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Mustard Family Member Seen as Biofuel Source

(Canton Daily Ledger)  Lesquerella (a.k.a. Fendler’s bladderpod and Yellow Top) is a member of the mustard family that’s native to the U.S. Southwest. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are now eyeing it as a home-grown source of butanol. Butanol is a cleaner-burning alternative to gasoline that was produced worldwide until

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Dual-Purpose Hemp Cultivars Have Best Biofuel Potential

by Katie Pratt (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) Dual-purpose industrial hemp cultivars show the best potential for coproduction of biofuel and bioproducts, according to University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. In the study led by Jian Shi, UK assistant professor in the Department

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Transport Firm HRX Group to Replace Fossil Diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ for Its Deliveries in Finland

(HRX Group/Europa Wire) Finnish oil refining and marketing company Neste Oyj (HEL: NESTE) has announced its Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ will be in use by HRX Group, a transport company specialized in express deliveries active in 6 countries across the Scandinavia and the Baltic region, for all of its deliveries in Finland, and subject

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JetBlue Is the First U.S. Airline to Commit to and Achieve Carbon Neutrality for All Domestic Flying

(JetBlue) — Preparing for a New Climate Reality, JetBlue Begins Offsetting Emissions for All Domestic Flights and Investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Significantly Reducing its Contribution to the Climate Crisis; —  Recognizing the Critical Role Renewable Fuel Options Will Play in the Aviation Industry’s Transition to Lower-Carbon Operations, JetBlue Starts

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Neste to Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Three Major U.S. Airlines

(Neste) Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The low-carbon and high-quality fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their

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Can We Get to Space without Damaging the Earth through Huge Carbon Emissions?

by David Verbeek and Helene Fouquet (Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times)  When a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off on a plume of white smoke, hot gases shoot out of its 27 engines, creating a thrust equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. Upon reaching orbit, the world’s heaviest operational rocket will have burned

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Cutting-Edge Biofuel Demonstrator Plant Depends on Proven Wood-Processing Technology

(Bruks Siwertell) Norway exemplifies a green-shift; turning around its oil-powered economy to pioneering the adoption of a renewable energy movement that sees around 98 percent of its energy mix derived from renewables, mostly hydropower. However, it is still wise to diversify.  Enter Silva Green Fuel, a new biofuel demonstrator plant. Developed

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Two Renewable Fuel Producers Scale Up to Increase Productivity and Economic Growth in Rural Southwestern Ontario

(Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)  Parliamentary Secretary Kate Young announces $10 million for two southwestern Ontario clean energy organizations to expand operations and create 57 new jobs  — As the world increasingly prioritizes clean growth and looks for alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, two rural southwestern Ontario organizations are

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Offtake Agreements & Government, Airline Commitments: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Digital in July, Chris Tindal,Assistant Director of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), shared this illuminating slide guide focusing on the market opportunities for sustainable aviation fuels, the latest SAF offtake agreements like World Energy, Paramount, United Airlines, Finnair, SkyNRG, KLM, Fulcrum Bioenergy,

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Phillips 66 to Build World’s Largest Renewable Diesel, Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 800 million gallon monster slated for 2024 opening as P66 says it will convert Rodeo Refinery to renewables   — Phillips 66 will reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce 680 million gallons annually of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, and sustainable jet fuel. Combined

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GNA Releases Report Examining Sustainable Vehicle Fleets

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Clean technology consulting firm and producers of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) has authored and launched the first comprehensive, technology-neutral industry report that examines the current state of prevalent sustainable vehicle platforms for medium- and heavy-duty fleets and identifies the trends shaping the

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Anheuser-Busch Fleet Makes Heavy Shift to RNG

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Anheuser-Busch says it will soon be deploying over 180 new trucks equipped with Agility Fuel Solutions‘ ProCab 175 natural gas systems, running the vehicles primarily on renewable natural gas. The fleet will obtain its RNG from U.S. Gain and American Natural Gas. In 2014 and 2015, Anheuser-Busch converted 160 diesel-fueled trucks

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CAAFI Webinar Series: The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by Steve Csonka (CAAFI) Slide deck available here. Webinar recording available here.     

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Grangemouth Biofuel Plant Gets Green Light after Altering Design Plans

by James Trimble (Falkirk Herald)  A form of biofuel produced from Scotch Whisky will now be created in Grangemouth after Falkirk Council granted planning permission for a new facility – for the second time. —  Celtic Renewables actually secured consent for its biofuel demonstration plant in Earlsgate Park on a

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Exxon Inks 525 Million Gallon, 5-Year Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal with Global Clean Energy Holdings

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, ExxonMobil has signed an agreement with Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase 105 million gallons of renewable diesel per year for five years from a converted California refinery starting in 2022. The strike price was not disclosed. The news that the Bakersfield refinery would

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Biofuture Platform Launches Five Principles for Post-COVID Bioeconomy Recovery and Acceleration

(Biofuture Platform)  Principles have been designed to help economies create jobs in a sector severely hit by the crisis  — The Biofuture Platform, a twenty-country, multi-stakeholder initiative, announced today the launch of a set of voluntary principles. These are intended to offer guidance to governments and policymakers around the world on

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Nano-Synthesis of Solid Acid Catalysts from Waste-Iron-Filling for Biodiesel Production Using High Free Fatty Acid Waste Cooking Oil

by E. O. Ajala, M. A. Ajala, I. K. Ayinla, A. D. Sonusi & S. E. Fanodun (Scientific Reports)  Waste-iron-filling (WIF) served as a precursor to synthesize α-Fe2O3Fe2O3 was converted to solid acid catalysts of RBC500, RBC700, and RBC900 by calcination with temperatures of 500, 700 and 900 °C respectively and afterwards

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Green Fuels and INOCASs Team on Macaúba Project in Minas Gerais

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Brazil, Green Fuels and INOCAS announced an agreement to engage in the development of a sustainable fuels value chain in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Using macaúba in novel intercropping and agrosilvopastoral techniques, the partners intend to ensure future sustainable fuel production for distributed energy and land, marine and air transport sectors, as signatories of the Zona da Mata Biokerosene and Renewables Platform (an integrated

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Durbin Introduces Bill To Fund A Clean Climate Future

(Office of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL))  Today (August 7, 2020), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the introduction of America’s Clean Future Fund Act, a bill that would spur job creation by investing in a clean energy economy, achieve critical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate a fair transition for workers from

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ACE: Legislation Would Require EPA to Update GREET

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (August 6, 2020), Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require U.S. EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement in support of

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuels that Work: Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and Biodiesel Power the U.S. Economy

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Unlike gasoline, diesel fuel and the vehicles and equipment it powers is the platform of work. About one out of every two sectors of the economy rely on diesel. Diesel engines, old and new, are capable of operating on high quality advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Indian Lab Develops Technology to Convert Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel and Glycerine

Nair N.B. (Sputnik) India has been exploring alternatives to fossil fuels and trying to reduce its dependence on oil imports. One of the options being explored by the country is biofuel, made from various raw materials like waste plastics, used cooking oil, tree-borne oils and fats or oils from slaughterhouses, poultry

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Chile Funds Green Hydrogen Project to Decarbonize Mining Vehicles

(CORFO/NGV Journal) With the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in Chile by 2050, the Production Development Corporation (CORFO) will finance the “Hydra” project, led by the Australian applied research center CSIRO Chile, ENGIE and the research center mining Mining3. It will develop hybrid powertrain modules for Chilean mining, replacing conventional diesel

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EPRI and GTI Launch Initiative to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

(Electric Power Research Institute/PR Newswire) The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals from private companies and governments alike, existing technology is not enough to achieve

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Frontiers in the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Bio-Mobility, 2G Ethanol & Renewable Chem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital in July, Pramod Kumbhar, President and CTO at Praj Matrix’s R&D Center shared this illuminating slide guide on their Bio-Mobility platform, enfinity – Praj’s 2G ethanol technology, their latest work in marine biofuels, sustainable aviation fuel, renewable natural gas, and biodiesel, demo

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Growth Energy Encourages California to Embrace More Biofuels

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) This week, Growth Energy submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following a July 15th workshop on Fuels and Infrastructure for a Carbon Neutral Economy. In his written submission, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley urged CARB to expand the use of higher biofuel blends

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Hydrogen and Biomethane-Ready Plastic Pipelines Could Drastically Cut UK Emissions

(Bioenergy Insight) Replacing old iron gas pipes with hydrogen and biomethane-ready plastic pipes will cut carbon emissions and deliver the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid, according to the Energy Networks Association (ENA). The UK’s homes and businesses will benefit from an emissions reduction ‘bonanza’ over the next 12 years as

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Liquid Fuel

by Joseph E. Harmon (Argonne National Laboratory)  New electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. … A research team, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, has discovered a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into ethanol

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Indonesia Picks Up Allies In WTO Palm Fight

(Palm Oil Monitor)  Indonesia has picked up a number of allies in its battle with the EU over the bloc’s ban of palm oil in its renewable energy scheme. An additional 18 countries have reserved their rights to participate in the proceedings as third parties. These include palm producers Malaysia, Thailand, Guatemala,

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Blue Flint Ethanol Studying Biomass as Potential Fuel Source

by Dave Thompson (Prarie Public/Bismark Tribune) Blue Flint Ethanol is considering wheat and corn leftovers as it continues efforts to find new fuel and power sources.  The plant is co-located with Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station coal-fired power plant, near Underwood in McLean County. Coal Creek is scheduled to close

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Tomorrow Arriving Today: 5 Technology Platforms to Watch for the 2020s that Are Materially Advancing Now, Despite COVID-19

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … New research shows sustainability has moved from a fringe preference into a core imperative across American life. According to a new survey from clean manufacturing leader Genomatica, 56% of Americans want brands and government to prioritize sustainability even amid health and economic turmoil, and 85%of Americans

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German Federal Ministry of Energy Funds Renewable Hydrogen Project

(NGV Journal/Ørsted) The partners of the WESTKÜSTE 100 project received funding confirmation from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as the first large-scale hydrogen project in Germany within the Reallabor (real-world laboratory) framework. Energy-intensive industries and the transportation sector will have the opportunity to reduce their carbon

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Finding Support in Rural America

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  Handling of trade and biofuels could be important issues in run for White House. … Farmers have overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump over the last four years, but it is voters in the Midwest swing states who will be important in Trump’s presidential run against Joe

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Can Airplanes Go Green? Val Miftakhov Flew Europe’s Largest Commercial-Grade All-Electric Passenger Plane Last Month

by Ilana Marcus (Washington Post)  … Silicon Valley start-up called ZeroAvia, envisions a future of passenger planes that fly on hydrogen-powered electricity, not jet fuel. … Miftakhov’s Piper was powered by batteries, but his company is working on integrating a hydrogen fuel cell for aviation. … Think about the hydrogen

August 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Building a Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BIO in a Post-COVID-19 World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital in July, Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of the Industrial & Environmental Section at Biotechnology Innovation Organization shared this illuminating slide guide on how BIO is advocating for a resilient future, promoting LCFS in states and sustainable fuels at the federal level, advanced

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CO2 Usage in an Old Application, with a New Twist in an Ever-Growing Spiked Beverage Market

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd./Biofuels Digest) New markets are opening, and competition is heating up over carbonating more than the traditional Coca – Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper – Snapple, and many private labels of purely soft drinks. The rise, and rapid growth of hard seltzers is impressive. The merchant

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Brightmark Wants Your Plastic Waste . . . All of It

by Clare Goldsberry (Plastics Today)  San Francisco–based Brightmark wants to procure 1.2 million tons per year of post-use plastic types 1 through 7 from the eastern half of the United States to recycle into fuel and new materials at its plastics renewal plants. — Got plastic waste? Bring it on, says

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Duke Energy, SustainRNG Partner to Develop RNG on Dairy Farms

(Duke Energy/Biomass Magazine) Duke Energy today announced a partnership with SustainRNG to harness renewable natural gas (RNG) on dairy farms, starting in the southeastern United States. Duke Energy has invested in a minority share of the company and retains the option to invest in future operating projects. SustainRNG will engineer, finance,

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Australian Demonstration Project Will Convert Biogas to Hydrogen

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Australia-based Hazer Group on July 31 announced its board has made a final investment decision to proceed with the development of a commercial demonstration plant (CDP) that will convert biogas to hydrogen and graphite. Hazer said the CDP will be the first fully integrated deployment of

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New EPA Report On RNG

(BioCycle Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) released a new report, “An Overview Of Renewable Natural Gas From Biogas,” in July to provide biogas stakeholders and other interested parties with a resource to promote and potentially assist in the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. The document

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Rich in Sun or Wind? Here’s How Your Country Can Export Renewables

by Marc Engelhardt  (Siemens Enegy)  Green e-methanol is the ideal basis for a variety of alternative fuels and chemical compounds concentrated in universal e-Fuel hubs, according to Siemens Energy innovation expert Ireneusz Pyc. The idea, known for some time, has now become economically viable with costs for renewable power generation continuing

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The Inside Track on Futurity, the New Zealand Biorefinery Pioneers with a Fresh Approach to Extracting New Value from Pine.

by Luke Upton  (Biomarket Insights) … We recently caught up with two of Futurity’s founders, CEO Jacob Kohn and CTO Dr. Gaetano Dedual who are on the cusp of some major breakthroughs in their goal to establish a first-of-its-kind commercial biorefinery in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, on the northeastern tip of New Zealand. Jacob, Gaetano and the

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Are You Aware of a Game-Changing Fuel?

by Steve Klein (CStore Decisions) Biodiesel and renewable diesel have likely been on your fleet customers’ minds for a few years now — their usage is certainly on the rise. Perhaps you’ve even started offering the fuels in some form. But did you know they can be blended together and provide

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Exploring the Sustainability of the Indian Sugar Industry

(Standford University/EurekAlert!) Generations of political support for sugar cultivation have helped India become the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide. Now, the country’s commitment to renewable energy could create additional benefits, like conserving natural resources and providing better nutrition to the poor. Stanford researchers conducted the first comprehensive analysis of India’s sugar

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New Northumberland Plant Turning Farming Waste into Energy Approved

by Ben O’Connell (Northumberland Gazette)  The proposal for the energy-producing anaerobic digester at North East Grains, to the south-east of Longhirst and north-east of Pegswood, had been recommended for approval at the Tuesday, August 4, meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee. And while there were some mixed views

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SAF Pathways, Emerging Tech, Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & Sustainable Aviation Fuel Affordability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed the first Sustainable Aviation Fuels session at ABLC Digital in July, have no fear, Steve Csonka’s slide guide is here! From enabling SAF affordability to the latest emerging technologies that lower cost or increase value, the potential for U.S. SAF build-out, the current SAF

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Squid Self-Repairing Design Inspires U.S. Military, Microflora-Based Vegan Ice Cream, Dairy-Waste to Hand Sanitizer, Banana Fiber PPE, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of August 6th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While taking a dip in the ocean, take a good look at that squid in a different light…researchers at the US Army Research Institute are developing a renewable, self-healing material inspired by squid teeth in the hopes it can be used to design self-repairing robots

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Students of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow — Meet the New Faces of Carbon Removal

by Jane Zelikova and Vanessa Suarez (Carbon180) …  Carbon180 is helping elevate a new generation of climate researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and advocates. This past June, we launched the remote Carbon180 summer internship program with the goal of helping build and expand the bench of carbon removal experts and support the

August 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Murkowski: Carbon Management Has Significant Promise

(U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources) U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing focused on the development of carbon removal technologies in the United States. Murkowski also highlighted the introduction of the CREATE Act, a new bill she is cosponsoring to establish an executive committee at the National Science and Technology Council to

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RSB Launches New Research, Engagement in the Chinese SAF Market

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) As part of its global drive to support the aviation industry in achieving decarbonisation through the use of alternative sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), RSB is turning its attention to China. With a domestic aviation market that is predicted to be the world’s largest by 2028 and overall industry growth

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Green Biofuels and New Era Fuels to Lower Infrastructure Industry’s Carbon Emissions Using Sustainable Diesel Alternative

(AZO Cleantech) Fuel & Lubricant distributor, New Era Fuels Ltd., has teamed up with Green Biofuels to provide Green D+ (an Enhanced form of HVO – Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) a low emission fossil-free diesel alternative, so that New Era’s infrastructure and construction customers can significantly and instantly lower their carbon emissions

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Island of Tenerife Plans to Become a Renewable Hydrogen Hub for Mobility

(SEAFUEL/NGV Journal) The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Hyundai Canarias and Enagás have joined as partners to the SEAFUEL project, which aims to make Tenerife the first Spanish island to host a facility for the generation of sustainable hydrogen for transport. The initiative started at the end of 2017

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TerraX, SWEN Impact Fund in Biomethane Joint Venture

(Bioenergy Insight)  TerraX, an Italian developer of renewable gas projects, has entered into a joint venture with the SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), managed by SWEN Capital Partners, to invest in biomethane. TerraX is led by biogas expert Michael Niederbacher, who has designed and built more than 220 units

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Disposed PPE Could Be Turned into Biofuel, Study Shows

(Taylor & Francis/Phys.Org)  Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels—according to a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Taylor & Francis journal Biofuels. Experts from The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies have suggested a strategy that could help to mitigate the

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Biomass Alliance for Logistics Efficiency and Specifications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BALES Bioenergy Feedstock Analysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bale analysis, probes, core samples – measuring and analysis of bioenergy feedstocks is key. In this illuminating slide guide from ABLC Digital, the Idaho National Laboratory, Antares Group, ASDI, and B Hames Consulting share how bale probes are a novel sensor for in-field, real-time analysis of

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Biofuels Project Led by John Sedbrook Awarded $13 Million from DOE

by Rachel Hatch  (News Illinois State University) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University. Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook will head up the project aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts. “We’re

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Increasing the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Buy-out Price to Ensure Continued Greenhouse Gas Savings DEADLINE August 11, 2020

(UK Department of Transport)Consultation proposals  Summary  —  This consultation seeks to ensure the continued decarbonisation of road transport fuels through the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). Biofuels supported under the RTFO have successfully reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport over the last 12

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Growth Energy to IRS: Ethanol Plants Ready to Capture More Carbon

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor submitted written comments on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) proposed regulations under section 45Q, a performance-based tax credit for carbon capture projects. In her letter, Skor called on the agency to offer credit for carbon dioxide captured for food and beverage purposes, which would promote investment in new

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Repsol Produces Airplane Biofuel for the First time in Spain

(Repsol) – Repsol produced the Spanish market’s first batch of biojet at its Puertollano Industrial Complex, becoming the pioneering company in the manufacturing of this sustainable aviation fuel in Spain. – The first batch consists of 7,000 tons of aviation fuel with a bio-component. This will prevent 440 tons of

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Greenwashing: Court Ruled against Airline KLM

(Stay Grounded)  Claims for high use of biofuels debunked as misleading // More rulings could follow on the aviation industry’s greenwashing  —  KLM just recently lost the case against Eric Stam, revealing the practice of the Dutch Airline of greenwashing their polluting business. On their website, KLM had suggested that biofuel is

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As Natural Gas Bans Go National, Can Cities Fill the Gap?

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News)  … But efficiency researchers say activists’ favored alternative to natural gas — electric heat — is still a costlier option for consumers. Mass adoption of electric heating could overload the grid without significant infrastructure upgrades, other analysts warn. And an all-electric push would drag gas

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Co-Locating Renewable Diesel with Ethanol Biorefinery: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Saola Energy’s Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) NextChem was in the news yesterday with the big announcement that they will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol, but at ABLC Digital, NextChem was also mentioned in Saola Energy’s presentation and their partnership too. Find out how a renewable diesel plant

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Viable Alternative Already Exists to Fossil Fuels and They Need to Be Supported

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels represent 89% of all renewable energy sources in transport and its role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector in the EU will be pivotal in the coming years. And yet, the new Statistical Report 2020 reveals that in absolute terms, the oil in transport still accounts

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Provides USDA a Roadmap to Renewable Fuel Growth

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA). Regarding renewable fuels, the agenda calls for Increased biofuel feedstock production and biofuel production efficiency and competitiveness to achieve market-driven blend rates of E15 in 2030 and E30

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Renewable Products Remain Strong: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “A solid quarter despite market turbulence due to COVID-19”,is how Neste is describing their second quarter of 2020 in this just released presentation. Check out this illuminating slide guide for the scoop on the company’s Q2 financials, how their renewable products segment helped maintain a

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Inside GranBio, NextChem’s New Partnership to “Blow Out” Cellulosic Ethanol Global Roll-Out

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Sao Paulo and Rome that GranBio and NextChem have inked a strategic alliance and will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol. NextChem is a subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition. The news follows

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Italy’s Saras Eyes HVO, Ethanol Expansion at Sarroch

by Adam Porter (Argus Media) Italian refiner Saras is looking to boost production of biofuels, including hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), at its 300,000 b/d Sarroch unit on Sardinia. — Chief executive Dario Scaffardi said the refiner wants to increase co-processed HVO output at Sarroch from current levels of around 50,000-100,000 t/yr.

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Using E85 Fuel to Power Your Electric Car

by Dick Hagen (The Land)  … So where does E85 fit into this challenge? As the fuel for a small internal combustion engine perched somewhere in your electric car which can be cranked up periodically as you motor across America. Once employed, this small engine then recharges your car battery

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Getting Aggressive with Sustainability: Municipal Fleet Cuts Emissions by Running on 100% Biodiesel

(Renewable Energy Group)  The city snowplows in Ames, Iowa, have worked in all types of winter weather. Blizzards. Ice. Subzero temperatures. You name it, they’ve been out in it. In early 2020, they did something they’ve never done before: run on fully renewable fuel. Using a simple, affordable piece of technology,

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UPDATE 1-Indonesia B40 Biodiesel Plan Back on Track as Crude Oil Prices Pick up

Bernadette Christina, and Fathin Ungku (Reuters)  Indonesia’s plans to raise the bio-content of its palm oil-based biodiesel to 40% – known as B40 – is back on schedule with a target for implementation by July 2021, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday. Indonesia, which has been increasing

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“B-Corp” Certification for Novamont, Making It Also a “Benefit Corporation”

(Novamont)  Novamont’s commitment to be a force for global regeneration with higher purposes than mere profit was strengthened today by being awarded the ‘B Corp’ Certification. The Italian bioplastic manufacturer has joined 3,423 companies spanning 150 industries in 71 countries across the world that are verified ‘Benefit Corporations’ by the

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Carbon-Optimized Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s Carbon Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Carbon is the talk of the town, but what’s the difference between a low-carbon economy and a renewable “new” carbon economy? What’s the role of carbon management in the bioeconomy? What is carbon optimized bioconversion? David Babson, Program Director at the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency

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Competitive Edge: Ways2H, Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We started Ways2H to improve the global environment by eliminating waste while producing carbon-negative renewable hydrogen. There’s an urgent need to scale up clean hydrogen production to replace fossil fuels used for mobility, power generation and industrial applications. With 95% of hydrogen fuel currently produced from

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WEBINAR VIDEO: Building a Bipartisan Agenda for Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions: Launch of a New BPC Initiative

Natural carbon removal by farm and forest lands is emerging as a critical component of legislative efforts to address climate change. Action is needed to develop long-term revenue streams for soil and forest carbon practices that create economic opportunities in rural America, store and reduce carbon emissions, and achieve other

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Israelis Turning Watermelon Waste into Fuel of the Future

Racheli Wacks (ZAVIT* Environment and Science News Agency/YNetNews) Malali watermelon is known for its large crunchy seeds, which make a popular snack in Israel, and while 97% of the fruit is discarded in the field, a new study shows that the discarded produce could be used to produce renewable energy —

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop: Summary Report

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Advanced Manufacturing Office, and Mars, Inc., brought together stakeholders from industry, academia, and National Laboratories to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the development of new technologies to address plastic waste. This workshop

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Utah Inland Port Authority Unveils Alternative Fuel Mobility Projects

(Utah Inland Port Authority/NGV Journal)  The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Dominion Energy Utah have signed a Joint Cooperation Statement aimed at reducing air pollution and improving energy efficiency within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The partnership will explore the use and development of innovative programs and technologies associated with natural

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain Develops Dairy RNG Project in Just 8 Months

(U.S. Gain) U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), proudly announces that after only eight months their digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is now transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. “We’re pleased to add

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Secret’s Out: You’ve Used Biodiesel

(Renewable Energy Group) … They’ll ask how many in the crowd have a diesel fleet. Depending on the audience, maybe half will raise their hands. Then they’ll ask how many have used biodiesel to fuel their fleets. Most of the hands go down. Our team enjoys telling them that nearly all

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Renewable Energy Numbers Show Strong Progress Towards a Long-Time Goal

(Solutions from the Land) An analysis of data released by the DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) that measures the amount of power generated by various resources shows more than 25 percent of the nation’s net electrical generation came from renewable sources during the month of May. The percentage is a gratifying number for many involved

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Hunt & Sons Begins Selling Clean Diesel in Sacramento Area

by Mark Anderson (Sacramento Business Journal) Sacramento fuel distributor Hunt & Sons Inc. has begun selling domestically produced clean biodiesel at some locations in Northern California. The REG Ultra Clean diesel is made by Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. and is made mostly from recycled and refined deep fryer oil.

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

GNA: $1 Billion Invested in California’s Renewable Gas Supply

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Clean technology consulting firm and producer of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), has authored a new study that delves into California’s renewable natural gas (RNG) supply.  The study, An Assessment: California’s In-State RNG Supply for Transportation: 2020-2024, provides industry stakeholders and policymakers

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

ACR: Comment Period Open on Updated Landfill Gas Methodology DEADLINE August 7, 2020

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The American Carbon Registry has opened a public comment period on Version 2.0 of its methodology for the generation of carbon offsets from landfill gas destruction and beneficial use projects. According to the ACR, the original version of the methodology was developed by ACR with technology

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Republic Services Aims to Increase Beneficial Reuse of Biogas

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Republic Services Inc. released an annual sustainability report on July 22 that highlights the company’s renewable energy production and sets a goal to significantly increase the volume of biogas it sends to beneficial reuse by 2030. According to the report, Republic Services had 75 landfill gas

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Hybrid Line-Haul Locomotive under Development

(OptiFuel)   OptiFuel Systems, a system integrator of Cummins and BAE Systems hybrid power products for decarbonizing the rail, marine, and microgrid power market, is in the process of finalizing a $2.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to demonstrate a pre-production near-zero emission renewable natural gas hybrid 4,300 hp

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corp. Name First Round Startups of the $20 Million Climate Change Investment Initiative

(Exelon) The year two application process is now open for startup projects addressing climate change in Atlantic City, NJ, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington, DE  —  The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s largest generator of carbon-free energy and the largest energy service provider by customer

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Black Gold: Iowa’s Soils Can Be a Fort Knox for Carbon Storage

by Zhichao Wang and Jim Ramm (EcoEngineers) Iowa’s fertile farmland could be a soil-based Fort Knox that — instead of gold — stores a wealth of carbon within its underground vaults. How farmers can tap into the potential riches of carbon capture and sequestration and how biofuels producers can benefit from forming

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Replacing Toxic Additives in Our Fuel

Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Biofuels International)  As policymakers and public health experts dig deeper into the human costs of air pollution, including heightened risk from COVID-19 among vulnerable communities, a rapidly growing body of research is raising awareness of the threat posed by toxic fuel additives, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Catalyst for Creating Syngas from Waste CO2

by Amanda Doyle (The Chemical Engineer) A  catalyst produced via flame spray pyrolysis can be used to turn waste CO2 into syngas for use in fuels and feedstocks.  The catalyst has been developed by a team at UNSW Sydney using flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) to make zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. FSP is

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy to Provide $68 Million for Bioenergy Crop Research

(Department of Energy)  Studies Will Focus on Improving Crop Productivity and Resiliencen  — Today (July 28, 2020) the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68 million in funding over five years for basic research aimed at making bioenergy feedstock crops more productive and resilient.  “One key requirement for sustainable bioenergy

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Praj and ARAI in Alliance to Drive Green Fuel Technologies for Transportation

(Praj Industries)  Praj Industries (Praj) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have entered into MoU to jointly drive application development of advanced biofuels that will find usage in industry and transportation. Biofuels developed for the mobility sector will have a positive impact on environment by way of reduced carbon

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmers, Researchers Agree: COVID-19, Climate Change Revealed Holes in Agriculture System

by Sarah Spicer (Wichita Eagle) To preserve the environment, mitigate climate change and stabilize the U.S. food system, Midwest farmers should diversify their crops and move away from raising corn and soybeans, researchers say. The current crop system, which was founded after the 1930s Dust Bowl, is causing environmental and economic

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Mixed Plastics into Valuable Chemicals: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech’s Renewable Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital, Anellotech shared their vision of converting large volumes of mixed waste plastics directly into valuable chemicals using their Plas-TCat technology and they talked about progress with the new joint venture company with 12 Japanese cross-industry partners to make it all happen. From how

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

European Commission Invites Feedback on Revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a Public Consultation

(GreenAir Online) The European Commission has opened an eight-week feedback period inviting comments on a revision of the Aviation EU ETS directive in order to implement the international CORSIA scheme consistent with the EU’s 2030 climate objectives and European Green Deal. The Commission is also proposing to reduce the amount of free allowances

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

The EU Kick-Starts a Hydrogen Revolution with Ambitions for Hydrogen-Powered Commercial Aircraft by 2035

(GreenAir Online)  A hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035, finds a major new study commissioned by the EU’s public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. The published report concludes hydrogen propulsion has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact. However,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Air Transat Inks Agreement to Purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Canadian Power-to-Liquid Start-up

(GreenAir Online)  Leisure carrier Air Transat has signed an offtake agreement, claimed to be the first in Canada, to purchase a significant portion of synthetic jet fuel from future production by the SAF+ Consortium. The power-to-liquid (PtL) fuel will be derived by capturing waste CO2 from a chemical plant located in

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

UK’s Jet Zero Council Gets Underway to Bring Aviation Emissions in Line with 2050 Net-Zero Target

(GreenAir Online) The first meeting of the UK’s Jet Zero Council was launched yesterday (July 22, 2020) by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and brought together aviation and aerospace leaders, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) companies, investors, academics and representatives from the environmental sector. The aim of the Council is to

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Emily Skor

“Incorporating biofuels into our nation’s fuel supply has been one of our most successful energy policies to date, benefitting both the environment and the consumer,” wrote Emily Skor in Growth Energy‘s comments submitted to US Department of Agriculture. “With many states and localities increasingly exploring public policy options to lower

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Champions Biofuels in Comments to USDA

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) On July 24, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor submitted comments to the USDA in response to a request for input on the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a new initiative to promote conservation and boost productivity in American agriculture. In her comments, Skor applauded the agency’s focus on expanding the use of low-carbon

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Producing Countries See EU’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy as Opportunity to Work Together

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Indonesia, the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) acknowledges the statement by the European Commissioner for Trade on behalf of the European Commission in response to parliamentary question E-001194/2020, which may indicate a new willingness by Europe to collaborate with palm oil producing countries to foster

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant and Eta Bio Announce License Agreement on SUNLIQUID® Cellulosic Ethanol Technology in Bulgaria

(Clariant)  The agreement marks the fourth signed license deal for Clariant’s sunliquid® technology; Eta Bio Ltd., was established by the Pavlovi family, that manages one of the largest agricultural businesses in Bulgaria, in order to extend their business into renewable energy; The company intends to realize a full-scale commercial plant

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

(North  America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance News) Some lesser-known options, such as integrated water management and increasing the organic content of soil, have fewer trade-offs than many well-known options, such as planting trees, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Global Change Biology. “We argue that if we want to have

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

NextChem and LanzaTech Sign an Agreement to Promote Circular Ethanol Production

(NextChem)  NextChem’s #CircularDistrict model is enhanced with a new dimension: in addition to hydrogen and methanol derived from the chemical conversion of plasmix and non-recyclable dry waste, it will now be possible to obtain ethanol, an important chemical for sustainable fuels and disinfectant production. NextChem and US carbon recycling company,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Axens’ Futurol Cellulosic Ethanol Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Overcoming Cellulosic Ethanol Challenges

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Axens has a range of renewable biofuels and biochemicals from renewable diesel and biojet fuel to cellulosic ethanol, ethylene, butadiene, and aromatics. But there have been challenges in the past with cellulosic ethanol that Axens has learned to address. From feedstock flexibility to enzymes, check out

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter to the Advanced Bioeconomy: Advance off the Beach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There was always going to be a point when the advanced bioeconomy reached the end of the “R&D years” and transitioned into “the years of deployment”, and if you read the Biden plan here or the latest pushback from the bioeconomy here against the alleged misdeeds of the Trump Administration,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

The Brave and the Innovative: Future builder Outi Ervasti

by Caitlin Kelly (Neste)  … A road warrior who has managed projects in more than 30 countries, Ervasti is clearly a global adventurer, a leader not easily rattled. In her groundbreaking and highly innovative role at Neste, she’s now building a team of visionaries like herself, people of all ages and

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders See Happy Days in the Future

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today) The ethanol industry has a long, complicated history. But supporters believe the best days are ahead. “Fuel ethanol was a thing as early as early as automobiles. Henry Ford made his automobiles to run on ethanol and called it the fuel of the future,” said Monte

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Applications Being Accepted for Ethanol Blender Pumps

by Dave Strang (KNEB) The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) is taking applications for a new grant program designed to encourage the installation of ethanol blender pumps across Nebraska. Expanding motorists’ access to higher blends of ethanol will increase usage of advance biofuels and offer benefits to the state’s environment.

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Renewable Diesel Projects and Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect webinar, have no fear, the full deck is here! From 11 pathways on who’s doing what, how and with what, 21 projects and who’s running them and where, 13 fast emerging projects and who’s converting, constructing, planning and where,

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Big Scale-up Projects – From Beginning to End of Supply Chain, These Projects Show How Scale-up Happens

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, rev up the engines for these 5 projects – feedstock supply for renewable fuels and high protein feed; fats, oils, and grease separation technology; waste-to-energy facility that just entered full commercial operation; tech deployment for ethanol plant efficiency; and a

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Opens 4 New Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations in California

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Neste Corp. has opened four new fueling stations for 100 percent renewable diesel in northern and central California. The fueling stations, located near major commercial freight routes, are open 24/7 and are designed to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. The new cardlock locations are operated

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: A Model for Low-Carbon Fuels in the Global Energy Transition

by Alan P. Mammoser (Biodiesel Magazine) Biofuels will likely play an important role in a hoped-for transformation to a low-carbon economy. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, they will need to play a large role in the direct application of renewables to decarbonize heavy transport including road freight, shipping and

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivotal Research Discovers Practices, Technologies Key to Sustainable Farming

by Anna Marie Tomczyk (Argonne National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  … The practices that grain farmers use to produce their crops—managing fertility, tillage practice and crop rotations—influence the overall carbon footprint of U.S. agriculture.  By using sustainable practices, farmers could substantially reduce their carbon footprint and become a vital partner to the biofuel

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo’s Biodiesel Refinery Faces Opposition in Cypress County

by Collin Gallant (Medicine Hat News) Opposition is being raised against a proposal to build a waste-to-diesel refinery near Dunmore, with a major agricultural firm stating it is “vehemently opposed,” though the developer says its plans are misunderstood. Cielo Waste Services has plans to build the facility that would transform organic

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA GAIN Report Says Pandemic Will Slash Biofuel Use by up to 10%

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a new USDA GAIN report says the COVID-19 pandemic will slash European bioethanol and biodiesel use by approximately ten and six percent, respectively. EU biofuel demand is driven by the Renewable Energy Directives I and II, the former of which demand 10% renewable

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas & Advanced Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ameresco’s Biogas & Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital, Michael Bakas, Executive Vice President of Distributed Energy Systems at Ameresco shared these illuminating slide guides about their advanced renewable energy and tech portfolio including their design, build, operation and maintenance of the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas facility of its kind

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Belgian Wind Farm to Become ‘World’s First’ to Grow Seaweed between Wind Turbines

(EnergyMarketPrice.com) Seaweed can be used as a low carbon foodstuff or as a sustainable biomass fuel — A Belgian wind farm on the North Sea claims it will become the first in the world to grow seaweed between its wind turbines. The Belgian-Dutch consortium “Wier & Wind” will test in the next

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel Marketing Opportunity: ADM Partners with U.S. Soybean Export Council to Earn Export Certification.

(Farm Progress) ADM and one other U.S. exporter have partnered with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to certify U.S. Soy as part of the SSAP-RED (U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol-Renewable Energy Directive) program. This voluntary program, with support from the United Soybean Board, meets the specific requirements of the European Union’s

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

EIB to Provide Advisory Support to Three ‘First-of-a-Kind’ Climate Action Projects

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed three agreements with leading European innovators to collaborate on the development and potential financing of new projects that address climate change. Under a partnership with the European Commission delivered through the InnovFin Advisory programme, the EIB will provide strategic financial

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Emerging Markets Publishes Renewable Diesel 2030 Report

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets)  Renewable Diesel 2030 is designed to help financiers, producers, developers, distributors, consultants and analysts with a fact-filled market guide detailing medium and long-term trends and developments in the renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels sectors. This study focuses on market fundamentals, emerging market trends, long-term

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

PA Consulting Reveals How the UK Can Become World Leaders in Sustainable Aviation

(PA Consulting) PA Consulting announces key findings from sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) executive summary report at Farnborough International Airshow Connect (FIA Connect); Report finds that now is the time for SAF to be brought to market in the UK as part of the wider plan to reduce aviation industry’s carbon

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Chemicals and Materials: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Bioeconomy Perspective

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries recently added renewable chemicals and materials to their portfolio of products going beyond biofuels and their Executive Chairman Dr. Pramod Chaudhari shared this illuminating presentation at ABLC Digital on the India story, the shift towards advanced biofuels and renewable chem in India, Praj’s

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Lithium Ion Battery Waste Used in Biodiesel Production from Discarded Vegetable Oil

(Tech Xplore/American Institute of Physics)  …  Brazilian researchers demonstrated a new chemical approach for producing biodiesel from domestic cooking oil waste by using hydroxide lithium mixed with either sodium hydroxides or potassium hydroxides as catalysts. Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by AIP Publishing, could enable future studies related

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Nuseed Secures Commercial Off-Take Agreement with Leading Biodiesel Producer for Carinata

(Nuseed) Nuseed Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, has executed a commercial off-take agreement with Saipol, the largest biodiesel producer in Europe, to supply Nuseed Carinata as a feedstock for certified low carbon oil for renewable fuels and high protein non-GMO meal for livestock feed. The multi-year agreement follows the

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Harnessing Biomass, Manure to Fuel Farms through Multi-institutional Project

(Penn State News)  Transdisciplinary research team aims to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment. — A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

“Just a Minute” Educational Series Presents Episode 2 about Making Chemicals from Waste CO2

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The second episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on making chemicals from waste CO2 in a circular economy.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewables can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Elizabeth Nesbitt of the U.S. International Trade Commission

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Velocys Welcomes Cross-Party Call for Government to Accelerate Aviation Decarbonisation

(Velocys) Velocys supports MP’s call for Government to enhance investment in aviation decarbonisation and drive a green recovery.  — Velocys has welcomed the publication of a letter to the Chancellor from a cross-party group of MPs, calling for the Government to enhance investment in aviation decarbonisation, whilst recognising synthetic fuels as

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Now Powering Two Los Angeles Facilities with Bloom Energy AlwaysON Microgrids

(Southern California Gas Co./PR Newswire) Fuel cell power will reduce GHG emissions, air pollution and electric costs, and increase reliability — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has begun powering two of its largest Los Angeles-area facilities with Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) solid oxide fuel cells.  The switch to fuel cells will

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Euglena Starts up Integrated Biofuels Isoconversion Unit in Japan

(Fuels and Lubes Daily) Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announced the successful startup of Euglena Co., Ltd.’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan. CLG is a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus Technology. The 5 barrel per day (BPD), first-of-its-kind demonstration unit, employs the Biofuels Isoconversion technology,

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Recruiting Impact Investing to Grow the Bioeconomy

by Cynthia Thyfault and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Global Biofuture Solutions/Biofuels Digest) Impact investing is an exciting and rapidly growing industry powered by investors who are determined to generate social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. This is taking place all over the world, and across all asset classes.  Impact investing has grown

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Bayer Takes Steps to Make Carbon Sequestration a Farmer’s Newest Crop Opportunity

(Bayer)  Bayer to reward growers to generate carbon credits by adopting climate-smart practices and creating a new revenue stream on-farm / The initiative makes Bayer the first company to develop a transparent, science-based and collaborative approach to a carbon market in agriculture  —  Agriculture may now have another solution to

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

EUR 11 mln TEN-T Funding for (Bio)LNG Infrastructure Will Accelerate the Shipping Sectors Energy Transition

(Titan LNG) Titan LNG’s Ambitious (Bio)-LNG Breakthrough Project Receives EU Funding  — We are thrilled to announce that Titan LNG, one of the leading suppliers of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in Europe, has been granted €11.000.000 funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF); the EU’s grant scheme

July 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Ohio Company Purchases Beatrice Biodiesel Plant

by Scott Koperski  (Daily Sun)  … Katie Merx, Marathon senior communications manager, said in an emailed statement that the company plans to use the former biodiesel facility to aggregate and pretreat agricultural feedstocks that are used to make renewable diesel. “The facility will primarily serve as a terminal for the

July 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Discovery Yields Road Map to Oxygenated Hydrocarbon Production

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) … Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists are enamored with one particular kind of long chain fatty acid, called furan fatty acid, because it could substitute for petroleum-based products including fuel, engine lubricant, medicines and food additives. Now, a team of

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Will Use Haldor Topsoe Ammonia Technology

(Haldor Topsoe) A $5 billion dollar green hydrogen production facility to be sited in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, will include Topsoe’s proven ammonia technology. The planned green ammonia loop will be the world’s largest on a par with the Gulf Coast Ammonia facility to be built in Texas, US, which will

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

New Nature Economy Report: The Future of Nature and Business

( World Economic Forum New Nature Economy Report) … The World Economic Forum’s NNER series set out to highlight the materiality of nature loss for businesses, what transitions are needed to move towards a nature-positive economy and how businesses can be part of the solution paving the way for new

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Dynamic Duo — Ethanol Producer Awards: Collaboration of the Year to ICM Inc. and The Andersons

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A year after bringing their showcase plant online, the partnership between ICM Inc. and The Andersons remains poised to bear fruit. Element LLC features selective milling and fiber separation alongside a unique corn fiber-to-ethanol platform. … The state-of-the-art 70 MMgy facility, just a year

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Taking Corn Fiber to the Max — Ethanol Producer Awards: Project of the Year to ACE Ethanol

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When the U.S. EPA approved Ace Ethanol’s Part 80 registration for corn-fiber-to-ethanol production this spring—qualifying the facility to generate D3 RINs—it was not just another project milestone, but a critical validation and definitive green light to go.   “Securing that D3 approval was never in

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Planting with Purpose — Ethanol Producer Awards: Good Neighbor Award toTrenton Agri Products, LLC

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A five-acre parcel of underutilized farmland across the highway from Trenton Agri Products will soon become a model pollinator habitat in Nebraska. The project is a result of an idea planted with Renewable Fuels Association board members last year. … TAP personnel finished seeding

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

New Process Turns Carbon into Cleaner, High-Performance Diesel Biofuel Blendstock

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Phys.org) A new single-phase catalyst that enables the conversion of renewable and waste carbon into sustainable diesel fuels has been developed through a unique collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) consortia, Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) and the Co-Optimization

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The NEGEM Project – Assessing the Realistic Potential of Carbon Dioxide Removal and Its Contribution to Achieving Climate Neutrality

(NEGEM)  ● Reducing GHG emissions continues to be the main priority in climate change mitigation, but carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere (CDR) is increasingly seen as a necessary supplement to traditional emission cuts.  ● The NEGEM project will quantify the real-world potential for CDR and assess the feasibility of

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

A ‘Made in Oman’ Biofuel

by Conrad Prabhu (Oman Observer)  … New research spearheaded by an Omani scientist and her team has uncovered the potential to harness high-quality biodiesel fuel from these (date) pits. Indeed, a pilot study funded by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has all the hallmarks of a ‘Waste-to-Energy’ success story with the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Navy Biofuel Breakthrough Could Mean Cheaper, More Efficient Travel

(TechLink Center) … But scientists at the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Weapons Division have developed and secured a newly issued patent on a unique form of biofuel that is derived from more sustainable crops while providing higher quality ratings than comparable diesel fuels. Dr. Ben Harvey and Heather Meylemans at the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Sime Darby Plantation Publishes Its Oil Palm Genome to Support the Company’s Ambition for a Deforestation-Free Industry

(Sime Darby) Publication of the research is to enable other researchers to accelerate their ability to increase oil palm yield. Over 10 years of research and RM150 million of investment in R&D has resulted in a much more detailed genome sequence than what has been publicly available before, with identification

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Reliance to Replace Auto Fuels with Electricity, Hydrogen; Targets Carbon-Zero co by 2035

(India Times/Economic Times) The oil-telecom-to-retail conglomerate, which has pivoted away from energy to the new economy in recent years, will use technology to convert carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and other material building blocks. — Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s largest refining complex, will replace transportation auto fuels with clean electricity and

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Driving on Lignin from the Forest – It May Be Possible!

(Sekab) The companies Peab Asfalt and Sekab have reached a milestone by replacing a fraction of the oil-based bitumen with softwood lignin on a highly busy road area in Sweden. The progress has been made under the EU project Rewofuel. The Rewofuel project is starting the first attempts to lay asphalt

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Cities Area Transit Goes Green with Biodiesel

(News Dakota/North Dakota Soybean Council)  This summer Cities Area Transit (CAT) buses are running on a different fuel than normal. CAT recently switched to fueling their fleet with B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of feedstocks including the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

World Biggest Oil Majors Set Collective Goal to Cut Carbon Emissions

by Charles Kennedy (OilPrice.com) Some of the biggest oil companies in the world set their first joint target to cut their collective carbon emissions from upstream operations in a move that saw Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil joining European majors in pledging reduced carbon intensity.   The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

My Turn: Robert Morton: Biodiesel Is already Tackling the Climate Crisis

by Robert Morton (Providence Journal) Recently, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its final report and recommendations for legislative and regulatory measures to address carbon emissions. The report provided an action plan, including a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard that would reach the goal of net zero carbon

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen Costs Could Fall by 30% by 2025 – IHS Markit

(Renewables Now) The production costs for green hydrogen, already down by 50% since 2015, are expected to fall by an additional 30% by 2025, according to IHS Markit. The main drivers will be economies of scale and more standardised manufacturing, says Simon Blakey, Senior Advisor, Global Gas. According to the

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article
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