Monthly Archives: December 2017

New feedstocks, new targets, new processes: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL — home to the National Bioenergy Center — advances the science and engineering … Continue reading

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Notes from Scaleville: the Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria stories

This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified markets such as jet fuel, C3 chemicals and gasoline. … Continue reading

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What’s the latest in bioenergy R&D, DOE? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids). BETO works with … Continue reading

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Green Plains plans massive expansion of Syngenta’s Enogen corn ethanol technology

Good news arrives from Minnesota that Syngenta has partnered with Green Plains to expand its use of Enogen corn enzyme technology across GPRE’s 1.5 billion gallon production platform. The Enogen backstory Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation available … Continue reading

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Performance-enhanced biomaterials: the Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia

Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be the global leader in the market for sustainable succinic acid, … Continue reading

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Santa’s comin’ to town with Red Tractor and sustainability schemes

All some farmers want for Christmas this year is a sustainability certification that is EU approved. Farmers and biofuel producers in the EU, or exporting biofuel to the EU, need to validate their products and supply chain as sustainable for … Continue reading

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Neste moves forward with Renewable Products program

In Finland, Neste’s Board of Directors decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, … Continue reading

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Scania invests SEK 1.5 billion in energy-efficient foundry

In Sweden, Scania plans to invest about SEK 1.5 billion (a little over $176 million) in a new foundry in Södertälje, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology … Continue reading

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Arizona Public Service study calls for more biomass energy generation

In Arizona, a study presented to the Arizona Corporation Commission and conducted by Arizona Public Service is promoting the addition of more biomass into its energy portfolio. APS hopes the increase in biomass use will allow the utility to collect … Continue reading

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Södra and Statkraft building new demo plant in Norway

In Norway, Sweden-based Södra and Statkraft are investing approximately SEK 500 million (nearly $59 million) in a new demo facility for fossil-free fuel. The biofuel will be based on forest raw material and the demo facility is expected to be … Continue reading

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Conventional soybean meal prices jump sharply

In Germany, UFOP reports that prices of conventional soybean meal firmed substantially at the end of November 2017 following the sharp drops seen in the first three quarters of 2017. Dryness in Argentina fueled concerns about soybean crop failures and, … Continue reading

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U.S. ethanol production hits second-highest volume on record

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.089 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 45.74 million gallons daily production, which is down 20,000 b/d from last week’s record high, yet still high enough to capture the second-highest volume on record, according to … Continue reading

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Cruz proposes 10 cent cap on each renewable fuel credit

In Texas, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) proposed a cap of 10 cents on each renewable fuel credit, which is a fraction of their value, to be placed to help the oil industry and refiners deal with the RFS requirements. … Continue reading

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NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

In Colorado, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional … Continue reading

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Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

In Canada, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard. The framework will provide … Continue reading

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US and German researchers produce biofuel from Greek yogurt waste

In New York state, consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in the United … Continue reading

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University of Florida researchers find sorghum varieties that could produce 1,000 gallons per acre

In Florida, the potential for sorghum as a biofuel feedstock just grew as University of Florida researchers found three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. UF/IFAS scientists like sorghum because it can be … Continue reading

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Argentine biodiesel export tax could support EU prices

In Argentina, Platts expects European biodiesel prices to be supported by the new 8% export tariff lobbed onto Argentine biodiesel exports following significant supply pressure as a result of a return to imports into Europe. The new import tax expected … Continue reading

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China to import 2.5 million tons of cassava for ethanol production

In Tanzania, China has signed an offtake agreement for 2.5 million metric tons of cassava that will later be imported for ethanol production. Although much of the focus on the 2020 10% ethanol-blending mandate has been on corn-based ethanol, cassava-based … Continue reading

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Indian sugar mills say they could supply more ethanol if needed

In India, the Hindu newspaper says that despite sugar mills contracting a record amount of ethanol sales with oil marketing companies, they say that if a second round of tenders was held that more volume could be offered. A total … Continue reading

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