

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Research Facility Network Catalyses Europe’s Biomass Potential

(CORDIS/Phys.Org)  Completed in September 2015, the four-year BRISK project brought together 26 partners from across Europe – various academic and research institutions – to establish a highly visible network of demonstration rigs. ‘Many SMEs and students don’t have access to these facilities,’ explains project coordinator Professor Andrew Martin from the

November 18, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Green Chemistry Innovation Portal Is a Free Resource

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®have partnered to create a new online platform for green chemistry professionals to share information and collaborate on research and innovative technologies.The Green Chemistry Innovation Portal is a free resource created to connect and grow the green chemistry community,

October 29, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article
  WEBINAR:  Ask the Innovators Q&A Session: Green Chemistry Innovation Forum  —  November 10

WEBINAR: Ask the Innovators Q&A Session: Green Chemistry Innovation Forum — November 10

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®have partnered to create a new online platform for green chemistry professionals to share information and collaborate on research and innovative technologies.The Green Chemistry Innovation Portal is a free resource created to connect and grow the green chemistry community,

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies that private companies and universities developed through $21 million in 2009 funding from the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). At the time, several types of equipment, including Tigerats’ feller buncher, were

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and that demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment. Biofuel production is closely tied to the environment—for

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Pramod Kumbhar, CTO, Praj Matrix R & D Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj provides technology and EPC for ethanol plants and has > 600 references across continents. The focus of Praj Matrix is biotechnology. After seven years of development we have LC ethanol technology ready for commercialization. As a Biorefinery concept, we have also developed novel technologies

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the “revolting, yet inevitable” meter. Those who haven’t done rigorous demonstration-scale activities have, in many cases,

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Greenwire: Midwest Law Center Can Compromise but Doesn’t Fear a Fight

by Jeremy P. Jacobs (E&E/Greenwire) Ask Chicago environmentalists who’s the Windy City’s best lawyer, and they’re likely to name Howard Learner.  Learner has built his Environmental Law and Policy Center into a Midwest powerhouse over the last 20 years on transportation and clean energy issues, scoring victories in courtrooms and state

March 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The E2 report is something of a hybrid — for one, it includes actual biodiesel production, but in the case of other fuels, it reports production capacity rather than production, and includes projects which are still under construction or in development. And, it excludes non-food

January 8, 2015 Read Full Article

PacificAg Can Save Ethanol Plants Time & Money

by Talia Bang (Ag NewsWire)  PacificAg, the country’s largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country, can help ethanol plants developing or expanding operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol, save time and money on supply chain development. PacificAg enables cellulosic biorefineries the ability to source cost-competitive biomass

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

(Dawnbreaker/PR NewsWire)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from the DOE. Since the program is entirely funded by the DOE, these services are available

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Safety Your Way

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing. A philosophical problem exists when an industry whose mission is to improve humanity through environmental stewardship and

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks

by Art Krugler (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do not know can lead to disaster. In my background of 23 years of operations and

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

RSB Partners With Elements Traceability Software to Help Keep Track of Biofuel Feedstock Sustainability Data

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a globally recognised sustainability certification standard for biomaterials, and Elements Software Ltd, a leading web based traceability software provider, are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Biofuel producers are faced with the growing challenge of managing

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Robert Fanick, Manager, Southwest Research Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The staff blends field experience, engineering and chemistry expertise with design and fabrication capabilities to offer an interdisciplinary approach to fuel-related services.   Our capabilities span the needs of companies at all stages of product development, from initial process development, to final fleet testing of production fuels, and

November 18, 2014 Read Full Article

‘Five Years’ Are up for Cellulosic Ethanol

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their answer is always “five years away.”   That timeframe has officially expired with cellulosic ethanol now being commercially produced at large scale, and a unique facility being built at the

November 12, 2014 Read Full Article

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Overhauls Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the midst of an overhaul of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  Two of the issues most important to the low carbon fuels industry are the carbon intensity curve and cost containment issues including a potential ceiling and floor.  ARB recently held

November 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Biomass Crops

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)  EcoWillow 2.0 is the most comprehensive and up-to-date financial analysis tool for shrub willow biomass crops. Originally released in 2008 after over 20 years of research on shrub willow crops at SUNY-ESF, EcoWillow 2.0 was released in October, 2014,

November 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Research Shows up to 20% Biodiesel OK for Home Heating

(National Oilheat Research Alliance)  Research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can be used in heating oil without incident. This research includes both lab testing and field

October 14, 2014 Read Full Article

VECOPLAN Opens World’s Largest R&D Facility for Mechanical Recycling Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Germany, Vecoplan opened a new 17,000 square-foot Technology Center in Bad Marienberg, Germany. The first-of-its-kind facility is equipped with more than 25 machines representing a comprehensive range of mechanical technologies for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. Processors can conduct comprehensive

September 26, 2014 Read Full Article

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge might be finding enough hydrogen.   You might have heard of the Hydrogen Economy, the Hydrogen

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Producers Presented with Options for Coproduct Diversification

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversifying ethanol coproduct streams is big business in today’s market as producers seek to add value to their product portfolios, a major focus of discussion at the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Indianapolis this week. With the popularity of corn oil

June 12, 2014 Read Full Article

RFA Announces Availability of New Training Materials

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled an updated version of “The Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.” This powerful resource was first developed in 2006 to give first responders, hazmat teams, and safety personnel in-depth information on proper training techniques to respond to an ethanol-related

May 14, 2014 Read Full Article

An Operator’s Manual for Building the Algae Industry

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of “Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0” (IAM 6.0), a document that sets standards to measure and compare diverse algae industry operations. IAM 6.0 is a collaboration of more than 30 industry experts and organizations providing a “methodology and common descriptive language

February 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Introducing the Local Impact of Woody Biomass Energy Projects: Quick Assessment Tool for Planners and Community Leaders

(Wood Education and Resource Center)  The Local Impact of Woody Biomass Energy Projects: Quick Assessment Tool for Planners and Community Leaders (the Quick Assessment Tool), developed by the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, and the New York Farm Viability Institute, with funding from the U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, is a user friendly software

February 5, 2014 Read Full Article

EIA Updates State Profiles, Adds Data on Renewables

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The narratives feature a new section on renewable energy that provide details

December 26, 2013 Read Full Article

DOE Grant Helps Expand Biodiesel Training for Diesel Technicians

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Program helps ensure long-term integration of biodiesel into American fuel supply Some instructors from throughout the Midwest who will train the diesel mechanics of tomorrow now have a thorough knowledge base on biodiesel. It’s thanks to recent training as part of the Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians program,

November 20, 2013 Read Full Article

New GREET Fuel Cycle Model Released

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, the Argonne National Laboratory is highlighting a new GREET fuel cycle model release (GREET1 2013) uploaded to the GREET web site. This release includes the following updates: New marine fuel pathways and commercial vessel operations: New sorghum ethanol pathways; New Tallow pathway; Electric

October 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Canola Could Be New Biofuel Crop for Central Great Plains

(Ag Professional/USDA Agricultural Research Service)  Farmers in the semiarid central Great Plains have traditionally used a two-year, no-till, dryland, winter wheat/fallow cropping system, which stretches scarce soil water supplies and minimizes crop failure from water stress. Now they are interested in growing crops during the fallow period, using water normally

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Evonik Opens New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Argentina

(Evonik Industries AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 21, Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel production catalysts in Argentina. Patrik Wohlhauser, the member of the Evonik executive board responsible for the South America region, spoke at the dedication ceremony, where he underscored the importance of investment

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

New Approach to Upstream Verification of Waste Materials Released

(Biofuels International)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a voluntary sustainability scheme approved by the European Union, has introduced a new report regarding upstream verification for waste materials. The RBS, which covers all types of feedstock and all biomaterial products, outlines its new approach to certifying biofuels from waste materials.

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Scenarios to Determine Approximate Cost for E15 Station Readiness

(Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)) (from a letter to US Department of Agriculture) … “You asked on August 13 if the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) had any information regarding the average price for installing E15 storage equipment and blender pumps at retail stations. You provided several scenarios for which you wanted information. The

September 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel's Quality Evolution

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Biodiesel emerged on the U.S. alternative fuels radar in the early 1990s, and for the next decade it slowly gained recognition as a real-world, here-and-now replacement for diesel fuel before its first ASTM specification, D6751, was published in 2001-‘02. Since then, the tale of U.S.

August 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Report: Southwest Ontario Can Support Biomass-to-Sugar Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish a cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario to support the future production of green chemicals.

August 28, 2013 Read Full Article

How to Sell Renewable Jet Fuel to Airlines

by Dr. Bruno Miller and John Heimlich  (CAAFI/Biofuels Digest)  … CAAFI has unveiled its Guidance for Selling Alternative Fuels to Airlines to serve as a roadmap for potential producers and other supply-chain participants contemplating purchase agreements with airlines for non-petroleum-derived jet fuels. The report includes a matrix of CAAFI readiness tools with recommended

August 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Fire Stations Work toward Better Training for Ethanol Fires

by Matt Groves (WREX)  … Fire departments from across the region trained in Kirkland Saturday afternoon for ethanol fires. Cars doused in ethanol were set fire to, then firefighters worked to put them out. … “Utilizing the correct type of foam and a better more refined process of applying it are

August 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Q&A: A Man of Science Wears Many Hats

by Tom Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eric Sumner’s lifelong fascination with science spans from his youth to the cutting edge of ethanol plant bacterial control and the growing importance of coproducts for long-term industry viability. Helping ethanol producers control bacteria without the use of antibiotics is the daily goal of

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

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