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Spinning Food Processing Waste into ‘Gold’ — Study Proposes Profitable Ways to Repurpose Industrial Waste

by Emily Caldwell (Science Daily/Ohio State University) Scientists have taken the first step at estimating the best large-scale uses for food processing waste, first analyzing its contents and, based on those findings, proposing production opportunities ranging from sustainable fuels, biogas and electricity to useful chemicals and organic fertilizer. There is money

January 30, 2023 Read Full Article

Clean Energy to Provide 86 Million Gallons of RNG to One of Nation’s Largest Transit Systems, San Diego MTS

(Clean Energy Fuels/Business Wire)  Production of RNG begins at Del Rio Dairy, Clean Energy’s First Investment in the Negative Carbon Intensive Fuel — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE), the largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market, has been awarded a contract by San Diego Metropolitan Transit

January 26, 2023 Read Full Article

GE Aerospace’s GEnxEngine Completes Ground Testing with 100% SAF

by Juan Pedro Thomas (Biofuels Digest) GE Aerospace announced on its social media channels that the General Electric GEnx engine had recently completed ground testing on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The company noted that the SAF testing was carried out in collaboration with NASA. The engine is attached to a

January 5, 2023 Read Full Article

Biofuels a Growing Part of Ohio Agriculture

by Patrick Cooley (The Columbus Dispatch) Paul Herringshaw watched the price of corn improve dramatically when the POET Bioprocessing facility opened in 2008 in Fostoria, a short drive from his Wood County farm. The ethanol plant, one of three in Ohio operated by the South Dakota firm called POET, buys corn

December 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Industry’s Big Bet on Chemical Recycling Is Sparking Policy Fights across the Country

by Jordan Wolman (Politico) … At Alterra Energy, trucks drop off shredded plastic from recycling centers across the Midwest. That plastic is heated to temperatures between 800 and 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit to break it down. The end product, 200 to 300 barrels per day of synthetic crude oil, is transported

December 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Ope, Sorry: Midwestern House Dems Push for Leaders between the Coasts

by Sarah Ferris (Politico)  Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell and her allies are done being polite about Democrats’ lack of leadership in the Heartland. —  A vocal group of Midwestern Democrats is telling it straight: Their party has a flyover country problem. And Democrats are going to have to do a lot more

December 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Unleaded 88, E85 Help Lower Your Cost at Pump. Congress Can Help Ethanol Do More.

by Tadd Nicholson (Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association./Columbus Dispatch)  … Fortunately for Ohio drivers, an increasing number of retailers across the state now offer higher ethanol blends. These retailers sell lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend, often marketed as Unleaded 88, as well as E85 for use in

December 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Watch Farmers Speak at COP27: International Climate Change Conversations

(Solutions from the Land) … Solutions from the Land was especially pleased to have been selected by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to co-host the opening event at their pavilion on Agriculture Day, which focused on issues related to adaptation, mitigation, and food systems. At the event, moderated by California

November 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Products Made with Captured Greenhouse Gas Are Reaching Commercial Scale

By Dieter Holger (Wall Street Journal) Straws, bottles and packaging made with captured greenhouse-gas are starting to reach commercial scale, offering a way for businesses making and using everyday products to reduce emissions contributing to global warming.  Locking up greenhouse gas in ingredients that go into products can be costly compared

November 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Petroleum and Ag Groups Express Support for Year-Round E15 Legislation

(Renewable Fuels Association) In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Senate and House leadership, a broad coalition of energy and agriculture organizations called on Congress to quickly adopt legislation that would resolve inconsistent fuel volatility regulations. Specifically, the groups expressed support for legislation that would result in equal regulatory treatment for all gasoline

November 22, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Making High-Efficiency Ethylene from CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this project, researchers aim for high-efficiency electrochemical production of ethylene from CO2,. Specific in this project, they sought to design electrodes to direct the cascade reaction from CO2 to ethylene via carbon monoxide, and to design a catalyst that would balance ideally the ions,

November 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Why Is Used Cooking Grease Stolen from Restaurants?

by Jamie Ostroff (Nexstar Media Wire/WGN) Why are criminals stealing used cooking oil from restaurants across central Ohio and elsewhere? Sumit Majumdar, the president of Buffalo Biodiesel, said the crime has cost his company millions of dollars. “It’s ballooning. It’s wiping out a third of our business,” Majumdar said. “To put that

November 11, 2022 Read Full Article

$2 Million FAA Grant Supports Study of Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Missouri S&T

by Andrew Careaga (Missouri University of Science and Technology) The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded a $2.05 million grant to a Missouri S&T researcher to study how different types of sustainable aviation fuels could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. Dr. Philip Whitefield, Curators’ Distinguished Professor emeritus of chemistry

October 31, 2022 Read Full Article

States Are Vying for Money to Start ‘Hydrogen Hubs.’ What Are They?

by Robert Zullo (Wisconsin Examiner) Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle

October 27, 2022 Read Full Article

GE Honda Completes 100 Percent SAF Testing On HF120 Engine

by Kate O’Connor (AvWeb)  GE Honda Aero Engines (GHAE) has completed ground testing of its HF120 engine using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the company announced at the 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The test, which compared engine performance using 100 percent SAF to performance with Jet A/A1,

October 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Unleaded 88 Fuel Is Spreading in Ohio, but Is It Good for Your Car and the Climate?

by Patrick Cooley (The Columbus Dispatch)  … Ohio has at least 88 gas stations that sell unleaded 88, up from 10 or 15 in 2016, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. (A spokesperson cautioned that the association’s list is not comprehensive.) Nationwide, around 2,400 stations sell E15, about 1.5% of the total.

October 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Senators Urge EPA to Expand RFS Blending Volumes

by Rachel Schutte (Farm Progress)  Bipartisan letter comes as the agency prepares to issue the ‘set’ rule in coming weeks. — As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue its “set” rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard, a bipartisan group of thirteen senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the

October 20, 2022 Read Full Article

State of West Virginia Brings Together Major Energy Companies and Leading Energy Technology Firms to Develop a Clean Hydrogen Hub in the Region

(North American Clean Energy) The State of West Virginia, EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest natural gas producer, Battelle and GTI Energy, both with deep expertise executing clean energy programs for the federal government, and Allegheny Science & Technology (AST), a leading West Virginia energy technology consulting firm, have collaborated to establish a Regional Clean Hydrogen

October 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Announces Opening of Ohio Renewable Natural Gas Station for Amazon and Other Trucking Fleets

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./Business Wire) The Groveport station is first of 19 under agreement with Amazon —  Clean Energy’s new station in Groveport, OH will provide renewable natural gas, a fuel produced from organic waste, to Amazon trucks and other fleets. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE), the largest provider of

October 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Encouraging Farmers to Fuel up with Their Crop at the Pump

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News) The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association is encouraging farmers to fuel up with their crop at the pump. Speaking with Brownfield at Farm Science Review, OCWGA Executive Director Tadd Nicholson says the association is encouraging farmers to use Unleaded 88. “We’re doing a whole lot

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Brown Announces $2.5 Million for Biofuel Research at The Ohio State University

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH))  Today (September 13, 2022), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a $2.5 million grant to The Ohio State University (OSU) for research on the creation of new biofuel energy to help decarbonize multiple sectors. “Biofuel energy research and

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $29.5 Million for Improved Bioenergy Resource Recovery and Conversion Systems

( U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $29.5 million to 15 projects to improve the current science and infrastructure for utilizing waste streams, often disproportionately located in underserved communities, and support the development of improved organisms and inorganic catalysts for the production of valuable biofuels and bioproducts

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Siouxland Ethanol Plant Part of Record-Breaking Settlement for Toxic Releases

by Ariel Pokett (Siouxland Proud/KCAU)  An ethanol manufacturer agreed to pay a $1.7 million settlement with the EPA for allegedly releasing toxins at four plants, including one facility in Siouxland. Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC agreed to pay the settlement after a total of 131 violations were reported at four facilities in Indiana, Michigan,

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

USGC Promotes Ethanol and DDGS Exports

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) organized a mission to Brazil last week to learn about the market potential Brazilian corn ethanol has domestically and globally and about logistics faced by U.S. ethanol exporters to Brazil at the main ports situated in the northeastern part of the country. The team

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Andersons

The company aims to be “ the Most Nimble and Innovative North American Ag Supply Chain Company,” and has operations in the purchase and merchandising of grain, ethanol and plant nutrients (suppling  primary nutrients; strong warehouse and farm center network in Eastern Corn Belt). This up to date presentation covers

August 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Babcock & Wilcox to Provide Advanced Hydrogen Generation, Combustion and Decarbonization Technologies for Clean Energy Project in Ohio

(Babcock & Wilcox) – B&W will team with Newpoint Gas, supplying BrightLoopTM hydrogen generation and decarbonization technology and BrightGenTM combustion technology for groundbreaking project – Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary will provide construction services – B&W technology will allow plant to produce hydrogen, isolate carbon dioxide and create clean, near-zero emissions energy

August 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Atlantic Biomass, LLC and Bionoid, Inc. Sign Letter of Intent to Produce Commercial Quantities of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) from Residual Hemp Biomass

(Atlantic Biomass and Bionoid) In a surprise announcement at the annual Advisory Board Meeting of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2), Phase I MEI2 grant recipient Atlantic Biomass, LLC signed a Letter of Intent with Bionoid, Inc. signaling their joint commitment to producing commercial quantities of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Moving Stepwise toward State Clean Fuel Standards

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) From Minnesota to Nebraska, discussions around performance-based fuel standards are bringing a broad range of stakeholders together. Progress requires coalition building and compromise. Movement towards state clean fuel standards in the Midwest inspired by a broader regional vision continues, albeit slowly. Brian Kletscher,

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Anniversary Book: Funding, Organizational Growth, and Feedstock Wars

(Clean Fuels Alliance America) As the 1990s dawned, more than a decade of renewed research had been performed on various straight vegetable oils and esterified varieties by a number of individuals and universities both in the U.S. (North Dakota State, Idaho, Illinois, etc.) and globally. “Carroll Goering at the University of

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Hexion Announces Adoption of Renewable Methanol to Produce a More Sustainable Product

(Hexion/Business Wire) Hexion Inc. today (July 14, 2022) announced that it has begun using bio-based methanol in the production of formaldehyde at its Baytown, Texas, manufacturing site. The formaldehyde is then provided to a key customer that leverages bio-benzene to produce methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), ultimately offering a product with more

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Chemical Recycling of Plastic: Neste Acquires European Rights to Alterra Energy’s Thermochemical Liquefaction Technology

(Neste) Neste has purchased the European rights to Alterra Energy’s liquefaction technology, further solidifying the company’s efforts to advance chemical recycling. Alterra Energy is a US-based company that has developed a proprietary thermochemical solution for liquefaction of hard-to-recycle plastic. In Akron, Ohio, the company is already running an industrial-scale facility that

July 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Sheetz Chain Lowers Price for E15 Gas to $3.99 for July 4 Travel and E85 Has Been Marked Down to $3.49

(AutoBlog)  Sheetz, a convenience store chain, has lowered the price of gas for the July 4 holiday weekend to $3.99 for a gallon of 88-octane regular. Note that Sheetz’ Unleaded 88 is a blend of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol. Sheetz says (scroll to the bottom of the FAQ page): “E15

July 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Ohio Asks EPA for Permanent E15 Change

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) List of Midwest States Seeking E15 Rulemaking Grows to Nine With Ohio Request — Add Ohio to a list of Midwest states that are asking the EPA to make a permanent change to allow year-round E15 sales beginning in 2023. The state’s governor on Friday

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

If Plastic Comes from Oil and Gas, Which Come Originally from Plants, Why Isn’t It Biodegradable?

by Yael Vodovotz (The Conversation/Curious Kids)  To better understand why plastics don’t biodegrade, let’s start with how plastics are made and how biodegradation works. … Petroleum contains a lot of a chemical called propylene. To make plastic, refiners heat the propylene together with a catalyst – a substance that speeds

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article
Midwest Fats, Oils, & Grease Conference   —   August 24-25, 2022    —   Canal Winchester, OH

Midwest Fats, Oils, & Grease Conference — August 24-25, 2022 — Canal Winchester, OH

Municipal fats, oils, & grease training & education conference.  Free to attend for municipalities and utilities. Lunch is provided.  Join us at the all new Brew Dog Columbus facility located just outside Columbus Ohio for a two-day conference focusing on the fats, oils, and grease industry. Come see the latest

May 20, 2022 Read Full Article

HoSt Group Enters US Market with Three Dairy Biogas Projects

(HoSt Group/Biomass Magazine)  The HoSt Group is very excited to kick-off business in the U.S. with three new biogas projects at dairy farms in upstate New York and in Ohio, to be realized in close cooperation with SJI Renewable Energy Ventures and Rev LNG. With these biogas projects in the

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Seventeen States Sue EPA for Letting California Set Vehicle Standards

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) Seventeen Republican state attorneys general on Friday announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing California to set its own vehicle emissions standards.  The lawsuit alleges EPA Administrator Michael Regan violated the Constitution’s doctrine of equal sovereignty by allowing California an exemption from the Clean

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Our Ohio Weekly: America’s Biofuels Industry

by Ty Higgins (Ohio Farm Bureau) Last week, the Biden administration discussed how its strategy to spur the development of homegrown biofuels is critical to expanding Americans’ options for affordable fuel in the short term and to building real energy independence in the long term by reducing our reliance on

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol against the World!

by Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg (Ohio’s Country Journal) …  “In a life cycle analysis of ethanol and electric vehicles, you have to look at the base load of carbon intensity. Right now, that number is 114 grams of CO2 per megajoule for the U.S. on average. If you took a

April 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Velocys Provides Update of US, UK SAF Projects

(Velocys/Biomass Magazine) … During 2021 we saw the achievement of a number of important objectives in our growth strategy culminating in two multi-year sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreements; the selection of our technology for an e-fuels project commissioned by the Government of Japan; and a significant capital raise to be

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Velocys Secures Lease for New Site in the US

(Biofuels International)  Velocys has recently secured a 15-year lease for a modern and sustainable facility in Columbus, Ohio. The company will be consolidating its catalysis services, microchannel reactor core assembly and technology licensing under one roof. In line with its recent Placing Circular, this will involve a capital investment of

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Expands Renewable Natural Gas Contracts with U.S. Fleets

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp.) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. continues to meet the growing demand for renewable natural gas with new fueling contracts, infrastructure expansions, and biomethane production projects. “More fleets are finding renewable natural gas to be the most easy and cost-effective way to achieve significant carbon reductions,” said Chad Lindholm,

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Calls for E15 Action Face Unwritten Deadlines

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) The Biden administration is fielding a steady stream of requests for emergency action to allow for summertime sales of E15, but those calls are coming up against the realities of the fuel supply chain as demonstrated by the actions of a pro-biofuel company. In various outreach

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Atlantic Biomass Conversion System Economically Produces High Volumes of Biofuels from Residual Hemp and Cannabis Biomass

(Atlantic Biomass) Atlantic Biomass, LLC has announced results of their Phase I Maryland Energy Innovation Institute Scale-Up project to verify the use of residual hemp biomass for the production of biofuels including sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Robert Kozak, President of Atlantic Biomass, said the results clearly showed that the very

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Selection of 11 Organizations to Receive $2 Million to Help Tackle the Climate Crisis Through Food Diversion

(Environmental Protection Agency) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the selection of 11 organizations expected to receive a total of approximately $2 million in funding to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity nationwide. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a process in which microorganisms break down organic materials, such as food

March 10, 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

Ohio Waste-to-Energy Site to Produce Bio-CNG for OPAL Fuels Stations

(OPAL Fuels/NGV Journal) OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas, has commenced commercial operation of a new facility to extract and capture waste methane from Rumpke Waste & Recycling’s Noble Road Landfill, transform it into biomethane and transport it through Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s wholly owned

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Neste Inks Renewable Diesel JV with Marathon, to Invest $1B in US Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) from Finland and Ohio comes the news that Neste has established a 50/50 joint venture with Marathon Petroleum to produce renewable diesel following a conversion project of Marathon’s refinery in Martinez, California. Through the JV Neste obtains a 50% interest in the Martinez Renewable Fuels project.

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Texas Leads 14-State Fight On Biden Vehicle Emissions Regs

by Clark Mindock (Law360)  A Texas-led group of states is slamming the Biden administration’s push to strengthen greenhouse gas standards for auto emissions, telling the D.C. Circuit on Monday it must intervene and stop a purported federal war on fossil fuels. The 14-state coalition headed by Lone Star State Attorney General Ken

March 1, 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

Marathon Announces Progress on Renewable Diesel Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Marathon Petroleum Corp. is working to optimize operations at its renewable diesel plant in Dickinson, North Dakota, and is ready to begin construction on the conversion of its refinery in Martinez, California. The company is also progressing with feedstock pretreatment projects. Michael Hennigan, president and CEO

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Grows to Godzilla Size – More than Doubles Operational Systems in 2022

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Like a feeding frenzy that doubles Godzilla’s size, in West Virginia, Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla FOG (fats, oils & grease) separation and processing systems will more than double the number of Greasezilla systems in operation during 2022, and that’s on top of

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article

E15 Gas Is Cheap. Should You Be Using This Alternative Fuel?

by Ann Thompson (WVXU) Casey’s and UDF call it unleaded 88. Thorntons labels it U88. And Tom’s Marathon in Harrison calls it E15. No matter what you call it, it’s less expensive than traditional fuel. You may have noticed another kind of gas at the pump. E15 is cheaper than

January 19, 2022 Read Full Article
Smart Cities Connect   —   April 4-7, 2022   —   Columbus, OH

Smart Cities Connect — April 4-7, 2022 — Columbus, OH

Join your friends and conference delegates in the Smart Cities Connect exposition and meet industry leading innovators, entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders representing 150 world class companies, universities and startups. Recognized as the largest gathering of smart IoT technologies and services companies serving cities across North America and the globe. See

January 18, 2022 Read Full Article

White House Will Recruit Rural Land for New Clean Energy Projects, Could It Create Too Much Competition for Land?

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb) The Biden Administration is ramping up its efforts to deploy clean energy infrastructure across the country. The White House announced this week plans to utilize public lands and rural America for wind, solar and other clean energy projects, but admits it will be a balance to ensure

January 14, 2022 Read Full Article

UGI and Vertimass Enter Agreement to Produce Renewable Fuels in the U.S. and Europe

(UGI Corporation) UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) announced today that it has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer, Vertimass, to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable-ethanol in the U.S. and Europe. The agreement centers on the development of production facilities using Vertimass’ catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol into renewable-propane and

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Secretary Vilsack Meets with GE Aviation on Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Reduce CO2

by Jay Stowe (GE Aviation/Biobased Diesel Daily) After leading USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on a tour of the engine development assembly facility at GE Aviation’s headquarters in Evendale, Ohio, in early December, chief engineer Chris Lorence posed a rhetorical question to the reporters assembled for a news conference: “What does the

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

The Airline Industry Is Catching Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fever

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica) United Airlines and ZeroAvia are teaming up to bring the dream of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell flight down to Earth.  —  The dream of all-electric flight just got bumped up in scale last week, when United Airlines announced that it has dibs on 100 electric

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing the Bioeconomy in TX, CA, and OH: Comprehensive Geospatial Biomass Feedstock Inventories for Potential Conversion to Biofuels, Biochar, Co-products

by : Richard J. Brenner, Wes Jurey and Todd Campbell (Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership)  Introduction. The ATIP Foundation (Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership) conducts projects in multi-county regions of 3 states to “advance the rural bioeconomy,” using a replicable model we developed based on the industry-cluster model of Michael Porter at Harvard

December 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Portman, Bennet Carbon Capture Improvement Act Signed into Law as Part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

(Office of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH))  U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced that their bipartisan Carbon Capture Improvement Act has been signed into law as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA recently passed the House in a vote of 228-206, having previously passed the Senate in

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Ohio House Approves Bill to Create Tax Credit for E15, E85 Sales

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Ohio House of Representatives on Nov. 17 voted 89 to zero in favor of a bill that aims to offer qualifying fuel retailers a 5-cent-per-gallon tax credit for sales of fuel containing between 15 and 85 percent ethanol. The bill, H.B. 165, would cap

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

House Hearing Focuses on Biofuels, the Renewable Economy

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit on Nov. 16 hosted a hearing on the renewable economy to help inform development of the next Farm Bill. The event featured testimony on the importance of biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard, year-round E15, and

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Kelly Davis

by Ken Colombini  (Renewable Fuels Association)  Three cities straddle the curve at the very south of Ohio: Huntington, W.Va.; South Point, Ohio; and Ashland, Ky.  To Kelly Davis, this confluence of the Big Sandy River into the Ohio is not only home, but where she got started in the ethanol industry nearly 40

November 9, 2021 Read Full Article

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

by Ellen Rosen (New York Times) Developers say industrial-scale farms are needed to meet the nation’s climate goals, but locals are fighting back against what they see as an encroachment on their pastoral settings.  READ MORE As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance (Lightlynews.com)  As Solar

November 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Vault Announces Energy Storage Agreement with DG Fuels to Provide 1.6 GWh of Energy Storage Capacity In Support of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Projects

(North American Clean Energy)  Energy Vault, Inc. (“Energy Vault”), the company developing sustainable, grid-scale energy storage solutions with its proprietary technology, announced that it has entered into an energy storage system agreement with DG Fuels LLC (“DG Fuels”), an emerging leader in renewable hydrogen and biogenic based, synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (”SAF”) and diesel

October 29, 2021 Read Full Article
CALL FOR PANELS  Smart Cities Connect   —   April 5-7, 2021   —   Columbus, OH    DEADLINE:  November 12, 2021

CALL FOR PANELS Smart Cities Connect — April 5-7, 2021 — Columbus, OH DEADLINE: November 12, 2021

Submit your Panel Proposal for review and consideration. Special consideration will be given to Panel Proposals that integrate city leadership with innovation and industry solutions, especially discussions that address cross-domain urban needs. Program Details Smart Cities represent the global vanguard communities addressing the growing resiliency pressures and opportunities presented by climate,

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article
Smart Cities Connect   —   April 5-7, 2021   —   Columbus, OH

Smart Cities Connect — April 5-7, 2021 — Columbus, OH

Smart Cities represent the global vanguard communities addressing the growing resiliency pressures and opportunities presented by climate, population, energy and resources.  A full 3-day in-person conference on April 5-7, 2022.   READ MORE

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

New Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicles Project Completed in Ohio

(Chesapeake Utilities Corporation/NGV Journal)  Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has completed the construction of its Noble Road Landfill Renewable Natural Gas pipeline project has been completed. The company’s subsidiary, Aspire Energy of Ohio, constructed the 33.1-mile pipeline, which will transport biomethane generated from the Noble Road Landfill in Shiloh, Ohio, to Aspire Energy’s

October 18, 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

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

UToledo Chemical Engineer Awarded $3.2 Million to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology

by Christine Billau (University of Toledo) The U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $65 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Airplane and Ship Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects align with administration’s new goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector by 2050 – –  As part of a White House roundtable to launch the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels. These investments will advance technologies to create replacements for petroleum fuels used in heavy-duty forms of transportation, like airplanes and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Jet Fuel Incentives Make Wish List for Spending Bill

by Lillianna Byington (Bloomberg Government) Lawmakers and industry are pushing for incentives to make flying greener as part of a $3.5 trillion tax and spending bill. Democrats, who are prioritizing environmental projects in budget negotiations, say they see support for provisions such as a sustainable aviation fuel tax credit among their caucus. American

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

UMD Researcher Awarded $6 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy to Create Value-Added Biofuels and Bioplastics from Food Waste

by Samantha Watters (University of Maryland)  Stephanie Lansing will serve as principal investigator, establishing a consortium of scientists and industry partners with the goal of creating renewable resources —  Stephanie Lansing, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland (UMD), is leading two new grants

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

United Dairy Farmers Gets $634,000 from USDA to Expand Ethanol Sales

(Farm and Dairy) An Ohio company received a chunk of $26 million given out through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Cincinnati-based United Dairy Farmers Inc. was awarded $634,000 to expand ethanol sales at its convenience stores and gas stations.  Grants were awarded in 23 states, including Ohio. The projects

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $24 Million to Capture Carbon Emissions Directly From Air

(U.S. Department of Energy) Nine Research Projects Will Advance Cost-Effective Carbon Capture Technologies  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing and storing carbon from the air. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is an expanding field in decarbonization and a key facet of the plan to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  “Finding ways to remove and store carbon directly from

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Air Biodiesel Joins Forces with Clean Fuels Ohio Coalition to Combat Carbon

(Clean Air Biodiesel Group/EIN Newswire) The State of Ohio will soon be cleaner, and greener thanks to the combined efforts of Clean Air Biodiesel and the Columbus based Clean Fuels Ohio organization. — The State of Ohio will soon be cleaner, and greener thanks to the combined efforts of Clean

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawmakers from Both Parties Call for Investment in Ag as a Climate Solution

(North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Thirty lawmakers from both houses of Congress have written a letter urging House and Senate leadership to support an historic, long-term investment in farmers, ranchers and rural communities as a part of upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation. Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Abigail Spanberger

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Stinkweed Could Make a Cleaner Bio-Jet Fuel, Study Finds

(Ohio State News)  Computer models estimate fewer environmental impacts than other crops  — A common farm weed could make a “greener” jet fuel with fewer production-related environmental impacts than other biofuels, a new study indicates. Growing the weed, pennycress – often called stinkweed – as a crop requires less fertilizer and

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $34 Million to Advance Waste and Algae Bioenergy Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy)  11 University- and Industry-Led Projects will Develop Biomass Resources to Convert to Low-Carbon Fuel for Planes and Ships  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nearly $34 million in funding for 11 projects that will support high-impact research and development to improve and produce biofuels,

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report RFA 40th Anniversary Feature – Bob Reynolds

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association was born in 1981 and RFA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by spotlighting some of the pioneers in the ethanol industry who were there at the beginning, like Bob Reynolds. Bob Reynolds founded Downstream Alternatives shortly after joining New Energy Co. of Indiana as

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

New Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Digester Costs for US Farmers

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bipartisan legislation has been introduced by US Senators to encourage investment in biodigester and nutrient recovery systems while establishing a new market for farmers. The Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act, a bill brought forward by US Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown, will help expand the market for renewable biogas

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $127 Million to Bring Innovative Clean Energy Technologies to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy continues to power the clean energy revolution among American small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards totaling $127 million to support 110 innovative projects – each focused on tackling the climate crisis by harnessing market-oriented solutions and emerging technologies.  DOE’s Office of Energy and Efficiency

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8M Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund

(WaterWorld) Greasezilla is actively seeking new FOG (fats, oils and grease) processing locations nationwide for joint ventures with government and private operators  — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ FOG separation and processing systems, announces that Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I, LLC, is investing over $8,000,000 to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide.

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Financing Carbon Capture

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are introducing legislation today that would help businesses finance carbon capture technology at power plants and other industrial facilities, and seek to give a boost to direct air capture. The bill, dubbed the Carbon Capture Improvement Act, would also open up tax-exempt

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Battelle and Catahoula Resources Forge Partnership to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

(Battelle) Battelle and Catahoula Resources (“Catahoula”) will jointly develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska. The agreement pairs the world’s largest private independent research and development company with a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group (“EMG”), one of the

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8 Million Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund for New Site Development

(Greasezilla) Greasezilla is actively seeking new FOG (fats, oils and grease) processing locations nationwide for joint ventures with government and private operators — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ FOG separation and processing systems, announces that Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I, LLC, is investing over $8,000,000 to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide. Greasezilla will

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $35 Million to Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (May 14, 2021) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Four Projects to Move Co-Optimized Biofuels and Combustion Engines Closer to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied research and development concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Announces Wind Energy Agreement for Dickinson Renewable Diesel Facility

(Marathon Petroleum Corporation)  Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) has signed an agreement with One Energy Enterprises LLC to install five 2.3 megawatt wind turbines at MPC’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The wind turbines will provide energy to the facility and help further decrease its carbon emissions profile. MPC contracted with

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Giant Neste Transforms America’s French Fry Grease into Clean Diesel

by Christopher Helman (Forbes) … “Nobody wants to send that material down the drain,” says Rick Sabol, president of the Mahoney division. And not just because fat globules can clog up sewer systems — but because that grease is valuable — if you gather up enough of it. “We always thought

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Partners with Next Generation of Pumpers to Install Greasezilla FOG Separation Systems in Key Cities

(Greasezilla)  Greasezilla is investing $1 million per facility in joint ventures to build FOG processing facilities nationwide. — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™, announces its work with a rising number of pumpers seeking end-to-end solutions from pumping through to processing, embracing new profitable technologies, and reducing landfilling. This new generation

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Ohio’s New Brand Aligns with National Leadership in Clean Transportation

by Sam Spofforth (Advanced Clean Tech News) Clean Fuels Ohio is ramping up new initiatives and launching a new brand that will build on success and drive clean transportation further into our economy. Our new brand will help better communicate our state and national leadership on sustainable transportation. A few weeks ago,

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

New Report: 21st Century Agriculture Renaissance: Solutions from the Land

(Solutions from the Land) “There has never been a greater need for an Agricultural Renaissance. The many voices of farmers, echoing across centuries of scarcity and abundance, challenge us to find new ways forward, paths that produce abundance for expanding populations while rejecting wasteful destruction of resources. We must seek these

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing Interest in Carbon Markets Coming from All Sides

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News) Interest and growth in carbon market programs is booming.  A recent ecosystem markets webinar hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership had more than 1600 participants registered with more than 600 questions submitted ahead of time. Speaker Kari Hernandez, Global Head of Carbon Operations and Offer Marketing with Indigo

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

The Andersons and BioStar Renewables Team up to Expand RNG Presence

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Ohio, The Andersons, Inc. is making an investment in BioStar Renewables, LLC and is establishing an active working relationship focused on the areas of renewable natural gas and organic fertilizer. BioStar Renewables is a clean energy company that specializes in anaerobic digestion technology that transforms

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Balancing Traditional Refinery Operations with New Renewable Ventures

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Sees Q1 2021 gasoline demand 90% of Q1 2020; STAR project continues at Galveston Bay, TX, refinery; Dickinson, ND RD plant to reach full rates end-Q1  —  US refiner Marathon Petroleum is embracing the renewable energy space as it looks to cut its carbon footprint, while positioning

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Can This Unlikely Duo Revive Rural America and Help the Planet? Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack Plan to Take Swift Action on Climate Change Proposals.

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times/New York Times)  … Few took carbon sequestration seriously during his previous tenure, a time when “resilient agriculture” had not yet entered the vernacular. But the fundamental conversation in the corridors of power and along gravel roads has changed. Extreme weather, a pandemic jolt to

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

New Discovery Could Make Biofuel Production Simpler and Less Expensive

(AZO CleanTech) Scientists have figured out a cheaper, more efficient way to conduct a chemical reaction at the heart of many biological processes, which may lead to better ways to create biofuels from plants. Scientists around the world have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply;

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Vilsack Could Be Back as Ag Secretary

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Progress)  Reports indicate Obama’s 8-year agricultural secretary Tom Vilsack could be interested in the job.  — As President-elect Joe Biden continues to make announcements regarding his cabinet, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack looks to now be a front runner to return. According to media reports,

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Unveils Video Showing the Solutions Farmers Can Offer to Meet Global Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  A 20-minute video presentation in which Solutions from the Land farmer leaders offer a vision of solutions that farming operations can deliver to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by UN member nations is now available on YouTube. This presentation, Solutions from the Land: Enabling Farmers

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

CountryMark, Ceres Solutions and USDA Bring E15 to Rensselaer

(95.3 MNC) Jasper County, Indiana will soon have its first E15 fueling station thanks to efforts from two farmer-owned cooperatives and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Ceres Solutions owns the CountryMark-branded station on North McKinley Avenue in Rensselaer, Indiana, where the new fuel will be made available later this

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

NETL to Award $13M to GTI and Partners to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

(Green Car Congress/GTI) GTI and partners, The Ohio State University, Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), and Trimeric Corporation (Trimeric), have been selected for award on a project to advance Ohio State’s transformational membrane technology to provide step-out reductions in CO2 capture cost and energy penalties. The US Department of Energy National Energy

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Another Ethanol Program?

by Bill Taylor (Fairborn Daily Herald)  … We now have to pay an additional $100 a year “penalty” to register our hybrid — it’s $200 for all-electric vehicles. Anyway, we drive our hybrid about 5,000 miles a year — the same as our 20-year old mini-van. A little arithmetic (5,000 miles

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: Markets and Consumers, Not President, Control Oil’s Future

by Brent Sohngen (Columbus Dispatch)  …When Joe Biden exclaimed that he wanted to transition the American economy from oil, the opposition pounced. I must say, I was a bit surprised by the uproar over the former vice president’s comment, given that every American president since the Arab oil embargo in

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Michelle Fischbach Ousts Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District

by Briana Bierschbach (Star Tribune) Republican Michelle Fischbach ousted DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District on Tuesday, ending a three-decade career in Congress and toppling Democras’ powerful chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor and state senator from Paynesville, benefited from President Donald Trump’s popularity

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Revolution: The North American Renewable Natural Gas Industry Has Boomed over the Past Decade and Potential Remains Vast.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … Particularly for those feeling the heat when it comes reducing carbon footprints, interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel is an all-time high, and for good reason. Not only does it meet the most stringent emissions requirements, but for utilities

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Hails New Grants for Retail Expansion of Biofuel Blends

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy welcomed the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP). Growth Energy’s network of both large and small retail partners secured nearly $30 million (€25 million) in grants for over 290 sites selling more than 400 million gallons

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

“Flim Flam” Biofuels Company Wants to Buy the Largest East Coast Oil Refinery

by Steve Horn (The Real News)  … The little-known company has pitched its proposal to convert the site into a biofuels refinery. It is run by a man one mayor has dubbed the “Flim Flam Man,” and the company has never actually opened such a facility. SG Preston has a history of seeking

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: There’s a Burning Mandate for Change, Green Jobs

by George Miller (Columbus Dispatch)  … From geothermal steam in Nevada to the low-carbon biofuel feedstocks harvested across Ohio, carbon savings are available through the labor and ingenuity of green energy workers in every community. We’ve seen this strategy work in California, where the clean energy industry already supports 475,000 jobs

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Article in Science: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology to Unlock the Full Potential of Renewable Power

by Aleksandra Wójcik (Haldor Topsoe)  An article in the esteemed Science magazine suggests that solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology can unlock the full potential of renewable power and provide climate-friendly fuels. SOEC is a core technology in power-to-X solutions and offers major advantages over alternative electrolysis technologies. The article

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Heats up with Slurry of 2020 Deals, Big Players Involved, Chevron, BP, Brightmark, Aemetis, Verbio, Greenlane Renewables

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Brightmark and Chevron just formed a joint venture to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane. Greenlane Renewables signed a $5.8 million contract with Brightmark. Construction started in Ohio on a $33 million RNG project. Verbio’s RNG facility slated to

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Invests Up to $100 Million to Increase American Biofuel Sales

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

New Report Reveals EPA Reform on Biogenic Crops Ruling Could Add Hundreds of Millions in Wages, Thousands of Jobs to U.S. Economy

(Biogenic CO2 Coalition)  Scientifically Backed Change in Status of Carbon Emissions from Ag Feedstocks Could Provide Massive Boost to Struggling U.S. Economy —  The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, a working group of leading trade associations that support American agriculture, today released a new economic impact analysis in support of its petition for a U.S. Environmental

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

A Rare Bit of Good News for Oil Refiners: ‘Renewable Diesel’

by Tim Treadgold (Forbes)  … Until recently renewable diesel was very much a niche product which failed to attract mainstream investor interest. That could change after a leading investment bank, Morgan Stanley MS -2.4%, took a close look at the opportunities opening up in renewable diesel as U.S. and international oil refiners

September 29, 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

New Ohio-based Renewable Fuel Project Aims to Capture the Equivalent of Nearly 50K Tons of Carbon to Displace Diesel and Fuel 725 Biofuel Trucks

(Business Wire) Fortistar, Rumpke Waste & Recycling and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Announce $33 Million Project to Address Global Climate Change  —   Fortistar, a privately-owned investment firm that addresses global challenges, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, announced commencement

September 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Could Soon Take Flight

by Kathiann M. Kowalski (Energy News Network) The Midwest is ready for takeoff as a leader in cleaner aviation, thanks to researchers in Ohio and elsewhere and a cleantech startup in Illinois.  —  Just as Ohioans pioneered aircraft flight more than a century ago, researchers there and elsewhere in the Midwest are

September 7, 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

WIU School of Agriculture Part of Second Pennycress Research Grant

(Western Illinois University)  Just 12 months after Western Illinois University Agriculture Professor Win Phippen announced the award of a $10 million federal grant to investigate the use of Pennycress as a commercial cash crop, a second grant has been awarded that dovetails into the initial grant and helps ensure a

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Farm in Ohio Shows Possible New Source of Low Cost, Easily Processed Biomass

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “They seem to be serious,” said Atlantic Biomass’ Bob Kozak reflecting on a tour of a hemp farm in central Ohio.  He noted, “They are going all-in, putting their own money into this—no grants and planting 26 acres the first year.”  Kozak was there

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Market Move

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers are investing in high-end alcohol production after seeing its value during the pandemic. And it’s not just alcohol for hand sanitizer, but other disinfectants, as well as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, cosmetics and more. … Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler, Iowa, expects to have

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Project Led by John Sedbrook Awarded $13 Million from DOE

by Rachel Hatch  (News Illinois State University) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University. Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook will head up the project aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts. “We’re

August 4, 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

Harnessing Biomass, Manure to Fuel Farms through Multi-institutional Project

(Penn State News)  Transdisciplinary research team aims to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment. — A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Ohio Company Purchases Beatrice Biodiesel Plant

by Scott Koperski  (Daily Sun)  … Katie Merx, Marathon senior communications manager, said in an emailed statement that the company plans to use the former biodiesel facility to aggregate and pretreat agricultural feedstocks that are used to make renewable diesel. “The facility will primarily serve as a terminal for the

July 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Junk

by Pamela Gregg  (University of Dayton Research Institute) … ASTM International has approved the use of a synthetic oil derived from municipal waste in the manufacture of jet fuel at petroleum refineries. The co-processing of “syncrude” with petroleum at the refinery level is the second new specification for jet fuel approved

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Conservation Practices Is Significant!

(Solutions from the Land) A blog posted on the World Resources Institute (WRI) website last month dismissed the potential for regenerative agriculture and related systems to contribute to large-scale emissions reduction and carbon dioxide (CO2) removal – cuts that will be necessary to hold global warming below the 2-degree Celsius

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Weed Wizard: Professor Alters Plant Genes to Create Wonder Crop

by Rachel Hatch (Illinois State University News)   … An ISU professor of genetics, (John) Sedbrook is devoted to integrated plant biology and bioenergy, meaning his research focuses on bringing out positive genetic traits in plants. “We’re making mutations that are good,” he said. “That is the whole story behind domestication,

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Proposal Would Make Air Pollution Curbs Tougher to Justify

(BloombergLaw)  The Trump administration is seeking to overhaul the way it calculates the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, with proposed restrictions that could make it harder to justify air pollution curbs. Under a proposal announced Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency would subject all significant Clean Air Act rules to a cost-benefit

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Model Spatial and Temporal Consequences of Increased Woody Biomass Use on the Global Forest Ecosystem

(University of Maine) Incentivizing both sequestration and avoidance of emissions— using a carbon rental or carbon tax and subsidy approach — versus only a carbon tax encourages protection of natural forests by valuing the standing stock, according to a new study led by Georgia Institute of Technology. In their study, the

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

States Ask EPA for Nationwide Biofuel Waiver to Help Oil Refiners Weather Coronavirus

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters) The governors of five U.S. states have asked the Trump administration for a nationwide waiver exempting the oil-refining industry from the nation’s biofuel laws to help it survive a demand meltdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to letters seen by Reuters. The request places Republican President

April 16, 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

Ohio Legislation on the Move

by Ellen Essman (Ohio Law Blog/Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  House Bill 400 “To authorize a nonrefundable income tax credit for the retail sale of high-ethanol blend motor fuel.” … The bill would give owners and operators of gas stations a tax rebate of five cents per gallon for sales of

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

From Middle School to College, Educators Explore Teaching Sustainability; Advanced Biofuels USA Consults on Power of Renewable Transportation Fuel Options — Your Contributions Are Welcome

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At Hood College just blocks from Advanced Biofuels USA’s headquarters, the Biology Department’ Sustainability Work Group has proposed a new undergraduate major in Sustainability Studies.  At Independence, Ohio’s middle school, teachers are exploring putting together a course dedicated to sustainability.  Advanced Biofuels USA has

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Chemistry Finding Could Make Solar Energy More Efficient

by Laura Arenschield (Ohio State News)  Researchers have found a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight  —  Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel

February 19, 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

More Access to Ethanol a Win-Win for Ohioans

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/Bucyrus Telegraph) Although Ohio is one of the nation’s leading ethanol producing states, it lags far behind other states in terms of the number of retailers that offer higher blends of ethanol gasoline such as E15 and E85. House Bill 400, introduced by Representative Riordan

February 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Handling Harsh pH and High-Alkalinity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Improving Microalgae Cultivated in High-pH Media

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Eliminating cost and site-location constraints –sounds like something we all want. But there’s a project working on getting rid of those constraints posed by the supply of concentrated CO2 to microalgae farms while simultaneously achieving high seasonal productivities. Their objectives include improving scale and productivity of

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter: Give Retailers Incentive to Offer Stronger Ethanol

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/Columbus Dispatch) Even though Ohio is one of the nation’s leading ethanol producing states, it lags far behind other states in terms of the number of retailers that offer higher blends of ethanol gasoline such as E15 and E85. House Bill 400, introduced by state

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Payments for Ecosystem Services Key to Enabling Agricultural Solutions to Sustainable Development Goals, Ag Renaissance

(Solutions from the Land) As discussions on climate change, clean water, hunger, poverty and biodiversity grow both on the domestic and global stages, the role of agriculture in addressing these mega-challenges is filling a growing role at the policy table. Statewide efforts facilitated by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Dem Senators Urge Shareholders on Climate:

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) A trio of Democratic senators urged four major Marathon Petroleum shareholders to exert influence to shift the refining company’s climate change lobbying efforts. The letters from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) to JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard cited Marathon’s push to thwart increasing vehicle fuel economy standards and

January 13, 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

Finding Environmental Markets Carbon Credits, Water Quality Markets Rebuild for Farmers

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) When Ohio farmer Fred Yoder testified last month before the House Select Committee on Climate Change, the long-time no-till farmer and champion of climate-smart farming practices told lawmakers one of the best things that could happen would be to get back a carbon market that

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Agriculture’s Role is Growing in the Effort to Stem a Changing Climate

(Solutions from the Land) The global climate negotiating sessions in Madrid come to a close this week, and producer advocates remain gratified that delegates to the talks have demonstrated a growing acceptance of the agricultural sector’s role in addressing the climate crisis. As SfL steering committee member Ray Gaesser pointed

December 13, 2019 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

Engineered Strains for Fermentation: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol from Biomass and CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) $2.25/gal or less than $3/gge (gallon gasoline equivalent) sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? That is one of the goals of a project that is working on developing engineered clostridial strains and a fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Could Be a ‘Bridge’ toward Transport Electrification, US Farmers Say

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) This article is part of our special report COP25: Is transport decarbonisation pragmatic enough?.  Until electrification of transport is fully in place, ethanol could be used as a “bridge” to make fuels cleaner, US farmers told EURACTIV.com on the sidelines of the COP25 in Madrid. “In the US,

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

The Role of Chemical Recycling in a Circular Economy and Effective Waste Management

by Zoltan Kish (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)   … At the same time, we have a tremendous business opportunity to convert waste into usable sustainable products. According to a market study report prepared by Market Insights Reports, the smart waste management market was valued at $1.41 billion (USD) in 2018 and is expected to reach

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

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