Monthly Archives: September 2020

Porsche races ahead with biocomposites for its racing vehicles

In Germany, since early 2019, Porsche manufactured the two doors and the rear wing of the small series racing vehicle out of a natural-fiber mix, sourced primarily from renewable raw materials. Now for the first time, the front and rear … Continue reading

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Iowa Senator fighting tough re-election race with her biofuel track record in the spotlight

In Iowa, Platts reports that the democratic nominee for US Senator from Iowa hit hard at the incumbent Joni Ernst during a debate earlier this week, blaming the senator for voting to confirm the Environmental Protection Agency administrator despite him … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs bans all FGV palm oil and palm oil product imports over forced labor allegations

In Washington, effective September 30 at all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain palm oil and palm oil products made by FGV Holdings Berhad and its subsidiaries and joint ventures. CBP’s Office of Trade … Continue reading

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IRENA jobs report says more than 2.475 million people worked in liquid biofuels in 2018/19

In the UAE, renewable energy continues to bring socio-economic benefits by creating numerous jobs worldwide, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The seventh edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review shows … Continue reading

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China looking at 4% ethanol blending “in the long term”

In China, the US Grains Council told Platts it expects Chinese ethanol blending to reach 4% blending “in the long term”, which is a major turnaround from its 2017 announcement that it would reach 10% blending by 2020. Though the … Continue reading

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Argentine cargo transportation association looking to B100 to decarbonize

In Argentina, the Clarin newspaper reports the national cargo transportation association Fadeeac is promoting a plan to convert all long-haul road transportation to B100 in an effort to boost the industry who has suffered from domestic policies and shrinking export … Continue reading

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Montana State University researchers get $5.1M DOE grant to study camelina

In Montana, a research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use … Continue reading

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Next Generation Fuels Act looks to boost biofuel use to improve air quality

In Washington, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, legislation that leverages greater fuel octane to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, improve air quality by reducing the use of harmful aromatics and increase demand for biofuels. Fuels … Continue reading

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The Roundest Fuel That Ever Was – Suburban Propane acquires a 39 percent stake in Oberon Fuels – the how, the why, the progress with DME fuels

They’re calling it “the circular economy” these days — a vision for a fully sustainable society using renewable resources in a circle of sourcing, production and use. Which raises the question of which is the most circular of fuels — … Continue reading

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Clean Sugar Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Technologies

Carbohydrate supply – where will it come from? That’s a question Fluid Quip Technologies asks considering the increase in biobased processes translates into additional ‘sugar’ needs of 7-14 billion pounds just in the next 10-20 years. Neal Jakel, Partner of Strategy … Continue reading

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East African Waste to Value Accelerator launched supporting six start-ups

In Kenya, based on the aspiration to support enterprises and build the waste sector in East Africa, Bestseller Foundation in collaboration with Intellecap Africa launched the Waste to Value Challenge in December 2019. The Challenge was launched across four countries; … Continue reading

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NBB launches newest ad campaign to promote advanced biodiesel fuels

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board’s latest national advertising campaign hit airwaves in September with biodiesel and renewable diesel education aimed at key decision makers on the benefits of these advanced fuels. “The ad campaign strives to increase consumer acceptance … Continue reading

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California rail project awarded $20M DOT grant as it works towards including RD

In California, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), in conjunction with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to help construct … Continue reading

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US Grains Council sees ethanol production not returning to pre-COVID levels until 2022

In Washington, Reuters reports the US Grains Council told a Platts virtual event that it doesn’t believe global ethanol production will recover to pre-COVID levels until 2022 while 2020 production will be 20% lower on the year. The USGC says … Continue reading

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Indian Prime Minister to announce major ethanol support scheme next week

In India, Zee Business reports that the Prime Minister is looking to announce significant supports to the sugar industry next week in an effort to further boost ethanol production in line with the aim to reduce fossil fuel imports and … Continue reading

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Lego to invest another $400M to switch building blocks to biomaterials

In Denmark, Reuters reports that Lego plans to invest $400 million to find better feedstocks for its switch to bioplastics as part of its 2022 strategy to be carbon neutral. The company is looking to completely replace fossil fuels in … Continue reading

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Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL’s ethanol-to-jet conversion process technology

In California, Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable … Continue reading

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Ethanol coalition slams Brazil ethanol quota extension

In Washington, after expiring on August 31 and a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol, Brazil’s tariff rate quota (TRQ) has been extended for a further 90 days starting on Sept. 14. The following is a … Continue reading

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Solving the low carbon shipping fuel and energy algorithm – quickly!

By Adrian Tolson, Director, Lead, BLUE Insight Special to The Digest BLUE Insight’s Low Carbon Shipping Fuels and Energy Guide 2020 is a market first assessment of the leading low carbon marine fuels with potential to replace fossil fuels as … Continue reading

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Enabling a Circular Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Dolea’s Sustainable Straws

Finland has lots of trees and biomass, so Dolea is situated in a perfect place to create their paper drinking straws. Paper straws may not sound very innovative to you, but what IS unique is Dolea’s creation of straws with … Continue reading

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