Monthly Archives: August 2017

Gassy Gold: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to a Biogas-to-Muconic Acid pathway

The US Department of Energy is supporting a NREL-led project to establish a novel gas fermentation bioprocess for secretion of an array of fuel and chemical intermediates. The project also aims to develop a novel methanotrophic biocatalyst and fermentation configuration … Continue reading

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Brazilian mills switch over to more ethanol production during H1 August

In Brazil, mills have begun to switch over to ethanol production in light of falling sugar prices and the decision to impose a 20% tariff on imports above a 600 million liter per year quota. UNICA’s bimonthly report shows that … Continue reading

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German company to invest in US$51 million Ethiopian ethanol plant

In Ethiopia, Germany’s Eugen Schmitt Company will invest US$51 million in a 60,000 liter per day ethanol plant to be co-located at the Wonjo Shoa sugar mill. The plant, whose groundbreaking is planned for the next few months, will become … Continue reading

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Philippines’ city to begin biodiesel fuel trial following production facility launch

In the Philippines, following the launch of the used cooking oil biodiesel production facility in Davao City, the local authorities have a launched a three-month trial to test biodiesel impacts on 30 jeepneys. During the production trial held using the … Continue reading

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UK to offer matching funds for aviation biofuel projects

In the UK, as part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering GBP22 million in funding for projects in the UK to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and lorries, with matching funding from industry. … Continue reading

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EPA seen expanding fuel waivers for Texas and Louisiana while denying RFA request

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue waivers to more parts of Texas and Louisiana that would allow them to supply fuel that does not comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard or other environmental standards in light … Continue reading

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ePure says new European Commission report supports case for higher ethanol blends

In Belgium, ePure says a new report published by the European Commission highlights several benefits of higher ethanol blends in petrol, including reducing emissions of dangerous pollutants and boosting car engine performance. The study, conducted by ICF for the Commission’s … Continue reading

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University of Illinois researchers look at biofuel processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria

In Illinois, fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe says it’s open to anyone interested in producing ethanol

In Zimbabwe, the country’s Energy Regulatory Authority says it has an open door policy for any would-be ethanol producer to apply for a production license in order to supply the blending mandate, contrary to popular belief that the opportunity was … Continue reading

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Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa

Eddyville, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Newton, Cedar Rapids. Communities like these have been mainstays of the Iowa bioeconomy for years, even decades — home to corn and soy processing on the largest world scale, and much much more — integrated complexes … Continue reading

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Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate solvent liquefaction as viable path to stable intermediates for subsequent upgrading to fuel blendstocks. This is based on a technology originally developed in large part via Catchlight Energy and … Continue reading

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Aemetis secures regulatory approval for enzymatic biodiesel production in India

In California, Aemetis announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed the construction of initial process equipment and has obtained regulatory approval for the production of enzymatic biodiesel at its biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India using a patent-pending … Continue reading

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Quad County CEO believes cellulosic ethanol targets could be hit without grinding more corn

In Iowa, the CEO of Quad County Corn Processors says that if all of the ethanol plants in the US switched to Enogen corn and used Cellerate technology like the QCCP does, then the Renewable Fuel Standard’s cellulosic ethanol mandate … Continue reading

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New Holland shows off its methane-powered concept tractor

In Illinois, New Holland says this its methane-powered concept tractor could reduce fuel costs by 30% with the same power and torque as its diesel-fueled line. The tractor has 80% lower emissions and 10% lower CO2 emissions. The tractor runs … Continue reading

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Chinese open up again for Argentine soy oil just in the nick of time

In Argentina, while the US biodiesel market closed, the Chinese soy oil market reopened following nearly a year when its doors too were closed. In 2015, Argentina exported $1.4 billion worth of soy oil to China. The reopening of the … Continue reading

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Biofuel markets not likely impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In Texas, despite the horrendous flooding seen across the state due to Hurricane Harvey, experts don’t expect the storm or its damage to impact biofuel prices for the Gulf Coast region. Refineries in the region closed down ahead of the … Continue reading

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EU Commissions extends Red Tractor through November 5 until renewal is approved

In the UK, the National Farmers Union has welcomed news that the EU Commission has written to all EU-approved biofuel assurance schemes to advise that the Red Tractor scheme should continue to be considered compliant with EU Renewable Energy Directive … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley researchers using nonphotosynthetic bacterium to produce chemicals from CO2

In California, photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun’s energy than natural photosynthesis … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Argentina working with local authorities on biodiesel

In Argentina, continuing the Trump administration’s tradition of vague tweets, the charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires said in a tweet that following a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister and Production Minister that the two nations … Continue reading

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Hot Spots: The Top 10 Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Canada

When it comes to project action, Go North, young man. Canada’s hot and the technology’s cool. The colder weather might be just around the corner for Canada, but when it comes to the advanced bioeconomy, think Hot Spots. The country … Continue reading

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