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    Houston Energy Forum at the S&P Global Platts Energy Symposium   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Houston, TX

Houston Energy Forum at the S&P Global Platts Energy Symposium — October 10-11, 2018 — Houston, TX

Need insights into the oil, natural gas, petrochemicals or biofuels markets?  The S&P Global Platts Houston Energy Forum & Workshops will be held on October 10-11, 2018, at The Houstonian Hotel as an exclusive day-and-a-half event within the S&P Global Platts Energy Symposium. This part of the event is complimentary. As

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Answer Line: Money behind Lack of Ethanol-Based Fuel Locations

(Longview News Journal) …  Why are there no public refueling locations in the Longview/Tyler area that sell E85 ethanol blend? … E85 fueling options are limited and appear concentrated in larger metropolitan areas. The Renewable Fuels Association operates the website www.E85prices.com, which has a map that shows there are 4,429 stations offering

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

More Renewable Natural Gas Available at Texas Refueling Network

(GAIN Clean Fuel/NGV Journal) In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems (IFS), GAIN Clean Fuel announced the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas, capable of reducing emissions up to 125%, through efficiencies during fuel production and use. The station

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article
    Octane & Future Fuels Forum   —   October 24-25, 2018   —   Houston, TX

Octane & Future Fuels Forum — October 24-25, 2018 — Houston, TX

There has never been quite as much uncertainty as there is these days about what liquid fuel blends will look like in the next decade. Whether it’s the ratio of hydrocarbons to bio products, or the octane numbers for those fuels, automakers and fuel suppliers have more questions than answers.

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Gets Local Perspective on Ag

by Seth Boyes (Dickinson County News)  Steffes Company in Milford played host to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday Aug. 6.  …  “If you’re a member of Congress, you can’t keep your mouth shut if you think the president’s hurting your people,” he said. He went on to say the president seemed

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Road to Biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing,

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo to Deploy Shockwave’s Process to Enhance Production of Proteins and Vegetable Oils for the Food Chain While Lowering the Carbon Intensity of Its Ethanol and Isobutanol

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Shockwave to Finance the Deployment of Its Equipment at Gevo’s Luverne Facility  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process  as well as related technology and equipment (collectively the “Shockwave

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Andeavor to Convert Dickinson Refinery to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, Andeavor announced a project to convert the Dickinson Refinery to process 12,000 barrels per day of renewable feedstocks, including soybean oil and distillers corn oil, into renewable diesel fuel. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020 and is subject to permitting and

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded in Alvega, Portugal, while seventeen of eighteen of the countries regions experienced temperatures above 45°C. This follows recent headlines reporting

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Significant Environmental Milestone for Mississippi Project

(Velocys)  The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Mississippi biorefinery.   Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Top 10 Advances in Renewable Butanol: What’s Speeding up, Where Are the Slow-Downs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol. BUTANOVA technology consists on a novel and proprietary metabolic pathway designed computationally by SilicoLife and

August 3, 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
    Algae Production Workshop  — October, 2018   —   The Woodlands, TX

Algae Production Workshop — October, 2018 — The Woodlands, TX

(Algae Industry Magazine)  National Algae Association (NAA) is reaching out to commercial algae producers of high-value nutraceutical omega-3 EPA/DHA, cosmetics, food, animal feed, biostimulants, biofertilizer, bioplastics and potential algae biofuels, to attend the NAA’s next Algae Production Workshop, to be held in October, 2018, in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas. Specific dates

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018 (the “Supply Agreement”). Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article
  Octane Workshop Series   —   July 9-12, 2018   —   Various Locations

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

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

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Fuel Delivery Services, a Specialty Carrier of Refined Petroleum Products in California, Switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste) Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, CA, recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. FDS provides transportation services seven days a week, 365 days a year to a variety of clients, from small jobbers

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Ted Cruz Says Biofuel Policy Overhaul May Be Revived

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz. Pruitt had dinner with Cruz, a Texas Republican, at a Washington steakhouse

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to mind? Is it California? …  Let me make the case for a state that may not have immediately come to mind as a renewable energy leader — Iowa. Since passing its

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Since 2002, the farm bill has contained an energy title, with cost-effective programs that support private investment in renewable energy, biobased manufacturing and energy efficiency. The programs are extremely successful in helping businesses create employment and economic growth opportunities in rural communities across the

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. A White House meeting with Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., resulted

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a hardship waiver exempting one of its facilities from the nation’s biofuels law, two sources with knowledge of the application told Reuters. … Ohio-based

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

EIA Data: E85 Usage by Federal Fleets More Than Doubled from 2010 to 2016

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex fuels between 2010 and 2016. According to the EIA data, federally-regulated fleets, including government and

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Congressman Veasey Introduces Bipartisan Energy Research Legislation

(Office of Congressman Marc Veasey)  The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act would set the course for the next generation of climate change mitigation  —  Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Science Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, along with Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) and Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in exchange for possible policy changes to rein in compliance costs

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Update 2-White House Sets Meeting with Senators on Biofuels Next Week -Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Successful Farming)  The Trump administration has invited a group of U.S. senators to the White House early next week to discuss biofuels policy, the latest in a series of such meetings aimed at helping refiners cope with the Renewable Fuel Standard, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The senators

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article
  Harnessing Texas’ Energy Leadership for New Economic Opportunities   —    May 1, 2018   —   The Woodlands, TX

Harnessing Texas’ Energy Leadership for New Economic Opportunities — May 1, 2018 — The Woodlands, TX

The CEBN Power Circuit is a new series of regional events examining the policy and market landscape for clean energy across the United States. Each event includes a dialogue with influential industry, investment, research, and policy leaders, along with an opportunity to showcase the work of local small- and medium-size

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Crappie Masters Tournament Stop in Texas Highlights Clean, Octane-Boosting Ethanol in Boats

by Greg Thompson (White Energy/Renewable Fuels Association)  This past weekend in Emory, Texas, about 75 miles from Dallas, fishermen and women from across the country descended upon Lake Fork for a stop on the Crappie Masters National Tournament Trail. The winners, the Ozark Rods Team of David Cox and Steve Hockett, took

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) to (i) include ethanol in addition to isobutanol; and (ii) more importantly, increase

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing ongoing commercialization support. Twelve US and seven international patents have been issued on the technology.

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, uses bio waste as input and through a fermentation process, akin to yeast fermentation in

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

California Here I Come: World Energy’s Audacious $72M Acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount Oil Refinery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Paramount Deal: World Energy takes off with audacious $72M acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount oil refinery  —  In Massachusetts, World Energy has acquired renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, and its Paramount Petroleum refinery assets, both collocated in Paramount, CA, as well an adjacent

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in recent months, a move that has agitated some top Republican lawmakers who have long opposed

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Looks to Stamp out RIN “Hoarding,” Raises Possibility of Limits on Wall Street

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)   EPA chief Scott Pruitt raised the idea Monday of limiting Wall Street’s ability to trade the government-issued credits for ethanol and other biofuels in an effort to aid oil refineries. … In a meeting with reporters at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in Washington, Pruitt seemed to

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a way to encourage refiners to blend more biofuels.

March 9, 2018 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

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at Valero, who want U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to help oil companies gut the market for Indiana farmers by dismantling the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As RFS-defender Mike Buis noted

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation’s costs without hurting corn farmers and makers of the alternative fuels. The trip, organized by

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost in the amount of algae-based biofuel. In the California desert near the Salton Sea and

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and market demands needed in the next 15 years — for roughly 9 billion more gallons

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo Grants Musket Corporation Exclusive Right to Supply Isobutanol Gasoline Blends in Greater Houston Region

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Musket to Focus on Growing Customer and Retail Network  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corporation, a national fuel distributor under the umbrella of the Love’s Family of Companies, by amending its existing isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Is the Year of Scientists Running for Congress

by Ben Guarino and Laurie McGinley (The Washington Post)  … “I absolutely feel that science is under attack,” (Joseph) Kopser said. “It’s the opposite of when John F. Kennedy said he wanted to get us to the moon in less than 10 years. The way Trump is going, in 10 years, he’ll

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

As reported in a National Public Radio article, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) about the 2018 mid-term elections: “He recently warned Houston-area Republicans, ‘The left is going to show up. They will crawl over broken glass in November to vote.’” READ MORE / MORE Texas Primary: Democratic Votes Surge, But Republicans

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

White House Pushes for More Talks after ‘No Deal’ on Biofuels

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for more talks between representatives of the oil and corn industries after a meeting on Tuesday failed to yield an agreement on how to help refiners cope with the country’s biofuels policy.  … The meeting on Tuesday included Republican Senators

February 27, 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

Icahn’s Biofuel Fight Lives On

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol industry and oil refiners both feel threatened; Biofuel mandate divides two states that voted for Trump  —  Top Trump administration officials are planning two summits to discuss possible changes to the U.S. biofuel mandate, according to people familiar with the discussions, as the White House grapples with political

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Speaks out against PES Anti-RFS Rally

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at a rally against the Renewable Fuel Standard hosted by Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc., a refiner that recently blamed the RFS and renewable identification number (RIN) prices for its bankruptcy. PES filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, blaming

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Refiner Goes Belly-up after Big Payouts to Carlyle Group

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload. Although little oil flowed, plenty of money did. Under a deal Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) signed in 2015, the refiner

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said. The plan, which the sources said could be released as draft legislation in coming weeks,

February 17, 2018 Read Full Article

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US biofuel mandate, according to a letter released Tuesday.  More than two dozen refineries with throughput of less than 75,000 b/d have reportedly petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Jefferson Energy Terminal Makes Immediate Impact in the PADD 3 Ethanol Market

by Jim Venhoff (Genscape)  The Jefferson Energy Terminal has hit the ground running since completing four large storage tanks in late 2017, capable of handling a total 550,000 barrels (bbls) of ethanol. The tanker “Bow Kiso” (IMO: 9379894) received the first ethanol that came from the terminal on November 30, 2017. Since

February 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking through the so-called E10 Blend Wall. That compares to 2015 when the national average ethanol

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts to overhaul a 13-year-old federal program promoting biofuels that has drawn bitter criticism from the

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. As 2017 dawned with another expired biodiesel

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
  Algae Biomass Summit   —   October 14-17, 2018   —   The Woodlands, TX

Algae Biomass Summit — October 14-17, 2018 — The Woodlands, TX

The Summit is the algae industry’s premier event, where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Cornyn’s Biofuels Bid

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Texas Republican John Cornyn is drawing up ideas for new legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, in a bid to end the stalemate between corn-state lawmakers and oily ones. “Cornyn’s office has been hosting talks for months on altering the biofuel program, and he’s developed a

January 19, 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

Study Suggests Biochar Could Significantly Improve Anaerobic Digester Performance

(Bioenergy Insight)  In a paper by Texas A&M scientists, biochar shows potential for increasing efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal manure. Biochar is a charcoal material composed of agricultural by-products, including manure, crop residues and grasses. The substance can be used as a fertiliser and as a filter to remove contaminants from

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we consider the news that occasionally seeps out of that mysterious Middle Earth country, best known in the bioeconomy as Anellotech.  The

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol provides the chance to appeal to his tea party base by bucking the Washington bureaucracy

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In meetings with President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks, Sen.

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s biofuels regulation, but would never agree on anything that diminishes the program. The price of

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the actual product — from others with a surplus. This policy often negatively effects smaller refiners, which are

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for his state to no more than 9.7% for the conventional biofuel requirement, suggesting the RFS

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Take a Pass?

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from Pruitt. “The time is ripe for EPA to grant substantive relief from the unique, adverse

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae Foundation Gears up Coursework

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  t the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year has been an eventful year for the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), which is chartered to design,

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

A New Study Offers Further Proof That North Texas Earthquakes Are Drilling- and Fracking-Related

by Dan Solomon (Texas Monthly)  In January 2015, there were a dozen little earthquakes in the Dallas–Fort Worth area in less than 48 hours. They weren’t the first, or the last, that would strike the region, either. Prior to 2008, there had been no reported earthquakes in the Fort Worth Basin. In

December 1, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Pioneer in Biomethane Fleet

(NGV Journal)  Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas fueling contract for the airport’s vehicle fleet. The contract calls for Clean Energy to provide the airport with its Redeem™ brand of biomethane, the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Houston-based Neste US Inc. has announced exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California to provide public and private fleets access to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The distribution partners include IPC (USA) Inc., Ramos Oil Co., Van De Pol Petroleum, and Western States Oil. According to the company, Neste

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

DFW Airport Signs Up for Renewable Natural Gas

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  During the Airports Going Green 2017 conference, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that event host Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling contract for the airport’s vehicle fleet. The contract calls for Clean Energy to provide the airport with its

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Report from EUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Participants from over 70 countries gathered at Stockholm’s Älvsjömässan for the annual European Biomass Conference, EUBCE 2017 in June 12-15. In the field of advanced biofuels two years is a long time, so it was interesting to see how the topics and focus points

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Tire Trash-to-Cash in the Aussie Outback

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There are no tires in Nevertire because Green Distillation Technologies, some 20 clicks up the road in Warren, is operating its Destructive Distillation technology at pilot scale and is recycling used tires into oil, carbon and steel wire cord. … Tires are a potent source of raw material.

November 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol refinery are to stay at home. The Crescentino operation has 60 days to present a

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade. But according to federal data, 1 million gallons more ethanol spilled from derailed trains than

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Houston Companies Join High-Octane Battle over Fuel in Mexico

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  At a Rice University forum last year, Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was asked whether his government would allow refiners to increase the concentrations of ethanol in gasoline beyond the 5.8 percent that it had just approved. Coldwell gave an emphatic no. “If it goes

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article
  National Ethanol Conference   —   February 12-14, 2018   —   San Antonio, TX

National Ethanol Conference — February 12-14, 2018 — San Antonio, TX

 The theme for the NEC will be “Ethanol Strong: Empowering Dialogue to Grow Markets.” The NEC provides an unequaled opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives about the latest technologies and government policies affecting the industry today. Speakers will address a number of topics including growth of higher

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels

by Alexa M. Schmitz (Cornell University/Biomass Magazine)  … This week, researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet bioreactors on a chip. A single algal cell is captured in a tiny droplet of

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first. US-based renewable fuel producer Gevo Inc will supply the biojet, through Brisbane Airport’s fuel supply system,

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

September 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. These projects will work to solve critical research and developmental challenges encountered

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article
  Octane Value Forum: Understanding the Future Solutions to Higher Octane Fuel Needs   —   October 25-26, 2017   —   Houston, TX

Octane Value Forum: Understanding the Future Solutions to Higher Octane Fuel Needs — October 25-26, 2017 — Houston, TX

When it comes to the octane value chain, the stakes have never been higher. Automakers and fuel suppliers are quietly researching what fuel blends they’ll need to meet much tougher CAFÉ standards into the next decade. Refiners are looking to retain or even expand traditional blends and on the other side

September 12, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (August 22, 2017), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure including natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity. This Vehicle

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular that the Solar Energy Industries Association published a guide for landowners. Recently, former president Jimmy Carter got in on the act. He set up a community

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Welcome to ‘All of the Above’ Transportation

by Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle)  … It won’t happen overnight. Barriers remain, from range anxiety with full electric vehicles to an already overburdened and aging electric grid. Affordable grid-scale energy storage remains elusive. … Transportation makes up roughly a third of energy demand in the U.S. and is almost entirely

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims

by  Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to portray the United States as a global energy superpower — and to label previous administrations as obstacles

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Terpenes may be the most unloved class of energy molecule of all time, if you compare R&D spending to potential. Even ARPA-E, the home of high-risk, high-reward government research into energy, hasn’t delved into terpenes since 2012’s OPEN invite, where Allylix picked up a single $467,6905

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

California LCFS Guides Advanced Biofuels Industry

by Heather Zhang (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track.  —  California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector are racing to make progress in the advanced biofuel industry, promising healthy growth in demand

June 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Taking Stock of Texas Shale

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas is today releasing a report examining the environmental and community impacts of shale production in that state. Key findings: Texas produced more oil in 2015 than all but six countries, oil and natural gas generated

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol By-Product Can Be Used as Dietary Supplement for Cattle

(Biofuels International)  … The new research found that as the seasons progress, cattle find it increasingly difficult to digest a type of Bermuda grass – Tifton 85. However, the scientists also found that by supplementing the grass with dried distillers grains – the remains of ground corn fermented during ethanol production

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

DTE Biomass Acquires RNG Facilities to Fuel Texas Transit Buses

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  DTE Biomass Energy, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based subsidiary of DTE Energy, says it has acquired two landfill gas-to-energy projects in Texas, which will generate enough renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel more than 1,000 transit buses each year. Specifically, the company has purchased both the operating Fort Bend

June 5, 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

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels. The key differentiators There are two. First, the MinFree

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae at Scale: Qualitas Health Triples Algae Farm Acreage for Omega-3 Now, Protein Soon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think beyond nanotechnology. It’s Nanno Technology, as Qualitas’ nannochloropsis strain gets deployed in New Mexico at the old Green Crude Farm (now Green Stream Farms), as well as in Texas. In Texas, Qualitas Health unveiled a long-term partnership with commercial crop producer Green Stream Farms

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water

(CleanTech Canada)  In a discovery that could help jump-start the hydrogen economy, a team of physicists at the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can divide water using low-cost materials  —  Hydrogen gas may be an entirely clean-burning fuel, but without a cheap, efficient method for splitting water

May 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. “We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,” said Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Genome Sequence of Fuel-Producing Alga Announced

(Phys.Org)  The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol and Earth Day

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, over 700 exhibitors and more than 250 speakers. Even bigger and better this year, the

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments.   —  The U.S. imported nearly three times more biodiesel and renewable

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

QuikTrip to Begin Selling E15 Fuel

(Convenience Store News)  Blend coming to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth area c-stores.  —  QuikTrip Corp. will begin offering E15 fuel at 44 of its convenience stores in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metro area. E15 was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 for use in 2001 and newer vehicles.

April 3, 2017 Read Full Article

8 Biodiesel, 4 Renewable Diesel LCFS Pathways Certified in March

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. Eighteen total pathways have been certified in March, eight of which are for biodiesel and four

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Vopak Americas Awards Matrix Service EPC of Brownfield Expansion Project at Deer Park, Texas Terminal

(Vopak Americas/Globe Newswire)  Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq:MTRX) announced today that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc. has been awarded the engineering, fabrication, procurement, and construction of 10 new tanks and associated balance of plant work by Vopak Americas, a division of Royal Vopak, for their Deer Park Brownfield Expansion project. The

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the market, is holding back on reintroducing a measure that would do just that, “in an

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching a car crash in slow motion. This week, Gevo executed a series of moves including signing

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

The United States of Oil and Gas

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a company that provides data and analysis to the drilling industry. We’re familiar with oil-rich regions

February 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma,

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

A 20-Year-Old Startup

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens. … 2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and for World Energy. We brought our third and fourth biodiesel plants online to

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

BIOX Announces Commissioning of 90 Million USG Biodiesel Production Facility in Houston

(BIOX/NewsWire Canada)  BIOX Corporation (“BIOX” or the “Company”) (TSX: BX), a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, today announced that World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC (WEBB), a 50/50 joint venture between World Energy and BIOX, has completed the commissioning of its 90 million U.S. gallon (USG)

January 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from various methane and carbon dioxide sources. In

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Those improvements could include combining processes such as mixing,

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

BioJet Fuel, Water and Food – Turf Feeding Systems Is Changing the Yucatan with a New Project

(Turf Feeding Systems/PR Web)  Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston company, is starting a new project and is contracted to design, build and manage the agriculture for a special BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan region of Mexico that is focused on BioJet fuel, water efficiency and food production.  —  The

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from agricultural fields in areas with claypan soils under the topsoil, including parts of Missouri, Iowa,

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump Taps Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Head Energy Department He Once Vowed to Abolish

by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he

December 13, 2016 Read Full Article

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without typical byproducts operating

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles short of that. In our previous installments, we have charted how KiOR moved from a

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Gevo Enters On-Road Automobile Gasoline Market in Houston

(GEVO)  Expands on Previously Announced Partnership with Musket Corporation  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that gasoline blended with its isobutanol and marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area.  This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles.

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article
  World Biodiesel Congress & Expo (Biodiesel-2016)   —  December 5-7, 2016   —    San Antonio, TX

World Biodiesel Congress & Expo (Biodiesel-2016) — December 5-7, 2016 — San Antonio, TX

Conference Series LLC invites all the participants across the globe to attend the World Biodiesel Congress and Expo which will be held on Dec 5-7, 2016 at San Antonio, USA“. This scientific gathering guarantees that offering the thoughts and ideas will enable and secure you the theme Biodiesel: Sustainable Future Fuel.  Biodiesel 2016 is comprised

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PANELS, ABSTRACTS, INNOVATIONS:  Smart Cities Innovation Summit   —   June 26-28, 2017   —   Austin, TX    DEADLINE:  February 26, 2017

CALL FOR PANELS, ABSTRACTS, INNOVATIONS: Smart Cities Innovation Summit — June 26-28, 2017 — Austin, TX DEADLINE: February 26, 2017

The Smart Cities Innovation Summit, in partnership with US Ignite, will once again deliver North America’s largest concentration of C-Level Smart City Leadership working towards innovative solutions for progressive city needs. Join us in Austin Texas as we expand our community of city leaders and solution providers, delivering an exciting

October 13, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article
  Smart Cities Innovation Summit   —   June 26-28, 2017   —   Austin, TX

Smart Cities Innovation Summit — June 26-28, 2017 — Austin, TX

The Smart Cities Innovation Summit, in partnership with US Ignite, will once again deliver North America’s largest concentration of C-Level Smart City Leadership working towards innovative solutions for progressive city needs. Join us in Austin Texas as we expand our community of city leaders and solution providers, delivering an exciting

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article
  8th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit   —   February 22-23, 2017   —   San Antonio, TX

8th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — February 22-23, 2017 — San Antonio, TX

ACI’s 8th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit will follow on from our successful series of conferences focusing on the re-use of greenhouse gas CO2 and converting this into profitable sustainable materials. The two day conference brings together senior experts from various CO2 emitting industries discussing the sustainable, technological and commercial aspects

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

RaceTrac Stores Begin Offering E15 Fuel

(Convenience Store News)  More than 100 Southern stores to add the renewable product soon. — RaceTrac will expand its fuel offering this year with the debut of E15 fuel at its convenience stores throughout the South. The chain will add E15 later this year and ultimately offer it at more

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel Specified for Use on Commercial Airline Flights–Alaska Airlines to Fly First Commercial Flight with Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel in ‘Next Few Months’

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.  Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo’s

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

American Airlines Hires Ocean Park to Assist With Renewable Jet Fuel Evaluation

(American Airlines)  American Airlines announced today that it has retained Ocean Park, a boutique investment bank with expertise in the renewable fuels industry, to assist with evaluating alternative jet fuels and identifying the most promising companies and technologies. American recognizes the need to make jet fuel – the most important

October 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Valero, Volvo

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 Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked at Valero and Volvo and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology

(U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  On September 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., (“KiOR”), and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR had claimed to have achieved through the

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Gas Station Owner Says Don’t Confuse Non-Ethanol Fuel for Price Gouging

by Patrick Thomas (ABC33/40)   …   ABC 33/40 followed up on a complaint from an ABC 33/40 viewer about price gouging in Odenville in St. Clair County. … He learned the gas station owner sells non-ethanol gas, which is more expensive than regular with ethanol. A viewer wrote in complaining

September 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol Fuels

by Louisa Kellie  (Phys.Org)  Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. “This opens up a new

September 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Editorial: Ethanol Is Beneficial but Still Needs Oversight

(Beaumont Enterprise)  In a region that was built by oil refining, it’s a tough thing to wrap your mind around: Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and boosts fuel octane, thus helping engines perform better. And contrary to persistent claims by the oil industry, it does not appear to damage engines.

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Precision Hawk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for agricultural uses.  What can you use Aerial Data Analysis for? Says Precision Hawk’s Ally Ferguson, quite a lot. Crop health indices, Plant height, Canopy cover, Weed detection, Season monitoring, Environmental assessment, Land cover mapping, Irrigated land mapping, Impervious surface mapping,

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny. … The methods for keeping the truth bottled up were not pretty. According to our sources

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Duonix Beatrice Begins Commercial-Scale Biodiesel Production Using Innovative ENSEL Technology

(Business Wire/Flint Hills Resources)  First-of-its-kind plant capable of producing high-quality, cost-competitive biodiesel from a multitude of advantaged, non-edible feedstocks  —  Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel® Inc. announced today the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant and the first successful commercial-scale application of Benefuel’s innovative ENSEL technology. ENSEL technology is

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Commentary: Are Presidential Hopefuls Ignoring Real Issues of Renewable Fuels?

by Jacqueline Campos (Fuel Fix/Opportune)  … When it comes to this year’s election, renewable fuels continue to be well-supported, but policy mandating the use of those renewable fuels in gasoline remains to be seen. … The dilemma is that RINs cannot be utilized until ethanol is blended into fuel, just before delivery

September 13, 2016 Read Full Article

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and just 5% biofuels, made from coconut and Brazilian babassu nut oil. Virgin Atlantic has not

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. And it is actually a few cents cheaper—cheaper!—than regular, old regular-grade gasoline. Its name? Unleaded

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ExxonMobil 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 Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at ExxonMobil and its direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded

September 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

September 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Chicago Park District Touts Its Biodiesel-Powered Vehicle Program

by Lauren Tyler (Next Gen Transportation News)  The Chicago Park District says its environmentally friendly biodiesel program has continued to pay off, and consequently, will showcase the program at a Fleet Education Seminar hosted by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Chicago Park District’s program,

September 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Credit Spike Divides Gas Stations

by James Osborne (FuelFix)  Now gas station owners say they, too, are losing out after the price of RINs –  the credits which refineries must have to prove there is ethanol and other biofuels in the fuel supply  — shot up close to 40 percent since the beginning of the

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater. Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make up on the back side. May need more equipment.  Investors hear: Dilutive cap raise

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

As Price of Biofuel Credits Spike, Refiners Suspect Market Manipulation

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Earlier this year Jack Lipinski, chief executive of the Sugar Land refiner CVR Energy, flew to Washington to plead his case to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His problem: the prices of credits required to meet EPA ethanol and biofuel mandates were spiking and likely

August 8, 2016 Read Full Article

We Band of Brothers: Crisp, CRISPR, Crispin’s Day and the Democratization of Crop R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The nature of collaboration across the advanced bioeconomy is shifting dramatically – and we are seeing the democratization of R&D.  …   The CRISPR revolution As Dan Watkins of DFJ’s Mercury Fund put it, “There’s a total sea change in biology with CRISPR-CAS gene editing

August 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Mexican #Ethanol Producers Consider Sorghum as Feedstock

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A contingency of ethanol producers from Mexico recently visited the U.S. to look at the option of sorghum as an ethanol feedstock as the country’s industry continues to grow following the announcement by Pemex, the country’s state-owned petro company, to blend ethanol into its gas. Hosted

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs to “the rising cost of meeting government mandates to blend biofuels.” The newsgroup reports that

August 1, 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

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  This week, the DOE made a major award to a group led by GAI, including the University of California-San Diego, TSD Management Associates, Texas A&M University, General Electric, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and

July 19, 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

Magellan Midstream to Build $335M Marine Terminal in Houston Ship Channel

by Sibyl Layag (SNL)  Magellan Midstream Partners LP said it plans to build a marine terminal for refined petroleum products along the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.  …   The project, supported by long-term contracts, would handle products such as various grades of gasoline and diesel fuel and renewable fuels.  READ

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Convert Fermentation Waste to Advanced Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ebio’s Alcoli Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s a major opportunity with thin stillage? Ebio says it can deliver “20% Increased Efficiency, 20% Advanced Ethanol, Payback in 5 months, based on any feedstock, and offering D5 Advanced biofuels” — all that with its Alcoli process, by which engineered e.coli bacteria convert fermented ethanol waste into advanced

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Green Plains Plans Ethanol Export Terminal as Expansion Continues

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Green Plains Inc said on Tuesday it plans to build and operate its first export-import fuels terminal in Beaumont, Texas, the latest in a string of expansion moves by the country’s fourth-largest ethanol producer. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company has formed a joint venture with Jefferson Gulf

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