Monthly Archives: June 2020

Senator Grassley to back Senator Ernst’s move blocking EPA confirmation until “gap” requests sorted

In Iowa, Reuters reports that Sen. Chuck Grassley told journalists he will back fellow senator Joni Ernst’s plan to block the confirmation of an Environmental Protection Agency official if the agency doesn’t make clear how it will handle SRE “gap” … Continue reading

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Midwest AgEnergy Group gets $3.4M grant for Blue Flint CCS project

In North Dakota, Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefinery, Blue Flint, near Underwood, ND, received a $3.4 million grant from the North Dakota Industrial Commission and are moving forward with a project that will potentially capture … Continue reading

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Coalition challenges SAFER fuel efficiency rulemaking in DC Superior Court

In Washington, a broad coalition of ethanol, agriculture, and public interest groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it downplays the harm from reduced emission standards, ignores the efficiency and health benefits of … Continue reading

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Indian sugar mills sign deals for 1.7B liters of ethanol sales to OMCs

In India, ethanol supply contracts for 1.70 billion liters have been entered into between ethanol manufacturers/sugar mills and oil marketing companies (OMCs) for the current ethanol supply year (Dec-Nov) 2019-20. Against this, 925 million liters of ethanol have already been … Continue reading

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Arriva trials HVO on Dutch train route ahead of September roll out

In the Netherlands, rail operator Arriva has completed a trial using HVO on a train running between Groningen and Friesland ahead of the September roll out where the company plans to operate several of its routes using the biofuel. In … Continue reading

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CBIO prices collapse in early trades

In Brazil, EPBR reports that despite Datagro trying to set the market for CBIOs at nearly $10 each in the first trade for the carbon credits, two operations concluded last week at the equivalent of $2.77. Four thousand credits were … Continue reading

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Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

In Illinois, in a recent study published in Frontiers in Plant Science, where researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Oxford worked with maize and the bioenergy crop Miscanthus to find that the decline in the efficiency … Continue reading

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Iowa governor signs into law tax cut for E15 at the pump

In Iowa, Gov. Reynolds signed Senate File 2403, legislation that will lower the cost of E-15 and higher blends of renewable fuels in Iowa by changing how the state taxes higher-blend biofuels. The governor signed the bill during her weekly … Continue reading

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12 Japanese firms for R Plus Japan JV to pursue renewable chemicals, plastics, invests in Anellotech

From New York and Japan comes news that 12 cross-industry partners within the Japanese plastics supply chain have formed R Plus Japan Ltd., and will invest in the development of Anellotech’s Plas-TCat technology for recycling used plastics. Member partners include … Continue reading

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Enabling Circular Systems: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Fibers

Viscose/Rayon, Lyocell, Modal and Cupro – all fibers you’ve probably heard of and they happen to constitute the second most important group of cellulosic fibres after cotton, with an annual production volume of around 6.7 million tons annually – or approximately … Continue reading

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DigestConnect renewed for second 13-week season

13 weeks ago, we started DigestConnect as a weekly get-together to help rally a bioeconomy that had been slammed by the COVID-19 crisis. We imagined a weekly get-together for a few dozen people, over a 13-week season, but word spread. … Continue reading

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EPA received 52 SRE “gap” requests

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has published data showing it has received 52 new “gap” requests for small refinery exemptions for between 2011 and 2018. The biofuel industry and advocates in Washington have been concerned about … Continue reading

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CoBank report looks at how recent challenges will force ethanol industry to transform its business model

In Colorado, excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency. Consolidation within the industry will lead to larger, more financially stable companies … Continue reading

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Jan De Nul Group completes 2,000 hours of marine biofuel trial

In the Netherlands, Jan De Nul Group has completed, in close collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels, 2,000 hours using 100% renewable 2nd generation Biofuel Oil (BFO) on board the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Alexander von Humboldt. This major … Continue reading

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John Lewis Partnership to build biomethane gas filling station in move to stop fleet fossil fuel use by 2030

In the UK, John Lewis Partnership announced that it is stepping up its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use a low-carbon alternative to diesel. … Continue reading

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House Biofuels Caucus leaderships holds virtual town hall meeting

In Cyberspace, Brownfield Ag News reports that the House Biofuels Caucus leadership held a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday with more than 20 minutes of the session available for listening. Issues such as the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program that … Continue reading

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European waste-based biofuel industry concerned about push for SAF

In Belgium, Euractiv reports that the waste-based biofuel industry is concerned about the European Commission’s promotion of sustainable aviation fuels, saying that measures such as an aviation blending mandate would have negative implications for their road-based fuels businesses. The policies … Continue reading

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Neste launches R&D project to develop sustainable scalable raw materials

In Finland, Neste launched a new research project which aims at developing sustainable and globally scalable raw materials and technology solutions for transportation fuels and the production of chemicals and polymers. These new solutions decrease the use of crude oil … Continue reading

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Thune introduces bill to push EPA to approve advanced biofuel pathway applications

In Washington, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations that have languished before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) despite the fuels being successfully used in at least one state. EPA would also be required to render … Continue reading

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Competitive Edge: Green Cell Technologies

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? Green Cell Technologies (GCT) is … Continue reading

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