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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Consumers and Farmers Burned by EPA Regulations on Renewable Fuel
April 27, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill) As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take action to eliminate an irrational summertime regulation that hurts both farmers and millions of Americans …

KiOR – In Hindsight
April 27, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions Pvt Ltd / Biofuels Digest)  … The overall failure of KiOR can essentially be narrowed down to three text-book cases:
I. Utilizing (Incorrect/Underdeveloped) Catalyst Systems for Upgrading Biomass,
II. Disregarding Inherent Oxygen Content …

Consortiapalooza: TWB Points a Way towards the New Industrial Biotech Consortium
April 27, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The evidence is mounting up, and another set of it arrives via the reports from the preindustrial demonstration consortium in France known as Toulouse White Biotechnology.
At TWB, they’ve been rightly …

Workshop on Moving beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals — June 1, 2017 — Denver, CO
April 26, 2017 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
Workshop on Moving beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals   —   June 1, 2017   —   Denver, CO

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report1  listing the most promising chemicals that could be produced from biomass. This report has served as a guiding document for …

Uncovering The Gas Roots of Contemporary Ethanol Opposition
April 26, 2017 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … Faced with some actual governmental actions that were detrimental to gasoline/diesel dominance, instead of the virtual carte blanche pro-petroleum fuel policies that they usually receive from the government, …

Group Promotes Carbon Fee to Encourage Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Manufacturing
April 26, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Stephens (CNHI News Indiana/Tribune Star)  …  The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is advocating for a fee to be charged against carbon at the point it enters the U.S. economy. The group’s single mission is …

ACI: Bill Would Permanently End Biofuel Subsidies That Distort Soap Industry Marketplace
April 26, 2017 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(American Cleaning Institute)  ACI praises Rep. Randy Weber’s “Stop Animal Fat Tax Credits Act,” Urges Its Inclusion in Tax Reform Package  —  Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) would permanently put a stop …

Advance to Go! The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Q1 2017 Cap Raises in Industrial Biotechnology
April 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that the industrial biotechnology sector raised $1.103B in new capital in the first quarter of 2017, excluding debt and sovereign investments as well as M&A …

Industrial Biotech’s Billion Dollar Quarter: Ventures Raise $1.1B in Q1 from Seed to Commercial-Scale
April 26, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that the industrial biotechnology sector raised $1.128B in new capital in the first quarter of 2017, excluding debt and sovereign investments as well as M&A …

A New Way to Detect Polluting Raw Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Blends
April 26, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Brazil have developed a new method for verifying the purity and quality of biodiesel. The pioneering new technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, according to spectroscopynow.com.
Biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels …

Science Careers Virtual Job Fair — May 4, 2017 — Online
April 26, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  Science Careers has teamed up with Research in Germany to offer an exciting job fair focused on career opportunities in Germany. Meet online with representatives of German universities and research and funding organizations …

Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Oil and Gas Price Outlook
April 26, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways and market access – what about market pricing? Specifically, the price of the incumbent that’s oil and …

Petrobras Opposes Brazil Plan to Boost Biofuels after Selloff
April 26, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/NASDAQ) Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA <PETR4.SA> has expressed strong opposition to a government-led program to increase the use of biofuels following its recent decision to completely withdraw from the sector.
In a …

Biobased and Renewable Chemical Conference — May 10-11, 2017 — Wilmington, DE
April 26, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Biobased and Renewable Chemical Conference   —  May 10-11, 2017    —   Wilmington, DE

The Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and ACS GCI Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable (BTLR) are collaborating to offer a new biobased conference this May 10-11, 2017 at the Rockwood Park Carriage House in Wilmington, Delaware. …

One Step Forward
April 26, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years, both House and Senate staff are pushing all stakeholders to come to the table to …

Malaysia, Indonesia to Counter EU Decision to Ban Palm Oil-Based Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia and Indonesia will send a joint mission to Europe next month to counter the European Union (EU) resolution which proposed to curb the use of oil palm-based biofuel by 2020.
Plantation Industries and …

Making Oil from Algae: Towards More Efficient Biofuels
April 26, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Kobe University)  The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. The findings were published on April …

Grant Application Request for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area DEADLINE: June 28, 2017
April 26, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for …

National Biodiesel Board Applauds New Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill
April 26, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Grassley-Cantwell bill would modify the biodiesel tax credit to a production credit  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board applauded the introduction of a bipartisan biodiesel tax credit bill that would convert the …

Proposed Mexico Fuel Rule Seeks More Ethanol Blending
April 26, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by David Alire Garcia (Reuters) A plan to raise the amount of ethanol that can be blended with motor fuels in Mexico, which could power job growth and lower air pollution, was submitted to the country’s …

CCS CEO Identifies Conditions Needed to Achieve Climate Goals
April 26, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  Tom Peterson, President and CEO of Washington-DC based Center for Climate Strategies, joined an expert panel of thought leaders at a Pace University-sponsored policy colloquium to discuss “Foundations and Principles for …

Increasing Number of Americans Are Willing to Drive Farther, Pay More for Ethanol-Free Fuel
April 26, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Ethanol’s rise over the past decade has given birth to an under-the-radar market: Americans who are willing to travel miles out of their way and pay significantly more per …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
April 26, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

Spring Harvested Canola Unlikely to Be Food Quality
April 26, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst.
Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres …

High Octane Gas Coming — But You’ll Pay More for It
April 26, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Mark Phelan (Detroit Free Press)  “Ten cents a gallon more is probably palatable. A quarter risks customer acceptance,” said an industry executive who requested anonymity because his company’s plans are secret. —  Automakers and …

Argentina to Try to Revive Exports of Biodiesel and Lemons at the Bilateral Meeting between Macri and Trump
April 26, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(telam.com) The meeting between the presidents will be an opportunity for the country to try to recover the market for agroindustrial exports that are paralyzed. Bilateral trade in 2016 reached US $ 10,472 million, with a …

City Donates Land to Lure Kwik Star Project
April 26, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Tim Jamison (The Courier) The city is donating land and extending sewer in the Martin Road business park to lure a new biodiesel fuel blending facility.

Waterloo City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.
Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Green Energy: University of Iowa, Farmers Partner to Grow Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Liora Engel-Smith (Muscatine Journal)  … The university has been burning the grass, known as Miscanthus, in its power plant to reduce its reliance on coal. At first glance, Miscanthus does not look like much. It …

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules
April 26, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS  Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA       DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA
April 25, 2017 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Energy Conference   —   September 11-13, 2017   —   Des Moines, IA

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

South Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Projects Use Cutting-Edge Science to Feed and Fuel the Future
April 25, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Forum)  … Through Senior Capstone Design projects, the senior engineering students partner with innovators in the ag industry using the latest technology. The experience provides an opportunity to work on projects that will impact agriculture …

Energy Interests Contributed $7 Million+ to Trump’s Inauguration
April 25, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Yessenia Funes (ColorLines) Since taking office, the president has repealed many regulations impacting the fossil fuel industry. — … A smaller number of renewable energy companies contributed. Green Plains Renewable Energy, which specializes in ethanol …

Commercializing Biobased Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia
April 25, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

RFA Earns 5th TRANSCAER Award for Ethanol Safety Seminars
April 25, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received the TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for the fifth year in a row in recognition for a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety …

Renewable Fuels Standard Is Good for Oregon
April 25, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Martin (Capital Press)  As a rancher, we want to leave the land, air and water a little better for our children.  —  Whether it’s for cattle or crops, farmers and ranchers have been on …

Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement
April 25, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate …

BETO Launches Interactive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map
April 25, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map, an interactive map depicting all of BETO’s recent projects …

Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18 Application DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(George Washington University)  Lead the conversation by joining the Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18! Correspondents work closely with the Planet Forward team to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas. Pieces are featured on PlanetForward.org and …

U.S. DOE BETO Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop — May 23-24, 2017 — Orlando, FL
April 25, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
U.S. DOE BETO Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop   —   May 23-24, 2017   —   Orlando, FL

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop on May 23–24, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The event will gather stakeholder input through facilitated …

With Air Traffic on the Upswing, Global – and Indian – Interest Picks up in Aviation Biofuels
April 25, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Sapna Gopal (The Wire)  Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.  —  People in this industry are looking for ways …

GUEST COLUMN: Corn Farmers Deserve to Be a Part of Earth Day’s Celebrations
April 25, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Lefever (The Gazette)  … Corn producers belong at the table of these discussions and have much to be proud of, in that they – along with the rest of agriculture – are continually meeting the …

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel
April 25, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site.
The …

Brazil Weighs Biofuel Mandates for Fuel Distributors to Cut Emissions
April 25, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/CNBC)  The Brazilian government is evaluating setting biofuel mandates to fuel distributors with the aim of increasing consumption of renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions, the countrys biofuels director Miguel de Oliveira …

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

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

Biofuels, Livestock Benefit from Termite Research
April 25, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Wisconsin professor says his termite research might help the biofuels, livestock, and paper industries improve lignin processing.
Researcher Cameron Currie says breaking down the woody substrate in …

Changes to Energy Dept. Websites Downplay Renewables as a Replacement for Fossil Fuels
April 25, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Energy Department is changing its website to cut down on Obama-era language touting renewable energy sources as a climate-friendly replacement for fossil fuels, according to reports from an environmental watchdog …

The Doughnut Trick: Renewable Fuel from May Day Doughnut Waste Fat
April 25, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  In the spirit of circular economics, Neste and Fazer Bakery are joining forces with their Doughnut Trick campaign. The oil that was used to fry Fazer Bakery’s May Day doughnuts will be recycled …

Letter: Diversify Michigan Energy
April 25, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Detroit News)  Regarding “Renewable Fuel Standard has failed, April 16,” Prof. Wolfram has failed to do his homework.
The corn grown to make ethanol is not the same as sweet corn we eat. …

Letter: Renewable Fuel Standard Vital to Indiana
April 25, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Ralph Kauffmann (Kokomo Tribune)  … So many of these factors can take a big chunk out of my bottom line, and at the same time, so many of these factors are completely out of my …

Judges Give EPA the Side Eye on Waiver Authority
April 25, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA got caught in a cross-fire of skepticism at the D.C. Circuit Monday over its use of general waiver authority to lower RFS volumes for 2016, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports …

Biofuels Supporters, Opponents Spar During EPA Teleconference
April 25, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael Schneider (Oil Price Information Service)  Supporters and opponents of biofuels expressed predictably contrasting viewpoints during a teleconference held today by EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR).
The call was held to solicit input on …

Ice Plant to Help Fight Global Warming Effects on Bioenergy Crops
April 25, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Nevada, Reno/EurekAlert!) … Biochemist and molecular biologist John Cushman at the University of Nevada, Reno will create a gene atlas for the common ice plant that will help find ways to allow bioenergy …

Production of Biofuels in Mozambique Is No Longer Viable Following Drop in Oil Prices
April 25, 2017 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  The production of biofuel from Jatropha mollissima “is something to forget,” said Almirante Dima, the deputy national director of Hydrocarbons and Energy at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique.
Dima explained …

Bio-Based Live Europe 2017 — May 31-June 1, 2017 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment
Bio-Based Live Europe 2017   —   May 31-June 1, 2017   —   Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The meeting place for Bio-Based World’s global community, Bio-Based Live connects attendees hoping to incorporate bio and green strategies into their businesses and to learn more about the latest solutions on offer. Developing bio-based and green innovations …

EXCLUSIVE-Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for U.S. Farm Sector
April 25, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters/Times of India)  Wet harvest, slow grain sales encourage growth of toxins;  Scope of problem in U.S. grain supply not yet known  —  A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been …

The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pyrolysis’ Progress and Prospects, Pt 2
April 25, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, George Huber and Robert Brown wrote in a special issue of Energy Technology of their desire to “highlight recent advances in pyrolysis technologies and to discuss the …

COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: Tech Innovators Stalk a Stealthy WMD
April 25, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Among the climate warriors fighting CO2 build-up, perhaps the most ambitious are those who are seeking to use CO2 to make industrial materials, fuels or chemicals — displacing the need …

UK’s ‘Biggest’ Anaerobic Digestion Plant Blocked by Protests
April 25, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Plans to build the UK’s biggest anaerobic digestion plant have been put on hold following a series of protests and campaigns against it.
FD Bird & Sons wants to build an anaerobic digestion plant …

NexSteppe Signs Partnership to Commercialize Embrapa Biomass Sorghum
April 25, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced a new partnership today with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.  The partnership will focus on commercializing …

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries
April 24, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … As the market for gasoline grew, a shortage soon developed for the lighter fractions of crude oil. This shortage led to the development of …

Leftovers on Restaurant Diners’ Plates Will Be Turned into Compost, Biofuel
April 24, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Cathy Locke (Sacramento Bee) Food left on diners’ plates that goes back to restaurant kitchens in Sacramento County will go into the compost bin instead of landfills.
Sacramento County officials teamed with Sacramento restaurateurs Bobbin and …

Bill Would Take Iowa Backwards on Biofuels
April 24, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Carlson (Des Moines Register/Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa)  …Unfortunately, our state Legislature is considering legislation that would take us backwards.
Fuel retailers across the state have made substantial investments in offering and …

NBB Argues for Higher Advanced-Biofuel Volumes Before the D.C. Court of Appeals
April 24, 2017 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Americans for Clean Energy, et al., v. Environmental Protection Agency  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the …

Essential Science: Making More Efficient Biofuels
April 24, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sandle (Digital Journal) Are biofuels the answer to the world’s energy needs or do the problems, including diverting food crops for fuel, carry an unnecessary level of social and economic problems? If …

Biodiesel Sunflower Power Hits a Speed Bump
April 24, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Brian Perry (Maui News)  Photogenic crop attracts more attention than area can safely handle  —  “No Trespassing” signs have been posted around Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ experimental crop of sunflowers on 14 acres near the …

Children Helping UAE Biofuels Industry
April 24, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   Children in the UAE have been recycling cooking oil to make biofuels as part of a new initiative.
The programme was set up by the Blue waste management company in Dubai, and involves pupils …

Plymouth Drivers Choose E15
April 24, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 during an hour-long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth.
From 12 …

Science Draws a Crowd
April 24, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … Hundreds of thousands of people across the country (and internationally) gathered on Earth Day for the March for Science, defending the role of science in policy-making and protesting the Trump …

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet
April 24, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers achieve efficiency standards are going …

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

DCO Extraction Optimization Adapts to Changing Properties of Stillage
April 24, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Aurandt (Valicor/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Centrifugal separation of corn oil from stillage is the accepted method for distillers corn oil (DCO) recovery throughout the ethanol industry. While plant operating parameters influence a plant’s oil yield …

Ethanol’s Opportunity in the Chemical Market
April 24, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Nebraska-focused tech startup and a Latin American chemical supplier highlight two options for using ethanol as the building block for intermediate chemicals.  —  The future of ethanol for …

Europe Needs More Than Words to Decarbonize Transport
April 24, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ePURE’s secretary general outlines the European ethanol organization’s discussion points in the face of Commission proposals that would cap crop-based biofuels.   —  Despite agreeing to ambitious climate and energy …

Kansas Corn Growers Look to Mexico as Top Trade Partner
April 24, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  Increasing concerns about trade relations with Mexico spurred Kansas Corn along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Commerce to plan a trade mission Mexico to learn …

Ethanol and Earth Day
April 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, …

Ethanol Consumption Shatters Blend Wall in 2016
April 24, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Neulle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average for the first time ever. This is according to an analysis of U.S. …

Look for Renewable Fuel Options When You Fill up the Gas Tank
April 24, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  Growing up on a farm near Shenandoah, using ethanol and biodiesel was a no-brainer. It was simply the right thing to do to support our local …

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era
April 24, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon (Platts)  Have refiners’ hopes for a quick rollback of the US biofuel mandate by the Trump administration fizzled out? The industry judged two early appointments as signs of the president’s …

RFA Tells EPA to Keep RFS on Track
April 24, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter today to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on track in 2018.
“The ethanol industry was highly …

Electromobility – Further Development of Fuels for Use in Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
April 24, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(UFOP (Google Translation))  The cars of the future are also supposed to drive electrically. Today, the share of hybrid vehicles with an electric and an internal combustion engine (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, PHEV) is increasing. …

Iowa Legislature Approves Funding for State Blender Pump Program
April 24, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (April 20, 2017) the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the state’s blender pump program – which has successfully led to millions of dollars’ worth of …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pyrolysis’ Progress and Prospects, Pt 1
April 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, George Huber and Robert Brown wrote in a special issue of Energy Technology of their desire to “highlight recent advances in pyrolysis technologies and to discuss the …

Global Bioenergies’ First Success in Scaling up the Isobutene Process in the Leuna Demo Plant
April 24, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies today announces that it has succeeded in producing Isobutene by fermentation at the scale of the Leuna Demo plant (a 5,000 litre fermenter), with run length and performances exceeding those performed …

Air Canada Takes off with Biofuels Tests
April 24, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Air Canada just revealed its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project, a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada …

Virent Aspirant: A New CEO, and Revving towards Commercialization
April 21, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Wisconsin we have huge news from Virent, which has appointed one of Shell New Energies’ gurus, Stacey Orlandi, as Virent CEO, succeeding Lee Edwards who is headed into retirement after a …

Hard Lessons From the Great Algae Biofuel Bubble
April 21, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Eric Wesoff (GreenTechMedia)  Entrepreneurs can have tunnel vision. VC herd mentality doesn’t produce results. Physics and thermodynamics are fairly important in energy applications.  —  …  Today, the few surviving algae companies have had no …

Portland Votes ‘Yes’ On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel
April 21, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Amelia Templeton  (OPB FM) For years, the sewage flushed away by Portland households has decomposed into methane gas captured by the city’s wastewater plant and turned into energy and electricity.
Now, the city’s wastewater agency, the Bureau …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

US VP Pence Celebrates Greenbelt Resources and Jababeka Infrastruktur Waste-to-Resources Project MOU Signing
April 21, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  JababECO is the first U.S.-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project  —  United States Vice President Mike Pence participated in a ceremony celebrating the signing of multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Jakarta today, including …

Novel Technology to Be Used in Search for Disease-Free Seaweed
April 21, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  A hi-tech piece of lab equipment that could be used for the first time to help breed disease-resistant algae for the seaweed-growing industry has been delivered to the Scottish Association for Marine …

Center for Climate Strategies Builds Economic Transition Modeling Capacity in Cameroon
April 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  As a part of the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (ALEDS) project, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is supporting local self-determination and global integration by providing training, capacity building, and …

Vertimass to Present at U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Conference
April 20, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Vertimass, LLC)  One of four advanced biofuels and bioproducts technology companies invited to present  —  Vertimass LLC is proud to announce that it is one of four companies selected to present at the “Pitch for …

TerraVia in the Wilderness Years
April 20, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Algae Butter can reduce saturated fat by up to 50 percent in most applications.

While butter doesn’t exactly rival gasoline as a market — it’s pretty substantial, when you get down …

National Black Farmers Association Scholarships Application DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
April 20, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Black Farmers Association)  Scholarship Program With the National Black Farmers Association Supports African American Farmers  —  FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist African American farmers, their dependent children …

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Face Obstacle – Few Fueling Stations
April 20, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Dee-Ann Durbin (Associated Press)  Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.
Honda, Toyota and Hyundai …

Study Shows Economic Impact Of Ethanol & Biodiesel Production
April 20, 2017 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(KIWARadio.com)  Northwest Iowa — With two ethanol plants within 18 miles of Sheldon, this area is one of the leading ethanol producing regions of the state.
Now, a study has found that record ethanol and biodiesel …

Ethanol Report on Earth Day
April 19, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Lizzy Schultz (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, …

Sundstop Fuel Retail Station in Clarence, IA Offers City’s First E15 Site
April 19, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  When E10 first hit the market, Clarence, Iowa was one of five towns to introduce the new fuel at a local gas station. Nearly 40 years later, that same town is getting its first …

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia
April 19, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned …

Global Advanced Biofuel Market Set to Showcase a CAGR of 44% Through 2021: Technavio
April 19, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Technavio/Yahoo! Finance)  Technavio analysts forecast the global advanced biofuel market to grow to USD 44.6 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of close 44% over the forecast period, according to their latest report.
The research study …

She Found a Way to Make Plastic Waste Useful
April 19, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Chandana Banerjee (Christian Science Monitor)  In 60 cities in India, 16,876 tons of plastic waste are generated each day, according to data from the country’s Central Pollution Control Board. Multiply that by 365, and …

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World
April 19, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’
April 19, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized source of green energy technologies will help reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in rural …

Keystone Farm Show — January 9-11, 2018 — York, PA
April 14, 2017 – 10:57 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —   January 9-11, 2018   —   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference and Ethanol Co-Products Forum — November 7-9, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
April 14, 2017 – 10:32 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference and Ethanol Co-Products Forum   —   November 7-9, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

The global meeting place for the ethanol and biofuels community. You’ll be alongside 500+ international executives with a stake in this industry, covering ethanol, all biofuels, biochemicals and providing biorefinery solutions.
Be part of a truly global …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Africa — September 19-21, 2017 — Nairobi, Kenya
April 14, 2017 – 10:26 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Africa   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Nairobi, Kenya

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Africa brings together biofuel and ethanol producers, traders, sugar millers, technology companies, shipping and logistics companies and users of fuel, industrial and beverage ethanol. Take advantage of this unique opportunity …

5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo — April 7-8, 2018 — Washington, DC
April 14, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment
5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo   —   April 7-8, 2018   —   Washington, DC

Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world.
The USA …

Plant Based Summit — April 25-27, 2017 — Lille, France
April 14, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment
Plant Based Summit   —   April 25-27, 2017   —   Lille, France

In April 2017, Plant Based Summit will launch its 4th edition in Lille, with an even sharpened positioning on the innovation, the co-development and its operational implementation for the necessary deployment of bio-based products. It …

RWM — September 12-14, 2017 — Birmingham, UK
April 14, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment
RWM   —   September 12-14, 2017   —   Birmingham, UK

RWM is the leading community for the Waste, Energy, Recycling and Water sectors to network, learn and trade. With over 500 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors from the UK and international reach from retail, leisure, construction …

Government Mind Games are Driving Investors Away from Biofuel & Other Bio-Based Projects
April 14, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Colin Ley (AgFunder News)  The closer you get to the commercialization of a development, the harder it becomes to raise capital, and recent government activities around the world are not making life easier for …

St Paul Drivers Win With E15
April 14, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today (April 13, 2017) to reward drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded Plus) during an hour-long promotion at Highland Service Minnoco.
During …

U.S. to Launch Probe into Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel Imports
April 14, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Eric Walsh and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  The United States said on Thursday it would start an investigation into imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina for possible dumping and subsidization.
The U.S. International Trade Commission is …

Increased Ethanol Exports Needed to Absorb Production Increase
April 14, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol exports will need to exceed last year’s level to compensate for slow-growing domestic consumption in the face of growing ethanol production, concludes ag economist S. Patricia Batres-Marquez, in a recent data …

Guest View: Corn Is for Food, Not Fuel
April 14, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Stanford L. Levin (The Southern)  …  If corn were used for food instead of for ethanol, two beneficial things would happen. First, we would create more high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry …

EPA Head: Obama Created False Choice ‘Between Jobs and the Environment’
April 14, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Olivia Beavers (The Hill)  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that Americans don’t have to pick between jobs and the environment, accusing the Obama administration of making people believe they had …

Research Focus: Improving the Conversion Process for Sorghum Bagasse Biomass
April 14, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Abdul-Sattar Nizami (King Abdulaziz University, Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES)) (RenewableEnergyFocus.com)  The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for biofuel facilities around the year. …

ACE Outlines Ethanol Priorities to EPA on Regulatory Reform Agenda
April 14, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(KTIC Radio) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations …

Biobased Plastics: What’s New, Who’s Top Cat? The Digests 2017 Multi-Slide Guide
April 14, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Nexant principal Ron Cascone joined us for a March Madness webinar on the horizons for Biobased Plastics. Here below are his illuminating slides presented on the day.  READ MORE

Syngenta Touts Potential for Cellulosic Ethanol
April 13, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Developments in cellulosic ethanol technology are creating opportunities for American ethanol producers.
Miloud Araba, head of Enogen® technical services at Syngenta, says cellulosic innovation could enable dry grind ethanol producers to meet …

Applications Being Accepted: Ph.D. Program in Bioenergy by the Three State Universities in São Paulo (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) Applications for the Ph.D. program in Bioenergy, jointly offered by the three state universities in São Paulo  (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP), will be open from April 7 to May 31, 2017, for candidates starting …

A True Superhero, Ethanol Fights for Good
April 13, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  … Ethanol has all the elements of a superhero.
Like most good superhero stories, ethanol has humble origins. Farmers in Iowa and other states built the first distilleries a few decades …

Global Automotive Biofuels Market by 2021 Expected to Grow at a CAGR 8.37%: Foremost Manufacturers, Drivers, Trends, Challenges, Forecast & Analysis by Types and Applications
April 13, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Mangesh Kanase (SatPRNews)  The Automotive Biofuels Market report provides an in-depth analysis with current and future trends to clarify the forthcoming investment in the market. Global Automotive Biofuels market report shares information regarding key …

An Alternative View of Biodiesel Production Profits: The Role of Retroactively Reinstated Blender Tax Credits
April 13, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois) Previous farmdoc daily articles (e.g. January 28, 2015; February 11, 2016; March 1, 2017) have documented a “feast or famine” pattern in production profitability of the U.S. biodiesel …

Use of Renewable Fuel by All Ground Transit Sought by 2045
April 13, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Mykleseth (Honolulu Star Advertiser)  A key Senate committee passed a bill Monday that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045.
The Senate Committee on Ways and …

D3Max Pilot Test Results at ACE Ethanol Exceed Expectations
April 13, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This February, D3MAX announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. Installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, the testing of the …

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions
April 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and the Trump administration over vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Alliance of …

EPA Seeks Public Input on Trump’s Regulatory Reform Agenda DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for Obama-era regulations to repeal.
The EPA’s regulatory reform task force, established by President Trump’s Feb. 24 executive order, is seeking public input on …

Tar Sands/Oil Sands Carbon Footprint Underestiated by Nearly 25%
April 13, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Lisa Song (The Energy Mix)  In a finding that should resonate strongly for Canadian decision-makers charged with meeting the country’s climate targets, new research reveals that the carbon footprint of a litre of synthetic …

ICGEB Scientists Identify Key Enzyme for Biofuel Production in Fungal Gene
April 13, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Biospectrum)  The new fungal source Penicillium funiculosum could be a strong alternative in the industrial enzyme repertoire for biofuel production  —  Scientists at New Delhi-based International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) have peered …

SabrTech to Launch Portable Algae-Growing System Soon
April 13, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ola Wietecha (Undercurrent News)  Nova Scotia-based SabrTech — which spent years designing an easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox — is planning to launch its product shortly, which the company says will revolutionize algae production.
SabrTech spent about two years …

In Fulton, a Malt House Is Ready to Open — in an Ethanol Plant
April 13, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Payne Horning (WRVO)  Nearly 20 years after the Miller Brewing Plant in Fulton closed its doors, a new craft malt house is opening in the same factory.
The 1886 Malt House is setting up shop …

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction
April 13, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is deconstructed to release useful chemical intermediates in the bioeconomy. These include glucose from cellulose, glucose …

What’s New? What’s Happening?: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to California’s LCFS, and the RFS
April 13, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways – now we turn to two other key drivers, market access and carbon pricing.
There are two approaches …

Algal Residue — An Alternative Carbon Resource
April 13, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in …

Indonesia Labels EU Palm Oil Resolution ‘Discriminative’ and ‘Protectionist’
April 13, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)   Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the European Parliament Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests, describing it as ‘discriminative’.
In addition, the ministry claims the EU decision was …

St Peter High School Visits Guardian Energy
April 12, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-two high school students toured Guardian Energy’s ethanol plant today to get a closer look at how renewable energy is produced.
The students, from St Peter High School, toured the various processes of ethanol …

Norfolk Southern Recognizes Ethanol Shippers in 2016 Safety Award
April 12, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers were among 55 customers recognized by the Norfolk Southern for shipping at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous products over the railroad without a single incident during 2016. Collectively, the companies …

Exclusive: Inside Edge – Trump Advisor Icahn’s Big Bet against Biofuels Credits
April 12, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/KFGO)  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refining company, CVR Energy, made a massive bet in 2016 that prices for U.S. government biofuels credits would fall – just before Icahn …

Global Survival at a Crossroads
April 12, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Larry R. Knight* (Reciclaje Pura Vida for Advanced Biofuels USA) There are those who would argue that global warming is not occurring.  While the evidence suggests otherwise, it would be political and intellectual suicide to …

Researchers Outline 23 Barriers to Advanced Biofuels’ Success
April 12, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, researchers from Virginia Tech University have determined that 52% of advanced biofuels facilities were already closed in 2015 and have determined a list of 23 barriers that could …

Shell Opens Technology Hub in Bangalore Where IH2 Technology Is under Development
April 12, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Shell) Shell today(March 31, 2017)  opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore – a 52 acre, custom built technology centre – that can house up to 1,500 experts, who would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative …

Surrey MSW-to-Biofuel Plant Seen Commissioning in June
April 12, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the long-awaited MSW-to-biofuel plant in Surrey is preparing for commissioning in June, making it North America’s first plant of such kind. Waste collection trucks and other city vehicles …

Zimbabwe: Noic, Triangle in Ethanol Talks
April 12, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica/The Herald)  The National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) is in discussions with Triangle Limited to form a joint venture company for the production of ethanol.
This comes as Government recently liberalised ethanol production following …

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process
April 12, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that leads to oxidized forms of 5-HMF. They report that “this form of sugar is known …