Monthly Archives: April 2018

Green Technology Born in Reality: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals

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KnipBio, ICM hook up in search of single cell protein, via biofuels

In Kansas, KnipBio and ICM, entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) and strategic collaboration to create a commercial-scale fermentation process for KnipBio’s premium single cell protein aquafeed,. It’s known as KnipBio Meal. Protein, Baby: The ICM backstory We reported … Continue reading

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Mater, want Jet to always love me: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to sustainable jet fuel and the Carbon War Room

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COFCO sees Brazilian sugar mills reneging on sugar contracts to produce more ethanol

In Brazil, COFCO told Reuters that demand for ethanol could be strong enough to even encourage the sector to cancel contracts for sugar so that the sucrose could be transformed into ethanol instead. COFCO, as an example, already sold all … Continue reading

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Mexico-EU trade deal includes 25,000 ton annual TRQ for ethanol

In Mexico, an agreement in principle has been reached for a free trade deal between it and the European Union that will include among other products a tariff rate quota of 25,000 metric tons of annual ethanol exports to EU … Continue reading

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China’s March ethanol imports soar more than 20,000% on year

In China, Platts reports that ethanol imports in March rose more than 20,000% to 176,468 cu m, compared to just 2,457 cu m in March 2017. As a result, quarterly imports hit a whopping 494,823 cu m thanks to US … Continue reading

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Brazilian sugar mills go whole hog on ethanol production during H1 April

In Brazil, Reuters reports that sugar mills went gung ho on ethanol production during the first half of April, with 993 million liters produced during the two week period, taking up a whopping 68.5% of the more than 22.21 million … Continue reading

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UK says waste and crop-based biofuels aren’t mutually exclusive

In Switzerland, Platts reports that the UK will prioritize waste feedstocks under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation but in a way that will be complimentary with crop-based fuels. The new amended law that came into effect on April 15 sees … Continue reading

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UK diplomatic telegram telling of Malaysia’s intentions to hit back at EU over palm oil ban

In the UK, Greenpeace’s Unearthed reports that a diplomatic telegram sent on December 19, 2017 to the UK’s Foreign Office from the British high commission in Kuala Lumpur show Malaysia was looking to develop countermeasures against the European Union if … Continue reading

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Mexican researchers ID high oil-yielding pine nut varieties for biodiesel

In Mexico, researchers from the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research are making headway on the production of biodiesel from pine nuts with three high oil yielding varieties have been selected from clones sourced from the national germplasm … Continue reading

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Former Senators who helped develop RFS call for investigation into waivers

In Washington, former Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Jim Talent (R-MO), who played key roles in developing the RFS, called for Congress to investigate the EPA’s recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. ‘Who better to … Continue reading

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EPA refinery waivers created demand destruction of at least 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016-17

In Washington, the EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion gallons, according to an analysis of the agency’s … Continue reading

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Universal Biofuels produces biodiesel from lower quality, high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstock

In California, Aemetis, Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary completed the production of high quality distilled biodiesel from lower quality, high Free Fatty Acid (FFA) waste feedstock using the recently constructed pre-treatment unit at the biorefinery located on the East … Continue reading

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Brazilian sugar mills likely to see smaller premiums for anhydrous ethanol this season

In Brazil, thanks to anticipated increased demand for hydrous ethanol as mills take advantage of higher returns compared to sugar while also keeping prices at the pump low enough to encourage demand, Platts reports that mills also expect to earn … Continue reading

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EPA seeking candidates for Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by Fall, 2018. Sources in … Continue reading

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Small Indonesian oil palm farmers union sues government for misuse of subsidies

In Indonesia, small oil palm farmers have had enough of the subsidy for oil majors to blend biodiesel with no knock on effects for them, so as a result the main oil palm farmers union SPKS said it is going … Continue reading

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North Carolina community tells Waylek Energy “no thanks”

In North Carolina, the Stanley City Council voted against Waylek Energy’s proposed $45 billion biofuel plant in line with the wishes of more than 70 local residents who protested the project during the council meeting. Noise and air pollution as … Continue reading

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EU-funded project develops nanocatalysts for biofuel production

In Germany, an EU project developed innovative nanocatalysts to create an integrated modular and highly efficient process for producing fuels from renewable energy sources. Fifteen partners across eight countries joined efforts in the EU-funded project BIOGO-FOR-PRODUCTION to radically transform production … Continue reading

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Central European countries call on Europe to set biofuel blending at minimum 12% by 2030 without 1G cap

In Belgium, “Long term sustainable solution in line with market realities” – is the message from the Visegrad 4+3 group representing the biofuel industry in seven Central European countries in a joint declaration to the RED 2 Directive trilogue process … Continue reading

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As petroleum prices, demand soars, US, EU dither on biofuels

Petroleum is on the rise again and this week IHS said that refined product demand growth has averaged 1.2 million barrels per day over the last five years and that global total liquids oil demand growth is at similar levels to … Continue reading

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