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From Food Waste to Biobased
August 13, 2018 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … “About 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year – an estimated one in three mouthfuls of food every day,” according to Alessandro Demaio, Chief Executive Officer of …

Frustration Brews in the Ethanol Industry
August 10, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Dan Looker (Successful Farming) Lawsuits and EPA petitions are in the works.  —  … “I would say the status quo right now is unacceptable for the industry,” says Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “If …

Alberta Invests in New Clean Technology Challenge
August 8, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Alberta)  The Alberta government and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are encouraging biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation innovators to develop new clean-technology projects to cut their energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gases.
Up to $70 million is available …

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?
August 8, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and …

Annual Canadian Biofuels Report Highlights Provincial Data
July 24, 2018 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advanced Biofuels Canada announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada 2018 report, which updates and expands upon the last annual report by Navius Research released in 2017 and in …

Canada Delays Rollout of Clean Fuel Standard
July 23, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Canada’s government has decided to push back the start of an ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its use of fossil fuels in transportation, industries and buildings.
The environment ministry said yesterday …

Inver Grove Heights Biofuel Plant Still on Track, but Hurdles Remain
July 23, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Adler (Star Tribune)  Garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights still needs approvals.   —  Plans to create the country’s first garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights are progressing. Yet hurdles remain for Enerkem, the Canadian company …

Enerkem to Make Methanol Through Gasification in Netherlands
July 20, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Arlene Karidis (Waste 360)  The company will divert what would have headed elsewhere for incineration, while creating an alternative to fossil fuel, mainly for manufacturing and transportation fuel blends.
Now that Enerkem’s Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant is …

Benson Hill Biosystems Launches Saturn Agrosciences Subsidiary to Drive Canola Improvement
July 18, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Benson Hill Biosystems/PR Newswire) New Company Will Provide R&D Infrastructure to Harness the Genetic Potential of Canola for More Healthy and Sustainable Food and Feed Ingredients — Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural …

New Research Calculates Capacity of North American Forests to Sequester Carbon
July 18, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(University of California-Santa Cruz/EurekAlert!)  Gains of only 22 percent over the next six decades represent best-case scenario  —  Researchers have calculated the capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon in a detailed analysis that for the …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th
July 17, 2018 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field, sugar-based straws and more, ready …

US Trade, Biofuel Policies and Immigration Hit Farmers Hard
July 16, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Vindicator)  … The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability …

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever
July 13, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels.
But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s …

SoCalGas, Énergir, GRDF & GRTgaz Join to Promote Biogas Development
July 12, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(SoCalGas/NGV Journal)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Canadian natural gas utility Énergir, and French utilities GRDF and GRTgaz announced a new collaboration aimed at advancing the research and development of renewable natural gas and technologies such …

A Trade War with Canada Is the Last Thing That U.S. Ethanol Producers Need
July 12, 2018 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  The worsening state of America’s trade relations with Canada has raised the risk that U.S. ethanol will be targeted with import tariffs due to its political importance. China and Brazil have …

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ Report Released with Expanded Coverage of Canadian Biofuel Use, GHG Reductions, and Costs
July 12, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions third report, now addresses tax impacts.  —  Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada (BIC) 2018 report, which updates and expands upon the last …

On Energy Independence Day, India, China Surge as Leaders in Clean Fuels
July 11, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Because if you want it, here it is, come and get it, biofuels that is, and especially of the advanced type. If you like it from waste, even better. Out …

UPDATE 2-Canada’s Ontario Government Scraps Cap-and-Trade Program
July 10, 2018 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Danya Hajjaji (Reuters)  The newly elected Ontario government announced on Tuesday (July 3, 2018) it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, a policy designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fulfilling one of Premier Doug Ford’s …

RED Alert — Canadian Biofuel Lobbying Intensifies
July 10, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Politico Brussels Influence)  Canadian company Agrisoma Biosiences Inc. is pushing to get “Carinata,” its second generation biofuel, subsidized by the EU and placed on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) list. The proposal passed the first …

Student Videos on Green Chemistry
July 9, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Yale University)  Our Center hosted a student video competition at the 22nd Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in Portland, Oregon. The competition is part of the bigger Yale-UNIDO initiative, which aims to increase the general global …

Green Chemistry Brings Its Virtues to the Classroom
July 9, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Paul D. Thornton (Chemical Institute of Canada)  … More significantly, these real-world problems of toxicity, safety, and sustainability call for a multi-disciplinary approach and familiarity with many branches of chemistry. By educating students in green …

North America Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance Launches Website
July 3, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(North America Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance)  The North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NASCAA) has launched a new website. The new online hub, which can be reached at www.NACSAA.net, was announced June 25 during a …

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years
June 27, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol production has been gaining momentum …

Greening the Canadian Transportation Sector
June 27, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Grey (Renewable Industries Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada is a great example of how biofuels can lead the way for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and of the importance of bringing this message to policymakers.  
As business …

Diesel Buses Purchase not the Better Way for TTC
June 22, 2018 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Tomich (Toronto Star)  Toronto is currently eyeing a major investment in diesel buses, which would derail progress toward its emission reduction goals and pull a major punch in the fight against climate change.
The Toronto …

Succinic’s Next Season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
June 21, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
June 7, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic …

US Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels To Tune Of $27 Billion
June 7, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)  New research has shown that the United States continues to subsidize the production and consumption of fossil fuels to the tune of $27 billion, despite repeated pledges since 2009 to …

RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada Demonstrate Significant Positive Impacts from Clean Fuel Standard
June 6, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the country’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together representing almost 50 member companies—have released the results of a new study on the economic …

Maximizing Crop Yield: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience
June 6, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global food security. Experts forecast that …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

EIA and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. Sign Historic MOU Supporting Renewable Energy Sector
May 30, 2018 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Edmonton International Airport)  Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. (NSRE) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring forward low-carbon, renewable fuels into the aviation and airport sectors, which will generate jobs, economic …

Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre Officially Opens
May 28, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(InnoTech Alberta) InnoTech Alberta, an applied research subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, today announced the official opening of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre (ACCTC).
InnoTech Alberta is the owner and operator of this pioneering clean technology centre. …

First Fuel Shipments in a Decade Leave Port of Milwaukee This Spring, Raising Concerns
May 24, 2018 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Lee Bergquist (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)   … Ethanol is being shipped out of the port this spring — the first time either ethanol or petroleum products have moved out of the port in at least a decade, …

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Approves COMM SCI Project in Benefuel
May 24, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario. Its goal is to help Ontario and Canada become globally recognized leaders in the field of sustainable technologies. In 2016, BIC …

Lawrence Solomon: Even Environmentalists Tell Trudeau His Ethanol Plan Is Terrible
May 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Lawrence Solomon (Financial Post)  Henry Waxman, the U.S. congressman who pushed to cut tailpipe emissions in 2007, is among those who now say biofuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are increasing global warming pollution  —  Prime …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

Advanced Biofuel Plant Planned to Open in 2022
May 10, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Catalan News)  Pioneering Canadian/French joint project aims to build recycling centre in Tarragona region for €250m  —  A Canadian company and a French firm are together planning to open a plant in Catalonia to turn solid urban waste …

Biofuels Key to Success of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard
May 9, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Renewable Industries Canada (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada, together representing almost 50 member companies—released the results of a new study April 30 on the economic …

Rallying for RNG
May 9, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas’s Marcus Gillette discusses the organization, its goals and progress in expanding the production and use of RNG in North America.  — … The Coalition for Renewable …

Tech-Agnostic, Integrated, Diversified Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SG Preston
May 9, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SG Preston is a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, which has unveiled its Multi-Facility Program that will include the development and construction of a series of commercial volume, advanced biofuels manufacturing plants, initially in …

BioAmber Files for Chapter 11 in both US and Canada
May 8, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, BioAmber Inc. announced that it filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and that its two Canadian subsidiaries, BioAmber Sarnia Inc. and BioAmber …

Meetings Set for Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant in Inver Grove Heights
May 7, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  A plan to reuse 2 million gallons of wastewater a day will be discussed at upcoming meetings in Rosemount.
The Metropolitan Council is considering supplying a proposed garbage-to-ethanol plant with …

Biomethane Supply Expected to Grow at North American CNG Stations
May 4, 2018 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Fortistar/NGV Journal)  Fortistar, LLC will be entering construction shortly on a portfolio of new landfill Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) projects for transportation fuel projects. RNG or biomethane is American-made from sustainable sources such as landfill gas …

Air Canada Operates Biofuel Flight From Edmonton to San Francisco
May 4, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Cision Newswire/Air Canada)  Biofuel use will reduce this flight’s carbon emissions by over 10 tonnes, equivalent of taking 26 cars off the road for an entire month — Air Canada announced its Edmonton–San Francisco flight today will operate with …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 2nd, 2018
May 2, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials
May 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new …

Biofuels Key to Success of Clean Fuel Standard
April 30, 2018 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/ Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC)) Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders – Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together representing almost 50 member companies – today released the …

Canadian Green Aerospace R&D Collaboration GARDN Joins Biofuels Sustainability Standards Body RSB
April 27, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir ONline)  Canada’s Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organisation that brings together government, academia and the aerospace industry to develop technologies and processes to lessen the sector’s environmental impact, has joined the …

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View
April 27, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are working to enable a biojet supply chain in the country, with testing the feasibility of …

California Considers Carbon Capture, for Ethanol
April 27, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)   Ethanol producers selling fuel in California may emerge as a beneficiary of a technology often associated with the coal industry.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has proposed changes to the state’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard …

Hatching Higher Protein
April 26, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about …

A New Lithium War Is About To Begin
April 25, 2018 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it’s lithium. Lithium, or “white petroleum” as some call it, has become a crucial …

Canadian Biofuels Report: Ethanol at Full Capacity, Imports up
April 24, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Canada recently filed its 2017 annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, showing Canadian production is at full capacity and imports of ethanol rose in …

Icom, Hiller Ink New Deal for RNG/Diesel Dual-Fuel Systems
April 24, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  New Hudson, Mich.-based Icom North America and Ayr, Ontario-based Hiller Truck Tech have signed an exclusive distribution agreement for Icom Dynamic compressed natural gas (CNG)/diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG)/diesel dual-fuel systems …

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex
April 24, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade lumber, wood …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

Renewable Natural Gas Production Facilities Grow by 85% in Four Years
April 23, 2018 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Energy Manager Today)  A new map and project database show at least 76 operational renewable natural gas production facilities in the United States and Canada now. That represents an 85% growth from the …

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel 2018 (26-27 February 2018): A Report
April 23, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Gunjan Mukherjee (Advanced Biofuels USA/Chandigarh University Institute of Biotechnology (UIBT))  The International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel was held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India.
The concept of the conference was that use of …

Engage North American Youth to Prevent, Recover and Recycle Food Loss and Waste DEADLINE: May 3, 2018
April 20, 2018 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Commission for Environmental Cooperation) The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to work in collaboration with youth organizations and government to empower and motivate youth (ages 5-23) to participate in …

Air Canada to Blend Biofuel into Fuel Supply at Toronto-Pearson Airport
April 20, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Will LeRoy (CleanTech Canada)  Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) will on Earth Day mix 230,000 litres of biofuel into the airport’s multi-user fuel supply system — Air Canada says it will save 160 tonnes of …

Farm State Senators Tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules
April 20, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to avoid obligations to blend biofuels into gasoline. –EPA has reportedly issued 25 of the “hardship” …

Renewable Industries Canada Applauds Ontario’s Move To 10% Ethanol In Gasoline
April 17, 2018 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Globe Newswire)  Building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10% by 2020. The expanded mandate is a made-in-Ontario solution to …

Exclusive: Chevron, Exxon Seek ‘Small Refinery’ Waivers from U.S. Biofuels Law
April 13, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Global energy giants Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil have asked U.S. regulators for exemptions to the nation’s biofuels policy that have historically been reserved for small companies in financial …

Advanced to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
April 13, 2018 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Quantifying Carbon: Understand Cap-and-Trade Implications as U.S. West Coast & Canadian Provinces Combine Emissions Reduction Initiatives
April 10, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(OPIS)  On January 1, Ontario became linked with California and Quebec’s carbon allowance program, prompting uncertainty about carbon reduction programs and pricing structures in this expanded market.
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Weak Governance at UN Shipping Agency Delaying Action on Climate Change
April 9, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Transparency International Secretariat)  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is at risk of unresolved conflicts of interest due to shortcomings in its governance, according to preliminary key findings of a new study by Transparency International.
Private shipping-industry concerns could have …

VIDEO: Sustane Technologies Seeks to Turn Garbage Bags into Biofuel in Chester
April 5, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Rankin (The Chronicle Herald)  A 40,000 square-foot building at Chester’s landfill is expected to convert garbage bags into about 3.5 million litres of synthetic diesel every year.
The facility intends to take on 90 per cent …

BIC Approves Investment in Biodiesel Company Benefuel
April 5, 2018 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Benefuel is a renewable energy company that utilizes their patented ENSEL catalyst technology to produce a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high …

Next Steps for Succinic: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
April 4, 2018 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed
April 2, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels …

Biomass Crop Producers Eye Favorable Marketplace
April 1, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Wurzbacher (Penn State Extension)  The Association of Warm-Season Grass Producers (AWSGP) has had a busy year, and now voices market optimism for perennial grass products.
One of the group’s primary efforts from the start has …

Duluth Steam Plant to Burn Biofuel
April 1, 2018 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Passi (Duluth News Tribune)  Duluth’s steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future.

Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council authorized Duluth Energy Systems to enter …

Sustainability Is All the Rage but Financing of Extreme Fossil Fuels Is on the Rise
March 30, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Eshe Nelson (Quartz Media)  … Last year, when economic losses from natural and man-made disasters exceeded $300 billion, big banks across the globe increased their financing of “extreme” fossil-fuels activities by 11% to $115 billion, according to …

Shell — Yes, That Shell — Just Outlined a Radical Scenario for What It Would Take to Halt Climate Change
March 30, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product — oil — as cars …

NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program
March 30, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25/North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to …

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel
March 22, 2018 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that …

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG
March 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural …

Trash Facility Director Aiming to Construct Alternative Biofuel Facility
March 20, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Ray (Sippican Week)  If all goes as planned, the Zero Waste Solutions trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline.
That’s what Zero …

‘Keep It In The Ground’ Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom
March 16, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jeff Brady (National Public Radio)  The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest crude oil producer in the world. Despite this record-breaking production, climate change activists campaigning to …

It Doesn’t Stink – North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Opens
March 12, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Surrey’s Biofuel Facility officially opened in the Port Kells industrial area in the British Columbia province. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system …

Young Female Scientist Hopes to Create Energy Efficient Biofuel from Bacteria
March 8, 2018 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Emma Nobel (ABC Central Victoria News)  Environmental microbiologist and science champion Marianne Haines hopes her work converting bacteria into biofuel will lead to more sustainable outcomes, and more women studying science at the postgraduate level.
Growing up …

Air Canada Named as ATW’s Eco-Airline of the Year for 2018
March 7, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Industry magazine Air Transport World has named Air Canada as 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year among its annual airline industry awards. The judges cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions through supporting the development of alternative fuels …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Ontario Moves Toward Hydrogen-Powered Trains
March 6, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Province of Ontario is taking the next steps in testing hydrogen-powered train technology, according to an announcement from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Kathryn McGarry, minister of transportation, was recently in Toronto to …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Biomethane Market Development Gains Momentum in Italy
February 21, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Xebec/NGV Journal)  Canada-based Xebec has signed an exclusive three-year agreement with SAPIO Produzione Idrogeno Ossigeno Srl, distributor of technical gases, to help develop Italy’s renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading infrastructure from biogas facilities such as landfills, …

Indiana Farm Leaders on Importance of NAFTA
February 20, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “There are a lot of positives of NAFTA as it relates to agriculture in Indiana; and all throughout the value chain and economy we would feel the impact should …

Ambitious Policies Position Canadian Biofuels for Growth
February 19, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Grey (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Canada)  The story of the Canadian biofuels sector is remarkable. From its infancy, the industry has continued to drive Canada’s circular economy, supporting the agricultural sector while continually creating …

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem Turns Trash to Cash
February 19, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for …

US Ethanol Export Sales Effort IBP ‘Rousing Success’ at RFA Event
February 17, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The meetings were scheduled as part of the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a joint government-industry effort that increases U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major …

Air Liquide Opens a Unique CO2 Recovery Plant in Johnstown, ON
February 14, 2018 – 10:42 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide)  Air Liquide invested over $30 million these past two years to build this new facility and enhance its bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec.
Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?
February 5, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food …

Biomass Data-Management System Launches in Alberta
February 2, 2018 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Silvacom/Canadian Biomass Magazine)   Silvacom Ltd. and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for public use.
BRIMS is a world-class, publicly available data and information management system that collates inventories …

Scientists Develop Process to Produce Higher Quality Fuel from Biowaste
January 30, 2018 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Calgary)  Researchers have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods.
“This puts biofuel closer to being a good …

Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS Partner in Historic First Pacific Jet Biofuels Flight
January 30, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has departed from LAX and arrives roughly at Digest press time.
The trans-Pacific …

Québec’s First Biomethanation Project Allows to Refuel Local Fleet
January 29, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Énergir/NGV Journal)  The City of Saint-Hyacinthe confirmed that its biomethanation plant has entered full service, along with the injection of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced there into Énergir’s (Gaz Metro) network. This step marks the …

Gatineau Biofuel Company Helping to Revolutionize Airline Industry
January 29, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(CTV Ottawa)  … Gatineau’s Agrisoma is powering the world’s first ever transpacific flight from the United States to Australia using jet fuel from a renewable source. On Sunday, Australia’s Qantas Airline will depart on a 15-hour …

The Rise, Rise, Rise of Bio-Methanol for Fuels and Chemical Markets
January 25, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The clearest intersecting theme is bio-methanol. Let’s see why.
For one, Södra has much more going on than Silva, and we reported on a major development in December when we related …

Webinar Review: Preparing to Harmonize Methane Emission Measurements for Biogas Applications
January 24, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On January 18th, 2018, the Canadian Institute of Forestry hosted a webinar for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 which publically addressed that there is a need …

Renewable Industries Canada Launches ‘Facts Don’t Lie’ Ad Campaign
January 24, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Global Newswire)  Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) announced today (December 4, 2017) the launch of a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed ‘Facts Don’t Lie’, the campaign is designed to …

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Named Resource Champion
January 23, 2018 – 9:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada.
BIC is a …

Enerkem and Sinobioway Group Sign a C$125M Agreement to Accelerate Enerkem’s Global Expansion and Create a Joint Venture to Build over 100 Biofuel Facilities in China
January 22, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125M in the form of equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels — February 26-27, 2018 — New Delhi, India
January 18, 2018 – 8:54 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels   —   February 26-27, 2018   —   New Delhi, India

Jointly organised by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India & Mission Innovation – India along with Biofuture Platform.
EVENT CONCEPT
Use of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. The sustainable biofuels …

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products
January 18, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Croucher (Troy Media)  Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel  —  New technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of …

Canada Looks to Protect Industry with Carbon Proposal
January 17, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Canadian government is taking cues from Alberta to ensure that industries do not leave the country in response to a federal carbon price.
The country’s environment and finance ministries yesterday shared details of a …

Canada’s Regional Governments Press on with Carbon Pricing
January 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Alberta is moving into phase two of its carbon levy and Ontario has expanded its cap and trade market. The moves mirror similarly anti-emissions sentiments in Federal governments.
Introduced in 2017, Alberta’s carbon tax is …

From CO2 to Algae
January 5, 2018 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part …

Ontario Proposal Aims to Double Ethanol Blend in Fuel
January 4, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by John Greig (Manitoba Co-operator)  An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn in the province.
The government has …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018
January 2, 2018 – 3:24 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 65 countries.
The bulk of mandates continue …

U.S. Biofuel Trade Fight Benefits Canola Futures
December 29, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Phil Franz-Warkentin (Manitoba Co-Operator)  … ICE Futures Canada canola contracts climbed to their highest levels in more than two months during the week ended Oct. 27, as declines in the Canadian dollar and gains in …

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots
December 28, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions.
That was then, …

Inside Insight
December 27, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said.  —  As …

Canola Council Welcomes Continued Access to EU Biodiesel Market
December 27, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Real Agriculture)  The European Commission published its decision to allow Canadian canola to have continued access to the EU biodiesel market this week.
“This decision means continued access to an important market for Canadian canola,” says Jim …

Province to Pay for New Biodiesel Truck for Cowichan
December 27, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Robert Barron (Cowichan Valley Citizen)  Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society to receive the funding  —  The Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society in Duncan is receiving $23,500 from the province to buy a biodiesel fuelling truck that can be …

Biofuel Projects Named as Semi-Finalists in Ontario Competition
December 26, 2017 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) …

Canadian Ground-Breaking Waste Management System Will Produce Biogas to Power Surrey’s Refuse Fleet
December 26, 2017 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Waste-to-product company Renewi plc has started accepting the first waste at its new Organics Biofuels Processing Facility in Surrey – the first closed-loop and fully-integrated organics waste management system in Canada. The facility is …

Biofuels Could Reduce Contrail Formation, Research Finds
December 26, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (AIN Online) Biofuels offer more than an alternative to hydrocarbons; they also reduce jet-engine particle emissions by as much as 70 percent, research by a NASA-led group suggests.
Working with the German Aerospace Center …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to EnerSysNet Canada
December 22, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An early stage renewable energy company focused on commercializing patent-pending technologies to convert low-value forestry residuals to high value liquid hydrocarbons that are compatible with the existing petroleum infrastructure.
EnerSysNet Canada CEO …

$76.8 Million Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Plant Coming to Norway
December 18, 2017 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A (CDN) $76.8 million (€50.7 million) industrial scale advanced biofuel demonstration plant will be constructed at a former pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. The new facility is apparently a step towards the creation of …

Minister McKenna Releases Framework to Make Canada’s Fuels Cleaner
December 14, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Environment and Climate Change Canada) Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of …

Federal Government Plan Aims to Reduce Carbon Content in Fossil Fuels
December 14, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  The federal government is moving to implement regulations to require all providers of fossil-fuel energy to reduce the carbon content of their fuels as part of its effort to meet …

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon
December 13, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to “Make the Planet Great Again” by embracing …

Stelco and Pond Technologies to Build Commercial CO2 Abatement Plant
December 12, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada, have announced their collaboration for …

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 …

Renewable Industries Canada Launches ‘Facts Don’t Lie’ Ad Campaign
December 5, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Renewable Industries Canada)  Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) announced today the launch of a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed ‘Facts Don’t Lie’, the campaign is designed to educate …

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

Government of Ontario Expands Biofuels Support to Tackle Climate Change and Drive Clean Growth
December 1, 2017 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Rony Delucia (Advanced Biofuels Canada) The government of Ontario announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels sector in the province, improve the environmental performance of fuels, and encourage the production of emerging advanced biofuels.
Proposed …

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy
November 30, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to …

Should Vancouver Be Betting on Biodiesel? Peter Brown Believes the City Is primed to Produce Biofuel
November 30, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Dameon Pesanti (Columbian)  With the earnestness of a missionary, Peter Brown will proselytize about the eco-friendliness of biodiesel and methane digesters — or extol their virtues with the already converted. In his mind, Vancouver could …

The Cost of Ethanol: Bad Faith, Broken Promises and a Plan up in Smoke
November 29, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Joel Wittnebel (The Oshawa Express)  The shroud of secrecy at Oshawa’s waterfront is starting to lift, and it tells a troubling tale of mismanagement, failed investments and poor decisions that not only led to the end …

WINN Initiative Awards $3.5 Million to Enerkem Alberta Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  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 …

City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change
November 28, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(FortisBC)  …  Together, FortisBC and Vancouver are working to increase the use and supply of renewable natural gas. FortisBC is an industry leader in renewable energy innovation through programs such as the Renewable Natural Gas …

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy
November 28, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in …

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around …

Quebec Biofuel Company Partners with Qantas in First Long-Term Airline Deal
November 27, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Ross Marowits (National Observer)  A Quebec biofuels company has signed its first deal to power an airline’s jets with energy grown from Canadian oilseeds. 
Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. of Gatineau will supply biofuel to Australia’s Qantas Airways …

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 …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding.
The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

Ottawa Looking at 15 Per Cent Ethanol Blend in Gasoline
November 15, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  Currently, gasoline in Canada can contain up to 10 per cent ethanol, but a proposed amendment could raise the maximum to 15 per cent in early 2018  —  Ottawa is currently developing …

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 …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead? Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress
November 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Several factors have hindered the production of the volumes originally envisioned: extracting energy from cellulose proved much more difficult than extracting it from corn starch, challenges of …

New Report: California Oil Among World’s Dirtiest — Rampant Oil Production Undermines State’s Climate Leadership
November 10, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Center for Biological Diversity)  Three-quarters of California’s oil is as climate-damaging as Canadian tar sands crude, according to a Center for Biological Diversity report released today at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
Oil Stain: How …

What a Clean Fuel Standard Can Do for Canada
November 9, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Canada)  Last year, the federal government announced it would develop a policy that aims to cut more carbon pollution than any other in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, by promoting …