Monthly Archives: November 2017

BP Biofuels and Copersucar launch 50/50 JV to own and operate ethanol terminal

In Brazil, BP Biofuels and Copersucar announced that they have agreed to form a joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil, better and flexibly connecting ethanol production with the country’s main fuels markets. The … Continue reading

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Austrian NGO slams aviation biofuels as “dangerous” greenwashing

In Austria, Finance and Trade Watch argue in their new report that aviation biofuels and other cleaner initiatives by the aviation industry to reduce their environmental footprint is just green washing because they say the goals set are unachievable. They … Continue reading

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September biodiesel production slips from month prior to 147 million gallons

In Illinois, just after data was released showing that Argentine biodiesel exports to the US had fallen by 30% during Q3, the Energy Information Administration showed that domestic biodiesel production had fallen slightly in September to 147 million gallons, down … Continue reading

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Malaysia says European vote to ban palm oil biodiesel will set back trade relations

In Malaysia, the plantation and commodities minister criticized the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee’s support for a ban on palm oil-based biofuels as proposed by the environment committee as a step backwards for EU-Malaysian trade relations. The country sees … Continue reading

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United Ethanol LLC to install Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at Milton plant

In Wisconsin, United Ethanol LLC is to install a Whitefox ICE membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity … Continue reading

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Canadian company wins $100,000 grant for AI that reads plant stress

In Canada, Ecoation Innovative Solutions has developed an artificial intelligence platform that monitors and estimates plant stress by non-invasively tracking biological and chemical processes, helping farmers and biofuel feedstock producers reduce losses. Along with the AI, the system uses a … Continue reading

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University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute produce coal replacement

In Minnesota, after 10 years of research, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute delivered solid results this fall. As in solid biofuels. By the ton. Starting at the bench scale in 2003 and fiddling with mixture after mixture, … Continue reading

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Ontario announces new biofuel blending mandates for 2020

In Canada, the government of Ontario announced new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels sector in the province, improve the environmental performance of fuels, and encourage the production of emerging advanced biofuels. Proposed changes to biofuels regulations include increasing the current … Continue reading

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As 2018 renewable fuel numbers disappoint, it’s ‘Advanced biofuels industry to EPA: More please, sir!’

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations for 2018. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons , of which 4.29 BG is advanced biofuel, including 288 million … Continue reading

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Natural oil metathesis: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance Renewable Sciences

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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University of Kentucky to use leftover oil from Thanksgiving turkeys for research

In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) and other community partners will once again be taking a Thanksgiving leftover and giving it new life as a renewable fuel. Fayette County’s annual Gobble Grease Toss … Continue reading

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SE Asia ethanol prices fall to near seven-year lows

In Singapore, SE Asia ethanol prices fell to near record lows during the week ending Wednesday since ICIS started tracking prices in January 2011 at $465-469/cu m basis cost and freight, down as much as $8/cu m on the week. … Continue reading

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Environmental groups and researchers remain skeptical about ADM CCS project

In Illinois, environmental groups and researchers remain skeptical at best about the possibilities of success at ADM’s carbon capture and storage projects co-located at its ethanol plant in Decatur that was expanded earlier this year after a successful pilot project. … Continue reading

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Swedish HVO sales soar in Q3

In Sweden, the national bioenergy association says sales of hydrotreated vegetable oil diesel rose 24% during Q3 while HVO100 sales soared 111%, more than ethanol, biomethane and FAME consumption combined. During Q3, the renewable content of fuels topped 20%, up … Continue reading

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French haulage company become the first in the country to deploy a Scania ethanol truck

In France, Transports NJS Faramia has taken the bold decision to become France’s first haulage company to deploy a Scania ethanol truck. The truck will be used for temperature-controlled deliveries in the Marseille area. Faramia will have its own ED95 … Continue reading

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Roxal Bioenergy ordered to shut down while it sorts out pollution from wastewater treatment pond

In the Philippines, Roxal Bioenergy has been issued a cease and desist order by the provincial government to stop ethanol production following emissions of a foul odor coming from the wastewater treatment pond over three days in October. In April, … Continue reading

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New EU research shows latest data for bioenergy and biofuel pathways

In Italy, some bioenergy and biofuel pathways have higher (GHG) savings than others, according to the latest data published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center. For example, electricity produced from maize in biogas plants can result in 80% GHG … Continue reading

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Dutch researchers create maps of GHG emissions from biofuel production

In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around 30 exajoules per year (i.e. a third … Continue reading

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Indian oil marketing companies to sign 15-year offtake agreements for 2G ethanol

In India, during the release of the new draft biofuels policy this week would, the oil minister said that oil marketing companies must be required to offtake 2G ethanol ensure the viability of production, secure sufficient supplies and reduce pollution. … Continue reading

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Ethanol diverted from Argo for third time this year

In Illinois, Kinder Morgan’s ethanol storage terminal in Argo is full yet again so trucks are being diverted to the Stony Island terminal for the third time this year. Even though Energy Information Administration data showed that Midwest stocks fell … Continue reading

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