Monthly Archives: October 2018

SLV Biopro secures 40%+ offtake contract for proposed Colorado ethanol project

In California, Greenbelt Resources Technology announced that Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E), a New Mexico-based project development company planning to utilize Greenbelt’s proprietary technology for its SLV Biopro Project, has secured offtake agreements in excess of 40% of the projected … Continue reading

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Sylvatex and Trucent scaled up and blended MicroX renewable blendstock

In Michigan, Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. The scale up followed completion of development, construction and … Continue reading

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Annellotech planning scale up of Bio-TCatTM technology

In New York state, Anellotech confirmed significant progress in its Bio-TCatTM technology development program and has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing … Continue reading

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UK offering travel bourses for aviation biofuel mission to the US

In the UK, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network invites SMEs in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel supply chain to apply to take part in a mission to the USA to create strategic business connections. The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special … Continue reading

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Bearish ethanol production data pushes CBOT December corn near to 100-day moving average low

In Illinois, Reuters reports that bearish ethanol production data as well as technical selling pushed CBOT December corn futures to $3.74-1/4 per bushel on Wednesday, barely keeping above the next support level of $3.72, the low end of the 100-moving … Continue reading

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European Commission experts on the ground looking at Malaysian palm oil sustainability

In Malaysia, in response to an anti-palm oil sentiment in Europe due to real or perceived environmental challenges with the way oil palms are grown, the European Commission will hold an in-country consultation next week including four expert panels and … Continue reading

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Chinese researchers discover gene the controls stem juiciness in sorghum

In China, through careful genetic analysis of a large, diverse panel of sorghum varieties, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered the gene controlling the stem juiciness trait in sorghum, as described in this month’s issue of the Plant … Continue reading

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NBB sends letter to EPA seeking end to demand destruction for biodiesel

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) delivered a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that the agency fully account for small refinery exemptions in the annual Renewable Fuel Standard rules and “end the demand destruction … Continue reading

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Edible barcodes, DARPA’s modified crops, insects, Pivit Bio raises $70M, rice straw ethanol, renewable concrete, automated indoor farming, biobased hairstyling, silkworms making spider silk: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 17th

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 17th In today’s Digest, edible barcodes, DARPA’s modifying crops, insects, Pivit Bio raises $70M, rice straw ethanol, renewable … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and biomass-to-fuels

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP … Continue reading

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Fargo Biodiesel Terminal opens

In North Dakota, Targray announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Centrally located in West Fargo, North Dakota, the new terminal will provide local fuel … Continue reading

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Indian Oil Company gets 50 acres from UP government for 2G ethanol plant

In India, the Times of India reports that the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has given the green light to the Indian Oil Company to supply it with 50 acres where it can locate its proposed waste-based ethanol plant. The 30-year lease … Continue reading

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The Andersons buys out the rest of Lansing Trade Group

In Ohio, The Andersons, Inc. announced that it has entered into a merger agreement with Lansing Trade Group, LLC, its long-time affiliate, to acquire the 67.5% of Lansing equity that it does not already own for cash and stock currently … Continue reading

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D3MAX has started construction of its facility at Ace Ethanol’s plant

In Wisconsin, D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol producer to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn … Continue reading

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EPA to adopt final E15 rules by May

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will adopt final rules for year-round E15 blending by May as well as for fuel economy standards by March, a move that will freeze Obama-era clean fuel standards and create an … Continue reading

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More soft loans sought to fund additional 168 Indian ethanol plants

In India, the food ministry has gone back to cabinet to seek another $951 million in soft loans in order to facilitate implementation of 168 ethanol projects. Already 114 ethanol projects have been approved. The funding is in the form … Continue reading

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EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production

In Belgium, EU-funded BIOWAYS conducted an EU-wide online survey alongside analysis of relevant studies which helped them to collect qualitative and quantitate data regarding the public perception on bio-based products. The online questionnaire was translated in seven languages and evaluated … Continue reading

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Democratic congressmen send letter to EPA over widespread issuance of hardship waivers

In Washington, Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) led a letter signed by 17 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). … Continue reading

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New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

By Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to The Digest The development of the global bioeconomy has made great leaps and strides over the past 10 years, but it has also had its fair share of … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 advantaged biobased chemical platforms

The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness, environmental benefits, and supply chain development. The project: This CEMAC/DOE initiative studied 160 potential … Continue reading

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