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Farm Bureau Details COVID-19 Impact on Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Agricultural commodity prices are taking big hits from the COVID-19 emergency, and one of the most hard hit sectors is ethanol, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). … Abiding by travel restrictions, people are driving far less, pushing down demand for both oil and ethanol made from

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Biofuel Plan in Limbo as Problems in Sugarcane Production Mount

by Norman Harsono & Wahyoe Boediwardhana  (Jakarta Post) Indonesia’s plan to roll out sugarcane-based biogasoline will miss another deadline this year as upstream problems in the country’s sugarcane heartland remain unsolved. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued five years ago a regulation mandating the nationwide use of 10 percent

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

(BioCycle Magazine) A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world. These estimates form the basis of an outlook for biogas and biomethane supply and

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

VTT to Assess Bio- and Waste-Based Oils Suitable for Power Plants and Ships

(VTT)  In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. The aim is to determine the most ecologically and economically sustainable way to replace fossil fuels. … Internal-combustion engine

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Industries’ Vision Sees Hope Amongst COVID-19

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  …  Once our nation gets through the current uncertainty that is ahead of us in the near term, I believe the future of biodiesel and renewable diesel in America is extremely bright. … Biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel will be recognized as

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Grassley Urging USDA to Aid Ethanol Industry through CCC

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said today that he will send a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to use the Commodity Credit Corporation to help the ethanol industry. Grassley said he did not know exactly how the ethanol industry should

April 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Restore Workshop Presentations and Workshop Summary Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has released the “Bio-Restore Workshop Summary Report.” This report summarizes the results of a BETO-sponsored public workshop held at Argonne National Laboratory on September 25–26, 2019. The Bio-Restore Workshop brought together experts to

April 8, 2020 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Europe Glycerine Spot Prices Post Triple-Digit Rises on Fears of further Biodiesel Output Cuts

by Samantha Wright (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) European glycerine spot prices faced triple digit increases this week as availability tightened significantly, with players concerned that upstream biodiesel production will fall further through the second quarter. Refined vegetable glycerine prices shot up €130/tonne on the low end and €230/tonne on the high

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Article: How COVID-19 Will Affect Global Biofuels Demand

(IHS Markit/FO Licht)  There is also early evidence that as restrictions have been lifted in China, more people there are preferring to travel by private cars or taxis rather than taking public transport—it is highly likely this will happen in Europe too. … For the EU-27, diesel demand in 2020

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Renewable Energy Portfolio & Opportunity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to All Things Iowa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At last week’s Digest webinar, Mark Laurenzo from the Iowa Economic Development Authority shared this illuminating presentation on Iowa’s key value propositions, activity from the biosciences industry in the state where bioscience R&D expenditures per capita is 30% higher than the national figure, how there

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

4 New Opportunities for Ethanol Facilities, Thanks to Breakthrough Membrane Technology

by Joel Stone (ConVergInce Advisers/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A unique and affordable membrane technology exhibiting extremely low fouling rates can offer significant benefits to dry mill ethanol operations, especially on streams containing protein and oil components. First opportunity: Recover soluble protein, oil, and insolubles from stillage backset … Second Opportunity:

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

World Energy Doubles Down on Biodiesel Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) “In our space, on a myopic level, we are so used to getting battered around, we’ll get through this too—but on a broader level the dynamics in which we operate will be substantially different,” said Gene Gebolys, founder and CEO of World Energy, one of the

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio and Synthetic LNG Offer Viable Pathway towards Decarbonization

(SEA-LNG/NGV Journal)  SEA-LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition, has released the latest in its series of independently conducted reports. The CE Delft study analyses the availability and costs of bio-LNG and synthetic-LNG and concludes that both could become available in sufficient quantities to make a contribution towards future decarbonization for the shipping

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Biofuels Cheaper by Putting Plants to Work

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Biofuels are an important part of the broader strategy to replace petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels that we use today. However, biofuels have so far not reached cost parity with conventional petroleum fuels. One strategy to make biofuels more competitive is to make plants do some

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Dropping Biofuel Mandate Would Be a Toxic Blow for the Industry

by Theodor Goumas (ART Fuels Forum/EurActiv) Last week, a large group of EU-based biofuel producers and associations raised a red flag over reports that some member states are considering or are already dropping the mandates on renewable energy in transport in view of the COVID-19 crisis. Indeed, scrapping these mandates would

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Ethanol Distributors, Producers in Crisis Management Mode

by Phillip Herring (S&P Global Platts)  Ethanol distributors and producers in Brazil have been adapting to the plunge in domestic demand caused by coronavirus pandemic. Special crisis management teams at each of the largest ethanol firms have been organized to meet on a regular basis to develop and implement strategies to

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

USGC Engagement Helps US Ethanol Fill Australian Fuel Needs

(Aberdeen News/U.S. Grains Council)  U.S. ethanol is helping meet fuel supply needs in Australia — the result of a domestic supply gap and engagement by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its ethanol industry partners. “U.S. ethanol is not subject to tariffs into Australia, per the terms of the Australia–United States Free

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s B40 Stalls Amid Coronavirus

by Lauren Moffitt (Argus Media) Indonesia is delaying implementation of its 40pc biodiesel blending (B40) programme indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trials were due to begin in March with a roll-out planned for 2021. The government is eager to push higher blending mandates to reduce reliance on expensive foreign oil and support the

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

How Badly Is COVID-19 Slamming Biofuels Industry? 30% Reduction of Ethanol Production Capacity, Nearly Half Offline in Coming Weeks?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … RFA told The Digest that about 4.4 billion gallons of capacity has come offline since March 1, plus what was already idle, the total is about 5.2 billion gallons idle – that’s approximately 30% of the industry’s total. Growth Energy told The Digest

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Seeks Bailout to Weather ‘Collapsing Demand’

(Reuters/NewsMax Finance) The U.S. biofuel industry has asked the Trump administration for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help it survive a demand slump triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The funds could be used to offset a portion

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanol as a “Future-Proof” Fuel

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuels Strategies)  … Recently, I wrote a primer for the Methanol Institute entitled, Methanol: A Future-Proof Fuel. Polygeneration, the ability to scale efficiently and cost-effectively, its versatility in so many products and applications including transportation fuels, its biodegradability and its history of safe production, use and handling

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Agriculture and Bioeconomy: EIB Approves €700 Million of Financing under the Investment Plan for Europe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

(European Investment Bank) Financing is guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and will help make the sector more resilient in light of Covid-19; New financing targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector; The EIB programme loan will amount to €700 million and

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked Bioeconomy Stories of the Week

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Amidst a tsunami of wall-to-wall ‘Rona coverage, a series of storylines have been lost in the shuffle that will have impacts near and wide-ranging for the bioeconomy, some of them relating directly to testing, scale-up and deployment of health remedies — some in the broader

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Hope New Seed-Based Miscanthus Hybrid Can Be Used as Feedstock for Biochemicals

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) “These seeded hybrids are vital to our future business model and the rapid deployment of miscanthus as part of the climate change solution.”  —  Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) Aberystwyth University, with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Tequila’ Powered Biofuels More Efficient than Corn or Sugar: Ethanol from Agave Could Be Used for Biofuels and Hand Sanitiser

by Marcus Storm (University of Sydney) The plant better known for making tequila requires no irrigation and produces comparable or better yields of ethanol than sugar or corn. Economic analysis shows a first-generation crop will need government support to kickstart an industry, researchers say. The agave plant used to make

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Ace Approved to Generate D3 RINs from Corn Kernel Fiber Ethanol

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) In late March, U.S. EPA approved Ace Ethanol’s Part 80 registration for the new D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. To participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and generate renewable identification numbers (RINs), renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

New Capital Investment in Clean Fuels Will Help Drive Canada’s Economic Recovery and Growth

(Advanced Biofuels Canada) Clean Fuel Standard is key to attracting over $12 billion in advanced biofuels projects — … To inform clean fuel sector development, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) conducts an annual member survey to capture project-based data on capital investments in advanced biofuels and synthetic fuel production capacity and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Prices under Pressure Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The vegetable oil markets are currently extremely calm. The coronavirus pandemic is creating pressure in the financial and commodities markets and also pulling down spot prices for oilseeds and byproducts. Above all, crude oil has lost substantial ground in the wake of the oil output dispute between OPEC and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: Boost in Consumption of US Biomass-Based Diesel Expected

(The Fuels Institute/Biodiesel Magazine) U.S. biomass-based diesel, comprised of both biodiesel and renewable diesel, has increased rapidly in a relatively short time span to become a leading source of alternative transportation fuel. According a new report released March 26 by the Fuels Institute, “Biomass-Based Diesel: A Market and Performance Analysis,” biomass-based diesel

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Chemicals: A 2020 Update

Ed de Jong, Heinz Stichnothe, Geoff Bell and Henning Jørgensen (EIA Bioenergy) Since the first issue of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 report on bio-based chemicals in 2011, the importance of a circular economy has become evident. In the transition to a circular economy, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Lower Ethanol Demand Could Impact Planting Decisions

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday estimates planted acres for corn this year at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. But when farmers were surveyed a month ago, coronavirus had yet to have the impact it is now having on ethanol

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Expects Global Renewable Diesel Demand to Surge over Next Decade

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts)  Finnish refiner and biodiesel producer Neste expects the worldwide demand for renewable diesel to surge in the next decade, driven by increased demand for sustainable road and air transport as well as renewable chemical and polymer products. The global renewable diesel demand is estimated

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

The Crisis Dashboard – Health, Economy, Climate, Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Using the latest data available, The Digest published this “Crisis Dashboard” visual guide showing what’s going on with ethanol retail prices, liquid energy commodity prices, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, retail fuel prices, RIN prices and volumes, equities, crop prices, low carbon fuel standard

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Today’s Corn Farmers Leave A Zero Carbon Footprint

(South Dakota Farmer’s Union) In addition to feeding and fueling the world, farmers across the Corn Belt are helping sequester carbon by raising corn for ethanol, livestock feed and Fourth of July barbecues.  “Corn is one of only a handful of grasses (C4) which are superior at extracting carbon dioxide from the

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Tackling Challenges

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) Despite a challenging environment, the global biofuels industry is holding steady and driving ahead with new policies, innovations and legislation to promote more robust growth in the future. In the EU, 2020 marks the deadline for certain greenhouse gas reduction goals, which many nations will struggle to

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Associations Advise EC Caution over Waivers

by Leonidas Kanonis, Giulia Squadrin and Daniel Mackay (Argus Media) European associations representing the biofuels supply chain have sent a letter today (March 24, 2020) to the European Commission addressing potential waivers for biofuels blending mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, addressed to vice president for the European

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plants Could Soon Start Producing for DDGs, Not Ethanol

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb)  Ethanol prices are in a free fall due to fewer people driving and a recent price war. As some ethanol plants shutter production, facilities may start producing for DDGs – not ethanol – to meet the possibility of upcoming Chinese demand. — … “The ethanol

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Focus Forward from Challenge to Opportunity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook

y Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook, an annual publication that provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Rex Idles NuGen Plant, Explores Carbon Sequestration Project

Rex American Resources Corp. released fiscal fourth quarter financial results on March 26. The company discussed a potential carbon capture and sequestration project under development at its One Earth Energy plant in Illinois and discussed the impact of COVID-19 on plant operations. During an earnings call, Stuart Rose, executive chairman

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The Coronavirus and Ethanol Demand Destruction

by Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs (FarmDocDaily)  … One implication of the virus-related restrictions is that people are driving much less than before, which means that gasoline and ethanol use are declining. The impact on the price of ethanol has been swift and severe, as shown in Figure 1. The

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

US Fuel Ethanol Producer Valero Shuts Two Plants, Declares FM

by Alex Snodgrass (Independent Commodity Intelligence Service) US fuel ethanol producer and refiner Valero is closing two of its ethanol plants and declaring force majeure on shipments of dried distillers grains or corn purchases, according to sources. The force majeure is due to lack of storage availability for corn or ethanol

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Green Footprint for Fleets: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out Part 2 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that focuses on biodiesel’s on-road heavy-duty emission benefits, why they consider biodiesel as “liquid solar energy”, how 3 billion gallons of biodiesel used in the U.S. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 25

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Looking beyond the Headlines during COVID-19 Pandemic

by Gerard J. Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (below50/Leatherstocking LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The 1 – 2 punch of the COVID-19 economic hit and the Saudi – Russian fight over oil markets have combined to collapse the price of oil. Low oil prices obviously do not bode well for the uptake

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production: What Next for Zim?

by Nyasha Kavhiza (The Herald) A technical analysis of the current situation will point to the lack of feedstock as the main problem stalling biodiesel production in Zimbabwe. … Instead of discarding the project all together, the Government and all stakeholders involved ought to glean lessons from the experience and address the

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The Secret Sauce: Industry Partnerships Key to Advancing Bio-Based Chemicals and Fuels

by Asanga Padmaperuma (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) … Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories study the development of chemicals and fuels with the use of cost-effective, renewable carbon sources, while working closely with the bioenergy industry. In support of the DOE mission, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) experts in

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plants to Be Set up at Kawardha, Pandaria, Balod and Ambikapur

(The Pioneer) The state cabinet in a meeting on Tuesday gave nod for establishing ethanol plants at cooperative sugar mills of Kawardha, Pandaria, Balod and Ambikapur. The plants will be set up under a public-private-partnership mode, an official sources said.  READ MORE Chhattisgarh state cabinet OKs ethanol plants co-located at four coop

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo’s JV Partner Secures 80 Acre Site for Renewable Fuel Facility Near Medicine Hat, Ab

(Cielo) Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CMC.CN)(CWSFF) (“CIELO”/”Company”) announces that Renewable U Medicine Hat Inc. (“Renewable U Medicine Hat”) has informed CIELO that it has secured an agreement in principle to purchase 80 acres of land in Cypress County, Alberta, which is near Dunmore, approximately 3 kilometers southeast of Medicine Hat. Renewable

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? The Diesel Market, Feedstock Options and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While things are topsy turvy around the world right now, Part 1 to this visual National Biodiesel Board slide guide takes us on an industry overview, the diesel vehicle market forecast, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market (and yes, they are different!), a look

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Vertimass LLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Vertimass seeks to commercialize novel catalytic technology for low cost conversion of ethanol into hydrocarbon fuels to overcome obstacles that limit ethanol use in gasoline for light duty vehicles and open up new ethanol markets for aircraft and heavy-duty vehicles as well as for chemicals. Vertimass

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ICCT: Potential Biomass-Based Diesel Production in the United States by 2032

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) One of the biggest issues I’ve been working on in my consulting practice over the last year is related to the scale up of renewable diesel (RD also known as hydrogenated vegetable oil or HVO). Who is investing? Where are the facilities going to be

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Where Are We? March 2020 Digest Data Dashboard, The Bioeconomy, By the Numbers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride and here are the numbers to visualize what is going on.  In today’s Digest, a graphic look at Dow Jones Industrials, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, liquid energy commodity prices, retail fuel prices, ethanol retail prices,

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Are Biofuels Part of the Carbon Emissions Solution?

by Neil Briscoe (Irish Times)  … “Ireland has one million petrol vehicles,” James Cogan, Ethanol Europe’s industry and policy adviser told The Irish Times. “E10 allows that fleet to cut emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road. Or the amount that would be achieved by replacing 100,000 of

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Prices Hit All-Time Low, Unconfirmed Reports of Plant Shutdowns

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … The downturn in demand for ethanol, which is blended at a 10% rate in almost every gallon of gasoline consumed in the U.S., is coming at a time when ethanol plants were already economically challenged by the Small Refinery Exemptions granted by the Trump

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Calls on Trump Administration to Help Struggling Biofuels Industry

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News) … With many ethanol plants on the verge of shutting down, we implore the Trump Administration to take action that equitably supports all liquid fuel industries—including ethanol producers—during this time of unprecedented  market uncertainty and unrest,” RFA CEO Geoff Cooper said in a new release.

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Raising the Alcohol Content of Europe’s Fuels Could Reduce Carbon Emissions

(Horizon Magazine) By 2030, a fifth of the fuel that motorists put into the petrol tanks of their cars could be alcohol, according to research concluding that new petrol and ethanol blends can reduce carbon emissions from Europe’s transport sector with little additional cost to consumers. … Most petrol now

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil’s Plunge Is an Existential Threat to a Far Cleaner Biofuel

by Fabiana Batista and Tatiana Freitas (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  … The spectacular plunge in the crude market is sparking unprecedented reverberations across commodities and economies, with Brazil’s corn-ethanol producers standing out as a concentration of the pain.It goes to show how the unraveling in the oil market is threatening production of

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

COVID-19 Lowers Corn Demand, Ethanol Price

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A report from University of Illinois Extension shows weak demand for corn for ethanol use, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Production will fall dramatically, it predicts. “Estimates of a 15 to 20 percent reduction in gasoline use seem to be the expectation for

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Building Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts.  —  “The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement,” said Feraidon

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Jokowi’s Plan to Use B40 Biodiesel by 2021 Difficult to Realize: Experts

(The Jakarta Post)  Experts have expressed doubt about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to increase the palm oil content in biodiesel to 40 percent on a mass scale by next year from 30 percent at present. They say producers may fail to meet the increase in demand and the quality

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Blockchain, Ag Futures, CPC Potential for Ethanol Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Commodity Plus Carbon, or CPC can maximize monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector. CPC offers synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon credits, voluntary and futures commodity markets and offers a new trading vehicle with the potential to incentivize good agricultural practices

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrobras Cuts Brazil Gasoline Prices by Near 10%; Sugar Prices Tumble

by  Marta Nogueira, Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras cut gasoline prices at refineries in the country by almost 10% on Thursday, the first cut since this week’s oil price collapse, a move that could boost sugar production and reduce ethanol output. … This move makes retail gasoline more

March 16, 2020 Read Full Article

In Kenya, Herders Turn an Invasive Cactus into Biofuel

by Robert Kibet (Deutsch Welle) The prickly pear cactus has taken over thousands of hectares of grazing land in arid parts of Kenya. Now herders, NGOs and scientists are teaming up to fight back against the prickly menance that’s deadly to livestock. … The invasive Opuntia stricta, or prickly pear, was reportedly

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Despite Tough Times, Study Finds Ethanol and Biodiesel Production Continues to Power Iowa’s Economy

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Economic benefits hampered by RFS exemptions  — Today (March 11, 2020) a new study finds despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting over 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Preem Selects HydroFlex™ for Renewable Fuels Plant with Potential to Save 2.5 Million Tons CO2

(Haldor-Topsoe) o Preem has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex™ renewable fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at their Gothenburg refinery in Sweden. —  o The 16,000 barrels-per-day unit will have a yearly production capacity of approximately one million cubic meters of fuels which corresponds to about 25%

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Middle East’s 1st Plant-Based Water Bottle, Biofoams Made from Seafood Waste, Mushrooms, Bamboo Diapers, Biobowls, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 12th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Abu Dhabi, food and beverage company Agthia Group PJSC is set to launch the Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle made from corn sugar with caps made from sugarcane, and can biodegrade within 80 days. And lots of new biobased packaging solutions are coming out

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the European Union’s Kerosene Demand Be Met by the Amount of Biomass Produced in the EU?

(nova-Institute) Regarding climate change and tackling its mitigation there is no question that the aviation industry has to reduce its greenhouse gas impact and has to shift to alternative fuels. If the European Union wants to achieve its ambitious climate goals, it needs to uncouple it growing kerosene demand from

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Nova Pangaea Partners with Pakistan’s JS Group to Licence Biofuel Technology

(Biofuels International)  Teeside, UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies (NPT) has signed a partnership contract with Pakistan’s JS Group to licence NPT’s technology, which converts waste plant biomass into natural platform chemicals and biofuels. The deal includes a licence for the use of NPT’s REFNOVA end-to-end fractionation process, as well as a

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Student Seeking Farmer Perspectives On AD

(BioCycle Magazine)  Risa Lewis, an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources program at the University of Connecticut, has focused her senior thesis on on-farm anaerobic digestion in the Northeastern United States. A component of Lewis’ thesis is to conduct a survey titled “Farmer Perspectives & Investment

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Promotion of Ethanol to Have Positive Impacts on Energy Security

(The International News) The Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad organised a seminar ‘Sustainable Mobility: Ethanol Talks – Pakistan’, to promote ethanol as a modern and sustainable option for mobility, capable of generating immediate positive impacts on energy security, health, reduction of local air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, says a press

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil’s Epic Crash Reminds Farmers They’re Also Energy Traders

by Isis Almeida, Michael Hirtzer, and Jen Skerritt (Bloomberg) Oil’s nosedive is sending farmers a stark reminder: they also need to be energy traders.  —  Growers have become more vulnerable to energy swings over the past decades as nations from the U.S. to Brazil mandated the use of biofuels. About a

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming

(American Associates/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/EurekAlert!) Biomass fuels derived from various grasses could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon, according to a long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU). In a new paper published in Environmental Science and Technology, the

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Production Can Help Reduce Groundwater Pollution

by Marianne Stein (Illinois Aces) Dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product from corn ethanol processing, is commonly used as feed for cattle, swine and poultry. However, DDGS contains more phosphorus than the animals need. The excess ends up in manure and drains into the watershed, promoting algae production and

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

INA Selects FUTUROL™ Licensed by Axens for Its Project of Advanced Bioethanol Production in Croatia

(Axens)  The Croatian oil and gas company INA has awarded Axens a license agreement to supply Futurol™ cellulosic ethanol technology and contract for basic engineering design of an advanced bioethanol production plant in Sisak, Croatia. Supplying INA with its innovative and sustainable Futurol™ technology for the advanced bioethanol production project marks

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Project Gaia, Inc. Announces a Donation of 23,000 Liters of Ethanol from ADM for Commercial Scale-Up of Ethanol Stoves in Lagos, Nigeria

(Project Gaia) Project Gaia, Inc. announces a donation of 23,000 liters of ethanol from ADM (NYSE: ADM) to assist with the commercial scale-up of ethanol stoves in Lagos, Nigeria. This commercial scale-up follows a successful pilot study conducted in Lagos in 2018-19 by Project Gaia and Forte Oil, now Ardova

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Climate Law Falls Short of Expectations — UFOP: Climate Protection by Consensus and Motivating instead of Using the “Crowbar”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)) The climate law presented today by the EU Commission does not meet the expectations of a previously announced, more ambitious climate protection policy. In order to achieve the net zero emissions target 2050, the conditions for achieving the climate protection target

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UFOP Questions Straw’s Feedstock Potential for “Advanced” Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)   In Germany, UFOP reports that straw is a scarce commodity and not waste, making it a sought-after resource, but that the use of grain straw for biofuels production should take a back seat. UFOP questioned the current political preference in Germany given to biofuels from

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Notice of Request for Public Comment on Updates to Technical Guidelines for Quantifying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Carbon Sequestration at the Entity-Scale for Agriculture and Forestry COMMENTS DUE April 20, 2020

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register) In accordance with Section 2709 of the 2008 Farm Bill, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed technical guidelines and science-based methods to quantify greenhouse gas sources and sinks from the agriculture and forest sectors at the entity-scale. In the report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in

March 7, 2020 Read Full Article

B30 Mixed-Fuel to Absorb 9.6-Million KL of Biodiesel in 2020

(Antara News)  Implementation of the B30 biodiesel fuel program, a diesel fuel blended with 30-percent palm-based biofuel, is expected to absorb 9.6 million kiloliters (KL) of domestic biodiesel in 2020, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated. “The B30 program is expected to absorb 9.6 million kiloliters of domestic biodiesel in

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Seaweed-Lined To-Go Containers, Pepsi’s Molded Pulp 6-Pack Rings, Hydrogen-Powered Arctic Station, “Infinite” Toothbrush, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sit back and just imagine, hanging out at the new International Arctic Station that runs on solar, wind, and hydrogen power, sipping on a Pepsi 6-pack that came in molded pulp rings, eating lunch from a seaweed lined food container, wearing your cool Skechers kicks made

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Rural Climate Action in the U.S. and China

(Wilson Center) In China and the United States–the top two emitters of greenhouse gasses–most climate policies and civil society campaigns have focused on reducing fossil fuels.. At this China Environment Forum (CEF) meeting, speakers will instead shine a light on the need for rural climate action that helps farming communities become

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Building a 100 Percent Clean Future Can Drive an Additional $8 Billion a Year to Rural Communities

by Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Ryan Richards, and Rita Cliffton   (Center for American Progress) Rural communities face many challenges, and climate change is only making matters worse. Flooding and drought are hitting rural communities hard, causing massive financial losses for farmers, who are also facing low commodity prices and bearing the brunt

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Answer Zimbabwe’s Fuel Headache?

by Shingirai Huni (The Herald) Zimbabwe is facing fuel shortages, with long queues now the order of the day at fuel stations. Many motorists now leave their cars at home and use public transport to save money on fuel as prices keep rising. Yet, adopting bio-fuels can help ease the fuel shortages Zimbabwe

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Sharing Ethanol’s Message in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Farm Progress)  U.S. Grains Council attends India’s Auto Expo, works with India to dispel myths about ethanol use.  — Amid India’s Auto Expo, the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. industry partners invited attendees to learn about the economic, environmental and health benefits of increased ethanol use. The show is

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Benson High School Students Tour CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Eighteen students from Benson High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) today to get a closer look at the ethanol production process. During the tour, the students learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment. “We

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Government Biofuel Drive Bring £350m Hull Plant Back to Life?

by David Laister (Business Live)  Saltend facility was mothballed after 11 years of “inaction” over petrol pump policy — … Vivergo, an employer of 150 at Saltend Chemicals Park, closed in September 2018, with only a skeleton maintenance team remaining.  The sprawling plant, owned by AB Sugar, had operated for

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

FPT Industrial Is Investigating Plant-Based Biofuels

(Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)  FPT Industrial a global powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/ MI: CNH),  invested in a production plan and tests dedicated to exploring macaúba biodiesel, with a view to developing a potential new source of sustainable fuel. Macaúba, a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Recruits 1 700 Local Farmers in Kawambwa, but Needs More Farmers to Reach Target of 20 000

(Lusaka Times) About 1700 out of the targeted 20,000 cassava out-grower farmers for the 2019/20 farming season have been captured by Sunbird Bioenergy Africa in Kawambwa District. Company Chief Executive Officer Richard Bennett has confirmed, following the launch of the out-grower scheme by President Edgar Lungu last month, adding that his company

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Bangchak Now Selling B10 at More than 400 Stations in Thailand

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Thai petroleum refining company and fuel retailer Bangchak has started selling B10 at its more than 400 service stations across Thailand.  Calling the fuel “Hi Diesel S B 10,” Bangchak is promoting its higher cetane number, performance, engine-cleaning characteristics, and ability to reduce smog and PM2.5 particulates

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

German Biodiesel Exports of 2.3 Million Tons in 2019 Break Record

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   German foreign trade in biodiesel was very brisk last year. The total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) exceeded the previous year’s level by nearly 20 percent. German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

CM Discusses Bio-Fuel Production from U-mangra

(The Sanghai Express)  Chief Minister N Biren Singh chaired the first general body meeting of Manipur State Biofuel Board at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. … The meeting thoroughly discussed the potential benefits of processing cassava (locally known as U-mangra) into biofuel i.e. ethanol production. The Chief Minister instructed officials to

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Congresswoman Pingree Introduces the Agriculture Resilience Act to Promote Farmer-Driven Climate Solutions Legislation Sets Goal of Reaching Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in U.S. Agriculture by 2040

(Office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)) Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), comprehensive legislation that sets a bold vision of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by the year 2040. “Farming has always been a risky business, but unpredictable, extreme weather patterns are creating

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Government Plans to Double Ethanol Output, Increase Blending to Cut Oil Imports

by Rituraj Tiwari (Economic Times) The enhanced capacity will help meet the government’s target of 10% ethanol blending by 2022. This is likely to reduce the country’s oil imports by 2 million tonnes annually and reduce the oil import bill by Rs 7,000 crore. —  The government is planning to more

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Minding the Cost Gap: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy’s Cost Reduction for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today’s top story, “Mind the Gap,” refers to a rather bleak and disturbing assessment offered by IEA Bioenergy on the prospects for cost-competitive advanced biofuels. The report looked at 89 different organizations and their technologies, and IEA Bioenergy’s Adam Brown told the Forum, “there is

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Economics Of Advanced Biofuels

(BioCycle Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy’s new report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction,”  acknowledges the gap between the cost of the advanced biofuels and current fuel prices, and explains how this gap can be reduced in the medium term through process improvements in designing, building and operating plants, financing costs

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Students Tour CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-four students from Ridgewater College in Wilmar toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol and dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) production. “The students were educated on the ethanol production process and its importance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Added $2.3 Billion to Minnesota’s Economy in 2019

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Despite challenging conditions in 2019, Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2019, the industry produced 1.31 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.6 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS)

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Secures Funding from Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) has been awarded part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia. The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Meeting in the Music City — The 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo Drew Nearly 900 Attendees to Nashville, Tennessee.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … The event drew a diverse mix of technology developers, academia, investors, service and equipment providers, bioenergy plant personnel and a range of other stakeholders who met to gather information, network and collaborate.  Following a day-long preconference workshop focused on biomass preparation, storage and handling, the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

A Decade of Progress in California? Not for Its Recycling Rate

by Jim Stewart (Bioenergy Producers Association/Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance/Biofuels Digest)  The volume of post-recycled municipal solid waste (MSW) being placed in California’s landfills has been steadily climbing for the past decade, during which time the state’s legislature, with its waste management agency following meekly behind, has refused to amend

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: AmericaBio

(AmericaBio/Biofuels Digest)  … Our company develops technologies for the deconstruction of forest and also agricultural biomass for sugars that are used for production of renewable fuels, typically ethanol, and higher value products such as Omega-3, SCP, xylo oligosaccharides (XOS), acetic acid, animal feed proteins. We have a research base in

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Examine the Effect of Palm-Oil Biodiesel on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(AZO Cleantech)  Despite the rising controversy over the sustainability of vegetable oil biofuels, these products are increasingly being utilized as a substitute for fossil fuels.  —  In a recent study headed by the University of Gottingen, scientists analyzed the impact of palm-oil biodiesel on greenhouse gas emissions for the whole life cycle. The scientists

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Ethanol Bill Touted as Good for Farmers and the Environment

by Andrew Deziel (Lonsdale News Review) A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill that would make Minnesota the first state in the nation to embrace E15, or gasoline with 15% ethanol, as the standard. The bill was introduced Monday in the House by Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, and in the Senate

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Shunned Tree that Has Huge Biofuel Potential

by Tim Wanyonyi (Daily Nation) Croton megalocarpus grows naturally in various ecological zones — from the Coast to the highlands of central Kenya and the drylands of the North Rift. It is called Msenefu in Kiswahili, Mukinduri in Gikuyu and Kelelwet in Kipsigis. In these regions, annual rainfalls ranges between 400mm and

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

A Novel Biofuel System for Hydrogen Production from Biomass

(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology/Phys.Org) A novel technology has been developed for hydrogen production from the process, which involves electron that is produced during the decomposition of biomass such as waste wood. The result produced after biomass decomposition is a high value-added compound, and it is a two-stone technology

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

KIST Develops Biofuel Production Process in Cooperation with North American Researchers

(Korea Institute of Science and Technology/EurekAlert!)  Clean biofuel produced using genetic engineering and environmentally friendly solvents. International joint research by Korean, US, and Canadian research teams raises anticipation of the development of sustainable biofuel production technology  — Biofuel is often touted as a clean fuel, but the fact that it is

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Prepares for Battle in Switzerland… Malaysia Lobbies in the UK … The 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) Debate ….

(Palm Oil Monitor)  This week Indonesia and the EU are meeting in Geneva for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over the introduction of the measure. Over the past few months Indonesian lawmakers and

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Your Ride for a More Stable Climate: Scientists Measure the Climate Benefits of Alternatives to Petroleum Fuels

(National Science Foundation) Transportation produces a sizable amount of greenhouse gas emissions, largely by using petroleum to power internal combustion engines. Alternatives –- for example, organic materials such as grasses to produce fuels or electricity –- could avoid petroleum use altogether. Now, a team of scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Södra Makes First Delivery of Biomethanol in Sweden for Biodiesel Production

(Biofuels International)  Swedish forest-owner association Södra has made a pilot delivery of biomethanol from the world’s first commercial plant for the sustainable fuel. Customer Emmelev plans to use the biomethanol in its biodiesel production process. The commercial biomethanol plant, which is based at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden, uses

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA’s 30 Year Vision: No Need to Wander Like Moses

by Douglas Duarante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …  presented a 10 year plan for E15 and a 30 year plan for E30 that is neither bold nor visionary and clearly suggests they need to get their vision checked. Thirty years?  Really?  Thirty Years? I guess

February 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailers Meet, Say Ethanol Gas Saves Money and Betters the Environment

(KLKN TV) Fuel retailers met … to discuss ethanol and how using it helps save the planet and some change in your pocket. “We’re excited the people are here and want to learn about how they can help us and help the state and help the environment,” said Scott McPheeters,

February 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Netherlands All for Sustainable Palm Oil, Against EU Biofuel Ban

by Translator: Ricky Mohammad Nugraha (Tempo.co)  The Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands is not backing the European Union biofuel ban that targets Indonesia-produced crude palm oil (CPO). However, Blok asserts that this issue must not be dragged out any further and Indonesia must pursue a sustainable way of producing CPO.  The foreign affairs

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carolina Opportunity Funds Chooses BioEconomy Solutions

(Carolina Opportunity Funds/PR Newswire)  Inaugural Investment for IMPACT Carolina QOZ Fund  — Carolina Opportunity Funds is pleased to announce that BioEconomy Solutions, a technology leader in sustainable agricultural crops for biofuels, animal feed, and food products such as Tiger Nut flour, as the first investment from the company’s IMPACT Carolina Fund,

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

New Framework for Biofuels Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

by  (Business Maverick)  The recently published Biofuels Regulatory Framework is an important step in the attempt to develop a national biofuel industry, but it is far from sufficient to ensure the full benefits of biofuels while minimising the risks.  — On 7 February 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

(American Farm Bureau Federation) Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. The

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Ukraine May Lose the Rapeseed and Corn Markets of the EU — UGA

(APK-INFORM) Ukraine may be banned to supply corn and rapeseed to European Union countries, due to exceeding of the permissible emissions of greenhouse gases in terms of the reporting crops growing, declared the acting Executive Director of Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA), Serhiy Ivaschenko. He reminded that the European demand for rapeseed

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Drive on Bioethanol from Rotterdam

(Port of Rotterdam)  Europe’s largest biorefinery is located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam. Alco Energy Rotterdam converts corn into bioethanol fuel in a production process that generates zero waste. The CO₂ released during the process is transported to greenhouses in Westland and the remaining corn pulp is

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Pathway Approved by ASTM

(Biofuels International)  ASTM International has approved a new production pathway for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), created by Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG).  The new production pathway, which is called catalytic hydrothermolysis jet (CHJ), is expected to help meet the global need for more sustainable aviation fuels.

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

OSU Receives $3.1 Million Research Grant to Improve Sorghum Data and Savings

(Oklahoma State University)  Forage sorghum is being grown in Chickasha as part of the bio-energy research center work on using sorghum in the production of Cellulosic ethanol. Oklahoma received a $3.1 million grant to improve field-level data collection.  — A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Fortum India to Make Valuable Products from Agro-Waste, Delhi to Get Clean Air: Faizur Rehman

(DevDiscourse) Paddy residue burning has been a major cause of air pollution in Delhi but now some companies are coming up with innovative solutions. Fortum India which is constructing a refinery in Assam for making Ethanol from bamboo is also planning to set up an agro-waste refinery in Haryana or

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Plains to Focus on High-Protein Feed Products

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Plains Inc. officials announces plans to transform into an ag tech-focused company that produces sustainable high-protein and novel feed ingredients in addition to biofuels during a fourth quarter earnings call held Feb. 11. “As 2019 continued to be a very challenging year for the

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Innovation and Strategic Orientations for the Development of Advanced Biorefineries

by Giuliano Dragone, Abraham A.J.Kerssemakers, Jasper L.S.P.Driessen, Celina K.Yamakawa, Larissa P.Brumano, Solange I.Mussatto (Bioresource Technology) Advanced biorefineries are seen as key to implement a sustainable biobased economy. • Total valorization of biomass can boost the industrial implementation of biorefineries. • Tailor-made enzymes may increase process performance, reducing loadings and costs.

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

North Dakota Soybean Processors Abandons Spiritwood Energy Park Site

(North Dakota Soybean Processors) After more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Spiritwood, North Dakota. “We made every

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Versalis: Biomass Power Plant Restarted at Crescentino and Bioethanol Production Onstream within the First Half of the Year

(Eni) Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, has announced that all the plants at Crescentino (Vercelli, Piedmont) will be up and running by the first half of 2020. The plant, acquired in November 2018, is designed for industrial-scale production of bioethanol and has been upgraded with an investment of more than 15 million

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria for Acetone and Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s Acetone Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sean Simpson and Michael Köpke from LanzaTech and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on developing and scaling up a novel technology platform for direct conversion of biomass syngas to acetone, which can be converted into a range of fuels and commodities via existing

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Global Ag Commodities – from Crops to Food: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Multi-Slide Guide to ADM’s Oilseeds, Carbs, Nutrition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Archer Daniels Midland manages 10% of global ag commodity volumes, is the largest corn processor in the world and have been around for a while but what are they up to now? Check out this illuminating presentation with an in depth look at their business

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Minister Wants Bio-Ethanol Plant Expedited

(The Tribune)  After the matter was highlighted in The Tribune a few days back, Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today requested Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to intervene and ask the Punjab Government to expedite the process of additional land acquisition for the proposed bio-ethanol

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

FORGE Announces Investment from Shell Ventures and Valent Low-Carbon Technologies — FORGE Builds Biofuel Production Plant in Ontario

(FORGE Hydrocarbons/Globe Newswire)  FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp (“FORGE”), a Canadian biofuel start-up, announces an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a first-of-its-kind CAD$30 million commercial-scale, biofuel production plant in Sombra, Ontario. Clean technology FORGE’s patented Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon (LTH) technology creates renewable jet

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

TATA Projects Wins Order for Bioethanol Plant in India

(Biofuels International)  Indian infrastructure company TATA Projects has received an order from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for its second-generation bioethanol project in Bargarh, Odisha, India. Proposed production capacity for the ethanol plant is 100,000 litres per day; the project is of considerable national significance, since the Indian Government is

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The World Is Running Short of Sugar and Top Buyer Wants More

by Yoga Rusmana and Eko Listiyorini  (Bloomberg)  Just as the world’s top sugar traders forecast a global shortage of the commodity, No. 1 raw-sugar importer Indonesia says it wants a record amount of the sweet stuff. … Global sugar prices have surged about 12 per cent this year for the

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Heartland Banks Have a New Worry in Turbulent Ethanol Business

(American Banker)  Banks in corn country are worried the once booming ethanol business has reached its peak as profits have been pinched by low prices, bad weather and the Trump administration’s moves to curb ethanol use.  The price of a gallon of ethanol is down more than 16% since last summer when

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Sugarcane Plant Mulls Using Corn to Boost Ethanol Output

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters) The world’s largest plant to process sugarcane, Brazil’s Sao Martinho mill in Pradopolis, Sao Paulo state, could add corn as a second source of raw material to be able to boost its ethanol production, the company that controls the plant said on Tuesday. Several cane-based sugar

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Third Tender for Storage Aid Concludes, EU Calls for Patience

(Olive Oil Times)  With 171,000 tons of olive oil removed from the market with no significant effect on olive oil prices, the European Commission said it expects results in due course.  —  In response to a claim from the Spanish government, the European Union applied a crisis management mechanism to help rebalance

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

NextChem’s Portfolio Will Include a New HVO Technology (Renewable Diesel) Focus on US Market

(NextChem) NextChem, the company of Maire Tecnimont Group focused on the Energy Transition, will cooperate with Saola Energy to license a technology for the production of Renewable Diesel, suitable for both small bolt-on facilities and large plants. A roadshow to promote the technology on the American market taking off today from

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

More Access to Ethanol a Win-Win for Ohioans

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/Bucyrus Telegraph) Although Ohio is one of the nation’s leading ethanol producing states, it lags far behind other states in terms of the number of retailers that offer higher blends of ethanol gasoline such as E15 and E85. House Bill 400, introduced by Representative Riordan

February 12, 2020 Read Full Article

NNPC Begins Construction of Kogi Biofuel Refinery

(Punch) The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for its interest in establishing a biofuel refinery in the state. The governor gave the commendation when he received the delegation from the Renewable Energy Department of the NNPC in his office. Bello praised the NNPC for

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

CM Writes to PM Seeking Approval for Bio-ethanol Plant

(Daily Pioneer)  Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking approval for establishment of rice based bio-ethanol plant in the state.  Notable, an application of the state is at present pending before the Union Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in this regard. Citing

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

by Miranda Green  (New Republic)  If politicians no longer coveted that early “Iowa bump,” would they still feel compelled to support ethanol subsidies?  In the wake of Iowa’s caucus vote-counting disaster, political staffers and pollsters alike are reconsidering the state’s “first in the nation to vote” status. The quaint caucuses

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels from Cultivated Biomass Need to Be a Part of the European “Green Deal”

Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  European agriculture urgently needs reliable sales alternatives to stabilise its agricultural revenue. This is one of the central concerns of farmers in the European Union currently taking to the streets. The “Green Deal” announced by the European Commission could and should create the

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Household Waste into Liquefied Biofuel to Save Electricity

by Edgar Brandt (New Era Live)  The founder of Nghishe Biotech, Charles Haluodi, has developed a system to convert organic waste such as food, animal and plant waste, into environmentally friendly flammable gas and organic fertiliser. … He added that biogas is extremely flammable and can be used for cooking,

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo/Agri-Energy Earns Sustainability Certification from an Independent International Watchdog Group, the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a company producing a new generation of low-carbon, drop-in, liquid transportations fuels, has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The certification is for Gevo’s sourcing of sustainable corn at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, and its production of intermediate feedstock Isobutanol. This

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Policy Swings Shutter Iowa’s Biodiesel Plants

by Marc Heller (E&E News) Fifteen years ago, farmers produced so much soybean oil they couldn’t figure out what to with it all. It was good for cooking and salad dressing — and not much more. “We were throwing it away,” recalled Bill Shipley, a farmer and district director with the

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Air Benefits of Ethanol Focus of S.D. Farmers Union President Presentation to United Nations Foundation

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Ethanol lowers carbon emissions by 40 percent and reduces the need for carcinogenic gasoline additives. These health and clean air benefits will be the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke’s presentation to the United Nations Foundation in D.C. today, February 6, 2020. “I’m

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Paraguayan Government Grants ‘Free Zone Regime’ for Omega Green Biofuel Plant

(Biofuels International)  The government of Paraguay has recently granted a Free Zone regime for the Omega Green project, which is being touted as the first advanced biofuels plant in the southern hemisphere. The facility, which will be built by ECB Group at an estimated cost of $800 million (€725.7 million),

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Reports Detail Ethanol, Distillers Grains Exports in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today released a pair of reports summarizing 2019 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. Through a series of charts and graphics, the reports provide industry advocates, policymakers, the media, and general public with the latest information on the important role U.S.

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Supplies Avfuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Banyan Air Service

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer, announced today it has supplied SAF to further support carbon neutrality goals in the aviation industry. Gevo’s customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, delivered SAF to Banyan Air Service (KFXE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they stated that

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Leaders Provide State of the Industry at Int’l Event

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 industry stakeholders to Nashville, Tennessee, where, following an awards ceremony, a roundtable discussion with biomass association leaders covered topics including the state of the industry, tax and renewable energy policies, carbon markets, politics, and the message

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok to Engage Europe on Direction of Malaysian Oil Palm Industry

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) Malaysia will engage four European countries next week on the direction of the Malaysian oil palm industry, to address the widespread anti-palm oil campaign in the continent. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said she would expound on the four policies of the national oil palm industry to government representatives

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Using 10 pc Biofuel for First Time, IAF”s AN-32 Aircraft Conducts Flight Ops at Leh

(Outlook India/PTI)  In a first, an IAF AN-32 aircraft powered with 10 per cent blend of Indian bio-fuel conducted flight operations at one of the highest airports in the world in Leh”s Kushok, according to an official statement. Bio-jet fuel is produced from non-edible “tree borne oils”, grown and procured

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Thirst for Biodiesel May Undercut Global Palm Oil Supply

by Nur Yasmin and Ridho Syukra (Jakarta Post) The Indonesian Palm Oil Association, or Gapki, said on Monday that Indonesia is likely to use up 8.3 million tons of palm oil to meet domestic demand for biodiesel this year, raising concerns there won’t be enough palm oil left to export. The government began mandatory use of B30 – diesel

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article
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