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It Might Be Giant: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose, American Process Style

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A few years back, Research & Markets startled the bio world when they projected that the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients,

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Results Are In: Clariant’s Sunliquid Delivers 6X Lower Carbon Intensity than Fossil Gasoline

by Paolo Corvo (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  Clariant sunliquid technology delivers low carbon intensity score of 15 gCO2/MJ for the cellulosic ethanol produced using sunliquid technology from agricultural residues feedstock such as corn stover

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Wins $2 Million for Biofuel Research

(Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to Texas A&M AgriLife Research will help researchers investigate potential discoveries for

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Looks beyond Carbon Efficiency to Improve Advanced Biofuel Strategy Development

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … For researchers, this means that the more carbon in the crop that ends up as carbon in the fuel, the better. But carbon

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards

(Cision/Stora Enso)  LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world’s largest petrochemical

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Value in Unusual Type of Plant Material

by Mark E. Griffin (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients,

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biorefinery to Break Ground in North Dakota

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Circular Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biobased Delta

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a biobased economy renewable raw materials take over the role of fossil raw materials, such as oil. This is extremely important in order to reduce

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

The Wonder from Down Under, Canada-Style: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella, Canfor

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Birth of an Industrial Sugars Giant? Sugars in Focus in Leaf Resources, Petronas Agreement

 by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We hear from Australia and Malaysia that PETRONAS Chemicals Group and Leaf Resources inked a Memorandum of Understanding for Leaf’s proposed biorefinery project in Malaysia. In

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Unorthodox Antioxidant Focus Drives Stover Ventures towards Cellulosic Dream

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A remarkable and usually under the radar company known as Stover Ventures is said to be nearing its once-unlikely goal of raising capital — mostly so far from

August 23, 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

Lego’s Biobased Bricks; Vertoro’s Green Crude Oil; Nitogen-Fixing Microbes for Corn; Diapers from Food Waste; 3D Imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 15th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Making Crude Oil from Paper Pulp? Vertoro Creates This ‘Green Gold’

by Olga Koltsova (Innovation Origins)  Vertoro is Spanish for “Green Gold“. The founders clearly had their end product in mind when they started thinking of a brand name. Vertoro, a spin-off from The

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Lifecycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corncob Ethanol in China

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover.

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 2nd: Waste Plastics for Fuels and Sneakers, Eggs without the Chicken, 3D Printing, Algae-Based Ketchup Packaging, Green Funerals, Biodegradable Grills

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 27th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

July 28, 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

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field,

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever

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

July 13, 2018 Read Full Article

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 11th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space

by Tom Rickey (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Last month a rocket thundered off a NASA launch pad in Virginia, destined for the International Space Station. Nestled among the 7,400 lbs. of

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Materials – Printing with Plants

by Kim Askey (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A scalable processing technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses plant-based materials for 3D printing and offers a promising additional revenue stream for

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products

(University of Portsmouth)  A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for the Marine Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels for marine diesels — a biofuel developers dream? That’s the premise of his IEA webinar deck on the promise and progress in marine biofuels, a 330

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields

by Sara Shoemaker (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Phys.org)  For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential

June 15, 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

Renewable Solvents Derived from Lignin Lowers Waste in Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  A closed-loop biorefinery could dramatically lower the cost of biofuels and related products. In this approach, the refinery produces the solvents it needs, rather than “importing” them.

June 4, 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

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Hidden Costs Behind the IMO’s New Regulations For Marine Biofuels: EIA Webinar Review

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

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 23rd, 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

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

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet

May 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Riding Bacterium to the Bank: Sandia Researchers Tailor E. coli to Convert Plants into Renewable Chemicals

(Sandia National Laboriatories/EurekAlert!)  What does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new

May 18, 2018 0 comment 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

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Estonian Forest Magic: Sweetwater, Graanul to Build First Commercial Biorefinery for cellulosic sugars, lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy and Europe’s largest wood pellet producer, the Tallinn, Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, said that they will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary Perry Announces Up to $78 Million for Bioenergy Research Funding Opportunities LOI due May 30, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Wood Formation Model to Fuel Progress in Bioenergy, Paper, New Applications

by D’lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Phys.Org)  A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21

April 23, 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

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Stora Enso Wins Bio-Based Product of the Year for Lineo by Stora Enso

(Stora Enso/Cision)  Lineo™by Stora Enso, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, has been awarded ‘Bio-Based Product of the Year’ at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018. Shortlisted alongside products

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Field-Grown Transgenic Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) with Altered Lignin Does Not Affect Soil Chemistry, Microbiology, and Carbon Storage Potential

by Jennifer M. DeBruyn, et al (Global Change Biology Bioenergy) Cell wall recalcitrance poses a major challenge on cellulosic biofuel production from feedstocks such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). As lignin is

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Somethin’ from Just about Nothin’: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste Lignin into Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You know what they say, “you can make anything you want from lignin except money.”  It’s the most challenging issues in biofuel production: upgrading the lignin-containing biorefineryresidues

February 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Better, Faster, Cheaper Bio-Oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led

February 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Lignin Unchained, 3D Printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team

February 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy’s 2017 Project Peer Review Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately

February 6, 2018 0 comment 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 Biomass Technologies Office is aiming to demonstrate the liquefaction of forest

January 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Valley of the Diols: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Producing PDO and HDO from Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you build a catalytic process to produce alpha, omega diols from lignocellulosic biomass? Such a process, using inorganic catalysts for conversion of biomass into 1.5

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from (Any) Bio-Alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or

January 10, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 17 for 2017

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements,

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Nature Demonstrates How Bacteria Degrade Lignin and Provides Better Understanding to Make Biofuels

(Phys.Org/Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)  The production of biofuels from plant biomass is a highly promising source of energy, but researchers are

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an

November 14, 2017 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

Study Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into Useful Chemicals

by Jules Bernstein (Phys.Org/Sandia National Laboratories)  A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The

November 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber,

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Depolymerizing That Dang Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochemical Lignin Deconstruction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Scaling Up Without Wall Street

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made

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

Lignin Waste Modified for Industrial Bio-Oil Use

(Phys.Org/University of Borås)  Lignin, a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, now finds new value as bio-oil in new

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Biomass Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting projects to investigate and recommend promising pathways for

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Rising from the Ashes: Renewable Silica from Rice Husk Ash

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  At 758.8 million tonnes (503.6 million tonnes, milled basis), world paddy production in 2017

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort

September 7, 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

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites

(Phys.Org/Bangor University)  Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your

August 17, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery

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

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Lignin Can Make Building Materials Less Toxic

(Michigan State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A collaborative study by Mojgan Nejad, MSU forestry, proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Inside the Cellulosic Industry

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Additional MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Award

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it will award a fourth project—up to

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Loosening of Lignocellulose: Switchgrass and Success in Sugar Release

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Introduced traits remain stable, improving biofuel production in a field setting.  —   …  Near-term fossil

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

ChemCatBio Launches 2017 Directed Funding Assistance Opportunity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Identifies Market Opportunity for Lignin Waste as a Byproduct of Cellulosic Ethanol Production

(Alliance Bio-Products, Inc./AccessWire)  The Company’s Production of Pure Lignin Provides a Viable Opportunity to Further Reduce the Production Costs of

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, other Biofuels and Gasoline

(Phys.Org/Rutgers University)  Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating

June 26, 2017 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

Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Alliance Bioenergy Licenses Process to Earth’s Renewable Energy

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Grant Application Request for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area DEADLINE: June 28, 2017

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Livestock Benefit from Termite Research

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Wisconsin professor says his termite research might help the biofuels, livestock,

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture

April 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction

Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Oak Ridge Pioneers New Way to See Biomass Pretreatment Impacts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have reported in Nature a new high resolution

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Validated, Integrated: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to

April 3, 2017 0 comment 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

The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Industrial Sugars from Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Preem and Vattenfall Collaborate on Biofuel

(Vattenfall)  Vattenfall aims to provide climate-smart hydrogen gas to large-scale production of biofuel. Preem and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of

February 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Lignin: Technology, Applications, and Markets

(RISI)  Lignin could become a new profit center for the forest products industry – and perhaps for your business.  —

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

UK-Based Researcher Gains European Grant to Fund Work on Lignin Biomass Production

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College

January 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016

by Bernard Cooker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic

January 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Attacking Carbon Intensity, Energy Intensity: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Agile BioFoundry project, the National Lab consortium, in partnership with academia and industry,

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Researchers Collaborate with AST to Develop Lignin-Based Products

(American Science and Technology/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Science and Technology, a sustainable technology company, has teamed up with Terma Group,

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Depolymerizing Lignin and Making It Pay – Now, Soon, Never?

by Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Lignin an ugly, unwieldy molecule! The term coined by most early pioneers within

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”

by Paul Bryan (Biofuels Digest) Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully

November 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels

November 14, 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

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin

November 6, 2016 0 comment 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

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at ORNL uncover the chemical reaction that helps break down biomass for biofuel  —  Lignocellulosic

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Swiss Research Discovers Way to Transform Lignin into Biofuel

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have turned lignin into a source of biofuel

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Researchers Engineer Plant Lignin and Explain Evolutionary Path

(AZO CleanTech)  In 2014, researchers announced the successful engineering of a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction.” The finding caught the

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fibria, Lallemand

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

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

8317267 Canada Brings Its Lignin Fractionation Tech out of Stealth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In British Columbia, 8317267 Canada brought its Lignin Isolate Fractionation Technology out of stealth, describing it as “a cost-effective

October 3, 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

UT-ORNL Team Hopes to Ease Path from Vegetation to Biofuel

(University of Tennessee)  A UT-ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Sandia: Turning Ubiquitous Lignin into High-Value Chemicals

(Sandia National Laboratories/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

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