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VNY to Become First to Offer GA Retail Jet Biofuel

by Curt Epstein (AIN Online)  In the wake of the multi-organizational release of the Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel at EBACE in May, the industry has announced the next step in the effort to educate general aviation about the fuel this week at NBAA 2018. As part

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Is the Overlooked Giant of Decarbonization

by Graham Noyes (OurEnergyPolicy.org/Noyes Law Corporation)  In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirmed the leading role that bioenergy continues to play in decarbonization. IEA Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Barol, pointedly stated, “Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field… We expect modern bioenergy will continue to lead the field,

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The 2018 Algae Biomass Summit: Tracing the Evolution of the Algae Industry and Its New Trajectories Forward

by Jenna Bloxom* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The kickoff of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit in The Woodlands, TX, was awash with the same professional ambition, intellectual zeal, and indomitable sense of hope which likewise distinguished the opening ceremony of this very conference ten years ago—in many ways, however, that is

November 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado’s Air Quality Regulators Adopt New Vehicle Emission Standards

(Sierra Club) New Standards Mean Cleaner Air and Less Money Spent at the Gas Pump  —   Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted unanimously to adopt the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program standards for cars and trucks. Vehicle emissions are among  the largest contributors to carbon pollution in Colorado and contribute to

November 17, 2018 Read Full Article

DuPont Will Repay $10.5 Million in State Incentives, under Approved Settlement

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) DuPont will give Iowa a big check — $10.5 million — after closing and selling the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. Iowa economic development leaders approved a settlement Friday that calls for DuPont to repay all but about $3.7 million it received in

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Company Removing Nitrates from Water Using Algae

by Jon Vanderford (1011 Now)  The algae found in a lab at the University of Nebraska’s Beadle Center may hold the key to clean water. Research on algae first started several years ago with a goal of producing oil. “The initial impetus was a DOE project involving many labs here in

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

More RFS Exemption Requests Monroe Energy, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Want Full RFS Waiver

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer) Pennsylvania’s governor and state refining interests are putting pressure on EPA to grant waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard program, just ahead of the agency’s Nov. 30 deadline to finalize new biofuels volumes for the upcoming year. Monroe Energy, LLC, requested a waiver on

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Plains Sheds Three Plants, Shutters Another and Offloads Storage and Rail Assets

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced that it completed the previously announced sale of its three ethanol plants to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for $319 million in cash, including net working capital and other adjustments. The transaction includes ethanol plants located in Bluffton, Ind., Lakota, Iowa, and

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article
    USA Science & Engineering Festival   —   April 25-26, 2020   —   Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 25-26, 2020 — Washington, DC

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2020! Sneak Peek Friday, the ultimate STEM field trip, will offer students and teachers the opportunity to experience the Expo before the general public on Friday, April 24,

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PAPERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19   —   April 1-4, 2019   —   Portland, OR    DEADLINE:  December 10, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19 — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: December 10, 2018

Accepting abstracts now for presentations on April 2-3, 2019.  BioCycle WEST COAST19 includes four tracks of sessions. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Deadline for abstract submittal is December 10, 2018. Abstract selection will be completed by December 21, 2018; notifications will be emailed on or before that date. Speakers will

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

6 Reasons Why This Tax Is a Crummy Way to Improve Illinois’ Roads and Bridges The So-Called Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax Being Bandied about in Springfield Is the Wrong Tool to Address Illinois’ Transportation Challenges. Here’s Why.

by Howard Lerner (Crain’s Chicago Business/Environmental Law & Policy Center ) Current gas tax revenues are insufficient to meet Illinois’ infrastructure needs. Oil companies, the trucking industry and a few politicians propose raising more revenues by shifting from gas taxes to VMT taxes, which charge drivers based on how many miles

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Near-Zero ROUSH CleanTech Engine Can Run on Renewable Propane

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  ROUSH CleanTech has announced that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. The company claims it is the first available engine for renewable propane that brings the emissions level to near-zero, as defined by California Air Resources Board (CARB). “When commercial

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

It Might Be Giant: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose, American Process Style

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A few years back, Research & Markets startled the bio world when they projected that the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) would reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between 2014 and 2019. Heft growth indeed, and a survey

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Editorial: Iowa State Analysis Makes Clear the Trade Wars’ Damage to Ag Producers

(Omaha World-Herald)  A recent report from Iowa State University offers sobering findings that show why our country needs to resolve its tariff wars with China and other nations. The university researchers found that over the next year, the disruptions and loss of market share will cost the Iowa economy between

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

2019 Energy Innovation Seed Grant Announcement

(University of Maryland)  The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) is focused on translating university energy research into new clean energy companies in the State of Maryland and thus simultaneously benefiting our environment and creating high paying jobs to help our State economy. MEI2 proposes a unique opportunity through the following seed

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

How Maryland Is Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay: LiveBIG 2018-19

(BTN Live BIG) With a specially-built algae growth system, University of Maryland researchers are scrubbing excess nutrients from Chesapeake Bay waters, a process that will help restore oxygen levels in the troubled coastal ecosystem. The algae, in turn, can be used to produce methane, a renewable resource for green energy. WATCH

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Fuel Causes Mechanical Issues for Three of Loyola’s Shuttles

(Loyola Phoenix (Chicago))  One of Loyola’s intercampus shuttles stopped running on the road, and another couldn’t drive faster than 20 miles per hour after biodiesel froze in their engines Friday, Loyola officials said. A third shuttle stopped running Tuesday for the same reason, according to the university, leaving students to wait

November 14, 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

Greenbelt Initiates CBE Project to Produce Bioethanol for CBD Extraction

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Globe Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced commencing Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative to convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Upon Phase 1 completion, the biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million pounds of protein concentrate and 75,000

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Is Increasingly Used to Meet California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Steve Hanson and Neil Agarwal (U.S. Energy Information Administration)  … Renewable diesel net supply to California’s fuel market has increased since the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program went into effect in 2011, reaching 100 million gallons during the second quarter of 2018, or 10.1% of the total diesel supplied

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Duckweed Takes off in Nutrition Space as Well as Biofuel and Bioenergy

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … We are talking about the green stuff that grows in ponds and floats on the surface of water, often mistaken for algae. Why is this green goodness so good? Duckweed, also referred to as lemna or its scientific name lemnoideae, is high in protein

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article
    Student Education and Activities at  2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference

Student Education and Activities at 2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference

The 2019 GC&E Conference and 9th Annual GSC Conference provides a perfect venue to present your research, deepen your understanding through sessions and workshops, network with green chemistry and engineering leaders, and meet fellow peers around from around the world. POSTER COMPETITION Students participating in the poster session have a

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    California Clean Air Day   —   October 2, 2019   —  California

California Clean Air Day — October 2, 2019 — California

California Clean Air Day is a multifaceted program that unites people to action. Individuals, companies, government entities and communities all pledge to do at least one thing to clean the air. Clean Air Day is all about engaging in fun, positive activities to make a big impact. Over 100,000 Californians across the state

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    California Air Quality Awards   —   May 31, 2019   —   Los Angeles, CA

California Air Quality Awards — May 31, 2019 — Los Angeles, CA

Join Coalition for Clean Air as we present our most prestigious honors at our signature California Air Quality Awards in Los Angeles.  Sponsor an event where we have honored such distinguished leaders as CARB Vice Chair Sandra Berg and SQAQMD Chairman Dr. Bill Burke   READ MORE

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    2019 Toast to Clearing the Air   —   February 27, 2019   —   Sacramento, CA

2019 Toast to Clearing the Air — February 27, 2019 — Sacramento, CA

Join Coalition for Clean Air in Sacramento for a lively conversation on strengthening California’s climate protection policies.  Sponsor an evening of meeting fellow business leaders, advocates and policy makers at the exclusive Sutter Club on February 27th.  READ MORE

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held at other universities, why Auburn University this year? The Biosystems Engineering department at Auburn University has been on the rise

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Valero and Darling Ingredients Announce $1.1 Billion Plant Upgrade

(Biofuels International)  A major renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana is to expand capacity to 675 million gallons per year. This will include a facility to produce 50 to 60 million gallons of renewable naphtha. The Diamond Green Diesel Plant is a joint venture between a Valero subsidiary and Darling Ingredients.

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    DIVERSITY TRAVEL GRANT AWARD: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA     DEADLINE:  December 7, 2018

DIVERSITY TRAVEL GRANT AWARD: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA DEADLINE: December 7, 2018

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA    DEADLINE: December 7, 2018

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA DEADLINE: December 7, 2018

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article
    Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 28-May 1, 2019   —   Seattle, WA

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals — April 28-May 1, 2019 — Seattle, WA

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Broad Genome Analysis Shows Yeasts Evolving by Subtraction

by Chris Barncard  (University of Wisconsin–Madison)  An unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of their evolution over the last hundreds of millions of years, including an analysis of the way they evolved individual appetites for particular food sources that may be

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

ASU Teams Find New Ways to Harness CO2 to Reduce Biofuel Costs

(Arizona State University/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two Arizona State University research teams are among the grantees, with the grants to ASU totaling about $4.5 million. The two teams are headed

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Diverse Biofeedstocks Have High Ethanol Yields and Offer Biorefineries Flexibility

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  … Researchers processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having

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

California’s Ecology Switches 600 Trucks to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT Journal)  Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. According to Neste, Ecology is one of the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

White House, California to Discuss Vehicle Emissions Rules Next Week

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  California clean air regulators will hold talks next Tuesday with their federal counterparts and the White House over Trump administration efforts to stop Sacramento from adopting tighter vehicle emissions rules than Washington, a spokesman for the state confirmed on Thursday. The video conference meeting will be the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Fuel Retailers Add Ethanol Options to Set Themselves Apart

by Steve White (NTV) … “We’ve got options, we’ve got a lot of things our customers don’t have,” said Charlie Bosselman, president of Bosselman Enterprises. … Charlie Bosselman unveils a new line of fuels his company calls “Bossfuel”. … While most gas stations give customers two choices, many of the Pump

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

VERBIO Acquires Cellulose Ethanol Plant from DuPont in Nevada/Iowa, USA.

(VERBIO)  VERBIO North America Corporation, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, a 51 percent subsidiary of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, has signed a contract today with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and company to purchase a cellulose ethanol plant located in Nevada, Iowa, USA. The purchase includes about 100,000 tons of baled

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy 2019: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Bioeconomy Development Priorities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s next in the biobased revolution? After fuels, chemicals, say many. What’s the role of incentives, the size of the opportunity and the potential rewards for a region? The Iowa Economic Development Authority took a look at development priorities — and how these relate to Iowa’s capabilities

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Automakers Fight Trump’s Auto Emissions Rollback

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Major automakers are pushing the Trump administration to abandon its plan to roll back climate change rules for cars. Companies had emphatically encouraged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to undo the Obama administration’s plans to ratchet up greenhouse gas emissions and

November 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Maine Firm Tests Biofuel-Fed Rocket Engines at a Former Navy Base

by Beth Brogan (Bangor Daily News)  … Eventually, that rocket, powered by a proprietary bio-derived, carbon neutral rocket fuel formulation, will leave Earth, carrying small satellites — “cube sats” — into space. Eventually, the rocket would be able to carry 50 kilograms of satellites. Founded by Maine native Sascha Deri, bluShift

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article
    The Power of Organic Waste: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for New York State   —   November 19, 2018   —   Saratoga Springs, NY

The Power of Organic Waste: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for New York State — November 19, 2018 — Saratoga Springs, NY

Plan to join us for a half-day workshop — hosted by Energy Vision in collaboration with academic, industry, government and NGO partners — on the production and use in New York of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) made from organic waste, with a particular focus on agricultural, municipal and food processing

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Results Are In: Clariant’s Sunliquid Delivers 6X Lower Carbon Intensity than Fossil Gasoline

by Paolo Corvo (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  Clariant sunliquid technology delivers low carbon intensity score of 15 gCO2/MJ for the cellulosic ethanol produced using sunliquid technology from agricultural residues feedstock such as corn stover and wheat straw which is more than 6 times lower than the carbon intensity of gasoline(1). The carbon intensity score also

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an effort to fight climate change by mandating that companies using or selling fossil fuels pay taxes equal to $15 per metric ton

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Who’s Running Things? With Democrats Preparing to Run the House

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With Democrats preparing to run the House, here’s how the committee leadership shuffle is expected to work out. — Energy and Commerce Committee: New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone will grab the gavel of this panel with broad EPA, DOE, FERC and other energy-related jurisdiction. Current

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Feedstock Superstore: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Darling Ingredients

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Darling Ingredients today provides a global growth platform for the development and production of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients. With a variety of processing operations in over 200 locations on five continents, they create a wide range of products and customized specialty solutions

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee   —   November 15-16, 2018   —   Arlington, VA

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee — November 15-16, 2018 — Arlington, VA

Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following: Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities Presentations from government and industry that provide insights on the

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Diesel Helps Cities Meet Sustainability Goals and Stay within a Budget

(Diesel Technology Forum)  As U.S. cities continue to expand, the drive to provide essential services with a minimal environmental footprint while working within a budget will be challenging. — … Today, alternatives to diesel exist, and others are still on the drawing board. For some applications, diesel is the only technology available. For

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Orlando Businesses Save Waste Fees Through Disney-Supported Biofuel

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  Businesses in Orlando, Florida, are saving dumpster fees by sending their food waste to a biofuel facility serving Walt Disney World. The city’s green bin program is available to any local business, WOFL Fox 35 reports. Kaley Winters, manager of Juice Bar in Orlando, told the news

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Cooperative Producers Adds E15 at Funk Location

(Nebraska Ethanol Board)  The Nebraska Ethanol Board applauds Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) for adding E15 at their fuel site in Funk, Nebraska. This is CPI’s third location selling E15 in Nebraska. “As a farmer-owned cooperative we need to support the folks who do business with us,” said Gary Brandt, vice president

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Faces More Speed Bumps EPA’S Rule for Year-Round E15 Sales Is Still Not in Federal Register.

by Dan Looker (Success Farming)  When President Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, last month that his administration will approve year-round sales of E15, farmers and the ethanol industry were pleased. They looked forward to more sales of the gasoline blend with 15% ethanol as early as

November 6, 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

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide fuel for vehicles and planes; recycle greenhouse gases and deliver many more products that have yet to be commercialized. … There is a

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Coalition Member Milestone Underscores Industry Growth

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  With the addition of eight new members in September and October, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) now represents more than 150 member companies and organizations. The RNG Coalition – a trade association representing the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry – began

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but.  In 2007, at the height of the biodiesel boom, ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods announced a partnership to coprocess animal fats

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Consultative Expansion

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today’s fastest-growing biodiesel refiners.  —  BioJoe Renwick, founder and co-owner of Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, is

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West Coast Biodiesel Consolidation: Crimson Acquires SeQuential

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California-based biodiesel producer Crimson Renewable Energy LP has acquired SeQuential, a vertically integrated biodiesel producer based in Oregon. With the acquisition, Crimson will gain increased feedstock supply options for its biodiesel production facility in Bakersfield, California, and expand its ability to supply ultra-low carbon biodiesel to

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article
    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   August 5-7, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — August 5-7, 2019 — Washington, DC

The 14th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education will be in Washington D.C, co-hosted by the Lowell School. Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing climate change education into Humanities classrooms! Content will be focused for grades 6-12 teachers in Social Studies/ELA/Political Science/Environmental Studies

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

For the Times They Are a Changin’ – Conversions Abound from Diesel to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that are being converted and changed over to renewable diesel. Change is good, especially in this case. … While it was

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

German-Language STEM Workshops at University of Rhode Island for High School Students–CO2 Experiment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) For scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians, Germany offers a broad range of opportunities when it comes to higher education and professional development. The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) German International Engineering Program (GIEP), together with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the American Association of Teachers

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The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible cellulosic biomass available as wood, grass, and various wastes was widely expected to be in place by now. Anticipated benefits

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Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  Poplar saplings being grown at the University of California Davis are not expected to survive the rigorous conditions simulating prolonged droughts and heat waves that are being imposed on them. But they are helping a team of researchers make ones that can. Poplar provides a

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Designing a More Productive Corn Able to Cope with Future Climates

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. In a report published in the journal Nature Plants, researchers note that corn is a staple food for billions of people around

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

EESI Joins Comments on Health, Environmental & Economic Benefits of High-Octane Biofuels +

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Automotive manufacturers are expressing interest in raising the minimum octane level of the U.S. gasoline pool as a low-cost compliance option for increasing fuel efficiency. Until now, all MPG gains in the passenger vehicle fleet have been accomplished through engine and vehicle

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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

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    2019 California Advanced Biofuels Conference   —   February 28, 2019   —   Sacramento, California

2019 California Advanced Biofuels Conference — February 28, 2019 — Sacramento, California

SAVE THE DATE  Our annual conference gives you the opportunity to connect with the industry’s leadership. We hope to see you there!! READ MORE

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG from Waste Must Be California’s Next Gold Rush

by Todd Campbell (California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/ACT News)  … Some of the top waste collection companies in the country have taken note of this unsettling trend, and have set out to pioneer innovation that would mitigate our population’s impact on the environment while making our air cleaner to breathe. Two

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Phillips 66, REG to Build Renewable Diesel Plant in Washington

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary BioSynfining technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include

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The Energy 202: California Says Trump’s Fuel Standards Plan Will ‘Forfeit Our Best Chance to Fight Climate Change’

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  California is coming out swinging in its official response to one of the Trump administration’s most consequential attempts at rolling back regulations to date — to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks through 2026. In a 400-page comment on the proposed rule that will be filed

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Woolley Fuel Marks 10 Years of Biodiesel Service

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Woolley Fuel of New Jersey is celebrating its 10th year as a distribution location providing high quality biodiesel to consumers across the Garden State. Woolley Fuel was started in 1924 by two brothers Herbert and Norman W. Woolley Sr. Their desire was to start a coal company similar

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    AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo   —   May 5-8, 2019   —   St. Louis, MO

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo — May 5-8, 2019 — St. Louis, MO

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is a premier international science and business form on fats, oils proteins, surfactants and related materials. Known for its extensive technical program, the Annual Meeting features more than 650 oral and poster presentations within 12 interest areas. In addition to the three days of

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Utah Lake’s Algae Be Harvested? UVU Professor Has Plans, Is Seeking Funding to Turn Algae into Fuel

by Braley Dodson (Daily Herald)  Barges could be running across Utah Lake by next summer, sucking up water and filtering out algae to prevent future massive blooms from forming on the lake. At least, that’s Kevin Shurtleff’s plan. Shurtleff, an associate professor of chemistry at Utah Valley University, presented his idea for

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Smithfield Foods Announces Landmark Investment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Smithfield Foods/CSR Wire)  Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce, through the nationwide expansion of Smithfield Renewables, innovative projects designed to help meet its goal to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025, which it set in concert with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). This month marks the

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Take-Off: 350 Million Bucks towards Drop-in Aviation Biofuels for the California Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, World Energy announced a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest fuel refineries in the world. The project will enable World Energy Paramount to process 306 million gallons annually.

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Sen. Donnelly Backs E15 in Terre Haute Stop

by Mark Fitton (Tribune-Star) U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly stopped Saturday in Terre Haute to tout the use of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent alcohol. … Donnelly, a Democrat and member of the Senate’s agriculture committee, said he’s been a champion of the fuel because it expands the market for Indiana

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Rule Change Likely to Take Months, Even Years

by Charles Dunlap (The Mexico Ledger)  … “The question is whether there will be a restraining order prohibiting the rules to go forward or not,” Murphy (Steve Murphy, POET general manager at the Laddonia refinery) said, adding the EPA is trying to apply the rule governing E10 to E15. “It has to

October 29, 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

Red Rock Central High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seventeen students from Red Rock Central High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn about their local ethanol facility’s business practices and economic footprint. The students, who were 12th graders from the school’s Ag Business class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Fridley and Richfield Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion at Bona Brothers Minnoco in Fridley today. From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded 20 drivers who made the switch to E15.

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota State Mankato Agroecology Class Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Minnesota State University, Mankato toured Guardian Energy yesterday to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

AltAir Fuels Wins Another DLA Energy Contract to Provide Renewable Diesel to the U.S. Navy

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  Congratulations go out to Bryan Sherbacow and the Team at AltAir Fuels! The company has won another Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy contract for the Rocky Mountain West Coast solicitation. The amount of the contract award is for 58 million gallons of a 30% blend of

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

REI, Microsoft Rallying Companies to Support Washington’s Proposed Carbon Fee

by Nithin Coca (Sustainable Brands)  Next month’s election could potentially be historic for Washington State, where voters will have the choice of enacting the first-in-the-nation carbon fee — a concrete measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Measure 1631 has the support of several prominent Washington-based businesses including REI,

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Marathon Weighs Selling High-Ethanol Gas in Minnesota

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Company acquired Andeavor this month to become largest refiner; Trump promised to allow year-round sales of E15 gasoline  —  Marathon Petroleum Corp., the largest U.S. oil refiner following its $23.3 billion acquisition of rival Andeavor this month, is weighing a plan to start sales of high-ethanol

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo — June 17-19, 2019 — Boston, MA DEADLINE: December 14,

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo — June 17-19, 2019 — Boston, MA DEADLINE: December 14,

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The 2019 TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program –

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo — June 17-19, 2019 — Boston, MA    DEADLINE:  December 14, 2018

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo — June 17-19, 2019 — Boston, MA DEADLINE: December 14, 2018

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The 2019 TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program –

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article
    Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo   —   June 17-19, 2019   —   Boston, MA

Tech Connect World Innovation Conference and Expo — June 17-19, 2019 — Boston, MA

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The 2019 TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program –

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Growing Algae More Sustainably for Biofuel Production

by Jessica Cox (Colorado State University/Phys.Org)  … Another source used to create biofuel is algae – both single-celled microalgae and macroalgae such as kelp. Though algal biofuels are a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there remains room to improve the production of the algae used to create them. Ken Reardon, the Jud and Pat Harper

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineering Prof. Receives $2 Million Grant to Research Biofuel

by Rochelle Li (The Cornell Daily Sun)  A Cornell professor believes biofuel can make fuel cleaner, and was recently granted $2 million by the Department of Energy to research the future of biofuel use in diesel engines. Prof. Thomas Avedisian, mechanical and aerospace engineering, hopes to answer whether enough biofuel can

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Analyst: Ethanol Industry Has Room to Grow: Exports on Pace to Shatter Last Year’s Record.

by Daniel Grant (FarmWeekNow) The rate of growth for the U.S. ethanol industry may have slowed in recent years, but it’s far from over, according to Bill Holbrook, senior analyst for ProExporter. Production capacity continues to grow as producers look to overseas markets to export ethanol and one of its key co-products,

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break down Biomass

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the course of seasons when the moose diet changes, and what microbes are involved? Now, an international research team has studied

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

HTDC Grants Assist Biodiesel Expenses on Big Island

(Big Island Now)  The Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) provided more than $900,000 in grant funds to 29 Hawai‘i-based manufacturing companies in June. The Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) grant assisted Pacific Biodiesel with funding for equipment purchases and qualified manufacturing expenses for its 5.5 MMgy biodiesel plant and value-added product development

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Lightfast Polyurethane; YPF Adds Biofuels; Mars, BH Improve Cacao, Chocolate; 20 New Food Waste Start-Ups; Fossil-Free Ocean Freight: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 24th. … #2 Oil and gas giant YPF to start producing biofuels In Argentina, Miguel Gutiérrez, President of oil and gas company YPF, made a

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

New Recycling Facility to Be Opened by Green Energy Biofuel

(Biofuels International) According to the Aiken Standard a 36,000 square foot recycling facility is to be built by Green Energy Biofuel in Warrenville, Illinois. The plant is expected to provide more than 40 new jobs over the next five years and is scheduled to be up and running by December 2018.

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article
    World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit   —   March 19-20, 2019   —   San Francisco, CA

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit — March 19-20, 2019 — San Francisco, CA

The summit is an international conference, networking and deal-making event for agribusinesses, solution providers, entrepreneurs and investors. Our goal is to accelerate the commercialization of advanced agricultural technologies by generating global partnerships and collaborations.  READ MORE

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

OMB Releases Estimated Timelines for EPA’s E15 Rule, 2 RFS Rules

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Trump Administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a “reset” of statutory blending targets. The administration released a summary of its Fall 2018 Unified

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

US Largest Dairy Biogas Plant Opens in Indiana, It Will Supply NGV Fleets

(Amp Americas/NGV Journal)  Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of Amp Americas, announced its second facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste is now operational and has begun delivering fuel into the NIPSCO natural gas pipeline system to be used as transportation fuel. The facility is located in Jasper

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

A 14-Year-Long Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Verges on Becoming One of the Worst in U.S. History

by Darryl Fears (Washington Post)  An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history. Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Big Oil Looks to Stop Utilities’ Charging Investments

by Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News Energywire)  State utility regulators across the Midwest are revving up their interest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. And the petroleum industry and its allies are urging them to hit the brakes. The American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Americans for Prosperity have all weighed

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

California’s Turlock Scavenger Touts ‘Easy Switch’ to Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Turlock Scavenger, a waste collection and recycling company in central California, has switched its fleet of diesel engine vehicles to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting significant reductions in maintenance costs. Founded in 1935, Turlock Scavenger provides residential waste services to more than

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

World Energy to Complete Conversion of California Petroleum Refinery to Renewable Fuels

(World Energy/Globe Newswire)  $350 million investment will result in 306 million gallons of annual production   —  World Energy, a global leader in low-carbon transportation fuels production, announced today a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest

October 25, 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

Pyromaniax Unbound

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why the attention? Some of it in the most recent data and news regarding commercial status. TCat-8 has operated for over 2,000 hours with continuous catalyst circulation including a fluid bed reactor, catalyst stripper, catalyst regenerator, quench tower, and recycle compressor. The pilot plant is operating mass balance

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Kroger, City of Toronto Among Energy Vision’s RNG Leaders

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  At its annual awards reception in New York City last week, Energy Vision, a national nonprofit that researches and promotes low-carbon energy and transportation strategies, presented awards for entities helping speed the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG). The 2018 Energy Vision awardees are as follows: The City

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Improving Ethanol’s Outlook: Fuel Economy Standards Help Make the Case for Midlevel Ethanol Blends.

by Chris Bliley (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  Automakers are responding by making smaller, higher-compression engines that demand higher octane. Improved engines are the first step toward achieving mid-level ethanol blends such as E25 and E30. … E30 would improve fuel economy standards, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other harmful

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Wins $2 Million for Biofuel Research

(Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to Texas A&M AgriLife Research will help researchers investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Visit Sioux Falls Area on Thursday

by Jeremy Fugleberg (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota on Thursday morning. An initial schedule from the Department of Agriculture indicates Perdue will visit several locations in the Sioux Falls area. He will: Tour the Poet ethanol plant in Chancellor and hold a roundtable

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with more than 200 existing plants, four new projects is a small figure. Greenfield ethanol plant development is in a lull,

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two ethanol producers are adopting quite different innovative technologies to add value to their corn oil—one making biodiesel with supercritical methods, the other making renewable diesel. East Kansas Agri-Energy’s renewable diesel plant has been operational for about a year, after taking months to work

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators to Trump Administration: Don’t Challenge California’s Clean Car Standards

(Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein) Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today was joined by 22 senators in calling on the Trump administration to end its challenge of California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards. The senators represent states that follow California’s standards. “The changes you have proposed to this carefully negotiated program are

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

R1,1 Billion Gas to Fuel Green Energy Plant for Middelburg

(Middleburg Observer) A gas to fuel green energy plants to the value of R1,1 billion will be built in Middelburg next year, anchoring the town as South Africa’s flagship commercial ethanol production region. … A pilot fermentation unit was shipped to South Africa, and successful fermentation tests have already been conducted.

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

New Research Looks beyond Carbon Efficiency to Improve Advanced Biofuel Strategy Development

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … For researchers, this means that the more carbon in the crop that ends up as carbon in the fuel, the better. But carbon efficiency may not be the whole story: fuel quality and energy requirements are also key factors for selecting next-generation biofuels

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC

(GESS International)  GESS’s plans for biogas plants throughout NC — including a just-announced facility in Robeson Co. — promise new jobs and energy sources  —  This week, the company announced plans for a $35 million biogas plant in Robeson County, which has been hard hit by Hurricane Florence. The plant is expected

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Edwardsville Lab Continues to Impact Ethanol Sector

by DeLoss Jahnke (Farm Week Now)  NCERC has contributed dozens of technologies being used by manufacturers across the country, and interest in continued collaboration keeps growing.  In just 15 years, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) has become a nationally recognized research facility and made a major impact on ethanol production throughout the

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado Bioenergy Producer Asks EPA to Process eRIN Applications

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The owner of a biomass power plant in Colorado is the latest representative of the bioenergy industry to urge the U.S. EPA to take action to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program. On Oct. 11, Dean Rostrom, owner of

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Dems Ask Trump Administration to Honor Renewable Fuel Standard Commitments

(Office of Congressman Ruben Gallego D-AZ))… Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) led a letter signed by 17 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). With transportation emissions representing the

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex, Trucent Announce Scale up of MicroX Technology

(Trucent/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. The scale up followed completion of development, construction and operation of a pilot system that was undertaken as part

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces New Prime the Pump Partnership with Cumberland Farms to Sell E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and Prime the Pump announced Cumberland Farms as the newest E15 retail partner to join the Prime the Pump program. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms will begin offering E15 at more than 120 of its stores in the Northeast United States. The sites will be spread across Reformulated Gasoline

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

US Environmental Protection Agency Aims to Adopt New Fuel Economy Rule by March, E15 Rule by May

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts) The US Environmental Protection Agency aims to adopt final rules for fuel economy standards by March and year-round sales of higher ethanol blends by May, according to a fall regulatory agenda released Wednesday by the Trump administration. The fuel economy rule is expected to increase

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Ace Ethanol Begins D3MAX Plant Construction at Stanley Wisconsin Facility

(Ace Ethanol/D3MAX/PR Web)  D3MAX, LLC and Ace Ethanol, LLC announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol’s facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Earlier this year, Ace Ethanol received approval from its

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Targray Announces Fargo Biodiesel Terminal to Meet Growing Demand in Upper Midwest

(Targray/PR Web)  Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, has announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Centrally located in West Fargo, North Dakota, the new terminal will provide local fuel retailers, distributors and fleet

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 Advantaged Biobased Chemical Platforms

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness, environmental benefits, and supply chain development. The project: This CEMAC/DOE initiative studied 160 potential chemicals, and the list was pared to

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference   —   April 1-4, 2019   —    Portland, OR   DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

The theme of BioCycle WEST COAST19 is Catalyzing Organics Recycling. Topics to be covered: Infrastructure Development; Compost and Biogas Markets; Food Recovery; Contamination Management; Composting Science; Behavior Change; Organics Recycling. We are excited to be in Oregon in 2019 where compost manufacturing, anaerobic digestion and food recovery are ranked high

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference   —   April 1-4, 2019   —    Portland, OR

BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR

The theme of BioCycle WEST COAST19 is Catalyzing Organics Recycling. Topics to be covered: Infrastructure Development; Compost and Biogas Markets; Food Recovery; Contamination Management; Composting Science; Behavior Change; Organics Recycling. We are excited to be in Oregon in 2019 where compost manufacturing, anaerobic digestion and food recovery are ranked high

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    ACI’s 12th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit   —   February 27-28, 2019   —   Houston, TX

ACI’s 12th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — February 27-28, 2019 — Houston, TX

The two day conference brings together senior experts from various CO2 emitting industries discussing the sustainable, technological and commercial aspects of CO2 Utilizationin North America and across the globe. With technology comparisons focusing on economic, environmental and social indicators, our panel of speakers will highlight knowledgeable insights into commercial application and

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn Join to Create Biodiesel from Wastewater

by Kevin Zimmerman (Westfair Communications)  “It’s a huge problem, both in the United States and internationally,” said REA Operations Manager Eric Metz. “And with population growth increasing, there’s going to be more Brown FOG going into the sewer systems,” which can result in overflows and blockages that can be expensive to

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biochar: Know It, Make It, Use It   —    November 6-8, 2018   —   Eugene, OR

Biochar: Know It, Make It, Use It — November 6-8, 2018 — Eugene, OR

1820 Roosevelt Blvd. Eugene, OR (City of Eugene Parks and Open Space offices)  Come learn from biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson about how biochar works in soils; how to make biochar and use it in agriculture, forestry, restoration and remediation applications; and biochar kiln design and com- bustion principles. Learn from USDA-Agricultural

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series   —   October 23, 2018 — Chadron, NE;  October 24, 2018 — Norton, KS;  October 25. 2018 Pratt, KS

Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series — October 23, 2018 — Chadron, NE; October 24, 2018 — Norton, KS; October 25. 2018 Pratt, KS

Wilson Biochar Associates: Helping Your Biochar Project Reach Its Goals Biochar is an exciting new field with great potential but significant uncertainties. That’s where expertise from Wilson Biochar Associates can make all the difference for the success of your enterprise. Wilson Biochar Associates specializes in biochar technology, market development, education

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Red-Hued Yeasts Hold Clues to Producing Better Biofuels

by Jill Sakai (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A compound that has scientists seeing red may hold the key to engineering yeasts that produce better biofuels. A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through the same biochemical pathway that researchers hope to use

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company recently broke ground on its first commercial project in Nevada, and more about that here. Fulcrum’s innovative business

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Japan Airlines Invests $8 Million in Venture with US Waste-to-Jet Fuel Company Fulcrum

(GreenAir Online)  Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a strategic partnership to develop sustainable aviation fuels that will include a 900 million yen ($8 million) investment by the airline in waste-to-jet fuel US company Fulcrum BioEnergy. The other partners include the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN)

October 12, 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

Success Is Sweet: Researchers Unlock the Mysteries of the Sugarcane Genome

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org)  For centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers have extracted a sweet scientific prize from sugarcane: its massive and complex genome sequence, which may lead to the development of hardier

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

PHYCO2 Algae Production and Carbon Emissions Reduction Pilot Program with MSU Reach New Milestones

(PHYCO2) PHYCO2 LLC reached a new milestone in its three-year pilot program with Michigan State University, announcing today the operation of its new, scalable algae production technology reactor, which will reduce the level of carbon emissions produced by electric power generation boilers. In 2015, PHYCO2 engaged with MSU to test its patented

October 11, 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
    28th Annual National Black Farmers Association Conference   —   November 2-3, 2018   —   Shreveport, LA

28th Annual National Black Farmers Association Conference — November 2-3, 2018 — Shreveport, LA

Hosted in Partnership with Association of American Indian Farmers and National Womens Farming Association You’re Invited. Please Join Us. 1st 100 Registered Attendees will receive meal tickets and a FREE Awards Banquest Ticket. NO COST TO ATTEND! Free Conference Registration: https://form.jotform.com/82628064464158 Our goal is to strengthen the capability to provide support

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article
    National Ethanol Conference   —   February 11-13, 2019   —   Orlando, FL

National Ethanol Conference — February 11-13, 2019 — Orlando, FL

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is the most widely attended executive level conference for the ethanol industry. Since 1996, the Renewable Fuels Association’s NEC has been recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. With numerous networking opportunities, more business meetings

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

President Trump’s Ethanol Expansion Has Immediate Positive Impact on Attis Industries

(Attis Industries/NewMediaWire/FuturesTradingCharts.com) …  Jeff Cosman, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, explains, “The increased inclusion allowance plays a vital role in the expansion of renewable fuel production. The timing couldn’t be better for Attis as we plan to build our first of many biorefineries that will produce cellulosic ethanol and biobased materials. Without the

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

University of Idaho’s National Biodiesel Education Program Brings Resources for Small Businesses Online

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program) Are you interested in starting your own biodiesel business? Our website now has a page with resources that may help you. Biodiesel Business Information These videos may assist you in determining what you need for your biodiesel business. Learning How To Make Biodiesel We

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Harvesting Solar Fuels through a Bacterium’s Unusual Appetite for Gold

by Theresa Duque (University of California Berkeley)  A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. M.

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Scaling up Biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing,

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In North Carolina, Novozymes launched its next yeast technology, Innova Lift, for the starch-based ethanol industry. The product follows the launch earlier this year of its ambitious yeast platform, Innova, and the first product, Drive. … Novozymes ain’t saying, but we speculate there’s another release coming

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

How Some Algae May Survive Climate Change

(Rutgers Today) Green algae stole genes from bacteria to survive in harsh environments, Rutgers-led study suggests — Green algae that evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating conditions in salt marshes and inland salt flats are expected to survive climate change, thanks to hardy genes they stole from bacteria, according to a Rutgers-led study. These Picochlorum single-celled

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Subsidiary Launches Natural Sunscreen Product

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals LLC, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients—including the company’s locally made macadamia and sunflower oils—the sunscreen contains no ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Pacific Ethanol Inspires Its Employees to Give Back

by Matt Thomposon (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Three years ago, (Wayne) Rylant helped launch an annual company-wide food drive, donating 4,638 pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries and other charities in the communities where Pacific Ethanol has a presence. This year, the company is poised to donate 22,139 pounds.

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  International Biomass Conference & Expo — March 18-20, 2019 — Savannah, GA     DEADLINE:  November 16, 2018

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference & Expo — March 18-20, 2019 — Savannah, GA DEADLINE: November 16, 2018

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo through November 16, 2018. Presentation ideas may be submitted in one of four tracks: Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass  Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals Each presentation idea will be reviewed

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    2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo   —   June 10-12, 2019   —   Indianapolis, IN

2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo — June 10-12, 2019 — Indianapolis, IN

The FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and the only event powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine.  Use code ABUSA250 to get $250 off full conference registration rates, or

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Researchers Find Value in Unusual Type of Plant Material

by Mark E. Griffin (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is what to do with lignin, a fibrous and difficult-to-break-down material in the cell walls of plants that gives them their

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UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited Sign MoU for Biodiesel Production and Research

by Michelle Beckford (go-Jamaica.com/University of Technology, Jamaica)  The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration in biodiesel production and research.  The MoU agreement signed by UTech, Jamaica President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie and Elhydro Limited President,

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Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The Quest for Sustainable Flight by World-Scaling a Neurotransmitter

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And that’s the story of the bioeconomy in some ways  — the search for ways to use the things we have too much of, so that we can stop using the things that lead to imbalances — environmental, social or economic. … The story goes back

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