Monthly Archives: December 2019

Brazil’s record 2020 ethanol production may fall short of demand for Jan-April 2020

In Brazil, Reuters is reporting that despite a record 35 billion litres in ethanol production, the country may face shortfalls during the off-season beginning now, when sugarcane is not in production. Production picks up in April. “We don’t see a … Continue reading

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Tucumcari Bio-Energy sets February start date for cellulosic biogas project construction

In New Mexico, QC Sun Online is reporting that Tucumcari Bio-Energy said it will start construction in February on its $8.0 million project to convert a former ethanol plant into a cellulosic biogas producer. Tucumcari Bio-Energy President Robert Hockaday said … Continue reading

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Global rapeseed plantings expected to jump 3 percent in 2020/21

In Germany, UFOP reports that according to the latest information published by the International Grain Council (IGC), the global rapeseed area in 2020/21 will probably be up 3 per cent from the current marketing year to 35.5. million hectares. In … Continue reading

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Hemp airplane struggles to gain funding

In Ontario, Hempearth is raising funds to build the world’s first hemp airplane, and the company’s founder hopes to one day build the world’s first hemp spaceship.  Derek Kesek tells Anonymous News  that at least three quarters of the plane … Continue reading

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Maine bets on forest products

In Maine, advocates for the state’s forest products industry are aiming for 30% growth in five years, to reach $8 billion in sales by 2025.  The  Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine coalition is now implementing measures after gathering data and evaluating options.  … Continue reading

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HempWave to take controlling stake in Celexus

In Arizona, HempWave has revealed it plans on buying a controlling stake in Celexus, an acquisition, management and holding company for early-stage, high-growth businesses and technologies in the hemp industry.   Under the terms of the deal, slated to close … Continue reading

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DOE Innovation XLab on Biomanufacturing meet set for Berkeley in January

In California, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is hosting a DOE Innovation XLab on Biomanufacturing January 28-29 in Berkeley. The InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit is an exclusive event aimed at showcasing how U.S. industry can leverage the world-leading bioscience assets and capabilities … Continue reading

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Record funding for Algae R&D expected in 2020

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization said that a record amount of federal funding for algae research, development and commercialization projects in 2020. Strong Congressional support signals that algae technologies will continue to make remarkable headway. A breakdown of the … Continue reading

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The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

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Cellulosic Biofuel Technology: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

Reaching high is something Mercurius is familiar with, esp. with their REACH technology. Standing for renewable, acid-hydrolysis, condensation, hydrotreating, their REACH technology works at low temperature, low pressure and enzyme free. According to Knud Balslev at Mercurius Biorefining, drop-in hydrocarbon … Continue reading

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Carbohydrate Industry Outlook: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbs and Sugars

Ah sugar, sugar, you are my candy girl. Fluid Quip Technologies is talking about industrial sugar of course, and its many challenges and opportunities. Check out this slide guide from Neal Jakel, Partner/Strategy and Technology at FQT who shared this … Continue reading

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Yay or Nay for EPA? RFS Volumes out for 2020, Biodiesel for 2021 – What’s the reaction from industry?

What’s the reaction from industry? Coal for Christmas? Should Santa bring coal for EPA’s stocking this year? Do the biofuels and agriculture industries think the EPA just put coal in their stocking? Is it thumbs up or thumbs down from … Continue reading

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NREL research discover fast-growing, resilient algal strain

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines discovered a promising new algal strain which can be cultivated outdoors at high temperature and in saltwater and can rapidly convert carbon dioxide into renewable … Continue reading

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Norway’s National Plan on Climate includes biofuels quota increase from 12% to 20%

In Norway, the Government is presenting a status plan on Norway’s climate policy which deals with emissions, describes existing measures and instruments, as well as the latest projections for emissions and uptake until 2030 including the increased use of biofuels … Continue reading

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EU remains largest biodiesel producer

In Germany, UFOP reports that in the EU, biodiesel production has increased for another year, accounting for more than one third of world production, and said that the single most important biodiesel producer is the European Union, which accounted for … Continue reading

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Weekly ethanol production drops 0.7%

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production decreased 8,000 barrels per day (b/d), or -0.7%, to 1.064 million b/d—equivalent to 44.69 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. However, the four-week average ethanol production rate increased … Continue reading

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Circa Group joins ReSolute Horizon 2020 project for biobased solvent

In the United Kingdom, biotech company Circa Group is leading the consortium for new EU project ReSolute – a flagship Horizon 2020 project set to develop the first commercial plant to produce Cyrene a new, biobased, sustainably-sourced, safer alternative to … Continue reading

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Sasol to consider replacing coal with hydrogen to lower fuel’s carbon footprint

In South Africa, Engineering News reports that energy and chemicals company Sasol is looking at a demo project to install Fischer-Tropsch assets with “green hydrogen” made from renewable energy and water using electrolysis. According to Engineering News, Sasol uses coal … Continue reading

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Neste enables world’s first industrial lubricant with nearly 100% biobased content

In Finland, the world’s first industrial lubricant with nearly 100% bio-based content, AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant, is being launched by AT-Tuote. The product is based on a new formulation: 95% of its content is derived from renewable sources, Neste MY … Continue reading

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Finnair participates in study for CO2 and hydrogen fuels pilot

In Finland, Finnair, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, and a group of other companies have started a feasibility study for a synthetic fuels pilot production plant. The pilot plant would use CO2 from Finnsementti cement facility in Lappeenranta and the … Continue reading

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