Monthly Archives: July 2020

Green Plains files class action suit against ADM alleging Chicago Argo price manipulation

In Illinois, Reuters reports that Green Plains has filed a class action lawsuit against Archer Daniels Midland with the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, saying that the company not only manipulated the price of ethanol at its Argo terminal to … Continue reading

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Petrobras successfully produces renewable diesel technology

In Brazil, the Spanish news agency EFE reported Petrobras announced it has successfully completed the performance tests of a renewable diesel that it developed from vegetable oils and says that it is much more ecological and efficient than traditional biodiesel. … Continue reading

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Aerion teams with Carbon Engineering for CO2-based fuel to power supersonic flight

In Nevada, supersonic aircraft company Aerion and Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) announced they are working together to develop solutions for carbon neutral supersonic air travel.  The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore ways in which CE’s … Continue reading

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Ethanol production reaches 16-week high but stocks still drop

In New Jersey, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production has continued to increase in light of growing demand for fuel, reaching a 16-week high at 931,000 bpd during the second week of July. But even with … Continue reading

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Brazilian sugar mills favoring hydrous ethanol production over anhydrous

In Brazil, Platts reports mills are favoring hydrous ethanol production over anhydrous with 7.18 billion liters of hydrous produced this season through July 1. Conversely, only 2.82 billion liters of anhydrous was produced during the same period, 13% less than … Continue reading

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Pertamina successfully produces renewable diesel at Dumai refinery

In Indonesia, Reuters reports Pertamina has successfully produced renewable diesel from 100% palm oil at its Dumai refinery. The facility has a 1,000 barrel per day production capacity. The company said it has now demonstrated the technical capacity of its … Continue reading

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DTU researchers combine two technologies to get more biofuel from biomass

In Denmark, researchers have succeeded in combining two known technologies so that more biofuel can be produced from the same amount of biomass. In the project led by DTU, it is the combination of thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis … Continue reading

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Sierra Club Invites National Debate on Renewable Natural Gas

In Washington, as part of Sierra Club’s and Earthjustice’s campaign to “electrify everything” this week, the groups released a report that takes aim at gas utilities who embrace renewable natural gas as a method of deflecting pushes toward building electrification. … Continue reading

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Letter From Europe: The 7 Priorities to De-Carbonize Now through Sustainable biofuels, rather than waiting for future technologies

The European bioenergy sector has issued a series of 7 recommendations relating to “setting the course for a future-proof biofuel sector”. Then timing relates to the German Federal Government’s six month presidency of the Council of the European Union, which … Continue reading

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Algae’s State of Play: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ABO’s Algae Industry Updates

What companies are investing and working in algae today? What about algae’s biomass production? The big players and partner industries? Initiatives for growing the algae industry? How does the 2018 farm bill dramatically expand support for algae agriculture? Check out Rebecca … Continue reading

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Brazilian end-June ethanol stocks up 42% on year

In Brazil, Platts reports Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock data shows ethanol stocks at the end of June jumped 42% on the year to 5.96 billion liters, the highest on record since Platts started tracking in 2010. The figure is … Continue reading

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Incubator launched for African women entrepreneurs developing renewable energy businesses

In Ghana, Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has launched enterprise development for women-owned ventures in a green energy startup incubator with a call for applications announced. The startup incubator program is aimed at helping women turn their renewable … Continue reading

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German renewable energy consumption in transportation stagnated in 2019 at 5.6%

In Germany, data from the AEE agency shows transportation emissions in 2019 fell by 6.3 percent overall compared to 2018 despite an increase in traffic of just under one percent. The share of renewable energies stagnated at 5.6 percent. Biodiesel, … Continue reading

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Falling corn prices and stronger ethanol prices spell out good news on margins

In Illinois, ethanol producers are getting an extra boost to their margins as Platts reports lower corn prices saw the margin jump to 34.41 cents/gal, more than 5 cents higher than last week. Corn prices have eased after concerns that … Continue reading

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Mondi commissiones crude tall oil plant in Russia

In Russia, Mondi has commissioned a crude tall oil plant (CTO-plant) at its Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill. The new equipment allows processing of all sulphate soap generated as a by-product of the pulp production process in the mill. As … Continue reading

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New study says Turkey could produce one-third of power demand from biomass

In Turkey, the Anadolu news agency reports that as much as one-third of the country’s power needs could be provided by biomass, primarily through biogas with a focus on livestock waste. The country’s 17 million head of cattle could produce … Continue reading

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Birmingham Energy Institute wins award for FlexJET project

In the UK, Birmingham Energy Institute is delighted to announce that their Horizon 2020 project, FlexJET has won the KETBio award for the most innovative project in Europe. The FlexJET project converts waste biomass into sustainable jet fuel through the … Continue reading

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Green Energy testifies at virtual public hearing on EPA test protocols for fuels

In Washington, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley offered testimony during a virtual public hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) test protocols for U.S. fuels. The agency is currently updating Tier 3 Motor Vehicle … Continue reading

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On a Molecular Level: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot’s Microbes to Products

A company that designs materials at a molecular level by optimizing microbes to biomanufacture unique structural oils discovered in nature, but not previously accessible commercially, is what Checkerspot is all about. Check out their Slide Guide from last week’s ABLC Digital, … Continue reading

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Praj pivots to Bio-Prism – from transport fuels to renewable chem and materials

A little over 47 years ago, Pink Floyd released their iconic “Dark Side of the Moon” prism-designed album which became one of the best-selling albums worldwide and sent the band into international fame. There was much speculation on the meaning … Continue reading

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