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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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ACE Helps Retailers Ask EPA to Level the Playing Field for FFVs
October 10, 2017 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   In response to fuel marketers asking how they can help support their flex fuel infrastructure and customers, the American Coalition for Ethanol organized a joint letter signed by fuel …

Growth Energy: More than 1,000 US Fuel Stations Now Offering E15
October 10, 2017 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15—a fuel with 15 percent ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.
“This …

USGC Sets Sights on Kenya for Potential Ethanol Market
October 10, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is working to develop ethanol markets in east Africa, which are accessible through the Persian Gulf. Brian Healy, USGC’s vice president of ethanol market development, traveled …

Scania Will Provide Clean Buses to 20 Major Cities
October 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Scania) Scania today joins the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets with a commitment to, by 2018, provide modern soot-free buses to 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. 
“To tackle the …

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Neste’s Taking Action on Climate Change Examines Changes in Energy and Transport Markets
October 10, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change. It discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to …

6th Annual OPIS LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop — December 6-8, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
6th Annual OPIS LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop   —   December 6-8, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

Join us for the 6th Annual OPIS LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop — 3 days of recognized market experts providing key insights, comprehensive market and rulemaking updates, along with countless opportunities for networking and business …

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues
October 10, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight conference.
The conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 4-5th October.
Rob …

Mossi Ghisolfi Weighs Sale of Italian Biofuel Business – Source
October 10, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Jewkes  (Reuters) Italian bioplastics multinational Mossi Ghisolfi is considering selling its Italian business in the biofuels sector as part of a restructuring deal, a source close to the matter said.
The company, Italy’s second-biggest chemicals …

IKEA Supports Development of Biomethane Stations in Finland
October 10, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Gasum has signed a comprehensive circular economy cooperation agreement with IKEA Finland. The cooperation will involve using food waste from IKEA restaurants in Finland to produce biogas, with Gasum filling stations also to be …

Asume E15 Bill Dead (for Now)
October 10, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Both Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso and bill sponsor Deb Fischer now say a measure S. 517 (115) that would allow year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol won’t even …

NGOs Slam UN Aviation Agency Plan for Biofuels
October 10, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes.
Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm …

Global Demand for Biofuels Continues to Increase
October 10, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The 2017 Renewables outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) is once again projecting continued increased demand for conventional biofuels.
The report notes that while sales of electric vehicles are increasing, “the share of EVs …

Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy
October 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  …  Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume of renewable energy that must be part of the transportation fuels sold in the United …

Ethanol Groups Comment on CAFE-GHG Standards
October 10, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stressing the benefits of high-octane …

National Ethanol Conference — February 12-14, 2018 — San Antonio, TX
October 10, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment
National Ethanol Conference   —   February 12-14, 2018   —   San Antonio, TX

 The theme for the NEC will be “Ethanol Strong: Empowering Dialogue to Grow Markets.”
The NEC provides an unequaled opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives about the latest technologies and government policies affecting …

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass
October 10, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer called lignin, and it is …

Biodiesel Plants Grown for Yangon Water Buses
October 10, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Hsan Htoo Aung (Eleven)  Plants that can produce biodiesel for Yangon water buses are to be grown along the banks of Yangon River with the help of an Australia-based company. 

“Within five years we will be …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary
October 10, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process development. In retrospect, the most …

Agriculturally Advantaged Traits: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt
October 10, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver both healthier specialty food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat for consumers as well as agriculturally advantageous traits, such as …

Engage the Hyper-Drive: Synbio’s Fastest Are Going Faster, Bigger as Kytopen, Ginkgo, Twist Biosciences, Arzeda, TeselaGen Feel the Need for Speed
October 10, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is everyone’s organism for making fuels, chemicals, materials, foods, flavors, fragrances and therapeutics — beautifully and slowly — heading for rapid obsolescence?
“Everyone wants to make it faster,” notes Kytopen co-founder …

Global Maritime Forum, Carbon War Room Push for Decarbonization Urgency with Industry Task Force Launch
October 10, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

Global Maritime Forum, Carbon War Room, the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, and University College London (UCL) today announced the launch of a Task Force on Decarbonizing Shipping. This industry-led initiative will develop tangible …

WEBINAR: Using Technology to Expand Access to Cookstove Consumer Finance — October 17, 2017
October 9, 2017 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Using Technology to Expand Access to Cookstove Consumer Finance   —   October 17, 2017

Partnerships between product manufacturers, distributors, financial institutions and technology providers are creating new opportunities and greater access to consumer financing for household energy products. This webinar will feature three innovative cookstove consumer financing partnerships that …

Catholic Church to Make Record Divestment from Fossil Fuels
October 9, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi  —  The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume …

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

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

University of Wyoming Scientists Part of $6 Million Biofuel, Carbon Capture Project
October 9, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented.
UW is part …

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production
October 9, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 9, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

In responding to a Biofuels Digest article, Union of Concerned Scientists’ Jeremy Martin urges cooperation: “Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job and a major opportunity for both renewable fuels, renewable electricity …

Horse Manure Is Used to Generate 100% of the Electricity for This Year’s Helsinki International Horse Show
October 9, 2017 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Fortum Corporation) The electricity used at this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show will be
produced entirely with horse manure at Fortum’s Järvenpää power plant. The electricity consumption of the event taking place at the Helsinki Ice Hall will be …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection
October 9, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production facility, it’s important to pay close attention to regulatory and community …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition
October 9, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the …

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant
October 9, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million …

Senators Object to Lower 2018 U.S. Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  A group of 38 U.S. senators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to abandon plans to lower biofuel requirements for oil refiners in 2018, according to a letter made public by the office …

Biofuels Phase-Out Will Raise Demand for Feed Imports, Industry Warns
October 6, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?.  —  Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses …

Parliament Debate Debunks Misconceptions on #Biodiesel Carbon Savings and Benefits
October 6, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(EU Reporter)  Ahead of key votes on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in the ITRE, ENVI and TRAN Committees of the European Parliament (EP), EU Biodiesel Chain held a debate in Strasbourg aimed …

IEA’s Latest Renewable Energy Outlook Highlights Continuing Demand Growth for Conventional Biofuels
October 6, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  Today (October 5, 2017), Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), reacted to the latest IEA’s medium-term outlook on renewable energy by noting that once again projections are anticipating …

EESI Comments on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
October 6, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 5, EESI submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on their midterm evaluation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae
October 6, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable production of microalgae with high …

A4F – Algae for Future VIDEO
October 6, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(A4F)  DEMA project video – A4F was in charge of the cultivation and optimization at pilot-scale of an engineered strain of Synechocystis 6803 for bioethanol production and of a 20-ha industrial unit business plan for …

Renewable Natural Gas Increasingly Used to Meet Part of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 9:48 am | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Agency)  Renewable natural gas (RNG), which is derived from biogas collected at landfills and other facilities, is increasingly used to meet government targets for renewable fuel production. In 2016, about 189 million gallons …

Advanced Biofuels USA Files Comments on CAFE Midterm Evaluation
October 5, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Regarding the Midterm Evaluation Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Year 2022–2025 Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions and CAFE Standards, Advanced Biofuels USA offered the following comments and recommendations.

Current EPA CAFE Fuel Mileage Regulations …

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel
October 5, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.
More than 10 years in the making, …

J. Craig Venter Institute-led Team Awarded 5-year, $10.7 M Grant from U.S. Department of Energy to Optimize Metabolic Networks in Diatoms, Enabling Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 5, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Synbiobeta)  Research builds on a series of recent landmark studies, at JCVI, which have led to transformative new methodology for synthetic biology and functional genomics  —  Scientists, led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit …

Biodiesel Industry Helps Drive American Manufacturing
October 5, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Manufacturing Day 2017 Highlights Biodiesel’s Job Creation  —  Biodiesel is a driving force in America’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 64,000 good paying, clean energy jobs across the country. These jobs are contributing to …

Dairy-Derived RNG Fuel Cleaner than Electricity As the Company Opens New Office in Los Angeles And Pledges 100% RNG to All Its CNG Customers
October 5, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  Amp Claims Lowest CI Rating Ever By Far  —  Amp Americas said yesterday that its RNG/renewable natural gas operation at Indiana’s Fair Oaks Farms is the first dairy-derived, waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified …

The Power of Recycling Could Fuel Vehicles in the Future
October 5, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Peter Ehrhard (Missouri University of Science and Technology)  The idea of recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel is nothing new. For years, researchers have studied the process and companies have recycled when possible. However, …

FY18 Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program
October 5, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Maryland Energy Administration)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is excited to announce the opening of the FY18 Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program (AWE Grant Program). MEA has made $3,500,000 available in two Areas of Interest (AOI) – on-farm/pilot scale and a …

Household Oil from Concepción Will Be Transformed into Biodiesel
October 5, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(City of Concepción)  Enthusiastic leaders of different neighborhood councils in Concepción received containers to recycle their disused home oil, which will be transformed into clean fuel: Biodiesel.
The initiative is part of the actions developed by the Environment …

Proposed Standard Will Support Diesel and Biodiesel Fuel Quality
October 5, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(ASTM)  A proposed ASTM International standard will help characterize the quality of diesel fuels and biodiesel blends. The proposed standard (WK51775) is being developed by the committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02).
The proposed …

IEA Sees Biofuels as Main Renewable Fuel through 2022 Despite Increased EVs
October 5, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In France, the International Energy Agency says in its new Renewables 2017 report that biofuels are expected to remain 90% of the renewable energy used in transport by 2022 despite a growing …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations
October 5, 2017 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Charles Loos, Bernard Cooker and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  To get a new plant started, management must provide the operating staff with training and a full complement of written procedures covering safety, operations, emergencies …

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects
October 5, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

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

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

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

They’re on a mission to bring …

Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Conference — March 19-22, 2018 — Nashville, TN
October 4, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Conference   —   March 19-22, 2018   —   Nashville, TN

The CCUS Conference is designed for U.S. and international leaders, technical experts, researchers, and industry executives in the field of carbon capture, utilization and storage to gather and discuss efforts to decarbonize the energy and …

Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Alexa M. Schmitz (Cornell University/Biomass Magazine)  … This week, researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet …

DOE Publishes Report on Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture
October 4, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held on …

Stanfield Biodiesel Plant Was a Scam
October 4, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(My Columbia Basin)  The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is fining Robert D. “Bob” Doughty and his companies for bilking investors of $250,000. Officials say the Ontario man with a Stanfield connection is fined …

The West’s Pure-Play Ethanol Kings: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol
October 4, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pacific Ethanol was founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and today is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels with 9 strategically located bio-refineries in the U.S., production …

UPM Biofuels Named One of Six Finalists in 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
October 4, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(AZO Cleantech)  UPM Biofuels is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards – often described as the Oscars of the energy industry. UPM Biofuels is …

An Easier Way to Tell Fossil Fuels from Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Lockwood (Chemical & Engineering News)  Prototype laser absorption spectrometer could make radiocarbon analysis less expensive  —  For those seeking carbon credits for selling or using biofuels, it’s important to know that the fuel actually came …

NREL Selected to Spearhead $3.5 Million DOE Project to Advance Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 4, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Cisar (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to lead a new project, for up to $3.5 million, with the …

Siouxland Ethanol Speaks at Governor’s Conference
October 4, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Each of the governors shared initiatives their states are implementing to support the use of ethanol-blended fuels during the conference. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds mentioned a test program for …

MEP: ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels and E-Mobility Both Needed in Post-2020 EU Transport
October 4, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?. If the EU intends to meet its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement, then it should favour both …

Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Scholarship Winners Announced
October 4, 2017 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung …

Environmental and Energy Study Institute Publishes Fact Sheet: Biogas—Converting Waste to Energy
October 4, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic waste each year. While source reduction and feeding the hungry are necessary priorities for reducing needless food waste, organic wastes …

Bringing Illinois Ethanol Products to the World
October 4, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jill Loehr (Prairie Farmer) Illinois has the third-largest ethanol production capacity in the U.S. Marquis Energy, one of the state’s 13 ethanol plants, contributes 300 million gallons each year. What’s the secret to its …

Canadian Bio Fuel Company Announces Significant Collaboration with University of Florida
October 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Agrisoma Biosciences Inc./PR Newswire)  Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the United States.

The Quebec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)
October 4, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or …

A Sticky Matter: Sugar Molasses Dent EU’s Ambitions on Advanced Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Sugar molasses, which the European Commission sees as “advanced” biofuel, present many of the same problems as conventional biofuels – including a potential increase in food prices and land competition for food production. …

Ukraine Making a Step toward the Launch of a Biofuel Market
October 4, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult)  According to the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, a finalized draft law on the bioethanol and biodiesel market will shortly be submitted to Parliament for registration and consideration, reports UkrAgroConsult.
The Agency …

Italy’s ENI Offers Help for Nigeria’s Bio-Fuel Projects
October 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Naija247news)  The Italian government through one of its oil giants ENI has promised to support the Federal Government’s bio-fuel agenda.
Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Refineries and Downstream Infrastructure, Engr. …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation
October 4, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker, John Diecker, and Daniel Lane (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  This article is the seventh in a series on the information needed by a Capital Investor, received from the Project Developer (PD), for the …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures
October 4, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer, Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investors focused on renewable chemicals and fuels are looking for projects with the greatest commercial potential. However, within the plethora of potential projects in …

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels.
Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than …

2nd Generation Biorefinery Solutions. YXY Marks the Spot: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
October 4, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the construction of the first commercial plant with its JV partner BASF — so, it’s a monster …

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever
October 4, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut biofuel targets with new “data,” and bypass EPA …

Judge Rules EPA to Release More Documents on Ethanol Test Fuels
October 3, 2017 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A judge rules that the Urban Air Initiative should have access to more EPA documents discussing test fuels. The D.C Federal Judge made the ruling in regards to a Freedom of Information Request …

Grassley Floor Speech Criticizes EPA Proposal to Reduce RFS RVOs
October 3, 2017 – 9:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 …

Ethanol Industry Ideal Carbon Source for Advanced Oil Recovery
October 3, 2017 – 9:39 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Occidental Petroleum Corp. injects about 1 billion cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), said Daniel Keiser, the company’s manager of commercial …

BFC Keynote Addresses Policy, Technology, Economy
October 3, 2017 – 9:34 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis that it’s tough to predict the future. “Predicting the …

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane
October 3, 2017 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first.
US-based renewable …

It’s Pink at the Pump Month in Iowa
October 3, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Over 30 Iowa E15 retailers are pretty in pink this month, participating in the 2nd annual Pink at the Pump™ campaign to raise funds for breast cancer support services and research while increasing consumer …

Crappie Masters Tournament Winners: Ethanol a Factor in Win
October 3, 2017 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Crappie Masters Tournament Trail recently ended its 2017 season, crowning Missouri natives Phillip Haynes and Paul Alpers its National Championship winners. The Renewable Fuels Association was a co-title sponsor of …

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs
October 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has …

Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial – How the U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Depends on Subsidies and Climate Denial
October 3, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Oil Change International)  A new report by Oil Change International reveals that U.S. taxpayers continue to foot the bill for more than $20 billion in fossil fuel subsidies each year. The analysis outlines tax incentives, credits, …

Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century – GCP21 Creating Database about Cassava Projects around the World
October 3, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Angela Fernando (Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century) The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century – GCP21 is creating a formal database on the GCP21 website called Membership Database with the concept to …

ACE Partners on EPA Smart Sectors Program
October 3, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announces its participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Sectors program launched today to provide a platform for collaboration with regulated sectors to help the agency …

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition
October 3, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to improving economic and environmental sustainability …

Bioprocessing Engineers Recover Glucosinolate from Oilseed Meal
October 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/South Dakota State University)  The oil extracted from ground seeds of camelina and carinata, oilseed plants from the mustard family, can be used as jet fuel. However, with oil prices at an all-time low, that is …

Argentina Seeks Minimum Biodiesel Price Rather than U.S. Tariffs
October 3, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Maximiliano Rizzi (Reuters/NASDAQ)  Argentina’s government is negotiating a minimum price for its biodiesel exports to the United States that it hopes could replace punitive tariffs implemented last month, a foreign ministry official told Reuters on …

Masdar Institute’s SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone In Development Of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
October 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Erica Solomon (Masdar Institute News)   Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  —  
Masdar Institute of Science and …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Part 3 – The Business Plan
October 3, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A business plan contains basically only two major subjects:

The business case for the investment: ROI and pro forma
Risk management.

Keep in mind that investors review hundreds of business …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data
October 3, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Charles Loos (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investing in new bio-economy technologies involves the inherent perils associated with building new plants and introducing new products into existing markets. However, one avoidable peril is basing …

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support
October 3, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.

Boulos Chalhoub of the French National …

Aviation Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
October 3, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Aviator/Air Transport Action Group)   The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today released a new report at its Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, taking place in Geneva. Flying in Formation is a guide for the air transport …

Biofuel Advocates: President Trump Should Keep Commitment to the RFS
October 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse) … In July, EPA proposed to reduce the total 2018 RFS renewable fuel blending requirements below the levels required in 2017. In late September, the agency said it was considering further reductions …

Biological Solvers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes
October 3, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Our solutions improve …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 3, 2017 – 10:08 am | No Comment

Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane analyzes the cost and emissions profile for electric vehicles compared to “gasoline-powered” ones.  The findings? On price, the lowest-cost option is a Cruze running on E85 conventional ethanol — which also …

Data Surprise: Biofuels Still Beating Electrics on Cost, Emissions
October 3, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car the smart choice for consumers looking to save time and reduce environmental impacts. According to …

China Will Not Rely on Corn Imports for Bioethanol Plan
October 2, 2017 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  China’s plan to increase the use of bioethanol gasoline will not have a significant impact on the grain market, and it would be unrealistic for the country to import large amounts of corn for the …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 5, Competitive Technology & Market Assessment: IP & Patent Analysis
October 2, 2017 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec, Bob Kodrzycki, and Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In the “bio” sectors of our economy in particular – whether it be fuels and chemicals, manufacturing and sensors, or health and pharma – …

The Protein Engineers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis
October 2, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

California Mulling Ban on Combustion-Engine Vehicles
October 2, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  California regulators are exploring ways to eventually ban the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, a top official told Bloomberg News.
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols said the state, led …

Carbon Offsetting Can Play an Important Role in Achieving Airlines’ Climate Goals, Says Study, but Finds Low Level of Understanding
October 2, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … “The key message of our paper is really to understand that carbon offsets play an important role in addressing climate change, but not in the sense that they make emissions ‘go away’ in …

Clash Looms between EU Institutions on How Long to Stop the Clock on Scope of the Aviation EU ETS
October 2, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The European Parliament voted by a clear majority today to back proposals from the European Commission to extend the derogation that restricts the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to covering …

New Government-Backed Initiative Launched to Create a World-Leading UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry
October 2, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)   Following a decision by the UK government to support the development of sustainable fuels for the aviation sector, a new initiative has been formed that will bring supply chain partners together with the …

All-Electric Passenger Aircraft Could Be Flying on Its Short-Haul Routes within a Decade, Claims easyJet
October 2, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)   European low-cost carrier easyJet believes commercial flights using all-electric aircraft could be possible within the next decade, with a further ambitious goal that every short-haul flight is zero-emissions within 20 years. At its Innovation Day last …

WEBINAR: Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet — October 13, 2017
October 2, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet    —   October 13, 2017

Introducing New USDA NIFA AFRI CAP Grant Awardees Developing Regional AJF Supply Chains  Webinar Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced six awards totaling $21.6 million through the …

Olive Mill Wastewater Transformed: From Pollutant to Bio-Fertilizer, Biofuel
October 2, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/Canada Free Press) Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to …

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing
October 2, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production.
The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various …

Renewable Fuels Foundation Offers National Ethanol Conference Scholarship Program
October 2, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

The NEC Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Foundation and the Renewable Fuels Association, seeks to attract students of higher learning who wish to pursue a career related to ethanol. By offering scholarships that …

Delaware Biotech Company White Dog Labs Awarded DOE Funding
October 2, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Jeff Neiburg (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  For the second year in a row, Delaware’s White Dog Labs has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

This time last year, White Dog was one of six projects selected to help …

UPDATE 1-French President Macron Says Europe Needs Significantly Higher Carbon Price
September 30, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax at the bloc’s borders to …

Nigeria: Malaysian Bionas to Build $2.5bn Bio-Fuel Factory in Kaduna State
September 27, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Gwladys Johnson (Ecofin Agency)  Malaysian firm Bionas plans to build plant where it will produce bio-fuel from Jatropha plant, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Jatropha plant could produce aviation fuel and sell at the same price with fossil …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 2 – The Pro Forma
September 27, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Developing a pro forma projection for an investment opportunity is the first step for an entrepreneur seeking capital, and also the first screening level financing institutions use to evaluate such proposals. There …

Integrated, Hedged, Fast-Growing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
September 27, 2017 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. is North America’s third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments …

Stuttgart Airport Turns to Renewable Fuels
September 26, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Stuttgart Airport has started using Finnish company Neste’s renewable diesel in a bid to reduce its CO2emissions. The move to Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel comes as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s …

Nebraska Corn Board Rolls Out Flex Fuel Pump Grant Program
September 26, 2017 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  The Nebraska Corn Board is offering qualifying retailers up to $50,000 to install flex fuel pumps. Corn Board’s Director of Market Development Roger Berry says the goal is to get higher blends of ethanol …

MSU Research to Harness Algae to Contain Power Plant Emissions
September 26, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products.
The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department …

Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection
September 26, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding …

Red Rock Central High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
September 26, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production. 
The students, from grades 9 to 12, toured Highwater …

ACE Congratulates Jetz on Addition of E15, E85 at Second Location
September 26, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates Jetz Convenience Centers for the addition of new ethanol blender pumps at its station in Muskego, Wisconsin. A grand opening event will take …

‘No Rationale for Further Reducing’ 2018 RFS RVO, RFA Says in Response to EPA Notice
September 26, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), seeking comment on potential options for reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes beyond those …

The Message Is Clear: We Must Create Demand
September 26, 2017 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth above 15 billion gallons will require new markets and widespread understanding of ethanol’s carbon-reduction value.  —  … The guaranteed market for 15 billion gallons has been achieved and anything we …

The ‘Cool’ Fuel
September 26, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits. …

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology
September 26, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.  —  Yeast strains used in the ethanol industry have remained …

Innovation in the Lab
September 26, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol laboratories use HPLCs to find issues early in fermentation, but increasingly have been using the data for process optimization.  —  High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is the workhorse of …

U-Turn on Climate Rule
September 26, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Reversing course, DOT told a federal judge in New York in a letter it will publish a regulation requiring states to track emissions from highways and craft reduction goals, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. Once …

Ethanol Fuel Market Size Worth $115.65 Billion by 2025 | CAGR: 6.7%: Grand View Research, Inc.
September 26, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Grand View Research/CISION PR Newswire)  The global ethanol fuel market is expected to reach USD 115.65 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.7%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Asia Pacific is estimated to witness …

Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team Visits Quad County Corn Processors in Galva
September 26, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  Ten representatives from the Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team traveled to the United States from September 19–21 to learn more about Iowa’s corn and ethanol industries. 
As part of their two-day visit to the U.S., …

Vacation Powered by E85
September 26, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … We decided on visiting some national parks and monuments in Colorado and Utah. Naturally, this adventure had to be done in a Flex Fuel vehicle, and we chose our …

Can The Corn Ethanol Lobby Win In Mexico, Too?
September 26, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by David Blackmon (Forbes)  … The elimination in the U.S. of the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenation agent by the EPA was a big factor in the initial turn to ethanol ….

Taking advantage of major …

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Blended Fuels Are the Way to Go
September 26, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Badenhop (The Blade)  Oil refineries in Ohio and across the country are misleading the public about the Renewable Fuel Standards, and this deception was most recently on display in The Blade’s Sept. 18 article on …

Trump’s Bait-And-Switch On The Renewable Fuel Standard
September 26, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … “Now it is time for action,” Monte Shaw, IRFA executive director, said following Trump’s Iowa appearance. “President Trump’s EPA needs to release the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2018. That proposal …

Year-Round Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Managing Seasonal Variation in Algae Production, and Reducing Ash
September 26, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to better manage seasonal variation in algal biomass production, through stabilization to reduce conversion costs, and to reduce ash to increase …

Local Retailer Kicks-Off Husker Fuel
September 26, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Chabella Guzman   (KTIC Radio)  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Renewable Fuel Nebraska are getting behind ethanol and have signed on with retailers to launch Husker Fuel, an E15 blend at the pump this …

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology
September 26, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM.
Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s …

With Extra Sugar, Leaves Get Fat Too
September 26, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory) Scientists tip balance of plant metabolism to increase oil content in leaves with aim of making biofuels and related useful chemicals  —  … In plants, this extra fat accumulation could be a good thing. …

U.S. Corn Ethanol Producers Aim to Out-Pump Competitors
September 26, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers, taking advantage of low corn prices, are ramping up production and expanding capacity to try to squeeze less-efficient competitors out of an overcrowded market.
The ethanol industry, which for years …

Magellan to Offer E15 at All Iowa Fuel Terminals
September 26, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Magellan Midstream Partners fuel pipeline and storage company is now offering pre-blended E15 at many terminals across the U.S., including all Magellan terminals that service Iowa.
“This announcement from Magellan is game-changing,” said …

Growing Diesel-Side Demand: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
September 26, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the biggest US-based producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures (Part 1 of 11)
September 26, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  This article is the introduction to a series of articles[1], reviewing the typical steps that investors consider before providing financial support to biofuels or biochemical projects. …

Ethanol from Trashy Sources Advances
September 26, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Firms turn to garbage and wheat straw to make the fuel alcohol  —  Residents of Edmonton, Alberta, will soon be able to fuel their cars with household …

Korean Students Learn to Make Biodiesel
September 26, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Fourth graders in Seoul, South Korea, have been learning how to make biodiesel at a bio-energy farm run by the Gangdong-gu office in Eastern Seoul, according to the Korea Times.
The workshop on renewable energy …

5th Annual Bioenergy Day — October 18, 2017 — various locations in US
September 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

Organizations from across the United States will open their doors to their communities to demonstrate the many benefits that bioenergy provides on the local level.
What is bioenergy?
Bioenergy is a form of renewable energy derived from …

Ohio State Leads Effort to Prep Students for Biobased Careers
September 25, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Turner (Ohio State University)  Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant designed to develop leaders for …

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

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

Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association Conference — December 7, 2017 — London, UK
September 25, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment
Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association Conference   —   December 7, 2017   —   London, UK

Optimising the AD industry to reduce emissions through the 2020s.  With the Brexit negotiations underway and the new Government committed to reducing carbon emissions, the ADBA National Conference will address the key role that anaerobic …