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UP to Set up Five Biofuel Projects with an Investment of ₹1,700 cr

(The Hindu Business Line) The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to set up five biofuel projects in the State, Governor Ram Naik said on Tuesday. The projects will involve an investment of ₹1,700 crore. “The projects are expected to be set up in five districts — Sitapur, Hapur, Meerut, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar,”

February 23, 2019 Read Full Article

From Research Milligrams to Commercial Kilograms: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Process Scale-Up

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Douglas Rivers, of Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of the challenges of bioprocess scale-up, integrated pilot plants, demo plants, and more.  READ MORE

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Highbury Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Highbury was founded in 2009 on the premise that the thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas is an ideal step toward the production of renewable low carbon intensity fuels. However the challenges associated with first generation gasification needed to be addressed and were subsequently solved

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

One of the Oldest U.S. Refineries in Trouble again in Philadelphia: Court Filings

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc, owner of the largest and oldest refinery on the U.S. East Coast, is facing another financial crisis just months after emerging from a controversial bankruptcy, according to two sources and a Reuters review of court filings. … Refineries based on the East Coast

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in Garnett, Kan. RFA presented the award to the board and staff of EKAE today at the 24thannual National Ethanol Conference

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines Launch Passenger Carbon Offsetting Initiatives

(GreenAir Online)  Three airlines – SAS, Finnair and China Airlines – have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40% of

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

ICAO’s Technical Committee Agrees Increase in Stringency Level on Particulates and CORSIA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Methodologies

(GreenAir Online)  ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has agreed to increase the stringency level of a standard limiting emissions of non-volatile Particulate Matter (nvPM) from aircraft engines. The technical committee’s 11th (CAEP/11) triennial meeting just concluded also delivered new technology goals for the sector, covering aircraft noise, NOx emissions and fuel

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Finance Ministry Argues for EU-Wide Single Aviation Tax to Cover the Sector’s Environmental Costs

(GreenAir Online)  The Dutch finance ministry has released a paper suggesting the EU should adopt a Europe-wide aviation tax in response growing emissions from the sector. Such a coordinated approach could prevent a shift in air passengers to neighbouring countries, avoid the accumulation of regulations and administrative burdens for airlines,

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Biodiesel Maker Plans $58.7 Million Plant near Hull

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)   A biofuels manufacturer is seeking $2.8 million in state incentives to build a $58.7 million plant near Hull. The proposed ReadiFuels-Iowa plant would produce about 34 million gallons of diesel fuel from distillers corn oil, grease, tallow and other non-edible feedstocks, according to documents

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

NC Utilities Commission Approves Catawba Biogas for Pilot Program

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved the participation of Catawba Biogas LLC, a proposed poultry-waste biogas plant in Anson County, in a pilot program that will allow the facility to inject renewable natural gas (RNG) to pipelines operated by Piedmont Natural Gas, a subsidiary of

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel-Blended ATF to Fire IAF Fleet in Test Run over Two Years

by Sharath S. Srivatsa (The Hindu) After successfully flying its transport aircraft AN-32 with Jatropha-blended ATF (aviation turbine fuel), the Indian Air Force is now looking to test its entire fleet of helicopters, transport aircraft and fighter jets to fly on biofuel-blended ATF over the next two years. To secure a constant

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Monster 80 Metre Fatberg Found in Liverpool Sewer

(United Utilities) A 90-tonne bung of congealed fat is set to be hacked out of a Liverpool sewer by hand. The 80 metre-long blockage of congealed fats, oils and other nasties under Birchall Street wouldn’t budge with traditional high powered water jets. So a team of hardy United Utilities sewer engineers are

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

So Happy Together: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass and Plastic Wastes Co-Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lorenz Bauer, from LJBILL Chemical Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biomass and non-recyclable plastic to liquid fuel, landfill and carbon reduction, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Grow Your Own Bioplastic Home, Avocado-Pit Bioplastic, Arla and UPM’s Wood-Based Dairy Packaging, PHA Bioplastic Water Bottle and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of February 20th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of February 20th. In today’s Digest, grow your own bioplastic home, avocado-pit bioplastic, Arla and UPM’s wood-based dairy packaging, PHA bioplastic water bottle — these and

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania: Natural Gas & Biogas, the Only Option to Decarbonize Heavy Transport

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Scania, an automaker that is leader in alternative fuels and that has been developing engines designed from factory to operate with natural gas for more than a decade, has noticed the increase in the use of natural gas in road transport during 2018 and offers an analysis of the

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Awards $2.89 Million to Support Biomass Heating

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently awarded nearly $2.89 million in grants to five infrastructure projects that aim to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels, including wood chips and biofuels. The grants, funded by MDER, are part of the Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Suggests UP Farmers to Change Cropping Pattern; Pitches for Biodiesel from Sugarcane

(Times of India) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday suggested that farmers in Uttar Pradesh should change cropping pattern to get more benefit and also pitched for producing biodiesel and ethanol from sugar cane.  READ MORE  

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Refuse Fleets Speed up Transition to Renewable Natural Gas

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul. The city of Fresno signed a two-year agreement with Clean Energy for liquefied biomethane to power approximately

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

SD Farmers Union Calls Out GM on Weak Octane Proposals

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  In a letter to General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra today (February 21, 2019), South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke challenged the automaker on its claim that 98 RON (Research Octane Number) or higher gasoline was not feasible and called on them to look at

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia, France to Hold Dialogues for Better Understanding of Palm Oil

(Bernama/Borneo Post) Malaysia and France will hold joint dialogues and strengthen engagements to promote better understanding of the palm oil industry, said the Primary Industries Ministry. Its minister, Teresa Kok said this followed a courtesy call on her from French Ambassador to Malaysia Frederic Laplanche here yesterday where they discussed ways

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s PLN to Convert Four Power Plants to Palm-Powered Stations

by Wilda Asmarini and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  Indonesia’s state electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) said will convert four power plants to use fuel made wholly from crude palm oil, director Djoko Rahardjo said PLN will convert three diesel-powered plants in East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi with combined 112 megawatt

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of what bioeconomy litigation is, what makes a good expert witness, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy.

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Changing of the Guard: Legendary Association Heads, Technologists Head off to New Adventures

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the news that Matt Carr is leaving his post as the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization, it’s beginning to feel like a real changing of the guard is taking place on the watchtowers that surround and advanced the bioeconomy. It was only a

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Harnessing Top Algae Strains for Bioenergy through Collaboration

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Wanted: Algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities.

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Yogi Government Sanctions Two Biofuel Projects Worth Rs. 800 Crore

(Deccan Chronicle) ShivOm Dayal Energies (P) Ltd is setting up two biofuel pants worth Rs 800 crore at Saharanpur and Bijnor.  —  The UP government in its cabinet meeting held on 7th February 2019, approved the two second-generation ethanol plants which will incur an investment of INR 400 crore each. The state

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Despite Challenges, Ethanol Supporters Say Industry Is Vital

by Steve White (NTV-ABC) Nebraska’s a world leader in ethanol, but global politics have the industry treading on thin ice. “Tougher together” is Chris Vincent’s motto these days. The CEO of Aurora Cooperative stands behind ethanol, even as the profitability has disappeared. … The co-op is a partner with Pacific Ethanol in

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Facts: Why The Volume Of Misinformation?

(Outdoors First) Despite well documented scientific proof (and plain common sense) ethanol blended fuels sold in gasoline stations for small engine, marine, and automotive use are approved by the manufacturer and offer no evidence what so ever of harming outboards, small engines, or automobiles designed to run on e10, misinformation is

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Opening of Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Lab

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In celebration of National Battery Day on February 18th, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Daniel Simmons announced the opening of a Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory. Aiming to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology,

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales

(WRAP Cymru)  Commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed this user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors. It provides an interactive, visual representation of the extent of Wales’ thriving bioeconomy, plotting where different types

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech Startup Turns Palm Waste into High-Value Chemicals

by Akane Okutse, (Nikkei Asian Review) Japanese biotechnology startup Green Earth Institute is set to expand into Southeast Asia with plans to manufacture petrochemical substitutes from biomass. The company plans to start producing in Malaysia from 2022, and is looking to launch similar projects in other parts of the region. Founded in

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Cortus Energy and Swedish Biofuels Cooperate for the World’s First Bio-Jet Fuel Plant Based on Forest Resources

(Cortus Energy)  Cortus Energy AB (Publ) and Swedish Biofuels AB (SB) have agreed in a preliminary agreement about cooperating with the goal of during 2019, jointly projecting a first commercial plant for production of bio-jet fuel based on forest raw material and alcohols for the Arlanda airport needs. Initial contacts around

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Terry Mazanec, a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biogas, what it’s good for, scale, bio-methane, what to do with it, key players, and more. Lee Enterprises Consultingis the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

by Michael Newman (Parhelion Underwriting Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California’s Cap & Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – because Federal and State

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

As More Electric Cars Arrive, What’s the Future for Gas-Powered Engines?

by Camila Domonoske (National Public Radio)  … Electric vehicles are currently a tiny fraction of the car market, which is dominated by internal combustion engines. But many more electric car models will hit showrooms in the next few years, and several factors have analysts convinced that is part of a major

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Success Stories: 20% in 2034, That Will Be Like Taking 175,000 Cars off the Road

(National Biodiesel Board)  Policymakers in New York City are determined to reduce harmful emissions from energy sources, and they have made biodiesel a linchpin in that effort. New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides, who represents a portion of the Borough of Queens is passionate in his support. “I look

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Maha Sugar Mill Takes Lead in Making Ethanol from Cane Juice

(India Post News Weekly)  A cooperative sugar mill in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has taken the lead in producing fuel grade ethanol directly from sugarcane juice in the state, a senior official said on Thursday. The Centre had in July last year allowed sugar mills to manufacture ethanol directly from sugarcane

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Claims Breakthrough in Sustainable Diesel Production

(Envirotech Magazine)  New technology could displace billions of litres of fossil fuel annually  —  A new technology that converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels is being showcased at Alliance Dairies in Florida on February 18, 2019. The process developed by

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

What Do China’s Plans Mean For Ethanol, Corn, And Sugar?

by Andrew Hecht (Seeking Alpha)  Fighting pollution in the world’s most populous nation. -Ethanol prices fall to contract lows in 2018. -Corn is the primary ingredient in the biofuel in the US. -Brazilian sugar makes the nation the world’s leading ethanol exporter. -A trade deal could unleash an ethanol boom, and

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

AB InBev Is Converting Wasted Alcohol from Its Low and No-ABV Beers into Biofuel

by Edith Hancock (The Drinks Business) As demand for low alcohol drinks, beer in particular, has risen over the past 12 months, AB InBev’s European headquarters has struck a deal with a biofuel plant in Belgium in order to convert leftover alcohol from the brewing process into fuel. Each week the

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Higher Biodiesel Mandate Boosts Output, Lowers Prices: Ministry

by Jeff Fick (S&P Global Platts)   Brazilian biodiesel prices dropped to an 18-month low during a government auction this month on growing output and expectations for additional increases to the country’s biodiesel-diesel mandate later this year, according to the country’s Mines and Energy Ministry. … The latest positive trend was the

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Now Being Captured in First of Its Kind BECCS Pilot

(Drax) The first BECCS pilot project of its kind in the world at Drax Power Station – the UK’s biggest renewable power generator, has started capturing carbon dioxide. — The first carbon dioxide has been captured using C-Capture technology at Drax Power Station in their innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gregory Benz, from Benz Technology International and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating overview of gas-liquid fermentation, agitation, and more. Lee Enterprises Consultingis the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy.  READ

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Key to Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Arlin E. Gyberg (StarTribune)  The biofuels industry over the last 30 years has produced more product using less energy and water and contributes far less carbon-dioxide emissions than petroleum fuels.   —  Across Minnesota, about 25 ethanol and biodiesel plants generate about $5 billion in combined economic output. Such biofuels may also

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Delivering Shipment Zero, a Vision for Net Zero Carbon Shipments

by Dave Clark (Day One The Amazon Blog)  Shipment Zero is Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030  —  … Amazon has a long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy, and we are making solid progress.

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Republican Backlash against Trump EPA Pick Fueled by ‘Biofuel Reset’

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low, according to two sources familiar

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Gasum and Valio Team up for Finland’s ‘First’ Biogas-Fueled Milk Truck

(Bioenergy Insight) Finnish biogas supplier Gasum announced that it, alongside Finnish dairy producer Valio, has launched ‘Finland’s first’ biogas-fuelled milk truck collection truck. According to the release, the vehicle is part of Valio’s objective to make the milk production chain entirely carbon-neutral. Gasum claims that from this month onwards, a total

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting Anaerobic Digestion at the Heart of Scotland’s Circular Economy

(Bioenergy Insight) Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), sets out the role that AD can play in helping Scotland meet its climate-change and waste targets. On my occasional forays north of the border, I’m always struck by two things: Scotland’s incredible natural beauty and the sheer

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Georgetown Wants to Raze 210 Acres of Trees to Meet Green-Energy Goals. Environmentalists Are Crying Foul.

by Rachel Chason (Washington Post)  Environmentalists are in a position they never imagined: Fighting a solar panel project that would help Georgetown University dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. They say the project, which involves razing about 210 acres of trees in rural Charles County, Md., could endanger the area’s birds and lead

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Wonder from Down Under Finds an Aussie Funder

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia we have just heard that Licella has given the exclusive Australian license for the Cat-HTR and End-of-Life Plastic to its subsidiary iQ Renew, which has in turn merged with Australian recycler Stop Waste, a cash flow positive business, in which Licella Holdings is now a

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Analyst Considers Electric Vehicles Very Over-Hyped

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Pavel Molchanov with Raymond James and Associates spoke during the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando Tuesday. “Having covered all kinds of sustainable, green technologies for over a decade, electric vehicles are probably the most over-hyped of all these things.” While public awareness for electric vehicles

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA to EPA: What About Plan B on E15? USDA’s Censky Raises Possibility EPA Could Use Discretion on E15 Enforcement

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As the EPA races the clock to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 sales ahead of the summer driving season, if the rule isn’t done by June 1, the agency may have to resort to a plan B, USDA’s second in command told reporters

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Foodservice Wholesaler Rolls out Iveco Truck Powered by Biogas

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Foodservice wholesaler Heinon Tukku, a 120-year-old Finnish family firm operating nationwide, has added a biomethane truck to its delivery fleet. Heinon Tukku’s customers include many hotels, restaurants, cafés and professional kitchens across Finland. One Heino Tukku delivery vehicle clocks up around 50,000 kilometers a year delivering daily consumer goods

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.3 Billion in 2018

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Increasing Injection of Renewable Natural Gas in Californian Pipelines

(Southern California Gas Co./NGV Journal)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable natural gas produced from cow

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Groups Exploring Potential Midwest LCFS Collaborative

by Jordan Godwin (OPIS/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been involved in preliminary conversations around the possibility of a collaborative effort of Midwest states seeking to establish a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program similar to the West Coast Collaborative, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said Tuesday. In

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Neste Brings Biofuels to the Aviation Industry

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Lana Van Marter, Commercial Development Manager, Neste, a front-runner in the production of advanced biofuels and renewable fuels. Lana Van Marter has a unique perspective on sustainability and many of the global challenges we currently face. Today she works for Neste, focusing on

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Listen to 3 Renewable Fuels CEOs Talk about the Future of Biodiesel and Ethanol

(National Biodiesel Board/FuelsFix)  This year’s National Biodiesel Conference at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego, CA was a resounding success, with biodiesel advocates, enthusiasts, and industry experts from around the country coming together to discuss the future and potential of this versatile biofuel. One of the highlights of the event occurred on the last day,

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Montana State University Algae Research Could Make Biofuel Production More Economical

by Anne James and Marshall Swearingen  (KSEN)  In an effort to improve the feasibility of a renewable energy source, Montana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae. Backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the research team — which includes scientists

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Tim Walz to Chair Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

(MyAlbertLea) The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition will name Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to serve as the 2019 chair of the coalition, a move that has the support of Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen along with thousands of corn and soybean farmers throughout the state. “Midwest governors have played an important role on

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Pilot Plant to Turn Sugarcane Waste into Biofuel and Beer Bottles

(Queensland University of Technology)  QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles. Dr Darryn Rackemann, Senior Research Fellow

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil May Be Made Mandatory Feedstock for Biofuel

(News 18) The government has set a target of 20 percent blending of ethanol with gasoline and 5 percent blending of biodiesel with diesel by 2030 under the biofuel policy.  —  Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said the government is considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Deal between Eni and RenOils to Boost Collection of Used Food Oil and Oil Used for Frying

(Eni)  The deal also includes information and environmental education campaigns to get across the benefits of reusing oil to produce fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels.  —  Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection,

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Plant Expands Customer Base with Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Fuel Stations in India

(Aemetis)  Plant upgrades enable production of 50 million gallons per year of biodiesel —  Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (February 15, 2019) that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from the Kakinada, India

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, a technical expert in pyrolysis, biochar and activated carbon, and Gerald Kutney, PhD, a business expert in pyrolysis and biochar, and both members of Lee Enterprises Consulting offer this illuminating perspective on the science of biochar, associated commercial activities, and more. Lee

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Blockchain Bonanza – how blockchain Is Making Things Saner from Farm to Factory and beyond

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a chain full of blocks and each block has information like a timestamp and transaction details. You add your block of information to the chain which has all prior handlers’ blocks attached. You can’t change their data, but it’s there. You just add yours

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Could Immediately Increase Volume of Low-Carbon Biofuels by Over 50 Percent

by Jesse Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The EPA is leaving 200 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels on the table, according to the newly formed Biomass Power Coalition, a group of biomass trade organizations, biomass power producers, and supporters (EESI is a supporting member).  That’s nearly half the total volume of

February 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal

by Katia Dmitrieva and Emily Chasan (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Investing in the environment is already a $12 trillion market. Now markets are just looking for guidance from Congress.  — … But those worried about where the rest of the money will come from are forgetting one major, surprisingly enthusiastic player: Wall Street.

February 16, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study Reveals Positive Economic Impacts of Nebraska’s Ethanol Industry

(KRVN) A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity increased by 23 percent since 2014, and continues to be a significant driver of economic impact for the state. “The state sees what economists describe as an economic ‘bounce’ when we take advantage of the

February 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Begins Permitting, Construction of RNG Project

(Aemetis) Aemetis Inc. announced today that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster.  In July 2018, the California Department of Food & Agriculture awarded two matching grants for a total of $3 million to build biomethane digesters at the first two dairies in

February 14, 2019 Read Full Article

RFS Power Coalition Launched by BPA, ABC, ERC

(Biomass Power Association, American Biogas Council and Energy Recovery Council/Biomass Magazine)  Three trade associations representing renewable electricity producers today announced the launch of the RFS Power Coalition. The coalition’s purpose is to get the EPA to implement a law passed by Congress in 2007 which mandates the inclusion of qualifying renewable

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Biomass Research Cluster to Grow Bioeconomy

by Maria Church (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The federal government is investing of up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research cluster will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million. The cluster’s

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Open the Door to Higher Blends

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprise/Biofuels Digest)  … The reality is that the RFS is going backwards, we have effectively capped the use of corn ethanol in the United States, and the EPA continues to play lip service to the President they work for and the public

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

General Motors to Ethanol: Focus on 95 Octane Fuel Standard, or “Miss the Window altogether”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, General Motors VP Dan Nicholson told delegates at the National Ethanol Conference that “High octane is essential to realize better efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions,” but warned the US ethanol industry to get behind the 95 octane fuel standard, warning that 98 RON is

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumption, U.S. Recession in 2020, Oil-Led, Says Prominent US Economist

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida at the 24th National Ethanol Conference, US energy economist Phil Verleger said “I don’t see how we get through this in 2020 without a major recession,” referring to predictions of disruption in US and global energy markets created by belated response by the shipping

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Production Project Launched in Nebraska

(Aria Energy/NGV Journal)  Aria Energy announced the commissioning of a landfill gas to renewable natural gas project at the Waste Connections-owned Butler County Landfill in David City, Nebraska. Aria Energy constructed, owns and operates the project, which processes and purifies up to 1,000 cubic feet per minute of biogas into pipeline

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Harmony Cuts Energy Consumption, Ushering in Solar, Mulling Biofuels

(Mining Weekly)  Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. … But what the company has not done yet is to self-generate its own power supply, but that may be about

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Customer Red Rock Biofuels Cuts Size of Firm Reactor Order

(StockMarketWire.com)  Alternative fuel company Velocys said it had agreed to a series of amendments in its licensing contracts with Red Rock Biofuels in order to speed up completion of a planned bio-refinery. The changes were related to RRB’s license of Velocys Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst for the RRB biorefinery under

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Punjab Signs MoU for Biofuel Project

(The Hindu)  In a bid to tackle stubble burning and boost the renewable energy sector, the Punjab government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delhi-based Virgo Corporation for a ₹630 crore biofuel project. An official statement said that the technology for the project will be provided by the U.S. giant Honeywell.

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Going, Going, Gone to the Highest Bidder: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Auctions in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group and United Country Real Estate, members of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating comparison of absolute auctions vs. reserve auctions, overview of the auction process in the bioeconomy realm, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Analysis: India’s Renewables Push Unlikely to Choke Downstream Expansion Strategy

by Sambit Mohanty   and  Ratnajyoti Dutta  (S&P Global Platts)  India sees energy demand doubling by 2040; Still room for oil demand growth in Indi;  Biofuels, solar strong focus areas for growth  —  India is pushing ahead with its renewable energy ambitions, but that is not expected to make a dent on plans to pursue

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Kicks Off Awareness Campaign for E15

(Convenience Store News)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) launched an awareness campaign in support of E15 fuel with the launch of a new consumer-facing website and digital ads in The Washington Post. The campaign’s goal is to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of the fuel ahead of this year’s summer driving

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in 2018, it “continued to deliver huge wins for consumers,” including lower gas prices, cleaner air, a more secure energy supply,

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Republic Services Broadens RNG Commitment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  A growing number of Republic Services Inc.’s natural gas-powered vehicles will use increasing amounts of Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) across 21 states over the next five years. According to Clean Energy, the new agreement with the waste and recycling company represents the widest

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassroots Efforts in the Biodiesel Industry

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  The executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board says the key to growing the biodiesel industry is implementing programs at the state level.  Grant Kimberley says in Iowa, for example, they have been able to put together a package of incentive programs.  “From retail incentives

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Engines in It For the Long Haul

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)   Industry experts from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF), National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), and National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) who spoke at the National Biodiesel Conference agree that the forecast for diesel powertrains looks strong and steady. National Biodiesel Board Technical Director Scott Fenwick moderated a

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Retailers Say Now Is the Time to Move to Higher Ethanol Blends

(Solutions from the Land)  In its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook issued this month, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration offers projections that make clear the importance of significantly increasing ethanol blends into the nation’s transportation fuel over the next several decades. The report predicts that gasoline and diesel fuel retail prices will increase by

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas-to-Fuel Study Moves Forward in Watertown, Wis.

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Watertown Public Works Commission in Wisconsin recently OK’d a study to assess biogas as a potential transportation fuel. According to a local report from the Watertown Daily Times, the commission approved the nearly $15 million project to be conducted with Symbiont Inc. The study, according to

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels in the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … To keep the focus on lowering barriers for biofuel producers and providing the growing number of motorists greater access to biofuels, we have opened up key discussions with the Governor and some of his cabinet members and state lawmakers. Specifically, our focus

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Fermentable Sugar as a Raw Material for the Chemical Industry: First Generation as Sustainable as the Second – Significant Reduction in Greenhouse Gases for Both

(Bio-based News)  New study conducts quantitative and qualitative sustainability assessment of bio-based raw materials for the chemical industry An extensive sustainability study carried out by nova-Institute shows that first-generation fermentable sugar is just as advantageous for a sustainable raw materials strategy of the European chemical industry as second-generation sugar. The results

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Supports Transition to Bio-LNG

(Nordsol/NGV Journal)  Nordsol, bio-LNG production and technology company, has brought Shell Ventures on as strategic investor to support its mission to enable the energy transition by making bio-LNG mainstream. Nordsol uses biogas from organic waste streams to produce bio-LNG, offering a cost competitive solution and the fuel of choice for the

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Dreyfus Expects Faster Switching between Sugar, Ethanol in Brazil

Maha El Dahan and Dahlia Nehme (Reuters)   Commodities trading firm Louis Dreyfus expects faster switching between sugar and ethanol production in Brazil, with more flexible mills leading to “dramatic” price-driven shifts.“Usually you have to see sugar playing a premium over ethanol or the opposite for a period of time before

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry.  The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Audio: Grain, Ethanol Market Development Work To Surge With USDA ATP Funds

(U.S. Grains Council)  New funding to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) from the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program – part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty – will expand the organization’s global footprint and

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Agricultural Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag Waste and Purpose Grown Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glenn Farris, of Farris Advisory Services and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating prediction of the future of ag waste and purpose grown crops, challenges to growing and using these feedstocks, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s Monoethylene Glycol from Sugar Is in Operation

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Brazil-based Braskem and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe just commissioned their pioneering demonstration unit, located in Denmark, for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. Their innovation for renewable plastic made from sugar instead of traditional fossil fuels has been getting attention and this news marks a

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Techie Builds Biofuel Plant, Makes Home Free of LPG

by Manjula Nair (Times of India)   … For (Priyadarshan) Sahasrabuddhe, an engineer by training from IIT-Bombay,  has been turning wet waste into biofuel – all in a bid to be free from LPG. He has already made his parents “LPG-free” by setting up biofuel plants at their bungalow. Now, he wants to replicate the same

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Thames Enterprise Park Ltd Invests further £8.5m in Next Stage of Land Preparation for New Superhub

(YourThurrock) … The plans for Thames Enterprise Park comprise; • A Food Hub bringing processing, packaging, storage and distribution. A range of innovative – warehouses is proposed with high levels of automation. • An Energy Hub leading the way in the production of advanced forms of biofuel and renewable energy, the

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Set to Replace Petro Diesel in Calif.

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stated goal of eliminating petroleum diesel emissions in California by 2030 is achievable through the growth in the market for clean, sustainable diesels, according to a new report from the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. Transitioning to sustainable diesels will represent a 71 percent

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland Sets World-Leading 30% Biofuel Obligation for 2030

(UPM)  The Finnish Parliament has yesterday 6 February 2019 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030. UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonisation seriously: “UPM is a leading producer

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Assessment: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42 is working on the analysis and assessment of biorefining in the whole value chain in order to meet its mission to facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of biorefinery systems & technologies. Johannes Lindorfer from the Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University in

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Flax Fiber Skis, Biobased Turf for 2020 Olympics, Gevo’s Isoprene, Veja Vegan Leather, Castor Oil Jacket Membrane and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of February 8th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of February 8th. In today’s Digest, flax fiber skis, biobased turf for 2020 Olympics, Gevo’s isoprene, Veja vegan leather, castor oil jacket membrane — these and

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Favors Giving Consumers Options at the Pump

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For the National Association of Convenience Stores, selling E15 is a matter of giving consumers plenty of fuel options. “We like the optionality of being able to have lots legal choices and really sell what the consumer wants to buy,” said Paige Anderson, NACS’s director

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Long, Strange Trip: How U.S. Ethanol Reaches China Tariff-Free

by Chris Prentice and A. Ananthalakshmi (Reuters)  In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia. Two months later – after a circuitous journey that included a ship-to-ship transfer and a stop in Malaysia – its cargo arrived in China, according to shipping data

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: RFA Uses ‘Superpowers’ for Infrastructure Assessments

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Since 2016, dozens of retailer chains have asked the Renewable Fuels Association to assist in verifying the compatibility of their underground storage tanks (USTs), dispensers and other infrastructure as they consider offering higher blends of ethanol. And, we’ve been able to use the

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Nearing Crisis Push back on Trump Trade Policies

by Ryan McCrimmon (Politico)  President Donald Trump’s trade war is magnifying some of the toughest farm conditions since the crisis that bankrupted thousands of farmers in the 1980s — and threatening a constituency crucial to his reelection hopes. The president’s trade policies have sent U.S. agricultural exports plunging, exacerbating already difficult

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Asks Brazil to Consider Lifting Tariffs on Ethanol Exports

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  The United States has asked Brazil to consider lifting tariffs imposed on its ethanol exports and is hopeful of a positive outcome, a senior official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. Brazil currently charges a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports surpassing 150 million liters a

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Rs 8,500 Crore Investment Lined up for Ethanol; Two-Thirds by Sugar Mills

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Sugar mills in the top sugar producing states viz. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are projected to account for 40% and 30% of the fresh ethanol capacity addition —  Amid the growing clamour to insulate the Rs 1 trillion domestic sugar economy from market volatility by diversifying

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The First Certified Sustainable Seaweed

(Marine Stewardship Council)   The Seaweed Standard — The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard sets a number of requirements under five key principles for seaweed harvesting and farming practices: Sustainable wild populations Environmental impacts  Effective management  Social responsibility Community relations and interactions The aim of the Standard is to contribute to the health of the

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SE4All and below50

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)was created to drive the energy transition, particularly in developing countries and below50 is committed to growing the demand for sustainable alternative fuels that reduce emissions by more than 50% relative to fossil. Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D., Global Lead of Bioenergy Accelerator

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant to Be Powered by Baker Hughes Generators

by Jim Plouffe (The Lead)  A green hydrogen power plant facility in South Australia is a step closer to completion with announcement of a generator supplier.  —  Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Pertamina, Eni Sign Agreement for Green Fuel Refinery

by Wilda Asmarin (Reuters)  Indonesian state energy company PT Pertamina said on Thursday it has signed agreements with Italian oil company Eni SpA to develop a so-called green refinery in Indonesia and to process a palm-based fuel mixture in Italy. Pertamina said in a statement, it has signed a head joint

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP: EU Oilseed Producers Lose in Argentina Imports Settlement

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  According to Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the representatives of the EU member states in the Trade Defense Instruments Committee (TDI). The

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Finding the Best of Both Worlds: Energy Abundance and Clean Energy Transition

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … An increasing number of diesel engines aren’t running on diesel fuel at all. In 2017, an estimated 2.6 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel were consumed in the U.S. by a growing number of public and private fleets with substantial numbers and types of diesel engines and

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Paving Biodiesel’s Way for Greater Use in Advanced Diesel Systems

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel’s use in heavy-duty diesel applications continues to grow in California thanks in large part to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but how will California’s Mobile Source Strategy—a plan to further cut NOx emissions by another 90 percent compared to the already low NOx-emitting diesel

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Develops Renewable Isoprene from Waste Alcohols

by Elaine Burridge (CheManagerInternational)  US clean technology company Gevo has developed a catalytic process that converts waste alcohols into renewable isoprene. The company Gevo expects the isoprene produced by its proprietary process will be able to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents, while also reducing CO2 emissions.

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

GLOBAL BIOENERGIES: First Production of Isobutene from Wheat Straw at Demo Scale

(Global Bioenergies/Globe Newswire)  New phase for the H2020 Optisochem project after 18 months of activity; Sugars from wheat straw produced at Clariant’s Sunliquid® pre-commercial plant have been shipped to Global Bioenergies’ Leuna demo plant; Successful test runs for production of straw-based isobutene, batches delivered to INEOS for evaluation Global Bioenergies today announces that runs

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Fueling Debate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   FUELING DEBATE: ConservAmerica Chairwoman Nan Hayworth urged National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to “avoid or soften the negative impacts” from upcoming international rules requiring cleaner-burning shipping fuels. The Feb. 4 letter warned that “hasty deadlines” for the International Maritime Organization rule to reduce

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Bank Of America: Oil Demand Growth To Hit Zero Within A Decade

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  By 2030, oil demand could hit a peak and then enter decline, according to a new report. For the next decade or so, oil demand should continue to grow, although at a slower and slower rate. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the annual increase in

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil May Boost Ethanol Production without Deforestation

by Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade (SciDev.net) Ethanol sugarcane by-products serve to feed cattle with highly nourishing forage; Requires adapting US system; Recovery strategies for deforested areas also required  —  By integrating the cultivation of sugarcane for ethanol with beef cattle breeding on the same land, Brazil could increase food and sustainable fuel production without

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

FSSAI Awards BioD Energy as an Authorised Aggregator for Its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Initiative

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (Tech Panda)  … The culmination event rewarded select stakeholders, driving the cause of ‘eat healthy’ and ‘eat safe’, among which, BioD Energy was recognised as an authorised aggregator for its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) initiative. On receiving the recognition, Siddharth Vig, Vice President, BioD Energy India, said,

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel to Generate Energy in the Concerts of Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  The bassist of the Beatles asked explicitly to improve the carbon footprint of the event. Used cooking oil will be recycled.  —  Green and sustainable energy is gaining prominence as a source to generate electricity in rock recitals such as those given by Ed Sheeran (February 23) and

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels and Shell Trading (US) Company Enter Renewable Diesel Purchase and Sale Agreement

(NEXT Renewable Fuels/Informed Infrastructure) NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc (NEXT) and Shell Trading (US) Company (Shell) have entered a long-term Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of renewable diesel from NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon facility. Representing an investment of more than $1 billion (USD), NEXT continues to develop its Oregon

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel & Engine Co-Optimization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is working to address key questions like what fuels engines really want, what fuels work best and what will work in the real world. John Farrell from NREL gave this illuminating overview of their work thus far on answering those

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumer Values Drive Demand for the Bioeconomy Specialty Chemicals

by Bogdan Comanita (Lee Enterprises/MarketChemica Inc./Biofuels Digest)  VIRIDISOL®, ecoXTRACT® and GreenFlame® are examples of B2B brands launched in 2018 that support the use of new biobased products in large B2C markets. All these B2B brands are in perfect alignment with powerful B2C brands in markets as divers as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and hearth

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Bring California’s Low-Carbon Wisdom to Washington, D.C.

by Andy Foster (Capital Press/Aemetis Inc.) … With the election behind us and new leadership in the House, it’s time to take another look at the IPCC warnings and examine bipartisan solutions that Congress can work toward — immediately. High on the list are biofuels, which offer low-cost energy without

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazilian Ethanol Looks for Balance between Oil, Sugar Markets

by  Nicolle Monteiro and Castro Beatriz Pupo (S&P Global) Brazilian ethanol prices, production and consumption patterns are more than ever driven by oil and gasoline prices.  —  Ethanol’s share of the 2018-19 sugar cane crop is expected by analysts to near 65%,its highest level in almost 10 years. In 2018, Brazil tried

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Generators of Biomethane Can Claim RHI and RTFO Payments

(Bioenergy Insight)  AD plants can now viably maximise biomethane production, benefitting from the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff and “top up” with additional Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) payments, as part of a government incentivised policy for decarbonising the transport sector. … “Up until recently, biomethane producers have generally either

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Approves US Soybeans for Biofuel Production

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  The European Union has approved U.S. soybean exports to be used in the production of biofuels in an effort to boost such imports following last summer’s trans-Atlantic meeting between President Donald Trump and his EU Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker. The summit meeting was able to stave off a

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Group Growth Energy Sues U.S. EPA over Small RefineryExemptions

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  Biofuels group Growth Energy filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, challenging the agency’s renewable fuel mandate for 2019 as failing to address rising waived biofuel volumes. “EPA’s inaction on addressing lost gallons due to small refinery exemptions in this rulemaking is a

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Exploitation Permit for CO2 Storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

(Government of Norway)  Equinor has been awarded an exploitation permit for CO2-storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.  — This was decided by King-in-council today (January 11, 2019). The allocated area for storage of CO₂ is located near the Troll oil and gas field and was announced in July 2018. Equinor is

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

BHP and NYK Use GoodFuels Biofuel to Progress Decarbonisation Goals

(GoodFuels)  BHP, NYK, GoodFuels and BLOC collaborate to progress sustainable biofuel bunkering in Rotterdam, verified with blockchain. —  Today (February 4, 2019) global mining company BHP, Japanese shipping company NYK, leading sustainable biofuel company GoodFuels and BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) the leading developer of blockchain applications for the maritime industry,

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Action: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergyhas several new tasks moving forward including Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration, climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (broadening of Task 38), and the deployment of biobased value chains (broadening of Task 40), and several new proposed intertask projects. Jim Spaeth, Chair

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Almond Joy: CEC Poised to Award $10 Million to Advance Aemetis, West Coast Nut Waste-to-Fuels Commercial Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) for a $5 million grant to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, and $5 million for West Coast Waste Co., to assist in the development of its innovative commercial-scale, low-carbon biorefinery, known

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

No Carbon Left Behind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTechhas over 20 years experience sourcing and supplying over 5 million tons of wood fiber and organic feedstock in markets across North America. They offer biomass feedstock supply and analytics to understand and minimize supply chain risk. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech gave this illuminating overview of

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

CEC Grants Wishes to Some for Biofuels Projects

by Helena Taveras-Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Wishes are coming true for some California bioenergy projects. Aemetis, Oberon Fuels and others will receive millions from the California Energy Commission for their bioenergy projects, from DME to advanced ethanol. … Back in August 2018, the California Energy Commission released a solicitation (GFO-18-602) called “Demonstration-Scale

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Deere Showcases Biodiesel Gator and Mower

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  John Deere took part in the 2019 Biodiesel Vehicle Technology Showcase to highlight biodiesel-friendly vehicles in its consumer lineup. For one, there is the diesel powered 865M XUV Gator, which is approved for up to B20. New this year is the diesel Z994R Commercial ZTrak™ zero-turn mower. Learn more

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Port of Rotterdam’s Green Scheme

(Biofuels International)  The Port of Rotterdam has announced its incentive scheme, Climate-Friendly Shipping. From the 21st of January interested parties will be able to apply for funding through the scheme, as the Port of Rotterdam Authority has made €5 million available.     CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein said,

February 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Delta Trying to Unload East Coast Refinery – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Jessica Resnick-Ault (Reuters)  Delta Air Lines wants to sell its oil refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, after attempts to offer a partial stake in the plant late last year failed, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Atlanta-based airline hired investment banks last year to organize

February 4, 2019 Read Full Article

SABIC and Customers Launch Certified Circular Polymers from Mixed Plastic Waste

(SABIC)  o  SABIC and customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group will introduce ISCC certified circular polymers in 2019 during a market foundation stage. SABIC’s certified circular polymers will be produced in The Netherlands from a recycled plastic waste feedstock developed by PLASTIC ENERGY and offer a drop-in alternative for customers

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Production in Sub-Saharan Africa Could Be Prioritized for Aviation

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)  A new study, designed by IIASA researchers for conservation charity WWF, has found that while there is a small but not insignificant potential for the production of sustainable biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa, this should be prioritized for the aviation industry which has limited other options

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

BiochemUSA Signs MOU to Develop $422.9 Million Biorefinery in India

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, local press reports that Petron Scientech Inc’s BiochemUSA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Gujarat to develop a $422.9 million biorefinery that will produce ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and animal feed using corn and biomass entirely as feedstock. One million metric tons

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

QuantaVision: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Biofuture Solutions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Biofuture Solutions have a team of global consultants that help guide legislators and regulators as they develop the policies and approaches to realize new investment in the global bioeconomy, evaluate, share and promote sustainable best practices for the entire bio-project value chain, and use the

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

by Matthew Stone (PRIMA/Biofuels Digest)  … Exponential growth in liquid renewable transport fuel solutions however is still needed to keep governments and fuel providers on track to overarching climate change commitments. To manage the explosive growth, PRIMA has created the roadmap needed for the energy, regulatory and investor stakeholders to keep on

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Copa and Cogeca Call on Commission to Closely Monitor Price Undertaking Agreement on Imported Argentinian Biofuel and Revoke It upon First Infringement

(European Farmers European Agri-Cooperatives) Copa and Cogeca welcome EU Member States approval of Commission’s package of definitive anti-subsidy measures against Argentinian biodiesel’s imports, during Trade Defence Committee held on 30th January. Nevertheless, the approval of an import quota of 1.2 million tonnes in the same meeting in a Price Undertaking Agreement between EU and

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Calvera Delivers Mobile Gas Pipeline to Transport Biomethane in Finland

(Calvera/Gasnam/NGV Journal)  The Industrial Group Calvera has recently supplied a customer in Finland with several units of their containers for the transport of biomethane, a mobile gas pipeline solution. The innovative equipment is designed under the flexible Hooklift system that includes easy loading and unloading with a Multilift hydraulic arm coupled

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

How Do Your Fuel Decisions Impact Our Environment?

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Jessie Stolark spoke on a roundtable panel about the health and environmental considerations of fuel choices, at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 29.  Below is an abbreviated version of her remarks at that presentation, which highlighted the benefits

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Congress Retains Most Energy Programs in 2018 Farm Bill through Fiscal Year 2023

by Steve Hanson (U.S. Energy Information Administration)  On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law, continuing federal support to a number of renewable electricity and bioenergy-related programs. Authorizations in the 2018 Farm Bill cover fiscal years (FY) 2019 through 2023, during which time energy

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Fulcrum Announces Location of Its Next US Waste-to-Fuels Plant, as Bizav Sector Showcases Sustainable Jet Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Waste-to-fuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location for its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will have the capacity to produce three times the amount of renewable transportation fuels compared to its first Sierra plant in Nevada that is due to start operations in early 2020. Construction

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Calls for Long-Term International Aviation Emissions Goal as It Unveils Its Draft ‘Aviation 2050’ Strategy

(GreenAir Online)  The UK government will press for a long-term goal on international aviation climate emissions to be negotiated and ideally agreed by ICAO’s 41st Assembly in 2022 that is consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the goal, the government says it will work to

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

LR and UMAS Release New ‘Zero-Emission Vessels Transition Pathways’ Study.

(Lloyd’s Register)  A study that examines three key energy pathways to help identify the actions required for the shipping industry to transition to a zero-carbon future by 2050.  —  Today, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have released ‘Zero-Emission Vessels Transition Pathways’, a study that aims to show what

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article
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