Monthly Archives: December 2018

As industry copes with information overload, organizations report “much more of our story to share” but marketing, messaging is under-resourced

71% of industry executives believe that for their organizations, there is much more of their story to get out than they are successful in doing so far, but struggle to allocate resources to building and maintaining attention though 80% believe … Continue reading

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Cassava seed planting kicks off at SunBird Zambia

In Zambia, local press reports that planting of cassava for SunBird’s $800 million ethanol project has begun, creating 1,000 new jobs as a result. The project was commissioned by the president back in 2015 but is finally starting to get … Continue reading

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India to invest additional $372.7 million in soft loans for standalone ethanol distilleries

In India, Cogencis reports that the government is looking to invest $372.7 million in soft loans for developers of standalone ethanol distilleries, following the successful uptake of soft financing for sugar mills to add on ethanol production to existing facilities. … Continue reading

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Petroperú cancels biodiesel purchase tender without explanation

In Peru, local press reports that that Petroperú has canceled the purchase tender of $81 million worth of biodiesel, the volume required for half a year’s consumption, on December 20 when the winning offer was meant to be announced. The … Continue reading

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World Alpine Skiing Championships to be fueled by HVO

In Sweden, the World Alpine Skiing Championships to be held in February will be fueled by HVO in 2019, from bus transportation around the temporary set up in Åre to mini-trains operating around the ski village, as well as biodiesel … Continue reading

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Proposed Napa Junction ethanol plant gets County OK

In South Dakota, the Yankton County Commissioners have approved the conditional use permit for a proposed $200 million ethanol plant in Napa Junction which will allow the project to continue development with an eye to start construction this summer after … Continue reading

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Amyris signs with Chinese company nutritional product royalty arrangement

In California, Amyris, Inc. announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Xinfu of China for a significant initial payment and a long-term minimum annual share of an existing nutritional product royalty arrangement. This agreement enables Amyris to monetize … Continue reading

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Mexican researchers develop biosensors to boost biodiesel production

In Mexico, researchers from the Autonomous University of Baja California have developed biosensors they say will help improve the efficiency of biodiesel production. The nanostructured sensors can quickly determine the catalytic activity of lipases, a technology that can be applied … Continue reading

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Malaysia says Norway palm oil ban will get in the way of Malaysia-EFTA trade deal

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that the country sees Norway’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel beginning in 2020 as a major roadblock to concluding multilateral trade negotiations between Malaysia and the European Free Trade Area, which includes the European Union … Continue reading

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Top 18 of 2018 – Looking back to look forward

Sometimes we need to look back in order to move forward. So on this last day of 2018, join the Biofuels Digest in looking back at our most visited and popular stories of 2018. March 6th was a big day … Continue reading

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Exxon supports responsible methane regulation

In California, ExxonMobil submitted a formal comment supporting the need for strong methane policy in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to roll back existing methane regulations. This action came two weeks after the company received a … Continue reading

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X-rays reveal catalyst growth details for more efficient hydrogen fuel cells

In New York, scientists at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Akron are searching for more affordable catalysts that provide the same efficiency in hydrogen fuel cells as pure platinum. “Like a battery, hydrogen fuel cells convert … Continue reading

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UFOP publishes integrated pest management guidelines for rapeseed cultivation

In Germany, UFOP’s guidelines on rapeseed cultivation describe the implementation of the eight general principles of integrated pest management in accordance with the current phytosanitary legislation in force in the EU. The voluntary development and implementation of such guidelines is … Continue reading

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Swedish university gets new composite and manufacturing lab

In Sweden, Chalmers research is now strengthened with a new laboratory for composite manufacturing. They began the ceremony by launching a vacuum resin infusion where Chalmers logo appeared. Several ongoing research projects are in line to use the new facilities. … Continue reading

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Stora Enso divests Swedish packaging manufacturer June Emballage

In Finland, Stora Enso divested 100% of the shares of its Swedish subsidiary June Emballage AB to its current management team. June Emballage is a manufacturer specialized in small-batch custom-made transport packaging in corrugated board. “We believe that June Emballage … Continue reading

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COFCO Joins Initiative to Modernize Global Agricultural Commodity Trade Operations

In Switzerland, COFCO International Ltd is partnering with Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bunge Limited, Cargill Incorporated, and Louis Dreyfus Company to standardize data and digitize global agricultural shipping transactions. Together, the companies are looking to increase transparency and efficiency for … Continue reading

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Biofuel and solar power projects help Army garner award

In Washington, a biofuel power plant at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and a solar power plant with energy-storage capability that went online this year at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, were among projects that helped the Army gain recognition in 2018 with an … Continue reading

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LT Group to begin biofuel production

In the Philippines, LT Group, Inc. is restarting operations of its Asian Alcohol Corp. distillery unit, which ceased operating eight years ago. Lucio Tan, Sr. said that Asian Alcohol will begin its biofuel production as part of the company’s efforts … Continue reading

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Biogas Innovations: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 37

IEA Bioenergy has several member countries involved in Task 37 which aims to improve innovations in biogas systems. Professor Jerry Murphy from IEA Bioenergy Task 37 gave this illuminating presentation on innovations in biogas systems at ABLC Global 2018 in … Continue reading

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Creating Trust in Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

IEA Bioenergy conducted research on various approaches to creating trust in sustainability of bioenergy through effective governance. Inge Stupak and Tat Smith, IEA Bioenergy researchers gave this illuminating overview of ways to increase legitimacy and gain trust in bioenergy at … Continue reading

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