Monthly Archives: November 2016

ePure teams with sugar and corn to oppose EU plans to phase out convention biofuels

In Belgium, ePure has teamed with the European sugarbeet growers association CIBE, the European sugar refiners association CEFS and the European corn growers association CEPM to express their concern about the EU strategy for low-emission mobility, which states that the … Continue reading

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Indian oil companies to invest $586 million in seven 2G ethanol plants

In India, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) announced they will invest $586 million in developing seven second-generation ethanol plants to help the government achieve its 22.5% ethanol blending goals. … Continue reading

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The Andersons on the lookout for corn arriving infected with vomitoxin in Indiana

In Indiana, The Andersons says it will dock farmers delivering corn to its ethanol plant near Chylmers with 4 PPM of vomitoxin and will reject those deliveries that arrive with 7 PPM or above following excessive rains during the growing … Continue reading

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Only a fraction of D5 mandate produced leaving D4 RINs the only option for 2016

In Texas, refiners may be in a pinch to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2016 mandate for non-biodiesel advanced biofuels because only 75 million gallons have been produced and 530 million D5 RINs are required for compliance. As Brazil’s … Continue reading

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Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

In Ireland, researchers from the University College Cork have published a paper in the SpringerLink journal, Food Security, saying biofuels produced under the right conditions can have positive food security impacts on developing countries including in Africa. The lack of … Continue reading

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OPEI updates consumer and dealer materials for its “Look Before You Pump” campaign

In Virginia, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) updated its consumer and dealer education materials for its “Look Before You Pump” campaign in light of increased availability of higher ethanol fuel blends at gasoline filling stations. It says gasoline containing … Continue reading

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Argonne lab finds changes in reflectivity on land used for biofuel crops

In Illinois, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory have conducted a detailed study of the reflectivity effects of converting land to grow biofuel crops. Their study is part of an overall analysis of greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Vilsack says RFS not at risk from Trump

In Washington, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack says that ethanol is too embedded in rural areas to be at risk from a Trump Administration. Trump has become well known for bouncing back and forth on his opinion about ethanol and the … Continue reading

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Renewable drop-in fuels at scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn

Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than 25 years.  Its technology has produced over 37 million gallons … Continue reading

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World Energy Outlook 2016 sees transformation accelerating now through 2040

In the EU, the International Energy Agency said that “renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040” as the IEA launched the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook. Global … Continue reading

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What Does it Take? The experts report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy

This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling Up Conference and because, to no surprise amongst those who … Continue reading

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Why Sustainable Chemicals? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partner’s Sustainable Chemistry Fund

Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge in sustainable chemical venture investing, and Capricorn Venture Partners has … Continue reading

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UPM Biofuels joins global companies in below50 coalition to scale up sustainable fuels for low-carbon world

In Finland, UPM Biofuels has joined the below50 coalition to promote the most sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions – and scale up their development and use. Below50 is one of the newest initiatives in sustainable fuels, and … Continue reading

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Reverdia, Xinfu Sign Agreement for Biosuccinium Supply and Collaboration 

In the Netherlands, Reverdia announced a strategic partnership with Hangzhou Xinfu Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Xinfu). The partnership represents a collaboration to adopt Biosuccinium in bio-based polymers and co-polymers for the packaging industry, as well as a long-term supply … Continue reading

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Novozymes expands in India

In Denmark, Novozymes has obtained land on a long-term lease in the Patalganga industrial area near Mumbai on India’s west coast. With an initial investment of approximately DKK 300 million the company plans to establish a new enzyme production and … Continue reading

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences, MIAVIT ink Supply Agreement for Biogas Enzymes

In Germany,  DuPont Industrial Biosciences and MIAVIT GmbH announced a supply agreement where DuPont will supply enzymes for incorporation in biogas-boosting products distributed by MIAVIT.  Enzyme technology has been proven to improve biogas yields and process robustness, ultimately increasing customers’ revenue and profitability … Continue reading

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Open-Bio project launches bio-based products database 

In the EU, Open-Bio has launched a database that provides relevant information about bio-based end products to assist public buyers in making purchasing decisions. The main goal? To simplify the lives of procurement officials that want to pay more attention to … Continue reading

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USDA raises already-record soybean crop forecast

In Washington, the US soybean harvest is coming to a close. Nevertheless, the USDA sprang a surprise with its latest harvest estimate. However, the price effect was fleeting. The 2016 US soybean crop was forecast higher than expected. The previous … Continue reading

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Green EnviroTech Holdings signs with BHP for commercial-scale tire pyro tech

In California, Green EnviroTech Holdings entered into an agreement with BHP Engineering & Construction LP, a specialist EPC in the oil and gas sector, to design and build Processing Plants. Under the terms of the agreement, BHP will serve as … Continue reading

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Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative forms for advanced bioeconomy feedstocks

In Ontario,  the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre at Lambton College and Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park – collaboration with the OSGA and its partners – completed a techno-economic modelling feasibility study. The study identified suitable high value-added products and determined business … Continue reading

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