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Methanol as a “Future-Proof” Fuel

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

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) was founded in 2007 by a small group of leading organisations from civil society, industry and academia with a mission of promoting the global sustainable production, conversion and use of biofuels. Working with our multi-stakeholder community, we developed a

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Freight, Road Vehicles, Rail, Aviation, Maritime: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UK’s Plan for Decarbonizing Transport

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The United Kingdom’s Department of Transportation just released this plan for decarbonizing transportation across the board, from rail and aviation to road vehicles like buses, cars, freight and heavy duty trucks. The UK’s plan includes ways to become a hub for green transport technology and

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Carbon Emissions Slashed as UAE-based Company Switches to Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  A transport company has switched its entire fleet of more than 4,000 staff transport buses to biofuel in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. ServeU, which employs more than 5,000 people to manage the facilities of 600 of the UAE’s biggest government departments, banks and hotels, has

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Bill Gates-Led Fund Invests in Synthetic Palm Oil Startup

by Akshat Rathi (Bloomberg Green)  C16 Biosciences uses yeast to convert food waste and industrial byproducts into a sustainable alternative. Breakthrough Energy Ventures, helmed by Bill Gates, is leading an investment round of $20 million for C16 Biosciences, a New York-based startup, which is working on making sustainable alternatives for palm oil.  The

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Prices under Pressure Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Chemicals: A 2020 Update

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

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility in Berlin on 20/21 January 2020

(FNR/AdvanceFuel) More than 600 participants from 25 countries attended the conference and took part in the presentations and discussions regarding possible options for a more sustainable future mobility serving under the goals of the Paris Agreement and the obligations of the REDII. The conference provided the opportunity to access the most

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry – Handbook Published

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The BIOFIT consortium has now published a handbook on “Technical options for retrofitting industries with bioenergy”. The handbook includes arguments for retrofitting, describes the retrofitting process and its impact on public perception, summarizes the European biomass potential and logistics of biomass, provides an overview on biomass conversion pathways, and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Scaling Algae for Carbon Capture and Biofuels

(Boss Magazine)  … What else algae can suck up, though, is carbon dioxide. When harnessed for carbon capture, algae could become a force in combatting climate change. … Like other plants, algae take in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. In fact, really all that’s required for algae to thrive are CO2,

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article
    NEW DATE 7th Conference of the International Society for Applied Phycology   —   May 23 – 28, 2021   —   Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

NEW DATE 7th Conference of the International Society for Applied Phycology — May 23 – 28, 2021 — Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Previous ISAP Congresses had achieved the role of gathering the people with knowledge & skills in the field of applied algal biotechnology and their potential in a commercial, remedial or regulatory context for a further development. The last 2017 Congress was to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity

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New Study Evaluates Map and State of Biomethane Market in Europe

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) has participated in a research on the state of play of the biomethane market in Europe. The report provides a general European overview, together with an in-depth mapping at country level of 23 European countries covered by the REGATRACE project. The study

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Expects Global Renewable Diesel Demand to Surge over Next Decade

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

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Dutch Project to Start Methanol Trial

by Malcolm Latarche (ShipInsight) Netherlands-based Green Maritime Methanol consortium is to study the possibilities for renewable Green Methanol as a maritime transport fuel. Green Methanol is an important candidate as a future fuel for the shipping industry. It is widely available, can be produced in a sustainable way, is easily stored

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Be Small Step toward Tackling World’s Pollution Crisis

by Scottie Andrew (CNN) … Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published last week in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.   A

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Mazda Backs Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Research

(Mazda) Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. As part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term technology development programme, the company is committed to reducing its average ‘Well-to-Wheel’ CO2 emissions to 50%

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Perceived as the Most Sustainable Brand in the Industry by Finnish Consumers

(Neste/WebWire) Neste has been ranked as the most sustainable brand within the fuel industry according to Finnish consumers. The Sustainable Brand Index™ study interviewed a total of 9,480 Finnish consumers, aged 16 to 75, on several brands.    The ranking shows how sustainable a brand is perceived to be by consumers, and

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Airline Chiefs Slam European Countries over Green Taxes and Overdue Reform of Inefficient Airspace

(GreenAir Online) Chief executives from Europe’s biggest airlines called for urgent reform and modernisation of European airspace that they said could eliminate around 25 million tonnes of CO2 a year and save €17.4 billion ($19.4bn) in fuel and related socio-economic costs. IAG’s Willie Walsh said it was “scandalous” that after many

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Norwegian Ambitions for Establishing the Electrification of Short-Haul Passenger Aircraft Laid out in New Report

(GreenAir Online)  The first use of electric aircraft for domestic scheduled air travel in Norway is feasible by the end of the decade, finds a report by airport operator Avinor and the Norwegian CAA for the country’s government. If the right support and measures are put in place, the report

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Efforts to Link US Airline Rescue Package to Carbon Targets Resisted as Industry Faces Unprecedented Times

(GreenAir Online) Attempts have failed to link the future carbon emissions performance of US airlines to the rescue package aimed at helping the beleaguered sector through the coronavirus crisis. Congress voted last Friday to provide the US aviation industry around $60 billion in grants and potential loans as part of

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Tackling Challenges

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

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Associations Advise EC Caution over Waivers

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

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plants Could Soon Start Producing for DDGs, Not Ethanol

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

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Performs a Test Running an MR Tanker on 100% Biofuel

(Stena Bulk) During the coming weeks Stena Bulk will perform a test running an MR tanker on 100% biofuel. The fuel is the MR1-100 bio-fuel oil, produced from used cooking oil and supplied by GoodFuels in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It has been bunkered onto the Stena Immortal and will be used

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Power-to-Fuel Project Plans 6 Commercial-Scale Carbon Neutral Fuel Facilities by 2030

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The Power-to-Fuel project, led by Liquid Wind, will establish commercial-scale renewable fuel facilities. The Consortium (consisting of Axpo, COWI, Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens) will combine their expertise and technology to produce liquid, carbon neutral fuel from captured carbon

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

V4+ Countries Warn of Ulterior Motives for Seeking Biofuel Blending Cuts in Eastern Europe

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Hungary, although the European Union committed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020, one spectacular last subsidy is now in the works in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Biofuel producers from the V4+ countries say in some CEE Member States, governments are

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

LowCVP News: New Guide Highlights Low Carbon and Sustainable Fuel Opportunities for Decarbonisation of Commercial Fleets

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) A new guide from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) for fleet operators shows how renewable fuels can immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, particularly from commercial vehicles for which few low emission solutions are currently available.  While the focus has been mainly on vehicle

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Wärtsilä Advances Future Fuel Capabilities with First Ammonia Tests

(Wärtsilä) The technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia. The research will help the company to prepare for the use of ammonia as a fuel that can contribute to reducing both the shipping’s and energy sectors’ greenhouse gas emissions. … Although ammonia is derived mainly from fossil sources

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasum Will Supply Blend with Biogas to Maritime Client for the First Time

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Gasum has entered into an agreement with Sweden’s largest fuel company Preem to supply their tankers with a new fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10% of bio-LNG. This is the first agreement that involves Gasum delivering a blend containing renewable fuel to a maritime customer on a regular

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazilian Drivers May Continue to Favor Hydrous Ethanol Consumption Despite Oil Price Collapse: Data

by Nicolle Monteiro de Castro (S&P Global Platts)  … Despite the price collapse by international oil prices and the latest gasoline ex-refinery price adjustments, hydrous ethanol – E100 – is still technically offering an economic advantage for drivers in southeastern Brazil, government data show. … Hydrous ethanol is not losing

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Passes Emergency Package without Green Provisions

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  SENATE PASSES RELIEF PACKAGE: The Senate last night unanimously passed a mammoth $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, POLITICO’s Melanie Zanona, Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle report. The measure, which is the biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history, passed by a 96-0 vote. The bill now

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production: What Next for Zim?

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

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Pandas, Slugs and Ants Hint at Shortcut to Greener Biofuel

by Thin Lei Win (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   … Scientists believe the animals’ unique ability to break down tough plant material, including bamboo, could provide clues to ramping up production of plant-based biofuels, one substitute for the fossil fuels that drive global warming. Researchers at Aarhus University, in Denmark, are searching

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article
    World Biogas Summit   —   October 7-8, 2020   —   Birmingham, UK

World Biogas Summit — October 7-8, 2020 — Birmingham, UK

Sessions will discuss the contribution of AD and biogas across many sectors (waste, energy, transport, agriculture, water and more..) and how to stimulate growth through policy, finance, innovation and public engagement.  READ MORE

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Demand Increases by 800%, Thanks to Major UK Companies

(Bioenergy Insight)  Demand for renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) has increased by 800%, thanks to major companies adopting alternative fuels, according to CNG Fuels. The news follows the announcement that CNG Fuels is building to new refuelling stations to deliver the low-carbon, low-cost alternative for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs),

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts up the World’s First Fossil-Free Biomethanol Plant at Södra, Sweden

(ANDRITZ) International technology group ANDRITZ has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using ANDRITZ’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden. The plant has an annual production capacity of 6.3 million liters of biomethanol from forest biomass. The fossil-free biomethanol can be used

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo Solicits Waste Feedstock for Nova Scotia Renewable Fuel Facility and Provides Operations Update

(Cielo) Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CSE:CMC)(OTCQB:CWSFF) (“Cielo” or the “Company”) announces that Renewable U Halifax Inc. and the Company are actively seeking sources of waste feedstock for the planned Joint Venture Renewable Fuel Facility (“Facility”) that will be located in, or within, 150 km of Halifax Nova Scotia. (See Press Release

March 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Enagás Announces Energy Transition Fund, Will Help Sustainable Mobility

(Enagás) Alantra and Enagás have partnered to launch a €150 million fund targeting innovative, fast-growing energy transition companies in Europe. The Fund, named Clima Energy Transition Fund, will take minority stakes in late and growth stage companies operating in the green hydrogen, biogas, energy efficiency, decarbonization, sustainable mobility and digitalization for

March 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    POSTPONED AltFuels Mexico 2020   —   POSTPONED from April 27-30, 2020 to TBD  —   Mexico City, Mexico

POSTPONED AltFuels Mexico 2020 — POSTPONED from April 27-30, 2020 to TBD — Mexico City, Mexico

Reprogramación de AltFuels México 2020 / Rescheduling of AltFuels Mexico 2020 —  Atendiendo las recomendaciones nacionales e internacionales y teniendo como prioridad la integridad física y mental de los asistentes, la Asociación Mexicana de GNV, GNC, GNL y Biogás (AMGNV) y AltFuels Communications Group, organizadores de AltFuels México 2020, hemos

March 22, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Europe Industrial Ethanol Demand, Prices Spike as Coronavirus Disrupts Market

by Will Beacham (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Spot prices for Europe industrial ethanol are spiking and the market is facing disruption as demand soars for disinfectant and cleaning products linked to coronavirus. Biofuel producers, gin distilleries and perfume manufacturers are switching to ethanol production to help meet the spike in demand.

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ENGIE to Supply Biomethane from AD to Heathrow Airport

(Biofuels Internationa)  ENGIE has teamed up with Heathrow Airport in the UK to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane. Under the agreement, ENGIE will supply Heathrow Airport with biomethane from anaerobic digestion (AD) to all meter points across all terminals until March 2022. The agreement builds on an existing

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    NEW DATE 9th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference   —   POSTPONED from April 2020 to October 1, 2020   —   Geneva, Switzerland

NEW DATE 9th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference — POSTPONED from April 2020 to October 1, 2020 — Geneva, Switzerland

Learn what’s in store for the European Biofuels sector in 2020 The conference provides you with a comprehensive overview of the global biofuels and feedstock markets while discussing new strategies to sustain growth through the next decade. Armed with a great speaker faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in stimulating

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Taking on All of the Biomass for Conversion

by Tao Zhang (Science Magazine) The old saying that “you can make everything from biomass except money” sums up the huge challenges of converting lignocellulose into fuels and chemicals in a cost-competitive manner. Most efforts separate its more readily processed cellulose and hemicellulose components from lignin. However, upgrading the methoxylated

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Renewable Natural Gas Station for HGVs Opens in the UK

(NGV Journal) CNG Fuels has put into operation Europe’s largest refueling station offering low-carbon alternative to diesel for heavy transport in Warrington, UK, which can refuel up to 800 HGVs daily and serve 12 vehicles simultaneously. This new facility, along with another one recently opened in Northampton, will be capable of

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

New Report Reveals Global Banks Funneled $2.7 Trillion into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Climate Agreement, with Financing on the Rise Each Year

by Gabby Brown (Sierra Club) The latest version of the most comprehensive report on global banks’ fossil fuel financing, Banking on Climate Change 2020, was released today (March 18, 2020), revealing that 35 global banks have not only been sustaining but expanding the fossil fuel sector with more than $2.7 trillion in the

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Are Biofuels Part of the Carbon Emissions Solution?

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

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Fuel a ‘Faultless Solution’ to Construction’s Woeful Emissions

by Joshua Stein (New Civil Engineer) Construction’s carbon footprint could be significantly reduced by use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel, according to civil engineering and environmental firm Land & Water. The company trialled the HVO supplied by company Crown Oil to run its machinery at a site in Rainham,

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Calls on Trump Administration to Help Struggling Biofuels Industry

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

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Newly Branded Vehicles Highlight of Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board)  2020 marketing program kicks off “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today launched its 2020 vehicle branding program designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks-off on National Biodiesel Day, the anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday, with the theme

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

PTG Earmarks B5bn for Pumps, Expansion

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  …PTG is also allocating another 500 million baht for the PPP Green Complex, a palm oil plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan, to make cooking oil and biodiesel. This project is a joint venture between PTG, Thachang Green Energy Co and RD Kasetpattana Co. The PPP

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Turkey Halts Ethanol-Mixed Fuel for More Disinfectants

(Middle East Monitor) Turkey’s temporary suspension of the requirement to include ethanol in gasoline will provide an additional 20,000 cubic meter ethanol capacity for the production of disinfectants and colognes in the country, Anadolu reports. Cologne is a traditional ethanol-based scented disinfectant in Turkey. The precautionary move in order to help stem the coronavirus

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 16, 2020 Read Full Article

ICAO Council Adopts CORSIA Emissions Units

(ICAO) The ICAO Council approved the eligible emissions units for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) today, reaching another important milestone toward CORSIA global implementation supporting worldwide efforts against climate change.  The Council’s decision follows on recommendations it received from the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) it established for

March 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The Future Of Biofuel May Include Shark Liver Oil

by Melissa Cristina Márquez (Forbes)  … A shark liver tends to comprise 25–30% of their total body weight, and is the main organ for the storage of their fatty lipids. You may have heard of shark livers being quite popular due to their oil being the richest natural source of squalene, once

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

In Kenya, Herders Turn an Invasive Cactus into Biofuel

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

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanol as Fuel, Chemical Feedstock and Liquid Hydrogen Carrier: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanol as Fuel and Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Methanol is versatile – it can be used as turbine fuel, cooking fuel, and as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells. But G.K.Surya Prakash from University of Southern California shares in this illuminating presentation other ways methanol is handy dandy, like as a liquid hydrogen

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The Global Annual Market Value of Biogas is Expected to Reach $20.9 Billion by 2028

(Navigant)  Biogas and renewable natural gas offer solutions vital to further sustainability and decarbonization  — A new report from Navigant Research projects global biogas production and revenue regionally and by feedstock, providing market forecasts through 2028. Since the early 2000s, the global biogas market has made tremendous strides in development, with successful applications in

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Trailblazing Energy Company Links up with National Group in Support of Its Biofuels Agenda

(Biofuels International)  A leading Australian firm has become a member of a national energy organisation. Viva Energy Australia has linked up with peak national body BioEnergy Australia with CEO Scott Wyatt saying the decision supports the company’s existing investment in biofuels distribution. He said: “We have ethanol and bio-diesel blending

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste to Acquire Mahoney Environmental to Strengthen Its Growth Strategy and Position in Renewable Raw Material Sourcing

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, has agreed to acquire 100% of Mahoney Environmental (Mahoney), a collector and recycler of used cooking oil in the United States, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to the

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    Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium   —   May 21-22, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium — May 21-22, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

The 6th IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium (SAFS) will see the event hosted in Europe for the first time. The Berlin edition will build on existing momentum and again draw a diverse international audience that can advance the dialogue around the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels. Topics will include: SAF

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    6th Global Congress and Expo on Biotechnology   —   November 12-13, 2020   —   London, UK

6th Global Congress and Expo on Biotechnology — November 12-13, 2020 — London, UK

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Promotion of Ethanol to Have Positive Impacts on Energy Security

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

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EU to Set up ‘Clean Hydrogen Alliance’ to Speed up Tech Development

by Colm Gorey (SiliconRepublic) Among a number of new initiatives, the EU has set up a ‘clean hydrogen alliance’ to accelerate the adoption of the energy technology. The European Commission (EC) has launched a new strategy to aid the efforts of Europe’s industry to rapidly decarbonise as the continent works towards being carbon neutral

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‘Green Hydrogen’ Project Planned in Oman

(Trade Arabia) Plans to set up a large-scale ‘green hydrogen’ project in the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been unveiled, according to a report. The main promoter of the project is DEME Group, a Belgiium-headquartered conglomerate with international interests in dredging and reclamation, marine engineering, environmental remediation and of late, in

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CEA-Led Consortium Launches 2.6 MW Rotterdam Green Hydrogen Project

by Henry Edwardes-Evans (S&P Global Platts) 2.6 MW high temp electrolyser from Sunfire; H2 to be used in biofuel production; Supported by EU Horizon funds  —  CEA, Neste, Paul Wurth, Engie and Sunfire are to build a 2.6 MW high-temperature electrolyser for green hydrogen production in Rotterdam, the project partners said Tuesday. The

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ENGIE Invests in Hydrogen Technology Platform H2SITE

(ENGIE) ENGIE, through its corporate venture capital arm ENGIE New Ventures, announces its strategic investment in H2SITE. Headquartered in Bilbao, Spain, H2SITE is a spinoff created by Tecnalia research and technology center and Eindhoven University of Technology. It aims at commercializing a membrane reactor based system able to produce high purity

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Safran to Study Biofuels Production in Southwest France

(Safran) Safran Helicopter Engines is joining Euralis, Teréga, ACD (Aquitaine Chimie Durable), Chemparc, Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, Xylofutur, CCI Pau Béarn, Pau and Pays de l’Adour University and the Aerospace Valley consortium to study the feasibility of producing aviation biofuels in southwest France. A Letter Of Intent (LOI) has been signed

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From Tree to Money Faster and More Efficiently than Ever: Futurity to License MetGen’s Award-Winning METNIN™ Technology for Lignin Valorization

(MetGen) Futurity, whose mission is to outperform oil with trees through the production of advanced chemicals and materials from plantation forestry in New Zealand has finalized a licensing agreement with the Finnish company MetGen Oy. Cooperation will allow the development of a full range of high value lignin-based products including resins

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E10 ‘Cleaner Petrol’ Could Cut Transport CO2 by 750,000 Tonnes per Year

(Transport Xtra) Drivers across the UK could soon be filling up their cars with a greener, lower emission fuel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The government is consulting on plans for E10, a lower carbon fuel made with up to 10% ethanol, to become the standard grade of petrol at UK

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Farm Groups Focus on Trade, Biofuels at Commodity Classic

by Michelle Rook (AgWeek)  Leaders of the nation’s top commodity organizations were focused on trade, biofuels and the upcoming crop season at this year’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio.   — …U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers at Commodity Classic that the agency is not working on a third round of

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White House Likely to Pursue Federal Aid for Shale Companies Hit by Oil Shock, Coronavirus Downturn

by Jeff Stein, Will Englund, Steven Mufson and Robert Costa (Washington Post) … The White House is strongly considering pushing federal assistance for oil and natural gas producers hit by plummeting oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak, as industry officials close to the administration clamor for help, according to four people

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

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

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Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming

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

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Committee Endorses More Flexible Biofuel Component Bill

(ERR/Estonian Public Broadcasting/BNS) The economic affairs committee of the parliament has decided to send to second reading a bill seeking to make the obligation of adding a bio-component to petrol and diesel fuel more flexible, and to increase the transparency and efficiency of trading in bio-component and renewable energy statistics.

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Neste and Mirova Back Recycling Technologies to Accelerate Transition to Circular Economy for Plastic

(Recycling Technologies) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Mirova, a pioneer impact investor in the natural capital space and an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, today announce a combined EUR 10 million investment into Recycling Technologies

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Green Jobs Could Increase by 85% in 10 Years with Government Support, Says REA

(Bioenergy Insight)  Green jobs could increase by 85% in 10 years with government support, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Employment in the renewables and clean technology sector stood at 128,954 in 2017/18, but there is potential to boost the number to 238,000 by 2030. The REA predicts that

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UK-Based Future Biogas Launches AD Consultancy Service

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK’s biggest green gas producer, Future Biogas, will launch a subsidiary consultancy service focused on anaerobic digestion (AD). Launching on 8 April, Fern AD will focus on the biological expertise required to optimise AD plant efficiency, helping operators to benefit from Future Biogas’ industry-leading biologists and in-house laboratory. Future

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Biomethane Could Deliver 30% of the UK’s Carbon Budget, Says ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biomethane could deliver 30% of the UK’s carbon budget in the hardest-to-decarbonise sectors, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). In a newly-released report, launched by Alan Whitehead MP at the House of Commons in London on 2 March, ADBA claims that biomethane could provide ‘green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Global Clean Fuel Standards

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) In recent years, we have seen several countries beginning to develop clean fuel standards that can offer both opportunities and challenges for U.S. ethanol producers. A panel at the National Ethanol Conference focused on “The Emergence of International Clean Fuel Standards: Innovation Drivers or Industry Protectionism?” with insights on

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Sustainability in Focus When Shifting to HVO Fuel at Volvo CE Customer Center

(Volvo)  The Volvo CE Customer Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden, is paving the way for a sustainable future by running its demonstration machines on a renewable fuel, HVO. —  HVO biodiesel is now the fuel of choice for all machines at the Volvo CE Customer Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden. HVO is a form of

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New Biomethane Station for Heavy Vehicles Opens in Southern Sweden

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Located in Kalmar, this is Gasum’s 10th natural gas station in Sweden and provides heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) with LNG and bio-LNG. The new facility is also an important part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 stations for HDVs by the early 2020s in the Nordics. It is

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Sekab and Vertoro to Build Large-Scale Demonstration Plant to Produce a New Platform for Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials

(Sekab) A new demo plant in Örnsköldsvik will be the first in the world to produce a 2G platform for sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials, coined GOLDILOCKS®, from pulp and paper industry residues. The plant will be built by the Swedish chemical and clean tech company Sekab together with the Dutch

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Neste Invests in Sunfire, Leading Technology Developer of High-Temperature Electrolysis and Power-to-X Solutions

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, has acquired a minority stake in the German cleantech company Sunfire GmbH. Sunfire is a leading developer of high-temperature electrolysis technology. The company’s patented technology allows the production of renewable

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Driving Demand in 2020 and Beyond

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Driving new demand is at the heart of our work, and we envision a future where markets are open, E15 (not E10) is the floor for domestic growth, consumer confidence in ethanol soars to new heights, and policymakers globally lean in on

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

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

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UECC to Trial Marine Biofuels

(Marine Link) Short sea ro-ro operator UECC and marine biofuel company GoodFuels have launched a joint trial of GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky, the companies announced Thursday. The three month trial will test 3,000 metric tons of sustainable biofuel on the 140m, 2,080 vehicle carrier –

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Gevo Signs Agreement with Viva Energy to Develop Renewable Hydrocarbons in Australia

(Wall Street Online/Globe Newswire/Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) has signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading energy companies and the exclusive supplier of Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia. The HOA will further solidify both parties’ intent to work collaboratively on activities

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

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

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Finnair, Neste Partner to Reduce CO2 Footprint of Flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Finland, Finnair and Neste inked a new agreement which will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of sustainable aviation fuel in its operations. The new partnership will be a key contributing factor in Finnair’s long-term target of carbon neutrality. Sustainable aviation fuels are a key part

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Rural Climate Action in the U.S. and China

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

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Could Biofuels Answer Zimbabwe’s Fuel Headache?

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

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Sharing Ethanol’s Message in India

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

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IMO 2020: A Crisis That Didn’t Happen

by David Blackmon (Forbes) More than a decade in the making, the new IMO 2020 rule mandating lower sulfur emissions from the shipping industry went into effect on January 1, 2020. The new regulations have been the subject of much concern and predictions of vast disruptions and impacts to shippers, customers and producers

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New Catalyst Recycles Greenhouse Gases into Fuel and Hydrogen Gas

(Science Daily/The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST))  Scientists have taken a major step toward a circular carbon economy by developing a long-lasting, economical catalyst that recycles greenhouse gases into ingredients that can be used in fuel, hydrogen gas, and other chemicals. The results could be revolutionary in

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ERM Gets Go ahead to Develop Green Hydrogen at Scale from Offshore Wind

(ERM)  ERM has been awarded £3.12m from the UK Government to further develop its ERM-Dolphyn project, concerning the production of ‘green’ hydrogen at scale from floating, offshore wind turbines. To meet carbon targets in the UK and more widely around the world, it is now widely accepted that hydrogen needs

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ARENA announces funding for Yara Pilbara and ENGIE’s feasibility study on a renewable hydrogen to ammonia solution in fertiliser production

(Yara) Collaboration partners Yara International ASA and ENGIE have welcomed the announcement of $995,000 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) towards their feasibility study, which is examining the potential to make renewable hydrogen technology work in industrial-scale facilities. Yara International is working towards making carbon-free fertiliser, and renewable hydrogen is

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China Must ‘Leap over Oil Age’ to Meet Climate Challenge

by Feng Hao and Gao Baiyu (China Dialogue)  With stronger policies, China could peak its oil consumption in 2025, report finds — … A two-year study led by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental non-profit, has concluded that China must “leap over the oil age” to meet its

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

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

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EU Commission Unveils Climate Law Amid Criticism

by Samuel Petrequin (Associated Press) Amid fierce criticism from environmental activists, the European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday for its first ever climate law, which will act as the basis of the European Union’s aim to make the 27-country bloc climate neutral by 2050. Under its Green Deal agenda, the EU’s executive

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FPT Industrial Is Investigating Plant-Based Biofuels

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

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

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

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Research Team Maps out Transition from Petroleum to Wood in Chemical Production

(Biofuels International)  A team of bioengineers and economics from KU Leuven in Belgium has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. According to the researchers, who considered both technological requirements and financial viability, the transition from petroleum to biofuel (in the form of wood) would lead

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Bangchak Now Selling B10 at More than 400 Stations in Thailand

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

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German Biodiesel Exports of 2.3 Million Tons in 2019 Break Record

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

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Tasmanian Government to Invest $50m in Hydrogen Power Plan

by Carla Howarth (ABC News)  … Tasmania’s Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan includes $20 million for a Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Fund, another $20 million in concessional loans and $10 million dollars for support services. In a statement, Premier Peter Gutwein said the Government’s goal was to have a renewable hydrogen generation

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Hydrogen and a Story of a Simple Fuel, and SimpleFuel

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) There are two places in the world we thought there would long have been a hydrogen project built or announced. One, at the Port of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and one at the Prairie View Industrial Center complex near Ames, Iowa. The absence of projects reminds us

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CM Discusses Bio-Fuel Production from U-mangra

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

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Shell Is Looking Forward: The Fossil-Fuel Companies Expect to Profit from Climate Change. I Went to a Private Planning Meeting and Took Notes.

by Malcolm Harris (Vox Media Intelligencer/New York Magazine)  … I asked Fries (Steven Fries, Shell’s chief economist) if Shell is serious about transition, then couldn’t it voluntarily speed it up by leaving some of its wells fallow, constraining oil output and thereby driving the price relative to renewables higher, faster?

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Grant Shapps

“Before electric cars become the norm, we want to take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions today. This small switch to petrol containing bioethanol at 10% will help drivers across country reduce the environmental impact of every journey.” Grant Shapps, the UK transport secretary, in a statement announcing plans to make

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E10 Petrol: UK to Standardise Higher Ethanol Blend

(Press Association/The Guardian)  Government says ‘cleaner’ fuel will help cut carbon dioxide emissions before electric cars become the norm  — The government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10% ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said the

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

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

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

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

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MIND THE GAP: Letter from Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you have not followed the Alternative and Renewable Fuels Forum, bookmark this, and today I’ll give you some of the flavor of this group with 110 members — project owners and developers, policy experts, technologists, automotive manufacturers, oil companies, airlines. I think of them as

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Economics Of Advanced Biofuels

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

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Spanish City Will Speed up Transition to Biogas in Municipal Fleet

(Chiclana City Council/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román, the president of Ferrosite (company specialized in the conversion of vehicles to gas) Jesús Salmón, and the manager of Belizón y Rodríguez (public transport company) Nicolás Rodríguez visited the facilities that host the All-Gas project. During this visit, both the

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How Asia’s Smartest Businessman Plans To Power A Clean Planet With Synthetic Biology

by John Cumbers (Forbes)  … At the head of Reliance is Mukesh Ambani. As chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance, he’s the richest man in Asia, with a reputation as a shrewd investor. He is also a self-described “big believer that technology is the biggest driver of human

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New Book: Sustainable Aviation – Greening the Flight Path

(GreenAir Online) This book highlights the latest research in the field of sustainable aviation, covering future developments in carbon emissions reduction, carbon trading and the impact of emerging technologies on aviation, as well as social, legal and regulatory changes as they pertain to the aviation sector. The book is a reference

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ICAO Council Gathers to Consider Important Decisions on Carbon Offset Eligibility under CORSIA

(GreenAir Online) During its 219th Session starting next week (March 2), ICAO’s governing Council is expected to make important decisions on the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, CORSIA, which starts in 10 months’ time. Most notable is consideration by Council members of recommendations of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on emissions units,

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CORSIA Sustainability Certification Schemes (SCS) Evaluation Application Open

(International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO))  In the context of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), an aeroplane operator can reduce its CORSIA offsetting requirements in a given year by claiming emissions reductions from the use of CORSIA Eligible Fuels (CEF). In order to become eligible, such

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Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Starts in Groningen

(Gasunie) A consortium of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Nederland has launched ambitious NortH2 green hydrogen project  —  NortH2 vision: Energy from source to customer – from renewable power to green hydrogen distribution – where different partners can collaborate on achieving the scale to realise this ambition. New wind farms in

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

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

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New Biogas Refuelling Station to Be Built in Sweden

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new biogas refuelling station is to be built in Linköping, Sweden. The project, led by Svensk Biogas, will be the first of its kind in Linköping – Sweden’s fifth-largest city. “A liquid biogas refuelling station in Linköping means that we can offer our locally produced renewable biogas even

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ANP Approves Auction and Starts to Require a Mixture of 12% Biodiesel in Diesel

by Marta Nogueira  (Reuters (Google Translation)) The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) ratified the results of the 71st Biodiesel Auction this Friday, in a step that formalizes the requirement to mix 12% of biodiesel in commercial diesel that begins to arrive at the posts starting on Sunday, said

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Finnair Stops Emissions Credit Scheme and Biofuel Flights after Police Complaint: The National Police Board Advised the Airline that Programmes to Offset Carbon Emissions or Buy Biofuel Are in Breach of the Law.

(News Now Finland) Finnair is stopping its ‘Push for Change’ emissions credit scheme and biofuel flights after a complaint by police. Authorities consider it an illegal fundraising activity because the scheme offers passengers the chance to purchase biofuel or to support a project in Mozambique supplying fuel-efficient stoves in rural communities. “The

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, Honored with the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are very honored at The Digest each year to select the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy, and to make the award presentation at ABLC. Especially this year when our honoree is Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. If you’ve heard

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Japanese Consortium to Study SAF Production Using Fulcrum Bioenergy’s Technology

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Japan Airlines, Marubeni, JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy and JGC Japan have agreed to jointly conduct a feasibility study on Sustainable Aviation Fuel production and sales in Japan through the use of industrial and municipal waste, including plastic waste. In this joint study, the

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The Competitive Edge: AmericaBio

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

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New Ecological Process for Producing Cheaper Biofuel

(Institut national de la recherche scientifique/Phys.Org)  Professors Rajeshwar Dayal Tyagi and Patrick Drogui, researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), have developed a new approach to biodiesel production that uses microbes, sewage sludge, and a biofuel byproduct. … Plants have been turning to microbial biodiesel, which can

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

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

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    Oleofuels 2020   —   June 24-25, 2020   —    Marseille, France

Oleofuels 2020 — June 24-25, 2020 — Marseille, France

The European HVO market has seen significant growth over the last 5 years, with more and more oil majors, such as Neste, Total, ENI and dedicated fuels producers alike are continuing to invest heavily in HVO production units. With the continued focus on reducing GHG and CO2 emissions both in

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