Monthly Archives: June 2018

Gevo signs supply agreement for alcohol-to-jet fuel with Avfuel

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services to all industry … Continue reading

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Thailand adjusts tax structure to promote B20 over B7

In Thailand, the government is changing the fuel tax scheme in order to make B20 cheaper than B7 to promote its consumption. A small tax will be added to B7 while the government will pick up an additional per liter … Continue reading

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Local residents upset by plans to introduce biodiesel storage by United Riverhead Terminal

In New York state, local residents have come out against a proposal by United Riverhead Terminal to install biodiesel storage tanks that would allow it to blend 5% biodiesel with heating oil as required by state law as of July … Continue reading

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WSU Tri-Cities researcher awarded $500,000 grant to study lignin

In Washington state, WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. Interested in the project, the U.S. … Continue reading

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Indian Oil looking to invest $132.6 million in 2G ethanol plant in Uttar Pradesh

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that Indian Oil plans to invest $132.6 million in second-generation ethanol facility that will use crop waste, likely sugarcane, as feedstock in Uttar Pradesh. The project could end up being a joint venture … Continue reading

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Forest Concepts awarded $1.8 million BETO grant to improve biomass processing

In Washington state, Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have … Continue reading

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University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

In Michigan, a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan … Continue reading

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EPA announcement reassigning waived RINs likely postponed after oil uproar

In Washington, Friday’s planned announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and the Secretary of Agriculture at a farm in Missouri on Friday that RINs waived would be re-allotted to other refineries will likely be postponed after uproar by the … Continue reading

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High-Performance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and even more critical thresholds lie … Continue reading

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ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose … Continue reading

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ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

In Belgium, European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. The number represents the latest of a string of annual increases … Continue reading

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Brazilian Senate approves bill allowing direct hydrous ethanol sales

In Brazil, RTT News reports that the country’s Senate has given the green light for direct hydrous ethanol sales to fuel stations in a 47-2 vote but the House is yet to give its approval. The idea is to cut … Continue reading

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EPA could re-allocate RIN requirements during RVO announcement Friday

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency could announce re-allotments of RIN requirements waived under the hardship waiver program to other refiners as early as Friday, a move that would reduce the potential 1.8 billion gallon ethanol glut … Continue reading

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Growth Energy says E15 could boost ethanol demand by 350 million gallons by 2021

In Washington, more than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of E15 and the accomplishments of … Continue reading

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Federal grand jury indicts two Colorado business owners for biodiesel tax credit scam

In Colorado, a federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit money laundering, money laundering and filing … Continue reading

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DOE announces $40 million for 31 microbe-based research projects benefiting biofuels and bioproducts

In Washington, on June 18 the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe boosts ethanol blend to 20% thanks to increased supplies

In Zimbabwe, the government has pushed mandatory ethanol blending back up to 20% from the previous 15% to reflect increased supply availability of ethanol from Green Fuel. With gas prices currently running at $1.44 per liter, it is hoped that … Continue reading

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Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways,  UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power figure in key renewable jet fuel project advances

New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today.  These companies and the news this morning are united as key project components in the … Continue reading

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Inventure Renewables implements Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at Chinese Wilmar biodiesel plant

In Alabama, Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International processing plant in Jiangsu province, China. The technology is being used to produce FAME for oleochemicals and … Continue reading

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Royal DSM introduces eBOOST™ to boost ethanol yields

In New Jersey, Royal DSM introduced eBOOST, a complete solution for ethanol producers seeking higher yield and significantly reduced glycerol production in starch conversion processes. The launch took place at the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop (fuelethanolworkshop.com) in Omaha, Nebraska, USA … Continue reading

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