Monthly Archives: June 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel seeks investor or buyer

In Connecticut, Bridgeport Biodiesel 2 LLC, a fully permitted, commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a capacity of 13 MMgy, has retained Equity Partners HG to find an investor or buyer for the company. Bridgeport is one of only four commercial-scale biodiesel refineries … Continue reading

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Oil spill at Port of Rotterdam inhibiting biofuel trade

In the Netherlands, following a spill of 217 metric tons of heavy fuel oil at the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday, trade of ethanol, methanol, butanediol (BDO), vegetable oils, biofuel products and refinery products have been significantly impacted as ship … Continue reading

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Greenbelt Resources signs LOI with Purnol to distribute ethanol

In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Purnol, a California-based distribution company. Purnol plans to purchase, brand and resell bioethanol produced in Greenbelt’s California BioEthanol Project which uses proprietary technology to convert local … Continue reading

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Ontario’s new conservative government scrapping green energy programs

In Canada, there are concerns the incoming Ontario government will scrap green energy programs in the Green Ontario scheme including the newly announced $6.7-million Modern Wood Heating Pilots in rural areas dominated by First Nation communities.  Critics say the new … Continue reading

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New ASTM test method developed to determine carbonyl content of thermochemically derived bio-oils

In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International test method will help determine the carbonyl content of thermochemically derived bio-oils. Carbonyls contribute to instability during storage and processing of bio-oils. Bio-oils with high carbonyl content may require stabilization prior to upgrading. In … Continue reading

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Philip Morris goes 100% biofuel for Ukraine factory

In the Ukraine, Philip Morris’ tobacco factory in Kharkiv will switch its 3.8MW boiler to biomass from gas, a $2.4 million investment, will lead to $15 million in cost savings annually in addition to the greenhouse gas emissions reduction resulting … Continue reading

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WSU-Tri Cities researchers get grant to develop aviation biofuels catalyst

In Washington state, efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National … Continue reading

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European ambassadors endorse EU agreement on biofuels

In Belgium. EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the Bulgarian Presidency on the revision of the renewable energy directive. Negotiators of the Bulgarian Presidency reached a deal with the European Parliament at the fifth trilogue meeting, in the … Continue reading

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 28th, 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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Bioenergy & the Grid: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to load-balancing, energy storage via bioenergy

What are the roles of renewables, bioenergy and bioelectricity today? What are the challenges of balancing the grid with large shares of variable generation. What are the opportunities for bioenergy in balancing the grid. This, and the opportunities thereby to … Continue reading

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Gevo ops for Royal DSM’s new eBOOST™

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has adopted Royal DSM’s new eBOOST yeast at its production facility in Luverne, MN for the enhanced production of ethanol.  eBOOST offers improved yields and enhanced profitability. “We were pleased to have worked with Royal DSM … Continue reading

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Brazilian elections dampen hopes for ethanol recovery

In Brazil, elections in October are overhanging concerns about whether the next president will return to manipulating fuel prices to keep them lower, and in turn pull the rug out from under the domestic ethanol industry that is finally on … Continue reading

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Australian drivers rushing towards premium fuel as they reject E10

In Australia, a vehicle emissions expert says the government hasn’t gone far enough to make E10 sufficiently cheaper than premium fuel to compensate for the lower energy content supplied by the ethanol. Instead of making fuel cheaper for drivers, she … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley hints EPA could be breaking the law with hardship waivers

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for biofuel blending in 2019 and hinted the hardship waivers granted by the agency may be illegal. “Buried in this proposal is the alarming admission that Administrator Pruitt has … Continue reading

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McDonald’s UAE clocks 10 million kilometers on biodiesel blend

In the UAE, McDonald’s UAE announced that its logistics fleet of biodiesel delivery trucks have clocked a whopping 10,000,000 kilometers since the launch of the initiative seven years ago, saving 8,563 tons of carbon dioxide in the process and contributing … Continue reading

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Brazilian ethanol production soars to near record levels during H1 June

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol production reached its second-highest level since the record was set in 2010/11 at 1.44 billion liters during the first half of June. Anhydrous production hit 700.58 million liters. Hydrous ethanol sales from sugar mills soared during … Continue reading

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South Africa looking at waste rather than tobacco as aviation biofuel future

In South Africa, Reuters reports that local social enterprise Fetola, WWF, and SkyNRG have teamed up to use $1.4 million in funding from the European Union’s SWITCH Africa Green Program to develop aviation fuel from waste biomass. Call the Waste … Continue reading

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Indian government boosts ethanol price while setting policy for other feedstocks

In India, the government agreed to boost heavy molasses-based ethanol prices by 4 cents per liter in an effort to help shore up the poor finances of sugarcane mills suffering from high cane prices, also imposed by the government. Ethanol … Continue reading

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The Yosemite Sam of the microbial world, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and more: The DOE delves into new orgamsism for fuels & chems

The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the mess, a sky-vacumming organism and much more. As we … Continue reading

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“To-mah-toe, to-may-toe…”: Consequences of valorizing biobased carbon over biobased matter

By Michael A. Fatigati, Special to The Digest It’s not news to the readers of Biofuels Digest, but it bears repeating that we find ourselves in an age of heightened awareness of the impact of drawing down the fossil carbon savings … Continue reading

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