Monthly Archives: October 2019

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next

In California, ABLC Next 2019 opened with a record crowd of more than 420 delegates and 47 of the Next 50 Companies to Disrupt the World were on hand among more than 2300 companies across the spectrum of the bioeconomy … Continue reading

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Australian grains group trialing certified malting barley to export to Europe for biofuels

In Australia, the CBH Group has launched a new trial to supply certified sustainable malting barley from Western Australia to international customers as part of a pilot program in response to the growing global trend for sustainably sourced products. Since … Continue reading

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Turkish officials seize more than $11 million of illegal UCO biodiesel destined for Spain

In Turkey, local press reports that police seized 1.53 million liters of illegal biodiesel valued at more than $11 million in the country’s largest-ever illegal fuel bust. The fuel was destined to be smuggled to Spain as biodiesel, even though … Continue reading

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Europe looking more to palm oil for fatty acids as tallow supplies shrink

In the UK, ICIS reports that a growing shortage in Europe of fatty acids usually produced from tallow has the market looking to source palm oil as feedstock instead. With tallow-based biodiesel production increasing thanks to policies that allow for … Continue reading

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Biodiesel in Malaysia and Indonesia seen rising by 5 million tons in 2020

In Malaysia, the Bernama news agency reports that the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries sees biodiesel demand in Malaysia and Indonesia rising to 11 million metric tons next year, 5 million tons higher than this year, thanks to the … Continue reading

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Platts sees Brazil remaining net ethanol importer through 2025

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Platts sees the country remaining a net importer of ethanol despite an estimated 2.5% increase in production as a result of the RenovaBio policy, pegging imports at another 5 billion liters through 2025. The Northeast … Continue reading

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Ethanol stocks fall to two-year low despite seven weeks of growing production

In Washington, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol stocks have fallen to a two-year low, with stocks falling in each of the PADD regions except for the Midwest where the majority of ethanol is produced. The Gulf … Continue reading

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Iowa State University brings on Chief Technology Office to link research and industry

In Iowa, Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Vani … Continue reading

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Siouxland Energy back online at 50% thanks to CARB instead of EPA

In Iowa, Radio Iowa reports that the Siouxland Energy ethanol plant that had been idled due to negative crushing margins has come back online at 50% capacity thanks to the California Air Resources Board lowering the ethanol produced at the … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2019 State of the Industry Address

It’s ABLC Week and the semi-annual State of the Industry Address was a highlight at the opening of the on-stage presentations — known as a networking event but also featuring a slide deck and commentary on US and international bioeconomy … Continue reading

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Maersk/Lloyds Register study shows alcohol, biomethane and ammonia has top contenders for clean marine fuel

In Denmark, a study by A.P. Moller – Maersk and Lloyds Register confirms that the best opportunities for decarbonizing shipping lie in finding new sustainable energy sources. Based on market projections, the best positioned fuels for research and development into … Continue reading

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Petrobras’ distribution arm looking to set up ethanol, natural gas and electricity trading

In Brazil, Reuters reports that local newspaper Valor Economico says Petrobras’ fuel distribution arm BR Distribuidora is looking to widen its product offering to clients by exploring the creation of trading desks for electricity, natural gas and ethanol. The distribution … Continue reading

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Growth Energy, USGC and RFA disappointed by Brazil’s ethanol quota policy shift

In Washington, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association expressed their disappointment with the news that the Brazilian government amended the recent August 31st rule that raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff … Continue reading

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SIMEC acquires Fleetsolve to expand biodiesel genset deployment throughout the UK

In the UK, SIMEC, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has accelerated plans for the deployment of its biodiesel generators through the acquisition of Fleetsolve, an award-winning company with 17 years of experience developing, operating and maintaining biofueled combined heat … Continue reading

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Ethanol crush margins finally looking better, except for those with debt service

In Nebraska, DTN reports that crush margins for ethanol plants have improved significantly since August 1 on the back of producers cutting back their own production to help support the market as a whole. Prices have risen in response, leaving … Continue reading

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Ecover using InBev waste alcohol and water from alcohol-free beer to produce detergents

In Belgium, RetailDetail reports that Ecover has teamed up with InBev, creating detergents from the alcohol removed from InBev’s alcohol-free beers. Both the water and ethanol in Ecover’s “Too Good to Waste” detergent line come from InBev’s beer making process, … Continue reading

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Purdue University makes lignin breakthrough

In Indiana, a team led by Purdue University has built on success in removing the lignin barrier to solve other cellular obstacles. Their findings, reported in the journals Plant Biotechnology Journal and Biotechnology for Biofuels, offer opportunities to significantly increase … Continue reading

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House subcommittee to hold “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers” hearing

In Washington, the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House … Continue reading

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Next 50 Companies to Disrupt the World: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion’s AlgaPrime DHA

Today we want to look at a major disruptor working on advanced ingredients and nutraceuticals like DHA — you know, the reason we’re supposed to ingest fish oil at a zillion bucks a bottle, because we need those omega-3s. But … Continue reading

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USDA, DOE sign major MOU to promote rural energy, advance rural communities, domestic manufacturing.

In Washington, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy and U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes today announced a Memorandum of Understanding between the two departments to promote rural energy and the … Continue reading

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