Monthly Archives: October 2015

Answers for your questions about low oil prices and renewable fuels

The Digest looks at security and energy security If you’re feeling somewhat nervous about global stability, you’re not alone. This week, the head of Russian state intelligence service, Alexander Bortnikov, warned of a potential “invasion of Central Asia” by Taliban … Continue reading

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Merging refinery tech with biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 53.83 despite a chemicals retreat

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 53.83 despite a chemicals retreat. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) dumped 9.88 percent to $2.52, while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) dropped 2.18 percent to $5.82. Among … Continue reading

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Sweetwater Energy seeking $18 million loan state loan to unlock remaining funding

In New York state, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board will consider granting a $18 million agency 15-year loan to Sweetwater Energy Inc so the company may access more than $16 million in commercial debt, $7 million more in various … Continue reading

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Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India sign MOU for Punjab project

In India, Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure Pvt. have signed an MOU to develop a biorefinery in Punjab using wheat and paddy straw as feedstock. The previously announced project and plans for five more around the country will … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol consumption hit third monthly record in a row in September

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol consumption has hit a record in September for the third month in a row at 1.63 billion liters, up 48% on the year and up 4% from August. Before July’s consumption of 1.55 billion liters, the … Continue reading

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Kakira Sugar’s $36.6 million ethanol plant to come online in July

In Uganda, Kakira Sugar plans to have its $36.6 million ethanol plant online by July, producing roughly 6,000 liters per day for about 2 million liters of production annually from 74,000 metric tons of molasses. Full commissioning of the Praj … Continue reading

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Bunge still believes and Brazilian sugar and ethanol despite tough year

In Brazil, strong demand for ethanol and the expectation the trend will continue has Bunge taking a positive view towards its sugar and ethanol operations in the country despite weak third quarter results. The company expects that despite a tiny … Continue reading

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Public hearing set for 500kw UCO-based power project with FIT in Canada

In Canada, C3 Acquisition plans to install two electric generators that it will power with used cooking, grease and fats to produce 500kw that will be sold to the national grid under a feed in tariff. A public hearing is … Continue reading

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Alliance Bioenergy making progress optimizing the commercial reactor of its cellulose to sugar process

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, continues to see success in optimizing the commercial reactor of its … Continue reading

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European ethanol to remain tight through year’s end as imports “impossible”

In the Netherlands, the European ethanol continues to suffer from tight supplies, which have helped to boost front month swap prices to a two-month high of EUR558 per cubic meter, up EUR18 on the week. The second month swap has … Continue reading

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Investment in Brazil’s ethanol industry finally begins to pick up

In Brazil, investment is finally creeping back into the ethanol industry thanks to recent high prices and improved demand for the fuel. Rio Verde, a medium-sized privately owned mill, has announced it will double its production capacity over the next … Continue reading

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Multi-feedstocks key to reducing risk in biorefineries

In Michigan, developing biorefineries to be multi-feedstock can help to reduce the risks associated with feedstock availability by up to 70% through what is called modern portfolio theory—or the use of more than one feedstock. Rather than relying on a … Continue reading

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Indonesia to require all airlines to use biofuel by 2018

In Indonesia, all airlines operating in the country will be required to use biofuel from 2018 with the country’s transport insist on the use of palm oil and water hyacinth as feedstocks, among others. The minister does recognize that supplies … Continue reading

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Bumper soy crop has Brazilian farmers and biofuel industry jointly pushing for B10

In Brazil, a bumper soy crop is supporting the domestic biodiesel industry’s push for a higher biodiesel blend to 10% from the current 7%. Both the soy industry and the biodiesel industry have come together to encourage the government to … Continue reading

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Avril opens 100,000 ton biodiesel facility on the Med but worried about Total

In France, Avril has opened a 100,000 metric ton biodiesel production facility in Sete, helping to bring total production capacity to 1.7 million tons. The company mothballed two northern facilities in 2013 after the government retrenched on raising the biodiesel … Continue reading

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Danish researchers look to make hydrogen fuel cells bio

In Denmark, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have embarked upon research looking at biomaterials for use in hydrogen fuel cells to replace toxic materials such as platinum. Developing a 100% organic biocatalyst for a fuel cell is … Continue reading

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Oil industry to ramp up attacks against RFS ahead of EPA’s final rule

In Washington, during the run up to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on the RFS blending mandates for 2014 through 2016, the oil lobby led by the American Petroleum Institute is planning to a run a “multifaceted advocacy campaign” … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rebounds 1.47 percent to 53.89 as ethanol surges

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rebounded 1.47 percent to 53.89 as ethanol surged. For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) rallied 5.15 percent to $3.06, while Green Plains (GPRE) soared 9.51 percent to $20.61. Among … Continue reading

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Not Becoming Toast: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Supply Chain Risk

So, you have a great technology, it scales and it works. You have a customer. Supper. But if you don’t have a supply chain, you’re toast. Here’s a recent deck on avoiding the toaster, from Jonathan McCoy of Zurich Energy. … Continue reading

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