Monthly Archives: August 2017

Vietnamese ethanol plants set to come back online but it will take time

In Vietnam, how to treat the wastewater at Bio-Ethanol Dung Quat is a key sticking point before the various investors can agree to bringing the ethanol plant back online but the plan is to revitalize it as well as Phu … Continue reading

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UCS blog outlines just how EPA did an about turn on proposed 2018 cellulosic RVO

In Washington, a senior scientist writing on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog clearly demonstrates how the Environmental Protection Agency shifted gears in mid-June by scrapping the cellulosic biofuel target based on corn kernel technology that has been successfully ramping … Continue reading

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UniFiji looking team with sugar industry on ethanol research

In Fiji, the Fiji Sugar Corporation may team up with UniFiji on researching ethanol production as part of the new Master’s in Renewable Energy Management (MREM) program. Biodiesel production as well as other potential renewable projects are also on the … Continue reading

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D3MAX to design commercial scale plant for Ace Ethanol

In North Dakota, Last February, D3MAX LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol LLC in Stanley, Wisconsin. Pilot testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process has … Continue reading

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Irish biodiesel consumption and blending rate fall from June but up on year

In Ireland, biodiesel consumption fell by more than 10% in July to 15.54 million liters from its June consumption figure for a volumetric blending level of 5.79% but compared to July 2016, it was a nearly 48% increase when the … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court sides with Poet on first of two pending CARB cases

In California, the state’s Supreme Court has sent the case known as Poet I back to Fresno County Superior Court rather than hearing the case itself, denying the state’s Air Resources Board’s request to review the appellate court decision that … Continue reading

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New research shows biodiesel could be 10% cleaner than thought

In Indiana, a new academic paper published in Biotechnology for Biofuels shows biodiesel’s benefits are even better than previous models suggest. Updated modeling from Purdue University suggests the advantage of using biodiesel has been underestimated by 10 percent. “This latest … Continue reading

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Senator Duckworth requesting FBI criminal corruption investigation into Carl Icahn

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is requesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch a criminal investigation into whether former Special Advisor to President Trump Carl Icahn violated federal anti-corruption law by attempting to use his government position … Continue reading

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The People’s Fuel

Biodiesel is the people’s advanced biofuel, but it is not always the Establishment’s darling. Whether it is cleaner air, more lubricity, more advanced domestic manufacturing and jobs, higher property values driving higher revenues for states and schools, or a secondary … Continue reading

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Gettin’ a new Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a catalyst cost estimation tool that would enable rapid and informed cost-based decisions in research and commercialization of catalysts. As the research team notes, “Nearly all biomass conversion processes rely … Continue reading

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New South Wales Greens say E6 mandate costs drivers A$143 million annually

In Australia, the New South Wales Greens have published a new analysis saying that the state’s 6% ethanol blending mandate costs consumers an extra A$143 million per year and pointed the finger at local ethanol producer Manildra, who pushed for … Continue reading

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Strong euro supports biodiesel prices despite falling veg oils

In the Netherlands, despite falling vegetable oil prices weighing on biodiesel prices, the opposite is happening in Europe thanks to the strongest euro against the dollar in 32 months. The currency support is helping to offset what would normally be … Continue reading

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Carl Icahn says refiners ma find a way to change the point of obligation through litigation

In Washington, although Carl Icahn has resigned as an advisor to President Trump, he still believes that oil refining industry will continue to push for a change in the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the policy shift … Continue reading

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Chinese ethanol exports jump in July to 19,814 cu m

In China, ethanol exports soared once again in July to 19,814 cu m, up 8% on the month, with about 65% of the total—12,945 cu m—headed to Saudi Arabia. North Korea and the Philippines absorbed much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Abengoa’s former San Roque biodiesel plant back online with new owners

In Spain, the former Abengoa biodiesel plant in San Roque has come back online after being mothballed for 18 months thanks to its new owners, Cepsa Bioenergia. The plant has been upgraded to produce 200,000 metric tons of FAME along … Continue reading

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FAO says biofuels not good or bad but sustainable or not

In Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization says that biofuels are like any other kind of agriculture in that the social and environmental sustainability of the production dictate whether or not they are positive or negative. It went on to … Continue reading

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University of California, Irvine researchers using bacteria to produce hydrocarbons from industrial waste

In California, researchers at the University of California, Irvine envision growing the Actinobacter vinelandii bacteria on industrial carbon waste to generate hydrocarbons. They found that the A. vinelandii strain that expresses the nitrogenase enzyme can produce methane (CH4), ethylene (C2H4), … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley tweets Trump’s support for biofuels

In Washington, policymaking via Twitter continues as Senator Chuck Grassley reported in a tweet that he’d had a phone call with President Trump who assured him that he is pro-ethanol and will live up to campaign promises made in Iowa. … Continue reading

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The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation

By Wayne Lee, CEO Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest While oil prices remain relatively low, and the status of U.S. government incentives remains uncertain, the predictable downturn in biofuel and biochemical related industries brings with it increased participant … Continue reading

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Hot Spots: The Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in California

California is for many the “home of innovation” but almost everyone thinks of Silicon Valley in this respect, or perhaps the Bay Area as a whole. And there are innovative companies in huge numbers, for sure— but you’d be surprised … Continue reading

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