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OP-ED: Achieving Carbon Emission Reductions with Biofuels

by Pat Gruber (GEVO/American Energy Society) It’s a gaping hole in most conversations about fuel: what do we do about liquid transportation fuels? No matter how quickly we try to electrify our transportation sector, gasoline isn’t going away. Diesel isn’t going away. Jet fuel certainly isn’t going away. Even the most ambitious

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Tyre Recycler Signs Deal to Turn Their Carbon into High Value Graphite

(Green Distillation Technologies) Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, has signed a deal with New Zealand’s CarbonScape to enhance the value of the carbon produced by its process, turning it into high value graphite. GDT’s world-first tyre recycling process turns end-of-life car, truck and oversize tyres into high value oil, carbon and steel,

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Technology Acquires DuPont’s G2 Ethanol Technology

(Sustainabile Technology Corp/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has completed the acquisition from DuPont, the complete technology assets for the world-class, second-generation technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont, capable of commercially producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass. The acquired assets include all associated intellectual property and

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Turn! Turn! Turn!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste and Its Transformation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To everything there is a season, goes the old Pete Seeger lyric, and the Book of Ecclesiastes, come to think of it, and they must be reading their Bibles closely at Neste. Once into petroleum as the original Finnish oil refiner, then turning to renewable

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

50 Million Bucks Says Landfill Is a Viable Energy Source: Suncor Doubles Down on Enerkem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, news arrived late last week Enerkem closed a $50 million equity investment from Suncor.  What does it mean? Today’s let’s explore that.  As Canada’s leading integrated energy company, Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2019 as part of a $76.3 million equity

October 21, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Deputy Secretary Speaks at Global Ethanol Summit

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Stephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. … He also spoke to the efficiencies that U.S. ethanol producers and farmers have achieved, and what that may

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas Powers Ireland’s First Carbon Free Truck Delivering Goods to Europe

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal) Virginia International Logistics has become the first Irish hauler to complete a delivery to Europe with a zero carbon heavy goods vehicle (HGV). The truck was fueled by biomethane to transport freight to the continent. The first European load was a consignment of processed beef from Liffey

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Technicians Talk Biodiesel

(Renewable Energy Group/Transport Topics) As a diesel technician with 15 years’ experience, Joe Siadak knows truck engines well. But biodiesel taught him something new. When Mahoney Environmental, where he is lead technician, decided to run its fleet of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks on biodiesel blends, Siadak thought his team would

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Change, Advanced Biofuels and Clean Diesel

(Diesel Technology Forum) When Rudolph Diesel patented his engine over a century ago, it was designed to operate on vegetable oils. Today, most diesel engines are still capable of operating on high quality fuels derived from vegetable oils. Whether it is biodiesel or renewable diesel fuel, the use of high

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

GHG Emission Reduction Methodology For Dairy Digesters

(BioCycle Magazine)  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) approved the first three greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction methodologies under its Climate Forward program, an initiative to proactively reduce future emissions from investments and activities. The first three methodologies provide standards for reducing emissions through the use of cookstoves, dairy digesters and

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Paris Transport Operator Will Roll out More than 400 Biomethane Buses

(NGV Journal/Iveco) Iveco Bus has won a record order to supply 409 Urbanway Natural Power (NP) buses to the Parisian Transport Authority, Ile-de-France Mobilités. The buses, which will run on renewable natural gas, will be deployed on the public transport network which covers both the inner and outer suburbs of the

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Cyanobacteria-Based Biofuel: an Innovative Platform for Clean Energy Production

by Viji Sitther, Behnam Tabatabai, Somayeh Gharaie Fathabad (Union of Concerned Scientists/Morgan State University)  … We are excited to announce that the Sitther Biofuel Research Group at Morgan State University has developed a technology to generate a cost-effective biofuel using a model cyanobacterium. The team, consisting of graduate students Dr. Behnam

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Nordic Logistics Companies at the Forefront of Adopting Biogas Trucks

(NGV Journal/Gasum) The Finnish transport sector has announced the goal to halve emissions originating in transport by 2030 from the level in 2005. Emissions reduction is particularly important in the transport and logistics industry since heavy-duty transport accounts for roughly a third of EU greenhouse gas emissions in road transport. Growing

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Clemson Researcher Developing Perennial Grasses that Could Reduce Water Use and Be Fuel Source

by Laura Schmitt (The NewsStand) Clemson University College of Science professor Hong Luo has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. These perennial plants represent a multibillion-dollar segment of the U.S. agricultural economy. The

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Beans Means Fuel at Stansted Airport

by David Vincent (East Anglican Daily Times) Passengers at Stansted Airport drink millions of cups of coffee every year. Now, in a new green scheme, coffee grounds will be turned into fuel. … Stansted is becoming the first airport in the world to convert all its coffee grounds into solid biofuels

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Air Liquide Partners with ArcelorMittal in Pilot Project to Capture and Recycle Carbon

(Air Liquide) Air Liquide is partnering with ArcelorMittal in the first industrial scale demonstration plant to capture carbon gas from the steelmaking process and recycle it into chemicals, specifically advanced bioethanol*. In this project, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction will provide a technology solution that purifies the offgas coming from the

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Paper Beer Bottles, 3D Printed Boats, Hydrogen-Powered Rescues; the New Mirai, Plastics from Potato, Hallowe’en Biobased Coffins, The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week there’s Hallowe’en around the corner and we’ll point to the very latest in biobased DIY coffins, but leading this week is the unexpected ways to make the ordinary stuff we know — like, the paper beer bottle, a 3d printed boat, and pallets

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada’s Largest Ethanol Producer Takes Steps to Expand Production at Biorefinery

(Biofuels International)  Greenfield Global, the largest producer of ethanol in Canada, has taken steps to expand production at its Varennes biorefinery following the introduction of draft regulations on the minimum renewable fuel volumes in the province of Quebec. … The company added that it is currently considering the adaptation of

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels That Could Be Made from Seawater

(University of Manchester/Phys.org)  Researchers from the University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of biobased jet fuels—partly made from seawater. — The Manchester research group, led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Has a Way to Go, but Interest Is There

by Shayne Willette (Navigant)  … Even fewer know the benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG)—closely related to biogas—or what it is. Absent a complete shift to electrification, biogas has significant potential to be a core piece of the climate change puzzle. This is because biogas uses waste that would have been

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Approves RFS Fuel Pathway Filed by Texmark, Neste

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA recently approved a Renewable Fuel Standard fuel pathway filed on behalf of Texmark Chemicals Inc. and Neste US Inc. that will allow renewable diesel produced at Neste’s biorefinery in Porvoo, Finland, to be shipped to Texmark’s facility in Galena Park, Texas, where it

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Reduction in Gasoline-Related Cancer Causes by Blending Ethanol into Gasoline in Five Global Cities

(Vital)  “Health Impact of Blending Ethanol into Gasoline in Five Global Cities” University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center — Dr. Steffen Mueller, PhD, and others at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center looked at the effect of biofuel in reducing cancers connected to chemicals such as

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Carbontech Companies Making Products from Thin Air

by Jim Giles (Green Biz Group)  … Each of these examples has developed a process that uses carbon dioxide to create valuable products — turning waste into revenue, the essence of circularity. In different ways, these circular technologies also lessen our overuse of fossil fuels and agricultural land. What’s more,

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Puget Sound Unveils New Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard COMMENTS DUE: January 6, 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Washington state we have news that the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued its Low Carbon Fuel Standard rule for consideration.  This is the first economic region to attempt a Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and follows on from the failure of the Washington State

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Plant Skeletons: Weighing the Environmental Impacts of a Byproduct of Biofuel Combustion

(University of Pennsylvania/Phys.org)  … Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process; it produces emissions that vary depending on the species used, the combustion conditions, and the air pollution controls. To understand one component of these emissions, an international, multidisciplinary team led by University of Pennsylvania mineralogists used highly

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Public Comment to Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change on Benefits of Biofuels in Climate Change Mitigation Plan

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change advises the state’s Governor and General Assembly “on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change.” The MCCC is chaired by Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles and consists

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists in Australia Develop Graphene Filter to Extract Methane from Biogas

(Bioenergy Insight)  Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia have designed a graphene filter to purify methane from biogas. The research team, led by Dr Rakesh Joshi of the UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering, found that graphene membranes can be used to extract methane present

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Irish Logistics Firm Becomes First to Complete Zero-Carbon Delivery to Europe

(Bioenergy Insight)  An Irish logistics company has become the first haulier to complete a zero-carbon HGV delivery to Europe. Virginia International Logistics transported processed beef from County Cavan, Ireland to Caen in northern France. The 1,121km trip was fuelled by renewable gas. The lorry was fuelled by bio-compressed gas purchased

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Growdiesel Ventures Limited, India’s Leading Biofuel Company Launches Renewable Fuel Industrial Training Certification for Students

(Growdiesel Ventures Limited/Futures Trading Charts) Established in 2001, Growdiesel is India’s leading Renewable Fuel company that is providing innovative turn-key solutions to various Government, Hotels, Hospitals, Residential societies, Corporates, Schools and other sectors. They are solving World’s 2 biggest problems: Waste Elimination & Fuel Generation. Growdiesel solves these 2 problems by converting

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Parliament Unfazed by Trade Fight over Palm Biofuel Phase-Out

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay.com/Eco-Business) A European member of parliament says the bloc isn’t concerned about threats by Indonesia and Malaysia to file a trade complaint over an EU policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030. The two Southeast Asian countries have denounced the EU policy as discriminatory.  — The

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

The Market for Sustainable Kerosene Needs the Quota

(aireg e.V.)  On the occasion of the international aireg conference on sustainable aviation fuels in Berlin on October 17th and 18th 2019, aireg proposes the introduction of a GHG reduction quota through sustainable aviation fuels. On a global scale, about 70,000 tons of sustainable synthetic kerosene are available today, which

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazilian Official: Flex Fuel Hybrid Vehicles Are the Future

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Miguel Ivan Lacerda Oliveira, director of biofuels for the Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, said during the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., that the future of transportation is electric vehicles, but ethanol will still have a role as a transportation fuel. Oliveira was

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

First Global Ethanol Summit Begins in Washington, DC

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The first Global Ethanol Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 with presentations from Ryan LeGrand, president and CEO of USGC, and Mike Dwyer, chief economist of USGC. LeGrand gave

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Is Now Available in All Baltic Countries, Including Estonia

(Neste) Neste will introduce Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, produced from 100% renewable raw materials, in Estonia during October 2019. During the initial phase, private car owners and heavy-duty vehicle drivers can refuel with renewable diesel at one station in Tallinn, at Kadaka tee 60, Tallinn. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Greenfield Global Takes Next Steps to Expand Production at Its Varennes Biorefinery Following Draft Regulation on the Minimum Renewable Fuel Volumes in Quebec

(Greenfield Global/Oil and Gas 360)  Province’s largest ethanol producer says the policy could result in a major expansion of the output of its production in Quebec.  —  Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, welcomed the Government of Quebec’s pre-publication of draft regulations on the minimum

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Air Capture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Atmospheric CO2 levels have hit, er, stratospheric levels. The levels measured today were last recorded in 3 million B.C., and given the global concern about climate impact, a major industry is in the process of being born — namely, the Carbon Reduction Industry. Afforestation, bioenergy

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

About Those Biobased Amines We Might One Day Dream up at Ptixar Amination

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Lately the amines, which in the simplest description are compounds with a bunch of nitrogen stuffed inside, have improved their reputation. For one, a number of Direct Air Capture technologies have been receiving big publicity as climate fighters for their CO2-scrubbing prowess. … “various

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

IIT-M, ExxonMobil Research Join Hands for Biofuel Research

(CanIndia) The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) on Monday said it has entered into an agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) for research on energy and biofuels. In a statement issued here, IIT-M said it will be a five year joint research agreement focusing on biofuels, data analytics, gas

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Kelp Elevator Could Give Biofuels a Lift

by Katharine Gammon (Inside Science)  An experiment off the coast of California may bolster efforts to make biocrude from “the Sequoia of the sea.” — Catalina Island, …. Its waters are also home to an unsual-looking science experiment: a floating bed of planted kelp that is pushed down and pulled up

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Good Reasons for Biofuels: Facts about the Ongoing Decarbonisation of Road Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP))  Human-caused climate change is already visible and is especially evident in agriculture, as the “drought year” of 2018 clearly demonstrated. Agriculture, however, is not only affected. It is also part of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Leveraging Biofuels for a Cleaner Mobility Future

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  Biofuels are critical to our energy future. No matter how far electric vehicles come in the next 25 years, the internal combustion engines of today will continue to be a big part of our transportation reality. The only way to continue to move

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

In Blow to Total, France Upholds Law Banning Palm Oil from Biofuel Scheme

by Geert De Clercq and Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  France’s constitutional court on Friday upheld a law excluding palm oil from the country’s biofuel scheme, rejecting an appeal by energy company Total (TOTF.PA) which says the measure puts at risk its production site in southern France. The legislation will remove palm

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guides to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Tesla Model 3 vs Honda Accord LX: What’s the More Cost-Effective Ride?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 4. For emissions, it depends by region. Coal is a big part of the electricity mix in China and still in the Eastern US, and oil is the source of electrons in the Middle East. The best way to get overall emissions down at this time

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study Compares Potential of Different Decarbonisation Options in Road Transport

(VTT) Sustainable fuels could play an important role in reducing transport emissions even as electric vehicles become cheaper says a new study from VTT and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. While electric vehicles are becoming cheaper, sustainable fuels could also play an important role in reducing transport emissions in

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

The Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuels Production

(Netwerk Betreibstoffe/BEsustainable Magazine Autumn 2019) Hydrothermal Liquefaction is one of the most promising technologies for the conversion of sustainable biomass into renewable transport fuels. Five European research and innovation projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels are jointly organizing an expert workshop to discuss state-of-the-art, developments and applications of this technology.

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WEBINAR: Drop-In Biofuels: The Key Role that Co-Processing Will Play in Their Production

(IEA Bioenergy/Netzwerk Betreibstoffe) Presentation online  This webinar presents the 2019 update of the 2014 IEA Bioenergy Task 39 “drop-in” biofuels report. It reviews the status of technologies, the progress of the various technical approaches and updates the successes, challenges and obstacles that have been encountered during the commercialisation of low

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Scania Australia Adds Another Renewable Fuel Solution

(Prime Mover Magazine) Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, has signed another memorandum of understanding with a supplier to bring greater access for its truck and bus customers to low-emission alternative and renewable fuels. The agreement was signed between Scania and Refuelling Solutions on Friday 4 October in Melbourne, with the aim

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Chemical Catalysis Pioneer James Dumesic Wins International Energy Prize

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Prolific biofuels researcher James Dumesic has been named the winner of the 2019 Eni Energy Transition Award. The internationally renowned Eni Awards were established in 2007 to recognize excellence in energy and environmental research. The Energy Transition Award honors recent research and technological innovation that promote the transition

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Undergraduates Participate in Bioenergy Research at GLBRC

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

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Positions & Perception of Stakeholders towards Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It matters of course, what people think about bioenergy, not just the makers and political folk or offtakers, but the broader groups as well in what is called elsewhere ‘civil society’, amongst pressure groups, and ordinary customers at the pump or retail store. The measurement

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Catch & Kill: The Velocys, Oxy, Cemvita, Carbon Engineering, BHP, Ginkgo Chase to Catch Waste, Kill Emissions, Armed with New Organisms to Liberate Value

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mississippi, Velocys’ Bayou Fuels project has signed with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to capture carbon dioxide from Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, and securely store it underground in a geologic formation. OLCV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take,

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Who Willed the Electric Car? China, and Here’s Why

by Lauren Silva Laughlin (Wall Street Journal) Electric vehicles that derive their power from dirty energy aren’t necessarily better for the environment, but they are better for Beijing — Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods recently took a shot at electric vehicles. Speaking at the Oil and Gas Climate

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Field to Market Honorees Exemplify Ambition of Sustainable Development Goals

(Solutions from the Land)  National Farmer’s Day, an acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation, will be observed this Saturday, Oct. 12. The day acknowledges and thanks farmers for the hard work they do every day to supply safe and abundant food, feed, fiber

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

National Science Foundation Continues Its Support of Morgan State University STEM Research With Nearly $500K Grant Award

(Morgan State University) Funding Will Enhance Biofuel Production in Cyanobacteria Using Nanoparticles, While Preparing the Next Generation of Minority Biotechnologists — Morgan State University’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) has announced its receipt of a $499,999 grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Excellence in Research (EiR) grant will

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Set to Face, Sue Europe over Renewable Energy Policies

(Antara News)  The Indonesian government will prepare to take legal action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge the European Union (EU) over its Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) and Delegated Regulation (DR). The lawsuit plan was rolled out over concerns of the regulation directly impacting the Indonesian

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Scania Offers a Flying Start For Sustainable Airports

(Scania/Aviation Pros)  …Major airports are dependent on an array of different service and support vehicles. That is why Scania’s solutions based on alternatives such as bio­ethanol, biogas, biodiesel or hybrids will make a difference, despite the fact that each individual vehicle might have relatively low annual mileage or operating hours.

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fuel Pretreatment of Biomass Residues for Thermal Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   For some time it’s been widely thought amongst the Digestsceni that there’s a need to ‘demonstrate to market actors and policy makers how existing bioenergy chains can be made more fuel flexible, efficient and cost effective through the application of (a combination of) pretreatment technologies,”

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Faux Snow, Faux Fur, Wool Surfboards, Green Hydrogen, Hawaiian Algae, Next-Gen Mirai: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 10th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week there’s faux snow, there’s faux fur, wool-based surfboards and seaweed pods filled with a burst of Glenlivet whisky. Not to mention some biogas based fuels cells, an algae-based solar startup, news on the next-gen Toyota Mirai, and a skincare line that harnesses the

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure: Scientists Convert Municipal Waste to Biofuel Precursors

by Emily Scot  (Berkeley Lab) As the need for energy security grows, scientists are investigating nonfood biomass sources that can be used to create valuable biofuels and bioproducts. Among these sources is municipal solid waste (MSW) — in other words, trash that’s produced every day around the world in significant amounts. 

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New Report Boosts Development Options for Most Promising Biofuels

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)   Assessment identifies top ten blendstocks for efficiency in turbo-charged engines  — … This environmental benefit could be maximized with biofuels suitable for use in turbocharged engines that pack more horsepower in a smaller, more efficient package than traditional combustion engines. The Co-Optimization of Fuels

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Massive RNG Supply Boost in California

by Todd Campbell (ACT News/California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership) The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded more than $67 million to 43 dairy digester projects across California, making significant strides toward achieving the state’s climate protection policy goals. The projects represent a total of over $300 million in

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DNV GL Will Assess Low and Zero-Carbon Fuel Solutions for Ships

(DNV GL/NGV Journal) DNV GL and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), a sub-holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding and offshore business, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on the development cutting edge solutions for low and zero-carbon ship technology. The MOU is a response to the growing

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Oil Firms to Pour Extra 7m Barrels per Day into Markets, Data Shows

by Jonathan Watts, Jillian Ambrose and Adam Vaughan (The Guardian) Projected production surge in next 12 years to be led by Shell despite climate crisis; Video: why we need political action to rein in the fossil fuel industry; Timeline: Half a century of dither and denial  — The world’s 50 biggest oil companies

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Biofuels Continue to Flourish in Canada Due to Free Trade

by Craig Willis (Global Markets) Since the inception of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2007, Canada has been the most consistent destination for exports of U.S. ethanol – standing as a beacon for free trade and acting as a global leader in combating climate change through biofuels. During a time

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

BioHiTech Global Receives Orders for Its Revolution Series Digesters from Four Universities in the Northeastern US

(BioHiTech Global, Inc./PR Newswire)  Company expects to deliver a total of 12 units to these universities that will be capable of diverting a total of more than 2 million pounds of food waste from landfills each year — BioHiTech Global, Inc. (“BioHiTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BHTG), a technology and services

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BIOPLAT-EU Project: The Second Project Meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

(Bioenergy Association of Ukraine) SEC Biomass experts Tetiana Zheliezna, Oleksandra Tryboi and Olha Haidai took part in the second BIOPLAT-EU (Promoting Sustainable Use of Underutilized Lands for Bioenergy Production through a Web-Based Platform for Europe) project meeting that was held in Kyiv on 26 of September, 2019. The project partners presented

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Norway Releases Action Plan for Green Shipping

(Maritime Executive) Norway has released an action plan for green shipping, saying that its maritime industry is a world leader in the development of low- and zero-emission solutions.   The Government’s ambition is to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030. The report notes that with current

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High-Impact Bio-Based Initiative for a Circular Europe

(Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking/Politico)  The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking delivers substantial socio-economic and environmental benefits to Europe, actively contributing to the European Green Deal  — Did you know that renewable biological resources such as waste, agricultural and forestry residues, and aquatic biomass can be used to produce greener everyday products, from

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World First Products Made from Recycled Pollution Reduce Emissions and Keep Carbon in the Ground!

(Lanza Tech)  Products made from recycled pollution are coming to a store near you! Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. a joint venture between carbon recycler, LanzaTech, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, and its New Zealand partner, TangMing, have successfully produced over 9M

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefineries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) First comes the techno-economic assessment, then comes the deployment, as perhaps someone once said, or should have. For the road to bioeconomy passes through the graces of a successful evalutation of the inputs anf the outputs and the costs and values thereof. Those thoughtful assessors

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The 10 Most Overlooked Stories in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This is such Top Secret stuff that every announcement was, we surmise, buried in the hardest-to-find hole, on the loneliest street, of the most out-of-the-way town on Planet Neptune. Just shows what you might find down a rabbit hole. Share this at your peril, it rocks the

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Oakland, CA Benefits from Renewable Diesel Fuel

(Diesel Technology Forum) Oakland’s equipment and services manager, Joey Williams, chats about the difference using renewable diesel fuel has made for the city’s diesel-powered vehicles. WATCH VIDEO

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Supplies Avfuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Aircraft Headed to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV

(Gevo/Globe Newswire) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to further support carbon neutrality goals in the aviation industry. Gevo’s customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, has partnered with fixed-base operator, Avflight Salina at Salina Regional Airport

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Reducing the Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles – New Report and Webinar

(National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine) Tractor-trailers, buses, commercial trucks, and other heavy vehicles are significant contributors in the transportation sector to energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for approximately 22 percent of energy use by U.S. transportation. The fuel consumption of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) has

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Refuel as You Sail with Hydrogen

by Nick Savvides (American Shipper Freight Waves)  … Madadh (pronounced Maddy) MacLaine, CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology, Ltd. believes that hydrogen’s time has come. MacLaine is also a founding member of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, which was established in 2018 to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels.

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Truth About Hydrogen

by Patrick Molloy and LeeAnn Baronett (Rocky Mountain Institute)  … There are four major sources for commercial production of hydrogen, three of which require fossil fuels: steam methane reformation (SMR), oxidation, and gasification. The fourth source is electrolysis, which separates water into its constituent elements (hydrogen and oxygen) using electricity. When

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

KLM and Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Sustainable Air Travel

(KLM) Today KLM and Microsoft signed a Letter of Intent in Washington to explore cooperation focused on sustainable air travel. The agreement includes commitment to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which has the potential to reduce up to 80 percent of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, across the lifecycle,

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

What You Need to Know about Using FPBO on Your FCC Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the liquid energy market, it’s no longer enough to have fuels which are “affordable and available but not sustainable”, or “sustainable and available but not affordable”. We’ve lived for a long time on “two out of three” – now, customers and governments around he world

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Several of the better known IEA Bioenergy rock stars — there are four and possibly five in this set, from the US and Canada, so we’ll put them sort of on a par with Neil Young and Crazy Horse for representing somethng tuneful, must-know and

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair’s Passenger Biofuel Purchase Initiative Takes off with First SAF Flights from San Francisco

(GreenAir Online) Following its ‘Push for change’ initiative launched earlier this year, Finnair has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on two flights from San Francisco to Helsinki. The initiative encourages passengers to either offset the carbon emissions from their flights or mitigate their carbon footprint through paying to contribute towards the

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

California Start-up ZeroAvia Plans Hydrogen-Fuelled, Zero-eEmissions Commercial Flights by 2022

(GreenAir Online) Silicon Valley start-up ZeroAvia claims its hydrogen-fuelled electric powertrain could be ready for zero-emission, 500-mile commercial regional flights capable of carrying 10 to 20 passengers by the early part of the next decade. The company, founded by cleantech entrepreneur and pilot Val Miftakhov, has already started flight testing its

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Government’s Climate Advisers Suggest a Pathway towards Net-Zero Aviation Emissions by 2050

(GreenAir Online) Emissions from international aviation and shipping must be included in the country’s net-zero emissions by 2050 climate target, says the UK government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However, the body accepts that even with improvements to fuel efficiency and the use of sustainable and novel fuels, zero-carbon aviation

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

As Electric Cars Shift into Mainstream, the Corn Belt Begins to Ponder a Post-Ethanol Future

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio) …Lee Tesdell is all-in for reducing his carbon footprint. He began installing solar panels on his farm in Polk County, Iowa, in 2013. “And all the time I was thinking that I would like to drive an electric car,” he said, “so that

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Reg Modlin High Octane Low Carbon Fuel Blog Series

(Natual Resources Solutions) Reg Modlin is a senior NRS Advisor and a veteran of 40-plus years in the automotive industry. In the following posts, he examines the steps that have been taken – and need to be taken – to attain the transportation fuel that best serves our nation for

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The Present and Future for Pure-Plays: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Pacific Ethanol is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products, and in some ways more importantly, they are a beacon for us to understand the future of pure-play ethanol and protein companies, going forward. Among the major players are

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

National Academies of Science Panel Calls for Review of Truck GHG Rules

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) A National Academies of Science panel on Friday called for EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct an “interim evaluation” of federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by 2022 “to ensure and improve their effectiveness

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Meriaura Brings out Climate Neutral Contracts Powered by Biofuel

(Meriaura)   Meriaura and Stockholm Exergi sign a contract of nearly CO2 neutral sea transport  — Meriaura and and Stockholm Exergi have signed a contract for the sea transport of woodchips and woodpellets within the Baltic Sea by using  climate friendly, 100% biofuel as power source. The contract is the first commercial contract

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Pioneer Secures £2.3m to Launch Demo Plant

(Mercia Asset Management) A Teesside business which has developed a new way to generate fuel and chemicals from waste biomass has secured a further £2.3million investment to commercialise its technology. Nova Pangaea Technologies has completed a funding round led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Proposes Increased Use of Renewable Fuels in Québec, Canada

(Biofuels International)  The Government of Québec in Canada has released a draft regulation that requires the increased use of renewable fuels in the province. The new renewable fuels standard, which has been applauded by industry association Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), proposes a market-based mechanism to incentivise low-carbon biofuels. Ethanol in

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

US Patent Granted for Enzymes Developed by ICGEB-DBT Bioenergy Group

(International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) A new cellulase preparation discovered by scientists at ICGEB, New Delhi has received a US patent award. This discovery is likely to provide a better alternative to the available option on the market for commercial cellulase enzyme to produce ethanol for second generation (G2)

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Valmet to Deliver Biomass Pretreatment System to PRAJ Industries in India

(Valmet) Valmet will deliver biomass pretreatment system to PRAJ Industries for their second-generation bio refinery project which is under execution in India. The delivery is planned for the year 2020. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order will not

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Board Now Leads the Way towards Sustainable Flying

(Board Now)  Launch of SkyNRG’s ground-breaking program paves the way to sustainable aviation; 85 per cent reduction of emissions as a result of sustainable aviation fuel  — Today (October 3, 2019), a significant step will be taken towards sustainable flying. Dutch company SkyNRG, global leader in sustainable aviation fuel, officially launches

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Face Fungus, Sustainable Camping Gear, Stationery Made from Stone, Renewable Naphtha, Hydrogen-Powered Tugboat: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 4th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  October has arrived with fall fashion, and amongst our offerings this week, the latest in face fungus, sustainable camping gear and apparel. For those looking for a sustainable statement, why not stationery made from stone. Not to mention, renewable naphtha, liquefaction technology, wax coatings, the

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Cheaper, Cleaner Way to Grow Biodiesel Producing Microalgae

by Gerard de Souza (Hindustan Times)  The team of researchers has found that the species of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris NIOCCV grew well in a medium of seafood industry wastewater and was tolerant to different salinity regimes and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide  — In a significant breakthrough that could boost the

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Gas Supplier FloGas Adds Liquid Biomethane to Its Range

(Bioenergy Insight)  FloGas, a supplier of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) in the UK, has added liquid biomethane to its range, claiming to be the first to supply this type of fuel off-grid. The company provides energy solutions to homes and businesses that are not connected

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Wins $0.5 Million Order in Japan for Fischer-Tropsch Technology

(Biofuels International) Velocys has secured a purchase order and technical service agreements with Toyo Engineering (Toyo) for its biomass-to-jet fuel technology in a demonstration facility in Japan. The company has also secured an advanced deposit for the use of the same technology by Toyo in a subsequent commercial plant, Velocys

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Greens Support Use of Biofuels, but Only from Plant Waste Matter

(Sudbury.com)  Party says there will be no food-based biofuels in transition to zero-carbon economy  — The Green Party of Canada says it supports the use of biofuels as the nation switches to a zero-carbon economy, but only if it’s made from plant waste, not food. In a news release ahead of

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Optimus Technologies Named $1 Million Grand Prize Winner – Pittsburgh-Based Company Will Expand Business to the Southern Tier

(New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)  Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of 76West Clean Energy Competition  — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Lufthansa Collaborate and Aim for a More Sustainable Aviation

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading renewable fuel producer, and Lufthansa, one of the leading airlines in Europe, strengthen their collaboration regarding the development of renewable solutions for aviation. As part of the collaboration, Lufthansa will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel, blended with fossil jet fuel on flights departing from Frankfurt. The

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Engineering Thermophiles to Produce Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Syngas Bioprocess

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Drop-in fuels from syngas are in. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, thermophiles have several unique advantages, and end products have value as fuel and solvent applications among others. Sounds like win, win, win, right? But the big question that Kiverdi and NREL are working

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

“The Mindset Is There, We Need the Technologies and to Integrate Them: The Time Is Now”: Looking at Enerkem’s Evolution and the Rise of the Circular Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Enerkem has been famed as a plaform for producing ethanol from municipal solid waste. Yet, there’s methanol as a platform. There’s also the possibility of moving from syngas to ethylene. There’s methanol to olefins, which opens up potential to go from mixed plastic waste to

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

French Study Says Biogas Is the Best Vehicle Fuel to Improve Air Quality

(EBA/NGV Journal) The decarbonization of transport is a major concern to limit the environmental and climate impact of the sector. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has warned against the increase of CO2 emissions of new passenger cars since 2017 and recalls that the transport sector remains a significant source of air

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Experts Discuss Wildfire Mitigation, Beneficial Use of Biomass

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The California Council on Science & Technology hosted an expert briefing at the California State Capitol Sept. 19 focused on the beneficial uses of wood biomass from wildfire mitigation. The briefing was the fourth in a series on wildfires hosted by CCST. … Forests treatments,

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Cruel Summer

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining.  —  … The volume of SREs (small oil refinery exemptions) granted has exploded during the

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Provides Tax Incentives for Biogas Investments

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., reintroduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act on Sept. 24. The bill aims to expand the biogas market by providing a 30 percent investment tax credit to help offset the upfront costs associated with building biodigester systems. “Ohio farmers

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Northeast States Draft Regional Policy Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Transportation Lacks Renewable Fuel Emphasis DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 5, 2019

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Nothing has been decided yet about the treatment of biofuels” or renewable fuels in the proposed program to cap transportation emissions in 13 Northeastern US jurisdictions, according to the chair of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Leadership and Workgroup,  Kathleen Theoharides, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches Green Barjeel Project to Cultivate Indigenous Algae

(United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment) The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) today announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures. Run in cooperation with American University

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Honeywell Ecofining Technology Helps Diamond Green Diesel Become One of The World’s Largest Renewable Diesel Plants

(Honeywell UOP)  Louisiana facility plans 2021 expansion to meet growing demand for renewable fuels  — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Diamond Green Diesel will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ process technology to meet growing demand for renewable fuels in North America and Europe. With the

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s First Combined 2G Ethanol and Crude Lignin Oil Biorefinery Inches Closer to Reality

(PressAT/Vertoro) Sainc Energy Limited (Sainc), a London-based developer of biomass refineries, has entered into a definitive supply contract for 180,000 tons per annum of local olive tree prunings for its planned advanced bio-refinery at Villaralto, in Cordoba Province, Andalusia, Spain. The bio-refinery will produce second generation (2G) ethanol alongside so-called crude lignin

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Breakdown: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to PET Upcycling

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As frustrated as you may get with your pet sometimes, we aren’t talking about upcycling dogs and cats here, but PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic that is typically landfilled. One group at NREL and ORNL are working on developing cost-effective biological methods to better breakdown and upcycle

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Synthetic Fuels Could Shrink Carbon Footprint

by Vicky Just (University of Bath/Phys.org)  Synthetic fuels, made using carbon captured from the air, farm waste or biomass, could help the transport sector reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and meet “net-zero” greenhouse gas emission goals. A policy briefing by the Royal Society, published on 16 September, set out the

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Over 200 European Airports to Deliver Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050

(Airports Council International)  On the occasion of the UN Global Climate Action Summit taking place in New York today, the trade association for Europe’s airports, ACI EUROPE provided an update on the industry’s response to the Climate Emergency. In June of this year, ACI EUROPE announced a landmark resolution committing

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Houston-Based Company Planning $100 Million Plant in St. Martinville that Would Use Sugar Cane Waste to Make Ethanol

by Kristen Mosbrucker (The Advocate) Praj Industries, a publicly traded bioenergy engineering business with headquarters in India, is laying the foundation for a $100 million plant in Louisiana that would use sugar cane bagasse as a fuel and raw material for making ethanol. The project, which could still be three years

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Hyundai Promotes Green Mobility in Switzerland, Unveils H2 Xcient Truck

(Hyundai/NGV Journal)  … For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the refueling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq participated. The production of hydrogen at the hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, which has been in operation for over 100 years,

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Convert CO2 into Raw Materials Using Nanoparticles

(Ruhr University Bochum (Google Translation)) Enzymes use cascade reactions to produce complex molecules from comparatively simple raw materials. The principle was copied by researchers. An international research team has converted carbon dioxide into raw materials using nanoparticles. The scientists at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of New South

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Complete Production Chain from Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Successfully Validated

(VTT) Production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by IneraTec GmbH. The main focus of the

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

NORDEN Joins Shipping Decarbonisation Coalition

(NORDEN) NORDEN has signed up to become a member of the Getting to Zero Coalition. Launching at the United Nations Climate Action Summit this week, the Getting to Zero Coalition seeks to create awareness of the need for transition to zero emission vessels as part of the global shipping sector’s ongoing

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Making Enzymes More Effective: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Enzyme technology enables advanced biofuels. But can we do better? Can enzymes improve conversion? Can understanding enzyme structure, function, activity technology enable industrial enzyme improvement while reducing company R&D cost? Michael Himmel, Senior Research Fellow from NREL’s Biomolecular Sciences group gave this presentation at the DOE’s BETO

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

The Effect of Feedstock Composition on Fast Pyrolysis and Upgrading to Transportation Fuels: Techno-Economic Analysis and Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Analysis

by Pimphan A.Meyer, Lesley J.Snowden-Swan, Susanne B.Jones, Kenneth G.Rappé and Damon S.Hartley (Fuel)  Process economics and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are evaluated for the conversion of eleven (11) biomass feedstocks to produce transportation fuels via fast pyrolysis and then pyrolysis oil upgrading via hydrodeoxygenation. The biomass consists of six (6)

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Bio-Sourced Materials: A New Milestone!

(Michelin)  The BioButterfly project launched by Michelin in 2012 has just achieved another milestone: the construction of France’s first industrial demonstrator capable of producing butadiene from ethanol. The goal is to replace the oil-based raw materials used in the company’s tires with bio-sourced molecules.  — The BioButterfly project has just

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Expander, Vanderwell to Build Canada’s First Biomass/Gas to Liquids Plant

(Expander Energy/Canadian Biomass Magazine) Expander Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd., an Alberta family-owned company, to build Canada’s first commercial demonstration biomass/gas to liquids facility (BGTLTM project) in the Slave Lake, Alta., area. The plant will produce clean

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Family Farming, Biofuels, CO2: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Climate Change and the U.S. Farm Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The National Farmers Union envisions a world where farm families and their communities are respected, valued and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice and climate is a big part of that. Check out what Roger Johnson, President of National Farmers Union had to say about

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Sweet Gazoil Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweet Gazoil (SGO) was founded with the goal of protecting the environment by providing cost-effective technologies to treat mixed waste plastics, heavy and used/waste oils, and other waste hydrocarbons. SGO has developed and patented an anti-fouling ultrafast pyrolysis technology (Surface Flash Cracking (SFC)) which is

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Ocean Optimism: A To-Do List of Possible Climate Solutions

(Our Daily Planet) The IPCC Oceans report released on Wednesday painted a dire picture of the health of the ocean today.  The ocean is a carbon sponge absorbing 93% of the carbon emitted thus far, and it is reaching a breaking point according to the IPCC.  But another panel that was formed last

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and Niemi Partner to Reduce GHG Emissions from Customer Moves

(Biofuels International)  Finnish moving and logistics industry service provider Niemi Services has partnered with Neste to introduce Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel in all its diesel vehicles. The move will help customers moving home or office in Finland to reduce their carbon footprints. The renewable diesel, which is made entirely from

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: U.S. Biofuels Help Drive Environmental Progress

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers, released a new report examining the potential impact of a growing role for U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. The report was authored by Ramboll, a global research and management firm specializing in sustainable development, at the request of Growth Energy.

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Prospects for Biofuels Use by Other Transportation Modes

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal AgWeb)  … While supporters of the U.S. biofuel industry will no doubt continue to advocate for some remedial action by the administration on the SRE/RFS issues, they should not overlook the fact that the U.S. market for fuel for surface vehicles, like cars, light trucks,

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Sizzlin’ Summit: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae in the 2019 Farm Bill

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the hot and happenin’ Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, Florida,Steve Mayfield, Director at UCSD California Center for Algae Biotechnology and Martin Sabarksy, CEO of Cellana, gave this illuminating introduction of some of the latest policy highlights from the 2018 Farm Bill and how it

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

It’s MAGIC!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae’s Pivotal Role

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Some people believe in magic and some don’t but MAGIC is real in this case – the Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium, that is. MAGIC is working on answering the question “How do we produce that remaining 15 bboe/year of energy-dense, liquid hydrocarbon fuels to meet the

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Guiding Principles to Enable Climate Smart Solution from Agriculture

(Solutions from the Land)  … Climate Week is an annual event – first launched in 2009 and held alongside the United Nations General Assembly – that puts heightened emphasis on the commitment needed from all to address the ongoing escalation of dangerous climactic conditions. Among those facing the biggest risks are

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

NCFA: Carbon Stored in Forests Is Not Decreasing

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The North Carolina Forestry Association has spoken out to dispute a recent report released by the Center for Sustainable Economy and the Dogwood Alliance that claims that carbon stored in forests is decreasing. NCFA stresses it is not. The report, released Sept. 10, claims that industrial logging

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Delta Invests $2 Million to Investigate Potential Biofuel Production Facility

(Biofuels International)  US airline Delta Air Lines has announced it will invest $2 million (€1.8 million) to carry out a feasibility study for a biofuel production facility, in partnership with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels (NWABF). The potential biofuel production facility will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – as well as other

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Brightmark Energy Invests in New York Dairy Biogas Project

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste to energy development company, announced Sept. 24 that it has partnered with four dairy farms in upstate New York to utilize anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 225,000 gallons of dairy waste per day from 11,000 cows into biogas and

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Meelunie Joins Forces with GoodShipping Program to Decarbonise Its Ocean Freight

(GoodShipping) Meelunie, a leading global supplier of plant-based ingredients, and the GoodShipping Program have joined forces to decarbonise Meelunie’s Asian ocean freight, the companies have announced today. Meelunie, which exports to over 100 countries around the world, becomes the latest company to join the GoodShipping Program in an effort to decarbonise their

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

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September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Fungus Fashion, BMW i Hydrogen NEXT Unveiled, Spider Silk and Cellulose Composite, Nestlé Opens Packaging Research Center, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With Climate Week on many minds this week, it’s good to see innovations being developed to take a step in a better direction. Take CPI Card Group which is launching credit cards made from waste plastic recovered from the ocean. Or researchers who have created a

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota Releases Plan to Reduce Harmful Vehicle Emissions

by Kim Wynn (Grand Forks Herald)  The Department of Transportation aims to tackle vehicle pollution in an attempt to bolster use of electric cars and increase biofuels infrastructure.  — As Minnesota has failed to meet its goal of a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 to 2015, the Department

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Every Bit Counts in the Battle against Climate Change

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Among Secretary-General Guterres’ policy proposals is the idea that only “radical changes” – such as a “full shift towards electric vehicles” – are acceptable “climate-smart practices” that will “improve the health and save the lives of millions of people around the world.”   We respectfully disagree. The

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Enacts New Renewable Natural Gas Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., recently gathered with NW Natural and other renewable natural gas (RNG) stakeholders to ceremoniously sign a bill that will allow Oregon utilities to acquire RNG on behalf of their customers. NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Co. and a natural

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae and Bacteria Team up to Increase Hydrogen Production

(University of Cordoba/EurekAlert!) In line with the fight against climate change and the search for a sustainable future, the idea appears of a future society based on hydrogen used as a fuel. This biofuel of the future could be what cars and engines run on (they actually already do), but without

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

New Tool Shows Decline in Oil-Palm Related Deforestation in Borneo

by Monica Evans (Forests News)  Open-access atlas a boon for monitoring and transparency — In a welcome “good news” story for the world’s carbon stocks and biodiversity, the felling of old-growth forest for oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo has tracked a steady decline since its 2012 peak. That

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

State Level Climate Smart Ag Groups Growing

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  State-level climate smart ag groups are growing, evidenced by wide media attention drawn by a forum held last month by the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture (FL CSA) Work Group, and an early meeting of a robust new work group of ag and forestry leaders

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefinery: ‘The Potential for Farmers to Diversify Their Business in the Future’

by Emma Gilsenan (AgriLand) Biorefinery – which converts biomass to energy and other beneficial by-products – could potentially add more value to an outside block of land, according to UCD lecturer, Bridget Lynch. Speaking to AgriLand at the National Ploughing Championships this week, James Gaffey, a researcher in IT Tralee along with his

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Corn, Soybean Farmers Celebrate Ethanol, Biodiesel Choices at New Brownstown Fueling Station

( Indiana Corn and Soybean Checkoffs/WOWO)  Without access to consumers, biofuels cannot grow. The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) joined Premier Energy and CountryMark to celebrate a new fueling station and convenience store at 1300 Commerce St. in Brownstown, Ind. Premier Energy owns the new

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviation Industry Encourages Long-Term Climate Action from Governments

(Air Transport Action Group)  The aviation industry, alongside environmental groups, will request governments to set a timeframe for agreement on a long-term target to reduce CO2 emissions from air transport at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) starting this week in Montreal. The aviation sector – including the

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Selected to Be the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Separation Technology for the Danbury Wastewater Treatment Center

(Greasezilla/Informed Infrastructure)   Greasezilla™, the most cost-effective and ecological brown grease separator available, is pleased to announce it has been selected as an integral part of a new state-of-the-art FOG-to-Biodiesel receiving station for the Danbury, Connecticut Waste Water Treatment facility. Greasezilla’s patented solution separates FOG into its basic elements, sending the water back

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article
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