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24-Year-Old Calgarian Honoured for Innovation that Turns Canola Oil into Biofuel
December 11, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Rieger (CBC News)  Nabaa Alam named an Everyday Political Citizen by Samara Canada  —  … University of Alberta graduate Nabaa Alam was named an Everyday Political Citizen by civic engagement non-profit Samara Canada on Thursday.
When Alam was …

Poop to Plastic and Biofuel, Innovators Put Crap to Good Use
December 11, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Faced with two problems – 1) what to do with human waste in space and 2) how to get needed supplies to astronauts in space (especially longer space missions like …

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy
December 7, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Alberta announced C$63 million of a C$1.4 billion push for “clean energy” will go towards bioenergy projects including biofuels and renewable electricity, while $440 million will go towards oil …

Government of Alberta Establishes New Advanced Biofuel Leadership
December 6, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire) Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds government for new funding to support biofuels in Alberta and expand the province’s lower carbon economy. —  The government of Alberta announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels …

Investments in Alberta’s Clean Technology Sector Strengthens Innovative Energy Generation
November 22, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(CISION/Western Economic Diversification Canada)  Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

Enerkem’s Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuel Facility Receives Registration Approval from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Sell Its Ethanol under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard
November 7, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(Enerkem/Canada Newswire) First ever EPA approved municipal solid waste-to-cellulosic ethanol production plant; Allows Enerkem to sell into largest biofuel market in the world  —   Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced it …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
October 31, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is …

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 …

Enerkem Begins Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Garbage at Its State-of-the-Art Edmonton Biofuels Facility
September 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem’s game-changing facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada, is the first commercial-scale plant in …

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Canada
August 29, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 1. Ottawa, Ontario  The biggest Canadian story of the year stems from the November 2016 announce by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt …

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 …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (rabble.ca)  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

Shell Goes Carbon Negative, Signs Commercial-Scale Deal with SBI
July 4, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s latest deal with SBI Bioenergy gives it access to a fuel that emits Minus 14.
That means the atmosphere gets less carbon, …

Shell Signs Agreement With SBI BioEnergy Inc.
June 29, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Cision Newswire/Shell Canada Ltd) Agreement grants Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI BioEnergy patented renewable drop-in biofuels.  —  Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V. (“Shell”), and SBI BioEnergy …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

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

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

New Plant Will Make Biodiesel from Waste Fats
March 28, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Lambton Shield)   $25-m Sombra operation would take shape on part of plant bought last year  —  A 25-million litre capacity plant that would occupy a small slice of a 24-acre site purchased from Methes Energies last …

Inver Grove Plant Would Be First in U.S. to Turn Garbage into Ethanol
March 27, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  … The $200 million biofuels plant would process Dakota County’s garbage into ethanol, to be blended with gasoline for use in cars and trucks.

The plant would be built by …

As Carbon Tax Increases Costs, Calgary Transit Considers Renewable Diesel
March 22, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Annalise Klingbeil  (Calgary Sun)  With the province’s new carbon tax expected to cost Calgary Transit at least $3.75 million over the next two years, city bureaucrats may soon study if switching buses to renewable …

CBA Event Highlights California’s Thriving Biodiesel Market
March 14, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Celia DuBose (California Biodiesel Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jennifer Case, chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, ended her opening address at the sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference March 1 in Sacramento with one simple message: The world …

Commercial Proving Grounds
February 28, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta.  —  …  CWS has been …

Innovative Refinery to Turn Municipal Waste into High-Grade Fuel
January 6, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Paul Krajewski  (High River Times)  A waste diversion company is working toward constructing a one-of-a-kind clean refinery near High River to produce renewable diesel from landfill debris.
After years of research and development, Cielo Waste …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017
December 29, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64 countries.
The bulk of mandates continue …

Canada to Adopt National Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 28, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt a national clean fuels standard, as an important step for climate action and the growth of …

CWS to Buy Western Biodiesel Plant, Convert to Renewable Diesel
November 25, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. has signed a commercial purchase agreement with XR Resources Inc. to buy property in High River, Alberta, near Calgary, which includes a 16 MMly (4.2 MMgy) …

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy
November 18, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means financing for scale.
The opportunity is massive. As the OECD wrote in its Bioeconomy 2030 report, “The Bioeconomy …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

The 2016 Wood Waste Recycling Workshop & Expo Event — October 1, 2016 — Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
September 2, 2016 – 11:12 am | No Comment
The 2016 Wood Waste Recycling Workshop & Expo Event   —   October 1, 2016   —    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

A Provincial Climate Change Leadership Workshop series— Pathways to sustainability: Series 1. Wood waste recycling & utilization
COMPÈRE MC., Toso Bozic P.Ag., Agroforester/Bioenergy Specialist
Alberta Government, Agriculture and Forestry
KEY PRESENTATION TOPICS

Emerging Alberta Wood waste Recycling & Utilization Industry
Landfill …

Report: Canadian Ethanol Industry Operating at Full Capacity
August 25, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada recently filed annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting the nation’s ethanol industry has consolidated and plants are running at capacity.
The …

Enerkem’s Facility in Edmonton Becomes the First ISCC Certified Plant in the World to Convert Municipal Solid Waste into Biomethanol
August 24, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, …

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.
San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Postdoc’s Biofuels Startup Offers New Source of Clean Renewable Energy
June 24, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Guiltenane (University of Calcary UT Today)  Christine Sharp and Marc Strous’ Solar Biocells uses microorganisms in capture and conversion of carbon dioxide  —  Sharp and Strous co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new …

Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference
June 22, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The eyes of the world might well be on tiny Prince George, British Columbia these days — because that is the proposed site of Canfor’s commercial-scale biofuels and chemicals project. …

Alberta Proposes Carbon Tax As Part Of Climate Push
May 26, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Martin O’Sullivan (Law360)  An environmental law introduced this week in Alberta would reinvest money from a new carbon tax in green technology and return some of that cash to residents.
Bill 20, or the Climate …

WestJet Teams with Clean Energy Centre to Develop a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain in Western Canada
May 19, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Canadian carrier WestJet is to team with the new Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) in the town of Drayton Valley in central Alberta to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable aviation biofuels …

WestJet Supporting Development of Canadian-Made Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
April 26, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(WestJet/PR Newswire)  Airline teams up with Alberta’s Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC)  —  WestJet today announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel …

Methanol as a Chemical Platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
April 13, 2016 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem …

Carbon Levy Cash to Finance Biodiesel Refinery in Edmonton
April 6, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Edmonton company promises cheaper, cleaner biodiesel on a commercial level  —  An Edmonton based company plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, …

Enerkem Biofuel Plant, Backed by City of Edmonton, Mired in Legal Controversy
April 4, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Sylvain Bascaron (CBC News)  Lawsuits totalling $7.4 million allege unpaid services and supplies — Already years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, a project to turn the city of Edmonton’s waste …

Developing Algae to Target Wastewater Contaminants
March 24, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Sean Myers reports that University of Calgary researchers have found a way to program algae with bacterial genes to target unwanted chemicals and pharmaceuticals that end up in wastewater. Lee Jackson, scientific …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

Canadian Company to Produce New Kind of Biodiesel
March 14, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Edmonton, Canada-based SBI BioEnergy plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, at a lower cost than existing renewable fuels.
SBI is in the …

Two Funders. One Process. $40 Million Competition
February 26, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(CCEMC and SDTC) CCEMC and SDTC are offering a unique joint funding opportunity to Canadian clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs. There is up to $40 million in funding available, with a maximum of $10 million …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?
In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Alberta Should Adopt Low-Carbon Fuel Standard: Bennett
December 9, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Business in Vancouver)  With world’s focus on Paris, energy minister challenges other provinces to follow B.C.’s lead  —  … Alberta’s NDP government has pledged to introduce a $30 per tonne carbon tax, phase out coal power …

Suicide Rate in Alberta up 30% in Wake of Mass Oilpatch Layoffs
December 8, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  ‘It says something really about the horrible human impact of what’s happening in the economy,’ counsellor says  —  The suicide rate in Alberta has increased dramatically in the wake of mounting job losses …

Fuel Made from Plants Is Like ‘Running on Solar Energy’
December 2, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Joel Schlesinger(The Globe and Mail)  … To that end, the startup has developed a technology to turn biomass – plant matter – into heavy fuel that burns like diesel.
“Using a combination of pressure, temperature and …

Alberta to Introduce Economy-Wide Carbon Tax in 2017
November 23, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Washington Post/Reuters)  The government of Canada’s Alberta province, home to the country’s controversial oil sands, said Sunday that it will implement an economy-wide tax on carbon emissions in 2017, addressing long-standing criticism that it is …

Why Oil Is Cheap in October 2015 (Part 1 of 2)
October 27, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Conventional wisdom about declining oil prices, mostly originating from US Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA), says the fall of oil prices over the past fifteen months is …

Pathways 2 Sustainability – Alberta’s Sustainable Communities Initiative — November 8-10, 2015 — Olds, Alberta, Canada
September 15, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment
Pathways 2 Sustainability – Alberta’s Sustainable Communities Initiative — November 8-10, 2015 — Olds, Alberta, Canada

Pathways 2 Sustainability (P2S) is community initiative driven by Sustainability Resources Ltd[1]. to convene leaders from diverse sectors of the community to advance sustainability.
P2S is convened as a conference biennially in new communities across the …

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future
September 14, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more.
Nevertheless, …

Enerkem Raises C$152.6 Million in Financings; Initiates Biomethanol Production
September 9, 2015 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Enerkem, Inc.)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today it has raised C$152.6 million and has initiated the production of biomethanol from non-recyclable household garbage at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility …

Refinery to Turn Fat and Vegetable Oil into Renewable Fuels
July 8, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Bill Mah (Edmonton Journal)  The company behind a refinery to turn fat and grease into renewable fuels says the pilot plant could soon offer another local market for Alberta farmers and cut greenhouse gas …

Gauging The Carbon Cost Of Fuel From Canadian Oil Sands
July 7, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

By Deirdre Lockwood (Chemical and Engineering News)  Environment: New study finds that greenhouse gas emissions associated with fuel from Alberta oil sands are about 20% greater than those for U.S. crude oil

The oil sands of …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Gain Popularity
May 4, 2015 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Karen Demasters (Financial Advisor)  Fossil fuels continue to lose popularity with investors as more investment professionals offer fossil-fuel-free portfolio options, according to the First Affirmative Financial Network.
A survey by the network released Thursday shows …

Canola Growers Want Province to Push Biodiesel
April 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Blair (Alberta Farmer Express)  Effort would create more demand and help with reductions in greenhouse gases — The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on …

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government
March 9, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

4 Minutes with… Barry Farquharson, CEO, Nova Green
December 31, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Nutrition products are edible, functional fibre, and diabetic safe sugars. Remnant becomes activated biochar, ultimately for super-capacitors.

Improved private investor participation is the big roadblock. Established, profitable industries that don’t need …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

The Environmental Pros and Cons of Feeding Dried Distillers Grains
December 4, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Alma Release (Alberta Farmer)   Cattle fed DDGs produce less methane and more nitrogen, Lethbridge Research Station scientists have found

Feed is one of the highest on-farm costs and when the price of barley, corn and …

Pure Ethanol Engines Could Pack a Big Punch
November 18, 2014 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Canadian farmer and hot rodder recently talked with me about altering engines for pure ethanol. If E85 were widely available, the work racers are doing in this area …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Biorefinery Developers: Looking at Alberta’s Look at Advanced Biofuels
October 29, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Alberta looks at what might works for them in industrial biotech — Jacobs comes up with a useful take on Renmatix, GTI, LanzaTech, Enerkem, REG and OPX Bio — …

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant …

Industrial Biotechnology’s 2014 in Pictures: The Year of Steel
October 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy.  Click …

Mascoma Confirms Strategy Shift, Outlines Plans for Technology
July 22, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Larry Klein and the Sierra Club sued Frontier and the DOE after the DOE issued a finding of “no significant impact” and granted a Frontier funding application which pledged …

Hemp: The Feedstock that Dare Not Speak its Name
July 7, 2014 – 4:01 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We first started tracking hemp back in 2009, when a 43-acre biomass trial launched in California that features hemp as a feedstock. The notoriety of hemp’s cousin, marijuana, has created …

Enerkem’s Family Affair
June 18, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine) Enerkem President and CEO Vincent Chornet and his team have driven Enerkem along a commercialization pathway for the past 10 years. As Enerkem’s first commercial-scale deployment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, enters …

Developers of the First Cellulosic Plants Share Updates at FEW
June 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A week before the FEW, Enerkem Inc. celebrated the inauguration of its 10 MMgy facility in Edmonton, Alberta. Commissioning is nearly completed, reported Tim Cesarek, senior vice president of …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

In late April the company formed …

Canadian Biodiesel Exports Put Mandate into Question
April 29, 2014 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  Hardly any of Canada’s biodiesel mandate is being filled by domestically produced product.
  “Last year we exported 100 percent of our production and then imported the equivalent to meet …

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CCEMC Grand Challenge Hands $500K Seed Grants to 24
April 17, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alberta’s Grand Challenge on carbon — Liquid Light, Enerkem among 24 winners picking up $500,000 seed grants in first round.   Next round will result in up to five $3M grants …

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014
April 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure.
…Well, the picture is incomplete.
Plants …

Suez Environnement to Operate Recycling Facility for Edmonton
March 13, 2014 – 12:59 am | No Comment

by Will Wade (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Suez Environnement Co. (SEV), the water and solid-waste company part-owned by GDF Suez, agreed to a five-year, 54 million-euro ($75-million) contract to operate a recycling center in Canada.
Under the contract …

Local Company Uses Biofuel for Transport
January 14, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Nelson Star)  For the first time since the horse and carriage, BC organic fruit is again being delivered without fossil fuels.
Kootenay foodies and entrepreneurs Paul and Clare Kelly of Winlaw are helping shoppers at organic …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.
The bulk of mandates …

Marine Biofuel Plant Planned for Development in Denmark
September 13, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Denmark-based Port of Frederikshavn, Canadian biofuel company Steeper Energy, and Denmark-based Aalborg University have announced a partnership to develop a biofuel plant in Denmark that will produce sulphur-free, drop-in …

Celebvocate: Neil Young for Ethanol, Farm Bill
September 12, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Reliable Source (The Washinton Post) …Event: National Farmers Union rally promoting passage of a five-year farm bill and touting the renewable fuel standard.   Venue: Capitol Hill’s Lower Senate Park.   …What he wants: Fuel …

Alberta Has Potential to Be Canada’s Biggest Biofuel Producer
August 20, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  Alberta could lead the country toward replacing about half its necessary transportation fuel with non-petroleum products, says a global expert on biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts.
“We now have ethanol from grain …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?
… Just when you start feeling great …

Auditor General Questions Effectiveness of Alberta’s Biofuel Incentives
July 16, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Darcy Henton (Calgary Herald)  Programs may have increased emissions
Alberta handed out $200 million in biofuel incentives that may have actually increased — rather than reduced — greenhouse gas emissions, says the auditor general.
Merwan Saher …

Bio-Refinery Closer to Reality for Drayton Valley
July 2, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Courtney Whalen  (DraytonValleyWesternReview.com)  …Mascoma Alberta Drayton Valley is in the process of solidifying the necessary financing to bring the bio-refinery, which would produce cellulosic ethanol and related products, to the community’s Bio-Mile.
The bio-refinery project …

Biofuel Project in Kenya Ignites Land, Environmental Disputes
June 25, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times)  Foreign firms seeking land in Africa for biofuel crops run into opposition from communities and environmental activists despite promising jobs and development.
With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

Feds Launch Project to Convert Oilsands Emissions to Biofuels
May 13, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Heather Loney (Global News)  The federal government is teaming up with two Canadian companies in a pilot project that would use algae to convert greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands into biofuels.
The National Research …

ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative
May 8, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper)  The Government of Canada is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create high-quality jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment.
To this end, on May …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

BioNitrogen Signs Second Supply Agreement with United Suppliers – Is Urea on the Move?
April 5, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  In Florida, BioNitrogen Corp. announced that it has signed a supply agreement with United Suppliers, Inc. for the offtake of urea fertilizer for its planned plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, …

BioNitrogen to Conduct Feasibility Study for Fertilizer Plant in Alberta, Canada
March 27, 2013 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(BioNitrogen)  BioNitrogen Corporation, a cleantech company that utilizes proprietary technology to build environmentally-friendly plants that convert biomass into urea fertilizer, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Battle River Agri-Ventures Co-op in …

New Committee Working to Ensure Canada’s Renewable Fuels Future
March 21, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced a new committee and classification of membership to advance next generation biofuels in Canada. The new committee and its members represent leaders …

Harper Government Helps Find Sweet New Uses for Sugar Beets
February 14, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)  Sugar beet growers are finding new and innovative uses for their crops thanks to support from the Harper Government. Member of Parliament LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat), on behalf of Agriculture Minister …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Kenyan Biofuel Dream Proves Elusive for Alberta Firm
December 3, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Sara Mojtehedzadeh  (Edmonton Journal)  Bedford Biofuels’ plantation is stalled, and along with it the company’s promise to provide jobs and cash for community development
…Though this is an arid and unforgiving area, the land surrounding Garsen …

Canadian Producer Changes Name to Reflect Marketplace Success
October 23, 2012 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

(Milligan Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)   The recently announced name change from Milligan Biotech to Milligan Biofuels reflects the company’s progression from tech-leading to market-leading in the Canadian biofuels industry. Milligan Biofuels is now a major supplier of biodiesel as …

Alberta Innovates Funds Biorefining Conversions Network 2.0
October 12, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Hydrocarbon-like fuels and chemicals to come from agricultural and forest biomass
With funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Biorefining Conversions Network aims to become a hub for bioeconomy investments and a world class centre …

The Trash Spread: Enerkem Heads for Scale, with Advanced Biofuels from MSW
September 7, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breakthroughs in making consistent syngas from negative-cost municipal solid waste spells “big prospects” for Enerkem in biobased fuels and chemicals.
In oil we have the crack spread, corn ethanol and soy-based …

Bio-Diesel Jet Car Makes a Pit Stop in Wetaskiwin
August 21, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Nichole Goetz (The Wetaskiwin Times)  Not many people can say they have taken a car down a quarter-mile track in 6.3 seconds going more than 250 kilometers per hour.
But jet car driver Kevin Therres …

Alberta Seeks Projects for up to $10 Million Matching Grant
June 25, 2012 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alberta is looking for a few good renewable energy projects promising greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. issued its call for proposals to qualify for …

Taking Fermentation to a New Level
February 27, 2012 – 8:12 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies develop new technologies aimed at revolutionizing fermentation
Understood since man first made beer, fermentation is an age-old process that has been developed to the point where it’s nearly …

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from INEOS Bio and Enerkem, located in Florida and Alberta. Europe’s largest biosuccinic acid project, scheduled …

Researcher: Low Corn Oil DDGS Less Competitive in Canada
January 2, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With U.S. ethanol plants adding corn oil extraction in increasing numbers, about half the distillers grains coming into Canada is a low corn oil product, said Eduardo Beltranena, feed …

Good Digestion: It’s Been a Bumpy Road to Full-Scale Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion Technologies at Ethanol Plants
December 29, 2011 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite the promise of methane from anaerobic digestion technology, low natural gas rates and other factors have kept ethanol producers from jumping in with both feet.
…On top of the …

Government of Canada Invests in Clean Energy in Alberta
December 23, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Natural Resources Canada)  Canada strengthened its position as a clean energy superpower today with a Government of Canada investment that will support the production of biodiesel, sustain job creation and help stimulate the economy. Jim …

Alberta Harvests First Crop of Waste-Raised Willows
December 12, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  After flourishing on waste water from the town’s sewage treatment plant for more than two years, Whitecourt’s biomass crop of willows and poplars was ripe for harvest.
And last week, researchers …

Valero Partnering to Build Ethanol Plant in Michigan
December 12, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

(Valero)  New Hampshire-based biofuels company Mascoma Corp. has entered into an agreement with energy giant Valero to build a plant that produces ethanol in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula using Mascoma’s proprietary technology.

Mascoma, of Lebanon, agreed to …

Michigan’s Loss, Alberta’s Gain: Smoky Lake or High Prairie to House 66-Million-Litre Biodiesel Plant Starting in 2012
December 8, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  An innovative Michigan plant that could produce 66 million litres of biodiesel from sub-grade canola is about to be disassembled and readied for a move to Alberta this winter.
The location …

ADM Eyes Alberta, Canada, for New 70 MMgy Canola Biodiesel Plant
December 7, 2011 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Decatur, Ill.-based global agribusiness firm Archer Daniels Midland Co. has proposed to build a 265 MMly (70 MMgy) biodiesel production plant in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, a project that would boost …

Alberta-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill Transitions to Biorefining
September 28, 2011 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Beginning as far back as 1998, mills like Alberta-Pacific began experiencing tighter profit margins, some down to three percent, while mills in places like India or Brazil averaged nine and …

Blue Horizon Expanding into Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel Markets
September 28, 2011 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Red Deer, Alberta, Canada-based Blue Horizon Bio-Diesel Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Horizon Industries Inc., has entered into an exclusive license agreement with two undisclosed third parties to utilize …

Milligan to Quintuple Production with Expansion
September 28, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

by Bruce Johnstone (Leader-Post/Star Phoenix)    Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. is proceeding with an $8-million expansion of its biodiesel plant in Foam Lake, which will increase production five-fold — making Milligan the largest biodiesel producer in …

Mascoma’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 20, 2011 – 8:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrigued by cellulosic ethanol and a new product called MGT, in Mascoma’s IPO?
…Mascoma Corporation announced that it has filed an S-1 registration statement relating to a proposed $100 million initial …

Garbage in, Energy out: Turning Trash into Biofuel
August 11, 2011 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by David Biello (Scientific American)  Making biofuels from waste makes dollars–and sense
…Turning garbage into fuel is potentially an answer to two pressing problems—diminishing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and an alternative to burying trash in landfills. …

Phase Shift: 12 Hot Gas-Based Biofuels Technologies
August 9, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of technologies is coming along fast, primarily in advanced biofuels, which is gasifying biomass at the front end along its path towards making fuels, chemicals or …

The Loaves and the Fishes: Drop-In Renewable Biofuels, from Unlikely Sources
August 2, 2011 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A conversation with Terrabon COO Simon Upfill-Brown
…BD: Fuels or chemicals, for the first project?
SU-B: We are still very much focused on fuel, we feel that fuel is the way to …

Future Prospects for Cereals That Fix Nitrogen
July 25, 2011 – 6:06 am | No Comment

by Perrin H. Beatty and Allen G. Good (Science Magazine)  Nitrogen availability is limiting to plant growth and has long been overcome through applications of synthetic nitrogen-rich fertilizer. This has revolutionized crop yield and food production worldwide, but …

How Much Mileage Do You Get from Sawdust?
July 1, 2011 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(University of Calgary)  Biofuel from non-edible parts of plants getting more efficient
…Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering are developing new ways to produce biofuel from organic waste in a sustainable and …

New Research Facility Recovers Value from Waste, Lowers Emissions
June 27, 2011 – 8:44 am | No Comment

(City of Edmonton, Enerkem, Alberta Innovates)    Plug-and-play pilot plant and lab to convert waste to biofuels and value-added chemicals
Edmonton is now home to one of the world’s most sophisticated waste-to-biofuels research facilities, thanks to a partnership between …

Cattle+Ethanol=A Good Match
June 9, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cattlemen in the U.S. and Canada demonstrate feedlots and ethanol production are ideal companion enterprises
In every case, the cattle came first. In an effort to find inexpensive and efficient …

Bioenergy Credit Program Extension Supports Renewable Fuels Standard
March 26, 2010 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

To promote more clean energy production the Alberta government is expanding and extending an incentive program for producers of bioenergy products.
Funding under the Bioenergy Producer Credit Program is extended for five years until 2016. The …

Enerkem Announces Construction Start on Advanced Energy Research Facility in Edmonton, Alberta
September 17, 2009 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

Enerkem, a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company, today participated in the sod-turning event held by its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, to signify the start of construction on …

Multi-Feedstock Biodiesel Plant Contracted for Alberta
July 2, 2009 – 9:12 am | No Comment

(RenewableEnergyWorld) SRS Engineering Corporation has finalized a contract with ReNvision Biofuels Inc. to build its 10 million-gallon-per-year (MMGY) biodiesel plant in, Alberta, Canada. SRS Engineering Corp. will provide the complete design and engineering services and …