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Entrepreneurial Impact: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road NEXT APPLICATIONS FALL 2019

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Mazda Backs Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Research

(Mazda/Automotive World)  Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth  —  As part

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited Sign MoU for Biodiesel Production and Research

by Michelle Beckford (go-Jamaica.com/University of Technology, Jamaica)  The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Secures $44 million for Algae, Carbon Utilization Research in FY 2019

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Following close on the heels of the U.S. Department of Energy’s latest round of algae funding awards, President Trump Friday (September 21, 2018) signed into law a Fiscal Year 2019 spending

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

by Wayne Lee and Martin Wahl (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … Due to the success of that series, and number of requests we received from those involved in providing funding for bioeconomy

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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 biomass

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Government Announces Major Funding for Green Aerospace R&D and Backing for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Following recent grants awarded to two projects developing potential commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production, the UK government has pledged £343 million ($448m) public and industry investment for R&D into

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Ingenza Embarks on Collaborative Project to Recycle CO2

(Ingenza)  Ingenza is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Dundee and Drochaid Research Services on a highly innovative project that aims to reduce the waste carbon dioxide generated

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

European Research Project Will Start Hydrogen Production in Iceland

(NGV Journal)  Icelandic geothermal power utility ON Power has announced it will start the experimental production of hydrogen at its Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, near Reykjavik. The project is a European

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA OIG Audits EPA’s Implementation of Its Recommendations for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On July 20, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on its audit of EPA’s implementation of the OIG recommendations for the

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Finns Prefer Biofuels and Carbon Captures as Measures, Want to Directly Impact CO2 Emissions of Flying

by Theodore Koumelis (Travel Daily News)  76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay an additional charge, if the money is used for reducing

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

White House ‘Concerned’ that House Bill Doesn’t Cut EPA Funding Enough

by Niv Elis (The Hill)  The White House is expressing concerns that a funding bill set for a vote Thursday in the House does not make deep enough cuts for agencies

July 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at BIO: Queensland to Invest $100 Million in Bioeconomy Project Support

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Philadelphia, the Australian state of Queensland announced $100 million in support of high-value resource recovery industry projects as the state cemented its place ”at the vanguard

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: American Drivers Pass 5 Billion Miles on E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restrictions on

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

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

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter from Byzantium: Answers to Your Questions about Byzantine Biofuels Budgets and Policy Moves

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, Virginia, there is cant, pettifoggery, self-dealing, obfuscation, and downright dirty pool when it comes to the deployment of biofuels, chemicals and advanced biomaterials —

July 3, 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

Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?

by Jennifer Runyon (Renewable Energy World)  Multinational power company, Enel, said last month that it was expanding its partnership with InnoCentive, a 17-year old crowdsourcing company that partners with businesses and governments

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million for Bio-Based Research

(U.S. Department of Energy)  31 Projects Will Help Advance Fundamental Science for Bioenergy  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Preparing for Take-Off? Aviation Biofuel Research Wins £5m Boost

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green)  Waste-to-jet fuel project backed by Department for Transport, Shell, and British Airways  — A project to turn landfill waste into sustainable jet fuel has received a major boost

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Secures Unprecedented $136 Million For Algae and Related Projects — Deadlines Approaching

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO’s ongoing work in Washington, DC, to educate Congress and federal agencies on the importance of robust algae research, development and demonstration has resulted in the release of

May 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Blue Ridge Biofuels Brings Its Closed-Loop Cooking Oil Initiative Closer to Home

by Gina Smith (Mountain Express)  In late 2013, Blue Ridge Biofuels took a bold leap toward developing a closed-loop biodiesel system for Western North Carolina when it produced its first batch

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research

(Renewable Energy World)  The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

ICYMI: $227M Available from US in Push for Vehicle, Feedstock and Bioconversion Advances

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to:  In Case

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and an Industrial Consortium Including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(Global Bioenergies)  European grant amounting to €13.9 million, of which €5.7 million for Global Bioenergies Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together Sekab, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, Peab

May 14, 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

Dane County Executive Parisi Kicks Off Construction of First of its Kind Project in the Nation

(Dane County Wisconsin)  Creates Economic Incentive for Development of Lakes Clean Up Efforts  —  Today (April 19, 2018), Dane County Executive Joe Parisi kicked off construction for an innovative project that will

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

BBI JU Announces a further € 115 Million of Funding to Boost the Development of EU’s Bio-Based Industries Sector DEADLINE: September 6, 2018

(BBI-Europe)  The BBI JU is the largest and most ambitious initiative ever launched in the EU to develop competitive and sustainable bio-based industries. The ambition that drove its creation was to

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Blender Pump Program Runs Short of Funding as Demand Stays Strong

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  RFIP Spurs Over $138 Million in Private Economic Investment  —  Due to rising retailer interest in offering higher blends of biofuels, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP)

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’

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

March 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard On The Floor at ABLC Day 2 – Listen to the Wind of Change

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Starting with the Federal Perspective and Programs Forum first thing in the morning, we heard from Harry Baumes from USDA who announced 5 more projects projecting

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Connecticut Seeks Proposals for AD, Wind, Fuel Cell Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources,

February 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and

February 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Professor Snape and Partners Create Magic with First Hydrothermal Carbonization Plant in UK

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, The University of Nottingham, the Energy Research Accelerator, and CPL Industries are working together to develop a new £4m (about $5.5

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Reports Says Indonesia Faces Ethanol Dilemma

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

FCIC to Fund Projects to Improve Biomass Handing

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

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Government of Alberta Establishes New Advanced Biofuel Leadership

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire) Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds government for new funding to support biofuels in Alberta and expand the province’s lower carbon economy. —  The government of Alberta announced today new

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

California Awards over $35M to Fund Biogas Projects

(NGV Journal)  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $35.2 million in grant funding to 18 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects, part of the Dairy

November 14, 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 government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to

November 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Clariant to Build Flagship Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania: 8-Figure Sales Potential Envisioned

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Clariant’s board has approved investment in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology.

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

The World Must Spend $2.7 Trillion on Charging Stations for Tesla to Fly

By Kana Nishizawa (Bloomberg)  Infrastructure spend is ‘so large,’ it will force innovation; China to account for third of global EV infra spend by 2040  —  A $2.7 trillion chasm stands between electric

October 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures (Part 1 of 11)

by Wayne Lee and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  This article is the introduction to a series of articles[1], reviewing the typical steps that investors consider before providing financial support

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

UK Government Recommits to Funding Support for Development of Advanced Aviation Biofuels

(Green Air Online)  The UK government has recommitted to providing up to £22 million ($28m) towards funding for projects to develop advanced low carbon, waste-based advanced fuels for planes and

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

DOE: Up to $8.8M for Algae Tech Innovations

(Algae Industry Magazine) he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise.

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

The Status of Biofuels in China

by Susan van Dyk (IEA Bioenergy Task 39/University of British Columbia)  … Recent heavy pollution in urban areas of China have led to the adoption of stricter fuel specifications to lower

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

New Wastewater Treatment System Runs on Algae

by  Julia Mericle (The Hawk Eye)  If Columbus Junction City Council approves the project, they could be first to install new technology in Iowa.  —  Columbus Junction could count itself

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In decrying the proposed budget cuts to US Department of Transportation biofuels research in a Pacific Standard article, Mike White explains, “This would slow, but not stop our transition to

August 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

How Trump’s Cuts to Biofuels Research Would Hurt the Planet and Our Economy

by Michael White (Pacific Standard)  Biofuels can reduce emissions, benefit American corporations, and create jobs. But slashing the budget of the Bioenergy Technologies Office effectively eliminates those possibilities.  — …

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Make Energy Great Again, via BIOmass: The DOE’s MEGA-BIO Project Expands

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long ago, the DOE shifted from a “biofuels and nothing else” focus to integrated biorefineries that can compete “across the whole barrel” with petroleum —

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Indonesia Supports Fuel Ethanol, but Can’t Fund It

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says it would like to implement fuel ethanol production incentives, but is unable to fund them. MEMR recently released a

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

New York Green Bank Could Go Nationwide

by Bill Morris (Habitat Magazine)  Bills before Congress would devote $10 billion to clean-energy projects. — The New York Green Bank, which has been financing solar, wind and other sustainable-energy projects statewide

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Australian Government Announces Support for Biorefinery Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Will Proposed Cuts Undermine Trump’s Vision of ‘Energy Dominance’?

by Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (Washington Post)  … The proposal would mean a 30 percent reduction in staff. “Achieves cost savings

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

House Bill Would Fund DOE at Higher Levels than Trump Budget, but Still Axe ARPA-E

by Robert Walton  (Utility Dive)  A U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday advanced a spending bill for the Department of Energy that

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Axes BCAP, Slashes Loan Guarantees and REAP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the draft House Appropriations Committee’s FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill was released, and cut the

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of one-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Wazzup with Algae? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Algae Systems Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to algae? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison

June 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Pioneering Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Hangs On, Barely

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio)  A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

A Decade of Bioenergy Research

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA Bioenergy Programs Gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  President Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes

May 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewables Nuked; Nukes Renewed: Bioenergy Slashed 69% as US DOE Budget Gets Detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request for a $1.433B cut, or

May 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Dartmouth Energy Plan Could Bring Changes to Power Plant in Center of Hanover

by Rob Wolfe (Valley News)  …   The current plant, which features a 175-foot brick smokestack, is located to the east

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Outline 23 Barriers to Advanced Biofuels’ Success

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, researchers from Virginia Tech University have determined that 52% of advanced biofuels facilities

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Sustainable Polyurethanes and the Bio Economy

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The use of biomass to produce value added chemicals for polymer synthesis is

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

ARPA-E 2017: Optimism Turns to Tension as Sector Prepares to Protect Energy R&D Funding

by Krysti Shallenberger (Utility Dive)  … At stake is funding for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, more commonly known as ARPA-E. Created

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

White House’s Proposed Cuts to NOAA Will Undermine Science and Weather Forecasting Vital for Businesses, Military and States

(Union of Concerned Scientists)   According to news reports, the Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent budget cut for the

March 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Crazy. Sexy. Risk.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On any list of 10 Colossal Failures of the Finance sector in this century, we’d

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Maryland’s TEDCO Funds 19 Technology Start ups Including Algae Crude Producer

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the state’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that 19 companies have received

December 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?

by Tim Sklar (Sklar and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  Take-aways from Rana Foroohar’s Article Titled  “Saving Capitalism” (Time Magazine, May 23, 2016)

December 15, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including:

December 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Iowa E15 Retailers’ ‘Pink at the Pump’ Campaign Raises $12,000

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers filling-up their cars with cleaner-burning E15 during the month of October raised $12,000

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+, 

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Costa Ricans Seeking to Produce Biodiesel from Whey

(Revista Summa (Google Translation)) In order to generate an alternative and friendly fuel with the environment, a group of graduates biotechnologists

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Nigeria Releases Guidelines for N78b Green Bonds Projects

by Chinedum Uwaegbulam (The Guardian)  … Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Completes Construction of German Demo-Scale Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Global Bioenergies has completed construction of its 100 tons/year demonstration-scale plant, a project which

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

HORIZON 2020 – ZELCOR – Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation”

(nova-Institute)  Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion via termites, within a biorefinery integrated

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

State of the Industry, November 2016: A Digest ABLC Next Special Preview

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The advanced bioeconomy is making a far more broad assault on everyday norms and materials

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Changing Off-Take to Achieve Take-Off: Sea-Tac, SkyNRG, Carbon War Room Partner to Shake up Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room have signed a

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free

October 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Climate’s Growing Role in Presidential Race

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …   YOU BUILD ME UP: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan

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

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Funding More Innovation in Algae Based Fuels and Chemicals

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the  Advanced Research

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

To Raise Capital, Show How You Convert Investor Dollars into Enterprise Value (Not How You Convert Feedstocks into Products)

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  …  I’ll share how to reframe your thinking and your pitch to speak directly

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region.

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Foundation Teams with Amazon for Donations via School Supply Purchases

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The National Biodiesel Foundation, the foundation arm of the National Biodiesel Board, has linked with

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained

by David Roberts (Vox)  … I’m going to break this down as a series of numbered lists — not one, not

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Firm Eyes Expansion

by Tennessa Wild (The Western Producer)  Processor developing second generation biofuel with opportunity for wider use  —  Growing demand worldwide

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Business Owner, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Hope to Create Jobs, Ecosystem with Biorefinery

(El Paso Herald Post)  … On June 15, through a LEDA grant from the City of Tucumcari, ERD purchased the former

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Sorghum Checkoff Announces $500,000 Investment

(Sorghum Checkoff/Biomass Magazine)   The Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Ontario Slates $100 Million toward Renewable Natural Gas

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Ontario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Examining the Latest Developments in Converting Organic Waste into Renewable Energy

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) With municipalities increasingly collecting organic waste, finding ways to convert that waste into clean energy is a

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives

May 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

California Biofuel Industry Calls on State to Allocate Funding

(BIODICO/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California’s biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas

May 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA)

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Green Energy & Biofuels Gets Acumen $800,000 Investment for Clean Cooking Solutions

(Development Diaries)  Acumen, the nonprofit social venture fund, announces its new investment in Green Energy & BioFuels (GEB), a Nigerian

April 29, 2016 Read Full Article

California Wants Back $1.7M From Biofuel Project

by Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courthouse News Service)  California sued a bioenergy company, claiming it improperly spent as much as $1.7 million

April 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities

April 12, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol: For the Rubber or the Road? New Russian Tech Advances for One-Step Alcohol-to-Butadiene

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Russia, ETB Catalytic Technologies has received $0.6 million from ZAVKOM and Skolkovo Fund as

April 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

A 21st-Century Investment in Productive, Sustainable Agriculture

by Margaret M. Zeigler (The Hill/Global Harvest Initiative)  … Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

RSB Certification of Jatropha Oil from Manabi/Ecuador as Sustainable Fuel for Combustion Engines on Galapagos Islands

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) In the small country of Ecuador, all environmental risks of the production and consumption of fossil

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Momentum Builds behind Researcher’s New Biomass Process

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  For a world hooked on fossil carbons, the vials of amber syrup in Jim Dumesic’s lab are

March 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Sustainable, Affordable Biomass: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Popular Government Energy Program Seeks a Big New Twist

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune)  …  The ARPA-E Summit is meant to highlight lab research, startups, and corporate R&D projects that

March 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fuels Missouri Corn Checkoff Success

by Benjamin Herrold (Missouri Farmer Today)  Gary Marshall has seen how the Missouri corn checkoff has shaped the industry and impacted

February 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Apply to Sustainable Development Technology Canada

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) Continuing to support and invest in Canada’s cleantech sector—and the companies that strive to improve the environmental

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By

February 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Leonardo DiCaprio Takes on ‘Corporate Greed’ and Climate Change at Davos

by Proma Khosla (Mashable)  … “Together we are fighting to preserve our fragile climate from irreversible damage, and devastation of unthinkable

January 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Reports from IMF and French Economists Call for Climate Taxes on International Aviation Fuel or Air Travel

(GreenAir Online)  Two reports, one an International Monetary Fund (IMF) internal discussion note and the other by the Paris School

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

What $6 Trillion Could Do for Renewable Energy or “The Cost of War”

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  What if the nearly $6 trillion spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had

December 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

In Santa’s Stocking: 3 Big Wins for Renewable Fuels, Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $1 biodiesel tax credit extended through 2016, and much more. In Washington, lawmakers in the

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

After Weeks of Negotiations, Congress Finalizes 5-year Transportation Bill

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post) … The long-sought bill protects funding for transit from those who argued it should be

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Biotechnology Company Seeks $26 Million in Public Funding

by Bill Hanna (Mesabi Daily News)  Mountain Iron intended home for Sweetwater Energy project  —  The Iron Range Resources &

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Views from Napa Valley: A Peak at California’s Low Carbon Fuels Program

by Michele Rubino (Biofuels Digest)  … AB 32 is now implemented covering the entire economy in California. Markets for carbon allowances

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Seeking Better Biofuels

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Electric Pilot Algae Fuel Supply Deal Falls through – Report

by Plamena Tisheva (See News)  A pilot contract for the supply of algae-derived biofuel to Hawaiian Electric Co by Ohio-based Phycal

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Introducing the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

by Paul Bunje (NRG COSIA)  More than a decade ago, a group of researchers published a landmark study showing the

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

California’s Legislature Drops Petroleum Reduction to Pass SB 350; Approves Escalating State Procurement of Very Low Carbon Fuels; and Leaves Nearly $1B of Cap and Trade Revenue on the Table

by Graham Noyes (Biofuels Digest/Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  The first year of California’s legislative session ended dramatically with a mix

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels, Ford and FVV Partner to Build, Fuel, and Test the World’s First Production Passenger Car Powered by DME

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Oberon Fuels, Ford Motor Company, and FVV have partnered on a 3-year, €3.5M

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Regenis Application Wins Dairy Digester Grant in CA

(Merlo Farming Group)  California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the AgPower Visalia, LLC project in Tulare Co. has been

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

How Much Is the US Really Investing in Biofuels Research?

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I, like many of you reading this, am working on a concept paper

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

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

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

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels

by Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  California’s politicians and people are responding to the state’s increasingly dire symptoms

September 1, 2015 Read Full Article

IFAD Funding for Karnataka’s Bio-Fuel Development Programme

by Jaideep Shenoy (Times of India)  Karnataka’s much touted bio-fuel development programme is set for a $50 million funding from International

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Fuel from Garbage

by Venkatesha Babu (Business Today)   … A catalyst being developed by Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB), one of the three tech

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Fly Green Fund Launched to Help Kick-Start Sustainable Jet Fuel Market in Nordic Region

(GreenAir Online)  In efforts to kick-start a local sustainable jet fuel market, aviation and biofuel interests in the Nordic countries

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel Looks to Help Big Island Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Maui’s Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is looking to help move the Big Island to 100 percent

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

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