Monthly Archives: January 2018

Argus launches Chinese UCO and UCOME export price reporting

In Singapore, surging exports of used cooking oil (UCO) and UCO methyl ester (UCOME) from China to Europe have led to a need for greater market transparency. Leading global energy and commodity news and price reporting agency Argus has responded by … Continue reading

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AltAir gets RSB certification

In Switzerland, RSB is delighted to announce the certification of AltAir to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha, a gasoline component. This industry first sees AltAir join the ranks of RSB certified operators who have applied the RSB Global … Continue reading

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EU opens subsidy investigation against Argentine biodiesel imports

In Belgium, Reuters reports that as anticipated last week, the European Commission has gone ahead and launched an investigation into alleged subsidies provided by the Argentine government to boost biodiesel exports at prices that impede the competitiveness of the European … Continue reading

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Second phase of Kenyan ethanol cookstoves project launched

In Kenya, the Daily Nation newspaper reports that the second phase of the Samsung ethanol cookstoves project has been launched where 12,000 stoves will be distributed at a subsidized price among the Kakuma refugee camp in an attempt to reduce … Continue reading

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France says it is against palm oil discrimination

In Malaysia, the Edge reports that the French ambassador says his country is against any kind of trade distortion resulting from discriminating measures for individual agricultural commodities and as such does not support the European Parliament’s push to ban the … Continue reading

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Iowa and Minnesota governors appointed to lead Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

In Minnesota, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, have been appointed as chair and vice chair respectively of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, a multi-state alliance aimed at providing regional leadership on biofuels policy. With Reynolds and Dayton … Continue reading

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University of Calgary researchers develop simpler method to produce fuel from biowaste

In Canada, researchers from the University of Calgary have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods. The researchers used methane instead of hydrogen … Continue reading

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EPA could make decision on E15 waiver authority soon

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency should decided soon whether or not it has the authority to approve E15 use year-round. Currently E15 can’t be sold during summer months because of air quality regulations but requests have … Continue reading

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Case Study: 1MW to 3MW Anaerobic Digester Upgrade in Only 6 Months!

By John D. Forcier, P.E.; Forcier Consulting Engineers, Member Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to the Digest This is the second in the 8-part series, State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018, prepared by experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will … Continue reading

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A Quiet Year for Biofuels M&A: 2017 Review and Outlook

by Bruce Comer, Ocean Park Advisors Special to The Digest More industry players chose to develop and build new capacity rather than buy plants The North American biofuels industry experienced the fewest merger and acquisition transactions in recent history in … Continue reading

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Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS partner in historic first Pacific jet biofuels flight

Bit of biofuels from the bush, poured into and powering one of those Flying Kangaroos, and you have the latest news out of Australia, and a beauty if you happen to barrack for aviation biofuels. The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight … Continue reading

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Liquefy thy forest: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to liquefaction of forest biomass for hydrocarbon fuels

A team of researchers from Iowa State led by Robert Brown and supported by the DOE’s Biomass Technologies Office is aiming to demonstrate the liquefaction of forest biomass for hydrocarbon fuels, as a viable path to stable intermediates for hydrocarbon fuel … Continue reading

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Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2017

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc. Special to The Digest This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects producing renewable chemical products which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and … Continue reading

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Drop-in biofuels, more please sir: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to jumping bio-oil yields

Improving hydrogen utilization and carbon recovery, as a pathway to higher efficiency bio-oil production using thermochemical process? That’s the focus for a project from RTI International that picked up significant DOE support in the search for #3 per gallon hydrocarbon … Continue reading

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Petrobras to join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative after selling off biofuel assets

In Brazil, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) is joining the Switzerland-based Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, whose member companies represent more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production. OGCI aims to speed and scale up initiatives taken by … Continue reading

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Too much corn leading to lower profits for farmers

In Illinois, corn farmers are selling crops at a loss to makers of ethanol or animal feed because of excess supply of food-grade corn. Many farmers switched or added different strains of corn in order to diversify and get premium … Continue reading

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Corn export sales fall 19%

In Texas, Platts reports that U.S. net export sales of current and next crop corn totaled 1.531 million mt in the week that ended January 18, down 19% from 1.891 million mt in the previous week, according to Department of … Continue reading

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RFA develops Ethanol in the Classroom program

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association launched an “Ethanol in the Classroom” course, providing an interactive way for students to learn about the renewable fuel. The e-Learning program is broken down into three levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and … Continue reading

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Indonesia celebrates WTO ruling on EU duties

In Switzerland, the World Trade Organization ruled against EU duties on Indonesian biofuels, challenging the anti-dumping duties authorized by the EU’s General Court in 2013 and causing great celebration in Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil in the world. … Continue reading

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Global soybean output to be second largest ever

In Germany, UFOP reports that the current marketing year is likely to see the world’s second largest soybean crop on record, and that while the weather in Argentina spawns uncertainty, the Brazilian outlook is surprisingly positive. There are signs that … Continue reading

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