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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

Enyzmes and Microbes Innovation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’ Biology Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 20 product launches in one year is impressive and Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions focusing on enzymes and microbes, but even leaders hit road bumps. While Novozymes had some improvement in the second half of 2019, they still had “unsatisfactory 2019 sales

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Bioeconomy M&A Deal Review & Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest published today a 2020 Deal Review and Outlook Bioeconomy M&A visual guide that looks at the slurry of recent mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy like Lygos and Librede, NuSeed and Agrisoma, FinCo Fuels and GoodFuels, The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum, Aemetis and Goodland

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

LLNL Report Lays out Technology Pathways for California to Become Carbon-Neutral and Then -Negative by 2045; 3 Pillars of Negative Emissions

(Green Car Congress) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. To achieve the goal of carbon-neutrality, California will likely have to remove on the order of 125 million tons per year of CO2 from the atmosphere. In the report,

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

ASTM Approves ARA’s Synthetic Kerosene Process for the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(GreenAir Online)  A new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) specification has been approved for commercial airline use by standards development organisation ASTM International, with support from the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The new annex to the SAF specification D7566 establishes criteria for the production and use of catalytic hydrothermolysis jet

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Production in the Philippines Expected to Increase

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service’s annual biofuels report for the Philippines says the country is poised to produce more ethanol in 2019 and 2020 than it did in 2018. The increase, the report says, is due to more efficient utilization of the country’s production capacity.

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmers Are Poised to Tackle Climate Change With Technology and Innovation

by Jamey Mulligan and Moira McDonald (Morning Consult/World Resources Institute/Walton Family Foundation) American farmers know all too well the effects of our changing climate. If it’s not flooding, it’s drought, then flooding again. But American farmers — whether they know it or not — have also been quietly fighting the effects

February 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmer Sees Advancements in Technology, Biodiesel after Returning to the Farm

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)An Illinois farmer has seen advancements in technology and biodiesel first-hand after being away from the farm for several years. Scott Gaffner grew up on a grain and dairy farm in Greenville. High operating costs and low commodity prices led him to look for different opportunities.

February 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Pertamina Ends Deal with Italy’s Eni for Palm Oil Fuel Project -Pertamina CEO

by Wilda Asmarini  (Reuters) Indonesia state energy company PT Pertamina has ended a partnership with Italian oil, gas and power firm Eni SpA to process palm oil into fuel, Pertamina’s chief executive told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. Pertamina’s Nicke Widyawati said during the hearing that Eni required internationally recognised certification for

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

INA 2G-Ethanol Plant Project Basic Engineering in Croatia

(De Smet Engineers & Contractors)  De Smet Engineers & Contractors (DSEC) has started working on a Basic Engineering contract for the Croatian Oil & Gas Company INA, covering the OSBL portion of a 2G Ethanol (2nd generation) project to be built in Sisak, near Zagreb. The feedstock will be locally

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

‘It Damages Machines’: PLN Averse to Pure Palm oOil in Its Diesel Power Plants

by Norman Harsono (Jakarta Post)  Over the past five years, state-owned electricity company PLN has been intensifying the use of palm oil in its diesel-fired power plants but, going forward, the company is intent on slowing down usage out of technical concerns. PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Tuesday that

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Who’s the Mystery Date? Green Hydrogen for Renewable Diesel’s Stealthy Project

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) From Planet Houston we’ve heard that ENGlobal inked a $20 million to supply process modules that will be used to construct a complete hydrogen production facility. The plant will be a major component of an otherwise unidentified renewable diesel facility with an expected maximum production of

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: IPREFER: New Cash Crop for Aviation Fuel

by Winthrop Phippen (IPREFER/CAFFI)  READ MORE

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: CoverCress Inc.: Adding Farmer Revenue by Providing the 1st Low Carbon Intensity Cash Cover Crop on Unused Land Over Winte

by Cris Handel (CoverCress Inc./CAAFI) Our conclusions from interactions with 500+ farmers over the last 3 years:  CoverCress harvest date and $50+/acre cash margin (via yield) are the top 2 drivers for farmers.  Post corn harvest planting methods fit enough farmers for 3 years in the southern half

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Synthetic Carbon Based Fuels for Transport

(The Royal Society)  The need to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from all human activities has never been clearer. One area requiring urgent action is the transition from the use of fossil fuels for transport. Whilst the decarbonisation of electricity is progressing and many transport modes can feasibly be electrified,

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Versatile Ethanol Molecule: Ethylene, with a Similar Molecular Structure to that of Ethanol, Has Enormous Market Opportunity around the World.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Knock a water molecule off ethanol and you’ll get ethylene, C2H4—the most widely produced organic chemical globally that is the basis for scores of other chemicals and hundreds (maybe thousands) of products, from antifreeze and surfactants to synthetic fibers, plastics and packaging. Global

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Two New Standards to Support National B20 Biodiesel Fuel Programme

(Bernama/The Edge Markets) The Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) has developed two new Malaysian standards, namely MS123-4 High PME diesel fuel — Specification — Euro 2M and MS 123-5 High PME diesel fuel — Specification – Euro 5, in support of the national B20 biodiesel programme. B20 is a blend

January 30, 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),

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Cooperative Producers Adds E15 at Axtell and Red Cloud Locations

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KTIC) The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) applauds Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) for adding E15 at their fuel sites in Axtell, Nebraska, and Red Cloud, Nebraska. These additions are CPI’s fifth and sixth locations selling E15 in the state including locations in Clay Center, Funk, Giltner, and Juniata. “As a

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Industry Seeks Long-Term Ethanol Pricing Formula

by Preeti Bhagat (Cogensis) The sugar industry has asked the Prime Minister’s Office to announce a long-term pricing formula for ethanol to attract more investment. It has also asked the government to announce the method used to calculate ethanol prices, which will bring about transparency and assure investors of long-term stability in

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Low-oil DDGS Provides Less Energy, More Protein in Pig Diets

(University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Given greater oil-extraction efficiencies at corn ethanol plants, the resulting coproducts, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), are lower in fat. That means less energy for pigs and other livestock consuming DDGS as part of their diet, according to

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Portuguese Tech Institute to Produce Advanced Biofuels from Tree-Pruning-Waste

by João Ernesto Fonseca  (Euractiv/Lusa)A project to use the waste from pruning vines and fruit trees to produce advanced biofuel is being developed at the BLC3 Campus of Technology and Innovation in Oliveira do Hospital, the campus president said. EURACTIV’s partner Lusa.pt reports. The BLC3 association “is developing a circular

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Bigger, Better Crops Combat Climate Change

by Michael Robin (Western Producer)  Carbon from bigger crops and more robust plants like this hybrid canola, and their larger root systems, is being sequestered at higher rates than it was in the past from annual cropping. As well, new breeding technologies are enhancing that with every breeding cycle.  — 

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Soaring Demand Seen Driving French Ethanol Sales to New Record This Year

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters) Ethanol sales in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and a wider availability in petrol stations, French ethanol producer group SNPAA said on Tuesday. A decline in diesel demand and the

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Plan to Make E20 Fundamental Petrol

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post) The Energy Ministry plans to promote gasohol E20 as the fundamental petrol in the third quarter in a bid to become the first country in Asia to use ethanol as a core fuel. This enforcement will make E20 available at every petrol station nationwide. At present, there

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article
    Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics   —   February 6, 2020   —   online from Miami Beach, FL

Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics — February 6, 2020 — online from Miami Beach, FL

The discussion will highlight alternatives to gasoline aromatics that benefit public health, the environment/climate change, national security, and the economy. These solutions could be implemented in the upcoming Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. Governors, public health, environmental, energy, public policy, and media experts will present new data and discuss

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

by Akhtar Ali (The Express Tribune)  …  There are six possible raw material routes for making biodiesel. These are vegetable sources – palm oil, rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed, canola, jojoba, jatropha and others; waste vegetable oil or used cooking oil as it is called; animal fats like tallow, lard, yellow grease and

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Project at U of I Will Measure Bioenergy Crop Carbon Emissions

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.3 million grant to a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops grown in central

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The New Carbon Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization and Management

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Electrification and batteries can’t remove the need for carbon,and a more sustainable economy is not a low-carbon economy as much as it will be a renewable carbon based economy, according to Ian Rowe, Technology Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Check out

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA. The

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

TATA Projects to Execute Bio-Ethanol Project

(BigNewsNetwork.com/ANI/PRNewswire)  … (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) BPCL’s order is for its 2G Bio Ethanol Project at Bargarh, Odisha. The proposed production capacity of this plant is 100 KL per day of Second Generation Ethanol. This project is significant since the Government of India is encouraging the production of cellulosic ethanol

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Flying High on Biobased Waste Oils: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG’s SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG recently announced the first dedicated European SAF production unit, but how do we accelerate market growth for sustainable aviation fuel? That’s a question SkyNRG is tackling by talking about challenges with scaling up and how to meet those challenges head on. Check out Misha Valk,

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Peru’s Ethanol Consumption, Production Expected to Increase

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) According to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report, filed with the Global Agricultural Information Network, Peru is expected to produce and consume more ethanol in 2019 than it did in 2018. “Peruvian ethanol production in 2019 is forecast at 180 million liters, an increase of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Capture Carbon Dioxide to Reduce Climate Change

by John R. Snyder (Post Register)  …  That is, to reverse climate change, carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere must be removed and new emissions of CO2 must stop. … Carbon dioxide from coal and industrial plant emissions and the atmosphere can be captured, stored and recycled into most of the

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Eye on Biodiesel Winners Showcase an Image of Success

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight visionaries and ones to watch in the biodiesel industry —  The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to biodiesel. From long-time champions to present-day breakthroughs, the commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

WPI Professor Expands Green Energy Research with $2M DOE Grant — Chemical Engineer Works to Turn Yard Waste and Food Waste into Biofuel

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytech Institute) Chemical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are broadening attempts to convert waste into environmentally friendly biofuels, lowering reliance on fossil fuels, cutting the amount of municipal waste going into landfills, and reducing water pollution and unhealthy emissions from petroleum products and landfills. Michael Timko, associate

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Thai Energy Ministry Encourages Motorists to Use Biodiesel to Reduce Smog

(Star Online/Xinhua)  A thick layer of smog covers central Bangkok. Thailand’s Ministry of Energy on Tuesday (Jan 21) suggested motorists to use biodiesel B10 and B20 to curb aggravating smog that is currently gripping the country —  Thailand’s Ministry of Energy on Tuesday (Jan 21) suggested motorists to use biodiesel

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Balrampur Chini Sees Government Push for Ethanol Bringing Stability for Sugar Suppliers

by Chandrakant Mahapatra (Bloomberg Quint)  The government’s ethanol push will bring about predictability for sugar suppliers as a glut has forced them to keep prices low, according to Vivek Saraogi, managing director of Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd.—one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of the sweetener. “I see a lot of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Dept. of Energy’s View on Transportation and National Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Transportation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With 3 trillion vehicle miles in the U.S. and 11 billion freight tons, transportation is key to our way of life, and the Department of Energy realizes it hits our national energy usage in many ways. That’s why they are researching it all levels from components

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Federal Program in Force Now: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RenovaBio & Brazil’s Carbon Reduction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Working as an M&A and capital market counsel focused on the biofuels sector, Oswaldo Dalla Torre has been monitoring the developments of the Brazilian Renovabio program, which has just entered into force. RenovaBio is Brazil’s federal program aimed to curb carbon emissions by 10% in 2028,

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

UK’s Post-Brexit Farm Subsidies Will Prioritize Carbon Sequestration

(Our Daily Planet)  …Under the bill, introduced to Parliament this week and expected to become law within a few months, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for cultivating land—the current EU system—but for delivering “public goods.” These include sequestering carbon in trees or soil, enhancing habitat with pollinator-friendly flowers,

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Prices to Climb 17.9% in 2020 on Tight Supplies, Biodiesel Programs: Reuters Poll

by Mei Mei Chu (Reuters)  Average palm oil prices will surge 17.9% this year, a Reuters poll of industry participants showed, as reduced output in the first half of the year and higher biodiesel consumption in top producers Indonesia and Malaysia tighten the market. … Indonesia and Malaysia together account for

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

$500 Million Renewable Fuels Plant Proposed for Possible Land-Lease at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

by Timothy Boone (The Advocate) A Houston-based renewable fuels company is looking at leasing a 164-acre site at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to build a $400 million to $500 million plant. Greentech Materials LLC would produce environmentally friendly diesel fuel from soybean and palm oil. Some of the officials

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Finds ‘Insignificant’ Link between US Biofuel Policy and Deforestation in Southeast Asia

(Biofuels International)  A new study carried out by economic modelling experts from Purdue University in the US has found the impacts of US biofuel policy on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia to be insignificant. The study, titled ‘US Biofuel Production and Policy Implications for Land Use Changes in Malaysia and

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

They Do Not Deliver Biodiesel and the Oil Companies Do Not Comply with a Mixture in the Diesel

by Gabriela Origlia (La Nacion (Google Translation)) The Bioenergetic League, which brings together representatives of the biofuel producing provinces, said that the sector is going through a very complex situation. Biodiesel producing companies are not delivering their product due to the price lag and the rise in oil, which is their raw

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

NGVA Europe: Biomethane to Foster Transport Decarbonization

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  As the European Commission has pointed out several times, and based on multiple-sourced studies, natural gas in transport is ready to play its role as essential enabler for the 2050 net-zero emission transition. The climate change phenomena and the protection of our environment, starting with air and water

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

UNT Scientist Unlocking the Secrets of Plant Energy

(University of North Texas) Kent Chapman, a University of North Texas Regents Professor and director of the UNT BioDiscovery Institute, is questioning decades-old assumptions in plant biochemistry to find better ways of storing and using lipids, the energy molecules found in all plants.  “Biofuels are the future and lipids are the key,” said Chapman.

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification of Arable Production for Food Security and Climate Protection

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The “Green Deal” starts in the field — Berlin, 16 January 2020. The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) would like to take the publication of the fourth edition of the Report on Global Market Supply as

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Smile! It’s PhotoSeed! Traited Genetics that Improve Photosynthesis and Seeds: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Imagine technology that is applicable across several crops that can enhance yield and improve seed composition including soybean and canola. No need to imagine as ZeaKal shared at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco with this illuminating presentation on their PhotoSeed technology and the latest results

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Ethanol Endures as Important Market for Midwestern Farmers

by Jim Spencer and Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  The biofuel’s intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power. — … Janet McCabe is a former assistant administrator of the air and radiation office

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Alternative Biofuel Could Help Tackle Pollution Problems

by Priyom Bose (AZO Cleantech)  Recently, global warming and ways of preventing the effect of pollution in our environment, have been the most important topics of discussion. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many countries have adopted the use of biofuels. … Smart biofuel production reduces greenhouse gas emission Some researchers

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Negative B20 Effects Foreshadow B30 Problems: Bus Operators

(Jakarta Post) Bus operators have complained that 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20) has caused their engines to run poorly, providing a cautionary message for future developments as Indonesia envisions a future with unblended pure biodiesel to fuel vehicles across the country. Young Indonesian Autobus Entrepreneurs Association (IPOMI) head Kurnia Lesani Adnan told tempo.co that

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Who’s the Mystery Date? Green Hydrogen for Renewable Diesel’s Stealthy Project

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) From Planet Houston we’ve heard that ENGlobal inked a $20 million to supply process modules that will be used to construct a complete hydrogen production facility. The plant will be a major component of an otherwise unidentified renewable diesel facility with an expected maximum production of

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules against Hiking Ethanol Fuel Content

by David Alire Garcia and Sharay Angulo (Reuters) The Mexican Supreme Court ruled against the modification of a fuel rule on Wednesday that would have allowed higher ethanol content in gasoline, similar to content rules in the United States, arguing that regulators exceeded their authority. The court’s decision follows a three-year-old

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Payments for Ecosystem Services Key to Enabling Agricultural Solutions to Sustainable Development Goals, Ag Renaissance

(Solutions from the Land) As discussions on climate change, clean water, hunger, poverty and biodiversity grow both on the domestic and global stages, the role of agriculture in addressing these mega-challenges is filling a growing role at the policy table. Statewide efforts facilitated by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Giant Eni Fined €5m for Deceiving Consumers over Its ‘Green’ Diesel

(Government Europa) Italian regulators today (January 15, 2020) fined Italy’s oil giant Eni over advertisements on TV and in newspapers, digital media and petrol stations that falsely claimed Eni Diesel+ was ‘green’.  The watchdog states that the marketing campaign deceives consumers when it claims that the ‘green’ diesel has a positive

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Mumias Sugar Set to Revive Ethanol Factory Friday

by Benson Amadala (Business Daily Africa) The cash-strapped Mumias Sugar Company is expected to resume ethanol production Friday after reconnection of power supply to the factory. Mr Ponangipalli Venkata Ramana Rao, the receiver-manager appointed by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to oversee the revival of the miller said yesterday a team

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy to Provide $75 Million for Bioenergy Crops Research

(U.S. Department of Energy) Funding Will Increase Bioenergy Crop Sustainability and Resistance to Environmental Stress — Today (January 10, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

B100 Derivatives Exchange in the Works to Steady Prices

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post) Feasibility of futures undergoing study  —  The Energy Ministry plans to set up regulations for a B100 derivatives exchange in the country’s commodity market to reduce fluctuation of palm oil prices. … “Crude palm oil in Thailand relies on daily prices set up by palm

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Make It Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

by Todd Bates (Rutgers University/Phys.Org) Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Jokowi Says EU Palm Oil Restrictions Are ‘Act of Trade War’

by Telly Nathalia (Jakarta Globe) he European Union had provoked a “trade war” by issuing discriminative restrictions on Indonesian palm oil, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tweeted on Saturday.  “Indonesia has 13 million hectares of oil palm plantations that produce 46 million tons [of crude palm oil, or CPO] per year. The EU

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Three Firms Eye Ethanol Licences

(Herald/George Maponga Masvingo Bureau)  Three companies have applied for land irrigated by the new Tugwi-Mukosi Dam to grow sugar cane to make ethanol for blending into fuels. Greenfuel in Chisumbanje and Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe in Chiredzi are the only two firms producing ethanol at the moment. The completion of Tugwi-Mukosi

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

China Announced Ethanol Mandate Rollback

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service) China this week announced a suspension of its ethanol mandate, signaling a further reduction of imports from the United States. The E10 target was suspended because China says, “any promotion of ethanol-gasoline must be based on the precondition that food security is guaranteed.” The mandate was

January 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Five Reasons Midwestern States Need a Clean Fuel Standard

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists) … Here are five reasons now is the time for Midwestern States to get started on a clean fuel standard. Accelerating Electric Vehicles: Electric vehicles are growing in the Midwest, but need a boost. While the Midwest leads the nation in biofuel and wind

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

White Paper – Solutions for More Sustainable Transportation, Fuels and Chemicals

(Axens/BioMarket Insights) The chemicals and transportation fuel sectors are facing multiple challenges: reducing their dependence on petroleum resources with cost competitive solutions and addressing today’s environmental concerns – sustainability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But as the bioeconomy grows, we are seeing more of these barriers to growth fall away.

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Plans B40 Biodiesel Road Tests in April

by Bernadette Christina Munthe, Wilda Asmarini (Reuters) Indonesia’s energy ministry plans to start road tests for a biodiesel programme with 40% bio-content (B40) in April, a government official said on Thursday. Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, last year had increased the mandatory bio-content of its biodiesel programme to 30%, known

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Could GMOs Help Create Sustainable Food Systems?

by Katherine Baker (Planet Forward/Cornell University)  … Surprisingly, there is no true precise or universal scientific definition of the phrase “GMO,” nor is there any regulation around its use for labeling in the United States, which may contribute to the large amount of public confusion surrounding the topic. Says Ronald:

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Sources of Natural Gas: Supply and Emissions Reduction Assessment

(American Gas Foundation/ICF) .. Pipeline compatible gaseous fuel derived from biogenic or other renewable sources that has lower lifecycle carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions than geological natural gas.  The primary objective of this report is to characterize the resource and economic potential for RNG as a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Digest Data Dashboard: A 2020 Snapshot Guide to Bioeconomy Fuel, Carbon, Equity Prices, Demand, Margins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Exclusively created for Digest Readers, here is a Digest 2020 Visual Guide to the Bioeconomy based on the latest data out there. From biodiesel and ethanol operating margins to liquid energy commodity prices, RIN prices and volumes, low carbon fuel standard prices and credit data,

January 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

(The Food and Land Use Coalition)  The Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition September 2019  — For people, nature and climate  —  There is a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems, but as the challenges are growing, we need to act with great urgency. The

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Biodiesel Profitable Without Tax Credits?

by Etienne Sturm (Air Liquide/Biodiesel Magazine) Many U.S. biodiesel producers have faced financial challenges due to absence of the blenders tax credit, but a novel process can be retrofitted into existing facilities and improve economics by up to $1.30 a gallon.   — Until recently, there have been four families of biofuels

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Coming Full Circle

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Celebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. … Once a process technology-focused company that built 13 plants in Hawaii, Japan,

January 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biodiesel Technology

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  New biodiesel process technologies continue to emerge, promising optimization of production through greater efficiencies and lower costs.  —  Crown Iron Works: … The global Minnesota-based firm has built 50 biodiesel plants around the world. Like any good engineering company, Crown continues to refine its biodiesel

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Transport Sector in Langkawi Starts Using B20 Biodiesel: Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily)  The island of Langkawi has begun using the 20% Biodiesel blend methyl esters content or the B20 Biodiesel in the transport sector since Jan 1, 2020.  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (pix) said Petronas through the Kampung Tok Senik petrol station in the island has become the first petrol station in

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Every Single Point Ron Hart Tried to Make about Ethanol Was Wrong

by Bob Miller (Destin Log)  Ethanol is in fact an excellent solvent and will help keep injectors clean.  — I just read Ron Hart’s opinion piece in your paper. I don’t want to call it ignorant but it is extremely poorly researched. Essentially every point he try’s to make is erroneous. We have

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Take up Little Space

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)) Although the share of the area for biofuels production increased by 1 percentage point in 2018, it is still very small. Cultivated plants such as cereals, oilseeds, protein, sugar and fiber plants, fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc. are grown on 1.56 billion hectares

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

UABio Proposals for Amendments to the Legislation on Stimulating the Cultivation of Energy Crops

(UABio)The UABIO Working Group has finalized work on amendments to legislation to stimulate cultivation of energy crops in Ukraine. Read also: aboutabout creation of UABIO Working group on energy crops and about creation of UABIO Working group on energy cropson energy crops. According to the results of the work, amendments to the legislation at

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Minister: Govt to Channel 50pc of Crude Palm Oil Windfall Tax to Biofuel Fund

(Malay Mail/Bernama)  At least 50 per cent of the crude palm oil (CPO) windfall tax will be channelled to the biofuel stabilisation fund, which is expected to be set up within the first quarter of this year, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. … Earlier in the forum, she said

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Aviation Inks Deal to Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Lufthansa in US Airport

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green) Firm promises to develop ‘scalable supply’ of sustainable aviation fuels under new multi-year partnership with World Energy  —  Shell Aviation, the jet fuel arm of the Dutch oil giant, has today announced a new deal with World Energy and Lufthansa Group that will see the

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels a Positive for Farmers in Ag Issue Conversations

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News)  … Elliott Uphoff grows corn and soybeans near Shelbyville in central Illinois. He tells Brownfield  biodiesel from soybeans and ethanol from corn should be recognized as renewable energy sources. “They burn cleaner than petroleum-based fuels. So, we are promoting them to clean up the

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Corn and Ethanol Markets: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Farmer Efforts to Drive the Renewable Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The National Corn Growers Association is working hard to increase demand, improve productivity and environmental sustainability and more, but how are they doing this? How do their programs help drive the bioeconomy? What misinformation are they still dealing with regarding corn? Why do they think

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering Ink Deal for 30 Million Gallon Cellulosic Ethanol Project in China

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Germany we have news that Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. This is the third commercial license for the sunliquid technology and the first for China. The Anhui Guozhen Group and Chemtex have agreed to

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

China’s Resumption of US Ethanol Imports by No Means Likely Despite Phase One Deal

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts) US exports to China unviable even if tariffs return to pre-tension levels; Philippines’ fuel ethanol imports to fall further; South Korea’s imports from Pakistan to dry up in Q1  —  An easing of trade tensions between the US and China could pave the way for a resumption

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Canola Growers See Opportunity in Biofuel Option

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  Hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) is starting to make inroads in the fuel sector.  HDRD can be made with the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel, so it has piqued the interest of groups such as the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission — Demand is increasing for hydrogenation-derived

January 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Increased Blend of Biodiesel to Diesel Should Boost Supply of Soybean Meal

(Canal Rural (Google Translation)) According to Cepea, the fact should also reduce the idleness of the grain processing industries.  — Increasing demand for soybean oil for biodiesel, due to increased diesel blending, is expected to reduce the idleness of soybean processing industries, according to the Center for Advanced Studies in Applied

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Issues Final Rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. To be eligible for payments, the advanced biofuels produced must be derived from renewable biomass other than

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Sontirat Steps up Campaign for B10 Biodiesel Use

(The Nation Thailand) Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong visited a PTT petrol station in Viphavadee Soi 11 on Wednesday (January 1) to follow up on the government’s policy to promote B10 biodiesel as standard biodiesel for domestic consumption. “The campaign has been implemented since November but the official D-Day is today: January

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Center Releases Calendar of Biofuel Training Events for the Year 2020

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  The Advanced Biofuel Center is a bioenergy crop research and development company that has established the Biodiesel Business Academy to provide quality, impartial, informative and enjoyable advanced-level training with enhanced technology in the field of biodiesel production. The knowledge arm of Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC), Biodiesel Business

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Forest Service Grants License for Biomass Conversion Technology

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Forest Service announced in November its intent to grant a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to a Canadian company, Whispering Green Energy. And that license has now been granted, according to Gardner McBride, who does development for Whispering Green.

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Waste to Synthetic Crude Oil: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella’s Thermochemical Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella is transforming plastic and biomass waste into high value sustainable resources. Their Cat-HTR platform uses water at high temperature and pressure to transform wastes and residues to synthetic crude oil, chemically equivalent to fossil crude. Steve Rogers from Licella shared this illuminating presentation at

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuel Technology: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reaching high is something Mercurius is familiar with, esp. with their REACH technology. Standing for renewable, acid-hydrolysis, condensation, hydrotreating, their REACH technology works at low temperature, low pressure and enzyme free. According to Knud Balslev at Mercurius Biorefining, drop-in hydrocarbon jet fuel and diesel fuel are

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Finding Environmental Markets Carbon Credits, Water Quality Markets Rebuild for Farmers

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) When Ohio farmer Fred Yoder testified last month before the House Select Committee on Climate Change, the long-time no-till farmer and champion of climate-smart farming practices told lawmakers one of the best things that could happen would be to get back a carbon market that

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Orange Peel, Rubbish and Fatbergs: The Fuels behind the Future of Green Transport: New Funding to Boost the Advanced Fuels Industry.

(U.K. Department for Transport, George Freeman MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP)  Technological advances towards net-zero to be made through 4 new UK-based advanced biofuel plants; pioneering projects will receive government funding and could lead to greener flights and road freight; latest move in the government’s green transport

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Recycling: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s CarbonSmart

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech is turning our global carbon crisis into a feedstock opportunity with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. By recycling carbon from industrial off-gases; syngas generated from any biomass resource (e.g. municipal solid waste (MSW),

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Custom Chem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Kiverdi’s CO2 and Syngas Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Kiverdi is taking carbon-rich waste and converting it to sustainable chemicals with their carbon engineering. With CO2 and syngas fed into their reactor, they are creating targeted chemicals like hydrocarbon monomers, esters, terpenes and more. Jason Husk from Kiverdi gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT

December 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Who Is Driving Our Ethanol Policy? And Why Does It Matter?

by Jeffrey T. Manuel and Thomas D. Rogers   (The Hill/Changing America)  To prepare America for a green future, you have to understand the power politics of the present.  —  … But the real drivers of biofuel policy in both countries (U.S. and Brazil) are powerful multiparty blocs of legislators

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Pakistan’s Competition Commission Calls for Alternatives to Wheat Straw for Power Due to Scarcity

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Pakistan, the Tribune newspaper reports that the national competition commission has ordered an end to the use of wheat straw as feedstock for power generation because the demand for use in biofuel has led to a shortage that is in turn negatively impacting the pulp

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Hemp, Inc. CEO, Bruce Perlowin, Featured in Havasu News Coverage about Kins Communities

(Hemp, Inc./Globe Newswire)  Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers, including the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today news coverage in Havasu News, a leading source for news, sports and opinions in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From what is an advanced biofuel to why, we take a look at the gallons, the ethanol blend wall, the residue capacity, and over 30 advanced biofuels projects from around the world to watch. In today’s Digest, a Digest 2020 Multi-Slide Guide on advanced biofuels that

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

More May Be Needed to Sell Rice to Ethanol Makers

by Sampad Nandy  (Cogencis) The government’s plan to divert excess rice from the central pool towards ethanol production may run into a rough weather as higher price at the government’s auction could just prompt distillers to move to spot markets. The government expects a robust procurement of rice in the current

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Coop Sugar Mills Seek Restructure of Soft Loans to Factories in Maharashtra

(Financial Express)  Maharashtra has not be able to take advantage of the Rs 15,000-crore loan scheme of the government given for sugar mills since the balance sheets of mills are not healthy, Naiknavare said. The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) is seeking restructuring of the soft loans given to

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm and PME Ride a Crest of Optimism into 2020

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts) Indonesian PME exports to sink; CPO production stalls; B30 to support consumption  —  Analysts and traders fixated on the elevated crude palm oil stockpile at the beginning of 2019 are left cheering as CPO stocks fell across Malaysia and Indonesia while prices rallied to MR 2,684/mt (US

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

New Animal Feeds for New York Farmers

(Specialist Nutrition) What does Specialist Nutrition do?  Specialist Nutrition is an Irish company that handles byproducts, primarily from the drinks industry. We manage the spent grain byproducts from the brewing and distilling industry in Ireland and sell these high-protein byproducts as a moist feed direct to Irish farmers. For example, we handle

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Autothermal Pyrolysis: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Rethinking Thermochemical Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iowa State University is working on fast pyrolysis, and Robert Brown, Director of the university’s Bioeconomy Institute looks at how their work is making us rethink thermochemical processing. By looking at autothermal pyrolysis, and more, Brown shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco.  READ

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Cabinet Green Lights Bioenergy MOU with Brazil

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In India, All India Radio reports that the cabinet has given the green light to sign a memorandum of understanding with Brazil to further develop bioenergy. The Brazilian president is set to visit the country soon where ethanol will be among the main discussion points as

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

European Liquor off the Menu in Indonesia as Trade Row Escalates

by Ed Davies and Philip Blenkinsop  (Reuters/Jakarta Post) What started as a spat with the European Union over Indonesian palm oil has escalated into a far broader trade dispute with imported European spirits and now dairy products caught in the crossfire.   Trade tensions have ratcheted up since the European Commission concluded

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Majors Bet on Compact Bio-gas to Tackle Emission Woes in India

by Shahkar Abidi (Auto Car Pro) Over 500 letters of intent (LoIs) have been issued to entrepreneurs by three government-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) for setting up of Compact Bio-Gas (CBG) plants, claims a top official from the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. The government envisages stting up about 5,000 such CBG plants

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Barbies, Pineapple Waste Paper, 3D Printed Fruit, Super Bowl’s Fiber Food Packaging, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of December 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s Christmas morning for many and biobased Barbies are on the horizon with Mattel’s promise to use only recycled, recyclable, or renewable plastics in all products by 2030, starting with the Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack made from sugarcane plastics. And soon you can write letters to Santa on

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Peruvian Team Braves Minnesota Cold To Learn About U.S. DDGS

(U.S. Grains Council) A Peruvian team of poultry and beef producers discussed corn and ethanol production in addition to how the quality of DDGS is controlled from the receiving of grain at the ethanol plant through the final loading into railcars and trucks  —  A chill in the air did

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Dominates Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iogen is one of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S. and say that renewable natural gas dominates the commercial cellulosic biofuel business and that the market is more than just the RFS. Manure biogas, landfill biogas, those are all going up

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Economics, Expectations and Exports

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine talked to three experts about the past year, and what they see moving into 2020.  —  2019 brought a Reid vapor pressure waiver for E15, but it also brought excessive small refinery waivers and low margins for ethanol plants. The year

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Marginal Improvement

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Margins at some plants have begun to rise, but they’re still tight, and factors like crop condition and harvest progress will have an impact. … Jamey Cline, business development director with Christianson PLLP, agrees. He says in order for the industry to manage its

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Remains Largest Biodiesel Producer

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP reports that in the EU, biodiesel production has increased for another year, accounting for more than one third of world production, and said that the single most important biodiesel producer is the European Union, which accounted for 34 per cent of global output

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbohydrate Industry Outlook: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbs and Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ah sugar, sugar, you are my candy girl. Fluid Quip Technologies is talking about industrial sugar of course, and its many challenges and opportunities. Check out this slide guide from Neal Jakel, Partner/Strategy and Technology at FQT who shared this at ABLC NEXT in San

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Pearson Fuels Partners with World Energy to Deliver an Advanced E85 Flex Fuel

(World Energy/PR Newswire)  Leading Low-Carbon Fuel Providers Offer the Market’s First and Only Ethanol and Renewable Naphtha Blend  —   Pearson Fuels, the largest distributor of E85 Flex Fuel in California, today announced a partnership to purchase Renewable Naphtha (RN) from World Energy, one of the largest and longest-serving low-carbon fuel suppliers in North

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

First Joint Workshop — Five European H2020 Projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels : Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuel Production

(HyFlexFuel)  The first joined Expert Workshop took place on the 19th November 2019 in Brussels. Almost 100 participants attended, making the workshop very successful. A number of industry speakers, as well as research speakers have given presentations which can be found below: European Projects 4Refinery – Silje Fosse Håkonsen​ Heat to

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

B20 Biodiesel for Transport Sector to Be Launched in Phases Next Year: Teresa Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily) The B20 biodiesel programme for the transport sector is expected to be launched in phases next year, that would give a fillip to the crude palm oil (CPO) price which is projected to reach RM3,000 per tonne. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (pix) said the programme

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $20 Million in Funding to Develop Feedstock Monitoring and Carbon Storage Technology

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (December 19, 2019), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. The Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

LEGO Bioplastic Bricks, Castor Bean Coats, World’s First Hydrogen Powered Ferry and Carrier Ship, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of December 20th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For some, it’s holiday shopping season and now LEGO’s first bioplastic block set is an option! The kit—appropriately designed to make a treehouse—uses sugarcane-based polyethylene. Another great gift Top 10 Innovation from this week is French outerwear company Moncler’s new carbon-neutral jacket made from castor beans.

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

FixOurFuel Publishes Aid for Holiday Conversations about Ethanol

(Urban Air Initiative) As the holidays approach, you’re bound to end up talking about where you work. And during what’s normally pleasant small talk, one mention of the word ethanol can trigger strong opinions and negativity whether from your distant cousin, a neighbor or the UPS driver. Although it’s encouraged to

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Pounds That Pay

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn oil may be the smallest fraction of production by weight, but it’s also the most valuable.  —  At $500 a ton, corn oil is the most valuable product an ethanol plant makes, even topping ethanol at its current low price and far

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefining Start-Up Wins Significant EU Funding to Scale-Up Business

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biorefining start-up Chrysalix Technologies has won significant funding from the EU to scale-up its business. The company uses waste wood and agricultural by-products as well as sustainably-grown biomass to produce biofuels, biomaterials, greener chemicals and bioplastics. Its BioFlex process separates the various naturally-occurring components of wood – lignin,

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Research Yields Potential Bioblendstock for Diesel Fuel

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Phys.Org)  The NREL scientists, along with colleagues at Yale University, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are part of the Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Co-Optima’s research focuses on improving fuel economy and vehicle performance while also reducing emissions. “If

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Commits $2 Million for Precision Agriculture Initiative at SDSU

(POET) Today (December 17, 2019)   POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin announced a $2 million gift for construction of the precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University (SDSU). POET and SDSU have a strong history of collaboration on innovative research projects and training the next generation to use agriculture

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Exclusive – Brazil Corn Ethanol Push Gains Momentum as COFCO, AMaggi, Raizen Weigh Entry

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Chinese commodities trader COFCO, Brazilian grains group AMaggi and a Shell-Cosan joint venture are working on plans to build their first corn ethanol plants in Brazil, according to their suppliers, breaking sugarcane’s lock on the biofuel locally. The wave of fresh interest from some of the world’s

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article
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