Monthly Archives: May 2018

Green Plains to implement Fluid Quip Process Technologies’ MSC protein system

In Nebraska, Green Plains signed a Letter of Intent to implement Fluid Quip Process Technologies’ MSC Protein System at their Shenandoah, Iowa facility. In the discussion during a quarterly investors call, CEO Todd Becker also discussed starting there and rolling … Continue reading

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South Dakota’s state vehicle fleet annual ethanol blend consumption at 1.91 million gallons

In South Dakota, the state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet of almost 4,000 vehicles utilized … Continue reading

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Missouri governor releases $4 million in biodiesel funds at last

In Missouri, the governor is at long last releasing the $4 million restriction on Biodiesel for Missouri Biodiesel producers. “We’re proud to fight for Missouri’s often-forgotten rural communities and farmers,” said Governor Eric Greitens. “These long-promised funds will help farmers … Continue reading

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Boho factor slips into negative territory for first time in 3.5 years

In Texas, Platts reports that the boho factor that measures the spread between soybean oil and heating oil that typically is an indicator of favorable blending economics for biodiesel when at the lower of the scale has entered into negative … Continue reading

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Total will use 25% UCO at La Mede biorefinery following farmer pressure

In France, Reuters reports that Total will limit its use of palm oil at its new La Mede biofuel refinery to 75% of production capacity with the remainder sourced from used cooking oil as a condition of its operating permit … Continue reading

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CropEnergies’ 2017/18 ethanol production rose 12% but operating profits down

In Germany, Platts reports that CropEnergies’ ethanol production jumped 12% during 2017/18 to a record 1.149 million cu m, together with 15% more animal feed and protein production of 662,000 metric tons saw revenues increase 10% on the year to … Continue reading

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Genifuel to demonstrate wastewater hydrothermal processing next month

In Canada, Genifuel will demonstrate wastewater to biofuel hydrothermal processing technology developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the BlueTech Forum in Vancouver next month in an attempt to draw attention to wastewater’s role in the bioeconomy. Following tests … Continue reading

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Sanda researchers demo bioengineered bacteria to reduce cellulosic biomaterial production costs

In New Mexico, Sandia Lab asks, what does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that … Continue reading

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Congressmen introduce bill to label “harmful” E15 pumps

In Washington, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 on May 16. The bipartisan legislation would more clearly label “harmful and corrosive” … Continue reading

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Value-add opportunities: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose

Recently, we reported that Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between 2014 and 2019. Heft growth indeed, and a survey of … Continue reading

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Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee last night to eviscerate the clean energy title programs … Continue reading

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One in five Queensland passenger vehicles using E10

In Australia, one in five Queensland passenger vehicles is now using petrol with 10 per cent ethanol – a carbon reduction comparable to taking approximately 13,000 cars off the road. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham told Parliament that 2.5 per … Continue reading

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Royal DSM receives unanimous Federal jury verdict over Lallemand patent infringement

In Illinois, Royal DSM received unanimous jury verdict in a Federal Court in Wisconsin concluding that all glycerol reducing ethanol yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe DSM’s US Patent 8,795,998. After several failed attempts between the parties to settle out … Continue reading

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EPA administrator grilled by Senate panel over budget and ethical allegations

In Washington, after coming under pressure from Senator Chuck Grassley earlier this week regarding hardship waivers, CNN reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator was set to face a Senate panel hearing Wednesday to answer for ethical and spending allegations … Continue reading

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Bunge cuts Mannheim biodiesel production 50% in Q2

In Germany, Reuters reports that Bunge was cutting production at its 200,000 metric ton per year Mannheim biodiesel plant by 50% during Q2 due to fall out from the European Court of Justice cutting anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesian … Continue reading

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RFA says federally-regulated fleets more than doubled E85 use between 2010-2016

In Washington, a Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) and other flex fuels between 2010 and 2016. … Continue reading

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KLM teams with Södra on Swedish aviation biofuel

In the Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is flying to Växjö, Sweden every day and does so as sustainable as possible. This means KLM not only purchases sustainable biojet fuel for the route, it also compensates the total remaining carbon … Continue reading

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Spanish researchers use AI to predict biodiesel composition from engine noise

In Spain, a new model designed by several University of Cordoba research groups allows for predicting this noise depending on the chemical physical composition of the biofuel that powers the engine. One of the main novelties of the model is … Continue reading

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India’s long-awaited biofuel policy approved by Cabinet

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports that the Cabinet has approved the long-awaited biofuel policy that will deregulate the ethanol industry allowing it produce fuel from feedstocks other than molasses, including $738.3 million for second generation ethanol over the … Continue reading

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From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on landmark trash-to-jet fuel project

The Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels project groundbreaking ceremony, led by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (center) and Fulcrum BioEnergy CEO Jim Macias (second from right) Long before the advent of renewable jet fuels, we learned about how choice works at the fuel … Continue reading

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