Monthly Archives: March 2020

Gevo lays off 30 as it mothballs Luverne facility but Silsbee to remain open

In Colorado, Gevo announced that due to the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on the economy and Gevo’s industry, Gevo has suspended production operations at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota for the foreseeable future. In connection with the … Continue reading

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Indonesian palm oil exports to China plummet 57% in January

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the national palm oil association believes the main reason for major importing countries to hold off on their purchases in January was because they were waiting for the implementation of Indonesia’s B30 … Continue reading

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Neste sees renewable diesel exports soaring to 20M tons over next decade

In Singapore, Platts reports that Neste believes global demand for renewable diesel will soar to more than 20 million metric tons over the next decade from just 5 million tons last year thanks to demand for sustainable aviation fuel as … Continue reading

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Marquis Ethanol promises community it will stay open

In Illinois, with billions of gallons of ethanol production capacity shutting down in March and April in response to falling demand and negative crushing margins, the News Tribune newspaper reports that Marquis Energy has assured its local community that it … Continue reading

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January biodiesel production steady at 134M gallons

In Washington, Reuters reports that Energy Information Administration data shows January biodiesel production was steady at 134 million gallons, just one million gallons higher than in December. Biodiesel production is expected to increase again following the renewal of the biodiesel … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices collapse to two-year lows from record highs in a month

In Brazil, Platts reports that hydrous ethanol prices in Brazil’s center-south region have collapsed to two-year lows following record highs just a month ago as oil prices, and therefore gasoline prices, crumble while supplies begin to pick up as mills … Continue reading

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NREL releases first findings from Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative

In Colorado, for the past four years, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have collaborated with other top U.S. scientists, engineers, and analysts on the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. A new report summarizes findings from … Continue reading

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EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says its mission is to protect human health and the environment, and during this time of unprecedented public health concerns, that mission is even more critical. On March 26, EPA released a temporary policy regarding the … Continue reading

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The Crisis Dashboard – Health, Economy, Climate, Energy

Using the latest data available, The Digest published this “Crisis Dashboard” visual guide showing what’s going on with ethanol retail prices, liquid energy commodity prices, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, retail fuel prices, RIN prices and volumes, equities, crop prices, low … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Not Stopping Amyris: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris’s Production Resilience

Having been in the news recently for its launching of hand sanitizer and receiving initial positive result for vaccine adjuvant during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amyris also happens to be the fastest growing skin care brand in North America. Check out … Continue reading

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A novel biofuel system for hydrogen production from biomass

In South Korea, a research team at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, or UNIST, has presented a new biofuel system that uses lignin found in biomass for the production of hydrogen. The system decomposes lignin with a molybdenum … Continue reading

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U.S. government seeks federally-funded research and tech dev projects to combat COVID-19

In South Carolina, at the direction of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense, the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium released a Request for Information seeking solutions to combat the novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV) pandemic with a … Continue reading

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More rapeseed meal in compound feeds despite declining production

In Germany, UFOP reports that whereas the use of oilseed meals from rapeseed and soybeans in feed production has dwindled over the past four years, the share of rapeseed meal has increased. The use of oilseed meals in compound feeds … Continue reading

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Ethanol production drops 0.9% for the week

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production moderated with a 0.9% decline, or 9,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 1.035 million b/d—equivalent to 43.47 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average ethanol production … Continue reading

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Benson Hill Announces First Commercially Available Ultra-High Protein Soy Varieties

In Missouri, Benson Hill, a crop improvement company, announced plans to release Ultra-High Protein soybean varieties in the 2021 crop year. These varieties are the first commercially available soybeans that can effectively replace soy protein concentrate via typical soybean crushing. … Continue reading

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Governor Janet Mills Signs Renewable Products Tax Credit into Law

In Maine, Governor Janet Mills signed into law last week a tax credit that will create hundreds of jobs making climate-friendly products from renewable resources, or “biobased” products, in Maine. Supporters were grateful for Maine lawmakers’ leadership in passing this … Continue reading

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Cielo Solicits Waste Feedstock for Nova Scotia Renewable Fuel Facility

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. and Renewable U Halifax Inc. are actively seeking sources of waste feedstock for the planned Joint Venture Renewable Fuel Facility that will be located in, or within, 150 km of Halifax Nova Scotia. This … Continue reading

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Aemetis Begins Shipping High Purity Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer

In California, Aemetis, Inc. said its 65 million gallon per year ethanol plant near Modesto, California has begun shipments of 200 proof alcohol for use in the production of hand sanitizer. In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, … Continue reading

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Pandemic won’t stop Impossible Foods – $500M new funding for Impossible’s R&D, retain expansion, next-gen products

“I’m Possible” is even in Impossible Foods name and right now when so many things seem impossible, they are proof that even in a global pandemic, good things can still happen. Having just secured $500 million dollars in fresh funding, … Continue reading

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Zwitterionic Membrane Chemistry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ZwitterCo’s Membrane Filtration

ZwitterCo’s patented membrane chemistry and filtration is opening opportunities in applications that have never before been economical, including wastewater treatment in difficult, high fouling waste streams; in-process membrane separation of fine insolubles, proteins, and fats/oils; and partial or total replacement of … Continue reading

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