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Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel
May 11, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

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 …

California Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Renewable Fuel Fraud
May 10, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jin …

Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session — June 13, 2018 — Seattle, WA
May 10, 2018 – 5:03 pm | No Comment
Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session   —   June 13, 2018   —   Seattle, WA

On June 13, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host the Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session in Seattle, Washington. BETO is seeking feedback from experts in algal biology, cultivation, and conversion …

Port of Seattle Announces Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Sea-Tac Airport
May 9, 2018 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle)  Innovative partnership with 13 airlines aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years  —  The Port of Seattle announced today that 13 airlines, including Alaska Airlines, …

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

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

Mater, Want Jet to Always Love Me: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Jet Fuel and the Carbon War Room
April 27, 2018 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Adam Klauber of the Rocky Mountain Institute gave this presentation about working with airports to increase sustainable alternative jet fuel use at ABLC in Washington, DC this spring.  READ MORE

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States
April 18, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Washington Governor Signs RNG Bill into Law
April 2, 2018 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has signed into law a bill designed to encourage the increased development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in Washington State.
According to the Northwest Gas Association …

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
March 16, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(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 …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

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

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

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session — June 13, 2018 — Seattle, WA
February 27, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment
Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session   —   June 13, 2018   —   Seattle, WA

On June 13, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host the Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session in Seattle, Washington. BETO is seeking feedback from experts in algal biology, cultivation, and conversion …

Biofuel Powers First 737 Max Delivery to TUI Nordic
February 27, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Flight Global)  Scandinavian operator TUI Nordic has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, the second to be received by the tourism group.
The airline conducted the Max 8 delivery flight – from Seattle to Stockholm …

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA
February 22, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment
The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts   —   June 11-13, 2018   —   Seattle, WA

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018) will continue this year with renewed focus from investigators in this area of research. In our new venue for the year, Seattle, we will …

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

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

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry
February 15, 2018 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

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 …

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution
February 1, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they would be forming a coalition …

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

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

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions, Reflects on History
January 24, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight 25 years of biodiesel success  —  As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years, the National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

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 …

Contanda Plans Expansion at Grays Harbor, Washington Facility
January 18, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Contanda)   In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel.
Since 2009, Contanda …

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists
January 17, 2018 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform carbon dioxide into methane in …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA DEADLINE: February 2, 2018
January 17, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA   DEADLINE: February 2, 2018

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018) will continue this year with renewed focus from investigators in this area of research. In our new venue for the year, Seattle, we will …

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts — June 11-13, 2018 — Seattle, WA
January 17, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts   —   June 11-13, 2018   —   Seattle, WA

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018) will continue this year with renewed focus from investigators in this area of research. In our new venue for the year, Seattle, we will …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste
January 12, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a …

Washington State Readies Carbon Tax Push
January 5, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

(Axios)  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, will unveil a carbon tax proposal in his address to the state Tuesday, local media reported Thursday.
Why it matters outside of that Washington: The debate, while unique to the Evergreen State, is …

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

A Boeing/Embraer Merger Could Mean Deeper Aviation Biofuel Research Collaboration
December 22, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, collaboration on aviation biofuel research may deepen between Boeing and Embraer should a merger between the two companies go forward, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The …

Judge Rules State Can’t Enforce Inslee Order to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
December 20, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Brunner (News Tribune)  Dealing a setback to Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a judge has invalidated major portions of a state rule requiring greenhouse-gas cuts by refineries, fuel distributors and dozens of other major …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon
December 13, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to “Make the Planet Great Again” by embracing …

CRISPR’s Impact on Diesel Is Now
November 30, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science updated the Digest this week and noted that “We designed and then constructed a synthetic metabolic pathway …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Aemetis Provides Update of Cellulosic Ethanol Initiatives
November 14, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … During an earnings call, McAfee provided an overview of advanced biofuel projects under development by Aemetis, including the LanzaTech cellulosic upgrade to the company’s Keyes, California, plant and the …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

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 …

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry
October 26, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue …

Airports Can Help Make Air Transportation More Sustainable
October 11, 2017 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle/Seattle Times)  Sustainable aviation biofuels could help airlines transition away from fossil fuels and alleviate some impacts of climate change.  —  … Our generation’s greatest gift could be to make air travel environmentally friendly …

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge
October 9, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Converting algae to …

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

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

They’re on a mission to bring …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

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 …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(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 …

Takin’ Out the Oxygen with Electro-Deoxygenation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Bio-Oil
September 19, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate the techno‐economic feasibility of upgrading biomass derived pyrolysis oil using electro-deoxygenation process. A ceramic membrane that selectively transports oxygen under …

Tacoma Oil Refinery Wants to Produce Renewable Fuels for the First Time
September 15, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Candice Ruud (The News Tribune)  An oil refinery on Tacoma’s Tideflats is filing for permits to build a renewable energy project that will allow it to eventually produce biodiesel and biojet fuels.
U.S. Oil & Refining …

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels
September 15, 2017 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates …

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel
September 13, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well, they hope to start farming in the open ocean between Hawaii and California. They’re working with the Pacific …

Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Genomics and Biocatalyst Development
September 12, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop efficient and robust fungal biocatalysts and bioprocesses that utilize lignocellulose feedstocks to produce advanced biofuels and bioproducts at lower …

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2
September 11, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures.

Taking …

Commercial Path to Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Algae Processing
September 6, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project on hydrothermal liquefaction — a thermochemical interface for algae biofuels — developing processing methods to reduce conversion cost, improve sustainability and …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech/PNNL Syngas-to-ATJ Fuels
August 29, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy initiated a project to advance a hybrid conversion technology for catalytic upgrading of biomass-derived syngas to produce Alcohol-to-Jet fuel and chemicals while meeting the cost, quality …

Biofuel from Forests Lightens Jetliner Carbon Footprint
August 24, 2017 – 2:31 pm | One Comment

(Washington Forest Protection Association/Seattle Times)  Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after the harvesting of managed forests.  —  Alaska Airlines made history recently, flying the first commercial …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects
August 23, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(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 …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

Hot Path for Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction
August 14, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrothermal liquefaction has a huge fan base in the biorefinery R&D sector. There’s lots to like.  It’s robust tech and can be applied to attractive, low-cost wet feedstocks (ag resid, …

Aviation Biofuels Financial Viability Confirmed with New Report.
August 14, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Through ‘bold leadership’, airports can accelerate the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the aviation industry, according to a newly published report.
The new study, a collaboration between the Carbon War Room, Sky …

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise
August 11, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Pam Radtke Russell (Engineering News Record)  From Seattle to Cape Cod, see what’s being done at 18 different locations  —  … In this special report, Engineering News-Record’s team of editors and reporters look at …

Deep Stabilization: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading
August 8, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

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 …

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

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

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
August 4, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming …

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

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

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels
July 25, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, …

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding
July 24, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of …

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

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

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in …

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration
June 29, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key slides presented by AquaFiber, Pacific …

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2
June 21, 2017 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2 from Air at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Researchers Strive to Reduce Cost and Time of Algal Biofuel Production
June 12, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae by utilizing an indoor system that mimics …

Understanding Why Cellulose Resists Degradation Could Lead to Cost-Effective Biofuels
June 6, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of breaking down cellulose—an important structural component of plant cell walls. A recent study addressed this …

Fungi the Key to Efficient Biomass Breakdown and Cheap Biofuels?
May 30, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   …   A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara are focusing their research on the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi on earth which can collectively break down almost any substance.
In …

2017 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting — July 16–19, 2017 — Spokane, WA
May 26, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
2017 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting   —    July 16–19, 2017   —    Spokane, WA

ASABE 2017 presents a forum to expand awareness of current industry trends, promote and acknowledge innovations in design and technology, and provide opportunities for professional development – all with a focus on the economic, political …

Protein, Pathway Design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
May 23, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.
CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this illuminating overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough …

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3
May 11, 2017 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There are 4 primary differences.
1. An RFS creates a standard, and any fuel that …

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

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with …

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

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

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production
April 25, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria have attracted significant attention as potential biocatalysts for production of clean energy and green chemicals from sunlight and atmospheric CO2. A recent study investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which …

US-Based Researchers Develop System for Converting Waste Methane to Microbial Biomass
April 11, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  A new paper by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) describes a process that captures methane from natural gas and biogas and that uses photosynthesis to convert it into biomass feedstock.
The …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment
March 16, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The study, …

The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration — March 23, 2017 — Seattle, WA
March 14, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration —   March 23, 2017   —   Seattle, WA

(also by live webcast)  Please join Stoel Rives attorneys as they provide their insight at The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration on March 23 in Seattle, Washington.
These topics will be covered:

Priorities of the …

How the County’s Biodiesel-Making Effort in Cathcart Flopped
March 7, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Karen Law (Tribune)  Snohomish County’s gamble on turning canola into biodiesel has turned belly-up, but at least the Spokane Indian Tribe may reap a jackpot this week when the County Council votes on surplussing …

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges
February 28, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(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 …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

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 …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

How to Reduce Aviation Emissions, On the Ground and In the Sky
February 13, 2017 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  The number of commercial airplanes in service is projected to nearly double by 2030. At the same time, international agreements and individual countries’ laws require the aviation industry to …

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae
February 13, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory‘s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the best biofuel possible. Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher, said algae is a promising clean energy …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme
February 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Washington man was sentenced this week for laundering more than $39 million for a company that bilked federal programs supporting renewable energy, according to Tri-City Herald.
Richard Estes, 77, was part of a …

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines Release Aviation Biofuel Infrastructure Findings
January 17, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle) Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure  —  ​The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines today released a first-of-its-kind study …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

A New Era Gets Fueled Up
December 30, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial jets.   …   Carol Sim, director of environmental affairs for Alaska …

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development
December 29, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by …

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior
December 12, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated …

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels
December 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.
“We were surprised …

Biofuel Made from Human Excrement Has Become Easier to Produce
December 7, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)  Wastewater treatment plants rejoice—you may have a hot commodity on your hands.  —  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) have developed a new method for treating human sewage to …

How United Leads the Airline Industry in Reducing Carbon Emissions
December 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Ted Reed (The Street)  United Airlines leads the global airline industry in its commitment to biofuel, targeting the use of 900 million gallons over the next 10 years. —  United Airlines (UAL) , which …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research
December 2, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research.
The team has successfully demonstrated a new, …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
November 28, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these crops, and you would never put them on your table for Thanksgiving; however, together they …

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing
November 23, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services, or with the Port of Seattle and Alaska …

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools
November 17, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability of potential biorefinery locations in Chehalis, WA, Dallas, OR, and Hayden,ID.  WATCH VIDEO

Forest-Powered Flight Heads to Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Alaska Airlines/PR Newswire)  First of its kind renewable biofuel made from residual wood used by Alaska Airlines  —  Washington state-based Alaska Airlines today made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, …

Alaska Airlines to Fly Today on Gevo’s Cellulosic Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel
November 14, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Gevo’s Fuel to Power Alaska Airlines Flight #4 from Seattle to DCA  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the first commercial flight using Gevo’s cellulosic renewable alcohol to jet fuel (ATJ) is expected to …

Reinventing Enzymes, Molecules by Design: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
November 14, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.
CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology …

Wealthy Florida Businessmen Sentenced to 10-Plus Years in Prison for Biofuel Scam
November 9, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Brett Murphy ( Naples Daily News)  A federal judge sentenced two Florida men to 10-plus years in prison for their part in a $46 million scheme that defrauded government agencies and the renewable energy industry …

Snohomish County’s Venture into Biofuels Is a Bust, for Now
November 9, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Noah Haglund (HeraldNet)  Snohomish County is getting out of the biofuels business, after low oil prices and emerging technologies dragged down its decade-long venture.  The county’s investment in heavy machinery was supposed to enlist …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.
In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels
November 6, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Fuel from Sewage Is the Future – and It’s Closer than You Think
November 4, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Technology converts human waste into bio-based fuel  —  It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, …

Changing Off-Take to Achieve Take-Off: Sea-Tac, SkyNRG, Carbon War Room Partner to Shake up Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain
November 2, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room have signed a partnership to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport …

It Could Be the Nation’s First Carbon Tax. And Environmentalists Are Fighting over It
October 19, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A new initiative slated for the ballot in Washington state next month would create the first-ever carbon tax to be implemented in the United States. But while the initiative promises to fight …

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biobased Materials
September 30, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced …

Seattle Adopts UCS’s Oil-Saving Plan, Aims to Cut Oil Use in Half
September 26, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The Seattle City Council is expected to pass legislation today (September 19, 2016) that requires staff to develop a plan to cut the city’s oil use in half by 2035. Seattle …

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel
September 19, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some …

Why Poplar Is So Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Poplar Bioconversion
September 13, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide …

Weird Science: How to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Renewable Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by David Dittman (Wall Street Daily) … ClimateWire recently reported that scientists have engineered a bacterium that can turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel in a single, enzyme-catalyzed metabolic step.
Summarizing a paper published on August 22, …

Changing the Way We Fly: Biofuels Made from Waste Gases Reaching New Heights with Airline Industry
August 30, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Booking a flight soon? You may be leaving on a jet plane powered with renewable fuel. With more than 87,000 flights and approximately 1.56 million barrels of jet …

Advanced Biorefinery Proposed for Eastern North Dakota
August 25, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. The North …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

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 …

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Gets Thumbs up from Scientists for Biofuels Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered why the cyanobacteria called Synechococcus 7002 can produce high concentrations of biofuels.

“These organisms are the major pathway for capturing solar energy and …

Chelan County PUD Considers Switch to Biofuel for Utility Fleet
August 3, 2016 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(NCWLife.com)  Several months of testing using 20,000 gallons of fuel made from vegetable and animal fats showed no impact on performance and may lead Chelan County PUD to switch its main fuel source for line …

Insights About Green Jobs from Bioenergy 2016
July 26, 2016 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Janine Finnell (Advanced Biofuels USA/Leaders in Energy) I attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference held in Washington DC from July 12-14, 2016.  There were 17 breakout …

Washington State’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Ignores Biofuels’ Climate Benefits
July 25, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Washington state’s proposed Clean Air Rule (CAR) fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) told the Washington Department of …

Getting Community College Students into the Lab with Green Chemistry
July 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog)  During the GC&E conference in June, we had a chance to catch up with Rick Glover, a chemistry teacher at Bellevue College in Washington State. In an interview, he discussed …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

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, …

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
July 19, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

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 …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Researchers: Generically Improving Sorghum Could Benefit Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Genetics Society of America/Biomass Magazine)  The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy …

New Understanding of One of Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuels Production
July 15, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science) Producing fuels from plants and other renewable sources requires breaking down the chemical cellulose; a major candidate to drive, or catalyze, this stubborn chemical is a ubiquitous microorganism called Clostridium thermocellum …

US Signs Bio-Energy Research Pact with QUT
July 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  A research partnership between QUT and a US National Laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material.
The biotechnology research partnership will bring …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

Alaska Airlines Pioneers Use of Corn-Based Biofuel on Two Jet Flights
June 8, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Q13Fox.com)  Alaska airlines made aviation history today, when it flew two planes partially fueled by “biofuel” made from fermented corn. The airline fueled up two jets at Sea-Tac Airport. One headed south, to San Francisco, the other …

How to Heal Broken Bonds, Catalyst Style
June 8, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  While popular catalysts called zeolites could help turn paper manufacturing waste and other biomass into fuel, the catalyst crumbles after just two days in hot water. And that’s a problem because hot water is …

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery
June 6, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle this …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
May 27, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

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, …

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities
April 6, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity …