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Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Who’s Running Things? With Democrats Preparing to Run the House

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With Democrats preparing to run the House, here’s how the committee leadership shuffle is expected to work out. — Energy and Commerce Committee: New Jersey

November 7, 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

For the Times They Are a Changin’ – Conversions Abound from Diesel to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  Poplar saplings being grown at the University of California Davis are not expected to survive the rigorous conditions simulating prolonged droughts and heat waves that

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Phillips 66, REG to Build Renewable Diesel Plant in Washington

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S.

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Take-Off: 350 Million Bucks towards Drop-in Aviation Biofuels for the California Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, World Energy announced a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

REI, Microsoft Rallying Companies to Support Washington’s Proposed Carbon Fee

by Nithin Coca (Sustainable Brands)  Next month’s election could potentially be historic for Washington State, where voters will have the choice of enacting the first-in-the-nation carbon fee — a concrete measure

October 29, 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

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

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

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Right Here in River City

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Then, seaport waterfront was teeming with ships, cargo, terminals, rail connections, power, water supply — not to mention rats, raw sewage, saloons, flophouses and itinerant

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 Advantaged Biobased Chemical Platforms

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness,

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The Quest for Sustainable Flight by World-Scaling a Neurotransmitter

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And that’s the story of the bioeconomy in some ways  — the search for ways to use the things we have too much of, so that

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Redesigning Poplar Trees to Take the Drought … and the Salt and the Heat

by Laura Shields  (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions —  … Stresses, such as high temperatures and a lack of freshwater, can cause reduced crop

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Takes Flight: Virgin Atlantic 747 Aircraft Partly Powered by Recycled Fuel

by Neil Lancefield (Perth Now) The first commercial flight powered partly by a new form of biofuel converted from alcohol has been completed. Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 aircraft landed at London Gatwick with

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Seattle University Will Become First College in State to Divest of Fossil Fuels

by Katherine Long (Seattle Times)  The university says it will become the first among the nation’s 28 Jesuit universities to divest its endowment of fossil fuels.  —  Seattle University will become the

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

LanzaTech’s Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Ready for Take-Off as Virgin Atlantic Plans for First Commercial Flight in October

(GreenAir Online)   Virgin Atlantic will undertake a passenger flight in October using for the first time low-carbon fuel produced through its partnership with LanzaTech. This follows a decision by members of the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

LCFS Matures: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Lead to Favorable Changes for the Ethanol Industry.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The LCFS is administered by the California Air Resources Board and uses a market-based cap-and-trade approach to ultimately lower GHG emissions, says Jessica Buckley,

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines Partner with Neste as Part of Its Efforts to Fly Greener and Expand Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Alaska Airlines/Travel PR News)  As part of Alaska Airlines’ ongoing efforts to fly greener and expand use of sustainable aviation fuels, Neste and Alaska have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In addition

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

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

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Partner to Form Point Breeze Renewable Energy

(Philadelphia Energy Solutions)  RNG Energy Solutions (RNG Energy) and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES) announced today that they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels & Vehicles, Both: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Fight Heats up over Washington State Carbon ‘Fee’ Likely to Make Fall Ballot

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Proponents of a Washington carbon-fee initiative showed up at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia with more than 370,000 signatures to put their measure on

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space

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

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Seeking a Friend for the End of Unreliability: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium and why does it exist? The Why is simple. #1 issue plaguing High and Low Temperature IBR projects is

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production

by Maegan Murray  (Washington State University-Tri-Cities)  Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Forest Concepts Receives $1.8 Million from DOE to Improve the Design of Biomass Handling Systems

(Forest Concepts/EIN Presswire)  Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy) to address the critical issues of

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Eleven Years After Bill, City Fleets in Washington State are Nowhere Near Abandoning Gas-Powered Vehicles

by Nicholas Deshais (The Spokesman-Review/GovTech)  Seattle has the most alternative-fuel vehicles in its municipal fleet. But its fleet is supposed to be 100 percent alternative.  —  … In 2007, Washington state Gov.

June 12, 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

King County Is Now a Leading Producer of Clean, Renewable Biofuel that Can Be Used by Commercial Vehicles

(Office of King County Executive)  At its South Treatment Plant in Renton, King County is purifying the biogas into renewable natural gas, an alternative to fossil fuels that generates revenue for

May 28, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Historic Flight: Commercial Jet Flies on 100 Percent Biofuel

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

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

California Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Renewable Fuel Fraud

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Port of Seattle Announces Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Sea-Tac Airport

(Port of Seattle)  Innovative partnership with 13 airlines aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years  —  The Port of Seattle announced today that

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Mater, Want Jet to Always Love Me: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Jet Fuel and the Carbon War Room

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Adam Klauber of the Rocky Mountain Institute gave this presentation about working with airports to increase sustainable alternative jet fuel use at ABLC in Washington,

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support

by Joanna McWilliams (Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  ARPA-E

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington Governor Signs RNG Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has signed into law a bill designed to encourage the increased development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in Washington State.

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

(FuelsCellsWorks/U.S. Department of Energy)  Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE) The U.S. electric system is dominated by large, central power plants and an extensive

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California

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,

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry

(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

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime,

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Powers First 737 Max Delivery to TUI Nordic

(Flight Global)  Scandinavian operator TUI Nordic has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, the second to be received by the tourism group. The airline conducted the Max 8 delivery

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions, Reflects on History

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight 25 years of biodiesel success  —  As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years, the National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals

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

Contanda Plans Expansion at Grays Harbor, Washington Facility

(Contanda)   In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and

January 18, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Readies Carbon Tax Push

(Axios)  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, will unveil a carbon tax proposal in his address to the state Tuesday, local media reported

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Tacoma Wants to Turn Your Poop into Renewable Fuel. Really.

by Candace Ruud (The News Tribune)  … In a few years, the stuff you flush could be used as green fuel,

December 30, 2017 Read Full Article

A Boeing/Embraer Merger Could Mean Deeper Aviation Biofuel Research Collaboration

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, collaboration on aviation biofuel research may deepen between Boeing and Embraer should a

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Judge Rules State Can’t Enforce Inslee Order to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

by Jim Brunner (News Tribune)  Dealing a setback to Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a judge has invalidated major portions of

December 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

CRISPR’s Impact on Diesel Is Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science updated the

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Aemetis Provides Update of Cellulosic Ethanol Initiatives

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … During an earnings call, McAfee provided an overview of advanced biofuel projects under development

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian

November 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

A Dozen Global Cities Commit to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Airports Can Help Make Air Transportation More Sustainable

(Port of Seattle/Seattle Times)  Sustainable aviation biofuels could help airlines transition away from fossil fuels and alleviate some impacts of climate

October 11, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

8 Fast Flyers Chosen for Top Cat: The Big Attack on Biomass Catalysis Begins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Somewhere in the files of the Department of Energy it is called the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy

October 5, 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

September 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring

September 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

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

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Takin’ Out the Oxygen with Electro-Deoxygenation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Bio-Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate the techno‐economic feasibility of upgrading

September 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Tacoma Oil Refinery Wants to Produce Renewable Fuels for the First Time

by Candice Ruud (The News Tribune)  An oil refinery on Tacoma’s Tideflats is filing for permits to build a renewable energy

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, Deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Psst! The Latest Bioeconomy Flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies

September 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well,

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Genomics and Biocatalyst Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop efficient and robust fungal

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Commercial Path to Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Algae Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project on hydrothermal liquefaction — a thermochemical

September 6, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech/PNNL Syngas-to-ATJ Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy initiated a project to advance a hybrid conversion technology for catalytic

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Forests Lightens Jetliner Carbon Footprint

(Washington Forest Protection Association/Seattle Times)  Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (August 22, 2017), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Hot Path for Waste to Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrothermal liquefaction has a huge fan base in the biorefinery R&D sector. There’s lots to

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels Financial Viability Confirmed with New Report.

(Biofuels International)  Through ‘bold leadership’, airports can accelerate the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the aviation industry, according

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise

by Pam Radtke Russell (Engineering News Record)  From Seattle to Cape Cod, see what’s being done at 18 different locations

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Deep Stabilization: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Within the ChemCatBio set of core catalysis projects lies Fast Pyrolysis and Upgrading, which has as

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

From Sugars to Affordable Hydrocarbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has set a goal to “Select and develop at least

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

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

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

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently —

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate

June 30, 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

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Strive to Reduce Cost and Time of Algal Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to

June 12, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Understanding Why Cellulose Resists Degradation Could Lead to Cost-Effective Biofuels

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Fungi the Key to Efficient Biomass Breakdown and Cheap Biofuels?

(Biofuels International)   …   A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara are focusing their research on the estimated

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Protein, Pathway Design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable

May 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Houston Firm Proposes $500 Million Biofuel Refinery in Longview

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  A Houston-based group of investors is once again looking to develop a biofuel refinery

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

More More RHD: REG Expanding Drop-In Diesel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Iowa we received news that Renewable Energy Group has agreed to acquire approximately 82

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western

May 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production

(Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria have attracted significant attention as potential biocatalysts for production of clean energy and green chemicals from sunlight and

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

US-Based Researchers Develop System for Converting Waste Methane to Microbial Biomass

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  A new paper by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) describes a process that captures methane

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate

March 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

How the County’s Biodiesel-Making Effort in Cathcart Flopped

by Karen Law (Tribune)  Snohomish County’s gamble on turning canola into biodiesel has turned belly-up, but at least the Spokane

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production

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

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

How to Reduce Aviation Emissions, On the Ground and In the Sky

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  The number of commercial airplanes in service is projected to nearly double by 2030.

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory‘s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that

February 8, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme

(Biofuels International)  A Washington man was sentenced this week for laundering more than $39 million for a company that bilked

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines Release Aviation Biofuel Infrastructure Findings

(Port of Seattle) Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

A New Era Gets Fueled Up

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel

December 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers

December 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel Made from Human Excrement Has Become Easier to Produce

by Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)  Wastewater treatment plants rejoice—you may have a hot commodity on your hands.  —  Researchers at

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

How United Leads the Airline Industry in Reducing Carbon Emissions

by Ted Reed (The Street)  United Airlines leads the global airline industry in its commitment to biofuel, targeting the use

December 7, 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

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research

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

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these

November 28, 2016 Read Full Article

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Forest-Powered Flight Heads to Washington, D.C.

(Alaska Airlines/PR Newswire)  First of its kind renewable biofuel made from residual wood used by Alaska Airlines  —  Washington state-based

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines to Fly Today on Gevo’s Cellulosic Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel

(GEVO)  Gevo’s Fuel to Power Alaska Airlines Flight #4 from Seattle to DCA  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the

November 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Reinventing Enzymes, Molecules by Design: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Wealthy Florida Businessmen Sentenced to 10-Plus Years in Prison for Biofuel Scam

by Brett Murphy ( Naples Daily News)  A federal judge sentenced two Florida men to 10-plus years in prison for their

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Snohomish County’s Venture into Biofuels Is a Bust, for Now

by Noah Haglund (HeraldNet)  Snohomish County is getting out of the biofuels business, after low oil prices and emerging technologies

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

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