Monthly Archives: March 2015

Revolution Fuels raises $983,332 for mobile biodiesel units

In Minnesota, Revolution Fuels raised $983,332 through the sale of equity and securities for its mobile waste oil to biodiesel production facilities. The trucks pick up oil from restaurants and other oil users, produce biodiesel, and then either return it … Continue reading

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National Biodiesel Board calls for delay in decision streamlining Argentine imports

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review and comment. In a petition filed … Continue reading

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ASTM revises performances specs to include B6-B20

In Pennsylvania, a major revision to ASTM International’s Specification for Fuel Oils (D396) sets performance specifications for higher amounts of biodiesel blends in conventional fuels. The new grade of B6-B20 could have a significant impact on the heating oil industry … Continue reading

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BDI-BioEnergy’s balance sheet suffers from delayed project implementation

In Germany, BDI-BioEnergy International reported a decline in revenues of 53.9 percent to 16.3 million euros in the financial year 2014. The reason for this was the delay in the implementation of two major biodiesel projects. The operating result (EBIT) … Continue reading

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Ener-Core seen supplying co-gen technology to Pacific Ethanol

In California, Ener-Core received a non-binding notification letter from Dresser-Rand noting Dresser-Rand’s intent to issue a formal purchase order for $2.1 million pursuant to the Supply Agreement terms of the Commercial License Agreement (CLA) that it signed with Ener-Core in … Continue reading

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Dutch firm to invest $302 million in Philippines’ largest ethanol plant

In the Philippines, Dutch firm Van Kessel Inc. plans to invest $302 million to build the country’s largest ethanol plant. The fuel, produced from nipa, sweet potatoes, cassava, sweet sorghum and coconuts, will be developed primarily to export to the … Continue reading

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New Searchinger study says biofuel policies rely on lower food consumption

In Indiana, a new study by Timothy Searchinger published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s higher blending policy seen cutting diesel imports by 40%

In Indonesia, the country’s new biodiesel blending mandate is expected to reduce diesel imports by 40%, with 63.104 million barrels of imports originally estimated for 2015. Now exports are likely to fall by about 25 million barrels. Power companies must … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Ulla Pettersson, Director, e for energy Management Consulting

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. My company is a Management Consulting Company focusing on the energy markets. It was when we did a multi-client study about biomass: “What would happen if “everyone” would … Continue reading

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Feedstocks in Focus for April 1: Municipal Solid Waste and urban residues

10 weeks out from ABFC, this week’s Feedstock in Focus is “MSW and Industrial residues”. Also known as “Urban waste”, it’s nasty, here, inevitable and aggregated. The feedstocks are available at fixed, affordable prices and in long-term supply contracts from credit-worthy … Continue reading

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Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in renewable project development

Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?   This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward. By Tim Sklar, special to The Digest In July 2014, Biofuels Digest had … Continue reading

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Genomatica: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry. It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks, with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes. Genomatica’s first … Continue reading

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France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a … Continue reading

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IEA Clean Coal Center to hold webinar on microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas

In the UK, microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas is the subject for the next webinar, from the IEA Clean Coal Center, which will be presented by Xing Zhang on Wednesday 22 April at midday (UK time). Various methods … Continue reading

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Methes Energies receives initial payment for biodiesel system in Ontario

In Canada, Methes Energies International Ltd. announced that it has received C$250,000 as initial payment for the sale of a Denami 600 biodiesel processor and a PP-MEC pretreatment system to be installed in Havelock, Ontario, Canada. Additional scheduled payments are due … Continue reading

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Tetra Financial funds lease financing for Ohio-based ethanol company

In Utah, Tetra Financial Group announced it has provided $800,000 in lease financing to a large Ohio-based ethanol company for a grain elevator. The company’s operations involve the purchase, storage and sale of corn, soy beans, wheat and various other … Continue reading

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Zambia approves Sunbird Energy’s $150 million ethanol project

In Zambia, the national development agency has approved a $150 million ethanol project by Sunbird Energy in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province. The facility aims to produce 150 million liters of ethanol annually with construction on the site potentially starting … Continue reading

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Plastic Energy looks to set up biodiesel facility in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, Plastic Energy is conducting a feasibility study into the development of a biodiesel plant from plastic waste in Managua. About 50 metric tons of plastic waste would be collected daily to supply the plant.

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RFA teams with ACE, Growth Energy and farmers against appropriations bill

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy have written a letter to Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Farr of the House of Representative’s subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural … Continue reading

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University of Georgia finds gene repression boosts xylan and pectin growth

In Georgia, researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. In … Continue reading

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