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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the City of Calgary with Steeper Energy Canada Ltd.

(Steeper Energy Canada)  The City of Calgary “The City” and Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. (“Steeper Energy”) are pleased to announce a new cooperation agreement, by way of an MoU, regarding the future transformation of The City’s sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Common Position Paper: Biofuels Are Essential for Meeting the Climate Protection Goals in the Commitment Period 2021 to 2030

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  German Council Presidency must set the course for a sustainable biofuels industry  —  The semi-annual EU Council Presidency of the German government began on July 1, 2020. The German government has set a goal in its program that it wants to “work towards

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Greening Your Beer with Brewery’s CO2 Eating Algae, Blockchain Tracing, Converting Brewery Waste into Detergents and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)   … In today’s Digest, how a brewery in Australia is utilizing algae that eats up CO2 and spits out oxygen, all the cool things you can make with beer and liquor production waste (going beyond ethanol and biofuel), how blockchain is helping track beer

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT-Hyderabad Uses Machine Learning to Study Biofuel Supply

by Syed Akbar (Times of India)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad have developed a method using machine learning algorithms to study supply chain network of biofuels. According to the IIT-Hyderabad team, the method considers revenue generation not only as an outcome of sale of biofuel but

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis through Gene Transfer

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms—often incorrectly called “blue-green algae”—as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

First Steel Cut for Terntank Two LNG / LBG-Powered Biofuel Tankers at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard

by Milton Stuards  (Vessel Finder) First steel cut for Terntank two LNG / LBG-powered biofuel tankers with hybrid battery systems took place at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard on Tuesday, 30 June. … With the new vessels, the Company has invested to come closer towards carbon-neutral operations and reduce the impact on the environment.

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: REN Energy International

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Objective is to sustainably meet the legislated demand in British Columbia for renewable fuels. We will utilize the waste wood available to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) that will displace fossil natural gas in the FortisBC distribution network. Initial plant will produce 1.2 million GJ/yr

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane, the Key to Decarbonize Now the European Mobility

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching a new paper providing a comprehensive analysis on the potential of biomethane for the fast decarbonization of the transport sector and policy recommendations to ensure the further scale-up of this green fuel. The paper has considered 11 comparative studies analyzing

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Allocates US$195 Million Subsidy on Palm Biodiesel Producers over Smallholders

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay/EcoBusiness) Campaigners have blasted the move, noting that the fund is meant to empower small oil palm farmers and not subsidise the giant multinationals that produce biodiesel. — … The social and travel restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic have hit Indonesia’s economy hard, and small oil

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Spain: Enagás and bp Invest in Green Mobility with New NGV Project

(Enagás/bp/NGV Journal)  Enagás and bp Oil España have signed an agreement to promote projects to reduce emissions in Spain, which aims to support the development of projects in three lines of action: the promotion of infrastructure for LNG and CNG in the field of sustainable transport; the production and encouragement of

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Spotlight on Feedstocks: Sustainable and Feasible Wood-Based Materials

by Katariina Torvinen (VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland)/BioMarket Insights)  … Over-consuming of fossil reserves, resource insufficiency and climate change require the renewal of the existing materials paradigm. Advanced and high added-value wood-based materials can play an important role in this process. It is vital that forest-based resources are used

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Drives Growth in Biomass-Based Diesel Imports

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day (b/d), reversing three years of decline. Imports of biomass-based diesel increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

So, What Exactly Is Green Hydrogen?

by Jason Deign (GreenTechMedia) … According to the nomenclature used by market research firm Wood Mackenzie, most of the gas that is already widely used as an industrial chemical is either brown, if it’s made through the gasification of coal or lignite; or gray, if it is made through steam methane reformation,

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Extends Swedish Biofuels Tax Exemptions to 2030

by Daniel Mackay (Argus Media) The European Commission has approved Sweden’s extension of tax exemption measures for certain biofuels used for heating or as motor fuel, until 2030. Under two different schemes, Sweden exempts biogas used in heat generation and biogas used in motor fuel from energy and CO2 taxation. The commission’s

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Final Blow’ to Aviation Climate Plan as EU Agrees to Weaken Rules

by Chloé Farand (Climate Home News)  EU member states will back an industry proposal to reduce airlines’ climate obligations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, at the UN aviation forum  — The climate plan for aviation is losing its last shred of credibility, after the European Union confirmed it will back

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s State Oil Company to Produce B100 Biodiesel Next Year

(Biofuels International)  The Indonesian government approved regulations regarding the use of biodiesel as a substitute for fossil fuel across all economic sectors in 2018. Recently the South East Asian government mandated to mix 20% biodiesel with 80% fossil fuel (B20). And at the end of last year the country launched

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Post-COVID Recovery: An Agenda for Resilience, Development and Equality

(The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)) Increased uptake of renewables, energy efficiency and related energy-transition measures represent far-sighted investment amid the crisis set off by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of short-term stimulus and recovery plans, the energy transition provides a crucial link to medium- and long-term global climate and sustainability

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Malaysia to File WTO Legal Action against EU over Restrictions on Palm Biofuel

by Mei Mei Chu (Today) Malaysia, the world’s second largest palm oil producer, will take legal action against the European Union’s restrictions on palm oil-based biofuels with the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling the policy a “discriminatory action”. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said on Wednesday the

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Poland, Azerbaijan Can Cooperate in Wind, Biofuels or Solar Energy: Ministry

(Trend/Azer News)  Wind energy, biofuels or solar energy could be the potential spheres for cooperation between Poland and Azerbaijan, Press Office Director at Poland’s Foreign Ministry Andrzej Fąfara told Trend. “Poland has a strong potential for cooperation in the sphere of renewables and green technologies as well. Poland is successfully diversifying

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Test with Trains Running on Biodiesel

(Groningen (Google Translation))  The provinces of Groningen and Fryslân are going to conduct a test with trains running on biodiesel. Arriva will run on existing fuel with existing trains from September 2020. If this test is successful, other trains will also be able to use this cleaner fuel. New trains

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article
    NEW DATE European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition (EUBCE)   — POSTPONED to July 6-9, 2020   —  ONLINE ONLY

NEW DATE European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition (EUBCE) — POSTPONED to July 6-9, 2020 — ONLINE ONLY

EUBCE 2020 will fully integrate Bioeconomy into its conference programme  —  The European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition has grown from a small research community biomass conference more than 30 years ago to a well-established international conference, tackling challenges ranging from biomass growth and biomass conversion to bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts, sustainability

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Find Neat Way to Turn Waste Carbon Dioxide into Useful Material

by Lachlan Gilbert (University of South Wales Sydney Newsroom)  Making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products has been expensive and complicated – until now. UNSW engineers show it’s as easy as playing with Lego.  — Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

GKN Aerospace Continues Jet Engine Biofuel Testing

(GKN Aerospace)  Contract award for continuation of RM12 engine testing with 50/50 mix of jet fuel and biofuel; Test will demonstrate and support the potential of biofuel for military aerospace, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of advanced aviation  — FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) has contracted GKN Aerospace Sweden to

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

CSI’s 2040 Blueprint for Pacific Northwest: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Materials from Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This slide guide offers a vision and roadmap — a ‘blueprint’ — for the Pacific Northwest to transform its increasingly outdated solid waste management system by 2040, at a time when waste leaders are grappling with the most profound set of challenges they have faced in

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Anellotech Secures Funds to Develop Innovative Plas-TCat™ Plastics Recycling Technology from R Plus Japan, a New Joint Venture Company Launched by 12 Cross-Industry Partners within the Japanese Plastic Supply Chain

(Annellotech) Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced that R Plus Japan Ltd., a new joint venture company, will invest in the development of Anellotech’s cutting-edge Plas-TCat™ technology for recycling used plastics. R Plus Japan was established by 12 cross-industry partners within the Japanese plastics supply chain. Member partners include Suntory MONOZUKURI

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Largest Ethanol Plant in Southern Europe Helps Produce Vital Supplies

(Biofuels International) COVID-19 has affected many companies in the ethanol industry around the world as production has been hit by the drop in demand. However, this is not the case for Bulgarian company Essentica, which is the largest and one of the most high-tech companies in Southeastern Europe concerned with

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

CUHK Scientists Develop a Novel Technology for Generating Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Production

(Asia Today) A research team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost yet improves the enzyme’s stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

RTA Pilots Biodiesel-Powered Traditional ‘Abras in Partnership with ENOC

(RTA)  RTA’s Public Transport Agency, in collaboration with ENOC Group, embarked on a pilot to power its traditional Abras using Biodiesel5.  Explaining the initiative, the CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan stated that the initiative of using biodiesel to fuel traditional Abras was part of RTA’s endeavours to

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Digging into Dung and Anaerobic Digestion: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and RNG from Manure

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On last week’s DigestConnect webinar, Christopher Bush, Founder of Canada-based Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society shared this fun and informative slide guide complete with poop pictures and more importantly, the reason why cow manure and farm waste makes a fantastic renewable biogas and renewable natural gas. From

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Save the Rainforests, Use Degraded Land AND Produce Fuel and Food? Soleá Looks at How Macaúba Could Solve Many Problems

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Macaúba is known for its high productivity and adaptability to the most adverse climate conditions and even better, the fruit’s shell, pulp, endocarp, and almond can be converted into a range of food products, fuels and hydrocarbons, and other biomaterials including chemicals and

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Bamboo Forests in the Desert

David Liepman (Disruptive Nation)  … Strong commercial applications of bamboo include sustainable branded products such as pulp paper, timber, lumber and textiles. And, in line with tissue and textile major brand owner concerns, bamboo is twice as soft as cotton and doesn’t require pesticides and fertilizers in its crops. As a

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell to Supply Carbon-Neutral LNG Cargoes to China’s CNOOC

(Energy Market Price) … Carbon-neutral means that all emissions coming from exploration and production of the natural gas are offset by credits from a variety of nature-based projects. These include Shell supported afforestation projects from Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces in China, the company said. CNOOC plans to auction these two LNG

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

An Innovative Catalyst with Pt, Re and SnO2 Nanoparticles as Anode Material in Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Polish Academy of Sciences/EurekAlert!) Scientists working at the Department for Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences designed and synthesized a functional ternary Pt/Re/SnO2/C catalyst as an anode material in a direct ethanol fuel cell. It was possible by synthesizing platinum, rhenium and tin

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Crude Oil Prices Put Pressure on Malaysia, Indonesia Biodiesel Mandates

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) With demand for crude oil dropping sharply, leading to a steep fall in crude oil prices, the viability of the biodiesel business has also weakened significantly, putting both Malaysia and Indonesia’s biodiesel mandates under pressure. However, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds, as the world has seen

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrobras Set for New Gasoline Specs, Will Test Renewable Diesel Production at REPAR

by Robert Brelsford (Oil & Gas Journal) … Lara (Anelise Lara, Petrobras’s director of refining and natural gas) also said that, starting in July, Petrobras will begin carrying out production tests for renewable diesel at its 208,000-b/d Presidente Getúlio Vargas (REPAR) refinery in Araucária, Paraná. “The economic viability of renewable diesel

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Performance of EU Ethanol Reaches New High

(ePURE) Renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced GHG emissions by more than 72% compared to fossil fuels in 2019, according to the latest audited producer data — Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members delivered an average of more than 72% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2019,

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Goias State in Brazil Approves “When Filling Your Tank, Choose Ethanol” Policy

by André Luiz Cançado Motta* (Federal University of Goiás for Advanced Biofuels USA) The President of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goiás, Deputy Lissauer Vieira (PSB, the Brazilian Socialist Party), approved, on June 18, at the Remote Ordinary Session, with 25 votes in favor and none against, the new State Policy

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels for All: A Potential Pathway to Climate Neutrality by 2050

(FuelsEurope) The ambition of the European Union is to be climate neutral by 2050. The European refining industry supports the same ambition. Our industry is transforming, and we have developed a comprehensive potential pathway of how we, together with our partners, can contribute to meeting the 2050 climate neutrality challenge. This work

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The Sciencebehind Brazilian Biofuels Policy – RenovaBio

by Marcelo A. Boechat Morandi (Embrapa Meio Ambiente/LinkedIn)  Insights on how Brazil is innovating and investing in the low carbon economy, especially in agriculture and energy. RenovaBio is a market driven incentive mechanism, based on the economic theory of “Coase Market” for pricing externalities. It transfer the social/environmental costs of

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Biomass and Sustainability — June 25, 2020

The BIOEN FAPESP Program is pleased to invite the scientific community to a webinar on the latest scientific and technological achievements in bioenergy. Invited speakers will tell us the stories behind the cases of success and bioenergy scientific achievements. This webinar will be the first of a series of on-line

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Without Advanced Renewable Fuels, EU Will Not Meet Climate Objectives

(Advance Fuel) Long-term policy support is crucial to the market rollout of RESfuels to remedy transport’s reliance on fossil fuels, leading European research institutes confirm.  —  Transport makes up one-quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe and is the only major sector in the EU where emissions continue

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Lacks ‘Complete Overview’ about Used Cooking Oil Origins

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv) The European Commission does not have a “complete overview” of the origin of used cooking oils used for the production of biodiesel consumed in the EU, but appears set to tighten the rules, according to sources close to the matter. EURACTIV has learnt that this information is currently

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste, McDonald’s Netherlands and HAVI Enter into Circular Economy Collaboration in the Netherlands

(Neste)  Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues and the third most sustainable company in the world*, McDonald’s Netherlands and HAVI have joined forces to create a circular economy partnership. The collaboration will see McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands recycling the used cooking oil from

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Aegion Corporation Awarded Groundbreaking Renewable Diesel Project at a California Refinery

(Wall Street Online/Globe Newswire)  Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN) today announced that a subsidiary of the Energy Services segment, Schultz Industrial Services (“Schultz”), has been awarded the mechanical construction services contract for a groundbreaking renewable diesel project at a California refinery. Schultz will provide overall project management and installation of piping

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Going Green and Tackling the Climate Challenge Remain Top Priorities for Europe’s Regional Airlines

(GreenAir Online) … With movements such as ‘flygskam’ (flight shame) having grown exponentially in 2019 and negatively impacting aviation demand, tackling the climate challenge has become a matter of survival for the aviation sector. The regional airline industry has been responding to this public and political pressure, and working to achieve

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Government Sets out Plans for Including Aviation in Its Own Emissions Trading Scheme from next year

(GreenAir Online) The UK government has released details on how it intends to incorporate aviation into a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) and link with those of the EU and Switzerland, as well as the global CORSIA offsetting scheme. Following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

COVID Won’t Affect JetBlue’s Sustainability Plans

by Joanna Bailey (Simple Flying) … As well as this, it partnered with renewables firm Neste to use sustainable aviation fuel on its flight out of San Francisco, beginning mid-2020. Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel has a carbon footprint that is around 80% smaller than that produced by traditional kerosene. It is already

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Spain: Galicia-Based Biomethane Project for Buses Receives Award

(EDAR Bens/NGV Journal) The Renewable Natural Gas Mixed Unit project, promoted by Naturgy and EnergyLab, was recognized in the 7th edition of the Galicia Energy Awards for the launch of the pilot for the generation of biomethane from the biogas produced in the purification process of wastewater. The project has the participation

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

China’s Phase One Promises Could Be Kept With Ethanol

(RFD TV) As producers worry that China is not fulfilling its phase one promise to buy nearly $40 billion dollars in U.S. exports, ethanol groups say that the country could easily make those numbers if they bought more renewable fuels.  China is the second largest gasoline market in the world

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Proposal Aims to Add Flexibility to Japan’s Ethanol Target

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Japanese government has opened a public comment period on a proposal that will affect Japan’s policy on transportation biofuels by increasing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission value for gasoline and expanding the list of conditions under which an unfulfilled ethanol target can be carried

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Towards a Green Future: Efficient Laser Technique Can Convert Cellulose into Biofuel

(Tech Xplore/Tokyo University of Science)  … The plant-based polymer cellulose is the most abundant form of biomass globally and can be converted into raw materials such as glucose and xylose for the production of bioethanol (a type of biofuel). But this process is challenging owing to the molecule’s rigid and

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Feds Relaxing New Fuel Standards Short Term, Tougher by 2030

(Canadian Manufacturing/Canadian Press)  The Clean Fuel Standard originally proposed that the intensity of gasoline be reduced by 4% starting in 2022  — Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is scaling back the government’s planned Clean Fuel Standard in the short term to give the fossil fuel industry a bit more time to recover

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transition in Times of Coronavirus: A Challenge and an Opportunity

by Pierroberto Folgiero (NextChem/Biofuels Digest)  … The challenge today is to plan an industrial recovery which must be rapid but durable at the same time and prepare the industry to reduce risks and economic losses deriving from pollution and climate changes, with their effects impacting on many sector industries. These risks are tangible,

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Exhaust Gas from a Power Plant Can Be Recovered and Used as a Raw Reaction Material Energy-Saving CO2 Capture Technology with H2 Gas Is Developed by Integrating the CO2 Separation and Conversion Process

(Science Daily/Japan Science and Technology Agency)  A research group developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentrated source such as thermal power plants. With this technology, namely H2 stripping regeneration technology, combustion exhaust gas can be replaced by

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Leaflet Shows Present & Future of Biomethane to Clean up Mobility

(EBA/NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) EBA (European Biogas Association) and NGVA Europe have published a new leaflet, illustrating the current uptake of biomethane in the transport sector and its potential in the coming years. NGVs present the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels. This potential is much higher when coupled with

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Three New Biomethane Plants and BioCNG Fuelling Station “on track”, Says Cadent

(Bioenergy Insight) Three biomethane production plant projects involving Cadent Gas remain on track despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The firm said the projects are on course to start sending low-carbon “gas from trash” into Cadent’s network this year, as its teams “kept the wheel in motion” during

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Repsol Announces Green Hydrogen and Biogas Projects in Spain

(Bioenergy Insight)  Spanish fuel company Repsol has announced two industrial decarbonisation projects involving green hydrogen and biogas. The CEO of Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, presented the projects on 15  June that the company will undertake with the support of prominent Spanish and international partners. The facilities, to be built in

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

AgBioEn to Start Production End-2021 with Just 25% of Construction Completed

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Shepparton News reports that energy production can already begin at the AgBioEn biofuel project in Katunga when 25% of construction is completed at the end of 2021. The facility will use agricultural waste as feedstock. The company says that COVID-19 hasn’t interrupted construction and

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Oman Makes Headway with $430mln Algae Farm Project

by Conrad Prabhu (Oman Daily Observer/Zawya)  UK-based SuSeWi is leading the development of a 100,000-tons per annum capacity farm in the Sultanate  — Oman hopes to make a landmark foray into the multibillion dollar global algae farming industry with a maiden investment in a mega project on the South Al

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk to Introduce Low-Carbon Shipping Options

(Stena Bulk) Following up on Stena Bulk’s successful biofuel trial in April, the company is now introducing low-carbon shipping options for its customers. Biofuel has the potential of putting shipping on the trajectory towards IMO’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, without having to wait for new technology and zero-carbon fuels to emerge

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Coronavirus Will Hasten ‘Peak Oil’ by Three Years, Says Research Firm

by Myles McCormick (Financial Times)  Rystad Energy says its estimate of recoverable barrels of crude has dropped by 282bn  — An influential research firm has cut its estimate of potential oil production by an amount that exceeds the reserves of Saudi Arabia, as the coronavirus crisis accelerates longer-term structural changes

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Wants China Ethanol Market Back

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Biofuels groups are tired of ethanol being excluded from China’s phase one purchases.vGrowth Energy senior vice president of global markets Craig Willis says it’s been two years since the Chinese imported ethanol from the U.S. “It was our third-largest export market, so there’s a ton

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

US-Based Attis to Build 80 mln Euro Biofuel Factory in Serbia

by Radomir Ralev   (See News)US diversified innovation and technology holding company Attis Industries plans to invest up to 80 million euro ($90 million) in the construction of a biofuel factory in Kula, in northern Serbia, the Kula city government has said. Attis Industries intends to invest between 60 million euro and 80

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Macaúba as Sustainable Feedstock for Biofuels and More: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Soleá Oils and Bioproducts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Macaúba as a biofuel feedstock has lots to offer, like its high productivity per ton/hectare surpassing that of soy, sunflower, rapeseed, and palm oil, and that it can grow even on degraded land making it a more sustainable feedstock to consider. And Soleá knows that, which

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Develops New Solutions to Decrease the Use of Crude Oil and Increases Research and Development in Finland

(Neste)  Neste launches a new research project which aims at developing sustainable and globally scalable raw materials and technology solutions for transportation fuels and the production of chemicals and polymers. These new solutions decrease the use of crude oil and tackle climate change. The new technologies will be based on

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul’s Dredger Becomes the First to Sail 2,000 Hours on 100% Sustainable Marine Biofuel

(Marine Insight) Jan De Nul Group has completed, in close collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels, 2,000 hours using 100% renewable 2nd generation Biofuel Oil (BFO) on board the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Alexander von Humboldt. This major milestone represents the longest continuous use of 100% sustainable marine biofuel in

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Excess Capacity, Export Competition Will Force U.S. Ethanol Industry to Transform

(CoBank/Associated Press) Excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency. Consolidation within the industry will lead to larger, more financially stable companies with diversified ethanol co-product offerings by 2025, according to a new report from

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Vatican Calls on Catholics to Divest from Fossil Fuels

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill) The Vatican on Thursday urged Catholics to divest from fossil fuels, a call made in church documents warning against the dangers of climate change. The 225-page encyclical, which is sent to all bishops within the church, also encouraged divesting from arms and monitoring sectors like mining to

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

IEA Offers World Governments a Sustainable Recovery Plan to Boost Economic Growth, Create Millions of Jobs and Put Emissions into Structural Decline

(International Energy Agency)  Based on analysis conducted in cooperation with the IMF, new IEA report outlines energy-focused policies and investments to move the world towards a cleaner and more resilient future  — The International Energy Agency is today presenting a Sustainable Recovery Plan focusing on a series of actions that

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Advantages of Biodiesel Highlighted

(Creamer Media’s Engineering News) Women-owned biodiesel distributor EcoDiesel believes that the solution to South Africa’s current need for an alternative energy source that is efficient, recycles waste and takes care of the environment, is biodiesel. “Crude reserves, global price volatility and environmental impact issues have been a cause for concern

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Finnish Steel Plant Tests Bio-LNG as a Marine Fuel

(Gasum/NGV Journal) SSAB, ESL Shipping and Gasum are working together to reduce the emissions arising in shipping SSAB’s raw materials. Last year, SSAB and ESL Shipping introduced a new transport chain that, in comparison with its predecessor, nearly halved the CO2 emissions originating in shipping SSAB’s raw materials between Luleå, Oxelösund

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Benefits of Investment in Biofuels Twofold

by Halima Frost (Creamer Media’s Engineering News) The South African biogas sector can attract up to R250-billion in local and international investment and contribute to a 15% reduction in the total greenhouse-gas emissions generated by the country, says Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) general secretary Alberto Borello. “The local

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Justin Laney

“The evidence of climate change is all around us, so it’s important we act now using available technology rather than wait for unproven solutions to appear.”  Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK   READ MORE

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Own Biogas Station for UK Chain of Supermarkets & Department Stores

(John Lewis Partnership/NGV Journal) The John Lewis Partnership is stepping up its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by building a dedicated biomethane filling station to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use a low-carbon alternative to diesel. The new facility is expected to open in December 2020. Alongside this, the

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Platts Proposes to Increase Minimum GHG Savings in Ethanol T2 FOB Rotterdam Assessment to 60%

(S&P Global Platts) Following a formal public consultation and review, S&P Global Platts is proposing to amend the minimum greenhouse gas savings on fuel grade ethanol reflected in its Ethanol T2 FOB Rotterdam assessment to 60%, from a current minimum of 50%, effective January 4, 2021. This is in line with

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Comparison of Particle Number Emissions from In-Flight Aircraft Fueled with Jet A1, JP-5 and an Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Blend

by Steven Tran, Anthony Brown and Jason S. Olfert (Energy Fuels) The aviation sector has begun to adopt alternative fuels in an effort to reduce net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce their impact on climate change. While many lab and flight-based studies have been completed for hydro-treated esters and fatty

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Rethink Plastic Alliance et al Launch Policy Brief on Plastic-to-Fuels ahead of EC Meeting on Revised Renewable Energy Directive

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarkets Insights) “The current crisis is creating an opportunity for real change. Yet, plastic-to-fuel is encouraging reliance on our current linear system – convincing consumers that this waste can be “recycled” when in fact it is getting burned. That’s not the idea of a cycle.” Ahead of a

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

BBI JU Promotes Its Bio-Based Project Achievements via Launch of New Publication

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) … BBI JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking) has launched a new publication entitled ‘BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe’. The booklet highlights the environmental, socio-economic and technological impacts of the initiative supported by facts and figures. BBI JU is a €3.7

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Sunflower Production Slows in Romania but the EU Sees Overall Output Rise

(Biofuels International)  Romanian sunflower production in the EU-27 is expected to decline compared to the previous year, but the EU Commission projects an increase in overall output in the EU. The high oil content of sunflower seed, often over 40%, makes it an excellent choice as a biofuel crop. …

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump Urged to Ensure Implementation of China Trade Agreement

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Several biofuel producers and trade groups are among the nearly 200 organizations that sent a letter to President Trump on June 16 calling on him to ensure the continued implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement. The letter notes the agreement is critical to

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant and Ineratec to Commercialize Renewable-Fuel Technologies

by Scott Jenkins (Chemical Engineering) Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) and Ineratec (Karlsruhe, Germany; www.ineratec.de) have entered into a partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Clariant will provide its extensive catalysis expertise and broad portfolio of synthesis gas (syngas) conditioning and upgrading catalysts to support

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s ANP Reduces Biodiesel-Diesel Blend to 10% on Pandemic

by Jeff Fick (S&P Global Platts) Temporary move cuts mandate until June 21; Increase to 12% in effect since March 1; Concerns that coronavirus could affect supplies  —  Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, temporarily reduced the volume of biodiesel blended with diesel sold at the pump to 10% from 12% for the

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Conservation Practices Is Significant!

(Solutions from the Land) A blog posted on the World Resources Institute (WRI) website last month dismissed the potential for regenerative agriculture and related systems to contribute to large-scale emissions reduction and carbon dioxide (CO2) removal – cuts that will be necessary to hold global warming below the 2-degree Celsius

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Key to Attracting over $885 Million in Advanced Biofuels Projects

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  A study conducted by Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) shows BC leading the nation in ‘shovel-ready, shovel-worthy’ clean fuel investment projects. “A recent study of our members’ and other firms’ plans to increase feedstock and advanced biofuel/synthetic fuel production capacity in BC show the province to be attracting 40%

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT Madras Researchers Use Agri Waste, Plastic to Make Biofuel

(The Hindu) Team develops microwave-assisted pyrolysis process to achieve the goal — Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a microwave process to produce biofuel from plastic waste, rice straw and sugarcane bagasse. A team of three researchers led by R. Vinu, associate professor in Chemical engineering

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Pushes Back Target for Palm Oil Fuel Refinery to 2026

by Tabita Diela, Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters) Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, is pushing back by three years its target to produce fuel made entirely from palm oil, a government document showed on Tuesday. The government initially aimed to start producing the so-called “green diesel”

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Bogus Sustainable Energy Companies Wound-up in Court

(U.K. Government Insolvency Service)  Three companies connected to bogus sustainable energy processing schemes have been wound-up in court after eliciting at least £525,000 from investors.  — Elcourt Ltd, WSR Hawker Ltd and Devo Group Ltd were wound up in the public interest on 9 June 2020 in the High Court before

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Part 2 – Clean Energy Innovation Hub Lessons Learned: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ATCO’s Hydrogen Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ATCO built and is currently operating a 0.25 MW (65 kg per day) hydrogen production facility in Jandakot, Western Australia. Hydrogen produced at the Clean Energy Innovation Hub is used for blending, direct fuel testing and to power a fuel cell for residential energy back

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasum, Orkla and Volvo Trucks Partner on Liquefied Biogas Trial

Gasum, Orkla and Volvo Trucks have joined forces to lower road transport emissions. Orkla, a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded consumer goods, Nordic gas giant Gasum Oy and global truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will be working with Orkla’s transport partner GDL to use liquefied biogas (LBG) to fuel journeys

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Full Potential of Biogas “Far from Being Exploited”, Says Bioenergy Europe

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy Europe has launched the second chapter of its Statistical Report 2020 focusing on biogas and biomethane. The report looks at biogas consumption and production in the European Union (EU) and provides an in-depth and current analysis of the sector’s state of play. According to Bioenergy Europe, the European

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Court Backs Refinery Expansion in Challenge to Sweden’s Emissions Aims

by Johan Ahlander (Reuters)  … Preem has said the extra capacity at the plant, on Sweden’s west coast, would be used to make biodiesel and would not mean more crude oil being processed at the plant.  READ MORE

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Manuelita Opens New Markets for Colombian Palm Biodiesel in Europe

(Manuelita (Google Translation)) Manuelita began the export of Colombian palm oil biodiesel, which reaches the demanding European market meeting the highest quality and sustainability standards. – Manuelita palm oil biodiesel significantly reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter compared to fossil diesel.  Cali and Villavicencio, June 10, 2020 | Manuelita

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

SSAB Raahe’s Steel Plant Is Testing Biogas from Gasum as a Maritime Transport Fuel

(Gasum) The test will be carried out in collaboration with ESL Shipping and Gasum. This is the first time that biogas will be used as fuel for ships in Finland.  —  SSAB, ESL Shipping and Gasum are working together to reduce the emissions arising in shipping SSAB’s raw materials. Last year,

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Profitable Growth Through Renewable Solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants to dominate the world, right? But Neste wants to do it in a nice way by becoming the global leader in renewable and circular solutions. There are 3 ways they are working on this lately – 1) expanding global reach with new offices in

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Amsterdam Bets on Circular Economy, Will Use Biogas for Vehicles

(DMT/NGV Journal) In the metropolitan area of Amsterdam, vehicles are going to be supplied with green gas. Optimizing and transforming the current Sewage Water Treatment Plant of Amsterdam with the latest state of the art technology, delivered by DMT Environmental Technology, biogas will be produced in the nearby future. This will

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article
    Argus Biomass Conference   —   April 2021   —   London, UK

Argus Biomass Conference — April 2021 — London, UK

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June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazilian Carbon Credit First Trade at Near $10/CBIO PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: July 4, 2020

by Nicolle Monteiro de Castro (S&P Global) Datagro conference bought 100 CBIOs; RenovaBio targets under review — The new Brazilian carbon credit, called CBIOs, had their first trade of 100 units at a cost of Real 50/CBIO ($10/CBIO) on June 12, in which the Datagro Conference company was the buyer and an

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    World Ethanol & Biofuels   —   November 3-5, 2020   —   Brussels, Belgium

World Ethanol & Biofuels — November 3-5, 2020 — Brussels, Belgium

HE GLOBAL EVENT FOR THE ETHANOL AND BIOFUELS INDUSTRY 500+ INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVES | 60+ COUNTRIES | 30% PRODUCER ATTENDANCE F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels – 23 years of connecting the industry Global marketplace The European Green Deal, getting the RFS back on track in the US, Brazil’s decarbonisation efforts

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    Sugar & Ethanol Asia   —   September 29-October 1, 2020   —   Bangkok, Thailand

Sugar & Ethanol Asia — September 29-October 1, 2020 — Bangkok, Thailand

FOCUSING ON SUGAR, ETHANOL AND CASSAVA PRODUCTION, DEMAND AND TRADE IN ASIA-PACIFIC Market Insights ● Trade Arbitrage ● New Opportunities 14th Annual Sugar & Ethanol Asia Conference – part of the Global Sugar & Ethanol Series Market insights and projections Hear from and meet sugar and cassava millers, ethanol producers

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

SAF Trends for 2020 and Beyond: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s making what, how, where and when? Find out why there are a zillian paths to sustainable aviation fuels and take a look at The Digest’s latest slide guide from last week’s DigestConnect webinar to get the latest on the growing renewable diesel and SAF

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Flows into Mexico Following Collaboration

(Biofuels International)  Five trainloads of US petrol pre-blended at an E10 rate arrived in Guadalajara in May 2020 – a direct success of the Grains Council’s (USGC’s) collaboration with the Mexican Association of Service Station Providers (AMPES). The 14,500 gallons of ethanol (5,300 bushels in corn equivalent) helped to demonstrate

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Finland: Pizza Hut Makes Deliveries with Biomethane-Powered Car Fleet

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Pizza Hut, the world’s largest pizza chain, has restarted home deliveries in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Tampere (Finland) with five biogas-fueled SEAT vehicles. The company’s desire to cut its carbon footprint and the strongly growing network of natural gas filling stations contributed to the decision. The new NGVs have

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Sinopec Charts Plans for More Biofuel Projects in Major Cities

by Zheng Xin (China Daily)  China Petrochemical Corp, the country’s largest oil refiner, vows to further step up its involvement in the biofuel market by continuing its B5 biodiesel project in Shanghai while accelerating research on B10 biodiesel. … The effort on B10 will likely exert a significant influence on

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Concerns in Biodiesel Industry Raised over Sustainable Aviation Fuel Regulation

(Biofuels International) Waste-based biodiesel producers and associations using lipid feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO) have reacted to the European Commission’s new legislative framework to promote sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) initiative. The organisations said they believed this would play a significant role in the much-needed decarbonisation of the air

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

ACEA Position Paper Review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  … 3) Include infrastructure for all alternative fuels in investment plans The Commission should continue to respect the technology neutrality principle in all policy areas. The further decarbonisation of road transport through the use of lower‐carbon liquid fuels and alternative fuels will require different fuel options

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Ortwin Costenoble on Future Biofuels Standards in the EU

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) On this episode of the Fueling the Future podcast, I spoke with Ortwin Costenoble, senior standarization consultant with the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) about the recent research project commissioned by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) entitled, “Engine tests with new types of biofuels and development of biofuel

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Safflower Oil Hailed by Scientists as Possible Recyclable, Biodegradable Replacement for Petroleum

by Tim Lee (ABC News)  …Victorian grain grower David Jochinke, who participated in the trials, said the prospect of pioneering a biofuel was exciting. “To have a product that needs very little refining, is biodegradable, is a bio-energy, is a bio-fuel, is something that displaces petroleum, something that’s been traditionally used

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil Avoids 515m Tonnes of CO2 Emissions with Ethanol

(Renewables Now) Brazil has avoided more than 515 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions between March 2003 and May 2020 thanks to the use of ethanol, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Friday, analysing statistics by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels. This volume is

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oslo Port Order New Environmental-Friendly Patrol Boat

(Maritime Partner) The Port of Oslo has signed a contract with Maritime Partner AS in Aalesund, Norway to purchase a new hybrid boat for delivery early 2021. The new boat will be used for port surveillance as well as escorting of larger vessels sailing in the harbour. The boat will

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Norsk e-Fuel Planning Europe’s First Commercial H2-Based Renewable Aviation Fuel Facility in Norway

(Norak e-Fuel) Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel in Norway Leading industry consortium joins forces to make unlimited renewable fuel a reality to achieve climate-neutral transportation Norsk e-fuel is generating renewable fuels from CO2 & water using 100% renewable electricity Located in Herøya,

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Drives Growth in Biomass-Based Diesel Imports

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine) U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day (more than 413.9 MMgy), ending two years in a row of decline. Imports of biomass-based diesel increased in 2019 because of the

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen for Sustainable Aviation – aireg e.V. Welcomes the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS)

(aireg)  The members of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. welcome the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS) adopted by the Federal Cabinet on June 10th 2020. It is quite rightly stated that aviation will be dependent on liquid fuels for the foreseeable future. Sustainable aviation fuels, for whose

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide with the Aid of Solar Energy

(Linköping University/EurekAlert!) Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The study has

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Hot Tech Case Studies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s #BetterWithBiology Top 15

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everything’s better with biology, so here’s The Digest’s newly released Top 15 case studies of today’s hottest technology and new markets for traditional oil and gas refiners. What are our top picks? Spoiler Alert: The top 15 may include converting oil refineries to biorefineries, something to

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Relight the Fire – Stoking our Economy with Heat

by Martin Freer (Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)/Biofuels Digest) As the Bank of England predicts a decline in the UK’s economy with a shrinkage of 14%, the worst recession on record, with dramatic impact for UK jobs, there is a feeling of helplessness as the country emerges cautiously from the lockdown. This

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2020

(The World Bank and Guidehouse) … As a result, we saw increased attention and efforts to address climate change around the world. More than 70 countries have committed to working toward net zero emissions by 2050 and to enhance their international climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. How these government

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Scania Trucks Powered by Bio-LNG Gain Momentum in the Nordics

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Finnish company Kuljetus Luokkala Oy has a truck and trailer combination that measures an impressive 31 meters and runs on biomethane. Now this vehicle has become the longest truck to drive 1,000 kilometers daily with bio-LNG and on a single refueling, a novelty in Finland, especially considering the harsh

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Kebbi To Generate N388bn Revenues From Ethanol Production – Prof. Ka’oje

by Ibrahim Bello  (The Herald) Prof. Muhammad Ka’oje, the Chairman,  Kebbi State Standing Committee on Bio-Fuel, has said that the biofuel project will augment the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the tune of N338 billion annually. Ka’oje,  a former Minister of Science and Technology, made this known while briefing newsmen

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Mark Turley

ClonBio founder and executive chairman Mark Turley in Ireland, notes that E10 can deliver the same greenhouse gas savings as 100,000 electric vehicles [EVs] relative to petrol on its own. That’s 20 times the number of new EV’s bought in Ireland in 2019 or 10 times Ireland’s entire EV fleet

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Irish-Owned Ethanol Group Records 143% Rise in Profit in 2019

by Sylvester Phelan (AgriLand) Irish-owned ClonBio Group recorded a 143% increase in profit before tax in 2019, increasing from €39 million in 2018 to €95 million in 2019. Turnover in the period increased 26% to €361 million. The group’s primary asset is a biorefinery under the name Pannonia Bio, located in Hungary.

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture and Storage Pipeline Grows by 10 Large-Scale Facilities Globally

(Global CCS Institute)  The Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, has added 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). There are now 21 facilities in operation, three under construction, and 35 in

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

First Nuseed Carinata shipment demonstrates sustainability and supply

(Nuseed) Saipol, the main subsidiary of Groupe Avril, Europe’s largest producer of biodiesel, has received the first Nuseed Carinata grain shipment at its processing facility in Rouen, France. Grown as a scalable cover crop in Argentina, it will be processed into a renewable fuel with best in class greenhouse gas (GHG)

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Equinor Launching Maritime Climate Ambitions

(Equinor)  On the UN’s World Oceans Day, Equinor is launching its ambitions for reducing own emissions from ships and how the company will contribute to decarbonising shipping. Equinor’s maritime climate ambitions are embedded in the company’s climate roadmap launched on 6 February 2020. The climate roadmap aims to ensure a

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Govt Restores 20 Percent Ethanol Blending

(ZimEye) The mandatory percentage of ethanol blending has been restored to 20 percent after sitting at 10 percent  after ethanol production fell below market requirements. Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi announced the restored percentage in a general notice gazetted as General Notice 926A of 2020. Government introduced fuel blending in

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Ubrabio’s Webinar Launch of the Biocoalition in Brazil

by Ana Flávia Silva Paiva and Isabela Almeida Rodrigues* (Federal University of Goias/ Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for Studies on the United States/ Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Webinar, “Integration between biofuels: strategies to overcome the crisis,” held on June 4, 2020, was an online event broadcast on

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Key Hydrogen Projects, Players and Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s Top 10 Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How will we develop hydrogen for industrial and transport objectives? That is the question The Digest’s Jim Lane looks at in this visual slide guide highlighting the demand potential, background on renewable gases and renewable hydrogen, drivers behind it, state of play, major players, and more.

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil: Producers of Hydrated Ethanol Fuel Can Sell Directly to Gas Station Owners

(Merco Press)  Brazil’s CNPE national energy council approved a resolution that establishes rules allowing producers of hydrated ethanol fuel to sell directly to gas station owners, according to a statement. Oil regulator ANP will now be able to take steps to put the new rules into practice, the statement said.  The

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Vietnam Reduces Ethanol Tariff Rate

(Feed & Grain/U.S. Grains Council)  5% point reduction on import tariffs is expected to create opportunities for increased ethanol trade —  A five-percent point reduction on import tariffs for ethanol is expected to create opportunities for increased ethanol trade with Vietnam. It could be a win-win for both U.S. farmers and

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

American Corn Growers Foundation Tells Farmers to Focus on Ethanol

by Robert Pore (Grand Island Independent) A Wilcox farmer and chairman of the American Corn Growers Foundation said farmers counting on corn exports “has always been a questionable strategy.” “Problematic U.S. trade policy, aimed at China, is attempting to protect intellectual property rights of big corporations, but has boomeranged against

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Takes Off: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste’s Renewable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste’s MY Renewable Jet Fuel reduces GHG emissions up to 80% compared to fossil fuels.Produced from renewable waste and residue raw materials, it is offering aviation a solution in reducing direct carbon emissions of flying. Find out what the benefits are for airports, airlines, travelers,

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Making Its Way in the Aviation Sector

(Biofuels International) Video of the Month —  As part of the BIO4A project, SkyNRG will provide its valuable expertise in the sector to make BIO4A mission a reality: enabling the large-scale pre-commercial production of ASTM-certified SAF in the European Union. In this short interview, Oskar tells us how sustainable aviation

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New System for Widespread Availability of Green Hydrogen

(Alpha Galileo/Graz University of Technology)   Hydrogen researchers at Graz University of Technology, together with the Graz-based start-up Rouge H2 Engineering, have developed a cost-effective process for the decentralised production of high-purity hydrogen. As an alternative propulsion technology in the transport sector, hydrogen is playing an important role in the energy

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Consumption up by 16 Percent

(Statistics Netherlands (CBS))  In 2019, renewable energy consumption in the Netherlands grew by 16 percent to 181 petajoules (PJ) relative to the previous year. More than half of this increase was due to increased consumption of biomass, particularly co-firing in power plants and in the form of biodiesel and biogasoline.

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

CMA CGM Group Targets Carbon Neutrality by 2050

(The Maritime Executive) CMA CGM Group became the latest large shipping company to accelerate its goals to achieve carbon neutrality.   Participating in the UN Global Compact conference, Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé announced that the company’s objective is now to be carbon neutral by 2050. He also said that the

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Xebec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ Launch an Investment Fund to Increase Renewable Natural Gas Production in Québec

(Xebec Adsorption Inc.) Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSXV: XBC) (“Xebec”), a global provider of clean energy solutions, and Fonds de solidarité FTQ (the “Fonds”) are proud to announce the creation of the GNR Québec Capital L.P. investment fund. With an initial capitalization of $20 million, this new investment vehicle aims to increase renewable natural gas (RNG) production

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Calls from Bioenergy Australia for More Ethanol-Industry Support

(Biofuels International)  Bioenergy Australia is calling on the federal government to support, and for sanitiser manufacturing businesses to continue to buy, Australian ethanol. As supply lines from China begin to reopen as lockdown measures are lifted, cheaper imports are beginning to enter the Australian market again. Economist and Bioenergy chairman

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New Canadian Bioethanol Plant Planned for Prince George Site

(Biofuels International)  The BC Hemp Corporation has revealed it will be building a $2 billion (€1.8 billion) biofuel plant on an industrial site in Prince George, British Columbia.  BC Hemp president Remi Balaj made the announcement during a live stream and added the company is looking to start construction in six

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Aviation Coalition Calls for Sector to Be at Heart of Government’s Green Recovery Plan

(Biofuels International) The Sustainable Aviation coalition has called for UK aviation to be at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery strategy in a letter to the Transport Secretary.  The coalition said there needed to be a joined-up approach to decarbonising aviation that will enable the country to rapidly bounce

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

JUTC to Introduce Biodiesel Project and Electric Buses

(Jamaica Information Service) The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) intends to introduce a biodiesel project and electric buses this year as it continues to put measures in place to modernise its operations, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. READ MORE

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Biojet Off The Ground

by Meghan Lim (Bite Size Research/Future Energy Systems/Alberta University)  Can we fly without fossil fuels? Biofuels are produced from living plant matter, with biojet a specific kind used for flying. Explore the reasons for biojet production and the challenges it faces with undergraduate student, Meghan Lim. Download the worksheet here

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Get Electricity from Algae: Developed at ETU “LETI”

(St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University)  Researchers from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” have developed a model of biofuel cell for electricity generation using cyanobacteria.  —  Nowadays, the engineering of environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources is one of the most important problems of humanity. The Engineering Center for Microtechnology and Diagnostics

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Mestilla Invests 6M EUR in Used Cooking Oil Processing Project in Klaipeda

(The Baltic Course)  Mestilla, a biodiesel manufacturer operating in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone, plans to start making biofuel out of used cooking oil (UCO) collected in Lithuania, starting by the end of 2021. This is the company’s way to contribute towards a cleaner environment, circular economy, and the reduction

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Accelerating Hydrogen, Powerfuels, Renewables: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The German Energy Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DENA, the German Energy Agency, released this slide guide highlighting how the country is transitioning into more energy efficiency, more direct renewable energies and powerfuels. By looking at integrated energy, they are implementing several projects to help industry reduce emissions. The Initiative Energy Efficiency Networks,

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop New Chemicals Process to Recycle Bioplastics

(BioMarket Insight) The UK-based scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath have developed what they describe as a “faster, more efficient way” of recycling plant-based bioplastics. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioliquids and Their Use in Power Generation – A Technology Review

by T.Seljak, M.Buffi, A.Valera-Medina, C.T.Chong, D.Chiaramonti, T.Katrašnik (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews) -A systematic and holistic assessment of relevant properties of bioliquids.  -New technical advances of piston engines and micro gas turbines using bioliquids.  -A detailed analysis of required power system adaptations imposed by bioliquids.  -Future perspectives for power generation

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

UP Govt to Amend Biofuel Policy to Augment State’s Green Energy Resources

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard) The Uttar Pradesh government will promote the setting up of biofuel plants for augmenting the state’s green energy resources. UP Chief Minister Adityanath has instructed officials to revisit the UP Biofuel Policy 2018 for effecting suitable amendments to boost the sector and attract fresh investment. Of late, the state has been

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Lidl Switzerland Bets on Renewable Synthetic Gas for Mobility

(Empa/NGV Journal) By 2030, Lidl Switzerland wants to deliver its goods to all its stores without the use of fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, technological progress and cooperation between research, industry and the public authorities are essential. As part of the “Goodbye Diesel” project, the company has already invested in

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

DEM-COM: LanzaJet Takes off on Non-Stop Flight to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) After what could be considered a lengthy out-of-town tryout, LanzaJet is now officially launched as a LanzaTech spin-off — Suncor Energy and Mitsui & Co. are investing $15 million and $10 million, respectively, to establish the new venture. All Nippon Airways is also contributing in exchange for accessing off

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Harvested Seaweed to Help Industries

(Barbados Advocate)  Sargassum seaweed has been a scourge in the eyes of many Barbadians, but Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL) Renewable Energy Officer and Advisor to the Minister of the Blue Economy, Mark Hill, has explained that it can and will be used in a positive way. He was

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

They Propose to Abandon Diesel on Public Transport and Supply It Only with Biofuel

by Alvaro Arellano (elciudadanoweb.com (Google Translation))  Producers in the sector support the presentation of a bill that proposes the massive migration of traditional fuel to biodiesel. This demand would make it possible to reactivate its installed capacity. Dragging a strong crisis due to the lack of clarity in energy policies.

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article
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