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The 2018 Algae Biomass Summit: Tracing the Evolution of the Algae Industry and Its New Trajectories Forward

by Jenna Bloxom* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The kickoff of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit in The Woodlands, TX, was awash with the same professional ambition, intellectual zeal, and indomitable sense

November 17, 2018 Read Full Article

#Gasolinegate: EPA’s Role in Fair Gasoline Emissions Testing Draws Fire

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, researchers for a report published by the Urban Air Initiative contend that “technical data that shows the nation has been exposed to decades of

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel – The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Fuel Already in Georgia!

(Georgia Today)  As a result of successful Austrian-Georgian cooperation, the first biodiesel enterprise has opened in Georgia. Martin Mitelbak, PHD Doctor of Chemistry; Murman Pataraia, the founder of Biodiesel Georgia; Rusudan

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any effort to revitalize cellulosic biofuels. First, pursue commercial deployment in

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Bumpy Road of Common Ethanol Fuel Mixture

(Vietnam.net)  Common ethanol fuel mixture (E5 RON 92 gasoline) has been receiving many incentives from the State. However, high prices of materials for ethanol production and relevant materials plus the high

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. 

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Consultative Expansion

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Saudi Arabia Shows Need to End Addiction to Middle Eastern Oil

by Jim Talent (The Hill/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  Following the mysterious death of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Washington was hit with a stark reminder that America remains glaringly vulnerable to

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Edwardsville Lab Continues to Impact Ethanol Sector

by DeLoss Jahnke (Farm Week Now)  NCERC has contributed dozens of technologies being used by manufacturers across the country, and interest in continued collaboration keeps growing.  In just 15 years, the National Corn-to-Ethanol

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

New and Improved Routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

by Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest)  … After the Paris Agreement in 2015 the urgent challenge of mitigating climate change forced numerous people across the advocacy-to-action spectrum

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon

by Doug Durante and Doug Sombke (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  … However, we may have a unique and perhaps unprecedented opportunity for a do-over with the proposed fuel

October 11, 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

Enerkem Produces a New Clean, Renewable Alternative Solution to Diesel Fuel for the Transportation Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Vivergo Fuels Bioethanol Plant Proposes Ceasing Production

(Vivergo Fuels)  Today, we regret to announce that given the continued difficult trading environment and delays in the implementation of E10 in the UK over time, Vivergo Fuels Ltd proposes to

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Trail President Speaks up for Ethanol Production

by Mikkel Pates (Forum News Service/Bismark Tribune)  Now more than ever, farmers who believe in the future of ethanol need to speak up for it, says Gerald Bachmeier, president of

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Education Program Tweets Video on University of Idaho Biodiesel Firsts

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program)  The goals of the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program as originally established in Sec. 9004 of the Farm Security Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C.

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Peak Oil: Is History Repeating Itself, Again?

(Energy Today/OilPrice.com)  In 2002, oil prices were hovering around $20 per barrel and then rose almost continuously until mid-2008 when the price of a barrel of oil on the New York

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Oil’s Relentless Price Climb Brings Advanced Biofuels Back in Vogue

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards smaller but higher-value markets in chemicals, nutrition,  nutraceuticals, pharma, materials, flavorings,

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

California Schemin’

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Trump administration’s proposed freeze of vehicle fuel efficiency standards sought by the Obama administration and plan to end California’s power to enforce its own

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Welcomes Inclusion of High Octane Fuels in 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG Proposal

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for public comments on how high octane fuels could facilitate engine efficiency improvements and

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration to Freeze Fuel Efficiency Requirements

by Brady Dennis, Michael Laris and Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post) The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) RFS Roundup: To Grow Cellulosic Fuel Volumes, Address Low Hanging Fruit in RFS Changes

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On Wednesday July 25, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to educate members on the complexities of the compliance markets

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Democrats ‘Pleased’ to Hear from Trump’s New EPA Pick: EPA’S Wheeler Promises ‘50-State Solution’ for New Auto Rules

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed to senators Wednesday that the Trump administration this week will release a proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.

August 1, 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

This Start-Up Turns Pollution from Factories into Fuel That Powers Cars — and One Day Planes

by Catherine Clifford (CNBC)  A bacteria found in the gut of a rabbit can now help cars run in a more eco-friendly way.  The bacteria, identified by biotech start-up LanzaTech, helps turn factory carbon

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Inside the Draft Auto Rule Rollback

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration is expected to formally roll back vehicle fuel economy and emissions requirements later this week, and a draft version of the EPA-NHTSA

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Hasn’t Told the Whole Story of the Benefits of Biofuels

by Byron Dorgan (Arent Fox LLP/National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  … A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of biofuel production deliberately misses the mark

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Announces Leadership Succession Plan

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) made an announcement today that marks the beginning of a new era for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association. Executive Vice President Geoff

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Transformations – Pivotal Pivots for Survival in the Bioeconomy

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

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Industrial Glucose: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Process Technologies Clean Sugar Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For over 20 years, Fluid-Quip has been engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper applications. Fluid-Quip Process Technologies has more

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard: Program Unlikely to Meet Production or Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector through 2022. It requires that transportation fuels (such as gasoline

July 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Closing the Applications Gap: Checkerspot Closes $5M Seed Financing in Pursuit of High-Performance Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (C)onsider this venture about Making the Right Stuff — that is, how you translate an entire generation of innovation in digital biology, biobased chemical

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Ethanol Delivers over 70% GHG Savings on Average: ePure

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  European ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with fossil fuels in 2017, according to new data from European ethanol producers, the European

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazilian Presidential Hopefuls Favor Free Market for Sugar, Ethanol

by Nicolle Castro (Platts)  Brazilian presidential pre-candidates spoke in favor of free fuel markets Monday at a sugarcane industry association UNICA forum in Sao Paulo.  Brazil will hold presidential elections in October.

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

A Sound and Rational View of Biofuels in North America

by Lawrence Sullivan (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  … After much efforts to fund the development of biofuels by both governments and the venture capitalists, there were some awakenings and realizations. One, the

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Partly Powers Cathay Pacific Flight from Airbus

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald)  When a brand new Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 flies from France to Hong Kong on Wednesday it will be partly powered by biofuel. The 334-seat

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Gas Mileage With a Punch! 355-Horse 2019 L84 5.3 Chevy V-8 Can Burn E85

by John Gilbert (Super Chevy)  The big draw to E85 for gearheads was its 105 octane rating that’s no longer posted on the pump. It’s been a while since there’s been

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now,

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Grasping at Straws: Pathetic State of Biofuels in India

by Ramya Natarajan (Economic Times/Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy)  For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol

by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller)  The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name.

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On the transportation side, these include reviewing Corporate Average Fuel Economy

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The fuels market is about the largest in the world,” says Terry Mazanec. “Each succeeding generation of inspired inventors and entrepreneurs, with visions of immense profits

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS obligation would lead to further demand destruction for U.S. ethanol

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges

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

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel

by Glenn Farley (K5 News)  In the Boeing test, a 777 freighter, ran on residual animal fats and plant oils. — In a historic first, Boeing has flown the first commercial jet

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri Formed to Build on Farmers’ Work

(The Missouri Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine) In the early 1990s, Missouri soybean farmers funded research into making renewable fuel from soybean oil. Initially called soy diesel, and now, biodiesel, the fuel has

May 10, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biorefinery of the Future

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What will biorefineries look like, accomplish and cost in the future? Daniel Lane of Saille Consulting and Lee Enterprises Consulting looked at that topic in this

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Repeating History with Octane Biofuel Standards Is a Huge Mistake

by Mike Carr (New Energy America/The Hill)  Recently, Chet Thompson of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) testified before Congress and proposed a “fuel neutral” octane standard as a “potential replacement” for the

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Raimondo Backs Biodiesel Increase in Visit to Newport Company

by Sean Flynn (Newport Daily News) Newport Biodiesel LLC saw a big jump in demand for its product at the beginning of the year when a Massachusetts regulation took effect

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Needs to Rethink, Set Goals to Reduce Palm Oil in Biodiesel

by Sudheer Mopperthy (Asian Age)  The EU adopted this new fuel with rigour and pledged that by 2020, 10 per cent of all transport fuels in EU nations would be biodiesel.   … 

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Your Turn: South Dakota Ethanol Policy Genius

by Orrie Swayze (Argus Leader)  Sen. Kent Frerichs looked to further capitalize on the genius of our incredibly successful ethanol policy taxing imported petroleum one cent/gallon at the pipeline to fund incentives

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging,

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

As We Approach 10th Anniversary of $147 Oil, Could It Happen Again?

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The price of oil reached a record high of $147 on July 11, 2008. Could such

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

RIN Price Cap a Demand Cap: Oil Industry Study Makes Ethanol Industry’s Case on Motive, Impact

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A study commissioned by the country’s largest oil refiner explains how a waiver credit

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Falling Far Short Of The Hype

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … This year begins the ninth year of cellulosic ethanol mandates in the U.S. Today I want

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Former Ineos Bio Site Purchased for Conversion into Eco-District

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A consortium of investors and project developers led by Texas-based Frankens Energy recently purchased the

February 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology

February 16, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biodiesel Stands Its Ground, Won’t Back Down: New B20 Vehicles, Emissions Cuts, Highlight NBC 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The makers of the world’s favorite advanced biofuel — a/k/a the biodiesel industry — descended upon

February 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels: Now? Later? Never?

by Terry J. Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  Most modern refineries comprise more than 20 individual unit operations, each of

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018 – An 8-Part Series

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week in the Digest, we begin a Special 8-part Series: The State of the Advanced Bioeconomy:

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Agents of Change

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway: Confidence Builds in Overcoming the Hurdles Slowing Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Approvals.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel

January 23, 2018 Read Full Article

The Circuitry in Our Cells

by Alec A.K. Nielsen (Asimov/Biofuels Digest)  … As you sit quietly, trillions of cells in your body are performing a frenetic

January 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Tech Waste-to-Energy Facility Set to Open in May

by Alex Acquisto (Bangor Daily News)  The company behind a state-of-the-art solid waste disposal facility in Hampden designed to convert trash into biofuel

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

In for a Penny, In for a Pound: The Advanced Bioeconomy and All the Pivots

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Algae.Tec has (once again) shifted its business focus, and what was once a developer of

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Curves and Slides, Snakes and Ladders

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over the years we’ve all seen a lot of curveballs in the advanced bioeconomy. You see

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the

November 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

by Niamh Boyle (Biodiesel Magazine/Prima Markets)  Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels,

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer

October 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Can The Corn Ethanol Lobby Win In Mexico, Too?

by David Blackmon (Forbes)  … The elimination in the U.S. of the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenation agent by the

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Congressional Research Service Publishes The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): An Overview

by Kelsi Bracmort (Congressional Research Service; posted by OurEnergyPolicy.org)  Congress has expressed ongoing interest in the RFS, particularly the challenges associated

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Market Value Pivoted Algae Biomass Productivity for Oil to Other High Value Products – Is Oil Still on the Horizon, Somewhere?

by Anju D. Krivov  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting/GSR Solutions LLC)  … In the late 1990s, the low oil prices of less

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Behind the Battle for Octane

by Denton Cinquegrana (Oil Price Information Service(OPIS))  What you need to know as the refining, agricultural and auto industries gear up

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

California Forecasts Robust Growth in Biodiesel, Feedstock Demand

by Graham Noyes (Noyes Law Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Over the past decade, California has developed a complex policy framework pertaining to

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 Years in the Blink of an Eye

by  Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Fifteen years ago, March of 2002, a gallon of unleaded gas averaged around $1.36 a

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

$20 Oil? $200 Oil? Does It Matter? Part 1 of the 3-Part Digest series: Carbon 2017

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the world of renewable fuels — the only significant carbon legislation on the books, it

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Is Ethanol Worth the Fight?

by Tim Snyder (Equities.com/Crudefunders)  … With that in mind, we decided to break down the question of, “Is it worth it?”

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Uncovering The Gas Roots of Contemporary Ethanol Opposition

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … Faced with some actual governmental actions that were detrimental to gasoline/diesel dominance, instead

April 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

by Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … As the market for gasoline grew, a shortage soon

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

DCO Extraction Optimization Adapts to Changing Properties of Stillage

by Jennifer Aurandt (Valicor/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Centrifugal separation of corn oil from stillage is the accepted method for distillers corn oil

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Survival at a Crossroads

by Larry R. Knight* (Reciclaje Pura Vida for Advanced Biofuels USA) There are those who would argue that global warming is

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

The Long Road to Cellulosic Ethanol

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation/AgWeb)  This blog will present the author’s perspective on a wide range of timely agricultural policy

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity

March 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but

February 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  On BDI-BioEnergy International’s 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company’s beginnings,

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview

by Will Smith (Springhouse Consulting/Biodiesel Magazine)  While the majority of U.S. biodiesel is still produced from soybean and canola oil,

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

A 20-Year-Old Startup

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Centre to Invest 15 Thousand Crore to Expand Panipat Refinery

(Times of India)  The Union government will invest Rs 15,000 crore to increase the capacity of Panipat oil refinery in

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plays Important Role in Corn Industry

by Jerry Purvis (Gering Citizen)  On Sept. 21, the Nebraska Ethanol Board rolled out a new campaign to increase awareness

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

10-Year Anniversary Videos Offer Unique Glimpse inside REG

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Editorial: Green Plains Fuels High Hopes for Area’s Ethanol Plant

(Progress-Index)  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  —  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

The War against Ethanol Began in the 1920S

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Big Oil has been fighting the ethanol industry for a long time. Since the 1920s, to be exact.

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Breakthrough in Biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice Reaches Commercial-Scale, with Signature Advances in Cost-Reduction, Feedstock Flexibility

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern

September 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

William Holmberg, Decorated Marine Who Became Renewable Energy Advocate, Dies at 88

by Bart Barnes (The Washington Post)  William C. Holmberg, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who received the Navy Cross

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Edeniq: The Billion Dollar Baby Is Torn between Two Lovers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is torn between two lovers: its current ownership group, which shuffled together a financing

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels at End of Obama Administration

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  For advanced biofuels under the Obama administration, what started out with a boom

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

An Energy Policy Based On Wishful Thinking

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  … It would have been one thing if Congress had based the mandates on a fuel that

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

CAFE Standards: What’s Biomass Got to Do with It?

by Rebecca Chillrud  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

INEOS Bio Selling Indian River County Biofuel Plant

by Paul Ivice (TC Palm)  INEOS Bio is selling its $130 million biofuel plant on Oslo Road, where it’s been developing

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The War Against Ethanol, Part 1

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  Getting real about ethanol  —  …  But until solar and wind power charge our national fleet

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at

August 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Blog: Simplistic Argument Targets Ethanol, Again

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

EPAct’s 11th Birthday Is Something to Celebrate

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  On Monday, Aug. 8, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) celebrated its 11th

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by

August 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Executive Briefing Available from ADI Analytics

(ADI Analytics)  There is an increasing level of interest in conventional and advanced biofuels around the globe. Many countries are increasing

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Strike a Blow for Energy Independence this Fourth of July

by Anthony Bush (Ohio’s Country Journal)  … (Imported) Flags and fireworks may not threaten our independence, but America’s reliance on foreign

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Ford’s “Fuel of the Future” Still Powering America Forward

by Christopher Findlay (Renewable Fuels Association) This month marks the 120th anniversary of an automotive milestone: Henry Ford’s test drive of his

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood

June 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Now Is Not the Time to Kiss the Biofuels Goodbye

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to scrap the mandate for the use of biofuels and, in effect, to

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

A Cellulosic Ethanol Milestone

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that during the first quarter of 2016, just

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

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