Monthly Archives: April 2017

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone, Lee Enterprises Consulting Joel Stone Daniel Lane Special to The Digest The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA … Continue reading

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Enerkem gets lowest ever carbon intensity value from BC for 2G ethanol

In Canada, Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. The confirmed carbon intensity of Enerkem’s … Continue reading

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Canadian canola industry excited about export opportunities for US biodiesel

In Canada, the canola industry believes that an extra 200 million to 400 million pounds of canola oil demand could result from the US renewing the biodiesel blenders credit but only applying it to domestic biodiesel production. The US industry … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol parity inching closer to 70%

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol parity is sneaking ever closer to the 70% tipping point, the closest seen since October, reaching 70.6% last week compared to 70.8% the week prior. Ethanol prices typically fall during this time of the year in … Continue reading

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Royal Vopak to expand ethanol and fuels terminal at Port of Santos

In the Netherlands, Royal Vopak announced that it will expand its wholly-owned terminal in Alemoa, which is located in Brazil’s Port of Santos, Latin America’s largest port. The expansion will add 16 new tanks with a capacity of 61,000 cbm … Continue reading

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Amyris teams with Blue California to manufacture ingredients in China

In California, Amyris announced that it has expanded the scope of its relationship with Phyto Tech Corp (D/B/A “Blue California”). Blue California is based in Southern California and is a global leader in food, flavor and fragrance ingredients and nutraceuticals. … Continue reading

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Argentine biodiesel exports come to a halt in light of policy shift

In Argentina, biodiesel exports to the US have come to a standstill will only cargos loading that were already agreed before the world came crashing down on the industry. No new deals are in the making due to the blenders … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding photosynthesis

In Japan, photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A Japanese research team led by the Kobe University has clarified part of this mechanism, marking another … Continue reading

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Petrobras turns its back on biofuels now that it has divested

In Brazil, now that Petrobras has divested from biofuels in its attempt to raise funds to pay off massive $100 billion debt, it has come out against the government’s new RenovaBio program meant to raise biofuel production and consumption, claiming … Continue reading

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Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the oil and gas price outlook

In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways and market access – what about market pricing? Specifically, the price of the incumbemt that’s oil and gas. That was the subject of this slide presentation by Dr. Paul … Continue reading

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TerraVia in the Wilderness Years

Over at our sister publication Nuu, we reported this week that TerraVia got a “generally recognized as safe” OK from the FDA for its long-awaited algae butter. It’s a palm-free, non-hydrogenated, vegan solution for bakery, spreads and confectionery applications. Algae … Continue reading

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McDonald’s in Qatar looks to biodiesel from UCO

In Qatar, the local franchise owner for McDonald’s has teamed with a local used cooking oil collector and processor to produce biodiesel from the more than 100,000 liters of oil the country’s 40 restaurants use every year. The resulting biodiesel … Continue reading

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Blue seeks to expand UCO biodiesel production into Abu Dhabi

In the United Arab Emirates, Tadweer will begin providing permits to companies collecting used cooking oil to produce biodiesel in Abu Dhabi but no timetable has been given for when those permits could be approved. One local waste oil recycler, … Continue reading

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Florida firefighters concerned about safety hazards from increased ethanol rail traffic

In Florida, the Treasure Coast Fire Chiefs’ Association has sent a letter to the governor requesting a laundry list of infrastructure investments, training and equipment upgrades in order to be prepared for future rail accidents resulting from increased traffic of … Continue reading

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Australian community looking to produce electricity from landfill methane

In Australia, the community of Noosa is going to begin producing electricity from the methane captured at its landfill in an effort to boost efficiency. Through improved methane capture techniques, capture has increased to 330,000 cubic meters per month. Rather … Continue reading

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A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased projects around the world

We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what abourt accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other riskjs and constraints apply that can be addressed – but how … Continue reading

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Indonesian palm oil industry says EU jeopardizing its own economy by shying away from CPO biodiesel

In Indonesia, the palm oil industry strongly believes that the European Parliament’s vote to ban palm oil for biodiesel production by 2020 is detrimental to the European economy because it is the cheapest feedstock for biofuel and requires far less … Continue reading

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World Bank funding project to scale up UCO for biodiesel in Uganda

In Uganda, the National Agriculture Research Organization is pushing for hotels, communities and restaurants to collect used cooking oil for later conversion into biodiesel in an effort to remove from the market oil that is no longer safe for human … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers produce alkyl lactate and alkyl levulinate from algae starch

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Tech University have found that starch derived from algae after oil extraction can be converted into alkyl lactate and alkyl levulinate used to produce pharmaceuticals, additives, and polyesters. Addition of Sn(OTf)2 boosted alkyl levulinate yields … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s push towards renewable transport loses steam as mandate becomes just a promotion towards 100% renewables

In Hawaii, the state’s Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed a bill seeking to use 100% renewable fuel for transport by 2045 but was changed to remove its mandate, instead seeking to just move the industry in that direction. … Continue reading

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