Monthly Archives: October 2018

Environmental groups file petition with EPA accusing it of illegally allowing wildlife habitat conversion for biofuels

In Washington, following on the heels of an Environmental Protection Agency report to Congress documenting wide-spread habitat loss following enactment of U.S. biofuels policy in 2007, environmental and conservation groups filed a petition with EPA, asserting the agency has illegally … Continue reading

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Ethiopia’s new biofuel policy to include incentives and promote private sector participation

In Ethiopia, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is drafting the proclamation, regulation and directives that will open the biofuel industry to private companies along the entire supply chain including development, production, distribution and the sales of biofuels. The … Continue reading

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NTSB says DOT-117 cars contributed to severity of 2017 ethanol train derailment

In Washington, a broken rail, inadequate track maintenance and inspection, and inadequate federal oversight led to the March 10, 2017, derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad ethanol train near Graettinger, Iowa, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released … Continue reading

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Rapeseed-based biodiesel hits five-year high as low Rhine continues to hinder trade

In Germany, Platts reports that rapeseed-based biodiesel has soared to five-year highs at $1,260.50/ton FOB ARA as low levels on the Rhine River continue to pose logistical bottlenecks for both biodiesel flows as well as trade of rapeseed. With prices … Continue reading

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Malaysian biodiesel now cheaper than fossil-based diesel

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports the primary industries minister says biodiesel is cheaper to use now than fossil-based diesel thanks to low palm oil prices. Though the country currently still blends just 7%, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board … Continue reading

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Brazil looks to blend B15 by 2023

In Brazil, the National Council for Energy Policies has proposed boosting the country’s biodiesel blend to 15% by 2023, increasing gradually by 1% annually from the current 10% beginning in June 2019. The additional 5% blending would increase biodiesel demand … Continue reading

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Auburn University researchers lead $2 million DOE butyl acetate project

In Alabama, Auburn University researchers are leading a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy project that promises to improve fuel efficiency and economy. The project will create a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce … Continue reading

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National Farmers Union launches ad campaign slamming Trump for lack of ethanol support

In Washington, throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on those promises in a timely fashion. In the most recent … Continue reading

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The Protein Engineers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis

Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of biocatalytic solutions to meet customer needs for rapid, cost-effective … Continue reading

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Driving Decarbonization – Better policy means better fuels

By Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D., below50 Co-Founder and Senior Advisor; Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition & Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corp, and Stephanie Batchelor, Director of State and International Policy, BIO Special to The Digest This month the International … Continue reading

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New API poll claims voters concerned about year-round E15

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute released the results of a new national poll conducted by Harris Poll, showing that the vast majority of voters are concerned about the Trump administration’s proposal to allow the year-round sale of higher ethanol blended … Continue reading

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Indian UCO biodiesel producer preparing to launch production by year’s end

In India, Bio D Energy has moved out of its pilot phase and into commercial collection of used cooking oil throughout the New Delhi Capital Region, collecting from more than 700 kitchens, and has expanded into Haryana and Punjab ahead … Continue reading

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Miscanthus New Zealand says renewable diesel can be competitive with fossil fuels

In New Zealand, Miscanthus New Zealand says that small-scale renewable diesel production using 50,000 metric tons dry weight of forestry waste or biomass such as miscanthus could be produced at prices equal to current fossil fuel prices and locked in … Continue reading

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Brazil’s president-elect wants strong comeback for ethanol industry

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the country’s president-elect says he would like to work with the ethanol industry to bring it back to global dominance, overtaking the US who has surpassed the Brazil’s production in recent years. Despite earlier concerns … Continue reading

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Isuzu says its ready to bring B20 vehicles to Thailand when rules are in place

In Thailand, Isuzu says that it can quickly adapt its trucks to run on B20 but in order to do so, specifications must be developed and released by the government. The company’s local distributor said that the vehicles will be … Continue reading

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UK grease thieves producing biodiesel and selling it on the black market

In the UK, the Press Association reports that grease robbers are stepping up their game by not just stealing used cooking oil from restaurants but also by turning it into poor quality biodiesel that is then sold on the black … Continue reading

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Neste’s NEXTBTL team awarded top Israeli award for innovation

In Israel, nominated by the Council of Finnish Academies, Senior Vice President of Technology at Neste, Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors and his team have been awarded with the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels … Continue reading

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Jump in Q1-Q3 RFS lobbying spending seen as critical to winning year-round E15

In Washington, Roll Call reports that ethanol lobbying groups increased spending related to the Renewable Fuels Standard during the first three quarters of the year compared to 2017, a move that has paid off as demonstrated by the recent policy … Continue reading

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Amyris, Millennials, China and the Mousetrap

In California, Amyris has started industrial scale production of what it believes is “the world’s best tasting and lowest cost zero calorie natural sweetener” and therein lies a tale. Of Amyris and, by extension, almost everyone else who will — … Continue reading

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Total delays opening of La Mede biofuel plant until Q1 2018

In France, Reuters reports that Total has decided to delay the start up of its $227 million La Mede biofuel refinery revamp until Q1 2018. The 500,000 metric ton per day facility was meant to start up over the summer … Continue reading

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