Monthly Archives: March 2017

Coleman Oil identified as source of biodiesel spill in Columbia River

In Washington state, a coordinated investigation by state and federal authorities in Wenatchee has identified Coleman Oil, Inc., a fueling facility near the Columbia River, as the source of the biodiesel spill that has been leaking into the river. The … Continue reading

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Europe T2 ethanol prices falling as supplies set to increase for April

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices have slid to a three-month low on the back of new expectations for supply availability. Although some production is offline for seasonal maintenance, those plants are only minor suppliers to the European market, leaving … Continue reading

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Convicted biodiesel tax fraudster appealing federal prison sentence

In Indiana, a man convicted of $55 million in illegal profits from biofuel tax credit fraud is seeking to appeal his six-year federal prison sentence, likely believing that it was too high despite agreeing to a plea deal. Both the … Continue reading

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Edeniq and Aemetis toss lawsuits at each other over failed merger

In California, Edeniq announced that it has filed a cross-complaint against Aemetis, Inc. for fraud and negligent misrepresentation among other claims. Edeniq terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis, Inc. in August 2016 and is defending itself against a lawsuit Aemetis … Continue reading

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New life on the cards for Illinois biodiesel project

In Illinois, a new proposal for a biodiesel plant in Newton would be double the size of the original project planned but never brought to full production capacity. The 100 million gallon per year facility would require an additional investment … Continue reading

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CARB approves 12 new biodiesel and renewable diesel pathways

In California, the Air Resources Board has approved eight new biodiesel pathways and another four for renewable diesel under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard using its CA-GREET 2.0 model. The biodiesel pathways are for tallow, soy oil and UCO feedstocks … Continue reading

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Australian Paper teaming with CSIRO on major lignin biorefinery

In Australia, Australian Paper is teaming with CSIRO to bolt on bio-manufacturing technologies to utilize lignin removed from pulp production to make paper. The company already has a 50MW biomass power plant that will serve as the cornerstone of the … Continue reading

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Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for consumers. It also dismissed out of hand Queensland’s claims that … Continue reading

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Neste pleased with Sweden’s draft laws to boost biofuels use for carbon emissions reductions

In Sweden, Neste welcomed the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much-needed basis for innovation and investments in … Continue reading

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Indonesia already filed WTO complaint against US’s biodiesel anti-dumping duties

In Indonesia, just days after the US’s National Biodiesel Board announced anti-dumping duties would be lobbed on Indonesian and Argentine biodiesel imports issued by the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, Indonesia’s trade minister said the … Continue reading

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DSV testing Mercedes-Benz hybrid electric-HVO trucks

In Sweden, DSV Sweden is currently testing a unique Atego Hybrid truck from Mercedes-Benz in Malmo city distribution. The truck runs on both electricity and the new biofuel HVO 100. After a six-month test period in Malmo city traffic, the project will … Continue reading

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Iowa coop demos use of B5 and B20 for farm trucks

In Iowa, a demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers Cooperative, based at Afton in southern Iowa, put two trucks head-to-head to compare how blends of 5% and … Continue reading

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KAAPA Ethanol upgrading Ravenna plant to be more efficient

In Nebraska, KAAPA Ethanol has been making changes since it purchased Abengoa’s ethanol plant in Ravenna last summer with a focus on improving its corn purchasing processes to attract farmers to sell their corn directly to the plant rather than … Continue reading

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Brazilian corn ethanol production to double by 2018

In Brazil, the country is looking to double its ethanol production from corn by 2018 in an effort to boost supplies during the sugarcane inter-crop season. At the moment, three sugarcane mills in Mato Grasso also produce ethanol from corn … Continue reading

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Sierra Energy building MSW gasification demo plant at California Army base

In California, Sierra Energy has teamed with the Army to trial its FastOx Gasifier technology that turns MSW into hydrogen for use in vehicles, carbon monoxide for electricity production and liquid metal as well as slag for reuse in other … Continue reading

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Slough of bills attacking RFS in both Washington and Georgia

In Washington, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is going for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s jugular with the reintroduction of a pair of bills meant to eliminate the RFS all together and to ban blends above 10%. Rep. Michael Burgess of … Continue reading

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The Race for Bionylon heats up: Rennovia enters piloting stage of its key bio-based HDO platform

  In California, Rennovia has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. When we say something as obscure as 1.6-hexanediol, think “nylon” Rennovia’s 1,6-HDO is a platform intermediate to … Continue reading

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Tech for the cheap oil era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH technology

Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements.” Behind Mercurius is REACH … Continue reading

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Fuel Economy Rules: Someone is Listening

by Doug Durante, Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition Special to The Digest The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what … Continue reading

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Industrial sugars from waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip … Continue reading

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