The industry celebrated a new milestone with E15, aviation biofuels continued to gain momentum, and scientists developed new ways to turn plants into chemicals and biofuels. Catch up on these top stories from the week:

Growth Energy: More than 150 million miles driven on E15

Adoption of E15 fuel is in full swing. According to Growth Energy, major U.S. retailers have reported that consumers have surpassed 150 million miles driven using E15 without any negative effects. Retailers including Sheetz, Kum & Go, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA and Protec have added E15 at their pumps, providing consumers with lower-cost and higher-performing fuel. E15 and higher ethanol blends are better for the environment, as they reduce emissions compared to other harmful alternatives and cost consumers less at the pump. Read the full article on Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Air Canada to partner in biofuel initiative

Air Canada will participate in Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSI), a three-year collaborative project to introduce 105,669 gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel into a shared fuel system. The CBSI project aims to create a sustainable Canadian supply chain of biojet using renewable feedstocks, and aligns with Air Canada’s long-term industry goals: carbon neutral growth beginning in 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050. Read the full article on Air Transport World.

Scientists use ‘reverse photosynthesis’ to break down biomass

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a process they call “reverse photosynthesis” that turns plants into chemicals and biofuels. By adding a monooxygenases enzyme, the energy in solar rays breaks down plant biomass, which could then be used for chemicals, biofuels and other products. This method of breaking down biomass could replace conventional methods and revolutionize industrial production by increasing production speed and reducing pollution. Read the full article on Biomass Magazine.

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Courtney Beck

Courtney's career has spanned all areas of production agriculture, and she loves advocating for an industry with the potential to change the world. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys riding her horses, Josie and Vinci, and turning the music all the way up.