Monthly Archives: January 2020

The largest sustainable aviation fuel offtake deal, ever?: Delta strikes historic SAF contract with Pacific Northwest biofuels venture

From Washington state and from Georgia news arrives that Delta and entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF. Yep, NWABF, which sounds an awful lot like Porky Pig … Continue reading

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Delta enters into agreement to buy SAF from Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels

In Georgia, building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF), Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from … Continue reading

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UPM invests EUR550 million in German biorefinery

In Finland, UPM takes the next transformative growth step and enters the biochemicals business by investing in a biorefinery at Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery will produce a range of 100% wood-based biochemicals which enable a switch from fossil raw materials … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s utility says B100 doesn’t work for diesel engines

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the national utility PLN has said using 100% palm oil in its diesel power stations isn’t viable as it damages the engines from a crust that is created on the machines. The … Continue reading

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De Smet secures contract for Croatian 2G ethanol project

In Belgium, De Smet Engineers & Contractors (DSEC) has started working on a Basic Engineering contract for the Croatian Oil & Gas Company INA, covering the OSBL portion of a 2G Ethanol (2nd generation) project to be built in Sisak, … Continue reading

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Pertamina exchanges Eni for UOP over palm oil sustainability

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that state-owned Pertamina has decided to call off its year-old cooperation deal with Eni to jointly develop biodiesel production because Eni required that palm oil have internationally-recognized certification even though the fuel would be produced in … Continue reading

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Canadian bioeconomy center closes after five years

In Canada, the Biomass North Development Centre has ceased operations. The staff says it has been a challenging and rewarding five years, and they are proud of the role they have played in the emerging bioeconomy. They’ve brokered meaningful partnerships … Continue reading

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Winterthur Gas & Diesel develops flexible injection system for alternative fuels

In Switzerland, WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has bolstered its investment in fuel research with the development of a flexible injection system. In a whitepaper released today, ‘Flexible Injector to Advance Alternative Fuels Research’, the engine designers describe how the … Continue reading

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Thailand seeking to wind down but then ramp back up biofuel subsidies

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that although the government is going to go through with planned phasing out of subsidies for both biodiesel and ethanol, it is going to revise the State Oil Fund Act that manages the subsidies … Continue reading

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The Competitive Edge: Vanguard Renewables

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Vanguard Renewables’ leadership saw an … Continue reading

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Smile! It’s PhotoSeed! Traited Genetics that Improve Photosynthesis and Seeds: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

Imagine technology that is applicable across several crops that can enhance yield and improve seed composition including soybean and canola. No need to imagine as ZeaKal shared at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco with this illuminating presentation on their PhotoSeed technology … Continue reading

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Walking the Fine Line: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

Everyone wants to lower their risk. But how do you do that? Just ask John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and an Associate at Lee Consulting, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared how … Continue reading

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UNT scientist looks to lipids to unlock secrets of plant energy

In Texas, a University of North Texas Regents Professor is questioning decades-old assumptions in plant biochemistry to find better ways of storing and using lipids, the energy molecules found in all plants. “Biofuels are the future and lipids are the … Continue reading

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RFA says U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will help American ethanol

In Washington, DC, the Renewable Fuels Association thanked the U.S. Senate for passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), what the RFA refers to as “a crucial trade pact that will benefit U.S. ethanol producers and rural economies across the nation.” … Continue reading

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Ethanol production rate caps off 11-week rise with a 0.2% decrease

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production expanded by 33,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 3.1%, to 1.095 million b/d—equivalent to 45.99 million gallons daily and the largest volume since June 2019, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels. The … Continue reading

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Vegetable oil price index hits two-year high

In Germany, the UFOP reports that firm vegetable oil prices caused the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to rise considerably at the end of 2019. The surge was mainly driven … Continue reading

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AW-Energy Oy ups wave energy tech commercialization with new UK certification

In Finland, AW-Energy Oy, a company that develops near-shore wave energy, will now move forward with wide scale commercialization in the UK and worldwide now that it received certification by Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its WaveRoller device which converts the … Continue reading

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Huntsman sells chemical intermediates and surfactants businesses to Indorama for $2B

In Texas, Huntsman Corporation completed the sale of its chemical intermediates businesses, which includes PO/MTBE, and its surfactants businesses to Indorama Ventures in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, comprising a cash purchase price of approximately $1.93 billion, which … Continue reading

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Report shows importance of agriculture in production of sustainable food and raw materials

In Germany, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants published a Report on Global Market Supply which indicates the particular importance of agriculture in the production of sustainable foodstuffs and renewable raw materials. Biofuels from cultivated biomass … Continue reading

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Eni to appeal $5.6M fine for “green” biodiesel advertisement

In Italy, the Wall Street Journal reports that Eni, an energy company that operates primarily in petroleum and natural gas, will appeal the €5 million ($5.6 million) fine that the Italian antitrust authority imposed on the company for advertisements that … Continue reading

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