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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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Researchers Identify Cheaper, Greener Biofuels Processing Catalyst
August 25, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use …

Minnesota State Fair Highlighting EVs, E85, Biodiesel
August 25, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bates (NGT News)  This year’s Minnesota State Fair – from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4 – will feature the Eco Experience exhibit, which will showcase alt-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and highlight how these technologies …

Production of Bioethanol from Multiple Waste Streams of Rice Milling
August 25, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

LorenzoFavaro, et al. (Bioresource Technology)   Rice milling by-products are promising feedstocks for bioethanol. Starch-rich residues were efficiently fermented by two engineered amylolytic yeast.  Rice husk, composed by lignocellulose, was pre-treated with alkaline peroxide.  Pre-treated husk was …

Biodiesel Synthesis Using Chicken Manure Biochar and Waste Cooking Oil
August 25, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jong-MinJung, et al.  (Biosource Technology)  Biodiesel synthesis using chicken manure biochar.  Establish a green platform for producing biodiesel using chicken manure biochar. Enhanced yield of biodiesel using chicken manure biochar due to strong catalytic capability. 95.6% of …

Toxic Algal Bloom Used to Cultivate Freshwater Algae with Biofuel Potential
August 25, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in India have investigated ways in which toxic algal bloom can be used for cultivating Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a freshwater algae increasingly considered a candidate for biodiesel production.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, …

Malaysia,Indonesia in Talks on Possible B5 Biodiesel Program in China
August 25, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Prensa Latina)  Malaysia and Indonesia are in talks on possible implementation of B5 biodiesel program in China, given the Chinese increased environment control in the palm oil market.

According to the Malaysian Minister of Plantations and …

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis
August 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved …

Biodiesel Fuel Plant Inauguration Set
August 25, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Karina V. Canedo (Sun Star)  A plant that will process used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel (BDF) will be inaugurated on Friday, August 25, at the Maa Composting Facility, Davao City. Davao City Environment …

Methanol and Bio-Economy: Now and the Future
August 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … Methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade. They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing …

Barley and Peas to Fuel Ethanol Plant
August 25, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Proposed facility near Clavet, Sask., would boost the barley sector and provide a feed byproduct for livestock producers
Saskatchewan barley and pea growers could soon have a big new customer for …

EPA Posts Materials for SAB Review of Biogenic CO2 Framework
August 25, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted new materials related to a quality review scheduled to be conducted by the Scientific Advisory Board on the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic …

EPA Changed Course on Cellulosic RFS Documents: EPA Originally Sought Increase in Cellulosic Volumes
August 25, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency originally proposed a much higher cellulosic ethanol number in its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal sent to the Office of Management and Budget in …

What’s Algae Worth? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biomass Valorization
August 25, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has established a project to reduce cost of algal biofuels by increasing intrinsic algal biomass value, with two specific goals. First, to Identify and isolate scalable, …

Nominations Open for 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 25, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 40 Hottest Early-Stage Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Nominate companies here.
Eligibility: Any companies engaged in the advanced bioeconomy as …

This Is Why When You Talk about Climate Change, You Can’t Ignore Agriculture
August 24, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that land use changes associated with planting crops and grazing livestock have caused a …

Biofuel from Forests Lightens Jetliner Carbon Footprint
August 24, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Washington Forest Protection Association/Seattle Times)  Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after the harvesting of managed forests.  —  Alaska Airlines made history recently, flying the first commercial …

Waste Not Want Not: Understanding the Greenhouse Gas Implications of Diverting Waste and Residual Materials to Biofuel Production
August 24, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(International Council on Clean Transportation) … Indirect emissions can also result from the use of waste and residual materials for biofuel production. For example, fatty acid distillates from palm oil refining are currently utilized in applications …

Californian Pipelines Increasing Offer of Renewable Natural Gas
August 24, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company’s natural gas pipeline system. First is the creation of a …

Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers Look at Yesterday, Today, Inspirations and Challenges
August 24, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and …

Measuring the Changing Pulse of Rivers
August 24, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Louise J. Slater, Robert L. Wilby (Science Magazine)  River flood risks are expected to rise as climate change intensifies the global hydrological cycle and more people live in floodplains (1). Changing risk may be revealed …

The RSB’s General Assembly and Business Forum 2017 — November 14-16, 2017 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 24, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment
The RSB’s General Assembly and Business Forum 2017   —   November 14-16, 2017   —   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The General Assembly  (14&15th November)  All of the RSB’s members are invited to attend the General Assembly which offers an opportunity for the chamber members to meet each other and discuss hot topics affecting sustainability …

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Expanding Horizons Workshop — September 12, 2017 — Charlotte, NC
August 24, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Expanding Horizons Workshop   —   September 12, 2017  —   Charlotte, NC

Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Discover how you can take advantage of all the products …

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Expanding Horizons Workshop — September 19, 2017 — Oakland, CA
August 24, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Expanding Horizons Workshop   —   September 19, 2017  —   Oakland, CA

Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Discover how you can take advantage of all the products …

IRENA Technology Brief: Biogas for Road Vehicles
August 24, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter)   This brief highlights the technologies available – both established and newly emerging – for biomethane production and biogas-driven vehicle fleets. It evaluates costs, performance and sustainability and outlines the …

Lignofuels 2018 Conference — February 7-8, 2018 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 24, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment
Lignofuels 2018 Conference   —   February 7-8, 2018   —   Amsterdam, Netherlands

Following the success of this year’s conference in Helsinki, Finland with an exclusive site visit to UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery we are delighted to announce that next Lignofuels 2018 Conference will be taking place on 7th & 8th February in …

Fill ‘er up! Bundy Has Cheapest Fuel in Queensland
August 24, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Alouat (News Mail)  Budaberg is home to the cheapest petrol in Queensland with drivers able to take advantage of breathtaking bowser deals. … Yesterday Liberty North hit a new low, selling unleaded ethanol petrol for …

How Much Ethanol Do You Want in Your Gas in 2018?
August 24, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(BoatUS/PowerBoatWorld.com)  The battle to protect your boat’s engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel …

A Refresher on Ethanol’s Many Benefits
August 24, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … For starters, ethanol helps reduce air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to a January analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse emissions (GHG) …

Fischer Expects Fight over Farm Bill
August 24, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Liz Morales (Columbus Telegram)  Agriculture was a main topic of discussion Wednesday during U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s listening session in Albion.  Fischer said she expects a big fight when the 2018 farm bill is …

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites
August 24, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Bangor University)  Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.
A …

Corn and Sorghum Trials Initiated
August 24, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A&B subsidiary to supply biofuel for power project at wastewater plant  —  Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project …

China July Ethanol Exports Jump Six-Fold on Cheap Corn
August 24, 2017 – 10:11 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  China ethanol exports surged six-fold in July from a year ago as producers took advantage of cheaper corn to boost output following a change in government policy, customs data showed on Wednesday.

China has been …

Crossing the 3K Threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s Algae Biofuels Productivity
August 24, 2017 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2014, Sapphire Energy and the US Department of Energy embarked on a project to advance Sapphire’s (then) biomass production technologies across three priority areas to meet a target …

Brazil Slaps US with Ethanol Quota, 20 Percent Tariff
August 24, 2017 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota, …

Biofuels and Biogas Unite in Call for Cellulosic Targets
August 24, 2017 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Leading US advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have united to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand behind President Trump’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of ‘homegrown’ …

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry
August 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri (OilPrice.com)  Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of …

Global Biodiesel Market Is Tremendously Growing and Is Estimated to Reach $94.87 Billion by 2023
August 23, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(AB Newswire/IndustryARC)   Growing concerns over greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and creating sustainable and secure source of energy, demand for biodiesel in developed as well as developing economy has risen sharply and the market is anticipated …

Argentine Biodiesel Industry Says U.S. Duties Will Halt Exports
August 23, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Argentine biodiesel exports will be priced out of the U.S. market, its leading industry body said, after Washington decided on Tuesday to impose steep duties on imports that it said were …

Letter: The Economic Consequences of a Post-2022 RFS
August 23, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Lon Carrier (Argus Leader)  …  The ethanol volume requirements will likely remain at this level until the EPA takes over the program entirely in 2023. At that point, the agency could cut corn ethanol out …

Congressional Research Service Publishes The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): An Overview
August 23, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelsi Bracmort (Congressional Research Service; posted by OurEnergyPolicy.org)  Congress has expressed ongoing interest in the RFS, particularly the challenges associated with implementing the RFS and with compliance for entities required to use renewable fuels. Some …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 23, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

In decrying the proposed budget cuts to US Department of Transportation biofuels research in a Pacific Standard article, Mike White explains, “This would slow, but not stop our transition to wind and solar power—because their …

How Trump’s Cuts to Biofuels Research Would Hurt the Planet and Our Economy
August 23, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael White (Pacific Standard)  Biofuels can reduce emissions, benefit American corporations, and create jobs. But slashing the budget of the Bioenergy Technologies Office effectively eliminates those possibilities.  — … However, as Congress and the …

Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.
August 23, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)   The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Forms “TSCA New Chemicals Coalition”
August 23, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Law Network) TSCA New Chemicals Coalition will give the chemical community greater opportunity to engage with EPA on constructive, helpful, and informed improvements to the new chemicals review process  —  … We recognize and applaud EPA’s …

Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Exxon Misled on Climate
August 23, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Harvard researchers are out this morning with a peer-reviewed analysis concluding Exxon Mobil misled the public over the course of 40 years of climate change communications. After poring over …

New Regulations for Fuel Specifications
August 23, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(National.org)  New regulations for New Zealand’s fuel specifications will support the growth of lower-emission fuels that are better for people, the environment and cars, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced today.
The Regulations set out …

USTDA Introduces U.S. Carbon Capture and Recycling Technology to South Africa
August 23, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(U.S. Trade and Development Agency)  Today (August 18, 2017), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative …

Report: Czech Groundwater Pollution Worsening
August 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Prague Daily Monitor)  The quality of groundwater worsened last year as against the previous years as experts found the values exceeding the permitted limits in some of the observed substances in 86.8 percent of the …

The Leadership Challenge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Building World-Class Bioeconomy Teams
August 23, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Great process? Great target economics? Great feedstock? That’s super. But no one will ever build a world-class business without competing effectively to build world-class team, so consider that Job #1.
Each year, …

Market Value Pivoted Algae Biomass Productivity for Oil to Other High Value Products – Is Oil Still on the Horizon, Somewhere?
August 23, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Anju D. Krivov  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting/GSR Solutions LLC)  … In the late 1990s, the low oil prices of less than $20 a barrel brought down the Algal Species Program’s initiative started in the 1970s …

Vertibirds Are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass Drop-In Biofuels Technology, Clears Path to Demo Scale
August 23, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects
August 23, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (August 22, 2017), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and …

Greenspeed Research Breaks 10-Year World Landspeed Record for Diesel Trucks at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week Event
August 22, 2017 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

(Greenspeed Research)  Boise, Idaho Non-Profit organization Greenspeed Research (GsR) breaks landspeed record for diesel trucks at a speed of 219.411mph at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week in Utah.
On August 18th, 2017, driver Dave …

Report Discusses Future Growth of Australian Ethanol Industry
August 22, 2017 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Australian biofuel production will reach 290 million liters (79.61 million gallons) this year, including 250 …

Nigeria Loses Billions of Naira Due to Shortages of Cassava Plantation
August 22, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(TVC News)  One of the manufacturers in Nigeria who specialised in the use of cassava for the production of Ethanol has said that the country is losing billions of naira due to a shortfall in …

Alternative Jet Fuel Slow to Launch
August 22, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Butt (Petroleum Economist)  The global aviation industry is committed to long-term carbon emission cuts, but low oil prices are slowing the development of alternative types of jet fuel  —  …  Then comes the …

Letter to the Editor: Eclipse Visitors, Help Us on Climate
August 22, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Mick Harris (Oregon Live)  I loved Richard Waring’s Aug. 17 message to eclipse visitors. As somebody who continues to try and take the fight to climate change through a variety of organizations, I agree with him that, in …

Clean Energy: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Republicans
August 22, 2017 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Ashlee Rich Stephenson (Morning Consult/WPA Intelligence/Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum)  … Recent studies, sponsored by Yale and George Mason University and the Pew Research Center, illustrated that large cross sections of the American public link climate change …

Behind the Battle for Octane
August 22, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Denton Cinquegrana (Oil Price Information Service(OPIS))  What you need to know as the refining, agricultural and auto industries gear up to vie for their piece of a multi-billion-dollar market  —  Premium gasoline has clearly become …

Japan’s Ag Ministry Director Visits Guardian Energy
August 22, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Deputy Director for Food Security at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura, toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable fuel production in Minnesota.
During the two-hour …

NBB Fair Trade Coalition Succeeds in Latest Stage of Biodiesel Import Cases
August 22, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Department Finds That Argentina and Indonesia Unfairly Subsidize Biodiesel They Export to US   —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department …

California Dairy Farm Powers Truck with Methane from Cow Manure
August 22, 2017 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Straus Family Creamery)  California dairy farmer Albert Straus, a pioneer in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, announced the launch of the first full-scale electric truck—powered by cow poop. This new full-scale-electric feed truck is …

Ninth Annual Green Innovation Index Finds California Clean Economy Thriving but Emissions-Reduction Challenges Loom
August 22, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Next 10)  As California’s economy continues to grow, the state’s carbon footprint continues to shrink, albeit at a slower pace than in earlier years due in part to a spike in transportation emissions.
The ninth …

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source
August 22, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia …

Yogurt Maker Fage Sues over Stalled Ethanol Plant
August 22, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by John Cropley  (Daily Gazette)  More than $20 million is sought  —  Fage has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $20 million from a company that agreed to buy waste whey from its massive yogurt …

Case Studies of Funding Bioeconomy Projects: US vs around the World
August 22, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Structuring and financing an International Bioeconomy Project is not for the neophyte or the faint of heart — =so advises Kilpatrick Townsend’s massively-experienced partner Mark Riedy. Where is it best to …

Swedish Study Calls for Smaller EV Batteries, Finds Tesla More Polluting than an 8-Year-Old Car
August 22, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(AutoVista Group)  Swedish researchers have argued that electric vehicle (EV) batteries should not be as large as possible, but as large as necessary. This is the conclusion of their study which found that in terms …

Why Gasoline and Diesel Will Be Around for a Long Time to Come
August 22, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Norris McDonald (MSN.com/Wheels.ca)  … So, I’ve been reading about how Big Oil will react when everybody starts running out to buy electric cars. And how the end of internal-combustion will be just like the end of …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River
August 22, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The …

Advances in Carbon Fiber and Graphene Tech: The Higher Purpose in Higher Value Carbon Products
August 22, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we’d like to highlight advances in the production and use of higher-value forms of carbon as examples of a society slowly moving away from a hunter-gatherer culture in energy …

It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand
August 22, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Laura Millan Lombrana and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg)  As established players expand, some newcomers seen struggling; New mine teething problems tightening credit for projects  —  … Producers everywhere have struggled to keep up with demand as …

Report: 30% of Norway’s Aviation Fuel Could Be Sustainable by 2030
August 22, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Moores (Air Transport World)  Research commissioned by Norwegian airports operator Avinor has concluded that 30% of Norway’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030, but this depends on available funding.
The report, which performed by Danish consultancy …

UAE Algae Could Produce Alternative to Palm Oil
August 22, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may …

Siouxland Ethanol Receives Grassroots Award
August 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) presented this year’s Grassroots Award to Siouxland Ethanol LLC of Jackson, Nebraska.

“The efforts of this group provide a shining example to others who seek to replicate their success,” Bunkers …

A Major Moment for Ethanol in Europe
August 22, 2017 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next few months are sure to be a crucial period for the European ethanol industry, as European Union policymakers grapple with new legislation that could phase out crop-based biofuels …

Ethanol’s Contribution to a Record-Breaking Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico
August 22, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Vrinda Manglik (Sierra Club/Huffington Post)  … Contributors leading to these inhospitable conditions include excessive nutrient pollution, which often comes from nitrogen-based fertilizer runoff used in agricultural production. In particular, corn production is notorious for its significant …

Listen to Farmers, Not Oil Industry Lobbyists
August 22, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Kris Tom (The Brazil Times) This paper recently published a letter from oil lobbyist Maureen Ferguson attacking Indiana farmers and ethanol producers. I’m a farmer, and I want you to know the oil lobby is …

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms
August 22, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular that the Solar Energy Industries Association published …

Special Report: Refiner Valero’s Secret Campaign against U.S. Biofuels Mandates
August 21, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … As part of an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, Valero played a key role in bringing these people and groups together around a policy proposal that could save the refiner hundreds of …

WEBINAR: International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series: Past, Present & Future of IBI & the Biochar Industry — August 23, 2017
August 21, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series:  Past, Present & Future of IBI & the Biochar Industry   —   August 23, 2017

The biochar industry has been gaining momentum around the world over the past few years and IBI’s role in the industry has been evolving along with that growth. IBI’s Chairman of the Board, Tom Miles …

Biofuels Are Good for Iowa by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
August 21, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (River Cities’ Reader)  Q: How has your support for renewable fuels helped Iowa?  A:  Iowans breathe cleaner air and can chalk up a stronger, healthier economy thanks to renewable fuels. My …

EPA Public Hearing on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination September 6, 2017 in Washington DC; Comment period DEADLINE: October 5, 2017
August 21, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA will hold a public hearing on September 6, 2017 in Washington DC to hear public testimony on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination.  EPA signed a Federal Register …

Edmonton Biofuel Businessman Fined for Breaching Securities Laws
August 21, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jonny Wakefield (Edmonton Journal)  An Edmonton businessman has settled with the province’s securities regulator after admitting to misleading investors.  On Thursday, the Alberta Securities Commission announced it concluded a settlement agreement with David Gregor …

Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancy
August 21, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(Federal Register/Surface Transportation Board)  The Surface Transportation Board (Board) hereby gives notice of two vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) for (1) a representative from biofuel feedstock growers or providers and biofuel …

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Unlocking Polylactic Acid from Waste Biogas
August 21, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration …

Major Study Says “Cut Cellulosic Ethanol out”, RFA Says “No Way Jose”
August 21, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, a new tractable multi-market model study finds that the RFS has substantially benefited the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline, crude oil prices, and crude oil imports, while increasing …

Brexit Fears of Biodiesel Firm
August 18, 2017 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows visited the Newarthill factory of Argent Energy to discuss the effects of Brexit on the business. The plant produces biodiesel and aims to continue contributing to the …

Pruitt, EPA Should Heed Court Ruling, Boost RFS Biofuel Blending Levels
August 18, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 REsource) In a radio interview in Iowa late last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made pretty clear the rational that went into his agency proposing lower levels of cellulosic biofuels, advanced biofuels, and total renewable …

NATO-Funded Serbian-Led Project Developing Biofuel from Algae
August 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/ NATO)  Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme …

Tested, Proven and Driven – Ethanol Moving Forward
August 18, 2017 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The American Coalition for Ethanol celebrated its 30th annual conference this week by highlighting recent victories for the industry and embracing the challenges moving forward.
“We’re as close as we’ve ever been to getting …

Biodiesel: 2017 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2021 – Research and Markets
August 18, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/PR Newswire)  The “Biodiesel: 2017 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2021” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.  The present report is an essential resource for a one looking …

Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

Svebio – Swedish Bioenergy Assocation : Sweden Surpasses 20 Percent Biofuels in Transportation First Half of 2017
August 18, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Svebio – Swedish Bioenergy Assocation/4-Traders)  The rapid growth of biofuels in Swedish transportation in recent years is mainly attributed to the increased use of hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVO) diesel, a renewable diesel made from different …

The Circulars Is Open for Entries DEADLINE: September 30, 2017
August 18, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program recognizing individuals and organizations making the circular economy a reality, is open for entries! All award entries are open until 30th September 2017.
Benefits of Entering The …

Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon
August 18, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Lisa Friedman (The New York Times)  With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon …

New Study Shows Renewable Fuel Standard Helps—Not ‘Harms’—the US Economy
August 18, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Buried deep within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal for 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending requirements is a curious request for public comments on whether the proposed biofuel …

Linde Again Awarded with the Supply of a Syngas & Hydrogen Solution (Hydroprime®) for the Renewable Fuel Industry
August 18, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Linde)  Technology company The Linde Group has been awarded with the engineering and supply of a modular hydrogen manufacturing unit for St1 Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Linde’s Engineering Division will start the engineering and construction …

New Fuels, Vehicles, Both, Together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation Project
August 18, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets. Specifically, engaging with all critical stakeholders (OEM’s, fuel …

Transformation Time for Brazilian Energy, Agriculture
August 18, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, the $155M FS Bioenergia corn ethanol production facility opened this week in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso. It’s the first large-scale corn ethanol production plant in Brazil and …

Massachusetts Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
August 17, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Massachusetts regulators released details of a new plan Friday to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the state, in accordance with a state law and court order.
The rules rely on a …

WEBINAR: Why is Ethanol Valuable? Improving Engine Performance, Health and Environment — August 30, 2017
August 17, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Why is Ethanol Valuable? Improving Engine Performance, Health and Environment   —   August 30, 2017

Join the Urban Air Initiative for a discussion about how the economic value of ethanol is directly tied to its health and environmental benefits. Learn how the fuel, engine and tailpipe are a system. Webinar …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 17, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, …

Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While
August 17, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles proclaiming the coming of the electric car and the resulting disruption in the automobile industry. …

6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — March 15-16, 2018 — Cologne, Germany
August 17, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   March 15-16, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

Meet leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world!  Big visions – and also real potential! The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

CALL FOR PANELS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo — March 26-29, 2018 — Kansas City, MO DEADLINES: October 26 and December 15, 2017
August 17, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR  PANELS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo   —   March 26-29, 2018   —   Kansas City, MO    DEADLINES:  October 26 and December 15, 2017

The 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, co-located with the US Ignite Application Summit, will convene 400+ global city leaders, representing 250+ cities and communities to advance citizen engagement, improve citizen life, and to …

Greenbelt Resources Bioethanol to Be Tested by Puration Inc. for Use in Patented CBD Extraction Process
August 17, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) has announced that Puration, Inc. (OTC: PURA) has selected its bioethanol to test for potential use in Puration’s patented CBD (cannabidiol) extraction method. Extraction methods commonly use …

NACS Member Targray Launches New Biodiesel Program for C-Stores and Fuel Retailers
August 17, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(WV Always)  Company’s regional biodiesel solutions to be presented at 2017 NACS Show.  —  Biofuels Marketer Targray has announced the nation-wide launch of its turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuel retailing segment. The announcement comes …

National Biodiesel Foundation Co-Sponsors 9th Annual Biofuels: Science & Sustainability Tour
August 17, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Foundation/4-Traders)  Executive Director Tom Verry and Foundation Treasurer Lindsay Fitzgerald participated in the 9th Annual Iowa Biofuels Science & Sustainability Tour. The Foundation is a proud sponsor of the tour. The 3- day …

Breaking New Ground
August 17, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove out the process and make …

First Car Powered by Energy from Sewage Was Unveiled in Australia
August 17, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Queensland Urban Utilities has unveiled the so-called “Poo-powered Car”, which runs on biogas generated from sewage at the Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant in Brisbane’s west. “If you live in Brisbane’s south or …

Mexico Looks to Curb Carbon with a New Cap-and-Trade System
August 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lucas Laursen (Scientific American) … Mexico kicked off 2017 with a 20 percent spike in gasoline prices, driven in part by the phasing out of subsidies. Some consumers set fires at gas stations—a response that …

Bergen Airport Opens New Terminal and Begins Sale of Biofuels
August 17, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by  Joe Bates (Airport World Magazine)  Bergen Airport has double reason to celebrate today as it officially opened its new terminal and become the second Norwegian gateway to begin the sale of biofuels to its …

Flint Hills Ethanol Plant Begins Construction: Plant Will Produce a High Protein Animal Feed Ingredient
August 17, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(York News-Times)  Construction is now underway at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Fairmont to install a new, bolt-on technology, called Maximized Stillage Co-Products™ (MSC). Once operational, the MSC technology will allow the plant …

Letter – We Are the Enemy
August 17, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (The Public Opinion)  … In this case government verbally declared ethanol’s optimal, lower cost best performance blend E30 is illegal. Never before has a major industry resource so successfully quashed the competition by …

Cheaper or Greener: Colombia Eyes US Ethanol with Trepidation
August 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Byron (Platts)  … As the 13th largest producer of sugar in the world, Colombia is sitting on a substantial natural resource. The production and processing of sugarcane as a feedstock is focused on a region …

Gov. Pete Ricketts among Those Touting 
Higher Ethanol Blends at Industry Conference in Omaha
August 17, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

By Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Ready or not, higher ethanol blends appear destined for a gas station near you, a development touted by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Wednesday at a major industry conference being held …

Biodiesel From Argentina and Indonesia: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations
August 17, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register/International Trade Administration)  On April 12, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Department) initiated antidumping duty (AD) investigations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.[1] Currently, the preliminary determinations of these investigations are due no later …

Domestic Manufacturers Ask Government to Allow Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels Mix
August 17, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Pillas (Business Mirror)  The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) is calling on the government to amend the Biofuels Act to allow the use of palm oil as an additive and not just coconut oil …

Palm Oil Collected from Hong Kong Beaches after Spill to Be Recycled and Turned into Fuel
August 17, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Kao (South China Morning Post)  Officials confirmed to have approached at least two biodiesel companies to collect some of the 211 tonnes that fell into the sea  —  A large portion of the …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms
August 17, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors quietly investing into new technology start-ups; ‘Disruptive power’ from small companies prompts Shell to move  —  Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that …

South Shore Biofuel Startup on Hold
August 16, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(The Chronicle Herald)  A South Shore biofuel startup that has been backed by millions in provincial and federal government money looks like it’s on hold.
This week, calls to Cellufuel, a small five-year-old business based in …

EPA Erred in Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption: Courts
August 16, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp’s request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled …

Study Shows North Dakota Ethanol Industry Added $623.4 Million to State’s Economy in 2015
August 16, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In North Dakota, a study by North Dakota State University’s the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, The Center for Social Research, says the state’s ethanol industry added $623.4 million to the economy during …

Karnataka Scraps Excise Permits for Ethanol Supplies
August 16, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Banikinkar Pattanayak (Financial Express)  Karnataka has scrapped the requirement of permits from the excise department for the movement of ethanol, becoming the first state to implement the amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) …

Goa Government Launches India’s First Bio-Fuel Bus
August 16, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Nida Sayed (Times of India)  The Goa government launched India’s first biogas-run bus as a pilot project on the occasion of Independence Day today. They intend to have approximately 40 such buses in the …

Partner Power in Process Piloting: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit
August 16, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, where is it, who does it serve and how?
Located at Berkeley Lab, the ABPDU aims to “support the commercialization of industry-, academic-and DOE-driven …

UK Releases 2016 Ethanol Data, REA Calls for Enforcement of E10
August 16, 2017 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The U.K. Renewable Energy Association has spoken out in response to the data, noting it shows the use of biofuels has been stagnant in the U.K. since 2013.
According to …

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build its $450 million, 50 million …

4th International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology — June 11-12, 2018 — Rome, Italy
August 16, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment
4th International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology   —   June 11-12, 2018   —   Rome, Italy

Theme : Design and construct new biological parts for novel functions  —  ConferenceSeries Ltd International Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “4thInternational Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology” during June …

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

New Report Highlights Southeast Asia’s Biofuels Potential
August 15, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply, according to a new report by the …

Value-Added Investments Grow Agriculture
August 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Gov. Pete Ricketts (York News Times)  Investments in the area of value-added agriculture are helping to grow our state’s number one industry. Many people think of traditional row crops when they think of agriculture, however, …

Greenfield Global Evaluating Major Expansion of Biofuels Production in Varennes, Quebec
August 15, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Cision PR Newswire/Greenfield Global)  Greenfield Global Inc., (formerly GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.) Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, announced today that it has commenced a feasibility study to significantly expand operations …

New Brazil Ethanol Policy Should Boost Demand, M&A
August 15, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira and José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  An overhaul of Brazil’s biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country’s carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate …

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants
August 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An Acton couple was arrested today and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part of the American Recovery and …

A First for India: Biodiesel Mission of over 5,000 Kilometres
August 15, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(QS WOW News)  A 5,300 kilometre Indian Biodiesel Odyssey started in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 5 July and spanned across 11 Indian states, namely Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, …

You Just Can’t Have Enough Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Biomass Pyrolysis Aqueous Phase
August 15, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen …

Earnings Season: An Advanced Bioecononomy’s Health and Wellness Check-Up
August 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest, let’s look at trends driving the industry’s results at scale — and while money is not the measure of all progress, it is the ultimate yardstick and …

Environmental and Economic Goals Not in Conflict, New Study Claims
August 15, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) New research claims that air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in urban areas results in increased pollution emissions, without disrupting the economic growth resulting from this urbanisation.
More than half of …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Vanguard Urges Companies to Disclose Climate Change Impact
August 15, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Vanguard pushes focus on climate change  —  Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment …

Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz Joins Advanced Biofuels USA Board of Directors, Bringing International Perspective to the Organization
August 14, 2017 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

For Immediate Release August 14, 2017—Frederick, MD  Dr. Lais Forti Thomaz, a researcher at Sao Paulo State University (Unesp) specializing in International Relations and Foreign Trade, is joining the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors. …

Hot Path for Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction
August 14, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrothermal liquefaction has a huge fan base in the biorefinery R&D sector. There’s lots to like.  It’s robust tech and can be applied to attractive, low-cost wet feedstocks (ag resid, …

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine
August 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel so that it works in standard diesel car engines, according to an article appearing on Live Science.
Differences in molecular structure mean that biodiesel made …

Molasses Would Be the Preferred Raw Material for Ethanol Production in Guyana
August 14, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Audreyanna Thomas (Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc./Stabroek News)  The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) would like to provide some information which it is hoped would add to the current debate on ethanol production as a viable …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …