Monthly Archives: December 2017

U Can’t Have Enuf H2: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to renewable hydrogen via pyrolysis

Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen — well, that’s real gold. A team led by … Continue reading

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Top 18 for 2018- 18 ways to support a biobased economy in the New Year

Happy New Year to all of you Digest readers! Some of you may have already embarked on your New Year’s Resolutions, or some of you may have vowed to not make any resolutions for 2018. Either way, the Digest has … Continue reading

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Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC Has $80.07 Million Stake in Ecopetrol SA

In Texas, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its holdings in shares of Colombia-based Ecopetrol SA by 7.8% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor … Continue reading

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Stricter 2018 Chinese rules could hurt U.S. soybean exports

In Illinois, half of U.S. soybeans exported to China this year would not meet Chinese rules for routine delivery in 2018, according to shipping data reviewed by Reuters. As of January 1st, more stringent quality rules by China could require … Continue reading

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Grain workers strike impacts soybeans

In Argentina, grains workers started a 48-hour strike in the city of Rosario, Argentina’s busiest port where 80% of Argentina’s agricultural exports are sent from on cargo ships headed to the shipping highways and byways of the South Atlantic. As … Continue reading

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USGC takes trip to Indonesia and Thailand on biofuel collaboration

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council representatives traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to engage with their governments and help develop biofuel policies that include a larger role for ethanol trade. Indonesia’s mandate that was established in a national ethanol policy … Continue reading

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U.S. ethanol production stays strong for year-end

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production went back up to second-highest on record last week ending the year on a positive note, according to EIA data. Output totaled 1.090 million barrels a day, on average, which is up about 1.2% from … Continue reading

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German biodiesel exports climbed in 2017

In Germany, UFOP reports that between January and September 2017, biodiesel exports climbed around 11% to 1.16 million tons. Just about 94% were shipped to EU-28 countries. This was up 16% from the previous year. The biggest recipient of German … Continue reading

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Regulations and policy changes signal murky year ahead for biofuels

In the United Kingdom, ICIS reports that changes in antidumping regulations in the biodiesel market globally in the past year have left the outlook for European biodiesel murky for 2018, with concerns raised about a possible drop in production in … Continue reading

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Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

In Illinois, researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are engineering sugarcane plants, called lipidcane, to produce more oil as well as sugar. Growing lipidcane containing 20 percent oil would be five times more profitable per acre than soybeans, the … Continue reading

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American Farm Bureau Federation supports biofuel tax credit extender bill

In Washington, a recently introduced bill would continue several expired tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers. Offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S. 2256) would extend several tax credits for … Continue reading

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Spanish researchers develop 20x faster one-step biodiesel process

In Spain, researchers at the University of Salamanca have developed and tested in a proof of concept the use of dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid as a catalyst for producing biodiesel from non-food sources in a single step. Traditional biodiesel production from non-food … Continue reading

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Texas researchers find spider silk could help understand how to regenerate bones

In Texas, some secrets to repair our skeletons might be found in the silky webs of spiders, according to recent experiments guided by supercomputers. Scientists involved say their results will help understand the details of osteoregeneration, or how bones regenerate. … Continue reading

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Canadian canola benefiting from US duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel

In Canada, the Manitoba Cooperators reports that with the US all but shutting its doors to biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, demand for Canadian canola is increasing so much that prices for ICE Canada canola futures rose to a … Continue reading

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Iowa produced record 4.2 billion gallons of ethanol in 2017

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state produced a record 4.2 billion gallons of ethanol this year, topping last year’s record of 4.1 billion gallons, thanks to production capacity expansion at several of the state’s 43 ethanol … Continue reading

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IndianOil moves forward with 2G ethanol plant after securing land

In India, the Economic Times reports that IndianOil has secured the land required for its 100,000 liter per day second-generation ethanol plant in Panipat from the Haryana Enterprise Promotion Board where it will begin to set up rice straw collection … Continue reading

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Biodiesel prices hit one-year highs on stronger heating oil and diesel futures

In Illinois, Platts reports that biodiesel prices reached their highest levels in a year to $3.3585/gal in the US Gulf Coast and Midwest regions earlier this week thanks to strong heating oil prices. Since December 15, prices for the regions … Continue reading

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Iowa RFA launches project to establish monarch butterfly habitats

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently launched the Monarch Fueling Station Project to help ethanol and biodiesel producers across the state establish monarch butterfly habitats on green spaces surrounding biofuels plants. “Because of their migratory patterns, monarchs need … Continue reading

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In for a Penny, In for a Pound: The Advanced Bioeconomy and all the pivots

It’s been such a busy cycle in the bioeconomy that we are well overdue for a shout-out to a pal of the Digest, Henry Threadgill, for winning a Pulitzer Prize for his landmark composition, In for a Penny, In for … Continue reading

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Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots

In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions. 20 Latin American countries pitch for biofuels That was then, this … Continue reading

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