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Nitty Gritty of Digester Operations

(BioCycle Magazine)  The U.S. EPA AgSTAR program released its Anaerobic Digester/Biogas System Operator Guidebook in November, a comprehensive technical resource offering best practice guidance related to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems. The Guidebook covers topics for a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to AD/biogas system

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Is the Future Diesel-Free? 7 Hard Questions about Diesel, Biofuels and ICEs

by Samuel Morgan (Neste) The whole transport industry agrees on the need to decarbonize traffic fast. However, there’s confusion on what that means for diesel, renewable diesel and the internal combustion engine. Are their days numbered?  Questions answered:  How long will diesel fleets be allowed?  Are the days of the internal

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Invests in AFS Fuel Storage Company to Enable Supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, has acquired a minority stake in Aircraft Fuel Supply B.V. (AFS). AFS is the owner and operator of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol fuel storage company. “Our ambition is to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions.

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches Renewable Diesel Values in United States

(S&P Global Platts/Markets Insider)  S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced the launch of renewable diesel values for the Americas. These daily assessments bring transparency to a growing market as the transport and refining industry embraces

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Management Tools to Reduce Hemp Biomass Harvest Variability

by David F. Peterson (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The goal of managing any biomass feedstock is to reduce variability, increase operating efficiency and improve profitability. It may be difficult to quantify profit benefits, but any decrease in variation is a positive trend. Not considering how the biomass is grown or

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Your Amazon Boxes Could Be Turned into Biofuel: A New Microorganism Munches on Cardboard to Create a Source of Energy.

by Mark Wilson (Fast Company)  … The problem is that recycling centers, with so much excess cardboard, just toss the material into a dump. But what if we could do something else—anything else—with all these boxes? Like fuel a car? Thanks to Sun-Mi Lee, a research scientist at the Clean

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Video Series

(Renewable Energy Group)  This week REG is celebrating 25 years of operations! We will be releasing videos all week recounting the last quarter century of hard work and dedication that got us here. Here is how it all started: Hear from Myron Danzer, current REG General Manager, and Matt Schultes,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Policy Proposal to Accelerate the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Europe – A Clean Skies for Tomorrow Publication

(World Economic Forum)   What is the World Economic Forum doing to help aviation meet net zero goals?  Through the Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow coalition, stakeholders across the European aviation value-chain have aligned on key policy proposals to inform the EU’s RefuelEU initiative and the UK Government. Taken together, this industry-backed

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ontario Hiking Ethanol Content in Gasoline to Help Fight Climate Change

by Jonathan Juha Trevor Terfloth (Chatham Daily News/Driving) Ontario plans to raise by half the ethanol content required in gasoline in a move to fight climate change that could also dangle benefits to Southwestern Ontario’s vast corn belt. The province says it will gradually increase the required ethanol content in

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Applications Open for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems Grants / LOI due January 7, 2021

Applications to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects focused on the themes in

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Colombia to Reform Fuel Pricing, Encourage Imports … Biofuel Challenges

by Patricia Garip (Argus Media)  … Speaking on the same panel, former mines and energy minister German Arce pointed out the “huge price disparity” between diesel and biodiesel, “one with guaranteed supply and the other with no guarantee.” Colombia’s biodiesel blend mandate will rise to 12pc from a current 10pc

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he overriding objective should be to increase demand, which increases ethanol volume and corn grind.  With that in mind, do we continue to fight for what is almost certain to be a reduced RFS that in addition to lower RVOs pits us against

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol: COVID 19 Impacts and Renovabio Set the Agenda

by Isabela Rodrigues* (Advanced Biofuels USA) In October, The 20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol 2020 took place over a virtual platform with more than 4000 attendees. This year, Brazilian government authorities including Vice President Hamilton Mourão, Secretary of Amazon and Environmental Services at the Ministry of the Environment Joaquim

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: Japan’s Ethanol Blend Rate Expected at 1.9% in 2020

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Japan achieved an average ethanol blend rate of 1.6 percent in 2019. The blend rate is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year due to an estimated 8 percent decrease in gasoline demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report filed with the

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Bioeconomy Report: The Business Opportunity Contributing to a Sustainable World

(World Business Council for Sustainable Development) The Circular Bioeconomy report calls for a shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy to capture part of the USD $7.7 trillion opportunity identified in the CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy published in November 2019. It describes the business case and sustainability imperative for the circular

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Olam Palm Unveils the Site of Its Biofuel Production Plant in Gabon

(Energy Mix Report) It is in the southern zone of Libreville, on an area of ​​5 ha not far from the port, that Olam Palm will set up its plant to produce biofuel from palm oil. After having obtained all the regulatory authorizations for the production of biofuel in Gabon, the

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Camelina and Canola, Omega-3 Oils for Aquaculture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Biosciences

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Biosciences just completed harvesting for their 2020 field test program to evaluate novel yield and compositional traits in Camelina and canola conducted in the United States and Canada, and plan on reporting data in Q4 2020 through early 2021. They also recently collaborated with

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Modern Alchemy: University of North Dakota Aims to Turn Corn Stalks, Stems and Leaves into Jet Fuel

(University of North Dakota/News Wise)  One of the significant challenges for renewable alternative fuels could be solved if a consortium of research laboratories led by the University of North Dakota can turn corn waste into jet fuel. Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering &

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Pre-Sale of Renewable Diesel and Provides Business Update

(Cielo/MarketWatch) Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (“Cielo” or the “Company”) announces it has received pre-payment in full for a 60,000 litres of renewable diesel, which is now being produced at the Company’s Aldersyde waste to renewable fuel facility (“Aldersyde Facility”). The renewable diesel will be shipped to a third party of the

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to RNG and Biogas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenlane Renewables is “changing the nature of natural gas” via renewable natural gas to help decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid. By producing low-carbon RNG from organic waste like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy and hog farms and food waste, that can go directly

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Grant to Help U. of Tennessee Ag Institute Develop SAF Feedstock Supply Chains

(Biobased Diesel Daily) Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production as well as rural economic development―a potential game changer for

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Air Liquide to Build Two Biomethane Production Units in Italy

(Bioenergy Insight)  Air Liquide will build its first two biomethane production units in collaboration with its local partner Dentro il Sole (DIS) in Italy.  The two units will be built in Truccazzano, Milan, and Fontanella (Bergamo), recycling organic material from agricultural and livestock activities to convert it into biomethane. The

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Protection Contribution from Biofuels Rises to 9.7 Million T CO2 Equivalent

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFPOP) (Google translation)) BLE report for 2019 confirms effective contribution to climate protection in the transport of biofuels.  — Sustainably certified biofuels reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.7 million t CO 2 equivalent in the 2019 reporting year (previous year 9.5 million t). The contribution to the

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

IChemE Global Awards 2020 Highly Commends CPFD and TRI

(ThermoChem Recovery International)  We are proud to announce that TRI‘s Dr. Ravi Chandran and our partners at CPFD were recognized for the innovative work we have done to model deep fluid bed gasification which is essential to the processing of wastes and biomass to renewable fuels and chemicals. The IChemE

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Unveils Video Showing the Solutions Farmers Can Offer to Meet Global Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  A 20-minute video presentation in which Solutions from the Land farmer leaders offer a vision of solutions that farming operations can deliver to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by UN member nations is now available on YouTube. This presentation, Solutions from the Land: Enabling Farmers

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Outlines 2021 Biofuel Policy Priorities

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer more consumers clean, affordable options to fuel their cars. “Biofuels, including plant-based ethanol, are critical

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Move Your Business Forward in a Time of Too Much Ethanol

by Jim Ramm (EcoEngineers)  Many hardships facing ethanol producers, but there is a silver lining  —  … A silver lining in this near-perfect storm is the ability to lower the life cycle carbon emissions of ethanol and take advantage of low-carbon fuel markets such as California’s LCFS.  … In order for

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

New Membrane Could Pave Way for Cheap, Efficiently Made Biofuels

by Sara West (Imperial College London) Scientists have developed a cost-effective method of biofuel extraction which could make them viable alternatives to fossil fuels in transport. Biofuels, which are made from renewable organic matter, hold great potential as green alternatives to fossil fuels in the aviation and transport industries. However, although

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Optimising Miscanthus for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

(Terravesta) The growing global bioeconomy has an indispensable role in tackling the climate crisis, and key to delivering a low carbon economy is securing enough supply of sustainable raw materials and linking them with a near-industrial scale of various bio-based products and end-markets. Miscanthus is a perennial energy crop with a

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Nova Pangaea Technologies Completes Successful E10 Biofuel Trial

(Nova Pangaea Technologies) Nova Pangaea Technologies, the UK based cleantech company, has successfully developed and trialled its first E10 fuel on a motorcycle at its headquarters in Redcar, UK. The trial which took place on 30th October featured Nova Pangaea’s breakthrough process, REFNOVA, which converts 2nd generation non-food feedstocks such as woody

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Novel Cellulose Finding May Lead to New Chemicals, Biofuels

by Jamie Oberdick (Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org) A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development. “A more detailed understanding of the structure of

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Chhattisgarh Seeks Centre’s Nod to Make Bio-Ethanol from Surplus Paddy

by Ritesh Mishra (Hindustan Times) Bhupesh Baghel informed Pradhan that an estimated 6 lakh tonnes of surplus paddy will be made available by the state government to ethanol plants for production. — Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel met Union petroleum, natural gas and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Confirms Contribution of Bioenergy to Climate Change Mitigation

by Elton Alisson (Agência FAPESP) … Some argue, for example, that biofuels are not sustainable because the conversion of non-agricultural land to grow energy crops could lead to a significant initial decrease in carbon storage, creating what is known as a “biofuel carbon debt”. A study by a cross-border group of

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Germans Want to Fill up with More Biofuels

(UFOP (Google translation)) According to a current representative survey, two thirds of all Germans have a positive view of biofuels. Almost half consider biofuels to be of growing importance for climate protection in the future. Associations demand appropriate political consideration.  65 percent of Germans generally rate biofuels positively. This is the result

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Continental Refining Company Unveils Transformational “AgriTech” Plan for Refinery Plant in Somerset

(Continental Refining Company)  New Soybean Crushing Plant and Biodiesel Production Facility would be on the Cutting Edge of Food and Energy Production  — Hemisphere Limited, the parent company of Continental Refining Company (CRC), announced that it is exploring plans to invest an additional $25 million to acquire, relocate and install a

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Commentary: Electrify A Lot … But Not Everything — Decarbonization Will Require a Judicious Mix of Electrification, RNG, Hydrogen, and Other Emerging Solutions if We Want to Get to a Truly Sustainable Future.

by Matt Tomich and Joanna Underwood (BioCycle Magazine/Energy Vision) … Some environmental advocates are looking to “electrify everything” to generate power and fuel our transportation systems, because electric motors are more efficient than combustion engines. But electrification is not a panacea. Take the transportation sector, for example, which emits the

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Bharat Petroleum Confident of Meeting 10pc Ethanol Blending Target by 2022

(PTI/Outlook India)  Bharat Petroleum, which is the national coordinator for ethanol blending by state-owned refiners, is confident of meeting the new government target of blending 10 per cent biofuel with petrol by 2022 with the latest addition of maze to the list of feedstock for the green fuel. State-run oil

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Releases SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced a funding opportunity under its SBIR and STTR programs. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Fidelis Infrastructure Eyes Louisiana for Large Renewable Diesel Project

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Another large renewable diesel project may soon be coming to Louisiana. The state is already home to Diamond Green Diesel’s plant in Norco where a major expansion to reach 675 MMgy is underway, and Renewable Energy Group’s Geismar facility, which will expand from a

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Rising Deforestation to Draw US Scrutiny

(Argus Media) Brazil’s shrinking Amazon rainforest is expected to draw intense scrutiny from the incoming US administration of president-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to incorporate environmental commitments into trade policy. The controversy over deforestation is a window into broader energy transition challenges facing developing countries such as Brazil, which is

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Asia’s RCEP Trade Deal to Remove Biofuel Tariffs

by Amandeep Parmar (Argus Media) A new free-trade agreement (FTA) between 15 Asia-Pacific countries will phase out tariffs on a host of biofuels and feedstocks, although existing trade flows may limit the immediate market impact. The Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP) was signed yesterday by China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Policymakers Urged to Support Biofuels to Meet Transport’s Green Goals

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) Governments around the world need to urgently address this year’s 11.6% drop in biofuel output, caused by the pandemic, in order to meet transport’s decarbonisation goals, the head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV in an interview. Paolo Frankl said

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

PRIO Takes the First Step in Decarbonizing Maritime Transport in the Iberian Peninsula

(PRIO; Google translation) PRIO will launch Eco Bunkers, a green fuel for ships with 15% biodiesel incorporation, developed from recycling processes of residual raw materials, produced at the PRIO Biodiesel plant, in Aveiro. This new product, innovative in the Iberian Peninsula, marks the entry of PRIO in the “green” segment of

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Says B40 Biodiesel Programme Unlikely to Proceed Next Year

(Today Online/Reuters) Indonesia is unlikely to proceed with plans to raise the bio-content of its palm oil-based biodiesel to 40% next year as it struggles to fund the programme, an energy ministry official told parliament on Monday. Instead, the Southeast Asian country will retain its biodiesel B30 programme which makes

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biotalys Biobacteriacides, Biofungicides, Ag Biosolutions Tackle 2 Birds with 1 Stone

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Biotalys is transforming food protection with unique protein-based biocontrol solutions, tackling two birds with one stone – reducing food waste and driving the sustainability of food production. But how? And why should we care? In today’s Digest, how Biotalys is creating nature-based protein products that

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Canola Seen Gaining Ground as Biofuel during COVID-19

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) A drop in used cooking oil supplies because of the pandemic’s effect on restaurants has opened a door for the oilseed  —  COVID-19 is boosting the use of canola oil in the biofuel sector, says an industry official. That is because production of one of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Poll Shows Americans’ Unwavering Trust in Farmers and Approval of Sustainability Practices

(AgriMarketing/American Farm Bureau Federation) A majority of U.S. adults have a positive view of farmers’ sustainability practices, and an overwhelming majority trust farmers, according to a new national public opinion poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The survey of 2,200 U.S. adults found that more than half (58%) rate the sustainability

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel Daily Editor Ron Kotrba Featured on National Biodiesel Board’s New Sustainability Website

(Biodiesel Sustainability Now/EIN Biofuel Industry Today) The National Biodiesel Board recently unveiled its new “Biodiesel Sustainability Now” website, which features sections such as “Sustainability Stories,” where readers can get inspired by biodiesel and renewable diesel in action; “The Basics,” which includes fundamental information about biodiesel and renewable diesel, explanations of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

NREL Recycles Biorefinery Waste Streams to Create High-Value Chemical Products

by Zia Abdullah (U.S. Department of Energy) Thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass is a promising route to produce renewable biofuels and oxygenated biochemicals while enabling the reuse, recovery, and recycling of materials containing carbon. Aqueous Waste Streams: A Drag on Biorefinery Profitability To convert biomass into renewable biofuels and biochemicals, biorefiners

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Grön Fuels Announces Potential $9.2 Billion Renewable Fuel Complex in Louisiana

(Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards)  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced their portfolio company Grön Fuels LLC is studying the feasibility of a renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. With expansions and associated projects, the complex

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Production Begins at Preem’s Refinery in Lysekil

(Lysekil) For the first time, renewable raw materials are being converted to Swedish Environmental Class 1 diesel at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil. The aim is to annually produce up to 950,000 cubic meters of renewable fuel by 2024. This is part of a larger project that intends to rebuild the existing

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Continues Recovery: Rising Ethanol, DDGs Prices Fuel Industry’s Recovery from COVID Shutdown

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Falling demand for gasoline earlier this year from the COVID-19 economic shutdown sent ethanol producers into a tailspin. Plants closed down and cut production, as margins dipped to their lowest levels ever. Now the craziness has subsided, and the industry continues to bounce back. …

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Bugs, Biology, Biodiversity: Industrial Hemp Production (Part II) on Integrated Pest Management and Implications for Wildlife

by Susan P. Rupp (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) Because of the challenges of registering it (hemp) as an agricultural crop, federal agencies have not yet provided clear direction on the use of agrochemicals (i.e., herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides) on hemp, and regulatory decisions have subsequently devolved to the states.  However, the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Zero Wants Portugal to Confirm the End of Palm Oil in Biodiesel as Determined by the EU

(Destak.pt)  The environmental association Zero was satisfied today with the end of palm oil in biodiesel in Europe, in 2022, and wants Portugal to confirm the abandonment of this product by transposing the European directive into national legislation. In a statement, the non-governmental organization said it warned, in July, of

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrobras to Create Climate Change Department to Oversee Transition to Low Carbon

by Jeffrey T. Lewis (Morningstar/Dow Jones/Petrobras) Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said Tuesday it is creating a new department for climate change to oversee and boost efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon capture. The department will be charged with developing targets and commitments related to

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Nano Grain-Based Ethanol Unit Opened at NSI

(Times of India)  A nano grain-based ethanol unit, installed at the National Sugar Institute-Kanpur, was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the Harcourt Butler Technological University Kampur, on Thursday This unit is integrated with existing molasses-based ethanol unit and thus now the system would be ‘Multi Feed Stock Based Ethanol Unit’

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Takes Allegations on Sustainability Violations Seriously – Credible Allegations on Suppliers’ Sustainability Violations Always Investigated

(Neste) A study report produced by Profundo, commissioned by Milieudefensie, has been published on 5 November 2020. The report claims that Neste’s raw material suppliers have been involved in serious sustainability violations, such as deforestation, fires, peat destruction, community and labor rights violations. Neste welcomes all efforts to monitor its raw

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels in Prime Position to Deliver on Short-Term Climate Goals: Goodfuels CEO

by Tom Washington (S&P Global) Could slash shipping’s emissions over the decade; Biofuels’ market share remains limited for now; Coronavirus has made biofuels less competitive  —  As transport industries look to slash greenhouse gas emissions and examine alternative power options, biofuels are well-placed to meet short-term international emissions goals, Dutch biofuels provider GoodFuels

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Praj Unveils Technology to Produce Biogas from Biomass

(Praj/The Hindu Business Line)  Praj Industries’ demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) was inaugurated today by Union Min. Shri Prakash Javadekar. Located in the Praj Matrix R&D campus, the plant deploys Praj’s technology which utilises a proprietary microbial consortium made from feedstock such

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste and LG Chem Building a Strategic Partnership to Drive the Polymers and Chemicals Industry Transformation towards a Circular Bioeconomy

(Neste) LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. — Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as a provider of renewable and circular solutions for the

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Lowering Tech Barriers to Grow Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are major barriers in growing a bioeconomy, but Idaho National Laboratory is tackling some of those by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock for conversion to biofuels and high-value coproducts, which also can lower technical and

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CVR Energy Plans Potential Renewable Diesel Project at Coffeyville

by Laura Sanicola  (Reuters) CVR Energy Inc CVI.N plans to pursue a renewable diesel project at its 132,000 barrel per day (bpd) Coffeyville, Kansas, refinery if succeeds in producing the fuel at its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, plant, the refiner said Tuesday. CVR said it has excess hydrogen capacity and a high-pressure hydrotreater at

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Evolve or Die: US Refiners Grasp Renewables Lifeline to Stay Viable

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Government incentives drive renewable diesel projects growth; Demand up as regional low carbon regulations increase — Once the scourge of the US refining industry, some refiners are now looking to renewable fuels to help their bottom lines and keep their facilities operational. Despite many millions spent

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Greener Fuels on the Way to Zero Emissions

by Deborah Lockridge  (HDT Trucking Info) …  Renewable Diesel Offers Drop-In Sustainability —  Use renewable diesel fuel in that cleaner-burning modern diesel engine, and you have an even “greener” truck. Renewable diesel is made from sustainable sources such as natural animal fats, vegetable oils, greases, plant waste, and other sources. Neste, which makes renewable

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Weather, Trade, and Ethanol Key Market Drivers in 2021

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Most market analysts point to weather and trade when discussing the biggest factors for corn and soybean prices in 2021. Glenn Wachtler with Compeer Financial agrees, but says ethanol should also be included. “We’ve seen production increase already, probably even more than what the driving patterns

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Final Chapter for Cellulosic Ethanol?

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  … Poet’s cellulosic ethanol plant at Emmetsburg was named Project Liberty. Following Poet’s lead, two other companies built cellulosic ethanol plants — one in Kansas and one at Nevada in central Iowa. The owners of those two plants ended up selling their facilities by the end

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Corp. Reports Third-Quarter 2020 Results…Starting up Dickinson, N.D. Renewable Fuels Facility

(Marathon Petroleum Corp.)  … “As we navigate these challenges, we remain focused on the aspects of our business within our control. First, we strengthened the competitive position of our assets by advancing our investments in renewables. Our Dickinson renewable fuels facility is starting up. With respect to the conversion of

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Neste to Acquire Bunge’s Refinery Plant in Rotterdam to Increase Raw Material Pretreatment Capacity for the Production of Renewable Products

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, has agreed to acquire Bunge Loders Croklaan’s refinery plant located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands for a purchase price of 258 million euros. The refinery plant is located next to Neste’s existing

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Hydrothermal Liquefaction Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrofaction is Hot! Don’t take our word for it – dive into this new slide guide from Steeper Energy’s CEO Perry Toms who takes us through the progress towards commercial scale of Steeper’s hydrofaction technology as it cracks low-value waste feedstocks into high-value fuels. Find

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UK Food Waste Recycler Expecting to Process 10 Tonnes of Pumpkins

(Bioenergy Insight)  Food waste recycler Warrens Group says more than 10 tonnes of perfectly edible pumpkins are likely to end up at its facility in County Durham, UK. The firm will recycle the pumpkins to fuel its growing fleet of collection vehicles and heat peoples’ homes. Environmental charity Hubbub predicts

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Improving the Performance of AD Plants

(Bioenergy Insight)  Could biochar be the solution for AD plants with minor gas yields? 4CleanTech, a joint venture between Biogas Clapton and CleanTech Leasing, shares its findings.   After investing in an AD plant, the majority of operators are confronted with the fact that the gas yield is not nearly

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

CABBI Researchers Collaborate on Oilcane Pilot Project

by Jenna Kurtzweil (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation) From southeastern Florida to northern Mississippi to the Midwestern Corn Belt, CABBI scientists have struck sustainable oil with sugarcane. But the crop’s potential value to the renewable energy sector earns this particular variety a more appropriate designation: oilcane.

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Biogas, Low-Carbon Ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed DigestConnect last week, take a look at this illuminating slide guide from Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee on their newest biogas venture, making renewable natural gas from dairy waste, the switch to making hand sanitizer as they adapted to COVID-19, and future plans

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Industrial Hemp Production (Part I): Cultivation and Management

by Susan Rupp (Land & Natural Resource Section at Lee Enterprises ConsultingBiofuels Digest)  … However, producers continue to face challenges in production and marketing of products because of constantly morphing state and federal regulations, typically revolving around total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels within the plant, that affect both how crops are

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

China’s Ethanol Blending Plans Face further Hurdles

by Lauren Moffitt (Argus Media) Faltering 10pc ethanol blending (E10) because of tight and high-priced corn feedstock is fuelling doubts about China’s transport decarbonisation strategy. State-controlled Sinopec’s Jiangsu subsidiary will halt sales of #92 ethanol blended gasoline from November, citing inadequate ethanol supplies because of lower production rates upstream this year.

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Expanded E15 Sales Have Helped, but Ethanol Backers Say Roadblocks Still Remain

by Chris Dunker (Lincoln Journal Star)  In lifting a restriction on the sale of E15 during summer months, corn growers and ethanol producers praised President Donald Trump for removing a major roadblock to expanding sale of the 15% ethanol blend. … The change has helped corn farmers, ethanol production facilities,

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Looks beyond Trump-Biden Bluster to Biofuel Reset

by Kim Chipman and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg Green)  Presidential, Iowa Senate races put biofuel in spotlight; Renewable Fuel Standard uncertainty clouds ethanol outlook  —  … The winner will oversee a “reset” of the congressional mandate to blend biofuels with gasoline. This new phase of the Renewable Fuel Standard, created in 2005

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S.-Vietnam Ethanol MOU Aims to Support Partnerships between Countries, Industries

(U.S. Grains Council) The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week on expanding the use and availability of ethanol in Vietnam. The agreement promises to further a strong partnership between the two nations and encourage expanded ethanol

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Yield10 Bioscience Announces Start of Field Tests of Winter Camelina Varieties

(Yield10 Bioscience)  Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN), an agricultural bioscience company, today announced that it has begun field testing to evaluate the emergence and agronomics of winter Camelina sativa varieties. The testing of these winter varieties in the 2020/2021 winter season is part of Yield10’s continued development of Camelina sativa in the medium term for use at

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

New VTT-Based Startup Company eniferBio Producing Protein from Biorefinery By-products Received More than One Million Euros in Funding

(VTT Research) The growing demand for food and sustainable food production are global challenges. A significant part of the problem is the lack of sustainably produced protein feed. eniferBio has developed a new and sustainable production process for a high-quality fish feed ingredient and recently received funding for its solution

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Promise and Peril: California’s EV-Only Policy

by Leticia Phillips (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA /Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Any EV solution should consider a combined approach of the available alternatives and technologies. It is important to remember that vehicles powered by ethanol are already among the best performers in the world and are helping to reduce GHG

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Research Team Sequences Miscanthus Genome

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) An international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Sunbird to Supply Indeni with Ethanol for Fuel Blending

by Michael Kaumba (ZNBC) ZANIS-Indeni Petroleum Refinery Company Limited has engaged Sunbird Bioenergy Africa in Kawambwa to supply the first consignment of ethanol that will be used in a large-scale pilot test on the feasibility of ethanol and gasoline blending. Head of Research and Development at Indeni, Zebed Mwiche was speaking shortly

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

8 Hauntingly Good Innovations, Plant-Based Hair Extensions, Bacardi Biodegradable Bottle, Cultured Steak on Mars, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of October 30th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) This week’s Top 8 Innovations are so good, it’s scary. From plant-based hair extensions that could come in handy for your Halloween costume, cultured meat so astronauts can enjoy steaks on Mars, and Barcardi making us feel a little less guilty about all the drinking

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Govt May Extend Soft Loans to Grain-Based Units to Spur Ethanol Output

(Business Standard/Trust of India)  Under the scheme, the government has extended twice the interest subvention that comes up to Rs 4,600 crore for a loan amount of Rs 22,000 crore  — To boost ethanol production in the country, the government is considering extending subsidised loans to grain-based distilleries also under the ongoing scheme,

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

European Commission Confirms Sustainability of European Biofuels, Yet Sends Mixed Messages on Their Future

(ePURE) A new report from the European Commission underlines the importance and sustainability of renewable ethanol, but also reveals yet again the Commission’s strangely contradictory stance wanting to minimise the role of biofuels in achieving the EU Green Deal. Published on 14 October, the Commission’s Renewable Energy Progress Report includes an assessment of

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

7 Big Deals, and Why They’re Big — Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine, and Ways2H

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There’s been a barrage of big deals this week and here’s The Digest’s exclusive take on the biggest 7 deals, why they are big, and more. In today’s Digest, we’ve got the latest deal details that include Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine,

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

India Can Stop Palm Oil Deforestation in Southeast Asia

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies)  … India is the largest consumer of palm oil. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that is firmly a part of our daily lives. According to WWF, palm oil is present in close to 50% of the packaged goods we regularly buy from supermarkets or online

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Lignin-Splitting Method Inspired by Nature

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …  “Bacteria and fungi break down plants through a number of different ways. When you see mushrooms growing on dead logs in a forest, they are breaking down the plant cell wall into small pieces that they ‘eat’ so that they

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels, Avoiding a Second Missed Opportunity

by Kyriakos Maniatis, Lars Waldheim, Ingvar Landälv, Eric van den Heuvel and Stamatis Kalligeros (Subgroup on Advanced Biofuels (SGAB)/EurActiv)  The recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) marks the first time that a European Directive needs to be significantly amended just a year and a half after its adoption and before

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Combining Agricultural Emissions Reduction Policies to Balance Biodiversity Conservation and Food Security

(CIRAD) Sharing efforts between biofuel production, the transition to reduced-meat diets and the reforestation of pastures would be a far better option for tomorrow’s agriculture than focusing on just one of these strategies. This mix would simultaneously address the goals of food security, biodiversity conservation and emissions reductions, according to a

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Use Seen Growing Quickly in India, Not as Much in Thailand

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Ethanol production and consumption in India, the world’s third largest fuel market, is expected to increase quickly in coming years as the government seems keen to push the industry to higher blend rates, an industry official said on Monday. Abinash Verma, general director for Indian Sugar Millers Association

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Biodiesel from Dirty Old Cooking Oil Just Got Way Easier

(RMIT University/EurekAlert!)  New ultra-efficient catalyst can recycle old cooking oil into biodiesel and turn food scraps into high-value complex molecules  — Researchers have developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products. The method harnesses

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste and All Nippon Airways (ANA) Collaborate on First Supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Asia

(Neste) ANA has established a procurement supply chain together with Neste and with support of Itochu Corporation. Ahead of its mid-to-long term collaboration, ANA and Neste will supply the first flight powered by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ in Japan. Despite disruptions caused by COVID-19, ANA will adhere to its

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Limited Impact on LCFS and RIN prices: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to COVID-19 Impact on Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) COVID-19 has impacted every industry in some way, but Mike McCurdy from ICF shared this slide guide at ABLC2020 demonstrating how COVID-19 has had limited impact on some areas for renewable fuels and how compliance fuels’ three-legged stool has reduced volatility, which has thus piqued interest

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Sweden Targets World’s Highest Biofuel Blending

Tomas Ekbom and Cecilia Higa (Swedish Bioenergy Association/IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter) …  In the beginning there was ethanol In 1907, there were only 662 vehicles registered in Sweden. The fuel, “Benzin” (the word initially taken from the German language, i.e. petrol) was purchased then at the pharmacy, paint store

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Is Key

by K. Johnson (Storm Lake Times) …  I hear a lot of political lip service these days about reducing our dependence on ­fossil fuels and cleaning up the air. Alcohol from corn and grains should be a major part of that reduction. Ethanol should be key to transitioning to a clean

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Chemtex Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two world leaders in cellulosic deployment – Jeff Taylor from Chemtex and Paolo Corvo from Clariant – talked about how cellulosic fuels are on the march on last week’s DigestConnect. Check out this exclusive slide guide on 1G/2G biofuels integration opportunities, what are the models,

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy

(Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association) … Among the Carbon-negative (and climate positive) solutions, those based on photosynthesis are by far the cheapest and most scalable options now, and likely for many decades to come. Properly implemented, these solutions can also provide many other benefits, including clean water, bio-diverse landscapes, healthy soil

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Use of Switchgrass Growing in Popularity for Ag Conservation

by Ad Crable (Bay Journal) Will switchgrass, a tall, resilient and fast-growing native plant once familiar to pioneers, become the next cash crop for farmers in states in the Chesapeake Bay drainage?  In a convergence of promising developments, a new study gives switchgrass lofty environmental grades and assures skeptics that it would

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Cargill Invests to Promote Circular Economy with Its First Multi Waste- and Residues-Based Biodiesel Plant

(Cargill/WEBWIRE) $150 million investment in Belgium helps customers remove carbon emissions from their supply chains using innovative technology that supports new regulations  — In a move to further strengthen its commitment to fight climate change and deliver a more circular economy, Cargill is constructing a multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation: ‘Research Confirms UK’s Ability to Lead’

(Biofuels International)  New research by industry coalition Sustainable Aviation confirms that the UK could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facilities in areas across the country – making it a world leader in clean aviation technology. The research by energy consultancy E4tech and commissioned by

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: There’s a Burning Mandate for Change, Green Jobs

by George Miller (Columbus Dispatch)  … From geothermal steam in Nevada to the low-carbon biofuel feedstocks harvested across Ohio, carbon savings are available through the labor and ingenuity of green energy workers in every community. We’ve seen this strategy work in California, where the clean energy industry already supports 475,000 jobs

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Baton Rouge Port Officials Are Close to Lease Agreement for $300M to $700M Renewable Fuel Plant

by Timothy Boone (The Advocate) Officials with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge said they are about a week away from reaching a lease agreement with a Houston renewable fuels company that wants to lease 164 acres and build a $300 million to $700 million diesel fuel plant. “We’re just about

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

The Need for State and Local Initiative

by Russ Freeman (Biofuels Digest)  … The private sector can provide capital and expertise to: (1) plan; (2) finance; (3) obtain regulatory approvals; (4) mitigate and insure against risk; and then (5) design, build and operate works necessary for accomplishing community goals. Thus, with minimal investment and minimal risk, State and local

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Government to Issue New Biomass Strategy in 2022

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.K. government announced on Oct. 15 that it intends to publish a new biomass strategy in 2022. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association welcomed the announcement, stressing that bioenergy is essential to the renewables revolution. The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committed to

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Facing Wave of Closures, Oil Refiners Turn to Biofuels

by Ron Bousso and Laura Sanicola (Reuters)  European and U.S. oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels. … The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sorghum Producers Call for Ethanol Support

(RFD TV)  Sorghum producers take to the field to highlight biofuel’s roll in rebuilding the ag economy. Kansas farmer Rocky Ormiston planted the message “#SupportEthanol” using the latest in precision agricultural tools and a mix of red and white/yellow sorghum varieties. Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers’s CEO, speaks with RFD-TV’s

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

A Biden Win Could Make or Break Ethanol

(National Journal)  Joe Biden is vowing to invest big in cleaner biofuels as part of his outreach to rural communities. But he’ll likely face intense pressure from climate hawks to slash corn-ethanol blending requirements. READ MORE The Energy 202: Joe Biden’s ethanol push to woo Iowa farmers sets up tension

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

New Technology Turns Delivery Boxes into Biodiesel

(The Korea Bizwire)    A newly developed technology is capable of producing biodiesel, an eco-friendly fuel for automobiles, using paper waste generated by parcel deliveries. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced Tuesday that they had developed a microorganism that can produce base materials for biodiesel from

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

BIOFUEL INDUSTRY: New Ethanol Plant Opened in Masindi

(NTV) As Uganda’s sugar production increases, leading to a surplus, new investments in the production of Bio Ethanol fuel, could strengthen value addition in the downstream side of the domestic petroleum industry once the biofuel law is in place. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, says that the unrest in the

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil Opens First Commercial-Scale Factory for Biogas Made from Sugarcane-Based Ethanol Production

(Borneo Bulletin/Xinhua) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro inaugurated on Friday the world’s first commercial-scale biogas factory that will use byproducts from sugarcane-based ethanol production in Guariba, Sao Paulo state. In his speech, the president talked about government incentives for agribusinesses in Brazil as well as the factory itself, which will produce biogas

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Communicating the Bioeconomy through Maps

(Teagasc)  What is the bioeconomy? Is it relevant to me, my sector, my business, the place where I live or my farm? What is unique about it? How does Ireland compare relative to other European countries? And how can I get involved? These are questions that a series of maps, released

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

FGV Announces Additional 35,600 MT Storage Tanks to Fulfil Market Demands

(FGV Holdings)  … Due to increasing market demand and to fulfil the government B20 biodiesel mandate for the transport sector, FGV has expanded its bulking facility by adding six new vegetable oil storage tanks. Four of the tanks are located in Pasir Gudang, Johor with 10,400 MT capacity completed in

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Digital this summer, there was lots of talk about carbon. In this slide guide, GIC takes us on a learning journey about commodity plus carbon and how it monetizes carbon. What is CPC? What are the advantages? What is the methodology? How does

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

What Ag Needs: Accelerating Technology to Secure The Future

by Jim Collins (Corteva Agriscience) … “How can we increase investment in technology and innovation for high-impact, evidence-based solutions?” It made me think about the farmers we serve and how they – as stewards of the land – have a long history of innovation and investment as they feed, preserve and protect

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste Not, Want Not: INL Studies Potential of Municipal Solid Waste for Biofuels

by J. Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory)  …Even though MSW (municipal solid waste) has great potential, not much was known about the cost and quality of feedstocks that could be derived from MSW or MSW blends for fuel production. In a recent study, INL principal investigator Vicki Thompson and her

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

NCERC at SIUE Creates Future Leaders of Future Fuels

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has launched a new initiative “Future Leaders of Future Fuels,” focused on developing its own employees’ knowledge of the biofuels industry. The Future Leaders group consists of Scientific Analysts Rachel Carpio and Kaitlin Lasseigne, Operations Manager

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol, Farm Policy

by Erin Murphy (The Courier) Campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump touted his administration’s work to boost the ethanol industry and help farmers in Iowa. Trump’s administration this year issued a rule that allows gas stations to sell a higher ethanol blend year-round. “They were killing ethanol,”

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Industry Presents Risky Business

(AgWeb)  The stakes are high, business is tricky, but hemp still has a positive outlook for farmers interested in growing. The hemp industry is planting big roots in the world of row crop farmers. The stakes are high and the rewards can be high too, if you know how to

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development

edited by Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, Gade Pandu Rangaiah , Christian V. Stevens  (Wiley)  A comprehensive overview of current developments and applications in biofuels production — Process Systems Engineering for Biofuels Development brings together the latest and most cutting-edge research on the production of biofuels. As the first book specifically devoted to process systems

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Less Sugar and More Ethanol, the Survival Mantra for Maharashtra Sugar Mills

by Radheshyam Jadhav (The Hindu Business Line) As Maharashtra sugar mills start crushing season on Thursday they have a target to fulfil — not to produce excess sugar but produce 104 crore litres of ethanol. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), the country’s sugar industry has to plan to

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

New Star-Studded Netflix Doc Suggests Regenerative Agriculture Will Solve the Climate Crisis — Exclusive

by Sophie Hirsch (Green Matters)  To significantly mitigate the climate crisis, there are a lot of problems humans need to solve — and as the new Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground suggests, one of the biggest problems is right under your feet: the soil. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring music from

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Gradable™ to Present Grain Carbon Scoring Program to California Air Resources Board

(Yahoo! News/Business Wire) First-of-its-kind model provides unique win-win for farmers, grain buyers, consumers, and environment  —  Gradable™, the leading technology and services provider for scoring, sourcing, and pricing Low-Carbon Grain from farm to fork, today announced it’s been invited by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to demonstrate how its program

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Collaborates with TOTAL Cray Valley to Develop Renewable Isoamylene

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), announced today that it has signed a joint development agreement with TOTAL Cray Valley, part of TOTAL’s Polymers division to upgrade fusel oils from ethanol production into renewable Isoamylene. Isoamylene is predominately used in a diverse set of applications, including resins, pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals,

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

New Feedstock Options and Trends Boost Biodiesel Production

by Brian Levine (Greasezilla/Biofuels Digest) .. While vegetable oils, especially soybean oil, are the primary feedstocks for U.S. biodiesel production, biodiesel can be created from nearly any feedstock that contains free fatty acids (FFA). Since feedstocks can represent up to 80 percent of operational expenses for production, the use of

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Biodiesel Plant Tour

(Renewable Energy Group)  Do you know how clean burning biodiesel is made? Take a tour through an REG biorefinery to see the process happen from beginning to end, and learn about the continuously improving, sustainable biodiesel production process. Learn more about biodiesel and all of its benefits at regi.com. READ

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Engines Due to the Use of FAME

(LifePR)   The project “Formation of deposits and prevention of deposits of biodiesel” carried out at the University of Rostock shows that the use of biodiesel in modern engine systems leads not only to the reduction of greenhouse gases, particles and hydrocarbon emissions but also to the prevention of internal diesel

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe Ethanol Production Plant to Generate Excess Electricity

(ESI Africa) Green Fuel’s ethanol facility in Chisumbanje, Zimbabwe is expanding its mill operations with a new high-pressure boiler to increase energy recovery.  … Leandro Magro, steam turbines manager at Zest WEG, said the equipment is destined for the new sugar cane crushing mill #6 at Green Fuel’s state-of-the-art ethanol facility

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are the Key to Successful Ag and Reversing the Climate Crisis

(Poet/Wallaces Farmer) Yields increase while most markets idle. Biofuels are the exception and are again poised for growth, bringing profitability to farmers and clean air to consumers. … The potential of agriculture to combat the climate crisis is just beginning. Plants like corn soak up carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Italian Refiner Saras Plans Cost Cuts, Biofuel Expansion

(Reuters/Today)  Italian oil refiner Saras <SRS.MI> is targeting cost savings of 120 million euro ($141 million) to weather a slow recovery in fuel demand due to coronavirus and plans to boost biofuel output to meet tightening environmental regulations, its CEO told Reuters. Italian oil refiner Saras <SRS.MI> is targeting cost

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

ANL Releases 2020 Updates to GREET Models

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 announced the 2020 release of the suite of Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) models. GREET is a life-cycle analysis tool that can be used to examine the energy and environmental effects

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Global Fuel Standards Are Pushing the Dirtiest Oil out of the Market

by Michael J. Coren (Quartz) Not all oil is equal. We think of petroleum as equivalent whether it comes from the ground in Saudi Arabia or Texas. But that’s not quite right. There are hundreds of grades of fuels out there, each with different carbon footprints—and different impacts on the climate.

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

SWEN Capital Partners Raises €175m for Renewable Gas Projects

(Bioenergy Insight) SWEN Capital Partners has announced the final closing of its SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT), Europe’s first infrastructure fund dedicated to renewable gases. The fund raised €175 million, exceeding its target amount of €120 million. SWIFT is SWEN Capital Partners’ first impact fund and invests directly in

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Ductor to Develop 200 Biogas and Organic Fertiliser Projects

(Biofuels International) Finnish-Swiss biotech firm Ductor has closed funding from BW Group to develop 200 new biogas and sustainable organic fertiliser projects over three years. Ductor will develop the projects in the EU and North America after receiving a significant investment from BW Group, a major maritime group in the

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

From Farm to Product: How Agricultural Improvements Have Cross Sectoral Benefits

(BioChannel TV)  This panel will discuss how a national clean fuel standard can directly incentivize innovative agricultural practices like biostimulants, alternative fertilizers, and crop enhancements to create a more sustainable supply chain not only for fuels, but also the wide variety of biobased products that rely on the same supply

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: How Regenerative Ag Benefits Farmers in General Mills’ Key Sourcing Regions

by Nate Birt (Farm Journal Ag Web) Over the past year, a wave of global food companies have transitioned their focus from sustainable to regenerative agriculture. General Mills—maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt, Nature Valley granola bars and Pillsbury desserts, among its more than 100 brands—has been doing that for years.

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

What Can Gulf Countries Do to Help Grow the Use of Green Fuels in Shipping?

by Lars Liebig (Uniper Energy DMCC/The National)  The global shipping industry has pledged to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050  — Untapped potential. That is the best way to describe today’s maritime biofuels sector in the Gulf. And that is surprising. There is a dearth of this green fuel, despite the

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Heats up with Slurry of 2020 Deals, Big Players Involved, Chevron, BP, Brightmark, Aemetis, Verbio, Greenlane Renewables

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Brightmark and Chevron just formed a joint venture to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane. Greenlane Renewables signed a $5.8 million contract with Brightmark. Construction started in Ohio on a $33 million RNG project. Verbio’s RNG facility slated to

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

The Killer Cactus

(KTN News) Laikipia residents decry of Opuntia Cactus that is slowly chocking livelihood. At 20:00  using destructive cactus to make biogas. WATCH VIDEO

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

U-Haul Purchases First Million Gallons of Renewable Propane

by Michael Bates (NGT News) U-Haul has unveiled its latest green initiative, with the purchase of its first million gallons of renewable propane, which is available to customers at U-Haul autogas facilities across Southern California. U-Haul, the largest retailer of propane in the U.S., teamed with Suburban Propane Partners, a nationwide distributor of

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Keeping It Clean: U.S. Ethanol Producers Invest in Sanitizer for Long Haul

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  … Red River and several other companies now view the hand sanitizer market as more than a temporary salve for weak fuel demand, making permanent investments in production of high-grade alcohol that meets standards for producing sanitizer. In recent months Pacific Ethanol PEIX.O, Green Plains GPRE.O and Highwater Ethanol HEOL.PK have

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Olam Palm Obtains Authorizations for Biofuel Production in Gabon

(Agence Ecofin/Energy Mix Report)  On track to produce biofuel from palm oil in Gabon, the Singaporean multinational Olam Palm has obtained all regulatory authorizations. Olam Palm’s plan to build a biofuel production plant has just seen progress. The company, majority controlled by the Singaporean group Olam international, received all the related

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

The UK and Decarbonizing Transport

by Brian Healy (Ethanol Producer Magazine/U.S. Grains Council)  Through expanded ethanol use, the U.K. has an opportunity to meet its decarbonization objectives and support the domestic facilities that have gone offline. The country should build on its established technical knowledge for E5 as it moves to E10. Consultations about decarbonizing

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Recovery Readout

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A survey of ethanol plant CEOs and general managers shows the COVID-19 downturn had a significant impact on their operations. Most producers have substantially ramped up production since spring, but a full recovery is expected to take many months. … About 84% of CEOs

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Emerald Biofuels Wins Millions in Texas Tax Incentives on Port Arthur Project

(Newsbreak/BizJournals) Chicago-based Emerald Biofuels LLC has won nearly $15 million in Texas tax incentives on a renewable diesel project in Port Arthur, Texas, about 90 miles east of Houston. Emerald has reached an agreement under Texas Tax Code Chapter 313 with Port Arthur Independent School District to limit the taxable value of the project

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article
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