Monthly Archives: October 2020

Cargill to attach large sails to vessels transporting biofuels to lower CO2 emissions

In Minnesota, Cargill and BAR Technologies have embarked on a strategic project with naval architect Deltamarin to bring cutting edge wind propulsion technology to commercial shipping. The project will see BAR Technology’s WindWings – large, solid wing sails that measure … Continue reading

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Green Plains teams with Japanese aquafeed company

In Nebraska, Green Plains and its wholly owned subsidiary Optimal Aquafeed, announced the formation of an exclusive partnership with Hayashikane Sangyo of Japan, one of the oldest and most successful integrated aquafeed companies in the world. The companies have come … Continue reading

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Solvay inaugurates second Brazilian bio-solvent facility

In Brazil, Solvay has just inaugurated its second plant dedicated exclusively to the manufacturing of its sustainable solvent Augeo, bringing its production capacity for the bio-based solvent from 6,000 up to 20,000 tons a year. Solvay’s sustainable solvent innovation derives … Continue reading

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Growth Energy and RFA want district court to make EPA comply with FOIA request

In Washington, upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and EPA’s radical escalation in granting SREs in recent … Continue reading

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Sunbird Energy supplies ethanol for Zambian E30 trial

In Zambia, the national oil company teamed with Sunbird Bioenergy to successfully undergo a pilot project to trial 30% ethanol blending in five government-owned vehicles. Sunbird believes it will deliver the first ethanol for commercial blending during Q1 2021 when … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol returns improving

In Brazil, Safras & Mercado report that the economic returns for hydrous ethanol compared to sugar production are improving, in part thanks to some appreciation of the Brazilian Real against the dollar as well as tightness in the physical market. … Continue reading

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Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus

In Illinois, an international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced … Continue reading

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India to increase sugarcane-based ethanol prices from December 1

In India, the ANI news agency reports the cabinet committee has agreed to boost the price paid by oil marketing companies for ethanol by a few rupees per liter. The price increase is only for ethanol from sugarcane juice, B-heavy … Continue reading

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TerraSync Algae Micro Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Accelergy

Keeping in line with our Halloween theme this fun Friday, algae is usually green, like witch’s brew, and while it may not cast a spell on you, it certainly is worth paying attention to for biofuels, CO2 consumption, improving crop yields, … Continue reading

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On the Move –USGC ethanol manager, Neste’s Board of European Chemical Industry Council, Calyxt VP of BD, BASF and Stora Enso leadership

As we wrap up the month of October, we have lots of moves going on in the bioeconomy with a farewell to U.S. Grains Council’s Manager of Ethanol Trade Policy and Economics, a new Vice President of Business Development at … Continue reading

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Earth Energy Renewables files for Chapter 11

In Texas, the San Antonio Business Journal reports Earth Energy Renewables has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing debts of between $1 million and $10 million against assets of between $10 million and $50 million. The company uses a … Continue reading

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Cargill building $150M waste-based biodiesel facility in Belgium

In Belgium, Cargill is constructing a $150 million multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and Bioro biodiesel site in Ghent, Belgium. The plant will use very latest technology of BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH that enables … Continue reading

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Microsoft buys SkyNRG SAF to for Alaska Airlines to boost employee flight sustainability

In Washington state, Microsoft Corp. employees who fly between their global headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and California on Alaska Airlines will fly more sustainably thanks to the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to cover their business travel. The SAF, … Continue reading

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USDA certifies SYNLawn products as biobased

In Georgia, SYNLawn has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The product, SYNAugustine 547 Bio-Based System, is now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. The following SYNLawn … Continue reading

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Brazilian corn ethanol remains hot despite pandemic tempering ethanol demand

In Brazil, a USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN report says that despite lower ethanol demand due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, investment interest in corn-based ethanol domestically continues to grow. For 2020/21, corn-based ethanol production is seen at 2.5 … Continue reading

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California to trial E15 together with NCGA, CARB and University California at Riverside

In California, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with state corn organizations, ethanol partners and the auto industry, are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to conduct vehicle testing at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). E15 in the … Continue reading

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Norwegian researchers look at how bioeconomy transition will impact Nordic water resources

In Norway, in the future, the world may increasingly rely on renewable biomass resources for the provision of food, fodder, fiber and fuel. How this transition to a bioeconomy will affect Nordic water resources, is something BIOWATER, a Nordic Centre … Continue reading

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Republican senators tell EPA to reduce 2021 RVO to compensate for pandemic

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and a group of senators sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concerning the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel … Continue reading

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2020 Impacts Renewable Materials Company: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

Just this week, Stora Enso released this slide guide on how the company is performing in a challenging business environment amidst a crazy year. President and CEO Annica Bresky and CFO Seppo Parvi noted that sales decreased by 13% year-on-year for … Continue reading

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ABLC 2021, in a year about policy — From Pioneer to Player, Field to Fork, Plant to Pump, and Trash to Cash

In Florida, The Daily Digest announced that ABLC 2021 will be held March 17-19, 2021. We’ll be safely live in Washington DC and will have a virtual program for those who cannot join us for the main stage events. At ABLC 2021 we’ll be focused on three … Continue reading

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