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Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

CON: Keep the Renewable Fuel Standard but Reboot It by Using Bio-Masses instead of Corn
March 15, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Michael E. Kraft  (Tribune News Service/Bradenton Herald)  … Ideally, Congress would reboot the renewable fuel mandate in a new way for today’s economy, and design it as one component of a comprehensive response to climate change.
For …

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 …

Research Brief: Students’ Understanding of the Carbon Cycle and Global Climate Change
November 21, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Craig Kohn, Joyce Parker and Andy Anderson (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Global climate change is a serious problem that requires the involvement of a scientifically literate public to solve. But what does the public …

Carbon 101 and Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Don Scott (National Biodiesel Board)  … Everyone knows that trees (and other plant life) absorb carbon from the atmosphere. It’s important to remember that plants also return their carbon to the atmosphere when they die …

API-Funded Study Obscures Lifecycle Emission Benefits of Biofuels
August 25, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, University of Michigan Energy Institute researchers, led by longtime biofuels critic Professor John DeCicco, released a study funded by the American Petroleum Institute (API) claiming biofuels do not reduce carbon emissions …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

Biodiesel Backers See Big Expansion of Niche Renewable Product in Florida
January 18, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by William R. Levesque (Tampa Bay Times)  … But the biodiesel industry remains something of an enigma to most Americans despite its production of an estimated 2 billion gallons of fuel in 2015, a figure that …

House Science Committee Hearing Exposes Fundamental Flaws in RFS Opponents Attacks
November 4, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 3, 2015), the House Science, Space and Technology committee held a joint hearing of the subcommittees on Environment and Oversight titled “Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs …

Closer Look at Flawed Studies behind Policies Used to Promote ‘Low-Carbon’ Biofuels
February 8, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published …

A Carbon Accounting System for the Future
August 15, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Making sure the federal accounting system for biogenic carbon emissions—ensuring that it is an accurate system, and taking into scientific account the unique features of biomass in the carbon cycle is front …

Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals
July 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Bruce E. Dale,  James E. Anderson, Robert C. Brown, Steven Csonka⊥ Virginia H. Dale, Gary Herwick, Randall D. Jackson,  Nicholas Jordan, Stephen Kaffka, Keith L. Kline, Lee R. Lynd, Carolyn Malmstrom, Rebecca G. Ong, Tom L. Richard, …

Bioenergy Sorghum May Be a “Sink” For Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Texas A&M Study Finds
June 9, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Rafaela Relvas  (BioNews Texas) Researchers at Texas A&M University conducted a study that brought new insights regarding bioenergy sorghum, finding that, more than an energy supply, it may offer a “sink” for greenhouse gases.

The team …

The Race to Capture, Use and Monetize Waste CO2
March 5, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reduce carbon? Rid the world of excess CO2? Not so fast, buster. A new generation of technologies has come along that capture, re-purpose and monetize CO2 emissions. Will they realize their promise? As …

Carbon Sequestration Not So Simple in Biomass Crop Production
February 28, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (USDA/Biomass Magazine)  Findings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at the Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s chief …

A Systematic Review of Biochar Research, with a Focus on Its Stability in situ and Its Promise as a Climate Mitigation Strategy
October 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Noel P. Gurwick, Lisa A. Moore, Charlene Kelly, Patricia Elias (PLOSone)   Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting “biochar” to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits …

Time to Rethink Misguided Policies that Promote Biofuels to Protect Climate
September 25, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News)  …His paper concludes that for now, it makes more sense to enable plants to soak up carbon dioxide through reforestation and to redouble efforts to protect forests, rather than producing and promoting biofuels.
Corn …

First Carbon, Second Harvest
August 30, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … When you first harvest a forest or other biomass, you take all that carbon that’s been sequestered — if you use the “first cut” for energy or fuels, that carbon …

Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part III: ILUC and Greenhouse Gases
June 6, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Energy Collective)  …Incredibly, the American Petroleum Institute’s anti-RFS “training center” (yes, Big Oil has a “training center” apparently intended to spawn an army of certified RFS haters) has the …

The Possible Consequences of Expanding Biofuels: Cleaner Energy, Warmer Climate?
May 10, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Vicki Ekstrom (Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change/Renewable Energy World)  …Their study, recently released in Geophysical Research Letters, found that land-use changes caused by a major ramp-up in biofuel crops — enough …

Biomass Row Heats up after Green Groups Call for Subsidy Cuts
May 6, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Shankleman (   …Three campaign groups, backed by 12 organisations in the timber, paper and furniture industries, yesterday warned that a surge in demand for wood as a result of renewable electricity subsidies …

Global Greenhouse Gas Implications of Land Conversion to Biofuel Crop Cultivation in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands – Lessons Learned from Jatropha
January 29, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by W.M.J. Achten, A. Trabucco, W.H. Maes, L.V. Verchot, R. Aerts, E. Mathijs, P. Vantomme, V.P. Singh, B. Muys  ( of Arid Environments)  Biofuels are considered as a climate-friendly energy alternative. However, their environmental sustainability is …

Special Forest Products Journal Biofuels Issue
December 18, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  Biofuels made from high yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to energy …

Biofuels and Climate: a Simple but Troubling View
March 22, 2012 – 9:41 pm | One Comment

by John DeCicco  (The Energy Collective)  If biofuels benefit the climate, it’s not when they’re burned; those CO2 emissions are the same as from the fossil fuels they replace. Any potential benefit is due to the …

Solve for X: Mike Cheiky on Negative Carbon Liquid Fuels
February 15, 2012 – 8:57 am | No Comment

(Solve for X/CoolPlanet Energy Systems)  Solve for X is a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.
The fact is that plants have a carbon-negative phase – a time during which they remove …

Words from the Wise: A Study by a Group of Forest Scientists Confirms Forest-Derived Bioenergy Results in No Net Carbon Release
February 1, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A recently released study authored by nine scientists from multiple organizations  and universities, including the U.S. Forest Service, may be poised to clear up some confusion. With …

How Manomet Got It Backwards: Challenging the “Debt-then-dividend” Axiom
May 31, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Dr. William Strauss (Renewable Energy World/FutureMetrics) This short article challenges the assumption that there is always a carbon debt incurred first and then a carbon dividend realized later (debt-then-dividend) when using woody biomass for …

“The $1.01 a Gallon Tax Credit Will Help, but We Could Live without It”: Genencor
May 24, 2011 – 6:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genencor CEO Tjerk de Ruiter says, “As long as they create a mandate, the $1.01 a gallon cellulosic tax credit will help, but could live without it.”
Last week, Genencor released …

Boeing, Yale University Conduct Jatropha Sustainability Study
April 8, 2011 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Boeing issued research conducted by Yale University’s School of Environmental Studies that showed significant potential for jatropha-based aviation fuel. The study showed that, if cultivated properly, jatropha could deliver strong …

Economics, Physics Are Roadblocks for Mass-Scale Algae Biodiesel Production, Study Finds
April 8, 2011 – 9:43 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Kansas State University)  “Fossil fuels are limited, and since we can’t use more than what Earth offers, a lot of people are looking for alternative fuel sources like algae,” said Peter Pfromm, professor of chemical …

Biomass-Powered Ethanol Plants
March 22, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)   A growing number of U.S. ethanol plants are reaping the benefits of using biomass for power.
The demand for ethanol with a lower carbon footprint seems to …

Sustainability and the Environment I: Bioenergy & Climate: the Long, Medium, and Short of It
March 16, 2011 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Nathanael Greene (Natural Resources Defense Council Representative)   Greene begins by making the point that “long-term environmental imperatives” need to be applied at a global level, and that bioenergy must be an integral part of a …

The Need for Alternative Fuel: When Biofuels and Genetic Engineering Meet
March 14, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Alexander Kunev (The McGill Daily)  …However, getting rid of a system of distribution that encompasses a large network of filling stations and refineries is far from the most efficient way to ensure that more …

Ethanol Plant Is Switching to Butanol
March 11, 2011 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  High oil prices are generally bad news for American companies, but one, Gevo of Englewood, Colo., says that $100-a-barrel oil is opening up a niche.
The company bought a factory …

ASA Bans ExxonMobil Biofuel Ad
March 10, 2011 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(RAC)  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ExxonMobil advertisement after its claims relating to environmental benefits of using algae to form biofuels were found to be misleading.
A complaint was filed by a viewer …

DOE Federal Lab Says Life Cycle Analysis Does Not Factor in Rare Earth Metals or Mountain Top Removal
January 31, 2011 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the Green Car Summit on Capitol Hill on January 26, 2011, Don Hillebrand, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory spoke about the process …

College Students Lack Scientific Literacy, Study Finds
January 18, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Most college students in the United States do not grasp the scientific basis of the carbon cycle – an essential skill in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, according to …

German Study Shows Rapeseed GHG Potential
January 6, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  The German Biomass Research Center has conducted a study on optimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rapeseed-based biodiesel. The goal of the study was to analyze the current default values …

The Impact Of A Renewable Electricity Standard & A Carbon Payment Program
December 30, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

By Don Hofstrand (Iowa State University Extension/   U.S. energy policy has recently moved into the background due to concerns about the current economic downturn. However, the importance of the two major drivers of energy policy …

A Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels
December 30, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

By: Sara Krauskopf  (The Science Teacher)  A life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used by engineers to make measurements of net energy, greenhouse gas production, water consumption, and other items of concern. This article describes an …

State Aid: Commission Approves Aid for Waste CO2 Pipeline in The Netherlands
December 17, 2010 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Europa)  The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, a €5 million investment aid for a pipeline infrastructure to transport waste CO2 from a bioethanol plant in Rotterdam to greenhouses in the “Zuidplaspolder”. The …

EBOOM CAPITAL: New EPA Regulation May Discourage U.S. Biomass Projects
December 9, 2010 – 7:39 am | No Comment

by Terry McDonald (EnergyBoom)  …The EPA agrees with the (U.S. Energy Information Agency) that biomass is a renewable fuel with no impact on the environment: “Although the burning of biomass also produces carbon dioxide, the primary …

Biofuels: a New Methodology to Estimate GHG Emissions Due to Global Land Use Change
September 28, 2010 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Roland Hiederer, Fabien Ramos, et al. (European Commission Joint Research Centre)  This study implements a new methodology developed by the JRC IES and IE for estimating changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from soil and …

Dutch flowers Grown with Carbon Dioxide from Bioethanol plant in Rotterdam
September 24, 2010 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(IBTimes/Green Energy UK)   More and more of the millions of flowers grown in Dutch greenhouses each year are receiving carbon dioxide from carbon capture and storage systems. As the leading European bioethanol producer, Abengoa Bioenergía …

RFA Disputes EPA’s Inclusion of Biogenic Carbon Emissions
September 17, 2010 – 6:59 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering equating biogenic carbon emissions with fossil fuel emissions under the Tailoring Rule, which requires the accounting and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions under the …

New Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model
August 9, 2010 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Max Planck Society)  …”What’s new about this research is that we have integrated the carbon cycle into our model to obtain the emissions data,” says Erich Roeckner. According to the model, admissible carbon dioxide emissions …