Monthly Archives: April 2018

NNFCC publishes fifth annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report

In the UK, NNFCC published the fifth edition of its annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report. The publication provides a detailed breakdown of the UK AD sector on both a national and regional basis, using primary data to … Continue reading

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Red Rock Biofuels sets groundbreaking for summer but Velocys still waiting for order

In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels announced it was ready to start construction on its biorefinery in Lakeview but Velocys said it has yet to receive a notice to proceed for the manufacture of its Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the … Continue reading

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Urban Air Initiative studies show ethanol blends improve air quality

In Washington, ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50%, significantly improving air quality and protecting public health, according to two new studies. The separate studies were conducted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University … Continue reading

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ICCT working paper looks at effects of biodiesel on vehicles in Indonesia

In Washington, the ICCT has released a working paper that reviews the effects of biodiesel on vehicles specifically in the Indonesian context. It does not address other renewable diesel substitutes such as hydrotreated vegetable oil. The paper first reviews the … Continue reading

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ASTM revises D1613 test method for measuring acidity in fuel ethanol

In Pennsylvania, members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends. By including a new “nitrogen … Continue reading

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Clean Electricity Generation and Stork team on biocoal plants around the world

In the Netherlands, at several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies will start construction of facilities, where biocoal will be produced on a commercial scale. This biocoal can be used as sustainable fuel in power plants and heating installations all over the world. The partnership is initiated by … Continue reading

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Renaissance BioScience Corp teams with Mitacs on C$1.44 million non-GMO yeast R&D project

In Canada, Renaissance BioScience Corp. announced a new partnership with Mitacs for a multi-year, C$1.44-million research and development project. Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will provide matching funding to the RBSC project to support the development of … Continue reading

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Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed extreme disappointment regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports. “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even … Continue reading

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Chemicals, a second life for carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling … Continue reading

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly … Continue reading

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Whitefox Technologies to install its ICE™ system at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

In Minnesota, Whitefox Technologies, a leading solutions provider for ethanol and other alcohol production processes is proud to announce Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) is to install a Whitefox ICE membrane dehydration system at its plant in Benson, Minnesota.  This … Continue reading

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Japan approves US ethanol for up to 44% of ethanol for ETBE

In Washington, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and their member organizations welcomed the news Tuesday that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. The … Continue reading

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UFOP sees dreary future European rapeseed following Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports

In Germany, UFOP views the prospects of European rapeseed cultivation as being acutely jeopardized. “The dumping imports from Argentina and Indonesia are becoming a question of survival for European rapeseed producers”, said the Chairman of UFOP, Wolfgang Vogel. The shutdowns … Continue reading

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Congressman tells IFRA he wants ethanol blends beyond E15

In Washington, after meeting with members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, re-affirmed his strong support for biofuels, telling participants that he wants to see ethanol sold in blends that … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank launches EUR1 billion bioeconomy financing initiative

In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced the launch of a new financing initiative that aims to unlock close to EUR1 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. Bioeconomy encompasses the value chains of production and the … Continue reading

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Corn farmers and ethanol plants eligible for $1.51 billion Syngenta settlement

In Kansas, farmers who grew Viptera and Duracade varieties of corn between 2013 and 2017 are eligible for up to $22.6 million of the $1.51 billion settlement with Syngenta for selling GMO corn seed that was not yet approved by … Continue reading

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UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

In the UK, scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions … Continue reading

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Thirteen Senators demand EPA stop issuing “hardship” waivers

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the Renewable Fuel … Continue reading

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Equipment Requirements to Study Agitation for Gas-Liquid Fermentation

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest Small pilot fermenters are used with several different objectives: studying the organism, developing feeding strategies, evaluating potential yields, etc. A major purpose can be to study the mass transfer … Continue reading

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Shell’s Energy Transition Report: Shell commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its operations and emissions from its fuels.  The road, to … Continue reading

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