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Spanish Energy Companies Increase Efforts towards Renewable Gas Development

(Enagas/NGV Journal)  Enagás’ CEO Marcelino Oreja and Ence’s CEO Ignacio de Colmenares have signed an agreement to develop projects that aim to obtain renewable gases from biomass. The goal is to

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Cooperation Forum: Towards a Common Preflight Checklist for the Biofuture Takeoff

(Biofuture Platform)  Relevant stakeholders gather within ABLC Global 2018 to discuss a “minimum checklist” of actions to create the right environment for the global takeoff of the low carbon bioeconomy.  —  The

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from a Container

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/TechExplore)  … Even then, gasoline would still be required to power combustion engines, which will be operating for decades to come. The only sustainable way to keep us mobile is to

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, USDA Secretary Perdue, and DOE Secretary Perry Send Letter to Congress on Biomass Carbon Neutrality — Managed Forests Can Bolster Domestic Energy Production

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

US Forest Service Opens RFP for Wood Innovations Program DEADLINE: January 23, 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Forest Service is seeking grant applications for its Wood Innovations Program, which aims to support projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets,

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

BioWatch: A One-Stop Shop for Bio-Based Research

(European Commission/Community Research and Development Information Service)  A new interactive online platform helps to increase awareness of innovations in the bioeconomy sector.  —  Climate change and depleting fossil fuels have stressed the

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Home Grown Bioenergy Contributes to Forest Health and Rural Jobs Across America

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) 88 Organizations Sign Statement Supporting Renewable Bioenergy and Biomass  —  On Bioenergy Day and during National Forest Products Week, we recognize the importance of using domestic biomass

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Greetings from Finland: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermal Biomass Gasification Technologies in Finland

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes.

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Day Recognizes Sector’s Contributions to Forest Health, Rural Jobs Across America

(Solutions from the Land) Today, we join stakeholders around the country in observance of National Bioenergy Day, recognizing the importance of using domestic biomass for a wide variety of applications, including

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Argonne GREET 2018 Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the BELT Biorefinery Concept

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 43’s goal is to contribute to sound bioenergy development driven by well-informed decisions in the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors as well as in investment

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

From Unloved Woods to Desirable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Wood and Forest Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increasing global demand for energy, a push by governments and industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), and a desire to increase energy independence are driving the

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM’s Good News Bear Brings Completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … UPM received some exciting news last week from consultancy company Pöyry about their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland. Not only

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Researchers: More Green Space, Less Biofuel

(Iran Daily)  … According to UPI, John M. DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and William H. Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Transformation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore Company

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Pöyry Awarded Owner’s Engineering Services Assignment by Biozin Holding AS for the Pre-engineering Phase of Biozin® Production Plant in Jordoya, Åmli, Norway

(Pöyry) Biozin Holding AS has awarded Pöyry with the Owner’s Engineering Services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin® production plant in Norway. The new plant will convert

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Aalto University, VTT Sign Bioeconomy Agreement

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine) On Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania’s Next Biorefinery: Discussion Held at the Penn State Energy Days Annual Conference, 2018

by Anahita Bharadwaj (Pennsylvania State University for Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy Days, 2018 at The Pennsylvania State University- University Park, brought together leading researchers, government agencies, industries, non-profit organizations and academics

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass, Biomass and More Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Taps Timber Industry Leader for Procurement of Raw Materials

(Attis Industries)  Agreement Creates Feedstock Advantage for First Commercial Facility  —  Attis Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced the execution of

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport. The plan was

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Calculates Capacity of North American Forests to Sequester Carbon

(University of California-Santa Cruz/EurekAlert!)  Gains of only 22 percent over the next six decades represent best-case scenario  —  Researchers have calculated the capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon in a

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative, hallmark-of-Scandinavia, hyper-modern structures in downtown Copenhagen. The city provided the

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Latest Research Says Biofuel Production Won’t Seriously Affect Forestry Industry

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, researchers from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), IIASA, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden found that increased biofuel production will not affect the production

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofutures: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Queensland Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Queensland’s vision is for a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, attracting significant international investment and creating regional, high-value and knowledge-intensive jobs. The

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Will Have Only Minimal Effects on Wood Products and Feedstocks Markets

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/Phys.Org)  A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

SAS and Preem in Cooperation on Renewable Aviation Fuel

(Scandinavian Airlines(Google Translation))  SAS and Preem have signed a letter of intent to produce renewable aviation fuel. SAS has the ambition to replace today’s fuel volume for domestic aviation with biofuel

July 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Valmet and Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto: Joint Development of an Industrial Internet-Based Fuel Chain Management Solution for Biopower Plants

(Valmet)  Valmet, together with its customer Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy (TSE), is developing a comprehensive Industrial Internet-based set of production information systems and district heating network optimization solutions. This is being

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Lawmakers Ask EPA to Approve RFS Pathway for Biomass Power

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers are urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production

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

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Biofuels Effort Kicks off in Örnsköldsvik

(SEKAB/MyNewsDesk)  Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project Rewofuel. The long-term aim is to lay the groundwork for

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Maine Developments – Bio News Mounts from the Pine Tree State

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s start with the latest from the Maine Technology Institute, which just announced a request for information regarding emerging forest industry technologies, with

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Request for Information: Forest Industry Technologies DEADLINE: July 20, 2018

(Biobased Maine/Maine Technology Institute)  The Maine Technology Institute is collecting publicly available information on technologies that could be deployed within Maine’s forest industry. The purpose of this RFI is to encourage

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

SLU and Stora Enso in Strategic Partnership

(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)  The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Stora Enso. Through the agreement SLU and Stora Enso intend to establish

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Preem and RenFuel to Create the World’s First Lignin Plant for Biofuels

(Cision/Rottneros)  Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Russian Direct Investment Fund : RDIF and JBIC Agree to Collaborate in the Russian Bioenergy Industry

(Russian Direct Investment Fund/4-Traders)  The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and JBICIG Partners (JBICIG, a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) as part of the Russia-Japan Investment Fund

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Boom — Like that: Biofuel Plant Gets Financing Terms

by Kali Katerberg (Daily Mining Gazette)  After months of waiting, Synsel Energy announced on Thursday that financing terms for construction of a biofuel plant at the site of the former Smurfit-Stone

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article

St1 and SCA Form Partnership to Produce Renewable Fuels

(St1 and SCA/Globe Newswire)   The energy company St1 and the forest products company SCA have formed a partnership to develop large-scale production of renewable fuels from tall oil. The planned

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Arizona Public Service Issues Call for Bioenergy Project Proposals

(Bioenergy Insight)  Arizona Public Service (APS) in the United States has issued a Forest Bioenergy Resources Request for Proposals (RFP). APS is seeking proposals for projects that utilise biomass feedstocks from

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

by Patrick C. Miller (Biomass Magazine)  Will Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? — Australia’s bioenergy sector is alive and brimming with ideas about how to

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Port of Seattle Announces Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Sea-Tac Airport

(Port of Seattle)  Innovative partnership with 13 airlines aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years  —  The Port of Seattle announced today that

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Velocys Picks up Velocity While Rockin’ with Red Rock

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the United Kingdom, renewable fuels company, Velocys, received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Green Aerospace R&D Collaboration GARDN Joins Biofuels Sustainability Standards Body RSB

(GreenAir ONline)  Canada’s Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organisation that brings together government, academia and the aerospace industry to develop technologies and processes to lessen the sector’s

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Certification for Its Feedstocks

(Globe Newswire)  UPM Biofuels’ continuous efforts for a more sustainable supply chain and operations has been recognized by the world’s first RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) low ILUC (indirect land use

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Biomass from Managed Forests Will Be Considered Carbon Neutral

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear,

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage of the energy content of the transport fuel sold in

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

FedEx Finds Unexpected Benefits from New Fuel Technologies: Q&A with Mitch Jackson

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  Each business day, FedEx serves over 220 countries and territories with more than 600 aircraft as well as more than 190,000 on-road and off-road vehicles, which

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Duluth Steam Plant to Burn Biofuel

by Peter Passi (Duluth News Tribune)  Duluth’s steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future. Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program

(25 x ’25/North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive

February 28, 2018 Read Full Article

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Is Energy from Woody Biomass Positive for the Climate?

(International Energy Agency)  IEA Bioenergy has produced a brief on the question ‘Is energy from woody biomass positive for the climate?’ The brief provides background and a number of concise arguments

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars

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

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Commits to Creating Regulatory Certainty for Biomass

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 13, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with members of the  forest products industry and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to discuss a range

February 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State News)  Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon

February 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Data-Management System Launches in Alberta

(Silvacom/Canadian Biomass Magazine)   Silvacom Ltd. and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for

February 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Enviva: Track & Trace Data Conforms Sustained Forest Growth

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, marking

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

MIT Professor Says Biomass-Based Power Worse than Coal for the Environment

Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, a new report from MIT Sloan professor John Sterman supports the growing argument that burning wood

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Liquefy Thy Forest: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquefaction of Forest Biomass for Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A team of researchers from Iowa State led by Robert Brown and supported by the DOE’s

January 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Rise, Rise, Rise of Bio-Methanol for Fuels and Chemical Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The clearest intersecting theme is bio-methanol. Let’s see why. For one, Södra has much more

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Calculating the CO2 Emissions of Biofuels Is Not Enough

(Science Daily/Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL))  A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Industry Responds to ‘Morbid Mathematics’ of FERN Study

by Daryl Worthington(Bioenergy Insight)  Two major associations for the biomass industry have responded to a study claiming the burning of biomass

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Is Energy from Woody Biomass Positive for the Climate?

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy) IEA Bioenergy has produced a brief on the question ‘Is energy from woody biomass positive for the

January 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week. In Oregon, Red

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Bond Authorization Opens Door to Lake County Biofuel Project

by Kurt Leidtke (Herald and News)  Jeff Manternach, CEO of Red Rock Biofuels, says the company was created in response to

January 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

$76.8 Million Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Plant Coming to Norway

(Biofuels International)  A (CDN) $76.8 million (€50.7 million) industrial scale advanced biofuel demonstration plant will be constructed at a former pulp

December 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian

November 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Positive Results from Flagship Biorefinery Feasibility Study

by Processum (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The project Flagship Biorefinery has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realize

October 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of

October 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have

October 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

St1 Progresses with Renewable Diesel Production Plans at Its Refinery in Gothenburg

(St1)  Energy company St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Any Renewable Energy Solution Requires Extracting the Full Value of Biomass

by A.J. (Sandy) Marshall (Bioindustrial Innovation Canada/Canada Biomass)  … Today, climate change concerns are demanding an ever-increasing management of greenhouse gases.

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Timber Bio-Fuel Stymied by Lack of Government Incentives, Says Industry

(ABC News Rural)  With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Bounding Maine: Top 10 Companies Targeting Maine’s Forest Resource for Higher-Value Apps

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But pulp and paper markets have taken big hits. Headlines have centered around damaged balance

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and Biomass-to-Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate solvent liquefaction as viable

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Plant Construction Set to Begin

by Vanessa Dietz (The Daily Mining Gazette)  … SynSel Energy Inc., of Elmhurst, Illinois, chose Ontonagon as one of two U.S.

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

What Price Biomass? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Supply Forecasting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How much biomass is there? What types, prices, when will they be available, and produced by

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources

August 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioenergy Production Could Play a Part in Reducing Forest Fires

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy can play a role in reducing the risk of forest fires, according to a video recently published

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Finds that Markets Are Key to Retaining Southern Forests

by Carlton N. Owen (Forest Business Network)  … “Forest2Market’s new study proves what many of us in the forest sector have

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the

July 19, 2017 2 comments Read Full Article

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Velocys Pivots from “FT Tech Co” to “Renewable Fuels Company”, Eyes California

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys

June 27, 2017 Read Full Article

S2G BioChem Announces Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia, Ontario

(S2G BioChem/Marketwired)  Funding Support Provided by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada; Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018  —  S2G BioChem (S2G), a

June 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Norway’s Statkraft to Make Biofuel from Wood Chips and Other Waste

by Geert De Clercq (Reuters)  Norwegian utility Statkraft has found a way to produce biofuel from wood chippings and other solid

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

BIC Announces New SIRA Roadmap to Develop Europe’s Bioeconomy

(Bio-based Industries Consortium) To help build a resource-efficient, circular and bio-based economy, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has announced its

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

ARC Awards $1.5 Million to Support Biorefinery Center at ASC

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Appalachian Regional Commission recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to New York-based Alfred

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Next Generation Forest Company: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Keeping the Forests as Forests

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Urban Transport Cleans Up Its Act – HSL and Stara Shift to Renewable Fuels Only

(Globe Newswire/HSL/The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Ltd/UPM Biofuels)  Buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

MEP Calls for Sweeping Changes to EU Biofuel and Bioenergy Legislation

(Bioenergy Insight)  MEP Bas Eickhout has proposed sweeping reforms to EU legislation regarding bioenergy and biofuels. They come amid the Dutch

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from

May 26, 2017 Read Full Article

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —

May 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western

May 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC,

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural,

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs

April 24, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized

April 19, 2017 Read Full Article

US Forest Service and Biomass: A Symbiotic Partnership

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  More than 100 million trees across California, many located in the federally managed Sierra,

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Allendale Wins $6 Million Biomass Investment, 35 New Jobs

(South Carolina Promise Zone)  Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Developing Bio-Manufacturing in Gippsland

by Philip Hopkins (Gippsland Times)  Australian Paper, working with the CSIRO, a European technology leader and Federation University, is forging

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Welcomes the High Ambition Level for Renewable Fuels in Sweden

(Your Renewable News/Neste)  Neste welcomes the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming,

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as

March 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy)

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?

by Darren Fishell (Bangor Daily News)  The company EMEP LLC wants to buy the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill to

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

FutureMetrics Has Published a New White Paper: “Alternative Facts” in the Recent Chatham House Study

(FutureMetrics)  Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Novia Scotia Has ‘Strong Potential’ to Produce Advanced Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an advanced

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Forestry Firm UPM Says Eyeing Next Biofuel Investment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM-Kymmene is planning its next step in wood-based renewable fuel products after

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Botwood Biofuel Plant One Step Closer to Green Light

by Ryan Cooke (CBC News)  Forestry minister confident in project, says resources are sufficient —  … NewGreen Technology Inc, the company

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

EC Releases RED II, Proposes First-Generation Biofuels Phase-out and New Sustainability Criterion for Forest Biomass

(Biofuels International) The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these

November 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Survey Identifies More than 100 Million Dead Trees in California

(USDA/Biomass Magazine)  The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy.

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Making Silk Purses from Hog Fuels: A Golden Opportunity to Add Value via New Solid Biofuels Standards

by Patrick Olivier  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) In 2015, the Canadian Standards Association adopted and published a series of CAN/CSA – ISO

October 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Study Finds Biomass Harvesting Techniques with Minimal Impacts

( USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station/Biomass Magazine)  A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Studies Link Biofuel Demand, Habitat Loss

by Brad Rich (Coastal Review Online)  As the U.S. and other countries have ramped up development of bio-energy as an alternative

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvay, Stora Enso

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

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biobased Materials

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood,

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice

September 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Joins Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog in the “Bio-Based Gasoline Project” in Sweden

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Alternext paris: ALGBE), Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announce having joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel entirely

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to

September 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Maine Trees Could Fuel Military Jets, but as Long as Oil Costs $40 a Barrel, It’ll Be a While

by  Christopher Burns (Bangor Daily News)  … The alternative fuel revolution has so far belonged to corn, but efforts to develop

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

CEQ Guidance Addresses Biogenic Emissions from Land Management

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Council on Environmental Quality, a division of the Executive Office of the President, has

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Out Now: CASCADES – Study on the Optimised Cascading Use of Wood

(Bio-based News)  The most comprehensive study on cascading use of wood including material flows, barriers and potential measures  —  Efficient

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the

August 9, 2016 Read Full Article

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