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Stink, Swine, and Nuisance: The North Carolina Hog Industry and Its Waste Management Woes
August 10, 2018 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  Biogas – Turning Hog Waste into Resources  —  Biogas technologies turn organic wastes, including manure, into energy and compost. When manure is turned into biogas, the smells, …

Scientists Figured Out How to Use London’s Huge Fatbergs for Good
August 6, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

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) can be used to churn …

Pilot Sewage to Crude Oil Plant Gets $4 Million Funding
August 2, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  $4 million AUD (€2.5 million) in funding is set to be provided to Australia’s Southern Oil Refining for a pilot plant which will turn biosolids from sewage to crude oil. According to a statement, …

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview
July 30, 2018 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $320 …

Spain’s Billion-Dollar Ethanol-Powered S-80 Super-Submarines Are Too Big to Fit in their Docks
July 24, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Sebastien Roblin  (The National Interest/Yahoo!) …Originally the S-80 was going to be a joint development of the French Scorpene-class submarine, which uses the MESMA steam turbine to provide air-independent propulsion. However, the DCN partnership eventually …

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels
July 22, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new biofuel industry that may not …

Nitin Gadkari Looks at Biofuels to Clean up Air, Save Taj Mahal
July 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Sowmiya Ashok (Indian Express)  Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief minister met on Monday to …

Punjab Will Produce Bio-Ethanol from Paddy Straw: Sunder Sham Arora
July 10, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(5 Dariya News)  To curb the menace of crop residue burning and create a positive atmosphere for industrialization, Punjab Government has taken a decision to set up a Bio-ethanol project. In this regard, Memorandum of Understanding …

Vivo Energy Kenya and Koko Networks Form Ethanol Cooking Fuel Partnership
July 3, 2018 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Koko Networks)  Vivo Energy becomes first multinational fuels company to enter Kenyan market for ethanol cooking fuel, using KOKO technology to enable affordable mass-market access.  
Vivo Energy Kenya today announces a partnership with KOKO Networks (“KOKO”) that …

New Household Cooking Oils Recycling Service Launched
July 2, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Scottish Borders Council)  A new service which allows the public to recycle their leftover cooking oils has been launched.  The service is now available at all seven community recycling centres in the Borders and has the backing of …

China’s Shift to Cleaner Energy Drives Huge Ethanol Demand
June 29, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Leah Marie Angelou (Small Cap Network) … China is at a crossroad as it shifts to cleaner and renewable energy sources. Can the country keep up with its environmental pledge?  —  In September 2017, the …

DOE’s Scum Ranchers
June 29, 2018 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Vice News Tonight/HBO)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn the Salton Sea, a lake in the California desert, into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water in …

Vietnam Uses ‘Super-Technology’ to Treat Biowaste
June 27, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Vietnam.net Bridge)  The utilization of Carbolosic technology in Vietnam promises to bring great benefits as it turns biological waste into valuable products.  —  The Ministry of Science & Technology (MST) has signed an MOU on transferring technology …

EU Backs Industrial-Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Project and Camelina Cultivation Research
June 25, 2018 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A new EU-backed project has been launched to demonstrate the first industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe. The four-year BIO4A initiative will also investigate the potential of reclaiming dry …

Bio CNG and Bio-Ethanol to Be Manufactured from Paddy Straw
June 19, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(5 Dariya News)   The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same. The Punjab  Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is serious on …

Stubble Burning: Punjab to Manufacture Bio-CNG from Paddy Straw
June 14, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times Energy World)  Seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the state, but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw, the minister said.
… The government is committed to …

Eni Employees in Porto Marghera Begin Collecting Used Cooking Oils for Conversion into Biofuels
June 5, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Eni)  Eni is the first company in the world to have taken a traditional refinery and transformed it into a Bio-Refinery using proprietary technology. As of today, Eni will begin collecting used cooking oils from the …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

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 state of value — and …

Cabinet Approves National Biofuel Policy
May 16, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains, rotten potatoes, corn and sugar beet with petrol to cut oil imports by Rs 4,000 …

Troubling Link Found between Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure in Children
May 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Ariana Eunjung Cha (Washington Post)  … In a paper published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, researchers reported that children of mothers who were exposed in their third trimester to higher levels of fine …

From Gen1 to High-Value: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
May 11, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under
May 9, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Biomass Magazine)  Will Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? — Australia’s bioenergy sector is alive and brimming with ideas about how to keep pace with progress being …

Hunter Pilot Biorefinery Receives Go-Ahead Following Three-Year Blueprint
May 4, 2018 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(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 the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB) to …

Chempolis Seals Deal for Indian Biorefinery: A New Technology, Designed in Finland, Will Produce Bioethanol, Biochemicals, and Green Energy from Bamboo
May 4, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Chempolis) The biorefining technology company Chempolis, the Finnish energy company Fortum, and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a state-owned Indian oil company, have formed a joint venture to construct a biorefinery in the state of Assam in …

California’s Scum Ranchers Are Working on a Fuel to Replace Oil
April 27, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Agnes Walton (Vice News)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn a lake in the California desert called the Salton Sea into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water …

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 26, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. The …

Calif. School District Adopts Neste Renewable Diesel
April 24, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD), a public school district based in Contra Costa County, Calif., has switched some of its vehicles from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable …

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support
April 11, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of …

This USDA Lab Is Turning Billions Of Pounds Of Almond Waste Into Beer, Plastic, And Power
March 19, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The country’s growing almond habit means that there are lots of shells and hulls to put to good use. These government scientists are working hard to find the best options.
…  “For every …

Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Bioplastic, Bioethanol and Biodiesel
March 15, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Muscat Daily)  The wastepaper which accounts for more than 35 per cent of the total lignocellulosic waste of the municipal solid waste could be a potential feedstock for value-added products due to its rich cellulose …

Cloncurry Treated Sewage Water Trial
March 14, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

TREATED sewage water is being used to irrigate paddocks of crops that can be used for biofuels in a trial at Cloncurry.
Sorghum, soy beans, sun hemp and leucaena are being irrigated with the treated sewage …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Recycled Cooking Oil Fuels Green Possibilities in Davao
March 5, 2018 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jack Board (Channel News Asia)   … “This area here, many years ago, was a very lively area. Many people came here to take a bath and go fishing but now it’s already barren,” lamented local …

Biogas Will Help Solve Urban Sewage Crisis
February 27, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.14 million grant to install an innovative new sewage treatment solution to Durban, South Africa. The innovative generator is able to process sewage into nutrients, …

Former Ineos Bio Site Purchased for Conversion into Eco-District
February 21, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A consortium of investors and project developers led by Texas-based Frankens Energy recently purchased the former Ineos Bio Indian River Biorefinery in Vero Beach, Florida, and has announced plans to …

Grant to Help Ethanol Production
February 6, 2018 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Sam Farmer (Wahoo Newspaper)  Integrated Recycling of Mead was recently awarded a $35,495 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to aid in recycling efforts.
The funds will go toward a food de-packager/perforator to …

Govt Roots for Ethanol Stove in Bid to Reduce Carbon Emissions
February 1, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Faith Nyamai  (Daily Nation)  The Ministry of Environment has pledged to support the use of ethanol stoves in both rural and urban areas in what is expected to play a major role in the …

Swansea Takes Lead in ALG-AD Sustainability Project
January 31, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution …

Economic Survey Suggests Converting Agricultural Waste into Biofuels to Tackle Pollution
January 29, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Mayank Aggarwal (LiveMint)  Survey also recommends ‘congestion pricing’ for vehicles, expanding and improving public bus system to reduce private vehicle use, and phasing out old vehicles to reduce pollution  —  The Economic Survey released on Monday suggested …

INSIGHTS Anaerobic Digesters as a Tool for California’s Clean Transportation Efforts
January 23, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (Gladstein, Neandross & Associates/ACT News)  As one of the most populous states in the nation and a center of agricultural activity, California faces a waste disposal problem. Organic waste sent to municipal waste …

Nitin Gadkari Wants Cars to Run on Biofuels to Reduce Oil Bill Load
January 20, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari Friday pushed for greater usage of biofuels to reduce India’s annual oil import bill of Rs 7 lakh crore, putting the onus on local car makers to make more …

How a Bengaluru-Based Company Is Working to Transform Sewage into Biodiesel
January 17, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Akshatha M. (Economic Times)  The fat and oil substances that enter some of Bengaluru’s lakes through the city’s broken sewage system may transform into biodiesel if a pilot project taken up at the Bellandur lake …

Biofuels Plant Development Expected to Begin at Ontonagon Paper Mill
January 15, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   A public announcement of the construction and development of a $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the closed paper mill in Ontonagon is “expected shortly,” Pat Tucker told the Ontonagon …

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions
January 15, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their …

Abu Dhabi Works towards Cooking Oil Recycling Plan
January 12, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Anwar Ahmad (Gulf News)  Abu Dhabi will open a new facility to recycle used cooking oil by the end of this year, a top official from Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, said …

Fighting Food Waste in Africa with Biofuel-Run Sparky Dryer
January 8, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Uganda, engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot is addressing food waste with his new Sparky Dryer, which is a food dehydrator that runs on biofuel from a farmer’s garden and burns with …

Indian Oil to Arrange Biomass-to-Ethanol Plant in Panipat
January 5, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Kaplan Herald)  The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilizing surplus crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at Baoli village in Panipat district. The capacity of the proposed …

From CO2 to Algae
January 5, 2018 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part …

IndianOil to Start Production of Biomass-Based Ethanol
December 29, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilising crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at village Baoli in Panipat district of Haryana.
The capacity of proposed plant would be …

Chinese Scientists Using Algae to Fight Pollution
December 28, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are …

Waste to Energy: Production of Biofuel from Waste to Commence in South-West
December 14, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Nigerian Tribune)  … YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that to stop the overdependence on petroleum products, the South-west is set to be the site of a project that is novel to Africa; processing of liquid fuel (biofuel) from …

AgTech Startups Offer Hope in Brutal Citrus Greening Fight
December 8, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Emma Cosgrove (AgFunder News)  … Tom Schenck of TerViva, an agtech startup working with citrus growers in Florida, says the disease has changed the face of the sunshine state.

Startups are also looking to provide Florida citrus …

That Unsold Bottle of Merlot Is Probably Winding up in Your Gas Tank
November 29, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by John Capone (Quartz Media)  … It’s where the dregs of every vodka still and every 9-year-old barrel-aged small batch bourbon expire. It’s where all the watery beer that didn’t end up at frat parties does …

PetroMin Pushes OMCs to Buy Paddy Stubble
November 27, 2017 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Shine Jacob Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Shreya Jai (Business Standard)  A NITI Aayog suggests an estimated ~11,500 crore would be needed to permanently address the problem of stubble burning  —  After announcing early rollout of Bharat Stage …

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas
November 14, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a …

ABS11 Salt Lake City Highlights
November 6, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) has transitioned from algae biofuels to higher value algae bioproducts. Most of the excitement in the 2017 version focused on nutrition for plants, animals and people, and …

Lincoln, Neb., Expects Major Savings by Turning Biogas into Vehicle Fuel
October 31, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  The City of Lincoln, Neb., has announced it is upgrading its technology to allow the biogas produced by wastewater treatment to be processed into vehicle fuel. According to a press release, the …

Scania Will Provide Clean Buses to 20 Major Cities
October 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Scania) Scania today joins the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets with a commitment to, by 2018, provide modern soot-free buses to 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. 
“To tackle the …

Masdar Institute’s SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone In Development Of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
October 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Erica Solomon (Masdar Institute News)   Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  —  
Masdar Institute of Science and …

Switchgrass Could Help China’s Air Quality
September 21, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois ACES/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
“China’s poor air quality is caused by …

More Is Less
August 30, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Institute) … We need more ethanol in gasoline, and in so doing, we will get less drain on our wallets, less toxic aromatics, less carbon, less sulfur, less particulates …

Letter – EPA Scams Drivers
August 29, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (The Public Opinion)  How long can the Environmental Protection Agency ignore clean air and soak auto owners with higher-priced,  inferior gas?

 It seems to me the EPA, those  “dirty rotten scoundrels” as described by …

New Wastewater Treatment System Runs on Algae
August 29, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

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

Biodiesel Fuel Plant Inauguration Set
August 25, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Karina V. Canedo (Sun Star)  A plant that will process used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel (BDF) will be inaugurated on Friday, August 25, at the Maa Composting Facility, Davao City. Davao City Environment …

Market Value Pivoted Algae Biomass Productivity for Oil to Other High Value Products – Is Oil Still on the Horizon, Somewhere?
August 23, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Anju D. Krivov  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting/GSR Solutions LLC)  … In the late 1990s, the low oil prices of less than $20 a barrel brought down the Algal Species Program’s initiative started in the 1970s …

Flint Hills Ethanol Plant Begins Construction: Plant Will Produce a High Protein Animal Feed Ingredient
August 17, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(York News-Times)  Construction is now underway at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Fairmont to install a new, bolt-on technology, called Maximized Stillage Co-Products™ (MSC). Once operational, the MSC technology will allow the plant …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Indian Scientists Turn Sugar Industry Waste Into Next-Gen Battery Material
August 10, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Sugar News)   Indian scientists have demonstrated that waste water from some of the dirtiest industrial processes can be turned into a carbon source for preparation of energy storage materials.
Researchers led by scientists from Bhavnagar-based …

The Good, the Bad and the Algae
August 9, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratory)  Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems …

Aemetis Signs Agreement for Advanced Gasification Technology to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol
August 8, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Accesswire)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (August 4, 2017) that it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec, Inc. of Richland, Washington …

Getting Clever with Fatbergs and Biodiesel – Features Video
June 29, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Congealed lumps of fat, sanitary items and wet wipes stalk the sewers of London and the surrounding area, causing blockages and damage to water infrastructure. Now, Thames Water is working on an innovative …

Ethanol By-Product Can Be Used as Dietary Supplement for Cattle
June 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The new research found that as the seasons progress, cattle find it increasingly difficult to digest a type of Bermuda grass – Tifton 85. However, the scientists also found that by supplementing the …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

U of Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Pilot Promises to Turn Scum into pProfit
June 13, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan …

SFU, KPU Researchers team up on solutions for clean food and water
May 19, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Simon Fraser University )  Researchers at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are teaming up to develop sustainable clean-tech solutions that will provide potable water and clean food globally, in areas challenged by climate …

HPCL to Set up Rs 600-Crore Bio-Ethanol Unit in Bathinda
May 19, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Aruna Sharma (khabar India/Tribune)  Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) has roped in Engineers India Ltd (EIL), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) for setting up India’s first …

Biofuels: Could Agave, Hemp and Saltbush Be the Fuels of the Future?
May 10, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Dyani Lewis (The Guardian)  Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels.  —  Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral …

Praj Commences 2G Smart Bio-Refinery
May 5, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard/Press Trust of India)  Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, today said it has commenced its first integrated second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from agri-waste in Gujarat.
The 2G demo …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Turning Chicken Poop and Weeds into Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop …

Haryana Government Agrees to Indian Oil’s 2G Ethanol Investment Plan
May 2, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the Haryana state government has approved Indian Oil’s investment proposal for a $93.3 million 100,000 liter per day second-generation ethanol plant using crop waste including 50 acres of …

Waterloo Stoops to Turn Dog Poop into Energy, Fertilizer
May 2, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Nicole Thompson (Toronto Star/The Canadian Press)  … Waterloo will soon host a pilot program that will turn dog waste into energy, using a process called anaerobic digestion, which happens when organic waste breaks down in …

Pushing DDGS
April 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With record ethanol production comes record distillers grains supplies. Combine those big supplies with big declines in exports to two major international buyers, and you have a formula for …

Spring Harvested Canola Unlikely to Be Food Quality
April 26, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst.
Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres …

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel
April 25, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site.
The …

Children Helping UAE Biofuels Industry
April 24, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   Children in the UAE have been recycling cooking oil to make biofuels as part of a new initiative.
The programme was set up by the Blue waste management company in Dubai, and involves pupils …

Portland Votes ‘Yes’ On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel
April 21, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Amelia Templeton  (OPB FM) For years, the sewage flushed away by Portland households has decomposed into methane gas captured by the city’s wastewater plant and turned into energy and electricity.
Now, the city’s wastewater agency, the Bureau …

US VP Pence Celebrates Greenbelt Resources and Jababeka Infrastruktur Waste-to-Resources Project MOU Signing
April 21, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  JababECO is the first U.S.-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project  —  United States Vice President Mike Pence participated in a ceremony celebrating the signing of multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Jakarta today, including …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Indian Oil Seeking Haryana Land to Build 2G Ethanol Plant
March 31, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the Indian Oil Company is seeking 50 acres from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation to build its planned second-generation ethanol plant near to its oil …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 23, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv) In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
The aviation sector is dependent …

Bioenergy Gets Graphic with New Illustrated Guide to the Subject
March 22, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week.
In a unique collaboration …

NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment
March 16, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The study, …

Thailand Announces 3.66 Million Tons of Rotten Rice to Be Auctioned March 23
March 8, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Thailand, the National Rice Policy Committee agreed to open another round of bidding for rotten rice on March 23 for 3.66 million metric tons. The rotten rice is allowed …

Neutral Fuels Pioneers Dairy Waste As New Biofuel Feedstock
February 23, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Neutral Fuels)  Recycling waste dairy products to help meet Dubai ‘ s Zero Waste target  —
After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

Ethanol CO2 & Concrete Cement a Relationship
January 27, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CarbonCure Technologies strengthens concrete while reducing its carbon footprint. —  Carbon dioxide from a Wisconsin ethanol plant is strengthening the cement in pours at sites in Chicago. Ozinga, a …

Scientific Research Work for Treatment of Water from Oil Field Production
December 30, 2016 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Youssef Boudlal (ZAWYA/Reuters)  The Tunisian Company of Petroleum Activities and the Borj Cedria Technology Management Corporation Park (TBC) initiated Tuesday research work to identify water treatment processes from the production of an oil field …

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource
December 27, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel production in Abu Dhabi, UAE based on a production system that integrates aquaculture, saltwater agriculture, …

Industry Seeks Higher Sugar Price; Gadkari for Reasonable Rate
December 23, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(MoneyControl)  Amid demand from the industry to allow retail sugar prices to rise up to Rs 45/kg, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the rates should be reasonable for consumers as the government has a …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Biodiesel: From Deep Fryer to Engine
December 7, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

CRISPY, sweet and a little bit salty, the pisang goreng is enjoyed as favourite tea time snack.
Roadside stall owner Johar Melan uses vegetable oil to fry the banana fritters.
Now, the used vegetable oil that is …

North America’s Grasslands Are Slowly Disappearing — And No One’s Paying Attention
December 1, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Great Plains lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that …

Rs. 500 Crore Plant to Produce Ethanol from Crop Residue
November 16, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday announced a new plant to produce ethanol to be set up in Bathinda with an outlay of Rs 500 crore.

Mr Pradhan, while addressing gathering in Ludhiana, …

NexSteppe and Longping Partner to Develop Solutions for Bioenergy and Land Remediation in China
November 16, 2016 – 7:17 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)    NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Longping Hi-Tech Arable Land Remediation Technology …

Small Farm Conference–A Seriously Knowledge-Intensive Activity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
November 14, 2016 – 9:45 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “I want to make this land productive again,” was a common refrain at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 13th Annual Small Farm Conference November 11-12.  Whether returning to …

Bacteria Turn Trees into Pollution-Eating Machines
November 14, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anthony King (Horizon Magazine)  Hacking trees by adding bacteria to their roots could help scrub contaminated soil clean of chemicals and metals from industrial spillages and fallouts, a process known as gentle remediation.

Once the …

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari
September 8, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports which was earlier Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Gadkari said addressing a conference on methanol economy …

Microbeads. Reviled, Yes. Useful, Yes. What’s the Alternative?
August 25, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The BBC is reporting that although microplastics form only 0.01% to 4.1% of the total plastic waste dumped into the seas, researchers have been especially concerned about microplastics because of …

UF/IFAS Study: Sweet Potato Crop Shows Promise as Feed and Fuel
August 9, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Newswise/University of Florida)  As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato …

Get Algae Biodiesel
August 3, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Felipe Sanchez (Conacyt (Google Translation))  The Department of Biotechnology of the School of Chemistry (FCQ) of the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAdeC) develops a project of biodiesel production from algal biomass generated during the …

Centre to Soon Initiate Process for Making Ethanol from Biomass: Gadkari
August 1, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(FirstPost.com)  The Centre would soon initiate measures to make ethanol out of biomass that would create “tremendous demand for farm waste”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
A Cabinet note on making ethanol out of biomass like wheat, …

Biological Wizardry Ferments Carbon Monoxide into Biofuel
July 27, 2016 – 11:32 pm | No Comment

(Cornell University/EurekAlert!)  Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas.
“Instead of having the waste go …

The Future of Biofuel Isn’t Corn—It’s Algae
July 19, 2016 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

by Ian Graber-Stiehl (Pacific Standard)  Why water is the future of biofuel.  —  … Algae biofuel frontrunner Algenol, for example, converts plentiful saltwater into biofuel with yields nearly 17 times higher than those of corn, while producing …

Making It Work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Cellulosic Feedstock
July 19, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

This Scottish Company Is Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel
July 17, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (The Drive) Enterprising Scots hope to save the world —  with the help of good scotch  —  As though scotch weren’t already the world’s greatest beverage, one Scottish company plans on using it …

Singapore Scientists Mine Butanol from Fats in Food Waste
July 15, 2016 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(The China Post)  Scientists in Singapore have found a green, efficient way to deal with the growing amount of food waste that the country produces.
They have genetically modified a type of yeast so that it …

Report: Simplistic Global Analyses that Blame Biofuels for Food Insecurity Mislead the Public
July 15, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  A new report, titled Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action, challenges previous studies that blame biofuels for food insecurity for relying on “faulty”, “questionable” and “subjective” assumptions to reach …

High Diesel Price: FG Considers Biofuel Alternative for Farmers
July 1, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Gabriel Ewepu (Vanguard)  Following the high cost of diesel, Federal Government is considering bio-diesel as an alternative source of fuel for farmers to enhance food production and supply. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural …

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential
May 13, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Ilan Solomons (Mining Weekly)  Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump …

Efficient Utilization of Volatile Waste Nutrients
May 4, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Everett Eustance, Joshua T. Wray, Shahrzad Badvipour and Milton R Sommerfeld (Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University/Algae Industry Magazine)  Algaculture, or algae farming, like any form of agriculture, is highly …

Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars
April 28, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how …

Algae & CCS: Incremental Heroes
April 25, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  As we noted in a recent post, Carbon Balance and Management journal published a study in late 2015 touting the emissions reduction potential of algae when used as animal feed. The authors …

Algae Eat up Oilfield Byproducts
April 25, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman/Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)  An oil-field waste product that poses environmental challenges and is linked to earthquakes could become a valuable economic resource if the efforts of Oklahoma State University researchers are successful.
Biosystems …

Carbon Farming – Agriculture’s Answer to Climate Change?
April 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On April 12, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced a new funding opportunity aimed at increasing the carbon storage potential of U.S. agricultural soils.  Land-use, …

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping
April 15, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy …

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ Help Clean Baltimore Harbor, Fuel Cars
April 15, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how …