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Jun 25, 2016

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.@Novozymes Joe Jump Developing Better DDGs

Jun 24, 2016: Joe Jump is an organic chemist who has been working for Novozymes for 15 years. However, for the last six years he has worked in Research & Development making new enzymes applications and yeast applications for biofuels. Jump presented a session during this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) that focused on applications for ethanol producers who are producing dried distillers ... Read More…

New Workshops, Tools @Novozymes Bioenergy University

Jun 24, 2016: A year ago during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop, Novozymes officially launched its Bioenergy University. This year, Chuck Zimmerman was able to speak with Novozymes’ Rachel Burton to get the update on how the program is going. She said they are getting excellent feedback from their customers with hundreds of customers actively engaged with the tool and the training platform. In ... Read More…

#Brexit – Good or Bad for Agriculture?

Jun 24, 2016: Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Did/do you have a summer job on a farm?” Growing up on a beef cow/calf operation in Southwest Missouri meant my summers were spent in the hay field or showing my Herefords at local, state and national livestock shows. I was thrilled to see such a diverse response to this week’s poll. No matter ... Read More…

.@Novozymes #FEW16 Message: Focus on Future

Jun 24, 2016: The Novozymes booth was a busy one during this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in part because not only is the company continually innovating with new product platforms, but because they have launched several new services for customers to assist them with improving optimization and profitability. Current market conditions was a hot topic at FEW and Novozymes has been focused ... Read More…

Tokyo Firm Taps Biomass in Japan for Market-Leading Gains

Jun 24, 2016: A little-known Tokyo-based company’s commitment to biomass has made it a darling among investors.

DOE Calls for Bioeconomy Vision Input

Jun 24, 2016: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is calling for input to achieve its Bioeconomy vision set forth in its “Growing the Billion-ton Bioeconomy” report. The DOE is seeking ideas from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies and other stakeholders that would enable the country to meet the goals of the report. In particular, they are looking for input about specific ... Read More…

BIOX Purchases Methes Energies #Biodiesel Plant

Jun 24, 2016: BIOX Corporation has announced the purchase of Methes Energies 50 million per year biodiesel facility located in Sombra Ontario for U.S. $4.5 million. BIOX says the facility has not achieved nameplate production due to working capital and market challenges and today is not in production. The company plans to invest C$5 million over the next 12 months on upgrades that ... Read More…

Brexit: What does it mean for the advanced bioeconomy?

Jun 24, 2016: In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “highly likely” that the SNP would seek a referendum on leaving […]…

UK’s Renewable Energy Future Vulnerable Following Vote to Exit EU

Jun 24, 2016: Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead of the UK's historic vote to leave the European Union. The short answer to what happens next with pollution, wildlife, farming, green energy, climate change and more is we don't know - we are in uncharted territory.

Natural Gas: Bridge or Barrier to a Clean Energy Future?

Jun 24, 2016: Much has been made of the use of natural gas as a bridge to a clean renewable energy economy. The primary argument in support of natural gas is the fact that it is cleaner than coal and can be conveniently and cost-effectively substituted for it in power generation. Although on its face true, the claim should be considered in a real-world context.

Scania prepares to launch biodiesel hybrid trucks on electric highway

Jun 24, 2016: In Sweden, Outside Gävle in central Sweden, the last preparations are being made at the test strip for an electrically powered truck from Scania operating under real traffic conditions. During the two-year test period, the electric truck will perform normal transportation assignments for Ernsts Express, a mid-sized logistics company in central Sweden. The truck can […]…

Indian sugar mills won’t reach E10 despite government push

Jun 24, 2016: In India, sugar mills still are having difficulties supplying sufficient ethanol to oil marketing companies to comply with the E10 blending mandate despite several policies to facilitate ethanol production, availability and trade. For last year’s E5 blend, mills supplied enough ethanol for about E3 but couldn’t reach E5, at just 680 million liters. Though mills […]…

Irish and French companies teamed to supply biodiesel for Euro 2016 football stadium lighting

Jun 24, 2016: In Ireland, Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare, Ireland specializing in green energy solutions, teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organizations joined forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel which were used to keep […]…

ALUR signs deal to export another 140,000 liters of UCO biodiesel to Holland

Jun 24, 2016: In Uruguay, ALUR has signed a deal to export 140,000 liters of UCO biodiesel to the Netherlands. Holland is the country’s first export market, with 100,000 liters exported in December and another 120,000 liters exported in March. Had the UCO from the most recent shipment not be turned into biodiesel, the oil could have potentially […]…

Seville to trial UCO biodiesel in urban bus fleet as part of EU project

Jun 24, 2016: In Spain, part of Seville’s urban bus fleet will trial UCO biodiesel as part of an EU-funded life project that aims to encourage residents to recycle cooking oil rather than throwing it out. A pilot biodiesel facility will be built in the town of Gereza and the fuel will be tested for quality and then […]…

Colombian researchers develop process to produce 1.3 propanodiol from glycerin

Jun 24, 2016: In Colombia, researchers at the Biotechnology Institute at the country’s National University (IBUN) are using a microorganism found in local soils known as IBUN 158B Clostridium to produce 1.3 propanodiol from glycerin using a metabolic process. About half a kilo of the chemical can be produced from a kilo of glycerin, which could be a […]…

Canadian researchers commercializing new microorganism biofuel process

Jun 24, 2016: In Canada, researchers from the University of Calgary co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new concept for the capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into biomass in a innovation for the production of renewable, clean energy. Solar Biocells uses micro-organisms, like algae or cyanobacteria, which naturally process energy from sunlight and take up CO2 […]…

Thailand agrees to trial B20 in trucks and B10 for military and government use

Jun 24, 2016: In Thailand, the energy ministry has agreed to subsidize the use of B20 in trucks under a trial program that will pay companies 11 cents per liter of biodiesel consumed for up to 50,000 liters. Biodiesel is currently 7 cents per liter more expensive than fossil diesel. The government will also study the use of […]…

Jack Rogers @Novozymes Discusses #Ethanol Markets

Jun 23, 2016: Just what are the current market conditions affecting the ethanol industry today? To answer this question, Chuck Zimmerman needed to go no further than the Novozymes booth during this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop where he had a conversation with Jack Rogers about current industry challenges. Rogers is the global marketing manager in charge of Novozymes bioenzymes portfolio. He noted that ... Read More…

#FEW16 Panel Focuses on Unlocking Marketplace Access

Jun 23, 2016: A conversation took place during the FEW Ethanol Workshop this week that focused on how to get greater market access for ethanol blended fuels. The panel, “Exploring Strategies to Unlock Greater Marketplace Access for Conventional and Advanced Biofuels,” featured ethanol experts on the frontlines of increasing ethanol infrastructure across the country. These are the men (and shout out to the ... Read More…

Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 2.59 percent to 4.97 as ethanol equities rally

Jun 23, 2016: The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 2.59 percent to 4.97 as ethanol equities rallied. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) surged 8.25 percent to $0.80, while Green Plains (GPRE) jumped 7.83 percent to $19.41. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) soared 15.53 percent to $0.58. Overall, advances led declines by […]…

USGC Works with Korea on #Ethanol Fuel

Jun 23, 2016: Koreans are learning about the potential for #ethanol use as a fuel. A U.S. delegation that included the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, held a workshop in Seoul, Korea to give an outlook on global ethanol supply and demand. The group also shared information about past experiences with ethanol policy. ... Read More…

.@BIO says @EPA Sending the Wrong Signal

Jun 23, 2016: @EPA is sending the wrong signal for advanced biofuels according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). The #biotech organization has released a new analysis that finds investment patterns clearly demonstrate the EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment. “EPA recognizes that its delays in rulemaking [under the Renewable ... Read More…

Fortistar Upgrades 3-MW Landfill Gas Plant in Los Angeles

Jun 21, 2016: Fortistar announced June 16 that it has upgraded its renewable landfill gas (LFG) to energy station at the closed Lopez Canyon Landfill managed by LA Sanitation.

Jobs Toll Set to Worsen Amid UK Renewable Energy Subsidy Cuts 

Jun 17, 2016: The UK government’s hostility towards renewable energy subsidies continues to bite. Following a policy announcement last December that became effective in April, the industry was left facing a 60 percent cut to feed-in tariffs for solar, wind, hydro and anaerobic digestion.

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants

Jun 16, 2016: A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy.

Is Environmental Regulation a Substitute for a US National Energy Policy?

Jun 16, 2016: Environmental regulation has certainly played an important role in the development of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, manufacturing/operating systems and designs. It is important, however, to consider whether or not environmental regulation is in fact an acceptable substitute for a targeted national energy policy.

Why is ATJ Renewable Jet Fuel Rockin’ It?

Jun 15, 2016: If you’ve seen the astonishing leap in Gevo’s valuation over the past two weeks and the jump in Amyris’ value this week, you might have noticed they have one important element in common: both are making major announcements regarding supply of renewable jet fuel.

Policy, Not Finance, Biggest Obstacle to Scaling Decentralized Renewable Energy: Energy Access Summit

Jun 13, 2016: Renewable energy companies in emerging markets in Africa and Asia frequently lament the shortage of financing as the main barrier to scaling decentralized solutions, such as rooftop solar and mini-grids. But at a summit in early June, industry leaders singled out the lack of supportive national energy policies as the biggest obstacle to accelerated growth.

Report: Emerging Markets More Attractive than EU, US for Renewable Energy Investment

Jun 9, 2016: Almost without exception, European markets slipped while less mature markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia continued their ascent, revealed the latest edition of the EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) report. Emerging markets now represent half of the countries in the 40-strong index, including four African markets featuring in the top 30. Ten years ago only China and India were attractive enough to compete with more developed markets for renewable energy investment. …

Biomass Energy — Rewriting the Advocacy Agenda: Part III

Jun 8, 2016: In parts one and two of this series on advocacy in the biomass industry, I discussed the need for key stakeholders to come together on policy issues and introduced a methodology, called Abigail’s Law, for assessing the current policy and program priorities.

Biomass Energy — Rewriting the Advocacy Agenda: Part II

Jun 7, 2016: In part one of this series on advocacy in the biomass industry, I discussed the need for key stakeholders to come together on core policy issues. The following is a methodology by which industry thought leaders can assess the current policy and program priorities; a methodology that will help to identify an industry-wide list of priorities for both the near and mid-terms.

Forget The Red-Blue Divide: When It Comes To Clean-Energy Deployment, Both Sides Lead

Jun 7, 2016: Clean Edge recently released its seventh annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, which tracks and ranks the clean-energy and clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. The Index tracks everything from EV and renewables adoption to policy and investment activity. The latest edition comes at a time of notable acceleration in the nation’s transition to a clean-energy economy, where an increasing number of cities, states, and companies are raising their renewable energy targets, green buildings are becoming the standard, and energy storage and EVs are moving into the mainstream.

California Utility Nears Okay of 'Wood Tolling' Deal

Jun 6, 2016: The California Public Utilities Commission at its June 9 meeting will look at approving an emergency "wood tolling" agreement where Pacific Gas and Electric would provide wood from endangered forest areas to five Sierra Pacific Industries power plants that burn biomass for fuel.

Biomass Energy — Rewriting the Advocacy Agenda: Part I

Jun 6, 2016: For PV solar and large wind these are the best of times. For biomass energy (heat, power and combined heat and power), not so much.

The Battle Over Argentine Biofuel

Jun 1, 2016: After years of crying foul, Argentina finally got some good news late last month when a World Trade Organization panel ruled that current European Union tariffs and import regulations on imports of Argentine biodiesel should be revamped.

The Role of Women in Accelerating Our Clean Energy Future

Jun 1, 2016: While climate change has been recognized as an urgent, global issue, the relevance of increasing the visibility of women in clean energy as a solution to advancing our climate goals is rarely discussed. Around the world, the energy industry remains one of the most gender-imbalanced sectors according to a 2014 white paper by the U.S. Agency for International Development, “Women at the Forefront of the Clean Energy Future.” In Australia, women make up 15 percent of the mining industry, including coal; in the U.S., the number is 20 percent and in Canada its 25 percent.

Southern US States Lead Growth in Biomass Electricity Generation

May 31, 2016: Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3 percent of renewable electricity generation and 1.6 percent of total electricity generation in the U.S.

Renewable Energy Job Growth Unique in Global Energy Sector

May 27, 2016: Job growth in renewable energies is bucking the trends across the global energy sector, Adnan Amin, director-general for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said on May 25.

Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16

May 27, 2016: Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016.

Teachable Moments in Next-generation Electricity

May 27, 2016: Seldom in industrial evolution do momentous changes occur rapidly, especially in industries like electricity that have been stable for decades. In electricity, we are at the brink of just such an inflection point. For students of industrial mutation, this is ‘whoopee’ time. Curiously, business schools and the economics profession appear to ignore the tectonic shifts.

REAP Grants for Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development

May 25, 2016: On May 10th, 2016 the USDA announced the award of 26 grants, totaling nearly $2 million, to provide help to rural small businesses and agricultural producers to find ways to conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems. The REAP grants  (pdf) were awarded to universities and state and local governments to provide energy audits and renewable […]…

Duke Signs Biogas Supply Deal for Two North Carolina Power Plants

May 25, 2016: Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced May 24 that it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste, with this planned project to be located at farms in Kenansville, N.C.

New Biomass Plant to Provide Heat to Two Health Facilities in Prince Edward Island

May 23, 2016: A new biomass system fueled by woodchips will begin providing heat to two health facilities this year in Prince Edward Island (PE), the provincial government said on May 20.

Argentina Auction Seeks to Spur $2 Billion in Clean-Power Spending

May 20, 2016: Argentina set rules for its first planned auction for renewable energy, an event that’s expected to spur as much as 1 GW of new capacity led by wind and solar farms.

Obama’s Modest Biofuel Quota for 2017 Blasted by Producers

May 19, 2016: The Obama administration tried to strike a cautious compromise Wednesday in setting quotas for a controversial renewable fuels program that pits Big Oil against Corn Belt interests. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed compelling refiners to blend 18.8 billion gallons of biofuel into the U.S. gasoline and diesel supply next year.

Massachusetts High Court Faults State Department's Actions on GHG Emissions

May 19, 2016: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on May 17 ruled that the state Department of Environmental Protection failed a statutory mandate that requires it to "promulgate regulations establishing a desired level of declining annual aggregate emission limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gas emissions."…

Solving the Biomass Puzzle

May 17, 2016: Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture of what takes place within a plant and how that applies to its downstream uses as biomass.