Monthly Archives: February 2017

Indians 2G biofuel policy to promote flex-fuel cars as well

In India, the much talked about biofuel policy that would promote second-generation biofuels from crop waste in hopes of reaching 22.5% ethanol blending will also encourage automobile companies like Toyota to commercialize their flex-fuel vehicles in the country, the road … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad RFS? The Story of Tesoro and the Three Little Pigs

Here is a link to a thought-provoking document that you might like to read – the sad tale of how oil refiners reacted in different ways to the advent of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Some developed a strategy, some invested, … Continue reading

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The Carinata Kings: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma

The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), … Continue reading

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A global corporate market for low-carb fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Below50

Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels has launched in South America. … Continue reading

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Mind the (Carbon) Gap: with sustainable aviation fuels, what will it take, who’s gonna pay?

So there’s this gap, say researchers at Utrecht University in their report on aviation biofuels, between the emission goals that airlines have set themselves (call this, carbon-neutral growth), and what is going to be achieved through operational efficiency. Totaling 232 … Continue reading

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Rapeseed enjoys competitive price edge over wheat: report

 In Germany, the trade assocaitino UFOP reports forward-contract price gap between wheat and rapeseed currently amounts to around EUR 220 per tonne, virtually reaching the seasonal high. “The gap between forward-contract prices of soft wheat and rapeseed from the 2017 crop … Continue reading

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Bio-based polymer capacity expands 4% in 2016, despite low oil prices

In Germany, nova institut reports that production capacity for bio-based polymers grew by 4% to 6.6 Million tonnes from 2015 to 2016. This represents a share of 2% of the global polymer market. The bio-based polymer turnover was about €13 … Continue reading

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35 groups urge EPA to maintain RFS point of obligation

In Washington, a diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels expressed support to keep the current compliance structure under the RFS. “NATSO is … Continue reading

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Biossance launches at Sephora with new look

In California, Amyris’s biotechnology-backed beauty brand Biossance launched on Sephora.com on February 17 and in select SEPHORA stores nationwide beginning in February through this Spring. Known for pioneering the first renewably-sourced 100% plant-based squalane, the mega-moisture molecule that keeps skin … Continue reading

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Modular Energy Production Systems in sight at RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute

In Iowa, Iowa State University is reporting that it will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and … Continue reading

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US ethanol production slips to 16.05 billion gallon annual clip

In Washington, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.034 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.43 million gallons daily. That is down 6,000 b/d from the week before and 27,000 b/d removed from last … Continue reading

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Pacific Biodiesel begins farming  Hawaii’s biggest biofuel crop

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies commenced a initial crop project on 115 acres will expand diversified agriculture by growing combine-harvested oil crops on land previously used for sugar cane production. This is the largest biofuel crop project in the state … Continue reading

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German biodiesel blending falls as diesel consumption increases

In Germany, biodiesel blend was slightly lower on the year last year at 5.61% in part as a result of double counting waste-based biofuels while ethanol blending was slightly higher at 5.78%. Although the biodiesel blending rate fell in percentage … Continue reading

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RFA study says ethanol supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016

In Washington, a new report commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Agency says the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016. According to the analysis, the production and use … Continue reading

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Alliance Bioenergy submits offer for INEOS New Planet Bioenergy

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced that it has submitted an offer to purchase a 145+ acre ethanol plant previously owned by INEOS New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, FL. If successful the Company will begin to retrofit the front … Continue reading

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County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

In Iowa, the Elite Octane project set for Atlantic has been pulled from the brink after the Cass County Board of Commissioners approved a letter of intent with the project’s developers, agreeing to invest $4.4 million in infrastructure improvements including … Continue reading

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Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

In Rhode Island, biodiesel is taking to the high seas in a special ship traveling from Rhode Island to an ultimate goal of Cuba on 6,000 gallons of B20 supplied by Newport Biodiesel. The 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard … Continue reading

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Pacific Biodiesel to trial sunflower and other biofuel crops on Maui

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel is trialing various biofuel crops including sunflowers on a 115 acre test site on Maui, a project that is not related to the parent company of C&H Sugar that recently closed down sugarcane operations and looked … Continue reading

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Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

In New Jersey, to improve bioreactor efficiency, researchers at Princeton University will create an integrated approach to monitoring and controlling the organisms’ metabolic activity thanks to support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman … Continue reading

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Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

In Washington, 7,564 pages of emails by then-Oklahoma Attorney General, now-Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, following a freedom of information request and a court order to release them by the Center for Media and Democracy show the administrator’s very … Continue reading

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