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Activating the Right Bacteria: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 3Bar Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  3Bar Biologics’ Bio-YIELD uses naturally occurring microbes that are precisely matched to specific crops and soil environments. These microbes were discovered and isolated during a 15-year

November 14, 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

Marathon Weighs Selling High-Ethanol Gas in Minnesota

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Company acquired Andeavor this month to become largest refiner; Trump promised to allow year-round sales of E15 gasoline  —  Marathon Petroleum Corp., the largest U.S. oil

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break down Biomass

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home and Actress, Activist, and Filmmaker Olivia Wilde, Partner to Introduce the Home That Runs on Dunkin’

(Dunkin’ Donuts)  Actress and Coffee Enthusiast, Olivia Wilde, Incorporates Her Personal Style into the Home That Runs on Dunkin’  —  For years America has run on Dunkin’, and today Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home is

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governors’ Races

by Marianne Lavelle and Dan Gearino  (Inside Climate News)  Governors have the power to set the agenda on renewable energy or throw up roadblocks to its progress. It’s become an issue in

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

“LabPats” “Lose Yourself” Video, Especially for Biologists, the iGEM Edition

LabPats (Carroll High School) Just some Syn. Bio nerds dropping some sick beats to the tune of Lose Yourself.  WATCH VIDEO   Editor’s note:  Insights gathered when working in a bio

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Diversification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Ohio Man Gets Five Years for His Role in $47 Million Biofuel Fraud Scheme

by Tim Pearce (Daily Caller)  The owner of a New York-based renewable fuels trading company was sentenced to over five years in prison and fined roughly $26 million Monday for his

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

27 Technologies to Produce Lower Carbon Fuels from “Second Chance Carbon” — and Its Practicioners. Who’s Doing What, Where, When, Why and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

From Food Waste to Biobased

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … “About 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year – an estimated one in three mouthfuls of food every day,” according to Alessandro

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Significant Environmental Milestone for Mississippi Project

(Velocys)  The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Mississippi biorefinery.   Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, announced today that

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Higher Blends of Ethanol Should Be Available Year-Round

by Anthony Bush (Marion Star)  … Most urgently,  (Agriculture) Secretary (Sonny) Perdue must follow the president’s directive to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to end harmful sales regulations on higher

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NPPD Part of DOE Study to Develop Integrated CO2 Collection, Transportation, and Storage Infrastructure

(Nebraska Public Power District) Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy (DOE) study. This most recent initiative has

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

US Trade, Biofuel Policies and Immigration Hit Farmers Hard

(Associated Press/The Vindicator)  … The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Management Opens New RNG Facility in Kentucky

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Waste Management has unveiled a $30 million renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Louisville, Ky. The new Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility processes up to 5,000 standard

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Nearly $13 Million in Small Business Research and Development for EERE

(U.S. Department of Energy)  As part of today’s (May 21, 2018) $34 million announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Rick Perry, for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a hardship waiver exempting

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire Andeavor for $23B

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The deal creates the largest US oil refiner (and a top-five refiner globally) at 3.1 million barrels per day of capacity — Valero is around

May 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Duluth Steam Plant to Burn Biofuel

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

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Ohio Science Could Spawn a New Sustainable Oil Boom

(Agragen)  Agragen, LLC, a Cincinnati-based plant sciences company, predicts that the recent surge in oil prices will soon permit biofuels derived camelina oil to be on parity with petroleum derived fuels

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Ohio EPA Invites Application to a New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grant Program

(Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education) Ohio EPA invites applications to a new Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Grant program that will award $5 million in grants to

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

South Bibb Neighbors Protest Decision to Allow Ethanol Rail Line

(13WMAZ)  The Executive Director of Macon’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Jim Thomas, says they are going to appeal a judge’s ruling to allow an ethanol-transfer station to open up in south

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Tire Trash-to-Cash in the Aussie Outback

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There are no tires in Nevertire because Green Distillation Technologies, some 20 clicks up the road in Warren, is operating its Destructive Distillation technology at pilot scale and

November 9, 2017 0 comment 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 LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

BIRD Energy to Invest $4.8 Million in Cooperative Israel-U.S. Clean Energy Projects

(The BIRD Foundation/PR Newswire)  The total value of the approved projects is $10.5 million in the areas of Hydrogen/Storage, Transportation, Biofuels and Energy Efficiency —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

November 6, 2017 0 comment 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 week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Industry Teams Learn About U.S. Ethanol Value Chain Firsthand

(U.S. Grains Council)  Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of

October 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 

October 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable

October 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Blended Fuels Are the Way to Go

by Glenn Badenhop (The Blade)  Oil refineries in Ohio and across the country are misleading the public about the Renewable Fuel Standards, and this deception was most recently on display in The

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Ohio State Leads Effort to Prep Students for Biobased Careers

by Tracy Turner (Ohio State University)  Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of

September 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

UT Algae Research

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that

September 15, 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

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 waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Processing Pathways

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources.

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key

June 29, 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 overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste

June 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Natural Alternatives to Rubber: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novel, US-Based Rubber-Producing Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US can support rubber/energy crops the size of corn or soybean with hundreds of thousands of new jobs, says Katrina Cornish of the Ohio

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Ohio Ethanol Tour Highlights Efforts to Break the Blend Wall

by Matt Reese  (Ohio’s Country Journal)  … This summer, Ohio’s corn farmers and their checkoff are chipping away at the ethanol blend wall in the state by highlighting opportunities to buy

May 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Remove the Ethanol Albatross from around the Necks of U.S. Consumers: Robert W. Chase (Opinion)

by Rob W. Chase (Cleveland.com)  … Less than 5 percent of all service stations in the United States offer ethanol-free gasoline.

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Two PA Companies Partner to Fuel Economy

(Gant News)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing Corn Merchandiser, Brian Kelly, was a little doubtful four years ago when he first approached

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Youngstown Steam Plant Is World’s First to Use Wood Fuel in New Way

by Stan Boney (WKBN) Youngstown Thermal is now burning a more environmentally-friendly fuel  —  Youngstown Thermal supplies the steam used to

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Is a ‘Win-Win’

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/The Courier)  … Back in 1996, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was ever implemented, corn

February 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (DaoChi Energy/Biofuels Digest)  Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

RFS Standards Help Ohioans

by Rick Fox (The Clermont Sun) Letter to Editor:   Commissioner Uible’s recent letter “Fixing the RFS Pothole” was full of

December 12, 2016 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

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

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

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Jet Fuels Consortium Recognizes USDA Leaders

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Rural Development

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Not Energy Independent, Yet

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

America’s Most Prolific Gas Play Needs 50 Rigs to Keep Booming

by Ari Natter and James Rowley  (Bloomberg)   …  Fifty rigs need to be drilling for natural gas in America’s most

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor: Fixing the RFS Pothole

by David Uible (Clermont County Commissioner/Clermont County GOP/The Clermont Sun)  … On principle, I believe in free markets, and in keeping the

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Six POET Plants Installing Combined Heat and Power Processes

(POET)  Six POET biorefineries in Ohio and Indiana are installing a new energy generation system using combined heat and power.

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

A Man and His Turbine Engine

by Suzi Thaye (Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper) David Stapp’s invention is “fuel-agnostic”  —  … It’s a nice spot for CEO Stapp to concentrate

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Railroad to Settle for $170,000 over Ethanol Spill, Fire

by  Kimball Perry (Columbus Dispatch)  Four years ago, a broken rail caused 16 railroad cars to jump the track near

October 3, 2016 0 comment 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

Column Full of Downright Lies

by Art Thomas (POET-Fostoria/The Courier) Last week’s column “corn ethanol is a climate-control scandal” was full of half-truths and downright lies

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Buy Could Bring Plant to County

(Van Wert Independent News)  Van Wert County officials are hoping a big biofuels purchase by JetBlue airlines will eventually mean

September 21, 2016 Read Full Article

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG

September 20, 2016 Read Full Article

JetBlue Announces One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchase Agreements in Aviation History

(JetBlue)  Preparing for a Lower Carbon Future, Airline Partners with SG Preston to Purchase Renewable Jet Fuel;  JetBlue Expects To

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Know Your Cyanobacteria

(Algae Industry Magazine/Water Research Foundation) Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind

September 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Iowa Teen Promotes Ethanol at DNC, RNC

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  It’s hard to beat this as a summer job for a Des Moines teenager: Two weeks

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But the RE in algae these days has been, more or less, REposition. Possibly REthink.

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and

June 20, 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

Senator Sherrod Brown Announces Up to $2 Million in New Federal Resources for The Ohio State University to Support Research on Biofuel

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  25 Percent of Soybean Oil Processed in U.S. is used for Biodiesel and Bioheat.

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Cessna 182 Crosses Country on Biofuel

(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)  Ross McCurdy, a science teacher from Ponaganset High School in Glocester, Rhode Island, has flown

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Protein Packs A Punch in New Ethanol Coproducts

by Holly Jessen and Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies gain traction in the quest to produce high-protein feed products

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these

April 15, 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

Science Teacher Plans First Coast-to-Coast Biofuel Flight

by Megan Elliott (Flying Magazine)  First transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. — High-school science teacher Ross

March 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy

March 21, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Alternative Crops for Biofuel Gaining Attention

by Colleen Scherer (Ag Professional)  … A recent University of Illinois study is using genetic markers to identify early developmental traits

March 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Keeps Gasoline Prices Down

by Fred Yoder (The Columbus Dispatch/Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association) When the original renewable fuel standard was passed in 2005,

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Best for Biofuels

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Review of Water Consumption and Water Conservation Technologies in the Algal Biofuel Process.

by Tu Q, Lu M, Thiansathit W, Keener TC (PubMed)  Although water is one of the most critical factors affecting

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Ohio Has Few Checks for Natural-Gas Storage Leaks

by Laura Arenschield (Columbus Dispatch)  … In fact, Ohio ranks eighth nationwide in the volume of natural gas stored below ground.

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain

by Ajay Shah (Renewable Energy World)  Massive availability of agricultural waste, left unutilized in the field, and its potential to

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where,

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

USGC Ethanol Export Program Yields Results in Peru

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council’s ethanol export promotion program has seen an early success with a

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

“High Confidence Level” as Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Closes in on Historic ASTM Approval

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As ASTM technical balloting is underway and as experts sift through and request revised submissions

December 17, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Provides Loan Guarantee Conditional Commitment to Build Georgia Biofuel Plant

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also

November 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Proponents Speaking up as EPA Decision Draws Near

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biobased Projects Around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe,

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

What Facts Are Really Facts?

by Matt Reese (Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  The heated debate over the RFS really ramped up in recent weeks with

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol: The Common Sense Approach

by Patty Mann (Sidney Daily News)  To the Editor:  Each day we are flooded with advertisements and messages. It’s easy to

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Pigs Can Regulate Sulfur in Distiller Grains

(AgriNews)  Distillers dried grains with solubles, a co-product of the ethanol industry, is becoming a more common ingredient in swine

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Ad Sparks Outrage Among Ohio’s Corn, Ethanol Producers

by Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)  Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading

November 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Drop-iIn Fuels at Scale, Construction in 2016: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Ensyn

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

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

New CRS Report: How Corn Ethanol Mandates Have Hurt Ohio’s Environment and Economy

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  Washington-imposed mandates that have forced increasing volumes of corn ethanol to be added to Ohio’s and

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Supercritical Biodiesel Plant at Ethanol Refinery Now Operational

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

High-Content Ethanol Pumps in Ohio to Get Boost from $3.4 Million Grant

(Columbus Dispatch)  Ohio received a $3.4 million grant to install more than 100 pumps for ethanol-blended fuels. The grant was

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Neutrons Help Decipher Enzyme Function for Cellulosic Conversion

(Technical University of Munich/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …   Using neutrons, researchers have now investigated the reaction mechanism of an important class

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

The Biobased Option: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Biobased Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Includes Ohio State University’s “Advanced Bioeconomy” flowchart and BioPreferred Program map; results of surveys regarding

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

SG Preston and IHI E&C Announce Strategic Agreement To Engineer and Construct A Portfolio Of Advanced Renewable Fuels Plants

(PR Newswire/IHI E&C)  SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

A Biorefinery Approach for Castor Biodiesel — Whole Plant Used for 100% Renewable Biodiesel

by Helen Tunnicliffe (The Chemical Engineer Today)  Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor

September 30, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The

September 14, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Carlisle Planners OK $10M Biofuels Project

by  Ed Richter (Journal-News)  Plans are moving forward to build a bio-energy production facility in Carlisle. The Carlisle Planning Commission

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

$11M Green Energy Project Could Fuel More than 100 New Local Jobs

by Joe Cogliano (Dayton Business Journal)  … Mason-based Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. is looking to build a biodiesel production facility on

September 1, 2015 Read Full Article

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded

August 28, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to

August 27, 2015 Read Full Article

E85 Available at Lima Station

(LimaOhio.com)  Despite industry experts citing little demand, one Lima gas station has begun to sell E85 fuel.  Speedway, at 1875

August 25, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins

August 21, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Making Tires From a Desert Shrub Found in the U.S.

by Diane Cardwell (New York Times)  For years, tire industry executives, as well as government officials and scientists, have sought

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

RFA Asks EPA to Provide Relief to Midwest Consumers in Wake of Refinery Outage

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

POET Drives $13.5B in Economic Impact in 2014: Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, POET released its first-ever economic impact study, and reported that in 2014

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Past Few Years Have Been Tough on Corn, Bean Prices

by Scott Seitz (Norwalk Reflector)  Revenue for local farmers is below the ‘break-even point’ — In 2012, corn was priced as

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

50 Grassroots Events Planned in Support of Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than fifty grassroots events are now scheduled take place at state and

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Lindsey Graham: I Wouldn’t Disagree With Hillary Clinton on Science of Climate Change

by  Rebecca Leber (New Republic) Only two candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, in the second-tier Republican presidential debate

August 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Voters Want Pro Clean Energy Prez Candidates

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  NextGen Climate has released the results of a survey that finds voters in key presidential swing

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas,

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

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