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Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines: Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure
April 20, 2018 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Mattie Hensley   (Sandia National Laboratory)   The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & …

Vehicle Efficiency Transportation 2050: More EVs, but Conventional Vehicles Will Still Dominate
April 20, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Making Vehicles More Efficient Is Critical to Reduce Emissions  —  … Over the next 30 years, electric vehicles (EVs) will grow and fuel economy will increase, but conventional gasoline …

Department of Energy Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development
April 19, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. As …

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production
April 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes …

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows
April 18, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the …

New Release: Co-Optima 2017 Year in Review
April 18, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  While vehicles and fuels currently on the market get travelers from Point A to Point B, are there new options that could save fuel and money, while also delivering higher performance …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
April 16, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important …

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year
April 13, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, which could help farmers by firing up corn demand but faces opposition …

Vehicle Transformation through New Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition
April 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be renaissance times for the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Their long quest to upend proposed Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules that ignored the potential to improve efficiency and emissions via …

Researchers Improve Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
April 4, 2018 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biomass Magazine)  Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels that are …

Team Discovers Enzyme Domains that Dramatically Improve Performance
March 30, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  It was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off. By studying and comparing the …

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?
March 23, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the table to provide year-round E15 …

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

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

It’s Here! … The (Spending) Level Playing Field
March 22, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA grants rise: The agency’s operational budget would remain pretty much the same, but grant programs get a boost, Alex Guillén and Annie Snider report. That means the Clean Water and …

CEC: California EV chargers Will Add 1 GW of Peak Demand by 2025
March 21, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  California will need between 229,000 and 279,000 electric vehicle chargers in public locations and multi-unit dwellings by 2025 to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) goals of having 5 million …

DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’
March 18, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Lacey Johnson (Greentech Media)  The Under Secretary of Energy defends a Trump administration proposal to cut $1.3 billion in funding from the DOE’s renewable energy office.  —  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and …

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel Co-Optimization
March 16, 2018 – 11:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (February 15, 2018) released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima). The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies …

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
March 16, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(FuelsCellsWorks/U.S. Department of Energy)  Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE)
The U.S. electric system is dominated by large, central power plants and an extensive transmission and distribution system commonly referred …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-In Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon
March 13, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have a breakthrough in pyrolysis to report today that could reduce the estimated cost of producing fuel from $3.27 per gallon to $2.58 per gallon.
And no one quite understands how …

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

NREL Seeking Help with Biorefinery Survey DEADLINE: March 8, 2018
March 8, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking respondents to a survey to better understand the next generation biofuel industry as a whole and its contributions to the local and national economy. The …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and …

Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research
March 6, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin – Madison/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advances in biofuels research tend to involve reduced costs, greater reagent stability, more diverse and valuable end products, or faster reactions, which often increase product yields as well.
But to …

It’s Entirely About Character: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass
March 5, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why characterize biomass? Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex biopolymer and its properties vary depending on its species, growth environments and conversion processes. Characteristics of biomass provide valuable insights for biomass utilization. Diverse characterization methods have been …

Lightweighting: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium
March 5, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with carbon fiber?  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and demonstrate an acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) production process from biomass-derived sugars at ≤ $1/lb. Additionally, the team …

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2
March 5, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The engineered strains can …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 27, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

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 spectroscopy to move the nation …

BETO 2017 Peer Review Results Are Now Online!
February 27, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Last spring, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) conducted its seventh biennial external review of its research, development, and communications portfolio. More than 40 external subject matter …

SynTec: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Biology for Tailored Enzyme Cocktails
February 27, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Novozymes that proposes to deliver a screening platform which can be used to reduce discovery time required for tailoring enzymes to …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

DOE Grants $10.6 Million to Produce More Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America …

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars
February 26, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE target selling price. And, suitable for …

Bugging out over Exciting Enzymes Found in Ancient Insects
February 26, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of …

Somethin’ from Just about Nothin’: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste Lignin into Bioplastics
February 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You know what they say, “you can make anything you want from lignin except money.”  It’s the most challenging issues in biofuel production: upgrading the lignin-containing biorefineryresidues to fungible bioproducts, in an …

All Your Acetogen Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Acetone and Drop-In Biofuels from Syngas Fermentation
February 22, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from biomass syngas via a novel …

Growth Energy Calls on US Government to Support Biofuels Sector
February 22, 2018 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy calls on US government to support biofuels sector — Biofuels are crucial to improving the US energy outlook, according to an expert from ethanol trade association Growth Energy.
Chris Bliley, Growth Energy’s vice-president of …

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential
February 21, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production, in an eight-year study. D.K. Lee, …

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels
February 21, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion …

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Cellulosic Tolerance in Yeast
February 20, 2018 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused …

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook
February 19, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s not every day that scientists stumble upon novel ways to make biofuel, but that’s exactly what Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have done by discovering that a simple catalyst …

NREL Looking for Help with Biorefineries Survey
February 19, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, DC, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is asking for help in gathering information to better understand the existing and next generation biofuel industry and its contributions to the local, …

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Thermophiles for Syngas-to-Fuels
February 19, 2018 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

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, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; …

New DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction
February 15, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when …

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry
February 15, 2018 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities …

Better, Faster, Cheaper Bio-Oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil
February 14, 2018 – 10:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led by Daniel Resasco at the …

Gene Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels
February 14, 2018 – 10:18 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted …

Lignin Unchained, 3D Printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics
February 13, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team led by Amit K. Naskar, …

Trump Seeks to Cut Energy Department Loan, Research Programs
February 12, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration Monday proposed significantly slashing a handful of controversial loan and research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE).
The cuts to programs meant to help develop innovative energy technologies, …

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate
February 11, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central …

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Extended
February 10, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump today, included provisions to extend a host of Alternative Fuel Tax Credits. The incentives originally expired on December 31, 2016, …

Emergent Research Could Forge New Paths to Biodiesel’s Future
February 7, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Young scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas. The students are part of the Next …

Biodiesel Stands Its Ground, Won’t Back Down: New B20 Vehicles, Emissions Cuts, Highlight NBC 2018
February 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The makers of the world’s favorite advanced biofuel — a/k/a the biodiesel industry — descended upon Texas to mingle, make and renew ties at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. And, to …

IBBR to Investigate How to Protect Poplar from Disease
February 6, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland IBBR/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer …

Department of Energy’s 2017 Project Peer Review Report
February 6, 2018 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research, …

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel
February 5, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural …

Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.
February 5, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel.
While the research remains in …

The Slowed Corrode: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Oils and Corrosion
February 2, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The presence of significant concentrations of oxygen-bearing compounds, particularly carboxylic acids and other carbonyl-containing compounds, makes biomass derived oils corrosive to many common structural materials. So says everyone.
But a research team …

Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report
February 1, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy in La …

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center
February 1, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

byJulie Wurth  (News Gazette)  A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched …

New Cat in Town: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Catalyst Synthesis
February 1, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

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 Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge …

Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Methoxyphenols
January 31, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the production of advanced biofuels from catalytic pyrolysis, integrated with …

Liquefy Thy Forest: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquefaction of Forest Biomass for Hydrocarbon Fuels
January 30, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A team of researchers from Iowa State led by Robert Brown and supported by the DOE’s Biomass Technologies Office is aiming to demonstrate the liquefaction of forest biomass for hydrocarbon fuels, as …

Drop-in Biofuels, More Please Sir: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jumping Bio-Oil Yields
January 29, 2018 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Improving hydrogen utilization and carbon recovery, as a pathway to higher efficiency bio-oil production using thermochemical process? That’s the focus for a project from RTI International that picked up significant DOE …

UPS Reports on Renewable Diesel Performance, Calls for Bio-Crude Advancements to Increase Production
January 29, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Tom Quimby (Hard Working Trucks)  With both Ford and Chevy recently announcing diesel engine options for their 2019 ½-ton pickups, it’s safe to say that the nation’s oil-burners, despite ongoing emissions controversy, are not going …

Valley of the Diols: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Producing PDO and HDO from Biomass
January 26, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

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 pentanediol (PDO) and 1,6 hexanediols …

The Relay Race toward Energy Security: Passing the Baton from Bioenergy Research to Industrial Commercialization
January 25, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy) … One approach is through using domestic biomass resources, such as agricultural and forestry residues, grasses, and municipal solid waste. But, how do these biological materials make it from …

Brazil Bilateral: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US-Brazil R&D in Thermochemical Bio Conversion
January 25, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis …

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions, Reflects on History
January 24, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight 25 years of biodiesel success  —  As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years, the National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 24, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

In an Ethanol Producer Magazine article, Urban Air Initiative’s David Hallberg explains how, with proper adherence to Clean Air Act regulations, ethanol can substitute for carcinogens in our fuel. “(I)t is increasingly clear that gasoline …

Respecting the Law
January 24, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  (T)he U.S. Department of Energy’s adherence to laws, and a proposal from the Urban Air Initiative to escape the aromatics dilemma.  —  … Hopefully Pruitt has established a precedent that …

USDA, DOE to Fund Biomass Genomics Research
January 23, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock …

US Government Report Strengthens Consensus on Biodiesel Benefits
January 22, 2018 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Argonne National Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, and Purdue University affirm impressive emissions reductions  —  A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits …

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production
January 22, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  New research from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago at Illinois and the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that incorporating conservation practices can both increase soil …

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology
January 17, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization …

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 5, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from …

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018
January 3, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As …

EERC, Red Trail Energy Continue to Reduce CO2 Emissions
January 3, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Red Trail Energy LLC and the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center began investigating carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology as a way to reduce the …

FCIC to Fund Projects to Improve Biomass Handing
January 3, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  To accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding …

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio
January 2, 2018 – 9:23 pm | 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 …

U Can’t Have Enuf H2: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Pyrolysis
January 2, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
December 29, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

DOE Announces Plan to Modernize Department
December 27, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … Under the new plan, the current office of Under Secretary for Science and Energy (established in 2013 during Secretary Moniz’s tenure) will be separated into two Under Secretary positions so that …

Affordable, Renewable Hydrocarbons Made from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass
December 26, 2017 – 7:24 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 in …

New Feedstocks, New Targets, New Processes: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
December 20, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL — home to the …

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects –DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018 — Deadline: 2/12/2018
December 15, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and …

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production
December 14, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(General Automation Lab Technologies/PR Newswire)  New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a …

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses
December 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

DOE Makes Second Small-Business Research Funding Announcement
December 12, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A second round of funding has been announced for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for 2018. The funding amounts to about …

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States
December 8, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from electricity production in the United States, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Issues Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunity Announcement
November 30, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) second Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for …

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
November 30, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased …

Energy Destiny? Think Energy Density.
November 24, 2017 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Density matters, that’s how we see it. Super-dense fuels are superfuels and they have a real place in our economy — not to mention our advanced bioeconomy. They have functional advantages that …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village
November 14, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Newswise) Berkeley Lab-led study unveils new source of robust cellulases in compost  —  A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates …

Study Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into Useful Chemicals
November 10, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein (Phys.Org/Sandia National Laboratories)  A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making …

Winning the Race for New Technology via Public-Private Partnership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL PPP Programs and Projects
November 7, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This year at ABLC Next, NREL’s Rich Bolin, gave us an overview of partnership perspective, opportunities and past performance.  Signature companies are engaged, in the space — advanced manufacturing, fuels, power, …

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy Picks the Midwest Hub for Its Next MSW-to-Jet Fuel Project
November 7, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery.
We reported last month that the long-awaited financing was completed for Fulcrum …

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause
November 6, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Christopher Joyce (NPR)  It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers.
The climate report, obtained by …

Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods
November 2, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(CapeCod.com)  The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods hole has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical U.S. Waters.
The award is one of 18 …

DOE Schedules Meeting of Biomass Advisory Committee
November 1, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C.
According to information published in the …

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!
October 31, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to …

How to Make Biofuel (Halloween Edition)
October 31, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Boo! It’s Halloween, and here at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), our cauldrons are brewing with biofuel!
Biofuels are liquid transportation fuels made from renewable, organic matter called …

SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology
October 20, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines …

Letter: Purdue Continues Important Biofuels Research
October 19, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Gunner Greene (Iroquois Bio Energy/Journal & Courier)  Purdue University has received an important grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its important research into homegrown biofuels.  Purdue will continue its research into how corn …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). …

Productionizing Synthetic Biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
October 17, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry …

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii
October 17, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy …

Dem Introduces Bill to Boost Clean Vehicle Technology
October 13, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Zanona (The Hill)  … Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who has also been leading a House push to pave the way for autonomous vehicles, reintroduced a bill that would promote investments in the research and …

Dynamic Metabolic Control: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to 10X Bioprocess Intensification
October 12, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project from DMC Limited and Duke University to develop scalable and cost-effective next generation semi-continuous fermentation based processes for biofuels, reducing commercial scale capital …

Sierra Hotel: Los Alamos, Gevo to Develop Ultra Long-Range Missile, Aviation Fuels
October 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Imagine, for example, a Boeing 777 flying non-stop between any two cities in the world. Or F-18A/F Superhornets adding significant weapon loads, or up to 30% to flight range. It’s like …

ASU, CSU, NREL Share in $3.5 Million Algae Project
October 11, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed …

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass
October 10, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer called lignin, and it is …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge
October 9, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Converting algae to …

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production
October 9, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make …

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant
October 9, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million …

Renewable Natural Gas Increasingly Used to Meet Part of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 9:48 am | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Agency)  Renewable natural gas (RNG), which is derived from biogas collected at landfills and other facilities, is increasingly used to meet government targets for renewable fuel production. In 2016, about 189 million gallons …

J. Craig Venter Institute-led Team Awarded 5-year, $10.7 M Grant from U.S. Department of Energy to Optimize Metabolic Networks in Diatoms, Enabling Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 5, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Synbiobeta)  Research builds on a series of recent landmark studies, at JCVI, which have led to transformative new methodology for synthetic biology and functional genomics  —  Scientists, led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit …

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 …

DOE Publishes Report on Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture
October 4, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held on …

NREL Selected to Spearhead $3.5 Million DOE Project to Advance Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 4, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Cisar (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to lead a new project, for up to $3.5 million, with the …

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support
October 3, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.

Boulos Chalhoub of the French National …

Delaware Biotech Company White Dog Labs Awarded DOE Funding
October 2, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Jeff Neiburg (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  For the second year in a row, Delaware’s White Dog Labs has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

This time last year, White Dog was one of six projects selected to help …

MSU Research to Harness Algae to Contain Power Plant Emissions
September 26, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products.
The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department …

Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection
September 26, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding …

Year-Round Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Managing Seasonal Variation in Algae Production, and Reducing Ash
September 26, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to better manage seasonal variation in algal biomass production, through stabilization to reduce conversion costs, and to reduce ash to increase …

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 …

With Extra Sugar, Leaves Get Fat Too
September 26, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory) Scientists tip balance of plant metabolism to increase oil content in leaves with aim of making biofuels and related useful chemicals  —  … In plants, this extra fat accumulation could be a good thing. …

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina Oilseed Yield
September 21, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Michgan State Univesity)  Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant compete with petroleum products?
Small …

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 …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER.
The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Enzyme’s Worth to Biofuels Shown in Latest NREL Research
September 20, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or …

Takin’ Out the Oxygen with Electro-Deoxygenation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Bio-Oil
September 19, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate the techno‐economic feasibility of upgrading biomass derived pyrolysis oil using electro-deoxygenation process. A ceramic membrane that selectively transports oxygen under …

Moving into Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Engine/Fuel Transformation
September 18, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but not limited to: facilitating new …

Depolymerizing That Dang Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochemical Lignin Deconstruction
September 15, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting …

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
September 15, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.  —  Securing funding for new technologies can …