Monthly Archives: December 2018

Residual Biomass to Gasoline: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Bioliq Pilot Plant

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie’s Bioliq pilot plant is producing synthetic fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic, ash rich biomass. Bernd Zimmerlin from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie gave this illuminating presentation on the technology behind the magic, from fast pyrolysis to entrained … Continue reading

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Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to SEforAll and below50

Sustainable Energy For All and below50 aim to promote bioenergy, especially in developing countries, and grow the demand for sustainable alternative fuels, so that bioenergy can reach its full potential. Gerard J. Ostheimer, Global Lead for Bioenergy at SEforAll and … Continue reading

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Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

In Norway, the Parliament voted to no longer allow biofuel from palm oil into the country in an effort to stop deforestation in Indonesia and other countries that export palm oil. The decision is set to go into force in … Continue reading

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Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

In Washington, a new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open … Continue reading

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Burgeoning U.S. Ethanol Exports Third Highest on Record

In Washington, D.C., U.S. ethanol exports totaled 175.4 million gallons (mg) in October, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). This is nearly double (up 95%) September exports and the third highest monthly total … Continue reading

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UFOP says rapeseed oil remains most important biodiesel raw material in EU

In Germany, UFOP reports that while the availability and price of vegetable and animal oils and fats play a key role in biodiesel production, rapeseed oil continues to be the most important source of raw materials for biodiesel production in … Continue reading

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RFA releases updated brochure with latest flex fuel models

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association updated its annual flex fuel vehicles brochure to help consumers find out if their vehicle can run on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). The brochure compiles the FFV models available in the … Continue reading

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Biofuel refinery opponents say state is ignoring their appeal hearing request

In Delaware, the Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware who won a ruling in January to keep their appeal in a lawsuit against Delaware City Refinery’s plan to expand its ethanol biofuel operation, said the state … Continue reading

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Queensland becomes first government in the world to sign below50 agreement

In Australia, the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) welcomed the Queensland Government’s signing of the below50 campaign at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Queensland Government were the first jurisdiction in the … Continue reading

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Biofuel opportunities could abound with Maersk’s net zero CO2 target

In Denmark, Maersk aims at having carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030, net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and calls for strong industry involvement. Maersk said in their press release, “an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new … Continue reading

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COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Poland this week and a Swedish 15 year old climate activist who … Continue reading

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Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest For all the things people immediately associate with Iowans (which generally includes cornfields), being boastful isn’t on the list. Though we’re very proud of all our state has … Continue reading

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Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers

In Tennessee, Harvestone Group LLC announced the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over … Continue reading

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Gevo and Renmatrix team on developing commercial renewable jet fuel

In Colorado, Gevo and Renmatix announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose® Process with Gevo’s GIFTTM technology and alcohol to jet process. Renmatix’s Plantrose Process converts cellulosic feedstocks … Continue reading

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Former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY cellulosic ethanol and biomass plants up for auction

In Florida, the former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6± MW Biomass Plant are going to Auction with Maas Companies. Maas Companies specializes in the sale of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts and … Continue reading

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SAFCell completes eight-month field trial of remote power system fueled by methanol

In California, SAFCell, Inc. has completed an eight-month field trial of their remote power system at a Shell Canada well site in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. SAFCell’s system, which runs on industrial methanol, powered a methane emissions sensor from late … Continue reading

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Gujarat chief minister launches UCO collection app

In India, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani expressed determination to reduce the country’s crude oil bill by generating cheaper biodiesel from used cooking oil. Rupani stated that the RUCO (Reused of Cooking Oil Software Biodiesel Association of India) is collecting … Continue reading

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Brazilian ethanol prices seen rising in December

In Brazil, Reuters reports that ethanol prices are likely to jump in December as demand for the fuel increases while stronger ICE Brent Crude futures and NYMEX RBOB futures further support them. Already ethanol prices have increased more than 4% … Continue reading

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Chinese researchers develop novel catalytic method to processfeedstock for biofuels

In China, researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues from Peking University recently reported an efficient and novel catalytic method for the conversion of aqueous biomass fermentation broth to a … Continue reading

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Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use … Continue reading

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