Monthly Archives: January 2017

Brazilian mills produce 67.81 million liters of sugarcane ethanol during H1 January

In Brazil, mills produced 67.81 million liters of ethanol during the first half of January, 48.84 million liters of which was hydrous ethanol. Most mills had already closed for the season by January 1 but 11 continued to produce sugar … Continue reading

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Freshman Florida congressman pushing bill to eliminate the EPA

In Washington, a freshman congressman from Florida is looking for co-sponsors to a bill that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency effective December 31, 2018, claiming that the costs of environmental compliance are too much of a burden on … Continue reading

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Valero’s Q4 results saved by profits from ethanol unit

In Texas, operating profits of $126 million from its ethanol unit during the fourth quarter, up from a loss of $13 million the previous year, helped Valero to offset losses at its refining unit thanks to higher crushing margins and … Continue reading

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Cathay Pacific to fly on 50% biojet from US to Hong Kong by 2018

In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific aims for its flights from the US to Hong Kong to run on a 50% biojet mix by 2018 in an attempt to reduce GHG emissions by 80%. Following an agreement signed with the airline … Continue reading

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RIN prices continue to fall in face of Trump uncertainty

In Illinois, RIN prices continue to fall as uncertainty over what the Trump Administration will do regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and the Renewable Fuels Standard in particular. Prices for 2016 and 2016 D6 RINs fell to a 14-month low … Continue reading

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Nearly all of Australia’s canola exports seen headed to EU for biofuel feedstock

In Australia, Lachstock Consulting says 2.36 million metric tons of the 2.87 million tons of canola the country is expected to export this year is likely to go to the European Union for use as biofuel feedstock due to lack … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers disover model for how plants create glucose from CO2

In Japan, a research group led by Associate Professor ASHIDA Hiroki (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), Academic Researcher KONO Takunari (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), and Professor MATSUMURA Hiroyoshi (Ritsumeikan University) has … Continue reading

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Ireland to fully divest from fossil fuels over the next five years

In Ireland, the parliament has voted 90-53 to fully divest from fossil fuels, the first country to do so. The EUR8 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund must sell all of its investments in coal, gas and oil during the next … Continue reading

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Flame On: Green Biologics heats up, acquires GreenFlame and heads for market expansion

You know, GreenFlame just sounds like a character out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a cross between the Green Lantern and the Fantastic Four. And it sets up nicely for a catchphrase for the entire advanced bioeconomy: In brightest … Continue reading

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The Leftover Makeover Once-Over: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Stover

A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed a survey of the economic activities and rural jobs that a corn stover bioeconomy can offer, which is currently featured on the cover of the latest issue of Biofpr journal. Here, … Continue reading

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German and French oil seed industries team up to urge EU to support conventional biofuels

In Germany, at the invitation of Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), representatives of the French federation of the producers of oilseeds and proteins crops (FOP), under leadership of vice chairman Arnaud Rousseau, and representatives … Continue reading

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Company looks to revive never-finished Illinois biodiesel plant

In Illinois, Newport Biodiesel has been formed to try to recuperate the partially completed 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility in Newport that never came online despite expectations it would do so in 2011. Though it isn’t clear yet … Continue reading

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Study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop biorefinery using fiber

In Canada, a new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fiber. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels, among … Continue reading

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Philippine cane farmers may have new friend in Cavite Biofuel Producers

In the Philippines, Cavite Biofuel Producers is establishing an ethanol plant in Magallanes where small farmers can sell their cane directly. Small-scale farmers owning less than 5 ha represent more than half of the cane farmers in the country and … Continue reading

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Easy Energy Systems developing on-farm biorefineries

In Minnesota, Easy Energy Systems is working with farmers to develop and install small-scale on-farm biorefineries with the capacity to produce ethanol, n-butanol, and with the help of Iowa State University, soon cellulosic n-butanol will also be available. Byproducts come … Continue reading

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Thai companies team up to develop biorefineries to serve the bioplastics industry

In Thailand, Global Green Chemical has joined with Kaset Thai International Sugar to jointly develop a feasibility study for a biorefinery using sugarcane in Nakhon Sawan province that will produce Lactic Acid and Polylactic Acid from ethanol to feed into … Continue reading

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PolyU researchers develop new class of solid catalysts for biodiesel production

In China, PolyU researchers have thus adopted precise surface chemistry engineering to develop a new class of solid catalyst for use in biodiesel production. This new catalyst for green biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock … Continue reading

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Indonesia looks to secure domestic biofuel supplies in light of Trump presidency

In Indonesia, the government is taking a cue from the election of US President Donald Trump to try to curb imports of fossil fuel among other products because it expects the global economy to shift in response to his policies. … Continue reading

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MSW as a feedstock: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment

It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of biomass. We’ve learned to get past the main line of cellulosic defenses — but by and large it’s been a feedstock-by-feedstock, multi-step process, … Continue reading

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The Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

The “Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” for 2017 as nominated and voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board. For comparison purposes, the The Top People for 2016 rankings are here.

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