Monthly Archives: October 2017

Greater Hyderabad’s biodiesel bus plans dashed by lack of biodiesel supplies

In India, consumption of biodiesel for the 18 buses of the Greater Hyderabad zone of State Road Transport Corporation meant to run on B10 and B20 has been put on hold and are currently running on fossil diesel only because … Continue reading

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Northern Oil’s biorefinery looking to biodiesel as way to go off-grid and save power bills

In Australia, Northern Oil’s biorefinery that produces biodiesel from tires is looking to use some of that biodiesel to produce its own power in an effort to significantly reduce or completely eliminate it’s $1.5 million annual power bill. The company’s … Continue reading

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Tehran’s buses shift towards biodiesel

In Iran, Tehran is turning to biodiesel to help reduce carbon emissions in its public transport sector, with 20 out of 300 buses running on biodiesel. The move is part of a wider policy to reduce air pollution including the … Continue reading

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September RIN production down nearly 10% from August

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency says that RIN production fell by nearly 10% in September to 1.596 billion RINs. Standard ethanol RINs saw production slide by more than 7% fewer from the month prior as production slowed on the … Continue reading

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UK’s Velocys moving forward with wood-based biofuels project in Mississippi

In Mississippi, the UK’s Velocys announced it signed an option on 100 acres near Natchez to develop a wood-based advanced biofuel facility that could also be upgraded to aviation biofuel. The company plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars, … Continue reading

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Biofutures Platform facing uphill battle to create global biofuel market

In Germany, the 20 countries that make up the Biofutures Platform and led by Brazil plan to unveil a global strategy at an upcoming meeting in Bonn in an effort to lay the policy groundwork that will finally create a … Continue reading

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Global carbon dioxide emissions could fall nearly 6% by vastly expanding cane production for ethanol

In Brazil, vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. This would be a massive undertaking, involving … Continue reading

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Mexico’s E10 could hang in the balance for at least a year

In Mexico, the lawsuit that led to an injunction on the increased ethanol blend of 10% from the current 5.8% could take more than a year to resolve. The plaintiffs claim that expert and environmentalist opinions were not taken into … Continue reading

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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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