Monthly Archives: May 2020

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Developments in Australia: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Toyota’s Fuel Cell Project

Toyota’s been working on a global environmental challenge – a new vehicle with zero CO2 emissions and plants with zero CO2 emissions. But how can they achieve what seems to be impossible? That’s where hydrogen and fuel cells come into play. … Continue reading

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NREL achieves sugar yields greater than 90% with low enzyme loadings on biomass

In Colorado, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers experimented with a common method in the pulp and paper industry used for bleaching to see how well this method could deconstruct biomass. The method known as “ozonolysis” was applied to corn stover … Continue reading

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Governors’ Biofuels Coalition pushes for renewable fuels aid in next COVID-19 stimulus package

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association thanked the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, led by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, for sending a letter to Senate and House leadership urging them to make sure emergency relief … Continue reading

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EU Commission’s Farm-to-Fork strategy: UFOP misses economically sustainable perspective

In Germany, UFOP criticized the “Farm-to-Fork Strategy” presented by the European Commission, saying “This is not what perspective and collaboration look like” and “With this document, the EU Commission is far from taking this collaborative approach. On the contrary, agriculture … Continue reading

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Ethanol production expands 9.2% to largest volume since March

In Washington, D.C., according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending May 22, ethanol production shifted 9.2%, or 61,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 724,000 b/d—equivalent to 30.41 million gallons daily and the largest … Continue reading

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BASF and Red Avenue New Materials collaborate on compostable co-polyester (PBAT) in China

In Germany, BASF and Red Avenue New Materials Group signed a joint agreement that grants Red Avenue New Materials Group the license to produce and sell certified compostable aliphatic-aromatic co-polyester (PBAT). Red Avenue New Materials Group will build a 60,000 … Continue reading

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Neste MY Renewable Diesel available at more than 200 sales points in Sweden by year-end

In Finland, Neste deepens its partnership with one of Sweden’s largest fuel companies, OKQ8 and said Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, will become available at 130 OKQ8 network stations by the end of 2020, … Continue reading

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Indonesia removes ethanol ban, recognizes octane benefits of ethanol

In Indonesia, the U.S. Grains Council reports that U.S. ethanol can now enter the Indonesian market by way of pre-blended fuel, following the recent removal of a ban on pre-blended product entering the country. This change creates a potential market … Continue reading

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Licella and Unnmukt Urja sign MOU to explore rice straw residues to biofuel opportunity in India

In Australia, Licella Holdings signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work with Indian based company Unnmukt Urja Private Limited, to explore the opportunity for utilising Licella’s innovative Cat-HTR (‘Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor’) technology as a more sustainable and higher value solution … Continue reading

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Lactips, producer of first soluble bioplastic, raises $14.4M to ramp up bioplastic production based on milk protein

Like Willy Wonka’s candy cups, edible sweet trees and and delicious chocolate river, Lactips is dreaming of edible packaging and bioplastics. Thanks to a new 13 million Euros (approximately $14.4 million USD) in new capital, they now have the resources … Continue reading

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‘Rona Cyclona’s Path, Macroeconomic Projects for Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to COVID-19 Impact for Energy Industry

Alot has changed since February, but what exactly in terms of the energy sector and financial impacts from COVID-19? Dive into this detailed assessment by The Brattle Group on COVID-19’s path and macroeconomic projections and outlook for the future, oil and natural … Continue reading

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RFA believes worst of the COVID-19 impacts may be over

In Washington, Energy AgWired reports that the Renewable Fuels Association’s CEO believes that the worst of the COVID-19 impacts on the ethanol industry may be over, but recovery will be long. With ethanol production reaching a five-week high the week … Continue reading

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EIB grants ArcelorMittal $81.8M loan for steelanol and bio-coal projects

In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB), with the support of the European Commission, has granted a EUR75 million loan to ArcelorMittal for the construction of two ground-breaking projects at ArcelorMittal Ghent, Belgium, to considerably reduce carbon emissions by converting … Continue reading

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Sekab teams with Praj on CelluAPP technology commercialization

In Sweden, Sekab E-technology AB and Praj Industries have signed a collaboration agreement in order to upgrade and commercialize technology solutions geared towards the production of sustainable biofuels and chemical products. Praj industries will through this collaboration help to scale … Continue reading

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Growth Energy tells COVID-19 Review Panel to look at impacts of air pollution on respiratory health

In Washington, in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB), Growth Energy urged members of a new COVID-19 Review Panel to examine the impact of toxic gasoline additives on respiratory health, as well as the … Continue reading

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RSB helps Ethiopia develop scenarios for development of sustainable biofuels sector

In Ethiopia, as part of the Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials gathered a group of key stakeholders in the Ethiopian bioeconomy to examine and uncover strategies and scenarios for the future … Continue reading

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USDA opens online portal for HBIIP grants

In Washington, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants. USDA plans to make available up to … Continue reading

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Germany researchers develop method to help bridge tech gap for ethanol fuel cells

In Germany, researchers at Dresden University recently crafted a novel freeze-thaw method capable of acquiring multi-scale structured noble metal aerogels as superior photoelectrocatalysts for electro-oxidation of ethanol, promoting their application for fuel cells. Their work has now been published as … Continue reading

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Coalition files opening briefs arguing EPA barriers to increased market share for ethanol are illegal

In Washington, attorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal. The brief was filed in the … Continue reading

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New Lords of Circular Carbon: ArcelorMittal, EU complete financing of Steelanol project

In Brussels, the European Investment Bank, with the support of the European Commission, has granted a EUR 75 million (nearly $82 million USD) loan to ArcelorMittal for Steelanol, the EUR 165 million ($180 million USD) industrial-scale demonstration plant based on … Continue reading

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