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Low-Carbon Jet Fuel and Diesel, at Scale: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels
July 20, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Established in 2013, AltAir Fuels was created to produce low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstock. For its first commercial project, AltAir partnered with Alon Energy USA to use …

My Eco Energy Launches Indizel in Odisha
July 19, 2018 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Update Odisha)  My Eco Energy (MEE), India’s young renewable fuel company, has announced the launch of its revolutionary green fuel Indizel in Odisha which is an alternative to premium and conventional diesel. 
Indizel is an ultra-premium sustainable …

Boskalis Westminster : Nederland Aiming for 35% CO2 Reduction with GoodFuels Biofuel
July 16, 2018 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Boskalis)  Boskalis Nederland and biofuel supplier GoodFuels have announced a long-term partnership aimed at furthering Boskalis’ sustainable practices. Reducing CO2emissions is one of Boskalis’ long-term objectives. A 35% reduction in the CO2emitted by the fleet and …

Top 10 Transformations – Pivotal Pivots for Survival in the Bioeconomy
July 16, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Some of these started with biofuels then went into chemicals, nutrition or protein and some are going back to their beginnings. What they all have in common, however, is they …

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

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

Global Bioenergies and Audi Renew Their Partnership in Renewable Gasoline
July 12, 2018 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and Audi announced today the signing of a new agreement focused on the implementation of residue usage, preparation of a path to commercialization and engine testing of new …

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction
July 9, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen …

From LanzaTech to Sierra Energy and the Latest Research, Syngas Is on Fire
July 9, 2018 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Syngas, or synthesis gas, is on fire lately, with new technologies making the most of waste products like CO2 or low-grade biomass and converting them into useful hot stuff like …

Advanced Biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects
June 22, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment)  … A number of exogenous policies have greatly impacted advanced biofuels markets and RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards) compliance. These include trade restrictions and duties …

Auburn Researcher: Biofuels Are Still an Important Component of Our Energy Mix
June 18, 2018 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Steven Taylor (Yellow Hammer)  … But for a moment, let’s reexamine biofuels, as they can still play an important role in our state’s energy production and economic development. According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, our state …

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel
June 12, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology …

Hidden Costs Behind the IMO’s New Regulations For Marine Biofuels: EIA Webinar Review
May 24, 2018 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Challenged by strict, binding international targets to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and sulfur levels in fuels it is estimated that by 2020 the marine sector will need to …

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 22, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Rockin’ It This Month
May 14, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Neste reaches 1B gallons renewable diesel sale, runs in fire trucks, ambulances and school vehicles  —  In Texas, Neste U.S., Inc. is celebrating its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold …

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

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

Secretary Perry Announces Up to $78 Million for Bioenergy Research Funding Opportunities LOI due May 30, 2018
May 3, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

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 Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.
“The …

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
May 2, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center …

Tapping Biogas for the Renewable Hydrogen That We Really, Really Need
April 24, 2018 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to make a fuel is that a carbohydrate contains around 53% oxygen by weight and needs about …

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

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

Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG Announce Their Collaboration on ASTM-Certification of a Bio-Isobutene Feedstock and Conversion Process for the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel
April 17, 2018 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (GBE), the company developing a breakthrough process converting renewable resources into isobutene, and SkyNRG, world market leader in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will work together to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ …

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

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

First Car Driving with Global Bioenergies’ Renewable Gasoline
April 5, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  First Audi car to drive at the Montlhéry circuit using over 34% renewable gasoline; One-cylinder engine testing results confirm renewable gasoline has very high performances; Start of the on-road testing phase  —  Today, for the first …

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%
April 3, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing …

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
March 30, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/PR Newswire)  California biofuel company Byogy Renewables welcomes last week’s ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, putting Byogy on track as a leader to produce one of the world’s first “full …

Global Bioenergies to Present Results of Engine Testing with Renewable Fuels
March 22, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) will present engine testing results on April 5th. Its commercial partner Audi, and German engine & fuels specialist FEV, will join the presentation. … Global Bioenergies is one of …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Renewable Jet and Diesel Technology
March 20, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, …

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 …

US Biofuels Centre Shifts Focus to Second Gen Products
February 19, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is moving from the development of crop-based ethanol to creating fuels and chemicals that are fungible with their petroleum-based …

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 …

REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine Enter into Partnership for Sustainable Inland Shipping
January 26, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(GoodFuels)  Advanced Biofuels more widely available for European inland shipping  —  From today, VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine will work together to make European inland shipping more sustainable. As a result, the sustainable …

Refinery Project in Construction Financing Stage
January 22, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Kali Katerberg (The Daily Mining Gazette)  … At its Wednesday meeting, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) heard an update on the SynSel Biofuel plant planned for the area.
“The last time we were here, we were …

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

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

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste
January 12, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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

Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel
December 15, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in …

E-fuels Technologies in European Transport’s Future
December 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  According to a report by Cerulogy for T&E, e-fuels only have meaningful climate benefits if strict sustainability criteria are observed throughout the production process. Renewable e-fuels can have low greenhouse gas intensities, lower environmental …

Two-Stage Catalytic Fast Hydropyrolysis of Biomass Produces Biofuel with Heating Value, Aromaticity Close to Gasoline
December 11, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Connecticut Storrs reports on a two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis process (CFHP) that produces a drop-in biofuel with heating value and aromaticity close to that of gasoline. Their …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
November 13, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

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

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
November 1, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

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 …

E4Tech Report Shows Opportunity for Advanced Biofuels in UK but Policy Framework Needed
October 25, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Department for Transport published a new report commissioned from E4Tech showing that advanced biofuels can play a key role in decarbonizing transportation by 2030. Gasification combined with Fischer Tropsch …

Ottawa Looking into Low-Carbon Fuels as It Develops New Clean Fuel Standard
October 23, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  A major question the government appears to be grappling with is where a new supply of low-carbon fuels will come from —  The federal government is looking into the potential for low-carbon …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

Natural Resources Canada Launches Tender for Drop-In Fuels Study
October 17, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Natural Resources Canada has launched a tender for a study to assess the technological and market-related challenges associated with producing and deploying liquid drop-in fuels in the Canadian market, including evaluating …

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy
October 17, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — …

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017
October 17, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Never fall in love with a feedstock”, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren spends a considerable amount of time reminding us here in Digestville, and that pertains to any area of industrial …

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 …

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions
October 11, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Marcius Extavour (XPRIZE/Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it diesel, methanol, butanol, or others. New approaches to the science and technology of CO2-to-fuels may …

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 …

Stuttgart Airport Turns to Renewable Fuels
September 26, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Stuttgart Airport has started using Finnish company Neste’s renewable diesel in a bid to reduce its CO2emissions. The move to Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel comes as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s …

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 …

Modular Drop-In Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 15, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)  EU project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction for biofuel production …

Risk on the Horizon for RFS Advanced Pool?
September 11, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  The time is now to make sure policymakers in Washington, D.C., understand the importance of staying the course on fuels of the future. —  On July 28, the …

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

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

Vertibirds Are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass Drop-In Biofuels Technology, Clears Path to Demo Scale
August 23, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon
July 19, 2017 – 5:47 pm | 2 Comments

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the construction of an advanced biofuels plant. SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier …

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts
July 19, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last …

Shell Goes Carbon Negative, Signs Commercial-Scale Deal with SBI
July 4, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s latest deal with SBI Bioenergy gives it access to a fuel that emits Minus 14.
That means the atmosphere gets less carbon, …

Shell Signs Agreement With SBI BioEnergy Inc.
June 29, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Cision Newswire/Shell Canada Ltd) Agreement grants Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI BioEnergy patented renewable drop-in biofuels.  —  Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V. (“Shell”), and SBI BioEnergy …

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
June 23, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions. …

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

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

Fuels from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Soletair Technology
June 13, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and …

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power
June 13, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable …

Renewable Jet Fuel’s Progress: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ
June 2, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive …

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
May 30, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

More More RHD: REG Expanding Drop-In Diesel?
May 8, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Iowa we received news that Renewable Energy Group has agreed to acquire approximately 82 acres of land at its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery from Lion Copolymer, for $20M. The goal? …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond on hand to detail the very latest in a …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

With Air Traffic on the Upswing, Global – and Indian – Interest Picks up in Aviation Biofuels
April 25, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Sapna Gopal (The Wire)  Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.  —  People in this industry are looking for ways …

The Hydrogen Spring that Became the Year without a Summer
March 30, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Lux Research in a new report asks “Hyundai, Toyota Lead in Hydrogen Innovation – But Is Anyone Following?” in going pessimistic on the development of the hydrogen economy.
“A …

Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint
March 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(GoodFuels)  Port of Amsterdam reduces CO2 footprint by 25% through fleet-wide use of advanced marine biofuel from GoodFuels Marine.  Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its …

Drop-In Biofuels for Marine and Aviation Markets
March 13, 2017 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  A workshop was held in conjunction with ExCo78 in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 9th November 2016. With approximately 60 participants, the theme of the workshop was Drop-in biofuels for international marine and aviation markets. Fifteen …

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

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

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

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

A New Hydrocarbon Brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion
February 16, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

Neste Rebrands Its Renewable Diesel in North America
February 3, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  Neste recently announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel in San Diego, California, during its customer seminar and appreciation event. Neste replaces its “Neste Renewable Diesel” and earlier brand name “NEXBTL” with …

Fracking Biomass: Steeper Energy and the Pursuit of Renewable Hydrocarbons
February 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And it (the history of fracking) reminds us that one of the great tipping points for world civilization is when technology liberates a value great enough that the fear …

Faster than Fermentation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH Technology
January 25, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

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

UK Company Makes Breakthrough with Sustainable Diesel Fuel Production
January 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A UK sustainable energy company is the first ever to have successfully converted actual landfill gas into usable diesel fuel with no fossil fuel additives, during recent trials.
Renovare Fuels, which …

Small Is Beautiful: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Microchannel Reactor Tech
December 30, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Old Carbon, New Jet Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s ATJ Jet Fuel Tech
December 30, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied as …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

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

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

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

GAO RFS Reports Paint Incomplete Picture of Advanced Biofuels
December 1, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding …

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
December 1, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

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

Renewable Fuel Standard: Low Expected Production Volumes Make It Unlikely That Advanced Biofuels Can Meet Increasing Targets
November 30, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard program calls for greater use of advanced biofuels—fuel made from waste fats and oils or crop residues, for example—in the transportation fuel supply through 2022.
Yet, there is …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
October 24, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

Think Small, Tough Times: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Microchannel F/T Technology
October 21, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 13, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

Global Bioenergies Joins Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog in the “Bio-Based Gasoline Project” in Sweden
September 26, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Alternext paris: ALGBE), Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announce having joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel entirely based on forest resources. The consortium has signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a …

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston
September 20, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, …

JetBlue Announces One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchase Agreements in Aviation History
September 19, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(JetBlue)  Preparing for a Lower Carbon Future, Airline Partners with SG Preston to Purchase Renewable Jet Fuel;  JetBlue Expects To Take First Delivery of Renewable Jet Fuel In 2019 With A 10-Year Purchase Agreement and …

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel
September 19, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some …

Navy Tests 100-Percent Advanced Biofuel
September 17, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Watters (Naval Aviation News)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G “Green Growler” completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station …

GoodFuels Marine and Boskalis Have Successfully Tested UPM’s Sustainable Wood-Based Biofuel for Marine Fleet
September 9, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert, and GoodFuels Marine, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, today announced to have performed successful live tests on a …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

Changing the Way We Fly: Biofuels Made from Waste Gases Reaching New Heights with Airline Industry
August 30, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Booking a flight soon? You may be leaving on a jet plane powered with renewable fuel. With more than 87,000 flights and approximately 1.56 million barrels of jet …

Competitively Priced, ECA Compliant, Sustainable Biofuel Bunkers Will be a Reality in the Near Future
August 22, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  Chuck Red, Vice President at US-based biofuels firm Applied Research Associates (ARA), says the current cost of biofuel bunkers is misunderstood, and that competitively priced sustainable products are not only possible, they …

No Petroleum Required: U.S. Navy Completes Sea Trial with ARA’s 100% Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel
August 8, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(ARA)  For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) completed final-phase …

U.S. Commerce Department Invests More Than $4 Million In Maine, Deploys Interagency Team To Help Strengthen State’s Forest Economy
August 5, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Economic Development Administration)  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest more than $4 million to help diversify and grow …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels
August 2, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

Biodiesel Firm Eyes Expansion
July 19, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Tennessa Wild (The Western Producer)  Processor developing second generation biofuel with opportunity for wider use  —  Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand.
Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces …

Making It Work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Cellulosic Feedstock
July 19, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Send the Marines: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to GoodFuels Marine
July 5, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine and its partners, Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert and Wärtsilä, the global supplier of engines and power systems to the marine industry, announced in …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

GoodFuels Marine Signs up Dutch Dredging as Second Major Dredging Customer on Sustainable Marine Biofuels
July 5, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Dutch Dredging)  Dutch Dredging has kicked off its year round operation on sustainable “drop-in” marine biofuel out of the Dutch Port of Moerdijk. The Alouette, permanently stationed in the port of Moerdijk will operate on …

Global Bioenergies Obtains a EU400,000 Grant from the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to Produce Renewable Gasoline Additives – Audi Will Use These for Engine Testing
July 5, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces today that its German subsidiary, Global Bioenergies GmbH, secured a €400.000 grant from the BMBF (the German federal ministry for research and education) to finance a 14 month-project aimed at …

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a Fuel
June 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Dimethyl ether has several fuel properties that make it attractive for use in diesel engines. It has a very high cetane number, which is a measure of the fuel’s ignitibility in …

Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
June 27, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DME : it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel.  READ MORE

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.
San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Amyris Fuels First Delivery of New Airbus A350-900 Airplane for Cathay Pacific as Part of Two-Year Biojet Agreement
June 13, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/Globe Newswire)  Two Year Committed Jet Fuel Supply Deal Demonstrating Continued Strong Farnesene Demand  —  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that, on May 29, 2016, Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program …

Burning “Liquid Sunlight” Instead of Fossil Fuels Is Getting Closer to Reality
June 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox)  … However, some uses of energy are not easy to electrify in the short term, maybe even in the long term. They rely on energy-dense liquid fuels. So if we’re ever going to …

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets
June 2, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal …

Licella, Canfor Form JV for Low-Cost, Drop-In Biofuels from Wood Residues and Biomass
May 31, 2016 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella and Canfor will form a joint-venture under the name “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” to integrate Licella’s unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp’s kraft and mechanical pulp …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Sub-$2/Gallon Biobased Hydrocarbon Fuels Head for Diesel-Hungry India
May 25, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste  —  In India, Sunlight Fuels has signed a Front End Loading license agreement for IH2 Technology with …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Baseball, the Trade Deadline, and the Industrial Bioeconomy
May 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Some teams are sellers. They reduce costs, go lean, and hunker down in a case of “wait’ll next year”.
In industrial biotechnology, the calendar tells us it’s May but it might …

Unitel Wins Patent for Direct Conversion of Algae to Fatty Acids
May 11, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Unitel Technologies, an Illinois-based designer and builder of pilot and mini-plants, announced that it has received a patent for a new technology to make fatty acids from a feedstock “soup” of cultivated …

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower
May 9, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. …

Armed Forces Testing Biofuels to Reduce Costs
May 4, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Vic Schoonover (The Lawton Constitution)  While this isn’t information making Oklahoma oil and gas companies any happier during the downturn in oil and gas prices, the U.S. armed forces, namely the Navy and the Air …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
April 28, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition for …

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?
April 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after …

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved
April 15, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products …

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons
April 11, 2016 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

Key Enzyme Discovered in Botryococcus braunii
April 7, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying the common green microalga Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal …

Key Projects and Trends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Fuels 2020
April 1, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the second slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.
The recorded version can …

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States
March 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon …

Biofuel Manufacturer to Invest US$95 Million in Jamaican Plant by 2017
March 8, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(South Florida Caribbean News)  As renewable energy demands increase globally, biofuel developer Benchmark Renewable Energy LLC has officially announced plans to develop a large scale bio-ethanol operation in Jamaica.
The company has confirmed that the project …

Perspectives for Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Brazil
March 3, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Luis A B Cortez, et al. (International Journal of Aerospace Engineering) The aviation industry has set ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions in coming decades. The strategy involves the use of sustainable biofuels, aiming to …

Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ABLC 2016
February 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham has received the 2016 Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy.  …  Commenting on the award, Jim Lane said “Bob Graham founded Ensyn in …

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the Digest presented a survey on that topic.
Here are the …