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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 …

If We Want Electric Autonomous Cars They’ll Need A Hell Of A Lot More Juice
October 11, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Alanis King (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Surprise, Self-Driving Cars Need A Lot Of ‘Brain’ Power  —  Oh, you want an electric car that can also shuttle you around without you having to move a muscle? What do you …

Variety in Value
August 29, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues.
The ethanol …

2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Awards POET’s Jeff Broin 10th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
July 10, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  For those in the biofuels industry, the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is a must. This year’s World Congress will feature a 12-session Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms track, covering …

Review of Auto Standards Raises Concerns From Former EPA Officials
June 6, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Iulia Gheorghiu (Morning Consult)    Former Environmental Protection Agency officials worry the Trump administration’s review of auto emissions standards could slow down U.S. innovation on fuel efficiency.
Stricter standards place a burden on automakers because of …

POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin to Receive 2017 BIO George Washington Carver Award
May 31, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Business Wire/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Broin to accept award and deliver remarks at 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology  —  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced that POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin …

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
May 22, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —  The number to beat to …

Biofuels Could Cut Transport Emissions – But Food May Be at Risk
March 6, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Maina Waruru  (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

Forecasts of Algae Food Products Demonstrate Significant Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use
December 5, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Bentley University/PR Newswire)  Bentley University research fellow Michael J. Walsh leads study finding algae food to have potential to mitigate climate change —  Scientists affiliated with the Marine Algal Industrialization Consortium have published a research …

Beyond Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
December 5, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO. I think it’s Latin for “I forbid petroleum.” So while presidents have the Veto, technologists have the Beto.
It’s most widely known in its modern variant, as the acronym for the DOE’s Bioenergy …

USGC Study: U.S. Corn Ethanol Can Assist Japan In Reaching Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
October 21, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  A recently released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan’s 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Praj
October 14, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Praj – going through …

Power to Save Family Farms and the Environment with Anaerobic Digestion
October 14, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Farm-based anaerobic digestion systems have adapted in various regions of the world. The “European Model” relies on cash crops and manures with very high incentives and feed-in-tariffs. …

Expansion of Crimson Renewable Energy Facility, Establishes Kern Co. as State’s Top Producer of Advanced Biofuels
October 12, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Crimson Renewable Energy/PR Web)  The recent expansion of Crimson Renewable Energy’s ultra-low carbon biodiesel production facility leads to a tripling of production and puts Kern County on the map as California’s leading producer of Advanced …

Six POET Plants Installing Combined Heat and Power Processes
October 12, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(POET)  Six POET biorefineries in Ohio and Indiana are installing a new energy generation system using combined heat and power. These systems will reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional …

Alternative Jet Fuels Tackle Rising Aviation Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires …

Borregaard Invests in Bioethanol Upgrade
September 19, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Borregaard)  Borregaard has decided to invest NOK 63 million in a project which includes an upgrade of the bioethanol plant and a facility to capture and store biogas.
The project has been awarded a grant of …

CNH Industrial Brands Reveal Concept Autonomous Tractor Development: Driverless Technology to Boost Precision and Productivity
September 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(CNH/Case IH/New Holland/PR Newswire)  Better use of labor, integration into current machinery fleets, plus the flexibility to work unmanned around the clock with real time data monitoring – and, in the future, the ability to …

Does Minnesota Have What It Takes to Seize Biofuel Opportunities?
August 31, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnick (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seldom do the puzzle pieces align so perfectly as they now have to give Minnesota motorists greater access to E15 and higher blends of Minnesota grown, renewable ethanol.
Some …

Biorenewables Megatrends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Bioeconomy’s Progress
August 26, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on Biorenewables Megatrends with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, who gave these incisive slides on the state of commercialization in fuels, chemicals, biomaterials and nutrition. READ …

Funds Available for #Biomass Powered Biorefineries
August 2, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The USDA is helping biorefineries go even greener. The USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service, a division within the USDA, has allocated funds through the Repowering Assistance Program, to assist renewable fuel facilities …

Boeing, Embraer Unveil Newest ecoDemonstrator Aircraft
July 8, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Boeing)  E170 airplane to test technologies to boost fuel efficiency, cut carbon emissions;  First non-Boeing airplane used in ecoDemonstrator program will be powered by Brazil-based biofuel  —  Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer S.A. [BM&F Bovespa: EMBR3, …

Iowa’s Ethanol Plants Consistently Gaining in Efficiency
July 6, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  While political battles over the Renewable Fuel Stan­dard (RFS) continue to grab headlines, Iowa’s ethanol plants are quietly pushing ahead and becoming more and more efficient.
The 43 corn-based and …

2016 Energy Efficiency Forum
June 30, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The U.S. Energy Association and Johnson Controls sponsored a conference on strategies and data analysis of energy efficiency which took place on Thursday, June 23 at National Press Club …

Meet The New ‘Tool’ In Big Oil’s Efforts To Scuttle Ethanol +VIDEO: An Open Letter to George “David” Banks
March 22, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  I just finished reading your article “Renewable Fuel Standard Continues To Devastate,” published in February on the High Plains Leader & Times website. …  In fact, your article looks …

Future for Diesel Passenger Vehicles in U.S. Remains Positive Despite Recent Set Backs
March 18, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  While diesel passenger vehicles sales have decreased in recent months, there are some positive signs that indicate diesel sales will recover and expand in the coming years, according to Allen Schaeffer, the …

How Cheap Oil Is Undermining Obama’s Fuel-Economy Rules
March 14, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plummer (VOX)  … Note that the CAFE standards come up for a midterm review in 2017. Some automakers have been arguing that the rules should be weakened in light of recent low oil prices …

Vislack Defends Biofuels, Bioenergy during House Hearing
March 4, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Research Showing Significant Improvement in Efficiency of Ethanol Production and Other Trends
February 22, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a statement on two recent research reports supported by USDA focused on ethanol and other renewable fuels, one published by USDA’s Office of the Chief …

Biodiesel Taking a Bite out of Emissions in the Big Apple
February 10, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine/Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council) … For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s (I thought I’d never be old enough to write that), America’s cities often fought a losing, …

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS Plan to Reduce Petroleum Use
February 9, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific …

West Coast States Could Cut Petroleum Consumption in Half by 2030
February 9, 2016 – 12:06 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Analysis Finds Extending and Expanding Current Clean Transportation Policies Would Significantly Reduce Oil Use — California, Oregon and Washington could cut their petroleum use by half in the next 15 years through …

Griselda Corro, the Scientist Who Won the World Race Biodiesel
January 4, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Serafin Castro (24 Horas Puebla (modified Google Translation))  A Griselda Corro has too many doubts. As a scientist, and her 59 years, the questions had since childhood have not diminished, “on the contrary, they became …

Definition, Calculation and Comparison of the “Biomass Utilization Efficiency (BUE)” of Various Bio-based Chemicals, Polymers and Fuels
November 4, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Iffland, K., Sherwood, J., Carus M., Raschka, A., Farmer, T., Clark, J. (nova-Institute)  Experts from nova-Institute, industry and several European Universities developed a new approach to support policy and investment decisions on which feedstock …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Aeroplane Efficiency More than a Decade behind Schedule
September 10, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Edie.net) Despite a 45% reduction in average aircraft fuel burn in the last 40 years, the aviation industry is still around 12 years behind efficiency targets set by the UN’s aviation body.
That’s according to a new …

Digital Soil: The Four Secrets of the New Agriculture
March 10, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To make fuel, chemicals, fiber, food more productively than ever before — it starts in the field with the New Agriculture.  Here’s what’s happening as Silicon Valley converges with Silicon …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels
November 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost by today’s technologies — and providing a drive to lower costs that busts through infrastructure …

Toolkit For Ethanol’s Next Stage
July 24, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.
There are multiple options in the ethanol producer’s toolkit in the ongoing quest to improve efficiency and yield. They …

Researchers Reveal Increased Efficiencies in Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study by Steffen Mueller, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, and John Kwik, president of Dominion Energy Services LLC, surveyed ethanol producers …

Biotech Corn Offers Siouxland Ethanol Plants Higher Output, Lower Costs
March 18, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by David Dreeszen  (Sioux City Journal)  …What makes it more valuable?
The variety, called Enogen, is genetically engineered to boost ethanol output and reduce energy costs and water use. The hybrid, developed by Syngenta, contains a …

Six Sigma Provides Analytical Tool for Ethanol Producers
March 15, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by  James Frugé and Raul Gamboa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With corn costs comprising over 87 percent of the cost of ethanol production, a small improvement in corn-to-ethanol yield can have a large impact on plant profitability. …

Powering the Future
January 18, 2013 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …As automakers look forward to meet the increasing fuel efficiency standards, one thing is for sure—cars will be very different from the ones that I grew up with. …

Refining Chiefs Expect More Regulations under Obama
December 19, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian  (FuelFix)  …A number of federal rules that seek to cut emissions and expand biofuel use were passed or discussed during Obama’s first term. Chief executive officers of Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum say that …

Half the Oil: A Plan to Cut Projected U.S. Oil Use in Half in 20 Years
December 14, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  We have the practical solutions at hand to protect consumers, the climate, and our environment from the growing costs of our oil use.
How? It all comes down to one simple fact:
Using …

Industry Improves as Indicators Stabilize, Diversification Expands
November 6, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Paula Emberland (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Christianson & Associates PLLP)  Multiple revenue streams lessen impact of ethanol prices
…First, and perhaps most importantly, more plants are producing different types of coproducts, and they’re making more money from …

Danish Firm Develops Enzyme to Boost Ethanol Output by 2.5 Percent
October 31, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Novozymes said it has developed a new enzyme called Avantec that allows more ethanol to be produced from corn.
The Danish industrial enzymes maker said Avantec enables ethanol producers to …

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

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

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards/ Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025
August 28, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/The White House)  The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with …

Has Ethanol Lost Its License To Drive The Corn Market?
March 23, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Stu Ellis (FarmGateBlog)  …Now the bloom is off the rose.  Gasoline demand is down, the blend wall is pushing ethanol demand down, and corn prices are not as strong as they once were.
…He (Bob …

Enzyme Study Shows DDGS Dewatering Applications
December 5, 2011 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A one-month plant trial showed a commercial enzyme could help extract water from distillers grains, saving natural gas, electricity and water used in the ethanol process. More work needs …

ExxonMobil CEO Says Energy Demand Set to Rise by 30% to 2040
November 28, 2011 – 8:44 am | No Comment

(Platts)  Global economic output is set to double as the global population grows to 8.7 billion people by 2040, when global energy demand will be 30% higher than it was in 2010, ExxonMobil CEO Rex …

Diesel Power Ready to Meet Challenge To Achieve Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Increased Fuel Efficiency in Trucks & Buses
August 11, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Diesel engines – which power more than 95 percent of America’s commercial trucks and 85 percent of its buses – will play a central role of the United States’ new effort to …

GM, Coskata Join Forces to Correct Misconceptions about Ethanol
April 5, 2011 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With four decades of experience backing him up, Rathin Datta, chief scientific officer for Coskata Inc. has identified the primary renewable liquid fuel. “There’s no doubt—no technical, thermodynamic or …