Monthly Archives: February 2018

Boeing delivered TUI new aircraft flying on 30% biofuel

In Sweden, TUI welcomed the first ever 737 MAX delivery flight on bio-jet fuel, an important part of TUI’s commitment to the future of sustainable aviation. The flight from the Boeing manufacture in Seattle to Stockholm was performed with 30% … Continue reading

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UK biomass power company gets wrists slapped for advertising 0g/kWh of CO2 emissions

In the UK, the Press Agency reports that biomass power producer and supplier Good Energy had its wrist slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for its claim that its energy produces 0g/kWh of CO2 emissions. The government agency told the … Continue reading

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Fox River Valley Ethanol installs Whitefox ICE™ bolt-on technology

In Wisconsin, Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC completed the installation of its Whitefox ICE bolt-on solution at its ethanol plant in Oshkosh in December and is already seeing a positive impact at the gas meter and improvements to its operations. … Continue reading

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Former Indian River ethanol plant to be converted in eco-district

In Florida, a consortium of investors and project developers led by Frankens Energy has recently acquired the Indian River Bio-Refinery in Vero Beach and is currently initiating plans to convert the site into an innovative Eco-District. Once completed, the project … Continue reading

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ADM wants to buy Bunge for Argentine soy crushing assets

In Argentina, Reuters reports that Archer Daniels Midland may not be interested in Bunge’s sugar assets but it certainly wants the company’s four soybean crushing facilities with 18,000 metric tons of daily capacity, along with those in Brazil. A full … Continue reading

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Chinese ethanol imports soar to 120,702 cu m in January thanks to cheap ethanol

In China, Platts reports customs data showing ethanol imports in January soared to 120,702 cu m, the highest in 13 months and on the other end of the spectrum from the 33 cu m imported in December. The 30% import … Continue reading

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Colorado State University study shows switchgrass holds promise for biofuels

In Colorado, a study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate … Continue reading

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IATA wants one billion passengers to fly on biofuels by 2025

In Switzerland, the International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth … Continue reading

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signs MOU with Kogi State to develop ethanol production

In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of fuel-ethanol processing plant that would produce 84 million liters of biofuel per year. Speaking during the signing … Continue reading

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Irish biodiesel consumption rose in January and ethanol fell but blending still far from mandated levels

In Ireland, Platts reports that biodiesel consumption soared in January by more than a quarter to 12.85 million liters, outpacing fossil diesel consumption that only grew by little more than 8%. As a result, volumetric blending jumped to 4.88% from … Continue reading

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Bionas to invest $70 billion in Ugandan bioeconomy over 25 years

In Uganda, Bionas East Africa Group Limited, a subsidiary of Bionas Agropolitan Technology Corridor (BATC) Development Berhad, will invest $70 billion over the course of 25 years in four major bio-based economy projects based on jatropha that will create more … Continue reading

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Dutch diesel storage tanks hit hard by bacteria-induced rust from biodiesel and lower sulphur

In the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports that thousands of underground diesel storage tanks will probably have to be emptied and replaced over the coming years due to corrosion from bacteria growing in biodiesel and by lower sulphur content that failed … Continue reading

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POET and Andritz head to arbitration over 2G ethanol technology dispute

In Iowa, the Argus Leader reports that POET’s $33 million dispute with Andritz for breach of contract, misrepresentation and fraud as well as its $7 million counter-claim against POET will move to arbitration after court arguments that disputes be settled … Continue reading

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South Africa’s mining industry wary of switch to biodiesel

In South Africa, a body established in 2016 to help the country’s mining industry look at alternative energy sources including biodiesel found that the high cost of feedstocks along with unreliable producers cutting corners to boost profits means there are … Continue reading

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Armenia opens new microbiology and biofuel innovation center

In Armenia, the new Innovation Center for Microbiological Biotechnology and Biofuel at the Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University was officially opened following two years of development to ensure a center of excellence where the best personnel, using the … Continue reading

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Trump biofuel summit fails to broker agreement between oil and corn states

In Washington, no agreement was reached during President Trump’s biofuels summit held with oil and corn state senators along with the agriculture secretary and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting aimed at … Continue reading

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We Fold Water: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to folded aquaculture for expanded yield

Source Integration has developed a technology that creates a 12x surface area for a 12x algae harvest and expects expects an optimized production of 8 – 10 times plain algae raceway for same (water/land) surface area. Source — which aims at … Continue reading

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Lightweighting: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium

What’s the latest with carbon fiber? The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and demonstrate an acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) production process from biomass-derived sugars at ≤ $1/lb. Additionally, the team led by NREL’s Adam Bratis aims to … Continue reading

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ABLC 2018 Preview: deployment dawns, products proliferate, and techs land major venture deals as the bioeconomy advances into a big 2018

In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to nutrition & health, and an increasing number of deployments … Continue reading

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Trump escalates RFS drama in DC, as ABLC opens, asks to meet with industry leaders

President Trump calls for face-to-face meetings with biofuels leaders; at right, Iowa Senators Grassley and Erntz, leading the pro-RFS forces In Washington, President Trump has requested a face-to-face meeting on Thursday with leaders of the US biofuels industry after talks … Continue reading

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