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Can We Produce Enough Green Hydrogen to Save the World?

(FuelCellsWorks) … ‘Hydrogen and fuels derived (from it) is capable of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in the very, very long term, down to zero,’ said Klaus Scheffer, project

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

BioFuture: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioFuture Platform and the Advanced Biofuels Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biofuture Platform aims to be an action-oriented, country-led, multi-stakeholder mechanism for policy dialogue and collaboration among leading countries, organizations, academia and the private sector conscious

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweden: Plant Produces Synthetic Natural Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/NGV Journal)  Researchers of the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Pyromaniax Unbound

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why the attention? Some of it in the most recent data and news regarding commercial status. TCat-8 has operated for over 2,000 hours with continuous catalyst

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

R1,1 Billion Gas to Fuel Green Energy Plant for Middelburg

(Middleburg Observer) A gas to fuel green energy plants to the value of R1,1 billion will be built in Middelburg next year, anchoring the town as South Africa’s flagship commercial ethanol

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Sylvatex, Trucent Announce Scale up of MicroX Technology

(Trucent/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Production of Renewable Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) KIT’s researchers succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb methanation. The quality of this synthetic natural gas

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

by Dave Humbird (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./DWH Process Consulting LLC/Biofuels Digest)  For new technologies in the bioeconomy (and in the chemical process industry more broadly), the putative path to commercialization is

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Keeps Faith with Renewable Jet Fuel Business Despite Setback

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters/EuroNews)  Biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste <NESTE.HE> sees good opportunities for its renewable jet fuel despite a cancelled pilot project in Switzerland, a company executive said. The Finnish

August 24, 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

IPTEC and USEK Signing an MOU on the Installation of a Pilot Plant for the Production of Biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil (WCO)

(IPT Group)  The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and IPT Energy Center (IPTEC), with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon, signed an MOU to

August 10, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Scientists Figured Out How to Use London’s Huge Fatbergs for Good

by Yasmin Tayag (Inverse)  Who says a rock-solid grease clot has to be a bad thing?  —  … The new Water, Air, & Soil Pollution paper shows how future Fatty McFatbergs (that’s what Brits named the biggest one)

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The goal of the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation focus at the BioEnergy Technologies Office is to de-risk bioenergy production technologies through validated

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

State Government of Queensland : Pentagon Meeting Advances Queensland’s Emerging Biofuel Industry

(Office of Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Cameron Dick)  Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken centre stage in Washington this

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the

June 11, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Hunter Pilot Biorefinery Receives Go-Ahead Following Three-Year Blueprint

(New Castle Herald/Muswellbrook Chronicle) Muswellbrook will soon be home to a $30 million purpose-built biofuel facility, following a $4.6 million investment from the NSW Government. The funding allows the construction of

May 4, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

St1’s Pilot to Produce Advanced Ethanol from Cassava Waste Starts in Thailand

(St1/Global Newswire)  Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix® pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

All Your Acetogen Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Acetone and Drop-In Biofuels from Syngas Fermentation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from

February 22, 2018 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 (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)?

February 16, 2018 Read Full Article

New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

(CPI)  CPI, the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, today announced that its partnership with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT), and their licensed company Oleocycle Ltd, will be providing a second-use

February 2, 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

Forging New Sources for Biodiesel and Hydrocarbon-Based Products

by Cheryl Croucher (Troy Media)  Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel  —  New technology employed by Forge

January 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals?

January 17, 2018 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 Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

New California Program to Develop 5 Dairy Digester RNG Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  In mid-December, the California Public Utilities Commission established a new program that aims to reduce methane emissions from manure generated at dairies. The CPUC said the

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Ireland Funds New Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility

(Agro-Chemistry/University College Dublin)  The Irish Bioeconomy Foundation CLG will receive a funding of €4.6 million from the Ministery for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, to develop a new Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Big Australia Is Back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL Go Big with a Cellulosic Biofuels Bet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking

December 1, 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 a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Biogas Plant Opens in Mexico City

(NGV Journal/National Council of Science and Technology) One of the most ambitious local projects for the use of organic solid waste and its consequent transformation into products such as biofertilizer and

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map

(Bioenergy Insight)  A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched. The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based

October 31, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!”

October 17, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Never fall in love with a feedstock”, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren spends a considerable amount of time reminding us here in Digestville, and that pertains

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

All Your Biobase Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service

October 13, 2017 0 comment 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 and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary

by Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data

by Lorenz Bauer and Charles Loos (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investing in new bio-economy technologies involves the inherent perils associated with building new plants and introducing new products into existing markets. However,

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures (Part 1 of 11)

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

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Lessons Learned Presenting Biotechnology Scale-Up During Fundraising

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  … This paper will build on my previously published white paper on what makes scale-up of advanced biotechnology so difficult, to summarize lessons learned presenting technology

September 25, 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 path to stable intermediates for subsequent upgrading to fuel blendstocks.

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Breaking New Ground

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of one-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added hydrogen, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Georgia Biodiesel Project Moves Closer to USDA Loan Guarantee

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, a joint venture between The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, and Tactical Fabrication LLC, has been selected by USDA to initiate Phase

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Downstream Recovery: Converting Fermentation Broth into Products

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Advanced biotechnology has historically focused on fermentation as the key technology for development, with synthetic biology and proprietary organisms the key intellectual property. As

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Virent Moves Biofuels Closer to Market as New CEO Takes Over

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  If Madison-based Virent‘s biofuels are going to fill the tanks of cars and airplanes, it will be up to Stacey Orlandi to drive the

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

New Gladstone Plant a Boost for Biofuel Industry in Queensland

(Queensland Government)  Queensland is now home to the first commercial-scale advanced biofuels pilot plant and on the cusp of a new biofuel production-based industry for the State, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

The Resources for Scale-up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi Slide Guide to Passmore Group’s View on Sustainable Project Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Passmore Group? It’s like global advanced technology wrapped up inside a maple leaf. There’s hardly a technology wave that’s in any way sustainable or renewable

May 30, 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

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Japanese Biotech Euglena Hopes to Flourish Overseas

by Akiyo Yasuda (Nikkei Asia Review)  Producer of algae-based products looks to China, Southeast Asia to drive growth  —  Tokyo-based euglena,

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

D3Max Pilot Test Results at ACE Ethanol Exceed Expectations

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

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

2016 Survey of Non-Starch Alcohol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The reports tracks the status of non-starch alcohol and renewable hydrocarbon projects. What it is:

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Amyris and the Great Rate Debate

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Either there’s a tremendous amount of down-time at the plant. Or, the plant is struggling

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Commercial Proving Grounds

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable

February 28, 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

Rwanda Abandons $35m Biodiesel Pilot Project

by Johnson Kanamugire (The East African)  More than $35 million was initially invested in setting up the pilot plant for biofuel

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Imagine, with Us!: AkzoNobel Issues an Innovation Challenge to the Advanced Bioceconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AkzoNobel is launching Imagine Chemistry, an exciting opportunity to partner with start-up firms, students, research

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

St1 Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Bioethanol Pilot Project in Thailand

(St1)  Finnish technology turns cassava waste into ethanol  —  St1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a bioethanol pilot project

January 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Algae Production Started on Bonaire

by Emmy Koeleman  (All about Feed)  Wageningen University & Research (UR) in the Netherlands is building a small-scale algae pilot

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

New Path to Ethylene via Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technip’s Hummingbird Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last June, we reported that Technip completed the acquisition of Hummingbird ethanol to ethylene technology from BP Chemicals

January 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Pilot and Demonstration Plants Database

The Task 39 pilot and demonstration plants database has been updated and can be accessed at the website: http://demoplants.bioenergy2020.eu.  READ

January 2, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Accelerating the Shift to a Vibrant Australian Biofuels Industry

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Australia’s first advanced green fuels laboratory has opened its doors in regional Queensland, thanks to support

December 12, 2016 0 comment 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

MERCOSUL Award to Brazilian Student for Microalgae DC Research

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Angelo Paggi Matos, a doctoral student from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brasília, Brazil, has

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Bolting Chemicals onto Ethanol Plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenyug is a privately held technology development company with a mission to research, develop and

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors, LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In my previous series “what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult” (here),

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Canada Showcases New Algae Biorefinery to Reduce CO2 Emissions

(The National Research Council of Canada/Biodiesel Magazine)… Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Scaling Biofuels Technology

by David Edwards ( Zeton Inc./Lee Enterprises Consulting)  The recommended approach for scaling bioenergy and biofuels technology follows a similar

November 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing and Algae to Oil: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Reliance Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reliance Industries has been working on HTL technology for algae conversion to biofuel for last

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Davis, Mercurius Advance on Ultra Low-Cost Renewable Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Take the Test: Evaluating Commercial Readiness, Parts 1 and 2

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …  The focus of this series will be to provide a framework to

September 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Gasoline Additives from Sugar

(Phys.Org)  Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Alliance BioEnergy Receives Independent Verification of Sugars Through CTS Processing of DDG, From Large Ethanol Producer

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc./Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that with the senior

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential

by Ilan Solomons (Mining Weekly)  Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Takin’ Cellulosic to the Mud Spa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the unlikely bioeconomy hub of West Palm Beach, Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has

May 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness 2016, Mark Warner presented this highly-praised slide deck on Fermentation

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

by Lorenz Bauer and William Quapp (Biofuels Digest)  …  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies

April 12, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

April 12, 2016 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   –Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Austrian Biodiesel Technology Provider Wins Award for BTL Process

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  BDI-BioEnergy International AG received an innovation award for its biomass-to-liquid technology, called BioCrack, March 29

April 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone,

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Queensland Greenlights Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Project for Military, Aviation, Marine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Queensland, the state premier Anna Palaszczuk, the Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, and the Minister

March 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

College Student Assesses Biodiesel Production on Minnesota Campus

by Jenna Ray (Biodiesel Magazine/University of Minnesota, Morris)  The possibility of biodiesel production at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

High Margin Alternatives to Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Earth Energy Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earth Energy Renewables is a company focused on commercializing bio-based chemicals and fuels. The company

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

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

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

February 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual

February 19, 2016 Read Full Article

CQU Team behind Biodiesel Made from Waste Oil in Talks with Caltex

by Sophie Vorrath (ReNewEconomy)  A Central Queensland University (CQU) research team that is converting waste grease and oil into biodiesel has

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM Find “Breakthrough Process” for a “Long-Sought Molecule”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group Releases Germany Country Profile in Year End Newsletter

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group released its end of year newsletter, which included a comprehensive 

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

44 Saltend Workers Face Redundancy as BP Mothball Research Plant

(Hull Daily Mail) More than 40 staff at a research facility at Saltend have been told they are facing redundancy.  Kingston

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like BioYule in Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Patiently, assuredly, one cluster at a time, Canada has amassed a potent armory of renewable

December 8, 2015 Read Full Article

What Makes Scale-Up of Industrial Biotechnology so Difficult?

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

DEINOVE Successfully Reaches 2G Bioethanol Pre-Industrial Scale in a 300-Liter Fermenter

(DEINOVE) DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass with

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Microalgae Water Treatment Project in Mexico

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Faculty of Engineering (FI) of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), a Mexican public university based

October 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

CBDA to Source Jatropha Seeds for Bio-Diesel Plant

(The Pioneer)  The Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority (CBDA) will be sourcing huge amount of Jathropha curcas seed (Ratanjot) for its

September 28, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Edeniq Announces Completion of Innovative Upgrade to Cellulosic Sugars Pilot Plant

(Edeniq)  California Energy Commission provided funding for biofuels technology breakthrough — – Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, completed a

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Performance Tests Successful

by PJ Griekspoor  (Agri-View)  St. Joseph, Mo., pilot plant completes tests of making cellulosic ethanol that also yields value-added co-products — The

August 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Algenol: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2006, Algenol converts CO2 from industrial emitters into transportation fuels through its “Direct-to-Ethanol”

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of

July 27, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Iran’s Algiran Teams with Indian Scientist

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgiran, an Iranian algal biotech company, has recently established a pilot scale algal cultivation demonstration facility at

July 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/Biofuels Digest) Spending half a billion dollars placing steel in the ground to commercialize advanced biotechnologies for fuels,

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Novel Distillation to Be Scaled, Tested by Modular System Builder

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass via Anaerobic Digestion and Fisher-Tropsch Reaction

(US Department of Agriculture/Ohio State University)  The long term goal of this project is to commercialize an integrated anaerobic digestion

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies — Part 1

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/ Biofuels Digest) … My focus is on the technical perspectives of technology deployment, from early stage

June 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article

IH2* Technology Licensed to Leading Global Forest Products Company

(BusinessWire/IH2) Producing liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass — A leading global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

AG Ventures Alliance, Cellulose Sciences Int’l form New JV Stover Ventures

(Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative and Cellulose Sciences International/AgriMarketing.com)  Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative (AgVA) of Mason City, Iowa, and Cellulose Sciences

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Is Getting a Big Boost from Corn, for Now

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Cellulosic fuels offer economic, environmental, and national security benefits, but scaling-up the technology has proven

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Australian Biomass Plant To Improve Soil, Sequester Carbon, & Produce Biofuel

by Ronald Brakels (CleanTechnica)  A $10 million dollar pilot biomass plant will be constructed in the Western Australian Capital of

March 9, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Hans Heinerman, Managing Director, BiCHEM Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BiCHEM produces platform chemicals from biomass. It uses an inexpensive, recyclable solvent to break down cellulose

March 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada

March 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower

March 3, 2015 Read Full Article

BPI Announces Startup of Pilot Plant Featuring LTSD Technology

(Bio-Process Innovation Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant

February 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Awards Contract to Construct Innovative Agriculture and Energy Pilot Project at Masdar City

(Masdar Institute)  Research puts UAE at forefront of global movement to create sustainable, alternative fuels that do not compete with

January 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds

by Christine Buckley  (University of Connecticut) Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix. Researchers

December 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

‘Five Years’ Are up for Cellulosic Ethanol

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their

November 12, 2014 Read Full Article

A Sustainable, Affordable Diesel Oxygenate

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A bolt-on technology for ethanol plants, costing less than $2 per installed gallon, producing a

November 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research

November 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments

by Alicia Moulton (U.S. Department of Energy)  … These cellulosic ethanol plants managed by Abengoa, POET-DSM, and INEOS are three of

October 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest —

October 10, 2014 Read Full Article

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