Monthly Archives: July 2018

Celanese signs LOI with Chengzhi Shareholding to further develop acetic acid-based ethanol

In Texas, Celanese Corporation announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Chengzhi Shareholding Co., Ltd., to further the development of acetic acid-based ethanol as a clean energy source in China. From 2014 to 2017, Celanese operated … Continue reading

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Greenergy to buy idle biodiesel manufacturing facility in Amsterdam

In the UK, Greenergy has reached an agreement with Oiltanking, a leading tank terminal operator, to purchase an idle biodiesel manufacturing facility located at Oiltanking’s site in Amsterdam. The acquisition of a third biodiesel plant will allow Greenergy to meet … Continue reading

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Croatia approves 0.1% advanced biofuels mandate

In Croatia, not to be left behind as the European Union moves towards advanced biofuel consumption, the government has approved a 0.1% blending mandate for second generation fuels but it could be shifted higher in 2019 depending on availability of … Continue reading

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Enerkem’s MSW-to-methanol plant brings together Port of Rotterdam with Akso Nobel and Air Liquide

In the Netherlands, Enerkem is teaming with not just the Port of Rotterdam but also Akso Nobel and Air Liquide on a MSW-to-methanol plant at the port, where more than 2 million metric tons of MSW are imported annually. Akso … Continue reading

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Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE project moving forward CCS for ethanol plants

In Nebraska, the Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy (DOE) study. This most recent initiative has a goal of developing an integrated carbon dioxide (CO2) collection, transportation, … Continue reading

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Attis Industries moves forward on Georgia site to build first commercial-scale biorefinery

In Georgia, Attis Industries Inc. announced that it has executed a letter of intent with the city of Barnesville, Georgia, to purchase a 32-acre property where the company plans to build its first commercial-scale biorefinery. The Company’s Barnesville facility will … Continue reading

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Argonne Lab researchers explore how bacteria collect, store and use information

In Illinois, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago are finding new computational ways to describe bacterial cognition, a concept that emerged in the 1940s. These methods enable scientists … Continue reading

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Malaysia consulting with truck manufacturers to ensure green light for B10

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports that in an effort to boost consumption of B10 when the policy is implemented later this year, the government is engaging with truck manufacturers to ensure that their warranties will cover the use … Continue reading

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Did Trump’s renewable fuels policy really cost corn growers $3.65 billion in 2017?

In Washington, new evidence has appeared that a Trump Administration shift on US low carbon fuel policy may have cost US corn growers an estimated $3.65 billion. The mechanism? A secretive effort by Administration officials installed at the US Environmental … Continue reading

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Low-carbon jet fuel and diesel, at scale : The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels

Established in 2013, AltAir Fuels was created to produce low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstock. For its first commercial project, AltAir partnered with Alon Energy USA to use its existing refinery in Paramount, California retooling idled refining … Continue reading

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Alliance BioEnergy gets new CEO and board members in effort to reorient business

In Florida, the Board of Directors of Alliance BioEnergy Plus has refocus the direction and operations of the company, is in the process of implementing a series of changes which will allow the company to concentrate more efficiently on its … Continue reading

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RFA announces VP will take over for long-time Dineen in October

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) made an announcement that marks the beginning of a new era for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association.  Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October … Continue reading

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Malaysia says will finally implement B10 in H2

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that following Indonesia’s decision to push forward its B30 blending mandate to 2019 from 2020, Malaysia will follow suit by implementing its B10 mandate by the second half of 2018 following several delays since 2016 to … Continue reading

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Dubai’s Sustainable City to go B100 for second construction phase

In the UAE, The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, has adopted B100 biodiesel to fuel the construction of the new buildings in phase 2 including Fairgreen International School, Hotel Indigo, and the innovation centre. The … Continue reading

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India’s My Eco Energy to being Indiezel sales in Odisha

In India, My Eco Energy announced it will launch retail sales of its Indiezel biofuel in Odisha with the fuel becoming available at more than 300 filling stations by the end of 2019. It believes East India provides a major … Continue reading

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US glycerin market seen balancing during Q3

In Texas, ICIS reports that glycerin production will ramp up during the second half the year, helping to bring the market into balance. The market has suffered from tightness through to Q3 as a major Midwest producer shut down in … Continue reading

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Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

In New Mexico, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is … Continue reading

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Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel … Continue reading

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Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen steps down at RFA, Cooper succeeds; EPA hearings in DC; organic solar cells and more

Dinneen steps down as Renewable Fuels Association CEO, Geoff Cooper to succeed; EPA hearings in DC; Lygos rockin’; biomaterials advance; organic solar cells are on the docket; iffy news for algae tech. The Shocker News spread like wildfire at the 2018 BIO World … Continue reading

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Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Iowa, plastics, benzene, Queensland, skin care, jet fuel in the mix

BIO CEO Jim Greenwood kicks off the World Congress plenary program with opening remarks. Yep, the Congress heads to the Heartland The rounds of applause at BIO have been loud and steady but the biggest ones were heard not for … Continue reading

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