Monthly Archives: August 2017

Czech water authorities blame increased biofuel production for higher pollution levels

In the Czech Republic, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU) has called out increasing demand for biofuels and the resulting increase in corn and rapeseed production as the cause of growing pollution levels in waterbodies across the country. In its annual … Continue reading

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Malaysian oil palm producer offers $175.1 million for 11,600ha in Sabah

In Malaysia, oil palm producer Boustead Plantations has made an offer to buy 11,600 ha in Sabah for $175.1 million from Pertama Land & Development that has been accepted. The company’s Q2 results improved thanks to higher fresh fruit bunch … Continue reading

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USTDA awards South African company grant for LanzaTech feasibility study

In South Africa, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative U.S. technologies to convert waste gas – also known as off-gas … Continue reading

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Oshawa Port Authority must pay FarmTech C$4.2 million for canceling ethanol project

In Canada, an arbitrator mandated the Oshawa Port Authority pay FarmTech nearly C$4.2 million after it decided to cancel the company’s proposed ethanol plant project following an agreement made in 2012. The local city council as well as environmental groups … Continue reading

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EPA awards Al-Corn Clean Fuel with right to produce D6 RINs

In Minnesota, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Al-Corn Clean Fuel with the efficient producer designation, allowing it to generate D6 RINs using a dry mill process at its Claremont facility. The designation is awarded when the lifecycle emissions analysis … Continue reading

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DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office validates Vertimass technology as intermediate

In California, Vertimass LLC announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. … Continue reading

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UC San Diego researchers create epidermal biofuel cell to power electronics from sweat

In California, a team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than … Continue reading

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New New Zealand fuel standards to allow higher biofuel blending

In New Zealand, new fuel standards set to come in October 2 will boost maximum volume of methanol blends to 3% from the current 1% and to 7% for biodiesel from the current 5%. The shift is expected to result … Continue reading

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Market Value pivoted Algae biomass productivity for oil to other high value products – is oil still on the horizon, somewhere?

By Dr. Anju D. Krivov, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s vision of an algae oil machine fed with a bucketful of algae soup from a pond at one end spits out oil at the … Continue reading

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Vertibirds are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass drop-in biofuels technology, clears path to demo scale 

In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. BETO verification effectively opens the door for … Continue reading

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The Leadership Challenge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to building world-class bioeconomy teams

Great process? Great target economics? Great feedstock? That’s super. But no one will ever build a world-class business without competing effectively to build world-class team, so consider that Job #1. Each year, in partnership with the executive search firm Kincannon … Continue reading

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Ichan resigns from presidential advisory position

In New York state, while denying any wrongdoing or conflict of interest, Carl Icahn has resigned from his informal regulatory advisory role to the president in the wake of controversy that his influence on the White House could favor his … Continue reading

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Reuters finds Valero at the heart push to change RFS point of obligation

In Washington, Reuters has uncovered a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign led by Valero to build a stable of supporters in its efforts to have the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard shifted away from refiners in order for the … Continue reading

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Yoghurt maker suing Johnstown Renewables for $20 million for breach of contract

In New York state, yoghurt maker Fage is suing Johnstown Renewables for more than $20 million in damages because the company didn’t lift the acidic whey from the production facility as agreed to in 2015. Johnstown Renewables is perhaps 75% … Continue reading

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Metsä launches next-gen bioproduct mill

In Finland, Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski came into operation as planned August 15 with pulp deliveries from the new mill to customers set to begin in early September. The construction project was carried out as planned, in … Continue reading

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UK biodiesel producer fears US flooding post-Brexit

In the UK, tallow biodiesel producer Argent Energy is worried that after Brexit the company will no longer be protected by European policy from an influx of biodiesel imports from the US. It’s especially worrisome with expectation that the British … Continue reading

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Beet-based ethanol production seen returning after quotas end in September

In Europe, the ending of sugarbeet production quotas the end of September has lead the market to expect a return of ethanol production from beet as a way to absorb production excesses. Backwardation into the ethanol market from October partly … Continue reading

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Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

In California, a Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming … Continue reading

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Department of Commerce postpones biodiesel anti-dumping investigation until October 19

In Washington, the Department of Commerce is postponing its preliminary determinations regarding antidumping duty (AD) investigations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia to October 19 following a request from the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition and its individual members … Continue reading

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Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Head of Industrial Biotechnology section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable … Continue reading

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