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Canada Invests in Biomass Research Cluster to Grow Bioeconomy

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

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Harmony Cuts Energy Consumption, Ushering in Solar, Mulling Biofuels

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

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Punjab Signs MoU for Biofuel Project

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

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviaiton Biofuels Made from Wastes and Residues Cannot Be Scaled Up New Report Shows

(BiofuelWatch)  BiofuelWatch report about aviation biofuel producer WorldEnergy boosts fears that large-scale biofuel use for aircraft would have to rely on palm oil.  — A new report [1] about aviation biofuels, published by the environmental NGO Biofuelwatch [2] today (February 11, 2019), exposes the strict limits to the amount of such fuels

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Biofuels International Conference   —   October 22-23, 2019   —   Brussels, Belgium      DEADLINE: unclear

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Biofuels International Conference — October 22-23, 2019 — Brussels, Belgium DEADLINE: unclear

We’re pleased to announce the location and date for next year’s International Biomass Congress & Expo, which will take place in the beautiful and historical city of Brussels 22-23 October 2019 The Biofuels International Conference & Expo aims to bring together leading producers, suppliers, regulators and other engaged organisations over

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Supports Transition to Bio-LNG

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Dreyfus Expects Faster Switching between Sugar, Ethanol in Brazil

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Techie Builds Biofuel Plant, Makes Home Free of LPG

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

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland Sets World-Leading 30% Biofuel Obligation for 2030

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

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The First Certified Sustainable Seaweed

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant to Be Powered by Baker Hughes Generators

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP: EU Oilseed Producers Lose in Argentina Imports Settlement

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Next Gen Biodiesel Scientists Take One Small Step

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … NGBS (Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists) co-chair Jennifer Greenstein, North Carolina State University, moderated a panel of four young scientists from around the world during the recent National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. Haixin Peng, Auburn University is from China; Shyam Paudel, Missouri University of Science

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Fueling Debate

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil May Boost Ethanol Production without Deforestation

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazilian Ethanol Looks for Balance between Oil, Sugar Markets

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

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Sustainability Criteria ‘Blocked’ in EU Commission

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  A delegated act determining the sustainability criteria of biofuels under the new renewable energy directive (RED II) has been blocked in the European Commission as some Commissioners found the criteria “too light”, EURACTIV has learnt. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to the talks told EURACTIV.com

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Generators of Biomethane Can Claim RHI and RTFO Payments

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Approves US Soybeans for Biofuel Production

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Potential Trade‐Offs of Employing Perennial Biomass Crops for the Bioeconomy in the EU by 2050: Impacts on Agricultural Markets in the EU and the World

(ResearchGate)  Perennial biomass crops (PBC) are considered a crucial feedstock for sustainable biomass supply to the bioeconomy that compete less with food production compared to traditional crops. However, large‐scale development of PBC as a means to reach greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation targets would require not only the production on land previously

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth of Engineered Pseudomonas putida KT2440 on Glucose, Xylose and Arabinose: Hemicellulose Hydrolysates and Their Major Sugars as Sustainable Carbon Sources

by Yan Wang, Felix Horlamus, Marius Henkel, Filip Kovacic, Sandra Schläfle, Rudolf Hausmann, Andreas Wittgens, Frank Rosenau (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)  Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant bioresource on earth containing polymers mainly consisting of D‐glucose, D‐xylose, L‐arabinose and further sugars. In order to establish this alternative feedstock apart from applications

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP Report on Global Market Supply 2018/2019: Combining Economically Viable Agriculture with Appropriate Agricultural Market and Climate Protection Policies

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) has formulated its policy expectations on the occasion of the presentation of the third edition of the Global Market Supply Report. The association refers to the generally good global supply

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Exploitation Permit for CO2 Storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

BHP and NYK Use GoodFuels Biofuel to Progress Decarbonisation Goals

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Port of Rotterdam’s Green Scheme

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

February 4, 2019 Read Full Article

SABIC and Customers Launch Certified Circular Polymers from Mixed Plastic Waste

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

BiochemUSA Signs MOU to Develop $422.9 Million Biorefinery in India

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Calvera Delivers Mobile Gas Pipeline to Transport Biomethane in Finland

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

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Taxes versus Emissions Trading System: Evaluating Environmental Policies that Affect Multiple Types of Pollution

by Boon-Ling Yeo and Andrew Coleman (Environmental Economics and Policy Studies)  This paper examines the interaction of different policies used to control two types of agricultural pollution. Pollution control policy is efficient when both pollution types are controlled by taxes, although a tax increase on one type of pollution can increase the

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Continued Growth of European Aviation Poses Environmental Challenges that Must Be Addressed, Warns EU Regulator

(GreenAir Online)   Europe’s aviation regulator EASA has warned the continued growth of European aviation could undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and the Paris objectives if effective action is not taken to reduce the sector’s emissions over the next 10 years. … Existing mitigation measures are unlikely to counteract the increasing environmental

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

French Fuel Price Revolt Boosted Ethanol Use – Industry Officials

by Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  Public anger in France over increasing fuel prices, which gave rise to the anti-government “yellow vest” movement, has further boosted demand for crop-based ethanol fuel from motorists seeking cheaper deals, industry representatives said on Tuesday. Ethanol, which is blended with gasoline as part of renewable energy policy

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste MY

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste produces a drop-in renewable diesel fuel that is refined from a mix of more than 10 different wastes and residues and various vegetable oils. Matt Leuck, Technical Manager, North America at Neste MY Renewable Diesel gave this illuminating overview of how renewable diesel is different

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Nouryon Partners with Unilever, Investment Companies and Startup Networks to Accelerate Innovation in Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Launches Website to Promote Ethanol Production

by Ashish Roy (Times of India)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently launched a website www.indiaforethanol.net to create awareness about ethanol prodution especially among farmers. At present the website provides information in Hindi but work is going on to translate the matter into 34 regional languages also. A helpline for those interested

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Groups Support Expansion of Biofuels in Ontario

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy submit comments in support of 15% renewable fuel content in gasoline use by 2025.  —  This week, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments to the Canadian province of Ontario supporting the expansion of biofuel blending under the Made-in-Ontario Environment

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

by Brad Shannon and Carolyn Bick (INVESTIGATEWEST)  …  The biodiesel-to-be that is being sucked into (Chad) Peters’ truck, like much of what’s collected in Washington, will help reduce climate-wrecking carbon emissions not in the Evergreen State but across the border in Oregon. There, lawmakers have required progressive reductions in the amount of

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

NGVA Europe Calls for Method to Account Biofuels from 2025 Target

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) In this transitional period for the European transport and energy sectors towards zero- and low-emission driving and in these crucial last steps of the negotiation for a final agreement between the European Parliament and Council on the new regulation setting CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles, NGVA Europe urges

January 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Update on CAAFI State-Level Projects

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative )  SAJF Deployment Projects Florida, Alabama, Georgia Several developments in Alabama and Florida will enhance opportunities for the Southeast Partnership for Advance Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).   The Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs (ADECA) has issued an RFP

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

CAAFI Publishes Presentations from CAAFI Biennial General Meeting 2018 · December 4-6, 2018

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI community is making great strides in the deployment of sustainable alternative jet fuel. The event included presentations and discussions of results from a number of key events from this year, including outcomes from International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) meetings

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Ocado Invests £3 Million into Biomethane

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK fuel supplier Gasrec announced in a press release that British online supermarket Ocado has launched a £3 million (€3.4 million) investment into a natural gas refuelling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. According to Gasrec, Ocado now leads the industry with 20% of its Heavy Goods Vehicle

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Interview: RFA Hoping EPA Will Be More Restrained on SREs

by Jeff Barber (Opis Biofuels News) The U.S. ethanol industry, which spent most of 2018 dealing with the fallout from EPA’s decision to allow a record number of small refineries to escape their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations, believes the agency will take a more measured approach to exemption requests

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gaining Support: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy’s inter-task proejct has done extensive work on the sustainability of bioenergy systems, including over 50 authors contributing to over 25 deliverables between 2016-2018 alone. Martin Junginger, Göran Berndes, Inge Stupak, and Uwe Fritsche from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating presentation on measuring, governing and

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Promoting Citizen-Orientated Climate Protection in Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   On the occasion of the new edition of the brochure “Good Reasons for Biofuels”, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) determines that the importance of biofuels as a tool for decarbonising the transport sector is

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter Available

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) It (January 2019 PyNe43 Newsletter) contains contributions on Electrocatalytic upgrading to stabilize pyrolysis oil Progress towards commercialization at pilot and demonstration scale Pyrolysis of forestry and fishery residue for rural applications. Overview on catalysts to upgrade pyrolysis oils. Hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass to drop in diesel Challenges under

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Burgeoning Biomethane: RNG Is a Partner, Not Competitor, to Ethanol

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. A transformation is underway in Iowa. Last year, Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, purchased

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Publishes 2018 Year in Review

(Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)  With support from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a not-for-profit business accelerator for sustainable chemistry, has a vision to create jobs and economic value sustainably for Canada. BIC has created a successful foundation to support an emerging hybrid chemistry cluster

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Commercial Truck Fleets Can Now Access Liquefied Biomethane

(Gasrec/NGV Journal)  Commercial vehicle fleets running on LNG can now take advantage of the same huge CO2 savings being achieved by CNG trucks running on biomethane, following a significant move by fuel provider Gasrec. The firm has become the first in the UK to offer customers access to Renewable Transport Fuels

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

With Rise of Electric Vehicles, a New Foreign Energy Dependence Looms

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) Forecasts say that electric vehicle sales are about to take off worldwide and increase demand for the raw materials that go into batteries. — Energy Secretary Rick Perry earlier this month said he would put more federal money into developing processes to recycle the raw materials used

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

E10 Safe in All Petrol Cars

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/EurActiv)  Folklore shouldn’t stop progress: if a car works fine with today’s petrol from EU filling stations, it will work just fine with the new E10 petrol, writes James Cogan.  —  Every petrol engine ever made or sold in the USA runs on E10 petrol. E10 has been

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth of Engineered Pseudomonas putida KT2440 on Glucose, Xylose and Arabinose: Hemicellulose Hydrolysates and Their Major Sugars as Sustainable Carbon Sources

by Yan Wang, Felix Horlamus, Marius Henkel, Filip Kovacic, Sandra Schläfle, Rudolf Hausmann, Andreas Wittgens, Frank Rosenau (Global Change Biology Global Energy)  Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant bioresource on earth containing polymers mainly consisting of D‐glucose, D‐xylose, L‐arabinose and further sugars. In order to establish this alternative feedstock apart from applications

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Use of Biofuel in Military Aircraft Cleared; IAF to Start with Transport Aircraft

(Economic Times)  The Indian Air Force is expected to use biofuel for its transport fleet and helicopters following the clearance given by the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification.  —  In a significant move, the use of indigenously produced biofuel for military aircraft has been cleared after months of exhaustive ground and flight trials,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Rapeseed Costs Less than Fuel Oil

by Helena Taveras Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, UFOP reports that for years now, dramatically low prices have defined the level of revenues from rapeseed and soft wheat. The drought year 2018 did not do anything to change this. So anyone who is still talking about an inflationary effect of biofuel production, raises

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Stora Enso Story – A Magical Tale of Trees and Forests

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, we talk about Stora Enso’s story – the renewable materials company that develops and produces wood and biomass based solutions for a range of industries and applications globally – what they have done recently that shouts innovation from the tree tops,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Delhi: Women March Leaders to Biofuel, an Republic Day of Firsts

(Times of India) From the all-women marching contingent of Assam Rifles to the use of biofuel in the aircraft participating in the flypast, the 70th Republic Day had a number of firsts.  … There was also the first-time use of indigenously developed biofuel by the Indian Air Force on Saturday. Its

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Ready for Take Off? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future

by David Hitchcock (Atlantic Council)  … However, the importance of powering the aviation sector (both military and commercial) through sustainable fuels cannot be overstated. David Hitchcock’s paper, “Ready for Takeoff? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future,” provides a keen look at the history of biofuels, current uses of biofuel, and investments

January 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The 7 Most Promising Aviation Biofuels

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  … “We really need to focus on the feedstocks that are cheapest and most abundant,” said Jeff Skeer, a senior program officer for the International Renewable Energy Agency. “And I think there’s a lot out there, not just from the carbon waste streams and woody waste streams but even also

January 26, 2019 Read Full Article

E. coli Takes On Biofuels

by Jessica Velez, Angel Fernando Cisneros Caballero and Narjes Alfuraiji (Science Trends) … In the genetic engineering world, E. coli is a valuable user-friendly host with a well-known growth metabolism and the largest set of genetic engineering tools available. Many people may be surprised to know that this bacteria has been studied

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Reaping the Benefits of Agricultural Waste

(University of New Castle) Australia’s $63 billion* agriculture sector stands to benefit from a revolutionary fuel technology that will convert multiple agricultural waste streams into valuable biofuel and green chemical products for the first time. In partnership with the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Lower-Saxony’s Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection Advocates for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(aireg.de)  aireg and its members are very pleased to welcome the State of Lower-Saxony, represented by the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection as its latest member. With this decision, the government of Lower Saxony underlines the importance and urgently needed use of sustainable aviation fuels

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Selling Ethanol to China Just Got More Complicated

by Clinton Griffiths (AgDay TV) As some ethanol operations throttle production or shutter plants, Peter Meyer with S&P Global Platts isn’t sold on Chinese demand rescuing the biofuel and corn industries. … “At the Detroit Auto Show it was announced that the major car manufacturers are going to spend $300 billion on

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

USask Research Turning Ethanol Waste into Alzheimer’s Meds, Industrial Products

(University of Saskatchewan)  A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team’s quest to extract protein from more than a billion litres of annually produced wastewater (called thin stillage) at Saskatchewan’s ethanol plants has yielded something far more valuable—a compound used in many countries to slow cognition loss in Alzheimer’s patients. That compound

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Lack of Incentives, Uncertain Supply Hamper Progress on Biofuels

by Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman (The Jakarta Post)  The production of biofuel from sources such as palm oil and sugarcane is prone to delays and vulnerable to fluctuating supplies and prices, the government has acknowledged. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general for renewable energy, Rida Mulyana, said it was thus crucial

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Stoves Maker’s App Ropes in Customers as Marketers

(Business Daily Africa)  Low income households using KOKO Networks’ ethanol stoves can now earn commissions by marketing the cooker through a new app. myKOKO allows users to earn up to Sh250 per sale of the special cookers that currently retail at Sh6,200. Aside from inviting friends to sign up as

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil’s Loss May Be U.S. Soybean Gain in EU Biofuel Rule (1)

by Stephen Gardner (Bloomberg)  European Union must propose rule on biofuel crops that cause deforestation or other land-use change by Feb. 1; Palm oil would be phased out as biofuel feedstock in EU, U.S. soybean farmers could benefit — U.S. soybean companies could be the big winners if an upcoming European Union rule on

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production to Be Launched in Azerbaijan

by Leman Mammadova (AzerNews) The production of biodiesel will be launched in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said at an expanded meeting of the board of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy on January 22, Trend reported. The minister stressed that the corresponding enterprise has already become a resident of the Balakhani

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy is working on an inter-task project on measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains. Uwe Fritsche and others from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating overview of the positions, perception and vision of stakeholder groups on bioenergy at ABLC Global 2018 in

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

The Bio Wilburys: ExxonMobil, REG Add Clariant to Monumental Effort for Cellulosic-to-Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time, as the advanced bioeconomy has continued its pivot to deployment-scale diesel and jet fuels, there has been quite a bit of scrutiny and skepticism over the sourcing of enough sustainable feedstock to supply all the growing demand. A big part of that puzzle

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    Seminário “Futuro da Matriz Veicular no Brasil”   —   February 20-21, 2019   —   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Seminário “Futuro da Matriz Veicular no Brasil” — February 20-21, 2019 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP) convida para o Seminário “Futuro da Matriz Veicular no Brasil”, que será realizado nos dias 20 e 21 de fevereiro de 2019, no Rio de Janeiro. The national agency of petroleum, Natural gas and biofuels (ANP) invites to the seminar

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: Chiclana’s Municipal Fleet Speeds up Transition to Biomethane

(City of Chiclana/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román headed the presentation of the new Volkswagen Caddy Trendline, acquired by Chiclana Natural, the third biogas powered vehicle that joins the municipal company’s fleet. The 110 HP van will provide service to the Municipal Delegation for the Environment. The other

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    La III Conferencia Internacional de Biocombustibles   —   February 28 – March 1, 2019   —   Medellín, Colombia

La III Conferencia Internacional de Biocombustibles — February 28 – March 1, 2019 — Medellín, Colombia

(Google Translation) Currently, the agribusiness of biofuels in Colombia is growing and, through it, the advancement of the Colombian countryside, the generation of employment and being a fundamental contribution for the construction of peace is sought. Due to the growing environmental awareness, biofuels are strongly positioned as an alternative to

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Plans 2019 Global Carbon Market Meeting to Determine Trading Rules

by  Siobhan Hall (S&P Global Platts)  Spring meeting in Brussels ahead of COP25 in Chile; Wants rules that ensure real emission reductions; EU to meet its 2030 CO2 cut target with own rules  —  The European Commission wants to help broker an accord on global carbon market mechanisms to achieve the emission reductions needed

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group Partner with Clariant to Advance Cellulosic Biofuel Research

(ExxonMobil/Renewable Energy Group/Globe Newswire)  Partnership to expand on joint ExxonMobil and REG research into cellulosic biodiesel; Clariant’s sunliquid® technology to facilitate creation of compatible cellulosic sugars; Objective is to combine technologies into a single, integrated biodiesel production process ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) said today that they have signed a joint research

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s Dilemma: Appease U.S. Biodiesel or His Argentine Buddy

by Mario Parker and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg) The Trump administration’s decision in April to slap tariffs on Argentine soybean products came as a blessing for Bob Morton. Free of competition from the soybean-product giant, Morton etched out a plan to increase capacity at his Rhode Island biodiesel plant by more than 40 percent

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Assocação Clarifies that 80% of Biodiesel in Portugal Does Not Have Palm Oil

(Ojogo (Google translation)) The Portuguese Association of Biofuel Producers, which accounts for 80% of biodiesel incorporated in diesel in Portugal, said today that none of its member companies uses palm oil in the production of its biofuels. On Monday, environmental protesters focused on European Commission representations in several European capitals,

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Has Potential to Be Energy Future of SA

by Francois Baird (FairPlay/Saturday Star/IOL) … There is so much more to sugar cane than sugar, and its potential to create a healthier energy future is but one of many good reasons the embattled South African sugar industry is worth saving. Sugar cane is one of the few bio-energy sources that

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

REA Launches Bioenergy Review with New Call for Evidence

(Renewable Energy Association)  The Renewable Energy Association has launched a major new review of the future of bioenergy in the UK;  The new review follows the Committee on Climate Change’s estimate that bioenergy could provide up to 15% of UK energy by 2050.  REA requests inputs from experts in industry, academia and NGOs.

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Airports, Airlines Join Putrajaya’s Fight against Anti-Palm Oil Lobby

(MSN News) The Malaysian aviation industry has joined the government’s efforts to counter the anti-palm oil campaign in Europe, with airports and airlines ready to bring Putrajaya’s “Love MY Palm Oil” tagline to foreign visitors. The Ministry of Primary Industries today said Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB), Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Airways

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

From Take-Off to Offtake – Driving Sustainable Aviation Fuels to Commercial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a tale of two Washingtons, the sustainable aviation fuels movement will gather in Washington state in March and in Washington, D.C. in April to seek breakthroughs in the adoption rate of jet biofuels, which have been stalled for some time between the successful certification/demonstration efforts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article
    S & P Global Platts of Commodities in Recife (Fórum S&P Global Platts de Commodities em Recife)   —   February 12, 2019  —   Recife, Brazil

S & P Global Platts of Commodities in Recife (Fórum S&P Global Platts de Commodities em Recife) — February 12, 2019 — Recife, Brazil

(S&P Global Platts; Google Translation)  The S & P Global Platts Commodities Forum in Recife will be a great opportunity to stay informed and interact with your industry colleagues. Receive crucial and up-to-date information on the biofuels, refined oils, oil and maritime transport markets Listen to the best editors and analysts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

New ‘Architecture’ Discovered in Corn: Scientists’ Findings May Improve Biofuel Production

(Louisiana State University/Science Daily)  New research on the United States’ most economically important agricultural plant — corn — has revealed a different internal structure of the plant than previously thought, which can help optimize how corn is converted into ethanol.  —  It has been previously thought that cellulose, a thick and rigid

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari Unveils M15 Blending Program at SIAT 2019

by Amit Panday (AutoCar Professional)  Nitin Gadkari: “We are commissioning a Center of Excellence on methanol for ARAI. My ministry will give the required financial assistance to ARAI for this.” SIAT 2019 today saw the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister (Road Transport & Highways). Gadkari used the platform of

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Benefuel Secures Land for Sarnia Biodiesel Plant

by Paul Morden (The Sarnia Observer) … (Benefuel CEO Rob) Tripp said Benefuel has successfully commercialized its patented process for manufacturing low carbon biodiesel and bio-lubricants from waste feedstocks, such a used cooking oil and byproducts from ethanol refining. It has demonstrated the process at a biodiesel refinery in Nebraska for

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals  —  Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals grew considerably in

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil Ethanol Pipeline Owner Eyes Corn-Based Fuel Makers

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/Successful Farming)  Logum, the company operating Brazil’s sole ethanol pipeline, is looking to expand the system into central Brazil to reach more plants and possibly the nascent corn-based ethanol industry, which is expected to grow. Chief Executive Wagner Biasoli told Reuters Logum has secured financing for an expansion

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Connectivity: How Biofuels Can Boost Mobile Access, Support Small Farmers – And Fight Climate Change

by John Garrity, Dennis Garrity and James Daniel (Next Billion)  In rural villages across communities in Africa and Asia, families stay connected with distant loved ones, and benefit from reduced information and transaction costs, by using a mobile phone — but only during the day. That’s because the mobile cellular towers that serve many

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair Introduces CO2 Offsetting and Biofuel Service for Customers

(Finnair)  Finnair today (January 15, 2019) introduced a service, where its customers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or reduce emissions by buying biofuel. Push for change service is available on Finnair web pages at www.finnair.com/pushforchange and customers can also use Finnair Plus frequent flyer points to pay

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Quest Fulfilled? Holy Grail Found? 40% Crop Yield Increase Really Possible?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … (S)cientists in Illinois may have just gotten incredibly close to finding the treasure that any crop producer has been searching for. In field testing across two different growing seasons, they showed >25% increase in biomass of pathway 3 plants compared to wild type,

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    Global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Summit 2019   —   January 29, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

Global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Summit 2019 — January 29, 2019 — New Delhi, India

The Global Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit (GSAFS 2019)aims to tackle the most prevalent issues facing the global industry. The summit agenda stimulates learning through panel debates, technical case studies and keynote sessions which ensure you leave with the skills and knowledge required to overcome the challenges currently affecting your business

January 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil No Longer Considered ‘Biofuel’ in France

by Cécile Barbière (EURACTIV.fr |translated by Rob Kirby) In a rare revolt against the government, the French National Assembly has passed a bill explicitly saying palm oil “is not a biofuel” and won’t be eligible for tax breaks as of 1 January 2020. In Europe, a decision is expected in the

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

India Needs to Focus on Alternative Fuels Like Ethanol and Electric, Says Nitin Gadkari

(PTI/Financial Express) Gadkari was speaking at a symposium on ’empowering mobility – the safe and intelligence way’, organised by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).  —  Union minister for transport Nitin Gadkari Thursday stressed the importance of moving towards alternative fuels like methanol, ethanol and electric and said that it will

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Plans to Double Palm Oil Use in Biodiesel by 2020 – Government

by Joseph Sipalan (Market Screener/Reuters) Malaysia plans to double the mix of palm oil in its biodiesel programme by 2020 in a bid to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy sources, the government said on Thursday. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the government intends to increase the amount of palm

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Expands Its Ethanol Offerings At Grains.org

(U.S. Grains Council)  New information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org. The United States is the world’s low-cost ethanol producer and captured more than 65 percent of global ethanol trade in the 2017/2018

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Etihad Airways Flies the World’s First Flight Using Fuel Made in The UAE From Plants Grown in Saltwater by Khalifa University

(Etihad Airways/Aviation Pros)  The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute that is part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, announced the world’s first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines. The flight from

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Biocrude: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Ensyn

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ensyn produces a biocrude from forest and agricultural residues using its proprietary thermal technology. Dr. Robert G. Graham, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ensyn gave this illuminating overview of their growth in RFO, advancement in refinery co-processing, and start-up of a new 10 million gallon/year production facility

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ENI Launches New Biofuel Production Project

(ANSA Med) From castor oil plants, experimentation in Gafsa, Tunisia  —  ENI has launched a biofuel pilot project in Gafsa, Tunisia, using castor oil plants, which will be used in the ENI biorefinery in Venice and subsequently in the biorefinery in Gela on the island of Sicily. The experimental project aims to

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

VTT Develops New Wood Gasification Method to Produce Biofuel, Chemicals

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Canadian Biomass)  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Bioeconomy Survey: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy 42 conducted a bio-economy survey using an online system to collect data, analysis of bioeconomy economics and policy data with interactive visualization, and a biorefineries database. Vincenzo Motola, Alessandro Giocoli, Nicola Pierro, and Isabella De Bari from IEA Bioenergy Task 42 gave this illuminating

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Royal Netherlands Air Force Operates Her F-16 Fighting Falcons per January on Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Supplied by SkyNRG, Shell Aviation and World Energy

(SkyNRG)  Starting per January 14th, the Royal Netherlands Air Force operates her flights from Leeuwarden Airbase on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The SAF is supplied by SkyNRG and Shell Aviation and produced in the US by World Energy, at this moment the only producer of SAF worldwide. The sustainable aviation fuel

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Ghana’s and Nigeria’s Green Energy Biofuels Scaling Renewable Ethanol for Clean Cooking Fuels

(Green Energy Biofuels)  The KIKE Green Cook stove has been successfully used in households of all income levels in Kumasi and Accra’s capital city, Ghana and widely used in Nigeria. It has been introduced by the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and adopted by many state and local governments

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article
    Platts 9th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference   —   April 2-3, 2019   —   Geneva, Switzerland

Platts 9th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference — April 2-3, 2019 — Geneva, Switzerland

The outlook for 2019/20 remains uncertain as the EU and world sugar prices attempt to recover from multi-year lows seen in 2018. The key questions are: will the price of sugar turn around in 2019, and if so, where will the European Sugar market stand in a years’ time? Join

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Seeks to Sell Shutdown, Trade Policies to Farmers

by Jonathan Lemire (Associated Press/Washington Post)  President Donald Trump urged farmers Monday to stick with him even as many grapple with the impact of his trade war with China and the partial government shutdown. … Trump said the wall was needed to cut down on illegal immigration, even though border crossings have

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Says French Palm Oil Curb Threatens Biofuel Facility

(The Star) French energy group Total said a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil from raw materials approved for use in biofuel would put at risk its La Mede facility in southern France. French lawmakers last month voted to remove palm oil from the country’s biofuel scheme as of 2020,

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

BTA International Completes Organic Waste to Biogas Plant in Quebec

by Ben Messenger (Waste Management World) BTA International GmbH, a specialist for the wet-mechanical pre-treatment and subsequent digestion of organic waste containing impurities, have completed a major waste to gas facility in Varennes, Quebec. … The biogas is used to fuel the boilers which provide the required heat for the facility

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

We’ll Begin Production of Ethanol, Glucose Syrup from Sweet Sorghum Soon

by  Vincent A. Yusuf (Daily Trust)  Nigeria will in the first quarter of 2019 begin the production of ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum for industrial use. In this interview, the Director General of Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC), Dr. Ibrahim Hussaini Doko, explained the journey so far and the

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

2019: We Need an All-In Climate Strategy

by Seth Ginther (U.S. Industrial Pellets Association (USIPA)/Biofuels Digest)  … There is no one panacea for climate change; rather, we need an all-of-the-above renewable energy strategy that includes wood biomass combined with other renewables like wind and solar. … In the United Kingdom, where wood biomass is replacing coal, the government’s Environment

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article
    3rd International Biotechnology Congress-2019 (IBC-2019)    —   October 25-27, 2019   —   Singapore,

3rd International Biotechnology Congress-2019 (IBC-2019) — October 25-27, 2019 — Singapore,

IBC-2019 aims to bring together experts, academicians, senior scientists, industry executives and project leaders involved in biotechnology field to share, network and develop advanced technology and products. The conference will feature a wide range of topics relevant to diverse perspectives including New Enzymes and Biocatalysis, Novel Biomaterials, Biomass and Bioenergy,

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Generation Plant under Construction

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, presented the agreements that the Government of the Balearic Islands has reached with Enagás, ACCIONA and CEMEX to promote several industrial projects in the Lloseta area of Mallorca. The agreements involve

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The World Has Loads of Sustainable Palm Oil… But No One Wants It

by Anuradha Raghu (Bloomberg)  Certified variety costs more and buyers won’t pay premium; Only half of the sustainable output is actually being sold  —  The world’s biggest growers of palm oil say they’re stepping up efforts to produce the contentious commodity more sustainably, but consumers are unwilling to pay more for environmentally friendly

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

BIO D Is Using Used Cooking Oil to Check Pollution

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (The Tech Panda)  …  BIO D, in its essence, is a waste management company, which offers a one-stop solution to India for its waste management, reducing the dependency of imported crude oil and fight against pollution. India generates over 150,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day.

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy To Remodel World Dominance Patterns

by Jacek Fior (CleanTechnica)  Attending the 9th session of IRENA’s General Assembly on Friday*, we were all looking forward to one item on the agenda – launch of a new report, A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation. We all swarmed into the Regal Room of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Final Version Published of Renewable Energy Directive – RED II: DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/2001

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The final version of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED IIi) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member States must transpose the Directive into national law by End of June 2021. It should be noted that third

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article
    Oleofuels 2019   —   June 5-6, 2019   —   Venice, Italy

Oleofuels 2019 — June 5-6, 2019 — Venice, Italy

Already on its 12th edition of a very successful series, Oleofuels 2019 will bring together senior representatives from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and HVO industries to discuss the latest market advancements, developments & business opportunities. The event will cover current challenges and issues faced by the industry and provide an

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Investors Ditched Sh2tr Biofuels Projects

by Ludger Kasumuni (The Citizen)  Several investors have abandoned their $1 billion (Sh2.3 trillion) biofuels projects in Tanzania, according to a survey by BusinessWeek. Mtamba Biofuel Farm in Kisarawe, Coast Region. It has been estimated that between 2007 and 2008, the Southern African Development Community got more than $3 billion in

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Project to Convert Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel in Indore

(Times of India) After Ahmedabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in association with RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) is coming up with a new project of collecting used cooking oil from restaurants and and converting it into biodiesel in city. READ MORE

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Is Not Using Palm Oil as a Raw Material for Renewable Aviation Fuel

(Neste)  Biofuel Watch published a report “Neste: The Finnish company preparing to put palm oil in aircraft fuel tanks” on 9 January 2019. The report suggests that Neste is looking to palm oil as a key raw material for the expansion of its aviation fuel production, and that the firm cannot

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)  New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use  —  The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article
    Sugar and Ethanol Brazil  —   May 7-9, 2019   —   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sugar and Ethanol Brazil — May 7-9, 2019 — Sao Paulo, Brazil

15th Annual F.O. Licht’s Sugar & Ethanol Brazil – part of the Global Sugar & Ethanol Series BRINGING TOGETHER MILLS, PRODUCERS, BUYERS AND INVESTORS FROM BRAZIL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD Latest Market Intelligence ● New Business Opportunities ● Future Returns What better place to find out then in

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

France Increases Biofuel Mandates

(Biofuels International)  French deputies’ vote for the country’s 2019 finance bill has led to France increasing its biofuel mandates. This means that the minimum amount of biofuels that is incorporated into motor vehicle fuel is to be increased. The minimum amount of biofuels that is to be blended will rise from

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Argues Sustainable Palm Oil Should Be Easily Accessible

(Biofuels International)  A new research study from the University of Cambridge is arguing that sustainable choices on palm oil should be made easier to understand and more accessible to consumers. The study is to be published in Environmental Research Letters. The study outlines how consumer goods companies and retailers need to be

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis India Plant Completes Capacity Expansion to 50 million Gallons Per Year of Biodiesel from Lower Cost, High FFA Feedstock

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire) Expanding Demand from India Government and Domestic Customers —  Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of the Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant.  The upgrades to the Kakinada plant included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO North America Finds New Site for Planned Kansas Biogas Plant after Community Upset with Original Plan

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The zoning change coupled with a conditional use permit would have allowed VNA to construct its first US biomethane production facility. It was anticipated that the zoning and conditional use permit would be issued by no later than October 2018. Unfortunately, a group of Sumner

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae World Inc., a Subsidiary of KYN Capital Group, Inc., Announces the Expansion of Algae World into Bangladesh

(KYN Capital Group Inc./Globe Newswire)  This Expansion Will Generate Significant Business Opportunities Within North America and Bangladesh  —  Algae World Inc., a subsidiary of KYN Capital Group Inc. (OTC:KYNC), announces the expansion of Algae World into Bangladesh. This will consist of the construction of an indoor algae growth facility focusing on pharmaceuticals,

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

British Supermarket Opens First CNG Station and Unveils Biogas Truck Fleet

(Gasrec/NGV Journal)  Online supermarket Ocado has opened its first natural gas refueling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. Ocado is the first UK retailer to self-fund the purchase of an onsite grid connected station outright. The site launched with 29 trucks powered by blended biomethane, totaling an investment of £3

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS Biomass PowerON 2019 — May 22-23, 2019 — Copenhagen, Denmark  DEADLINE: unclear

CALL FOR SPEAKERS Biomass PowerON 2019 — May 22-23, 2019 — Copenhagen, Denmark DEADLINE: unclear

The two days event will give you an extensive view on the European and regional Nordics situation of the biomass market. You will have the possibility to address the uncertainties and identify opportunities of heat and power in EU and a look into utilization of biomass as a source of

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    Biomass PowerON 2019   —   May 22-23, 2019   —   Copenhagen, Denmark

Biomass PowerON 2019 — May 22-23, 2019 — Copenhagen, Denmark

The two days event will give you an extensive view on the European and regional Nordics situation of the biomass market. You will have the possibility to address the uncertainties and identify opportunities of heat and power in EU and a look into utilization of biomass as a source of

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article
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