Monthly Archives: September 2018

Valmet to deliver world’s first BioTrac system for black pellet production

In France, Valmet agreed with FICAP on the delivery of the world’s first continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets. The pellet plant will produce both white and black pellets and has an annual capacity of 120 … Continue reading

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New biogas plants using kitchen waste to power temple meals

In India, new biogas plants in all the gurudwara complexes in Delhi will be operational by October, thanks to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee which is setting them up and using kitchen waste and food waste as a feedstock … Continue reading

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Biofuel use being considered in bunkering sector as IMO 2020 standards near

In the United Kingdom, S&P Global Platts reports that some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as a way of reducing emissions in preparation for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards, but actual uptake is … Continue reading

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Kraig Biocraft accelerates development of spider silk fibers from a day to minutes

In Michigan, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., a leading developer of spider silk based fibers implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibers. These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols … Continue reading

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German rapeseed oil export shrinks

In Germany, UFOP reports that German exports of rapeseed oil in the 2017/18 marketing year fell short of the previous year’s record level. Above all, some EU member states purchased considerably less rapeseed oil. According to figures published by the … Continue reading

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Ethanol production gets small boost, but still at 2nd lowest volume in 10 weeks

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.051 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.11 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. While the 31,000 b/d increase in production was a 3.0% boost over … Continue reading

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Pre-winter switchgrass harvest produces better ethanol yields

In Michigan, researchers from Michigan Technological University, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University are looking at Wisconsin switchgrass to better understand the costs and benefits to harvesting at various points in the season. Comparing data from … Continue reading

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State government taking deductions from staff salaries to pay for biofuel cookers

In Nigeria, the state governor for Cross River, Ben Ayade, is requiring a salary deduction of every civil and public servant in the state for the purchase of biofuel cookers and lamps, which staff are not happy about. This comes … Continue reading

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Indonesia halts all new palm oil plantations for 3 years

Like a big red stop sign in your face, the palm oil debate seems to be unyielding. It’s in newspapers, in documentaries like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood movie, even dinner table conversations as families and friends munch on chocolate … Continue reading

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Virgin Atlantic to fly 747 from Orlando to London on LanzaTech fuel in October

In the UK, Virgin Atlantic announced that its partnership with LanzaTech will finally come to fruition in October when a Boeing 747 will fly from Orlando to London Gatwick partially fueled with LanzaTech’s aviation biofuel. Richard Branson’s announcement on his … Continue reading

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GoodFuels Marine completes world’s first bunker delivery using blockchain

In the Netherlands, GoodFuels Marine and blockchain technology and governance experts Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) have successfully completed the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology. The delivery, made to a Samskip vessel via a REINPLUS … Continue reading

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US associations submit comments to UK urging adoption of E10

In the UK, earlier this week, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Transport as it considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend. The comments, submitted … Continue reading

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Indonesian palm oil production hits four-year high in August

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that while Indonesia looks to absorb more palm oil through its B20 blending mandate, its production continues to grow. August saw production hit a four-year high at more than 4 million metric tons. Exports also slid … Continue reading

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Additional import tariffs on US ethanol won’t impact trade with China

In China, Platts reports that despite the higher tariffs on US undenatured ethanol imposed to counterbalance the latest round of tariffs in US President Trump’s trade war, the market doesn’t expect there to be much impact because the previous 65% … Continue reading

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House Biofuels Caucus members send letter to EPA urging year-round E15

In Washington, 24 members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) sent a letter last week to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the administration to lift summertime regulations on … Continue reading

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Kew Gardens researchers discover fungi that can break down plastic in weeks

In the UK, the Telegraph reports that Kew Gardens researchers and an international team from 18 countries have discovered Aspergillus tubingensis can break down plastic in weeks rather than decades using its mycelia. The fungi was found in a Pakistani … Continue reading

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EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency finally released data regarding small refinery hardship waivers, saying that 29 refineries were granted waivers from RIN compliance in 2017 compared to 19 in 2016 and just seven the year before. … Continue reading

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Faster genetic engineering and fighting antibiotic resistance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Scibac

Scibac is new and the underlying MERGE technology, is strikingly new; however, the co-founders Jeanette Mucha, Anthony Cann and Derick Twomey are veterans of the advanced bioeconomy, having spent a number of years  at Cobalt Technologies bringing forward that biochamicals platform … Continue reading

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biosteel for airplanes, chemicals from sunlight, water and CO2, automated tractors, cloud biology, biodegradable straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 21st

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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Green Plains says its plants aren’t shutdown but in “warm idle”

In Missouri, Brownfield Ag News reports that Green Plains’ CEO clarified the company’s position and it isn’t mothballing its ethanol plants in Iowa and Minnesota but instead are at a “warm idle”, still accepting corn and able to restart production … Continue reading

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