Monthly Archives: September 2019

Two Tickets to Paradise: Amyris’ Pipette and Biossance – the when, the why, the how of the latest in H&B

Today, let’s look at Amyris, which started out on a fuels journey and spawned instead a zillion ventures from its amazing alumni, but has re-invented itself as a company immersed in flavors, fragrances, CBD, and synthetic biology at its best. … Continue reading

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Magnificent Microbes: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Targeted Microbial Development

The industry is always on the look for microbial pathways that are capable of producing high carbon efficiency intermediates that are amenable to economic bioconversion, separation, and catalytic upgrading to hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals. At the recent DOE BETO 2019 … Continue reading

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Indonesian railroads to trial B100

In Indonesia, Antara news agency reports that the state-owned railway is teaming with private railway service providers to trial 100% biodiesel use in trains. The railway is already using 20% biodiesel and has successfully completed trials of 30% biodiesel in … Continue reading

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More than 200 European airports sign up to net zero 2050 plan

In Belgium, Airports Council International Europe says more than 200 airports have signed onto the association’s net zero by 2050 for the carbon emissions by 2050, announced in June. ACIEurope has more than 500 members but sees this milestone as … Continue reading

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Chinese ethanol imports slip to just 7,061 cu m in August

In China, Platts reports that ethanol imports in August fell to just 7,061 cu m, from 14,152 cu m in July, much of it denatured ethanol coming from South Africa. South Africa has exported a total of 24,277 cu m … Continue reading

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Argentina raises ethanol and biodiesel prices by 6% following outcry from producers

In Argentina, Clarín newspaper reports that the government has increased the price for ethanol and biodiesel by 6% for October in response to the domestic industry’s call for increased prices based on rising feedstock costs, partly as a result of … Continue reading

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Philippine domestic ethanol price falls slightly during H2 September as feedstock prices ease

In the Philippines, Platts reports that even though the sugar industry isn’t currently crushing cane, molasses prices have fallen and therefore ethanol prices have fallen in line to $1,140/cu m during the first half of September, 1.57% lower than from … Continue reading

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Indonesia may reinstate palm oil export levy from January 1

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the government has decided it won’t collect export levies on palm oil of $10-$50 per metric ton until January 1 after putting them on hold in December 2018. The levy depends on the price of … Continue reading

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VTT runs 80 hour-long test on syngas conversion to FT products

In Finland, production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch … Continue reading

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Neste opens an office in Shanghai, China

In Finland, Neste opens an office in Shanghai and starts renewable raw material sourcing operations in China. Neste will purchase renewable waste and residue raw materials from local collectors in the East coast of China, especially in the regions around … Continue reading

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ORLEN Poludnie to realize full scale cellulosic ethanol commercial plant with Clariant tech

In Switzerland, ORLEN Południe, member of ORLEN Group, intends to realize a full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol at its Jedlicze site in Poland with Clariant’s sunliquid technology. The announcement represents a strategic milestone for Clariant as … Continue reading

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OECD says taxes on polluting fuels are too low to encourage shift to low-carbon alternatives

In France, taxing polluting sources of energy is an effective way to curb emissions that harm the planet and human health, and the income generated can be used to ease the low-carbon transition for vulnerable households. Yet 70% of energy-related … Continue reading

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GZ Energy to launch digital trading platform in Q4

In Maryland, physical commodities brokerage GZ Energy, LLC plans to launch its digital trading platform, GZX, in October. GZX will provide renewable fuel market participants with a means to discreetly trade separated (K2) Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), California Low Carbon … Continue reading

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Greasezilla to be FOG separation tech for Danbury Wastewater Treatment Center

In West Virginia, Greasezilla was selected as part of a new fats, oils, grease (FOG)-to-Biodiesel receiving station for the Danbury, Connecticut Waste Water Treatment facility. Greasezilla’s patented solution separates FOG into its basic elements, sending the water back to the … Continue reading

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Biodiesel prices soar in Germany, up 30% compared to mid-August

In Germany, UFOP reports that the buoyant demand for biodiesel, especially rapeseed methyl ester, hasn’t just driven biodiesel prices, but also rapeseed oil prices. Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since 14 August 2019, from 70.5 euro … Continue reading

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How algae makes pink pigments relies on key enzyme

In Germany, a team from the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern was able to show how the synthesis of the pink dye phycoerythrobilin works in detail. An enzyme … Continue reading

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Trump says biofuel/oil negotiations more difficult than dealing with Taliban

In Washington, D.C., President Trump met with senators from several oil states, after meeting with biofuel-supporting farm state senators, and reportedly said the negotiations “were more difficult than dealing with the Taliban,” according to Bloomberg. The Thursday White House meeting … Continue reading

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Food and Feed: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to BioMar’s Algae

Had algae ice cream lately? BioMar is working on getting that to become a reality by making algae in food and food mainstream. At the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, Florida, Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director at BioMar shared how salmon … Continue reading

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Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, … Continue reading

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Grab It and Use It: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture

At the recent Algae Biomass Summit, John Litynski, Deputy Director of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems at the DOE gave this illuminating overview of the federal government’s role in CCUS and detailed some of the major carbon capture demonstration projects. For example, the … Continue reading

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