Monthly Archives: October 2017

A spirit of Kuleana: renewable fuels ventures strive for new geographies, feedstock, products

Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw it in the news this week from Velocys, Pacific Biodiesel and ICM. Respectively, these … Continue reading

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Sustainable Chemistry’s Drivers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partners Sustainable Chemistry Fund

Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge in sustainable chemical venture investing, and Capricorn Venture Partners has … Continue reading

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Keeping yeast fit and healthy: combating organic acids in fermentation

By Amanda Moser, Senior Scientist, Novozymes Special to The Digest It’s harvest time, and that means organic acids—a common stressor for yeast—are a top-of-mind concern for ethanol producers. But while some yeasts are more resilient than others, most still require … Continue reading

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NEA to audit waste at food places, malls and hotels

(Source: www.straitstimes.com) As the nation’s battle against food waste intensifies, the authorities are making sure they know their enemy better. In December, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is expected to start a waste audit of shopping malls, hotels, supermarkets, hawker … Continue reading

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Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

Doug Faulkner Gerard Ostheimer By Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner Special to The Digest Lost in all the wrangling in Europe and the U.S. over the benefits of biofuels and whether or not they can mitigate climate change is the … Continue reading

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Novel and Bio-based Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance

Elevance Renewable Sciences is a world leader in natural oil metathesis, with a commercial-scale biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia and a group of collaborators including Stepan, P&G, Wilmar, Materia and Clariant. In 2015, the company introduced Elevance Clean 1200, what it … Continue reading

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BASF to Buy Bayer’s Seed Assets for Billions

In New Jersey, BASF agreed to buy almost all of Bayer’s seed assets including LibertyLink seeds and chemistry for $7 billion, assuming the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto goes through. If all goes as planned, BASF will gain 1,800 Bayer employees, … Continue reading

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Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

In Canada, the government is looking at potential low-carbon fuels and liquid drop-in biofuels to replace fossil fuels through their clean fuel standard that could require 10 to 15 percent decrease in fuels’ carbon intensity. Their goal is to cut … Continue reading

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China begins construction on ethanol plant and plans 5 more

In China, China’s State Development & Investment Corporation began construction of its first ethanol plant in the Liaoning province with 300,000 tons of capacity and is planning on building another five ethanol plants in other provinces as well as buying … Continue reading

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Pulpwood biofuel being looked at in Revelstoke as replacement for propane

In Canada, Revelstoke, a city in British Columbia, is looking at replacing its propane consumption with biofuel from pulpwood. A study from Canadian Biomass Energy Research was presented at a recent council meeting showing how Revelstoke could convert its own … Continue reading

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Renewable fuel credits trade at highest level in months

In Maryland, the Oil Price Information Service said the price of renewable fuel D6 credits are trading at the highest level since August upon news from the EPA that they are abandoning the proposed cuts and lowered mandates to the … Continue reading

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Ethanol production hits four-week high

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that according to EIA data, average ethanol production expanded by 5.4% to 1.019 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.80 million gallons daily. That is up 52,000 b/d from the week before and … Continue reading

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Larger legume harvest coming for spring

In Germany, UFOP reports that legume harvests were satisfactory due to the expansion of land devoted to growing legume crops which set the course for a larger legume harvest in Germany already in spring. Consistently higher yields than 2016 also … Continue reading

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EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to lawmakers that they are abandoning the proposed changes to biofuels policy after Midwestern GOP Senators, the White House, and others in the biofuels industry pushed them to … Continue reading

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Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

In Canada, scientists in Ottawa with Agriculture Canada are looking at how pandas digest bamboo to better understand the fungi and microbes that help them digest the branches and twigs. This builds on another recent study about how beavers digest … Continue reading

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Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

In Australia, as part of a broader energy and resource recovery strategy, Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified parties with an interest in: •           Providing proven technology solutions at a cost •           Commercialising technology solutions … Continue reading

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Four Swedish NGOs write MEPs demanding a shift in biofuels policy

In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable Energy Directive, claiming that Swedish forests are already in dire … Continue reading

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Vietnam’s E5 blending mandate will be a challenge for smaller fuel retailers

In Vietnam, although the government is confident domestic ethanol production will be sufficient to supply the E5 blending mandate coming into force in January, and that major fuel retailers have put measures in place to sell the blend, it is … Continue reading

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Croda inaugurates $170 bio-based chemicals plant in Delaware

In Delaware, Croda International inaugurated its new $170 million plant producing bio-based non-ionic surfactants, the first of its kind in North America to use bio-based ethanol rather than petroleum products as feedstock. The governor praised the project during the ribbon … Continue reading

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