Monthly Archives: September 2017

New York governor signs law requiring B5 for bioheating in downstate counties

In New York state, New Yorkers in downstate counties will soon benefit from cleaner air due to the increased use of Bioheat fuel in heating oil. Legislation signed Sept. 13 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requires Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester … Continue reading

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Analysts see China turning to imports ahead of production ramp up to achieve E10

In Illinois, PIRA Energy believes that China will have to look to ethanol imports during the first years of its E10 blending mandate until it’s able to ramp up production to match the new demand. Between 1.1 billion and 2 … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol sales jump 23% in August

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol sales volumes jumped more than 23% during August compared to the month prior at 1.37 billion liters, with total ethanol sales reaching 2.39 billion liters. Only about 200,000 liters were destined for export. For the last two … Continue reading

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Argentine biodiesel already on its way to Europe as anti-dumping duties fall

In Argentina, vessels of biodiesel are loaded and en route to Europe in anticipation of anti-dumping duties fall to 10% or below later this month. Exports are starting off slowly but a local industry association believes figures could return to … Continue reading

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Malaysia and Indonesia desperately looking for new palm oil markets

In Malaysia, palm oil producers are looking for new export markets as the European market continues to sour towards its oil and biodiesel, with eyes on Africa and closer to home in South Asia. Despite concerns of shifting sentiment, Europe’s … Continue reading

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Indian researchers produce biodiesel from waste carbon using local bacteria

In India, researchers from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University have discovered that by bringing together species of bacteria from Aravalli marble mines near Alwar and from brackish waters in the high-altitude Pangong Lake in Ladakh on the border with China can … Continue reading

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Judge grants temporary injunction against Mexico’s new E10 policy

In Mexico, the country’s new E10 policy has been temporarily limited to the previous 5.8% due to one of several court cases currently active in contra to the new policy approved by the energy regulator in June. A judge granted … Continue reading

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Psst! The latest bioeconomy flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies running the Digest’s Very Large Gossip Array —  the airwaves have been crackling as some familiar faces re-surface. Let’s review. Bayer, Ginkgo’s $100 Million  Baby … Continue reading

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You Wascaly Lignocellulose, deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates from lignocellulosic feeds for use in catalytic and biochemical conversions. As … Continue reading

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DOE announces four algae projects to receive up to $8.8 million in funding

In Washington, the U.S. DOE announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms … Continue reading

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Canadian government to invest up to C$3.7 million to pipe heat and CO2 from ethanol plant to greenhosue

In Canada, the Government continues to support the agriculture and agri-food industry as it reduces emissions and adopts sustainable practices that lead to more efficient use of water and energy.   Member of Parliament Peter Fragiskatos (London North Centre), on behalf … Continue reading

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EPA administrator says Ichan didn’t have much influence

In Washington, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to a senator that Carl Icahn didn’t yield much influence on biofuel policy while he acted as an advisor to President Trump. The letter said no assurances … Continue reading

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Companies show interest in taking over Vietnam ethanol plants

In Vietnam, Tin Thanh Group, Tung Lam Company and Tocontap have shown interest in potentially operating the Dung Quat Biofuel ethanol plant when it comes back online later this year, along with two other ethanol plants that were never brought into … Continue reading

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WASDE gives market surprise with higher corn and soybean yields

In Washington, the USDA released its monthly WASDE report analyzing production and consumption estimates for corn that saw a surprise jump in yields for both corn and soybeans, numbers which immediately pushed down futures prices for both key biofuel feedstocks. … Continue reading

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Neste teams with Geneva Airport on renewable jet fuel

In Switzerland, Neste and Geneva Airport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Geneva Airport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target shall … Continue reading

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EU project seeks to produce biomass fuels using gasification and synthesis process

In Finland, the EU project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction for biofuel production is up to 35 percent compared to alternative methods, … Continue reading

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China to implement E10 by 2020 in big push to plow through corn stocks

In China, the government announced it will implement an E10 blending mandate by 2020 as part of its strategy to work through 200 million metric tons of corn stocks, giving the country just three years to ramp up production and … Continue reading

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Are high ethanol blends going to be essential, and mandatory, for super high fuel-efficient engines?

For every ethanol blend everywhere these days, there seems to be a war on. A war in India over 22% blends. A war in Brazil over exactly what baseline blend ratio (somewhere int he 20s) is ideal. A war on … Continue reading

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Depolymerizing that dang lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to biochemical lignin deconstruction

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting the DOE’s hydrocarbon fuel cost and sustainability targets in integrated … Continue reading

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US Venture’s dream to export ethanol via Milwaukee may get one step closer

In Ohio, Milwaukee’s Public Works Committee will meet on Wednesday to vote on the proposed lease agreement with US Venture who is seeking to build a 1,000-foot pipeline between its tank yard at the Port of Milwaukee to the port’s … Continue reading

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