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From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project
May 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
For thousands of years we …

Groups Ask EPA to Prioritize Cellulosic Pathway Approvals
May 9, 2018 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (May 3, 2018) five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions …

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products
May 9, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

Mail Call! Biofuels Write to EPA on Strategy
May 4, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A coalition of Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter Thursday to EPA asking it to move administrative time and staff away from Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and instead toward …

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards
May 1, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it …

Carbon Capture Could Be a Financial Opportunity for US Biofuels
April 24, 2018 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Stanford University/Phys.Org)  Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, the feasibility of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground – known as negative emissions – has been in question.
But researchers at Stanford …

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules
April 11, 2018 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane …

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says
April 9, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom
April 2, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Katie Worth (Frontline/The Groundtruth Project)  Last spring, science teachers across the nation began receiving unsolicited packages containing classroom materials from a libertarian group that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.
This spring, some of …

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry
March 30, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of yeast and enzymes for starch, fiber and biomass conversions – DSM.com. Euronext: DSM KON —  Royal …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations, 3.28.18 Release
March 30, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to BIO, the global economic value today of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is $355.28 billion. And looking at …

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Waste
March 30, 2018 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Torrice (Chemical & Engineering News)   Finding a way to reuse the element could help lower nutrient pollution  —  … When industrial plants process corn grains to make the fuel, or even food products such as …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel
March 8, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own …

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 27, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (U.S. Department of Energy)  … With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling nearly $1.3 million since 2013, ANL researchers are using X-ray spectroscopy to move the nation …

DOE Grants $10.6 Million to Produce More Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America …

Letter: E15 Fuel Availability Arrives in Freeport with Casey’s
February 22, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Ray Baker (Journal Standard)  Adkins Energy is excited to welcome Casey’s, the first gas station in Freeport to offer E15 fuel. E15 is 85 percent regular gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, and it gives all …

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels
February 21, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion …

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress
February 21, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can convert coal, shale gas and …

Analysis: RIN Prices of ‘Just a Few Cents’ are Coming—Without Changes to RFS
February 16, 2018 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm …

Letter to the Editor: It’s False to Say Ethanol Costs the Consumer More
February 6, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Clarence Schutte (LincolnLand Agri-Energy/Effingham Daily News)  … The statement that ethanol costs the consumer more is false. The RBOB which is the gasoline blended with ethanol to make 10 percent ethanol fuel. Ethanol is 114 octane, …

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel
February 5, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural …

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center
February 1, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

byJulie Wurth  (News Gazette)  A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched …

New Cat in Town: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis
February 1, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deliver high performing, cost-effective catalytic materials that meet the needs of the ChemCatBio catalysis projects? That’s the ambitious goal of a project led by researchers from Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge …

Against the Odds
January 24, 2018 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, …

Illinois Soybean Association : B20 Biodiesel Use Translates To $1.2M Health Cost Savings
January 24, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders) New calculations show an estimated $1.2 million in health cost savings for Illinois communities where B20 biodiesel fuel is used routinely in diesel vehicles.
The calculations come from data submitted by 15 members of the B20 …

NEC Scholarship Awarded to NCERC Technician
January 22, 2018 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Christopher Wense, a former steel mill worker who has returned to school while working full-time in the U.S. ethanol industry, is this year’s student scholarship winner to attend the Renewable Fuels …

US Government Report Strengthens Consensus on Biodiesel Benefits
January 22, 2018 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Argonne National Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, and Purdue University affirm impressive emissions reductions  —  A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits …

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production
January 22, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  New research from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago at Illinois and the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that incorporating conservation practices can both increase soil …

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands
January 19, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine …

Strong Future ahead for the U.S. Ethanol Industry
January 19, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Wense (St. Louis Post Dispatch)  …  While it appears the steel industry has likely reached its ceiling of growth, the U.S. ethanol industry is only scratching the surface of future biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials from …

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops
January 17, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.  —  … “Early yield estimates …

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?
January 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology.
Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and …

“Energycane” Jet Fuel Could Be the First Big Step Towards Cleaner Skies
January 2, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Deepak Kumar; Stephen P. Long; Vijay Singh (The Conversation/Inverse Innovation)  Airlines look to biomass-derived jet fuels to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bio-jet fuel can be produced from various plant materials, including oil crops, sugar crops, starchy …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

4 Ways Chicago Can Lead the Climate Change Fight
December 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Howard A. Learner (Crain’s Chicago Business/Environmental Law & Policy Center)  … The recent North American Climate Summit here brought together 50-plus mayors to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, committing to take initiatives to help meet …

Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
December 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by M. Cristina Negri (U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Argonne, Illinois, are examining innovative new agricultural landscapes that incorporate perennial bioenergy crops to provide environmental benefits, such as improved nutrient management and …

Biodiesel Now Included in Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel
December 6, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Growmark, Inc., a regional agricultural cooperative from Illinois, is providing Top Tier Diesel Fuel blended with biodiesel. Top Tier performance standards are gaining popularity across the country, helping vehicle owners ensure they are purchasing a …

Decatur Plant at Forefront of Push to Pipe Carbon Emissions Underground, but Costs Raise Questions
November 27, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tony Briscoe (Chicago Tribune)  As scientists and politicians around the world debate the best way to combat rising greenhouse gases, an Illinois ethanol plant, with help from state and federal researchers, is advancing a strategy …

Aircraft Fueled by Waste Cooking Oil Takes off from Beijing
November 22, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Zheng Xin and Wang Wen (China Daily)  Hainan Airlines Flight 497 took off from Beijing at 2:15 pm Tuesday, headed to Chicago. The aircraft flew with biological aviation fuel that is produced from waste cooking oil, …

Biodiesel Helps Fuel Tow Trucks for Tots in Illinois
November 15, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(The Illinois Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program is partnering with Tow Trucks for Tots to help bring toys to needy children, while educating tow truck drivers on the benefits of B20 biodiesel …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

9 Fly with Gevo’s Jet Fuel from O’Hare on “Fly Green Day”
November 8, 2017 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, today is Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. 7 commercial airlines, plus Atlas Air and FedEx are flying out of O’Hare today on Gevo-based sustainable …

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy Picks the Midwest Hub for Its Next MSW-to-Jet Fuel Project
November 7, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery.
We reported last month that the long-awaited financing was completed for Fulcrum …

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions
October 24, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries
October 19, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Wednesday placed holds on two key nominations for top-level jobs …

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS
October 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  There is a reason that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), our nation’s policy governing the production and sale of biofuels, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. This policy is …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

The Other General Waiver: RFS and Severe Economic Harm
October 13, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin (Farms.com/University of Illinois/farmdocdaily)  As discussed last week, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting data and feedback on the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels components of the Renewable Fuels Standard, including the …

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins
October 5, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Somewhere in the files of the Department of Energy it is called the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. Inside the halls of National Labs, they call it ChemCatBio.

They’re on a mission to bring …

Bringing Illinois Ethanol Products to the World
October 4, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jill Loehr (Prairie Farmer) Illinois has the third-largest ethanol production capacity in the U.S. Marquis Energy, one of the state’s 13 ethanol plants, contributes 300 million gallons each year. What’s the secret to its …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

Biodiesel’s Impact on Soybean Oil Prices Lower than Previously Thought
September 18, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An agriculture economist says biodiesel production has had less impact on soybean oil prices than previously thought.  The impression was that the U.S. biodiesel production boom following the establishment …

Moving into Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Engine/Fuel Transformation
September 18, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but not limited to: facilitating new …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Nearly $20 Million To Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies
September 15, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This second Department-wide round of funding through …

Airline Industry Could Fly Thousands of Miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock
September 12, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 …

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations
September 7, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

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

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts
September 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.
As part of the Center …

Fermentation Frontiers: Top 10 Trendlines in Industrial Biotech Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most visible advanced industrial fermentation target for a number of years has been cellulosic ethanol, but the targets are diversifying and cellulosics themselves are shifting gears from process to …

Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn
September 1, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Carl Icahn, a former external adviser to President Trump, violated conflict of interest laws.
Duckworth’s request, outlined in a …

Researchers Identify Cheaper, Greener Biofuels Processing Catalyst
August 25, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

EPA Interpretation of the “Inadequate Domestic Supply” Waiver for Renewable Fuels Ruled Invalid: Where to from Here?
August 11, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  Three words–inadequate domestic supply–have taken center stage in the implementation of the RFS since 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used a controversial definition of this …

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D
August 7, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least one route for catalytic upgrading of sugars/related intermediates and/or biologically derived intermediates into fuel blendstockswith …

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium
August 3, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, the consortium works “with …

Ethanol Makers Steer away from Fuel, Turn to Booze
August 2, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Karl Plume and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters/St. Louis Today)  A U.S. glut of fuel-grade ethanol has major producers, including Green Plains Inc. and industry pioneer Archer Daniels Midland Co., pursuing other markets and idling excess …

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour
August 2, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in …

9th Annual RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum — October 2-4, 2017 — Chicago, IL
July 23, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
9th Annual RFS2, RINs  & Biodiesel Forum   —   October 2-4, 2017   —   Chicago, IL

Perspectives on the Evolving Renewable Fuel Standard  —  The Renewable Fuel Standard at a Crossroads: Considerations and Opportunities
While the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 RVOs largely offered continued support for the renewable fuels industry, questions remain …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

Renewable Energy Group Applauds Illinois Legislature for Extending Biodiesel Incentive
July 7, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/NASDAQ.com)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) leaders praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive.
Current Illinois law, which expires at the end of 2018, offers retailers a 20 …

New B20 Club Member, Al Warren Oil Co., Committed to Biodiesel
June 29, 2017 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(Illinois Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  In recognition of its work in reducing motor vehicle emissions and supporting the Illinois economy, the B20 Club welcomes Al Warren Oil Co. Inc. as its newest member.
Sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, in partnership …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the …

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds
June 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether …

Sustaining Opportunities
June 2, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry provides young people with wealth of job opportunities.   —  Nineteen-year-old Marcus Niehaus sees a future in the ethanol industry. The Southeastern Illinois College student said …

The 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winner Is… “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae”!
May 26, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge on May 4 during a special awards ceremony. The winning infographic, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created …

BETO Announces Third Round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot
May 26, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is proud to announce five businesses that will collaborate with national labs as part of the third round of the Small …

New Capabilities for Genome-Wide Engineering of Yeast
May 17, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Lutz (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois)  New approach combines synthetic biology, genome editing tools, and automation to quickly and effectively produce novel yeast strains
One of humankind’s oldest industrial partners is yeast, a familiar …

Guest Commentary: Corn Is Food and Fuel
May 15, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Gary Luth (News-Gazette)  … Assertion one: “ethanol does not reduce greenhouse gases or lower emissions from automobiles vs. straight gasoline.” Fact: A 2016 study released by USDA: “Life Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions …

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
May 12, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel …

Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Receive Funding to Support the Blending of Gevo’s Isobutanol with Gasoline
May 12, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Funding Being Provided Through Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher Program —
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that it was selected to collaborate with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.
May 8, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

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 …

More More RHD: REG Expanding Drop-In Diesel?
May 8, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Iowa we received news that Renewable Energy Group has agreed to acquire approximately 82 acres of land at its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery from Lion Copolymer, for $20M. The goal? …

Casey’s General Stores to Offer Higher Ethanol Blends
April 28, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Midwest convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores will begin offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn …

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
April 28, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV …

Letter: Ethanol Is the Best Renewable Energy Source
April 28, 2017 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by  Vernon F. Johnson (Daily Chronicle)  To answer Pat Vary and the Daily Chronicle Editorial Board (“Don’t close door on wind power, page 12, April 14): We don’t need wind turbines as we have a …

TerraVia in the Wilderness Years
April 20, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Algae Butter can reduce saturated fat by up to 50 percent in most applications.

While butter doesn’t exactly rival gasoline as a market — it’s pretty substantial, when you get down …

An Alternative View of Biodiesel Production Profits: The Role of Retroactively Reinstated Blender Tax Credits
April 13, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois) Previous farmdoc daily articles (e.g. January 28, 2015; February 11, 2016; March 1, 2017) have documented a “feast or famine” pattern in production profitability of the U.S. biodiesel …

The Quest to Capture and Store Carbon – and Slow Climate Change — Just Reached a New Milestone
April 11, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  A new large-scale technology has launched in Decatur, Illinois that, by combining together corn-based fuels with the burial of carbon dioxide deep underground, could potentially result in the active removal …

Chip Energy Wins Occupancy OK for Factory Building Made from Recycled Shipping Containers
April 10, 2017 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, obtaining a certificate of occupancy on a building constructed of 60 Intermodal Shipping Containers is a huge accomplishment for Chip Energy, said company president Paul Wever, president of …

Scientists Engineer Sugarcane to Produce Biodiesel
April 5, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Laboratory Equipment)  A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the …

QuikTrip to Begin Selling E15 Fuel
April 3, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Blend coming to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth area c-stores.  —  QuikTrip Corp. will begin offering E15 fuel at 44 of its convenience stores in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metro area.
E15 was approved by the …

Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the …

Economists: Octane Premium Offsets Ethanol Energy Penalty
March 20, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol critics bash the fuel for its lower energy value than gasoline, while ethanol supporters point to its octane-boosting properties. University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and …

tcbiomass — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL
March 14, 2017 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL

Since its inaugural event in 2009, tcbiomass has become a hallmark conference in the world of bioenergy. From the beginning, the role of event founder Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a pioneering energy research and development …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS: tcbiomass2017 — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS:  tcbiomass2017   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2017

Researchers and technology developers are invited to share their process innovations and insights to enable the production of clean heat and power, transportation fuels, chemicals, biochar, and other high-value products. Undergraduate and graduate students whose …

Agricultural Robot May Be ‘Game Changer’ for Crop Growers, Breeders
March 7, 2017 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Sharita L Forrest (Phys.Org) A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic …

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process
March 7, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD).
According to the organisation, …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

Ethanol CO2 & Concrete Cement a Relationship
January 27, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CarbonCure Technologies strengthens concrete while reducing its carbon footprint. —  Carbon dioxide from a Wisconsin ethanol plant is strengthening the cement in pours at sites in Chicago. Ozinga, a …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 25, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News) … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)): “I would rather burn American made, American grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than I would oil from the Middle East,” Duckworth …

Duckworth Afraid Ethanol Subsidies Could End
January 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News)  … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL))  thinks (nominee to be EPA Administrator Scott) Pruitt is too cozy with Big Oil and so she pressed him hard on protecting the ethanol industry …

Duckworth to Perry: American-Made Renewable Energy Reduces Reliance on Foreign Oil, Improves National Security
January 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Tammy Duckworth) U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared with the nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), Governor Rick Perry, how her military service in Iraq taught her about the danger …

Dual-Purpose Biofuel Crops Could Extend Production, Increase Profits
January 13, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, …

Chicago School Growing Future Ag Careers
December 20, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry.
The …

The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022
December 14, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDoc Daily/University of Illinois)  In the farmdoc daily article of November 30, 2016, we examined the magnitude of the “push” in production and consumption of biofuels implied by the …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

ADM Announces Project to Provide Renewable Natural Gas
December 12, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren …

Growth Energy, Retailers Pink Out Program Raises $40K
December 6, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  This past October Growth Energy partnered with several retailers who sell E15 for a Pink Out campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. When a consumer purchased E15 during …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

Court Accepts $48.5M Bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio
December 2, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Kansas district bankruptcy court approved the top bid for Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas in an order signed Nov. 29 by Judge Robert Nugent. Synata Bio Inc. …

New Research Could Make Ethanol Production More Efficient and Economic
December 1, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.
“There are currently more …

New Study Finds Clean Cookstoves May Improve Women’s Heart Health
November 25, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves)  Shifting from a cookstove that burns traditional woodfuel to a stove that uses a cleaner-burning fuel such as ethanol may mitigate cardiovascular health risks in pregnant women, according to a …

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel
November 15, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous …

Pacific Ethanol and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Begin Unit Train Service
November 14, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EIN/GlobeNewswire)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway (TPW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR), announced they have commenced unit train service from Pacific Ethanol’s plant in Pekin, Illinois.
“This …

EPA Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Rule to Update RFS
November 2, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify …

Argonne LCA Finds Renewable Diesel from Algae Fractionation Has 63-68% lower GHG than Petroleum Diesel
October 24, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with …

With Hometown’s Cornfields in Mind, Shimkus Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
October 18, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ruth de Jauregui (Metro East Sun)  Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) recently expressed his readiness to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which he is the senior member, in pushing for Renewable Fuel Standard …

Higher US Ethanol Production from Sorghum, Corn Yield: Professor
October 12, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The higher ethanol production seen so far in 2016 has come from greater sorghum use and boosted yields from corn, said a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Department …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

What’s Up with RINs Prices?
October 7, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with prices at times crossing the psychologically important $1 per gallon mark. Echoing earlier complaints (farmdoc …

Power Mart Flexes Its Brand
October 6, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett (Convenience Store Decisions)  A unique retail service provider is expanding its vision for the future. —  …  “It’s basically just like a co-op,” (Sam) Odeh (founder and CEO of Power Buying Dealers …

SciTech Now: Renewable Cellulosic Ethanol
October 6, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Detroit Public TV)  Innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  High school student Tavis Reed and DuPont’s innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  WATCH VIDEO

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

Letter: Energy Relies on Free Market
September 29, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Smith (The Telegraph)  … With the EPA set to exercise complete control over the RFS program in 2023, traditional corn ethanol may be at risk. Congressman John Shimkus is among those questioning whether the …

Ozinga Installs CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology
September 22, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Cure)  Chicago family business known for quality and service reinforces its commitment to sustainability  —  Known for its iconic red and white striped concrete mixers, the Ozinga name is synonymous with providing the highest …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name
September 8, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. …

Think Ethanol Doesn’t Work in Boats? Think Again
September 2, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse)  Ask most boaters about ethanol and boats and you’ll likely hear that the two don’t go together. In fact, many gas stations surrounding some of the largest U.S. lakes will advertise “no …

Using Genetics to Domesticate Pennycress as New Cover Crop
September 2, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Illinois State University)  Illinois State Associate Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook is collaborating on a $1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop genetic resources that can be used to …

Chicago Park District Touts Its Biodiesel-Powered Vehicle Program
September 1, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next Gen Transportation News)  The Chicago Park District says its environmentally friendly biodiesel program has continued to pay off, and consequently, will showcase the program at a Fleet Education Seminar hosted by …

Switching to Switchgrass? Study Models Soil Impact of Biofuel Crops
August 30, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The Argonne modeling shows that when grassland, cropland and pasture in the Midwest are converted to corn for biofuels, the level of carbon sequestration in the soil stays roughly …

Biorefinery Optimization Workshop — October 5–6, 2016 — Rosemont, IL
August 30, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Biorefinery Optimization Workshop   — October 5–6, 2016   —   Rosemont, IL

Even with years of continuous investments by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to de-risk first-of-a-kind technologies, numerous challenges still need to be addressed to achieve reliable and continuous operation of biorefineries …

RSB’s North America Business Forum — October 4, 2016 — Chicago, IL
August 30, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
RSB’s North America Business Forum   —   October 4, 2016   —    Chicago, IL

Join us at United Airlines’ Chicago office for RSB’s first ever North America Business Forum, which will bring together members, leaders and stakeholders from industry associations, civil society organisations and companies to debate, discuss and network and share …

Abengoa Plants Go to Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger
August 24, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production …

How Loyola Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel That Fuels Their Buses
August 24, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schipper (DNA info)  Loyola University has the only college-level chemical manufacturing business in the country that is federally licensed to produce and sell biodiesel on the open market.

Loyola’s warehouse-like refining facility, accessed through a …

SIUE, Madison County to Partner on Energy Sector Study
August 23, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Landis (The Telegraph)  A grant from a national non-profit organization will fund a study examining how to develop Madison County’s energy industry, officials announced last week.
Representatives from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville applied for the …

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends
August 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes …

Letter: Writer Doesn’t Understand Biodiesel
August 22, 2016 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lynn (State Journal-Register) A recent letter to the editor from Don Breiner got biodiesel all wrong. The letter is full of inaccuracies but the main point regarding how much biodiesel can be used in …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

Japanese Reporters Travel to the U.S. to Learn About Biotech, Biofuels
August 8, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service)  The U.S. Grains Council says key members of Japan’s media traveled across the United States last week to learn about corn production, ethanol, and biotechnology. The members of Japan’s media …

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

US Researchers Get Go Ahead to Genetically Engineer Bacteria to Boost Bioethanol Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  lllinois Institute of Technology researchers have received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks …