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Reebok’s Plant-Based Shoe, Fish-Free Seafood, Mango-Based Bioplastic, Breakthrough Plant Breeding, Autosteer for Small Farms, biosand Water Filters, Concrete from Waste: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 22nd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy Newswise)  Systems biology leads the way to exascale computing on Summit supercomputer. —  … To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, scientists are using different layers of information (about

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 2nd: Waste Plastics for Fuels and Sneakers, Eggs without the Chicken, 3D Printing, Algae-Based Ketchup Packaging, Green Funerals, Biodegradable Grills

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Yield Hydrocarbons from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in existing gasoline, diesel and jet engines without modifications. COO John Hannon gave this illuminating overview

August 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels & Vehicles, Both: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels. But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s see how that work has been coming along. Applications that work Nylon, plastics, chemicals. This

July 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Neutrons—Making Sustainable Biofuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains can be engineered to sustainably produce biofuels. Neutron scattering makes it possible to non-destructively see inside living algae at real

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Materials – Printing with Plants

by Kim Askey (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A scalable processing technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses plant-based materials for 3D printing and offers a promising additional revenue stream for biorefineries. Scientists created a new material with excellent printability and performance by tapping into lignin—a key component of plant cell walls that

July 3, 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

Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields

by Sara Shoemaker (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Phys.org)  For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for Wellington Muchero, Meng Xie and their colleagues, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel

by Glenn Farley (K5 News)  In the Boeing test, a 777 freighter, ran on residual animal fats and plant oils. — In a historic first, Boeing has flown the first commercial jet on 100 percent biofuel. The flight was Seattle to Memphis and back — all without using petroleum. The test was

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE has selected two projects from the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University that will receive

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

FedEx Unveils Biofuel Powered Airplane

by Jerica Phillips (WBRC) FedEx celebrated Earth Day by showing off how the company is becoming more eco-friendly. The Memphis-based shipping giant unveiled the first plane to fly 100 percent on biofuel. The cutting-edge technology is called the ecoDemonstrator. It touched down at FedEx World Hub on Monday to mark the occasion.

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they didn’t howl at the moon, they were voracious, vicious wolves analyzing 8 major projects with

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

(FuelsCellsWorks/U.S. Department of Energy)  Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE) The U.S. electric system is dominated by large, central power plants and an extensive transmission and distribution system commonly referred to as the “grid.” Two-thirds of the primary energy used to generate the electricity

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for TDEC’s 2018 Sustainable Transportation Awards DEADLINE: May 31, 2018

(Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) invites nominations for the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. Winners will be announced at the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum, which will take place on Sept. 17-18, 2018 in Knoxville. The Awards recognize outstanding

March 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support two new cost-shared research projects for advancing fluid power systems for off-road vehicles. These five

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Entirely About Character: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why characterize biomass? Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex biopolymer and its properties vary depending on its species, growth environments and conversion processes. Characteristics of biomass provide valuable insights for biomass utilization. Diverse characterization methods have been developed to elucidate physicochemical, thermal and morphological properties of biomass and its products. Art Ragauskas of The University

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Somethin’ from Just about Nothin’: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste Lignin into Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You know what they say, “you can make anything you want from lignin except money.”  It’s the most challenging issues in biofuel production: upgrading the lignin-containing biorefineryresidues to fungible bioproducts, in an affordable, effective, scalable way. The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop

February 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities and experience in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of novel materials in support

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Lignin Unchained, 3D Printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team led by Amit K. Naskar, of the Carbon & Composites Group Materials Science & Technology Division at the Oak Ridge

February 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.

by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel. While the research remains in its preliminary phase, it could represent a breakthrough for renewable fuel operations in Iowa.

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Slowed Corrode: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Oils and Corrosion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The presence of significant concentrations of oxygen-bearing compounds, particularly carboxylic acids and other carbonyl-containing compounds, makes biomass derived oils corrosive to many common structural materials. So says everyone. But a research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory led by Jim Keiser, sponsored by the DOE Bioenergy

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Cat in Town: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deliver high performing, cost-effective catalytic materials that meet the needs of the ChemCatBio catalysis projects? That’s the ambitious goal of a project led by researchers from Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The project aims to leverage advanced characterization

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that:

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian’s subsidiary, Attis Innovations

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018. Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include development of many resources available to the public on the CAAFI website. Progress on

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article
  GC3 Innovators Roundtable   —   May 8-10, 2018  —   Kingsport, TN

GC3 Innovators Roundtable — May 8-10, 2018 — Kingsport, TN

The GC3 Innovators Roundtable is a dynamic forum for business leaders to exchange strategies and best practices on how to accelerate green chemistry innovation and adoption, and to network to form new partnerships and collaborative projects. The Roundtable presents a unique opportunity for businesses to connect across supply chains and

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event   —   May 8, 2018   —   Kingsport, TN     DEADLINE:  February 16, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event — May 8, 2018 — Kingsport, TN DEADLINE: February 16, 2018

GC3 Announces Call for Applications for 2018 Startup Technology Showcase  Apple, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss & Co., Procter & Gamble and L’Oréal among 16 companies seeking new sustainable chemistry and materials technologies The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), a cross-sector network of businesses and other organizations collaborating to accelerate

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

U Can’t Have Enuf H2: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Pyrolysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen — well, that’s real gold. A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Abhijeet Borole

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. Amidst a flurry of development announcements,

December 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Affordable, Renewable Hydrocarbons Made from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in existing gasoline, diesel and jet engines without modifications. CEO Charles Wyman gave this illuminating overview

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Aria Energy Partners with BP to Expand RNG Business

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Novi, Mich.-based Aria Energy has announced it purchased a 50% interest in Mavrix LLC from BP and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas (RNG) to U.S. customers. Financial details were not disclosed. Under terms of the acquisition, Aria

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased fuels and chemicals. NREL’s modified microorganism, a world-class cellulosic ethanol fermentation organism (Zymomonas mobilis), can

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Presentations Posted for Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost compliance option for both consumers and the automotive industry. Taking steps to reduce GHG and toxic emissions from the passenger

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to facilitate the development of regionally-based industries producing advanced biofuels, industrial chemicals, and other biobased products. Seven of them were established

November 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains

(UrekAlert!/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)  Alternative jet fuels could grow opportunities in the southeast  —  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin a three-year project to perform a multitude of techno-market analyses of U.S. biorefinery supply chains

November 9, 2017 Read Full Article

SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels. Knoxville, Tennessee-based startup SimPath will further develop ORNL’s cloning method into a multi-gene

October 20, 2017 Read Full Article

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department of Energy. Negotiations with the Department of Energy (DOE) were completed and Phase 1 of

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Somewhere in the files of the Department of Energy it is called the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. Inside the halls of National Labs, they call it ChemCatBio. … They’re on a mission to bring forward commercial bioenergy applications two times faster and at half the cost  If

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article
  Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Conference   —   March 19-22, 2018   —   Nashville, TN

Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Conference — March 19-22, 2018 — Nashville, TN

The CCUS Conference is designed for U.S. and international leaders, technical experts, researchers, and industry executives in the field of carbon capture, utilization and storage to gather and discuss efforts to decarbonize the energy and industrial sectors. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have the potential to secure up to

October 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. … Boulos Chalhoub of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research is set to explore how DNA methylation and repeated

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM. Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s the Natural Law of Alternative Commodity Markets, and it’s the biggest single impediment, globally, retarding

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Moving into Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Engine/Fuel Transformation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but not limited to: facilitating new fuel standards needed for introduction into the marketplace; identifying vehicle, distribution, and infrastructure compatibility of

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park

(National Biodiesel Board)   The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista.  With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to maintain its pristine natural beauty by adopting practices that reduce the

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Scalable, Affordable, Reliable, Acceptable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Algae for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project within its Advanced Algal Systems Platform to define the indicators of sustainable algal biofuels, and determine best practices for sustainably meeting productivity and profitability goals. A research team led by Rebecca Efroymson at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers. As part of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation led by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Steve DiFazio and

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Vertibirds Are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass Drop-In Biofuels Technology, Clears Path to Demo Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. BETO verification effectively opens the door for Vertimass to move

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why don’t we see more biobased chemical plants built these days? Lignin. Why do people shy away from

August 17, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

You Just Can’t Have Enough Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Biomass Pyrolysis Aqueous Phase

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen — well, that’s real gold. A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Abhijeet Borole

August 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Deep Stabilization: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Within the ChemCatBio set of core catalysis projects lies Fast Pyrolysis and Upgrading, which has as its goal “to develop cost competitive biofuels through catalytic stabilization and deoxygenation of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-oil. The near-term DOE goal is advancement of the State of Technology for upgrading FPBO

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least one route for catalytic upgrading of sugars/related intermediates and/or biologically derived intermediates into fuel blendstockswith conversion performance than can achieve a MFSP of $3/GGE by 2022 with >25% (GGE basis)

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Materials – Cooking up Biofuel

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Using a novel, reusable carbon material derived from old rubber tires, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team has developed a simple method to convert used cooking oil into biofuel. The team’s approach combines modified, recovered carbon with sulfuric acids, which is then mixed with free

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, the consortium works “with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels by focusing on the fundamental understanding and elimination of biomass recalcitrance. This multidisciplinary research encompasses the biological, chemical, physical, and

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina. The Asheville, N.C.-based company collects over 700,000 gallons of used cooking oil annually from nearly

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill (U.S. Department of Energy)   Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction that could significantly reduce the total amount of enzymes used, improving production

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Made in the USA Biodiesel Supports Jobs, Fourth of July Values

(National Biodiesel Board)  America’s Advanced Biofuel powers energy independence and clean energy  —  As the nation celebrates its independence, American-made biodiesel is powering fleets across the country and supporting more than 64,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. “Biodiesel showcases the heart of July 4th – American independence. We are proud to

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

And No Extra Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to One-Step, High-Yield, Drop-In Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of one-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added hydrogen, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Making Ethanol from CO2 at ORNL Sparks Considerable Interest

by Carolyn Krause (OakRidger)  …   According to the video, the ORNL nanotechnology researchers were experimenting with graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms linked together in hexagons somewhat like chicken wire. Their intention was to use this nanomaterial to stimulate the formation of methanol from carbon dioxide. The experiment failed,

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article
  Biochar From the Ground Up   —   June 12-16, 2017   —   Summertown, TN

Biochar From the Ground Up — June 12-16, 2017 — Summertown, TN

Wondering where and how to stay up-to-date and connected with the biochar community this year? Come to the Farm for a unique biochar workshop where you can spend 4 days and nights of work and play with the biochar community. This event is geared towards people who have a basic

June 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Responding to Trump: The New Economies of Pittsburgh…and Paris and Paris and Paris

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Where Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto joined the mayors of more than 175 cities in a rebel yell that has been heard nationwide since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords last Thursday. Peduto said: “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

A Decade of Bioenergy Research

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy research centers with the goal of using science to help America grow its way to

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based production pipeline that has been perfected over the course of decades. Winning that

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Peters, Alexander & Stabenow Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act Bipartisan Bill Boosts R&D for Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

(Office of Senator Gary Peters)  U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced they are reintroducing the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act to encourage investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce our nation’s dependence

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Innova Announces $31M Close of Ag Innovation Fund IV

(Innova) Memphis-based Venture Capital Firm Innova Announces Close of Ag Innovation Fund IV to Support AgTech Startup Activity —  Innova Memphis, an early-stage venture capital firm, has announced the close of its latest fund, Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV. As part of the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program, the fund has

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL: Bacterial Boost for Biobased Fuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  “Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels such as

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires an understanding of the science and context influencing market decisions associated with its sustainability. Production

April 24, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Oak Ridge Pioneers New Way to See Biomass Pretreatment Impacts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have reported in Nature a new high resolution approach to visioning the impact of biomass pre-treatment technology. By combining spectroscopy and emerging microscopy techniques, the team measured the nanoscale mechanical and chemical effects of pretreatments used to improve

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free vehicles should be incentivized rather than taxed. States with new EV-fee bills include Indiana, South

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in hydrocarbon fuel at a high yield. Among the investors here are three of the technology

February 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak Ridge National Lab’s Adam Guss — has taken on. Adding value to the lignin fraction

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

The Leftover Makeover Once-Over: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Stover

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed a survey of the economic activities and rural jobs that a corn stover bioeconomy can offer, which is currently featured on the cover of the latest issue of Biofpr journal. Here, a member of the team, Mahmood

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Botwood Biofuel Plant One Step Closer to Green Light

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  Forestry minister confident in project, says resources are sufficient —  … NewGreen Technology Inc, the company behind the project, will soon be offered a tentative deal by Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government for the allocation of wood fibres on crown lands, CBC News has learned. … The new project

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism.

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL Researchers Work to Develop Drought-Resistant Crops

by Bevin Fletcher (Bioscience Technology)  Some semi-arid plants use a specific type of photosynthesis known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM, to conserve water and flourish in semi-arid climates.  Now scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the metabolic and genetic underpinnings that allow plants,

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. … A new tentacle for

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Improved Vehicle Performance with Fuel That’s Better for the Environment

by Alicia Lindauer (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  Is it possible to increase vehicle performance and fuel efficiency while also slowing climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions? New research by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), indicates yes! Oak

November 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel from Vehicle Exhaust: Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come up with a highly-efficient process to make liquid fuels directly from carbon dioxide and water. Because burning fuels in an internal combustion engine produces CO2 and water as its byproducts, the new discovery is, essentially, a form

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at ORNL uncover the chemical reaction that helps break down biomass for biofuel  —  Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as cornstalks, straw, and woody plants—is a sustainable source for production of bio-based fuels and chemicals. However, the deconstruction of biomass is one of the most complex

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Nano-Spike Catalysts Convert Carbon Dioxide Directly into Ethanol

(Phys.Org) In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. “We

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

UT-ORNL Team Hopes to Ease Path from Vegetation to Biofuel

(University of Tennessee)  A UT-ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. A huge barrier in converting plant polymers to biofuel lies in removing other biomass polymers that subvert this chemical process. To overcome this hurdle, large-scale

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, plans to commercialize

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Making the Case for Young Farmers

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union legislative fly-in that returned from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Members of the group met with the North Dakota Congressional delegation and were assigned senators and representatives from other states

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel May Be Grown on Iconic Aussie Gum Trees

(Australian National University)  Scientists are a step closer to using Australia’s iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel. Dr Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University (ANU), a lead researcher in an international study published in Trends in Biotechnology, said renewable fuels that could power commercial

September 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Seeking Low Costs, Painless Logistics: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Advances to Know in Biomass Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels in the EU —   we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in biomass production for the bioeconomy. In the end, it’s going to be all about feedstock costs and logistics. This

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

High-Octane Hopes: Biofuels Want Level Playing Field

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries that could bode well for the long-term health of the agriculture economy. A lower-carbon, cleaner-air

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconmy. In this slide deck, we looked at DuPont, and its M&A activity, direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and

August 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Among the benefits cited in the study (Summary

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year with 17 plants located in Nebraska; Indiana; Minnesota; Iowa; Tennessee; Michigan; and Virginia. CEO Todd Becker recently gave these slides

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and small, are indicators E15 is gaining steam and, in late July, HWRT Oil Co. announced

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says. Growth Energy is urging authorities to support high-octane mid-level ethanol blends in the wake of a recent report

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high octane mid-level ethanol blends in future optimized engines. Some of these benefits include: increased vehicle

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition (SI) engines, including technologies reliant on higher compression ratios and fuels with improved anti-knock properties,

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers and strategic investors to develop and deliver customized biomass supply chain solutions tailored to

July 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. “In the biorefinery field, we have a saying: You can make anything but money out of lignin. And

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems with effective, energy-efficient, and

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Better Understanding Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Production of Cellulosic Biofuels

(Phys.Org)  Plant cell walls, which constitute the bulk of plant biomass, are diverse, complex, and dynamic in their structural composition and integrity. Cell walls are innately resistant to deconstruction by biological or chemical catalysts. This property is often referred to as recalcitrance, and recalcitrance is considered the primary barrier to

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Verbal Deal on Sawmill, Biofuel Plant ‘Kick in the Arse’ for Botwood Economy

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  A verbal agreement has been reached between the Town of Botwood and an unnamed partner, or partners, to bring major industry back to the shipping town. Botwood Mayor Scott Sceviour confirmed the agreement to CBC earlier this week, but would not say who the town was

June 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Memphis Firm Aims to Replace Oil in Plastic

by Wayne Risher (The Commercial Appeal)  A 75-year-old Memphis chemical plant may advance the environmentally friendly cause of non-food plant waste replacing a petroleum-based key ingredient in plastics, antifreeze and de-icer. Pennakem LLC, which originated as a Quaker Oats-run chemical plant in 1942, was the site of a five-week campaign

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Sandia National Lab seek to build an agile biomanufacturing platform for biological approaches to

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

UC Riverside Awarded $1.3M from USDA for Green Energy Research

by Sarah Nightingale (University of California Riverside)  Charles Wyman, Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), and Charles Cai, research engineer at CE-CERT and adjunct assistant professor, both at UC Riverside’s

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) – are making progress on

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

ORNL Hosts Southeast Bioenergy Meeting, Study Tour

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Approximately 70 attendees from DOE and its national laboratories, the International Energy Agency, universities,

April 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Student Startup Turning Heads by Utilizing Biofuel Waste for Good

(Tennessee Today)  … Enter Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle, a pair of doctoral candidates in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, which is run jointly by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The pair has developed a process to turn that lignin into a product that would aid

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Environmental Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Award to Pursue Biofuel Research

(Tennessee Today)  UT Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Hannah Woo was recently honored as one of ninety students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood. Woo focuses on environmental issues while studying under Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry

April 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

University of Tennessee Center Continues Efforts to Develop Low-Cost Biofuels and Bio-Based Products

(AZO CleanTech)  A few years ago, petroleum-based products, including gasoline, were not available at affordable prices, unlike the case today. However, the prices are likely to return to the same level in the coming years. Due to this impending scenario, researchers from the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. Located on UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch Center in Blount County, the 10-acre plot

March 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Best for Biofuels

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts on water quantity and quality in soils that would occur if existing vegetation was replaced

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French with conviction. “I don’t want you to think there’s solid turds coming in over there.

February 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

ORNL: Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin. Cellulosic ethanol—fuel derived from woody plants and waste biomass—has the potential to become an affordable, renewable transportation fuel that rivals gasoline, but lignin,

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live on our website last week … First, there’s the issue of what to call the fuel.

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

E25, E40 for the Masses

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, a new high-octane midlevel ethanol blend or new vehicles optimized to more efficiently take advantage

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Materials – Cleaner Biomass Cookstoves …

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Some of the estimated 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to indoor cookstove smoke might be prevented because of the work of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University and Envirofit International. With 3 billion people in developing countries using open fire cookstoves, the

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Should the Ethanol Industry Promote E30 Fuel Blend?

by By Mikkel Pates (Grand Forks Herald)  …  Brian West, deputy director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., said the issue shouldn’t be difficult with owners of flex-fuel vehicles that are manufactured to legally use up to 85 percent ethanol.

January 25, 2016 Read Full Article

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out the importance of alternative fuels to achieving the climate change goals of the Paris COP21

January 21, 2016 Read Full Article

BESC Study Seeks Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. A new comparative study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-based center finds the natural

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Poplar (Populus spp.) Trees for Biofuel Production

(Extension.org)  If you are looking for a comprehensive article on poplar for biofuel production, this is for you. Table of Contents Introduction Current and Potential Use as a Biofuel Biology and Adaptation Production and Agronomic Information  Harvest Potential Yields Production Challenges Estimated Production Cost Environmental/Sustainability Issues Feasibility Summary Bibliography For

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

DuPont Closing Vonore Biorefinery

by Melissa Erickson (The Daily Times)  By the end of the year, DuPont will close its biorefinery in Vonore, a facility that was built as a partnership with the state of Tennessee as part of a $70 million initiative to research and develop a biofuel industry in East Tennessee. The

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

UPS to Power Fleet with Gas from Landfills

by Carla Caldwell (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will supply its fleet in two states with renewable natural gas produced by landfills. UPS says its fleet in Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, will use an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

School Teaches Farmers to Brew Own Biodiesel

(Tennessee State University Newsroom)  Farmers are known to be a pretty independent breed, and a school is teaching them to be energy independent by brewing their own biodiesel. This story from RFD-TV says Tennessee State University’s Agricultural Research and Education Center has a unique outreach program that teaches farmers about

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Create Your Own Biodiesel on Your Farm?

(RFD-TV)  …  “This is something where they can grow it, and they can make it themselves and they can use it on the farm,” says Jason de Koff, an assistant professor in agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University.  The school’s mobile demonstration trailer – think of it as

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Projects Receive DOE ARPA-E Grants

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or biomass. … Projects relevant to the bioenergy industry include: “Converting Biogas to Liquid Fuels by

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials

(University of Tennessee)  As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has become a primary concern. Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas,

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

ORNL Team Discovers Mechanism behind Direct Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion; Implications for Energy Efficiency and Cost of Upgrading

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought. The research, supported by DOE’s BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO), has implications for the energy efficiency and cost of catalytic

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Genera Energy, Precision Hawk Launch Drone/Analytics Partnership for Sustainable Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC NEXT,  PrecisionHawk and Genera Energy announced a partnership to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The algorithms will convert raw aerial imagery collected by drones and satellites into an actionable report

November 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Neutrons Help Decipher Enzyme Function for Cellulosic Conversion

(Technical University of Munich/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …   Using neutrons, researchers have now investigated the reaction mechanism of an important class of enzymes: the glycosidases. The measurements were made at the neutron sources in Los Alamos and Oak Ridge (USA), as well as at the research neutron source FRM II of

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Moderate GOP Senators Form Green Coalition

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Four centrist Senate Republicans are banding together to call for policies to protect the environment. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) describe the group as a loose coalition that will meet regularly to come up with Republican

November 2, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

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

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Not So Smart Campaign

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … If Big Oil truly believed its product (oil) was better than ethanol, why not launch a campaign on the greatness that is oil. Perhaps Big Oil could tell us how oil doesn’t raise food prices. Nevermind that recent pesky UN FAO report that shows food prices have risen

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.0 billion gallons per year with 12 plants located in Atkinson, Nebraska; Bluffton, Indiana; Central City, Nebraska; Fairmont, Minnesota; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Lakota, Iowa; Obion, Tennessee; Ord,

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh.  —  The ethanol industry is going on the offense to bring higher blends into the

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels – High-Octane Payoff …

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Ethanol’s inherently high octane rating makes it attractive for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas targets and renewable fuel mandates, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report. Although ethanol has two-thirds the energy density of gasoline, its higher octane – an anti-knock index – rating

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Seeking Better Biofuels

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —   ..  JBEI researchers are zeroing in on concepts that others have decided are too difficult or would take too long to prove. Can you engineer a plant’s cell walls

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Letter: Biodiesel Targets Should Be Tougher

by Parks Wells (Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council/KNOX News)  … The environmental benefits of biodiesel have been repeatedly proven by impartial experts. Just last month, after seven years of peer-reviewed research, the state of California determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent, and often by as much as

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

INSIGHT-Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  … The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell (Dave) Ulery about a planned line that would cut through the untouched woods of pine and oak trees on

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Watchdog to Study Ethanol’s Environmental Impact

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog is launching a project to analyze the environmental impact of the federal ethanol mandate.  The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) sent a letter to agency officials Thursday about starting the project. Some environmental groups and other ethanol

October 17, 2015 Read Full Article
  WEBINAR: Using Science to Promote Sustainable Biofuels Production in the Southeastern United States —   October 21, 2015   —   National Bioenergy Day  — 2:30-3:45 PM ET

WEBINAR: Using Science to Promote Sustainable Biofuels Production in the Southeastern United States — October 21, 2015 — National Bioenergy Day — 2:30-3:45 PM ET

As part of the 2015 National Bioenergy Day activities, IBSS (The Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems) is partnering with other AFRI CAPS for a weeklong webinar-a-ton! The IBSS webinars will take place on Wednesday, October 21 Environmental and socioeconomic sustainability analysis of switchgrass-to-ethanol production in Eastern Tennessee (Esther

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuel Production Is Complex

by Len Calderone (Robotics Tomorrow/Altenergymag.com)  Introduction of biofuels is proceeding so quickly, that the environmental risks of biofuel production are being disregarded. Without careful and thorough assessment and regulation, the promise of biofuels may well be delayed. … Collecting feedstock to convert into biofuels can be complex and costly. Harvesting,

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful of other feedstocks that are gaining traction as potential feedstocks of the future, says Kelly

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design for their novel technology for converting alcohol to renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure. The work will be done

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and efficiently. The mixed oxide catalyst could solve the longstanding problem of inhibition, in which nitrogen

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? Will farming communities support the development of this new supply chain? Will farmers make long-term

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article
  OPIC Expanding Horizons 2015 – A Workshop for Small Businesses Entering Emerging Markets    — November 19, 2015 — Nashville, TN

OPIC Expanding Horizons 2015 – A Workshop for Small Businesses Entering Emerging Markets — November 19, 2015 — Nashville, TN

Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Discover how you can take advantage of all the products OPIC has to offer to expand internationally while supporting growth at home. Participants will also

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