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Growth Energy, Ag Groups Urge Passage of Michigan Biofuel Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee on June 23 held a hearing to consider legislation that aims to create a tax credit for retailers that choose to sell higher ethanol fuel blends, such as E15 and E85. The legislation, Senate Bill 814, was introduced in January by State

June 26, 2022 Read Full Article

E85 Ethanol Fuel Demand Grows as Gas Prices Soar

(WZZM 13) Only Flex Fuel vehicles can use E85 fuel, but it could save some significant dollars for those drivers by switching. That’s even with lower gas mileage. —  Gas prices in Michigan are averaging $5.17 a gallon, according to Gas Buddy. E85 ethanol fuel, however, has a national average of

June 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Trucent Separation Technologies, LLC Announces CORE™, Corn Oil Refinement Equipment Modules, to Produce TruDCO™

(Trucent Separation Technologies) Trucent Separation Technologies, LLC announced the launch of CORE™, a new technology to significantly reduce impurities in distillers corn oil (DCO), resulting in a cleaner oil, TruDCO™, which can be sold directly to renewable diesel refineries. The full-scale demonstration unit of CORE™ has been commercialized in conjunction

June 10, 2022 Read Full Article

The Pros and Cons of Using E85 over Regular Gas, and How to Check if Your Car Can Use It

by Ali Hoxie (Fox 17/WXYZ) The pain at the pump is continuing for drivers as gas prices climb and climb to new records daily. Some drivers do have a different option, and that’s using E85 – flex-fuel. E85 is an ethanol-gasoline fuel mix, usually with a ratio of 85% ethanol to

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Capturing Carbon with Crops, Trees and Bioenergy

by Emilie Lorditch (Michigan State University/Phys.Org) An integrated approach to land management practices in the U.S. can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere far more than earlier estimates based on separate approaches, Michigan State University researchers say. Their research was published May 31 in the journal Global Change Biology. “Using only land management or

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Stabenow, Boozman Announce First Senate Farm Bill Hearing

(Agri-Pulse)  The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first 2023 farm bill hearing later this month in Michigan, Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member John Boozman announced Wednesday. The highly anticipated hearing entitled “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives,” will be held on April 29 at Michigan State

April 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Bizav Leaders Describe SAF Benefits, Costs

by Bill Carey (Aviation Week) Even as biofuel suppliers and fixed-base operators (FBOs) ramp up the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), aircraft operators remain uncertain about the composition of SAF and the complexity of using it to claim emissions reductions, business aviation leaders say. “SAF is Jet A,” said Stewart

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Kildee Highlights Bill that Would Allow More Ethanol in Gasoline Year-Round

by Ryan Jeltema (ABC 12)  Legislation in the U.S. House aims to lower gas prices while supporting Mid-Michigan farmers. The Year-Round Fuel Choice Act was introduced last summer, but it’s being considered now because of the near-record high gas prices. The bill would allow gasoline to be sold with 15% ethanol year-round.

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

New MSU Research Shows How Biofuel Crops Can Help Mitigate Climate Change When Grown on Land of Otherwise Little Agricultural Value

by Cameron Rudolph  (Michigan State University) Newly published research from MSU Foundation Professor Bruno Basso shows how some Midwest farmers can see economic and environmental benefits of growing switchgrass, a biofuel crop, on traditionally less-productive land. — Newly published Michigan State University research details how switchgrass, a biofuel crop, can mitigate

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Research and Development for the Fuels and Chemicals of Tomorrow

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 16, 2022, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “Bioenergy Research and Development for the Fuels and Chemicals of Tomorrow.” According to the hearing charter, the purpose of the hearing was to examine the status of bioenergy research, development, and

March 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Anaergia Signs Project Development Agreement with Kent County, Michigan

(Anaergia/Business Wire) Anaergia Inc. (“Anaergia” or the “Company”) (TSX: ANRG) and partner, Continuus Materials, signed a contract Project Development Agreement (“PDA”) with the Board of the Kent County Department of Public Works. Under the terms of the PDA, the parties agreed to terms for a potential project under which an approximately

March 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley and Ernst Call on Biden to Unleash Iowa Biofuel Immediately as Gas Prices Hit Record High, U.S. Bans Russian Oil

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Iowa senators introduce bipartisan legislation to open up the use of clean, American-made renewable fuels that are available right now to replace banned Russian oil  — As gas prices hit all-time record highs, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are calling on Pres. Joe

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

EDL Opens Biogas Production Site in Michigan, a Part Will Be Used for NGVs

(EDL/NGV Journal) Global sustainable energy producer EDL and key project stakeholders bp, Consumers Energy and Granger Waste Services welcomed the start of operations at the Wood Road Renewable Natural Gas Facility. The new plant is the first of its kind in Lansing, Michigan. The biomethane produced will be added to

March 4, 2022 Read Full Article

US: Grand Rapids City Signs Contract to Fuel Vehicle Fleet with Biomethane

(Grand Rapids City/NGV Journal) The Grand Rapids City Commission approved an agreement between the City and the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) for the purchase of CNG. Under the agreement, the City will refuel its CNG vehicle fleet at The Rapid’s recently completed CNG bus station. The fuel being dispensed from

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ethanol Tax Credits Could Ease Pain at the Pump and Help Climate, Too

by Lindsay Keiser (Detroit News) With prices at the pump almost $1 per gallon higher than they were around this time last year, it’s good to see the Michigan Senate has an opportunity to consider green and often cheaper alternatives: biofuels.  Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, chair of  the Senate Committee on Agriculture, proposed legislation that provides

February 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Lansing’s First Renewable Natural Gas Facility Opened

(EDL Energy) Global sustainable energy producer EDL and key project stakeholders bp, Consumers Energy and Granger Waste Services welcomed the start of operations at the Wood Road Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Facility. The landfill gas to RNG facility is the first of its kind in Lansing, Michigan. EDL Chief Executive Officer

February 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon and Hydrogen Hubs Part 2: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to GPI’s Atlas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In part 2 of the Great Plains Institute’s just published Atlas of Carbon and Hydrogen Hubs, we look at where these 14 key carbon and hydrogen hubs are in the U.S., how can they offer the capacity to help the country expand and accelerate emissions

February 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ethanol Tax Credits Could Ease Pain at the Pump and Help Climate, Too

by Lindsay Keiser  (Detroit News)  With prices at the pump almost $1 per gallon higher than they were around this time last year, it’s good to see the Michigan Senate has an opportunity to consider green and often cheaper alternatives: biofuels. Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, chair of the Senate Committee

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Recent Algae Discovery Gives Clues to Boost Biofuel Production

(Michigan State University/Phys.Org) A new study from the Michigan State University-Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low. The findings

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Moving Hemp Forward with Mandi Kerr and Vincent James

(Global Hemp Association) Join Mandi Kerr and Vincent James on Wednesday morning’s episode of Moving ^HEMP Forward. Vincent James is the Chief Technology Officer for Community BioRefineries LLC and Director its division, Hemp-BioRefineries.  Mr. James’s background is in Zymology, “the workings of fermentation,” an applied science that studies the biochemical process

January 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Michigan Bill Aims to Create Tax Credit for Sales of E15, E85

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate on Jan. 11 aims to create a tax credit for retailers that choose to sell higher ethanol fuel blends, such as E15 and E85. The bill, introduced by State Sen. Kevin Daley, would create a 5-cent-per-gallon tax credit for

January 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Department Of Energy Announces $13.4 Million Investment to Combat Plastic Waste and Reduce Emissions Across The Plastics Industry

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $13.4 million to seven projects for research and development of novel recycling processes and technologies that that will cut plastic waste and reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics at every stage of their lifecycle.   Single-use plastics – plastic bags, wraps, and films – are incredibly energy-intensive to make. In

January 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Michigan Agency Launches RNG Study

(Michigan Public Service Commission/Biomass Magazine) The Michigan Public Service Commission on Dec. 9 launched a new study that will examine the potential of renewable natural gas (RNG) development in Michigan, in accordance with Public Act 87 of 2021, approved by the Legislature and signed into law in September by Gov. Gretchen

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

SJI, REV LNG Break Ground on 4 RNG Facilities in Michigan

(South Jersey Industries/Biomass Magazine) SJI remains committed to advancing its infrastructure to meet the clean energy needs of the future. Consistent with this commitment, last week, SJI and development partner, REV LNG LLC broke ground on renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities at four Michigan-based dairy farms, marking the partners’ first series

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

OPAL Fuels, GFL Renewables to Build Two RNG Plants

(Bioenergy Insight)  OPAL Fuels has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with GFL Renewables to develop new RNG production facilities in the US. The JV between OPAL Fuels, a producer and distributor of RNG, and GFL Renewables, an affiliate of the fourth-largest diversified environmental services company in North America (GFL

December 21, 2021 Read Full Article

GESS RNG Biogas USA Announces Acquisition of Projects and Strategic Partnerships

(GESS RNG/CISION)  GESS RNG Biogas USA (www.gessrngbiogas.com), a developer of renewable natural gas with over 25 years of international sustainable industry experience, is pleased to announce the acquisition of numerous existing and planned Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production plants from partner GESS International NC. These projects include, but are not limited to, locations

December 15, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces $3.1 Million in HBIIP Awards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA on Dec. 3 awarded a combined $3.1 million to eight recipients under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Inventive Program. HBIIP aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding renewable fuels infrastructure. The HBIIP awards were announced

December 7, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Announces $199 Million to Reduce Emissions from Cars & Trucks

(U.S. Department of Energy/Clean Technica)  25 Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects Will Advance Electrification of Freight Trucks, Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Improve Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure —  Vice President Kamala Harris joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York yesterday to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

New Reports Take Deep Dive Into State Food Waste Policies

by Nora Goldstein and Kat McCarthy (BioCycle Magazine)  NRDC commissioned a survey of food waste hierarchy-related policies in 12 states across 3 regions. The publicly available reports are an invaluable resource. — The NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) Food Matters initiative partners with cities to “achieve meaningful reductions” in food waste

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL, Electric Hydrogen Partner on Renewable Hydrogen Technology

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and clean hydrogen company Electric Hydrogen have signed an agreement to develop high-performance electrolyzer components, helping to scale clean hydrogen and invent new opportunities for decarbonization. The three-year, $3.6 million collaboration will diagnose sources of degradation in commercial electrolysis cells and will

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Can Auto Industry Help Delta Air Lines Clean Up Its Act?

by Sebastian Blanco  (Wards Auto) The federal government heavily promoted plant-based liquid fuels in the first decade of this century under President Bush. The way these fuels found their way into service stations and the vehicles themselves could serve as a blueprint for the aviation industry. Cleaner cars could lead

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Chicken and Cow Champions – Chevron, bp Dive into Poultry Poop and Dairy Doodoo for RNG

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) A double doozy came in the news with Chevron expanding their JV partnership with Brightmark on their dairy biomethane renewable natural gas work together, and then bp and Clean Bay Renewables’ new 15-year agreement where bp will buy RNG processed from poultry litter and sell

August 30, 2021 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Launches RFS Ad Campaign

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The National Biodiesel Board launched an ad campaign calling on President Biden to maintain his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ads will air on more than 200 radio stations in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the Brownfield Ag News Network. “As

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Brightmark Unveils Three Renewable Natural Gas Projects in Michigan

(Brightmark/NGV Journal)  Brightmark broke ground on three new renewable natural gas projects in Michigan. The initiatives are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. These life cycle carbon negative biomethane projects will collectively generate 89,000 metric tons of greenhouse

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Motor Bella and Q’d Up Mobility Series   —   September 21-26, 2021 and monthly   —   Detroit, MI and ONLINE     DEADLINE:  July 16 2021

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Motor Bella and Q’d Up Mobility Series — September 21-26, 2021 and monthly — Detroit, MI and ONLINE DEADLINE: July 16 2021

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) has opened a call for speakers, panelists and moderators for Motor Bella, the all-new, next-generation mobility event being held at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Mich. Sept. 21-26. The call is for sessions being held Sept. 21 and 22, during the Motor Bella Press

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Alliance for Aviation Across America, National and Local Leaders, Highlight the Benefits of General Aviation Investments in Sustainable Fuel and Technologies to Local Communities and the Need for Ongoing Federal and Local Support

(Aviation Pros/Alliance for Aviation Across America) On June 10, the Alliance for Aviation Across America held a panel discussion with state and local leaders to highlight commitments and investments made by the general aviation industry in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the importance of emerging technologies such as advanced air mobility

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Backs into UCO

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine) The low-quality, low-carbon byproduct of restaurant fryer grease, once largely reserved for modestly-sized biodiesel production, is now a darling input of the industry’s new mega plants. Used cooking oil is in high demand as renewable diesel booms. Four years ago, if John Tapp was asked

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Promises, Promises: Why Plans for an All-Electric Future Are Wildly Premature

by Lawrence Ulrich (AutoBlog) … Beyond the worst examples of greenwashing — including opportunistic start-ups like Nikola and Lordstown Motors that seem more like vaporware with each day — most major automakers seem sincere and serious about transitioning their businesses. Eventually. Tesla’s existential threat, China’s bid to dominate the EV and

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups, States File Amicus Briefs in SCOTUS SRE Case

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Advanced Biofuels Association, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the National Biodiesel Board and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-hour Catalyst Stability Test

by Karyn Hede (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Sewage and food waste biocrude conversion process reaches major milestone — A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s Dilemma: Land for Renewables

by Peter Behr and Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News) Picture an area of land equal to the combined territories of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. That’s the space that could be required to site the massive deployments of renewables needed to fulfill President Biden’s clean energy

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste into Biofuels

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) … As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are converting food waste into clean, renewable fuel that could power our planes, trains and automobiles. … In their recent efforts, researchers successfully converted food waste from

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

bp and Aria Energy to Capture Methane at California Dairy Farms as Part of Renewable Natural Gas Project

(bp) Partnership advances innovative solution to reduce emissions and produce cleaner fuel — bp and Aria Energy today announced a project to capture methane from waste at three California dairy farms and process it into renewable natural gas (RNG), which will then be supplied as fuel for the US transportation

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Green, Growing Plants Remove CO2, Not Batteries

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News)  … Jim Zook with the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan tells Brownfield he believes the discussion will change as more emphasis is put on the importance of green, growing plants in carbon sequestration. “We have science behind us that does prove that corn-based ethanol—corn—is the

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Stabenow Introduces Energy Tax Credit

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News) Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate which would provide a tax credit to automotive and energy manufacturers transitioning to greener technologies. Sponsor Debbie Stabenow  of Michigan tells Brownfield it could also apply to biofuel advancements. “If it’s biofuels, if it’s ethanol, if it

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

by Amy Lupica (Our Daily Planet) Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Michigan Offers Clean Fuel Grants, Supporting Biodiesel and Ethanol Usage

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News) The State of Michigan will fund $30 million in clean fuel grants to replace commercial and mass transit vehicles with newer alternative fuel, diesel or electric models.  The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has opened a request for proposals through its Fuel Transformation Program to

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste into Biofuels

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) When we eat, our bodies convert food into energy that fuels our lives. But what happens to the energy stored in the 80 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in America? As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the Department of

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Brightmark RNG Holdings Aims to Expand U.S. Biomethane Offerings

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Brightmark LLC, a global waste solutions company, and Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., have expanded their previously announced joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, to own projects across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG). … Brightmark

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA CEO: Take General Motors’ Gasoline Vehicle Phase-out Plan “With a Grain of Lithium Salt”

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) General Motors, the largest US auto maker, has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2040, including the phase-out of gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. On Thursday, the company announced a science-based approach toward carbon neutrality that focuses on the transition to battery electric or

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

General Motors to Eliminate Gasoline and Diesel Light-Duty Cars and SUVs by 2035: Big U.S. Automaker Says It Will Invest Heavily in Electric Vehicles and Become Carbon Neutral by 2040

by Steven Mufson (Washington Post) General Motors said Thursday that it will end the sale of all gasoline and diesel powered passenger cars and light sports utility vehicles by 2035, marking an historic turning point for the iconic American automobile company and promising a future full of new electric vehicles

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Ask Biden to Restore the Integrity of the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter, signed by Sens. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill.; Amy Klobuchar,

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

GM Reverses on Trump, Exits Suit Challenging California’s Tougher Emissions Standards

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  … General Motors will no longer be siding with the Trump administration in a legal battle to hinder California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emissions standards. In a letter to environmental groups involved in the same suit, General Motors said they have withdrawn from the litigation,

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Lignin-Splitting Method Inspired by Nature

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …  “Bacteria and fungi break down plants through a number of different ways. When you see mushrooms growing on dead logs in a forest, they are breaking down the plant cell wall into small pieces that they ‘eat’ so that they

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article
    The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy    —  November 13, 2020   —   ONLINE

The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy — November 13, 2020 — ONLINE

Please join us on Friday, November 13, 2020, on Zoom, for “The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy”—our not-to-be-missed investor webinar on Maine’s growing bioeconomy. Friday, November 13, 2020 9 to 11 am EST Via Zoom — Link to be provided This webinar will provide a discussion forum and

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles Wrap and Roll

(National Biodiesel Board)  “Better, Cleaner, Now” message delivered from coast to coast  —  Newly branded vehicles highlighting biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits are rolling along city streets and interstate highways from the nation’s capital, to Texas oil country, up the California coast and throughout the Midwest. The National Biodiesel

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

(Houston Chronicle)  Using current and past Census data, Stacker tracks the way the American farming industry has changed over the past century.  Over the past century, American farming has changed dramatically. Crops with long histories like tobacco are still prevalent throughout the South, while many farmers across the country are now

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces $16.5 Million for Technologies Supporting the Biofuels Supply Chain

(U.S. Department of Energy/ARPA-E) Today, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced $16.5 million in funding for six projects as part of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program. These projects will develop technologies that bridge the data gap in the biofuel

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG’s Growing Role in Decarbonization Strategies

by Sam Lehr, David Cox and Mike Alaimo (RNG Coalition/Biomass Magazine) Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part America’s push toward clean energy sources and technology.  —  … Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part of this future as a proven way to reduce

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Parsing the Climate Message

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention featured a lengthy 11-minute take on Joe Biden’s climate and clean energy strategy that hammered home some of his big themes rather than the wonky details (which you can read here). The segment was heavy on optimism and

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Vision 2020 Announces Ad Blitz on EPA Threat to Biofuels

(Biofuels Vision 2020/Ethanol Producer Magazine) In the run up to the November election, Biofuels Vision 2020 is launching a new ad campaign raising the alarm over a major regulatory threat to the economic recovery in Iowa. The new sizable, five-figure digital ad buy calls on Iowa voters to share their concerns about the Trump administration’s

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivotal Research Discovers Practices, Technologies Key to Sustainable Farming

by Anna Marie Tomczyk (Argonne National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  … The practices that grain farmers use to produce their crops—managing fertility, tillage practice and crop rotations—influence the overall carbon footprint of U.S. agriculture.  By using sustainable practices, farmers could substantially reduce their carbon footprint and become a vital partner to the biofuel

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas & Advanced Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ameresco’s Biogas & Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital, Michael Bakas, Executive Vice President of Distributed Energy Systems at Ameresco shared these illuminating slide guides about their advanced renewable energy and tech portfolio including their design, build, operation and maintenance of the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas facility of its kind

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (July 2, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions.

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Auto Industry to Fight Lawsuit Saying Auto Standards Too Stringent

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which includes automakers and vehicle parts manufacturers, on Friday moved to defend EPA’s auto emissions rollback — from a libertarian think tank that argues the weakened rule is still too stringent. Increasing the standards’ stringency gives the industry a

May 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogas-To-RNG Project Developer Is Ready To Move The Needle

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle)  BioCycle interviewed Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, about his company’s growth trajectory in the anaerobic digestion and RNG space.  — In August 2016, Bob Powell founded Brightmark Energy “to think about environmental problems that were not being addressed well,” he recalls. “I knew wind and

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Joni of Ernst Leads the Defense of the RFS

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …   Leading the defenses is Joan of Ernst, er, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa along with Tina Smith of Minnesota, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Two Republicans, two Democrats, now urging the Trump Administration to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and

May 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Ernst, Grassley, Bipartisan Senators Reject Legality of Waiving the RFS, Call on Administration to Protect Biofuels

(Office of Senator Joni Ernst)  Ernst and her colleagues write, “We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operating amid the COVID-19 crisis.”  —  U.S.

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Great Plains Institute’s Latest Report: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative, facilitated by the Great Plains Institute, is a broad coalition of fuels producers and marketers, nonprofit and research organizations, scientists and engineers, and agriculture and industry stakeholders. The coalition works to create economic benefits for the region through policy,

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Company Will Produce Enough Biogas to Drive 5,100 Heavy Trucks from San Francisco to NYC Annually

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company launched over the past two years. The Michigan farmers have signed agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming

(American Associates/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/EurekAlert!) Biomass fuels derived from various grasses could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon, according to a long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU). In a new paper published in Environmental Science and Technology, the

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Partners with Michigan Dairy Farms to Produce RNG

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, today (March 5, 2020) announced that it has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company has launched over the past two years. The Michigan farmers have each signed supply

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

MSU Researchers Aim to Optimize Algae Biofuel Production

by Karly Graham (The State News) Michigan State researchers are testing algae hibernation to optimize the plant’s ability to be used for biofuel production. Using algae to produce biofuels is a question of economic feasibility, Tomomi Takeuchi, a research assistant in MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory said. Algae produce oil as a response to adverse

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Your Ride for a More Stable Climate: Scientists Measure the Climate Benefits of Alternatives to Petroleum Fuels

(National Science Foundation) Transportation produces a sizable amount of greenhouse gas emissions, largely by using petroleum to power internal combustion engines. Alternatives –- for example, organic materials such as grasses to produce fuels or electricity –- could avoid petroleum use altogether. Now, a team of scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Limited Biofuels M&A Activity in 2019, Stage Set for Potentially Busy 2020

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest) Biofuels Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity in North America was subdued in 2019. Only four operating biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuels plants were sold during the year. These four acquired plants were relatively small with a combined capacity of only 133 Million Gallons Per Year.

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

A Protein Lulls Algae to ‘Sleep,’ and What That Means for Making Green Fuels

by Igor Houwat and Layne Cameron (Michigan State University)  Algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value biofuels and oils. A big hurdle that holds us back from mass producing algae feedstocks is that they make more oil when stressed out, like during starvation. When stressed, algae

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Interfacing with R&D and Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Advanced Development & Optimization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are always trying to optimize – optimize processes, efficiencies, cost, value, and more, but did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has a program just for this sort of thing? The ADO or Advanced Development and Optimization program has several

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

(Great Plains Institute)  This Initiative is exploring a clean fuels policy, at the state or regional level, as a marketdriven approach to achieving our economic, energy security, climate, environmental, and public health goals. This white paper presents policy design considerations that are intended to inform further discussion of new and

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Klobuchar Leads Letter Expressing Concern that the Newly Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Blending Targets Will Be Undermined by Continued Abuse of ‘Hardship’ Waivers

(Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)) Klobuchar has spent months calling for an end to the harm caused by abuse of hardship waivers  —  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a public comment letter last week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing concern over the proposed supplemental

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Urges EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments  today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE CEO Brian Jennings detailed three areas in which the proposal falls short in ACE’s written

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Posts Call-in Information for Oct. 30 Hearing on SRE Proposal (and Proposal) COMMENT DEADLINE: November 29, 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its Oct. 30 hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking released Oct. 15 that seeks comments on how the agency should project the volume of small refinery exemptions (SREs) in future annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemakings

October 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Michigan Biodiesel Dealer Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

(Wisconsin Ag Connection/USAgNet)  A Bloomfield, Mich., biodiesel fuel dealer pleaded guilty today to filing a false income tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan. According to plea documents, Chandra

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Breakthroughs at the Bioenergy Research Centers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over 10 years (2007–2017), three Bioenergy Research Centers produced multiple breakthroughs in the form of deepened understanding of sustainable biomass production practices, targeted re-engineering of biomass feedstocks, development of new methods for deconstructing feedstocks, and engineering of microbes for more effective production of a diverse

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Core Leaf-Bound Microbes Identified for Two Key Bioenergy Crops

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how the microorganisms that reside there establish and maintain themselves over the course of a

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Undergraduates Participate in Bioenergy Research at GLBRC

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Each year, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) hosts a group of undergraduate students to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, designed to immerse students in research. This summer, 11 undergraduate students joined laboratories at Michigan State University and the University

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Mimic Natural Decay to Break Down Plant Material for Biofuel Production

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Inspired by bacteria’s role in natural plant decay, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University have mimicked a bacterial pathway to break down the toughest parts of a plant in preparation for biofuel processing. The new method, published August 16 in ChemSusChem, uses

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

The Andersons, Marathon Petroleum Combine Ethanol Interests

(The Andersons/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Andersons Inc. today announced that it and Marathon Petroleum Corp. have merged four ethanol entities with and into the new legal entity The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC (TAMH). The ethanol facilities involved in the merger include those in Albion, Michigan; Clymers, Indiana; and Greenville, Ohio, which were all

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

$73 Million, 35 Projects, Who Won, for What and Why: The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 Project Selections

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected 35 projects totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development support. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Numbers Confirm Declining Demand For Ethanol

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The national average price for corn this season is back to $3.60 a bushel, about where it’s been most of this year except for an early-season spike ($4.16 in July) before the size and quality of the crop was known.  That’s not great news for corn growers,

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Cooperative Relies on RFS Waivers: CountryMark Sits on Both Sides of Small-Refinery Waiver Controversy

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The farmer-owned CountryMark cooperative and fuel refinery is caught in the middle of the small-refinery exemption controversy. The company operates in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky — most of its customers at more than 100 retail stations are farmers and rural communities that have

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Battery, Starch-Based Gift Cards, Future Fashion, Plant-Based Flame Retardants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week is a merry mix of biobased innovations around the world. From the creation of artificial reefs made from PLA in Israel and Spain’s starch-based gift cards to the U.S. where biobased battery materials are reality in Washington state and where flame retardants made from

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Corn Farmers to Trump: The Government Put Us in ‘One Hell of a Bad Situation’

by Tal Axelrod (The Hill) The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) blasted the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying the government has put it in “one hell of a bad situation.” The trade association hammered President Trump for approving what it called 31 “unjustified” refinery waivers tied to ethanol, along with his year-plus trade war

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

UNL Researchers Leading Biofuel Studies

(KFORNOW)  Sorghum, the third most abundant cereal crop in the United States, is emerging as a star player in the biofuels industry. Right now, however, maximizing the crop’s potential is challenging. The function of much of its complete set of DNA remains a mystery. Without pinpointing the function of more of

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Stakeholders Speak out on EPA’s 2020 Renewable Fuel Proposal

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  More than two dozen representatives from the renewable natural gas (RNG) industry spoke at Wednesday’s public hearing in Michigan to provide feedback on 2020 biofuel volumes proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. “The RNG Coalition is the

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

From Biomass to BioPlus: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to GranBio’s Nanocellulose

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GranBio is focused on commercial deployment of technologies for the production of biofuels, biochemicals, and nanocellulose. Kim Nelson, PhD, CTO Nanocellulose of GranBio gave this illuminating overview of GranBio’s two distinct nanocellulose processes, the BETO project for jet fuel and nanocellulose co-production, the Thomaston Biorefinery which

August 5, 2019 Read Full Article

New Renewable Natural Gas Processing Facility Opens in Nebraska

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Michigan-based Aria Energy recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest renewable natural gas (RNG) facility, located at the Waste Connections-owned Butler County Landfill in David City, Neb. Aria Energy, which constructed the project, also owns and operates the facility, which processes and purifies up to

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Norfolk Farmer Diversifies Income and Boosts Soil Health with Miscanthus

(Terravesta)   Norfolk farmer, Adam Brewer, is planning for the future by diversifying his income and looking after his soils with Miscanthus.  Farmers wanting to learn more about the many environmental and financial benefits presented by the crop are invited to attend a Miscanthus farm walk hosted by Adam and Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta on

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Whole-Tree Harvesting Could Boost Biomass Production

by Kelley Christensen (Michigan Technological University)  … Forest biomass is expected to be one of the key energy sources, but many people have wondered how to feed biofuel plants the materials they need without destroying forest resources. Whole-tree aspen logging promotes renewable biomass energy from tops and branches, parts of the tree

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

A Political ‘Fight to the Knife’ over Ethanol Comes to Wisconsin

by Chris Hubbuch (Wisconsin State Journal)  … “There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party,” said Scott Irwin, chairman of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It’s pitting two significant Republican constituencies of the president and neither one is now in a position to issue any kinds of

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA to Hold Hearing on 2020 RFS Proposal July 31 in Michigan

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The agency released the rulemaking on July

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM Launches Ad Campaign Urging the President to Protect Refinery Jobs

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  Today (July 8, 2019), AFPM launched an advertising campaign asking President Trump to keep his promise to protect U.S. refiners from unchecked ethanol mandates that threaten to kill our jobs. This campaign comes on the heels of increasing calls from the ethanol industry to eliminate small

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

In Lobbying Battle for Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, It’s Car Makers vs. the Oil and Gas Industry

by Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson (Washington Post)  … GM, like a fleet of other car manufacturers, is seeking the extension of a tax break that has for a decade helped sustain the sale of cars that need little to no gasoline to run.  This has triggered an intense lobbying battle with oil and

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

NUVU Fuels Making E15 Lead Fuel Product Following Approval of Year-Round E15 Sales

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that the Michigan-based fuel retailer NUVU Fuels will make E15 – a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel – the standard blend available to customers at all NUVU Fuels locations beginning this summer. NUVU Fuels will offer flex vehicle owners the choice of higher biofuel blends

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

University of North Florida Researcher Awarded USDA Grant to Study Plant-Based Alternative Fuel Sources

(Univeristy of North Florida)  Switchgrass—a Productive Native Species—Could Possibly Fuel Vehicles into the Future  —  Dr. Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Six MSU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

(Michigan State University)  … Daniel Ducat, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received $1,033,970 from NSF’s Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology to investigate the fundamental interactions that underpin resilient microbial partnerships and may be key to solving some of the earth’s biggest resource challenges. Ducat’s team will

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Ambassador Named to Mich. Environmental Hall of Fame

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Biodiesel Board applauds biodiesel ambassador Chris Case for his lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship, which has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society hosted an induction ceremony May 15 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Grant Available for Fuel Retailers

(Morning Clips)  Grant aimed at increasing the number of E15 pumps in the state  —  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan unveiled a new grant program aimed at increasing the availability of higher-level blends of ethanol fuel to Michigan consumers. The grant is open to fuel retailers in Michigan who want to

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

(Michigan Technological University/Science Codex)  What is the genetic basis for eucalyptus trees to produce that fragrant oil many of us associate with trips to the spa? Carsten Külheim, associate professor in Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus.

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

E15 Availability Could Get Boost from Grant Program

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

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article
    Road to the Green New Deal   —   various dates April-May 2019   —   various locations

Road to the Green New Deal — various dates April-May 2019 — various locations

In 2018, young Sunrise leaders put the Green New Deal on the map and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The political establishment is scrambling to keep up with thousands of people across the country who are eager to take action and bring the promise of

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Public Hearing for Modifications To Fuel Regulations To Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations March 29, 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, MI on March 29, 2019 for the proposed rule ‘‘Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations.’’ This proposed rule will be published separately in the Federal Register. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The acquisition of American Process Inc’s technologies, intellectual property portfolio and physical assets strengthens GranBio’s market position in the deployment of highly competitive industrial processes for conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, chemicals, and nanocellulose. The details GranBio completed the acquisition of 100% equity

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article
    XBX Exploring Biodiesel Seminar Series   —  May 20, May 30, August 1, 2019   — East Greenwich, RI; Long Beach, CA

XBX Exploring Biodiesel Seminar Series — May 20, May 30, August 1, 2019 — East Greenwich, RI; Long Beach, CA

The second annual XBX series will examine biodiesel’s growing prominence in the liquid fuels supply chain. In the wider context of today’s advanced, high-efficiency OEM technologies, and the increasingly ultra-low-sulfur diesel supply pool, the seminars will call attention to biodiesel’s downstream operability and marketability as a carbon-neutral, renewable fuel that’s

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Co-Produce High-Value Terpenoid Biomaterials and Biofuel in Plants

(Michigan State University/Phys.Org)  Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The study is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Terpenoids form the largest class of natural products in plants and have been used by humans for thousands of years. Modern applications for

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

On Tap: Retailers Preparing for Year-Round E15 Have Options for Pumps, Financing and Marketing.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(W)ith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to E15, hopefully before next summer’s driving season. Retailers will have to decide not only if they will offer the blend, but how they’ll dispense it. For those who

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO North America Finds New Site for Planned Kansas Biogas Plant after Community Upset with Original Plan

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The zoning change coupled with a conditional use permit would have allowed VNA to construct its first US biomethane production facility. It was anticipated that the zoning and conditional use permit would be issued by no later than October 2018. Unfortunately, a group of Sumner

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Rebecca (Becky) Ong

Rebecca (Becky) Ong majored in chemical engineering and tacked on a degree in plant biology. “I had no plan to integrate them at all,” she says, “I was just interested in plants.” All of that changed, however, when Ong attended a lecture by Michigan State University professor Bruce Dale on

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Love of Plants and Problem-Solving Drives Bioenergy Researcher Rebecca Ong

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … “My parents really instilled in me the importance of conservation,” says (Rebecca) Ong, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University and researcher at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). “From an early age, I had this idea of sustainability and the

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Undergraduates Participate in Bioenergy Research at GLBRC through REU Program

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research  Center)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center hosted 10 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) students in summer 2018. Seven students participated in bioenergy-related research at Michigan State, and three at UW–Madison. We asked them to tell us a little about their interests, motivations, and/or goals related to

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

To Fulfill Biofuels’ Promise, Scientists Boost Plant Oils with Gene Editing

by Cici Zhang (Chemical and Engineering News)  Increasing the fatty acids in crops’ seeds, leaves, and stems could make biofuels more economically viable  —  … Plant scientist Heike Sederoff of North Carolina State University, however, is very familiar with the oils that camelina offers. The highly concentrated fatty acids produced by

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

First Committee Chair Backs Green New Deal

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Rep. Nydia Velázquez , the presumptive incoming chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, became the latest House Democrat to back the Green New Deal on Tuesday. “We cannot delay when it comes to addressing this existential threat to our planet,” she tweeted. “Water-adjacent cities, especially

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae ‘Blooms’ in Automotive Industry

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Mazda is investing in it. Honda is using it for R&D and potential byproducts. Algenol, AlgaEnergy and others grow and develop it. Euglena began producing it for biojet fuel at its new biofuel refinery plant in Japan. The U.S. government has a whole R&D department that is looking at this stuff. The list goes on. So

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex, Trucent Announce Scale up of MicroX Technology

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

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

From Ponds to Power: $2M to Perfect Algae as Diesel Fuel

by Nicole Casal Moore (University of Michigan) U-M becomes one of the few institutes in the world working on the problem end-to-end  —  With $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

New Algae/Fungi Biofuels System, Breakthru on Sugar Yields, Biodegradable Clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG Benefit, Indigo Ag’s $250M, Robotic Precision Harvest: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 3rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. In today’s Digest, a new algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG benefit revealed, Indigo Ag raises $250M, robotic precision harvest, biotech labs made from shipping boxes —

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governors’ Races

by Marianne Lavelle and Dan Gearino  (Inside Climate News)  Governors have the power to set the agenda on renewable energy or throw up roadblocks to its progress. It’s become an issue in several races this year.  —  Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governor’s

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Marshall High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-two students from Marshall High School toured the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, who were from the school’s automotive repair and maintenance class, learned of the various processes of ethanol production at the 50 million gallon-a-year

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

A Switchgrass Sugar Situation

by Paige Short (Michigan Technological University)  Switchgrass is a promising biofuel alternative to corn, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. … The current viable harvest window for switchgrass extends from peak biomass, when the grass is at its biggest before it

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Donald Trump Is Feeling the Heat From Midwestern Farmers

by Justin Worland (Time Magazine) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made two big promises: renegotiating free trade agreements and helping corn growers by supporting ethanol.  …  As tensions over trade have proven painful to Midwestern farmers in the short term, demands that he do more to back ethanol have increased from

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 6 Projects for Co-Optimization of Engines and Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research. Approximately $10.1 million of that funding will support six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. “Improving the affordability of

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Harnessing Algae and Fungi to Create New Biofuel System

by Igor Houwat (Michigan State University) Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Diversification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility operations, risk management, ethanol and distiller dried grains marketing. The Andersons’ recently provided this illuminating

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Groups Oppose LCFS Change – Groups Ask Calif. to Draw Back on Proposal That Picks Winners, Losers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a rare moment of unity, biofuels, environmental and other groups are calling on the California Air Resources Board to change a new provision in its low-carbon fuel standard, that the groups say would give hydrogen electric vehicle fuels an advantage over biofuels and

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Locating the Production Site of Glucan in Grass Cell Walls

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  … To learn more about glucose, the sugary feedstock of biofuel refineries, scientists want to know where a polymer of glucose, mixed-linkage glucan (MLG), resides in grasses as grass species are a major potential renewable biomass feedstock. Scientists from the center demonstrated that MLG is present primarily

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Plant Proposal Raising Concerns for Residents in Sumner County

by Tiffany Lane (KSNW)  Residents expressed concern Wednesday night over a proposal to build a biofuel plant in Sumner County. A Michigan company is hoping to build a plant near Belle Plaine that would convert wheat straw into renewable gas.  The company says the plant could add 100 jobs to the community. But

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

New Exclusive Agreement Enhances Alternative Fuel System Distribution in U.S.

(ICOM North America/NGV Journal)  ICOM North America LLC of New Hudson, Michigan, and Nat G CNG Solutions LLC of Houston, Texas signed an Exclusive Dealer Agreement under which Nat G will be a non-exclusive dealer for ICOM’s Dynamic™ CNG, LNG and RNG Systems for heavy duty trucks, which are powered by

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

by Igor Houwat and Andrew Hagen (Michigan State University)  The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, called expand iconbacterial microcompartments, are widespread in nature and do different things depending on the host. For

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing to capture and store carbon emissions in geologic formations or use CO2 to extract oil

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Video: Biofuel from Algae

(University of Michigan)  University of Michigan scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at U-M’s E.S. George Reserve near Pinckney, Michigan in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. 

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that commission a custom motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs never register it, and never ride it. They become corporate lobby trophies

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the mess, a sky-vacumming organism and much more. As we reported last week here, the U.S.

June 28, 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
  Octane Workshop Series   —   July 9-12, 2018   —   Various Locations

Octane Workshop Series — July 9-12, 2018 — Various Locations

The Fuels Institute and the national laboratories that comprise the DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative are co-hosting a series of collaborative, single-day stakeholder meetings to review current research on the role of octane and other fuel properties relevant to producing fuels that could enable the design of more

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