Monthly Archives: August 2018

National Corn Growers Association says year-round E15 would do more than aid

In Missouri, the National Corn Growers Association said plans unveiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide aid to farmers negatively impacted by trade tariffs and ongoing trade uncertainty would be insufficient to even begin to address the serious … Continue reading

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Advanced Biofuels Canada lines out benefits of Clean Fuel Standard

In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada says the average driver under BC’s low carbon fuel standard has paid C$16/year less than they would have paid for gasoline alone since 2010. It says carbon pricing can be effective in reducing industrial emissions, … Continue reading

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Indonesian biodiesel exports seen reaching 1 million tons despite B20

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that expectations for biodiesel exports are around 1 million metric tons this year compared to just 300,000 tons last year despite the push towards B20 that comes into effect on September 1. With European exports resumed … Continue reading

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Ethanol production remains steady thanks to low corn prices

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production ending the week of August 24 fell only 3,000 barrels per day from the previous week at an average of 1.07 million bpd. Falling corn prices ahead of … Continue reading

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Indonesia to fine companies not complying with B20 mandate

In Indonesia, the energy minister has outlined sanctions for companies that don’t comply with the new B20 blending mandate, first starting with a cent per liter fine for biodiesel not blended, and then after three warnings if the situation hasn’t … Continue reading

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Irish researchers develop bio-plastic blend that can compost in 60 days

In Ireland, scientists at BEACON Bioeconomy Research Centre, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Research Centre at University College Dublin, and AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for materials science at Trinity College Dublin, have discovered a blend of biodegradable plastic that completely degrades under typical … Continue reading

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Aalto University and VTT team on bioeconomy flagship program

In Finland, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. The aim is to develop … Continue reading

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European Commission charge Abengoa and Alcogroup with manipulating ethanol price benchmarks

In Belgium, Reuters reports that the European Commission’s competition watchdog has charged both Abengoa and Alcogroup with rigging ethanol benchmarks published by S&P Global Platts. The three-year investigation also included Sweden’s Lantmannen but they haven’t been charged although it said … Continue reading

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Novel products for life science markets: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Evogene

Evogene develops novel products for life science markets through the use of a unique computational predictive biology platform. Currently, the Company focuses on three key target markets: Seeds – addressing essential seed traits such as: yield, environmental stresses and resistance … Continue reading

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The Wonder from Down Under, Canada-style: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella, Canfor

Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon. The compelling features of supercritical are several: 1. It uses … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera report slams RSPO for not committing to “no deforestation” policy

In Malaysia, a new report by Al Jazeera regarding palm oil for biofuels in the country slams the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil for not committing to a “no deforestation” policy. The story highlights villages who are suffering from reduce … Continue reading

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RNG teams with PES on $120 million MSW biogas project

In Pennsylvania, RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC announced they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable natural gas sales agreement and site lease agreement to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility. … Continue reading

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ARENA funds feasibility study wood waste biorefinery in New South Wales

In Australia, the Mid North Coast of New South Wales could become home to the world’s first biorefinery turning sawmill residues into renewable diesel and renewable bitumen. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has … Continue reading

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French bus company operating buses on ethanol made from grape marc

In France, with Raisinor France Alcools’s ethanol produced from grape marc, the residue produced in the wine-making process, Citram Aquitaine is running the ED95-driven Scania’s Interlink LD Euro 6 bus between Bordeaux and Blaye. The collaboration between Scania and Citram … Continue reading

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Mission Innovation-India extends LOI deadline to September 15 for $5 million in grants

In India, under the auspices of Mission Innovation, the country has extended the Letter of Intent deadline to September 15 to undertake Joint Research & Development with member MI countries in the field of advanced sustainable Biofuels, which can be … Continue reading

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UK’s REA says E10 compatible on far more vehicles than thought

In the UK, new analysis from the Renewable Energy Association, the trade association which represents the renewable fuels industry, indicates that there are significantly fewer main household cars on the road that are unwarrantied to use E10 than the Department … Continue reading

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EU-funded ZYBIOM project discovers enzymes that can double amount of glucose from wood

In France, by studying a particular fungus, scientists in the EU-funded ZYBIOM project have discovered a family of enzymes that can double the amount of glucose extracted from wood. Although biofuels are the most immediate application, as their production from … Continue reading

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India blocks biofuels exports now too

In India, just days after the government restricted imports of biofuels, the Financial Express reports that biofuel exports have been restricted now as well and will only be allowed with a license. Biodiesel exports doubled this year to nearly $5.4 … Continue reading

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Genomatica and the new road to bioeconomy innovation

We’re going to look in on Genomatica today and a shift in innovation which is important to all and particularly to the fans of ventures that find commercial success as well as commercial-scale, but we’ll not begin in San Diego … Continue reading

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

What’s Bunge up to, exactly? The company supplies a growing world with agricultural commodities, such as grains and oilseeds, which are inside many of the meals we eat. They transport crops, connecting farmers to customers in ways that help ensure food … Continue reading

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