Monthly Archives: July 2018

Indonesia looking to biodiesel as way to shore up FX shortage

In Indonesia, the president believes the country will be able to keep the national currency from continuing its nosedive if it immediately implements higher biodiesel blending and stops spending its scarce foreign currency on buying fossil fuels. Oil prices have … Continue reading

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S&P Global Platts announces soybean price assessments

In the UK, S&P Global Platts announced that it has started publishing three daily soybean price assessments: SOYBEX CFR China, SOYBEX FOB Santos and SOYBEX FOB Paranagua. The daily price assessment SOYBEX CFR China reflects the value of soybeans on … Continue reading

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May biodiesel production recovers slightly at 149 million gallons

In Washington, Reuters reports data from the Energy Information Agency shows May biodiesel production recovered from its losses in April to 149 million gallons from 140 million gallons the month prior. About 51% of the total production came from soybean … Continue reading

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Brazilian government rejigs biodiesel auctions to make room for smaller producers

In Brazil, the government is trying to provide space in its biodiesel tenders for smaller producers by including a tranche of 5%-10% of total volume contracted to go to those who produce 18.5 million gallons per year or less. The … Continue reading

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Auction of Tenaska Commodities’ Iowa biodiesel plant to close August 3

In Illinois, Aaron Equipment Company, on behalf of Tenaska Commodities, LLC, opened bidding on the assets of a Clinton, Iowa biodiesel plant on May 7. The auction has been taking place in conjunction with Reich Brothers, LLC, which specializes in … Continue reading

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Residents already complaining about potential impacts of proposed Kansas biogas project

In Kansas, VNA Corporation is looking to set up a biogas plant using wheat straw as feedstock near the town of Wellington but neighbors are already getting upset about the increased traffic the plant will generate during harvest season as … Continue reading

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New food security research from IIASA says global carbon tax a no-no

In Japan, new IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity … Continue reading

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NBB files opening brief objecting to EPA’s methodology for setting 2018 RVOs

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA’s methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA’s final RFS rule for 2018, … Continue reading

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Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 produced from the iron, steel, cement and … Continue reading

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High-yield hydrocarbons from ethanol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass

Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in existing gasoline, diesel and jet engines without modifications. COO … Continue reading

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EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final notice approving a variety of pathways for renewable fuel derived from sorghum, including biodiesel. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final pathway alongside Sens. Jerry Moran and Deb Fisher, … Continue reading

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Avril back to producing biodiesel at 100% capacity for at least two months

In France, Reuters reports that Avril has been able to run at full production capacity since June thanks to increased demand and will continue to for another two months, but it plans to scale back down to running at half … Continue reading

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BBGI will invest $46.6 million in boosting Thai ethanol and biodiesel production

In Thailand, BBGI will invest $46.6 million to boost daily ethanol production capacity to 800,000 liters from the current 500,000 liters, with an eye on future expansion to 1 million liters per day, while boosting biodiesel production to 1 million … Continue reading

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India will only allow grain unfit for human consumption for biofuel feedstock

In India, the oil minister assured the parliament that only grains unfit for human consumption would be allowed on a conditional basis to be used as feedstock for ethanol production in an attempt to quell concerns that deregulation of feedstock … Continue reading

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Indonesia developing 100% palm oil drop in fuel

In Indonesia, in an interview with the industry minister, Reuters reports that the country is offering incentives to developers of drop-in diesel made from 100% palm oil and has already identified a process that will be ready to go commercial … Continue reading

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Alberta investing up to C$70 million for green energy and biotech challenge

In Canada, the Alberta government and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are encouraging biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation innovators to develop new clean-technology projects to cut their energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gases. Up to C$70 million is available through the … Continue reading

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Argonne Lab researchers develop two-faced membranes for industrial use

In Illinois, named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes — double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances — have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses. Creating two distinct “faces” on these delicate surfaces, … Continue reading

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Acting EPA administrator to continue on Pruitt’s path with RFS reform

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will continue with reforms of the Renewable Fuel Standard unpopular with the biofuel industry including RIN generation from ethanol exports. He said he was open to some … Continue reading

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When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World governments get a case of bioeconomy interventionitis)

The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and subject to GMO regulation in Europe, including warning labels for foods.   And in the US, President Trump announced $12 billion in relief for … Continue reading

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$200 oil in 2020? The impending energy crisis and biofuels’ role in relieving the refining capacity crunch

“The global economy likely faces an economic crash of horrible proportions in 2020, not for want of a nail but want of low-sulfur diesel fuel,” writes renowned energy analyst Phil Verlager in a note this month titled “$200 Crude, the … Continue reading

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