Monthly Archives: October 2019

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry to step down

In Washington, President Trump revealed that US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will leave his post before the end of the year. In recent weeks, Secretary Perry had been subpoenaed by the US House of Representatives investigating US-Ukrainian ties. Deputy … Continue reading

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Borealis and Neste team on renewable polypropylene

In Finland, Borealis and Neste are entering into strategic co-operation for the production of renewable polypropylene (PP). The co-operation will enable Borealis to start using Neste’s 100% renewable propane produced with Neste’s proprietary NEXBTL technology as renewable feedstock at its … Continue reading

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Air Liquide to purify offgas from Lanzatech’s ArcelorMittal facility for use in ethanol production

In France, Air Liquide is partnering with ArcelorMittal in the first industrial scale demonstration plant to capture carbon gas from the steelmaking process and recycle it into chemicals, specifically advanced bioethanol. In this project, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction will … Continue reading

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Global Fuels biodiesel plant to be auctioned off on November 6

In Missouri, the former Global Fuels biodiesel plant is to be sold via a live onsite auction on November 6. The Global Fuels facility was originally used to provide biodiesel. The property is also well suited for local business needing … Continue reading

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Novamont expands production of compostable biopolymers to 40,000 tons

In Italy, following on from Terni, the Novamont group’s historic site where the production capacity of MATER-BI® compostable bioplastics is 110,000 metric tons a year, in Patrica, in the province of Frosinone, Novamont has now started producing its compostable biopolymers … Continue reading

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London Stansted to have all coffee waste turned into bio-bean logs

In the UK, the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper reports that London Stansted Airport has teamed with bio-bean to transform all of the coffee bean waste produced at the airport’s 21 concession stands, restaurants and cafes into biofuel following a … Continue reading

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Indonesian palm oil and biodiesel exports sank in August to 2.89 million tons

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that exports of palm oil, biodiesel and oleochemical exports sank in August to just 2.89 million metric tons from 3.3 million tons during the same period last year and 2.92 million tons in July as top … Continue reading

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Clemson University researchers gets $500,000 grant to genetically improve switchgrass

In South Carolina, a Clemson University researcher has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. These perennial plants represent a multibillion-dollar … Continue reading

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President Trump losing blue collar and farmer base following latest EPA move

In Washington, Newsweek reports that President Trump’s latest move regarding the missing gallons from the Renewable Fuel Standard has caused such a backlash in his major constituencies of farmers and blue collar workers working in oil refineries that pundits say … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to breakthroughs at the Bioenergy Research Centers

Over 10 years (2007–2017), three Bioenergy Research Centers produced multiple breakthroughs in the form of deepened understanding of sustainable biomass production practices, targeted re-engineering of biomass feedstocks, development of new methods for deconstructing feedstocks, and engineering of microbes for more … Continue reading

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Paper beer bottles, 3D printed boats, hydrogen-powered rescues; the new Mirai, plastics from potato, Hallowe’en biobased coffins, The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 18th

This week there’s Hallowe’en around the corner and we’ll point to the very latest in biobased DIY coffins, but leading this week is the unexpected ways to make the ordinary stuff we know — like, the paper beer bottle, a … Continue reading

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Earthquake may be to blame for giant ethanol fire at California fuel storage facility

In California, local press reports that around 250,000 gallons stored in two tanks were destroyed during a major fire that broke out at the NuStar storage facility in Crockett out of the 24 tanks at the tank farm that holds … Continue reading

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New planned RNG project in Vermont to use dairy waste to provide heating and cooling to nearby college

In Vermont, Vanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) for a groundbreaking renewable energy project. Kinsley will provide an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system to power a new renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility … Continue reading

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Suncor invests another C$50 million in Enerkem

In Canada, Enerkem Inc. announced the closing of a C$50 million equity investment from Suncor. As Canada’s leading integrated energy company, Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2019 as part of a C$76.3 million equity financing alongside … Continue reading

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Biofuel testing services market growth seen limited

In the UK, despite an impressively growing preference for biofuels for transportation purposes and the rising demand for biofuel testing services, the high costs associated with biofuel testing services will continue to limit the growth of market over the next … Continue reading

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Sunoil buys beleaguered Biodiesel Kampen facility with H12020 start up seen

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that Sunoil has bought the 80,000 metric ton Biodiesel Kampen facility, but not the legal entity, that has been beset with controversy the last couple of years and production is expected to ramp up before … Continue reading

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Cassava could be bigger than oil for Nigeria with proper investment

In Nigeria, the Nation newspaper reports that the national cassava growers association says the cassava supply chain is seriously under-utilized and that with proper investment the crop could be used as feedstock to produce ethanol, replacing 400 million liters of … Continue reading

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University of Pennsylvania researchers lead project studying phytoliths in biofuel feedstocks

In Pennsylvania, an international, multidisciplinary team led by University of Pennsylvania mineralogists used highly sensitive microscopy to study phytoliths, small deposits of minerals containing silicon or calcium present in certain plants. These chemical elements are absorbed from the soil along … Continue reading

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Philippines looking to unbundle biofuels and more from oil prices to reduce anti-competitive behavior

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy is seeking to crack down on anti-competitive behavior when it comes to fuel pricing nationwide, an issue it is looking at even more closely since the drone attacks on a Saudi oil facility … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry and the transformation of markets through genetic innovation

The Agile BioFoundry brings together a specialist team of scientists, engineers, and technical staff from eight of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories, with the aim that their collective skills, expertise, and experience lead to rapid innovation and growth … Continue reading

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