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Celebrate Earth Week: Take a Look under the Hood of Advanced Biofuels USA’s E85 Retrofitted 2002 Ford Focus

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You can reduce your travel carbon footprint without waiting for electric cars to be affordable, available, and running on renewable electricity with fair trade batteries. Recently, Advanced Biofuels USA co-founder and Treasurer, Bob Kozak and I have had two opportunities to take people on a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

REACHing for the Stars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019 – A Look at Carbon Negative and Carbon Capture Technologies, Advancements, and Possibilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to over 193 countries and more than a billion people every year. … The top 5 CO2 producing countries in the

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land: Delivering 21st Century Solutions To 21st Century Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  Last week marks the fifth anniversary of Solutions from the Land (SfL), a nonprofit organization that places farmers, ranchers and foresters at the forefront of resolving food system, energy, environmental and climate challenges and achieving global sustainable development goals. It is an important milestone that marks a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Benefits of Biodiesel

by Bob Lindeman (Chanhassen Villager) Based on a recent letter published in the Herald, (“Fossil fuel vs. green energy,” March 14), I would like to correct several assertions about “green energy” that are incredibly misleading and, frankly, wrong. Specifically, the claim that 30 percent of soybeans are being used for

April 20, 2019 Read Full Article

John Lewis Launch Biomethane Trucks to Reduce Emissions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Since being put in motion last year, the phasing out of diesel-powered vehicles by The John Lewis Partnership continues gaining momentum. This week, the Partnership pledges to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, using biomethane-powered heavy goods vehicles as part of the initiative. According to

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

A Different Animal: Ethanol Producers Are Increasingly Turning to a Burgeoning Aquaculture Industry for Another Coproduct Revenue Stream.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While ethanol’s coproducts are well-known to the livestock industry, innovative technologies and processes are opening new markets for dried distillers grains with solubles. The aquaculture industry is one of those new markets, and a partnership between White Dog Labs and Midwest Renewable Energy LLC positions

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ameresco Declares Commercial Operations of Historic RNG Plant

(Ameresco Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Ameresco Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced that it achieved commercial operations in early 2019 at its 91st Ave renewable natural gas (RNG) plant located in Phoenix, Arizona. Now operational, this plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the US and is

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil May Be Blended in Jet Fuel as Study Shows Suitable

by Afiq Aziz (The Malaysian Reserve)  … The aviation sector can play a crucial role in boosting Malaysian palm oil, which has been saddled with discrimination in the West, low prices and high inventory. As debates are still ongoing on palm oil fuel for vehicles, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting CO₂ Emissions to Work: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Opus 12

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Opus 12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world’s most critical chemical products. Opus 12 was

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economies, from California to Sweden: Neste’s Wheeling, Rolling, Moving, Flowing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, waste feedstock from the city of Oakland is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study Underscores the Need to Make Rare Earth Metal Use More Sustainable

(Our Daily Planet)  We don’t recycle these metals and their extraction is rife with human rights abuses. As Phys reported, a new study, commissioned and funded by the non-profit EarthWorks, “shows that as demand for minerals such as lithium and rare earths skyrockets, the already significant environmental and human impacts of hardrock mining are likely to rise

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

London Waste Collection Fleet Debuts Biogas Trucks to Meet UK’s New Rule

(Bio Collectors/NGV Journal)  Bio Collectors, London’s largest independent food waste collector, has completed preparations for the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) by revealing plans to convert all 25 of its vehicles to run solely on renewable CNG, a zero fossil fuel produced by its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in South

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

When Will the EU ‘Get Real’ on Biofuels? European Union Must Embrace Biofuels to Achieve Climate Goals.

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  … And the EU consistently downplays one of the best tools it has already for an energy transition: low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable EU ethanol. … The simple fact is the EU will need sustainable, low-carbon fuels if it wants to make real progress toward a

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Partners with Air BP to Deliver Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Biofuels International) Renewable fuel producer Neste has announced an agreement with aviation fuel supplier Air BP to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Swedish customers. This latest agreement will build on their existing partnership, which was established last year to develop solutions to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to airports and airlines, according

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Florida Climate-Smart Ag Initiative Announced

(Solutions from the Land)  Florida agricultural leaders are calling for deeper exploration of farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners as suppliers of environmental protection as well as of food and fiber. The Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Work Group has declared its ambitions to craft a plan for how the state’s 26 million acres of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

New Corolla Made in Brazil Will Be the World’s First Flex Hybrid Vehicle

(Toyota (Google Translation))  With this motorization, the New Corolla will be the most efficient ethanol-powered car in the country and the cleanest hybrid on the planet; Ad meets efficiency requirements established by Rota 2030 Program; With launch scheduled for the last quarter of 2019, model will be mounted on the modern platform

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Scenario: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Americas, Inc.,subsidiary of Praj industries ltd,  is a unique technology and engineering company in the ethanol arena in the Americas. What started off as an entrepreneurial venture three decades ago, the parent company, Praj Industries, is today a leader in India in the field of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol CO2 By-Product Is Critically Important to Merchant CO2 Industry

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd./Biofuels Digest)   … CO2 by-product sources from ethanol dominate the source – map v. other source types, where next in line include sources from ammonia and natural /pipeline facilities. I am pleased to see that new sources continue to arise from existing corn and grain-based fermentation

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Natural Gas Groups Quantify Environmental Impact of RNG Surge

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  During calendar year 2018, 32% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles was renewable natural gas (RNG), according to a new report from Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).  Captured above ground from organic material in

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

BioEnGas and Suma Capital Team up on the Development of Biogas Plants

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The start-up created and participated in by Enagás, BioEnGas, and the independent investment manager, Suma Capital, have signed an agreement for joint investment in projects to develop biogas from efficient waste recovery, contributing to developing the circular economy. The aim of the partnership is to develop and construct a

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Volvo Joins Project to Test Bio-LNG Trucks for Nordic Distribution Center

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Elgiganten, Gasum and Volvo Lastvagnar are now entering a testing period in which Elgiganten’s transport partners will run the outgoing transport from Elgiganten’s Nordic distribution centre in Jönköping on bio-LNG. On the procurement of Elgiganten’s new transport agreement in spring 2020, there will be requirements for parts of the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. Minnesota became the first state in the nation

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Eastern Europe Backs Locally Produced Biofuels to Save Climate and Farmers

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers. “We believe that the targets under Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Wins $3 Million CEC Grant to Advance New RNG Technology

(Southern California Gas Co./Biomass Magazine)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded the company a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants.

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. According to the census, 686 methane digesters

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas On-Road Fuel Reaches Historical High

by Erick Sanchez (Natural Gas Vehicles for America)  Biomethane Motor Fuel Use Marks 577% Increase Over Last Five Years  —   Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

CENER is Developing Technology for Future Urban Biorefineries, to Move towards a Circular Bioeconomy

(Bio-based News)  CENER is involved in 4 specific initiatives, in order to develop the most adequate management and valorization routes of different urban biowastes  —   The Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) is convinced of the need to move towards a circular bioeconomy, in which the society

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Richardton Ethanol Plant Moves Forward with Carbon Capture Project

by Amy Dalrymple (Bismarck Tribune/Grand Forks Herald)  A project to capture carbon dioxide from a western North Dakota ethanol plant continues to advance as researchers work to better understand the geology below the facility. Red Trail Energy in Richardton proposes to capture carbon dioxide rather than emit it into the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Neutral Fuels Chosen for Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

(Neutral Fuels/PR Newswire/OilandGas360)  Pioneering commercial viability of biofuel and IoT-based real time fuel tracking and management  —  Neutral Fuels, the Dubai-based company that converts locally sourced waste into locally consumed biofuel, has won a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator (MBRIFA). The programme was established under the UAE Ministry

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Beyond Beef with No Cow, Sunflower Crop Waste for Phone Cases and Binders, BASF’s Bioactives from Rambutan Tree, Repurposing Wastewater Algae, Nouryon’s Biopolymer for Hair Care, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 17th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 17th. In today’s Digest, beyond beef with no cow, sunflower crop waste for phone cases and binders, BASF’s bioactives from rambutan tree, repurposing wastewater algae,

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Central Washington’s First Dairy Biogas Plant Will Create Biofuel for Vehicles

(Brightmark Energy/NGV Journal)   Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Washington, that will convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas – the equivalent of 1.4 million

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Driven Podcast: Biofuels, Batteries, or Hydrogen

by Giles Parkinson (Renew Economy)  Two years ago, Stephanie Moroz was named one of Australia’s most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia, and her experience working across lithium-ion batteries, internal combustion engines, fuel cells and hydrogen storage gives her a unique perspective of the choices facing Australia as it looks to decarbonise its

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

From Cooking Oil to Biofuel: Eni’s Project in the Venice Biorefinery

by Annalisa Girardi  (Forbes)  The Italian oil and gas multinational Eni is the first company in the world that transformed a traditional refinery into a biorefinery. Since May 2014, thanks to proprietary technology, the corporation has been producing extremely high-quality biofuels. Eni’s website states that it “has found a way to repurpose the catalytic hydrodesulfurization

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA to Propose Rule on Biomass Carbon Neutrality This Summer

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently informed federal lawmakers that the agency is working on a rulemaking that will define biomass as carbon neutral. A proposed rule is expected to be released this summer. … During the hearing, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said the past several

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ICGEB’s Novel Yeast Strain Increases Ethanol Production

by R. Prasad (The Hindu)  The strain produces ethanol by fermenting rice and wheat straw — Compared with currently available strains, a robust yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10) that can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented has been isolated by

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McDonald’s Boosts Biofuel Generation with Grease Recovery Partnership

by Sarah George (Edie.net) Fast food giant McDonald’s UK has inked a deal with commercial laundry and dishwashing appliances manufacturer Miele which will see it recover more of its used grease for recycling into biofuels. Miele claims that the move will boost McDonald’s annual biofuel production by one-fifth. The restaurant chain has been

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Latest on Biogas: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) .. Terry Mazanec, Principal of T-MAZ LLC and Executive Vice President at Lee Enterprises Consulting gave this illuminating overview of biogas production, treatment and utilization, potential, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco. READ MORE

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019: In the Diesel Industry, Every Day Is Earth Day

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Many would be surprised to know that it is the use of renewable diesel fuel – not electrification or natural gas – that has enabled California to achieve its low carbon fuel mandates and its progress toward the global climate action plan. Moreover: By 2030, black carbon

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant to AU for Feasibility Study on Biofuels Crop

(Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey)  A $39,757 grant, awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey, will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. Carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

This Sustainable Biofuel Company Is Also a Beauty Company

by Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)  … Bob and Kelly King founded Pacific Biodiesel in Hawaii in 1995 in response to a concerning issue: the volume of used cooking oil that was being dumped into a landfill in Maui. Bob, who at the time owned the company that ran the landfill’s generators, proposed recycling the used

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Queensland’s Quest for a Circular Bioeconomy

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Today we look at Queensland, Australia – the innovators, the leaders, the investors.  In the last few days, a Queensland oil refinery said it is making biofuel from old tires and hopes to commercialize it soon to help take care of a huge tire waste issue in

April 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantafuel Signs Agreement to Convert Plastic Waste into Biofuel

(Biofuels International)  Energy firm Geminor announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with fellow Norwegian advanced biofuel producer Quantafuel to secure deliveries of plastic waste for Quantafuel’s plants for biofuel production. “Quantafuel’s fuel production is groundbreaking and an industry we want to be part of,” said Geminor CEO Ralf Schopwinkel.

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

More than 10 Million Gallons of Renewable Fuel Will Be Created in Oregon

(Clean Methane Systems/NGV Journal)  Clean Methane Systems LLC and EIP Ventures, LLC announced a joint venture named “EcoRNG” to develop more than 10 million gallons of renewable fuels from existing waste streams at landfills, waste water treatment facilities and dairies throughout Oregon. EcoRNG’s plan is to capture harmful waste gases and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

A Maine Biofuel Pioneer Takes Its Green Act to New York City

(PR Web/Maine Standard Biofuels) Maine Standard Biofuels is headed to the big city. On April 16, the Portland-based biofuels pioneer will be in New York City to showcase its new green cleaning products—as well as its cutting-edge biofuel-conversion process—at an event hosted by sustainable seafood purveyor Luke’s Lobster.  —  Since launching in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Launches Biofuels Research Lab

(Roscommon Herald)  NUI Galway has launched a new laboratory to research the generation of biofuels from organic waste. Professor Piet Lens, a leading expert in environmental biotechnology, will lead a team of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the university’s Department of Microbiology Programme, ‘Innovative Energy Technologies for Bioenergy, Biofuels and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Fill ‘er Up… with Hydrogen? Washington Utility Eager to rBanch into H2 Fuel Production

by Tom Banse (KLCC) An electric utility in north central Washington wants to branch out into hydrogen fuel production. It would be the first of a group of power companies in the Pacific Northwest to use their dams to make “renewable hydrogen.” The Douglas County Public Utility District operates Wells Dam on the

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Made from Used Tyres Could Be the Solution to Australia’s Fuel Security Problems

by Erin Semmler (ABC News)  A central Queensland oil refinery has made biofuel from old tyres that can work in a standard diesel engine; Hopes are the production of the fuel, once commercialised, will help curb tyre waste and offer fuel security in the event of market failure; One passenger tyre will provide approximately

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

From Bioenergy to Bioproducts: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to JBEI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joint BioEnergy Institute is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center dedicated to developing advanced biofuels—liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Coffee without the Coffee Bean, Bioplastic Burial Pods, Fruit and Algae Clothing, Soy Straws, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 12th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 12th In today’s Digest, coffee without the coffee bean, bioplastic burial pods, fruit and algae clothing, soy straws — these and more, ready for

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Thermochemical Processes for Waste Recycling: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to KIT

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association has more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 785 million, making it one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide. They create and impart knowledge for the society and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo to Work With Praj Industries to Commercialize Renewable Isobutanol, Jet Fuel and Isooctane in India

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has signed a binding, definitive Construction License Agreement with Praj Industries Ltd., dated April 4, 2019, to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses made of sugarcane and sugar beets (the “Construction License

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

DME’s Zero Emission Pathway: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oberon Fuelsis bringing DME to North America. DME (dimethyl ether) is a clean-burning diesel alternative. Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

DTE Biomass Energy Operates First Dairy RNG Project in Wisconsin

(USGasVehicles.com) DTE Biomass Energy is now operating the first dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Wisconsin.    Thanks to 30 years of creating clean renewable energy throughout the country, DTE Biomass Energy has the experience required to improve sustainability and increase renewable energy production at Wisconsin dairy farms.    DTE

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

A Laser Focus on Finding Better Ways to Make Renewable Fuels

by Whitney Clavin (California Institute of Technology/Phys.org)  … Researchers have for decades made strides in using sunlight to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, wherein the resulting hydrogen gas can be used as stored fuel. But the method is still too expensive. Materials called catalysts are needed to run the

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Gets Welcome News: USDA Study Shows It’s More Environmentally Friendly than Gasoline

(The Messenger)  … The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings of a USDA study about the environmental impact of the corn-ethanol industry. The conclusions are superb news — ethanol has significant greenhouse gas benefits when compared to gasoline. The most important conclusion of an extensive research project,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Collection Vehicles Coming to San Benito County

(San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency/Benito Link) Recology’s new truck fleet is more cost-effective and reduces emissions, county integrated waste management says. — … Beginning in April, Recology San Benito County is expected to roll out 17 new vehicles over the course of the month, replacing the previous collection fleet, according to an

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Australian Government Funds Toyota’s Hydrogen Production Facility

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/NGV Journal)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced funding for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited to start the transformation of part of its decommissioned car manufacturing plant in Altona Victoria into a renewable energy hub to produce green hydrogen for transport. The $7.4 million Toyota Australia

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

SEAT Unveils Project to Turn Organic Waste into Biofuel for Vehicles

(SEAT/NGV Journal) SEAT launched the Life Methamorphosis initiative, whose aim is to achieve biomethane from organic waste, turning it into renewable natural gas in the following 5 steps: 1. Recycling. Each inhabitant of the city of Barcelona generates about 1.5 kilos of waste daily. 2.5 million kilos of rubbish every day

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

US Gain Expands Renewable Natural Gas Supply Network in California

(Bioenergy Insight)  American renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier US Gain has announced that a new RNG project in Springfield, Nebraska has come online, providing clean fuel for the transportation industry. The company has also signed a supply contract with Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) to supply RNG across its fuelling station network.

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Make a World of Difference — Explore Penn State Energy and Sustainability Programs Online

(Pennsylvania State University)  The global shift to clean energy is creating opportunities for project developers and policy experts to drive renewable energy initiatives and encourage a culture of sustainability. Prepare yourself to help shape the future by graduating from one of Penn State’s energy and sustainability programs, offered completely online

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Augean RNG Project to Convert 150,000 Gallons of Dairy Waste Per Day

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based owner and operator of waste and energy projects, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Wash. The project is expected to convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Promising Opportunities for Circular Agro-Food Industries 

 (BioRescue) Education, training and awareness raising were identified as key factors to unlock the potential of 62 million tonnes of agricultural residues available annually in Europe during a policy conference organised by eco-innovation expert group Greenovate! Europe, where innovative examples of circular economy in the agro-food sector were presented. … Whilst a traditional industry,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study Exposes Absurdity of NWF Land Use Change Claims

(Renewable Fuels Association)  A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In addition, the new analysis found that U.S. biofuels expansion has not

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in transforming cellulosic ethanol biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks. Iogen specializes in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen Corporation gave this illuminating overview of the cellulosic

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Technology Turns Municipal Wastewater Algae into Specialty Chemicals for Biofuels, Bioplastics

(Purdue University/Phys.org)  Gen3Bio has designed mobile 15-gallon enzymolysis pilot plants to be placed in wastewater treatment facilities to transform algae into specialty bio-based chemicals, such as biofuels or bioplastics. — A startup is advancing a unique way to transform algae used to purify municipal wastewater into specialty bio-based chemicals such as

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

FastOx Gasification: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energyhas a proprietary process of engineering organisms (yeast) using renewably-sourced carbon from plants (sugarcane) to make sustainable, custom molecules. They use their technology to create products that support biopharmaceutical drug discovery and production, from cosmetic emollients and fragrances, to fuels, solvents, lubricants, and nutraceuticals. Mike

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ohio Stakeholders Validate Utility of SfL’s 21st Century Land Management Model

(Solutions from the Land)  Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land (OSA:SfL), A Call to Action for Ohio’s Food System and Agricultural Economy,” Solutions from the Land‘s (SfL) integrated, land management model was validated by a diverse range of stakeholders from around the state who forged consensus on a mid-century vision and action

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae-Derived Solar Fuel

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth On-Sun Reactor

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Technical Report Comparison of Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Tools

(Task 39 – Commercializing Liquid Biofuels/International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy))  … Bioenergy plays an important role in the decarbonization of the transportation sector. Its medium and long-term benefits depend on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions brought forth by the conversion of renewable feedstocks, which can be quantitatively determined through a Life

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

City of Surrey Develops Biofuels Education Program at Surrey Biofuel Facility

(City of Surrey)  Orgaworld and the City of Surrey are committed to increasing the awareness of waste management and sustainable living through education, early adoption and applied research. In addition to a visit to our on-site Education Centre, we encourage exploration of the wide range of available materials that map to

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Air Pollution Caused by Corn Production Increases Mortality Rate in US

(University of Minnesota/EurekAlert!) New paper presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production  —  A new study establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion. The paper,

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Students’ Soybean Straws Win Award

(The Exponent)  Three Purdue students brought home top honors and a $20,000 prize at this year’s Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition for their biodegradable soybean based drinking straw, according to a Purdue press release. “Team Stroy” is made up of Natalie Stephenson, a senior in the Krannert School of Management; Morgan Malm, a graduate

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HYBRIT: Construction Begins – LKAB Takes the Leap towards Fossil-Free Production of Iron Ore Pellets

(LKAB)  Construction will soon begin on a world-unique test facility which is a key component of HYBRIT, a joint initiative of LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall. In the plant, fossil fuels will be replaced with biofuel to achieve fossil-free production of iron ore pellets. The aim of the HYBRIT initiative, which is

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Panalpina Singapore Goes Green with New Biodiesel Trucks for L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific

(Panalpina)  Panalpina Singapore has launched new biodiesel trucks to serve its global customer L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific in alignment with their sustainability program – Sharing Beauty with All. By 2020, 100 percent of L’Oréal’s strategic suppliers will be participating in their supplier sustainability program, and Panalpina has reached this milestone ahead

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

High Velocity Excitement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys has developed proprietary and commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology that can cost effectively produce low-carbon fuels from a variety of waste materials, including woody biomass and municipal solid waste, at a scale that matches feedstock collection logistics. Philipp Stratmann, Vice President of Biofuels at Velocys, gave this

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Compelling Case for Biojet Fuel

by Jess Hewitt and Jonathan Lewis (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Many people are confused by the term “biojet,” and the many other terms used to describe this “new fuel”. There is a standard specification that describes this product. Turbine (jet) fuels are covered by the American Society of Testing Materials

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemicals Produced by Vertimass Now Eligible for Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

(Vertimass/Cision/PR Newswire) Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable chemicals offers ethanol producers alternative product capability  —  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has approved the addition of four new renewable chemicals to the list of those eligible under its first-in-the-nation renewable chemical production tax credit program. Vertimass technology allows the sustainable production of the

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

CNG, Biogas Facilities Among PA’s New State-Funded Clean Energy Projects

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., has announced the approval of 11 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to assist in the development of clean and renewable energy projects across Pennsylvania. Among the projects are a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station and a biogas purification facility. … In Crawford

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ireland’s First Biomethane Bus Starts Passenger Operations in Cork

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  Bus travelers in Cork were the first passengers to ride a ‘green bus’ in Ireland on March 25.  With zero carbon emissions, this biomethane vehicle is a viable alternative for Ireland’s public bus fleet, and the bus has been part of national trials looking at its performance,

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Scion Welcomes Climate Policy Report

(Scion Research)  Crown research institute Scion congratulates the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on his report Farms, forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation released today.  Scion CEO Dr Julian Elder says the report’s proposal to take a “landscape approach” to managing our country’s climate and environmental issues is

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Asturias and Enagás Sign Agreement to Develop Renewable Energies

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Employment, Industry and Tourism of the Principality of Asturias Isaac Pola Alonso and the Chief Transformation Officer of Enagás Antón Martínez signed an agreement in Oviedo to develop projects for non-electric renewable energies such as biomethane and green hydrogen in Asturias. This collaboration protocol between

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni Encourages Italian Production of Advance Biomethane for Vehicle Use

(Eni/NGV Journal)  Eni and the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) signed an agreement to promote the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial byproducts and dedicated winter crops for use in the transport sector. The project also involves new opportunities for Consortium member companies by launching business initiatives which will be

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Høglund to Deliver Biogas-Ready Fuel Solutions for Six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits in collaboration with HB Hunte Engineering, Supporting Greener Travel in Cruise Sector

(Høglund Marine Solutions)  Høglund, the leading global marine solutions and system integration expert, today (March 20, 2019) announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver biogas-ready fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) for six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits. Høglund will work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Covestro and Genomatica Launch Partnership for High-Performance Plant-Based Materials

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. “These are today still the most common carbon

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

A Drop-In Alternative Fuel for Fleets

by Troy Shoen (ACT News)  Fleets interested in replacing petroleum diesel with a cleaner fuel alternative have a number of options. Depending on their choice, there are also a number of changes they may need to make to their operations, including buying new vehicles or modifying existing ones, upgrading fuel infrastructure, finding

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant Using Wind, RNG

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  According to (Gevo CEO Patrick) Gruber, Gevo is working to decarbonize its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, in an effort to improve profitability. He said the company thinks it’s possible to make significant improvements in profitability over the next 18 months “maybe even becoming profitable

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae-Powered Airplanes? Aiming for World Leadership in Biofuel: Turning Tiny Algae into Biofuel

(nippon.com)  The biotech firm Euglena, which cultivates algae of the same name, called midorimushi in Japanese, for human consumption, has joined forces with the global automotive parts manufacturer Denso with the aim of making Japan into a biofuel world leader. Izumo Mitsuru, president of the bioventure Euglena, sees a bright future for the

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

CO2CRC to Investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reducation in Steel Manufacturing

(CO2CRC)  CO2CRC has been awarded funding to conduct important research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions in steel production. The year-long study has been made possible by a grant from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Coal Innovation NSW Fund). The project will explore pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

ABC Urges Lawmakers to Support AD-Related Bills in Maryland

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 25, Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council, sent letters to state lawmakers in Maryland expressing support for two pieces of legislation that would benefit the state’s biogas industry. The first letter expresses support for HB 510, a bill that aims to

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop High-CO2-Tolerant Microalgae

(Algae Industry Magazine/Chinese Academy of Sciences)  … However, the high concentration of carbon dioxide in flue gases generally inhibits the growth of industrial microalgae. Therefore, reducing the so-called “CO2 poisoning effect,” i.e., improving tolerance to high levels of CO2, has become a priority in the development of super microalgae for carbon fixation.

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Buenos Aires: Paul McCartney Ofrece un Concierto Energizado con Biodiésel de Segunda Generación

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  El músico británico Paul McCartney se presentó el sábado pasado en el Campo Argentino de Polo de la ciudad de Buenos Aires ante 60 mil personas, en lo que fue su cuarta visita al país. Una particularidad del show, que por supuesto incluyó numerosas canciones de su etapa

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

TerViva Raises $20 Million in Series D to Drive Product Development and Market Expansion

(TerViva/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Led by Ag Family Offices and Climate-Smart Investors, Funding Round Brings Ag-Tech Firm to $40 Million Raised for High-Yielding, Sustainable Plant Protein Product Development  —   TerViva, an agriculture technology firm commercializing resilient pongamia trees that produce as much as ten times the beans per acre as soy for the supply

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

City Reduces Internal Emissions and Fossil Fuel Use

(City of Eugene, Oregon)  Every year the City of Eugene completes an inventory that tracks how the City as an organization is doing at meeting our Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) goalsOpens a New Window. to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use. The City of Eugene’s consultants, Good Company, recently completed

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Charts a New, Low Carbon Development Path. Will Other Countries Follow Suit?

by Leonardo Garrido, Sonny Mumbunan and Delger Erdenesanaa (World Resources Institute)  … A new report from the Indonesian government’s Low Carbon Development Initiative found that less carbon-intensive, more efficient energy systems can deliver an average of 6 percent GDP growth per year until 2045—even more economic growth than the business-as-usual path, with continued

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

E20 by 2020: Hold Your Breath!

by Ramya Natarajan (Economic Times/Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy)  The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 sets an ethanol-blending target of E20 by 2030. However, if the dispersion modelling results for India look promising for ethanol fuels, policymakers could push for an ambitious ‘E20 by 2020’ mandate  — 

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Committed to Ensuring Sustainability of Bioenergy: Ambassador

by Azis Kurmala (Antara News)  … Biofuels are an important element of the EU’s renewable energy policy. However, rules are needed to ensure the production of feedstock for biofuels is sustainable and does not cause deforestation through indirect land use change (ILUC), (Ambassador of the EU to Indonesia Vincent) remarked.

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

This Mexican Company Is Making Biofuel from Cactus Plants

by Sean Fleming (World Economic Forum)  … Rogelio Sosa López, is a farmer and tortilla producer from Zitácuaro. Like many farmers, he was always open to the idea of finding new ways to keep operating costs down. Working with a colleague, Antonio Rodríguez, Señor López began pulping the flesh of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition Partners with Maersk in World’s Largest Maritime Biofuel Pilot

by Lejla Charif (Maersk)  Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller – Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jonas Abrahamsson

“Effective, long-term policy instruments are needed to reduce the negative climate impact of aviation. Introducing a reduction quota scheme as an alternative to the national aviation tax is thus a step in the right direction since it both reduces emissions and contributes to Swedish, large-scale production of biofuel,” said Swedavia

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposal for Sweden to Follow Norway’s Lead and Mandate Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from 2021

(GreenAir Online)  A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines refuelling at the country’s airports with a proportion of sustainable aviation fuel. An initial requirement would be for 1% of

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Growing Support among EU Environment Ministers for Applying further Carbon Pricing on Aviation Emissions

(GreenAir Online)  A recent proposal by the Netherlands finance ministry for an EU-wide aviation tax to deal with the sector’s growing emissions has received backing from a Belgian environment minister at a meeting of the Council of European Environment Ministers. The call was supported by France, Sweden and Luxembourg. The Belgian

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Protein Startups: Let’s Get the Facts Straight about Livestock’s Carbon Footprint

by Lauren Manning (AgFunder News) …  the issue of livestock farming’s impact on the environment is not as clear cut as many of these businesses would have you believe. In fact, many of the data dairy and meat alternative businesses are using to market their animal-free wares are inaccurate and misleading.

March 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Cheaper, Greener Plant-Based Jet Fuel

by Julie St. Louis (Courthouse News) Chinese scientists have developed a new plant-based biofuel that could help the aviation industry “go green,” according to research published in the journal Joule Thursday. Researchers say the magic of this biofuel, derived from cellulose, is its high-density state that is usable as either a wholesale replacement fuel

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

The Cost of Supporting Alternative Jet Fuels in the European Union

by Nikita Pavlenko, Stephanie Searle, and Adam Christensen (International Council on Clean Transportation) Alternative jet fuels (AJFs) are among the few available in-sector approaches to reduce aviation sector emissions. Although the aviation sector has not played a prominent role in fuels policy to date, policymakers are increasingly incorporating aviation fuels into

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

VARO and GoodFuels Extend Partnership to Scale Bio Fuel Oil Availability to Deep Sea Segment

(GoodFuels)  GoodFuels Bio Fuel Oil now available out of Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, powered by VARO  —  VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels have extended their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels leaving from Rotterdam, the companies have announced today. The new deep sea proposition, which will help to

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries is an end-to-end solutions provider in the ethanol arena from concept to commissioning and feedstock handling to effluent treatment. They have technology and engineering solutions for biofuels, biochemicals and water. Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer at Praj Industries offers this illuminating overview of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Candidates Should Recognize Biofuel Benefits

by Mike Naig and Dave Loebsack (Quad City Times)  We may come from different political parties, but we share at least one common vision. Both of us strongly support renewable fuel, like biodiesel, for the vital role it plays in Iowa’s farm economy and job market, creating a cleaner environment, enhancing

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

First Inland Vessel on 100% Sustainable Biofuel for Heineken

(GoodFuels) Sustainable biofuel pioneer GoodFuels and partner REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker have fuelled the ‘For Ever’, the first inland vessel from Combined Cargo Terminals (CCT) that runs fully on 100% sustainable biofuel. With this delivery feasibility of using 100% sustainable biofuels in inland vessels is demonstrated – thereby realizing a significant CO2-reduction. Up to

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Tonko’s Climate Principles

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) (Paul D.) Tonko, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, says he wants to introduce a bill that would put a price on carbon and bring net U.S. emissions to zero by mid-century, Pro’s Anthony Adragna reports this morning.

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Methane to Chemicals: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to iMicrobes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Industrial Microbesupgrades methane to various multi-carbon chemicals using synthetic biology. Noah Helman, CSO and Co-Founder of iMicrobes gave this illuminating overview of methane as a feedstock, the breakthrough in active MMO in E.coli that has allowed easier methane to methanol conversion, and more at ABLC Global 2018 in

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Plant and Algae-Based Tuna, Lignin Plastic Alternative, Rice Husks in Architecture, Seaweed T-shirt and Lube, Jute and Kenaf Composites and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of March 21st

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of March 21st. In today’s Digest, plant and algae-based tuna, lignin plastic alternative, rice husks in architecture, seaweed T-shirt and lube, jute and kenaf composites — these

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Gulfstream Makes First Alternative Jet Fuel Sale

by Jerry Siebenmark (AIN Online)  Gulfstream Aerospace has made its first sale of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to a G550 operated by a U.S.-based multinational corporation, the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer announced today. The customer purchased 20,000 pounds of SAJF from Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California facility.  The sale comes about six weeks after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

As German Imports Spike, UFOP Fears Add’l Pressure from Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  Imports of biodiesel to Germany increased sharply in 2018. The rise was triggered by overabundant supply of state-subsidized and consequently low-priced biodiesel from Argentina. The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) fears that a similar development will take place after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

How Much Oil Is Displaced by Electric Vehicles? Not Much, So Far

by Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg)  Cumulative replacement of 352,000 barrels/day since 2011: BNEF; Global oil demand grew 12 million barrels/day over same period —  … Gasoline and diesel displacement by electric vehicles will grow by 96,000 barrels a day this year, BloombergNEF said in a report Tuesday. That brings the lost cumulative demand since 2011

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Bright Skies for Plant-Based Jet Fuels

by Aliyah Kovner (Berkeley Lab)  Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers demonstrate that jet fuels made from plants could be cost competitive with conventional fossil fuels  —  … However, a new analysis by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that sustainable plant-based bio-jet fuels could provide

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Eni : Aims to Eliminate Palm Oil in Biofuels, in Line With New EU Rules

by Dieter Holger (Market Screener)  Eni Spa (ENI.MI) said Thursday that it is making progress in eliminating palm oil from the biofuels it refines, following new European Union rules announced this week. “The objective is to reduce dramatically, and potentially bring to zero, the use of palm oil, in line with

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers from Oltenia and Clariant to Partner for a Cleaner Environment

(Clariant)  Opportunity for significant extra revenues for farmers in Oltenia by selling straw residue to the cellulosic ethanol plant built by Clariant in Romania  —  Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, provides farmers in Oltenia with the opportunity to transform straw into an additional source of income. As part of

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass for Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  International Energy Agencyis an autonomous organization that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Professor Mark Brown, Director of Forest Industries Research Centre – USC, IEA Bioenergy Exco Rep for Australia, and Task Leader for the IEA Bioenergy Task

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Tesla Factory Store Uses Diesel Generators to Recharge Slow-Moving Model 3 Inventory

by Ronnie Schreiber (The Truth About Cars)  … PlainSite’s reporter also noticed a Tesla store employee trying to charge some unsold Model 3s whose batteries apparently discharged while waiting for their forever home, only he wasn’t wheeling around a commercial 12V battery charger. He was jockeying cars to a couple of

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Waste to Biofutures Project Funding DEADLINE: April 8, 2019

by Elisa Iannunzio (Energy Magazine)  The Queensland Government has opened up expressions of interest for its new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will help Queensland companies find innovative ways to convert waste into bio-based products – creating investment opportunities and more long-term, high-value jobs across the

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumption of Renewable Diesel Could Quadruple by 2030: NESTE

(CNBC/Squawk Box Asia)  Peter Vanacker of Neste says there is a “huge amount” of potential growth for renewable diesel because of interest in using it in the aviation industry.  WATCH VIDEO

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Tineke Woort from Royal DSM

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insight) …It is replacing fossil fuel-based materials with plant-based ones. Its Decovery family contains anywhere up to 49% plant-based content, comprised of seeds, tree bark, corn, castor beans and other agricultural waste. Here, Liz Gyekye, senior content manager for Bio-Based World News, catches up with Tineke

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Project Wheatland Biofuels Facility Receives CAD$5 Million in Funding

(Biofuels International)  A wheat-based biofuels facility in Alberta, Canada has received CAD$5 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) in an effort to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province, ERA has announced. Known as Project Wheatland, the CAD$285 million biofuels plant is being developed by Carbon Clean Energy

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Slovenian BioApp Helps Reduce Pollution from Single-Use Plastics

by Lidija Petković (European Commission)  The ERDF-funded BioApp platform has become the focal point for research ideas on developing smart biomass materials in the cross-border region of Slovenia and Italy. The EU produces over 25 tonnes of plastic waste every year. In response, Slovenian and Italian scientists have joined forces to develop

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Stora Enso Invests in Next-generation Renewable, Recyclable and Biodegradable Formed Fiber Solutions

(Stora Enso/PR Newswire/FinanzNachrichten)  Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas’ George Minter Named RNG Champion

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) says George Minter, the company’s regional vice president of external affairs and environmental policy, was recently named “Renewable Natural Gas Champion” by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Climate Resolve. According to SoCalGas, Climate Resolve lauded Minter’s efforts to increase the use of renewable natural gas (RNG)

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The BioCycle Aims to Turn Human Waste into Lubricants, Biodiesel

by Irma Venter (Creamer Media/Engineering News)  The BioCycle plans to have completed the design of its first South African commercial scale facility by the end of 2020, to be followed by a global rollout of the technology, says MultiCycle director Marc Lewis. The BioCycle aims to develop commercially viable and

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Urges N.Y. to Include Biomethane in Climate Legislation

(Energy Vision/Waste 360)  Energy Vision filed testimony with the New York State Legislature to include biomethane made from organic waste as a renewable energy source in the CCPA. —  Energy Vision, which researches clean energy and transportation technologies, recently filed testimony with the New York State Legislature making the case for including biomethane

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Breakdown: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for biochemicals, bioplastics and biofuels. Jack Baron, President and Executive Vice President of Sweetwater Energy, gave

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The acquisition of American Process Inc’s technologies, intellectual property portfolio and physical assets strengthens GranBio’s market position in the deployment of highly competitive industrial processes for conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, chemicals, and nanocellulose. The details GranBio completed the acquisition of 100% equity

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

by Michael Corkery (New York Times)  … “We are in a crisis moment in the recycling movement right now,” said Fiona Ma, the treasurer of California, where recycling costs have increased in some cities. Prompting this nationwide reckoning is China, which until January 2018 had been a big buyer of

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Threatens WTO Case over Dropping Biofuel

(Reuters/The Express Tribune)  Malaysia on Saturday threatened to bring a World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge if the European Union goes ahead with recommendations to phase out palm oil from transport fuel used in the bloc. In a list of criteria published on Wednesday, the European Commission concluded that palm oil cultivation

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural America Is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

by Art Cullen (The Guardian)  Here in farming country we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to renewable energy and food production  —  … Meanwhile, we’re losing our precious topsoil and polluting our rivers – killing the Gulf of Mexico in the process – as we chase ever-higher corn yields in

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

SCA Launches Environmental Impact Assessment of Biorefinery at Östrand

(SCA Forest Products) SCA will commence an environmental impact assessment of a possible biorefinery in connection with the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå. SCA has invested SEK 50 Million in a pilot plant for production of biofuels from black liquor at the Obbola paper mill outside of Umeå. This plant is

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Tanja Havemann from Clarmondial

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  We are working on the launch of an innovative investment fund to finance sustainable agricultural supply chains. Sustainable investing is not just a trend, its becoming part of the fabric of investing. Once a marginal concern, it has become an important element of many successful investment strategies.

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Call for EU to Stop Subsidies for Fossil Fuels to Help Bio-Based Materials Sector and the Circular Economy

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insight)  “Please stop all subsidies to fossil fuels. In 2016, €56 billion went from EU member states to fossil fuels.” EU member states need to stop subsidising fossil fuels in order to help the bio-based materials industry, according to an industry expert. Roberto Ferrigno, EU Policy Advisor

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Peter Jürgens

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “There is a huge interest in the circular economy at the moment. In relation to the circular economy, the chemicals sector is really pressing ahead with this agenda.” REDCert was founded in 2010 by leading associations and organisations of the German agricultural and biofuel sectors. By

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Marine Biofuels Begin to Make Headway in Ocean Shipping

(Benzinga)  Biofuels created by recycling used cooking oils are being tested by ocean-going ships in pilot trials around the world. Such biofuels may even be gaining acceptance by ocean-shippers, freight forwarders and ship operators. The latest news is from international container ocean carrier CMA CGM. It has teamed up with the Port

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmer and Ethanol Advocate Provides Perspective

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Farmer and Nebraska Ethanol Board member Scott McPheeters joined a diverse panel of agricultural producers at the recent Bayer AgVocacy Forum in Orlando, prior to Commodity Classic. … During the panel McPheeters was able to share his perspective with the forum attendees about the need to advocate

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

We Can’t Tackle Fossil Fuels without Addressing Freight, Flying, Plastics and Chemicals

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  … In fact, he (oil tycoon Harold Hamm) significantly undercounted the depth of the U.S. Government support for the breakthrough technologies of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. In addition to the incentives for private sector risk taking, DOE’s national labs had spent many years and millions of dollars to get

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Sets Limits on Palm Oil in Biofuels as Trade War Looms

by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg Quint)  The European Union set new criteria for the use of palm oil in biofuels in a balancing act to try to avert a trade war with producers in Asia while appeasing climate protagonists at home. The measure approved by the European Commission on Wednesday spells out the

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Fonterra Making Move to Environmentally Cleaner Fuel Option

by Angie Skerrett (NewsHub)  A new diesel biofuel made from an agricultural by-product is helping power Fonterra’s milk tanker fleet, and it’s hoped more transport operators will follow suit. Z Energy has built New Zealand’s first commercial scale bio-diesel plant, using a process which turns an unwanted tallow product, usually exported

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

KOKO’S Technology Production Facility Inaugurated in Nairobi

(KOKO Networks)  Ahead of the Go-Live of KOKO’s Greater Nairobi Network, the company officially inaugurates 17,500 sq.ft facility that is the beating heart of its Nairobi operations  —  KOKO Networks (“KOKO”) today cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art technology production facility in Ruaraka, Nairobi, in an event attended by senior politicians, business

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Cuts the Ribbon on First Commercial Fuelling Site in California

(Canadian Biomass Magazine) Renewable diesel fuel is soon to be much more accessible to fleet drivers looking to fuel up in northern and central California, thanks to four cardlock locations that will be offering Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made by the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel fuel. Cardlock locations are

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Light My Fire and Prickly Pear Bioplastics, Biobased Paraxylene, Black Phosphorus Biocomposite, Tide and Terracycle’s eco-box and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 14th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of March 14th. In today’s Digest, Light My Fire and prickly pear bioplastics, biobased paraxylene, black phosphorus biocomposite, Tide and Terracycle’s eco-box. … #3 BP joins biobased

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Radio: A Podcast Promoting a More Sustainable Future

(Ohio State University)  A podcast promoting a more sustainable future through conversations with industry, university, and environmentalists Delivered twice monthly, you’ll hear conversations around what it means to be biobased and what steps industry, university, and activists are taking to shape our world for years to come. Biobased Radio is

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

British Columbia City Converts Organic Waste into Biomethane

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened in spring after several years of planning. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility will convert curbside organic waste into biomethane to fuel the city’s fleet of gas-powered waste

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article
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