Monthly Archives: November 2018

Brain regeneration, data storage with biocomputers, plastic from waste gases, bamboo diapers, gene-edited wheat, jackets from bison fluff : The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 29th

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 29th. #1 Brain regeneration can happen thanks to silk biomaterial In Spain, researchers from the Polytechnic University of … Continue reading

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ICM to implement newest systems at FS Bioenergia’s second ethanol plant

In Kansas, ICM announced that it will implement its systems at the newest FS Bioenergia plant in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Brazil-based FS Bioenergia will adopt ICM proprietary process technologies, including Selective Milling Technology (SMT), Fiber Separation Technology (FST), … Continue reading

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Brazilian crop technology company sets up shop near Perdue University

In Indiana, Solinftec, a digital agriculture company that grew quickly in Latin America by making sugar cane and row crop operations more efficient, announced Thursday that it plans to invest $50.6 million to establish operations at its U.S. headquarters near … Continue reading

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EPA continuing to review hardship waiver applications after all

In Washington, contrary to Reuters’ report that the Environmental Protection Agency had temporarily stopped approving hardship waivers for small oil refineries, Bloomberg says that is not the case and the agency is continuing to review and issue waivers. It was … Continue reading

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Brazilian biodiesel production jumps while ethanol production slips

In Brazil, Platts reports that ANP fuels agency data shows expectations of high biodiesel blending rates production jumped in October to more than 500 million liters, up 22% on the year, while total production for the year through October was … Continue reading

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Coleman Oil fined $189,000 for spilling 3,840 gallons of biodiesel

In Washington, state Department of Ecology fined Lewiston-based fuel retailer Coleman Oil $189,000 for spilling 3,840 gallons of biodiesel from a corroded underground pipe at its bulk oil plant in Wenatchee. The fuel contaminated nearby soil and groundwater, and seeped … Continue reading

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India allows the use of surplus grains for ethanol feedstock

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that the government has deregulated the use of surplus food grains as ethanol feedstock. Food and vegetable waste were also included in the list of deregulated feedstocks announced this week. Ethanol produced from the … Continue reading

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Swedish researcher lead work on using fungi on food waste

In Sweden, wastes become resources in the project Ways2Taste, where researchers at the University of Borås are developing methods for growing fungi on material that would otherwise have become waste. The goal is to produce climate-smart materials–including a whole new … Continue reading

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EIA study says RON95 requirement from 2022 won’t require additional ethanol

In Washington, a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) study concludes that U.S. petroleum refineries would have “no problem” meeting a requirement to produce gasoline with a higher minimum octane rating (95 Research Octane Number, or “RON”) beginning in 2022, and assumes that … Continue reading

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Green Plains repays $500 million senior secured term loan due 2023

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced that it has repaid its entire obligation for the $500 million senior secured term loan due 2023. All of the company’s assets and subsidiaries, not including Green Plains Partners LP, are unencumbered from term … Continue reading

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EPA puts hardship waiver program on hold and RIN prices jump in response

In Washington, Reuters reports that the hardship waiver program has been put on hold while the Environmental Protection Agency reviews how applications are scored and waivers are issued. Reuters also reports that on the back of the news, D6 RIN … Continue reading

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Higher biodiesel blending next year will see Brazil consume additional 600,000 tons

In Brazil, DTN reports that biodiesel demand will increase by 600,000 metric tons per year next year when the B11 blending mandate comes in, a 1% increase over this year, as well as allowing use of B100 in transportation such … Continue reading

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UPM publishes biodiversity commitment to lead bioeconomy

In Finland, UPM has published a new biodiversity commitment, which is one of the company’s responsibility targets for 2030. The new commitment and programme will be presented today at the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations’ Convention … Continue reading

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Ethanol prices slide to 13.5 year lows on expectations EPA won’t raise 2019 blending

In Illinois, Platts reports that ethanol prices fell on Tuesday to the lowest level in more than 13 years at $1.1935/gal on the news that the Environmental Protection Agency wasn’t going to reallot RINs that had been waived under the … Continue reading

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BP sees bright future for Brazil with RenovaBio

In Brazil, Reuters reports that BP believes RenovaBio has put a positive spin on the future biofuels in the country and that the president-elect who comes into office on January 1 isn’t expected to put up obstacles to its implementation … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

In Japan, Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of … Continue reading

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Trade groups write Trump expressing concerns over Commerce’s changed views on biodiesel imports

In Washington, three trade groups wrote President Donald Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated ‘changed circumstances’ reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The National Biodiesel Board, the American Soybean Association, and … Continue reading

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The New Waste Business Model: Evaluation of Existing and Projected WtE projects

By Andrew Grant, member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This article addresses the due diligence requirements for the increasing variety of waste-to-energy projects investors are now considering.  The topics apply to both early and later development stage project … Continue reading

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Company seeks permission to build biodiesel plant along North Dakota/Montana border

In North Dakota, AIC Energy Corp. applied for planning and zoning permission in Williams County near the Montana border to build a 28,000 barrel per day biodiesel production facility using agricultural and waste oil feedstocks. The facility appears to seek … Continue reading

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EPA seen keeping 2019 blending mandate in line with June proposal

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will likely keep the 2019 blending mandate largely in line with its June proposal of 19.88 billion gallons including 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol. The agency will also reject the … Continue reading

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