Monthly Archives: February 2019

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

In Louisiana, Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has announced the completion of a major investment project at its Geismar, Louisiana facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

In Minnesota, the state’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the national utility PLN is switching three of its diesel-fueled and one of its gas-fueled power plants to crude palm oil which together will produce 122MW of power for Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. … Continue reading

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Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

In California, Southern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable … Continue reading

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Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

In Illinois, Reuters reports that in an effort to slow falling ethanol prices as a result of a supply glut and in response to ADM flooding the benchmark Argo terminal since late 2017, Kinder Morgan will expand its barge-loading capacity … Continue reading

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Brazilian H2 February ethanol prices jump more than 10%

In Brazil, Platts reports that hydrous ethanol prices surged to $562.7/cu m during the first half of February, an increase of more than 10% from the second half of January and the highest seen since November 1 due to retailers … Continue reading

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PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. … Continue reading

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Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French … Continue reading

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Changing of the Guard

With the news that Matt Carr is leaving his post as the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization, it’s beginning to feel like a real changing of the guard is taking place on the watchtowers that surround and advanced … Continue reading

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The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of what bioeconomy litigation is, what … Continue reading

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Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

In Italy, Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection, transport, storage, processing and reuse of vegetable oils and animal fats, signed a collaboration … Continue reading

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Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

In Sweden, Cortus Energy AB (Publ) and Swedish Biofuels AB (SB) have agreed in a preliminary agreement about cooperating with the goal of during 2019, jointly projecting a first commercial plant for production of bio-jet fuel based on forest raw … Continue reading

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Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

In the Philippines, Platts reports Sugar Regulatory Agency data shows record molasses prices pushed domestic ethanol prices to $1,165/cu m during the first half of February. Molasses prices rose to $194.85/mt during the first half of the month bringing ethanol … Continue reading

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches … Continue reading

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Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Louis Dreyfus believes flexible sugar mills that can easily switch between sugar and ethanol will likely make the shift faster this next season than in previous seasons, leading to “dramatic” shifts in production of either … Continue reading

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Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales launched

In UK, commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed this user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors. It provides an interactive, visual … Continue reading

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McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

In Canada, Science magazine reports that researchers from McGill University have developed a method of producing ethanol from methanol by using sunlight. Using gallium nitride nanowires “spiked” with magnesium as a catalyst, following successful results producing benzene from methane gas … Continue reading

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Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a staff proposal last December that would have cut the biofuel blending mandate, a move that has enraged Republicans and threatened their votes in the Senate … Continue reading

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Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

By Michael Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelion Underwriting Inc. Special to The Digest Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the Renewable … Continue reading

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Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Terry Mazanec, a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biogas, what it’s good … Continue reading

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