Monthly Archives: April 2020

ClearFlame Engine Technologies closes $3M in initial financing

In Illinois, ClearFlame Engine Technologies, the developer of an innovative clean combustion engine technology, announced the closing of a $3 million initial financing. Clean Energy Ventures led the financing with participation from several other investors. The funding allows ClearFlame to … Continue reading

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February biodiesel production down by 2M gallons

In Washington, Platts reports Energy Information Administration data shows biodiesel production in February fell to 132 million gallons, 2 million gallons lower than in January. Of the total, 57% of feedstock came from soy oil while 75% was produced in … Continue reading

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Petrobras finalizing sale of stake in BSBios

In Brazil, Brazil Energy Insight reports Petrobras Biocombustível S.A. (PBio) is finalizing the sale of its ownership in BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil S/A (BSBios). BSBios owns two biodiesel plant, one in Rio Grande do Sul with … Continue reading

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FDA shuts down some ethanol producers from making hand sanitizer

In Washington, Reuters reports that ethanol producers are being hit yet again, this time by the Trump Administration who has put a halt on some hand sanitizers. The Food and Drug Administration began putting restrictions on some hand sanitizer production … Continue reading

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Canadian salmon cull to be used as biofuel feedstock

In Canada, Undercurrent News reports that Norwegian salmon giant Mowi had to cull 450,000 of its young salmon at its hatchery in Newfoundland and Labrador following a disease outbreak. The young salmon will be used for biofuel feedstock at a … Continue reading

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Copa and Cogeca tell European Commission about COVID-19 impacts on biofuel industry

In Belgium, in a letter sent last week to the European Commission, Copa and Cogeca expressed their concerns about the potential consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on the vegetable oils, biodiesel, protein-rich by-products like rapeseed and sunflower meals and DDGS, … Continue reading

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New York researchers develop brown grease biodiesel production method

In New York state, research on transforming brown grease into biodiesel fuel has been published in the Journal of Biochemical Engineering under the title “Biodiesel fuel production from brown grease produced by wastewater treatment plant: Optimization of acid catalyzed reaction … Continue reading

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Valero supports governors seeking EPA waivers for biofuel blending

In Texas, ICIS reports that Valero supports the request by four Republican and one Democratic governor from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming for the Environmental Protection Agency to issue blending waivers. The EPA has the power to issue waivers … Continue reading

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Competitive Edge: MetGen

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? MetGen vision is to empower … Continue reading

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Can Techno-Economic Models and Environmental Impact Analysis Help You?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Modeling for Bioprocess Tech

During last week’s DigestConnect discussion, Chris Burk from Burk Engineering and Lee Enterprises shared this slide guide on what exactly is techno-economic modeling, why it’s important, how techno-economic models work, how it’s used in real life practice, and a bit about … Continue reading

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Industry teams with policymakers and NGOs calling for a Green Recovery post-COVID-19

In Finland, Neste has joined an alliance of cross-party political decision-makers, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders in a call for a Green Recovery after the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Europe. The alliance places the fight against climate change at the … Continue reading

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Valero idles ethanol plants and reduces corn purchases at remaining six plants

In Texas, Valero said in an SEC 8-K filing that it has temporarily idled eight of its ethanol plants and reduced the amount of corn feedstock processed at its remaining six ethanol plants to address the decreased demand for ethanol. … Continue reading

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FAPRI sees ethanol production falling to 14.8B gallons

In Washington, Reuters reports that the FAPRI think tank at the University of Missouri believes ethanol production could drop 1.4 billion gallons this year to 14.8 billion gallons as drivers stay off the road in an effort to slow the … Continue reading

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UNICA says 72.5% of cane went to ethanol production during H1 March

In Brazil, Reuters reports that UNICA data shows sugar mills allocated 72.5% of cane juice towards ethanol production rather than sugar during the second half of March, down from the 79.5% allotment during the same period last year but still … Continue reading

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Biofuels Caucus calls for USDA to fund biofuel industry support measures

In Washington, Representative Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, led fellow members of the Biofuels Caucus in urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to direct funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the biofuels … Continue reading

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Argentina’s 2019 biodiesel exports to Europe well below 1.2 million ton quota

In Argentina, La Nación newspaper reports that biodiesel exports reached 1.029 million metric tons in 2019 with nearly all of it going to Europe, yet the country’s has a European export quota of 1.2 million tons it wasn’t able to … Continue reading

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Queensland University of Technology researcher using plants to battle COVID-19

In Australia, a top researcher from the Queensland University of Technology has developed a roadmap for biologists and biotechnologists who are turning to the new technique of producing antibodies, vaccines and therapeutics, including those for COVID-19, in plants. He said … Continue reading

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European researchers say post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy must safeguard peatlands

In Finland, post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must safeguard and stimulate the preservation of carbon-rich soils through protection of peatlands. Functional peatlands are the most space efficient long-term carbon store and sink in our planet’s biosphere. A group of leading … Continue reading

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Harvesting Data to Maximize Crop Yields

By Alfredo Patron, executive vice president of business development, TeamViewer Special to The Digest In 1850, approximately six out of every ten Americans worked in agriculture,1 much of it for their own consumption.  During that era, even people holding other … Continue reading

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Converting Biomass Plant into RNG – Site Layout, Catalysts Requirements: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Wood Wastes – Part 1

California needs facilities that can dramatically reduce GHG emissions and black carbon production by using wood waste, according to GTI. The closing of biomass power plants is leading to open burning of the excess of these wastes. Dive into the … Continue reading

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