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Ethanol Is the Safe Option

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Tri-State Livestock News) … Well, let’s hope we don’t see the price at the pumps go up. Instead, let’s use more ethanol. What I’m suggesting is oil companies increase the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline – from the mandatory 10 to 30 percent. And,

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

Out of Thousands of Eligible Organizations, Who Will Make the Hot 50– Who Will Get Your Vote? Expanded Voting Options via Twitter – Special Photo Voting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2019. Nominate companies here. Voting Rules Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The Digest and invited selectors; this year, votes may also be cast

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Bombardier Business Aircraft Flying to the Business Jets Fuel Green Event in Los Angeles

(SkyNRG) World Energy, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Bombardier Business Aircraft. As a part of the OEM’s environmental leadership and commitment to industry objectives to reducing emissions, the SAF was used for a flight on a Challenger 350* jet flying from Bradley International Airport (BDL) in

January 18, 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

Iowa Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Casey’s General Stores and Quick Oil Company with the 2019 Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards at the FUEL-Iowa annual meeting Tuesday in Des Moines. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources Receives PURNOL Funding and Commences Enhancements to Production Facility and Supply Chain Logistics

(MarketWatch/Greenbelt Resources Corporation ) PURNOL to market premium brand bioethanol for extraction solvent  —  Greenbelt Resources Corporation  GRCO, (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts including bioethanol, today announced initial funding for a licensing and exclusive distribution rights agreement from PURNOL, a California-based distribution company.  In accordance

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year: Foster Brothers Farms

by Jim Dickrell (Dairy Herd)  … The Fosters were also the first in the state, in the early 1980s, to install and operate a methane digester. And in 1992, they formed Vermont Natural Ag Products Inc. (VNAP) to compost manure and other agricultural residuals to produce some two dozen compost soil

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

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

Risk Rating: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Ecostrat

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ecostrat has 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. Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO of Ecostrat

January 14, 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

Overseas Freight Adopts Clean Energy’s RNG for $1/Gallon

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced it will supply Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to intermodal trucking company Overseas Freight as part of an emissions-reduction initiative in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. In preparation for upcoming regulations outlined in the San Pedro Bay

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

FuelCell Energy Enters into Option Agreement for Newport Beach, California Coyote Canyon Landfill Energy Redevelopment Project

(FuelCell Energy/GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced the signing of an exclusive option agreement with the County of Orange regarding the utilization of landfill gas at the Coyote Canyon

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Heavy Duty Diesels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cummins

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cummins is conducting diesel research on mixing controlled compression ignition and advanced compression ignition with low reactivity fuels. John Deur from Cummins gave this illuminating overview of biofuel opportunities and challenges for heavy duty diesels at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco – and it’s ready

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

A Rightful Role in the RFS: The Electric Vehicle Market Is Predicted to Soar, and, Pending Overdue Action by the U.S. EPA, Biomass Power Producers Are Positioned to Help Meet Goals Set Forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … The vast complexities of the RFS extend far beyond these components, but a much lesser-known provision is beginning to attract attention—the role of renewable electricity in the program, and it’s abilities to fuel electric vehicles (EVs). This provision is one that was embedded in

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2019? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2018 gives way to the dawn of 2019, once again roll the

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Finds Potential for Growing Ethanol Markets in Nigeria and Ghana

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries. “The mission identified a need for higher ethanol volumes and engaged government and industry directly on enforceable biofuels policy as well as demonstrated

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

California Hydrogen Fuel Cell Summit

by Cory Shumaker (California Hydrogen Business Council/ACT News)  The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) hosted its 6thannual California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit in Sacramento December 11-12. The Summit brought members of the industry together with government agencies to discuss the progress made in California and beyond in the continually developing hydrogen landscape.

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Council Offers Biodiesel Strategy

by Jeff Hove (Biodiesel Magazine) Jeff Hove, vice president of NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council, provides perspective on current political, regulatory and market events relating to biodiesel blending, and how a myriad of potential changes will affect downstream operators. — … But renewable identification number (RIN) value volatility—driven by political rumor, speculation and

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Past, Present and Future

by Marc Kellens (Biodiesel Magazine)  Marc Kellens, the global technical director for Desmet Ballestra, takes us through the history and future of biodiesel production, identifying key milestones and cultural shifts, including the introduction and proliferation of renewable diesel.  —  …  The food-vs.-fuel debate forced the industry to look for alternative biomass sources—wood,

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline of change in this industry. Third Coast Commodities Biodiesel feedstock trading is evolving, and Third Coast Commodities is one of the firms ushering in this change. … The only way to

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

IOT Infra Plans to Manufacture Bio-CNG in Tamil Nadu

by Rachita Prasad (Economic Times)  IOT Infrastructure and Energy Services, a joint venture of state run-Indian Oil Corporation and Oiltanking GmbH of Germany, is tweaking its biogas plant to manufacture bio-CNG for vehicles and has plans to set up more greenfield projects for the clean auto fuel. “We have been running

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Wood pellets: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 40

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 40’s aim is to focus on international bioenergy technology potential, barriers, and trade as well as its wider implications. Christiane Hennig from IEA Bioenergy Task 40 gave this illuminating overview of key regions, developments, and governance for global wood pellet markets at ABLC Global 2018

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

State of the Bioeconomy

by Wayne Lee and Mark J Riedy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP/Biofuels Digest) At present, the bioeconomy continues to attract debt and equity interest. VCs, Private Equity Groups and Strategic Partners are providing equity at the technology holding company level in the form of private placements

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Making Biofuels to Help Airlines Fly Green: Gevo’s CEO Interviewed on BNN Bloomberg

(Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that Patrick R. Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer, was interviewed on the BNN Bloomberg program Power Shift on December 27, 2018.  On the program, Mr. Gruber discussed Gevo’s technology and renewable fuel products.  To view a replay of the interview, click on the

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for Green Chemistry Challenge DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency) The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognize chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviation Solutions: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste has a strong history of developing, commercializing, and marketing new fuels, including diesel, renewable chemicals, renewable jet fuel, and more. Neville Fernandes from Neste, gave this illuminating overview of their plans for the production and expansion of renewable jet fuel as well as plans for

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Recognizing Today’s Reality to Shape a Better Tomorrow

by  Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking back to one year ago, ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) were fetching nearly 70 cents (a valuable incentive for ethanol blending), exports were swelling to record volumes, and EPA was promising to consider granting Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15.

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Driving Opportunities to Expand the Market

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We expect a proposed rule in February, followed by a public hearing and comment process. President Donald Trump’s administration has clearly stated its intention to have a rule in place by June 1—when the 2019 summer driving season begins. Our opponents will try

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

The Most of Every Kernel: Two Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Plants are under Construction, Stirring Hope that the Concept Is Gaining Steam.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October 2018, construction began on Ace Ethanol’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. The plant will be the first to incorporate D3Max’s corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process, and will help the plant increase its yields and produce higher-protein distillers dried grains with solubles, all without

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact: Iowa’s Status as the Largest Ethanol-Producing State Means Its Ethanol Economy Affects the Entire Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A waiter in a Cedar Rapids restaurant, for instance, recently asked Shaw (Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) about Trump’s E15 waiver, upon hearing that Shaw advocates for biofuels and ethanol through the IRFA. “So here’s a waiter in the

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

WM Discusses LFGTE, RNG Projects in 2018 Sustainability Report

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Waste Management recently released its 2018 sustainability report, highlighting its achievements in using landfill gas to generate electricity and produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for use as transportation fuel. According to the report, WM is currently the largest landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) developer and operator in North

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

HVO Biodiesel from Colabitoil Makes the Alpine World Cup Roll

(Via TT (Google Translation))  During the Alpine World Championships in Åre, all pistols and buses run on fossil-free fuel HVO. A large part of the buildings that are set up temporarily for the Alpine World Cup will be heated by the biodiesel. Even the SJ’s mini train that operates the village

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Thailand: New Facility Opens to Produce, Store and Deliver Biogas

(Cenergy Solutions/NGV Journal)  Cenergy Solutions has completed the installation of their first Adsorbent Natural Gas (ANG) Biogas Cleaning, Storing and Utilization System at a pig farm in Thailand that has been venting biogas for over 30 years. The biogas is cleaned with Cenergy’s Biogas Upgrading System, compressed in the CS-180 compressor

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

As Industry Copes with Information Overload, Organizations Report “Much More of Our Story to Share” but Marketing, Messaging Is Under-Resourced

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  71% of industry executives believe that for their organizations, there is much more of their story to get out than they are successful in doing so far, but struggle to allocate resources to building and maintaining attention though 80% believe that establishing and hitting awareness goals

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Pre-Blended E15 an Option for Many Retailers

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For retailers looking to add E15 to their product lineup without having to install blender pumps, purchasing pre-blended E15 is a viable option. And more suppliers are willing to offer that option, if demand is there. One of those suppliers is Flint Hills Resources. Jake

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Malaysia Says Norway Move to Ban Palm-Based Biodiesel Could Hinder EFTA Trade Talks

(Reuters/Investing.com)  Norway’s plans to ban biofuels containing palm oil from 2020 are set to provide a major obstacle to long-running trade talks between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Malaysia, a Kuala Lumpur government minister said on Friday. A Norwegian parliament recommendation to ban biodiesel “with high deforestation risk” was

December 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Production Off Take Agreements

by Jess Hewitt (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Gulf Hydrocarbon/Biofuels Digest) … (O)nce you start planning your project you will get questions about who will buy your output. The Production Off-Take Agreement (POTA) is the answer to these questions and concerns.  POTAs are non-binding letters of intent that document the buyer’s intention to buy

December 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Rebecca Smith Brings Enthusiasm, Ingenuity to Bear on Tough Lignin

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Rebecca Smith has loved plants for a long time. In fact, her interest stems from an AP biology class in high school.  “Something about the enormous variation and complexity in the plant kingdom sparked my interest,” says the assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Energy Institute

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The First Two Biodiesel Groups Begin to Operate in the City of Buenos Aires

(Noticias Ambientales (Google translations))  A collective that works with 100% biodiesel produces 80% less pollutants than one with common diesel   —  … The pilot test of biodiesel in two units of buses will be done on lines 132 and 91, which will be analyzed over a year by the Transportation Secretariat of

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Paraguay to Launch B2 Mandate on January 1

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Paraguay, local press reports that biodiesel blending of 2% will be mandatory as of January 1 in an effort to try to promote a local industry. Already ethanol is blended at between 25% and 27%, depending on the octane level of the fuel. Fueling stations in

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Designed Materials Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Checkerspot

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Checkerspot designs high performance materials such as microbes to express new molecular building blocks that they then apply chemistry to create materials that are built into parts and products they prototype. Charles Dimmler, Checkerspot’s CEO gave this illuminating overview of their innovations, proven fermentation at commercial

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota Marks More Alternative Fuel Milestones in 2018

(American Lung Association in Minnesota/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The state that led the region in the growth and use of alternative fuels last year set even higher milestones in 2018, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. This year, Minnesota became the first state in the country to have more than

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Gives Arla the Keys to Sustainable Transport

(Volkswagen)  Symbolic presentation heralds deal to supply dairy giant with completely fossil-free fleet  —  Like Scania, global dairy company Arla has been at the forefront of sustainable business initiatives in recent years, and the two have become willing partners in the transport and logistics industry’s efforts to combat climate change. Arla, which

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Catalysis Rocking: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the United

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Increase Public Awareness of Bio-Based Products and Applications Supporting the Growth of the European Bioeconomy

(European Commission) Promoting bio-based products to consumers–A bioeconomy uses renewable resources and helps society meet current environmental challenges so consumers need to be aware of the benefits of bio-based products. Converting resources from agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture into food, bio-based products and bio-energy is a promising strategy for minimising our

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Made up 10 Percent of Calif. Diesel Supply in Q2

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The net supply of renewable diesel to California’s fuel market reached 100 million gallons during the second quarter of this year, topping 10 percent of the total diesel supplied to the state in that quarter, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Energy Biofuel Receives 2018 Project of the Year Award

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The South Carolina Biomass Council held an award ceremony Nov. 15 on the grounds of its 2018 Biomass Project of the Year Award recipient, Green Energy Biofuel, in Warrenville, South Carolina. Green Energy Biofuel won the award in recognition of its new GEB3 plant, an idled

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

B100 Helps Phil Sharp Take 3rd Place in Route du Rhum Ocean Race

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel produced by Renewable Energy Group Inc. and purified with Cynersorb—a surface-functionalized diatomaceous earth from Imerys—helped skipper Phil Sharp of the U.K. take third place out of dozens of participants in this year’s Route du Rhum yacht race in the Class40 category. The solo transatlantic race

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Outlook 2019: European Fuel Ethanol Market to Focus on Supply Side

by  Sophie Byron and Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global Platts)   The dawn of 2019 will find European fuel ethanol trying to rebalance supply, while awaiting key developments with Brexit and US antidumping duties. … Logistics have also been a headache not only for biofuels but also the broader fuel and petrochemical

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Putting Food System Tech Perspectives to Work: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to The Center for Food Integrity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Center for Food Integrity is helping today’s food system earn consumer trust by facilitating better-informed public discussion about food and agriculture. J.J. Jones from The Center for Food Integrity gave this illuminating presentation on consumer trust, transparency and the building blocks of technical messages at

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

China’s Ethanol Love May Be Antidote for Slumping U.S. Farms

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Producers hopeful Chinese ethanol purchases are coming next; Biofuel, made from corn, helps support farm-belt growth  —  A little love from China in the U.S. ethanol market during the trade-war detente between Washington and Beijing could go a long way in soothing the ailing American farm economy. That’s according

December 24, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Poised for Midwestern Growth

by Sam Spofforth (Clean Fuels Ohio/ACT News)  The natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry and seasoned fleet users are quite familiar with the growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the transportation sector. This growth has been driven by a combination of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Investors Turn Kenya’s Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel

by Benson Rioba (Inter Press Service) Water hyacinth is a weed and if not controlled on Lake Victoria, experts are concerned that the lake’s water levels might drop by 60 percent. — Currently 30 square kilometres of Lake Victoria, which stretches to approximately 375 kilometres and links Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, is

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

PKN ORLEN Invests in Biofuels of the Future

(Petrol Plaza)  PKN ORLEN is launching an operational programme for biofuels to be based on three pillars – building biofuel production facilities, research and development work and operational adaptation of the logistics function. With its biofuels programme, the Company is preparing for the new renewable energy directive (RED II), which gives

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

OMCs Blend Record 1.5 Billion Litres Ethanol with Petrol in 2017-18

Ajay Modi (Business Standard)  OMCs had entered into contracts with sugar mills to procure 1.6 billion litres of ethanol during the last ethanol year. … In June this year, the Centre, for the first time, fixed a separate price for ethanol produced from B-heavy molasses and C-heavy molasses. The former, along

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

American GreenFuels Takes Steps To Reduce Carbon Emissions in Connecticut As Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record High

(American GreenFuels/PRNewswire) … American GreenFuels, LLC (“American GreenFuels”) recently launched its “You Are What You Heat” campaign, which is dedicated to educate consumers about the option to heat their home with Bioheat® heating oil, utilizing certified biodiesel produced by American GreenFuels. Biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning alternative to diesel fuel that

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The BioIncredibles 2: iMicrobes Is Using Methane to Produce Chemicals, and Mikey the Microbe Likes It

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The achievement of a major proof of concept is the news, in the case of Industrial Microbes — the ability to show that they can convert methane into multiple products (albeit at low efficiency, in these early days) in E. coli. We visited iMicrobes’ early

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Newsletter IEA Bioenergy Task 37: 12/2018

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The latest IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter has been released. Highlights from the newsletter are: 11% more Swiss biogas injected in 2017 – In 2017, 11 percent more Swiss biogas was fed into the grid compared to the previous year corresponding to 341 GWh. The Swiss gas industry will significantly

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles “Wrapped” Just in Time for Christmas

(National Biodiesel Board)  In keeping with the spirit of the season, five biodiesel users have unveiled new vehicle “wraps” that are helping to share their stories of sustainability and emissions reductions with area residents from Maine to the Midwest. “Our annual biodiesel vehicle wrap program provides matching funds to help biodiesel

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Report: First ETBE Made with US Ethanol Could Reach Japan in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan is expected to import 890 million liters (235.11 million gallons) of fuel ethanol this year, mostly in the form of bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), according to an annual biofuels report the country recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

ICM to Design, Engineer ACA Bio Plant Expansion in Argentina

(ICM, Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc. continues to expand its international reach. In early December, ACA Bio Cooperativa Limitada, the ethanol arm of the Asociación de Cooperativas Argentinas, announced its plans to invest $53 million to expand its existing production facility in Argentina. ICM will design, engineer and provide equipment for

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Toyota Bringing World-First Ethanol Hybrid Car to Brazil

(China Plus)  Toyota has announced its plan to send the world’s first ethanol hybrid vehicle to the Brazilian market.  The flexible-fuel hybrid will combine an engine that can run on both gasoline and ethanol and an electrical power train, the first ever in the global market. The carmaker says the hybrid flexible-fuel

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Producers Seek Pricing Reform as Markets Plunge, ADM Sells

by Jarrett Renshaw and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers stung by collapsing prices are seeking changes to the way benchmark values for the biofuel are established, arguing the current system used by exchanges is vulnerable to manipulation, according to sources. The push comes as the key farm belt industry struggles with

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

SKE Turns to Diversification to Double 2019 Revenue

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  SET-listed compressed natural gas (CNG) trader Sakol Energy Plc (SKE) expects 2019 revenue to double to 500 million baht as a result of expansion and diversification into renewable energy. … The business will diversify with a compressed bio-methane gas (CBG) production plant and electricity generation from

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Who’s Up, Down, Top, Charmed and Strange in the Bioeconomy: Learnings from the Earnings, as Four Bellwether Stocks Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, let’s look at Q3 earnings statements now just coming out from four of the sector’s signature companies in light-duty and heavy-duty fuels, enzymes, and nutrition and wellness. Namely, Aemetis, Novozymes, Renewable Energy Group and Amyris. Aemetis In California, Aemetis said that revenues for Q3

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Kampachi Company Wins $3.3m Grant to Turn Seaweed into Food, Feed, Fuel

by Jason Huffman (Undercurrent News)  The Kampachi Company may be best known for its recent efforts to grow “king kampachi”, aka kahala or almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana), in ocean-based cages, but it also is performing research with plans to make a play in the seaweed space. The Kona, Hawaii-based company has

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate – Outlook to 2020: Growth Opportunities & Companies to Action

(GlobeNewswire/ResearchAndMarkets.com)  The “Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate”report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study offers a detailed overview of the biodiesel mandate in Malaysia and the steps taken by the Malaysian government to protect the Malaysian palm oil industry. Palm oil is a key ingredient in the biodiesel produced in Malaysia. Biodiesel is the main

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Bosselman Enterprises Celebrates Two New BossFuel Grand Openings

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  Business was brisk at the Bosselman’s Pump & Pantry at the intersection of Highway 281 and Capital Avenue on Friday morning. Hundreds of motorists waited in line for a super deal in homegrown Nebraska fuel. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Super 88

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Fast Pyrolysis Technology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Biomass Technology Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biomass Technology Group develops fast pyrolysis technology and FPBO applications as well as the commercialization of such technology and production of fast pyrolysis bio-oil. Bert van de Beld from BTG gave this illuminating overview of their fast pyrolysis technology and commercial scale demo plant in the Netherlands at

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

$$$ from Neste, Fulcrum, Others Making Renewable Diesel a Dream Come True

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …  By The Digest’s estimates, there’s been close to two billion dollars in investments in renewable diesel lately. And the capacity just keeps growing. Between World Energy, Zymergen, Phillips 66 and REG, Diamond Green Diesel, Fulcrum, Red Rock, Raj Renewables, Dynamic Fuels,and more, it’s really happening….More money

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Kalmar Airport, Airlines and Businesses Work towards Future Fossil-Free Flights to Stockholm

(GreenAir Online)  A unique airline/airport cooperation has been agreed that will see all domestic flights from Kalmar to Stockholm meet a 5% biofuel target in 2019. Under the agreement, airlines SAS and BRA will pay for 50% of the additional cost of the biofuel, while Kalmar Öland Airport will secure funding

December 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The FORBIO Project: A Sustainable Alternative for Contaminated and Underutilized Lands

(Global Bioenergy Partnership)  The FORBIO (Fostering Sustainable Feedstock Production for Advanced Biofuels on underutilized land in Europe) Project gave stakeholders in Italy, Germany and Ukraine a strategy for the market uptake of sustainable advanced bioenergy value chains. Through a thorough assessment of the real sustainable potential for bioenergy in these countries,

December 15, 2018 Read Full Article

US Ethanol Producers: We Are Oil’s Biggest Competitor, Cleaner Too

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Increasing ethanol use will help countries around the world meet their Paris Agreement climate goals in a cheaper way, US producers told EURACTIV.com, staking their claim to a higher role for the fuel, alongside electricity, in decarbonising transport. Speaking to EURACTIV on the sidelines of COP24 in Katowice,

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Benefuel Looking to British Columbia for New Biodiesel Facility

(Benefuel Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)   Benefuel Inc. responded to British Columbia’s recently publicized climate change plan that included an expanded Low Carbon Fuel Standard by announcing Dec. 11 that it has begun a site search and discussions with interested parties on a few specific locations for Benefuel’s next state-of-the-art biodiesel facility. This announcement has

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels for Marine Engines and Pathways to Success: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) focuses on several bioproducts for R&D and has been assessing the value proposition of biofuels for marine engines. Zia Haq and Jim Spaeth, both from the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, gave individual presentations at ABLC Global

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

RSB Assembly Approves Groundbreaking Standard for Advanced Products

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  In a leap forward for the sustainable bioeconomy, the members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials approved our groundbreaking Advanced Products Standard. The culmination of over 18 months of consultation, expert working groups and member dialogue, the Standard provides the most robust set of sustainability requirements and

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) Signed an MOU Partnership Agreement to Support the Certification of Biofuels and Endorsement of Future Low Carbon Fuel Projects in Queensland, Australia.

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) In Philadelphia, on 19th July 2018 the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) signed an MOU partnership agreement to support the certification of biofuels and endorsement of future low carbon fuel projects domestically in Queensland, Australia. This unique collaboration will assist

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Building a Sustainable Bioeconomy Together

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials premiered a brand new animation – a new tool for all partners to use when talking about RSB. WATCH VIDEO

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

MN Biofuels Awards Plymouth Station Holiday 2018 Distinguished Retailer; Releases 2018 Annual Report

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) named Plymouth Station Holiday as its 2018 Distinguished Retailer yesterday at the release of the former’s 2018 Annual Report in Prior Lake. “Plymouth Station Holiday was one of the first stations in Minnesota to offer E15 back in 2015. Since then they

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Torrefaction of Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to International Biomass Torrefaction Council

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The International Biomass Torrefaction Council aims to promote biomass torrefaction and let the world know that integrated torrefaction process technology is mature, available and happening. Michael Wildfrom Wild & Partner LLC gave this illuminating overview of biomass torrefaction’s status, market requirements, and supply chain efficiency comparison

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

ACT Expo to Recognize Sustainable Transportation Leaders Nomination DEADLINE: February 22, 2019

(ACT News)  The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Fleet Awards are the ultimate recognition of fleet operators who show true leadership in clean transportation—having gone above and beyond to achieve sustainability in their transportation operations. To nominate a fleet, complete the one-minute nomination form by Friday, February 22nd. Awards categories include: “In It

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

UNILORIN to Commence Installation of Mini-Refinery for Biodiesel

(News Diary Online)  The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, says the university will soon install a mini-refinery equipment for processing of Jatropha a flowering plant. Abdulkareem said this on Thursday inhis welcome address at the 8th International Jatropha Conference, tagged:“Jatropha 2018,” organised by the University of Ilorin

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Strengthens Its Global Leading Position in Renewable Products with a Major Investment in Singapore

(Neste) Neste Corporation has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals. The investment worth approximately EUR 1.4 billion will extend Neste’s renewable product overall

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Scaling the Ethanol ‘Blend Wall’ Ultimately Consumers’ Decision

by John Duff (Delta Farm Press/National Sorghum Producers)  …  The Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program is a grassroots effort to fund new infrastructure for e15. Selling higher blends of ethanol at convenience stores sometimes requires new equipment or modifications to existing equipment, and both require investment. With this in mind, the sorghum,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Commission Begins Anti-Subsidy Process against Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Öl- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants – UFOP)) UFOP demands the expedited introduction of preliminary counter measures – customs duties on biodiesel imports should not be circumvented via palm oil imports Berlin, 11th December 2018. The Union zur Förderung von

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Beverly Hills’ Fleet Benefits from 100% Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Craig Crowder, fleet manager for the city of Beverly Hills, Calif., is reporting better performance and reduced maintenance since switching to renewable diesel. In June 2013, Crowder decided to start switching from petroleum-based, ultra-low-sulfur diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Today, his fleet of 445 vehicles

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Mahathir Throws out B20 Biodiesel Challenge

by Amar Shah Mohsen (Sun Daily)  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Malaysia to emulate Indonesia’s move to introduce a higher biodiesel mandate — the B20 biodiesel fuel — by 2020 and become the world’s top biodiesel-producing country. The Prime Minister noted that neighbouring Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia as the largest palm

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Higher Ethanol Blend Can Keep Fuel Prices Low – Imee Marcos

by Christia Marie Ramos (Inquirer.net)  Increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline products can keep fuel prices in the country low, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said on Tuesday. She made this suggestion amid the impending implementation of the second round of fuel excise tax increase early next year. … “Given that ethanol is

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

China Set to Triple Its Ethanol Production Capacity: Government Researcher

by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton (Reuters)  China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020, a government researcher said on Tuesday, with demand for the commodity expected to surge as the country shifts toward cleaner fuels. The nation is currently building or seeking approval for new

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Exports Exceeding Expectations

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  U.S. ethanol exports are on a roll. For the third time this year, American ethanol exports have reached record numbers, with the total hitting 1.69 billion gallons (bg) on a rolling 12-month basis, according to Growth Energy. As of October this calendar year, exports totaled 1.41 billion gallons,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

BioLNG EuroNet Will Drive forward Decarbonisation of Road Transport across Europe with LNG

(BioLNG EuroNet) BioLNG EuroNet today (December 6, 2018) announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption in Europe. The consortium, comprising Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG)  Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to international airlines

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Hypocrisy Award II, EU Edition: 

(American Energy Society) 2nd place: More than nine countries and a dozen cities in Europe have announced they are going to ban internal combustion engines or diesel powered vehicles (including Paris, Madrid, Athens, Norway, France the United Kingdom); however, none have passed a law prohibiting anything.  1st place: Despite Energiewende policies that require

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Remain Main Driver of Green Transport by 2023

(Renewables Now)  Biofuels will continue to play a much more significant role than electricity in boosting the share of renewables in transport in the next few years, but that share will not increase significantly. Аccording to a new energy market analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables in transport demand

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Energy Presses on with Cellulosic Ethanol

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek) New Energy Blue LLC is about five months away from finishing engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would turn wheat and corn field residue into ethanol for high-end renewable markets. If everything goes perfectly, a plant could open in 2021, says Thomas

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Recognizes Kansas Project that Produces Biogas for Vehicle Use

(NGV Journal)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects (from large wastewater infrastructure projects to small decentralized and agriculture projects) for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. One of the initiatives recognized as “exceptional” is the Kansas – Dodge City

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

How a Pennsylvania Trash Company Is Working to Build RNG Infrastructure

by Arlene Karidis (Waste 360) Vogel Disposal Service seeks to eventually fill its 220-vehicle fleet at one of several fueling stations it will own, one day bypassing the utility.  —  Vogel Disposal Service has become Pennsylvania’s first waste company to make renewable natural gas (RNG) from its methane and to build its own

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Al-Corn Clean Fuel Support MN FFA

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Al-Corn Clean Fuel has been recognized by the Minnesota FFA Foundation for the company’s support of programing throughout southeast and southern Minnesota. The partnership between Al-Corn Clean Fuel and the Minnesota FFA Foundation allows for scholarship funds to assist 58 FFA chapters in select programs, including service projects.  READ MORE

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Refinery Floated for Western North Dakota

by John Hageman (The Dickinson Press) A new refinery has been proposed for oil-rich western North Dakota, prompting questions from a local township chairman. AIC Energy Corp. filed an application earlier this month with Williams County planning and zoning officials. It described the so-called “Bakken Oil Refinery” as a 28,000

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Delays in Biofuel Framework Hinder Industry

by Paige Müller (Creamer’s Engineering News)  Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary Alf Stevens suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Renmatix, Gevo Ink Deal to Develop Cellulosic Hydrocarbons for Jet Fuel, Gasoline Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have word bubbling up simultaneously from Pennsylvania and Colorado that Gevo and Renmatix inked a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process. The key word

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Omani Woman Scientist Wins UNESCO Fellowship for Research in Biofuels

(Muscat Daily)  An Omani woman scientist is among those honoured at the fifth edition of the L’Oréal-Unesco ‘For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship’.  Dr Lamya al Haj from the Sultan Qaboos University was recognised at a ceremony held on Monday along with four other extraordinary women from the GCC

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Relieving the Pressure: There’s Movement at Last to Obtain an RVP Waiver for E15 …

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “There’s a very tight window between today and June 1,” says Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol. “The big-picture goal is for the proposed rule to be out for public comment and for EPA to wrap up a final rule prior

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Closed Doors, Open Windows: Tariffs in China and Brazil …

by Lisa Gibons (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Tariffs in China and Brazil have deeply affected U.S. ethanol exports, but other markets remain, new ones are opening and opportunities still abound for the world’s lowest-cost octane. Despite a 20 percent tariff rate quota implemented in 2017, Brazil has continued to purchase significant amounts

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE Hopes to Help Grow Mexico’s Ethanol Market

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fresh off a trip to Mexico to tout the benefits of ethanol to retailers, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty said interest in ethanol among the country’s retailers is piqued. Lamberty was in Mexico City presenting at a workshop hosted by

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Harvestone Welcomes First Four Ethanol Plants onto its Marketing Platform

(Harvestone Group/MarketWatch/PR Newswire)  Harvestone Group LLC is pleased to announce the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over 210 million gallons of annualized ethanol production.       

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

OPINION: Putting Consumers in the Driver’s Seat with E85

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While we eagerly await EPA approval of year-round E15, let’s not forget that roughly one out of every 10 vehicles on the road today is a flex fuel vehicle (FFV)  that can use ethanol flex fuels containing as much as 85 percent ethanol.  

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy

By Bob Kodrzycki (Encompass Biotech LLC) and Doug Rivers (Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … It’s the use of the most recent improvements that put the “advanced” in the advanced bioeconomy. So, by definition, the advanced bioeconomy relies on emerging technology. While some may see the wealth and excitement of opportunity

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Industry Celebrates Growth, Honors 12 Companies

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Today (December 4, 2028) the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) commenced the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry’s annual conference program in Dana Point, Calif., by celebrating industry growth and recognizing 12 companies for their development roles in eight of the RNG production

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG) Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Demand Destruction from Small Refinery Exemptions is Clear and Continuing

(Renewable Fuels Association)  There has been a media blitz lately by the oil industry saying that ethanol demand has been unaffected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rampant grants of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemptions to small refineries.  Recently, even some in the agriculture community have bought into these claims.  Don’t

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

18 Trucking Touts Mechanical, Environmental Pluses of Renewable Diesel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  18 Trucking, a construction trucking services company based in Hayward, Calif., is reporting reductions in maintenance costs and less downtime for its fleet after switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Italy Explores Natural Gas & Biogas Adoption for Armed Forces Vehicles

(Snam/NGV Journal)  The Italian Ministry of Defense seeks to promote clean energy and sustainable mobility and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Snam to explore the possible use of natural gas and biomethane for Armed Forces vehicles with the aim to lower the environmental impact of medium and long distance

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Sorghum Heats up the Track at Texas Motor Speedway

by Shelley E. Huguley (SouthWest Farm Press)  Father and son team return to Texas for JAG Metals 350 race. — Racing in Texas for Texas, Austin, Texas, native Austin Wayne Self, drove the No. 22 Chevy Silverado truck at speeds of up to 200 mph at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 2. for the

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Castor Oil: How Thabang Mabapa Is Helping Farmers

by Lesetja Malope (City Press)  … Thabang Mabapa is a self-confessed curious social entrepreneur who might just have a viable alternative to the country’s current fuel price crisis. He makes biofuel from castor oil extracted from castor trees and its growing demand is proving to be a disruptor in the commercial farming

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Heading towards Zero Emission Airports – Lapland Airports in Finland Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste)  The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE’s Lamberty Discusses the Benefits of E15 for Retailers

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, discusses some of the myths surrounding E15, as well as its benefits for retailers, consumers and the environment. … The biggest difference is if you add 5 percent more ethanol to a gallon of E10,

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Nottingham’s Biogas Fuelled Buses

(Bioenergy Insight)  Key suppliers of natural gas and biomethane for refuelling station infrastructures in the UK, Roadgas stood alongside Nottingham City Transport (NCT) at the 2018 UK Bus Wards.    In 2016 NCT and Roadgas partnered to supply and maintain a refuelling station to support the transformation of the city’s 53

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Releases Updated Brochure Allowing Consumers to Track Latest Flex Fuel Models

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 24 million vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV), capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Can your vehicle use a cleaner, higher octane flex fuel? The Renewable Fuels Association has updated its annual FFV brochure to help consumers

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

New Regenerative R33 BlueDiesel Fuel Helps Reduce CO₂ Emissions of Fleets

(Volkswagen)  CO2 emissions* can be sustainably reduced thanks to R33 BlueDiesel fuel; Old cooking fat is partly converted into fuel; CO2 savings of at least 20 percent compared to conventional diesel fuel; Introduction at major customers such as Bosch Test phase successfully completed: Volkswagen has been testing the newly developed R33 BlueDiesel fuel at

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Launches Zero-Emission Heavy Fuel Oil. Ultra-Low Sulphur Marine Biofuels Step Forward.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the Netherlands comes news of a world first:  GoodFuels Marine and the shipping company NORDEN have completed successful trials of what they bill as “the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel Oil equivalent marine biofuel”, and in almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

SEAT and Snam Join Forces to Boost Sustainable Mobility in Europe

(SEAT/NGV Journal)  SEAT President Luca de Meo and Snam CEO Marco Alverà signed a strategic agreement in Milan to promote the use of CNG and biomethane for sustainable mobility, as well as joint research and development projects in this scope. SEAT and Snam share strategic markets such as Italy, France and

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New Plant at Gothenburg Port Starts Offering Bio-LNG Bunkering to Ships

(Swedegas/NGV Journal)  Gothenburg-based shipping company Terntank was the very first operator to take on LNG and bio-LNG at a new bunkering facility at the Port of Gothenburg. “Being able to offer this unique opportunity represents a major breakthrough, not only in facilitating the transition to LNG, but also in gradually increasing

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol, Brazilian Mills Turn Sour on Sugar

by Ana Ionova and Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed global sugar prices and government policies expected to boost demand for the biofuel. A shift to ethanol in the 2018-19 season slashed Brazil’s sugar output by 9 million tonnes to

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

In Sioux City, Steve King Talks Farm Bill, Temporary Migrant Workers

by Katie Peikes (Iowa Public Radio) … The Republican congressman says he’d like to see his legislation in the farm bill that would keep states from regulating production standards for agricultural products sold in interstate commerce by other states. King drafted that legislation nearly a decade ago. He says California was

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s E15 Hypocrisy: Hello Pot, Meet Kettle

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While President Donald Trump’s October announcement calling for the year-round availability of E15 was enthusiastically cheered by biofuel producers, farmers and consumers, it drew predictable jeers and indignation from the oil industry and its allies. And hell hath no fury like Big Oil

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Significantly Less GM-Free Rapeseed Meal without Biodiesel Production

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen) (UFOP)) The feed market is one of the main beneficiaries of biodiesel production, because rapeseed meal is generated as a by-product of rapeseed oil production. Throughout Europe, rapeseed meal is the primary domestic GM-free source of protein for livestock feeding, concludes the Union

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Eni and Hera Partner for the Circular Economy: Used Vegetable Oil Becomes Biofuel for Waste Collection Vehicles

(Eni) Eni and Hera are two companies that have long been committed to promoting a circular economy model by continuously developing the technology and organisation of their businesses. Today they signed a partnership agreement with the aim of converting used vegetable oil into biofuel for Hera’s waste collection vehicles. The agreement

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Tapping the Genetic Power of Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials. Formed in 2006, and headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida with an R&D facility in Berlin, the company operates in multiple

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

National Recycling Awards 2019 Entries Now Open DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

(MRW) This year we have 19 categories for entry including Food Waste Initiative, Recycling Facility of the Year and Recycling Excellence to name just a few. Remember the more categories you enter the better your chance of winning a National Recycling Award. The National Recycling Awards celebrates and rewards excellence for the most innovative recycling and waste

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

MAN Will Design and Build LNG Regasification Terminal in Finland

(MAN/NGV Journal)  Under its brand MAN Cryo, MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to design and deliver an LNG regasification terminal for Forchem in Rauma. Forchem, an innovative company producing chemical and animal feed products, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery process to natural

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Shimkus, Flores Release Draft 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act

(Office of Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL 15)  Congressman John Shimkus (Illinois-15) and Congressman Bill Flores (Texas-17) today released a discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.  “I’ve been engaged in the biofuel debate my entire career in Congress,” said Shimkus, whose district includes significant corn and soybean producers

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills to Add Ethanol Plants, Distilleries from Next Year: Yogi

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  Blames previous governments for shutting, selling off state sugar mills  —  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced that the state sugar sector would witness the setting up of ethanol and distillery plants from next year for greater commercial viability. Owing to sugar market glut and

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Bombay High Court Relieves Restriction on Selling BS6 Bio Fuels in India

by Chethan Thimmappa (GaadiKey)  With this landmark order by Bombay High Court, bio fuel manufacturers will now be able to directly sell provided they meet the required quality standard without any restrictions and hence the market accessibility increases  —  Bombay High Court in a land mark ruling relieves the restriction of MSHSD

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Race Boat Takes Third Place in Trans-Atlantic Challenge

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Imerys Energy Challenge, centered on clean innovation and energy efficiency, is a self-sufficient, CO2-free energy production and storage system tested aboard the Class40 (12.19 meters long) race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events. This week the vessel came in third place

November 22, 2018 Read Full Article

A Fuel Value over $7.00 per Gallon, and Everyone’s Chasing It: The Birth of USA Bioenergy and the Surge in Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, we are now seeing project flow projecting a sustainable $7.63 price for renewable diesel in the California market, where the Low Carbon Fuel Standard stacks on top of the RIN values from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. That’s market value, not subsidy. Though some

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Biofuels Consumption at 4% for April 15-December 31, 2018 (Yes, You Read That Right)

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Department for Transport released biofuel consumption data for April 15 to December 31, 2018 based on data from mid-September showing that biofuels achieved 4% of road transport fuel during the period, roughly 525 million liters of which 172 million liters met sustainability criteria. Nearly 60%

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

NYC Fleet Expanding Use of Renewable Diesel Fuel Following Success Six-Month Trial

(NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services)  DCAS to Expand Use of 99% Petroleum-Free Renewable Diesel in City Vehicles  —  City Aims to Phase Out Use of Traditional Diesel Fuel  —  The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) today announced that it will expand use of renewable diesel fuel, a 99% petroleum-free alternative to traditional

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anaergia

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anaergia is the world leader in solving waste problems by recovering energy, water, and fertilizer from virtually any waste stream. While Anaergia was built on the foundations of highly capable and experienced acquisitions, focused investments on innovation and execution capabilities allow us to deliver facilities that

November 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Beyond the Cow: ICYMI, BYND IPO PDQ, and Perfect Day AKA Muufri JDA w/ ADM, FYI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In New York and California this week, the nutrition side of industrial biotechnology — and specifically, the “beyond the cow moovement is, ahem, mooving faster with news that Beyond Meat has filed for its IPO and Perfect Day has inked a Joint Development Agreement with Archer Daniels Midland(ADM) to

November 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Oil Demand under Growing Threat from Electric Cars, Cleaner Fuel

by Amanda Cooper (Reuters)  Oil demand seen peaking in 2040 at 106.3 mln bpd – IEA;  Demand forecast raised by over 1 mln bpd vs last year;  But electric cars, fuel efficiency to have bigger impact — Electric vehicles and more efficient fuel technology will cut transportation demand for oil by 2040 more than

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Is the Overlooked Giant of Decarbonization

by Graham Noyes (OurEnergyPolicy.org/Noyes Law Corporation)  In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirmed the leading role that bioenergy continues to play in decarbonization. IEA Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Barol, pointedly stated, “Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field… We expect modern bioenergy will continue to lead the field,

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The 2018 Algae Biomass Summit: Tracing the Evolution of the Algae Industry and Its New Trajectories Forward

by Jenna Bloxom* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The kickoff of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit in The Woodlands, TX, was awash with the same professional ambition, intellectual zeal, and indomitable sense of hope which likewise distinguished the opening ceremony of this very conference ten years ago—in many ways, however, that is

November 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for the Raphael Katzen Award DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

(Symposium on Biotechnology for Chemicals and Fuels)  Initiated in 2008, the Raphael Katzen Award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to enable and further the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. This award is named in honor of Dr. Raphael Katzen, a pioneer

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for the Charles D. Scott Award DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

(Symposium on Biotechnology for Chemicals and Fuels)  Initiated in 1995, the Charles D. Scott Award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to enable and further the use of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals. The award is named in honor of Dr. Charles D. Scott, who founded the Symposium on

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for Bioeconomy Leadership Award DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

(Symposium on Biotechnology for Chemicals and Fuels)  The “Bioeconomy Leadership Award” is given on behalf of the SBFC community to a company or non-governmental organization that has significantly advanced the development of a renewable resource-based fuels and chemicals economy. This award is intended to recognize demonstrated and sustained leadership excellence

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy: Decarbonise, Decentralise and Digitalise

Alan Brent (Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Engineering and Computer Science)  … Where we haven’t reached consensus is what to do with heavy transport and aviation, which our economy (like any other) highly depends on. For KiwiRail to switch from electric to diesel locomotives just doesn’t make sense—unless, of course, they

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

China Seen Importing US Ethanol via Alternative Routes Amid Trade War

by  Srijan Kanoi  (S&P Global Platts)  China has switched to importing US ethanol via alternative routes since the US-China trade war erupted in April, the country’s General Administration of Customs data indicated Tuesday. … In a surprise to the market, the data showed that China imported ethanol from Indonesia and Malaysia,

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article
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