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The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – As Voting Gets Underway, the Nominees in Depth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All through this month, Digest subscribers have been voting on the 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. While the Hot 50 concentrates on organizations

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

DE-FOA-0001951: Request for Inforamtion (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories DEADLINE: October 22, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy)   The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting input from industry (including but not

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Chemists Develop Nanocatalysts for Continuous Biofuel Synthesis

(RUDN University/Phys.Org)  A chemist from RUDN synthesized new catalysts with ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles for producing biofuel from organic biowaste. Nanocatalysts support more intensive and sustained reactions than the compounds currently available

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Proteins and Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

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’

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories RFI Released RESPONSES DUE: September 14, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office issued a request for information (RFI) titled, Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories. Catalysts increase

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production

by Maegan Murray  (Washington State University-Tri-Cities)  Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Upgrades Carbon Dioxide to Fuels Found by USTC

(EurekAlert!/University of Science and Technology of China)  Liquid multi-carbon alcohols such as ethanol and n-propanol are desired as renewable transportation fuels. They offer high energy densities, ease of long-range transport, and

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary Perry Announces Up to $78 Million for Bioenergy Research Funding Opportunities LOI due May 30, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

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

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Lumber’s Lure: Thanks to Physics, Viable Biofuel May Grow in the Woods

by Chris Lee (Ars Technica)  Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.  … I thought New Zealand would offer some chemistry-minded contrast. The country makes a lot of money on timber

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel

(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

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first

March 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology

by Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (U.S. Department of Energy)  … With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling nearly $1.3 million since 2013, ANL researchers are using X-ray

February 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Off-Road Engines, Aftertreatment Systems Perform Well on B100

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Rostock demonstrates in current research results that off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. The German

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Thermophiles for Syngas-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse,

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New Cat in Town: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deliver high performing, cost-effective catalytic materials that meet the needs of the ChemCatBio catalysis projects? That’s the ambitious goal of a project led by researchers from

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop Process to Produce Higher Quality Fuel from Biowaste

(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

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Valley of the Diols: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Producing PDO and HDO from Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you build a catalytic process to produce alpha, omega diols from lignocellulosic biomass? Such a process, using inorganic catalysts for conversion of biomass into 1.5

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Reveal High Performance CNT Catalyst Relating to Its Electroconductivity

(Phys.Org/World Scientific Publishing)  Recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from Jatropha Oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products

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

January 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Catalyst to Produce the Biodiesel of the Future

(FGUSAL/DICYT)  Researchers at the University of Salamanca test a catalyst to produce biodiesel more efficiently and economically in accordance with the requirements imposed by the regulations for the coming years — 

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Projects Named as Semi-Finalists in Ontario Competition

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

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Affordable, Renewable Hydrocarbons Made from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass

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

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Asia Bioeconomy Trends

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With apologies to every other region around the world. we continue to see Asia as the epicenter of the biobased revolution over the next 20 years.

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. … Scientists from the University of Bristol’s

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Biofuels Catalysts Market by Manufacturers, Types, Regions and Application Research Report Forecast to 2022

(MarketersMedia/SNJ Today)  Global Biofuels Catalysts Industry 2017 Market Research Report provides the details about Industry Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure, Capacity, Growth Rate, Gross Margin, Major Manufacturers, Development Trends and Forecast

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Welcome to the Protein Revolution: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

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’

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

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

November 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects

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

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins

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.

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

The Protein Engineers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

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’

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology

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

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

(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

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Value Methoxyphenols

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

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste

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

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels

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

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Ruthenium-Based Catalyst Could Be Biomass Game-Changer

(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

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics

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

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Gettin’ a New Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs

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

September 1, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass and Catalytic Conversion into Hydrocarbons

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

August 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Identify Cheaper, Greener Biofuels Processing Catalyst

(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

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine

(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

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Queen’s Researcher Turning Dirty Tinfoil into Biofuel Catalyst

(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

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D

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

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium

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

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

ChemCatBio Launches 2017 Directed Funding Assistance Opportunity

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

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels

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

July 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Green Synthesized Biofuel Meets Auto Standards

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

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

And No Extra Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to One-Step, High-Yield, Drop-In Biofuels

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

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Stanford Discovery Could Lead to Sustainable Source of the Fuel Additive Ethanol

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

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale

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

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water

(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

May 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

How Gold Can Recycle Biofuel Waste into Useful Additive

(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

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

New Insights into 3rd Method of Microbial Energy Production

(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

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees

(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

May 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars

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

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

KiOR – In Hindsight

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

April 27, 2017 Read Full Article

The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pyrolysis’ Progress and Prospects, Pt 1

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

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

(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

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Commercial Proving Grounds

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness

February 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Biofuels to Rise to 67 Billion Gallons in 2022 as Next-Generation Technologies Take Over

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years to 9.6 billion gallons per year as first-generation fuels

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalyst for Green Biodiesel Production from Unrefined Feedstock

(South China Morning Post/sponsored)  … This new Catalyst for Green Biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Butadiene from Ethanol in One Step: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ETB Catalytic Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ETB Catalytic Technologies has developed a one-step process for producing butadiene from ethanol – and

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Sugars to Drop-In Fuels & Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Virent

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Virent is in the business of replacing crude oil by applying clever chemistry to create

January 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting

January 16, 2017 Read Full Article

New Path to Ethylene via Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technip’s Hummingbird Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last June, we reported that Technip completed the acquisition of Hummingbird ethanol to ethylene technology from BP Chemicals

January 4, 2017 Read Full Article

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In: Anellotech, Edeniq, Novvi

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For Anellotech, a new technology to extend catalyst life by reducing catalyst poisons that cause

December 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists Find Way to Turn Waste Gas into Biofuel

by  Brooks Hays (UPI)  Chemical engineer Jae Sung Lee said the research will offer a “new opportunity for recycling CO2

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans,

September 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Researchers Garner Grant to Study Innovative Biofuels Production Technology

by Robert Mills (Iowa State University)  A team of researchers from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute is investigating a new

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Program Awards Vouches to Five Bioenergy Companies

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awarded $8 million worth of

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Creating Value from Landfill Gas

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

New Renewable Energy Research Centre Opens in Denmark

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new renewable energy research centre, called VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals, has

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Ants! Run for Your Lives! Or, Perhaps, Are Ants the Key Players in the Hydrogen Economy?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Could be that formic acid provides a vital energy storage medium for hydrogen. when H2

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Understanding Octane Value in North America

by Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga (ADI Analytics)  The value of an octane barrel has risen significantly in recent years going

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies Land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced that Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies and Princeton

June 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly

June 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production

by Elizabeth E. Hood and Lorenz Bauer  (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … Biofuels can be produced by a number of

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

UFOP-Project “Lowering of the Boiling Curve of Biodiesel”

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The boiling line of diesel fuels is relevant for the combustion in modern engines. Biodiesel shows a boiling

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Any Alcohol into Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Byogy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols,

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

How Royal Dutch Shell and Other Companies Are Trying to Make Petroleum Products from Municipal Waste

by Hari Pulakkat (Times of India/The Economic Times)  …  Among the most advanced of the lot is Royal Dutch Shell,

December 30, 2015 Read Full Article

REACHing towards Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make

December 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Aromatics Ascending: IFP Energies Nouvelles, Axens to Accelerate Bio-BTX via Anellotech Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens said they have completed construction on a fully-integrated

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

New Heaven’s Chemical Plant in Manly, US to Start Production in January

(Chemcicals-Technology.com)  India-based TSS Group’s subsidiary New Heaven Chemicals is set to start production at its chemical plant at the Manly

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Paves Way for Bio-Based Plastics, Chemicals

by Tina Hilding (Washington State University News)  Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

More Efficient Way of Converting Ethanol Leads to Better Alternative Fuel

(University of Rochester)  New Catalysts Lead to Near Total Conversion  —  … But now a research team, led by William Jones

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat

November 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Hydrolysis of Woody Biomass by a Biomass-Derived Reusable Heterogeneous Catalyst

by Hirokazu Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Kaiki, Abhijit Shrotri, Kota Techikawara and Atsushi Fukuoka (Chemical Science)    Biomass is the sole carbon-based

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

ORNL Team Discovers Mechanism behind Direct Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion; Implications for Energy Efficiency and Cost of Upgrading

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production

by Michelle Fredrickson (WSU News)  A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Vertimass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

NSF Awards Maximum Support to Iowa State-Based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

(Iowa State University)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Clean & Green: A Comprehensive Review of “Syngas” Cleanup for Biomass Gasification

(Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  Contrasting with ethanol production with microorganisms to ferment raw material into liquid fuel, biomass

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

PhD Thesis Proposes Use of Ethanol and Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production

(Basque Research)   … Chemical engineer Inés Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel

November 12, 2014 Read Full Article

University of Wyoming Researchers Advance Biorenewable Energy Prospects

(University of Wyoming)  After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and accounting, Allen Morris decided to

September 18, 2014 Read Full Article

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or,

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective Oil produced from biomass – such

July 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital

April 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Evonik Opens New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Argentina

(Evonik Industries AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 21, Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel production

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could

October 21, 2013 Read Full Article

ASTM Efforts Provide Backbone for OEM Biodiesel Support

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Over the past two years, both with biodiesel production exceeding 1 billion gallons, problems from the

August 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Enerkem Starts “Drop-In” Renewable Fuels R&D Project

(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

May 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Promising results are a step toward a range of renewable energy strategies fueled by Nature In a

April 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Transesterification of Soybean Oil to Biodiesel Using CaO as a Solid Base Catalyst

(Fuel)  In this study, transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel using CaO as a solid base catalyst was studied. The

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Gusher! KiOR Starts Production of US Cellulosic Biofuels at Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  500 ton per day wood biomass to biocrude plant commences oil production – the long

November 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Berkeley Fermentation Process Converts Sugar Directly to Diesel

by Robert Sanders (Biodiesel Magazine/UC Berkeley)  A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used

November 7, 2012 Read Full Article

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received

September 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Catalytic Upgrading of Biorefinery Oil from Micro-Algae

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

September 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Latest Developments on Application of Heterogenous Basic Catalysts for an Efficient and Eco Friendly Synthesis of Biodiesel: A Review

by Yogesh C. Sharma, Bhaskar Singh, John Korstad  (Fuel) Heterogeneous catalysts are now being tried extensively for biodiesel synthesis. These catalysts are

September 20, 2012 Read Full Article

World Energy and Hydro Dynamics Team up to Promote SPR Cavitation Reactor Technology

(Hydro Dynamics)  – Hydro Dynamics, Inc., makers of innovative ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) technology and longtime biodiesel industry leader World Energy,

September 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold

September 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Feedstock Analysis 2nd Generation of Biofuels

(Mettler – Toledo Int. Inc/Environmental Expert)   The main obstacle in biodiesel production from waste fats and oils is their high free fatty

March 12, 2012 Read Full Article

[LL] Cool Planet Rocks the Bells

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are Google, BP, Conoco, and GE investing? Is 3,000 gallons per acre of renewable

March 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Catalyzing Biodiesel Growth: An analysis of Conventional Acid and Base Catalysts Used inToday’s Biodiesel Industry

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minimizing catalyst use, particularly homogenous catalysts, while simultaneously maximizing product quality and process yield is

March 2, 2012 Read Full Article

CORE BioFuel Inc. Produces High Octane Gasoline in Tests of Biomass to Gasoline Process

(CORE BioFuel, Inc.)  CORE BioFuel Inc., a Canadian company focused on energy security for the North American and European markets,

December 7, 2011 Read Full Article

A New Catalyst for Ethanol Made from Biomass

(EurekAlert!)  Researchers potentially find a renewable path to fuel additives, rubber and solvents Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed

August 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Mississippi State Licenses MSW Conversion Tech to Harrelson & Assoc.

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  A novel waste conversion technology developed at Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Center is

July 21, 2011 Read Full Article

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

  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

June 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Virent Makes Gasoline from Cellulosic Biomas

(Virent)  Biofuels Pioneer Converts Corn Stover and Loblolly Pine Into BioFormate™ Gasoline with Molecular Composition Similar to Gasoline Derived from Fossil Fuels

June 3, 2011 Read Full Article

National Advanced Biofuels Consortium: How Biomass Fits into the Petroleum Infrastructure

(National Advanced Biofuels Consortium)  This 55-slide presentation from a National Advanced Biofuels Consortium Webinar describes the organization and work of

May 19, 2011 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Technology Square Dance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …How’s an investor to parse out all these technologies. For many, it’s a case of

April 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Bracketology: Which 3 of 6 Will Win in NABC Drop-In Fuels Consortium Cut-Off?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Amongst the various projects that received support under the 2009 Recovery Act were an algal

March 18, 2011 Read Full Article

The Brew Barons: Masters of Advanced Fermentation, Driving the Redefinition of Biofuels: Pt 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Is there enough energy, food, fiber and feed for all? Advances in industrial fermentation –

March 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Enzyme Cocktail Could Eliminate a Step in Biofuel Process

(Virginia Tech/EurekAlert)  Conversion of biomass to fuel requires several steps: chemical pretreatment to break up the biomass – often dilute

February 25, 2011 Read Full Article

American Jianye Greentech Holdings Expands Into Alcohol-Based Biodiesel Production With Plan Approval For 200,000 Metric Ton Plant

(GlobeNewsWire)  American Jianye Greentech Holdings, Ltd. , a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of alcohol-based automobile fuel and civil-use fuel in

February 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Pulp Non-Fiction: Biofuels a Ray of Sunshine in a Gloomy Season

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the pulp and paper industry reels from the internet’s impact, biofuels and renewable chemicals

February 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Optimized Catalyst for Biomass Gasification for Production of Synthetic Fuels

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Gas Hydrate, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion,

February 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit: Conference Report

by Bill Brandon (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On February 10 & 11, about 120 participants gathered in chilly Chicago for the

February 21, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Detroit-Based NextCAT Inc. Secures $250,000 to Commercialize Biodiesel Technology Developed at Wayne State University

(Wayne State University)  NextCAT Inc., a Detroit-based company, announced that it has received $250,000 in seed funding from Automation Alley

February 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Tailoring Biomass to Fit the Biofuels Pipeline

by Dr. Maureen McCann (Professor, Purdue University) Dr. McCann begins by describing the different plant cell wall architectures belonging to

January 23, 2011 Read Full Article

User Facility Capabilities to Accelerate Impact in Biomass

by David Hoyt (Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Hoyt first provides an overview of

January 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Chemists Improve Synthesis of Biodiesel

by Sahil Luthra  (The Brown Daily Herald)  Two Brown chemists have developed a more efficient way to produce biodiesel from waste

October 25, 2010 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 Million for Biomass Research and Development

(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

September 9, 2010 Read Full Article

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