Monthly Archives: January 2017

Clean Cooking Madagascar issues RFP for ethanol micro-distillery

In Madagascar, Clean Cooking Madagascar, an NGO based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is seeking proposals for an ethanol micro distillery  for its national Ethanol Stove Program in Madagascar. CCM plans to create a market for 100,000 ethanol cookstoves over five  years. … Continue reading

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European Commissions taps DuPont for Biogas Enzyme Production grant

In the Netherlands, the European Commission awarded a grant to DuPont Industrial Biosciences to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project, funded from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s … Continue reading

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Soybean prices rise on US harvest, Argentina rain concerns 

In Germany, UFOP reports that an “unexpected lowering of the harvest forecast for US soy and continued concerns about rain damage in Argentina has caused the balance between supply and demand to narrow.” According to the most recent 2016/17 USDA … Continue reading

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Velocys, TRI form strategic partnership

In the UK, Velocys and ThermoChem Recovery International signed  a strategic alliance under which TRI will be Velocys’ preferred supplier of gasification systems for its biomass-to-liquids plants. The agreement will see the alliance partners rapidly deploy an integrated biorefinery offering … Continue reading

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Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model 

In Washington, the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed models that limit the use of higher blends … Continue reading

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 US ethanol production rises to record 16.08B gallon annual output

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.051 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.14 million gallons daily. That is down slightly by 3,000 b/d from the previous week’s all-time record high … Continue reading

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133 Food, Ag Organizations say ‘ready to work with President Trump to modernize NAFTA”

In Washington, 133 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, representing more than 15 million jobs nationally, sent President Donald J. Trump a letter this week expressing their eagerness to work with his Administration to modernize the North … Continue reading

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UK’s ‘Building Our Industrial Strategy’ Green Paper supports central role for Anaerobic Digestion: trade group

In the UK, the national government has published a Green Paper on ‘Building Our Industrial Strategy’ and the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association said it will be setting out over the next few months how AD can play a central … Continue reading

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FAO publishes report linking bioeconomy growth to sustainability’s success

In Germany, in new report “Bio-based economy and climate change,” scientists found “a clear link between bio-based economy and sustainability as well as green economy.” This new paper by nova-Institute, prepared for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), examines … Continue reading

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Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

Last week, we held a webinar aimed at helping you get your board of directors, senior management team, investors and partners focused on the right winning strategy during a loan guarantee process such as Section 9003. The 2014 Farm Bill … Continue reading

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Lamplighter Energy to export pellets to South Korea from Hawaii

In Hawaii, Lamplighter Energy will export enough pellets to South Korea’s Hanbo Energy Korea to power 320,000 homes as it looks to diversify markets since Hawaiian Electric hasn’t transitioned to enough biomass power to absorb the company’s production. HECO says … Continue reading

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E10 may soon be France’s most popular gasoline

In France, unleaded petrol containing up to 10% ethanol is about to become the top gasoline used in France, in front of the traditional SP95 based on ethanol consumption data collected by the Bioethanol Collective. For the whole of 2016, … Continue reading

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European biofuels industry slams EU for supporting oil

In Belgium, the biofuel industry shot back at the European Commission at a POLITICO event held on Wednesday, accusing the body of setting energy policy that favors the oil industry and is counterproductive to the goal of achieving low emissions … Continue reading

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Investor liquidates 60% stake in Repreve Renewables as miscanthus fails to launch

In North Carolina, a yarn producer sold its 60% stake in Repreve Renewables, a company selling miscanthus seeds to farmers in order to boost biofuel production. The main market has, instead, been for poultry bedding due to the slow uptake … Continue reading

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BNSF offering discounts to get ethanol shippers to switch to safer rail cars

In New York, BNSF is trying to transition its ethanol tanker fleet to safer models faster than federal regulations are requiring, so is making a push with shippers by offering $300 per car discounts for transport in April if they … Continue reading

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Connection deal agreed to tie Duke Energy to Optima’s methane projects

In North Carolina, Piedmont Natural Gas will tie two of Duke Energy’s combined-cycle natural gas plants 80,000 dekatherms of natural-gas quality methane from swine waste produced by Optima KV. Optima agreed the supply deal with Duke Energy in May while … Continue reading

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MIT researchers scaling down torrefaction technology so small farmers can use it

In Massachusetts, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working with torrefaction to help small farmers be able to use the technology to produce fuel. Their project is a reactor that uses torrefaction to densify biomass, making it transportable … Continue reading

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Icahn coming under scrutiny as CVR Energy’s value doubles since election

In Washington, President Trump’s special advisor Carl Icahn is coming under closer scrutiny over potential conflict of interest because the value of his company CVR Energy has doubled since the election on the expectation that the new administration would change … Continue reading

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The Uber Model for industrial biotechnology, on display at REG Okeechobee?

The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would like to manufacture without the expense and hassle of building … Continue reading

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Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons

To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with RTI in the lead, aimed at optimizing the catalytic biomass … Continue reading

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