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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

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

Cyanotech® Corporation Signs Asset Purchase Agreement for Cellana’s Kona Demonstration Facility

(MarketWatch/Cyanotech) Cyanotech [®] Corporation (nasdaq capital market:CYAN), a world leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, is pleased to announce that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Cellana LLC to acquire a six-acre production and research facility, known as the Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF), located adjacent to Cyanotech’s

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Wärtsilä to Help Ensure Reliable Power Supply in Challenging Hawaii Conditions through Smart Technologies

(Wärtsilä)  Clean, secure, and uninterrupted power is at the core of Hawaiian Electric’s 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station. Wärtsilä has signed a Maintenance and Operational advisory agreement for the power plant, located on the island of Oahu, 40 kilometres from Honolulu. The agreement will help the utility to maximize the availability

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Diving Adventures, Which Offers Scuba Diving on Oahu, Uses Custom Built Dive Boat that Runs on Bio-Diesel Fuel

(Crossroads Today/Hawaiian Diving Adventures)  Hawaiian Diving Adventures is Proud to Offer the Only “Green” Diving Experience in Oahu  —  The founders of Hawaiian Diving Adventures, a company that offers scuba diving on Oahu, are pleased to announce the debut of their custom built dive boat the runs on locally sourced, 100 percent

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Hawaii Gas Issues RFP for Supply of RNG

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Hawaii Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 80,000 therms per day of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be in the form of raw biogas and/or biomethane. According to Hawaii Gas, the request for proposals (RFP) is part

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae.

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Heating up in Hawaii – Hot News from Sea to Shore

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The VERGE conference was held in Honolulu last week gathering energy and transportation leaders to talk about lessons learned in clean energy and electricity that can be transferred to the transportation sector. Among the topics was how Hawaii managed to more than double the amount

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks. #1 Tax & Trade Free trade vs fair trade: Dumping and tax credit issues continue to mezmerize the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Facility Would Grow Algae from Papaya for Feed, Fuel

by Tom Callis (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)   … The state’s Agribusiness Development Corp. is proposing to build a $1.5 million facility at the Shipman Business Park that would grow algae from leftover produce, in particular, papaya. The algae could then be used for animal feed or biofuel. Ken Nakamoto, project manager, said the

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important negative emission technology to combat climate change. Their research, “Integrating Algae with Bioenergy Carbon Capture

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Entrepreneur Proposes Hibiscus Farm at Molokai Ranch

(Associated Press/Honolulu Star Advertiser) An energy entrepreneur has proposed purchasing the Molokai Ranch and turning part of it into a farm for hibiscus that would be used for bio-fuel. Andres De Rosa, the CEO of renewable energy company Lamplighter Energy, shared his vision at a community meeting earlier this month, Hawaii

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event with news of new US national standards for biomass supply chain risk that intend to

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Algae Could Be Major New Food Source, Major New Industry

by Richard A. Lovett (Cosmos)  Could green microorganisms be the geoengineering fix the world’s needs?   —  … Not only can these fast-growing single-celled plants provide biomass for carbon-neutral fuels, they can provide animal feeds and high-quality protein supplements for a human population that looks to be headed for a peak of about

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Hawaii Legislature Considers 10 Percent Biofuel Mandate

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biofuel blending mandate for motor vehicle fuels is being considered in the Hawaii legislature this session. In January, Hawaii Sen. Lorraine Inouye introduced Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019) that requires transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume. On

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Air Force Demonstrating Hydrogen as Alternative Fuel Source

by J. Brian Garmon (FuelCellsWorks)  The U.S. Air Force is demonstrating hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. In a recent visit to Hickam, members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy and Operations directorates were given a tour of the installation’s hydrogen production facility

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Sunflowers One Day, Oily Stuff the Next: Pacific Biodiesel Turns Sunflower Seeds into Oil for Cooking and Massages — in Addition to Biofuel

by Melissa Tanji  (Maui News)  … Around 1,330 gallons of sunflower oil was generated from the first 14-acre field farmed by Pacific Biodiesel last year. Company founder and President Bob King said this past week that most of last year’s initial crops went to making oils for cosmetic use and to

February 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

In Historic Move, Hawai’i island Leaders Pledge to Transition Ground Transportation to 100 Percent Renewable by 2045

(North American Clean Energy)  Leaders from all four counties in Hawai’i gathered to pledge to transition all ground transportation in their counties off of fossil fuels by 2045, according to Blue Planet Foundation. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., and Hawai’i County Managing Director Wil Okabe, in the place of Mayor Harry

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Electric and Pacific Biodiesel Sign New Contract for Local Biofuel for Electricity Generation on Oahu

(Hawaiian Electric) Hawaiian Electric Company and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies have reached a new agreement for the Maui-based biofuel company to supply biodiesel processed from recycled waste cooking oil and other local feedstocks for the 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station, eight-megawatt Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities as

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions

(Phys.org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. This would be a massive undertaking, involving the conversion of hundreds of thousands of square

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

A Spirit of Kuleana: Renewable Fuels Ventures Strive for New Geographies, Feedstock, Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw it in the news this week from Velocys, Pacific Biodiesel and ICM. Respectively, these are feedstock, product and geographic diversification

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

UH Hilo Researchers Designing Sustainable Wastewater Systems for Local Industries

(University of Hawaii)  … Shihwu Sung, professor of applied engineering at UH Hilo, is currently conducting research on converting waste into biodiesel energy. … Sung’s research is currently being conducted in the Renewable Energy Lab on the UH Hilo campus, where he has built a lab scale of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor,

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy source. The funding was awarded through DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) program. “These grants

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for research on the model grass green foxtail

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER. The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program seek to develop the critical tools to allow the

September 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the Rise of Algae in a World Seeking More, Faster, Better

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the hard data — let’s see what is critically different about algae, compared to other staple crop agriculture we known and understand. in this case, the Cellana Demonstration Farm … which has been operating in Kona, Hawaii for several years and

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

TerViva’s Pongamia Tree Farms Popping up to Meet Hawaii’s Biofuel Needs

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Hawaii, pongamia trees are being farmed for the first time in experimental plots in Oahu to help meet Hawaii’s biofuel needs, specifically for biodiesel and jet fuel. TerViva is heading up the plantings and is talking with Pacific Biodiesel to possibly use their processing plant, though

August 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Corn and Sorghum Trials Initiated

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A&B subsidiary to supply biofuel for power project at wastewater plant  —  Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project to develop biofuel to feed a planned anaerobic digester that would produce methane gas to

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Hawaii Building 1st Public Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station

by Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press/Hawaii Tribune/Herald)  A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted Wednesday for Hawaii’s first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles, which will enable the state to begin selling cars that only emit water vapor. Honolulu-based Servco Pacific is building the station which it plans to complete it in early

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Tap Papaya-Loving Algae to Make “Home-Grown” Biodiesel for Hawaii

by Jan Suszkiw (U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … In Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Pathologist Lisa Keith is leading an effort to produce biodiesel using a type of green algae known as Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides). Oh, and she’s also using the pulp of discarded papayas, namely, those deemed too blemished,

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Airlines Needs To Commit To Renewable Energy

by Stewart Taggart (Honolulu Civil Beat)  The carrier flies a fuel-efficient aircraft fleet but seems uncommitted to biofuels.  —  … While the state of Hawaii’s committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the commitment excludes aviation. … In an interview with Hawaiian’s inflight magazine Hana Hou, Hawaiian President and CEO Mark

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

From Coal-Fired CO2: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Capturing Flue Gas via Microalgae

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A recent DOE project with MicroBio Engineering had the primary objective of a detailed techno-economic and life cycle assessment for a coal-fired power plant with two microalgae CO2 utilization and mitigation options. First, biogas production to replace coal for maximum CO2 mitigation, and second, commodity

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Alexander & Baldwin Partners with TerViva on Energy Crop Project in Central Maui

(Alexander & Baldwin/PR Newswire)  High-yield pongamia grows sustainably, uses less water and fertilizer than other crops  —  Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) and TerViva today announced plans to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres of former sugar plantation lands in Central Maui. Pongamia is a highly productive energy crop

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

40 Under 40 Class of 2017: Jenna Long

by A. Kam Napier (Pacific Business News)  Jenna Long, 31, Director of operations, Pacific Biodiesel The state’s only commercial biofuel producer is humming along in Keaau, on the Big Island, a family-run business that pioneered that form of renewable energy in Hawaii, where Jenna Long, 31, is director of operations. Pacific

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article
  APRISE 2017 and DETC & Microgrid Design Summit   —   July 19-20, 2017   —   Honolulu, HI

APRISE 2017 and DETC & Microgrid Design Summit — July 19-20, 2017 — Honolulu, HI

In collaboration with US Navy, US Marine Corps, PACOM, Sandia National Laboratories, and Electric Power Research Institute, join Defense and Energy Innovation Leadership at the 2017 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo, the 9th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges, and the Sandia & EPRI Secure & Resilient Microgrid Design

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with the most favorable conditions for enacting a statewide carbon tax. Joining the report is a

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres of fertile sugar cane lands on Maui that ceased operation at the end of 2016.

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Kings of the Bioeconomy: Pacific Biodiesel Keeps Getting It Done

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There just isn’t an organization out there like Pacific Biodiesel. Labors on, fighting the good fight, hitting every sustainability grace note, and always surprising the industry with one more innovative way of doing things. And here’s one more thing to like  — Maui sunflowers. …

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sunflower Power Hits a Speed Bump

by Brian Perry (Maui News)  Photogenic crop attracts more attention than area can safely handle  —  “No Trespassing” signs have been posted around Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ experimental crop of sunflowers on 14 acres near the intersection of Honoapiilani and Kuihelani highways. The signs were installed to try to keep away

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Use of Renewable Fuel by All Ground Transit Sought by 2045

by Kathryn Mykleseth (Honolulu Star Advertiser)  A key Senate committee passed a bill Monday that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed HB 1580, which provides “guidance” for a 2045 target that has no

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

A&B Planning Pongamia Project on Former HC&S Land

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  Alexander & Baldwin is close to formalizing a partnership with a seed oil producing company on a 250-acre demonstration project to produce biofuels from the pongamia tree on old sugar fields with planting possibly to begin in mid-May. Darren Pai, A&B spokesman, said Friday that

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Dizzy Display of Sunflower Power

(Maui News)  Early sunflowers bloom in Pacific Biodiesel’s 115-acre demonstration project between Waikapu and Maalaea as viewed from the side of Kuihelani Highway on Tuesday morning. The biofuel crop is expected to yield more than 100 gallons of oil per acre. Entire plants will be harvested and used, not just

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

A&B Map Shows Possible Uses for Fallow Sugar Fields

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A general map showing possible uses of now fallow sugar fields — including areas for possible biodiesel-producing tree orchards, coffee and cacao crops and livestock-irrigated pastures — was projected on a screen as the former general manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. gave a

April 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Viable Biomass for Hawaii

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation in Hawaii, Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, or HC&S, collecting field data for two years.  Her study was unique

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Hawaii’s Largest Oil Refinery Owner in Talks with Biofuel Developers

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Par Pacific Holdings Inc., owner of the largest oil refinery in Hawaii, is actively speaking with several biofuel developers regarding the use of this renewable fuel as a replacement for oil, a company executive confirmed to Pacific Business News. Eric Wright, senior vice president of

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Company Makes the Leap into Cosmetics, Parts I and 2

by Simon Pitman (CosmeticsDesign.com)  It is not every day that a biodiesel company branches out into the cosmetic ingredients market, but that is exactly what Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel has done. Pacific Biodiesel made a big jump from biodiesel to diversify into beauty oils, and in the second part of this

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Sunflowers Could Become Maui’s New Biofuel

by Brain Perry (Maui Times)  Biofuel crops, including sunflowers, will be grown on 115 acres in Maui’s central valley as part of a demonstration project this month, according to an announcement from Pacific Biodiesel. The announcement of a Hawaiian blessing for the project leaves out some details, like its exact

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

MECO on Track to Beat Renewable Energy Goals–State Aims to Be 100 Percent by 2045

by Chris Sugiduno (Maui News)  … MECO’s updated Power Supply Improvement Plan calls for Molokai to reach the renewable energy benchmark by 2020, with Lanai completing it by 2030 and Maui by 2040. The plan submitted to the state Public Utilities Commission in December is “aggressive” and would beat of the

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Living Ink aims to replace petroleum-based inks with algae-ink, and this week they signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable algae biomass. My initial expectation was that Living Ink would use the oil fraction of

February 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Crops Expected to Play Crucial Role in Hawaii’s Energy Future

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune Herald) … The latest stop along that path comes from researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who are investigating potential dual contributions of crops used to make biofuel. … But biofuel (ethanol and biodiesel) and biomass

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of

January 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa, U.S., and colleagues. From a climate change perspective,

January 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Company Committed to Storage Tank Repairs

by Tom Callis (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  A company that wants to import biofuel through Hilo Harbor plans to resume refurbishing storage tanks at a former asphalt plant by February, its founder said. Chuck Barker of Hoku Kai Biofuels said the company is going through restructuring, with a new board and group

December 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Hard at Work in Hawaii

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  The beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, is known for its pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. But Kauai is not just a vacation spot; it is also the location of one of the largest algae biofuel production facilities in the

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On October 23-26 the algae industry gathered in Phoenix, AZ for the Algae Biomass Summit , its annual get together. Gone are the glory days of algae biofuels capturing headlines and promising to save the world from climate change. Over the years some of the early

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

What To Do With Algae

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business. Biomass is much like the platinum mine. It can contain a variety of high value materials at

October 20, 2016 Read Full Article

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that would displace millions of people and result in property losses in the hundreds of billions

September 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Giant King Grass and Its Bioconversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Viaspace

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Direct Combustion, Anaerobic Digestion, Cellulosic Biofuels, Biochemicals, and Animal Feed: these are just some of the markets envisioned for a fast-growing grass known as Giant King Grass.  With composition like corn stover or miscanthus, but 10x the yield of Corn Stover and 3x the yield of Miscanthus per acre, say its

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Bentley Research Fellow Planning Algae Commercialization

by Joanna Howarth (Algae Industry Magazine)  Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Michael Walsh, a research fellow in Bentley University’s Center for Integration of Science and Industry, who holds a doctorate in biological and environmental engineering, is developing a business commercialization plan to use industrially cultivated

August 7, 2016 Read Full Article

$26/gallon to $2.05 in 42 months: The Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest and BioChannel.TV released “Sustainable Fuels on Troubled Waters”, the Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet — a documentary profile on the US Navy’s success in driving down the costs of renewable fuel — up to and including

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Hawaii Gov. Ige Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Pacific Biodiesel President Robert King attended in early July the formal signing of the Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit by Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a long-awaited incentive for biofuels producers in the state. This move supports Hawaii’s commitment to generate 100 percent of its electricity from

July 15, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Rolls Back Maui #Biodiesel Prices

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Maui drivers using #biodiesel have a reason to celebrate today as city eliminated its 9 cents per gallon on-road biodiesel fuel tax effective July 1, 2016. In response, Maui’s own Pacific Biodiesel rolled back biodiesel prices at the pump 9 cents. The fate of the tax

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth – marine microalgae – to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed/food, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016. The Conference, organized by Biofuels Digest (http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/), focused on the most critical issue in bioenergy today — the availability of

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article
  APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

In collaboration with US Navy, PACOM, University of Hawai’i, and RIMPAC VIP-Week, join Defense Innovation Leadership at the 2016 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo and the 7th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges. Accelerating innovation in support of national security & the warfighter. Join us for a truly unique

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR INNOVATIONS:  APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC  —   July 27-28, 2016   —   Pearl Harbor, Hawaii    DEADLINE:  May 26, 2016

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii DEADLINE: May 26, 2016

In collaboration with US Navy, PACOM, University of Hawai’i, and RIMPAC VIP-Week, join Defense Innovation Leadership at the 2016 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo and the 7th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges. Accelerating innovation in support of national security & the warfighter. Submit your Innovation into the 2016

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Hawaii Approves $1.5 Million towards Zero Waste Conversion Biofuel Project

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Hawaii, the state’s budget bill for 2015-2017 is heading to the governor for signature which includes $1.5 million in capital funding for the state’s ongoing development of a facility in Keaau to plan, design and build a biofuel and animal feed plant as part

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Cutting out the Middlefish: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  READ MORE

May 11, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Cattle Grazing, Biofuel Crops Could Replace Sugar Production

(Yahoo! Finance/Associated Press)  Alexander & Baldwin is considering cattle grazing and crops used for biofuels as it phases out sugar production at the state’s last sugar plantation   —   Hawaii company Alexander & Baldwin is considering cattle grazing and crops used to make biofuels as it phases out sugar production

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Certified by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

(Energy Global Hydrocarbon Engineering)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s award winning and internationally recognised producer of renewable fuels and the only commercial biofuel producer in the state, and its Big Island Biodiesel plant for showcasing sustainable biodiesel production and distribution practices. With

April 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Electric Interested in Renewable Energy Projects on A&B’s Maui Sugar Lands

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Hawaiian Electric Co. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. may be working on a deal where the Honolulu-based utility would utilize A&B subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co.’s land for possible renewable energy projects as the 36,000-acre plantation shifts out of farming sugar, the head of

April 26, 2016 Read Full Article

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after indirect land use change modeling factors are added to its greenhouse gas emission profile. But

April 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

by Jan Suszkiw (US Department of Agriculture)  … At the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past 5 years fine-tuning conditions under which Chlorella protothecoides algae can be coaxed into producing oil from discarded

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Army to Lease Land to HECO for Biodiesel-Fueled Power Project

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Army has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) to lease land and grant easements on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield to Hawaii Electric Co. (HECO) for the development of a 50 MW biodiesel-fueled power plant, known as the Schofield Generating

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Stations Continue to Sell Ethanol-Blended Gas, Despite State Law Repeal

(KHON2) One month after gas stations were allowed to start selling fuel without ethanol, Hawaii drivers are still stuck with mostly the same blended gasoline. The new law removes the mandate that required up to 10 percent of ethanol in the gas. Many drivers complained, saying ethanol gives them poor gas mileage and

February 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators for our next generation of algae scientists and business leaders. The Algae Ambassadors have inspired

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Profit Path for Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Cellana

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana made news at ABLC NEXT 2015 with specifics on timing, volumes, and capex. As the slides demonstrate, they plan to be cash-flow positive on the 10-acre expansion in Kona and then to be in an even better position than today, for project financing to get to 217-acre scale

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about efforts to develop the advanced bioenergy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy provides joint funding

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Merger Mania: The Digest Looks at Rampant Biofuels Consolidation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced this week that it had acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP.  It’s a sign of continuing consolidation in the corn ethanol space. Earlier this year, Aventine

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Goin’ Green; County Vehicle Fleet Now Using Biodiesel Fuel

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  Hawaii County’s vehicle fleet is a little bit more green thanks to a local partnership that increases use of biodiesel.  It’s a small step toward a larger goal of reducing dependence on imported fuel sources while boosting local output of clean energy. The county now

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Electric Pilot Algae Fuel Supply Deal Falls through – Report

by Plamena Tisheva (See News)  A pilot contract for the supply of algae-derived biofuel to Hawaiian Electric Co by Ohio-based Phycal Inc has been terminated after the algae project was never finished, a spokesman for the utility told Pacific Business News on Wednesday. Hawaiian Electric spokesperson Peter Rosegg was cited as saying

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Hawaii Regulators Approve Biodiesel Supply Contract between HECO and Pacific Biodiesel

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii regulators have approved Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ fuel supply contract with Hawaiian Electric Co. for the Maui-based firm to supply biodiesel primarily for use at the 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park generation facility in West Oahu, with capacity for use at other Oahu power plants as

October 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Five Organizations Awarded Hawaii “Clean Fleets” Certification

(Blue Planet Foundation)  Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities recognize awardees at Hawaii Transportation Association meeting in Kona — Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities are pleased to announce that five organizations will receive certification awards for the inaugural year of the Hawaii Clean Fleets certification program. Pacific Biodiesel Logistics and Extended Horizons, Inc.,

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

New Duke-Led Consortium To Focus On Creating Food And Fuel From Algae

by Kati Moore (Duke Environment)  Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study the extraction, development and commoditization of various products

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

New One-Pot Process to Produce Gasoline-Grade Biofuel from the Bacterial Biopolymer PHB

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa is developing a new one-pot process to produce gasoline-grade (C6–C18) hydrocarbon oil from polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)—an energy storage material formed from renewable feedstock in many bacterial species. In contrast to conventional biofuels derived from plant

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Looks to Help Big Island Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Maui’s Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is looking to help move the Big Island to 100 percent renewable energy through the use of its renewable fuel, the company’s vice president confirmed to PBN. Earlier this month, Pacific Biodiesel acquired Big Island Biodiesel, which became a subsidiary of the

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellana – The 2015 8-Slide Guide — Algae to Fuels, Feed and Nutraceuticals with an Integrated Biorefinery Focus.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as integrated algae-based biorefineries. To date, over $100 million has been invested in developing Cellana’s algae

July 15, 2015 Read Full Article

What’s up with Algae Now?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project developers and technology suppliers. … AlgaEnergy AlgaEnergy is a technology-based company specialized in the field

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. This funding supports the development of a bioeconomy that can help

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article
  Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo   —  August 24-26, 2015  —  Honolulu, HI

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo — August 24-26, 2015 — Honolulu, HI

The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2015) convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.  These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change. Innovation Prospecting: Join global government leadership and

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Plans to Veto Ethanol Tax Credit Bill

by Duane Shimogawa  (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that he intends to veto a bill passed by the State Legislature that would repeal the ethanol facility tax credit and establish a renewable fuels production tax credit. … Ige reasoned that he plans to veto the ethanol bill

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with… Will Steiner, General Manager, Hawaii Oil Seed Producers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  HOSPRO is dedicated to battle the 95+% import of petroleum for energy and electricity generation by promoting the development of tree based oil seed crops. We are focusing on oil palm a proven producer in SE Asia. A University based proof of concept study based

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Buyers Scoop up Brazilian Ethanol Amid RIN Revival

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil traders are rushing to import ethanol from Brazil for the first time this year after U.S. regulators moved to increase use of advanced biofuel, opening a wide spread in the niche biofuel credits market. The premium for Renewable Identification Number, or RIN, credits tied to

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Hawaii’s Clean-Energy Future Requires a Commitment to Develop Biofuels

by Paul Zorner and Martin Sabarsky (Star Advertiser)  A decade ago, Hawaii made a commitment to producing and using more renewable fuels, for cleaner air, a cleaner environment, reduced dependence on oil and greater local economic security. It was then — and is now — a strong vision. In response,

May 30, 2015 Read Full Article

University Of Hawaii Completely Divests From Fossil Fuel Investments

(Clean Technica)  The global fossil fuel divestment campaign continues apace, with the University of Hawaii agreeing to divest from coal, oil, and gas companies, making it the largest university to do so. The University of Hawaii Board of Regents voted this week to divest the University’s $66 million endowment, following

May 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Consider Ditching Ethanol Mandate for Gasoline

by Nestor Garcia  (KHON2) Nine years after a major change at the gas pump was forced on Hawaii drivers, many are now calling it a failed experiment and want it gone. Back in 2006, the state ordered ethanol to be mixed with gasoline. The additive is commonly made from sugar

March 10, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with… Kelly Takaya King, Vice President, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Created on Maui in 1995 to recycle waste cooking oil into renewable fuel, Pacific Biodiesel is now the oldest biodiesel company in America… My current focus is agriculture-related projects (i.e. feedstock development), including overseeing a Congressional appropriation in collaboration with the U.S. military to develop

March 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Maui Sugar Plantation Still Looking for Biofuel Crop

(SunHerald.com/Associated Press/Maui News)  Hawaii’s last sugar cane plantation wants to transition to growing plants for energy. But it hasn’t found another crop that grows as well as sugar cane in a variety of soils or one that can stand up to Maui’s strong winds. The company has extensively evaluated biofuel,

March 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates. … Avello Bioenergy Cost: $57.50 per barrel (gasoline, diesel) Stage: Preparing for commercial demonstration Avello Bioenergy is commercializing

January 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Kahului Biodiesel Price Lowest in Hawaiʻi

(Maui Now)  Pacific Biodiesel’s Hobron fueling station now has the lowest diesel price in the state, according to a press release issued by the company today.  B20, which is a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel, dropped today to $3.79 per gallon.  READ MORE and MORE

December 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Troll the Ancient Waste-Oil Carol : FFA la la la la la la la la la

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “On the way” forever, talked up by all, deployed by some – technologies that handle high free fatty acid feedstocks like used cooking oil are coming into their hey-day, via players like REG, Novozymes, Pacific Biodiesel, Blue Sun, Piedmont, COMAC and more. … For example,

December 4, 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

$7.9M Raised to Fight Maui GMO Ballot Initiative

(Associated Press/The Maui News/Bellingham Herald) A group backed by biotech companies raised more than $7.9 million to fight a Maui ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms. Campaign Spending Commission records for the group called the Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban showed that Monsanto Co.

October 30, 2014 Read Full Article

New Fueling Permit Brings Biodiesel Back to Maalaea Harbor

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Divers and crew aboard Aqua Adventures Maui are no longer breathing petroleum exhaust when they begin their diving experience from the swim step of the vessel. In a demonstration of its commitment to recycling and to the environment, the Maui “snuba” company has switched from fossil

October 21, 2014 Read Full Article

State of the Algae Industry: 10 Top-Level Commercial Leaders Look at the Path to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 leaders, 10 enterprises, 10 paths to scale — what’s really key to making algae a commercial crop for feed, fuel and pharma, soon? This week at the Algae Biomass Summit, a pair of key sessions featured 10 of the leading companies in the algae

October 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Honolulu City Council Adopts Resolution for Biodiesel Initiative

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Sept. 10, the Honolulu City Council adopted a resolution requesting the development of a biodiesel initiative for the city’s existing mass transit diesel vehicles. Introduced by Stanley Chang, Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Sustainability, resolution 14-169 passed through committee late last month

September 15, 2014 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $3.5 Million to Cellana for Algal Biofuels

(Algae Industry Magazine) The U.S. Energy Department has announced $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels… Cellana, LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive the $3.5 million grant to develop a fully integrated, high-yield algae feedstock production system by integrating

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

The Clean Plate Club: The Search for Value from Food Waste Finds a Center of Gravity in Hawaii

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All that food waste, all that potential value. What’s being done about all that material heading from the garbage pail to the landfill?   Turns out, the State of Hawaii and BioTork are doing a lot. The Digest investigates. The EPA tells us that there’s an

August 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (July 17, 2014) $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger carrying flights using bio-fuel.  It replaced 20 percent of the jet fuel with a crystal clear liquid – refined industrial cooking oil that started out as a cloudy brown color

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Hemp: The Feedstock that Dare Not Speak its Name

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We first started tracking hemp back in 2009, when a 43-acre biomass trial launched in California that features hemp as a feedstock. The notoriety of hemp’s cousin, marijuana, has created both passionate supporters and opponents of the feedstock, which for centuries provided useful by-products such

July 7, 2014 Read Full Article
  Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014)   September 15-17    Honolulu, HI

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014) September 15-17 Honolulu, HI

The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014) convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.  These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change. Innovation Prospecting: in alignment with the World Bank

June 14, 2014 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI   DEADLINES:  April 30 and May 31

CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI DEADLINES: April 30 and May 31

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 – 17. The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts

April 17, 2014 Read Full Article
  2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI

2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 – 17. The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts

April 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Hawaii Lawmakers Give Unanimous Approval To Studying Hemp

by Johnny Green (The Weed Blog/The Joint Blog)  Hawaii’s House Committee on Agriculture, and the state’s House Judiciary Committee, have both voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year research program to study the effectiveness of using hemp for remediation and biofuel. The measure has already passed the Senate unanimously.

April 3, 2014 Read Full Article

State May Issue $50M in Bonds for Biofuel Effort

by Tom Callis (Stephens Media Hawaii/West Hawaii Today)  Hawaii could issue up to $50 million in special purpose revenue bonds to support a company’s plans to turn agricultural waste into biofuel and animal feed.   Since 2011, the Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center has worked with BioTork, a Florida-based company, to

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy the Focus of Unique UH, Maui Company Partnership

(University of Hawaii)  Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are working with Maui based company Pacific Biodiesel to develop a way to make water from restaurant grease traps reusable. The collaboration is an example of a new type of partnership between local businesses and the state’s public university.

February 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help reduce both U.S. petroleum dependence and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector. Has

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel, HIPPO Host Hawaii Sustainable Agriculture Tour

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)   On Oct. 10, Pacific Biodiesel, Big Island Biodiesel and Hawaii Pure Plant Oil hosted a tour to exhibit the community-based biofuel production model that is developing on Hawaii Island—a model that undeniably supports green jobs, local agriculture, the livestock industry and the community. Guests representing various

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines Will Purchase Biofuel from Hawaii Firm

by Shane Nelson (TravelWeekly)  Although production won’t begin for some time, Alaska Airlines has signed an agreement to purchase sustainable biofuel for its aircraft from Honolulu-based Hawaii BioEnergy. The two companies agreed on terms earlier this summer, but Hawaii BioEnergy, a consortium of three of the Aloha State’s largest landowners

October 16, 2013 Read Full Article

HECO Cleared to Buy Biofuel for Electricity Generation at Kahe

(Star-Advertiser)   State regulators have cleared Hawaiian Electric Co. to buy about 10 million gallons of locally produced biofuel annually to burn at the utility’s Kahe Power Plant on Oahu. The biofuel, to be made by Hawaii BioEnergy from plant material grown on Kauai, will replace about 5 percent of the

October 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Electric Companies Seek ULSD, Biodiesel Proposals

(The Hawaiian Electric Companies/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Hawaiian Electric Companies began a search for suppliers of cleaner fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), biodiesel or biodiesel blends. The companies are seeking up to 150,000 barrels per year (6.3 MMgy) to supply Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Co. generation facilities beginning

September 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Puna Farm to Supply Jatropha Feedstock to Big Island Biodiesel

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jatropha harvesting began last week at the Hawaii Pure Plant Oil (HIPPO) farm founded in 2008 by father and son partners Christian and James Twigg-Smith. HIPPO has planted a total of 200 acres of jatropha in the Puna district of Hawaii Island with the intent of

August 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Secretary Moniz also announced over $22 million in new

August 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Illustrated–ABO’s New Industry Project Book

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The algae industry is moving faster than many people suspect. To help demonstrate how far along so many of ABO’s members are we  recently created the Algae Industry Project Book, an illustrated guide of some of the most advanced algae facilities in the United States. Inside you’ll find

August 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines to Advance Use of Sustainable Biofuel

by Jeremy Del Nero (Frequent Business Traveler)  Alaska Airlines said it would begin to purchase sustainable biofuel for use in its aircraft from Hawaii BioEnergy. The raw material for the biofuel will likely be woody biomass-based and will be produced on local Hawaiian farmland.  Production of the biofuel will be

July 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils. Their technologies? Closed systems, open-systems, hybrid systems. Hosts of different strains, some optimized for oil content, some

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Anaergia Selected by County of Maui to Generate Renewable Fuel from Waste

(PR NewsWire/Anaergia)  Anaergia Inc. today announced that the County of Maui, Department of Finance and Mayor Alan Arakawa provided the intent to award the Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project at the Central Maui Landfill in Puunene to Anaergia Services, the California based subsidiary of Anaergia Inc. Anaergia will design, build, own, operate and

May 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and pineapple are every year less and less in evidence — and petroleum is dominant, right

April 30, 2013 Read Full Article

National Algae Testbed Kicks off at Arizona State University

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) members from across the U.S. gathered at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus April 15-18 for their national kickoff meetings to discuss strategies for advancing research and development of algae-based technologies for biofuels and other valuable coproducts. Led by the Arizona Center

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Governor Awards $200K to Hawaii Isle Biofuels Initiative

(Star-Advertiser)  The state has invested $200,000 toward a initiative that seeks to develop an economically sustainable zero-waste conversion project in Hilo that will turn unmarketable papaya into biofuel and high-protein animal feed. Gov. Neil Abercrombie presented a check from the state Department of Agriculture to the USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Hemp Bill Passes Second Reading in Hawaii Senate

by Thomas H. Clarke (The Daily Chronic)  A bill that would establish a two-year hemp pilot program in Hawaii passed a second reading with amendments on the floor of the Senate last week, and has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee.   The bill passed unanimously on the floor of

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Zero Waste and Plant Optimization

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  When Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ Big Island Biodiesel refinery came online last year, it was marketed as a state-of-the-art, zero-waste plant. The facility, scaled at 16,000 gallons a day, was Hawaii’s first since 2000 and boosted the state’s capacity by 500 percent. The phrase “zero waste”

March 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Phycal Captures CO2 Funding for Biofuel

by Debra Fiakas (Alt Energy Stocks)  As part of its program to promote beneficial reuse of carbon dioxide, the Department of Energy awarded a total of $27.2 million ($3.0 million in the first phase and $24.2 million in a second phase) to a consortium led by alternative energy developer Phycal, Inc.

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Hawaii Petroleum Loads First Tanker of Distilled Biodiesel

by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies (Biodiesel Magazine)  Hawaii Petroleum loaded the first tanker of fuel produced at the Big Island Biodiesel facility in Kea ’au. The fuel is bound for its nearby Hawaii Fueling Network station in Shipman Business Park, which offers 100 percent biodiesel and a 20 percent blend. HFN

January 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Fuel to Run HECO Plant

by Nanea Kalani (Maui News)  State regulators have approved a multiyear contract for Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply Hawaiian Electric Co. with 250,000 gallons a year of locally produced biodiesel. The green fuel – made by recycling used cooking oil from Hawaii restaurants – will be used to power a

December 21, 2012 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii  DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of our planet are two reasons why it is critical to reaffirm already established partnerships and

December 19, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article
  2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress   September 9 – 11    Honolulu, Hawaii

2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of our planet are two reasons why it is critical to reaffirm already established partnerships and

December 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Ensyn: Biofuels’ Big, Fast Cracker, in Pictures

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn – moving rapidly towards scale as a transport fuel technology after decades in smaller, high-value markets.  What does Ensyn’s signature RTP technology, that’s making such a splash, look like? …Ensyn has become a signature part of one of the biggest stories in the past

November 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Everyday Low (Fuel) Prices: Drop-In Advanced Biofuels for under $100 per Barrel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brent Crude trades this past week at a transorbital $109 per barrel (West Texas Intermediate at a suborbital, if high, $85).  It puts the conventional wisdom that biofuels are too infrastructure incompatible and too costly to the test. Are they? Let’s look today at progress

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Kenoi: Biodiesel Deal of No Benefit to Residents, County

by Erin Miller (West Hawaii Today)  Aina Koa Pono’s biodiesel proposal isn’t a good deal for Hawaii County residents, Mayor Billy Kenoi said Monday, hours before the Public Utilities Commission was set to begin its first Big Island hearing on the subject. …Aina Koa Pono and Hawaiian Electric Light Co.,

October 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Will Algae Ever Power Our Cars?

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  Scores of companies across the world are racing to unlock algae’s energy potential and create a ‘green crude oil’ Tiny Columbus, New Mexico (population, 1,678) is hot, flat and uncrowded — an ideal place to launch a new green revolution in agriculture. That, in essence,

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock or intermediates edge that puts a processing technology first on the Summit? Who’s got speed

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more than 10 billion gallons of advanced biofuels each year, nearly a third of the 36

September 19, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Awards Kuehnle for Innovative Algae Work

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Honolulu, Hawaii-based company that develops algae for use in biofuels, is receiving a clean technology award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has formally recognized Kuehnle AgroSystems for the company’s innovative work in producing algae for use in biofuels

August 21, 2012 Read Full Article

The Summer of Algae, Part II

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Launching today – and stretching into early Fall – the Algae Biomass Organization is coordinating a series of events billed as “The “Summer of Algae II” to raise awareness about the promise of the algae industry to create jobs, domestic fuels, and other food and

August 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Harvesting Hawaiian Plants to Make Jet Fuel and Clean diesel? $6 Million Grant to Oregon State University Researchers Should Help

by Ian C. Campbell (The Oregonian) …A new $6 million federal grant to develop jet fuel and clean diesel from grass and sugarcane could help. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture money to researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Hawaii and Washington State University and three private companies aims to develop biofuels

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