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Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now
November 10, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The 5 top disruptive techs we’ve seen in recent weeks are attacking these fronts.
Here’s what we …

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

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

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

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

They’re on a mission to bring …

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

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

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

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

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene
September 21, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene  —  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Value Methoxyphenols
September 21, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the …

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste
September 15, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu)  JNU researchers discover bacteria from Rajasthan, Ladakh, use them as catalysts  —  Using microbes growing in two diverse climatic conditions, Indian scientists have found a way to convert carbon-rich waste …

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels
September 15, 2017 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates …

Ruthenium-Based Catalyst Could Be Biomass Game-Changer
September 14, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new catalyst to improve the synthesis of primary amines (derivatives of ammonia).
It is claimed that in the future the newly developed ruthenium based catalyst …

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics
September 7, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths …

Gettin’ a New Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs
September 1, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a catalyst cost estimation tool that would enable rapid and informed cost-based decisions in research and commercialization of catalysts.
As the research …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass and Catalytic Conversion into Hydrocarbons
August 28, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE established and funded a project to develop a novel Multistage Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of biomass and integrate with Virent’s Catalytic BioForming Process to efficiently produce cost effective “drop‐in” …

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

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

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

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

Queen’s Researcher Turning Dirty Tinfoil into Biofuel Catalyst
August 10, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Queen’s University Belfast)  A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems.
In the UK, around …

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D
August 7, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least one route for catalytic upgrading of sugars/related intermediates and/or biologically derived intermediates into fuel blendstockswith …

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium
August 3, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

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

ChemCatBio Launches 2017 Directed Funding Assistance Opportunity
July 19, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage …

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels
July 5, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water …

Green Synthesized Biofuel Meets Auto Standards
June 29, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Stu Borman (Chemical & Engineering News)  Low-energy and waste-free reaction produces biofuel that meets regulatory vaporization standards  —  Researchers in Germany have developed chemical reactions that convert rapeseed oil and ethylene to a diesel …

And No Extra Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to One-Step, High-Yield, Drop-In Biofuels
June 22, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of one-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added hydrogen, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Stanford Discovery Could Lead to Sustainable Source of the Fuel Additive Ethanol
June 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Schwartz (Stanford News)  Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the U.S. is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or …

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale
May 31, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, …

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water
May 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada)  In a discovery that could help jump-start the hydrogen economy, a team of physicists at the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can divide water using low-cost materials  —  Hydrogen gas …

How Gold Can Recycle Biofuel Waste into Useful Additive
May 23, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Tomsk Polytechnic University)  Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main …

New Insights into 3rd Method of Microbial Energy Production
May 23, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding the workings of the ‘third’ method of microbial production, known as ‘flavin-based electron bifurcation’ (FBEB). Their findings could be hugely significant for the world of microbial …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars
May 3, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest had a well-received webinar on C5 and C6 sugars, featuring in-demand industry consultant David Dodds and Fluid Quip exec Jeffrey Robert — looking at transformative approaches to making sugars and …

KiOR – In Hindsight
April 27, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions Pvt Ltd / Biofuels Digest)  … The overall failure of KiOR can essentially be narrowed down to three text-book cases:
I. Utilizing (Incorrect/Underdeveloped) Catalyst Systems for Upgrading Biomass,
II. Disregarding Inherent Oxygen Content …

The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pyrolysis’ Progress and Prospects, Pt 1
April 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, George Huber and Robert Brown wrote in a special issue of Energy Technology of their desire to “highlight recent advances in pyrolysis technologies and to discuss the …

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges
February 28, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming …

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 …

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology
February 22, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

Global Biofuels to Rise to 67 Billion Gallons in 2022 as Next-Generation Technologies Take Over
February 16, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years to 9.6 billion gallons per year as first-generation fuels like traditional biodiesel lose out to newer low-carbon fuels, says Lux Research  —  New biofuel …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

Catalyst for Green Biodiesel Production from Unrefined Feedstock
February 7, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(South China Morning Post/sponsored)  … This new Catalyst for Green Biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock such as waste cooking oil, with no aqueous treatment steps required. Ethanol or propanol extracted …

Butadiene from Ethanol in One Step: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ETB Catalytic Technology
February 3, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ETB Catalytic Technologies has developed a one-step process for producing butadiene from ethanol – and attracted investment in March 2016 from Zavkom Group and grant funding from Skolkovo for Pilot …

Sugars to Drop-In Fuels & Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Virent
January 30, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Virent is in the business of replacing crude oil by applying clever chemistry to create the fuels and chemicals the world demands using a wide range of naturally-occurring, renewable resources. …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
January 16, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

New Path to Ethylene via Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technip’s Hummingbird Tech
January 4, 2017 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last June, we reported that Technip completed the acquisition of Hummingbird ethanol to ethylene technology from BP Chemicals Ltd. Utilizing a proprietary catalyst operating under mild operating conditions, the technology converts ethanol to …

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In: Anellotech, Edeniq, Novvi
December 23, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For Anellotech, a new technology to extend catalyst life by reducing catalyst poisons that cause catalyst and product cost to soar. For Novvi, a signature investment from Chevron. From Edeniq, …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Scientists Find Way to Turn Waste Gas into Biofuel
November 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by  Brooks Hays (UPI)  Chemical engineer Jae Sung Lee said the research will offer a “new opportunity for recycling CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.”  —  Researchers have developed a new way to turn captured …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 8, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

Researchers Garner Grant to Study Innovative Biofuels Production Technology
August 30, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Robert Mills (Iowa State University)  A team of researchers from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute is investigating a new technology for converting biomass into biofuels and chemicals. With a $371,000, one-year grant from the …

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best
August 26, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and biofuels (and not bioproducts) that are moving from the lab to initial commercial demonstrations and …

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Program Awards Vouches to Five Bioenergy Companies
August 24, 2016 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awarded $8 million worth of research vouchers to 43 small businesses, of which five were related to bioenergy:
Avatar Sustainable Technologies, …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

New Renewable Energy Research Centre Opens in Denmark
August 16, 2016 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new renewable energy research centre, called VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals, has opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The new centre at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will be headed …

Ants! Run for Your Lives! Or, Perhaps, Are Ants the Key Players in the Hydrogen Economy?
August 5, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Could be that formic acid provides a vital energy storage medium for hydrogen. when H2 is used for transportation fuel.  … As this article notes, Storage and transportation of hydrogen is …

Understanding Octane Value in North America
July 18, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga (ADI Analytics)  The value of an octane barrel has risen significantly in recent years going from $2.30 in 2010 to $3.58 in 2015. This has surprised industry analysts since the …

Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies Land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced that Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies and Princeton Professor Paul Chirik are winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards.
Though less well-known than …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.
#15 Vertimass  and Byogy
#14 …

Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production
June 8, 2016 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth E. Hood and Lorenz Bauer  (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … Biofuels can be produced by a number of processes, broadly categorized as biochemical and chemical. Biochemical processes utilize proteins called enzymes (biological catalysts).
Chemical …

UFOP-Project “Lowering of the Boiling Curve of Biodiesel”
March 3, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The boiling line of diesel fuels is relevant for the combustion in modern engines. Biodiesel shows a boiling behavior that is very different to diesel fuel especially during the regeneration phase, fuel beddable …

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 24, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on technology to bring down the cost of renewable …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

Any Alcohol into Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Byogy
January 4, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

How Royal Dutch Shell and Other Companies Are Trying to Make Petroleum Products from Municipal Waste
December 30, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Hari Pulakkat (Times of India/The Economic Times)  …  Among the most advanced of the lot is Royal Dutch Shell, whose R&D centre in Bengaluru is now trying to scale up a process – called …

REACHing towards Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius
December 30, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet …

Aromatics Ascending: IFP Energies Nouvelles, Axens to Accelerate Bio-BTX via Anellotech Partnership
December 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens said they have completed construction on a fully-integrated development and testing plant, “TCat-8”, for the production of bio-based paraxylene, benzene, toluene, ortho-xylene and …

New Heaven’s Chemical Plant in Manly, US to Start Production in January
December 15, 2015 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Chemcicals-Technology.com)  India-based TSS Group’s subsidiary New Heaven Chemicals is set to start production at its chemical plant at the Manly Terminal in Manly, Iowa, US, in January next year.
The construction of the plant started 17 …

New Catalyst Paves Way for Bio-Based Plastics, Chemicals
December 15, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding (Washington State University News)  Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics …

More Efficient Way of Converting Ethanol Leads to Better Alternative Fuel
December 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(University of Rochester)  New Catalysts Lead to Near Total Conversion  —  … But now a research team, led by William Jones at the University of Rochester, has developed a series of reactions that results in the …

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions
December 3, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up
In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Hydrolysis of Woody Biomass by a Biomass-Derived Reusable Heterogeneous Catalyst
November 11, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Hirokazu Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Kaiki, Abhijit Shrotri, Kota Techikawara and Atsushi Fukuoka (Chemical Science)    Biomass is the sole carbon-based renewable resource for sustaining the chemical and fuel demands of our future. Lignocellulose, the primary …

ORNL Team Discovers Mechanism behind Direct Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion; Implications for Energy Efficiency and Cost of Upgrading
November 6, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought.
The research, supported by DOE’s …

Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production
October 26, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Fredrickson (WSU News)  A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels.
Jean-Sabin McEwen, …

Jet Fuel from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Vertimass
October 20, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used …

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology
September 21, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design for their novel technology for converting alcohol to renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend …

New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary
September 21, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and …

NSF Awards Maximum Support to Iowa State-Based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
September 8, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University.
That brings NSF’s total …

Clean & Green: A Comprehensive Review of “Syngas” Cleanup for Biomass Gasification
August 4, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  Contrasting with ethanol production with microorganisms to ferment raw material into liquid fuel, biomass materials can be directly “gasified” through controlled burning (called pyrolysis, literally “fire splitting”). Gasification releases …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.
July 2, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced?  Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions.
As Jack Webb used to say …

PhD Thesis Proposes Use of Ethanol and Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production
November 12, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Basque Research)   … Chemical engineer Inés Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel and the use of a heterogeneous catalyst, which will “result in a reduction of costs …

University of Wyoming Researchers Advance Biorenewable Energy Prospects
September 18, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and accounting, Allen Morris decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Wyoming for two primary reasons: the Rocky Mountain …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective
Oil produced from biomass – such as wood chips or plant residues – seldom has the same quality and energy content as …

Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape
April 3, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares …

Evonik Opens New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Argentina
October 22, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Evonik Industries AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 21, Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel production catalysts in Argentina.
Patrik Wohlhauser, the member of the Evonik executive board responsible for the South …

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst
October 21, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could cut the cost of producing biodiesel from poor quality waste oil and fats, such as …

ASTM Efforts Provide Backbone for OEM Biodiesel Support
August 29, 2013 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Over the past two years, both with biodiesel production exceeding 1 billion gallons, problems from the field have been no more than those of conventional petrodiesel alone—maybe even less. All the …

Enerkem Starts “Drop-In” Renewable Fuels R&D Project
May 14, 2013 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR NewsWire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals company, announces the launch of a new research project with the Government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for …

Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
April 29, 2013 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Promising results are a step toward a range of renewable energy strategies fueled by Nature
In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Energy & Environmental Science (now available online), …

Transesterification of Soybean Oil to Biodiesel Using CaO as a Solid Base Catalyst
January 17, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Fuel)  In this study, transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel using CaO as a solid base catalyst was studied. The reaction mechanism was proposed and the separate effects of the molar ratio of methanol to …

Gusher! KiOR Starts Production of US Cellulosic Biofuels at Scale
November 9, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  500 ton per day wood biomass to biocrude plant commences oil production – the long wait for cellulosic biofuels at scale is over.
…But the news from Columbus, Mississippi, that cellulosic …

Berkeley Fermentation Process Converts Sugar Directly to Diesel
November 7, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Sanders (Biodiesel Magazine/UC Berkeley)  A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University …

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency
September 30, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol …

Catalytic Upgrading of Biorefinery Oil from Micro-Algae
September 20, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by N.H. Tran, J.R. Bartlett, G.S.K. Kannangara, A.S. Milev,  H. Volkb, M.A. Wilson (Fuel)  Micro-algae are seen as one of the major future fuel sources. Culture and growth of oil rich micro-algae and catalytic process for …

Latest Developments on Application of Heterogenous Basic Catalysts for an Efficient and Eco Friendly Synthesis of Biodiesel: A Review
September 20, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Yogesh C. Sharma, Bhaskar Singh, John Korstad  (Fuel) Heterogeneous catalysts are now being tried extensively for biodiesel synthesis. These catalysts are poised to play an important role and are perspective catalysts in future for biodiesel production …

World Energy and Hydro Dynamics Team up to Promote SPR Cavitation Reactor Technology
September 7, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics)  – Hydro Dynamics, Inc., makers of innovative ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) technology and longtime biodiesel industry leader World Energy, through its WMG Services, LLC business unit, announced today that the companies have teamed up to expand …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade
September 5, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released a list of the ethanol and biodiesel industry’s Top 10 efficiency …

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels
September 4, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such …

Biodiesel Feedstock Analysis 2nd Generation of Biofuels
March 12, 2012 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Mettler – Toledo Int. Inc/Environmental Expert)   The main obstacle in biodiesel production from waste fats and oils is their high free fatty acid content. Its precise measurement helps Professor Karel Kolomaznik’s Faculty of Applied Informatics team at …

[LL] Cool Planet Rocks the Bells
March 5, 2012 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are Google, BP, Conoco, and GE investing? Is 3,000 gallons per acre of renewable gasoline possible?
In the past few weeks, news has begun to circulate around the industry – …

Catalyzing Biodiesel Growth: An analysis of Conventional Acid and Base Catalysts Used inToday’s Biodiesel Industry
March 2, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minimizing catalyst use, particularly homogenous catalysts, while simultaneously maximizing product quality and process yield is a pervasive challenge that every biodiesel producer encounters daily because, after all, single digit differences …

CORE BioFuel Inc. Produces High Octane Gasoline in Tests of Biomass to Gasoline Process
December 7, 2011 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(CORE BioFuel, Inc.)  CORE BioFuel Inc., a Canadian company focused on energy security for the North American and European markets, announced today that it has successfully tested the last step in its wood-to-gasoline process to …

A New Catalyst for Ethanol Made from Biomass
August 2, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Researchers potentially find a renewable path to fuel additives, rubber and solvents
Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new catalyst material that could replace chemicals currently derived from petroleum and be the basis …

Mississippi State Licenses MSW Conversion Tech to Harrelson & Assoc.
July 21, 2011 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  A novel waste conversion technology developed at Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Center is moving out of the lab and into the marketplace thanks to a licensing agreement between …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Virent Makes Gasoline from Cellulosic Biomas
June 3, 2011 – 7:17 am | No Comment

(Virent)  Biofuels Pioneer Converts Corn Stover and Loblolly Pine Into BioFormate™ Gasoline with Molecular Composition Similar to Gasoline Derived from Fossil Fuels
Virent announced it has successfully produced biogasoline from corn stover and pine harvest forest residuals, as …

National Advanced Biofuels Consortium: How Biomass Fits into the Petroleum Infrastructure
May 19, 2011 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(National Advanced Biofuels Consortium)  This 55-slide presentation from a National Advanced Biofuels Consortium Webinar describes the organization and work of the consortium using many valuable charts, graphs and illustrations, including those that depict existing infrastructure.
One …

The Biofuels Technology Square Dance
April 18, 2011 – 8:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …How’s an investor to parse out all these technologies. For many, it’s a case of “you’re making what, from what, using what?”
…Here at the Digest, we think of it as …

Bracketology: Which 3 of 6 Will Win in NABC Drop-In Fuels Consortium Cut-Off?
March 18, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Amongst the various projects that received support under the 2009 Recovery Act were an algal R&D consortium called the NAABB, and a drop-in biofuels R&D consortium called the NABC, of …

The Brew Barons: Masters of Advanced Fermentation, Driving the Redefinition of Biofuels: Pt 1
March 1, 2011 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Is there enough energy, food, fiber and feed for all? Advances in industrial fermentation – a/k/a an incredulous “you’re making what? from what? using what? – will be the key to answering that …

Enzyme Cocktail Could Eliminate a Step in Biofuel Process
February 25, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

(Virginia Tech/EurekAlert)  Conversion of biomass to fuel requires several steps: chemical pretreatment to break up the biomass – often dilute (sulfuric) acid, detoxification to remove the toxic chemicals required in pretreatment, and microbial fermentation to …

American Jianye Greentech Holdings Expands Into Alcohol-Based Biodiesel Production With Plan Approval For 200,000 Metric Ton Plant
February 24, 2011 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(GlobeNewsWire)  American Jianye Greentech Holdings, Ltd. , a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of alcohol-based automobile fuel and civil-use fuel in China, today announced that AJGH has received approval to undertake a new project in alcohol-based …

Pulp Non-Fiction: Biofuels a Ray of Sunshine in a Gloomy Season
February 22, 2011 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the pulp and paper industry reels from the internet’s impact, biofuels and renewable chemicals are offering value-adds, waste remediation, and new markets
In Florida, the affable Rod Young, perhaps the …

Optimized Catalyst for Biomass Gasification for Production of Synthetic Fuels
February 22, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Gas Hydrate, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences reports on a pilot-scale biomass-gasification-reforming system with optimized catalyst to produce …

Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit: Conference Report
February 21, 2011 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On February 10 & 11, about 120 participants gathered in chilly Chicago for the first Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit presented by the British firm, Eye for Energy.  …

Detroit-Based NextCAT Inc. Secures $250,000 to Commercialize Biodiesel Technology Developed at Wayne State University
February 6, 2011 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Wayne State University)  NextCAT Inc., a Detroit-based company, announced that it has received $250,000 in seed funding from Automation Alley in Troy, Mich. NextCAT is commercializing biodiesel catalyst technology developed at the National Biofuels Energy …

Tailoring Biomass to Fit the Biofuels Pipeline
January 23, 2011 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Maureen McCann (Professor, Purdue University) Dr. McCann begins by describing the different plant cell wall architectures belonging to various types of feedstock.  She shows how different processing methods can be utilized to more …

User Facility Capabilities to Accelerate Impact in Biomass
January 23, 2011 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hoyt (Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Hoyt first provides an overview of EMSL and their mission to integrate experimental and computational resources with innovative technologies to support …

Chemists Improve Synthesis of Biodiesel
October 25, 2010 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Sahil Luthra  (The Brown Daily Herald)  Two Brown chemists have developed a more efficient way to produce biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.  
Using two catalysts common in organic chemistry, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jason Sello …

DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 Million for Biomass Research and Development
September 9, 2010 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced September 8, 2010, the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation …

Advanced Biofuel Developer to Buy Minnesota Ethanol Plant
August 10, 2010 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(Brighter Energy)  Gevo, the biobutanol technology developer based in Colorado, looks set to acquire an ethanol production plant in southwest Minnesota to use as a base to commercialize its process.
The company has signed definitive agreements to …

Hydrocarbon Fuels: Modern Catalytic Technologies for Converting Biomass to Fuels
August 4, 2010 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Dion Vlachos (Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor, University of Delaware / Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)) Vlachos’ research focuses on the development of heterogeneous catalysts to facilitate the thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels. The …

Hydrocarbon Fuels: National Advanced Biofuels Consortium
August 4, 2010 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Thomas D. Foust (Executive Director of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The DOE created the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) to help develop cost-effective technologies to develop advanced “drop-in” biofuels …

Hydrocarbon Fuels: Topsøe Integrated Gasoline Synthesis – TIGAS
August 4, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by John Bøgild Hansen (Senior Scientist, Haldor Topsøe A/S)   Topsøe is a Danish company that develops catalysts and process technology for gas-to-liquid conversions. Hansen details Topsøe’s integrated conversion of synthesis gas to gasoline, which was developed …

Hydrocarbon Fuels: Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH2) Process for Direct Production of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel from Biomass
August 4, 2010 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Terry Marker (Bioenergy Initiatives Manager, Gas Technology Institute)  Fuels derived from lignocellulosic biomass have the potential to fill a significant portion of the demand for transportation fuels, but simple pyrolysis of biomass requires expensive conversion …

Auburn Researchers Finding Ways to Turn Waste Into Fuel
July 30, 2010 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Travis Herrmann  (TheAuburn Plainsman)  Auburn University researchers have patented a new process for producing ethanol from paper (m)ill waste materials through biological conversion.
With research funded by the Masada Resource group, the new conversion process …

Khosla-Backed Kior Ups Funding to $110M
July 27, 2010 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher  (Earth2Tech)   Wow, for a biofuel startup few have heard of, KiOR has raised a whole lot of money. According to an amended filing, KiOR, has now raised a whopping $110 million from …

New Biofuel Process May Change Chemical Industry
April 23, 2010 – 10:04 am | One Comment

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  A new method of converting biomass feedstock into sustainable fuel developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Minnesota has the potential to have a profound effect …

University of South Florida Researchers Gain Acclaim for Sustainable Jet Fuel Process
April 7, 2010 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jane Meinhardt (Tampa Bay Business Journal)   A startup formed when University of South Florida researchers created a patent-pending catalytic process that transformed sawdust into jet fuel is taking off.
COSI Catalysts Inc. received honorable mention …

NextCAT Inc., a Detroit Based Company Has Signed an Option Agreement for Wayne State University Biodiesel Technology.
April 6, 2010 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

NextCAT Inc., a Detroit-based company, announced March 31, 2010, that it signed an option agreement for a biodiesel technology developed at the National Biofuels Energy Lab at Wayne State University.  The technology that NextCAT brings to market …

A “Shrimp Cocktail” To Fuel Cars and Trucks
August 11, 2009 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

Call it a “shrimp cocktail” for your fuel tank. Scientists in China are reporting development of a catalyst made from shrimp shells that could transform production of biodiesel fuel into a faster, less expensive, and …

Grassoline at the Pump
July 30, 2009 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by George W. Huber and Bruce E. Dale (Scientific American)  Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels–even jet fuel.  But before these next generation biofuels go …