Monthly Archives: August 2018

Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule

In Finland, Metsä’s biorefinery in Äänekoski achieved 100% production capacity by August 8 as planned, when it produced its millionth ton of pulp following commissioning August 15, 2017. The facility produces product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s … Continue reading

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Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration Agency data shows ethanol production fell slightly last week to an average of 1.072 million b/d while stocks rose by of 94,000 barrels to their highest level since mid-March at 1.189 billion … Continue reading

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Nippon Biodiesel developing mobile money project to help up to 5 million farmers

In India, the Nikkei reports that Japan’s Nippon Biodiesel is developing a mobile money system that will allow villages in India and later in Sri Lanka and Mozambique collectively sell their crops as well as buy inputs such as fertilizers. … Continue reading

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Wilmar’s Q2 results boosted by positive biodiesel economics

In Singapore, The Edge reports that Wilmar’s Q2 was saved in large part thanks to biodiesel due to the positive spread between crude palm oil and gasoil, a feature that is likely to continue throughout the year. Looking ahead into … Continue reading

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Karnataka mills worry there are still barriers to boosting ethanol production

In India, Karnataka sugar mills believe they won’t benefit from the recent deregulation of sugarcane juice and heavy molasses for ethanol feedstock due to oil marketing companies requiring cost sharing for transport and that 28% goods and services tax that … Continue reading

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New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

In New Zealand, Humble Bee is collecting material produced by Banksia bees in southwest Queensland in an attempt to reverse engineer a biodegradable plastic that is also water-repellent and flame-resistant. The bees line their nests with a cellophane-like plastic, so … Continue reading

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Saudi researchers find biofuels could significantly reduce NOx and other GHGs

In Saudi Arabia, switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have combined computer analysis … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley says that following discussions with the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he no longer believes that that controversial proposal to generate RINs from ethanol exports is still an option for reform of the … Continue reading

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Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can offer CO2 emission reductions up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel. SkyNRG’s Oskar … Continue reading

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Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo’s production facility in Luverne, MN … Continue reading

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Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank

In Brazil, Engcom will launch its patented vinasse transportation tank at a sugar industry trade fair in Sao Paulo state next week, demonstrating faster, safer and more efficient transportation of vinasse at the mills. Compared to other products in the … Continue reading

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South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July

In South Korea, Platts reports that July ethanol imports fell more than 41% from June at 22,668 metric tons. Nearly 70% of the 10,335 tons of undenatured ethanol imported in July came from Pakistan, followed by Brazil, pushing out Australia … Continue reading

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Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India

In India, Scania notified the Nagpur Municipal Corporation that it would no longer be operating its green ethanol bus fleet as of August 13 after first indicating in June that the project would come to an end. The company began … Continue reading

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European waste-based biodiesel squeezed due to high stocks and falling euro

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that growing stocks of biodiesel made from both UCO and tallow, considered second generation fuels in Europe because they are produced from waste feedstock, prices have fallen and the market expects UCOME and TME to … Continue reading

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RFA launches ad campaign targeting EPA administrator while in Iowa

In Washington, coinciding with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s visit to Iowa this week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching a week-long ad campaign in the state, urging the agency to follow the direction of President Trump by maintaining a … Continue reading

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DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

In Washington, to improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, Department of Energy scientists are using different layers of information (about the … Continue reading

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Vancouver (Canada!) to transition all diesel vehicles to 100% biodiesel

In Canada, the City of Vancouver has taken a significant step towards achieving its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources by entering into a new fuel contract with Suncor. With this new contract, all of the City’s diesel … Continue reading

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Strategic Advance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM’s Q2

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all … Continue reading

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DowDuPont

DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes: (1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products and crop protection solutions as well as through improved bioprocessing … Continue reading

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Andeavor’s petroleum refinery switch-over to renewables, in the heart of Bakken shale: what are the drivers?

News arrived this week from Dickinson, North Dakota that Andeavor is proposing to switch its refinery there over from petroleum refining to the production of renewable diesel.The timing will be 2020, the feedstock is waste and crop-based oils, the capacity will … Continue reading

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